#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Brice Massamba (208-88, college: UNLV, currently plays in Croatia). He led Djuro Djakovic to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Jolly (2-2) 89-85 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game.
Massamba scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (3-0) is placed first in the A1.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Massamba is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.0rpg.
He also averaged so far 12.0ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23) and FT: 72.7% in the three games he played so far.
Massamba has a dual citizenship: Swedish and DR Congolese.
He is currently a member of the Swedish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, agency: Ronsport, currently plays in Israel). Skjoldebrand was the major contributor in a Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hapoel J-M (0-2) 84-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1-1) is placed eighth in the Winner League.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Skjoldebrand has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 83.3% in the two games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Israeli.
Ex-Sodertalje Kings player is in the roster of the Swedish senior national team.
#3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. Maraker could not help one of league's weakest teams Panasonic Trians (6-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Panasonic Trians were defeated 85-71 on the road by the leading Toyota Alvark.
Maraker scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This season Maraker averages: 6.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 3FGP: 42.9%.
He is also a member of the Swedish senior national team.
#4. Small forward Viktor Gaddefors (203-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help SAIE3 BO (3-1) in their game against Cimberio Varese (4-0) in the Italian SerieA.
Gaddefors recorded only 4 points in 16 minutes.
SAIE3 BO lost 74-84 at home to the second-ranked Cimberio Varese.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
It's Gaddefors' first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games.
Gaddefors is also Swedish national team player.
#5. International point guard Thomas Massamba (185-85, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Pleven (1-1) crushing them 100-74 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night.
He recorded 7 points. It was his first game for Lukoil Academik this season.
His team is placed third in the NBL.
Massamba plays currently for the Swedish national team.
#6. Guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (1-3) in their game against Chalon/Saor (2-1) in the French ProA. Grant cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points and added 3 assists.
Sluc Nancy was defeated 76-61 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#5).
This season Grant averages just 0.8ppg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Swedish National Team roster.
#7. An experienced international center Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kutaisi (1-1) crushing them 78-58 in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night.
Kjellbom scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for Armia this season.
His team is placed fourth in the Superleague.
Kjellbom is also Swedish national team player.
#8. Power forward Sebastian Schuszler (204-94, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Rapla (0-3) in their game against Ventspils (4-0) in the Baltic League.
He scored only 4 points.
The sixth-placed Rapla was crushed 93-54 on their home court in Rapla by the leading Ventspils in the group A of Baltic League.
So far Rapla lost all three games in the Regular Season.
This season Schuszler averages just 2.7ppg.
He plays currently for the Swedish U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Swedish passport but never been selected to any of Swedish national teams:
#1.Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85, currently plays in Spain) led Caja Laboral to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut (2-2) 92-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
Lampe recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-1) is placed sixth in the ACB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Lampe averages: 10.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish.
#2.Elias Westerlund (197-F-88, currently plays in Norway) led Asker Aliens to a victory over the closely-ranked Baerum Basket (3-5) 85-68 in the Norwegian BLNO in Tuesday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Westerlund scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Asker Aliens BC (1-6) is located at the very bottom in the BLNO.
But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses.
Westerlund has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3spg in the four games he played so far.
#3. Experienced Daniel Bwomono (197-F-77, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Ammerud Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Froya Basket (4-6) 70-57 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday.
Bwomono scored only 2 points in 15 minutes.
Ammerud Basket (2-5) is placed second from the bottom (#6) in the BLNO.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
This year Bwomono's total stats are: 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the seven games.
Umea signs George Valentine, ex Levice - May 30, 2016
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Umea BSKT (Basketligan) signed 28-year old American forward George Valentine (203-101kg-88, college: Winthrop, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakian SBL league. In 34 games he had 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Valentine also played 7 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg and 1.0bpg. The... [read more]
Umea BSKT (Basketligan) signed 28-year old American forward George Valentine (203-101kg-88, college: Winthrop, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakian SBL league. In 34 games he had 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Valentine also played 7 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg and 1.0bpg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Gmunden Swans (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league. In 21 games he recorded 4.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg in 2014-15 season. Valentine's team made it to the Austrian Cup final in 2014. He has played also professionally in Iceland (Tindastoll). Valentine attended Winthrop University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Solna Vikings hire coach Ake Barlin - May 30, 2016
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Solna Vikings (D2) inked 55-year old coach Ake Barlin. He has coached lately at Jarfalla in Swedish D2 league. Barlin was coaching Swedish U18 National Team two years ago. He has coached previously another team Kongsberg. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Sweden [read more]
Solna Vikings (D2) inked 55-year old coach Ake Barlin. He has coached lately at Jarfalla in Swedish D2 league. Barlin was coaching Swedish U18 National Team two years ago. He has coached previously another team Kongsberg.
Sandringham Sabres (SEABL) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton State, agency: Octagon Europe). He moved there from KFUM Jamtland Basket in Swedish Basketligan where he started the season. In 32 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 5.7apg (top 4) and 2.1spg (in top 2) this season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team and Honorable Men... [read more]
Sandringham Sabres (SEABL) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton State, agency: Octagon Europe). He moved there from KFUM Jamtland Basket in Swedish Basketligan where he started the season. In 32 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 5.7apg (top 4) and 2.1spg (in top 2) this season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The last season Henry played at Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) in Danish league. In 21 games he averaged remarkable 17.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.6apg (top 3) and 2.3spg (in top 3). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. The previous (2014) summer Henry played at Pistons (NBL) in New Zealand league. In 18 games he had high stats: 19.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.5apg and 1.9spg (in top 4) in 2014 season. A very impressive year as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention. The last (2014) season he was tested by Rilski (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 5 games he had 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in 2013-14 season. Henry also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.7apg and 2.3spg in 2013-14 season. In 12-13 season he played at Kings (NBL). In 22 games he had 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in 2012-13 season. Impressive indeed as was selected to Australian NBL All-Star Game. Among other achievements his team won LSC South Division Regular Season in 2011. Henry received also All-LSC LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time. Henry is a very experienced player. He graduated from Tarleton State in 2011 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
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