Orazio Cauchi: Spurs GM R.C. Buford and Hawks assistant GM Jeff Peterson were among the NBA executives who watched Croatian prospect Luka Samanic in Petrol Olimpija’s win over Sencur in Slovenian playoffs. Samanic finished with a double-double: 17 points and 11 rebounds
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This year’s camp will be headlined by Sekou Doumbouya (France), Luka Samanic (Croatia), Killian Hayes (France), N’Faly Dante (Mali), Charles Bassey (Nigeria) and others. Doumbouya and Samanic are both projected as top-10 picks in the 2019 draft, having dominated the Under-18 European Championships despite playing up a year or two on the competition. Doumbouya, a strong and explosive power forward with soft touch on his jumper, is already playing professional basketball in France’s second division, and he’s fresh off an impressive 26-point outing (on 12 attempts) this past weekend. Samanic is a versatile, 6-foot-11 power forward whose game is tailor-made for a camp of this setting with his ability to dribble, pass, shoot and defend multiple positions.