The next potential international member of the San Antonio Spurs was not even a year old when they were hoisting up their second championship trophy. The 6-8 power forward Roko Prkacin from Croatia will turn just 19 in November as the Spurs hit the beginning part of their 2021-22 campaign.
There's certainly an inherent gamble in taking someone so young and trying to get them adapted quickly to the NBA, but there's a growing belief that it's only a matter of time before he becomes a steal in the 2021 NBA Draft. Prkacin is currently projected to be selected 47th on Tankathon's Big Board, but the versatility and potential of the teenager is starting to give him momentum to move up.
Prkacin has been playing organized basketball since age 15 when he played for Cibona in the Adriatic Junior ABA League in 2017-18. That summer, he led the Croatian under-16 team to the gold medal in the 2018 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. In that tournament, his all-around game was on full display.
Roko averaged 18.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in the tournament, winning MVP at its conclusion. One day after he turned 18, Prkacin moved up to the main Croatia national team. After the jump, I'll dive into Prkacin's skill set and show some intriguing highlights.