After leaving the team of Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78), Tutku Acik (194-G-80), Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA), Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) and especially Jamon Lucas Gordon (191-SG-84), it is thought to be that the guard position, which is said to be the strongest position of the team for the years, would loose power. Under the control of the former coach Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ), David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) was a well disciplined defensive team. But it seems that the new guards of the team will add a scorer support to the team.
Ender Arslan known best with the penetrating dribblings will share his period with Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.). Engin Atsur is both a penetrator and a dangerous scorer. Despite his young age, Goksenin Koksal was the key of the defence and is used to stop the best shooter of the opponents last season. And is wondered that how will coach Ataman will use him. Henry Domercant (194-G-80-college: E.Illinois), a good rebounder and an athletic defencer, will help Goksenin Koksal in the needs of defence. The shooting skills of Domercant seems to mend the leaving of Jaka Lakovic, who is known as one of the best shooters of Europe ever, will help the forward position.
Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had also good season with CSKA Moscow in Russia and also in Euroleague. He is used to be in a competitive race in his position with his former team. Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) did the best in coaching with not a wide rotationed team last year and the guard position decisions will force him most for the next season.
After a delighting season no doubt on David Hawkins had the biggest shareout of his team Besiktas Istanbul, winning the three cups last season. With athletic skills and best decisions in the game he will be a joker player for his coach at least one more season. He will also be the best solution with Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) for the shooter position of the team.
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul had problems in power forward and center positions in Euroleague and the final four of the Beko Basketball Leaugue. According the most, these positions were the reason not to qualify upper grades of the team. So coach Ataman was very carefull to choose the players for these positions.
In his first season in Euroleague and David Hawkins, Furkan Aldemir did more than his best. He was a talented young player in the softest position of his team. This year he will be in a race with the worlwide star Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). Milan Macvan is the proof of the next years teams aggressive and fighter side. It is obvious that Macvan is not a transfer just for the Turkish Leugue, he is also a good preparation for the Euroleague for the future seasons. Last season showed that the team and the glamorous atmosphere of Abdi Ipekci Arena, Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul is very strong-willed to join the Euroleague organisation again.
Coach Ataman will have his fighter center and power forward star Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (203-FG-81-college: Alabama) in next year in his new team again. He was the best choice in long positions. He likes to fight with the longer opponents in the center positions and also is a good scorer around the line.
A very well working style of coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) is easily appreciable. A team, combined of contender players with the talented youngsters. The transfer of Ersin Dagli and David Hawkins shows that the working system will be repeated for the upcoming season. The position of the fighter, athletic center position which was filled by Pops Mensah-Bonsou (206-F-83-college: G.Washington) in Besiktas Istanbul will be filled by a similar player, Boniface Ndong (213-C-77). Boniface Ndong will also be a model for the young players as Furkan Aldemir and Sertac Sanli with his experience. Except the disappointment of Ilkan Karaman, it is seen that the team is in a preparation for being stable in Euroleague. It is sure that Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul will continue being a fighting team this year and will be in the race To the last ball as they say. And Coach Ataman wants to have the Eurocup and Beko Turkish Basketball League cups for the upcoming season with another team.
Smith is back at Delaware 87ers, ex Galatasaray - 7 hours ago
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Delaware 87ers signed 26-year old point guard Russ Smith (183-75kg-91, college: Louisville). It is actually his comeback to Delaware 87ers as he has played here before. Smith started the season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In two games he had 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. Smith also played 7 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.0ppg and 1.1rpg. The last season Smith played atDelaware 87ers. In 21 games he was second best scorer with impressive 28.1ppg and averaged 5.0... [read more]
Delaware 87ers signed 26-year old point guard Russ Smith (183-75kg-91, college: Louisville). It is actually his comeback to Delaware 87ers as he has played here before. Smith started the season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In two games he had 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. Smith also played 7 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.0ppg and 1.1rpg. The last season Smith played at Delaware 87ers. In 21 games he was second best scorer with impressive 28.1ppg and averaged 5.0rpg, 8.0apg (top 2) and 2.2spg (in top 2). Three years ago Smith was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015. He was also voted USBWA All-District IV Player of the Year and All-AAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time. Smith has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Iowa Energy).
EuroLeague: Krunoslav Simon leads Emporio Armani past Galatasaray - 15 hours ago
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Emporio Armani - Galatasaray 92:87 Emporio Armani claimed just the fifth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They outgunned visiting Galatasaray in Milan. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) posted 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Emporio Armani eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts unloaded 26 points in the second term to take a 10-point halftime advantage 49:39. The home side maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Emporio Armani entered the four... [read more]
Emporio Armani - Galatasaray 92:87
Emporio Armani claimed just the fifth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They outgunned visiting Galatasaray in Milan. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) posted 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Emporio Armani eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts unloaded 26 points in the second term to take a 10-point halftime advantage 49:39. The home side maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Emporio Armani entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 71:60. Galatasaray dropped 27 points in the final stanza but could not avert the loss. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) accounted for 13 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the hosts. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) and Sinan Guler (192-SG-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 17 points each for Galatasaray.
Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara (BSL) inked center Ugur Hortum (211-109kg, college: Grambling State) from Best Balikesir. But in two BSL games he did not score anything. Hortum graduated from Grambling State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey [read more]
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