International Ratings: Musa, Russia, FIBA, EuroLeague, Goodwin

After being selected with the No. 29 pick in the 2018 draft, swingman Dzanan Moussa only spent two seasons in the NBA with Brooklyn before being waived and returning to Europe. He is currently thriving with Rio Breogan in Spain, averaging 19.8 PPG on 0.504/0.441/0.776 in 19 Liga ACB games (31.7 MPG) this season.

Asked during an interview with Israel Hayom about his fellow Bosnian, a former NBA striker Mirza Teletovic said he was confident that Musa, who is only 22, will return to the United States sooner or later.

“Dzanan is a great talent, who has already done great things in his career”, said Teletovic, according to EuroHoops.net. “He may have gone to the NBA too early and got burned, but I think he will come back to the United States soon because he just needed more experience and more games to take care of the players. He saw what was missing and now he is working on it in Europe. … He has to be patient and go step by step and he is assured of a bright future because he has the qualities of a leader and everything it takes to succeed.

Here are some other odds and ends from the international basketball world:

  • FIBA today announced in a press release that Russian teams and officials will not be allowed to participate in FIBA ​​international competitions until further notice. Russia got off to a 3-0 start in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
  • Euroleague Basketball announced on Monday that it has suspended the participation of all Russian teams in the EuroLeague (CSKA Moscow, UNICS Kazan, Zenit St. Petersburg) and EuroCup (Lokomotiv Kuban, Krasnodar). The organization will continue to monitor the situation and states that if things do not improve, “all regular season games against Russian teams will be canceled to set up league standings.”
  • Former NBA first-round pick Archie Goodwin has signed with Israeli side Maccabi Rishon, according to a club statement (Twitter link). Goodwin, the 29th overall pick in 2013, played 165 regular season games for Phoenix, New Orleans and Brooklyn but hasn’t played in the NBA since 2017. He had played in Ukraine that season but recently left due to the Russian invasion.

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