Omerhodzic, Sebastiao impress

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:25 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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    CLEVELAND -- There are 48 days until the 2004 NBA Draft. With the millions of dollars NBA teams spend on scouting each year, it's hard to believe that, in early May, there still are potential NBA prospects whom the majority of NBA scouts and GMs haven't seen.

    Last season, Pavel Podkolzine, Maciej Lampe and Leandro Barbosa took NBA scouting departments by storm around this time. The year before, players like Nene Hilario and Nikoloz Tskitishvili still were flying under the radar around this time.

    This year? Say hello to Croatia's Damir Omerhodzic and Brazil's Cleiton Sebastiao. Omerhodzic is an 18-year-old phenom who owns just about every basketball skill imaginable. Sebastiao is a 25-year-old former construction worker who just started playing organized basketball two and half years ago.

    The common denominator? Both players left their native countries about a month ago and are working out with trainer Eric Lichter preparing for the NBA draft. Insider watched exclusive workouts of both players Thursday.

    Lichter, who along with partner Tim Robertson runs a company called Speed Strength Systems in Cleveland, is the training force behind players such as LeBron James, Nene, Barbosa and another physical freak who you may remember, J.R. Bremer.

    His challenge for each player has been totally different.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer