EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/13/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



San Diego Surf expand relations with China - by Gianni Pascucci

This summers practice squad from the The San Diego Surf have made a huge splash in China and its growing basketball community. On a two-month tour that included 5 of San Diegos own Surf players and 3 other American players, they were placed on a team named the USA Aoshen team to compete against the Beijing Aoshen Olympians and some other Chinese teams. They have won an astonishing, 13 straight games for a 13-0 record so far, with a few more games left to play this month. Surf guard, Webb Dunnell Jr (6'6''-G-89, college: San Diego CC), a major contributor to the Surfs success in China, is leading all players on the practice squad in points per game, steals per game, minutes per game, and dunks also. However, he isnt the only Surf player playing well. Center Blake Thompson (7'0''-C-85, college: Prairie View A&M) has also been playing very good as of lately. Blake Thompson and the 3 other American players, two of them listed at 6-9 and the other one listed at 6-7, have helped the The San Diego Surfs the USA Aoshen go undefeated in the month of August as they look to continue their great success though the end of September on this China tour.
Though the team has had amazing success on the court, The San Diego Surfs enthusiastic and entertaining style of play has positively impacted our growing relationship with China and its huge basketball fanbase within the country. The The San Diego Surf will also be planning another China Tour this December.
The San Diego Surf basketball is growing everyday and with the upcoming ABA season inching closer and closer, the The San Diego Surf look to provide a fun, family-oriented environment for all basketball fans in San Diego in winning fashion. The Surf are hosting an open pro tryout this Sunday at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla with entrants coming from across the U.S. Head Coach Shaun Manning's intent is to raise the level of talent this season for a definite impact in the ABA, American Basketball Association.



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  APBL   


Manhattan Pride featured on podcast - by Mike Lee

The Manhattan Pride owner, William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic), and director of marketing, Gregory St.Fort were featured on the Efficient Basketball Explained Podcast. They discussed the organizations mission and marketing strategy for the new season. They also discussed the formation of the new APBL and the teams outlook for the upcoming season.

For more information on the Manhattan Pride, visit their website at www.manhattanpride.com and for more information on the podcast, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/efficientbasketball.



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  ARGENTINA   


Richard Roby agreed terms with Wuber-Est.Bahia - by Eurobasket News

Wuber-Estudiantes Bahia Blanca added another player to the squad. They signed deal with Richard Roby (198-G-85). The guard started the previous season in Greece. He played for DASH Peristeri Athens. Richard Roby posted 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In February the guard moved to France. He signed with Fos Ouest. The guard tallied 12.6 points, 3.6 boards 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game in ProB. He earned All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention. Previously Richard Roby had stints in Mexico, D-League and Israel. He was D-League finalist in 2011.




Bahia Estudiantes land Marcus Fizer - by Eurobasket News

Bahia Estudiantes bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, college: Iowa St.). The forward started the previous season in Taiwan. He played for Taiwan Mobile Leopards. He appeared in just one game posting 23 points, 13 boards and 2 assists. Later Marcus Fizer moved to Puerto Rico. The forward signed with Brujos de Guayama. He notched 11.7 points, 7.7 boards, 2.0 assists per game in BSN. Previously Marcus Fizer had stints in Puerto Rico, Israel, Spain, D-League and NBA. He made it into All-Israeli League 2nd Team in 2008. Marcus Fizer was trumped All-D-League MVP in 2006.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Adelaide enjoy success in China - by Eurobasket News

The Adelaide 36ers made the most of the Shenzhen tournament in China, coming out the victors in this leg of the tour.

Playing three teams, Elkhart Express (USA), OKK Belgrade (Serbia) and Dongguan Leopard (China) has been a great bonding experience for the team both on and off the court.

The first game against Elkhart Express was a good start for the team with Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) and Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) having great games scoring 21 and 17 respectively. Weigh and Gibson also had standout games with good shooting. Adelaide won the game 88-64.

Marty Clarke said that Crossie had his first game back from injuring his Achilles none months ago.

Crossie played almost 15 minutes, which was a big step in his recovery process and we will monitor him throughout the tournament.

Adelaide 36ers co-captain Nathan Crosswell said that he was nervous and excited about his first game back from injury.

I was a bit apprehensive, but it was a big relief to be back on court and start to get some minutes behind me.

The second game of the tournament was against Serbian team OKK Belgrade, who were a physical team not afraid of throwing their bodies and arms around. Adelaide dominated throughout and won the game 96-56.

Daniel Johnson was once again fantastic, he and Stephen Weigh top scored with 19 a piece, with Weigh shooting 100% from the field, while DJ had 80% from the field.

Jason Cadee was smooth in offense and used his quick hands to steal the ball on 4 occasions, scoring 11.

Luke Schenscher ran the floor well grabbing 9 rebounds and shot 80% from the free throw line.

Mitchell Creek (197-F/G-92) was athletic and at times spectacular to watch, scoring 12 at 80% from the field and 50% from the FT line.

Adam was tough with 11 points and is settling into the team well.

The team all played good minutes. Anthony Petrie was strong at both ends and Crossie isnt feeling any effects of his injury, which is fantastic.

Co-captain Adam Gibson said that he is happy to be on court with his new team mates.

This is my second game with the team and we are coming together well, it should make for a good season for the team, Club and our supporters.

The third game against Chinese team Dongguan Leopard had Nathan Crosswell sitting out as part of his on-going recovery.

Adelaide had a tough game against the Chinese team with the big men Daniel Johnson and Luke Schenscher dominating in the paint, with Schenscher using his trademark hook shots to get the better of the Chinese team.

Marty Clarke said that this was a great time for him to experiment with different combinations on the court.

Playing the tournament has allowed us to mix and match and see what does and doesnt work as well as giving the team an opportunity to learn how one another plays.

With the upcoming pre-season blitz in Melbourne in a couple of weekends and the season opener on October 7, we have been able to try and get ahead of the game by preparing ourselves throughout the tournament.

The Club has big expectations this season and we believe that this is the ideal preparation for the season.

Courtesy of NBL Australia



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  AUSTRIA   


Radnicki Kragujevac brings in Rasid Mahalbasic for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) will spend next few days with on tryout with Radnicki Kragujevac. The Austrian National Team center will try to earn a deal for the upcoming season. He shined in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications averaging 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 8 games. Mahalbasic had almost the same numbers in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. Rasid Mahalbasic played only few games last season. He joined Zlatorog Lasko in January registering 4.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 3 games in Adriatic league, plus 4 ppg for 2 appearances in domestic championship. They parted ways in February. Mahalbasic arrived to Zlatorog on loan from Fenerbahce, who loaned him also in 2010/11 to Tofas Bursa and later to Split. In the past, the center played for Worthersee Piraten few years. In 2010, Rasid Mahalbasic helped Austrian U20 National Team to win the gold medal at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Aistria. He had 16.9 ppg and 9.8 rpg fro 8 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B MVP -10. In 2009, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Player -09. Mahalbasic also very successfully played for Austrian U18 and U16 National Teams in the past.


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  BELARUS   


Fomin will stay in Minsk for one more season. - by Timur Tolokh

The composition of the club added another player. Signature on the contract put forward Alexander Fomin (194-G-92).

Fans of the team, Alexander is well known for performances in the "BK Minsk-2006" in the 2009/2010 season, when he became one of the team leaders, remembered including his spectacular dunk. At the end of last season, the 26 year old Fomin also helped "citizens" to make another title.

His career began in major league team championship of Russia "Union Zarechny," for which spent two seasons - from 2000 to 2002. In the 2002-2003 season, played for the junior team CSKA, then became part by the St. Petersburg "Leningrad Military District" (58 games, 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 Assists).

In the 2005-2006 season he to join the Moscow "Dynamo" (Super League: 21 games, 4.8 points; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games, 1.3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 Assists). In August, signed a two-year contract with the Perm "Ural-Great", who acted for the 2006-2007 season (22 games, 3.0 points, 1.4 rebounds)

In 2007 he took part in the summer league ULEB then played in the seasons 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 for "Spartak-Primorye" from Vladivostok (15 games, 3.5 points, 2.2 Rebounds; 7 games: 4.1 points, 1.7 rebounds)

In the 2009-2010 season, joined the club "BK Minsk-2006", which included chairs including 6 matches of the tournament "Eurochallenge" - 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds per game (FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 87.5%), and won the Cup of Belarus and participant All-Stars game. Was promoted as the best center in the league in 2010 in Belarus.

The past two seasons spent in Samara "Red Wings" and "Spartak Primorye". In February, joined the "BK Minsk-2006", which spent 15 matches of Belarus (10.7 points, 3.7reb., 1.0 Assists) and was the winner of the regular season and the champion of the country. Also had 3 matches in VTB United League (6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds).



Aliaksandr Kudrautsau and Aliaksandr Pustahvar will play for the - by Timur Tolokh


As a part of our team in the coming season will be Aliaksandr Pustahvar (203-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80).

One of the leaders of the "BK Minsk-2006" Aliaksandr Kudrautsau the possibility to join the capital club in the next season, said long ago, but he put the signature on the contract only now. In years past, we recall, Kudrautsau recall, was the main scorer of our team, not just helping her in the toughest matches and gaining an average of 14 points per game.

Last season in VTB United League, in "BK Minsk-2006" held 16 matches, Kudrautsau completed with indicators of 14.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.4 and transmission efficiency of 10.3%.

During his career, the 27-year-old shooting guard
Aliaksandr Pustahvar managed to play in various clubs in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Starting his career in the RTI, the last three seasons he spent in the Russian "Nizhny Novgorod". As Kudrautsau, is one of the leaders of the national team: in the recent matches of the European Championship qualifier Pustogvar on average scored 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds and made one transfer.



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  BOSNIA   


IVAN OPACAK JOINS POLISH TEAM TUROW! - by Chris Mathieu


Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) Former member of the Bosnian National Team Ivan Opacak has moved to Poland and joined the team Turow! Ivan is considered one of the best defenders in his position and has been an important member of many successful teams over the years. Last year Ivan played with Croatian team KK Cedevita Zagreb. PGE Turow Zgorzelec is trying to build a roster that will compete for one of the best teams in Poland this season.


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U-Mobitelco signs Hristo Nikolov - by Eurobasket

CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Division A) signed 27-year old Bulgarian international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85). He played last season at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 36 A Division games he had 12.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Nikolov helped them to win the championship title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. He played also 19 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg. Nikolov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Div.B in Varna seven years ago. Nikolovs team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 29.3%, FT: 60%. Nikolov has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Senior National Team this year and previously for University National Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 4-0 
 2. Guerreros 4-0 
 3. Once Caldas 4-0 
 4. Arrieros 3-0 
 5. Islanders 2-0 
 6. Cafeteros 0-2 
 7. Hormigueros 0-3 
 8. Bayside 0-4 
 9. Choco 0-4 
 10. Patriotas 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 10: Arrieros - Bayside 98-72
Sep. 11: Islanders - Patriotas 93-54
Sep. 10: Hormigueros - Once Caldas 83-87
Sep. 10: Guerreros - Choco 81-61
Sep. 11: Once Caldas - Choco 74-69
Sep. 10: Patriotas - Bucaros 66-77
Sep. 11: Cafeteros - Bucaros 65-71
Sep. 10: Islanders - Cafeteros 63-55
Sep. 11: Guerreros - Bayside 107-68

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 14: Choco - Hormigueros
Sep. 14: Arrieros - Cafeteros
Sep. 14: Guerreros - Islanders
Sep. 14: Bayside - Patriotas
Sep. 14: Bucaros - Once Caldas
Sep. 15: Choco - Hormigueros
Sep. 15: Arrieros - Cafeteros
Sep. 15: Guerreros - Islanders
Sep. 15: Bayside - Patriotas
Sep. 15: Bucaros - Once Caldas


ROSTER CHANGES IN ONCE CALDAS AND ISLANDERS - by Victor Garcia

After just four games in the 2012 Federation Cup, the teams start its moves to improves its rosters, the first move was in San Andres , the Islanders release the american forward Chucky Frierson who did not fill the team expectations, the Islander are currently trying to find a more physical forward.
In Manizales Once Caldas also choose to release the american power forward / center Chris Moore, the coaching staff took the decision trying to find a defensive presence in the middle.
Both team will announce soon the name of its new players.



FEDERATION CUP DAY 4 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

The Colombian Basketball Federation Cup continues , Guerreros and Once Caldas and Islanders remains as the only undefeated teams in the Cup.

Guerreros de Bogot defeated easily the young Bayside team, Guerreros reaches the 1st place in the standings.
Guerreros 107 S. Ortiz 33 pts, G. Pea 16 pts
Bayside 68 Z. Atkinson 18 pts + 14 rebs, J. Bowie 17 pts.

Once Caldas sweep Choco defeting them in the second game at Manizales, Chocos coach Manuel Cordoba protested some referees calls, specially about some fouls over Moreno and Truscott
Once Caldas 74
Nuevo Choco 69 R. Holmes 28 pts, L. Truscott 14 pts

Islanders got its third victory , defeated Patriotas in the Island.
Islanders 93
Patriotas 54


Bukaros took revenge of its previous defeat and won one of its two games as visitor in Armenia.
Cafeteros 65
Bukaros 71




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Bojan Bogdanovic stays with Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News

Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) is happy with Fenerbahce Ulker and Simone Pianigiani is happy with the roster for the upcoming season. Despite Unicaja's strong wish to get the player, that will not happen after all. Few days ago Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency) stated that Bogdanovic would be the perfect option for his team.
Bojan Bogdanovic signed with Fener last summer. He had 13.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg for 32 games in Turkey. Bogdanovic was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and also to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team. In Euroleague he added 13 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Before Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic played for Cibona, Real Madrid and Zrinjski. He is active member of the Croatian National Team since 2010. The player currently averages 16.1 points in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Head Coach of Team Croatia is Jasmin Repesa.



Zadar wants to return Hrvoje Peric - by Eurobasket News

Zadar wants to return its former player Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) for the upcoming season. According to Head Coach Ante Nazor, two sides are already in talks. Peric played for Zadar from 2008 to 2010. Last season he spent with Unicaja Malaga averaging 7.7 points and 3.9 rebounds for 15 Euroleague games. Peric registered slightly lower numbers for 32 appearances in Liga Endesa. Hrvoje Peric signed with Unicaja during the summer of 2010, but he was sent on loan to Benetton Treviso for 2010/11. There Peric had 7.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 36 Italian league games. They reached Playoffs Semifinals in SerieA and in EuroCup as well. In the past, Peric played for Split and they won Croatian Cup together in 2004. Two years ago Peric was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Forward of the Year.

Meanwhile, Zadar's players had a 7-day strike recently and they could start a new one due to lack of payments.



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Astrum Levice and Tyler Murray Part Ways - by Surujh Roopnarine

Astrum Levice has parted ways with rookie small forward Tyler Murray (195-G-90, college: Wagner). The 6-5 Murray joined Levice this off-season after completing his collegiate career at Wagner of the Northeast Conference.
The Canadian born Murray was named to the All-NEC 2nd Team as a senior last season and finished his career at Wagner ranked 23rd all-time in scoring (1,216 points) and first in three-point field goal percentage (43.8, 189-432). According to Levice General Manager Lubos Pohanka, Tyler did not fulfill the expectations we had of him and the 21-year old rookie will return home to Canada.



Pavel Slezak agreed terms with BK Prostejov - by Eurobasket News

BK Prostejov (NBL) re-signed 28-year old guard Pavel Slezak (186-84). He has played there for the last one season. In 42 NBL games he recorded 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg last season. Slezak played in the final of Czech Rep. League.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BK Prostejov played three friendlies - by Eurobasket News

BK Prostejov played three friendlies against the Czech representatives.
BK Prostejov lost to BK Opava 83:96. Roman Marko (195-SG-86) top-scored with 17 points in defeat, while Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) and Default delivered 16 each.
Prostejov overcame Svitavy 104:83. Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) paced all the winners with 20 points and Kohout notched 16. Default posted 15 and Matej Venta (187-PG-84) had 13.
BK Prostejov also outscored Zlin 91:58. They started with 23-12 and led 41:29 at the halftime. Moreover the board showed 69:41 at the end of the third period and then BK Prostejov enjoyed 33-point total win. Matej Venta top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jaromir Bohacik added 15.



BK JIP Pardubice finished second in Sharp Cup - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice finished second in Sharp Cup with 4 participating teams. Brose Baskets triumphed at Sharp Cup.
In Day 1 Brose Baskets overcame Pardubice 118:88. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ford nailed 19. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) delivered 18, whilst Philipp Neumann scored 15 and Jacobsen added 12. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) replied with 19 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Spirou Charleroi edged BK JIP Pardubice 76:74. The latter grabbed 20-17 after the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. The team from Belgium however needed two narrow wins in the second half to seal the total success. Evaldas Zabas paced all the winners with 28 points and Petr Bohacik (204-F-85) nailed 11. Scott replied with 26 points in defeat, while Massot and Allen delivered 13 each.
In Day 3 BK JIP Pardubice beat NBC Norimberk 90:79. Michal Carnecky (184-PG-85) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 assists, while Petr Bohacik netted 15. Nelson collected 13 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Pospisil posted 12.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Michael Peck named head coach of Idaho Stampede - by Eurobasket News

Michael Peck, has been named the new head coach of the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. The Stampede are affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers.

