European basketball’s brightest future stars will come together for the 2017-18 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Finals from May 17-20, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Three teams – U18 FC Bayern Munich, U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade and U18 Stellazzurra Rome – were invited to complete the eight-team slate for the finals of Europe’s premier junior club competition. They join this season’s four ANGT qualifying tournament winners as well as the reigning continental champion.
The 16th edition of the event will see five former champions join three teams looking to write their own piece of history. The three invitees join ANGT L’Hospitalet winner U18 Divina Seguros Joventut, ANGT Kaunas champion U18 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, ANGT Munich victor U18 Real Madrid, ANGT Belgrade titlist U18 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and reigning ANGT Finals champ U18 CFBB Paris.
CFBB won the title in 2010 and 2017, Rytas was the continental junior champion in 2012, Joventut reached the pinnacle in 2013, Zvezda did so in 2014 and Madrid took home the trophy in 2015. The teams coming to this year’s finals have claimed six of the 15 titles to date.
In Belgrade, 12 group games will be played over the first three days at the storied Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. For the Championship Game on Sunday, the two group winners will move to Stark Arena, site of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, to play for the trophy on the same floor where the continental men’s club champion will be crowned later the same night.
ANGT alumni continue to be a who’s who of tomorrow’s legends. Many alumni can be seen playing major roles on Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup rosters, including Luigi Datome (Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul), Luka Doncic (Real Madrid), Thomas Heurtel (FC Barcelona Lassa), Nikita Kurbanov (CSKA Moscow), Nikola Milutinov (Olympiacos Piraeus) and Dejan Musli (Brose Bamberg).
Entrance to all Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Finals games is free of charge, allowing both local and visiting fans to see many elite young talents in European basketball compete against each other, the future stars of the EuroLeague and EuroCup.