EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/5/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
|D1 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Emmett, Liege 23.9|
2 Freeman, Gent 18.8
3 Lewis, Leuven 17.8
4 Wilson, Pepinster 17.6
5 Miller, Gent 17.2
6 Perkins, Bree 15.6
7 Gray, MH 15.1
8 Gay, ADG 14.9
9 Lojeski, Aalst 14.6
10 Gonzales, Aalst 14.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Fisher, Bree 10.8|
2 Turek, Gent 10.6
3 Cantrell, Aalst 8.6
4 Pelle, Liege 7.4
5 Ebong, MH 7.1
5 Poole, Aalst 7.1
7 Hodge, Bree 6.6
8 Riddick, Char 6.1
9 Oefugbu, Gent 6.0
10 Ovcina, Oost 6.0
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Perkins, Bree 5.8|
2 Bosco, Leuven 3.8
3 Conlan, MH 3.8
4 Van Rossom, Oost 3.2
5 Hamilton, Char 3.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Perkins, Bree 3.1|
2 Sears, ADG 2.6
3 Bosco, Leuven 2.6
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Fisher, Bree 2.8|
2 Riddick, Char 2.2
3 Turek, Gent 1.4
Good news showed up for Borac Nektar yesterday. Namely, the story which was considered as a rumor, officially was confirmed by the FIBA Europe yesterday. It accepted demand of Ukrainian Basketball Federation to suspend Politekhnika Lviv from EuroChallenge 08/09. Thus Borac Nektar goes straight to the second qualification round. At the same time Borac Nektar's president Ranko Skrbic stepped down on his position. He will stay close to the club but without any official position.
This week-end begins Spanish ACB league and Bosnia will have three players in it. For sure the biggest Bosnian star in Spain is Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), who will play this season for TAU Ceramica. Teletovic already has great experience from Spain. He supposes to be one of the TAU's leading players and for sure member of the starting five. Teletovic had 10.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 25 Euroleague games last season. Croatian center Stanko Barac (217-C-86), who started basketball career in Bosnia, will be Teletovic's teammate in TAU.
The other Bosnian in ACB will be Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) of Murcia. It will be Opacak's second season with the Spanish team. Croatian from Bosnian city Mostar Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) will also play for Murcia this season.
Third player from Bosnia and Herzegovina is young prospect Nihad Djedovic (198-G-90, agency: Beo Basket), who will play for Barcelona.
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*Kelyn Block (187-G-80, college: Indiana St.) will replaced injured Pierre Wooten at Quimper for next 2 months. More a SG than a PG, Block is well known in France since he played for Reims last season. Block posted 16ppg 4.8rpg in ProB last year in 23 games.
Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Hawaii-Pacific) has landed in Le Havre but won't be qualified for the first round tonite. Aleksandar Bojic will be the 4th player of the team in the paint. Coach Sousa still is looking for a guard, after having released Pele Paelay. Bojic was posting 13.8ppg 5.9rpg in the czech league last season.
*To replace injured Martin Le Pellec (5-6 weeks), Evreux has signed DeRon Hayes (197-F-70, college: Penn St.).He posted 9.4ppg 4rpg with Limoges in 14 games last year.
Aris Friesland Leeuwarden
Head coach: Pete Miller
Record in 2007-08: 9-31
Additions: head coach Pete Miller, Tristan Blackwood, Bob van den Eenden, Jayme Miller, Keith Spencer, Kevin Steenberge, Frieder Jacobsen, Patrick Frimpong, Sonny Waaldijk, Matt Bauscher
Aris Friesland mad esome sweeping changes in the offseason, first reaching an joint agreement with Eiffel Towers in a devlopment program, with Eiffel Towers sending some of their youth talent base to Aris. Pete Miller, a former player himself in the Dutch competition, last coached in the Telekom Bonn system and will be the man in charge. He has some size and a heady PG to work with, namely Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85), who will run the show. Blackwood is a scorer who can also make his teammates better. Look for him to be one of the most exciting players in the FEB. Kevin Steenberge (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Richmond) has various international experience and has a good touch around the basket. Holdover and former Dutch international Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) is coming off a good 2007-08 season and should be the recipient of many good looks on the fastbreak and perimeter with Blackwood distributing the ball.
