American-Cape Verdean B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Caen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 28. The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Gries/Oberhoffen (#12, 13-15) with 27-point margin 95-68. It allowed Caen to consolidate first place in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Caen has a very solid 22-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Monteiro turned to be Caen's top player in his first season with the team. B.J. Monteiro averages this season 15.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 4.3apg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 39-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier. Bradford impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for St Vallier to edge the higher-ranked Orchies (#8, 15-13) by 4 points 90-86. St Vallier's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at St Vallier 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 18.2ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) of Gries/Oberhoffen (#12). Thondique showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Thondique's great performance Gries/Oberhoffen lost 68-95 to the higher-ranked Caen (#1, 22-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Gries/Oberhoffen ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thondique could help Gries/Oberhoffen to bring them higher in the standings. Thondique has a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 40.3%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Will Carter (200-F-88) of Angers BC - 21 points and 9 rebounds 5. Richie Gordon (203-F/C-89) of Caen - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Xane d'Almeida (181-PG-83) of Lourdes - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists 7. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Rennes - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Ludovic Negrobar (207-C-91) of Rennes - 18 points and 9 rebounds 9. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92) of Souffel - 21 points and 6 rebounds 10. Sade Aded Hussein (208-F/C-93) of St Vallier - 21 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)
Review of NM1 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 54 minutes ago
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Quimper - Chartres 99-83 Quimper rolled past Chartres in the quarterfinal series opener. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) nailed 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his... [read more]
Quimper rolled past Chartres in the quarterfinal series opener. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) nailed 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Kevin Bichard (195-86) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively for UB Chartres in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Quimper: J.Bluntt 27+5reb+5ast, F.Herard 18+3reb, D.Burke 16+7reb, V.Bobrov 12+5reb+4ast, R.Temgoua 12+7ast, K.Mondesir 7+4reb Chartres: J.Mitchell 20+7reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 16+5reb, K.Bichard 15+2reb+8ast, O.Romain 9+3reb+7ast, H.Disy 7+3reb, T.Toney 5+1reb
Lourdes snatched a road win over GET Vosges to secure 1-0 lead. GET Vosges cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Malcolm Gountas (189-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) added 19 points in the effort for GET Vosges. Five Lourdes-Tarbes and four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Lourdes: M.Kazonas 16+6reb, L.Vaty 16+3reb+1ast, X.d'Almeida 13+6reb+5ast, E.Bosc 11+2reb+2ast, A.Thimon 11+3reb, M.Virbalas 3+2reb GET Vosges: S.Ricard 19, M.Gountas 14+5reb+3ast, M.Doumbe 11+7reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+4reb+1ast, I.Sidibe 8+1reb+3ast, L.Gigant 5+2reb+2ast
Souffel outgunned ALS Basket to take 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely ALS Basket outrebounded Souffelweyersheim 45-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 20 points. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for ALS Basket in the defeat. Top scorers: Souffel: F.Harris 20+1reb, E.Mendy 18+8reb+6ast, R.Kayembe 12+3reb+2ast, F.Ateba 9+6reb+1ast, A.El Gazhi 9+3reb+1ast, J.Delmas 8+1reb+4ast ALS Basket: J.Brooks 16+1reb+5ast, N.Kovanusic 15+14reb, P.Blackwell 15+12reb+1ast, B.Tardy 8+2ast, M.N'Doye 6+2reb+1ast, T.Ben Aissou 4+1reb+3ast
Challans beat visiting RAC Basket to secure the advantage in the series. Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Dominique Gentil (197-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Karim Gourari (204-89) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Top scorers: Challans: E.Monceau 18+10reb+2ast, D.Gentil 12+5reb, D.Petrovic 8+3reb, J.Jones 8+3reb, O.Gouez 7+3reb, M.Gibson 6+1reb+3ast RAC Basket: W.Felder 13+10reb+4ast, K.Gourari 12+8reb+4ast, J.Bichard 11+3ast, L.Sambe 9+1ast, R.Anderson 5+7reb, D.Sencanski 4+3reb
Jerry Smith (ex Samsun) signs at Chalons-Reims - 1 day ago
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Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.... [read more]
Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2010 Springfield Armor selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft. He attended University of Louisville and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Smith has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. Among other achievements he won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. Smith received also Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Holon), Italy (AV Cantu and Verona), New Zealand (Pistons), NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Springfield A.). His game is described as:
A powerful combo guard who has great athletic skills and knows how to score. Great personality, he can spend time at the point too, but seems an ideal specimen for the 2 spot at European level.
Gonzaga lands their first post-Final Four commitment - 2 days ago
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Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi(6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot... [read more]
Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi (6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the ability to shoot it from the perimeter, and if Gonzaga can do anything, it's develop players that enter their program. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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