Louis, you played four years college basketball for Long Beach State University, what are you memories from college?
My memories from college were great. Got a chance to play against big names . Jordan farmar, Joshua Shipp, Bobby brown, Aaron Afflalo, and a long list of other guys playing in euroleague and the nba. Got a chance to play in our conference championship twice. Became big west champs in 2007. Got to experience going to the NCAA tournament, which most don't get a chance to experience. It was great.
Also, you played great in your freshman season and later you didn't have much better stats than in freshman's year, how?
As a freshman in college I got to play more than the rest of my years in college. Was named to the all freshman team. Had to deal with different translations after that. Coach bringing in new guys. So time and points started to diminish. I must have done something write to last for 4 years in college haha. I think going through those ups and downs of not playing much made me more hungry and made me want to push to do better when I started my next journey.
Your first rookie year was in Syria.What you think about your rookie year?Your first professional team was Al Wahda from Syria, Syria isn't basketball famous country, how you come in Syria?
Yes it was another experience where I played 19 min a game and did great for the minutes I played.Had to share minutes with another player because you could only have 1 import player on the court at a time. My experience there was great.Met a lot of great people there.A lot of fun and great memories. Things are not the same now. I just recently lost a good friend of mine that I met when I first played there. R.I.P. to Basil Raya. The things that are happening there is very sad, but like I said my memories from there were all happy ones. My rookie year in Syria was very different. Was not used to practicing once a day and practicing really late at night. So when I was there I never got used to the time difference. I came to Syria thinking that it wasn't a good place for basketball, but the guys there were actually better than I thought. They have some real talent. I had ended up choosing Syria as a place where I can get some stats and show some more things besides dunking. So al wahda was a team that took a chance on me and I made the best of my opportunity there.
In your first season in Rovinari, you was great.You had some great stats, but unfortunately you got injury in march and couldn't finish season.What you think about your first season in Romania and also in Europe?
Yes my first season in Romania was great. I didn't know much about Romania. I was blessed to get a second chance to come and play overseas in Europe. Being that Syria wasn't a respected league but coach Theo Evans and Energia Rovinari gave me a chance. I really got to show that I can adjust to the style of play here and had some great numbers here my first year. Although I got injured and didn't get to help my team in the playoffs I still think it was a successful season. I met a great group of guys, who are still playing and doing well in Germany,Cyprus and in Korea. I think in my first year I had a great experience.
After that season, you had two more great year in Romania.In season 2010-11, you was chosen for first five of whole league and you won slam dunk contest year.What make you happier: Some great dunk or when you score three-pointer?
Yea those 2 seasons were also great. We we missed the playoffs by 1 game both years. Individually I got selected to the the all Romanian team, and got small forward of the year in 2010. In 2011 I was selected to the second team . 2010 I participated in my first all star game , had some fun winning the dunk contest. I think I would get more excited by hitting a 3pt shot than a dunk. The dunks is for the crowd.
In some short period you was in Keravnos, but you comeback in Rovinari and you was played one more great season. In this season you are the best player in Romanian championship.Are hou have some plans in future to play some stronger league, for some Euroleague team?
Yea I played for Keravnos for a short period, learned some things there. It was a humbling experience for me there. I learned that playing team ball can get you so far, most teams want you to score more. So my stay there was short lived. So I comeback to my second home Rovinari (Targu Jiu).
In this season I think I am having my best year playing basketball period since high school. I hope to further my career and have high hopes to play on a bigger platform such as Euroleague. We shall see what the future holds. Anything is possible.
How you feel about your cooperation with the Omnia Sports agency?
My relationship with my Omnia is great. They work well for the players and try to put you in the best situation possible. That's most important for me.
What you think about two Serbian guys Stefan Nikolic and Stefan Atanackovic?
I like playing with them both. Both are very energetic players who love to compete and work hard during games and in practice.
With his player you spending most of time out of the court?
Off the court I spend most of my time with Robert Giles . He lives close to where I live. So we chill from time to time. I'm trying to teach him a few things on off the court.
