Not yet 18 years old, Bender is one of the leading players in the world in his age group. A super-tall forward, he is agile and athletic, with remarkable game intelligence. He combines good shooting, terrific rebounding ability, and excellent passing ability. Bender’s diversity means he can play almost any position on the court.
Everyone predicts he will be selected early in the NBA draft in the not so distant future. He has played in countless tournaments for young talents from around the world, and has won numerous awards and compliments. A graduate of Nikola Vuj?i?’s academy in Split, Croatia, Bender has already been registered in the notebooks of the leading scouts around the world. Bender played for the Croatian National Team at every age level (through U18).