The EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT will mark the 14th edition of a competition that has grown from eight teams and one city in 2003 to qualifying tournaments held across four months in as many countries that offer at least 32 teams the chance to become the junior club champions of Europe. As in previous seasons the Final Tournament will feature the four qualifying tournament winners, the reigning champion from the previous season as well as three wild card invitees competing as a parallel event to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The two finalists have the honour of playing for the title on the same court where the Turkish Airlines Euroleague championship game is held later on the same day.

Citta di Roma Tournament
The Torneo Città di Roma will be held 27-29 December, 2014 in the city of Rome, Italy. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Arena Altero Felice will see three Italian teams compete against five international teams. Armani Junior Milan of Italy reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
Ciutat de L'Hospitalet Tournament
The Torneig de Basquet Junior “Ciutat de L’Hospitalet” will be held 4-6 January, 2015 in the city of L’Hospitalet, Spain. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Complex Esportiu L'Hospitalet Nord will see five Spanish teams compete against three international teams. Fiatc Joventut Badalona and Real Madrid of Spain reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
Zalgirio Arena - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB13
Kaunas Tournament
The Kaunas IJT will be held 16-18 January, 2015 in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. The qualifying tournament to be played at the Zalgirio Arena will see two Lithuanian teams compete against six international teams. Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of Turkey reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.
Belgrade Tournament
The Euroleague Basketball International Junior Tournament Belgrade will be held 27 February-1 March, 2015 in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. The qualifying tournament to be played at BasketCity and BasketLand will see four Serbian teams compete against four international teams. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade of Serbia reached last year's Final Tournament in Milan.

Brazil thankful for chance to play at NIJT

May 15, 2014 by David Hein, Print
Lucas Teodoro de Souza - IJT Team Brazil - Final Four Milan 2014

The trip to Milan may have taken nearly 24 hours, but Team Brazil is more than thankful for the opportunity to take part in the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament - Milan.

“I am really happy to represent Brazil. This tournament is important for me and the team to develop their game,” Brazilian forward Lucas Teodoro said. “I think they chose us to have some change and bring in a team from the Americas, which has a different style of game.”

Even though Brazil lost its first game against reigning champion Club Joventut Badalona 69-43, Teodoro said the experience has been invaluable for the South Americans. “It’s important to face off against these different teams. For sure it will help me and the other guys evolve as players. We are not accustomed to this intensity of play and the physical style.”

Brazilian coach Pablo Costa emphasized how much the experience of playing two Spanish teams, Joventut and Cajasol Seville, as well as one Serbian team, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade, will help his players over the long haul. “I think it’s really important for them to know how they play in Europe. It will show us where we need to grow. And they know we need to grow, in fundamentals, intensity on defense and rebounding. I hope they can keep this experience in their mind and go back to Brazil and know that they need to work really hard,” said Costa.

Teodoro is one of this Brazil team’s highest hopefuls as he showed with a good all-around game against Joventut with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 6 blocks. He was surprised at the level in Milan. “I knew that this is a very important tournament for this age group, but I didn’t know it was going to be so good. So I wasn’t really prepared for this kind of level.”

Costa, who coaches Teodoro at the club level in Brazil, believes the forward is growing by leaps and bounds. “He didn’t participate a lot during the game [last year]. His defense wasn’t too strong. He used to jump a lot on blocked shots, not knowing what he was doing. He didn’t have a lot confidence in his shot. I think he grew a lot. The most important thing is him participating in the game,” said Costa. “He needs to get some more weight. It will come a little with age but he has to work on it and care about it because he needs to be able to play with contact.”

Costa also said that Teodoro needs to work on his ball handling as he works on being a small forward. Playing against the highly-skilled European players will go a long way in helping Teodoro and the rest of his compatriots improve.

The Brazilians will use the experience they gain in Milan as they prepare to play in June at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship - and hope to qualify for the FIBA U19 World Championship next summer - when Teodoro and his teammates may face some of these same players again.