Notes: Predrag Savovic leaves Hawaii as the school's fourth-leading scorer all-time with 1,414 points in just three seasons. He is the ninth player in UH history to score 1,000 points, leaving as the program's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (178) and 3-pointers attempted (471).
Savovic helped Hawaii reach the NCAA Tournament in both 2001 and 2002. He was voted to the Associated Press All-America honorable mention team this past season and all-WAC first team. He was also the WAC tournament Most Valuable Player and two-time WAC Player of the Week.
A native of Yugoslavia, where he played for the national team from 1993-94, Savovic started his American basketball career at UAB in 1997. He played just one game for the Blazers before transferring to Hawaii. After sitting out the 1998-99 season, Savovic was named the to the WAC's All-Newcomer team and voted the MVP of both the Rainbow Classic and Hawaii Invitational.
During his junior season, Savovic was voted to the 2000-01 All-WAC first team and WAC All-Tournament team.
Positives: Savovic is one of the better shooting big men in this draft. He led Hawaii to back-to-back WAC titles and NCAA berths. He plays like a European, but he's big and can bang. He returned from a back injury that might have hampered other players who would be considered soft. Savovic is not soft, and that earned him brownie points with scouts.
Negatives: Savovic's quickness and defensive capabilities will lead some to question how high he should go in the draft. He's a talent who could emerge on a first-round list if he works out well. But he'll have to get over the defensive label that dogs him.
Summary: Savovic has got a realistic shot to crack the first round. If not, he's a lock for the second if he can't get into the first 28. But keep an eye on his progress over the next month.