#1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Zvezda (1-2) 78-59 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Veremeenko scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court.
Unics Kazan (2-1) is placed first in group L.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 73.7% in the nine games he played so far.
Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#11).
Parakhouski recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks.
It's Parakhouski's first season with the team.
Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(82-125) and FT: 47.4%.
Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their game against Aget Service IM (5-12) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night.
Meshcharakou was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meshcharakou's third season in pro basketball. But AcegasAps TR lost 58-70 in Imola to the league outsider (#15) Aget Service IM.
This year Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 88.0% in the 16 games.
He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Mazeikiai's victory against the league outsider Nafta Universitetas (5-23) 93-75 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Kojenets recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Mazeikiai (22-6) is placed first in the NKL.
Kojenets has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) led Sojuz Zaretchny to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Severstal (4-13) 77-65 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Saturday night.
Shustau scored 12 points and added 6 passes.
BC Sojuz Zaretchny (4-13) is placed 13th in the Superleague.
This season Shustau has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.8apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
five years ago.
#6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against Keravnos (12-3) in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored 8 points.
Apoel was edged 75-74 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos.
Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (second place).
His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-10) 92-76 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Wednesday.
Lioutrine scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 13 minutes.
Elitzur Yavne (10-4) is placed fourth in the National League.
This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.0rpg in the 14 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.
Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#2.Igor Suhinin, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-11) to beat Rjazan (10-7).
Suhinin scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was badly defeated 81-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Rjazan.
It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Suhinin's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in the four games.
#3.Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Ironi Ramat Gan (8-6) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-2) in the Israeli National League (second division).
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Ironi Ramat Gan was edged 61-60 in Nes Ziyona by the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona.
This year Yeremishin's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg in the 12 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.
Falco KC Szombathely signs Aliaksandr Pustahvar - 5 days ago
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Falco KC Szombathely (A Division) signed 31-year old Belarusian small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-98kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Russian passport. Pustahvar played last season at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games he had 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pustahvar won Belarusian League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian... [read more]
Falco KC Szombathely (A Division) signed 31-year old Belarusian small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-98kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Russian passport. Pustahvar played last season at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games he had 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pustahvar won Belarusian League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention in 2015. Pustahvar was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He played for Belarusian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. Pustahvar also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything. Pustahvar has played also professionally in Ukraine (Halychyna), Russia (Avtodor, Dynamo Moscow, Novosybirsk, Sojuz Zaretchny and BC Nizhny Novgorod) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).
Tsmoki-Minsk signs Dru Joyce, ex s.Oliver Baskets - 7 days ago
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Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) signed 31-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron). He played last season at s.Oliver Baskets in German BBL league. In 37 games Joyce had 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.8apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The previous (14-15) season he played at Braunschweig (BBL) in German league where in 33 games Joyce recorded 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 6.0apg. The 2013-1... [read more]
Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) signed 31-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron). He played last season at s.Oliver Baskets in German BBL league. In 37 games Joyce had 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.8apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The previous (14-15) season he played at Braunschweig (BBL) in German league where in 33 games Joyce recorded 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 6.0apg. The 2013-14 season he played at EWE Baskets (BBL) in German league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Joyce had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 43 BBL games he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Joyce also played 2 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.0apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where Joyce recorded 8.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2013. Joyce has played previously professionally in Poland (Anwil and Energa Czarni) and Germany (Gladiators and ratiopharm Ulm). He attended University of Akron until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player. Joyce could be described:
The typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed.
4 Maksim Liutych 200-F-97 Tsmoki II 5 Mikita Stasilevich 195-G/F-96 Tsmoki II 6 Roman Rubinshteyn 195-G-96 Tsmoki-Minsk 7 Maksim Salash 206-C/F-96 Ourense 8 Timofey Porolev 202-F-97 Tsmoki II 9 Maksim Sazonau 202-F-96 Tsmoki II 10 Valentin Nazarov 185-G-97 Tsmoki II [read more]
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