EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/13/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) the talented combo guard who was the Co-MVP of the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas signed with STB Le Havre in Pro A France.
This summer at the ESL in Las Vegas Pele showcased his unique game as his team won the ESL championship.
Pele is a superb athlete with sensational scoring skills and a 38 inch vertical jump; he is great at creating off the dribble and getting to the basket.
He also has a nice perimeter jump shot and this summer he was totally unstoppable as he scored from every aspect on the court including some nice dunks.
He can also play the point guard position because he has nice ball handling skills.
He impressed many of the scouts at the ESL event in Las Vegas with his intensity and positive energy.
Pele Paelay is a dual citizen of Liberia and the United States which qualifies him as a Bosman C player which is beneficial in the French League.
In the 2007-08 season Pele averaged 16ppg & 4rpg while shooting 53% from the FG and 36% from the 3pt for the Great Falls Explorers in the CBA.
In the 2004-05 season Pele was named Big South Player of the Year while at Costal Carolina and the following season he made the Big South All Conference 2nd Team.
In high school Pele won a basketball state championship in Maryland but was a better soccer player where he was named the State's 'Player of the Year' in Maryland.
Pele as a child learned to play soccer in Liberia but his family moved to the USA and he fell in love with basketball.
He had options to play soccer at all the top programs in the NCAA but opted to focus on playing basketball in college because he loved the big crowds and the excitement of the game.
Pele Paelay is a very talented basketball player and we expect him to have a great career in European basketball with France being his first stop.
West-Brabant Giants Bergen-Op-Zoom
2007-08 Record: 27-13 (lost in FEB semifinals)
Head coach: Erik Braal
Additions: Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan), Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.), Carlos Taylor (185-G-86), Bas Hogetoorn (210-C-89), Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico)
West-Brabant Giants made strides in their first season with Braal in charge, with some tough losses in the FEB semis vs. Eiffel Towers. Braal's teams are known for playing tough defense and good ball control on offense, to the tune of last season's team shooting a respectable 50.1% FG and holding their opponents to 43.6% FG.West-Brabant Giants also were strong on the glass, outrebounding their opponents with a +6.4 difference. The person who had a big influence in the rebounding numbers, Devonne Giles, has moved on to rival Eiffel Towers and has been replaced by Griffin, who is very much capable of picking up the slack. Braal has the PG position in good hands with Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine), who is the straw that serves the drink for West-Brabant. Pope averaged 15.0 ppg, 4.4 apg and led the FEB with 85.9% FT shooting. Tim Blue (206-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) also returns to the Giants and gives opponents matchup problems with his ability to play inside and out. Dutch international Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) is one of the best X-factors in the league and an excellent defender and passer.
For West-Brabant Giants to make the higher step and reach the EJMG Amsterdam-Eiffel Towers echelon, their bench production must step up, as they were exposed in the Eiffel series, in which Eiffel's starters managed to match the scoring production of West-Brabant's starters in much lesser minutes. Consistent perimeter shooting is a must to keep teams from packing in on their inside threats, as well as Pope not having to be forced to do too much. West-Brabant Giants will be put to the test early, with their first two games vs. defending champion EJMG Amsterdam and nemesis Eiffel Towers.
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Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) (195-G-82) and Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) have signed for KR Reykjavik for upcoming season. This is one of the biggest news in Icelandic basketball for a long time. Both players signed 1 year deal.
Stefansson has been playing in all the biggest leagues since he started his pro career overseas back in 2002. He started with Trier in Germany, then Dallas Mavericks in NBA, won FIBA Euro Cup with Dinamo St Petersburg in 2005. In 2006 he was with Napoli and won the cup in Italy, then signed for Valencia in Spain before moving to Lottomatica Virtus Roma last year.
Sigurdarson finished four very good years at Birmingham Southern back in 2005. He was with Bayer Giants Leverkusen season 2005-2006, and then with Gestiberica Vigo in LEB2 Spain 2006-2007. Last year Sigurdarson played for Kecskemeti Univer KSE in Hungary.
Stefansson and Sigurdarson are now playing for NT in B divison, and will join KR Reykjavik after that period. The KR Reykjavik team will be very strong with them along with national team players Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Fannar Olafsson (203-C-78, college: Indiana, PA) and then KR Reykjavik recently added Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) who played for Ludwigsburg in Bundesliga Germany last two years.
KR team will clearly be one of the favorites to take the championship this upcoming season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward C.J. Giles (6'11''-C-85, college: Kansas).
Giles, a 6-11 forward who finished his collegiate career at Oregon State after playing two seasons at Kansas, averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in ten games last season for the Beavers.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that center/forward Raef LaFrentz (6'11''-C-76, college: Kansas) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday, September 26 to repair a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif.
I was really hoping to avoid surgery, said LaFrentz, who sustained the injury during Portlands game at Seattle on February 22, 2008. I was hopeful that an off-season regiment of physical therapy and treatment would heal the injury, but unfortunately its become clear now that I need to move forward with surgery.
A timetable for LaFrentzs return will be set following the arthroscopic surgery.
|D1 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1.Walter, UAM 18.6|
2.Gonzalez, Caima. 17.7
3.Watson, FUPADE 17.1
4.Olivas, UAM1 3.8
5.Rocha, A.College 11.9
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1.Watson, FUPADE 7.7|
2.Abea, A.College 7.3
3.Sanchez, Caima 6.0
4.Tijerino, FUPADE 5.7
4.Aray, Caimanes 5.2
|Assists Per Game|
|1.Gonzalez, FUPADE 4.2|
2.Esquivel, Caima 3.9
3.Walter, UAM 3.9
4.Silva, UAM 3.6
5.Lopez, UAM 3.4
|Steals Per Game|
|1.Walter, UAM 2.1|
2.Esquivel, Caimanes 2.1
3.Gonzalez, FUPA 1.9
|1.Watson, FUPADE 6.8|
2.Gonzalez, Caima 6.3
3.Walter, UAM 6.0
|1.Olivas, UAM 2.0|
2.Silva, UAM 1.7
3.Barberena, Caiman 1.4
|1.Walter, UAM 6.8|
2.Watson, FUPADE 6.8
3.Gonzalez, Caima 6.4
Kevin Winn a defensive stopper on the UBL Wranglers. Will have his day next month as he take his game to the NBA DL. The UBL will be sending more players to the DL this year.
We are proud of Kevin and the other player on their way to the DL. The UBL is a league that produces outstanding Players and Coaches. Visit or site at www.ublhoops.com or www.ublwranglers.com
The UBL will start their Tryouts in October 2008.
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