EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/9/2009Copyright © 1997-2009 Eurobasket
Thirty years ago KK BOSNA from Sarajevo became the first club, aside of CSKA, to win European Champions Cup (today Euroleague) without foreign players on its roster. On April 5, 1979 in the final KK Bosna, led by late Mirza Delibasic, beat Italian champion Emerson 96:93. Let's remind that Emerson has dominated Europe during '70s. KK Bosna, Sarajevo had won the Yugoslavian League and Cup in 1978 and managed to keep its main players: Ratko Radovanovic, Zarko Varajic and above all, Mirza Delibasic, a Hall of Famer. Tall, gifted, smart and versatile, Delibasic was not only an outstanding shooter, but had an incredible court vision that allowed him to change any game with his creativity. Bosna started its Euroleague season in the Quarterfinals Group Stage, finishing first in its group. Once in the semifinals group stage, Bosna sent a message right away by edging defending champion Real Madrid 114-109 in overtime in Sarajevo. Bosna would eventually win all its home games and would advance to the title game by edging Olympiacos 83-88 in Athens. The second finalist would be either Varese or Real Madrid, who faced each other in the final game in that round. Varese beat Madrid 82-83. That game will be remembered by Prada's missed free throws. Luis Maria Prada famously missed 3 free throws with no time on the clock that could have changed history. Once in the title game, Bosna downed mighty Emerson,Varese 96-93 in front of 15,000 fans in Grenoble, France. Delibasic led his team scoring 30 points in the process, Zarko Varajic scored 45 points in a career-best performance, while Radovanovic added 10 points. Americans Bob Morse and Charlie Yelverton scored 30 and 27 points respectively for Varese. KK Bosna had won the Euroleague title with no foreign player on its roster.
The club has gathered all players, coach Tanjevic, assistant coaches Prodanovic, Krehic, first club's coach Halilovic and all Club members who helped Bosna achieve a great success such is winning a European title. Unfortunatelly, two key members of Bosna championship team are not among us anymore. Mirza Delibasic Kindje and Sabahudin Dino Bilalovic have past away, but they will be remembered by all Bosna fans forever. Many great players and coaches from the region joined the gathering in memory to one great generation of Bosna players and their accomplishment.
April 5, 1979. Sports Arena Grenoble, France. Attendance: 15,000. Referees: Turner (England), Van der Vileges (Netherlands). Final Score: Bosna - Emerson 96:93 (45:43).
BOSNA, Sarajevo: Boro Vucevic, Anto Djogic 6, Predrag Benacek 3, Bosko Bosiocic 2, Nihad Izic, Ratko Radovanovic 10, Dragan Zrno, Zarko Varajic 45, Mirza Delibasic 30, Sabahudin Bilalovic, Sabit Hadzic, Svetislav Pesic. Coach: Bogdan Tanjevic.
EMERSON, Varese: Gergatti 7, Colombo 2, Gwalko 16, Bob Morse 30, Osola, Dino Menegin 10, Canneva, Tosarinni, Carraria 1, Yalverton 27. Coach: Dodo Ruskoni.
The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) is pleased to announce the visit of Mr. Alberto Garcia, Secretary General of FIBA Americas based in Puerto Rico. Mr. Garcia will be visiting on the 16th and 17th April and his visit will feature various meetings including the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Belize Olympic Association, and some corporate sponsors. Mr Garcia will also be taking a brief tour of basketball facilities in the country and will review the recently launched Mens Senior National Team Programme and the overall BBF four-year strategic plan.
This will be the first ever visit of such a high level FIBA official to Belize and the BBF is therefore delighted that Mr Garcia has accepted the invitation to visit at this critical time in the reinvigoration of basketball in Belize.
Basketball Symposium by the Belize Basketball Federation:
The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) will be holding an open-house symposium to introduce its fouryear strategic plan to the basketball community, media, and the general public at large. All basketball players, coaches, referees, enthusiasts, corporate sponsors, other interested parties, the media and the general public are invited to the attend the session on Tuesday, April 14th from 7:00pm at the Sports Council meeting room at the Civic Center in Belize City. The session will feature a presentation of the proposed strategic plan followed by an open discussion session on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the sport of basketball in Belize. The BBF hasconsulted widely during the development phase of the plan and the symposium will be the culmination of this consultation process.
