EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/5/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



Electric City Lions added as offical ABA Travel Team - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has added the Electric City Lions, based in Anderson, SC as an official traveling team for the upcoming season. The team is owned by the husband and wife team of Marquis and Azure Agnew.
"This is a great addition to the ABA traveling teams," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "ABA teams in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Divisions have a few holes in their schedules and we believe that the EC Lions will fill in very well when needed and be very competitive also."
Azure Agnew is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Speech and Communications Studies and is a former high school teacher. She currently works with kids who have dropped out of high school and helps them earn their high school diplomas and college credits at the same time.
Maquis Agnew, like Azure, is originally from Anderson, SC. He played point guard at Eau Claire High School in Columbia under Coach George Glymph. He has coached AAU, YBOA, USAJBA, USBA basketball in Anderson and Atlanta for many years. "We are excited about providing opportunity and entertainment to our community through our love for basketball,:" stated Marquis.
"It is going to be a great experience to play in this league as a traveling team this year with the possibility of a full season in the future. The ABA is an outstanding brand of professional basketball we believe Anderson will enjoy," said Mrs. Agnew. A tryout will be announced shortly.
For more information, email electriccityhlions@yahoo.com or call 864 634 2874 or visit www.abalive.com.



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. Alvear 0-0 
 2. Atl.Echague 0-0 
 3. Estudian.Con. 0-0 
 4. Instituto Cor. 0-0 
 5. La Union 0-0 
 6. Obera TC 0-0 
 7. San Isidro 0-0 
 8. San Mart.C. 0-0 
 9. Sarmiento 0-0 
 10. Union Sunch 0-0 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 0-0 
 2. Banda Norte 0-0 
 3. Bragado 0-0 
 4. Ciclista 0-0 
 5. Huracan 0-0 
 6. MH Basket 0-0 
 7. Quilmes MP 0-0 
 8. Rocamora 0-0 
 9. San Lorenzo Ch. 0-0 
 10. Sport Club 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 21: San Mart.C. - Alvear
Sep. 21: Sarmiento - Obera TC
Sep. 21: Union Sunch - Instituto Cor.
Sep. 21: Banda Norte - San Isidro
Sep. 21: Atl.Echague - Rocamora
Sep. 21: La Union - Estudian.Con.
Sep. 21: Ciclista - Sport Club
Sep. 21: San Lorenzo Ch. - Bragado
Sep. 21: Huracan - MH Basket
Sep. 23: Quilmes MP - Alianza Viedma


Penarol tabs Thomas Terrell - by Eurobasket

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American power forward Thomas Terrell (201-109kg-79, college: Georgia State). He played most recently at Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA. While playing 21 ProA games for the team from Toulon last season Terrell averaged 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. He played also 6 games for Saint Vallier in ProA where he had 9.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. Terrell was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention in 2010. He is a very experienced player. Terrell played also pro basketball in Belgium, Israel, Mexico, Spain and United Kingdom.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Olimpico de La Banda tab Deilvez Yearby - by Eurobasket News

Olimpico de La Banda completed the roster for the upcoming season. They added Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: IPFW) to the squad most recently. The forward started the previous season in Mexico. He played for Lechugueros de Leon. Deilvez Yearby tallied 18.4 points, 10.1 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in LNBP. Later Deilvez Yearby moved to Australia. The forward joined Bendigo Braves in ABA. Deilvez Yearby posted 19.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game for the Braves. Deilvez Yearby started his pro career in Germany in 2010/11 season. He played for Cuxhaven BasCats. The forward averaged 17.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per appearance.


Augustin Fabi agreed terms with Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket

Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (Nazionale A) added to their roster 21-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91). He played most recently at Treviglio (Nazionale A). While playing 35 games for the team from Treviglio last season Fabi averaged 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Kendrix Brown joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Kendrix Brown (190-G-90, college: William & Mary) moved to Latvia. He joined Ventspils for a tryout period that is expected to last till September 15th. Kendrix Brown has just graduated from William & Mary. He posted 4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Kendix Brown participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. The guard played for Geneva Team. He notched 7.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per appearance at the event.


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  BELGIUM   


Aalstar Signing News - by Peter Buyse

Okapi Aalstar has found a replacement for the Alex Ruoff in Larry Anderson (195-G). Anderson is a rookie to overseas basketball after finishing his career at Long Beach State.
The former 49er has a solid college career and after his senior year was voted Big West Defensive player of the year. As senior he averaged 13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 3.0 apg.
During his junior year he also received All Big West honors, as freshman he was already voted freshman of the year and also got selected All Big West, a rare feat for a freshman.
He suffered a knee injury late in the 2011-2012 season and missed 3 games. He was selected for the NBA Pre Draft Portsmouth Invitational and played some games for The T-Wolves and the Clippers in the NBA Las Vegas Summerleague.




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Hoop it Up Foundation sends Fifteen for training to USA - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Local basketball coach and former pro-basketball player, Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) continues to make waves in the basketball community with his Hoop it Up Foundation programmes.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with this news site on September 2, 2012, Coach Parillon said that through its Virgin Islands showcase camp, the organisation was able to send away fifteen youth basketball players from the British and US Virgin Islands to America.

He explained that the camp is organised so that coaches come in to try to recruit young talent. They see somebody that they are interested in then they offer them a scholarship to try to get them to America to play basketball and go to school.

He noted that the camp was designed for persons between the ages of 16-21 years and disclosed that this year, thirteen boys and 2 girls were sent abroad.

Some, he told this news site, had already left while a few others are waiting to leave shortly. He added that this brought the total to twenty-two over the last two years after 7 persons had been sent last year.

When asked how persons were able to get into the various programmes offered by the Hoop it Up Foundation, Parillon said, The books and basketball [programme] is an open camp, so it is open to [public and private school] kids. He also disclosed that the Easter camp, summer hoops and Christmas hoops programmes are also all open to kids as well.

He disclosed however, that the Virgin Islands showcase camp is ideally for kids who are ready to go off to school, which meant that it was almost open but on more of a recruitment basis.

Coach Parillon disclosed that this coming Saturday a shooting star academy will be started, which contains more full time basketball training and is based on a selection and recruitment basis as well. He added that there are a limited number of places for those interested.

The future stars programme prepares young basketball players to be future basketball players allowing persons to participate in the programme then perhaps go to the showcase camp and someday go off to play basketball in the US.

Through the Hoop it Up Foundation, youths have been able to get full and partial scholarships based on the amount of athletic scholarship finances available to a particular college.

The opportunity to be a part of an institution, to represent an institution while getting an education is an experience that is priceless, he felt.

I think what were trying to do as far as getting the young people off the island and off the streets is something great, he added.

He considered that since there is no local avenue for recruitment here and no scouts coming regularly, the showcase camp seeks to create something that can go a long way.

Parillon also revealed that their Future Stars programme allows both high school undergrad and post grad students to have training and also allows dropouts to participate by getting involved in educational programmes while getting basketball training.

The Hoop it Up foundation also has Karl Scatliffe, a former Olympian, on hand to provide strengthening and conditioning while Parillon focuses predominantly on coaching training and does the majority of scouting for the group.

Im here now to give all my knowledge, Steve disclosed, I have a lot to give I have more to give right now to our youths.

He explained that the foundation also works with special needs kids and assists with donations of basketball equipment as well from time to time.

Parillon felt that our time on this earth is so short, so yes; Im very aggressive in what Im doing right now and to me Ive been getting good feedback.



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  CANADA   


2012 NBL Canada Draft night recap - by Greg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of The NBL Canada



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  CHINA   


Former NBA star Iverson keen to play China league - by Eurobasket News

Former NBA All-Star player Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) expressed willingness to play the Chinese league following the success of Stephon Marbury.

The 37-year-old former most valuable player in the NBA came to China today on a sponsored tour to meet his Chinese fans.

Iverson told reporters that he hoped there is a chance for him to play in China although NBA is still his first choice.

Iverson appreciated the support from his Chinese fans since he was playing his rookie season in NBA. He has played a couple of friendly games in China this summer and met Marbury when his team was playing against Marbury's Beijing Ducks.

Courtesy of www.china.org.cn



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  CROATIA   


Osjecki Sokol land Kaimarr Price - by Eurobasket News

Osjecki Sokol bolstered their frontcourt. They added Kaimarr Price (203-F/C-89) to the squad. The centre will start his pro career in Croatia. Kaimarr Price studied and played for the Western Illinois University. His stats read 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 2010/11 season. Later Kaimarr Price moved to Biola University. There the centre notched 9.7 points, 6.3 rebounds per appearance. Kaimarr Price participated at Euro Challenge camp this summer and got spotted by the Croatian outfit representatives.
Osjecki Sokol finished the previous season on top of Group East. They won 21 out of 32 games played in the season.



Unicaja beats Cibona in friendly game 89-57, again - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja and Cibona met in another friendly game this preseason. The Malaga team smashed its rival with huge 89-57. The game was played in Benahavis. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) paced Unicaja with 22 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) added 4 points less. Center Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and PF James Gist (205-F-86) nailed 13 and 11 pts respectively. In Cibona, Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 19 points and Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances) posted 11 pts. Their third scorer was Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) with 8 points.
Unicaja outplayed Cibona 80-74 last week in Costa del Sol Tournament. James Gist and Txemi Urtasun led Unicaja with 13 points each. At the other side, Dustin Ware (180-G-90, college: Georgia) was better than the others scoring 16 points. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) and Tomislav Zubcic added 11 pts each.



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus NT's sixth straight loss proves a lot.... (part 1) - by Kasia

After six straight losses the Cyprus National Team is basically proving what the eurobasket authors claiming the last 5-6 years about the Basketball development in the island, there is no improvement at all!

Cyprus suffered five holocausts and a loss at the OT by the Austrian NT in the opener of this disastrous tournament. A tournament which takes the Cyprus NT some years back, as the total point difference of -166 (336 -502) in just six games proves so.

There are many questions that are truly arising from these results and the particular statistics of the National team, some of them quite crucial and some others not so, but do have their "special weight" .

From these six games though it does show to the respected audience that the National Team even though started this season with many dreams and many official statements with a coaching team which outnumbers the previous seasons, and with a great achievement being the naturalization of the American power forward Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) who became a martyr as a member of this NT, that finally and with all these new players in the roster of the Cyprus NT, the team once more played in these six games with actually five players since all the rest parts of the roster seems to have "special roles".

One may wonder what would have been the result and the picture of the NT without King?? Who knows probably even worst if we count the fact that the Maerican PF was averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds per game...
In the six games the NT players who spent their time in the court were the following: Anthony King 198 minutes, Trisokkas 159, Razis 182, Sizopoulos 165, Liatsos 153 from all the rest if I deduct Kaskiris with his 76 minutes all the rest played less than an hour in all six games with the younger Iliadis, Aristotelous, Georgiou and Loizides being in the court some minutes only.

I do not really judge anyone but could it be the case (especially in the heavy losses suffered by Croatia) that some of these players, "the others" to play a bit more and to get some real time in the court?

Furthermore, there are obviously some players which could easily help the NT in this particular stage and they were either not called at all from the Federation and the Coaching team or simply called but never played as they could, i.e. Koronides, Palalas, Panteli, Kounas (over here there is the unbelievable excuse of his documentation), Nikolas Stylianou (who will play for an A1 team this season), Prodromos Nikolaidis (who will play for an A1 team in the Italian league this season), Pantouris and probably many other players..

Of course the coaching team and the federation knows better but it seems through the results with not so great basketball powerhouses such as Austria, Hungary and even Ukraine at some point since the home loss of 21 is not really a big achievement, that we may have some problems which are not born today, is been a number of years which the Cyprus Basketball is suffering and the responsible are not doing really some serious and organized steps rather than spasmodic moves and decisions..

My criticism has one and only scope to get things better for the Cyprus Basketball since I do care, and since I do not represent anybody or anything be assured that I will keep doing that until some major things finally do change

P.S. In my last criticism (like a couple of years ago) I received an anonymous letter from an email came from the federation simply saying about my attitude and how wrong I am in my criticism whereas the Federation and the players do their best for the sake of the Cyprus Basketball, I want to say that Im with them 100% with the only difference that I always use my name, whatever the case is.....



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  D-LEAGUE   


Bighorns announce dates for Memphis open tryouts - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns will hold open tryouts for the 2012-13 season on September 22-23 at the Memphis Grizzlies practice facility, the team announced today.

Tryouts will begin Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m. at the Grizzlies practice facility, located at 191 Beale Street. The tryouts will continue on September 23 from noon until 3 p.m. Paul Mokeski (agency: SportsTalent), the Bighorns' head coach and former NBA player, will be conducting the tryouts.

"We are looking for that diamond in the rough," said Bighorns Owner Herb Santos, Jr. "Last year, we had four players from our open tryouts make the training camp roster and two, Reuben Clayton and Zach Graham, make our opening day roster."

Anyone who would like to try out is encouraged to fill out the online registration form, which can be found at www.renobighorns.com. The cost to try out is $150. Participants must be 18 years old to try out.

For more information, participants can call the Bighorns front office at 775-284-2622.

The Bighorns are holding open tryouts in Sacramento at the Kings' practice facility on September 14-15. Dates for tryouts in Salt Lake City and Reno will be announced at a later date.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  EGYPT   


International Coach Clinic in Cairo - by Ahmed Fawzy


Cairo and Alexandria are hosting an International Coach Clinic during the period of 31/8/2012 to 7/9/2012. This is clinic is the result of the first real cooperation between the Egyptian Basketball Federation and a NGO (Elite Sports Management). Coach Veslin Matic, A FIBA approved Instructor, is the leading instructor. The Clinic also includes professional conditioning and training sessions for Basketball players and teams, the latest updates in basketball rules and refereeing with special emphasis on the 3x3 rules, and a topic on the importance of management and front offices in basketball organizations.

Mr. Ahmed Fawzy, the managing director of Elite Sports Management said that over 100 coaches from Egypt and different countries registered for the Clinic and that the attendance is great compared to other Coaches Clinic events that took place over the last year. Ahmed Maraey, an Egyptian coach, said that the clinic is very promising especially that it requires 42 session hours of classes and the passing of an exam.



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  EUROCUP   


Spartak Saint Petersburg finalize deal with Fedor Dmitriev - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg officiated the deal with Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport). The forward inked a one-year deal with the team. Fedor Dmitriev joined Spartak for a tryout period earlier this summer. Last season the forward spent in Poland. Fedor Dmitriev played for Asseco Prokom. He notched 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Euroleague the forward tallied 0.9 points and 1.0 board. Fedor Dmitriev also delivered 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously the forward had stints with Khimky, Triumph, Ural-Great. Fedor Dmitriev is not new to Spartak SP. He played for the team in 2002-03 and 2004/07 seasons.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Besiktas officially announce Vladimir Dasic - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas announced the signing of Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket). The Montenegrin forward signed a one-year deal with the team. Dasic currently plays for the Montenegro National Team, who already booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. The player averages 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists after 7 games in qualifications. Last night Montenegro downed Serbia 72-62 for perfect 7-0 record in Group A. Vladimir Dasic finished last season with Union Olimpija. He joined them in January averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 14 Slovenian league games. The player also added 9.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 13 appearances in EuroCup. Dasic helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup this year and to reach the Playoff Finals. He started the season with Roma, where he collected 12.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 14 SerieA games. Vladimir Dasic is a product of Buducnost Podgorica, where he played until 2009. That year the player moved to Real Madrid and later joined Gran Canaria on loan. Season 2010/11 Dasic spent with Roma.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Men)

Standings
Group Qualification Gr.A
1. Montenegro.7-0
2. Serbia4-3
3. Estonia4-3
4. Israel4-3
5. Iceland1-6
6. Slovakia1-6
Group Qualification Gr.B
1. Germany5-0
2. Sweden3-2
3. Azerbaijan.3-3
4. Bulgaria3-3
5. Luxembourg.0-6
Group Qualification Gr.C
1. Croatia5-0
2. Ukraine5-1
3. Hungary2-3
4. Austria2-4
5. Cyprus0-6
Group Qualification Gr.D
1. Georgia4-1
2. Bosnia4-2
3. Latvia3-2
4. Holland2-4
5. Romania1-5
Group Qualification Gr.E
1. Finland5-0
2. Poland4-2
3. Belgium3-2
4. Switzerlan.2-4
5. Albania0-6
Group Qualification Gr.F
1. Italy6-0
2. Czech Rep.4-2
3. Turkey3-2
4. Belarus1-5
5. Portugal0-5

Qualifying Round: Round 7

A

Sep. 2: ISL - SVK 84-86
Sep. 2: MNT - SRB 72-62
Sep. 2: EST - ISR 53-84

B

Sep. 2: BUL - AZE 94-77
Sep. 2: LUX - GER 67-95

C

Sep. 2: UKR - AUT 68-57
Sep. 2: CYP - CRO 49-98

D

Sep. 2: BIH - NED 99-83
Sep. 2: ROM - GEO 74-91

E

Sep. 2: ALB - FIN 52-95
Sep. 2: POL - SUI 111-67

F

Sep. 2: ITA - CZE 68-56
Sep. 2: BLR - TUR 62-91

Qualifying Round: Round 8

A

Sep. 5: SRB - SVK
Sep. 5: MNT - EST
Sep. 5: ISR - ISL

B

Sep. 5: AZE - SWE
Sep. 5: GER - BUL

C

Sep. 5: CRO - UKR
Sep. 5: AUT - HUN

D

Sep. 5: GEO - BIH
Sep. 5: NED - LAT

E

Sep. 5: FIN - POL
Sep. 5: SUI - BEL

F

Sep. 5: CZE - POR
Sep. 5: TUR - ITA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH25.7 
 3. Gortat, POL20.7 
 4. Koponen, FIN19.6 
 5. Casspi, ISR19.3 
 6. Hanga, HUN18.8 
 7. Jerebko, SWE18.6 
 8. Norel, NED17.3 
 9. Stefansson, ISL17.1 
 10. Djedovic, BIH16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.2 
 2. Gortat, POL10.3 
 3. Shima, ALB9.5 
 4. King, CYP9.2 
 5. Baeringsson, ISL8.9 
 6. Talts, EST8.6 
 7. Simmons, BUL8.5 
 8. Pleiss, GER8.4 
 9. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 10. Wright, BIH8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Wright, BIH7.5 
 2. Preldzic, TUR5.6 
 3. Tsintsadze, GEO5.4 
 4. Koponen, FIN5.4 
 5. Ohayon, ISR5.4 
 6. Satoransky, CZE5.3 
 7. Jansen, NED5.3 
 8. Kudrautsau, BLR5.2 
 9. Sokk, EST5.1 
 10. Teodosic, SRB5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Markoishvili, GEO3.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, GEO2.8 
 3. Kotti, FIN2.6 
 4. Hanga, HUN2.4 
 5. Jerebko, SWE2.4 
 6. Strelnieks, LAT2.4 
 7. Shima, ALB2.3 
 8. Razis, CYP2.3 
 9. Koponen, FIN2.2 
 10. Jones, LUX2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.8 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Rindin, AZE1.8 
 4. Erden, TUR1.8 
 5. Berzins, LAT1.8 
 6. Parakhouski, BLR1.7 
 7. Cusin, ITA1.7 
 8. Eliyahu, ISR1.6 
 9. Shermadini, GEO1.4 
 10. Kjellbom, SWE1.4 



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo package ready - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Top League (Korisliiga) newcomer FoKoPo (Forssa) is about ready for the new 2012-13 season. Team FoKoPo has signed with the third American player as F Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) will return back to Finland. Thorpe played on Vilpas (Salo) roster during the 2009-10 season 11 games and averaged 13,5 ppg - 6,8 rpg. Thorpe has played pro basketball also in Germany, Philippines, Denmark, China and last season in Vietnam (18,2 ppg - 9,2 rpg). FoKoPo signed earlier with Americans Charles Burgess (186-G-84, college: Texas Tech) and Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.). FoKoPo has now 11 players on the roster.


