#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the league outsider Gaziantep (1-7) 86-69 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game.
McCalebb was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes on the court.
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (7-1) is placed third in the TBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's McCalebb's first year with the team.
McCalebb has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 61.9%(13-21), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.7% in the three games he played so far.
McCalebb is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Aris (2-6) crushing them 100-65 in the Greek A1 last Monday.
Antic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (8-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Antic's overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16), 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 68.8%.
He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.
#3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroChallenge). He contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Ploiesti (0-5) crushing them 97-72 in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night.
Massey scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Krasnie Krilya Samara (5-0) is placed first in group B.
So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season.
They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Massey's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16), 3FGP: 30.8% in the four games.
He is a naturalized American.
Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#4. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Krka (5-6) 97-78 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game.
Ilievski scored 12 points.
KK Cedevita Zagreb (7-4) is placed third in the Adriatic League.
Ilievski's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 1.4apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.
Ilievski is also FYR Macedonian national team player.
#5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help BC Donetsk (7-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Donetsk was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Azovmash.
Stojanovski was the top scorer with 17 points in 29 minutes.
It's Stojanovski's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games.
Stojanovski plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.
#6. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vlado Ilievski. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention.
Green was not able to help Cedevita (2-7) in their game against Olympiacos (7-2).
He scored 6 points and had 3 steals.
The sixth-placed Cedevita was crushed 84-62 at home by the leading Olympiacos in the group C of Euroleague.
Green belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5.
His total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg.
Green is a naturalized American.
He is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago.
Interesting that Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#7. International center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Lietuvos rytas (3-4) in their game against Khimky (6-1) in the VTB United League.
He recorded 6 points in only 12 minutes.
Lietuvos rytas (#6) lost 69-80 in Khimki to the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League.
This year Samardziski's total stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the six games.
He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.
#8. Power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, currently plays in Balkan League) managed to help Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas to win against one of league's weakest teams Kozuv (3-4) 87-77 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game.
Krstevski recorded only 4 points.
Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (3-2) is placed eighth in the Balkan League.
There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Krstevski has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.2rpg.
He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team
back in 2009.
The list of other players, who all have FYR Macedonian passport but never been selected to any of FYR Macedonian national teams:
#1.Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) led Stjarnan to a victory against the closely-ranked Skallagrimur 98-84 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday.
Zdravevski scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Stjarnan (6-3) is placed third in the Dominos League.
Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster.
He has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg.
Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.
#2.Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Pertevniyal's victory against one of league's weakest teams Baskent Genclik (2-8) 68-62 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Saturday night.
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Pertevniyal Istanbul (5-5) is placed 11th in the TB2L.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This year Osman has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.
Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.
#3.Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pi Koleji (3-7) to beat Gelisim (5-5).
Sokolov recorded 5 points in 19 minutes.
Pi Koleji lost 70-74 at home to the much higher-ranked (#9) Gelisim.
It was Pi Koleji's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Sokolov has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 6.3rpg in the 10 games.
Coach Emil Rajkovic (ex Slask Wroclaw) joins MZT Skopje - 1 day ago
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KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old FYR Macedonian coach Emil Rajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza). He has coached for the last two seasons at Slask Wroclaw in Polish TBL league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rajkovic's team made it to the Polish final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Coach of the Year back in 2011. Rajkovic was coaching FYR Macedonian Senior National Team two years ago... [read more]
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old FYR Macedonian coach Emil Rajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza). He has coached for the last two seasons at Slask Wroclaw in Polish TBL league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rajkovic's team made it to the Polish final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Coach of the Year back in 2011. Rajkovic was coaching FYR Macedonian Senior National Team two years ago, and coached also U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. He has coached previously two other FYR Macedonia teams: Rabotnicki and Feni Industries.
Charlon Kloof (ex Auxilium TO) is a newcomer at MZT Skopje - 2 days ago
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Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Dutch ex-international guard Charlon Kloof (190-88kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Surinamese passport. Kloof played most recently at Auxilium Torino in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Among other achievements Kloof's team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifi... [read more]
Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Dutch ex-international guard Charlon Kloof (190-88kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Surinamese passport. Kloof played most recently at Auxilium Torino in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Among other achievements Kloof's team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015. Kloof was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch Senior National Team last year and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Kloof represented Holland at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 61.1%, FT: 63.2%. Kloof is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Kloof has played previously professionally in Greece, Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy), Turkey and Surinam (Yellow Birds). He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Has a wingspan of 204cm. Charlon is a lightning quick PG with the ability to score at the rim and shoot the three point shot. Defensively able to guard all back court positions and a great feel for the game. His athletic ability, quick first step and game mentality and 193cm make him a complete PG at the age of 24 with both European and US experience. Charlon was one of the best players of the Eurobasket 2015. He played at St. Bonaventure University (A10). As a team captain and floor leader Kloof was a top 3 guard in the A10 in 2013-2014.
- TOP 7 scorer of Eurobasket 2015
- Strong and athletic PG
- Lock-down defender.
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