HoopsHype Sergey Karasev rumors

June 18, 2013 Updates

Joe Kotoch: Hearing that Cleveland really likes Sergey Karasev. Could be a target to trade up for on draft night. Could make it to 19. Twitter @Probballdraft

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The Timberwolves conducted another round of predraft workouts Thursday, then new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders slipped out of Target Center to catch a flight to see Indiana guard Victor Oladipo on Friday. Saunders flew to Las Vegas two weeks ago to watch Russian guard Sergey Karasev in a pro-day workout. On Thursday, he headed to the Washington, D.C. area to see a player the Wolves would have to move from their ninth pick into the top five -- or maybe even top two — to draft. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 7, 2013 Updates

Russian basketball prospect Sergey Karasev has said he has not received any first-round promise from an NBA (National Basketball Association) team ahead of the draft later this month. The 19-year-old small forward returned to Moscow from the US earlier this week, meaning he will skip private team workouts before the June 27 draft. The move prompted speculation in the US media that Karasev, who had been in Las Vegas at an open workout run by his agents at ASM Sports, had received a guarantee. Karasev said Thursday he left the US because he does not have time for individual workouts as he prepares for the World University Games in Kazan next month. He added that a bevy of NBA scouts have already seen him play with this club team BC Triumph Lyubertsy and at the Hoops Summit in Portland in April. “There is no truth (to the rumours),” Karasev said. “I don’t have a guarantee and nobody has promised me.” Daijiworld

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Sergey Karasev: Analysis: If the Cavs grab Noel at No. 1, look for them to add a small forward or shooter with their second first-round pick. Karasev is interesting. His performance in Vegas on Friday wasn't stellar thanks to some jet lag, but scouts are very high on him at the moment. ESPN.com

June 3, 2013 Updates

Unfortunately, Vegas wasn't an ideal setting for Karasev. He had visa issues in Russia and wasn't able to get on a flight to Vegas until the last minute. He arrived in Vegas after midnight on the day of the event and was clearly a little sluggish from the long trip. He was most impressive in warm-ups. After a few minutes he was drilling shot after shot, including nailing a series of bank shots that were circa 1976. Karasev has a very smooth release on his jump shot and unlimited range -- his primary appeal to NBA decision-makers. ESPN.com

Many rumors surrounding the bench of Spartak Saint Petersburg have been heard around Europe, but the coach who is ready to sing with the team is a former player born and raised in the Russian city. Vasily Karasev is expected to return to his hometown and to his first professional team. The talks between him and the club are more than advanced. The even bigger news are the fact that his 20years old son Sergey, the best NBA prospect in Russia and a name that is expected to be heard in this year’s NBA draft, is also expected to sign with the team. Karasev junior wants to stay in Europe in order to improve his game as a starter in a team build around him in order to be fully ready for the jump to the NBA. EuroHoops.net

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ASM Sports, the basketball representation firm founded by NBA agent Andy Miller, has signed prospects for the NBA draft, including Russian guard/forward Sergey Karasev, one of the top European prospects. Karasev, who plays for Triumph Lyubertsy in the Russian Professional Basketball League, was ranked No. 25 by NBADraft.net and No. 19 by DraftExpress.com in mock drafts last week. Sports Business Daily

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"He's pretty good," a Western Conference GM said. "I think he'll climb in the Draft a little bit. He's got a unique skill and can shoot it." One scout said Karasev might be ahead of Caldwell-Pope and Crabbe among two guard prospects. "He kind of knows how to play," the scout said. "Good athleticism for a European. His dad is the coach so he doesn't have restrictions on his shot selection. He's an 18-year-old playing with men and he held his own. If he's set, he can really shoot it. He struggles a little on the move. But he moves well, handles the ball well. He's left-handed and he can go to the left or to the right. He's well-schooled." NBA.com

April 4, 2013 Updates

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