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Prospect of the month: December 2007

January 1st, 2008 · No Comments

And here it is again, the vote for the Prospect of the month December 2007. The nominees are Tadija Dragicevic, Ante Tomic, Danilo Gallinari, Antoine Diot and Ricky Rubio.

Tadija Dragicevic is actually the best player considering the Efficiency ranking of the Adriatic League. The 1986 born forward from Crvena Zvedza Belgrade has also won the three-point contest of the Adriatic All-Star game but what is more important, he also won a crucial away game for the Serbs in Ostende with a last second shot on the buzzer.

Ante Tomic, the 2m17 Center from Croatia is still only born in 1987. And besides his fantastic shooting in December (25/35 2FG), he also started to rebound a bit better and averaged 6.5rpg over the last month. Still his potential remains huge compared to his actual performances but he has entered the Top10 list in efficiency of the Adriatic League now.

Danilo Gallinari is still the best performing prospect of the 1988 generation, even if his gap to Nicolas Batum is shrinking a bit. 37pts in 3 games for the Italian and 33ptf for the Frenchman made this choice pretty close. The other categories made the difference in favor of Gallinari who is developing nice passing skills and is playing also for a team with a better winning percentage.

Antoine Diot may be a surprising choice but I made it on purpose because of his increasing minutes with Le Mans. The French PG, who struggled a bit in the beginning is now taking back the PG spot for the French Euroleague team. His last game versus Aris was also his best scoring with 7pts in 25minutes while he dished out 5 assists against Maccabi the week before.

For the 1990s, still nothing changed at the top even with a little struggling Ricky Rubio, he remains the top player of the 1990 age category and also one of the few players of that generation already getting serious minutes in a top league. Even if Jan Vesely started the month very well for Geoplin Slovan with a nice game against Hemoform, the Czech Forward has not reached the stability to become a serious threat for Ricky in the monthly voting.

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