Archive - Aug 2013 - Article
The FIBA Under-16 European Championships concluded last week in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a number of intriguing talents have emerged for the next generation as NBA prospects.
The African team featured its best group of talent ever at this event, competing in every game and winning third place. Here is a look at the top international talent from adidas Nations.
Sidy Ndir: 6-2, 180, PG, West Coast Academy, HS Senior, 1995
The early-August adidas Nations is, bar none, one of the top annual scouting events each year. It delivered the goods once again, thanks to an extremely high level of competition.
How good was the level of talent? adidas Team Africa head coach Babacar Sy told me that 6-foot-8 forward Guershon Yabusele, who also played in the July U18 European Championships, marveled at how much stronger the level of talent and competition was at Nations.
Turkey took home the 2013 U18 European Championships after narrowly defeating Croatia -- a team missing their superstar, Mario Hezonja, due to injury. Spain won the bronze-medal game in a thriller against Latvia. Despite the loss, the Latvians showcased an interesting tandem of mobile big men.
Here is a list of the top NBA prospects:
Kristaps Porzingis (1995, 6-11, PF, Latvia, Cajasol Sevilla)
Summer league isn’t just an opportunity for rookies to get their first taste of professional competition. It’s also a chance for young, up-and-coming stars to hone their skills and for journeyman veterans to possibly open some eyes and land an NBA or Euroleague contract. These 10 players truly took advantage of their Las Vegas Summer League experiences.
1) Jonas Valanciunas – 18.8 PPG, 10 RPG, 1.8 APG, 56% FG, 88% FT, 29 MPG