EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/23/2011

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  ABA   


Lake Michigan move to PBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals had just sent their star players Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) towards Shanghai, China to play in a ten game tournament. There are a few selected import players, from all over the United States, playing for a chance to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. 'This is the same league Wilson Chandler is playing in. Can you imagine if Bobo or Strong get a chance to play with or against Wilson Chandler during the season?' stated owner Chris Glisson .
Just two days after this interesting announcement, the Admirals announced their move to the Premier Basketball League for the 2012 season, tipping off in January.
'Our team has come a long way since we started in 2009. We are excited to join the Premier Basketball League and give our team the opportunity to play some high caliber professional basketball programs. The regional play model makes sense for our team, and the opportunity to have our games played on television and the internet helps our fans support us all season long,' commented Chris Glisson with the Admirals ownership group.
The Admirals finished their 2010-2011 season fifth in the nation in the American Basketball Association with 20 wins and 6 losses, winning the North Central Division championship game against the Chicago Steam. Forward Odgra Bobo was was named to the ABA East All Star team, Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) and Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) were named to the honorable mention team.
'We are excited to have the Lake Michigan Admirals play in the Premier Basketball League starting this upcoming season. Coach Che Eddie and the Admirals ownership group have created a high class, community oriented program. This is what we look for in PBL teams, and we are gearing up to start play in January,' commented Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO.
The Admirals' preseason tournament starts November 26th, 2011 at Lake Michigan Catholic High School starting at 6:00pm.


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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol win in the beginning of Liga A - by Facundo Iatzky
Penarol, last champion, won to Quilmes, in the inaugural game of 2011/12 season of Liga A. It was a special game. First, it was played by the last champion of Liga A and TNA. And what is more, it is the classic of the league. Penarol Came knocked to the game sue to they noticed hours previously to the game that the best point guard of the history of the team, Pablo Sebastian 'Tato' Rodriguez, has to leave the professional basketball due to issues with his heart. Also, one of the most important players, Marcos Mata was injured. Anyway penarol showed very solid, and demostrated why they are the champions, beating their rival since the first quarter. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) was terrific since the three point line, scoring 6 of 6! Good game of Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) too. In quilmes Britton Johnsen (208-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) was the best player.

Box Score:

Penarol (77): Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) 18, Kyle Lamonte 18, Nicolas Lauria 5, Leonardo Gutierrez 11, Martin Leiva 11 (St), Franco Giorgetti 3, Alejandro Reinick 1, Selem Safar 10, Pablo Barrios 0, Salvador Giletto 0. Coach: Sergio Hernandez.

Quilmes (58): Nicolas Ferreyra 4, Mac Hopson 13, Tyler Newbold 2, Britton Johnsen (208-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) 14, Roman Gonzalez 14 (St), Facundo Pinero 2, Brian Morris 6, Gregorio Eseverri 3, Gonzalo Gorostiaga 0, Esteban Lopez 0, Luca Vildoza 0. Coach: Daniel Maffei.


"Tato" Rodriguez leaves basketball - by Facundo Iatzky
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) announced yesterday that he retires of professional basketball at the age of 33. Tato, as he is called, was told 10 days ago, that he had a cardiac problem and he had to stop to play basketball. Now he confirmed that he will never can return to the prefessional activity. He was one of the best point guard of the last years in Argentina, and also the idol of his club, Penarol Mar del Plata, where he won the last two seasons of Liga A and won twice the Liga de las Americas. He also is the best scorer and assister in the history of Penarol.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Kings dethrone champs - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBL champion New Zealand Breakers suffered an upset in the fourth game of the 2011 Sunshine State Challenge when they were taken down 94-74 by the resurgent Sydney Kings.

Sydney blew apart a game that was close in the opening half with a brilliant display in the final twenty minutes, outscoring New Zealand 46-30 after intermission in what was their best performance yet in the 2011/12 preseason.

Import Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89, college: Clemson) led five Kings in double-figures with a stellar performance, going 8 of 11 from the field for his 22 points and five rebounds, while Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.) had 14 points and seven boards and Alexander Gynes (198-F/G-89, college: Nova SE) finished with 13 points and six rebounds for a Sydney club that shot 51% from the field and outrebounded the Breakers 41-32.

New Zealand got 16 points from Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) the majority of those coming when the game was long decided as a contest and BJ Anthony had 11, but no one else got into double-figures for a Breaker squad that looks like it is still working out what life will be like without departed superstar Kirk Penney.

It was a contrast of styles early. Sydney looked to get the ball inside wherever possible through Julian Khazzouh and Jerai Grant, New Zealand jacked it from the perimeter and grabbed an early 8-4 lead through triples from CJ Bruton and Gary Wilkinson.

But the Kings hunkered down at the defensive end and began to restrict the Breakers open looks, and a 6-0 run keyed by Grant had the purple and gold up 16-13 with four minutes left till the end of the first.

Sydneys bench then stepped up to the mark with Alexander Gynes hitting a couple of jumpers and Luke Cooper knocking down a big triple to take the Kings to a 25-20 lead after one.

The Breaker reserves decided they needed to respond as the second quarter got underway, and Josh Bloxham and BJ Anthony had scores to cut the margin to just a bucket with two minutes gone.

But the Kings werent going away, and seven points from Kevin Ratzsch including a monster triple at the shot-clock buzzer made it a 37-31 Sydney lead midway through the quarter.

Once again the defending NBL champs fought back as Alex Pledger nailed a three and import Cedric Jackson went hard to the rack for the three point play, but Sydney held firm, and six late points from standout Rookie of the Year candidate Anatoly Bose including a tough putback at the buzzer gave the Kings a 48-44 lead at the half.

Sydneys defence was in overdrive early in the third as they restricted the Breakers without a score for nearly four minutes, and with Grant and Ratzsch dominating up front, the Kings jumped out to their biggest lead of the ballgame to that point, 54-44, with three minutes gone.

New Zealand was having problems dealing with Sydneys transition game and activity on the glass, and the purple and gold extended the lead to 13 midway through the quarter.

Sydney coach Ian Moose Robilliard went to the bench late in the period and they didnt let him down, keeping up the intensity and the Kings momentum, but BJ Anthony and Daryl Corletto powered a Breaker fightback to cut the margin to single figures.

However, the Breaker D wasnt containing anyone, and a 7-0 run in the final minute made it a 70-56 ballgame with a quarter to play.

Finally, the Breakers decided to play harder as we got underway in the last, throwing out a press that caused Sydney to cough it up a couple of times, and a 6-0 run in the first two minutes cut the Sydney lead to ten and put the defending champs within striking distance.

But again, the Kings responded this time with a backbreaking 9-0 run headlined by a massive jam from Jerai Grant to blow the game apart with six minutes remaining as Sydney led 81-62.

New Zealand werent helping themselves by being in the penalty within the first three minutes their physical play also costing them Mike Vukona as he fouled out.

And Sydney kept pouring it on as the Breakers collapsed under the onslaught. The Kings scored at will, forced the Breakers to take tough shots and the margin blew out to as much as 27 with three minutes left.

Gary Wilkinson and Cedric Jackson added some late respectability, the result was never in doubt.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BAHAMAS   


Douglas is back at Bohemios - by Eurobasket Center
Bohemios agreed terms with 26-year old Bahamas international forward Jamaal Douglas (201-F-109kg-85, college: E.Kentucky). Its actually Douglas comeback to Bohemios as she played here before. Douglas played most recently at Huracanes de Tampico (Mexico). While playing 4 games for Huracanes this season he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. Douglas is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Finland and Mexico. Douglas graduated Eastern Kentucky University in 2008 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Douglas has been a member of Bahamas international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for U21 national team in 2004. Douglas represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) this year. His team won Silver and Douglas stats at this event were 5 games: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.8%, FT: 77.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BOSNIA   


Buducnost tests Milan Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) has a chance to become a new member of Buducnost Podgorica. The Montenegrin champion brought in the player for try-out. Milosevic already spent few days with the team and he will play for them at Mirza Delibazic Memorial in Sarajevo. After that tournament, Buducnost will make a decision to offer Milosevic a deal or not. Milan Milosevic played for the Bosnian NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. However, he appeared just in one game. He helped Bosnians in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 with 2 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 7 games. Milosevic started last season with Keravnos Nicosia, but they parted ways after just few games and he was jobless after that. From 2008 until the last summer Milosevic played for Crvena Zvezda. He also spent few years with Sloboda Dita and Hercegovac Bileca in the past.

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  BRAZIL   


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


Macae sign Lucas Camargo - by Paulo Freire
The Macae basketball team is back into court late on Friday (23) for the Carioca State Basketball Championship. The team faces Flamengo in the Gavea Gym.

For the State Championship, Head Coach Leo Costa has brought a new smallforward Lucas Camargo (197-F-88), who was acquired from the Brusque Team, Santa Catarina and has also played for the Saldanha da Gama.

Lucas has also been select in the past by a TV Show in Brazil to be part of the Harlem Globetrotters roster.


Joinville with new coach and players - by Paulo Freire
Joinville is putting together a new team for the 2011-2012 season. The new moves are the hiring of a new coach after Alberto Bial got realease by the managers.
The new coach is Jose Neto who have been working with the brazilian national team in the last years, his last job as a club head coach was with Palmeiras, now he will have a chance to show his skills in the best league in Brazil.
Their new faces are, point guard Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU), center Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91) both players played for Paulistano last season.
The american Marvin Kilgore (191-G-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: UTEP) is really close to sign with the team, the player already has brazilian experiece as he played in the pass for the Sao Jose dos Campos Team and also was a teammate of power forward Joao Victor Ramalho at Utep.

From last season roster, the team already lost five players as Coloneze, Manteguinha, Paulinho, Gruber and Schneider signed contracts with other clubs.




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  BULGARIA   


Chernomorets Burgas adds Pavlovski an Dunovic to their roster - by Greg
Chernomorets Burgas agreed terms with two new foreign players: 26-year old FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and experienced Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza).

Pavlovski came from Macedonian Superleague. He played most recently at KK Lirija Skopje where he recorded 10.9ppg and 8.4rpg (2nd best in the league) in 22 games

Dunovic spent last season in Cyprus. While playing 9 games form Nissan Omonia he was averaging 17.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg (5th best in the league). He received Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention award. It will be his second campaign in Bulgaria. in 2009 he played 3 games for Rilski Sport Samokov.




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  CANADA   


Newest Storm player no stranger to Maritimes - by Eurobasket News
The newest member of the Summerside Storm is no stranger to the Maritimes.

Head coach and vice-president of personnel Joe Salerno announced the signing of six-foot-one and 195-pound guard Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-PG-87, college: New Hampshire), 24.

'He's a very quick, very heady combo guard,' said Salerno. 'Eric is going to be able to play the point (guard) position for us, as well as the small shooting guard. . .

'We're extremely excited to have Eric (signed). He did have some options in other leagues. He's a great guy to have, and he can do a lot of things.'

Gilchrese, who is from Springfield, Ill., previously played in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) with the Saint John Mill Rats and Halifax Rainmen.

'I am pretty familiar with that part of Canada,' said Gilchrese in a phone interview. 'I'm just excited to get back.'

In nine games with the Rainmen in 2010, Gilchrese had an 8.8 points-per-game average, a 38.5 field-goal-shooting percentage and an 82.5 free-throw percentage.

In 2011, Gilchrese appeared in six games with the Mill Rats. He averaged 10.7 points per game, had a field-goal percentage of 47.6 per cent and hit 84.2 per cent of his free throws.

Gilchrese was named the 2010 PBL rookie of the year, and also participated in that season's league all-star game.

'He's a very efficient scorer,' said Salerno. 'From what I've seen the past two years, he has one of the higher IQ's playing the point-guard position at this level.'

Gilchrese expects to arrive in Summerside in early October. The Storm's regular-season home opener is against the Quebec Kebs on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

'I'm excited and ready to get it going,' he said. 'I can't wait to get out to Summerside.'



Exhibition game

The Storm's first pre-season game against the Halifax Rainmen will be held at the UPEI Sports Centre on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

The National Basketball League of Canada originally announced the game would be played Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Storm will also host the Saint John Mill Rats in a pre-season game at EastLink Arena in Summerside on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




Moncton Miracles signs Jazzmarr Ferguson just out of college - by Eurobasket Center
Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) announced the signing of American guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-G). Ferguson has jusst graduated from Indiana University Southeast (NAIA) in the U.S.. He had a very impressive season averaging 24.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.9 apg. Jazzmarr was selected to All-NAIA D2 1st Team and won KIAC Male Athlete of the Year award.

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  CHILE   


Sanni Ojibara Signs with Club Deportes Las Animas of Chile - by Surujh Roopnarine
Sanni Ojibara, a 6-3 guard out of Irvington, New Jersey, will make the long journey to Chile for the 2011-12 season. He has signed a one year deal with Club Deportes Las Animas to play in the Liga Nacional. Ojibara, 28, spent the 2010-11 season in Syria with Al Naweer. Before leaving in January due to financial issues, he had been on a tear, averaging 22..5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals, and over a block per contest. Sanni, who possesses dual Nigerian-American citizenship, finished his collegiate career at New Jersey City and since then has played in US semi-pro leagues as well as Argentina in addition to his time in Syria. When asked about why he chose to sign with Club Deportes Las Animas in Chile he responded I decided to sign here because it's a new league and I had been hearing nothing but good thing about it. Also, I played in South America before and I know that the competition is very good.
Ojibara, is capable of playing either guard position and is extremely athletic, allowing him to dictate physically on the offensive end while maintaining his own against quick, small guards or bigger shooting guards all the same.
My expectations are to lead the team into the playoffs and hopefully to a championship, but most of all get as many wins as possible.


Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Nacional Standings
North
 1. Boston Coll. 0-0 
 2. Los Leones 0-0 
 3. Palestino 0-0 
 4. Providencia 0-0 
 5. Puente Alto 0-0 
 6. Sabuesos 0-0 
 7. Sagrados 0-0 
 8. San Juan 0-0 
 9. Sportiva Italiana 0-0 
 10. Stadio Italiano 0-0 
South
 1. Aleman 0-0 
 2. Dep.Ancud 0-0 
 3. Dep.Castro 0-0 
 4. Dep.Pucon 0-0 
 5. Dep.Valdivia 0-0 
 6. Las Animas 0-0 
 7. Osorno Basq. 0-0 
 8. Temuco Basket 0-0 


Liga Nacional: roster news for Deportivo Valdivia and Las Animas - by Daniel Valencia
The teams from Valdivia, Deportivo Valdivia and Las Animas have their import players for the upcoming Liga Nacional.

Deportivo Valdivia signed the guard Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) and the forward/center Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81, college: Charlotte), while Las Animas agreed to terms with the guard Sanni Ojibara (191-G-83, college: New Jersey City St.) and Sean Smith.

Both teams will play this weekend in the start of Liga Nacional. Valdivia will host Deportes Ancud and Deportes Castro and Las Animas will travel to Temuco and Concepcion to face Temuco Basket and Aleman de Concepcion.


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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


Iowa Energy re-sign Moses Ehambe for 2011-12 season - by Eurobasket News
The following is a press release issued by the Iowa Energy on Wednesday morning.

Guard Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU), who led the NBA D-League in 3-point shooting during the 2010-11 season, has signed with the Iowa Energy for the upcoming year.

Ehambe, a 65 sniper out of Oral Roberts, shot 46.3% from behind the arc during his 17 games with the Energy last year. He averaged 14.5 points per game for Iowa after being acquired in a trade with the Austin Toros in March.

Moses is a great first piece for our defense of the championship, said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. Not only is he a talented player, but he is a high quality person who is a winner. We expect big things out of him this year.

Ehambe ranks 6th in 3-pointers made in NBA D-League history with 270. This offseason, Ehambe worked in the Energy office helping establish the Energy Always Foundation, a non-profit arm of the franchise.

Season tickets for the Energys 24 games home schedule are now on sale. For more information, visit www.IowaNBA.com. Season tickets start at just $199 per seat, and include a number of special benefits.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


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  CYPRUS   


Crvena Zvezda hands 81-73 loss to Keravnos - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Keravnos 81-73

Crvena Zvezda and Keravnos met in Day One of the tournament in Samokov, Bulgaria. The Serbian squad celebrated 81-73 win thanks to well played second half of the game. Former NBAer Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was a key player in victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) followed him with 16 points, while Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) had 13 and 8 points respectively. On the other side, Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Players Group) top-scored with 13 points and Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) had one less than him. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) and Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) stopped to 10 points apiece. Both teams were very productive at the beginning, but still first ten minutes belonged to Crvena Zvezda 29-26. Keravnos shined in the second period and managed to stop their rivals to 13 pts. Keravnos drained 21 on the other side for plus six at the HT. However, Adam Morrison and his teammates took control on Keravnos after the breather and thanks to 19-13 in Q3 and 20-13 in the last ten minutes they celebrated in this game.

Crvena Zvezda: Adam Morrison 23, Andreja Milutinovic 16, Bojan Subotic 13, Petar Popovic 8
Keravnos: Pavels Veselovs 13, Marcus Moore 12, Panagiotis Trisokkas 10, Strahinja Dragicevic 10


Why the Tendex Score has faults.....!! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Basketball statistics and the way players are rated is indeed something that has bothered basketball experts over the years and has led to the use of different formulas.

The Tendex rating was developed by Dave Heeran over the course of 30 years as a way to differentiate players by using statistics found in boxscores. The formula has been developed and modified over the years and today countries use different kinds of formulas. The simple formula currently stands as follows:

Tendex Rating=
{[ Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks - Turnovers - Missed Field Goals - Missed Free Throws ] / Minutes
/ Game Pace }

This formula is based on minutes played.

In Cyprus we use the simple Tendex Score without taking into consideration the game pace.

In my opinion though, the use of this formula and more specifically the use of Tendex Score has many faults and cannot constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player.

In the formula we use in Cyprus, aspects like leadership, ability of a player to mark his opponent effectively, confidence, running the drills and many other characteristics are not calculated. These are important aspects of a game and most of the times aspects like these win games compared to only scoring points or grabbing rebounds. For example, how does this formula measure how well a guard sets his team and runs the drills?

Simply, it does not. Passing the ball has nothing to do with running the drills and be the brain of your team.

A second problem is that players can fall in the trap and look on how to improve their scores, not really playing to win. These players care more on winning awards rather than winning games.
In this content, i strongly believe that this is something that the Cyprus Basketball Federation needs to take into consideration. It needs to reconsider the way players are rated.

Below I am giving examples on how the formula changes based on the minutes played.

EXAMPLE 1

In the 1st example we have 2 players who have the same stats but have had different time in the game. Player 1 who has played for 20 minutes has a Tendex score of (1), whereas player 2 who has played only for 10 minutes has a Tendex score of (2).
So as you can see this formula is very sensitive on time played. Imagine a 3rd player who only played for 1 minute, obviously having different stats, for example no turnovers and no missed shots, finishing with a score of 13.

