EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/31/2011

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  ABA   


The Resurrection of Greg Plummer - by Surujh Roopnarine
Re-born at 28 years old? His name is Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) and that might be the best way to describe the 6-4 shooting guard/small forward they call The Purist. How else would you label the summer of 2011 for the 28-year old who took over the New York Summer league circuit, on his way to being named Nikes Player of the Summer at the annual Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Considering Plummer did not even play professionally this past season or last summer after rehabbing from surgery on his ankle which had been plaguing the Brooklyn, NY native the past two-plus years, the moniker is fitting. Plummer was integral to the success of the X-Men, coached by Staten Island Vipers (ABA) Head Coach Dytanya Mixson , who captured the West 4th Classic as well as EBC (Entertainers basketball Classic) titles before falling to Team Nike (Dyckman) in the TOC Finals. Plummer averaged an astonishing 41 points per contest in the West 4th playoffs and for the last two-months has been the talk of the tri-state area, something you could not have imagined at the beginning of the year.

While rehabbing, Plummer was a teacher in Westchester trying to pay the bills and make ends meet, but also during his rehab, he took the time to learn some new moves and tricks which he put on display this summer. Always a gifted shooter, (basically playing on one leg for Halifax of the Premier Basketball League in 2010 he still shot 50.0% from the field and 38.0% from behind the arc), Plummer worked on developing a more varied offensive game; inclusive of post-up moves and improved ball-handling as well as further refining his jump shot.

Though Plummer had a very productive High School career at Transit Tech HS in East New York, he went to unheralded Sage JC (Division II) before furthering his development at NCAA DII Eckerd College. Despite going the DII route, Plummer landed his first professional job in Luxembourgs second division during the 2005-06 season with BBC Nitia Bettembourg. After an abbreviated 11 games overseas, NY was calling him home and there during the 2006-07 season was where he would emerge on the professional scene with the now defunct Strong Island Sound of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Under Coach Mixson, Plummer blossomed into an All-Star on the back of averaging 20 points per contest while leading the Sound to the second round of the playoffs.

However, the end of the 2008 season would be the beginning of the troubles for Plummer, specifically his ankle. Never wanting to stop and truly rest or try to recover, Plummer would play the next seasons between the Continental basketball Association (CBA) and PBL, where he finished with Halifax in 2010, hobbled and unable to match the level of performance he had come to expect.
Today, fully recovered and coming off of the summer of his re-birth Plummer takes some time to talk about the last two months, his ups and downs and where he see himself going this season and beyond.

Surujh: First off congratulations again on being named Nikes Player of the Summer. What does the award mean for you?
Greg: It means a great deal to me and my career because it shows that I accomplished something that a lot of people didnt think I could. A lot of people didnt expect me to come back and be as productive as I was before the injury. Then to come back and win two championships, two MVP awards in two of the major leagues in New York City no one expected me to be playing at that level , but I knew that I could and I did. I didnt want to just come back and show that I could run up and down the court, I owed it to myself to show that I could perform at a high level and win.

Surujh: What are your thoughts on the TOC Championship game loss against Team Nike? Was it just a matter of wrong day and wrong time?
Greg: It was a matter of them scoring more points than us. Its as simple as that. They were the better team that day and they are the champs until next season.

Surujh: Regardless, it was a summer to remember for you personally. What did you expect coming into the summer tournaments? Were you mentally and physically ready?
Greg: I was definitely mentally and physically ready for the summer. My physical health was never a concern for me because I knew I was ready. I was home all winter and waiting for all the guys who play Professional ball to come home so that we could take them out. Thats something I was looking forward to because I had the opportunity to play with my X-Men brothers again and we always have a really good chance of winning no matter who we play against.

Surujh: Tell me a little about your last year and half for you, the injury, your rehab and not playing. What kind of affect did that have on you?
Greg: Without question the toughest and most frustrating time of my life. I wanted everything to happen fast. I wanted a speedy recovery, rehab, and just wanted it to be in the past. Sometimes it takes a while for your body to respond to the physical demands of professional basketball. I learned a lot of valuable lessons. As much as I hated it at times, I believe that I am a much better person and basketball player because I went through this. Being on the sidelines for that long wasnt easy but it made me hungrier and motivatedmore than Ive ever been.

Surujh: About your rehab, I read in the Post (NY) article that you spent time working on other aspects of your game in your training regimen. What did you focus on and what type of work did you have to put in?
Greg: I had to focus on getting my body stronger and making my game outside of shooting the ball more efficient. I worked out with Lamont Harris in the winter and spring. Everything we did was high intensity, fast paced and physical. Along with the workouts I used the winter leagues and spring leagues to get me ready for summer.

Surujh: What kind of feedback and response did you get from the NYC fans this summer?
Your opponents? Other coaches?
Greg: I surprised a lot of people. Nobody outside of X-Men expected me to play the way I did. It was fun to see guys who I always play against trying to adjust to the new things I added to my game. It was even more fun to see other coaches sending a bunch of different guys at me to slow me down. The most fun of all is the look on all of their faces when they focused on me and forgot that we had Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac) and that it led to championships.

Surujh: With many seasons about to get underway overseas and in the US minor leagues, where do you have your sights set for this season?
Greg: I have a few teams interested but no deal has been made yet so Im just waiting to see what happens. Im just excited about the opportunity to be playing pro ball again.

Surujh: What can Gregory Plummer bring to the table for a pro club overseas?
Greg: A professional, passionate, hard worker, and someone who is hungry for championships.


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  AUSTRALIA   


CAIRNS TAIPANS CHINA EXPERIENCE - by Eurobasket News
BY BRAD BURDON

The team had a much needed sleep in today, our first chance to get a decent 8 hours sleep so far on the trip, and a massive help for the players as they try to physically and mentally recover from our travel days. Once again an amazing breakfast awaited us along with Paul Pierce and his entourage in the dining hall. The hotel staff were a little more organised for Brad Hill and his need for a toaster today. Yesterday we had a toaster but no table to place it on near the power point in the dining hall. So what was the Chinese solution? Have a waitress stand there for the duration of breakfast holding the toaster just in case his Royal Highness Mr Hill needed some more toast. Today the toaster had its own table and the waitress hands were suitably bandaged (just joking she was fine).

Practice today was put back to midday (2pm Australian time) to allow for the arrival of Taipans Assistant Mick Downer and guest players Ben Smith and Benjamin Dowdell (200-F-88). The trio have joined us from Beijing where they represented Australia at the World University Games. While the group again prepared well the highlight has to be credited to rookie Matty Adekponya who put a dribble move on with such vigour and enthusiasm that he basically tripped himself over, face planted and tore a hole in his shoes. What made the situation even more enjoyable however was the fact that he was in the middle of some 5 and 0, a drill with no defenders or anyone within 5 meters of him for that matter. It is obviously this passion and love for the game that a small contingent of female Chinese fans have come embrace as well.

Once again tonight we arrived to a smoke hazed packed stadium, it appears the dangers of smoking memo is yet to make its way to the Far East. As expected the crowd went crazy for NBA superstars Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley but they would be quickly quietened by a tenacious Taipans defense. The game followed a near identical pattern to the previous nights encounter with great team D setting up a double digit lead at quarter time (22 to 11), with Pierce and Beasley kept well under control. The second quarter again saw our defensive pressure build and the expected flow of transition points allowed us to blow the lead out to 24 at the half (43 to 19). The Americans did lift in the second with their NBA stars showing some signs of brilliance; however the boys were never going to give an inch and still claimed the half by a point to ensure the 88 to 63 victory.

The nature of the game again allowed Coach Fearne to rotate heavily meaning that no player was required for more than 25mins. While the definite keys to the victory were great team defensive principles and some extremely unselfish ball movement on offense, a number of individual performances did shine out. Dusty Rychart played tough at both ends of the floor, winning his individual match up with Beasley by racking up 16 points @ 78% to go along with 7 boards. Brad Hill impressed the locals with 2 massive dunks on his way to 14 points, while fellow new recruit Jeffrey Dowdell (205-F-87) chimed in with 11 and 5 (points and rebounds). Other notables were George Deba (183-G-85) with 10 points and Aaron Grabaus game high 9 rebounds.

Our 2 victories have now ensured the team a place in the Championship game this coming Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The next 2 days will see the group rest and recover and take in the local sights and customs with some light practice sessions. More updates in a few days from Beijing.
Courtesy of: www.nbl.com.au




Cairns Taipans were ultimately outclassed by Alba Berlin - by Eurobasket News
It is Sunday night here in Beijing as I write my final blog of what has been an amazing week for this Taipans group. Tonight we battled hard but were ultimately outclassed by Alba Berlin going down 84 to 67. As with many basketball games the final score line is not a real indicator of how close the game was with typically less than 5 points separating the sides for s of the game. While Alba were forced to play many of their stud imports for well over 30mins, we had some standout performances of our own.

Import Point Guard Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) put on a spectacle for the Chinese crowd finishing with 13 points, but was essentially un-guardable for most of the night. Having watched or being involved with all 11 Taipans seasons thus far, I can honestly say that we have never had a player with some of his moves play in our city before and people should be genuinely excited about getting down to the Convention Centre for a little Bronx flava. Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) had arguably his best game on tour and was relentless at trying to get to the rim on his way to a game high 21 points while Dusty Rhino Rychart was at his workman like best compiling 14 points. The Rhino or rhinoplasty abbreviation refers to the fact that during the off season Dusty did have some nasal surgery to clear a blockage and is feeling better than at any stage over the previous 2 years, another positive for Taipans fans.

The Germans are a multi-million Euro team and showed their class from the outset and deserved their victory. It was a bizarre spectacle however standing there for the German national anthem and then watching 5 Americans trot out as their starting line up. Another interesting fact is that the top 2 American imports on their roster combined are paid more than the NBL salary cap allows for an entire team in Australia.

Monday will be our last day in Beijing with many players taking the opportunity to fit in some last minute shopping for family and friends. It is a desperate time for rookie Matty Adekponya who is only halfway through the laminated shopping list provided by his girlfriend back home, yeah thats right she laminated it. A few of the more cultural members of the squad will go sightseeing to the world famous Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square tomorrow and pass up the shopping experience. A great day in Beijing planned to cap off what has been a wonderful week in China which I hope you have enjoyed following through this blog. Hope to see you at the Convention Centre sometime this year.
By: Brad Burdon
Courtesy of: www.nbl.com.au




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Feni Industri signs two American rookies - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri announced signing of Ngai Evans (188-G-88) and Ed Nixon (193-G-88) for the next season. Both players are rookies.
Ngai Evans graduated few months ago at the Wright State University. He ahd 13.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.3 apg for them in 30 games as a senior. Evans was named All-Horizon League 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10, Evans had 9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.2 apg for 29 games.
Ed Nixon heads to FYROM champions from the Virginia Commonwealth University. He helped them reach NCAA Final Four this year, what was amazing success for the school. Nixon had 7 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.9 apg in 40 games. He had slightly better digits as a junior.
Feni Industri will compete in FYROM and Balkan league next season.


More news from Feni Industri - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri announced signing of a one-year contract extensions with Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) and American forward Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart).
Dusan Knezevic will play his third straight year with FYROM champions. Last season he had 12.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg in Superlegaue. He also added 8 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 19 games in BIBL. Knezevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year -11.
Jarrid Frye also had very important role last season. He had 12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.6 apg in domestic championship. In BIBL, Frye added 13.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 10 games.
Feni Industri has Darko Sokolov, Goran Samardziev and Vladimir Brckov under the contract. Ognjen Stojanovski, Vojdan Stojanovski and Dime Tasovski left the team this summer.


