International prospect Nikola Jovic will remain in the 2022 NBA Draft

Projected first-round pick Nikola Jovic would remain in the 2022 NBA Draft after a strong season in the Adriatic League, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Jovic, who was born in Serbia, was named the ABA League’s top prospect after averaging 12 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29 games for KK Mega Basket last season. He shot 41.4% from the field, including 31.5% from 3 points.

The 6ft 11in made his senior debut for Mega Basket last year and previously played for Serbia in the FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2021. He was named in the All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in seven games.

Jovic had until 5 p.m. EDT Monday to withdraw from the draft.

It is widely expected that Jovic will be a first-round pick mid-to-late. He can space the floor and has also shown promise as a ball handler and rebounder. He’s been on the NBA’s radar for quite some time and even received votes as the best international player by GMs.

The 19-year-old worked with several teams before the draft, including the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. Jovic enters the draft with as much experience as any prospect so should be a high pick.

The NBA draft will take place on June 23.

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