Earlier today, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation announced the men’s world championship MVP and all-star team. Australia’s Shaun Norris was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Turkey’s Ismail Ar was named the best 1.5 point player. South Korea’s Oh Dong Suk was named the best 2.0 point player. The United States’s Mike Paye was named the best 3.0 point player. The United State’s Steve Serio was named the best 3.5 point player. Turkey’s Ozgur Gurbulak was named the best 4.0 point player.
A 3.0 point player, Shaun Norris finished the tournament second in scoring, with 155 points in 9 games. He was 60 for 117 in attempts at making two pointers, and was third in the competition for number of two point shots made. He finished the tournament ranked eleventh in three point shots made, with 5 on 15 attempts. He was fifth in the tournament in points off free throws, making 20 on 31 attempts. He was ninth in the tournament with total assists, with 31. He was a key player in guiding the Australian side to a first place finish.
Ismail Ar played an important role on the Turkish side, enabling to finish the tournament with a bronze. In the first two games, he scored an impressive 14 points and was one of the leading 1 and 1.5 point players in the tournament. He was also a member of the 2010 Turkey men’s championship team, and the team that competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Oh Dong Suk was fifth in the tournament for number of three point shots made, having made 10 baskets on 42 attempts. He ranked seventeenth in the tournament in total assists with 26. His contributions assisted the team in finishing an impressive sixth. He has been a consistent member of the South Korean team, competing at the 2010 World Championships, and for the men’s team at the 2010 Asian Para Games, where his team finished third.
Mike Paye ranked eighteenth in the tournament in total assists, with 25. He was a key reason why Team USA finished second. He was back on the team after missing the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and has been one of the most consistent scoring threats for Team USA since the early 2000s.
Steve Serio finished the tournament ranked seventh on free throws made, going 18 for 24 at the line. He was second in the competition with total assists with 62. On the defensive side of the ball, he was a rebounding machine, finishing the tournament ranked fourteenth with 60. He ranked seventh in the tournament in total steals with 15. His contributions on the offense and defense were a critical component insuring the USA’s success in finishing second.
Ozgur Gurbulak finished the tournament fifth in scoring, with 151 points in 9 games. He led the tournament in making three pointers, having gone 23 for 57 at the three point line. He led the competition in total number of assists with 83. He also was a key figure in the Turkish defense, grabbing 65 and finishing the tournament ranked twelfth in that category. He ranked second in the tournament in total blocked shots, with 4. He was a key play maker for the bronze medal winning Turkish team. He was also a member of the 2013 men’s European championship team.