Eurocup top 10 Rising Star Award eligible players
The Eurocup has been a launching pad to brilliant careers for many of Europe’s top players. Among the many brilliant players that we enjoy watching today who came through the Eurocup as youngsters are reigning Euroleague Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis, former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic, one-time All-Euroleague center Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Rudy Fernandez and Milan Macvan. As every season, the next generation of stars will progress another level this season in the Eurocup. As we look ahead to the 2012-13 Eurocup season, here is a list of the top 10 Eurocup Rising Star Award candidates. The decisions were made based on a combination of age (must have been born after July 1, 1990), performance last season, role on the team this season and projected development during this season.
10. Vladimir Mihailovic, KK Buducnost Voli (10 August, 1990)
Though he still battles the curse of inconsistency, when he’s on, Mihailovic is a game-changing scorer. An improved three-point shot has made him only more dangerous coming into this season. Mihailovic already played significant Eurocup minutes in 20 games for Buducnost over the past two seasons. His ball-handling skills, ability to get to the basket and eye for passing turn Mihailovic into a player to watch on a promising Buducnost team.
9. Siim-Sander Vene, Prienai (12 November, 1990)
Vene is not a new name – he got Euroleague minutes in the Zalgiris rotation as a 19-year-old in the 2009-10 season, but with Prienai he is getting the most consistent minutes of his career and in return he has been producing. A native of Estonia, Vene came to the Zalgirio-Arvydas Sabonis school when he was just 16 and has since played in Lithuania, Germany and Latvia. Armed with the shooting range and court vision of a perimeter player and the rebounding skills and moves of an interior player, Vene is a modern hybrid forward who can impact games in a number of ways.
8. Daniel Theis, ratiopharm Ulm (4 April, 1992)
A virtual double-double machine in the German regional leagues, Theis joined Ulm over the summer and quickly established himself as a key rotation player. In fact, he posted double doubles in each of his first two German League games with Ulm. Theis is best-known for his explosiveness and the energy he brings to the floor, but still needs to add strength and to improve his shooting to become a complete player. Nonetheless, his rebounding and shot-blocking skills alone should make him an impact player in the Eurocup this season.
7. Nikola Ivanovic – KK Buducnost (19 February, 1994)
One of the game’s elite point guard prospects, Ivanovic played a meaningful role in Buducnost’s march to the Eurocup quarterfinals and the Adriatic League final four last season, which he started as a 17-year-old. Playing without fear and with a confidence that belied his age, Ivanovic flashed tremendous ability as a scorer, a passer and a defender. In doing so, he earned opportunities and produced down the stretch in key games. Now a year older, there’s no telling how great of an impact he might have.
6. Sergey Karasev, BC Triumph Lyubertsy (26 October, 1993)
As the teenage son of two-time World Championships runner-up Vasiliy Karasev, Sergey Karasev certainly has the pedigree necessary to take the fast track to stardom. And that he did, claiming Russian League player of the week honors two seasons ago when he lit up Dynamo Moscow for 34 points as a 17-year-old. So great is his promise that Karasev earned a roster spot – and eventually a bronze medal –with the Russian national team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
5. Rudy Gobert, Cholet Basket (26 June, 1992)
Gobert brings an impressive combination of size and athleticism to the center spot, which has turned him into an elite shot-blocking prospect. He was selected to the all-tournament team at the Under-20 European Championships over the summer after helping France win a silver medal with a whopping 10.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in the three elimination round games. Having locked down a starting spot with Cholet this season, the sky is the limit for Gobert.
4. Tomas Satoransky, Cajasol Seville (30 October, 1991)
The tall and athletic Satoransky returns to the Eurocup two years after helping Cajasol reach the competition title game. His experiences with Cajasol and the Czech senior national team have only helped Satoransky’s knowledge of the game improve to make him a truly dangerous weapon. He is a great slasher who loves to excite the crowds with big dunks. Improving his outside shooting appears to be the final frontier for Satoransky on his rise to stardom.
3. Nikos Pappas, Panionios (11 July, 1990)
Scoring guard Pappas has long been considered one of the top young guards in Europe after terrorizing the junior summer circuit by leading Greece to two gold and three silver medals at the Under-18, U-19 and U-20 European and World Championships between 2008 and 2010. He has already established himself as a go-to guy for his new club Panionios after erupting for 32 points, 8 rebounds and a performance index rating of 36 in the third game of the Greek League regular season.
2. Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket (24 October, 1991)
Dubljevic comes off a season in which he was selected to the All-Eurocup Second Team, even though he didn’t claim a spot in Buducnost’s starting five till late in the regular season. He was the MVP for the first games in the quarterfinals when he went for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals against his current team, Valencia. This season he provides serious scoring punch in a part-time starting role that could expand as the 21-year-old continues to improve week by week.
1. Furkan Aldemir, Galatasaray Medical Park (9 August, 1991)
Ademir showed skill as a dominant rebounder and active player in the paint last season as he garnered votes in the 2012 Euroleague Rising Star Award voting. Now a year older and stronger, Aldemir should be a fixture in the Galatasaray lineup and one of the best offensive rebounders in the Eurocup. With a motor that never stops, no fear of contact and a cast of great players around him that will make Aldemir and Galatasaray better, he enters the season as a prime candidate for the Rising Star Award.
Friday, November 02, 2012
"told ya so"
Karasev has had a great season in total, but has really been on a tear since the first of the year. In his past 12 games (PBL, VTB, and Eurocup), Karasev has been averaging 17 PPG (47.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, and 87 percent from the line), 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.7 TO, and 3 PFs in 31.3 minutes.