Lucas Nogueira staying Spain this year
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Hawks have high hopes for big man Lucas Noqueira, who they selected with the No. 16 overall pick in June's draft. Still, they know he still needs some seasoning, which is why he will spend the upcoming season playing for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in Spain. The Hawks will retain his rights.
"We are very encouraged by what we've seen from Lucas this summer," general manager Danny Ferry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution early in August. "Going back to Estudiantes will allow him to continue develop while also playing meaningful minutes against very good competition. We will closely monitor his progress as he works towards his goals as a basketball player."
Nogueira, 20, appeared in five games at the Las Vegas summer league, averaging 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He has three seasons of experience under his belt playing professionally in Spain.