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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   



Africabasket.com All-African U18 Championships Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

MVP: Saleh Ehab of Egypt
Best Scorer: Saleh Ehab of Egypt
Best Rebounder: Ndoye Aboulaye of Senegal
Best Coach: Madiene Fall of Senegal

1st Team
Saleh Ehab of Egypt
Boubacar Coulibaly of Mali
Ndoye Aboulaye of Senegal
Kehasson Oulai of Ivory Coast
Ali Moatez of Egypt



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Asia-Basket.com All-Asian U18 Championships Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Zhelin Wang
Wang
Hanchen Luo
Luo
Jun-Yong Choi
Choi
Vahid Dalirzahan
Dalirzahan
Lee Jonghyun
Jonghyun
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MVP: Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) of China
Best Point Guard: Luo Hanchen (188-PG-94) of China
Best Shooting Guard: Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) of S.Korea
Best Small Forward: Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) of Iran
Best Power Forward: Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) of China
Best Center: Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) of S.Korea
Best Coach: Wang Huaiyu of USA

1st Team
PG: Luo Hanchen (188-94) of China
SG: Choi Jun-Yong (200-94) of S.Korea
SF: Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) of Iran
PF: Wang Zhelin (215-94) of China
C: Jonghyun Lee (206-94) of S.Korea

2nd Team
G: Gibeom Cheon (187-94) of S.Korea
G: Mohammad Sistani (181-86) of Iran
F/G: Gao Shang (198-94) of China
SF: Masahiro Narita (185-94) of Japan
C: Palpreet Singh Brar (204-94) of India

3rd Team
G: Behnam Yakhchali (191-95) of Iran
G: Wael Arakji (192-94) of Lebanon
F/G: Maxim Marchuk (195-94) of Kazakhstan
F: Ali Hassan Shukralla () of Bahrain
F/C: Saleh Foroutannik (203-94) of Iran

Honorable Mention
Munkhnasan Lkhamjav (180-G-94) of Mongolia
Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) of China
Fang Shih-En (199-C-94) of Taiwan
Rodolfo Alejandro (180-G-95) of Philippines
Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) of S.Korea
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) of Syria
Nassir Abojalas (195-F-94) of S.Arabia
Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) of India



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL Semi-Final Week 2 - by Hugh McAuliffe

The East Perth Eagles and Cockburn Cougars have booked in their spots in the State Basketball League grand final for 2012 after wrapping up their respective semi-final series' on the weekend.

Lakeside squared its series with Cockburn at one-game apiece with a 64-59 victory on Friday night at Lakeside Recreation Centre. Ben Beran scored 18 points for the Lightning while Jarrad Prue pulled in 20 rebounds.

Damien Scott (194-G-92) scored two points for the Cougars with Gavin Field putting up 21 points and Jeremiah Wilson 13. Brian Carlwell had 16 rebounds.

East Perth booked its place in the grand final on Friday night with an 83-67 victory over the Wanneroo Wolves at Joondalup Basketball Stadium. Tom Jervis had 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Eagles with Drew Williamson adding 20 points.

Jordan Wild scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds for Wanneroo with Seb Salinas scoring 18 points and Damian Matacz 11, but the Wolves couldnt recover from the absence of Wildcats duo Greg Hire and Brad Robbins.

Cockburn then booked its spot in the grand final with a 102-92 win over Lakeside at Lakeside Recreation Centre on Saturday night. Jeremiah Wilson was outstanding with 36 points and 15 rebounds while Damien Scott added 16 points, Brian Carlwell 15 and Sheldon McIntyre 13.

Ben Beran scored 28 points and had 15 boards for Lakeside with Ryan Sofoulis adding 19 points and Chris Sofoulis 18.



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  BELARUS   


Acegas Trieste brings in Mikita Meshcharakou - by Eurobasket News

Acegas Trieste brings in Mikita Meshcharakou (202-SF-88, college: Wake Forest). The Belarusian player comes from EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA), where he stayed for try-out in Aug.'12.
Mikita Meshcharakou is the younger brother of the professional player Yahor, is a great small forward who can handle the ball with the same broadmindedness as a point guard. His three point abilities are great and he has a stable, over the average, percentage (around 43%). He has more than one ways to penetrate the basket while his size is helping him many times to get a position in the paint and gain rebounds from even much taller players. In 2007-2010 he played for Georgetown (NCAA) and later moved to Wake Forest (NCAA). In his first season he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg. Last season his stats read 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 73.8%.
Mikita Meshcharakou was a member of the U20 National team early in 2006 and at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) averaged 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg. This year he is a member of the Belarusian National Team.



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  BOSNIA   


Igokea post two preseason victories - by Eurobasket News

Igokea post two preseason victories over the foreign representatives. Last night Igokea beat Romanian Gaz Metan Medias 88:76. The team from Bosnia and Herzegovina looked better and the game and rightfully clinched the victory. Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic) posted 25 points for the Romanian team and Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) had 15. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 11 points in the losing effort.
Partizan lost to Igokea 79:85. The Serbian team started with 23:19 but had only 1-point advantage at the halftime. The team from Bosnia and Herzegovina produced decisive 27-18 in the third period to take 8-point lead after three quarters. Partizan replied with 22-20 in the last stanza but could not save the game. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) as well as Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) posted 11 each. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) finished the game with 22 points in the losing effort.



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  BRAZIL   


America agreed with Jason Underwood and Ariel Robinson - by Paulo Freire

The America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil basketball team from Sao Jose do Rio Pardo city agreed terms with two foreign players.
The managers of the team sign forward Jason Underwood (206-F/C-84, college: Centenary) and swingman Ariel Robinson (195-G/F-89)
The team coach by Daniel Wattfy is expecting to have more options on their offensive game.
The President of Amrica Marino Manella declared on the arrival of foreign new players

"We are playing with the greatest teams of the Sao Paulo State and we have to seek alternative opportunities to strengthen our roster. We tryied Dante Hunter and did not work, but Rashaun Mclemore became one of the leading players of the Paulista State Championship.Today when our team need a extra strength we are not having, with the coming of those new players is expected to improve."



Joinville sign Abner Moreira and try-out Willian - by Paulo Freire

The Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville basketball team the only representative team from the south region of Brazil on the NBB has a new player.
After a try-out period Abner Moreira (205-F/C, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Idaho St.) got himself a contract to play his first NBB season after graduating in College in US.
The Big man can play the 4 and 5 positions and is expect to help the team on the defense end of the court.
Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville now is making a new try-out with the shootinguard Willian Dos Santos (F-89) who played in Dracena on the first phase os the Paulista State Championship.
Willian is a tall guard that can create space and organize the team, he has played in Sao Caetano, Rio Pardo and Campo Mourao



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Isaac Wreaks Havoc On Opening Night Of Summer Jam - by David Edole

BVI Platinum News
Tropical Storm Isaac spared the Territory much damage when it whipped past the Virgin Islands a few days ago, but there was no escaping Travis 'Chunky' Isaac, who willed the defending A Division champs Set It Off at the opening of the Summer Jam league at the Jeffery Caines Arena on Virgin Gorda last evening, August 25.

Isaac, the 2011 MVP finished with a game high of 23 points and hit timely baskets to seal another escape from defeat after being down by as many as 12 points in the game against archrivals, Without A Doubt. The two teams clashed a few months ago in the A Division Championship series.

Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson, SC) struck two points from the charity stripe to give the defending champs their first lead of the game, 58-57 with less than 3 minutes left in the game.

Despite giving up the lead, Without A Doubt kept it close, but failed to overhaul the defending champs due to late game turnoffs and missed opportunities from the free throw line.

Phillip Glasgow and Steve Parillon each finished with 17 minutes for Without A Doubt.

In the opening game, defending C Division champs, High Speed defeated Come 2 Defend 62-36 in a repeat of last year's championship series. D'Moi Hodge top scored with 18 points, while Jackhoy Walwyn added 12 points for the defending champs. Stephano Parris ended the game with 11 points for Come 2 Defend.

A brief opening ceremony was held and included speeches from Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walyn and Samuel McSheen, the Virgin Gorda Manager for Delta Petroleum, one of the league's sponsors.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Acadia 0-0 
 2. Cape Breton 0-0 
 3. Dalhousie 0-0 
 4. Memorial 0-0 
 5. New Brunsw. 0-0 
 6. St.Francis X. 0-0 
 7. St.Marys 0-0 
 8. UPEI 0-0 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. Mount Royal 0-0 
 2. TRU 0-0 
 3. TWU 0-0 
 4. UBC 0-0 
 5. UBC Okanagan 0-0 
 6. UFV 0-0 
 7. UNBC 0-0 
 8. Victoria 0-0 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 0-0 
 2. Brandon 0-0 
 3. Calgary 0-0 
 4. Lethbridge 0-0 
 5. Manitoba 0-0 
 6. Regina 0-0 
 7. Saskatchewan 0-0 
 8. Winnipeg 0-0 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 0-0 
 2. Laurentian 0-0 
 3. Ottawa 0-0 
 4. Queens 0-0 
 5. RMC 0-0 
 6. Ryerson 0-0 
 7. Toronto Univ. 0-0 
 8. York 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Brock 0-0 
 2. Guelph 0-0 
 3. Lakehead 0-0 
 4. Laurier 0-0 
 5. McMaster 0-0 
 6. Waterloo 0-0 
 7. Western 0-0 
 8. Windsor 0-0 
Quebec League
 1. Bishops 0-0 
 2. Concordia 0-0 
 3. Laval 0-0 
 4. McGill 0-0 
 5. UQAM 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 1: Regina - Saskatchewan
Nov. 2: Calgary - Manitoba
Nov. 2: Lethbridge - Winnipeg
Nov. 2: Alberta - Brandon
Nov. 2: Victoria - UBC Okanagan
Nov. 2: TWU - UBC
Nov. 2: TRU - UNBC


2012 NBL Canada Draft night recap - by Eurobasket News

On Monday night, the 2012 NBL Canada Draft presented by Recharge With Milk took place in the Aurora Suite at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Windsor Express made 6'10 Centre, Robert Curtis (6'9''-PF-90, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) the first overall pick of the 2012 NBL Canada Draft. The Saint John Mill Rats acquired the Express #1 pick by trading their #5 pick (1st Round) and rights of G Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87).

The Moncton Miracles made a trade before the draft began by acquiring All-Star Forward Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) & Centre Christian Upshaw (5'10''-G-86) in exchange for their #2 pick (1st Round.) The Miracles also selected F Kamar Burke (6'5''-F/G-86), the first Canadian taken in the 2012 NBL Canada Draft, with the 8th and final pick of the 1st Round.

Summerside Storm left the Aurora Suite with six players to enhance their roster. The Storm entered the 2012 NBL Canada Draft with five picks and with a last minute trade with the Oshawa Power by acquiring the 1st Round draft pick Chad Gillaspy (6'6''-F).

The 2012 NBL Canada Champion London Lightning made moves by acquiring the Laval Kebs first and second round picks for cash considerations. They also closed out the evening by selecting G Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville) with the final selection in the 2012 NBL Canada Draft.

Great thanks to our sponsor, Recharge With Milk, Renaissance Hotel, and Dome Productions for a terrific night.

To find out more of the 2012 NBL Canada Draft , please visit our NBL Canada Draft Central on www.nblcanada.ca

Courtesy of The NBL Canada



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  CROATIA   


Split completes their roster - by Dajana Karl

KK Split basketball team has completed their roster for the upcoming 2012-13 season and now with Mladen Erjavec as new head coach they're ready for the Adriatic league to start.

This is what the new roster looks like:

Guards: Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95), Ivan Mimica (193-G-80), Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88), Toni Katic (188-PG-92), Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92)

Forwards: Toni Dijan (205-F-83), Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93), Filip Najev (205-PF-92), Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern)

Centers: Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89), Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78), Marin Maric (208-C-94), Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89, agency: Beo Basket)

KK Split will be playing against Russian Krasnie Krilya Samara on August 30, but the game will be closed for the public. They will also play against KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, as well as compete in tournaments in Siroki Brijeg and Sarajevo.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Shelden Williams joins Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Chalon announced the new signing. They officially landed Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke). The forward spent the last season in NBA. He played for the New Jersey Nets. He tallied 4.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in NBA. Previously Shelden Williams had stints with the Nuggets, Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings, Hawks. Shelden Williams graduated from Duke in 2006. He was named All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. The forward also made it into Collegeinsider.com NCAA All-America Team in 2006. Shelden Williams got picked by the Atlanta Hawks as the fifth overall pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Shelden Williams was the member of USA University National Team in 2005. He participated at 2005 Universiade in Izmir.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Men)

Standings
Group Qualification Gr.A
1. Montenegro.5-0
2. Serbia3-2
3. Estonia3-2
4. Israel3-2
5. Iceland1-4
6. Slovakia0-5
Group Qualification Gr.B
1. Germany4-0
2. Azerbaijan.2-2
3. Bulgaria2-2
4. Sweden2-2
5. Luxembourg.0-4
Group Qualification Gr.C
1. Croatia4-0
2. Ukraine3-1
3. Hungary2-2
4. Austria1-3
5. Cyprus0-4
Group Qualification Gr.D
1. Bosnia3-1
2. Georgia3-1
3. Latvia2-2
4. Holland1-3
5. Romania1-3
Group Qualification Gr.E
1. Finland4-0
2. Belgium3-1
3. Poland2-2
4. Switzerlan.1-3
5. Albania0-4
Group Qualification Gr.F
1. Italy4-0
2. Czech Rep.3-1
3. Turkey2-2
4. Belarus1-3
5. Portugal0-4

Qualifying Round: Round 5

A

Aug. 28: ISR - SRB 89-76
Aug. 27: SVK - MNT 81-94
Aug. 27: ISL - EST 67-86

B

Aug. 27: AZE - GER 68-85
Aug. 27: SWE - LUX 111-74

C

Aug. 27: HUN - CYP 77-64
Aug. 27: AUT - CRO 75-82

D

Aug. 27: NED - GEO 91-88
Aug. 27: LAT - ROM 89-53

E

Aug. 27: BEL - ALB 97-59
Aug. 27: SUI - FIN 60-89

F

Aug. 27: CZE - TUR 82-64
Aug. 27: POR - BLR 75-82

Qualifying Round: Round 6

A

Aug. 30: SVK - EST
Aug. 30: SRB - ISL
Aug. 30: ISR - MNT

B

Aug. 30: SWE - BUL
Aug. 30: AZE - LUX

C

Aug. 30: HUN - UKR
Aug. 30: AUT - CYP

D

Aug. 30: NED - ROM
Aug. 30: LAT - BIH

E

Aug. 30: SUI - ALB
Aug. 30: BEL - POL

F

Aug. 30: CZE - BLR
Aug. 30: POR - ITA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Gavel, SVK22.2 
 2. Stefansson, ISL19.6 
 3. Casspi, ISR17.8 
 4. Sehovic, MNT16.2 
 5. Kangur, EST16.2 
 6. Eliyahu, ISR15.8 
 7. Teodosic, SRB14.4 
 8. Baeringsson, ISL14.2 
 9. Vene, EST12.6 
 10. Tyus, ISR12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  ISL
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Baeringsson, ISL8.2 
 2. Tyus, ISR6.8 
 3. Talts, EST6.8 
 4. Casspi, ISR6.8 
 5. Ohayon, ISR6.6 
 6. Vene, EST6.6 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT6.4 
 8. Sehovic, MNT6.4 
 9. Vido, SVK5.2 
 10. Macvan, SRB5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Sten-Timmu SOKK
  GRE
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sokk, EST6.2 
 2. Gavel, SVK5.4 
 3. Teodosic, SRB5.0 
 4. Ohayon, ISR4.6 
 5. Stefansson, ISL4.2 
 6. Rochestie, MNT4.2 
 7. Halperin, ISR3.8 
 8. Casspi, ISR2.6 
 9. Baeringsson, ISL2.4 
 10. Rasic, SRB2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  ISL
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Baeringsson, ISL1.8 
 2. Sokk, EST1.8 
 3. Kangur, EST1.6 
 4. Dasic, MNT1.6 
 5. Ohayon, ISR1.6 
 6. Sigurdarson, ISL1.4 
 7. Vido, SVK1.4 
 8. Talts, EST1.4 
 9. Halperin, ISR1.4 
 10. Gavel, SVK1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lior ELIYAHU
  (203-SF-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eliyahu, ISR1.8 
 2. Tyus, ISR1.6 
 3. Talts, EST1.0 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL1.0 
 5. Casspi, ISR0.8 
 6. Palsson, ISL0.8 
 7. Vene, EST0.6 
 8. Vido, SVK0.6 
 9. Arbet, EST0.6 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT0.6 



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  FINLAND   


The Next Chapter. - by Josh Wilson

Its been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Ive had a battle back and forth to whether Ill even continue playing the great game of basketball as a professional. Getting to this point has been a lifelong dream of mine, one I have pictured over and over since I was a little kid, so to hang up the sneakers now seems surreal. But it appears that I may not have a choice and Ill let what will be, be and know that it will work out. So here is why Ive come to this point.

After hitting the deer in Hungary I thought it was best for my family and I to play somewhere else. The accident not only left me with a fear of deer on the road (or brown bushes) but cost a lot financially. The Hungarian government tried taking away my license for 3 months, making me pay for the deer I killed (up to $5,000) and also threatened to make me pay for the teammate that was riding with me hospital bill. They said I was liable because there was a deer warning sign a few KM back and because I was liable I also had to pay for the car I just totaled. Apparently insurance wouldnt cover it.