Is this fair? I think not.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-0-1-1}/20=1
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-0-1-1}/10=2
{ (5+2+2+2+2)-0-0-0}/1=13


EXAMPLE 2

In the example below I wish to stress the fact that the formula is not so sensitive on points. The 1st player scores 0.9 with 20 minutes played, the 2nd who has the same stats has a double score with 10 minutes less in the game. Now, the 3rd player has 10 minutes in the game, just like the 2nd player, but 4 points less. This drops his score only by 0.4, proving that points do not influence the final score as much as time played.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/20=0.9
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/10=1.8
{ (6+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/10=1.4

EXAMPLE 3

In a 3rd example 2 players have the same time in the game but the 2nd has 2 turnovers and missed 2 field goals and 2 free throws compared to only 1 of the 1st player. As you can see this drops his score only by 0.15 which proves once more that the formula is not as sensitive on these aspects as it is on minutes played.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-1-1-1}/20=0.95
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-2-2}/20=0.8

Bottom line

1)Tendex Score is more sensitive on minutes played than it is on other aspects.

2)The less the minutes someone plays, other things constant, the better the Tendex Score. A player who goes deeper into the playoffs, compared to someone who finishes the championship early, or someone who has a small number of minutes in the game, will obviously have a worse Tendex Score because he will have more minutes played, which of course is not fair. Add to that the fact that this player will probably have more turnovers, or will miss more shots and this affects his score even more. It is that simple.

3)The last thing I wish to add is that the statistics should be broken down into regular season and playoffs.

MANY PLAYERS HAVE GOOD REGULAR SEASONS BUT HORRIBLE PLAYOFFS.
If you do not distinguish between regular season and the playoffs you skew their stats upwards which is again wrong.


Coaching jop opening at Jilin University... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Position Type:
Basketball Coach

Location & Employer:

Jilin University,Changchun

Annual Income: US$240,000.00
Monthly Salary: US$20,000.00

Full Time - Experienced
Date Available:
ASAP
PCN: 2011017

Jilin University is seeking for a Basketball coach who possess a demonstrated commitment to holding high personal expectations as well as high expectations for students, teachers, and administrators to apply for the position of Head Basketball Coach.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
This person should display through his/her actions an ability to work in cooperation with a staff of other coaches. He/she should display leadership in skills that will be conducive to high levels of productivity and the development of positive relationships with students.
Good decision-making skills, initiative, effort and commitment to young people and education are desirable traits. Above all, this coach should be a people person and indicate, through his/her actions, a personality that is conducive to positive interaction with students, staff and parents.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. The foremost responsibility is to the students. The first duty of the head Basketball coach is to see that high standards are maintained throughout the entire Basketball program. The staff, equipment, uniforms and condition of facilities should reflect pride and a standard of excellence.
2. Directly responsible for the welfare and safety of all athletes in the program. Teaching the fundamentals of physical conditioning and the game of Basketball are critical in this responsibility. The coach and his/her staff should be well-versed in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
3. Stays up-to-date in the current knowledge and trends in University Basketball. The methods and techniques that are used and taught should indicate an understanding and interest in young people.
4. Is directly responsible for the safety, cleanliness, care and maintenance of the Basketball locker rooms, facilities, equipment and courts.
5. Is responsible for the entire Basketball program, abiding by the rules and regulations of the University, the District, the Universities League and the Code of Ethics.
6. Ensures that all of the participants are eligible for physical exams, insurance is carefully recorded, and the academic performance is monitored and emphasized.
7. Works well with the total athletic program. Has a good rappore with the faculty and the athletic staff. He/she should emphasize student participation in other sports and activities.

At no time should any Basketball coach encourage players to specialize unless the athletic director and coaches of the other sports are notified and it is in the best interest and welfare of the student involved.
8. Is responsible for maintaining proper conduct and behavior of his/her athletes.
9. Is directly responsible for the inventory of uniforms and equipment at the end of the season and the proper storage thereof.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

Ability to speak, hear, see, lift, pull, push, walk and stand for extended periods of time.



Ability to kneel, crouch and stoop as needed. Please contact the recruitment office-. Li Zheng Wang with email: jilinuni00@yahoo.com.cn


Regards
John Toshima Kim
Admin Office
Jilin University,Changchun


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BC Kolin Blasts BK Levharti Chomutov 100-63 in Pre-Season Action - by Surujh Roopnarine
BC Kolin looked ready to conquer the world, while Levharti Chomutov looked more like kittens than leopards.
That was the story as Kolin destroyed last seasons 1.Liga champions 100-63 at home last night. A 20-point swing in the second-quarter was the undoing for Chomutov, as they were outscored 32-12 by the hosts. Again in the third it got worse as the visitors managed to score only nine points as opposed to 24 for Kolin. Kolin will have another preparation match on Friday against Turi Svitavy, while Chomutov will await the arrival of newly signed Derek Wright as they prepare for their NBL season opener at home next week against NH Ostrava.
KOLIN: Dorijan Jelenek (198-F-95) (15pts), Pavel Hemmy (191-G-87) (15pts), Richard Field (196-F-83, college: Mercyhurst) (15pts), Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) (10pts)
CHOMUTOV: Rob Lowery (188-G-87, college: Dayton) (16pts), Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76) (11pts), Martin Jakes (195-F-85) (9pts), Zdenek Hanzlik (200-F-87) (8pts)



BK Prostejov Won Final Exhibition Game Against Hungarian Champions Szolnoki - by Surujh Roopnarine
BK Prostejov vs. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz Olaj KK: 76-71
In their final pre-season game, BK Prostejov downed visiting Szolnoki Olajbanyasz 76-71 last night in Prostejov. Despite a 14:0 run in the third quarter, Prostejov could not pull away definitively as the reigning champions from Hungary maintained their composure and held close until the end. Jamar Smith sat out again as he has missed the last three exhibition games as a precaution to the regular season. Prostejov will travel to Levice, Slovakia to face Astrum on Friday as they kick off the Mattoni NBL Regular season and then will have to prepare to face Lukoil of Bulgaria on Tuesday in EuroCup qualifications. Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) was the leading scorer for Prostejov with 18 points, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) led all scorers with 19 points in defeat for Szolnik.
PROSTEVOV: Yemi Nicholson (18pts), Kamil Svrdlik (203-F-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) (11pts), Matej Venta (187-G-84) (11pts), Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) (9pts)
SZOLNIK: Obie Trotter (19pts+9ast), Marko Djerasimovic (200-F/G-84) (8pts), Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) (13pts+12reb), Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) (12pts+6reb)



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Aalborg land two players - by Eurobasket News
Aalborg strengthened their roster with addition of two players. The Vikings have agreed on terms of contract with Christer Elgmork (180-G-87) and Mads Rasmussen (195-F-88).
Mads Rasmussen spent the last season in 1st Danish Division. He helped Virum Vipers reach the semis. Previously Mads Rasmussen had spells for BK Amager and Roskilde.
Christer Elgmork comes from Norway. Last season the guard played for Baerum Basket. His stats read 11.5 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 boards and 1.5 steals per game. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Honourable Mention in 2010. The guard was the member of Norwegian National Team back in 2005-06 seasons.



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Iowas Courtney Sims heads to Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Sims Courtney (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) will continue his career in Latvia. The American center penned a one-year deal with VEF Riga. Sims had 16.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1 apg and 1.2 bpg in 42 games with Iowa Energy last season. He was named USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team -11 and participated at D-League All-Star Game. In March this year Sims moved to China. He signed a deal with DongGuan New Century Leopards averaging 19 points and 8.9 rebounds for 7 games in CBA. Sims Courtney played for Iowa also in 2009/10. He spent few months with them collecting 12.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg in 14 games. Later he joined Charleroi and won the Belgian title with them. With Iowa in 2008/09, Sims exploded with 22.8 ppg and 11 rpg for 32 games. He graduated four years ago at the University of Michigan.

Austin Toros Head Coach Brad Jones joins USA Pan American staff - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 Pan American Games men's basketball coaching staff was completed today with the naming of Jermaine Byrd of the NBA Development League Tulsa 66ers as the second USA assistant coach. USA Basketball also announced that NBA Development League Austin Toros head coach Brad Jones and Idaho Stampede head coach Randy Livingston will serve as court coaches during the USA's Oct. 14-22 training camp.

USA Basketball announced on July 27 that the 2011 USA Men's Pan American Games Team roster would be comprised of coaches and players from the NBA Development League. Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts will serve as the USA's head coach and 66ers assistant coach Dale Osbourne was named an assistant coach.

The coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Committee, approved by USA Basketball's Board of Directors and are subject to final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer. The Pan American Games Committee, chaired by USA Basketball Men's National Team Director Sean Ford, is charged with the coach and player selections for the 2011 USA Pan American Games squad.

The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics, are being held Oct. 13-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The men's basketball competition, which features eight teams, is being conducted Oct. 26-30.

The USA men were drawn into Group B for the Pan American Games and are joined by national teams from Brazil, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Competing in Group A are Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The men's basketball preliminary round play is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, semifinals action will be played Oct. 29, and the finals will be contested on Oct. 30. The game schedule is still to be announced.

Training camp for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team will held Oct. 14-22 at the Tulsa Convention Center. The 12-member USA Men's Pan American Games Team will be announced before the team departs for the competition in Mexico on Oct. 23. The list of athletes participating in the USA Team training camp will be announced at a later date.

In addition to Ford, the 2011 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Committee is comprised of Tibbetts, 2000 Olympic gold medalist Steve Smith, NBA Development League Vice President of Basketball Operations & Player Personnel Chris Alpert, and NBA Development League consultant Gordon Chiesa. Jermaine Byrd

'It is a privilege to be chosen to represent the Tulsa 66ers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2011 Pan American Games alongside Coach Nate Tibbetts and Dale Osbourne,' said Byrd. 'We are looking forward to getting started and assembling a team that everyone will be proud of.'

Byrd concluded in 2010-11 his first season as video coordinator for the Tulsa 66ers after serving as the team's basketball operations assistant during the 2009-10 season.

Prior to his arrival in Tulsa, Byrd served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Houston women's basketball program from 2006-08, and began his coaching experience at the University of Sioux Falls as a student assistant coach for the women's basketball team during the 2005-06 season.

A four year starter for the S.P. Waltrip High School (Houston, Texas) varsity basketball team, Byrd attended Richland Community College (Texas) for two years and was a member of the 2001-02 team that finished third in the NJCAA national championship and was captain of the 2002-03 Richland team that placed fifth in the NJCAA championship.

Byrd went on to play two seasons for the University of Sioux Falls, where in 2003-04 he helped lead the team to a 26-12 record and its first NAIA Final Four appearance in school history. Assisting at Sioux Falls that season was Tibbetts, the current Tulsa 66ers and 2011 USA Pan American Games head coach. Playing and starting 13 games after becoming eligible mid-season, Byrd averaged 10.9 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 6.1 apg. and 1.4 spg. The following season, 2004-05, he was named GPAC All-Conference second team after leading the conference in assists. In 31 games for the Cougars, he recorded 14.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 4.1 apg., and made a team high 41 3-pointers as the team finished with a 20-11 record. Brad Jones

'I'm excited for the opportunity to work with such great coaches and players as they prepare to represent USA in the Pan American Games,' said Jones.

Jones, who was hired on Sept., 28, 2010, as the head coach of the Austin Toros, guided the team to a 22-28 win-loss record in 2010-11.

Jones spent three seasons (2007-08 through 2009-10) as the head coach of the Utah Flash. As a NBA D-League expansion team the Flash enjoyed a successful inaugural campaign under Jones, finishing the 2007-08 season with a 24-26 mark. During the 2008-09 season the Flash posted a 32-18 record and advanced to the 2009 NBA D-League Finals. In 2009-10, year three for Jones, Utah posted a 28-22 record and made a second straight playoff appearance.

Prior to joining the Flash, Jones served as a regional scout for the Utah Jazz for six years.

A 1990 graduate of Lambuth University (Tenn.), as a senior at Lambuth he was the captain of the basketball team and was named the school's Male Athlete of the Year and the Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Jones served as the head coach at Lambuth from 1995-2001. During his tenure he was twice named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and led the school to a pair of conference championships. He was inducted into the Lambuth Hall of Fame in April of 2010. Randy Livingston

'I'm thrilled to assist USA Basketball as a court coach,' Livingston said. 'The Pan American Games should be a wonderful opportunity for this team to show the NBA D-League has some of the best players in the world. I'm more than glad to help in any way.'

Livingston in 2011-12 enters his second year as head coach of the Idaho Stampede after leading the Stampede to a 24-26 record in 2010-11. The Stampede's all-time leader in points, games played, assists and steals helped the team finish the season on a 22-13 run.

Livingston, who served as an assistant coach for the Stampede during the 2008-09 season and was an assistant with the Maine Red Claws in 2009-10, is the only player to have his jersey retired and a day named in his honor in the history of the Idaho Stampede franchise. He also became the first player in NBA D-League history to have moved from player to assistant coach, and to a head coach.

He retired as a player after helping lead the Stampede to the 2008 NBA D-League Championship following a five-year career with the team. He currently holds the Stampede records for all-time assists (1,517), points scored (2,428) and games played (163) over the course of his career that spanned the Stampede's time with the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association as well as the NBA D-League. He also spent time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, then in the CBA, and Gary Steelheads. Livingston was a member of the 2003-04 CBA All-League second team and the 2006-07 All-NBA D-League first team. He was also named the NBA D-League's Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 season. In addition to his successful minor league basketball career, Livingston was called up to the NBA 19 times during his tenure.

Selected in the second round as the 42nd overall pick by the Houston Rockets, Livingston played 12 seasons in the NBA, playing with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, and the Seattle SuperSonics. Livingston also spent some time in the Turkish basketball league playing for Galatasaray.

Livingston was co-national player of the year in 1992 and again as a senior in 1993, and was named the 1993 Gatorade National Player of the Year and the Naismith National Player of the Year. He attended Louisiana State University, although injuries limited the point guard to just 29 games before declaring for the 1996 NBA Draft.

Livingston boasts of prior USA Basketball experience as a player and was a member of the U.S. East team that finished 3-1 and claimed a silver medal at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Festival.

USA Men In The Pan American Games

The Pan American Games are organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and are a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Comprised of college players, the USA men in the 2007 Pan Ams dropped their first two games and then reeled off three consecutive wins to finish 3-2 and in fifth place. The American men have earned a medal in 12 of their 15 Pan Am Games appearances, including a record eight golds, as well as three silvers and one bronze. The U.S. men currently own an 84-13 (.866 winning percentage) all-time mark at the Pan Am Games.

Held since 1951, the USA dominated the first five Pan Am Games, earning five consecutive golds. At the 1971 Pan Ams, despite a record of 2-1 in the preliminary round, the USA did not advance to the medal round and for the first time in Pan American history did not win the gold medal. However, the United States rebounded for a 26-0 record over the next three Pan Am Games and captured its last Pan Am gold in 1983. The gold medal has eluded U.S. teams the past six Pan American Games as the Americans have earned three silvers and a bronze medal.

Many USA Basketball athletes who have been selected to a Pan American Games team have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, while many others enjoyed stellar professional careers. In all, 34 USA Pan Am basketball players have also been a member of a U.S. Olympic squad, including Ernie Grunfeld, Grant Hill, Luscious Jackson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Danny Manning, Chris Mullin, Emeka Okafor, Sam Perkins, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West and Jo Jo White.

While the list of former Pan American Games players is impressive, the list of head coaches is even more striking. The list of head coaches of USA Pan American Games teams includes Jay Wright (2007), Tom Izzo (2003), Mo McHone (1999); Mike Thibault (1995); Gene Keady (1991); Denny Crum (1987); Jack Hartman (1983); Bob Knight (1979); Marv Harshman (1975); Jim Gudger (1971) Hal Fischer (1967); Garland Pinholster (1963); Fred Schaus (1959); Lt. Norman Pilgrim (1955); and Hal Fischer and John Longfellow (1951).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Iowa Energy re-sign Moses Ehambe for 2011-12 season - by Eurobasket News
The following is a press release issued by the Iowa Energy on Wednesday morning.

Guard Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU), who led the NBA D-League in 3-point shooting during the 2010-11 season, has signed with the Iowa Energy for the upcoming year.

Ehambe, a 65 sniper out of Oral Roberts, shot 46.3% from behind the arc during his 17 games with the Energy last year. He averaged 14.5 points per game for Iowa after being acquired in a trade with the Austin Toros in March.

Moses is a great first piece for our defense of the championship, said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. Not only is he a talented player, but he is a high quality person who is a winner. We expect big things out of him this year.

Ehambe ranks 6th in 3-pointers made in NBA D-League history with 270. This offseason, Ehambe worked in the Energy office helping establish the Energy Always Foundation, a non-profit arm of the franchise.

Season tickets for the Energys 24 games home schedule are now on sale. For more information, visit www.IowaNBA.com. Season tickets start at just $199 per seat, and include a number of special benefits.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


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Cocoles grab 2-1 lead in LNB Finals - by Eurobasket News
LNB Finals, Game 3: Cocoles - Leones 73-70 (2-1)

Third game of the LNB Finals was played last night. Cocoles grabbed 73-70 win for 2-1 lead in the series. NT player Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was the leading player in victory yesterday. He scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Alberto Ozuna (G) also scored 17 points, while Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) helped with double-double of 16 points and 14 rebs. In the loosing squad, Chris Johnson (211-C-85, college: LSU) was better than the others with 15 pints and 13 rebounds. Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) had 15 pts and 5 rebs, while Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU) added 8 pts and 9 rebs. Last period was the crucial one in this game as Cocoles won it 25-17. Quarters: 14-14, 17-19, 17-20, 25-17. Game Four is scheduled for tomorrow.

Cocoles: Jack Michael Martinez 17+12 boards, Alberto Ozuna 17, Evan Brock 16+14 boards
Leones: Chris Johnson 15+13 boards, Eulis Baez 15+5 boards, Jesse Pellot-Rosa 8+9 boards


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Benetton officially announce Brian Scalabrine, send Donatas Motiejunas to Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso have officially announced the signing of Brian Scalabrine (206-C-78, college: USC). The centre was training with the Italian team since August. Brian Scalabrine has played in NBA since 2001. He had stints with the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. Last season the centre posted 1.3 points per game for the Bulls. He became the NBA champion with the Boston Celtics back in 2008.
In the meantime Benetton sent Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) to Asseco Prokom on loan. The Lithuanian youngster got drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer. He was then sent to the Houston Rockets but had to return to Europe after the lockout had started. Last season Donatas Motiejunas averaged 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Benetton Treviso in EuroCup. In Seria A the centre notched 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance.



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Lietuvos Rytas signs short term deal with Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Lietuvos Rytas. The Vilnius team penned a short term deal with Jeretin and he will replace injured Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) (4-5 weeks out). Jeretin is active member of the Montenegrin National Team. He appeared five times at the EuroBasket in Lithuania averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Goran Jeretin spent last season with Lokomotiv Kuban. He had 6.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 35 games in Russian PBL. In EuroChallenge, he added 4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, Jeretin played for Turk Telekom, Buducnost Podgorica, AEL Limassol, Kyiv and ALBA Berlin. He also has experience from Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where he spent second half of the 2006/07 season. In the past, Goran Jeretin spent few years with Crvena Zvezda.
Euroleague Qualifications start next week and Lietuvos Rytas will meet Buducnost in the first game.


Au Revoir: Maccabi Smashed Cholet 105:74 in Pro Stars Tourney - by David Pick
With less than two-weeks before their 2011/12 Adriatic League debut, Maccabi Tel-Aviv held its first game in the French 'Pro Stars' tournament easily beating Cholet, 105:74.