Press Release Belize Basketball Federation
The team of Rilski Sportist took an important home win in the battle for third place in the regular season of National Basketball leauge defeating 98-87 Spartak Pleven. Important though could be the difference in points because Rilski needed to win by 15 because now if the teams finish with the same record of wins and losses Spartak will have the advantage.
Rilski Sportist could have easily won by a lot more than the necessary 15 points because the team had leads as large as 20 points. In the second half though Spartak was very close to a comeback but after a good last quarter the players of Aleksandar Todorov have to feel happy that they even won the game because with a little bit more luck Spartak could have claimed the victory. This was first win for Rilski against Spartak in Samokov in the last two years - the last one was on 08.04.2006 and it was followed by five straight losses.
A total of six players scored in double figures for Rilski Sportist. Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was the top scorer for the team with 24 points. Travis Peterson had another very good game with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ivan Lilov had 14 points while 10 apiece had Branko Mirkovic and Bogdan Boev. The captain of the team Aleksandar Gruev had 14 and show good form in the game.
Hrisimir Dimitrov was once again the go-to guy for Spartak Pleven with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Very good played also Vladimir Marinov who finished with 17 points and 5 assists before fouling out. Vesko Georgiev scored 16 and Rob Preston 10.
In the next round Rilski Sportist will travel to Pravets to play against Lukoil Academic while Spartak well go to Sofia to play against Levski on Sunday.
FULL STATS OF RILSKI SPORTIST - SPARTAK PLEVEN GAME
The team of Levski recorded another win this time away at Yambol. 'The Blues' defeated their opponent 84-101. The big difference doesn't show how tight and difficult for the visitors was the game.
The start was good for the visitors who took the lead. They scored 34 points in the first quarter and started in the same way the second. But then the players of Titi Papazov started to play more relaxed and that reflected on the game as Yambol cut the deficit from 12 to 6 points. With 30 seconds to go in the first half Yambol tied the game at 52 but then Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) scored to make it 52-54 at the break.
In the first minutes of the third quarter Levski pulled ahead again but after 26 minutes Yambol was down by only three points. In the next minutes the visitors made a 13-0 run and practically decided the game as the last quarter was only to settle the final score.
For Yambol strong game had Stanislav Govedarov with 25 points as Martin Durchev added 17.
For Levski five players scored in double figures with Stefan Georgiev finishing with 18. Zlatin Georgiev and Arnas Kazlauskas added 17 apiece.
In the next round Yambol will visit Euroins Cherno More while Levski will host Spartak Pleven.
FULL STATS OF THE YAMBOL - LEVSKI GAME
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Olympiacos won at the last game of the 23th day Panionios 86-84 at a game with a lot of anxiety for the fans of both teams. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) was the key player for the Reds with his 27 points, while Ivan Zoroski's (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) 26 points were not enough for Panionios.
Eurobasket.com is at Hellenikon Sports Hall to report on the game of Panionios - Olympiacos that will end the 23rd day of the Greek A1 Championship. It is a crucial game for the Reds in their attempt to succeed in gaining the first place of the regular season. Panionios represents today its new player, Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) (he took the place of Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) at the team's roster), while Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) are out due to injuries. For Olympiacos, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) is out due to the known injury that kept him out of the last Euroleague's game against Real.
Panionios leaded 11-4 early at the first period since Reds' defense was weak enough, but soon, hitting from inside the paint, Olympiacos drawed the score (11-11). A quick 5-0 serie for Panionios made the 16-11, and although Olympiacos achieved, mainly with Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) (7 points), to restore the difference to 1 (18-17), the end of the first period found Panionios ahead by 3 (20-17).
At the second period, Panionios kept on being ahead until the 13th minute when Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) equalized 24-24. However, the Reds couldn't take the lead at any time during this first half, since Panionios kept the rhythm of the game under its own standards. It relead 39-32 and 41-34, mainly due to Ivan Zoroski's successful 3-point shots (3/3) and although Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) managed to improve his team's game (more calm and self-concentration). Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored the second 3-point shot for the Reds to complete a 4-0 serie to end the first half at 41-38 for Panionios.
