EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/30/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Minister Confirms Extra Prize If Basketball Squad Win Afrobasket - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The senior males basketball team will get an additional monetary prize from the Angolan authorities if they win the African Cup, also dubbed Afrobasket2011, set for 17-28 August in Antananarivo, Madagascar, which gives access to the London Olympic Games.

The prize will be additional because it will come on top of what is legally established.

The information was given Tuesday by the Youth and Sports minister, Gonalves Muandumba, during a meeting he held with the basketball delegation that will travel to Madagascar, having explained that the official prize for the team comes outlines on the Law Number 33/96, which also mentions that an extra prize can be agreed between the Sports Ministry and the Finance Ministry.

The minister reminded, however, that before anything else the players have to show commitment, humility and a sense of nation to win the competition.

The objective is to qualify for the London Olympic games, said the minister, but before we have to win in Antananarivo.

The national team will travel to Madagascar on 10 August, focussing on the first adversaries in Group B, which also includes Chad, Morocco and Senegal.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


Basketball Squad Coach Wants Respect for His Options - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The coach of Angola's senior males basketball team, the French Michel Gomez , on Monday here asked the press to respect his options in the choice of the twelve players that will participate in the African Championship (Afrobasket2011), set for 17-28 August in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Speaking to the press, at the end of a meeting with the board of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), in Luanda, the coach said he hopes his choices are respected, although he knows he can not please everyone.

'You might not like me or maybe (you won't like) the team either, but accept them', he emphasised.

He also reiterated that Olmpio Cipriano is out of the team due to some physical problems. In the ambit of the preparation programme, the squad will travel on 3rd July to Pau City, France, then on the 13th they will travel to Portugal to play some training games.

On 29 July the team will travel to China already with the final line-up. In China, the squad will participate in two Stankovic cups.

On 10 August the Angolan team, African champions, will travel to Madagascar, to dispute the African championship (Afrobasket2011), starting off in group B alongside Chad, Morocco and Senegal.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa add Cameron Bennerman and Bernard Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa have strengthened their roster with addition of two import players. They landed Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan).
Cameron Bennerman arrives from Poland. Last season the guard played for Energa Czarni Slupsk. He averaged 14.5 points, 3.0 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.4 assists per game. Eurobasket.com named Cameron Bennerman into Polish League All-Imports Team. Cameron Bennerman played in Italy, Spain and D-League before moving to Poland.
Bernard Robinson spent the previous season in Brazil. The 29-year-old forward played for Pitagoras/Minas. His stats read 18.1 points, 6.6 boards, 2.0 steals and 1.9 assists per game in NBB. Bernard Robinson used to play in the NBA and Philippines before moving to Latin America. The forward made it into Latinbasket.com Brazilian League All-Imports Team last season.



Alejandro Reinick renews contract with Penarol - by Eurobasket News
Penarol have agreed on terms of contract extension with Alejandro Reinick (203-C-78). The 33-year-old centre will enter his fourth straight season with Mar del Plata team. Last season Alejandro Reinick averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per LigaA game. In Liga Americas his stats read 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per appearance. The centre also had spells for Pico FC, Atenas, Puerto Madryn, Regatas Corrientes and Quimsa.


National team camp - by Facundo Iatzky
Julio Lamas released the list of 15 players who will train since July 29 for the upcoming FIBA americas tournament in Mar del plata. The surprisse of the list is the return of Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple), who had retired of the national team after Wolrd championship 2006. Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75) also returns after his problem with his health.
These are the fifteen players:
Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77)
Pepe Sanchez
Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86)
Manu Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)
Carlos Delfino (198-G-82)
Pancho Jasen (199-G-78)
Andres Nocioni (199-F-79)
Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78)
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80)
Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85)
Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80)
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83)
Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75)
Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80)



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  AUSTRALIA   


Montepaschi Siena officially lands David Andersen - by Eurobasket News
David Andersen (212-C-80) officially returned to Montepaschi Siena. The Australian/Danish big guy signed a three-year deal with his new/old club.
David Andersen started last season with Toronto Raptors registering 5.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 11 NBA games. In November, Toronto traded him to New Orleans Hornets where Andersen stayed for rest of the season. He had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 28 games with the Hornets. In 2009/10, Andersen averaged 5.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg with Houston. He joined the Rockets in 2009 from Regal Barca. From 2004 to 2008, Andersen was a member of CSKA Moscow, where he moved from Montepaschi Siena. In the past, Andersen also played for Kinder Bologna, Wollongong Hawks and AIS (Australian Institute of Sport).
David Andersen played 5 games for the Australian National Team last summer in Turkey averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.


How your NBL team is shaping up - by Duncan Matheson
Adelaide 36ers

Returning Players: Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine), Darren Ng (190-G-83), Nathan Herbert (192-F-84), Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.), Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92)

New Additions: Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87), Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79)

Departed: Brad Hill (198-G/F-86), Jeffrey Dowdell (205-F-87), Aaron Bruce (191-G-84), Eddie Shannon (180-G-77, college: Florida)

2010-11 finish: 8th

Early outlook: With 7 players signed, the 36ers still have two import slots to fill and with only Johnson and Ballinger so far they will need to sign some solid bigs and improve their ability to rebound. With a guard heavy roster to this point, perhaps they will use an import spot to sign a quality 4/5 to play alongside Ballinger, although there has been some talk of a contract being offered to point guard and last seasons mvp Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas). Weigh may have a break out year in Adelaide and Crosswell is a very steady back-up making both players quality signings, but unless they sign some very legitimate imports I cant see this squad improving enough to knock on the door of the top four.

Skytrans Cairns Taipans:

Returning Players: Kerry Williams (185-G-87), Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota), Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82, college: Oregon), Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU), Aaron Grabau (196-G-78)

New Additions: Brad Hill, Jeffrey Dowdell

Departed: Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona), Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: McNeese St.), Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California)

2010-11 finish: 3rd (grand final losers)

Early outlook: Still early days in the process of rebuilding their roster for the Taipans, who have lost their two imports and Daniel Dillon from their squad that made last seasons grand final. Returning Rychart, Crosswhite and Loughton ensures they keep their 3-man rotation in the bigs that was very effective last season, but with only Williams returning from injury, ageing stalwart Grabau and an inconsistent Hill signed as perimeter players its too early to make an assessment on the Taipans roster. With three players left to sign, two will be imports, most likely at the 1 and the 2 with Hill starting at the 3. Coach Fearne did a great job with this squad last season and will again put a major focus on defence, with what they have so far they look likely to be solid, how much further they can go depends on the scoring power of the import guards they recruit.

Gold Coast Blaze:

Returning Players: Adam Gibson (188-G-86), Chris Goulding (192-G-88), James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances), Jason Cadee (186-G-91), Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83), Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC), Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB)

New Additions:

Departed: Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas), Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Howard)

2010-11 finish: 6th

Early outlook: The Blaze are returning eight core players and have only their two import slots to fill. With Anthony Petrie coming back from injury, coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) biggest challenge may be rotating his players and finding them enough minutes. Petrie and Worthington already form an outstanding starting duo, meaning if they sign an import big man Petrie will be forced to come off the bench. They say having too much talent is a good problem to have, but with such depth throughout the entire squad finding the right balance will be the key. With Gibson and Harvey assumingly certain starters one would think the Blazes import will be at the 3 spot, with Goulding against being the instant offence spark off the bench. This roster is extremely talented and while having a reputation as a team that can put up a lot of points they also have the potential to be very tough defensively. Injuries crippled them last season but if they can sign quality imports and stay healthy I would predict them as top two finishers.

Melbourne Tigers

Returning Players: Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU), Daryl Corletto (193-G-81), Tommy Greer (201-F-83, college: Nova SE), Lucas Walker (202-F-84, college: St.Mary's, CA), Benny Lewis (203-G/F-87, college: Benedict), Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82)

New Additions: Ronald Dorsey, Ayinde Ubaka, Daniel Dillon, Liam Rush (202-F/G-82)

Departed: Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.), Wade Helliwell (212-C-79, college: Charlotte)

2010-11 finish: 7th

Early outlook: The Tigers look to have completed their roster and have made some great signings, not least of all being last years coach of the year Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ). Adding Dorsey, Ubaka and Dillon from the Taipans brings the Tigers not only great talent but players with winning qualities, as well as Liam Rush returning to the NBL after a stint in Sweden and looks set to be highly effective in 2011-12. The problem, in major contrast to last season, is they appear to be quite small. With Burston being the only true centre, Tragardh will at times need to play out of position at the 5, while Rush will need to move up to the four spot at times with Walker. Theres a few ways coach Gleeson can start depending on how he wants to play, but it is certainly a flexible roster that looks certain to be far more competitive than last season.

New Zealand Breakers

Returning Players: Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.), CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC), Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Dillon Boucher (196-F-75), Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin), Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth)

New Additions:

Departed: Paul Henare (182-G-79)

2010-11 finish: 1st (champions)

Early outlook: The defending champion breakers have signed seven core players from last season and despite having two import slots to fill could still re-sign last years imports Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) and Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) giving them nine core players. Hey, if its not broken dont fix it. The only slight hiccup to this equation could be Abercrombie and Penney who have Europe out-clauses in their contract and with offers rolling in may still choose to opt out, but at this stage the Breakers look to be primed to compete for the title yet again. Wilkinson was huge for the Breakers last season and probably more effective than expected, so if he were to depart finding his replacement may prove to be their biggest challenge, but all signs suggest the Breakers next season are at they very least a top four team next season.

Perth Wildcats

Returning Players: Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.), Damien Martinez (203-C/F), Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.), Brad Robbins (186-G-85), Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.), Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.), Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.), Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount), Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis)

New Additions:

Departed: Stephen Weigh

2010-11 finish: 4th

Early outlook: Its one big happily family over in Perth, where for the second straight season by late June they have already re-signed most of their roster, with nine players returning next year. Weigh could be a big loss, but the back half of last year he looked at times like a fish out of water and its not a surprise he has moved on, and with Redhage returning from his season-ended injury the Wildcats will look to be rejuvenated. Their tenth roster spot will come from their local SBL competition, and coach Beveridge will look for a quality player and person who can step in and contribute as they will surely be given an opportunity in Perths 10-man rotation system. Redhage is still the star and leader of this team, and his healthy return as well as improvement from Wagstaff and Knight will be whats required for Perth to be title contenders.

Sydney Kings

Returning Players: Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86), Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.), Luke Cooper (183-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.), Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP), Graham Dann (204-G/F-83)

New Additions: Aaron Bruce, Anatoly Bose (198-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.), Alex Gynes (198-F/G, college: Nova SE), Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.)

Departed: Janev Blagoj (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire), Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine), Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.), Ben Knight (203-F-76, agency: Interperformances)

2010-11 finish: 9th

Early outlook: With nine players signed and only one import spot remaining, I have to admit Im very confused about the look of the Kings roster to this point. The Kings showed signs of great improvement the second half of last season and will look to carry that over to 2011-12, and the signing of Anatoly Bose, who I believe is a future Olympian, is a massive coup. However, with Khazzouh being the only centre signed so far and Dann, an undersized 4 as the only other big, it leaves me bewildered as to how they will utilise their other import spot. Or for that matter, how they will start. With Madgen, Bose and new import Ratzsch they have three players at the 2-3 fully capable and deserving of starting, while they have signed three point guards in Cooper, Martin and Bruce who I believe are all back-ups at this point in their career. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds, and I hope coach Robilliard and the Kings franchise make a fool of me because as a Kings fan from an early age Id like to see them back being competitive, but right now they look certain to finish in the bottom two.

Townsville Crocodiles

Returning Players: Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), Benjamin Allen (211-C-86, college: St.Mary's, CA), Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.), Michael Cedar (195-G-86), Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91), Kelvin Robertson (180-G-83), Peter Crawford (193-G-79)

New Additions:

Departed: Nathan Crosswell, Will Blalock (183-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.), Rosell Ellis (199-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: McNeese St.)

2010-11 finish: 2nd

Early outlook: A new coach, but they are hoping not a new start. Still returning a strong core of players and with an established winning culture, the Crocs will be looking to make some minor changes and continue with their winning ways. Most notably, the Crocs will most likely need to find two new imports, one of which will be at the point guard spot. With the other spot they can go with either a four man or perhaps a 2-3, depending on the development of Allen and if they want to start Hinder. Early reports suggest club hero Robertson looks set to make a comeback from injury, making him the replacement back-up for departed Crosswell. This is a roster that perhaps overachieved a little last season though and will need to sign some heavyweight imports to again return to the playoffs.

Wollongong Hawks

Returning Players: Glen Saville (197-G/F-76), Mat Campbell (196-F/G-76, college: Towson), Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE), Timothy Coenraad (200-G/F-85, college: Nova SE), Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.), Oscar Forman (205-F-82)

New Additions:

Departed: Gary Ervin

2010-11 finish: 5th

Early outlook: They keep it quiet down at the gong, so other than the core returning players its hard to gauge what they have. This is a team that prides itself on doing more with less, and look as if they will need to do so again, with the ageing, albeit still effective Saville and Campbell looking likely to be key contributors yet again. Last seasons import David Gruber (198-F-81, college: N.Iowa) has been naturalised and one would assume he will sign as an Australian player, leaving the Hawks with two import spots to fill. The Hawks financial limitations are well known however, and whether they go with one or two imports is still uncertain. With Tyson Demos (192-G-88) and Daniel Jackson (200-F-88) playing for the Hawks second-tier team the Illawarra Hawks, it appears they will probably be re-signed also, making their roster very similar to last year. The Hawks have recruited MVP-level players at point guard the last two seasons and will need to do so again to replace Ervin, while any further improvement they make will most likely need to come from Martin and Coenraad who perhaps still havent reached their full potential. As usual, this team wont be predicted to finish in the top four, but coach Gordie McLeod will surely relish the opportunity to prove us all wrong.



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  BAHRAIN   


High Flyers lift basketball title - by Eurobasket News
THE DHL High Flyers 'A' team were yesterday crowned commercial division champions in the second conference of the Filipino Club Basketball Group's (FCBG) 36th season in Bahrain. The High Flyers clinched the coveted title after outclassing defending champions and favourites New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) 85-65 in the final played as part of the tournament's concluding day at Muharraq Club in Arad.

'Slim' scored 26 points to lead the High Flyers, who also relied heavily on the contributions of European basketball league veteran Andrew Barzgan, Iraqi national team player Mazen Ismael and former Philippine Basketball League ace Kit Mapanao.

The victory was a welcome result for their team, who avenged their defeat to NYIT in the title-decider of last season's tournament.

Finishing third in the commercial league were Yum Chow Restaurant.

Meanwhile, in division one of the conference's inter-colour league, Pacific Aluminium claimed the winners' trophy after defeating Bahrain German International Services (BGIS) 48-42.

Mark Artista scored 12 points to pace the victors, while Roel Escuadro chipped in with nine. BGIS were led by the Abannila brothers, who finished with a combined 20 points in the loss.

The DHL High Flyers 'B' team ended the competition as third-placers of division one. They beat fourth-ranked Intensity 79-70.

In division two, Crescent Global emerged as champions after narrowly defeating Power Horse 51-49.

Lagui had 18 points to lead the winners to the title, while the Cuerpo brothers poured in a combined 30 markers to pace their side but had to settle for the defeat.

Hackers claimed third place in the group by beating Dafayer Sports House 73-55 in their classification contest.

In division four, Al Dhaen Craft Trading claimed the group crown after defeating Cebarco 37-32 in yesterday's final. Alpha Fire finished third overall in their group by beating Hempel Paints 55-44.

Completing the list of champions in the conference were Al Baraka Sports, who were the winners of division three. They secured their crown by default after the two other teams contending for a place in the group's final game were disqualified.

The division champions were awarded their respective trophies by FCBG chairman Emil Durano and other officials.

The conference was supported by Money Gram, Caltex Chevron and A R Mansoori Contracting Company. It was run by the new FCBG committee headed by Durano and including Rodel Santiago, Daryll Soriano, Randy Esquivel and Ding Magallanes.
Courtesy of: www.gulf-daily-news.com


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  BOSNIA   


No Spanish connection in U-16 - by Nedzad Kladusak
Bosnian basketball fans have been very excited about the fact that the Bosnian U-16 will line up even four players who play in Spain and who are expected to become real superstars.
Stefan Djurasinovic, who plays for Estudiantes, informed KSBIH months before that he applied for the Spanish citizenship and tha the wants to play for the Spanish NT.
According to general secretary of the KSBIH Harun Mahmutovic KSBIH couldn t still establish a contact with Adnan Omeragic who is born in Spain but who has Bosnian roots.
He plays for Unelco and recoreded also caps for the Spanish U-14 NT.

The only 'Spanish' player who is strongly commited to BIH is Caja Laboral star Sandro Gacic who will skip the EC due to private reasons. He pointed out that he wants to play only for BIH which gives him a special status among those kids who seems to have forgot about their roots.



Nedim Djedovic to play for Spain?!? - by Nedzad Kladusak
Nedim Djedovic, younger brother of young Bosnian NT player Nihad Djedovic, is considered to be the best young player of his generation in Spain. Many scouts predict him a bright future in the NBA. His family is still not sure whether he will play for BIH since he has also an offer of the Spanish basketball association!! Despite there are still negotiations with the KSBIH it seems that he is closer to the Spanish NT which would be a very bitter blast for the Bosnian hopes to built a golden generation that can compete even on the highest European level.

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Academic Blagoevgrad hires Petar Klechkov as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Academic Blagoevgrad hired a new Head Coach for season 2011/12. It is Petar Klechkov , who worked with Balkan Botovgrad last two years. He took over Balkan in 2009 and stayed with them until March this year. Klechkov helped them reach Bulgarian league Semifinals in 2010 and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Coach of the Year. Before Balkan, Klechkov worked one year with Rilski Sportist. He made a huge success with them winning the title in Balkan league. They also reach NBL and Cup Semifinals.
Petar Klechkov is currently as Head Coach of U20 Bulgarian National Team. He worked with U18 and U16 Bulgaria in the past. Academic Blagoevgrad will compete in Division A next season.


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  CANADA   


Edmonton, Albany share best record in IBL - by Eurobasket News
The Edmonton Energy and the Albany Legends share the best record in the International Basketball League (IBL) - 13-5 - following a weekend series in which Edmonton took two of three games. This is the final week of the regular season, with the IBL playoffs beginning Friday in Vancouver, Wash.

Friday - Edmonton 126 Albany 114
The series opener was a tight game most of the way, with both teams working hard to take - and keep - the lead. Casey Crawford (206-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Colorado) had 30 points and Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84, college: BYU) 18 points and 15 assists to pace the Energy. Broadus leads the IBL in assists with 8.7 a game.
J.R. Patrick (Edmonton) and Curtis Nash added 17 points apiece for the Energy. Lloyd Johnson (180-G) was tops for Albany with 29 points.

Saturday - Albany 120 Edmonton 118
Lloyd Johnson's three-pointer from 45 feet away proved to be the game-winner as Albany came back from 13 points down with one minute and 40 seconds left, mainly due to the Legends' pressure defence. Edmonton's Rashaun Broadus missed two free throws with five seconds to go, Albany's Evan Lane snared the rebound and passed to Joe Morris, who set up Johnson's winning shot.
Johnson finished with a game-high 32 points. Scott Morton added 17 points for the Legends.
Edmonton was led by Casey Crawford with 19 points and Curtis Nash and Lee Scruggs (211-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) with 18 apiece. Broadus had 14 points and 13 assists.

Sunday - Edmonton 119 Albany 102
After Saturday night's collapse, Edmonton rebounded to gain a win that put them back in a tie for first place in the IBL. The first half was sloppy for both teams, highlighted by turnovers and missed passes on the break, with Albany holding a 56-52 lead at halftime.
But unlike the previous night, the Energy turned it on late in the game, scoring 34 points in the final quarter for the victory.
Lee Scruggs led Edmonton with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Rashaun Broadus had 23 points and 12 assists. Troy Gottselig (Findlater, Sask.), a member of Canada's Developmental Men's Team in 2010, had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


Canadian basketball league taking shape - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada will begin to take shape today in Toronto.

The inaugural owners meetings will get underway first thing in the morning at the Grand Hotel and Suites as the fledgling league works to finalize lease agreements and vote on its rules.

The league has been in the making since the Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Quebec Kebs pulled out of the Premier Basketball League in late April.

Its a good feeling, said Rainmen owner and interim league president Andre Levingston. Its been non-stop (since April) and what weve accomplished in a short time is nothing short of amazing.

Also at the meeting will be owners from Charlottetown and three Ontario cities: London, Kingston and Oshawa. The league has already lost one club Barrie, Ont. from its original eight-team slate.

Franchise fees, reportedly six figures, are not due today, but all seven teams will have a vote on important league matters such as schedule length, roster size, minimum number of Canadian players per roster, and whether to use NBA or International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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Ernest Jones of the Florida Flight named CBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81, college: Florida St.), starting point guard for the Florida Flight, has been named CBL player of the week of June 13 - June 19, 2011.

Jones helped his team win two crucial victories against the Gainesville Galaxy and the Heartland Prowl during the final regular season weekend in the CBL. He scored 25 points, dished out 8 assists, and snagged 4 steals on 6/18/11 to knock the Gainesville Galaxy out of playoff contention. The two wins solidified the team's place in the Southern Division of the CBL, giving the Flight their first playoff berth in the team's first year in the CBL.

Jones is a 6'0' guard that attended Florida State University. He is an 8-year veteran of the United States minor league basketball system, playing in the USBL (Brevard Blue Ducks), the ABA (Orlando Aces), the PBL (Buffalo Stampede), the WBA (Florida Flight) and now the CBL (Florida Flight). Jones is averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 steals this season.