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  FRANCE   


Stade Clermontois keep Simeon Naydenov - by Eurobasket News

Stade Clermontois extended the contract of Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville). The Bulgarian forward will spend at least one more season with the team. Last season Simeon Naydenov posted 13.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in NM1. Previously Simeon Naydenov had spells in Montenegro, Bulgaria, Sweden, Egypt and Czech Republic. The forward made it onto Swedish Basketligan All-Bosmans Team in 2007. He was also named onto All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team in 2006. Simeon Naydenov participated at Bulgarian League All-Star Game in 2006. Simeon Naydenov was the Bulgarian and Egyptian Cup winner in 2006 and 2011 respectively. The forward was the member of Bulgarian University National Team in 2003. Next season he debuted for the Bulgarian National Team.


Huskies lose in Paris on basketball tour, 88-76 - by Eurobasket News

Washington put together its most complete men's basketball game so far during its foreign tour, but host Paris-Levallois rallied in the fourth quarter Monday night for an 88-76 win.

The Huskies led 69-65 against the top-tier pro team, but an 11-0 run by Paris-Levallois was the difference. Washington was outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter.

Jawad Williams' (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina)
(6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) three-pointer with five seconds remaining gave Paris-Levallois its final winning margin - the only double-digit lead by either team.

Williams, a former North Carolina and NBA player, scored 17 points. Sean May (6'9''-F-84, college: N.Carolina), another former Tar Heel and an NBA first-round draft choice, had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Paris-Levallois.

"You want to win, but I thought we played really well tonight," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after his team fell to 2-3 on the tour. "The whole idea of this trip is to make progress and get better. I thought we played good defense, made good shots and ran our offense well."

Abdul Gaddy (6'3''-G-92) had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made both three-point attempts for the Huskies, but he made 10 turnovers before fouling out.

Scott Suggs (6'6''-G) and C.J. Wilcox (6'5''-G) each scored 13 for Washington. Suggs also had six rebounds and five steals.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.com



TIPS!!! - by Daviin Davis

This week i wanted to share some TIPS or Do's and Dont's. When coming to play with a team in europe.

First Tip..DONT show up out of shape or in ok shape. Many teams have clauses in the contracts thats they can release a player with in the first two weeks up to a month. So that means they will put you back on a plane to the U.S.A with know pay and no reason why they let you go. Some players think the 6 weeks training camp is to get in shape thats the biggest mistake you can make. You dont want to give teams anyway reasons to think they made the wrong pick with hiring you. Must european teams training camps are 2 a days with one practice in the morning and one in the evening and both practices will make you feel like you on a cross country team. So help your self and get in great shape before getting to your team.

TIP 2: IMAGE..What i am by image is how you carry yourself on and off the court. Many europeans already think U.S players think there the best and are cocky which many of us are. (me not included haha) So don't go into your new team with a superstar image because if they was the case you would be in the league not overseas. The local players will never get released because of a american player doesn't like them but alot of american players have and will get released because they local players don't like them. so talk and interact with your teammates don't be that guy standing and sitting alone and to the side. It will be up to you to connect with you teammates so make the effort. Its 10 month in a new world or at least it will feel that way your gonna need them on and off the court.

TIP 3:ENTERTAINMENT...A computer is a must this will be your life line. you will watch tv on it. you will talk to your family and friends on it. you will keep up with the news, sports. weather or whatever is going on in the states. of course you will have to get your twitter , facebook and instagram fix cause people these days cant go ten minutes with updating or tweeting. As for other things you can get to help with passing the time by is a slingbox. this box allows you to get the channels you have at home in the state to steam through your pc. so you can watch love and hip hop and bet, usa and any other of your favorites. its about 150-200 and its worth every penny. other good devices are the apple tv and the roku box. if you a younger guy and you not a game head its time to start. The PS3 or Xbox will become your bestfriend.

Hope this helps at least one person if so then thats works for me. Im not the know it all of european basketball but i just want to help. Thanks for reading.

Take Care and GOD BLESS!!! CHOSEN LAST BUT BEST PICK.

Daviin Davis



Paul Lacombe to stay with ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) wants to stay with ASVEL for the upcoming season. Two sides already negotiate contract extension and most likely they will sign it soon. Lacombe is a product of ASVEL, where he started as teenager. Last season the player averaged 5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists for 22 ProA games. He also added 4.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2 apg for 11 games in EuroCup. Paul Lacombe was promoted to the senior squad in 2008. That season he appeared five times in ProA. Lacombe played for the French U20 National Team two years ago helping them to win the gold medal at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. He had 11.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 9 games at this event. Lacombe was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team -10. In the past, he played for U19 and U18 France. With U18 NT he reached Semifinal at U18 EuroBasket in Greece, 2008.


JSF Nanterre reportedly close to sign Arvydas Eitutavicius - by Eurobasket News

Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-PG-82, college: American) could become a new member of JSF Nanterre soon. They are close to sign a deal, according to LithuaniaBasket's tweet. The Lithuanian point guard finished last season in Ukraine. He joined Khimik Yuzny averaging 8.4 points and 2 assists for 8 games. Eitutavicius started the season with Czech squad BK Prostejov. There he registered 9.7 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2.4 rpg for 26 games in NBL. The player also added 9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2 apg for 6 appearances in EuroChallenge. In 2010/11 season he played for Greek Iraklis. Arvydas Eitutavicius was a member of Cholet in 2009/10 and they were ProA champions together. The player had 6.8 ppg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in the league. In the past, Eitutavicius played for Neptunas Klaipeda and also for Spanish LEB Gold and EBA teams BC Real and Promobys. He graduated at American University in 2007.


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News

Few friendly games were played in France last night.
Le Havre lost to Belgian Mons 63-70. Max Kouguere (198-F-87) scored 22 points in this defeat. Bernard King (196-G-81, college: Texas A&M) and Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) stopped to 13 and 5 points respectively.
Pau-Orthez failed against Boulazac 82-105. Ignacio Ordin (183-PG-78) and Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Hawaii-Pacific) posted 17 points for Pau-Orthez. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) had 9 pts.
Saint Quentin was better than Charleville 81-79. Antibes outplayed Monaco 95-74. Paris Levallois handed 88-76 loss to the University of Washington. Jawad Williams' (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) three-pointer with five seconds remaining gave Paris-Levallois its final winning margin - the only double-digit lead by either team.



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Uros Nikolic agreed terms with MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) added to their roster 25-year old Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87). He moved there from Crvena Zvezda in Serbian A League. Nikolic played in the final of Serbian League in 2012. He was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2011. Nikolic played also pro basketball in Slovenia. He has been a member of Serbian university national team since 2011.

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



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Olimpi Tbilisi add Sten-Timmu Sokk - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi Tbilisi bolstered their backcourt. They added Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) to the roster. The Estonian international spent the last season with Tartu Ulikool. The guard notched 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in Baltic League. Sten-Timmu Sokk also tallied 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 boards per game in KML. Previously Sten-Timmu Sokk had spells for Audentes and Triobet/Dalkia. He was named All-Estonian League Newcomer of the Year in 2006. In 2008 the guard was named All-Estonian League Most Improved Player of the Year. Sten-Timmu Sokk was also trumped All-Estonian League Guard of the Year in 2011. The guard has been the member of Estonian National Team since 2011.


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Artland Dragons and Bremerhaven post preseason victories - by Eurobasket News

Artland Dragons outscored GasTerra Flames Groningen 83:82. The Dragons won the first period 27-16 and also celebrated a 23-20 in the second frame for 50:36 at the halftime. GasTerra Flames Groningen looked better in the second half and won both periods. It was enough however to reduce to just 1 points. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Taylor had 14. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) and Haynes delivered 11 points each in a win. Jessey Voorn (193-SG-90, agency: Court Side) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Boykin posted 19.
Bremerhaven beat Cuxhaven BasCats 91:77. The winning side led 50:35 at the halftime and did not look behind in the second half. Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) placed all the winners with 26 points and Stommes scored 23. Harris followed them with 20, while Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) and El Domiaty added 8 apiece.



Interperformances Available Players - by Interperformances

At the end of the last season, Interperformances has placed over the 90 percent of its players and coaches. This year our agency wants to reach that goal even sooner, having already placed a great number of its clients in the best teams all over the world. We still however have very interesting players available such as:
Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, college: Washington St.), Ben Strong (211-C-86, college: Guilford), Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76), Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, college: Washington), Leemire Goldwire (182-PG-85, college: Charlotte), Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, college: Murray St.), Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, college: Tampa), Nika Metreveli (211-PF-91), Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80), Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88, college: Missouri St.), Kevin Sowell (190-G-81), Marin Rozic (201-F-83) , Petar Babic (190-G-85, ), Mile Ilic (215-C-84), Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83), Andre Brown (206-F/C-81, college: De Paul), Scott Saunders (208-F/C-89), Darryl Jackson (189-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific), Samo Udrih (195-G-79), Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut), Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte), Jeremy Simmons (203-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston) and Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91).
These and several other interesting quality players could be in help turning around the season for your club this year.. To view them all please visit our website at www.interperfomances.com



The Finke Baskets Paderborn and Jamar Moore Split - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team Finke Baskets Paderborn have announced today that they have parted ways with Jamar Moore (198-G/F-89, agency: Fierce Sports Management, college: W.Florida). Moore was a 198cm swing man that had played at W. Florida (NCAA2) and was starting his professional basketball career in Germany. However it wont be in Paderborn. The American had showed his potential in test games, but overall was unable to convince the club. "Moore is a very nice guy that has a role model attitude in practice and it was hard for us to make this decision. At the end, we simply had to make this decision. I am sure he will help another team with his versatility", stressed Finke Baskets sport director Dirk Happe.



Marc Carter Moves To A.G.O Rethymno Aegean - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Except for a short intermezzo in Cyprus in 2010 for Proteas Danoi AEL where he played only one game, Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: NC-Wilmington) has earned his money for the most part in the Beko BBL.That will change now as he has decided for a change of scenary and will play in Greece this season for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1). Last season, Carter played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 32 games and averaging 14.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 85.4%. He was one of the best scoring options for German coach Ingo Freyer as he scored in double figures 24 times. Who could forget his 33 point explosion against Alba Berlin. He also showed that even when his scoring was on, he didnt overdo it and was also able to find his teammates in games against BG Goettingen where he scored 17 points and dished out 8 assists and his 22 point seven assist effort against 2012 Beko BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm. Going to Greece is a step forward for the 27 year old 191cm guard from Mechanicsville, Maryland. For A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1) he will be in good company with former Harlem Globetrotter Brent Petway. In the Beko BBL, Carter played a total of 90 Beko BBL games. He played his first two seasons with the Duesseldorf Giants


Jens Holzhauser Named Assistant Coach For Trierer Basketball e.V - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Trierer Basketball e.V have announced that Jens Holtzhauser will assist Adam Radomirovic behind the bench this season. Holzhauser is a former oberliga and regionalliga player in Germany for MJC Trier. After 10 years slipping on his sneakers, the German has decided to work behind the bench in the youth department. "Jens is a very good player that showed his class in the Regionaliga and helped us remain in the Oberliga last year. He already helped us with his experience then and now will be able to intensify it. I am happy that he is there", stressed Adam Radomirovic. Holzhauser is very excited about his new job. "I am looking forward to my new job. I hope i can teach the guys something. I will be at every practice and try to be at the Oberliga games as well", stressed Jens Holzhauser.

Source: Trierer Basketball e.V.



Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) I Appreciate The Composure And Decision Making Of Alex Franklin As A Young Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his second season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last season, he was injured and was only able to play 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg. This past summer he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) playing 23 games: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to eurobasket about BBC Bayreuth and his friend Alexander Franklin of the Fraport Skyliners.

After missing most of last season, you came back ready to go, but now will miss another 1-2 months. How are you coping with another hardship in your basketball career?

It always sucks when you have to miss time with your team but I am optimistic that I will be back soon, and 100 percent healthy.

Will it be more beneficial to get a point guard for the short term or give the reigns to Simon Schmitz and Nate Rhonert?

I think so, it gives them a lot of reps at the position and some experience that will help us during the season.

Despite being without Jason Cain, Nate Rhonert and your self, BBC Bayreuth gave a good figure in the test game against Wurzburg. How pleased have you been with the development of the team in preseason. What is the strength of the team?

I have been pretty pleased. Like any team at this phase we have a lot to work on but we work hard and play together which are the most important things to accomplish in preseason in my opinion so I think the rest will fall into place.

I see the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg as a top 4 team despite the increased competitive nature of the Beko BBL? Where do you see this team and can they build on their success of last season?

They will definitely be a good team and they have a lot of experienced winners so I expect them to be tough, but anything is possible in this league.


Germans Nicolai Simon and Simon Schmitz were one and two in scoring for BBC Bayreuth in an early test game. Simon is still young, but has been around for ages starting in the Erdgas Ehingen program. How have you been helping him in practice?

Well I have seen Simon get progressively better these past two years and this year he has gotten stronger and much more aggressive. I think he is going to impress a lot of people. He has always been a hard worker and smart player and I think he will be able to establish himself as a top young German talent this year. Nicolai has been a player I have always been impressed with. He is a great shooter and also has a great work ethic. I have enjoyed the first few weeks getting to know him and I am happy he is on my team this year !

It seems a lot of talk as centered around what Gary Mcghee will be able to do or a Jason Cain having a big year, but quietly Joe Trapani has been playing his game with success. Who does his game remind you of and will he be bale to adapt to the high level of the Beko BBL?

I think Joe is going to have a big season for us. He causes a lot of problems at the 4 and 3 positions for other clubs and plays hard all the time. He is too fast and clever for most 4's and too strong and athletic for people at the 3 position. Joe is also a great guy who is hungry to win so I am excited to suit up with him this year as well.


How fortunate are the Fraport Skyliners to have your friend Alexander Franklin on their roster?

Very fortunate , people in Frankfurt have a player to be excited about.

Recently the Fraport Skyliners gave your friend Alexander Franklin a try out contract. Knowing him well as a player and person how confident are you that he will be on the Skyliner roster on October 3rd when the season starts?

Alex Franklin will be a Fraport Skyliner all season. There are not many people in this league who can match up with him athletically and physically. He is going to bring a lot of energy and excitement to Frankfurt.


Franklin describes himself as very versatile on the court. If you had to choose one aspect of his game that will help the Fraport Skyliners most what would it be?

It is hard to pin point one thing. The obvious answer would be his athleticism and his strength. But I really appreciated his composure and decision making as a young player. He was a big if not the biggest reason for our team in Puerto Rico's championship run.

You played this past summer with Alexander Franklin at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN). What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do on the court?

A dunk in the semi-finals.....Ridiculous !

Who would win a game in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

In their prime the Dream team


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Megamind.


Thanks Kev for the chat.




Tyrone Nared Joins The UBC Tigers Hannover - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team UBC Tigers Hannover have gotten active on the transfer market today signing Tyrone Nared (203-F) Tyrone Nared is a 203cm forward that will be making his professional debut in Germany for UBC Tigers Hannover. He comes from Woonsocket, Rhode Island and finished his college career at Oregon (NCAA). He started his college basketball career in 2009 for Monroe Coll. (JUCO). In his senior year at Oregon, he played 25 games: 3.1ppg, 3.1rpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -11, Pac-12 Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -12, and NIT Elite Eight -12



Tyrone Lewis Heads To The Finke Baskets Paderborn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tyrone Lewis (180-PG-87, college: Niagara) is staying in Germany and will play for the Finke Baskets Paderborn this season. Lewis is a 24 year old 180cm point guard from Levittown, Pennsylvania. He comes from a known sports family, because his dad was a corner back for the Buffalo Bills during the 1987 NFL strike. Last season, he showed his scoring talent for SC Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 22 games: 26.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 59.3%, 3Pts: 29.4%, FT: 74.6%. He played at : Niagara (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 27 games: 17.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 75.4%. He played a total of 119 NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MAAC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 09, MAAC Tournament Winner -07, MAAC Tournament MVP -07, MAAC All-Tournament Team -07, 09, MAAC All-Rookie Team -07, All-MAAC 2nd Team -08, 10, NABC Division I All-District 1 Second Team -09, MAAC Tournament Finalist -09
All-MAAC 1st Team -09, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Defensive Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 1st Team -12, and German Regionalliga (North Group) Runner-Up -12.



