#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.
EuroLeague: Emporio Armani snatch win in Istanbul - 7 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81 Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 poi... [read more]
Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81
Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 points at the final intermission 58:60. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth term. But late free throws from Krunoslav Simon sealed the win for the visitors. Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) finished with 11 points each in the victory. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) answered with 20 points for Darussafaka. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points in the loss.
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees... [read more]
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees but after loosing two games in a row we came out to play hard and just take care of ourselves and we got the win.
You play a good game too (17 points and 12 rebounds). A good step forward compared to the first two games of the season in which you struggled to find the rythm. In percentage, how much are you feeling in shape in this moment? In percentage I'm probably about 85-90%. In the first game, for sure, the rythm wasn't the best but it was the first game of the season so I was still understanding my teammates, their strenghts and their weaknesses as players and they try to learn me still. It was our first real game on the road, against a good team like Virtus Bologna and I can't found my rythm. In the second game I had a good first quarter but then I've got foul trouble and when I came back in the rythm was gone again and it was hard for me to get the rythm back but in the third game I came out more aggressive, I came to push the ball, I came to do many things to get my rythm starting faster and I was able to play a good game and my teammates we're able to play off with my energy also. How are your relationships with your teammates and with whom you have the best one? I think all my teammates so far so good. I knew I couple of guys already for playing against them. I like everybody in the team but the closest two are probably Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena). Kenny lives right under me so after the games sometimes I go down there with him and his wife and we play cards or watch tv, football games...and with Luca especially in team events he talk to me more because he is the oldest guy. So probably those two.
What are, in your opinion, the team strenghts and weaknesses? I think our strenght is that we have a lot of guys who can attack the rim, who can shoot. Weakness: so far we had a lot of injuries. we miss 2/3 players already. So for the chemistry to have so many injuries in the beginning of the season is hard for a team. Sometimes we don't play on defense so teams are able to score easy. Boxing out, the first two games we did a really bad job boxing out. We did a better job in the third game so I don't know if there is a weakness or not. We like to share the ball each other, maybe too much, wich can be a weakness. But I think we can share the ball, I think we trust each other on offense. It's just a matter of shooting the right shoot at the right time.
In the next game against Recanati you will play against your former coach at Virtus Roma, Marco Calvani (agency: SPORTlab Agency ), in one of your best season in Italy (Scudetto Finals 2012-2013). How was your relationship with him? My realtion with Marco was up and down. We had a really good season, obviously, we make the Finals. He's a player-coach: he listen, he give suggestions, is not the type of coach who is one way, he takes solutions from the players and he cooperate to the teams situation. A very nice guy, he likes to laugh, he tells jokes, he believes in difense which is one of my main strenght as a player so I like him for his defense principles. I don't see him in a couple of year so it will be good to see him.
You played several years in Serie A. What are the main differences that you found in this Serie A2? In A2 sometimes I have to force more shoots by myself, in A1 we had more americans where we use to share responsabilities. In the first game I was use to that mentality where I was expecting my teammates to help me to get easy shoots but I had to be more aggressive and make the shoots for myself. In Serie A2 we have only two americans so we have to be more aggressive for each other and for the team.
Watching you playing, it seems that you prefer playing with the face to the basket and behind the three points line than near the basket, in the low post. Do you agree with me? What do you think about that? Yes, playing post-up to the basket is more difficult because a lot of guys they foul and the referees don't always call the foul but if I turn around and face, there is more space and the reefs can see more. In the first two games I think, I'm focused too much trying to post up and he take energy from me, I get push, I get frustrated but the third game I make sure to be more attacking the rim facing so I can take good decisions, I can see the court and make my game better. So I have to find a good balance.
What was your impression about the fans and the atmosphere in the first game at PalaBanca? The first game was good, we had a good energy from the fans. I'm disappointed that we lost our first game there but we have many more games in this season and I feel like the fans are gonna be with us, we need them, we need their energy, especially in certain situations. It's a nice gym, it's a nice big gym. Where do you see Assigeco Piacenza at the end of the season? For sure, I think, we can make the playoffs. What number I don't know but for sure we can make it to the playoffs and from there we can make new goals and see what the matchup for the playoffs are.
Italian Serie B round 3 best performance: Giorgio Broglia - 1 day ago
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Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Montegrano, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 3. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Isernia (#12, 1-2) with 19-point margin 78-59. Montegrano is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game ear... [read more]
Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Montegrano, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 3. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Isernia (#12, 1-2) with 19-point margin 78-59. Montegrano is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Montegrano will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Broglia had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Montegrano and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Giorgio Broglia averages just after three games 12.7ppg and 7.3rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was young Saverio Mazzantini (194-G/F-95) of Cecina. Mazzantini had a very good evening with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Cecina to edge Moncalieri (2-1) 87-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Mazzantini is a newcomer at Cecina, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Filiberto Dri (190-G-89) of Oleggio (#15). Dri scored 25 points and passed four assists. Despite Dri's great performance Oleggio lost 68-98 to Sangiorgese (#7, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Oleggio can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group A. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Dri has individually a great season in Italy. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Fabio Marcante (196-F/G-80) of Viterbo SA - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Thomas De Min (203-F/C-86) of Crema - 22 points and 10 rebounds 7. Leonardo Ciribeni (190-G-92) of San Severo - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Alessandro Cecchetti (200-C/F-91) of San Severo - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Dario Guadagnola (198-F-88) of Catanzaro - 24 points and 5 rebounds 10. Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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)
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