So after that great experience I went to Finland. I wanted a change in scenery and hopefully springboard my career to where I could get a good job for next year. Unfortunately I chose the wrong situation to do so. While my team was talented, we were unfortunately not compensated in a timely matter. The financial strain on my family (wife and 2 kids) was too much after the accident and not being paid that we felt it was best to leave Finland on the flight that was already purchased from Hungary. This was a very tough decision for me but I could not put my family at risk any longer being so far from home without a reliable income.

I have now moved to plan B, C and maybe even D. I have my door wide open to continue playing for the right situation. My family and I love to travel and would jump at the opportunity to continue living abroad. That is plan A. Plan B is not so bad either. I have started a management company with my Dad which owns and operates three companies. I was able to come home and get right to work which has been a major blessing. Its been a lot of fun putting my MBA education to work in a legitimate business. My basketball academy, Roots Basketball, has unfortunately suffered because of the other business but is starting back up next month. We will have clinics in the months of Sept and October and we are expecting over 40 kids. Lastly, if I cant play overseas I want to start an IBL team in my hometown and run it under a European model, sponsors on jerseys and rely on advertising for income not only ticket sales. No matter what Im going to find a way to keep playing competitively.

As August comes to a close I get a major itch to take an offer. So far I have had Hungary, Turkey, Romania and few other small leagues make offers but nothing that will pull me away from my business endeavors. Below are updated highlight tapes and game film for those who want to check it out. I finished with 17.9 PPG and 5.9 ASST in Hungary while averaging 13.3 PPG 3.1 ASST on 55% from the field, 48% from 3 and 93% from FT in Finland. The year was a great learning experience and I look forward to whatever may be next in my life.

Highlight Tape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qo_xSioSNk

31 pts 9 assists @ Szolnok (Euro challenge team)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xC1Xp5sy8c

29 points in Finland- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-00OmlTS_I





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  FRANCE   


Shelden Williams joins Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Chalon announced the new signing. They officially landed Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke). The forward spent the last season in NBA. He played for the New Jersey Nets. He tallied 4.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in NBA. Previously Shelden Williams had stints with the Nuggets, Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings, Hawks. Shelden Williams graduated from Duke in 2006. He was named All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. The forward also made it into Collegeinsider.com NCAA All-America Team in 2006. Shelden Williams got picked by the Atlanta Hawks as the fifth overall pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Shelden Williams was the member of USA University National Team in 2005. He participated at 2005 Universiade in Izmir.


Orleans lands Caleb Green, completes roster - by Eurobasket News

Orleans completed its roster for the upcoming season. Their last addition is American Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU). He arrives to the club from Belgacom Spirou. Green averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 42 Belgian league games last season. Charleroi reached Playoff Finals, but failed to defend the title. In Euroleague, Green collected 9.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 13 games. Before Charleroi, Caleb Green played two years for Oostende. They won Belgian Cup together in 2010. In 2008/09 season the American played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. His first season as a pro Green spent with German TBB Trier. Caleb Green is a product of Oral Roberts University, where he graduated in 2007.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Fersped-Rabotnicki extends C Nemanja Jelesijevic - by Eurobasket News

Another news is coming from Fersped-Rabotnicki. The former Superleague champion agreed 1-year contract extension with Serbian center Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency). He joined them in January averaging 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds for 12 games. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team. Jelesijevic started the season with Kumanovo 2009. There he had 17.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 14 appearances. Nemanja Jelesijevic spent 2010/11 season in FYROM as well. He started it with Ovce Pole and later moved to Torus. With Ovce Pole the center had 16.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg for 8 games. After that he added 12.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 14 games with Torus. They reached Superleague Semifinals and player was named to Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team. In the past, he played in France, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Germany and Serbia.


Al Wasl Dubai hires Jordanco Davitkov as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Jordanco Davitkov will continue his coaching career in UAE. The FYR Macedonian specialist took over Al Wasl Dubai. He spent last four seasons in Kuwait. In the latest one Davitkov worked with Al Jahraa and they reached Kuwait Federation Cup Finals. From 2008 to 2011 he coached Al Wadsia. They won Kuwait Federation Cup in 2010 and participated at Pan Arab Games in Doha in 2011. Davitkov also coached National Team of Kuwait in 2011. Before his move to Kuwait, Jordanco Davitkov spent few months with Icelandic Snaefell, but he left them due to financial crunch in Iceland. In 2007/08 the coached worked with Strumica and before that he spent three years with Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje. They were FYROM champions in 2005. Rabotnicki also won the Cup that year. In the past, Davitkov coached Nemetali Ograzden Strumica and Nikol Fert Gostivar.


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  GERMANY   


Ehingen Steeples bring in Jake Anderson and Frank Wiseler - by Moritz Korff

The Ehingen Steeples (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have completed the signing of Jake Anderson (187-G-87, college: Iowa St.), according to swp.de, while Luxembourg's national team player Frank Wiseler (188-PG-89) returns after four years in the US and a long injury lay-off following a torn Achilles tendon.

Anderson will spend his first year in Europe. He spent three years at NCAA D1 school Northern Illinois, before moving to Iowa State for his senior season. In 2010-11 he averaged 12.8points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists for the Cyclones. Last season Anderson appeared in 13 encounters of the NBA D-League for Iowa Energy (10.4ppg, 3.7apg, 3.6rpg) and in four matches for Sioux Falls Skyforce (9.8ppg).
Wiseler enrolled at Drake University (NCAA D1) in 2008, but didn't play a single game for the Bulldogs last season due to injury. The 23-year-old former Urspringschule student had his best season in college in 2009-10, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 assists per contest in 32 games played for Drake. He recently played in the qualification round for the European Championships with the Luxembourg NT.



Adler moves to Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

Another new player for the Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North): Moritz Adler (183-G-93) has agreed to terms with the RLN side. The 19-year-old is a native of Ulm who started his career as a kid at SV Oberelchingen. Last season Adler was a member of the Pro A championship roster of Mitteldeutscher BC, most mostly saw action in the club's NBBL team, while also gaining experience at cooperation team BSW Sixers II in the Oberliga. "Though he is still very young, Moritz has already gained lots of experience in men's basketball, during his year at Mitteldeutscher BC for instance. He proved during the tryouts that he is willing to work hard. He is an excellent defender and a very good shooter. He will have the chance to make the next step in his development", Aschersleben coach Kamil Piechucki said.


A big man for the Independents - by Moritz Korff

Almin Hodzic (208-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) has joined the Rattelsdorf Independents (1. Regionalliga-South-East).
Hodzic emigrated from Bosnia to the United States as a teenager and grew up in Budd Lake, New Jersey. He excelled as a double-double threat at NJCAA school County College of Morris and transferred to the NCAA Division 2 following his sophomore year, enrolling at Dominican College. In his last season in school Hodzic averaged 14.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.6 assists per contest for the Chargers, while making the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference First Team. Last season Hodzic spent some time with KK Celik Zenica of the Bosnian first league, but left the team in January 2012.



Finn Huebner to Hannover - by Moritz Korff

Finn Huebner (188-G-93) has signed a contract with 2. Bundesliga Pro B team UBC Hannover Tigers. The 19-year-old guard joined the Itzehoe Eagles (1. Regionalliga North) earlier this summer, but parted company with the team. Last season Huebner averaged 5.7 points per contest through eleven games of the 2. Regionalliga for Bramfelder SV. The Hamburg native also played for BSV's NBBL team (15.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.6spg).


Uni-Riesen Leipzig sign two players - by Moritz Korff

Algirdas Macevicius (200-F-88) and Chris Gadley (206-C-87, college: Canisius) have been added to the 2012-13 roster of Pro A newcomer Uni-Riesen Leipzig.
Macevicius is a native of Lithuania who spent the past two years in the United States. He attended NCAA Division Two school Dowling, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds a game in the 2011-12 season.
Gadley comes from Amherst, New York, and played for NCAA D1 schools Hofstra and Canisius during his college career. He graduated in 2010 and started his professional career with the Buffalo Stampede in the PBL. In 2011 he moved to Summerside Storm of the Canadian NBL, but left in pre-season.



Ricky Harris (I Am A Competitor That Wants To Win) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ricky Harris is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that last season played for the s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 35 games: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 67.0%. He scored in double figures 16 times and best point total was 25 against the LTi Giessen 46ers. He played at Massachusetts (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and in hiss enior year palyed 31 games: 19.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 72.9%. In 2010-2011, he started his basketball career with BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 8 games: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 61.5%; EuroCup: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 47.6%; Baltic League: 14 games: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 66.2%, in Jan.'11 moved to Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague): 29 games: 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 67.4%, then moved to B-Meg Llamados (Philippines-PBA). At Massachusetts (NCAA), he played together with ex Bonn player Tony Gaffney for two seasons and the American only has fond memories of his ex teammate. 'Ricky became one of my brothers while playing together at UMASS. He was always a great teammate and very hard worker. He is one of the more potent scorers I've ever played with, and while playing under a coach that is not going to put a leash on him, he could really flourish into a prominent European player. Always been a lot of fun to be around, and wants to do anything to help his team and teammates succeed and as a basketball player, those are the kinds of teammates that make seasons so enjoyable, people like slick rick', stressed Tony Gaffney. Harris spoke to eurobasket about basketball.



Ricky where are you presently and how has your summer been? What was the coolist activity that you were able to do this summer?

I am currently in my hometown Baltimore Maryland, my summer has been great and all but it's time to get back to work and I am very eager and excited to see where I will end up


September is quietly rolling around and basketball teams in Europe in general are getting their rosters in order. How surprised are you that you are still currently unsigned for the coming season



I am a bit surprised because I think that I have had 2 very good seasons this past one being my second season, I have played on a Eurocup team my first year and I have also been a part of two final four team of their respective leagues. I know that the market has been a bit slow this season but I'm just waiting on my call it will come soon I hope.

Last season, you had a pretty solid season in the German Beko BBL for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg playing 35 games: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 67.0%. You got an offer, but the pay was low. Are you a bit disappointed that the club didnt want you more?

The club wanted me back and I wanted to go back there, but we had trouble reaching an agreement and they went in another direction, that is part of the business though. I do miss them guys a lot and hopefully one day I will wear that jersey again in the future. They are a very good group of guys and the staff there now is amazing. I wish them nothing but the best this upcoming season and in years to come


The club got a superb shooting guard Jimmy Mckinney and experienced Lamont Mcintosh. Do you think that new coach Marcel Schroeder wants to go in a new direction at that position?

Marcel told me that it was mine he wanted me back. We just had a hard time finalizing a deal that both parties agreed on. Jimmy Mckinney is a very good player and I wish him well in Wurzburg, I have never seen Lamont Mccintosh play but I'm sure he will be a great asset to the team, Marcel is a great guy and I learned a lot from him this past season. He is going to be one of the best head coaches in Germany and wherever he coaches, he knows how to get the best out of his players in a good way.


In the last 12 games, you were only able to score in double figures one time in the last game of the season in Ulm. Did John Patrick lose confidence in your play?

I'm not sure if he lost confidence, but I do know what I am capable of and what I would have been able to do had I been given the the opportunity. Coach Patrick has been a winner in the Beko BBL for a long time now, and I do not question him or his decisions. I know that coach Patrick knows what type of player I am and what I can bring to a team. I wish him well in his future and upcoming opportunities.


What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away on the court?

I can do a lot of thing on the court penetrate pass shoot and rebound. This past season I was just labeled as a shooter but there is a lot more to my game than just shooting. I am a competitor that wants to win.

If you could sell yourself best, why would a top level team in Europe want to hire Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts)?

I am a winner, a great team guy, great person on and off the court, I'm responsible and able to except my faults but most importantly willing to learn from them, I am a student of the game eager to learn more.

If you had the choice would you still like to play in the Beko BBL and why?

I would love to play in the Beko BBL. Germany in itself is a great place to play and live, the fan support is amazing whether you are at the top of the league, or in the bottom of the league you still have the support of your fans. If another German Beko BBL offer presents itself I'm sure me and my agent would be very eager and excited to work with that club.

Who was the toughest player that you had to match up against last season in the Beko BBL?

There are many good players in the German league to many to name, but if I had to say the toughest players, I would have to say practicing against my teammates everyday. John Little, Ben Jacobsen, Chester Fraizer, Chris Kramer, we went after each other so hard in practice that when it was game time it was easy to go out and play other teams toughest guys.


How does a summer work out plan look like for Ricky Harris? What do you do in the Am and PM to keep in shape and your basketball in shape?

In the morning I go to the YMCA to lift weights, at night I go to Towson University and work out on my basketball skill and conditioning

German talent Maximilan Kleber has been injured here and there the last years, but still has a lot of potential. You saw him in practice daily. How do you see his development and where will he be in 5 years?

Maxi is going to be in the NBA. He has the talent, athletic ability and skill set to be a NBA player. He is something to watch in the near future.

Who wins in their prime, the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

The Dream team would win.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Hunger Games


Thanks Ricky for the chat.





Arnas Labuckas In Try Out With The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tomorrow the Lti Giessen 46ers will have a test game against PRO A team BG Karlsruhe and welcome home a known face with Rouven Roessler who played in Giessen some years ago. Fans will also see the debut of new try out player Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87). Labuckas is a 25 year old 205cm forward from Lithuvania. Last season, he played for : Sant Josep Girona (Spain-LEB Gold): 16 games: 6.6ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 64.7%; in Jan.'12 moved to Rudupis Prienu (LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 20 games: 9.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 72.3%; Baltic League: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 73.0%. He tsarted his basketball career in 2004 for Buratina Kaunas (LKAL). He then played for Sakalai Vilnius (LKL) from 2006-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five): Latvian League: 21 games: 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 73.2%; Baltic League: 19 games: 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.9%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 60.0%; VTB United League: 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 65.2%. In 2010-2011, he played for BC Rjazan (Russia-Superleague, starting five): 38 games: 14.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 79.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Lithuanian U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%Lithuanian U20 National Team -07, European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) -07: 8 games: 5.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 22.7%, FT: 90%, Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Regular Season Champion -09, Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Champion -09, Lithuanian University National Team -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 8 games: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 63.2%, Baltic League Quarterfinals -10, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team -11, Lithuanian Cup Semifinals -12, and Lithuanian League Semifinals -12

Source: Lti Giessen 46ers



Sebastian Gleim Takes Over For Now SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With only a few weeks left before the start of the PRO B season, the SC Rist Wedel team is running out of time in their search for a new coach and new players. A few days ago, the club announced the deaprture of head coach of Ozhan Gurel and now have stated that Sebastian Gleim will take over the practice duty in the team preparation until a new coach is found. Gleim has coaching experience as he worked in 2008 for BSG Bremerhaven junior teams, temporary also Coach Assistant at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1. Bundesliga). The last years he was an assistnat under Ozhan Gurel and last seasonalso coached the SC Rist Wedel 2 (2.Regionalliga). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
German 2.Regionalliga (North-North Group) Runner-Up -11 and German 2.Regionalliga (North-North Group) Champion -12.

Source: http://www.abendblatt.de/region/pinneberg/sport/article2383208/Basketballer-geraten-unter-Zeitdruck.html



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William Hatcher the first American player of PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki started his addings from the American market from the place of point guard. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) will be the one who will organise the game of the team of Thessaloniki the forcoming period. He is 1.88 and was born at 1988. The player started last season in Cyprus and Keravnos Strovolou where in 14 matches had 12.6ppg.

Later (April) he moved to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. In Israel had 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.2apg in 10 matches.



Dwight Thorne is a newcomer at DASH Peristeri GS Athens - by Eurobasket Center

DASH Peristeri GS Athens strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Dwight Thorne (190-G-88, college: Colorado). Thorne played recently at BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA ) in 2010-2011. While playing 29 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg. Dwight attended Eurobasket Summer League this summer (Team Kiev). He graduated from University of Colorado in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.




Kalambokis and Koukoulas in Kolossos Rodou - by Chris Mammides

The Greek power forward / center Manolis Koukoulas agreed financial terms with VAP Kolossos Rodou. Manolis Koukoulas who was very close to re-sign with his team Ilysiakos Athens finally decided to join forces with the "Freshly" made and 'equiped" team of Head Coach Minas Gekos , VAP Kolossos Rodou.

In the mean time, the international guard, Giannis Kalambokis signed his new contract with Kolosssos Rodou and is already a member of the "blues". The contract is for one year.
The islanders are now expect the positive or negative answer by Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) in order to either close up their centers (if a positive answer comes by the international veteran) or continue the search to find their second cetner (if the Greek international finally agrees to sign with another Greek team)



KAOD announce Louis Dale - by Eurobasket News

KAOD bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell). The guard spent the last season in Germany. He played for Goettingen. Louis Dale notched 13.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In A1 League the guard posted 11.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. It was the second straight season with Goettingen for Louis Dale. The guard graduated from the Cornell University in 2010. He notched 12.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in his senior season. He made it into All-Ivy League 1st Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Louis Dale was also named into NABC Division I All-District 13 2nd Team.


Alexis Kyritsis joins Ikaros Kalitheas - by Dimitris Katsionis


Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) signed today his new contract with Ikaros Kalitheas. The Greek guard is a terrific addition for coach Priftis as he is one of the best scorers in A1 league the last years. Kiritsis is famous for his one on one skills and driving ability. He thrives on transition offense and knows very well how to earn fouls and score easy points from the charity line. Team manager Stauros Elliniadis along with coach Priftis decided to strengthen the Greek element in their roster instead of taking one more American. Kiritsis will play at ''2'' and ''3'' spots joining two other newcomers in the perimeter, Michalis Giannakidis (192-G-88) and Zoran Vrkic (200-G/F-87). Ikaros is one of the best organized and financially solvent clubs in A1 and has the potential to be the Greek league's surprise this year..


