Europe has historically had a pretty thriving basketball scene, and it’s become increasingly hard to ignore in recent years as more and more players who honed their talent somewhere on the continent have successfully made the leap to the NBA.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the biggest names the league has to offer thanks to the dominance of the man known as the “Greek Freak,” Slovenia’s Luka Doncic has picked up where Dirk Nowitzki left off in Dallas, and Serbia’s Nikola Jokić is currently well on his way to securing this third consecutive regular season MVP award.
France has also produced a player who is literally and figuratively poised to become The Next Big thing in the form of Victor Wembanyama, the 7’4″ phenom who will likely pay some major dividends for the team that ultimately secures the top pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Now, we’ve been treated to a new prospect who’s become impossible to ignore thanks to what a 6’9″ 13-year-old who plays for Real Madrid’s academy squad was able to achieve at a recent tournament.
There’s a good chance you aren’t familiar with Mahamadou Landoure, but that’s a name you’re probably going to want to get used to hearing based on what transpired during the final game of his U14 team’s showdown with Barcelona in the finals at the Minicopa Endesa.
Landoure’s squad walked away with the title after securing the 84-74 victory in a game where their star player more than earned the MVP award he received after posting a staggering 56 points, 33 rebounds, and five blocks over the course of the 35 minutes he played.
While those numbers should make it pretty obvious Landoure absolutely dominated the competition, highlights from the standout performance really show just how much of a force he is.
You’re going to want to keep a close eye on that kid.