#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (1-1) 76-71 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Naimy recorded 17 points in 24 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Triumph Lyubertsy (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup.
There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Naimy has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) in the two games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Casspi could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-6) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3).
He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 106-91 on the road by the Thunder.
It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Casspi averages: 2.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 62.5%.
He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). Tyus contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (3-2) crushing them 82-58 in the Euroleague on Thursday night.
He scored 9 points in 15 minutes.
Mapooro Cantu (2-3) is placed fifth in group A.
This year Tyus' overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and FT: 55.6% in the five games.
He is a naturalized American.
Tyus is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.
#4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to help Start Gdynia (1-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rothbart's very good performance the bottom-ranked Start Gdynia was defeated 66-55 in Zgorzelec by the second-ranked PGE Turow.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Rothbart also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Rothbart belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5.
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.5spg.
Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.
He is also Israeli national team player.
#5. International shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the eighth-ranked TBB Trier (4-3) 72-66 in the German BBL last Saturday.
Halperin scored 10 points in 27 minutes.
FC Bayern Muenchen (5-3) is placed fourth in the BBL.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Halperin's first year with the team.
This season his total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the eight games.
Halperin plays currently for the Israeli national team.
#6. Center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Yale in their game against the Sacred Heart University (0-0) in the NCAA.
He scored 9 points in 21 minutes.
But the Yale was edged in an overtime 85-82 in Fairfield, CT by the Sacred Heart University.
Kreisberg has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg in the four games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kreisberg is U20 international player as he played for the Israeli team one years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#7. U18 international guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) helped Seton Hall win their game against the Norfolk State University 78-65 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
Maayan recorded 6 points and added 5 passes.
The Seton Hall University has conference record this season.
It's Maayan's first year with the team.
He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg.
Maayan used to play for the Israeli U18 national team
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a 3-point Boras Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked Solna Vikings (5-5) 94-91 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night.
He recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Boras Basket (8-2) is placed first in the Basketligan.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This season Thomas has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.3apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.
#2.Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) led Finke Baskets to a victory against the league outsider USC Leipzig (2-7) 93-88 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Aud scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes.
Finke Baskets Paderborn (4-5) is placed 12th in the ProA.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
Aud is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 7.4apg.
He also averaged so far 14.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4spg in the nine games he played so far.
Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#3.Haran Shifman (183-G-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polonia's victory against the closely-ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (5-3) 80-74 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) last Sunday.
Shifman scored 9 points and added 10 passes.
MKS Budimpex Polonia Przemysl (4-4) is placed seventh in the 1Liga.
It's Shifman's first season with the team.
He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.3apg.
Shifman is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Awards 2016 - 12 minutes ago
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Finals MVP: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon; Player of the Year: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon; Guard of the Year: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A; Forward of the Year: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon; Center of the Year: Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Hapoel Eilat; Domestic Player of the Year: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A; Import Player of the Year: Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Hapoel Eilat; Defensive Player of th [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team 2016
Finals MVP: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon Player of the Year: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon Guard of the Year: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A Forward of the Year: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon Center of the Year: Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Hapoel Eilat Domestic Player of the Year: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A Import Player of the Year: Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Hapoel Eilat Defensive Player of the Year: Hamady N'Diaye (212-C-87) of Bnei Hertzeliyya Coach of the Year: Arik Shivek of Maccabi Rishon
Alando Tucker signs at Hapoel Tel-Aviv - 2 days ago
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Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) landed 32-year old American swingman Alando Tucker (198-93kg-84, college: Wisconsin). Tucker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israeli Winner League. In 21 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg. He also played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league that season. In 7 games he had 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg. Tucker also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 9.0... [read more]
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) landed 32-year old American swingman Alando Tucker (198-93kg-84, college: Wisconsin). Tucker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israeli Winner League. In 21 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg. He also played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league that season. In 7 games he had 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg. Tucker also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) in French league. In 14 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 2014-15 season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. In 13-14 season Tucker played at Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 32 games he had high stats: 16.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Tucker also played 10 games in Eurocup where he had high stats: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg in 2013-14 season. The most of previous (12-13) season he spent at Inter Bratislava (SBL) in Slovakian league. In 20 games he had high stats: 19.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in 2012-13 season. He contributed to his team winning the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Import Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Tucker also spent pre-season at the Bucks in NBA that year. In 2007 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (29th overall). The former University of Wisconsin staris in his tenth season in pro basketball. Tucker received All-Big Ten Player of the Year award back in 2007 at his college time. Tucker is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Brujos), Russia (Lokomotiv), Spain (Gran Canaria), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Texas Legends). Tucker's game is described as:
(by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Has three point range on his jump shot. Back to the basket skills are highly developed. Owns a nice turnaround jumper. Excellent finisher who is blessed with cat like body control to get off even the most difficult shots in traffic. Tough minded player who enjoys physical play and will not back down from a challenge.
Defensively Tucker could stand to improve on his intensity. Doesnt seem to possess great anticipation skills nor the awareness to play the passing lanes.
Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) agreed terms with 31-year old swingman Elad Hofman (192-85). He played last season at Hapoel Beer Sheva (National League). In 15 games he had 13.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg. The previous (14-15) season Hofman played at Maccabi Kiryat Gat. In 35 Winner League games he recorded 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!) in 2014-15 season. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National Le... [read more]
Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) agreed terms with 31-year old swingman Elad Hofman (192-85). He played last season at Hapoel Beer Sheva (National League). In 15 games he had 13.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg. The previous (14-15) season Hofman played at Maccabi Kiryat Gat. In 35 Winner League games he recorded 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!) in 2014-15 season. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team. In 13-14 season Hofman played at Maccabi Ashdod. In 25 Winner League games he recorded 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg in 2013-14 season. In 12-13 season he played at Elitzur Yavne (National League). In 28 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.9apg and 2.4spg in 2012-13 season. It was another spectacular year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Hofman has played previously for three other Israel teams: Bnei Hasharon, Ironi Ashkelon and Hasharon.
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