#1. This week's number one is former international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-8) in their last game. Despite Sefolosha's good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder was edged 101-99 on the road by the Washington Wizards.
He scored 14 points in 29 minutes on the court.
Sefolosha has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(54-97), 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 89.3% in the 36 games he played so far.
He played for the Swiss senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Clint N'Dumba-Capela (204-94, currently plays in France). N'Dumba-Capela was not able to help Chalon/Saor (9-6) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-5) in the French ProA.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
But Chalon/Saor was crushed 102-69 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque.
This year N'Dumba-Capela averages: 2.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 33.3% in the seven games.
He played for the Swiss U18 national team in 2011.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa, currently plays in Italy). Brunner was the major contributor in a Trenkwalder RE's victory against the 12th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (4-10) 87-71 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (7-7) is placed eighth in the SerieA.
It's Brunner's first season with the team.
Brunner is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 66.7%.
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.
#4. Guard Christophe Varidel (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Florida Gulf Coast (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Varidel's good performance the Florida Gulf Coast was defeated 85-75 in Johnson City, TN by the East Tennessee State University.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Florida Gulf Coast this season.
Varidel used to play for the Swiss national team
back in 2010.
#5. International power forward David Ramseier (203-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Boulazac Basket (4-11) in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (3-11) in the French ProA.
Ramseier scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket was badly defeated 82-65 in Limoges by the higher-ranked CSP Elite (#11).
It was Boulazac Basket's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Ramseier's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 4.2rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Swiss and French.
Ramseier plays currently for the Swiss national team.
The list of other players, who all have Swiss passport but never been selected to any of Swiss national teams:
#1.Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Siauliai's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (5-6) 85-80 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday.
Alijevas recorded 14 points and added 5 passes. It was his first game for Siauliai this season.
His team is placed fourth in the LKL.
It's Alijevas' first year with the team.
He has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Lithuanian.
Despite Alijevas' Swiss passport, he previously played for the Lithuanian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Swiss team.
#2.Mike Burtscher (198-F-85, currently plays in ASEAN League) led his Filipino team Petron Blaze to a victory over the 12th-ranked Satria Muda (4-10) 64-53 in the ASEAN League last Friday.
Burtscher was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 19 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Petron Blaze this season.
His team are placed second in the ASEAN League.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Burtscher is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He is another player who holds two passports: Swiss and Filipino.
#3.Michael Kessens (206-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Longwood (0-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Longwood lost 62-75 at home to the Charleston Southern University.
Kessens scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Longwood this season.
So far Longwood lost all three games in the conference
#4.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Salon Vilpas (7-15) in their game against Kouvot (11-11) in the Finnish Korisliiga.
He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes.
Salon Vilpas lost 75-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Kouvot.
It was Salon Vilpas' third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Vaenerberg's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg in the 16 games he played so far.
He has both Finnish and Swiss nationalities.
Villars Basket (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old power forward Ludovic De Gottrau (194-91). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. De Gottrau played recently at Fribourg Olympic (LNA). LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He helped them to win the Supercup. The last season De Gottrau played at Pully Basket where in 22 LNB games he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his te... [read more]
Villars Basket (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old power forward Ludovic De Gottrau (194-91). It is actually his comeback to Villars as he has played here before. De Gottrau played recently at Fribourg Olympic (LNA). LNB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He helped them to win the Supercup. The last season De Gottrau played at Pully Basket where in 22 LNB games he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Chris Jones gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - 5 days ago
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American Chris Jones (188-G-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Starwings and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 23-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Starwings in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lugano Tigers (#10, 3-5) 64-56. Starwings is placed at 4th position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in... [read more]
American Chris Jones (188-G-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Starwings and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 23-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Starwings in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lugano Tigers (#10, 3-5) 64-56. Starwings is placed at 4th position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Starwings will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Starwings' top player in his first season with the team. Angelo State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.0ppg), assists (4th best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 55.4% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Sean Sheldon (209-F) of Winterthur. Sheldon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Winterthur lost that game 67-72 to the higher-ranked Swiss Central (#5, 5-2). Winterthur are still at the very bottom. 7 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Sheldon is a newcomer at Winterthur and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Chris Braswell (206-F-89) of Geneve Lions (#3). Braswell scored 26 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Braswell's great performance Geneve Lions lost 80-83 to the lower-ranked Neuchatel (#7, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Geneve Lions needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Braswell has a great season in Switzerland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-86) of Monthey - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Neuchatel - 18 points and 8 rebounds 6. Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Neuchatel - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Veselin Veselinov (202-F-83) of Swiss Central - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Warren Niles (196-G-89) of Massagno - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Roger Woods (196-F-93) of Lausanne - 16 points and 8 rebounds 10. Quinton Day (185-G-84) of Massagno - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 5 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)
Lugano Tigers U23 (LNB) signed American forward Kendyl Grover (203). He just graduated from Adams St. College (NCAA2). He played 22 games where he had 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. As mentioned above Grover is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He played at the RMAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Switzerland [read more]
Lugano Tigers U23 (LNB) signed American forward Kendyl Grover (203). He just graduated from Adams St. College (NCAA2). He played 22 games where he had 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. As mentioned above Grover is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He played at the RMAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
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