This is a great opportunity with a wonderful organization, Peck said. Im looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me.

Peck has been the head coach of the Findlay College Prep Program at the Henderson International School in Henderson, Nev., just outside of Las Vegas, the past five seasons. During those five seasons his teams have an accumulated record of 157-8, including a 65-game win streak at home. Findlay was the top high school team in the US in 2009 with a 33-0 record, they won the National High School Invitational in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and they were the National Prep School Championship Runner-Up in 2008 after a 32-1 season. At one point his squad held a 45-game wining streak.

The Idaho Stampede warmly welcomes Michael as our new Head Coach, Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said. Obviously, his record speaks for itself. In addition, he has proven he can develop players of NBA caliber and we look forward to him bringing future success to the Idaho Stampede.

Courtesy of www.court-side.com



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  EL SALVADOR   


Salvadorean First Division updating - by Jaime Arevalo

The Clausura tournment restarded at the end of August.
In one of the first rounds, reigning champions of San Marcos defeated Centro Educativo Denver 79-64, keeping the top of the table. With 30 points, Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) led the San Marcos attack, Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) added 15, the best in Denver was Carlos Espinal (195-F-83), with 15 pts.
In another game, Chaleco prevailed over Delgadense-UES, 86-63. Jacobo Abullarade was the man of the game at 31 points scored
One week after, Oscar Rivera led again the offensive game of San Marcos, scoring 25 points in the win over Chaleco, 81-59.
Panamanian import Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) added 15 pts for San Marcos, the best in Chaleco were Rene Palma with 15 puntos, Herbert Penate with 14, Jacobo Abullarade with 17.
In another game of the last round, Delgadense UES triumphed 80-53 over Roll Royce, now somsored by Fundemospaz Disal. Marlon Bonilla scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebs at the winning side, Nelson Trujillo added 18 pts and grabbed 13 rebs



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Atlanta set to start in 2 days, schedule as follows - by ESL News

Eurobasket Summer League Atlanta is set to start in two days and here is the schedule again for September 14-16th. Schedule for ESL Atlanta September 14th has registration starting at 10:00 a.m. and running till Noon. Drills and games will immediately follow the registration on the 14th. Schedule for September 15th will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and September 16th will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Remember, all games will be video streamed live. All new players wishing to register, please do so as soon as possible so ESL can make all necessary arrangements for you to participate in this event. If you have any questions about registration please contact Chris Warren at esl@eurobasket.com.


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  EUROCUP   


Emmanuel Jones leaves Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85, college: UTPA) and Budivelnyk decided to part ways. The forward joined the Kyiv outfit in the summer for a try-out period. He participated at the Latvian and Lithuanian training camps. The forward also played at the Garastas Cup with Budivelnyk. But after all Budivelnyk opted not to sign a long-term contract with the player. Emmanuel Jones spent the last season in Taiwan. He played for TTL Taiwan Beer. He tallied 19.4 points, 10.6 boards, 1.4 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 assists per game in SBL. It was the second straight season in Taiwan for the forward. He was named All-Taiwanese SBL Player of the Year in 2011. Previously Emmanuel Jones played in D-League.


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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. FoKoPo 0-0 
 2. Kataja 0-0 
 3. Kauhajoki 0-0 
 4. Korihait 0-0 
 5. Kouvot 0-0 
 6. KTP 0-0 
 7. Lapua 0-0 
 8. LrNMKY 0-0 
 9. Namika Lahti 0-0 
 10. Nilan Bisons 0-0 
 11. Pyrinto 0-0 
 12. Salon Vilpas 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas
Oct. 3: Lapua - Pyrinto
Oct. 3: Korihait - FoKoPo
Oct. 3: KTP - Kouvot
Oct. 3: Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki


KORISLIIGA: KTP land Sefton Barrett - by Rauno Hurmalainen

KTP-Basket (Kotka) has re-signed with Canadian Forward Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan). The contract is for starting 2012-13 season. KTP and Barrett are familiar to eachother as Barrett played in Finland and Kotka 2010-11 winning then bronze with averages 19,5 ppg - 6,1 rpg. Last season Barrett played in France-ProB (Saint Vallier) and averaged 11,1 ppg - 4,1 rpg in 34 contests. KTP and Head Coach Sami Toiviainen will then have four foreigner players from three different countries on the roster. The American players are Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) and Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech). Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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  FRANCE   


Le Mans beats Caja Laboral in Torneo de Angers, 76-74 - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans beats Caja Laboral in Torneo de Angers, 76-74.


Gravelines inks Bill Clark from Fos Ouest - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines announced signing of Bill Clark (195-SF-88, college: Duquesne) for the upcoming season. The team parted ways with Larry Owens (201-G/F-83, college: ORU) yesterday. Clark is not a new face in Spain as he spent last season with Fos Ouest Provence Basket. He played 40 games in ProB registering 13.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.6 apg. It was his first year as a pro and Fos Ouest reached ProB Semifinals. Bill Clark is a product of Duquesne University, where he graduated something more than a year ago. The player shined with 16.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 32 games as a senior. He was named to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -11 and also to NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team -11. As a junior Clark also was great collecting 14.1 ppg and 6 rpg. Last summer, he worked out for several NBA team, but didn't get a deal.


TRAVELING!!! - by Daviin Davis

Hello again this blog is about getting out and seeing the world or at least the country your in for the next 9 months. Ill be the first to tell you when i have a free day i love to just stay in bed and relax. but this year i will get out to see more of france from the castles, wine fields,and the beautiful beaches. Many people think france is just paris and the effle tower. Don't get me wrong the effle is an amazing land mark but france has alot to offer and i want to take it all in plus my girlfriend got mad last year cuz we didn't do much but stay in the house gotta keep her happy (haha). so guys and girls in new countries try goggling your city and find some landmark or something that your interested in and get out and explore. Most people are stuck in there comfort zones. i was so so in my comfort and refused to get out of it. I want to watch tv and eat hamburgers and fries. i wouldn't try new food i hated leaving my apartment. My that i have opened up and willing to try new things i have really enjoyed france more. i still think american food is the best but french food isn't bad at all. pricey but not bad. Traveling with in Europe is so cheap flight from 10-50 euros if you book ahead of time. The trains are a little more but they will get you all over europe in a timely fashion with money to share. And there is always the car your club loans to you its not yours so put so miles on it. To sum the blog up just don't take your time in different places in the world for granted. As one of my tattoos states "death is certain life is not" live life to the fullest while you can nothing in life is promised...

TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS UNTIL NEXT TIME"CHOSEN LAST BUT BEST PICK"



JSF Nanterre brings in Chris Warren for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) will spent next 10 days with JSF Nanterre. The American point guard will try to earn a deal for the upcoming season. In the latest one he was a member of Adelaide 36ers. He shined with 14.1 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.3 rpg for 28 games in Australian NBL. It was his first season as a pro. Chris Warren graduated at the University of Mississippi something more than a year ago. He had 19.1 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.2 rpg in 34 games as a senior. The player was named to All-SEC 1st Team -11 and also to NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team -11. In 2010, Chris Warren was named to All-SEC 2nd Team -10. That season he had 17.2 ppg and 3.6 apg. The best numbers with Mississippi the PG had in his sophomore year. He helped the school to reach NIT Final Four in 2008 and 2010.


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Jeff Greer Squashes The Fraport Skyliners Exciting Fourth Quarter Rally As SIG Strassburg Squeek By 67-64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Preseason duels for basketball teams dont only benefit the players finding a feel for each other on the court or testing their strength and weaknesses, but can also bring back some nostalgia to some fans who have been on board longer on the Skyliner train from Rhondorf. When looking back one might remember Ricardo Greer playing in the BCM four years ago for Strassburg in a test game against Murat Didin or just unleashing that famous Arsenio Hall phrase, things that make you go hmmmmmmm thinking what love the Greer brothers Ricardo and Jeff might have for France as they will be starting their 21 season combined in France this season. Ex Beko BBL veteran Louis Campbell who played in Paderborn, Giessen, Bremerhaven, Oldenburg and Tuebingen also belongs to the lets reminisce about the past as he stepped on the BCM floor the first time seven years ago with the LTi Giessen played against the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in a preseason joust as the Skyliners had just been gotten the new sponsor Deutsche Bank, Nino Garris was brought in from Alba Berlin as a type of Pascal Roller identity figure side kick and fans were starting to mope around about the loss of Americans Chris Williams and Tyrone Ellis. Campbell was getting instructions from Stefan Koch and he was dishing the ball to Euroleague player in the making Chuck Eidsen, had NCAA champion Souleyman Wane inside and fan favorite Florian Hartenstein ready to make an impact off the bench. After a strenious 29 minute performance where the New Jersey native was shaken up after getting hit on the knee and being looked at by the trainer, he racked up six points and five assists and doused any signs of having his injury in the Beko BBL last season not being cured as he looked as quick as ever. After the game the American did some of his own reminiscing about the BCM training facility. The BCM is a familiar place for me. The smell was familiar. I just like to come back and play here, stressed ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen Tiger Louis Campbell.

When the reminiscing was finally done a basketball game was to be played and the fans got a tale of two halves as the first clearly belonged to SIG Strassburg while the second too the Fraport Skyliners. SIG Strassburg totally controlled the first half not letting the Fraport Sklyiners settle into their comfort zone as they were unable to find a rhythm and find a cure for their stingy defense. In the second half, the Fraport Skyliners got more into the game picked up their defense and started a big comeback that fell a little short in the last three minutes aS SIG Strassburg Prevailed 67-64. All in all, Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin was pleased by the effort of his team. This was a good training game. I talked to them about showing effort at halftime and they reacted in the second half. They showed their true character then, stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin. SIG Strassburg let up a bit in the second half, but the Fraport Skyliners also picked up the intensity level on defense and the French PRO A team can be very happy that they won a game despite having 20 turnovers which was due to the Muli Katzurin trade mark tough defense. Frankfurt was missing some key players, but their young players stepped it up. We knew that they would come back in the fourth quarter. I am happy that we stayed together and could win the game. We are still learning to mesh, but that will come, added ex EWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Louis Campbell. Devin Gibson who hurt his knee and is expected to get back to team training next weekend was unable to play and had a perfect front row seat from the bench to observe the game. Strassburg took us out of the game for the first three quarters. We picked it up in the fourth quarter with our defensive pressure, drew fouls, got to the free throw line and hit big shots. We showed then what we are capable to do on the court when we are tuned in, commented Texas native Devin Gibson.

The Fraport Skyliners were looking for their fifth preseason win in a row, but without the services of Americans Quantez Robertson and Devin Gibson as well as captain Marius Nolte, that this would be a difficult challenge against a potential French Pro A 2013 playoff candidate was no secret. It also marked the debut of new Skyliner Dion Dowell who had arrived in Frankfurt from Houston last Saturday and was still getting the jet lag off his back. The power forward started and got the first rebound for the Skyliners showing his presence. Strassburg started with a zone irritating the Skyliners and quickly jumping on a 4-0 lead with Campbell free throws who was very active in the eraly going penetrating and running like a mad man getting free for the open shots. Ricardo Greer then made an easy lay in after getting a no look pass from former Dirk Nowitzki teammate Alexis Ajinca. Johannes Herber who was absent in the last few games because of an illness was back with a bit scruffier beard than against Toyota Alvark and nailed a three pointer. Ajinca scored inside easily after getting an offensive rebound. Frankfurt stayed on their backs as it was Anthony Jones who is always free and parked in the corner when they need a big shot making a three pointer as Strassburg led only 6-5. However Frankfurt then lost their rhythm a bit as Strassburg rolled on a 9-0 run to lead 15-5. Strassburg showed all their class on offense displaying solid team basketball. Ricardo Greer scored inside twice, Axel Toupane caught the Skyliners napping twice scoring on a transition play. Despite this rude answer, it didnt scare the German dynamic duo of Konstantin Klein and Johannes Voigtmann who attempted their likeable give and go play as they have displayed this preseason, the big man found the point guard back door for two quick points. American Johnathon Jones hit a big three pointer from the parking lot, but the Fraport Skyliners still trailed 19-12 after one quarter. We looked dead and just didnt have enough energy, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.

In the second quarter, 2005 PRO A champion SIG Strassburg continued to dominate the game and they could increase their lead and go into half time with a comfortable lead. The French team got rolling quickly jumping out on a 8-2 run to lead 27-14. Klein started the second quarter with two free throws, but Strassburg answered with 8 unanswered points as Jeff Green nailed a three pointer from the corner as he was wide open, Xavier Francois scored inside as he was fed by Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) and then a ex Beko BBL combination of Campbell to Jeff Greer gave Strassburg the 27-14 lead. Strassburg was playing more clever, but at times one could see the obvious difference in individual talent as well as weight, size and strength. After German youngster Voigtmann scored a pretty lay in, he right way got a learning experience as ex NBA player Alexis Ajinca rolled over Voigtman like a lawnmower does easily over high grass as Frankfurt trailed 29-16. Herber and Ajinca traded free throws and then it was Voigtman again who made a huge bucket as he was able to finally get a lay in on the third attempt as Strassburg only led 32-20. However SIG Strassburg was able to close out the second quarter with a 6-2 run to lead 38-22 at the break. In this run, Toupane scored inside again, hit two free throws and Ricardo Greer punished Frankfurt with a hard penetration to the basket. The first half is always our strong play. We are fresh and click right away. We get problems when we get tired and we need to concentrate more as one saw in the second half, stressed Louis Campbell. We hit no shots in the first half. We didnt do a good job on offensive execution and we could of defended better, said Fraport Skyliners forward Dion Dowell. SIG Strassburg was shooting 46% from the field and 25% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting a miserable 21% from the field and 15% from outside. Strassburg had the easy 24-17 rebound edge. Strassburg had nine turnovers and Frankfurt six turnovers.

SIG Strassburg pretty much picked up where they left off in the second quarter by going on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 44-22. French big man Nicolas De Jong scored with a pretty turn around shot over Voigtman, Ricardo Greer scored easily inside getting a no look pass from Campbell and scored again inside. Strassburg was closing the lane well, but even when Frankfurt was kicking out passes couldnt get any open shots. With the lead getting bigger and bigger, the only bright spot and highlight for the Fraport Sklyiners at that point was Quantez Robertson jumping up from the bench and wiping away some sweat form the floor in front of the bench. The untypical burst of Super Tez energy may have given the Fraport Skyliners the needed boost that they needed at that time because they started to play with more spirit and slowly clawed there way back into the game. Frankfurt then went on a 8-3 run to cut the Strassburg lead down to 47-30. Anthony Jones scored on a lay in, Voigtmann made a fabulous baby hook over De Jong and then made free throws as did Herber. Campbell then made a dent in the run as he went hard to the hoop and scored. Strassburg led 49-30, but the Fraport Skyliners never threw in the towel, but buckled down and closed out the third quarter with a 9-4 run to trail only 53-39 after thirty minutes. The Fraport Skyliners now showed their annoying defense as they let their defense translate into their offense. Klein made a steal and forced a turnover in consecutive plays. Anthony Jones read a pass perfect jumped in between and fed Johnathon Jones who was off to the races and an easy lay in. The whole run belonged to the Frankfurt Jones clan. Anthony Jones then showed again why he is a pure scorer and guy who can score in bunches as he scored in the lane and then from downtown. Johnathon Jones then made four consecutive free throws. The only thing that put a dent into the run was a Hugo Invernizzi jumper at the buzzer. The third quarter continues to be our Achilles heel. We didnt play the basketball that we are capable of, stressed Louis Campbell. We had more energy, forced more turnovers and got into the game, said Anthony Jones.

