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« Reply #78 on: Apr 17, 2015, 11:55:41 PM »

Basketball Youth Tournaments, Coaching & Training
Torneos, Conducción & Entrenamiento de Juveniles de Baloncesto


Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Canadian high school trying to buck trend,
perhaps start new one


David Hein's Eye on the Future
Just an hour's drive northwest of Toronto, the Canadian high school Orangeville Prep is working hard to buck one trend and quite possibly start a new one.

Head coach Larry Blunt arrived at Orangeville Prep two years ago with the goal of helping keep elite Canadian high school players in Canada.  
The Greater Toronto Area has produced a number of future NBA basketball players - just think Anthony Bennett, Sim Bhullar, Tyler Ennis, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson, Kelly Olynyk, Nik Stauskas, Tristan Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. But Olynyk and Nicholson were the only ones of that group to spend their entire high school career in Canada, as Olynyk attended South Kamloops and the late bloomer Nicholson went to Father Michael Gomez.

Bennett, Joseph and Thompson all left Canada for the college preparatory school Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada while Bhullar and Wiggins attended the equally famous Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia.

That group of players is only the Canadians from Toronto and it's just the tip of the iceberg as more Canadians are in the pipeline, ready to follow the Wigginses and Ennises and Bennetts into the NBA - from US high schools and then colleges.

That is the trend that Blunt is fighting.

Luckily, he and Orangeville got two stars to fall into their laps.


Canada v Serbia - Quarter Final Highligts - 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship

Blunt knew Jamal Murray, who played at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, from coaching with the Toronto AAU circuit team CIA Bounce. Murray, from Kitchener, Ontario about 100km west of Toronto, was considered a high level talent and certainly could have had his choice of US high schools to go to. But Blunt convinced Murray and his family to take a chance on Orangeville and stay in Canada for the duration of his high school career.

"I think at that point, it was unprecedented. I don't think there's a word big enough to describe how much of an impact that had on high school basketball in Canada," Blunt told Eye on the Future.

"Because to that point in recent years, everybody said you leave. But to his and his family's credit, a lot of people were in his ear saying what are you doing. If you go to the US you'll blow up. If you go to the US you'll be great. If you stay here you're not going to have those opportunities. He stayed the course, and a year and a half later the proof is really in the pudding."

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Murray is being recruited heavily by most of the big colleges in the United States and his stock is rising on NBA Draft boards, especially after scoring 30 points in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit - the second time he played in the showcase.


Jamal Murray (CAN). Canada v Japan. 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Day 2, Group phase. 
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The second stroke of luck - or being at the right place at the right time with the right connections - was Thon Maker. The highly regarded South Sudanese-Australian was dominating the high school circuit in the United States but had to leave the US in August 2013 to renew his visa for immigration purposes. Instead of travelling all the way back to Australia, Maker, his younger brother Matur and their guardian Ed Smith decided to take the shorter trip to Toronto.

After the paperwork took longer than expected, Smith went looking for a place for Thon to train while they waited. Eventually he landed in Orangeville and the Athlete Institute because he knew Blunt from the Virginia basketball community.

"I think Thon fell in love with the facility, and he fell in love with the pace of life here. I think he fell in love with being isolated away from a lot of the hype and the things he was getting and it put him in a position where he could really focus on basketball," Blunt said.

Now with Murray and the Makers on board as well as other solid level prospects from the Toronto area, Blunt was ready to tackle an uber-tough schedule featuring a number of games in the United States against some of the best high schools in the US.

Orangeville took their lumps - mainly because of some difficult travel plans and playing all road games in the US - but Blunt was very satisfied with his team's 34-11 record for the season.

It still remains to be seen if Murray staying in Canada actually leads to a trend of elite Canadians staying at home. But Murray - and Thon Maker, for that matter - could become pioneers in another way.

Both are international players, meaning they are not required to attend college in the US before entering the NBA Draft. They only have to fulfil the NBA age requirement. So, in theory both Murray and Maker - born two days apart in February 1997 - could jump directly from Canadian high school to the NBA.


Team World highlights from the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit

Of course such a move would be huge for Canadian high school basketball in general and Orangeville in particular, which had not even produced a US Division I college basketball player before Blunt's arrival. Three Orangeville players already have locked up Division I scholarships for US colleges and Blunt said as many as seven of the players could secure scholarships by year's end.

But having a player jump from Orangeville to the NBA would be another caliber entirely.

The thing is no one seems to know if the situation is actually possible. No one can seem to get a clear answer. Everyone involved says there is no precedent.

The closest thing seems to be Dante Exum, who decided to stay in Australia and not attend a US college and was eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft whereas if he had gone to college for one season, he would not have been able to enter the NBA until 2015.

If Murray and/or Maker jump to the NBA from Orangeville, then the doors of Blunt’s office will be bursting with people looking to get in - and get to the NBA a year sooner.


There are a lot of reasons to look at Orangeville at the moment - stayed tuned.

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« Reply #77 on: Jan 17, 2015, 12:30:47 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

USA look to future after clean sweep ...
they make winning look so easy at times, the USA teams !

They make winning look so easy at times, the USA teams.

In 2014, the Americans swept all before them in international competition.

They captured titles at the FIBA Basketball World Cup and FIBA World Championship for Women.

The youngsters were downright impressive, too, reaching the top of the podium at both the FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women, and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Men and Women.

International basketball got a very good look at players who are going to grace the biggest stages in the sport in the not-to-distant future.

Even as high school stars, these players have seen their names go up in bright lights thanks to their involvement with USA Basketball.

In these six competitions alone, the country played 39 games and won every single one of them.

The success solidified the USA's standing as the leading nation in the FIBA bwin World Ranking.

The men are No. 1 with 1,040 points - 335 more than No. 2 Spain, while on the women's ladder, the United States' stranglehold is even greater at 1,040 points to 590 points for Australia and 550 points for No. 3 Spain.

Even in the combined ranking, which takes into account the points of all categories (Men, Women, Boys and Girls) in the given cycle, the USA are like a bright star in another galaxy for all to see with 3,286 points.

Spain (1,987.5 points) and France (1,222.5 points) are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

There is no doubt at all about which country rules the roost in the international game.

Even in such a dominant position, though, USA Basketball faces challenges.

There are "unknowns" on the horizon which do not allow the Americans to rest on their laurels.

This was articulated very well by Jerry Colangelo, its chairman, in an end-of-year interview on www.usab.com.

"Sometimes it's good to look into the crystal ball and speculate what is just around the corner," he said.

"There will be a sea change taking place in USA Basketball after the 2016 Olympics because the next competition in terms of the [FIBA Basketball] World Cup will not take place until 2019 so there is going to be a different kind of a format in terms of quad format, so that will be challenging.

"What will we do in 2017 and '18 by way of example to prepare for ’19 and ’20.

"Our formula is going to have to be recalculated in terms of how we have had success, playing in international competition every two years. That now changes after the Olympics in 2016."

Indeed, with the new FIBA calendar, the next FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in 2019.

"We're working on our game plan for that as we go forward, that will be a challenge," Colangelo said.

One of the unknowns concerns player availability.

"Will the NBA players continue to be as committed to participation?" Colangelo said.

"Will the NBA owners continue to allow the players to participate?

"All of these factors are somewhat out of our control but things we have to deal with. We have to be willing to roll with the punches, go with the flow, deal with the circumstances.

