Albert Schweitzer Tournament
|No. of teams||16|
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23x15px United States|
The Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST) is an international basketball competition that is played between junior youth national basketball teams. It takes place every 2 years in Mannheim, Germany, and is contested between teams from 16 different countries.
Since FIBA World does not organize an Under-18 age world championship, this tournament is internationally recognized and considered as a youth world championship for the Under-18 age group. The organizers of the tournament are the German Basketball Federation and the city of Mannheim. The tournament is named after Albert Schweitzer.
The first Albert Schweitzer Tournament took place in December 1958. It was contested between eight teams, and won by Belgium. Hans-Joachim Babies, and the German basketball pioneer, Hermann Niebuhr, asked the theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer, if they could use his namesake for the name of the tournament. After the second tournament in 1960, there was a break in play until 1966. From that point onwards, a two-year tournament cycle was established. The 1991 tournament was canceled, due to the Gulf War. Since 1994, the tournament has been held during even-numbered years.
The USA has won the most titles, winning ten. The USA is followed by Italy with four titles. The record attendance was 28,763 spectators.
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The tournament is an important event for professional basketball scouts from around the world. Over the years, many players that have played at the tournament, have gone on to become well-known pro players, both in the NBA, and the Euroleague.
Some of the NBA players that have played at the AST, include:
In addition to that, some of the players that have played in various international senior men's professional top-tier national domestic leagues, and that have also played at the AST, include:
|<center>1998||23x15px David Andersen|
|<center>2000||23x15px Eddie Griffin|
|<center>2002||23x15px Sofoklis Schortsanitis|
|<center>2004||23x15px Ersan İlyasova|
|<center>2006||23x15px Nicolas Batum|
|<center>2008||23x15px Nikos Pappas|
|<center>2010||23x15px Mitch Creek|
|<center>2012||23x15px Nikola Radičević|
|<center>2014||23x15px Ethan Happ|
Burkhard Wildermuth Prize (Most Talented Player) 2006–present
The Burkhard Wildermuth Prize, or Burkhard Wildermuth Award, was first awarded in 2006, and is given to the player in each tournament that is deemed to be the "Most Talented Player". The award is named after Dr. Burkhard Wildermuth, the long-time co-organizer of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.
|Year||Most Talented Player|
|<center>2006||23x15px Alexis Ajinça|
|<center>2008||23x15px Enes Kanter|
|<center>2010||23x15px Dario Šarić|
|<center>2012||23x15px Cedi Osman|
|<center>2014||23x15px Nicolás Aguirre|
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