After an inspiring EuroBasket campaign with the Russian NT, Maccabi's head coach David Blatt held his first team practice earlier this morning and was on the side lines this evening for the first time this season.

Following a close 9:8 advantage and 14:14 tie during the first period, the Israeli's ran ahead with a 9:0 run ending the first quarter at 33:20, to which they never looked back leaving Cholet nothing but dust. Maccabi led at halftime 56:37 and 78:52 after three periods before taking a 30-point 92:62 and 100:70 lead, wrapping things up with an easy, 105:74.

Sofo had a game high 16 points, Jordan Farmar was close behind with with 15 points, Shawn James 14, Richard Hendrix added an impressive double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Pnini 11, Smith 10, Scheyer 8, Burstein 6, Papaloukas 5, Blu 3 and Ohayon finished with 2 points.

Maccabi's next game will be tomorrow against Gravelines, when later that weekend, the qualifying 1-6 ranked matches will be played.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




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KORISLIIGA: ToPo signed two more players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Less than one week till the season 2011-12 tip-off and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) has signed two more Finnish players. NT F Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) is returning back to Finland after one season in Italy (Napoli, SerieA) and last season in Germany (Frankfurt, 1. Bundesliga). Muurinen will join ToPo roster with a 1-year-contract. Muurinen averaged 6,4 ppg and 3,5 rpg in 41 games in Frankfurt and has been 116 times on NT roster (average 6,5 ppg). F Sad Niskanen (198-F-88) played two seasons on Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster averaging passed season 5,2 ppg, 1,5 rpg in 10,5 mpg. Niskanen will also join ToPo roster.

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More friendlies - by Eurobasket News
ProA and ProB teams played more friendly games yesterday.
Le Portel cruised past Evreux on the road 69-83. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game and Le Portel won it 13-32. Chris Davis (196-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) shined for the winners with 20 points in this game. Ismaila Sy (192-G-79) and Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) helped with 14 and 12 pts. The home squad got 16 points from Garry Florimont (202-C-87).
Also yesterday, Poitiers grabbed 77-73 win against Nantes. Pau-Othez handed 72-58 loss to JSA Bordeaux. The game was played in Pau. SOMB was better than Rouen 95-75 and Fraport Skyliners Francfort outplayed Strasbourg 83-73. Fraport Skyliners were the hosts this time. Oostende blasted Denain 92-65.


Silas and Amagou lead Gravelines and Nancy to pre-season wins - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines and Nancy celebrated in friendly games which were played last night.
Gravelines was better than Cholet 76-61. Xavier Silas (195-G-88, college: N.Illinois) led the winners in scoring with 15 points. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) had 11 points and J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) helped with 10 pts. On the other side, PARSONS Chandler responded with 16 points and Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) had 11. Gravelines celebrated thanks to wonderful last quarter, which they won 18-4.
Nancy handed 77-72 loss to Le Mans. The reigning champion shined in the last ten minutes making 23-12, what was enough for the victory at the end. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for Nancy with 14 points, while Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) and Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) netted 13 points each. In defeat, Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) shined with 17 pts.


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Wuerzburg add Chris Kramer - by Eurobasket News
Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) heads to Germany. The guard agreed on terms of contract with s. Oliver Wuerzburg. Last season the guard started in D-League. Chris Kramer played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He tallied 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. In June Chris Kramer signed with Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico. His stats read 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance in BSN. Chris Kramer is the Purdue University graduate. He tallied 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his senior season. Chris Kramer was named All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.


Stu Turnbull joins Dragons Rhoendorf - by Moritz Korff
Pro B club Rhoendorf Dragons has signed Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84, agency: Numbers Sports Agency, college: Carleton University) for the 2011-12 season. The 26-year-old Canadian comes off a stellar campaign with UBC Hannover. He averaged 15.4 points, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest for the Tigers in Pro A play and received Eurobasket.com All-Pro A Honorable Mention as well as All-Defensive Team recognition. Prior to his Hannover stint Turnbull spent one season with SC Rist Wedel and enjoyed great success at the college level. He played for CIS powerhouse Carleton University until 2009 and won four national titles with the Ravens.

EnBW Ludwigsburg Replace Seth Tarver With Terrell Harris - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
EnBW Ludwigsburg announced today that they will start the 2011-2012 Beko BBLseason without Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) and have opted with replacing him with another American with Terrell Harris (196-G-87, agency: Dream Hoops, college: Oklahoma St.) who got a try-out contract until the end of October. Tarver who was planned as having the starting small forward position was unable to convince head coach Markus Jochum 'Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) was unable to find his role in the last weeks. He is a player that is very athletic and is a good defender with a lot of potential,but we didnt see any more development and had to make this tough decision', stressed EnBW Ludwigsburg head coach Markus Jochum

Harris will be starting his third professional basketball season and first in Germany. Harris is a 24 year old 196cm guard/forward from Garland, Texas. Last season, he played for
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 57 games: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP-3 (60.7%), 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 73.6%. 'Terrell Harris is an athletic player with a lot of defensive potential. However in the past he has had responsibility in offensive roles and he is capable to play in the Beko BBL. But at the same time, he is a young player that will need some time to adjust', added Markus Jochum. Harris started his basketball career for Oklahoma St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 13.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, StealsConf-4 (1.7spg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%. In 2009-2010, he came to France as a rookie and ended the year in the States as he played for Strasbourg IG (France-ProA): French League: 9 games: 6.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 87.5%; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5apg, in Jan.'10 moved to Maine Red Claws (D-League, starting five): 20 games: 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 78.8%; in Apr.'10 signed at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 1.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg. 'I am very thankful for having the chance to return to Europe and develop further in Ludwigsburg', stressed Terrell Harris. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS first-team All-State in Class 5A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches -05, Big 12 Tournament Semifinals -07, 09, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -09, Big 12 All-Defensive Team -09, D-League Champion -10, D-League West Conference Runner-Up -11, and D-League Finalist -11


Source: EnBW Ludwigsburg



The Fraport Skyliners Extend Contract Of Michael Cool Aid Juice Thompson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Fraport Skyliners announced today that Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) will get an extended stay in Frankfurt as he passed the three week try-out phase and got his contract extended to the end of December 2011. Thompson is a 22 year old 177cm rookie who played four years at Northwestern in Chicago. 'Michael is a young point guard who is making his first steps in Europe.I think that he can help us as back up. He is a good shooter and has the potential to become a good player in the German league. He can develop further for us', stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). 'Michael is a good shooter. We hope that he will develop further in the classical point guard role', added Fraport Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak .

source: Fraport Skyliners


Jimmy Mckinney Is Trigger Happy From Downtown BCM Leading The Fraport Skyliners Past SIG Strassburg 83-73 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
72 hours ago basketball fans were getting a scrumptious hoops smorgasboard in the 2011 Eurobasket final Spain-France as 11 current NBA players were gracing the floor and doing their magic which is as normal to them as New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady running his hurry up off, regular good loving parents taking in a broke former Superbowl champion with Chris Mcalister who blew his 55 million contract since 2004, or hackers hacking the cell phones of actress goddesses Mila Kunis or Scarlett Johansson, but the few 100 fans that made the way to the Skyliner practice facility BCM to witness the test game between the Fraport Skyliners and French first division team SIG Strassburg were in for a 2011 NBA draft pick treat. The game may not have been filled with as much glitz and gems as the 2011 Eurobasket final, but the court featured three 2011 NBA draft picks with Jon Leuer (Milwauke Bucks), Justin Harper (Cleveland Cavaliars) and Lavoy Allen (Philadelphia 76ers) which seemed like a mini smorgasboard appetizer. Despite SIG Strassburg winning the NBA draft pick battle 2-1, it was the Fraport Skyliners that were able to win for the second time against the French team within the last 4 days. He might be from the same college class with the 3 NBA draft pics, but Michael Thompson was in awe. It was a great experience sharing the floor with the three draft picks. Harper is a great all around player and Allen has that nice mid range shot. I expect them to do big things in France, stressed Michael Thompson. All three NBA draft picks have big futures. I keep telling Jon Leuer that the key for him is not to play at the top level in Europe, but to get back to the NBA. If they keep working hard then they have a good chance of getting there, added Skyliner Justin Gray. For ex BEKO BBL player Chris Oliver who is playing his first season in France, he wasnt too much in awe about the possible future NBA flair on the court. There is no difference if they are on the court or not. Everyone out on the court plays well. Leuer is very skilled kind of like Justin Harper, but he handles the ball better while Harper shoots the ball better. I wish all three the best of luck, added ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Chris Oliver.

The game was extra important for five Fraport Skyliners as it was the first game for Marius Nolte as captain, Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) was back from his 3 week injury, German national players Johannes Herber and Tim Ohlbrecht were giving their Frankfurt debut at home and it was the last chance for Skyliner try-out player Michael Thompson to dazzle Muli Katzurin and Kamil Novak with his basketball skills. The Fraport Skyliners were able to up their preseason record to 7-1 as they ruined the debut of SIG STrassburg head coach Vincent Collet who had led the French National team to a silver medal at Euro 2011. It was difficult to come back from Euro 2011, because I am so tired. I will take a few days off and be back for the game on Sunday. It is important to be with the team now and they want me here. The team is young, but I have noticed that it has a good spirit and if they work hard, I think that we can be successful. We had too many turnovers and they had very strong ball movement and seemed more ready than us, stressed SIG Strassburg head coach Vincent Collet. Collet has only been with the team a short while, but already has respect from his team. Collet really knows his stuff. He is a very intelligent coach, added ex BG Goettingen forward Chris Oliver. The Fraport Skyliners were in control of the game and played another steady game with a few defensive lapses, but that is normal in the pre season. Our key to the win was our good start in the third quarter. We picked up the lead and had a few defensive break downs and gave them easy baskets on transition. We hit our shots when they went to zone, stressed Justin Gray.

The Fraport Skyliners started off the game with a three pointer from Johannes Herber showing right away that he could also help give support with their strong shooting lineup from outside. However SIG Strassburg quickly took the lead 4-3 as their two 2011 NBA draft picks Justin Harper and Lavoy Allen scored inside. Marius Nolte and experienced Ricardo Greer exchanged hoops as SIG Strassburg led 6-5. However Frankfurt which has an arsenal of scoring talent started to get going as Justin Gray nailed an open three pointer and looks as cool and calm as George Clooney lounging on a boat on the Coma lake in Italy and Jon Leuer hit a turn around jumper to give The Fraport Skyliners a 10-6 lead. The Fraport Skyliners kept the slim lead as German National players Johannes Herber and Tim Ohlbrecht connected inside for the 16-13 lead. Herber then flew around a block and made a pretty catch and pop jumper for the 19-14 Skyliner lead. However Harper showed why he had been drafted in the NBA as he continued nailing jumpers from down town cutting the Frankfurt lead to 20-17. Michael Thompson made a nice floater in traffic and Allen scored inside as the Fraport Skyliners led 22-19 after one quarter. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 33% from the three point line while SIG Strassburg were shooting 64% from the field and 67% from the three point line. SIG Strassburg had the slim 8-7 rebound lead, but four turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners only registered one turnover.

The second quarter remained very tight as the Fraport Skyliners still had the lead, but SIG Strassburg were creeping closer. When Tim Ohlbrecht has the position then it is really hard to stop him as he scored inside, but SIG Strassburg answered with a Chris Oliver one handed runner which is a lot more difficult than it looks as the Fraport Skyliners led 24-22. For a young player like Danilo Barthel, he will not get many minutes, but when he is inserted then it is key for him to make the most of his time and he did just that scoring inside getting the end one for the 27-22 Frankfurt lead. If there is one play that can change a game quick then it is the three pointer. The game next saw four three pointers as both teams lost and regained the lead. SIG Strassburg retrieved the lead with consecutive bombs from the parking lot from Justin Harper and diminutive American Kevin Anderson out of Richmond (NCAA) as SIG Strassburg led 28-27. The Fraport Skyliners have many weapons, but a Jimmy McKinney is always capable of scoring in bunches especially from downtown as he sunk two three pointers and two free throws giving the Fraport Skyliners the 35-29 lead. Me and Jimmy will be a good shooting tandem from outside. A combination of downtown shooting St Louis-Charlotte. I told Jimmy before the game that I was going to get him shots and I am glad I did, joked Justin Gray. After both teams traded a few free throws, SIG Strassburg went on a 5-0 run to cut the Skyliner lead to 38-34 as Harper drooped another bomb from downtown and Ricardo Greer scored on the fast break catching Frankfurt napping. In the last minute, The Fraport Skyliners got production from new captain Marius Nolte and Jimmy McKinney closed out the scoring with a coast to coast stomp falling to his right and seeing the ball trickle in looking like a bigger version of Wood from last season. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 42% from outside while SIG Strassburg were shooting 52% from the field and 50% from outside. Frankfurt had the rebound edge 18-14and seven turnovers while SIG Strassburg had eight turnovers.

Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin must of found the right words in the break, because his team came out in the third quarter refocused jumping out on a 7-1 run to take the 49-37 lead. The Fraport Skyliners continued to demonstrate beautiful team basketball as Justin Gray hit a jumper, Marius Nolte hit a seemingly impossible lay up as his head was under the hoop and the angle of making the shot was difficult and Quantez Robertson made a lay up. The Fraport Skyliners continued to keep the comfortable lead as Jon Leuer hit a catch and pop and Michael Thompson scored inside as the Fraport Skyliners led 53-44. However SIG Strassburg continued to fight back and took advantage of Skyliner lapses on defense going on a 11-3 run to cut the Fraport Skyliner lead to 56-55. Frankfurt didnt achieve much on offense on this SIG Strassburg run except for another Mckinney three pointer. SIG Strassburg played intelligent basketball getting to the free throw line and getting baskets from Greer and Harper. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a 6-3 run to lead 62-58 after three quarters. Ohlbrecht made two free throws, snuck inside and dunked and Leuer made a mid distance jumper. Harper as usual in this game kept the French squad in the game with another three pointer.

Just like in the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to get off to a good start in the fourth quarter going on a 9-3 run to lead 71-61. For Marius Nolte nothing comes easy as he always fights 110% on the floor, but every now and then he is rewarded with an easy bucket especially when a Justin Gray serves him the ball on a platter. Leuer then showed how quick he can score by making one fake and then releasing the ball if there would be no next Christmas and Gray put some more salt into the SIG Strassburg wound with a three pointer. However SIG Strassburg werent on the bus home yet as they mustered some last extra energy going on a mini 4-0 run as Greer and Allen scored inside cutting the Fraport Skyliners lead to 71-65. However Frankfurt showed again countless times in this game that whenever SIG Strassburg were threatening to make the game close, that they were capable to extend their lead again to 10 points. Our offense was key to our defense. Whenever they came back, we settled down on offense which got our defense going, stressed Justin Gray. It was Jimmy McKinney to the rescue again scoring six of the next eight Sklyiner points to give his team the comfortable 79-69 lead with time running down. Mckinney is known as a shooter, but seeing him explode to the hoop is always a pleasure as he did on his first basket, scoring inside on his second hoop courtesy of a Super Tez pass and then scoring from the wing with a jumper. That sealed the 7th pre season win for the Fraport Skyliners. Jon Leuer closed out the scoring with two buckets making a left one handed dunk getting a quick pass from Thompson as he had seen him breaking to the basket out of the corner of his eye and a lay up. Frankfurt wanted it more than us. We were more aggressive and physical than in the first game, but we have to play more together and work on our rotations. We are a young team. When I am the third oldest on the team, then you know that we have a young team, added Chris Oliver. We picked up our defense in the second half. We worked on our rotations and they had less wide open three pointers.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy McKinney with 20 points. Jon Leuer added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Tim Ohlbrecht had 12 points. SIG Strassburg were led by Justin Harper with 25 points. Kevin Anderson had 15 points and Ricardo Greer contributed 12 points. Fraport Skyliner Michael Thompson had 4 points and three assists in 16 minutes and is fighting for a roster spot. With his try-out contract ending, he had a positive feeling about his chances of staying. I have a good feeling. I am playing as hard as I can, but its not my decision whether I stay or not. I hope I can stay, stressed Michael Thompson. Chris Oliver had been playing against Frankfurt the last years with Tuebingen and BG Goettingen and was very impressed with the club. Frankfurt will be strong again. They have good guard play and more bigs this year. I think they are collectively stronger than last year. Justin Gray is a different kind of player than Dashaun Wood. Wood is more of a scoring point guard while Gray more of a point guard. Wood might have been the MVP last season, but the Frankfurt fans will soon know who Justin Gray is, warned Chris Oliver. The Fraport Skyliners play at the Maritim Cup this weekend in Bonn.



Uwe Sauer (USC Heidelberg) Dirk Nowitzki Is Much More Than Just A Basketball Superstar - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Uwe Sauer played at Santa Clara university where NBA superstar Steve Nash also played and enjoyed a very successful basketball career in Germany from 1985-1997 winning titles with Cologne and Bayreuth and being the youngest German playing at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984. After his playing career, he became a coach. He was assistant coach for SSV Ulm from 1997.-1999. He then coached in Tuebingen from 1999-2003. He then coached for BG Karlsruhe from the 2003-2006 season. Since then he coached clubs like the Mitteldeutscher BC, The Teckpro Braves in Kaiserslautern and recently BG Illertal-Weissenhorn. Currently he is the head coach of USC Heidelberg and talked to Eurobasket about many different basketball topics.

Coach you are currently preparing USC Heidelberg for the upcoming PRO A season. How much were you able to follow the 2011 European championships and were Spain and France the 2 best teams in the tournament?

Yes we are trying to get ready for the upcoming season, nevertheless as a basketball- junkie I had to watch as much as I could, of course the games of the Gteam. I think the 2 best teams played the final, but is was still sad to see the home team Lithuania not being in the Finals.

Spain were the strongest team at the tournament. It is no secret that they have a great youth program as they have had young guys playing at a high level for years. Why does the youth program work so well in forming players in Spain and not as much in Germany?

I don't exactly know the rules in Spain, but there always have to be 2-3 Spanish players on the floor , that means their Spanish players get playing time . In Germany you can play the whole game without a German player have to play a single second. From the better basketball countries in Europe, I think we are the only country without having to play. It gets even worse with the rule in the BBL, that you got to have at least 4 (?) German players on the roster. That means, the better Germans instead of playing in the 2nd league or somewhere else, they have to sit on the bench to fulfill the requirements instead of playing and develop their game.

Germany were unable to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Did Dirk Nowitzki help or not help the young team chemistry that had been building the last two years?

I think Dirk is the best German player ever (I myself had the privilege to play with the 2nd best - Detlef Schrempf) and there is nothing better than to learn from the best. And as far as I know, he is a great team guy, very unselfish, works hard, is a top professional on and off the court. Dirk Nowitzki is much more than just a basketball superstar. There is so much to learn from him for everybody , especially to let the team come first and put your own ego way behind. And especially that is something a lot of the young players have to learn, before they claim a star status for themselves.

How do you see the future of Germany as Dirk Nowitzki will take a few years off and Svetislav Pesic has been rumored to get the job.

I can't see that Dirk takes a couple years off. He will play if he still has fun doing so. And that's more than ok, after all he has given to German basketball in the past years. As for the future it will not get better unless the German basketball federation changes their rules so that in every league, especially BBL ,ProA and ProB, you have to play German players, at least 2-3 at all times. This is the only chance to develop as a young player. You don't really get better just sitting on the bench and not play.

