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6 players ready to shine at #FIBAU20Europe in Oradea

ORADEA (FIBA U20 Women's European Championship Division B 2018) – You can expect fireworks at the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship, Division B - here are 6 players who we expect to excel in Oradea.

Veronika Vorackova (CZE)

Now a senior player with the Czech Republic side after competing at FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2017 on home soil, Vorackova has kept her place for the 2019 Qualifiers. Playing and practicing alongside top-level EuroLeague Women competitors at ZVVZ USK Prague has proven priceless in her development and she will be a big threat to her opponents. While she doesn't always rack up the big numbers, it's her overall influence in making the Czechs tick which will shine through.

Savannah Wilkinson (GBR)

A colossus in the domestic Women's British Basketball League (WBBL), where she won the Young Player of the Year award, Wilkinson has since been doing her thing at Florida State University, completing her Freshman Year in the NCAA. Even if that Stateside commitment has denied her access to the Great Britain senior ranks of late, she has debuted previously. A versatile forward, she will need to bring the noise for the Brits, with experience from the 2016 edition when she was only 17-years-old. 

Elena Tsineke (GRE)

Simply outstanding at U18 last summer with 21.1 points, 5.6 boards and 3.7 assists per game, Tsineke surely has a good chance of making the All-Star Five or even MVP if Greece play to their full potential. She will be at the heart of what they do and will amass some impressive numbers. With the senior team full of veteran players nearing their exit, she is one of the reasons fans should not panic. Greece have some very exciting and capable players coming through now and after a productive season at club level with Niki Lefkadas, Tsineke is ready to show her quality.

Ilayda Guner (TUR)

Gifted and on the radar of many scouts not long after she picked up the ball as a young kid, Guner is widely renowned as one of the best Turkish teenagers right now. She suffered the pain of relegation last summer and will be the central pillar in trying to return her country to the top tier. Nicely skilled and most likely the leading scorer, she must play well if Turkey want to underline their status as one of the favorites.

Aryna Masko (BLR)

The new generations of Belarusian players have such a difficult task in trying to emulate the historic success of their predecessors who have taken the country to the very top of the elite level in the past three Olympic cycles. Masko is one of the players coming through and pushing for that senior breakthrough. A hard-nosed player, she will set the tone for her team in Oradea, having averaged double-digits in scoring at the event last year and also at U18.

Rasa Knyzaite (LTU)

After a disastrous 2017 for Lithuania and their youth teams, the guard suffered relegation to Division B at last year's edition. Knyzaite will want to sign off her youth career by making that right and will lead the promotion charge. She has made the step to the Lithuania senior team and even if this also ended in heartache with FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 hopes crushed, there's no doubt she will be tougher for the experience.