With the heavy rain outside, if a fan had quickly jumped out to the Mcdonalds to grab a big mac and been delayed because of a long cue of people who had more looked for shelter from the down pour might not have believed their eyes if they had returned and seen a 53-39 for Strassburg turn into a 56-55 lead for the Fraport Skyliners. However there was no error, the Fraport Skyliners started an incredible comeback to start the fourth quarter as they paralyzed Strassburg going on a 17-2 run to lead 56-55 as possibly one of the least likely candidates made a huge contribution to the run with PRO B player Larry Wright. Larry Wright started the attack with a big three pointer which was met by Alexis Ajinca who seemed to have steam coming out of his nostrils as he did a stinging running dunk coming from the free throw line. Ajinca who played a total of 70 NBA games and was a teammate with Dirk Nowitki in Dallas in 2010-2011 looked like an infant Shaq making that dunk. If there was one body on the court that looked like a typical NBA body then it was that of Ajinca and no player disagreed. He is one of the biggest guys that I have ever played against. He is 7.2 and all 7.2 players have NBA bodies, smilied Larry Wright. Devin Gibson didnt have to confront Ajinca in the zone, but could just watch and be amazed. He is really skilled and good. That dunk was good, joked Devin Gibson. Dowell wasnt surprised by the dunk. He is supposed to do that, added Dion Dowell. After not being able to throw a ball into the ocean in the first half, now the fortune of the Fraport Skyliners seemed to change 180 degrees as they could throw a ball of a small narrow brick wall 10 meters away. They were hitting their shots better. Dowell hit a big three pointer which got the crowd going as if the BCM had turned into a Ballsporthalle like atmosphere. Johnathon Jones then scored on a pretty penetration as Frankfurt trailed only 55-49. Strassburg looked as if their hands were tied as they couldnt hit anything. The spirited play of Larry Wright continued as he hit a huge three pointer to cut the Strassburg lead to 55-52. Wright will be starting his second season for the PRO B team, but has found extra time on the Fraport Skyliners mainly due to a shortage of players, but he made the most of his minutes in the fourth quarter and was very calm after the loss. The fourth quarter was very exciting. I just wanted to come in and catch my rhythm, pick up the defense intensity and just give a spark, said Larry Wright. After two Johnathon Jones free throws, it was youngster Johannes Voigtman who made a lay in giving the Fraport Skyliners their first lead 56-55. However the fourth quarter just had too much minutes left as the Fraport Skyliners seemed to have lost some gas after getting the lead. Strassburg went on a 10-2 run to lead 65-58. Ricardo Greer continued to be a pain as he scored inside. De Jong used his strength inside scoring twice. The Fraport Skyliners had lost Voigtmann, Barthel and Dowell and just didnt have the needed punch inside to make big stops when they needed to. The Fraport Skyliners had one last straw of energy as Anthony Jones nailed a big three pointer to cut the Strassburg lead down to 65-61. However it was Jeff Greer who decided the game with a three pointer as Frankfurt now had little chance of regaining the lead as they led 67-61. Defense helped pick up everything in the fourth, but I helped on roll and left Grier out. I should of contained more instead of helping, stressed Larry Wright. Klein made a three pointer at the buzzer giving the 67-64 loss a strange taste. We started to hit shots. IF you play good defense down the stretch, then usually that will get you the win, added Louis Campbell.

SIG Strassburg was led by Ricardo Greer with 17 points and eight rebounds. Axel Toupane and Alexis Ajinca added 10 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Anthony Jones and Johnathon Jones with 14 points a piece. Johannes Voigtman added 10 points and nine rebounds. American Dion Dowell gave his debut playing 18 minutes and scoring four points, grabbing four rebounds, getting two assists and coughing up the ball twice. He is positive that he will show more in the games too come. I arrived three days ago. I will play better. I want to get in better shape, be efficient and learn the plays, added Dion Dowell. SIG Strassburg shot 48% from the field and 25% from the three point line while the Fraport Sklyiners shot 33% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Frankfurt lost the rebound battle 39-29 and had only 12 turnovers while SIG Strassburg had 20 turnovers. Despite losing the rebound battle badly and shooting poorly, there was one highlight. We fought no matter what tonight. That was our best strength, warned Devin Gibson. The defense continues to grow and new Skyliner Dion Dowell is thrilled about the play of his new team. We can build off the second half of this game. WE have a good team. If we dont let our effort level go down and always play hard then we will have a good season, stressed Fraport Sklyiner Dion Dowell.




The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Add Experience Under The Basket With Keith Waleskowski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Another fascinating basketball product from Ohio, but with a twist in that he has the German citzenship as well will be doing his thing in the Beko BBL this season as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven seemed to have squashed the Tim Ohlbrecht rumours that he would come by bringing in Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) Waleskowski has experience and is a 32 year old 204cm power forward from Dayton Ohio that is strong inside player, who can score and has timing for the rebounds. Has the ability to involve teammates with his leadership and passing skills. Huge European leagues experience. The last two seasons, he played for Tezenis Verona (Italy-Lega2) and last season played 19 games: 10.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 84.4%. Waleskowski was given a one year deal and head coach Doug Spradley is positive that he will fullfill his duties. "He fullfills our requirements to 100%. He has played consistent at a high level the last years and can play the 4/5. He fits perfect into the team. A big advantage is that he has a German passport. We can react anytime in which we still have one international spot open", commented Eisbaeren head coach Doug Spradley.

Waleskowski started his basketball career in 2000 at Dayton (NCAA) where he played until 2004. He hasn't become a world basketball traveler as many do jumping around from country to country like a mosquito does from guest to guest at a summer picnic. Instead, he has stayed consistent playing only in FRance and Italy in his first 8 years as a professional. He started his professional basketball career in 2004 for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB1): 34 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (9.8rpg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.1%, 3FGP: 35.8%. In 2005-2006, he played for Polaris World Murcia (Spain-LEB): 30 games: 10.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 61.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB, starting five): 20 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 28.0%, FT: 65.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for Etosa Alicante (Spain-LEB, starting five): 34 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 64.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Caja Rural Melilla (Spain-LEB Gold): 35 games: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 74.3%. In 2009-2010, he went to italy and played for : Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 26 games: 16.8ppg, Reb-3 (9.7rpg), 1.5spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS Second Team All-Ohio -00, Atlantic 10 Conf. All-Rookie Team -01, Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection -03, 2003 Pre-Season First Team All-Atlantic 10 pick, Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion -03, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -03, Atlantic 10 West Division Champion -04, Atlantic 10 Tournament Final -04, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -04, All-Atlantic 10 1st Team -04, Spanish LEB1 Finalist -06, Spanish LEB1 Cup Winner -06, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Finalist -08, 09, Spanish LEB Gold Semifinals -08, Spanish LEB Gold Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -10, 11, Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosmans Team -10, 11, and Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals -12

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven



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Olympiakos hands 106-87 home loss to Dinamo Banco di Sardegna - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna - Olympiakos 87-106

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna hosted Olympiakos in a friendly game last night. The reigning Euroleague and Greek champion celebrated 106-87 victory thanks to well played second half of the game. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) top-scored in Olympiakos with 19 points and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had one point less. The Reds also got 17 points from Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and 12 from Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84). For the hosts, Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) shined with 20 points and Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) netted 20 pts. Brian Sacchetti (200-F-86) and Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) stopped to 13 and 11 points respectively. As mentioned above, the Reds shined after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Teams were tied at 26-26 after opening ten minutes and Dinamo Banco di Sardegna made 24-22 in the second period. Georgios Printezis and his teammates took control on Dinamo in Q3 making 32-19 for 80-69 lead after 30 minutes. The Reds drained 26 more points in the last period and hosts were limited to 18, so Olympiakos celebrated 19-point win at the end.

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna: Binetti 4, Laguzzi, Devecchi 11, Marvis Thornton 22, Travis Diener 20, Brian Sacchetti B. 13, Spissu, Drake Diener 11, Vanuzzo, Diliegro 3, Easley 3. Coach: Meo Brian Sacchetti.
Olympiakos : Hines 9, Antic 7, Vassilis Spanoulis 17, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Dorsey 8, Sloukas, Mavroeidis 5, Martynas Gecevicius 18, Georgios Printezis 19, Papanikolaou 5, Mantzaris, Geogakis, Katsivelis 6. Coach: Giorgos Bartzokas.



Nikolopoulos the second announcement of the day - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki today officially signed a two year contract with Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) who has arrived a little bit earlier in Thessaloniki. At the afternoon was another announcement for the signing of Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (185-G-88) who completed the puzzle in the postion of guards in the team of Thessaloniki and it will possibly be the last signing of PAOK Thessaloniki at this tranfer period.

Nikolopoulos is going to A1 category from B one and the team of MENT Vassilakis. So he didn't change town only shirt. Last period in 26 matches had 12ppg, 2.9rpg, 3apg and 1.6spg.



Injury rules out Law from Olympiacos's first training sessions in Italy - by George Fragkos

The new season has not started as well for European and Greek champions Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus. Just a few days before the beginning of the pre-season, Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M), one of the most integral players of last year's team, suffered an injury and he is knocked out at least from the first part of the training sessions. This means that he will not even travel in Italy with the rest of the team and he will stay in Greece in order to be farther examined and start physiotherapies.

Law is the starting point guard of the team and for sure Giorgos Bartzokas expects from him to be one of the leaders both at scoring and organizing. However this injury might be a setback especially if the American has to stay for a long period away from the courts.



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Preseason interview with Head coach Jim Meil - by Fred Roggen

With Stepco BS Weert head coach Jim Meil , we continue this month long preseason Q&A Series. Jim Meil begins his second season as head coach of Stepco BS Weert.
In his first season with Stepco BS Weert, Meil guided the team to a 5-23 record and led them to the FinalFour of the Dutch Cup.

Describe what your first season in Holland has been like for you.
My first season in Holland had very different experiences. I very much enjoyed being a Head Coach and implementing a system of play. We did not win as much as hoped for and that was a disappointment. I also learned that all the locker rooms do not have a board to write things on to show the team......

How did the season compare to the expectations you had when you entered the season?
The season was a disappointment based upon my initial thoughts. Certainly we thought would be much more successful than the final record showed. We did have some injuries to some key players which did not help. However that is not an excuse because every team deals with adversity during the course of a season. Our play was much too inconsistent and that made winning difficult. Additionally we got off to a slow start and never recovered.

What did you learn from the players that season?
I started coaching in 1982 and each year I have learned certain things from the players. Last year's group helped me with the transition to European Basketball. They also added to my knowledge of how different players deal with success and adversity.

How did you grow as a coach during the season?
As the season went along I think I adapted to the style of play and the differences between the European game and the American game. Learning how to keep the players in rhythm individually and as a team with the many breaks we had in last year's schedule was a challenge for me. I think I am better prepared for that this season.

Jim, what has changed for you since last season?
Each year as a coach you do change a bit. You must stay true to who you are while at the same time recognizing what things must be emphasized with your current team and players. For me I realized despite that fact you are dealing with mostly older players (as compared to college age players from my previous years) you can not take anything for granted.

Lets start with some of the incoming players. Bryquis Perine , was one of your first signed players. What do you see in him?
Bryquis, or Bre as he goes by, is a player with a multi dimensional game. He can score in many different ways. He can create his own shot as well as help others get shots. Also he has the ability to play both the point and 2 guard positions with his versatility. I like his competitiveness and his desire to win. He will also be a leader for us.

What type of role do you envision for Antwan Carter?
Antwan has an excellent ability to score the ball. He was prepared well by his coaches at Longwood. He will play both forward and center positions for us and we expect him to score and rebound. He has also been an excellent defender who has an good ability to block shots. As people watch his game they will see that he plays bigger than his size. It will take him a period of time to adjust to the play in Holland but he is a hard worker and this will help his transition.

What have you seen from some of the Dutch players so far? What strides have they made?
Kenneth van Kempen and Sjors Besseling are excellent professionals with very team oriented skills and attitudes. Both came to the first practice in excellent shape. They both bring some necessary consistency to our team. Our remaining Dutch players are young players with good potential. Joost Padberg has the skills to be an excellent player. He worked hard this summer and now it is time for him to take the next step and increase his game productivity. San de Haas played at Rotterdam last season and has a good ability to shoot the ball. Steffan Mulder is coming of a knee injury. Last year in practice he showed a very aggressive and competitive nature which helps his play. Lastly Rik Renkema has an ability to play hard and rebound well. These younger players must develop quickly to add the necessary depth to our group.

How do you see the lineup shaking out to start the season?
The line-up is never set in stone as the daily competition can change things. It is a big plus for us to have Rahmon Fletcher back at the point guard position for the entire year. Last season he arrived at mid-season when Demario Anderson suffered a season ending injury. He brings great stability to our team. His summer was very productive and I expect that to be reflected in his play. For us we must integrate our young players with the veterans to give us the necessary flexibility that I am looking for.

What are you most looking forward to the upcoming season?
I am very pleased that the league will have 10 teams. This will allow the league competition to have a more smooth flow to the schedule with less breaks. As with any professional league each night is a battle and we must come ready for every game. Our veterans must take the lead in this area and set the tone for our younger players. It should be a very exciting year.

Thanks Jim for the time doing this interview. Wish You and the team a successful season.




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Bellingham Slam GM resigns to join WWU coaching staff - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam's general manager, Bob Hofstetter, is resigning from his role with the organization in order to accept a position on the coaching staff of Western Washington University's mens basketball team.

Hofstetter has served as the Slam's only general manager since the team was started in 2005 as a member of the American Basketball Association. In 2008, he helped the Slam switch leagues and affiliate with the International Basketball League, of which the team continues to be a member.

Hofstetter is joining the WWU men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, under the direction of new head coach Tony Dominguez, who took over for longtime coach Brad Jackson this summer. The Vikings tip off their 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against the University of Washington on October 24 in Seattle.

For the Slam, Hofstetter was largely responsible for managing the player roster each season, and helped craft lineups that won two IBL championships, in 2008 and 2012. The Slam never posted a season with a losing record during Hofstetter's tenure as general manager.

Hofstetter also acted as the team's coach for a game in 2010, guiding the Slam to a 124-103 season-opening win over the Tacoma Tide, when head coach Rob Ridnour was out of town visiting his son Luke.



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Report: Hawks may go after David Blatt as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

If you ask close observers who the smartest, best coach on the international circuit is you usually hear the name David Blatt (agency: Beo Basket).

The average fan may not know him from the guy walking his dog down their street, but those fans know the powerhouse EuroLeague team he coaches (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and they know he coached the Russians up to the bronze medal in the London Olympics.

A lot of basketball people have wondered why an NBA team hasn't gone after him. Now there is a report out of Sport-Express in Russia that one is (via Hoopshype, who did the translation).

The head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Russian National Basketball Team David Blatt may become the assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Larry Drew has come to Israel today to watch and analyze Blatts work with Israels champions.

This would be a smart hire by the Hawks. It gives them a quality coach on Drews bench and potentially a future head coach if management ever decides to go that direction (and Blatt sticks).

That said, Blatt may or may not come. He has carved out a nice - and lucrative - career in Europe. He likes living in Israel. Not everyone will fall over themselves just to get any NBA job.

But its something to watch. And a smart play by the Hawks whether it works out or not.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com (by Kurt Helin)



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CSKA continue pre-season tour of Italy - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Pistoia 65:55

CSKA continued their tour of Italy. They travelled to Pistoia to take on the local team. The Russian powerhouse proved the strength claiming a 10-point victory. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) accounted for 20 points to lead CSKA.
Pistoia dominated the opening quarter. They recorded a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. Pistoia stretched the margin to as many as 11 points at halftime 35:24. But CSKA went on a 28:10 run in the third frame to pull ahead. CSKA held their opponents to 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) accounted for 13 points, while Viktor Khryapa (205-SF-82) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 14 points for Pistoia. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, agency: Two Points, college: Pittsburgh) posted 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sasha Kaun 20, Andrey Vorontsevich 13, Viktor Khryapa 10
Pistoia: Michael Hicks 14, Antonio Graves 13



Olympiakos hands 106-87 home loss to Dinamo Banco di Sardegna - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna - Olympiakos 87-106

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna hosted Olympiakos in a friendly game last night. The reigning Euroleague and Greek champion celebrated 106-87 victory thanks to well played second half of the game. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) top-scored in Olympiakos with 19 points and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had one point less. The Reds also got 17 points from Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and 12 from Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84). For the hosts, Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) shined with 20 points and Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) netted 20 pts. Brian Sacchetti (200-F-86) and Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) stopped to 13 and 11 points respectively. As mentioned above, the Reds shined after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Teams were tied at 26-26 after opening ten minutes and Dinamo Banco di Sardegna made 24-22 in the second period. Georgios Printezis and his teammates took control on Dinamo in Q3 making 32-19 for 80-69 lead after 30 minutes. The Reds drained 26 more points in the last period and hosts were limited to 18, so Olympiakos celebrated 19-point win at the end.

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna: Binetti 4, Laguzzi, Devecchi 11, Marvis Thornton 22, Travis Diener 20, Brian Sacchetti B. 13, Spissu, Drake Diener 11, Vanuzzo, Diliegro 3, Easley 3. Coach: Meo Brian Sacchetti.
Olympiakos : Hines 9, Antic 7, Vassilis Spanoulis 17, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Dorsey 8, Sloukas, Mavroeidis 5, Martynas Gecevicius 18, Georgios Printezis 19, Papanikolaou 5, Mantzaris, Geogakis, Katsivelis 6. Coach: Giorgos Bartzokas.



Dinamo Sassari close to sign young Amedeo Tessitori - by Eurobasket News

Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) could become a new member of Dinamo Sassari soon. The young Italian prospect is close to sign a multiyear deal. He spent last few seasons with Consum.IT Siena. In the latest one Tessitori shined with 14.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 35 games in Nazionale A. If he joins Sassari, Amedeo Tessitori will spend next season on loan with LegaDue team Forli.
Amedeo Tessitori played for Italian U18 National Team this summer. He exploded with 15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.3 bpg for 9 games at U18 EuroBasket in Lithuania. The player was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team -12. Tessitori also played for U20 Italy this summer at U20 EuroBasket in Slovenia. There he had 9.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 6 games.



