EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/8/2011

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  ABA   


Trenton Hassell joins Nashville Soul - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABAs Nashville Soul, a first year team based in Franklin, TN, has added to its already strong roster Trenton Hassell (6'5''-G/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Austin Peay St.), a Clarksville native and a former 2nd round (30th overall) pick by Chicago Bulls.
Hassell, a 9-year NBA veteran, is a native of Clarksville (where he was a teammate of current Dallas Maverick Shawn Marion) and starred at Austin Peay. In fact, starred may not accurately describe the impact he left at APSU. A non-qualifier out of Clarksville High School, Hassell graduated in May 2001 with his BS. Even more impressive was what he accomplished on the basketball court. Honors included three straight 1st team All-OVC selections, MVP of the Top of the World Classic in Alaska, and a 2006 APSU Hall of Fame induction. In the NBA, Hassell spent nine seasons with four different teams including Chicago (01-03), Minnesota (03-07), Dallas (07-08), and New Jersey (08-10). The 65 guard-forward earned a reputation as being one of the NBAs finest perimeter defenders. He was a consistent performer over his NBA career and a very popular player.
'We made the commitment on day one to assemble the best available players in Middle Tennessee to represent Nashville in the ABA. We already have a roster full of great talent and now were adding Trenton, a proven NBA player, to the group to form what is arguably the best non-NBA roster in the country', stated Nashville Soul owner John Rowe. He continued, 'Make no mistake though, we are just as interested in what Trenton can help with off the court. Hes a great role model and I personally look forward to working next to him with the youth of Middle Tennessee'.
The Nashville Soul will be kicking off team activities with a press conference and exhibition on July 25th at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin.

For information on the that event of on the team in general, fans are urged to visit www.soulhoops.com (official team website) or at www.facebook.com/Nashville.Soul (Facebook fan page).




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  ANGOLA   


Kikas Gomes wears the armband - by Eurobasket News
The pivot, Kikas Gomes will wear the captains armband of the basketball national team at the African Cup of Nations (Afrobasket2011).

From next August 17th to 28th, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, will take place the Afrobasket 2011. The national team of Angola eagerly awaited in this competition will be conducted by its pivot Kikas Gomes as captain of the team. This information was given last Monday by the assistant national coach, Artur Barros, specifying that age and experience are the criteria that led to this choice. The 2.01 meters Athlete replaces Carlos Almeida, who was the captain of Angola in Libya in 2009 Afrobasket.

The bravest player (MVP) of the 2007's Afrobasket (Angola) and 2009 (Libya), Kikas Gomes is one of the main references of Angolan basketball still playing. Note that after two unique sessions in Luanda, the Angolan team will take the direction of the city of Pau (France) to complete its preparation. In Madagascar, Angola will play in Pool B alongside Chad, Morocco and Senegal.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com


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  ARGENTINA   


Matias Lescano renews deal with Atenas - by Eurobasket News
Atenas and Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The 31-year-old forward joined the team at the start of the previous season. He tallied 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in LigaA. Latinbasket.com named Matias Lescano into Argentinean LigaA All-Defensive Team. Before joining Atenas the forward had stints with CAI Zaragoza, Pico FC and Estudiantes Bahia Blanca.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


New team to join Season 3 of AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League - by Eurobasket News
The San Miguel Beermen Philippines team is now officially a member of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) family. The team made an official announcement in Manilla today on the 6th of July 2011 that they will be joining South East Asias inter-nation professional basketball league in Season 3.
Mr. Ramon Ang, President and CEO of San Miguel commented, We are honoured to be apart of the ABL as it is fastest growing league in SEA today. Our aim is to strengthen the brand in the region and we are mindful that we are representing the nation in this league. I would like to thank ABL for welcoming us as this gives us opportunities to reach out to customers and fans throughout the SEA
Together with young collegians, ex- players and current players of the PBA, the team will be ready to give the other teams a tough challenge as they are aiming to win the Season 3 championship. With more teams in the league, this will also include more games during the regular season in which regional fans can now look forward to a bigger and longer season. With San Miguel joining in, the league will now have 2 Philippine based teams along with the AirAsia Philippine Patriots who were the runners up to the 2nd Season. Other teams also participating in the league include last seasons champions ,Chang Thailand Slammers together with SatriaMuda BritAma, Singapore Slingers, Brunei Barracudas, and Westports KL Dragons. Mario Wuysang, Point Guard of Indonesias current ABL team SatriaMuda added It is great that San Miguel is joining the ABL, to have a PBA team joining is exciting for us as players and i believe for the fans in the region as well. I also believe it will take the competitive level up another notch. So im personally excited and eager to take on the challenge. Mr. Goh Cheng Huat, head coach of the Westports KL Dragons from Malaysia in Season 2 said, the league will be more exciting, competitive and challenging for the teams as we have an additional new team, as it is also good for the league as it shows that the league is growing in the region. Mr. Khun Surasak Chinawatana, the team owner of the Chang Thailand Slammers and the President of the Thailand Basketball Association added, I would like to give a warm welcome to San Miguel in joining ABL next season. Their participation in next season's league would only make the ABL games more competitive and entertaining for each and everyone of us. We look forward to an exciting season ahead!'
San Miguels strategic move to join the team will also be a great marketing push for its brand in the South East Asia market as they will have a good platform to promote their products in the region as well as to represent their nation in the ABL. Singapore Slingers General Manager Michael Johnson added The announcement that a team with the power and quality of the San Miguel brand is joining the ABL in 2012 is a great step forward for the league. I also believe it is a great step for San Miguel who will be able to showcase their team's talent and brand throughout SE Asia in a week to week regional league Mr. Erick Thohir, President of the South East Asia Basketball Association commented, It is an honour for us to have San Miguel in the league as it is one of the biggest brands in SEA and with this we continue to build basketball in the SEA. With all the talent that we have in SEA and with competition, one day we will have a team whom will represent ASIA in the world of basketball. Mr. Bobby Park, a legend in the Philippine basketball scene has been selected as the best person to lead the San Miguel Beermen Philippines team.
The 3rd Season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League is scheduled to start on 14th of Jan. 2012 right up to the grand championship finals in June 2012 with the Chang Thailand Slammers trying to defend their championship title and national pride from old rivals and competitive newcomers.

Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


Andrew James Ogilvy heads to Spain - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Australian big guy Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) will continue his career in Spain. He signed a one-year deal with Power Electronics Valencia. Two sides also added an option for 2012/13 season. Ogilvy spent last season in Turkey as a member of Besiktas. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In TBL his stats read 12.9 points, 6.5 boards, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist per appearance. Andrew James Ogilvy participated at 2011 TBL All-Star Game. The centre earned Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honourable Mention. Ogilvy played for Australian National Team in 2008-2009 seasons. He won 2009 Oceania Championships with the Boomers. Andrew James Ogilvy is a product of AIS. He left them in 2007 for the Vanderbilt, where he graduated a year ago. Last season was the first one for Ogilvy as a pro.

Big V: Round 15 Game Preview - by Eurobasket News
GAME OF THE ROUND
Bulleen vs. Ringwood Sat 9/7 7.00pm @ Veneto Club
The Boomers have crumbled in a heap the last few weeks, probably not the best time to do so
considering finals is on the line. And because of that slump, this matchup becomes very crucial to
the finals landscape. If Bulleen can turn it around and rip out a win, then they move within one
game of the Hawks in fourth and it will be a race from there.
The status of Aaron Hill (188-G, agency: ACMT, college: Rockhurst) has been the biggest talking point in and around the Hawks nest in
recent weeks with the shooter missing quite a few games in recent weeks. If he is out once
again, the Boomers are certainly in with a massive chance, especially if they can contain the inform
Corletto and the resurgent Luke McMillan (200-F-80).

Hume City vs. Sherbrooke Sat 9/7 8.00pm @ Broadmeadows
The Broncos are in struggle town at the moment and have lost 3 in a row. If finals were ever a
chance, they certainly arent now as they sit in sixth spot, fourth well and truly out of their reach.
The Suns however are the absolute opposite. Three wins in a row, sitting in third spot and it is all
smiles up on the mountain. This is a nice opportunity for Sherbrooke to distance themselves
from the battle for fourth, especially if Ringwood put one down this week.

Waverley vs. Diamond Valley Sun 10/7 2.30pm @ Waverley Basketball Centre
Its the usual chatter down at Waverley- minimal. Most would come out of an 8 point loss to
Eltham without their alleged most important piece Simon Blennerhassett (184-G-82) pretty comfortable
with the result and excited about a future matchup.
But still the Falcons are content to talk down their chances despite another strong season in
SCM. They have been brilliant to date and thats with Daniel Dillon still playing below what we all
know hes capable of. When DD hits his straps, it could be bad for opponents. DV have to be
hoping that big coming out party isnt this week when they travel over the Waverley. Key to an
upset for the Eagles has to be getting the ball into the big fella Brad Bridgewater early and often.
Hes the biggest person in Big V, so get him the rock!

Melbourne vs. Eltham Sun 10/7 3.00pm @ North Melbourne Rec Centre
After showing some big improvement in recent times, the Tigers took a step back again last week
at the hands of the Ringwood Hawks. Doubt it gets much easier for the Tigers when the ladderleading
Wildcats come to town. Three wins on the trot and E-town is tuning up for finals quite
nicely with some comfy wins. Question must be asked heading into this one though- How many
turnovers will Greer and Tragardh get from passing to a Tigers uniform?
Courtesy of: www.bigv.com.au


Central ABL: Men's Previews - Round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Sturt Sabres (8-5, 4th) v Forestville Eagles (10-3, 2nd)

Sturt will be hoping to sweep Forestville for a second consecutive season when the two sides meet in the Game of the Round, which tips off at the special time of 6.30pm at Pasadena on Saturday.

The Sabres are coming off a 22 point win over Centrals, on the back of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists from Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) and a 20 point, 5 rebound effort from Jan Warbout.

For the second week in a row, Nathan Kareta posted a career-high scoring output, adding 15 points.

Holmes has been in ridiculous form since returning to the line-up, averaging 20 ppg, 16 rpg and 7.75 apg over his past four matches.

The Sabres have won their last five by an average of 12.8 points, but the Eagles are also in hot form, coming out on top in their last four by an average of 10 points.

Their most recent scalp was another road success, defeating South Adelaide 105-95.

Brad Sullivan (182-PG-82) was again sensational with 31 points, including five treys.

Sullivan is averaging 24.6 ppg over his past eight matches and now leads the league in made three-pointers with 37.

Rashad Tucker (202-F-75, college: S.Illinois) was also spectacular with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, while James Boonstoppel scored 16.

Back in Round 4, Sturt won 88-72, although Forestville did not have Boonstoppel or starting Centre Neil Mottram active.

The Eagles sit two games ahead of the Sabres with five remaining, but Sturt should eat into this deficit with a win here.

Eastern Mavericks (4-9, 8th) v Central District Lions (2-10, 9th)

Going into its Round 14 home clash with the Lions, Eastern sits three games out the top five, with just five matches remaining in the season.

An eighth loss in nine games would basically confine the Mavs to the inevitable: missing the finals yet again.

Eastern began the season with so much promise, but since defeating Centrals by two points in Round 5, the Mavs have capitulated.

With Brad Hill out through injury, Eastern crashed to a 74-98 loss to Norwood, despite the best efforts of Ben Madgen (21 points, 11 rebounds).

Aaron Bruce (14 points) showed his frustration by picking up two technical fouls.

The Lions struggled against in-form Sturt, going down 57-79.

Daniel Carlin was the only Lion to register double-figures with 10 points and 10 rebounds, as star man Josh Kollasch was held to 6 points on 3/16 shooting.

Centrals have not won on the road this season, but the Mavs have won just once at home, so for one team, the drought will be broken.

I will go with the Lions in a tight one.

Norwood Flames (10-2, 1st) v North Adelaide Rockets (7-6, 5th)

North will be hoping to avoid rare back-to-back road defeats when it faces Norwood at Mars on Saturday.

The Rockets went down 68-74 last week to West at Port Adelaide, the only venue they have not won at in the last two years.

Norths six point loss was its biggest regular season road defeat since 2009, although it did lose by nine to Forestville at Wayville in the 2010 Elimination Final.

Ryan Franceschinis (193-G/F-83) was the teams high-scorer with 14 points, while Matthew Lycett had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals.

Norwood continued its march to the Minor Premiership with a big win over Eastern.

Nick Hambour and Robin Eley each had their best games as Flames.

Hambour had 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Eley hit 5/6 threes and scored 15 points in just 10 minutes of playing time.

David Cooper (206-C/F-76) starred with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks, while Todd Matthews had a quintuple-four (4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls) to go with his 14 points.

Last time they met, Norwood was too strong, winning 98-80.

The Rockets are a much-improved side since then, but I believe the Flames will get up in a close encounter.

West Adelaide Bearcats (9-4, 3rd) v Woodville Warriors (6-7, 7th)

The Bearcats and Warriors, both victorious in Round 13 after a difficult few weeks previously, meet for the second time this season, at Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Westies defeated North in a close one last Saturday, with Tristan Braithwaite (15 points, 4 rebounds) netting two clutch free throws to seal the victory.

New Cairns Taipans signing Jeff Dowdell was active for the first time in four matches and was superb with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Blake Truslove had 14 points and 8 rebounds.

After an ordinary start to the season, Truslove has averaged 14.8 ppg and 12.3 rpg over his past six games, while shooting 62% from the field.

Woodville defeated Southern 103-70, in a game most notable for an on-court brawl.

The win ended the Warriors three game losing streak.

Cameron Wilson, in just 23 minutes, had 23 points on 11/14 shooting, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.

Zane Reeves (195-F-86) added 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Colin Matteson and Josh Knight each scored 14.

The last time they met, it was the Warriors who got up for an upset 75-70 victory.

I reckon things will be a little different this time, with the Bearcats grabbing another home victory.

South Adelaide Panthers (6-7, 6th) v Southern Tigers (2-11, 10th)

South hosts Southern on Sunday in what is a must-win game for the home side.

After winning three straight, the Panthers have dropped two in succession.

Their most recent loss was a 95-105 home defeat to Forestville, despite 37 points and 15 rebounds from Daniel Johnson.

Johnson, who leads the league in scoring (28.7 ppg) and is third in rebounding (13.9 rpg), has been phenomenal over the last five matches, averaging 35 ppg, 18 rpg and 3 bpg.

Thomas McKenzie (195-F-86) had 18 points against the Eagles, his best output since the seasons opening day.

The Tigers suffered through yet another heavy defeat in Round 13, this time to the Warriors.

An eighth consecutive defeat got too much for Marcus Robinson and Scott OConnor, who were both ejected late in the third quarter.

Michael Florance was the shining light on another dim night with 26 points and 7 rebounds.

South was the last opponent to go down to the lacklustre Tigers, with Southern coming from behind for a six point victory.

Expect things to be completely different this time, with the Panthers winning big and keeping their finals hopes alive.

Woodville Warriors (6-7, 7th) v Sturt Sabres (8-5, 4th)

Woodville and Sturt will complete their Round 14 double-header when they battle at St Clair on Sunday.

The Warriors will be coming off a crucial clash with West, while the Sabres have a tough encounter with Forestville.

Woodville got up over Southern in Round 13, breaking a three game losing streak.

The Warriors still sit just one win out the top five, so this is a vital game for them.

Sturt has won five straight and risen to fourth.

The Sabres good form has given them a reasonable chance of securing a double-chance come finals time.

Jacob Holmes, Darren Ng, Jan Warbout and Tom Daly complete a strong quartet for Sturt, while Cameron Wilson, Zane Reeves, Colin Matteson and Josh Knight are the Warriors four star players.

Last time they met, the Sabres blew out Woodville 92-61.

Expect the same result here with a bit closer scoreline.

By James Woite
Courtesy of: Central ABL




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BAHRAIN DRAWN IN CHALLENGING GROUP FOR FIBA ASIA TIFF - by Patrick Salomon
BAHRAINS senior mens national basketball team have been drawn with China, the Philippines and the UAE for the preliminary round of the 26th Fiba Asia Championship.
The tournament, which features 16 of the continents top basketball nations, will be played in the city of Wuhan, China from September 15 to 25.
The draw was held Wednesday at the event venue, facilitated by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).
The championship is also set to act as the qualifying competition for next years London Olympic Games. The champions will earn a direct berth to the Olympics, whereas the silver and bronze-medallists will make it through to the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament.
Bahrain are in group D of the Asian championship alongside continental powerhouses and hosts China, Southeast Asian champions the Philippines and Gulf neighbours the UAE.
The Bahrainis have a realistic chance of qualifying for the second round of the tournament, as three teams from each preliminary group make it through.
According to Bahrain national team head coach Erik Rashad, their games against China and the Philippines will be tremendous challenges, but the tie with the Emiratis is very winnable.
Obviously, China are a very strong team and they are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament, while the Philippines have very highly skilled players and their league is at a higher level than ours here in Bahrain; but against the UAE, if we can do the right things and play at a high level, we can beat them. That is a very winnable game for us, coach Rashad said on Wednesday.
The 16 participating squads have been divided into four groups for the preliminaries. Group A features Lebanon, Malaysia, South Korea and a yet-to-qualify-team from Middle Asia; group B comprises Qatar, Chinese Taipei, defending Asian champions Iran and a second Middle Asian nation; while group C consists of Japan, Indonesia, Syria and Jordan.
The top three from each group will advance to round two of the championship, which will feature two new groups composed of six teams apiece.
In this stage, the top four from each of the two divisions make it through to the knockout quarter-finals.
Coach Rashad, who is from the US, is scheduled to begin training with the national team for the Fiba Asia tiff on August 1. He has named a group of 30 players from Bahrains league to the training squad, and he will gradually select his final team for the Fiba Asia championship closer to its September 15 tip-off.
Coach Rashad is planning to bring in coaches and former players who have experience in the National Basketball Association (NBA) to help with the senior squads preparations, as well as for his national teams programmes in the future.
Prior to their August 1 start of training, coach Rashad has arranged for the players to begin strength and conditioning workouts before commencing with the basketball drills.
Bahrain qualified for the Fiba Asia championship as bronze-medallists of the GCC championship, which was held last year. The Bahrainis also qualified for the previous event in 2009, but withdrew from taking part.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


VEF Riga keeps Tyler Cain and Gatis Jahovics - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga extended deal with two more players today. After Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83), the Latvian outfit kept Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) for the next two years and Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) until 2014.
Tyler Cain joined VEF Riga last summer and it was his first professional job. He appeared 18 times in Latvian league averaging 9.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. Cain also added 6.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in Baltic league. His numbers in EuroCup were 4.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Cain helped VEF Riga to win the Latvian league title last season. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team -11.
Gatis Jahovics is a member of VEF Riga since 2007. He had 5.5 ppg and 4 rpg in Baltic league last season. His numbers were lower in Latvian and VTB United league.


