Nicolas Batum lived up to the hype surrounding him and won the UMCOR U18 European Championship Most Valuable Player.
The much heralded Batum averaged 14 points and 7.9 rebounds and led France’s run to the gold medal.
“Most Valuable Player is nice and all,” said Batum.
“But really, it is not just about me. It is all about this team. We worked really hard to get here.”
The 201 cm forward demonstrated his remarkable athletic ability throughout the tournament with an array of power blocks and thunderous dunks.
In the gold medal game, Batum scored 11 points and sparked a French run in the third quarter by scoring six consecutive points to give his side a lead they would not relinquish.
Batum has been showcasing his talent with Le Mans in the French League. He has some time with the senior team and is expected to be a part of their roster next season.
“Really I haven’t proven anything in my career yet,” confessed Batum.
“There is a lot more I want to do.”
The following players were selected to the All-tournament team:
Zygimantas Janavicius (Lithuania)
Martynas Gecevicius (Lithuania)
Nicolas Batum (France)
Miroslav Raduljica (Serbia & Montenegro)
Victor Claver (Spain)