EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/30/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Bahrain Basketball might soon get 'BigMan' Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) back on home ground; Kuwait eligibility 'Rule' for GCC players has changed from local to Professionals only.
However, the manager of kuwait Club Basketball Mr. Bader Al Osaimi is trying for the player to remain in Kuwait as well as other teams affected by this rule.
If this rule does not change, Ahmed Al Mutawa wil most likely be released from Kuwait Club and be a free agent before returning to Bahrain. But Where will he play?
Since Al Mutawa left Manama club there has been 2 different champions in the league. And there has not been any power house team dominating the Bahraini League since.
So it will be a deciding factor where Al Mutawa will play because he is an all around player and will contribute greatly to help build a championship team.
Ahmed Al Mutawa since his injury has made a fulll recovery and recently visited the Aspire School of Excellence in Doha where he got tested and also confirmed his recovery.
The new season could be very interesting and exciting to see our Bahraini players returning home and improving the level of the league.
|EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE|
The ESL in Salt Lake City began on Thursday night to conclude a successful series of thre day tournaments around the USA that has created a buzz in the industry.
There has been a lot of jobs offers to a range of players that have competed in Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City events.
We are currently promoting some of the outstanding hidden talent that we have discovered in our events and we have DVD's of the ESL games for coaches, scouts and agents to scout the ESL players.
The ESL in Salt Lake City started last night as the summer basketball season is closing and most of the European scouts from the Rocky Mountain Revue are heading back to Europe and we saw the result last night at the Franklin Covey gym as there were a low number of scouts attending the ESL.
However the ESL has been followed by hundreds of coaches around Europe on-line and have contacted our staff regarding several talented players who have done well at our previous events.
As of a result players have been getting a range of job offers due to their performances at the ESL which has been amazing.
In the first game last night we saw the talented squad of Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) who formerly have won the Summer Pro League in Los Angeles four years in a row defeat a Frankfurt team headed by the former NBA player Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) 95-91.
The game was a tight contest until the end when the brute power and inside play of Sevilla was too much for Frankfurt.
Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.), Ryan Williams and Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) led the way for the Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) team who scored 10pts; 15pts and 13pts a piece.
The games leading scorer was Marcus Watts (201-F) who was brilliant in the first half but was slowed down in the second half as he finsihed with 29pts. He simply shot the lights out and created off of the dribble very well. Travis Knight looked good and was a great defensive force for the Frankfurt team as he was blocking shots and rebounding well all evening.
When he left the court for a brief rest in the forth quarter Sevilla led by the athletic force Ryan Williams and Maurice Spillers was simply to overpowering and edged out a 95-91 victory.
Rick Cardoso (201-F-85) for Frankfurt had an outstanding game as he scored 14pts and grabbed 7rbs.
Adrian McCullough scored well for the Sevilla team and added some nice guard play as he scored 12pts to add to the victory.
In the second game of the night Munich beat Sofia 109-89 as the talented team rolled to an easy victory to set up the semi-final showdown with the Belgrade team on Friday night.
Munich was led by some great play by all of their players except for one scored double figures. Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) was outstanding as he scored 26 points and shot the lights out, played great defense and provided nice point guard play.
Isaiah Allen (191-G-85, college: UTSA) simply is a great shooter who did not miss as he had a sweet 19pts as he made five 3pt shots. Kevin Young (196-F-83, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) and Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) were both impressive as they scored 15 points each. Kevin Young is a stud with a lot of talent and Nathan Green showed why he was one of the best players in the CBA last season.
Joe Jackson (192-G-86, agency: AI Sports MM, college: Denver) from Denver University chipped in 12 points with some nice drives to the basket and Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) and Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) both scored 10pts and 13pts each.
Marcus King-Stockton blocked a lot of shots and rebounded well for the Frankfurt team.
The Sofia team had three players who were just outright outstanding but did not get a lot of help from the rest of the team.
Gordon Chase (188-F-86) is the modern day era Adrian Dantley and you won't beleive his game until you see it as he is a 6'3' & 240lbs inside scoring machine. He showed why he was a 1st Team NAIA All American in 2007-08 and was NAIA Player of the Year- Runnerup. He has some amazing skills, moves and great shooting touch and is very physical like Adrian Dantley. He scored 19pts and should have had more. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) and Kurtis Rice (202-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) both scored 26 points a piece and are some serios players who are very versatile.
Both of these guys looked like they had been playing together for years as the scored inside and outside all night long and they both have talent to play at a high level in Europe.
Later on today will will publish the information on games three and four which were played on Thursday night and publish the complete statistics of all four games.
