#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Enel Brindisi's victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (1-3) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Ndoja scored 13 points in 22 minutes on the court.
Enel Brindisi (1-3) is placed 11th in the SerieA.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Ndoja averages: 5.0ppg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 66.7% in the four games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian.
Despite Ndoja played previously for the Italian national team, he played also for the Albanian national team in 2012.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey). Kurtoglu managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul to win against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (1-1) 79-69 in the Turkish TBL last Monday.
He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Anadolu Efes this season.
His team is placed fourth in the TBL.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Kurtoglu is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Turkish.
He is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Erjon Kastrati (198-94, currently plays in Adriatic League). Kastrati contributed to a 2-point Krka's victory against the tenth-ranked Cibona (2-3) 69-67 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night.
He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes.
Krka Novo Mesto (3-2) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Kastrati's first year with the team.
This season Kastrati averages only 4.0ppg, 3FGP: 75.0% and FT: 33.3% in the four games.
He has both Kosovan and Albanian nationalities.
Despite Kastrati played previously for the Kosovan national team, he played also for the Albanian national team in 2007.
#4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Givova Scafati (2-1) to beat C.de Latte BRE (2-1).
Bushati scored 9 points.
But Givova Scafati was edged 88-86 at home by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#3).
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Bushati's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg.
He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.
Despite Bushati played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Albanian national team roster.
#5. International guard Nderim Pelaj (179-88, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Dorsten (1-3) in their game against SC Rist Wedel (4-0) in the German ProB (third division).
Pelaj recorded 5 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Dorsten this season.
The ninth-placed Dorsten lost 67-77 on the road to the second-ranked SC Rist Wedel in the Group North.
Pelaj has been at the team for nine years.
He holds both Albanian and German passports.
Pelaj used to play for the Albanian national team
earlier this year.
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1 [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. Johnson helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team. Johnson also played 14 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson played in the final of LSC Tournament in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Import Player of the Year in 2014. Johnson has played also professionally in Portugal (Academica and Sampaense). He attended Texas A&M - Commerce until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
SK Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League - 28 days ago
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2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tira... [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League. The Albanian club sent today the necessary documents for registration and will take part of the competition in the upcoming season. Sport Klub Tirana will be second team from Albania to play in BIBL. Back in season 2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tirana is one of the most popular and successful clubs in Albania. Tirana is 12 times champion and 12 times winner of the Cup. The last title dates back to 2015 while last season the team lost in the semifinals. Sport Klub Tirana plays its home games in "Asllan Rusi" Hall which is for around 3 000 spectators. Courtesy of: balkanleague.net
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