Sign in
View: Mobile | Desktop
 
FOLLOW US:  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  RSS
Men Women
Upcoming Events
Jun 17: Nantes (FRA): FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 starts
Jun 28: Chengdu (CHN): FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2017 starts
Jun 30: Tarragona (ESP): Mediterranean Games starts
Jul 1: Cairo (EGY) (WCU19): World Champ.s U19 starts
Jul 7: Amsterdam (NED): FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2017 starts
Jul 7: Nicosia, Cyprus (ECJ): European Champ.s U18 Div.C starts
Authors:


 
Mario Divanisov


 
Dren Shporta

FacebookTwitter
Join Us!!! We are looking for someone to help us cover Balkan League basketball. Please send us an e-mail.
Next Round Schedule

Round 4 (Second Stage)

Group C
Kumanovo 90% Mar.1 Karpos Sokol
Feni Industr 57% Feb.28 Kozuv
Sutjeska Feb.28 Beroe 71%
Group D
Peja Mar.1 Teodo Tivat 56%
Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - Oct 26, 2012


POSTED BY:
DAVID PICK
E-mail David:
David's Articles 
| Follow David on  Facebook Twitter


Chris Thomas
After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.   




Danilo
Mijatovic
Mijatovic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - 5 hours ago
33-year old power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage). He had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Peja (#11, 2-3) 80-76. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Kumanovo maintains the 9th position in Balkan League . They are still close to the very t...   [read more]

Branislav
Djekic
Round 3 (Second Stage): Feni Industries hand first loss to Beroe - 1 day ago
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Balkan League. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bulgarian Beroe (4-1) in Stara Zagora on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FYR Macedonian Feni Industries (2-3) 68-66. Beroe was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Feni Industries, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-9...   [read more]

Jayon James
Jayon James claims Balkan League weekly honour - 15 days ago
American Jayon James (198-F/G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sutjeska and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage). The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Sutjeska in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#7, 1-3) 84-76. Sutjeska is placed at 6th position in Balkan League. Sutjeska is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little b...   [read more]


1 | 2 | 3
1 | 2 | 3

Articles
Interviews
PLAY PRO IN EUROPE
We can help you

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 4-1 
 2 Kozuv 2-3 
 3 Feni Industries 2-3 
 4 Sutjeska 2-3 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 4-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 3-2 
 3 Peja 2-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-4 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Palm, Bashkimi22.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv21.4 
 3. Johnson, Bashkimi20.3 
 4. Mijatovic, Kuman.19.2 
 5. Mijovic, Kozuv17.8 
 6. Kostovski, Kuman.17.6 
 7. Gibson, Beroe17.6 
 8. Veseli, Peja17.6 
 9. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.17.1 
 10. Rhett, Sigal P.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Sigal P.
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Rhett, Sigal P.9.7 
 2. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.9.7 
 3. Jazvin, Bashkimi8.3 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv8.2 
 5. Shima, SK Tirana8.1 
 6. Johnson, Bashkimi6.9 
 7. Gajovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.6 
 9. Sharabidze, Feni I.6.6 
 10. Skeen, Peja6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Bashkimi
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Korac, Bashkimi6.0 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.5 
 3. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.5 
 4. Tillotson, Peja4.9 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.9 
 6. Mavra, Karpos S.4.6 
 7. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.5 
 8. Aleksiev, Beroe4.5 
 9. Kostovski, Kuman.4.4 
 10. Lawrence, Sigal P.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Bashkimi
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Korac, Bashkimi3.0 
 2. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.3 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.2 
 4. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv2.0 
 6. Johnson, Sigal P.2.0 
 7. Stanojevic, Teodo T.1.8 
 8. James, Sutjeska1.8 
 9. McNeaill, Kozuv1.8 
 10. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Beroe
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Jones, Beroe1.2 
 2. Forte, Sigal P.1.0 
 3. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 4. Ivshyn, Peja0.8 
 5. Kusovac, Teodo T.0.8 
 6. Rugova, Sigal P.0.7 
 7. Reed, Peja0.6 
 8. Zekovic, Karpos S.0.6 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Delic, Sigal P.0.5 
Player of the Week

 Milivoje Mijovic
  Kozuv
  ( 200-PF-91 )
  
Site Map:
Eurobasket.com Member Services: Other Basketball Sites:
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer

WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.