CBS Tralee Student Shares Irish Basketballer Of The Year Award

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Rapolas Buivydas accepting his Basketball of the Year award. Photo by Rolf Stenberg

A CBS The Green student was a joint winner of the International Male Player of the Year award at the Basketball Ireland International Players and Coaches of the Year 2018 awards announced on Saturday at a ceremony at Gormanston Park, Co. Meath.

With nothing separating two of Ireland’s stand-out players, St Brendan’s Basketball Club’s Rapolas Buivydas (Ireland Under 16 men) will share the award with Darragh O’Sulllivan (Ireland Under 18 men and Ireland Under 18 men’s 3×3).

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Rapolas made a huge impact in his debut season wearing the green of Ireland and quickly became the player to watch during the FIBA U16 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo.

He finished as the tournament’s second highest scorer and leading rebounder with astonishing averages including 21.6 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game making him the first Irish male to lead the rebounding statistics at a European B Championships.

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