EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/19/2007Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
The Manchester Millrats have announed the signing of combo guard John Huggins (6'2''-G-82, college: American Intern.). Huggins played for American International College in Springfield, MA; a divisional opponent of Southern New Hampshire Uuniversity in the New England-10 Conference.
In his senior year he reached double figures in scoring in 26 of the 27 games in which he appeared and scored at least 20 points on 17 occasions, including a season-high 30 points in a win at Saint Michaels. Huggins drained a school-record 83 three-pointers in 2005-06 and ranked among the NE-10 leaders in three-point field goals and free throw percentage (.817). Huggins had a string of 28 consecutive made free throws, one shy of the school record of 29.
Last season, Huggins played for Äanekosken in Huima, Finland where he posted averages of 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
In 2006, he led the Northeast-10 Conference in scoring with a 20.9 points-per-game average. Huggins was nominated as 2nd Team All Conference, 2nd Team All North-East, and 2nd Team All-NABC Northeast region. For his career, Huggins wound up as AIC's No. 4 all-time leading scorer with 1,786 points. He also made the second-most three-pointers in school history (235) and his 147 steals are good for sixth in school history. Huggins and Malik Moore, a former NE-10 Player of the Year, are the only two players in school history to rank in the top-10 in scoring, three-pointers and steals.
The addition of Huggins will make the Millrat's backcourt extremely hard to defend. Huggins, combined with versatile Charles Easterling and sharp shooting James Life, will make Marchester's backcourt talented, strong and flexible.
The virgin Islands national team player Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Massachusetts) has joined Al-Ahli club for a 1 month tryout.
Kitwana participated recently in World Championship qualifiers for North America (Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) -07: 5 games: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 0.0%)
The "Kit" is a Good shot blocker, solid in the post. Incumbent at center. Very athletic. Provides defense and energy in the middle. Runs the floor well for a big man.Solid player in the post.
He played for the last 2 seasons in China.
Dentalcon Apoel agreed terms with the American point guard Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) ex Le Mans player with experience in the Italian leagues too, the American guard Laurence Strokes (188-G-83) rookie in the European leagues and the well known Serbian Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) who just left from the Russian league.
AEK Athens agreed terms with William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke) and Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80)
PAOK agreed terms with the American player with French passport Antoine Gillespie (194-G-76, college: UTEP) and the English player Steven Hansell (192-G-75, agency: Court Side, college: Illinois St.).
Egaleo agreed terms with the Greek-Cypriot guard Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78).
Olimpiada Patras agreed terms with the Lithuanian power forward / center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83)
Rethymno agreed terms with the American guard J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, college: George Washington)
Panionios and Jerry Mcnamara will soon announced their "basketball divorce" the talented gaurd didn't satisfied with his abilities the Greek head coach Minas Gekos so it is expected (very soon) to announced his release, the Greek head coach will try to sign very soon another guard as the league starts in less than 48 hours.
Ionikos Neas Filadelfeias dismiss head coach Alexis Pappas and hired coach Spyros Stathoulis to be the new head coach
EA Patras will announce very soon the dismissal of their head coach Giorgos Michaelides as they count a poor record of 0-3 in the first three weeks of the league. The announcement will take place within the next three- four days.
PANAMA - Danilo JR Pinnock played for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA preseason.
In the game where Denver defeated Portland 1128-102 Pinnock scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
He was waived by the Blazers. Last year he played in the NBA D-League with Arkansas and represented Panama in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
PANAMA - Danilo JR Pinnock played for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA preseason. In the game where Denver defeated Portland 1128-102 Pinnock scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He was waived by the Blazers. Last year he played in the NBA D-League with Arkansas and represented Panama in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
Two leaders so far in the Russian Superleague reached another win last night. CSKA and Triumph easily overcame their opponents.
CSKA Moscow spurted in the opening quarter over CSK VVS-Samara not to worry about the rest of the game. After 31:13 the hosts led to 97:62 win. Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) and David Andersen (212-C-80) led the winners with 14 points each. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) ended up with 13, while Lithuanian Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) added 9. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. CSKA improved to 5-0, while Samara stay winless at 0-3.
Triumph looks very ambitious this season and celebrated already 4th straight win. Last night the team beat University-Ugra (Surgut) 88 : 72. Three excellent quarters were the main reason of the success. Even though the visitors won the last quarter 6:18 it did not upset the hosts at all. Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) paced the winners with 14 points. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 11, while three other players ended up with 9. CHADNI Grey poured in 16 points in defeat as Urga has 0-2 record. Triumph follows CSKA and stays second with 4-0.
CSKA (Moscow) - CSK VVS-Samara (Samara) 97 : 62 (31:13, 24:16, 14:20, 28:13)
CSKA: Alexei Savrasenko 14+8 rebs, David Andersen 14, Trajan Langdon 13, Ramunas Siskauskas 9
VVS-Samara: Yaniv Green 14, Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) 14
Triumph - University-Ugra (Surgut) 88 : 72 (24:18, 34:19, 24:17, 6:18)
Triumph: Sergei Toporov 14, Terrell Lyday 11
University-Ugra: CHADNI Grey 16, KEVIN Flecher 15+18 rebs
Jacques Commeres' announcement after the defeat against Belgium at EuroBasket about him resigning as head coach of France as he felt that he had failed in meeting any of his objectives in Italy, has not been officially accepted yet. But today the FFBB put a working group in place. For more details read here