EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/13/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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If indeed Avery Percival (198-85) fulfills his lifelong dream and plays professional basketball, he'll have traveled a much longer road than even he could have fathomed.
'Road' might be the wrong word, though, because no roads directly connect the places Percival has honed his talents.
After high school, the 6-foot-6 swingman from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands went to Columbia, Mo. to play for Moberly Area Junior College. After a year that didn't match his expectations, Percival was at Reagan High School Thursday to participate in the RCSSports.com Unsigned Senior and JuCo Showcase, hoping to be noticed by one of the several college coaches present.
'I always wanted to (come to the U.S. to play basketball). I want to go pro,' Percival said. 'Here, overseas, it doesn't matter. I want to get paid to do what I love to do.'
Percival, who plays virtually any position except point guard, does not expect to return to Moberly for the 2008-09 season.
'I was looking to get other looks from other schools because Moberly just isn't working for me right now,' he said. 'I want people to think I was on another level ... not so much on scoring and defense but just hustle. Stuff that a lot of players don't do that's huge in the game, and that's what I like to pride myself on doing.
'I'm not afraid to be physical. Stuff that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, that's what I like to do.'
Thirty-eight participants came from across the area, representing such varied high schools as Cypress Springs, Nimitz, La Porte, Dickinson, Fort Bend Baptist and Texas City and, among other colleges, Prairie View A&M.
Jim Hicks, proprietor of RCSSports.com, split the players into several teams. Each team played three games between 2:15 and 8 p.m.
Coaches from Marquette and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were present early in the day, and several more schools streamed in throughout the afternoon.
Thursday July 31, 2008
Written by Dave Purpura
Avery Perceival 6'6 f (Virgin Islands 2002) - This is a brute strong grown man who was focused and understood the purpose of being there - to obtain exposure towards a free college education in the United States. Avery started off slow, but was much more aggressive and averaged 19ppg during his final pair of games.
Why is he still available? It's a known fact that players who live in the Virgin Islands often go unnoticed by our college coaches. This kid (ahem, man) took it upon his own to fly to Houston with hopes of enhancing his stock. San Jacinto coach was in the building, and has invited him to an on campus workout this weekend.
Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-G-88), who was expected to be Razorbacks top scorer this season, has been declared academically ineligible according to sources close to the program. The same sources say Beverley is not considering transferring, but is trying to decide whether to stay at Arkansas or pursue a pro career in Europe. Beverly still has a redshirt season, which would let him take a year to get eligble. He would them have two seasons to play in Fayetteville.
However, usbasket.com has learned Beverley has had academic problems throughout his basketball career, which may result in him choosing to leave school. Arkansas' coaching staff is said to be frustrated by the situation as they have tried to help Beverly become more focused in life.
Beverley averaged 12.1 points, a team high 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season.
La Salle men's basketball coach Dr. John Giannini has announced that Karon Burton, a 5'9 point guard from Chester High School, will attend La Salle University.
Burton, who will enroll during the fall semester, will concentrate on academics during the upcoming season with plans to be eligible to play in the 2009-10 season.
'Karon was a great player, winner and leader throughout his Chester High career,' commented Giannini. 'He has excellent playmaking and scoring abilities and his quickness gives our team a valuable asset.'
Burton averaged 18.1 points and 7.9 assists while leading the Clippers to a 33-1 record and a Pennsylvania Class AAAA State Championship.
The Explorers also have promoted Harris Adler to assistant coach from director of basketball operations. He replaces Ashley Howard, who has moved across town to Drexel.
The Explorers open the 2008-09 season on Saturday November 15th when they host Morgan St. at Tom Gola Arena. They will play Philadelphia in an exhibition game one week earlier on November 7th at Gola Arena.
Courtesy: La Salle athletics
UNLV has signed men's basketball coach Lon Kruger to a one-year extension.
The deal, which was approved by the Nevada Board of Regents, will keep the 55-year-old Kruger in Sin City until 2013.
'The extension is well-deserved and were looking forward to continuing the success of Rebel basketball with Lon Kruger as our coach,' UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick said.
'(My wife) Barb and I love living in Las Vegas and appreciate the opportunity to work with the young men in our program,' Kruger said.
Kruger was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after leading UNLV to a 27-8 record and its second straight MWC tournament title this past season, his fourth at the school. The Runnin Rebels lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the NCAA Tournaments second round.
The appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the second straight for UNLV, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007, and marked the first time the Runnin Rebels won a game in the event in consecutive years since 1990 and 1991. Overall, Kruger has guided UNLV to a 91-42 (.684) mark, including a record of 57-15 (.792) over the last two seasons.
