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« Reply #63 on: Jul 14, 2013, 06:23:50 PM »

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USA Basketball successful in finding gold medal guys

The United States have a never-ending wealth of basketball talent. But USA Basketball deserves praise for successfully putting together a group of gold medal characters who sacrificed their own stats to take home the trophy at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

It's always difficult for USA Basketball to form a team at the U19 level with all the high school, college and NBA commitments of the elite players. But the committee did a great job in selecting the team for Prague.

In a team stacked with talent from one to 12, the whole group bought in on the collective goal - gold. And that's all that mattered. To a man, the players and coaching staff all talked about sacrifice and unselfishness.

Sure, captain Marcus Smart could have tried to pad his offensive stats some more. Or Jahlil Okafor could have asked for more than just 14 minutes a game. Or Elfrid Payton could have looked more for his shot.

But the goal was gold. Sacrifice your usual stats and game for the title.

"It makes it easier when you're wearing a USA jersey," said USA assistant coach Shaka Smart.

"The guys understand that you're representing the country. And they're certainly part of something much bigger than themselves. They've done a good job sacrificing."

Marcus Smart was impressed with the way the team gelled so quickly.

"We only had a couple weeks to put this team together. These other teams have been playing for years. For us to come together so quickly - as a group of guys who are all stars on their own teams - was incredible," said the floor leader.

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"It was all about sacrifice, sacrifice for the good of the team. Unselfishness."

ahlil Okafor #15, Marcus Smart #7 and Aaron Gordon sacrificed their own stats to take home the trophy at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
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And it was that sacrifice and playing for the collective that allowed USA to dominate as much as they did. Team USA allowed their opponents just 56.3 points per game while holding the opponents to 35 percent shooting from the field and forcing 22 turnovers per game.

Offensively, the team shared the ball and didn't worry about who got the stats - letting everybody get theirs. Aaron Gordon's USA-leading 12.6 points ranked just 18th in the tournament stats. But eight players in total averaged more than seven points.

The Americans had six different players lead the team in scoring over the nine-game undefeated run with the highest output being Marcus Smart's 18 points in the Semi-Final against Lithuania. And in eight of the nine games, at least four players scored in double figures - up to as many as seven players in two games - while "only" three USA players hit double digits in the Eighth-Final Round battle with Serbia.

"Everybody seems to be pretty unselfish. Everybody is trying to share the ball. Nobody is trying to lead the team in scoring. Everybody is trying to make this steal or get this key stop or key rebound. So the chemistry is good," said Payton over the course of the tournament, which he finished as USA's 10th-leading scorer with 6.1 points but ranked second on the team with 21 steals and third with 19 assists.

When asked to look back at how the team developed from the start of the training camp on June 14 to the final, USA coach Billy Donovan answered: "To have a team thrown together in a two-week period and come out here and win a world championship without losing a game says a lot about the guys."

The Americans' record fifth U19 World Championship title was definitely an impressive one all around. USA Basketball, you deserve the praise you are getting.

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« Reply #62 on: Jun 30, 2013, 12:03:18 AM »

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Big names missing but huge expectations nonetheless
at FIBA U19 World Championship

Aah, what could have been? Sure, the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship – which tips off on Thursday in Prague –has plenty of stars to wow basketball fans.

And now here comes the proverbial "but …"

But the tournament is still lacking some elite superstar firepower that could have made the tournament one for the ages.

By now, it’s pretty clear of the biggest stars who will be gracing the parquet in Prague’s O2 Arena and Podvinny Mlyn Arena.

Group A features Dario Saric of Croatia, the Canadian trio of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ennis, as well as Guillermo Hernangomez, Josep Perez and Javier Marin from Spain.

Group B is topped off by Argentine power forward Gabriel Deck, Lithuanians Tomas Dimsa and Marius Grigoris and Radovan Kouril from the host Czechs.

Group C's top performers will be Australian all-around ace Dante Exum and the Serbian leaders Vasilje Micic, Nikola Jankovic and Nikola Milutinov.

In Group D, the United States team has a number of talented stars such as Marcus Smart, Jarnell Stokes, Montrezl Harrel and Jahlil Okafor. China have Zhao Ji Wei and Zhou Qi while Russia will be paced by Stanislav Ilnitskiy and Mikhail Kulagin.

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But as strong as those names are, there are more than a handful who would have given the tournament another dimension.



Big names missing but huge expectations nonetheless at FIBA U19 Basketball World Championship
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The biggest name missing is Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian superstar who decided to pull out of the spotlight a bit and start working out with Kansas University. Wiggins is highly expected to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and many international observers were hoping to catch a glimpse of him star in Prague – and turn Canada into a serious title threat.

Croatia are in a similar situation. The U18 European champions from last summer will be a tough out but would be even tougher if they had Barcelona star prospect Mario Hezonja, who pulled out injured.

Spain will wear down some opponents with their depth but Luis Guil’s team could be even deeper – and had a bit more size and length – if Ilimane Diop had been included on the team. The Spanish federation decided instead to have Senegalese born big man play at the U18 European Championship.

Like Spain, Serbia also have a wealth of talent but they lost one major star shortly before the start of the tournament as Nikola Radicevic was kicked off the team after differences with the coaching staff.

Two of the biggest young talents in Asian basketball are also absent in the Czech Republic as Wang Zhelin was not part of China’s team and Korean emerging star Jong Hyun Lee was forced out after a facial injury just about 10 days before the start of the event.

Australia were also hit with a major absence as they will be without Mirko Djeric, who was Australia’s second leading scorer, top assist man and top three-point shooter in their run to silver medal at the 2012 U17 World Championship.

The United States always have issues trying to get together their top group of players at U19 tournaments with high school, college and NBA commitments regularly an issue. Two of the biggest names missing in Prague with prior USA experience will be Julius Randle and Jabari Parker.
But…

Don’t be scared away by the names that are not in Prague because there are loads and loads of talent in the Czech capital to enjoy. Catch all the excitement at prague2013.fiba.com.

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« Reply #61 on: Jun 22, 2013, 08:26:33 PM »

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Don't sleep on Serbia at U19 Worlds ... if they play as team

When pundits talk about favorites for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championship, many believe Croatia, Canada, the USA, Spain or Australia will be hoisting the trophy in Prague, Czech Republic on July 7.

Well…don't sleep on Serbia.

The Serbs are absolutely loaded with a deep and talented team with plenty of professional experience and proven winners.

One disadvantage could be their draw, which is one that actually promises to be intriguing for the Serbs.