Cuxhaven BasCats and Nico Adamczak part company - by Moritz Korff

Nico Adamczak (189-G-90) and the Cuxhaven BasCats have parted company within the tryout period, the Pro A team said today. Adamczak was supposed to serve as a back up on the guard spot, but could not fulfill the expectations of Cuxhaven's coaching staff. The BasCats are now looking for another player for the open spot.
The 22-year-old Berlin native averaged 3.7 points in six BBL games for BG Goettingen and 18.4 points for the Violets' second team in the 1. Regionalliga North.



Tyrone Nared moves to Hannover - by Moritz Korff

The UBC Hannover Tigers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have announced the signing of Tyrone Nared (203-F). The native of Woonsocket, RI, averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the University of Oregon (NCAA Division One) last season and made it to the NIT Elite Eight with the Ducks. Nared spent two years at Oregon, he had started his collegiate career at the NJCAA level, playing for the Community College of Rhode Island and Monroe College as a freshman and sophomore respectively.


Omari Knox back in Dachau - by Moritz Korff

Omari Knox (188-G-86, college: Bloomfield) will return to Germany and again play for the Dachau Spurs. Knox already played for the 1. Regionalliga South-East team from 2009 until 2011. The 2009 graduate of NCAA Division Two school Bloomfield averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals a game in his first year overseas (2009-10) and continued his outstanding performances in the following season, scoring 22.7 points per contest, while receiving 2011 Eurobasket.com All-RLSO Second Team honors.


Muenchen Basket: Ruttmann named new head coach - by Moritz Korff

Nils Ruttmann has been appointed the new head coach of Muenchen Basket (1. Regionalliga South-East). The 30-year-old worked for TV Augsburg last season, serving as a coach for the club's Bayernliga team as well as the JBBL (U16-Bundesliga) team. He is a German B coaching license holder.
Ruttmann follows Matthias Zollner, who left the helm after three years, and is now an assistant to Svetislav Pesic at the German Men's National Team.



Bondar and Turan join Rattelsdorf Independents - by Moritz Korff

Two more new players for the Rattelsdorf Independents: The 1. Regionalliga South-East team has strengthened its roster by adding Alexej Bondar and Yasin Turan (174-G-91). Bondar transferred from Vilsbiburg to Rattelsdorf. He scored 7.5 points per contest in the RLSO last season. Turan had three Pro A appearances for Nuernberger BC in this past campaign. He mostly played for the club's second team in the 2. Regionalliga, averaging 14.9 points a contest.


UBC Hannover adds Ashanti Cook - by Moritz Korff

Ashanti Cook (188-G-84, college: Georgetown) will continue his basketball career with the UBC Hannover Tigers (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The Inglewood, California, native spent his college career at NCAA D1 school Georgetown and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in his senior season. He then turned pro and signed with BBL team Phantoms Braunschweig. During the 2006-07 season Cook averaged 5.9 points per game in 33 BBL games.
In the following years he spent some time in the CBA, NBA D-League, in Mexico and most recently in a semi pro league in the US.



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I chose Aris Thessaloniki instead of the obscurity of Olympiakos Pireus - by Chris Mammides

Aris Thessaloniki was the right choice could be made at this time for my career said Kostas Charissis (211-F/C-79, agency: FCM, college: USC), as he admitted the player with a statement today. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus offered him more money but the yellows from North gave him the opportunity to have a starring role and solid time in the court.

The 33 year old center-spoke to radio station Libero initially explaining that "I made a choice not based on money but simply what was the best for my career. On the one side i had the proposal of the President of Aris Thessaloniki, Mr. Lefteris Arvanitis, whom I thank, and on the other had the financial offer by Olympiakos, having a secondary role in the team and not so much time in the court. At this age I decided I had to go for the first offer made by Aris, and not to go into a better financially offer which could put an end in my career as an active player in the courts"

For the role of Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76), the international center said: "With Antonis we are friends since we were team-mates in Patras many years ago. Antonis didnt try to affect me positively or negatively, i took the decision by myself. Antonis will be our team leader and he could be leader throughout the A1. "

About the need for support from the world of Aris in Thessaloniki: Kostas Charissis (211-F/C-79) stated "We need to help the Yellow fans to stand by us, because only then will regenerate and rejuvenate the team. Coach Vangelis Alexandris has selected players who will work hard and create a team that will be able to be a protagonist and in a few years to even dare to claim the title. I do not like to talk too much to the media and give any promises; our work will show in the court and at the end of the day we will prove what we succeeded or not. There must be patience and faith from our supporters, there will be bad times, and we will lose some games, at the specific point (on the negative results) we will need our world to back us up. As all the athletes claims I can only promise that we will give all our strength to do the best for our team. "

For the young children and the young athletes, the Greek center said: "When we were inexperienced and rookies in a team, we had our own teachers and we were taught. I believe that we can help the young rookies and the young athletes to help the team. For me, Nikos Boudouris (192-G-71) and Milan Tomic (192-G-72) were were somehow my tutors and teachers in the court.



Barlos in Brescia - by Chris Mammides

Another one experienced player chose to continue his career in the Italian league. Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) is officially an "italian" as he agreed financial terms with Centrale del Latte Brescia. Nikos Barlos had a great season with Panionios as he ended the season with 9 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game helping into a great extend the team of Coach Bartzokas to reach the thrid spot in the play offs behind Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. Nikso Barlos is a player who can play easily three posts as in Panionios he even played in the center position especially after the serious injury of the American center of the team, Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC). It is worth mentioned that in Italy there are currently Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78, agency: Interperformances), Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92), Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81), Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) and probably Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76, agency: Interperformances) all international players, while there are another dozen (at least) greek non international players in the Italian league

Other transfer news
Giorgos Dedas (200-F-80) finally return to his ex team PAOK and as of today is officially PAOK's player. The Thessaloniki team is expected to sign Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) within the next couple of days.

OF Irakleio added the Bulgarian center Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) (206-C-86)


Marousi BC added Giorgos Kerasovitis (190-G-81, agency: FCM) (190-G-81) in its roster



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Albacomp brings in Cor-J Cox - by Eurobasket News

Albacomp brings in Cor-J Cox (195-F/G, college: Miss.Valley St.) for the next season. The American player lands in Hungary.
Cor-J is a human highlight real with a 44 inch vertical. Cor-J was on sportscenter top 10 plays of the day more times than any other player in NCAA D-1 this season. He is a high flying player with good jumper and very good defender.
In 2009-2010 he appeared for Miss.Valley St. (NCAA) and in 28 games averaged 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 65.8%. In 2010-2011 his stats read 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 9.5%, FT: 68.2%. Later in 2011-2012 for Miss.Valley St. (NCAA, starting five) Cor increased to 11.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 54.5%. In 2012 he participated for Team Berlin (Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis) and in 4 games averaged 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.0apg. In 2012 played also for Team Lugano (Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas) and in 4 games showed 8.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg.
Only this year Cor-J Cox became All-SWAC All-Tournament MVP -12 and made it into All-SWAC 1st Team -12. He was awarded also SWAC All-Tournament Team -12 and became SWAC Regular Season Champion -12 as well as SWAC Tournament Winner -12. He was named All-Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis 1st Team -12.



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IBA adds new teams for winter season - by Gianni Pascucci

The Independent Basketball Association is ready for some more high-quality basketball this winter. The league continues to improve as it welcomes two new teams in the Dayton Air Strikers and the Holland Dream. The additions round out the number of teams participating this winter season to 10.
The 2012-2013 winter season marks the inaugural season for the Dream, who were founded just this year. The Air Strikers are not much older, formed in 2011. After participating in both the Premier Basketball League and the International Basketball League, they found a home in the IBA this winter.
Were truly excited about the growth of our league as we add teams for both the winter and spring seasons, said IBA Chairman and Spokesman Barry Bradford . Its been a consistent quality brand of basketball for our fans and our communities.
The 2012-2013 IBA Winter Season is set to tip off in October, with the Rockford Riverdawgs hosting the Gary Splash on Oct. 21. The season will end in January with the 2013 Winter IBA Playoffs.
The Dream will begin their first season at the Kenosha Ballers on Oct. 28. In their second game on Nov. 3 they will go to Dayton in the Air Strikers IBA season opener.
For more information, visit http://ibaball.net



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Jeron Belin joins UMFN Njardvik - by Eurobasket Center

UMFN Njardvik agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Jeron Belin (198-F-88, college: St.Peters, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Belin played most recently at Bupa Luxol (Malta). While playing 15 games for Bupa last season his stats were: 33.5ppg, 13.1rpg, 2.9apg, 3.1spg and 1.8bpg. He graduated from St.Peters College in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Hanley starts his pro career at Oviedo Club Baloncesto - by Eurobasket

Oviedo Club Baloncesto (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 22-year old American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, agency: Duran International). Hanley just graduated Bowdoin (NCAA3). His team made it to NESCAC Tournament Semifinals in 2009. It was a very successful year in Hanleys career as he was selected to NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team. Of course it will be Hanley first season in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 2. Elizur Ashkelon 0-0 
 3. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Eilat 0-0 
 5. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 6. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 7. Hapoel T-A 0-0 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 0-0 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 0-0 
 10. Maccabi Rishon 0-0 
 11. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 12. Netanya 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 14: Hapoel T-A - Bnei Hasharon
Oct. 14: Hapoel Eilat - Elizur Ashkelon
Oct. 14: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon
Oct. 14: Netanya - Maccabi Ashdod
Oct. 14: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Rishon
Oct. 14: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M


Diamon Simpson is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Diamon Simpson (201-104kg-87, college: St.Marys, CA). He played this summer at Houston Rockets (NBA) trying to make the team. He played last season at Adelajde in Australia. While playing 27 games in Australian league Simpson averaged 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.5bpg. He won PBA Fiesta Conference championship title in 2010. Simpson was also selected also to the D-League All-Star Game in 2010 and voted to Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team in 2012. Simpson played also pro basketball in Philippines and Turkey.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Interperformances Available Players - by Interperformances

At the end of the last season, Interperformances has placed over the 90 percent of its players and coaches. This year our agency wants to reach that goal even sooner, having already placed a great number of its clients in the best teams all over the world. We still however have very interesting players available such as:
Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, college: Washington St.), Ben Strong (211-C-86, college: Guilford), Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76), Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, college: Washington), Leemire Goldwire (182-PG-85, college: Charlotte), Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, college: Murray St.), Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, college: Tampa), Nika Metreveli (211-PF-91), Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80), Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88, college: Missouri St.), Kevin Sowell (190-G-81), Marin Rozic (201-F-83) , Petar Babic (190-G-85, ), Mile Ilic (215-C-84), Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83), Andre Brown (206-F/C-81, college: De Paul), Scott Saunders (208-F/C-89), Darryl Jackson (189-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific), Samo Udrih (195-G-79), Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut), Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte), Jeremy Simmons (203-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston) and Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91).
These and several other interesting quality players could be in help turning around the season for your club this year.. To view them all please visit our website at www.interperfomances.com



Antonio DiMaria is a newcomer at Recinor Ferrol CB - by Eurobasket Center

Recinor Ferrol CB (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Italian-American swingman Antonio DiMaria (201-G/F-100kg-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated Emporia State University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. While playing 27 games as a senior he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg

By Eurobasket Data Center



Augustin Fabi agreed terms with Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket

Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (Nazionale A) added to their roster 21-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91). He played most recently at Treviglio (Nazionale A). While playing 35 games for the team from Treviglio last season Fabi averaged 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pistoia lands Antonio Graves - by Eurobasket News

Antonio Graves (191-G-85, agency: Two Points, college: Pittsburgh) will continue his career in Italy. The American guard penned a 1-year deal with Pistoia. Most recently he played for the NBA D-League team Canton Charge. Graves had 8.9 ppg with them for 27 games last season. He already has few years of European experience. In 2010/11 season, Antonio Graves registered 6.8 ppg and 2.2 apg for 16 league games with Turkish Banvit. That season he also had 10.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg fro 5 EuroCup games. They parted ways in January of 2011. Before Banvit, Graves split 2009/10 season between Cibona and Hapoel Holon. In 2008/09 he was a member of Galatasary, where he exploded with 15.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 32 TBL games. The player also has experience from Pau-Orthez. He graduated at the University of Pittsburgh five years ago.


Virtus Bologna, Tripkovic unable to agree - by Eurobasket News

It seems that Uros Tripkovic will not play for Virtus Bologna next season. Despite various media reports that two sides are close to agree a deal, it seems that will not happen. According to Corriere di Bologna, negotiations between two sides are terminated and Bologna team now eyes Andrew Rautins.


Nic Wise wants to stay with Caserta - by Eurobasket News

Nic Wise (178-PG-87, college: Arizona) would like to stay with Caserta for the upcoming season. Medical tests revealed knee problem earlier this summer, but Wise already played two friendly games for the club and knee was fine. Most likely two sides will stay together.
Nic Wise spent last season with Le Havre. He appeared 22 times in ProA averaging 15.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2 steals. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team -12. Before Le Havre, Wise was a member of Telekom Baskets Bonn and it was his first season as a pro. The player had 13.7 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.2 rpg for 33 games in Germany. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -11. Pretty close numbers Wise also registered for 6 EuroChallenge games. He graduated at the University of Arizona in 2010.



Sigma Barcellona releases Marcus Walker - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona officially released Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, college: Colorado St.). The American point guard didn't past medical tests (hearth problems). Barcellona wished Walker all the best in the future.
Marcus Walker signed a deal with Barcellona earlier this summer. He spent last season with Ukrainian squad Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. The player had 14 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2.1 rpg in 43 league games. His numbers were slightly lower for 6 appearances in EuroChallenge. Walker won the Icelandic league title with KR Reykjavik a year ago. There he exploded with 25.7 ppg, 3.6 apg and 2.4 rpg for 32 Express League games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year -11. Reykjavik also won the Icelandic Cup that year. Marcus Walker is a product of the Colorado State University.



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Abouo starts his pro career at Lobe Huesca - by Eurobasket

CB Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 23-year old Ivory Coast ex-international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89). Abouo just graduated Brigham Young University (NCAA). While playing 33 games for BYU last season he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Abouo helped them to make it to the semifinals. Of course it will be he first season in professional basketball. Abouo was a member of Ivory Coast senior national team between 2009 and 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Daghlas & Abbas lands in China, Wright & Al-Sous may Check-in! - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordanian basketball stars Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) and Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) will spend another season in China, Daghlas the best guard in CBA the past 2 years (playing last season a total of 29 games and averaging 16.7 Points, 7.2 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game) signed with TianJin Steel while Abbas will join Shandong Flaming Bulls in the CBA Chinese League.

In the same direction, CBA Club Jiangsu Dragons is showing interest in Jordan NT Guard Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) who lately participated in the 34th William Jones Cup in Taipei, his teammate Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) may sign as a Regular Import after his good performance in the aforementioned Cup.



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Kendrix Brown joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Kendrix Brown (190-G-90, college: William & Mary) moved to Latvia. He joined Ventspils for a tryout period that is expected to last till September 15th. Kendrix Brown has just graduated from William & Mary. He posted 4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Kendix Brown participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. The guard played for Geneva Team. He notched 7.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per appearance at the event.


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LPRC-Oilers Retains Basketball Champions - by Eurobasket News

First division basketball defending champs, LPRC-Oilers, brilliantly shielded the title and were crowned for the second time as the first division champions of the 2012 national league of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).
Last season (2011), Oilers ended their six-year wait to win the 2011 basketball championship in sensational fashion, picking-up from where Uhuru Kings left it in the 2010 LBA national league.
They (Oilers) in the Best-Out-Of-Five finals convincingly dismissed the 2010 Basketball champs, Uhuru Kings, in three-straight games, which ended on Sunday, June 24, 2012.
With Oilers having won games one and two with ease, pundits wrote off Uhuru Kings in game three on Sunday, and Oilers proved supremacy and sailed through with 63 to 60 points.
In the debut Best-Out-Of-Five finals, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, LPRC Oilers dragged Uhuru Kings 98 90 points in front of the golden (yellow and black) crowd.
In the second encounter on Saturday, June 23, 2012, Uhuru Kings also bowed 68 to 74 points.
LPRC Oilers second championship is owing to the marvelous tactical guidance of the the US trained basketball coach, who is popularly called the The American Coach.
The American coach, according from statistical from Sundays game saved the petrol of his starters by introducing some fresh blood towards the end of the match.
Coach Paul Hudson admitted that Oilers excellent defend-ness of the title is owing to the players hard work, determination and commitment.
For his part, LPRC Managing Director Nelson Williams expressed his joy over the team second championship under his administration: I am impressedam really impressed with the team owing to the caliber of players that we have. And wWe can assure you of our moral and financial support.
Oilers won the 1998/1999 and 2004/2005 championships under the managerial sponsorships of Lewis G. Brown and Edwin Melvin Snowe, Jr. respectively.
Elsewhere, K-Deltas and C-Deltas are neck-to-neck in the Best-Out-Of-Five finals and will continue the hostily this weekend.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 K-Delta pinned C-Deltas 45 to 34 points and then on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, C-Deltas rotated the score and thrash-out K-Deltas 64 to 59 points.
On Saturday, K-Deltas stretch-out their lead and on Sunday, C-Deltas again reversed the scored.
Timber Wolves won the second division championship by beating Ducor Magic 72 to 62 points in game four. The third division fray is still ongoing as the female division.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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JSF Nanterre reportedly close to sign Arvydas Eitutavicius - by Eurobasket News

Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-PG-82, college: American) could become a new member of JSF Nanterre soon. They are close to sign a deal, according to LithuaniaBasket's tweet. The Lithuanian point guard finished last season in Ukraine. He joined Khimik Yuzny averaging 8.4 points and 2 assists for 8 games. Eitutavicius started the season with Czech squad BK Prostejov. There he registered 9.7 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2.4 rpg for 26 games in NBL. The player also added 9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2 apg for 6 appearances in EuroChallenge. In 2010/11 season he played for Greek Iraklis. Arvydas Eitutavicius was a member of Cholet in 2009/10 and they were ProA champions together. The player had 6.8 ppg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in the league. In the past, Eitutavicius played for Neptunas Klaipeda and also for Spanish LEB Gold and EBA teams BC Real and Promobys. He graduated at American University in 2007.