The German team have good young point guards with Heiko Schaffartzik and Per Guenther , but which guards in the 17-22 age range do you see making the team in the next years?

The question is how do you define young players. It's funny, because in Germany you are still considered a young and talented player, even at the age of 22-23. At that age there are plenty of players that play for 4 or 5 years in the euroleague or even in the NBA. Like I said earlier the players have to play even at a younger age, maybe not necessarily in the BBL, but definitely in the ProA and ProB, otherwise they will never have a chance to make it.

The Beko BBL seems to be getting stronger each season. Who is stronger on paper now Alba Berlin or The Brose Baskets Bamberg?

That is a difficult question, especially since this is a new season. Alba has a good team and a very good Coach. Bamberg also, and they are the defending champion and cup winner. But I don't think it will be a race just between those two.

How much of an impact will FC Bayern Munich make this season. Is this a team that will contend for the title?

We will see. They will definitely be in the mix. The question will be if money can buy championships. If that would be true, then Bayern Munich Soccer team would win the title every year, but we all know that it doesn't work that way.

The rest of the playoff places will be up for grabs. A team that could do a lot of damage could be the Fraport Skyliners. Where do you see them ending and could Justin Gray become the new Dashaun Wood?

I'm not too familiar with the new Frankfurt team. But it will be hard for anybody to fill Dashauns shoes. But it's a new team with different players and it wouldn't be fair to compare Justin Gray with Wood, he will make name for himself.

Which teams do you see as the best candidates for demotion? Giessen, Hagen and Tuebingen seem to be teams that could have a tough time.

Like every year the teams with lower budgets will have to fight to stay n the league. I think that it will come down to which team did their homework better when it comes to recruiting new players. Due to the NBA-Lockout and some leagues no longer exist ( spain...) there are a lot more quality players on the market.

Are Duesseldorf and MBC the favorites for the PRO A title this season?

Right now it looks that way. I know what money those teams can spend on their players, therefore they should have more quality and a deeper bench. But we'll see. Dusseldorf for example just released 4 of their players, that means they didn't do their homework good enough. If that transfers to the season other teams will have a chance.

What can we expect from USC Heidelberg this season? What is the goal of the team?

I expect my team to be a team, and not a bunch of players that happen to do the same sport at the same time. We have at least one good German player at every position, that means we will have quality minutes for the german players. We could even play without imports, that's something not many teams in our league could or even would want to do. But we all know that the league will be decided by the best team, with the best and most imports.

How much of a delight has it been coaching Oliver Komarek? Are you amazed that his studies seem to be more important than a career in the Beko BBL?

I don't know about Olis' studies, but Oli has to play good , for us to have a good season. He knows that, he also knows he has to work harder at times, but i'm there to remind him of that.

Will Kai Barth ever make the jump to the Beko BBL? How are you helping him develop best?

That is not for me to say. I don't even know if the BBL is a goal for him. I think he is where he wants to be. In Heidelberg he can play in the ProA and go to the university at the same time. I think he got a lot better compared to last year. I got trust in him that he will give us quality minutes off the bench and he knows that. He still has to speed up the tempo a bit more, but we are working on that.

Charles Burgess played for the legendary Bobby Knight. If you could ask Bobby Knight one question what would you ask him?

I would definitely ask him which of the numerous rumors and Bobby Knight stories are really true.

What is the most important thing that you want to achieve as a coach for USC Heidelberg besides winning games this season?

I would like to see our team play great team basketball, hopefully play a lot of minutes with our talented German players and still win enough games to call this a successful season. The fans have to see that each and every one on the team wants to be here and identifies with our team and our goals.

Thanks coach for the chat.







Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Dorsten 1-0 
 2. ALBA Berlin II 0-0 
 3. Bayer Giants 0-0 
 4. Bernau 0-0 
 5. BSW Sixers 0-0 
 6. Herten 0-0 
 7. Leipzig 0-0 
 8. SC Rist 0-0 
 9. Schwelm 0-0 
 10. Stahnsdorf 0-0 
 11. Vechta 0-0 
 12. Wolfenbuettel 0-0 
 13. Wulfen 0-0 
 14. SU Medien 0-1 
Group South
 1. BG Illertal 0-0 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY II 0-0 
 3. Giessen 0-0 
 4. Gotha 0-0 
 5. Hanau 0-0 
 6. Konstanz 0-0 
 7. Langen 0-0 
 8. Licher Baeren 0-0 
 9. NBC 0-0 
 10. Noerdlingen 0-0 
 11. Schwenningen 0-0 
 12. TSV Troester 0-0 


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Ghanian Ryan Blankson joins Guruyu Waston - by Eurobasket Center
Guruyu Waston signed 31-year old Ghanian-Ghanian forward Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL). Blankson played most recently at Nacional De Futbol (Metropolitan). He is a very experienced player. Blankson played also pro basketball in Argentina, Australia, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Venezuela. He graduated Loyola University of Chicago in 2003 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Waston is a well-known player in Uruguay. He has been playing here since 2008. At the end of 2208-09 season he was even voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports 2nd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Panathinaikos wins another friendly in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos played another friendly game in Serbia. After victory against Borac Cacak, the reigning Greek and Euroleague champion was too strong for Vojvodina Novi Sad 82-71. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) were the leading players in this victory with 16 points. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) helped with 12 and 10 points respectively. Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) followed them with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) delivered 15 points. Quarters: 23-21, 22-15, 24-16, 13-19.
In previous friendly, PAO handed 89-72 loss to Borac Cacak. Romain Sato shined in this game as well scoring 15 points. David Logan had 11. In Borac, Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: BeoExcell) netted 20 pts.


Olympiacos grabs 62-61 win against Dinamo Sassari - by Eurobasket News
Dinamo Sassari - Olympiacos 61-62

Dinamo Sassari and Olympiacos met in a friendly game yesterday. The Greek giant grabbed 61-62 victory in this meeting. The Reds had pretty good last quarter, which allowed them to win this game. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored in Olympiacos with 16 points. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) and Matt Howard (203-F, college: Butler) helped Reds with 11 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) and Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) delivered 11 points each. Keith Benson (210-C-88, college: Oakland) followed them with one point less. Dinamo Sassari won the first period with minimum lead 14-13 and Olympiacos crated 13-17 in Q2. Quinton Hosley and his teammates took control on Olympiacos after the breather (22-14) and it seems they are on the right way to victory, but Olympiacos did not give up. They responded with 12-18 in the last ten minutes, what was enough for 61-62 win at the end.

Dinamo Sassari: Metreveli 3, Salvatore, Quinton Hosley 11, Devecchi 3, Sechi n.e., Travis Diener 11, Keith Benson 10, Sacchetti B. 7, Plisnic, Diener D. 3, Vanuzzo 8, Pinton 5
Olympiacos: Kyle Hines 11, Kalin Lucas 16, Matt Howard 9, Pelekanos 4, Papadopoulos 5, Gecevicius 6, Glyniadakis, Printezis 6, Mantzaris, Katsivelis 5


Maroussi releases Ralph Mims - by Eurobasket News
Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) is no longer a member of Maroussi Athens. The Greek squad decided to release the player stating that he didnt fully recover from knee injury. On the other hand, Mims denied it saying that his knee is fine. Anyway, the team already looks for his replacement. Some of the candidates are Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Mark Dawson (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Long Beach St.), but there are more.
Ralph Mims signed a deal with Maroussi during the summer. He started last season with Nancy, but they parted ways in December (injury). Mims had 14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.3 spg for three games in ProA, He also appeared twice in EuroChallenge adding 19 ppg, 3 apg and 3.5 spg. Before Nancy, Ralph Mims spent one season with Roanne. He shined with 15 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 25 games in ProA. His numbers were event better in 14 EuroChallenge games: 17.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg. Mims split 2008/09 between Kepez and Antalya. He is a product of the Florida State University.


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Au Revoir: Maccabi Smashed Cholet 105:74 in Pro Stars Tourney - by David Pick
With less than two-weeks before their 2011/12 Adriatic League debut, Maccabi Tel-Aviv held its first game in the French 'Pro Stars' tournament easily beating Cholet, 105:74.

After an inspiring EuroBasket campaign with the Russian NT, Maccabi's head coach David Blatt held his first team practice earlier this morning and was on the side lines this evening for the first time this season.

Following a close 9:8 advantage and 14:14 tie during the first period, the Israeli's ran ahead with a 9:0 run ending the first quarter at 33:20, to which they never looked back leaving Cholet nothing but dust. Maccabi led at halftime 56:37 and 78:52 after three periods before taking a 30-point 92:62 and 100:70 lead, wrapping things up with an easy, 105:74.

Sofo had a game high 16 points, Jordan Farmar was close behind with with 15 points, Shawn James 14, Richard Hendrix added an impressive double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Pnini 11, Smith 10, Scheyer 8, Burstein 6, Papaloukas 5, Blu 3 and Ohayon finished with 2 points.

Maccabi's next game will be tomorrow against Gravelines, when later that weekend, the qualifying 1-6 ranked matches will be played.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Hapoel T-A Signs Curtis Kelly - by Carmel Drori
Hapoel Tel-Aviv found a replacement today for Tracy Smith who was released earlier this week after he had some off the court adjustment difficulties.
Curtis Kelly (203-F-88), who played for Kansas State in the previous season had an average of 10.5ppg, 5.5ppg and 1.3spg in his last year will be one of two Americans who will be playing for Hapoel this season after the team already signed Demontez Stitt.
Hapoel will be Curtis' first professional basketball team.


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Benetton officially announce Brian Scalabrine, send Donatas Motiejunas to Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso have officially announced the signing of Brian Scalabrine (206-C-78, college: USC). The centre was training with the Italian team since August. Brian Scalabrine has played in NBA since 2001. He had stints with the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. Last season the centre posted 1.3 points per game for the Bulls. He became the NBA champion with the Boston Celtics back in 2008.
In the meantime Benetton sent Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) to Asseco Prokom on loan. The Lithuanian youngster got drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer. He was then sent to the Houston Rockets but had to return to Europe after the lockout had started. Last season Donatas Motiejunas averaged 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Benetton Treviso in EuroCup. In Seria A the centre notched 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance.



Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and Ben Uzoh part ways - by Eurobasket News
Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa) will not play for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro next season. The American point guard arrived to Montegranaro few days ago on try-out (until September 28), but they already split. Uzoh supposed to replace Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville), who broke his leg during the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. Sosa will miss at least six months. Ben Uzoh played for the New Jersey Nets last season. He appeared 41 times with them averaging 3.9 points 1.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. It was his rookie NBA year. Uzoh also played 4 games with D-League team Springfield Armor. He had 16 ppg, 8 rpg, 5.8 apg and 2.3 spg. Ben Uzoh graduated at the University of Tulsa a year ago. He had 15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.7 apg for his school as a senior. According to rumors, the Italian team now targets Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.), while Ben Uzoh is linked with one of the Russian teams.

Bennet Cantu wins Trofeo Cinelandia - by Giovanni Bargna
The second edition of Trofeo Cinelandia, played yesterday September 21, has been a good chance to taste the feeling of the incoming season for both Bennet Cantu and Novipiu Casale Monferrato.
Though the team is facing injuries troubles (still sidelined Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon)) Bennet Cantu got the win for 65- 58 (14- 14, 29- 30, 46- 44).
As coach Andrea Trinchieri had flown to Istanbul to attend the euroleague coaches meeting the team has been coached yesterday by Emanuele Molin .
Quite a balanced game since in a good final part the winners took a 7-point margin led by Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group), Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.).
On the other side good performance for Garrett Temple (197-G-86, college: LSU) with 18 points scored.

BENNET CANTU: Lighty 10, Micov 12, Scekic 9, Ortner 6, Markoishvili 4, Marconato, Mazzarino 13, Diviach ne, Parakhouski 4, Cinciarini 7, Bolozonella ne. All. Molin.
NOVIPIU' CASALE MONFERRATO: Malaventura 6, Gentile 4, Nnamaka, Pierich 7, Trapani 6, Chiotti 2, Temple 18, Ferrero, Janning 9, Dunigan 6. All. Crespi


Virtus offers Bryant 5 millions for the entire season - by Edoardo Tamalio
The negotiation between Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) and Virtus Bologna is evolving. Kobe's agent Rob Pelinka said that his client would like to play the entire season, obviously with an NBA escape, with the italian team and not only few games as first reported. Bologna's president Sabatini took the opportunity to have arguably the best player in the world and has put on the table 5 millions for the entire season. Also Bryant would like to give part of his income for benefaction. After Danilo Gallinari joined Milano the transaction now seems more achievable and the city of Bologna, lead by Sabatini, is ready to be 'Basket City' once again.

Olympiacos grabs 62-61 win against Dinamo Sassari - by Eurobasket News
Dinamo Sassari - Olympiacos 61-62

Dinamo Sassari and Olympiacos met in a friendly game yesterday. The Greek giant grabbed 61-62 victory in this meeting. The Reds had pretty good last quarter, which allowed them to win this game. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored in Olympiacos with 16 points. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) and Matt Howard (203-F, college: Butler) helped Reds with 11 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) and Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) delivered 11 points each. Keith Benson (210-C-88, college: Oakland) followed them with one point less. Dinamo Sassari won the first period with minimum lead 14-13 and Olympiacos crated 13-17 in Q2. Quinton Hosley and his teammates took control on Olympiacos after the breather (22-14) and it seems they are on the right way to victory, but Olympiacos did not give up. They responded with 12-18 in the last ten minutes, what was enough for 61-62 win at the end.

Dinamo Sassari: Metreveli 3, Salvatore, Quinton Hosley 11, Devecchi 3, Sechi n.e., Travis Diener 11, Keith Benson 10, Sacchetti B. 7, Plisnic, Diener D. 3, Vanuzzo 8, Pinton 5
Olympiacos: Kyle Hines 11, Kalin Lucas 16, Matt Howard 9, Pelekanos 4, Papadopoulos 5, Gecevicius 6, Glyniadakis, Printezis 6, Mantzaris, Katsivelis 5


Donatas Motiejunas heading to Poland? - by Giovanni Bargna
According to rumors Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) is going to leave Treviso and join Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The polish team has offered a two-year deal and Benetton Treviso could be interested in earning the buy-out as the palyer becomes a free agent at the end of next season.
Motiejunas, picked up n.20 by the Minnesota Timberwolves at last NBA draft and then traded to Houston, has spent two years at Treviso so far averaging 9.2 ppg in the first and 13.1 ppg last season.


Avellino too much for Swiss Vacallo - by Eurobasket News
Sidigas Avellino - Sav Vacallo Basket 73-55

Sidigas Avellino played a friendly game last night. Their rival Swiss team Sav Vacallo Basket and Avelino had no troubles to register 73-55 victory. They took control on Vacallo from the beginning and were constantly in charge. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) shined for the winners with 17 points. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) followed him with one less and Johnson helped with 15 pts. In Vacallo, Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 13 pts. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) and Brian Connelly (203-F-87, college: Albany) had 9 and 8 points respectively. Avellino was 22-17 up after ten minutes and they jumped to 38-26 until the halftime. Vacallo came to minus six after three quarters, but Avelino blasted them in Q4 with 20-8 for the final 18-point win. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Sidigas Avellino: Green 3, Chevon Troutman 16, Norcino, Berti, Ferrara 3, Spinelli 2, Dimitri Lauwers 17, Alborea, Gaddefors 5, Soloperto 4, Johnson 15, Dean 8
Sav Vacallo Basket: Ledbetter 3, Sloan 6, Rickey Gibson 13, Fontanini, Rokas Uzas 9, Ramseier 5, Brian Connelly 8, Waleshbuel, Schneidermann 5, Bushmann 4, Pape 2


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Hoops welcomes back Enique "Ricky" Clemons - by Rabih Khoury
Hoops Club management agreed to terms with american point guard and scorer Enique Clemons (180-G-80, college: Missouri). Clemons played for Hoops Club in 2009-2010 where he lead his team to the final 4 for the first averaging: Score-4 (20.1ppg), 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-1 (4.6spg), FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT-1 (86.3%).
The past year Clemons played also in Lebanon for Chabab Club where he averaged in 16 games: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT-3 (80.9%). He then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TB2L) where he averaged in 5 games: 15.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 93.8%.
Clemons arrived today to Lebanon to start preparing for the season under the new head coach Patrick Saba.


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Neptunas beats BC Kyiv in friendly game, 84-70 - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas - BC Kyiv 84-70

Lithuanian team Neptunas and Ukrainian BC Kyiv met in a friendly game yesterday. Neptunas demonstrated better performance and won it with double-digit margin, 84-70. Marius Runkaukas (189-G-86) and Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87, college: Syracuse) were the leading players in victory with 15 points each. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) followed them with 13 points. On the other side, BC Kyiv got 18 points from Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas). Vladyslav Podolyan (195-G-86) and Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, college: Mississippi St.) scored 17 and 10 points respectively. First quarter turned to be the crucial one in this meeting as Neptunas blasted Kyiv 33-11. Ukrainians improved after that and cut the margin to 10 points until the halftime. Teams were almost leveled after the breather and Neptunas went to last ten minutes with comfortable lead. Kyiv was not able to mount a comeback and faced with 84-70 loss at the end,

Neptunas: Marius Runkaukas 15, Arinze Onuaku 15, Martynas Mazeika 13, Mantas Ruikis 13
BC Kyiv: Gary Ervin 18, Vladyslav Podolyan 17, Derrick Zimmerman 10


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. ABRO-Univ. 0-0 
 2. Delikatesas 0-0 
 3. Ezerunas-Karys 0-0 
 4. Gargzdai 0-0 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 0-0 
 6. Matinga-Juod. 0-0 
 7. Mazeikiai 0-0 
 8. Meresta 0-0 
 9. Nafta Universitetas 0-0 
 10. Perlas-MRU 0-0 
 11. Radviliskis 0-0 
 12. S.Marciulionio 0-0 
 13. Silute 0-0 
 14. Statyba 0-0 
 15. Triobet 0-0 
 16. Zalgiris-Sabonio 0-0 


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Buducnost tests Milan Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) has a chance to become a new member of Buducnost Podgorica. The Montenegrin champion brought in the player for try-out. Milosevic already spent few days with the team and he will play for them at Mirza Delibazic Memorial in Sarajevo. After that tournament, Buducnost will make a decision to offer Milosevic a deal or not. Milan Milosevic played for the Bosnian NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. However, he appeared just in one game. He helped Bosnians in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 with 2 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 7 games. Milosevic started last season with Keravnos Nicosia, but they parted ways after just few games and he was jobless after that. From 2008 until the last summer Milosevic played for Crvena Zvezda. He also spent few years with Sloboda Dita and Hercegovac Bileca in the past.

Lietuvos Rytas signs short term deal with Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Lietuvos Rytas. The Vilnius team penned a short term deal with Jeretin and he will replace injured Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) (4-5 weeks out). Jeretin is active member of the Montenegrin National Team. He appeared five times at the EuroBasket in Lithuania averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Goran Jeretin spent last season with Lokomotiv Kuban. He had 6.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 35 games in Russian PBL. In EuroChallenge, he added 4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, Jeretin played for Turk Telekom, Buducnost Podgorica, AEL Limassol, Kyiv and ALBA Berlin. He also has experience from Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where he spent second half of the 2006/07 season. In the past, Goran Jeretin spent few years with Crvena Zvezda.
Euroleague Qualifications start next week and Lietuvos Rytas will meet Buducnost in the first game.


