By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
From Real Madrid to Partizan Mozzart Bet midway through the 2021-22 season, Tristan Vukcevic’s next step can be with an NBA team through the 2023 NBA draft.
Vukcevic, 20, declared for the draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
The promising forward/center has logged 24 appearances in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague over the last three seasons between the teams based in Madrid and Belgrade. In the 2022-23 edition of Europe’s premier club continental competition, he averaged 1.1 points, 12. rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest in 12 games played under legendary play-caller Zeljko Obradovic. More playing time in the AdmiralBet ABA League extended his contributions to 8.1 points with his shooting range boosting 40% from beyond the arc, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game over 22 appearances.
Among European youngsters looking for a spot in the 2023 NBA draft, Vukcevic is considered a possible selection in the second round.
Vukcevic grew up in Italy and from there in Greece before moving to Spain to join the youth team of Madrid. He was promoted to the senior squad of the Whites during the 2020-21 season. After 12 games played in EuroLeague and 32 in Spain’s Liga Endesa, hoping for more playing and developing opportunities signed a multiyear contract with Partizan in January 2022.
Expected to soon launch an international career with Serbia, he additionally holds a Greek passport through his father and a Swedish passport through his mother.
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