It’s been a busy spring and summer for NetScouts Basketball. We’ve covered the Jordan Brand Classic in Barcelona and Brooklyn, the U18 and U16 Nordic Championships for boy’s and girl’s in Sweden, The Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon and the U19 Men’s World Championships in Prague. We were also at the events that took place over the past ten days, the U18 Men’s European Championships and the U19 Women’s World Championships. The U18 “A” event concluded today in Latvia, the U18 “B” event finished today in Macedonia and the Women’s event concluded in Lithuania.
Here’s a brief rundown of the U18 Men’s “A” championship. We’ll cover the Men’s B” championship and the Women’s U19 World Championship in separate articles tomorrow. As always, complete scouting reports will be included in our International Recruiting Service.
Turkey took home the U18 European Championship “A’ event with an 81-74 win over Croatia in the title game. It was a match-up between two of Europe’s most high profile youth players, 6’5 Kenan Sipahi of Turkey and 6’7 Lovro Mazalin of Croatia. While the two players both had solid games, the difference was the 39 points scored by Turkey’s bench and Croatia’s 22 turnovers (eight more than Turkey). Sipahi scored 19 points and dished out six assists to lead Turkey while Mazalin led Croatia with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Juan Hernangomez hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to lead Spain past Latvia 57-56 to take the bronze medal. Spain pulled the game out despite an 11 point, 15 rebound. nine blocked shot effort by 6’11 Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis. 6’4 Augusti Sans led Spain with 18 points.
All-Tournament Team: MVP – Sipahi (10.9 ppg, 5 apg), Joining Sipahi in the All Tournament Team are Latvian big men Porzingis (11.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 4.9 bpg) and 7’1 Anzejs Pasecniks (12.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and the Croatian duo of 6’0 Paolo Marinelli (11.0 ppg, 4.2 apg) and 6’6 Domogoj Bosnjak (9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Xavier recruit Aleksandar Vezenkov (Bulgaria) was the leading scorer of the event with 22.4 ppg and was the third leading rebounder at 10.2 rpg. Lithuania’s Domantas Sabonis was the leading rebounder with 11.4 rpg and Slovenia’s impressive point guard Metic Rebic was tops in assists a 8.1.
Thanks to FIBA Europe for the photos.