Camara named ANGT Valencia MVP

Dec 31, 2018 by David Hein, Print

Gora Camara, who helped U18 Virtus Bologna reach the championship game of the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Qualifier Valencia, was named the tournament's MVP on Sunday. Camara led the event in rebounding with 15.5 boards per game and was second in performance index rating at 24.0. He also was 11th in scoring with 12.3 points and collected 1.3 steals per game while shooting 55.9% from the field. The 2.14-meter Senegal-born center was held to 8 points and 8 rebounds in Virtus's 82-71 loss to host U18 Valencia Basket in the championship game as he struggled with foul trouble.

Joining Camara on the All-Tournament Team were Marc Garcia of champion Valencia, Ariel Hukporti of U18 Porsche Ludwigsburg, Tom Digbeu of U18 FC Barcelona Lassa and Aleix Haro of U18 Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona. Garcia averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals with a PIR of 11.3. He played a huge role in Valencia winning the crown with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for an index rating of 30 in the victory over Virtus. Hukporti ranked second in the tournament in scoring and rebounds with 18.0 points and 15.2 rebounds and was tops in index rating at 26.7 and in blocks with 1.8, while also averaging 2.5 steals. Digbeu collected 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals for an index rating of 15.8. Haro ranked third in scoring with 17.8 points, second in assists with 5.0 and fifth in index rating at 18.8 to go with 2.0 steals while hitting 85.2% of his free throws.