|10 July 2012|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Mike Fratello steered Ukraine to two wins and three losses at the EuroBasket 2011, missing out on qualification to Round II|
Mike Fratello is not putting all of his energy into preparing Ukraine for the EuroBasket Qualification Round.
The former NBA coach has also been involved in workouts with the country's teams preparing for the U20 and U18 European Championships.
At the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia, Ukraine will take on Greece, Russia and Estonia in Group B and among those likely to feature is point guard Klym Artamonov, who averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 assists per game at last year's U18 European Championship.
"It was a very interesting exercise because American coaches have a different approach to training," Artamonov said.
"They showed us a lot of new exercises.
"This is a great experience for us because Mike Fratello is well known and coached teams in the NBA."
Artamonov has been terrific at youth level.
Fratello is not only sharing his expertise in training, but also trying to get an idea of the youngsters who might be able to help the senior team either this summer or in 2015 when the country hosts the EuroBasket.
One to stand out for the under-20s was Artem Pustovyi.
The 2.14m center from Sofiivka averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 rebounds for Ukraine at last year's U20 European Championship in Bilbao.
Volodymyr Koval, the coach of the Ukraine Under-20 side, said: "It is nice to work with professionals who have experience in the NBA, in the strongest league in the world.
"The coaches and Mike Fratello like our team. They especially took note of Artem Pustovyi, saying that he is tall and has a lot of good moves."
"This is a very good experience for all of us," Fratello said on Ukraine's official website.