Bosnian forward Dzanan Musa submits paperwork for the 2018 NBA draft

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Bosnian small forward Dzanan Musa has submitted paperwork to make himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, told ESPN.

“I decided to declare for the NBA draft because I think it’s a great opportunity to make my dreams come true, and I think I’m ready for it,” Musa told ESPN. “It was not a difficult decision, because I have my goal and the goal is to play in the NBA.”

Musa, an 18-year-old, 6-foot-9 small forward, is in the midst of an outstanding season at KK Cedevita Zagreb, which plays in three separate competitions: the Adriatic League, EuroCup and Croatian League. He is averaging 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 23 minutes per game, shooting 61 percent from 2-point range and 34 percent from 3 through 58 combined games.

Musa is just the sixth player in Adriatic League history to average more than 20 points per 40 minutes as a teenager, joining Goran Dragic, Nikola Jokic, Dario Saric, Ante Zizic and Jusuf Nurkic.

He also is a member of the Bosnian senior national team, where he is currently the leading scorer in their FIBA World Cup qualification campaign at 15 points per game.

“The key behind success is hard work, every single day, and confidence is a big part in that,” Musa told ESPN.

Musa was identified early as an elite talent in international basketball circles, leading the U16 European Championship in scoring in 2014 at 22 points per game despite being a year younger than the competition at age 15. He returned to the same competition the following year and averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks, winning MVP honors while helping his small country win its first FIBA championship. He became the youngest player to start in a Euroleague game shortly after at age 16, and debuted with the Bosnian senior national team the next summer. Musa averaged 34 points per game in the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2016, a record for youth competitions.

His tremendous scoring instincts, combined with his size, make him an attractive prospect in today’s NBA, as he has proved capable of sliding into different lineup configurations, operating anywhere from the shooting guard to power forward positions.

With the Adriatic League and EuroCup campaigns having ended, Musa’s Cedevita team is currently competing in the Croatian league, which finishes in May and should allow for plenty of time to attend private workouts with NBA teams.

“I can show my humility, work ethic and personality, because I haven’t been allowed to have close contact with them,” Musa told ESPN. “I’m looking to take everything that’s in front of me in this process. I want to show the team who picks me who I really am and that I will do whatever it takes for the team.”

Musa is the No. 21 prospect in the ESPN Top 100 and is considered a strong first-round pick candidate by NBA teams.



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