Group B Preview

11 July 2012

10. Mateusz Ponitka (Poland)
Poland are poised to fly as high as Mateusz Ponitka at this year's U20 European Championship Division B

Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, F.Y.R. of Macedonia and highly-favoured Poland are making up Group C at the U20 European Championship Division B.


Poland could be the team to beat in Group B thanks to Mateusz Ponitka, Michal Michalak and Przemyslaw Karnowski.

All three performed well at the Turgut Atakol International Tournament in June where the five other teams were sides competing in Division A.

Ponitka led the friendly tournament in Turkey with an average of 15 points per game and Michalak also provided a scoring boost of 11 per contest.

Big man Karnowski, the MVP of the U18 All-Star Game last year in Lithuania, averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.


Gorjan Markovski is an obvious candidate to lead F.Y.R. of Macedonia.

Last year in the U20 European Championship Division B, when the team won three of seven games, the 1.95m guard/forward averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Another player to watch is 1.93m guard Nikola Gajdadjiev. He had a prominent role last year, averaging 10.6 points and 2.3 rebounds.


Belgium have two key man returning from last year's U20 team in Obasohan Ojomoh and Loic Schwartz.

The 19-year-old Ojomoh is a point guard who averaged 27.5 minutes per game.

The 1.98m guard/forward Schwartz averaged 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game.

Another playmaker in the Belgium team will be 1.82m Arne Steinbach, who averaged 9 points and 2.8 assists at the 2010 U18 European Championship.

Belgium are also high on the 16-year-old Emmanuel Lecomte, a 1.75m guard who averaged nearly 14 points and 4 assists at last year's U16 European Championship.


The Netherlands have four players that featured at the U20 European Championship Division B back in the squad this summer.

They are 1.92 swingman Sam De Haas, 1.93m shooting guard Ivan Filipan, 1.95m power forward Joel Brandt and 2.08m center Diede Wieten.


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