Eurobasket recently had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Serbian-Belgium international coach Aleksander Peldic . Recently completing the season in Belgium, he was able to share some of this thoughts.
EU: Coach, it's a pleasure to sit with you today. How have you found this latest season in Belgium? SP: I had an oportunety to follow several Euroleague teams on they trainings, preparation and games and learn how are things done on highest level, travelled a lot and have talked with coaches, seen many games in first division in Serbia, Belgium, Holland and Duitsland. It was fantastic expieriance becuse I always want to learn and improve myself.
EU: Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Serbia, but also here in Belgium, what is your view of the level of play in comparison? SP: Young players in Serbia train much more but they also get early a chance to play at highest level , so you have a lot of guys at age of 18 with serious playing time in first division, and at 22 they become leaders. There are not many foreign players (mostly two) and they must fit in our philosophy. Media coverage is enormous because basketball is National sport and we where World en European Champions. To compare with Belgium - when National team qualified directly to European Championship (personaly think a great achievement) you could not see any game on tv while in Serbia you can watch everything from domestic thry all European competitions till NBA, daily and live.
EU: What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. Defensive 3 seconds, or the moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that? SP: Deffensive 3 seconds will allow more 1 on 1 game in the paint and its possitive new rule. Many moving screens you can see on all levels nowdays. Flat screens and screen and rescreen make reffery's job really difficult but also gave them a possibilitty and responsibility to subjectively decide. Also deffence is adapting very quick so I dont see that anything wil be changed.
EU: How do you see the evolution of the game, over the course of your career? SP: European basketball is following NBA in terms that game is becoming extremelly intensive and physical - Euroleague teams are using 10-12 top players and the best are averiging about 25 min/game because its so intense. Deffence is highly tactical with constant help, shadowing and many rotations and offense is strictly controled and fastbreak is barely run, unfortunatelly.
EU: From scouting and observing games, one can see a type of shift in focus from a focus on coaching to a more focus on players and their wants/desires,etc. Not only in the NBA, but also in countries like Holland and France we have seen players doing things quite out of character on the part of a player. How do you feel this type of behavior impacts the game? SP: That is thry, and a pitty that coaches have to pay more attention to a individual needs of players, managers and people around the court then doing they job on court itself. Finding a right measure of protecting players from everything that weakens their focus (and the are so many things) and emphasize on importance of working and behaving as a TEAM is sometimes difficult but if you want to achieve something, to be a champion that's the only way.
EU: What are you plans for the upcoming season 2012/2013? SP: Basketball is my life and after many years in Belgium I feel that is time to move to another country, soo I am still looking for a club with clear vision for a future, where I can work professionaly and win prices and championships like I did in every club that I have been coaching.
EU: Do you want to share anything with your fans? SP: Clubs and players have fans, coaches get thry their career some followers that apricciate they way of working. I am lucky to have some within young coaches and people that like my determination, integrity and fact that i live for the game.
EU: Any other closing thoughts? SP: Well, I have been following Eurobasket site for so many years and get a lot of help and information so it's a real pleasure to learn more about people that are doing such a fine job.
EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO CONGRATULATE COACH SASHA PELDIC ON ANOTHER SEASON IN BELGIUM. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN TE FUTURE, AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES COACH!
Kevin Tumba could be added to UCAM Murcia roster - 15 hours ago
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Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) is close to ink 26-year old Belgian international power forward Kevin Tumba (205-103kg-91) who currently plays atProximus Spirou Charleroi in Belgium. He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. In four Euromillions League games he recorded 4.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.5bpg this season. Tumba also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg. The last season Tumba played also at Sp... [read more]
Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) is close to ink 26-year old Belgian international power forward Kevin Tumba (205-103kg-91) who currently plays at Proximus Spirou Charleroi in Belgium. He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. In four Euromillions League games he recorded 4.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.5bpg this season. Tumba also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg. The last season Tumba played also at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he had 5.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Tumba also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 8.6ppg, 9.9rpg (leader !!!), 1.0spg and 2.6bpg. Tumba has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Among other achievements he played in the final of Belgian League in 2013. Tumba received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016. He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Tumba has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011. He represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 46.9%. Tumba has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Leuven Bears, Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Belfius Mons-Hainaut II.
Eli Van Aken claims Belgian Top Division I weekly honour - 2 days ago
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Experienced Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Gembo BBC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 17. The 31-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Gembo BBC in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Ekeren (#13, 3-12) with 37-point margin 111-74. Gembo BBC is placed at 2nd position in Belgian Top Division I. They are still close... [read more]
Experienced Eli Van Aken (193-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Gembo BBC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 17. The 31-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Gembo BBC in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Ekeren (#13, 3-12) with 37-point margin 111-74. Gembo BBC is placed at 2nd position in Belgian Top Division I. They are still close to the very top. Gembo BBC would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Van Aken had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Gembo BBC, through which he has constantly improved. Eli Van Aken averages this season 15.1ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Tim Lambrecht (206-C/F-98, agency: Court Side) of Gistel Oostende. Lambrecht impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Gistel Oostende cruised to a 101-89 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Soba (#5, 8-8). This victory allowed Gistel Oostende to move up to 12th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Gistel Oostende managed to get this year. Lambrecht is well-known by Gistel Oostende fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#3). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Nicolas Neskens (201-F/C-84, agency: Promotex) of RPC Anderlecht (#14). Neskens scored 28 points. Despite Neskens' great performance RPC Anderlecht lost 84-93 to the higher-ranked Houthalen (#6, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. RPC Anderlecht can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Neskens he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Neskens has a very solid season. In 14 games in Belgium he scored 9.6ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90) of Houthalen - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Gregory De Pooter (197-F-84) of Gent Hawks - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Laurent Lhote (182-PG-84) of Gent Hawks - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Sam Renier (187-F/G-92) of Gembo BBC - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Stephane Moris (208-F/C-86) of Royal Brussels - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Lars De Lepeleire (175-PG-91) of Waregem - 20 points and 5 rebounds 10. Jens Bouckaert (F-91) of Gembo BBC - 17 points and 4 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)
Akita Northern Happinets (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-113kg-89, college: Ohio State). He just played at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In four games he recorded 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg this season [read more]
Akita Northern Happinets (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-113kg-89, college: Ohio State). He just played at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League. In four games he recorded 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg this season. Ravenel also spent pre-season at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Ravenel's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Ravenel has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Rilski), Poland (Polpharma), Japan (Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and WBA (Gastonia G.). He attended Ohio State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
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