The top Turkish Airlines EuroLeague scoring guards will have some new competition for the scorers’ crown this season with the arrival of two of the best point-makers from the 7DAYS EuroCup in recent years. Klemen Prepelic is not a new face in the EuroLeague with Valencia Basket being his third team in the competition. Prepelic made his EuroLeague debut back in 2012 with Union Olimpija Ljubljana of his native Slovenia, and he played the 2018-19 campaign with Real Madrid. While the 27-year old Prepelic has collected 31 EuroLeague appearances, the 25-year old Aaron Harrison is set to play his first games in the competition with Olympiacos Piraeus.
Both Prepelic and Harrison are capable of scoring in bunches and have done so quite often in the EuroCup over the past three years. The 2019-20 campaign was the first time they played the same season in the competition, and each of them scored a total of 255 points – tied for third-most in the EuroCup. Harrison led Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul in scoring with 15.9 points, while Prepelic needed one game fewer in uniform of Joventut Badalona and ranked third in scoring in EuroCup with 17.0 points per game.
The two players not only scored the same number of points last season but connected on nearly the same number of field goals as well. Harrison made one more than Prepelic, who fired up more attempts, especially from two-point range. Each scorer will bring unlimited range to the EuroLeague courts, and Harrison and Prepelic were first and second in the EuroCup in three-point attempts last season, respectively. But Harrison was a lot more consistent from long range and ranked second in the EuroCup with 44 threes made. Prepelic and Harrison also both set some of their respective club’s records. Harrison nailed a Galatasaray-best 8 three-pointers in a home win over UNICS Kazan, while Prepelic scored 37 points and had a 45 index rating to shatter Joventut’s 17-year-old records in a win over Tofas Bursa.
Each player has played two EuroCup seasons over the last three years, and when their stats are compared, there are many similarities. Prepelic averaged 16.5 points over his two seasons – in 2017-18 with Levallois Metropolitans and last season with Joventut – compared to Harrison’s 14.9 points over last two years with Galatasaray. Prepelic has a lot more success scoring when he gets to the basket, while Harrison made more threes and shot them a lot more consistently. Both players have been equally capable passers, averaging just below 3.0 assists per contest. But Harrison is more involved in rebounding, especially at the defensive end, and he has also averaged 1.1 steals per game over the last two EuroCup seasons.