"That is the so-called crystal ball - not many answers but a lot of questions."

The way the players talk about their involvement with USA Basketball, it seems likely that the superstars will continue to sign up for national team duty.

"Any player who player who participates for USA Basketball, beginning in the junior programs, all the way up to the senior teams, men and women, are better people for participating, in terms of helping them with their value system," Colangelo said.

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"They become better players because of the great coaching. Some of the greatest coaches in the country are working on all levels. So they become better players."

USA look to future after clean sweep. In this Photograph from FIBA presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis . Photograph: FIBA



In 2014, the Americans swept all before them in international competition.

They captured titles at the FIBA Basketball World Cup and FIBA World Championship for Women.

The youngsters were downright impressive, too, reaching the top of the podium at both the FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women, and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships for Men and Women.

International basketball got a very good look at players who are going to grace the biggest stages in the sport in the not-to-distant future.

Even as high school stars, these players have seen their names go up in bright lights thanks to their involvement with USA Basketball.

In these six competitions alone, the country played 39 games and won every single one of them.

The success solidified the USA's standing as the leading nation in the FIBA bwin World Ranking.

The men are No. 1 with 1,040 points - 335 more than No. 2 Spain, while on the women's ladder, the United States' stranglehold is even greater at 1,040 points to 590 points for Australia and 550 points for No. 3 Spain.

Even in the combined ranking, which takes into account the points of all categories (Men, Women, Boys and Girls) in the given cycle, the USA are like a bright star in another galaxy for all to see with 3,286 points.

Spain (1,987.5 points) and France (1,222.5 points) are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

There is no doubt at all about which country rules the roost in the international game.

Even in such a dominant position, though, USA Basketball faces challenges.

There are "unknowns" on the horizon which do not allow the Americans to rest on their laurels.

This was articulated very well by Jerry Colangelo, its chairman, in an end-of-year interview on www.usab.com.

"Sometimes it's good to look into the crystal ball and speculate what is just around the corner," he said.

"There will be a sea change taking place in USA Basketball after the 2016 Olympics because the next competition in terms of the [FIBA Basketball] World Cup will not take place until 2019 so there is going to be a different kind of a format in terms of quad format, so that will be challenging.

"What will we do in 2017 and '18 by way of example to prepare for ’19 and ’20.

"Our formula is going to have to be recalculated in terms of how we have had success, playing in international competition every two years. That now changes after the Olympics in 2016."

Indeed, with the new FIBA calendar, the next FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in 2019.

"We're working on our game plan for that as we go forward, that will be a challenge," Colangelo said.

One of the unknowns concerns player availability.

"Will the NBA players continue to be as committed to participation?" Colangelo said.

"Will the NBA owners continue to allow the players to participate?

"All of these factors are somewhat out of our control but things we have to deal with. We have to be willing to roll with the punches, go with the flow, deal with the circumstances.

"That is the so-called crystal ball - not many answers but a lot of questions."

The way the players talk about their involvement with USA Basketball, it seems likely that the superstars will continue to sign up for national team duty.

"Any player who player who participates for USA Basketball, beginning in the junior programs, all the way up to the senior teams, men and women, are better people for participating, in terms of helping them with their value system," Colangelo said.

"They become better players because of the great coaching. Some of the greatest coaches in the country are working on all levels. So they become better players."

"Because of the culture that we have created for USAB, they (players and coaches) become different people and they take that culture back to their respective teams at a high school, college and professional level," Colangelo said.

"Therefore many people benefit. On an NBA level, the teams benefit big time.

"The ultimate recipient, those who gain the most, are those who are the NCAA, the NBA and right on down the line so it’s a formula that is very, very strong and ......



......the players themselves all come back after the experience and say it was one of the greatest experiences of their lives."

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« Reply #76 on: Jun 14, 2014, 03:45:50 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Ivanovic looks to judge Bosnian future - in the present


David Hein's Eye on the Future
The news didn't really make big headlines. The twitter-sphere didn't explode, and facebook wasn't full of outrage or joy. Yet, Bosnia and Herzegovina took a big step towards possible greatness in the near future.

Bosnian national team coach Dusko Ivanovic named his initial 23-man roster for this summer's EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.

What? Is that the near earth-shattering news you're going on about, you may
be asking yourself. Heck, Ivanovic made bigger headlines since then, signing a two-year contract to coach Greek powerhouses Panathinaikos.

So, what's the big news about the Bosnian national team? Well, Ivanovic, who took over the coaching duties in January, has clearly recognized that his country is developing some uber-elite young prospects. And he has done exactly the right thing in inviting them to the team's training camp to get them exposed to the senior national team - and to see what he has in the future.

Ivanovic included on the camp roster the 1994-born pair of Jusuf Nurkic and Adin Vrabac as well as a trio of 1995-born players that includes Nedim Buza and Amar Alibegovic.

Some, if not all, of those names might not mean much to many people out there. But they represent a quintet of very, very talented players who will very likely make up the backbone of the Bosnian national team for years and years to come.

Some people might recognize Nurkic as the European name they haven't heard anything about but he is rising on the 2014 NBA Draft boards. And Vrabac and Buza are both being listed in mock drafts for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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And the players are getting good experience at the club level as well.


ADuško Ivanović (born September 1, 1957 in Bijelo Polje, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia) is a retired Montenegrin basketball player and current head coach of Panathinaikos. In this photograph from Basket Blog presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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While Buza and Vrabac are both with Bosnian side Spars Sarajevo, Nurkic is playing a big role with Croatian side Cedevita, while Alibegovic is spending his second season with Italian club Stella Azzurra Rome.

All of them have good promise and have already taken big steps forward in their development.

Nurkic, Buza and Vrabac all helped Bosnia win the 2012 U18 European Championship Division B title - while the 1995 generation avoided relegation from the U18 Division A last summer, without the aforementioned star trio.

Vrabac and Buza all participated in last weekend's adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, showcasing their skills to dozens of NBA and European club general managers. Nurkic was supposed to take part but was playing for Cedevita's senior team in the playoffs.

So will any of these prospects actually make Ivanovic's final roster for Bosnia and Herzegovina's EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers against Iceland and Great Britain in Group A?

The one most likely to make a real contribution would be Nurkic. And depending on which NBA team drafts him and what their plans are for him, the big man might be available for the qualifiers between 13-27 August.

But just having the youngsters in the training camp with Bosnian veterans such as Mirza Teletovic, Zack Wright, Nihad Djedovic, Nemanja Gordic, Andrija Stipanovic and Elmedin Kikanovic will be a big help. And Ivanovic's veteran guidance will also be an invaluable experience.

The Bosnians will come together from 30 June-2 July and then play warm-ups against Israel, Slovak Republic, Montenegro, Italy and Sweden.


By then, Ivanovic will have a good idea of what he has in the youngsters - both for the present and for the immediate and long-term futures.

David Hein from FIBA



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« Reply #75 on: Apr 05, 2014, 11:37:04 PM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Nike Hoop Summit World team heavy on high schoolers

The World Select Team was released this week for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and the international squad is noticeably heavy on players from North American high schools.

With half of the 10-man roster playing for high schools in the United States or Canada, the World team will shoot for their third straight victory on April 12 when they play the USA at the 17th annual Hoop Summit at the Moda Center in Portland.

