Last week, I got some information from reader Guillaume Althoffer about the U16 Tournament in Bellegarde. With the participation of the National Teams from Greece, Czech Republic, France and Serbia, the competition level was correct and it was a good possibility to see some future greats.
The French website basketinfo.com gives also a report about the tournament which features their own All-Tournament team and so I will go with these fives guys selected and give a short review on them.
Leo Westermann (1m94 – Point Guard – France)
Westermann finished the tournament with 12.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 5.3apg which sounds correct without being outstanding. But he is the type of player whose impact is not seen in pure numbers. He was the most mature player of the whole tournament and is already a vocal leader on and off the court. He plays with a lot of rhythm changes and drives where he is hard to stop. Very good size already for a PG, he still needs to develop a more precise outside shot.
Petar Lambic (1m92 – Shooting Guard – Serbia)
Scoring combo guard who excels in driving to the basket but still misses a quality three point shot. He has a real scoring will, so that he lacks some times of court vision to pass to the open team mates. He was forcing a bit too much during the Final against France where ha came up with only 2/11 shots.
Djordje Drenovac (1m98 – Small Forward – Serbia)
Drenovac was the top scorer and MVP of the tournament. The left handed wing has already good ball handling skills which allow him to run the break. He showed as well a nice mixture of inside and outside moves.
Milan Riska (2m03 – Power Forward – Czech Republic)
The very mobile and talented forward from the Czech Republic showed some nice all-around skills. He has a good court vision for a player of his size and and can score from the paint as well as from the three point line. He needs to develop however a quality mid-range jumper.
Nemanja Besovic (2m18 – Center – Vojvodina)
The big guy of the tournament. He has already a developed body but lacks a bit of speed at this competition level. He has a nice shooting stroke from mid-range and showed some back to the basket moves also. It will be interesting to see him play Enes Kanter at the U16 Championships this summer.
Thanks Guillaume for this quality information.