Luka Doncic’s mother says her son will declare for NBA Draft
Mirjam Poterbin, mother of top European prospect Luka Doncic, recently confirmed that her son will declare for the upcoming NBA Draft, noting he probably won’t be there when NBA commissioner Adam Silver calls his name, according to Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.
“He will declare for the Draft but he will probably not be there (USA). That’s when the Spanish League Finals are scheduled. They will be decided after three games,” Poterbin told SportKlub.
Doncic is a consensus top-five selection for what seems to be shaping up as a top-heavy 2018 draft, with many scouts declaring he’s the most NBA-ready prospect due to his versatility and vast experience playing at the pro level.
The Slovenian guard/forward set the EuroBasket competition ablaze in the summer, leading Slovenia to its first international basketball title, beating the likes of Serbia and Spain on his way to the title.
Doncic added a couple of triple-doubles to his name during the competition, as his country went a perfect 8-0 to dethrone Spain and give fellow countryman and Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic a proper goodbye from international competition.
The 19-year-old Doncic is posting 22.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in his third season as a professional with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, who stand atop the Spanish League at 21-3 this season.
Real Madrid is in line to take part in the postseason, which would collide with the timeline of the NBA Draft in June if the quarterfinal (best-of-three) and semifinal (best-of-five) series stretches to three and five games respectively.