Mantas Rubstavicius is in a rich vein of form for the New Zealand Breakers, playing a key role in their rise.

2 Jan
By Rob Burton for

NBL24's class of Next Stars is looming as one of the top groups of emerging hoops talent anywhere in the world.

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With every week that goes by, this crop of Next Stars are playing more minutes and producing bigger numbers across the league, as highlighted by some big performances in Round 13 of Hungry Jack's NBL action.

Mantas Rubstavicius has been in a rich vein of form as the New Zealand Breakers rise up the ladder. 

The Lithuanian Next Star is shooting at a 48 per cent clip from three across the season, and hasn't dipped below 55 per cent from the field across his last six games. 

A 16-point, four-rebound haul was key in the Breakers' upset win over Tasmania in enemy territory, and his draft stocks are sure to rise if this impressive run of form continues.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mantas making ????? happen at the rim ?<br><br>Catch the action live ??<br>?? ESPN2 via Kayo <br>?? ESPN3 + ESPN App <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBL Next Stars (@NBLNextStars) <a href="">January 1, 2024</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trentyn Flowers made his presence felt in the 36ers' clash against Perth and fellow Next Star Alex Sarr, with 13 points, six rebounds and a huge slam, and he was more than happy to tell the French big man all about it.

Sarr had the last laugh though, with his Wildcats claiming an 18-point win in Adelaide. The projected number one pick scored 12 points in 13 minutes, with court-time high in demand on a red-hot Perth roster.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trentyn Flowers was slashing to the rim all game Wednesday for the <a href="">@Adelaide36ers</a>, scoring 13 points with 6 rebounds. <br><br>The 18-year-old <a href="">@NBLNextStars</a> prospect is averaging 5.6 PPG and 3.1 RPG this season. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBA Future Starts Now (@nbafuturenow) <a href="">December 29, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Alex Toohey was in the action as the Kings got back on the winners list in style, grabbing four boards, to go with six points, an assist and a block.

Bobi Klintman had a quieter week at the office, following his 24-point showcase in Round 12, but still played some key minutes against both Melbourne and Sydney, with five points and five rebounds in the win over United.

Ariel Hukporti certainly isn't getting any minutes gifted in a star-studded Melbourne lineup, but he continues to have an impact. Five points, seven rebounds and a block against the Taipans in 17 minutes showed his ability in all facets of the game.

The Hawks are flying and AJ Johnson knocked down a couple of big buckets in the win over Adelaide, scoring six points.

In Brisbane, the Bullets returned to the winners list, and Rocco Zikarsky again showed some brilliance around the rim, with a huge dunk late in the game. 

He only played five minutes, but we already know Rocco has an exciting future at just 17-years-old. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s party time in Brisbane ? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBL Next Stars (@NBLNextStars) <a href="">December 30, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

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