Serbian Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) had a great game in the last round for Levski Sofia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 29-year old playmaker had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Levski Sofia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chernomorets (#9, 3-6) 90-81. Levski Sofia maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Levski Sofia will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Marinovic had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Levski Sofia's top player in his first season with the team. Marinovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.9ppg), assists (4th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 68.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. Tyler impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Chernomorets lost that game 81-90 to the higher-ranked Levski Sofia (#3, 7-2). This loss caused Chernomorets to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#2). He also registered 13.3 boards per game. alumni Tyler played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
The third best performed player last round was Swedish Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) of top-ranked Lukoil Academik. Massamba showcased his all-around game by recording 8 points, six rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Lukoil Academik, leading his team to a 96-63 easy win against U20 (#10, 0-9). Lukoil Academik confirms their top position in the standings Massamba has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tsvetoslav Ostrev (184-G-86) of Spartak Pleven - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Giorgos Galiotos (213-C-86) of Cherno More - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84) of Cherno More - 19 points and 16 rebounds 7. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) of Balkan - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of U20 - 26 points and 7 rebounds 9. Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik - 22 points and 3 rebounds 10. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
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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