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  BOSNIA   


Vedran Morovic leaves Siroki for Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) will continue his career in Ukraine. The 28-year-old point guard left Siroki TT Kabeli and signed a deal with Politekhnika Halychyna. Morovic helped Siroki win the championship title and National Cup in Bosnia. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Bosnian League. In Adriatic League his stats read 15.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Vedran Morovic earned Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. He also received All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honourable Mention. Before joining Siroki TT Kabeli the Croatian player had stints with Zadar, Zagreb, Cibona, Union Olimpija, Bologna and Ludwigsburg. The PG was the member of Croatian U17 and U20 National Teams. Vedran Morovic won the Croatian league title in 2007 with Cibona.

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  BRAZIL   


Tijuca agree on terms of contract with Manteiguinha - by Paulo Freire
The traditional team of Rio de Janeiro, Tijuca still making moves in order to compete in the next NBB.
The new addition is a former player of the club, the point guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) more knowing as Manteiguinha, who began playing basketball in the young basics teams of Tijuca.
More important than the revival of Tijuca is noted that the club is not fighting just to 'get' into the next NBB, with the new players hired and the expectation of a reasonable budget as well (much like the values of average teams from last season), what you see is that Tijuca will come into court to fight for playoff spot and make good on campaign on the South American competition that they are qualified.

From the team that have won the Super Cup Brazil, the managers have waived americans Rayshaun Ames (196-F, college: Great Falls) and T.J. Benson (183-G-86, college: Grand Canyon) as well as Julian Aprea (208-C-87), Carlos Ferro (198-F-84) and Darlan De Oliveira (207-C-85).

Andre Luiz Brugger was one of the top scores of Joinville in the last NBB.


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Brunei National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Zainul Ashyraf
Ashyraf
Benjamin Sim
Sim
Choo Yung Jian
Jian
Faizuladzmi Tajuddin
Tajuddin
Kian Leong Soon
Soon
#e#5
Zainul Ashyraf 196-C-87 Barracudas Brunei
Faizuladzmi Tajuddin 191-C-82 Barracudas Brunei
Kian Leong Soon 188-F/C-91 Barracudas Brunei
Benjamin Sim 186-G/F-85 Barracudas Brunei
Esmond Tan 183-PG-84 Barracudas Brunei
Benjamin Lim 185-F-84
Cavan Kong 165-PG-87
Po Yung Hui 173-G-85
Yap Chun Ping 173-G-85
Choo Yung Jian 175-G-88

Kevin Reece Head Coach
Maxin Yap Assistant
Wira Pori Manager


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  BULGARIA   


Aaron Harper in Levski another season - by Valentin Anguelov
The topscorer of the bulgarian basketball championship from the past two seasons - Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) - will wear the jersey of Levski for next season. American basketball player has accepted the proposal of the 'blue' team and will be back in Bulgaria.

The news confirmed coach Konstantin Papazov who was pleased to hear that his star still wants to play for him. 'From July 1 every morning I wake up and open my computer waiting for mail from him, and I am happy that I waited only seven days,' said Papazov. 'I think staying of Harper in our team is proving that we have very good organization. The presence of such a player with potential in Bulgaria is well for the club, and basketball in the country. Besides enjoyment, however, we now have a commitment to it. His greatest ambition is to be the winner and must try to realize it.'


Earl Rowland pens 2-year deal with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) will continue his career in Spain. The American/Bulgarian point guard signed a two-year deal with Unicaja Malaga. Rowland arrives from Vanoli Cremona, where he spent last two seasons. He appeared 30 times for them in SerieA 2010/11 averaging 13.9 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals. Eurobasket awarded Rowland with Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team -11. Earl Rowland played for Vanoli Cremona also in 2009/10. He had 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.9 spg for them in 30 games. Rowland also has experience from Bonn, Artland Dragons, Townsville Crocodiles and Latvian Barons. He won the German Cup in 2008 with Artland Dragons. Earl Rowland played for the Bulgarian National Team at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He shined with 17.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg and 1.3 spg for 3 games at this event. Rowland is a product of the St. Marys University.

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  CROATIA   


Vedran Morovic leaves Siroki for Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) will continue his career in Ukraine. The 28-year-old point guard left Siroki TT Kabeli and signed a deal with Politekhnika Halychyna. Morovic helped Siroki win the championship title and National Cup in Bosnia. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Bosnian League. In Adriatic League his stats read 15.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Vedran Morovic earned Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. He also received All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honourable Mention. Before joining Siroki TT Kabeli the Croatian player had stints with Zadar, Zagreb, Cibona, Union Olimpija, Bologna and Ludwigsburg. The PG was the member of Croatian U17 and U20 National Teams. Vedran Morovic won the Croatian league title in 2007 with Cibona.

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  CYPRUS   


Louis Darby for Keravnos - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Louis Darby (196-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Long Beach St.) Basketball profile

Height: 196cm / 65
Position: Guard
Born: Jan.25, 1984 (Northridge, California)
Team: Rovinari (Romania) (2009-11)
Nationality: USA
College: Long Beach St.
Previous teams:
Pitesti (Romania)
Carlsbad (USA-WCBL)
Wehda (Syria)

Career:


Panorama City, CA (Sylmar HS)
2003-2004: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 25 games: 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 15ast
2004-2005: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 14 games: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 10ast, FGP: 42.1%, 3Pts: 27.3%
2005: July-August: L.A. Nike Pro City College League (Hanks Top Prospects)
2005-2006: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 29 games: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, FG: 46.7%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 80.2%
2006-2007: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 31 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3Pts: 34.8%, FT: 69.5%
2007-2008: Al Wehda Damascus (Syria-D1)
2008: Carlsbad Beach Dawgs (WCBL)
2008-2009: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Div.A): injured in March 09 and couldnt finish the season: 21 games: 16.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 72.4%
2009-2010: BCMUS Arges Pitesti (Romania-Div.A), in Dec.09 moved to CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 15 games: 14.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 61.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.1%
2010-2011: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Div.A): 30 games: 19.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP-2 (67.7%), 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 78.3%

Awards/Achievements:


Big West All-Freshman Team -04
Big West Tournament Finalist -06
ESPN College Slam Dunk Championships -07
Big West Regular Season Champion -07
Big West Tournament Winner -07
Romanian League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest Winner -11
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Forward of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team -11
Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team -11




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Falcon extend Henrik Thomsen, land Daniel Bang - by Eurobasket News
Falcon have secured the services of Henrik Thomsen (203-G/F-84, college: Cal-Riverside) for another season. The forward was the teams captain in the previous season. It was the first season with Falcon for Henrik Thomsen. He previously played for SISU and Herlev Basket. Henrik Thomsen also studied and played for the University of California, Riverside in 2006/07 season. The forward was named All-Big West Freshman of the Year. Henrik Thomsen played for the Danish National Team in 2009.
In the meantime Falcon have added Daniel Bang (200-F-89). The 21-year-old forward spent the last season with SISU. He averaged 1.0 point per game in Basketligaen.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Energy giving away championship ring - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy have announced they will give away an authentic 2011 NBA D-League Championship Ring to a fan via an online contest.

The ring, which will be identical to the ones received by the players, will go to a randomly selected entrant on the Energy's website. Entries will be taken through the end of July.

'The championship was not only a victory for the franchise, but also for our fans in Central Iowa,' said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. 'We wanted to create a unique way where we could include the fans in the entire process, and giving away a ring will be a fun way to do just that.'

A winner will be randomly selected from all entrants in early August. The winner's ring will feature his/her name on the ring along with the description 'Fan' where the player's number would normally appear.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Cavaliers announce D-League team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers have their own NBA Development League team in Canton. It's now up to you to name it.

The Cavs, along with the city of Canton, unveiled the new team at a news conference this afternoon.

'Having the ability to own and operate a D-League franchise in Canton once again illustrates our ownership's outstanding commitment to creating a culture of success,' Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said. 'Player development is at the core of our process and being able to operate our own franchise so close to home will place us in the most strategic position to take an active part in the player development process.'

The Cavaliers are the 5th NBA team to currently own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate. The Cavaliers shared the Erie Bayhawks with the Toronto Raptors last season, but that team recently signed an exclusive agreement with the New York Knicks.

The new team, which will take the place of the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the 16-team D-League, will play in the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

'This is an incredible opportunity for the citizens of Canton to experience professional basketball in their hometown, and I am grateful that the Cavaliers recognized Canton as an ideal market for their next generation of basketball operations, Canton Mayor William J. Healy II said.

The team does not have a nickname as of yet. Fans can submit their suggestions by going to www.CantonNBA.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter @NBACanton and on Facebook.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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EAST AFRICAN STARS SET TO PLAY IN ESTONIA - by Ozell Wells
Hoops stars to play in Estonia
By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Posted Thursday, July 7 2011 at 00:00
A group of top East African basketball players have been invited to a camp that includes some of Europes top coaches, scouts and coaches in Estonia from July 28 to August 1.

Through VC Sports Solutions, a local basketball specialised agency that manages a string of players in the local league, several players could get an opportunity to join the paid ranks from the camp if they impress.

During the camp, there will be a tournament, giving Ugandan players a chance to excel. They can be taken up by clubs there, Joshua Ssentongo, the VC Sports Solutions director, said. Three Enabu brothers; Ivan, Jimmy and Emmanuel, Isaac Afidra, Ben Komakech, Joseph Ikong, Desmond Owili, Sam Gombya, Edwin Kateregga and Norman Blick are the Ugandan players set to benefit.

Warriors coach Mandy Juruni has been sourced to offer technical advice. Currently, Ssentongo is seeking visa waivers from the Germany embassy which handles Estonia consular services. Several European scouts will grace the camp to look out for talents.
courtesy of the Uganda daily monitor


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ESL Houston Information - by Darryl Reshaw
With ESL Houston right around the corner the Hilton Hotel would like to welcome all players, coaches and scouts. The Hilton will have airport shuttles that will transport ESL people from the airport to hotel.

To take the tour of the hotel visit: www.houstonnorth.hilton.com. Reservation Phone number: 1-866-577-1154, all ESL people will be listed under European Summer League. Room Rate will be $ 69.00 Per Night and rooms must be booked by July 7th.

Due to airport travel the ESL (Houston) Venue has changed. The games will be held at Humble High School. Address will be listed below.

HUMBLE HIGH SCHOOL
1700 WILSON ROAD
HUMBLE, TEXAS 77338

ESL players who prefer to have the option of having a roommate please contact or office or email us at marketing@eurobasket.com in order for us to make the arrangement with another ESL player.

All players should arrive in Houston by July 21st for orientation/registration and team placement. In the evening there will be a ESL Grand Opening Party at the Hilton Hotel providing the opportunity for international scouts, players, GBE participants, agents, NBA scouts to socialize and network.

All ESL games will begin at 10am on July 22nd and the event will be over by 6pm on July24th.

Again the ESL will provide a light airport shuttle for players arriving in Houston on July 21st
to the Hilton Hotel and returning to the airport on July 11th. George Bush (Intercontinental Airport)

There will be other transportation information from the airport to the Hilton Hotel provided to all ESL participants by email prior to the event.

The Hilton Hotel is providing a breakfast buffet deal for free per day to all ESL guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For additional information regarding the ESL Houston contact marekting@eurobasket.com


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2011/12 Season Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
EuroChallenge Draw for 2011/12 season has just finished in Barcelona. Here are the results:

EuroChallenge Qualifying Round (The games are scheduled for October 4 and 11):
Enisey vs. Spartak Primorie
Krasnye Krylia vs. Triumph
Minsk 2006 vs. Sokhumi
Arkadia vs. Atomeromu
Szolnoki vs. Pyrinto

EuroChallenge Regular Season (tips off on November 8):
Group A: Nitra, Fuenlabrada, EC Qualifier 6, EWE Baskets
Group B: Army, Leiden, EC Qualifier 3, Goettingen
Group C: Pardubice, Goverla, EC Qualifier 8, Roanne
Group D: Winner (Arkadia vs. Atomeromu), Khimik, EC Qualifier 1, Nizhny Novgorod
Group E: Winner (Enisey vs. Spartak Primorie), U Mobitelco, EC Qualifier 4, Antwerp
Group F: Winner (Krasnye Krylia vs. Triumph), Olin Basket, EC Qualifier 7, Aalstar
Group G: Winner (Minsk 2006 vs. Sokhumi), Turk Telekom, EC Qualifier 5, Telekom Bonn
Group H: Winner (Szolnoki vs. Pyrinto), Keavnos, EC Qualifier 2, Pau-Orthez.



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EuroCup Qualifying Round Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Qualifying Round Draw has just finished in Barcelona. Sixteen teams were drawn into eight two-game series. The games are scheduled for September 27 and October 4. The winners will advance into the EuroCup regular season.

Qualifying Round series:
Azovmash vs. Ventspils
Gran Canaria 2014 vs. Artland Dragons
Dexia Mons Hainaut vs. Besiktas
Cedevita vs. Chalon
Le Mans vs. Pinar Karsiyaka
Oostende vs. Norrkoping
Spartak Saint Petersburg vs. Etha
Prostejov vs. Lukoil Academic.



NBA star Deron Williams reaches deal to play in Besiktas, Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), the Nets star point guard and one of the N.B.A.s premier players, has an agreement to play in Turkey during the lockout.

'We confirm the contract with Williams', said Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas, in a telephone interview Thursday.

Ataman said that the deal should become official in the next 24 hours and that Besiktass president, Seref Yalcin, would join Williams for a news conference in the United States next week.

The news of Williamss agreement was first reported by a Turkish television station, NTV Spor, and later confirmed by ESPN.com.

Williams, 27, is a two-time All-Star and one of the N.B.A.s top point guards. He would be the biggest N.B.A. star ever to play overseas in his prime. Besiktas briefly employed Allen Iverson last season, after Iverson, 36, could no longer find a willing employer in the N.B.A.

Williams has two years and $34 million left on his contract with the Nets, with an option to terminate next summer. It is unclear what effect his playing for a European team might have on his Nets contract, although Commissioner David Stern has indicated that the league would not stand in the way of players going overseas during a lockout.

If theres a lockout, the players are free; their contracts are suspended, Stern said during All-Star weekend in February. Its that simple.

In general, the N.B.A. and FIBA have an arrangement that precludes teams in either organization from signing players already under contract. That agreement became moot on July 1, when the N.B.A.s labor deal expired, and the league locked out its players.

But if Williams were injured while playing for Besiktas, it could risk nullification of his Nets contract, according to N.B.A. officials.

Williams is expected to report to Besiktas, which is based in Istanbul, on Sept. 1. The season there begins Sept. 27.

If the lockout is resolved, Williams would be free to break his contract and return to the N.B.A., Ataman said.

Ataman said Zaza Pachulia, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, also has an agreement to play for Besiktas. And the club is not done recruiting locked-out N.B.A. players, he said.

If theres a possibility, well talk with Kobe if hed like to play in Europe with Deron and with other guys to play we can talk with him, Ataman said. If Kobe would like to play with us, we will also contact his agent and maybe with him.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Eurocup Clubs Commission meeting in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
The Eurocup Clubs Commission met Wednesday in Barcelona prior to the 2011-12 Eurocup Qualifying Round draw to continue discussions on how to improve the competition and establish a framework designed to meet all the needs of the clubs. The commission consists of representatives from nine clubs in as many countries: Alba Berlin of Germany, CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic, Galatasaray of Turkey, KK Cibona of Croatia, Pallacanestro Treviso of Italy, PAOK BC of Greece, Spirou Basket of Belgium, Valencia Basket Club of Spain and VEF Riga of Latvia. At Wednesday's meeting, the clubs listened and shared proposals on rule changes, commercial initiatives and television agreements. The commission discussed the current television agreement with Eurosport, through which 50.7 million households in 47 countries are able to enjoy the Eurocup. Members discussed possible improvements in the availability and commercialization of the television rights, including the possibility of negotiating a better package for local television broadcasters.

Commission members were presented, too, with proposed changes in the competition bylaws, including registration of clubs and players in the competition, changes in the instant replay system application and use, general marketing rules regarding branding and advertising space, and updates on administrative procedures. Included in the regulatory changes was the evaluation of the competitions disciplinary procedures with regards to repetitive infractions of the bylaws.

Finally, the commission discussed the importance of ensuring the application of unified statistical criteria for all European basketball competitions. Euroleague Basketball is working with FIBA and FIBA Europe to ensure that all statistical criteria are unified in all competitions, including a uniform display of boxscores.

All proposals are subject to Euroleague Commercial Assets Shareholders Meeting approval.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


Besiktas agree on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84). The 27-year-old centre has been playing in the NBA since 2003. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the NBA Draft. Zaza Pachulia was the member of the Atlanta Hawks squad since 2005. Last season the Georgian player notched 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Zaza Pachulia is not new to Turkey. He played for Ulker Istanbul in 1999/2003 seasons. The centre made it into Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosman Players Team in 2003. Zaza Pachulia has been the Georgian National Team player since 2000. The centre averaged 15.8 points, 7.5 boards and 1.8 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.




Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 3. Benetton TV 0-0 
 4. Fraport SKY 0-0 
 5. GasTerra 0-0 
 6. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 7. Krka 0-0 
 8. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 9. Rudupis 0-0 
 10. Valencia 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 2. Azovmash 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
 4. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 5. Cedevita 0-0 
 6. Chalon 0-0 
 7. Etha 0-0 
 8. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 9. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 10. Le Mans 0-0 
 11. Lukoil Academik 0-0 
 12. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 13. Norrkoping 0-0 
 14. Oostende 0-0 
 15. Spartak SP 0-0 
 16. Ventspils 0-0 


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 2. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 5. Nancy 0-0 
 6. Olympiakos 0-0 
Group B
 1. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 4. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group C
 1. Anadalo Efes 0-0 
 2. Armani MI 0-0 
 3. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 4. Partizan 0-0 
 5. Real Madrid 0-0 
Group D
 1. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 2. Montepaschi 0-0 
 3. Regal Barca 0-0 
 4. Unics 0-0 
 5. Union Olimpija 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. ASVEL 0-0 
 3. Banvit 0-0 
 4. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 5. Buducnost 0-0 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 7. Charleroi 0-0 
 8. Cholet 0-0 
 9. Cibona 0-0 
 10. Galatasaray 0-0 
 11. Gravelines 0-0 
 12. Khimky 0-0 
 13. Lietuvos Rytas 0-0 
 14. PAOK 0-0 
 15. PGE Turow 0-0 
 16. VEF Riga 0-0 


Caja Laboral lands Maciej Lampe for the next two years - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of a two-year deal with the Polish big guy Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). The 26-year-old Lampe had amazing season with Unics Kazan. He helped them win the EuroCup title averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for 16 games. Lampe was named 'Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year -11'. In Russian league, Lampe also had impressive numbers: 18.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 36 games. There, he was also awarded with 'Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year -11'. And that is not all. Lampe was 'Center of the Year' in VTB United league as well. Before Uncis, Lampe played for Maccabi Electra, Khimky, Dynamo St Petersburg, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Real Madrid. He is active member of the Polish National Team since 2004. In Qualifications to European Championships 2011, Lampe shined with 16.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 10 games.

2011/12 Season Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Season 2011/12 Draw has just been held in Barcelona. The season is slated to tip off with Euroleague Qualifying Round games on September 29 and October 2. The 24-team regular season will run from October 17 to December 22. Top 16 stage is scheduled to take place between January 18 to March 1. The quarterfinal playoffs will be held from March 21 to April 5. Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four is scheduled for May 11 to 13 in Istanbul.

Here are the results of the Draw:

Euroleague Qualifying Round:
Galatasaray vs. PAOK
BC Donetsk vs. Charleroi
VEF Riga vs. ALBA
Gravelines vs. ASVEL
Cholet vs. Cibona

Banvit vs. Nymburk
Buducnost vs. Lietuvos Rytas
PGE Turow vs. Khimky

Regular Season:
Group A: Olympiakos, Caja Laboral, Fenerbahce, Bizkaia Bilbao, NHC Cantu, SLUC Nancy
Group B: Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, Unicaja, Zalgiris, Brose Baskets, KK Zagreb
Group C: Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Partizan, Anadolu Efes Pilsen, Armani Jeans, Qualifier A
Group D: Regal Barcelona, Montepaschi Siena, Unics Kazan, Asseco Prokom, Union Olimpija, Qualifier B.




Kristaps Janicenoks extends with VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga have renewed contract with Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83). The new deal is meant for three seasons. The forward joined the Latvian team at the start of the previous season. Kristaps Janicenoks tallied 12.0 points, 3.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game in LBL. In VTB League the 28-year-old player averaged 13.7 points, 3.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. In EuroCup he produced 20.3 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists. In Baltic League Kristaps Janicenoks posted 10.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals. Eurobasket.com was named All-Latvian League Forward of the Year. The forward also made it into All-VTB League 2nd Team. Previously Kristaps Janicenoks had stints with Umana Reyer, Barons, Bologna, Teramo, Telekom Bonn, Upea dOrlando, Skonto and LMT Riga.


Anadolu Efes lands Stanko Barac until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) officially became a new member of the Turkish giant Anadolu Efes. The Croatian center signed a three-year deal. The 24-year-old Barac spent last three seasons with Caja Laboral. He had 11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1 bpg for them in 20 Euroleague games last season. Barac also added 11.9 ppg, 7 rpg and 1.3 apg for 36 games in ACB. Eurobasket awarded Barac with Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team -11. Stanko Barac won two ACB titles with Caja Laboral (ex Tau). He also won Copa del Rey trophy with them in 2009. Before Caja Labora, Barac was a member of Pamesa (loan) and Bosnian team Siroki Prima pivo. He also has experience from the Croatian National Team. At the EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, Barac had 5.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 7 games. At the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing, Barac added 4.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 6 appearances. Stanko Barac is a product of Siroki Brijeg.

Lietuvos Rytas brings in Tyrese Rice - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas announced signing of Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. Two sides also agreed option for 2012/13. The American point guard spent last season with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. He shined with 17.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 5.1 apg in 43 German league games. He was the second scorer and fourth assistant of the competition. Rice was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11. He also participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11. Season 2009/10, Tyrese Rice spent with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. He had 11.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.4 apg for 27 games in Greece. It was his first season as a pro. Tyrese Rice graduated at the Boston College in 2009.

VEF Riga keeps Tyler Cain and Gatis Jahovics - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga extended deal with two more players today. After Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83), the Latvian outfit kept Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) for the next two years and Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) until 2014.
Tyler Cain joined VEF Riga last summer and it was his first professional job. He appeared 18 times in Latvian league averaging 9.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. Cain also added 6.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in Baltic league. His numbers in EuroCup were 4.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Cain helped VEF Riga to win the Latvian league title last season. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team -11.
Gatis Jahovics is a member of VEF Riga since 2007. He had 5.5 ppg and 4 rpg in Baltic league last season. His numbers were lower in Latvian and VTB United league.


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JDA Dijon lands Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) is a new member of JDA Dijon. They penned a one-year deal today. JDA Dijon showed serious interest to sign Lewin a week ago and they managed to agree a deal. Lewin played for four different teams last season. He started it with JA Vichy, where he averaged 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds for 6 games. In January, he moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga) and after 3 games had 4.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg. In February, Levin agreed terms with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) and in Baltic League after 2 games showed 6.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0bpg. In March, he joined Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA) and after 10 games averaged 5.5ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 73.3%. In the past, Rob Lewin was a member of Gravelines, Strasbourg and Boulazac. He also has experience from Spanish Bruesa.

Le Mans keeps Antoine Diot - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans announced that Antoine Diot (191-G-89) will stay with the club in 2011/12. Le Mans officially rejected offer by the Spanish Fuenlabrada. Diot supposed to replace Krispaps Valters in Fuenla, but that will not happen and the French point guard will stay with Le Mans for another season. Antoine Diot tallied 8.0 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in ProA last season. In EuroCup he averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. In EuroLeague Qualifying Round Antoine Diot produced 10.8 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Antoine Diot played for France at 2009 EuroBasket. His stats read 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Poland. The guard participated at ProA All-Star Game in 2010. Antoine Diot joined Le Mans in 2007 from CFBB. He started basketball career with Bourg and later played for INSEP.

Kurt Cunningham heads to JSA Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News
Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87, college: Boise St.) heads to JSA Bordeaux for the next season that will be his second International team in his career. The American Center started in 2005-2006 for Boise St. (NCAA) and in 25 games debuted 2.6ppg, 1.7rpg. In his last season there he showed 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%. In 2010-2011 moved to Europe and played for Kaposvari KK (Hungary-A Division, starting five). In 26 games he averaged 19.2ppg, Reb-5 (8.9rpg), 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 67.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 70.8%.
His top game was at the Regular Season Round 9 when Kaposvari lost to Kormend 94-95. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Marcus Moore who saved his team from a defeat with 33 points (!!!). Forward Rashad Bell contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Kurt Cunningham answered with double-double 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds.


Kurt Cunningham reached WAC Tournament Semifinals -07, WAC Tournament Winner -08 and became WAC Regular Season Champion -08. Last season he was Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -11.






Randal Falker close to stay with Cholet - by Eurobasket News
According to Catch-and-shoot.com, Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) will most probably stay with Cholet next season. Reportedly, the 25-year-old American has couple of other options, but he is very close to stay with the former champions. Falker played 32 games in ProA last season with Cholet averaging 7.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks. He helped them reach ProA Finals, but Nancy grabbed thriller win against Cholet to win the title. Falker also appeared 9 times in Euroleague last season adding 6.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.3 bpg. He joined Cholet three years ago and it was his first professional job. They won the ProA title in 2010. Randal Falker graduated at the Southern Illinois University in 2008. He had 13 ppg and 7.2 rpg for them as a senior. They reached NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007.

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Feni Indistrija Kavadarci keeps Darko Sokolov - by Eurobasket Center
Feni Indistrija Kavadarci extended the contract with 25-year old international guard Darko Sokolov (190-G-86). It will be his third season in Kavadarci. Previouslt Sokolov played most at KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Superleague). Sokolov is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine. Last season he was a key player for the team, which won Balkan League. He averaged 13.3ppg, 4.3rpb and 3.2apg and was All-Balkan League Player of the Year.


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  GERMANY   


TBB Trier Sign Nate Linhart - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After resigning many players from last season the last weeks, now it has been time for TBB Trier to bring in new faces as last weekend it was ex Alba Berlin youth player Andereas Seiferth that was signed and the club announced tonight that Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron) will be the second new player for the new season. Linhart is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio. Last season, he played for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%.'I saw Nate for the first time at a free agent camp in Las Vegas last year. He has good foot work, quick hands, is a lefty and good rebounder for his height. Defensively he will help us at the positions 2-4 and on offense he is very versatile', stressed TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodl. Linhart started his basketball career at Akron in 2005 where he played together with guys like Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis and NIck Dials who all have played in Germany. The best season for Linhart in the NCAA was his senior year where he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. He started his professional basketball career in 2009 coming to Europe to play for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 08, MAC Tournament Semifinals -06, MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -07, 09, MAC Tournament Finalist -07, 08, All-MAC Honorable Mention -09, MAC Defensive Player of the Year -09, MAC Tournament Winner -09, MAC All-Tournament MVP -09, MAC All-Tournament Team -09, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -09, Austrian Supercup Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com Austrian Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -10, and D-League East Conference Runner-Up -11.

Source: TBB Trier




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  GREECE   


Loukas Mavrokefalides leaves Reds, heads to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) officially left Olympiakos. According to Basketball.ru, the Greek big guy rejected last offer by the Reds (650.000 euros for two years). Reportedly, he will join Khimky or Spartak St Petersbourg, which offered him at least one million euros per season. For Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) Loukas Mavrokefalides started in 2007 and in Euroleague after 10 games averaged 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg. In Greek League Regular Season his stats read 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg. In 2008-2009 the Greek Center moved to Costa Cafe Marousi (A1, starting five) and in Eurocup had 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 77.3%, while in Greek League showed 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.0%. In 2009-2010 moved back to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece, A1) and in Euroleague after 14 games showed 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.0%. In Greek League after 29 games Loukas averaged 6.9ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 85.7%. Last season for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1, starting five) he improved to 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 79.4% in EuroLeague and in Greek League had 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 80.8%. Only in the last few seasons, Loukas Mavrokefalides reached Euroleague Quarterfinals -08, 11 and also reached Greek League Finalist -08, 10, 11, Greek League All-Star Game -09, 10, 11, Greek League Semifinals -09, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team -09, Greek Cup Winners -10, Euroleague Finalist -10, Greek Cup Winner -10, 11, Greek National Team -10. Last season he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year -11 and became Greek League Regular Season Champion -11.
In the past, Loukas Mavrokefalides played for Lottomatica Roma and Pamesa Valencia. He is a product of the PAOK Thessaloniki.


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  HOLLAND   


Matt Bauscher and Matt "Hype" Haryasz, "Holland was fantastic" - by Fred Roggen
I had a chat with former GasTerra Flames combo guard Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, college: Boise St.) and center ''Hype' Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford). This interview with both players was planned end of May but through circumstances we had now the change to talk with eachother. Both players do not return to the GasTerra Flames and left Holland after two successfull seasons, winning the championship and a Dutch Cup. Where they ends up the upcoming season is not sure yet.

Talk about your time on GasTerra Flames, and all the success.

My time with Gas Terra was a great experience, said Bausch. Winning makes everything better, so winning made the time go by so fast.
Hype: Our time with the Flames was incredible. Such a fun two years, where everyone on the team really worked hard to try and achieve a common goal while at the same time building great friendships. The result was a lot of wins, a couple of championships and a very memorable ride.

How was your second season with the Flames feel compared to your first?

Hype: Despite the difference of not winning the Championship, our second season offered a lot of unique and special experiences. Playing in the Eurocup, traveling to Russia, Italy, Greece and Turkey- That truly is the beauty of playing basketball in Europe and we got to take full advantage of it. On top of that we won the Cup which was also one of our goals.
Bausch: The 2nd season was great because we were already all great friends and had made so many connections with people in the city. We were able to do euro-cup and see many great places.

What are your personal favorite career highlights?

Bausch: My favorite career highlights were winning the championship and Dutch cup.
Hype: I think anytime you win a championship its gotta be up there. So for me at least winning the championship 2 years ago, and the Cup this year were both highlights for sure. But to be honest, the real highlight of my time with the flames was all my teammates, the friends I made, and the connection with the community of Groningen- I may win more championships with other teams, but I highly doubt ill ever be in a situation like this again. Very very cool stuff.

What do you think are the characteristics that stand out in your playing style?

Bausch: My characteristics are my emotion and competitive nature. I think the crowd sees how important the game is to me and they gravitate to that.
Hype: Kinda to echo what Bausch said, I think that I wear my heart on my sleeve when I play. My passion, enthusiasm, and competitive spirit is really what drives me to compete and I think most people would agree with that.

How was life in Holland?

Hype: Life in Holland was fantastic. Very easy living, AWESOME people, a neat history and rich culture. I certainly am already looking forward to my return trip someday as a tourist and a fan.
Bausch: As Hype already explained, Holland is great. The people are friendly, the country is clean and everyone speaks English.

The Flames fans are really into basketball. How can you characterize them?

Bausch: The fans were great to me while in Holland- Leeuwarden and Groningen, I'll never forget them.
Hype: Donar fans are crazy! And I mean that in a great way. They are the heart and soul of the team. The players may change, the coaches and board may change, but you will always have the beating heart of the 'team' and that is the fans. They did an amazing job supporting us and the only way you can really know how great they are is to have them cheer for you one year. Lucky us!

What are you up to this summer, do anything cool?

Hype: Ive already had the chance to visit Bausch and I met up with Steve and JD, so I have had a pretty active summer. One of my good friends is getting married so Ill be attending that and then of course working on my game and spending time with my family are also on the summer agenda. I love summer time.
Bausch: I'm living in Boise, traveling to Washington, San Diego this summer while also going to Las Vegas to coach an AAU basketball team. Working out and spending time with my family in Boise is my favorite.

What's the next evolution in your game? The next step for you.

Bausch: I'm going to sign with a team that's a great situation for me. We're going to make sure it's a good fit for me.
Hype: I think I need to keep working and improving in all areas. Add more moves to my low post game, sharpen up my jump shot, work more on my left hand. Haha, the list can go all day, but a player should never be satisfied with where he is at.

Any offers from teams come your way? Did you have an idea where you'd go?

Hype: My agents and I have been talking to several teams, we are trying to find the ideal fit for me. Hopefully we will come to an agreement soon and I can be off to start the next chapter in my basketball life.
Bausch: I've had some offers already, waiting on some particulars. It will be exciting to see how it unfolds.

Bausch and Hype, thanks for the talks those years and wish you both all the luck in your career.

Bausch: HYpe and I both respect you very highly and I appreciate all your support throughout my 3 seasons in Holland!
Hype: Thanks a lot Fred. You were always very good to me and Bausch and we really appreciate it. Hopefully we will see you again at a game in Martini Plaza, and we will both be fans :)


EuroChallenge News: ZZ Leiden Will Play Dexia Mons Or Besiktas - by Sanders Jackson

In the upcoming EuroChallenge qualification rounds, it was determined by the lottery in Barcelona that on November 8th the new Dutch champion ZZ Leiden will play the loser of Belgian club Dexia Mons Hanuit and Turkish club Besiktas. Afterwards the Dutch champion and team of head coach Toon van Helfteren will play the group phase of the EuroChallenge with three straight road contests, first at 2010 winner BC Gottingen, then Georigan champion Armia and finally at Dexia Mons.


What will make the Dexia Mons-Besiktas matchup intriging is for the fact that Besiktas is rumored to have the services of NBA superstar and New Jersey Nets point guard
Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) in the event of an NBA lockout. The Turkish club is also rumored to be also negotiating with Atlanta Hawks center-power forward Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84). ZZ Leiden won the Dutch title this past season in seven games over Gas Terra Flames.



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Darian Townes moves to Kormend - by Tamas Deri
American big man, Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) signed with MJUS-Fortress Kormend for the coming season and will arrive to the town in August. The 208 cm tall inside player is well known in our country as he spent the last season with Soproni KC and played an amazing season averaging a double-double of 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game - he was the best rebounder and the 5th best scorer of our league. Townes graduated on the University of Arkansas in 2008, where he played a great senior season puting up 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He had several NBA workouts and started his professional carreer with Turow in Poland, but left during the season and finished it in the D-League. He played also in Puerto Rico, Holland and in the D-League again before moving to Hungary last summer.

Three hungarian players signed in Slovakia - by Tamas Deri
Three hungarian players signed for the coming season with MBK Rieker Komarno in Slovakia and will start to practice with their new team in August.

