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4-3-JD-Spanish projects & prospects.

I´m working in the first chapter of a new series of JDs, called "Scouting the World", which is not about international players, but just about every single country: history, art, culture, tourism, people,... (all in short and with links for the people wanting to extend their knowledge). I´m taking Spain for this first one, for no reason :) and will let you decide if it´s worth the effort to continue with other countries, one by one. Should be a collective task, as I´m not going to do other than Spain. My post will also allow you to ask any question Spain related, and I´ll find out the answer if the answer exists ;) (if it does not... I´ll make up an answer for you).

In the meantime, I have decided it would be a good idea to let you know about another Spanish prospect born in 1993, Daniel Díez, who has been flying somehow under the radar. People think he is going to be the second coming of Jimenez, the last good Spanish National Team small forward (Rudy being a SG playing out of position and Claver not panning out because of injuries), but I think they are wrong. I believe he will be more of a Gerald Wallace, probably not so athletic (I don´t think he will be able to attack the rim as Wallace does) but with better smarts, better rebounding and better shooting (especially from long range). They say he will be a very good ACB player, and I bet he will be a very serviceable NBA player.

More after the jump.

This is what you can read about this guy in the last U20 Euro championship:

Next to Abrines, Daniel Diez could have been a tournament MVP as well as the energetic Spanish forward averaged a double-double in Poland. Diez excelled in rebounding situations where he was extremely present as he grabbed more than 10 boards per game in just 26 minutes on the court. Without being particularly tall or athletic, Diez has an excellent timing mixed with a great motor and will to get every ball. He was very effective in this domain on both ends of the court as he reads the shots very well in order to anticipate through his positioning. Additionally, he has a very quick second jump which helps him a lot, especially on the offensive end where he is present through several tip-in attempts. Offensively, he has two major options next to his rebounding presence, the left handed drive and the three-point shot in catch-and-shoot situations. Out of his drive, that he starts with a good first step, he mostly goes until the rim for the finish close to the basket. He can come up with the surprising dish on the penetration play but he does not really look for that option most of the time. His jump shot from the three-point line looks good without being superbly quick in the execution. But he has a good accuracy from behind the arc. You could rarely see Diez take a jump shot from mid-range so it is more difficult to say if that is another part of his game. He moves well without the ball as it has been mentioned already above for rebounding situations but this is also true for the offensive situations in general. Next to his importance in the defensive rebounding sector, Diez has also an impact on other parts of the defense. He reads well what the offense wants to play and is therefore very good in anticipating the situations for getting the steal or the charge. He can also come up with the block shot from the help side but he is not a major shot blocker on the man. Diez, who plays for Real Madrid, will probably struggle to become a factor on the professional level though as he lives for the moment mainly from his energy level and rebounding presence. He does not have the necessary size for playing the inside positions in the future and his ball handling is not developed enough yet for the Small Forward positions on the highest level.

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