While the eyes of the continent were on the A division of the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championship in Konya, there was plenty of top talent on display at the B division in Sofia. We spoke with Bulgarian journalist Maria Mitsova, of Gong.bg, to get her thoughts on the top players and the host nation’s aspiring young players.
BallinEurope: What have you made of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s performance through the tournament?
Maria Mitsova: Obviously Svyat was the hype factor of the tournament. Basketball people in Bulgaria have been quite excited to see him play right before going to NCAA. I honestly, have only seen a few minutes of him on tape before this tournament, so I was eager to see what the hype was all about. Then I watched one of Ukraine’s games, and almost didnt miss another. That guy has real potential, amazingly athletic, his speed and body construction are superb. Obviously, he is offensive force, but he knows about defense as well, whenever he wants to do it.