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Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and Ben Uzoh part ways - by Eurobasket News
Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa) will not play for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro next season. The American point guard arrived to Montegranaro few days ago on try-out (until September 28), but they already split. Uzoh supposed to replace Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville), who broke his leg during the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. Sosa will miss at least six months. Ben Uzoh played for the New Jersey Nets last season. He appeared 41 times with them averaging 3.9 points 1.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. It was his rookie NBA year. Uzoh also played 4 games with D-League team Springfield Armor. He had 16 ppg, 8 rpg, 5.8 apg and 2.3 spg. Ben Uzoh graduated at the University of Tulsa a year ago. He had 15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.7 apg for his school as a senior. According to rumors, the Italian team now targets Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.), while Ben Uzoh is linked with one of the Russian teams.

Chauncey Billups working to keep union - by Eurobasket News
Over the past few months, as Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) read and heard stories about the decertification of the NBA players' union, one thing seemed odd to him: it was always the agents calling for decertification.

To Billups, the notion of agents telling players they need to decertify was backwards. After all, the agents work for the players, not vice versa.

So Billups became proactive, telling players wherever he found them to stick with the union. While training in Las Vegas, he spoke to guys before or after workouts. While at Chris Paul's wedding in North Carolina a couple weeks ago, he pulled LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony aside for a moment.

After speaking with nearly 50 players, Billups is now convinced that most of the league's players understand they should not let their agents lead them towards decertification.

'I felt like this thing is really between the players, our union, and the owners,' Billups said in a telephone interview Tuesday. 'That's been my stance. I'm not saying agents are not important at all. I love my agent and we have a great relationship. But this is not really between the agents and the owners. We shouldn't be persuaded to decertify by somebody who shouldn't be doing any persuading. I expressed that to some of the guys and they agreed with me, and that's why we have such great unity right now in the union.'

Billups, who is represented by Andy Miller, is not against using decertification as a last resort. But he feels like the players should put their full support behind players association head Billy Hunter and the union and let the negotiations play out before opting to decertify.

Billups will turn 35 next week and he's one of the most respected players in the league. His back story of having been at every level of the pay grade has enabled him to relate to the different types of players he's talked with. The 14-year veteran had two mid-level contracts before finally reaching eight figures annually in 2007. And now that he's scheduled for the biggest payday of his career ($14.2 million), the season is in jeopardy. But Billups said he's willing to forgo that to get a good deal for the players going forward.

'It's a tough situation for me,' he said. 'Selfishly, I want that money. I earned that money over a long time. I feel like it should've come to me a long time ago, but it didn't. But I remember the first lockout in 1998 and all those guys who were in the position I'm in now -- Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan. They were finally getting their balloon payments but they stood up and said, 'Listen we're going to do what's right and make sure the league is in good shape when we're done.' I remember that vividly. So now I want to make sure the Derrick Roses and all the young guys coming up have the opportunity to one day be able to get paid.

'The guys who have played the amount of years that I've played -- we know this deal is not really going to affect us that much.

We're in the twilight years of our careers. The importance of this deal is for the young guys.'

Miller, who in addition to Billups represents Kevin Garnett, has not been one of the agents pushing for decertification.

'Andy's following it closely, but he stays in his lane,' Billups said. 'He's not one of the guys in there trying to persuade everybody to decertify so (the agents') power can increase. Me and him would've had a big issue if he was. But he's not. He just gets all the information and reports back to his guys. He does what I think an agent should do.'

Kobe Bryant is also working to keep the players together. Hunter told the Los Angeles Times that Bryant has been 'deeply involved' in the meetings and has volunteered to share 'in a pool of revenue to help the other (players) get through' the lockout.

'He and others are prepared to loan money if necessary,' Hunter told the newspaper.

Billups, who is currently in Las Vegas playing in the Impact Basketball League, believes the players are unified enough to miss as many games as necessary to get a solid deal from the league.

'I think the guys are 100 percent unified,' he said. 'Don't get me wrong -- nobody wants to miss a game. I don't think the owners do, and I know we don't. However, negotiations are negotiations and we're going to have to come to an agreement at some point. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. But if not, we're in this fight for the long haul.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Reps from NBA, union talk in short meeting - by Eurobasket News
Personnel members early the NBA and players friendship be inflicted including met, and top negotiators early in cooperation sides will have a discussion Thursday.

A tiny assemble early each side took part over a few hours Wednesday. On Thursday, commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and other top negotiators early the league will come across including executive boss Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher of the Lakers, who was fleeting overnight to New York, and others early the union.

Players and owners are soothe diametrically opposed over the salary cap structure as the push to out including the intention of started July 1 reaches an vital the boards. Training camps probable to commence Oct. 3 would liable be postponed lacking a transact business this week.

Courtesy of The Associated Press (copied from http://sports7news.com)


Besiktas officially confirms arrival of Semih Erden - by Eurobasket News
Semih Erden (211-C-87) officially became a new member of Besiktas. He will stay with the club until the end of the NBA lock-out. Erden finished last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined them in February averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in four games. His NBA journey started with the Boston Celtics, where Erden had 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 37 games. From 2005 until the last summer Semih Erden played for Fenerbahce Ulker. He helped them win three TBL titles and one Turkish Cup. In their last season together Erden averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 42 TBL games. He also added 6.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 10 games in Euroleague. Semih Erden won the Silver with Turkish NT at the World Championship last summer. At this event he had 9.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 9 games.
Now it seems that arrival Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) is under the big question mark. They verbally agreed a deal few days ago, but some sources say they still didn't sign anything. So, it seems that Golubovic will not join Besiktas after all. We will wait for the official confirmation.

UPDATE: Besiktas gave up on Golubovic. The club decided not to sign him.


Kenyon Martin signs record deal in China - by Eurobasket News
Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) is another NBA player who moved to China this summer. The forward signed the largest contract in CBA history. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Martin will earn around $2.65M per the entire season in China. Kenyon Martin spent last seven years with Denver Nuggets. In the latest one he had 8.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 53 NBA games. In their first season together (2004/05) Martin had 15.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.4 apg for 70 games. Before Denver, he spent four years with the New Jersey Nets. They reached NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

'It's a great opportunity for him to stay in shape and stay fresh,' said Andy Miller, Martin's agent to Denver Post. 'And it also gives him an opportunity to expand his name globally.'

Kenyon Martin has an 11-year career in NBA where he has played 654 games averaging 13.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1rpg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.


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Newest Storm player no stranger to Maritimes - by Eurobasket News
The newest member of the Summerside Storm is no stranger to the Maritimes.

Head coach and vice-president of personnel Joe Salerno announced the signing of six-foot-one and 195-pound guard Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-PG-87, college: New Hampshire), 24.

'He's a very quick, very heady combo guard,' said Salerno. 'Eric is going to be able to play the point (guard) position for us, as well as the small shooting guard. . .

'We're extremely excited to have Eric (signed). He did have some options in other leagues. He's a great guy to have, and he can do a lot of things.'

Gilchrese, who is from Springfield, Ill., previously played in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) with the Saint John Mill Rats and Halifax Rainmen.

'I am pretty familiar with that part of Canada,' said Gilchrese in a phone interview. 'I'm just excited to get back.'

In nine games with the Rainmen in 2010, Gilchrese had an 8.8 points-per-game average, a 38.5 field-goal-shooting percentage and an 82.5 free-throw percentage.

In 2011, Gilchrese appeared in six games with the Mill Rats. He averaged 10.7 points per game, had a field-goal percentage of 47.6 per cent and hit 84.2 per cent of his free throws.

Gilchrese was named the 2010 PBL rookie of the year, and also participated in that season's league all-star game.

'He's a very efficient scorer,' said Salerno. 'From what I've seen the past two years, he has one of the higher IQ's playing the point-guard position at this level.'

Gilchrese expects to arrive in Summerside in early October. The Storm's regular-season home opener is against the Quebec Kebs on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

'I'm excited and ready to get it going,' he said. 'I can't wait to get out to Summerside.'



Exhibition game

The Storm's first pre-season game against the Halifax Rainmen will be held at the UPEI Sports Centre on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

The National Basketball League of Canada originally announced the game would be played Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Storm will also host the Saint John Mill Rats in a pre-season game at EastLink Arena in Summerside on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




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Quinnipiac basketball players face assault charges - by Eurobasket News
Two Quinnipiac University basketball players arrested over the weekend on assault charges remain on the team pending the results of a university investigation into the incident.

Senior guard James Johnson (6'0''-G), the team's leading scorer a year ago, and sophomore Ike Azotam (6'6''-F), a 6-foot-6 forward, were charged early Sunday morning with assault and breach of peace following a fight on campus.

Police say they each struck other students in the face.

The school released a statement saying both players have been cooperating with authorities. Under the school's judicial policy, any sanctions would follow an investigation by a review board.

Both Johnson, who averaged over 16 points a game last season, and Azotam, who averaged five points and five rebounds, are free on bond and due in court on Sept. 26.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


AP Source: Big East, Big 12 officials talk merger - by Eurobasket News
The Big East and Big 12 might join together in their fight for survival.

School and conference officials from the two leagues have been discussing ways to merge what's left of them if Texas and Oklahoma leave the Big 12, a person involved in the discussions told The Associated Press.

The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about what is going on behind the scenes, said Monday there has been dialogue between athletic directors and high-level officials in the conference offices.

'Those conversations are alive and ongoing,' the person said.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh have announced they will be leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Texas and Oklahoma are both trying to decide whether to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12, taking Oklahoma State and Texas Tech with them.

Both universities' board of regents voted Monday to give their presidents the right to choose a new conference, though the Texas regents still held the right to give a final approval.

If the Big 12 loses those four members, it would leave Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State scrambling.

Without Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the Big East still has six football members, Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida, Rutgers, Louisville and West Virginia. Plus TCU is slated to join in 2012, giving the Big East a presence in Big 12 country.

Also talking about mergers are the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA.

Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson told the Idaho Statesmen that he and CUSA Commissioner Britton Banowsky 'resurrected this consolidation concept with Conference USA from a football-only standpoint.'

A union between those schools could create one BCS automatic qualifying league, but there's no guarantee some of those schools won't also look elsewhere.

The Southeastern Conference has voted to accept Texas A&M as its 13th member, and speculation has Missouri and West Virginia as candidates to become No. 14.

The ACC might not be done adding Big East teams. The conference reached 14 members with the recent additions, and UConn and Rutgers would allow it to continue to expand its presence in the Northeast.

'I think UConn will be in the ACC, if I had to guess,' Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim said today during a speech at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham, according to The Birmingham News. 'I think Rutgers could be.'

The Big East also has seven non-football members in St. John's, Providence, Marquette, Seton Hall, DePaul, Villanova and Georgetown, and Notre Dame - which competes in the Big East in everything but football.

Managing the agendas of the football and non-football schools has been an issue for Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, who is in his third year leading the conference.

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe managed to keep the Big 12 together last year when Texas was considering a move to the then-Pac-10 that would have included Texas Tech and the two Oklahoma schools.

However, that might have only been a temporary reprieve for the league.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


UConn remains uncommitted to Big East - by Eurobasket News
Multiple officials at Connecticut say the school has not committed to staying in the Big East Conference and continues to look at other conference options.

The officials, who asked that their names not be used because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations, denied that Connecticut and Rutgers agreed to stay in the conference during a three-hour meeting among Big East football members on Tuesday.

Commissioner John Marianatto emerged from that meeting to say that all the members had 'pledged to each other that they are committed to move forward together.'

But the Connecticut officials said that when Marianatto asked each school in turn to commit to the conference, officials from Connecticut and Rutgers agreed to continue talks, but both indicated they would ultimately do what was in best interests of their own schools.

Connecticut President Susan Herbst issued a statement Wednesday thanking fans for their patience during what she described as a 'period of instability' in college athletics.

'Please know that we will always do what is in the best interests for the University of Connecticut,' she said. 'We remain committed to our ideals and principals in intercollegiate athletics and will continue to achieve excellence academically and athletically.'

Herbst did not attend Tuesday's meeting in New York. The school instead sent Rachel Rubin, her chief of staff, and Paul McCarthy, who is acting as UConn's athletic director until Paul Pendergast takes over the position on Oct. 1.

On Tuesday, Herbst told the Associated Press that UConn is looking at multiple options, but has not ruled out remaining in a reconstituted Big East Conference.

'Our number-one priority is to be in a conference where we match academically, that's the most important thing, where the other president's the other ADs share our desire to focus on the student-athlete,' she said. 'We're talking to a lot of people, we have to, and I think that would be true for most presidents in our situation at this time, and trying to figure out what is our best bet.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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Koko Archibong stays in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) will stay in Germany for at least one more season. The Nigerian/American forward penned a deal with Giessen 46ers. He spent last season with BBC Bayreuth. Actually, he joined them in January averaging 8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 16 games in 1.Bundesliga. In 2009/10, Archibong was a member of Duesseldorf Giants. There he had 11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.5 spg for 33 games. In the past, Koko Archibong played for Asseco Prokom, Skyliners Franfkurt, ALBA Berlin, Bamberg and Pau-Orthez. He is a product of the Pennsylvania University.

'We are happy that we were able to get Koko. We noticed in the last games that athletcism and rebounding was missing in our game and we had some defensive problems. Getting Koko helps us to compensate these weaknesses. He is athletic, strong defender and knows the league. It also was important to get a player that is fit and that is the case with Koko', stressed LTi Giessen 46er head coach Bjoern Harmsen.


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Lake Michigan move to PBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals had just sent their star players Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) towards Shanghai, China to play in a ten game tournament. There are a few selected import players, from all over the United States, playing for a chance to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. 'This is the same league Wilson Chandler is playing in. Can you imagine if Bobo or Strong get a chance to play with or against Wilson Chandler during the season?' stated owner Chris Glisson .
Just two days after this interesting announcement, the Admirals announced their move to the Premier Basketball League for the 2012 season, tipping off in January.
'Our team has come a long way since we started in 2009. We are excited to join the Premier Basketball League and give our team the opportunity to play some high caliber professional basketball programs. The regional play model makes sense for our team, and the opportunity to have our games played on television and the internet helps our fans support us all season long,' commented Chris Glisson with the Admirals ownership group.
The Admirals finished their 2010-2011 season fifth in the nation in the American Basketball Association with 20 wins and 6 losses, winning the North Central Division championship game against the Chicago Steam. Forward Odgra Bobo was was named to the ABA East All Star team, Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) and Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) were named to the honorable mention team.
'We are excited to have the Lake Michigan Admirals play in the Premier Basketball League starting this upcoming season. Coach Che Eddie and the Admirals ownership group have created a high class, community oriented program. This is what we look for in PBL teams, and we are gearing up to start play in January,' commented Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO.
The Admirals' preseason tournament starts November 26th, 2011 at Lake Michigan Catholic High School starting at 6:00pm.


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Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 28-2 
 2. Real Club 26-4 
 3. Escuela Fap 24-6 
 4. El Bosque 20-11 
 5. Inmaculada 18-13 
 6. Centro Naval 12-18 
 7. Ejercito 11-20 
 8. San Augustin 9-22 
 9. San Marcos 3-27 
 10. Universitario 1-29 


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Szubarga to leave Asseco Prokom? - by Greg
Eurobasket.com reveals that Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84), who is in the roster of Asseco Prokom Gdynia for the upcoming season, is going to leave the club. According to the rumors he has an offer from Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt.
Last season Szubarga got injured during the pre-season just after he has signed with Asseco Prokom and missed over half of the season. Then while playing 25 games in Polish League he was averaging 7.2ppg, 3.4apg and 2.2spg. He helped his team to won the Polish League title.


Anwil and Trefl in Kasztelan Basketball Cup final - by Maciej Paszyn
Thursday was first day of pre-season turnament in Anwil Wloclawek - 'Kasztelan Basketball Cup'. Four teams - turkish club Tofas Bursa, Trefl Sopot WKS Slask Wroclaw and Anwil Wloclawek ( all three from Poland ) was divided into two semi-final pairs.

In first semi-final Trefl Sopot picked-up guests from Turkey. Trough all the game score was oscillating close to the draw. Both teams was playing on low percent from the field especially from 3 point range. In result after 40 minutes score had been 59-59 and overtime became necessary. In extra 5 minutes Trefl Sopot leading by Lukasz Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) had won by one point which opened road for final game.

Trefl Sopot - Tofas Bursa 69:68 (17:22, 16:12, 12:6, 14:19, 10:9)

Trefl: Lukasz Koszarek 12, Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: Stephen F. Austin) 11, Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Pittsburgh) 9, John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) 9, Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) 8, Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) 6, Jamelle Horne (200-F, college: Arizona) 5, Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) 5, Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83) 4, Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) 0.

Tofas: Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, college: Humboldt St.) 16, Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) 13, Ronald Steele (187-PG-86, agency: SportsTalent, college: Alabama) 12, Can Ozcan (202-F-89) 8, Samet Geyik (206-F-93) 7, Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) 7, Baris Ozcan (191-G-80) 4, Inanc Koc (202-F-79) 2, Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) 0

Double-double ( 26 pt. 15 rb. ) made by Seid Hajric (203-F-83) was the biggest reason of Anwils victory. Starting power foward dominated totally backboard and was unstoppable in offense in close and middle range. Supporting by Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Seid Hajric secured Anwils won 69-66.

Anwil Anwil Wloclawek - Slask WKS Slask Wroclaw 69:66 (17:12, 17:13, 18:25, 17:16)

Anwil: Seid Hajric 26, Corsley Edwards 14, Dardan Berisha 10, Marcin Nowakowski (184-PG-89) 8, Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) 4, John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) 3, Louis Hinnant (193-PG-84, college: Boston Coll.) 2, Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86) 2, Wojciech Glabas (207-F/C-90) 0, Michal Pietrzak (199-F-93) 0

lask: Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) 18, Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell) 13, Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) 11, Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) 10, Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) 7, Bartosz Bochno (193-G-88) 2, Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Florida Atlantic) 2, Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) 2, Pawel Buczak (206-C-88, college: Princeton) 0


Donatas Motiejunas heading to Poland? - by Greg
According to rumors Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) is going to leave Treviso and join Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The polish team has offered a two-year deal and Benetton Treviso could be interested in earning the buy-out as the palyer becomes a free agent at the end of next season.
Motiejunas, picked up n.20 by the Minnesota Timberwolves at last NBA draft and then traded to Houston, has spent two years at Treviso so far averaging 9.2 ppg in the first and 13.1 ppg last season.


J.T. Tiller on tryouts with Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg - by Greg
J.T. Tiller (191-G-88, college: Missouri) will have a chance to sign in Poland. 23-year old American guard is expected to arrive at Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg for two-week tryouts. Tiller played most recently at Idaho Stampede (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 5 games for Idaho S. last season his stats were: 5.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He graduated from University of Missouri in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.


PBG Basket gets Jakub Parzenski on loan - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna announced today that Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) will play next season for PBG Basket Poznan. They agreed a one-year loan. Parzenski arrives to Bologna last summer, but he played mostly for their junior team. The Polish prospect got a chance only four times in SerieA. Parzenski joined Virtus Bologna (Canadian Solar) from Slask Wroclaw. He played for their U20 team averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 17 games. Jakub Parzenski played for U20 Polish National Team this summer. They competed at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo, where Parzenski averaged 10.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. He helped U18 Poland to win the Silver at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -09. He had 7.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg at this event.

