Dario Saric Withdraws from NBA Draft

EuroDario Saric of Croatia withdrew from the NBA draft today, along with 15 other international prospects.

Saric was the biggest name of the bunch, the second-best small forward prospect behind Otto Porter of Georgetown, according to our draft guru, Joe Kotoch, who had Saric going No. 15 to the Milwaukee Bucks in Mock Draft 5.0. (Fear not: Mock Draft 5.0.1 is on it’s way.)

Also withdrawing was center Mouhammadou Jaiteh of France, considered a borderline late first-round pick.

Only two American players withdrew: Norvel Pelle of Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy and Joshua Simmons of Spartanburg Methodist (JC).

Saric also was considered a possible Eurostash draft asset for the Dallas Mavericks, who are trying to clear and/or save as much cap space as possible to make a run at free agent(s) Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, whose chances of leaving the Los Angeles Clippers have probably increased now that the proposed Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Clippers trade that would have brought coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers is reportedly dead.

The 19-year-old Saric led Cibona to a league title, averaging 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds during the playoffs. He believes that with another season of experience, he will guarantee himself a higher spot in the draft and a bigger role with the team that drafts him, agent Marc Cornstein told ESPN.com.

The full list of international players who withdrew is below:

Francois Affia Ambadiang                 Geoplin Slovan (Slovenia)

Nemanja Besovic                                Partizan (Serbia)

Bogdan Bogdanovic                           Partizan (Serbia)

Matias Bortolin                                   Arkadia (Austria)

Linos Chrysikopoulos                         PAOK (Greece)

Dorde Drenovac                                 Biancoblu (Italy)

Viktor Gaddefors                               Oknoplast Bologna (Italy)

Mouhammadou Jaiteh                         Boulogne (France)

Louis Labeyrie                                    Paris-Levallois (France)

Philipp Neumann                                Brose Baskets (Germany)

Artem Pustovyi                                   Khimik (Ukraine)

Marko Ramljak                                   Zadar (Croatia)

Dario Saric                                          Cibona (Croatia)

Walter Tavares                                    Gran Canaria (Spain)

Axel Toupane                                      Strasbourg (France)

Adin Vrabac                                       Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)



  1. A.J. says

    Sheridan, you seriously believe Paul is going to leave the glamour of L.A.? For what, Atlanta’s strip clubs?

    By the way, and I should have raised it back when it happened, but you should be ashamed and embarrassed by your pansy poor man’s Larry King softball questions you’ve asked Stern in your last two opportunities. I saw the press conference videos, you couldn’t have possibly done a worse job. Now it’s too late to ask him the real questions and pretty much a moot point. What’s the name of the veterinarian that removed your testicles, as well as detached your lips from his pasty hairy butt.

  2. A.J. says

    As if one Andris Biedriņš empty Eurotrash uniform isn’t enough for the NBA. He’s got his hair, too.


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