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Old 04-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #9121
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Nikola Mirotic Repeats As Euroleague Rising Star

Nikola Mirotic was voted the 2012 Rising Star by a panel of Euroleague head coaches.
Mirotic becomes the first two-time winner, having also captured the award for the 2010-11 season.
The Rising Star award recognizes the best Euroleague player who was under the age of 22 at the start of the season. Past winners include Andrea Bargnani, Rudy Fernandez and Danilo Gallinari.
The Chicago Bulls acquired the draft rights to Mirotic in a 2011 draft-day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
I still can't believe we stole this guy with the 23rd pick. One of the best rising stars in the entire Euro League, on ice. Another brilliant move by Bulls front office that was under the radar. He'll probably come over for the 2013-14 season right around the time Taj Gibson's and Luol Deng's contracts are expiring.

a 6'10" PF who can rebound, run the floor and drain 3's. Really all he lacks is strength conditioning. But he's only 22 years old. He's got about the same frame, versatility, and shooter's touch as Toni Kukoc.

If he were in the 2012 draft he'd probably be a top 10 lottery pick.

Nikola Mirotic has been nothing short of terrific in recent months. Garnering MVP honors while guiding Spain to the U20 European Championship this summer, Mirotic led the competition in scoring at 27 points per-game and finished second in rebounding at 10 boards per-contest.
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