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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2013 schedule - by Zoran Popovic

Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2013 will happens from June 29 until June 30. Speakers on Basketball clinic will be Andrea Trinkieri, Aleksandar Trifunovic, Sasa Nikitovic, Miodrag Marjanovic, Ana Veskovic, Mihajlo Miljanic, Brako Vorkapic and Terry Porter .

Schedule

Saturday
9am - Andrea Tinkieri , PnR spacing
12.30pm Aleksandar Trifunovic, Double exit
2.00pm Sasa Nikitovic, Methodology of preparing scouting report
3.30pm Miodrag Marjanovic, Pro slider presentation

Sunday
10.00am Terry Porter , Corner offense
11.30am Andrea Trinkieri, Scouting report use in practice
13.00pm Mihajlo Miljanic, Speed in basketball
2.15pm Branko Vorkapic, Special biomechanical locomotor of basketball players




Gordic probably leaving Partizan mt:s - by Igor Obradovic

Bosnian point guard, Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) probably will leave Partizan mt:s because they will not extended his contract.

Former player of Buducnost, Virtus and Azovmash will become free agent probably in next few days.
In last season for Partzan, Gordic played 20 games in Adriatic league, and have 17.4 minutes per game, 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
He won Adriatic league and Serbian Super league with Partizan in this season.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  San German
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, San German19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.0 
 8. Lytch, Bucaneros15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  San German
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, San German10.8 
 2. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 8. Lewis, Marinos6.8 
 9. Lytch, Bucaneros6.8 
 10. Moss, Guruyu W.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., GEC.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 7. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Santurce3.6 
 10. Stanic, Boca Jrs3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 4. Ciorciari, Santurce1.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 7. Washam, Regatas C.1.4 
 8. Espinoza, Macae1.3 
 9. Clancy, Marinos1.2 
 10. Van Lacke, Boca1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 3. Santiago, Guaynabo1.1 
 4. Meyinsse, Trotamun.1.1 
 5. Espinoza, Macae0.8 
 6. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 7. Weigand, Penarol0.8 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 9. Ayarza, Marinos0.7 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.7 


La Union tab Javier Bulfoni and Alejo Montes - by Eurobasket News

La Union bolstered their roster. They added Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) and Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-G-91).
Javier Bulfoni spent the last season with Atenas. He tallied 11.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LigaA. The guard previously played for Obradoiro, Ricoh Manresa, Leon Caja Espana, CB Cuidad Algeciras, Mallorca and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. He was the member of the Argentinean National Team in 2007/08. Javier Bulfoni made it into Spanish LEB1 All-Bosmans Team back in 2006.
Alejo Montes Cardozo played for Estudiantes Concordia last season. The guard tallied 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in TNA. He helped Concordia to the title. Previously Alejo Montes Cardozo is the product of the Regatas Corrientes basketball school.



San Martin add Eduardo Spalla, keep Ramiro Iglesias - by Eurobasket News

San Martin are building their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89) and Ramiro Iglesias (186-PG-90).
Eduardo Spalla spent the last season with Juventud Sionista de Parana. The forward notched 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in LigaA. Previously Eduardo Spalla had stints with Argentino Junin, Cuidad de Bragado, Club 9, Union Electrica, Atenas. He made it into All-Argentinean TNA 1st Team in 2012. He was the member of U16, U17 and U18 Argentinean National Teams.
Ramiro Iglesias will enter the second straight season with San Martin. Last season the guard averaged 10.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in TNA. He was trumped All-Argentinean TNA Guard of the Year. Ramiro Iglesias was the member of U16, U17 Argentinean National Teams.



Quilmes sign Fabian Sahdi - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes added Fabian Sahdi (189-G-89) to the squad. The guard played for Huracan Trelew last season. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in TNA. Previously Fabian Sahdi had stints with Monte Hermoso and Bahia Blanca. He was the member of U16, U17 and U18 Argentinean National Teams.


Australia nip Argentina at the start of Stankovic Cup - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Argentina 62:59

Australia opened their Stankovic Cup campaign with victory. They held off Argentina in Lanzhou, China. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) came up with 13 points to lead the winners.
Australia surprised the Latin American team with a quick start. The Emerging Boomers took a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Argentina slowly came back to life in the second frame. The Latin American team outscored their opponents to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 25:33. Argentina maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They got within two at the final intermission 44:46. But Australia managed to protect the lead. The Emerging Boomers held their opponents to 15 points in the final stanza and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 9 points, while Jason Cadee (186-G-91) had 10 points in the victory. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) responded with 13 points for Argentina. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 13, Jason Cadee 10, Clint Steindl 9
Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 13, Juan Gutierrez 12



U19 World Championship: Mashayekhi leads Iran past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Argentina U19 84:73

Mashayekhi leads Iran past Argentina in Day 1 of the U19 World Championship. The Asian side posted 84:73 win as the player erupted with 32 points.
Iran took the lead early in the game and won the first period 22-13. Argentina answered with 21-18 rally in the second frame and reduced to 6 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Iran erupted with 29-10 surge for the final push in the game. Argentina managed to respond with a 29-15 burst but could not catch up with the opponents.
Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) delivered 15 points for the winners. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and YAKHCHALIDEHKORDI ended up with 10 points each. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) replied with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 12. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) netted 10, while Patrick Whelan (191-SG-96) and SAIZ brought 9 each.

Iran U19: Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) 32, Vahid Dalirzahan 15, Saleh Foroutannik 10, YAKHCHALIDEHKORDI 10
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 16, Pedro Barral 12, Gabriel Deck 10, Patrick Whelan 9, SAIZ 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia nip Argentina at the start of Stankovic Cup - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Argentina 62:59

Australia opened their Stankovic Cup campaign with victory. They held off Argentina in Lanzhou, China. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) came up with 13 points to lead the winners.
Australia surprised the Latin American team with a quick start. The Emerging Boomers took a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Argentina slowly came back to life in the second frame. The Latin American team outscored their opponents to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 25:33. Argentina maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They got within two at the final intermission 44:46. But Australia managed to protect the lead. The Emerging Boomers held their opponents to 15 points in the final stanza and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 9 points, while Jason Cadee (186-G-91) had 10 points in the victory. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) responded with 13 points for Argentina. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 13, Jason Cadee 10, Clint Steindl 9
Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 13, Juan Gutierrez 12



U19 World Championship: Australia breeze past Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Senegal U19 90:46

Australia accounted for the opening win at the U19 World Championship. The Emus fired past Senegal in Group C opener. Felix Von Hofe nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Australia set the tone early in the encounter. The Emus went on a stunning 26:11 run in the first period. The Australian team maintained the tempo throughout the second period. The Emus piled up a 48:27 halftime lead. Senegal struggled offensively throughout the third period. Australia eased to a massive 36-poitn lead heading into the fourth quarter. Australia held Senegalese opponents at 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) delivered 12 points, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Emus. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) responded with 24 points for Senegal. Khalifa Ndiaye (207-F-94) had 7 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Australia U19: Felix Von Hofe 16, Dane Pineau 12, Nicholas Duncan 11
Senegal U19: Pape Diatta 24, Khalifa Ndiaye 7+10 boards



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  BELGIUM   


Mons Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Belfius Mons-Hainaut has added American forward/center Jason Love (206-F/C-87, college: Xavier) to its roster for the upcoming season. His contract runs for one season.
This will be the 3rd year for the former Xavier Musketeer. It will also be his 3rd team in the Belgian league.
He started his overseas career at Verviers-Pepinster during the 11-12 season. At Pepinster he averaged 13.3pppg and 8.7 rpg (1st in the league).
This past year he played for Port of Antwerp Giants and had averages of 6.7ppg and 5.9rpg. With Antwerp he also played 6 games in the EuroChallenge and averaged 7.5ppg and 4.8rpg.



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  BERMUDAS   


Storm and Bluebirds chalk up basketball wins - by Don Farrell

The Storm and Bluebirds both won their respective games on Saturday night in basketballs CellOne Elite City League.

The Storm handled the Trinity Sound Lions, despite missing captain Steven Simons due to a knee injury. And despite being a smaller team the Storm were able to use their speed, savvy, and experience to beat the Lions with a final score of 62-53.

The second game saw the leagues two top teamsthe Fort Knox Panthers and the two-time defending champion Bluebirdsclash for the number one seed.

Both teams had the same record and knew that by the end only one team would hold sole possession of first place. The Bluebirds came to play and won 59-48 as they weathered an early rush from the Panthers and extended their record to 6-2 thanks in no small part to Chris Crumpler's 31 points.



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnians at Fiba U19 world championships! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians at Fiba U19 world championships!

Even though the country of Bosnia and Herzigovina didnt send a team to represent the country, that doesnt mean the country isnt well represented. The Country has sent five players from her soil to the event. Croatia has three Bosnians on their team Ivan Bender, Domagoj Bosnjak and Valentin Jurkovic. Bender is starting for the team and came up big in the first game in a win going 10-14 from the field, he scored 21pts and added 4rbs and 3ass. Bosnjak added 2pts 2rbs 2ass and a steal in 10 minutes of action. Jurkovic did not play in the game.

Serbia has two players that are key to their team who are from Bosnia. The two Bosnians also happen to be two of the countrys best young prospects Stefan Pot and Doko Salic. Stefan Pot is a hotly sought after young player who came up big in the first game coming off the bench he score 9pts and added 13rbs 5ass and 5 steals! He was essential in a big victory over a talented Brazil team. Doko Salic started for the Serbs and scored 4pts along with 2rbs.
No doubt there will be other big moments for these players who not only represent Croatia and Serbia but also Bosnia and Herzigovina. Good luck to them all!




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  BRAZIL   


Atlanta Hawks Draft Lucas Nogueira After Trading for Mavericks' No. 16 Pick - by Eurobasket Center

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry isn't saying if center Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) and point guard Dennis Schroeder will be ready to play in the NBA next season.

Atlanta acquired both players in the first round - Nogueira through a trade with Dallas at No. 16 overall and Schroeder with the 17th pick that the Hawks had before the draft.

But given that neither played for a college team in the U.S., Ferry will wait to see if Nogueira, a 7-foot center from Brazil, and Schroeder, a 6-1 point guard from Germany, will be ready to handle the demands of the NBA before he decides on their future for next season.

''It's possible,'' Ferry said. ''We're not going to put a line in the sand either way at this point.''

Nogueira was drafted by Boston, but he only stayed with the Celtics for a short time on Thursday night before Dallas moved down in the draft to swing its deal with Atlanta. The Hawks then used the No. 18 overall pick to select Shane Larkin and send the Miami point guard to the Mavericks.

Atlanta, which is heading into its first season with new coach Mike Budenholzer, also acquired point guard Jared Cunningham and the rights to second-round pick Mike Muscala, a center from Bucknell, in the deal with Dallas.

Nogueira, whose massive hairdo caused a stir during the draft ceremony in New York, comes to the Hawks with plenty of character, Ferry said with a grin.

''He has both a tremendous level of talent and charisma as well,'' Ferry said. ''He can do things athletically with his length, from protecting around the rim and finishing around the rim. He has a good understanding of the game, he's a good basketball player and a good teammate.''

Whether it's next season or the following season, the Hawks hope Nogueira can become the starting center who allows Al Horford, a two-time All-Star, to move to power forward.

Nogueira is currently playing for Estudiantes with the ACB league in Spain and has averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds this season.

Source: Yahoo



U19 World Championship: Serbia hold off Brazil in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Brazil U19 65:50

Serbia accounted for the starting win at the U19 World Championship. They prevailed against Brazil in the opening game in Group C. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) notched 15 points to lead the winners.
Serbia opened the game with a stifling defence. They went on a 12:2 run to tip off the clash. Serbia secured a 14:7 lead after ten minutes. Serbia stayed aggressive defensively in the second quarter. The European side accumulated a 32:17 halftime lead. Brazil could not find their rhythm in the third term. Serbia capitalized piling up a 17-point cushion before the fourth quarter. Brazil unloaded 20 points in the final stanza but it was too late to rescue the game. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 12 points, while Stefan Pot (195-G-94) came up with 9 points, 13 boards and 5 assists for Serbia. Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) responded with 19 points for Brazil. Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 15, Nikola Jankovic 12, Stefan Pot 9+13 boards
Brazil U19: Lucas Dias Silva 19, Daniel Bordignon 11



Estudiantes extend deal with Lucas Nogueira - by Eurobasket News

Asefa Estudiantes have renewed the deal with Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) through 2015. Last season the Brazilian centre notched 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in ACB. He was the member of the Brazilian U19, University National Teams. The centre took part at the 2011 World University Games in China. His stats read 4.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in Shenzhen. Lucas Nogueira will participate in 2013 NBA Draft.


Atlanta Hawks select Raul Neto with No. 47 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Atlanta Hawks have selected Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (186-PG-92) with the No. 47 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Neto is a 21-year-old point guard who currently plays for Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB League. He's 6'2, and is very quick and aggressive when handling the ball. His quickness makes him a good penetrator, so he does a nice job getting to the rim.

On the downside, Neto needs to improve his jumper and he's sometimes prone to turning the ball over. He's also not the best athlete in the world, which could be a problem against some of the better point guards in the NBA.

This is the second international point guard taken by the Hawks in the draft, as they also selected Germany's Dennis Schroeder. Atlanta may lose Jeff Teague in restricted free agency, so taking these point guards could be insurance if that happens.