'I'm honored to be selected as the CBL Player of the Week,' said Jones. 'I want to thank the CBL for taking notice in my abilities on the court.'

Jones hopes to obtain an opportunity to take his talents overseas after the completion of the 2011 CBL season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


Ramon Harris claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Ramon Harris (201-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ningxia Hanas and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 48 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Heilongjiang (#9, 2-5) with 35-point margin 142-107. Ningxia Hanas is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ningxia Hanas will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Ningxia Hanas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ramon Harris averages this season 20.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American center Kenny Lawson (205-C-88) of Jiangsu. Lawson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 35 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Jiangsu cruised to a 113-105 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sichuan (#6, 3-4). Jiangsu's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Lawson is one of the most experienced players at Jiangsu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.7ppg (#2). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Heilongjiang (#9). Egemonye scored 27 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Egemonye's great performance Heilongjiang lost 107-142 to the higher-ranked Ningxia Hanas (#4, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Heilongjiang can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Egemonye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Egemonye has individually a great season in China. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 16.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 3.0bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeAngelo Collins (206-F-82) of ShenYang - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Raymond Canady Jr. (201-F-84) of Guangzhou FM - 36 points and 8 rebounds
6. Dante Milligan (206-F-84) of Hangzhou - 22 points and 13 rebounds
7. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of Whampoa - 29 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87) of Sichuan - 22 points and 19 rebounds
9. T.J. Bannister (180-G-84) of Sichuan - 34 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of Changan Group - 27 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Wu Tai-hao signs with Zhejiang: report - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Beer center Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) has signed a two-year contract with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Terms of the contract was not disclosed, but Zhejiang will reportedly pay Wu an annual salary between 1 to 1.5 million Chinese Yuan (US$155,000-232,000, NT$4.47-6.7 million), the report said.

Wu will play alongside his former TB teammate Lin Chih-chieh, who has played in China for two years.

As many as six CBA teams were trying to sign Wu since the 6-8 center announced this summer that he would seek an opportunity to play in China next season.

Wu is currently in China with Taiwan Beer for the Straits Cup tournament, which is being held in Zhejiang. However, he did not play in the tournament due to his knee injury.

Wu is scheduled to return to Taiwan with the team tomorrow before going to Zhejiang again next week. Wu and Lin will be back to Taiwan in the end of August and report to Taiwan NT training camp for the FIBA Asia Championship for Men, which will be held in Wuhan, Hubei, China in September.


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Krizevci hires Tihomir Bujan as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
A1 league newcomer Krizevci (Prigorje Financije) got a Head Coach. The team hired Tihomir Bujan to lead them in their first ever participation in A1. Bujan will replace Rudolf Jugo , who helped the team win the promotion from A2. Bujan signed a two-year deal with Krizevci.
Tihomir Bujan started last season with A2 team Per Bunara Zadar. In January he was hired by Zadar, but he stayed there just two months. Pino Grdovic replaced Bujan in Zadar.
Befpre Pet Bunara and Zadar, Tihomir Bujan worked few years with Borik Puntamika. He also worked with Siroki Prima pivo in the past. Krizevci will also try to keep some of their best player from the last season.


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Intercollege Etha renew Tutt - by Michael Aristidou

One more important renew from the last season squad, succeeded today InterCollege Etha Engomis. Last year champions renew American guard Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) for another year. Tutt is the fifth player from last year team which continues for this season also. The previous are Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77), Dejan Cup (202-F/C-83), Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85, agency: Lanshire Group).


This year already came to the team Boris Lalovic (206-C-81), Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) and Alexandros Georgiadis (194-F-79). In the team they look forward to renew MVP of last season Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) Anthony.




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Matt Janning working out for Heat - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Tuesday that guard Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) is attending free agent workouts with the Miami Heat this week.

Janning opened the season with the Phoenix Suns before joining the Maine Red Claws. The Vipers acquired him in a trade in January. Overall, Janning averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 41.6% from behind the arc in 41 games (10 starts). During the post-season, Janning averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 42.3% from behind the arc in eight games (seven starts).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Golden State Warriors buy Dakota Wizards of NBA Development League - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors on Tuesday became the fourth NBA club to own a team in the NBA Development League when they announced the purchase of the Dakota Wizards.

Golden State also named Jim Weyermann to the newly created position of vice president of new franchise development. Weyermann was president of the San Jose Giants, the Single-A California League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and that has led to speculation that the Warriors eventually will move their D-League team to San Jose.

The Wizards will stay in Bismarck, N.D., for the 2011-12 season, but relocation is one of many aspects that will be evaluated in the coming months, the Warriors said.

'The question will be is it better for the big-league club to have them in close proximity,' said Weyermann, who won't be full time with the Warriors until October. 'The direct answer is we don't know yet. I certainly think it was healthy that Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, on their day off, were sitting in the front row watching the Giants. But it's not a necessity.'

The other three NBA teams -- San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder -- with D-League teams have their affiliates close by. The Spurs' development club is in Austin, Texas, the Lakers have their team in L.A., and Oklahoma City's is located in Tulsa.

The Wizards will be overseen by player personnel director Travis Shlenk and basketball operations director Kirk Lacob, son of Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob.

Veteran scout Mike Riley, the twin brother of Warriors general manager Larry Riley, also will be actively involved in the Wizards.

Kirk Lacob, who did most of the leg work once the Warriors decided they wanted to purchase a D-League squad, declined to reveal the purchase price, but one source said it was in the ballpark of $1.5 million.

Kirk Lacob and Weyermann both said the priority is turning the Wizards into a full-service minor league system for the Warriors.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


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Egyptian U19 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Egyptian U19 National Team 2011
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Hassan Ahmed
Ahmed
Moustafa Abdel
Abdel
Ezz Ahmed
Ahmed
Ahmed Gamal
Gamal
Ahmed Hamdy
Hamdy
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Hassan Ahmed 204-C-94 El Ettehad Egypt
Moustafa Abdel 203-C-92 Sporting Egypt
Ezz Ahmed 188-PG-92 Sporting Egypt
Ahmed Gamal 184-PG-93 Ahly Egypt
Ahmed Hamdy 199-F-93 Al Ittihad Egypt
Moustafa Hany 198-F-92 Sporting Egypt
Ahmed Mohamed 194-F-92 Sporting Egypt
Aly Mohamed 205-C-92 El Ettehad Egypt
Marawan Mohamed 199-F-92 Somouha Egypt
Hatem Hossam 196-F-92 El Ettehad Egypt
Mohamed Elmoataz 187-G-92 Sporting Egypt
Assem Ahmed 205-C-92 Zamalek Egypt
Omar Mohamed 183-PG-94 Somouha Egypt
Zyad Mohamed 194-G-92 Gezira Egypt
Ahmed Mostafa 178-PG-93 Ahly Egypt
Seif Samir 205-C-93 Ahly Egypt
Youssef Shousha 192-G-93 Sporting Egypt

Zaher Abdelbasset Head Coach


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Top Salvadorean league near to start - by Jaime Arevalo
On Saturday, July 2 will officially start the Salvadorean Firts Division league, re-named 'Liga de Baloncesto de El Salvador'. It will replace for now the 'Liga Elite' run by Yamil Bukele, that won't start due to financial straits.
The teams registered in the new LBES are reigning champions of Ex Alumnos Colegio Salesiano S.Salvador, San Marcos, Universidad Tecnologica, Leones Automoto, plus Liga Premier Champion team Centro Educativo Denver and two new teams, named Chalecos and Rolls Royce.
All the teams are currently running their preseason camps, and there could be some surprises in the opening day rosters, for example well-known players Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), Mario Flores (183-G-85), Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) and Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) are rumored to be joining San Marcos. It is sure, however, that no import teams will be allowed in this 2011 edition of the league.
The first round will feature the games between Leones Automoto-Rolls Royce and ExSal-UTEC


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Montepaschi Siena tab Antonio Maestranzi - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena tab Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois) for the next season. The American playmaker with Italian passport was also named in the preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2011.
Antonio Maestranzi started his career in N.Illinois (NCAA) and in the last year theer averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FG: 41.2%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 88.7%. In 2006-2007 he moved to NBV Reggio Calabria (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and showed 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 73.5%. In 2007-2008 appeared for Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and had 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT-1 (92.9%). In 2008-2009 for Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five) had massive 14.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT-1 (92.2%). In 2009-2010 signed with Sigma Coatings Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 33 games averaged 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 47.0%, FT: 91.1%. The last season for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA) after 24 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT-1 (93.8%).
AS a member of the National team he was in the roster last year. At the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 in 8 games his stats read 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 36.6%.




Unics bring in Michael Wilkinson - by Eurobasket News
Unics continued to bolster their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin). The 29-year-old forward spent the last season playing for Lokomotiv Kuban. He tallied 15.8 points, 7.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Russian PBL his stats read 13.8 points, 6.1 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Michael Wilkinson into All-EuroChallenge 1st Team. The forward also earned All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Previously Michael Wilkinson had stints with Galatasaray, Khimky and Aris. He made it into Greek A1 All-Bosmans Team in 2007 as well as Turkish League All-Defensive Team in 2010. The forward played for FYR Macedonian National Team back in 2006-07 seasons.


Evgeny Voronov joins CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow announced signing of Russian guard Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86). Two sides penned 1+1 year deal. Voronov spent last season with Dynamo Moscow. He shined with 12.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.8 spg for them in 25 PBL games. In EuroChallenge, Voronov had 9.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.2 apg for 6 games. He joined Dynamo in 2010 from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In the past, Voronov also played for Dynamo St. Petersburg and Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. Last summer with the Russian NT in Turkey, Voronov had 5.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 9 games. He also has experience from the Russian University NT, U20 and U18 National Teams.

Jonas Kazlauskas, CSKA head coach:
'To create the team's chemistry we need not only the leaders and their backups but deep reserves also. They should create competition, work on practices, improve and be ready to step up maintaining the team picture. I think Voronov is exactly this kind of player. He is young enough, determined to improve, defends well, aggressive and ready to work hard. Evgeny started to play for the National Team recently, showed the good level of play, had good season last year. We will observe his improvement and possibly he will become a CSKA leader one day.' *Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com

Eugeny Voronov:
'When Andrey Vatutin told me about CSKA's interest I did not believe at once. When the best club in the country is interested, when its managers and coaches are interested, it feels great. I am happy, full of emotions. I am ready to face the critics who will question my decision because of the decrease of playing time. But I still think that you can have a chance like this only once in a lifetime. Id like to test myself on top-level, to prove the coaches and fans that there were no mistake in choosing me. I understand that CSKA is a winner-team; that the goals are high and the result depends on collective work not the efforts of one individual.' *Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com


Anton Ponkrashov close to CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) is reportedly negotiating contract with CSKA. The sides may come to an agreement in the upcoming days. Anton Ponkrashov is not new to CSKA. The guard played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. Last season Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.


Montepaschi Siena officially lands David Andersen - by Eurobasket News
David Andersen (212-C-80) officially returned to Montepaschi Siena. The Australian/Danish big guy signed a three-year deal with his new/old club.
David Andersen started last season with Toronto Raptors registering 5.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 11 NBA games. In November, Toronto traded him to New Orleans Hornets where Andersen stayed for rest of the season. He had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 28 games with the Hornets. In 2009/10, Andersen averaged 5.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg with Houston. He joined the Rockets in 2009 from Regal Barca. From 2004 to 2008, Andersen was a member of CSKA Moscow, where he moved from Montepaschi Siena. In the past, Andersen also played for Kinder Bologna, Wollongong Hawks and AIS (Australian Institute of Sport).
David Andersen played 5 games for the Australian National Team last summer in Turkey averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.


Bennet Cantu inks 3-year deal with Andrea Cinciarini - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86) became a new member of Bennet Cantu. They signed a three-year deal today. Cinciarini arrives to Cantu from Fabi Shoes Montegranaro, where he spent last season. He appeared 30 times in SerieA averaging 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.1 steals. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Italian SerieA Domestic Player of the Year -11. Cinciarini participated at the SerieA All-Star Game last season. He played for Montegranaro also in 2009/10 also in 2007/08 seasons. In the meantime, Cinciarini spent one year in Lega Due with Edimes Pavia. In the past, he also was a member of Pistoia, Senigallia and Scavolini Pesaro.
Andrea Cinciarini played for the Italian National Team in 2009 and last summer as well. From 2004 to 2006 he played for U20 Italy.


Galatasaray confirms Furkan Aldemir until 2015 - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) officially became a new member of Galatasaray. They penned a four-year deal. The 19-year-old Aldemir heads to Galata from Pinar Karsiyaka, where he started his pro career and stayed until this summer. Aldemir played 26 games for Karsiyaka last season registering 8 ppg and 7.5 rpg. In EuroChallenge, he added 7.7 ppg and 8 rpg. Aldemir suffered ankle injury in December and was out almost two months.
Furkan Aldemir was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Most Improved Player of the Year -10. He had 7.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.4 bpg for Karsiyaka that season. Last summer, Aldemir played for Turkey at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. He had 13.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.7 bpg. He ended the championship as the best rebounder and shot blocker. In 2009, he led Turkey to Bronze medal at U18 EuroBasket in Metz. He had 7.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg at this event. Earlier this month, Aldemir withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft 2011.


Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic, Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
After another brilliant season from a master whose records just keep growing bigger, eight-time Euroleague champion Zeljko Obradovic has been voted as the winner of the 2010-11 Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy. A vote of head coaches on Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams during the season just finished determines the award winner. Obradovic and Panathinaikos claimed their fifth continental title together this spring with victory at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. They have won all five of those titles since 2000, three of them in the last five seasons.This season's runner-up was David Blatt of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, the team that lost to Panathinaikos in the title game, while Simone Pianigiani of Montepaschi Siena, whose team lost to the Greens in the semifinals, finished third. This is the second time Obradovic has claimed the award, which debuted in 2005. Obradovic previously won in 2007.

At age 50, Obradovic has already amassed a list of career accomplishments that is second-to-none among European coaches and among the best in the entire world of basketball. His eight Euroleague titles are double those of the four legends who are tied for second place including the man for whom the trophy is named, Alexander Gomelskiy. Moreover, he has won the Saporta Cup twice in addition to 12 domestic league titles and seven cups. As a national team coach in his native Serbia, Obradovic has also earned gold medals at both the World and European Championships and a silver medal at the Olympic. Obradovic appeared in the very first Final Four as a player in 1988 and lost, though that would be something he never got used to. Although he went from player to coach practically overnight, Obradovic quickly made his mark on the bench as a rookie with Partizan Belgrade. What should have been difficult first season due to political sanctions at the time that forced Partizan to play all its games away, instead turned historic when Obradovic and Partizan won the 1992 Euroleague title with a miracle buzzer-beater that remains one of the most dramatic shots in basketball history. After two years with Partizan, Obradovic moved to Spain and guided Joventut Badalona to its first and only Euroleague title. His next stop was Real Madrid, where in 1995 Obradovic claimed his third Euroleague crown in four years as a head coach. In 1997, Obradovic led Madrid to the Saporta Cup title and in 1999 he did the same with Benetton Treviso. After coaching for four clubs over his first eight seasons on the bench, Obradovic found a home in Athens when he took over the reins at Panathinaikos in 1999. The rest is history. Over 12 seasons with the Greens, Obradovic has been to seven Final Fours and won five championships to establish himself among the very best in the history of the coaching profession.

Like many of his Panathinaikos teams, the 2010-11 squad simply got better as the season progressed and peaked at the perfect time. That is not to say, however, that the Greens were not tough from the start. Panathinaikos lost only once in the first half of the regular season and that was by a single point in overtime on the road at Union Olimpija. A Week 7 win at CSKA Moscow followed by a wild come-from-behind overtime victory over Olimpija allowed Panathinaikos to win Group D with two games remaining in the regular season. Despite a 3-1 start to the Top 16, a narrow home loss to Lietuvos Rytas created plenty of drama going into the Top 16 finale. In the end, the veteran guard duo of Dimitris Diamantidis and Drew Nicholas helped the Greens defeat Unicaja to reach the playoffs, where the defending champs, Regal F.C. Barcelona, were waiting with homecourt advantage. Their series will go down as one of the most intense in modern basketball. Barcelona won Game 1 at home by a single point, but Diamantidis and Romain Sato inspired Panathinaikos to victory in Game 2 before heading to Athens. The Greens hung on to win Game 3 by just 2 points before Diamantidis and Co. wrapped up the best-of-five series up with a double-digit victory in Game 4. One of the young players that Obradovic had groomed throughout the season, Nick Calathes, played a major role on defense against Juan Carlos Navarro, the previous season's Final Four MVP, to help secure the series. Once at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Calathes continued to shine on offense, leading Panathinaikos past Montepaschi Siena in their semifinal. Then in the title game, Diamantidis took control with long-time running mate Mike Batiste to beat Maccabi Electra. Obradovic, as usual, was in control every step of the way. Two more victories gave Obradovic a career record of 19-5 at Final Fours, including 8-1 in title games.

The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy pays tribute to the legend who was the winning coach of the first three Euroleague titles, from 1958 to 1960, with ASK Riga. Gomelskiy, the father of basketball in the Soviet Union and Russia, led CSKA to its last Euroleague crown before the modern era in 1971. He passed away in 2005 at age 77. Since then, the award has been handed out to the best head coach of each Euroleague season, as voted by his fellow head coaches. Pini Gershon of Maccabi Tel Aviv was the inaugural winner, Ettore Messina of CSKA Moscow won in 2006 and 2008, Dusko Vujosevic won with Partizan in 2009 and last year the winner was Xavi Pascual of Regal FC Barcelona. Obradovic is due to receive the Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year trophy in person at the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw on Thursday, July 7 in Barcelona, Spain.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Ron Artest will play in Finland if NBA announce lockout - by Eurobasket News
According to www.loimaankorikonkarit.fi and www.basket.fi/ LoKoKo will have an NBA star Ron Artest (201-G/F-79, college: St.John's) in the upcoming season if NBA will have lockout.
Ron Artest will be one of the loudest name in Scandinavian teams ever. Earlier Rodman appeared in 2005-2006 for ToPo Helsinki (Finland-Sparliiga) in one game and had 17pts, 6rbs, 2ast, then joined Tijuana Dragons (Mexico-ABA). Pippen played two games for ToPo and averaged 10.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.5spg, 1.0bpg, then moved to Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan): 1 game: 21pts, 12.2reb, 6.6ast, 2.2steals.

Ron Artest started 2009-2010 season for Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, starting five) and in 100 games averaged 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 67.0%. In 2010-2011 for Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, starting five) he showed 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 68.8%.
He recorded 24 points last season at the Regular Season Round 116 when Kobe Bryant had 37 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 106-101 in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, but didn't hit a shot in the fourth quarter and missed two key free throws in the extra period. Lamar Odom and Ron Artest each hit a 3-pointer to help Los Angeles to a 95-92 lead in overtime. Later in the play-offs Dallas stopped Lakers and reached the Finals to win the trophy.




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Steeve Ho You Fat agreed with Evreux - by Eurobasket News
Steeve Ho You Fat (201-F-88) agreed with Evreux for the next season. The French Forward will arrive from Antibes where he played in the last two seasons.
In 2005-2006 Steeve joined Cholet Basket U20 team and in 2007-2008 for Cholet Basket (ProA) debuted in FIBA EuroCup and played mostly for U21 team. In 2008-2009 for Cholet Basket (ProA) played also in EuroChallenge and after 8 games had 3.9ppg, 1.9rpg, while in French League had 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg. In 2009-2010 moved to Olympique Antibes (ProB, starting five) averaging 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.6%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 62.9%. In 2010-2011 for Olympique Antibes (ProB, starting five) his stats read 9.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 60.7%
Steeve Ho You Fat recorded 19 points last season at the Regular Season Round 8 and notched 18 at the Regular Season Round 10 when Antibes edged Lille 72:70. In his last game for the team Steeve netted 12 points as Antibes rolled over Charleville.The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76.



JDA Dijon Bourgogne is interested in Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
JDA Dijon Bourgogne is interested in Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) for the next season. The American Forward changed 4 teams last season and could appear in Dijon next year.
The season 2010-2011 Rob Lewin started with JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA, starting five) and after 6 games averaged 11.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 50.0%. In January 2011 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga) and after 3 games had 4.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg. In February 2011 agreed terms with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) and in Baltic League after 2 games showed 6.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0bpg. In March 2011 joined Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA) and after 10 games averaged 5.5ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 73.3%.
For Le Mans Sarthe Basket Rob Lewin recorded 10 points twice with the latter over Orleans at the Regular Season Round 26. Guests from Le Mans outscored Entente Orleans 45 90-50. Le Mans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Entente Orleans 45's 18. They outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 34-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds.



Chatfield stays another year in Paris Levallois
Paris-Levallois reached an agreement with Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) to extend the contract for another season.
Chatfield started previous year at Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria). Then he moved to Paris Levallois (France) The combo guard averaged 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in 14 games in Pro A last season.. Chatfield is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Greece, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait and Lebanon.



Eric Chatfield stays with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) will stay one more season with Paris-Levallois. They signed a one-year extension yesterday. Chatfield joined Paris-Levallois in February from the Syrian team Al Jalaa Aleppo. He appeared 14 times in ProA registering 11 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg. Chatfield spent season 2009/10 in France as well. At that time he was a member of Rouen. For 22 games in ProA Chatfield exploded with 17 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg and 1.3 spg. In 2008/09, he had 16.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 4.4 apg for 27 games with Dijon. It was his first time in France.
In the past, Eric Chatfield played for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, Darussafaka, Champeville, Sagesse and Ionikos. In 2008, he was named Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Club Championships Best Guard -08.


