When Barcelona’s starlet 17 years old Ludvig Hakason arrived in England to lead Sweden at Future Stars 2013 his thoughts were firmly fixed on the target of winning with Sweden promotion to Division A.
After a summer of disappointment both at Future Stars in finishing fifth and failing to gain promotion for Swedens’s U18 National team at the European Championship in Montenegro, Hakason had to console himself with being voted for the tournament All Star team.
However, for one of the hottest young prospects in Europe his fortunes have taken a dramatic turn when he received an invitation to the Swedish senior national team camp. It was a true surprise when Swedish coach Brad Dean included young Ludvig in the 12-man roster for European Championship in Slovenia.
In the first 2 games against Greece and Finland, Hakason played solid minutes but ending in heavy defeats for his team. However in their 3rd game of the tournament Sweden has produced probably the shock of the tournament beating Russia 81-62.Young Hakason at only 17 years and 166 days old on the opening day of the tournament spent 23 productive minutes on the court scoring 4 points and recording impressive 15 points in Efficiency Rankings. With this impressive display Ludvig Hakason has proven his tagline of one of the hottest young European talents and a name to watch out for both now and in the future.
Photographs courtesy of Nat Dodman Photgraphy