This first half seemed balanced, as the score shows, but it should be mentioned that it was so due to Panionio's very good performance. Keeping the pace of the rhythm, it succeeded in recovering its poor percentage at 2p shots (10/22) by its very good at 3p ones (4/5). Besides, the 6 offensive rebounds and the only four turnovers gave to the team from Nea Smirni this 3 point advantage. On the other hand, Olympiacos seemed less concentrated at the most of these 20 minutes, hitting mainly from inside (13/16) since its 2/9 successful 3-point shots seemed few to bring him ahead. The referred problem at the rebounds (only 3 offensive regarding to Panionios' six), as well as the six turnovers just accomplish the reasons for the score of the first half.
For Panionios, Ivan Zoroski scored 11 points, Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) 7, Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) and Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) 5 (with 4 rebs), while for Olympiacos, Giorgos Printezis and Giannis Bourousis (6 rebs) scored 8 points each, with Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) and Thodoros Papaloukas following with 6 each one.
Giannis Bourousis was the one who brought the Reds ahead (41-42) but Giannis Kalambokis two 3p shots restore the lead (49-44) before a quick 8-2 serie from Olympiacos for the 51-52. This lead increased only up to 2 (53-55), but Panionios hasnt been disappointed and equalized the score up the end of the period (63-63). It should be mentioned that this period seemed as a game between Giannis Kalambokis versus Giannis Bourousis (10-13 points respectively), while the extremely good percentages at 2p shots for Olympiacos remained (22/25).
Two quick successful 3p shots from Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) and Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) gave the Reds a 6-point difference (63-69) only 54 seconds after the beginning of the last period. However, it didn't score for the next 3:02 minutes (and after a small mess between the players of both the teams) and with a 7-0 serie Panionios retook the lead (70-69). Giorgos Printezis, Giannis Bourousis and Lynn Greer were, though, there again for an 8-1 to shape the 71-76, bringing Olympiacos ahead by 5 points 4:17 before the end. Ivan Zoroski was there again to score a 3p shot (his fourth one), but Giannis Bourousis had no opponent scoring his 26th point for the 74-79. With 1:52 remaining, Vladimir Micov lost two free throws which could have reduced the difference to 1, while Ivan Zoroski then scored only one of his pair for the 80-82 and didn't scored at his next lay-up for the draw. Consecutive free throws by Giannis Bourousis, Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) and Milos Teodosic brought the score at 82-84, but the Serbian player lost his last one and with Giannis Kalambokis next two successful ones Panionios equalized the score for the 8th draw at the second half (84-84) with 9,4 seconds remaining. Lynn Greer took the foul, scored both of his free throws (84-86), Aaron Miles lost the last shot and Olympiacos took the precious two points.
Final score 84-86 with Olympiacos being improved a lot at the second half and Panionios not giving back until the very last moment. The Reds shot better at the last 20 minutes (32/53 in total regarding the 27/53 of Panionios), took the appropriate rebounds (Panionios took only 4 offensive at the second half) and had much better concentration proved by the 16 assists (Panionios had only 5). Olympiacos had five players scoring double-digit points, with Giannis Bourousis distinguishing (27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks), while Panionios had Ivan Zoroski and Giannis Kalambokis over 20 points and Dimos Dikoudis as its next step. As a conclusion, Olympiacos seemed more lucky at the end and took the win needed in order to keep the home advantage, over Panathinaikos, at this Championship
Panionios (Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket )): Xanthopoulos 4, Ivan Zoroski 25 (4/5 3p.), Georgalis, Giannis Kalambokis 20, Aaron Miles 8, Raicevic 3, Giannis Giannoulis 5, Vladimir Micov 4, Dimos Dikoudis 15 (7 rebs)
Olympiacos (Panagiotis Yannakis ): Thodoros Papaloukas 10 (9 ass.), Pelekanos, Josh Childress 10, Milosevic, Giannis Bourousis 27, Halperin, Lynn Greer 14 (3 ass.), Panagiotis Vasilopoulos 3, Giorgos Printezis 15 (4 rebs), Zoran Erceg 3, Milos Teodosic 4
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By Maarouf Mawloud
Great evening in safadi center...1st final 4 match in the packed gym was one exciting, hard, and aggressive game.
