The Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament series continues on Friday, February 10 with the second qualifying tournament at Dimitris Tofalos Arena in Patras, Greece. With eight clubs from five countries and players hailing from dozens of nations, it will be a true international basketball celebration. Here's a primer on some of the top talents to keep an eye on in Patras.
Veniamin Amposi, U18 Olympiacos Piraeus
Amposi will be playing in his second ANGT despite still being a year younger than the age cut-off. At last season’s ANGT Patras, the guard averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Last summer Amposi helped Greece take fourth place at the FIBA U16 European Championship 2022 with 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds. He also made his Greece League debut on December 27, 2022, versus Karditsas. Amposi is a wing who can defend all four guard and forward positions. He is very athletic, can get to the rim and excels in transition. Amposi is very intelligent and has a high-level understanding of the game. The weakness in his game is outside shooting.
Johann Gruenloh, U18 RASTA Vechta
Gruenloh will be making his ANGT debut as is Vechta. He averaged 5.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 block at the FIBA U16 European Challenger 2021. The 2.10-meter center was the U19 German League Rookie of the Year in 2022 and helped Vechta reach the U19 championship game last season. Gruenloh has made five appearances in the German second division while averaging 10.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.4 blocks in the third division as well as 11.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in the U19 league. Gruenloh practices every day with the pro team in the second division and is very ambitious with great character. One of his biggest strengths is his anticipation for blocking shots. He also rebounds well. Gruenloh's work ethic stands out and his shot is improving, though he still needs to work on positioning and adding more offensive moves.
Matteo Porto, U18 Orange1 Bassano
Porto will be playing in his second ANGT after he tallied 10.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season at ANGT Ljubljana. He did not play a lot of minutes but he will be the go-to guy this season. The 2.01-meter guard is a two-dimensional scorer who is very powerful in one-on-one penetrations thanks to his big-time athleticism. Porto’s power helps him in situations in the post and he also rebounds well. He still needs to work on his defense, both on and off the ball.