There’s a finnish center of excellence called Helsinki Basketball Academy

2021-06-04T12:19:13+00:00 2021-06-05T13:05:11+00:00.

Aris Barkas

04/Jun/21 12:19

Eurohoops.net

Hanno Möttölä, now a coach of the Helsinki Basketball Academy, is part of a program that opens the door up to Finnish prospects to the top level of the global basketball stage

By Kostas Psimoulis

For many years, Hanno Möttölä was an oddity for European basketball. A Finnish big man playing college basketball in Utah and getting drafted with the 40th overall pick was not something usual back in 2000.

After a long career in basketball with stops in the NCAA, NBA, Spain, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, and Greece, Möttölä took on another role. And while as a player he was the living, breathing proof that basketball in Finland existed, now as a coach of the Helsinki Basketball Academy, he is part of a program that opens the door up to Finnish prospects to the top level of the global basketball stage.

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