Denain sign Juwann James and Xavier Gaillou - by Eurobasket News
Denain announced two signings for the next season. The team landed Juwann James (198-F-87, college: JMU) and Xavier Gaillou (190-G-89).
Juwann James heads to Denain from Challans, where he spent last season. He played 30 games for them in NM1 registering 16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2 apg and 1.8 spg. For his performance James was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team -11.
Xavier Gaillou arrives to his new club from CA Saint-Etienne. He helped them win the NM1 Play-Offs last season. For 33 games Gaillou averaged 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He joined them in 2009 from STB Le Havre.


Travarus Bennett and Jason Jones move to Monaco - by Eurobasket News
Travarus Bennett (202-F-79, college: Minnesota) and Jason Jones (203-C-86, college: Northeastern St.) move to Monaco for the next season.
Travarus Bennett started for Minnesota (NCAA) early in 2000 and in the second season there averaged 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg. In 2002-2003 appeared in USC Heidelberg (Germany-2Bundesliga) and after 23 games showed 17.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg. In 2003-2004 signed at Horans Healthstores Tigers (Ireland-SuperLeague) and had 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9bpg, 3.9spg. In 2004-2005 moved to BBC Nyon (Switzerland-LNA) and averaged 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-1 (5.7spg), 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 35.0%; Play-Offs: 4 games: 19.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.5apg, 5.5spg. The season 2005-2006 Travarus Bennett spent with Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) and showed 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1spg. In Fenruary 2009 signed at Lausanne Basket (Switzerland-LNA, starting five) averaging 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 3.7spg, 1.0bpg. In 2009-2010 played for ASM Basket Le Puy Haute Loire (France-NM1, starting five) and showed 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 82.6%. The last season started for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProA), left in Nov.'10.
Jason Jones comes from Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball. The French player started the season 2010-2011 with BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-EMKL): only pre-season, but in November 2011 moved to Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (NM1, starting five) and in 24 games averaged 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT-2 (88.9%).




ASVEL is targeting Pat Kalathis - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL is targeting Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) for the next season for the 4th position in the roster. In 2009-2010 the USA-Greek player played for Marousi BC (Greece-A1) and in Euroleague after 19 games averaged 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg. In Greek League after 31 games he showed 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 63.5%. Last season moved to VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five) and became the fifth top-scorer of the league. He averaged 14.3ppg, Reb-4 (8.1rpg), 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 71.9%.
Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) is set to leave the team. In 2010-2011 the American Forward joined ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five) and in French League after 34 games became the second top-scorer with 18.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.3%. In EuroCup after 6 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.3%, while in Euroleague Qualifying Round after 4 games his stats read 11.8ppg, Reb-2 (7.3rpg), FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 57.1%.




Hyeres-Toulon add Alex Gordon and Souarata Cisse - by Eurobasket News
Hyeres-Toulon landed two players. They signed deals with Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt) and Souarata Cisse (197-G/F-86). Alex Gordon played for Cholet in the previous season. The 25-year-old guard tallied 5.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In ProA his stats read 7.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds per appearance. Previously Alex Gordon had stints with Erdemirspor, Antalya, Oyak Renault in Turkey.
Souarata Cisse arrives from Clermontois Basket Auvergne. The forward notched 13.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in ProB. Souarata Cisse previously played for Lille, Rouen, Nanterre, Paris Basket Racing, Pau-Orthez and INSEP. Souarata Cisse was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French National Teams.



Nantes adds Kevin Idomenee, Bienvenu Mbida joins Lille - by Eurobasket News
Nantes announced signing of Kevin Idomenee (184-G-89) for the next season. The French guard arrives from U21 Cholet Basket. He played last four years for them. In 2010, Idomenee helped Cholet to reach French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals. Nantes ended last season as No.10 with 18-16 record.
Bienvenu Mbida (205-C-90) is a new member of Lille Metropole Basket. The young Cameroonian player signed a one-year deal with Lille. Mbida arrives from U21 Paris-Levallois, where he spent last two years. He helped them reach French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Finals. Lille ended last season as No.15 with 14-20 score.


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Ukraine U18 edged Georgia U18 three times in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
At first Ukraine U18 edged Georgia U18 75:62. In Game 2 Ukraine U18 smashed the opponents 100:72. Ukraine took the lead from the very beginning and had 28-14 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Georgia won the second period, while the hosts won the third and the last periods to reach three digits numbers on the board. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) poured in 25 points to lead the charge, while Furs netted 20. Valeri Kvantaliani (202-F-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing case.
In the third game Ukraine U18 celebrated 74:71 win. They started with 19-17 and managed to increase the lead to 5 points at the halftime. Moreover Ukraine added 21-17 in the third frame, while Georgia replied with 22-16 in the last quarter. Anatoliy Shundel (199-F-93) stepped up with 19 points, while Vladislav Smirnov (189-G-94) netted 14. Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) answered with 25 points in the losing effort.



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BSW Sixers wrap up Langer deal - by Moritz Korff
The BSW Sixers have completed the signing of Dennis Langer (206-F-89, agency: Rasmussen Services) on a one-year contract. Langer makes the to the Pro B newcomer coming off a two-year stint at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf. The Berlin native averaged 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds through 23 games for Stahnsdorf in this past season. With the signing of Langer the Sixers have added a 7th player to their 2011-12 roster. The other squad members are Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86), Stefan Ahnsehl (182-G-88), Paul Muensinger (196-F-91), Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops), Matthias Haut (182-G-84, college: NC-Wesleyan) and Jan Ramm.

Achmadschah Zazai To Duel Against Dashaun Wood With The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The beko BBL already has Mr Road runner Dashaun Wood and now will get speedy Gonzalez Achmadschah Zazai as he signed a one year deal with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Zazai is a 24 year old 177cm Afghani/German point guard. Last season, he led the PRO A in assists for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 64.7%.At the moment, he is in Japan playing in a tournament with a traveling team from Wurzburg coach John Patrick. 'I am happy after my season in the PRO A to play in the beko BBL again. I am sure that I can still learn a lot from coach John Patrick', stressed Achmadschah Zazai (177-PG-86). Zazai also is looking forward to testing his speed against 2011 top scorer of the beko BBL dashaun Wood. ' I am looking forward to playing against Dashaun Wood. So far I could only see him on TV, but now I will be able to play against him. He is the fastest player for me and I will do everything possible to give him a hard time on the court', warned Achmadschah Zazai.

Zazai started his basketball career in 2003 for
TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga): 14 games: 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg where he played for until 2005. In 2005-2006, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga, starting five): 28 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga): 15 games: 19.3ppg, has also a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga): 12 games: 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA): 14 games: 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, in Jan.'08 signed at Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 8 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB): 25 games: 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. In 2009-2010,he played for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 3 games: 0pts, in Dec.'09 moved to TV 1862 Langen (Germany-ProA): 4 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg; left in Jan.'10, later that month signed at USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. Awards and achievements in his career have been European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.9spg, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, and Eurobasket.com German 2. Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -11.

Source: s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg




Itzehoe Eagles land Lithuanian forward - by Moritz Korff
The Itzehoe Eagles (1. Regionalliga North) have signed Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) for the 2011-12 season. The forward from Kaunas, Lithuania is 20 years of age and spent the past seasons years playing for SK Triobet Malsta Jonavos in the second Lithuanian league. He averaged 7.4 points as well as 6.6 boards through 41 NKL contest during this past campaign. In 2008 Milinskas attended the U18 European Championships in Greece and helped his team to claim silver. He contributed 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg (4 appearances) to the Lithuanian success.

Gordon Herbet Is New Head Coach With Alba Berlin. Will Dashaun Wood Follow? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Rumours had been circling for weeks that Gordon Herbert was talking with Alba Berlin about coaching the team next season and he had asked The Deutsche Bank Skyliners extra time about making a decision concerning if he would return. However today Herbert is no longer coach in Frankfurt, but moves to the German capital as he got a two year deal from Alba Berlin. Herbert coached the Opel Skyliners to the 2004 beko BBL title and led the Deutsche Bank Skyliners to the 2010 beko BBL final and lost in 5 hard fought games to Alba Berlin in the 2011 semi finals. 'We are very happy that we could win such an expert and guy who knows the German and international basketball. His work has showed that where ever he coached, he was able to get the most out of what he had. He also is concerned in integrating young players something we feel very strong about', stated Alba Berlin CEO Marco Baldi. This will be the third stop for Herbert in the beko BBL. 'Since I first came to Germany in 2000, Alba Berlin has been the bench mark in German basketball an done of the top addresses in Europe. The club has a great tradition and the infrastructure and organization is top class. I am very happy to be a part of this program. I will come as quickly as possible to Berlin to get used to the surrounding and begin to work', stressed Gordon Herbert.

Herbert was born in
Penticton Canada and also has the Finnish citzenship started his coaching career in 1996 with Tapiolan Honka (Finland) where he stayed until 1999. He then coached Oberwart (Austria) in 1999-2000. He then came to Germany and landed in Dirk Nowitzki land coaching DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg in 2000-2001. He then moved to the Opel Skyliners and coached there from 2001-2004. H ethen coached Paris Basket Racing (France-ProA) from 2004-2006. He then coached Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA) in 2006-2007. He then went to Greece to coach Aris Thessaloniki. he also got experience as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Toronto raptors in 2008-2009. He briefly coached Honka Espoo Playboys (Finland-Korisliiga) in 2009-2010 before going to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Awards and achievements in his careerhave been Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -00, Head Coach: German Bundesliga All-Star Game -02, 04, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -02, 04, Coach Assistant: Canadian National Team -02, World Championships in Indianapolis (USA) -02, German Bundesliga Champion -04, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Coach of the Year -05, Head Coach: Georgian National Team -05-06, French Cup Winner -07, Greek League All-Star Game -08, Greek Cup Semifinals -08, Finnish Cup Winner -09, 10, German Bundesliga Finalist -10
Head Coach: Finnish U18 National Team -10, European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10 (Silver), German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11, German Bundesliga Semifinals -11, and German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -11. The question remains if Dashaun Wood will follow Herbert to Berlin. Marco Baldi hasn't been shy about stating big interest in getting Wood. Wood has a contract with Frankfurt, but there are certain clauses in his contract. Only time will tell.

Source: Alba Berlin


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Spartak St. Petersburgh bid for Loukas Mavrokefalides - by George Papantoniou
Spartak St.Petersburg have made an offer to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus' Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84).According to information the Russian club is offering the Greek international player around 1.000.000 euros per year.Mavrokefalides contract expires in three days and although Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus had declared their intention to keep him, as he was one of their key players during the last two seasons. The new era that the team is entering does not allow them to make a competative offer for the player.The player, who is closer than ever making his debut in a major tournament with Greece NT in Eurobasket 2011, was receiving 550.000 this season, but he will surely look to find a better offer.Jurij Zdovc , the team's coach who was signed for three seasons, is trying to build a competitive squad, as Spartak has made a bid for one of Euroleague's qualification round wild cards.

CSKA Moscow make a bid for Milos Teodosic - by George Papantoniou
CSKA Moscow is ready to pay Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) Transfer Clause which is around 1.3M to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. The Russian team offers a 2 year 5M contract to the Serbian combo guard. Now the Greek team much equal that offer, inside 7 days, in order to keep Teodosic for the next season. Milos is reportedly unhappy with things in the club following the resigning announcement of Anglelopoulos bros. Teodosic joins the long list of players departuring from the club and rumours say that Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) will follow soon.
The only players that are considered sure for next season are : Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F/G-90), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91).


Montepaschi Siena approach Drew Nicholas - by George Papantoniou
Italian Champions Montepaschi Siena approach to sign Panathinaikos Athenss' shooting guard Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland). Although Nicholas has a valid one more year contract with the 'Greens' he has transfer talks with Montepaschi Siena. Panathinaikos Athenss is trying to reduce the clubs budget for the years to come and will not oppose much resistance on the players move. The Greek team offered Nicholas a salary reduction in order to stay at the club for the next season but the player refused it and he's looking for a new club to continue his career. Simone Pianigiani has great respect for the scoring shooting guard and believes that it would be a great asset to the squad. Siena is in talks with Panathinaikos Athenss so as the player to be released on free and sign to the Italian club. Panathinaikos Athenss has it sights on Greek U21 international Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) who finished the season with Peristeri. Nicholas demands a yearly salary of 1.1-1.6 M euros for a 2 year contract. The transfer might be concluded until Friday.

Regal Barcelona made an offer Fotsis can't reject. - by George Papantoniou
Antonis Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) (210-F-81) is reported to have agreed terms with Regal FC Barcelona. The Greek forward couldnt wait Panathinaikos Athens anymore and decided to accept a 3 Million Euro yearly salary offer for 2 years from the ACB Champions. Antonis Fotsis wanted to wait his favorite club even further but the Catalans deadline forced him to agree the terms. So tomorrows meeting between Panathinaikos Athens coach Zeljko Obradovic with the team owners has even greater interest due to coachs stated will to keep the Greek International to the club. Things could go even worst for the defending Euroleague Champions if another star of the team, shooting guard Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) agrees terms with Montepaschi Siena. From the way things are going it seems that Panathinaikos Athens and Greeces reign in Euroleague comes to an end.

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Dutch U20 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Dutch U20 National Team 2011
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Joel Brandt
Brandt
Sam De Haas
De Haas
Ivan Filipan
Filipan
Benjamin Jegen
Jegen
Jordan Kaspers
Kaspers
#e#5
Joel Brandt 195-F-92 Amsterdam 2 Holland
Sam De Haas 193-G/F-92 St.Bonaventure USA
Ivan Filipan 193-G/F-92 High School USA
Benjamin Jegen 92 Magixx Holland
Jordan Kaspers 197-F-91 Valencia Basket Spain
Ryan Merkx 184-G-92 Amsterdam 2 Holland
Thijs Michielsen 91 BV Rooi Holland
Marcus Peutz 205-F-95 GasTerra Holland
Rik Pijp C-92 GasTerra Holland
Jeffrey Touw 190-F-91 Eiffel Towers Holland
Quincy Treffers 202-F-91 Giants Holland
Max Van Schaik 208-F-91 GasTerra Holland
Jeroen van Vugt 192-G-91 Magixx Holland
Jasper Gerrit 91
Diede Denous Wieten 92
Leon Williams 183-PG-91



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Slovenia U18 beat Hungary U18 twice - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 beat Hungary U18 twice in the test games. At first Slovenia produced a 88:75 win with 30-24 in the start. Slovenia also added 22-20 in the second frame for 52:44 halftime advantage. The third and the last periods belonged to Slovenia that had 15-14 and 21-17 respectively. Luka Rupnik (184-G-93) stepped up with 17 points and Ziga Dimec (210-C/F-93) scored 16. Bolcina netted 14, while Rojc and Osolnik followed them with 10 each.
In Game 2 Slovenia U18 registered 97:65 win. They started with 30-12 and added 15-12 before the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the third period Slovenia won 30-19 as both teams nailed 22 points in the last stanza. Ziga Dimec top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Luka Rupnik netted 14. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) replied with 12 points in the losing effort, while Oliver Biro (194-G-93) nailed 9.




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Energy Get Big Win - by John Gary
a special thanks to oursportscentral.com The Edmonton Energy moved into sole possesion of first place in the IBL International Division with a 103-97 victory over the Olympia Regin on tuesday. The Energy,14-5,will conclude the regular season against the 11-11 Portland Chinooks on wednesday. The victory was important for moementum as the playofss near. The tournament will run July 1-3. The event should be one of the most competive in league history.

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Memphis Grizzlies extend qualifying offer to Hamed Haddadi - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85, agency: Agency No 10), Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Haddadi, a 7-2, 265-pound center, completed his third NBA season with averages of 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds on a career-high .517 shooting in 5.4 minutes in 31 games. The 26-year-old appeared in nine postseason games, posting 1.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.56 blocks in 3.4 minutes.

The first Iranian-born player in NBA history, Haddadi owns career averages of 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.45 blocks on .457 shooting in 86 games, all with the Grizzlies. Memphis signed Haddadi as a free agent on Aug. 28, 2008.

Extending a qualifying offer prior to the June 30 deadline gives Memphis the ability to match any offer sheet a player signs with another team during the offseason.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Hapoel Migdal keeps Uri Kokia - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Migdal signed a 3-year contract extension with Uri Kokia (202-F-81, agency: Avi Zilberman). The Israeli forward played 12 games in Premier league last season averaging 3.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He also added 1.7 ppg, 7 rpg and 2 spg for 3 EuroCup games. Koki joined Hapoel Migdal in 2009 from Hapoel Holon. In their first season together Kokia had 5.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.3 spg in Premier league. He registered almost the same numbers in Euroleague. Before Hapoel Migdal and Hapoel Holon, Kokia also played for Hapoel Ironi Nahariya, Bnei Hasharon, Hapoel Galil Elyon and Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Uri Kokia played for the Israeli National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds for 8 games. Kokia helped Hapoel Migdal to win the Israeli Cup in 2010. He won the same trophy with Hapoel Holon in 2009. Kokia was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Most Improved Player of the Year -09.


Maccabi Habikaa signs Dion Dowell, Gur Porat and Nir Cohen - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Habikaa stepped up with three new signings. The Israeli outfit penned deals with Dion Dowell (200-F/G-85, college: Houston), Gur Porat (197-F/G-79) and Nir Cohen (202-F/C-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: San Diego).
Dion Dowell heads to his new team from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. He played 31 games for them last season averaging 7.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg (Premier league). Dowell also added 3.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 8 games in EuroCup.
Gur Porat spent last season with Ironi Ashkelon. He had 9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.9 apg for them in 24 Premier league games. Porat joined Ashkelon in November from Galil Gilboa.
Nir Cohen played 2010/11 for Hapoel Holon. He registered 7.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for them in 31 games. Before Holon, he played for Hapoel Afula, Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Ramat Gan.


Elishay Kadir joins Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) will continue his career in Jerusalem. The 23-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Hapoel. Elishay Kadir started the previous season in Maccabi Tel Aviv. He tallied 1.0 point per game in Premier League. In November Elishay Kadir moved to Maccabi Haifa. The forward notched 11.7 points, 6.5 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Premier League. In EuroChallenge Elishay Kadir tallied 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. Elishay Kadir was named All-Israeli Premier League Player of the Year in 2010 while plying for Galil Gilboa. Elishay Kadir is the member of Israeli National Team. He also played for U18, U20 and University National Teams.



Israeli U20 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Israeli U20 National Team 2011
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Ben Altit
Altit
Liraz Ariely
Ariely
Ziv Ben Zvi
Ben Zvi
Tomer Ber Aven
Ber Aven
Oz Blayzer
Blayzer
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Ben Altit 207-F-93
Liraz Ariely 185-G-92 Hapoel Tivon Israel
Ziv Ben Zvi 183-PG-92 Galil Gilboa Israel
Tomer Ber Aven 196-F/G-92 Megido/Yokneam Israel
Oz Blayzer 199-F-92
Carmel Bouchman 206-F/C-91 Megido/Yokneam Israel
Ram Elias-Pour 208-C-93 Hapoel J-M Israel
Tom Havkin 202-F-91 Hapoel Beeri Israel
Sean Labanowski 203-F/C-92 Maccabi T-A Israel
Guy Lavie 188-PG-92 Lev Hasharon Israel
Karam Mashour 196-F-91 UNLV USA
Raz Nisim Cohen 188-G-91
Assaf Ohana 182-G-91 Ironi Nahariya Israel
Magd Owayed 202-F-91 Sacramento St. USA
Bar Reuven 205-C/F-92 Ironi Ramat Gan Israel
Eitan Rotemberg 197-F-91 Elitzur Ramla Israel
David Shamriz 192-G-91 Ironi Ashkelon Israel
Tamir Simchony 192-PG-92 Ironi Ashkelon Israel
Niv Solomon 205-C-92 Hapoel Holon Israel
Jonathan Sztarkman 188-PG-91
Daniel Tamir 207-C-91 Elitzur Yavne Israel
Bar Timor 192-G-92 Hapoel Tivon Israel
Nimrod Tishman 196-PG-91 Megido/Yokneam Israel



Uri Kokia extends with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
Uri Kokia (202-F-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) extended his contract with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem for three more seasons. In the Israeli Loto League, the forward born in 1981 averaged 3.5ppg and 3.6rpg in 12 games. During his carrer he also played in Hapoel Holon, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Ironi Nahariya. Last season we was a member od Israeli National Team.

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Benetton Treviso in talks with Gal Mekel - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso in talks with Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) as the team would like to have the Israeli player in the roster for the next year. In 2004-2005 Gal appeared for Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv junior team and in 2006-2007 moved to Wichita St. (NCAA). In his debut year there he averaged 31 games: 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.7apg. In 2007-2008 for Wichita St. (NCAA, starting five) showed 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 0.4spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 87.7%, in March '08 moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Premier League, starting five). The season 2008-2009 started for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five) and in 28 games averaged 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 81.9%. In 2009-2010 moved to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Premier League) but then was loaned to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five) and in 21 games showed 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2%. The last season Gal Mekel was at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five) and in EuroCup averaged 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.3apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 80.0%. In Euroleague Qualifying Round his stats read 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.5apg, while in Israeli League after 33 games he had 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 73.2%.
This year Gal Mekel became Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team -11, Israeli Premier League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Israeli Premier League Finalist -11, Israeli Premier League All-Star Game -11.