The start of the game asserted Tebnine's presence in the final 4. The guests played aggressively and hard from the beginning and hamdar was at the top of his game... ghaleb Rida's absence is missed on court, his team would have benefited from him ... he is the man of this type of games..not to mention the three-pointer Mohammad Akkari who was injured against Tebnine too.His fans, team, and court are missing him a lot. Guests started well and home team had a passive start...end of 1st quarter Moutahed got first lead 23-19 but Tebnine team didnt give up Start of 2nd quarter again, the guests made a 7-0 run giving tebnine their first and last lead of 35-34, Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency)'s 3rd foul Forced coach Toni Vujanic to go in 2-1-2 zone....for a short time...Al Moutahed Tripoli changed a rhythm of Tebnine.After the last Time out of Al Moutahed Tripoli, home team got back in m-t-m and very aggressive Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) (190-G-78, college: Texas) Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville)-Mohammad Fahes-Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) and mario Aboud...started full court run and jump and forced Tebnine in another 3 TO that made gap in the second quarter...48-35
Beginning of 3rd quarter tells the same story only Tebnine was on zone...home team was patient and lead by Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) astonishing play and found gaps in the zone...But Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) didnt want to surrender...he tried hard, but Al Moutahed Tripoli's defense held him back...third quarter ended 70-55
in forth all was done...Mazen Mneimneh started to hit open shots...Tony Williams was very active and he was testing the nonstop defense of Tebnine...that looked lost and without idea's....at the end, a very ugly moment.Brandon Kurz center of Tebnine made hard and very unsportsmanlike foul on purpose to injure Tony Williams...the court was mess...coach Toni Vujanic took Time out to calm down the players of both sides....same time he took oth foreigners out to secure further problems and injuries....
Asia-basket.com asked after the game coach Toni Vujanic his opinion.....he said we expected hard and aggressive game, and we were ready...Lebanese players stepped up and played a good game (offensive and defensive),Imports was as usual high on both levels,My players did great job...but series are moving in Tebnine court...so we have a lot of work to do in this week...
Q1: 23-19, Q2: 48-35, Q3: 70-55, Q4: 91-73
Al Moutahed Tripoli:
-Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) 31Pts, 10Rbs, 3Ass (with 2 , 3's)
-Darren Kelly 23Pts, 3Rbs, 7Ass (with 2, 3's)
-Mazen Mneimneh 13Pts (with 3,3's)
-Roy Samaha 9Pts, 10Rbs
-Elie Roustom (191-F-87) 9Pts, 3Rbs
-Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) 33Pts, 3Rbs, 5Ass (with 4, 3's)
-Brandom Kurz 21Pts, 11Rbs, 2Ass and added 1 Block
-Mohamad Handar 5Pts, 6Rbs and added 1 Block
-Hassan Lakkis 7Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass
Al Moutahed Tripoli 12-19 Tebnine
Al Moutahed Tripoli 17-11 Tebnine
Al Moutahed Tripoli 28-29 Tebnine
Friday, April 3, 2009
Contern 93 - T 71 75
Ken Diederich was back in form last Friday night scoring 25 points to lead Contern over recently crowned Cup Champion T71. Eric Jeitz also stepped it up with 24
against his for mer teammates. Jeitz added 7 rebounds 4 assists and 3 steals. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson CC) also played well with 12 points 12 rebounds, 6 steals 4 blocked shots and 4 assists. Yves Braun was 4 or 4 from the field including 2 three pointers and hit a few free throws for 15 points. T71's Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) knocked down 5 threes ending up with 28 points. Martin Rajniak led T71 however with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Contern won this game in the first period romping the visitors 26-11. The match was marred by several technical fouls. T71 is still without Bob Kieffer, Philippe Rech and Gilles Klein.
Contern: 32 field goals, 5 three pointers, 24 for 31 free throws, 41 rebounds, 20 fouls and 17 turnovers
Gary 12, Becker 4, Diederich 25, Jeitz 24, Fasbender 4, also Torres Dos Santos 2, Majerus 2, Gindt, Braun 15 and Bissener 5
T 71: 28 field goals, 7 three pointers, 12 ofr 17 free throws, 37 rebounds, 24 fouls and 18 turnovers
Whitworth 28, Rajniak 30, Ruffato 6, Siebenbour, Hoffmann 2, also Abreu 2, Bemtgen, Kostur 2, Laures and Steinmetz 5
Technical Fouls: 25' Diederich(Con), 6' Rajniakl(T71), 25' Ruffato(T71)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 26-11, Halftime 42-29, 3rd Q 66-45, Final 93-75
Etzella 77 - Musel Pikes 72
Etzella snuck past visiting Musel Pikes by 5 points. Etzella was up by as many as 19 as they let Musel Pikes make a late game run to pull within 5 before the final buzzer. Etzella jumped out to a commanding 30-16 fist period lead and led the entire way. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) led the Etzella with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) and Tim Giver also scored big with 19 and 16 points. Chris Braier (195-F-84, college: Lawrence) showed he is capable of scoring when necessary with a huge double double 25 points and 18 rebounds. Samy Picard was held to only 8 points and Guy Schmit and Tom Schmitz scored 13 each.
