By Simon Dresden
Just a handful of youngsters have made it into the next stage (Top 16) of Eurolegue competition. We will continue to take a look at those who did with their respective teams, in our weekly report.
Omer Asik is playing like a vet. The consistency he displays is remarkable for a youngster. Once again he got good production in all fields with 13 points, 7 rebounds and a monsterous 5 blocks, all in just 26 minutes, which is why scouts are drooling over him.
Omri Casspi has it going right now. He scored 10 points while earning himself 24 quality minutes and showed good versatility with 4 boards, 3 dimes and 2 steals. Doing all that against a stud powerhouse in Real Madrid puts him in the spotlight on scout’s radar.
Emir Preldzic is still playing strong. He again had good point production with 10 that earned him a half game of playing time and he also had 3 boards. A nice showing.
While Efes only brought a weakend squad to Belgrade, because most of their Americans refused to travel to Serbia, Partizan took full advantage. Nikola Pekovic wreaked havoc on the rest of their frontcourt that was missing in action with 20 points, 6 rebounds.
Milenko Tepic was steady as usual with 9 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.
Semih Erden was decent but not outstanding with 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Oguz Savas had 6 points but could only get 1 rebounds, which is not enough.
Gasper Vidmar is suffering from the big play of Asik, again he came up with just 2 points and 2 rebounds whie starting. If play goes on like this, sometime soon Asik will take his place in the S5.
Effes was so shorthanded, that even Baris Hersek, who was a lock to earn a DNP all season got to play. 4 minutes, zero points and 1 rebound, welcome to the Euroleague.
Milos Teodosic took a night off scoring wise. He dished out 5 dimes and had a couple of rebounds, while scoring only 2 points in 16 minutes. Okay but we’ve come to expect more from him.
Sergio Llull played some 9 minutes in Real’s losing effort to Maccabi but to no avail, just 1 point and a turnover, guess Top 16 stage is not his level yet
Martynas Gecevicius saw the court only for 16 seconds.
Paulao Prestes didnt get to see time in the upset win over CSKA, DNP-CD.
Albert Moncasi seems to be glued to the bench, again a DNP, even though Barca won bigtime.
Mantas Kalnietis drew a DNP in a close matchup that Zalgiris lost.