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His role in 25 European leagues – Basketball Zone

Back in August 2020 we published Gold: Role Changean article in which we talked about two types of players: those with a normal role (more than 12 minutes per match) and those with a secondary role (less than 12 minutes per game). Well, we rescued one of those two concepts (role normal) to apply it to U22 players not only from national competitions, but from other European leagues. We get into the matter.

U22: 2000 and later years

To extract the data we have had the help of the huge database of ScoutBasketballone of the pioneering websites in the world of statistics and scoutingand that continues in the gap well above commanded by Ramón Carbonell.

We have taken advantage of the FIBA ​​windows to collect data, and up to now we have decided to make the cut at 10 games played to try to make a more reliable sample.

It must be said that we have not been checking every detail and that if a player, for example, Pavelka, has played ten games with his previous team (Palencia) he counts on the list, even if he is now in Palma. Even so, the data can be extrapolated to get an idea of ​​whether the competitions we are talking about are youth leagues.

Total we have analyzed 25 european leaguesamong which we include the Spanish competitions, as well as those of Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Sweden and Finland, among others.

In the final comparative table we have put the global data in the form of a percentage by competition, looking for the different averages of three aspects in each competition: percentage of U22 per team, total percentage of U22 and percentage of U22 with a normal role (over 12 mi).

Competition data
Spain

ACB

  • 18 teams
  • 203 players
  • 15 U22s have played more than 10 matches
    • Junior 1: Bassala Bagayoko
    • 9 have played more than 12 mi: Joel Parra, Žiga Samar, Jaime Pradilla, Rokas Jokubaitis, Khalifa Diop, Vrenz Bleijenbergh, Mario Nakić, Yannick Nzosa and Artūrs Kurucs
    • 5 Spaniards (Parra, Pradilla, Carlos Alocén, Millán Jiménez and Guillem Ferrando)

LEB ORO

  • 18 teams
  • 186 players
  • 31 U22s have played more than 10 matches
    • 25 with more than 12 mi
    • 19 nationals
    • TOP10 minutes: Ondřej Hanzlík, Jaime Fernández, Sidy Cissoko, Arnau Parrado, Pavel Savkov, Javi García, Fausto Ruesga (with Palma), Melwin Pantzar, Adams Sola and Krišs Helmanis.
    • Teams with the youngest: Iraurgi (6), Estudiantes (5), Prat (5), Peñas (4), Palma (3), OCB (2), RVB (2) and Força Lleida, Palencia, FLBA and Cáceres (1 ).

LEB PLATA

  • 28 teams
  • 282 players
  • 82 U22 with regular presence in the league
    • 60 with more than 12 mi
    • 56 nationals
    • TOP10 minutes: Diego Alderete, Miguel Serrano, David Mutaf, Dídac Cuevas, Jacob Round, Antonio Burgos, Diego de Blas, Jorge Mejías, Vincent Gielen and Gerardo Pérez.
    • 5 juniors: four from Valencia (David Barberà, Lucas Marí, Sergio de Larrea and Pablo Navarro) and one from Gran Canaria (Néstor Herrera).

EBA LEAGUE

  • 132 teams
  • 1411 players
  • 495 U22
    • 426 nationals
    • 414 play more than 12 mi
    • TOP10 minutes: Álex García (Xerez), Diego García (Solares), Fallou Niang (Navàs), Gabriel Pérez (City of Badajoz Academy), Olle Stümer (Enrique Soler B), Andreas Tsoumanis (Sagrado Corazón), Gonzalo Corbalán (Miraflores B ), Álvaro Martínez (Miraflores B), Alfonso Ribera (L’Alcora) and Miguel Pérez (Claret).
France

BOW

  • 18 teams
  • 171 players
  • 16 U22, all French (Begarin and Kamagate, main references)

PROB

  • 18 teams
  • 171 players
  • 27 U22

NM1

  • 28 teams
  • 293 players
  • 53 U22
Italy

A LEAGUE

  • 16 teams
  • 153 players
  • 11 U22
    • 6 with more than 12 minutes: In the lead, Matteo Spagnolo (25 minutes), on loan from Real Madrid, followed by Bortolani and Procida.

