EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/9/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
PIKEVILLE, KY. - Players from 14 different states and two countries participated in the East Kentucky Miners free agent camp held Saturday at the East Kentucky Expo Center. American players (many of whom have previous international experience) as well as one player from Canada showcased their talents in front of East Kentucky Miners head coach Kevin Keathley. Twenty-six players, including Miners veteran Mike Crain, participated in the free agent camp.
'Last year, we had some recognizable schools represented as well as some recognizable faces,' said East Kentucky Coach Kevin Keathley . 'This year, the talent level was higher and it was a more competitive camp. Twenty of the players we had in this year's free agent camp can play professionally. The players bought into what we were doing and it made for a great free agent camp.'
Division I programs such as USC and Pittsburgh were represented. The players ranged in height from 5-foot-5 to 7-foot-2. The East Kentucky professional basketball franchise's second free agent camp in as many years also included an NAIA All-American.
The East Kentucky Miners head coach was eager to go back and look at film from the free agent camp.
'Now, we'll go back, evaluate and break this camp down with what myself and Director of Basketball Operations Brandon Paquin saw,' Keathley commented at the conclusion of the camp. 'The evaluation process will span over the next week to 10 days. We'll look to bring four to five of the free agent camp participants back for training camp.'
The basketball hotbeds of Philadelphia, Louisville, Lexington, Detroit, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Columbia were represented during the free agent camp.
'I was really impressed with some of the rookies,' Keathley added. 'There were also some very talented veterans in the camp. Joe Buck, a veteran player, played extremely well.'
It's business as usual for East Kentucky's professional basketball team. The Miners are busy preparing for the 2008-09 season.
'I'm excited with this being the kickoff to our active season,' Keathley added. 'From here, we go on to the CBA Draft on September 23.'
East Kentucky is gearing up for its second season in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). The Miners posted a 26-22 regular-season record and reached the playoffs during the 2007-08 season.
Participants in the Miners free agent camp were (colleges listed in parenthesis): Eric Tyrone Brown (Mount Olive); William Belton (Morehouse); Joe Buck (USC); Damien Goodman (UNC-Pembroke); Lamont Campbell (Lambuth); Omar Waller (Texas College); Demetrius Graham (Clarion); Michael Griffin (Lander); Anthony Wilson (Jacksonville State); Justin Taylor (Georgetown College); John Patterson (Centre); Eddie Wade (N/A); Gordon Chase (Georgetown College); Phil McKnight Jr. (Salem International); Raymond Rolley (Stillman); James Tyler (N/A); Jarron Brown (Pittsburgh); Kenneth Pascley (Tiffin); Lamarr Farr (Lambuth); Darius Davis (Lambuth); Juwon Reid (Cuyahoga); Neil Rasnake (Western Carolina); Brandon Moore (George C. Wallace); Sherone Edwards (UPEI); Mike Crain (Valdosta State); Bahi Handy (Maine).
Note: This is the first in a five-part series on the East Kentucky Miners Free Agent Camp. Next up: A look at Miners veteran Mike Crain's return to the East Kentucky Expo Center.
Courtesy of CBA
Split CO surprisingly smashed Ural Great Perm 86-64 in a friendly game. Croatians dominated during the entire time touching plus 28 with 3 minutes remaining.
After opening 6-6, Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) drained a triple for the first Split's lead. Very soon young prospect Mario Delas (210-C-90) joined him which resulted with 27-19 at the end of the first quarter. After that moment Split somehow stopped playing. Ural Great took control under the basket grabbing many offensive rebounds. It allowed Russian team a second chance to score many easy baskets, what its players done very well setting the score on 34-35 at the half time. Split showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. Josko Poljak (213-C-78) shined at the middle of third frame leading his team to 57-47. Later, the other Split's players woke up while Russians weren't on their level. As it is mentioned above, with 3 minutes to go Split touched plus 28, what was its biggest advantage in this game.
Center Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) is getting into the right shape. He was the best player of his team adding 16 points. Mario Delas had 14 while Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) stopped on 12 points. Ural got the most from Jones, 18 points.
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Between others (almost fifty) three is the biggest names who proposed in the coaching staff of PAOK:
Gaines Charles ex Galatasaray and hovendut bandalona player with last season 31 games: 13.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%, FT: 67.4% in the Turkish league and ULEB Cup: 17 games: 12.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 0%, FT: 49.2%.
Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) ex Tisettanta Cantu player with NBA experience in Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons with last year stats: 23 games: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-2(1.6spg), 2FGP:44.9%, 3PT:36.5%, FT:76.3%
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) from Cocodrilos de Caracas. Jack Michael Martinez played 2006-2007 in Italy with Legea Scafati Basket 13 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-4(9.5rpg), 1.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 55.8% until January and then moved to Siviglia Wear Teramo 19 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-5(9.1rpg), 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 56.7%.
