2008 Euroleague Gameday 1

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:18pm

By Simon Dresden

Those who NBA Teams come to see:


Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (Roma) made his much awaited Euroleague debut against Alba Berlin. He held his own, making some shots in 22 minutes but wasn’t a difference maker this time. His stat line included (3-7 from 3) (3-9 fg overall from the floor) 9 points, 0 assists, 2 rebs, 1 steal and 1 turnover. While Europe's style of game won't allow him to easily showcase himself, it will likely be a valuable learning experience for him in the long run. He showed some promise nonetheless and clearly can play at this level.

Emir Preldzic (Fenerbahce) could be in store for a breakout season. He started on a losing Istanbul team and showed his versatility during 25 minutes. He gained a lot of experience being a vital part of the Slovenian national team over the summer and you can tell he is motivated to make a difference this year the final year of draft eligibility.

Luigi Datome had very productive and team/game high 13 points in 13 minutes, he showed that his offence is up to date and games like that may make his coach use him more next time around.

Zygimantas Janavicius (Zalgiris) gave a sizzling debut on the big stage. Kaunas who was rattled by a financial disorder in pre-season used the "Little Z" off the bench for 20 minutes in which he showed his talent to run the point and even produced offensively with 7 points, quite a debut.

Milenko Tepic (Partizan) got a lot of minutes but was supprisingly unproductive due to being totally off with his shot.

Sergio Llull (Real) filled the stat sheet nicely as he played a huge 22 minutes displaying a presence on the court that wasn’t there last year. He has really grown up and progressed.

Oguz Savas (Fenerbahce) picked up where he left off last season, bullying inside for 11 points in solid 20+ minutes.

Aboubakar Zaki (Nancy) had 2 points and 3 boards in his first game on this stage. A nice showing and if he can add some beef to his frame, he is worth keeping an eye on.

Milos Teodosic (Olympiacos) got 15 minutes but seemed kind of buried by the massive talent that Piräus has assembled this year. He has been impressive in other early games however.

Antoine Diot (LeMans) is firmly entrenched into the main rotation. He had a solid game but with some room for improvement.

Gasper Vidmar (Fenerbahce) started but was pretty uneffective in 15 minutes of action.

Vitor Faverani (Unicaja) in his debut received 6 minutes for Malaga, in which he snatched up 4 rebounds.

Omri Casspi (Maccabi) a rather unimpressive showing for a Euroleague sophomore. Only 5 minutes and 2 points in a close battle, not a sign of great confidence from the coach.

Ricky Rubio was injured this week, and could be out for a little while.

Those who actually play for their teams:

Jeremy Leloup (LeMans) earned some garbage time.

Players worthy to keep an eye on even when not playing:

Alexey Shved got a DNP in a 30+ point blowout, not a good sign.

Matias Nocedal (TAU) earned only a DNP.

Enes Kanter (Fenerbahce) earned a DNP.

Jan Vesely (Partizan) born in '91 and getting minutes on this level is promising.

Players who are technically eligible but won’t make a splash:

Ariel Filloy, Marko Micevic (Milano) earned a DNP.

Enzo Zonga (LeMans) earned a DNP.

Oskar Fassler (ALBA) DNP.

David Cournooh (Siena) earned a DNP.

Adam Lapeta (Prokom) earned a DNP.

Saidou Njoya (Nancy) DNP.

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