Montepaschi Siena tab Antonio Maestranzi - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena tab Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois) for the next season. The American playmaker with Italian passport was also named in the preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2011.
Antonio Maestranzi started his career in N.Illinois (NCAA) and in the last year theer averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FG: 41.2%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 88.7%. In 2006-2007 he moved to NBV Reggio Calabria (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and showed 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 73.5%. In 2007-2008 appeared for Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and had 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT-1 (92.9%). In 2008-2009 for Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five) had massive 14.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT-1 (92.2%). In 2009-2010 signed with Sigma Coatings Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 33 games averaged 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 47.0%, FT: 91.1%. The last season for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA) after 24 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT-1 (93.8%).
AS a member of the National team he was in the roster last year. At the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 in 8 games his stats read 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 36.6%.




Aget Imola keep Davide Bruttini - by Eurobasket News
Aget Imola have reached an agreement on terms of contract extension with Davide Bruttini (203-F-87). The 24-year-old forward will enter his fourth season with the team. Davide Bruttini joined Aget Imola back in 2009. Last season the forward averaged 9.2 points, 4.7 boards and 1.4 steals per game in LegaDue. Davide Bruttini played for Italian University National Team in 2009. He participated at World University Games in Belgrade averaging 6.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game at the tournament.


Bennet Cantu inks 3-year deal with Andrea Cinciarini - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86) became a new member of Bennet Cantu. They signed a three-year deal today. Cinciarini arrives to Cantu from Fabi Shoes Montegranaro, where he spent last season. He appeared 30 times in SerieA averaging 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.1 steals. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Italian SerieA Domestic Player of the Year -11. Cinciarini participated at the SerieA All-Star Game last season. He played for Montegranaro also in 2009/10 also in 2007/08 seasons. In the meantime, Cinciarini spent one year in Lega Due with Edimes Pavia. In the past, he also was a member of Pistoia, Senigallia and Scavolini Pesaro.
Andrea Cinciarini played for the Italian National Team in 2009 and last summer as well. From 2004 to 2006 he played for U20 Italy.


Pepsi Caserta brings in Giuliano Maresca - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta continues with signings for the next season. The team announced arrival of Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81), who penned a two-year deal today. Maresca played last two seasons for Enel Brindisi. In 2010/11, he had 6.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 30 games in SerieA. A year before, Maresca collected 10.3 ppf, 2.1 rpg and 1 apg. He helped Brindisi to win the promotion from Lega Due to SerieA. They won Lega Due title in 2010.
Before Brindisi, Giuliano Maresca spent two seasons with Benetton Treviso. He also has experience from Montegranaro and Roseto. Maresca was a member of Italian National Team in 2009. In 2005 and 2010 he was named Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team.


Prima Veroli signs Martin Colussi until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli announced signing of a two-year deal with Martin Colussi (193-G-81). The Italian guard spent last season with Pepsi Caserta. He helped them reach EuroCup Quarterfinals with 5.4 ppg in 14 games. Colussi also added 5.4 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 30 games in SerieA. Before Caserta, Colussi played three years for Pavia. In 2009/10, he had 14.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 28 games in Lega Due. In 2008/09, Colussi registered 9.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 spg. He was invited to Italian National Team Camp that year.
Martin Colussi also has experience from Banca Nuova Trapani, Imesa Sielpa Osimo, Solahart Fidenza and Forli. In 2006, he reached B1 Semifinals with Osimo. Prima Veroli will compete in Lega Due next season. They ended last one as No.6.


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Lithuania cruise past USA in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - USA U19 108:75

Lithuanian U19 selection coasted past USA U19 on the final day of 2011 Global Games tournament in Panevezys. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Lithuania to a comfortable win in front of 5500 spectators.
The teams got to a flying start. They fired from all the guns however Lithuania proved more accurate as they gained a 34:23 lead after ten minutes. The hosts took over completely in the second period. Lithuania controlled the boards and stretched the margin to as many as 21 points 59:38. The third term turned disastrous for the USA. Lithuania stunned those with a 30:13 run to clear off for good. The visitors managed to fire 24 points in the fourth frame and sweetened the pill. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) accounted for 16 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the USA. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) contributed 13 points in defeat.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 23+11 boards, Zygimantas Skucas 16, Vytenis Cizauskas 11
USA U19: Doug McDermott 15, Jeremy Lamb 13



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Luxembourg U20 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Luxembourg U20 National Team 2011
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Yves Bellwald
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Pit Biever
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Jeff Deischter
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Nils Gansen
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Dean Gindt
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Yves Bellwald 188-F/C-92 Heffingen Luxembourg
Pit Biever 187-PG-91 Basket Esch Luxembourg
Jeff Deischter 178-G-92
Nils Gansen 183-G-92 Sparta Luxembourg
Dean Gindt 202-F/C-91 Sparta Luxembourg
Frederic Gutenkauf 185-G-92 Etzella Luxembourg
Steve Kuhlmann 194-C/F-91 Contern Luxembourg
Ben Melcher 184-G-92 Amicale Luxembourg
Alexandre Rodenbourg 202-C-91 Basket Esch Luxembourg
Max Schmit 182-PG-92 Residence Luxembourg
Eric Steffen 183-G-92 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Charles Sunnen 180-PG-92 Mondorf Luxembourg
Derek Wilson 189-G/F-91 Sparta Luxembourg
Rene Wolzfeld 190-F-91 Sparta Luxembourg



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T-Wolves use options on Ellington, Hayward and Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the fourth-year option on guard Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina), and the third-year options on forwards Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Syracuse) and Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette).

Ellington has participated in 138 games in two seasons with the Timberwolves, averaging 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists since being drafted by the team in 2009. The North Carolina product shot 39.5 percent from behind the arc in 2009-10, the best by rookie in Minnesota history.

Hayward, the 30th overall pick last year, appeared in 42 games last season and managed 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Johnson averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 79 appearances last season, which helped him earn All-Rookie Second Team honors and a spot on the rookie team for the Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend. His 103 three- pointers last season were the most by any rookie in Wolves history.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


OKC Thunder signs Nazr Mohammed to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder has agreed to a contract extension with center Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky), effectively keeping the 13-year veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent on Friday, The Oklahoman has learned.

Terms of the deal, which could be announced as early as Tuesday, were not immediately known. But the extension is for one year.

As a player with 10-plus years of NBA service, Mohammed's is entitled to a minimum contract of $1,399,507. Mohammed earned $6,883,800 this season.

Both Mohammed and Thunder management had expressed their desire to get a new deal done.

We are pleased to be able to keep Nazr in the Thunder family, said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. He is a valuable part of our organization both on and off the floor. His professionalism, experience, and on-court play have had a positive impact on our young and evolving roster.

Mohammed, who was acquired in a deadline-day trade with Charlotte that sent D.J. White and Morris Peterson to the Bobcats, quickly grew attached to the Thunder organization and its group of young talent. In 24 games, seven as a starter, with the Thunder, Mohammed averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. He helped the Thunder reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time in the franchise's Oklahoma City era.

Thunder coaches and front office members were impressed with Mohammed's performance, professionalism and stabilizing veteran presence on a team that was one of the youngest in the league last season. With Mohammed returning, the Thunder keeps intact a quartet of centers that also includes starter Kendrick Perkins and reserves Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens.

Mohammed's deal now leaves only Daequan Cook as the Thunder's lone free agent. The Thunder on Monday extended Cook a qualifying offer to officially make him a restricted free agent, giving the team the right to match any offer Cook might receive.

Unlike Cook, who is coming off a rookie scale contract, Mohammed was eligible to sign an extension before July 1. Mohammed was on the final year of a five-year deal he signed with Detroit in 2006.

Courtesy of http://newsok.com


Felton looking to stick with Trail Blazers - by Eurobasket News
During the summer of 2010, the Portland Trail Blazers took a long look at free agent point guard Raymond Felton (6'5''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) before deciding he didn't fit on the roster financially.

A year later, Felton has joined the Blazers after a draft-day trade with Denver.

Felton, who was introduced Monday during a news conference in Portland, said he's looking to make the Blazers his team for years to come.

'I want something long term here and I definitely look forward to that situation,' Felton said. 'But I've got one year left on my deal, and that's all I'm worried about.'

The 6-foot-1 Felton has played for three teams during his six-year NBA tenure, including five with Charlotte. He signed last summer with New York before being dealt to the Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Felton, 27, is viewed as a point guard with an ability to jump-start a running game in Portland, a team he described as 'a slow-paced, half-court team.'

That's not to say the Blazers can't change, or that Felton can't change his game.

'I'm a point guard that is able to push the ball up the court, but I can also run a half-court team,' he said. 'Playing with coach Larry Brown for two years definitely made me that type of player.'

Felton was the fifth pick of the 2005 NBA draft. The two picks prior to Felton, Deron Williams (No. 3 to Utah) and Chris Paul (No. 4 to New Orleans), became NBA stars.

'They went into situations where they were given the ball right away. I wasn't given the ball until maybe three years later,' Felton said. 'If I'm put in that situation here, that would be great. If it happens, I'll do my best to take the team as far as it can.'

Joining Felton during the news conference were Blazers draft picks Nolan Smith, a 6-2 guard from Duke taken at No. 21, and Jon Diebler, a 6-6 guard from Ohio State taken in the second round.

The Blazers hope they have solidified the point guard position for the future with the additions of Felton and Smith, who started 96 games for the Blue Devils and starred on the 2010 national championship team.

'I want to be a friendly face, and just be a great teammate,' Smith said. 'On the court I'm going to give my all and help make this team better.'

Monday's news conference was the beginning of what is likely to be a busy week for the Blazers.

Thursday is the deadline for Portland to decide on several players' contracts, the most prominent being center Greg Oden.

The Blazers must tender Oden, the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft, a qualifying offer by Thursday in order to make him a restricted free agent. As a restricted free agent, Oden can sign the offer, or seek a deal with another team. The Blazers would then have seven days to match the offer.

Oden can also sign a one-year offer from the Blazers and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Portland interim general manager Chad Buchanan would only say that the Blazers will address Oden's situation this week, as well as discuss similar contract situations with guards Patty Mills, Elliot Williams and forward Nicolas Batum.

Courtesy of www.katu.com


Golden State Warriors buy Dakota Wizards of NBA Development League - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors on Tuesday became the fourth NBA club to own a team in the NBA Development League when they announced the purchase of the Dakota Wizards.

Golden State also named Jim Weyermann to the newly created position of vice president of new franchise development. Weyermann was president of the San Jose Giants, the Single-A California League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and that has led to speculation that the Warriors eventually will move their D-League team to San Jose.

The Wizards will stay in Bismarck, N.D., for the 2011-12 season, but relocation is one of many aspects that will be evaluated in the coming months, the Warriors said.

'The question will be is it better for the big-league club to have them in close proximity,' said Weyermann, who won't be full time with the Warriors until October. 'The direct answer is we don't know yet. I certainly think it was healthy that Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, on their day off, were sitting in the front row watching the Giants. But it's not a necessity.'

The other three NBA teams -- San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder -- with D-League teams have their affiliates close by. The Spurs' development club is in Austin, Texas, the Lakers have their team in L.A., and Oklahoma City's is located in Tulsa.

The Wizards will be overseen by player personnel director Travis Shlenk and basketball operations director Kirk Lacob, son of Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob.

Veteran scout Mike Riley, the twin brother of Warriors general manager Larry Riley, also will be actively involved in the Wizards.

Kirk Lacob, who did most of the leg work once the Warriors decided they wanted to purchase a D-League squad, declined to reveal the purchase price, but one source said it was in the ballpark of $1.5 million.

Kirk Lacob and Weyermann both said the priority is turning the Wizards into a full-service minor league system for the Warriors.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


Former NBA star Antoine Walker pleads guilty to owing more than $750,000 to casinos - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) has pleaded guilty to passing bad checks in the form of unpaid gambling debts in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the former all-star shooter who now plays for the NBA Development Leagues Idaho Stampede will be put on probation and work toward paying off $750,000.

The criminal complaint against Walker was filed in 2009, accusing him of having the debts at Caesars Palace, Red Rock and Caesars Palace.

Walker won an NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Memphis Grizzlies extend qualifying offer to Hamed Haddadi - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85, agency: Agency No 10), Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Haddadi, a 7-2, 265-pound center, completed his third NBA season with averages of 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds on a career-high .517 shooting in 5.4 minutes in 31 games. The 26-year-old appeared in nine postseason games, posting 1.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.56 blocks in 3.4 minutes.

The first Iranian-born player in NBA history, Haddadi owns career averages of 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.45 blocks on .457 shooting in 86 games, all with the Grizzlies. Memphis signed Haddadi as a free agent on Aug. 28, 2008.

Extending a qualifying offer prior to the June 30 deadline gives Memphis the ability to match any offer sheet a player signs with another team during the offseason.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Mark Cuban upping reward for information about suspects in rape on night of Game 6 - by Eurobasket News
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has pledged to increase the reward fund to help the capture of those who beat and raped a woman in Dallas after Game 6 of the NBA Finals, according to MyFOXDFW.com.

The story said that police say a woman was raped and beaten before dawn on June 13 while leaving J Black's Feel Good Lounge in the Knox-Henderson district.

'The men hit the woman in the face with their fists until she was unrecognizable and then they sexually assaulted her,' the site stated. 'Sources said she was found on the sidewalk on nearby Garrett Avenue several hours later. She was unconscious and without clothes.'

Cuban has raised $15,000, but he committed to another $20,000 to help in the capture of the perpetrators.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


Thunder exercise options on five players, including Byron Mullens - by Eurobasket News
Big, super big news here people: The Thunder exercised options on James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.), Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89), Eric Maynor (6'2''-PG-87, college: VCU), Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) and Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.).

The options for Harden, Ibaka, Maynor and Mullens are the final fourth-year options for the players and Aldrichs was a third-year, meaning hell have one more (well, assuming the new CBA doesnt change that.)

Ive already heard some saying, What, why Mullens? Its true: The Thunders 24th pick in 2009 that turned into Mullens hasnt panned out yet. The seven-foot big man from Ohio State has gone up and down between the Thunder and the D-League, hasnt ever come close to sniffing the rotation and has largely disappointed.
But he was a project from day one. There was never any expectation of him than to get into the program and see if his raw talent could develop. So far, not so much. But hes extremely cheap (his option will cost OKC just about $1.2 next season) and in terms of a roster spot, I think hes worth it.

Keep in mind, Mullens is just 22 and despite what you may think of him and his awkward haircut, still has a ton of upside. He has a pretty solid jumper, crazy athleticism for his size and the desire to get better. He just has to figure out how to help defend, rebound and make an impact.

He has ability. Ive seen it. He can play. He just lacks a little feel for the game and isnt entirely sure of himself. But its hard to really prove much when youre lucky if you get two minutes in a 25-point game. Clearly though he hasnt made the strides in practice quite yet to please the Thunder.

Its a no-brainer to exercise his option and see if he can progress a bit this year. Yeah they couldve declined it and opened up an extra roster spot and a sliver more of cap space, but in my mind, the risking missing out on Mullens raw, undeveloped potential isnt worth that.

I dont know that hell necessarily ever make a real impact for OKC. I have a hard time picturing him in the regular rotation. But Sam Presti hasnt built his franchise around the idea that you give up on young players that are willing to work hard. And thats why you dont give up on Mullens.

Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com


NBA lockout appears inevitable with owners, players to meet in Manhattan as deadline approaches - by Eurobasket News
With the 11th hour approaching, NBA owners and players will make one last stab at trying to avert a lockout when the two sides meet Thursday in Manhattan.

Don't hold your breath for a last-second settlement.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight Thursday night, and with the two sides still miles apart on several major issues, there probably isn't enough time to reach a deal or make enough progress to have the league extend the deadline.

Owners met Tuesday in Dallas to review the state of negotiations and to continue to hash out a new revenue-sharing system. They did not participate in a vote that could have authorized a lockout during their meeting. But they gave their labor relations committee the go-ahead to do whatever is necessary. If the two sides continue to be stalemated, it's a foregone conclusion that owners will shut down the league for the first time in 13 years.

With owners demanding a hard salary cap and players holding firm on the current soft cap, there has been no significant progress during almost 18 months of talks. Citing $300 million in losses for the league for this past season, owners are seeking a 50-50 split of revenues.

They're demanding that players' salaries and benefits be slashed by $800 million annually. Players enjoy a 57-43 split now, and recently offered to reduce their salaries by $100 million annually. But their offer was rejected.

Free agency normally starts on July 1. This year, 202 players are free agents or have teams holding their options. That will be the first major casualty of the lockout.

The last time the NBA shut down, in July of 1998, the lockout lasted 204 days and caused the cancellation of 464 regular-season games, with the league taking an enormous public-relations hit.

When a new deal was reached, the NBA resumed games in February of 1999 with an abbreviated 50-game season.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Bobcats hire Assistant Coach Rob Werdann - by Eurobasket News
Finally another assistant coming over to help Paul Silas and his coaching staff. The Bobcats announced today that they have hired Robert Werdann as an assistant coach. Werdann is a former NBA player at 611 he is certain to focus on the bigs.

A bit of history, for those too lazy to google the mans name: Werdann is from New York City, playing high level high school ball, he stayed in the city when he was recruited to play at St. Johns University. He had a college career good enough to get him drafted in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft by Denver at #46 overall. He played for three years in the NBA, in Denver and New Jersey but flamed out and ended up playing a bit overseas and in the CBA. He started out as an assistant coach with the Yakima Sun Kings in the CBA.

He went to the D-League as assistant on the Columbus Riverdragons for 3 years, then he was hired as an advance scout with the New Orleans Hornets where he served for 5 years before being elevated to the coaching staff under Byron Scott after firing old school Hornet Kenny Gattison. Once Scott was fired after the 2009-2010 campaign, the staff was blown up and the Hornets sort of circling the drain as a franchise, Werdann had no trouble finding a job on Keith Smarts staff in Golden State at the beginning of last season. Also an assistant under Smart was Stephen Silas, now an assistant under his father here in Charlotte. Once Smart was fired, Rob was looking for another job and you have to assume that the relationship with the younger Silas brought him here to Charlotte.

I like the hire a lot. A guy thats come up through the ranks, held on to the dream of playing as long as he did, from getting drafted in 92 and not getting a head coaching gig until 2000, he played those 3 years in the NBA, several years in the CBA in Yakima, Oklahoma City and Harrisburg, and he spent time in Venezuela, the IBL and the USBL. I love guys like that, that rode the buses, got paid peanuts and busted ass for the game they love. Its cool that he worked with the Hornets for years, then got his assistant gig, then found another job right away after that blew up. I hope he can become a centerpiece on the bench for the Bobcats, working with the bigs for years to come. I think Bismack Biyombo, Tyrus Thomas and hopefully Kwame Brown can work with him to improve their games and really contribute to the Bobcats.
I dont think this hire says much about anything other than the need that the Bobcats had, the Silases and Ralph Lewis in particular have had in another body to work with the players. I very seriously doubt that despite the legal ramifications of Charles Oakley, that this spells the end for him as a Bobcats assistant coach. I wouldnt call him Michael Jordans personal golden-calf but hes a little bit on that un-touchable side of things. He hasnt been fired, he hasnt had his role changed. Beside the fact that hes suing a corporate partner of the Bobcats, theyre treating his absence and limited activity with the team as what it is, an injury. Hes a catch-all for the Bobcats, and while he tends to work with the PF, Cs and some of the more interchangeable bigger players, I wouldnt say thats his position on the coaching staff exclusively and that the hiring of Robert Werdann would bump him from that position or unofficial title. Oakley is here to stay and Werdann will act as a fellow assistant, not a guy who is supplanting anyone.

When you look back, Larry Brown had 5 assistants. When Coach Silas took over, he had Ralph Lewis, Stephen Silas and Charles Oakley. You look at Dallas, they have 3 plus a strength and conditioning guy who acts as an assistant; Miami has 5 assistants; New York has 4; Atlanta has 4. I mean hes just filling a position.

I also think that many folks might read more into it, in these info-starved times of the off-season, the fans might want to look at tid-bits like assistant coaching hires as more than they are. I think one of the easiest assumptions to make would be that by bringing in a guy who has a connection to Stephen Silas that the Bobcats upper brass might be grooming him and his staff for the future. While itd be nice to think of the Bobcats head coaching position as something like a house or prized car that a father might pass on to his son, there are no such assumptions or assurances in the real world of the NBA. While it is a very insulated and protected small world, the NBA culture is more cutthroat than having a son set up to take over whenever his dear old dad wants to step down. Paul was given just a years extension when the interim tag was removed late in the season. I wouldnt say unequivocably that he wont go on beyond this year, but the Bobcats have him on a short leash and as we saw with Werdanns bouncing around, the NBA is a tenuous place to work.

I hope just like everybody for stability within the franchise for years in the future and I have faith that Stephen Silas is a good enough coach that he could take over the team once his dad retires, but I wouldnt quite put this hire in the connect the dots to a second Silas being Head Coach in Charlotte just yet.

So, welcome to Charlotte Robert Werdann . We aint got that many bigs, but theyre an exciting and lively bunch and at least one of them is pretty smart. Ill let you find out which one I mean!

Courtesy of http://robertogato.com


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Missouri adds three transfers under New Coach - by Eurobasket News
For new Missouri coach Frank Haith , freshmen can wait. With four available scholarships next season and 10 returning players, Haith has recruited three Division I transfers to fill out the roster he inherited after Mike Anderson left for Arkansas.

The latest recruit is former Pepperdine guard Keion Bell (6'3''-G), who led the West Coast Conference team in scoring each of his three seasons. The 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles will sit out a year and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Missouri has also signed 6-foot-5 guard Earnest Ross (6'5''-G-91), who was Auburn's leading scorer as a sophomore. He too will sit out this coming season but has two years of eligibility.

