DBC Houthalen (Division I) inked American center Kelly Keil (193). Keil has only college experience so far playing last time Dayton (NCAA) and Bridgeport University. She tallied 15.8 points and 8.5 boards per game in her senior season. Of course it will be Keils first season in professional basketball.
Belgian Cats head-coach Philip Mestdagh has announced his 16 name pre-selection for the upcoming EC qualifying games. On November 19 Belgium plays Belarus in Namur and they head to Poland on the 23rd of November. Belgium's last participation on an EC was in 2007 when they finished 7th. Julie Vanloo (Ragusa/Ita), Noemie Mayombo (Polkowice/Pol), Julie Allemand (Castors Braine), Marjorie Carpreaux (Waregem), Hanne Mestdagh (Freiburg/Ger)), Manu Mayombo (Keltern/Ger), Antonia Delaere (Castor... [read more]
Belgian Cats head-coach Philip Mestdagh has announced his 16 name pre-selection for the upcoming EC qualifying games. On November 19 Belgium plays Belarus in Namur and they head to Poland on the 23rd of November. Belgium's last participation on an EC was in 2007 when they finished 7th.
Julie Vanloo (Ragusa/Ita), Noemie Mayombo (Polkowice/Pol), Julie Allemand (Castors Braine), Marjorie Carpreaux (Waregem), Hanne Mestdagh (Freiburg/Ger)), Manu Mayombo (Keltern/Ger), Antonia Delaere (Castors Braine), Kim Mestdagh (Charleville-Mezires/Fra), Jana Raman (Kangoeroes Willebroek), Kyara Linskens (Namur), Sofie Hendrickx (Namur), Ann Wauters (Agu Spor Kayseri/Tur), Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, (Ekaterinburg/Rus), Heleen Nauwelaers (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), Laure Resimont (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), Laura Henket (Liege Panthers).
Trahan-Davis' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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31-year old center Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-C-85, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Castors Braine and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. She had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while her team outclassed Jeugd Gentson (#9, 2-4) with 38-point margin 96-58. It allowed Castors Braine to take over top position in the Belgian Top Division Women. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game... [read more]
31-year old center Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-C-85, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Castors Braine and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. She had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while her team outclassed Jeugd Gentson (#9, 2-4) with 38-point margin 96-58. It allowed Castors Braine to take over top position in the Belgian Top Division Women. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Castors Braine already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Trahan-Davis had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Castors Braine, through which she has constantly improved. Elizabeth City State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Trahan-Davis is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 55.7% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Michala Johnson (191-C-91, agency: LBM Management) of Waregem. She is American center in her first season at Waregem. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she led Waregem to another comfortable win 79-64 over the lower-ranked Laarne (#7, 2-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Waregem to move up to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Waregem and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#1). She also registered 9.3 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to another Castors Braine's star - forward Kahleah Copper (185-F-94, agency: LBM Management). Copper scored 22 points. She was another key player of Castors Braine, helping her team with a 96-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Jeugd Gentson (#9, 2-4). Castors Braine started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Copper turns to be one of the very best players in the league while she is also a leader of the top team having her eyes on the championship title. Copper has a great season in Belgium. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikolina Milic (191-C-94) of Castors Braine - 16 points and 12 rebounds 5. Sien Devliegher (177-PG-93) of Waregem - 14 points and 11 rebounds 6. Miete Celus (173-F-91) of Waregem - 20 points and 5 rebounds 7. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) of Castors Braine - 7 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists 8. Ellen De Stoop (186-C-79) of Laarne - 16 points and 4 rebounds 9. Marieke Versavel (167-PG-92) of Jeugd Gentson - 15 points and 3 rebounds 10. Nele Poffyn (173-G/F-91) of Deerlijk - 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)
Emma Meesseman selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former U16 international center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management). She was the major contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the eighth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the Russia PBL in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Russia). She was the major contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the eighth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-3) crushing them 97-58 in the Russia PBL in Sunday night's game.
Meesseman scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 23 minutes on the court.
UMMC Ekaterinburg (5-0) is placed second in the PBL.
So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Meesseman has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(19-33) and FT: 66.7% in three games she played so far.
She played for the Belgian U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: California, currently plays in Poland). Ben Abdelkader led Wisla Can-Pack to a victory against the ninth-ranked TS Ostrovia (1-4) 79-69 in the Polish TBLK last Saturday.
She scored 18 points and added 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ben Abdelkader's third season in pro basketball. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (4-1) is placed second in the TBLK.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Ben Abdelkader has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 95.2%(20-21).
Ben Abdelkader is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Julie Vanloo (172-93, currently plays in Italy). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Ragusa (2-2) in their last game. Despite Vanloo's good performance Ragusa was badly defeated 62-46 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Lucca.
She was the top scorer with 12 points. Vanloo also added 4 passes in 37 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Vanloo's first year with the team.
Vanloo belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 3.5apg.
This year her other stats are: 13.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 71.4%, 3FGP: 38.2% in four games.
Vanloo is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-91, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a CCC Polkowice's victory against the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz (3-2) 73-66 in the Polish TBLK in Saturday night's game.
She scored 12 points and added 3 assists.
CCC Polkowice (4-1) is placed fourth in the TBLK.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Mayombo's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.
She used to play for the Belgian national team
#5. International shooting guard Emmanuella Mayombo (170-92, another player represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Germany) led Gruner Stern Keltern to a victory over the closely-ranked Hannover (4-2) 69-59 in the German DBBL last Sunday.
Mayombo was MVP of the game. She scored 15 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes.
Gruner Stern Keltern (3-2) is placed sixth in the DBBL.
This year Mayombo has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg in five games.
She used to play for the Belgian national team
#6. Shooting guard Kim Mestdagh (179-90, another player represented by LBM Management, college: Colorado St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Flammes (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mestdagh's good performance Flammes was crushed 76-55 on the road by the leading Basket Landes.
She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Mestdagh also added 6 rebounds.
Mestdagh's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 2.3spg.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.
#7. International swingman Hanne Mestdagh (178-93, another player represented by LBM Management, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Eisvogel Freiburg (1-5) in their last game. Despite Mestdagh's good performance the bottom-ranked Eisvogel Freiburg lost 76-81 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#3) Hannover.
She was the second best scorer with 13 points. Mestdagh also added 4 steals in 33 minutes.
It's Mestdagh's first season with the team.
This year her overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg in six games.
Mestdagh is also Belgian national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Belgian passport:
#1.Chloe Bully (173-F, college: Catawba, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Team Northumbria to a victory over the league outsider Wolves (0-3) crushing them 85-62 in the British WBBL last Sunday.
She was the best player in that game. Bully scored 19 points, had 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals; not bad, considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. Team Northumbria (3-1) is placed fourth in the WBBL.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Bully has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg.
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