Source: sbnation.com



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Spain hold off Canada - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Canada U18 81:70

Spanish U19 National Team registered the opening win at the World Championship in Prague. They toppled Canada in Group A. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) delivered 23 points to pace the winners.
Canada jumped to an early lead. They led for the first half of the opening quarter before Saiz and Josep Perez gave Spain an 11:8 lead. The European side marched to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second term as Spain settled in. Soon Diaz ballooned the margin to 10 points with two free throws 37:27. Canada were able to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 33:39. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) and Notice helped the North American team to narrow the deficit. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) put Canada in front 40:39. Spain immediately replied with six points in a row to regain the lead. However Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) capped the period with a three-pointer to even things up at 54-all. But Spain stormed into the fourth period. They went on a 15:2 run to clear off and never looked back en route to the win. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) knocked down 17 points, while Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tyler Ennis responded with 20 points for Canada. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Trey Lyles had 17 points each in defeat.

Spain U19: Josep Perez 23, Edgar Vicedo 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 12
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 20, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 17, Trey Lyles 17



Cleveland Cavaliers take Anthony Bennett with No. 1 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket

The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the NBA world by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday, capping several days of swirling speculation about the direction in which owner Dan Gilbert's franchise would go by choosing a talented scoring prospect that few had projected to go off the board first overall.
"I'm speechless right now," Bennett beamed to ESPN's Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) after his selection. "I don't even know what to say."
Neither did the crowd in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, who reacted with what might fairly be described as shock.
Bennett starred as a freshman in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for coach Dave Rice and establishing himself as one of the most productive forwards in the NCAA. How he'll slot in defensively alongside frontcourt mates Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) and Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) remains to be seen Bennett was cited by the DraftExpress analysis team of Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz as a player who often jogged on D, relaxed in his defensive stance, exercised poor fundamentals and seemed to be in less-than-prime condition but his finishing ability around the rim and outside stroke (37.5 percent from 3-point range in his lone season in Vegas) have led many to view him as a strong stretch-four prospect at the next level.
Forwards with the ability to not only win one-on-one matchups on the interior for buckets, but also step out on the floor and threaten a defense with perimeter jumpers can provide spacing for fellow post players on the interior (like, perhaps, incumbent forward/center and fellow Canadian Thompson) or driving lanes for wing penetrators (like, for example, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and rising sophomore shooting guard Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse)), are rare, and in great demand in today's NBA.
"I can contribute at the four, the three," Bennett told reporters after his selection. "There's still things I need to work on, but I feel like I'm a great teammate, unselfish, and I can just fit in right away."
Bennett said he didn't know he was going to be the No. 1 overall pick until he heard his name called.
"I'm just as surprised as everybody else," he said. "I didn't really have any idea of who's going No. 1 or who's going No. 2 I heard everything was up for grabs. I'm just real happy, glad that i have this opportunity, and I've just got to thank God for everything."
While top recruit and Kansas commit Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-SF-95) has drawn plenty of coverage and accolades as the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it's the 20-year-old Bennett who becomes the first Canadian ever chosen first overall in the annual selection.
"It's just crazy I made history," he said. "I can't really complain about that, you know?"


Top 5 Selected
Anthony Bennett
Bennett
Victor Oladipo
Oladipo
Otto Porter
Porter
Cody Zeller
Zeller
Alex Len
Len

1st ROUND
1. Cleveland C. Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) UNLV
2. Orlando M. Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) Indiana
3. Washington W. Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) Georgetown
4. Charlotte B. Cody Zeller (7'0''-C-93) Indiana
5. Phoenix S. Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) Maryland
6. N.Orleans P. Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) Kentucky
7. Sacramento K. Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93) Kansas
8. Detroit P. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93) Georgia
9. Minnesota T. Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) Michigan
10. Portland TB C.J. McCollum (6'3''-G-91) Lehigh
11. Philadelphia 76 Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) Syracuse
12. Oklah.City T. Steven Adams (7'0''-C-93) Pittsburgh
13. Dallas M. Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91) Gonzaga
14. Utah J. Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-SG-92) UCLA
15. Milwaukee B. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'9''-G/F-94) Zaragoza (Spain)
16. Boston C. Lucas Nogueira (7'0''-C-92) Estudiantes (Spain)
17. Atlanta H. Dennis Schroeder (6'0''-PG-93) Braunschweig (Germany)
18. Atlanta H. Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92) Miami, FL
19. Cleveland C. Sergey Karasev (6'8''-SG-93) Triumph (RUS)
20. Chicago B. Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91) N.Mexico
21. Utah J. Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) Louisville
22. Brooklyn N. Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) Duke
23. Indiana P. Solomon Hill (6'7''-F-91) Arizona
24. New York K. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92) Michigan
25. LA Clippers Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G-92) N.Carolina
26. Minnesota T. Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) Colorado
27. Denver N. Rudy Gobert (7'0''-C-92) Cholet (France)
28. San Antonio S. Livio Jean-Charles (6'8''-PF-93) ASVEL (France)
29. Oklah.City T. Archie Goodwin (6'4''-G-94) Kentucky
30. Phoenix S. Nemanja Nedovic (6'3''-G-91) Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)

2nd ROUND
31. Cleveland C. Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92) California
32. Oklah.City T. Alejandro Abrines (6'6''-SF-92) Barcelona (Spain)
33. Cleveland C. Carrick Felix (6'6''-G/F-90) Arizona St.
34. Houston R. Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) Murray St.
35. Philadelphia 76 Glen Rice Jr. (6'5''-G-91) Rio Grande (D-League)
36. Sacramento K. Ray McCallum (6'3''-G-91) Detroit Mercy
37. Detroit P. Tony Mitchell (6'8''-F-92) N.Texas
38. Washington W. Nate Wolters (6'4''-PG-91) S.Dakota St.
39. Portland TB Jeff Withey (7'0''-C-90) Kansas
40. Portland TB Grant Jerrett (6'10''-F-93) Arizona
41. Memphis G. Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-SG-91) San Diego St.
42. Philadelphia 76 Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) Baylor
43. Milwaukee B. Ricky Ledo (6'7''-SG-93) Providence
44. Dallas M. Mike Muscala (6'11''-PF-91) Bucknell
45. Portland TB Marko Todorovic (6'11''-F-92) Barcelona (Spain)
46. Utah J. Erick Green (6'3''-PG-91) Virginia Tech
47. Atlanta H. Raul Neto (6'1''-PG-92) Lagun Aro (Spain)
48. LA Lakers Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91) Duke
49. Chicago B. Erik Murphy (6'10''-PF-90) Florida
50. Atlanta H. James Ennis (6'7''-SF-90) Long Beach St.
51. Orlando M. Romero Osby (6'8''-F-90) Oklahoma
52. Minnesota T. Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-PG-90) N.Carolina St.
53. Indiana P. Colton Iverson (6'10''-C-89) Colorado St.
54. Washington W. Arsalan Kazemi (6'7''-F-90) Oregon
55. Memphis G. Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91) Partizan (Serbia)
56. Detroit P. Peyton Siva (6'0''-PG-90) Louisville
57. Phoenix S. Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-C/F-90) Missouri
58. San Antonio S. Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-SF-91) Ohio St.
59. Minnesota T. Bojan Dubljevic (6'9''-PF-91) Valencia (Spain)
60. Memphis G. Janis Timma (6'7''-SF-92) Ventspils (Latvia)

Courtesy of Yahoo.com



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  CBL   


Coaches - by John Guy


Championship Week - Coaching Profile: Floyd Irons (STL) and Otis Key (BG)

06/25/2013, 10:00pm CDT

By CBL Staff
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ST. LOUIS -- This Saturday night's CBL Championship Game between the St. Louis Hawks and the Bowling Green Hornets, will feature two different types of coaches: the former being one of the most winningest coaches in the history of Missouri high school boy's basketball; the latter being an up and coming rising star, who in his third year of coaching semi-professional basketball, has led each of his teams to a spot in the title game in all 3 seasons.

Floyd Irons, the Head Coach for the St. Louis Hawks, coached the Boys' Varsity Basketball team at Vashon High School in St. Louis for 33 years, from 1974-2006. During this time period, Irons' teams won 10 state championships in Missouri (1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006) and was ranked as the number one high school basketball program in the United States in 2005. Irons had compiled 802 career wins as a high school basketball coach, including producing an NBA player, Anthony Bonner, who was selected in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft and played six seasons in the NBA. This is Irons' second year as coach of the St. Louis Hawks organization, which were known last season as the St. Louis Phoenix and played in the PBL.

Otis Key, the Head Coach for the Bowling Green Hornets, may not have the coaching resume as Irons, but is off to a good start. Before proceeding into the coaching field, Key played three years at Division-I Austin Peay State University during the mid-1990s. He then moved overseas to play professional basketball in the Canary Islands, as a member of the Spanish League, where he was named the 1996-1997 Spanish League Rookie of the Year. Following the 1997-1998 season, Key joined the Harlem Globetrotters and during his ten year stint with the organization, he traveled to over thirty countries across the globe. Key decided to enter the coaching field in 2008, and led the Kentucky Bisons to the ABA title in his first season, and runner-up the following season in 2009. This is Key's first season as the Hornets Head Coach.

Otis Key (6'9''-C-74, college: Lincoln Memorial)



Awards - by John Guy

CBL individual honors, All-Star team announced
Storm's Polk named league's MVP, Hawks' Irons tabbed top coach


By Butch Cooper

ST. LOUIS The Central Basketball League announced the recipients of this year's individual post-season awards, as well as the first-ever All-Star Teams on Thursday.
The League's top individual honors, The Rajah, also known as the Roger Brown Most Valuable Player Award, went to Middle Tennessee guard Demarco Polk. The 5-11 Stratford (Tenn.) High School product was also honored with The Jelly, or the Levern Tart Scoring Leading Award, as he averaged 24 points per game to lead the league.
Polk's best effort came on June 15 as he scored 32 points in a 110-93 loss to Bowling Green. He also had 30-point performances against Bowling Green on May 19 and June 8.
Meanwhile, St. Louis' Floyd Irons was awarded The Slick, or the Bobby Leonard Coach of the Year Award, for leading the Hawks (5-2) to first-place during the regular season and a spot in the CBL title game this weekend.
The Helicopter, or the Charlie Hentz Rebounder Award, along with The Mister Excitement, or the Wendell Ladner Hustle Award, both went to River City's Mike Gills. The 6-6 forward out of Illinois Valley Community College, grabbed 11 rebounds a game, while scoring 18.7 ppg.

The CBL All-Star Team was also selected this week.
Joining Polk and Gills on the first-team was St. Louis forward Alex Jackson (6-6, Missouri-St. Louis), Bowling Green guard Justin Taylor (6-3, Tennessee Tech) and center Tony Key (6-11, Los Angeles C.C.) also from Bowling Green.
Jackson averaged 15.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg, while Taylor had 19.3 ppg and Key netted 12 ppg and grabbed 8.4 rpg.
The second-team consists of guards Jamal Crook (6-3, Western Kentucky) of Bowling Green, Myles Thrash (5-11, Stillman College) of Middle Tennessee and Brandon Lee (5-11, Northwestern) of River City; forwards Corey Hill (6-4, Northern Iowa) of St. Louis and Jason Angels (6-4, Sauk Valley C.C.) of River City; and Middle Tennessee center Fred Hill (6-5, Tennessee State).


Demarco Polk (5'11''-PG)



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 11-3 
 2. Changsha Bank 10-4 
 3. Jiangsu TX 10-4 
 4. Sichuan BW 10-4 
 5. Hong Kong 9-5 
 6. Guangzhou L. 8-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 6-8 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-10 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-12 
 10. Hebei S. 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 26: Heilongjiang - Sichuan BW 93-86
Jun. 26: Guangzhou L. - Hebei S. 92-73
Jun. 26: Nanjin Army - Changsha Bank 77-85
Jun. 26: Chongqing FD - Jiang Xi 118-86
Jun. 26: Jiangsu TX - Hong Kong 108-93

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 28: Changsha Bank - Hebei S.
Jun. 28: Heilongjiang - Chongqing FD
Jun. 28: Hong Kong - Sichuan BW
Jun. 28: Jiang Xi - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 28: Nanjin Army - Jiangsu TX


U19 World Championship: China secure a narrow win against Russia - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Russia U19 61:59

China secure a narrow win against Russia at the start of the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The Chinese team grabbed a 61:59 win due to outstanding performance by Zhou Qi (217-C-96). The latter collected 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Asian side.
China started the game with 19-15 lead and added 14-12 rally in the second frame. The European side replied with a 19-16 rally in the third period and reduced to 2 points entering the last stanza. Rostislav Karenin (202-F/C-94) gave Russia 56:55 lead with 2 minutes to go, while Wu Qian (190-G-94) made two free throws for 60:59. He also added another free throw in the last seconds for 2-point total win.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) scored 12 points, while Wu Qian posted 11. Ji Wei ZHAO followed them with 6 points in a win. Rostislav Karenin scored 14 points in defeat and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) brought 11.

China U19: Zhou Qi 28+17 rebs, Gao Shang 12, Wu Qian 11, Ji Wei ZHAO 6
Russia U19: Rostislav Karenin 14, Serdar Annaev 11



China rally past Puerto Rico in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Puerto Rico 79:67

China recorded the first win at the Stankovic Cup. They overcame Puerto Rico in Lanzhou. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) came up with 29 points to pace the hosts.
China grabbed an early lead in the game. They kept the Latin American side at bay throughout the first ten minutes and secured a 21:16 halftime lead. China did not slow down in the second term. They held Puerto Rico to 13 points in the next period to secure a 41:29 halftime advantage. China maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The hosts record a comfortable 62:43 cushion heading into the fourth period. Puerto Rico fired 24 points in the fourth period but only trimmed the deficit at the end. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) finished with 10 points, while Sen TianGui (191-G-92) added dropped 8 points in the winning effort. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) responded with 18 points for Puerto Rico. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) and Carlos Strong (193-G-87, college: Boston U.) had 9 points each in the loss.

