The Wolves No. 5 pick from last years draft, Ricky Rubio, is back in the news as member of the recently crowned Euroleague Champion, Regal FC Barcelona. Rubio played 17 minutes and ended with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 turnovers in the win of Greek’s Olympiacos.
I have not been following Rubio all season, but I have checked in every once in a while to see his stats and have only seen bits of games online.
Here is a quick rundown of his stats this season and you can get more info from the team website here.
- PPG: 6.8
- RPG: 2.9
- APG: 4.1
- SPG: 1.4
- 2P%: 38.2%
- 3P%: 35.8%
- FT%: 89.3%
He started all 22 games, playing 21 minutes a game, and was named the 2009-10 Euroleague Rising Star. The rising star award recognizes the best player in the league under the age of 22 and the winner is chosen based on voting from the head-coaches in the league.
“One of the most precocious talents in pro basketball history, Regal FC Barcelona point guard Ricky Rubio, has been the overwhelming choice of Euroleague head coaches to receive the 2010 Rising Star Trophy. Rubio, 19, is the only player to have started all 20 Euroleague games for Barcelona, which became just the second team all decade to finish the Euroleague regular season undefeated.”
This may not sound like a big deal, but here is a list of the previous winners of the award.
- Novica Velickovic of Partizan
- Danilo Gallinari of AJ Milano – Picked 6th in the 2008 draft by New York.
- Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut – Picked 24th in the 2007 draft by Phoenix. Now in Portland.
- Andrea Bargnani of Benetton Treviso – Picked first in the 2006 draft by Toronto.
- Erazem Lorbek of Climamio Bologna
While we still don’t know what the Wolves plans are for Rubio, or if he even has a future in Minnesota, it is still nice to check with him and know he is doing alright. It’s like checking on your kid in college and finding out they have not dropout or been arrested.