Rhodes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - Nov 6, 2012
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27-year old power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for Gaziantep and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Mersin (#16, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Gaziantep maintains the 15th position in Turkish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Rhodes turned to be Gaziantep's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Rhodes averages this season 12.0ppg and 5.5rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86) of Tofas. He is American forward in his first season at Tofas. In the last game Heytvelt recorded impressive 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Tofas to edge the higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#4, 3-1) by 1 point 95-94. This victory allowed Tofas to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Heytvelt is a newcomer at Tofas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#9). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to center Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of league's second-best Galatasaray. Ndong scored 20 points. He was a key player of Galatasaray, leading his team to a 81-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#11, 1-3). Galatasaray started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Ndong turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ndong has a very solid season. In 4 games in Turkey he scored 10.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) of Aliaga - 15 points and 16 rebounds 5. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Erdemir - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Turk Telekom - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Keith Simmons (196-G-85) of Banvit BK - 20 points and 2 rebounds 10. Omar Sneed (198-F-76) of Mersin - 24 points and 9 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)
Engin Atsur selected the top Turk playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-12) 84-70 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Atsur scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court.
ALBA Berlin (15-8) is placed fifth in the BBL.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
This year Atsur averages: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 36.0% and FT: 84.1% in 23 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and German.
Atsur played for the Turkish senior national team eight years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-87, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (32-26) to beat the Orlando Magic (22-38).
Ilyasova scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks (32-26) were badly defeated 105-86 on the road by the Magic.
It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row.
Ilyasova's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 38.5%.
Former Yesilyurt Istanbul starter played for the Turkish national team in 2015.
#3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Enes Kanter (211-92, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Oklahoma City Thunder in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-40) 110-93 in the NBA on Friday night.
Kanter recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has 33-25 record this season.
Kanter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(262-451), 3FGP: 15.6% and FT: 78.9% in 48 games.
Kanter played for the Turkish national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Kerem Kanter (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Green Bay (9-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Green Bay was defeated 85-72 in Rochester by the Oakland University.
Kanter recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kanter has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 5.6rpg.
He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former U16 international guard Burak Eslik (193, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the SIU Edwardsville (0-13) in their game against the Austin Peay State University (7-8) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
Eslik scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.
But the SIU Edwardsville (#4) lost 84-92 at home to the Austin Peay State University.
So far SIU Edwardsville lost all thirteen games in the conference The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
This year Eslik has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in 29 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
seven years ago.
#6. Guard Cavit Ege Havsa (191-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Duquesne (7-6) 70-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Havsa scored 10 points and added 3 passes.
The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Havsa's first year with the team.
His overall stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.1apg.
Havsa is a former U18 international player as he played for the Turkish team two years ago.
#7. U20 international center Omer Yurtseven (213-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina St. (3-10) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (9-5) in the NCAA.
He scored 8 points.
The N.Carolina St. was defeated 81-72 in Notre Dame by the University of.
Yurtseven's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
It's Yurtseven's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg.
Yurtseven is also Turkish U20 national team player.
#8. Forward Yalim Olcay (203, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the W.Carolina (2-11) in their game against the Wofford College (2-8) in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points in only 9 minutes.
The W.Carolina was crushed 84-56 on their home court in Cullowhee by the Wofford College.
Olcay's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important.
This year Olcay's overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in 25 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
back in 2015.
The list of other players, who all have Turkish passport but never been selected to any of Turkish national teams:
#1.Kaan Korkmaz (185-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) led Colorado School of Mines to an easy victory against the Metropolitan State College of Denver crushing them 89-57 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He scored 11 points and added 3 passes in a mere 17 minutes.
The Colorado School of Mines have a very good 15-3 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2.
Korkmaz has been at the team for five years.
This season Korkmaz's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games he played so far.
#2.Deniz Celen (203-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Fairfield University to win against the Canisius College (7-9) 58-55 in the NCAA in Friday night's game.
Celen scored only 2 points.
The Fairfield University has 8-7 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season.
Celen's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg.
#3.Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95, currently plays in Kosovo). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Trepca (1-0) to beat Bashkimi (14-3). Zekiqi cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes.
Trepca lost 70-79 on the road to the second-ranked Bashkimi.
Zekiqi has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg in 14 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and Kosovan.
#4.Genc Sefaja (196-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Kaiserslautern's victory against the fifth-ranked Limburg (14-7) 76-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Sefaja scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
1. FC Kaiserslautern (8-12) is placed eighth in South-West group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Sefaja has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and German.
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. [read more]
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014. He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.). He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball. Jefferson's game is described as:
An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.
EuroLeague: Fenerbahce spark late, silence Olympiacos - 4 days ago
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Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64 Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Gr... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64
Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Greek team ignited a 22:7 rally to secure a 56:47 advantage at the final break. But Fenerbahce responded with a massive 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to tame the visitors. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 17 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 8 points for the home side. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) tossed in 13 points in the loss.
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