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Itchen and Solent Kestrels guard Jeremy Sochan has been named the FIBA Under-16 European Championship Division B MVP, after leading Poland to their first Division B title since 2007.
Poland defeated Netherlands 71-58 for the 2019 crown, using a 19-1 fourth quarter run where Sochan picked up 8 of his 15 points to pull out the victory.
Monster first day at the U16s Division B for Poland's 6-8 physical specimen Jeremy Sochan: Had a couple of dunks, hit a 3, grabbed 13 boards and finished with 6 steals and 4 blocks. Big-time talent. pic.twitter.com/AG8HrsKp4H
— NBADraftProspects (@draftprosnba) August 8, 2019
Sochan carried Poland throughout the tournament and averaged 16.1 points (6th), 9.6 rebounds (9th), 3.1 steals (4th), 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks (9th), as Poland will be back in Division A next summer.
He had his tournament highs of 28 points against Bulgaria in the Group Phase, 14 rebounds against Czech Republic in the Quarter-Finals and 7 assists against Norway in the Group Phase. He stuffed the stat-sheet in Poland’s opener with 15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 steals and 4 blocked shots against Sweden.
With both Polish and American passports, Sochan was born in the US, but moved to Southampton around the age of three, moving to Milton Keynes at 7 – where he played for the Trojans until this year – returning to Solent this season, where he played with the Kestrels and Itchen in the EABL.
He showed a strong interest in representing Great Britain but conversations with the federation around getting his British passport went unresolved.
Suiting up in the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic this summer, he has committed to US powerhouse La Lumiere High School in Indiana for the coming season.
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