• Meet Arturs Zagars: Another great prospect from Latvia

      Arturs Zagars was one of the brightest backcourt prospects at FIBA U16 Europe event. His quickness, crafty ball handling and outstanding pick and roll execution by either manipulating the screens or throwing one handed passes with the perfect angle and timing drew many oohs and ahhs from the audience. Moreover those skills were based on the good level of fundamentals, maturity and combined with above average outside shooting. Beside natural-born talent it probably has a lot to do with picking up the ball at the very young age. „I started to play basketball when I was 6, because my dad was a basketball player and I got inspired from him”. Latvian youngster

  • Basketball without Borders camp in Helsinki

    The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Finnish Basketball Association (FBA) on Thursday announced the top 41 boys from 22 European countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe Camp in Finland, which will be held from 7-10 September at Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja. Jakob Szkutta (AUT)  Lazar Mutic (BIH)  Lachezar Dimitrov (BUL)  Darko Bajo (CRO)  Kresimir Nikic (CRO)  Matthias Tass (EST)  Hugo Erkmaa (EST)  Elias Valtonen (FIN)  Andre Gustavson (FIN)  Tuukka Jaakkola (FIN)  Ricky Waxlax (FIN)  Mike Besselink (FIN)  Goga Bitadze (GEO)  Isaac Bonga (GER)  Philipp Herkenhoff (GER)  Nelsen Weidemann (GER)  Hakon Hjalmarsson (ISL)  Amit Suss (ISR)  Amit Ebo (ISR)  Alessandro Pajola (ITA)  Gugliemo Caruso

  • Get to know Iceland star: Jon Axel Gudmundsson

    Jon Axel Gudmundsson was the main man behind the Iceland success in Chalkida. Recently I revealed a little bit of their magical story in my recap from FIBA European U20 Championships of Division B. For those who don’t know Icelandic guard and his heroic effort led his team all the way to the final where they capitulated against Montenegro by two points. Obviously he would not make it without a helping hand(s) of the collective composed from the rest 11 players but his individual achievemnts speak for itself. Gudmundsson finished the tournament as a fourth best scorer (16.9 ppg), ninth rebounder (8.4 rpg), sixth passer (4.4 apg) and a thief (2.7 spg).

  • Recap: Fiba U20 European Championships Division B

    There is an amazingly situated city on the euripus strait in Greece which finally gonna host a A1 Ethiniki basketball club next season. It’s called Chalkida or Χαλκίς in domestic alphabet and from 15 to 24 of july, we witnessed there FIBA U20 European Basketball Championships of Division B. The main area of the event was Tasos Kambouris Hall with capacity of only about 1500. Nevertheless greek fans proved that they don’t need large court to make a mind-blowing atmosphere! Literally I have never experienced anything like that at the youth event. They just didn’t allow opponents to beat the Greece or made them affraid to do it. However there was one

  • NBA, FIBA and FBA to host first Basketball without Borders camp in Finland

    HELSINKI/MIES/NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Finnish Basketball Association (FBA) on Thursday announced that Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe will be held from 7-10 September at Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, marking the first time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Finland. BWB is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer. BWB Europe will bring together the top male players born in 1999 from across Europe to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches and to compete against the best young players from the continent. BWB Europe will also include a Jr. NBA