For comparison, last spring’s World team had just three high schoolers – Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiied and Karl Towns Jr. The Dominican Republic big man Towns is returning to coach Roy Rana’s World Team after collecting seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the 112-98 win, which was the first time the internationals won back-to-back games.

The USA holds an 11-5 advantage in the Hoop Summit history.

Towns, who will be heading to the University of Kentucky next season, will likely be called upon to play a bigger role for Rana’s team this time around.

The Canadian coach has some good depth in the low post with Canadian Trey Lyles, who starred at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship and is Kentucky-bound as well after playing high school in Indiana; Serbia’s Nikola Jokic , Switzerland’s Clint Capela and Damien Inglis of France.

The fourth European in the game – there were six in last year’s game – is Turkey’s James Metecan Birsen. Reports say fellow Turk Cedi Osman was supposed to come but was stricken from the roster due to an injury to Dogus Balbay at Turkish club Anadolu Efes.

Rounding out the other high schoolers are Democratic Republic of Congo’s Emmanuel Mudiay, Brandone Francis of the Dominican Republic and Jamal Murray, who is attending a high school in his native Canada.

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The other player on the squad is China’s Gao Shang, who averaged 18.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists at the 2013 U19 Worlds including games of 30 and 33 points


Karl Towns is one of the best basketball players in the class of 2014. He was New Jersey Player of the Year as a sophomore. He’s won two titles. He’s on the Dominican National Team. He’s a 4.3 student and class president. He’s a scratch golfer and can hit a ball over 330 yards. He taught himself to play piano. So what else is there to do? Play basketball ...
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Let’s briefly go through the World squad, which features three top-10 recruits from the 2014 high school class (Towns, Lyles and Mudiay). Lyles is a strong, skilled low post player while Jokic, who broke out at the 2013 U19 Worlds, is an old school power forward averaging 11 points and six rebounds for Mega Vezura in Serbia. Capela is the long and athletic big man who always seems to make these World teams and leave big impressions.

It will be interesting to see what kind of role the physically-mature Inglis plays in Portland after usually being a leader on the youth French national team but only being a role player – understandably for his age – for ProA team Roanne. Birsen, who gets some minutes for Fenerbahce, also plays on the wing and can control the ball, though he’s not nearly as physical as Inglis.

Playing the off guard will be the Florida recruit Francis, an explosive slasher who played for the Dominican Republic’s senior team at the Jenaro “Tuto” Marchand Continental Cup in Puerto Rico last August.

Mudiay, who is bound for Southern Methodist, will likely be the only true point guard and will be in charge of handling the intense USA pressure defense while combo guard Murray will help out as the second playmaker.

If you happen to miss this game – and I would recommend you don’t – you will likely see many of these players quite a bit in the future, and many of them in the NBA.


An impressive total of 151 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA as of 2013.

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« Reply #74 on: Mar 16, 2014, 12:03:54 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Euroleague makes solid choices in four NIJT wild cards


The eight-team field for the 2014 Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) finals at the Euroleague Final Four is set as the four wild cards were handed out, with some good choices being made.

Joining the four qualifying teams Cajasol Seville, Real Madrid, Zalgiris Kaunas and Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) Telekom Belgrade are wild card recipients Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, the defending champions Joventut Badalona, hometown representative Armani Junior Milan and Team Brazil - the first South American participant in the NIJT.

Let's start off with maybe the weakest choice of the bunch, Fenerbahce. With Turkish Airlines being the Euroleague official sponsor, it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that a Turkish team was given a wild card.

Fenerbahce do have a nice one-two power punch with Berk Ugurlu and Ayberk Olmaz.

But they lost to Barcelona for sixth place in the L'Hospitalet tournament and had just one win in four games.

Euroleague could have chosen Unicaja Malaga, whose only loss in L'Hospitalet came against undefeated champs Real Madrid.

They also could have brought Union Olimpija Ljubljana, whose only defeat was also against Real in taking third place - ahead of Joventut.

Bringing Joventut - three of the eight teams will have played at the L'Hospitalet tournament - isn't that big of a problem.  

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They are the defending champions and have some solid talent in Sergi Costa and Marc Bauza.


Bringing Joventut - three of the eight teams will have played at the L'Hospitalet tournament - isn't that big of a problem. They are the defending champions and have some solid talent in Sergi Costa (on the center) and Marc Bauza. In this photograph from Mundo Deportivo presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis
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Another possible selection could have been INSEP, who lost in the Belgrade final to Crvena Zvezda and also won the NIJT title in 2009.

There is no discussion needed with Armani Junior Milan. Euroleague always take a local team and they will obviously be the home side for the May 15-18 tournament.

Milan also ended up in third place in the Citta di Roma tournament, during which they actually knocked off the eventual champions Cajasol.

Milan's only loss in the tournament came to Cibona Zagreb.

The leader of the balanced Italian team is Alberto Cacace while Lorenzo Restelli is another key player for the Italians.

The final pick, Team Brazil, is definitely interesting.

Euroleague invited Team China to the previous three NIJT finals and the Asians showed more and more improvement. But the move to the South American powers makes sense.

Brazil is an emerging market with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics taking place there.

There are also a number of Brazilians in the Euroleague competition. And Euroleague also brought back the Intercontinental Cup this season.

It's unclear which team the Brazilians will bring to the 1996-born tournament though it could be most of the U17 team from last summer, which included Wesley da Silva and Junior Duval.

Another possible name is Daniel Bordignon, who played for Brazil at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship but plays his club ball in the Laboral Kuxta system.

The teams are broken into groups with Real, Zalgiris, Fenerbahce and Milan together while the other group has Crvena Zvezda, Cajasol, Joventut and Team Brazil.


The games will take place at the Tensostruttura Lido with the final at the Mediolanum Forum.

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« Reply #73 on: Feb 22, 2014, 06:35:57 PM »

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Fourth NIJT ticket up for grabs this weekend in Belgrade

The fourth and final Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) qualifier tips off this weekend in Belgrade, where the last team will book their automatic spot for the NIJT Finals at the Euroleague Final Four in May.

Already through to the May 15-18 tournament in Milan are: Cajasol Seville, who won the Citta di Roma tourney shortly after Christmas; Real Madrid, winners of the Ciutat de L’Hospitalet event at the beginning of the new year; and Zalgiris Kaunas, who captured the crown in Kaunas in early February.

There will be four more teams added to the eight-team field with Euroleague to hand out four wild cards.

Just like in the build-up to the Kaunas event, Eye on the Future reached out to the eight clubs playing in Belgrade to find out which youngsters they think are the players to watch. And here’s what to watch this weekend.

The leader from Cedevita Zagreb will be Lovro Mazalin. The 16-year-old swingman could soon become the latest Croatian youngster to be known by just his first name alongside Bojan (Bogdanovic), Dario (Saric) and Mario (Hezonja).

Mazalin already has experience with the Croatian youth national team ranks, playing a big role in Croatia finishing second at the 2013 U18 European Championship. He later starred for Croatia's U16 team, though they ended the tournament in sixth place and failed to qualify for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.


NIJT Belgrade: Day 1 Recap


Lovro can score at will - he went for 44 points against Turkey at the U16 tournament - but he also gets teammates involved, rebounds well and plays solid defense while possessing a good understanding of the game. The left-handed point forward is widely considered one of the top players of the 1997 class.

Right near the top of the 1998 class is 15-year-old Milos Glisic with Partizan NIS Belgrade. The center was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia, but helped Serbia to a third-place finish at the U16 European Championship in 2012 and then took a step up on the podium last summer with a second-place showing at the 2013 U16 Euros, qualifying for the U17 Worlds this summer.

Glisic, who won't turn 16 until April, will actually be playing at his second NIJT tournament. He still has room to grow and fill out his body, which is a bit lanky and lacks elite athleticism.

For his age, Glisic possesses a great feel for the game and gets excellent positions. His mechanics are solid and he will need to improve his ball-handling and footwork if he wants to play the wing.

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But he is still so young.

Lovro Mazalin erupts after flagrant foul ! Another NIJT, another youngster sensation from Croatia. 16-year-old Lovro Mazalin, who has been already starter for Croatia at last summer’s European Championship U16, has caught scouts’ eye with rare combination of skill set and talent wise. In this photograph from TP Portal presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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The French academy INSEP is known for producing top level talent and the latest from the ever-growing line of emerging stars is Stephane Gombauld. The forward played at the U16 European Championship the last two summers, helping France last summer qualify for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Gombauld will also be playing his second NIJT. It's still unclear what position the 16-year-old will play. He has good instincts on the offensive glass and possesses a good first step. His ball-handling is not solid enough yet to play on the wing and his body still could use some strength.

Gombauld is still young and raw, but he has long arms which makes him an ever-present threat on defense.

The player to watch for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade is Vojislav Stojanovic, who played for Serbia at the 2013 U16 European Championship and helped them reach the Final which they lost to Spain but they still managed to book a spot in the U17 Worlds.


NIJT Belgrade: Day 2 Recap


The shooting guard is ultra aggressive and plays with a high level of intensity. The 16-year-old has good size for his position, making him a tremendous rebounder from the backcourt. His ball-handling is good enough to move over to the point for stretches. His shooting lacks consistency while his size, length and strength allows him to make plays on defense.

Zemun's Slobodan Jovanovic is another player from Serbia's bronze and silver winning U16 teams from the 2012 and 2013 U16 European Championships. The shooting guard is a strong all-around player who shoots well and will not make mistakes with the ball in his hands. His technique is fantastic but he could use some more strength.

Radovan Djokovic from Mega Vizura Belgrade is a 2.00m point guard who is very creative and has good court vision. His three-point shooting is solid and he is very dangerous when penetrating to the basket. Djokovic has quick hands on defense and was named the MVP of the Serbian U17 championship last season.


NIJT Belgrade Final Highlights: Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade-INSEP Paris


One of the players to watch from Buducnost VOLI Podgorica is Milos Popovic. The center was just 15 years old last summer playing at the U16 European Championship for Montenegro. Once the team was into the relegation round, Popovic was given more playing time and he responded with 19.2 points 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.2 assists in the final five games, including 34 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals in the last game against Sweden. Popovic is extremely effective in the post but also has range out to the three-point line. He also draws a lot of fouls in the low post.

The roster for Canarias Basketball Academy looks like a United Nations team and one of the leaders will be Nobert Janicek of the Slovak Republic. The center is not especially athletic or physically impressive but he is extremely effective close to the basket. He can go with either hand around the rim, uses his body well on offense and positioning for rebounds. He has a face-up game and even a bit of range on his jumper.


It's quite likely that a number of these players - and more from the tournament - will be in Dubai this summer at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship...

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Spanish teams take first two spots in
Nike International Junior Tournament finals

One quarter of the field is set for the Nike International Junior Tournament finals at the Euroleague Final Four in Milan as Spanish sides Cajasol Seville and Real Madrid won their respective qualifying tournaments.

Belarus big man Maxim Salash collected 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks to lead Cajasol to a 67-53 victory over Stellazzurra BA Rome in the final of the Citta di Roma Tournament shortly after Christmas. The 17-year-old Salash, who is spending his second season with Cajasol, was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 19.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 steals.

The 2.06m power forward/center showed a deadly inside-outside game, hitting 63% from inside the arc in the final three games (after going 1-of-8 in the opener) while knocking down 6-of-11 (55%) of his three-pointers.

Joining Salash on the All-Tournament Team were Stellazzurra point guard Federico Mussini (19.3 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 2.5 steals per game) and power forward Andrea La Torre (11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5spg), along with Armani Junior Milano guard Alberto Cacace (14.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0spg) and forward Richard Freudenberg of Bayern Munich.

Freudenberg is someone who many people will hear about in the future. He is just 15 years old and is still coming to grips with his still-growing body. But he scored 12 and 15 points in Bayern's first two games before being held to five and seven in the last two for an average of 9.8 points. Freundenberg shot just 30 percent from the field in the tournament while grabbing 2.3 rebounds in 23 minutes a game.

One name missing from the All-Tournament Team was Edin Atic from sixth-placed Spars Sarajevo, as the 16-year-old averaged 21.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks.

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The Rome tournament was lacking big-name talent in general, especially with Marko Arapovic not playing for Cibona Zagreb despite being listed on the tournament roster.

Real Madrid's junior team followed the lead of the Euroleague powers in going undefeated to take the title with a 62-56 win over previously undefeated Unicaja Malaga in the final. Jonathan Barreiro scored 20 points and 16-year-old Romanian center Emanuel Cate added 15 points and nine rebounds in the final. In this photograph by Marta Forne Sala from Planeta ACB presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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The second NIJT qualifying tournament - Torneig de Basquet Junior "Ciutat de L'Hospitalet" - in the Barcelona suburb of L'Hospitalet meanwhile had plenty of talent on display last weekend.

Real Madrid's junior team followed the lead of the Euroleague powers in going undefeated to take the title with a 62-56 win over previously undefeated Unicaja Malaga in the final. Jonathan Barreiro scored 20 points and 16-year-old Romanian center Emanuel Cate added 15 points and nine rebounds in the final.

Real had a balanced team with Barreiro's 12.4 ppg leading the way as nine players averaged at least six points during the tournament. Madrid's representative on the All-Tournament Team was Republic of Congo big man Jonathan Kasibabu, who went scoreless with six rebounds in the final but averaged 6.6 points and 10.4 rebounds. His top two showings were 11 and 20 vs Fenerbahce and 8 and 16 against Joventut Badalona.


Belarus big man Maxim Salash collected 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks to lead Cajasol to a 67-53 victory over Stellazzurra BA Rome in the final of the Citta di Roma Tournament shortly after Christmas. The 17-year-old Salash, who is spending his second season with Cajasol, was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 19.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 steals. In this photograph by Marta Forne Sala from Planeta ACB presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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Malaga's Fernando Alonso (16.0ppg, 3.2apg, 2.8rpg, 2.0spg) also made the All-Tournament Team along with Andreas Obst from Brose Baskets Bamberg (22.5ppg, 5.5rpg), Union Olimpija Ljubljana's Vasilije Vucetic (11.4ppg, 7.2rpg) and Barcelona's Marc Garcia, who was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 21.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.0 assits and 1.8 steals.

One of the real highlights of the tournament was the shoot-out between Garcia and Obst in group play as Garcia nailed seven three-pointers in scoring 40 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while Obst knocked down six triples in hitting for 31 points with seven rebounds and two steals in Barcelona’s 86-82 thrilling win.

