#1. This week's number one is an international forward Andrei Kirilenko (209-81, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Houston Rockets (23-22) 92-79 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Kirilenko was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kirilenko also added and 3 steals in 42 minutes on the court.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have 17-23 record this season.
It's Kirilenko's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kirilenko averages: 13.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 58.2%(159-273), 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 76.0% in the 36 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Kirilenko is currently a member of the Russian senior national team. He used to play for CSKA Moscow in Russian league.
#2. Second place goes to former University international center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88, currently plays in Estonia). Nelyubov contributed to TU/Rock's victory against the closely-ranked TTU (9-9) 74-64 in the Estonian KML in Tuesday night's game.
He recorded 7 points in only 12 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (15-0) is placed first in the KML.
So far his team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Nelyubov's first season with the team.
This year Nelyubov's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(25-43) and FT: 81.0% in the nine games.
He played for the Russian university national team in 2011.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international forward Aleksandr Fomin (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Belarus. Fomin could not help the league outsider Tsmoki-Minsk (0-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed Tsmoki-Minsk was badly defeated 80-64 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Lokomotiv in the group B of VTB United League.
Fomin was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
So far Tsmoki-Minsk lost all twelve games in the Regular Season.
This year Fomin's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 46.2% in the 11 games.
He played for the Russian university national team two years ago.
#4. Center Ruslan Pateev (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an overtime Arizona St.'s victory against the University of Southern California (3-4) 98-93 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game.
He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes.
The Arizona State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season.
Pateev has been at the team for four years.
Pateev has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 11 games.
He used to play for the Russian U20 national team
back in 2010.
#5. Former U20 international forward Maxim Zakharov (198-89, college: E.Utah JC, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-9) in their game against Okapi Aalstar (8-6) in the Belgian Ethias League.
He recorded only 4 points.
The bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster was badly defeated 99-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Okapi Aalstar (#3).
Zakharov has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.7rpg.
He used to play for the Russian U20 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1. Experienced Raul Lopez (183-PG-80, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Spanish team Gescrap BB to a victory over the leader Valencia Basket (2-1) 91-76 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
Lopez was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and added 7 assists.
Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (1-2) is placed fourth in group J.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
Lopez's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg.
#2.Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help PAOK (9-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance PAOK lost 61-71 on the road to the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
Papadopoulos was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
Papadopoulos is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg.
This year his other stats are: 12.3ppg and 3.2apg in the 13 games he played so far.
Papadopoulos has a dual citizenship: Russian and Greek.
#3.Anton Indrikov (193-G-87, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to help Rubon (8-8) in their game against Impuls BGUIR (7-9) in the Belarusian Premier League. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the top scorer with 26 points. Indrikov also added 9 rebounds.
Indrikov has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg.
#4.Dmitry Flis (203-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a River Andorra's victory against the fifth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (8-8) 77-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday.
He scored 17 points and blocked 2 blocks in 22 minutes.
B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
Flis is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg.
This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games.
Flis is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Spanish.
#5.Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to secure a victory for Tsmoki-Minsk (0-2) in their game against Okapi Aalstar (1-1) in the EuroChallenge. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Pustahvar's first season with the team.
Pustahvar's overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
He has both Russian and Belarusian nationalities.
#6.Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kazrin's victory against the league outsider Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 114-108 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Wednesday.
Kazarnovski recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists.
Kazarnovski has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 2.7apg.
He also holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
Despite Kazarnovski's Russian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#7.Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help NBC in their game against Science City Jena in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Khartchenkov was the second best scorer with 16 points.
Khartchenkov has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
He has dual citizenship: Russian and German.
Despite Khartchenkov's Russian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.
#8.Igor Simin (197-G-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Beer Yaakov in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance last Wednesday.
Simin was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
But his team lost 68-80.
Simin has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 12 games.
He holds both Russian and Israeli passports.
Despite Simin's Russian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U21 national team.
#9.Youri Anissovets (203-F-88, college: Bevill St.-Fayette, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Wesmen 79-71 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night.
Anissovets recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Anissovets has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg.
#10.Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Ukraine) managed to help MBC Mykolaiv to win against the closely-ranked Cherkasy 74-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday.
Adediran scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
He has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.0rpg.
Adediran holds both Nigerian and Russian passports.
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BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) added to their roster 23-year old forward Dmitrii Uzinskiy (200-90kg-93). He played last season at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 33 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Uzinskiy helped them to win the Superleague 1 title. The previous (14-15) season he played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) where in 38 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7spg. Uzinskiy contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. He has been regularly cal... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) added to their roster 23-year old forward Dmitrii Uzinskiy (200-90kg-93). He played last season at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 33 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Uzinskiy helped them to win the Superleague 1 title. The previous (14-15) season he played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) where in 38 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7spg. Uzinskiy contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. He has been regularly called to Russian Senior National Team since 2015. Uzinskiy has played previously for Spartak-VGUES Primore Vladivostok II.
Russia - Finland 80:62 Russia recorded the ninth straight victory in their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket Qualifying tournament. They rolled past Finland in Saint Petersburg. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 12 points to lead the hosts. Finland jumped to an early lead. The visitors secured a 19:11 advantage after ten minutes. But Russia responded with a 22:10 run in the second frame to spur ahead 33:29. The hosts ignited a massive 29:12 run in the th... [read more]
Russia - Finland 80:62
Russia recorded the ninth straight victory in their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket Qualifying tournament. They rolled past Finland in Saint Petersburg. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 12 points to lead the hosts. Finland jumped to an early lead. The visitors secured a 19:11 advantage after ten minutes. But Russia responded with a 22:10 run in the second frame to spur ahead 33:29. The hosts ignited a massive 29:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov), Dmitriy Khvostov (190-G-89) and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 11 points apiece in the victory. Sasu Salin (192-G-91) responded with 15 points for Finland. Erik Murphy (208-F/C-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had 14 points in the loss.
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