25-year old point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Reggio Calabr. and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 13. He got a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Casalpusterlengo (#10, 5-7) 77-65. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Reggio Calabr. is placed at 17th position in Italian Nazionale A. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Piazza had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Reggio Calabr.'s top player in his first season with the team. Piazza has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 10.0apg) and averages solid 5.0spg,58.3% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Marko Micevic (198-F-89) of Latina Basket. He is naturalized Serbian forward in his 2nd season at Latina Basket. In the last game Micevic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Latina Basket to another comfortable win 83-66 over the lower-ranked Ferrara (4-8) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Latina Basket managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Micevic is well-known at Latina Basket and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Castelletto (#3). Bolzonella scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Castelletto, leading his team to a 71-65 win against the lower-ranked Lucca (#6, 7-4). Castelletto needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Bolzonella has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, FGP: 52.9% and 3PT: 44.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 21 points and 11 rebounds 5. Simone Ferrarese (182-PG-87) of Treviglio - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Daniele Bonessio (200-F/G-88) of Bari - 19 points and 10 rebounds 7. Christian Villani (200-F/G-82) of Omegna - 20 points and 4 rebounds 8. Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Mattia Caroldi (185-PG-82) of Firenze - 21 points 10. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Estudiantes La Plata Buenos Aires (TFB) tabbed 31-year old former Argentinian international forward Axel Weigand (200-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Weigand has played for the last two years at Boca Jrs in the LigaA. In 55 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg last season. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Among other achievements Weigand won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2004 and 2014. He was a member of A... [read more]
Estudiantes La Plata Buenos Aires (TFB) tabbed 31-year old former Argentinian international forward Axel Weigand (200-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Weigand has played for the last two years at Boca Jrs in the LigaA. In 55 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg last season. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Among other achievements Weigand won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2004 and 2014. He was a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Weigand was called to Argentinian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Weigand has played previously professionally also in Spain (Meridiano Baza and Meridiano Alicante) and Argentina (Penarol, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Argentino, MH Basket and Union de Sunchales).
Il Globo Basket Isernia (Serie B) landed 23-year old center Simone Serio (205-93) from Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni. Serio has played there for the last four years. In 5 Serie B games he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Il Globo Basket Isernia roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Mattia Norcino Marco Salari Luca Lenti Ceo Andrea Sipala Gabriele Maria Triggiani Matteo Melchiorre Mattia Melchiorri Domenico Russo Forwards: Mario Bisciotti Klaudio Patani Gabriel Cicchetti Antonio Di Nezza... [read more]
GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine are considering to add Alex Acker to their roster - 7 hours ago
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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) is about to sign 33-year old American guard Alex Acker (196-84kg-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Stealth Sport) who played last time at Scandone Avellino in Serie A. In 37 games he had 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg last season. Acker helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The most of previous (2014-15) season he spent at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in ProA where in 17 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4s... [read more]
GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) is about to sign 33-year old American guard Alex Acker (196-84kg-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Stealth Sport) who played last time at Scandone Avellino in Serie A. In 37 games he had 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg last season. Acker helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The most of previous (2014-15) season he spent at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in ProA where in 17 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. Acker contributed to his team making it to the cup final. He also played that season for Istanbul BBSK in TBL. In 9 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. In 2005 Acker was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former Pepperdine University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. Acker played in the final of French ProA in 2012. He is quite experienced player. Acker has played also professionally in Greece, Poland (Asseco), Spain (FC Barcelona), France (Limoges CSP Elite, Le Mans and Boulazac Basket), NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (Fayetteville P. and Fort Wayne Mad Ants). He could be described:
He is a very special player with big hands and great body control. .. His maturity and confidence matched with his talent is a good combination... uses his thin body with great effectivenss in the 1-on-1 offense, he's also improving his outside shooting.
GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2016-2017:
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