Bamberg had another strong performer in Leon Kratzer (15.3ppg, 10.8rpg) while Swedish senior international Ludde Hakanson was superb for Barcelona (13.8ppg, 2.8apg, 2.3rpg) and Fenerbahce's Berk Ugurlu lived up to his billing (18.0ppg, 5.0apg, 4.5rpg, 1.8spg).

The third qualifying tournament will take place in Kaunas from February 7-9 with the fourth and final qualifier planned for February 21-23 in Belgrade.


The four winners of those tournaments will be joined by four wild card teams in the eight-team NIJT finals at the Euroleague Final Four in Milan from May 15-18.

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Men's youth hoops from Antetokounmpo to Zhou

Okay, the name of this column is Eye on the Future. But this week it's time to look back a bit.

We've moved deep into December and are just about ready to flip the calendar.

So, with that, here is a rundown of some of the top men's youth highlights over the course of the 2013 calendar year.

A as in Amedeo Della Valle
The wing man was named MVP of the U20 European Championship after leading Italy back from a big deficit to beat Latvia 67-60 in the Final and clinch their first-ever U20 men’s crown.

B as in Bhamara
India may have finished 11th at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship but they gave some playing time to their 2.18m giant Satnam Singh Bhamara. The 17-year-old was actually playing in his second tournament for India's senior national team and he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in nine minutes per game over six contests.

C as in Czech Republic
The world gathered in the Czech capital Prague for the FIBA U19 World Championship where the USA went undefeated 9-0 in collecting their first title since 2009 and their fifth in 11 tournaments. Aaron Gordon was named MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by USA teammate Jahlil Okafor, Australia's Dante Exum, Dario Saric of Croatia and Vasilje Micic of Serbia.

D as in Deck
Argentina power forward Gabriel Deck also played at the U19 Worlds but was slowed by injuries as the South Americans slumped to 12th place. But he came back later in the summer in strong fashion and won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.

E as in Exum
Dante Exum, as mentioned earlier, was named to the FIBA U19 World Championship All-Tournament Team in leading Australia to fourth place. He had not even turned 18 but soared up NBA Draft boards as he averaged 18.2 points as well as 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds. He also played a big role in Team World winning the Nike Hoop Summit.

F as in Fu
Fu Hao collected 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in leading China to an 85-78 win over Philippines to capture their third straight gold medal at the FIBA Asia U16 level.

G as in Giannis
What a 2013 for Giannis Antetokounmpo! The 19-year-old Nigerian-Greek guard went through the ultimate hype machine in going from playing in the obscure second division in Greece to being picked number 15 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA Draft.

H as in Hakanson
Ludde Hakanson didn't have that bad of a 2013 either. The Swedish guard helped Barcelona to the final of the Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) at the Euroleague Final Four in London in May. He then played at the U18 European Championship Division B, putting up big numbers. And then Hakanson moved to the Swedish senior national team and actually started games at EuroBasket 2013 while averaging 4.0 ppg and 1.0 apg. Oh, he did all that as 17-year-old!

I as in Ivory Coast
Cote d'Ivoire may have finished 15th at the U19 Worlds but they collected their first win in tournament history by knocking off Senegal 53-51. Dalen Traore led the way with 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.

J as in Joventut
Joventut Badalona used a balanced attack to knock off bitter city rivals Barcelona in the Final of the Nike International Junior Tournament at the Euroleague Final Four 82-59 to collect their first NIJT title in club history.

K as in Kenan
In the fashion of Brazilian footballers, Kenan Sipahi has taken to wearing just his first name on his jersey for Fenerbahce. The young Turkish star definitely has built up a bit of a CV this year, first leading Turkey to their first-ever U18 European Championship title and winning MVP honors. He then moved to Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce and started games for the legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic.

L as in Louisville
Louisville collected their third NCAA title in school history by knocking off Michigan 82-76 in a classic NCAA Tournament final. Luke Hancock nailed all five of his three-pointers - including four in a row - to score 20 points and give the Cardinals their first crown since 1986.

M as in Micic
As previously mentioned, Vasilje Micic was named to the U19 Worlds All-Tournament Team for leading Serbia to second place. Micic showed poise and presence beyond his years in handling the frantic American defense - though his team didn't have enough firepower to overcome Team USA.

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The point guard displayed that same poise and presence at EuroBasket 2013 for Serbia, averaging 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his senior team debut as a 19-year-old.

As of now, Karl Towns Jr is the only 2014 commitment but there is no need to worry. The roster will be filled and Towns will have tons of talented teammates. One of those that would fit in the frontcourt nicely with him would be Chicago big man Cliff Alexander.  Alexander has been on John Calipari’s radar for a while and he saws that he could see him self playing with Karl Towns jr and discussed his recruitment a bit.
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N as in Nike Hoop Summit
Team World captured their second straight win at the Nike Hoop Summit as France's Livio Jean-Charles collected 27 points and 13 rebounds in a 112-98 win over Team USA. Dennis Schroder of Germany added 18 points and six assists as the true break-out figure of the competition.

O as in Olympiacos
Sure, the Greek powers won their second straight Euroleague title by knocking off Real Madrid in the Final. But Olympiacos also took a big step toward securing supremacy in Greece by locking up 19-year-old Ioannis Papapetrou and 18-year-old Dimitrios Agravanis to five-year contracts.

P as in Peno
The Serbian guard Stefan Peno was named the MVP of the U16 European Championship in helping Serbia to the Final, where they lost to Spain.

Q as in Qi
Qi Zhou lived up to his star status as he helped China to their best-ever finish at a FIBA U19 World Championship by taking seventh place. Qi collected 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, a tournament-high 4.8 blocsk and 1.1 assists - as a 17-year-old.

R as in Reuben
New Zealand's youngster Reuben Te Rangi has done a solid job in his move to the professional ranks for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL. Through his first 13 games, he averaged 4.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in nearly 11 minutes a game as a 19-year-old. His top highlight was certainly his 22-point showing against Adelaide 36ers in which he nailed four three-pointers in a row.

S as in Saric
Dario Saric had an eventful 2013. The Croatian first put his name into the 2013 NBA Draft and then pulled it out. He then helped Cibona to the Croatian league title. In July he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the FIBA U19 World Championship as he finished second in scoring, rebounds and assists. After that, he moved to the Croatian senior national team and showed he belonged in playing a solid role as Croatia reached the Semi-Finals at EuroBasket in Slovenia.

T as in Towns
Karl Towns Jr will gladly look back on 2013. The 17-year-old showed off his skills to the scouting basketball community at the Nike Hoops Summit, helping Team World to the win with seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two assists. In the summer, he collected 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in helping the Dominican Republic to the Semi-Finals of the FIBA Americas Championship and book a spot at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

U as in USA
The United States youth national teams had a pretty impressive summer. Combining the men's and women's youth sides, Team USA collected five of six possible titles. They won the U19 Worlds Men and Women and both FIBA Americas U16 tournaments, while the women won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship. The men's 3x3 team was bounced in the Round of 16.

V as in Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum had an up-and-down summer in 2013. He was clearly the leader for Great Britain's U20 team, which secured their first-ever spot in the U20 European Championship Division A by reaching the Division B Final, where they lost to Poland. Van Oostrum made the All-Tournament team with 26.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.4 steals. The 20-year-old was a bit less successful at EuroBasket 2013, where he averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists as Great Britain failed to reach the second round in Slovenia.

