The FIBA Europe Young Women's Basketball Player of the Year award earned by Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) on Feb. 6th has been an opportunity to have an interview with Daniel Goethals (agency: LBM Management ) and Etienne Louvrier , two major head coaches in Belgian women basketball. They both know Emma Meesseman very well. Daniel Goethals is a former international Belgian player (with experience in the major Belgian clubs but also in Greece and Spain) who took part in several Belgian Men's NT campaigns in the past. He is the current head coach of BC Dexia Namur Capitale, a former Euroleague Women participant and a top club in the Belgian Division I for women for many years. Goethals has also been the Belgian Women U16 NT coach in 2009-10 and led the U17 NT up to the semifinals at the World Championship held in Southern France in the summer 2010. He has been named Coach of the Year 2011 in Belgium when he was at the head of Declercq Stortbeton Waregem, the team that he led to the Belgian league title that season. Also in 2011, he accepted to coach the Belgian Women U20 NT. He had coached BC Dexia Namur Capitale in 2009-10 already and now accumulates some fantastic experience in women basketball. The other interviewee, Etienne Louvrier, has also been a very much appreciated coach in youth categories and women basketball. He was hired as head coach of Belgian Division I team Spirou Girls Charleroi (which became Spirou Monceau Charleroi afterwards) from 2005 to 2008 and also gained some coaching experience with the Belgian Women U16 and U18 NTs.
Bertrand Larsimont - Eurobasket.com (EB): What are the real key points in Emma Meesseman's way of playing?
Daniel Goethals (DG): Although she is a young player, she shows maturity and experience on the court. She has great hands (precision). Her game vision is also a key point. Her timing in defense and offense allows her to react almost never too late. Etienne Louvrier (EL): Emma is extremely intelligent on (and off) the court... Very quickly she understands what needs to be done and can achieve it. She can manage. She can also force or play with fouls and knows when to shoot or drive. Emma can easily find the right timing for blocking shots and has a good body placement when playing defense.
EB: Emma Meesseman is still very young. In which sector of the games should she still work and get better?
DG: Physically speaking, Emma needs to get stronger, gain speed and power. She plays as a power forward, which is tougher in foreign leagues. Therefore, Emma needs to get perfectly prepared because she still has problems from time to time when playing against very strong opponents. She must absolutely progress in one-on-one situation when facing the rim, especially her right hand and quickness. One last point: she should work on her three-point shooting. So far, there is no need to defend on Emma when she is behind the three-point line. EL: Physically, she has to build her body to be able to struggle in the paint at the highest level... and most of all, get a better base position and shuffling movements on strong legs as well as be quicker when running down the court.
EB: Many observers have quickly made a comparison between Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Emma Meesseman. Is Emma Meesseman ready for an international career and can we already predict a wonderful career (like the one of Ann Wauters) for the new 18-year-old Belgian Young Cat?
DG: I think Emma could already play in a foreign league right now but she is not ready to dominate in a big league yet! According to me, she should first progress in the aforesaid sectors. EL: Yes, I think she is. And I am sure that she will get a very nice career. But she needs a counselor, other than her family circle, who will be able to help her well in the near future... Let's avoid burning her out or willing her to adapt too quickly to a new league and to a professional status. In some respects, she has still to grow up! DG: Comparing the two players (Ann Wauters and Emma Meesseman) is quite bold. Yes, Emma will have a great career but there is only one Ann Wauters! Moreover, the two players are different as far as height, power, positions (power forward vs. center) are concerned. I have had Ann Wauters come to practice with me for a few weeks and I can assure you that she is physically impressive! Emma will never become that type of a player simply because she does not have the same body. She will have to rely more on technique and outside shooting in a big league!
EB: How can such an award as Emma Meesseman's honorific FIBA Europe Young Women's Basketball Player of the Year title be beneficial to Belgian basketball?
EL: It reflects on the work that coaches, players and staff do for women basketball in Belgium... which does not have enough presence in the mass media!!! DG: Honestly I don't know! We have no league in Belgium and plenty of internal problems! To make it short, all things that make you leave instead of being attractive. The problem is that we get good results in youth categories but nothing is done afterwards.The training program from age 18 to 23 is a catastrophe and the best talents will get no other chance than leave to a foreign league because there is no professional structure in Belgium. A professional structure is what I'm trying to build in BC Dexia Namur Capitale and that's why I'll try to have Emma on my team in Namur next season but there are many others interested in having her!
