Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Brno basketball will be represented in the best youth competition in Europe for the second year in the row.
Basket Brno team called Next Generation led by coach Luboš Bartoň will be one of the 32 top european teams this year.
The road to the 2022 Euroleague ANGT Finals will pass through Munich, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Patras, Greece; and Varese, Italy.
The Next Generation project was created in Brno club last year and during that time, it attracted a lot of attention. Coach Lubos Barton selected a lot of talented young guns prepared to play and learn during the whole year.
The aim is to ensure the best possible conditions for young players to learn the basics of basketball from well-known professionals. One of the goals for Basket Brno is to regularly take part in Europe's top tournaments such as Addidas Nextgen Tournament.
The prestigious event will take place next year in Munich with FC Bayern Munich on January 21-23. This marks the fourth time Munich will host the event – a streak that was interrupted last year by COVID-19 restrictions, which forced it to be relocated to Istanbul. Bayern has competed in the ANGT seven previous times and last reached the ANGT Finals in 2019 in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
During last year's tournament In the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Istanbul, coach Barton led Basket Brno for its first victory in ANGT history as it knocked off U18 Tofas Bursa 71-66 in overtime to finish seventh in Istanbul.
This year we can expect a step forward in the right direction. It is going to be the second time for young players to attend the tournament. Coach Barton along with his staff is bringing many players back, hoping that their last year experience will push their chances for better play this this year.
It's hard to expect them to win tournament, but hard work, desire, passion, and skill will be enough to show themselves in bright light. And the and, it’s a sport….anything can happen.
By Keilley Lee Marques