W - as in Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins finally made his decision on where he would spend his likely only season in college by going to the University of Kansas. The 18-year-old Canadian superstar once again was a force for Team World at the Nike Hoop Summit but he did not play for Canada at all this summer, deciding against playing for the senior team at the FIBA Americas Championship and a spot at the U19 World Championship.

X - as in XII
That is the Roman numeral for 12, which was the record number of foreign-born players selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, surpassing the 10 selected in the 2011 draft. There were two Canadians picked in the lottery - number one Anthony Bennett and number 13 Kelly Olynyk. There were seven more foreign-born players picked in the second round for a total of 19 of 60 picks.

Y as in Yusta
Santiago Yusta was one of the leaders as Spain collected the U16 European Championship and qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. Yusta collected 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.0 assists for the title-winners.

Z as in Zhelin
China may have crashed out of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in the Quarter-Finals, but it was not the fault of 19-year-old Wang Zhelin. The big man prospect collected 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the senior team after deciding to pass up the U19 Worlds. Zhelin has since showed the FIBA Asia performance was not a fluke, dominating in the Chinese CBA. In his first 14 games, he averaged 22.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks, including six games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.


This was a rundown of some of the top men's youth highlights over the course of the 2013

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FIBA Europe picking its
2013 Young Men's Player of the Year... Dario Saric ?

It's slowly coming to the end of the year which means awards time. And FIBA Europe has released its list of 12 candidates for the 2013 Young Men's Player of the Year. So Eye on the Future would like to help those considering filling out a ballot.

The winner of the past two Young Men's Player of the Year awards was Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas. And the 2013 winner is a pretty clear-cut decision.

First off, the list of names (alphabetically by first name as FIBA Europe has listed them):

Alejandro Abrines (Spain and Barcelona)
Amedeo Della Valle (Italy and Ohio State)
Anzejs Pasecniks (Latvia and VEF Riga)
Dario Saric (Croatia and Cibona Zagreb)
Devon Van Oostrum (Great Britain and Laboral Kutxa)
Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania and Unicaja Malaga)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece and Milwaukee Bucks)
Kenan Sipahi (Turkey and Fenerbahce)
Ludvig Hakanson (Sweden and Barcelona)
Mateusz Ponitka (Poland and Telenet Ostende)
Rasmus Larsen (Denmark and La Bruixa d’Or)
Vasilje Micic (Serbia and Mega Vizura)

The winner of the past two Young Men's Player of the Year awards was Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas. And the 2013 winner is a pretty clear-cut decision.

So, let’s go through them.

Della Valle may have led Italy to the U20 European Championship crown but he did next to nothing for Ohio State. The same could be said about Van Oostrum, winning promotion from U20 Division B but not getting the playing time in the Liga Endesa. And Pasecniks was solid at the U18 Euros but didn't have enough production at the club level to merit a top-three vote.

Larsen's presence on the list is surprising considering he didn't play for Denmark in the summer and only at the beginning of the 2013-14 season did he make inroads into the Liga Endesa team. Another surprise is Antetokounmpo being included. He played last season in the Greek second division and was little more than solid at the U20 European Championship before getting picked by the Bucks - an amazing display of the impact of hype.

Ponitka will probably not get many votes though he helped Poland get back to Division A at the U20 level after playing a key role for Polish Euroleague side Asseco Prokom. He has since moved to Belgian club Ostende and picked up right where he left off and continues to excel.

Those who know Eye on the Future know that Abrines is a personal cheeseball. But he did not play at the U20 Euros and has failed to take the step to real star status at Barcelona - not that it’s easy and that he’s not producing. But not at a Player of the Year level.

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Now it starts getting tough.

Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas (left), winner of the past two FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year awards, is stripped of the ball by Detroit PIstons Greg Monroe (right) as he drives to the basket in NBA action at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Let's start with the guy who will probably get fewer votes than he deserves. But Hakanson deserves some serious recognition. He reached the final of the Nike International Junior Tournament with Barcelona at the Euroleague Final Four in London. 'Ludde' then was named to the All-Tournament Team of the U18 European Championship Division B with nearly 18 points, nearly five rebounds, more than four assists and two steals. Hakanson finished off his summer by starting games for Sweden at EuroBasket 2013 as a 17-year-old.

Sabonis will get plenty of votes after finishing fifth at the U18 Euros with Lithuania, averaging 14 points and 11.4 rebounds and shooting 55 percent from the field. The son of Lithuanian legend Arvydas also has gotten minutes with Euroleague team Unicaja Malaga.

So, we're down to the top three.

Finishing third will be Micic, who earned a space on the All-Tournament Team for silver medalists Serbia at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. He then made the Serbian senior national team for EuroBasket and displayed a maturity and presence that showed he was not overmatched and belonged on the biggest stage.

Second place on Eye on the Future's ballot will go to Sipahi. He finished the 2012-13 season playing his second full season with the senior side of Tofas Bursa, appearing during the campaign in the EuroChallenge while averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in the Turkish TBL as a 17-year-old. He then won MVP honors for leading Turkey to the U18 European Championship crown - the country's first at that level. And since then he moved to Euroleague powers Fenerbahce and started games for legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic.

The 2013 Young Men's Player of the Year will be Dario Saric. The Croatian bounced back from a contractual dispute and ended the 2012-13 season by guiding Cibona to the Croatian league title. He moved to the U19 national team and finished second in points (20.3), rebounds (11.2) and assists (4.9) at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. His summer continued by showing he’s ready for the senior level in helping Croatia to the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2013 with 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and a team-high 0.7 blocks.


Congrats Dario - another award for you, one of many, many more to come in the future.

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Richter's move from Bamberg to Frankfurt
continues trend for both teams

It wasn't the biggest move as far as basketball signings go. But Johannes Richter going from Brose Baskets Bamberg to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt signifies two continuing shifts in German basketball.

First off, the four-time reigning champs Bamberg lost a talented German power forward who turns 20 in December.

That is a tough loss in the German Beko BBL as Germans in general are extremely valuable with the existing 6+6 foreigners rule requiring six

Germans on the 12-man game roster.

It's also tough for Bamberg to see Richter leave as the club has failed to produce a lot of young German talent. Looking back at Germany's U16 and U18 national teams since 2009, Bamberg hasn't been really well represented. At the U16 level, names like Tobias Schönhammer (2009), Dino Dizdarevic (2011), Terry Thomas (2011) and Andreas Obst (2012) don't exactly jump off the screen though some consider this summer's U16 talent Leon Kratzer someone to watch.

At the U18 level, Bamberg's current 21-year-old back-up center Philipp Neumann was on the 2009 and 2010 teams. But Daniel Leithner was on the 2009 team while David Taylor and the currently-rostered Johannes Thiemann were on the 2012 German U18 squad, which had the talent to contend for a medal but crashed out of the first round and ended up being relegated to Division B. Taylor left the Bamberg system after just one season to attend college in the United States. This past summer, Robert Zinn played a decent role for the U18 team but is not considered a great talent.

Richter played at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship as well as the 2011 U18 Euros before moving to the U20s the past two summers. He also helped Bamberg farm team TSV Troster Breitengusbach to the 2012 U19 NBBL league title with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the final.