Montepaschi Siena cruises past Fenerbahce Ulker in friendly game, 89-61 - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Fenerbahce Ulker 89-61

Montepaschi Siena and Fenerbahce Ulker met last night in preseason game. Montepaschi was the host and celebrated comfortable 89-61 win in this meeting. It was an emotional evening as Montepaschi retired the uniforms of two of their former stars, Shaun Stonerook's (202-F-77, college: Ohio) No. 20 and Terrell McIntyre's (175-G-77, college: Clemson) No. 5, and honored former coach Simone Pianigiani and players Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) before tip-off. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) led the winners with 17 points each. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) followed them with 11 points and Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) added 9. In the loosing squad, Bo McCalebb was better than the others with 16 points and Romain Sato posted two points less. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) was third scorer in FB Ulker with 13 points. The hosts made 21-18 lead in the first ten minutes and they exploded offensively in Q2 scoring 28 pts in this period. At the other side, FB Ulker was limited to just 13 pts and faced with 49-31 deficit at the halftime. Bobby Brown and his teammates continued in the same rhythm after the breather and they jumped to 73-48 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. All after that was just the formality.

Montepaschi Siena: Kasun 3, Bobby Brown 17, Boisa, Benjamin Eze 11, Carraretto, Ress 7, Sabbatino, Lechthaler, Marcelus Kemp 9, hackett 4, David Moss 17. Coach: Banchi.
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bo McCalebb 16, Eroglu, Onan 2, Ugurglu, Ermin 2, Romain Sato 14, Peker 2, Sanli, Savas 9, Birsen 3, Mike Batiste 13, Coach: Pianigiani.



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Jonathan Jones agreed terms with Tokyo Cinq Reves - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) will continue his career in Japan. He signed contract with Tokyo Cinq Reves. The BJ League expansion team announced the deal at the beginning of the week. Jonathan Jones started the previous season in Hungary. The centre played for Jaszberenyi KSE. His stats read 20.2 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assist per game in A Division. In January Jonathan Jones moved to the Saigon Heat. The centre posted 21.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per appearance in ASEAN League. He made it into All-ASEAN League 2nd Team. Previously Jonathan Jones had stints in South Korea, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, USBL, CBA. He was trumped All-German 2.Bundesliga and All-Cyprus Leagye Centre of the Year in 2005 and 2007 respectively.




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ABA Cleveland Am Proers Willam Jones, Jerial Nixon, and Darrel Parker Combine to Score 34 pts in the 4th quarter to erase a 17 pt 3rd Quarter deficit to Defeat the Detroit Hoops - by Vance Marbury

ABA Cleveland Am Pro'ers Willam Jones, Jerial Nixon, and Darrel Parker Combine to Score 34 pts in the 4th quarter to erase a 17 pt 3rd Quarter deficit to Defeat the Detroit Hoops

Cleveland Am Pro'ers defeat the Detroit Hoops 108 to 103

Down 17 pts at the end of the 3rd Quarter, Jerial Nixon (California, Pa) Exploded for 17 pts in the 4th quarter to lead a tremendous comeback. Jerial finished with 31 pts 7 rebs 4 asts. William Jones (Spoonriver CC) scored 9 of his 20 pts in the 4th quarter, to finish with 20 pts 12 rebs 7 asts 3 blks. Darrell Parker from Canton Ohio added 8 pts in the 4th quarter to finish with 14 pts 5 rebs 2 asts. Ibrahim Konate (Boston U.) carried the team in theh first half and finished with 21 pts 19 rebs 3 asts 5 blks. John Oliver (Cleveland St.) finished with 8 pts and Calvin Surrell added 5 pts.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers next schedule pre-season game is against the Pontiac Firbirds September 22nd.



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Dewarick Spencer Inks In China Instead of Iran - by Rabih Khoury


Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.), the WABA guard of the year last season in Asian Cup Basketball, after averaging 23.8 points per game and 4.1 assist playing point guard and averaging26.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, and 2.1 spg in the Lebanese League last season for the legendary club Al Riyadisigned a lucrative contract today with the Chinese Basketball Association's Jilin Tigers. Spencer was on his way to becoming one of the best guards in Europe after winning the French Cup the French Championship and French MVP in 2009 and then winning the Ukrainian Championship in 2011 before he started to play in Asia. Spencer won the prestigious Lebanese Cup last season



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Lokomotiv Kuban clinch Garastas Cup title despite loss to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Lokomotiv Kuban 83:78

Lokomotiv celebrated victory at pre-season Garastas Cup tournament. They did so despite losing to Lietuvos Rytas on the final day of the tourney. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) posted 16 points to lead the Lithuanian team.
Lietuvos Rytas gained a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They opened a 28:20 lead early in the second term. But Lokomotiv scored eight unanswered points and levelled things up at 28. Lokomotiv ensured a 43:38 halftime advantage. But Lietuvos Rytas gradually returned into the drivers seat. They posted a 64:63 advantage at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the advantage well enough throughout the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 14 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 13 points for the winners. Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) answered with 17 points each for Lokomotiv.

Lietuvos Rytas: Janis Blums 16, Renaldas Seibutis 14, Mindaugas Katelynas 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Simas Jasaitis 17, Aleks Maric 17



Naglis Palangos bring in Sergo Atuashvili - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos added size to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency). The centre with the height of 223sm will bolstered Naglis Palangos roster. Sergo Atuashvili spent the last season with Sokhumi Tbilisi. He notched 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. In Superleague the centre delivered 10.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per appearance. Previously Sergo Atuashvili had stints with Army Sport Klub, MIA Tbilisi, Vizura Beograd, TTU KK, Alytus Alita, Neptunas Klaipeda, Chalon-Sur-Saone and Basco Batumi. He was the member of U16 and U20 Georgian National Team. Sergo Atuashvili participated at Georgian Superleague All-Star Games in 2009 and 2011. He was Georgian Cup and SuperCup winner in 2011.


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Michael Pilgrim agreed terms with Huracanes - by Greg

Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Michael Pilgrim (203-84, college: LSU-Shreveport, agency: KMG Sports Management). He spent last season at Miri Fire Horse in Malaysian NBL league. Pilgrim helped them to win the championship title. Michael won also Malaysian NBL Slam Dunk Competition during the All-Star weekend.
He played also professionally in Portugal. Worth to mention Pilgrim played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball. He graduated from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Timberwolves sign Will Conroy to partially guaranteed contract - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent guard William Conroy (6'2''-G-82, college: Washington) to a partially guaranteed one-year contract, as Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports. Conroy will join his teammates in workouts on Friday as he looks to land a roster spot.

Conroy, 29, graduated from the University of Washington in 2005. In four years with the Huskies, the point guard averaged 9.2 points per game and 4.3 assists per game, but he peaked as a scorer by averaging 12.7 points per game during his sophomore season.

Despite the solid collegiate performance, Conroy went undrafted, eventually bouncing between the NBA and the D-League. In 2006-07, Conroy appeared in three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and four games with the Los Angeles Clippers, plus he appeared in five games with the Houston Rockets in 2009-10.

Conroy has spent most of his professional career in the D-League, averaging 17.4 points per game and 8.6 assists per game in 204 games over six seasons. He peaked statistically in 2008-09, averaging 26.5 points per game on 48 percent shooting and 8 assists per game in 49 games with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

Courtesy of http://minnesota.sbnation.com



Has Michael Jordan completely handed the keys over as personnel chief in Charlotte? - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats hired GM Rich Cho in June of 2011, knowing full well that owner Michael Jordan would act as one of the strongest supporters of a potentially season-canceling lockout that started a month later. Even though the team enjoyed a brief playoff appearance in 2010, the franchise was bleeding money; a direct result of years worth of win-now moves made by Jordan as both personnel boss and eventual owner. As a long-needed rebuilding process took hold in 2011-12, and Jordan took flak from all manner of once-close friends, teammates and former co-workers, questions lingered as to how much MJ would stand aside if Cho dared to overrule the six-time champion on a decision. Owners overrule GMs all the time, and because Jordan and Cho come from such disparate backgrounds, the few that cared enough to pay attention to the Charlotte Bobcats wondered how things would work out once it came time for expected loggerheads.

According to a recent ESPN the Magazine profile, though, it appears as if Jordan truly has handed over the keys. Jordan is off working as the face of the franchise, making up for years of abuse heaped on the city from former NBA owners George Shinn and Robert Johnson, while Cho is behind the scenes and slowly developing the team from the ground up. From a .106 winning percentage-up, actually. From the Mag:

"Every single one of those moves is evidence that Michael is serious about getting out of the way," a rival Eastern Conference GM says. "They are now going to succeed or fail with Rich. And I can guarantee you that Michael has made sure that Rich knows that."

That same executive describes the 47-year-old Cho as a "Moneyball kind of guy," respected around the league for his involvement in the construction of the rosters of both Portland and Oklahoma City. According to Cho, when he left his job as the Trail Blazers GM to come to Charlotte 15 months ago, his marching orders from Jordan were simple and specific -- build through the draft and get free agents to complement the youngsters and put them over the top. The old Jordan, by his own admission, believed that if he cleared enough cap space, he could personally lure the likes of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. But as he learned last year, even "MJ" appearing on their caller IDs wasn't enough to offset the lure of LA.

It's not so much the lure of Los Angeles as it is the lure of winning. Players like Howard, Paul, Baron Davis, Kevin Garnett and Derrick Rose spend most of their offseason in Los Angeles as it is it's the fact that the Clippers and Lakers had ready-made winners on hand that was the main selling point. Kowtowing to a star and surrounding him with players he initially wanted, as Howard got in Orlando, isn't enough. You have to build a winner.

And you don't build a winner by drafting off of what ESPN's Ryan McGee called an "MJ March hunch."

That was apparently the case in 2011, just after Cho's hiring, when Jordan was the biggest sway behind drafting Kemba Walker. It certainly was the case in 2006, when Jordan took Adam Morrison. And a February hunch was certainly the reason Jordan let loose with a coveted (and, eventually, unprotected) lottery pick when he dealt for Tyrus Thomas in 2010.

McGee points out that Charlotte's pick in last June's NBA draft, swingman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, is "Cho's kind of guy." That may very well be true, his all-around upside is significant, but he tends to check all the boxes that Jordan likes to pour over. MKG played deep into March on a prominent major program, and he's an athlete with a work ethic that coaches rave over. Work ethic and heart are well and good, but in some cases (and let's be sure here; we're not referring to Kidd-Gilchrist in this instance) that ethic is in place to cover for failings in other NBA-level areas. Adam Morrison practiced hard, too.

In short, it's an easy sell for Cho. So was the rebuilding, something that had to take place for basketball reasons (you need to bottom out, often times, before you start over) but also was essential for the team to survive financially. As we stated when Sam Vincent criticized Jordan, when Charles Barkley complained about his "yes men," and when Larry Brown whined about his former boss from afar, the real stare-down between the two probably has yet to take place.

It's a good start, though. There will be cap space, there will be more lottery picks, and there will be room to grow past the 45-win ceiling Jordan once encouraged.

And, eventually, there will be a showdown between Jordan and Cho. It's only natural, and we can't wait.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



NBA rumors: Mavericks, Rockets to target James Harden next summer? - by Eurobasket News

James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) would become a restricted free agent next summer if he doesnt sign a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Oct. 31.

The Thunder already signed Serge Ibaka to a contract extension this summer and some think that might make it impossible for OKC to keep Harden as well. Harden would surely have to take less than the max to stay in OKC and while he has said before hed be willing to sacrifice to stay in OKC, you just never know.

The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are two teams that reportedly would be very interested in Harden next summer if he were available. Dallas and Houston would both have the cap space necessary to offer Harden a max offer sheet that is loaded in the front.

Remember what Houston did to the New York Knicks to take Jeremy Lin from them? Basically, if Harden becomes a restricted free agent, he is gone.

Dallas and Houston are fans of Harden too, mainly because he has played very well against them and is such an efficient player overall. Harden had his first coming out party vs. Dallas in the Western Conference Finals in 2011. Then last year in the first round of the playoffs vs. Dallas, Harden averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting .500 percent from the field, .462 from three and .871 at the line.

Against Houston in the regular season last year, Harden played the Rockets four times and averaged 18.0 points 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. He shot .479 percent from the field, .435 from three and .889 from the free throw line.

The other team that would obviously also be interested in Harden is the Phoenix Suns, another team Harden killed last year. Harden averaged 26.7 points per game vs. the Suns in three games last season, shot .600 percent from the field and .474 percent from three.

It doesnt take a genius to see that these three teams would be interested in getting Harden. Its really up to Harden at the end of the day.

Thunder GM Sam Presti said that both sides are working very hard to get a deal done to keep Harden. Presti said yesterday that it would be very tough to keep Harden but he has been saying that all along.

A time will come soon where Harden sees just how much the Thunder are willing to offer him. He wants to stay in OKC and be with his friends and continue building what they all started. Hopefully that number is enough.

Courtesy of http://thunderousintentions.com



Report: Hawks may go after David Blatt as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

If you ask close observers who the smartest, best coach on the international circuit is you usually hear the name David Blatt (agency: Beo Basket).

The average fan may not know him from the guy walking his dog down their street, but those fans know the powerhouse EuroLeague team he coaches (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and they know he coached the Russians up to the bronze medal in the London Olympics.

A lot of basketball people have wondered why an NBA team hasn't gone after him. Now there is a report out of Sport-Express in Russia that one is (via Hoopshype, who did the translation).

The head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Russian National Basketball Team David Blatt may become the assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Larry Drew has come to Israel today to watch and analyze Blatts work with Israels champions.

This would be a smart hire by the Hawks. It gives them a quality coach on Drews bench and potentially a future head coach if management ever decides to go that direction (and Blatt sticks).

That said, Blatt may or may not come. He has carved out a nice - and lucrative - career in Europe. He likes living in Israel. Not everyone will fall over themselves just to get any NBA job.

But its something to watch. And a smart play by the Hawks whether it works out or not.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com (by Kurt Helin)



Achilles tear could sideline Elliot Williams for the season - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trailblazers' Elliot Williams (6'5''-G-89, college: Memphis) has been preparing for his third season in the NBA, now the question is, when will he be able to step foot on a basketball court next after tearing his left achilles during a workout. Williams (1.96m, college: Memphis) will have surgery to repair the injury, but the team doesnt know how long hell be out. Achilles tears generally require nearly a full calendar year for rehabilitation.

He had to sit out his rookie season (2010-11) due to having pre-season surgery on both knees and then sat out most of 2011-12 after having surgery on his shoulder for an injury sustained at a team practice.

Williams was working out in a voluntary team workout organized by Blazer forward LaMarcus Aldridge. With so many new players, theyre getting to know each other, they are lifting weights, they are doing conditioning drills and then they are playing, Blazers coach Terry Stotts commented. As much as we can do with them, within a group, is limited. But its all been very positive.

Courtesy of www.court-side.com



Nets announce Andray Blatche has signed with the team - by Eurobasket News

The Nets announced that they have officially signed former Washington Wizards center Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86), who, it is expected, will come off the bench to back up both center Brook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries.

"In his situation, we were looking for the right fit,'' Blatche's agent, Andy Miller said of why the 6-11, 260-pounder would sign with Brooklyn.

Blatche, who averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26 games last season with Washington, was amnestied by the Wizards in the summer. He missed the last 40 games of the season with what the team said was a calf injury. In seven seasons, since being a second round pick by the Wizards out of the South Kent (Conn.) School, Blatche averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 409 games, including 176 starts. His best season was 2010-11, when he posted career-highs of 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.9 minutes per game.

Asked what he thought Blatche's role might be with the Nets, Miller said that is to be determined.

"I don't know - listen, Andray Blatche is a very talented big man. What his role ends up being will depend on how he comes in, what his opportunities are, and how he plays,'' Miller said. "That'll work itself out.''

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Memphis Grizzlies agree to terms with Ronald Dupree on training camp deal - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms on a non-guaranteed one-year minimum contract with free-agent forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports. The team will take a look at him during training camp.

DuPree, 31, did not play in the NBA last season, opting instead to play professionally in Italy.

During a six-year NBA career that includes stops with with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Seattle SuperSonics and Toronto Raptors, DuPree has averages of 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per game.

DuPree, listed at 6 feet 7 and 209 pounds, could have a tough time squeezing his way onto the Grizzlies roster. At the three spot, starter Rudy Gay, who plays big minutes, is already backed up on the depth chart by Quincy Pondexter and D.J. Kennedy. Memphis also has a solid five-man rotation of bigs that includes All-Star center Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Marreese Speights, Darrell Arthur and Hamed Haddadi. However, a forward spot was opened when the Grizzlies traded Dante Cunningham to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Wayne Ellington back in July.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Thunder sign DeAndre Liggins and Andy Rautins - by Eurobasket News

The Thunder announced Wednesday theyve added two more names to the training camp roster as Andrew Rautins (6'4''-PG-86, college: Syracuse) and Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) have signed on with Oklahoma City.

Liggins is a 6-6 forward that spent last season with the Orlando Magic. In 17 games during the 2011-12 season he averaged of 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.

Rautins, a 6-4 guard, is primarily a 3-point specialist and spent last season playing for Lucentum Alicante overseas. Before that he was a member of the New York Knicks.

The two additions puts the Thunders roster at 18. Only 15 players are permitted on the final regular season roster so itll be a competition between Rautins, Liggins, undrafted free agent Hollis Thompson and Daniel Orton for that final spot.

Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com



Kyrylo Fesenko to workout with Spurs - by Eurobasket News

On the big man front, a source says 7-foot-1, 280-pound Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) is scheduled to work out for San Antonio next week. The Spurs aren't the only team wanting a look at the 25-year-old, though, as Fesenko -- who spent most of last season on Indiana's bench after playing his first four seasons in Utah -- may work out in Cleveland soon thereafter. There have also been discussions with Miami and Atlanta.

The Heat have only Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman at the center spot and are clearly on the lookout for a big man. According to numerous reports, they have been considering the likes of former Knicks center Josh Harrelson, former Denver center Chris Andersen and former Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Clippers closing in on deal with Matt Barnes - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers are closing in on a deal with free-agent forward Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) and could complete the deal by the end of the week, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Barnes, 32, averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers last season in the final season of a two-year deal, but was never fully healthy during his time with Staples Center's co-tenants. Barnes had knee surgery in the middle of the 2011 season, then suffered an ankle injury midway through the 2012 season and a freak neck injury playing with his children at the end of the season that affected his performance.

Signing Barnes would cap a productive summer for the Clippers who added veterans Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins through free agency, re-signed Chauncey Billups and agreed to a contract extension with Blake Griffin.

Billups, Griffin, and point guard Chris Paul were all involved in recruiting Barnes, who had interest from the Miami Heat, among others.

Courtesy of ESPN



Kendrick Perkins says the Thunder are 'getting close' with James Harden - by Eurobasket News

Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84): NBA tough guy, supreme scowler and physical enforcer. Also, a glass-half-full kind of optimist.

The major question hovering over his team is the future of James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), and Perkins, speaking to the Oklahoman, is convinced an extension is coming soon.

We're doing good. We're making positive steps going forward, Perkins said of the organization's offseason. We got coach (Scott) Brooks locked in. We got Serge (Ibaka) locked in. And we're getting close with James, and we're getting close to keeping our unit together. And we're still hungry.

Once James gets here it's nothing to be said, Perkins said. He'll see his family and that's all he needs. So once he sees everybody's faces that's enough said.

Perkins is the kind of guy who is almost unreasonably loyal to teammates and his team. He believes in brotherhood, and the idea of someone jumping ship for money instead of staying part of something good probably doesn't compute with him.

What the Thunder face is well documented, but there's a deadline looming. If Oklahoma City doesn't extend Harden before Oct. 31, he becomes a restricted free agent and is all but guaranteed to receive a max offer sheet from someone. Which would mean the Thunder would be forced to match it or watch their Sixth Man of the Year walk away.

Harden has made it especially clear that his preference is to remain in Oklahoma City, and if that's the case, his best chance is by signing an extension. Because again: He's getting max money on the open market. So if the Thunder have any hope of getting him signed for less than that, it would have to come via an extension.

That's the move Serge Ibaka made in inking his four-year extension with OKC. By not allowing himself to test the open market, he likely took a little less money but afforded himself the opportunity to remain with the Thunder. Harden obviously understands that's his situation, too.

What's kind of ironic about Perkins' comments, though, is that if Harden is re-signed, it could signal the end of Perkins' time in Oklahoma City. One of the obvious plans for the Thunder to avoid major luxury-tax issues is to use the amnesty provision on Perkins in 2015 or 2016. Cut him and his nearly $9 million off the books and the Thunder could rescue themselves from a stiff penalty. A potential twist to the story there.

Training camp opens for the Thunder on Oct. 1. Perkins and the rest of the team will have 30 days to tug on Harden's heart and hope he sees OKC is the place to be. Otherwise, the questions will continue.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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UConn guard Shabazz Napier has surgery on injured right foot - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (6'1''-G-91) has undergone surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

The injury has been bothering Napier for several months and led him withdraw from the Puerto Rican National team this summer.

UConn said the junior captain had a screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal bone Friday at UConn's John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The school said the surgery was successful and Napier is expected to be healed before practice begins on Oct. 13.

Napier is UConn's team leader and top returning scorer. He averaged 13 points and almost six assists last season.

Connecticut opens its season on Nov. 9 against Michigan State at the U.S. Air Force's Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Michigan leads field for NIT Season Tip-Off - by Eurobasket News

Michigan, Virginia, Kansas State and Pittsburgh are the top seeds for the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The other seeded teams in the field that was announced Tuesday were Lehigh, Robert Morris, Cleveland State and Delaware. The rest of the field is Ala.-Huntsville, Bowling Green, Fairfield, Fordham, IUPUI, Lamar, North Texas and Penn.

The first- and second-round doubleheaders will be played Nov. 12 and 13 on the campuses of the four highest-seeded teams. The winners of the preliminary rounds advance to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on Nov. 21, and championship game on Nov. 23.

The remaining teams will play third- and fourth-round doubleheaders Nov. 19 and 20 on the campuses of the three highest remaining seeds.

The sites and pairings:

North Regional, at Ann Arbor, Mich.: Michigan vs. IUPUI and Cleveland State vs. Bowling Green.

East Regional, at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh vs. Fordham and Lehigh vs. Robert Morris.

Midwest Regional at Manhattan, Kan.: Kansas State vs. Lamar and North Texas vs. Ala.-Huntsville.

South Regional at Charlottesville, Va.: Virginia vs. Fairfield and Delaware vs. Penn.

The tournament will be carried by the ESPN networks.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



Murray State Racers' Zay Jackson suspended after arrest - by Eurobasket News

Murray State point guard Zay Jackson (6'0''-G-92) was suspended by the team on Monday after being accused of hitting two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot in southwestern Kentucky.

Police say the 20-year-old sophomore was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and spent Sunday night at the Calloway County jail. Police arrested Jackson following an altercation in which he allegedly hit two people with his white Monte Carlo, causing minor injuries.

"I was disappointed and surprised to learn of the incident on Sunday involving Zay," Murray State coach Steve Prohm said in a statement announcing the suspension. "I will continue to work with the authorities to gather and evaluate the facts as quickly as I can to get a clearer picture of what actually happened. Until that time, Zay has been suspended from all team activities.

"There is a standard of conduct I expect from all my players, and from what I know at this point, that standard was compromised. I will support Zay in his efforts to make this right, but I anticipate this matter will take time to fully resolve."

Jackson was a reserve who averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. He was expected to start this year for the Racers.

"The department takes matters such as this very seriously," Director of Athletics Allen Ward said. "I fully support the manner in which Coach Prohm has handled the incident and the action he has taken on Zay's involvement with the team."

Courtesy of ESPN



Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie goes to Mayo Clinic - by Eurobasket News

An ambulance was sent to the home of Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie for the second time in 10 days while he remains on leave as the school investigates his leadership of the program.

Lubbock Police Sgt. Jeff Baker said Tuesday that the emergency call came from Gillispie's home around 6 p.m. CT Monday and that an ambulance was sent.

A spokesman for University Medical Center, where Gillispie earlier spent six days this month, said Gillispie did not come there. A spokeswoman for the other hospital in Lubbock said Gillispie was not brought there.

Gillispie, in a text message to the Associated Press late Tuesday, said he would be treated for high blood pressure "amongst other things," at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Texas Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Gillispie told athletics director Kirby Hocutt he was going to the Minnesota medical facility for treatment.

Gillispie is on indefinite sick leave and Hocutt said he is no longer making day-to-day decisions for the basketball program so he can focus on his health.

"Nor is he to engage with our program in any way until he and I have a chance to sit down and talk face to face," Hocutt said.

On Aug. 31, Gillispie called 911 and was taken to the medical center. It was the same day he was supposed to meet with Hocutt to discuss allegations he had mistreated his players. The school has reported excessive practice-time violations to the NCAA and reprimanded Gillispie in January.

Gillispie told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 31 that he felt like he was having a heart attack or a stroke when he called 911. Doctors told Gillispie his blood pressure was dangerously high, the paper reported.

The school penalized itself for the practice overage, docking twice the number of hours that Gillispie had exceeded during a two-week period in October or 12 hours and 20 minutes. An unidentified assistant coach was also reprimanded.

The NCAA allows 20 hours of practice per week.

Hocutt said the school continues to "work through the process" of looking into allegations players brought to him Aug. 29. Gillispie's assistant coaches, with Hocutt's oversight, are handling the program for now.

Hocutt did not put a timetable on when he and Gillispie would meet.

"I can't anticipate given the other issues related to his health," he said. "With basketball season officially starting practice in a month, the sooner the better."

Hocutt has declined to say whether Gillispie could be fired. He has said he was "very troubled" by the information players had given him.

Hired in March 2011, Gillispie came to Texas Tech after two years out of coaching. The school and fans had hoped he could orchestrate another remarkable turnaround, like the ones he put together at UTEP and Texas A&M.

He went to Kentucky in 2007 but the school fired him in 2009 after it went 40-27 in his two seasons and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.

Courtesy of http://news.cincinnati.com



Devonta Abron can play at TCU immediately, NCAA rules - by Eurobasket News

Former Arkansas forward Devonta Abron (6'8''-F-92) is eligible to play at TCU immediately, the school announced. The NCAA has granted the sophomore a waiver, meaning he will not be have to sit out a season as the NCAA typically requires of undergraduate transfers.

The 6-8 Abron transferred to TCU over the summer after playing in all 32 of the Razorbacks' games as a freshman. The Seagoville, Texas, native had to change schools to be closer to his daughter because of health problems of his former guardian.

I am pleased we were able to work with the NCAA to get a resolution in regards to Devontas status, said TCU head coach Trent Johnson. We are excited that he will be on the floor for us in our first season as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

Abron made 22 starts for Arkansas, averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

TCU, coming off an 18-15 season in its final Mountain West campaign, will welcomd the talent upgrade Abron represents for its first year in the Big 12.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



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ABA Cleveland Am Proers Willam Jones, Jerial Nixon, and Darrel Parker Combine to Score 34 pts in the 4th quarter to erase a 17 pt 3rd Quarter deficit to Defeat the Detroit Hoops - by Vance Marbury

ABA Cleveland Am Pro'ers Willam Jones, Jerial Nixon, and Darrel Parker Combine to Score 34 pts in the 4th quarter to erase a 17 pt 3rd Quarter deficit to Defeat the Detroit Hoops

Cleveland Am Pro'ers defeat the Detroit Hoops 108 to 103

Down 17 pts at the end of the 3rd Quarter, Jerial Nixon (California, Pa) Exploded for 17 pts in the 4th quarter to lead a tremendous comeback. Jerial finished with 31 pts 7 rebs 4 asts. William Jones (Spoonriver CC) scored 9 of his 20 pts in the 4th quarter, to finish with 20 pts 12 rebs 7 asts 3 blks. Darrell Parker from Canton Ohio added 8 pts in the 4th quarter to finish with 14 pts 5 rebs 2 asts. Ibrahim Konate (Boston U.) carried the team in theh first half and finished with 21 pts 19 rebs 3 asts 5 blks. John Oliver (Cleveland St.) finished with 8 pts and Calvin Surrell added 5 pts.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers next schedule pre-season game is against the Pontiac Firbirds September 22nd.



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PWiK Piaseczno strengthening its roster - by Maciej Paszyn

Finalist of 2 liga group C PWiK Piaseczno - effected serious reinforcements in its roster. After last year's lost matches for the advance to 1 Liga management of the club from the environs of Warsaw decided to get a few players especially on wings positions.

Firstly they signed-up Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78, agency: Promotex) experienced Power Forward with the past in Polish Extra League. This move should give to Piaseczno team more power on both blackboards. Lewandowski is also good one on one defender and middle range shooter.

Second reinforcement is perspective Small forward Adam Mysliwiec (200-F-90). This 22 years old runner with 1 Liga experience should match very well to PWiK offensive system which is based on fast break and long range shoots.

Last but no least is huge comeback of one of Warsaw and Piaseczno legends Sebastian Okola (197-F-85, college: Mid Plains CC). In the past this Power Forward with past in NJCAA was predicted to play in highest level. However injuries caused that he had never reached a peak of his possibilities. Now he is coming back after the two-year break caused by breaking ligaments in the knee.

Those reinforcements puts Piaseczno team of the role of the chief favorite to win 2 liga this year.




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U-Mobitelco signs Hristo Nikolov - by Eurobasket

CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Division A) signed 27-year old Bulgarian international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85). He played last season at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 36 A Division games he had 12.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Nikolov helped them to win the championship title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. He played also 19 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg. Nikolov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Div.B in Varna seven years ago. Nikolovs team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 29.3%, FT: 60%. Nikolov has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Senior National Team this year and previously for University National Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Pre-season wins for Khimky and Triumph - by Eurobasket News

Khimky claimed another victory during their Slovenian training camp. They took on Geoplin Slovan. The Russian team dominated in every facet of the game and clinched a well-deserved 80:61 win at the end. Sergey Monya (203-PF-83) scored 11 points to lead the winners. Egor Vyaltsev (192-G-85), K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) and Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Khimky will now move to Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate at the pre-season tourney on September 14th-15th.

In the meantime Triumph took care of Ukrainian Khimik 91:70. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 22 points to lead the winners. Triumph used a 26:13 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 18 points, while Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav, college: LSU) posted 13 points for Triumph. The Russian team will next take on Juventus on September 14th.




CSKA continue pre-season tour of Italy - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Pistoia 65:55

CSKA continued their tour of Italy. They travelled to Pistoia to take on the local team. The Russian powerhouse proved the strength claiming a 10-point victory. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) accounted for 20 points to lead CSKA.
Pistoia dominated the opening quarter. They recorded a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. Pistoia stretched the margin to as many as 11 points at halftime 35:24. But CSKA went on a 28:10 run in the third frame to pull ahead. CSKA held their opponents to 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) accounted for 13 points, while Viktor Khryapa (205-SF-82) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 14 points for Pistoia. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, agency: Two Points, college: Pittsburgh) posted 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sasha Kaun 20, Andrey Vorontsevich 13, Viktor Khryapa 10
Pistoia: Michael Hicks 14, Antonio Graves 13



Lokomotiv Kuban clinch Garastas Cup title despite loss to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Lokomotiv Kuban 83:78

Lokomotiv celebrated victory at pre-season Garastas Cup tournament. They did so despite losing to Lietuvos Rytas on the final day of the tourney. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) posted 16 points to lead the Lithuanian team.
Lietuvos Rytas gained a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They opened a 28:20 lead early in the second term. But Lokomotiv scored eight unanswered points and levelled things up at 28. Lokomotiv ensured a 43:38 halftime advantage. But Lietuvos Rytas gradually returned into the drivers seat. They posted a 64:63 advantage at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the advantage well enough throughout the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 14 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 13 points for the winners. Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) answered with 17 points each for Lokomotiv.

Lietuvos Rytas: Janis Blums 16, Renaldas Seibutis 14, Mindaugas Katelynas 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Simas Jasaitis 17, Aleks Maric 17



Rixos Cup: Banvit wins the opener against Unics - by Eurobasket News

Banvit-Unics 72:71

Banvit wins the opener against Unics at Rixos Cup 2012. The Turkish side grabbed 72:71 win in Antalya.
Unics started with 23:16 lead at the end of the first period and allowed the opponents to post another 16 points in the second frame. That time the Russian team managed to score only 10 and led 33:32 at the halftime. Unics increased the lead to 3 points after 24-22 in the third quarter. Unics tried hard to keep the advantage, but lost the game in the last seconds. Banvit finished the game with 18-14 to seal 1-point win.
Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) and Kenan Bajramovic (205-C-81) nailed 10 apiece.
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 12. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) followed them with 11 points.

Banvit: Kalin Lucas 11, Keith Simmons 11, Serkan Erdogan 10, Kenan Bajramovic 10
Unics: Kostas Kaimakoglou 16 points and 12 rebounds, Kelly McCarty 12, Terrell Lyday 11



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Michel Diouf is a newcomer at Breogan - by Eurobasket

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 23-year old Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89). Ha was reported to sign at Mad-Croc (ACB), but both teams agreed that he will go to Breogan Lugo. Last season he played for Palencia in LEB Gold (19 games: 9.5ppg, second best in rebounds with 8.8rpg, and third best shot-blocker with 1.6bpg), before he moved to Fuenlabrada. In 15 ACB games he averaged 3.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He was about to go to Fuenlabrada (Turkey), but that did not work out.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Young Serbian prospect abroad - by Zoran Popovic

After European championship and his rookie games for Serbian U16 National team and bronze medial, young prospect Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) continues with good games. On pre-season tournament in Cornella, Spain he becomes again MVP of final match, this time against Jouventut. In the final match Peno scored 18 points, 7 boards, 1 assist and 4 steals on final match. Before he moves to Regal Barcelona young Peno started career in BC Beokos, where he becomes one of top players born 1997. in Serbia. After Beokos, Peno moves to OKK Beograd and after preseason games moves to Barcelona. On European Championship in Lithuania on 9 games Peno average scored 4,1 points, 2, boards and 1,1 assists per game.