Etzella: 28 field goals, 8 three pointers, 13 for 16 free throws, 31 rebounds, 24 fouls and 5 turnovers
Kennedy 21, Giver 16, N. DelGado 19, J. DelGado 9, Schroeder 4, also Albladejo 8, Benseghir, Garganese and E. Ferreira
Musel Pikes: 26 field goals, 4 three pointers, 16 for 24 free throws, 41 rebounds, 17 fouls and 12 turnovers
G. Schmit 13, Schmitz 13, Picard 8, Braeir 25, Schwartz 5, also R. Dentzer 3, Kox 2 and C. Schmit 3
Score by quarters: 1st Q 30-16, Halftime 52-36, 3rd Q 65-55, Final 77-72
Sparta 67 - Amicale Steinsel 62
Sparta led by 15 with less than 6 minutes to go in Bertrange last Friday night. Amicale made it interesting and gave Sparta scare pulling close in the final minutes before
bowing out by 5 at the game's end. Amicale never led in this defensive battle but played very well in the fourth period. Sparta won the first three quarters with defense as they shot poorly from inside the three point arc(18/50 for 36%). Amicale won the battle of the boards with a 40-33 difference. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech)(7 steals 4 assists) had a double-double again with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Pit Hoffmann added 18 points and 3 blocked shots. Julien Hublart was limited to only 4 points. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) had 12 points and tore down 22 rebounds. Sam Ney scored 15 and Christopher Jones 13 for Amicale. Christian Wulff and Fabio Palumbo did not play for Sparta. Amicale was without Olivier Haan and Robert Steinmetz.
Sparta: 24 field goals, 6 three pointers, 13 for 20 free throws, 3 rebounds, 21 fouls and 12 turnovers
Smith 20, Hoffmann 18, Engel 8, Hublart 4, Wagner 8, also Evans 2, Wolzfeld, De Marchi 7 and Nittler
Amicale Steinsel: 24 field goals, 2 three pointers, 12 for 19 free throws, 40 rebounds, 21 fouls and 19 turnovers
Schartz 9, Ney 15, DePree 12, Jones 13, Scholtes 9, also Rausch, Kartheiser 4 and Birenbaum
Unsportsmanlike fouls: 32' and 39' Juien Hublart(Spa) Fouled out: 39' Julien Hublart(Spa), 40' Chris Scholtes(Spa)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-14, Halftime 35-29, 3rd Q 49-40, Final 67-62
With the college season now concluded, many top players are deciding if they should go to the NBA or play another year in college. 21 players have already declared, and another dozen may end up adding their names. Here is a look at some of the future stars who have asked for NBA evaluations.
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) was the best player in college basketball this past season, and is a near lock to be the first player taken. The national player of the year averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds while helping the Sooners to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Jeff Capel called the decision a 'no-brainer', and he's right. Griffin make a lot of good players look bad, and is a future NBA All-Star. 'I felt in my mind from the time that I actually thought about it that this would be the right decision,' said Griffin. 'I remember talking to Coach Capel last year after I made my decision of coming back and he said I had the chance to be in this position and I should take it.
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) was the co Big East Player of the year, and is looking to hire an agent. Blair said he planned to play four years at Pittsburgh, but averaging 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds has changed his outlook. 'I had to do what's best for me,' said Blair, who doesn't want to risk another knee injury in college. 'No one else made the decision but me. ... I've heard all the downfalls about me being too big or me being too small. That's just motivation. ... I'm not going to tell them what I can do in the NBA, I'm going to show them what I can do.' Blair is undersized but has been very effective for the Panthers, and should be taken in the first round.
The Pac-10 player of the year, Arizona State guard James Harden (6'5''-G-89), has hired an agent and is staying in the draft. 'I haven't talked to anyone in the NBA as far as where I'm projected to go,' Harden said, 'but my coaches have been talking to people and it's looking pretty high right now as far as me and my draft status. ... I'm in the best position right now as far as getting drafted at a high place so why not take it.' Harden averaged 20.1 points per game and became the first Sun Devil to be named a first team All-American. He should be taken in the first 12 picks.
