Now that September is here, we can look forward to new prospects invading prep school campuses throughout New England over the next few weeks. That means open gyms packed with college coaches and players from across the globe looking to earn offers against the best prep competition in America!
It's a great time to get familiar with some of New England's Best New Prospects for the '19-'20 season. Over next few weeks, The Hustle will feature one of the region's talented newcomers every day.......
New England Prep Programs have helped develop some of the game’s best young international prospects over the years. These prospects made both an immediate and lasting impact that is being felt at the very top of each level in today’s game:
-Franck “BANG!” Kepnang came to MacDuffie as a raw, baby-faced prospect in the fall of 2016 and has developed into one of the top-25 prospects in the national Class of 2021.
-Flip Petrusev arrived at Avon-Old Farms in 2017 and injuries sidelined him for the majority of the season. Petrusev spent the '17-'18 season at national powerhouse Montverde Academy and is now one of College Basketball’s most intriguing pro prospects heading into his sophomore year at Gonzaga.
-Steven Adams essentially stepped off his plane, then went into the gym and worked out for a few days before matching up with Nerlens Noel and Andre Drummond during his time at Notre Dame Prep in 2012. After one season at Pittsburgh, Adams was selected by OKC with the 12th Pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. By the end of the ’20-’21 Season, the New Zealand-native will have earned $110-Million over the first 8-years of his NBA career. Adams will still only be 28-years old at that time.
Even with the access to FIBA games and YouTube clips, I would be the first to admit that we're still behind the 8-ball when it comes to having great evaluations on most of our incoming international prospects.
So, as we introduce some of the top New England's Best New Prospects In '19-'20 over the next few weeks, The Hustle will introduce some of the best new International prospects as well.
After getting word of his arrival at Hotchkiss, The Hustle reached out to Dusan Neskovic and got to know a little more about the athletic 6'8" Serbian wing.
Dusan, tell us where you’re from and describe your game in a few words….
DN: A high-IQ shooter and athletic wing from Belgrade, Serbia.
What are some of the things that led you to Hotchkiss for your post-grad season?
DN: I believe that Hotchkiss will provide me with an amazing opportunity to grow as a man, while also giving me a chance to develop as a basketball player on the court and as a student in the classroom.
Which parts of your skillset are you going to focus on improving most over the next year?
DN: I’m going to focus on my overall quickness and becoming a more efficient player. I want to develop a quicker, more efficient release on my jumper and get my handle tightened up as well. Those are the things that seem to separate players at the highest levels.
What are your goals for the season?
DN: To lead Hotchkiss to a great season, improve every day and put myself in a position to play college basketball at the D1 level.
Name some of the important things that you’ll be looking for in a college …
DN: I’d like to attend a college that helps me develop into a professional player but also a school that offers a high-level education and prepares me for life after basketball. I don’t like thinking about it but I realize how important it is to have a plan once I’m done playing.
Just keep workin now, so you won't have to worry about workin for real any time soon bro!
I haven’t seen Neskovic live yet, and there’s only so much you can take away from YouTube clips, so I reached out to a few International scouts for more information.
They both immediately mentioned how his physical profile will catch the eye of D1 scouts and erase any preconceived notions him not being able to hang with strong wing athletes at the D1 level. Even from his film, Neskovic’s ability to rise up and finish above the rim is effortless. The Hustle will go further in-depth on Neskovic's game once I get a live look this fall.
Neskovic joins a strong core returning prospects on a Hotchkiss squad that should compete for the 2020 NEPSAC-A Championship. The versatile 6’8” wing will be a welcomed addition alongside Miles Brewster, Kyle Jenkins, Aidan Rodgers, CJ Mitchell and Vasja Pandza in a potent Hotchkiss rotation.