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Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 22-2 
 2. Zwolle 18-6 
 3. Leiden 16-8 
 4. Den Bosch 12-12 
 5. Rotterdam 11-13 
 6. Leeuwarden 7-17 
 7. Amsterdam 7-17 
 8. Weert 3-21 
Full Standings
Last:3/19/2017
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Grasshoppers 17-1 
 2. Lions 15-4 
 3. De Groene 13-5 
 4. Lokomotief 12-6 
 5. Groningen 10-7 
 6. Red Giants 10-9 
 7. CobraNova 9-10 
 8. Leiden 2 9-10 
 9. Black Eagles 6-12 
 10. New Stars 5-14 
 11. Punch 5-14 
 12. De Hoppers 0-19 
Full Standings
Last:3/20/2017
FIBA Europe Cup Stage Two Standings
Group K
 1. Chalon 5-1 
 2. Gaziantep 5-1 
 3. Sodertalje 1-5 
 4. Targu Mures 1-5 
Group L
 1. Demir IBB 5-1 
 2. Antwerp 4-2 
 3. Gravelines 2-4 
 4. Prievidza 1-5 
Group M
 1. Telekom Bsk 5-1 
 2. Vytautas 4-2 
 3. Oberwart 2-4 
 4. Apoel 1-5 
Group N
 1. Kormend 4-2 
 2. Nanterre 4-2 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 3-3 
 4. Bnei Hertzeliyya 1-5 
Group O
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-2 
 2. Alba 4-2 
 3. UBT Cluj Napoca 2-4 
 4. BK Pardubice 2-4 
Group P
 1. Groningen 4-2 
 2. Lukoil Acad. 3-3 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Benfica 0-6 
Group Q
 1. Cibona 0-0 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 3. Kataja Basket 0-0 
 4. Oostende 0-0 
 5. Oradea 0-0 
 6. Spirou 0-0 
 7. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
 8. Usak 0-0 
Stage One Standings
Last:2/9/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 La'Shard ANDERSON
  Rotte.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anderson, Rotte.20.7 
 2. Scott, Den Bosch20.6 
 3. Gregory, Leeuw.18.2 
 4. Vette, Zwolle17.8 
 5. Tiller, Zwolle16.6 
 6. Marshall, Rotte.15.6 
 7. Bell, Rotterdam15.6 
 8. Van-D., Amsterdam15.6 
 9. Yoho, Zwolle15.4 
 10. Draper, Leiden14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Craig OSAIKHWUWUOMWAN
  Leeuward.
  (211-C/F-90)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Osaikhwuwuom., Leeuward.11.9 
 2. Mitchell, Den Bosch11.3 
 3. Koenis, Leiden9.2 
 4. Vette, Zwolle8.7 
 5. Wessels, Den Bosch8.2 
 6. Fieler, Groningen8.0 
 7. Marshall, Rotte.8.0 
 8. Oudendag, Zwolle7.5 
 9. Van-Schaik, Amste.7.0 
 10. Pagter-Ralf, Den B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Groningen
  (191-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 2. Scott, Den Bosch5.5 
 3. Anderson, Rotte.5.3 
 4. Roye, Amsterdam5.2 
 5. Lee, Leiden5.1 
 6. McWhorter, Den B.5.1 
 7. Van-Oostrum, Zwo.4.4 
 8. Jansen, Leiden4.3 
 9. Tiller, Zwolle4.3 
 10. Wright, Leiden4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cashmere WRIGHT
  Leiden
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wright, Leiden3.0 
 2. Anderson, Rotte.2.6 
 3. Tiller, Zwolle2.5 
 4. Scott, Den Bosch2.3 
 5. Lee, Leiden2.2 
 6. Bouwknecht, Den B.2.2 
 7. Wessels, Den Bosch2.0 
 8. Kherrazi, Leiden2.0 
 9. Marshall, Rotte.2.0 
 10. Pauline, Weert1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chase FIELER
  Groningen
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Fieler, Groningen1.4 
 2. Smith, Groningen1.4 
 3. Enobakhare, Leiden1.3 
 4. Mays, Rotterdam1.2 
 5. Draper, Leiden1.0 
 6. Koenis, Leiden1.0 
 7. Marshall, Rotte.1.0 
 8. Van-Schaik, Amste.0.9 
 9. Hoogesteden, Rotte.0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Den Bosch0.6 
Player of the Week

 Lance Jeter
  Groningen
  ( 191-PG-102-88 )
  
Dutch men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
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Dutch Basketball (Men)

Next Round Schedule

Round 25 (Regular Season)

Weert Mar.25 Amsterdam 53%
Den Bosch Mar.25 Leiden 53%
Groningen 50% Mar.25 Zwolle
Leeuwarden Mar.25 Rotterdam 63%
Next Round Schedule

Round 20 (Regular Season)

Lions Mar.25 Grasshoppers 54%
De Hoppers Mar.25 CobraNova 89%
Red Giants 59% Mar.25 Leiden 2
Black Eagles Mar.25 Groningen 64%
Lokomotief 85% Mar.25 New Stars
De Groene 85% Mar.25 Punch
Next Round Schedule

Game 1 (Semi-Finals)

Oostende Mar.29 Chalon 99%
Nanterre Mar.29 Telekom Bsk 53%
Interview with Niels Meijer - Dutch Basketball - Oct 11, 2012


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Niels Meijer
As the glow of the London Olympics and the U17 World Championship for Women starts to fade, some of us start to look ahead for the long-term opportunities that have emerged from The Games. On the team sports side, the surprising qualification run of the Netherlands womens basketball team raised many eyebrows and shows that there is growth in the game during the Year of Basketball. The womens team received a huge boost in the eyes of the international public with the great run during the Championship, upsetting Spain and Turkey.

