June 02, 2011
Ricky Rubio(notes) is finally leaving home. The 20-year-old Spanish point guard was drafted fifth overall in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but as much as team president David Kahn tried convincing Rubio to come to America, he was not ready to leave his homeland. Instead, he continued playing professionally there.
That is about to change. League sources told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that Rubio has agreed to join the Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season.
Two years ago he was hailed as the next big thing. Now he's coming off two seasons with Regal Barcelona, where he only averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 assists in 22.4 minutes per game last season.
Don't worry Wolves fans. Rubio has been around much more than your average rookie. The guy won the Euroleague Rising Star award in 2010 and the FIBA European Young Player of the Year award in 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as helping to win a Eurochallenge championship in 2006, a Eurocup championship in 2008 and a gold medal during the 2009 FIBA European Championship.