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Siauliai keep Broadus Rashaun and Edvinas Ruzgas - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai keep Rashaun Broadus (182-PG-84, college: BYU) and Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) for the upcoming season. Both players already played the first friendly game this season for the squad. Rashaun Broadus stepped up with 12 points and Edvinas Ruzgas as well as Sarakauskas Vytautas netted 11 each when Siauliai lost to VEF Riga 72:82.
Edvinas Ruzgas joined the team last season coming from TCU (NCAA, starting five). In 2010-2011 for BC Siauliai (LKL) in Baltic League after 24 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 67.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 91.3%. In EuroCup he had 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, while in Lithuanian League after 26 games showed 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.1%.
Rashaun Broadus comes from Edmonton Energy (Canada-IBL). In 2010-2011 he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague) and in 19 games averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 66.7%. He left in Dec.'10 and signed at BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL, starting five). In Lithuanian League after 18 games he showed 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 62.5%, while in Baltic League after 12 games his stats read 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-2 (5.1apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 83.8%.




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JULIUS HODGE going to BC Minsk-2006 - by Timur Tolokh
Hodge Julius (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) who was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA,1rd (20)) on 2005 have sign contract with BK Minsk-2006 and will help this team in VTB-league and Eurochallenge.Julius caree:
He was born: Nov.18, 1983 in Harlem (New York)
Full name: Julius Melvin Hodge
Son of Mary Hodge, he is also very close to his older brother, Steve ...
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Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Strengths: Extremely versatile player who can play either guard position. He has good passing ability and court vision. Very quick with good overall athleticism. A very flashy player with moves that can break ankles. Good standstill shooter with range out to the college 3. A good rebounder for his size. Uses his long arms to play the passing lanes and block shots.
Weaknesses: Jumpshot is inconsistent. He does not have NBA 3 point range yet. Decision making can be very questionable. Commits a lot of turnovers trying to be too fancy. His assist to turnover ratio is pathetic, especially if he wants to play point guard in the NBA. Very long and lanky. He is too skinny and could use some added weight.
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Career:
2001-2002: N. Carolina St. (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 74.2%
2002-2003: N. Carolina St. (NCAA, starting five): 31 games: 17.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 81.7%
2003-2004: N. Carolina St. (NCAA, starting five): 31 games: 18.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 82.8%
2004-2005: N. Carolina St. (NCAA, starting five): 34 games: 17.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 66.8%
2005: drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA,1rd (20))
2005 July: Reebok Vegas Summer League (Denver Nuggets)
2005-2006: $1,150,000: Denver Nuggets (NBA), in Feb.'06 assigned to Austin Toros (D-League, 1T): 11 games: 17.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, the same month re-called by Denver Nuggets (NBA) : Regular Season: 14 games: 0.9ppg; DNP in the Play-Offs
2006-2007: $1,234,800: Denver Nuggets (NBA), in Dec.'06 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League Western Div): 9 games: 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 9.4apg, 4.0spg, 17.7bpg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 50%, FT: 55.2%, in Jan.'07 re-called by Denver Nuggets (NBA), then traded to Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), USA League: 5 games: 1.8ppg; left in Feb.'07, later that month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League), USA League: 2 games: 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg; in March '07 agreed terms with Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League): 11 games: 19.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 9.0apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75%
2007 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Seattle Supersonics)
2007-2008: Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 7 games: 11.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP:47.6%, 3PT:20.0%, FT:66.7%, in Oct.'07 moved to Legea Scafati Basket (Italy-SerieA): 6 games: 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP:43.2%, FT:60.0%; in Dec.'07 signed at Adelaide 36ers (Australia-NBL): 12 games: Score-2 (24.6ppg), 9.1rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64%, in Feb.'08 agreed terms with Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League): 16 games: 23.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 6.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, FT: 69.4%
2008-2009: New Jersey Nets (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'08 moved to Adelaide 36ers (Australia-NBL): 9 games: 26.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, left in Jan.'09 due to financial reason, later that month signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-5 (6.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 50.0%
2009-2010: in Nov.'09 signed at Melbourne Tigers (Australia-NBL, starting five): 19 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), 5.3rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 58.9%
2010: In May signed at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela-LPB): 4 games: 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.0apg, 1.7spg, 2PT: 58.0%, 3PT: 0%, FT: 69.0%
2010: Guangzhou Free Man (China-NBL, starting five): 9 games: 29.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 7.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 67.5%
2010-2011: In Jan.'11 signed at Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Iran-Superleague, starting five), left in April'11
2011: In Aug. signed at Jiangsu (China-NBL, starting five)
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Awards/Achievements:
HS McDonald's All-American -01
HS first-team Parade All-American -01
HS New York's Mr. Basketball -01
HS New York Daily News Player of the Year -01
HS New York All-Metro squad -01
HS USA Today All-USA second team -01
Adidas Camp -2000
ACC Tournament Finalist -02,03
All-ACC 1st Team -03,04
ACC All-Tournament 1st Team -03
AC Regular Season Runner-Up -04
ACC Tournament Semifinals -04, 05
ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team -04, 05
ESPN.com NCAA All-American 1st Team -04
NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd Team -05
All-ACC 2nd Team -05
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 -05
NBA Northwest Division Champion -06
D-League Finalist -07
Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 3rd Team -08
Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports 2nd Team -08
Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention -10
Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team -10
Chinese NBL Semifinals -10
Antiguan National Team -11
CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) -11: 5 games: Score-4 (18.2ppg), 7.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 45.6%, FT: 57.6%
Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships Honorable Mention -11
Hodge Julius


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Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Winner/Limeira 6-0 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 5-0 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 5-1 
 4. Vivo/Franca 5-1 
 5. Gremio Mogi 4-1 
 6. Paulistano 4-2 
 7. Americana 2-3 
 8. Jacarei 2-3 
 9. Araraquara 2-3 
 10. Pinheiros/Sky 2-3 
 11. L.S.B. 2-4 
 12. Rio Claro 2-4 
 13. Inter Santos 1-4 
 14. America 1-4 
 15. Sao Caetano 0-5 
 16. XV/Cosan 0-5 


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  CANADA   


NT player Jermaine Anderson heads to Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) will continue his career in Montenegro. The Canadian National Team point guard signed a one-year deal with Buducnost Podgorica. They will play in Euroleague qualifications this summer. Anderson finished last season in Greece as a member of Panionios Athens. He joined them in January averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. Anderson started last season with the Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy. He had 10 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.9 apg for them in 8 games. In 2009/10, Jermaine Anderson was a member of Croatian Cedevita. He also has experience from Germany and Poland. Anderson is active member of the Canadian NT since 2004. He had 8.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3 apg for them last summer in Turkey.

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Zhejiang Guangsha lands NBA player Wilson Chandler - by Eurobasket News
Another NBA player moves abroad and not just temporary during the lockout. Wilson Chandler (203-F/G-87, college: De Paul) signed a deal with Chinese team Zhejiang Guangsha and he will play for them in the next CBL season. Chandler does not have NBA out option in his contract. He finished last season with the Denver Nuggets. He joined them in February averaging 11 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists for 26 games. Before that, Chandler spent three and a half years with the New York Knicks. Last season he shined with 16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.7 apg for them in 51 games. In 2009/10, Wilson Chandler collected 15.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 65 games. A year before that he had slightly lower digits. Wilson Chandler is a product of the University De Paul, where he graduated in 2007.

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Zadar targets Sime Spralja - by Eurobasket News
Zadar wants to sign Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) for the next season. They already negotiate. Spralja played for Zadar in the past. He was their member from 2000 to 2005. They won two Croatian league titles and two Cups together. Also, Zadar was Adriatic league champion in 2003. Sime Spralja spent last five years with Bosnian team Siroki TT Kabeli. He helped them win four Bosnian league titles (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). Siroki also won Bosnian Cup twice. Sime Spralja appeared 13 times in Bosnian league last season averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. He added 12.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 25 games in Adriatic league. He got injured in February and missed few weeks.

Ive Ivanov and Marko Ramljak stay with Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) and Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) will stay with Zadar for at least one more season. Both players already joined preparations.
Ive Ivanov appeared 25 times for Zadar last season averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also had 8.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 12 games in EuroChallenge. In Croatia league, Ivanov added 10.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 16 games. Zadar reached Playoff Semifinals and Cup Finals last season. Ivanov played for Zadar also in the past. He has experience from Zabok and Borik Puntamika.
Young Marko Ramljak had limited playing time with Zadar last season. He joined them from Posusje a year ago. Ramljak played for the Croatian U18 NT at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11. He shined with 11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.4 spg for 9 games at this event. Ramljak was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team -11. He also played at the World Championships U19 in Latvia -11 this summer.


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  CYPRUS   


APOEL Nicosia signs Milos Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) is a new member of APOEL Nicosia. The Serbian big guy signed a deal for the next season. Pavlovic heads to APOEL from OKK Beograd, where he finished 2010/11. He appeared 14 times with OKK Beograd in Serbian league averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also added 5 ppg and 6 rpg for 2 games in Balkan league. In 2009/10 season, Milos Pavlovic changed three teams. He started with Ukrainian Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih and later moved to Romanian Pitesti. Pavlovic signed with Gaz Metan after that averaging 9 points and 3.6 rebounds for them in 22 Romanian league games. He played for Kryvbasbasket two years in the past. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Player of the Year -09. Milos Pavlovic also has experience from Makedonikos, Beovuk 72 and Borac Cacak.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Jan Vesely won't return to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Jan Vesely (211-F-90) announced he will not return to Partizan during the NBA lockout. The Czech forward will prepare for his rookie NBA season and will wait for the lockout to finish. Jan Vesely was a member of Partizan from 2008 until this summer. They won three Adriatic league and Serbian league titles. Partizan also celebrated three straight times in Serbian Cup. Jan Vesely had 10.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg for the club in 15 Euroleague games. In Adriatic league he averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 26 games. Vesely also played 19 games in Serbian league adding 11.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Before Partizan, he played for Union Olimpija and Geoplin Slovan. He started career with Czech team BK Snakes Ostrava.

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  DENMARK   


Vaerlose sign Rasmus Larsen - by Eurobasket News
Vaerlose have ensured the services of Rasmus Larsen (186-G-87) for the next season. The 24-year-old guard has signed a three-year deal with the team. Last season Rasmus Larsen started in Amager. He tallied 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Rasmus Larsen will join Peter Simonsen (185-G-88) who moved from Amager to Vaerlose as well.


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  D-LEAGUE   


FBI: Ex-NBA player Crittenton arrested in California, faces murder charges - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said Monday.

Crittenton was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Eimiller said he was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities were trying to determine whether Crittenton will make an initial appearance in federal court, or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there.

'He offered to turn himself in,' Lawyer Brian Steel told The Associated Press earlier Monday.

'He's not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Crittenton planned to surrender in Atlanta.

Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children. Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos on Friday said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

When asked earlier Friday about Steel's statement that Crittenton planned to surrender, Atlanta police didn't confirm it.

'Mr. Crittenton is wanted for murder,' Sgt. Curtis Davenport said late Monday. 'We will be pleased when he is taken into our custody in a peaceful manner.'

When he was with the Washington Wizards in December 2009, Crittenton and Arenas had a dispute over a card game on a team flight. Two days later, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to 'PICK 1.' Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation. Arenas entered his guilty plea on Jan. 15. He served a short time in a halfway house.

Steel said he was retained by Crittenton's family on Monday morning, and was in contact with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and the FBI Fugitive Task Force to make arrangements for the former player's arrest.

'They asked that he come to Atlanta, and we said 'no problem,'' Steel said.

Crittenton is on the roster of the NBA developmental league's Dakota Wizards.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


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Dominican Republic beats Cuba - by Oscar Peralta
Dominican Republic took on Cuba in there first match of the pre-Olympic tournament. Dominican Rep. beat Cuba by a score of 90 to 60 and it was easy to see the supremacy over Cuba. Al horford Led them with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Martinez second Horford with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds. They will face Venezuela in there next match up and it should be a more competitive game. The team feel they are more together and ready to compete for the first place and a ticket to the Olympics next year.

