- © RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
© RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
MOSCOW, April 3 (R-Sport) – Russian basketball player Sergey Karasev told R-Sport on Wednesday that he will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.
The 6-8 shooting guard averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 51.9 per cent in 11 games this season for BC Triumph Lyubertsy in the Russian Professional Basketball League. In 11 Eurocup games with BC Triumph, the 19-year-old averaged 16.1 points per game and shot 49 per cent from three-point range.
"I was thinking for a long time with my father and agent and we finally made the decision that I will put myself on the draft list this year," Karasev said. "I've decided that I won't lose another year."
After serving as the youngest member of Russia's surprise bronze-medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, Karasev was being touted by some experts as a possible first-round pick before the 2012-2013 season. Despite questions about his strength - he's listed at 165 pounds on Triumph's website - and limited explosiveness, the St. Petersburg native has shown he can score in droves.
Karasev will get a chance to boost his draft stock on April 20 as a member of the world squad at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, where he'll face some of the top prep players in the U.S.
"I'll go to the Hoop Summit and will test my skills," Karasev said. "I hope everything will be okay."
If drafted, Karasev would become the third Russian currently on an NBA roster, joining Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets and Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved of the Minnesota Timberwolves.