Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blazers scout in Baltic League F4

The international scout of Portland Trail Blazers, Jason Filippi, paid a visit to Baltic basketball league Final 4, which took place in Vilnius Friday and Saturday.

The scout was sent to Lithuanian capital to watch some of the brightest talents in participating teams. To name few – Jonas Valanciunas and Martynas Gecevicius from Lietuvos Rytas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas from Siauliai, Mario Delas from Zalgiris and Dairis Bertans from Ventspils.

The scout could not reveal exact names and give his thoughts about the prospects, but he did say he envisions two of them one day playing in the NBA.

"I cant say how many guys could play real minutes in the NBA. I would bet my money on a couple, but only a couple. Several guys could go in the second round, but there is almost no difference to be drafted No. 50 or not be drafted at all", Filippi told

The couple, that international scout of Portland Trail Blazers was talking about, could be Valanciunas and Kuzminskas. The latter has already declared his name in this years draft, but could withdraw until 14th of June.
Valanciunas will turn 18 next month and is not eligible for this years draft.

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