Forget about what happened last season, this will be a much more exciting team to watch. Maybe not championship material, but making the FEB playoffs is a strong possibility.
Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) and Charles Richardson (175-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) return, as well as FEB and Eurobasket Holland Rookie-of-the-Year Jeroen Slor (204-F-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Slor has a tremendous upside who should continue to improve. Stansbury has plenty of size inside with newcomers Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona), Martin Iti (213-C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: N.Mexico St.) and Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester), and B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) going Sykes and Richardson in the backcourt will be interesting. One player that could have helped Stansbury, Djoenie Steenvoorde, has changed addresses and has moved on to Eiffel Towers, taking 14.3 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. with him. Daniel Jones (200-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brings experience and athleticism to the front line. It will be interesting to see this Rotterdam Challengers bunch, and if they will have bench strength, reliable perimeter shooting and a solid rotation. Who will knock down the big shots? Will Rotterdam Challengers build on their momentum from last season under a new head coach? Time will tell.
Head coach: Terrence Stansbury
Record in 2007-08: 24-16 (lost in 1st round FEB playoffs)
Additions: Phil Grant, Bobby Walker, Sjoerd van Vlisteren, Martin Iti, Aaron Williams, Alexander Hokke, Luuk Besseling, head coach Terrence Stansbury
Scrappy Rotterdam Challengers were the surprise team of 2007-08, managing to get at least one win vs. every team in the FEB last season. The Rotterdam brass decided to go another direction coaching wise, out with Toon van Helfteren, and in with former NBA'er Terrence Stansbury. Stansbury, no stranger to the Dutch competition (Dutch champion with then-Nashua Den Bosch, in Weert), brings to Rotterdam an excellent basketball pedigree, formerly playing for the Seattle Supersonics, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers, played for many years throughout Europe also well as once finishing 2nd to Michael Jordan in the 1987 NBA Slam Dunk contest. Stansbury coached for the past season in the Luxembourgish competition. Stansbury has a few of the same holdovers of last season's team, as well as bringing in some Americans who have some European competition experience. Holdover Americans
The start of the 2008- 2009 DBBL season is upon us once again as all ten Diekirch League teams open up their schedule this weekend in Luxembourg. First round action begins Saturday night, October 4th.
Amicale Steinsel - AB Contern
Amicale Steinsel, with their new coach John Griffin and player Olivier Haan both in Heffingen last season, will host A.B. Contern. Contern has signed former Bayreuth(2nd Bundesliga) coach, Marco Amelow of Germany and has added David Florentin(Nitia) to its roster. The probable starting lineup for Amicale is Christian Schartz at the point wtih Christopher Jones at 2guard in the back court. At center position will be American Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion). In the front court at 3 and 4 will be Sam Ney and Chris Scholtes. Contern has seasoned veteran Gilles Becker at playmaker with Eric Jeitz and Yves Braun at 2 and 3 respectively. At the power forward position Contern has Eric Bissener and in the middle will be the American Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC). Ken Diederich is still there to come off the bench for Contern. Our nod goes to the home team Amicale but it could be a close one.
Heffingen - Black Star Mersch
Black Star and their new coach Rainer Kloss , also of Germany (Tuebingen 2.Regionalliga last season) has Yannik Tuffel back to start at the 3 position. They also boast of Patrick Arbaut(2) and Gilles DiBartholomeo(1) in the back court. Black Star has new inside player American Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) and will most likely start Tom Becker at the power forward position. Dan Norell is also there as a possible starter and utility guard Pitt Hoffmann will also be a steady performer coming off the bench. Black Star will travel to Heffingen who is just coming up from National 2. They are coached by Mika Turunen of Finland. Turunen spent the past several years at Lappeenranta NMKY club in Finland's Korisliiga. Heffingen lost many of its players from last year's roster. Gone are Olivier Haan(Amicale), brothers Elton and Sam Ferreira(Etzella) and Rui Nunes(Arantia - LUX-N3). Heffingen has a new American Center in Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon). At the power forward postion will most likely be Manou Scholtus(normally a 3) Claude Weyrich and Joel Thesen will be in the backcourt and veteran Camille Feltes could start at wing forward. We have to give this one to Black Star who finished 7th in the DBBL last season. Heffingen is too young, too inexperienced and has not enough depth to compete for the top six spots. They will have to really fight to survive in the DBBL this season.
