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NBA Draft Rumors: Artem Klimenko to enter draft


Another international prospect made his decision about the NBA Draft on Tuesday.

Russian center Artem Klimenko has declared for the draft, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

Carchia learned the news through his agent.

The 7’1, 228-pound Klimenko is a native of Saratova, Russia.

Draft Express touched on Klimenko during the Adidas EuroCamp.

Artem Klimenko is one of the youngest players in attendance, but the 1994-born center had a nice showing nonetheless. His length and size make him an intimidating interior presence on the defensive end, and he has a frame that should develop in time as well as a competitive streak. Combine those traits, and you have one of the more impressive young center prospects in Europe. Klimenko played in the third division of Russia this season with Avtodor Saratov, and will remain with the club next season, which will allow him to see quite a bit of playing time, but won’t afford him chances to match up against quality competition.

Klimenko, 20, is ranked fifth among international prospects born in 1994 according to Draft Express.

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