Eur: New season in Cyprus and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol, how does feel? Kap: It feels great to be a part of this team. I'm excited and ready for a big season for us.
Eur: Do you know anyone from yout new teammates? Kap: I have known Kai Williams for a couple of years now. I also have been in touch with Majic Dorsey and Brandon Brown. We are trying to make a good atmosphere early so we can be ready to play with each other right away, especially because we only have a few weeks before we play Eurochallenge qualifiers. We are all ready and excited to play.
Eur: From where did you take information about the team? Kap: I took some information from friends, manager, and the internet. I have heard very good things about Apollon.
Eur: Do you have any opinion about the level in Cyprus? Kap: I know it is a very high level. They play very strong style of basketball. Last year Darryl Watkins was signed to NBA team after the season. Also i know many high level leagues follow Cyprus league.
Eur: Describe us your profile as a player Kap: I am a winner. We won Southland Conference championship with McNeese State University. I have experience with Bosnia and Herzegovinia national team. I am a combo guard, i can score many different ways but i also love to pass the ball when a teammate is in good rhythm. I can play the 1 and 2 positions very well and am strong enough to guard 3 positions.
Eur: The team will fight for the championship, are you ready to face the challenge? Kap: Yes I am very prepared for this. I train very hard in the summers in hopes of being a champion in the season.
Eur: You have some titles before, here in Cyprus things are tough and competitive what your opinion is? Kap: Won lower mainland championship in high school, at McNeese State University won the Southland Conference Championship, also played in the NIT post season tournament. I know that the Cyprus league is a very strong style of play. I'm a strong player so this is something that does not bother me and i actually like to play this style.
Eur: Apollon has supporting fans and demanding also, are aware of that? Kap: Yes i am very aware of this. I have seen some videos on youtube and i am ready to make the fans cheer even louder this season.
Eur: Do you perform better in a full capacity ground? Kap: I love to play in full capacity. These are my favorite games and moments i remember for lifetime. I prepare all summer for this so i am ready and there is no pressure on me.
Eur: Say something for the fans Kap: To all the fans: management has brought very good group of players and all the fans should be very excited. We all have very high expectations this season for Apollon. We need all supporters of Apollon to come together for all games and make it tough for all teams to pay in our arena. We must protect our house!!!
AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final - 18 hours ago
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AEK Larnaca and Keravnos enter the Cup Final in Cyprus. They overcame their opponents in the semifinals clashes last night. AEK Larnaca edged Apoel 80-65 mostly dominating the first half. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89, college: Boise St.) followed him with 11. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90, college: Colgate) answered with 19 points in the losing effort. Keravnos meanwhile smashed Enosis Neon Paralimni 75-47. Ronald Ro... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com... [read more]
ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-82kg-90, college: N.Carolina). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Jaxen played at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL Canada where in 43 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team. Jaxen attended University of North Carolina until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Abukar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their re... [read more]
31-year old forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Etha (#5, 4-16) 86-77. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot league. Keravnos has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-2. Abukar turned to be Keravnos' 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 (4th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. He is American guard in his first season at Etha. In the last game Jaxen recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 77-86 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 18-2). Etha managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.1apg.
Third place about best performers goes to Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel (#3). Burnatowski showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Apoel, leading his team to a 79-60 easy win against #4 ranked Enosis in a game of the week. Apoel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Burnatowski has a very solid season. In 20 games in Cyprus he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 62.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 19 points and 6 rebounds 9. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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)
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