Nielsen honoured in Europe

Nielsen honoured in Europe

Boomers Captain Matt Nielsen has been named in the All-Eurocup Second Team following his successful move from Lithuania to Spain.

Nielsen, a two-time Olympian and former National Basketball League Most Valuable Player, left Lithuanian club side Lietuvos Rytas late last year to join Pamesa Valencia in Spain and has enjoyed great success since.

He has averaged 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1 block per game over 10 games in the Eurocup, a multinational club competition that runs as a second tier under the EuroLeague.

The All-Eurocup teams, named by in-house experts at Euroleague Basketball, are divided by position; each with one point guard, two shooting guards/small forwards and two power forwards/centers.

Not surprisingly, the All-Eurocup first and second teams are dominated by players who will be at the Final Eight, with nine of the 10 honored players in Torino, Italy this weekend trying to lead their teams to the Eurocup title.

Chuck Eidson, of Nielsen’s former side Lietuvos Rytas, was named the First Team point guard after leading the competition in assists. He is joined by shooting guards/small forwards Kelly McCarty of BC Khimki Moscow Region and Bostjan Nachbar of Dynamo Moscow, and by power forward/centers Marko Banic of iurbentia Bilbao Basket and Todor Gecevski of KK Zadar.

The All-Eurocup second team features Khalid El-Amin of BC Azovmash Mariupol at point guard, Travis Hansen of Dynamo Moscow and Gary Neal of Benetton Basket Tamoil as shooting guards/small forwards, and Sandro Nicevic of Benetton alongside Nielsen at the power forward/center position.

Pamesa Valencia takes on Moscow’s BC Khimki in a Quarter Final on Friday evening (Central European time), with the winner advancing to Saturday’s Semi Final. The Grand Final will be played on Sunday 5 April at 6pm (CET).

To visit the EuroCup website CLICK HERE

To visit Matt’s Valencia player profile page CLICK HERE

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