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All Star Weekend - Quito Ecuador - by Bayo Arigbon

The All-Star events took place in Quito, Ecuador. I can say that was my first time being there and I had fun. I didnt know the elevation was so high there! 2850 m (9350 ft) up.. thats pretty high. I didnt notice it until I participated in the 3pt shoot out and was wheezing after! lol. The whole event was fun and bout 5-6 thousand people showed up, so it was a good turn out. I made 3 videos that include almost all the events, but Im still putting them together so check back periodically to see. Right now i have personal footage from the Dunk contest so enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDfeKQtCuE


Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.)


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Partizan gets Miroslav Raduljica on loan - by Eurobasket News
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) will play next season for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. They agreed a one-year loan with Anadolu Efes and it will be official very soon. Raduljica signed a deal with Efes last summer, but he missed first half of the season due to injury. The Turkish giant loaned Raduljica to ALBA Berlin in March. There the Serbian center had 10 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 25 games in German league. Miroslav Raduljica is a product of FMP Zeleznik, where he started as a teenager. In their last season together (2009/10) he had 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.3 apg in 14 EuroChallenge games. He had almost the same numbers for 23 games in Adriatic league. In Serbian league, Raduljica exploded with 21.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.6 apg. He ended as the best scorer and rebounder of the competition. Raduljica played for the Serbian NT two years ago in Poland. He had 3.3 ppg in 7 games.

Pete Mickeal back on the court after almost 10 months - by Eurobasket News
Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) is back on the court. The American forward was out almost ten months due to knee injury and after that pulmonary embolism. He officially joined preparations of FC Barcelona Regal for the next season. Mickeal last time appeared for Barca on November 20 against Caja Laboral. Pete Mickeal joined Barcelona in 2009 from Tau Ceramica (Caja Laboral). In their first season together Barca became the Euroleague champion. Mickeal helped them with 12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1 spg for 20 games. In Spanish league, Mickeal had 10.7 ppg and 4 rpg, but Barca failed against Tau in the Finals. They won Spanish Cup that year. Last season, Pete Mickeal appeared just 12 times for Barca. He had 14 ppg and 4.5 rpg in four Euroleague games. In ACB, Mickeal added 15.4 ppg and 3 rpg before the injury.

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Lithuania cut the ribbon signaling the start of EuroBasket 2011! - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania cut the ribbon signaling the start of EuroBasket 2011 that will start tomorrow. The Official Opening Ceremony of EuroBasket 2011 saw a World Record. More than 55,000 fans bounced a basketball simultaneously, for a period of five minutes, in six different cities across the Baltic State.
Six cities will host the event: Alytus, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Vilnius. The qualifying matches are to be played at the Siemens Arena in the capital Vilnius and the playoffs at the new Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas.
Siemens Arena, is the second largest arena in Lithuania. Siemens Arena is the first universal arena of international level in Lithuania. Siemens Arena was built in the Vilnius Entertainment Park territory.
Zalgiris Arena is an indoor arena in Kaunas. It is located on an island of the Nemunas River. It can host more than 15000 spectators. The arena was opened on 18 August 2011.

Day 1 (Preliminary Round)

Group A
Spain - Poland
Lithuania -United Kingd.
Turkey- Portugal

Group B
Serbia-Italy
Germany- Israel
France- Latvia

Group C
Greece -Bosnia
Montenegro-FYR Macedonia
Croatia -Finland

Group D
Slovenia-Bulgaria
Belgium -Georgia
Russia-Ukraine




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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.1-0
2. Brazil1-0
3. Canada0-0
4. Cuba0-1
5. Venezuela0-1
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Panama0-0
3. Paraguay0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
5. Uruguay0-0


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KORISLIIGA: Kenneth Lowe back to Tampere - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Champion (2009-10 and 2010-11) Pyrinto (Tampere) has re-signed with American G Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) for coming 2011-12 season. Lowe will start his fifth season in Finland and on Pyrinto roster. Lowe came first time to Finland for 2005-06 season and has won two Finnish Championships during the last two years. Passed season Lowe averaged 16,4 ppg, 4,2 rpg and 1,9 apg in 53 contests. Pyrinto has also re-signed with Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (18,1 ppg - 9,9 rpg - 4,3 apg) and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) (16,5 ppg - 5,9 rpg). Antwine will start his second season in Finland, but Damon has played already five seasons in Tampere and one season in Kotka - by now.
In Division 1 the newcomer YMCA Oulu has found American PG. Lloyd Phillips (178-G-85, college: Illinois St.) will come to Finland second week of September and will join Team roster with another American, Brian Moultrie (198-F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) already signed earlier. Phillips played last season in Germany ProA (UBC Hannover Tigers) and averaged 10,4 ppg, 1,6 rpg, 2,5 apg in 17 contests.


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Robert Dozier will miss 2-3 months due to injury - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Cholet. Their new player Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) got injured and he will miss 2-3 months. He injured left foot and surgery is necessary. Dozier signed a deal with former French champions in July. The 25-year-old forward spent the last season with Greek PAOK Thessaloniki. He tallied 10.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 1 assist per game in EuroCup. In A1 League Robert Dozier posted 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention. Before PAOK, he spent one season with VAP Kolossos. Robert Dozier graduated at the University of Memphis in 2009. He had 12.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg for them as a senior.

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KK Torus Skopje inks Milutinovic - by Eurobasket Center
KK Torus Skopje announced the signing of 23-year old Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (213-C-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza). In 2011 Milutinovic has graduated from Oakland University (NCAA) where he won two Summit League Tournaments (2010, 2011). Last year he played in 35 games averaging 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg. Ilija is the product of KK Hemofarm Vrsac junior teams.

Feni Industri signs two American rookies - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri announced signing of Ngai Evans (188-G-88) and Ed Nixon (193-G-88) for the next season. Both players are rookies.
Ngai Evans graduated few months ago at the Wright State University. He ahd 13.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.3 apg for them in 30 games as a senior. Evans was named All-Horizon League 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10, Evans had 9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.2 apg for 29 games.
Ed Nixon heads to FYROM champions from the Virginia Commonwealth University. He helped them reach NCAA Final Four this year, what was amazing success for the school. Nixon had 7 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.9 apg in 40 games. He had slightly better digits as a junior.
Feni Industri will compete in FYROM and Balkan league next season.


More news from Feni Industri - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri announced signing of a one-year contract extensions with Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) and American forward Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart).
Dusan Knezevic will play his third straight year with FYROM champions. Last season he had 12.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg in Superlegaue. He also added 8 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 19 games in BIBL. Knezevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year -11.
Jarrid Frye also had very important role last season. He had 12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.6 apg in domestic championship. In BIBL, Frye added 13.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 10 games.
Feni Industri has Darko Sokolov, Goran Samardziev and Vladimir Brckov under the contract. Ognjen Stojanovski, Vojdan Stojanovski and Dime Tasovski left the team this summer.


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The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Terminate Contract With Gary Flowers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have departed Germany for Platja dAro, Spain for training camp without Gary Flowers (203-F, college: S.Mississippi). The club annouced that they have terminated the try out contract. Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley showed no remorse last season being very picky about who his point guard would be releasing a few players before settling for American Donald Copeland, but the American coach now showed that forwards dont have it easy either making his squad. Flowers is a 203cm forward from Dallas, Texas that was going to start his professional basketball career in Germany, but was unableto convince the club of his abilities and was not willing to get an extended tryout period either. 'Gary Flowers (203-F, college: S.Mississippi) was unable to convince us with his play the last three weeks. We offered him to extend the try out period, in which he declined. After our meeting, he denied further contact to the team and didnt come to practice. He also didnt appear at the test game in Cuxhaven, so we had no other choice but to terminate his contract', stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen The team now will look for a position 4/5 player as a replacement for Gary Flowers (203-F, college: S.Mississippi).

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Complete Roster With Sead Sehovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced today that they have completed the roster for the 2011-2012 season with Sead Sehovic (199-F-89). Sehovic is a 21 year old 199cm forward from Bosnia-Herzegovinia that was born in Bijelo Polje. Oldenburg gave him a one year contract. Sehovic plays equally well at PG, SG, and SF. Can dunk the basketball almost from the free throw line at age of 17. Has great handles for his size and can score from anywhere on the court. Can shoot in transition, off the dribble, off the catch. Got invited to play on Lebron James King of the Court team and was chosen among to best prospects in the Boo Williams tournament. Last season, he played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A): Adriatic League: 26 games: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg. 'He has a lot of potential and despite his youth has gathered a lot of expereince', stressed EWE Baskets oldenburg CEO Herman Schuller.

Sehovic started his basketball career in 2006 with
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (D1): Adriatic League: 13 games: 1.2ppg. He played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A) from 2007-2011. In this time he played a total of 69 games in the Adriatic League,11 Eurochallenge games, 4 ULEB Cup games and 2 Eurocup games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -07, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -07
Montenegrin U21 National Team -07, Montenegrin U20 National Team -07-09, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Champion): 6 games: 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, Montenegrin U18 National Team -07, European Championships U18 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -07 (Semifinals): 8 games: 15.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 22.9%, FT: 68.8%, Adriatic League Quarterfinals -08, European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) -08: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 65.0%, Montenegrin Cup Winner -09, 10, 11, Mediterranean Games -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 9 games: Score-2 (17.6ppg), 4.9rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 75.9%, Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team -09, Montenegrin League Champion -09, 10, 11, Montenegrin League Regular Season Champion -09, 10, 11, Montenegrin National Team -10-11, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso All-Star Team -10, Adriatic League Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention -11, and Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Domestic Players Team -11
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Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg










Dortmund brings in T.J. Smith to replace Mike Scott - by Moritz Korff
SVD 49 Dortmund (1. Regionalliga West) has found a guard to replace Mike Scott (182-G-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), who was waived due to an injury recently. T.J. Smith (188-G, college: Ky Wesleyan) will join the 49ers. Smith hails from Rialto, California and has one year of professional basketball under his belt. He excelled at UBC Muenster in this past season and was named the Eurobasket.com All-1. Regionalliga West Defensive Player of the Year. He also received Eurobasket.com All-RLW First Team honors. Smith is a 2009 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (NCAA 2). He averaged 17.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the Panthers during his senior season.

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Q & A With Jason Dourisseau - by Sanders Jackson

Gas Terra Flames standout and reigning DBL Most Valuable Player Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) is returning for his 3rd season in the Martinistad, with a DBL championship, the Dutch Cup and DBL finalists on his resume. Dourisseau is the unquestionable leader of the group, a team player first that coaches love, gets the job done on both ends of the floor, an ambassador for the game in the DBL.

I had the chance to interview Dourisseau on his thoughts on the transition and upcoming season:

Q: After spending the past two seasons in a Gas Terra Flames uniform, and being part of a Dutch championship team, Dutch Cup winner and last season as league runner up, as well as being named last seasons DBL Most Valuable Player, what can you do for an encore?

A: Individually the only thing I can do for an encore is to continue to try and give my best effort every time I step out on the court. Teamwise, I would like to earn another championship.

Q: Last season did not end as you had hoped, ending with a triple-overtime loss to ZZ Leiden. It must have been hard to say goodbye to the group A: It was very hard to say goodbye to that group of guys. We had been through so much together. So many highs and a few lows, but one thing is for sure, we had a lot of fun doing it.

Q: As one of only two returning players from the past two successful seasons, it must be a big adjustment to you with all the new faces, as well as a new head coach. How has the transition from Marco van den Berg to Hakim Salem been for you?

A: Well the transition has just started, but its been pretty smooth so far. My role will be about the same on this team as it was on the previous two, but I do have to learn a lot of new things offensively and defensively. Our schemes are different, so that has been an adjustment.

Q: What is your impression of the team so far, where do you see your role within the group?

A: My impression of this team is we have a lot of talent and some proven players. I think my role will be to be a glue guy. Meaning try to fit in the best I can to help us win.

