By Danny Mills (March 2012, after NIJT Rome 2011). BODY/ATHLETICISM: Saric poses great height and length. He has broad shoulders in which he can add strength to with hard work in the weight room. He has good arm length and reach which helps him when attacking the basket and extending over players. Has good quickness and agility for a player his size which allows him to play nearly every position on the court at this level (1-5) for his team. Will need to add strength to his upper body to compete at the next level, whether that is in the Euroleague over in the NBA.
SHOOTING: Shows great form on his jump shot. Has a high release, which combined with his length makes it very difficult for defenders to contest. Can shoot the 3 comfortably and in transition will pull-up from deep in rhythm. Shows good footwork and balance when pulling up off the dribble and this is a part of his game which will need to become even better if he’s to be as successful at the next level when he moves out to playing only on the perimeter. Has great touch when playing closer to the basket and has an array of post moves and runners inside that he uses very well to attack the rim. Is definitely more a finesse player than a power guy inside.
POSITION OFFENSE: Saric has a very high skill level and at the junior international level he has the ability to play every position and be a dominant factor in the game. As he moves to the next level his more natural position of a tall 3 is will be where he ultimately end up playing. When on the perimeter he shows an ability to attack the basket going with both hands which makes him very hard to defend. Defenders must respect his outside shot which gives him the ability to drive inside and use his length to finish over guys. Has great vision, especially in transition. He will consistently grab the defensive rebound and push it himself up the floor looking to pass ahead to an open teammate or go coast-to-coast himself attacking the basket.
DEFENSE/REBOUNDING: Because of his height at the junior level he is usually matched up on the 4 or 5 from the opposing team. He shows decent lateral quickness to guard penetration and uses his strength and length to compete with the bigs down low. He is a good rebounder and attacks the boards aggressively. He is really going to need to improve his foot quickness on the perimeter if he is to guard more athletic and stronger 2/3 players at the next level. With his body and length he has the potential to be a good defensive player at the next level.
MISCELLANEOUS: His great feel for the game, which makes it look as though it comes so naturally to him, really makes Saric stand out on the junior level. His versatility to bring the ball up the court as a point-forward and attack from the perimeter or post-up smaller opponents with his good patience and skill level down low make him very difficult to guard.
OVERALL RATING: Saric is considered as the best 1994 prospect in Europe and has shown his ability consistently at different tournaments over the past few years including the U19 Worlds, U18 Euros and playing for KK Zagreb in the NJIT. If he continues his development in the areas of strength in his upper body and improving his quickness so he can make the transition to play the 3 at the next level he will continue to be on the radars of every NBA team and has the potential to be a mid-late first round pick in either the 2013 or 2014 NBA Draft.