SERIES A2

  • 28 teams
  • 249 players
  • 55 U22
Germany

BBL

  • 18 teams
  • 193 players
  • 20 U22
    • 12 with more than 12 mi
    • Except for Fedor Zugic, all local players (Schoormann, Brenneke, Hollatz, Van Slooten…)

BOW

  • 17 teams
  • 175 players
  • 30 U22

PROB

  • 24 teams
  • 217 players
  • 99 U22

ABA LEAGUE (BIH, CRO, SLO, MNE and SRB)

  • 14 teams (Division 1)
  • 145 players
  • 30 U22

BNXT LEAGUE (BEL y NED)

  • 21 teams
  • 206 players
  • 40 U22

ESTLATBL (EST y LAT)

  • 14 teams
  • 148 players
  • 48 U22

TURKEY

  • 16 teams
  • 167 players
  • 11 U22

GREECE

  • 13 teams
  • 102 players
  • 9 U22

LITHUANIA

  • 11 teams
  • 109 players
  • 18 U22 (old acquaintances from FEB Leagues in the lead: Sylla, Kljajic, Giedraitis…)

AUSTRIA

  • 10 teams
  • 84 players
  • 21 U22

SWEDEN

  • 9 teams
  • 101 players
  • 24 U22

SLOVAKIA

  • 8 teams
  • 73 players
  • 17 U22

PORTUGAL

  • 12 teams
  • 113 players
  • 8 U22

FINLAND

  • 12 teams
  • 128 players
  • 19 U22

ROMANIA

  • 16 teams
  • 168 players
  • 30 U22

CROATIA

  • 12 teams
  • 110 players
  • 29 U22
Global data table
COMPETITION % DE U22
BY TEAM
% DE U22
IN LEAGUE
% DE U22
WITH 12+ MI
ACB (ESP) 0.83 7.38 4.43
LEB Gold (ESP) 1.72 16.67 13.44
LEB Silver (ESP) 2.93 29.08 21.28
EBA League (ESP) 3.75 35.08 29.34
ProA (FRA) 0.89 9.35 7.02
ProB (FRA) 1.50 15.79 12.28
NM1 (FRA) 1.89 18.09 11.94
Serie A (ITA) 0.69 7.19 3.92
Serie A2 (ITA) 1.96 22.09 14.06
BBL (GER) 1.11 10.36 6.22
ProA (GER) 1.76 17.14 12.00
ProB (GER) 4.12 45.66 30.87
ABA League
(BIH, CRO, SLO, MNE and SRB)
2.14 20.69 17.93
BNXT League
(BEL and DOWN)
1.90 19.42 14.08
EstLatBL
(EST and LAT)
3.43 32.43 20.94
Turkey 0.69 6.59 3.59
Greece 0.69 8.82 5.88
Lithuania 1.63 16.51 12.84
Austria 2.10 25.00 16.67
Sweden 2.67 23.76 12.87
Slovakia 2.12 23.29 13.69
Portugal 0.67 7.08 6.19
Finland 1.58 14.84 9.37
Romania 1.87 17.85 7.14
Croatia 2.42 26.36 19.09
Percentage of U22 by team

The data does not lie: the minor categories are young leagues thanks to the subsidiary teams or “farm campuses”. The German ProB (3rd division) takes the cake, with an average of 4.12 U22 by team. Followed by the EBA League Spanish (4th division)with 3.75closing the podium with a first division like the EstLatBL (3.43), which brings together Estonian and Latvian teams. The LEB Plata Spanish remains one step away from the TOP3 (2.93).

In the middle zone (15th) we find the Spanish LEB Gold (1.72)which exceeds the French ProB (1.5)although it has less U22 than other European second divisions like the German ProA (1.76) o la Italian Serie A2 (1.96).

The ACB Spanish goes to the lower zone (21st / 0.83), a fact that seems to be an endemic evil, spreading to the first divisions of France, Italy, Turkey and Greece, being Portugal (0.67) the red lantern

COMPETITION % DE U22
BY TEAM
ProB (GER) 4.12
EBA League (ESP) 3.75
EstLatBL
(EST and LAT)
3.43
LEB Silver (ESP) 2.93
Sweden 2.67
Croatia 2.42
ABA League
(BIH, CRO, SLO, MNE and SRB)
2.14
Slovakia 2.12
Austria 2.10
Serie A2 (ITA) 1.96
BNXT League
(BEL and DOWN)
1.90
NM1 (FRA) 1.89
Romania 1.87
ProA (GER) 1.76
LEB Gold (ESP) 1.72
Lithuania 1.63
Finland 1.58
ProB (FRA) 1.50
BBL (GER) 1.11
ProA (FRA) 0.89
ACB (ESP) 0.83
Greece 0.69
Serie A (ITA) 0.69
Turkey 0.69
Portugal 0.67
Percentage of U22 with respect to total players in the competition

Little variation in positions, with the same podium as in the previous section. In second position follows the EBA League (35.08% U22 of the total), a competition that at the time was born as a training league and that has now led to a fourth division with multiple subgroups that is more similar to a first national of yesteryear than to a semi-professional competition, despite the good projects that there are and club efforts.

