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).
Taipans sign Tony Mitchell, ex Hapoel Eilat - 5 hours ago
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Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive sea... [read more]
Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Mitchell won D-League championship title in 2014. He is quite experienced player. Mitchell has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Banco di Srd and Dolomiti Energia Trento), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), China (Jilin Tigers) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants). Mitchell attended University of Alabama until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player. He could be described:
A very good scorer, with great athletic abilities and all-around playing skills. He can easily beat his man and create for his own and teammates.
Egor Koulechov's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Israelis playing currently abroad: - 1 day ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Israelis who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94). Heto an easy victory against the University of North Texas in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Israelis who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Rice to an easy victory against the University of North Texas (1-0) crushing them 101-79 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Koulechov had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 33 minutes on the court.
The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season.
Koulechov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 55.4%(46-83) and FT: 84.9% in 18 games he played so far.
Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). He could not help Iskra Svit (12-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Shoutvin's very good performance Iskra Svit was defeated 94-79 at home by the leading Kosice.
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Shoutvin also added 5 rebounds.
It's Shoutvin's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 61.7%(113-183), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 81.2%.
Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team in 2011.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He managed to help Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (6-11) 87-79 in the Euroleague on Friday night.
Tyus scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
This year Tyus has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(72-110) and FT: 52.9% in 17 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Tyus played for the Israeli national team four years ago.
He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.
#4. Small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (29-11) in the NBA. He did not beat the league record on Friday evening.
Casspi recorded only 2 points.
The Sacramento Kings (16-25) were defeated 120-108 on the road by the Cavaliers.
It was Kings' third consecutive loss in a row.
Casspi's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg.
He used to play for the Israeli national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Karlsruhe (8-6) in their game against Dragons Rhoendorf (7-8) in the German ProB (third division).
Kazarnovski scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe (8-6) was edged 69-67 in Rhoendorf by the lower-ranked Dragons (#7) in the South group.
This season Kazarnovski has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg.
Kazarnovski is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
He used to play for the Israeli university national team
ten years ago.
#6. Power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Oregon State University (2-0) crushing them 85-43 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Sorkin scored only 2 points in 13 minutes.
The University of Oregon has 5-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all five games in the conference.
This year Sorkin's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.9rpg in 12 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Israeli team two years ago.
#7. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scafati (4-13) in their game against Mens Sana 1871 (9-8) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Naimy scored 8 points and added 7 assists.
Scafati (#16) was defeated 78-71 in Siena by the much higher-ranked Mens Sana 1871 (#9) in the West group.
It was Scafati's third consecutive loss in a row.
This season Naimy has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 8.3apg and 1.2spg.
Naimy used to play for the Israeli national team
two years ago.
#8. Point guard Ky Feldman (178-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Boston College crushing them 76-53 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
The Syracuse University has 3-3 conference record this season.
This year Feldman averages just 0.6ppg in nine games.
He plays currently for the Israeli U20 national team.
#9. U20 international center Ido Flaisher (206-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Hawaii's victory against the Cal State - Northridge 80-77 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Flaisher recorded only 2 points.
The University of Hawaii has 1-2 conference record this season.
Flaisher's total stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 3.3rpg.
He is also in the roster of the Israeli U20 national team.
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 a 1-point victory against the University of Utah (1-1) 83-82 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Leaf recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 4-1 conference record this season.
Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg.
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.Mor Menashe (188-G-92, currently plays in Canada) led Lakehead University to a victory against the Badgers (4-6) 75-64 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday.
Menashe had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes.
The Lakehead University has 4-7 record this season.
Menashe has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.8spg in 10 games he played so far.
#3.Guy Aud (186-G-89, currently plays in Germany) could not help USC Leipzig (4-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 11th-placed USC Leipzig (4-11) lost 69-75 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Wuerzburg in the South group.
Aud scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes.
It was USC Leipzig's third consecutive loss in a row.
Aud has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.6apg and 1.8spg in 12 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
Worth to mention Aud played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#4.Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Culver Stockton College in their game against the MidAmerica Nazarene University in the NAIA. Hemsani cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes.
The Culver Stockton College lost 70-84 in Olathe, KS to the MidAmerica Nazarene University.
So far Culver Stockton College lost all twelve games in the Regular Season.
This year Hemsani's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 11 games.
#5.Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to secure a victory for KL Dragons (1-5) in their game against Alab Pilipinas (5-2) in the ASEAN League.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
KL Dragons was defeated 65-54 at home by the second-ranked Alab Pilipinas.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Goldstein's total stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Goldstein used to play for Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair in Israeli league.
Israeli National League round 15 best performance: Jaraun Burrows - 1 day ago
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Bahamas Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hap.Haifa, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 15. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while his team Hap.Haifa moved-up to the 9th position in Israeli National League. Hap.Haifa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season... [read more]
Bahamas Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hap.Haifa, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 15. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while his team Hap.Haifa moved-up to the 9th position in Israeli National League. Hap.Haifa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 14 games. Burrows turned to be Hap.Haifa's top player in his first season with the team. Former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne star has very solid stats this year. Burrows is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 67.2% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S. Livingston had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Hapoel K/S to edge the lower-ranked Hapoel G/A (#11, 6-9) 64-63. Hapoel K/S's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Livingston is a newcomer at Hapoel K/S, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#8). He also registered 10.4 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chris Gaston (201-PF-89) of Hapoel Migd.H. (#7). Gaston scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hapoel Migd.H., leading his team to a 88-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Hap.Haifa (#9, 7-7). Hapoel Migd.H. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Gaston has a great season in Israel. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (6th best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 54.6%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Evan Yates (198-F-91) of Macc.Rehovot - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-PG-87) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 34 points and 9 assists 6. Jalen Cannon (198-F-93) of Hapoel G/A - 20 points and 18 rebounds 7. Marcus Relphorde (198-F/G-88) of Hapoel Migd.H. - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Samme Givens (198-F-89) of Maccabi Raanana - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Ironi K-A - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Sean Labanowski (205-PF-92) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 16 points and 12 rebounds
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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