San Antonio Spurs VP of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry is in Barcelona to take a look at some young players in the Euroleague Final Four and in an interview with illmessaggero.com, Ferry watched the FMP Belgrade-KK Zagreb match and a player by the name of Dario Saric caught Ferry's attention.
Saric is a 6'8", 215 lbs., small forward from Croatia:
Croatian forward Dario Saric showed why people are excited about his future down the road. He has an excellent feel for the game and a very high skill level for a player his age at 6'10”, playing as a small forward and looking very comfortable operating on the perimeter.
The most impressive aspect of Saric's game is his outstanding court vision and passing skills for a player his size. He really stood out in one of the scrimmages during the week, throwing multiple eye-popping passes to open teammates. Although he's not terribly explosive, he's a very versatile player who is able to handle the ball on the perimeter and play a point-forward type role, which is very intriguing. (draftexpress.com)
Saric also looks at Spurs' Manu Ginobili as a role model of hard work:
That's right. Ginobili is proof that hard work can make you successful. He and Rudy Fernandez proved that you can make it to the top of the NBA, even without all the muscles.
Please excuse the rough translation provided by Google Translate but in the interview Ferry also spoke on the Spurs series loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and Gary Neal:
"The year was certainly positive for the performance of the regular season (61 games won, 21 lost), we are sorry for the early elimination. Now is the time of the evaluations, not to mention cold. Memphis has shocked led by Zack Randolph, who has literally exploded in his hands by combining a powerful physique polite. Neal? It was fantastic, when it comes to pull him no discounts to anyone: it is a high quality shooter. "
Very good in scouting but Spurs need is to analyze wats the next step to take in Nba not in Europe.Their big guys Bonner,Blair and Tiago can not make a defensive impact because they are not high flyers compared to Tyson Chandler or Ibaka.What Spurs need is an athletic frontcourt player coz Timmy is old.Wake up Mr.Ferry!
@mshel he is a second rounder and to be developed for a couple of years if they select him in the second anyway. The guys you mentioned needed in the front court now are first rounders or free agents or a trade. They're not stupid they know this.