Slovenia will host all former Yugoslavian Republics on European championship - by Zoran Popovic

All former Yugoslavian republics, now independent countries qualify for European Championship in Slovenia 2013. From group A Montenegro National team made score of 10 consecutive wins and from the 1st in the group qualified on European Championship in Slovenia. Serbia National team made score of 6 wins and 4 lost games and from the 3rd position in the group passed in Slovenia next year. In group C Croatian National team also made perfect score of 8 consecutive wins and in group D Bosnia and Herzegovina National team passed on European Championship with score 6 wins and 2 lost games. Former Yugoslavian Republic Macedonia and Slovenia as host of European championship qualify earlier.


Radnicki Kragujevac stays unbeaten this preseason, 5th win - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac registered fifth straight victory this preseason. Yesterday they celebrated 81-63 road win against Sloga Kraljevo. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) stepped up for Radnicki with 18 points and Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) followed him with one points less. Stefan Jovic (190-PG-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) and Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 9 points each, while Sinovec netted 7 points. Radnicki made 5-point lead after opening ten minutes of the game. Sloga slightly improved after that, but still Radnicki was up by 6 at the halftime. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Visitors exploded offensively scoring 31 points, while they limited Sloga players to just 13. Question about the winner was resolved and rest of the game was just the formality. Radnicki Kragujevac now heads to Kumanovo for the preseason tournament. After that, the team will participate at tournament in Nis.


Radnicki Kragujevac brings in Rasid Mahalbasic for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) will spend next few days with on tryout with Radnicki Kragujevac. The Austrian National Team center will try to earn a deal for the upcoming season. He shined in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications averaging 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 8 games. Mahalbasic had almost the same numbers in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. Rasid Mahalbasic played only few games last season. He joined Zlatorog Lasko in January registering 4.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 3 games in Adriatic league, plus 4 ppg for 2 appearances in domestic championship. They parted ways in February. Mahalbasic arrived to Zlatorog on loan from Fenerbahce, who loaned him also in 2010/11 to Tofas Bursa and later to Split. In the past, the center played for Worthersee Piraten few years. In 2010, Rasid Mahalbasic helped Austrian U20 National Team to win the gold medal at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Aistria. He had 16.9 ppg and 9.8 rpg fro 8 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B MVP -10. In 2009, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Player -09. Mahalbasic also very successfully played for Austrian U18 and U16 National Teams in the past.


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One on One: KT Sonic Boom's Darian Townes - by Jeff Liebsch

Eurobasket recently caught up with KT Sonic Boom import signing Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) and talked about his thoughts on the move to KT, the KBL and life in basketball.

What kind of conditioning do you do to keep in shape during the season and the off-season? What's the secret for you to keep in shape?

During the season (Europe & here so far) we do two practices a day. I try to treat our practices like games to help me get in the right shape for the season. During the off-season, I play everyday at the fitness gym and will try and catch pick up games as much as possible. I do participate in some summer league games towards the end of summer.

How do you think the injury to Brandon Costner will affect KT? Will they miss his size in the paint?

He was obviously a good player and would have been an asset to KT, but we want him to get healthy first and foremost. Having Jasper come in will bring in some experience and leadership.

What chances do you think KT have this year to win a KBL title?

I think we have a great chance at winning a KBL title. We have a great coach, great players but with that being said, there is going to be competition. We are putting in hard work and our goal is to win it all.

How's the chemistry with the other teammates so far?

Chemistry is good, we are still learning each others strengths. I enjoy joking around with the guys and as the season goes on, I can see some good relationships being formed.

Some foreign players have clashed with coach Jeon in the past as he's known to demand a lot of his players to practice. What do you think of his coaching style compared to other coaches you've had in the past?

Having a coach that pushes you is not a bad thing for me. He makes you work to become a better player. I respect coach and that alone makes me want to keep striving for our goals. Coach Jeon actually reminds me of a Serbian coach I had in Poland. Having a passionate coach encourages players to step it up and that will help everyone in the end.

Jumpball Magazine has called you the "Tim Duncan of the KBL". Are there any players you base your game off?

I feel honored to be called "Tim Duncan of the KBL" because he is my favorite player. I always admired his game growing up and there are a few moves in my game that I credit to Duncan. Of course, there is alot more work to be done to be in the same category as Duncan, but I do admire him.

Who would you consider are the top five basketball players on the planet right now?

My top five would be: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant & Carmelo Anthony.

How would you rate the level of basketball in the KBL right now? What are the differences in the Korean league compared to other leagues you've been in?

Every league I have played in has been different. Every league has its own style of play and for me, the KBL so far is a tough league. It's still early and players are trying to get in the swing of things, but as far as preseason has gone it seems to be a fast-paced league.



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Unicaja's Sergi Vidal undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja announced today that Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) underwent successful groin surgery at Hospital Nisa Aljarafe. The recovery will take about 8 weeks. Vidal suffered a groin injury during the off-season workouts, but because he didn't inform the team immediately, they fined him with half of the salary during his recovery period. Vidal underwent surgery to expedite the healing. According to sources, the Unicaja board wanted to impose stricter penalties, but they came to agree on the half-salary punishment.
Sergi Vidal signed with Unicaja earlier this summer. He spent last season with Lagun Aro GBC averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals for 36 games. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention -12. Before Lagun Aro GBC, Sergi Vidal played two years for Real Madrid. From 2000 to 2009 he played for Tau Ceramica. Vidal was a member of the Spanish National Team in 2005.
Meanwhile, Unicaja's Head Coach Jasmin Repesa stated that he would like to have Bojan Bogdanovic in the roster for the upcoming season, but the player has valid contract with Fenerbahce and it will be very hard to get him.



Obradoiro's Robbie Hummel out 4-8 weeks due to knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Obradoiro's Robbie Hummel (203-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) will miss next 4-8 weeks due to right knee injury (meniscus), according to Familiaobradoirista.blogspot.com. The player arrived to Obradoiro earlier this summer. He graduated at Purdue University few months ago. Hummel appeared 35 times for his school as a senior averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. He was named to NABC Division I All-District 7 2nd Team -12. The player shined in his junior year as well collecting 15.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 27 games. He missed 2010/11 due to injury getting an extra year of eligibility. Robbie Hummel participated at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He had 3.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 5 games with Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2009, he played for the USA University National Team. They won the bronze medal at the World University Games in Belgrade.


Le Mans beats Caja Laboral in Torneo de Angers, 76-74 - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans beats Caja Laboral in Torneo de Angers, 76-74.


Michel Diouf is a newcomer at Breogan - by Eurobasket

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 23-year old Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89). Ha was reported to sign at Mad-Croc (ACB), but both teams agreed that he will go to Breogan Lugo. Last season he played for Palencia in LEB Gold (19 games: 9.5ppg, second best in rebounds with 8.8rpg, and third best shot-blocker with 1.6bpg), before he moved to Fuenlabrada. In 15 ACB games he averaged 3.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He was about to go to Fuenlabrada (Turkey), but that did not work out.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Juwann James signs with Lions de Geneve - by Eurobasket News

Juwann James (198-F/C-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: JMU) signs with Lions de Geneve for the upcoming season. Juwann James heads from Denain, where he spent last season. In 2011-2012 for Denain ASC Voltaire (France-ProB, starting five) he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 64.1%.
Earlier he played for Vendee Challans Basket (France-NM1, starting five). He played 30 games for them in NM1 registering 16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2 apg and 1.8 spg. For his performance James was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team -11.
In 2009-2010 he appeared for Neptune Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague, starting five) and became the top-scorer of the league with 33.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.1apg, Steals-3 (2.5spg), Blocks-3 (2.1bpg), FGP-3 (71.4%), 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 61.6%. Juwann James is a product of JMU.



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Bojan Bogdanovic stays with Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News

Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) is happy with Fenerbahce Ulker and Simone Pianigiani is happy with the roster for the upcoming season. Despite Unicaja's strong wish to get the player, that will not happen after all. Few days ago Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency) stated that Bogdanovic would be the perfect option for his team.
Bojan Bogdanovic signed with Fener last summer. He had 13.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg for 32 games in Turkey. Bogdanovic was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and also to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team. In Euroleague he added 13 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Before Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic played for Cibona, Real Madrid and Zrinjski. He is active member of the Croatian National Team since 2010. The player currently averages 16.1 points in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Head Coach of Team Croatia is Jasmin Repesa.



TED Kolejliler and Gelisim Koleji win in preseason games - by Eurobasket News

TED Kolejliler and Gelisim Koleji celebrated yesterday in preseason games.
TED Kolejliler downed Antalya BSB 68-63 thanks to great third quarter of the game. The hosts were down by 9 at the halftime, but they exploded after that making 22-9 in the next ten minutes. Teams were almost tied in the last period and TED Koleji celebrated 5-point win in this meeting. Experienced center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Rifat Murat Kaya (194-F/G-84, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 14 points. In Antalya, Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) was better than the others with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, and Reha Oz (200-SF-78) netted 13 pts.
Gelisim Koleji handed 67-43 loss to Akhisar. Fevzi top-scored in victory with 13 points, while Burak and Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: S.Illinois) had 8 pts each. Mert answered with 10 points in loss.



Rob Lowery agreed terms with Balikesir - by Eurobasket

Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (TB2L) inked 25-year old American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton). He played most recently at Levharti Chomutov in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 36 NBL games he recorded 17.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg last season. Lowery was selected also to play in the All-Star Game. It was a very successful year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention.
Lowery also played professionally in Germany. He graduated University of Dayton in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mersin BSB beats Royal Hali Gaziantep, Tofas fails to Astana - by Eurobasket News

Mersin BSB and Royal Hali Gaziantep met in a friendly game yesterday. Gaziantep was the host but, Mersin was the team who celebrated 78-72 win. J.P. Prince (201-G-87, college: Tennessee) top-scored in victory with 15 points, while Altan Erol (194-G-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds. David Holston (170-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Chicago St.) secured a great help with 8 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Andre Hollins (185-G-92) shined with 16 points and 5 assists and Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) added 15 pts. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) registered 11 points and 7 boards. Both teams will play more friendlies this week.
Tofas failed to Astana 46-69. Austin Nichols (198-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) was the only player with double digits in Tofas with 10 points. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) and Can stopped to 9 and 7 points respectively.



Montepaschi Siena cruises past Fenerbahce Ulker in friendly game, 89-61 - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Fenerbahce Ulker 89-61

Montepaschi Siena and Fenerbahce Ulker met last night in preseason game. Montepaschi was the host and celebrated comfortable 89-61 win in this meeting. It was an emotional evening as Montepaschi retired the uniforms of two of their former stars, Shaun Stonerook's (202-F-77, college: Ohio) No. 20 and Terrell McIntyre's (175-G-77, college: Clemson) No. 5, and honored former coach Simone Pianigiani and players Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) before tip-off. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) led the winners with 17 points each. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) followed them with 11 points and Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) added 9. In the loosing squad, Bo McCalebb was better than the others with 16 points and Romain Sato posted two points less. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) was third scorer in FB Ulker with 13 points. The hosts made 21-18 lead in the first ten minutes and they exploded offensively in Q2 scoring 28 pts in this period. At the other side, FB Ulker was limited to just 13 pts and faced with 49-31 deficit at the halftime. Bobby Brown and his teammates continued in the same rhythm after the breather and they jumped to 73-48 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. All after that was just the formality.

Montepaschi Siena: Kasun 3, Bobby Brown 17, Boisa, Benjamin Eze 11, Carraretto, Ress 7, Sabbatino, Lechthaler, Marcelus Kemp 9, hackett 4, David Moss 17. Coach: Banchi.
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bo McCalebb 16, Eroglu, Onan 2, Ugurglu, Ermin 2, Romain Sato 14, Peker 2, Sanli, Savas 9, Birsen 3, Mike Batiste 13, Coach: Pianigiani.



Rixos Cup : Day 1 - by Baha Kurtulus

Results of Day 1 :

Besiktas- Cibona Zagreb : 73 - 67
Banvit - Unics Kazan : 72 - 71

Besiktas (73): Cevher Ozer 17, Curtis Jerrels 11, Patrick Christopher 20, Muratcan Guler 3, Gasper Vidmar 10, Kartal Ozmizrak 4, Emir Ko, Sebahattin Can Gondur, Tutku Ak 3, , Ahmet Ilker Tunali 5, Dogukan anli, , Serkan Ozver
Cibona Zagreb (67): Hamilton Justin 11, Carter Demond 12, Kus Davor 2, Tomas Ivan, Zubcic Tomislav 15, Masic Ante 7, , Ware Dustin 5, Krstanovic Stipe, Rozic Marin, Jagovic-Kuridza Marko 8, Zizic Andrija 2, , Kovacevic Hrvoje 5

Banvit (72) : Keith Simmons 11, Serkan Erdogan 10, Kenan Bajramovic 10 Samuel Mejia 6, Erkan Veyselolu 6, Tufan nen 3, Safak Edge 4, Kalin Lucas 11, Izzet Trkylmaz 9, Erol Can inko 2
Unics Kazan (71) : Kostas Kaimakoglu 16, Kelly Mccarty 12, Terrell Lyday 11, Aleksandr Dedushkin, Petr Samoylenko 5, Pavel Sergeev 2, Vladimir Veremeenko 8, Chuck Eidson 7, Lan Vougioukas 8, , Pavel Antipov, Victor Zvarykin, Mire Chatman 2



Rixos Cup 2012 - by Baha Kurtulus

5th International Rixos Cup will be held in Antalya Ataturk Sport Hall on 12th-16th September 2012

Game Schedule

12th September 2012
18:00 Banvit Unics Kazan
20:15 Besiktas Cibona Zagrep

13th September 2012
18:00 Galatasaray Mp - Banvit
20:15 Anadolu Efes - Cibona Zagrep

14th September 2012
18:00 Besiktas Anadolu Efes
20:15 Galatasaray Mp Unics Kazan

15th September 2012
14:45 Semifinal 1 (SF1)
17:00 Semifinal 2 (SF2)

16th September 2012
(3th-4th) : SF1 (Defeated)-SF2 (Defeated) ( for 3th. )
Final : winner SF1 - winner SF2



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ANBL Review: Poor officiating overshadows Powers comeback, Ndejje suffers 6th straight defeat - by Joel Nature

Despite not playing well, Dmark Power has continued to win games. The most recent came on Saturday evening when they came from 10 points down to beat Victoria University Heaters 51-43 at Makerere.

Power (14-4) has struggled to score of late and was not any different against Heaters (9-9), scoring 28 points in the opening three quarters and trailing by 6 points going into the final period.

The third quarter was mired by poor officiating with

many calls contested and going Powers way most of the time. Powers center, Richard Balemwa had one of his best games of season scoring game high 16 points that went along with 8 boards, Isaac Afidra and Collin Mukiiza added 12 and 11 points respectively.

Much as Heaters were undone by some bad calls, the university side was also careless with the ball turning it over 40 times. Center, Derrick Mbusi paced Heaters with 10 points and 8 rebounds while Moses Okwera chipped in with 9 points.

Meanwhile, Falcons reclaimed the top spot following a 58-49 win over Ndejje University Angels on Sunday. Falcons (16-2) are now unbeaten in 11 while Angels (6-11) lost their sixth in a row and remain eighth in the division standings simply because Nkumba Marines are equally struggling. Four Falcons scored in double figures, Peter Elungat 13 points, Steven Omonyi 10 points, Julius Lutwama 10 points and a double-double from Philp Ameny (11 points and 12 boards).

Ndejje were led by Jeje Chaka with a 10/10 performance and Geoffrey Soro scored team high 11 points. UCU Canons bounced back from back-to-back losses to Falcons and Power with a 79-54 win over Giant Stormers on Sunday.

Shooting guard, Sudi Ulanga led the way for Canons (12-6) with game high 17 points, Patrick Habiyaremye scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds and big man Desmond Owili contributed 10 points. Stormers (2-16) were led by Sam Okudos 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dennis Omodo added 10.

In the womens division, KCCA Leopards beat Nabisunsa 51-19 while Crane High Ladies slipped past MUK Sparks 37-31 led by Ritah Imanishimwes game high 18 points. Magic Stormers beat Gladiators 56-33 with stormer, Carol Nyafwono putting up game high 17 points and 18 rebounds. Claire Lamunus 13/28 and Linda Wafulas 10/15 were in losing efforts.



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Kyrylo Fesenko to workout with Spurs - by Eurobasket News

On the big man front, a source says 7-foot-1, 280-pound Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) is scheduled to work out for San Antonio next week. The Spurs aren't the only team wanting a look at the 25-year-old, though, as Fesenko -- who spent most of last season on Indiana's bench after playing his first four seasons in Utah -- may work out in Cleveland soon thereafter. There have also been discussions with Miami and Atlanta.

The Heat have only Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman at the center spot and are clearly on the lookout for a big man. According to numerous reports, they have been considering the likes of former Knicks center Josh Harrelson, former Denver center Chris Andersen and former Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Emmanuel Jones leaves Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85, college: UTPA) and Budivelnyk decided to part ways. The forward joined the Kyiv outfit in the summer for a try-out period. He participated at the Latvian and Lithuanian training camps. The forward also played at the Garastas Cup with Budivelnyk. But after all Budivelnyk opted not to sign a long-term contract with the player. Emmanuel Jones spent the last season in Taiwan. He played for TTL Taiwan Beer. He tallied 19.4 points, 10.6 boards, 1.4 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 assists per game in SBL. It was the second straight season in Taiwan for the forward. He was named All-Taiwanese SBL Player of the Year in 2011. Previously Emmanuel Jones played in D-League.