Dejan Mijatovic's team is in Group C with Australia, Brazil and Senegal - three very distinctly different teams from different continents and likely very different playing styles. Awaiting Serbia in the Eighth-Final Round would be three teams from Group D, which includes the USA, Russia, China and the Ivory Coast - yet more different styles for the Serbs to square off against.

"All of these teams require a specific and different approach. We will play against teams with different basketball philosophies," Mijatovic said to Eye on the Future.

"We have to respect each of the teams. They qualified for the World Championship as one of the best teams from their continent."

Chances are high that Serbia could square off against a European team in the Quarter-Finals since Group A has Croatia and Spain and Group B includes Lithuania and hosts Czech Republic.

Serbia, however, have already proven they can hold their own against teams from their same continent.

At the 2012 U18 European Championship, Mijatovic guided the Serbs to the bronze medal with one loss to Spain and two against Lithuania - one being a 69-67 defeat in the Semi-Finals before winning the bronze against Russia.

Missing from Serbia's U18 team last summer, however, was Vasilije Micic as well as likely U19 contributors Nikola Milutinov, Petar Aranitovic and Luka Nikolic.

One look at Micic's resume is enough to see how much the point guard could have helped the team last summer and how much better it will be in Prague.

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The Kraljevo native was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 U18 European Championship as a 17-year-old and brought home the silver medal - losing in the Final to a Spain team which included tournament MVP Alex Abrines now with Barcelona.


Alejandro Abrines, probably the most promising player in Spain
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This past season, Micic played his third year with Serbian professional team Mega Vizura, finishing third in the league in assists with 5.0 per game to go along with 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.

He isn't the only Serbian who had professional experience to call upon.

Power forward Nikola Jankovic played in the Belgian league and Eurocup with Spirou Charleroi and Milutinov earned Euroleague and Adriatic League minutes with Partizan Belgrade.

Jovan Novak and Dusan Kutlesic meanwhile both played in Serbia's top league as well and Djoko Salic was named MVP of this winter's Nike International Junior Tournaments (NIJT) in Rome.

Most of Serbia's players are individual stars but Mijatovic must form a unit for the nation to return to the podium after winning silver in 2011.

"First of all, to find chemistry between us, every player has to be ready to tear up a part of himself and subordinate to this team so we can function as one. We all have to think like that if we want to go all the way," said Mijatovic, who was the U19 coach for Serbia two summers ago in Latvia.

The coach did say this group of Serbians is special and has high expectations - both in Prague and beyond.

"Everybody in Serbia is expecting a lot from this generation, in context of the future of our basketball, for them to be the leaders for our senior national team in future years," he said.

"The rating of our basketball school always brings pressure to make good results in every youth championship."

A medal in Prague would not be a surprise given the level of talent, experience and winning tradition the group has.

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« Reply #60 on: Apr 27, 2013, 10:34:46 PM »

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Decision II - Wiggins graceful in college decision process

Back in July 2010, there was The Decision. Everyone wanted to know where LeBron James was going - before he eventually decided to "take his talents to South Beach" and the Miami Heat.

Well, college basketball in the United States is in the middle of a Decision II - as Canadian superstar talent Andrew Wiggins is expected sometime soon to announce where he will play college basketball next fall.

And those close to the Toronto native, who just turned 18 years old in late February, say he has been "extremely graceful" in light of the massive media attention.

Wiggins, who helped the World Team to two straight Nike Hoop Summit victories over the United States in 2012 and 2013, has narrowed his list down to four universities - Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

That process alone was tough enough for the small forward, who is widely regarded to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wiggins is the only player in the top 100 of ESPN's class of 2013 to not announce where he will play college basketball starting in the fall.

Oh, of course, he's at the top of that list too.

And everybody is waiting for him to decide - not just those four universities and their fans.

Wiggins has been under immense media attention ever since he reclassified his high school class status to 2013, meaning he would enter college in the fall of 2013 and likely the NBA in 2014.

While admirers and followers have made songs about Wiggins, observers and experts from throughout the U.S. are trying to predict where he will go.

All the while, the Huntington Prep star just shrugs off the talk of people saying he will go here or there.

Wiggins wrote "Don't believe everything you hear, don't believe everything you read!!" on his twitter account @22wiggins on February 7 and then on April 12 wrote: ...

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"Lol if you ain't in my family you know nothing about my recruitment, lol stop with the rumors".

College basketball in the United States is in the middle of a Decision II - as Canadian superstar talent Andrew Wiggins is expected sometime soon to announce where he will play college basketball next fall. And those close to the Toronto native, who just turned 18 years old in late February, say he has been
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Roy Rana, who has coached Wiggins at the last two Hoop Summits as well as the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, is impressed with how well Wiggins has handled all the attention.

"I think he's doing a phenomenal job handling it. I don't know how he's handling it," he told Eye on the Future.

"It's constant media attention, the constant media speculation about every move he makes. What he wears, which way he walks. It's a little ridiculous. But he's been extremely graceful about it. He's a very polite young man…He's a lot more comfortable with himself. And I just cannot say enough about Andrew. I'm pleased, a little bit surprised but very proud about how he’s dealing with all this. It’s not easy for anyone."

Rana said one of the keys to Wiggins' composure is his parents. Father Mitchell Wiggins won silver with the United States at the 1982 FIBA World Championship, played in the NBA from 1983-1987 and 1989-1992 and later played in Italy, Greece, Philippines, Greece and France. And Wiggins' mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, won two track and field silver medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics for Canada.

"He's been very well raised by his family. He's got great people skills," added Rana.

With the Nike Hoop Summit done, Wiggins can now retreat a bit and sit down with his family and inner circle to make his decision - and how to announce it, or better said, how NOT to announce it.

The unfortunate part for Andrew Wiggins, though, is that this decision will not put an end to the media attention. Whichever university he chooses will automatically become a top contender for the 2013-14 NCAA title and all the circus-like atmosphere that will bring.

And then Wiggins will be prodded and dissected by national media once he eventually takes the next step to the NBA.

Sure he is a generational talent. But he's still only 18. He's already grown immensely in maturity in the last couple years dealing with media attention. But give the youngster a chance to be a youngster.

Don't worry, he knows where to find the media attention once he's ready to announce where he will be playing college hoops next fall.

In the meantime Andrew, enjoy hanging with friends, playing video games and doing the things that normal 18-year-olds do. I'll re-tweet your decision whenever you make it. No hurry.

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« Reply #59 on: Apr 22, 2013, 01:37:05 AM »

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World Team stocked to repeat Nike Hoop Summit win

The World Select Team at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit appears stocked and ready to repeat their win from last year’s game – though the USA would like to take back the crown.

Backed by Canadian Andrew Wiggins and Croatian star Dario Saric, the World Team won in 2012’s game 84-75 to improve their record to 4-11 in the competition’s history.

Wiggins is back at the game on Saturday April 20 in Portland, Oregon and is probably the biggest name in the game – already projected to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in many analysts’ opinions. And it would seem that the 18-year-old will dominate this year’s contest with his unlimited arsenal of moves and weapons.

While Wiggins will be the highlight-maker, the top scorer could be Russia’s 19-year-old Sergey Karasev, who can call on his Eurocup and VTB United League experience with Russian club Triumph Lyubertsy – oh, and those 2012 London Olympics – to find space for his jumper and could score in bunches.

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It appears that Germany’s Dennis Schröder will the mainstay at the point guard position for coach Roy Rana’s World Team. The 19-year-old German has really turned heads in practice with his impressive speed and distributing skills – something German fans have seen all season from him in the Beko BBL, where he went from little-used reserve last season to All-Star and NBA talent.

It appears that Germany’s Dennis Schröder will the mainstay at the point guard position for coach Roy Rana’s World Team. The 19-year-old German has really turned heads in practice with his impressive speed and distributing skills – something German fans have seen all season from him in the Beko BBL, where he went from little-used reserve last season to All-Star and NBA talent.
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Schröder has been going at it in practice in Portland against Australian superstar Dante Exum – who has not played many competitive games in the past year but is oozing talent and does so many things well. The 17-year-old can certainly run a team but he’s also a great scoring threat, which is not exactly needed on this team of weapons – meaning Schröder will likely get a bit more floor time.

Also in the back-court/wings mix are Montenegro’s Nikola Ivanovic and Lithuanian Tomas Dimsa, who replaced Mario Hezonja of Croatia.

Rana has two guys who profile as small forward/power forward tweeners in Livio Jean-Charles of France and Argentina’s Gabriel Deck.

Jean-Charles would seem destined a bit more for the perimeter with his athleticism and ball-handling skill set while Deck – who like Exum was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2012 U17 World Championship – is smart enough to do the things his team needs and will likely be called on to rebound and defend some of the American low post players.

The World Team’s main low-post presence will be Frenchman Mouhammadou Jaiteh, who has averaged a double-double in the French second division ProB this season. The 18-year-old will be looking for a strong performance in Portland as he will likely keep his name in the NBA Draft. In the game, he will need to work hard against the USA centers and fill the lane and run the floor in transition.

Karl Towns Jr, who played for the Dominican Republic in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, will also help out in the blocks though the 17-year-old is versatile enough to take his game outside a bit.

The last player was a late addition in Cameroon’s Joel Embiid, who profiles as a shot blocker but still raw talent wise.

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« Reply #58 on: Mar 24, 2013, 06:03:07 AM »

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NCAA Tournament has world covered

The future of basketball will be on display for the next three weeks starting in earnest today (Thursday 21 April) as the 64-team bracket of the NCAA Tournament tips off - with future stars coming from dozens of countries around the world.

For those fans who may not be an alum from one of the teams in the NCAA field, or may not have a team they traditionally support, finding a side to root for in the 2013 tourney should not be tough.

Of course, fans can root for the underdog, the bracket-breaker or the upset specialist.

Or they just have to look at their passport and cheer for their countrymen - because it's quite likely with the globalisation of US collegiate basketball that there is someone from your country ready for the Big Dance.

After all, there are 41 countries - including the top two United States and Canada - represented in the tournament by players that range from superstars to benchwarmers to internationals solely on the roster.

Europe have the most countries represented with 19, while Africa has 10, the Americas has 9, Oceania 2 and Asia 1. And the players are on number one seeds as well as upset-minded small conference teams.

Here some of the highlights of the international aspect of the NCAA Tournament.

Two of the places with the largest contingents of international players are No. 1 seed Gonzaga and New Mexico State.

Gonzaga have the star Canadian duo of Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos but also features Germany's Elias Harris and Guy Edi of Ivory Coast. And Przemyslaw Karnowski is one of Poland's brightest center talents.

New Mexico State meanwhile have four Canadians - led by Sim Bhullar and Tyrone Watson; two Frenchmen - Remi Barry and Bandja Sy; Tshilidzi Nephawe of South Africa; and Croatia's Matej Buovac.

St Mary’s is a California school which traditionally attracts a lot of foreign players as well. They once again have a group of Australians in star point guard Matthew Dellavedova, Mitchell Young, Matt Hodgdon and Jorden Page.

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But the roster also includes Kyle Rowley of Trinidad & Tobago and Lithuania's Eividas Petrulis.

It was a blowout for the first 25 minutes and a dogfight for the last 15. Gonzaga wheezed to the finish line, but Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 31 points and Kevin Pangos had seven of his 22 in crunch time as the Bulldogs held on for an 83-78 victory over rival Saint Mary’s in front of 6,000 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
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It was a blowout for the first 25 minutes and a dogfight for the last 15. Gonzaga wheezed to the finish line, but Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 31 points and Kevin Pangos had seven of his 22 in crunch time as the Bulldogs held on for an 83-78 victory over rival Saint Mary’s in front of 6,000 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Australians have long taken a liking to the collegiate game and again they will play a big role in March Madness. Hugh Greenwood and Cameron Bairstow team together with New Mexico while Ryan Broekhoff is at Valparaiso.

New Zealanders are taking the cue from their neighbours and sending more players to the States as well. Two of them are playing leading roles for their teams heading into the tournament in Steven Adams with Pittsburgh and Rob Loe with St Louis.

Not to be out-done, Africans have long seen the United States as a way to flee turmoil in their homelands and get an education while possibly laying the foundation for a professional basketball career as well.

The top two represented countries are Cameroon - with Miami of Florida's Kenny Kadji and Steve Moundou-Missi of Harvard among others - and Nigeria - with Wichita State's Ehimen Orukpe, Raphael Akpejiori of Miami of Florida and Talib Zanna from Pittsburgh. But there are definitely others from the continent who could have something to say about the title.

Gorgui Dieng of Senegal is one of the leaders of the top-seeded Louisville team while Senegalese will also be watching Cincinnati and big man Cheikh Mbodj. Republic of Benin fans are hoping Villanova and big man Mouphtaou Yarou can get far in the tournament, while Sudan have an emerging talent in Teeng Akol from Western Kentucky.

