Bulls pick Nikola Mirotic leads Spain to U20 European championshipPosted by Inside Hoops
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald (blog) reports:
Chicago Bulls draft pick Nikola Mirotic produced 29 points and 11 rebounds, leading Spain to an 82-70 win over Italy in the [Under-20] European championship game.
The 6-foot-10 Mirotic was the tournament’s leading scorer. In nine games, he averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds, shot 59.5 percent from the field, 85.1 percent at the foul line and knocked down 10-of-25 attempts from 3-point range.
The Bulls traded two picks and cash to Minnesota in order to select Mirotic with the 23rd pick of this year’s draft. The Montenegro native is under contract with Spain’s Real Madrid and not expected to join the NBA for a few years.
FIBA Europe reports:
Nikola Mirotic, the announced MVP of the tournament, was everywhere once again and made a huge difference in favor of his team, as he did on every night of this championship.
Tonight he wrote yet another double-double, his sixth in the competition, and reached 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Spain missed their second best scorer in Joan Sastre who got injured after one minute and didn’t return to the floor.
His absence makes the double-digit win even more impressive.
Josep Franch stepped up to take over Sastre’s points and finished with a tournament high of 19 points, just in the right time, next to seven assists and five rebounds.
Alejandro Barrera added 10 points.
For Italy, it was Alessandro Gentile who finished with only 14 points after a streak of four games with more than 20.
Riccardo Moraschini tried to fill his spot and scored 17 points, that weren’t enough.