EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/7/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The Melbourne Tigers are looking to complete their 2008/09 NBL roster. Head Coach Al Westover and Tigers Director Seamus McPeake will go to
'DT has been a great asset to the Tigers, he's helped us win two Championships and he's been a real favourite amongst the players and our members,'
'We need to look to the future now, so we're looking forward to seeing what the NBA prospects camp has to offer, hopefully we find ourselves a great new talent.'
The Melbourne Tigers are close to completing their roster for the 2008/09 NBL season, and will be making further announcements over the coming weeks.
Courtesy of nbl.com.au
Another great transfer has been finalised in AEL's team through Head Coach Dragan Raca . The talented guard Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) has agreed financial terms with the Limassol team and the Serbian/Cypriot coach to wear the yellow jersey for the coming season. It seems that while the rest of the teams in the Cyprus league are hesitating in doing transfers or even failing and losing players, the team of AEL is by far ahead and is taking all the necessary steps to become the queen of Cyprus basketball as used to be the previous years. Dragan Raca succeeded four major transfers until now while all its Cypriot players plus the two Cyprus international adding, Kounounis and Pantouris which joined forces lately with AEL, are creating a team which not only will 'fight' for the title but will definitely go for the best feasible result in the European courts as in the Cypriot ones seems to be 'alone'
In some other transfer news, Pavlos Pavlou (189-G-77) the ex Etha's player has agreed financial terms with Omonia Nicosia for the coming season. The Nicosia team under Coach Renos Pittalis management is also doing great job in regards to the local transfer made until now.
NBA players Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz), Ronny Turiaf (L.A. Lakers), Pat Garrity (Orlando Magic) and Linton Johnson (Phoenix Suns) along with legends of the sport, Sam Perkins and Dominique Wilkins, coaches Don Casey and Don Newman, trained 53 under-19 players from 15 countries at the American Embassy School here. Five Indians are taking part in the programme.
Wilkins said the camp in India could grow in stature in future.
'Since this is just the start, the first camp in India, we have taken only a few players. It's important to educate these young players about basketball and we can carry it on from here,' he said.
In Asia, this is for the first time that the programme is being held outside China. International Basketball Federation (FIBA) President Bob Elphinston and Basketball Federation President R.S. Gill were also present.
The President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Bob Elphinston, says a professional national league is imperative for India to emerge as a strong force in the sport.
Mr. Elphinston said on Friday that the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the Union Government should join hands to start a national league that would boost the sport.
'There is a need to have a national league. If they start a senior national league they can bring some foreign players in that league,' said Mr. Elphinston.
The FIBA chief said the league would also create â€˜major commercial opportunity' for corporate houses.
In his response, Mr. Gill, said the blueprint of the professional league was ready and if things fell in place it would start in the latter part of the year.
'We are in search of a big sponsor because we want to start with a bang, not with a whimper. We want to give good accommodation, food and travel facilities to the players. If we get a sponsor, then it should ideally be held in October or November.
'To start with, we will have six teams from various states and organisations. We might have some foreign players, on par with the standard of our players, to make it more interesting,' Mr Gill said.
On the larger picture, Mr. Elphinston said Asia's progress in the game was dependent upon India's development.
'Asia is a sleeping giant of world basketball. China is good, Korea, Japan, Philippines are reorganising themselves. In India, Indonesia and Middle East, there is possibility.
'We also see that India needs to play a stronger role in Asian basketball. For Asia to be strong, India needs to play a stronger role â€' in terms of being influential in administration of the sport, in particular on the court.'
Mr. Elphinston expressed the hope that India would be able to host the 2010 Commonwealth Championships.
'Unfortunately, basketball is not part of the Commonwealth Games in India. We are disappointed with that. The Indian federation has agreed and they have asked to host the Commonwealth Championship. We shall bring top teams like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa and Nigeria,' he said.
Courtesy - The Hindu
The jordanian men national team had won earlier today over CBA side Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers 106-83 for the 2nd time in the camp which is held in China.