Western Kentucky will also have fans in Europe with both Kevin Kaspar of Turkey and Latvia's Aleksejs Rostov.

Valparaiso meanwhile will have the pride of the Dutch fans, hoping for a strong showing from Kevin Van Wijk. Swiss fans will be watching Christophe Varidel from Florida Gulf Coast while Swedish fans likely will be rooting for Davidson with guard Chris Czerapowicz.

Davidson also may be a favorite team for many from Scotland, though Ali Mackay hasn't received much playing time despite playing for his country's senior national team. And Italians hope Amedeo Della Valle can help Ohio State.

France meanwhile have a strong group with Will Yeguete of Florida, Amath M'Baye of Oklahoma and Sy from New Mexico State.

South America also have some possible future senior national team players in the making, including Venezuela's Gregory Echenique of Creighton.

The Caribbean are representd by Puerto Rico's Angel Rodriguez of Kansas State and Alex Abreu and Carmelo Betancourt from Akron; and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield from Bahamas.

Asia's lone representative is Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi, who has already played for Iran at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.


Much of the world already knows Kazemi. But watching this spring’s NCAA Tournament will give them a bigger glimpse of the future of international basketball.

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« Reply #57 on: Mar 21, 2013, 02:20:55 AM »

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Adetokoubo's whirlwind saga just starting

The past four months have been a whirlwind for Giannis Adetokoubo. And things are only starting to pick up for the 18-year-old guard.

Adetokoubo emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the biggest talents in Greece and all of Europe in the age group of 1994-born players. But the Greek-born son of immigrants from Nigeria is still waiting for a passport to continue on his high-flying journey.

Last December, just days after turning 18, Spanish side CAI Zaragoza snatched up Adetokoubo from second Greek division side Filathlitikos and signed him to a four-year deal, reportedly including NBA buyouts after each season. A number of other major European clubs had been interested in adding him as well, including Barcelona and Anadolu Efes, among others.

A flood of NBA scouts and general managers have since headed to Athens to get a look at the Greek capital city native and see if he can really be the 2.06m (6ft 9in) point guard he currently profiles as.

Adetokoubo has been measured with a 2.18m (7ft 3in) wingspan and may not yet be done growing. But he has excellent ball-handling and playmaking abilities that make him a serious NBA prospect. Physically, he has been compared to NBA players Nicolas Batum and Thabo Sefolosha.

Obviously, by playing in the second division in Greece, Adetokoubo hasn't faced top level competition and lacks experience. But his skill set promises big upside and he expects to play for Greece's U20 national team this summer.

Adetokoubo's agent, Giorgos Dimitropoulos, says his client will most likely enter his name in the 2013 NBA Draft to at least gauge his prospects in the United States.

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Any team that selects him will most likely keep him in Europe to develop his game.


Adetokunbo stands out first and foremost thanks to the tremendous physical profile he brings to the table, reminding somewhat of a Nicolas Batum or Thabo Sefolosha on first glance. He has great size at 6-9, 196 pounds, to go along with a developed upper body and an overall terrific frame that should fill out considerably in time. His wingspan has reportedly been measured at 7-3, but perhaps most interesting is the size of his hands, as he's able to palm the ball like a grapefruit which helps him out considerably as a passer, ball-handler and finisher.
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Adetokunbo stands out first and foremost thanks to the tremendous physical profile he brings to the table, reminding somewhat of a Nicolas Batum or Thabo Sefolosha on first glance. He has great size at 6-9, 196 pounds, to go along with a developed upper body and an overall terrific frame that should fill out considerably in time. His wingspan has reportedly been measured at 7-3, but perhaps most interesting is the size of his hands, as he's able to palm the ball like a grapefruit which helps him out considerably as a passer, ball-handler and finisher.

"His talent is readily seen on first glance as soon as he steps foot on the court, but there's obviously still a long ways to go for him to translate that into production at the highest levels of basketball," said noted talent observer Jonathan Givony of draftexpress.com.

"Regardless, this is as unique a story as you'll find in this year's draft class and it will be fascinating to monitor his progress both in the short-term and as he develops over the next few seasons."

Unique because Adetokoubo's future is so bound to a single piece of paper.

His family - including oldest brother Francis - immigrated to Greece in 1992. Even though Adetokoubo and three of his four brothers - including his 1993-born Filathlitikos teammate Thanasis - were born in Greece, they do not qualify automatically to receive a Greek passport.

Adetokoubo has applied for the Greek passport and all reports claim it's just a matter of time and bureaucracy before he is a Greek. But so much is dependent on the papers.

Both the Nike Hoop Summit and the adidas EuroCamp in Treviso are considering inviting Adetokoubo, who obviously could not leave the country without the passport. He also would not be able to play for the Greek U20 national team - reports have even hinted he may be invited to senior team training camp. Even his move to Zaragoza would not be possible.

With a player of so much promise, it would be a real shame if this matter would not be cleared up so he can continue his development.

Another matter is the spelling of his name. Yiannis and Ioannis are just two other ways his first name has been spelt. His last name? All of these have come up with results: Adetokunbo, Adetokoumbo, Atentokoumpo, Adetokoubo, Antetokoubo and Adetokubo.

This one will eventually be cleared up too.

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Crvena Zvezda have unfinished business in return to NIJT finals

Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) Telekom Belgrade have a bit of unfinished business on their minds as they return to the finals of the Nike International Junior Tournament after winning the NIJT qualifying event in Belgrade in convincing fashion.

Dusan Ristic was named MVP of the February 22-24 Belgrade tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammate Nikola Rebic as Red Star Belgrade, for the third straight year, reached the NIJT finals - which will be played at the Euroleague Final Four in London in May.

Red Star are the final team to qualify for the NIJT finals along with defending champions Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania (who won the Siauliai NIJT event); KK Spars Sarajevo of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Torneo Citta di Roma NIJT); and Spanish side FIATC Joventut Badalona (Ciutat de L'Hospitalet NIJT). The other four teams in the eight-team field will receive wild card invitations awarded by Euroleague Basketball - the first of which having already been given to Team England's U18 national team.

Red Star stormed to the Belgrade title with a 5-0 record and a 36.4 point winning margin. After wins of 54 points, 42 and 39, the Serbian side had their only close game in the Semi-Finals against France's National Institute of Sport (INSEP). The final score was 79-64, but it really wasn't that close as Belgrade led 66-41 after three quarters.

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In the final, Red Star blasted past city rivals Mega Vizura 88-56 one day after beating them 83-44 in group play. Ristic, who had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the decider, finished second in the tournament in scoring (18.6ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) to take the MVP trophy.

