Daniil Barysevich (’01) – 6’5, SG/SF, Belarus
Wing with good size, length and an interesting athletic profile. Mainly played as a spot up shooter, has unorthodox form but is a decent shooter. Can handle a bit on the P&R. Strong first step and good change of pace with the ball, fearless attacking the rim and has decent touch with his strong hand.
Dzmitry Ryuny (’00) – 6’8, SF/PF, Belarus
Named in the All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.4 points, 15.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks. Versatile forward who is mainly covering the PF spot right now. Athletic, quick for his position, plays with very good motor. Able to take opposing forwards off the dribble and finish at the rim. Solid shooter, sometimes relying too much on his jumper. Doesn’t always play through contacts.
Vrenz Bleijenbergh (’00) – 6’10, SF/PF, Belgium
Named in the All-Tournament Team, averaged 13.5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2 blocks for third-placed Belgium. Had a triple-double in the most important game of the tournament (18/10/10). Versatile forward who still lacks a position, plays on the perimeter and handles the ball a lot. Impressive feel and passing ability on the P&R. Still very skinny frame, struggles to play through contact. Moves extremely well his feet for his size. Streaky shooter, had good percentages in Skopje.
Haris Bratanovic (’01) – 7’0, C, Belgium
Big body, tough match at the youth level of competition. Has solid footwork on offense but lacks quickness and leaping ability. Doesn’t run the court. Good hands to catch the ball inside, but not always comfortable finishing if physically contested. Has proper feel for the game, above average passer for his position. Has some potential to stretch the floor consistently.
Noel Coleman (’00) – 6’1, PG/SG, Belgium
Explosive scoring combo guard, has excellent quickness and leaping ability. Small for his position and his frame needs to be filled. Lefty shooter, streaky, not confident enough. Excellent change of pace off the dribble. Point guard skills still in the making, not much vocal. Definitely more of a scorer.
Tsvetomir Chernokojev (’00) – 6’10, PF/C, Bulgaria
Stretch big man, had a strong showing in Skopje averaging 21 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals. Interesting frame, fluid for his size but average explosiveness. Plays inside and out, decent touch in the low post, loves to play on the perimeter to shoot off the catch, able to attack a closeout. Rebounds hard on offense. Very right hand dominant in his game. Level of toughness inside is not always proper. Some athletic limitation to develop as a PF, plays as a stretch C so far.
David Bohm (’01) – 6’8, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Had a breakout tournament. Talented scorer, playing mostly the SF spot for his team. Natural shooter, fluid release off the catch, has deep range, can hit jumpers off the dribble. Smooth slasher with good body control, finishes with soft touch around the rim but needs open space to drive. Not always comfortable against contacts. Needs to improve his defensive footwork.
Vit Krejci (’00) – 6’7, SG, Czech Republic
Played basically only the first four games in Skopje. Has elite physical and athletic profile for his position, plays the three backcourt spots for his team. Solid ball-handler, at his best if he can attack the closeout or drive using a ball screen. Finishes comfortably above the rim. Good feel for the game, able to pass out of the P&R. Has to further improve his outside shot, which still comes out flat at times, particularly off the dribble.
Leonardo Carlino (’00) – 6’6, SG/SF, Denmark
Long and athletic wing, has intriguing physical upside. Aggressive, intense player. Attacks the basket in transition, very good finisher in the paint, can score above the rim. Handles a bit in the halfcourt, more comfortable making plays attacking a closeout. Not much of a shooter, but form is not terrible.
Henri Drell (’00) – 6’9, SF, Estonia
Named in the All-Tournament Team, averaged 19 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals for fourth-placed Estonia. Long wing with excellent size, still very undeveloped body. Skinny, struggles to add pounds to his frame. Talented scorer and creator, extremely fluid for his size. Can easily pass and shoot off the dribble. Has quite high centre of gravity on defense. Doesn’t like to play through contact. Attitude on the court is questionable at times.
Mikk Jurkatamm (’00) – 6’6, SG/SF, Estonia
Smart wing with good size. At his best playing off the ball, high-level shooter off the catch. Not a ball-handler but can use a ball screen to shoot and pass. Can make plays if he receives the ball on the move, attacking the closeout or using off ball screens. Very good passer with advanced vision, moves the ball.
Rati Andronikashvili (’01) – 6’4, PG, Georgia
Didn’t left as good impressions as he did at the FIBA U20 in Sofia, where he had to buy into his role in a team with older players. Attitude and body language were disappointing in his age group. Quick and active ball-handler, able to create attacking the basket. Turnover prone, had the tendency to try to do too much as a passer and end up with bad timing or execution. Outside shot still the key issue.
