#1. This week's number one is an international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey). He managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a victory against the 13th-ranked Turk Telekom (2-5) crushing them 96-57 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game.
Kurtoglu scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (6-1) is placed second in the TBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Kurtoglu averages: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 75.0% in the six games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Turkish.
Kurtoglu played for the Albanian senior national team one years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sutor Montegranaro (2-7) 97-78 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday.
Ndoja scored 10 points and had 3 steals.
Enel Brindisi (4-5) is placed ninth in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Ndoja's overall stats this year are: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 61.5%.
He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.
Ndoja is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ersid Luca (212-81, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A. Luca could not help Hoops Club (1-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Hoops Club was crushed 92-62 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Al Moutahed.
Luca had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.
It was Hoops Club's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Luca is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.8rpg.
This year he also averages: 15.5ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 42.1% in the four games.
Luca has both Serbian and Albanian nationalities.
Ex-Sport Klub Tirana player is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.
#4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Givova Scafati (5-3) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (7-1) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening.
Bushati recorded only 3 points and had 4 steals.
Givova Scafati was edged in an overtime 88-86 in Pistoia by the leading Tuscany.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Bushati's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg.
He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.
Bushati is also Albanian national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Albanian passport but never been selected to any of Albanian national teams:
#1.Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (4-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Dorsten lost 87-98 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Herten Lions in the Group North.
Pelaj was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.
It's Pelaj's ninth season with the team.
Pelaj has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the six games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.
#2.Erjon Kastrati (198-F/G-94, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Krka (1-2) in their game against Tofas (2-1) in the EuroChallenge.
Kastrati scored 5 points.
The third-placed Krka was edged 82-79 in Bursa by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge.
There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kastrati's overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.5spg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Broadus played most recently at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL league. In 31 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. The previous (1... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Broadus played most recently at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL league. In 31 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Broadus played at Juventus where in 49 LKL games he had 13.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Broadus also played 17 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg (top 5) and 1.1spg. Indeed an impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Broadus' team won Baltic League Elite Division Regular Season in 2012. He also represented Albania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (19.8ppg), 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.8spg), FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 65.4%. Broadus is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada, Romania (CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov), Ukraine (Halychyna), Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai and Suduva) and IBL (Edmonton E.). Broadus attended Brigham Young University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. His game is described as:
Shaun plays with lots of energy and is a very good ball handler.
He can create opportunities with his quickness on offense and pressure the opponent into mistakes on defense.
He has a very good assist to turnover ratio.
Shaun takes good shots and maintains a high shooting percentage from all areas of the floor.
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.
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