last stop before the NBA?


The Pôle France season ended a few weeks ago, and we are therefore starting to know where its graduates will evolve next season: some are going to Strasbourg, others to Vichy-Clermont, and for Rayan Rupert, better player of the team this season in National 1, the NBA dream goes through the decision to join the Australian league and the New Zealand Breakers.

The Pôle France team, which plays in Nationale 1 – the third French division – has just had a historic season, with fourteen victories… in 40 games. it’s not much but it’s about kids under 18 who play against darons so give them some respect. This fine result is due in particular to the team’s top scorer this season: Rayan Rupert. The number 12, thanks to his 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists on average over the season, carried the team in the league and during tournaments next generation of the EuroLeague. They also won that of Varese to qualify for the final tournament in Belgrade, where they were able to face the youngsters of Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Federal Center – for old school fans – is improving in results over the years, prospects are getting ready early, and it shows on the game. Rayan Rupert, often compared to Mikal Bridges for his immense stature (2m10!) and his defensive talents, does not dream of playing in Betclic Elite but in the NBA. For this, the winger who has just turned 18 must wait another year before being eligible for the Draft. While waiting, Rayan therefore decided to join the Australian National Basketball League. The Woj announced it yesterday, position 3 joins the New Zealand Breakers. From the INSEP Pole to Oceania, the project is a copy-paste of that of Ousmane Dieng a year earlier, a project that has more than borne fruit.

For the Ruperts, basketball is above all a family affair. First of all, there was dad Thierry, former captain of the French team who notably played in the EuroLeague with Élan Béarnais de Pau. Unfortunately, in 2012 the doctors detect a heart problem that requires a heart transplant, and after being plunged into a coma Titi will die a year later. He was only 35 years old. The eldest of the family, Iliana, then took up the torch in 2017 by winning the European U16 Championship and she was even elected MVP. Since then, his track record has only grown, and at 20 he is already longer than an arm. This 2021-22 season alone, Ili was elected MVP of the Women’s Basketball League, became champion of France and won with Bourges the women’s C2, the EuroCup Women. Add to that three medals with the French team, including a bronze at the Tokyo Games and a French Cup in 2019, and that ranks you inside… which is increasingly becoming THE future of the team. of feminine France. Before joining the Virtus of Bologna and her very beautiful project next season where she has just signed, Iliana will make a small detour by the WNBA. The 12th pick of the WNBA Draft 2021, will join very soon Becky Hammon’s Las Vegas Aces. Her little brother therefore dreams of America like her. Rayan, projected in the first round of the 2023 Draft by ESPN, has chosen to join the NBL, which has established itself in recent years as a real development option for prospects around the world. From LaMelo Ball to Hugo Besson via RJ Hampton and Josh Giddey, the “Next Star Program” Australian seduces in the same way as that of G League Ignite in the US. This guarantees exposure, supervision, while being an employee. Regal no?

With the Women’s World Cup taking place at the end of September, the brother already in place in Oceania will have no problem going to see his sister’s matches. In any case, Titi Rupert can be proud of his two kids, the two will live their American dream with his number 12 on their backs.

Source text: ESPN


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