Tribute to the Champs: Jan Vesely

Jun 19, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely provided one of the great highlights of the Final Four with a reverse alley-oop slam just seconds into the championship game against Olympiacos Piraeus. It was the type of spectacular play that Vesely has become well known for producing as he has shined among the dominant big men in the competition. Of course, Vesely is more than just highlights; he tallied 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in the final after posting 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists against Real Madrid in the semifinals. In a show of just how badly Vesely worked to become a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion, the big man made all 4 of his free throw attempts at this season’s Final Four one year after his struggles from the line in Berlin (1 of 14) proved a big problem for Fenerbahce. For the season, Vesely averaged 9.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 34 EuroLeague games, while regularly bringing Fenerbahce fans to their collective feet with outstanding dunks and high-energy defensive stops. In his sixth EuroLeague season and fourth Final Four appearance, Vesely became just the third Czech player to win the EuroLeague after Jiri Zidek and Lubos Barton.