Despite a late start to 2011-2012 season Mersin BSB guard Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) ended up becoming one of the top scorers as a domestic player and led the entire league in three point field goal percentage. The lightening quick Turkish international is hoping to help her nation make it to Olympic Games this summer and she has a lot to say about her next season plans
-Although you started the season a little late you averaged double digits and helped winless Mersin make it to the semi finals. Would you describe this year as your best ever season?
I could never say that it was my best season ever but I did whatever I could to get my team to the spot that we belong to. I had this injury the year before that I had to play on in the end of season. As you know there was the 2011 European Championship right after the Turkish League ended. First I was very afraid to keep playing despite my injury but then my national team management showed me great patience and care. They gave me the time I need to get better and experienced physio staff to work with me. I cant say enough how appreciated I am to them. Right now, we are about to play qualification games for the Olympic Games and Ill be part of this. Its a great feeeling. When the European Championship was over, I made the decision that I wasnt going play until my injury completely healed. I worked with Muratcan ner to keep me in shape and the national team Dr. Gkhan Metin and physiotherapist Haim Ay to keep me healthy. After a four month break I was ready to play all hungry :) Mersin Bykehir Belediyesi and some other teams wanted me to play for them. I made my desicion and went to play for Mersin where I played before just because I knew the people there and the experienced coach Zafer Kalaycolu who I also played for. They were losing all their games but as my coach and my new teammates, I knew we could do better and I think I was the missing link in the team. From the first week I went there we started playing better and winning. For me, it was very important to play better than ever because I showed lots of effort and patience before the season. It needed to be worth of something and I do believe it did. Mersin team finished the regular season at the fourth spot, made the semifinals in Turkish Cup and the Turkish League. Also I had one of the best stats of my career. Im very greatful
-You were one of the two Turkish players to score over 10 points a game and it was on %50 shooting from beyond the arc. Must be getting a lot of attention from the teams for the next season?
I think nobody guessed that I would show such a performance like this after the injury and the long break from basketball. I do believe I surprised people. So, even the season wasnt over I started getting offers for the next year. I couldnt respond to those before the season ended but the offers kept coming after the league finished. Im very happy and thankful for the offers. Im hoping to sign with one of these teams and have an even better year in the next season.
-Despite the big investments Turkish clubs cant get what they want in Euroleague. As an experienced player what do you think are the positive and negatives sides of nowadays Turkish basketball?
I think the investments made Turkish League and Turkish clubs the number one place for the players to play basketball in the world. While this situation brought the chance to Turkish players to play with/against the best players all over the world, it also gave basketball lovers to watch greater basketball in Turkey. Its been only 3-4 years we have been competing in the Euroleague finals and after all these years we finally had two teams playing the finals in Euroleague. So actually where we are at right now is a very big success. Unfortunately the real success doesnt come as quick as the investors , the clubs and players want. We have to be patient, learn from our mistakes and correct them every year. Also only one great player or the coach or the club cant bring the success were searching for. The success comes from the team game so we have to have them all and create a team that plays in one harmony. Im sure sooner or later, well get the Euroleague championship that were longing for
-Turkey surprisingly reached the silver medal in Eurobasket last year. Olympic games are ahead. How does it feel to be a member of the Turkish National Team?
You cant imagine how excited I am to be part of this organization. Its kind of once in a lifetime thing for me. And its also first time experience for our country to be in Olympic Games as a team sport of course if we can make the qualification tournament well play in June. Everybody would think that it was a surprise especially after our bad start to the tournament but as a team and staff we did believe that we were good enough and deserved to win a medal before we got to the tournament. As I said before the real success doesnt come very quickly but our federation was very patient and never quitted supporting us. I think the silver medal was a good beginning for us and of course were hoping to add new and more achivements to our success. Olympics will be a great chance to do this...
-What are your goals as a professional athlete? You played basketball both in the States and Turkey. Also won silver medal with national team. What else are missing?
For professional athletes, goals are usually endless. Yes I did have the silver medal with the national team at European Championship but now there is Olympic Games coming up and to be there and be able to win anything in our first time there would be the greatest goal achivement for me. Also the year after well be hosting the World Championship in our country. There is nothing bad bout winning more medals :) As a person, I love to experience new things. You mentioned that I played in USA and Turkey. I would love to get a chance to play abroad someday again and experience the competition and the new cultures. I hope its gonna happen soon :)
-Playing both guard positions require different physical and mental skills. As a combo guard what would you suggest to the upcoming youngsters?
