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#5
Nikola Vucevic
PPG RPG APG
17.1 10.3 1.6
Team: USC TrojansHeight: 6-10 Born: 10/24/1990
Class-Eligibility: Jr-JrWeight: 260 Hometown: Bar, Montenegro


Scouting Report

By now, it almost reads like a personal ad - European big man who isn't a great athlete and doesn't play above the rim, yet can consistently fill it up from mid-range and has a deft touch around the basket, seeking NBA team in need of role player. That's what Vucevic is and that's a niche he can very easily - and rather immediately - fill for a lot of teams. Vucevic isn't someone like Vladimir Radmanovic who's going to simply camp out at the 3-point line and rarely throw his weight around inside, though. The Montenegrin big man led the Pac-10 in rebounding in both his sophomore and junior seasons at Southern California, a skill that will get him on the floor as fast as anything in the NBA. He's not a great ballhandler but is at least developed enough to bring some semblance of a pull-up game to the table, and he's shown an ability to work well in pick-and-roll situations that get him an open look from 15 to 18 feet. Vucevic, whose father played professionally in Europe for 24 years, still has plenty to work on defensively, but he's capable of becoming at least average on that end. He has outstanding length that allows him to be effective as a shot blocker, though he'll need to add some bulk if he's going to defend power forwards in the post as his frame will require. There's a lot to like about Vucevic despite a few current concerns, and those strengths should get him drafted late in the first or early in the second round.

Career Stats

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2008-09 USC 23 3 11.0 2.6 2.7 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.6 1.5 .578 .000 .875
2009-10 USC 30 30 32.3 10.7 9.4 1.2 0.6 1.3 1.9 2.7 .504 .222 .718
2010-11 USC 34 34 34.9 17.1 10.3 1.6 0.5 1.4 1.7 2.8 .505 .349 .755
Career 87 67 27.7 11.1 8.0 1.1 0.5 1.1 1.5 2.4 .509 .303 .746

Totals Team G GS Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO PF Pts
2008-09 USC 23 3 254 26 45 0 3 7 8 22 61 7 9 9 14 34 59
2009-10 USC 30 30 968 126 250 8 36 61 85 94 283 36 18 39 57 82 321
2010-11 USC 34 34 1187 215 426 29 83 123 163 97 350 54 18 47 58 96 582
Career 87 67 2409 367 721 37 122 191 256 213 694 97 45 95 129 212 962

Game Logs

Date Opp Result Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO PF Pts
11/13 UC-Irv W 62-49 39 6 10 1 2 6 7 5 14 0 1 1 2 2 19
11/15 SantaC W 86-73 40 8 14 0 1 6 7 3 11 1 1 1 1 0 22
11/17 Rider L 57-77 30 3 7 0 0 3 6 3 7 1 0 0 2 4 9
11/20 @Brad L 63-64 35 7 14 1 3 7 11 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 22
11/21 @NMSt W 80-61 36 8 14 2 2 1 2 0 7 5 1 0 1 4 19
11/24 CSF W 81-54 36 5 13 0 2 6 8 4 14 5 0 2 3 1 16
11/27 @Neb L 58-60 40 2 15 1 6 0 0 2 9 0 0 3 3 1 5
11/29 @TCU L 69-81 34 5 10 0 0 6 10 2 10 0 0 0 2 4 16
12/5 Tex W 73-56 34 9 17 2 5 4 4 2 9 2 0 1 0 5 24
12/11 NoAri W 60-52 35 4 11 1 3 4 5 4 10 1 0 4 3 1 13
12/18 @Kansas L 68-70 37 6 8 1 2 0 0 2 8 2 2 2 2 4 13
12/21 @Tenn W 65-64 24 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 4
12/23 Lehigh W 76-49 28 5 14 0 2 6 8 5 10 4 1 6 1 2 16
12/29 Wash L 67-73 40 6 9 2 3 14 14 3 14 1 1 0 1 3 28
12/31 WashSt W 60-56 32 4 10 1 3 3 3 1 11 0 1 1 1 1 12
1/9 UCLA W 63-52 34 9 16 1 4 1 2 1 4 0 0 1 1 2 20
1/13 @Oregon L 62-68 37 4 12 0 1 3 4 5 13 2 0 2 2 3 11
1/15 @OreSt L 76-80 37 12 18 2 4 0 1 6 14 0 0 0 0 5 26
1/20 Stan W 65-42 32 9 11 2 2 0 1 3 9 2 0 2 0 2 20
1/22 Cal L 66-68 32 2 8 0 2 2 2 3 10 1 0 2 2 5 6
1/27 @AriSt W 63-61 35 10 17 1 1 5 6 5 12 2 0 0 5 2 26
1/29 @Ari L 73-82 25 8 16 0 1 2 5 2 7 2 0 0 2 4 18
2/2 @UCLA L 50-64 35 7 16 0 2 4 4 3 7 2 2 1 2 3 18
2/10 OreSt W 67-56 38 7 13 1 3 2 4 3 10 1 0 3 1 1 17
2/12 Oregon L 51-61 39 11 22 0 3 0 1 7 16 1 2 0 3 3 22
2/17 @Cal W 78-75 37 7 12 2 2 5 8 0 10 2 1 1 0 1 21
2/19 @Stan W 69-53 34 6 10 3 4 4 4 3 14 1 1 3 0 1 19
2/24 Ari W 65-57 35 9 17 0 3 7 7 1 12 0 1 0 0 4 25
2/26 AriSt W 62-46 36 7 11 3 3 3 6 3 10 0 0 1 0 2 20
3/3 @WashSt L 77-85 38 8 17 1 4 5 6 2 11 3 0 1 1 2 22
3/5 @Wash W 62-60 37 7 11 1 2 4 4 4 10 0 1 0 0 3 19
3/10 Cal W 70-56 27 3 10 0 2 1 2 1 5 2 1 3 4 3 7
3/11 @Ari L 62-67 40 6 12 0 3 4 5 3 12 5 1 3 5 4 16
3/16 VCU L 46-59 39 3 5 0 1 5 6 1 14 0 0 2 2 5 11
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