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Palma Air Europa tab Robert Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old Haitian-USA center Robert Joseph (204-100kg-78, college: Union, TN). He played most recently at Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (ACB). Joseph is a very experienced player. He graduated Union University in 2002 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball. Last season Robert Joseph started with Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He notched 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per appearance in LEB Silver. Later the centre moved to Fuenlabrada. His stats read 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in ACB. In EuroChallenge his stats read 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 block.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Den Helder Kings fall to GasTerra Flames in preseason opener - by Fred Roggen

In front of almost 1000 spectators at MartiniPlaza in Groningen, the GasTerra Flames won their first game in the 2012/13 preseason with a hard-fought 76-67 win over the Den Helder Kings on Tuesday night. Den Helder Kings were playing their first game of the preseason after a tough week in training camp, and without their American players, it was inevitable that the teams offensive structure would be an issue at times against GasTerra Flames whose players have been together for a longer time.
GasTerra Flames entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the Kings to only 13 points in the opening frame and recorded an 27-13 lead. But the squad of head coach Jean Marc Jaumin turned things around in the second quarter. The Kings went on a decisive 13-21 rally to arrive at halftime 40-34. Den Helder Kings seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose but GasTerra Flames finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 60-51 lead with one quarter remaining. Den Helder Kings never got closer than 5 points in the final period as GasTerra Flames coasted to the victory at the end 76-67.
Jessey Voorn (193-SG-90, agency: Court Side) paced the winners with 15 points and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) netted 14. Maurice Miller (187-G-88, college: Georgia Tech) and Jamal Boykin (203-F-87, college: California) followed them with 12 points each. Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side) replied with 22 points in the losing effort, while Jeroen van der List (213-C-89, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC) and Phillip Bach (193-G, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) scored 12 each.




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Tal Burstein retires - by Eurobasket News

Tal Burstein (198-G/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) announced his retirement as a professional basketball player. The 32-year-old swingman spent last two seasons with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, where he also played from 2000 to 2009. He left the club in 2009 for Spanish Fuenlabrada, but returned after one year. Burstein averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds for 17 Euroleague games last season. He added 6.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 2.5 rpg for 21 games in Israel, plus 4.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 23 appearances in Adriatic league. Maccabi Tel Aviv won Israeli and Adriatic league titles and they also grabbed Israeli Cup trophy. Burstein won ten Israeli league titles with Maccabi (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 11, 12) and they were also Euroleague champs in 2004 and 2005. From 1996 to 2000, Tal Burstein played for Bney Herzliya, after what he moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv. From 1998 to 2011, Burstein played for the Israeli National Team. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 2.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg fro 5 games.


Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Israel-Serbia 89:76

Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Serbia 89:76 in the last game of Day 5. Both teams share the second place with the same record.
With the score 8-8, Casspi buried a three-pointer and then he and Ohayon scored with lay-ups. Israel managed to win the first period 25:15 and never looked behind in the game. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the second period as Pnini posted three for 48:38 at the end of the half. Serbia reduced to 9 points at the end of the third quarter after 18-17 in the third period. Israel however needed 24-20 for 13-point victory.
Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 22. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) delivered 19, while Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) posted 12. Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) produced 10 points each in the losing effort. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milenko Tepic (200-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) followed the with 9 points apiece.

Israel: Omri Casspi 23, Lior Eliyahu 22, Yogev Ohayon 19, Alex Tyus 12
Serbia: Zoran Erceg 10, Milos Teodosic 10, Nenad Krstic 9, Milenko Tepic 9



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Imola extends young prospect Mirco Turel - by Eurobasket News

Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) stays with Andrea Costa Imola. The young Italian prospect signed contract extension today. He appeared 10 times in LegaDue last season, but had very limited playing time. Turel averaged 1.3 point and he is expected to get more time on the court next season. In 2010/11 season the guard played for B Dilettanti team Falconstar Monfalcone. He also played for Stella Azzurra Roma juniors. Mirco Turel is a member of Italian U18 National Team and he played for them this summer at U18 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 6.3 ppg and 1 rpg for 8 games at this event. Last summer he won the Bronze at Youth Olympoc Games with Italian 3x3 team. Two years ago Mirco Turel was a member of U16 Italy.


Napoli-Sant'Antimo to sign Andrew Warren - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley) will continue his career in Italy. According to Scoutingcenter.net, the player will sign a deal with Napoli-Sant'Antimo. It will be his second season as a pro. Warren spent 2011/12 with Australian team Skytrans Cairns Taipans. He appeared 28 times in the NBL averaging 13.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Warren is a product of Bradley University, where he graduated something more than a year ago. He shined with 18.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 32 games as a senior. The player was named to All-MVC 1st Team -11 and NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team -11. In 2010, he was awarded with All-MVC Honorable Mention. Andrew Warren participated at 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft). He had 8.7 ppg, 4 rpg and 2 apg for 3 games at this event.


Juve Caserta verbally agrees with Jeleel Akindele - by Eurobasket News

Akindele Jeleel (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) is back to Italy. The Nigerian big guy verbally agreed with Juve Caserta and they are expected to sign a deal soon. Akindele most recently played for the Chinese NBL team Jiangsu Tongxi. He had 15.5 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games. Last season he started with Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and later finished it with Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Iran). With Spartak Akindele Jeleel averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds for 7 games in Russian league. The center played for Montepaschi Siena in the second half of 2010/11 season. He played for the club only in Euroleague averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for 6 games. He started that season with Russian Nizhny Novgorod. In the past, Akindele Jeleel played for Pesaro, Pau-Orthez and in NBA D-League.


Napoli confirm Andrew Warren - by Eurobasket News

Napoli made official another signing. They announced Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley). The guard comes from Australia. He spent the last season playing for the Cairns Taipans. Andrew Warren tallied 13.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in NBL. It was the first pro season for the guard. Andrew Warren graduated from the Bradley University in 2011. The guard notched 18.8 points, 5.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in his senior season. He got into NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team. Andrew Wiggins was also named into All-MVC 1st Team. The guard participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in the summer of 2011. His stats read 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists there.


Montepaschi Siena and Biancoblu reach preseason victories - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena and Biancoblu reach preseason victories over their opponents.
Biancoblu overcame Colonials GWU 68:54. They started with 20-17 and then led 40:24 at the halftime. The difference was 13 points after three quarters, while the final result saw 68:54 on the board. David Cournooh (190-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Giovanni Pini (205-F/C-92, agency: Two Points) added 11. Donato Cutolo (198-F-87, agency: Players Group) scored 9, while Mauro Bonaiuti (192-G-78) delivered 7.
Montepaschi Siena outscored Torino 82:51. Both teams nailed 13 points each in the first period and then the second quarters became decisive in the game. Montepaschi produced 21-6 in it and added 26-21 in the third period. Later the team from Siena finished with 22-11 surge in the last stanza.



Acegas Trieste brings in Mikita Meshcharakou - by Eurobasket News

Acegas Trieste brings in Mikita Meshcharakou (202-SF-88, college: Wake Forest). The Belarusian player comes from EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA), where he stayed for try-out in Aug.'12.
Mikita Meshcharakou is the younger brother of the professional player Yahor, is a great small forward who can handle the ball with the same broadmindedness as a point guard. His three point abilities are great and he has a stable, over the average, percentage (around 43%). He has more than one ways to penetrate the basket while his size is helping him many times to get a position in the paint and gain rebounds from even much taller players. In 2007-2010 he played for Georgetown (NCAA) and later moved to Wake Forest (NCAA). In his first season he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg. Last season his stats read 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 73.8%.
Mikita Meshcharakou was a member of the U20 National team early in 2006 and at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) averaged 4.0ppg, 2.9rpg. This year he is a member of the Belarusian National Team.



Biancoblu Conad Bologna announced William Mosley - by Eurobasket News

Biancoblu Conad Bologna announced William Mosley (200-C-89, agency: Pro One Sports) to join the team. The American Center will play for the first time in Europe.
In 2008-2009 he started for Northwestern St. (NCAA) and in 31 games averaged 6.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3spg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 67.2%, FT: 35.8%. In 2009-2010 his stats read 6.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.4bpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 41.0%. In 2010-2011 for Northwestern St. (NCAA, starting five) he improved to 7.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 4.9bpg, FGP: 63.4%, FT: 34.6%. The last season William Mosley had 11.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.4spg, Blocks-2 (3.9bpg), FGP: 61.0%, FT: 45.9%.
On January 7th Senior William Mosley led a smothering Northwestern State defense with game-high totals of 5 blocks and 3 steals, adding a game-best 12 rebounds and a team-high 15 points as the Demons rolled by visiting Texas State 83-68.
He became Nation's 5th-best returning shot blocker and Southland's top returning rebounder, shot blocker. He already has 174 career blocks, average of 2.9 pg. William Mosley was second on NSU career blocks list, needs 29 to become all-time leader and 21 career double-figure rebounding games, 3 career double-doubles.



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Cleveland Am Pro'ers ABA Team Is Gearing Up For Its 2nd Season & Will Be Lead by William Jones and Jerial Nixon - by Vance Marbury

The ABA Oakland County Cowboys Back To School Tournament will feature 5 ABA teams from the Midwest region. The teams are the Oakland County Cowboys, Midwest Flames, Detroit Hoops, Pontiac Firebirds, and the Cleveland Am Proers.

The focus of the tournament will be to raise money and dontate school supplies to local young students in the Wallet Lake, Michigan community. The tournament will also feature some exciting Semi-Pro basketball possible future European Pros.

The Cleveland Am Proers team will be lead by William Jones - 6'7" 235 lbs - Athletic Small Forward who can handle the ball like a guard, shoot the 3 ball, and runs the floor like a deer. Jones played junior college basketball at Spoonriver Community College and is widely considered one of the best kept secrets in the city of Cleveland. You can view Mr. Jones summer highlight tape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHHEtdJx53Q

The Cleveland Am Proers will also be lead by Jerial Nixon a 6ft 2in 212lbs Combo guard with a wingspan 6ft 5in and a 37 in vertical Leap who played his college basketball at California University of Pennsylvania. Jerial is a strong, Slasher, scoring combo guard who is also an excellent passer with good court vision. You can view Mr. Nixon summer highlight tape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv3NXWpFq6s

All the games for the Oakland County Cowboys Back to School Tournament will take place at the Wallet Lake Community Center September 8th and 9th. Games on September 8th start at 2 pm and games on September 9th start at 12 pm. For more information you can contact Giovanni Rogers: oaklandcountycowboys@hotmail.com or 248 862 8185.



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College duo sign for RTV 21 - by Dren Shporta

The newcomers to the BKT Superleague, RTV 21, have confirmed signings with Kolegji Univers's duo, Albatrit Berisha (197-G-90) and Drin Kurtolli. After they had a great year with underdogs of college boys, the duo has agreed to the offer from RTV 21.

Berisha had also offers from two teams from Superleague, but he decided to stay in a capital, Prishtina and to play for teleboys of RTV 21.

RTV 21 has finished in the second place of Liga e Pare last season, with 9 wins and 3 lost matches. In the regular trasnfer period these are the only two players taken from RTV 21.



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Panteras land former NBAer Lee Nailon - by Eurobasket News

Lee Nailon (205-C/F-75, college: TCU) will continue his career in Mexico. The former NBA player penned a deal with LNPB team Panteras de Aguascalientes. Nailon played just few games last season with Hungarian squad Atomeromu SE Paks. Before that, he spent some time in Dominican Republic in Puerto Rico. In 2010/11 season Nailon shined with 17.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.2 rpg for 29 games with Israeli Bnei Hasharon. He was the second scorer of Premier League and was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Forward of the Year. Lee Nailon was Player of the Year in Israel in 2007. He also played for Bnei Hasrharon at that time. The American has experience from Lebanon, Iran, Venezuela, Russia and NBA. In 2007/08, he was the scoring champion in Russian league with 22 ppg. Nailon played in the NBA from 2000 to 2006. He had the best numbers in 2004/05 averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds for 68 games with the New Orleans Hornets.


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Aleksander Milovic joins Sampaense Basket - by Eurobasket Center

Sampaense Basket signed 25-year old Montenegrin forward Aleksander Milovic (201-F-100kg-87, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Milovic has just graduated from Cal.Baptist (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 26 games his stats were 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 32.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 50%




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Howard still waiting for medical clearance - by Bryan Floyd

Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) still remains without a timetable for his return. Howard is currently rehabbing at a facility in Los Angeles, but cannot do any basketball related workouts until he's cleared medically, and there's no word or estimation when that will be. Howard is still not able to lift weights as well. It's starting to look like Howard is very doubtful to start the season on time, but knowing Howard I wouldnt be surprised to see him out there. Jordan Hill would start at power forward if Howard is unable to start the year with Pau Gasol playing the center spot


Orlando Magic sign ETwaun Moore - by Eurobasket

Orlando Magic (NBA) signed 23-year old guard ETwaun Moore (192-87kg-89, college: Purdue, agency: Priority Sports). He moved there from Houston Rockets (NBA) where he was traded in off-season by Boston Centics. While playing 44 NBA games for the Celtics last season Moore averaged 2.6ppg. He helped them to win NBA Atlantic Division in 2012. Moore played also 4 games for Benetton TV in Eurocup where he had 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. He played also 8 games in Italian SerieA where his stats were 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Moore graduated Purdue University in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Phoenix Suns' Kendall Marshall partakes in NBA's Rookie Transition Program - by Eurobasket News

Kendall Marshall's (6'3''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) handle on a basketball is as tight as his grip on life seems to be.

He has yet to play in the NBA but probably could already tell you something about most players he will face this season as a Suns rookie point guard. What he can't know yet is how to keep his handle on his life tight once he hits the NBA scene.

Marshall was in New Jersey from Aug. 16-20 to work on his life grip along with the rest of the 2011 and 2012 rookie classes. The NBA's Rookie Transition Program hosted 110 players because last year's lockout canceled the event.

From new women to old friends, from newfound riches to old stories of bankruptcies and from illegal drugs to social slugs, the program introduced rookies to problems that are more common than they imagined and more issues than they could master.

More than anything, the point was to tell rookies there is a league infrastructure of support with confidential counseling and financial advice from the league. Also, there are hands-on relationships through a representative on each team, such as Suns Vice President of Player Programs Mark West.

"I didn't know how in-depth we would go and how much it could really apply to me," Marshall said of the program. "It turns out I've really learned a lot."

Each of the three full days' itineraries began at 8:30 a.m. and went to 10 p.m. October two-a-days at the Suns' training camp in La Jolla, Calif., might breeze by for Marshall compared with these days that the NBA packs with videos, pictures, blunt language and players-only talks to keep their interest.

The point is that NBA players are at the center of the business and can positively or negatively affect that business and their careers with decisions they make on and off the court.

"It was a real eye-opener for us," Marshall said. "You hear the financial stories about guys who go bankrupt and you hear about the relationship stories about guys that have things go wrong with their spouse or girlfriend. You always think that can't happen to you but the odds are that it can happen. They've done a great job of preparing us for that and bringing it to realization and making us want to make the right decisions."

Marshall has grown up in basketball circles around many of the program's other attendees, such as Jared Sullinger, Terrence Jones and Will Barton. He said the comfort with each other and the discovery of similar issues made for frank discussions.

"What they find the most difficult to deal with and what they are most surprised to learn is a problem for everybody is the old relationship thing," said Mike Bantom, a former Suns player (1973-75) who is the NBA senior vice president of player development. "People close to them are putting a lot of stress on them because of the money they are now making. It's easy to walk away from strangers and people trying to get close to you because of your wealth. It's harder when people who have done something in your life now want to guilt-trip you into taking care of them. One of the most important things they have to learn is how to say no."

The first contract Marshall signed with Phoenix last month was a standard four-year deal for first-round draft picks, with two of those years as team options. The average NBA career will last about the length of that contract, with most second-round picks or undrafted rookies signing one-year deals.

The program offers help in furthering education for life after basketball. In the meantime, it tries to prepare players for the newfound scrutiny they will receive in every facet of life. That includes showing them photos related to sexually transmitted diseases and candid discussions about relationships with women.

"The female species are a lot smarter than us so we have to realize maybe it's not always that we're the best-looking guy they've ever seen," Marshall said. "Maybe there is some incentive behind it. At the same time, there are great cases where guys have happy marriages. They've shown us both cases. We just have to be smart (and realize) that people don't always have our best interests in mind."

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com



Dwyane Wade back in Chicago with plenty of words - by Eurobasket News

Though hes in Miami most of the year, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) always finds time to come back and give back to his hometown. The Heat star was in Chicago all weekend for his fifth annual Wades World Foundation, which pushes reading and literacy for at-risk children. The two-time NBA champion also found time to answer a few pressing basketball questions:


Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) OR LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84)?

Michael is the greatest player Ive ever seen play. I think LeBron is in that conversation of one day becoming. Its all speculation, in a sense. He has a long way to go. He knows that. He has one championship. Michael has six! Theres a lot to say about that.

LeBron is a dominant player. ... But Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time.



1992 DREAM TEAM VS. 2012 OLYMPIC TEAM

I think the 2012 team was awesome, but I always look at it and say, in 92 they had 11 of the 12 best players in the game at that time, except for Isiah Thomas, who was the only one who wasnt on that team. If you took 11 of our 12 best players and put them on our team today, then you have more of an argument in a sense of teams.

I think the 92 team would be dominant today. I dont know they would have won by 50 as much, but they would still be dominant. That team was amazing.