The 22 years old, 183 cm tall playmaker Peter Szabo (183-G-89) is a big talent and decided to move to Slovakia because of the fact that the management of the team would like to give him more playing time on the court as he got in Szolnok, where he had to play behind high experienced players as Obie Trotter and Marton Fodor. Peter played in 18 games of the last season and averaged 3.9 points 1.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds in only 8.7 minutes on the court. This summer he is working hard with the University NT of Hungary and will attend the Universiade in August in China.

The 203 cm tall, 23 years old Ivan Pap (203-F-88, agency: TSS Management) spent the last season with KK Vojvodina Novi Sad and averaged 8.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 22.2 minutes in the B division of Serbia. The all-around forward can play on both positions and is a very good outside shooter.

Robert Laslo (194-G-84, agency: TSS Management) is a 194 cm tall and 27 years old guard, who showed his great basketball skills in France and Hungary before. He started his professional carreer with Hemofarm but moved already with 18 years to France, where he played 3 seasons in the Pro B and one in the NM1 before moving to Hungary in 2006. In his first season with NYKK he averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists per game. During the season 2007-08 he put up almost the same statistics: 16.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals but decided to leave the club for personal reasons after 9 games. Since he left Hungary, he played again in France in the Pro B and NM1.




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Maccabi Haifa brings Tamir Ariel - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa brings Tamir Ariely (190-PG-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) for 2011/2012 season. In 2006-2007 the Israeli Point Guard joined Maccabi Haifa junior team and in 2007-2008 moved to Maccabi Haifa (National League) and in 16 games averaged 1.9ppg. In 2008-2009 played for Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) and showed 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 80.3%. In 2009-2010 for Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League, starting five) improved to 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 64.2%. Last season started for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Premier League) but in Feb.'11 moved to Hapoel Holon (Premier League) and averaged 2.2ppg, 1.0spg.
In his top game last season Tamir Ariely nailed 8 points at the Regular Season Round 20. Maccabi Haifa was rolled over on the road by Hapoel Holon 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon forced 20 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists.




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  ITALY   


Brescia land Andrea Scanzi - by Eurobasket News
LegaDue newcomers Brescia have strengthened their backcourt for the upcoming season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Andrea Scanzi (198-G-88). The deal is meant for one season. Andrea Scanzi played for Riva del Garda in A dilettanti League. Last season the guard posted 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. Previously Andrea Scanzi played for Iseo.


A Dilettanti Market News - by Armando Caporaso
After the end of the last season it's time to build the teams for the next year!
The Bawer Matera confirms 3 important players: Andrea LaGioia (195-G/F-86, agency: Players Group), Cristiano Grappasonni (204-F/C-72) and Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group). For the first, grown at Pesaro, good season with more of 30 minutes for game and 12.6 points (second top scorer of the team) adding 2.1 steals. For the expert captain, with important experiences in LegaA2 with Messina, Scafati, Ferrara and Caserta among other, another year of contract after a season closed with 10 points and 5.6 rebounds. Another season also for the Argentinian playmaker, ex S.Antimo, that was one of the best guard of the year with 16 points (4th in the group B), 2.4 steals and 2.0 assist in 31.9 minutes.
Gabriele Zanella (204-F/C-81) remains at Treviglio signing a contract for other 2 years. The center, arrived in 2008 after the seasons with Verona, Ozzano, Ancona and Lumezzane, closed the 2010/11 with 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and a great 65.4 % by 2.
After the confirmation of the coach Furio Steffe the Liomatic Perugia extended the contract with the Argentinian Bernardo Musso (193-G-86), ex Brescia and Udine in the last years, was one of the best players of the season closing with 17.5 points (second scorer of the group A) in 30.1 minutes, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 18.2 of ranking contributing to the excellent season of Perugia, eliminated during the PlayOff.
After 2 years Marco Carra (185-G-80) leaves the Paffoni. For the ex player of Reggio Emilia (8 seasons + 4 years in the young team) 46 games in the last 2 seasons at Omegna, 13.7 points this year with 1.7 assist and 2.2 steals with an high of 27 points against Perugia. Subsequently the team, close to confirmation of Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) and ready to release Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82), announced the agreement with the ex Siena Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81). For the forward this year 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds with 2.6 steals in 35.6 minutes (most used player in the group) and the victory in the League Cup.
The newly promoted Orlandina Basket confirmed for another season Gionata Zampolli (189-G-85), ex Ruvo di Puglia, started the last season at Cremona (LegaA1) without playing before moving to Sicily to play 7 games of Regular Season (12.4 points) and 8 matches in the PlayOff greatly increasing its average: 16.9 points in 33.5 minutes!


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JBL2 Standings
JBL2 Standings
 1. Toyota Tsusho 22-0 
 2. Aisin AW 16-7 
 3. TGI D-Rise 12-10 
 4. Ishikawa 11-12 
 5. Kagoshima 11-12 
 6. Hitachi C.B. 9-13 
 7. Toyoda Gosei 8-14 
 8. Kuroda Electric 8-15 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 4-18 


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  KENYA   


Kenya handed easy draw in All Africa Games Basketball event - by Eurobasket News
Kenya have been ranked in Group A alongside hosts Mozambique, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Nigeria for the womens basketball for the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September.


Kenya have been ranked in Group A alongside hosts Mozambique, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Nigeria for the womens basketball for the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September.
The draw which took place last week in Bamako, Mali was conducted by Executives of the continental body.

Group B has the likes of Mali, Senegal, Cameroon, Angola, Rwanda and Cote dIvoire.

Senegal were winners at the last edition of the games in 2007 in Algiers, Algeria
Courtesy of: StarAfrica



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  LATVIA   


Kristaps Janicenoks extends with VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga have renewed contract with Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83). The new deal is meant for three seasons. The forward joined the Latvian team at the start of the previous season. Kristaps Janicenoks tallied 12.0 points, 3.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game in LBL. In VTB League the 28-year-old player averaged 13.7 points, 3.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. In EuroCup he produced 20.3 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists. In Baltic League Kristaps Janicenoks posted 10.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals. Eurobasket.com was named All-Latvian League Forward of the Year. The forward also made it into All-VTB League 2nd Team. Previously Kristaps Janicenoks had stints with Umana Reyer, Barons, Bologna, Teramo, Telekom Bonn, Upea dOrlando, Skonto and LMT Riga.


VEF Riga keeps Tyler Cain and Gatis Jahovics - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga extended deal with two more players today. After Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83), the Latvian outfit kept Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) for the next two years and Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) until 2014.
Tyler Cain joined VEF Riga last summer and it was his first professional job. He appeared 18 times in Latvian league averaging 9.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. Cain also added 6.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in Baltic league. His numbers in EuroCup were 4.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Cain helped VEF Riga to win the Latvian league title last season. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team -11.
Gatis Jahovics is a member of VEF Riga since 2007. He had 5.5 ppg and 4 rpg in Baltic league last season. His numbers were lower in Latvian and VTB United league.


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  LITHUANIA   


Prienai Rudupis officially in Eurocup - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
This week was officially announced what Rudupis Prienu will participate in Eurocup next season. Just in second season in highest Lithuanian league team from Prienai reached third spot in LKL. After great last season only two players have contracts with team: center Edgaras Zelionis (208-C-89) and forward Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90). Two players of last years team already decided to leave team: Justas Sinica and Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) who already signed contract with Budivelnyk Kyiv. There are rumors what Rudupis will loan some young players from Zalgiris Kaunas. Coach of the team will be Virginijus Seskus .

Lietuvos Rytas brings in Tyrese Rice - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas announced signing of Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. Two sides also agreed option for 2012/13. The American point guard spent last season with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. He shined with 17.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 5.1 apg in 43 German league games. He was the second scorer and fourth assistant of the competition. Rice was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11. He also participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11. Season 2009/10, Tyrese Rice spent with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. He had 11.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.4 apg for 27 games in Greece. It was his first season as a pro. Tyrese Rice graduated at the Boston College in 2009.

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  NAMIBIA   


When Will Basketball Start? - by Eurobasket News
Windhoek The persistent question has taken a life of its own. It has been asked again and again. It has been answered again and again. It is a question that reflects, we believe, a love for the game of basketball and a strong desire to play and continue playing.

The mission of the Namibian Basketball Federation is about much more than sporting excellence. It is also about developing a culture of respect, excellence and friendship. We are committed to making basketball a game for all across the nation.

Furthermore, we want a re entry onto the continental and international arena.

To that end, we are encouraging our affiliate members to develop teams and clubs whose players are stronger, in tremendous basketball shape and are intense competitors.

We know that players play harder and better if they are having fun. They will only do so in an environment that is safe and free of violence; where the tradition of fair play is promoted and honourable sports competition is the norm.

To create this environment we must have trained, accredited coaches, referees and table officials.

Over and above that, we must be in compliance with FIBA General Statutes and Internal Rules because we are members thereof. So in answer to the question: When will the league start?
Courtesy of: New Era


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  NBA   


Hornets give season ticket holders options if games cancelled - by Eurobasket News
When the NBA went into lockout late last week, the people rarely talked about but affected as much as the players and the league were those who had already bought season tickets.

On Wednesday, the Hornets continued their push into maintaining a good footing with those season ticket holders who already purchased. They sent an email to ticket holders explaining their work stoppage protection guarantee, giving them two options to choose from.

The Hornets are up to 8,400 season ticket packages after the playoff run and the Im In, Are You campaign.

The Gold Option will allow the Hornets to keep ticket money in the holders account. However, the account will earn an additional 10 percent of the value of game missed, money that can be put toward additional tickets, playoff tickets or ticket renewal in the future.

The Hornets also will donate another 5 percent of the value of games missed on ticket packages that fall under the Gold Option to their charity ticket program, which helps organizations bring youth to games.

Theres also the Standard Option, which the email said gives ticket holders a refund on any games misses plus a 1 percent annualized interest rate based on the principal on your account. The interest will begin on Oct. 1, 2011.

The deadline for both is July 29.

Heres the email in its entirety:

Dear Dear Hornets Krewe Members:

By choosing to be a 2011-12 season ticket holder, you have shown in the most important way that you are 'IN' for the Hornets, and it is our commitment to continue putting our fans first in everything we do.

As you are likely aware, the current negotiations between players and the NBA have not resulted in a new collective bargaining agreement, and a work stoppage has occurred. First, let us assure you that all of the league's efforts are focused on reaching an agreement that is in the best interests of the fans, teams, players and the game. The goal is to find a sustainable business model that enables all 30 teams to compete for a championship, fairly compensates players, and ensures a world-class experience for fans.

With that said, it still undoubtedly raises many questions for you as a season ticket holder. Will an agreement be reached before the season begins? Will games be missed? Regardless of the outcome, we want to assure you that your investment with us is not only a safe one, but also a smart one..

In appreciation of your support, we are taking our commitment to you a step further. While there are two options to select from in the event that any games are missed in the upcoming season, we are excited to offer you additional benefits with the Gold option that further reward your loyalty!

GOLD OPTION:
Your investment remains safely on your account
You earn an additional 10% of the value of any games missed on your account that can be used for many purposes including additional tickets, playoff tickets, renewals, etc!
AND an added 5% of the value of any games missed will be donated to our charity ticket program, which provides free tickets to local youth organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club, United Way and surrounding area Parks and Recreation Departments!
Deadline to select this option is FRIDAY, JULY 29th

- OR -

STANDARD OPTION:
You will receive a refund on any games missed plus a 1% annualized interest rate based on the principal on your account. Interest will begin to accrue on October 1, 2011. Refund and interest payments will be paid on a monthly basis.
Hopefully, neither of these options will be necessary, but we have developed this plan to ensure that the most important people in this equation, our Season Ticket Holders, are completely protected.

Courtesy of www.wwltv.com


Cavaliers announce D-League team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers have their own NBA Development League team in Canton. It's now up to you to name it.

The Cavs, along with the city of Canton, unveiled the new team at a news conference this afternoon.

'Having the ability to own and operate a D-League franchise in Canton once again illustrates our ownership's outstanding commitment to creating a culture of success,' Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said. 'Player development is at the core of our process and being able to operate our own franchise so close to home will place us in the most strategic position to take an active part in the player development process.'

The Cavaliers are the 5th NBA team to currently own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate. The Cavaliers shared the Erie Bayhawks with the Toronto Raptors last season, but that team recently signed an exclusive agreement with the New York Knicks.

The new team, which will take the place of the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the 16-team D-League, will play in the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

'This is an incredible opportunity for the citizens of Canton to experience professional basketball in their hometown, and I am grateful that the Cavaliers recognized Canton as an ideal market for their next generation of basketball operations, Canton Mayor William J. Healy II said.

The team does not have a nickname as of yet. Fans can submit their suggestions by going to www.CantonNBA.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter @NBACanton and on Facebook.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Indiana Pacers to hire Brian Shaw - by Eurobasket News
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports:

Three of the pieces are in place, now all Frank Vogel has to do is find his final assistant to complete his coaching staff.

Vogel was introduced as coach of the Pacers on Wednesday during a press conference that didnt reveal a lot since team officials are not permitted to talk about players due to the current NBA lockout.
Brian Shaw

Vogel and Larry Bird both said they hope to be able to announce the rest of the coaching staff next week. Brian Shaw will be the associate head coach and long time assistant Dan Burke will be on Vogels staff.

Vogel interviewed former University of Utah coach and NBA assistant Jim Boylen for the final assistant job earlier this week.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Twolves propose reassigning Rambis - by Eurobasket News
Still unable to simply fire a coach hes determined is done with the Minnesota Timberwolves, general manager David Kahn recently proposed that Kurt Rambis accept a reassignment within the franchises front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

The prospects of Rambis serving out the remaining two years and $4 million on his coaching deal so closely with Kahn in the front office holds little, if any, appeal to Rambis, sources said. Rambis has little respect for Kahns basketball acumen, and perhaps even less of a personal affinity for him.

The two barely spoke over the final months of the regular season, and havent communicated much well into the offseason. Rambis has felt mistreated throughout the ongoing saga surrounding his future with the Twolves, and prefers a finality to this endless public spectacle.

Kahn had believed that Rambis contract allowed for a reassignment, sources said, although those familiar with the agreement believe that notion wouldve been legally contested. Theres been no communication between management and Rambis for several days, sources said, and the coach remains in a strange sort of limbo: He knows hes done as coach, but hes still collecting his check as management actively searches for his replacement.

After initially raising the idea of a reassignment, sources said, Kahn has been less aggressive in its pursuit. With the idea more of a concept than a formal offer, Rambis hasnt needed to officially reject the proposition. Inside and outside the organization, Kahns handling of Rambis inevitable dismissal is considered downright confounding.

Kahn made the formal decision to remove Rambis as coach two weeks ago, as Yahoo! Sports reported on June 22. Kahns pursuit of potential replacements for Rambis had been ongoing for several weeks, and hasnt slowed lately, sources said.

Kahn has been contemplating several candidates to replace Rambis as coach, including Portland Trail Blazers assistant Bernie Bickerstaff and his son, J.B. Bickerstaff, who has been a member of Rambis coaching staff. Kahn also has shown a strong interest in University of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar.

J.B. Bickerstaff is a popular choice among several Twolves players, including star forward Kevin Love (notes), sources said. Bickerstaff is in demand with several teams as a potential assistant coach.

With the Timberwolves in the midst of a major rebuilding project, Rambis went 32-132 in two seasons as their coach, including a league-worst 17-65 this season. Kahn made the unusual request of asking Rambis to file a written report to him on changes Rambis would make if he returned as coach.

Kahn had wanted Rambis to become a better communicator with players. He also wanted him to design an offense away from the triangle and toward the open-court talents of rookie point guard Ricky Rubio (notes). Rambis relationship with key young players, especially Love, had been chilly.

Courtesy of Yahoo


NBPA doubts NBA's claimed losses - by Eurobasket News
The NBA players' association will keep doubting the league's financial losses, since it made inaccurate projections before.

Doesn't matter, the league says, since those projections have nothing to do with the final numbers it turns over to the union and insists can't be disputed.

Wednesday, Day 6 of the lockout, featured sparring by union and league officials over financial information, a day after a report questioned whether the NBA indeed lost money two seasons ago.

Though the NBA says it lost $340 million in 2009-10, a New York Times blog post Tuesday titled 'Calling Foul on NBA's Claims of Financial Distress' called the league 'fundamentally a healthy and profitable business' with an estimated operating income of $183 million that season.

Union spokesman Dan Wasserman said the NBA projected a decline in revenues that season but they actually rose, so the final losses should have been much less than the league said.

'In 2009-10, the NBA repeatedly offered projections that league revenues would decline as much as 5 percent, or $180 million, while also projecting losses of $370 million. Revenues were actually up in '09-10 and the revenue projections were off by as much as $200 million. Yet, the loss figures were only adjusted by $30 million. So yes, we feel there is more than adequate basis for questioning their projections and financials,' Wasserman said.

Because of the projected losses, the league forecast a steep drop in the salary cap for the 2010-11 season, saying it could fall as low as $50.4 million. Instead, it was set at $58 million after the higher-than-expected revenues following a seven-game finals between the Lakers and Celtics allowed the league to finish slightly up.

But that didn't save the league from the overall losses it says are documented in the data it has handed over to the union.

'For Dan Wasserman to suggest that the league's future revenue projection, made before the start of the 2009-10 season during the worst economy in 80 years (which, by the way, turned out to be off by only 3 and a half percent) somehow relates to the veracity of our year-end audited financials is absurd,' NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. 'Mr. Wasserman's questioning of the league's audited financials based on this missed projection is a complete non-sequitur.'

The Times story was based on estimates prepared by Forbes and Financial World magazines. Bass said Tuesday the information was inaccurate, saying Forbes 'does not have the financial data for our teams and the magazine's estimates do not reflect reality.' The league added it believed Financial World had gone out of business.

'Precisely to avoid this issue, the NBA and its teams shared their complete league and team audited financials as well as our state and federal tax returns with the players union,' Bass said. 'Those financials demonstrate the substantial and indisputable losses the league has incurred over the past several years.'

