For those NBA Draftniks out there searching for future first rounders, you're were better off scouting theKenner League or seemingly any backyard hoops game than the 2012 Olympics. Nearly all of the those leading or keyingtheir respective countries during the London games are the established types like Nene and Manu, Pau and Luol.However, based on Hoopsword.com's pre-tournament prospects to watch list, there are a few notables left in the field worth monitoring. Considering the Wizards' fondness for the international types, it's certainly not a bad move to keep an eye on. When considering stats, note that many of the prospects - similar to Anthony Davis on the U.S. side, are buried behind established veterans and their head coach's job is to win a medal, not develop his rising stars. The players, their Olympic stats followed by the Hoopsworld pre-tourney take...Matthew Dellavedova (Australia, 1990) 64, 190 lbs. Shooting GuardStats and stuff: Averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 assists for the Aussies during the group round while shooting 41 percent (7 of 17) from beyond the arc. Squaring off against the army of lengthy Team USA defenders in the quarterfinals might not be his best draft showcase opportunity, but college hoops fans will recognize the name. Dellavedova has been one of the leaders for West Coast Conference power St. Mary's the past three years, averaging 15.5 points and. 6.4 assists as a junior and twice leading the Gaels into the NCAA Tournament. "The Olympics mark Dellavedovas fourth tournament with the Australian National Team. His name has some buzz surrounding it right now due to his performance against Tony Parker and France in their final exhibition. His ability to play both guard positions should come in handy for Australian head coach Brett Brown, who also serves as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. With a strong showing in London, especially shooting wise, he will enter his senior year firmly on the NBA radar."Sergey Karasev (Russia, 1993) 67, 205 lbs. Small ForwardStats and stuff: Has yet to score in thetournament, but DraftExpress.com currently projects Karasev into the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft."Its going to be interesting to see what kind of role Russia head coach David Blatt gives Karasev, quite possibly the most intriguing prospect in the Olympics. He was not a major part of the rotation in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where he averaged just 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 27 total minutes of action in three games.
"Karasev, a member of Triumph, is a quality three-point shooter with a growing arsenal. Given the playing time and freedom, he could really help Russia in their quest to medal. In order for him to see the floor extensively he has to defend better than he has previously, otherwise it wont be until he joins back up with Triumph that he can really help his stock."Raul Neto (Brazil, 1992) 61, 168 lbs. Point GuardStats and stuff: 3.7 points and 2.0 assists in three games...Also receives a second-round projection from DraftExpress.com."Over the last two years Neto has seen his share of highs and lows on the big stages. He remains a name to remember because of his speed and effectiveness with the ball in his hands. Hes coming off of a noteworthy year for San Sebastian. Hes stuck behind some veteran guards in Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas and Alex Alexander, though, which seemingly leaves very little playing time for him in London.
"Neto has to make the most of his opportunities and use his speed to be disruptive on both ends of the court. Knocking down open jump shots would go a long way in helping him climb up the draft boards as well."Facundo Campazzo (Argentina, 1991) 510, 194 lbs. Point GuardStats and stuff: 4.8 points, 4.4. assists and 24 minutes per game. Yes, this is Carmelo Anthony's pal, the groin puncher."Like Neto, Campazzo will have to make the most out of limited minutes on a very talented Argentina squad. Despite being small in size, Campazzo holds his own defensively. Hes a solid three-point shooter who is quite capable of creating for his teammates.
Campazzo isnt really on the radar just yet and may not be after this tournament either, but hes certainly a big part of Argentina basketballs future. Look for him to show promising flashes when his number is called."