Division 1 A, round 17: Three contests tonight. In Helsinki area Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) visiting neighbour city Espoo and crushing Honka (Tapiola) by 28 points 73-101 (42-51). ToPo stopped Honka's Tuomas Iisalo (195-SF-82, agency: Court Side), then Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) fouled out in 14:42 minutes and the rest was easy. ToPo (12-5) won all four quarters. Elias Kajander (196-F-80) had a double-double 18pts/10rbs, HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) netted 18 pts and Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) added with 16 pts. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) led Honka (10-8) with 21 points. In Oulu local YMCA was in big troubles with Ura Basket (Kaarina), played then better during the last quarter, but the visitors had had too long lead: Ura Basket won 80-87 (34-52). Nolan Richardson (188-G-84, college: Midwestern St.), Division 1 A scoring leader (26,94 ppg), led Ura Basket (5-12) with 31 points. Santeri Latvala (186-PG-91) scored 20 and Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84) 18 pts. Jari Vanttaja (209-F/C-86, college: Baylor) led YMCA Oulu (9-7) with 23 pts. Neighbours Huima (Aanekoski) and Riento (Saynatsalo) needed badly a victory, but SayRi lost the chances by poor rebounding and lackness of fighting spirit. Huima (6-10) won 105-96 (60-46). Newcomer Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85, college: Independence CC) got an excellent start in his first game in Finland: 30pts/10rbs. DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Youngstown St.) played long moments with four fouls adding 22 pts: Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) made a double-double 19pts/16rbs. American G Shaquille Johnson (190-G-90, college: Marshall) helped Riento (4-12) with 31 pts. Newcomer Rolando Little (206-F-86, college: Idaho St.) started with 22 pts in his first game on team roster. Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) fouled out in 25:39 minutes. Honka - ToPo 73-101 (42-51). (Malik Moore 21, Tero Laitinen 13/9, Ilkka Sirola 12/8 - Elias Kajander 18/10, HL Coleman 18, Marcus Capers 16/9. A: 768). YMCA Oulu - Ura Basket 80-87 (34-52). (Jari Vanttaja 23, Russell Frederick 17, Henri Vihavainen 17 - Nolan Richardson 31/6a, Santeri Latvala 20, Bobby Nash 18. A: 284). Huima - SayRi 105-96 (60-46). (Cory Abercrombie 30/10, DeAndre Mays 22, Andre Stephens 19/16 - Shaquille Johnson 31, Rolando Little 22, Kosti Naukkarinen 10. A: 381).
BK Inter Bratislava (SBL) inked 30-year old American forward William Walker (197-104kg-87, college: Bethel, IN). He started the season at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Walker played at La Rochelle in French NM1 where in 34 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. He received MCC Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Walker is a very experienced player. He has quite travele... [read more]
BK Inter Bratislava (SBL) inked 30-year old American forward William Walker (197-104kg-87, college: Bethel, IN). He started the season at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Walker played at La Rochelle in French NM1 where in 34 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. He received MCC Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Walker is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Walker has played previously professionally also in Australia (Frankston Blues), Luxembourg (Heffingen) and Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins, Sodertalje Kings, Solna Vikings and Nassjo). Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball. He attended Bethel College, IN until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. Walker's game is described as:
High skill level high basketball IQ.
He is a legitimate 67 forward who is a tough competitor with a deadly outside shooting stroke.
He is an excellent scorer out of the triple threat position and is a craft passer as well. Will is very patient and intelligent player. He would be great compliment player at very high level and make everyone else around him better.
He is a very smart defender and rebounder as well as a decent athlete.
Walker, a 6-6 forward from Michigan City, Indiana, was a four-year starter for the Pilots. He led the Pilots in scoring in three of his four seasons and in rebounding all four years. He is one of three Pilots in the history of the program to score 2,000 career points, collect 1,000 career rebounds, and block 100 career shots. Last season, Walker averaged 20.2 points and 9.2 rebounds a game and led the Pilots to a 33-4 record and their fifth Final Four in program history. He earned NAIA DII National Player of the Year and MCC Conference Player of the Year honors. In March, Walker's #33 jersey was retired by the Bethel men's basketball program, joining four others in having that distinction. For his career, Walker played in 134 games and started 122 games. He scored 2,427 points (4th all-time, 18.1 per game), pulled down 1,234 rebounds (5th all-time, 9.2 per game), dished out 318 assists (2.4 per game), blocked 145 shots (3rd all-time, 1.1 per game), and swiped 170 steals (1.3 per game). 'I can't say enough about what my Bethel Basketball family has done for me over the years,' said Walker. 'They've helped me grow in all aspects of life, taught me to be a leader (as well as a follower), taught me self-control, and showed me that I can always be pushed to another level. That's just a couple things that Bethel has done for me. I will never forget my coaches, my managers, the fans, and my brothers (teammates). I love them and they will always be with me.' Walker accumulated a laundry list of accolades during his time at Bethel and he is sure to add to that list at the next level.
American Zach Stahl (196-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Oulun NMKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 20. The guard had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat FoKoPo (#8, 8-16) 90-76. Oulun NMKY is placed at 4th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. Oulun NMKY is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little... [read more]
American Zach Stahl (196-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Oulun NMKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 20. The guard had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat FoKoPo (#8, 8-16) 90-76. Oulun NMKY is placed at 4th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. Oulun NMKY is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. In the team's last game Stahl had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Oulun NMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stahl is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 50.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-G/F-98) of Korikouvot. Knihtinen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Korikouvot to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Karkkila (#10, 6-16) 107-87. Korikouvot's 4th position in Division B has not changed. His team's 15-7 record is not bad at all. Knihtinen is one of the most experienced players at Korikouvot and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Cameroonian Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Jarvenpaa (#7). Towa showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twenty three rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Jarvenpaa, leading his team to a 76-63 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Jyvaskyla BA (#5, 12-11). The chances of Jarvenpaa not to end season at such low position in Division A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Towa could try to bring Jarvenpaa's a little bit higher in the standings. Towa has individually a great season in Finland. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Riku Laine (197-F-97) of PeU-Basket - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists 10. Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86) of Namika Lr - 32 points, 9 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)
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Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-93kg-90, college: W.Virginia). He just played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. Bryant managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In four A Division games he had 3.8ppg and 1.3apg. He also played earlier that season for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 where in 11 A Division games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Bryant also played 10 games in Bask... [read more]
Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-93kg-90, college: W.Virginia). He just played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. Bryant managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In four A Division games he had 3.8ppg and 1.3apg. He also played earlier that season for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 where in 11 A Division games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Bryant also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. In 2012 he was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall). Bryant attended West Virginia University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. His college team won Big East Tournament in 2010. Bryant has played also professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena) and Czech Republic (BK Kolin). On Bryant:
A solid bodied PG, who is very good in shooting out of screens and in defensive situations that allow him to steal the ball and to open a fast break. Has quick legs and long arms, should improve his shooting selection and 3pt shooting accuracy to become an interesting good for European market.
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