Azovmash land Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Manny Harris (196-G-89, college: Michigan). The guard started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Canton Charge. Manny Harris averaged 21.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals per game in D-League. Later the guard moved to the NBA. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Manny Harris delivered 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. The guard participated at NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He appeared in just one game for the Houston Rockets. Manny Harris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010. His stats read 18.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his senior season. He made it into NABC Division I All-District 7 2nd Team.


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Second Holmes For Heat - by Paul Nilsen

Surrey Heat coach, Creon Raftopoulos has announced his first new player for the 2012/2013 basketball season. The 6ft 4in US combo guard, Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) takes the third and final overseas player spot and joins US players, Martelle McLemore and Frank Holmes on the BBL team.

26 year-old Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) has had an impressive start to his career. He started off at Virginia Military Institute (NCAA 1) with his twin brother Travis. In his sophomore season Holmes led the Big South Conference in three pointers made, and ranked 10th in the nation, while shooting 39% from three-point range. Holmes' defensive game was also strong. He recorded 2.8 steals a game, making him 4th in the nation.

Holmes improved on his sophomore season in 2007-08 and was rewarded with a spot on the Second Team All-Big South Conference. In the 2008-09 season Holmes led the nation in steals. As a result, he earned First Team All-Big South Conference honors and a spot in the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State Team. In 2009 the Holmes brothers became the NCAA's all time leading scoring twins.

Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) has since played for Hermosilio (CIBACOPA) in Mexico, Clavijo in Spain and Haukar in Iceland, where he gained a reputation as an athletic and versatile scoring guard, able to score in multiple ways.

Creon Raftopoulos, head coach for Surrey Heat commented, "I am really excited to have signed a player of Chavis' skill level for this season. Chavis' versatility at the point guard and shooting guard position, along with his size, will give him no problems adjusting to the style of play in the BBL. He comes here after a great College career and with two years of professional experience."

Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) said, "I'm thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to playing my part and helping this team accomplish GREAT things."



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Walter Baxley to play in Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) will be playing with Defensor Sporting in Uruguay. He is the second and final foreigner to join the team. Juan Jose Bravo is another foreign player from Venezuela.

Walter Baxley is a graduate of Mars Hill University and has played in Iran, Poland, Germany and Finland. His last stint was with the team Lapuan Korikobrat in Finland. He averaged 28.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg, becoming the highest scorer of the first division in Finland.

Courtesy of www.court-side.com



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
 1. Guacharos 7-1 
 2. Tiburones 5-1 
 3. Estudiantes 4-4 
 4. Rojos de Sucre 2-4 
 5. Atleticos UCV 0-8 
Central-West
 1. Bravos 6-2 
 2. Cent.Apure 6-2 
 3. Aduaneros 4-4 
 4. Generales 3-5 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 6

Sep. 14: Cent.Apure - Bravos
Sep. 14: Guacharos - Tiburones
Sep. 14: Estudiantes - Atleticos UCV
Sep. 14: Aduaneros - Lanc.Cojedes
Sep. 14: Rojos de Sucre - Generales
Sep. 15: Cent.Apure - Bravos
Sep. 15: Guacharos - Tiburones
Sep. 15: Estudiantes - Atleticos UCV
Sep. 15: Aduaneros - Lanc.Cojedes
Sep. 15: Rojos de Sucre - Generales



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Azovmash land Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Manny Harris (196-G-89, college: Michigan). The guard started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Canton Charge. Manny Harris averaged 21.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals per game in D-League. Later the guard moved to the NBA. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Manny Harris delivered 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. The guard participated at NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He appeared in just one game for the Houston Rockets. Manny Harris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010. His stats read 18.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his senior season. He made it into NABC Division I All-District 7 2nd Team.



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Women News


Camino leads WNBL winners at SEABL awards - by Eurobasket News

Bendigo Spirit fans will be grinning from ear-to-ear with new recruit Renae Camino (177-G-86) entering the 2012/13 WNBL after the star guard swept the SEABL awards.

Relocating to Central Victoria from the Logan Thunder, Camino enjoyed a standout season for the Bendigo Lady Braves on her way to taking out the SEABL MVP award and named in the All SEABL Team.

Camino averaged 19 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists, giving fans a taste of what they can expect in the WNBL season ahead.

WNBL players dominated the SEABL awards, with AIS product and new Bulleen Boomers recruit Rebecca Allen named Youth Player of the Year on the back of 12 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2 steals per game season with the Nunawading Spectres.

A host of WNBL talented joined Camino in the All SEABL Team led by Spirit teammate Chantella Perera, Dandenong WNBL Championship star Steph Cumming and West Coast Waves new recruit Deanna Smith.

AIS graduate and Rangers new face Sara Blicavs showed why she is considered one of the brightest young stars in the WNBL, named in All SEABL Team after a memorable debut season with the Launceston Tornadoes, along with Logan Thunders USA import Lindsay Laur, Bulleens Alice Kunek, Bendigo Spirits Kelly Wilson and Townsville Fire Kiwi International Micaela Cocks.

See all these players and more this WNBL season when action gets underway for the 2012/13 campaign on October 5.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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Declercq Stortbeton Waregem meet French opponenets - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem meet French opponenets in the friendly games.
ESBVA beat Declercq Stortbeton Waregem 82:51. The French side dominated the court and rightfully clinched the victory. Emma Meesman top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olayinka Sanni added 14. Bintou Dieme delivered 9, while Amelie Pochet had 8.
Saint Amand overcame twice Declercq Stortbeton Waregem. At first they won 86:59 trailing 2 points at the end of the first period. Later in the game however was dominated by the French side that sealed the victory.
In the second game Saint Amand UHB beat Declercq Stortbeton Waeregem 80:43. The French side started with 25:20 and led 40:34 at the halftime. Saint Amand UHB won also the third and the last quarters in the game. Vera PEROSTIYSKA top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Houts scored 17. SILBANDE and AYISSI netted 13 each and Romina CIAPPINA followed them with 12 points in a win.



Basket Groot Willebroek post some preseason victories - by Eurobasket News

Basket Groot Willebroek post some preseason victories. On September 2nd Basket Groot Willebroek edged BBC Houtem (L1) 94:48. They started with 26-9 in the first period and never looked behind. Moreover they added another three victories in the last three quarters of the game. Ines Beaurang (180-F-89) erupted with 30 points for the winners and Inge Op De Beeck (177-F-85) nailed 14.
Basket Groot Willebroek beat Tulikivi Deerlijk on September 7th. Ellen Lauwers (182-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84) nailed 13. Inge Op De Beeck posted 12 and Cline Kazadi added 9.
Earlier the team exchanged the victories with Royal Castors Braine. They beat them 74:73 in a real thriller. Ines Beaurang stepped up with 18 points and Ellen Lauwers had 14. Later Royal Castors Braine beat Basket Groot Willebroek 81:60. Inge Op De Beeck replied with 20 points in the losing effort.



Willebroek keep Ines Beaurang, Karen Hendrickx and Trui Bijnens - by Eurobasket News

Basket Groot Willebroek keep Ines Beaurang (180-F-89), Karen Hendrickx (171-G/F-88) and Trui Bijnens (187-C-84).
The team confirmed in their roster 23-year old forward Ines Beaurang. She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 Division I games she had 6.9ppg and 2.1rpg last season. Beaurang represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.9ppg, 1.0rpg.
Karen Hendrickx has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 Division I games she had 11.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season.
Basket Groot Willebroek also confirmed in their roster 28-year old domestic center Trui Bijnens. She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 Division I games she had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Bijnens played in the final of Belgian League in 2006.



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Erika de Souza sign with the newcomers Sport Recife - by Eurobasket News

Erika de Souza sign with the newcomers Sport Recife for the upcoming season. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) part ways with Ros Casares that seized to exist. after two years. De Souza played for Ros Casares from 2006 to 2011. They won four LFB titles together. In 2006 and 2009, De Souza was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year. She spent last two seasons with Perfumerias. The center led them to Spanish and Euroleague titles in 2010. This season they won the Cup and De Souza was named MVP. She plays now for the WNBA team Atlanta Dream. De Souza joined them in 2008. Erika De Souza is active member of the Brazilian National Team since 2002.


Recife tabs American rookie Skylar Collins - by Eurobasket

Sport Recife (LBF) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American guard Skylar Collins (175-90). She just graduated from Texas A&M University (NCAA). She averaged just 3.2ppg and 1.1rpg in 33 games. Collins helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
So her pro career will start in Brazil.

By Eurobasket Data Center (from @lovewomensbball)



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Kara Trutnov keep Petra Zaplatova, Milena Steffanova and Lenka Vetrovcova - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov keep Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91), Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) and Lenka Vetrovcova (188-C-84) for the upcoming season.
Kara Trutnov re-signed 21-year old swingman Petra Zaplatova. She has played there for the last four seasons. In 43 ZBL games she averaged 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg last season. She represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) last year. Zaplatova's team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 81.8%.
Kara Trutnov confirmed in their roster 31-year old forward Milena Steffanova. In 16 ZBL games she recorded just2.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
Lenka Vetrovcova played there for the last one season. In 38 ZBL games she recorded 11.7ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.0apg last season. Vetrovcova's team made it to Czech Rep. D1 Semifinals. She represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 in Vannes eight years ago. Vetrovcova's team won Bronze.She played also professionally in Germany and Spain.



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Good Angels add Allie Quigley for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) is back to Euroleague. The American/Hungarian guard penned a deal with reigning Slovakian champions Good Angels Kosice. She was the second scorer of Hungarian league last season with 17.4 ppg. Quigley played 27 games for Pecs 2010 adding 6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.3 spg. In 2010/11, the player shined with 14.1 ppg and 4 rpg for 12 Euroleague games. She played for Pecs also in 2009/10. That season Quigley participated at the Euroleague All-Star Game. Also that year Pecs was Hungarian league champion and Cup winner. In 2009, Allie Quigley won the WNBA title with Phoenix Mercury. She appeared just 6 times in the league registering 1.7 ppg. Allie Quigley is a product of DePaul University.


Galatasaray reportedly inks 1-month deal with Kamile Nacickaite - by Eurobasket News

Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89) will continue her career in Turkey. The Lithuanian guard penned a 1-month deal with Galatasaray, according to Basketnews.lt. This is the first pro deal for Nacickaite, who graduated few months ago at Drexel University. She had 16.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg for her school in 33 games as a senior. They reached CAA Tournament Finals and the player was named to CAA All-Tournament Team -12. She was also named to All-CAA 1st Team -12. As a junior Kamile Nacickaite registered 17.6 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 32 games with Drexel. That season she was awarded with All-CAA 2nd Team -11. Kamile Nacickaite played for Lithuanian National Team in 2010. She appeared three times in 2011 EuroBasket Qualifications. In the past she played for U20 Lithuania.


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Standings - Women

SM-sarja Standings
 1. BC Nokia 0-0 
 2. Catz 0-0 
 3. FoA 0-0 
 4. Honka 0-0 
 5. HoNsU 0-0 
 6. Huima 0-0 
 7. HyPo 0-0 
 8. Kerava 0-0 
 9. PeKa 0-0 
 10. ToPo 0-0 
 11. TuRi 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Huima - HoNsU
Oct. 6: ToPo - BC Nokia
Oct. 6: TuRi - PeKa
Oct. 6: Catz - FoA
Oct. 6: Kerava - Honka


Div.1 Standings - by Greg

1st Division Standings
 1. EBT Akatemia 0-0 
 2. Espoo Team 0-0 
 3. FoKoPo 0-0 
 4. Helmi Capitals 0-0 
 5. Puhuttaret 0-0 
 6. Pyrinto 0-0 
 7. ToPo II 0-0 



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Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News

The French teams continue their preparation for the upcoming season.
Perpignan played three friendlies. The team overcame Charleville 71:58. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Diawara posted 11. Basket Landes lost to Perpignan 52:58. Last night Lyon BF edged Perpignan 74:67. Bourges Basket overcame Trutnov 74 :71.
ESBVA beat Declercq Stortbeton Waregem 82:51. The French side dominated the court and rightfully clinched the victory. Emma Meesman top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: W.Virginia) added 14. Bintou Dieme (165-PG-84) delivered 9, while Amelie Pochet (180-SG-84) had 8.



Silbande re-signs at Union Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old domestic shooting guard Emilie Silbande (178-81). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 10 Eurocup games she had 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Silbande played also 29 games in LFB where she had 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg last season. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-French NF1 Forward of the Year in 2010.
Silbande is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Saint Amand post preseason victories - by Eurobasket News

Saint Amand post preseason victories. The French side overcame twice Declercq Stortbeton Waregem. At first they won 86:59 trailing 2 points at the end of the first period. Later in the game however was dominated by the French side that sealed the victory.
In the second game Saint Amand UHB beat Declercq Stortbeton Waeregem 80:43. The French side started with 25:20 and led 40:34 at the halftime. Saint Amand UHB won also the third and the last quarters in the game. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Amanda Houts (168-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) scored 17. Emilie Silbande (178-SG-81) and Marie Frederique Ayissi (184-F-82) netted 13 each and Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed them with 12 points in a win.
Recently Saint-Amand UHB beat Kangoeroes-Boom 91:63.



Laura Garcia heads to Saint Amand Hainaut Basket - by Eurobasket News

Laura Garcia (175-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will continue her career in France. The Spanish guard penned a deal with Saint Amand Hainaut Basket, according to Encancha.com. She will replace injured Clemence Beikes, but it is not clear will she stay for the whole season or just until Beikes fully recovers. Garcia spent last season with Hondarribia-Irun. She appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 13.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. Laura Garcia played for Cadi la Seu in 2010/11. There she had 9.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 25 games. From 2004 to 2010 Garcia was a member of Real Canoe. They won promotion from LF2 to LFB in 2009. The next season Garcia was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention -10. She had 15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.4 apg for 26 games.


Johanne Gomis (Halilovic) is the new captain of Arras - by Eurobasket News

Johanne Gomis (178-SG-85) (Halilovic) is the new captain of Arras. The news was announced yesterday at the official press conference. Gomis returned to the club earlier this summer from Reze Nantes Basket. She played for Arras also from 2009 to 2011. Last season the shooting guard appeared 28 times in the LFB averaging 13 points and 3 rebounds. Her numbers were lower in EuroCup. In this competition Gomis had 8.7 ppg and 5.2 rpg. A year ago with Arras Johanne Gomis reached EuroCup Finals. She collected 12 ppg, 3.6 spg and 2.6 rpg in 14 games and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11. In the past, she played for Nice, Challes and Valenciennes USVO. In 2010, Johanne Gomis played for the French National Team. She had 1.5 ppg for 6 games at the FIBA World Championship in Czech Republic.


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T71 Dudelange add Shay Holmes and Jana Putz - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange bolstered their roster. They added Shay Holmes (185-F, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) and Jana Putz (170-G-93) to the squad.
Shay Holmes was last seen playing in Denmark. She was the member of Aabyhoj roster. Shay Holmes notched 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Dameligaen. Shay Holmes was trumped All-Danish League Forward of the Year in 2011. Shay Holmes graduated from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2010. Her stats read 12.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in her senior season. The forward was named SWAC Newcomer of the Year in 2009.
Jana Putz spent the previous season in Heffingen. She posted 9.2 points, 4.6 boards, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game. Jana Putz was the member of U16 and U18 Luxembourg National Teams.



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Rookie Kali Bennett joins Matizol Lider for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Kali Bennett (195-F/C) wants to start her professional basketball career. The American power forward/center joined Matizol Lider Pruszkow for tryout. The team competes in Polish top division for women. Bennett will spend next few weeks with them and will try to earn a deal for the upcoming season. Kali Bennett is a product of Arizona State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 8.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 32 games as a senior. Arizona State reached Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals and Bennett was named to Pac-12 All-Defensive Team -12. She was also awarded with All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention -12. Kali Bennett transferred to Arizona State in 2008 from the University of Washington, where she spent her freshman year. However, Bennett missed 2008/09 due to NCAA transfer rules.


