#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Trenkwalder RE's victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (2-5) 94-80 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Brunner recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (4-3) is placed seventh in the SerieA.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Brunner is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.6rpg.
He also averaged so far 13.1ppg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.4% and FT: 75.0% in the seven games he played so far.
Brunner is a naturalized American.
Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Brunner is currently a member of the Swiss senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Switzerland.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT, currently plays in NBA). Sefolosha led Oklahoma City Thunder to an easy victory against the New Orleans Hornets (3-5) 110-95 in the NBA last Friday.
He scored 11 points.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 7-3 record this season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Sefolosha averages: 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 57.1%(12-21).
He played for the Swiss national team in 2011.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Christophe Varidel (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Varidel led Florida Gulf Coast to an easy victory against the Ave Maria University (3-5) crushing them 86-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Florida Gulf Coast University has conference record this season.
This year Varidel's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 57.1%(12-21) in the 10 games.
He played for the Swiss national team two years ago.
#4. Point guard Stefan Petkovic (185-92, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Apollon (0-2) crushing them 93-62 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game.
Petkovic scored 6 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals.
Tsmoki-Minsk (1-1) is placed third in group G.
There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Petkovic's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg.
Petkovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Swiss.
He is also Swiss national team player.
#5. International power forward David Ramseier (203-87, currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's surprising victory against the third-ranked Chalon/Saor (4-2) 77-69 in the French ProA in Monday night's game.
He scored 6 points in only 10 minutes.
Boulazac Basket Dordogne (3-4) is placed ninth in the ProA.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This year Ramseier averages only 4.0ppg in the two games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Swiss and French.
Ramseier plays currently for the Swiss national team.
#6. Forward Michel-Ofik Nzege (203-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the CIAA could not help the Winston Salem State University to beat the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (0-0).
He recorded 6 points.
his team was badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
This season Nzege averages only 4.0ppg.
He is U20 international player who is currently on the Swiss National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international center Kevin Kimber (203-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Maryville University in their game against the Belmont University (0-0) in the GLVC. Kimber cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
his team was crushed 88-49 in Nashville, TN by the Belmont University.
This year Kimber averages just 4.0ppg in the two games.
He used to play for the Swiss U20 national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Swiss passport but never been selected to any of Swiss national teams:
#1.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland) led Salon Vilpas to an easy victory against Forssan Koripojat crushing them 99-74 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Saturday.
Vaenerberg scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes.
Salon Vilpas Vikings (4-7) is placed eighth in the Korisliiga.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This year Vaenerberg's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg in the 11 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Finnish and Swiss.
#2.Michael Kessens (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Longwood in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kessens' very good performance the Longwood was defeated 78-66 at home by the Norfolk State University.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. Kessens also added 4 blocks.
Kessens' total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg.
22-year old Swiss forward Brian Bennett (186-94). just graduated from Flagler (NCAA2). Bennett missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Bennett was a member of Swiss U20 National Team in 2013 [read more]
Meyrin Basket Geneve (LNB) signed 22-year old Swiss forward Brian Bennett (186-94). just graduated from Flagler (NCAA2). Bennett missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Bennett was a member of Swiss U20 National Team in 2013.
Villars Basket (LNB) landed 21-year old point guard Elio Sabo (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. Sabo already started the season at BBC Lausanne in LNA. He helped his team get promotion to LNA. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sabo played also at Lausanne where in 19 LNB games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the LNB title (twice). Sabo represented Switz... [read more]
Villars Basket (LNB) landed 21-year old point guard Elio Sabo (181-95). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. Sabo already started the season at BBC Lausanne in LNA. He helped his team get promotion to LNA. LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Sabo played also at Lausanne where in 19 LNB games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the LNB title (twice). Sabo represented Switzerland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.5ppg. Sabo has played previously for Academie Fribourg.
Ballard number one in Switzerland for round 7 - 3 days ago
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American Swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Geneve Lions, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Massagno (#9, 2-4) 81-74. It allowed Geneve Lions to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Geneve Lions have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Ballard had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned... [read more]
American Swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Geneve Lions, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Massagno (#9, 2-4) 81-74. It allowed Geneve Lions to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Geneve Lions have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Ballard had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Geneve Lions' top player in his first season with the team. Former Miami University, Ohio star has very solid stats this year. Ballard is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.8ppg. Ballard is in league's top in and averages impressive 59.7% FGP. Worth to mention Ballard played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Travis Taylor (203-F-90) of league's second-best Fribourg. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Fribourg to another comfortable win 86-72 over the lower-ranked Neuchatel (#10, 2-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Fribourg to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Taylor is a newcomer at Fribourg, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Neuchatel (#10). James scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite James' great performance Neuchatel lost 72-86 to the higher-ranked Fribourg (#2, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Neuchatel not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could try to bring Neuchatel's a little bit higher in the standings. James has a very solid season. In 2 games in Switzerland he scored 15.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brandon Swannegan (206-F-93) of Lausanne - 17 points and 11 rebounds 5. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) of Massagno - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) of Boncourt - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Brandon Garrett (206-F-90) of Geneve Lions - 15 points and 11 rebounds 8. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Joel Fuchs (190-PG-89) of Starwings - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists 10. Jordan Downing (196-G-92) of Winterthur - 30 points and 5 rebounds
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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