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Rockets to give point guard Machado 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Scott Machado (6'1''-G-90), who led the NCAA in assists last season and excelled in the Rockets final summer league games in July, will sign with the team this week, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.

Machado will sign a three-year, partially guaranteed deal, most likely on Thursday.

Machado, 22, averaged 9.9 assists for Iona last season but went undrafted in June. After a slow start in Las Vegas, he finished strong, getting 10 assists in the third game and 20 points in the tournament finale, replacing Courtney Fortson as the starting point guard.

Machado will join a group of players competing to be the primary backup for Jeremy Lin. In addition to Fortson, Toney Douglas and veteran Shaun Livingston will likely see time at the point in the preseason. The Rockets will sign Machado after opening a roster spot by releasing Sean Williams.

Machado averaged eight points and 5.6 assists in 25.4 minutes per game in Las Vegas. In the Rockets last three summer league games, he averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 assists, ending the final game with consecutive no-look passes on fast breaks.

They know Im a great passer, Machado said. I feel like every day I progressed and got better just getting more comfortable and more used to the style of play and the pace of the game, the players around me.

Courtesy of http://blog.chron.com



Jrue Holiday seeking a max contract - by Eurobasket News

Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) will be asked to be a more vocal leader and take ownership of a squad that features eight new faces.

Holiday enters a critical fourth NBA season. He will play the 2012-13 campaign likely on the final year of his original four-year contract. The Sixers can sign him to an extension now, but given that Holiday is seeking a max contract, the more likely scenario is that he will become a restricted free agent next summer, which means the Sixers will have an opportunity to match any offer that comes Holiday's way.

The 22-year-old point guard has started 198 games over the last three years, including every game the last two seasons. He averaged 13.5 points per game and 4.5 assists last season. Those statistics, when compared with those of other starting point guards in the Eastern Conference, are about middle of the road.

Boston's Rajon Rondo, the Nets' Deron Williams and Chicago's Derrick Rose are all bona fide All-Stars. Former Villanova star and Cardinal Dougherty product Kyle Lowry has moved from Houston to Toronto. Lowry, like Orlando's Jameer Nelson, Atlanta's Jeff Teague, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving all averaged more assists than Holiday, but the Sixers' floor general was 10th in scoring among all starting point guards -- not just those in the East.

The Sixers led the league in fewest turnovers per game with 11.2; Holiday, who played roughly 34 minutes per game, averaged 2.1 of those giveaways.

The Sixers needed Holiday's scoring last year, especially when Spencer Hawes was sidelined for 29 games with an Achilles' injury. With Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner sharing the playmaking responsibilities in 2011-12, Holiday understandably saw his assists dip from 6.5 per game in his sophomore season to 4.5 last year.

His assists stand to increase this season with addition of post presence in Andrew Bynum, multiple perimeter shooters and Andre Iguodala taking his near-six assists per game to Denver.

One facet of Holiday's game that should not be overlooked is his ability to take his game up a notch in the postseason. He has done that each of the last two playoffs. In 13 postseason games in 2012, he led the team in scoring with 16 points per contest, while averaging 5.2 assists and providing reliable three-point shooting (41 percent) and free throw shooting (86 percent).

He also possesses the demeanor that most coaches admire in a floor leader. He's calm, he sees the game at a slower speed than most and is not afraid to make a play for himself or a teammate when the situation necessitates someone doing so.

Holiday is quiet by nature, and for him to take the next step as the leader of the Sixers, he has to improve his on-court communication. He never had the opportunity to learn from former Sixer Andre Miller, but Miller was an excellent example of a quiet individual serving as a strong leader -- someone who ran the show at both ends of the court.

Courtesy of www.csnphilly.com



Childress, Redd, Pietrus still need a job - by Eurobasket News

While the Suns were busy overhauling their roster this summer, a couple of castaways remain marooned in free agency.

Small forward Josh Childress, who was handed an amnesty card as a means for Phoenix to slide Luis Scola (another amnesty baby) onto its payroll, continues waiting for work. According to recent reports, the Washington Wizards could be interested in Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford).

Also waiting for work is swingman Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.), whose post-knee-surgery (two of 'em) resurrection had a decent run last season with the Suns. Redd was considered a potential target of the shooting-guard-seeking Chicago Bulls a few weeks ago, but nothing materialized. Other teams recently listed as interested in Redd: the Wizards, Grizzlies, Nuggets and Thunder.

Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side), who was jettisoned out of town just as the post-lockout season was preparing to launch, also remains unemployed. Pietrus, who played for the Boston Celtics last season, reportedly has been talking with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Having publicly committed to not playing under a league-minimum contract, Pietrus still may have to wait a while longer.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com



Dwyane Wade ahead of schedule in recovery - by Eurobasket News

Appearing on The View at the start of his book tour, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was asked by host Barbara Walters about the left knee that required July 9 arthroscopic surgery.

Im doing great, he said. Im ahead of schedule. The knees OK, so Im ahead of schedule.

However, in an interview with a Houston radio station as part of his media tour, he spoke of easing into the post-surgery process.

Thats my goal, to be full strength, he said. Obviously, coming off surgery, even in the beginning of the year, [the goal is] to continue to work your way into things and hopeful hit your stride some point midseason, where you feel your best.

Wade began court work last week with assistant coach David Fizdale, posting a photo of that session on his Twitter account.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Los Angeles Clippers promote Gary Sacks to vice president of basketball operations - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers didn't skip a beat this offseason without a full-time general manager, and the team has decided to fill the void by promoting from within rather than hiring an outsider.

The Clippers announced the promotion of Gary Sacks from director of player personnel to vice president of basketball operations on Tuesday. In so doing, the Clippers solidified a three-man basketball operations brain trust that also includes president Andy Roeser and coach Vinny Del Negro.

"Gary has been a valuable and loyal member of our organization for the past 18 years," Clippers' President Andy Roeser said. "His recent role this very productive summer, as well as his many contributions during the course of his tenure, made it clear that he is the right person to lead our basketball operations department."

"I'm excited to take on this new role with the organization," Sacks said. "We have a very strong roster with great depth of talent. I look forward to helping to build on the success we had last season. I am very excited to see how far we can go this year, plus we are well-positioned for the future... I appreciate the confidence that that Mr. Sterling has placed in me, and I look forward to continuing to work with Vinny and Andy."

Sacks has been with the Clippers organization for nearly two decades, working his way up through the scouting department.

This promotion comes a few weeks after All-Star Clippers forward Blake Griffin advocated on Sacks' behalf in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"I think Gary has a great relationship with all the players and the players like him," Griffin said. "If he is finally named GM, I think that's just the icing on the cake of having a franchise that is complete."

This summer, the Clippers made a number of major personnel moves, trading for Lamar Odom, re-signing Griffin and Chauncey Billups, sign-and-trading for Willie Green, and signing Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins as free agents.

The Portland Trail Blazers hired former Clippers general manager Neil Olshey in June.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Charlotte Bobcats consider Tracy McGrady - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats might work out former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) soon, to explore whether the 15-season veteran guard-forward could help the roster.

McGrady, 33, played last season for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 5.3 points and 44 percent shooting off the bench.

The Bobcats will hold a joint news conference with UNC Asheville on Wednesday. The team is expected to announce it will hold training camp on the college's campus next month.

The Bobcats previously trained in Charlotte or at UNC Wilmington.

Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com



James Harden homecoming possible but not likely - by Eurobasket News

It has always seemed like a long shot, but the prospect of King James working for the Phoenix Suns remains little more than a full-court heave.

For the record, were not referring to the notion of LeBron James taking his talents and restored legacy to South Mountain. No, the James were referencing is Harden, the former Arizona State star who is hauling last seasons NBA Sixth Man of the Year trophy into the final year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Although many Suns fans are hoping the small-market revenue streams in OKC make it too dicey for the Thunder to pay Harden whatever his market value becomes, exhaling continues to be our recommendation.

True, during his European tour with Team USA, Harden did tell the Arizona Republics Paul Coro that playing for the Suns could be really swell. Unfortunately, despite OKCs recent big-money commitment to Serge Ibaka (teamed up with huge deals for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and relatively big loot for Kendrick Perkins), general manager Sam Presti said the plan is/was to keep Harden.

Heres what Presti offered in a recent interview with the Boston Globe:

"Well be open in saying that there are a lot of inherent challenges this organization faces as a result of the new CBA. With that said, we also maintained that were going to figure out a way to build a team thats competitive within the new system and capable of (competing for championships). Nothing changes in that respect.

"Well have some tough decisions in terms of being a good team and a team thats enjoyed some level of flexibility. We need to work with James in hopes of keeping him with the team.

"I dont want to speak for James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) or any of our players, but he knows how much we think of him. With any situation like this, its a matter of finding balance that works for both of us."

And heres what Harden bestowed upon OKC fans in a recent chat with a reporter from the Daily Thunder:

"I love the Thunder. Im excited to be here. I think weve definitely grown a brotherhood. So, hopefully, I definitely want to be in Oklahoma."

Hopefully for Suns fans who want Harden in Phoenix, nothing is definite.

But if OKC decides it cant afford Harden, his move to Phoenix wouldnt exactly be definite, either, as the Thunder probably would try to move James in a sign-and-trade.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com



Former NBA star Iverson keen to play China league - by Eurobasket News

Former NBA All-Star player Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) expressed willingness to play the Chinese league following the success of Stephon Marbury.

The 37-year-old former most valuable player in the NBA came to China today on a sponsored tour to meet his Chinese fans.

Iverson told reporters that he hoped there is a chance for him to play in China although NBA is still his first choice.

Iverson appreciated the support from his Chinese fans since he was playing his rookie season in NBA. He has played a couple of friendly games in China this summer and met Marbury when his team was playing against Marbury's Beijing Ducks.

Courtesy of www.china.org.cn



Taj Gibson ready to get started - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) said Monday he's confident the Bulls can still compete without Derrick Rose and foresees his role expanding this season.

Rose tore his left ACL on April 28 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. He underwent surgery on May 12, and the recovery is expected to take between eight to 12 months.

The Bulls went 18-9 during the regular season and 1-4 in the playoffs without Rose last season.

"We still did good even when we didn't have Derrick (last season)," said Gibson, who threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago White Sox's game on Monday. "We beat the Heat without Derrick.

"Our mindset hasn't changed. It's about staying focused and taking one game at a time. We understand it's going to be up and down at the beginning of the season. We can't look forward to the end. We got to look forward to one game at a time and playing to our strengths and just listening to coach (Tom Thibodeau). I know it's going to be a long season, but I'm really optimistic about what's going to happen."

Entering his fourth season, Gibson said he and Thibodeau expect more of him this season. Gibson averaged 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 20.4 minutes last season.

"Thibs already told me he wants my role to change, be more of a leader now," Gibson said. "I worked out with him a lot during the summer. I worked out with him before the (Team) USA camp. He just wanted me to work out this whole year, build confidence and get better. He thinks I can do a lot more on and off the court. I'm ready to take that next step."

Gibson thought the next step was being more of an all-around player.

"Just playing more solid, just coming in knocking down some 15-footers, back-to-the-basket play, a lot of stuff like that I've been working on during the offseason, a lot of stuff like that in the USA camp," Gibson said.

Gibson is in the final year of his rookie contract. He said there have been talks about an extension, but either way he's not going to let it affect him.

"They're talking about that stuff now," Gibson said. "I'm not even thinking about that. A lot of people always talk about that all year long, all season long. I don't really worry about it. I won't really be thinking about it. I'm just going out there and playing my game."

Gibson admitted it will be an adjustment this season without "The Bench Mob." The Bulls lost Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer this offseason and added Nazr Mohammed, Marquis Teague, Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic and Kirk Hinrich.

"I was just with Ronnie in New York," Gibson said. "It's crazy to think he's a New York Knick now, C.J.'s a Brooklyn Net, Omer's in Houston, Kyle is in Atlanta. It was just so crazy because our bench was so talented. With so many valuable assets, we knew across the league a lot of teams would want these guys. It's sad, but things like that happen all the time."

Gibson recently returned to Chicago from California and planned to begin workouts at the Berto Center on Tuesday. He hoped to see a number of his teammates there as well.

"Right now we're just thinking about getting into training camp, that's why most guys are coming in right now," Gibson said. "We're going to have a quick head start on guys understanding the concept of the team. That's why I'm here a month early, so I can get down and dirty.

"The one thing about our team -- most of our core is still intact. This next step is going to be big for us because we're not going to have Derrick, and it's going to be a chance for guys to develop and mature. Not knowing when Derrick is going to come back, it's going to put a lot more pressure on guys to step up and perform. We understand that. We have guys who can play big-time minutes. Now it's up to us just to perform."

Courtesy of ESPN



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2012 NBL Canada Draft night recap - by Greg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of The NBL Canada



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Huskies lose in Paris on basketball tour, 88-76 - by Eurobasket News

Washington put together its most complete men's basketball game so far during its foreign tour, but host Paris-Levallois rallied in the fourth quarter Monday night for an 88-76 win.

The Huskies led 69-65 against the top-tier pro team, but an 11-0 run by Paris-Levallois was the difference. Washington was outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter.

Jawad Williams' (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina)
(6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) three-pointer with five seconds remaining gave Paris-Levallois its final winning margin - the only double-digit lead by either team.

Williams, a former North Carolina and NBA player, scored 17 points. Sean May (6'9''-F-84, college: N.Carolina), another former Tar Heel and an NBA first-round draft choice, had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Paris-Levallois.

"You want to win, but I thought we played really well tonight," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after his team fell to 2-3 on the tour. "The whole idea of this trip is to make progress and get better. I thought we played good defense, made good shots and ran our offense well."

Abdul Gaddy (6'3''-G-92) had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made both three-point attempts for the Huskies, but he made 10 turnovers before fouling out.

Scott Suggs (6'6''-G) and C.J. Wilcox (6'5''-G) each scored 13 for Washington. Suggs also had six rebounds and five steals.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.com



Ex-Xavier forward Dezmine Wells to enroll at Maryland - by Eurobasket News

A month after he was expelled by Xavier, forward Dezmine Wells (6'4''-G/F-92) will try to revive his basketball career with the Maryland Terrapins.

An all-Atlantic 10 rookie selection last season, Wells has announced that he will enroll at Maryland, a week after he was cleared of sexual assault charges by a grand jury.

The last couple of weeks have been the toughest time in my life for my family and I, Wells said in a statement. Ive learned that it is a major responsibility that comes with being a student-athlete at all times. Im thankful God has blessed me with a second opportunity to continue my education.

After he was cleared of sexual assault charges, Wells made four official visits to Kentucky, Memphis, Maryland and Oregon in search of a destination where he could play out his final three years of eligibility.

Wells could start his comeback process by enrolling immediately at Maryland and petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility. The NCAA will then determine if he is eligible to play or has to sit out a season.

Known for his high-flying dunks, the 6-5 Wells started 32 games last season as a freshman for Xavier and was named to the Atlantic 10 all-rookie team. He was the teams fourth-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game and third in rebounding with 4.9 boards per outing.

Last week, he escaped criminal charges after a Hamilton County grand jury declined to indict him of sexual assault.

The Grand Jury declined to charge Dezmine Wells with any criminal offense, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters in a statement. I have nothing but the greatest respect for Xavier University, and in particular president Father Michael Graham. I would sincerely hope the institution would revisit this situation.

Merlyn Shiverdecker, Wells lawyer, said his client was tickled to death that his name was cleared.

Courtesy of www.gantdaily.com



More trouble for Gillispie as allegations of mistreatment surface - by Eurobasket News

As Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie remains in a hospital room with his coaching career in jeopardy, allegations continue to surface about his mistreatment of players, coaches and others in the Red Raiders program.

Sources close to the Texas Tech program told CBSSports.com that Gillispie reneged on several promises to coaches, kept players in scholarship limbo, causing them to miss opportunities and money, and also practiced injured players so severely that they openly wept in practice.

Calls to both Gillispie and Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt have not been returned. According to a hospital spokesperson at the University Medical Center, Gillispie remained a patient as of Tuesday night. Gillispie's Tulsa-based attorney Stuart Campbell told CBSSports.com that he would attempt to contact his client when reached Tuesday afternoon, but he had no immediate comment on the allegations.

Fifteen players have already left the program prematurely since he took over in March of 2011, with the most recent being highly regarded recruit Wannah Bail, a native of the Bahamas who didn't return after the first summer school session. Bail's summer coach, Terrul Henderson, told CBSSports.com that Bail's departure had nothing to do with academics -- as had been speculated.

"It was because of Gillispie," a source close to the program said. "He couldn't deal with him."

Bail is just one of approximately 30 bodies that have turned over since Gillispie got the job. There was a lengthy list that bolted a year ago, shortly after Gillispie took over, including secretary Leslie Hartline, assistant coach Chris Beard, trainer John Murray, video coordinator Jason Imes, graduate assistants Sean McCurdy and Colby Huseman, student manager Cooper Schmidt and academic advisor Marlon Dechausay. That's not it, either. Gillispie has gone through a pair of strength coaches already and two directors of basketball operations.

Former Indiana guard Tom Coverdale quit his job at Tyler Junior College after being promised an assistant coaching spot under Gillispie. Just days before he was set to arrive, Gillispie told Coverdale the job was actually an assistant strength position that paid about half as much as the initial spot. Gillispie also promised former junior college coach Matt Eisele a job, according to numerous sources, but then pulled the offer. Renard Phillips spent three months out in Lubbock having virtually no idea of his job responsibilities, sources told CBSSports.com, before he left to take a high school job back in the D.C. area. Former assistant coach Jeff Kidder departed this past summer for a high school job in Kentucky. Multiple other coaches have told CBSSports.com that they have been led to believe they had a job offer from Gillispie, only to be led on through the process without a formal offer.

