Draft Updates: Saric, Karasev, Len

Today's round of draft-related links has an international feel, with updates on a French forward, a Russian shooting guard, and a Ukranian-born big man….

  • The top international prospect on Chad Ford's board at ESPN.com is Dario Saric, who is the subject of Ford's latest Insider-only blog entry. Scouts and GMs rave about Saric's upside, and the 19-year-old is expected to immediately come stateside when he's drafted, according to Ford, who notes that there will be a buyout of $1.2 million euros for Saric.
  • According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times (Twitter link), the draft's fastest riser is Sergey Karasev, who currently ranks 25th on Ford's big board. At least two NBA executives believe Karasev may end up being a lottery pick, according to Woelfel.
  • Potential lottery pick Alex Len has undergone surgery to stabilize a stress fracture in his ankle and will miss four to six months, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets. Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com wonders (via Twitter) how much the big man's stock will be affected, noting that his game would have translated well to predraft works. Meanwhile, Chris Mannix of SI.com suggests (via Twitter) that a late-lottery team could end up with a steal if Len slips on draft night.

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