Chikoko named to French Basketball League’s All-Star Team

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France-based basketball star Vitalis Chikoko has been named to the LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basket) Pro A’s All-League Team, recognizing him as part of the league’s best starting five after a stellar season.

Chikoko, who had a successful season for Elan Béarnais Pau-Orthez was included on the star studded list which features some of the league’s finest players including Matt Morgan, Victor Wembanyama, Nando De Colo and Ronald March.

French star Wembanyama, who is now set to begin his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, after they won the draft lottery and the No 1 overall pick on Tuesday was named the French Pro A’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Chikoko expressed his delight at the latest recognition which puts him amongst the top professional basketball  players in France.

“Family, we made the top 5 players in the league as the best pivot/5man for the 2022/23 season. It’s a great blessing to be in my 12th professional year and to show we made top 5 players in the league as a top 5 for the 22/23 season. Very blessed to be in my 12th professional year averaging 14.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 76.9 free throws, 18.7 eval number 3 in the league all in 26.3 minutes,” Chikoko said.

“To the fans around the world who have become my family, you are the fuel to my engine. Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez, thank you for giving me a home and a platform to shine in the game I love so much. To everyone who believed and still believes in me, thank you,” said Chikoko.

Chikoko is currently in his second stint at Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez after returning to the club two years ago.

The Zimbabwe national basketball team captain had his first stint at the club from 2016 to 2019 before leaving for Metropolitans 92, where he spent two seasons from 2019 to 2021.

During his time in France Chikoko has earned three successive All-Star nominations in the last three seasons while also being a serious contender for the Jeep Elite ProA Most Valuable Player (MVP) to underline his status as one of the big stars of the French top division.

The Zimbabwe national team star has been based in Europe since 2011 when he moved to German club BG Goettingen.

After one season with Goettingen, Chikoko went to TBB Trier before his journey led him to Italy with Reggio Emilia and Verona.

He returned to Germany with FC Bayern Munich before moving to France in 2016 to join Pau-Orthez, where he is now enjoying a second dance.

 

 

 

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