Former players have come out and told CBSSports.com that Gillispie broke NCAA rules by not adhering to practice limits. He once went eight hours in a single day. NCAA rules stipulate you can't practice more than four hours per day or 20 hours per week.

"We practiced a lot more than 20 hours a week," former guard Kevin Wagner told CBSSports.com.

"We used to go more than four hours all the time," added Jaron Nash, who transferred to North Dakota after last season. "I remember that day when we went almost all day. We didn't leave until 9 p.m. or so. It was pretty bad. A lot of guys were really hurt after it. One guy had a stress fracture in both legs."

One source identified that player as African native Kader Tapsoba, who did not play last season while dealing with multiple stress fractures.

"He was literally crying at practice," said the source, who was with the program last season. "He couldn't even run and Gillispie had him running up and down the steps at the arena. I remember the doctor getting the X-rays back and coming to practice and telling Gillispie it was really bad. He'd just ice him up and tell him to go practice."

"He shouldn't have been practicing," he added. "But he bullied everyone, including the trainer. He'd make the trainer make kids come back. Bodies were dropping like flies. One day I walked in and the whole team was in the training room. All the players and even the managers. He'd make them practice."

The team's star player, Jordan Tolbert, cut his hand on the rim one day last year in practice and suffered a four-inch gash across his fingers. The next day, according to one source, Gillispie had the trainer bandage his hand and then instructed Tolbert to dunk the ball every time he caught it.

Gillispie left two Canadian players, Ty Nurse and Dejan Kravic, in scholarship limbo this past summer. According to multiple sources, he wouldn't tell either one whether he was renewing their scholarships yet when they wanted to go home to Canada after summer school ended, he made it clear that if they left, they could not return. Both players had purchased flights home for about $1,000 and wound up having to absorb the cost in fear of not being able to return to Lubbock.

One source said that Gillispie, the night before most games, has everyone in attendance participate in layup lines at the start of practice -- including television and radio broadcasters, strength coaches and assistant coaches.

"If we fumbled the ball, slipped or shot it with the wrong hand, he'd make us run the steps of the arena," the source said. "He got a big kick out of it, but it was demeaning for us as grown men."

The current players have met with the administration and are fed up with Gillispie's antics. None will comment on the record in fear of having to deal with Gillispie in the future.

"It's been festering since last year," one source said of the current player revolt of sorts. "The players are tired of it."

Gillispie checked himself into an area hospital last Friday for what he told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal felt like a "stroke" or a "heart attack." He told the newspaper he has been dealing with stress of late and was listed in satisfactory condition over the weekend.

A university spokesman told CBSSports.com that the school is "aware and are looking into concerns within the leadership of our men's basketball program."

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Eight more teams fill out 2K Sports Classic field - by Eurobasket News

Marshall, New Mexico State and Niagara are among the schools completing the field for the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bucknell, Hofstra, South Dakota State, Northern New Mexico and West Alabama were the others schools announced Tuesday.

Alabama, Oregon State, Villanova and Purdue had been announced as the regional hosts. They will play in the semifinals on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden with the winners meeting the next day.

The regionals will be held Nov. 9 and 11.

UDC and Marshall will play at Villanova. South Dakota State and West Alabama are at Alabama. Bucknell and Hofstra visit Purdue. Niagara and New Mexico State go to Oregon State.

The teams not advancing to New York and Northern New Mexico will play in subregionals Nov. 16-18 and 21.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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PBL's Season is Moved Back to March, April, and May for 2013 - by Gianni Pascucci

Looking at the upcoming season with team owner success in mind, the Premier Basketball League is setting its 6th season tip-off for March 1, 2013. The league's board is made up of team owners from across the nation, and an annual meeting decision looks to bring the most success and fan-base growth to each program. With the league's season opener traditionally scheduled for the New Year's holiday, PBL schedulers won't have to challenge the NFL play-offs, Super Bowl, and other professional programs with dates overlapping the league's regular season play.
"A motion addressing the season opening date was heard on behalf of a few team owners at our annual meeting in July," stated Tom McGinn , PBL Vice-President of Operations. "We wanted to take each and every team and supporting community into consideration as we looked into additional growth for the 2013 season."
League officials looked at many factors when addressing the issue at the July meeting. Even 2012 PBL expansion into Central Illinois faces early year challenges. The region is now home to two hockey teams, who utilize most of the Friday and Saturday dates in January and February at the arena.
"We brought in a leading consulting firm to look at venue schedules, fans' reaction, and scheduling competition from other leagues. It was decided by a majority vote to move the season start date to March 1st. It was not a unanimous decision, but all factors -- including inclement winter weather that wears on PBL programs across the nation -- were taken into consideration," stated Eric Farnsworth, Operations assistant.
The opening games will start March 1, 2013 and end with playoffs in May. The season will continue its 20 game schedule ensuring as many weekend dates as possible to accommodate the PBL's family-friendly reputation for avoiding school nights.
"I'm in full support of what team owners and league administrators are accomplishing here. It gives us all the chance to continue growth at the program level. This also gives us more opportunity to bring high caliber professional basketball games to even more fans," commented Joe Runco, owner of the Scranton Steamers. "We look forward to continued program growth since our successful inaugural season in 2012."
League officials are excited about the 2013 season. With the highest caliber of basketball since the league's inception, the 2012 season marked true growth and organizational development for the PBL. For updates on the 2013 season, league administrators encourage fans to visit www.thepbl.com to stay up to date.



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China and ABL clubs beckon as Asi weighs new Meralco offer - by Eurobasket

A CLUB in the Chinese league and another Asean Basketball League squad have expressed interest in hiring Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), widening the options of the free agent man-mountain as he weighs a new deal offered by Meralco.

Taulava's mother team Meralco has junked a previous one-year offer in favor of a better two-year deal for the 6-9 slotman, who his agent said is being eyed by at least three ABL squads as well as by Foshan Long in the professional Chinese Basketball Association.

PBA team Barako had also been mentioned as one of Taulavas next possible destinations.

Taulavas agent Sheryl Reyes told Spin.ph that her ward is weighing the best possible option that would be favorable for his family, especially since his wife Anna May is pregnant with their fourth child.

Asi is currently consulting with his wife regarding the many offers he is receiving. Recently, we received a call from Foshan Long, a CBA team which is interested in giving him a two-year contract to play in China. Thats one option Asi is considering though it would entail a relocation for him and his family, Reyes said.

The Foshan Lions are one of 17 teams participating in the tough CBA league, where the best players from China play along with American imports.

Reyes refused to divulge the three ABL teams interested in availing of the 39-year-old Fil-Tongans services.

Meantime, Meralco Bolts new team manager Butch Antonio said their two-year offer to the 14-year league veteran also comes with other perks.

"Initially, we offered Asi a one-year deal. But later on, we came to the decision of giving him a two-years contract extension instead. Asi asked us to give him some time to think about it and talk about it also with his wife, and we respect him for that, Antonio told Spin.ph.

Antonio said team management is even willing to help Taulava plan for his post-basketball career, adding the Fil-Tongan may eventually become part of one the businesses that involve Meralco owner Manny Pangilinan.

Of course, our group has a lot to offer to Asi. In fact, what he did recently in the charity game to help flood victims reveals a certain aspect of Asi. And we hope he would consider what we would offer him, added Antonio, who also serves as the project director of the MVP Sports Foundation.

Taulava, who broke into the PBA as a direct-hire Fil-foreign player for Mobiline (now Talk N Text), averaged 10.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in the recent Governors Cup where he helped the Bolts to a semifinal appearance.

The many-time national player won the MVP award in 2003.

Courtesy of PBA Online



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Official: Robert Skibniewski joined AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket Center

AZS Koszalin completed their roster by adding 29-year old National Team point guard Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83). Skibniewski played most recently at WKS Slask Wroclaw (1Liga). While playing 43 games for Slask Wroclaw last season he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 7.2apg ( best in the league) and 1.5spg (3rd best in the league). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful year in his career as Skibniewski was selected also to the all-star game and voted to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team and All-Polish League 2nd Team.


Marcin Stefanski stays with Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot re-signed Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83). The forward signed a new two-year deal with the team. Last season Marcin Stefanski posted 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously Marcin Stefanski had stints with Turow, Slask, Nanterre, Dijon, Unia Tarnow, SMS PZKosz Warka. He was the member of Polish National Team in 2002/09 seasons.


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Serbian Miljan Pupovic signed with CSM Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) signed with CSM Bucuresti for the upcoming season. The Romanian team replaced Aaron Pogue.
In 2011-2012 he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) and averaged 9.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 53.6%.
The 29-year-old centre started the earlier season in Superfund BP Beograd. He tallied 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In October 2010 Miljan Pupovic moved to Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague. His stats read 6.2 points, 3.1 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. In December Pupovic left Ukraine and moved to FYR Macedonia. The centre joined MZT Skopje where his stats read 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Miljan Pupovic is not new to Cherkasy. The centre played for the Monkeys back in 2008/09 season. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game then. Miljan Pupovic also had stints with Hemofarm, Lavovi Beograd, KK Zdravlje Leskovac, FMP Zeleznik, Strumica 2005 and Leuven Bears.



CSU Asesoft Ploiesti lost in Serbia - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti lost in Serbia to Russian Enisey 78:84. The Russian team won the first period 21-18 and added 24-21 in the second frame. The Romanian side replied with 22-19 in the third period, but Enisey needed 20-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Jason Rich (191-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Petr Gubanov (207-PF-87) posted 14. Smygin Igor netted 13, while Krivosheev Maxim posted 10. Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama), Burlacu and Hargrove answered with 15 points each in the losing effort, while Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) notched 13.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.3 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.7 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.15.3 
 4. Beverley, Spart.15.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph14.9 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky14.7 
 7. Karasev, Triumph14.1 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv13.5 
 9. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jefferson, Triumph7.9 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv7.5 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.7.5 
 4. Veremeenko, Unics6.6 
 5. Landry, Triumph6.2 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.1 
 7. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.8 
 9. Savenkov, Spartak.5.7 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.3 
 2. Samoylenko, Unics5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 4. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. Thomas, Spartak-.4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.0 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.1.9 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.1.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 7. Chalmers, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (209-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 3. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 4. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 7. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 8. Traore, Lokomotiv0.7 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Denison, Spartak-.0.6 


Spartak Saint Petersburg finalize deal with Fedor Dmitriev - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg officiated the deal with Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport). The forward inked a one-year deal with the team. Fedor Dmitriev joined Spartak for a tryout period earlier this summer. Last season the forward spent in Poland. Fedor Dmitriev played for Asseco Prokom. He notched 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Euroleague the forward tallied 0.9 points and 1.0 board. Fedor Dmitriev also delivered 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously the forward had stints with Khimky, Triumph, Ural-Great. Fedor Dmitriev is not new to Spartak SP. He played for the team in 2002-03 and 2004/07 seasons.


Marko Keselj could sign at Spartak St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket

Spartak St.Petersburg (PBL) is interested in 24-year old Serbian international-Serbian small forward Marko Keselj (206-88, agency: Beo Basket). The player was rumoured to be in contact with Spanish Valencia as was announced few days ago. He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1. While playing 26 A1 games for the team from Athens last season Keselj averaged 5.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to win the championship title (in both Euroleague and Greek League !!!) and they made it also to the cup final. Keselj played also 16 games in Euroleague where he had 3.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2010. Keselj is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Latvia and Spain. Keselj has been a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for university national team in 2009. Keselj represented Serbia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maksym Kolyushkin and Maxim Tkachenko join Lokomotiv Kuban - by Kasia

Maksym Kolyushkin (194-G-90) and Maxim Tkachenko (183-PG-92, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) (183-PG-92) join Lokomotiv Kuban for the next season. The junior players come to the main squad.
Maksym Kolyushkin appeared for Lokomotiv Rostov U23 in 2008. In 2009-2011 he remained with the team and then in 2011-2012 played for Lokomotiv Kuban (PBL). In Russian League his stats read 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Maxim Tkachenko played for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar U23 (U23 Youth League, starting five) since year 2010. In 2011-2012 he played mostly for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar U23 (U23 Youth League, starting five) but appeared also for Lokomotiv Kuban (PBL). As a member of the U20 National team he participated at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) in 2011. In 9 games he showed 2.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg.
Both players reached Eurocup Quarterfinals -12, VTB United League Semifinals -12 and Russian PBL Semifinals -12.



Spartak-Primorie returns Dmitry Gordeev - by Eurobasket News

Spartak-Primorie deepened their frontcourt. They added Dmitry Gordeev (198-F-89) to the roster. Dmitry Gordeev started the previous season with Spartak-Primorie. The forward however did not make it to the roster and was sent to TEMP-SUMZ Revda on loan. Dmitry Gordeev posted 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in Superleague.


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Oviedo CB signs Mamadou Diop - by Eurobasket

Oviedo Club Baloncesto (LEB Silver) signed 19-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Diop (201-93). He played last season at Alava (EBA). While playing 10 games for Alava Diop averaged 5.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He played also pro basketball in Germany and Senegal. Diop is a member of Spanish U20 national team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Serbian Miljan Pupovic signed with CSM Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) signed with CSM Bucuresti for the upcoming season. The Romanian team replaced Aaron Pogue.
In 2011-2012 he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) and averaged 9.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 53.6%.
The 29-year-old centre started the earlier season in Superfund BP Beograd. He tallied 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In October 2010 Miljan Pupovic moved to Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague. His stats read 6.2 points, 3.1 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. In December Pupovic left Ukraine and moved to FYR Macedonia. The centre joined MZT Skopje where his stats read 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Miljan Pupovic is not new to Cherkasy. The centre played for the Monkeys back in 2008/09 season. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game then. Miljan Pupovic also had stints with Hemofarm, Lavovi Beograd, KK Zdravlje Leskovac, FMP Zeleznik, Strumica 2005 and Leuven Bears.



Uros Nikolic agreed terms with MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) added to their roster 25-year old Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87). He moved there from Crvena Zvezda in Serbian A League. Nikolic played in the final of Serbian League in 2012. He was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2011. Nikolic played also pro basketball in Slovenia. He has been a member of Serbian university national team since 2011.

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



Marko Keselj could sign at Spartak St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket

Spartak St.Petersburg (PBL) is interested in 24-year old Serbian international-Serbian small forward Marko Keselj (206-88, agency: Beo Basket). The player was rumoured to be in contact with Spanish Valencia as was announced few days ago. He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1. While playing 26 A1 games for the team from Athens last season Keselj averaged 5.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to win the championship title (in both Euroleague and Greek League !!!) and they made it also to the cup final. Keselj played also 16 games in Euroleague where he had 3.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2010. Keselj is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Latvia and Spain. Keselj has been a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for university national team in 2009. Keselj represented Serbia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Donetsk beats Partizan in friendly game - by Ivan Milenkovic

Renovated Serbian champions Partizan hosted Ukrainian champions Donetsk in empty Pionir and lost 68-72 (15-15, 23-18, 12-21, 18-18).
Black and whites played without Davis Bertans (Latvia NT), Vladimir Lucic, Danilo Andjusic, Dejan Musli and latest signing Torey Thomas.
French guard Leo Westermann (198-G-92) led Partizan with 17 points, while Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) scored 13. Other players scored less than 10 points - Drew Gordon, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dragan Milosavljevic had 9, Marko Cakarevic 8 and Nenad Miljenovic 3.



Vrsac (former Hemofarm) hires Oliver Popovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Vrsac got a new Head Coach for the upcoming season. They hired Oliver Popovic (agency: Alti Sport), who replaces Nebojsa Bogavac. The team changed its name from Hemofarm Stada Vrsac to Vrsac and will compete season in Serbian A League. They are in bad financial situation after leaving of the main sponsor. Oliver Popovic most recently worked as Head Coach of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. He took them over in December of 2008 and finished 08/09 season there. Popovic started it with Vizura, where he coached in 2007/08 as well. He also has experience from Mega Ishrana and Avala Ada. Oliver Popovic had very successful career as a player. He was a member of Marousi from 2003 to 2005 and before that played two years for Unics Kazan. Popovic also played for Lokomotiv Mineralny Vodi, Beobanka, Crvena Zvezda, Spartak Subotica, Borac Cacak and Partizan.


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Hawks win fourth league title in a row - by Eurobasket News

With one more match left to play, PLS Hawks have already claimed this seasons mens division one league title their fourth in a row to bring their tally to eight in 13 years since the introduction of clubs in 1993.
They have previously won the title in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Still unbeaten this season, the boys of head coach Clifford Joubert have garnered a maximum 30 points out of 15 matches.
In their last match on Saturday at Victoria Gymnasium, they defeated Baya 92-47 to guarantee back-to-back title for the third year running.
After some resistance from Baya in the first two quarters for a slight 27-24 Hawks lead at half-time, captain Bernard Bristol and company upped their tempo in the second half to win the third and fourth quarters 34-11 and 31-12 respectively.
Nigerian Alao was Hawks leading scorer with 33 points, while Dave Roseline led Baya with 16.
Hawks last league match of the season is against Mont Fleuri Dawgz.
The defeat left Baya fifth on the table with 23 points from nine wins and five loses out of 14 matches.
In the other mens division one league match played during the weekend, Mont Buxton-based MBU Rockers registered their ninth victory with an 83-77 win over Angels.
After losing the first half 43-36, the Rockers bounced back in the third and fourth quarters which they won 29-20 and 18-14 respectively to win the match and climb to second place on the league table.
Nigel Sinon was MBUs top scorer with 21 points, while Barry Dubignon led Angels with 20 points.
Rockers now have 25 points after nine wins and seven defeats from 16 matches.
As for Anse Boileau-based Angels, they are sixth on 19 points from five wins and nine defeats in 14 matches.
In two womens league match played on Saturday, Mont Fleuri beat HotShots 67-47.After losing the first quarter 13-15, Mont Fleuri shift to a stronger gear to win the second and third periods 12-11, 25-7, before narrowly losing the fourth 15-16.
RA Sisters also won in the womens league, beating winless Juniors 82-32.
Meanwhile, in the mens division two, Anse Etoile beat Beau Vallon 72-68.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



Hawks win fourth league title in a row - by Carlos Pereira

re match left to play, PLS Hawks have already claimed this seasons mens division one league title their fourth in a row to bring their tally to eight in 13 years since the introduction of clubs in 1993.

