Slovenian basketball star Luka Doncic is set to be taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, capping off what's been an incredible year. Doncic likely won't go No. 1 overall to the Suns - that seems like it will be Deandre Ayton - but he will likely either go No. 2 or No. 3. He could end up either in Sacramento or Atlanta.
Doncic is regarded as one of the best European basketball talents in quite some time. This past season, he led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title at just 19 years old - winning both the league's MVP award and its Final Four MVP award.
After the win, which came earlier this week, Doncic celebrated with him mother, Mirjam Poterbin. In the photo below, which she posted to Instagram on Tuesday, she says he's her son, pride and world. Pretty cool.
Poterbin is a former hurdler, model and dancer who now owns and runs a salon. Doncic's father, Sasa Doncic, is a basketball coach in the Slovenian League.
It was actually Poterbin, not Doncic himself, who dropped the news a few months ago that Luka would be declaring for the NBA Draft.
Doncic is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's draft - mostly because many question whether his game will fit in the NBA. Sports Illustrated lists his strengths as his basketball comprehension, floor vision, size and versatility as a scorer. But the publication also questions his athleticism and his ability to create his own show off the dribble.
European players have been hit or miss in the NBA. There are a number of success stories, to be sure - Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis come to mind. Hopefully, we can add Doncic to that list soon.