China: Duan JiangPeng 29, Zhai Xiaochuan 10, Sen TianGui 8
Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 18, Derick Beltran 9, Carlos Strong 9



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U19 World Championship: Croatia roll past South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19 - South Korea U19 106:89

Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with a sizzling performance in the opening game of the U19 World Championship. The Croatian rising star stepped up with a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to pace Croatia past South Korea in Group A opener.
Croatia got to somewhat a sluggish start to the game. The Korean team jumped to a 25:20 lead at the first break. But the European team led by Saric slowly returned into the contest. They exploded with 26 points in the second stanza to trim the gap at a single point at halftime 46:47. Croatia sparked with a 33:18 rally in the third period to leave the Korean team far behind. Croatia stayed red hot offensively exploding with 27 points in the fourth frame and sealing the victory. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Ivan Bender (206-C-95) added 21 points for the winners. Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) responded with 35 points for South Korea. Gibeom Cheon (187-G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Dario Saric 32+12 boards+12 assists, Mislav Brzoja 21+10 boards, Ivan Bender 21
South Korea U19: Sangjae Kang 35, Gibeom Cheon 12



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Ondrej Peterka Moves from Pardubice to Svitavy - by Surujh Roopnarine

22-year old forward Ondrej Peterka (195-F-91) is the newest member of Turi Svitavy. The 6-5 Peterka had spent his entire career with BK JIP Pardubice, coming up the junior ranks to the senior team. This past season he saw his time split between BK JIP Pardubice and Hradec Kralove of the 1.Liga. In 39 games with BK JIP Pardubice, he logged 14 minutes per contest and averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. In 23 games with Hradec Kralove, his numbers improved to 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals. A talented youg wing player, Peterka will have to fill the shoes of the departed Pavel Milos in Svitavy's lineup.


Mitch Rolls is the First New Addition for BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec - by Surujh Roopnarine

American rookie Mitch Rolls (183-PG) is the first new addition for BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec for the 2013-14 Mattoni NBL season. Rolls, a 6-0 combo-guard out of Coffeyville, Kansas, just completed his collegiate career at Colgate. A four-year starter, Rolls started 32-games last season as a senior, averaging 7.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 35.9% from the field, 34.1% from three and 76.9% from the free-throw line. According to Radim Valcha (Lions Sports Director), Rolls will arrive to Jindrichuv Hradec in September, and the club has high expectations from him not only for his offensive talents, but as well as point guard skills and tenacity on the defensive front. Rolls finished his career at Colgate ranked 7th all-time in career three-point field goals made (171) and 2nd all-time in assists (365). For his career Rolls connected on 171 of 455 three point attempts.


U19 World Championship: The defending champions overcame the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Lithuania U19 74:77

The defending champions overcame the hosts in their start of the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. Lithuania U19 grabbed a 77:74 win against Czech Republic on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
It was a great start for both teams. Lithuania U19 took 25:23 lead at the end of the first period, but Czech Republic tied it all at 42:42 at the halftime. The hosts looked better in the third period and managed to take 2-point lead after 30 minutes, but could not keep the win. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) nailed three for 72:68, while Denis Krestinin (202-PF-94, agency: Beo Basket) posted two for 74:70. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) made a free throw for 77:72, but then the hosts could reduce to final 3 points.
Marius Grigonis top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis and Denis Krestinin netted 14 each. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) as well as Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) had 12 each. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) followed them with 8 points.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 21, Petr Safarcik 12, Adam Pechacek 12, Radovan Kouril 8
Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 16, Jokubas Gintvainis 14, Denis Krestinin 14



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Rutherford leaves Svendborg - by Thomas Soltau

After two very productive seasons in Svendborg the team's leading scorer Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87, college: Catawba) will end his stay with the club. For a long time rumors had the player heading to Germany. In this two seasons with the Rabbits Rutherford performed very well individually, however the team could not quite get over the finals hump and win the title.

The latest news has Rutherford signed for an Israeli team. Surely a step in the right direction for the talented young player.

Eurobasket Denmark wishes Donald all the best of luck in the upcoming season.




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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Huracanes PP 2-0 
 2. Reales LV 1-1 
 3. Indios SFM 0-1 
 4. Metros STGO 0-1 
South Division
 1. Cocolos SPM 2-0 
 2. Titanes DN 1-0 
 3. Leones SD 0-1 
 4. Caneros LR 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 27: Cocolos SPM - Caneros LR 81-76
Jun. 27: Reales LV - Huracanes PP 77-91
Jun. 28: Titanes DN - Leones SD
Jun. 28: Metros STGO - Indios SFM



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ESL Madrid Day 4 is applauded by all in attendance! - by ESL News

La Serna 73 - El Arroyo 65

Day four of the Eurobasket Summer League in Fuenlabrada, Madrid has continued to impress everyone who has attended the event thus far. All the coaches, sporting directors and agents from ACB, Leb Gold, Silver, Spain and Europe have continued to discuss players and how impressed they are with the talent level here in the first year of the Eurobasket Summer League in Fuenlabrada. Players were put through drill work in the morning where everyone worked extremely hard before they went home to rest for the afternoon games. Now, for the first game of the afternoon El Arroyo loses steam in the second half and La Serna makes the way to their third win in a row of the Eurobasket Summer League, as the team that has most wins thus far. The start of play was equally matched (18-18 end of first quarter). The game flowed from one basket to another like a highly skilled tennis match, leaving the second quarter ending with 38-33 in favor of La Serna. Affected its level of success in direct proportion to how extended the difference on the scoreboard, thanks to the points scored by Adrian Santiago Laso and Villena (total: 12 pts, 3 reb., 2 ace). Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) was the top scorer of the match with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist in 31 minutes. El Arroyo had a great contribution from Alexis Elsener (194-G/F-88) (19 pts., 6 reb).

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/16.pdf

El Naranjo 92 - Loranca 79

Unlike the first meeting, the confrontation between Loranca and El Naranjo predicted a future not very encouraging for the Loranca players who are riddled with injuries and just trying to survive the summer league. It was a great effort on Loranca's part as they never quit and they were only able to close the gap in the final minutes to 92-79. The lack of success (4/23 shots of 2, 3/20 shots 3) joined the lack of enough defense served to increase the gap until the break (17-46). In the second half saw a change in attitude when they stepped on the court, entered with renewed energy to gain assured them part of the third quarter (28-19) but, despite all your effort and the great comeback that lead would stay to 8 point lead in the 38th minute, which approached the idea of an extension, but it never happened because El Naranjo was unstoppable as they continued each time on the scoreboard. The best profile of the game, no doubt, Emiliano Void (193-G-89) of El Naranjo was very important in the victory with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his 27 minutes on the floor.

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/17.pdf



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CEDEVITA ZAGREB lands Repesa on bench - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita Zagreb put a veteran head coach in charge of the team, ahead of its 2013-14 Eurocup campaign. The Croatian side has handed rains to Jasmin Repesa (agency: Court Side ), signing a four-year deal. Repesa, 52, arrives after his one-year with Unicaja Malaga, where he led the club to a 8-8 record in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, but finished ninth in the Spanish League.

Repesa's career is highlighted by reaching the 2004 Euroleague title game with Fortitudo Bologna of Italy
and taking Benetton Treviso of Italy to the 2011 Eurocup Final Four.

In three different stints with Cibona, he led the club to four Croatian titles, in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2012. In between those, he coached Tofas Bursa to a pair of Turkish League crowns and Fortitudo Bologna to the 2005 Italian League title.

He also coached Split of Croatia, Slask Wroclaw of Poland, Lottomatica Roma and Benetton in Italy. Repesa is currently the head coach of the Croatian national team, a post he held also from 2005 to 2009, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 2008 Olympics in China.



Gravelines and Nizhny Novgorod will play in Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

The Russian team announced that they will play in Eurocup

Russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod announced on Twitter that they will play in Eurocup next season.
BC Nizhny Novgorod lose in VTB league in quater-finals against Lithuanian champion, Zalgiris Kaunas with 3-1 in series. In Russian league they finished season in eight place.
Today, Franch club Gravelines-Dunkerque also too announced his participation in the second best European Cup.
Gravelines-Dunkerque finish season in France in first place but in play-off they was defeated by Nanterre, who become new champion and provide playing in Euroleague.
In EuroChallenge, Gravelines took fourth place, after close defeat against Krasnye Kryila (78:81) and another defeat against German club, Oldenburg.



PAOK confirm Eurocup wild-card - by Igor Obradovic

After Panionios, one more team from Greece will be play in Eurocup in season 2013/14.

PAOK Thessaloniki accepted the proposal made by ULEB and will be play in Eurocup next season. The Greek team accepted a wild card.
In Greece league, PAOK finished season in fourth place in regular part of the season, but in quaterfinalas they are defeated by AGO Rethymno by 2-0 in series.

PAOK have two championship of Greece they won, in 1959 and in 1992. In 1993 they finish in third posistion in Euroleague.



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Kyle Hines pens deal with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) pens deal with CSKA Moscow for 2013/2014 season. The American forward will leave Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league. In 33 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 4.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Hines also played 31 games in Euroleague where he had 9.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. In 2008 Kyle Hines was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA) in fifth round (21st overall).
Among other achievements he received All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd team award back in 2007. Hines has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets Bamberg) and Italy (Prima Veroli).



Petway signed for two years with Olympiacos - by Giorgos Diploidis

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus has reached a deal with ex-AGOR's player Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan)y for the next two years. The Ameican power-forward-center is expected to take the place of Kyle Hines who will continue his career in CSKA.

Coach Bartzokas targets to add more post offense in Olympiakos' game style and his next target is to bring back Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) who passed the last month by wearing the shirt of Barcelona. The player from Kilkis has as a target to play of a euroleague team next period.




JSF NANTERRE re-signs star guard Meacham - by Diamadis Farmakis

French League champion JSF Nanterre took an important step forwards to keep a competitive roster in its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut next season by re-signing guard Trenton Meacham for one more year. Meacham (1,88 meters, 27 years old) averaged 12,8 points and 3,1 assists in 34 French League games last season, hitting 44.7% of his three-point attempts.

He helped Nanterre to win the French League title and reach the French Cup final

Meacham has also played for Paris Levallois in France, BG Goettingen in Germany and WBC Kraftwerk Wels in Austria since finishing his college career at the University of Illinois (NCAA)

Meacham, who played the 2010-11 Eurocup with Goettingen, is set to make his Euroleague debut next season

''These are good news, given the important role that Trent should have during the season," Nanterre head coach Pascal Donnadieu said. "He is the leader of out team and I want to thank him for his confidence in this club and his willingness to face new challenges together.''



CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir - by Ernest

CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir for the next season. The 38-year old Specialist will help Ettore Messina on helm of the team.
Dan Shamir will come from Hapoel Holon in Israel.He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game. Shamir's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2010.
In EuroChallenge last season Hapoel Holon advanced to the Second Stage, but could not make it to the Play-offs. Gravelines needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. In that game American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Hassell added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.



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Denver Nuggets selects Joffrey Lauvergne with No. 55 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Denver Nuggets selected French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 55 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Lauvergne seemed likely to be one of the last picks in the draft, so the 6'11 prospect was lucky to hear his name called a few before the end of the night..

The 21-year-old is an athletic power forward that spent the early portion of his career, but has molded himself into more of an athletic post presence as of late. He'll need to get stronger to guards 4s in the NBA, but his presence above-the-rim on offense should help him transition easier than some of the less mobile European bigs with hopes of making the jump.

As interesting it would be to see an athletic-type power forward with an up-tempo squad like the Nuggets right off the bat, he's most likely going to be stashed overseas for a considerable amount of time.

Lauvergne played for three different teams this past year so fitting in with his new squad in the NBA shouldn't be a tremendous adjustment. The question is when will Lauvergne be available to play in the NBA, though, as multiple reports indicate he's under contract with Partizan in Serbia for the next two seasons.

Source: sbnation.com



San Antonio Spurs take Livio Jean-Charles in 2013 Draft - by Eurobasket Center

The San Antonio Spurs chose French forward Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 28 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

The 6-foot-9, 217-pound Jean-Charles played for Villeurbanne, which is co-owned by Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

''It's one of those Hollywood deals where your people talk to our people and Tony was their people and our people,'' San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford said.

The pick continues a trend for San Antonio, which has selected international players such as Parker, Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Tiago Splitter (Brazil) in recent drafts.

Tim Duncan is 37 and Ginobili is a free agent who turns 36 next month, but both are expected back. The Spurs have reached the conference finals the past two seasons and no major roster changes are expected.

Jean-Charles, 19, had 27 points and 13 rebounds against the USA Junior National Select Team during the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Both of those totals rank among the top seven in the event's 16-year history.

A small forward in France, he is expected to play wing in the NBA.

''We like his size, we like his athleticism,'' Buford said. ''We're hopeful he can play a couple of positions. We think it's a real good development opportunity.''

Jean-Charles averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes for Villeurbanne while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. He is expected to continue playing overseas for some time, which is what Ginobili and Splitter did prior to joining the Spurs.

''That would be in my expectations that he is not here this year,'' Buford said. ''I'm not going to try to predict his growth opportunity. When the time is right, we hope that it will be right for him and for us and for the team.''

Source: yahoo.com



Denver Nuggets select Rudy Gobert with the 27th pick of the NBA draft - by Eurobasket Center

The Denver Nuggets selected Frenchman Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) with the 27th pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night but were planning to trade the 7-foot-2 power forward.