Derrick Rose's (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) INJURY?

He can come back. The biggest thing is, during the rehab process, you have to work hard to get back to where you were at, but as long as you put the work in and believe you can get back there, its been proven that you can.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com



Kings officials deny reported move to Virginia Beach - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings are close to reaching an agreement to relocate to Virginia Beach, Va., to play in a proposed new arena to be built by Comcast, according to a report by Inside Business.

However, Kings officials are providing different information.

The Sporting News reported that Kings co-owner George Maloof told CBS13 in Sacramento on Thursday: "We haven't talked to Virginia Beach."

Chris Clark, the Kings' director of public relations, responded to the report by writing on Twitter on Thursday, "Virginia Beach? Huh?"

The Kings, who have not been able to get a new arena approved in the Sacramento area, have been tied to rumors of several potential new locations, including a proposed new arena in Seattle. A potential lease agreement between the franchise and Anaheim was reported in 2011.

"We have been approached by several cities over several years about moving the Kings, and we will not comment other than that," Maloof told Inside Business, a business journal located in Hampton Roads, Va.

Kings spokesman Eric Rose reiterated that by saying, according to The Sporting News, "The Kings have been approached by numerous cities interested in buying the team and relocating it. We are not going to discuss which cities have approached the team and are not going to comment on every rumor. I can tell you that the Kings are 100 percent focused on putting a winning team on the court."

According to the Inside Business report, sources said Virginia Beach city officials and the Maloof family are expected to announce the Kings' intention to move on Wednesday.

Lease payments in Virginia Beach would be guaranteed for 25 years by Comcast, which would get the broadcast rights in addition to being the named sponsor on the arena. The Atlantic Coast Conference has also reportedly agreed to place Virginia Beach on its list of future locations for the conference's tournaments.

"Comcast, Live Nation and Global Spectrum have come to the city," Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said last week, per the journal. "They would guarantee us a professional sports team if the deal goes through."

Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson has worked diligently to keep the Kings in his city, but a proposed $391 million entertainment complex proposal fell apart in April and the relationship between the parties quickly soured.

Johnson announced in April that there were "irreconcilable differences" over financing for the for the proposed downtown sports facility after two days of talks.

"We know this door is closed," the mayor said at the time, adding the city now will try to build an arena without the Kings as tenant.

Johnson said the Maloofs would not provide collateral to refinance their $67 million loan with the city and they would not agree to a 30-year lease at the new arena.

Johnson had tried to renew talks after two weeks of sniping. A week of what he called "hopeful negotiations" again ended in dispute.

Just two months earlier, the Maloofs, Johnson and NBA commissioner David Stern joyfully announced they had reached a handshake agreement for $391 million arena near downtown Sacramento. The deal was proposed to finance the arena from future city parking revenues, the Maloofs and AEG, the corporation which was to run the facility.

Despite term-sheet approval by the city council, the arena project hit a number of snags in April. The Maloofs released a letter to the city outlining flaws in the agreement and discussed those issues with the other owners at the NBA meetings before it became public that the deal had dissolved.

"You can't do a deal with somebody you don't trust," George Maloof, Jr. told The Sacramento Bee of Johnson after the negotiations broke down. "I don't trust him."

On the flip side, Chris Lehane, the former executive director of Think Big, the committee formed by Johnson to attempt to keep the Kings in town, at one point asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Maloof brothers, according to a USA Today report.

"It is becoming clearer that the foundation of Think Big is built on fabrication and deception," Eric W. Rose, the Maloofs' spokesman, told USA Today. "The name of the organization should be changed to Think Big Fraud."

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



Indiana Fever spread minutes among four centers - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever have been employing four centers. Does that mean they really have none?

Evidence is to the contrary.

What the Fever have is one veteran -- 6-4 Tamara Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers), 34 -- and three understudies: 6-5 Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.), 27; 6-1 Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, college: N.Carolina), 26; 6-5 rookie Sasha Goodlett (6'5''-C-90, college: Georgia Tech), 22.

"What you're seeing is a challenge to these guys," Fever coach Lin Dunn said. " 'OK. Who wants those minutes?' "

The Fever (14-8) will try to extend their post-Olympics record to 5-1 in tonight's game against the last-place Washington Mystics (5-18) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Unresolved minutes in the post have not unsettled the Fever. Davenport began the season as the starter but now comes off the bench. Sutton-Brown has 20 starts but averages fewer than 20 minutes a game.

The interloper is Larkins, who was out of the WNBA for two years after playing two seasons for the New York Liberty. The Fever acquired her as a free agent March 14, and she has supplied the rebounding the team has long sought, even if she is undersized.

"We know we're only going to go as far as we rebound," Dunn said. "We are a better rebounding team than we were before the Olympic break, without a doubt."

Larkins had seven rebounds and a career-high 16 points in leading the Fever over the Mystics 84-66 on Aug. 16. In five games since the Olympics, she has averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. She has become not only a backup power forward behind Tamika Catchings, but also a center off the bench.

Larkins played in Turkey over the past four years, staying fit and improving her skills. She was second in that league in rebounding this year (10.9). Larkins said she was thankful the Fever gave her a chance after being waived by the Phoenix Mercury last year and by the Liberty in 2010.

"It's not necessarily about the size. It's about the heart," she said.

Meanwhile, Davenport reasserted herself in victories last week at Seattle and Phoenix. She totaled 20 points and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes.

That showed she wanted some of those minutes, Dunn said. Davenport, whose role has fluctuated during four seasons in Indiana, said she has been in the league so long that she can adjust.

"Whatever minutes are allotted, you have to do your best in that time," Davenport said.

Sutton-Brown remains the team's best post defender, Dunn said, but doesn't have the physical presence the others provide. What Sutton-Brown provides is mentoring.

She is in the final year of what once was believed to be her final WNBA contract. However, she said that as long as her health and passion are there, she would continue playing.

"The plan is to win a championship," Sutton-Brown said. "After that, definitely revisit it. I love the team, I love the girls. And it's a great place to be."

Goodlett has averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 18 games this season.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com



Charlotte Bobcats hire Dan Leibovitz and Brian Winters as assistant coaches - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats named Dan Leibovitz and Brian Winters as assistant coaches on the staff of new Head Coach Mike Dunlap. Leibovitz and Winters will join Stephen Silas and Rick Brunson, who officially signed with the team in July.

It was important to me to put together a coaching staff that mirrors my coaching philosophy and one that will consistently challenge our players to get better each and every time they hit the basketball floor, said Dunlap. When I selected my staff I wanted to assemble a group that will care about the players, care about the team and love to teach the game of basketball.

Brunson enters his fourth year as an NBA assistant coach after previously serving as a player development coach in Chicago (2010-12) and Denver (2006-07), where he first worked with Dunlap. Following his stint with the Nuggets, Brunson served as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Virginia from 2007-09 before spending the 2009-10 season at the University of Hartford as an assistant coach under Leibovitz. A former standout player at Temple University under Naismith Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, Brunson played in the NBA for nine seasons, appearing in 337 games for eight different teams including Portland, New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle. His ties to Dunlap also extended overseas in 1996, when he played for Dunlap with the Adelaide 36ers in Australias NBL.

Leibovitz brings over 16 years of collegiate coaching experience to Charlotte, joining the Bobcats from the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater. Prior to joining the Penn staff, he served as head coach at the University of Hartford from 2006-10. Leibovitz also served as an assistant coach at Temple University for 10 seasons under John Chaney (1996-2006) and was named Best Assistant Coach in the Atlantic 10 by Street & Smiths magazine in 2005. Leibovitz played collegiately at Franklin & Marshall College.

Silas is entering his 12th season as an NBA assistant coach and is the lone holdover from the previous coaching staff. He initially joined the Bobcats on December 26, 2010, after spending the previous four and a half seasons as an assistant coach in Golden State. Prior to joining the Warriors, Silas served as an assistant coach with the Hornets (2000-03) and Cavaliers (2003-05) and as an advance scout with the Wizards (2005-06). Silas originally joined the Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout. Silas also played four seasons at Brown University.

Winters brings a wealth of experience to the Bobcats staff, having been an NBA head coach in Vancouver (1995-97) and Golden State (2001-02), in addition to serving as head coach of the WNBAs Indiana Fever (2004-07). His coaching career also includes time in Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver and Golden State, as well as a stint at Princeton University. The 12th overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft after a collegiate career at the University of South Carolina, Winters played nine seasons in the NBA, appearing in 650 career games for the Lakers and Bucks with averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He made two All-Star appearances and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team following the 1974-75 season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Kevin Durant: 'My time is now' - by Eurobasket News

Wearing black browline glasses, an aqua-colored shirt and white slacks, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) sauntered through a hallway at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown last week with the confidence of an accomplished star, far removed from being the pimple-faced teenager who entered the league five years ago hoping to one day earn a perch among the NBA elite.

But in an instant, Durant offered a reminder that - despite the three NBA scoring titles and the Olympic gold medal he added to his resume this month in London - there remains a youthful spirit behind the maturity. Durant passed over the bottled waters and sodas at a table of snacks and beverages, punched a mini straw into a Capri Sun and contently slurped away until the container shriveled up.

Back home in Washington for a brief reprieve to promote and premiere for family and friends his feature film debut, Thunderstruck, Durant also wanted to let it be known that while he wont turn 24 until late September, the Oklahoma City all-star forward considers himself too much of an essential element of the NBAs present to be clumped into discussions about its future.

Ive heard a few times, in three or four years, this league is going to be yours. ... I dont like that. Because I think Im established now. My time is now, Durant said. I feel as though Ive proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league. Ive got a long way to go to being the ultimate best, but I think my time is now. And Im starting to enter my prime.

Durant explained that he felt he belonged in the discussion of the leagues best since playing in the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles but has mostly kept that sentiment bottled up, because, I dont like to talk about myself, but I had to get that out there.

He probably felt a bit more comfortable after a dominant run this summer for the U.S. Mens National Team, capped off by his 30-point outburst in the closely contested gold medal victory against Spain. Durant led the team which featured nine all-stars, including two Finals MVPs and regular season MVPs in Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in scoring at 19.5 points and set a new American mens record for most points scored in an Olympic tournament with 156.

I always felt that I belonged on top with those guys and I just have to continue to keep working to maintain that, Durant said. It feels good to be a part of a great group of guys, to do something special for the country. We all respected each other and they never looked at me as the younger guy coming up and waiting his turn. They were just, Go out there and play, do what you do. And thats what I did.

That's ... not all who I am

Durant didnt take any time to rest after the Olympics, as he was quickly thrust into promoting his new movie, which opened in theaters on Friday. He plays himself in the family comedy, in which he magically swaps basketball talents with a hopeless teenager who becomes the hero of his high school basketball team while Durant and his Thunder founder.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Source: Scalabrine in line to join Bulls' coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

When NBA training camps open in a little over a month, there's a good chance that like the last two seasons, Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-F-78, college: USC) will be in Deerfield, Ill., at the Berto Center with the Bulls--just not as a player.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the fan favorite is in line to join Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff for the upcoming season, CSNChicago.com has learned.

Since former Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson departed for a position with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason, the organization has had an opening and while the likes of former Magic assistant Steve Clifford was considered--the member of Stan Van Gundy's staff in Orlando recently accepted a job with the Lakers, where he'll be reunited with All-Star center Dwight Howard--it appears that Scalabrine is now a front-runner for the spot.

Though the popular reserve forward, who expressed his desire to continue playing in an in-depth piece by Sam Smith of Bulls.com earlier this summer, averaged a modest 1.1 points per game in just over 200 minutes in his two-year stint in Chicago, his knowledge of the game is highly regarded, his relationship with Thibodeau goes back to their days together in Boston and at only 34 years old, fresh off an 11-year NBA career and still active enough to bang bodies with current players, his transition to the coaching ranks has the potential to be a seamless one.

So although the majority of the "Bench Mob" has been dismantled, the "White Mamba" could be back in front of the United Center faithful, albeit in a suit instead of a uniform.

Courtesy of www.csnchicago.com



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to get statue - by Eurobasket News

It has been 23 years since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar last played for the Los Angeles Lakers, but soon fans headed to Staples Center will see him every day.

The Lakers plan to erect a statue outside the arena to honor The Captain, the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

The Lakers plan to announce the date of the official unveiling of the statue in the near future, according to a league source.

While Abdul-Jabbar's on-court accomplishments were no-doubt stellar, racking up six championships and six MVPs during his 20-year career, his relationship with the Lakers had become strained in recent years. The team cut ties with Abdul-Jabbar as a special assistant following the 2010-11 season and the former 19-time All-Star also voiced his frustration at Jerry West receiving a statue before he did, after West's statue was unveiled during the 2011 NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

"I don't understand (it). It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted," Abdul-Jabbar told The Sporting News at the time. "I'm not going to try to read people's minds, but it doesn't make me happy. It's definitely a slight. I feel slighted."

Shortly after Abdul-Jabbar's remarks to the magazine became public, Lakers spokesman John Black told The Sporting News that Abdul-Jabbar had been informed by the team that he would be the next player to receive a statue in his honor.

Later, in an interview with ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning," Abdul-Jabbar revealed that he had other gripes with the organization.

"When you look at what (owner Jerry Buss) did for Earvin (Johnson) and what he did for me, big disparity there," Abdul-Jabbar said. "I just think that it's a mindset that's taken over in the organization that I'm of minimal value to the organization and they're doing other things. ... They just don't seem to want to include me in the way they have included other people."

There are currently five statues outside of Staples Center, with three of them being Lakers-related in West, Magic Johnson and broadcaster Chick Hearn joining Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya.

Courtesy of ESPN



Jason Kidd hopes to help Anthony, Stoudemire co-exist in Knicks offense - by Eurobasket News

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) played the best basketball of his career when he had Steve Nash setting him up for midrange opportunities and big dunks.

Things have not been the same in New York, where the offense is based more on Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) isolations and kick-outs to open shooters. Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) hopes to change that.

Kidd, an 18-year veteran, was added this offseason as part of a point guard trio that includes Raymond Felton and Argentine Pablo Prigioni. Those additions were made when the Knicks decided to let Jeremy Lin leave to the Houston Rockets.

At this stage of his career, Kidd, 39, who has always been a pass-first player, simply wants to facilitate.

With Amare, I hope I can be like a Nash to be able to get him the ball where he likes it to be successful, Kidd told NBA.com in an interview. Make it where he doesnt have to work as hard, easy layups, catch and shoot where he likes it.

Stoudemires best scoring numbers in New York came in 2010-11, his first season with the Knicks. He scored 25.3 points per game, but that was mostly a result of an increase to 19 shot attempts a night.

With Anthony in the fold last season, though, those numbers dropped to 17.5 points per game on 13.9 attempts as Stoudemire struggled to find his way in the offense. Meanwhile, Anthony took 18.6 shots for 22.6 pointsthe lowest scoring output since his second NBA season.

Kidd hopes to make sure Anthony and Stoudemire can co-exist without any player having to take a backseat. Both forwards like to operate around the free-throw line extended, and Anthony ended up in that position most often because he can create his own shot.

In an ideal offense, Kidd would like for Anthony to use his scoring ability in a more efficient way, with fewer dribbles and forced shots.

Melo is one of the top five players in the world, Kidd said. For me, its to get him touches that put the ball in the basket, so he doesnt have to work so hard. Hes a guy that understands how to play and also understands how to win.

Courtesy of www.aol.sportingnews.com



James Harden: I want to keep playing with the Thunder - by Eurobasket News

It's pretty obvious what James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) wants. He wants to stay in Oklahoma City.

'I dont know. I can't make that decision', Harden told Marca.com. 'I only focus on playing. I want to keep playing with the Thunder. I feel like home and the team is special. My teammates are like my family. We can do big things. We'll see what happens.'

And really, its pretty obvious what the team wants. The Thunder want to keep James Harden.
Unfortunately there are those luxury tax complications standing in the way, making this whole thing much more difficult and challenging than it should be.

Harden also recently said, Im pretty, a hundred percent, Im pretty sure that Im going to be in Oklahoma City. But of course that quote came before Serge Ibaka signed his four-year, $48 million extension. Thats the complication I speak of, the thing thats seemingly made Hardens extension go from a slam dunk sure thing to somewhat of a question mark.

Most see Harden as a likely max extension kind of player, especially if he were to hit the market next summer as a restricted free agent. With players like Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert landing max deals, surely the reigning Sixth Man of the Year would get one too.

The way Harden talks, it seems as if hes got a number hes told his agent he wants to hit and if it happens, it happens. Hes made it especially clear that his preference is the Thunder and that his eye isnt wandering to options in restricted free agency. But its just a matter of what OKCs ownership is willing to spend.

The indication is that the Thunder will open the checkbook for Harden and cross the luxury tax bridge when they get there. By either just paying it, trying to wiggle around it with the amnesty clause or by making a deal.

But the ball is in the Thunders court. Harden has put his cards on the table. The cat is out of the bag. The insert another cliche here to hammer home a point thats been made already. This negotiation with Harden isnt about trying to convince him to stay. That much is done. Its just about hitting that number.

Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com



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2012 NBL Canada Draft night recap - by Eurobasket News

On Monday night, the 2012 NBL Canada Draft presented by Recharge With Milk took place in the Aurora Suite at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Windsor Express made 6'10 Centre, Robert Curtis (6'9''-PF-90, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) the first overall pick of the 2012 NBL Canada Draft. The Saint John Mill Rats acquired the Express #1 pick by trading their #5 pick (1st Round) and rights of G Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87).

