This year Lauri Markkanen and Omer Yurtseven are two of the international prospects that made their way to the United States to star for college basketball teams.
Next year there will be plenty more, especially considering the recent trend of international prospects making their way to college. According to Rukkus Blog, the total of foreign-born college basketball players is up 40-percent in the last 10 years.
One player looking to make the move next year is 6-foot-9 forward Marek Dolezaj, of Slovakia.
“I want to be better and I want to be in the NBA," Dolezaj told Scout when asked why he wanted to make his way to the United States.
“I can study there and I can play high level of basketball and may be easier to get into the NBA,” he added.
A gifted, versatile prospect, Dolezaj is fluid for a guy standing 6-foot-9. He plays on the perimeter and impresses with his skill and ability to make shots.
“I'm told I can play the position two or three.” Dolezaj said. I can shoot and I can play as a tall or small player.”
Dolezaj played for Slovokia in the 2016 FIBA u18 European Championships. Through eight games, Dolezaj averaged 13.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.
Dolezaj, who plays for Karlovka, is starting to receive interest from college programs. Vanderbilt has been active in his recruitment and has been over to Slovokia to see him.