#1. This week's number one is former international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA). Belinelli led Chicago Bulls to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-44) crushing them 105-75 in the NBA last Friday.
He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
The Chicago Bulls have 32-25 record this season.
It's Belinelli's first year with the team.
Belinelli has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 83.2%.
He played for the Italian senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-44) 113-99 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Gallinari scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks in 15 minutes.
The Denver Nuggets have a solid 37-22 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Gallinari has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 80.9% in the 54 games he played so far.
Gallinari is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.
#3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-85, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Bargnani could not help the Toronto Raptors (23-35) to beat the Washington Wizards (18-38).
He scored 8 points.
The Toronto Raptors were defeated 90-84 on the road by the Wizards.
Bargnani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Raptors' roster.
This season Bargnani has very high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 28.4% and FT: 83.6%.
Bargnani played for the Italian national team two years ago.
#4. Guard Amedeo Della Valle (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Ohio St. win their game against the University of Minnesota (6-8) crushing them 71-45 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Della Valle scored 6 points in only 7 minutes.
The Ohio State University has a solid 10-5 conference record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Della Valle's first year with the team.
He has very impressive stats this season: 19.3ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games.
Della Valle used to play for the Italian U18 national team
back in 2010.
The list of other players, who all have Italian passport but never been selected to any of Italian national teams:
#1.Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-6) crushing them 99-60 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in only a mere 14 minutes.
Regal FC Barcelona (7-1) is placed first in group F.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Huertas averages: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.2apg in the 18 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian.
#2. Experienced Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay) led Aguada to a victory over the second-ranked Olimpia (6-4) 87-80 in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night.
Garcia Morales was MVP of the game. He recorded 42 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eighteen free throws !!!) in 40 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Atletico Aguadais placed first.
It's Garcia Morales' first season with the team.
Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 26.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg in the 33 games.
Garcia Morales is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.
#3.Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Brasilia's victory against the league leader Flamengo (23-2) 82-70 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game.
He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (20-4) is placed second in the NBB.
It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
Giovannoni is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brasilia's roster.
Giovannoni is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (third place).
This season he has very high stats. Giovannoni averages: 17.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1bpg.
He has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.
#4.Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Uruguay) was the main contributor in Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Sayago (5-5) 92-78 in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday.
Aguiar was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Hebraica Macabi (2-5) is placed eighth in Serie 1.
Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 18.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg in the 33 games.
He also holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.
#5.Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89, college: USF, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Beroe (7-11) 100-85 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night.
Caloiaro scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Rilski Sportist Samokov (13-5) is placed third in the NBL.
This season Caloiaro averages: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.
#6.Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Granger's good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 86-78 on the road by the lower-ranked Cajasol (#14).
He recorded 12 points and added 4 passes.
This season Granger has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg.
He holds both Uruguayan and Italian passports.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#7.Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB was not able to help Uberlandia (17-8) in their last game. Despite Gruber's very good performance Uberlandia lost 86-96 at home to the much lower-ranked (#12) Winner/Limeira.
He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Gruber also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Gruber has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 25 games.
He has Italian and Brazilian nationalities.
#8.Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81, currently plays in Liga Americas) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mavort crushing them 102-68 in the Liga Americas last Friday.
He recorded 9 points and added 11 assists in 23 minutes.
de Assis is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 7.3apg.
This year he also averages: 4.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games.
de Assis holds both Italian and Brazilian passports.
#9.Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85, college: San Diego St., currently plays in Iceland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Fjolnir crushing them 108-77 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night.
He was MVP of the game. Amoroso recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals.
This season Amoroso has very high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.
Amoroso is a naturalized American.
He used to play for Aget Imola in Italian league.
#10.Anthony Raffa (185-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Winthrop University 73-54 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Raffa recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes.
He has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games.
Raffa is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Italy.
Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli added to their roster 24-year old American guard Melvin Johnson (193-88kg-93, college: VCU). He supposed to play at Openjobmetis Varese in the Serie A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 9 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 1.4rpg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Johnson also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tourname... [read more]
Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli added to their roster 24-year old American guard Melvin Johnson (193-88kg-93, college: VCU). He supposed to play at Openjobmetis Varese in the Serie A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 9 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 1.4rpg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Johnson also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Johnson was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Rams in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 34 games he had 7.1ppg and 1.6rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Johnson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
A2 CITRON EAST ROUND 18^ Assigeco Piacenza-Tezenis Verona 63-83 Dinamica Generale Mantova-Segafredo Virtus Bologna 77-74 OraS Ravenna-Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna 63-73 Proger Chieti-Alma Trieste 77-87 Visitroseto.it Roseto-Bondi Ferrara 107-75 Andrea Costa Imola-Termoforgia Jesi 93-89 De' Longhi Treviso-Unieuro Forl 58-55 US Basket Recanati-G.S.A. Udine 68-84 Ranking: Segafredo Virtus Bologna* 28, De' Longhi Treviso 28, Alma Trieste 24, Dinamica Generale Mantova 22, OraS Ravenna 22, Kont... [read more]
A2 CITRON EAST ROUND 18^ Assigeco Piacenza-Tezenis Verona 63-83 Dinamica Generale Mantova-Segafredo Virtus Bologna 77-74 OraS Ravenna-Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna 63-73 Proger Chieti-Alma Trieste 77-87 Visitroseto.it Roseto-Bondi Ferrara 107-75 Andrea Costa Imola-Termoforgia Jesi 93-89 De' Longhi Treviso-Unieuro Forl 58-55 US Basket Recanati-G.S.A. Udine 68-84
Ranking: Segafredo Virtus Bologna* 28, De' Longhi Treviso 28, Alma Trieste 24, Dinamica Generale Mantova 22, OraS Ravenna 22, Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna 20, Visitroseto.it Roseto 20, Assigeco Piacenza 20, Tezenis Verona 18, Termoforgia Jesi 16, G.S.A. Udine 16, Andrea Costa Imola 14, Proger Chieti* 12, Bondi Ferrara 12, Unieuro Forl 8, US Basket Recanati 6 *1 gara in meno NEXT ROUND 19^ : 29/01/2017 02,30PM Kontatto Fortitudo Bologna-De' Longhi Treviso 29/01/2017 06,PM Alma Trieste-Tezenis Verona 29/01/2017 06PM Bondi Ferrara-Dinamica Generale Mantova 29/01/2017 06PM Assigeco Piacenza-US Basket Recanati 29/01/2017 06PM Andrea Costa Imola-Visitroseto.it Roseto 29/01/2017 06PM G.S.A. Udine-Unieuro Forl 29/01/2017 06PM Termoforgia Jesi-Proger Chieti 01/02/2017 08,30PM OraS Ravenna-Segafredo Virtus Bologna
A2 CITRON WEST round 18^ Roma Gas & Power E. Roma-Orsi Tortona 85-89 TWS Legnano-Lighthouse Trapani 64-62 Basket Agropoli-Remer Treviglio 63-80 Moncada Agrigento-Angelico Biella 83-84 NPC Rieti-FMC Ferentino 84-86 Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina-Givova Scafati 74-61 Novipiu Casale Monferrato-Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena 57-58 Viola Reggio Calabria-Unicusano V. Roma 83-104
Ranking: TWS Legnano* 26, Angelico Biella 26, Unicusano Virtus Roma 22, Moncada Agrigento 22, Orsi Tortona 22, Remer Treviglio* 20, Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena 20, Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina 20, Lighthouse Trapani 18, Roma Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma 18, FMC Ferentino 16, Novipiu Casale Monferrato 14, NPC Rieti 12, Viola Reggio Calabria 12, Basket Agropoli 10, Givova Scafati 8 *1 game less
Next round: round 13^: 26/01/2017 09:00pm Remer Treviglio-TWS Legnano Round 19^: 29/01/2017 06pm Lighthouse Trapani-Novipiu Casale Monferrato 29/01/2017 06pm TWS Legnano-Roma Gas & Power E. Roma 29/01/2017 06pm Orsi Tortona-Basket Agropoli 29/01/2017 06pm Unicusano V. Roma-Angelico Biella 29/01/2017 06pm Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena-Viola Reggio Calabria 29/01/2017 06pm Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina-Moncada Agrigento 29/01/2017 06pm Givova Scafati-NPC Rieti 29/01/2017 07,30 pm FMC Ferentino-Remer Treviglio
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) signed 27-year old Italian international guard David Cournooh (187-83kg-90, agency: Interperformances) from The Flexx Pistoia. In 14 Serie A games he had 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg this season. The last season he played at Enel Brindisi where in 28 Serie A games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. Cournooh also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it t... [read more]
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) signed 27-year old Italian international guard David Cournooh (187-83kg-90, agency: Interperformances) from The Flexx Pistoia. In 14 Serie A games he had 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg this season. The last season he played at Enel Brindisi where in 28 Serie A games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. Cournooh also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015. Cournooh was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013 and 2014. He is a dual citizen owning also Ghanian passport. He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cournooh has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. He also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago. Cournooh has played previously for six other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Bondi Ferrara, Imola, Siena Virtus and Novipiu Casale. He could be described:
Not so tall to play the SG, neither a great outside shooter, but he's very quick and athletic. Great upside if he will add some passing and court vision.
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