The Tigers' third recruit can play immediately. Forward George Goode (6'8''-F-88), a 6-foot-8 Kansas City native, will graduate from Louisville this summer but has one year of eligibility left and will compete as a graduate student. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds last year as a reserve at Louisville, where Missouri assistant coach Tim Fuller was an assistant for one season.

With all but one of last season's top nine players returning, Haith is recruiting not just for the 2011-12 season but for 2012-13. That's when the Tigers will lose six of those players, along with Goode.

Missouri initially had three scholarships to fill when Haith was hired in April after seven seasons at Miami. A fourth roster spot opened this month when freshman reserve Ricky Kreklow, a hometown prep star at Rock Bridge High whose parents coach Missouri's volleyball team, decided to transfer.

''Ricky's a wonderful young man. I would have loved to coach him,'' Haith said in an Associated Press interview. ''But I totally understand his feelings, wanting to get away from home a little bit.''

NCAA rules prohibit Haith from talking publicly about recruits, but his track record suggests that Missouri's final roster addition will also come from the transfer ranks. In his first year at Miami, Haith said, he had three available scholarships but initially didn't sign any newcomers.

''We're going to get freshmen,'' he said. ''There's no doubt about it. But right now, I don't want our roster to be so bare next season, losing seven guys with only three returning.''

With many of the top high school players already committed by the time he arrived in Columbia, Haith had no interest in signing a younger player just for appearance's sake.

''I saw those high school kids out there,'' he said. ''There just wasn't a good fit for us.''

Ross, who was recruited by Haith out of high school, averaged 13.1 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds a game for an Auburn team that finished 11-20 in the Southeastern Conference. He was voted the team's most valuable player.

Bell was an even more prolific scorer at Pepperdine, averaging 18.9 points before he was sidelined by injuries and a season-ending suspension after 20 games. Bell told the Columbia Daily Tribune that he was originally suspended for one week by former Waves coach Tom Asbury after missing a study hall on a road trip but opted to sit out the remainder of the season due to multiple injuries.

Pepperdine finished 12-21, and Asbury retired after the season.

For Haith, recruiting battle-tested players allows him to both mold the team in his image but also build upon the foundation left by Anderson, who led Missouri to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a school record 31 wins in 2009.

''I like the fact that we've got an experienced team, but we do a get a chance to put our stamp on the program very quickly,'' he said.

Courtesy of www.komu.com


Georgia notifies NCAA of potential violations - by Eurobasket News
Georgia's athletic department has contacted the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference regarding the eligibility of football player Jarvis Jones and incoming basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

In a report Sunday by the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, Jones and Caldwell-Pope were linked to a Columbus parks and recreation director under police investigation for misusing public funds.

In a statement released Monday, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the school, Jones and Caldwell-Pope will cooperate with the NCAA and SEC.

'No further comments will be available until the matter is resolved,' the statement read.

Jones, who went to Carver High in Columbus, transferred to Georgia last year from Southern Cal. He is expected to start at outside linebacker this year for the Bulldogs.

Jones and Caldwell-Pope were members of the Georgia AAU Blazers, a basketball team funded by the city of Columbus, sponsored by Nike and overseen by parks director Tony Adams and associate Herman Porter.

Caldwell-Pope was a McDonald's All-American guard at Greenville (Ga.) High School. He signed with the Bulldogs in November.

The Ledger-Enquirer reported that police records show Adams and Porter used an unauthorized bank account to pay for Jones' flights to and from Los Angeles and to cover cell phone costs of Caldwell-Pope's mother.

Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox told reporters during an SEC teleconference Monday that he was 'just made aware of that' Sunday.

'Obviously, we'll cooperate with the process,' Fox said. 'I really can't speculate on what penalty there will be if there is one.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Lickliter hired by Miami of Ohio as assistant - by Eurobasket News
Miami of Ohio says former Iowa coach Todd Lickliter has been hired as an assistant on Charlie Coles' staff.

Lickliter was fired by the Hawkeyes in the spring of 2010 after three straight losing seasons. He previously spent six seasons at Butler, leading the Bulldogs to a pair of trips to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

Coles says Lickliter is a longtime friend whose coaching abilities he has admired for years.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Lithuania cruise past USA in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - USA U19 108:75

Lithuanian U19 selection coasted past USA U19 on the final day of 2011 Global Games tournament in Panevezys. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Lithuania to a comfortable win in front of 5500 spectators.
The teams got to a flying start. They fired from all the guns however Lithuania proved more accurate as they gained a 34:23 lead after ten minutes. The hosts took over completely in the second period. Lithuania controlled the boards and stretched the margin to as many as 21 points 59:38. The third term turned disastrous for the USA. Lithuania stunned those with a 30:13 run to clear off for good. The visitors managed to fire 24 points in the fourth frame and sweetened the pill. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) accounted for 16 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the USA. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) contributed 13 points in defeat.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 23+11 boards, Zygimantas Skucas 16, Vytenis Cizauskas 11
USA U19: Doug McDermott 15, Jeremy Lamb 13



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  NEW ZEALAND   


How your NBL team is shaping up - by Duncan Matheson
Adelaide 36ers

Returning Players: Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine), Darren Ng (190-G-83), Nathan Herbert (192-F-84), Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.), Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92)

New Additions: Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87), Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79)

Departed: Brad Hill (198-G/F-86), Jeffrey Dowdell (205-F-87), Aaron Bruce (191-G-84), Eddie Shannon (180-G-77, college: Florida)

2010-11 finish: 8th

Early outlook: With 7 players signed, the 36ers still have two import slots to fill and with only Johnson and Ballinger so far they will need to sign some solid bigs and improve their ability to rebound. With a guard heavy roster to this point, perhaps they will use an import spot to sign a quality 4/5 to play alongside Ballinger, although there has been some talk of a contract being offered to point guard and last seasons mvp Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas). Weigh may have a break out year in Adelaide and Crosswell is a very steady back-up making both players quality signings, but unless they sign some very legitimate imports I cant see this squad improving enough to knock on the door of the top four.

Skytrans Cairns Taipans:

Returning Players: Kerry Williams (185-G-87), Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota), Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82, college: Oregon), Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU), Aaron Grabau (196-G-78)

New Additions: Brad Hill, Jeffrey Dowdell

Departed: Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona), Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: McNeese St.), Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California)

2010-11 finish: 3rd (grand final losers)

Early outlook: Still early days in the process of rebuilding their roster for the Taipans, who have lost their two imports and Daniel Dillon from their squad that made last seasons grand final. Returning Rychart, Crosswhite and Loughton ensures they keep their 3-man rotation in the bigs that was very effective last season, but with only Williams returning from injury, ageing stalwart Grabau and an inconsistent Hill signed as perimeter players its too early to make an assessment on the Taipans roster. With three players left to sign, two will be imports, most likely at the 1 and the 2 with Hill starting at the 3. Coach Fearne did a great job with this squad last season and will again put a major focus on defence, with what they have so far they look likely to be solid, how much further they can go depends on the scoring power of the import guards they recruit.

Gold Coast Blaze:

Returning Players: Adam Gibson (188-G-86), Chris Goulding (192-G-88), James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances), Jason Cadee (186-G-91), Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83), Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC), Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB)

New Additions:

Departed: Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas), Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Howard)

2010-11 finish: 6th

Early outlook: The Blaze are returning eight core players and have only their two import slots to fill. With Anthony Petrie coming back from injury, coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) biggest challenge may be rotating his players and finding them enough minutes. Petrie and Worthington already form an outstanding starting duo, meaning if they sign an import big man Petrie will be forced to come off the bench. They say having too much talent is a good problem to have, but with such depth throughout the entire squad finding the right balance will be the key. With Gibson and Harvey assumingly certain starters one would think the Blazes import will be at the 3 spot, with Goulding against being the instant offence spark off the bench. This roster is extremely talented and while having a reputation as a team that can put up a lot of points they also have the potential to be very tough defensively. Injuries crippled them last season but if they can sign quality imports and stay healthy I would predict them as top two finishers.

Melbourne Tigers

Returning Players: Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU), Daryl Corletto (193-G-81), Tommy Greer (201-F-83, college: Nova SE), Lucas Walker (202-F-84, college: St.Mary's, CA), Benny Lewis (203-G/F-87, college: Benedict), Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82)

New Additions: Ronald Dorsey, Ayinde Ubaka, Daniel Dillon, Liam Rush (202-F/G-82)

Departed: Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.), Wade Helliwell (212-C-79, college: Charlotte)

2010-11 finish: 7th

Early outlook: The Tigers look to have completed their roster and have made some great signings, not least of all being last years coach of the year Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ). Adding Dorsey, Ubaka and Dillon from the Taipans brings the Tigers not only great talent but players with winning qualities, as well as Liam Rush returning to the NBL after a stint in Sweden and looks set to be highly effective in 2011-12. The problem, in major contrast to last season, is they appear to be quite small. With Burston being the only true centre, Tragardh will at times need to play out of position at the 5, while Rush will need to move up to the four spot at times with Walker. Theres a few ways coach Gleeson can start depending on how he wants to play, but it is certainly a flexible roster that looks certain to be far more competitive than last season.

New Zealand Breakers

Returning Players: Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.), CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC), Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Dillon Boucher (196-F-75), Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin), Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth)

New Additions:

Departed: Paul Henare (182-G-79)

2010-11 finish: 1st (champions)

Early outlook: The defending champion breakers have signed seven core players from last season and despite having two import slots to fill could still re-sign last years imports Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) and Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) giving them nine core players. Hey, if its not broken dont fix it. The only slight hiccup to this equation could be Abercrombie and Penney who have Europe out-clauses in their contract and with offers rolling in may still choose to opt out, but at this stage the Breakers look to be primed to compete for the title yet again. Wilkinson was huge for the Breakers last season and probably more effective than expected, so if he were to depart finding his replacement may prove to be their biggest challenge, but all signs suggest the Breakers next season are at they very least a top four team next season.

Perth Wildcats

Returning Players: Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.), Damien Martinez (203-C/F), Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.), Brad Robbins (186-G-85), Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.), Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.), Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.), Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount), Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis)

New Additions:

Departed: Stephen Weigh

2010-11 finish: 4th

Early outlook: Its one big happily family over in Perth, where for the second straight season by late June they have already re-signed most of their roster, with nine players returning next year. Weigh could be a big loss, but the back half of last year he looked at times like a fish out of water and its not a surprise he has moved on, and with Redhage returning from his season-ended injury the Wildcats will look to be rejuvenated. Their tenth roster spot will come from their local SBL competition, and coach Beveridge will look for a quality player and person who can step in and contribute as they will surely be given an opportunity in Perths 10-man rotation system. Redhage is still the star and leader of this team, and his healthy return as well as improvement from Wagstaff and Knight will be whats required for Perth to be title contenders.

Sydney Kings

Returning Players: Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86), Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.), Luke Cooper (183-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.), Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP), Graham Dann (204-G/F-83)

New Additions: Aaron Bruce, Anatoly Bose (198-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.), Alex Gynes (198-F/G, college: Nova SE), Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.)

Departed: Janev Blagoj (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire), Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine), Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.), Ben Knight (203-F-76, agency: Interperformances)

2010-11 finish: 9th

Early outlook: With nine players signed and only one import spot remaining, I have to admit Im very confused about the look of the Kings roster to this point. The Kings showed signs of great improvement the second half of last season and will look to carry that over to 2011-12, and the signing of Anatoly Bose, who I believe is a future Olympian, is a massive coup. However, with Khazzouh being the only centre signed so far and Dann, an undersized 4 as the only other big, it leaves me bewildered as to how they will utilise their other import spot. Or for that matter, how they will start. With Madgen, Bose and new import Ratzsch they have three players at the 2-3 fully capable and deserving of starting, while they have signed three point guards in Cooper, Martin and Bruce who I believe are all back-ups at this point in their career. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds, and I hope coach Robilliard and the Kings franchise make a fool of me because as a Kings fan from an early age Id like to see them back being competitive, but right now they look certain to finish in the bottom two.

Townsville Crocodiles

Returning Players: Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), Benjamin Allen (211-C-86, college: St.Mary's, CA), Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.), Michael Cedar (195-G-86), Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91), Kelvin Robertson (180-G-83), Peter Crawford (193-G-79)

New Additions:

Departed: Nathan Crosswell, Will Blalock (183-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.), Rosell Ellis (199-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: McNeese St.)

2010-11 finish: 2nd

Early outlook: A new coach, but they are hoping not a new start. Still returning a strong core of players and with an established winning culture, the Crocs will be looking to make some minor changes and continue with their winning ways. Most notably, the Crocs will most likely need to find two new imports, one of which will be at the point guard spot. With the other spot they can go with either a four man or perhaps a 2-3, depending on the development of Allen and if they want to start Hinder. Early reports suggest club hero Robertson looks set to make a comeback from injury, making him the replacement back-up for departed Crosswell. This is a roster that perhaps overachieved a little last season though and will need to sign some heavyweight imports to again return to the playoffs.

Wollongong Hawks

Returning Players: Glen Saville (197-G/F-76), Mat Campbell (196-F/G-76, college: Towson), Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE), Timothy Coenraad (200-G/F-85, college: Nova SE), Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.), Oscar Forman (205-F-82)

New Additions:

Departed: Gary Ervin

2010-11 finish: 5th

Early outlook: They keep it quiet down at the gong, so other than the core returning players its hard to gauge what they have. This is a team that prides itself on doing more with less, and look as if they will need to do so again, with the ageing, albeit still effective Saville and Campbell looking likely to be key contributors yet again. Last seasons import David Gruber (198-F-81, college: N.Iowa) has been naturalised and one would assume he will sign as an Australian player, leaving the Hawks with two import spots to fill. The Hawks financial limitations are well known however, and whether they go with one or two imports is still uncertain. With Tyson Demos (192-G-88) and Daniel Jackson (200-F-88) playing for the Hawks second-tier team the Illawarra Hawks, it appears they will probably be re-signed also, making their roster very similar to last year. The Hawks have recruited MVP-level players at point guard the last two seasons and will need to do so again to replace Ervin, while any further improvement they make will most likely need to come from Martin and Coenraad who perhaps still havent reached their full potential. As usual, this team wont be predicted to finish in the top four, but coach Gordie McLeod will surely relish the opportunity to prove us all wrong.



Sylvester Spicer is back with the Sharks - by Eurobasket News
Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86, college: Rogers St.) has rejoined the Southland Sharks. The 24-year-old forward has been called up to rescue injury-plagued Sharks before the playoffs. Sylvester Spicer started the season with Southland. He was brought in on a short-term contract replacing Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho). Sylvester Spicer tallied 15.2 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in six games played. Kaniel Dickens received a season-ending injury, while Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.) and Gareth Dawson (C) also suffered minor injuries forcing the team management to seek ways to improve the situation. So they turned to Sylvester Spicer. The 24-year-old forward played for Alges in Proliga lately. He joined the team back in January. Silvester Spicer tallied 21.6 points, 9.6 boards and 1.8 steals per game for Alges. Silvester Spicer started the season in Israel. He notched 10.3 points, 8.7 boards and 1.0 block per game for Elitzur Ramla in National League. It is the first pro season for the forward. Silvester Spicer graduated from Rogers State University in 2010. His stats read 16.4 points and 6.4 boards per game in his senior season with the Hillcats. Spicer will be ready for the game against the Nelson Giants on Saturday.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.6 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.1 
 3. Pace, Bay Hawks19.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.19.7 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.19.5 
 6. Abercrombie, Waika.19.2 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.18.6 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.18.6 
 9. Polyblank, Southla.18.5 
 10. Dora, Nelson G.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Vukona, Nelson G.11.4 
 3. Horvath, Manawatu.10.9 
 4. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.10.1 
 6. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 7. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.8 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.8.7 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.5 
 10. Boucher, Auckland.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.7 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.5 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.6.0 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 6. Hagan, Manawatu J.4.2 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.0 
 8. Martin, Auckland.3.9 
 9. Smith, Waikato P.3.6 
 10. Meehl, Taranaki MA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.2 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 3. Hagan, Manawatu J.2.6 
 4. Smith, Waikato P.2.6 
 5. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 7. Dickel, Southland2.0 
 8. Rose, Southland S.1.8 
 9. Allen, Waikato P.1.6 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.7 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.5 
 4. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 5. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 6. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 7. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.1.0 
 9. Adams, Wellington1.0 
 10. Campbell, Taranak.1.0 


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 12-2 
 2. Waikato P. 12-3 
 3. Bay Hawks 11-4 
 4. Nelson G. 7-7 
 5. Southland S. 6-7 
 6. Manawatu J. 6-8 
 7. Auckland P. 4-10 
 8. Taranaki MA 3-10 
 9. OceanaGold N. 2-12 


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Polish U19 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Polish U19 National Team 2011
#s#
Mateusz Ponitka
Ponitka
Michal Michalak
Michalak
Tomasz Gielo
Gielo
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski
Daniel Szymkiewicz
Szymkiewicz
#e#5
Mateusz Ponitka 196-G-93 Tempcold AZS Poland
Michal Michalak 194-G-93 Tempcold AZS Poland
Tomasz Gielo 204-F-93 SMS PZKosz Poland
Przemyslaw Karnowski 213-C-93 SMS PZKosz Poland
Daniel Szymkiewicz 193-G-94 Trefl Sopot Poland
Grzegorz Grochowski 176-PG-93 SMS PZKosz Poland
Piotr Niedzwiedzki 210-F-93 Slask Wroclaw Poland
Jan Grzelinski 179-PG-94 Obiekty Poland
Jakub Koelner 182-PG-93 Obiekty Poland
Maciej Kucharek 204-F-93 Polonia 2011 Poland
Lukasz Bonarek 199-F-93 Znicz Basket Poland
Michal Pietrzak 199-F-93 Anwil Poland

Jerzy Szambelan Head Coach OSSM S.Wola Poland


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Penafiel out of LPB? - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
CBP/Sentir Penafiel, who last season came in LPB and managed to maintain positive sportingly after one year, will not participate in the top flight next season for withdrawal, which will mean automatic relegation to the CNB2, the fourth national division. The last hope is an intervention of the Town Hall, which the club continues to expect an answer on any support.

The Douro club is going through many financial problems and the president Sergio Rodrigues has been unreachable in recent days, allegedly waiting for such a response from city council. According O JOGO newspaper found, he has not spoken with the players on the club's status, but the fact is that the bonds expire at the end of this month. The only one contract for next season is the extreme Rui Mota (190-G/F-78), who probably will not be interested in playing in the fourth division. Mota, with indebt wages, may choose to terminate. Coach Manuel Povea and other players also have to receive payments. In addition, CBP/Sentir Penafiel has big debts to the tax and social security.

The team has not officially announced the withdrawal of the League, but the deadline for applications for next season ends tomorrow, so the Portuguese Basketball Federation will quickly find a replacement.

Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial in danger

Few clubs in the League have straight bills. Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial is the most afflicted, with a debt to the tax authorities, Social Security, a number of players wages in debt and payments to suppliers, which have earned him five executions - and that does not cover the total value debt. It will be difficult to continue.

Source: O Jogo



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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.3 
 4. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.3 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.5 
 8. Harris, San German18.3 
 9. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Harris, San German12.5 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.7 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.5 
 9. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 10. Rickert, Bayamon9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez7.7 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.9 
 4. Rivera, San German5.8 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.1 
 10. Bruton, Quebradil.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 4. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo1.2 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.1 


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  RUSSIA   


Khimky signs Dmitry Khvostov - by Eurobasket News
Dmitry Khvostov (191-G-89) is a new member of Khimky Moscow. The Russian guard signed a one-year deal with Khimky. Khvostov arrives from Dynamo Moscow, where he started his pro career. Last season he had 8.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4.1 apg for them in 21 PBL games. He also added 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 4.3 apg for 6 games in EuroChallenge. Khvostov was a member of Dynamo Moscow senior roster from 2007. Before that, he played for Dynamo Moscow 2 which competed in B Superleague.
Dmitry Khvostov played for the Russian NT last summer in Turkey. He appeared in 9 games averaging 3.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. In the past, he played for U20, U18 and U16 Russia.


Evgeny Voronov joins CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow announced signing of Russian guard Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86). Two sides penned 1+1 year deal. Voronov spent last season with Dynamo Moscow. He shined with 12.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.8 spg for them in 25 PBL games. In EuroChallenge, Voronov had 9.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.2 apg for 6 games. He joined Dynamo in 2010 from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In the past, Voronov also played for Dynamo St. Petersburg and Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. Last summer with the Russian NT in Turkey, Voronov had 5.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 9 games. He also has experience from the Russian University NT, U20 and U18 National Teams.

Jonas Kazlauskas, CSKA head coach:
'To create the team's chemistry we need not only the leaders and their backups but deep reserves also. They should create competition, work on practices, improve and be ready to step up maintaining the team picture. I think Voronov is exactly this kind of player. He is young enough, determined to improve, defends well, aggressive and ready to work hard. Evgeny started to play for the National Team recently, showed the good level of play, had good season last year. We will observe his improvement and possibly he will become a CSKA leader one day.' *Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com

Eugeny Voronov:
'When Andrey Vatutin told me about CSKA's interest I did not believe at once. When the best club in the country is interested, when its managers and coaches are interested, it feels great. I am happy, full of emotions. I am ready to face the critics who will question my decision because of the decrease of playing time. But I still think that you can have a chance like this only once in a lifetime. Id like to test myself on top-level, to prove the coaches and fans that there were no mistake in choosing me. I understand that CSKA is a winner-team; that the goals are high and the result depends on collective work not the efforts of one individual.' *Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com


Unics bring in Michael Wilkinson - by Eurobasket News
Unics continued to bolster their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin). The 29-year-old forward spent the last season playing for Lokomotiv Kuban. He tallied 15.8 points, 7.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Russian PBL his stats read 13.8 points, 6.1 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Michael Wilkinson into All-EuroChallenge 1st Team. The forward also earned All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Previously Michael Wilkinson had stints with Galatasaray, Khimky and Aris. He made it into Greek A1 All-Bosmans Team in 2007 as well as Turkish League All-Defensive Team in 2010. The forward played for FYR Macedonian National Team back in 2006-07 seasons.


