Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Nigerian National Team member and 4 time European champion, Aloysius Anagonye. He was able to share his insights on his 10+ years as a pro in top FIBA countries, insights on todays players, and his outlook for the future, not just on European basketball, but also the game in both United States and also in Nigeria.
EU: Big Al, It is more than a pleasure to sit with you today. How has this offseason found you, and what are your next moves? AA: Thank you for inviting me. This offseason, I can name it as the redefining and recreating season. I had the opportunity to stay in Paris, France where I worked out with Professional trainer, Thierry Zig. He helped me to recreate my game from the way my body looks to the way I think and my offense skill level. In todays game everyone has to be able to create their own shot from putting the ball down the floor to making jump shots. The days of post player just scoring from the back to the basket are over. We worked out daily on face up moves, counter and counter to counter. Every post must be able to face-up to make score or pass. My jump shot skill has greatly improved. Most of all, my confident is high. A lot of people are questioning if I can score. After this offseason, I have put that question to rest. We worked on the idea that scoring is not just a skill level but confidence and mind set as well. This offseason has given me the chance to develop the scoring mind set and confidence. I am much leaner without losing my strength and I am in great shape. Being leaner allows me to be quicker as well more explosive.
EU: We hear that you are still residing in Barcelona. Have you any business interests there? AA: At moment, I am in Detroit but I go back and forth to Barcelona to see my family, as well as to continue building on my business. As for business interests I have many. Some of the business that I am interested in doing are tourism business in Barcelona and renewable energy (solar and wind) business in Africa. Im currently looking for investors and if anyone is interested on investing, please feel free to contact me at my Facebook.
EU: Tell us of your experiences in Spain, Italy and France, and how do you see todays players? What type of differences do you see now as opposed to your early years in Europe? AA: First of all, I love and enjoy European International Basketball. It has grown so much over the years. My experience is very positive and it has helped me to develop culturally and as an individual with international outlook and international family. On the difference between now and my early years, there are more US players now.
EU: How did playing on the Nigerian National Team help your career and your skill set? AA: Playing in the Nigerian National Team is an honor because I was representing my country of origin. It helped me to connect with the Nigerian and Nigeria-American players and coaches in the team. I bonded with all them and learned different skill sets from them. This helped me to compete against the best players from other countries, exposing me internationally.
EU: What advice would you give the aspiring player? AA: I will advice aspiring player to understand that it is not easy to be a professional basketball player. There are lot of disappointments and pressure, but they should have good work ethics, determination to succeed, and always have hope.
EU: What ideas or plans do you have to impact basketball in not just the USA but also in Nigeria, since you have been a large part of their National Program? AA: Right now, I am planning to set up camps in Detroit, Nigeria and other places in the world. The education of the future generation is important to me. My goal in Nigeria is to build a Sports Academy with steady and reliable electricity from solar and wind energy sources. This will bring communities together. I will also like to setup a youth basketball development program with Nigerian National Basketball management. If anyone is interested in hearing more about it, please feel free to contact me via Facebook.
EU: What would you like to say to your fans? AA: I thank my many fans for the support and encouragement during this trying time. Many fans had been communicating via Facebook and other social media. I truly appreciate them and wish them well too.
EU: Any closing thoughts/ideas? AA: I am focusing on getting a team as soon as possible. My efforts, focus and mindset in all my games have been to win. My team always has positive gains in the minutes I am in the court. This win via defense mentality has yielded several championships in USA and Europe to my teams. My present approach is to enhance and complement my defense skills with my newly acquired offense skills including mindset and confidence to contribute significantly to the success of my next teams.
Eurobasket would like to take this time to thank Aloysius for sitting with us, and to wish him all the very best in this season, wherever it takes him. We look forward to hearing great things from him in the United States and also in Nigeria, as he effects change One Child at Time!!! Best Wishes Al!!!
Helios Suns-Hopsi 84-66: Helios took control of the game behind a 17-3 run for a 26-12 lead early in the second quarter and later made a 14-1 run to extend their advantage to 47-21 before the break. Luka Voncina (193-G-91, college: Charlotte) scored 16 points, Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard) 15, Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) 12 and Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) 10. Hopsi shot better from 3-point land (36-percent, 10-of-28) than they did on two-pointers (28-percent, 11... [read more]
Helios Suns-Hopsi 84-66: Helios took control of the game behind a 17-3 run for a 26-12 lead early in the second quarter and later made a 14-1 run to extend their advantage to 47-21 before the break. Luka Voncina (193-G-91, college: Charlotte) scored 16 points, Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard) 15, Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) 12 and Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) 10. Hopsi shot better from 3-point land (36-percent, 10-of-28) than they did on two-pointers (28-percent, 11-of-40). Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) and Alen Hodzic (192-SF-92) both scored 10 points.