Q: It will perhaps enhance your game more playing with a true point guard with the likes of David Bell and Bryan Defrares, then you can use your athleticism more

A: Yes I am looking forward to playing with David and Bryan. I think my game will be enhanced in transition situations, especially with Brian, as he is known for being a great passer.

Q: With the offseason changes by Gas Terra Flames remains as always the high expectations. The fans in Groningen are very loyal and supportive of their teams. With the new group they may or may not understand yet how to respond to the expectations. Your role in transparency to the team is vital. How do you help your teammates to find the balance?

A: I think my teammates will be fine with the expectations because they all have high expectations too. The fans are very loyal, and if you play hard and give your best effort, then you'll be fine. I dont think my teammates will have a problem with that at all.

Q: How do you feel about the DBL as a whole?

A: I think this league is tougher than people think. There's a lot of good Americans in this league. I don't really like the playoff system because I think it's too easy to make the playoffs. But as a whole, it's pretty competitive.

Q: Final question: what are your expectations for the upcoming season?

A: My expectations are always the same and team oriented. Win as many games as possible, and to be the last team standing in May, enjoying another championship on the Grote Markt with our fans.

Thank you very much Jason for the interview, best wishes for the upcoming season.


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Fjolnir,Grindavik & KR sign USA players - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir has sign Calvin O''Neil 6'4' guard from Middle Tennessee State. (Agency Icebasket) All-Sun Belt Defensive player of the year 2009 & 2010
Last season O'Neil played 12 games for Tennessee Dragons in UBA league average 17,5 points, 5,1 rebounds & 5,9 assist.
Grindavik sign Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) 5'10' guard from Central Michigan 2008. Watson played 1 season in BBL Germany and also 1 season in Pro A Germany. Last season
Watson played 6 games in Iceland for Njardvik where he average 22,7 points & 7,5 assist.
KR sign their second import player Ed Horton (193-G-85, college: Murray St.) from Murray State where he average 7,2 points, 2,7 rebounds & 3,2 assist. Since College Horton has played in ABA, CBA, UBA & WBA, this past summer he played in ESL Houston where KR coach Hrafn Kristjansson was coaching one of the teams.


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. B.C. Habikaa 0-0 
 2. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 3. Elitzur Netanya 0-0 
 4. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 5. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 6. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 7. Ironi Ashkelon 0-0 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 0-0 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 0-0 
 10. Maccabi Rishon 0-0 
 11. Maccabi T-A 0-0 


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Beer Yaakov 0-0 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 0-0 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Afula 0-0 
 5. Hapoel Beeri 0-0 
 6. Hapoel Ironi 0-0 
 7. Hapoel K/S 0-0 
 8. Hapoel T-A 0-0 
 9. Hapoel Tivon 0-0 
 10. Hod Hasharon 0-0 
 11. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 12. Ironi Ramat Gan 0-0 
 13. Lev Hasharon 0-0 
 14. Megido/Yokneam 0-0 


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Pavia and Comark Treviglio play friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Italian teams start the 2011/2012 pre-season games. After Benetton player Samara last night, Pavia and Comark Treviglio registered their first games.
In the first friendly game of the new season Lugano outscored Italian Pavia 79:64. The Swiss side controlled the majority of the game and rightfully clinched the victory.
Tigers Lugano overcame Comark Treviglio 100:92 trailing after the first half. The Italian side won the opening period 25:20 and enjoyed 27:42 at the halftime. Moreover they added another few points for the bigger lead and had 74:67 after three quarters. The Tigers however needed a strong last period to win the game. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) erupted with 44 points and Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 23. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) followed them with 19 points. Gabriele Zanella (204-F/C-81) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Vitale scored 16.



Diego Pastori joins World Sport Agency - by Eurobasket
The World Sport Agency is pleased to announce that starting from 25 August 2011, Mr. Diego Pastori has entered in the organization of the company as General Manager of the Basketball section. Therefore, from now on, in addition to President Mira Poljo, you can contact to Mr. Diego Pastori at: info@worldsportagency.com


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Sam Daghlas : Year 2 in CBA - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan National Team Guard Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) will spend his next season again in China, after playing last season for Shanxi Zhongyu being the Best Guard in CBA with 9.1 Assist per Game, now Sam agreed the Terms with the 13th ranked club last season Jilin Northeast Tigers for the 2011-2012 season. His fellow Islam Abbas played shortly last season for the same team.

Osama who was born in Zarqa-Jordan and grew up in San Diego, California, where he started to play the game at 14, is preparing with Jordan NT for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship (15-25 September in Wuhan, China) targeting the Gold Medal to clinch a Birth in London Olympic Games next year. Osama played before in Jordan, UAE,Syria, China and USA (D-League)


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VEF Riga celebrates in the scrimmage - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils lost first two in a new season, while VEF Riga tasted the win over Siauliai.
Neptunas overcame Ventspils 91:69 in Lithuania. The hosts started the game with 19-9 and added 28-23 in the second frame. Latvia side meanwhile bounced back with 19-18 to reduce the score after thirty minutes. Neptunas however pushed the tempo for good and after 26-18 in the last stanza sealed the victory.
In another game Triumph outscored Ventspils 78:64. The Latvia team started better and took 18:10 after the opening period, but failed to keep the score. Triumph replied with 18-14 in the second frame and added 23-15 in the third quarter. Due to 27-17 in the last stanza the Russian team celebrated the victory.
For Ventspils Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM), Jangs and Vilards chipped in 13 points each. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) nailed 8, while Grejs added 7.
Siauliai lost to VEF Riga 72:82. The Lithuanian team started with 23:19, but Latvian side replied with 20-18 in the second frame. The second half completely belonged to VEF Riga that won both periods. At first they produced 27-19 in the third period and added 16-12 in the last stanza. Rashaun Broadus (182-PG-84, college: BYU) stepped up with 12 points and Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) as well as Sarakauskas Vytautas netted 11 each. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) ended up with 29 points, while Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) notched 19. Valters Sandis poured in 15 and Cain Tyler added 8.



Ventspils bring Martins Laksa - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils bring Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM) for the 2011/2012 Roster. The Latvian Player comes from VEF Riga.
In 2010-2011 for VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian League he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg, while in VTB League after 4 games his stats read 2.5ppg, 1.8rpg. In EuroCup he had 3 games: 2.0ppg and in Baltic League after 17 games showed 2.9ppg, 2.0rpg, also had the license to play at BK VEF Riga junior team (LBL), played also at VEF Riga Kadeti (LBL D2).
In Round 4 Martins Laksa put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team BK VEF Riga junior team and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Valmiera. It's Laksa's second year at VEF Riga jrs and it's hard to imagine this team without him.
Together with the team last season he became Baltic League Finalist -11, Latvian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Latvian League Champion -11, Latvian LBL D2 Champion -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Honorable Mention -11.



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Lebanon finish second in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon finished second at the international friendly tournament in Doha. Lebanese team posted three wins in four games played but the last game and the loss in it cost the team the top spot.
Lebanon cruised past Syria in their third game 79:59. Ghaleb Rida stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Eder Gorges answered with 18 points for Syria. Muhia Kasaballi (209-C-84) posted 13 points in the losing effort.
Lebanon wrapped up their campaign against Qatar. The hosts fell short by two points in the first game between the teams at the tournament three days ago. But this time Qatar avenged the loss. Qatar earned a crucial win over Lebanon on the final day of the competition 79:64. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-84) stepped up with 22 points to pace the charge. Lebanon occupied the second place with just one loss in Doha.
Lebanon led throughout the bigger part of the game. They established a 6-point lead after ten minutes of action and maintained it throughout the next two quarters. Lebanon were up by three points heading into the fourth frame. However the hosts erupted for 32 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) contributed 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds, while Erfan Ali added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ali Kanaan (206-F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) answered with 14 points for Lebanon. Sam Hoskin had 10 points in the loss.



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Osvaldas Matulionis moves to Techasas - by Eurobasket News
Osvaldas Matulionis moves to Techasas on loan from Zalgiris Kaunas. The Lithuanian Forward recently participated at the World University Games.
In 2007-2008 he started for Akademija-MRU Vilnius (NKL, starting five), played also at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius junior team. In 2008-2009 for KK Akademija Vilnius (NKL) after 46 games averaged 12.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 81.7%, also played at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius junior team. In 2009-2010 moved to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL), then moved to Aisciai Kaunas (LKL) and in Lithuanian League after 20 games showed 6.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 88.2%. In Baltic League his stats read 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 87.5%. Last season the player was with BC Siauliai (LKL) and in Baltic League after 17 games averaged 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
This summer debuted with 5 points for Lithuania that ensured a perfect start of their 2011 World University Games campaign. They stormed past Philippines in Group C.
Two years ago Osvaldas Matulionis participated at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09 (Semifinals) and in 9 games averaged 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT-1 (93.8%).


Siauliai keep Broadus Rashaun and Edvinas Ruzgas - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai keep Rashaun Broadus (182-PG-84, college: BYU) and Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) for the upcoming season. Both players already played the first friendly game this season for the squad. Rashaun Broadus stepped up with 12 points and Edvinas Ruzgas as well as Sarakauskas Vytautas netted 11 each when Siauliai lost to VEF Riga 72:82.
Edvinas Ruzgas joined the team last season coming from TCU (NCAA, starting five). In 2010-2011 for BC Siauliai (LKL) in Baltic League after 24 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 67.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 91.3%. In EuroCup he had 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, while in Lithuanian League after 26 games showed 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.1%.
Rashaun Broadus comes from Edmonton Energy (Canada-IBL). In 2010-2011 he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague) and in 19 games averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 66.7%. He left in Dec.'10 and signed at BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL, starting five). In Lithuanian League after 18 games he showed 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 62.5%, while in Baltic League after 12 games his stats read 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-2 (5.1apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 83.8%.




Lietuvos Rytas won the pre-season opener - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas won the pre-season opener, while Siauliai lost to the Latvian side.
Lietuvos Rytas edged Ukrainian Galychina 80:68. The Ukrainian side started better and surprised the hosts with 21:15. Rytas meanwhile managed to tie the game at 40:40. Later on the Lithuanian team took the lead and won the game. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) stepped up with 14 points and Rice nailed 12. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Bendzius followed them with 9 points each and Babrauskas scored 8.
Siauliai lost to VEF Riga 72:82. The Lithuanian team started with 23:19, but Latvian side replied with 20-18 in the second frame. The second half completely belonged to VEF Riga that won both periods. At first they produced 27-19 in the third period and added 16-12 in the last stanza. Rashaun Broadus (182-PG-84, college: BYU) stepped up with 12 points and Ruzgas Edvinas as well as Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) netted 11 each. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) ended up with 29 points, while Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) notched 19. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) poured in 15 and Cain Tyler added 8.



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Lleida adds Charles Ramsdell - by Eurobasket News
Lleida continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is American/Madagascar big guy Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa). He signed a one-year deal with his new club. Ramsdell heads to Lleida from Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila, where he spent last season. For 32 games in LEB Silver, Ramsdell shined with 15.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg. He played for the Madagascar NT at the AfroBasket 2011. They were hosts of this event and Ramsdell shined with 15.8 ppg, plus 8.8 rpg for 5 games.
Yesterday, Lleida brought in Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.). The American point guard, with Croatian passport, penned a one-year deal. He heads to Lleida from Erdemir, where he spent last season. For 7 games in TBL Norris averaged 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Marcus Norris played for Gran Canaria from 2005 until the last summer. In their last season together he had 7.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.7 apg for 36 games in ACB. He also added 7.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.4 apg in 14 EuroCup games. Before Granca, Norris was a member of Kyiv, Bnei Hasharon and Portugal Telecom Lisbona. He also has experience from Finland and Croatia. Marcus Norris won two titles and National Cups with Portugal Telecom Lisbona. In 2005, he won the Ukrainian league title with Kyiv. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Guard of the Year -05.