As you say it can get tougher when you play the both positions during the game but its not something that will never change. I personally always try to learn and understand every position of basketball. This would always help you to create more options for your team, teammates and yourself in the game. Also knowing what you can do as much as knowing what your coach wants and what your teammates can do are important. This way it doesnt matter what position you play, you would always know what you need to do when the time comes. So we should never forget its a team sport and we have to work together for the better of yourself and the team.
-Most of the athletes complain about having not enough time for their social lives. Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Thanks to technology...! Everyday something new comes and makes my day more useful. Seriously, when you play two games in a week, youll be always busy with basketball. This way it doesnt matter what position you play. No time for your hobbies.. But now I can read my books, take pictures and create something new, stay connected to my family and my friends, watch the movies and listen to the music. So Im all happy. If I get any free time I always find myself on the road discovering some place new. I do love to experience new places and what comes with it such as new people, culture and food.
Harrison number one in Turkey for round 15 - 6 hours ago
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American Shooting guard D'Angelo Harrison (193-SG, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Usak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Trabzonspor (5-10) 105-101. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Usak is placed at 13th position in T... [read more]
American Shooting guard D'Angelo Harrison (193-SG, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Usak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Trabzonspor (5-10) 105-101. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Usak is placed at 13th position in Turkish BSL. Usak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Usak and it's hard to imagine this team without him. D'Angelo Harrison averages this season 14.2ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of Besiktas. Stimac had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Besiktas lost that game 83-93 to slightly higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#2, 13-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Besiktas still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Stimac is a newcomer at Besiktas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American Austin Nichols (200-SF-82) of Best Balikesir (#15). Nichols showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Nichols' great performance Best Balikesir lost 85-86 to the higher-ranked Darussafaka (#5, 11-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Best Balikesir can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nichols he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nichols has a very solid season. In 15 games in Turkey he scored 9.9ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87) of Trabzonspor - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Shaquielle McKissic (196-SF-90) of Usak - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93) of Darussafaka - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 7. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 8. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 26 points and 12 rebounds 9. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88) of Trabzonspor - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Demir IBB - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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)
Tyshawn Taylor (ex Maccabi K/G) is a newcomer at Mamak DSI - 7 hours ago
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Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Tyshawn Taylor (191-84kg-90, college: Kansas). He played recently at Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israeli Winner League, but was released by the team earlier this month. In 14 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Taylor played at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB where in 28 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 1... [read more]
Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Tyshawn Taylor (191-84kg-90, college: Kansas). He played recently at Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israeli Winner League, but was released by the team earlier this month. In 14 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Taylor played at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB where in 28 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 16.4ppg and had 3.1rpg, 3.7apg (top 5) and 1.1spg. Taylor helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Taylor attended University of Kansas and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements he won Liga Americas championship title in 2016. Taylor received also Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas Player of the Year award and Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas Guard of the Year award in 2016. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. Taylor's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 38.5%. Taylor is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Taylor has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Atleticos and Indios), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Springfield A. and Maine Red Claws). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Has outstanding quickness on the offensive and defensive ends. Puts a lot of pressure on the defense by pushing the ball up the court and attacking the rim ... Very quick with the ball in his hands ... Difficult to try to stay in front of.
Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) released 27-year old American power forward Arnett Moultrie (208-113kg-90, college: Mississippi State, agency: Interperformances). In 17 TBL games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moultrie played at Manati in Puerto Rican BSN where in 7 games he had 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. In 2012 he was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in first round (27th overall). Moultrie attended Mississippi State and it is his fi... [read more]
Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) released 27-year old American power forward Arnett Moultrie (208-113kg-90, college: Mississippi State, agency: Interperformances). In 17 TBL games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moultrie played at Manati in Puerto Rican BSN where in 7 games he had 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. In 2012 he was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in first round (27th overall). Moultrie attended Mississippi State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements his team won C-USA Regular Season in 2010. Moultrie received also NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Moultrie represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.4ppg, 6.1rpg. Moultrie is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Moultrie has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), NBA (New York Knicks and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Delaware 87ers). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
High-level athlete combo forward with excellent size and length. Versatile offensive skill set to score inside/outside. Extraordinarily nimble and quick mover in the paint.
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