The league projected losses of $300 million last season after losses of several hundred million dollars in each season of the CBA, which was ratified in 2005. Owners locked out the players last week after they could not agree on a new deal.

The union has frequently questioned the league's financials, acknowledging losses but not anywhere near what the NBA has stated. The players offered to give up $100 million in salary costs annually in a recent proposal for a new five-year deal, believing that was more in line with the true losses.

The story was also skeptical, saying perhaps about $250 million of the purported losses results 'from an unusual accounting treatment related to depreciation and amortization when a team is sold.' The NBA responded that it uses the conventional and generally accepted accounting (GAAP) approach and does not include purchase price amortization from when a team is sold, with Bass saying 'put simply, none of the league losses are related to team purchase or sale accounting.'

The league followed up with another response Wednesday, arguing that 'the notion that $250 million of losses is due to 'accounting procedures' is patently false and so vague an assertion as to be meaningless as a matter of financial analysis.'

Because the NBA had such a successful 2010-11 season, with growth in TV ratings, and merchandise and ticket sales, the league has struggled to convince fans it needs the massive financial changes owners are seeking from the players.

But Bass said the league never had a positive net or operating income in the last CBA, and that 11 teams had net losses of more than $20 million in the 2009-10 season. He added 23 of the 30 teams lost money that season. Forbes estimated there were 17.

'We do not know how they do their calculations,' Bass said.

Courtesy of ESPN


NBA star Deron Williams reaches deal to play in Besiktas, Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), the Nets star point guard and one of the N.B.A.s premier players, has an agreement to play in Turkey during the lockout.

'We confirm the contract with Williams', said Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas, in a telephone interview Thursday.

Ataman said that the deal should become official in the next 24 hours and that Besiktass president, Seref Yalcin, would join Williams for a news conference in the United States next week.

The news of Williamss agreement was first reported by a Turkish television station, NTV Spor, and later confirmed by ESPN.com.

Williams, 27, is a two-time All-Star and one of the N.B.A.s top point guards. He would be the biggest N.B.A. star ever to play overseas in his prime. Besiktas briefly employed Allen Iverson last season, after Iverson, 36, could no longer find a willing employer in the N.B.A.

Williams has two years and $34 million left on his contract with the Nets, with an option to terminate next summer. It is unclear what effect his playing for a European team might have on his Nets contract, although Commissioner David Stern has indicated that the league would not stand in the way of players going overseas during a lockout.

If theres a lockout, the players are free; their contracts are suspended, Stern said during All-Star weekend in February. Its that simple.

In general, the N.B.A. and FIBA have an arrangement that precludes teams in either organization from signing players already under contract. That agreement became moot on July 1, when the N.B.A.s labor deal expired, and the league locked out its players.

But if Williams were injured while playing for Besiktas, it could risk nullification of his Nets contract, according to N.B.A. officials.

Williams is expected to report to Besiktas, which is based in Istanbul, on Sept. 1. The season there begins Sept. 27.

If the lockout is resolved, Williams would be free to break his contract and return to the N.B.A., Ataman said.

Ataman said Zaza Pachulia, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, also has an agreement to play for Besiktas. And the club is not done recruiting locked-out N.B.A. players, he said.

If theres a possibility, well talk with Kobe if hed like to play in Europe with Deron and with other guys to play we can talk with him, Ataman said. If Kobe would like to play with us, we will also contact his agent and maybe with him.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


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Former Ohio State Buckeye David Lighty signs with pro basketball team in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Former Ohio State and Villa Angela-St. Joseph star David Lighty (6'5''-G/F-88) apparently will sign a two-year contract to play with Cantu, Italy, in the Euroleague next season, according to various sources.

The deal is believed to be worth $300,000 for the two seasons. It would also not allow him to return to the NBA this season, one NBA source said.

Lighty and his agent, Joel Bell, did not return phone calls to The Plain Dealer on Wednesday, but Lighty's mother, Emily, confirmed that Lighty probably would sign with Cantu this week.

'We're not giving up,' she said of her son's dream to play in the NBA. 'But it's the Lord's plan for him to take a different route. Everything happens for a reason.'

Lighty was not selected in the NBA Draft on June 23, but he did work out for several teams, including Atlanta and Phoenix, before the lockout shut down operations throughout the NBA. With the uncertainty over the upcoming season, Lighty decided the deal to go overseas was too good to pass up.

'Atlanta and Phoenix want me to stay and go to training camp, but it's not [guaranteed] because of the lockout,' Lighty told the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Stanford extends Dawkins through 2015-16 - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of SI
STANFORD, Calif. (AP)
Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins has signed a two year
contract extension that takes him through the 2015-16 season with the Cardinal.

Athletic director Bob Bowlsby made the announcement Wednesday about the new deal for Dawkins,
who owns a 49-48 record in three seasons at Stanford, including last season's 15-16 mark.

The 47-year-old Dawkins was a longtime Duke assistant under Mike Krzyzewski and a former
All-America at the school where he had been on the coaching staff since the 1997-98 season.
He played for a national championship and won it all as an assistant coach.

Last season marked his first with a roster of his own recruits after he took over in
April 2009 following Trent Johnson's departure for LSU.


Recruiting notes: Top-rated Muhammad says first visit will 'probably' be UK - by Eurobasket News
Newly minted as the No. 1 player in his class, Shabazz Muhammad sounded more than willing to continue a trend and strongly consider playing basketball for the University of Kentucky.

Muhammad listed several top-drawer programs on his recruiting list: UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Memphis, UNLV. 'Some others I'm probably missing,' he said Wednesday at the adidas Invitational.

But the top player on Rivals' and Scout's list for the class of 2012 won't be able to make an official visit to all those schools before deciding his basketball future.

'Kentucky is probably my first one,' he said of the visits he'll make. The reason Kentucky rates a first visit is recent history, Muhammad said. His friend, Michael Gilchrist, is part of UK's stellar freshman class. That made an impression.

So is Kentucky the leader for Muhammad?

'That would be the impression,' Muhammad said in agreeing with the premise of a question. 'But they're not the leader at all. I'm wide open.'

Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 wing, made an unofficial visit to UK for the Vanderbilt game last season.

'I loved it,' he said. 'The fan support was great. ... (Fans) saying my name, giving me handshakes. I felt I was playing.'

Muhammad also likes UK Coach John Calipari 's history of preparing players for the NBA.

'Oh, yeah,' he said when asked whether Calipari mentions all the first-round picks in his recruiting pitch. 'Absolutely. That's what he does. ...

'That's a great thing. That's why he gets a lot of guys. Because he supports them in what they want to do.'

'Important' win

Muhammad led his team on a comeback victory over Indiana Elite on Wednesday. Although it was merely a summer game, he called it an 'important' victory. For one thing, it made amends for a loss to the same team in this event last year, he said.

'People say AAU isn't important,' he said. 'I want to win every game. That's just something in me. My instinct. That's the mentality you have to have.'

His father, Ronald Holmes, instilled a play-to-win attitude in him, Muhammad said. Holmes played collegiately for Southern California.

Mum's the word

Kaleb Tarczew ski, a 7-footer from Southborough, Mass., played well in his first camp game. But he could not talk about his performance or his recruiting situation. His AAU coach preferred that the players not be interviewed.

The coach, John Carroll, said Tarczewski had visited Arizona, North Carolina and Kansas.

When asked about Kentucky's possible interest, Carroll said he had spoken with Calipari, a good friend, about the player.

Son also rises

Chris Harrison-Docks, the son of former UK player Chris Harrison, played well Wednesday. He's committed to Butler. He'd also considered Stanford, Boston College, San Diego State, William & Mary and Notre Dame.

Harrison-Docks said he committed to Butler because of Coach Brad Stevens, the school's offering dentistry as an educational pursuit and the Bulldogs' recent success.'Would you turn down any other school that's been to the championship game twice?' he said, referring to Butler's appearances in the last two Final Fours. Having already committed to a college gave Harrison-Docks a different perspective on the camp.

'I'm playing for my teammates,' he said, meaning he hoped to help their chances of getting college scholarships.

After playing his freshman year at Louisville Trinity, Harrison-Docks moved with his family to Okemos, Mich.

Courtesy of www.kentucky.com


Washington adds F Shawn Kemp Jr. to 2011 class - by Eurobasket News
Washington has added a familiar name in the Pacific Northwest to its 2011 recruiting class.

The Huskies announced Thursday that Shawn Kemp Jr. has signed a scholarship agreement, becoming the sixth player for the Huskies' 2011 class.

Kemp is the son of former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp (6'10''-F-69, college: Trinity Valley JC). The younger Kemp originally signed with Auburn in November 2009 before attending post graduate school at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Kemp immediately will beef up Washington's front court. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound forward averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior at Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga.

Kemp joins Andrew Andrews, Martin Breunig, Jernard Jarreau, Hikeem Stewart and Tony Wroten as members of the Huskies recruiting class.

Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com


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Premier Basketball League to hold 'Lockout Draft' - by Eurobasket News
Are you a locked-out NBA Player looking to play this fall? The Chicago-based Premier Basketball League (PBL) may be your answer. The PBL, a minor basketball league which came into the existence as a Continental Basketball League replacement in 2008, has developed a special lockout draft concept, that will take place on Tuesday July 19th.

The draft will give fans, via the internet, the ability to pick players from the NBA roster, and place them onto the various PBL teams. According to the PBL, its the perfect way for NBA players to stay in shape, while also receiving a pay check,

What a great way for these finely tuned athletes to stay in shape and get financial compensation without the fans missing the chance to see their star players on the court, commented Brij Desai, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Basketball League.

While further details regarding the draft will be announced on PBLs website, we do know that the PBL will establish a Locked out All-Star Team. That team will travel to cities without an NBA team (Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Buffalo, for example) and raise money for various charities. Charitable contributions, like the team itself, will be voted on by the fans, according to PBL Officials.

For those looking for PBL games, they will be broadcasted live on @SportsTV Network, while also streaming online at www.atsportstv.com.

While I dont foresee any of the locked out NBA players deciding to join the PBL circuit for the PBL season, the idea of creating an online fantasy draft featuring real NBA players may be intriguing for fans, even if the likelihood of those draft picks coming to fruition is slim at best. If nothing else, PBL is taking advantage of the NBA lockout to garner some attention for their league. Its not the first time such a practice has been done, and it certainly will not be the last.

The PBL currently features an 8-team league with teams in the United States and Canada.

The PBL looks to also establish a Locked out All-Star Team, that will travel to different cities raising money for several charities and allowing NBA Players to showcase their basketball talents in cities where an NBA franchise does not exist. These cities include Hartford-CT, Rochester-NY, Buffalo-NY, Columbus-OH, Pittsburgh-PA, Nashville-TN, Omaha-NE, Tucson-AZ, San Diego-CA, Seattle-WA and Kansas City-MO.

Games will be broadcasted live on @SportsTV Network through television distribution as well as online streaming at www.atsportstv.com Could Dwayne Wade be playing for the new PBL Team coming to Chicago, rumored to be announced next week? For further information please contact the Premier Basketball League at info@thepbl.com

Courtesy of The PBL (www.thepbl.com)


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New team to join Season 3 of AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League - by Eurobasket News
The San Miguel Beermen Philippines team is now officially a member of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) family. The team made an official announcement in Manilla today on the 6th of July 2011 that they will be joining South East Asias inter-nation professional basketball league in Season 3.
Mr. Ramon Ang, President and CEO of San Miguel commented, We are honoured to be apart of the ABL as it is fastest growing league in SEA today. Our aim is to strengthen the brand in the region and we are mindful that we are representing the nation in this league. I would like to thank ABL for welcoming us as this gives us opportunities to reach out to customers and fans throughout the SEA
Together with young collegians, ex- players and current players of the PBA, the team will be ready to give the other teams a tough challenge as they are aiming to win the Season 3 championship. With more teams in the league, this will also include more games during the regular season in which regional fans can now look forward to a bigger and longer season. With San Miguel joining in, the league will now have 2 Philippine based teams along with the AirAsia Philippine Patriots who were the runners up to the 2nd Season. Other teams also participating in the league include last seasons champions ,Chang Thailand Slammers together with SatriaMuda BritAma, Singapore Slingers, Brunei Barracudas, and Westports KL Dragons. Mario Wuysang, Point Guard of Indonesias current ABL team SatriaMuda added It is great that San Miguel is joining the ABL, to have a PBA team joining is exciting for us as players and i believe for the fans in the region as well. I also believe it will take the competitive level up another notch. So im personally excited and eager to take on the challenge. Mr. Goh Cheng Huat, head coach of the Westports KL Dragons from Malaysia in Season 2 said, the league will be more exciting, competitive and challenging for the teams as we have an additional new team, as it is also good for the league as it shows that the league is growing in the region. Mr. Khun Surasak Chinawatana, the team owner of the Chang Thailand Slammers and the President of the Thailand Basketball Association added, I would like to give a warm welcome to San Miguel in joining ABL next season. Their participation in next season's league would only make the ABL games more competitive and entertaining for each and everyone of us. We look forward to an exciting season ahead!'
San Miguels strategic move to join the team will also be a great marketing push for its brand in the South East Asia market as they will have a good platform to promote their products in the region as well as to represent their nation in the ABL. Singapore Slingers General Manager Michael Johnson added The announcement that a team with the power and quality of the San Miguel brand is joining the ABL in 2012 is a great step forward for the league. I also believe it is a great step for San Miguel who will be able to showcase their team's talent and brand throughout SE Asia in a week to week regional league Mr. Erick Thohir, President of the South East Asia Basketball Association commented, It is an honour for us to have San Miguel in the league as it is one of the biggest brands in SEA and with this we continue to build basketball in the SEA. With all the talent that we have in SEA and with competition, one day we will have a team whom will represent ASIA in the world of basketball. Mr. Bobby Park, a legend in the Philippine basketball scene has been selected as the best person to lead the San Miguel Beermen Philippines team.
The 3rd Season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League is scheduled to start on 14th of Jan. 2012 right up to the grand championship finals in June 2012 with the Chang Thailand Slammers trying to defend their championship title and national pride from old rivals and competitive newcomers.

Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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Benfica keep Ben Reed - by Eurobasket News
Benfica have secured the services of Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) for another season. The 28-year-old forward joined the team back in 2008. Last season Ben Reed tallied 10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LPB. In EuroChallenge the forward notched 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Ben Reed received Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honourable Mention.


Portuguese Basketball Federation paid luxury wages - by Hugo Carvalho
As we all know and have read in the newspapers, the portuguese government gave less than 400 thousand euros different from usual to Portuguese Basketball Federation.
With this money unless, the FPB is demanding more fees to clubs, which as we know are deeply in debt.

This is creating a national basketball brutal problem because the clubs do not have money to pay the demands of the FPB.
At this point I think we run the serious risk of ending the practice of basketball at the highest level here in Portugal. If so, will be the total collapse and we will have coaches, players and other people in the unemployed. It would be a shame if that happened.

But today I was completely perplexed by a document I received. the contract between the Institute of Sport in Portugal, (IDP) and Portuguese Basketball Federation from 2010, regarding where they are discriminated against the salaries of coaches, directors and coordinators of the FPB in that year.

It was with astonishment that I realized that the money which the Portuguese State, through the IDP serves ordered to pay some luxury salaries!
In 82 people, 11 of them earn 403,140 by year.

It is difficult to accept that a small country like Portugal, there are people making so much money and the key actors of the show that are basketball players, getting less and less.




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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.7 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.3 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 2. Harris, San German12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Rickert, Bayamon8.7 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel BROWN
  Quebradillas
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 2. Rivera, San German5.5 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.5 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 8. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Hinson, Isabela3.7 
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. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 5. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 6. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


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CSM Oradea signs two players - by Eurobasket News
CSM Oradea added point guard William Franklin (183-G-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Bradley) and guard/forward Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season.
William Franklin heads to Oradea from Tunisia. He played for Etoile du Sahel last season helping them to win the championship title. Franklin was named Africabasket.com All-Tunisian League Player of the Year -11. Before Etoile du Sahel, Franklin spent one year in Germany with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. In the past, he also played for Bosnian Borac Banja Luka, Cypriot ENAD and Bradley University in the USA.
Milos Markovic is not a new face in Romania as he finished last season with CSU Sibiu. The Serbian G/F joined them in January averaging 14.8 points, 6 rebounds and 1.7 steals for 18 games. Markovic started last season with Sloboda Uzice. He appeared 11 times in A League with them registering 12.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.8 apg. In 2009/10, Milos Markovic won the Slovenian league title with Krka Novo Mesto. He helped them with 8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.5 apg in 44 league games. Markos started his career with the Serbian team Masinac Kraljevo. He left them in 2004 for Partizan Belgrade, where he won the Serbian league title. Next year he moved to Hemfoarm, where he stayed two seasons. They reached ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2006. Markovic also has experience from Mega Ishrana, Khimik Yuzhny, Buducnost Podgorica and Sloboda Dita Tuzla.


Targu Mures inks Radu Paliciuc - by Eurobasket News
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) is a new member of BC Mures Targu Mures. They penned a one-year deal yesterday. Paliciuc heads to Targu Mures from CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov, where he spent last couple of years. The Romanian G/F averaged 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals for 33 games last season. In 2009/10, Paliciuc had 9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.1 apg for 27 games. Radu Paliciuc played for the Romanian University National Team two years ago. He had 5 ppg, 1 rpg and 1 apg for them at the World University Games in Belgrade. That same year he reached Romanian Cup Semifinals with Brasov. The team ended last season on the bottom with poor 1-29 record. This is a nice move for Paliciuc as Targu Mures finished 2010/11 as No.5.

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Loukas Mavrokefalides leaves Reds, heads to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) officially left Olympiakos. According to Basketball.ru, the Greek big guy rejected last offer by the Reds (650.000 euros for two years). Reportedly, he will join Khimky or Spartak St Petersbourg, which offered him at least one million euros per season. For Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) Loukas Mavrokefalides started in 2007 and in Euroleague after 10 games averaged 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg. In Greek League Regular Season his stats read 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg. In 2008-2009 the Greek Center moved to Costa Cafe Marousi (A1, starting five) and in Eurocup had 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 77.3%, while in Greek League showed 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.0%. In 2009-2010 moved back to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece, A1) and in Euroleague after 14 games showed 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.0%. In Greek League after 29 games Loukas averaged 6.9ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 85.7%. Last season for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1, starting five) he improved to 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 79.4% in EuroLeague and in Greek League had 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 80.8%. Only in the last few seasons, Loukas Mavrokefalides reached Euroleague Quarterfinals -08, 11 and also reached Greek League Finalist -08, 10, 11, Greek League All-Star Game -09, 10, 11, Greek League Semifinals -09, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team -09, Greek Cup Winners -10, Euroleague Finalist -10, Greek Cup Winner -10, 11, Greek National Team -10. Last season he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year -11 and became Greek League Regular Season Champion -11.
In the past, Loukas Mavrokefalides played for Lottomatica Roma and Pamesa Valencia. He is a product of the PAOK Thessaloniki.


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  SERBIA   


Stefan Markovic passes medical, officially joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) successfully passed the medical tests in Valencia yesterday. His official promotion as Power Electronics Valencia player is scheduled for today. The Serbian point guard signed a 2+1 year deal with the club last month. He arrives from Benetton Treviso, where he spent last season. For 37 games in SerieA he had 5.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 apg. Markovic also added 6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.9 apg for 18 games in EuroCup. Eurobasket awarded Markovic with All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11. Stefan Markovic joined Benetton last summer from Hemofarm. He was a member of Hemofarm since 2006. In the past, Markovic also played for Atlas Banka. Stefan Markovic is active member of the Serbian National Team. He had 3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 9 games in Turkey last summer.

Milos Markovic returns to Romania - by Eurobasket News
Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: BeoExcell) will continue his career in Romania. He signed a one-year deal with CSM Oradea. Markovic is not a new face in Romania as he finished last season with CSU Sibiu. The Serbian G/F joined them in January averaging 14.8 points, 6 rebounds and 1.7 steals for 18 games. Markovic started last season with Sloboda Uzice. He appeared 11 times in A League with them registering 12.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.8 apg. In 2009/10, Milos Markovic won the Slovenian league title with Krka Novo Mesto. He helped them with 8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.5 apg in 44 league games. Markos started his career with the Serbian team Masinac Kraljevo. He left them in 2004 for Partizan Belgrade, where he won the Serbian league title. Next year he moved to Hemfoarm, where he stayed two seasons. They reached ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2006. Markovic also has experience from Mega Ishrana, Khimik Yuzhny, Buducnost Podgorica and Sloboda Dita Tuzla.

Ilija Zolotic stays with Maribor - by Eurobasket News
Serbian center Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86, agency: BeoExcell) will stay at least one more season in Slovenia. He extended deal with Maribor for 2011/12. Zolotic joined the team last summer from Otopeni. He appeared 29 times in Slovenian Telemach league averaging 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Eurobasket awarded Zolotic with All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention -11. As mentioned above, before Maribor Zolotic played for Otopeni. He had 3.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 12 games in Romanian league. They parted ways in December of 2009. In Serbia, Ilija Zolotic was a member of Novi Sad. He also has experience from Vojvodina. Zolotic played for the Serbian U18 and University NT in the past.

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  SLOVAKIA   


Komarno shape up roster - by Eurobasket News
Komarno is getting ready for the new season. They are gradually building the roster. Komarno have lately agreed on terms of contract with Ivan Pap (203-F-88, agency: TSS Management), Peter Szabo (183-G-89) and Robert Laslo (194-G-84, agency: TSS Management).
Ivan Pap spent the previous season with Vojvodina Novi Sad. The 23-year-old guard averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Serbian B League.
Peter Szabo played for Szolnoki in the last season. The 21-year-old Hungarian guard averaged 3.9 points, 1.0 board and 1.0 assist per game in Hungarian League. In EuroChallenge his stats read 3.0 points per appearance.
Robert Laslo played in French NM1 League last season. The Serbian forward posted 10.4 points, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 rebounds per game for Saint Chamond Basket.
Komarno are also negotiating contract with an American coach. The name will be disclosed after the sides reach an agreement.




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  SLOVENIA   


Cebular and Cresnar sign in Helios Domzale - by Matej Bergant
Guard Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) and center Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) signed with Adriatic League participant Helios Domzale. Cebular agreed on two-years contract while Cresnar signed one year deal. Drazen Bubnic and Vjekoslav Petrovic are also staying in Domzale as they agreed on two-years contract extension. New assistant coaches of new Helios Domzale head coach Zmagoslav Sagadin will be Dalibor Damjanovic and former player Domen Zerak (203-C-79) who retired from playing basketball in this summer.

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  SPAIN   


Melilla add Alvaro Frutos - by Eurobasket News
Melilla have secured the services of Alvaro Frutos (188-PG-87) for the next season. The 24-year-old point guard comes from Alcazar. Last season Alvaro Frutos tallied 8.2 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in LEB Gold. In 2010 Alvaro Frutos became LEB Silver champion together with Alcazar. Previously the guard had stints with Fuenlabrada and Oviedo.


Lagun Aro hire Alfonso Alonso - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro will soon name Alfonso Alonso as their new head coach. The 35-year-old specialist will replace Pablo Laso who left the team for Real Madrid. Alfonso Alonso led DKV Joventut Badalona in 2008-10 seasons. Previously the specialist worked as assistant coach in Badalona. The deal should be officiated soon.



Stefan Markovic passes medical, officially joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) successfully passed the medical tests in Valencia yesterday. His official promotion as Power Electronics Valencia player is scheduled for today. The Serbian point guard signed a 2+1 year deal with the club last month. He arrives from Benetton Treviso, where he spent last season. For 37 games in SerieA he had 5.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 apg. Markovic also added 6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.9 apg for 18 games in EuroCup. Eurobasket awarded Markovic with All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11. Stefan Markovic joined Benetton last summer from Hemofarm. He was a member of Hemofarm since 2006. In the past, Markovic also played for Atlas Banka. Stefan Markovic is active member of the Serbian National Team. He had 3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 9 games in Turkey last summer.

Caja Laboral lands Maciej Lampe for the next two years - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of a two-year deal with the Polish big guy Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). The 26-year-old Lampe had amazing season with Unics Kazan. He helped them win the EuroCup title averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for 16 games. Lampe was named 'Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year -11'. In Russian league, Lampe also had impressive numbers: 18.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 36 games. There, he was also awarded with 'Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year -11'. And that is not all. Lampe was 'Center of the Year' in VTB United league as well. Before Uncis, Lampe played for Maccabi Electra, Khimky, Dynamo St Petersburg, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Real Madrid. He is active member of the Polish National Team since 2004. In Qualifications to European Championships 2011, Lampe shined with 16.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 10 games.

Carles Duran continues as Head Coach of CB Prat Juventud - by Eurobasket News
Carles Duran will continue his work as a Head Coach of CB Prat Juventud. They agreed a deal for 2011/12 season. Duran took over Prat Juventud last summer. They finished last season as No.5 in LEB Silver with 17-11 record. Before Prat, Duran worked as Assistant Coach of DKV Joventut. He worked there from 2008 to 2010. In 2006/07, Duran also was a Head Coach of CB Prat, which is the second team of DKV Joventut. DKV Joventut made a major change this summer. Pepu Hernandez left the team and Joventut hired Salvador Maldonado as a new Head Coach. The Spanish specialist comes from Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB) where he coached last year. As a Head Coach he started in 1994-1997 for TDK Manresa (ACB) and then in 1997-1998 moved to Sevilla. In 1999-2000 joined Tau Vitoria and then in 2000-2001 went to CB Manresa (LEB1). In 2001-2002 appeared for CB Ourense (LEB1) and in 2004-2005 joined C.B.Tarragona (LEB1). The next four seasons was with Gran Canaria (ACB) and in 2009-2010 was hired by Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada (ACB).

Le Mans keeps Antoine Diot - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans announced that Antoine Diot (191-G-89) will stay with the club in 2011/12. Le Mans officially rejected offer by the Spanish Fuenlabrada. Diot supposed to replace Krispaps Valters in Fuenla, but that will not happen and the French point guard will stay with Le Mans for another season. Antoine Diot tallied 8.0 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in ProA last season. In EuroCup he averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. In EuroLeague Qualifying Round Antoine Diot produced 10.8 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Antoine Diot played for France at 2009 EuroBasket. His stats read 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Poland. The guard participated at ProA All-Star Game in 2010. Antoine Diot joined Le Mans in 2007 from CFBB. He started basketball career with Bourg and later played for INSEP.

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Sundsvall Dragons adds Sean Smith - by Eurobasket News
Sean Smith (198-G-87, college: NC-Asheville) is a new member of Sundsvall Dragons. The Swedish guard penned a one-year deal with his new club. He heads to Sundsvall from Eco Orebro. For 36 games last season Smith had 8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1 spg. It was his first season as a pro. Sean Smith graduated last year at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He averaged 8.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists for his school as a senior. Sean Smith was a member of the Swedish National team last summer. In the past, he played for U20 and U18 Sweden. With U20 team he had 9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1 apg at the U20 EuroBasket 2007 Division B in Poland.

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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan in tough group in FIBA Asia Championship - by Chris Wang
Taiwan was placed in the tough group B with two-time defending champion Iran, Gulf power Qatar and a Middle Asia team which could be Kazakhstan after FIBA Asia completed the draw for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.

Report from FIBA Asia:

CHN/IRI - Iran to begin title defense in Group B; China opt for Gr. D; Lebanon in Gr. A

WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): Twice defending champions Iran will match wits with GCC champions Qatar, East Asias Chinese Taipei and the qualifier from the Stan division of Middle Asia in Group B in the Preliminary Round of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship.

The draw for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship was completed at the host city Wuhan amidst a sparkling ceremony on the Yangzte River on Wednesday.

Vice Mayor of Wuhan Liu Shunni presided over the Draw Ceremony in the presence of Hu Dechun, Director of Administration of Sports of Hubei Province, Luo Changgang, Director of Economic and Technological Development Zone, Zhang Jin, Deputy Director of Admin. of Sports of Hubei Province, Former China National Team coach Liu Guiyi and the representatives of sponsors KIA Motors, PEAK and Sportsfive.

FIBA Asia Deputy Secretary General Hagop Khajirian along with FIBA Asia Hon. Chairman Xin Lancheng, also the Secretary General of CBA, supervised the Draw proceedings.

The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, also the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, will be held from Sept 15-25.

The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, also the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, will be held from Sept 15-25.

The champion team from Wuhan will directly qualify for the most significant sporting event at the British capital, while the No 2 and No 3 teams will qualify for the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament.

Hosts China as per the procedure of the draw opted to play in Group D after SEABA champions Philippines along with GCC duo UAE and Bahrain were drawn.

Lebanon, who qualified for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship directly by virtue of winning the title in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup last year were drawn in Group A along with the qualifier from the SAARC division of Middle Asia, SEABAs Malaysia and recently crowned East Asian champions Korea.

Japan, who lost to Lebanon in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, were drawn into Group C along with SEABA runners-up Indonesia, 2009 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalists Jordan and another WABA team Syria.

The 26th FIBA Asia Championship is the fifth occasion when China will host this prestigious event 1989 Beijing, 2001 Shanghai, 2003 Harbin and 2009 Tianjin are the earlier occasions.

The Draw process

The four semifinalists of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Lebanon, Japan, Qatar and Philippines were seeded into four different groups, and the draw decided which group each of them will figure. Liu Guiyi conducted the draw for the seeded teams.

The two Middle Asian representatives along with Indonesia and UAE were drawn next. Hu Dechun drew the lots to decide which team goes where.

Luo Changgang conducted the draw for the next level involving Malaysia, Taipei, Syria and Bahrain to follow suit.

At this stage, China exercised their right as hosts of choice in the groupings and Zhang Jin drew Iran, Jordan and Korea into their respective groups.

Groupings for Preliminary Round
Group A: Lebanon, Middle Asia 1, Malaysia, Korea
Group B: Qatar, Middle Asia 2, Ch. Taipei, Iran
Group C: Japan, Indonesia, Syria, Jordan
Group D: Philippines, UAE, Bahrain, China.

Notes:
Middle Asia 1: New Delhi hosts the SAARC teams from July 13-15 to identify this qualifier.
Middle Asia 2: Navoi (UZB) will host Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan as the four teams attempt to win this qualifying berth.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round in the following manner.

Second Round Groupings
Group E: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3
Group F: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3

Each team will play the three (3) new teams in its own group (the final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for this round). The top four from each group in the Second Round will advance to the knockout quarterfinal stage.

FIBA Asia



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  TURKEY   


Besiktas agree on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84). The 27-year-old centre has been playing in the NBA since 2003. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the NBA Draft. Zaza Pachulia was the member of the Atlanta Hawks squad since 2005. Last season the Georgian player notched 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Zaza Pachulia is not new to Turkey. He played for Ulker Istanbul in 1999/2003 seasons. The centre made it into Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosman Players Team in 2003. Zaza Pachulia has been the Georgian National Team player since 2000. The centre averaged 15.8 points, 7.5 boards and 1.8 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.




Anadolu Efes lands Stanko Barac until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Stanko Barac (217-C-86) officially became a new member of the Turkish giant Anadolu Efes. The Croatian center signed a three-year deal. The 24-year-old Barac spent last three seasons with Caja Laboral. He had 11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1 bpg for them in 20 Euroleague games last season. Barac also added 11.9 ppg, 7 rpg and 1.3 apg for 36 games in ACB. Eurobasket awarded Barac with Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team -11. Stanko Barac won two ACB titles with Caja Laboral (ex Tau). He also won Copa del Rey trophy with them in 2009. Before Caja Labora, Barac was a member of Pamesa (loan) and Bosnian team Siroki Prima pivo. He also has experience from the Croatian National Team. At the EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, Barac had 5.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 7 games. At the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing, Barac added 4.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 6 appearances. Stanko Barac is a product of Siroki Brijeg.

Besiktas in talks with Deron Willams!!! - by Burak Cidamal
Turkish giants Besiktas is going to sing NBA player Deron Williams.
After the lock out in NBA lots of NBA player took offer from European Teams. If this transfer happens it will be the first shock transfer in European Basketball this year.
Deron Williams who is 27 years old starts his career in Utah Jazz and he spent 6 years in Utah team. In 2001 he transfer to New Jersey Nets. After the lock out he is going to play in Turkey for Besiktas.
His awards are; NBA All-Star (2010-2011) Best second five , (2008,2010) NBA Rookie Team, (2006)


Coach Ergin Ataman said that ' only we are waiting the sign. Everything is ok and no problem. He will join out colours soon.'

Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois)




Gelisim Koleji adds Sertay Gursu - by Eurobasket News
Sertay Gursu (195-G-87, agency: EM-PA) is a new member of Gelisim Koleji. The Turkish guard penned a one-year deal with his new team. Gursu arrives to Gelisim Koleji from Vestelspor Manisa, where he finished last season. He joined them in January averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Gursu started last season with Selcuk. He had 10.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.9 apg for them in 11 games. Before Vestel and Selcuk, Sertay Gursu spent two years with Genc Banvitliler. He was their best player in both seasons. In 2008/09, Gursu had 19.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 24 games. Two years ago, he averaged 17.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg. In the past, Sertay Gursu played for FMV Isikspor and Uludag Universitesi. In 2008 and 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention.

Optimum TED keeps Mehmet Nezih and Burak Erol - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara announced signing of one-year contract extension with Mehmet Nezih (206-C-80) and Burak Erol (196-G-88).
Mehmet Nezih joined the squad last summer from Tofas Bursa. He played 26 games in TB2L registering 9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara won TB2L Group B last season. Nezih was TB2L champion with the same team in 2008. He was their member from 2003 to 2008. In the meantime, Nezih spent two years with Tofas.
Burak Erol arrived to Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara in 2009 from Ankara Basket. He had 5.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 26 games last season. In 2009/10, Erol averaged 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds.


A.J OGILVY signs with Valencia - by Burak Cidamal
Former Besiktas player Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) signs two year deal witl Spanish side Valencia.

Ogilvy who spend his first professional year in Turkey (Besiktas) signed two year deal with Spansih club Valencia. last year Ogilvy played good games in Besiktas colours and coach Ergin Ataman wanted to keep him in rotation. But he used the terms in his contract and accepted Valencia's offer.

In new season he will be in Paco Olmos sqouad. Last year Ogilyvy played 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.




Besiktas targets veteran Charles Smith - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources in Turkey, Besiktas wants to sign veteran Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) for the next season. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Smith spent last season with Lottomatica Roma. He played 13 Euroleague games for them averaging 6.4 points,1.8 rebounds,1.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Smith also added 11 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.9 spg for 30 games in SerieA. Charles Smith is well known in Turkey as he played for Efes Pilsen from 2008 until the last summer. He was one of their best players in both years. In 2009/10, Smith had 12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.9 spg for 16 Euroleague games. In TBL, he had 12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 19.apg and 2.1 spg. Eurobasket awarded Smith with All-Turkish League Guard of the Year -10. In the past, Charles Smith played for Real Madrid, Denver Nuggets, Scavolini, Makedonikos, San Antionio Spurs and Udine.

Fenerbahce Ulker wont keep James Gist - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Fenerbahce Ulker decided not to keep James Gist (203-F-86). They penned a deal last month, but soon after that the Serbian Antidoping Agency announced that the player failed on doping test. Gist had AAF for Carboxy THC (cannabis). He was tested during the match between BC Partizan and BC Hemofarm in Belgrade on 1.6.2011. He waived sample B analysis. According to Sportando, the Turkish champion reacted and they are already on the market looking for a power forward to replace Gist. James Gist spent the previous season in Serbia. The 24-year-old power forward played for Partizan Belgrade. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Serbian A League. In Euroleague James Gist posted 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.1 steals. James Gist was named into Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team.