In addition, Bamberg's professional development team Breitengusbach was relegated last season from the third division ProB to the amateur Regionalliga. Luckily for the club, Bamberg's affiliated Regionalliga team Body Street Baunach earned promotion to the ProB and Bamberg were able to more or less just switch personnel.

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Bamberg also lost out late last season on bringing in young German talent Paul Zipser, who instead decided to sign a four-year deal with Bayern Munich.

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Fittingly enough, it was a four-year deal that Richter signed with the Skyliners. The Neustadt native is now in Frankfurt, where he secured a university spot to study medicine. In theory, Richter could also have stayed in Bamberg and studied medicine in nearby Erlangen.

So, what does this move mean for the Skyliners?

It's another step in Frankfurt's clear movement to become more German and build a strong base on young German players. With respected coach Gordie Herbert back at the helm in Frankfurt - he helped the Skyliners to the 2004 league title and reached the finals in 2010 - the club has a great teacher to guide the talented kids.

Danilo Barthel, who just turned 22 last week, took a big step last season and is continuing that already this season, just like 22-year-old Konstantin Klein. The 1992-born Johannes Voigtmann is already drawing attention from NBA scouts and fellow 21-year-old Kevin Bright has put his name on the radar as well with an impressive six three-pointer showing against Ludwigsburg as just the latest fine showing this season.

The 19-year-old Max Merz has already earned minutes in BBL games this season as have the pair of 21-year-olds Tim Oldenburg and Jan Novak as well as 18-year-old Stefan Ilzhofer, the latter another talent who arrived at Frankfurt this off-season from Ludwigsburg.

With the success that the Skyliners are having with young German players, more and more young Germans will likely be heading to Frankfurt knowing they have a clearer path to playing time.


In the meantime, Bamberg will continue to challenge for BBL titles but may have to fight harder in the future for talented young German players.

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Bay Area Basketball ~ 3rd Annual Bay Area Showdown 5 on 5
Basketball Youth Tournament On June 27-29, 2014

Bay Area Basketball, Inc. is a local business that is committed to serving the youth in the Tampa Bay area. The purpose of our organization is to support the programs that assist children in households that are experiencing financial hardships.

These programs provide the kids with the opportunity to participate in a basketball program where they will build a great work ethic and discipline.

We believe that these programs will help the children achieve academic success and that is why we strive to support them.

On June 27-29, 2014, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Bay Area Showdown which is a 5 on 5 basketball tournament. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to support the Brandon Bolts, a local youth basketball program and P.A.L. (Police Athletics League).


In our first two years, we had the support of several NBA players and NFL players that plan to be in attendance this year as well; Marreese Speights (Golden State Warriors), Dominique Jones (Dallas Mavericks), Stephen Graham (New Jersey Nets), Josh Selby (Cleveland Cavaliers), John Henson (Milwaukee Bucks), DeShawn Stevenson (Atlanta Hawks), Joey Graham (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Mike Jenkins (Oakland Raiders). We had an incredible turnout of 20 teams and averaged a daily attendance of 1,000.
    
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« Reply #67 on: Sep 29, 2013, 08:13:34 PM »

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Saric already makes adjustment
at senior level
David Hein's Eye on the Future
The last time the basketball world saw Dario Šaric, the 19-year-old Croatian sensation was starring as a point forward at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, finishing second in the competition in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Fast-forward to EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia where Saric showed an outstanding understanding of the position he will be playing in the senior team, power forward, just months after being the main ball-handler for Croatia's U19 side.
Sure, look at Saric's numbers for the Semi-Finalists in Ljubljana and they aren't overwhelmingly impressive. But his stats don't tell the full story.

Playing in his first senior tournament, Saric averaged 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and a team-best 0.7 blocks while shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.

But one statistic nobody keeps is number of teammates - and opponents - impressed.

Saric got out on the break and displayed his tantalising passing ability. There was the instance when he grabbed a rebound and threw a baseball pass the length of the court for an easy lay-up for a teammate.

He also showcased a fine spin move and driving lay-up down the right baseline. And Saric also showed that he can hit an important three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

All of these happened in one single game - Croatia’s Quarter-Final win over Ukraine.

This is Saric's second summer with the senior team after playing eight games in the EuroBasket qualification campaign last summer. Back then, he led the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards a game, while scoring 9.8 points, dishing out 1.7 assists and picking up 1.2 steals a game while shooting almost 60 percent from the field - as an 18-year-old.

The Sibenik native has already made huge strides. Don't believe just an observing journalist? How about a teammate of his then.

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Croatian point guard Dontaye Draper has been seriously impressed with Saric.

Šarić won a gold medal with Croatia in the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he finished first in scoring (25.6 ppg) and second in rebounds (10.1 rpg). Soon after scoring 39 points to lead Croatia to victory in the gold medal game against Lithuania, Šarić was voted unanimously as tournament MVP.

"He's ridiculously talented. After spending two months with him and practising with him, it's rare to find a 6ft 10in (2.08m) power forward who can dribble and have court vision like he does," he said.

"That's what makes him a little bit different than any other kind of power forward. What I see as a point guard and how he plays so far, he can do a lot more but with this team he is just bringing the energy. It's scary."

Draper said Saric does whatever coach Jasmin Repesa asks of him - grabbing a rebound, getting a steal, whatever.

"He's a kid who has so much passion. He doesn't care. He will do it. He's not the type of player who will get rattled and not do it," said the Baltimore-born playmaker.

Draper said Saric will certainly land in the NBA, likely within three to five years. First, he said, Saric needs to really figure out how he's going to play.

"Right now he's playing on talent. But in five years when he really knows how he'll play - small forward or power forward - then it will be really scary. He's just a kid with talent now," he explained.

When asked which position he sees Saric playing down the road, Draper said it's different for him.

"He's not that crazy athletic NBA player, but his mind to play the game is totally different. He really can space the floor and beat a big man one-on-one and create open opportunities for everyone else. That will be big for him," the Real Madrid guard said.

"The court is bigger in the NBA, there will be more space to do what he wants to do. And that's going to help him a lot."


With EuroBasket 2013 over, Saric will now head to Croatian club Cibona where he will put into practice what he learned in Slovenia to take yet another step in his development.

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« Reply #66 on: Sep 14, 2013, 09:08:47 PM »

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Karl Towns another talent
ready to wow at Spain 2014

Sure, the summer of 2013 isn't even over yet, but basketball fans can already look forward to seeing some elite young talent at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. One of them should be Karl Towns.

The 17-year-old helped the Dominican Republic to qualify for Spain 2014 by finishing fourth at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Towns averaged 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field in eight games in Caracas tournament.

The New Jersey native got his big chance to shine in Dominican Republic's game against Paraguay as he played 18 minutes and made all five of his field goal attempts and went 6-of-9 on free throws in scoring 16 points to go with three rebounds.

"It's been an honor and a blessing to be able to play against such talented players and the best athletes in the world. I'm just so blessed and thankful that I have been given the chance. I thank God everyday. For me it's a dream come true," said Towns.

The 2.11m big man is already considered an elite talent in the USA where he will be finishing his high school career this upcoming season and is due to attend the University of Kentucky starting in the fall of 2014.

Towns, who won't turn 18 until November, already popped up on scouting radars earlier this year when he played at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. He collected seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 16:30 minutes of action for the international team in Portland.

