EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/29/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Oberwart Gunners basketball coach Ante Perica has been named the 2007- 2008 OEBL Basketball Coach of the Year. Perica was presented the award after the game 5 of the finals on Sunday. The OEBL 'Coach of the Year' award is the first award fo Perica who arrived mid past season and led hist first season as head coach the Gunners to the finals. This year Perica led the Gunners to a 26-10 record and finished the regular season on top of the standings.
Mos Valuable Coach of the Year
2002-03 Bob Gonnen
2003-04 Peter Stahl
2004-05 Bob Gonnen
2005-06 Andrea Maghelli
2006-07 Bob Gonnen
2007-08 Ante Perica
Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) of the Oberwart Gunners was named the winner of OEBL's Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 season.
The 6-5 guard, who came to Oberwart this season from Kapfenberg had a tremendous season, totaled 964points in 45 regulars season games. Youngblood edged Ian Boylan (Allianz Swans Gmunden) and Miljan Goljovic (Furstenfeld Panthers) in MVP voting.
Youngblood averaged 21.4 points (.507 FG%), 3.7rpg and 2.7 assists in 33 minutes per game. The Gunners enjoyed a 26-10 record when he was a key fact as he helped guide the team to the Austrian finals.
Most Valuable Player Winner's since 2002
2002-03 Deteri Mayes
2003-04 Deteri Mayes
2004-05 Jason Detrick
2005-06 Deteri Mayes
2006-07 Deteri Mayes
2007-08 Jay Youngblood
So far the only certainty of players leaving is George Evans who could possibly go play in Germany for his former coach Yves Defraigne in Trier.
Evans came to Belgium after a succesfull last year at George Mason during the 2000-2001 season and played for Mons-Hainaut ever since.
He was twice voted to the Eurobasket All Star Teams.
Mons will next year be once again led by point guard Travis Conlan. Another guard Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) is also on the roster next season as well as Ben Ebong the team's leading rebounder. Reinking was the team's 3rd leading scorer behind Justin Gray and George Evans.
Also on the roster will be veteran Jim Potter who is about to start his 12th year at Mons, only interrupted by 2 years at Charleroi..
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This time it was Panagiotis Yiannakis turn to beat his opponent (the first ever victroy of Panagiotis Yiannakis as an Olympiakos head Coach over Zelimir Obradovic) the final score was 71-55 and Panagiotis Yiannakis broke every other record in regards to points scored by Panathinaikos as the 55 points are among the worst ever (at least in the last decade!!) This time the three pointers from Panathinaikos were simply OUT so without an inside game, Panathinaikos 'met the disaster' Obradovic's coaching was not good at all as he couldn;t really help his team or even guide them with a contigency plan upon realised that the shooting was really bad for the Greens. The quarters were: 16-13, 33-20, 55-45, 71-55, with Panathinaikso remaining for 11 minutes to the poor number of 3 points (all from the charity line from Spanoulis) That was it really the psychology was all in Olympiakos team and nothing left for Panathinaikos, with the worst Batiste ever! without shooting from the arc and with Printezis giving his best shot from the paint, Olympiakos beat his opponnet who had only the ex red, Zizic to try for the best with his team.
Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) was the top scorer with 20 points and 3 assists with tremendous percentages allover, while the MVP of their first inbetween game, Sarunas Jasikevicius, remain to 13 but.. his stats were the following: 2/8 three pointers, 3/6 twos, 1 rebound and 1 assist, while Dimitris Diamantidis scored 11 with 2/5 threes, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. From the winners, which are now ready to get the precious road win in OAKA as the psychology and all the other factors are with them, Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84) made another good game with his 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals!!!
Next game tomorrow at OAKA and Panathinaikos - Olympiakos the most crucial game of the series as possible double, the green autocracy will stop!
For those of us who doubted that defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers could retain the Dutch title this season, in reference to all the problems Eiffel endured during the middle of the season, then all the doubters can within 24 hours be proven wrong.
Tuesday night in Amsterdam in the pivotal game #5 of the Dutch finals, Eiffel was rescused by an old reliable in both the end of regualtion and in overtime, with Eiffel winning by the score of 79-77.
With Eiffel down 63-60 at the end of regulation, Eiffel's 'Mr. Clutch'Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) made three free throws to help send the game into overtime, and then in the last seconds at 77-77 Young made the game winning basket, helping Eiffel win the first road game of the series for both teams. Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) led Eiffel with 15 pts. with Young adding 13. While MyGuide shot a sizzling 78.4% FG, however, the three-point line and free throw line was ice cold for them, with MyGuid eshooting a series-worst 3 for 32 from the three-point line, and only 10 of 24 from the free throw line! With the win, the team of Eiffel head coach Randy Wiel puts themselves in the driver's seat, having the chance on Thursday night in Den Bosch to retain their title and win its 15th Dutch championship and third consecutive Dutch FEB title.