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Hoops Stars to Play in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
A group of top East African basketball players have been invited to a camp that includes some of Europe's top coaches, scouts and coaches in Estonia from July 28 to August 1.

Through VC Sports Solutions, a local basketball specialised agency that manages a string of players in the local league, several players could get an opportunity to join the paid ranks from the camp if they impress.

'During the camp, there will be a tournament, giving Ugandan players a chance to excel. They can be taken up by clubs there,' Joshua Ssentongo, the VC Sports Solutions director, said. Three Enabu brothers; Ivan, Jimmy and Emmanuel, Isaac Afidra, Ben Komakech, Joseph Ikong, Desmond Owili, Sam Gombya, Edwin Kateregga and Norman Blick are the Ugandan players set to benefit.

Warriors coach Mandy Juruni has been sourced to offer technical advice. Currently, Ssentongo is seeking visa waivers from the Germany embassy which handles Estonia consular services. Several European scouts will grace the camp to look out for talents.
Courtesy of: The Monitor


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  UKRAINE   


Donte Gennie heads to DniproAzot - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot have agreed on terms of contract with Donte Gennie (185-G-83, college: Georgia Southern). The 27-year-old guard spent the previous season in Romania. He averaged 18.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for Arges Pitesti. Previously Donte Gennie had stints in Hungary, Germany and Kosovo. The guard is the Georgia Southern University graduate. He was named into All-Southern Conference 2nd Team in his senior season.



Budivelnyk confirm Zvezdan Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News
Superleague champions Budivelnyk Kyiv have confirmed hiring of Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ). The Montenegrin specialist has agreed on terms of contract with Budivelnyk. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will replace Josep Berrocal on the bridge. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is not new to Ukraine. He worked with Khimik Yuzny for five seasons (2002/2007). Later Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) moved to Kryvbasbasket Kryvyi Rih. Mitrovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Coach of the Year in 2009. He led Khimik into four straight Superleague semifinals in 2004-07 seasons. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is expected to start working with the team at the start of August. He is now working with Montenegrin B National Team.


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Crusaders sign Laws, Carpenter - by Eurobasket News
Medway Park Crusaders have made their first two new signings as they look to develop and bolster their squad for their first season in EBL Division 1.

Gareth Laws (188-G-80), a 6'2' guard, joins Crusaders after a season off with injury problems. Laws is well known in the basketball community having played for London Towers and Plymouth Raiders in the BBL, and London Leopards, Sutton Pumas and Hackney White Heat in EBL1.

Laws has won numerous cups and trophies in his career, and brings a great deal of experience to the team. This experience is something Medway head coach James Vear thinks will be a real asset.

'Gareth has played the highest level in this country and has accomplished a lot in his basketball career so far,' said Vear. 'He is another great shooter to add to the roster and he has a great basketball IQ. He has had some unfortunate injuries over the past two seasons but in the small amount of time he has been training with us, you can see he is starting to get his fitness back and I can see him being a great pick up for the team.'

Laws is looking forward to playing elite basketball again this season, saying, 'I'm looking forward to the start of the season; there is still a lot of hard work to do prior to our first game but I believe the team is 110% focused on achieving our goals. As for me, this will be my first full year back after missing 18 months with an injury, and I'm committed and motivated to get back to my former self. This year I am looking to make a big impact on the team success through playing and helping develop our younger players. I feel the experience I can bring to the club will benefit the development of our future and current stars.'

Laws has already made a big impression with his professionalism and character and the club seems to have made a similar impression on him. Laws added, 'I'm exited about joining Medway Park Crusaders - it's a great opportunity. Over the past years they have really established themselves as a premier club and the future is looking extremely promising. Coach Vear has a great philosophy towards coaching, which will help bring out the best in all players including myself, and as the team builds and become more accustomed to each other we will go from strength to strength throughout the year.'

Joining Laws this season will be former Crusader junior Matt Carpenter (191-G/F). Having played his junior basketball for Crusaders' under 18 coach Mark Hinton, Carpenter then went to Brunel University. This past season he captained them in the BUCS (British Universities) premier division where he was the team's leading scorer and the 5th leading British scorer at the BUCS Final 8s.

Carpenter, a 6'5' forward, is pleased to return to his basketball roots. 'I am looking forward to returning to the Crusaders at the men's level. I'm excited to compete and be a member of this squad. I'm looking forward to the transition from university to Division 1 and raising my game to the next level. I feel the mixture of young talent and experience will really help us this season when facing some of the high quality teams in this league.'

Coach Vear is looking forward to the versatility Carpenter will offer. 'Matt is a player who can play multiple positions and I expect him to compete for minutes this year. He had a good year last season at Brunel and I'm sure he will fit in nicely to our style of play,' he said.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk




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  VENEZUELA   


David Cubillan expected in Mexico by Soles de Mexicali - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG-SG David Cubillan (183-PG-87) already knows the name of the third team that he'll play for in his professional career, as he was contacted by Soles de Mexicali in Mexico's LNBP for his first overseas contract.

Cubillan, a former player of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the NCAA and member of Venezuela's Senior NT since the FIBA Americas Pre Olympic Tournament played in Las Vegas in 2007, won the LNB 2010 championship as a member of Espartanos de Margarita and later on shined en route to the Rookie of the Year award in the LPB as a starter for Trotamundos de Carabobo.

Coach Ivan Deniz , who led Trotamundos the LPB 2011 semifinals, was a big factor for him to choose Mexico as his next destination, as he's the current head coach of Mexicali. Another former teammate, american Carl Edwards (196-F-81), will be there as well.

The tournament will begin in September but first Cubillan will take part in the FIBA Americas Pre Olympic Tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina, set to be played from August 30th till September 11th and in which Venezuela will face Brazil, Cuba, Canada and the Dominican Republic in the first round, coached by former NBA head coach Eric Musselman , recently chosen as the replacement of Nestor Salazar .


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Budivelnyk confirm Zvezdan Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News
Superleague champions Budivelnyk Kyiv have confirmed hiring of Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ). The Montenegrin specialist has agreed on terms of contract with Budivelnyk. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will replace Josep Berrocal on the bridge. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is not new to Ukraine. He worked with Khimik Yuzny for five seasons (2002/2007). Later Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) moved to Kryvbasbasket Kryvyi Rih. Mitrovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Coach of the Year in 2009. He led Khimik into four straight Superleague semifinals in 2004-07 seasons. Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is expected to start working with the team at the start of August. He is now working with Montenegrin B National Team.




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Tournament Sistec: Primeiro Agosto on the lead - by Eurobasket News
Primeiro Agosto, with its victory at the expense of Interclube, national defending champion, on a score of 49-41, is leading in the Sistec senior women's basketball tournament.
In this match counting for the second day of the tournament, Felizardo Jorge of the Primeiro Agosto, imposed himself as the best scorer with 17 points, followed by his teammate, Ernestina Neto with 13 points.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Big V: Round 15 Game Preview - by Eurobasket News
Sherbrooke vs. Hume City Sat 09/07 8pm @ Belgrave Heights Christian School
A new coach took the reins of the Hume City State Championship Women last weekend but unfortunately for the Lady Broncos it was the same result- another loss. One feels their clash with the Suns this Saturday night is their last serious chance to record a W in season 2K11. Dont expect the Suns though to serve it up to them on a silver platter. Last week Celeste Smith and Sally Laing were in great form for Sherbrooke, only just falling to the Boomers and Coach Bedrich will be expecting his teams 4th win in their debut Championship Womens season when they take on Hume.


Waverley vs. Diamond Valley Sat 09/07 8pm @ Waverley Basketball Centre
The Falcons have dropped their past 3 games and has seen Melbourne take 3rd spot on the ladder. Waverley will be hell bent on snapping their losing streak against the Eagles this weekend, determined to avoid a first round finals series against Championship favourites Eltham. Waverley has built a strong defensive reputation however need more players stepping up offensively to get the scoreboard ticking over. Their opponents Diamond Valley pushed Ringwood all the way in Round 14 and definitely are having a better second half of the season. If the Eagles can turn this into a high scoring game they are not without a chance of securing an upset win.

Ringwood vs. Bulleen Sat 09/7 8.15pm @ Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre
Despite winning 4 of their past 5 games, the Hawks have been a little out of sorts lately, only just getting past Hume City, suffering a big loss at the hands of Melbourne, followed by an average win over Diamond Valley. With finals around the corner its not the time for a form slump so expect the Hawks to come out fired up against the Boomers. Ringwood have won their previous two encounters by 21 and 12 points and will favourites to get the job done again but expect Bulleen to push them all the way. Hannah Zavecz showed why she is one of the premier players in the competition in Round 14, with an 18 point and 21 rebounds haul over Sherbrooke and the Boomers will need her to post similar numbers if they are any chance of an upset.

Melbourne vs. Eltham Sun 10/07 1pm @ North Melb Rec Centre
Coach Goodman has his Tigers firing at exactly the right time of the season as Melbourne have strung together 3 impressive wins and have moved to 3rd on the ladder. Their real test comes this weekend when they take on Eltham, but with their form lately the Tigers will give themselves every chance of posting a message-sending win. Against Ringwood last weekend, former league MVP Tegan Fowler was in dominant form with 21 points, and with Zammit, Hammond and McIntyre firing Melbourne are looking good. Everyone knows the strength of Eltham, and it is worth making the trip out to the North Melbourne Rec Centre for a definite contender for the SCW game of the season.
Courtesy of: www.bigv.com.au




Central ABL: Women's Previews - Round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Eastern Mavericks (0-13, 10th) v Central District Lions (5-7, 7th)

Central Districts will hope to revive its fading finals hopes when it faces off with the Mavs at Adelaide Hills on Saturday.

The Lions have dropped three straight, including a 62-82 road loss to Sturt in Round 13.

Alisha Heglund was good with 21 points and 8 rebounds, while Jess Mahony had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 8 turnovers.

The Mavs were back to their worst last week, going down to a depleted Norwood side 44-93, which included a 2-23 third quarter.

Tracey Beatty (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Chloe Henderson (12 points, 7 rebounds) were the best for Eastern.

Last time they met, Centrals were victorious in a big way, 89-48, back when Tony Moore was the coach.

The Lions should win again, although their recent form suggests the margin will not be as great.

Norwood Flames (12-0, 1st) v North Adelaide Rockets (6-7, 6th)

The Flames will be playing for a 13th straight victory when they host North on Saturday.

Minus Kelsey Ireland (13.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), Rachel Herrick (7.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Lisa Ackroyd (2.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Norwood still blew out Eastern by 49 points.

Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) (24 points, 8 rebounds), Jess Foley (17 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals), Chelsea Roberts (15 points) and Jordan Walker-Roberts (14 points) were at the forefront of the attack.

Meanwhile, North stunned third-placed West with a 73-55 victory at Port Adelaide.

The Rockets led by just four with one quarter to play, but outscored their opponents 23-9 the rest of the way.

Tahnee Mansfield had a season-high 17 points, while Jo Hill continued her ever-consistent production with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists.

The win was Norths fifth away from home in six attempts.

The Rockets away form has been better than any teams home form, with the exception of Norwood.

When these teams faced off in Round 4, the Flames got up 71-46.

I give North a decent chance of upsetting the league-leaders, but ultimately, I think Norwood will be victorious yet again.

West Adelaide Bearcats (9-4, 3rd) v Woodville Warriors (1-12, 9th)

After a 7-0 start, the Bearcats have fallen down the ranks, losing four of their last six.

They will hope to get back on track when they host the Warriors on Saturday.

Last week, West was shocked by a fast-finishing North.

Trudy Holland (181-F-78) was the best for the Cats with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, albeit 6 turnovers.

Ashlea Vordermaier was solid with 13 points and 8 rebounds, but Nikita-Lee Martin was well-held, finishing with 7 points on 3/14 shooting, along with 6 turnovers.

Woodville is coming off a dark day, copping a flogging at the hands of Southern.

The Warriors had 17 extra turnovers, leading to plenty of easy points for their opponents.

Ursula Richards was again the teams top-scorer with 12, while Claire Christie had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and Ashleigh White 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Rachel Griffiths did a good job on the boards with 11 in 14 minutes.

In the teams previous battle, the Bearcats won 81-64.

Expect a similar scoreline this time around.

Sturt Sabres (11-2, 2nd) v Forestville Eagles (8-5, 4th)

The Eagles can prove if they are contenders or pretenders when they visit Sturt in the Match of the Round at the special time of 8.15 pm.

Forestville has as good a record as any team in the competition over the past month, winning four straight.

The Eagles knocked off a red-hot South 97-58 last weekend, running away with the match with a 35-12 third quarter.

Carla Borrego had 31 points on 14/18 shooting and 9 rebounds, while Georgia Minear scored 20 points to go with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Monica Bello (174-G-78) had 15 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, again doing her damage from downtown with four treys.

Bello has scored 33 of her 47 points from beyond the arc, adding eight points from the foul-line.

After a near hiccup against the Mavs, Sturt had a comfortable win over Centrals in Round 13.

Tess Madgen returned after missing three games and did not miss a beat with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.

Monique Bowley continued her excellent form with 19 points on 9/12 shooting, while Nicole Seekamp, Aneeka Smith and Hannah Richards each scored in double figures.

Last time they met, the Eagles did not have Borrego, Bello or Megan Kermond available, and fell just short of a come-from-behind victory.

Sturt had the chance to sweep Forestville last year, but failed in its home encounter.

I believe lightning will strike twice and the Eagles will get the points.

South Adelaide Panthers (5-8, 8th) v Southern Tigers (7-6, 5th)

The Tigers will look to distance themselves from their finals bound rivals when they make their shortest road trip of the year to face South at Marion on Sunday.

Southern holds a one game lead over North in the battle for fifth, with the Panthers a further game back.

Last week, the Tigers taught the Warriors a lesson with a 97-59 victory.

Madeline Cunningham (21 points on 9/12 shooting, 7 rebounds), Ashleigh Spencer (20 points, 6 rebounds), Alexandra Ciabattoni (16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Rosalie Cutri (11 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, 5 rebounds) were all excellent.

South held an almost identical scoreline in their clash with Forestville.

However, the Panthers were on the losing end, ending a four game winning streak.

Elizabeth Keane (14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 blocks, 3 assists), Sarah Peddle (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Simone Nelson (11 points, 9 rebounds) performed adequately, however Claire Johnson was well down on her usual output with 4 points on 1/13 shooting.

South badly needs a victory to keep its slim finals hopes alive.

In the Round 4 match between these two rivals, Southern got up 63-60.

Tough one to call, but the Panthers will be eager to prove last weeks shocker was a one-off, and may just sneak over the line.

Woodville Warriors (1-12, 9th) v Sturt Sabres (11-2, 2nd)

The Sabres will be keen to maintain their top-two spot when they head to Woodville on Sunday.

Sturt has a tough match-up with Forestville the previous night, thus frequent rotations may be in order.

The Warriors will be coming off a home fixture with West Adelaide, so this will cap off a tough weekend for Karen Winters young side.

If Woodville is to have any chance of an upset victory, it will need to keep Tess Madgen and Monique Bowley, who have been putting up big numbers, in check.

Madgen leads the league in scoring with 23.8 ppg, while Bowley is averaging 21 ppg over her last four matches.

The Warriors star player is Ursula Richards. The 20 year old is equal third in scoring with 18.2 ppg.

Last time these sides met, Sturt won 98-29 in one of the most lop-sided battles of the year.

The Sabres will most likely win by a large margin again, although Woodville should be more competitive this time.
Courtesy of: Central ABL



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Belgium U18 start strong preparation - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 start strong preparation for European Championship. The team recently participated at the Troyes campaign with 3 other teams.
Belgium overcame the hosts, France U18 49:46. It was a tough game, but the Belgium managed to grab the win.
In Day 3 Belgium U18 outscored Turkey U18 78:70. Belgium started with 20-12 and added 14-13 in the second period. Turkey came back to the game with massive 24-16, but could not win the game. Due to 28-21 Belgium grabbed the victory. For Turkey Merve Aydin (174-G-94) scored 16 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 10. Melodi Calskan and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) posted 8 apiece, while Ilayda Tokmak (168-G-93) ended up with 7.




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  BRAZIL - Women  


Cristina Sousa heads to El Joventut Mariana - by Eurobasket News
Cristina Sousa (173-G-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) heads to El Joventut Mariana and will help the team in 2011/2012 season. In 2004-2005 the Brazilian Guard joined Extrugasa (Spain-LFB, starting five) and averaged 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 30.3%. In 2005-2006 she moved to Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in 9 games had 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.9%. After another three seasons with the team Cristina Sousa moved back to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LF2, starting five) and improved to 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, 0.1bpg, 2FGP: 47%, 3PT: 38%, FT: 68%. Last season for Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LFB, starting five) she showed 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 71.7%.
Cristina Sousa recorded 21 points twice in the season. At the Regular Season Round 19 against Hondarribia-Irun in 60-55 defeat Cristina Sousa answered with 20 points. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Extrugasa won third quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hondarribia-Irun won last quarter 22-18. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Extrugasa only scored nine points from the stripe.




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China U18 participated at Troyes Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Troyes farewell to the friendly tournament with 4 participating teams. France U18, China U18, Turkey U18 and Belgium U18 tries hard in games with each other.
It became known about one game of the Asian team. In Day 2 China U18 outscored Turkey U18 81:53. The Asian team started with 20-11 and never looked behind in the game. The Chinese team added 21-17 in the second period and enjoyed 13-point advantage. China also won the third and the last last quarters of the game. Sun Meng Ran (197-C-92) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Yang Xi (184-F-94) netted 9. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) finished the game with 8 points and Dong Yu notched 7. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 7.



