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phlp_bj
08-07-2008, 02:32 PM
Over the past several years, the influence of young international players on the NBA draft has steadily declined. During the 2008 NBA draft, just one international player, Danilo Gallinari, was selected in the lottery. Several others, including Alexis Ajinca, Serge Ibaka and Nicolas Batum, went late in the first round.

The same trend generally holds true for the Olympics. National teams, the U.S. included, invite their most experienced players to play for the gold. There is very little space for a young player to get significant minutes in the Olympics.

However, there is good news for draftniks who are watching the Olympics hoping to catch a glimpse of the next great Euro. The top-rated international player on our draft board, 17-year-old Ricky Rubio, is not only on the Spanish national team -- he's been given significant minutes in Spain's warm-up games.

Who is Ricky Rubio? He is one of the most promising young point guards ever to emerge from Europe.

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/basketball/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=NBADraftWatch-080807

lakers4sho
08-07-2008, 02:36 PM
Can't wait to see him play. Nice to hear he's getting significant minutes. After all, Spain's coach is Rubio's coach as well (Joventut Badalona).

MiamiHeat
08-07-2008, 04:07 PM
yea me either cant wait to see him play
against team usa, i wanna see how good he plays against nba players