By Albert Robledillo
It's early June and that means that most of the NCAA teams have completed their roster for the 2021/22 season. But there are still some spots to fill with players who are falling through the cracks due to the lack of exposure in a difficult season. Here are the four best European prospects in the US who are still available for college in the 2021 recruiting class.
Luka Tekavcic - PF - 2002 - Slovenia - Central Pointe Christian Academy (FL)
After a successful ride at Cedevita Olimpija Ljubliana, Tekavcic moved to Central Pointe in December to play in The Grind Session. It took some time, but he showed his refined skillset and the shooting abilities he displayed in many international competitions in Europe, such as the 2019 U16 FIBA European Championship and the 2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. He currently holds an offer from Sam Houston State but has interests from teams in the SEC, A-10, Big West, and The Summit.
Anouar Mellouk - SF/PF - 2001 - Netherlands - Fork Union (VA)
Mellouk is one of the best athletes in the class overall. The 6'8 forward has improved in every single area in the two years he spent at Fork Union Academy (VA) becoming one of the most interesting prospects in the class. Mellouk has a combination of skillset and outstanding athleticism while he needs to improve in five-on-five concepts as he started to play basketball late. Maine, Montana State, Kansas City, Howard, Wyoming, Central Michigan, St. Bonaventure, and Central Florida have offered him.
Josh Uduje - Combo Guard - 2002 - Great Britain - AZ Compass (AZ)
A solid performance in the 2019 U18 European Championship Division B, where he averaged 9.7 points and 2.6 rebounds, put Uduje on the map. Schools from the Pac-12, WCC, Conference USA, CAA, America East, and the Big Sky were in touch with him before moving to The Knox School (NY) first and AZ Compass (AZ) last season. Uduje was part of Compass's big success winning The Grind Session thanks to his versatility in the backcourt where he can defend multiple positions thanks to his wingspan (6'9). On the offensive end, Uduje brings shot-making abilities and he has proven himself as a great player in open-court and on one-and-one situations. Uduje currently holds offers from Central Connecticut State and Coastal Carolina.
Nestor Dyachok - Forward - 2002 - Russia - Bishop Walsh (MD)
Dyachok got his release from New Mexico State due to a coaching change so he jumped into the market in April with interests from teams in the Patriot League. At 6'8, Dyachok is a skilled forward who can handle and shoot. While he is still working on his impact in defense, the CSKA Moscow product understands well the game thanks to a high IQ which makes the difference on both ends. Dyachok is also exploring the Prep and Junior College route.