August 25, 2006

Ricky: Rubio was selected for the Spanish U18 and U16 squad for this summer's European Championships. He decided he'd rather play with his own age group (U16) and proceeded to lead the tournament (which Spain won) in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He had a quadruple double in the semi-final against Croatia (19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists and 11 steals), nailed a mid-court shot with three seconds left in the final to force overtime against the favourites Russia, and finished that game with 51 points, 24 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals. He is the youngest player ever to play in Spain's ACB league.

posted by JJ to basketball at 05:47 AM - 9 comments

I don't know much about basketball, but even I know that's... ridiculous - no matter who he's playing against.

posted by JJ at 05:47 AM on August 25, 2006

He was 14 years-old when he played in his first pro game. Michelle who?

posted by JJ at 06:23 AM on August 25, 2006

How tall is 1.90 m? 6 foot? That's an impressive couple of games.

posted by tron7 at 09:30 AM on August 25, 2006

6'3", or as near as makes no difference. (Courtesy of Google's useful conversion function - just type in "1.9 meters in inches" [without " marks] and it returns the answer - converts most of the things you need to convert*) *Terms and conditions apply, no religious conversions, loft conversions, fuel conversions or cover versions. All rights belong to the orignal unit of measurement. Converting does not affect your statutory rights.

posted by JJ at 09:46 AM on August 25, 2006

Paging Bryan Colangelo.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:50 AM on August 25, 2006

This looks pretty impressive, although I'm not sure about the level of competition. (But those stats are pretty sick irrespective of the level of competition.) I'd be curious to see how NBA scouts rate him -- I suppose the age-old rub on Euro players is that they are "soft" because of the different style of play in Europe. But as they say with great hitting/bad defense baseball players "that bat can play anywhere", perhaps those stats can play anywhere.

posted by holden at 12:10 PM on August 25, 2006

Can the Bulls sign him?

posted by luther70 at 04:28 PM on August 25, 2006

11 steals? Surely they would have seen him coming after say, the first half dozen or so...

posted by owlhouse at 01:54 AM on August 26, 2006

Can the Bulls sign him? Where's the Sleuth at these days?

posted by t money at 01:01 PM on August 26, 2006

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