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Anthony Hill will start his pro career in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Hill (200-F, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) will tip off his pro career in Portugal. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Porto. The forward graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this year. He tallied 15.3 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per game in his senior season. Anthony Hill made it into All-Horizon League 1st Team. He was also named into NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team.


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Spartak Primorie better than Universitet Surgut - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Primorie played another friendly game in Croatia. This time it was a game between two Russian teams. Spartak outplayed Universitet-Yugra Surgut in this meeting 72-62. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) stepped up in victory with 16 points. Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) and Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: VCU) followed him with 15 and 12 points respectively. Last quarter was the crucial one in this game and it belonged to Spartak 21-7. Before that, Spartak made 20-18 in Q1 and Surgut responded with 13-16 in the next ten minutes. Surgut won Q3 as well (18-20) and they were three points up before the last period, but that was not enough. During the week, Spartak lost against Croatian team Jolly JBS 76-85. Konstantin Nesterov scored 22 points in defeat.

Unics Kazan to sign Lynn Greer - by Eurobasket Center
Lynn Greer (186-G-79) has just agreed terms with Unics Kazan for the upcoming season. That will be his second campaign in Russia, in 2004/2005 season he played for Dynamo Moscow and helped them to make it to the league finals. The product of Temple University started last season with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul averaging 5ppg in Euroleague and 3.6ppg in Turkish League. In Jan.'11 he moved to Olimpia Milano in Italy where he finished the season. In 15 games he was averaging 10.3ppg and 2.8apg in Serie A. Greer played also pro basketball in China, Greece, Italy, Poland, and USA.

Nizhny Novgorod edge Tamis in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod - Tamis 92:65

Nizhny Novgorod celebrated yet another win in Serbia. This time they overcame Tamis. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge.
Nizhny Novgorod exploded with 33 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 17-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Nizhny Novgorod secured a 17-point buffer at the interval. Tamis shifted the gear in the third term. The Serbia team unloaded 28 points to narrow the gap. But Nizhny Novgorod answered with a 24:7 rally in the fourth period to seal the victory at the end. Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) posted 16 points, while Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Nikita Stepanenkov (207-C-87) added 10 points each in the victory. Igor Jereminov (198-G-90) answered with 15 points for Tamis. Majstorovic had 11 points in the loss.

Nizhny Novgorod: Ivan Nelyubov 27, Andrei Ivanov 16, Aleksei Vzdykhalkin 10, Nikita Stepanenkov 10
Tamis: Igor Jereminov 15, Majstorovic 11



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Nizhny Novgorod edge Tamis in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod - Tamis 92:65

Nizhny Novgorod celebrated yet another win in Serbia. This time they overcame Tamis. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge.
Nizhny Novgorod exploded with 33 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 17-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Nizhny Novgorod secured a 17-point buffer at the interval. Tamis shifted the gear in the third term. The Serbia team unloaded 28 points to narrow the gap. But Nizhny Novgorod answered with a 24:7 rally in the fourth period to seal the victory at the end. Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) posted 16 points, while Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Nikita Stepanenkov (207-C-87) added 10 points each in the victory. Igor Jereminov (198-G-90) answered with 15 points for Tamis. Majstorovic had 11 points in the loss.

Nizhny Novgorod: Ivan Nelyubov 27, Andrei Ivanov 16, Aleksei Vzdykhalkin 10, Nikita Stepanenkov 10
Tamis: Igor Jereminov 15, Majstorovic 11



Update on KK Smederevo and OKK Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Serbian teams continue the preparation for the upcoming season. KK Smederevo edged KK Maribor 84:81 in Serbia. It was an interesting game and kept the spectators alive until the last minutes. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) top-scored for the Slovenian team with 22 points and Jovanovic netted 14. Zolotic scored 13, while Stevan Tapuskovic (209-F/G-89) added 10.
Nizhniy Novgorod overcame OKK Serbia 98:78. The Russian representative opened the game with 28-24 in the first period and had 2-point advantage at the halftime. In the third quarter Nizhniy Novgorod produced 29-26 and erupted with 24-9 in the last stanza. Nikita Stepanenkov (207-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Vadim Panin (203-G-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 12. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) delivered 17 points in defeat and Dragan Mitrovic (200-F-85) scored 16.




Crvena Zvezda hands 81-73 loss to Keravnos - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Keravnos 81-73

Crvena Zvezda and Keravnos met in Day One of the tournament in Samokov, Bulgaria. The Serbian squad celebrated 81-73 win thanks to well played second half of the game. Former NBAer Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was a key player in victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) followed him with 16 points, while Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) had 13 and 8 points respectively. On the other side, Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Players Group) top-scored with 13 points and Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) had one less than him. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) and Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) stopped to 10 points apiece. Both teams were very productive at the beginning, but still first ten minutes belonged to Crvena Zvezda 29-26. Keravnos shined in the second period and managed to stop their rivals to 13 pts. Keravnos drained 21 on the other side for plus six at the HT. However, Adam Morrison and his teammates took control on Keravnos after the breather and thanks to 19-13 in Q3 and 20-13 in the last ten minutes they celebrated in this game.

Crvena Zvezda: Adam Morrison 23, Andreja Milutinovic 16, Bojan Subotic 13, Petar Popovic 8
Keravnos: Pavels Veselovs 13, Marcus Moore 12, Panagiotis Trisokkas 10, Strahinja Dragicevic 10


Panathinaikos wins another friendly in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos played another friendly game in Serbia. After victory against Borac Cacak, the reigning Greek and Euroleague champion was too strong for Vojvodina Novi Sad 82-71. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) were the leading players in this victory with 16 points. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) helped with 12 and 10 points respectively. Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) followed them with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) delivered 15 points. Quarters: 23-21, 22-15, 24-16, 13-19.
In previous friendly, PAO handed 89-72 loss to Borac Cacak. Romain Sato shined in this game as well scoring 15 points. David Logan had 11. In Borac, Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: BeoExcell) netted 20 pts.


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Seychelles National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Dominic Pillay Cobras Seychelles
Bernard Bristol G Hawks Seychelles
Nigel Sinon 174-G Rockers Seychelles
Cyril Agrippine F/G Rockers Seychelles
Abdel Kader Sylla 205-C-90 Nancy France
Reggie Ah-Kong Cobras Seychelles
Amadou Sylla Cobras Seychelles
Darren Lesperance Cobras Seychelles
Robert Leon 196-C BAYA Seychelles
Giovanni Laval 175-G BAYA Seychelles
Nigel Cafrine Razors Seychelles
Daniel Victor Hawks Seychelles
Neddy Fanchette C Hawks Seychelles
Sergio Ah-Kong
Arnaud Arissol
Ron Estico



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Nitra bring in Ater Majok and Mamadi Diane - by Eurobasket News
Nitra strengthened their roster. They added two more players to the squad. They are Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) and Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia).
Ater Majok started the previous season in Turkey. He played for Iksispor Istanbul. The forward tallied 13.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game in TB2L. In December Ater Majok moved to the Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per appearance. In February Ater Majok joined the Gold Coast Blaze. He posted 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds for the team. Ater Majok was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. The forward was on Australian National Team in 2010.
Mamadi Diane played for CB Penas Huesca in 2009/10 season. The guard averaged 11.3 points 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in LEB Silver. Mamadi Diane spent 2010/11 pre-season with the Tulsa 66ers in D-League but never signed a deal. He participated at 2011 African Championship in Madagaskar. Mamadi Diane averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game for Ivory Coast.



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Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk rolled over Hellios Domzale 81:67. Naymick top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and Lenzly posted 12 each. Wilson followed them with 11 points in a win.
Zlatorog edged Temp SUZM 86:80. The Slovenian side had 44:38 at the halftime and kept the same difference at the end. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Lapornik as well as Omic posted 16 points each.
KK Smederevo edged KK Maribor 84:81 in Serbia. It was an interesting game and kept the spectators alive until the last minutes. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) top-scored for the Slovenian team with 22 points and Jovanovic netted 14. Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13, while Stevan Tapuskovic (209-F/G-89) added 10.



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Keving Palacios to Uruguay - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuelan basketball player Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina)will be flying out from his home town to join Club Atletico Cordon in Montevideo, Uruguay. There is a lot of hope in Montevideo with Palacios arriving because they know that the Venezuelan will be a great help for them to earn one of those eight spots available that allow the basketball team to pass to the next round.
Additional to his several years playing in Venezuela with the National team, professional basketball league, and National League, Keving Palacios has a great international basketball background. In USA he wears basketball uniforms at St Benedict's Prep, Eastern Oklahoma State College, and University of South Carolina plus other overseas experiences in Poland, Mexico, and Colombia.
Keving Palacios's a proud Venezuelan .



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Magnum Rolle and LG Sakers in Contract Dispute - by Kevin Campigotto
Last week the Changwon LG Sakers cut import center Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) after he was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, an inflammatory ailment of the feet. Rolle had struggled with the ailment throughout training camp and in an article published on jumball.co.kr a member of the LG organization claimed the injury was not improving. Days after that report, the LG Sakers announced they had cut Rolle, and replaced him with Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji.

Now, Rolle and his lawyer are contending that this is a breach of contract and LG must pay Rolle his entire yearly salary. Rolle's lawyer, Fletcher F. Cockrell, made it very clear that the contract was fully guaranteed for the entire year and that this is something that Rolle demanded up front. Cockrell claims that Rolle had other guaranteed contract offers from European clubs so he would only sign with LG if the contract was fully guaranteed, which Cockrell says the final contract signed by Rolle and the club was. Cockrell claims that the contract made no provision for LG to cut Rolle under any circumstances, injury, poor performance, etc.

This is a serious dispute and Cockrell says that he has tried to contact the club to resolve it amicably, but the club has not responded to his requests. Because the team has refused to respond, Cockrell is taking the issue to a FIBA Tribunal. The Fiba Basketball Tribunal was established in 2006 and provides services for the resolution of disputes between players, agents and clubs through arbitration. Rolle is asking for the full guaranteed amount stipulated in his contract, which he contends includes a clause that should have prevented the team from cutting him due to injury and then not paying him. Rolle asserts that he did not violate any of the terms of his contract, and so is owed the entire amount stipulated in his contract.

Rolle's injury came relatively early in training camp and he was cut with more than a month left before the start of the regular season. With six of the ten teams making the KBL playoffs, and last season the two finalists being the third and fourth seeds, even if Rolle missed a few games at the start of the season, LG could still easily make the playoffs. Rolle says that he wanted to stay in Korea, rehab his injury, and lead the LG Sakers into championship contention but he was forced out of the league by a team that wanted to replace him.

No matter what the resolution, this kind of press is bad news for a league trying to upgrade its foreign import players. With competing leagues in China and the Philippines, not to mention Europe, the KBL does not need a reputation of breaking contracts or playing fast and loose with injured players and the money owed to them. If a player cannot feel confident that he will get paid what is guaranteed in the contract, or worries that if he gets injured he will be cut and not paid what was guaranteed, players will think twice before coming to Korea. If what Rolle and his lawyer say Is true this would be a serious black eye on not only the LG Sakers club but also the KBL and could hurt other teams' ability to sign top foreign players.

The new one-foreigner policy implemented this year may be partially to blame for this, assuming what Rolle says is true. Teams who lose their foreign player to injury no longer have a backup, and cannot afford long stretches of games without a foreign player. In previous seasons, teams could rely on their backup foreigner while their starter healed up.
Coincidentally, the cutting came just days after an AOL Sporting News report that Rolle's salary was nearly three times the amount allowed for foreign players by the KBL. Teams are allowed to pay foreigners no more than 350,000 USD, but the AOL report pegged Rolle's salary at 973,000. LG Sakers head coach laughed off the report, and the assumption has been that the AOL report is mistaken.

When LG Signed Rolle, he was thought to be one of the top signings in the KBL. He boasts an impressive college and NBA-DL record and most recently was a part of the Indiana Pacers training camp. Of Rolle's performance during that camp Coach Jim OBrian said 'He's been by far the best player by a large margin (in camp). He has dominated everything. He has scored. He has rebounded. He has defended well. He has a surprisingly high basketball IQ. He shoots really well and pursues every offensive rebound.'

Attempts to contact the LG Sakers for comment were unsuccessful.

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The Jumpball article:




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Lagun Aro announce Kenny Adeleke - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) will spend the next season in Lagun Aro. The team has officially announced the signing of contract with the centre. The deal is meant for one season. Kenny Adeleke started the previous season in Ukraine. He averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds per game for Dnipro in Superleague. In VTB League the centre appeared in just one game. In February Kenny Adeleke joined Hacettepe University. The centre tallied 11.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in TB2L. Previously Kenny Adeleke had stints in China, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria and Israel. The centre was named CAAC Rookie of the Year back in 2002 while playing for Hofstra University.


Obradoiro signs 2-year extension with Alberto Corbacho - by Eurobasket News
Obradoiro announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Alberto Corbacho (201-F-84). The Spanish forward joined Obradoiro a year ago from Breogan. He appeared 45 times in LEB Gold last season averaging 9.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. He helped Obradoiro to win the LEB Gold Playoffs and of course promotion to ACB. They were also regular season runners-up. From 2008 to 2010, Alberto Corbacho played for Breogan. He had 8.3 ppg and 2 rpg in their first season together. Breogan competed in LEB Gold both years. In the past, Corbacho was a member of LHospitalitet, CAI Zaragoza and Huelva. He also played for Unicaja II.

Friendly games: Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
ACB teams played four friendly games yesterday.
Assignia Manresa cruised past Lucentum Alicante 81-61. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier), Micah Downs (203-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne) led the winners with 15 points each. Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86, college: Seton Hall) delivered 12 points in loss.
Lagun Aro GBC was better than Blancos de Rueda Valladolid 58-52. Andy Panko (204-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) was a key player in victory with 19 points. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Rhode Island) netted 14 points in loss.
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket handed 88-74 loss FIATC Joventut. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) and Marko Banic (205-F-84) led Bilbao with 19 and 17 points respectively. Pooh Jeter (179-PG-83, college: Portland) scored 16 points for Joventut.
In the last game of the day, Cajasol Banca Civica registered 63-58 win against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) paced Cajasol with 12 points. Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) had 14 points in loss.
No friendly games today, but three are scheduled for Friday.


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Avellino too much for Swiss Vacallo - by Eurobasket News
Sidigas Avellino - Sav Vacallo Basket 73-55

Sidigas Avellino played a friendly game last night. Their rival Swiss team Sav Vacallo Basket and Avelino had no troubles to register 73-55 victory. They took control on Vacallo from the beginning and were constantly in charge. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) shined for the winners with 17 points. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) followed him with one less and Johnson helped with 15 pts. In Vacallo, Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 13 pts. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) and Brian Connelly (203-F-87, college: Albany) had 9 and 8 points respectively. Avellino was 22-17 up after ten minutes and they jumped to 38-26 until the halftime. Vacallo came to minus six after three quarters, but Avelino blasted them in Q4 with 20-8 for the final 18-point win. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Sidigas Avellino: Green 3, Chevon Troutman 16, Norcino, Berti, Ferrara 3, Spinelli 2, Dimitri Lauwers 17, Alborea, Gaddefors 5, Soloperto 4, Johnson 15, Dean 8
Sav Vacallo Basket: Ledbetter 3, Sloan 6, Rickey Gibson 13, Fontanini, Rokas Uzas 9, Ramseier 5, Brian Connelly 8, Waleshbuel, Schneidermann 5, Bushmann 4, Pape 2


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Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Akhisar Bld 0-0 
 2. Balikesir 0-0 
 3. Baskent Genclik 0-0 
 4. Darussafaka 0-0 
 5. Final Genclik 0-0 
 6. Gaziantep 0-0 
 7. Gelisim 0-0 
 8. Genc Telekom 0-0 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 0-0 
 10. Istanbulspor 0-0 
 11. Kepez Bld 0-0 
 12. Maliye Milli 0-0 
 13. Optimum TED 0-0 
 14. Orman Genc 0-0 
 15. Pamukkale 0-0 
 16. Pertevniyal 0-0 
 17. Selcuk Univ. 0-0 
 18. TED Istanbul 0-0 
 19. Usak 0-0 
 20. Vestel 0-0 


Besiktas gave up on Golubovic - by Sinan Can
DUE to the reports, Besiktas gave up on signing Montenegrin-Serbian center Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86). Istanbul club who recently added Turkish center Semih Erden (211-C-87) with an option out during the NBA lock out, decided not to bring Golubovic to Istanbul. Ergin Ataman's this call created some question marks, where with two key players, Deron Williams and Semih Erden who are carrying their option to go back NBA when the lock out is over, things might get nasty during the season for Besiktas. It looks like Semih Erden became the final signing of Besiktas team so far.

Besiktas officially confirms arrival of Semih Erden - by Eurobasket News
Semih Erden (211-C-87) officially became a new member of Besiktas. He will stay with the club until the end of the NBA lock-out. Erden finished last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined them in February averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in four games. His NBA journey started with the Boston Celtics, where Erden had 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 37 games. From 2005 until the last summer Semih Erden played for Fenerbahce Ulker. He helped them win three TBL titles and one Turkish Cup. In their last season together Erden averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 42 TBL games. He also added 6.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 10 games in Euroleague. Semih Erden won the Silver with Turkish NT at the World Championship last summer. At this event he had 9.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 9 games.
Now it seems that arrival Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) is under the big question mark. They verbally agreed a deal few days ago, but some sources say they still didn't sign anything. So, it seems that Golubovic will not join Besiktas after all. We will wait for the official confirmation.

UPDATE: Besiktas gave up on Golubovic. The club decided not to sign him.


