By Luka Drca

Szent Istvan Cup 2020 was held in Szekesfehervar, Hungary from January the 31st until February the 3rd. The winner of the tournament was Stellazzurra Rome from Italy. Below you can find the placement of all the participants:

1st: Stellazzurra Rome
2nd: Chinese U17 NT
3rd: Iranian U17 NT
4th: Real Madrid
5th: NBA Global Academy
6th: Hungarian U16 NT A
7th: Bayern München
8th: Hungarian NT U16 B
Here are the top prospects of the tournament:
Ndiaye Ousmane (’04). Bayern München, 6’8, PF/C, Senegal – All-Tournament Team
Long and skinny. Solid athlete. Needs to get stronger. Aggressive on offense but not interested in playing defense. Doesn’t like contact. Good range-likes taking threes. Soft touch around the rim. Prefers going left but no left-hand finishes. No mid-range game. Plays out of control sometimes. Really struggles against bigger and stronger players.

Tyrese Proctor (’04). NBA Global Academy, 6’5, PG/SG, Australia – All-Tournament Team
Good body frame.  Above average athlete. Fluid and smooth. Plays with ease. Does a little of everything. Excellent shooter. Very skilled. Excellent off dribble shooter. Great upside. The most talented kid on this team. Not interested in playing defense.

Wang Xinrui (’03). China U17 NT, 6’4, PG/SG – All-tournament Team
Strong lower body. Below average athlete. Has a green light to shoot. Shooter. Takes more threes than twos. The best guard on this team. Ok skilled-not ordinary moves-looks rough. Driver to the right. Good energy on defense.
Henri Veesaar (’04). Real Madrid, 6’10, PF, Estonia – All-tournament Team
Long, lengthy and weak body. Skilled for his size. Okay athlete. Looks clumsy and still developing. Needs to work on his body a lot. Good shooting stroke. Not afraid of contact. Can finish multiple ways-really talented. Struggles defensively due to lack of strength.

Izan Almansa (’05). Real Madrid, 6’8, SF/PF, Spain
Excellent body frame. Strong but heavy legs. Played at guard but he is more a PF. Solid athlete. Fluid. Just an okay shooting form-slow release. Keep an eye on this kid.

Fallah Parsa (’03). Iran NT, 6’7, C, Iran.
This kid, named in the All-Tournament Team, dominated in the paint since he was bigger and stronger than everybody else. Besides the strength he is very mobile with solid basketball IQ.

Fabrizio Pugliati (‘04). Stellazzurra, 6’6, SG, Venezuela
Good body frame. Quick hands. Long arms. Tough kid with character. His lower body is really weak. Plays with energy. Active on glass on both ends of floor. Defensively reaches out to get a steal which gets him out of position a lot. Driver both ways. Poor shooting form. Looks like he will grow another inch or two.

Rokas Jocys (’04). Stellazzurra Rome, 6’5, SG, Lithuania. MVP of the Tournament
Strong and compact body. An average athlete. Shooter. Typical Lithuanian guard that needs a second to fire the ball up. Doesn’t look to pass-scoring mentality. Good on ball defender but struggles on the help side.