The Euroleague season will start in two days, and the league’s official website has reviewed future candidates for the Rising Star award, which went to Usman Garuba from Real Madrid this year.
Among the contenders is again the defender of Barcelona “Rokas Jokubaitis”, who moved from Kaunas “Žalgiris” and potentially should get less minutes than it was in his homeland.
Real Madrid defender Carlos Alocen, Malte Delow (ALBA in Berlin) and Matthew Strazel (ASVEL in Wilerban) could be serious candidates for the prize. Barcelona striker Sergi Martinez, Istanbul’s Fenerbahche representative Tarikas Biberovičius, Real striker Tristan Vukčevičius and Athens Panathinaikos 18-year-old Leftherios Mantzouk have less chances.
Two new serious candidates on the list are ASVEL talent Victor Wembanyama and Istanbul’s Anadolu Efes Philip Petrushevaswho will play a vital role in the team and is a favorite to win the prize.