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He exhibits an enticing mix of shooting range, passing skills, nice touch and feel for the game - especially promising for a player his age and size.

Karl Towns is a 6-foot-10 freshman at St. Joseph's (Metuchen). He's arguably the best basketball player in country in his grade. How is he handling the pressure at such a young age ?
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He undoubtedly has taken a huge step in the past five months, playing with the best prospects in the world and against the best American talents at April's Hoop Summit and then working with the Dominican Republic senior national team.

In the national team training camp and then in Caracas, Towns got to pick the brains of NBA swingman Francisco Garcia as well as veteran players such as Ricardo Greer, James Feldeine, Eulis Baez and Edgar Sosa who have played in leading European leagues.

Towns also had Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua as his head coach in Caracas and it would seem that Kentucky head coach John Calipari would coach the Dominican Republic at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup since he led them at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The teenager seems committed to playing for the Dominican Republic for years to come.

"The experience of playing FIBA basketball has been awesome. It's a more physical game and I want to represent my country.”

He also talked about the making it to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"Going to the Olympics is also on my mind, And why not? We have a great national program now."


World basketball fans will get a glimpse of Towns already next summer at Spain 2014.

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« Reply #65 on: Sep 07, 2013, 11:21:39 PM »

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Hakanson's huge upside as Sweden's future floor leader

Just look at Ludvig Hakanson and you can tell he's young. But watch the Swedish guard on the court at EuroBasket 2013 and it's hard to tell he's just 17 years old.

He's also the future of basketball for Sweden.

Sweden coach Brad Dean admitted after the first game in Slovenia that he was surprised Hakanson is even in Koper.

The Matteus native was invited to Swedish senior national team camp to slowly get him into the mix. But Hakanson was just too good not to make the team.

"He's an amazing player. We didn't really think he would make the team when we invited him to camp. But he played with so much maturity, well beyond his years," said Dean.

"He's a player with the maturity of someone who has played for many years.

"I believe he can be a Euroleague floor leader."

That's some lofty praise for such a youngster - especially one from Sweden, still considered an emerging basketball nation.

But Ludde has the skills.

He initially grew up and excelled in the Swedish youth levels as a scoring machine.

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But Spanish giants Barcelona snagged Hakanson when he was 15 years old and started teaching the 1.90m youngster to be a point guard.

Just look at Ludvig Hakanson and you can tell he's young. But watch the Swedish guard on the court at EuroBasket 2013 and it's hard to tell he's just 17 years old.
He's also the future of basketball for Sweden.
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Two seasons later, Hakanson has already graduated to the highest of levels. In May this year, he played for Barcelona at the Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) at the Euroleague Final Four. This summer he first starred at the U18 European Championship Division B before then making the Swedish team.

He is the second in his family to play at the EuroBasket as his father Olle Hakanson played for Sweden at the 1993 and 1995 editions. And Ludde's sister Fanny Hakanson played for Sweden at the 2013 U16 European Championship for Women.

Ludvig Hakanson is just the latest in an ever-growing list of young talents coming through the Swedish ranks.

NBA players Jonas Jerebko and Jeffery Taylor are 26 and 24 years of age respectively while solid talents Marcus Eriksson and Nicholas Spires are both 19 years old. Eriksson and Spires have both been playing club basketball in Spain since 2010 and both are playing at Barcelona as well.

Hakanson, however, is the gold nugget that Sweden hopes turns into a diamond.

He is a great shooter, as displayed by him taking the title at the NIJT three-point shooting contest in May. He also has improved his point guard skills, averaging 4.3 assists at the U18 Euros this summer.

Jerebko and Taylor both were surprised with how mature Hakanson already is while Sweden point guard Thomas Massamba used the words 'patient' and 'smart' to describe Hakanson.

Having followed his career for the past two seasons, it was very exciting for Eye on the Future to see Hakanson at EuroBasket. And despite the clear talent level, it was also a surprise to see how well he is holding his own in Slovenia.


Sweden fans can definitely be thrilled about having such a young high-level playmaker already making in-roads into the national team - well on his path to a bright future.

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« Reply #64 on: Aug 10, 2013, 05:48:41 PM »

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Canadian Lyles guides USA team to adidas Nations title

Besides the minor technicality that he's actually Canadian, Trey Lyles helped USA Blue to the title in an enticing adidas Nations, where the winners beat a gold medal-loaded team in the final.

First a bit of background: the adidas Nations started in 2007 as a grassroots program bringing together the world's top players 18 years or under. A number of NBA superstars have played in the tournament in the past including Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and dozens others.

The future stars are broken down into nine regional teams from Africa (Senegal and Nigeria this summer), Asia (Philippines), Australia, Europe (Russia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia and Puerto Rico) and four from the United States - two each for the 2014 class and 2015/16 classes.

This year's edition of the adidas Nations ran from 1-5 August in Los Angeles.

Lyles, who plays high school basketball in the U.S., was lined up with the title-winning USA 2014 Blue side. The Saskatoon native, who averaged 20.3 points and 10 rebounds for Canada at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, collected 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the final to finish the event with averages of 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.

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Lyle's team-mate D'Angelo Russell averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while Theo Pinson collected 15 points and seven rebounds in the final.

Lyles, who plays high school basketball in the U.S., was lined up with the title-winning USA 2014 Blue side. The Saskatoon native, who averaged 20.3 points and 10 rebounds for Canada at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, collected 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the final to finish the event with averages of 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.
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In the final, Lyle and company beat the USA 2014 Red team 81-77 with Pinson's free-throws with 13 seconds icing the game. The USA 2014 Red side featured a trio of past world championship gold medallists for Team USA in Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow and Stanley Johnson as well as top talent Kevon Looney.

Okafor was his usual dominant self averaging 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game but the 17-year-old struggled from the free-throw line, shooting just 50 per cent. Okafor shot 42 per cent and 50 per cent from the foul line the last two summers for Team USA, showing one major weakness in the future star's impressive game.

The 2.08m big man of course was named to the All-Tournament Team at this summer's U19 Worlds and fans from the tournament in Prague saw plenty of other familiar players excel at the adidas Nations.

The Africa team finished third - beating the USA 2015 Red team - and one of the leaders was Senegal's star from the U19 Worlds, Pape Diatta, who averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in LA, while Sidy Ndir averaged 14.8 points and Nehdi Ngouma collected 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Mikhail Kulagin saved the honor of Europe by collecting 22 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in Russia's final game against Asia, an 85-54 win. For the adidas Nations event, Kulagin averaged 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Arven Talentino was the Philippines star as he averaged 17.8 points, while the Latin America team was led by Colombia's Braian Alexander Rodas  and Brazil's Lucas Gabriel Vezaro.

The Australia team featured two youngsters who were role players at the U19 Worlds in Johan Bolden and Keanu Pinder. While Pinder averaged 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games, the 17-year-old small forward Bolden impressed observers with 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games while shooting 65 per cent from the field. Bolden really starred against the USA 2015 Blue team with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The adidas Nations continues to grow. It was hard to follow the games from afar but the event is an absolute must for talent observers, and there was plenty of future stars on hand.


After covering dozens of youth national team competitions over the past decade, it might be time next summer to check out the 2014 adidas Nations competition live.

David Hein from FIBA



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