Dusan Ristic and Nikola Cvorovic from Serbia fights into the paint with Ilimane Diop from Senegal, duel at the top in the painting of the 1995 generation !
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Ristic, Rebic and five of their teammates - Petar Vorkapic, Marko Guduric, Brano Dukanovic, Djordje Kaplanovic and Marko Tejic - will be looking for a bit of revenge when they reach London. In last year's NIJT finals in Istanbul, Red Star beat Barcelona by nine points and Anadolu Efes by 21 points before losing 105-69 to eventual champions Lietuvos Rytas in the final group game to miss out on a chance to reach the title game.

There is some unfinished business to settle from that game as Rebic and Tejic each shot 0-6 from three-point range and Dukanovic went 3-8 from inside the arc while also committing four turnovers. Ristic was one of the few Red Star players to have a productive game, shooting 10-17 from the field with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks though he also committed four turnovers.

It's not hard to imagine that the first thing Red Star players will do when the NIJT finals schedule comes out is to see if and when they get to face off against Lietuvos Rytas again.

A win over Rytas - and of course more importantly taking the NIJT title - would be a huge step for Ristic and co. But Ristic, Rebic and Dukanovic have already made good on one bitter mark in their career.

That trio along with Guduric, Tejic and Kaplanovic were the leaders of the Serbia national team that finished a disappointing ninth at the U16 European Championship in 2011 - the nation’s worst U16 showing since beginning play as Serbia in 2007 after its time as Serbia & Montenegro. Serbia won 2007 U16 gold, collected bronze in 2009 and 2012 and finished fifth in 2008 and 2010.

But that sextet has that stain on their record.

Ristic, Rebic and Dukanovic redeemed themselves to Serbia fans a bit last summer as they helped take bronze at the 2012 U18 European Championship - the country’s fifth top four finish in six summers as Serbia.

Red Star’s 1997-born Stefan Lazarevic helped restore U16 pride for Serbia in collecting 6.1 points, a team-best 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in taking the bronze medal.

The summer and further balsam for the Serbian national team soul can wait, first Red Star have some unfinished business to deal with.

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It’s all in the family in college hoops

Imagine asking your dad about playing for the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics or spending a decade as a star in the NBA. Imagine asking your brother for his first-hand experience in basketball’s top league.

Or think about having your father being a baseball World Series champion and Hall of Famer or being related to a two-time reigning Olympic and three-time reigning world champion in the shot put.

With the college basketball season just weeks from its pinnacle of March Madness and the NCAA Tournament, taking a look around the game shows that a number of players have some high level family to bounce questions about performance, pressure or expectations.

It’s hard to imagine Gonzaga guard David Stockton not having approached his father John Stockton from time to time about tips that led papa Stockton to a legendary 19-year NBA Hall of Fame career and a spot on the famed USA team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

But Stockton isn’t the only former NBA great who might show up at a college basketball game this season.

Veteran NBA All-Star Jim Jackson’s son Traevon Jackson plays at Wisconsin while Phil Pressey - son of Paul Pressey, one of the NBA’s first point forwards - is a star point guard with Missouri and 12-year NBA veteran Andrew Lang’s son Chad Lang is at Belmont.

There are a couple of former NBA fathers who would really have to co-ordinate their planning if they wanted to watch their off-spring play every game.

Eleven-year NBA veteran Harvey Grant - twin brother of former NBA champion Horace Grant - must have been a proud papa when his son Jerian Grant scored 12 points in the final 45 seconds of regulation as Notre Dame went on to beat Louisville in a wild five overtime marathon. But Harvey Grant has another son in the collegiate game as well in Jerami Grant who plays for Syracuse.

Another former NBA player with two sons in the NCAA at the moment is Jay Murphy, who currently splits his allegiances with the Florida Gators and the Duke Blue Devils, where his sons Erik and Alex play respectively.

Collegiate fans looking to catch a glimpse of a former NBA player should make a trip up to Ann Arbor for a University of Michigan game. The Wolverines’ current roster includes a couple of pretty famous names in Tim Hardaway Jr - son of five-time NBA All Star Tim Hardaway Sr; Glenn Robinson III - son of 11-year NBA veteran and former top overall draft pick Glenn Robinson II; and Jon Horford - son of former NBA player Tito Horford.

Jon Horford is actually one of a couple of players who not only have their father to ask about the NBA but also his brother as Al Horford went to the NBA in 2007 after winning back-to-back NCAA titles and has become a star with the Atlanta Hawks.

Seth Curry from Duke also would have plenty of family advice if he needed it, seeing that his father Dell Curry - here with Michael Jordan - was one of the most prolific three-point shooters during his 16 years in the league while his brother Stephen Curry was a lottery pick with the Golden State Warriors in 2009.
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Seth Curry from Duke also would have plenty of family advice if he needed it, seeing that his father Dell Curry was one of the most prolific three-point shooters during his 16 years in the league while his brother Stephen Curry was a lottery pick with the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

Cody Zeller of the Indiana Hoosiers actually has two brothers to go with any questions in Luke Zeller of the Phoenix Suns and Tyler Zeller of the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Marquette’s Todd Mayo is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks star O.J. Mayo , and EJ Singler of Oregon can take tips from Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler.

One of the few players who could talk to their mother about the game is Michigan State star Gary Harris, whose mom Joy Holmes was an All-American at Purdue before playing in the ABL and then the WNBA for the Detroit Shock.

One of the elite point guards in the collegiate game right now actually can’t ask his father much about basketball, but University of Miami star Shane Larkin can ask his dad about playing at the highest level in sports. Shane’s father is Barry Larkin, who was a 12-time baseball All Star shortstop and 1995 National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds and won the 1990 World Series.

Pittsburgh center Steven Adams meanwhile also has someone to approach about high pressure situations. His half-sister Valerie Kasanita Vili-Adams won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals as well as the 2007, 2009 and 2011 world championships in the shot put – representing their native New Zealand.

Of course, playing sports at an elite level is extremely difficult and not even bloodlines can always help. But some players in college right now have inside tracks into careers within the game.

Oklahoma’s James Fraschilla is the son of former collegiate head coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla while Wisconsin’s Duje Dukan’s father is Ivica Dukan, director of international scouting for the Chicago Bulls.

And Josh Bertelstein of Michigan is the son of Mark Barkelstein, the NBA and NFL sports agent who founded the Priority Sports and Entertainment agency; while St. Mary’s College Treaven Duffy’s father Bill Duffy was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1982 NBA Draft and currently serves as chairman and CEO of the BDA Sports Management agency.

