AEK’s Harris receives Champions League MVP nod
AEK’s Manny Harris has been named the FIBA Basketball Champions League MVP while teammates Dusan Sakota and Giannoulis Larentzakis also received praise at an awards ceremony on Saturday night..
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AEK superstar Manny Harris has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017/2018 FIBA Basketball Champions League season.
The 28-year-old point guard was presented with the honour during the FIBA Champions League Awards Ceremony on the eve of the biggest game in Harris’ career as he hopes to land a team honour when AEK clash with AS Monaco in the FIBA Champions League Final on Sunday night.
Harris enjoyed a tremendous season with AEK to date as he finished the season as the fourth best scorer in the competition with an average of 17.4 points-per-game. Harris also showed his defensive prowess throughout the season, leading to a fourth best finish in the league rankings for steals with 31 steals in 16 games.
Harris was presented with the award by former AEK player Christos Zoupas, who was part of the legendary AEK team that captured the FIBA Saporta Cup in 1968 – AEK’s first-ever triumph on the continental stage.
This is the second MVP honour Harris has been presented with after he was named MVP of the Greek Cup following AEK’s 88-83 triumph over Olympiacos in February.
Harris, Sakota receive Star Lineup nods
In addition to taking home MVP honours, Harris was also named to the Star Lineup First Team based on his stellar performances throughout the season.
Harris’ teammate, Dusan Sakota, was named to the Star Lineup Second Team as the Serbian-born Greek international was immense on numerous occasions as he made a regular impact off the bench.
Larentzakis gets Highlight of the Season shout
Joining the likes of Harris and Sakota on the podium was Giannoulis Larentzakis, who received the honour of Highlight of the Season for his incredible, cat-like reflexes he demonstrated to haul-in a steal in a quarterfinal clash against SIG Strasbourg.
2017/2018 FIBA Basketball Champions League Awards Winners
MVP of the Season: Manny HARRIS (AEK)
Star Lineup First Team: Manny HARRIS (AEK), D.J. KENNEDY (Pinar Karsiyaka), Ovie SOKO (UCAM Murcia), Louis LABEYRIE (SIG Strasbourg), Elmedin KIKANOVIC (AS Monaco)
Star Lineup Second Team: Gabe YORK (medi Bayreuth), Kendrick RAY (CEZ Nymburk), Chris EVANS (AS Monaco), Dusan SAKOTA (AEK) and Gasper VIDMAR (Banvit)
Best Young Player: Arnoldas KULBOKA (SikeliArchivi Capo d'Orlando)
Best Coach: John PATRICK (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg)
Best Assist: Metin TÜREN (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Best Block: Justin SEARS (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg)
Best Dunk: Chris EVANS (AS Monaco)
Highlight of the Season: Giannoulis LARENTZAKIS (AEK)