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Some All-Star game notes

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

These days are All-Star game days in some European countries. And this counts especially for two regions that provide generally a lot of interesting NBA prospects. I speak about France and the Adriatic region. The French All-Star game will be held tomorrow Saturday while the Adriatic League had their annual show event yesterday evening.

In the Adriatic League match-up between East and West in Ljubljana, two of the most interesting 1986 born prospects led their East team to an easy win 136-113. Of course, such games don’t mean a lot in terms of talent scouting, I just wanted to mention some performances that show somehow the importance of these players in regards to the Adriatic league. I speak of Nikola Pekovic and Tadija Dragicevic. While the first one showed once again his dominating position in the paint with his typical numbers (26pts at 81% and 8rebs), Dragicevic came up with a nice scoring effort too (22pts at 9/14) and also won the Three-point shootout. Other notable presences were Milenko Tepic with 17pts for the East and Jaka Klobucar, Damjan Rudez as well as Ante Tomic for the West All-Stars.

You can also mention the presence of some other 1986 born or younger players during the game with Jure Lalic, Andrija Stipanović and Nemanja Gordić. The big absent was of course Goran Dragic who got injured on Saturday.

For the French All-Star game on Saturday, you will see a Starting line-up for the French selection composed of three of the most promising players of the Hexagon. While Nicolas Batum and Marc-Antoine Pellin already get a lot of attention because of their Euroleague presence, the player to discover for some observers will be Nando de Colo from Cholet. The 1987 born guard is playing a very interesting season so far and is excelling also in the FIBA Euro Cup. In the French Pro A, de Colo is actually averaging 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg in 27 minutes of action while his EuroCup numbers look good too with 17.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.5apg.

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