Mohamed Kone and Ali Traore saw each other in French Quarterfinals as Roanne beat Le Havre. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) and his Roanne completed the quarterfinal series against Le Havre with a cruising win at home yesterday in France. Thus Roanne advanced into the semifinal stage where they would meet the regular season champions Le Mans. Le Havre quite surprisingly stormed past Roanne at home on May 23 but this was just a flash of intrigue that was quickly quelled by Roanne. The LNB fourth-ranked side exploded with 30 points in the starting frame of the third decisive encounter to claim a comfortable lead. Le Havre could not recover trailing by 18 points after the starting stanza. They nevertheless refused to give up and fought bravely in the next frames. The margin was stretched to 12 points at halftime. But Roanne having an overwhelming dominance in the paint kept forcing the issue. They widened the damage building a 16-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Le Havre ran out of steam and finding no answers for the onslaught from the hosts collapsed in the fourth term. Roannes relied on a well-balanced offensive effort. Mohamed Kone, Pape Badiane and Marc Salyers scored 16 points apiece to lead Roanne. Brion Rush contributed 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Marcellus Sommerville answered with game-high 26 points for Le Havre. Ali Traore (205-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) and John Cox scored 10 points apiece in defeat. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 50:35 and forced those to 24 turnovers. Roanne shot impressive 50% from the field, while Le Havre managed just 38% of field goals. The semifinal stage tips off on Saturday.
|LBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Ozols, Jurmala 21.2|
2 Kanbergs, Vents. 19.5
3 Berkis, Zemgale 17.8
4 Delvers, Roja 17.5
5 Mizis, Ridzene 17.0
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Stimac, Valmiera 11.3|
2 Eglitis, Ridzene 8.8
3 Neilands, Roja 8.4
4 Rozitis, Juniors 7.9
5 Bucs, Vents. 7.8
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Slesers, Livani 7.4|
2 Buskevics, ASK 4.4
3 Olivero, Valmiera 4.2
4 Raiskums, Zemgale 4.1
5 Eglitis, Cesis 4.0
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Slesers, Livani 3.3|
2 Kanbergs, Ventspils 2.3
3 Millage, ASK 2.3
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 J. Rozitis, Juniors2.6|
2 D. Rozitis, Cesis 2.5
3 Zeidaks, Ridzene 1.3
|1 Berkis, Zemgale 68.0|
2 Batista, Barons 65.0
3 Stimac, Valmiera 63.0
|1 Paulins, Cesis 62.0|
2 Love, Ventspils 53.0
3 Vitols, Ventspils 51.0
|1 Amolins, Valmiera 90.0|
2 Rudzajs, Cesis 89.0
3 Mazutis, ASK 89.0
Lithuanian basketball federation has announced list of candidates for U-20 European Championships. List of players:
Zygimantas Janavicius (195-G-89, agency: Interperformances);
Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89);
Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88);
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89);
Paulius Beliavicius (194-G-88);
Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88);
Paulius Kleiza (194-F-88);
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88);
Deirunas Visockas (191-G-88);
Deividas Gailius (200-F-88);
Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89);
Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89);
Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88);
Rokas Uzas (204-F-88);
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88);
Rokas Grinius (204-C-88);
Pranas Skurdauskas (209-C-88);
Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89);
Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90).
Head coach: Rimvydas Samulenas
Coach: Arunas Visockas
New Detroit coach Ray McCallum retained assistant Carlos Briggs , and added former Central Michigan head coach Jay Smith as an assistant for the 2008-09 season, the school announced today.
Briggs, a Detroit native, served as the head coach at Schoolcraft College from 1997-2006.
Smith coached Central Michigan for nine years, and was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading CMU to the regular season title in both 2001 and 2003.
UDM is McCallum's third stop as a college head coach after seven years at his alma mater, Ball State, and four more at Houston.
Most recently, he served as an assistant head coach at Indiana before assuming the Titans' helm on April 11.
McCallum has been active on the recruiting trail since his appointment, signing three junior college standouts and one transfer. Thomas Kennedy, Xavier Keeling (6'6''-F) and Jason Bennett (7'3''-F) will be immediately eligible, while Indiana transfer Eli Holman (6'9''-C) will have sophomore eligibility after sitting out this season.
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USC forward Davon Jefferson (6'8''-F-86) will remain in the NBA draft. While playing at this week's NBA Draft showcase in Orlando, Jefferson announced he has signed with agent Arn Tellem, maing him ineligible to return to school. A top shelf athlete, Jefferson posted averages of 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in his only year with the Trojans.
Academic problems may be a big part of Jefferson deciding to stay in the draft. He was eligible for the entire 2007-08 season, but was forced to take an academic redshirt season after a year at prep school in just to become eligible. Claims have also been made that Jefferson and USC Coach Tim Floyd clashed during the season.
Already 21 years old, Jefferson says his favorite team is the Phoenix Suns. He may get a chance to join them, as he is projected as a late first or early second round pick.
According to a source close to the team, East Carolina basketball player Gabe Blair (6'8''-F-87) has been given a release from his scholarship and has decided to transfer to another university to finish out his college career.
