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Players to watch at 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship
ZARAGOZA (2016 FIBA U17 World Championship) - The 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship promises to see a number of players emerge from the competition and wow fans for years to come.
Here is a rundown of some of the top players to watch at the fourth edition of the biennial spectacle from 23 June-3 July.
Rowan Barrett Jr (@ball6islife)
Barrett, the son of former Canada international Rowan Barrett, is one of the next bright stars to come out of the Toronto area. He led Canada in scoring at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Onuralp Bitim (@OnuralpBitim)
Bitim helped Turkey to the third place at the 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship. The guard, who plays high school basketball in the United States, reached two U16 European Championships semis.
Coulibaly led Mali in scoring as the team reached the final of the 2015 FIBA Africa U16 Championship - and their first FIBA U17 World Championship. Coulibaly was selected to play in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic International game.
Jaylen Hoard (@JaylenHoard)
Hoard, the son of former French women's international Katia Foucade, is another in the long time of highly-regarded prospects to come out of the INSEP basketball program.
Khalaf will likely become the first player to play at two FIBA U17 World Championships after he finished first in blocks (4.9) and eighth in rebounds (9.3) in 2014. Khalaf, who this season signed a long-term deal with Spanish Liga Endesa club Manresa, also starred for Egypt at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Dzanan Musa (@DzananM13)
Musa guided Bosnia and Herzegovina to their first-ever FIBA title, winning the 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship and taking MVP honors. This season, he became the ninth-youngest player to debut in the Euroleague with Cedevita Zagreb at 16 years five months and seven days.
Zhu is the next in line of Chinese big men in the footsteps of recent youth stars Wang Zhelin and Zhou Qi. Zhu led China in scoring at the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Championship, where the team disappointed in finishing third.
Shin guided Korea to their first-ever FIBA Asia U16 Championship title last summer, finishing second on the team in scoring and first in rebounds and steals.
Gary Trent Jr (@THAT_KID_GARY)
Trent, the son of former NBA player Gary Trent, was named the MVP of the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where the United States fended off Canada for their fourth straight title. He averaged 16.8 points.
Elias Valtonen (@EliasValtonen)
Valtonen guided Finland to their first-ever appearance at the FIBA U17 World Championship as he led the team at the 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks and was second in assists.