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 0-0 
 4. Familia Schio 0-0 
 5. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 6. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 7. Galatasaray 0-0 
 8. Gospic 0-0 
 9. Lattes Montp. 0-0 
 10. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 11. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 12. Perfumerias 0-0 
 13. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 14. Ros Casares 0-0 
 15. SEAT Lami 0-0 
 16. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 17. Taranto 0-0 
 18. Tarbes 0-0 
 19. UMMC 0-0 
 20. UNIQA Eurol. 0-0 
 21. USK Praha 0-0 
 22. VICI Kaunas 0-0 
 23. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 


2011/12 Season Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
Twenty-three teams were announced for 2011/12 EuroLeague Women season. There will be two groups of eight teams and one group of seven teams. Each team will play against the other teams in its group in home and away games (Round Robin).
The Draw takes place in Munich, Germany on Saturday 9th July.

Beretta Famila Schio (ITA)
Lotos Gdynia (POL)
BLMA Montpellier (FRA)
Nadezhda (RUS)
Bourges Basket (FRA)
Rivas Ecopolis (ESP)
CCC Polkowice (POL)
Ros Casares (ESP)
Cras Basket Taranto (ITA)
Seat Szese GYOR (HUN)
Fenerbahce SK (TUR)
Sparta&K M.R.Vidnoje (RUS)
Frisco Brno (CZE)
UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Galatasaray (TUR)
UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (HUN)
GB Tarbes (FRA)
VICI Aistes (LTU)
Good Angels Kosice (SVK)
Wisla Can-Pack (POL)
Gospic Croatia (CRO)
ZVVZ USK Prague (CZE)
Perfumeras Avenida Salamanca (ESP)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Poland1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Germany0-1
Group B
1. Russia1-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Lithuania0-1
4. Romania0-1
Group C
1. France1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Italy0-1
4. Belarus0-1
Group D
1. Spain1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1


Turkey beats Romania in U20 EuroBasket opener - by Eurobasket News
U20 Turkey - U20 Romania 69-52

Turkey was too strong for Romania 69-52 in the opening game of U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Russia and Lithuania. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) secured a great help with 18 points and 5 boards, while Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) top-scored with 16 points. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) and Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Turkey took control on Romania from the beginning as they made 18-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Romania slightly improved after that, but still Turkey won Q2 as well (19-17) for plus 7 at the HT. Third period was tied (14-14) and Turkey blasted Romania in the last ten minutes. Ozge Yavas and her teammates made impressive 18-8 in Q4 to end this meeting with comfortable 69-52. Tomorrow, Turkey will meet Lithuania, while Romania will take on Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 20+6 boards, Pinar Demirok 18+5 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16, Alina Craciun 13+6 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 10


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  FINLAND - Women  


Huima and ToPo have signed new contracts - by Elina Koskinen
Huima has re-signed a one-year-contract with Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans). Upcoming season will be Robinsons fifteenth season in the league. Robinson is holding the first position of the all time rebound and assists statistics in the league.

The Coach Mervi Nurmi continues also in nekoski. In addition Huima has re-signed already with several players. Jonna Tiihonen (185-C-93), Susanne Uecker (177-F-92), Emmi-Julia Nurmi (162-G-94), Karoliina Rytkonen (175-G-96) and Lotta Kymalainen have already signed the papers.

Topo has re-signed with Alli Arppe (184-F-81), Anette Juvonen (170-G-93), Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93), Hanna Valkeinen (168-G-87) and Laura Saarinen (184-F-92). Team has also brought young players into the roster. Fiina Oljemark (92), Sophie Weckstrom (170-G-93) and Saara Wahlgren (172-G-92) will join the team next season.



Kenya Robinson extends contract with Huima - by Eurobasket News
Huima have secured the services of one of the teams leaders for the next season. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) has extended the contract with Huima. The centre will enter the seventh straight season with the team. Kenya Robinson tallied 18.6 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game in D1 championship last season. She made it into Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Imports Team for the third time (2008, 2010, 2011). Kenya Robinson was also trumped All-Finnish League Centre of the Year.
Huima also kept Mervi Nurmi as head coach. The 57-year-old specialist took over Huima back in 2005. She led the team to the Finnish Cup title in 2007. Huima also played in D1 semifinals in 2007 and 2010.



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Troyes farewell to the friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Troyes farewell to the friendly tournament with 4 participating teams. France U18, China U18, Turkey U18 and Belgium U18 tries hard in games with each other.
Turkey U18 won the opener of the Troy campaign beating France U18 48:37. It was a defensive game as the teams paid more attention in their own side of the court. Turkey started with 13-9 and both teams nailed the same number of points in the second frame. Turkey also added 8-6 in the third frame and won the last period 10-9. Yasemin Koc (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) netted 10. Merve Aydin (174-G-94) delivered 9, while Betul Kalfali posted 7. Marie Mbuyamba (185-C-93) finished the game with 7 points and Claire Stievenard (183-F/G-93) notched 6.
Later in the tournament France U18 lost to Belgium U18 46:49.



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  ISRAEL - Women  


TANISHA WRIGHT SIGNED WITH ELITZUR RAMLA - by Gil Goshen

The Seattle Strom Guard Tanisha Wright signed with The Eurocup Champion and the Israeli Champion and the Cup Holder 2010/11.
Tanisha who won the WNBA champion last season and led Ramla to a sensation season while winning the entire titles seasn 2010/11
decided to continue playing in Israel. Ramla will continue playing in the Eurocup.
Coach Adan Inbar ( last season coach of the year ) will continue coaching the team.

2010: Seattle Storm (WNBA, starting five): 41 games: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 79.3%
2010-2011: Elitzur Ramla (Israel-D1, starting five): Israeli League: 26 games: 14.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT-2 (45.9%), FT: 77.8%; EuroCup: 14 games: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (2.9spg), FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 85.0%
2011: Seattle Storm (WNBA, starting five)
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Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.)


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The Teranga Lionesses in France - by Eurobasket News
The Senegal national women's basketball will start the preparation of the Afrobasket Mali 2011 by a one-month training period in France.
From September 23rd to next October 2nd, Mali will host the 2011 ladies Afrobasket. Senegal which is among the countries that have the privilege to participate in this continental contest, will begin their preparation in France. 'We were in a passive phase of reflection. We will start the active phase of the preparation with the training period scheduled from July 20th in France. This phase will end on August 23rd, 'confirmed Moustapha Gaye, the national coach. Of the 27 players already pre-selected by Moustapha Gaye, 18 players will be of this journey that should lead to the All Africa Games. This continental rendez-vous of Maputo will serve as preparation to Bamako African Championships where Senegal will have the ambition to keep the title and win the 2012 Olympic qualifying ticket. Senegal, which will play in Group B along side Cte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Egypt, Angola and Central Africa, will still be in direct competition with Mali, both host and a major contender for the continental title.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica



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  SPAIN - Women  


Cadi la Seu bring in three players - by Eurobasket News
Cadi la Seu have bolstered their roster with addition of three player. They agreed on terms of contract with Andrea Oravcova (182-F/G-87), Tanja Perez (183-G-91) and Margaret De Ciman (200-C-84).
Andrea Oravcova spent the previous season in Slovakian Poprad. The 23-year-old forward averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 boards, 2.3 steals and 1.6 assists per game in Extraliga. Andrea Oravkova played for Nitra, MBK Ruzomberok before. The forward is the member of Slovakian National Team.
Tanja Perez spent the last season with Sarria-Gruppo Consultoria in LF2. Her stats read 8 points and 4 boards per game. Tanja Perez is the member of Spanish U20 National Team.
Margaret De Ciman arrives to Cadu la Seu from Sarria-Gruppo Consultoria. She tallied 14.0 points and 7.0 boards per game in LF2. In 2009/10 season the Irish-Canadian centre played for Ibiza-PDV. Her stats read 2.6 points and 1.4 boards in EuroCup. In Spanish League Margaret De Ciman notched 2.2 points and 2.0 boards.




Cristina Sousa heads to El Joventut Mariana - by Eurobasket News
Cristina Sousa (173-G-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) heads to El Joventut Mariana and will help the team in 2011/2012 season. In 2004-2005 the Brazilian Guard joined Extrugasa (Spain-LFB, starting five) and averaged 8.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 30.3%. In 2005-2006 she moved to Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in 9 games had 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.9%. After another three seasons with the team Cristina Sousa moved back to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LF2, starting five) and improved to 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, 0.1bpg, 2FGP: 47%, 3PT: 38%, FT: 68%. Last season for Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LFB, starting five) she showed 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 71.7%.
Cristina Sousa recorded 21 points twice in the season. At the Regular Season Round 19 against Hondarribia-Irun in 60-55 defeat Cristina Sousa answered with 20 points. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Extrugasa won third quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hondarribia-Irun won last quarter 22-18. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Extrugasa only scored nine points from the stripe.




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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey beats Romania in U20 EuroBasket opener - by Eurobasket News
U20 Turkey - U20 Romania 69-52

Turkey was too strong for Romania 69-52 in the opening game of U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Russia and Lithuania. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) secured a great help with 18 points and 5 boards, while Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) top-scored with 16 points. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) and Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Turkey took control on Romania from the beginning as they made 18-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Romania slightly improved after that, but still Turkey won Q2 as well (19-17) for plus 7 at the HT. Third period was tied (14-14) and Turkey blasted Romania in the last ten minutes. Ozge Yavas and her teammates made impressive 18-8 in Q4 to end this meeting with comfortable 69-52. Tomorrow, Turkey will meet Lithuania, while Romania will take on Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 20+6 boards, Pinar Demirok 18+5 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16, Alina Craciun 13+6 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 10


Nilay Kartaltepe heads to Botas - by Eurobasket News
Nilay Kartaltepe Yigit (172-G-79) heads to Botas for the next season. The Turkish National player comes from Besiktas CT Istanbul where she played last season.
In 2008-2009 she played for Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (TBBL, starting five) and in 22 games averaged 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), Steals-3 (3.0spg), 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 64.5%. In 2009-2010 Nilay moved to Galatasaray Istanbul (TBBL, starting five) and in Euroleague after 11 games had 4.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, while in Turkish League her stats read 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 62.5%. Last season moved to Besiktas CT Istanbul (TKBL, starting five) and in EuroCup after 6 games showed 4.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2.0spg, while in Turkish League her stats read 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 67.6%.
Nilay Kartaltepe Yigit recorded 16 points at the Besiktas won over TED Kayseri 74:63. Besiktas trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Nilay Kartaltepe Yigit Yigit who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The National team player recently won Silver in Poland.



Hulya Ozkan stays with Ceyhan - by Eurobasket News
Hulya Ozkan (186-F-80) will play at least one more season with Ceyhan Belediyespor. Two sides penned a one-year contract extension yesterday. Ozkan joined Ceyhan last summer from Pankup Ted Kayseri. She appeared 19 times in TKBL averaging 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In 2009/10, Ozkan registered 5.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 16 games with Ted Kayseri.
Hulya Ozkan already played for Ceyhan in the past and it was in 2008/09 season. She was their member in 2005/06 as well. In the meantime, Ozkan played for ARI Kolej and Ted Kayseri again (2006-2008, 2009/10). She was a member of the Turkish National Team in 2005 and 2008. With Ted Kayseri she reached TBBL Semifinals in 2008.


Turkey U18 comes back from Troyes - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 won the opener of the Troy campaign beating France U18 48:37. It was a defensive game as the teams paid more attention in their own side of the court. Turkey started with 13-9 and both teams nailed the same number of points in the second frame. Turkey also added 8-6 in the third frame and won the last period 10-9. Yasemin Koc (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olcay Cakir netted 10. Merve Aydin (174-G-94) delivered 9, while Betul Kalfali posted 7. Marie Mbuyamba (185-C-93) finished the game with 7 points and Claire Stievenard notched 6.
In Day 2 China U18 outscored Turkey U18 81:53. The Asian team started with 20-11 and never looked behind in the game. The Chinese team added 21-17 in the second period and enjoyed 13-point advantage. China also won the third and the last last quarters of the game. Megran Sun paced all the winners with 17 points, while Yang Xi (184-F-94) netted 9. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) finished the game with 8 points and Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) notched 7. Gizem Sezer replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 7.
In Day 3 Belgium U18 outscored Turkey U18 78:70. Belgium started with 20-12 and added 14-13 in the second period. Turkey came back to the game with massive 24-16, but could not win the game. Due to 28-21 Belgium grabbed the victory. For Turkey Merve Aydin scored 16 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu netted 10. Melodi Calskan and Olcay Cakr posted 8 apiece, while Ilayda Tokmak ended up with 7.



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Boys and Girls of America and the WUSBA will continue partnership thru 2012 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 7, 2011)---Continuing their efforts to address the growing needs of young people in our communities, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) have announced that they would secure funding for a new program for the Boys & Girls Club of America. The 'Goals for Graduation', program will be installed in each of their team cities. Boys and Girls Clubs are a very important part of the community. 'They provide safe, drug-free, supervised and cost-effective after-school, weekend and summer havens for our children and families,' said WUSBA president Duane Jenkins. Proceeds from season ticket sales will be donated to purchase computers from Hewlett Packard and software from Microsoft for a selected Boys and Girls Club in each of WUSBA team city.

The league states, 'The cure all to poverty is a college education and it's the intention of the WUSBA to assist this organization in that capacity. In their respected communities the Boys & Girls Club have a variety of after-school recreation and education program for middle school children to reduce the risk of youth criminal activity, improve academic performance, and reduce alcohol abuse while inspiring young people to realize their full potential. Based on a national model, all Boys & Girls Clubs after-school program encourages healthy attitudes and lifestyles through sports leagues, self-esteem enhancement workshops, character and leadership development programs, homework assistance, and recreational activities. 'I am also committed to making sure that every child has an opportunity to participate in the various after-school programs of the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc', said Jenkins. 'We are aware that parents in each of our cities have a difficult time managing their work schedules and the quality time their children need with their homework or school projects and it is incumbent for us to assist their children during the afternoon and early evening hours while they are at work'.

'These programs will be free and available to everyone and it will help many families who do not have access to affordable, quality after-school tutoring,' continued Jenkins. The programs will be implemented at a secure facility, and under the supervision of the management of each club and the administration of the local school district. The WUSBA will employ upper class college students from the local universities to assist in the programs. The WUSBA contracts with colleges and universities to play their professional basketball games. 'The majority of the students at the Boys and Girls Club, come from working families and our fans are hard working, church going folks, our programs will promote education and it is our top priority', proclaimed Jenkins. 'The higher the kids can reach, the more they can accomplish. We all have to get involved, the greater an impact our programs to the children the greater the chance we can help our children succeed in life'.

As a part of this new program, the WUSBA has authorized each team to hire children from the boys and girls clubs to work as official ball children at every home basketball game. Eight children will be selected each week to participate in the capacity as game assistants. The league will conduct an educational contest at each club. Winning participants will be selected and they will receive compensation of $25.00 per game. According to the league, the Boys and Girls Club of America local clubs will receive an $80,000.00 donation to be equally divided to the clubs in each WUSBA team city. The league made 1400 season tickets available in the WUSBA 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza to fund this venture. The clubs in each WUSBA city will receive $5,000.00. The funds will be distributed to purchase computers, software, printers and monitors. Each club is designated to receive 10 complete computer systems. 'We have spoken to the folks at Hewlett Packard, Dell and Apple to supply the commuters and Microsoft for the software Service is key, once we buy the products from one of these companies, we will require them to donate their time to make sure the computers are kept in top running condition, after all these machines will get a lot of use', said Jenkins.' We made superior customer service a priority with these companies, we believe the kids deserve it'.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) -- is a national organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as a productive, caring, responsible citizen. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by installing a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence, the organization was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. The BGCA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) -- is a womens professional basketball league. The season commences August 27, 2011 and culminates on November 13, 2011. The league has sixteen basketball teams spread out over eight southern states. The league was founded in 2010. The WUSBA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., Is a not-for profit company. Its primary purpose is to establish youth programs throughout its network of teams. The programs promote service and community involvement. The company was founded in 2010. The WUSBA Youth Outreach is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact:

Duane Allen Jenkins- (404) 428- 3411




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Gardin returns to Mystics roster - by Eurobasket News
Kerri Gardin (6'1''-F-84, college: Virginia Tech) has rejoined the Washington Mystics, General Manager and Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced today. Forward Joy Cheek (6'1''-F-88, college: Duke) was waived following a three-game stint with the team.

Gardin was on the roster for three games earlier this season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 steals per game, and was a key factor in the Mystics' 98-90 win against the Atlanta Dream. Washington will continue with a roster of 12 players after being granted a medical hardship from the WNBA as a result of injuries to Alana Beard, Monique Currie and Crystal Langhorne. Beard has been sidelined with a foot sprain, Currie is out for the season with an ACL tear and Langhorne has missed the team's last two games due to back pain.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Mercury: Ketia Swanier to miss two games - by Eurobasket News
Ketia Swanier (5'7''-G-86, college: Connecticut) will miss two games from the eye injury she suffered in Tuesday's win vs. the Los Angeles Sparks.

From the Mercury:

Following evaluation from an eye doctor this afternoon, it has been determined that Mercury guard Ketia Swanier will miss the team's next two games, Friday in Tulsa and Sunday at home against the Shock, due to a swollen left eye. She will be reevaluated on Monday.

Swanier sustained the injury with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter of last nights game against the Los Angeles Sparks, when she received an elbow to the left eye from Sparks guard Kristi Toliver that sent Swanier to the locker room for the remainder of the game. Toliver was assessed a flagrant foul on the play and the Mercury subsequently went on a 14-2 run to end the quarter. Phoenix won the contest 101-82 for its sixth win in the last seven games.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Silver Stars' Adams named rookie of the month - by Eurobasket News
Silver Stars forward Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month for June, the league announced Wednesday.

She is the first Silver Stars player to earn the accolade.

The 6-foot-1 Adams, a former Texas A&M standout, led all rookies in scoring (15.9 points) and field-goal percentage (51.1). She also ranked in the top three in rebounds (4.8) and blocks (1.1).

In eight games, Adams scored in double figures six times, including a franchise rookie-record 32 points against Atlanta on June 11.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com