By Luka Drca

From November 25th to November 28th, in Laktasi (Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina), was held one of the semi-final Junior ABA League tournaments. The Group B was formed by SC Derby, Partizan Belgrade, Igokea, Split, Krka and Zadar.
At the end of the tournament, the results said that Mega Mozzart, Cedevita Olimpija, SC Derby and Igokea will play at the final tournament of the 2021/22 Junior ABA League Championship.
In the semifinals (time and place of the final tournament are yet to be determined), Mega Mozzart will face Igokea, while SC Derby will play against Cedevita Olimpija.
Below you can find some of the best performers in the Laktasi stage.

Ognjen Stankovic (’05, Partizan) – 6’7, Guard, Serbia
The best player on this team. Naturally he’s a PG captured in the body of a SF. Plays with poise. Okay athlete, he’s long and lanky. Loves having ball in his hand. Solid floor vision, runs the team well. Struggles against contact and pressure. Enjoys the game.  Driver both ways. Questionable shooter – needs to improve, even though his form looks fine. Just an okay defender. Someone to keep an eye on in the future.

Amsal Delalic (’03, Igokea) – 6’7, SG, Bosnia and Herzegovina
SG with excellent body frame, solid athlete. He does a little bit of everything. Improved driving to the left and finishing around the rim. Shot the ball well from 3P line in this tournament. Aggressive on boards on both ends of the floor. Doesn’t like playing through contacts that much. Able to make plays for teammates. Can guard 1-4 at this level. Needs to improve body strength.

Ognjen Radosic (’06, Igokea) – 6’3, Guard, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The youngest player on this tournament. An average athlete. Aggressive on the both ends of the floor. Scoring mentality. Driver both ways, prefers left. Able to finish through contact. His shooting form looks okay – needs to extend the range. Solid pull-up game. Someone to keep an eye on closely.

Tomislav Ivisic (’03, SC Derby) – 7’1, Center, Croatia
The best and most talented big man on the tournament. Lefty and long. Very soft touch. An average european athlete, runs the floor well. Loves popping outside after a ball screen to shoot 3s. Able to put the ball on floor. Good passer from the post. Improved the game around the rim, and got better also playing through contact. Plays against length, above defense. Just an okay rebounder and rim protector.

Eray Buyukcangaz (’04, SC Derby) – 6’8, Guard, Turkey
Great body for PG, really long with wide shoulders. Solid ball handling skills, okay explosiveness. One of the best defenders of the tournament. Pretty good floor vision. Missing mid-range game. Not that consistent, and it looks like he lacks some self-confidence. Very intriguing and definitely someone to keep an eye on in the upcoming years.

Zvonimir Ivisic (’03, SC Derby) – 7’2, PF, Croatia
Huge PF with long arms and above average athleticism, solid explosiveness. Spaces the floor well, has NBA range. Able to finish above people. Not afraid of contacts, but not looking for them. Tries to play the game the easy way. Uses both hands around the rim equally well. Uses his length on defense. High stance. Doesn’t band knees on defense. Solid shot blocker. The most intriguing player of the tournament. Needs to translate this game to pro level and improve FT shooting.