Experienced Polish Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Umana VE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 30-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cimberio VA (#1, 13-2) 87-85. Umana VE is placed at 9th position in Italian SerieA. Umana VE is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. In the team's last game Szewczyk had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Umana VE and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Szymon Szewczyk averages this season 10.2ppg and 5.4rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Vanoli CR. Peric impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Vanoli CR to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#15, 3-12) 92-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Vanoli CR keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Peric is a newcomer at Vanoli CR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Mike Green (185-PG-85) of top-ranked Cimberio VA. Green showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Green's great performance Cimberio VA lost 85-87 to the lower-ranked Umana VE (#9, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Cimberio VA had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Green's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Green has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.7apg (2nd best). He also has 2.2spg and and 3PT: 41.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 21 points and 9 rebounds 5. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana VE - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 13 points and 14 rebounds 7. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Cantu - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 12 points and 12 assists 10. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 10 points, 10 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 - 19 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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