Четыре кандидата на приз лучшего молодого игрока
МИ (Швейцария). Кто станет лучшим молодым игроком БЛЧ в сезоне 2019-2020? Ранее мы представляли четырех главных кандидатов на этот трофей, и в регулярном чемпионате они лишь доказали свое право на эту номинацию.
КАРЛОС АЛОСЕН - «Сарагоса»
В возрасте 19 лет Карлос Алосен играет в среднем 43 минуты в неделю в матчах БЛЧ и чемпионата Испании.
Каждый день Карлос Алосен приходит на тренировку «Сарагосы» за полчаса до ее начала, чтобы порабоать над своим броском с одним из ассистентов главного тренера. Его прогресс - разумеется, дело времени, и 19-летнему игроку еще многому предстоит научиться. Но в каких-то аспектах он уже выглядит завершенным проектом.
Видение площадки Алосена (то, что невозможно натренировать, по сути) и его передачи впечатляют для игрока любого возраста. А еще у него есть способность диктовать скорость игры. Но каждому молодому игроку нужна практика, чтобы улучшать свои умения.
Поэтому этот сезон для Алосена в БЛЧ - важнейший. «Сарагоса» играет дважды в неделю, и Алосен проводит в среднем в районе 22 минут на площадке в этих матчах.
В БЛЧ он набирает в среднем 7.2 очка, 3.8 передачи и рейтинг эффективности 8.2. При этом он реализует 38.8% бросков с игры, что конечно требует улучшения..
ШЕХМУС ХАЗЕР - «Бандырма»
Hazer continues to showcase the merits of Bandirma's player development program
By Igor Curkovic
We've been through this before - Teksut Bandirma are just a factory for talented youngsters, especially homegrown youngsters. Sehmus Hazer is the next in line, the one who fought his way to regular rotation minutes, averaging 21 of those every time he takes to the court in the Basketball Champions League.
Sehmus has always been known for his explosiveness and ability to finish in traffic. When we did the first issue of this piece, we did ask questions about the three-point shooting, and it seems to be going in the right direction, as Hazer gets up three attempts per game, and makes 38 percent of them.
Doesn't sound that intimidating, right? Wrong. Because he made 11 of his last 24 shots in last eight Basketball Champions League, meaning he could be a reliable shooter in the coming years.
And you know what that does to defenses all over Europe? Just ask AEK. Hazer knocked down 4-of-6 from deep, opening up the floor for drives and finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals in the warmth of OAKA.
Not even counting in his possible and probable Play-Offs contributions, that performance alone was enough to justify the belief that Sehmus Hazer could be the Best Young Player of the 2019-20 season.
ARTUR KURUCS - VEF Riga
Natural born shooter Arturs Kurucs was the one bright spot in VEF's otherwise disappointing BCL campaign
By David Hein
VEF Riga did not really do Arturs Kurucs any favors in the race for the Best Young Player award as the Latvian team lost their final 13 games after winning the season opener against Mornar Bar in Group C. Still, Kurucs is worthy of the honor.
Kurucs, who did not turn 20 until January 19, ranked second in points on the lowest-scoring team in the BCL. He averaged 10.6 points a game, accounting for 14.9 percent of his team’s production.
The young Latvian, who is with VEF on loan from Spanish club Baskonia, had an outstanding stretch between Gamedays 3 and 11, averaging 13.7 points. But he stumbled to the finish line, collecting just 13 points in the final three games of the Regular Season.
For the Regular Season, Kurucs led VEF in three-pointers taken (71) and was second in made three-pointers (23), connecting on an excellent 35.2 percent from downtown. Kurucs also converted 15-of-18 free throws for 83.3 percent.
The 6ft 3in (1.91m) shooting guard grabbed 3.2 rebounds, including 1.1 boards from the offensive glass, ranking third on his team in that category. Kurucs also dished out 1.6 assists and swiped 13 steals in 14 games.
His biggest negative was committing 2.4 turnovers a game, but he also was second on the team in minutes played with 30.3 - one of only two players to average more than 25 minutes a game.
AMAR SYLLA - Filou Oostende
Amar Sylla's decision to join Oostende has proven a great move for both parties
By Diccon Lloyd-Smeath
Timing could be everything for Amar Sylla in the race for this award. His decision to join Oostende and further his development under coach Dario Gjergja certainly raised eyebrows when the news broke. It’s looking like a very solid decision now.
Coach Gjergja certainly delivered on his end of the bargain as Sylla has started every game in the BCL and played over 22 minutes on average. Oostende’s investment into Sylla’s development is also starting to pay off in return.
Sylla’s first five games in the BCL saw him average only 3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Over his last five games, those numbers have jumped to 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, including 41 percent from behind the arc. Sylla has started to make his biggest strides as a player at the most important time in the season and, in the process, helped Oostende reach the BCL Play-Offs for the first time.
In an interview with ESPN, Sylla spoke about the influence that Paskal Siakam has on his game. If he is able to consistently make plays like the shifty handles and dunk that made it into the top 10 dunks of the Regular Season, the comparison may not end up looking too outlandish.