They have previously won the title in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Still unbeaten this season, the boys of head coach Clifford Joubert have garnered a maximum 30 points out of 15 matches
In their last match on Saturday at Victoria Gymnasium, they defeated Baya 92-47 to guarantee back-to-back title for the third
After some resistance from Baya in the first two quarters for a slight 27-24 Hawks lead at half-time, captain Bernard Bristol and company upped their tempo in the second half to win the third and fourth quarters 34-11 and 31-12 respectively.
Nigerian Alao Solomon was Hawks leading scorer with 33 points, while Dave Roseline led Baya with 16.
Hawks last league match of the season is against Mont Fleuri Dawgz.
The defeat left Baya fifth on the table with 23 points from nine wins and five loses out of 14 matches.
In the other mens division one league match played during the weekend, Mont Buxton-based MBU Rockers registered their ninth victory with an 83-77 win over Angels.
After losing the first half 43-36, the Rockers bounced back in the third and fourth quarters which they won 29-20 and 18-14 respectively to win the match and climb to second place on the league table.
Nigel Sinon was MBUs top scorer with 21 points, while Barry Dubignon led Angels with 20 points.
Rockers now have 25 points after nine wins and seven defeats from 16 matches.
As for Anse Boileau-based Angels, they are sixth on 19 points from five wins and nine defeats in 14 matches.

In two womens league match played on Saturday, Mont Fleuri beat HotShots 67-47.After losing the first quarter 13-15, Mont Fleuri shift to a stronger gear to win the second and third periods 12-11, 25-7, before narrowly losing the fourth 15-16.
RA Sisters also won in the womens league, beating winless Juniors 82-32.
Meanwhile, in the mens division two, Anse Etoile beat Beau Vallon 72-68



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Nitra Continues to Strengthen The Team - by Thomas Kottra

Nitra is still on hunt to complete a strong roster before the season starts.
Despite losing first pre-season match to Czech team BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec, the management and training staff keeps their heads up: "We need new players their roles and fit them to our concept and fill some position which will take part in next few weeks," said coach Lubomir Urban . He is positive about new season and believes thet Nitra will be ready to fight.
There is only one month left before the start of 2012/2013 season of basketball in Slovakia. No time to lose, so the management has brought some new names from beyond the sea to the pre-season preparations. Deremy Geiger (180-PG-90, college: Idaho) is a born Hawaiian point guard who competed for Idaho University reaching averages at 12.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31 games with impressive 43.1% from beyond the arc.
Second American is 213 centimeters high beast named Anthony McClain (213-C-88, college: Cincinnati) who will without doubts one of highest players who competed under Slovak baskets. Despite averaging only 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, Anthony will be assigned to play hard a good portion of minutes.



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Guadalajara adds two more players - by Eurobasket News

Guadalajara continues with signings for the upcoming season. Its latest additions are PF/C Tomas Fernandez (204-F/C-92) and center Josep Gaya (205-C-92).
Tomas Fernandez arrives to the club from Estudiantes II, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one the player had 9.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 29 appearances. In his first year with Estu II Fernandez registered 5 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 30 games. In 2009/10 season he was a member of the EBA team European Basketball College Majadahonda. They were EBA Group B regular season champs, but Fernandez had very limited playing time.
Josep Gaya will help the team at position 5. He is a product of Mallorca.
This past weekend, Guadalajara penned a deal with Gavrilo Markovic (186-PG-91). He also arrives from Mallorca.



Valencia stays unbeaten this preseason - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia - Valencia Basket 82-99

Valencia Basket played another friendly game this preseason and registered another victory. This time Valencia downed UCAM Murcia 99-82. The game was played in Totana. Last week, Valencia was better than Regal Barca and Lleida. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) added 18 pts each. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) also secured a great help adding 15 points to this win. At the other side, Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) was better than the others with 21 points. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) had 17 and Joe Ragland (182-G-89, college: Wichita St.) stopped to 10 pts in loss. Valencia made 30-23 lead in the first quarter and later jumped to 53-44. During the last period Valencia increased its advantage to 17 (78-61) and managed to keep it for rest of the way. Both teams will play more friendlies this week.

UCAM Murcia: Jose Angel Antelo 21, Kim Tillie 17, Joe Ragland 10
Valencia: Rafael Martinez 20, Justin Doellman 18, Vitor Faverani 18, Thomas Kelati 15



Unicaja beats Cibona in friendly game 89-57, again - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja and Cibona met in another friendly game this preseason. The Malaga team smashed its rival with huge 89-57. The game was played in Benahavis. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) paced Unicaja with 22 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) added 4 points less. Center Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and PF James Gist (205-F-86) nailed 13 and 11 pts respectively. In Cibona, Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 19 points and Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances) posted 11 pts. Their third scorer was Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) with 8 points.
Unicaja outplayed Cibona 80-74 last week in Costa del Sol Tournament. James Gist and Txemi Urtasun led Unicaja with 13 points each. At the other side, Dustin Ware (180-G-90, college: Georgia) was better than the others scoring 16 points. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) and Tomislav Zubcic added 11 pts each.



Abouo starts his pro career at Lobe Huesca - by Eurobasket

CB Lobe Huesca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 23-year old Ivory Coast ex-international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89). Abouo just graduated Brigham Young University (NCAA). While playing 33 games for BYU last season he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Abouo helped them to make it to the semifinals. Of course it will be he first season in professional basketball. Abouo was a member of Ivory Coast senior national team between 2009 and 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Oviedo CB signs Mamadou Diop - by Eurobasket

Oviedo Club Baloncesto (LEB Silver) signed 19-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Diop (201-93). He played last season at Alava (EBA). While playing 10 games for Alava Diop averaged 5.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He played also pro basketball in Germany and Senegal. Diop is a member of Spanish U20 national team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hanley starts his pro career at Oviedo Club Baloncesto - by Eurobasket

Oviedo Club Baloncesto (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 22-year old American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, agency: Duran International). Hanley just graduated Bowdoin (NCAA3). His team made it to NESCAC Tournament Semifinals in 2009. It was a very successful year in Hanleys career as he was selected to NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team. Of course it will be Hanley first season in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Antonio DiMaria is a newcomer at Recinor Ferrol CB - by Eurobasket Center

Recinor Ferrol CB (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Italian-American swingman Antonio DiMaria (201-G/F-100kg-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated Emporia State University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. While playing 27 games as a senior he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cajasol bring in Nikola Radicevic - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol strengthened their squad. They added Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94). The young Serbian guard played for Partizan Beograd junior team recently. He participated at U18 European Championship this summer. Nikola Radicevic tallied 12.4 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Lithuania. The guard helped Serbia clinch Bronze medals at the tournament. Nikola Radicevic made it into All-European Championship U18 1st Team. He was also trumped Best Guard at the tourney. Nikola Radicevic also played for U16 and U17 Serbian National Teams. He was U19 Serbian championship winner in 2012.


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Union Neuchatel announce Desmond Blue and Steeve Louissaint - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel added two players to the roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Desmond Blue (211-C-88, college: Lee) and Steeve Louissaint (190-PG-87).

Desmond Blue started the previous season in Dominican Republic. The centre played for Capitanes de la Bahia. His stats read 13.5 points, 11.2 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block per game in LNB. Later Desmond Blue moved to Universal Phoenix Group LLC in SEBL. Previously Desmond Blue had stints in ABA and UBA. He was the member of US Selection that participated at William Jones Cup this summer. The centre posted 2.0 points, 4.0 boards per game in Taiwan.
Steve Louissaint played the last four seasons in Monthey. The guard posted 5.4 points, 2.5 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game in LNA last season. Previously Steeve Louissaint played for Boncourt. He has been the member of Swiss National Team since 2008. Steeve Louissaint tallies 2.7 points, 1.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.






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Anadolu Efes beats Union Olimpija, Hacettepe outplays Mersin - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes grabbed 78-76 win in preseason game against Union Olimpija. Two former NBAers stepped up for Efes in this meeting. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) scored 16 points and Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) added one point less than him. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) had 11 points for Efes, while Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) posted 8 pts apiece. In the next friendly game Efes will meet Khimki Moscow Region.
Hacettepe downed Mersin 72-67 in a friendly game. Muhammed Baygul (191-SG-92), Michael Glover (200-F-87, college: Iona) and Muhammed Baygul scored 10 points each for the winners. Onur Altinmakas (189-G-80) and Ali Isik delivered 9 points apiece. In Mersin, Altan Erol (194-G-83) was better than the others with 20 points and their second scorer was Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) with 15 pts. Hakan Erol (200-F/G-83) stopped to 8 points in this defeat.



Galatasaray Medical Park downs Virtus Roma 74-68 - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Medical Park played another friendly game in Bormio. This time they handed 74-68 loss to Virtus Roma. Galata exploded in second and third period to take the victory in this game. They were down by 3 after ten minutes, but created 19-9 for rest of the first half for 37-30 lead. Galata continued in the same rhythm after the breather making 27-16 in Q3, so the score was set to 64-46 with one period to go. Roma won it 10-22, but that was not enough. Henry Domercant (194-G-80, college: E.Illinois) led the winners with 18 points, while David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) followed him with 15 pts. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) helped with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) and Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 7 points apiece. Galata will play more friendly games in Italy. Last week Cimberio Varese overcame Galatasaray 81-65, after what the Turkish squad exchanged victories with Montepaschi Siena.


Besiktas officially announce Vladimir Dasic - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas announced the signing of Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket). The Montenegrin forward signed a one-year deal with the team. Dasic currently plays for the Montenegro National Team, who already booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. The player averages 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists after 7 games in qualifications. Last night Montenegro downed Serbia 72-62 for perfect 7-0 record in Group A. Vladimir Dasic finished last season with Union Olimpija. He joined them in January averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 14 Slovenian league games. The player also added 9.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 13 appearances in EuroCup. Dasic helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup this year and to reach the Playoff Finals. He started the season with Roma, where he collected 12.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 14 SerieA games. Vladimir Dasic is a product of Buducnost Podgorica, where he played until 2009. That year the player moved to Real Madrid and later joined Gran Canaria on loan. Season 2010/11 Dasic spent with Roma.


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UBA expands to Dayton, Ohio for 2012-2013 season - by Travis McAvene

Recently, the UBA announced that Dayton, Ohio will join the eastern conference for the 2012-2013 season.

The Dayton Knights will be coached by Allen Drake (6'4''-F). Drake is entering his first season as head coach for the Knights. In the three years prior to becoming the head coach of the Knights, Drake previously coached college basketball for two seasons at Owens Community College and one at Urbana University. Drake is a graduate of Urbana University with a BS in Business Administration. While attending, he was a two sport athlete in basketball and football from 2003-2008.

'I joined the UBA due to its success in giving players an opportunity to live out their dreams playing basketball overseas, said Coach Allen Drake. I'm excited to bring minor league professional baskeball to Dayton, Ohio and play in a very competitive UBA league, added Drake.'



Union Neuchatel sign Desmond Blue - by David Walls


Union Neuchatel Basket added two players to the roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Desmond Blue (6'11''-C-88, college: Lee).

Desmond Blue started the previous season in Dominican Republic. The centre played for Capitanes de la Bahia. His stats read 13.5 points, 11.2 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block per game in LNB. Later Desmond Blue moved to Universal Phoenix Group LLC in SEBL. This season Blue played for the Atlanta Assault where he average 13.0ppg and 10 rebounds. He was later named Usbasket.com All-UBA 2nd Team. . He was the member of US Selection that participated at William Jones Cup this summer. The centre posted 2.0 points, 4.0 boards per game in Taiwan.

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Trevon Bryant signs with An Nasr (Kuwait) - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
September 4, 2012

Former UBA all-star Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F/C-84, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: CS Dominguez H.) is heading to Kuwait to continuehis professional basketball career. Bryant will play for the Al An Nasr. This season Bryant played for Hottur Egilsstadir (Iceland) where he averaged 16.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG, his 2.9bpg led the Iceland 1st Division.

Bryant was the Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic Defensive Team in 2011-2012.

In 2010-2011 Bryant was drafted by the Dallas Gentlemen of the UBA. He was later named an All-Star. He averaged 14.5ppg with was ranked 3rd in the league in blocks (2.8). Later being named Usbasket.com All-UBA 2nd Team.



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Rwandas Espoir defeat Burundis Urunani in the zone 5 finals - by Joel Nature

Urunani 39 90 Espoir
Rwandan side Espoir put a halt to Urunanis tournament form, to clinch the mens FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championships at the Lugogo Indoor Arena on Sunday evening.

The former, who had eliminated Kenyas KCB Lions prior to the final, gave no show as they lost out 90-39 in a one-sided affair.

We do not know what happened, Urunani captain

Alexis Hakizimna, who failed on two attempts, told Kawowo Sports. The Burundian side was so poor on the day that their best scorer Elvis Hakizina had only nine points.

But Espoir were the side in control of the game. They reached the 20 point mark in all quarters, reaching 90 in total.Arstide Mugabe, who was later named the tournaments most valuable player (MVP), scored a game high 26 points.

It was determination that saw us through, Christopher Wazayire told this website. We started counting our chances after the third quarter. he added.

APR is the last Rwandan side to win the crown five years ago.

PAST ZONE V WINNERS
1995 Harare (Men) Posta KCB (Women)
1996 Nairobi Coop (Men) KCB (Women)
1997 Kampala Coop (Men) KCB (Women)
1998 Dar-esalam Coop (Men) KCB (Women)
1999 Lusaka Cobra (Men) Telkom (Women)
2000 Kampala Falcons (Men) Ogopa (Women)
2001 Kigali Vijana (Men) KPA (Women)
2002 Nairobi APR (Men) KPA (Women)
2003 Zanzibar Ulinzi JKT E/AFRICA
2004 Kampala Postbank (Men) Lady Bucks (Women)
2005 Dar-esalam KCB (Men) Storms (Women)
2006 Nairobi KCB (Men) KPA (Women)
2007 Kigali APR (Men) KPA (Women)
2008 Adis Ababa APR (Men) KPA (Women)
2009 Kampala Coop (Men) KPA (Women)
2010 Bujumbura Coop (Men) Eagle Wings (Women)
2011 Dar-esalam Urunani (Men) KPA (Women)



Ndejje suffer to 10th defeat - by Eurobasket News

Ndejje University Angels place in the Airtel National Basketball League playoffs is almost certain only because no one is giving chase.
On Sunday, their slump continued with 68-61 loss to Warriors, their fifth defeat in the last six games and 10th in total. They continue to cling on to the eighth and last slot at 6-10. Nkumba Marines, edged 55-52 by Heaters, is the only side capable of dislodging Ndejje.
The two-time champions lie ninth at 5-12 whereas Heaters, in seventh, are 9-8. Warriors, except for a few players, arrived late at YMCA court. It hardly mattered as the log leaders improved to 15-1.
Henry Malinga (193-F) scored 17 points and seven rebounds and Norman Blick had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Donald Blick (194-G/F-86) contributed 10 points.
Unsurprisingly, the three were the first Warriors players to show up, arriving an hour prior to the 7.30pm tip-off. These things affect the warm up and eventually you start games slowly, Warriors coach Mandy Juruni.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Fifth foreigner for Kryvyi Rih team - by Alexander Muzyka

Kryvbasbasket has inked another foreigner, basket-planet.com informs. Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82) joined Karlis Muiznieks' team today. This American can play as a shooting guard as well as a small forward. Last season Frazier played in Cyprus' Keravnos, scoring 13.6 ppg. He also played for Nicosia team in Eurochallenge - 12.8 ppg + 3.8 rpg. The professional career of Mississippi State University former player also includes performances for Telekom Baskets, Falco-Szova, Szolnoki and AZS Koszalin.
Remind that Frazier will be the third foreign newcomer of Kryvbasbasket after Kirk Archibeque and Zoran Krstanovic appearance and the fifth foreigner in a team because of Pierce Caldwell and James Florence working contracts.



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Eagles land Anthony Martin - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles are delighted to announce the signing of Anthony Martin (186-G-80) to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. Martin is 13th all time in the BBL in career assists, averaging nearly 5 assists over his 214 game career and has been in the BBL since 2004, taking only a short break out to play in Denmark in 2010. He first came to prominence in the 2004-05 season, when he teamed up with Trey Moore in the backcourt for a Chester Jets team that pipped the Eagles to the league title. He subsequently went on to spend a number of years at the Plymouth Raiders and featured in the team that ran the Eagles close in both the Cup and Trophy last year.

Eagles player coach Fab Flournoy commented: 'Anthony will potentially be the quickest player in the league next season. We were impressed with the way that he came to play in the finals last year and feel that the change of pace he offers will be a great benefit to us. He is very adept at getting scorers the ball in positions where they can be effective. He has also become far more of a scoring threat in recent years".

Following the departure of Ross Wilson to Rice University and Lamar Morrison, the team will also be joined by two new juniors in the training group this season; Eddie Matthew and Theo Turner

Eddie has been part of the Eagles School of Excellence for the past 4 years, this past season he represented the Under 18's side, despite still qualifying as an Under 16. His first contribution for the under 18's side was to score 32 points against a strong Sheffield Sharks team, in what proved to be a breakout season.

At 6'11", 17 year old Theo Turner is looking to make an impact for both the Eagles and Team Northumbria this season, before moving to the USA to pursue a path in NCAA basketball. Theo is currently a member of Tyne Met College academy programme, under the tutelage of Team Northumbria head coach Marc Steutel; 'Theo is a relatively late starter in the game but has exponentially developed in this time. He is receiving interest from several US programmes and we look forward to working with him for another year'.

