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Old 08-07-2014, 06:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dragan Bender - F - International

16 year old Croatian , 6'11 , the hottest thing in Europe right now probably , signed in Maccabi Tel-Aviv for 7 years.



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Old 08-07-2014, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dragan Bender (Croatia)

Looks like he could be good...though with that head he is probably really only about 6'8"
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I love that he pronounces his first name like Dragon.
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He has an opt out clause after 4 years. He would be 20 at that time.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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He has an opt out clause after 4 years. He would be 20 at that time.
Maccabi fans are really pissed that he's signed only till 23, that way we develop him and if he doesn't go the NBA , he'll go after the big money in europe and leave.

Lets see how he turns out I know he's a speical project of Maccabi , they never bought a player that young before.
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Hmm a hyped 6'11 teenager with the last name Bender? Where have I seen this before?

Just kidding. Will be interesting to see how he develops.
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Almost 17-year-old Dragan Bender is an MVP candidate in the Israeli National League


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In a typical season, someone like me who is an assistant coach/scout for a team in the Israeli Winner League (Israel D1), would obviously keep a close eye on the National league – the Israeli minors – to look for emerging Israeli talent, or young American players who could be prospects in the near future. This season, however, it’s obvious that every Tuesday I will be watching the Ramat Gan squad to cherish every opportunity I can get to see an obvious future NBA star play in the Israeli minor leagues.

Meet Dragan Bender, a 6-11 soon-to-be 17-year-old forward that Maccabi Tel-Aviv signed to a long term deal from Croatia and loaned to the minor league club Ironi Ramat Gan. This kid can handle and pass like a guard, has a great outside shot, excellent defensive fundamentals and an off-the-charts basketball IQ for someone his age. He plays with a maturity and poise that makes him seem like one of the veterans in the league instead of a seeming like a high school kid who can’t even drive a car.

Through his first two games, Bender is averaging 13.5 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists on 60 percent 2-point shooting and 35.7 percent 3-point shooting, winning game MVP both times. Additionally, in the state cup, Ramat Gan almost knocked out last season’s Winner League runner-up, Maccabi Haifa, before Haifa narrowly escaped embarrassment with a barrage of 3-pointers by Dagan Yavzuri.

Bender will not become NBA draft eligible until 2016, where he will be a surefire lottery pick. Until then, I am going to soak in watching him in small gyms throughout Israel, so I can remember just exactly where he was before he makes his mark over the next two decades.
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NBA Croatian prospects Dragan Bender and Lovro Mazalin are among the overseas stars to receive invitations to the Basketball Without Borders Global camp in New York City, sources told Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

Bender and Mazalin, both 17 years old, will participate in and attend the NBA All-Star festivities from February 13-15, 2015.

Bender, the most coveted Croatian projected NBA draftee — ranked No. 13 in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress — averages 10.5 points, 8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 27 minutes over six games for Maccabi Ramat-Gan of the Israeli Second Division.

Bender, a lengthy small-forward who signed a seven-year pact during the offseason with reigning Euro Champs Maccabi Tel Aviv, is expected to return from a single-season loan and make the jump to Tel Aviv next season, I’m told. Bender will also compete in the upcoming Euroleague International Junior Tournament in Rome, Italy, from December 27-29.

Mazalin, a creative wingman is set to sign a four-year deal next summer with Croatian power-club Cedevita Zagreb, according to sources. He’s currently registering 1.9 points, 0.7 boards and 0.2 assists over 5.2 minutes per showcase through 11 Euroleague and Adriatic League appearances.
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