At 40th edition of  the Sportsgala  in the City of Bergen op Zoom The Netherlands, CBA basketball player,  Bas Leyte won the esteemed  Youth Talent  Award. In a holiday festive atmosphere in the  full theater “de Maagd” , Bas received recognition for his 2016 Basketball achievements  which  included:

  • Team captain and  leading  scorer & rebounder (24 pts and 13 reb  avg) in the Dutch national U16 league
  • Winning the Beijing International Youth Tournament and MVP award
  • Selected for the CBA USA tournaments international team (Miami, Atlanta & Las Vegas)
  • National Netherlands Team U15 – finalist against Germany in the North Sea Development Cup
  • Invited and studying at the prestigious Basketball Academy CBA in Gran Canaria


The event which honors sports heroes was broadcasted on live regional television  and the audience enjoyed the frank and enthusiastic  interview  with the young and ambitious 15 year old and 2.06 meter tall basketball player.  Besides  Bas Leyte the Sports Gala featured several impressive athletes; Brechtje van Tongeren – World  Champion Street Dance won the title Sportswoman of the year and Rico Verhoeven;  the reigning  Heavy Weight  World Champion Kick Boxing won the Sportsman of the year .