The Eagles will be making final decisions on the signing of a further senior player in the next 48 hours, before going into the regular season. The team start pre-season this week and play for the first time in the Sport Central tournament on the 10th and 11th September.



Guildford Heat Change Name To Surrey Heat - by Paul Nilsen

Guildford Heat is having a name change. As of Monday 3 September 2012, the Surrey-based premier league basketball club will be called Surrey Heat. The new name for the club reflects the geographical reach of the Heat, in terms of fan base, coaching and community programmes.

Alison Reeve, Managing Director of the club, explains, "Our BBL (British Basketball League) franchise stretches way beyond Guildford and includes Woking, Mole Valley, Elmbridge and Reigate as well as Bracknell Forest and Slough. The club's new name, Surrey Heat, provides a stronger and more realistic reflection of our impact across the county and beyond. Hopefully it will also make it easier for fans to fully identify with the club and will also have wider appeal for sponsors."

The Heat is launching a new website and range of merchandise to coincide with the name change. Visit www.surreyheat.com for more details.

Come and support Surrey Heat in their first home game of the season on Saturday 22 September at 7pm at Surrey Sports Park. To book tickets, visit Surrey Heat's new website or call Surrey Sports Park on 01483 689111.



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Atenas won the Metro championship - by Hector Lopez

Atenas won the Metro league championship and will be promototed to the Uruguayan League 2013, after beating Goes 68-62. Anthony Johnson scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Atenas, while Miguel Barriola (191-F-90) added 22 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the new champion. For Goes Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) scored 11 points with 8 rebounds. Other results:
Cader 81 - Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 24 points 8 rebounds
Urunday 78 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 17 points 14 rebounds
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Marne 101 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 24 points 10 rebounds
Larranaga 56 - Camilo Colman (191-G-90) 12 points 6 rebounds
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Standings: Atenas 25 points, Cader 24.5, Goes 22, Marne 22, Urunday 10.5 Larraaga 19.5
For the second promotion will be playing Cader-Urunday and Goes-Marne




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Women News


Final pieces of Townsville puzzle arrive - by Eurobasket News

The pieces are starting to fall into place for the Townsville Fire, with the arrival of exciting imports Kayla Standish (187-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Gonzaga) and Olayinka Olorunnife (182-C-90, college: Idaho) as pre-season hits full steam ahead of the WNBL season.

In a busy week for the northern most WNBL club, coach Chris Lucas welcomed the new faces to his finals-aspiring franchise, hoping they can hit the ground running ahead of their season-opener at home against the Logan Thunder on Saturday October 6.

Standish touched down in Townsville on Tuesday and was said to be looking forward to the opportunity to meet her new teammates and begin preparations for the season ahead.

Despite being only 188cm, Standish has been earmarked to play a frontcourt role alongside fellow American established superstar Shanavia Dowdell, with the duo set to come up against the likes of Suzy Batkovic (Adelaide, 196cm) and Lauren Jackson (Canberra, 196cm).

CLICK HERE to read more about Kaylas arrival in the Townsville Bulletin.

Fellow new recruit Olorunnife returned to Australian shores eight years after her family migrated from Melbourne to Canada when she was 14 years old.

Standing at 60 in the old scale, the talented forward will add to the already athletic Fire squad, with Lucas excited to see his final piece of off-season business in action.

CLICK HERE to read more on Yinka in the Townsville Bulletin.

The 2012/13 WNBL season begins for the Townsville Fire with a home game against the Logan Thunder.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



Izzy Chilcot excited by chance to bring the Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Gold Coast basketball product Izzy Chilcot (177-G-90) knows she is lucky to have her first professional contract with the BDS Logan Thunder.

Seven years ago a future in basketball seemed unlikely for the now 21-year-old.

In 2006 and during her second last year of high school, the then Hillcrest Christian College student was diagnosed with a blood-clotting condition called Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding.

She tried a variety of treatments including anti-inflammatory steroids and a form of cancer treatment, but was eventually forced to have her spleen removed when nothing else worked.

The ordeal saw her sidelined from her beloved sport for 12 months, during a period she described as the worst year of her life.

I went from surfing and playing basketball every single day to not being able to do anything so it was pretty rough, said Tweed Heads-born Chilcott.

After I had my spleen removed I spent the next couple of months recovering from surgery and making sure that I was going to be alright, because there was still a chance after I got it out that the blood disorder would come back.

Thankfully it didnt and Chilcott took the setback in her stride.

It definitely made me more passionate about playing basketball and surfing and life in general. I make sure I dont take things for granted anymore, she said.

Playing basketball was all I wanted to do. It made it easy for me because every training session I wanted to be there and I wanted to get back to the competitive level.

I was so ready to go after being out for so long and I had to force myself to ease my way back into it.

It was a long process but I enjoyed it because I was back doing what I loved again.

It sparked the beginning of an almighty comeback for the Gold Coast junior, who went on to represent Queensland and was selected to train at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
It was during this time the then 17-year-old decided she wanted to pursue a career in the sport and ventured overseas to play at Floridas Pensacola Junior College before liking up with the University of San Diego.

After completing her senior college year Chilcott returned home and was rushed into the Gold Coast Lady Rollers line up for their 2012 Queensland Basketball League campaign.

Chilcotts increasing profile and hard work ethic caught the attention of BDS Logan Thunder Head Coach Jason Chainey.

Chainey invited the 175cm guard to attend the clubs WNBL Player Pathway Academy before putting a contract on the table for the upcoming 2012/13 season following a strong performance in the Academy program.

Ive seen Izzy come through the junior ranks and she has always impressed me as a very good athlete, Chainey said.

She is an extremely hard worker and a very good person, so she really fits all the criteria that the club looks for in a player.

Izzy has the physique of a great player and had many tools as a youngster and has continued to improve.

She can play numerous positions and has somewhat of a quiet confidence about her.

Chainey refused to label it a development position and said she will be involved in all facets of being a player at the club.

I dont like to pigeonhole players, so I am not going to say that she is a development player, Chainey said.

If she works hard and brings her game there is a good chance that she could make the 10.

In saying that, with the calibre of players in our group this year it is going to be a tough test for her, but at the same time a very good learning experience.

Although not guaranteed game time, the humble Tugun local is just grateful for the opportunity.

Playing in the WNBL has always been the ultimate goal, so even just to have this chance to be part of the team is incredible because it has been my dream for so long, she said.

Its kind of a reward for all of the hard work Ive put in over the years and for sticking with it.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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Brno return Hana Horakova to the roster - by Eurobasket News

Brno return Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) to the roster for the next season. Frisco Sika Brno (ZBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Czech swingman It's actually her comeback to Brno as she played here before. Horakova played most recently at UMMC in Russian PBL. She managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). While playing 10 PBL games for the team from Ekaterinburg Horakova averaged 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the championship title and the cup. Horakova played also 9 games in Euroleague where she had 2.1ppg and 1.2rpg. Horakova helped them to win the cup and end the regular season at the top position. The other team she played that season was Good Angels (Slovakia), where in 2 Euroleague games her stats were 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. And finally she played 1 game in Slovakian Extraliga with following stats: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. She was selected to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. D1 All-Domestic Players Team in 2010. Horakova is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Brazil, China, Czech Rep. and Turkey. Horakova represented Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year.


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Fenerbahce returns its former player Esra Sencebe - by Eurobasket News

Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) is back to Fenerbahce. She was their member from 2004 to 2007. Last two seasons Sencebe spent with Besiktas CT Istanbul. In the latest one the player averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists for 22 TKBL games. She also added 4.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup appearances. Sencebe had lower numbers in 2010/11 season. Before Besiktas, she spent three years with Galatasaray. There she had 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg for 29 TKBL games in their first season together. That year Sencebe was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL 2nd Team. In 2008 and 2010, she was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish TBBL All-Domestic Players Team. Esra Sencebe won three championship titles and two Cup trophies in her career. All of them came with Fener.


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BasCats USC Heidelberg keep American Benavente Serena - by Eurobasket News

BasCats USC Heidelberg keep American Serena Benavente (168-G-85, college: St.Mary's, CA). It will her fourth straight season with the German team.
In 2005-2006 she appeared for St.Mary's, CA (NCAA) and averaged 5.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FG: 29.6%, 3PT: 31.3%. In her last season for St.Mary's, CA (NCAA, starting five) she improved to 8.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 78.4%. In 2009-2010 moved to MLP BasCats USC Heidelberg (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five) and stayed with the team up to now. In 2010-2011 her stats read 12.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 39.9%. In 2011-2012 she avearged 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.1apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 86.0%.
BasCats USC Heidelberg also announced keeping Berit Adrion (183-C-88), Sara Kranzhofer (172-G), Kirsten Veith (168-G-85), Angela Oehler (164-G-89), Sophia Rickert (184-F/C) and Juliane Koch (174-F-89).



Markus Jochum takes TG 1889 Sandhausen under control - by Eurobasket News

Markus Jochum takes TG 1889 Sandhausen under control for the next season.
As a Head Coach he started for USC Heidelberg (D2) and worked there for 6 seasons. In 2007-2008 joined KuSG Leimen (2.Bundesliga) women team and stayed for three years. In 2010-2011 moved to EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga) and left in Dec.'11.
TG 1889 Sandhausen also announced keeping Carolin Ingerfurth (175-F-84) and Stefanie Schenk (175-F-78). The latter will enter her 6th straight season. Last year she averaged 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg.
Carolin Ingerfurth meanwhile played earlier for KuSG Leimen (2.Bundesliga)and averaged 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg. In 2011-2012 moved to TG 1889 Sandhausen (2.Bundesliga, starting five) and after 18 games showed 2.2ppg, 1.6rpg.



ASV Moabit Berlin announced Lena Gohlisch and Janina Thurau - by Eurobasket News

ASV Moabit Berlin announced Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93) and Janina Thurau (178-F-88) for the upcoming season. Janina Thurau played earlier for TuS Lichterfelde (2.Bundesliga) and BG Zehlendorf (DBBL). In 2006 she was a member of the German U18 National Team. At the European Championships U18 in Tenerife (Spain) she averaged 1.6ppg. This year she participated at the German 3x3 Women Team for World Championships in Greece -12.
Lena Gohlisch participated at the German 3x3 Team for Youth Olympic Games in Singapore -10. In 2011 she was a member of the German U18 National Team. At the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) after 8 games she averaged 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg. Last year she also participated at the German 3x3 Women Team for Youth Olympic Games in Italy.
ASV Moabit Berlin also confirmed Kristin Greiner (173-G), Claudia Pflug (170-G-86), Daniela Vogel (182-F-92), Noemie Rouault (180-F-95), Henriette Link (177-F-95), Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97), Wiebke Kropp-Buttner (179-F-85), Franziska Blanke (183-C), Julia Sandow (178-C) and Olena Gulyamova (185-F-84).



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Elizur Netanya added Yarden Gutt and Dafna Mahler to the roster - by Greg

Yarden Gutt (183-C-91) and Dafna Mahler (168-F-92) who collaborated last year in the Israeli U20 national team joined the roster of Elizur Netanya. Yarden Gutt is the daughter of Pnina Gutt who played for Elizur Netanya about 30 years ago, her coach was Simcha Lev-Tzur who is now the professional manager and the CEO of the club. Yarden started to play in the S.C Even Yehuda and then played in several teams, in the last season she played for Hapoel Galil-Elyon which took the championship of the second division and advanced to the premier league. In 2011 Yarden represented Israel when she played in the U20 national team in the European Championship Division B. Dafna Mahler grew up in the youth department of Bnei Herzliya, in the last season she played for Elizur Tel-Aviv which finished the second division in the second place. Mahler also took part in the campaign of Israeli U20 team in the European Championship, which was held in Macedonia in 2011.

Professional manager, Simcha Lev-Tzur: "Elizur Netanya W.B.C is known as a club that promotes the Israeli players and of course the club will continue this way, Yarden Gutt and Dafna Mahler who played together in the Israeli U20 national team joined the club this week. Yarden Gutt is a part of a basketball family, she made a closure when she joined Netanya. I got the opportunity to coach her mother Pnina, who was the star of Elizur Netanya in the 70's and 80's and advanced the team to the premier league for the first time in 1978. Yarden will bring fighting spirit, enthusiasm, rebounds and points to the court. Dafna Mahler will strengthen the team at the shooter position, strong defense and finishing counter-attacks. I believe that this season we will have in Netanya a young, fast, fighting, guarding and attractive team".

Yarden Gutt: "My transition to Elizur Netanya is exciting me, I joined the team where my mother Pnina began her career in basketball. I will continue the family tradition when I will play with the number that she was playing with, this is an amazing closure. I am joining a team with a young roster of players with a hunger for success, I will try to prove myself and of course to help the team to present a beautiful and interesting basketball".

Dafna Mahler: "I am happy to join Elizur Netanya and to cooperate again with Yarden Gutt who played with me in the U20 national team. I heard that Elizur Netanya is a very homely club, and that this club gives the stage for young players like me. I wish to me and to the team a lot of success in the coming season and I hope that the fans will support throughout the season".



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  ITALY   


Homend Antakya lands Dubravka Dacic - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya landed Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances).


Goldbet Taranto add Stella Panella - by Eurobasket News

Goldbet Taranto add Stella Panella (178-F-93) for the upcoming season. The Italian player comes back to the squad.
In 2010-2011 she started for Cras Taranto (A1) but was loaned to Mercede Basket Alghero (A2, starting five). In 23 games she averaged 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 0.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 72.0%. In 2011-2012 moved to Terme di Cervia (A2) and in 23 games showed 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 66.7%.
In 2009 Stella Panella was an Italian U16 National Team member. At the European Championships U16 in Naples (Italy) she played in 9 games and averaged 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.4%. This year she was an Italian U20 National Team member. At the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) her stats read 4.3ppg.
Yesterday it was announced that Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) stays with Cras Taranto for the upcoming season. It will be their fifth straight year together.



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Oluoch assures Eagle Wings of Govt Support - by Eurobasket News

Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch has assured Kenyan and regional Basketball champions Eagle Wings of the governments support as the club seeks financial boost to facilitate their travel to Ivory Coast for the African Basketball Championships to be held between 19th-28th October 2012. Eagle Wings looks to raise over 3.5 Million shillings to finance the teams participation in the tournament.
Commissioner Oluoch was speaking during the clubs training session held at the Railways club on Tuesday morning where he emphasized the ministrys commitment in helping self sponsored clubs. The club also presented the regional championship trophy they won in Kampala after defeating rivals KPA in the finals played at the Lugogo grounds in Kampala.
The ministrys first priority is national teams. However, in this case there is more relevance given that half of Eagle Wings players turn up for the national team. This is one club which has been consistent in performance in regional events and as a ministry we will ensure they go to Ivory Coast. He said.
Oluoch further appealed to well wishers to join hands and support the club in raising the needed funds to actualize the dreams of the hardworking Kenyan champions who despite all odds won all the matches at the Zone 5 competition in Kampala last month.
The commissioner said it is a matter of time before the team wins continental title given they have one of the moist qualified coaches in the country in Smart Olumbo.He added that the players have an opportunity to test themselves with the best from Africa and missing out on another chance will demoralize their determination.
Eagle Wings having won the Zone 5 edition in 2010 won the chance to represent the region at the FIBA games held in Tunisia the same year (2010) but failed to travel for the games due to lack of funds.
The team also did not travel to Daresalaam last year for the regional tournament that was won by KPA.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



Ojukwu: Hilda is the best player in East Africa - by Eurobasket News

She is arguably among the top players in East Africa currently and her star keeps shining to better heights each day. USIUs Hilda Indasi was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) during the just concluded Regional Zone 5 Basketball championships in Kampala Uganda where she featured for her former team KPA.
She was also the highest points scorer during the competition that was won by Kenyas premier league defending champions Eagle Wings.
KPA coach Anthony Ojukwu rates her as the best player in the region crediting USIUs good form to her prowess .USIU are currently leading the KBF League table having gone unbeaten throughout the first leg.Hilda and her USIU team mate Sarah Chan were part of the KPA team during the Zone 5 regional tournament.
Hilda is enjoying the form of her life and she is undoubtedly the best player in the country currently. Her contribution helped us a lot in Kampala and we were lucky to have her in the team. She was voted the best player out of all the regional clubs present and was also the highest scorer which places her above the rest regionally. Ojukwu says.
Hilda was also voted the best player of last season during the Code Red Basketball Awards earlier this year.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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K-Delta Forward Wants Unity amongst Players to Retain Title - by Eurobasket News

Alsha Syllah of K-Deltas is worry about her team quest to climb the championship of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) in the ongoing basketball league.
With several games to go into the tournament Aisha believed her team can stay pull the tricker, if her teammates concentrate well about the championship.
The Deltas girls sit at top of the female basketball table, and have recently dumped Destiny Queens 61 to 44 points, to book their last ticket in the Big Four which Aisha was the most outstanding player in the match.
The potent forwarder, 10, who was very much instrumental in putting her team at the helm, said her anxiousness about taking the championship is intended to encourage her teammates to focus on the title.
The young and energetic player who started her Basketball career at the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) on Crown Hill was a recipient of laurels and is said to be admired by so many Basketball fans and supporters.
Some of the decorations, she received include most intelligent awards, highest blocker, highest scorer, highest assist and highest steals.
Syllah, who played for the female basketball team of Len Miller High School, and won prestigious honor, such as the most valuable player, in the Inter School Sports Association [ISSA] League.
According to reports, based on her performance at the YMCA, she was extended an invite and subsequently became a member of Supreme Sisters Basketball Team, during the 2009/2010 Basketball League. Syllahs astute feat gave her the captaincy band.
Currently, Syllah is in the first team and has been regarded as Delta Wizard by her friends.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Qormi Phoenix add American Import Brittaney Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Qormi Phoenix add American Import Brittaney Thomas (175-G-88) for the next season.
In 2006-2007 she appeared for Florida (NCAA) and in 28 games averaged 2.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In 2007-2008 her stats read 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg. In 2008-2009 she moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA) and had Transfer/Sat Out due to NCAA Rule. In 2009-2010 for Pittsburgh (NCAA) her stats read 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 35.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 77.4%. In 2010-2011 she increased to 15.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.6%. In
2012 she played for Columbus Lady Wings (WBCBL) and after 8 games showed high 24.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 70.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 90.9%.
For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that Brittaney Thomas was a SEC Player Of The Week -08 and reached Big East Conf. Tournament Semifinals -09. She also played in NCAA Sweet 16 -09 and was awarded Pillar of Strength Award -09 and Pitt Pillar of Strength Award -10.
This will be Thomas first stint overseas and if her past is an evidence of what she will see her do in Malta there may be a lot of records shattered in Europe and Malta in the upcoming season.



