#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an overtime Givova Scafati's victory against the 12th-ranked Prima Veroli (2-4) 68-63 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Bushati scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes on the court.
Givova Scafati Basket (4-2) is placed seventh in the Lega2.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Bushati's first year with the team.
This season he averages: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.3% in the six games he played so far.
Bushati has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian.
He is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. Kurtoglu could not help Anadolu Efes (3-2) to beat Zalgiris (5-0). He did not impress in that game on Friday.
Kurtoglu scored only 2 points.
The second-placed Anadolu Efes was defeated 77-64 at home by the leading Zalgiris in the group C of Euroleague.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Kurtoglu's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%.
He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Turkish.
Kurtoglu played for the Albanian national team in 2011.
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (2-5) 72-55 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night.
Ndoja recorded 8 points in 20 minutes.
Enel Brindisi (3-4) is placed tenth in the SerieA.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Ndoja's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in the seven games.
He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.
Ndoja is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.
#4. Center Ersid Luca (212-81, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a Hoops Club's victory against the league outsider Anibal (0-3) 77-70 in the Lebanese Division A in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Hoops Club this season.
His team is placed fourth in the Division A.
It's Luca's first year with the team.
Luca also holds two passports: Serbian and Albanian.
He is also Albanian national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Albanian passport:
#1.Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked BSW Sixers (4-3) crushing them 101-79 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
Pelaj recorded 7 points in 25 minutes.
BG Dorsten (4-3) is placed fourth in Group North.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Pelaj is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Dorsten's roster.
This season his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg in the four games he played so far.
Pelaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.
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 - 26 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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