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Jermaine Anderson inks with KK Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) inks with KK Buducnost for the upcoming season. The Canadian Guard comes from Greece where he finished the last season.
The season 2011/20011 Jermaine Anderson started in Russia. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal with Triumph. In Russian League after 8 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 79.3%, while in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round after 2 games his stats read 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg. In Jan.'11 moved to Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) and in 12 games showed 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 81.0%.
Earlier Jermaine Anderson played for Cedevita in Croatia. He averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in the Croatian league. In EuroChallenge his stats read 13.2 points, 3.5 boards and 3.3 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League Jermaine Anderson stepped up with 12.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.6 boards. The guard played for the Canadian National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico in 2009. He notched 8.7 points and 4.2 assists per game in San Juan.



Sead Sehovic signs in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) signs in German for EWE Baskets Oldenburg . The Montenegrin National team player comes from BC Buducnost Podgorica.
Sead Sehovic started his career for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (D1), but in 2007-2008 moved to BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A). In 2010-2011 for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A) in Adriatic League he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.6%. In Euroleague Qualifying Round after 2 games he had 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, while he poured in 17 points in the second game versus ASVEL.
In his top game last season he erupted with 21 points at the Adriatic Regular Season Round 20. Buducnost overcame Cedevita 93-90 for the 12th victory. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cedevita. Cedevita was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-17 third quarter run of Buducnost. Bosnian-Montenegrin forward Sead Sehovic ended up with 21 points.



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AP Sources: NBA, players to talk Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for just the second time since the lockout began.

Commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, who leads the labor relations committee, will take part, as will players association executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) of the Lakers, two people told the Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to be confidential.

The sides last met Aug. 1, exactly one month after the lockout was imposed. Stern was disappointed by the players position and has said there must be progress by Labor Day. The sides remain far apart on numerous financial issues. Training camps are scheduled to start in October.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Zhejiang Guangsha lands NBA player Wilson Chandler - by Eurobasket News
Another NBA player moves abroad and not just temporary during the lockout. Wilson Chandler (203-F/G-87, college: De Paul) signed a deal with Chinese team Zhejiang Guangsha and he will play for them in the next CBL season. Chandler does not have NBA out option in his contract. He finished last season with the Denver Nuggets. He joined them in February averaging 11 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists for 26 games. Before that, Chandler spent three and a half years with the New York Knicks. Last season he shined with 16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.7 apg for them in 51 games. In 2009/10, Wilson Chandler collected 15.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 65 games. A year before that he had slightly lower digits. Wilson Chandler is a product of the University De Paul, where he graduated in 2007.

FBI: Ex-NBA player Crittenton arrested in California, faces murder charges - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said Monday.

Crittenton was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Eimiller said he was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities were trying to determine whether Crittenton will make an initial appearance in federal court, or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there.

'He offered to turn himself in,' Lawyer Brian Steel told The Associated Press earlier Monday.

'He's not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Crittenton planned to surrender in Atlanta.

Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children. Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos on Friday said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

When asked earlier Friday about Steel's statement that Crittenton planned to surrender, Atlanta police didn't confirm it.

'Mr. Crittenton is wanted for murder,' Sgt. Curtis Davenport said late Monday. 'We will be pleased when he is taken into our custody in a peaceful manner.'

When he was with the Washington Wizards in December 2009, Crittenton and Arenas had a dispute over a card game on a team flight. Two days later, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to 'PICK 1.' Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation. Arenas entered his guilty plea on Jan. 15. He served a short time in a halfway house.

Steel said he was retained by Crittenton's family on Monday morning, and was in contact with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and the FBI Fugitive Task Force to make arrangements for the former player's arrest.

'They asked that he come to Atlanta, and we said 'no problem,'' Steel said.

Crittenton is on the roster of the NBA developmental league's Dakota Wizards.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


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Sant Josep Girona lands rookie Thomas Coleman - by Eurobasket News
Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American PF/C signed a one-year deal with Spanish team Sant Josep Girona. He is a product of the North Carolina A&T State University, where he graduated few months ago. Coleman appeared 31 times for his school as a senior averaging 17 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He was named All-MEAC 1st Team -11. It was a huge improvement for Coleman after 9.3 pg and 8.6 rpg in 2009/10. Thomas Coleman was named MEAC All-Freshman Team -08. He had 6.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 31 games that season (2007/08).
Also this week, Girona announced signing of the Lithuanian big guy Arnas Labuckas. The 24-year-old player heads to Spain from the Russian team Rajzan, where he spent last season.


Scotty Hopson gets pro deal in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Scotty Hopson (6'7''-G-89, college: Tennessee) signed his first professional deal. The American forward joined Greek team VAP Kolossos Rhodes for the next season. Hopson arrives from the University of Tennessee, where he graduated few months ago. For 32 games as a senior he had 17 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.3 apg. Hopson was awarded with All-SEC 1st Team -11. He was also named NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team -11. As a junior, Scotty Hopson had 12.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 37 games for his school. They played in NCAA Elite Eight, what was a great success. Hopson helped Tennessee to reach the SEC Tournament Finals in 2009. It was his freshmen season, when Hopson had 9.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 34 games.

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The Resurrection of Greg Plummer - by Surujh Roopnarine
Re-born at 28 years old? His name is Gregory Plummer and that might be the best way to describe the 6-4 shooting guard/small forward they call The Purist. How else would you label the summer of 2011 for the 28-year old who took over the New York Summer league circuit, on his way to being named Nikes Player of the Summer at the annual Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Considering Plummer did not even play professionally this past season or last summer after rehabbing from surgery on his ankle which had been plaguing the Brooklyn, NY native the past two-plus years, the moniker is fitting. Plummer was integral to the success of the X-Men, coached by Staten Island Vipers (ABA) Head Coach Dytanya Mixon , who captured the West 4th Classic as well as EBC (Entertainers basketball Classic) titles before falling to Team Nike (Dyckman) in the TOC Finals. Plummer averaged an astonishing 41 points per contest in the West 4th playoffs and for the last two-months has been the talk of the tri-state area, something you could not have imagined at the beginning of the year.

While rehabbing, Plummer was a teacher in Westchester trying to pay the bills and make ends meet, but also during his rehab, he took the time to learn some new moves and tricks which he put on display this summer. Always a gifted shooter, (basically playing on one leg for Halifax of the Premier Basketball League in 2010 he still shot 50.0% from the field and 38.0% from behind the arc), Plummer worked on developing a more varied offensive game; inclusive of post-up moves and improved ball-handling as well as further refining his jump shot.

Though Plummer had a very productive High School career at Transit Tech HS in East New York, he went to unheralded Sage JC (Division II) before furthering his development at NCAA DII Eckerd College. Despite going the DII route, Plummer landed his first professional job in Luxembourgs second division during the 2005-06 season with BBC Nitia Bettembourg. After an abbreviated 11 games overseas, NY was calling him home and there during the 2006-07 season was where he would emerge on the professional scene with the now defunct Strong Island Sound of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Under Coach Mixson, Plummer blossomed into an All-Star on the back of averaging 20 points per contest while leading the Sound to the second round of the playoffs.

However, the end of the 2008 season would be the beginning of the troubles for Plummer, specifically his ankle. Never wanting to stop and truly rest or try to recover, Plummer would play the next seasons between the Continental basketball Association (CBA) and PBL, where he finished with Halifax in 2010, hobbled and unable to match the level of performance he had come to expect.
Today, fully recovered and coming off of the summer of his re-birth Plummer takes some time to talk about the last two months, his ups and downs and where he see himself going this season and beyond.

Surujh: First off congratulations again on being named Nike's Player of the Summer. What does the award mean for you?
Greg: It means a great deal to me and my career because it shows that I accomplished something that a lot of people didnt think I could. A lot of people didnt expect me to come back and be as productive as I was before the injury. Then to come back and win two championships, two MVP awards in two of the major leagues in New York City no one expected me to be playing at that level , but I knew that I could and I did. I didnt want to just come back and show that I could run up and down the court, I owed it to myself to show that I could perform at a high level and win.

Surujh: What are your thoughts on the TOC Championship game loss against Team Nike? Was it just a matter of wrong day and wrong time?
Greg: It was a matter of them scoring more points than us. Its as simple as that. They were the better team that day and they are the champs until next season.

Surujh: Regardless, it was a summer to remember for you personally. What did you expect coming into the summer tournaments? Were you mentally and physically ready?
Greg: I was definitely mentally and physically ready for the summer. My physical health was never a concern for me because I knew I was ready. I was home all winter and waiting for all the guys who play Professional ball to come home so that we could take them out. Thats something I was looking forward to because I had the opportunity to play with my X-Men brothers again and we always have a really good chance of winning no matter who we play against.

Surujh: Tell me a little about your last year and half for you, the injury, your rehab and not playing. What kind of affect did that have on you?
Greg: Without question the toughest and most frustrating time of my life. I wanted everything to happen fast. I wanted a speedy recovery, rehab, and just wanted it to be in the past. Sometimes it takes a while for your body to respond to the physical demands of professional basketball. I learned a lot of valuable lessons. As much as I hated it at times, I believe that I am a much better person and basketball player because I went through this. Being on the sidelines for that long wasnt easy but it made me hungrier and motivatedmore than Ive ever been.

Surujh: About your rehab, I read in the Post (NY) article that you spent time working on other aspects of your game in your training regimen. What did you focus on and what type of work did you have to put in?
Greg: I had to focus on getting my body stronger and making my game outside of shooting the ball more efficient. I worked out with Lamont Harris in the winter and spring. Everything we did was high intensity, fast paced and physical. Along with the workouts I used the winter leagues and spring leagues to get me ready for summer.

Surujh: What kind of feedback and response did you get from the NYC fans this summer? Your opponents? Other coaches?
Greg: I surprised a lot of people. Nobody outside of X-Men expected me to play the way I did. It was fun to see guys who I always play against trying to adjust to the new things I added to my game. It was even more fun to see other coaches sending a bunch of different guys at me to slow me down. The most fun of all is the look on all of their faces when they focused on me and forgot that we had Tommie Eddie and Chris Wehye and that it led to championships.

Surujh: With many seasons about to get underway overseas and in the US minor leagues, where do you have your sights set for this season?
Greg: I have a few teams interested but no deal has been made yet so Im just waiting to see what happens. Im just excited about the opportunity to be playing pro ball again.

Surujh: What can Gregory Plummer bring to the table for a pro club overseas?
Greg: A professional, passionate, hard worker, and someone who is hungry for championships.



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Maciej Lampe to miss at least five months - by Eurobasket News
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) suffered serious injury and will miss at least five months. The new Caja Laboral player injured left hip and he will undergo surgery next week in the US. Lampe signed a two-year deal with Caja Laboral in July. The 26-year-old Polish center 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, Maciej 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.

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Paul Graham heads to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Florida Atlantic) will continue his career in Poland. The American/Puerto Rican guard penned a one-year deal with Slask Wroclaw. Graham played last two BSN seasons for Indios de Mayaguez. In the latest one he had 5.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 1.4 apg for 22 games. In 2010, Graham collected 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4 apg. Season 2009/10, Paul Graham played in Europe. He started with Kormend, but they parted ways after just two games. Later he joined another Hungarian team - Dombovar, but did not appear in any official game. So Graham left Hungary with just two games, but he is back to Europe this summer. Paul Graham is a product of the Florida Atlantic University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 18.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2 apg for his school as a senior.

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Qatar win Doha Invitational Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Qatar celebrated victory at the Doha Invitational Tournament. They celebrated three victories in four games played. Qatar earned a crucial win over Lebanon on the final day of the competition 79:64. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-84) stepped up with 22 points to pace the charge. Lebanon occupied the second place with just one loss in Doha.
Lebanon led throughout the bigger part of the game. They established a 6-point lead after ten minutes of action and maintained it throughout the next two quarters. Lebanon were up by three points heading into the fourth frame. However the hosts erupted for 32 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) contributed 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds, while Erfan Ali added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ali Kanaan (206-F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) answered with 14 points for Lebanon. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 10 points in the loss.



