Mateusz Ponitka Rumors
A glimpse of the backlash possible for those playing in Russia at this time: Polish national team captain Mateusz Ponitka decided to abort his plans to rejoin Zenit for the rest of the league season after absorbing some harsh public criticism from NBA veteran Marcin Gortat, his country’s most successful basketball export. Ponitka secured his release from Zenit after Gortat called him “an individualist” on Twitter.
The league announced today that 17 international prospects and one collegiate prospect are no longer taking part in the 2014 NBA Draft. There are now 44 collegiate and 13 international prospects that remain as early entry candidates. Players had until yesterday, June 16, before 5 pm ET to withdraw as early entry candidates. Below is the complete list of players who’ve taken their names out of consideration. Mychal Emmons – South Alabama; Eleftherios Bochoridis – Aris (Greece); Matías Bortolin – Regatas Corrientes (Argentina); Nedim Buza – Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia); Berkay Candan – TED Kolejliler (Turkey); Joonas Cavén – Joventut (Spain); Moussa Diagne – Fuenlabrada (Spain); Tomas Dimša – Zalgiris (Lithuania); Marcus Eriksson – Manresa (Spain); Ilja Gromovs – Ventspils (Latvia); Rasmus Larsen – Manresa (Spain); Mateusz Ponitka – Oostende (Belgium); Kristaps Porzingis – Cajasol (Spain); Marko Ramljak – Zadar (Croatia); Alejandro Suarez – Joventut (Spain); Devon Van Oostrum – Vitoria (Spain); Guillem Vives – Joventut (Spain); Adin Vrabac – Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)