Courtesy: PA Sports Ticker
Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop announced today that former Wildcats Matt McKillop and Terrell Ivory have joined his coaching staff. Matt McKillop will serve as an assistant coach, and Ivory has been named the director of basketball operations.
'We welcome two coaches who have Division I playing experience, professional playing experience along with coaching experience,' said Bob McKillop . 'Of greater importance is that they wear Davidson on their hearts. They were captains, and they were leaders who embodied the values and principles that are the foundation of our program. The connection to the Davidson history that ties our program together will be further enhanced by their presence.'
McKillop, who served as an assistant coach last season at Emory enjoyed a standout career as a Wildcat, earning four varsity letters (2003-2006), serving as team captain as senior and starting 98-of-117 career contests. He helped the Wildcats to three Southern Conference South Division crowns and a SoCon Tournament championship in 2006.
McKillop was a member of the Davidson teams that competed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and the 2005 NIT, finishing his career with 955 points, 241 rebounds, 213 assists and 223 3-pointers, which ranks third on the schools all-time list. Following his collegiate career, McKillop traveled overseas where he played for the USK Praha Basketball Club in the Czech Republic.
Ivory returns to Davidson from Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he spent the three years as an assistant coach. A four-year lettermen from 2000-04, He played in 67 career games for the Wildcats and tallied 172 points, 78 rebounds and 88 assists. Ivory helped lead the Cats to a SoCon Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002 before going on to a professional playing career in England.
'Terrell is a terrific teacher of the game having played under an excellent coach in Bob McKillop ,' said Blair Academy coach Joe Mantegna. 'He is fantastic at interacting with players of various backgrounds and playing experience.'
Davidson returns three starters and 11 lettermen, including four of its top six scorers, from the 2007-08 team that advanced to the Midwest Regional Final and finished the season ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Zach Hillesland (6'9''-F-86) could be sitting at home, relaxing, doing nothing. But that wouldn't be any fun.
'This is my life at this point,' said Hillesland, one of several senior leaders on the 2008-09 Notre Dame men's basketball team that will get an early jump on the season with a 14-day excursion to Ireland beginning Aug. 12.
'This is what I like to do. This is how I've set up my lifeplaying basketball and being around my best friends.'
'Yeah, I could be at home. But I'd just be sitting around.'
The Irish love the idea of getting an early jump on a season that could find them ranked as high as the Top 5-10 when the first poll of the season comes out. That's a far cry from the last two years when Notre Dame couldn't even make it into the top half of the Big East in the pre-season projections.
'I was home this weekend and my mom records all the games, so I was watching a couple of those and I was getting antsy,' Hillesland said. 'I guess it was a good time to watch some of those games because I was eager to get back on the court.
'I think everyone is excited, especially with the kind of year we had last year and then ending with a disappointing finish against Washington St.. This is a great opportunity for us to get back out there and compete again.'
With a veteran crew on hand, the Irish hit the ground running Monday night during the first practice session.
'We don't have any freshmen to introduce to our offensive system and our defensive philosophy, so this is really going to help us to get off to a quick start,' said guard Kyle McAlarney (6'1''-G-87).
'We're buying into that philosophy that no one else in the country gets to do this except us. We're going to take this seriously and use it to our advantage.'
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88), the reigning Big East player of the year, was already having withdrawals from his teammates when he slipped away for a few days upon the conclusion of summer school last week.
'It feels like I've been away from these guys forever,' Harangody smiled. 'I just want to see how hungry we are. I can already tell from the pickup (games) that we're flowing well as a team.'
Harangody has been working diligently at improving his game, just as he did a year ago when he made strides with his left hand dribble drive and expanded his shooting range. This summer, it's been more of the same, working on his left hand, his mid-range shot and his defense. Now it's time to apply it against some competition.
'We feel kind of special as the only team in the country that is in here right now,' Harangody said. 'We get a full 10 days of practice. We're going to gel, we're going to work on things with the coaches...we're getting a head start.'
Although the Irish will spend very little time scouting their opponentsan all-star team and teams representing Ireland, Poland and Iceland this is a first step toward what they hope to be a truly special 2008-09 season.
'We don't take this like we're playing for a national championship,' said junior guard Tory Jackson (5'10''-G-88). 'Then again it's competition. We want to go over there and treat this like they're a Georgetown or a Syracuse or one of the powerhouses in our conference.