Saba Gigiberia (’01) – 6’11, C, Georgia
One of the youngest players in attendance. Showed some significant improvement, despite still being fairly raw in his game. Excellent mobility for his size, runs the court extremely well, has quick footwork on offense. Still undeveloped frame which will fill up nicely. Interesting mobility also on defense.
Davit Kakushadze (’00) – 6’6, SG/SF, Georgia
Had a breakout showing in Skopje. Wing with intriguing physical and athletic profile, still undeveloped body. Aggressive, has a motor, intense defender. On offense can handle a bit, has a strong first step. Loves to attack on the move or push the ball in transition, can easily play above the rim. Still below average shooter, form is not broken but quite slow.
Mate Fazekas (’00) – 6’10, C, Hungary
Strong big man, below average explosiveness and length, needs to improve his conditioning. Uses his body in the low post, solid footwork, has touch around the rim but struggles finishing against length. Can stretch the floor from beyond the arc, which is his most notable skill. Poor lateral mobility on defense.
Adam Somogyi (’00) – 6’4, PG/SG, Hungary
Lefty guard with good size, lacks elite burst. Very good awareness on the P&R, keeps his dribble alive and has good vision. Good shooter, able to shoot off the catch or off the dribble, natural out of the P&R. Often doesn’t do things at max speed. Smooth attacking the basket, tends to go left most of the times, not a great finisher. Tends to settle on jumpers.
Hilmar Henningsson (’00) – 6’4, PG, Iceland
Had another solid FIBA U18 Division B after the 2017 edition. Played all backcourt position for his team, with lot of minutes also playing off the ball. At his best if he can handle the ball and have green light to create. Very good shooter, skilled P&R player and talented passer. Not much explosive, can be exposed on defense.
Eidan Alber (’00) – 6’5, SG, Israel
Scoring guard with good size and high motor, still undeveloped body. Not a natural shooter, inconsistent form. Extremely aggressive, pushes the ball and attacks the basket, finds angles for his shot around the rim. Good change of pace on the P&R, able to create separation with his defender.
Deni Avdija (’01) – 6’9, SF, Israel
Looked tired and without much endurance on the court, after a stellar FIBA U20 in Chemnitz. Still averaged 17.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.4 steals, shooting 16/36 (44.4%) from three. Had to handle the ball more than with the U20 team. Played safe most of the time, staying within his endurance limits. Sometimes his athletic condition didn’t support him in his basketball decisions, influencing his turnover rate and his aggressiveness in attacking the basket.
Tomer Levinson (’00) – 6’9, PF/C, Israel
Skilled big man with quite strong but not athletic body. Has excellent positioning in the halfcourt, can play inside and out, operating also from mid range and in the high post area. Moves well in the P&R. Has shooting range as far as from beyond the arc. Lateral mobility on defense is a key issue.
Ben Kovac (’00) – 6’5, SF, Luxembourg
Had another very strong tournament, where he averaged 18.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.4 steals. Didn’t show up in good shape, needs to work on his conditioning. Aggressive and skilled player with very good feel for the game. Physical, uses his body to take advantage on the court. Outside shot didn’t fall in Skopje, but form and release are consistent.
Valjmir Kakruki (’00) – 6’8, PF/C, FYR Of Macedonia
Best performer for the home team, showed some development in his body. Stuck between the two frontcourt positions, doesn’t have a range yet on offense. Can attack a bit from the mid range. Good athlete, extremely active player, attacks the basket in transition, crashes hard the boards and finishes off cuts.
Nathan Kuta (’00) – 6’8, C, Netherlands
Named MVP in Skopje after leading Netherlands to the first spot averaging 14.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1 block per game. Undersized inside player with a strong body, he’ll need to improve his conditioning. Below the rim player. Extremely physical and active, really uses his strong body to seal his man inside and score off post up. Low centre of gravity helps him to catch the ball on the run. Still poor defensive mobility.
Rienk Mast (’01) – 6’8, PF/C, Netherlands
Skilled player who covered both frontcourt positions for his team. Shooting percentage three was below average, but shows quick and fluid release, as well as deep shooting range. Mobile, good timing and awareness as a cutter. Doesn’t put much the ball on the floor. Needs to improve his physicality.
Morgan Stilma (’00) – 6’7, PF/C, Netherlands
Undersized big man, needs to work on his conditioning, has below average explosiveness but good footwork for his size. Smart and fundamentally sound player, able to play inside and out. Has great touch in his jumper, natural shooter from deep. Knows how to use his body in the low post. Can put the ball on the floor to attack with couple of dribbles. Physical and athletic limitations are concerning.