Racing Luxembourg - Etzella Ettelbruck
Also on Saturday night, Racing entertains Etzella and T71 Dudelange with host Musel Pikes. Etzella will run away with a win in this opener for Racing at the Hall Sportif Josy Barthel. Toni Ostojic is the coach at Racing. He has experienced veterans Vincent Weynandt and Dave Schroeder inside. Eric Grand and Steve Close outside to compliment american import forward Jordan Brady (198-F-83). Etzella lost Cedric Schroeder who is taking a pause, Gilles Bach who has retired and Yann Hermann who left for T71. Elton Ferreira will come off the bench to add size and depth inside for Etzella. Veterans Nelson DelGado and Tim Giver will rule the back court for Etzella again with Jairo Delgado at the 3 position. Inside the post, Etzella has a new look with Raphael Albaladejo playing 5. American Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) is back to lead his teammates from the power forward spot. Look for youngsters Jimmy Garganese and Pit Kerger to help from the bench. Head coach Carsten Pohl has a squad that will do some damage in the DBBL. The edge goes to Etzella if Jairo DelGado is healthy.
T71 Dudelange - Musel Pikes
Jan Enjebo (Sweden) is back in Luxembourg, this time at the helm in Dudelange with T71. With Tom Schumacher and Frank Muller gone to the U.S.A., he was rebuilding his team around playmaker Gilles Ruffato, perimeter players Bob Kieffer and Felix Hoffmann, and inside players Frank Siebenbour and new addition Mike Kostur(Bascharage). OOPS! Now all of the sudden...!!!*##!!** ... Surprise!!!! Hey DBBL!!! Look out for T71!!! Martin Rajniak has signed as of yesterday! But listen T71 fans... ...don't get too excited because as soon as something better comes along in another country, he is outta here! American import, the sharp-shooting Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel)(Jamtland of Sweden-Basketliga last season) is playing shooting guard small forward and according to many, this guy can shoot the lights out! Coach Enjebo will get he most out of his players. As long a Rajniak and Enjebo are together, T71's opponents could have problems. This game is a tossup with a slight edge going to the home team.
Musel Pikes' head coach Frank Baum is back and so is Samy Picard! This makes the team who finished 2nd in the DBBL and 2nd in the Cup last year more confident than before. They were the favorite in this early matchup until T71 signed Rajniak. Power-forward American Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) will lead again with Tom Schmitz at center, Samy Picard at shooting guard/wing-forward, and Guy Schmit and Laurent Schwartz at the guard spots. Claude Schmit, Jeff Kirch, and Raoul Dentzer give experience and depth from the bench for the 38 year old German coach Frank Baum .
Sparta Bertrange - Residence Walferdange
On Sunday, Oct. 5th, Sparta will play host to Residence. This will be a lop-sided affair with Sparta winning big in their opener at home. Luxembourg veteran Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) is back again to lead the red and white. Philippe Giberti and Sparta are already looking like they may end up with yet another title as Sparta is a strong favorite to repeat as champion of the DBBL. Ziai Sohrab, and Christian Baustert have retired, but Christian Wulff, Pit Hoffmann, Eric Evans, Fabio Palumbo, Jean De Marchi, Tom Wagner and Mr. Longevity Larrie Smith remain. Add the ever-improving Black Star Mersch transfer Julien Hublart to the mix and you have a team which could again be on top of the DBBL for another season.
Residence coach Kevin Magdowski has American forward William Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) returning to lead his team. With only Gilles DiBartholomeo gone from last season, throw in transfers Pit Koster and Ben Hemmen(both from Soleuvre) you have a team that could stay in the DBBL. Veterans Frank and Steve Mangen along with Sylvain Felten give experience and depth. This will be an up and down team that you must be ready to play on any given night. But for the opener, its Sparta all the way.
Good Luck to all the clubs and their players, coaches, supporters and referees for a wonderful 2008-09 DBBL season! Please feel free to send information or ask questions. Send an e-mail anytime you like! Coming soon: We will break down the FLBB's National 2 and National 3.
The Miami Heat have announced that they have signed free agent guard Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) and requested waivers on guard Tre Kelley (6'0''-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina).