Olin Edrine beats Pierikos and fails against Kavala - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edrine played two friendly games against Greek teams this week.
In the first game the Turkish squad cruised past Pierikos 69-53. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) was the leading player in this victory. The Bulgarian scorer had 18 points. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 pts and Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) helped with two points less. He was the last one with double-digits in Olin Edrine.
In the second game, Olin Edrine failed against Kavala 54-65. Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) scored 15 points in defeat. Vladimir Stimac and Ogun Sevinc (198-F/G-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 14 points each. Olin Edrine is set to play more friendies this pre-season.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Atletico Aguada sign Virgin Islands international Phillip Jones - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Aguada signed 26-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international power forward Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-116kg-85, college: Charlotte, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment). Jones played most recently at Team Brussels (Eurobasket) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for Brussels last season his stats were: 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0bpg. He is a very experienced player. Jones played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. He just graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Jones played for U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team this year. He represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) this year. Jones team won Gold and his stats at this event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, FT: 80.0%.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  UKRAINE   


Neptunas beats BC Kyiv in friendly game, 84-70 - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas - BC Kyiv 84-70

Lithuanian team Neptunas and Ukrainian BC Kyiv met in a friendly game yesterday. Neptunas demonstrated better performance and won it with double-digit margin, 84-70. Marius Runkaukas (189-G-86) and Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87, college: Syracuse) were the leading players in victory with 15 points each. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) followed them with 13 points. On the other side, BC Kyiv got 18 points from Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas). Vladyslav Podolyan (195-G-86) and Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, college: Mississippi St.) scored 17 and 10 points respectively. First quarter turned to be the crucial one in this meeting as Neptunas blasted Kyiv 33-11. Ukrainians improved after that and cut the margin to 10 points until the halftime. Teams were almost leveled after the breather and Neptunas went to last ten minutes with comfortable lead. Kyiv was not able to mount a comeback and faced with 84-70 loss at the end,

Neptunas: Marius Runkaukas 15, Arinze Onuaku 15, Martynas Mazeika 13, Mantas Ruikis 13
BC Kyiv: Gary Ervin 18, Vladyslav Podolyan 17, Derrick Zimmerman 10


FIBA-Europe prohibits four players to play - by Alexander Muzyka
This summer four Ukrainian players decided not to join their National teams in a camps for European championships. That was a reason why Ukrainian basketball federation decided to prohibit them to participate in a club championships under the FBU rule. The decision was announced to Superleague and FIBA-Europe headquarters. At Sep. 21 there was a letter from FIBA-Europe's Secretary General Nar Zanolin received with the following text:

Dear friends!
We have been informed that the players Kyrylo Natiazhko (210-C-90), Roman Gumeniuk (221-C-87), Oleksii Len (210-C-93), Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) after having been duly summoned for the Ukrainian National team to play in the Eurobasket-2011 did not appear for the whole period defined by the Basketball Federation of Ukraine to play in the above-mentioned tournament.
According to the regulations of FIBA-Europe, Art. 101.1, the Secretary General of FIBA-Europe in consultation with the President of the Legal Comission has decoded that the players Kyrylo Natiazhko, Roman Gumeniuk, Oleksii Len, Artur Drozdov 'shall not be permitted to participate in European Club Competitions in the territory under the jurisdiction of FIBA-Europe for the duration of the following playing season.
The players have the right to be heard and the decision is subject to appeal according to the FIBA-Europe appeal procedures'.


This decision is the same as in FIBA-Europe rules Art. 101.1 - 'If a player, after having been duly summoned, does not appear for the whole period defined by his/her national federation to play for a national team of his/her own country for whatever reason (including injury or illness), this player shall not be permitted to participate in European Club Competitions in the territory under the jurisdiction of FIBA Europe for the duration of the following playing season.'

Remind that Artur Drozdov is the only player from this four ones who had the contract with Ukrainian team (Azovmash) and two other players are planning to participate in an American territory.


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Pre-Season Focus - Guildford Heat - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos has blended a mixture of familiar faces and new talent as the Surrey side look to move up the BBL Championship table in 2011/12 writes Dave Ryan.

Raftopoulos' debut season coaching the Heat was a tough one, but his side did reach the BBL Trophy final and came good down the stretch in the regular season to finish seventh and qualify for the play-offs.

The former Zimbabwean international brings back four key players as the Heat look for a successful 2011/12 campaign. As Heat enter their seventh year, it comes as no great shock to see Mike Martin again captaining them. The Guildford skipper has lifted all four pieces of BBL silverware during his time with the club, and remains a potent force in the competition. Martin virtually owns the Heat record book, having scored 2,978 points in 188 BBL games for the Heat (averaging 15.84 points per game). In addition to his scoring and rebounding, last season saw Martin lead the team in assists, with 106 in total. That took him to 440 assists since joining the Heat, passing Brian Dux's previous club record of 348 assists.

Also returning for the Heat is former GB and England forward Julius Joseph who first signed for the club in 2009. The former Manchester Giants, Belgian Euphony Bree and Colfontaine (Belgium) player spent four years with Scottish Rocks prior to joining the Heat, and was a key part of the Guildford side last season. He averaged just over 15 points and three rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

Joining the pair of former England internationals is ex GB under-20 player Tayo Ogedengbe who will be playing for Heat for a third straight season. Ogedengbe made his mark during the first season at the Heat, when he stepped up as a power forward when Martin was injured. He led the team in field goal percentage, hitting 54.3% of his shots, and had a career high twice of 28 points against Worcester Wolves.

Raftopoulos has also fought off interest from other clubs to re-sign American guard/forward Martelle McLemore The 23-year-old was a huge hit with the fans and was a major contributor to the Heat's success on and off court last season, leading their scoring with 17.4 points per game as well as hauling down five rebounds per game. He led the team in three-pointers, making a total of 80 and shooting just over 38% from behind the arc as he was ever-present in Championship games.

It's not all familiar faces, though, with American point guard Brandon Shingles joining the Heat for the 2011/2012 season. The 24-year-old joins from Aschersleben Tigers in Germany, where he had a strong season in his first year as a professional player and was described by the coach as 'his most valuable player of the season... with the potential to go to the NBA one day.' Fortunately for Heat, there might not be an NBA this season.

Prior to playing for Aschersleben Tigers, Shingles was team captain at Morehead State University. His strong leadership and tremendous point guard skills were key factors in leading his team to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship game and NCAA tournament during the 2008/2009 season.

Austrian forward Hermann Opoku has also linked up with the Surrey Sports Park side and the 6'10' big man brings a wealth of experience with him. Last season, Opoku played for UBC St. Poltenin in Austria and averaged 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26 minutes a game. Prior to that, he played for three years at George Washington University in Washington DC, and was an under-18 international with his home country.



Pre-Season Focus - Glasgow Rocks - by Paul Nilsen
After seeing his side slide down the BBL Championship table in the second half of last season, Glasgow Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) has made major changes to his team for the 2011/12 campaign writes Dave Ryan.

The Rocks finished a disappointing sixth in the final 2010/11 table after being in the title race in early February, and Davis is one of only two players to return from that side.

It's hard to imagine that Rocks' fans will not be delighted with the news that point guard EJ Harrison has re-signed for the Glasgow club. The former University of Connecticut players has been playing in the UK since 1999, having worked his way up from the EBL. EJ has developed into one of the most prolific guards in the BBL, and Davis will look to him to provide leadership on and off the court for the Rocks.

Harrison led the Rocks in scoring last season where he averaged 15.1 points per game, shooting 51% from the field and 40% from behind the three point line. The most significant feature about Harrison's game is that he contributes all over the floor averaging 2.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game last season and he once again led the BBL in free throw percentage with 93.8%.

Among the new signings is a very familiar face as Gareth Murray who returns to Scotland's only professional basketball club after playing for the Cheshire Jets last season. Murray had spent five years with the Rocks, and comes back with an excellent season under his belt in Cheshire where he averaged 11.1 points per game, shooting 47% from the field and 42% from three-point land in over 33 minutes per game.


Joining Murray in the front court is 6'9' centre DeAundre Cranston to fill the void down in the post position. Cranston's size, length and rebounding ability is set to be a great commodity for the Rocks in the frontcourt and his scoring ability in and around the basket will make him a hard man to contain. Cranston comes from a great University in the University of Mississippi, and made his professional debut in Uruguay last year. Playing for Montevideo, Cranston was averaging 17ppg and 11.5rpg before a season ending injury cut his rookie year short.

Harrison's starting backcourt partner looks set to be, Mychal Green. The 6'4' guard has spent the past two seasons playing in Germany's Pro-B where he played for Licher Basket Baeren and RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf. Green averaged 17ppg, 4.8rpg, and 2.0spg for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf, in 2010/11 as well as shooting an impressive 42.4% from the field, including 35.6% from beyond the three point line.

The Rocks have also signed 6'4' Danny Huffor after Davis spotted the US/British dual passport holder in action in the Las Vegas summer league. Huffor has been renowned for being a great athlete throughout his junior career with his initial sporting choice being that of American football. Huffor, however, found his calling in basketball and soon found himself at Newbury College, where he averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds a game.

Davis will be looking for 6'6' guard/forward Andrew Wedemire to bring some versatility to his team. Canadian born Wedermire has been part of the University of Western Ontario) for the past five years (the Canadian college system allowes players five years of eligibility) and will be looking to make his professional debut with the Rocks this season. In his final year with the Mustangs, Wedemire averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with his versatility being a major attribute to his all round game.

Davis has also added Scottish star point guard Jonny Bunyan to his ranks. Brother of former Rocks player Keith, the 19-year-old has experience at an American prep school and has been playing senior men's basketball for three years with Scottish League side Clark Eriksson Fury in Falkirk.

The open trails held by the Glasgow club proved to be a big hit, with Davis strengthening his bench with the addition of Latvian guard Martins Malnieks and 29-year-od Brit Greg Richards.



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  URUGUAY   


The LUB announced changes for the two first rounds - by Hector Lopez
The Uruguayan League announced changes for the two first rounds for the torunament to begin Friday 23rd.
Friday 23
Aguada-Trouville
Montevideo-Olimpia
Larre Borges- Welcome
Saturday 24
Union Atletica Sayago
Bohemios-Cader
defensor Sporting-Bigua
Sunday 25
Cordon-Guruyu- Waston
Monday 26
Union Atletica-Olimpia
Larre Borges - Malvin
Welcome-Montevideo
Tuesday 27
Trouville - Bigua
Sayago- Hebraica
Aguada-Cader
Cordon-Bohemios
Guruyu Waston - Defensor Sporting



Marvin Jefferson joins Atletico Bigua - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Bigua agreed terms with 25-year old American center Marvin Jefferson (206-C-107kg-86, college: Idaho). Jefferson played most recently at Quimper UJAP (France). While playing 34 games for Quimper last season his stats were: 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg (2nd best in the league). He graduated University of Idaho in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball. While playing for Idaho at the end of 2009-10 season he was selected to WAC All-Defensive Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Club Trouville lands Zahn - by Eurobasket Center
Club Trouville strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Adam Zahn (203-F-104kg-84, college: Oregon). Zahn played most recently at Al Wehda Damascus (Syria). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Honorable Mention. Zahn is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Iraq, Japan, Jordan and Syria. Zahn graduated University of Oregon in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Will Caudle joins Union Atletica - by Eurobasket Center
Union Atletica signed 29-year old American center Will Caudle (206-C-115kg-82, college: Xavier). Caudle played most recently at Shimane Susanoo Magic (Japan). While playing 47 games for Shimane SM last season his stats were: 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Caudle played also pro basketball in Argentina, Dominican Rep., France, Japan, Turkey and Venezuela. One of his best seasons was 2008-2009, when he played for Gelisim Koleji in Turkey. Caudle was voted at the end of that season to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 2nd Team. He graduated Xavier University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Atletico Bigua adds Brumfield to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Bigua added to their roster 25-year old American forward Nathan Brumfield (196-F-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist). Brumfield played most recently at Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico). While playing 32 games for Pioneros last season he recorded 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win regular season and make it to the final. Brumfield graduated Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ghanian Ryan Blankson joins Guruyu Waston - by Eurobasket Center
Guruyu Waston signed 31-year old Ghanian-Ghanian forward Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL). Blankson played most recently at Nacional De Futbol (Metropolitan). He is a very experienced player. Blankson played also pro basketball in Argentina, Australia, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Venezuela. He graduated Loyola University of Chicago in 2003 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Waston is a well-known player in Uruguay. He has been playing here since 2008. At the end of 2208-09 season he was even voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports 2nd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Guruyu Waston adds Martin to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Guruyu Waston agreed terms with 28-year old American center Kevin Martin (208-C-122kg-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast). Martin played most recently at Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes (Portugal). While playing 19 games for Vitoria SC last season he recorded 13.8ppg and 10.3rpg ( best in the league). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Martin is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Korea and Portugal. Martin graduated Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Augustus pro career starts at Hebraica Macabi - by Eurobasket Center
Hebraica Macabi strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Kodi Augustus (203-F-100kg-87). He played most recently at Mississippi State University (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 31 games for Mississippi St. last season he averaged 12.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0bpg. Augustus just graduated Mississippi State University and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Keenan starts her pro career at Larre Borges - by Eurobasket Center
Larre Borges agreed terms with 23-year old American power forward Justin Keenan (201-F/C-113kg-88). Keenan played most recently at Ferris State (NCAA) in the U.S. He just graduated Ferris State and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Borges was one of the most awarded players in NCAA Div.II last season. He received multiple awards including his conference Player of the Year and NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team. He helped his team to make it to NCAA D2 Sweet 16.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Malvin adds Smith to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Malvin agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Jesse Smith (211-F/C-118kg-82, college: Idaho St.). Smith played most recently at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland). While playing 2 games in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round for Leiden last season he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 48 games in Dutch League and his stats were 7.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He helped them to win the championship title. Smith is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Switzerland. Smith graduated Idaho State University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Marques Lewis joins Club Atletico Olimpia - by Eurobasket Center
Club Atletico Olimpia agreed terms with 28-year old American center Marques Lewis (203-C-129kg-83, college: UAB). Lewis played most recently at Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (Brazil). While playing 24 games for Vivo/Franca last season he recorded 6.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He helped them to win regular season and make it to the final. Lewis is a very experienced player. Lewis was selected last season to Brazilian All-Star Game. He played also pro basketball in Brazil, Canada, Germany and Lebanon. Lewis graduated University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Cader adds Crews to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Cader added to their roster 23-year old American forward Willard Crews (203-F-106kg-88, college: Bowie St.). He played last season at Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia), but he left shortly. Crews is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahrain, Ukraine and USA. Crews graduated Bowie State University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Cader adds Hartford to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Cader added to their roster 26-year old American forward Jason Hartford (206-F-105kg-85). Hartford played most recently at Casino Figueira Ginasio (Portugal). While playing 26 games for Ginasio last season he recorded 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Portugal and ...Mozambique. Especially his short stay in Mozambique was interesting. In 2009 he was vorted even to Mozambique All-D1 1st Team. He was probably the only white player playing in Mozambique league that year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Atletico Cordon lands Horace - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Cordon strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Daniel Horace (200-F-104kg-83, college: Miami, OH). Horace played most recently at ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria). While playing 35 games for Kapfenberg last season he averaged 14.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a very experienced player. Horace played also pro basketball in Austria, Finland, France and Germany. He graduated Miami University, Ohio in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Anthony Simpson joins Atletico Cordon - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Cordon agreed terms with American forward Anthony Simpson (203-F, college: Kent St.). Simpson played most recently at Anyang KGC (Korea). While playing 22 games for Anyang KGC last season his stats were: 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg and left in Jan.11. He played also pro basketball in Korea and United Kingdom. Simpson graduated Kent State University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Pettigrews pro career starts at Atletico Aguada - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Aguada added to their roster American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-100kg). He played most recently at Western Kentucky University (NCAA) in the U.S. Pettigrew just graduated Western Kentucky University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Last year he helped his team make it to Sun Belt Conference Semifinals. He was also selected to All-Sun Belt 1st Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Atletico Aguada sign Virgin Islands international Phillip Jones - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Aguada signed 26-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international power forward Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-116kg-85, college: Charlotte, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment). Jones played most recently at Team Brussels (Eurobasket) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for Brussels last season his stats were: 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0bpg. He is a very experienced player. Jones played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. He just graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Jones played for U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team this year. He represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) this year. Jones team won Gold and his stats at this event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, FT: 80.0%.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Aguada 0-0 
 2. Bigua 0-0 
 3. Bohemios 0-0 
 4. Cader 0-0 
 5. Cordon 0-0 
 6. Defensor 0-0 
 7. Guruyu Waston 0-0 
 8. Hebraica 0-0 
 9. Larre Borges 0-0 
 10. Malvin 0-0 
 11. Montevideo 0-0 
 12. Olimpia 0-0 
 13. Sayago 0-0 
 14. Trouville 0-0 
 15. Un.Atletica 0-0 
 16. Welcome 0-0 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 0-0 
 2. Juventus Salto 0-0 
 3. Remeros 0-0 
 4. Universitario S. 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
South
 1. Flores Trinidad 0-0 
 2. Lagomar 0-0 
 3. Lavalleja 0-0 
 4. Maldonado 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 


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  VENEZUELA   


Keving Palacios to Uruguay - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuelan basketball player Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina) will be flying out from his home town to join Club Atletico Cordon in Montevideo, Uruguay. There is a lot of hope in Montevideo with Palacios arriving because they know that the Venezuelan will be a great help for them to earn one of those eight spots available that allow the basketball team to pass to the next round.
Additional to his several years playing in Venezuela with the National team, professional basketball league, and National League, Keving Palacios has a great international basketball background. In USA he wears basketball uniforms at St Benedict's Prep, Eastern Oklahoma State College, and University of South Carolina plus other overseas experiences in Poland, Mexico, and Colombia.
Keving Palacios's a proud Venezuelan .




Street-ball Tour 2011 back in Venezuela - by Wolfgang Lucena
Thanks to former professional basketball player Richard Medina , his company and assistance of the Ministry of Sports, AND1 event becomes a reality, and RM2000 productions is pleased to announce the event that will revolutionize the sport in 2011.Street-basketball returns to Venezuela along with its USA Street basketball stars. This big basketball show will be held in 5 cities of Venezuela's Bolivarian Republic where they will be sharing court time with local amateurs Venezuelan Basketball players. Try Out for street events were held nation wide.
The first event will be host this upcoming September 28th in the Jose Maria Vargas Dome, La Guaira. For further information feel free to contact with Head of Media Geisha Torres doblemarcaje@hotmail.com twitter @geishatorres

source: GEISHA TORRES


Venezuela hope to host the South American Championship - by Jonathan Leon
The Venezuela basketball federation will meet up in a few days with the ministry of the popular power for the sport in order to try to have Venezuela hosting both the upcoming South American basketball championship and the World Cup playoff toward the 2012 London Olympics games
Since those types of international sports events are really expensive Carmelo Cortez (Venezuela Basketball Federation) will be meeting with Hector Rodriguez (Ministry of Sports) in order to look for sponsors in both, the government party and privates companies.




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


22nd Afrobasket for Women: Twelve countries begin battle for London 2012 Olympic ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The race for Africa sole direct ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games starts tomorrow (Friday) in Bamako, Mali as the twelve countries for the 2011 edition of the Afrobasket for Women gathered to out-wit one another with defending champion, Senegal seeded most.

The twelve countries which include host and 2007 winner of the continent most prized women basketball title Mali, two time winner Nigeria, Guinea, Rwanda, Ghana, Tunisia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Angola are all set to take the centre stage.

The teams were divided into equal groups of six team each with host Mali leading group-A alongside Ghana, Tunisia, DR Congo, Cote dIvoire and Mozambique while Africa most capped women basketball team and defending champion, Senegal lead group-B.

The champion is drawn against Nigeria, Guinea, Angola, Cameroon and Rwanda.

Senegal who has won the title ten times will be making its 19th appearance in the FIBA Africa Championship for Women; Senegal is closely followed by DR Congo and Nigeria with three and two titles.

Angola and Mali have lifted the African title once with Madagascar the other Africa country to have won the Afrobasket for Women absent in this years edition.

Pundits are however tipping Senegal to go all the away going by its performance at the just concluded 10th All Africa Games held in Maputo, Mozambique where it won the gold medal with Angola and Nigeria settling for the silver and bronze medals but host Mali is also not being left out as the 2007 champion are capable of springing surprises.

Mali will rely on the inspirational play and leadership quality of her captain and playmaker, Hamchetou Maiga to pilot its affair before her vociferous home fans to take a shot at a second title.

Host Mali will open the 2011 campaign against Tunisia while defending champion Senegal will open it title defense against Nigeria in group-B opener. Cote dIvoire will take to the floor against Mozambique in other group-A game. Rwanda and Guinea take on each other in last group-B game of the opening day.