Sergey Bykov lands in Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News
Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) has found new team. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Lokomotiv Kuban. Sergey Bykov has just left CSKA Moscow. He joined CSKA at the start of the previous season. He tallied 4.6 points and 1.8 assists per game in VTB League. In Euroleague the guard notched 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. In PBL Sergey Bykov posted 4.2 points and 1.0 assist. Previously Sergey Bykov played for Dynamo Moscow. The guard was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year in 2010. Sergey Bykov played for Russia at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.9 points, 3.1 boards and 3.1 assists per game in Turkey.



CSKA Moscow makes amazing offer for Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News
According to Greek media, CSKA Moscow made an offer for Milos Teodosic (195-G-87). Reportedly, the Russian powerhouse offered Teodosic 5 million euros deal for two-years and also 1.3 million euros buyout fee to Olympiakos. It remains to be seen will this deal materialize or not. Olympiakos has 7 days to match this offer.
Milos Teodosic is currently a member of Olympiakos. He played 18 games for them in Euroleague last season averaging 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In Greek league, Teodosic added 9.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4.7 apg. He helped Olympiakos win the Greek Cup last season. They won the same trophy in 2010. Teodosic joined Olympiakos in 2007 from the Serbian team FMP Zeleznik. Milos Teodosic was Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year 2010. That same year he was also named All-Euroleague Player of the Year and All-Greek A1 League Guard of the Year.


Vitaly Fridzon extended with BC Khimki - by Eurobasket News
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) extended with BC Khimki for the next season. The Russian Guard remains with his best team since year 2004. In his debut season for BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague, starting five) he averaged 15,5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%, also played at BC Khimky Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and in 16 games had 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%.
This past season for BC Khimky Moscow Region (PBL, starting five) in VTB League he showed 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 82.9%, while in Euroleague after 15 games his stats read 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 77.5%. In Russian League he had 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.9%.
Vitaly Fridzon recorded 22 points at the Finals Game 3 when Khimky lost to CSKA 58:70. CSKA Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CSKA Moscow outrebounded Khimky 35-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Alexey Shved who scored 20 points. International center Andrey Vorontsevich chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. CSKA Moscow's coach Jonas Kazlauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Vitaly Fridzon who recorded 22 points and international forward Sergey Monya added 11 points and 4 assists respectively.




Anton Ponkrashov close to CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) is reportedly negotiating contract with CSKA. The sides may come to an agreement in the upcoming days. Anton Ponkrashov is not new to CSKA. The guard played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. Last season Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.


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  RWANDA   


Ndugu's Injury Affects CSK - by Eurobasket News
APR are running away the first leg of the national basketball league. The 2009 champions on Sunday won their seventh consecutive game. The army side APR bitter their rivals CSK with a ten-point difference (80-90).

But despite the win, which goes along way to confirm the former champions as the team to beat this season, APR's head trainer, Cliff Owour, his team granted their opponents casual points.

'Although we won the game, we did not meet our objective. We usually asses a team and set a target but this time we didn't play up to it,' Owour expressed.

After losing against APR, CSK consoled themselves with a win over the National University of Rwanda, NUR 79-53.

But Javier Kamanzi a.k.a Vava, CSK's head coach, was more concerned with the injury to his team's shooting guard Gerol Ndugu in the first quarter against APR.

'Although we were a bit exhausted after the APR game, we had to win the next against (against NUR), for which I'm happy we did,' Kamanzi noted.
In other games played the weekend, defending champions KBC thoroughly beat Rusizi 119-55. Rusizi later lost 124-54 to the youthful Espoir side.

APR lead the league table with 14 points, one ahead of CSK in second place. The National University of Rwanda is placed third with 9 points and a game in hand.

Results

Espoir 72-69 UNR

KBC 119-55 Rusizi

CSK 80-90 APR

Espoir 124-54 Rusizi

CSK 79-53 UNR
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U18 beat Hungary U18 twice - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 beat Hungary U18 twice in the test games. At first Slovenia produced a 88:75 win with 30-24 in the start. Slovenia also added 22-20 in the second frame for 52:44 halftime advantage. The third and the last periods belonged to Slovenia that had 15-14 and 21-17 respectively. Luka Rupnik (184-G-93) stepped up with 17 points and Ziga Dimec (210-C/F-93) scored 16. Bolcina netted 14, while Rojc and Osolnik followed them with 10 each.
In Game 2 Slovenia U18 registered 97:65 win. They started with 30-12 and added 15-12 before the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the third period Slovenia won 30-19 as both teams nailed 22 points in the last stanza. Ziga Dimec top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Luka Rupnik netted 14. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) replied with 12 points in the losing effort, while Oliver Biro (194-G-93) nailed 9.




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  SOUTH KOREA   


Daegu Orions announce Kim Young-Soo - by Eurobasket News
Daego Orions have announced the arrival of Kim Young-Soo (176-G-84). The 26-year-old guard is set to rejoin the team after two-year absence. Kim Young-Soo served in military and had some health issues to be resolved. In 2008/09 season the guard notched 3.3 points and 1.7 assists per game for the Orions. Kim Young-Soo made it into Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Newcomers Team back in 2008.


Mobis Phoebus tab Ham Ji-Hoon - by Eurobasket News
Mobis Phoebus will bring back Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84). The forward was last seen in 2009/10 season. He tallied 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in KBL. Asia-Basket.com named Ham Ji-Hoon All-Korean KBL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Ham Ji-Hoon has been the member of South Korean National Team since 2009. He participated at 2010 Asian Games. The forward tallied 4.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Guangzhou. He was East Asian champion with South Korea in 2009. Ham Ji-Hoon also played for Korean U18, U20 and University National Teams. Ham Ji-Hoon is set to join Mobis Phoebus in February 2012.


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  SPAIN   


Lander Lasa continues with Lagun Aro - by Eurobasket News
Lander Lasa (193-G-88) continues with Lagun Aro in the next season. The Spanish Guard joined the team last year and will be in the roster for 2011/2012 season.
In 2008-2009 Lasa signed with Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel (EBA, starting five) and in 30 games averaged 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3spg. In 2009-2010 for Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel (EBA, starting five) he showed 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 52%, 3PT: 44%, FT: 73%. Last season he moved to Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB, starting five) and had 1.9ppg.
Lander Lasa recorded 8 points at the Regular Season Round 33 when Lagun Aro GBC overcame CAI Zaragoza 84-71. It looked good early as CAI Zaragoza took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lagun Aro GBC had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and CAI Zaragoza was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-84. It was a great shooting night for Lagun Aro GBC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by CAI Zaragoza's players.




Pepu Hernandez and DKV Joventut part ways - by Eurobasket News
Jose Vicente Hernandez is no longer a Head Coach of DKV Joventut. Two sides parted ways yesterday. The Spanish specialist took over Joventut in March of 2010. They ended last season as No.13 with 14-20 record. In 2009/10, Joventut finished the season as No.11 meaning that they missed ACB Playoffs two times in a row. Joventut was the ULEB Cup winner in 2008 and FIBA EuroCup winner two years before that. They also won Copa del Rey in 2008, what just confirms their poor results over the past two seasons.
Before Joventut, Jose Vicente Hernandez worked many years with Estudiantes. He was named Eurobasket All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year -04. In 2006 and 2007, Pepu coached Spanish National Team. He led them to Silver at the EuroBasket in Spain. With Estu, Hernandez won Copa del Rey in 2000. In 2004, they reached ACB Finals.


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  TAIWAN   


Wu Tai-hao signs with Zhejiang: report - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Beer center Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) has signed a two-year contract with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Terms of the contract was not disclosed, but Zhejiang will reportedly pay Wu an annual salary between 1 to 1.5 million Chinese Yuan (US$155,000-232,000, NT$4.47-6.7 million), the report said.

Wu will play alongside his former TB teammate Lin Chih-chieh, who has played in China for two years.

As many as six CBA teams were trying to sign Wu since the 6-8 center announced this summer that he would seek an opportunity to play in China next season.

Wu is currently in China with Taiwan Beer for the Straits Cup tournament, which is being held in Zhejiang. However, he did not play in the tournament due to his knee injury.

Wu is scheduled to return to Taiwan with the team tomorrow before going to Zhejiang again next week. Wu and Lin will be back to Taiwan in the end of August and report to Taiwan NT training camp for the FIBA Asia Championship for Men, which will be held in Wuhan, Hubei, China in September.


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  TUNISIA   


Tunisian U19 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Mohamed Ammar 200-F-92 Toulouse Ol. France
Omar Abada 189-G-93 ES Rades Tunisia
Haythem Albouchi 185-G-93 CS Hammamet Tunisia
Zied Arbia 194-G-93 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Hedi Saidene 194-F-92 JS Kairouan Tunisia
Mohamed Boukhris 185-PG-92 JS Kairouan Tunisia
Yassine Chaabane 194-F-92 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Mohamed Farjallah 195-F-92 C Africain Tunisia
Khalil Ghrib 197-F-94 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Karoui Hattab 198-F-93 Gravelines France
Firass Hemdani 203-C-92 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Naji Jaziri 189-G-94 US Monastir Tunisia
Aymen Mahmoud 188-PG-92 ES Sahel Tunisia
Ahmed Manai 205-C-92 JS Manazeh Tunisia
Youssef Mejri 204-F-92 High School USA
Sofian M'Rad 198-F-92 Berlin C.Hoops Germany
Louay Roudesli 186-G-92 ES Rades Tunisia
Bilel Saddadi 202-F-93 ES Rades Tunisia
Maher Souabni 185-G-92 ES Rades Tunisia
Mohamed Zayane 192-G-93 ES Rades Tunisia

Khalil Ben Ameur Head Coach
Chokri Yedder Assistant


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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray confirms Furkan Aldemir until 2015 - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) officially became a new member of Galatasaray. They penned a four-year deal. The 19-year-old Aldemir heads to Galata from Pinar Karsiyaka, where he started his pro career and stayed until this summer. Aldemir played 26 games for Karsiyaka last season registering 8 ppg and 7.5 rpg. In EuroChallenge, he added 7.7 ppg and 8 rpg. Aldemir suffered ankle injury in December and was out almost two months.
Furkan Aldemir was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Most Improved Player of the Year -10. He had 7.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.4 bpg for Karsiyaka that season. Last summer, Aldemir played for Turkey at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. He had 13.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.7 bpg. He ended the championship as the best rebounder and shot blocker. In 2009, he led Turkey to Bronze medal at U18 EuroBasket in Metz. He had 7.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg at this event. Earlier this month, Aldemir withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft 2011.


Galatasaray targets former NBA star Tracy McGrady - by Eurobasket News
According to various reports, Galatasaray wants to sign former NBA star Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79) for the upcoming season. The American SG/SF spent last season with Detroit Pistons. He appeared 72 times for them averaging 8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. McGrady started 2009/10 season with the Hosuton Rockets, but in December moved to New York Knicks. With the Knicks he had 9.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.9 apg.
Tracy McGrady had couple of amazing seasons with Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets in the past. In 2002/03, he averaged impressive 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists for 75 games with Orlando. Until 2008, McGrady numbers never dropped below 21 ppg and 5 rpg and 5 apg. But after that, he struggled with injuries and never reached that level again. McGrady is 7-time NBA All-Star player.


Tofas signs Bradley Buckman - by Burak Cidamal
Tofas signs Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) from Antalya. This year Tofas's target is playoffs in Turkish Basketball League. Acording to this Tofas make their first transfer with signing former Kepez and Antalya player.

Buckman who was born in 1984 will start his third Turkish league action with this transfer.

He played in 13 league games at Turkey this year and in this games his statistics are 19,6 points and 9 rebounds.





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  UBA   


The UBA Continues to send players to the Next level. - by UBA media
UBA News
June 29, 2011
Atlanta, GA

The Universal Basketball Association are very proud to announce the signing of their 10th player this summer. The UBA is responsible for over 50 players playing on the next level and continues to grow as a company. Below you will find the updated list of all players that have moved on from the UBA to the international level.

2009:
1.Nedu Onyeuku (6'3''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Illinois St.): San Antonio Stars (Libya)
2.Kitus Witherspoon (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.): San Antonio Stars (Uruguay)
3.Chris Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Georgia SW): DFW Warriors (Japan)
4.Jerome Boyd (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Clayton St.): DFW Warriors (Uruguay)
5.Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.): San Antonio (Chile)
6.Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian): DFW Warriors (Saudi Arabia)
7.Rod Cannon (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Atlanta Tech): Austin Knights (Japan)
8.Anthony Oxley (5'9''-PG-86, college: Mount Aloysius): Austin Knights (England)
9.Jerone Dodd (6'8''-C-79, college: Morehouse): Team Japan (Japan)
10.Randall Orr (6'10''-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter): (Japan)
11. Benny Hayes (6'5''-F/G-79, college: N.Georgia): Austin Knights (Japan)

2009-2010:
1.Joseph Works (6'8''-F/G-83, college: Tarleton St.): Dallas Stars (Romania)
2.Ozzie Henderson (6'6''-F-84, college: Edward Waters): Austin Knights (Japan)
3.Brent Ragsdale (6'4''-G-86, college: Kennesaw St.): San Antonio (Croatia)
4.Gerard Devaughn (6'8''-C-87, college: Stillman): Southern Generals (Paraguay)
5.Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews): Austin Knights (Romania)
6.Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.): Southern Generals (Dominican Rep.)
7.Trevon Bryant: GIE Morrow Disciples (Uruguay)
8.Jermaine Barnes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Uruguay)
9.Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State): GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
10.Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago): GIE Morrow Disciples (Saudi Arabia)
11.Carlos White (6'8''-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Rhema Bible): Southern Generals (Uruguay)
12.Rashad Chase (6'7''-F/C-87, college: Georgia St.): GIE Morrow Disciples (Austria)
13.Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's): GIE Morrow Disciples (Denmark)
14.Jamil Terrell (6'8''-F): GIE Morrow Disciples (Turkey)
15.Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina): GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
16.Kevin Green (6'6''-F-84, college: Martin Methodist): Austin Knights (China)
17.Richard Jeter (6'6''-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC): Austin Knights (Dominican Rep.)
18.Ben Logan (7'0''-C-84, college: Brown): Austin Knights (Denmark)
19.Jerone Dodd: Team Japan (Japan)
20.Tyler Hughes (7'0''-F-84, college: Kansas St.): Team Japan (DLeague)
21.Reda Rhalimi (7'0''-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA): Team Japan (Morocco)

2010-2011:
1.Sam Liggins (5'10''-G, college: Alders.-Broad.): SE Hoopstars (Kosovo)
2.Mike Creppy: NE Air Soul (England)
3.Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): Southern Generals (Dominican Rep.)
4.Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, college: Auburn): Southern Generals (Mexico)
5.Garrison Johnson (6'5''-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Jackson St.): Southern Generals (Portugal)
6.Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.): Southern Generals (Venezuela)
7.Jermaine Barnes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Mexico)
8.Rashad Chase: GIE Morrow Disciples (Turkey)
9.Dominique Holmes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
10.Mychal Kearse: GIE Morrow Disciples (Lebanon)
11.Sylvester Morgan (6'10''-C-83, college: Georgia St.): GIE Morrow Disciples (Mexico)
12.Jamil Terrell: GIE Morrow Disciples (New Zealand)
13.Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Bethune-Cookman): GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
14.Terrence Woodyard: GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
15.Canady Jr. Raymond (6'7''-F-84, college: Valdosta St.): Tennessee Dragons (Israel)
16.Lamar Grimes (6'0''-G-83, college: Indiana St.): Tennessee Dragons (Qatar)
17.Richard Jeter: Tennessee Dragons (Ukraine)
18.Tyler Hughes: Team Japan (Qatar)
19.Jermaine Dailey: GIE Morrow Disciples (Taiwan)

2011-2012:
1.Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arkansas St.): Southern Generals (Uruguay)
2.Dominique Holmes: Atlanta Assault (Iceland)
3.Mychal Kearse: Dallas Stars (Romania)
4.Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia): GIE Morrow Disciples (Iceland)
5.Sylvester Morgan: GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
6.Antonio Webb: Tennessee Dragons (Dominican Rep.)
7.Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY): Atlanta Assault (Dominican Rep.)
8.Everett Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: S.Carolina St.): Atlanta Assault (Harlem GT)
9.Canady Jr. Raymond: Tennessee Dragons (China)
10. Ephrem Davis (6'9''-F-86): Columbus Crush (Uruguay)
11.Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.): Dallas Stars (Romania)



Lorenzo Davis signs with CSU SIBIU (Romania) - by UBA media

The Universal Basketball Association are proud to announce the 7th overseas singing of the 2011 summer. As reported by Usbasket.com, the UBA is the fastest growing league in the country. The UBA has sent over 45 players to the next level in just 2 years. This summer seems to follow the same plan as the first 2 years with the signing of Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.) (Romania).

CSU Sibiu inked a deal with Lorenzo Davis. The 27-year-old forward started the previous season in the UBA. He averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game for the Dallas Stars in the American League. In April Davis moved to GIE Morrow Disciples. His stats read 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per appearance. Lorenzo Davis was named USBasket.com All-UBA Center of the Year. He also named All-UBA 2nd Team and All-Defense. This will be the first overseas contract for the forward. Davis graduated from the Mountain State in 2005. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his senior season and winner of the 04 NAIA National Championship.

Davis will be joined by his UBA teammate Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) for the 2011-2012 season.



CSU SIBIU ink UBA Star: Mychal Kearse - by UBA media

Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) officially signs with CSU Sibiu for the next two season. Kearse was in communication with the several euro teams in the beginning of the week, while the teams today announced the contacts.

Mychal Kearse signed with CSU Sibiu. Kearse has 2 years of European experience playing two seasons in Denmark for SISU Copenhagen. He was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg while earning All-Import honors. Kearse has also played in Japan and Lebanon.

Kearse is by far one of the best guard we have had in the UBA, said Davis. It was a joy to watch Kearse play.

Kearse spend the 2010-2011 season in the UBA with the Dallas Stars (UBA). He was named to the All-UBA 1st Team along with All-Star honors. In 28 games Kearse averaged 24.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 5.6apg and a league leading 3.4steals.

To top off a great season Kearse was honored by Usbasket.com to the All-United States team.



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Randy Culpepper pens first pro deal in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Randy Culpepper (182-G-89) will tip off his professional career in Ukraine. The 22-year-old guard penned the deal with Ferro-ZNTU. The contract is meant for one season. Randy Culpepper just graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in his senior season. Randy Culpepper made it into NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team. The guard was also named into C-USA All-Tournament Team for the second straight season. Randy Culpepper used to be All-C-USA Sixth Man of the Year back in 2008. Randy Culpepper participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He tallied 5.3 points, 3.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per appearance.


Ukraine U18 edged Georgia U18 three times in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
At first Ukraine U18 edged Georgia U18 75:62. In Game 2 Ukraine U18 smashed the opponents 100:72. Ukraine took the lead from the very beginning and had 28-14 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Georgia won the second period, while the hosts won the third and the last periods to reach three digits numbers on the board. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) poured in 25 points to lead the charge, while Furs netted 20. Valeri Kvantaliani (202-F-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing case.
In the third game Ukraine U18 celebrated 74:71 win. They started with 19-17 and managed to increase the lead to 5 points at the halftime. Moreover Ukraine added 21-17 in the third frame, while Georgia replied with 22-16 in the last quarter. Anatoliy Shundel (199-F-93) stepped up with 19 points, while Vladislav Smirnov (189-G-94) netted 14. Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) answered with 25 points in the losing effort.



Sasa Vasiljevic joins Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Khimik Yuzny bolstered their backcourt. They added Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) to the roster. The 32-year-old guard is not new to Ukraine. Last season the Bosnian player spent in BC Donetsk. Sasa Vasiljevic averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 boards per Superleague game. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Previously Sasa Vasiljevic had stints with Kolossos, AEK Athens, Menorca, Bosna TH Telecom, Hemofarm and Sloga Kraljevo. Sasa Vasiljevic was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year back in 2006. The guard has been the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team since 2005. He also participated at Adriatic League All-Star Game in 2007.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Ahli sign Schomers - by Ali Ahmed
Al Ahli Dubai club decided to sign a deal with coach Peter Schomers for 2011/12.

Awards/Achievements:
Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -05
Austrian Cup Finalist -07
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -08
Romanian League All-Star Game -08
Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Romanian League Semifinals -08, 09
WABA Club Championships -10
Lebanese League Semifinals -10
Kuwait League Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Kuwait League Cup Winner -11
Head Coach: Lebanese National Team -11
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Shelman leads Nacional - by Hector Lopez
Nacional defeated Larranaga 80-71 to maintain the second position, one point behind the Metro league leader, Tabare. Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) netted 15 points with 8 rebounds, for Nacional and Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) scored 24 points, for Larranaga. In the other game played last nigth, Urunday Universitario defeated Atenas 88-78. For Urunday Juan Garbarino scored 28 points and Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) netted 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. For Atenas Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) netted 17 poins with 18 rebounds. Standings: Tabare 20 points, Nacional 19, Larranaga 18, Urunday 17, Goes 16.5, Atenas 16. The champion will be promoted to the Uruguayan League. Other four teams will play for a second promotion.

