Hometown: Moravska Ostrava, Czech Republic

Height: 6'11"

Weight: 240

Position: Power Forward

Team: Partizan Belgrade

Class: 1990

Jan Vesely | F

Right-handed… Vesely is a unique talent- a 6'11"-7'0" face-up Power Forward/Center. He is an above-average athlete, who runs the floor pretty well and relies mainly on his hustle, but also his quickness and perimeter game to score… He has the game of a Small Forward, despite his 6'11" frame, but lacks the range on his jumper to be a constant outside threat… He is an excellent finisher around the rim who excels in transition and basket cuts. Because he is often quicker than some many of his defenders and hustles up the floor in transition, he gets a lot of easy looks and quick baskets in transition… He does the "small" things well- crashes the boards hard and gets open in the paint or from about 12 - 15 feet for dump offs and spot-up shots… Vesely is a very good player when used for the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop. Those are the types of options that best suit his skills as a perimeter-oriented slasher/ mid-range shooter… Defensively, Vesely is active on the glass, but also in the paint. He contests shots and boxes out well… He is just 19 years old and has great physical talents…

Vesely isn't having quite the breakout season many scouts expected. While his minutes have gone up from last season, his production has gone up accordingly. His team in Serbia, KK Partizan, lost four of its best players from last season to other teams, while Vesely was left to take over the lead role. Whether it's a lack of talent around him or he simply isn't ready to take over the star role, Vesely has been a bit of a disappointment this season… Is Vesely any more than a role-player and energy guy? He needs to fill out his lengthy frame and add some strength… What position will he play? His game is best suited as a face-up 4 man, but I don't think he can physically handle the beating he will take over the course of an 82-game season. He will only really look to post-up when he is covered by smaller defenders and even still, he has difficulty converting because of his average footwork and lack of developed post moves… He needs to continue to work on his perimeter shot- not only just mechanics, but keep shooting in practice to get reps and become more of a constant threat… Vesely also needs to continue to work on his ball-handling abilities. If he wants to play on the perimeter in the NBA, he will need to not only handle the ball, but improve his court vision. He lacks the awareness to sense a double-team or the vision to string a quick pass to the open teammate… Would certainly benefit from another two to three years of seasoning…

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