The Moncton Miracles made a trade before the draft began by acquiring All-Star Forward Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) & Centre Christian Upshaw (5'10''-G-86) in exchange for their #2 pick (1st Round.) The Miracles also selected F Kamar Burke (6'5''-F/G-86), the first Canadian taken in the 2012 NBL Canada Draft, with the 8th and final pick of the 1st Round.

Summerside Storm left the Aurora Suite with six players to enhance their roster. The Storm entered the 2012 NBL Canada Draft with five picks and with a last minute trade with the Oshawa Power by acquiring the 1st Round draft pick Chad Gillaspy (6'6''-F).

The 2012 NBL Canada Champion London Lightning made moves by acquiring the Laval Kebs first and second round picks for cash considerations. They also closed out the evening by selecting G Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville) with the final selection in the 2012 NBL Canada Draft.

Great thanks to our sponsor, Recharge With Milk, Renaissance Hotel, and Dome Productions for a terrific night.

To find out more of the 2012 NBL Canada Draft , please visit our NBL Canada Draft Central on www.nblcanada.ca

Courtesy of The NBL Canada



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Marquette dumps assistant over NCAA violations - by Eurobasket News

Marquette coach Buzz Williams announced the dismissal of assistant Scott Monarch on Friday, and Williams will serve a one-game suspension as part of the school's self-imposed sanctions for recruiting rules violations it reported to the NCAA.

The school said Monarch gave team-issued apparel and provided transportation to an unnamed recruit, then was "found to have been untruthful with department administrators on multiple occasions" after the violations were discovered.

"When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends," Buzz Williams said in a statement. "I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire university. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition."

Marquette director of athletics Larry Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press that there are no indications that Buzz Williams was aware of the violations. The one-game suspension comes in recognition of Buzz Williams ' "duty to monitor the compliance of his staff," the school said.

Larry Williams hopes the self-imposed sanctions will show that Marquette takes the issues seriously.

"Our intent here is to build a national championship-caliber program, and we don't want to put it at risk for something as controllable and as fundamental as integrity," Larry Williams told the AP. "We're confident that this is one of the building blocks toward that pursuit of a national championship-caliber team."

Buzz Williams is expected to sit out the first Big East game of the Golden Eagles' upcoming season.

As part of the self-imposed sanctions, the school also will voluntarily reduce its number of official recruit visits. Monarch has been suspended since mid-June, and Marquette considers not having him available for recruiting trips during that period to be part of its self-imposed sanctions. Buzz Williams can hire a replacement for Monarch.

The Associated Press could not immediately reach Monarch for comment.

"The violations that are more serious are the multiple instances of untruthfulness," Larry Williams said. "The NCAA has as probably its core value the requirement that anybody that works in college athletics be truthful, and you can understand that. We're educating young men and women. If it isn't built on a bedrock of integrity, then it's going to lead to problems. So the NCAA takes the obligation to be honest really, really seriously."

Larry Williams said an internal investigation found that Monarch wasn't telling the truth.

"Through the course of the investigation, it became clear, ultimately, to the independent investigator, he admitted the [dishonesty]," Larry Williams said.

Had Monarch admitted the violations right away, it's possible that he would have faced less severe punishment.

"Which makes this all the more troubling," Larry Williams said. "This is not something that should rise to this level of untruthfulness."

Monarch was an assistant at Marquette for the past three seasons after working as the school's director of basketball operations in 2008-09. He also worked for Williams at New Orleans.

Larry Williams said the one-game suspension is intended to reinforce the idea that the NCAA expects head coaches to create a "culture of compliance" in their programs.

"With each head coach, there is the specific obligation - you're responsible for the actions of your staff," Larry Williams said. "We want you to own that, to own the responsibility. And within doing that, you are creating a culture or compliance where everybody appreciates the requirement that people play by the rules."

Earlier this month, Marquette announced that it reported a possible rules violation involving its men's basketball program to the NCAA. The nature of the violation was not disclosed at the time.

The university retained a law firm, Bond, Schoeneck and King, which specializes in college sports compliance issues.

The NCAA will review the school's report to determine if additional action is necessary. There is no specific timeline for that decision, but Williams is optimistic that the NCAA will deem the school's self-imposed penalties sufficient.

"We have no assurances that that's the case, but we're certainly hopeful," Larry Williams said.

The Golden Eagles have advanced to the NCAA tournament in all four seasons since Buzz Williams took over for Tom Crean, including back-to-back appearances in the regional semifinals.

Larry Williams was hired as the school's vice president and director of athletics in December. He replaced Steve Cottingham, who resigned in June 2011 as school and athletic department officials faced questions about how they handled two cases of alleged sexual assault involving unidentified athletes.

Larry Williams said he isn't concerned that this violation will damage the program's image.

"No, quite the opposite," he said. "I think what it demonstrates to anyone reading [about] it is Marquette is diligent in how they go about their business. It's an institution based on a high level of integrity and they don't compromise their integrity at any bend in the road. That's the way that I hope it's interpreted. People in this world, we all make mistakes, but we have to be accountable when we do make mistakes and we have to own it, and learn from it, and move forward."

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Cincinnati transfer David Nyarsuk eligible immediately - by Eurobasket News

Cincinnatis frontcourt got a whole lot bigger Monday, when 7-1 center David Nyarsuk (7'1''-C) began classes at the university as a transfer eligible to play immediately.

Nyarsuk started for Mountain State in NAIA ball last season, but that school lost its accreditation and will be taken over by the University of Charleston in December. As a result, the NCAA ruled Nyarsuk is eligible to compete immediately for the Bearcats.

He averaged 9.8 points and 8 rebounds last season for Mountain State, which reached the NAIA final four in 2012. He scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in an exhibition game against Division I Morehead State last November.

He immediately gives us depth, coach Mick Cronin told Sporting News. If he was a junior college player, hed have been the No. 1 player in the country. Hes a center who can block shots and finish around the rim. Hes not a great back-to-the basket player, but thats really not a part of what were doing anyway. He fits in as a shot-blocker and a dunker, and hes got a great attitude. He really can run for a guy his size.

Cronin said Nyarsuk will compete for playing time against expected starter Cheikh Mbodj and redshirt sophomore Kelvin Gaines. The Bearcats, ranked No. 18 by Sporting News in the preseason, also have 6-8 junior Justin Jackson and 6-7 Shaq Thomas, who sat out his freshman season, to use at power forward.

A native of the Sudan, Nyarsuk signed with West Virginia out of high school but did not qualify to compete as a freshman.

Cronin believes having Nyarsuk work with a fulltime strength and conditioning coach will enhance his performance.

The kid is all work/no play. Hes very dedicated, Cronin said. The indications from my players are that hes in great shape and he can help us.

Thats a great pickup for us. We dont need him to be our best player. Weve got plenty of guys.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Elite recruit Nick King chooses Memphis - by Eurobasket News

Small forward Nick King, a top-30 national prospect in the 2012 class at East High in Memphis, committed to join his hometown Memphis Tigers at a news conference in his schools library Monday.

Jason Smith of the Commercial Appeal reported King made his choice obvious by putting on a Memphis ballcap, which led to cheers from the crowd attending his announcement.

King had considered Tennessee, Texas and Vanderbilt, but the small number of players in his recruitment is suggestive that many colleges figured it was likely he would stay close to home.

King is rated the No. 28 prospect in the nation by ESPN. Sporting News watched King play this summer at the Nike EYBL at the Peach Jam tournament, where he struggled to find his rhythm as he coped with the aftereffects of a concussion suffered during a previous event.

His play in one pool-play game was so dreadful it appeared he couldnt have been worthy of the No. 228 ranking in the nation, but he recovered the following day to score 22 points and hit three times from 3-point range against a capable team from the Kansas City area that included elite prospect Shimi Ojeleye.

King said then that his coach with the Bluff City Legends, Todd Day, didnt want to continue playing him in the tournament. But I was like, Ive got to play, King said. I wanted to win so bad. I guess I should have stayed out. Im just trying to play my hardest.

King becomes the latest high-level prospect from Memphis to remain in the area and choose the Tigers and coach Josh Pastner, following a trend set with the class of Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford and Tarik Black, who are now juniors and have won the Conference USA Tournament in each of their two seasons at the school.

The C-As Smith reported that among those who attended Kings announcement were two high-level prospects from the city: wing Markel Crawford of Melrose High, who committed to Memphis in early August, and Southwind High playmaker Jajuan Johnson, who played with King for Bluff City.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



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Cleveland Am Pro'ers ABA Team Is Gearing Up For Its 2nd Season & Will Be Lead by William Jones and Jerial Nixon - by Vance Marbury

The ABA Oakland County Cowboys Back To School Tournament will feature 5 ABA teams from the Midwest region. The teams are the Oakland County Cowboys, Midwest Flames, Detroit Hoops, Pontiac Firebirds, and the Cleveland Am Proers.

The focus of the tournament will be to raise money and dontate school supplies to local young students in the Wallet Lake, Michigan community. The tournament will also feature some exciting Semi-Pro basketball possible future European Pros.

The Cleveland Am Proers team will be lead by William Jones - 6'7" 235 lbs - Athletic Small Forward who can handle the ball like a guard, shoot the 3 ball, and runs the floor like a deer. Jones played junior college basketball at Spoonriver Community College and is widely considered one of the best kept secrets in the city of Cleveland. You can view Mr. Jones summer highlight tape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHHEtdJx53Q

The Cleveland Am Proers will also be lead by Jerial Nixon a 6ft 2in 212lbs Combo guard with a wingspan 6ft 5in and a 37 in vertical Leap who played his college basketball at California University of Pennsylvania. Jerial is a strong, Slasher, scoring combo guard who is also an excellent passer with good court vision. You can view Mr. Nixon summer highlight tape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv3NXWpFq6s

All the games for the Oakland County Cowboys Back to School Tournament will take place at the Wallet Lake Community Center September 8th and 9th. Games on September 8th start at 2 pm and games on September 9th start at 12 pm. For more information you can contact Giovanni Rogers: oaklandcountycowboys@hotmail.com or 248 862 8185.



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Juve Caserta verbally agrees with Jeleel Akindele - by Eurobasket News

Akindele Jeleel (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) is back to Italy. The Nigerian big guy verbally agreed with Juve Caserta and they are expected to sign a deal soon. Akindele most recently played for the Chinese NBL team Jiangsu Tongxi. He had 15.5 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games. Last season he started with Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and later finished it with Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Iran). With Spartak Akindele Jeleel averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds for 7 games in Russian league. The center played for Montepaschi Siena in the second half of 2010/11 season. He played for the club only in Euroleague averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for 6 games. He started that season with Russian Nizhny Novgorod. In the past, Akindele Jeleel played for Pesaro, Pau-Orthez and in NBA D-League.


Ourense brings in Nigerian Andy Ogide for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Ourense wants to reinforce its roster under the basket. The team brought in Nigerian Andy Ogide (205-C-87, college: Colorado St.) for tryout and he will stay with the club until the end of September. Of course, Ogide will try to earn a deal for the entire 2012/13 season. The player is not a new face in Spain as he finished last season with Lagun Aro GBC. He joined them in January averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds for 16 Liga Endesa games. Andy Ogide was a member of Breogan before that. With them he had 5.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 13 games in LEB Gold. It was first pro deal for the player. Andy Ogide is a product of Colorado State University, where he graduated a year ago. He shined with 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 32 games as a senior. Ogide was named to All-MWC 1st Team -11.


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PGE Turow brings in Vukasin Aleksic for tryout - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow brought in Vukasin Aleksic (184-PG-85, agency: Beo Basket) on tryout. The Serbian point guard spent last season with Igokea Aleksandrovac. He helped them reach Bosnian league Finals and also the team booked a spot for Adriatic league 2012/13. Aleksic appeared 27 times in domestic championship averaging 5.2 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Before Igokea, the player split one season between Nizhny Novgorod and Radnicki Kragujevac. With Novgorod he had 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3 apg for 9 Russian league games. He also added 8.4 ppg, 4.1 apg and 2.9 rpg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Later with Radnicki Vukasin Aleksic registered 5.2 ppg and 2.9 apg for 9 games in Serbia, plus 4.4 ppg and 1.6 apg for 5 Adriatic league appearances. In 2009, he won Serbian and Adriatic league titles with Partizan Belgrade. They also were Cup winners. In the past, Aleksic played for Swisslions, Zdravlje, Avala Ada and Hemofarm.


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Aleksander Milovic joins Sampaense Basket - by Eurobasket Center

Sampaense Basket signed 25-year old Montenegrin forward Aleksander Milovic (201-F-100kg-87, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Milovic has just graduated from Cal.Baptist (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 26 games his stats were 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 32.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 50%




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BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc keep Vita Andras and Lokody Matyas - by Eurobasket News

BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc keep Vita Andras and Lokody Matyas for the upcoming season. The Romanian team is fully ready for 2012/2013 season.
Vita Andras is a 1987 year born player. In 2011-2012 for BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Div.A) he averaged 0.6ppg, 1.0rpg.
Lokody Matyas will enter his 4th straight season with the team. In 2009-2010 he started for CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc in Division B. In 2010-2011 moved to Division A with BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Div.A) and last year averaged 7 games: 0.7ppg.
The last additions for the team were Sasa Avalic and Marijo Hajdic. Sasa Avalic played for Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia, Handlova and later moved to Iskra Svit. The guard also has experience from Greece and Serbia. Marijo Hajdic split last season between Svjetlost Slavonski Brod and Dubrovnik.



Romanian team start 2012/2013 preseason games - by Eurobasket News

Romanian team start 2012/2013 preseason games as 10 games were played with top Division representatives.
CSU Sibiu beat BC Miercurea Ciuc in the opener 106:73. BC Mures overcame U Mobielco Cluj twice, 89:72 and 82:80. BCM U Pitesti also achieved two victories over Energia Rovinari, 75:61 and 76:61. SCM U Craiova meanwhile beat CSC Giurgiu in both games, 71:60 and 73:68.
Last night Gaz Metan Medias lost to Igokea 76:88. The team from Bosnia and Herzegovina looked better and the game and rightfully clinched the victory. Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic) posted 25 points for the Romanian team and Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) had 15. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 11 points in the losing effort.
Serbian KK Crvena Zvezda outscored Asesoft 94:87. Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Braun netted 16. Filip Covic (180-PG-89, agency: Interperformances) posted 16, while Subotic delivered 11.



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Unics post two victories in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Unics post two victories in Italy over the foreign representatives. The team started already their preparation for the upcoming season.
In Game 1 Unics overcame Derton Basket 89:56. The game was fully controlled by the Russian team in both halves. It was actually planned to play against Siena, however the team was not ready for the game.
Last night Unics overcame Galatasaray 89:62 in Italy. The Russian side started with 24-17 in the first period, and added 28-21 in the second frame. Moreover Unics won the third period 21-8 and both teams scored 16 points in the last stanza. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners in that game.
The Junior Unics team lost the game against BC Donetsk in Sevastopol 54:55.



Ural bring in Aaron McGhee - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg continued to bolster their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma). Just yesterday Ural ensured the services of Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: G.Washington) for the next season. Aaron McGhee spent the last season in Ukraine. The centre played for Khimik Yuzny. He notched 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague the centre posted 14.1 points, 5.4 boards per appearance. He reached Ukrainian Cup semis with Khimik. Previously Aaron McGhee had stints in Puerto Rico, Israel, Philippines, China, South Korea, Spain and Italy. He made it into All-Spanish LEB 2nd Team in 2004. The centre earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention in 2010 and 2011.


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Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Israel-Serbia 89:76

Fabulous Israel wins again, improves to 3-2 record at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Serbia 89:76 in the last game of Day 5. Both teams share the second place with the same record.
With the score 8-8, Casspi buried a three-pointer and then he and Ohayon scored with lay-ups. Israel managed to win the first period 25:15 and never looked behind in the game. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the second period as Pnini posted three for 48:38 at the end of the half. Serbia reduced to 9 points at the end of the third quarter after 18-17 in the third period. Israel however needed 24-20 for 13-point victory.
Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 22. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) delivered 19, while Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) posted 12. Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) produced 10 points each in the losing effort. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milenko Tepic (200-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) followed the with 9 points apiece.

Israel: Omri Casspi 23, Lior Eliyahu 22, Yogev Ohayon 19, Alex Tyus 12
Serbia: Zoran Erceg 10, Milos Teodosic 10, Nenad Krstic 9, Milenko Tepic 9



Crvena Zvezda and Partizan play friendlies - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda and Partizan play friendlies over the last few days to prepare better for the next season.
Partizan lost to Igokea 79:85. The Serbian team started with 23:19 but had only 1-point advantage at the halftime. The team from Bosnia and Herzegovina produced decisive 27-18 in the third period to take 8-point lead after three quarters. Partizan replied with 22-20 in the last stanza but could not save the game. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Dozet as well as Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) posted 11 each. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) finished the game with 22 points in the losing effort.
Serbian KK Crvena Zvezda outscored Asesoft 94:87. Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Braun netted 16. Filip Covic (180-PG-89, agency: Interperformances) posted 16, while Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) delivered 11.



Fersped-Rabotnicki extends C Nemanja Jelesijevic - by Eurobasket News

Another news is coming from Fersped-Rabotnicki. The former Superleague champion agreed 1-year contract extension with Serbian center Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency). He joined them in January averaging 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds for 12 games. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team. Jelesijevic started the season with Kumanovo 2009. There he had 17.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 14 appearances. Nemanja Jelesijevic spent 2010/11 season in FYROM as well. He started it with Ovce Pole and later moved to Torus. With Ovce Pole the center had 16.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg for 8 games. After that he added 12.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 14 games with Torus. They reached Superleague Semifinals and player was named to Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team. In the past, he played in France, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Germany and Serbia.


