Valanciunas Named Tournament MVP

24.08.2008

Together with the gold medal Lithuania's big guy Jonas Valanciunas was also crowned as the MVP of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men.

Valanciunas dominated every game in the competition and proved he's one of the most promising prospect in his generation.

His team didn't drop a game from day one till the last, including the astonishing the 75-33 finals win, and he was the main reason for that.

The gold medalist finished the tournament with 14.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 2.3 bpg behind five double-doubles.

He's the second best reboudner and the best shot blocker in the competition.

Together with him in the All-Tournament team are Leo Westermann (France), Dmitry Kulagin (Russia), Milan Ryska (Czech Republic) and Enes Kanter (Turkey).

Westermann averaged for France 12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg and was one of the main forces in France's ride to the semi-finals.

A smart athletic and tall guard who's presence on the court is felt at any second. His 2.1 apg made him the best passer in this championship.

Russia's Dmitry Kulagin finished as the second best scorer in the games with 20.8 ppg in addition to 4.3 rpg.

In all eight games he scored at least 17 points, and showed great diversity on offense and played with big maturity.

Kanter of Turkey posted a double-double is all eight games including a 20-20 double-double in the semi-finals and bronze medal game.

His tournament averages are 22.9 ppg, 16.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg on more than 64% from the field.

He leads no less than 11 different statistical categories and ranked 2nd, 4th and 5th in three other.

Milan Ryska was the best and most consistent player of the biggest story of the championship - the Czech Republic.

He posted four double-doubles including a 16 points and 11 rebounds performance in the semi-finals when he didn't leave the court for a single second.

The silver medal winner is a long and mobile big guy and he averaged 10.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg as the main star of the finalists.


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