Is 7’1 Croatian Teenager Dragan Bender The Next Porzingis?
Dragan Bender is a highly-touted 7 foot 1 inch Croatian teenage basketball phenom. Currently 18 years old, Bender was age 17 (in video) when making his professional debut in the US playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv as part of their Euroleague World Tour in late 2015.
Projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Dragan Bender has been described as “The Next Porzingis” drawing comparisons to NY Knicks’ young, 7ft+ European star.
Check out this raw footage of Bender in action at Chicago’s United Center, including the young star’s first ever meeting with his idol and fellow Croatian, former Chicago Bulls star Toni Kukoc as well as a look at his pregame warmups and postgame interviews.
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