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Cuthbert Victor heads to Spartak Primorie - by Eurobasket News
Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) heads to Spartak Primorie for 2011/2012 season. U.S. Virgin Island Forward arrives from Menorca Basquet.
In 2009 ViveMenorca announced signing of US Virgin Islands player Cuthbert Victor. The 28-year old forward came on the island from Caja Rural Melilla, where he spent the season before. He appeared 35 times in LEB Gold averaging 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2 apg. His team demonstrated good performance, but did not make it to ACB.
Cuthbert Victor already had experience from ACB as a member of CAI Zaragoza. That was on season 2007/08 when he averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Before Zaragoza, Cuthbert Victor used to play for Alerta Cantabria Lobos, CB tarragona and CB Plasencia Galco. With Tarragona he had 15.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg on season 2005/06 (LEB). In 2009 year he was awarded with 'Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -09'.
In 2009-2010 for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) after 48 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 65.9%. In 2010-2011 for the Spanish team he had 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.4%.



Khimky opened the 2011/2012 pre-season with the victory - by Eurobasket News
Khimky opened the 2011/2012 pre-season with the victory. The Russian titan overcame Helios from Slovenia 78:70. It was noticeable a great effort from the Slovenian side, but Khimky managed to win that game. Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) posted 12. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 10 points, while Vladimir Pichkurov (193-G-90) added 10.
Spartak Primorye meanwhile lost to Cedevita 76:80. The Russian side took 22-21 in the first period, but failed in the second frame. Cedevita produced a 25-8 to take 46:30 at the halftime. In the third period Spartak was stronger and won 19-18, while the last 10 minutes were really interesting. The Russian team did not give up and managed to come closer. After 27-16 they reduced to just 4 points at the end. For Spartak Gannadi Zelenskiy (187-G-82, agency: RIZO) posted 13 points and Polohin netted 11. Nesterov, Sergey Karaulov (214-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) and Pavlov ended up with 10 points each.



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APOEL Nicosia signs Milos Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) is a new member of APOEL Nicosia. The Serbian big guy signed a deal for the next season. Pavlovic heads to APOEL from OKK Beograd, where he finished 2010/11. He appeared 14 times with OKK Beograd in Serbian league averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also added 5 ppg and 6 rpg for 2 games in Balkan league. In 2009/10 season, Milos Pavlovic changed three teams. He started with Ukrainian Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih and later moved to Romanian Pitesti. Pavlovic signed with Gaz Metan after that averaging 9 points and 3.6 rebounds for them in 22 Romanian league games. He played for Kryvbasbasket two years in the past. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Player of the Year -09. Milos Pavlovic also has experience from Makedonikos, Beovuk 72 and Borac Cacak.

Jan Vesely won't return to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Jan Vesely (211-F-90) announced he will not return to Partizan during the NBA lockout. The Czech forward will prepare for his rookie NBA season and will wait for the lockout to finish. Jan Vesely was a member of Partizan from 2008 until this summer. They won three Adriatic league and Serbian league titles. Partizan also celebrated three straight times in Serbian Cup. Jan Vesely had 10.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg for the club in 15 Euroleague games. In Adriatic league he averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 26 games. Vesely also played 19 games in Serbian league adding 11.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Before Partizan, he played for Union Olimpija and Geoplin Slovan. He started career with Czech team BK Snakes Ostrava.

Partizan gets Miroslav Raduljica on loan - by Eurobasket News
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) will play next season for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. They agreed a one-year loan with Anadolu Efes and it will be official very soon. Raduljica signed a deal with Efes last summer, but he missed first half of the season due to injury. The Turkish giant loaned Raduljica to ALBA Berlin in March. There the Serbian center had 10 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 25 games in German league. Miroslav Raduljica is a product of FMP Zeleznik, where he started as a teenager. In their last season together (2009/10) he had 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.3 apg in 14 EuroChallenge games. He had almost the same numbers for 23 games in Adriatic league. In Serbian league, Raduljica exploded with 21.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.6 apg. He ended as the best scorer and rebounder of the competition. Raduljica played for the Serbian NT two years ago in Poland. He had 3.3 ppg in 7 games.

Olin Edrine signs Vladimir Stimac - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Turkey. The Serbian big guy penned a one-year deal with Olin Edrine. Stimac heads to his new club from CEZ Nymburk, where he finished last season. He had 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 19 NBL games. Stimac also added 6.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, he collected 7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Vladimir Stimac started last season with Latvian Ventspils. For them he had 15 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 7 LBL games. In Baltic league, Stimac averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, after what they parted ways. Stimac played for Crvena Zvezda from 2008 to 2010. In the past, he was a member of Valmiera, Zalgiris and Beovuk.

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Prievidza added three players - by Martin Bosko
Prievidza signed last week Power Bobby Davis (200-F-87) who played in Europe for the Dutch team Nijmegen and scored over more than 10 points a game in Holland. In the year he played in Holland he was chosen by the fans to play in the All-Star game. Last season Bobby played for Edinboro in the USA. Bobby is a very strong and athletic player who will give Prievidza some inside and outside presence.
Club announced the signing of British Wing Paul Guede (195-G/F-87) too. Paul is a rookie and played last season at Portland State, this summer played for Nick Nurse for the Great Britain National Team B. Paul is known as a very hard worker, who can guard well. Offensivly he can do little bit of everything. Last season he started 5 times for Portland State, who played in the Big Sky Conference.
Official website of club informed yesterday that club signed contract with young Czech center Tomas Voslajer (211-C-90), who played last season in Novy Jicin. Tomas was member of Czech University Team in Shenzhen 2011.



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Lleida adds Charles Ramsdell - by Eurobasket News
Lleida continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is American/Madagascar big guy Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa). He signed a one-year deal with his new club. Ramsdell heads to Lleida from Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila, where he spent last season. For 32 games in LEB Silver, Ramsdell shined with 15.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg. He played for the Madagascar NT at the AfroBasket 2011. They were hosts of this event and Ramsdell shined with 15.8 ppg, plus 8.8 rpg for 5 games.
Yesterday, Lleida brought in Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.). The American point guard, with Croatian passport, penned a one-year deal. He heads to Lleida from Erdemir, where he spent last season. For 7 games in TBL Norris averaged 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Marcus Norris played for Gran Canaria from 2005 until the last summer. In their last season together he had 7.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.7 apg for 36 games in ACB. He also added 7.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.4 apg in 14 EuroCup games. Before Granca, Norris was a member of Kyiv, Bnei Hasharon and Portugal Telecom Lisbona. He also has experience from Finland and Croatia. Marcus Norris won two titles and National Cups with Portugal Telecom Lisbona. In 2005, he won the Ukrainian league title with Kyiv. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Guard of the Year -05.


Sant Josep Girona lands rookie Thomas Coleman - by Eurobasket News
Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American PF/C signed a one-year deal with Spanish team Sant Josep Girona. He is a product of the North Carolina A&T State University, where he graduated few months ago. Coleman appeared 31 times for his school as a senior averaging 17 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He was named All-MEAC 1st Team -11. It was a huge improvement for Coleman after 9.3 pg and 8.6 rpg in 2009/10. Thomas Coleman was named MEAC All-Freshman Team -08. He had 6.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 31 games that season (2007/08).
Also this week, Girona announced signing of the Lithuanian big guy Arnas Labuckas. The 24-year-old player heads to Spain from the Russian team Rajzan, where he spent last season.


Maciej Lampe to miss at least five months - by Eurobasket News
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) suffered serious injury and will miss at least five months. The new Caja Laboral player injured left hip and he will undergo surgery next week in the US. Lampe signed a two-year deal with Caja Laboral in July. The 26-year-old Polish center 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, Maciej 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.

Pete Mickeal back on the court after almost 10 months - by Eurobasket News
Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) is back on the court. The American forward was out almost ten months due to knee injury and after that pulmonary embolism. He officially joined preparations of FC Barcelona Regal for the next season. Mickeal last time appeared for Barca on November 20 against Caja Laboral. Pete Mickeal joined Barcelona in 2009 from Tau Ceramica (Caja Laboral). In their first season together Barca became the Euroleague champion. Mickeal helped them with 12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1 spg for 20 games. In Spanish league, Mickeal had 10.7 ppg and 4 rpg, but Barca failed against Tau in the Finals. They won Spanish Cup that year. Last season, Pete Mickeal appeared just 12 times for Barca. He had 14 ppg and 4.5 rpg in four Euroleague games. In ACB, Mickeal added 15.4 ppg and 3 rpg before the injury.

Menorca takes second place in Fos-sur-Mer tournament - by Eurobasket News
Menorca participated at the Fos-sur-Mer tournament in France. They finished as No.2. In the first game Menorca outplayed Antibes 77-51. The Spanish teams had impressive second half ending it with 45-19 (19-9 Q3, 26-10 Q4). Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) was their leading player with 18 points. David Navarro (192-G/F-83) followed him with 13 pts. In the Finals, Menorca failed against the home squad Fos Ouest 69-90. The French team dominated from the beginning having no troubles to register comfortable win. David Navarro scored 15 points for Menorca in this game. Roberto Morentin (206-F/C-81, college: Cent.Florida) stopped on two points less.

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BC Boncourt announced the roster for 2011/2012 season - by Greg
BC Boncourt announced the roster for 2011/2012 season. The team will have three foreigners in the team including the American Allen Marcus, Ivoran Ismael N'Diaye (198-F-82, college: FIU) and Serbian Nemanja Calasan (204-F-85, college: Purdue).
The other players are: Marco Salomone (187-G-78), Mathias Gredy (192-F-93), Reto Schwaiger (190-G/F-87), Jerome Stucheli (185-G-89), Alexis Herrmann (175-G-92), Julien Burkhalter (201-F-91), Matthieu Vallat (195-F-92), Josue Boesch (182-G/F-91), Clement Boesch (182-G-92), Laurent Lahey (204-F-89), Vincent Pretre (194-F-91), Nicolas Blaser (198-F/C-88).
Nemanja Calasan was the last to join the team. The 25-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Boncourt. Last season the forward spent in Romania. He tallied 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Gaz Metan Medias. Previously Nemanja Calasan had stints with Charleville, Panionios. The forward graduated from Purdue University back in 2009.
Earlier the Red Team has agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Allen (201-F-87, college: Jacksonville). The 23-year-old forward started the previous season in France. He tallied 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Lievin in NM1 League. Marcus Allen left the team in December. Previously the guard had stints with Graz in Austria and Saint-Quentin in France.




Friboug and Tigers Lugano earn first victories of the pre-season - by Eurobasket News
In the first friendly game of the new season Lugano outscored Italian Pavia 79:64. The Swiss side controlled the majority of the game and rightfully clinched the victory.
Tigers Lugano overcame Comark Treviglio 100:92 trailing after the first half. The Italian side won the opening period 25:20 and enjoyed 27:42 at the halftime. Moreover they added another few points for the bigger lead and had 74:67 after three quarters. The Tigers however needed a strong last period to win the game. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) erupted with 44 points and Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 23. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) followed them with 19 points. Gabriele Zanella (204-F/C-81) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Andrea Vitale (199-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 16.
Meanwhile Friboug won over French Saint Vallier 83:78.



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Syria lose all four in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Syria lost all of their four games at the Doha Invitational Tournament. They surrendered against Qatar in the third game 60:70. Syria led by as many as 5 points after ten minutes of action but Qatar picked up the tempo in the next periods and ran away with a comfortable win at the end. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-84) paced the effort with 20 points. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) added 19 points in the victory. Ramy El Khatib (182-G-84) answered with 15 points for Syria. Sameer Al Dags (197-F-84) and Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) provided 10 points each in the loss.
Next Syria took on Lebanon and surrendered 59:79. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Eder Gorges answered with 18 points for Syria. Muhia Kasaballi (209-C-84) posted 13 points in the losing effort.