Game 1: Sevilla (Play to Win) 95, Frankfurt 91
Shawn Daniels: 2pts
Adrian McCullough: 12pts, 4ast
Jeff Franklin: 8pts, 2ast
Lawrence Blackledge: 0pts
Maurice Spillers: 10pts, 6rbs, 4ast
Justin Taylor: 8pts,
Kenneth Walker: 13pts, 9rbs, 4ast
Ryan Williams: 25pts, 5rbs
Ryan Davis: 9pts
Travis Knight: 9pts, 11rbs, 3blk
Guy Meyer: 6pts
Rick Cardoso: 14pts, 8rbs
Andre Thompson: 19pts
Nic Fuller: 3pts, 4ast
Todd Okeson: 0pts
Marcus Watts: 29pts; 5rbs
Jeremy Walker: 7pts
Game 2: Munich 109, Sofia 89
Emmanuel Little: 13pts; 5rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 10pts, 7rbs
Joseph Jackson: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Kevin Young: 15pts, 6rbs
Nathan Green: 15pts, 10rbs
Isiah Allen: 19pts, 3ast
Nick Covington: 26pts, 4rbs, 8ast
Phillipe Harris: 7pts
Micah Smith: 9pts, 3rbs
Issac Spencer: 26pts, 9rbs, 5ast
Kurtis Rice: 26pts, 8rbs, 3ast
Julian Franklin: 9pts, 4rbs
J. Williams: 2pts
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts
Gordon Chase: 19pts, 5rbs
|EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18|
U18 European Championship Men - Qualifying Round: Italy - Greece 63-68
An amazing Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) a heroic Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) and the always persistence and steady Sloukas helped the Hellenic NT to add its fourth positive result (4/4) in this European Tournament. Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) was once more unbelievable with his double-double figures playing very good defence against the Italian star David Cournooh (190-G-90) (he finished the game with just 7 points) and his rebounding abilities for another game brought into horizon. Sloukas finished the game with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, from a close distance was the shooing gum Leonidas Kaselakis who came of the bench to replace the unlucky Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), Leonidas Kaselakis top performance until now gave him the MVP title as with his 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists he was the man of the mach, lastly, the giant of the Hellenic team Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, being once more the stepping stone of the Hellenic teams victorious result.
The Hellenic NT U18 beat the aggressive team of Italy 63-68 and is mathematically just a step from the semi finals as the Lithuanian team lost earlier on against Israelis and the Hellenic team is now leading the Group E with 3 wins against 2-1 record of Lithuania, of course the game to judge the first position will the one between the two teams (Hellenic vs Lithuanian)
It is worth mentioning that Mantzaris organisational game was amazing and he nearly succeded a double -double figure as he ended the game with 9 points and 9 assists
Player of the Year: Larrie Smith - Sparta
Import Player of the Year: Larrie Smith - Sparta
Domestic Player of the Year: Nelson DelGado - Etzella
Coach of the year: Philipe Giberti - Sparta
Phil Grant - BBC Nitia
Sean Hampton - Soleuvre
Scott Hazelton - Black Star
Larrie Smith - Sparta
Marcus Kennedy - Etzella
Jerome Gumbs - T71
William Brand - Residence
Travis Depree - Amicale
Christopher Braier - Musel Pikes
Dave Mallon/Marwan Gaines - Contern
Nelson DelGado - Etzella
Ziai Sohrab - Sparta
Samy Picard - Musel Pikes
Tom Schumacher - T71
Chris Wulff - Sparta
Patrick Arbaut - Black Star
Guy Schmit - Musel Pikes
Eric Jeitz - Contern
Frank Muller - T71
Tim Giver - Etzella
Frank Mangen - Residence
Jeff Bevilacqua - BBC Nitia
Yves Braun - Contern
Julien Hublart - Black Star
Gilles Becker - Contern
Pit Hoffmann - Sparta
Christophe - Baustert Sparta
Christian Schartz - Amicale
Pitt Koster - Soleuvre
Sam Ney - Amicale
Laurent Schwartz - Musel Pikes
Christian Weisen - Soleuvre
Christopher Jones - Amicale
Bob Kieffer - T71
Sylvain Felten - Residence
Chris Scholtes - Amicale
Jairo DelGado - Etzella
Cedric Schroeder - Etzella
Ben Hemmen - Soleuvre
Marco Leschek - Residence
Thierry Abdiu - Residence
Jerome Hanson - Black Star
As eurobasket.com reported two weeks ago, Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88) will join Xavier's basketball program. The release from the Xavier athletic department is as follows:
Xavier University head coach Sean Miller announced today that 6-4 sophomore guard Jordan Crawford has transferred to Xavier University. Crawford has signed a scholarship agreement with Xavier University. Crawford played in 30 games last season as a freshman at Indiana University.
