Matthew Harvey - AHN Sports Reporter
Badalona, Spain (AHN) - One of the best young Spanish talents, Ricky Rubio, may be making a trip across the Big Pond, after declaring himself for June's NBA draft.
Rubio, 18, has drawn comparisons to Pete Maravich in his ability to drive the lane and get an obscene amount of points on the board for his team.
Maravich was considered one of the finest college basketball players ever to play, still being the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points - an average of 44.2 every game.
The young Spanish player was a member of the National Olympics team last summer, and was the youngest basketball player to ever participate in an Olympic final.
He currently has a buyout clause with his team for six million euros (approximately $7.8 Million.)
This may pose a problem for any NBA team willing to draft him, as the NBA only allows a team to pay $500,000 to terminate a contract from another professional league.
His present team, Joventut, is unwilling to lower that price.
If drafted, he will be 19, the league's minimum age, by the start of next season.
In club competition, he has averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 assists per game.
Bad decision. He should wait 2 more years and hone his skills before coming in.
He's gonna be benched and his talent will be wasted away here, if he enters so early.