PGE Turow brings in Vukasin Aleksic for tryout - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow brought in Vukasin Aleksic (184-PG-85, agency: Beo Basket) on tryout. The Serbian point guard spent last season with Igokea Aleksandrovac. He helped them reach Bosnian league Finals and also the team booked a spot for Adriatic league 2012/13. Aleksic appeared 27 times in domestic championship averaging 5.2 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Before Igokea, the player split one season between Nizhny Novgorod and Radnicki Kragujevac. With Novgorod he had 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3 apg for 9 Russian league games. He also added 8.4 ppg, 4.1 apg and 2.9 rpg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Later with Radnicki Vukasin Aleksic registered 5.2 ppg and 2.9 apg for 9 games in Serbia, plus 4.4 ppg and 1.6 apg for 5 Adriatic league appearances. In 2009, he won Serbian and Adriatic league titles with Partizan Belgrade. They also were Cup winners. In the past, Aleksic played for Swisslions, Zdravlje, Avala Ada and Hemofarm.


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Syllas monster slams in Cobras blow-out loss to Hawks - by Carlos Pereira

Amadou Syllas third quarter monster slam dunk was probably the only thing special Premium Cobras brought into their game with defending champions PLS Hawks who extended their win run to 14 games in the mens division one league.
In an amazing display of athleticism and ingenuity, Sylla caught a long fast break in the air with one hand and jumped over his defender Neddy Oye Fanchette before slam dunking the basketball. There were no other major storylines in this match, only that the Hawks could not reach the century mark for the fourth straight game but still won by double digits in a blow-out 90-56 in Saturdays double-header at Victoria Gymnasium.
Before fouling out in the fourth quarter, Sylla scored 11 points and got help in offence from Dan Cme (14 points) and Steven Speedy Servina (12) but these statistics were barely enough against a Hawks team who are firing on all cylinders as they attempt to retain their championship crown with an unbeaten record.
Centre Rodney Loz came off the bench to lead all scores with 25 points, while Fanchette added 16 and Nigeria Alao Solomon 14.
In Saturdays other double-header, Baya finished with just four players after three others captain Timmy Adam, Liston Reginald and Faizal Naiken had fouled out, but they still beat Mont Fleuri Dawgz 79-66 to avenge their first-round 62-83 loss.
Captain Adam and shooting guard Steve Denis finished with 17 points apiece to carry their team to a ninth victory in 13 games for 22 points the same total as Premium Cobras and Mont Fleuri Dawgz. All three teams have identical win-lose records of 9-4.
With a stretched line-up, coach Michel Malbrook will be without another of his top players for at least the next six months after he refused to take a drugs test on Saturday.
Steven Andr had the hot hands for the Dawgz with 22 points, but his double digit scoring performance was to no avail as his team lost.
Big men Emmanuel Larue (28 points) and Emmanuel Jupiter (24) combined for 52 points to help their team RC Dynamics overcome a 13-point 28-41 half-time deficit and outscore Angels 59-35 in the second period for an 87-76 win, bringing their points tally to 17 after three wins and 11 defeats in 14 games.
Angels are on 18 points with five wins and eight defeats and they were paced by Dominique Franoise with 23 points and Chabel Servina chipped in with 17.
Playmaker and captain Nigel Sinon carried MBU Rockers to a 72-65 victory over Cascade Bullets, while teammates Pascal Bibi added 14 and Daniel Hoareau got 10 for their eighth win in 15 games played.
The Rockers built their victory in the first half which they won 36-28, while the Bullets, who got 23 points from playmaker Christopher Toto Camille and 11 from Sandy Julienne, won the third quarter 19-18 and tied the Rockers 18-18 in the fourth as they slumped to their 13th defeat in 14 games.



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Nitra sign Deremy Geiger and Anthony McClain - by Eurobasket News

Nitra strengthened their roster. They added Deremy Geiger (180-G-90) and Anthony McClain (213-C-88).
Anthony McClain will start his pro career in Slovak Republic. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. The centre notched 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in his senior season. Anthony McClain participated at Blacktop Showcase in New York in the summer of 2011.
Deremy Geiger also starts his pro career in Nitra. The guard graduated from the University of Idaho this year. Deremy Geiger produced 12.9 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 boards per game in his senior season. He earned All-WAC Honourable Mention in 2012. Deremy Geiger participated at Blacktop Showcase this summer. He played for Team Italy A1.



Lehman joining Levice - by Michal Duchovic

The next player who will be playing for Astrum Levice is Filip Lehman (198-F-87) from Slovakia. Filip has stared his basketball carrer in BBK IVes Brno, where he played 9 games with average of 1.4ppg, 1.2rpg. After that he played two seasons for MBK Rieker Komarno. But the most remarkable in his carrer where last three years spended in BK SPU Bemaco Nitra. With BK SPU Bemaco Nitra he has won Slovakian Cup and also he participated in Eurochallenge Cup. Last season he was a member in 35 games where here notched 3.1 points and 3.3 rebound per game. Lehman si joining Astrum Levice as a replacement for Martin Sykora (193-G/F-81), who has not extend his contract with Astrum Levice.


Cadot is the newest member of Nitra - by Michal Duchovic

In these days is BK SPU Bemaco Nitra the most active team on Slovakian transfer market. Yesterday they signed J.R. Cadot (195-G-87) from Bahamas. Cadot is a guard with experiences from NCAA1 league. Last two seasons he played for BK SPU Bemaco Nitra where he was member of starting five with average of 11.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg. Also in 2010 he was included in NJCAA D1 All-America 3rd Team. For BK SPU Bemaco Nitra is Cadot another member in rebuilding their squad before the upcoming season, where they wanted to qualify into the Czech league.


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 4. Koper 0-0 
 5. Krka II 0-0 
 6. Lastovka 0-0 
 7. Litija 0-0 
 8. Parklji 0-0 
 9. Postojna 0-0 
 10. Radenska 0-0 
 11. Sencur CP 0-0 
 12. Splosna plovba 0-0 
 13. Terme Olimia 0-0 
 14. Triglav Strazisce 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Hrastnik - Parklji
Oct. 6: Postojna - Splosna plovba
Oct. 6: Sencur CP - Branik
Oct. 6: Lastovka - Litija
Oct. 6: Terme Olimia - Radenska
Oct. 6: Koper - Crnomelj
Oct. 6: Triglav Strazisce - Krka II



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Oviedo keeps Adrian and Hector Macia - by Eurobasket News

Adrian Macia (196-F-76) and Hector Macia (198-F-77) will stay with Oviedo for the upcoming season.
Adrian Macia arrived to the club in 2006 from Avilesina. Last season he had 6.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 18 LEB Silver games. In 2010/11, the player registered 7.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 28 appearances. Oviedo was EBA Group A regular season champion in 2010 and they won the promotion for LEB Silver.
Hector Macia also joined the club in 2006 from Caja Rioja. He shined last season with 12.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 23 games. In 2009/10, Hector was a key player of Oviedo. At that time he was averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 40 EBA games. In the past, Hector played for Valls-Felix Hotel. With Caja Rioja he won LEB2 Cup in 2004.



Real Madrid and Sergio Llull negotiate 6+1 year extension - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid wants to keep Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) for long term. According to Marca, they already negotiate 6+1 year contract extension. Llull arrived to Real Madrid in 2007 from Manresa. Last season he had 10.3 ppg, 3.9 apg and 2.2 rpg in 46 Liga Endesa games. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team -12 and also to Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Domestic Players Team -12. In Euroleague the player added 7.4 ppg and 3.2 apg for 16 games. Sergio Llull led Real Madrid to Copa del Rey trophy and was MVP of the final tournament. Lull is also active member of the Spanish National Team since 2009. They won two gold medals at 2009 and 2011 EuroBasket. This summer Llull and his teammates won the silver medal at the Olympics in London. Llull had 5.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 8 games at this event.


Palma Air Europa tab Robert Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old Haitian-USA center Robert Joseph (204-100kg-78, college: Union, TN). He played most recently at Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (ACB). Joseph is a very experienced player. He graduated Union University in 2002 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball. Last season Robert Joseph started with Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He notched 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per appearance in LEB Silver. Later the centre moved to Fuenlabrada. His stats read 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in ACB. In EuroChallenge his stats read 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 block.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lan Mobel extends Head Coach Iurgi Caminos - by Eurobasket News

Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel decided to keep its Head Coach Iurgi Caminos. They penned a 1-year contract extension yesterday. Caminos took over Lan Mobel last summer and reached LEB Silver Quarterfinals with them. It was enough for extension.
It is very important to mention that Lan Mobel also completed its roster for the upcoming season. Their latest addition was American rookie Lance Kearse (198-F). He will be used as position 3. Kearse is a product of Eckerd College (NCAA2), where he graduated few months ago. He had 16.2 ppg and 6 rpg for the school in 30 games as a senior. He helped Eckerd to reach SSC Tournament Semifinals and they did the same in 2010 as well. The player was named to All-SSC 1st Team -12.
Last week Lan Mobel penned a deal with another American. It is 25-year old guard David Nurse (191-G-87, college: W.Illinois). Nurse played most recently at Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece) and Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League). He is a very experienced player. Nurse played also pro basketball in Australia. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.



Valladolid inks deal with Ian O'Leary - by Eurobasket News

Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) stays in Spain for the next season, but not with Plasencia. The American forward signed a deal CB Valladolid. Last season he had 11.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 29 LEB Gold games. Before Plasencia, O'Leary spent one year with Oviedo. There he exploded with 15.4 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 30 games in LEB Silver. He was top rebounder and third scorer of the competition. Ian O'Leary was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year -11. Naturally, he was also named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team -11. The forward played for Vigo (LEB Gold) in 2009/10 and it was his first season as a pro. O'Leary is a product of St.Mary's University, where he graduated three years ago. He had 4.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 35 games as a senior.


Ourense brings in Nigerian Andy Ogide for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Ourense wants to reinforce its roster under the basket. The team brought in Nigerian Andy Ogide (205-C-87, college: Colorado St.) for tryout and he will stay with the club until the end of September. Of course, Ogide will try to earn a deal for the entire 2012/13 season. The player is not a new face in Spain as he finished last season with Lagun Aro GBC. He joined them in January averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds for 16 Liga Endesa games. Andy Ogide was a member of Breogan before that. With them he had 5.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 13 games in LEB Gold. It was first pro deal for the player. Andy Ogide is a product of Colorado State University, where he graduated a year ago. He shined with 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 32 games as a senior. Ogide was named to All-MWC 1st Team -11.


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  UKRAINE   


Mike Davis to join MBC Mykolaiv for try-out - by Eurobasket News

Mike Davis (205-F-88, college: Illinois) may soon return to Ukraine. The forward is set to join MBC Mykolaiv for a try-out period. Mike Davis started his pro career in Ukraine. He joined Ferro-ZNTU last season. The forward notched 11.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in Superleague. Mike Davis graduated from the University of Illinois in 2011. His stats read 12.5 points, 7.1 boards, 1.7 assists per appearance in his senior season. Mike Davis earned All-Big Ten Honourable Mention in 2010 and 2011. The forward participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in 2011. He averaged 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance.


Kaloyan Ivanov to BC Donetsk - by Alexander Muzyka

Well-known Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) agreed the terms with BC Donetsk, basket-planet.com informs. He played in Spain last six seasons - in a teams such Menorca, Manresa, Cajasol Sevilla and Alicante (11,9 ppg, 7,9 rbg and 1,6 apg for the last one in a season 2011/12) and had a proposition from Estudiantes this summer.

Kaloyan and his twin brother Deyan were the players of the Bulgarian National Team in the period of 2005-11 (9,2 ppg + 5,4 rpg in Lithuania) and the U-18 and U-20 BT's a years before. He also was named ACB MVP od December-2012 and got Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention at 2012. The deal between Alicante, Ivanov and BC Donetsk has to be confirmed untill Friday. Later the Bulgarian will join BC Donetsk in Serbia on the camp there.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Jones renew his contract - by Ali Ahmed

An Nasr Dubai came up with important signing for the this season. The team signed with the American Center Vincent Jones (210-C-77, college: Jackson St.) .

Jones is an excellent shot - blocker, due to his good timing and leaping ability. This guy is an hard worker with a good attitude - a very quality player. He is an exciting and enthusiastic player who has a tendency to dunk over anybody guarding him.

Awards/Achievements:
SWAC Tournament Winner -00
SWAC 2nd Team -00
SWAC Defensive Player of the Year -00
Russian League Defensive Player of the Year 01
Russian League All-Defensive Team 01
Turkish League Regular Season MVP -02
Turkish Cup Finalist -02
Polish Cup Semifinals -04
Polish League Semifinals -04
Asian Club Championships -06 (Finalist), 07 (Finalist)
Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Clubs Championships 2nd Team -07
Syrian Cup Winner -07
Syrian League Champion -07
Syrian League Regular Season Champion -07
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -09
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -09



Al Wasl Dubai hires Jordanco Davitkov as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Jordanco Davitkov will continue his coaching career in UAE. The FYR Macedonian specialist took over Al Wasl Dubai. He spent last four seasons in Kuwait. In the latest one Davitkov worked with Al Jahraa and they reached Kuwait Federation Cup Finals. From 2008 to 2011 he coached Al Wadsia. They won Kuwait Federation Cup in 2010 and participated at Pan Arab Games in Doha in 2011. Davitkov also coached National Team of Kuwait in 2011. Before his move to Kuwait, Jordanco Davitkov spent few months with Icelandic Snaefell, but he left them due to financial crunch in Iceland. In 2007/08 the coached worked with Strumica and before that he spent three years with Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje. They were FYROM champions in 2005. Rabotnicki also won the Cup that year. In the past, Davitkov coached Nemetali Ograzden Strumica and Nikol Fert Gostivar.


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Owumi a Lions - by Paul Nilsen

Worcester Wolves' Director of Basketball Paul James is confident he is building a side capable of once more challenging for top spot in the British Basketball League.

After the recent signing of power forward Stan Ocitti, James now welcomes a second new face to the city in 27 year old small forward Alex Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.).6 foot 5 inch Nigerian-born Alex Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) will be pleased to be coming to the calm surroundings of Worcester after playing last year in the troubled Middle-East.

He began the season at Libyan club Al-Nasr Benghazi, before being forced to flee the country as the civil war erupted. However, there was a happier ending to his time in the region as he took up an offer to join Egyptian club El-Olympi Alexandria where he won Most Valuable Player honours while leading his side to the championship.Alex Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) played college ball in the USA at Alcorn State University, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds in his final year. After graduating, he spent some time playing in American leagues and then had spells in France and Macedonia prior to his arrival in Libya.

He is now looking forward to making an impact in Worcester, saying: "I am extremely excited to officially be a part of the Worcester Wolves organization. I am grateful to Coach James for allowing me to be part of something special and I am excited for the upcoming season and looking forward to bringing the championship to Worcester."

James is delighted to have Alex Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) on board, commenting: "Alex is a tough-nosed player. He has worked hard to get to where he is. I think he will combine well in the backcourt with Sherrad [Prezzie-Blue] and be able to take on some of the ball-handling duties. He distributes the ball well and will give us multiple options both on offence and defence."

James also added that he is close to agreeing a deal for a new international centre to join the Wolves: "It is now just a question of finalising a contract. This is a player who I coached against in European competition a few years back when I was in charge of Guildford Heat," he said. "Once everything is fully signed off, I will be proud to announce the details."




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Women News


Partizan inks Mandic, Cadjo, Baltic and Deura - by Zeljko Zule

Adriatic League and Serbian champion Partizan rebuild its roster for the upcoming season by inking Marina Mandic (181-G-83), Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89), Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Milica Deura (178-G-90).
Mandic and Cadjo, both arrives from Hemofarm. Mandic averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 18 Adriatic League games last season. She spent the summer representing the Serbian national team at EuroBasket qualifications, where she posted 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 8 games. Cadjo averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1steals in 18 Adriatic League games last season. Baltic spent last three seasons with Slovenian side AJM Maribor, for whom she posted 18.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28 League games last season. Baltic averaged 1.3 points and 3.4 rebounds for Serbia at EuroBasket qualifications last summer. Deura arrives from Bosnian side Mladi Krajisnik and averaged 17.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 Adriatic League games last season.



Buducnost withdraw from League - by Zeljko Zule

Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica have announced their withdrawal from the 2012-13 Adratic League due to financial problems. League officials have responded quickly and taking a decision to replace Buducnost Podgorica with Bosnian side Sloboda Novi Grad.
Sloboda Novi Grad finished in third place last season in the Bosnian Championship and were last placed in Adriatic League with only one win from 18 games.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Saces Dike Napoli announced Australian Louella Tomlinson - by Eurobasket News

Saces Dike Napoli announced Australian Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) for the next season.
In 2005-2006 she started for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL) and in 19 games averaged 3.8ppg, Blocks-1 (4.5rpg), 1.3apg, 2.7bpg, 2FGP: 30.9%, 3FGP: 25%, FT: 56.7%. In 2006-2007 played for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL).
In 2007-2008 moved to St.Mary's, CA (NCAA, starting five) and debuted with 13.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 4.9bpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3Pts: 29.6%, FT: 69.5%. In 2008-2009 for St.Mary's, CA her stats read 15.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.9apg, 5.2bpg, FGP: 40.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%, FT: 69.7%. In 2009-2010 she improved to high 16.9ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.6apg, 6.3bpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.5% and in 2010-2011 showed 14.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg, 4.7bpg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 65.6%.
In 2011-2012 moved to Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) and after 19 games showed 3.3ppg, 3.2rpg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg). In 2012 moved to Mackay Meteorettes (ABA). She became an Australian WNBL Champion -12.



