Osman Headlines All-Tournament Team

20.07.2014

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FIBA Europe Board member Jean-Pierre Siutat presents Cedi Osman with the MVP Award
FIBA Europe Board member Jean-Pierre Siutat presents Cedi Osman with the MVP Award

Cedi Osman of gold medallists Turkey was voted by the head coaches of the teams which participated in the tournament as the MVP of the U20 European Championship on Crete.

On the opening day of the competition on the Greek island, the Turkish point forward had declared categorically 'I think that we could be champions' in an interview with fibaeurope.com.

It was a daring statement from a 19-year-old who was playing with the big boys for the first time, but the versatile Turkish young star, who was coming off a gold-medal conquest at the U18 European Championship of 2013, was prepared to back his words with even more daring actions.

Osman was the piece that made the Turkish game plan fall together in this tournament and it is hard to imagine Turkey registering their first ever conquest of this title without his difference-making services.

He spearheaded the Turkish transition game, he created his own shots when the possession turned static and stifled, he led his team-mates by example at all points and on both ends of the floor, despite his 19 years of age.

Osman averaged 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game on Crete.

He is accompanied in the All-Tournament Team by four players who left their mark on the 2014 edition of the championship and caught the eye of the coaches for different reasons.

Aleksandar Vezenkov of Bulgaria made an impact already from Day 1 of the tournament, as he collected 20 points and 15 rebounds in his team's loss to Poland.

He continued to pace the tournament in scoring and rebounds until the final day of action, collecting a further seven double-doubles in points and rebounds (eight in nine games in total).

Vezenkov finished the tournament averaging 19.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Slovenian Matic Rebec delivered a string of performances reminiscent of the greatest playmakers in the traditional sense, as he orchestrated his team's offence in a manner that mesmerised fans.

Rebec dished out nine assists per game to set a new all-time record at the U20 European Championship and setting the bar very high for future generations.

He was also third in minutes played (34 on average) and averaged 14.2 points and 5.3 points per game.

Serbia conquered the bronze medal in this tournament powered by a strong inside game and the leader of that frontcourt was none other than Nikola Jankovic.

The Serbian power forward finished as the fifth-best scorer in this tournament as he averaged 15.5 points per game, and added 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists on average.

The man in the middle in this fantastic All-Tournament Team is big man Guillermo Hernangomez, of Spain.

The elder of the Hernangomez brothers was the anchor of the silver medallists on both ends of the floor, with their game revolving around his towering presence.

The Spanish center averaged 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, collecting three double-doubles in this tournament.


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