ANGT

ANGT: the Adidas Next Generation Tournament

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The Adidas Next Generation Tournament (ANGT) is a flagship event for young talent and NBA scouts. Organized by the Euroleague and sponsored by Adidas, the competition takes place in several stages. Four Final Four qualifying tournaments are held in different cities throughout the season. Only the best European clubs in the U18 category are invited. In all, no fewer than 320 players take part in the ANGT every year. The ANGT finals take place alongside the prestigious Euroleague Final Four.

ANGT: the new name for the Junior Euroleague

Launched in Barcelona in 2003, the ANGT has evolved since its inauguration. The tournament was initially sponsored by Nike and known as the Nike International Junior Tournament. In 2014, Adidas took over, becoming the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. The ANGT has also expanded its scope from the original eight teams to the current thirty-two. The winners of each qualifying tournament advance to the Final Four, where they rub shoulders with the defending champion and three teams invited via wild cards.

The various ANGT tournaments in 2024

In 2024, the ANGT took place in four different cities. Tournaments were held in Montenegro, Serbia, Paris and, for the first time, in the Arab Emirates.

Podgorica

The first ANGT tournament of 2024 took place from January 26 to 28 in Podgorica. Group A featured Next Generation Team Podgorica, SC Derby Podgorica, Alba Berlin and Cholet Basket. Meanwhile, Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munch, Emana Reyer Venice and Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana faced off in Group B.

Belgrade

The Serbian capital hosted an ANGT tournament from March 1-3, 2024. Eight teams battled it out to emerge victorious. Group A featured Milan, NGT Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Group B featured FC Barcelona, Partizan Belgrade, Mega MIS Belgrade and Hapoel Yehuda Tel Aviv.

Dubai

For the first time in the competition, an ANGT qualifying tournament was held in Dubai. From March 22 to 24, 2024, eight clubs competed. Ulm, Asvel, Thessaloniki and Dubai Falcons Basketball Academy made up Group A, while Group B featured Kaunas, Next Generation team Dubai, Valencia and Bologna.

Paris

The last ANGT Final Four qualifying tournament took place in Paris. From April 5 to 7, 2024. Eight teams took part in the tournament. Group A featured Next Generation Team Paris, Joventut Badalona, Olympiacos Piraeus and Paris Basketball. Group B featured Pôle France, Gran Canaria, Panathinaikos Athens and AS Monaco.
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Teams qualify for the ANGT finals in 2024

To reach the ANGT finals, several teams had to outdo their opponents in some thrilling encounters. Here are the teams who paved the way for the tournament’s final phase.

U18 Ratiopharm Ulm

For the first time in their history, Ulm qualified for the ANGT finals. To do so, they had to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 89-84 in overtime. Ulm overcame a 13-point deficit in the first quarter. The game was hotly contested right to the end. Noa Essengue was outstanding with 33 points and 18 rebounds in the final.

U18 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona booked their place in the ANGT final with a 104-85 victory over Milan. Although Milan led by nine points in the first half, Barcelona’s depth made the difference. The third quarter proved fatal for the Italians, who were outscored 35-17. Young Lithuanian prospect Kasparas Jakucionis came close to a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.

U18 Real Madrid

The great Real Madrid team had to draw on all its resources to overcome the Next Generation team. In the end, they came out on top 86-79 against a selection of very talented and hard-hitting players. After trailing for much of the game, Real turned the tables in the final quarter. At the ANGT Final Four, Real Madrid will have a chance to retain the title they won in 2023.

Next Generation Paris

Next Generation Paris made ANGT history by becoming the first select team to win a qualifying tournament. Although dominated in the first half, they turned things around in the second. Despite the Pôle France’s late comeback, the team led by Assane Sankare won 86-78.

NBA players who took part in the ANGT

The Adidas Next Generation Tournament has served as a springboard for many players who have gone on to shine in Europe or the NBA.

Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic revealed himself to many observers at the ANGT. In 2015, he brilliantly led Real Madrid to victory. His exceptional talents earned him the title of tournament MVP. During the ANGT, he posted averages of 12.3 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. These early performances heralded his future potential on the international scene. After ANGT, Doncic continued to excel. He established himself as a rising star in the Euroleague. In 2018, he made a major contribution to Real Madrid’s Euroleague crown. And he did so by winning the MVP trophy for the season and the Final Four. His success in Europe paved the way for a promising NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks. The ANGT was a crucial springboard in Doncic’s evolution from young talent to global superstar.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan Bogdanovic made his name at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in 2010. He represented the FMP team. With averages of 10.8 points and 4 rebounds per game, he performed well. These first international performances were the prelude to a successful career in the Euroleague and NBA. After ANGT, Bogdanovic continued to develop. He established himself as a rising star in European basketball. Bogdan was crowned Euroleague Rising Star in 2014 and 2015. In 2017, he contributed to Fenerbahce’s many successes, including the Euroleague title. This victory marked a turning point in his career, propelling him towards the NBA. Today, Bogdan Bogdanovic plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

Victor Wembanyama

Victor Wembanyama made a big impression at the ANGT in Kaunas. Representing the Nanterre team, he dominated the tournament with impressive statistics. Wembanyama averaged 15.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 6 blocks per game. His imposing stature and defensive abilities were already evident, captivating the attention of international scouts. Today, Wembanyama is considered one of the best basketball players in the world. His experience at the ANGT was a significant catalyst for his young career. The tournament enabled him to showcase his talent to a wider audience and begin to write his own legend.

Vasilije Micic

Vasilije Micic made his mark as soon as he appeared at the Belgrade ANGT. As a member of FMP, he played a key role in leading his team to first place in the tournament. Later, Micic quickly established himself as an outstanding playmaker on the European stage. His leadership qualities and vision of the game are unquestionable. He was crowned EuroLeague MVP in 2021 after leading Anadolu Efes Istanbul to the title. His ability to perform under pressure has been demonstrated at crucial moments. He is currently considered one of Europe’s best backs. He now plays for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
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Alan is the founder and photographer of 3PTSHOT! For over 10 years, he has been sharing his passion for basketball on this blog. He regularly travels to the USA to cover NBA games. Alan is also the author of the book "Create a successful website: make a living from your passion and realize your dreams".