Three teams involved in the next Basketball Champions League (BCL) and hosting squad Basic-Fit Brussels with their four new recruits Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91, college: Bellarmine), Jeremy Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston), Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) and Augustas Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) will participate in the Brussels European Tournament 2016 to be held at Complexe sportif in Neder-Over-Heembeek on Sep. 14th and 15th. Scooore! League 2016 title owni... [read more]
It should be a nice occasion for Belgian basketball fans to attend high-level basketball games at the Complexe sportif in Neder-over-Heembeek, in the Brussels area. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt will most probably come to the Belgian capital with their new German center Daniel Mayr (217-C-95), arriving from Bayern Munich, and their Canadian guard Philip Scrubb (190-G-92), who previously played for AEK Athens. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, the club of former superstar Drazen Petrovic and many other Yugoslav legends like Kresimir Cosic or Danko Cvjeticanin, should also come to Brussels with an impressive roster, including Zagreb-born Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) who just returns from Rio where he played for Croatia in the Olympics as well as Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) who has been included on the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team this summer.
Rilski inks Kelvin Parker, ex Verviers-Pep. - 10 hours ago
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Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) signed experienced 34-year old American point guard Kelvin Parker (184-85kg-82, college: Northwest Missouri State). He played last season at VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian Top Division II, but left the team in Apr.'16. In 12 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. The most of previous (2014-15) season Parker spent at Inter Bratislava in SBL where in 14 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to make it to the se... [read more]
Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) signed experienced 34-year old American point guard Kelvin Parker (184-85kg-82, college: Northwest Missouri State). He played last season at VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian Top Division II, but left the team in Apr.'16. In 12 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. The most of previous (2014-15) season Parker spent at Inter Bratislava in SBL where in 14 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Parker also played that season for Al Jaysh (D1) in Qatari league. In 14 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.9apg. Parker is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Parker has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart), Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Dragons Rhoendorf), Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani), Switzerland (Monthey and Geneve Lions), Norway (Asker Aliens) and PBL (Vermont FH). He attended Northwest Missouri State until 2004 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player. Parker could be described:
Physical & Mental: Very quick with good reflexes.
Ball Skills: Strong with the ball... Penetrates aggressively... Runs the floor well.
Offense: Good offensive player... Good shooter from range... Moves well without the ball... Sees the floor well.
Defense: Very good anticipation... Quick hands and feet... Reads the defensive floor well.
Game Knowledge: Will earn a coach's trust with his court vision on both ends of the floor.
Strengths: Effective when he blends in with a team set, as well as when he is asked to create on his own.
Opportunities for Improvement: Needs to continue to work on finishing off penetration.
Overall Comments: Needs to develop more of his game.
Bad luck for Quentin Serron and the Belgian Lions. The Belgian Player of the Year, which exchanged the French Gravelines for Ostend, fell last week in Macedonia out with a shoulder injury. Research made it clear that he is out for the upcoming European Championship qualifying round with the Belgian Lions. Tuesday the Belgian Lions leave for Poland for the final two friendly games (Wednesday and Thursday) from this campaign. Retin Ojomoh of Italian Avellino is in the selection of national... [read more]
Bad luck for Quentin Serron and the Belgian Lions. The Belgian Player of the Year, which exchanged the French Gravelines for Ostend, fell last week in Macedonia out with a shoulder injury. Research made it clear that he is out for the upcoming European Championship qualifying round with the Belgian Lions. Tuesday the Belgian Lions leave for Poland for the final two friendly games (Wednesday and Thursday) from this campaign. Retin Ojomoh of Italian Avellino is in the selection of national team coach Eddy Casteels. Axel Hervelle remains stand-bye. Besides the Belgian Lions and Poland are also Sweden and Georgia on the four-nations tournament in Wloclawek. Next Week Wednesday, August 31 (18h.) the Belgian Lions open the European Championship qualifying round in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp vs. Cyprus.
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