u18 european championship
A few months ago a post about junior Euroleague matches talked about two top Euro SF prospects ,1994-born Dario Saric and 1995-born James Birsen with the latter drawing comparisons to Hedo Turkoglu as a big sharphooting and passing "3"....The Turk also made some big statements on the then-upcoming U18 European Championship about winning it...however he failed miserably to back up his talk...he averaged 5ppg (37% 0/8 3pt )5rpg and 0.7apg with 1.2top and 2.7 fpg in just 18mpg while his team barely reached the second round before being eliminated....the other SF prospect ,Croatian sensation Dario Saric backed up his hype with excellent (but reasonably turover prone ) presence...But the actual purpose of this post is Aleksandar Vezenkov a 1995-born 6ft 9 Bulgarian SF an unknown name to most of you...Unlike his fellow 95er and by far more hyped Birsen he is currently leading D1 newcomers Bulgaria to the QFinals while averaging a glowing 20ppg (2nd behind Saric on 49% and 16/34 from deep AND 22-22 FTa ) 6rpg 2apg 2spg and only 1top ...currently playing on the Greek side Aris Thessaloniki i think he deserves our attention !
sorry about any English mistakes i'm 15 and not American or British
Saric is by far the best player in this tournament but there's a lot of NBA prospects, especially big men prospects.
Spain has been eliminated in quarter finals but they had a very impressive frontline, with Ilimane Diop born in 95 from Senegal who has insane length (height : 6'11 wingspan : 7'8), very productive in shotblocking and rebounding and showing huge improvement in offense, and Hernangomez another 6'11 not very athletic but skilled and mobile. The third guy is Sebastian Saiz a 6'9 PF/C, very long and athletic but he must work on his shoot to move at the forward position.
The Serbian Center Dusan Ristic (6'11) is another major prospect from 95' generation, after a good start he got injured but he displays a very interesting combination of length, athleticism and skills.
France and Denmark are some of the worst teams in the tournament but they have two of the best individualities in the competition : Mouhamadou Jaiteh and Rasmus Larsen.
Jaiteh is a low-post bruiser, very strong for his age (6'10, 235lbs, 7'5 wingspan), athletic, he dominates on the boards and displays a soft touch around the rim on offense. Hard worker, he began to play baketball only 4 years ago, and he improves every year.
Larsen is described as the Danish Dirk, very similar to the german, he's a strong and athletic 7 footer with good shooting skills. Must improve on defense and shot selection, but his upside is huge !
Tessitori (Italy) and Jankovic (Serbia) are some of the most productive prospect of the tournament but they are a bit undersized for the NBA.
In the Division B there is two seven-footers to keep an eye on : Okoroh (England, 95') and Nurkic (Bosnia, 94')
Saric signed a five year deal with Bilbao Basket last month. Jaiteh will play in the second division of France with S.O.M. Boulogne
you can watch semifinals and medal games on FIBA Europe TV for free
Lithuania-Serbia 18:00 CET
Croatia-Russia 20:15 CET
Mouhammadou Jaiteh has had a nice run of games of late in the second division of France including a pair of games where he 33 points and 18 rebounds (first daily motion video) and 27 points and 10 rebounds (second video).
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