It also retains its position (4th) the LEB Platawith a 29.08% of U22, for the enjoyment of our eyes. Furthermore, leagues such as Austria, Slovakia and Sweden have more than a fifth of their players of U22 age. The LEB Oro repeat square (15th), with a 16.67% of U22.

The trend also continues with the ACB (22ª / 7.38) and other top level European leagues.

COMPETITION % DE U22
IN LEAGUE
ProB (GER) 45.66
EBA League (ESP) 35.08
EstLatBL
(EST and LAT)
32.43
LEB Silver (ESP) 29.08
Croatia 26.36
Austria 25.00
Sweden 23.76
Slovakia 23.29
Serie A2 (ITA) 22.09
ABA League
(BIH, CRO, SLO, MNE and SRB)
20.69
BNXT League
(BEL and DOWN)
19.42
NM1 (FRA) 18.09
Romania 17.85
ProA (GER) 17.14
LEB Gold (ESP) 16.67
Lithuania 16.51
ProB (FRA) 15.79
Finland 14.84
BBL (GER) 10.36
ProA (FRA) 9.35
Greece 8.82
ACB (ESP) 7.38
Serie A (ITA) 7.19
Portugal 7.08
Turkey 6.59
Percentage of U22 with normal role (more than 12 mi) with respect to total players in the competition

In many European leagues, the weight of the team is carried by 6-7 players, being the last chips for young people who study or are amateurs of the locality. Once we decide to choose 12 minutes per game as the cut-off point to distinguish whether these youngsters “really play” or simply have a marginal role, we see the first differences.

In the first position remains intractable German ProB (30.87%)occupying our EBA the second (almost a third of the players -29.34%- are young players with minutes). The new data is the third place of a LEB Plata that is already demanding and competitive, and that bets for minutes for the U22 (21.28%), to the detriment of the Estonian-Latvian league (EstLatBL), which falls to fourth place (20.94%).

Another significant rise in positions is that of the Adriatic Leaguewhich from occupying tenth place in the previous section, goes to sixth in this one, being a competition in which several youngsters have significant playing time (17.93%). On the other hand, leagues such as the Swedish, Romanian and Slovak ones drop positions, which indicates that many youngsters are fillers in the squads.

The one that rises positions is the LEB Oro, which leaves fifteenth place in the previous section to go to eleventh; or what is the same: the young people that are there are a valuable part of the campuses (13.44%). While the LEBs improve positions, the ACB loses some, occupying the 23rd (4.43%) and having Italy and Turkey behind, making it clear that the Spanish top flight is not a league in which young people find a place to develop.

COMPETITION % DE U22
WITH 12+ MI
ProB (GER) 30.87
EBA League (ESP) 29.34
LEB Silver (ESP) 21.28
EstLatBL
(EST and LAT)
20.94
Croatia 19.09
ABA League
(BIH, CRO, SLO, MNE and SRB)
17.93
Austria 16.67
BNXT League
(BEL and DOWN)
14.08
Serie A2 (ITA) 14.06
Slovakia 13.69
LEB Gold (ESP) 13.44
Sweden 12.87
Lithuania 12.84
ProB (FRA) 12.28
ProA (GER) 12.00
NM1 (FRA) 11.94
Finland 9.37
Romania 7.14
ProA (FRA) 7.02
BBL (GER) 6.22
Portugal 6.19
Greece 5.88
ACB (ESP) 4.43
Serie A (ITA) 3.92
Turkey 3.59
Conclution

Sure there is some mistake, but I firmly believe that it is an interesting comparison. The ACB leaves no room for young people, the LEB Oro goes to the side of its peers from other countries and the Silver and the EBA are discovered as the true trainers of young people who are just starting out.

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