Liz Cambage pulls out of American season - by Eurobasket News

A fatigued Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) has pulled out of the rest of the WNBA season - but it may take the Opals star some time to recover from the fallout from her last-minute withdrawal.

When Cambage missed her plane to the United States on Monday, her surprised club Tulsa Shock tried to re-book a flight out of Australia for the Olympic bronze medallist no show.

Tulsa had heavily promoted her WNBA return at home against Los Angeles on Friday (AEST) and still hoped Cambage would play a part in their remaining 10 games.

But Cambage's management confirmed today that the first woman to dunk at an Olympics would not play again for Tulsa in 2012.

She will rest before linking with Chinese club Zhejiang Chouzhou in November for a reported $400,000 stint, a deal that made her one of the world's highest-paid female athletes.

It sparked conspiracy theories that Cambage would not see out her WNBA contract - which expires in 2014 - at the battling Tulsa, who have a league worst 4-19 record.

There was also speculation Tulsa may trade Cambage.

Fans initially reacted angrily to Cambage's withdrawal.

"Shows how bad she really wants to be in Tulsa," bjorn2run posted on the Tulsa World newspaper website.

"You are pathetic Liz ! quitting on your Tulsa Shock team ! STAY IN AUSTRALIA WHERE YOU BELONG !," a miffed Alan Barcoff wrote on her facebook page.

But her agent said Cambage had every intention of returning to Tulsa next season.

"She has returned from the Olympic campaign physically exhausted and is in need of some recovery time," her agent Allison Tranquilli said in a statement.

"Unfortunately this will make her unavailable for the remaining few weeks of the WNBA season.

"We are aware that this is an unfortunate situation and we appreciate and thank Tulsa Shock for their understanding."

Curiously, Cambage had given no indication of pulling out of the WNBA in recent days.

She tweeted on August 26 that she would be "back to USA tomorrow".

And she shared a link on August 17 on her Facebook page of a story on her WNBA return.

"I did not have any inkling that this would happen until this morning when I spoke to her agent," Shock president Steve Swetoha told Tulsa World newspaper.

"She said 'she's fatigued and if you don't mind she'd like to take the rest of the summer off'."

But Swetoha did not believe he had been strung along by Cambage.

"I don't believe that at all. We bought the ticket and thought she was on her way," he said.

"She had tweeted about it and talked to our players about it. I believe she and her agent would have told us upfront if she really believed she couldn't play.

"She's telling us now she needs rest and we're doing everything we can for her - our expectation is that she will be here for 2013."

Courtesy of http://www.theaustralian.com.au



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Novi Zagreb signs Dunja Prcic - by Eurobasket News

Dunja Prcic (181-G-87) is a new member of Novi Zagreb. The guard signed 1-year deal with her new club. Prcic has double citizenship (Serbian/Croatian), so she will play in Novi Zagreb as domestic player. It means that the team will have one import spot available. Prcic replaces Maurita Reid, who was not able to obtain visa in her home country Jamaica and she will not plays for Novi Zagreb next season. Dunja Prcic spent last season with Partizan Galenika Belgrade. She helped them win Serbian and Adriatic league titles. The player had 8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2 apg for 7 Serbian league games. She also added 6.1 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 19 games in the regional championship. Prcic played for Partizan also in 2010 and 2011. They were champions of the country in both year. In the past, Dunja Prcic played for Crvena Zvezda and Spartak. She is active member of the Serbian NT.


ZKK Rockwool Pula signs Bendolph just out of college - by Eurobasket Center

ZKK Rockwool Pula signed 22-year old American guard Jasmine Bendolph (170-G-90). Bendolph has just graduated from Louisiana Tech University (NCAA) where she was coached by WNBA Legend Teressa Weatherspoon. While playing 32 games for Louisiana Tech last season her stats were: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.5spg. Bendolph was rated the number 6 pg prospect in the 2012 WNBA Draft and consider by most experts as the best passer in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Bendolph led the WAC in Assist including a record sitting night when she had 15 assist vs Nevada.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Giorgia Sottana moves from Cras Taranto to Famila Schio - by Eurobasket News

Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) will play next season for Famila Schio. The Italian NT member left Cras Taranto to join Schio, who will play in Euroleague 2012/13. Sottana appeared 32 times for Taranto last season averaging 9.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds in SerieA. They won the championship title and were regular season champs as well. Sottana was named to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team -12 and participated at the All-Star Game. Taranto also was the Cup winner last season and Giorgia Sottana was named MVP. Before Taranto, the played spent several years with Umana Reyer Venezia. They reached SerieA1 Finals together in 2009. A year before that Sottana led Venezia to Cup trophy. In Qualifications for 2013 EuroBasket Giorgia Sottana had 13 ppg, 3.9 apg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games with Italian NT.


Novi Zagreb signs Dunja Prcic - by Eurobasket News

Dunja Prcic (181-G-87) is a new member of Novi Zagreb. The guard signed 1-year deal with her new club. Prcic has double citizenship (Serbian/Croatian), so she will play in Novi Zagreb as domestic player. It means that the team will have one import spot available. Prcic replaces Maurita Reid, who was not able to obtain visa in her home country Jamaica and she will not plays for Novi Zagreb next season. Dunja Prcic spent last season with Partizan Galenika Belgrade. She helped them win Serbian and Adriatic league titles. The player had 8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2 apg for 7 Serbian league games. She also added 6.1 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 19 games in the regional championship. Prcic played for Partizan also in 2010 and 2011. They were champions of the country in both year. In the past, Dunja Prcic played for Crvena Zvezda and Spartak. She is active member of the Serbian NT.


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  FRANCE   


Charleville signs F Johanna Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Johanna Joseph (185-F-92) is a new member of Charleville. The French forward signed a 1-year deal with the club. She spent last season with LF team Etoile de Voiron Feminin and helped them reach Playoff Semifinals. Joseph appeared 20 times in the league averaging 2.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Before Voiron, she spent one year with USO Mondeville, but she mostly played for their junior team. In the past, the forward played for CFBB. Last summer Johanna Joseph was a member of the French U19 National Team. She had 2 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 2 appearances at U19 World Championship in Chile. Two years ago she won the bronze medal with U18 France at U18 EuroBasket in Slovakia. There Joseph had 1.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 9 games.


Kristen Sharp gets French citizenship - by Eurobasket News

Good news for Kristen Sharp (175-PG-81, college: Cincinnati) and her team USO Mondeville. The experienced point guard will play next season as domestic player and team will have a room for another American. Sharp received French citizenship last week. The player joined Mondeville two years ago from Challes-les-Eaux. Last season she had 8.1 ppg, 3.6 apg and 2.7 rpg for 27 LFB games. The PG also added 9.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.3 apg for 6 EuroCup appearances. In their first season together Kristen Sharp shined with 14.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.3 apg in 24 LFB games. As mentioned above, before Mondeville she played for Challes and Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence. She was a member of Pays d'Aix 2007 to 2009. In 2008, she was named Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Point Guard of the Year -08. Sharp also has few years of the WNBA experience with Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever and New York Liberty.


Toulouse signs young Swedish player Binta Drammeh - by Eurobasket News

Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) will continue her career in France. The young Swedish prospect penned a deal with Toulouse Metropole Basket. Drammeh is a product of Telge Basket, where she spent last couple of years. In the latest season she exploded with 16.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.9 spg for 27 games. Telge won the championship title and Drammeh was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Domestic Player of the Year -12. In EuroCup, the player added 14.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg for 6 games. She helped Telge to win the title also a year ago. That season she had 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 games. Binta Drammeh played for U20 Sweden this summer. She had 13.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 9 games at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. She very successfully played for U18 and U16 NT in the past.


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  ISRAEL   


Big changes in Hapoel Petah Tikva - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Petah Tikva announced three new players for the upcoming season. They signed Alison Hinton (185-F-88, college: Boston U.), Maya Isarov (169-G-90) and Orian Amsalem (178-G-92).
In 2006-2007 Alison Hinton started for Boston U. (NCAA) and averaged 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3Pts: 31.9%, FT: 76.0%. In 2007-2008 for Boston U. she had 8.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3Pts: 29.6%, FT: 84.9%. In her last season her stats read 8.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010-2011 she moved to Elitzur Ramla (Israel-D1) and in Israeli League had 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg.

Maya Isarov played in 2008-2009 for Bnei Yehuda (D1) and averaged 1.3ppg, In Jan.'09 moved to Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) and showed 5.4ppg. In 2009-2010 played for Elizur Ramla (D1) and averaged 1.6ppg.
Orian Amsalem played for Maccabi Ashdod (D1) and averaged 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg.



Hadar Gutin stays with Elizur Holon - by Eurobasket News

Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) stays with Elizur Holon for another season. The Israeli Swingman will enter her second year with the squad.
In 2009-2010 she appeared for Raanana Hertzeliya (D1) and in 10 games averaged 1.2ppg. In 2010-2011 for Raanana Hertzeliya (D1) averaged 2.4ppg. In 2011-2012 moved to Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) and after 16 games showed 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
In 2006 Hadar Gutin was a member of the Israeli U16 National Team. She participated at the European Championships U16 Division B in Jyvaskyla (Finland) and in 7 games averaged 5.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, FT: 82.4%. later in 2009 she was a member of the Israeli U18 National Team and at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Eilat (Israel) reached the Semifinals. in 9 games her stats read 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 36.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 59.2%.

In 2010-2011 she was a member of the Israeli U20 National Team. Hadar Gutin was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention -11. At the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) she became the fifth top-scorer with 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 38.3%, FT: 69.7%.



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  ITALY   


Saces Dike Napoli announced Australian Louella Tomlinson - by Eurobasket News

Saces Dike Napoli announced Australian Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) for the next season.
In 2005-2006 she started for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL) and in 19 games averaged 3.8ppg, Blocks-1 (4.5rpg), 1.3apg, 2.7bpg, 2FGP: 30.9%, 3FGP: 25%, FT: 56.7%. In 2006-2007 played for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL).
In 2007-2008 moved to St.Mary's, CA (NCAA, starting five) and debuted with 13.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 4.9bpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3Pts: 29.6%, FT: 69.5%. In 2008-2009 for St.Mary's, CA her stats read 15.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.9apg, 5.2bpg, FGP: 40.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%, FT: 69.7%. In 2009-2010 she improved to high 16.9ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.6apg, 6.3bpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.5% and in 2010-2011 showed 14.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg, 4.7bpg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 65.6%.
In 2011-2012 moved to Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) and after 19 games showed 3.3ppg, 3.2rpg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg). In 2012 moved to Mackay Meteorettes (ABA). She became an Australian WNBL Champion -12.



Famila Schio send Chiara Pastore to Faenza - by Eurobasket News

Famila Schio send Chiara Pastore (171-G-86) to Faenza for the next season.
In 2001-02 she appeared for Pro Cangiani (C) and then played for Pozzuoli (A2) and H.S. Penta Faenza (A1). In EuroCup she averaged 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3FGP: 45.5%, FT: 65.4%, while in Italian League her stats read 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 31,9%, 3PT: 33,0%, FT: 77,0%. In 2006-2007 played for Germano Zama Faenza (A1) and in EuroCup showed 1.8ppg. In Italian League after 26 games she averaged 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
In 2007-2008 moved to TermoCarispe La Spezia (A1) and showed 7.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 19.6%, FT: 63.6%. In 2008-2009 played for Women Basket Livorno but later moved to Famila Wuber Schio (A1). In 2009-2010 for Famila Wuber Schio (A1) averaged 4.2ppg, 1.4rpg in EuroLeague and in Italian League showed 5.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 75.7%. The last seaosn for the team she had 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg in Euroleague and in Italian League showed 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg.



A2 latest transfers - by Eurobasket News

Some Italian A2 teams started their preparation for the next season. Many of them already think of the players who can help in the following season.

Federica Monaco (165-G-93) signs with Olimpia Corato for the next season. The Sicilian player started in 2008-2009 for Calabra Maceri Rende (A2) and in 2010-2011 averaged 1.1ppg, 1.2rpg.
Free Woman Ancona keeps Francesca Redolf. In 2011-2012 for Free Woman Ancona she averaged 5.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Earlier the team announced keeping Valentina Aragonese (173-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Carola Sordi (179-G-82).
David Fattorini will be a new head Coach for Pallacanestro Femminile Costone. In 2007-2009 he was a head Coach of Consum.it Siena (A2) women team.



C.U.S. Cagliari keep Barbora Fabianova and Federica Brunetti - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Cagliari keep Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Youngstown St.) and Federica Brunetti (184-F/C-88) for the next season.
Barbora Fabianova remains with C.U.S. Cagliari and will enter her third straight season. In 2011-2012 for C.U.S. Cagliari she averaged 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT-3 (88.2%).
Before Cagliari Barbora Fabianova played for Lucca. In 2009 Barbora Fabianova played for Pabellon Ourense in Spain. She averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 boards and 1.8 assists per game. Later the player moved to Sweden to help Solna win the Damligan crown. Her average stats came up to 8.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 boards per game for the Vikings.
Over the last few years she was Italian A2 South Champion -10 and Italian A2 North Champion -11.
Federica Brunetti will enter her 5th season with the team. In 2011-2012 she averaged 6.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.0%, FT: 83.0%.



Giorgia Sottana moves from Cras Taranto to Famila Schio - by Eurobasket News

Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) will play next season for Famila Schio. The Italian NT member left Cras Taranto to join Schio, who will play in Euroleague 2012/13. Sottana appeared 32 times for Taranto last season averaging 9.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds in SerieA. They won the championship title and were regular season champs as well. Sottana was named to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team -12 and participated at the All-Star Game. Taranto also was the Cup winner last season and Giorgia Sottana was named MVP. Before Taranto, the played spent several years with Umana Reyer Venezia. They reached SerieA1 Finals together in 2009. A year before that Sottana led Venezia to Cup trophy. In Qualifications for 2013 EuroBasket Giorgia Sottana had 13 ppg, 3.9 apg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games with Italian NT.


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  NCAA1   


Rookie Jasmin Bailey gets pro deal overseas - by Eurobasket News

Jasmin Bailey (5'8''-G/F-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard/small forward penned a 1-year deal with Sepsi Sf. Gheorghe. They will compete in Romanian top division for women. Bailey is a product of University of Illinois-Chicago, where she graduated few months ago. She was one of their best players as a senior. Bailey appeared 31 times for the school averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals. Illinois-Chicago reached Horizon League Tournament Semifinals and she was named to Horizon League All-Tournament Team. Jasmin Bailey was also awarded with All-Horizon League 1st Team -12 and Horizon League All-Defensive Team -10, 12. She spent all four years with Illinois-Chicago. In 2009, Bailey was awarded with Horizon League Newcomer of the Year.


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L'oreal Joi Price signs pro deal in Serbia - by Eurobasket News

L'oreal Joi Price (5'8''-G/F-87, college: Fayetteville St.) got her first deal overseas. The American G/SF joined ZKK Vrbas Medela for the upcoming season. They will compete in Serbian top division for women. Price graduated at Fayetteville State University (NCAA2) two years ago. She had 11.5 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.6 apg for her school as a senior. The player had slightly better numbers in 2008/09. L'oreal Joi Price transferred to Fayetteville State in 2007 from NC-Pembroke. They also competed in NCAA2. In 2010, she spent some time with WBCBL team RDU Sting.
L'oreal Joi Price is a versatile player that can play multiple positions 1-3 and score efficiently. She is the prototypical swing player with a complete skill set that can score in a variety of ways. Price is a great mid-range player that can score at a very high percentage. Price is a very good three point shooter and should shoot the three more. Defensively, Price is a long defender with more than adequate foot speed and athleticism has been matched up against the best guard on opposing teams at the collegiate level and contained the opposing threat. Additionally, Price is a great rebounder with a nose for the ball. All around Price has good athleticism, and is a clutch player who shows up late when it counts. Price's best talent is her ability to attack, finish in the open floor, the paint (with either hand) and at an exceptionally high level. Prices general weakness is acting on her ability and believing she is as good as any top player in the nation, in this sense at times she requires prompting and encouragement. Other than that her top side and potential is exponential. (by Gilbert Abraham)



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand WBC Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Finals MVP: Jessica Bygate (187-F-92) of Nelson S.
Player of the Year: Jessica Bygate (187-F-92) of Nelson S.
Guard of the Year: Aroha Jennings (179-F/G-84) of Rotorua LV
Forward of the Year: Jessica Bygate (187-F-92) of Nelson S.
Center of the Year: Nicky Rampton (186-F/C-77) of Nelson S.
Junior Player of the Year: Stella Beck (177-F-95) of Hutt Valley
Coach of the Year: Tatjana Zizic of Nelson S.

1st Team
G: Jodi Hikuroa (168-83) of Nelson S.
F/G: Aroha Jennings (179-84) of Rotorua LV
F: Soraya Umaga-Jensen () of Otago Oceana
F: Jessica Bygate (187-92) of Nelson S.
F/C: Nicky Rampton (186-77) of Nelson S.

2nd Team
G: Lisa Scott (171-87) of Hutt Valley
G: Margaret Scott (176-90) of Hutt Valley
F: Terai Sadler () of Taranaki T.
F: Penina Davidson (189-95) of W.Auckland R.
F: Shannon Perrett () of Nelson S.