Keye van der Vuurst de Vries (’01) – 6’3, PG, Netherlands
One of the youngest players in attendance, showed impressive personality and awareness. Erupted for 35 points and 8 assists in the final, shooting 8/12 from three. Advanced P&R player for his age, changes pace well after the screen, has timing and vision as a passer. Moves the ball quickly. Quick shooter who loves to pull up off the dribble. Lacks explosiveness and length as a finisher and defender.
Mikal Gjerde (’00) – 6’7, SF, Norway
Versatile, do-it-all player who played basically four positions for Norway. Averaged 18.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals, shooting 21/57 (36.8%) from three. Loves to handle the ball, push it in transition, play the P&R in halfcourt offense. Ball skills and feel for the game are interesting, he lacks elite explosiveness.
Tobias Rotegard (’00) – 6’7, SF/PF, Norway
Played many minutes as an atypical PF. Consistent and fluid shooter off the catch, shot a total 22/53 (41.5%) from three in the tournament. Not much effective as dribbler and finisher, lacks explosiveness to attack the basket. High basketball IQ, he’s always in the right spot. Defensive footwork is an issue.
Aleksander Balcerowski (’00) – 7’1, C, Poland
Only played the first four games in the tournament. Talented big man able to easily stretch the floor. Slow, doesn’t move well his feet, can’t guard on the perimeter. Quite disappointing showing in terms of toughness and personality, struggled a lot if physically challenged.
Aleksander Lewandowski (’00) – 6’7, SF/PF, Poland
Was the top performer for Poland. Still stuck between the two forward positions, interesting body if he can transition to the SF spot. Attacks hard the closeout and finishes at the rim, tends to prefer his strong hand. Not a volume shooter, needs to fix his motion. Needs to become quicker on defense.
Andrzej Pluta (’00) – 6’3, SG, Poland
Scoring guard trying to transition to the point guard spot, played lot of point guard minutes for his team. Has mainly scoring instincts, lacks vision and elite passing skills. Very aggressive as a scorer, plays with good attitude. Mainly scores with his jumper, has deep range and shoots comfortably out of P&R.
Szymon Zapala (’01) – 6’11, C, Poland
Only played a total 72 minutes in the tournament. His body looks remarkably bigger, he’s grown up and added pounds to his frame. Light on his feet, moves well for his size. His game is still in the making, but he was productive in the few minutes on the court.
Juraj Palenik (’00) – 6’7, SF, Slovakia
Lights-out shooter off the catch, has a consistent form. Shot 26/67 (38.8%) from beyond the arc in the tournament. He’s not a ball-handler but he’s able to attack the basket with few dribbles if he receives on the move. Mainly a spot up player. Doesn’t move very well his feet on defense.
Tomas Pavelka (’00) – 7’2, C, Slovakia
His presence can be game-changing at this level of competition. Still doesn’t have a fully developed body, but length and athleticism are for real. Looked more focused and aggressive in some game, but overall motor is still inconsistent. Ball skills are still average, but he’s able to finish nicely in the paint.
Gregor Glas (’01) – 6’6, SF, Slovenia
Named in the All-Tournament Team, averaged 15.4 points shooting 35.1% from three for second-placed Slovenia. Wing with solid size and still undeveloped body. Active in the halfcourt, moves quite well without the ball. Lacks elite speed and explosiveness though. Not comfortable playing off the dribble, struggles to finish in the crowded paint. Very good shooter off the catch, scores mainly with his jumper.
Ziga Samar (’01) – 6’4, PG, Slovenia
Big point guard who if efficient attacking the rim using ball screens. Can use his body to create separation and finish, but lacks explosiveness and leaping ability. Has excellent feel and timing on the P&R, sees the whole court, takes quick decisions. Not a threat from beyond the arc so far.
Petar Vujacic (’00) – 6’5, SG/SF, Slovenia
Had a breakout showing in Skopje. Wing who is at his best when playing off the ball, efficient shooter off the catch with natural range from three. Smooth and fluid athlete with good first step. Below average ball-handler, but can use a ball screen to attack the rim or pull up from mid range.
Oliver Gehrke (’00) – 6’7, PF, Sweden
Powerful big man who covered both frontcourt positions for Sweden. Strong and wiry frame. Has solid ball skills, loves to handle, can hit some jumper off the dribble but he’s at his best off the catch. Tends to rely too much on his perimeter skills, doesn’t like to play through contact. Attitude is questionable at times.
Erik Persson (’00) – 6’3, SG, Sweden
Skinny scoring guard, still not always comfortable playing through contact. Able to play as a ball-handler but at his best if starting off the ball. Quick and consistent shooter, no hesitations off the catch, can use off ball screens. Smooth slasher, changes direction and has soft touch around the rim, can struggle if challenged. Averaged 2.8 steals, mainly because of his ability in reading passing lanes
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