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Trotamundos should get rid of Cocodrilos today - by Yelitza La Torre
Trotamundos de Carabobo is a game away from the 2011 LPB's championship series that is why the 'Blue Express' should get rid of Cocodrilos Del Caracas on today's game (06-29-2011). Trotamundos defeated Cocodrilos twice in the Valencia's Forum to this way lead 3-2 this 2011 LPB semifinal series. Today as visitors in Caracas, The Blue Express should remain focus on their idea to become champions of the 2011 LPB Season.
Marinos de Anzoategui is leading 3-2 in the other 2011 LPB semifinal series that is playing versus those warriors Gigantes de Guayana.



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Latvia is set for hosting U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Latvia is set for hosting U19 World Championship that will start tomorrow in the country. The 10th Edition of the tournament will be held in Latvia from 30 June through 10 July 2011. The 2011 FIBA World U19 Championship for Men will gather teams from 16 countries and five FIBA continental zones, featuring the world's best young players born in 1992 or after. The best three teams from each group will advance into the next round and will make up two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from the groups of the second stage will qualify into the quarterfinals.
Two years ago the United States triumphed at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They overcame Greek counterparts in the final 88:80. The victory marked the first success for the USA since 1991. Tyshawn Taylor (190-G-90) knocked down 18 points, made 6 assists and 5 steals to pace the USA to the historic win. Ashton Gibbs (187-G-90) notched 13 points, while Klay Thompson had 10 points for the winners. Costas Sloukas answered with 17 points for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas had 16 points in the losing effort.





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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


The Pools are known - by Eurobasket News
After the draw made on Saturday, June 25th in Bamako, the composition of the different pools of Afrobasket scheduled from September 23rd to October 2nd in the Malian capital is now known.
This Saturday, June 25th, FIBA-Africa conducted the pools draw of the 22nd women African Nations Championship in 2011 (women Afrobasket 2011). The twelve qualified teams were divided into two pools, Mali was selected as head of pool A in its capacity as host country and Senegal as head of pool B due to its status of defending champion. In Pool A, there are also Mali, Cte dIvoire, Tunisia, DR Congo, Mozambique and Ghana. Besides, the Ghanaian selection that will be at its first participation, will open the show with its Malian counterpart on September 23rd at the March 26th stadium.

Group B, more balanced, comprises, Senegal, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rwanda and Guinea-Conakry, which makes its comeback after a 35 years absence.

Various pools
Pool A: Mali, Tunisia, Cte dIvoire, Ghana, Mozambique and DR Congo
Pool B: Senegal, Guinea, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon and Rwanda
Courtesy of: www.starafrica.com



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL stars continue to impress in SEABL - by Eurobasket News
WNBL players continue to lead the way in the 2011 SEABL competition collecting accolades and fine-tuning their games in preparation for the upcoming WNBL season.

Despite the absence due to injury of last years SEABL league MVP, WNBL star and Australian Opals squad member Rachel Jarry, the WNBL continues to leave a big mark on the off-season competition.

Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) who starred in her debut season with the Flames in the WNBL last year, continues to dominate the SEABL competition leading the league in scoring representing the Knox Raiders. The WNBL All-star five member from last year is averaging 19.5 points to lead the league in scoring.

Bendigo Spirit player Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) is currently second in the league in points per game averaging 19.5, while also leading the league in assists per game averaging 4.8 per outing.

Australian Opals member and Adelaide Lightning recruit Abby Bishop (189-C-88) currently ranks third in scoring averaging 18.1 points per game, as well as contributing 10.3 rebounds per game for the Kilsyth Cobras.

Bishop is followed closely by Mia Newley (184-G-88) of the Townsville Fire who is averaging 17.9 points per game for the Launceston Tornadoes and has already collected a SEABL Womens Player of the Month Award for May.

This week, Sydney Uni Flames recruit Lauren King was named SEABL Player of the Week in Round 12 of action for the Bendigo Lady Braves.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  BELARUS - Women  


Ukraine U20 edge Belarus U20 in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Belarus U20 84:63

Ukrainian U20 National Team opened the international friendly tournament in Istanbul with victory. They held off their Belarusian counterparts. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to pace the effort.
Ukraine opened the game with a 7:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the first quarter. They posted a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine increased the tempo in the second period and built a 42:29 lead at the interval. Ukraine kept Belarus at bay throughout the third term. The scoreboard read 65:45 at the final intermission. Ukraine did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) had 11 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 26, Olesia Malashenko 20+12 boards, Olga Maznichenko 15+10 boards
Belarus U20: Nadzeya Bohdan 19, Maryia Filonchyk 11



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  BELGIUM - Women  


Turkey rally past Belgium in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Belgium U20 69:46

Turkish U20 National Team registered the first win at the Istanbul International Tournament. They fired past Belgium in the opener. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) and Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) scored 10 points each to pace the winners.
Turkey earned a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The hosts limited Belgium to only 9 points in the second quarter to ensure a 32:24 halftime lead. More to come in the third quarter as Turkey took over completely. They outgunned the visitors 22:10 to enter the final frame up by 20 points 54:34. Belgium never recovered and Turkey cruised to the win in the final frame. Nazli Gokdemir (190-F-91) and Esra Ural (198-C-91) stepped up with 8 points each for the winners. Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) responded with 10 points for Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) provided 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 10, Gamze Takmaz 10, Nazli Gokdemir 8, Esra Ural 8
Belgium U20: Nele Poffyn 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 9



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Czech Republic crushed Croatia - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Czech Republic was the best team in the group E. Croatia advanced to final round after do-or-die game with Spain. They were fourth team in the group F. Czech Republic rolls over
Croatia 79:63. They advanced to the semifinal with Russia on Friday. Croatia will fight for a 5th position. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) scored 27 points, but her team lose the game against Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 17 points for Czech Republic, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) poured 14 points, Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) end the game with 13 points.

Czechs started this game with Eva Viteckova three point shot. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with jump shot. After three minutes of play Czech Republic had got a small, one point lead 3:2. Team were playing basket for basket. Czechs advantage was still between 2-5 points. With 4:02 to play in the first quarter Croatian coach called timeout. The score was 12:7. But It did not help his team. Then Czechs scored 4 straight points. Croatia can respond only with two free throws. Eva Viteckova buried another three, Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) made a shot and Czechs were leading by 10 21:11. Sandra Mandir made another two free throws for Croatia. After first quarter Czechs were up by 8 21:13.

In the second quarter the game was under Czechs control. In the middle of the second period Czech Republic was leading by 15 30:15. Then, Petra Kulichova made another shot
for Czech Republic. Croatian coach called his last time in this half. Croatia scored another 4 straight points and now Czechs trainer wanted to talk with his players. With 2:34 to play
in the second quarter Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) reduced the lost to 3 points 32:29. Croatian were on 14:0 run. Czechs coach called another timeout. After that Czechs were able to score some points. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 7 point lead 36:29.

After the brake Czech Republic played well. They noticed 9:2 run and Croatian coach called timeout. Then, Croatia scored 9 straight points. After Sandra Mandir lay-up Croatia was
down only by 5 45:40. Then Petra Kulichova made 5 straight points for Czech Republic She rebuilt Czechs advantage. Her friends added another 6 points. Czech were on 11:0
run and Croatian coach called another timeout. Croatian cannot find any whole in the Czechs defense. Czech Republic ended third quarter with incredible 22:0 run. Before the last
quarter Czechs had 27 points lead - 67:40 and they were very close to win this game. In the last quarter nothing has changes. Czech Republic had been controlled the game.
Finally, Czechs beat Croatia 79:63.

Czech Republic Croatia 79:63 (21:13, 15:16,31:11,12:23)
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 17, Petra Kulichova 14, Katerina Elhotova 13
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 27, Antonija Misura (178-F-88) 9



Russia is the first semi-finalist - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
In first quarter-final Latvia played with Russia. Latvia was placed on the second position in the group F. Russia ended group E on the third place. Russia have won the game against
Latvia 83:72. Russia advanced to semi-final of the Eurobasket 2011. Latvia will fight for 5th place. Although Elina Babkina 21 points Latvia was not able to take a win. In Russian
team: Elena Danilochikina scored 18 points, Marina Kuzina added 16, Olga Artheshina poured 15.

Russia had a great start. After first minute They were leading by 4. Russian were playing very good. It was not a best start for Latvia. With 4:42 to play in the first quarter Svetlana
Abrosimova buried a three. The score was 8:17 for Russia. Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Latvia scored 6 straight points. Four of them added Elena Babkina. Latvian players
found a way to score some easy points. Latvia was very close to tie the game. With 2:04 remaining in the first they had only a one point loss 18:19. Thanks to 4 straight points
for Russia, Russian players won first quarter 18:23.

Sabine Niedola scored two points for Latvia. Then, early in second quarter Marina Kuzina hit two straight long distance shots for Russia. Olga Arteshina added another 2 points for
Russia. Russia had got 11 points lead with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Latvian trying to get back in this game, but that was a Russian time. Russia was playing great in
offense and defense. That was not a bad game for Latvia. After two quarters Russia had 11 points advantage 37:48 and unbelievable execution from downtown 6/7.

After the brake Latvia scored 5 straight points. Russian coach reaction was very clear: TIMEOUT. Then Russia also scored 5 points in a row. With 5:51 to play in the third Russia
rebuilt the advantage to 11 points. Latvian coach wanted to talk with his players. Russia had been controlling the game with good defense. Latvia was not able to reduce the lost.
Before the last quarter Russia had got 10 points advantage. In the last quarter Latvia cannot reduce the lost. That was a big game for Russia. With almost 6 minutes remaining Latvian
still had got a 13 points lost. Coach Geogre Dikeoulakos called his last timeout. Gunta Basko gave an impulse for the Latvian team. She made two straight shots both with the foul.
With 3:21 to play in the last quarter Russian advantage decreased to 8 points. Then neither team was able to score during two minutes of play. This run was aborted by Irina
Osipova She made a jump shot for Russia. Then, Elina Babkina made two free throws. With 39 seconds to go Svetlana Abrosimova buried the three pointer. Russia still had got 8
point lead. Although Latvian effort Russia won this game 83:72.

Latvia Russia 72:83 (18:23, 19:25, 18:17 , 17:18)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 21, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 18, Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 10
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 18, Marina Kuzina 16, Olga Arteshina 15, Maria Stepanova 10



Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Perovanovic, MNT19.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 4. Kalentzou, GRE16.0 
 5. Mandir, CRO15.9 
 6. Dubljevic, MNT15.6 
 7. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 8. Yilmaz, TUR15.2 
 9. Elhotova, CZE15.1 
 10. Babkina, LAT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Tamane, LAT10.1 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Bar, GER8.8 
 4. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 5. Stepanova, RUS8.6 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 7. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 8. Ress, ITA8.0 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT7.8 
 10. Kobryn, POL7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dubljevic, MNT5.0 
 2. Babkina, LAT4.6 
 3. Mandir, CRO4.1 
 4. Bortelova, CZE3.9 
 5. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 6. Vardarli, TUR3.7 
 7. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 8. Dumerc, FRA3.5 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Zara, ITA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sandra LINKEVICIENE
  LTU
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Linkeviciene, LTU2.8 
 2. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 3. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 5. Palau, ESP2.5 
 6. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 7. De Forge, MNT2.4 
 8. Bar, GER2.3 
 9. Bimbaite, LTU2.3 
 10. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gruda, FRA1.8 
 2. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 3. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Burgrova, CZE1.4 
 6. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 7. Popovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Tetemondova, SVK1.0 
 9. Halman, NED1.0 
 10. Sotiriou, GRE1.0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


ToPo keep Alli Arppe, Anette Juvonen, Ellen Nurmi and Hanna Valkeinen - by Eurobasket News
ToPo keep Alli Arppe (184-F-81), Anette Juvonen (170-G-93), Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93) and Hanna Valkeinen (168-G-87) for the next season. The team will announce some signings later before the start of the 2011/2012 season.
Alli Arppe joined the team in 2010-2011 and in 35 games averaged 3.7ppg, 3.3rpg. Anette Juvonen started her career in 2009-2010 for Keravan Energia Team (D1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 70.1%. In 2010-2011 moved to Torpan Pojat Helsinki (D2, starting five) and in 31 games had 8.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 73.0%.
Hanna Valkeinen appeared inTorpan Pojat Helsinki (D1, starting five) last season and in 34 games had 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.
Ellen Nurmi joinedTorpan Pojat Helsinki (D1) also last season and in 34 games had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 23.9%, FT: 61.0%. She is also a Finnish U18 National Team member. At the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) -10 after 8 games Ellen averaged 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT-2 (92.9%).




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  GERMANY - Women  


Tara Flaherty heads to USC Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News
Tara Flaherty (186-F-88, college: Fairfield) heads to USC Heidelberg for the next season. The American Forward moved from Croatia as she played for ZKK Biska Pula.
In 2006-2007 Tara started for Fairfield (NCAA) and in the debut year averaged 3.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 0.47apg. In 2007-2008 for Fairfield (NCAA) she had 2.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 0.42apg. In 2008-2009 she improved to 3.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 0.66apg and in 2009-2010 after 27 games her stats read 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 0.78apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 100.0%, FT: 59.1%. In 2010 played at the Empier State Games: Team captain: game 1: 24pts, 15reb., 4assists; game 2: 15pts, 10reb, 4astsists; game 3: 27pts, 14reb, 7assists. In 2010-2011 moved to ZKK Biska Pula (Croatia-A1, starting five) and after 8 games had massive 18.1ppg, 9.2rpg.
Tara Flaherty was Ranked 6th at Fairfield University in All-Time Games Played (117) and Ranked 9th at Fairfield University in Career FGP (.488). She was named Fairfield University Rookie of the Week -06, Hastings High School (New York) All-Time Leading Scorer (1,301) -06 and reached MAAC Quarterfinals -07-09. She reached USA/Italy Continental Cup -10, was Fairfield University Captain -10, MAAC Scholar-Athlete -08-10, Fairfield University Athlete of the Week -08-10, MAAC Regular Season Runner-up -08, MAAC Tournament Semifinals -08, 09 and MAAC Tournament Finalist -10.



Valerie Nainima follows Lea Mersch - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
evo New Basket Oberhausen has a new pointguard. After Lea Mersch (170-G-87) decided to look for a club in another country, the club was looking for a new starting point guard. With no germans available they startet looking overseas.

Valerie Nainima (165-G-86) played for Long Islands Blackbirds and the University of South Carolina. Last year she had some knee-problems but played the second half series. She can hit the three, ist quick, likes to play uptempo and is supposed to be a good defender. 25 year old Nainima will spend her first year in germany as pro-player for the team and also work as assistantcoach with one of the several youth teams.



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Rivas Ecopolis announced Kourtney Treffers - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis announced Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) for the next season. The Dutch player will arrive from HLB Accountants Den Helder where she started her career.
In 2009-2010 the 1994 year-born Forward started for HLB Accountants Den Helder (Eredivisie) and in 35 games averaged 3.5ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2010-2011 for HLB Accountants Den Helder (Eredivisie, starting five) she improved to 14.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 52.6%. Immediately after that she received Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Domestic Players Team -11.
Last year Kourtney Treffers was a member of the National U16 team that participated at the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece. In 9 games she became the top-scorer with 18.6ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 63.8%. She recorded 26 points twice in the tournament. At first Holland grabbed an overtime win against Spain for 1-0 in Preliminary Group C as they got the most from Kourtney Treffers 26 points and 12 rebounds. Then however Belgium grabbed an OT win against Holland and it was a very important game for both teams as they had 2-1 before it. Antonia Delaere shined for the winners with 18 points. Kourtney Treffers collected 26 points and 11 rebs in loss.



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Ceprini Costruzioni add Francesca Mariani, Margio moves to Bull Basket Latina - by Eurobasket News
Ceprini Costruzioni add Francesca Mariani (188-F-85) for the next season. In 2006-2007 the Italian Forward started for Villagio Solidano Livorno (A2, starting five) and in 2007-2008 continued with the team. In 2008-2009 played for Women Basket Livorno (A1) and after 29 games averaged 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0spg. In 2009-2010 for ACP Livorno (A1, starting five) in 22 games she averaged 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 54.5%. Last season Francesca Mariani played for Termocarispe La Spezia (A2, starting five).
Massimo Annunziata will coach Libertas Basket. As a Coach Assistant he worked with Sati Trading Gandino (B2). In 2002/03 he was at Progresso Castel Maggiore, while in stayed with Gandino Bologna. In 2007-2011 stayed with Granarolo Basket.
Claudia Margio (170-G-88) meanwhile moved to La Bull Basket Latina. In 2006-2007 the Italian player was with Italmoka Pozzuoli (A2) and the season after remained with the team. She was awarded Italian A2 Group B Regular Season Runner-Up -07 and Italian A2 Champion -07.




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  KENYA - Women  


Africa Ball Draw Set for Bamako - by Eurobasket News
The draws for the 10th All Africa Games basketball will be held in Bamako, Mali today According to a release by the Fiba-Africa secretary Alphonse Bile. All the 12 qualified nations have been invited.

Kenya will be represented by the women's team who qualified by virtue of finishing fifth at the last Pan Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria. The men did not make it during the qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this year.

A provisional squad of 29 players has been named by Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF). The coaches are Cliff Owuor and Philip Onyango. The team assembles on July 15.

Meanwhile, KBF first vice chairman Henry Shihemi has revealed that a top coach from the US will be visiting the country later this month.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)



Draw 'Good' for Basketball Team - by Eurobasket News
Nairobi Kenyan coaches are happy with the draws for the women's basketball event for the All Africa Games which take place in Maputo, Mozambique, from September 3-18.

National women's coach Cliff Owuor and his assistant Philip Onyango on Monday said the draw was fair and that, with good preparations, it gives the country a chance to reach the final stages of the championships.

'We have analysed this draw with head coach Cliff Owuor and we both feel it gives us an almost automatic qualification to the quarter-finals with good preparations,' Mombasa Sports Club coach Onyango, who will assist his Rwandan club APR counterpart Owuor in preparing the team for the games, said.

Kenya are in Group A alongside hosts Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Nigeria.

Teams are beatable

Onyango said under his tutelage Kenya has recorded excellent results against Nigeria and DRC in the Afro Basket Championships, making him believe the two otherwise respected basketball playing nations are beatable.

'We will not have an excuse if we go down to either Zimbabwe or Algeria, although our main target is to beat everyone in the group and emerge tops.'

The draws, held in Mali's capital city Bamako on Saturday, has champions Senegal, Cameroon, Angola, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and Mali in Group B.

The Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) has at the same time released the names of the national team players for the games who are expected to start training on July 15.

All Africa Games women's basketball team

Locally based: Silalei Agalo, Caroline Achieng (G-76), Samba Mjomba (G-85) and Angela Akoth (Eagle Wings), Lorraine Akinyi, Purity Auma, Brenda Mbone (Uganda Christian University), Faith Owich, Denise Apondi, Grace Wanjiku (Strathmore University), Brenda Angeshi and Helen Oketch (G) (KPA), Hilda Luvandwa (USIU), Vilma Achieng (Asumbi Teachers College), Mercine Milimu (Kenyatta University), Debra Obunga (Mombasa Sports Club), Natali Akinyi (Western Delight), Mercy Wanyama (Storms), Debora Atieno and Primerose Asura (Shimba Hills Talent Academy)

Based abroad: Josephine Achieng Owino, Dorreen Minala, Beatrice Awino Oyenje, Rose Ouma, Mildred Olumasi, Judy Lulu Obiero, Anastacia Njeri
Courtesy of: Nation on the Web


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EuroBasket 2011: Russia is the first semi-finalist - by Eurobasket News
In first quarter-final Latvia played with Russia. Latvia was placed on the second position in the group F. Russia ended group E on the third place. Russia have won the game against Latvia 83:72. Russia advanced to semi-final of the Eurobasket 2011. Latvia will fight for 5th place. Although Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) 21 points Latvia was not able to take a win. In Russian team: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points, Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 16, Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) poured 15.

Russia had a great start. After first minute They were leading by 4. Russian were playing very good. It was not a best start for Latvia. With 4:42 to play in the first quarter Svetlana Abrosimova buried a three. The score was 8:17 for Russia. Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Latvia scored 6 straight points. Four of them added Elena Babkina. Latvian players found a way to score some easy points. Latvia was very close to tie the game. With 2:04 remaining in the first they had only a one point loss 18:19. Thanks to 4 straight points for Russia, Russian players won first quarter 18:23.

Sabine Niedola scored two points for Latvia. Then, early in second quarter Marina Kuzina hit two straight long distance shots for Russia. Olga Arteshina added another 2 points for Russia. Russia had got 11 points lead with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Latvian trying to get back in this game, but that was a Russian time. Russia was playing great in offense and defense. That was not a bad game for Latvia. After two quarters Russia had 11 points advantage 37:48 and unbelievable execution from downtown 6/7.

After the brake Latvia scored 5 straight points. Russian coach reaction was very clear: TIMEOUT. Then Russia also scored 5 points in a row. With 5:51 to play in the third Russia
rebuilt the advantage to 11 points. Latvian coach wanted to talk with his players. Russia had been controlling the game with good defense. Latvia was not able to reduce the lost.
Before the last quarter Russia had got 10 points advantage. In the last quarter Latvia cannot reduce the lost. That was a big game for Russia. With almost 6 minutes remaining Latvian still had got a 13 points lost. Coach Geogre Dikeoulakos called his last timeout. Gunta Basko gave an impulse for the Latvian team. She made two straight shots both with the foul. With 3:21 to play in the last quarter Russian advantage decreased to 8 points. Then neither team was able to score during two minutes of play. This run was aborted by Irina Osipova She made a jump shot for Russia. Then, Elina Babkina made two free throws. With 39 seconds to go Svetlana Abrosimova buried the three pointer. Russia still had got 8 point lead. Although Latvian effort Russia won this game 83:72.

