Asseco Prokom deepened their roster. They agreed on terms of conctact with Tomasz Snieg (190-PG-89). The guard spent the last season with Polpharma. Tomasz Snieg tallied 7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in PLK. He was Polish SuperCup winner in 2012. Previously Tomasz Snieg had stints with AZS Koszalin, Polonia 2011, Politekhnika Warszawa and Jaworzno. He was Polish 1Liga champion in 2009. Tomasz Snieg participated at 2010 PLK All-Star Game. The guard played for U18 and U20 Polish National Teams. He has been the member of Polish National Team since 2010.
Mateusz Ponitka selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Poles who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93). He led Pinar Karsiyaka to a victory over the closely-ranked Umana Venezia in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Poles who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 74-71 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game.
Ponitka was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes on the court.
Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (9-5) is placed second in group B.
Ponitka has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 74.1% in 18 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). Logan was the major contributor in a Scandone AV's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (12-11) 77-65 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
He scored 19 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals.
Scandone Avellino (15-8) is placed third in the Serie A.
This season Logan has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 75.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Logan played for the Polish national team in 2009.
He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.
#3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Kulig could not help Banvit (15-7) to beat Anadolu Efes (20-2).
He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 19 minutes.
Banvit lost 74-83 on the road to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes.
It's Kulig's first season with the team.
This year Kulig averages: 8.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 63.9%(53-83), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 74.5% in 22 games.
He played for the Polish national team two years ago.
#4. Power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in China) was not able to help Leopards (26-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lampe's very good performance Leopards were defeated 90-81 in Dongguan by the second-ranked Guandong Tigers.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Lampe has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg.
Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish.
He is also Polish national team player.
#5. International point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, also represented by BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-17) 81-72 in the French ProA last Friday.
Slaughter scored 8 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes.
Strasbourg IG (14-9) is placed sixth in the ProA.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Slaughter has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in 23 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Slaughter plays currently for the Polish national team.
Strangely he has never played in Poland.
#6. Shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Juvecaserta (9-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Berisha's very good performance Juvecaserta was edged 74-71 in Capo d'Orlando by the much higher-ranked Betaland Cdo (#4).
He was the top scorer with 16 points. Berisha also added 3 steals.
Berisha's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg.
He is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team two years ago.
#7. Former international center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (44-28) in their game against the Charlotte Hornets (33-39) in the NBA.
Gortat scored 6 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Washington Wizards (44-28) lost 93-98 in Charlotte to the Hornets.
Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster.
He averaged so far 11.0ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.4apg in 72 games.
Gortat used to play for the Polish national team
two years ago.
#8. Swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (15-8) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (18-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He recorded only 4 points.
Unicaja Malaga was defeated 78-66 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#3).
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Waczynski's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
He plays currently for the Polish national team.
#9. International power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) managed to help BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in a 1-point victory against the 12th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-14) 81-80 in the French ProA on Saturday night.
Cel scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes.
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (13-10) is placed seventh in the ProA.
This year Cel's overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg in 14 games.
He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.
#10. Forward Tomasz Gielo (205-93, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (7-17) in their game against FC Barcelona (16-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes.
Joventut was badly defeated 76-56 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona.
This year Gielo's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 1.8rpg in 24 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.
#11. Former international power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian Serie A.
Wojciechowski scored 9 points.
His team was defeated 86-78.
Wojciechowski has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
He used to play for the Polish national team
four years ago.
#12. Former international center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to a 3-point victory against the West Virginia University 61-58 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 on Thursday night.
Karnowski recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Karnowski's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in 36 games.
He used to play for the Polish national team
back in 2015.
#13. Former international forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St., currently plays in Germany) helped SG Schwelmer Baskets win their game against the 13th-ranked Hagen-Haspe crushing them 84-59 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Tota has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg in 10 games.
Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Tota is currently in the Polish national team roster.
#14. Former U18 international swingman Robert Banach (197-97, currently plays in Italy) helped Valdiceppo win their game against the 16th-ranked Monteroni 75-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Banach has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg.