Livingston, a 67, 185-pound guard, appeared in 145 games (60 starts) with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.94 steals in 27.2 minutes while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 71.0 percent from the foul line. In his last season (2006-07) with the Clippers, he led the team in assists per game (5.1) and set career highs in games started (31), minutes per game (29.9), field goals made (208), field goal attempts (449), field goal percentage (.463), free throws made (82), free throws attempted (116), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.54), rebounds per game (3.4), steals per game (1.09), and blocks per game (0.54).
Shaun Livingston was one of the best young players to come into the draft in a long, long time. We feel very fortunate to be able to sign him and help us rebuild our program, said HEAT President Pat Riley.
Livingston, the fourth overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft, was named the Western Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for April of 2005 after averaging 11.0 points, 7.4 assists, 1.40 steals and 35.9 minutes in 10 games.
Kelley was signed by the HEAT on September 26, 2008 as a free agent.
The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Juwan Howard (6'9''-F-73, college: Michigan) to their training camp roster.
Howard, a 14-year NBA veteran, played in 50 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season. In 1,001 career regular season games, he has averaged 15.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg and was an All-Star with Washington in 1996.
Howard, 6-9, 250, played in 105 games for the Nuggets from 2002-03, averaging 18.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Originally drafted by Washington with the fifth overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft, he has also played for Orlando and Houston.
The addition of Howard brings Denvers training camp roster to 19 players.
Higher League Standings|
|BELGIUM - Women|
|CZECH REPUBLIC - Women|
|Trocal ZBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Misurova 31.00|
2. Hariss 24.50
3. Horakova 18.50
4. Magerciakova 18.50
5. Maltsi 18.50
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Reisingerova 10.00|
2. Matic 9.00
3. Drevova 8.00
4. Maltsi 8.00
5. Miller Cherin 8.00
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Zirkova 5.00|
2. Bartonova 5.00
3. Emmelova 4.50
4. Horakova 3.50
5. Misurova 3.00
|FINLAND - Women|
SM-sarja, Round 1: The new 2008-09 season got started today. Last spring finalists PeKa (Kotka) and Catz (Lappeenranta) meeting eachother at once and PeKa winning again: 78-68. PeKa having now father Pounds (Larry) coaching and daughter Pounds (Dionne) playing. And playing well being team's leading scorer (24). Both Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) and Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) had a double-double. Catz had only two players (Yelena Solovyeva (189-C-75) and Rene Haynes (178-G-85, college: Michigan St.)) in double figures.
Espoo Team defeated PuHu (Vantaa) 78-62. Henna Salomaa (177-G/F-89) led Espoo Team with 21 pts. Ashley Haynes (176-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) started in Espoo with 14 pts/16 rbs. PuHu had three players over 10 pts. Rebekah Parker (178-G/F-85) led PuHu with 19 pts. Huima (Aanekoski) visited in Jyvaskyla and won over HoNsU 66-79. Huima's Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans), 38, had a strong start: 17 pts/21 rbs. BC Nokia scored 64 pts, but that was not enough vs Alku (Forssa). Visitor FoA took the victory with figures 64-72. Ashley Pellom (170-G, agency: Vision Sports Management) led Alku with 27 pts and 13 rbs.
PeKa - Catz 78-68 (36-41) (Dionne Pounds 24, Shanika Freeman 14/10, Sherida Triggs 12/18 - Yelena Solovyeva 23/13, Rene Haynes 12).
Espoo Team - PuHu 78-62 (41-30) (Henna Salomaa 21, Kia Ignatius 17, Ashley Haynes 14/16 - Rebekah Parker 19, Alli Arppe 12, Heli Roukanoja 11/14).
HoNsU - Huima 66-79 (32-42) (Salla Viitanen 15, Amanda Decoud 15, Raquel Collier 10/12 - Emeisha Bailey 20, Sanna Jamsen 18, Kenya Robinson 17/21).
BC Nokia - FoA 64-72 (28-35) (Kristin Higy 20/14, Calisha Yates 18/13 - Ashley Pellom 27/13, Tonique Frasier 15).
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|ISRAEL - Women|
|NIGERIA - Women|
|PORTUGAL - Women|
|WNBA - Women|