The EuroLeague Rising Star Award is a coveted trophy that has helped launch the careers of many young talents over the past two decades, including the likes of Danilo Gallinari, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luka Doncic. A player must be 21 years of age or younger on July 1 to be eligible for that season’s trophy. Here’s a look at some of the top candidates to receive this award in 2023.
Dovydas Giedraitis, Zalgiris Kaunas
The oldest player on the list, Giedraitis turned 22 in August. He arrives from Lietkabelis Panevezys, where he was a part-time starter in the 7DAYS EuroCup last season and he later helped it reach the Lithuanian League finals after averaging 13 points and 3.5 assists for a performance index rating of 18.5 against his new team in the semifinals. The guard will be in the mix for rotation minutes with Zalgiris this season and Giedraitis has a promising future ahead of him.
Rokas Jokubaitis, FC Barcelona
The reigning EuroLeague Rising Star, Jokubaitis blossomed last season in his first campaign with Barcelona. Despite playing fewer minutes than the season before, Jokubaitis increased his scoring, rebounding, assists and shooting accuracy while bringing great energy and tough defense off the bench. Jokubaitis will turn 22 in November and if he manages to continue to take significant steps forward, Jokubaitis could become the fourth player to repeat as EuroLeague Rising Star.