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Thread: 2019 U16 European Championship - Udine (Aug 9-17)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toruko View Post
    OK, dear youth bb friends.

    The U16 Tournament is gonna start next friday. Unfortunately my knowledge about the non turkish player is very restricted. I just had the opportunity watch some of them in the TBF internatational U16 Tournament in January. I will call some names that i will definitely watch curiously.

    France: has the tallest Roster ever but as any France team the player are not very well prepared so far. Very weak fundamentals from what i saw. I dont expect much of this team but due to their early developed bodies they should reach quarter finals at least.

    Serbia: Since Vukcevic is not part of the team my eyes will lay on the Bosnian Serb Radovanovic. Very complete Scorer for his age, Nice frame and nice height. Serbia has a strong generation and should reach semi finals.

    LTU was very good in the mentioned Tournament. The Bigs Kojenets and Baltrusaitis showed some shooting mechanics but the most impressive guy was Emils Butkus who did really everything on the court. My first impression was Doncic like big Guard/Forward but. I am curious how he developed since January.

    Greece: a greek wrote here in the past that Tola wont be available for U16 since he hasnt got his greek passport yet. I dont know if its true but the stats say that there is one guy who does everything on the court Elefteros Mantzoukas. Hasnt watch a single game but my greek friends from Germany who I trust say he is very good. Dont expect much of them since they problably will be without a decent big again.

    Turkey: The team is in the paint strong with Bona and hopefully one year younger Mestoglu who is a bit undersized but unlike almost all our Center he is a great free throw shooter and shooter in general. His versatility is huge for his age. He doesnt like to play any post moves but he uses his body very well. His smartness is supported by his passing skills which is good for a big. Ball handling is also very good. I must say Bandirma knows how to raise bigs. His problem right now is... he is undersized.

    Batin Tuna is another very complete guy and is probably the best defending wing in the tournament. Had many triple double in the tournaments in Turkey with Tofas an elite rebounder for his position and a decent passer and finisher at the rim. Very hungry and smart. Shooting is very inconsistent but he never hesitates.

    Koralp Türk might also look good but with 200 cm as power forward he has no future and he is too slow for the sf position.

    I hope that Efe Tahmaz the sg of Partizan will participate. Never saw him playing.

    In the Guard position team turkey is a bit weak. Eray Büyükcangaz a 200 cm pg with a tremendous wingspan and good ballhandle and decent court vision might play despite being one year younger. Murat Meric Kuntker a ballhog with elite ball handling skills and score first pg or it will be the Fener guy Berkay Yilmaz who i dont like very much.

    Ball sharing might be a problem but team turkey should reach semi.

    Other notable names: Fedor Zugic (Montenegro), Matteo Spagnolo (Italy)
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_black_planet View Post
    What about Urban Klavzar of Real??
    Heard of him but never saw him playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toruko View Post
    I am not happy with Berkay Yilmaz. I would have preferred Murat Meric Kuntker although he is a daring ball hog.
    Berkay Yilmaz will be one of the leaders of the team. Berkay had schooled Meric Kuntker everytime. In the last turkish U16 championship Berkay was the best PG and probably best performer after Batin Tuna in whole tournament. Meric Kuntker had played for his bad team and even in this team his performance was just decent. It´s not very important if Meric Kuntker(because he isn´t big prospect) is 17 or 16 but for me it´s pretty clear that he is 17 because his father is too much involved in his career, he is born in January etc. and look......https://forum.petarkadas.com/kopekle...peklere-alerji in July 2011 his father had written that his son is 9 years old.......and that is the evidence.....

    https://www.instagram.com/efeyurtlu/?hl=de this player was probably born in 99 and not in 2001.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Efesdxb View Post
    Can you please give some more info with their positions and heights? Below U18, it is a bit unknown to me as I am living outside Turkey.
    https://www.fiba.basketball/europe/u...ey#|tab=roster

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    I don't have high hopes for this Croatian generation. Best player is Brala. But overall he has limited potential. Best prospect is Tomislav Ivšić. He is bit of Porzingis/Moteijunas mix. We will have to wait is he new Bender or new Porzingis. But talent is there

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    OK Turkey is too much for Slovenia. Tuna, Türk, Bona and Mestoglu are too much for Slovenia. The only disappointing thing is the sloppiness of the Turks

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    Still one thing about bona. He really tries to take shots and thats good but make it not too difficult by taking it off the dribble kid. Let create for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toruko View Post
    Still one thing about bona. He really tries to take shots and thats good but make it not too difficult by take it off the dribble kid. Let create for you.
    and he makes 3s now? wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levenspiel View Post
    and he makes 3s now? wow
    Yeah but he has taken just 3 pointer just in prep games so far. Mechanics doesnt look half bad but off the dribble is definitely too much now.

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    Still very poor game feeling and understanding of bona which is normal. Positioning is really weak right now and ball handling still too sloppy.

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    Adem Bona is ridiculously dominant . No way he can be 16 years old. Usman Garuba reloaded.

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    OK I knew Greece was weak but not that weak. Couldnt see anything of Mantzoukas either. Shooting looks not safe, ball handling not tight enough, touch was not there. Surprising that there is no greek 16 year old kid who is playing basketball.

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    Ok, we made it more complicated than it had to but Tuna and Mestoglu stepped up in the right moment and on a day where our shoots where not falling. We have some Gems in this team thats for sure.

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    I really liked how Mestoğlu played with confidence at the end of the game. Good job. last foul of Bona was a joke tho it was a clear block

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    Pretty exciting game between Turkey and Lithuania, that was so hard to knock out Liths but we did it one way or another. Congratz to both teams. Despite showing good effort, Batın Tuna of Turkey is playing a bit below expectations. I expect him to get the leadership of team and show more offensive versatility in rest of the tournament.
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    I assume Emanuel Sharp from Israel is Derrick Sharp's son. He managed 12 eff by scoring 35 points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levenspiel View Post
    I assume Emanuel Sharp from Israel is Derrick Sharp's son. He managed 12 eff by scoring 35 points.
    Yeah with a 8/29 fgp.

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    I thought with that big black fellow on the bench we had more chances to take OT, but no...Turkish were stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher View Post
    I thought with that big black fellow on the bench we had more chances to take OT, but no...Turkish were stronger.
    You failed to play most post up games after his fifth foul. Maybe this russian lithuanian big Olegas was too tired.

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