French bigman spent last season in Cholet Basket (ProA). In 27 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and a league best 1.9bpg. He also played 3 games in EuroCup averaging 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0bpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention.

The Nuggets don't want to pay nearly $3 million in guaranteed money over three years to a player who won't log many minutes this season on a deep team that new general manager Tim Connelly inherited when he took over for Masai Ujiri.

Connelly wasn't in the market for another young prospect in this draft, not with a young roster that already features 20-year-olds Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller, 22-year-old Jordan Hamilton and 23-year-olds Kenneth Faried and Anthony Randolph.

Source: yahoo.com



Aix-Maurienne announce Dar Tucker - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne have bolstered their squad. They confirmed the signing of Dar Tucker (193-SF-88, college: De Paul). The forward is actually coming back to Marienne. He played for the team back in 2011/12 season. Dar Tucker tallied 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ProB then. He was the All-Star Game Slam Dunk winner then. Last season Dar Tucker spent in D-League. He played for the Reno Bighorns. His stats read 15.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Dar Tucker was named All-D-League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011.


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Germany bruise France - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - France U20 63:58

Germany celebrated the first win at the Turgut international tournament in Istanbul. They knocked down French counterparts to improve at 1-1 record. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) dropped 19 points and grabbed 11 boards to pace the winners. France fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Germany eked out a 13:9 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened a 7-point lead at 20:13. Tolksdorf opened a double digit lead for Germany late in the first half 27:17. France were able to narrow the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 24:31. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third term. They headed into the fourth frame up by 9 points 46:37. Bogdan Radosavljevic opened a 13-point lead for Germany early in the fourth frame. France cut the deficit to 5 points with under a minute remaining. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) scored quick four points to drag Les Bleus within 2 points 58:60. However Kenneth Ogbe (197-SG-94) and Brembly sank three free throws and sealed the win for Germany. Hans Brase (203-F) notched 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe added 7 points in the win. Paul Turpin (192-G-93) answered with 10 points for France. Alexandre Chassang had 9 points in the losing effort.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19+11 boards, Hans Brase 12, Kenneth Ogbe 7
France U20: Paul Turpin 10, Alexandre Chassang 9



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Turgut Atakol Tournament: Germany bruise France - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - France U20 63:58

Germany celebrated the first win at the Turgut international tournament in Istanbul. They knocked down French counterparts to improve at 1-1 record. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) dropped 19 points and grabbed 11 boards to pace the winners. France fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Germany eked out a 13:9 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened a 7-point lead at 20:13. Tolksdorf opened a double digit lead for Germany late in the first half 27:17. France were able to narrow the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 24:31. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third term. They headed into the fourth frame up by 9 points 46:37. Bogdan Radosavljevic opened a 13-point lead for Germany early in the fourth frame. France cut the deficit to 5 points with under a minute remaining. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) scored quick four points to drag Les Bleus within 2 points 58:60. However Kenneth Ogbe (197-SG-94) and Brembly sank three free throws and sealed the win for Germany. Hans Brase (203-F) notched 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe added 7 points in the win. Paul Turpin (192-G-93) answered with 10 points for France. Alexandre Chassang had 9 points in the losing effort.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19+11 boards, Hans Brase 12, Kenneth Ogbe 7
France U20: Paul Turpin 10, Alexandre Chassang 9



The Atlanta Hawks Draft Dennis Schroeder - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The rumours where Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) might be headed were rampant the last weeks as the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks were teams that were interested, but instead the German landed in Atlanta. The Atlanta Hawks took Schroeder at position 17. Schroeder is a 19 year old 181cm guard that played his whole young career with the Spot Up Medien Baskets/Phantoms. Last season with Braunschweig he played 31 games: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 83.8%, played also at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB): 8 games 23.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.1apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 87.8% He was always seen as a big talent, but especially in the last year he has improved much and scooped up three eurobasket awards with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Most Improved Player -13, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -13, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -13. He was also the youngest German ever to play at a Beko BBL allstar game. His stellar play at the recent Nike Hoop Summit tournament helped his leverage in the 2013 NBA draft. It will be interesting to see, if the German plays one more season in Europe or if he will play with the Atlanta Hawks already this season.


Karl Democh Heads To The BG Aschersleben Tigers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


KKarl Democh (194-SG-94) heads back to BG Aschersleben Tigers where he played a few years ago. Democh is a 19 year old 194cm shooting guard that started his career with TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga). Last season he played for the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels U19 team (NBBL) where he averaged 13,0ppg and 5,4rpg. "When Karl asked us if he could return to play for us, we didnt hesitate. He is a young, talented German player that fits in our concept. He also knows his situation here which will help him. I think that his year in the NBBL helped him and gave him self confidence", stressed Tigers manager Alexander Rolle. "It is a nice feeling to return. I felt very comfortable two years ago. I think this is a good situation and I have agood feeling baout it. I will give my all and work for every playing minute in practice", stressed KKarl Democh.

Source: BG Aschersleben Tigers





Steven Clauss Returns To The FRAPORT SKYLINERS And Eric Detlef Is Named Director Of Their Youth Program - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Steven Clauss is no unknown face for the Fraport Skyliners as he once worked for the club from 2001-2008 as he guided the basketball academy Rhein-main and also was an assistant coach for Murat Didin. He retuns back to the club now and will coach Eintracht Frankfurt/FRAPORT SKYLINERS NBBL team. "I am happy to return back to the FRAPORT SKYLINERS to their successfull youth program in coopertaion with Eintracht Frankfurt", stressed Steven Clauss . The team also announced that Eric Detlef who was the Pro B coach and assistant coach for the Beko BBL team last season will be director of the youth program. "It is great that we have Steve on board. I know him and respect him since many years. Having him will bring the program forward. I look at my upcoming tasks as positive since we have support with Olaf Kanngieer, Klaus Mewes, Andreas Bob, Tim Michel and Sakir Murtezani. We want to continue the direction that Harald Stein took so that talented players from the region get the optimalaid", added Eric Detlev

Source: FRAPORT SKYLINERS e.V.





Julius Jenkins Remains With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


EWE Baskets Oldenburg fans got a big treat going into the weekend with the announcement that Mr clutch Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) will remain with the team for another season. Jenkins is a 32 year old 187cm guard that has played in Germany since 2006 and doesnt seem to get sick of the Beko BBL. After stints with Alba Berlin and the Brose Baskets Bamberg, the Florida native will play a second season with Sebastian Machowski. Last season Jenkins played 45 games in the Beko BBL averaging 13.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 74.5%; EuroChallenge: 17 games: 13.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 72.5%. Jenkins get a one year contract extension. "He gave us and the fans much happiness. He took on much responsobility and was a big part of our success. I am happy that we will have the same guard constellation this season", stressed Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg



The Telekom Baskets Bonn Retain Jamel Mclean - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Telekom Baskets Bonn are doing a good job trying to keep their roster intact in that not long after giving Benas Vaikalas a contract extension, they have done the same for Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier) Mclean is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Hampton, Virginia that came in the second half of the season and was a big reason why Bonn made the playoffs. He started the season with Scafati Basket (Italy-Lega2, starting five); EuroChallenge: 5 games: 10.0ppg, in Oct.'12 moved to Telenet Oostende (Belgium-Ethias League), left in Dec.'12: Eurocup: 6 games: 4.7ppg, 4.8rpg; Belgian Ethias League: 5 games: 7.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, FT: 42.9%, in Jan.'13 signed at Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL, starting five): 21 games: 13.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 65.9%, 6.6rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, FT: 69.6%. "To be honest, we are all relieved that we could keep him despite his good play and the interest from many other teams", stated Bonn president Wolfgang Wiedlich. For Bonn, the American scored in double figures 15 times including four double doubles. "Jamel has had an unbelievable development and convinced us with good play, effort and passion. I am happy that he will continue to play for us", stressed Bonn head coach Mathias Fischer.

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn



Steven Bennett (Dennis Schroeder Can Compete With All The Guards In The NBA Draft) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade) is a 24 year old 173cm point guard from Los Angeles that just completed his first season for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB) and now is playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL). With Braunschweig he played 10 games averaging 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6% He is one of the few special players that has a tenacity and will to win that is unmatched; it is impossible to judge him based upon height alone because he can compete with anyone in the world. He has proven this in the Maui Invitational division I tournament in 2010, and was recognized as one of the top players (All-Maui Award) from a field of other top US point guards such as Kemba Walker, Kailin Lucas and Brandon Knight. Bennett is known for his great court vision and passing ability, and is able to get in the lane at will and finish against anyone with either left or right hand. Every team bases their defensive strategy around Bennett and is forced to take create his own shot and take his three point shots off the dribble. He is an excellent shooter, but wants to continue to improve his already respectable 40% three point percentage. Steven is known for having excellent leadership skills, and is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. He played at Citrus JC (JUCO) from 2007-2009 and then played at Chaminade (NCAA2) He played three games with possible 2013 NBA draft pick Dennis Schroeder and talked to Eurobasket about playing with him and his chances in the NBA Draft.

Thanks Steven for talking to eurobasket. You have had a whirlwind of a rookie season taking you from Cyprus to Australia via Germany. It is now June, how is your body holding up? It has been a very long season for you.

A: It has been a long season, but I am holding up pretty well. I have always trained hard to keep my body in top shape, and I think that this added time in Australia has been great for continuing to keep me in shape and work on my game for next season.

You play for a team called the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL). How do you like Australia. How does the SBL league compare to the German PRO B where you played ten games for?

A: I like Australia so far. It has been nice to be in a country where I understand the language. The German Pro B league and Europe in general, was more centered around the pick and roll.

You could have gone home in April and have a long summer vacation. What were the main reasons for continuing your rookie season in Australia?

A: When the opportunity arose, I decided to come to Australia because I figured I could keep my body in shape while playing, and because I am a rookie, I wanted to take in as much experience as I could this year.

What is it like playing for a team that all has Australien players. Do they look up to you because you are an American that knows how to score?

A: I don't know if they look up to me or not, but I try to be a good leader by example. I try to work hard at all times, and as a point guard, I take it upon myself to make everyone better.

What is something that you have learned about in Australia that you never knew before you came down under?

A: I didn't know they really had kangaroos just roaming around. We went to an away game a couple weeks ago, and we just passed one when we were driving. That was crazy to me.

You had a very strong season in the PRO B where you dominated. You averaged 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. How pleased were you off your short season in Braunschweig?

A: I was pleased, but I am never content. I know that I can always improve, so that's where my work ethic comes in. I am the type of person to constantly set goals, and since it is so early in my professional career, I have a lot more goals to meet.

Despite being a rookie and having such a strong season, on what areas would you have liked to have flourished more in your short time in Germany?

A: I think just adjusting to the European game and tempo, which would have developed more if I was there for a longer period of time.

Without knowing all the hype that was around Dennis Schroeder, would you have thought that he could be a potential first round draft pick in the NBA

A: Yes I think so, he is very young, but very experienced for his age. He has a much more mature and developed game than a lot of American players of his age.

You played three games together with Dennis Schroeder. In the last season game you had a typical game with 35 points and eight assists and he had 14 points and eight assists. If Schroeder gets drafted, is the game video something you would show your grand children one day?

A: I have been fortunate enough to play in some pretty big games in my career, including 7 nationally televised ESPN games against eventual NBA players when we were all in college. So I do have quite a few for the collection, but I definitely would add this game video where I am playing alongside a potential NBA draft pick as well.

What kind of an experience was it playing in the back court with Dennis Schroeder? What is something that you would like to have from his game?

A: It was a great experience because we just understood each other as basketball players. We took turns controlling the ball, and who ever had played the best over the course of the first three quarters, would control the majority of the fourth quarter. As a defender, he has long arms, which I thought helped him to play really good defense as a point guard.

Many compare him to Rajon Rondo, but if you had to choose a second NBA guard who would you compare him too?

A: I think Rondo is probably the best comparison, but I don't think it's fair to compare him really. Now that he's getting drafted, he's going to make a name for himself.

When you look at the other guards in the draft like Trey Burke, Michael carter Williams, CJ Mccollum or Shane Larkin, he is behind all of them. Where do you see Schroeder in all facets of the game in comparison to these guards?

A: I think he will compete with all of these guards. He has the athleticism and length to defend any of those guards, and I think his experience playing in Germany professionally has helped develop his game tremendously. His basketball IQ is great as a result.

Do you see him having a long NBA career? His young age and the skills he already has and his development long from over has to be scary with the possibility of how good he can still get?

A: Definitely. I think that his potential is unlimited. It is just a matter of how much time he puts in and how hard he works. At the end of the day, Im firm in the saying: "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

What was the most amazing thing that you saw Dennis Schroeder do in a practice or game?

A: I don't think there was anything in particular, but more of something that I noticed continually. His composure on the court for such a young guy was amazing.

In all the chats you had with Dennis Schroeder, what will always stick in your mind with the words he gave you?

A: I really don't any particular words that stood out.

Do you think that you will return to Germany next season? You surely have the game for the PRO A.

A: I appreciate that. I really liked Germany, so we will see. I just want to keep being able to perform on bigger and bigger stages and continue to showcase my game against better and better competition. I excel in games where I am the most challenged, I am an extremely competitive person.

When will you be home in the States and how does a normal Steven Bennett work out day look like in the summer?

A: I will be home either early or late August depending on how my team here finishes off the season. When I do get home, my workouts start at 6:00am with drills and skills at my old high school gym. Then after a couple hours, we head outside to the track and do agility or plyometrics. Then we go home for a bit and eat, and then lift weights in the afternoon. Then the day usually ends with an open run somewhere in Los Angeles or a summer league game in the Drew League.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A: The last DVD movie I watched was Role Models.


