Dzanan Musa is widely projected as a first-round NBA draft selection.

But the 19-year-old Bosnian has even higher expectations on where he will be taken next Thursday night. Or at least on where he believes he should be taken.

“I think I’m a lottery pick, for sure,” Musa said following his Wednesday workout with the Nuggets, who hold the final lottery selection at No. 14 “ … But the players here (in the United States) are more exposed than we (Europeans) are. I think we can show one year, two years from now where we belong.”

Confidence exuded from Musa in his short meeting with the Denver media. At 6-foot-8, 190 pounds, he called himself a point guard with the ability to defend all three perimeter positions. And he credits playing professionally since he was 16 — he averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season for Cedevita of the Adriatic, EuroCup and Croatian Leagues — with fostering his readiness to make the jump to the NBA.

“You play against these legends in Europe,” Musa said. “You don’t score, 20, 30 40 (points) on them. These guys here (in America) … they play with the people their ages. It’s a lot easier for them. I don’t say they’re bad players; they’re good players.”

Musa dedicated his life to basketball at an early age. When he was 11 he moved five hours away from his small hometown to train at a basketball academy in Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He recalled the tears he shed during his first three or four months away, “at night, especially, because you feel alone.” But the experience made him mentally stronger.

“I know how to manage myself,” Musa said. “Especially when you’re from a small town as I am and you …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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