For at least a trio of sons, being at a big time school is a chance to be with their fathers and possibly learn to become coaches down the road. Tyler Self is with his dad Bill Self at Kansas, Billy Donovan transferred to walk on for his father Billy Donovan at Florida and Kory Alford is with his dad Steve Alford at New Mexico.

One thing is certain, college basketball is full of players who don’t need to look outside their own family for top advice.

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Jonas Valanciunas and Alina Iagupova worthy Young Players of the Year 2012

FIBA Europe announced this week the winners of the Young Men and Women’s Players of the Year 2012 and they were right on with the selections of Jonas Valanciunas and Alina Iagupova.

Valanciunas is actually a repeat winner of the men’s award after taking the 2011 honor following his leading Lithuania to the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship title, having a strong role in his debut with the senior team at EuroBasket 2011 and getting drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the fifth overall pick.

Jonas didn’t have too bad of an encore in 2012. Staying with Lietuvos Rytas during the NBA lockout, Valanciunas helped the Vilnius team to the finals of the Lithuanian League and Baltic League while also reaching the semi-finals of the VTB United League and Eurocup.

On top of that, the 20-year-old became a full-fledged staple in the Lithuanian senior team, averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and then 4.2 points and 2 rebounds at the 2012 London Games.

Valanciunas then headed to the United States for his NBA debut and began the 2012-13 season in the Raptors’ starting line-up, collecting a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA game. He later had double-doubles against Philadelphia and Charlotte as he averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in November. His production slowed in December with 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds before he broke his right ring finger on December 21, forcing him to miss the rest of 2012 and all of January 2013.

But Valanciunas had already more than proved that he is an emerging force to be reckoned with at all levels.

With the results based by voting by fans and experts, Valanciunas was the clear winner over second-placed Dario Saric of Croatia and third-placed Frenchman Leo Westermann, who was the leading vote-getter by the fans.

Jonas Valanciunas #14 of Lithuania reacts to an official's call alongside Alexander Kaun #8 of Russia, with #7 Martynas Pocius and #5 Mantas Kalnietis reaching to calm him, in the second half during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games ( August 7, 2012 ) at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England. Photograph: Christian Petersen

The women’s voting was also right on as Ukrainian 20-year-old Alina Iagupova took first place ahead of Sweden’s Farhiya Abdi and Queralt Casas of Spain.

Iagupova had a strong summer of 2012 by helping Ukraine qualify for the 2013 EuroBasket Women, finishing second behind Belarus in Group A.

The Dnepropetrovsk native was Ukraine’s leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.3 rpg) while adding 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals. In addition to a double-double against Israel, Iagupova also had 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals against Hungary.

But Iagupova’s performance hadn’t really come as a surprise as the name had long been known in youth women’s hoops after star youth national team performances dating back to 2009, when the wing player played both for both Ukraine’s U18s and U20s – as a 17-year-old.
Iagupova starred at the U20 level each of the next two summers and in 2012 was finally among peers of age. And Iagupova dominated once again, leading the tournament in scoring (27.6 ppg) and assists (5.3 apg) and finishing third in rebounds (10.1 rpg) and steals (3.0 spg). Of course, that earned a spot in the All-Tournament Team though Ukraine slumped to seventh place – losing to Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

One thing that would be interesting to see is what Iagupova can do internationally at the club level. After starting the 2012-13 season with Bar Regina-Basket of the Ukrainian Higher League, Iagupova moved to Elizabeth Basket of the same league. And it’s been nothing but dominance with eight of 13 games over 30 points in averaging 32.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals.

It would be good to see Iagupova make the move to a bigger club – at least a Eurocup Women side –in 2013 so more than just Ukrainian fans get a chance to see this star play.

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USA favorites at U19 Worlds Women, others aim to avoid champs

The United States will be the clear favorite at the 2013 FIBA U19  for Women and the goal for every other team will clearly be to avoid the four-time reigning champion Americans as long as possible in the knockout stages.

Team USA have dominated their way to the last four titles - they are five-time winners in all, taking into account the 1997 crown - though they did lose one game at each of the past two championships - against Spain in 2009 and Canada in 2011.

The Americans were drawn into Group D with hosts Lithuania,  and China. And it would be a surprise if they fall to any one of those teams. The top three from Group D join the first three from C - which has Canada, the 2012 European U18 champions from France, debutants Netherlands and Senegal - in the Eighth-Final Round.

Group C promises to be entertaining as the Canadians always put together a competitive team; the French look to confirm their European crown from last summer; and the Netherlands come into their first U19 Worlds showing after a strong recent development.

The African side Senegal have also worked hard to improve their game and returned to the tournament for the first time since the original competition in 1985.

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None of those other teams will face the Americans in the Quarter-Final as the groups crossplay with the other top four teams. But avoiding Team USA as long as possible is likely the goal of all the teams from Groups A and B.

Norcross teammates, Briana Jordan (10) and Diamond DeShields (30) celebrate after defeating Westlake High School 51 to 44 in the Girls AAAAA Semifinals at the Gwinnett Atrena on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Photograph:  Johnny Crawford

Group A features 2011 bronze medalists Brazil, 2007 bronze medal winners Serbia, 1985 silver medalists Korea and Russia, the 2001 silver medalists. And Group B has the quartet of 2009 bronze medal winners Argentina, Japan, 2009 and 2011 runners-up Spain and Australia, winners in 1993 who also medaled in 1989 and 1997.

More than any other team, Spain will be looking to avoid the Americans as long as possible. They lost to the United States in the 2007 Semi-Finals and then were dropped by Team USA in the Final both in 2009 – after having beaten the Americans in the first game of the tournament – and in 2011.

And the Spanish will be battle-tested in the first round as they face a tough group. Argentina are always a strong team, Australia as well and even Japan has improved greatly, reaching the 2011 U19 Quarter-Finals and the 2012 U17 World  for Women Semi-Finals.

As so often, the tournament will have a number of stars who will long be in the spotlight in the world stage.

American Diamond DeShields already has two  gold medals to her credit, winning the 2011 U19 crown as a 16--old and taking the U17 title last summer. Another expected leader for the USA team will be Breanna Stewart, who has four golds in four summers - including the 2010 FIBA U17  for Women title and the 2011 U19 crown.

Spain are expected to give the Americans probably the biggest , especially with the impressive  of Astou Ndour, Leticia Romero and Maria Arrojo.

