Zoran Paunovic, who led U18 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade to the title at Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Belgrade, was named the tournament’s MVP on Sunday. Paunovic ranked first in the tournament in scoring with 24.5 points, including a team-high 26 points in Zvezda’s victory in the final over U18 Partizan NIS Belgrade. The guard also topped all players in the tournament in performance index rating at 33.3, while leading in steals as well with 3.3 per game and hitting 55.6 percent of his three-pointers, which was best in the field. Paunovic also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 blocks.
Joining Paunovic on the All-Tournament Team were Marko Pecarski of U18 Partizan NIS Belgrade, Kenan Kamenjas of U18 Spars Ziraat Bank Sarajevo, Federico Miaschi of U18 Umana Reyer Venice and Luka Cerovina of U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade. Pecarski was fourth in index rating at 24.2 while scoring 18.3 points to go with 8.5 rebounds and shooting 60.5% from inside the three-point line. Kamenjas finished second in index rating at 27.8 while topping the tournament in rebounds with 14.3 per game. He also averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks. Miaschi was the second-best scorer, averaging 23.3 points while also collecting 9.3 rebounds - third-best in the tournament - for an index rating of 25, also third-best in Belgrade. He chipped in 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals, too. Cerovina averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists, the latter ranking third in the competition. And he was second in steals (2.5 spg) and blocks (1.5 bpg).