PHENOMenology: Serbian Balsa Koprivica might be the steal of the Class of 2019

PHENOMenology: Serbian Balsa Koprivica might be the steal of the Class of 2019

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PHENOMenology: Serbian Balsa Koprivica might be the steal of the Class of 2019

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Balsa Koprivica, a seventh grader from Serbia, might turn out to be the steal of the Class of 2019 — YouTube screen shot

Balsa Koprivica, a seventh grader from Serbia, might turn out to be the steal of the Class of 2019 — YouTube screen shot

Welcome to PHENOMenology, a new series where we’ll take a closer look at one of the nation’s top prospects before they reach the bright lights of high school varsity competition. First up: A fast-rising European prospect by way of Florida.

There’s a number of prospects who have exploded up recruiting boards in the summer of 2014. Whether it’s Malik Monk’s consistent excellence, Kwe’Shaun Parker’s acrobatic slams or Luke Kennard’s sharpshooting, a number of underclassmen solidified their position as future collegiate stars. Yet none may have opened as many eyes as a foreign import from Serbia who is already showing that his game is about much more than just his height.

Balsa Koprivica hails from Serbia but is resident of Florida. He has striking size already, standing 6-foot-10 while still attending classes in the seventh grade. Yet, unlike many other early high risers, Koprivica has already developed a solid mid-range game. The son of a former Serbian national team player, Koprivica has solid range out to the three-point line. He has terrific mobility in the post, particularly for a player of his size, and has absolutely dominated other members of the Class of 2019 while competing in the Nike EYBL and other top AAU tournaments around the country.

Of course, that’s probably to be expected when a player is 6-foot-10 at the age of 13, but Koprivica’s transition from unknown commodity to super recruit has been both remarkably rapid and downright transfixing, as you can see from the video below. There’s little question that there’s much more to come from Koprivica in the future, the question will just be where we see him, both in his prep years ahead and the single year he would have to spend before heading to the NBA, whether it be in the NCAA or back in Europe.

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