- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

BADALONA, SPAIN (AP) - Spanish basketball prospect Ricky Rubio has decided to enter June’s NBA Draft, according to Spanish reports on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Rubio, who is under contract with Spanish club DKV Joventut through 2011, has been rated as one of the top picks for the June 25 draft.

Rubio, who was a member of Spain’s silver medal-winning team at the Beijing Olympics last summer, has until Sunday to register, although he can also withdraw up to 10 days before the draft at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-2 point guard, whose buy-out clause with Joventut is $7.8 million, has averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 assists this season for the club. Rubio turns 19 in October, meeting the NBA’s age requirement.

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