The Coach Pedoulakis and the Technical Advisor Nikos Boudouris has a very difficult decision because all three has the experience and the abilities to help PAOK.
The successful Greek Head coach of AS Trikalla 2000, Yannis Tzimas resigned from the team which he created just few weeks before the official oppening of the league, due to personal reasons. It is more than certain that the management of the team was kind of ready as rumors are taking Giorgos Kalafatakis into Trikala in less than a week. Yannis Tzimas 's coaching skills in Trikala was more than appreciated as he took the team is avery low profile and developed them into the champions of A2 in less than 3 years, focsing purely in the Hellenic element.
Other transfer news
Petros Noeas (203-F-87) will be wearing Egaleo's jersey for one year as his team Marousi agreed to lend him to Egaleo for this coming seazon.
Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) is the seventh player in Soulis Markopoulos's team, the Finnish player agreed financial terms and he will be wearing the yellow jersey of Marousi for the next three years.
Coach Vangelis Alexandris and his team AEL 1964 Larissa will probably replace the American Bruce Price (191-G-83) the first player to be 'tested' is the American ex player of Chalon, Rob McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston).
Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans), the veteran forward is very close to sign in the newcomers in the league, team of Kavala/Panorama
Sept. 7, 2008 -- The 6th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa wrapped up under the blazing African sun. For the first time ever, a clinic was held for young girls under the expert tutelage of former WNBA player Jennifer Azzi. The clinic, run in partnership with Hoops for Hope, featured young girls from the surrounding communities and involved the NBA players and coaches as they taught the basic fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling and defense.
Jennifer then did what she did best aside from shooting hoops which was to give a brief motivational speech followed by a Q&A session with the girls. If you see it, believe it Jennifer explained. Success is following your own passion; you are brought into this world to make a difference. Maximize yourself, your talents and your abilities. As the children listened on intently she continued; Learn how to lead and how to follow. Have a vision; embrace and overcome obstacles and you can achieve anything.
The outdoor courts at the American International School of Johannesburg were also the scene of the two All-Star games; tightly fought contests that saw the best kids at the camp compete in two highly athletic games. The three-point contest also took place, and saw the winning player compete against Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida) of the San Antonio Spurs. Following the completion of the games and the awards ceremonies, the campers all regrouped for a final barbeque where they would bid farewell to friends old and new and take back to their respective countries memories to last a life time.
Sept. 6, 2008 -- The Basketball without Borders train rolled on today as the group gathered at the American International School of Johannesburg for a final morning of skill sessions with the coaches and players.
For the fifth year in a row, the NBA players and coaches were treated to a tour of Kliptown, a ghetto in the township of Soweto. The tour attracted the attention of many as it made its way through small dirt streets strewn with glass and litter. At various points along the journey, the children of Kliptown performed ceremonial dances that represented the different tribes of people living in the area. They even offered local delicacies for tasting fried caterpillar!
The tour finished up at Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) Trust where the dancing and celebration continued. Dikembe Mutombo (7'2''-C-66, college: Georgetown) even had a chance to showcase his rhythm for everyone. The children flocked to the players, asking them questions and marveling at their height. Lunch was served in the NBA sponsored dining hall created three years ago, and the players and coaches were able to get up close and personal with the people of the community.
The BWB campers were back at the gym for an afternoon of scrimmages. They also had their height, weight, wingspan, and vertical leap measured. Tomorrow is the last day of team play and the competition is strong. All of the campers are eager for the chance to showcase their talents and are looking forward to the selection of teams for the All-Star games tomorrow.
Sept. 5, 2008 -- If home is where the heart is, the NBA players and coaches can now claim Orange Farm Township as their home. This afternoon, the group was in the poverty stricken township neighborhood put their heart and hard-work into building three homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Alongside the future homeowners, Dikembe Mutombo and Shareef Abdur-Rahim mixed cement as Caron Butler and Charlie Bell passed bricks. Matt Bonner, Jennifer Azzi, Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison, and Bob Lanier all showed off their bricklaying technique as the walls of the houses grew higher and higher. At the end of the build, the three houses were nearer to completion and three families were closer to having safe, comfortable housing.
Back at the American School, the BWB campers started their day with a life skills session led by Caron Butler, Nick Collison and Jennifer Azzi in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope. The session focused on the importance of healthy living and AIDS awareness and prevention. The campers continued to improve in the morning skills sessions lead by the coaches and players. After some afternoon scrimmages, the campers took a special trip to visit the lion park where they had a chance to get up close and personal with some lion cubs.