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '27 pts & 12 reb', Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '18 pts & 11 reb', Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) '13 pts & 7 reb' and Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '10 pts' assured that they are ready to be vital parts in the roster of the NT following their good performance over the chinese team who played without their NT players.
Those game will be a good preperation for the upcoming tournament William Jones Cup in Taiwan which will begin next Thursday.
Marchello Vealy (6'7''-G/F), a former Oklahoma high school basketball player of the year, has left the Oral Roberts squad along with two other players, a source within the athletic department said. No ORU spokesman would confirm Thursday, but the names of Vealy and guards Curtis Allen (6'4''-G) and Jonathan Dunn (6'4''-G) were not included on a 2008-09 roster posted on the school's athletic Web site.
Vealy and Allen would have been seniors in the upcoming season and Dunn would have been a redshirt sophomore.
ORU head coach Scott Sutton could not be reached for comment.
The 6-foot-7 Vealy was named as the Tulsa World's high school player of the year in 2005, from OKC Southeast. But he flashed his potential only fleetingly for the Golden Eagles.
He made 7-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 22 points in ORU's 78-71 upset of third-ranked Kansas in November 2006, but made only 25 more 3-pointers over three seasons.
Vealy appeared in 89 games, with career averages of 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Allen transferred from Kansas St. to ORU in 2006 and averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 2007-08, his only ORU season.
Courtesy: Tulsa World
Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III announced that Julian Vaughn (6'10''-F-88), a transfer student from Florida St., has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will not have to sit out a year before playing at Georgetown.
'Julian transferred to be closer to his home for personal reasons which he wishes to keep private. This was considered by the NCAA along with his good academic standing and the lack of objection from FSU. They granted him a waver from the usual transfer rules and we're very pleased that Julian will be part of our program and have the opportunity to lend support to his family.'
At Florida St., Vaughn, a 6-10, 245-pound freshman averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 21 blocked shots. Vaughn connected on 51.5 percent of his field goals (35-of-68) and 68.8 percent of his free throws (22-of-32).
He played in 31 of the Seminoles' 34 games as a freshman, averaged 13.3 minutes played per game and reached double figure minutes in 13 of the team's final 15 games of the season
A native of Vienna, Va., Vaughn was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Virginia following his senior season by the Roanoke Times and World News. He played at South Lakes High School and at Oak Hill Academy. While at South Lakes, he averaged a double-double of 20.1 points and 12.5 rebounds while making 32 three-point field goals and shooting 36.4 percent from outside the arc as a junior, when he earned All-Met Second Team honors from The Washington Post. He led South Lakes to a 17-9 record in 2006.
One of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Gilbert Arenas (190-G-82, college: Arizona) of the Washington Wizards, hits town July 5 to 8 for the adidas Agent Zero Tour 2008. His jampacked calendar includes meeting his countless basketball fans through mall tours, community events and a special appearance in one of the most celebrated games in the history of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the first Ateneo-La Salle showdown at the Araneta Coliseum. Conveniently, both the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers are adidas teams.
Arenas will also be here to promote his Gil Zero II footwear collection. Each shoe in the collection tells a story in the mind of Gilbert Arenas. The Black President is a black shoe with pinstripe pattern with the words In Gilbert We Trust on the strap, with The Black House pictured in the liner and a heel that features the Black President Seal.
The Benihana Hibachi is a name creatively devised by Gil Arenas in collaboration with Benihana, one of his favorite restaurants. Move out of his way once you hear him yell Hibachi! or hell make a grilled chicken out of you on court.
The Vote for Gilbert speaks for itself in brushed gold and matte black suede, this shoe is fit for every MVP. The NBA Live 2008 with the words Cover Boy graced atop the shoe commemorates Gil Arenas appearing in a magazine. Channel Zero marks his appearances in television. Customize, an all-white leather shoe, comes with a dry erase marker that lets you customize your style and comes with Gils self-portrait on the heel from his Impossible is Nothing TV spot.
