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Spanish Guard Ricky Rubio Declares for NBA Draft

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain reacts after the United States won 118-107 in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Jason ColdironCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

Spanish guard Ricky Rubio has declared himself for this year's NBA draft.


"Ricky will be in the 2009 draft," agent Dan Fegan said.


Rubio has been called the next coming of Steve Nash or Jason Kidd and is expected to go in the top two of this year's draft.


Rubio currently is the starting point guard for DKV Joventut in Spain.


He has been a starter in the best league in Europe since age 16.


While some scouts have said that he needs to work on his jump shot, the consensus seems to be that Rubio has a chance to be special.


"He's special," one NBA GM told "There aren't many kids you'll find at his age with such a terrific feel for the game. He just knows how to play. When he gets out there with players 10 years older than him, he just looks like he belongs. He'll have some adjusting to do in the NBA, but the truth is, he's as NBA ready as most of the college kids that are coming out. He's playing on a very big world stage."


Rubio will still need to iron out some details of a buyout from his Spanish team, however his agent seemed confident that will occur before the draft deadline.

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