Thanks Steve for the chat.




Myles Hesson Brings Some UK Flair To The Lti Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season was like a dream for Myles Hesson (195-F-90) as he was one of the best players in the PRO B with Weissenhorn then got promoted at the end of the season to ratiopharm Ulm jumping up two levels and even breathing playoff air and now his journey will continue with Giessen as he is set to make a name for himself at this level. Hesson is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Birmingham and last season for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB) played 20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.'13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. "We are happy that such a spectacular player has chosen us and sees that it is the right step to play pro A for his development. He is very good athlete that is very versatile on offense and defense and has much potential. He mostly played power forward in the Pro B, but to play at a higher level, we see him more at the positions two and three which will make the team more flexible", stated Giessen head coach Denis Wucherer. Hesson started his basketball career in 2009 for the Birmingham Aces (EBL2, starting five): 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. In 2011-2012, he played for the Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. Last season in the Pro B, Hesson scored in double figures in every game except one. His best game was a 34 point 19 rebound explosion against Dresden. In the Beko BBL, he had 12 points against MBC and 11 points against Braunschweig. "I am looking forward to the challenge with Giessen. I had good talks with Denis Wucherer and am convinced of his concept. My goal is to play a good role with the team and develop", stressed Myles Hesson. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been British U20 National Team -09-10, European Championships U20 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -09: 7 games: 3.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, European Championships U20 Division B in Austria -10: 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1spg, British National Team -12, British 3x3 Mixed Team for World Championships in Greece -12, British 3x3 Men Team for World Championships in Greece -12
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -13, and German Bundesliga Semifinals -13


Source: LTi Giessen 46ers










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Bucks pick Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece in NBA draft - by Eurobasket Center

The Milwaukee Bucks select Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: FCM) with the fifteenth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

Playing it safe was a real possibility for the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick in Thursdays National Basketball Association draft.

Get some help for a depleted backcourt. Take Shane Larkin or Sergey Karasev or Dennis Schroeder.

But Bucks general manager John Hammond had his eye on a potential all-star talent in 18-year-old small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, dubbed the Greek Freak after his talents started to become known last winter.

And Hammond decided to roll the dice on the youngest player in the draft.

Theres no question there were safer picks but nothing with this kind of upside, nothing close to this, Hammond said. Thats the key component of what we have here.

How are we going to get our next all-star? I dont want to put that on this kids shoulder, but I think he has that skill set to become that, if it all falls together for him.

The Bucks consider Antetokounmpo a small forward at 6-foot-9 and 196 pounds, but he has ball-handling skills of a point guard. Some NBA scouts have called him a poor mans Kevin Durant, comparing his game to that of the Oklahoma City Thunder star.

This kid is built like him, long arms and big hands, Bucks coach Larry Drew said. When you watch him move up and down the floor, youll see some resemblance.

But we cant put that kind of pressure on this kid. We have a lot of work to do with him, which we will.

The Bucks selected Larry Sanders at No. 15 in 2010, a move that paid off last season with the 6-foot-11 Sanders becoming a defensive force and finishing third in balloting for the leagues most improved player award.

But taking Antetokounmpo was an even bolder move.

He is thin, there is no doubt about that, Hammond said. But hes going to fill out just with natural maturation.

From the offensive end of the floor, I think he could find a way to be on the floor right now, at 19 years old (in December), and play. I think hes got to be a small forward.

Defensively with the lack of strength, he is going to have some issues to deal with there. Maybe we try to help him a little bit on the defensive end, if he does get on the floor.

But Hammond made it clear he wants the young player to be in Milwaukee next season.

He loves the game, Hammond said. He has a great smile and a great skill set.

There is a real transition period for him. Youre talking about a kid who has only been out of the country (Greece) one time. And that was a few weeks ago when he played with the Greek national team.

He wants to have his family here with him, and were going to work hard to have that happen.

The sooner we can get him on the floor, the better its going to be. You look at it and say, Is it going to be a D-League type situation? I hope not. The best thing to do is just keep him right here with us, be around NBA players, NBA games, NBA travel. Let him grow and develop.

If he hits, this kid could be special.

Antetokounmpo was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the draft and went to the stage to pick up his Bucks hat from NBA Commissioner David Stern.

I know Im not ready; I have a lot of work ahead of me, Antetokounmpo said in a news conference at the Barclays Center. But Im not afraid.

I will give everything on the court, in the gym. And I will prove to the Milwaukee Bucks that they made the right choice.

Antetokounmpo is the son of Nigerian parents who immigrated to Greece and he was born in Athens. He played last season for Filathlitikos in Greeces second division and averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 26 games.

But the competition was hardly at an NBA level.

Still, his name started to be tossed about in NBA circles last December when league scouts first started to catch on to his emerging talent.

Hammond took a trip overseas to watch him, and the Bucks kept following him. Director of player personnel Dave Babcock scouted him recently when Antetokounmpo played for the Greek national squad.

We started watching him after Christmas and got excited about what we saw, Hammond said.

Hes 6-foot-9. I dont know how much bigger hes going to get. He loves to handle the ball. His favorite thing is to grab it off the glass, take it himself in transition and he has amazing vision.

He shoots the ball well. Were all giddy. Everybody is giddy on draft night. I remember when we drafted Brandon (Jennings) we said he had all-star speed and quickness.

But I do think this kid has potential all-star talent. He has an older brother and two little brothers; they just live in the gym. I know he has a real passion for the game, and I know he wants to be great.

Antetokounmpo signed a contract with a Spanish pro team in Zaragoza, but Hammond said that would not be a problem and a buyout would be done.

He did sign a contract, but most every international player has some buyout clause they deal with, Hammond said. He has the same sort of thing. The league allows us to do our part, and he has to do his personal part. Its basketball business.

But hes going to come right away.

Hammond admitted the Bucks now must deal with their depleted backcourt after passing on a number of candidates. Schroeder went 17th to Atlanta. Larkin was selected 18th by the Hawks but was traded to Dallas and 6-7 small forward Sergey Karasev was picked 19th by Cleveland.

We liked some of those players, Hammond said. We will answer that (the backcourt) in free agency. Thats what we have to do and we understand that.

If it was about need and being safe, wed take the backcourt pick. This was about taking the best player on the board.

Drew said he will be patient with Antetokounmpo.

I said John, He will not be there at 15, Drew said. This kid has a chance to be very special.

He does defend. He is very rangy at 6-9. He has been taught some defense over the years. He gets down in a stance and moves his feet. And you can tell he really wants to learn.

Weve got to get him stronger and get him adjusted to playing against stronger guys. But I really think this kid will learn fast. He wants to prove he can get better.

Source: jsonline.com



Petway signed for two years with Olympiacos - by Giorgos Diploidis

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus has reached a deal with ex-AGOR's player Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan)y for the next two years. The Ameican power-forward-center is expected to take the place of Kyle Hines who will continue his career in CSKA.

Coach Bartzokas targets to add more post offense in Olympiakos' game style and his next target is to bring back Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) who passed the last month by wearing the shirt of Barcelona.
The player from Kilkis has as a target to play of a euroleague team next period.



2013-14 Euroleague season draw set for July 4 - by Diamadis Farmakis

The new basketball season starts with the draw for the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, on Thursday, July 4 in Barcelona at 12:00 CEST. The draw will be held in two parts: one to decide the four groups of six teams, that will make up the regular season and the other to set the bracket for the eight-team qualifying rounds, whose winner will become the final regular season team.

For the eighth consecutive year, the 2013-14 draw may be watched live through the official website of the Euroleague and in countries across the continent through broadcasters Eurosport, NTV Spor of Turkey, NTV Plus of Russia, Sportitalia of Italy, TV3 of Spain and Sportklub of Serbia, among others.

Immediately after the draw, fans may also see live-streamed interviews on Euroleague.net with Turkish Airlines Euroleague club management giving their impressions of the draw results.

The draw follows the Euroleague Basketball Institute Annual Workshops, a week-long series of events that brings together Euroleague head coaches, industry professionals and special guest speakers on subjects like ticketing, marketing or communications, among others.



Yiannis drafted as the no.15 and is officially the highest ever (for Greek) in the NBA Drafts. - by Chris Mammides

Yiannis Adetokubo (206-G/F-94, agency: FCM) has drafted last night in the no.15 of the NBA Drafts and is the top (until the next one) Hellene in the NBA Drafts, ever. Yiannis will sign his three years contract in with the team which selected him, Milwaukee Bucks for an amount which will be 4.5 million Dollars.
The team of Milwaukee through its General Manager stated that they totally believe in the talented Hellene player and they want to work with him on all issues in order to start as soon as possible.

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the top selected Hellene player in the NBA Drafts and one of the hottest projects for the Hellenic Basketball.



Will he be the top Hellene ever in the NBA DRAFTS? - by Chris Mammides

The rising star of European Basketball, Giannis Adetokoubo (206-G/F-94, agency: FCM) might be the top Hellene ever to be drafted in NBA tonight. Yiannis will be also one of the younger players ever to be drafted in NBA since he is not even 19 years old (December 1994). According to the odds, Yiannis will be drafted in a position between the 7th and the 28th in the NBA drafts with the 7th being the highest and incredibly difficult to be reached.

The talented Greek international player (U18) is expected to break some records tonight for the Greek basketball in the NBA drafts, coming from the Greek A2 the player of Filathlitikos (and now of the Spanish Zaragoza) is expected to get a position in the top 15 players in the NBA Drafts of 2013 and will become also one of the youngest players in the history of NBA.

Among the most incredible elements of the young Hellene player is no other than the fact that his body changed dramatically as his size increased by15cm in the last two years reaching the 2.06cm and being among the tallest point guards ever. Yiannis is characterized and reminds a lot the NBA star Kevin Durant while some other Basketball experts do characterize him as being very close to the French international star of NBA, Nic Batum

The Hellenic Basketball perceives that Giannis Adetokoubo will be drafted in the best highest position after Kostas Koufos no.23, Sofoklis Schortsianitis no. 34, Nic Calathes No. 45 and Antonis Fotsis No. 48, all of which have been drafted in the last decade.

Rumors brings over Olympiakos (The Euroleague champion) to transfer him from Zaragoza back to Piraeus port within the next couple of days.....

Yiannis according to the NBAs projection will need several years of top Euro-level competition to get him ready for the rigors of the NBA. Based on his potential he'll likely be selected by the 20th pick in the first round.

According to most European projections though, Yiannis has some unbelievable body skills: he is 6 ft 9 with long arms, great coordination, perfect balance and impressive fluidity that allows him to play all positions except center. His ball handling is simply amazing for a guy of this size, and also the court vision: he has all the characteristics of a point guard. He is skinny, but virtually unstoppable when he drives to the basket, with both hands. He is a high risk, he has no experience at a high level, lacks a specific role and his shot is not very reliable."

Eurobasket wished all the best to the Greek Rising star



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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 14-2 
 2. Portland C. 14-5 
 3. Vancouver V. 13-5 
 4. Salem S. 8-9 
 5. Nippon T. 1-16 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Seattle F. 1-3 
 3. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 4. East Bay PB 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C. 94-143
Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T. 136-109
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S.
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S.
Jun. 29: Vancouver V. - East Bay PB
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F.
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C.



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  Foolad M.
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.22.6 
 2. Williams, Foolad M.18.6 
 3. Kamrani, Foolad M.16.8 
 4. Milic, Al Kuwait16.4 
 5. Veisi, Foolad Mahan12.7 
 6. Kardoust, Champvil.9.1 
 7. Elson, Mahram8.4 
 8. Shirjang, Foolad M.8.3 
 9. Davari, Foolad M.8.3 
 10. Kone, Foolad Mah.8.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko MILIC
  Al Kuwait
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 9
 1. Milic, Al Kuwait9.0 
 2. Kone, Foolad Mahan8.0 
 3. Williams, Foolad M.7.6 
 4. Elson, Mahram6.6 
 5. Kardoust, Champvil.5.6 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.5.1 
 7. Zarghi, Mahram4.1 
 8. Davari, Foolad M.3.7 
 9. Sedighi, Mahram3.4 
 10. Kamrani, Foolad M.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Saman VEISI
  Foolad Mahan
  (189-G-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Veisi, Foolad Mahan3.6 
 2. Kamrani, Foolad M.3.4 
 3. Williams, Foolad M.3.3 
 4. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.2.6 
 5. Aslani, Mahram2.5 
 6. Davari, Foolad M.2.2 
 7. Kone, Foolad Mahan1.1 
 8. Milic, Al Kuwait1.1 
 9. Akbari Bishe., Foo.1.0 
 10. Mashayekhi, Mahr.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Foolad M.2.9 
 2. Elson, Mahram2.4 
 3. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.1.5 
 4. Mashayekhi, Mahram1.5 
 5. Kamrani, Foolad M.1.5 
 6. Milic, Al Kuwait1.1 
 7. Davari, Foolad M.1.0 
 8. Veisi, Foolad Mahan1.0 
 9. Aslani, Mahram1.0 
 10. Kone, Foolad Mah.0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Asghar KARDOUST
  Champville
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kardoust, Champvil.1.7 
 2. Elson, Mahram1.1 
 3. Nikkhah Bahr., Foo.0.6 
 4. Kone, Foolad Mahan0.4 
 5. Rezaei, Mahram0.4 
 6. Williams, Foolad M.0.4 
 7. Salmani, Foolad Ma.0.3 
 8. Mashayekhi, Mahram0.3 
 9. Milic, Al Kuwait0.3 
 10. Sedighi, Mahram0.3 


U19 World Championship: Mashayekhi leads Iran past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Argentina U19 84:73

Mashayekhi leads Iran past Argentina in Day 1 of the U19 World Championship. The Asian side posted 84:73 win as the player erupted with 32 points.
Iran took the lead early in the game and won the first period 22-13. Argentina answered with 21-18 rally in the second frame and reduced to 6 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Iran erupted with 29-10 surge for the final push in the game. Argentina managed to respond with a 29-15 burst but could not catch up with the opponents.
Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) delivered 15 points for the winners. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and YAKHCHALIDEHKORDI ended up with 10 points each. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) replied with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 12. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) netted 10, while Patrick Whelan (191-SG-96) and SAIZ brought 9 each.

