My passion and love for the game first and foremost. Plus alot of my peers and friends went pro after college.
There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.
Well, for me it was always different. Coming out of NCAA 3 I had to fight just to get an opportunity let alone an offer and I kinda still am. As a PG you can't really turn down offers for Europe unless you have that name or strong resume, there are just too many of us out here.
Which was the best game you had in your career so far?
I would probably say 2013-14 season in Kosovo Superleague. In 40 minutes, I had 26pts 7 assist 6 rebounds 3 steals and 2 turnovers matched up against two NCAA 1 guards. I emphasize NCAA 1 guards because these are the guys I'm constantly competing with every season trying to get a job.
Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.
Defense, passing, Open court transition, penetrating getting into the lane, and midrange pullup are all strengths in my game. I'm still working on consistently hitting that 3pt shot which was always a weakness, but I'm improving with that. I am in the gym everyday working.
Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?
That's really a tough question. Coming from NYC I've played against the best of the best ! I think that's what makes me a tough guard, I can get on the court and compete with anyone. Sometimes it's not always the skill of a player but the will of a player.
NBL Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. BK Opava complete semifinal picture - 3 hours ago
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BK Opava - USK Praha 73-68 BK Opava rallied past USK Praha to win the quarterfinal series. BK Opava made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 USK Praha turnovers. Point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Mladen Primorac... [read more]
BK Opava rallied past USK Praha to win the quarterfinal series. BK Opava made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 USK Praha turnovers. Point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: BK Opava: J.Sirina 19+2reb+3ast, R.Kouril 18+6ast, V.Bujnoch 13+6reb, J.Blazek 10+4reb, V.Cvek 7+10reb+2ast, R.Klecka 4+1reb+2ast USK Praha: A.Madsen 15+4reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 13+3reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 13+5reb+4ast, M.Primorac 11+13reb+3ast, L.Festr 7+1reb+1ast, M.Mares 4+4reb+1ast
Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Czechs who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Czechs who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 71-58 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game.
Vesely recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court.
Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
This year Vesely averages: 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(122-212) and FT: 54.2% in 32 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek was the major contributor in Andorra's victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) 96-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 17 points and added 4 passes.
MoraBanc Andorra (15-13) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Jelinek's first season with the team.
Jelinek has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 78.8%.
He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria). Chan led Raiffeisen Wels to a victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-24) 84-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Monday night.
He was MVP of the game. Chan had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
WBC Raiffeisen Wels (15-16) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga.
Chan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
This year Chan has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(114-197) and FT: 79.3% in 28 games.
Former USK Praha starter played for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia). He could not help Rieker KN (24-16) to beat Kosice (34-6).
Halada scored 5 points and added 3 assists.
Rieker KN was defeated 82-74 on the road by the leading Kosice.
Halada has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team
back in 2012.
#5. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander in a victory against the 12th-ranked TAKE Tolosa (7-18) crushing them 89-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
Hampl recorded 5 points in 19 minutes.
Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (22-3) is placed first in Group A-A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Hampl's stats this year are: 13.2ppg and 5.7rpg in 25 games.
He used to play for the Czech Republic national team
five years ago.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Czech Republic passport:
#1.Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) could not help Valdiceppo (9-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Meccoli Matejca's good performance the 13th-placed Valdiceppo (9-21) was badly defeated 80-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Ortona (#10) in the Group D.
He scored 10 points.
The Regular Season already ended.
Meccoli Matejca's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.
Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:
NBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. BK Decin and Pardubice join semifinal stage - 4 days ago
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BK Decin - BK Kolin 82-48 BK Decin thumped visiting BK Kolin to advance into the semifinal stage. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BK Kolin's players. Point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international Jakub Houska (207-82) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) responded with 13 poi... [read more]
BK Decin thumped visiting BK Kolin to advance into the semifinal stage. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BK Kolin's players. Point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international Jakub Houska (207-82) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Adam Ciz (192-91) scored 15 points. BK Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: BK Decin: O.Siska 14+6reb+3ast, L.Palyza 11+3ast, T.Pomikalek 10+5reb+2ast, L.Bazant 10+1reb+3ast, J.Houska 10+7reb+4ast, S.Jezek 9+3reb+2ast BK Kolin: A.Ciz 15+4reb, L.Skinner 13+7reb, C.Dixon 8+3reb+2ast, G.Kerr 4+4reb, S.Licartovsky 3, J.Hunt 3+2reb+4ast
BK Pardubice outgunned Svitavy and sealed their semifinal appearance. BK Pardubice forced 20 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American power forward Brett Roseboro (208-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) scored 8 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: BK Pardubice: D.Pandula 16+2reb+4ast, D.Skranc 14+2reb, J.Wall 14+6reb+3ast, D.Burnett 12+2reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 12+8reb, V.Pulpan 9+1reb+3ast Svitavy: B.Roseboro 23+6reb+1ast, H.Mickelson 8+4reb+4ast, P.Slezak 8+2reb+2ast, B.Smithson 7+4reb+3ast, J.Vucica 4+3reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 3+1ast
USK Praha held off BK Opava at home court to cut the deficit in the series. USK Praha outrebounded BK Opava 44-30 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. International swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 14 points and the former international guard Radim Klecka (189-90) scored 13 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: USK Praha: M.Mares 14+1reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 13+7reb+6ast, P.Safarcik 12+1reb+2ast, M.Primorac 9+9reb+1ast, L.Festr 6+6reb+2ast, A.Madsen 6+4reb+2ast BK Opava: J.Sirina 14+3reb+2ast, R.Klecka 13+1reb+2ast, J.Blazek 7+1reb, V.Bujnoch 6+4reb, F.Zbranek 5+2reb+2ast, R.Kouril 3+3reb+2ast
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