#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.
Ramenghi's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will n... [read more]
24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Ramenghi had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Roma Luiss, through which he has constantly improved. Francesco Ramenghi averages this season 14.2ppg and 8.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Olivier Giacomelli (198-SF-95, agency: Players Group) of San Miniato. He is naturalized Swiss in his first season at San Miniato. In the last game Giacomelli recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led San Miniato to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Cecina (#1, 6-2) 86-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Group A. San Miniato consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Giacomelli is a newcomer at San Miniato and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina (#6). Pederzini scored 27 points. He was a key player of Palestrina, leading his team to a 94-88 win against the lower-ranked Catanzaro (#9, 4-4). Palestrina needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group C. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Pederzini has a very solid season. In 8 games in Italy he scored 17.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80) of Vicenza - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jacopo Balanzoni (203-C/F-93) of Lecco - 23 points and 5 rebounds 6. Simone Bonfiglio (181-PG-88) of Piombino - 32 points and 3 rebounds 7. Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Campli - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Giovanni Gasparin (187-G-91) of Omegna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Simone Centanni (185-PG-91) of Volpino AltoSeb. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists 10. Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) of Cento - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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)
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation). The fact in question is a tweet written by Nunnally after game 2 of the last Serie A season playoffs between Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Scandone Avellino, in wich the ex Avellino player complained about the referees: "Five versus Eight". Nunnally is actually playi... [read more]
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season... [read more]
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-MAAC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. Okereafor's team was regular season runner-up in MAAC in 2015. Okereafor represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 90.9%.
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