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Treviso Basket, taken by the Finnish Jantunen, the strong forward for coach Nicola

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Treviso Basket, taken by the Finnish Jantunen, the strong forward for coach Nicola

After Zanelli, another arrival at Nutribullet: 22 years old, born in Helsinki, has just returned from a great season with Ostenda in the Champions League

TREVISO. Second market hit by Nutribullet Treviso. After signing up the playmaker Alessandro Zanelli, leaving Brindisi, the Treviso club has signed one of the most interesting prospects in the panorama of young talents in continental basketball, the Finnish Mikael Jantunen, strong forward of 204 cm, born in Helsinki on April 20, 2000.

In the 2021/22 season, his first as a pro after college at Utah University (two seasons, the last ending with 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds with 63% two and 335% three), he saw him in an overbearing way with Filou Ostenda in Belgium: despite being a “rookie” he had important numbers and responsibilities both in the Belgian championship (10.6 points in 20 minutes of average use, with 58% from two and 44% from three , with 5 rebounds) where he was awarded as the sixth man of the year, both in the BCL (7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 53% from two and 47% from three in 20 minutes of use) where he finished third in the ranking of the best young won by Giordano Bortolani.

Despite his young age, he has also been part of the Finland national team for years, with whom he already played qualifying matches for the World Cup in 2017 and last year the “windows” to qualify for the European Championship. Previously at the 2018 U18 European Championships he traveled to 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3.6 assists and an excellent 72% shooting.

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He is a dynamic long man, capable of attacking the front and shoulders to the basket, fast feet and a polite hand as shown by the excellent percentages both from two and three points. A player in full development with ample room for improvement, a prospect much followed by the European scouts that TVB has managed to put under contract overcoming a thick competition.

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