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Kenyans, Malawians coming for next months Zone Five basketball club tournament - by Carlos Pereira
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania will host this years East and Central Africa basketball championship, it has been revealed. The event also known as Zone Five tournament will take place at a venue yet to be named. Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) assistant secretary Michael Waluye confirmed yesterday that preparations for the regional championship were on course. Waluye said Tanzania will field four teams in the event.

He named them as ABC, Savio (men), JKT and Jeshi Stars (women).Countries that have so far confirmed their participation in the event are Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Eritrea and hosts Tanzania, according to the TBF official. (Jessca Nangawe)



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Galatasaray too much for Hacettepe in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Hacettepe 88-64

Galatasaray registered another victory this pre-season. They met Hacettepe celebrating 88-64 win. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) led the winners this time with 19 points. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points, while Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points apiece. Galata had two more players with double-digits. In the loosing squad, Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: ODU) was better than the others with 18 points. Their second scorer was Sherron Collins (180-G-87, college: Kansas) with 11 pts. Galatasaray was better team from the beginning. They made 31-23 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back. Quarters: 31-23, 23-10, 21-14, 13-17. Both teams will play more friendlies this week.

Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 16, Sertac Sanli 11 (6 rebs), Furkan Aldemir 7 (13 rebs), Cevher Ozer 10, Caner Topaloglu 10, Jamon Lukas Gordon 11 (5 as), Muhammed Baygul, Can Korkmaz 2, Evren Buker 2, Tutku Ack, Joshua Shipp 19
Hacettepe: Ozgur Adiguzel 2, Derya Yannier 10, Onder Kulcebas 5, Sherron Collins 11, Huseyin Besok 7, Ricardo Marsh 18, Ali Isik 6, Onur Altinmakas 5


More friendly games - by Eurobasket News
TBL and TB2L teams prepare for the upcoming season and few friendly games were already played.
Orman Spor celebrated 82-58 victory against TED Kolejliler. Berkay Demirci (91) came up with 15 points in victory. Their second scorer was Erhan Kocamis with 13 points. TED Koleji did not have anyone with double-digits. Their best players were Ufuk Gurgen (205-C-77, agency: EM-PA), Cihan Amasyali and Orcun Gollu with 9 points each.
Meanwhile Turk Telekom also celebrated in a friendly game. They grabbed 80-78 victory against Hacettepe. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis), Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) and Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) were the leading players in this win. Each of them had 15 points. In Hacettepe, Huseyin Besok replied with 14 points.


Olin Edrine signs Vladimir Stimac - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Turkey. The Serbian big guy penned a one-year deal with Olin Edrine. Stimac heads to his new club from CEZ Nymburk, where he finished last season. He had 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 19 NBL games. Stimac also added 6.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, he collected 7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Vladimir Stimac started last season with Latvian Ventspils. For them he had 15 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 7 LBL games. In Baltic league, Stimac averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, after what they parted ways. Stimac played for Crvena Zvezda from 2008 to 2010. In the past, he was a member of Valmiera, Zalgiris and Beovuk.

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Cuthbert Victor heads to Spartak Primorie - by Eurobasket News
Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) heads to Spartak Primorie for 2011/2012 season. U.S. Virgin Island Forward arrives from Menorca Basquet.
In 2009 ViveMenorca announced signing of US Virgin Islands player Cuthbert Victor. The 28-year old forward came on the island from Caja Rural Melilla, where he spent the season before. He appeared 35 times in LEB Gold averaging 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2 apg. His team demonstrated good performance, but did not make it to ACB.
Cuthbert Victor already had experience from ACB as a member of CAI Zaragoza. That was on season 2007/08 when he averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Before Zaragoza, Cuthbert Victor used to play for Alerta Cantabria Lobos, CB tarragona and CB Plasencia Galco. With Tarragona he had 15.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg on season 2005/06 (LEB). In 2009 year he was awarded with 'Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -09'.
In 2009-2010 for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) after 48 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 65.9%. In 2010-2011 for the Spanish team he had 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.4%.



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A Moment with Coach Denson - by Lyn Collins
We sat down with United Basketball League Commissioner Ozzie Denson to discuss the upcoming UBL Season, changes within the league, and how the NBA Lockout may possibly affect the UBL.

First of all, Coach, I would like to congratulate you and your team, the Texas Wranglers, for winning the UBL title. Can you talk a bit about the victory and your team's path to the championship?

Coach Denson: Well, it was a great victory. It was a hard fought victory. In the UBL you have to play 2 games in one day to become a champion. Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Tulsa were the final four. The winners of the first games play in the championship game.

We played Mississippi and Arkansas took on Tulsa. We ended up facing Arkansas (in the finals) with a one point differential the whole game. Whoever executed the best in the last 3 minutes was going to win. I think we executed a little bit better in those last 3 minutes to pull out the victory. It was a great win.

Did you initially expect to win it all?

CD:
Yeah, that was our goal to win it all. It was our fourth season. It was just our time... We lost a lot of players to the next level, but that is what we (UBL) do. We develop players and move them ahead. We had a good core; a good group of veterans and young guys that had just come in... They played well. It worked out very well.

This season of the UBL promises to have many exciting changes to both the on court product and corporate structure. what can the fans of the UBL expect to see this season?

CD: This season as fan, you can expect a professional product. In the UBL we average about 100-120 points per game. You (teams) have to be able to put up some points. You also have to play some good defense in this league. Every team is in it to win it, but you have to be well coached and have some great players. These guys can flat out play.

Corporately, have there been any changes or modifications?

CD: This year, We have more corporate sponsors than ever before. Our sponsors know we have been around 5 seasons, and that our league is growing. They also know that we do a great job of marketing our teams, our players, and promoting our sponsors.

We pride ourselves in being a professional organization that pays our players and makes sure the fans see the best product on the court. Our standards are very high, and we have a great business plan for our teams and our organization. We have never lost a UBL team. Once a UBLTeam starts the season, it finishes the season. In fact, we have never had a UBL team to fold in 5 years of us doing this.

While the UBL Season is predominantly run during the Spring, there is a possibility of the NBA lockout bleeding into your season. Do you see this as having a negative effect on the UBL.

CD: No, it will help our league. I deal with the management of teams both in the NBA and internationally. If anything, a lockout will bring more notoriety to our league and players. We had three callups last year. Two players were called up to the Mavericks, and one player went to the D-league. A lockout will give our players a chance to be seen by more people and increase their chances of being called up to the next level.

When does the UBL Season begin?

CD:
Our season starts March 17th. Before that we do preseason games. We try to get in at least four or five games. The majority of our team is usually selected by then. We hold tryouts and select the twelve best basketball playing athletes.

Any final thoughts?

CD: At UBL our motto is 'Come get some.' We want our fans to be satisfied We provide a family friendly product with players that carry themselves with professionalism, and a game that has very skilled and well coached athletes



Interview by: Lyndrick Collins



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Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News
Khimik won over Serbian Mega Vizura 84:67. The Ukrainian team easily won the game and showed great effort. Two other games with the Serbian teams that were planned earlier were cancelled.
Cherkaski Mavpi meanwhile finished their Eupatoria campaign. September 7-15 will be the second stage of the preparation in Latvia.
Lietuvos Rytas edged Ukrainian Halychina 80:68. The Ukrainian side started better and surprised the hosts with 21:15. Rytas meanwhile managed to tie the game at 40:40. Later on the Lithuanian team took the lead and won the game. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) stepped up with 14 points and Rice nailed 12. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Bendzius followed them with 9 points each and Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) scored 8.



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Terrence Townsend joined An Nahl Sharjah - by Greg
An Nahl Sharjah announced the singning of 25-year old big man Terrence Townsend (206-F/C-86, college: Los Angeles CC). That will be the first abroad campaign for the American player. In the past he played for Hollywood Jammers (WCBL) and also at ABA Summer League in Maywood. In 2006 he has graduated from Los Angeles City College (CJCAA)

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Eagles Go For Gause - by Paul Nilsen
The Newcastle Eagles have signed 25-year-old point guard Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall). The 5 foot 11 New Jersey native is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he was the all-time leader in steals.

Gause is a talented athlete and starred for his high school in both basketball and American football before accepting a basketball scholarship to Seton Hall. In an impressive college career he averaged 8ppg and 3assists as well as leading the Big East conference in steals in both his sophomore (second year) and senior season (fourth year).

In his first season as a professional he played at Freiburg in the German Pro A league and averaged 16 points per game and 4 assists. He is known for his quickness and athleticism.

Fab Flournoy said: 'Paul has an excellent pedigree and we are hoping he will come into our team and give us an infusion of energy. He is a high tempo, aggressive player and he should fit right into the system that we rely on. I am looking forward to having him here in pre-season in order that we can begin to integrate him into our group.'



Fans Favourite Back At Riders - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro continued his team building for the new season with the signing of fan favourite shooting guard Bradd Wierzbicki (191-G-85, college: Queens, NY).

Wierzbicki played for the Riders for the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons after graduating from Queens College in New York, before joining La Coruna in Spain last season. During his two seasons with Riders, Wierzbicki averaged just under 20 points a game, with 3 rebounds, 1 steal and near two and a half assists per game. But it was his last minute antics that stuck most in the memories of fans - most famously, his last second three pointer against Sheffield in April 2009 that clinched Riders playoff victory.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was happy to get his man, 'I have been in this job for four years now, and it is always satisfying when quality players like Bradd want to come back. We have been tracking him for a while, and we have been patient and it has paid off. I feel like Bradd is part of our extended family, and know many Leicester fans will be looking forward to having him back in a Rider's vest. Bradd has always shown a talent to score in the BBL, and shoot from distance, as well as get to the free throw line. He is going to help the Riders have a very talented back court, and I can't wait to get going, with him on board.'

Wierzbicki was delighted to be back with the Riders, 'I am really excited to back with the Riders and really looking forward to working with my new teammates. I really enjoyed my previous stay, and the fans were great, as was the city. I feel I have improved my game in Spain - particularly defensively, getting into the open spaces on court, and getting to the basket. Hopefully the fans will see that.'

Wierzbicki was particularly delighted to be back with Paternostro, 'For me Rob is the best coach in the league. He works the team hard, but you always know where you stand, and I like that in a coach. He is a big part of the reason I am back.'



Zach Is Back For Pirates - by Paul Nilsen
The Essex Pirates have confirmed the signing of their first player for the 2011/12 season when Zachariah Gachette (G-91) agreed to terms over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Pirates Staff caught up with their starting guard at The Pro Classic summer tournament (www.theproclassic.com), organised by another Pirates' Guard Marcus Knight.
Zach said, 'I'm in a great position right now. I'm coming back to a place where I know I'm going to have the chance to play quality minutes which is rare for this league. Add to that my scholarship at the University of East London for my degree course also provided by the Pirates. There's no better time to be living and playing in this part of the world with the Olympics just round the corner!'

He broke into the starting lineup last season and won the confidence of the Coaching Staff and Fans with his electric style of play which saw him average career highs across the board. His 8 points game and 3 rebounds came in 20 minutes each game and gave a glimpse into his untapped potential that the coaching staff plan to unlock further this season.

Jon Clark, Pirates Coach commented, 'The Sky's the limit for Zach. We learnt a lot about his game last season and how best to use his talents. He spent a ton of time at the point guard spot which is difficult for any player in this league, let alone one who was 19 years old. His willingness to learn from coaches and players like Ronnie Baker really helped him last season and we expect more of his fun loving attitude this year.'



