Florida State sophomore center Balsa Koprivica declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Koprivica is not simply testing the pre-draft waters as he intends to play pro basketball in NBA or Europe.
Koprivica averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for FSU in 2020-21, helping the Seminoles reach the Sweet 16. He nearly had three straight double-doubles in March, showing his value as a scorer, rebounder and also on the defensive end.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for putting me in this position, and helping me along my journey,” Koprivica said. “I want to thank my family and all the people who helped me along the way. Thank you to the coaches and the staff at FSU for making me a better person and a better player. I appreciate all the efforts that you’ve made to make my stay at FSU the best it could be. Thank you to all my teammates for always being there for me. We have shared some unforgettable memories over the past two years. Our bond is unbreakable and our relationships will last a lifetime. With that being said I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA draft, and pursuing my dream of becoming an NBA player.”
The 7-foot-1, 240-pound Koprivica has an all-around game that exceeds what a player his size normally haas. His ball-handling and passing is advanced for a center and he is also developing a consistent jump shot.
Koprivica joins a group of FSU players who have entered the NBA Draft early, including RaiQuan Gray, Scottie Barnes and Sardaar Calhoun. Among those, Calhoun specifically stated he is testing the waters but will retain his eligibility for the 2021-22 season.
FSU will have four 7-footers on the roster next season: Tanor Ngom, Quincy Ballard, junior-college transfer Naheem McLeod and freshman John Butler.