Reaching the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals means just a bit more to U18 FC Barcelona guard Kasparas Jakucionis. Not only does it mean playing against the best on the continent, but the ANGT Zadar MVP will be going home, too.
Jakucionis stood out all tournament in Croatia last weekend and helped carry Barcelona back to the ANGT Finals, where it hopes to claim a second U18 continental crown following its 2016 success.
"It's very important. We have worked the whole season for this. We were practicing hard every day and we were thinking about this tournament," said Jakucionis, who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in Barcelona's 54-81 win over fellow Spanish side U18 Casademont Zaragoza in the first-place game.
For the tournament, Jakucionis averaged 19.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals for a PIR of 25.0 to earn the event's highest honor.