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MUNICH (Germany) - One of the big storylines coming into Window 5 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers was how many young future stars were included in their respective national teams. And a number of those top prospects shined brightly with the best performances on Gameday 9 on Friday across the continent.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's 22-year-old center Kenan Kamenjas scored 20 points on a nearly perfect 90 percent shooting to go with 14 rebounds and 2 assists in his country's crucial 83-78 win over Hungary. Kamenjas' efficiency rating of 33 was the highest of any player in Friday's action.
The world had high hopes for Victor Wembanyama's debut with the France national team and the 18-year-old star talent did not disappoint. He scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and 7-of-7 free throws and chipped in 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in France's dominant 90-65 victory at Group K leaders Lithuania.
Justus Hollatz is considered one of Germany's brightest young point guard prospects and the 21-year-old playmaker stepped up in a big 94-80 win against Finland with 18 points on 73 percent shooting, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for an efficiency of 28. The victory secured Germany a spot in the World Cup.
Georgia remained alive for their first-ever World Cup appearance with an important 88-85 win at Iceland thanks to Toko Shengelia scoring 27 points and adding 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.
Ludvig Hakanson was Sweden's hero in their 87-82 win at Estonia as the guard collected 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals to give him a 28 efficiency rating.