'Jordan Crawford is an exceptionally talented player,' said Miller. 'He is extremely versatile, which will allow him to play with numerous combinations of players on the floor. He is also a great competitor that has proven himself against the best competition at the highest level of college basketball. Jordan will make a significant impact in our program and will add to our tradition of successful Hargrave Military Academy graduates that have attended Xavier - David West and Stanley Burrell (6'3''-G-84).'
Crawford played in 30 games, starting eight times, as an IU freshman in the 2007-08 while logging 25.3 minutes per game. Crawford averaged 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman, while helping the Hoosiers finish 25-8 overall and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 21 at Northwestern and 20 against Kentucky in a pair of wins. In fact, IU recorded a 13-2 record when Crawford scored in double figures.
Crawford was rated as the 11th best post-graduate player in the 2007 recruiting class by Scout.com after averaging 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.5 assists for Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in the 2006-07 season. Prior to attending Hargrave, Crawford earned All-State honors at Detroit's Communications and Media Arts High School.
Courtesy: Xavier athletics
Richmond just lost its best player for the season.
Junior big man Dan Geriot (6'9''-F/C-88), who averaged 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and started all 31 games, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee while playing in the Sonny Hill summer league in Philadelphia and is out for the season.
Look for Chris Mooney and the Spiders to play small at times and it will also allow guys like Aussie big man Josh Duinker (6'9''-F/C) and freshman forward Darius Garrett a chance to get increased playing time.
Richmond will go to Spain in mid-August and that should help Mooney figure things out as far as replacing Geriot's production.
Serbian U20 National Team travels today to Riga for European Championship which starts on Friday. As a reminder Serbia U20 grabbed the Gold on the previous European Championship which was played in Nova Gorica. Almost all players which head coach Slobodan Klipa takes to Riga won U19 World Championship in Novi Sad last summer. They succeeded to beat strong USA led by Michael Beasley (206-F-89, college: Kansas St.) in the final. Except of this gold medal, some of those guys also celebrated at the U18 European Championship 2007 in Spain: Dusan Katnic (193-G-89), Stefan Stojacic (192-G-89) and Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89).
U20 Serbia is placed in Preliminary Group D together with Russia, Slovenia and France. First rival of Serbian golden guys will be Russia and game is scheduled for Friday at 18:30h. At the second day of the competition Serbia will meet Slovenia and finally on Sunday Serbians will play against France.
There will be 16 teams divided in four groups. Three top teams from each group will advance to the qualifying round. Of course all records from the preliminary round will be transferred to the next stage expect games with 4th ranked teams from each group. Preliminary Group D, where Serbia is placed, will mix with Preliminary Group C where Latvia, Montenegro, Spain and Bulgaria are. Two best teams from this group will qualify for the semifinals. The final game is scheduled August 10th.
Serbia U20 is going to Riga having biggest ambitions, especially after wonderfull performance at the 'Borislav Stankovic Cup', which was held in China.
Roster of U20 Serbia for European Championship in Riga
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) of FMP
Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) of FMP
Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88) of Hemofarm STADA
Milan Macvan of Hemofarm STADA
Petar Despotovic (195-G-88) of Hemofarm STADA
Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) of Borac
Marko Cakarevic (200-F-88, agency: Octagon) of Avsel (France)
Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket)
Nikola Koprivica (198-G-88)
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Vizura
Stefan Stojacic of Mega Basket
Dusan Katnic of Mega Basket
Head coach: Slobodan Klipa of FMP
Assistant coach: Vlada Jovanovic of Partizan Igokea
Assistant coach: Milan Mandaric
The 2008 Korean Basketball season is now schedualed to open up
Nov 1st as the new Imports Travel to Seoul Korea mid Aug and some
Due by Sept, Most Teams prepare for Training and Conditioning thru
August and Sept, Ten teams have completed its Draft and the Imports
The Number 1 Team Dongbu and Runner Up Samsung Remain Tops Going into the
2008 Season, Samsung Head Coach Ahn Jun-Ho will look for new recruit Damon Thornton
To come in with the Thunder as Head Coach Chun Chang-Jin Dongbu look for Wendell White
To defend its Title.