'If we let up, that's when a lot of teams get knocked down. We want to have the mentality like it's March. We want to get that championship mentality going.'
It was difficult to figure out Monday who was more excited: the players or head coach Mike Brey .
'I am fired up!' Brey declared. 'I'm energized because usually at this time of the year, you're in just the recruiting mode. To get to work with your team in August, especially this group of veterans, I think it's going to energize our whole staff.
'You can experiment with things. You get to look at the younger guys who have not gotten much of a look in our program. It gives us some material to discuss in pre-season meetings.
'You want to use this time as an advantage, but you have to pace yourself through it because our season is so long. But at the end of the day, it will be a positive.'
Mizzou Basketball received final confirmation of their three Canadian opponents for this month's tour as the Tigers will face the Ontario All-Stars on Aug. 30, defending Canadian National Champion Brock University on Aug. 31 and the Southern Ontario All-Stars on Sept. 1.
Missouri will depart Columbia on Aug. 29 in the afternoon and will fly out of St. Louis at approximately 5:35 p.m. (CT). Following a short layover, the team is expected to land in Buffalo, N.Y., at approximately 10:20 p.m. (ET) and will spend the evening in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Missouri opens its exhibition tour on Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. (ET) against the Ontario All-Stars and will have a chance to watch the No. 7 Tiger Football team later that evening in the season-opener against Illinois. Tiger fans will be able to hear Head Coach Mike Anderson talk about his hardwood squad after that opening game on the Tiger Radio Network's football pre-game show with Mike Kelly, Chris Gervino and Coach John Kadlec.
Mizzou will then face defending Canadian National Champion Brock University on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. (ET) before taking in some of the sites in the area, including a Maid of the Mist tour. Both the Aug. 30-31 contests will be held at the Bob Davis Gymnasium in St. Catharines, Ontario and mutigers.com will provide live in-game updates (in Blog form) of both games thanks to the assistance of Brock University.
The Tigers wrap up their three-game tour on Sept. 1 vs. the Southern Ontario All-Stars at 10 a.m. (ET). That contest will be played in Welland, Ontario. Due to a lack of internet availability in the facility, no live Blog will be available for that third contest.
Following the game the team will travel to the Buffalo Airport and are expected back in Columbia at 10 p.m. that evening.
For more information on the University of Missouri Basketball program, please visit our website at mutigers.com.
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Helios signed Vjeko Petrovic (193-G-81) ex Turow and American Nick Jacobson (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) ex Bree for the upcoming season.
Zlatorog inked Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) ex Grude for one year. Last season he averaged 26,3 minutes, 16,4 points, 3,8 reboudns and 1,5 assists in 12 games of Bosnian League Play-Off and 12,8 points in 20 games of Bosnian League's first stage.
Aleksandar Sekulic, an assistant coach of the National Team, was named the head coach at Triglav (B1).
Primoz Skok (192-G-84) of TCG Mercator is negotiating with Novi Sad.
Bruesa GBC has announced the signing of Denis Marconato (211-C-75) for the next season. He is the center that the Basque team was looking for, and will compose the forntcourt of the just promoted team together with Lou Roe, David Doblas, Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Andrade. Denis Marconato left Barcelona in the beginning of the summer, whe the Catalonian team annonced that they did not count on the center for the next season roster.
Chris Moss (204-F-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) has signed for CB Murcia after reaching an agreement for the next two seasons. By this way, Murcia completes its tall players list, composed by Jesse Young, Diego Fajardo, Lamont Barnes, Oscar Garcia and Chris Moss. Moss has played the last seasons in Menorca, a team which played in LEB league when he arrived and that has grown together with the individual adding of Chris Moss.
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NT of Montenegro win on first frendly game in Skoplje against NT of Macedonia 76-69 (11-10,23-27,25-19,10-20 ). This is first basketball game of woman NT of Montenegro in basketball history.Head coach in firts game are Modrag Baletic , assistant of NT Petrovic Rade and Todorovic Spasoje, Doctor of NT Mijanovic , Fizioterapeuth of NT Dubljevic and Tehnical suport of NT Mijuskovic Rasa
Stats for basketball player of Montenegro in first game NT MONTENEGO:
4 Knezevic 16p , 5. Skerovic 12 p., 6 Vucinic not play, 7 Radunovic 16p. 8 Utvic not play, 11 Bjelica 15p., 12 Jeknic 0p., 13 Jovanovic 0p., 14 Ivovic 6p.,
15 Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) 8p., 16 Burdzovic not play , 17 Aleksic 4p.
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