Memphis guard Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89) lit Missouri up for 33 points in his last college game. His play as the Tigers point guard will keep him in the top 10 picks. Louisville's Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88) has signed with an agent and is a first round talent. USC's Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89), Wake Forest's James Johnson (6'9''-F-87), and Ohio State's B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C) should also be first rounders.
A number of other prominent players have declared for the draft as well. Arizona's Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88) has declared for the second straight year, and cannot go back to the Wildcats. He may sneak into the first round but could just as easily end up in Europe. His teammate Jordan Hill (6'10''-F-87) has also declared, and has a much better chance of being a first rounder. Florida guard Nick Calathes (6'6''-G-89) is a member of the Greek national team, and could end up joining his brother Pat in the A1 league. Two other SEC guards, Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87) of South Carolina and Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87) of Kentucky, have also declared, but should head back to college after hearing what the NBA scouts have to say. Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-G-87) of Maryland is a Venezuelan combo guard who has skills, but is more likely to end up in Europe. Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88) is testing the waters, but is likely to return to school.
The most intriguing player to declare so far is Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) of Virtus Roma. Jennings went to Italy out of high school, and played only 18 minutes per game with averages of 6.7 points and 2 assists. He is a great athlete, but needs to show he can shoot the ball from the perimeter after making only 23 percent of his three pointers. One positive sign is that Jennings had better numbers in Euroleague play, suggesting he may play better against better competition.
The NBA draft is June 25, and players must decide to stay in the draft or return to school by June 15. USBasket.com will continue providing updates as players make their decisions.
Sean Miller has been named to take over the reins of the University of Arizona's heralded men's basketball program, athletics director Jim Livengood announced today.
Miller, 40, completed five seasons as head coach at Xavier with his fourth consecutive 20-victory season and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last month.
Miller succeeds Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Lute Olson, who retired last fall, and his interim replacement, Russ Pennell, who continued Arizona's streak of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament with the programs' 25th in 2008-09. The first 23 of those came under Olson and the 24th under 2007-08 interim coach Kevin O'Neill.
His clubs won the last three Atlantic-10 Conference regular-season championships and he carries a career head coaching record of 120-47, a superlative .718 winning percentage. He took two Xavier teams to the Sweet 16, in 2008 and 2009. He is the school's overall coaching leader in NCAA play with a 6-4 record in his share of Xavier's 20 tournament appearances.
'During the last three days I have gone through a very difficult decision-making process. I love Xavier University. Mike Bobinski, the director of athletics, has become a close friend of mine and my players are like a part of my family. These factors mad it hard for me to even consider leaving Xavier,' Miller said.
'However, I believe I have the opportunity of a lifetime to become the head basketball coach at the University of Arizona,' he said. 'It's a school that has competed for a national championship for more than two decades. To be in charge of a new era of Arizona basketball, and to build the program toward winning a national title again, is where my heart is now. I look forward to this new step in my family's life in Tucson,' Miller said.
Miller's 2008-09 club won the A-10 championship finishing with a 27-8 record. The Musketeers lost to No. 1-seed Pitt as the No. 4 seed in the East Regional in Boston the day before UA's season ended in its Sweet 16 appearance in the Midwest at Indianapolis. XU was ranked No. 20 in the final Associated Press poll and was ranked steadily after Nov. 25, rising as high as No. 7 on Dec. 15 and holding a spot in the top 10 (9th) on Feb. 2.
As a player Miller participated in three NCAA Tournaments for Pittsburgh (1988, 1989 and 1991), coached in one as an assistant at Miami of Ohio (1995) and in three as associate head coach at Xavier from 2002-04. He is a member of the Pitt all-Centennial Team and a former all-Big East honoree. His Xavier squad reached the Elite Eight in 2008.
Moreover, Miller's work with his student-athletes off the court has paid outstanding dividends with 100 percent of the basketball seniors who completed their eligibility since 1986 graduating. While a head coach, 13 Xavier players have earned their degrees with an additional pair expected to do so in the near future.
'I'm very pleased the coaching-search process has been completed with the hiring of Sean,' Livengood said. 'It's been an exhaustive week, but it's a good day to be a Wildcat. We believe we've brought in the best young coach in the country, a proven winner who will take this program into the future,' he said.'
