American Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Lukoil Academik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 27-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds for Lukoil Academik in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Levski Sofia (#4, 2-1) with 27-point margin 91-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Lukoil Academik to jump to the first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Lukoil Academik already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Abukar turned to be Lukoil Academik's top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 65.4% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Brian Ormon (201-F-84) of Tundja Yambol. Ormon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Tundja Yambol to edge Beroe (0-2) by 2 points 72-70. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ormon is a newcomer at Tundja Yambol and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was international guard Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) of Balkan (#6). Lilov scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Balkan, leading his team to a 82-73 win against Cherno More (#2, 2-1). Balkan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Lilov has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets - 10 points and 12 rebounds 5. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik - 18 points and 9 rebounds 6. Uros Petrovic (205-F-90) of Balkan - 20 points and 7 rebounds 7. Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) of Cherno More - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Beroe - 21 points and 7 rebounds 9. Michael Hart (206-C/F-85) of Beroe - 16 points and 8 rebounds 10. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist - 16 points and 9 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)
Coach Ludmil Hadjisotirov agreed terms with Rilski - 2 days ago
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Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) promoted 36-year old coach Ludmil Hadjisotirovto head coaching position. The specialist worked as coach assistant with the team for the last several seasons. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Hadjisotirov was coaching Bulgarian Senior National Team in 2012 and coached also U20 National Team last year. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria [read more]
Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) promoted 36-year old coach Ludmil Hadjisotirov to head coaching position. The specialist worked as coach assistant with the team for the last several seasons. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Hadjisotirov was coaching Bulgarian Senior National Team in 2012 and coached also U20 National Team last year.
Sakarya Isik Koleji (TBL) is in talks with 30-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-104kg-86, agency: BeoBasket) who played last time at Bucaneros de La Guaira in Venezuela. Ivanov managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 LPB games he had 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played at Yesilgiresun (BSL) that season. In 17 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Ivanov played that season for was Auxilium (Serie A2... [read more]
Sakarya Isik Koleji (TBL) is in talks with 30-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-104kg-86, agency: BeoBasket) who played last time at Bucaneros de La Guaira in Venezuela. Ivanov managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 LPB games he had 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played at Yesilgiresun (BSL) that season. In 17 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Ivanov played that season for was Auxilium (Serie A2) in Italian league. In 8 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg. The most of previous (2014-15) season he spent at Juvecaserta (Serie A) in Italian league. In 24 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg in 2014-15 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. Another team Ivanov played shortly was Enel Brindisi (Serie A) in Italian league. In 6 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg in 2014-15 season. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg in 2014-15 season. He played in the final of Venezuelan LPB. The previous (13-14) season Ivanov played at Movil Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 28 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 2013-14 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanov was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012. He also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.6%. Ivanov is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Split and KK Zadar), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia, Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Sutor Montegranaro) and Spain (Basquet Mallorca and Baloncesto Sevilla 2nd team). On Ivanov:
Huge potential. One of the top tall players in Europe his age. Already knows how to play close to the basket. Has also quite few years of experience as he started playing organized basketball in the age of 12. Maybe a little bit too slow on his legs. But knows how to take a good position close to the basket. Reliable short distance shoot.
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