Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baskonia invest in Dejan Musli

Two weeks before the  Euroleague Regular Season opens, Spanish champion Saski Baskonia has reinforced its frontcourt with the signing of Dejan Musli, one of the most prolific young big men in the world, to a five-year contract.

Musli (212, 19) was a two-time MVP of the Nike International Junior Tournament, in 2008 and 2009. His team, FMP, was crowned European junior champion at that prestigious event during the 2008 Final Four in Madrid and the 2009 Final Four in Berlin. In between winning those trophies, Musli debuted on FMP's pro team in the 2007-08 ULEB cup, as a 16-year-old. A year later, in the same competition, he averaged 3.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and .6 blocks in under 14 minutes per game.

Musli often seemed like a man among boys playing at the junior level. In one of those junior tournaments, he averages 22.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.8 rebounds against the best junior teams in Europe. Musli, who was on a 10-day tryout with Saski Baskonia last month, will be expected to bring his rebounding skills first to the club, but cannot be counted out as an impact player on both ends of the floor despite his youth

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