Cortesy of www.nba.com
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Two French stars played against each other for their teams in WNBA. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87)'s Connecticut lost to Edwige Lawson (167-G-79)'s San Antonio Silver Stars in Mohegan Sun Arena.
The San Antonio Silver Stars secured their 21st win in the season beating the Eastern leading Connecticut Sun 85:73 away from home. The guests opened the game with 23:19 in an offensive style from both teams. In the second period the tempo slowed down while the team paid more attention to defense. The Silver Stars still enjoyed 12:9 entering the second half. In order not to stop San Antonio increased to 13 points at the end of the third period after 26:20 win. Connecticut Sun could win the last period 26:25 to reduce to 85:73 at the end of the game.
Rebecca Hammon delivered 24 points to lift the Silver Stars to the top spot in the West. The visitors also snapped a 7-game winning streak of Connecticut. Sophia Young secured 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Edwige Lawson had 2 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound. Asjha Jones had 22 points and 9 rebounds for the Sun. Tamika Whitmore notched 17 points in defeat. Sandrine Gruda nailed 2 points and made 1 rebound.
Before that the San Antonio Silver Stars clinched the postseason appearance as they knocked down the Los Angeles Sparks 76:58 at home. Edwige Lawson (5'6''-G-79) came up with career-high 14 points for the hosts. Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) had 12 points to secure the 20th win for the Silver Stars. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) answered with 17 points for the Sparks. Los Angeles lost the first game after 4 straight wins.
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Paghiakos agreed financial terms with the American Kimberly Williams (168-G-74, agency: Merit Sports, college: De Paul) ex player of Megas Alexandros who had a wonderfull seazon in the previous seazon. Head Coach of Paghiakos Nikos Tolias added experience and good organisational skills in his team.
AO Paleo Faliro Pireus agreed financial terms with the American player Kate Achter (173-G-86), the talented guard graduated from the Bowling Green where she played basketball with very good stats as in her last seazon she had 15ppg, 3rpg and 7apg!!.
Panionios agreed financial terms with the experienced American player Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, college: Vanderbilt)
Eleni Kapogianni will be the new assistant Coach in the team of Athinaikos.
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Porter-Talbert & Denson sign in Romania
Tiffany Porter-Talbert (170-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) and Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) have signed to play in Romania for BC Teleorman Alexandria. They will play a qualifying round against Crvena Zvezda Beograd to get into Group C with Elitzur Ramla, Dunav Econt Rouse and Rivas Futura. Last season, Denson played in Poland and Puerto Rico. Porter-Talbert played in Finland in 07-08 and in Romania in 06-07. Amy, 24, played recently at Montaneras de Morovis (Puerto Rico) and she was 2-Time MVP of Puerto Rican league (2006,2007). Tiffany, 23, played recently at Kotka Peli-Karhut (Finland), but in the 06/07 season she played for Targoviste (Romania). Her honours: Selected in 3rd round by Los Angeles Sparks (2006), Romanian Player of the Year (2007), Import Player of the Year (2007), All First Team (2007), All Imports Team (2007), All Defensive Team (2007), All Star Game MVP (2007), 17.3 points, 8.4 boards & 3.2 assists (2007). Here are the roster: Bianca Barbu (169-G-90), Alina Chivu (180-F-90), Amy Denson, Diana Epure (170-G-89), Cristina Gheta (180-C-90), Mihaela Mihai (165-G-90), Tiffany Porter-Talbert, Viorela Rus (184-F-87), Anca Sipos (183-F/C-85), Andreea Stramaturaru (175-F-90) and Crenguta Teodorescu (176-F-90).
CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe signed the 22-year old American guard, Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86, college: Virginia). She is the first American player of the club. Sf. Gheorghe's full-roster: Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), Ildiko Vass (178-G-78), Ildiko Nagy (187-F-84), Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81), Olga Cazac (190-C-74), Erzsebet Ambrus (187-F-72), Noemi Bordas (183-C-87), Eniko Kovesdi (171-G/F-82), Agnes Nemeth (181-F-80), Emoke Sandor (171-G-85), Andrea Sinka (179-F-91), Sharnee Zoll and Irena Matovic (186-F-88). The head coach is: Csaba Deri .
BC CSS MCM Targoviste has signed the following players: Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79), Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80), Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Radostina Slavova (186-F-86), Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Danijela Varda (195-C-74). In the next days will come a player from Puerto Rico.
BC ICIM Arad signed the 21-year old Serbian guard Maja Scekic (170-G-87). She played recently at Spartak Subotica (Serbia). She replace Andreea Pinter, who return to Serbia because she has got family problems. Arad has got Alexandra Cutas (178-F-82) to a contract.
CSM Satu Mare signed from U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca the 26-year old American guard Cherrisse Graham (171-G-82, agency: Merit Sports).
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