Niels Meijer (204-F-80) is account manager at the Johan Cruyff Sports Institute Amsterdam and formerly played as a professional at BC Omniworld Almere, Amsterdam Astronauts and Donar Groningen. As a native Dutch, Niels played professional basketball for 17 years in Europe and now lives in Amsterdam. We caught up with Niels to ask him about global hoops and the growing interest in basketball in the Netherlands.

In a country where basketball is not a popular sport, how did you start playing basketball and where did you start?
I come from a real basketball family. Both of my parents are passionate about the game, as well as my uncles. I started playing when I was 7 year old in my hometown Velsen. At the age of 16, I played my first game for a professional team in Almere. After that I transferred to Amsterdam. I have played there for 6 years, including winning 2 championships and 2 cupfinals. During that period I received my first invitation for the national team, which I have been representing since then for 4 years. Unfortunately I had end my career because of a major knee injury.

What was your experience as a professional basketball player in the Netherlands?
Compared to other European countries, basketball in the Netherlands is not that popular. There are 3 or 4 top teams that rule the competition every year. Luckily for me I was on these teams, so every year I had the chance to play for the European Cup. I played against big teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Khimki Moscow, etc. I played against a lot of big names like Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez.

Amsterdam just hosted the U17 Women Basketball World Championship, with a great performance by the Dutch team. What do you expect in the next years for the Netherlands in basketball?
Especially the level of womens basketball has grown during the last couple of years. This is because a few years ago the city of Amsterdam, the National Olympic Committee and the Dutch Basketball Federation started a project called the CTO (Centre for Topsport and Education). Their main focus is on the sports and they organize about 25 hours a week of basketball practice. In the past years they visibly increased the players strength, mental toughness and of course their technical and tactical game. At the same time, the U20 reached the semi-finals during the European Championship. A great proof that this program is working!

The NBB is also working to promote the year of Womens Basketball? Is it the reason for the Orange Success in the U17?
The best reason is of course the performance of the girls themselves. I think that what might have helped a little is the success of U17. But again, all credit goes to the team and its staff. However, I personally still have the ambition to help the sports to a higher level in the Netherlands. Together with an ex-teammate I started a network group for Dutch former internationals. Our goal is to be an external consultancy group for our Federation and for other basketball organizations.

What do you think should be done to take basketball to the next level in the Netherlands?
The CTO project should continue as it is. It should be noted that it only exist through the funding of the NOC (the Dutch Olympic Committee) and the government. So this should be regarded as its structure for the future. If they continue like they do, I have no doubt that we will see our womens national team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The same goes for our wheelchair basketball teams. They also started a program for both women and men who are competing on a professional basis. The wheelchair women won the bronze medal at the Paralympics in Londen 2012.The mens national basketball team however is struggling. There is no plan or vision whatsoever. In my opinion they should use the blueprint of the CTO program for the women and focus on their youth (U14 and U16).

What can you tell us about the recruiting landscape from North America and the rest of Europe seeking Dutch players?
Of course the experience you find in the competition of North America is really special. As a player you want to reach for the top and in North America you will find the best players, the best coaches and the best competition. So I understand the choice of most players who wish to make that step across the ocean. Another trend we see in the Netherlands is that a lot of talented players go to Spanish league at the age between 14-16. My hope for the future is that talented players will not have to travel that far to get the best accommodation, the best coaches or play against great players. I hope that soon those conditions are right here in the Netherlands. But for now, that is just a dream.

Francisco Elson and Dan Gadzuric are current players in the NBA. How do you see their experience there going thus far?
I thinks for basketball in the Netherlands its great we have two players in the NBA. I think that the Dutch Federation should put them even more into the spotlight to promote the sports. To grow as a sports, you need heroes. So their experience is of great value for the next generation.

What has the Johan Cruyff Institute and its programs brought to you and the basketball world in the Netherlands?
The Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies educates sports people worldwide and generates projects and ideas for the sports industry. The Cruyff Institute was created by athletes, is fully sports-oriented, and aims at becoming a reference center in the sports world. The Cruyff Institute builds bridges between education and businesses through talent and knowledge development.
We have had some well-known athletes in our programs, like for instance Edwin van der Sar (the famous goalkeeper). But our programs are also meant for people with a passion for sports. And this combination of athletes and people of the business world who have a passion for sports is very powerful. We aspire to help people, athletes and sport in general to a higher level. We educate, develop and connect!
The Institutes offers two Master programs: The International Master of Sport Management and the Master of Coaching. I have studied the first, after which I started working for the Institute as a manager of the Master in Coaching and our online programs. In this way, I still feel very much connected to top sports in general. But who knows Someday I might return to my first love basketball.

Courtesy of www.globallization.com   




Thomas van
der Mars
Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - 17 hours ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Dutch players who are currently playing abroad. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) could not help CB Canarias (11-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed CB Canarias (11-3) was edged 62-62 on the road by the second-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in the group D of Basketball Champions League.    [read more]
Prom.Divisie Round 19: No surprise as #1 Grasshoppers defeat Punch - 5 days ago
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. Prom.Divisie top team - Grasshoppers (17-1) added another victory to their record on Thursday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Punch (5-14) in Delft 64-57. Grasshoppers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. Punch at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 1...   [read more]

Lance Jeter
Jeter's 23 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
28-year old point guard Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Groningen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24. He had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Amsterdam (#7, 7-17) 81-73. It allowed Groningen to consolidate first place in the Dutch league. Groningen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championsh...   [read more]


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