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.
Kelley comes back to Best Balikesir, ex Hapoel Holon - 11 hours ago
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Newly promoted Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85kg-85, college: S.Carolina). It is actually his comeback to Balikesir as he has played here before. Kelley started the season at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In four games he recorded 3.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last season Kelley played at Balikesir (TBL) where in 21 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 7.2... [read more]
Newly promoted Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85kg-85, college: S.Carolina). It is actually his comeback to Balikesir as he has played here before. Kelley started the season at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In four games he recorded 3.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last season Kelley played at Balikesir (TBL) where in 21 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Kelley has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Kelley's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in twelve different countries. Kelley has played previously professionally in Belgium, China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Croatia, Greece, Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Basket Barcellona), Lebanon, Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Venezuela (Cocodrilos and Marinos), NBA (Miami Heat), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Austin Spurs), IBL (Las Vegas P.) and Turkey (Pertevniyal). He attended University of South Carolina until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Can score with the ball, is a good playmaker and he understands the game ... Overall game is what excites the coaching staff ... Wing-span is 76 inches.... He's more a penetrator than a good outside shooter, however....
EuroLeague: Fenerbahce overpower Crvena Zvezda in Istanbul - 1 day ago
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Fenerbahce - Crvena Zvezda 87:72 Fenerbahce claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They drubbed visiting Crvena Zvezda to stay in the hunt for the top position in the ladder. Five players scored in double figures for the home side. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 assists for the hosts. Fenerbahce eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team boosted the lead in the second frame. Fenerbahce established a... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Crvena Zvezda 87:72
Fenerbahce claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They drubbed visiting Crvena Zvezda to stay in the hunt for the top position in the ladder. Five players scored in double figures for the home side. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 assists for the hosts. Fenerbahce eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team boosted the lead in the second frame. Fenerbahce established a 41:31 halftime advantage. The hosts boosted the gap in the third term. Fenerbahce sank 27 points and registered a comfortable 18-point mark at the final break. Crvena Zvezda narrowed the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) finished with 14 points, while Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the win. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) had 12 points in the loss.
Theodore number one in Turkey for round 9 - 2 days ago
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American Point guard Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Banvit BK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Trabzonspor (#10, 3-6) with 31-point margin 89-58. It allowed Banvit BK to consolidate first place in the Turkish BSL. Banvit BK have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last gam... [read more]
American Point guard Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Banvit BK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Trabzonspor (#10, 3-6) with 31-point margin 89-58. It allowed Banvit BK to consolidate first place in the Turkish BSL. Banvit BK have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Theodore had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Banvit BK's top player in his first season with the team. Former Seton Hall University star has very solid stats this year. Theodore is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Theodore is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 7.3apg) and averages impressive 61.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Lithuanian Evaldas Kairys (207-F/C-90) of Usak. Kairys had a very good evening with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Usak lost that game 73-83 to the higher-ranked Galatasaray (#5, 7-2). Usak is still second from the bottom in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Usak managed to get this year. Kairys is well-known at Usak and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Devin Thomas (206-PF-94) of TED Kolejliler (#16). Thomas showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Thomas' great performance TED Kolejliler lost 67-85 to the higher-ranked Demir IBB (#9, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. TED Kolejliler can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 9 games. Too bad for Thomas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Thomas has individually a great season in Turkey. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 53.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Gaziantep - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89) of Demir IBB - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89) of Besiktas - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Ian Hummer (201-F-90) of TED Kolejliler - 17 points and 7 rebounds 9. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of Banvit BK - 13 points and 10 rebounds 10. Emir Preldzic (206-F/G-87) of Galatasaray - 24 points and 4 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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