Four U20 guards to keep an eye on in Basketball Champions League

26/Oct/19 20:17 October 26, 2019

Stefan Djordjevic

26/Oct/19 20:17

Basketball Champions League has so far been a great field for youngsters to test and prove themselves and this season, the talented guards have been making a strong effort

By Stefan Djordjevic/

Basketball Champions League has been filled with young squads and talented prospects since its beginning and this year is no exception.

Last season, the young forwards seemed to have found a place under the spotlight on the head with Luka Samanic who after a strong BCL campaign got drafted by the San Antonio Spurs as the 19th overall pick.

This time around, however, guards have taken over. Here are the four players born in 1999 or later that have already made an impact this season.

Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries

Born: December 29, 2001
Height: 191cm (6’3”)

Team: Filou Oostende
Nationality: Dutch

Let’s start with the youngest. Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries (KVDVDV) didn’t even turn 18 yet and he has already started getting an important role with a bit under 20 minutes of playtime.

The Dutch guard joined Filou Oostende in 2017 playing for younger selections and made his debut in the 2018-19 season before finally getting a permanent roster spot this year. And he’s proving his worth with an average of nine points (on over 60% shooting from deep as well as overall), 4.7 assists and two rebounds in both the Belgium League and BCL.

Van der Vuurst de Vries also did some work on the national front as he won the 2018 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship Division B scoring 35 points in the Final. He also debuted for Netherlands senior team on November 29, 2018, at 16 years of age – the youngest ever to play for the Dutch squad.