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Uruguay National Team 2011 - by Greg
Uruguay National Team 2011
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Mauricio Aguiar
Aguiar
Gustavo Barrera
Barrera
Esteban Batista
Batista
Bruno Fitipaldo
Fitipaldo
Leandro Garcia Morales
Garcia Morales
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Mauricio Aguiar 197-F-83 Marinos Venezuela
Gustavo Barrera 194-G-85 Unicaja Spain
Esteban Batista 208-F/C-83 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Mathias Calfani 202-C-92 Tabare Uruguay
Bruno Fitipaldo 183-G-91 Malvin Uruguay
Leandro Garcia Morales 186-G-80 Cocodrilos Venezuela
Sebastian Izaguirre 207-C/F-85 Defensor Uruguay
Joaquin Izuibejeres 184-G-82 Malvin Uruguay
Fernando Martinez 170-G-79 Malvin Uruguay
Reque Newsome 204-C-81 Monte Hermoso Argentina
Joaquin Osimani 193-G-87 Malvin Uruguay
Martin Osimani 194-G-81 Obras Argentina
Sebastian Vazquez 195-F-85 Olimpia Uruguay
Nicolas Borsellino 202-F-86 Malvin Uruguay
Emiliano Baston 200-F-88 Verdirrojo Uruguay



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The Resurrection of Greg Plummer - by Surujh Roopnarine
Re-born at 28 years old? His name is Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) and that might be the best way to describe the 6-4 shooting guard/small forward they call The Purist. How else would you label the summer of 2011 for the 28-year old who took over the New York Summer league circuit, on his way to being named Nikes Player of the Summer at the annual Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Considering Plummer did not even play professionally this past season or last summer after rehabbing from surgery on his ankle which had been plaguing the Brooklyn, NY native the past two-plus years, the moniker is fitting. Plummer was integral to the success of the X-Men, coached by Staten Island Vipers (ABA) Head Coach Dytanya Mixson , who captured the West 4th Classic as well as EBC (Entertainers basketball Classic) titles before falling to Team Nike (Dyckman) in the TOC Finals. Plummer averaged an astonishing 41 points per contest in the West 4th playoffs and for the last two-months has been the talk of the tri-state area, something you could not have imagined at the beginning of the year.

While rehabbing, Plummer was a teacher in Westchester trying to pay the bills and make ends meet, but also during his rehab, he took the time to learn some new moves and tricks which he put on display this summer. Always a gifted shooter, (basically playing on one leg for Halifax of the Premier Basketball League in 2010 he still shot 50.0% from the field and 38.0% from behind the arc), Plummer worked on developing a more varied offensive game; inclusive of post-up moves and improved ball-handling as well as further refining his jump shot.

Though Plummer had a very productive High School career at Transit Tech HS in East New York, he went to unheralded Sage JC (Division II) before furthering his development at NCAA DII Eckerd College. Despite going the DII route, Plummer landed his first professional job in Luxembourgs second division during the 2005-06 season with BBC Nitia Bettembourg. After an abbreviated 11 games overseas, NY was calling him home and there during the 2006-07 season was where he would emerge on the professional scene with the now defunct Strong Island Sound of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Under Coach Mixson, Plummer blossomed into an All-Star on the back of averaging 20 points per contest while leading the Sound to the second round of the playoffs.

However, the end of the 2008 season would be the beginning of the troubles for Plummer, specifically his ankle. Never wanting to stop and truly rest or try to recover, Plummer would play the next seasons between the Continental basketball Association (CBA) and PBL, where he finished with Halifax in 2010, hobbled and unable to match the level of performance he had come to expect.
Today, fully recovered and coming off of the summer of his re-birth Plummer takes some time to talk about the last two months, his ups and downs and where he see himself going this season and beyond.

Surujh: First off congratulations again on being named Nikes Player of the Summer. What does the award mean for you?
Greg: It means a great deal to me and my career because it shows that I accomplished something that a lot of people didnt think I could. A lot of people didnt expect me to come back and be as productive as I was before the injury. Then to come back and win two championships, two MVP awards in two of the major leagues in New York City no one expected me to be playing at that level , but I knew that I could and I did. I didnt want to just come back and show that I could run up and down the court, I owed it to myself to show that I could perform at a high level and win.

Surujh: What are your thoughts on the TOC Championship game loss against Team Nike? Was it just a matter of wrong day and wrong time?
Greg: It was a matter of them scoring more points than us. Its as simple as that. They were the better team that day and they are the champs until next season.

Surujh: Regardless, it was a summer to remember for you personally. What did you expect coming into the summer tournaments? Were you mentally and physically ready?
Greg: I was definitely mentally and physically ready for the summer. My physical health was never a concern for me because I knew I was ready. I was home all winter and waiting for all the guys who play Professional ball to come home so that we could take them out. Thats something I was looking forward to because I had the opportunity to play with my X-Men brothers again and we always have a really good chance of winning no matter who we play against.

Surujh: Tell me a little about your last year and half for you, the injury, your rehab and not playing. What kind of affect did that have on you?
Greg: Without question the toughest and most frustrating time of my life. I wanted everything to happen fast. I wanted a speedy recovery, rehab, and just wanted it to be in the past. Sometimes it takes a while for your body to respond to the physical demands of professional basketball. I learned a lot of valuable lessons. As much as I hated it at times, I believe that I am a much better person and basketball player because I went through this. Being on the sidelines for that long wasnt easy but it made me hungrier and motivatedmore than Ive ever been.

Surujh: About your rehab, I read in the Post (NY) article that you spent time working on other aspects of your game in your training regimen. What did you focus on and what type of work did you have to put in?
Greg: I had to focus on getting my body stronger and making my game outside of shooting the ball more efficient. I worked out with Lamont Harris in the winter and spring. Everything we did was high intensity, fast paced and physical. Along with the workouts I used the winter leagues and spring leagues to get me ready for summer.

Surujh: What kind of feedback and response did you get from the NYC fans this summer?
Your opponents? Other coaches?
Greg: I surprised a lot of people. Nobody outside of X-Men expected me to play the way I did. It was fun to see guys who I always play against trying to adjust to the new things I added to my game. It was even more fun to see other coaches sending a bunch of different guys at me to slow me down. The most fun of all is the look on all of their faces when they focused on me and forgot that we had Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac) and that it led to championships.

Surujh: With many seasons about to get underway overseas and in the US minor leagues, where do you have your sights set for this season?
Greg: I have a few teams interested but no deal has been made yet so Im just waiting to see what happens. Im just excited about the opportunity to be playing pro ball again.

Surujh: What can Gregory Plummer bring to the table for a pro club overseas?
Greg: A professional, passionate, hard worker, and someone who is hungry for championships.




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Women News

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  IRELAND - Women  


Real Canoe signs Irish forward Rachel Clancy - by Eurobasket News
Rachel Clancy (175-G-88) is set to start her professional basketball career. The Irish forward signed a one-year deal with Real Canoe. They will compete in Spanish second division. Clancy graduated few months ago at the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo University. She had 16.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for her school as a senior. Clancy was named All-Big West Player of the Year -11. She helped Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo to reach Big West Tournament Finals. They reached Finals also in 2009. At that time Clancy had 4.7 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Rachel Clancy played for the Irish National Team in 2008 and 2009. She also was a member of their U20 and U18 NT in the past. Clancy also has experience from Duquesne University and University of Limerick Aughinish (Ireland).

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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Sandra Linkeviciene returns to Lithuania for 2011-2012 season - by Simonas Skuzinskas
After three years spent in Dynamo Kursk, Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) heads back to Lithuania. She penned the deal with VICI Aistes Kaunas club for the upcoming season. Sandra played for the strongest team in Lithuania back in 1998-2000.
Sandra took part in Eurobasket 2011 championship with Lithuanian National Team where she played the main role on the team averaging 12ppg, 6.9rpg.
Last season at Dynamo Kursk her stats read as 11.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 3apg.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Liz Repella gets pro deal in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Liz Repella (180-G) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a deal with Spanish team Universitario Ferrol for the next season. Repella is a product of the West Virginia University, where she graduated this year. She was one of their best players with 14.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg and 2 spg in 34 games as a senior. She was named All-Big East 1st Team -11. Repella also was awarded with CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America 1st Team -11. As a junior, Liz Repella had 13.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg for her school. They reached Big East Conf. Tournament Finals and she was named Big East Conf. All-Tournament Team -10. Repella had great sophomore year with West Virginia as well. She averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds at that time.

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  SPAIN - Women  


Kaayla Chones moves from Navarra to Burgos - by Eurobasket News
Burgos announced signing of Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) for the next season. The American center heads to her new club from Navarra, where she spent 2010/11. She was one of the best Navarra players with 15 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 26 games. Chones was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention -11. Before Navarra she spent one year with Girona. There Kaayla Chones also shined. She had 10.5 ppg and 7.9 rpg for 26 games in LFB. In the past, Chones was a member of Italian Ribera and French Mourenx. He played for Spanish Cajacanarias in 2006/07. In 2006, Kaayla Chones was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -06. She had 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg with BSE-ESMA Budapest at that time.

Las Gaunas adds Genai Walker from Grupo Marsol - by Eurobasket News
Genai Walker (190-F/C-82, college: Cent.Arkansas) will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The American PF/C signed a deal with La Gaunas. She spent last season with Grupo Marsol. In 45 LF2 games Walker had 12.6 ppg, 9 rpg and 1.1 apg. Before that, she spent one season with Chajeba 04 Jerez de la Frontera. They also competed in LF2, where Walker averaged 15.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals. In 2008/09, she also played in Spain. At that time Walker was a member of Stadium Casablanca, another LF2 team. For 28 games with them she had 8.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Genai Walker has experience from Switzerland and Arkansas Stars (WBCBL).

Liz Repella gets pro deal in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Liz Repella (180-G) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a deal with Spanish team Universitario Ferrol for the next season. Repella is a product of the West Virginia University, where she graduated this year. She was one of their best players with 14.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg and 2 spg in 34 games as a senior. She was named All-Big East 1st Team -11. Repella also was awarded with CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America 1st Team -11. As a junior, Liz Repella had 13.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg for her school. They reached Big East Conf. Tournament Finals and she was named Big East Conf. All-Tournament Team -10. Repella had great sophomore year with West Virginia as well. She averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds at that time.

UNB Obenasa Navarra signs American PF/C Danielle Burgin - by Eurobasket News
Another signing for UNB Obenasa Navarra Lacturale. Their latest addition is American power forward/center Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Charlotte). The 24-year-old player is not new in Spain as she spent last season with Nondarribia-Irun. She appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 9 points and 5.3 rebounds. In 2009/10, Danielle Burgin was a member of Bulgarian team Dunav Econt Rouse. She helped them win the Bulgarian Cup and Dunav also reached league Finals. Burgin had 14.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg in NBL. She also added 11.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 8 games in EuroCup. Danielle Burgin graduated at the University of Charlotte in 2009. She had 11.1 ppg and 9.2 rpg for 32 games as a senior.

Real Canoe signs Irish forward Rachel Clancy - by Eurobasket News
Rachel Clancy (175-G-88) is set to start her professional basketball career. The Irish forward signed a one-year deal with Real Canoe. They will compete in Spanish second division. Clancy graduated few months ago at the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo University. She had 16.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for her school as a senior. Clancy was named All-Big West Player of the Year -11. She helped Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo to reach Big West Tournament Finals. They reached Finals also in 2009. At that time Clancy had 4.7 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Rachel Clancy played for the Irish National Team in 2008 and 2009. She also was a member of their U20 and U18 NT in the past. Clancy also has experience from Duquesne University and University of Limerick Aughinish (Ireland).

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  TURKEY - Women  


Edremit Belediye signs Bengu Arseven - by Eurobasket News
Bengu Arseven (81) is a new member of Edremit Belediye. The 29-year-old player signed a deal for the next season. They will compete in TKB2L. Arseven heads to Erdemir from Ceyhan, where she spent 2010/11. She appeared 12 times in Turkish top division averaging 6.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Before Ceyhan, Arseven spent two years with Pankup Ted Kayseri. In their second season together (2009/10), she had 5.2 ppg for 20 games. In 2008/09, Arseven had 3 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 21 games. Ceyhan competed in TBBL both years. Her new team Erdemit reached Turkish TKB2L Play-Off Semifinals last season.