Other top  will be Olivia Epoupa of France,  Stephanie Talbot, China’s Yang Li Wei, Izabella Sangalli of Brazil and Mariam Maiga of Mali.

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Joventut writing new chapter with NIJT finals appearance

FIATC Joventut’s biggest days are behind them - the times of Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio and the club from the Barcelona suburb of Badalona winning the ULEB Cup in 2008. But a new chapter is being written as the Spanish club reached the finals of the Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) for the first time by winning the traditional Ciutat de L’Hospitalet tournament.

The likes of Augusti Sans and Jose Nogues will match Ricky’s feat of playing in the Euroleague Final Four - as Joventut will play in the U18 NIJT finals at the 2013 Euroleague spectacle in London.

Joventut - the only team of five Spanish sides in the L’Hospitalet tournament with solely Spanish players - proved they deserved their spot in London by knocking off local rivals Barcelona in the semi-finals and then beating Real Madrid 77-67 in the final.

A big portion of the Joventut team already had gathered a valuable experience last summer as six players lined up for Spain at the 2012 FIBA U17 . Sans, Nogues, Gerard Gomila, Alberto Abalde, David Iriarte and Marc Bauza were on the Spanish team that lost to the United States in the Semi-Finals in Kaunas and then dropped the Bronze Medal Game to Croatia to finish fourth.

That sextet will have bragging rights over two of their teammates from last summer as Xavier Moix played in L’Hospitalet for Barcelona and Alberto Martin for Madrid.

The tournament in L’Hospitalet also served as a make-up for Bauza and Sergi Costa, who were leaders on Spain’s U16 team last summer but could not keep the Iberians from finishing seventh at the U16 .

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Joventut are the second team to reach the NIJT Finals in London after Bosnia and Herzegovina side KK Spars Sarajevo won the Torneo Citta di Roma tournament a weekend earlier.

The 2006 FIBA EuroCup champions Joventut crashed shortly after Fernandez and Rubio bolted for bigger clubs, dropping from second in the Spanish league standings in 2008 to fifth in 2009 (still with Rubio), 11th in 2010, 13th in 2011 and 11th last season. And Joventut have not played in a European club competition since reaching the Last 16 of the Eurocup in 2009-10.

Joventut are currently 11th in the Spanish Liga Endesa and are giving a strong 11-16 minutes to the young Spanish trio of Nacho Llovet (21 years of age), Albert Ventura (20) and Pere Tomas (23).

A key to a fundamental return to the elite teams in Spain will be Joventut’s ability to continue to develop young talent among the likes of Nogues, who was named to the L’Hospitalet All-Tournament Team.

With that sextet slowly making in-roads with the senior side and teaming up with fellow Juventut farmhands 18-year-old Albert Homs and 19-year-old Alejandro Suarez among others, the days of Joventut running behind the big clubs in Spain may be numbered - if some of those players can get close to the level of the likes of Fernandez and Rubio.

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Anthony to Maiga - 2012 an eventful year in youth hoops - Part 1

As the year draws to a close, it only seemed right to take a look back at all the excitement that happened in 2012 in youth basketball.

As such, here is Part 1 of a breakdown of the year from A-Z. This week is A-M and next week will be N-Z.

ANTHONY
This will be a year Anthony Davis will remember for a long time. After guiding Kentucky to the NCAA title as a freshman (more coming later), the 19-year-old was then selected as the top overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA Draft. And then Davis was chosen for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold along with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant and even had a 12-point, 3-rebound game against Tunisia.

BEIJER
The 21-year-old Mariska Beijer proved once again that she is a superstar in wheelchair basketball, averaging 23.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1 steal to help the Netherlands to the bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics. That goes along with her two silvers at the 2009 and 2011 European Championship.

CAMBAGE
First, the 21-year-old Elizabeth Cambage guided Australia to the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics with 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Then she turned down offers from European teams to play hoops in China, where she is excelling with the Zhejiang Far East to the tune of 27.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

DeSHIELDS
What a summer for Diamond DeShields! The American starlet first claimed MVP honors as Team USA repeated their undefeated run to gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women. Then the daughter and brother of professional baseball players (Delino and Delino Jr), hooked up with U17 teammates Kaela Davis, Erica McCall and Brianna Turner to capture gold in the girls tournament at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.

EXUM
Consider 2012 the breakout season for Dante Exum as the über-talented Australian lived up to the hype and carried the Aussies to the gold medal game at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Basketball fans can catch him next year too on the world stage as he helped Australia qualify for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

FRANK MENZ
Germany enter a new era with their senior men’s national team as Frank Menz was named as successor to Svetislav Pesic and Dirk Bauermann. Menz is a logical choice as he coached the German U20 teams to fifth place finishes at the last two European Championships and has helped mold many of the country’s top young talents.

GRINER
Brittney Griner captured her first NCAA championship, collecting 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in helping the Baylor Lady Bears to an 80-61 win in the 2012 final over Notre Dame.

The 22-year-old Griner was the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament and winner of three national player of the year awards.


Xavi Pascual continues to work in Barcelona with youth prospects Alex Abrines, Mario Hezonja and Marko Todorović. !

HEZONJA
Mario returns! The 17-year-old Mario Hezonja fought back from a leg injury and a bout of mononucleosis which cost him an entire season to show he’s still a star talent, making the All-Tournament Team and winning bronze for Croatia at the FIBA U17 World Championship.

INGLIS
France’s Damien Inglis bounced back from a disappointing 10th place finish at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship to team with Charly Pontens, Fleur Devillers and Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi for the first-ever mixed gold medal at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.

JAHLIL
Chicago high school star Jahlil Okafor claimed MVP honors at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship as the leader of the dominating Team USA with 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.

KENTUCKY
The University of Kentucky lived up to the hype and the challenge of having so many freshmen players to win the 2012 NCAA title – the first for head coach John Calipari – with a 67-59 win over Kansas. Kentucky’s team consisted of four first round picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, including the top two in Anthony Davis and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist.

LITHUANIA
Lithuania deserves its calling of land of basketball. But the Baltic nation was the land of youth basketball this summer. Lietuva hosted the FIBA U17 World Championship and co-hosted with neighbors Latvia the U18 and U16 FIBA European Championships.

MALI’S MAIGA
Mali went winless at the inaugural 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, but Mariam Maiga – who played as a 13-year-old on that  year's team – scored 18 points in the country's 58-51 victory over Brazil for the African nation’s first win in the history of the competition. In the end, Mali finished 10th ahead of basketball powers Brazil and Turkey.

