Taking part in the FIBA U20 European Championship, Arizona Basketball guard Adama Bal shined in France’s win over Croatia.
It has been a big summer for a few of our International Wildcats as a few have taken part in various FIBA Tournaments held overseas.
Just weeks after Pelle Larsson appeared with the Swedish National Team in the European FIBA Qualifiers, Arizona’s Adam Bal is just the latest Wildcats to also appear in a FIBA Tournament.
Teaming up with his home nation of France at the FIBA U20 Tournament in Podgorica, Montenegro, the tournament is being held from July 16 – July 24 and features sixteen national teams across Europe.
And so far through a few games, Arizona’s Adama Bal has seen saw a decent amount of action, and is showing his potential with France.
Fresh off of a tough loss to Lithuania in the quarterfinals just days before, Bal and France returned to action to take on Croatia in yet another tough battle.
Getting the start at guard for France, Bal logged 21 minutes as he would finish his day with 15 points on 5-7 shooting, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. He would also earn two steals while grabbing a rebound as France went on to win by an 83-71 final.
So far in the FIBA Tournament, Bal is averaging 8.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as Wildcat fans are getting a small glimpse of what they could expect from Adama this season.
Granted, we saw limited action from Bal this past season, but in the moments we did see, you could see the potential was there. And while he may not be a superstar for the Wildcats in 2022-23, still look for Bal to make an even bigger impact as he continues to develop.
The action that he is seeing so far this summer should help immensely. Here’s just a small glimpse of France and Bal’s win over Croatia!