Lithuania, the amber jewel of the Basketball Champions League

The Basketball Champions League emerged as one of the most prized competitions in European hoops history within a previously unimaginable short period of time, thanks in great part to three important pillars.Adherence to sporting criteria, fan engagement, and providing opportunities for young talent were key parts of the BCL mission statement since the competition’s inception.

Ask any basketball fan around Europe to name a place with dedicated fans, an abundance of talent and clubs that place huge importance in developing homegrown players, and Lithuania will most likely be at the top of anybody’s list.

It’s only fitting therefore that the first ever Final Four MVP in this competition was a Lithuanian player. Marius Grigonis, who is now a centerpiece of Zalgiris Kaunas under legend Sarunas Jasikevicius, was seeking back in 2016-17 to prove himself on the big stage…

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