Be sure to check out next week's column for Part 2 and a breakdown of 2012 youth basketball from N to Z.

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Dubjlevic, Karasev, Satoransky among youngsters wowing Eurocup fans

The Last 16 of the Eurocup offers plenty of promise for fans interested in youth basketball as a number of highly-touted youngsters helped their teams advance from the regular season of Europe’s second highest international club competition.

A couple of the biggest performers thus far have been Sergey Karasev of Triumph Lyubertsy, Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia and Cajasol Seville’s Tomas Satoransky. But there are plenty more for fans to mark down for future reference.

Karasev, of course, is the 19-year-old son of former Russian star Vasily Karasev, a two-time silver medalist (1994 and 1998) at FIBA World Championships, who is the coach at Triumph.

The younger Karasev has shown everyone there’s a reason he’s considered one of the top talents of his age group. After having played for Russia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medal-winning team, Karasev averaged 17.8 points per game for Triumph in the Eurocup regular season.

And the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship bronze medalist will be a big part of the club’s title hopes after they breezed through their first round group.

In Group I of the Last 16, Triumph will come up against Montenegro side Buducnost Voli, which features two enticing emerging stars.

Nikola Ivanovic is an 18-year-old guard who has already starred on the national team stage, playing at the 2011 U20 European Championship as a 17-year-old. In the Eurocup, the Montenegro youngster averaged 8.5 points.


Nikola Ivanovic is an 18-year-old guard who has already starred on the national team stage, playing at the 2011 U20 European Championship as a 17-year-old.

Alongside him is one of the biggest hopes of Bulgarian Basketball in 19-year-old Pavlin Ivanov, who totaled 12 points in his two games of Eurocup action.

In Group J, Valencia will have two players who basketball fans will be watching for many years to come. The 21-year-old Montenegrin big man Dubjlevic has not slowed down at all since his off-season move from Buducnost to Spain and averaged 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in the Eurocup, including 26 and 8 in the regular season finale against Azovmash.

His new teammate at Valencia is also an emerging star in 21-year-old French center Joffrey Lauvergne who, in his second Eurocup game since leaving Euroleague team Elan Chalon in late November, collected 19 points and 3 rebounds.

Group K features two Russian teams, one of them which has a fine young Russian low-post talent in 21-year-old Andrey Zubkov, who averaged 6 points and 2.7 rebounds for Lokomotiv Kuban.

The group also features Spanish side Cajasol Seville, who are stockpiled with top young players – and not all of them from Spain.

Under the tutelage of veteran coach Aito Garcia Reneses, 21-year-old Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky has turned into a real leader, averaging 13 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

Joan Sastre, the Spanish forward who turned 21 on December 10, has averaged 6.8 points and 1.8 rebounds for Cajasol while 18-year-old Serbian point guard Nikola Radisevic has played in three games thus far with 1.0 points and 0.7 assists in 4 minutes a contest.

And 17-year-old Spanish guard Guillermo Corrales has totaled 5 points, 3 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes over three games.

Not to be out-done, Group L also has a trio of youngsters looking forward to very promising futures.

The 19-year-old Aleksandar Cvetkovic was a star for Serbia at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship and now is helping Red Star Belgrade with 2.5 points, 0.7 steals and 0.5 assists a game.

The 21-year-old Galatasaray center Furkan Aldemir has already made his mark with the Turkish senior national team and contributed 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in the Eurocup

And German 20-year-old talent Daniel Theis has played extremely well in his move from Braunschweig to the 2012 BBL runners-up Ratiopharm Ulm and averaged 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first taste of international club basketball – just months after leading Germany to a fifth-place showing at the U20 European Championship for the second consecutive summer.

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« Reply #49 on: Dec 11, 2012, 05:11:12 AM »

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

Germany get perfect man for senior men's

Germany have been intensively pushing their youth development for years now and are seeing the fruits of their labor.

After fifth-placed showings at the 2011 and 2012 U20 European Championships, it is clear that Deutschland is becoming a basketball power. So it only made perfect sense for Germany to hire the coach of those U20 teams – Franz Menz – as their new senior national team boss.

Menz was named Germany’s head coach on Thursday, replacing Svetislav Pesic, who refused to re-sign a deal with the German Basketball Federation (DBB) after leading Germany to qualification for 2013 EuroBasket.

The rosters of those two U20 Euros campaigns reads like a list of players expected to take over major roles in the German senior side in the very near future.

Youngsters like Daniel Theis, Johannes Voigtmann, Ole Wendt, Philipp Neumann, Dennis Schröder, Mathis Mönninghoff, Besnik Bekteshi and Patrick Heckmann have international scouts and observers looking at how Germany is building up their youth talent and drooling at what’s next to come.

Some of those players are already earning strong Beko BBL minutes including Schröder (Braunschweig), Theis (Ulm), Neumann (Bamberg) and Wendt (Hagen).

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The first three of them as well as Heckmann and Mönninghoff were already included in Germany’s extended 24-man roster going into the 2013 EuroBasket qualifiers – where Menz served as assistant coach to Pesic, who has since taken over as head coach at Bayern Munich.




Menz also was assistant coach under Pesic’s predecessor Dirk Bauermann at EuroBasket 2009. So the 48-year-old former BBL coach and one-time German coach of the year knows the current national team players and has their respect.

Menz was already a candidate for the Germany job before it was given to Pesic. But now the Berlin native has got the top gig.

He also has led Germany’s U16 team at the 2009 European Championship (which featured emerging talents Alexander Blessing, Leon Tolksdorf and Julius Wolf) the U17 team at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship (Malik Müller, Johannes Richter, Bogdan Radosavljevic) and at the 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

Since moving to the DBB in 2005 and becoming a full time Germany coach in 2006, Menz has made a career moving through the ranks of the country’s youth teams. He also coached the A2 national team, giving him a full wealth of knowledge of the entire inner workings of the federation.

Of course, Menz will not have it easy. He is now the hope for Germany to take the next step from talented players to winners – and that at the senior level. The U20 successes were widely regarded in Germany as a confirmation that the years of development work were worth it.

Menz now has big footsteps to fill. He replaces one of the fathers of Germany’s modern basketball in Pesic – who led Germany to the title at the 1993 European Championship – and Bauermann, who guided Germany to silver at EuroBasket 2005 and qualification for the 2008 Olympics.

Menz’s hiring is a great fit, especially since he has worked so closely with so many of the country’s top young talents and because he has committed entirely to the DBB for the last six years.

Good luck to Team Germany and Frank Menz.

David Hein from FIBA


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