'Sean Miller is a perfect fit for the University of Arizona,' said UA President Robert Shelton. 'Sean has had tremendous achievements on the court, but he has also done an extraordinary job of ensuring that his players succeed in the classroom. Arizona fans are going to be very proud of the way he approaches the game. He is absolutely the right person to lead our program forward,' Shelton said.
Livengood said details of Miller's contract will be available at the news conference Tuesday. His appointment and the contract are subject to approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.
He becomes Arizona's fourth appointed head coach in the last 36 years dating to a 10-year run by Fred Snowden from 1973 to 1982, one year by Ben Lindsey and Olson's remarkable run from 1984 to 2007. Olson took a leave of absence in 2007-08 resulting in then-assistant O'Neill leading the program, returned in the off season, and announced his retirement shortly before the season began last fall.
Miller's 30-7 record in 2007-08 set a Xavier record for victories in a season, and helped earn him Atlantic 10 Conference honors, along with his 14-2 record and second A-10 regular-season title. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Miller its District 10 Coach of the Year and he was a finalist for a number of other national coaching honors. His overall record (120-47) ranks him third all time on Xavier's coaching chart behind Pete Gillen (202-75 from 1985 to 1994) and the late Skip Prosser (148-65 from 1994 to 2001).
Xavier finished 25-9 overall in 2006-07, Miller's third year as the Xavier University head coach. XU won the 2007 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Miller finished 21-11 in the 2005-06 season, winning the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship and earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Miller took over as head coach in 2004, replacing Thad Matta. He was Matta's right hand man the previous three seasons as XU's first-ever associate head coach. Miller helped the Musketeers record three straight 26-victory seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances that culminated in the 2004 Elite Eight run.
Miller began coaching at Xavier after stops at North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin. He has coached on 14 teams that advanced to postseason play in his first 17 seasons as a head coach, assistant or associate head coach. That includes seven NCAA Tournaments in his eight years at Xavier.
The Xavier stint as assistant and head coach helped that school parallel Arizona's mark for the past 10 years. Under Olson, O'Neill and Pennell, Arizona posted a 259-105 record (.712) since 1999. The Musketeers, after their string of plus-25 victory years, posted a 265-101 (.724) record in that span. They've also kept pace in 20-victory seasons in the past 25 years, with 21 to Arizona's 23, both ranking in the nation's top 10 behind leader Kansas (25).
Xavier's scheduling has been as tough as any nationally prominent program during Miller's head coaching tenure. The slate this year included Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Missouri from the Big 12, USC, Cincinnati from the Big East, Auburn and LSU from the Southeastern Conference, Memphis from Conference USA and Butler of the Horizon League. The NCAA Tournament his Musketeers beat this year were Portland State and Wisconsin, with a five-point loss to his former school, Pitt, in the Sweet 16.
Considered Pittsburgh's best three-point shooter of all time, Miller was a Big East all-Rookie team pick in 1987-88. In his four-year career he helped lead the Panthers to three NCAA berths and an NIT appearance. He was No. 16 entering this past season on Pitt's all-time scoring chart with 1,282 points, ranked 10th among career Division I free throw shooters at .885 and ranked third all-time in Big East career assists. He was seventh in three-point shooting on the Big East career chart.
He played on the United States' 1991 World University Games team that earned a gold medal after his final year at Pitt. He was named to the Pitt all-Centennial Team in 2005.
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|Points Per Game|
|1 Niedola Liepaja 24.7|
2 Anderson TTT 20.5
3 Steinberga Jun 19.2
4 Troina TTT18.2
5 Mann Cesis 16.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Steinberga Jun 12.3|
2 Niedola Liepaja 11.9
3 Brumermane TTT 9.9
4 Vitola SK Riga 9.9
5 Eglite RTU 9.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Burian TTT 5.9|
2 Troina TTT 3.7
3 Tare Cesis 3.4
4 Karklina Cesis 3.1
5 Eglite TTT 2.9
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Carson TTT 3.5|
2 Eglite TTT 3.0
3 Krunberga TTT 2.8
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Vitola SK Riga 2.5|
2 Surkusa Jun 1.9
3 Borodavko DU 1.5
|1 Niedola Liepaja 28.3|
2 Mann Cesis 21.9
3 Brumermane TTT 21.1
4 Steinberga Jun 20.6
5 Troina TTT Riga 20.3
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