He used to play for the Polish U18 national team
back in 2015.
The list of other players, who all have Polish passport but never been selected to any of Polish national teams:
#1.Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) could not help Kavala (6-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mazurczak's good performance Kavala was badly defeated 86-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Holargos (#8).
He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Mazurczak averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.
#2.Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to help Thor Thorl (12-10) in their last game. Despite Baginski's very good performance Thor Thorl lost 92-100 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Grindavik.
He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Baginski also added 4 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes.
Baginski's stats this year are: 14.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Icelandic.
Despite Baginski's Polish passport, he previously played for the Icelandic U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.
#3. Experienced Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Titans (2-27) crushing them 104-74 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday.
Wysocki recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Crailsheim Merlins (23-5) is placed second in the ProA.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Wysocki averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and German.
#4.Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Basic-Fit Brussels' victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-8) 67-61 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game.
Lichodzijewski recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basic-Fit Brussels (16-10) is placed third in the Euromillions League.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Lichodzijewski has been at the team for four years.
He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg.
Lichodzijewski has both Polish and Belgian nationalities.
#5.David Brembly (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in a victory against the closely-ranked Telekom Baskets (14-10) 113-103 in the German BBL last Saturday.
He scored 5 points in 9 minutes.
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-12) is placed ninth in the BBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Brembly averages only 2.0ppg in seven games.
He also holds two passports: Polish and German.
#6.Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Australia) led Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to a victory over the leader Spiders 80-61 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night.
Blaszczynski was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Blaszczynski has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg.
Blaszczynski has Polish and Australian nationalities.
Despite his Polish passport, Blaszczynski previously played for the Australian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.
#7.Gal Gilinski (195-G-95, currently plays in Israel) helped Hapoel Kfar Saba win their game against the closely-ranked Hapoel B/S 82-79 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday.
He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Gilinski has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg.
He holds both Israeli and Polish passports.
Despite Gilinski's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team.
#8.Liraz Ariely (185-PG-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-14) in their last game. Despite Ariely's good performance Hapoel Migdal Haemek lost 84-98 in Ramat Gan to the league outsider (#14) Ironi.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Ariely averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in 23 games.
He has Polish and Israeli nationalities.
Despite Ariely's Polish passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team.
#9.Wojciech Rogacewicz (203-F-86, college: Mount Olive, currently plays in Germany) helped Stade win their game against the sixth-ranked Rendsburg 70-56 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game.
Rogacewicz recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Rogacewicz has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.6rpg.
#10.Daniel Motyka (180-PG-92, college: Wisc.-Superior, currently plays in Sweden) helped IK Eos win their game against the fourth-ranked Lobas crushing them 106-74 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Tuesday.
He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes.
Motyka has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games.
Group A Goleniow - Domino Inowr. 82-61 Goleniow looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Domino Inowr.'s players. It was a great evening for Tomasz Balcerek (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Marcin Zarzeczny (187-87) helped adding 23 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Mateusz Marciniak (190-90) with 18 points and poin... [read more]