Iran U19: Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) 32, Vahid Dalirzahan 15, Saleh Foroutannik 10, YAKHCHALIDEHKORDI 10
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 16, Pedro Barral 12, Gabriel Deck 10, Patrick Whelan 9, SAIZ 9



Washington Wizards select Arsalan Kazemi at No. 54 - by Eurobasket Center

Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi (200-F-90) was selected by the Washington Wizards in Thursday's NBA Draft, the 54th overall pick in the second round.

Kazemi played one season at Oregon after spending his first three college years at Rice, earning a waiver to play immediately at Oregon amid allegations of racial discrimination at Rice for the Iranian national. He had 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Ducks last season, and he averaged 15 points and 10 boards in Oregon's three NCAA tournament games before losing to eventual champion Louisville in the Sweet 16.

Over his four collegiate seasons, Kazemi asserted himself as one of the top rebounders in the country. He never averaged fewer than 9.1 rebounds per game in a season. The question with his staying power in the NBA is of what position he'll play and whether he can score enough to stick. Listed at 6'8, he was never able to be a consistent part of Oregon's offense, especially on set plays. At his size, he's likely a power forward in the pros who will have to find some way to contribute apart from his superior rebounding skills if he wants a lasting career.

Kazemi may not be the most talented guy on the floor, but there's no denying his heart and tenacity, especially around the rim. The Wizards are a team that's currently rebuilding, and Kazemi's toughness will be a welcome addition in D.C. if he's able to lock down a roster spot.

Source: sbnation.com



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U19 World Championship: USA leave no chance for Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Ivoire U19-USA U19 29:88

USA leave no chance for Cote d'Ivoire in the last game of the U19 World Championship Day 1. One of the favorites started the campaign with a confident 88:29 win.
Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-F-94) gave USA their first lead but then Dalen Traore (6'8''-C-95) replied for 2:1. It was the only and the last lead for Cote d'Ivoire. USA grabbed 34:10 at the end of the first period and never looked behind after. Moreover USA added 22-7 rally in the second period and enjoyed a 56:17 halftime advantage. USA also added 19-5 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with a 13-7 rally.
Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Jarnell Stokes as well as Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) added 12 each. Joel Okafor (5'11''-G-96) followed them with 10 points in a win. Dalen Traore poured in 9 in defeat and TOURE posted 8.

Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 9, TOURE 8
USA U19: Justice Winslow 14, Jarnell Stokes 12, Aaron Gordon 12, Joel Okafor 10



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BC Studenti and Sigal Prishtina with new transfers - by Onur Decani

The newly promoted team to the Superleague, BC Studenti are strengthening their squad. They lastly confirmed the joining for power forward David King (198-F, college: Lindenwood) to their squad. The college boy earlier played for Lindenwood University in NCAA2, and he is going to turn pro at BC Studenti.
Another team that signed a player with non-pro experience is Sigal Prishtina, the team that is going to play also in Balkan League next season. Point guard Ceola Clark III (190-G-89), who played for Western Illinois University is turning pro at Sigal Prishtina.



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Memphis Grizzlies select Janis Timma with No. 60 pick - by Eurobasket Center

With the 60th and final draft pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Latvian forward Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM).

Timma is a hard-nosed player who earned a reputation of being a sharpshooter overseas. He is still raw as a prospect and will need to continue developing physically if he hopes to play regularly in the NBA, although there is some potential for the night's last selection.

Timma has been an NBA prospect for years now, and he finally made the decision to head to the United States during the spring. The main flaw to his game comes on the defensive end; scouts have noticed a lack of effort there throughout most of his professional career. On the other end, he often settles for poor jump shots instead of either dishing to a teammate or attacking the rim.

The Grizzlies have done a fine job developing young players in recent years. Timma will be another project, but if he buys into the system, he could be a solid find with the final pick of the second round.

Source: sbnation.com



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U19 World Championship: The defending champions overcame the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Lithuania U19 74:77

The defending champions overcame the hosts in their start of the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. Lithuania U19 grabbed a 77:74 win against Czech Republic on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
It was a great start for both teams. Lithuania U19 took 25:23 lead at the end of the first period, but Czech Republic tied it all at 42:42 at the halftime. The hosts looked better in the third period and managed to take 2-point lead after 30 minutes, but could not keep the win. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) nailed three for 72:68, while Denis Krestinin (202-PF-94, agency: Beo Basket) posted two for 74:70. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) made a free throw for 77:72, but then the hosts could reduce to final 3 points.
Marius Grigonis top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis and Denis Krestinin netted 14 each. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) as well as Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) had 12 each. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) followed them with 8 points.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 21, Petr Safarcik 12, Adam Pechacek 12, Radovan Kouril 8
Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 16, Jokubas Gintvainis 14, Denis Krestinin 14



Select Nemanja Nedovic With No.30 Pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Warriors traded with the Suns and then selected Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.

However, it is unlikely that he will be in the NBA season. Viewed as a mid-to-late second-round pick, he may have been a reach, but Golden State will not have to pay him overseas.

He is a 64 combo guard with athleticism out of this world. Compared to Derrick Rose overseas, you can imagine what his game is like.

His decision-making needs to improve for him to make an impact on an NBA team, but it will likely be sometime before he is expected to contribute.

Nedovic spent last year in Lithuania playing for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. In 10 Euroleague games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He also played 17 games in VTB League (10.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg) and 18 games in Lithuanian LKL where his stats were: 18 games: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.8apg.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea23.8 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. Elliott, Navolato21.2 
 8. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Gastonia.9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.5 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 9. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Abdul-Awwel, Noga.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 3 of Finals. Navolato earn second victory - by Eurobasket News

Navolato - Hermosillo 60-59

Froilan Verdugo sank a late jumper to give the decisive lead to Navolato as they ran away with the second win over Hermosillo in the Finals. Rayos de Hermosillo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) helped adding 8 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) scored 4 points and 9 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 21+9reb+2ast, M.Elliott 11+1reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 9+5reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 8+8reb, B.Toombs 7+6reb+2ast, A.Villalobos 2+2ast
Hermosillo: K.Spain 15+7reb+4ast, J.Camacho 11+3reb+1ast, P.Sanders 11+1reb, S.Monreal 8+7reb+1ast, D.Palazuelos 6, J.Lopez 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 242612



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Portland takes Marko Todorovic with No. 45 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Trail Blazers have made a habit of dipping into Europe for players in recent years, and they did it again Thursday, drafting Marko Todorovic (210-F-92) with their 45th pick.

Todorovic, a 6-foot-10, 243-pound forward from Podgorica, Montenegro, played for F.C. Barcelona and in the Spanish ACB league this past season. He played sparingly, averaging 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in seven minutes in Euroleague play for F.C. Barcelona.

The NBA scouting report says of Todorovic: "Good instincts. Above-average lateral quickness for his size, which can catch opponents off guard on the offensive end.
Very productive offensive rebounder who generates second-chance baskets.

The pick originally belonged to Boston, which traded it to the Blazers in a multi-team deal that also brought Sasha Pavlovich to Portland last summer.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said Todorvic will remain in Europe this season. He is under contract to FC Barcelona the next two seasons

Source: oregonlive.com



Minnesota Timberwolves select Bojan Dubljevic with No. 59 pick - by Greg

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Montenegrin big man Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 59 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Dubljevic isn't one of the more well-known European prospects, but the 21-year-old had a very productive season in a very good league last year. Dubljevic averaged 12 points and and nearly four rebounds in just 20 minutes a game for Valencia in the ultra-competitive Spanish ACB last season, but his lack of size and athleticism might make his ceiling be a very good European player rather than a potential NBA role player.

Dubljevic will almost certainly be stashed over in Europe for a few years before coming over to the United States. If Kevin Love leaves Minnesota, Dubljevic could possibly be used as a player that helps replace Love, as he's a stretch 4 that has three-point range. Obviously Dubljevic is nowhere near the talent of Love, but there are some similar qualities.

Source: sbnation.com



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 8. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Parker, San A.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


D12 Saga - by Alex Yam

Free agency has not officially started, and the rumors are swirling that Dwight Howard will in fact leave Los Angeles, for less money, less a year on his contract. If your the Lakers, this may seem like a shot to the mouth, but is it?

Experts believe the path to least resistance is to let Howard walk once free agency begins, the Dwight and Kobe partnership clearly does not work, and the system is not something D12 wants to be a part of, AKA D'Antoni.

The billboard imploring Howard to stay, which caught national media attention, may have been something that ultimately the Lakers regret they "invested" in. Clearly, the power is on that of Howard and his team, rather then arguably the most storied franchise in all of professional sports.

Many believe Howard's decision has already been made up, and it does not point to resigning with the Lakers. Free agency begins Monday. Let the games begin.



New Orleans Pelicans pick Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel, trade him to 76ers for Jrue Holiday - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn't talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) and a second-round pick Thursday night. Demps can't comment on the deal until it is officially approved by the NBA about July 11, when the league's new fiscal year starts. But Holiday's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed the trade. The Pelican's first-round pick sent to Philadelphia is protected if it fall from Nos. 1-5, meaning the Pelicans retain it if it's in the top five. The Pelicans also acquired the rights to point guard Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) out of Baylor, who was drafted with the 42nd pick in the second round by the 76ers. Holiday, 23, was an All-Star last season in the Eastern Conference after averaging 17.7 points and 8.0 assists. Holiday, 6 feet 4, 205 pounds, is considered to be one of the quickest guards in the league. Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon welcomed Holiday by tweeting, "Jrue will be great for us, very excited.'' But the surprising trade appeared to catch Noel off guard after he was initially selected by the Pelicans. While backstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Noel said he was looking forward to playing for the Pelicans and with Anthony Davis, last year's top pick who also attended Kentucky. Then when he was told he was traded to 76ers, Noel said he looked forward to playing with Holiday, not knowing the point guard was going to the Pelicans. "Whenever a player's injured, sometimes he can fall," Demps said of Noel, who was projected to be the top overall pick, which Cleveland surprisingly used on Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) of UNLV. "We had him pretty high (on their board). "Crazy things happen on draft day." Holiday signed a four-year, $41 million contract extension with the 76ers just before the start of last season and the deal includes incentives that could increase his contract to $46 million. Holiday will become the second-highest paid player on the Pelicans' roster at $11 million, behind Gordon's $14.2 million salary he's set to make this upcoming season. One of Holiday's strengths is his durability. He's missed only 14 games in the past four seasons, playing 298 games out of a possible 312. Holiday missed four games last season with a sprained left foot. After playing only one season at UCLA, Holiday entered the 2009 NBA draft and was the 17th overall pick by the 76ers and emerged as a starter during his rookie season. With the Pelicans acquiring Holiday, it's uncertain what their plans are for last season's starting point guard Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, college: Maryland), who had a breakout season after averaging a career-high 13.9 points and 9.0 assists, which ranked third in the NBA. The Pelicans also have Austin Rivers, who played both point guard and shooting guard as a rookie last season, and Brian Roberts, who becomes a free agent July 1. ''What will happen is best for my career ... So do not worry I'll be fine wherever,'' Vasquez tweeted after news of the trade spread. In a draft lacking elite talent, Noel was rated the No. 1 center prospect after playing just one season at Kentucky. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds before he was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February. He'll be ready to play mid-December at the earliest.
Courtesy of: nola.com



Cleveland Cavaliers take Anthony Bennett with No. 1 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket

The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the NBA world by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday, capping several days of swirling speculation about the direction in which owner Dan Gilbert's franchise would go by choosing a talented scoring prospect that few had projected to go off the board first overall.
"I'm speechless right now," Bennett beamed to ESPN's Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) after his selection. "I don't even know what to say."
Neither did the crowd in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, who reacted with what might fairly be described as shock.
Bennett starred as a freshman in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for coach Dave Rice and establishing himself as one of the most productive forwards in the NCAA. How he'll slot in defensively alongside frontcourt mates Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) and Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) remains to be seen Bennett was cited by the DraftExpress analysis team of Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz as a player who often jogged on D, relaxed in his defensive stance, exercised poor fundamentals and seemed to be in less-than-prime condition but his finishing ability around the rim and outside stroke (37.5 percent from 3-point range in his lone season in Vegas) have led many to view him as a strong stretch-four prospect at the next level.
Forwards with the ability to not only win one-on-one matchups on the interior for buckets, but also step out on the floor and threaten a defense with perimeter jumpers can provide spacing for fellow post players on the interior (like, perhaps, incumbent forward/center and fellow Canadian Thompson) or driving lanes for wing penetrators (like, for example, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and rising sophomore shooting guard Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse)), are rare, and in great demand in today's NBA.
"I can contribute at the four, the three," Bennett told reporters after his selection. "There's still things I need to work on, but I feel like I'm a great teammate, unselfish, and I can just fit in right away."
Bennett said he didn't know he was going to be the No. 1 overall pick until he heard his name called.
"I'm just as surprised as everybody else," he said. "I didn't really have any idea of who's going No. 1 or who's going No. 2 I heard everything was up for grabs. I'm just real happy, glad that i have this opportunity, and I've just got to thank God for everything."
While top recruit and Kansas commit Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-SF-95) has drawn plenty of coverage and accolades as the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it's the 20-year-old Bennett who becomes the first Canadian ever chosen first overall in the annual selection.
"It's just crazy I made history," he said. "I can't really complain about that, you know?"