UNLV's Lenita Sanford get pro deal in Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Lenita Sanford (6'3''-F-89, college: UNLV) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American center penned a 1-year deal with DKSK Miskolc. They will compete in Hungarian top division for women. Sanford is a product of UNLV, where she graduated few months ago. She had 10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.2 bpg for 29 games as a senior. The player was named to All-MWC 1st Team -12 and also to MWC All-Defensive Team -12. She helped UNLV to reach MWC Tournament Semifinals. They also were regular season runners up. Lenita Sanford transferred to UNLV in 2010 from Chipola Junior College. In her fist season with UNLV the player had 8 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2 bpg for 11 games. In 2009, she reached NJCAA Semifinals with Chipola.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Erika DE SOUZA
  BRA
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. De Souza, BRA16.2 
 2. Leedham, ENG16.2 
 3. Jackson, AUS15.9 
 4. Chen, CHN15.7 
 5. Stafford, ENG15.2 
 6. Viteckova, CZE15.2 
 7. Dumerc, FRA14.3 
 8. Mandir, CRO14.0 
 9. Smith, CAN13.8 
 10. Cambage, AUS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa DOS SANTOS
  (187-C-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dos Santos, BRA9.0 
 2. De Souza, BRA8.8 
 3. Jackson, AUS7.9 
 4. Parker, USA7.8 
 5. Charles, USA7.3 
 6. Yilmaz, TUR7.2 
 7. Manuel, ANG7.2 
 8. Osipova, RUS6.8 
 9. Horakova, CZE6.8 
 10. Chen, CHN6.7 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  (178-F-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Miao, CHN6.5 
 2. Vardarli, TUR4.5 
 3. Thorburn, CAN4.5 
 4. Bird, USA4.5 
 5. Pinto, BRA4.4 
 6. Hammon, RUS4.0 
 7. O''Hea, AUS3.5 
 8. Dumerc, FRA3.4 
 9. Rodrigues, BRA3.2 
 10. Lelas, CRO3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jelena IVEZIC
  CRO
  (182-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ivezic, CRO2.8 
 2. McCoughtry, USA2.5 
 3. Leedham, ENG2.4 
 4. Horakova, CZE2.0 
 5. Alben, TUR1.8 
 6. Catchings, USA1.6 
 7. Dumerc, FRA1.6 
 8. Moore, USA1.5 
 9. Yilmaz, TUR1.5 
 10. Rodrigues, BRA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gruda, FRA2.1 
 2. Burgrova, CZE1.7 
 3. Cambage, AUS1.6 
 4. De Souza, BRA1.6 
 5. Ivankovic, CRO1.4 
 6. Stewart, ENG1.4 
 7. Parker, USA1.3 
 8. Fagbenle, ENG1.2 
 9. Osipova, RUS1.1 
 10. Kulichova, CZE1.0 



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  POLAND   


Rookie Kali Bennett joins Matizol Lider for tryout - by Eurobasket News

Kali Bennett (195-F/C) wants to start her professional basketball career. The American power forward/center joined Matizol Lider Pruszkow for tryout. The team competes in Polish top division for women. Bennett will spend next few weeks with them and will try to earn a deal for the upcoming season. Kali Bennett is a product of Arizona State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 8.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 32 games as a senior. Arizona State reached Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals and Bennett was named to Pac-12 All-Defensive Team -12. She was also awarded with All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention -12. Kali Bennett transferred to Arizona State in 2008 from the University of Washington, where she spent her freshman year. However, Bennett missed 2008/09 due to NCAA transfer rules.


Matizol Lider Pruszkow celebrate in latest friendlies - by Eurobasket News

Matizol Lider Pruszkow played three games in Slovakia last weekend.
In Game One the Pruszkow team handed 81-52 loss to BSK Samorin. Sydney Colson (172-PG-89, college: Texas A&M) led the winners with 16 points and Kiara Buford (180-G-89, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Minnesota) helped with one point less. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) and Marta Jujka (192-C-88) followed them with 13 and 11 points respectively.
In the second meeting Matizol Lider destroyed BK Petrzalka 100-44. Justyna Grabowska (177-G-81) netted 16 points in this game and Kiara Buford added 13. Sydney Colson, Marta Jujka and Kali Bennett (195-F/C) posted 12 points each.
On Sunday, Matizol Lider was too strong for Hungarian CEKK Cegled 72-59. It was Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk who top-scored for her team with 15 points and Sydney Colson had 13 pts. Kali Bennett contributed with 9 pts in this win.



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Raterman inks at CAB Madeira at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira bolstered their frontcourt. They added Justine Raterman (185-F-90, college: Dayton) to the squad. The forward will start her pro career in Portugal. She just graduated from the University of Dayton. Justine Raterman notched 14.4 points, 6.4 boards and 1.1 assist per game in her seniors season. She was All-Atlantic 10 1st Team. Justine Raterman was also trumped All-Atlantic 10 All-Tournament MVP. The forward made it into Division I Academic All-District 5 Team. Justine Raterman was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year back in 2009.
Previously CAB Madeira tabbed Carmen Reynolds (182-G/F-90, college: Michigan).




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Brankica Hadzovic suffered a knee injury - by Tamara Ruzic

Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) suffered a knee injury last week in preseason practice.
More details should emerge in the near future, but reports are that she twisted the knee, which is the same one she hurt in the playoffs last season. DKSK Miskolc fears it may be season-ending. Hadzovic played in 22 games with 20 starts, averaging 17.6 points, 5 rebounds and 3.4 assist per game. Hadzovic was the top leading scorer in hungarian league.
DKSK Miskolc has announced the arrival of Brittainey Raven (183-G-88). She arrives from German side TSV 1860 Wasserburg. Raven will have to replace key player Hadzovic who will have a knee surgery in the near future.



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Good Angels add Allie Quigley for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) is back to Euroleague. The American/Hungarian guard penned a deal with reigning Slovakian champions Good Angels Kosice. She was the second scorer of Hungarian league last season with 17.4 ppg. Quigley played 27 games for Pecs 2010 adding 6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.3 spg. In 2010/11, the player shined with 14.1 ppg and 4 rpg for 12 Euroleague games. She played for Pecs also in 2009/10. That season Quigley participated at the Euroleague All-Star Game. Also that year Pecs was Hungarian league champion and Cup winner. In 2009, Allie Quigley won the WNBA title with Phoenix Mercury. She appeared just 6 times in the league registering 1.7 ppg. Allie Quigley is a product of DePaul University.


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Laura Garcia heads to Saint Amand Hainaut Basket - by Eurobasket News

Laura Garcia (175-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will continue her career in France. The Spanish guard penned a deal with Saint Amand Hainaut Basket, according to Encancha.com. She will replace injured Clemence Beikes, but it is not clear will she stay for the whole season or just until Beikes fully recovers. Garcia spent last season with Hondarribia-Irun. She appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 13.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. Laura Garcia played for Cadi la Seu in 2010/11. There she had 9.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 25 games. From 2004 to 2010 Garcia was a member of Real Canoe. They won promotion from LF2 to LFB in 2009. The next season Garcia was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention -10. She had 15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.4 apg for 26 games.


Caja Rural adds PF Amy Denson - by Eurobasket News

Tintos de Toro Caja Rural officially announced singing of Amy Denson (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Arizona St.) for the upcoming season. The American power forward heads to her new team from Australian Knox Riders (ABA). She played for the Sidney Uni Flames in 2011/12 WNBL edition. For 22 games Denson shined with 16.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg. She also played for the Flames in 2010/11 and helped them reach WNBL Semifinals. At that time Amy Denson had 18.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 21 games. She was second scorer of the competition and was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL 1st Team -11. In the past, Amy Denson played in Puerto Rico, Romania and Poland. In 2009, she won the Puerto Rican BSF title with Montaneras de Morovis averaging 21.5 points and 14.2 rebounds for 17 games. In 2009, Denson was third scorer of the EuroCup with Romanian Teleorman Alexandria (18 ppg). Amy Denson is a product of Arizona State University.


Perfumerias Avenida clinch Trofeo Ciudad de Salamanca - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida - Burgos 79:56

Perfumerias Avenida clinched the first pre-season title. They overcame Burgos to celebrated Trofeo Ciudad de Salamanca. Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) came up with 23 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 13:13 after ten minutes. Avenida pulled in front in the second frame. They fired 25 point and ensured a 9-point lead at the interval. Perfumerias Avenida boosted the margin in the third term. They posted a 56:40 lead at the final intermission. Burgos could not recover in the fourth period and surrendered at the end. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) accounted for 15 points, while Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 13 points in the victory. Aitana Cuevas (187-C/F-86) replied with 17 points for Burgos. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points in the loss.

Perfumerias Avenida: Egle Sulciute 23, Marta Fernandez 15, Marta Xargay Casademont 13
Burgos: Aitana Cuevas 17, Laura Gil 11



Stephanie Madden signs at Pais Vasco - by Eurobasket

Universidad del Pais Vasco San Sebastian (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American center Stephanie Madden (185-88, college: Langston). She played most recently at SISU Copenhagen in Danish Dameligaen. In 29 Dameligaen games she averaged 16.6ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg last season. Madden helped them to win the cup and the league. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Player of the Year. She played also 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 20.0ppg, 10.3rpg and 2.5spg last season.
Madden graduated from Langston University, OK in 2011 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TURKEY   


Canik Belediyesi signs Janel McCarville and Cheryl Ford - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi reinforced its roster with Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) and Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech).
Janel McCarville arrives to the club from Familia Schio. She had 9 ppg, 6 rpg and 2.2 spg for 29 Italian league games last season. They reached Playoff and Cup Finals. In Euroleague, the player added 8.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. Schio reached Final Eight Tournament. McCarville played for Schio also in 2010/11. Before that she played in Russia, Slovakia, Spain and WNBA.
Cheryl Ford was a member of Schio last season collecting 11.7 ppg and 13.8 rpg for 23 games in Italy. In Euroleague, she registered 11.3 ppg and 11.9 rpg. Ford was top rebounder in both competitions. She was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Center of The Year -12 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team- 12. In the past, Ford played in Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Israel and WNBA. Cheryl Ford is daughter of the NBA legend Karl Malone.



Galatasaray reportedly inks 1-month deal with Kamile Nacickaite - by Eurobasket News

Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89) will continue her career in Turkey. The Lithuanian guard penned a 1-month deal with Galatasaray, according to Basketnews.lt. This is the first pro deal for Nacickaite, who graduated few months ago at Drexel University. She had 16.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg for her school in 33 games as a senior. They reached CAA Tournament Finals and the player was named to CAA All-Tournament Team -12. She was also named to All-CAA 1st Team -12. As a junior Kamile Nacickaite registered 17.6 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 32 games with Drexel. That season she was awarded with All-CAA 2nd Team -11. Kamile Nacickaite played for Lithuanian National Team in 2010. She appeared three times in 2011 EuroBasket Qualifications. In the past she played for U20 Lithuania.


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Thomson to Worcester - by Paul Nilsen

Stuart Thomson (198-G-88, agency: JEMsports) is the latest recruit to the new-look side that Worcester Wolves' Director of Basketball Paul James is putting together for the new season that begins in less than two weeks.

Cheshire-born Stuart is the younger brother of former Newcastle Eagles centre Andrew Thomson, who recently made a big-money move to Europe. Like Andrew, 24-year-old Stuart studied and played basketball at Catawba College in the USA, averaging 6 points and 2 rebounds per game in his final year.

Paul James is pleased to be adding a promising British forward to his squad, saying: "Stuart has had an interesting upbringing to his game. He represented his country at junior level, before taking the same path as his brother Andrew in going over to college in the States. He has put together some useful numbers which I will now be looking for him to carry over into his game at the Wolves."

6 foot 6 inch Thomson is excited to be coming to Worcester, commenting: "I'm very happy to be joining the Wolves. It's a team that has already started its climb to the top and I'm glad I can be a part of the success. I'm looking forward to an exciting and competitive season."



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  VENEZUELA   

D1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. EPB 3-1 
 2. Bucaneras 2-1 
 3. Sel.Nac. U15 0-0 
 4. Estudiantes 0-3 
West
 1. Yaracuyanas 4-0 
 2. Aguilas 4-2 
 3. Guerreras 2-0 
 4. Juveniles 0-4 
 5. Potras 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 12: EPB - Bucaneras
Sep. 12: Estudiantes - Sel.Nac. U15
Sep. 15: Yaracuyanas - Lanceras
Sep. 15: Estudiantes - EPB
Sep. 15: Juveniles - Potras
Sep. 16: Yaracuyanas - Lanceras
Sep. 16: Estudiantes - EPB
Sep. 16: Juveniles - Potras



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 22-8 
 2. Indiana F. 20-9 
 3. Atlanta D. 17-14 
 4. New York L. 13-17 
 5. Chicago S. 12-17 
 6. Washington M. 6-25 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 24-5 
 2. L.Angeles S. 19-11 
 3. S.Antonio SS 18-11 
 4. Seattle S. 14-16 
 5. Phoenix M. 7-22 
 6. Tulsa S. 6-23 

Regular Season: Round 35

Sep. 11: Chicago S. - Minnesota L. 83-70
Sep. 12: Phoenix M. - Connecticut S. 78-100
Sep. 11: Atlanta D. - Seattle S. 77-61
Sep. 12: New York L. - Washington M. 75-62
Sep. 12: Indiana F. - Seattle S. 72-48
Sep. 12: Tulsa S. - S.Antonio SS 67-78

Regular Season: Round 36

Sep. 13: L.Angeles S. - Chicago S.
Sep. 14: Washington M. - Atlanta D.
Sep. 14: Indiana F. - Minnesota L.
Sep. 14: S.Antonio SS - Seattle S.
Sep. 14: Phoenix M. - Tulsa S.
Sep. 14: L.Angeles S. - Connecticut S.


Phoenix Mercury to focus on certain aspects of game - by Eurobasket News

It became official over the weekend. The Mercury are eliminated from playoff contention.

It was always going to be tough to earn a postseason berth after the team came back from the Olympic Break in August with a 4-15 record and five games behind the fourth Western Conference spot.

The Mercury's playoff window closed on Saturday when the Mercury lost to Indiana and the Seattle Storm beat Tulsa to clinch their league-record ninth straight playoff berth. After the Mercury take on the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun tonight at US Airways Center, they will have five games left (four of those at home).

So where do the Mercury, now with the third-worst record in the league at 7-21, go from here?

Coach Corey Gaines said the team will continue to take its time to improve the play of its young players, timeouts be damned.

"We'll call 'crazy' timeouts and people say 'why is he calling another timeout?,'" Gaines said. "We're working on a play, a situation. We'll do stuff like that."

Working on situations, though, is hard to do if you're thin at the point guard position. Rookie point guard Samantha Prahalis has been out with a right shoulder injury the last two games. So the Mercury are expected to re-sign guard Dymond Simon today. To make room for her, the team let go forward Avery Warley.

It will be the third time Simon, a former Phoenix prep star and Arizona State player, will be with the team this season. Simon most recently signed a seven-day contract with the Mercury in early August and stuck with the team until Aug. 28.

"We need another ball handler," Gaines said. "I had DB (forward DeWanna Bonner) running the point. Not that she's doing a bad job, don't get me wrong, but I can use her more at the 2, 3, 4 or 5 positions."

This is the first season the Mercury missed the postseason since winning the 2009 WNBA championship. The last time the team didn't qualify for the playoffs was in 2008, a season sandwiched between the Mercury's two WNBA title-winning seasons.

The 2012 Mercury, though, have showed that when even a little bit healthy, it has the talent to win. That was evident last Friday when the Mercury upset the Sun, 91-82.

"If you look at our roster and take away all the injuries, we're definitely a great team," Bonner said. "We have to continue to work hard. Take this season, learn form it and put it into next season."

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com



Shock to play final six for future momentum - by Eurobasket News

Out of the playoff hunt, Tulsa Shock players still feel they have something to play for in the final six games of the WNBA season.

"We want to finish on a positive note and keep improving as a unit and as individuals," shooting guard Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) said.

San Antonio visits Wednesday for the next-to-last home game, marking another visit by former University of Oklahoma standout Danielle Robinson.

The second-year guard is 10th in the league in assists, averaging 4.2 per game. Robinson had 15 points and five rebounds and made key plays down the stretch in her last visit, helping the Stars to an 89-79 win over the Shock on Aug. 17.

Tulsa hopes to break a nine-game losing streak against the Stars dating over three seasons. Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg wants to build momentum toward what he hopes will be better times in 2013 for the young team.

"We want to go on a six-game winning streak and have a good feeling about ourselves going into next season," he said. "Our goal every time out is to get ourselves as prepared as we can, and win."

San Antonio has clinched a playoff berth and trails Los Angeles by two games for the Western Conference's No. 2 seed.

Tulsa played itself out of postseason consideration with back-to-back losses to the Seattle Storm last Thursday and Saturday.

Now, the Shock enters the draft lottery, which carries as its top prize the right to choose Baylor's 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner in the 2013 WNBA draft.

ESPN will televise the lottery at 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Joining Tulsa in the lottery are the league's other non-playoff teams - the Phoenix Mercury, Washington Mystics and New York Liberty or Chicago Sky.

At 6-22, Tulsa has only the second-worst record in the league. The team with the worst record has the best odds of winning the No. 1 pick in the lottery, but the Shock knows from experience that it doesn't always happen that way.

"We know how that goes, because Tulsa had the worst record last year, and only got the fourth pick," Kloppenburg.

Tulsa also had the worst record in 2010, but received only the No. 2 pick and chose Liz Cambage when Maya Moore, the eventual rookie of the year, went to the Minnesota Lynx.

"We're focused on trying to finish strong and let that other stuff play out," Kloppenburg said.

Tulsa has three more wins than last year, and another would give the Shock its highest total in a season since moving from Detroit in 2010.

Guard Ivory Latta said the Shock has grown over the season, even if the record hasn't always reflected it.

"The chemistry is getting so much better," she said. "We're so close to being a good team."

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com