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Dario Saric Reportedly Withdraws from 2013 NBA Draft

Photo courtesy of Fotodiena.lt/R. Dackus at LithuaniaBasketball.com
Photo courtesy of Fotodiena.lt/R. Dackus at LithuaniaBasketball.com
Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 16, 2013

There has been much speculation about Dario Saric's future, but after some back and forth thought, he has reportedly made an official decision.

He will be withdrawing from this year's NBA draft. 

The news comes courtesy of ESPN's Chad Ford:

It was originally revealed that the Croatian intended to withdraw his name from the draft, but a couple of days ago, Mark Followill reported that he was still undecided. 

But with the deadline to make a decision looming on Monday, Saric signed his letter of withdrawal, and his agent, Marc Cornstein, will deliver it tomorrow, according to Ford

This means that every prospect projected outside of the lottery will safely move up a spot on teams' big boards. 

According to Ford, Saric was seen as a top-14 pick to several scouts and general managers. Even if he did slip out of the lottery, he was certainly going to be a first-round selection. 

At just 19 years of age, he proved to be one of Cibona's most valuable players during the Croatian playoffs, as he averaged 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds en route to helping his team to a league title. 

Saric is a unique prospect with a tantalizing skill set. He's 6'10", but he possesses tremendous versatility. He's long, can handle the ball and see the entire court like a point guard, can shoot the rock (albeit slightly inconsistently) and is a good rebounder. 

Although he could stand to add some bulk, he is essentially a playmaking guard in an NBA small forward's body.

Most teams would welcome a burgeoning prospect like that, but they will now have to wait a year for the opportunity.

Saric is undoubtedly someone to keep your eye on. If he has a good year with Cibona and improves on his weaknesses while adding some much-needed experience, he could make plenty of noise in what will be a stacked 2014 draft. 

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