Top 5 Selected
Anthony Bennett
Bennett
Victor Oladipo
Oladipo
Otto Porter
Porter
Cody Zeller
Zeller
Alex Len
Len

1st ROUND
1. Cleveland C. Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) UNLV
2. Orlando M. Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) Indiana
3. Washington W. Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) Georgetown
4. Charlotte B. Cody Zeller (7'0''-C-93) Indiana
5. Phoenix S. Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) Maryland
6. N.Orleans P. Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) Kentucky
7. Sacramento K. Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93) Kansas
8. Detroit P. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93) Georgia
9. Minnesota T. Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) Michigan
10. Portland TB C.J. McCollum (6'3''-G-91) Lehigh
11. Philadelphia 76 Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) Syracuse
12. Oklah.City T. Steven Adams (7'0''-C-93) Pittsburgh
13. Dallas M. Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91) Gonzaga
14. Utah J. Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-SG-92) UCLA
15. Milwaukee B. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'9''-G/F-94) Zaragoza (Spain)
16. Boston C. Lucas Nogueira (7'0''-C-92) Estudiantes (Spain)
17. Atlanta H. Dennis Schroeder (6'0''-PG-93) Braunschweig (Germany)
18. Atlanta H. Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92) Miami, FL
19. Cleveland C. Sergey Karasev (6'8''-SG-93) Triumph (RUS)
20. Chicago B. Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91) N.Mexico
21. Utah J. Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) Louisville
22. Brooklyn N. Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) Duke
23. Indiana P. Solomon Hill (6'7''-F-91) Arizona
24. New York K. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92) Michigan
25. LA Clippers Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G-92) N.Carolina
26. Minnesota T. Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) Colorado
27. Denver N. Rudy Gobert (7'0''-C-92) Cholet (France)
28. San Antonio S. Livio Jean-Charles (6'8''-PF-93) ASVEL (France)
29. Oklah.City T. Archie Goodwin (6'4''-G-94) Kentucky
30. Phoenix S. Nemanja Nedovic (6'3''-G-91) Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)

2nd ROUND
31. Cleveland C. Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92) California
32. Oklah.City T. Alejandro Abrines (6'6''-SF-92) Barcelona (Spain)
33. Cleveland C. Carrick Felix (6'6''-G/F-90) Arizona St.
34. Houston R. Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) Murray St.
35. Philadelphia 76 Glen Rice Jr. (6'5''-G-91) Rio Grande (D-League)
36. Sacramento K. Ray McCallum (6'3''-G-91) Detroit Mercy
37. Detroit P. Tony Mitchell (6'8''-F-92) N.Texas
38. Washington W. Nate Wolters (6'4''-PG-91) S.Dakota St.
39. Portland TB Jeff Withey (7'0''-C-90) Kansas
40. Portland TB Grant Jerrett (6'10''-F-93) Arizona
41. Memphis G. Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-SG-91) San Diego St.
42. Philadelphia 76 Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) Baylor
43. Milwaukee B. Ricky Ledo (6'7''-SG-93) Providence
44. Dallas M. Mike Muscala (6'11''-PF-91) Bucknell
45. Portland TB Marko Todorovic (6'11''-F-92) Barcelona (Spain)
46. Utah J. Erick Green (6'3''-PG-91) Virginia Tech
47. Atlanta H. Raul Neto (6'1''-PG-92) Lagun Aro (Spain)
48. LA Lakers Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91) Duke
49. Chicago B. Erik Murphy (6'10''-PF-90) Florida
50. Atlanta H. James Ennis (6'7''-SF-90) Long Beach St.
51. Orlando M. Romero Osby (6'8''-F-90) Oklahoma
52. Minnesota T. Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-PG-90) N.Carolina St.
53. Indiana P. Colton Iverson (6'10''-C-89) Colorado St.
54. Washington W. Arsalan Kazemi (6'7''-F-90) Oregon
55. Memphis G. Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91) Partizan (Serbia)
56. Detroit P. Peyton Siva (6'0''-PG-90) Louisville
57. Phoenix S. Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-C/F-90) Missouri
58. San Antonio S. Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-SF-91) Ohio St.
59. Minnesota T. Bojan Dubljevic (6'9''-PF-91) Valencia (Spain)
60. Memphis G. Janis Timma (6'7''-SF-92) Ventspils (Latvia)

Courtesy of Yahoo.com



Garnett to waive no-trade clause for Nets, Cetlics blockbuster - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics are engaged in ongoing discussions on a trade involving Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas). The deal has reached the ownership level and Garnett will waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. The Nets would trade Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota), Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama), Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse), Keith Bogans (6'5''-G-80, college: Kentucky) on a sign-and-trade and three first round picks to the Celtics for Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona). Brooklyn would also send first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that the 2016 and 2018 picks would be unprotected. The Celtics can also elect to swap pick with the Nets in 2017. The Nets will fully guarantee the $12 million owed to Garnett for the 14-15 season. The Celtics held discussions on a trade of Garnett to the Clippers as part of the Doc Rivers' deal. The NBA has blocked the Clippers and Celtics from trading any players this season. The Celtics are motivated to begin rebuilding their roster.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Mike DAntoni hires Mark Madsen as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

It was only a month ago that Mark Madsen was being introduced at the Lakers practice facility as the new head coach of the D-League Los Angeles Defenders. Madsen was a logical choice as head coach after he spent a season as an assistant under Johnny Dawkins at Stanford and his prior playing days with the Lakers. However, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, Madsen received a promotion to the big leagues: A person with knowledge of the situation said Lakers coach Mike DAntoni is adding former Lakers forward Mark Madsen as an assistant coach.
Since the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, head coach Mike D'Antoni has lost all of his assistant coaches, besides his brother Dan. Madsen is slated to take Chuck Persons role on the staff as he will primarily handle the duties of coaching the big men. It will be interesting to see who he coaches, as it was reported earlier that Dwight Howard is unlikely to return to the Lakers. During his time with the Lakers, Madsen was known more for his dance moves then his play on the court, but filled a valuable role of being a great teammate during championship seasons. With another addition to the staff, DAntoni must fill the other vacancies as he lost out on potential lead assistant Alvin Gentry, who decided to go to the Clippers.
Courtesy of: lakersnation.com



Lawrence Frank becomes Nets' assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Lawrence Frank has agreed to become an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets. He will join Jason Kidd 's coaching staff. Frank guided the Detroit Pistons during the last two seasons. He is not new to the Nets. Lawrence Frank worked as assistant coach with the team back in 2000/04 and 2005/2010 seasons. Frank also had a stint working as assistant coach with the Boston Celtics in 2010/11 season.


Nuggets trade Koufos to Grizzlies for Arthur - by Eurobasket News

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Denver Nuggets have traded Kostas Koufos (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) to the Memphis Grizzlies and have also dealt their first-round pick in Thursday night's draft to the Utah Jazz. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deals hadn't been announced. The Nuggets didn't want to pay another young prospect to sit on their bench. So, they traded Frenchman Rudy Gobert (7'0''-C-92), whom they selected with the 27th pick, to the Jazz for cash and the 46th pick, the person said. They also traded Koufos to the Grizzlies for forward Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) and the 55th pick, opening the way for JaVale McGee to start for them in 2013-14.
Courtesy of: tsn.ca



CU Buffs' Andre Roberson headed to OKC Thunder via trade after being picked No. 26 in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Former Colorado forward Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) was selected with the No. 26 pick in the NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, and he ended up going to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was drafted by Minnesota, which held the No. 26 pick but was choosing for Golden State, which then traded him to the Thunder. Roberson, the reigning Pac-12 defensive player of the year, was chosen higher than many experts had predicted. Colorado coach Tad Boyle said the pick was a "win-win situation" for Roberson and the CU program. "He's a high-level rebounder, one of the best in the country, if not the best," Boyle said by phone Thursday. "He's a big-time defender. He can guard multiple positions. Those things translate pretty well from college to the professional game." Roberson tweeted "Thunder Up!" late in the evening, but didn't talk with the media as the trades continued to unfold. During the craziness of the second round, Colorado State 7-foot center Colton Iverson was taken with the 53rd pick, which Indiana traded to Boston for cash. Iverson will be part of a Celtics team that made a big trade Thursday. The Celtics and Nets agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and three first-round picks scattered over the next five years. The deal has to be approved by the NBA and can't be finalized before July 10. Last month, Roberson's father, John, told The Denver Post that his son chose to leave CU a year early because he didn't think that Boyle and his staff were developing Andre's NBA game enough, particularly on the offensive side. But Boyle said he was in contact with his former player. "I texted Andre today and wished him luck tonight, and he hit me back," Boyle said. "We've had a good relationship." Roberson did not return phone calls to The Denver Post or to the CU athletic department. In his junior season at Colorado, Roberson ranked second nationally in rebounding with 11.2 per game and averaged 10.9 points per game.
Roberson finished his three-year career at CU with 1,012 points and 1,045 rebounds and was the only player in CU history to finish his career with 1,000 points and rebounds, 150 blocks and steals, and 100 assists. He became the eighth CU player selected in the first round, but joins Chauncey Billups, David Harrison and Alec Burks since 1997. Iverson spent just one season at CSU after transferring from Minnesota, but he led the Rams with 14.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds. He blocked a team-high 25 shots. Although many questioned Roberson's decision to leave CU, advanced analysis boosted his value. A statistical model run by ESPN analyst Kevin Pelton ranked Roberson as the No. 3 player in the draft class.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



Trade-filled draft day sees Mavericks land Miami point guard Shane Larkin, who could still be swapped - by Eurobasket News

In a topsy-turvy day directed at clearing salary cap space in hopes of landing one or more of the leagues top free agents this summer, the Dallas Mavericks made two major trades in the first round of Thursdays NBA Draft and wound up with polished point guard Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92). Earlier in the night, the Mavs used the 13th pick to draft Gonzaga power forward Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91) and then traded him to the Boston Celtics for the No. 16 selection and two future second-round picks. The Celtics then drafted Brazil center Lucas Nogueira (7'0''-C-92), who invariably became property of the Mavs. But Nogueira quickly became trade bait as the Mavs shipped his rights, second-round point guard Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.) and their second-round pick (No. 44) to Atlanta for the No. 18 pick, which the Hawks used to draft Larkin. It remains to be seen whether the Mavs keep Larkin, who played two seasons for the Miami Hurricanes and is the son of former pro baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. This past season Shane Larkin (5-foot-11, 176 pounds) led the Hurricanes to the NCAA Sweet 16. A first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team All-American pick, Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game. Whats more, Larkin was heralded as the best point guard at the Chicago combines. If youre looking at point guards, Larkin has really grown on me because hes undersized and he plays bigger, said Ryan Blake, the senior director of NBA scouting operations. He tested the best at our combines. Hes so quick; hes a very cerebral player. He has a high IQ, and he can really separate and score and pass. Larkin joins a Mavs squad that was in desperate need of a solid point guard after it went through a series of inconsistent playmakers this past season that included Darren Collison, Derek Fisher, Mikes James, Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois. The addition of Larkin could pay dividends for the Mavs, who missed the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2000. One year out of the playoffs to me is already one year too many, said forward Dirk Nowitzki, who won a championship with the Mavs in 2011. Its been a tough two years right after we won it. Being patient in sports is tough, especially at my age. I just turned 35 and Id love to compete at the highest level for the last couple of years. Before trading for Larkin, the Mavs had their hands on Nogueira, a 7-foot, 240-pounder from Brazil. Nogueira, 20, has a 7-foot-6 wingspan and could have filled the need the Mavs had for a rim protector had they kept him. Nowitzki, meanwhile, just wanted the Mavs to secure someone who could help them get back in the playoffs and back in the championship picture. For the first time, Nowitzki was even stationed in the Mavs war room during the draft. Its not like I watch enough college to really make educated decisions here, Nowitzki said. Our scouts and obviously our coaches have been preparing for this day since after the season. I didnt watch enough college basketball to really have an insight on some of these guys. I only know a few players honestly. I watched March Madness, but thats about as far as my college hoops and my insights go. If they keep this pick, the Mavs are just hoping Larkin is the long-lost point guard theyve been searching for since Jason Kidd bolted for the New York Knicks last summer during free agency.
Courtesy of: star-telegram.com