Sencur GGD-Rogaska 63-77: Rogaska made an early 17-3 run to go up 19-7. Sencur cut the deficit to 24-25 and got their second lead of the game at 35-33. After tying it at 41 early in the third quarter, Rogaska went on a 12-0 run and Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) scored 10 points in that span. Sencur twice reduced the deficit to four and they were down 63-68 with 1:40 remaining. At that point, Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) made a jumper to initiate the final 9-0 run. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) scored 30 points on shooting 11-of-17 from the field, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) had 13 points and 8 assists, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) posted 10 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double. Sencur's reserves outscored its starters 40-20. Nejc Martincic (182-PG-97) scored 13 points, Sedin Karavdic 12, Boris Jersin (183-G-85) 11 and Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) was the lone starter in double figures with 10 points.
Union Olimpija-Primorska 75-71: The largest lead by either team was six points by Primorska which happened several times in the game. The latest six-point lead for the visiting team came at 70-64 midway through the fourth quarter. Olimpija were down by 67-71 with 48 seconds remaining. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) hit a pair of free throws, than Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) stole the ball and Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) sank a 3-pointer to put Olimpija up 72-71. Primorska once again lost the ball and Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) was fouled. He made both foul shots to extend the lead to three with 29 seconds to go. On the next possession, Duda Sanadze (196-G-92, college: San Diego) missed a 3-pointer for Primorska. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) grabbed a defensive rebound and was immediately fouled. He made first free throw to secure the win. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) scored 15 points and Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) 14. Olimpija had 29 free throws to Primorska's just 9. Duda Sanadze (196-G-92, college: San Diego) led Primorska with 17 points, Nikola Gajic (195-G/F-91, college: SF Austin) scored 14, Troy Franklin (183-PG-89, college: Coppin St.) 13, Nejc Zupan (202-PG-96) had 12 points and Bojan Radulovic (211-C-92) grabbed 12 rebounds.
Tajfun Sentjur-Portoroz 12/11, Terme Olimia-LTH Castings 11/01, Zlatorog-Krka 94-79 (07/12)
Jakob Cebasek gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Liga Nova KBM - 15 hours ago
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Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) had a great game in the last round for Hopsi Polzela and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 25-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Portoroz (#11, 1-8) with 30-point margin 112-82. Hopsi Polzela is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hopsi Polzela will nee... [read more]
Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) had a great game in the last round for Hopsi Polzela and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 25-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Portoroz (#11, 1-8) with 30-point margin 112-82. Hopsi Polzela is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hopsi Polzela will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Cebasek had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Hopsi Polzela's top player in his first season with the team. Cebasek has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 63.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international point guard Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) of Krka. Rebec impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Krka lost that game 79-94 to slightly higher-ranked Zlatorog (#1, 9-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Krka still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Rebec is well-known by Krka fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#9). He also recorded 5.1 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Gajic (195-G/F-91) of Sixt Primorska (#5). Gajic showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lastovka, leading his team to a 66-61 win against the lower-ranked Sencur Gor. (#8, 4-5). Lastovka needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Gajic has a very solid season. In 10 games in Slovenia he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jan Span (187-PG-92) of Zlatorog - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Luka Grum (194-F-92) of LTH Castings - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) of Un.Olimpija - 15 points and 2 rebounds 7. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Zlatorog - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) of Hopsi Polzela - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) of Krka - 19 points and 4 rebounds 10. Matej Krusic (208-C-87) of Zlatorog - 9 points, 9 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)
Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) have reached an agreement to terminate their contract on mutual consent. The player is leaving Ljubljana. Player profile: 2008-2009: BC 79 Arbedo 2009-2010: SP Star Gordola (1LN) 2010-2011: BC DDV Lugano (LNB): 19 games: 15.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2.6spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 63.4%; played also for Lugano Tigers (LNA, starting five): 10 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg 2011-2012: Lugano Tigers (LNA): 22 games: 4.4ppg, 1.9rpg 2012-... [read more]
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