#1. This week's number one is former international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Sacramento Kings (16-29) 105-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Sefolosha scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes on the court.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has a very good 34-10 record this season.
Sefolosha has relatively good stats this year: 7.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 87.1% in the 43 games he played so far.
He played for the Swiss senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Brunner could not help Trenkwalder RE (8-8) to beat Montepaschi Siena (12-4).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Trenkwalder RE lost 49-64 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Montepaschi Siena.
It's Brunner's first season with the team.
Brunner belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 7.9rpg.
This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 66.7% in the 15 games.
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.
#3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Clint N'Dumba-Capela (204-94, currently plays in France). N'Dumba-Capela contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked JDA Dijon (8-9) 73-55 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks.
ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (11-6) is placed third in the ProA.
This season N'Dumba-Capela averages: 3.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 44.0% and FT: 43.8%.
He played for the Swiss U18 national team two years ago.
#4. Guard Christophe Varidel (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Florida Gulf Coast to an easy victory against the Northern Kentucky University (3-5) 73-54 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He recorded 12 points.
The Florida Gulf Coast University has a solid 5-3 conference record this season.
Varidel's overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg and 3.1rpg.
He used to play for the Swiss national team
back in 2010.
#5. International power forward David Ramseier (203-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Boulazac Basket (4-13) in their game against Le Mans (11-6) in the French ProA.
Ramseier recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
The bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket lost 68-77 in Le Mans to the much higher-ranked (#4) Le Mans.
It was Boulazac Basket's seventh consecutive loss in a row.
This year Ramseier's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the 11 games.
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) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-12) crushing them 106-81 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday.
Alijevas scored 7 points and added 5 assists.
BC Siauliai (7-4) is placed third in the LKL.
This season Alijevas has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.0apg.
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.Michael Kessens (206-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Longwood (0-7) in their last game. Despite Kessens' very good performance the Longwood was edged 68-65 on the road by the University of North Carolina - Asheville.
He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes.
So far Longwood lost all seven games in the conference This year Kessens' overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 3.1rpg in the nine games he played so far.
#3.Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Salon Vilpas (8-18) in their game against Lapuan Korikobrat (8-18) in the Finnish Korisliiga.
He recorded 7 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Salon Vilpas was edged 70-68 at home by the lower-ranked Lapuan_Korikobrat (#10).
It was Salon Vilpas' sixth consecutive loss in a row.
Vaenerberg's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.1apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Finnish and Swiss.
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 - 2 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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