Damjan Rudez to work out for Cleveland Cavaliers


According to European site Sportando, the Cleveland Cavaliers will workout Croatian forward Damjan Rudez in early June. From the  Sportando report:

Damjan Rudez will travel to USA to workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers,according to Gigantes.
The Croatian forward will fly to America early in June to meet the Cavs.

Rudez ended his season with CAI Zaragoza averaging 10.4 points, 2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Rudez has a buyout in his contract with CAI Zaragoza and is reportedly pursued also by Unics Kazan, according to Eurohoops.

Here is the breakdown from Draft Express on Rudez from 2006, when he was first looked at as an NBA prospect. Rudez is 27 years old, which makes this an odd work out for the Cavs to conduct.

Rudez is a talented player with a lot of upside, but he hasn’t been able to put it all together just yet. There have been many question marks regarding his attitude on the court, as he often seems too passive and will not make full use of his skills. It’s not a question of effort, but rather a lack of self-confidence. Damjan plays at both forward spots for Split, but his NBA future is definitely at Small Forward. Rudez has excellent size at 6-foot-9 and is a very good athlete. He also has a good first step and is quite a leaper. His lateral quickness needs work and he suffers occasionally against smaller perimeter players, but there is more then enough physical potential for him to play on the perimeter full time.

Rudez looks great when he puts the ball on the floor and drives to the basket, as he has a quick first step and can finish with either hand. His ball-handling skills should improve, though, as he is not very adept at changing directions or speeds. Damjan relies more on his jumper, which is good, yet sometimes inconsistent. His shooting mechanics aren’t flawless, but he shows great touch and range out the three-point line. Rudez is shooting 51.3% from the field and 37.3% from beyond the arc on the season. Damjan has also excellent court vision and passing ability and is a very unselfish player in general. Considering his physical tools, Damjan is a below average rebounder, not using his length and leaping ability to the fullest extent. He doesn’t establish good position on the block and often finds himself out of place. This is one aspect of the game where it’s visible that he has been coached as a perimeter player for his whole life.

It is critical for Rudez that he finally started to get consistent playing time, with the recent departure of Split’s AmericansCurtis Stinson, Tony Skinn and Otis Hill, Damjan is projected as one of the leaders of this very young team. He is improving consistently and now looks quiet a bit better then he did at the start of the season, which is understandable considering that he barely played in the last two years. If Damjan decides to declare for June’s draft, he would have a good shot at getting drafted somewhere in the 2nd round based on his potential alone. If he shows progress and has a big season next year, he could be a first round pick in 2008.

 

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