Jordan Taylor (185-PG-89, college: Wisconsin) will start his professional basketball career in Italy. The player signed a deal with Virtus Roma. Taylor graduated at the University of Wisconsin few months ago averaging 14.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds for 36 games as a senior. He had even better numbers as a junior. That season Taylor registered 18.1 ppg, 4.7 agp and 4.1 rpg in 34 games. With Wisconsin the player reached NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011 and this year as well. He was named to All-Big Ten 1st Team -11, 12. This year Wisconsin also reached Big Ten Tournament Semifinals. In 2011, the player was named to Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Last week, Virtus Roma signed deals with Peter Lorant and Bobby Jones. Lorant arrives to the club from Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC. Bobby Jones was Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Forward of the Year -12.
Italian Serie B round 24 best performance: Daniele Grilli - 9 hours ago
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Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona w... [read more]
Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Grilli had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Daniele Grilli averages this season 18.0ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni. Zanotti had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Monteroni lost that game 70-75 to slightly higher-ranked Valdiceppo (#14, 7-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group D. Monteroni keeps 16th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Monteroni managed to get this year. Zanotti is a newcomer at Monteroni, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera (#6). Ravazzani showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Matera, leading his team to a 95-83 win against the lower-ranked Rimini (#9, 10-12). Matera needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group D. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Ravazzani has a very solid season. In 19 games in Italy he scored 8.5ppg. He also has 10.4rpg and FGP: 58.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Leonardo Battistini (194-G/F-95) of Rimini - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Daniele Toscano (196-SF-93) of Bottegone - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Luca Fontecchio (202-PF-91) of Forli Tigers - 24 points and 12 rebounds 7. Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Luigi Brunetti (205-C/F-88) of Barcellona - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Andrea Scuderi (188-G-92) of Roma Luiss - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Rei Pullazi (203-F/C-93) of Bergamo - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists