Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Another "Pistol Pete" ?

Those of us.........

Old enough to have seen "Pistol " Pete Maravich play in the 70's couldn't help making comparisons during the Olympic basketball games featuring the Spanish team with a shaggy haired 17 year old guard named, Ricky Rubio.

Among NBA scouts, Rubio is considered the best guard prospect ever to come out of Europe. He stands just shy of 6' 4" and weighs 180 pounds.

I was amazed at his maturity at such a young age in the game against the USA. And ....he can shoot, pass, and dribble.

In 2006, Rubio led the junior Spanish national team to the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. In the 110-106 over-time victory over Russia in the finals, he
scored 51 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, dished out 12 assists, and stole the ball 7 times. Oh, by the way, he was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

This year, he was selected to play on the real National Spanish team.......thus becoming the youngest player ever to play in the Olympics.

Read this article from a year ago:

  1. ^ http://slamonline.com/online/2007/04/the-best-basketball-player-youve-never-heard-of/

Meet Mr. Rubio: Courtesy of Wikipedia.com...

Position Point Guard
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
League Spanish League
Team Joventut Badalona
Born October 21, 1990 (1990-10-21) (age 17)
El Masnou, Catalonia, Spain
Nationality Flag of Spain Spain
Draft Ineligible until the 2009 NBA Draft
Pro career 2005–present
Awards 2006 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship MVP

1 comment:

  1. He kind of looks like Robbie Benson in the movie "One on one".


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