The U16 TBF Tournament was held in Konya, Turkey from January the 26th to February the 1st. National teams from Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey (U16 and U15) participated in the tournament. Turkey U16 won the tournament after beating all the other teams.
Here are the top performers of the tournament:
Rudolfs Rudmiezis (‘04). 6’8, PF, Latvia
Power forward with good size for his position. He has an early developed body. Rudmiezis is an average athlete but he is strong and knows how to use his body to take advantages. He is a stretch four who moves properly off the ball to get spot up shots. Natural and consistent shooting mechanics from beyond the arc. Good ability to attack closeouts to his left and score against contact. He has willingness to move the ball in extra pass situations.
Paulius Murauskas (‘04). 6’8, PF, Lithuania
Physical forward with an already strong frame and long arms. Just an average athlete in terms of explosiveness and leaping, but he uses his well-developed body to bully his opponents and create separation to score while driving or playing in the low post. Murauskas has a ridiculous ability to absorb contacts at this level of competition. He really connected with his shot from distance, hitting important shots at crunch time. Can guard multiple positions thanks to his footwork, great anticipation and ability to handle physical contacts.
Artem Antipov (‘04). 6’7, C/PF, Russia
Strong and undersized big who was dominant due to his mobility and relentless motor. Antipov is an above average athlete at this level of competition, plays with high intensity and takes advantages with his quickness against opponents bigs. Active off the ball under the basket, has very good hands as a catch-and-finisher and is able to finish quickly with either hands. Excellent scoring in dynamic situations, not shying away of contact. Crashes boards aggressively on both ends of the floor.
Ilija Milijasevic (‘04). 6’1, PG, Serbia
Small point guard with a premature body who was the main leader in offense for Serbia. Scorer who is always aggressive off the dribble, has quick change of pace and can easily make his way to the basket; uses well eurosteps to blow by the help and also makes good reads to find the big man with pocket passes. Confident shooter off the dribble, especially after turning the corner of the P&R. He loves to take responsibilities, has huge personality at crunch time. Pesky defender on the ball, has quick hands to get steals when defending on the ball.
Arne Osojnik (‘04). 6’4, SG, Slovenia
Shooting guard with decent size for his position who has a narrow and still quite undeveloped frame. Osojnik is an excellent shooter with quick mechanics on catch and shoot situations, loves to play on the weak side waiting for these shots, moves well off the ball and is always a good target on the corners. Good shooter coming off screens. Needs to improve his skillset to be a reliable shooting guard, as for now he barely can create off the dribble.
Tolga Öz (‘05). 6’7, SF, Turkey
Forward with a very promising frame due to his wide shoulders and long arms. Still not fluid at all with his moves on the court, but has good coordination and footwork. Plays with great energy and aggressiveness despite still not being able to handle well physical competition. Driver to his left, uses his length to finish far from the defense and has soft touch with his strong hand. Öz can hit open shots from beyond the arc. On defense, his quick feet and size allow him to guard multiple positions at this level of competition.
Berke Buyuktuncel (‘04). 6’8, PF, Turkey
Power forward with a highly intriguing body, featuring a strong and wide frame with potential to become very strong in the future. Solid athlete, shows excellent coordination and elite footwork. Good shooter with consistent form and high point of release. Attacks closeouts to his left, finishes well against contact. Active moving off the ball, has good feel as a cutter and grabs a lot of offensive rebounds coming from the perimeter. His frame, elite feet and length allow him to guard almost every position on the court; he is always ready to help his teammates off the ball, showing impressive instincts and timing to cut passing lanes and to block shots.
By Biel Colominas