What is ambitions of Rovinari for this season?
In terms of Energia Rovinari and our season we want to have a great year. We want to make it to the playoffs and make some noise. We want to get past the first round this year.
For the end, i hope you will continue with great games and i hope to see you in some much stronger teams.
KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season. Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center Check al... [read more]
KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season. Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
South edge North in All Star Game 2017 - 5 days ago
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South edged North 119-109 in All Star Game 2017. Jamar Abrams top-scored for the winners with 35 points to be named MVP of the game. Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84, college: Arkansas) notched 29 and Catalin Baciu(214-C-88, college: Clemson) posted 22. Kyndall Dykes (192-SG-87, college: New Orleans) replied with 29 points in the losing effort. Kevin Hardy (188-G-93, college: McNeese St.) netted 23, whilst Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) brought 11. Kevin Hardy won Slam Dunk Contest of the event. [read more]
Malcolm Armstead selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Romanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, agency: BeoBasket). He could not help Yesilgiresun Bld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Armstead's good performance Yesilgiresun Bld lost 65-76 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce.
We bring you last week's top performances from Romanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Yesilgiresun Bld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Armstead's good performance Yesilgiresun Bld lost 65-76 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce.
He scored 10 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals in 30 minutes on the court.
It's Armstead's first season with the team.
Armstead has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 78.8% in 18 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Armstead is currently a member of the Romanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Romania.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international center Emanuel Cate (206-97, currently plays in Spain). Cate was not able to help Sevilla in their game against Movil Estudiantes (13-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Sevilla was defeated 77-73 at home by the much higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#4).
It was Sevilla's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This season Cate averages: 1.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 75.0%.
He is in the roster of the Romanian U20 national team.
#3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Belgium). Olah was not able to secure a victory for Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-12) in their game against Antwerp Giants (13-7) in the Belgian Euromillions League.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Belfius Mons-Hainaut was badly defeated 70-54 in Antwerp by the second-ranked Giants.
It was Belfius Mons-Hainaut's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Olah has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 84.6% in 20 games.
He is also a member of the Romanian senior national team.
#4. Power forward Rares Uta (211-97, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a CB Granada's victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra (10-10) 75-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Uta recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Coviran Granada (15-6) is placed first in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Uta's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 5.0rpg.
He used to play for the Romanian U18 national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former U20 international forward Vlad Cobzaru (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augusta University's victory against the Armstrong Atlantic State University 88-76 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Cobzaru scored 10 points in 19 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Augusta University has a solid 11-5 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Cobzaru's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.5rpg in 22 games.
He used to play for the Romanian U20 national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Romanian passport but never been selected to any of Romanian national teams:
#1. Experienced Alexei Andrus (195-G/F-79, currently plays in Germany) led Zwickau to a victory over the sixth-ranked Oberhaching (9-10) 93-83 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Andrus was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line).
GGZ Baskets Zwickau (7-12) is placed 11th in South-East group.
Andrus is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Zwickau's roster.
Andrus has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Moldovan.
#2.Victor Osmatescu (201-C-96, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Scauri's surprising victory against the third-ranked Palestrina (17-4) 66-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game.
Osmatescu scored 6 points in 15 minutes.
Basket Scauri (9-10) is placed ninth in Group C.
This year Osmatescu's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 19 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Romanian and Italian.
#3.Jonhatan Nir (204-F-86, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim (12-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nir's very good performance Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim was defeated 92-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Hasharon (#8).
He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Nir has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
He has both Romanian and Israeli nationalities.
#4.Yaniv Solomon (201-SF-94, currently plays in Israel) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonhatan Nir and both played together in the last Israeli National League game.
Solomon was not able to help Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim (12-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim lost 84-92 in Hod Hasharon to the lower-ranked (#8) Hasharon.
Solomon recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Solomon has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in 19 games.
Solomon also holds two passports: Israeli and Romanian.
Despite his Romanian nationality, Solomon previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Romanian team.
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