The year 2022 was an interesting one for Juan Nunez; he was in uniform for Real Madrid in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game and won the Spanish League with Los Blancos, was chosen as the youngest MVP ever at the U20 European Championship after leading Spain to a gold medal, and left the Spanish capital, his hometown, to join ratiopharm Ulm. It is 2023 and Nunez continues to create highlights with Ulm, one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe. Nunez stuffed the stat sheet in Round 16 with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in Ulm's 97-85 home win over Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. The 18-year-old has averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists for a PIR of 8.9 this season and is one of the front runners to be chosen as the 2022-23 EuroCup Rising Star. Looking ahead, Nunez is excited about the EuroCup playoffs. "It is a format that I've never played and I think we are a very dangerous team in a one-and-done situation," Nunez told EuroCupBasketball.com. "We are really looking forward to it, to be honest. We've been practicing really well and are in very good form."
Hello, Juan. Congratulations on beating Cedevita. You still have a good chance to get the home-court advantage in the eighthfinals. Was that 30-point loss in Ljubljana in Round 7 in the back of your minds?
"Yes, of course. To tell you the truth, that was a hard loss for us, losing by 30. We knew that we needed to start the game in a very different way. I believe this is what we did and we were serious throughout the game."
This is your first EuroCup season. How has the experience been so far and what do you like most about the competition?
"It's really good and I am very happy. It is a very competitive league. There are some very good teams and I am very happy to be a part of it. Moreover, we are playing well and winning games. As you said, we hope we can get the home-court advantage [in the eighthfinals]. Prometey, the Ukrainian team, is a very physical team, and I know Joventut already, they really know how to play good basketball. In general, the teams' average level is quite high."