The Gilwood shows Gil Arenas West Coast background. Having been raised in North Hollywood this shoe reads California King. The all-black leather shoe designed for the original East Coast assassin, which he called Agent Zero features a liner of the map of Washington D.C. Gilbert Arenas also comes in Looney Tunes specials Tweety and Bugs Bunny, created for his son Alijah Amani Arenas.
Arenas has scheduled visits at various adidas concept stores on July 6 such as Mall of Asia, Rockwell and TriNoma. This will be followed by the Agent Zero Tour 2008 statement show at the TriNoma Activity Center where fans and sports buffs alike can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet and greet Gilbert Arenas. Guests will enjoy the activities surrounding the venue and may just get lucky by winning the chance to have their Gil Zero jerseys autographed through the Agent Zero raffle promo.
Arenas is the only player who wears the 0 Jersey in the NBA, a number which had been a mark of the player since he was criticized in high school and was told that he would only play zero minutes of a game in college. Today, this blazing agent has become an MVP of the rookies-sophomores game during the All-Star Weekend in 2003, and a bona fide basketball star.
Now, thats what Arenas means when he says: Zero to Hero
Serbian National Team from today continues preparations for Eurobasket 2009 qualifications with the strongest roster. Players of Partizan Igokea and Hemofarm STADA, which participated in the Serbian play-off final, as well as a point guard Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) will join NT today. Head coach Dusan Ivkovic from this evening will count on Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86), Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Markovic (191-G-88). Serbian hot prospect, center Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88), is currently taking part in preparations of Serbian U20 National Team. As soon as he finishes obligations with them he will join the senior team. It is expected that Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona), who had some problems in the USA regarding his master studies, will also show up today in Belgrade.
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who missed couple of games in Serbian Superleague as well as some of the NBA workouts because of slight knee injury, already works with the team but on special program. It is expected that he will be 100% ready to join a regular team practices very soon.
Nine players of Team Serbia had a physical examination yesterday morning. The rest of the team will have it most probably on Monday. After the results of the tests coach Ivkovic will be aware of current health and condition shape of his players.
All misunderstandings about participations of Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) on Eurobasket 2009 qualifications are resolved. Head coach of Golden State Warriors, Don Nelson, gave him a green light to participate at the entire NT project this summer. There was a misunderstanding in the club who was a person who gave Perovic a green light to play for Serbia. It is resolved as Neslon stated that he believes it will help Perovic to improve his skills and physical characteristics even more.
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Gaiteros del Zulia defeated, today, Marinos de Anzoategui 93-75 and caught the third place of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesco (LPB).
Now, in the playoffs, the musical team will face Guaiqueries de Margarita. The series will begin on wednesday (8:00 pm) at the Pedro Elias Belisario Aponte Arena in Maracaibo.
In the last game of the regular season, Gaiteros contained the oriental team with Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) shining again with 19 points. Hernan Salcedo scored 16 and Travis Garrison made 14. In the other side, Kevin Bracho made 18 points and Cordell Hendry 14.
Also, Trotamundos de Carabobo will go against Marinos in Valencia. Cocodrilos de Caracas will battle against Gatos de Monagas.
'We did it. Mission accomplished, we remain with the third position', said to Diario Panorama, Jorge Arrieta, Gaiteros head coach.
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|WNBA Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Taurasi, PHO 24.9|
2 Pondexter, PHO 23.6
3 Jackson, SEA 19.7
4 Lennox, ATL 19.5
5 Beard, WAS 19.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Leslie, LAS 9.5|
2 Parker, LAS 9.2
3 Ford, DET 9.0
4 Dupree, CHI 8.8
5 Hoffman, IND 8.7
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Bird, SEA 6.0|
2 Whalen, CON 5.7
3 Moore, NYL 5.6
4 Penicheiro, SAC 5.4
5 Nolan, DET 5.4
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Hornbuckle, DET 2.6|
2 Anosike, MIN 2.2
3 Penicheiro, SAC 2.2
|1 Lawson-Wade, SAN 61.5|
2 Spencer, LAS 55.2
3 Koehn, WAS 47.8
|1 Hammon, SAN 94.9|
2 Jackson, SEA 94.0
3 Ferdinand-Harris, LAS 93.3