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU)


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Francis back in 2011/12 for the Logan Thunder - by Eurobasket News
BDS Logan Thunder have today announced that their outstanding player Cayla Francis (192-C-89) has committed to the club for a further 12 months.

Francis, last years WNBL leading rebounder, has had an exciting time since the end of last season being named in both the Opals and Australian University Games squad and seemingly dividing her time between Queensland and China.

Her return to the Thunder is great news for the club and her Logan fans.

Coach Olaf Lange was also pleased with the news.

We are thrilled to bring Cayla Francis back for the next season. Cayla has had a great off-season being an integral part of the Opals as well as of the Universiade team and we are looking forward to her continuing her excellent play throughout the 2011/12 campaign. Her size and mobility make her an invaluable asset for our group.

Before her Australian duties Cayla spent the WNBL off season playing for Cairns in the QBL where she was named player of the week 3 times. Unfortunately for Cairns the national duties intervened however in her 12 games she averaged 24 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks per game.

Logan chairman Brendt Munro was also delighted with her impending return.

Cayla is a quality person who, on and off the court, has been a huge asset to the team. That she made both the Australian teams is a testament to her hard work through last season and we look forward to a continuation of that this season as we look to improve on last years finals finish.

Logan face the Bendigo Spirit at home in Round One of the season, on Sunday October 9th.

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


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Mariesa Greene joins Point Chaud - by Eurobasket News
Point Chaud bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Mariesa Greene (183-F, college: Barry). The forward spent the last season in Switzerland. She tallied 30.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for Pully. Mariesa Greene was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Forward of the Year. Our site also named the forward All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. Frisco Sika 1-0 
 2. Hradec Kralove 1-0 
 3. Strakonice 1-0 
 4. Trutnov 1-0 
 5. USK Praha 1-0 
 6. Valosun Brno 1-0 
 7. DSK Karlin 0-1 
 8. Karlovy Vary 0-1 
 9. Pardubice 0-1 
 10. Slovanka MB 0-1 
 11. VS Praha 0-1 
 12. VSE Praha 0-1 


Tereza Kuthanova debuted for Sokol Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Tereza Kuthanova (180-F-87) debuted for Sokol Hradec Kralove with 8 points and 4 rebounds as her new team beat BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 68:60 in the opener.
Tereza Kuthanova is the Forward from Czech Republic.In 2004-2005 she started for Basket Slovanka (D1, starting five) and in 28 games averaged 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg. After another few seasons with the team she moved to VS Praha (ZBL, starting five). In 28 games she avearged 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 30.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 88.5%. Last season for VS Praha (ZBL, starting five) in 28 games she had 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 84.1%.
In her top game she recorded 22 points as the Second Stage Round 5 when Valosun Brno beat VS Praha 91-77. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Valosun Brno's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-21 extending their advantage to 14 points. Forward Tereza Kuthanova produced 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Tereza Brantlova added 14 points and 5 rebounds.



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The DBBL is ready for the Season Opening - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
The tradionally Season Opening will start the DBBL-Season 2011-2012 on the 24th and 25th September. All games of the 1st matchday will be played in Chemnitz and all the teams from the 1. DBBL will meet there.

The fans, the teams and the organization are looking forward to the event and are prepared to start the season. These are the games:

satruday
11.45 Uhr: Rhein-Main Baskets - BV Wolfenbttel Wildcats
14.15 Uhr: evo New Basket Oberhausen - BC Pharmaserv Marburg
17.00 Uhr: ChemCats Chemnitz - Eisvgel USC Freiburg

sunday
11.00 Uhr: OKE Panthers Osnabrck - HELI Donau-Ries
13.30 Uhr: BG avides Hurricanes Rotenburg/Scheeel - TV Saarlouis Royals
16.30 Uhr: SV Halle Lions - TSV Wasserburg


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22nd Afrobasket for Women: Twelve countries begin battle for London 2012 Olympic ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The race for Africa sole direct ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games starts tomorrow (Friday) in Bamako, Mali as the twelve countries for the 2011 edition of the Afrobasket for Women gathered to out-wit one another with defending champion, Senegal seeded most.

The twelve countries which include host and 2007 winner of the continent most prized women basketball title Mali, two time winner Nigeria, Guinea, Rwanda, Ghana, Tunisia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Cote dIvoire and Angola are all set to take the centre stage.

The teams were divided into equal groups of six team each with host Mali leading group-A alongside Ghana, Tunisia, DR Congo, Cote dIvoire and Mozambique while Africa most capped women basketball team and defending champion, Senegal lead group-B.

The champion is drawn against Nigeria, Guinea, Angola, Cameroon and Rwanda.

Senegal who has won the title ten times will be making its 19th appearance in the FIBA Africa Championship for Women; Senegal is closely followed by DR Congo and Nigeria with three and two titles.

Angola and Mali have lifted the African title once with Madagascar the other Africa country to have won the Afrobasket for Women absent in this years edition.

Pundits are however tipping Senegal to go all the away going by its performance at the just concluded 10th All Africa Games held in Maputo, Mozambique where it won the gold medal with Angola and Nigeria settling for the silver and bronze medals but host Mali is also not being left out as the 2007 champion are capable of springing surprises.

Mali will rely on the inspirational play and leadership quality of her captain and playmaker, Hamchetou Maiga to pilot its affair before her vociferous home fans to take a shot at a second title.

Host Mali will open the 2011 campaign against Tunisia while defending champion Senegal will open it title defense against Nigeria in group-B opener. Cote dIvoire will take to the floor against Mozambique in other group-A game. Rwanda and Guinea take on each other in last group-B game of the opening day.

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU)


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Our time is now - by Eurobasket News
FAYETTEVILLE--The University of Arkansas womens basketball team finds itself in new territory for the 2011-12 season. For the first time in head coach Tom Collens tenure, the Razorbacks are a veteran team with senior leadership.

This years team returns a recognizable corps of players paced by senior three-year starting guards Ceira Ricketts and Lyndsay Harris (5'9''-G-90). Although Harris suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first round of the SEC Tournament, she is expected to be ready for the season.

In addition to the guards, Arkansas returns senior starters Jamesha Townsend and Ashley Daniels along with junior post Sarah Watkins for what could be one of the only teams to welcome back all five starters.

A look beyond Arkansas five returning starters revels more of what Collen is excited about. Juniors Julie Inman and Quistelle Williams each have two years in the system and sophomores Keira Peak (5'9''-F-91) and Dominique Robinson (6'0''-F-91), coming off a redshirt season, both have significant minutes on the court as Razorbacks. Mix in two other redshirt players in Erin Gatling and Kelsey Hatcher along with an athletic freshman class that includes Fayetteville, Ark., product Calli Berna, along with Joey Bailey and Jhasmin Bowen and it is easy to see why Collen is excited for the season to begin.

Collen paced the Razorbacks to a 12-win start last year, got the team back into the top 25 rankings in both polls and finished up with a solid run to the WNIT Quarterfinals in the postseason. With nearly all of his scoring and defense returning, Arkansas is a team who could challenge for bragging rights this year.
Courtesy of: http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com


Auriemma and Five Former Huskies Head to Europe With Team USA - by Eurobasket News
National Team Will Play Five Games Overseas

Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) is one of seven former Huskies who will head to Europe with Team USA.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 19, 2011) - Head coach Geno Auriemma and seven former Huskies are scheduled to embark on a five-game European tour with the USA Basketball Women's National Team from September 27 - October 9. The 2011 European tour and training camp will give members of the USA squad an important opportunity to train together prior to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team being named next year.

Former Husky stars Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut), Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut), Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut), Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) are scheduled to join Team USA in Europe as long as their teams are no longer playing in the WNBA Playoffs.

The U.S. team, which will be comprised of members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team and announced at a later date, will open its 2011 European tour with two games in Naples, Italy, as part of a tournament hosted by Pallacanestro Napoli, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. In addition to the local club, participating teams in the Naples tournament include reigning Italian champion Famila Schio and 2011 EuroLeague Final Four contestants Ros Casares Valencia. Traveling to Valencia, Spain, the U.S. will take on Ros Casares, current champion of the Spanish league, on Oct. 5; then face 2011 Czech league champion ZVVZ-USK Prague in the Czech Republic on Oct. 8; and close out the tour in Hungary against Hungarian Cup and Hungarian Championship winners UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron on Oct. 9.

'I'm really looking forward to this next training camp, especially since we'll start in Italy,' said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. 'It'll be interesting to see who we have on the team and how they play together. It's one thing to practice against your own guys like we did in May in Vegas, it's another to go up against some of these European teams. We won't know who's going until we know who's in the WNBA Finals, but I know it will be a very competitive group. Every single one of them will want to prove why they deserve a spot on the Olympic team.

'It'll be good to have our coaching staff back together from the Czech Republic (2010 World Championship). They all know what I like to run, and I know what they'll contribute to practices. Overall, I think it's going to be a bunch of very competitive exhibition games, and I can't wait to get going.'
2010 USA World Championship Team assistant coaches Doug Bruno (DePaul University), Jennifer Gillom and Marynell Meadors (Atlanta Dream) will serve as assistant coaches to Auriemma and the USA National Team during its 2011 European training and exhibition schedule. Should Meadors and the Dream advance to the WNBA Finals, the 2011 USA European Tour roster will feature just two assistants, Bruno and Gillom.

The 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team includes 26 players: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Shameka Christon (Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Ebony Hoffman (Los Angeles Sparks), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).

Four-time defending Olympic gold medalists, the U.S. will look to capture a fifth straight gold medal and extend its 33-game Olympic winning streak at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The Olympic basketball competition will be held July 28-Aug. 12 in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena. Four countries have claimed spots in the eventual 12-nation field, including host country Great Britain; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of earning the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship; China, winner of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship; and Russia, winner of the 2011 EuroBasket. Three additional teams will earn spots this year by claiming gold at the remaining two zone qualifying tournaments, FIBA Africa and FIBA Oceania, while the final five teams will earn their spots at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (June 21-July 1 at a site TBD).

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team assistant coaches are expected to be selected later this year, while the final USA team will be announced in 2012.

The USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee is comprised of WNBA representatives Rene Brown, Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations; Dan Hughes, Head Coach/General Manager of the San Antonio Silver Stars; and Chief Operating Officer/General Manager of the Indiana Fever Kelly Krauskopf; athlete representative and five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, head coach of the Tulsa Shock; and USA Basketball Women's National Team Director Carol Callan.


Courtesy of: http://www.uconnhuskies.com



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  POLAND - Women  


Malgorzata Dydek memorial tournament starts on Friday - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Every year in Torun before season is organizing friendly tournament. This year this games will be memorial tournament of Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) - the best polish women basketball player in history who died in May 2011. In Spozywczak arena will play 4 teams: UMMC Ekaterinburg, Nadezhda Orenburg, Artego Bydgoszcz and home team Energa Torun. During the tournament organizers will gathering gift for a families from the building in Torun which was on fire few weeks ago. Before main tournament in the same gym will play juniors from local teams.

Schedule:

23rd September 2011 (Friday)
17:00 Energa Torun - UMMC Ekaterinburg
19:30 Artego Bydgoszcz - Nadezhda Orenburg


24th September 2011 r. (Saturday)

16:00 UMMC Ekaterinburg - Nadezhda Orenburg
18:30 Energa Torun Artego Bydgoszcz

25th September 2011 r. (Sunday)
11:00 Artego Bydgoszcz - UMMC Ekaterinburg
13:30 Energa Torun - Nadezhda Orenburg

Follow me on Twitter ( @ljlukaszewski ) to have fresh scores from Spozywczak Arena during this weekend.



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Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 10-1 
 2. San German 6-4 
 3. Carolina G. 5-2 
 4. Juncos V. 5-3 
 5. Ponce L. 4-7 
 6. Guaynabo M. 3-5 
 7. San Juan W. 3-6 
 8. Aguas B.T. 1-9 


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25
Points Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.26.5 
 2. Martin, Guaynabo.21.6 
 3. Bingham, San G.21.0 
 4. Williams, Morovis19.8 
 5. Ross, San Juan W.19.8 
 6. Raven, Morovis M.18.7 
 7. Wiley, Guaynabo M.18.0 
 8. Laur, Carolina G.17.8 
 9. McLean, Juncos V.17.5 
 10. Bland, Ponce L.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candyce BINGHAM
  San G.
  (183-F-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Bingham, San G.12.9 
 2. Rosigi, Morovis M.12.3 
 3. Blake, Carolina G.12.2 
 4. Seals, Guaynabo M.11.4 
 5. Jones, Aguas B.T.11.0 
 6. Pineiro, Morovis M.10.9 
 7. Ross, San Juan W.10.1 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.9.7 
 9. Rosche, Ponce L.9.5 
 10. Williams, Morovis9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.7.3 
 2. Young, Aguas B.T.7.3 
 3. Teasley, Ponce L.4.9 
 4. Raven, Morovis M.4.8 
 5. Flagg, San Juan W.4.8 
 6. Bingham, San G.4.7 
 7. Montalvo, San J.4.6 
 8. Flores, Carolina G.4.2 
 9. Williams, Morovis3.7 
 10. Roman, Guaynabo3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.3.5 
 2. Mahan, San Juan W.3.2 
 3. Teasley, Ponce L.3.1 
 4. Roman, Guaynabo M.3.0 
 5. Flores, Carolina G.3.0 
 6. Taylor, Juncos V.2.8 
 7. Montalvo, San J.2.7 
 8. Raven, Morovis M.2.7 
 9. Williams, Morovis2.7 
 10. Rodriguez, Caroli.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kim WILLOUGHY
  Juncos V.
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Willoughy, Juncos2.0 
 2. Seals, Guaynabo M.1.6 
 3. Ramirez, Aguas B.1.5 
 4. Bingham, San G.1.3 
 5. Williams, Morovis1.3 
 6. Jones, Aguas B.T.1.2 
 7. Jones, Juncos V.1.0 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.0.9 
 9. Bermudez, San G.0.9 
 10. Raven, Morovis M.0.8 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Becky Hammon ready to play for Russian NT again, if gets a call - by Eurobasket News
WNBA star Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) announced she is ready to play for the Russian National Team next year at the Olympic Games in London. Of course, if she gets a call. Hammon played for Russia in 2008, 2009 and 2010. At the Olympic Games in Beijing she had 13 ppg 1.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 8 games. She helped Russia to win the Bronze. At the European Championships in Latvia Hammon averaged 16.5 points 2 rebounds and 2 steals in four games. There, Russia won the Silver. A year ago at the World Championships in Czech Republic Hammon collected 11.1 ppg 2.6 rpg and 1.5 apg. Becky Hammon missed EuroBasket in Poland this year. Russia won the Gold thanks to 59-42 win against Turkey in the Finals.

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San Antonio proved good test for Lynx -- they passed - by Eurobasket News
The better team won on Tuesday.

The Lynx beat San Antonio decisively 85-67 at the Target Center to win their best-of-three Western Conference series. That makes the Lynx's home record 16-3 with Phoenix coming in for another best-of-three series starting Thursday. The winner advances to the WNBA finals.

Runs of 10-0 and 17-0 in the first half helped the Lynx get comfortable and take a 44-36 lead. And, unlike in Game 2, the Lynx players looked for each. Maya Moore, Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) and Seimone Augustus all had four assists and the team had 20 in all. The Lynx had only 11 and 14 in the first two games.

Posts Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) both came up big, with 16 and 15 points. Combined they had averaged eight points in the first two games of the series.

'My team and the coaching staff put together a great game plan,' said Augustus, who scored a game-high 22 points, 'and we executed [it] to the fullest and did [it] at home in front of our own fans.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Dream balanced headed to conference finals - by Eurobasket News
Improved scoring balance has the Atlanta Dream peaking at the right time.

#Atlanta no longer must have All-Star Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) take the scoring lead in every game. McCoughtry is the first option in the offense, but the Dream proved in their two-game sweep of Connecticut in the first round of the WNBA playoffs that they have strong depth and balanced scoring.

#The balance has helped Atlanta win nine of its last 10 games as it prepares to open the Eastern Conference finals at Indiana tonight.

#McCoughtry was one of four players to score 12 points in the Dream's clinching 69-64 win over Connecticut. Lindsey Harding led Atlanta with 21 points in the opening win, when McCoughtry was one of two players with 16.

#The Dream are seeking a second straight trip to the WNBA Finals, and coach Marynell Meadors said Wednesday improved depth gives her team a better chance at its first title.

#'I think the one thing we do have is the balance,' Meadors said. 'We have great balance. We don't really care who shoots it, who rebounds it, who steals it, who defends it. We just work together as a team and I think over the last 17, 18 games I've seen us come together as a group. Our chemistry is absolutely awesome right now.'

#Seattle beat Atlanta in last year's finals.

#The Dream didn't look like a contender early this season. Atlanta lost nine of its first 12 games while adjusting to the addition of Harding at point guard.

#'We had a lot of injuries early and we had to work on our chemistry, especially with me moving into a new system,' Harding said after Wednesday's practice. 'It's extremely hard. But finally when people were healthy and we had more days to practice together, we could finally jell. It's just about learning each other.'

#Center Erika de Souza and forward Sancho Lyttle combined to average 26.5 points and 17 rebounds in the sweep of Connecticut. Guard Armintie Price also scored in double figures in the series.

#McCoughtry was second in the league with her average of 21.5 points per game in the regular season. She has faced increased double-teams from defenses as she has emerged as one of the league's stars.

#'They are just running two and three people at her all the time and she's getting really good about passing out of those things,' Meadors said. 'The rest of the team is spotting it where they can see her.'

#McCoughtry brings more than scoring to the Atlanta lineup. Even while scoring only 12 points in the second win over Connecticut, she added nine rebounds and three steals.

#She was scoreless in the first half while limited by foul trouble.

#Connecticut led the first game 68-63 when McCoughtry went to the bench with five fouls. Iziane Castro Marques hit two 3-pointers to help fuel an 11-4 run in Atlanta's 89-84 win.

#'You watch her play and she can score with two, three or four players on her,' Harding said. 'But she has to decide if it's an on night or an off night. If it's not on for her, she helps find other people.'

#The Dream again had to rally to beat Connecticut in the second game.

#'We can fight from behind or we can get ahead and stay ahead,' Meadors said. 'I think sometimes we play better from behind than we do if we're leading all the way.'

#McCoughtry averaged 23.8 points as Atlanta swept four games against Indiana in the regular season.

Courtesy of www.gwinnettdailypost.com


Becky Hammon ready to play for Russian NT again, if gets a call - by Eurobasket News
WNBA star Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) announced she is ready to play for the Russian National Team next year at the Olympic Games in London. Of course, if she gets a call. Hammon played for Russia in 2008, 2009 and 2010. At the Olympic Games in Beijing she had 13 ppg 1.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 8 games. She helped Russia to win the Bronze. At the European Championships in Latvia Hammon averaged 16.5 points 2 rebounds and 2 steals in four games. There, Russia won the Silver. A year ago at the World Championships in Czech Republic Hammon collected 11.1 ppg 2.6 rpg and 1.5 apg. Becky Hammon missed EuroBasket in Poland this year. Russia won the Gold thanks to 59-42 win against Turkey in the Finals.