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!
Victories for Ostende and Charleroi in Champions League - 12 hours ago
On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki
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On the seventh rond of the Champions League BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charleroi realised handsome victories. After the first round the Belgian champion and Spirou Charleroi count 3 on 7 and remain in the running for qualification for the second round. BC Oostende (group D) won 82-70 (halftime 46-39) from the Croatian Cibona Zagreb. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (group E) won on the road and with 74-79 (31-36 halftfime) at Hungarian champion Szolnoki Telenet Oostende-Cibona Zagreb 82-70 Telenet Oostende: Walden 10, Mwema 0, Keselj 5, Gillet 13, Salumu 7, Katic 10, Boukichou 20, Djordjevic 1, Kuridza 6, Kesteloot 3, Newbill 7 Quarters: 25-17, 21-22, 12-18, 24-13 Szolnoki-Spirou Proximus Charleroi 74-79 Spirou Proximus Charleroi; Libert 21, Fusek 1, Iarochevitch 8, Lambto 0, Marnegrave 4, Harris 5, Richardson 0 , Gaudoux 2, Bowman 15, Shepherd 16, Kemp 3, Schwartz 4 Quarters: 16-25, 15-11, 24-20, 19-23
Tony Gugino (ex Liege) joins Phoenix Galati - 16 hours ago
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CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive seaso... [read more]
CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Tony Gugino (207-96kg-86, college: Hillsdale). He started the season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In 7 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gugino played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Gugino also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gugino has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Monthey, Massagno and Boncourt) and Bulgaria (Yambol). He attended Hillsdale College until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Ubel's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this sea... [read more]
25-year old power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Brussels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalstar (#4, 6-4) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.7ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. He is American forward in his first season at Limburg United. In the last game Tuttle recorded impressive 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win 93-75 over slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#9, 3-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limburg United is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Limburg United managed to get this year. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of Aalstar (#4). Tofi showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Tofi's great performance Aalstar lost 81-88 to #3 ranked Brussels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Tofi has a great season in Belgium. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Vincent Simpson (185-PG-88) of Liege - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 15 points and 7 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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