Honorable Mention
Shinae Blair (175-G-93) of Harbour B.
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight (178-F-94) of Waikato W.
Miriam Slatter (178-F-90) of Waikato W.
Philippa Connell (180-F-89) of Canterbury W.



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SSA Gdynia tab Antonia Bennett - by Eurobasket News

SSA Gdynia bolstered their roster. They added Antonia Bennett (185-G/F-90) to the squad. The player will spend the next season with in Gdynia. The forward will start her pro career in Poland. Antonia Bennett graduated from Florida A&M in 2012. She tallied 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game in her senior season. Antonia Bennett was named All-MEAC Player of the Year in 2012. She made it into All-MEAC 1st Team in 2011 and 2012. Antonia Bennett was also named onto MEAC All-Rookie Team back in 2009. The forward participated at Final-4 Combine in Denver.


Pre-season wins for Lider Pruszkow and AZS Rzeszow - by Eurobasket News

Lider Pruszkow took on Widzew Lodz in pre-season clash. The Pruszkow team claimed a 68:62 victory at the end. The teams were tied at 62 with just 90 seconds to go in regulation but Lider Pruszkow went on a 6:0 run to seal the victory. Kiara Buford (180-G-89, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Minnesota) accounted for 12 points to lead Lider. Marta Jujka (192-C-88) and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Aleksandra Pawlak (189-F-84) answered with 16 points for Widzew Lodz. Malgorzata Chomicka (168-G-83) contributed 12 points in the loss.
In the meantime AZS Rzeszow faced Spartak Saint Petersburg in test clash. The Polish team gained a 68:59 victory. They led by 7 points at halftime 33:26. Spartak Saint Petersburg cut the deficit at a single point before the final frame. But AZS Rzeszow fired 20 points in the fourth quarter and snatched victory at the end. Agnieszka Krzywon (176-G/F-84, agency: Promotex) and Anna Kuncewicz (186-F-88, agency: Promotex) scored 11 points each for AZS Rzeszow. Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) contributed 10 points in the victory.



Odra Brzeg add Urbaniak and Cymmer to the roster - by Eurobasket News

Odra Brzeg sign Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) and Katarzyna Cymmer (172-G-89) for the next season.
In 2011 Energa Torun strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old forward Marta Urbaniak. In 17 games she averaged 2.5ppg. Urbaniak played most recently at Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK). While playing 5 games for Artego Bydg. this season she averaged 2.4ppg. Urbaniak helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
Katarzyna Cymmer started her career in 2009-2010 for KS Piaseczno (1Liga), and in Feb.'10 moved to Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (PLKK). In 2010-2011 for Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (PLKK) her stats read 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg. Last seaosn she played for Cegledi EKK (Hungary-A, starting five) and had 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), Steals-5 (3.1spg), FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 71.1%.



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Sepsi Sf. Gheorghe inks two American players - by Eurobasket News

Sepsi Sf. Gheorghe reinforced its roster with two American players. The Romanian squad penned 1-year deals with Jasmin Bailey (172-G/F-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) and Jence Rhoads (180-G-88, college: Vanderbilt).
Jasmine Bailey graduated at the University of Illinois-Chicago few months ago. She appeared 31 times for her school as a senior averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. She was named to All-Horizon League 1st Team -12. Bailey spent all four years with the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Jence Rhoads arrives to the club from Iceland, where she spent last season. She exploded with 18.9 ppg, 7.1 apg, 6.8 rpg and 2.6 spg for 35 games in Express League. Rhoads was named Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Guard of the Year -12 and she helped her team Haukar to win the Cup trophy. They also reached Express League Finals. It was the first season as a pro for Rhoads, who graduated a year ago at Vanderbilt University.



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Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb inks Dunja Prcic - by Tamara Ruzic

Another signing for Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb for the upcoming season. The club signed Serbian National guard Dunja Prcic (181-G-87) . Few months ago Prcic won Adriatic League Champion -12 and Serbian Championship -12 . Prcic arrives from Partizan Galenika, where she played 19 games in Adriatic league averaging: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg and Serbian League: 7 games: 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg .
Before Partizan, Prcic spent four seasons in Red Star from Belgrade. Her former club is Spartak from Subotica.
Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb is set to participate in Euroleague next season as well as the local Croatian league and Adriatic League.
Prcic was member of Serbian and Montenegro National team U16 (Gold- 03), U 18 (Gold - 05), U 19 ( World Championships - silver- 05), U 20 ( silver-06) . She was also a member of Serbian University National Team and Senior National Team -11-12 . Prcic helped Serbian NT to book a ticket for France 2013.





Partizan signs NT member Kristina Baltic - by Eurobasket News

Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) is back to Serbia. She signed a deal with reigning champion Partizan Belgrade. The Serbian PF/C spent last four seasons with AJM Maribor. In the latest one she exploded with 18.2 ppg, 11 rpg and 2.1 apg for 28 games in Slovenian league. She was top rebounder and second scorer of the competition. In 2010/11, the player collected 14.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 26 appearances. Baltic was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -11, 12. Her Maribor reached Playoff Semifinals in all four years. In 2010 and this year as well Kristina Baltic participated at the All-Star Game. In the past, she played for ZKK Kraljevo and also for Serbian U20 and U18 National Teams. This summer Baltic played for Serbian senior NT in qualifications for 2013 EuroBasket.


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Anse Stars- 78 RA Sisters- 44 - by Carlos Pereira

In the womens league, Anse Etoile Stars were too strong for RA Sisters as they ran away with a 78-44 win 10th in as many matches for 20 points.
Jana Malbrook top-scored with 22 points and her mother Simone Malbrook added 14 to help the Stars close in on retaining their championship crown.
Katrina Morel scored 13 points and Veronique Loizeau added 11 for RA Sisters who suffered an eighth defeat in 10 games.
Centre Tina Agathine finished with 28 points and Jenita Toussaint added 11 as HotShots beat Juniors 113-34 for their sixth win in 10
Laura Franoise netted 16 points and skipper Sarah Rose 12 in Juniors 10th loss in as many matches



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Standings - Women

SKL Standings
 1. AJM Maribor 0-0 
 2. Athlete Celje 0-0 
 3. Domzale 0-0 
 4. Grosuplje 0-0 
 5. GVT Konjice 0-0 
 6. Ilrija 0-0 
 7. Jezica 0-0 
 8. Odeja KED 0-0 
 9. Triglav 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 14: GVT Konjice - Odeja KED
Oct. 14: AJM Maribor - Ilrija
Oct. 14: Athlete Celje - Domzale



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  SWEDEN   


Toulouse signs young Swedish player Binta Drammeh - by Eurobasket News

Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) will continue her career in France. The young Swedish prospect penned a deal with Toulouse Metropole Basket. Drammeh is a product of Telge Basket, where she spent last couple of years. In the latest season she exploded with 16.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.9 spg for 27 games. Telge won the championship title and Drammeh was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Domestic Player of the Year -12. In EuroCup, the player added 14.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg for 6 games. She helped Telge to win the title also a year ago. That season she had 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 games. Binta Drammeh played for U20 Sweden this summer. She had 13.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 9 games at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. She very successfully played for U18 and U16 NT in the past.


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Samsun signs former NT member Meric Yenal - by Eurobasket News

Samsun reinforced its roster at position 3. The team penned a 1-year deal with Turkish forward Meric Yenal (188-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports). She arrives to the club from TKB2L squad Canik Belediyesi. Last season Yenal appeared 28 times in the league registering 5.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 28 games. Canik was Group A regular season champion and later was Playoff runner-up. Befor Canik, Meric Yenal split 2010/11 season between Homend Antakya and Ceyhan. From 2008 to 2010 she was a member of Kocaeli BSB. The player had 6.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 22 TBBL games in their second season together. In the past, Yenal was a member of As Akyazi and Migros. In 2010, Meric Yenal played for Turkish National Team. She appeared twice in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. In 2009, she won TB2L title with Kocaeli.


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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 18-6 
 2. Indiana F. 15-8 
 3. Atlanta D. 12-13 
 4. New York L. 9-15 
 5. Chicago S. 9-15 
 6. Washington M. 6-19 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 20-4 
 2. L.Angeles S. 18-7 
 3. S.Antonio SS 17-7 
 4. Seattle S. 12-13 
 5. Tulsa S. 5-19 
 6. Phoenix M. 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 29

Aug. 28: Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS 96-84 OT
Aug. 26: Seattle S. - New York L. 84-66
Aug. 28: Indiana F. - Washington M. 83-68
Aug. 28: Atlanta D. - Tulsa S. 80-84
Aug. 28: Chicago S. - Connecticut S. 72-83
Aug. 26: Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 70-82

Regular Season: Round 30

Aug. 30: New York L. - Indiana F.
Aug. 30: Atlanta D. - Washington M.
Aug. 30: S.Antonio SS - Connecticut S.
Aug. 30: Tulsa S. - L.Angeles S.
Aug. 30: Seattle S. - Phoenix M.
Aug. 31: Minnesota L. - Tulsa S.


Liz Cambage pulls out of American season - by Eurobasket News

A fatigued Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) has pulled out of the rest of the WNBA season - but it may take the Opals star some time to recover from the fallout from her last-minute withdrawal.

When Cambage missed her plane to the United States on Monday, her surprised club Tulsa Shock tried to re-book a flight out of Australia for the Olympic bronze medallist no show.

Tulsa had heavily promoted her WNBA return at home against Los Angeles on Friday (AEST) and still hoped Cambage would play a part in their remaining 10 games.

But Cambage's management confirmed today that the first woman to dunk at an Olympics would not play again for Tulsa in 2012.

She will rest before linking with Chinese club Zhejiang Chouzhou in November for a reported $400,000 stint, a deal that made her one of the world's highest-paid female athletes.

It sparked conspiracy theories that Cambage would not see out her WNBA contract - which expires in 2014 - at the battling Tulsa, who have a league worst 4-19 record.

There was also speculation Tulsa may trade Cambage.

Fans initially reacted angrily to Cambage's withdrawal.

"Shows how bad she really wants to be in Tulsa," bjorn2run posted on the Tulsa World newspaper website.

"You are pathetic Liz ! quitting on your Tulsa Shock team ! STAY IN AUSTRALIA WHERE YOU BELONG !," a miffed Alan Barcoff wrote on her facebook page.

But her agent said Cambage had every intention of returning to Tulsa next season.

"She has returned from the Olympic campaign physically exhausted and is in need of some recovery time," her agent Allison Tranquilli said in a statement.

"Unfortunately this will make her unavailable for the remaining few weeks of the WNBA season.

"We are aware that this is an unfortunate situation and we appreciate and thank Tulsa Shock for their understanding."

Curiously, Cambage had given no indication of pulling out of the WNBA in recent days.

She tweeted on August 26 that she would be "back to USA tomorrow".

And she shared a link on August 17 on her Facebook page of a story on her WNBA return.

"I did not have any inkling that this would happen until this morning when I spoke to her agent," Shock president Steve Swetoha told Tulsa World newspaper.

"She said 'she's fatigued and if you don't mind she'd like to take the rest of the summer off'."

But Swetoha did not believe he had been strung along by Cambage.

"I don't believe that at all. We bought the ticket and thought she was on her way," he said.

"She had tweeted about it and talked to our players about it. I believe she and her agent would have told us upfront if she really believed she couldn't play.

"She's telling us now she needs rest and we're doing everything we can for her - our expectation is that she will be here for 2013."

Courtesy of http://www.theaustralian.com.au



Fred Williams replaces Marynell Meadors as Dream coach, GM - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Dream have hired Fred Williams as its new head coach and general manager, replacing Marynell Meadors.

The Dream announced Monday that Williams would immediately replace Meadors, who helped lead the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal as an assistant coach on the national staff earlier this month.

Meadors was WNBA coach of the year in 2009 after she led the Dream to the second-biggest one year turnaround in league history. The Dream followed a four-win 2008 inaugural campaign with 18 victories and a playoff berth.

Meadors also led the Dream to consecutive WNBA Finals appearances in 2010 and 2011.

This season, the Dream are third in the Eastern Conference with a 12-12 record.

"As a team, we are unified in our drive to build on what we've achieved in our first five years," Williams said in a news release from the team. "We want to acknowledge the strong contribution that Marynell Meadors made to this organization. Our franchise will continue to build on the tradition of speed, scoring and tough defense that has resulted in back-to-back Eastern Conference championships."

Williams has been with the Dream since 2008 after he spent 10 years coaching at the University of Southern California and served as an advance scout for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

"Coach Williams brings a wealth of experience, a strong sense of teamwork and demonstrated commitment to the role of head coach and general manager," Dream co-owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler said in the release. "We have tremendous respect for her contribution to this sport and wish Coach Meadors the very best in her future endeavors."

First-year assistant Joe Ciampi will continue in his role under Williams.

Courtesy of www.poughkeepsiejournal.com



Rebekkah Brunson's hard work is paying off - by Eurobasket News

Thursday was a strange day for Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) because practice ended when it ended.

Usually, the Lynx forward will stay after an extra 20 minutes, working 1-on-1 with assistant coach Jim Petersen. But Petersen held her out Thursday for the first time all season due to some minor tendinitis in one of her knees.

Brunson's normal post work is done during the group timeframe, and in that space, she exhibits the work ethic that has given her coaches and teammates such a deep respect for her. But that reach-for-it attitude doesn't stop when everyone else does. Instead, for the past full year, she has adopted a new routine with the purpose of adding to a game that already impresses with tenacious rebounding and defensive intensity.

Brunson is the fourth member of the Lynx's "The Big Four" -- the one who didn't go to the Olympics with Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore. But as the team heads into the first game of a four-game homestand Tuesday against Western Conference contender San Antonio, the 30-year-old Brunson has continued to show she is just as critical a part of its success.

"She just has the 'it' -- whatever 'it' is -- to be great," said Petersen, who called the 6-2 Brunson the hardest-working power forward in the game. "She could have easily been an Olympian. We could have had four Olympians on that team, really because she's just as good as anybody on the Olympic team, really."

Brunson was one of 21 finalists in Team USA's pool but didn't make the cut of 12 to go to London, staying instead in Minneapolis with a team that did everything from yoga to Zumba to paddleboarding to break the monotony of the five-week break.

"No frustration at all," she said. "I just do what I do on the court and I continue to play. ... I've just been blessed to be in that pool."

But her coaches say she would have fit right in. Petersen said because Brunson knows she is not the kind of player that can naturally "roll out of bed and score 30," she works harder than anyone to force her game to the next level.

"When you have a team of stars like the Olympics in terms of the guard play that's there, you need somebody willing to do the dirty work," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "Rebekkah is not going to ask for plays to be run for her; she's not going to be the player that's kind of saying, 'Hey, what about me?' She's just going about her business, and that's going to get rebounds."

The perception that rebounding is all she does, though, is rapidly changing. Brunson always has been able to score, but now she's doing it from all over the court. A year ago, she set about to improve that side of her game when Petersen noticed she had "technically pretty much perfect form for her jump shot." He started a 15-minute routine with her before stretches on gamedays, a ritual that quickly extended to after practices when Brunson started seeing results.

She had back-to-back double-doubles last week, combing for 41 points at Seattle and Atlanta on 18-for-25 shooting. Since she came to Minnesota in 2010, her shooting percentage has jumped from .429 to .511 to .532 this year.

"She's a pro," Moore said. "That's what real pros do. They bring everything they can every day and you know you're going to get that from her."

But there are ways she helps far beyond what one can pick up in the boxscore, Petersen said.

"It just gives us more options ... and it makes us tougher to guard," Petersen said. "If [opposing players] can't leave Rebekkah, the person that's guarding her can't come and help on a drive to the basket ... so it just opens things up more and it makes us better."

Which is something Brunson is always striving, and practicing, to do.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Lyttle, Toliver named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) of the Atlanta Dream and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for the period ending August 26.

Lyttle led Atlanta in scoring (17.3 points per game), rebounding (7.3) and steals (2.7) while also dishing out 3.7 assists per contest.

Toliver led the West in scoring with 25.3 points per game. She was second in three-point percentage after knocking down 13-of-21 shots from behind the arc.

Other players considered for the award were Indiana's Katie Douglas, New York's Cappie Pondexter, Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson and San Antonio's Danielle Robinson.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   


Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Diamond Deshields
Deshields
Leticia Romero
Romero
Linnae Harper
Harper
Yunika Nakamura
Nakamura
Evelyn Mawuli
Mawuli
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Best Player: Diamond Deshields (185-SF-95) of USA
Best Guard: Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) of Spain
Best Forward: Diamond Deshields of USA
Best Center: Evelyn Mawuli (180-C-95) of Japan
Best Coach: Jill Rankin Schneider of USA

1st Team
SG: Leticia Romero (176-95) of Spain
SG: Linnae Harper (170-95) of USA
SF: Diamond Deshields (185-95) of USA
PF: Yunika Nakamura (177-95) of Japan
C: Evelyn Mawuli (180-95) of Japan

2nd Team
PG: Lindsay Allen (172-95) of USA
PG: Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-95) of Belgium
SF: Isabella Slim (181-95) of Holland
PF: Monique Soares (187-97) of Brazil
C: Emma Wolfram (193-95) of Canada

3rd Team
PG: Kia Nurse (177-96) of Canada
SG: Ai Yamada (167-95) of Japan
SG: Rebecca Greenwell (185-95) of USA
SF: Lisanne de Jonge (180-95) of Holland
C: Hulya Coklar (188-95) of Turkey

Honorable Mention
Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) of Italy
Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) of Australia
Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) of Australia
Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) of Belgium
Park Jieun (183-C-95) of South Korea
Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) of Canada