ET BLACKSLAM Carlos Powell & Eric Chenowith
Mobis Bryant Dunston & Blankson Odartey
Orions Garnett Thompson & Robert Daniels
KTF Steve Thomas & James Peters
LG Sakers Ivan Johnson & Crump Brandon
SK Terrence Shannon & Toree Morris (209-C-82, agency: Passing Lane)
KCC Micah Brand & Brian Harper
KT&G Chandler Marquin & Warner Calvin
Samsung Terrence Leather & Damon Thornton
Dongbu Okosa Reggie & Wendell White
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
CANCUN - FIBA Americas and the organizing committee announced the calendar for the schedule of the CentroBasket 2008 that will be played in two cities in Mexico, Chetumal and Cancun, from the 27 to August 31.
Both cities are part of Quintana Roo State with Chetumal being the capital and hosts of the Group A. Group B will play their games in Cancun.
Host country Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands make up Group A. Group B consists of perennial power Puerto Rico, Cuba, Costa Rica and defending gold medalist Panama.
The Virgin Islands team was the surprised silver medalist of the 2006 edition of CentroBasket. The team dominated Dominican Republic by 30 points and defeated Puerto Rico on three-pointer at the buzzer by Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.).
The last time the Virgin Islands played in Centrobasket 2003 in Mexico, the Cagers lost three games by a total of four points. The team lost to Mexico in the Bronze Medal game 78-76. The team played without starters Kitwana Rhymer (broken leg) and Raja Bell (suspended for two games) whom got into WWE action with Puerto Rico in a semifinal game. Was Cuthbert Victor fouled with time on the clock? We will never know. The V.I. team lost, 87-86. Aditionally the Virgin Islands lost to Mexico in pool play 92-91 in overtime.
The top two teams in each group automatically qualify for the Tournament of the Americas 2009. They will go on to the semifinals where they will cross (1A vs. 2B and 1B vs. 2A) to determine the finalists. The two winners in the semifinal will advance to the finals with the losers to meet in the third place game. The semifinal will be played August 30 and the finals on the 31st.
Group A Itinerary:
Group A: Republica Dominicana, Mexico, Virgin Islands, El Salvador (Chetumal, Estado de Quintana Roo, Mexico).
Wednesday, 27 of August:
Virgin Islands vs. Republica Dominicana
Mexico vs. El Salvador
Thursday, 28 of August:
Republica Dominicana vs. El Salvador
Virgin Islands vs. Mexico
Friday, 29 of August
El Salvador vs. Virgin Islands
Mexico vs. Republica Dominicana
Group B Itinerary:
Group B: Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba y Costa Rica (Cancun, Estado de Quintana Roo, Mxico).
Wednesday, 27 de August:
Cuba vs. Panama
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico
Thursday, 28 de August:
Panama vs. Costa Rica
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba
Friday, 29 of August:
Costa Rica vs. Cuba
Puerto Rico vs. Panama
*The top two teams from each group advance to the Tournament of Americas 2009.
FBU had a meeting on Tuesday. There were the following decisions accepted:
- No necessary Ukrainian at the court (4+nec.1U scheme) this season. This formula will have place at the next season.
- Foreigners' limit will stay at the 9 ones (the team has to pay more fee for every foreigner after 6th).
- Common 'super+farm' player's time limit is cancelled (had to be as summary 40 minutes for the both games for a round last season).
- The contract keeper will have the finance compensation from FBU for the player playing for the NT.
- The team is allowed to keep 28 players.
First point was voiced by majority but no Budivelnyk, Cherkasy Monkeys and Kryvbasbasket-Lux headquarters arrived to the meeting. Some hours ago Dnipro, BC Odesa and Politekhnika-Halychyna officially decided to turn back their players from Ukrainian NT's of all of the ages because of the strike. Remind, NT had Hryhori Khyzhniak, Viktor Kobzystyi, Maksym Vilkhovetskyi, Maksym Kornienko, Oleksandr Panchenko and Yaroslav Zubrytskyi invited to NT. Plus there were a lot of players in U-16, U-18 and U-20 teams. Nobody knows a future of these teams in Eurochamps now but everybody agrees with Valentyn Melnychuk - that was a strange and ubnormal decision about the strike.
Bob Jr. Donewald was inked as a head coach of Dnipro.
|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES|
|ARGENTINA - Women|
|BRAZIL - Women|
|CANADA - Women|
|CZECH REPUBLIC - Women|
|EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women|
|FRANCE - Women|
|GERMANY - Women|
|LITHUANIA - Women|
|NCAA1 - Women|
|PORTUGAL - Women|
|PUERTO RICO - Women|
|RUSSIA - Women|
|TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18 - Women|
|VENEZUELA - Women|