The Israeli prospect Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.), has been chosen by the Basketball League Adminstration to the MVP of 2010/11 season, after averaging: 12 ppg,4.3 rpg, and 6.3 apg.
Mekel got the award after he showed a significant improve in his game,and showed great character leading his team-Gilboa/Galil to its 2nd final in a row (as last season they won the championship). He also gain more experience by playing in the top European competitions the Eurocup, and the Euroleague (Qualifying Round).
We talked about his future and this is what he said:
Q1: You made some great achievements as last season you won the championship, and this season you led your team to finals, you were choosen to the BSL MVP of the season, and you played in the Eurocup and in the Euroleague, what is your next goal?.
Gal: Yes I think that my first 3 years in pro ball were beyond any dream that I had, Gilboa Galil gave me the opportunity to develop and I'm sure that after those 3 years (final4 and rookie of the year in my first season , championship in my second season and playing in euroleague , eurocup and getting the mvp of the league in my 3rd season) I'm ready for the next step...this step will be to play in a good club in one of the best leagues in europe next year and of cours to help the Israeli national team this summer in Lithuania (the European Championship).
Q2: You have already lived by yourself while playing in college, are you ready to do this again in Europe?.
Gal: I'm ready , those 2 years in college helped me a lot in many ways besides basketball, to grow up , to be more independent and to learn about ather culturs, I did it when I was 18 so Im sure im ready for it now when im 23 year old.
Q3: Describe yourself as a player.
Gal: I'm a true point guard that do anything it takes to help the team win.... I can help the team by defending by controlling the game by scoring (12 ppg) and by passing (6.3 apg)...I think I will adjust good for the needs of the team and then I find my zone.
Q4: What do you want to improve in your game?.
Gal: I think there is always a room to improve in any aspect of the game ,if I have to choose one, its to be more consistent in my shoot, I feel good with it but to get to the highest level I need to work on it and that is what im going to do the all summer, and I'm doing all the time.
Gal already drawn attraction from teams in Europe during the past years, and even got offers to play in good European teams this season, but he showed loyalty to his team and decided to stay, the Israeli national team camp will start soon and Gal should get a call up to the upcoming European Championship, and he already played in the European Championship in 2009 in Poland (he is also holding a Polish passport).
EuroLeague: Zalgiris outgun Maccabi in Tel Aviv - 1 day ago
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Maccabi - Zalgiris 77:93 Zalgiris celebrated the road win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 13-15 record in the ladder. The win though did not help Zalgiris as they got eliminated from the playoff race because of the other results in the day. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Zalgiris eked out a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 27 points in the second period to take a 44:33 halftime lead. The Kaunas powerhouse maintained the advan... [read more]
Maccabi - Zalgiris 77:93
Zalgiris celebrated the road win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 13-15 record in the ladder. The win though did not help Zalgiris as they got eliminated from the playoff race because of the other results in the day. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Zalgiris eked out a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 27 points in the second period to take a 44:33 halftime lead. The Kaunas powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Zalgiris entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 71:58. They protected the lead throughout the final frame and rallied to the win. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) delivered 15 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) tossed in 11 points in the loss.
Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Israelis who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's surprising victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Israelis who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's surprising victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos (19-8) 80-71 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
Tyus scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes on the court.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (10-17) is placed 11th in the Euroleague.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Tyus' first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(119-172) and FT: 54.4% in 27 games he played so far.
Tyus is a naturalized American.
He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago.
Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). He led Valmiera to a victory against the sixth-ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-15) 86-79 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday.
Fischer recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It was his first game for Valmiera this season.
His team is placed second in the LBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Fischer is a naturalized American.
He played for the Israeli national team in 2015.
Fischer used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). Shoutvin could not help one of league's weakest teams Iskra Svit (21-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Iskra Svit was edged 94-92 at home by the higher-ranked Rieker KN (#5).
Shoutvin was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Shoutvin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Shoutvin has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(200-313), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 79.4%.
Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.
#4. Swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Rice's victory against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday.
He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
Koulechov has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.1apg in 35 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
Koulechov is also Israeli national team player.
#5. Former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (54-16) in the NBA.
He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Minnesota Timberwolves this season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) were defeated 100-93 on the road by the Spurs.
It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Casspi used to play for the Israeli national team
two years ago.
#6. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Karlsruhe's victory against the third-ranked Oldenburg (14-8) 79-68 in the German ProB (third division) last Tuesday.
Kazarnovski scored 9 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals.
BG Karlsruhe (11-11) is placed sixth in South group.
This season Kazarnovski has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg.
He is a former university international player as he played for the Israeli team ten years ago.
#7. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Scafati win their game against the 13th-ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-14) 93-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He recorded 16 points and added 7 assists.
Givova Scafati Basket (7-18) is placed 15th in West group.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
This season Naimy has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.4apg and 1.1spg.
Naimy used to play for the Israeli national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the Kent State University (13-5) 97-80 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Friday night.
He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes.
The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a very good 15-3 conference record this season.
Leaf's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. And that game will be critical.
Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg in 32 games he played so far.
Leaf is a naturalized American.
Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#2.Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked AE Larissas (10-12) crushing them 86-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (20-2) is placed first in the A2.
This year Matalon's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg in 22 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.
Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.
#3.Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91, currently plays in Australia) led McKinnon Cougars to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Whittlesea City (0-1) crushing them 98-61 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night.
Tamir scored 14 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was his first game for McKinnon Cougars this season.
His team are placed fifth in Big V group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Tamir is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Australian.
Israeli National League round 24 best performance: Anthony Lee - 2 days ago
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American Power forward Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) had a great game in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 24. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 25 rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-14) 98-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains the 14th position in Israeli National League. Too... [read more]
American Power forward Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) had a great game in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 24. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 25 rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-14) 98-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains the 14th position in Israeli National League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just three victories. Lee just recently signed at Ironi Ramat Gan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Ohio State University star has very solid stats this year. Lee leads league in rebounds with 12.6rpg. Lee is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.0% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Storm Warren (201-PF-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Maccabi H/H. Warren had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi H/H to edge slightly higher-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10) 94-91. This victory allowed Maccabi H/H to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#1). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was Eliav Ohanon (199-SF-94) of Hapoel Migd.H. (#11). Ohanon scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Ohanon's great performance Hapoel Migd.H. lost 84-98 to the lower-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14, 3-21). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hapoel Migd.H. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ohanon could help Hapoel Migd.H. to bring them higher in the standings. Ohanon has a very solid season. In 18 games in Israel he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 52.1%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel B/S - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Galil Elion - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Maxie Esho (206-F-91) of Ramat Hasharon - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Tal Michael Dunne (196-SF-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists 9. Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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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