Latvia - Russia 72:83 (18:23, 19:25, 18:17 , 17:18)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 21, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 18, Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 10
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 18, Marina Kuzina 16, Olga Arteshina 15, Maria Stepanova 10

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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Poland U20 comes back from Spain - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 comes back from Ferrol International Tournament with three participating teams.
In Game 1 Spain U20 overcame Poland U20 60:56. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the first period, while Spain grabbed the lead at the halftime. An 11-4 run allowed them to take 31:25 advantage after two periods. They increased to 34:25 early in the third frame, while Poland replied with 7-0 run and reduced to 41:40 after thirty minutes. At the end Spain pushed the tempo for good and reached the win in the opener.
In Day 2 Turkey U20 outscored Poland U20 65:61. They started with 17-12 after the first 10 minutes and added 18-9 in the second frame. Poland was too far to give up and replied with 23-13 in the third period, but due to 17-17 in the last quarter the teams finished the game with 4-point difference. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) stepped up with 24 points for the winners, while Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) netted 12. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) ended up with 8 points, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 6 points and 7 rebounds.




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BCT Alexandria keeps Daniela Bucica - by Eurobasket News
BCT Alexandria announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Daniela Bucica (180-F-86). Two sides penned a deal today. Bucica arrived to BCT Alexandria last summer from ICIM Arad. She appeared 24 times for Alexndria in D1 averaging 6.9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Before BCT Alexandria, Bucica played six years for ICIM Arad. She had limited playing time in their last season together. In 2008/09, Bucica had 8.5 ppg and 4 rpg for 24 games in Romanian league. With Arad, Bucica won two championship titles. It was in 2006 and 2008. In the meantime, they reached Cup Finals and league Finals. In the past, Bucica played for Olimpia Bucuresti and she also was a member of the Romanian U20 National Team.

Annemarie Parau signs 2-year deal with CSM Satu Mare - by Eurobasket News
Annemarie Parau (175-G-84, agency: LBM Management) is a new member of CSM Satu Mare. The Romanian guard signed a two-year deal with her new team. Parau arrives to CSM Satu Mare from CSS LMK BC Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe, where she spent last season. She had 13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.9 apg and 2.2 spg for them in 28 league games. She helped SF Gheorghe to reach the Playoffs Semifinals and they also reached Semis in National Cup.
Before Sf Gheorghe, Annemarie Parau spent season and a half with MCM Targoviste. She had 8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.1 apg for them in 12 EuroCup games (2009/10). Parau also has experience from Reims, Elizur Ramla, Dexia Namur and ICIM Arad. She is a member of the Romanian National Team since 2011. Parau played for them in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


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Russian junior teams won both games over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Russian junior teams won both games over Slovenia in the test games between each other. At first the Russian selection overcame Slovenia U19 48:46. The Russian team opened the game with 13-9 and then both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame. In the third period Russia won 17-7, while Slovenia had 16-10 win in the last frame. Baric's 19 points were not enough for Slovenia, while Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) netted 13. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) posted 11 and Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) as well as Kastelic had 2 each.
On Sunday Russian selection outscored Slovenia 69:44. Russian team opened the game with 22-18 and added defensive 15-6 in the second frame. The third and the last periods also belonged to the favorites that produced 20-10 and 12-10 respectively in the quarters. For Slovenia Nina Gabrovsek scored 10 points, while Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93), Macura and Alina Gjerkes netted 6 apiece.



EuroBasket 2011: Russia is the first semi-finalist - by Eurobasket News
In first quarter-final Latvia played with Russia. Latvia was placed on the second position in the group F. Russia ended group E on the third place. Russia have won the game against Latvia 83:72. Russia advanced to semi-final of the Eurobasket 2011. Latvia will fight for 5th place. Although Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) 21 points Latvia was not able to take a win. In Russian team: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points, Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 16, Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) poured 15.

Russia had a great start. After first minute They were leading by 4. Russian were playing very good. It was not a best start for Latvia. With 4:42 to play in the first quarter Svetlana Abrosimova buried a three. The score was 8:17 for Russia. Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Latvia scored 6 straight points. Four of them added Elena Babkina. Latvian players found a way to score some easy points. Latvia was very close to tie the game. With 2:04 remaining in the first they had only a one point loss 18:19. Thanks to 4 straight points for Russia, Russian players won first quarter 18:23.

Sabine Niedola scored two points for Latvia. Then, early in second quarter Marina Kuzina hit two straight long distance shots for Russia. Olga Arteshina added another 2 points for Russia. Russia had got 11 points lead with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Latvian trying to get back in this game, but that was a Russian time. Russia was playing great in offense and defense. That was not a bad game for Latvia. After two quarters Russia had 11 points advantage 37:48 and unbelievable execution from downtown 6/7.

After the brake Latvia scored 5 straight points. Russian coach reaction was very clear: TIMEOUT. Then Russia also scored 5 points in a row. With 5:51 to play in the third Russia
rebuilt the advantage to 11 points. Latvian coach wanted to talk with his players. Russia had been controlling the game with good defense. Latvia was not able to reduce the lost.
Before the last quarter Russia had got 10 points advantage. In the last quarter Latvia cannot reduce the lost. That was a big game for Russia. With almost 6 minutes remaining Latvian still had got a 13 points lost. Coach Geogre Dikeoulakos called his last timeout. Gunta Basko gave an impulse for the Latvian team. She made two straight shots both with the foul. With 3:21 to play in the last quarter Russian advantage decreased to 8 points. Then neither team was able to score during two minutes of play. This run was aborted by Irina Osipova She made a jump shot for Russia. Then, Elina Babkina made two free throws. With 39 seconds to go Svetlana Abrosimova buried the three pointer. Russia still had got 8 point lead. Although Latvian effort Russia won this game 83:72.

Latvia - Russia 72:83 (18:23, 19:25, 18:17 , 17:18)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 21, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 18, Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 10
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 18, Marina Kuzina 16, Olga Arteshina 15, Maria Stepanova 10

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slavka Frniakova-Bucakova extends with MBK Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News
Slavka Frniakova-Bucakova (168-G-79) has agreed on terms of contract extension with MBK Ruzomberok. The 31-year-old guard will enter her third straight season with the Slovakian powerhouse. Last season Slavka Frniakova-Bucakova tallied 4.3 points, 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Extraliga the guard averaged 7.0 points, 4.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per appearance. Slavka Frniakova-Bucakova has been the member of Slovakian National Team since 2005.


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Russian junior teams won both games over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Russian junior teams won both games over Slovenia in the test games between each other. At first the Russian selection overcame Slovenia U19 48:46. The Russian team opened the game with 13-9 and then both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame. In the third period Russia won 17-7, while Slovenia had 16-10 win in the last frame. Baric's 19 points were not enough for Slovenia, while Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) netted 13. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) posted 11 and Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) as well as Kastelic had 2 each.
On Sunday Russian selection outscored Slovenia 69:44. Russian team opened the game with 22-18 and added defensive 15-6 in the second frame. The third and the last periods also belonged to the favorites that produced 20-10 and 12-10 respectively in the quarters. For Slovenia Nina Gabrovsek scored 10 points, while Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93), Macura and Alina Gjerkes netted 6 apiece.



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Ferrol hosted an International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Ferrol hosted an International Tournament for three U20 teams. In Game 1 Spain U20 overcame Poland U20 60:56. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the first period, while Spain grabbed the lead at the halftime. An 11-4 run allowed them to take 31:25 advantage after two periods. They increased to 34:25 early in the third frame, while Poland replied with 7-0 run and reduced to 41:40 after thirty minutes. At the end Spain pushed the tempo for good and reached the win in the opener.

In Day 2 Turkey U20 outscored Poland U20 65:61. They started with 17-12 after the first 10 minutes and added 18-9 in the second frame. Poland was too far to give up and replied with 23-13 in the third period, but due to 17-17 in the last quarter the teams finished the game with 4-point difference. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) stepped up with 24 points for the winners, while Serenay Ozlem Cakmakci netted 12. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) ended up with 8 points, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 6 points and 7 rebounds.

In Day 3 Turkey U20 beat Spain U20 63:62 in a real thriller to win the tournament. Spain started better and grabbed 15-10 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Turkey however needed productive second period and after 21-12 enjoyed 4-points deficit when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Spain won the third and the last quarters, but it was not enough to win the game. Gamze Takmaz top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Pelin Gulbag (172-PG-91) nailed 14. Pnar Demirok posted 12, whilst Ozge Yavas came up with the same number of points.



Rivas Ecopolis announced Kourtney Treffers - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis announced Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) for the next season. The Dutch player will arrive from HLB Accountants Den Helder where she started her career.
In 2009-2010 the 1994 year-born Forward started for HLB Accountants Den Helder (Eredivisie) and in 35 games averaged 3.5ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2010-2011 for HLB Accountants Den Helder (Eredivisie, starting five) she improved to 14.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 52.6%. Immediately after that she received Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Domestic Players Team -11.
Last year Kourtney Treffers was a member of the National U16 team that participated at the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece. In 9 games she became the top-scorer with 18.6ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 63.8%. She recorded 26 points twice in the tournament. At first Holland grabbed an overtime win against Spain for 1-0 in Preliminary Group C as they got the most from Kourtney Treffers 26 points and 12 rebounds. Then however Belgium grabbed an OT win against Holland and it was a very important game for both teams as they had 2-1 before it. Antonia Delaere shined for the winners with 18 points. Kourtney Treffers collected 26 points and 11 rebs in loss.



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  TURKEY - Women  


Antakya bring in Jessica Moore - by Eurobasket News
TKBL newcomers Antakya have strengthened their roster for the upcoming season. They signed a deal with Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut). The 28-year-old centre is currently playing for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. In 2010 Jessica Moore played for the Indiana Fever and averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. The centre also had stints in Russia, China, France, Spain and Latvia during her career. Antakya have already secured the services of Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke), Crystal Smith (168-G-84, college: Iowa), Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland).


Turkey rally past Belgium in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Belgium U20 69:46

Turkish U20 National Team registered the first win at the Istanbul International Tournament. They fired past Belgium in the opener. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) and Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) scored 10 points each to pace the winners.
Turkey earned a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The hosts limited Belgium to only 9 points in the second quarter to ensure a 32:24 halftime lead. More to come in the third quarter as Turkey took over completely. They outgunned the visitors 22:10 to enter the final frame up by 20 points 54:34. Belgium never recovered and Turkey cruised to the win in the final frame. Nazli Gokdemir (190-F-91) and Esra Ural (198-C-91) stepped up with 8 points each for the winners. Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) responded with 10 points for Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) provided 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 10, Gamze Takmaz 10, Nazli Gokdemir 8, Esra Ural 8
Belgium U20: Nele Poffyn 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 9



Tarsus Belediyesi sign Jeanette Pohlen - by Eurobasket News
Tarsus Belediyesi strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Jeanette Pohlen (182-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford). The 22-year-old guard is currently playing in the WNBA. She tallies 6.8 points and 1.4 boards for the Indiana Fever in her rookie season. Jeanette Pohlen was drafted by the Fever in the first round of WNBA Draft (9th pick). The guard graduated from the Stanford University this year. Her stats read 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 boards and 1.2 steals per game in the senior season. Jeanette Pohlen was named All-Pac 10 Player of the Year. She played for the USA University National Team in 2009. Jeanette Pohlen averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 boards and 3.0 assists per appearance at World University Games in Belgrade.


Turkey U20 wins Ferrol International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 wins Ferrol International Tournament with three teams participating.
Turkey U20 outscored Poland U20 65:61. They started with 17-12 after the first 10 minutes and added 18-9 in the second frame. Poland was too far to give up and replied with 23-13 in the third period, but due to 17-17 in the last quarter the teams finished the game with 4-point difference. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) stepped up with 24 points for the winners, while Serenay Ozlem Cakmakci netted 12. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) ended up with 8 points, while Pinar Demirok had 6 points and 7 rebounds.
Turkey U20 beat Spain U20 63:62 in a real thriller to win the tournament. Spain started better and grabbed 15-10 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Turkey however needed productive second period and after 21-12 enjoyed 4-points deficit when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Spain won the third and the last quarters, but it was not enough to win the game. Gamze Takmaz top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Pelin Gulbag (172-PG-91) nailed 14. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) posted 12, whilst Ozge Yavas came up with the same number of points.



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Ukraine U20 edge Belarus U20 in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Belarus U20 84:63

Ukrainian U20 National Team opened the international friendly tournament in Istanbul with victory. They held off their Belarusian counterparts. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to pace the effort.
Ukraine opened the game with a 7:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the first quarter. They posted a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine increased the tempo in the second period and built a 42:29 lead at the interval. Ukraine kept Belarus at bay throughout the third term. The scoreboard read 65:45 at the final intermission. Ukraine did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) had 11 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 26, Olesia Malashenko 20+12 boards, Olga Maznichenko 15+10 boards
Belarus U20: Nadzeya Bohdan 19, Maryia Filonchyk 11



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  USBA - Women  


Schwinn and the WUSBA continue partnership in fall; over 700 bicycles to be given away - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (June 29, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), Pacific Cycle and Schwinn Bicycle will continue their official supplier and vendor partnership for the WUSBA 2011 basketball fall season. 'We are pleased with this relationship and we are confident in the proven reliability of Schwinn Bicycle products to provide our fans with the one of the highest quality bikes in the marketplace.'

'We're very excited to be part of the WUSBA, their youth programs, and with their basketball teams', noted Schwinn Bicycle spokesperson, John Riggs. 'What counts here is supplying the league with the best bikes available, today. We love the sport of basketball and with this partnership with the WUSBA; we're fired up about introducing more fans to the sport of cycling.' 'Cycling is a great way to keep muscles and tendons in the lower leg and the small of the back toned and firm. Basketball and cycling are a perfect fit.

Schwinn's presence in consumer of cycling is legendary. The partnership between the WUSBA and Schwinn Bicycle was forged after an extensive search for a company to supply the league with quality bicycles. The Alden Group LLC, parent company of the WUSBA approached Schwinn in November 2009 to be their supplier. Trek Bicycle originally was to partner with the WUSBA to supply bicycles to the league. The WUSBA and Trek mutually decided to end their relationship. No other information on the split was made available.

'Schwinn bicycle has been around since the late 1900s, we knew that we wanted them to be a part of our team', noted Duane Jenkins, WUSBAs President and Chief Executive Officer. 'We didn't want to jump into a partnership with just any team; we are very sure that this relationship is the right move for and the WUSBA. When we approached Schwinn about a partnership, we realized that the opportunity to work with this company was too good to pass up. It's no secret that theyve enjoyed tremendous success, and they've demonstrated time and time again that they are one of the best in recreational cycling'.

'It was an easy decision to partner with this cycling company,' Jenkins said when WUSBA officially announced their acquisition of the partnership. 'We, think our fans will be excited as cycling has always been a part of a very important part of physical fitness, we believe this agreement will help significantly increase the sport of cycling in our team cities.' Jenkins continued.

Schwinn bikes will be featured in the WUSBA's season ticket and single ticket promotions. The league will give away over 700 bicycles to fans during their 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza and then repeat the giveaway during the leagues 2011 Single Ticket Extravaganza in which the league will again give away an additional bicycles at seasons end. The giveaways are sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) company.

'I'm very happy to have Schwinn as a sponsor and a vendor of the league and our basketball teams. Schwinn offers high-performance high quality bikes that look awesome. Most importantly, I know I can trust its reliability as they have dealers ready to offer superior customer service in all our cities.' All the major retailers carry their products, Wal Mart, Dicks Sorting Goods and Toys R Us,' you can't go wrong being associated with a product sold by these giants,' said Jenkins

About Pacific Cycle, Inc -- a division of Dorel Industries, Inc., a global leader in branded consumer products. Pacific Cycle designs, markets and distributes high quality bicycles and other recreational products around the world. Pacific Cycle products a wide range of brands including Schwinn, Mongoose, In Step, Schwinn Motorsport, BMW, Roadmaster,

Pacific Dyno and Power Ride.

About Schwinn Bicycle Company -- was founded by Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago, Illinois in 1895. Pacific Cycle purchased Schwinn in 2001.

About WUSBA -- Established in 2010, the Womens United States Basketball Association is womens professional basketball league. The league has sixteen teams divided into four divisions. The league is designed to showcase female basketball players. The league is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The regular season runs from August 27, 2011, through November 5, 2011. Teams play a twenty six game schedule. There is an All Star game scheduled for the weekend of September 30, 2011 The WUSBA Championship game will be played on November 13, 2011.

Contact
www.pacificcycle.com
www.schwinnbicycle.com
WUSBA media (404) 428-3411




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  WNBA - Women  


Shock cuts center Jacinta Monroe - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock cut Jacinta Monroe (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Florida St.) on Tuesday, less than two weeks after signing her.

Monroe, a 6-foot-5 center, appeared in four games for the Shock. She was expected to add size while relieving rookie center Elizabeth Cambage, but Monroe averaged only 5.3 minutes a game and did not record any points.

The roster change allows the Shock to sign another player. The team hosts Minnesota and top draft pick Maya Moore at 7 p.m. Thursday at the BOK Center.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Silver Stars beat Sky to improve to 7-1 - by Eurobasket News
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) had 19 points to lead five San Antonio scorers in double figures as the Silver Stars improved to a league-leading 7-1 with an 84-74 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

Rookie forward Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) scored 16 points, Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) had 14, and Ruth Riley and Danielle Robinson added 10 each for the Silver Stars.

Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored 19 points and Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (4-5), which has lost four of its last five. Erin Thorn added 14 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld added 10 for the Sky.

San Antonio trailed much of the game, but went ahead for good at 71-68 on Riley's 3 pointer with 3:29 left in regulation. San Antonio then made all 10 free throws in the final 1:05 to keep Chicago at bay.

Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago S. 0-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 0-0 
 4. Indiana F. 0-0 
 5. New York L. 0-0 
 6. Washington M. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-0 
 4. S.Antonio SS 0-0 
 5. Seattle S. 0-0 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-0 


Douglas, Davenport lead Fever past Mercury - by Eurobasket News
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 26 points and Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) added a career-high 25 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-86 on Tuesday night.

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) added 14 points, seven assists, four steals and three blocks for the Fever (7-3), who won their fourth straight. Douglas made six 3-pointers and had six assists, and Davenport made 10 of 11 field goals and didn't miss until the final minute of the game.

The excitement was tempered because starting point guard Briann January (5'8''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) went down clutching her right knee early in the fourth quarter.

Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 15 points for Phoenix, but she shot 5 for 14 from the field and had five turnovers. DeWanna Bonner also scored 15 points for the Mercury (4-4).

The Fever lost 93-89 at Phoenix on June 19, when Taurasi scored 32 points.

This time, Indiana led by 18 points in the third quarter, but Phoenix pulled within one early in the fourth quarter. Catchings came back with a jumper, Douglas made a 3-pointer and Catchings added a spinning layup during an 8-0 run that gave Indiana an 86-77 lead and control for good.

Indiana led 45-39 at halftime as Davenport scored 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting. The Fever shot 59 percent before the break.

Indiana opened the second half with an 8-2 run, including two 3s by Douglas, to take a 53-41 lead. The Fever stretched that lead to 14 in the early minutes of the third quarter.

During one sequence, as Catchings was losing control of the ball she tipped it to a wide-open Douglas, who made a 3 to give Indiana a 60-48 lead.

A three-point play by Tammy-Sutton Brown pushed Indiana's lead to 69-51, but an 8-0 run by Phoenix helped the Mercury cut Indiana's lead to 73-65 at the end of the quarter.

Phoenix committed 19 turnovers and made just 15 of 24 free throws. Candice Dupree scored nine points and was held to single digits for the first time this season.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Parker-less Sparks fall to Sun, 79-76 - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) was far more impressed with personal accomplishments during her rookie season than she is this year. Now, she's just concerned with winning.

Charles, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, scored 22 points and tied her career high with 23 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 79-76 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

'Last year it was more like 'wow,' ' Charles said. 'Now I just want to do whatever my team needs for us to win.'

Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) had 19 points, Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored 13 and LaToya Pringle (6'3''-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina) 11 for Los Angeles, which played its first game without Candace Parker. Parker, who tore the lateral meniscus in her right knee in Sunday's loss to the New York Liberty, will be out for about six weeks.

'I knew that at the beginning, we would either come out and play really well or there would be a lack of chemistry on both ends of the floor because of Candace's absence,' LA coach Jennifer Gillom said. 'This is our first game without her and true enough, we had a hard time finding that chemistry early on.'

Renee Montgomery scored the last four points for the Sun, including two free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining for a three-point lead.

Tina Thompson then missed two three-pointers and Toliver a jumper as the Sparks lost their third straight on a seven-game trip and fell to 0-4 on the road.

LOS ANGELES--Hoffman 2-7 0-0 4, Milton-Jones 6-16 1-1 13, Thompson 3-12 0-0 7, Quinn 2-7 1-2 6, Penicheiro 2-3 0-0 5, Toliver 7-17 1-1 19, Lavender 2-5 0-0 4, O'Hea 0-1 0-0 0, Lacy 3-8 1-2 7, Pringle 4-7 3-5 11. Totals 31-83 7-11 76.

CONNECTICUT--Greene 1-5 0-0 2, Jones 8-16 0-0 16, Charles 11-21 0-2 22, Montgomery 4-10 8-9 17, Lawson 6-9 2-2 16, White 1-5 2-2 4, Griffin 1-3 0-0 2, McCray 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-70 12-15 79.

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