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BI Gdynia gets bigger with American C Leah Kassing - by Eurobasket News

Leah Kassing (190-C, college: Bradley) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American center penned a deal with BI Gdynia. They will compete in Polish top division for women - PLKK. Kassing is a product of Bradley University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 13.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 34 games as a senior. The player was named to All-MVC 2nd Team -12. In her junior season Leah Kassing averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for 31 games. She was improving after each year at Bradley. The center started with 2.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 23 games as freshman. They reached MVC Tournament Semifinals together. In her sophomore season Kassing registered 4.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 30 appearances.


Titans to honor former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt - by Eurobasket News

Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt will be honored before the Tennessee Titans' season opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Summitt will be recognized as the "12th Titan" before the game.

Titans' owner Bud Adams will donate $25,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in April after leading the Lady Vols to eight national titles in 38 seasons. She announced in August 2011 that she has early-onset dementia.

Summitt remains at the university as head coach emeritus. Her 1,098 career wins are the most of any men's or women's basketball coach in NCAA history.

Courtesy of www.wkrn.com



Burgos signs young Itziar Llobet - by Kasia

Burgos continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is young Spanish swingman Itziar Llobet (180-G/F-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Kent St.) (180-G/F-93). She turned 19 few months ago and this is her first professional deal. Llobet spent last season with Kent State University registering 9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3 agp for 27 games. However, she decided to return to Spain and got the contract in Burgos. Llobet played for Segle XXI Barcelona from 2008 until the last summer. In 2010/11 season the player averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. A year ago Itziar Llobet helped U18 Spanish National Team to win the bronze medal at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. She had 5.1 ppg, 2.3 apg and 2.2 rpg for 9 games at this event. In 2009, Llobet won the gold medal with U16 Spain at U16 EuroBasket in Naples.


Kelsey Berger St. Josephs University Academic All American is ready for the Atlantic 10!! - by Vance Marbury

Kelsey Berger a 511 Guard/Forward is ready to help the Saint Josephs Hawks get in to the NCAA tournament this season.

A young lady contacts me and says I here you have a summer league in Cleveland, and I would like to participate, but i want be home until July. I tell Ms. Berger when you get to Cleveland call me and we will get you on a team and see what type of game you have.

First summer league game Kelsey plays in, her team loses by 30 pts. From then on Kelsey Berger had her way in the 2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Womens Summer League. Kelsey put on a ballhandling, shot making, and defensive displayh that lead her team to the summer league championship game. After Kelsey second summer league game, everyone could see that she had tons of ability. The best part about Ms. Berger game is she is very unselfish and encouraging towards her teammates. Kelsey was named the 2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Women's Summer League Defensive Player of the Summer

Kelsey is from Mentor, Ohio and in high school she was three-year letterwinner...Named Northeast Ohio and Lake Erie League Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior...Selected to the Northeast Ohio First-Team and First Team All-Ohio Division I in 2009...Averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a senior...Guided Mentor High School to three-straight district and league titles...Graduated Summa cum Laude.

As a freshman at the Air Force Academy Miss Berger Academic-All Mountain West Conference honoree...One of only two players and only freshman to start all 30 games for Air Force...Finished second on the team in scoring (7.7 ppg) and three pointers (29)...Posted third-highest three point field goal percentage in a single season (.420) in team history...Scored a career-high 23 points against Colorado State...Led team in scoring four times and reached double figures eight times.

As a Sophomore Kelsey was Selected an Academic All-Mountain West Conference standout...Led Air Force in scoring four times...Scored in doubles figures nine times...Posted a season-best 19 points at Denver...Averaged career-high 7.9 points per game and added career-high 27 assists.

Due to NCAA transfer rules Kelsey sat out last season, but on Saint Josephs summer tour of Ireland, Kelsey scored, rebounded, and provided leadership for a Saint Josephs team that went 4-1 against European teams Limerick, Montenotte Glanmire, Dublin City University Mercy, Irish Superleague Select Team, and Barking Abbey.

Kelsey should provide tons of positive attributes to the Saint Josephs Hawks womens team this season and the people in Cleveland/Mentor Ohio will definitely be supporting her.



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BI Gdynia gets bigger with American C Leah Kassing - by Eurobasket News

Leah Kassing (190-C, college: Bradley) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American center penned a deal with BI Gdynia. They will compete in Polish top division for women - PLKK. Kassing is a product of Bradley University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 13.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 34 games as a senior. The player was named to All-MVC 2nd Team -12. In her junior season Leah Kassing averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for 31 games. She was improving after each year at Bradley. The center started with 2.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 23 games as freshman. They reached MVC Tournament Semifinals together. In her sophomore season Kassing registered 4.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 30 appearances.


Becky Burke leaves ROW Rybnik - by Eurobasket News

Becky Burke (180-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisville) is no longer a member of ROW Rybnik. The American guard surprisingly left the club on Sunday. Burke signed with ROW Rybnik earlier this summer and it was her first pro deal. She was their second American at that time. Burke graduated at the University of Louisville few months ago averaging 11.5 points and 3.2 rebounds for 33 games as a senior. In 2008-2009 she started for Louisville (NCAA) and in 38 games averaged 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg. In 2009-2010 for Louisville (NCAA, starting five) she improved to 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 80.4%. In 2010-2011 her stats read 7.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 90.7%. In 2009 she became Big East Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09 and Big East Conf. Tournament Finalist -09. Moreover she was NCAA Finalist -09. Together with Louisville Becky Burke played in NCAA Sweet 16 -11. ROW Rybnik is already on the market looking to replace her.


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Milica Ivanovic signed with BC Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe - by Tamara Ruzic

Romanian club BC Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe agreed terms with 24-year old Serbian guard Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88, college: Catawba) .
Ivanovic played most recently at Vozdovac from Belgrade. In Serbian League she played 4 games, averaging 17.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.3spg. While playing 15 games in Adriatic League, she had 13.4ppg and 4.2rpg. Ivanivic graduated from Catawaba and this will be her second season in pro basketball. Also, Ivanovic is active member of National Serbian team who qualified for France 2013.



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Navarra adds Revuelto to their roster - by Eurobasket News

UNB Obenasa Navarra Pamplona (LFB) agreed terms with 30-year old ex-international guard Maria Revuelto (182-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She played last season at Mann Filter (LFB). While playing 19 games for the team from Zaragoza Revuelto averaged 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg. Her team made it to LFB Semifinals in 2009. Revuelto was also selected to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team in 2008. She played also pro basketball in China. Revuelto was a member of Spanish senior national team in 2008.

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



CB Conquero Huelva adds G Alba Maria Garcia - by Eurobasket News

CB Conquero Huelva continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is Spanish guard Alba Maria Garcia (173-G-90). She arrives to the club from Caja Rural Valbusenda. Garcia spent last three seasons with Caja Rural averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds for 26 LFB games in the latest one. They won promotion from LF2 to LFB a year ago. Garcia and her teammates were champions of Group A in LF2. The player had 5.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 30 games. Before Caja Rural, Alba Maria Garcia played for Alumisan Pio XII and Baloncesto Feve San Jose Leon. In the past, she was a member of Spanish U16 National Team. They won the gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Kosice, 2006. Garcia was one of the key players with 10.4 ppg and 2.3 spg for 7 games.


Burgos signs young Itziar Llobet - by Kasia

Burgos continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is young Spanish swingman Itziar Llobet (180-G/F-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Kent St.) (180-G/F-93). She turned 19 few months ago and this is her first professional deal. Llobet spent last season with Kent State University registering 9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3 agp for 27 games. However, she decided to return to Spain and got the contract in Burgos. Llobet played for Segle XXI Barcelona from 2008 until the last summer. In 2010/11 season the player averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. A year ago Itziar Llobet helped U18 Spanish National Team to win the bronze medal at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. She had 5.1 ppg, 2.3 apg and 2.2 rpg for 9 games at this event. In 2009, Llobet won the gold medal with U16 Spain at U16 EuroBasket in Naples.


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Homend Antakya lands Dubravka Dacic - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya landed Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances).


Fenerbahce returns its former player Esra Sencebe - by Eurobasket News

Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) is back to Fenerbahce. She was their member from 2004 to 2007. Last two seasons Sencebe spent with Besiktas CT Istanbul. In the latest one the player averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists for 22 TKBL games. She also added 4.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup appearances. Sencebe had lower numbers in 2010/11 season. Before Besiktas, she spent three years with Galatasaray. There she had 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg for 29 TKBL games in their first season together. That year Sencebe was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL 2nd Team. In 2008 and 2010, she was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish TBBL All-Domestic Players Team. Esra Sencebe won three championship titles and two Cup trophies in her career. All of them came with Fener.


Besiktas CT Istanbul strengthened their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas CT Istanbul strengthened their roster with three names for the next season.
Besiktas CT Istanbul (TKBL) re-signed 22-year old domestic center Gonca Karatas (197-C-90). She has played there for the last fourth seasons. Karatas has played there for the last four seasons. While playing 1 Eurocup game for the team from Istanbul she recorded 2 points and 1 rebound. Karatas' team made it to the Turkish Final Four in 2011. She played also 2 games in TKBL where she had 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Karatas played also pro basketball in Latvia and Poland. She was a member of Turkish U20 national team between 2009 and 2010.
Besiktas CT Istanbul (TKBL) agreed also terms with 19-year old domestic guard Gulsah Duman (175-G-93). It's actually her comeback to Istanbul as she played here before. Duman played last season at Mersin Uiversitesi (TKB2L). While playing 19 games for Mersin Uiversitesi she averaged 12.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg and 2.1spg. Duman played also pro basketball in Italy. She is a member of Turkish U20 national team. Duman represented Turkey at the Turkish 3x3 Women Team for World Championships in Greece this year.
Ipek Derici (90) is another player in the team. She played most recently at Orduspor (TKB2L).



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Bunyan Back With Rocks - by Paul Nilsen

Jonny Bunyan (180-PG-92) will return to the Glasgow Rocks for another season after an impressive debut with the club.

Bunyan is widely recognised as Scotland's most promising point guard and proved his worth during the 2011/12 BBL season intermittently stepping into the role in the absence of Rocks import, EJ Harrison, who missed half the season due to injury. During his time on the court, Bunyan was very productive shooting 44% from the field including 38.1% from beyond the 3 point line. He also chipped in with 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Coach Sterling Davis will be hoping to see Jonny continue his rise through the pro ranks and become an influential player within the Glasgow Rocks Franchise."JB showed a huge upside last season considering it was his first season in the BBL. What stuck out the most was his heart and willingness to not back down from anyone. When he came in the game teams definitely respected him which is a credit to his confidence in his ability."

Bunyan will also continue to play for his local National League Team, Clark Eriksson Falkirk Fury, and will be looking to lead them to a championship after narrowly missing out last season. Fan favourite, Jonny Bunyan (180-PG-92) had the following to say about his return to the Glasgow Rocks: "I am really excited about coming back to the Glasgow Rocks for the 2012/13 season. I enjoyed playing against the best players in Britain last year, and I can't wait to get back into it again. I have been working hard on all facets of my game during summer and feel confident that I can really contribute to the team throughout 2012/13."

Bunyan has represented Scotland at all age groups - Cadet, Junior and Senior. He was Scotland junior men's captain in 2010 in the European Championships in Israel and made the Final Cut for the U/20 Team GB squad this summer. Jonny's Scottish heritage makes him a valuable commodity for the Glasgow Rocks as he stands as a great role model for any young aspiring Scottish Basketball Player.

"I am very proud to be Scottish and it makes me even prouder to be able to play for the only Scottish Professional Basketball team. I think there are a lot of talented basketball players in Scotland, hopefully we will begin to see more and more of them making their presence felt within the BBL in the coming years."

Jonny Bunyan (180-PG-92) has joined the Rocks in their pre-season training camps and will be looking to impress during their first friendly fixture against the USA Select Squad on the 9th September, 5:00pm at Kelvin Hall.

With only 3 weeks to go until the official start of the BBL season the Glasgow Rocks squad is almost complete with a further 2 player announcements scheduled for release later this week.



Nuno Follows Lions To London - by Paul Nilsen

The London Lion's roster has been boosted by the signing of Portuguese Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79, agency: Interperformances) ahead of the British Basketball League 2012-13 season.

The 6'2" guard, played last season for Milton Keynes where he averaged nearly 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game in his first season in the BBL.

Pedroso has experience in LEB in Spain where his team won the LEB Bronze before moving up into LEB Silver as well as the Proliga in Portugal where he has been a starter all his career and won the Championship in 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Lions' Head Coach Vince Macaulay commented, "I think Nuno is going to do a good job for us this season, he has been in the UK a year now, he understands what to expect of the League and as a big guard will be comfortable on the defensive end." The playmaker was instrumental in some crucial displays for Milton Keynes last term and is himself, looking forward to getting back into the League, "I enjoyed the BBL last term, I think I can do better this season, I am very excited to be a Lion," confirmed Pedroso.

Pedroso joins a fast appearing Lions roster with a player to be announced every day right up till Saturday.

The first chance for London to see Pedroso, Adrien Sturt, Duane James, Mike Martin and the Lions in action will be on Saturday 8th September at 8pm when the team plays a pre-season friendly against Team USA Select. Tickets will be charged at a flat 6 for this game. Prior to the game the USA B Team will face Essex Leopards at 6pm, both games will be played at the Lions home of Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

For further information on the London Lions, visit www.londonlionsbasketball.com. Tickets are available for all London Lions games at www.ticketmaster.com, including the first BBL home game on Sunday 23rd September at 5pm when the London Lions take on the BBL Champion Newcastle Eagles.



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 20-7 
 2. Indiana F. 17-8 
 3. Atlanta D. 14-13 
 4. New York L. 10-16 
 5. Chicago S. 10-16 
 6. Washington M. 6-22 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 22-4 
 2. L.Angeles S. 18-10 
 3. S.Antonio SS 17-9 
 4. Seattle S. 12-14 
 5. Phoenix M. 6-19 
 6. Tulsa S. 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 32

Sep. 4: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 88-77
Sep. 4: Washington M. - Connecticut S. 70-77
Sep. 5: New York L. - Phoenix M.
Sep. 5: Atlanta D. - Indiana F.
Sep. 6: Seattle S. - Tulsa S.


Fever's Catchings and Mercury's Bonner earn Player of the Week honors - by Eurobasket News

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) of the Indiana Fever and DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played Aug. 27 through Sept. 2.

This marks the first season that Boost Mobile - the WNBA's leaguewide marquee partner - has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.

For Catchings, the reigning league MVP, her fourth Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile honor this season gives her 18 for her career, second most in league history behind only Seattle's Lauren Jackson (19).

Catchings led Indiana to a 3-0 record for the week as the Fever clinched a berth in the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile for the eighth consecutive season. Indiana improved to 17-8 overall - 1 games behind Eastern Conference leader, Connecticut (19-7) - with wins over conference foes Washington, New York, and Chicago.

The 11th-year pro opened the week with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks as Indiana downed the visiting Washington Mystics, 83-68. She then scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed five boards, and added four assists and three steals in a 76-63 road win over the New York Liberty. Catchings closed out the week with a double-double, her sixth of the season, with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort that also included three steals, two assists, and a pair of blocks as Indiana clinched a playoff berth.

For the week, Catchings ranked second among Eastern Conference players in both scoring (18.7 ppg) and steals (2.7 spg), tied for fifth in blocks (1.33 bpg), and finished tied for sixth in both rebounds (6.7 rpg) and assists (3.7 apg). In the process, the University of Tennessee product made 50 percent of her shots from the field (19-of-38, including three of six from three-point range) and 15-of-16 attempts from the free throw line.

For Bonner, winner of the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year award in each of the past three seasons, this marks the second Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile of 2012 and the third of her career.

The Auburn University product, who has started all 25 games for the Mercury to date this season, ranked second in the Western Conference in both scoring (23.0 ppg) and rebounding (10 rpg), while tying for second in blocks

(1.5 bpg). She also averaged three assists per outing as Phoenix defeated the host Seattle Storm, 75-68, and returned home to defeat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 94-90.

Bonner opened the week with game highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds at Seattle, where she also contributed two steals, a pair of assists, and a blocked shot. She then registered 22 points and a game-high nine rebounds along with four assists and a pair of blocks vs. San Antonio as the Mercury won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Bonner leads the Mercury to date in both scoring (20.2 ppg) and rebounds (7.4 rpg). Her scoring output is more than eight points per game better than that of her previous best campaign, when she averaged 12 ppg in 2010.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile were Atlanta's Erika de Souza, Chicago's Epiphanny Prince, and New York's Cappie Pondexter in the East, and, in the West, Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson and Tulsa's Ivory Latta.

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.

For more information on this week's Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Sparks F Ogwumike again selected as WNBA's Rookie of the Month - by Eurobasket News

For the third time in 2012, Los Angeles Sparks forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) has been named the WNBA Rookie of the Month.

Ogwumike, the first overall pick in his year's draft, ranked second among all rookies in rebounds per game (7.6) and field goal percentage (.548) while placing third in points per game (12.0).

Her best performance of the abbreviated August schedule came in LA's first game back after the Olympic break, totaling 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-71 win over Seattle on Aug. 18.

Ogwumike is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest for Los Angeles, which has nailed down a playoff berth and holds second place in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com