Spain and Israel dominate the All-Star Five, with MVP Avdija grabbing the headlines
TEL AVIV (Israel) - Israel defended their crown at the FIBA U20 European Championship level, with Deni Avdija collecting the MVP of the tournament award and starring in the All-Star Five, as well, along with Yam Madar, Carlos Alocen, Sergi Martinez and Philipp Herkenhoff.
Avdija was an easy pick for the Most Valuable Player award, collecting Championship averages of 18.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game, which also put him at one of the forward spots in the all-tournament team.
His roommate and teammate Yam Madar was also selected to the lineup. The Israeli point guard had 15.9 points and a Championship-leading 7.7 assists per game, while shooting 51.8 percent from the field. The other guard position went to Spain's Carlos Alocen, author of 11.9 points and 6.4 assists per game, including 11 dimes in the Final.
Spain had another man in the all-tournament team, as Sergi Martinez's effectiveness was rewarded with the naming to the other forward spot. Martinez averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 25.0 minutes per game.
Best center of the tournament was Germany's Philipp Herkenhoff. The big man had 16.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing, taking Germany to their second straight podium finish in this event.