VOTE: Which rising star has impressed you the most in the OPQT Syria?
DAMASCUS (Syria) - The first three days of the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2023 in Damascus are now in the books. We witnessed some truly amazing individual performances, especially from players on the rise.
Which rising star has impressed you the most so far? We've limited the choices to players who are under 25 years old.
Here is your chance to vote below and tell us, but first some information on the contenders.
Pranav Prince - India (2003-born)
The 20-year-old has scored in double-digits in each game so far while shooing 55.9% from the floor. He has also shown his versatility by averaging 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
Mustafa Rashed - Bahrain (2002-born)
At 25.7 points per game, Rashed is second overall in scoring just behind Indonesia's Marques Bolden. Remember that he also hit 10 triples in their latest win over hosts Syria. The Bahraini Steph Curry? Maybe.
Arvin Kumar Muthu Krishnan - India (2000-born)
Krishnan didn't score in India's first game. However, he has blown up ever since, averaging 15.5 points over India's last two assignments. He has also shown some pretty good playmaking and defensive chops of late.
Muzamil Ameer Hamooda - Bahrain (2002-born)
Bahrain have got a good thing going with this dynamic duo of Mustafa Rashed and Muzamil Hamooda. The latter has been very efficient so far, averaging 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.3 blocks per game.
Oleg Balashov - Kazakhstan (1999-born)
The 1.85m guard has not scored a ton, but he has contributed to Kazakhstan in many other ways. In fact, he is tied for third place overall in terms of playmaking with 5.0 assists per game.