He arrived at a time when Real Madrid only had one healthy center available (Felipe Reyes), however. when everyone was back, Walter Tavares remained at the center of the action, especially in the Final Four. Tavares, a defensive wall with a 2.40-meter wingspan, had 5 points and 3 blocks in eight minutes in the semifinal against CSKA Moscow before fouling out. He stayed away from foul trouble in the championship game against Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul to post 8 points on perfect shooting – including a pair of free throws late in the game, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in almost 22 minutes. Barely seven years ago, Tavares had not even played organized basketball. Now, he has become the first man from Cape Verde to win the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and his potential seems to have no limits.