Citing his desire to not want to play in the post anymore, Blair had been indicating for a while now that he wants a new chance elsewhere.
The 6-8 Blair, who was a 44 percent shooter from the field and a 65 percent free throw shooter, led the team in rebounds with 200 for an average of 6.9 per game.
Blair's departure brings the number to three of those who have departed the program since last season ended.
Center John Fields (6'9''-F-88) and guard Brandon Evans (6'2''-G) were given their releases earlier in the spring.
|UZO Liga Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Drayton, Barr. 20.2|
2 Daniels, Ginasio 19.8
3 Marcal, FC Porto 18.8
4 Harris, Barr. 18.5
5 Smith, Barr. 18.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1Harris, Barr. 13.0|
2 Nwankwo, Bele. 8.9
3 Peterkin, Lusitania 8.8
4 Terrell, FC Porto 8.5
5 Labbate, Ginasio 8.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Carreira, Bele. 5.3|
2 Costa, CAB 5.1
3 Figueiredo, FCPorto 4.9
4 Henry, Ovarense 4.2
5 Reveles, Ginasio 4.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Manuel, CAB 2.7|
2 Alexander, Barr. 2.2
3 Daniels, Ginasio 2.2
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Harris, Barr. 2.1|
2 Peterkin, Lusitania 1.5
3 Labbate, Ginasio 1.3
|1 Miranda, Ovarense 64.4|
2 Brown, Ovarense 63.1
3 Drayton, Barr. 61.5
|1 Nuno, Vagos 46.5|
2 Rodrigues, Vagos 45.5
3 Scott, CAB 45.5
|1 Salvador, Lusitania 91.3|
2 Vik, Lusitania 89.7
3 Rodrigues, Vagos 88.9
Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu and Serbian coach Milan Minic parted ways.
Minic took over Lokomotiv in December 2007 and with them succeeded to finish regular season of Russian Superlegaue at seventh place with 12 wins and 12 defeats. Later, Lokomotiv lost at the play-off quarterfinals 2-0 against much stronger Khimky.
Management of the team thanked Minic for his service and stated he done his job well. According to them, the team, who had a lot of problems this season, made good result at the end. The team is also grateful to Minic because he gave a bigger chance to domestic players than it was in the past.
Before Lokomotiv Minic used to work many years as an assistant coach of Yugoslavian and later Serbian National Team. He also spent some time on the same position at Olympiakos, Rhein Energy Koln and Aris Thessaloniki.
The Worcester Wolves in partnership with the University of Worcester are opening their doors to evaluate possible BBL and BUSA talent. The partnership with the Wolves and the University enables players to play within both set-ups. Director of Basketball Mick Donovan explains 'We are committed to improving the basketball programme. Individuals who are looking for a positive experience as student athletes need to give serious consideration to the University of Worcester which we believe is one of the finest University Academy's in Europe'
Wolves Head Coach Skouson Harker insists that attracting quality University talent is vital for the success of his BBL side. 'This past season we suited up as many as nine BUSA eligible players and the main University players trained with the Wolves daily. We need players that have serious talent, but at the same time want to earn an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Worcester. At the end of three years, young players will graduate with their degree and following our intensive study and playing program could be prepared for a full-time pro basketball career. Whilst professional players who still have lots to offer on the court, yet are making plans for a career after playing can gain academic qualifications that can help them to improve their current set of keys and enable them to open positive doors in their respective post basketball careers. Education is something you never outgrow. We brought in Euroleague veteran Chuck Evans at 35 years of age and he will hopefully be leaving the Wolves with a Masters Degree. That is a prime example of the dynamic versatility of our programme. I will go on the record now and say that we plan to do everything possible to improve in both BUSA and BBL competitions.'
Wolves are looking to offer professional contracts and/or academic scholarships. Coach Harker adds 'this is an opportunity for players to show their interest in the Worcester basketball program as we are very keen to attract hungry professional talent.'
To apply to receive an invite, please e-mail your Playing and Academic CV to Worcester Wolves Head Coach Skouson Harker. The Tryout will be held June 21st from 6-9 pm at the University of Worcester Sports Centre. Applications for invitations are due no later than June 9th 2008. Successful applicants will be contacted no later that June 12th 2008.
Send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Game film or online footage is preferable for initial evaluation.
Slovenian champion Merkur Celje inked their former member Mirna Deak (195-C-74) ex Zeljeznicar for the upcoming season, U-16 NT member Lea Jagodic (179-F-91) ex Sentjur Smarje for four seasons and promised Sandra Jevtovic (180-F-93) ex Slovan and Rebeka Abramovic (93) ex Jezica, both for five years.
Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) has left Faenza to join Umana Venezia for the upcoming season.
Merkur Celje inked their former member Mirna Deak (195-C-74) ex Zeljeznicar for the upcoming season, U-16 NT member Lea Jagodic (179-F-91) ex Sentjur Smarje for four seasons and promised Sandra Jevtovic (93) ex Slovan and Rebeka Abramovic (93) ex Jezica, both for five years.
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