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FIBA U17 Oceania Championship All-Star Five
Paita (New Caledonia) - All of the brightest young stars in Oceania gathered and assembled in the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania Championship this past week in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The future of the region went on full display but in the end, five teens rose to the occasion to keep their light shining among their colleagues in the thrilling eight-team Oceania tilt for U17 aspirants.
Here are the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania All-Star Five for the Men's Division:
Tamuri Slim Wigness (Australia)
The 17-year old wunderkind Wigness continued his ascent to the basketball pedestal not only of the Oceania region but also of the whole world.
Wigness catalyzed Australia's unbeaten run in the FIBA U16 and U18 Asian Championship last year and he picked up just where he left off, spearheading the Crocs unbeaten run to the FIBA U17 Oceania Championship.
Through Australia's five-game sweep of the tournament, the 5'11 playmaker logged in averages of 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
Paul Tsapatolis (Australia)
If Wigness set the pace in Australia's championship sweep from the perimeter, it was the 6'8 Tsapatolis who was one of the bigs that kept it running until the end.
The 17-year old forward did more than enough to serve as a lethal interior presence scorer for Australia, tallying 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on top of 1.2 assists.
Joshua Giddey (Australia)
Basing on Australia's dominating run, one should be enough in name of Wigness, two in name of Tsapatolis made them dangerous but three, however, catapulted them to be unstoppable.
That last man of the triumvirate was Giddey who saved his best for last, coming through with an all-around effort of 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to two Australia into a Gold Medal win over familiar rival New Zealand, 85-56.
The 6'7, 16-year old promising forward Giddey racked up 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, ushering himself as one of the young bright stars of Australian basketball.
Robbie Coman (New Zealand)
New Zealand fell short of its Gold Medal aspiration against ever tormentor Australia.
But still, that would not take away any of Robbie Coman's great showing in this Oceania joust among 17-and-under cagers.
The 16-year old sensation dropped 12.4 markers, 6.0 boards, and 1.0 assist through five games for the Silver Medalist Junior Tall Blacks.
Egon Keil (Samoa)
As expected, powerhouses Australia and New Zealand were the protagonists of the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania Championship.
But Samoa certainly etched its mark, becoming the tournament's revelation after its 87-59 win over Tahiti to secure the bronze medal.
Samo big man Egon Keil was the culprit of that emphatic third-place finish as he became the only player to average a double-double in the tournament with a tally of 11.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in U17 Oceania Games.