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Russia Dominate All-Star Selections

14 July 2004

France may have won gold in Amaliada, but Russia scooped the individual awards as 2 of their players were selected to the Tournament All-Star Five.

Vitaly Kuznetsov was chosen to the All-Star Five and selected as Tournament MVP. The 194 cm forward averaged 18.1 ppg in Amaliada, including a championship-high 35 points against Lithuania in the semi-finals. He was especially lethal from long range and made 48.8% of his 3-point attempts (21/43).

Ludovic Vaty (FRA)
Kuznetsov was joined on the team by Russian partner Dmitriy Khvostov. The 192 Khvostov quarter-backed the most effective offense among all teams and averaged 4 apg on a Russian team that ranked first in the championship in points scored, 82 ppg.

Khvostov himself averaged 10.1 ppg to go along with 4.4 rpg.

Italy was represented on the All-Star Five through guard Danilo Gallinari. At 198 cm, the guard was the most lethal scorer in the championship and led all players with 18.6 ppg.

The inside spots on the team went to France’s Ludovic Vaty and Serbia & Montenegro’s Vladimir Dasic.

Dasic was a bright spot in what proved to be an ultimately disappointing performance for Serbia & Montenegro, who crashed out of the competition in the preliminary round. The 206 F/C was the consummate inside player and led his team in points (17.4 ppg), rebounds (12.6) and blocks (1 bpg).

Vaty provided more of a defensive presence for France. He averaged a double-double, 10.6 ppg and 11.5 rpg and pulled down 19 rebounds in the gold medal game against Russia.

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