Goleniow looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Domino Inowr.'s players. It was a great evening for Tomasz Balcerek (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Marcin Zarzeczny (187-87) helped adding 23 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Mateusz Marciniak (190-90) with 18 points and point guard Michal Warchowski (187-94) scored 8 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Domino Inowr.: M.Marciniak 18+3reb, M.Majer 11+4reb+2ast, M.Lewandowicz 9+1reb+2ast, K.Kozlowski 8+6reb, M.Warchowski 8+3reb+7ast, P.Pomiecinski 4+6reb Goleniow: M.Zarzeczny 23+5reb+11ast, T.Balcerek 21+8reb+13ast, M.Adamkiewicz 14+10reb+1ast, M.Zylak 7+2reb, M.Zylczynski 6+1reb, O.Bury 5+3reb+2ast
It was a great evening for point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Swingman Tomasz Jaremkiewicz (192-82) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. KK Warszawa's coach Andrzej Kierlewicz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Piotr Osiakowski (197-92) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Jakub Nowaczek (200-96) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorers: AZS UJK Kielce: P.Osiakowski 18+7reb+2ast, J.Nowaczek 13+8reb, J.Lewandowski 7, L.Fafara 7+6reb, W.Kowalski 5+2reb, M.Szewczyk 4+4reb KK Warszawa: P.Hybiak 16+4reb+5ast, T.Jaremkiewicz 14+5reb+2ast, T.Rudko 8+5reb+3ast, M.Wojtynski 8+1reb+1ast, M.Kosinski 7+4reb, K.Kozluk 6+6reb
LKS MG13 Lodz forced 23 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz (199-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Arkadiusz Swit (200-93) helped adding 9 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Mateusz Bebeniec (182-97) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Sylwester Kus (186-90) scored 15 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Tur Bielsk Pdl.: S.Kus 15+3reb+2ast, M.Bebeniec 15+7reb+1ast, T.Pisarczyk 10+2reb+5ast, K.Jozwiuk 8+2reb+1ast, E.Zielinko 5+3reb, P.Milewski 5+2reb LKS MG13 Lodz: B.Bartoszewicz 22+7reb+1ast, P.Wal 11, K.Dominiak 9+2reb+1ast, A.Swit 9+5reb, J.Gwardecki 7+5reb, M.Kuczmera 6+3reb+3ast
It was a great evening for Wojciech Leszczynski (190-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Point guard Krzysztof Chmielarz (180-88) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Daniel Goldammer (200-89) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tomasz Bryzek (195-86) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four MCKiS Jaworz. players scored in double figures. MCKiS Jaworz.'s coach Marcin Lichtanski rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: MCKiS Jaworz.: D.Goldammer 15+8reb+1ast, D.Weiss 11+1reb+2ast, R.Lemanski 10+1reb, T.Bryzek 10+10reb+1ast, D.Grochowski 8+5reb, M.Matysiak 2+2reb AZS KU PO: W.Leszczynski 21+4reb+4ast, K.Chmielarz 20+5reb+3ast, A.Cichon 10+5reb+2ast, J.Pawlowski 8+10reb, M.Wierzbicki 7+1reb, A.Richter 2+1reb
Fatz number one in Polish 1Liga for round 28 - 5 days ago
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Center Mateusz Fatz (205-C-96) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Astoria Bydg., receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 28. The 20-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Astoria Bydg. maintains the 15th position in Polish 1Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low.... [read more]
Center Mateusz Fatz (205-C-96) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Astoria Bydg., receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 28. The 20-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Astoria Bydg. maintains the 15th position in Polish 1Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 21 games and recorded just seven victories. Fatz has many years of experience at Astoria Bydg., through which he has constantly improved. Mateusz Fatz averages this season 10.9ppg and 5.8rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Marek Piechowicz (201-SF-88) of GKS Tychy. Piechowicz had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course GKS Tychy cruised to a 84-77 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Legia W-wa (#2, 21-7). GKS Tychy's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Piechowicz is well-known at GKS Tychy and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Rafal Wojciechowski (192-G-85) of Nysa Klodzko (#16). Wojciechowski got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Nysa Klodzko, leading his team to a 100-89 win against Astoria Bydg. (7-21). Nysa Klodzko can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 7-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wojciechowski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wojciechowski has a very solid season. In 26 games in Poland he scored 7.9ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Marcin Dymala (188-G-90) of Spojnia - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Patryk Gospodarek (184-PG-94) of Astoria Bydg. - 22 points and 5 assists 6. Mikolaj Grod (194-PF-89) of Notec Inowr. - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Aleksander Lenczuk (193-G/F-93) of Nysa Klodzko - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Jakub Fiszer (187-G/F-95) of Biofarm PZN - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Marceli Dziemba (186-G-92) of GTK Gliwice - 26 points and 4 rebounds 10. Tomasz Madziar (195-SF-92) of Znicz Basket - 23 points, 5 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)
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