#1. This week's number one is former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). He led Energa Czarni to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (5-15) crushing them 97-64 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game.
Brandwein was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 7 passes in 25 minutes on the court.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (11-9) is placed sixth in the TBL.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Brandwein's first season with the team.
This year Brandwein averages: 9.4ppg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 85.2% in the 17 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish.
Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. Naimy could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (4-7) to beat Lokomotiv (7-5).
He recorded 9 points.
But Triumph Lyubertsy was defeated 89-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#3).
Naimy's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 39.3%.
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 Italy). Tyus was not able to help Cantu (12-7) in their game against Enel Brindisi (10-9) in the Italian SerieA.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Cantu lost 65-69 in Brindisi to the lower-ranked (#9) Enel.
This year Tyus' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 73.0%(73-100) and FT: 61.0% in the 18 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) faced previously mentioned Oded Brandwein in the Polish TBL last game.
Rothbart, who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (5-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Start Gdynia was crushed 97-64 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Energa Czarni.
Rothbart scored 10 points in 20 minutes.
It was Start Gdynia's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Rothbart has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg and 6.9rpg in the 19 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.
Rothbart is also Israeli national team player.
#5. Former U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Yale University to win against the Columbia University (2-3) 75-56 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes.
The Yale University has 3-2 conference record this season.
This year Kreisberg has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 6.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team
two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#6. Point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall (2-12) in their game against the Marquette University (9-2) in the NCAA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Maayan scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Seton Hall was crushed 67-46 on their home court in South Orange, NJ by the Marquette University.
It was Seton Hall's eighth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Maayan has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games.
He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Israeli 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.Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Boras Basket's victory against the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-22) 93-84 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game.
Thomas recorded 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
Boras Basket (20-9) is placed fourth in the Basketligan.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Thomas has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.
#2.Omar Wattad (195-G-88, college: Chattanooga, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Energy Invest Rustavi in a victory against the sixth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (8-5) 94-75 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game.
Wattad scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court.
Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague.
Wattad has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Wattad has never played in Israel.
#3.Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Finke Baskets (9-13) to beat SC Rasta Vechta (17-5).
Aud recorded 5 points and added 3 passes.
Finke Baskets was crushed 104-62 on the road by the leading SC Rasta Vechta.
Aud is currently second on the league's list of best passers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg.
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.
Artzit newcomer Hapoel Ma'alot B.C added to their roster 26-year old forward Amitay Raz (196-91). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Ma'a lot as he has played here before. Raz He just played at Hapoel Nesher in Israeli Artzit. Raz also played earlier that season for Hapoel Ma'a lot [read more]
Artzit newcomer Hapoel Ma'alot B.C added to their roster 26-year old forward Amitay Raz (196-91). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Ma'a lot as he has played there before. Raz He just played at Hapoel Nesher in Israeli Artzit. Raz also played earlier that season for Hapoel Ma'a lot. He won Israeli Artzit League championship title in 2013. Raz has played previously for three other teams: Hapoel Migdal Haemek, Hapoel Afula and Jezreel Valley.
Yates' 21 points and 9 rebounds give him National League Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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25-year old forward Evan Yates (198-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Macc.Rehovot and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 20. He had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Macc.Rehovot in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hapoel Afula (#11, 9-11) 74-67. Macc.Rehovot is placed at 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier thi... [read more]
25-year old forward Evan Yates (198-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Macc.Rehovot and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 20. He had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Macc.Rehovot in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hapoel Afula (#11, 9-11) 74-67. Macc.Rehovot is placed at 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Macc.Rehovot will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. Yates turned to be Macc.Rehovot's top player in his first season with the team. Ashland University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Yates is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP. Worth to mention Yates played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
Second best performed player last round was Storm Warren (201-PF-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Maccabi H/H. He is American forward in his first season at Maccabi H/H. In the last game Warren recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi H/H was edged by the higher-ranked Maccabi Raanana (#2, 14-6) 94-90. Maccabi H/H managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S (#3). Livingston showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Livingston's great performance Hapoel K/S lost 62-72 to the lower-ranked Ironi K-A (#6, 12-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hapoel K/S needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Livingston has a great season in Israel. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Galil Elion - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Sean Labanowski (205-PF-92) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists 7. Marcus Relphorde (198-F/G-88) of Hapoel Migd.H. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Demetrius Treadwell (201-F-91) of Hapoel Afula - 25 points and 16 rebounds 9. Jamal Olasewere (201-SF-91) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Ramat Hasharon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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)
New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) are going to waive 29-year old Israeli small forward Omri Casspi (206-102kg-88). In only one NBA game he had 12 points and 2 rebounds this season. Casspi also played for the Kings where in 22 NBA games he recorded 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings in first round (23rd overall). Among other achievements Casspi won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2006 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championsh... [read more]
New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) are going to waive 29-year old Israeli small forward Omri Casspi (206-102kg-88). In only one NBA game he had 12 points and 2 rebounds this season. Casspi also played for the Kings where in 22 NBA games he recorded 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings in first round (23rd overall). Among other achievements Casspi won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2006 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team award in 2015. Casspi was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. He played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2008 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. Casspi represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%. Casspi has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets) and Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Very long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slashing ability ... It's very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside ... Casspi will beat bigger opponents off the dribble due to his quickness and take advantage of smaller opponents by posting them up inside.
Has to work to improve his shooting mechanics and be a more consistent outside shooter ... Not good at taking his defenders off the dribble and creating his own shots.
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