U18 Real Madrid was hungry to return to the top of Europe and win the 2023 Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament title. But there was extra motivation for Jan Vide as the Real guard was playing his final youth game for the team.
Vide poured in 19 points to go with 7 rebounds and 6 assists for an index rating of 25 in Real’s 71-60 victory over U18 Next Generation Select Team for the club’s record fourth ANGT crown.
"Winning the most important tournament - the hardest one - with this team, I have the privilege of playing with those guys and that staff. It’s amazing. I have no words," said Vide, who was named ANGT Finals Most Valuable Player.
For the tournament, the Slovenian guard averaged 21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals for an average PIR of 21.3.
"It feels amazing. We knew that our season was good except for losing the domestic (U18) championship. We showed everyone how good we are. When things go bad we stay together, and we demonstrated that on the court and in the end, we won. And we own the ring now," Vide said.
After winning the U18 continental championship in 2019 and 2021, Real came up short last season, losing to U18 Mega MIS Belgrade in the group stage of the ANGT Finals in Belgrade to miss out on the title bout - which gave returnees Vide, Ismaila Diagne and Abel Delicado extra motivation for this season.