EuroLeague: Top 5 rapid risers

By John Rammas/ [email protected]

These five players are coming off solid 2020-21 campaigns. The offseason could have thrown them off track, especially those changing teams, but they refused to be knocked down. They all logged strong showings in Round 1 of the regular season and appear determined to keep improving on the court.

FC Barcelona | Guard | 19 November 2000 | Lithuania

Playing in the EuroLeague can be extremely demanding for a 21-year-old. Especially in the case of Rokas Jokubaitis. He has accepted the challenge. His performances last season with Zalgiris Kaunas generated 7.0 points, 2.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game. That was merely the beginning.

The young point guard moved to Barcelona over the summer and last week he came off the bench in his team’s 94-64 victory over ALBA Berlin at Palau Blaugrana. In 17:55 of playing time, he won over more fans than just Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. He went for 12 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 two steals without committing a turnover.

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