Warriors deal into draft to take Nedovic 30th - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors moved into the first-round of the NBA draft Thursday night and took Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic (6'3''-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the 30th overall pick.
The Warriors entered the draft without a pick before a flurry of deals gave them the final pick of the first round. Golden State first acquired the No. 26 pick from Minnesota for cash and a future second-round pick and then traded down three spots to No. 29 with Oklahoma City. The Warriors followed that by flipping spots with Phoenix and taking Nedovic 30th overall. The 22-year-old Nedovic played in Lithuania last season, averaging 9.8 points and 2.1 assists for Lietuvos rytas in 10 Euro League games. Nedovic, listed at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, played the previous three years in Serbia.
The Warriors also acquired guard Malcolm Lee (6'4''-G-90, college: UCLA) from the Timberwolves in the initial deal. Lee averaged 4.9 points in 16 games for Minnesota last season. General manager Bob Myers wanted to acquire a pick after the team had lost both picks in previous deals. Golden State's first-round pick (21st overall) ended up with Minnesota, finally paying off a debt from a series of complicated moves that started when the team sent a protected first-round pick to New Jersey for Marcus Williams in 2008. Williams played just nine games for the Warriors. The Timberwolves got Louisville center Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) with the pick. Golden State's second-round pick (51st overall) was shipped away in the trade to get David Lee from the New York Knicks in 2010 and ended up in Orlando's hands. This is not the first time the Warriors have bought a draft pick under owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. The Warriors paid Charlotte $2 million to move up in the second round and select Jeremy Tyler 39th overall in 2011. Tyler did not work out in Golden State but Myers did well in his first draft a year ago when he took three players -- Harrison Barnes (seventh), Festus Ezeli (30th) and Draymond Green (35th) -- who became immediate contributors to a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs for the second time since 1991. The Warriors also stashed Ognjen Kuzmic (52nd) of Bosnia and Herzegovina back in Europe. The Warriors went from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season to a 47-35 team in the second season under coach Mark Jackson. Golden State earned the sixth seed in the Western Conference for its second playoff berth since 1994 and knocked out Denver in the first round. The Warriors eventually lost to San Antonio in six games in the second round. The team's young nucleus -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Andrew Bogut -- will all be back. But there will still be needs to fill, either through the draft or free agency. Ezeli will be sidelined a minimum of six to nine months after right knee surgery two weeks ago, so finding another backup center has become a pressing need. Guard Jarrett Jack will be a free agent, and power forward Carl Landry informed the Warriors on Wednesday that he would opt out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal, to become a free agent.
Courtesy of: ktvu.com



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Texas guard Julien Lewis transfers to Fresno State - by Eurobasket News

Guard Julien Lewis (6'3''-G-92), one of three players to leave the Texas Longhorns after last season, says he's transferring to Fresno State. Lewis disclosed his intentions in an interview with KRIV-TV of Houston. The Longhorns announced his release a little over a month ago. He'll have to sit out the season, but he'll have two years of eligibility left. Bulldogs head coach Rodney Terry is a former Longhorns assistant. Lewis was the Longhorns' third-leading scorer last season, averaging 11.2 points in 21 starts. Texas is now without its top three scorers from last season.
Courtesy of: mercurynews.com



U19 World Championship: USA leave no chance for Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Ivoire U19-USA U19 29:88

USA leave no chance for Cote d'Ivoire in the last game of the U19 World Championship Day 1. One of the favorites started the campaign with a confident 88:29 win.
Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-F-94) gave USA their first lead but then Dalen Traore (6'8''-C-95) replied for 2:1. It was the only and the last lead for Cote d'Ivoire. USA grabbed 34:10 at the end of the first period and never looked behind after. Moreover USA added 22-7 rally in the second period and enjoyed a 56:17 halftime advantage. USA also added 19-5 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with a 13-7 rally.
Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Jarnell Stokes as well as Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) added 12 each. Joel Okafor (5'11''-G-96) followed them with 10 points in a win. Dalen Traore poured in 9 in defeat and TOURE posted 8.

Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 9, TOURE 8
USA U19: Justice Winslow 14, Jarnell Stokes 12, Aaron Gordon 12, Joel Okafor 10



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The Oklahoma City Thunder takes Steven Adams in 2013 NBA Draft. - by Eurobasket Center

With the 12th pick of 2013 NBA Draft the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Steven Adams (213-C/F-93) from New Zealand. Bigman played only one year for Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh. In 33 years he averaged 7.4ppg, 6.5rpg and impressive 2.0bpg. He was selected to Big East All-Rookie Team.
Steve is a player with tremendous combination of size, length and athleticism. He is a greatrebounder with huge, soft hands and strong arm. Has a great frame with broad shoulders and already has good amount of strength/weight. Excellent shot blocker. His length makes it very easy for him to block shots, even when he's slightly out of position.



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Rosa R.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Rosa R.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Nantes14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Gaziantep7.3 
 8. Cel, Stelmet ZG6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Antwerp5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Caja Laboral4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Nantes3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Pawel Mroz joins Wilki Morskie - by Pawel

Wilki Morski Szczecin has just agreed the terms of contract with 29-year old Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-C-84). He spent last season at Svitavy. Mroz is after his best season in career. In 34 Czech League games he recorded 15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 0.8 bpg. In February 2013, he also played at Czech All-Star Game against Polish league stars, and scored 12 points for his team. Mroz played also professionally in Polish teams like Unia Tarnow, Slask Wroclaw, AZS Koszalin, Basket Kwidzyn and Asseco Prokom Gdynia. After one year in Slovakia, he decided to joins Svitavy. He played for this team last two years. Now Mroz decided returns to Poland and plays for Wilki Morskie in Polish 1 Liga.


MOSiR Krosno land Grochowski - by Pawel

MOSiR Krosno bolstered their roster. They added one of the top Polish prospects Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93, agency: AB Agency) to the squad. 20-year old talented guard spent the last season with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, where he notched 10.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in Polish 1 Liga. Grochowski had a lot of offerts from PLK teams like Trefl Sopot and AZS Koszalin, but he officially chose MOSiR Krosno. Member of the Polish U20 national team signed one year contract with option for the next season.

Krosno decided to sign Grochowski, when they lost Kamil Laczynski (180-PG-89), who will play for the Rosa Radom in upcoming season.





Ivan Zigeranovic extends with PGE Turow Zgorzelec - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) extends with PGE Turow Zgorzelec for the next season. The 29-year old Serbian center will remain in Poland. In 43 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Zigeranovic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he had 9.5ppg and 4.2rpg. The most of last season he spent at Gaz Metan (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 23 games he had 10.1ppg and 5.7rpg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Zigeranovic also played at KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (A League) in Serbia earlier that season. In 14 games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and recorded 8.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.8apg, 1.3spg and 1.2bpg.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Zvezda, Konstantin and Prokuplje.



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Diogu, Ponce19.7 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.7 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.4 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.6 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.8 
 10. Galindo, Santurce16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.3 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.5 
 4. Phillip, San German8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Carmona, Humacao8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.3 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.8 
 3. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.2 
 5. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.7 
 10. Coronado, Guayama3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.5 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Santiago, Guaynabo1.1 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


China rally past Puerto Rico in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Puerto Rico 79:67

China recorded the first win at the Stankovic Cup. They overcame Puerto Rico in Lanzhou. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) came up with 29 points to pace the hosts.
China grabbed an early lead in the game. They kept the Latin American side at bay throughout the first ten minutes and secured a 21:16 halftime lead. China did not slow down in the second term. They held Puerto Rico to 13 points in the next period to secure a 41:29 halftime advantage. China maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The hosts record a comfortable 62:43 cushion heading into the fourth period. Puerto Rico fired 24 points in the fourth period but only trimmed the deficit at the end. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) finished with 10 points, while Sen TianGui (191-G-92) added dropped 8 points in the winning effort. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) responded with 18 points for Puerto Rico. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) and Carlos Strong (193-G-87, college: Boston U.) had 9 points each in the loss.

China: Duan JiangPeng 29, Zhai Xiaochuan 10, Sen TianGui 8
Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 18, Derick Beltran 9, Carlos Strong 9



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Byrd back to Al Arabi - by Ali Ahmed

Al Arabi Club Doha came up with important signing for the this season. The team signed with the American forward William Byrd (201-G/F-85, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) for the 3rd season.

Outlook:
Very versatile forward who can do everything on the court. He can score in a variety of ways by hitting the jumper either from long or mid range or behind the arc, or by driving or finishing in force. Excellent defender who has a great timing on the rebounds. Is en excellent shot blocker. His skills and court vision allow him to handle the balls and create for his teammates.

Awards/Achievements:
SWAC Tournament Finalist -06
SWAC All-Tournament Team -06, 07
All-SWAC 1st Team -07, 08
SWAC Tournament Semifinals -07, 08
SWAC Preseason Player of the Year -08
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team -09
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Defensive Team -09
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Newcomers Team -09
WABA Club Championships -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Forward of the Year -10
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team -10
Arab Club Championships -10 (Finalist)
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships Best Defensive Player -10
PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention -11
Qatar Heir Apparent Cup Winner -12
Qatar Emir Cup Semifinals -12, 13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 2nd Team -12
Asia-Basket.com Qatari D1 All-Imports Team -12, 13
Qatar League Semifinals -13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Forward of the Year -13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Defensive Player of the Year -13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 1st Team -13
Qatar Heir Apparent Cup Semifinals -13



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CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir - by Ernest

CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir for the next season. The 38-year old Specialist will help Ettore Messina on helm of the team.
Dan Shamir will come from Hapoel Holon in Israel.He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game. Shamir's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2010.
In EuroChallenge last season Hapoel Holon advanced to the Second Stage, but could not make it to the Play-offs. Gravelines needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. In that game American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Hassell added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia outgun Russia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Russia U20 82:53

Serbia recorded the second straight win at the start of the international Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They outscored Russia for 2-0 record. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) delivered 14 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Russia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) capped the period with a free throw to give Serbia a 15:14 lead. Russia surged ahead to take a 19:15 lead early in the second frame. But Serbia answered with a 14:2 run to pull ahead. Serbia ensured a 34:33 halftime advantage. However Serbia stunned their opponents with a 20:1 rally in the third term to gain a 54:36 advantage. Serbia accumulated a 60:38 lead at the final intermission. Russia could not recover from the blow. Serbia never looked back and cruised to the victory at the end. Nemanja Krstic netted 12 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for the winners. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 12 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) and Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 14, Nemanja Krstic 12, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 12, Aleksandr Gudumak 8, Alexander Zakharov 8



Cavs take Russian guard Karasev with No. 19 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Russian guard Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) with the No. 19 overall pick in the NBA draft.

The Cavs had been targeting Karasev for some time and thought they might have to trade up to get the 19-year-old, who played on the Russian Olympic team last summer at the London Games. A left-handed shooter, the 6-foot-8 Karasev averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for BC Triumph.

It is believed Karasev intends to come to the U.S. and play this season.

Earlier, the Cavs selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett (203-F-93) with the No. 1 overall pick, a surprising selection.

Source: the-daily-record.com



U19 World Championship: China secure a narrow win against Russia - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Russia U19 61:59

China secure a narrow win against Russia at the start of the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The Chinese team grabbed a 61:59 win due to outstanding performance by Zhou Qi (217-C-96). The latter collected 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Asian side.
China started the game with 19-15 lead and added 14-12 rally in the second frame. The European side replied with a 19-16 rally in the third period and reduced to 2 points entering the last stanza. Rostislav Karenin (202-F/C-94) gave Russia 56:55 lead with 2 minutes to go, while Wu Qian (190-G-94) made two free throws for 60:59. He also added another free throw in the last seconds for 2-point total win.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) scored 12 points, while Wu Qian posted 11. Ji Wei ZHAO followed them with 6 points in a win. Rostislav Karenin scored 14 points in defeat and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) brought 11.

China U19: Zhou Qi 28+17 rebs, Gao Shang 12, Wu Qian 11, Ji Wei ZHAO 6
Russia U19: Rostislav Karenin 14, Serdar Annaev 11



Kyle Hines pens deal with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) pens deal with CSKA Moscow for 2013/2014 season. The American forward will leave Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league. In 33 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 4.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Hines also played 31 games in Euroleague where he had 9.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. In 2008 Kyle Hines was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA) in fifth round (21st overall).
Among other achievements he received All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd team award back in 2007. Hines has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets Bamberg) and Italy (Prima Veroli).



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Combine Schools and Courts Jets win in St Lucia basketball - by Don Farrell




Action from Sunday's semi-final between ISE and Combined Schools.

Action from Sunday's semi-final between ISE and Combined Schools.

The NBA finals are over but in St Lucia things are just heating up as the finals in two divisions got underway Sunday evening at the Beausejour Indoor Facility.

On opening night it should have been the other way around, but it was Combined Schools who gave the ISE a lesson they won't soon forget in the opening game of a best of three series in the National Basketball League finals Sunday evening at the Beausejour Indoor Facility.

Combined Schools defeated ISE academy 56-47. Troy Louison of Combined Schools led all scorers with 18 points (pts) to go along with nine rebounds (rebs) and three steals. Teammate Jadson Montoute chipped in with a double-double of 13 pts and 10 rebs.

Femi Lucien was the high man for ISE with 10 pts and 11rebs.

Combined Schools used an attacking style of play by continuously driving to the basket. If they didn't score they were frequently at the foul line. They shot and made a high percentage of three throws which made a huge difference in the game.

Combined Schools who have been training early this year will represent St Lucia at the upcoming Windward Islands School Games which begins at the end of July.

Manager Clivus Jules said: 'We have registered a lot of improvements with these guys since sessions started with Coach Andy and Coach Gabriel.

It should be noted that Gabriel while helping Combined Schools prepare for the Windward Islands Schools Games, also coaches ISE so you could say it's a win-win situation for him.

Game two of that series continues on Thursday at the Beausejour Indoor Facility at 6 pm.

Following the Combined Schools ISE encounter, The Premier League finals which is also a best of three encounter also got underway.

This series final is a rematch between three time defending champions Courts Jets and VBCC Warlords-arguably two of the more successful clubs in local basketball. The first game of the best of three series lived up to the hype. There was end to end action before the champs pulled away from VBCC late in the fourth with a 69-61 win to lead 1-0 in the best of three series.

Ron DuMurville of Courts Jets led all scorers with 22 pts and five rebs. Andre Louison also chipped in with 16 pts, eight rebounds. He should also be on St Lucia's Most Wanted list along with teammate Keegan Preville after registering seven steals. Keegan also had 12 pts and 12 rebs.

The big story in this game was how Jets were able to contain the VBCC's big man in the middle Marcian Calderon. He was kept in check for most of the night registering a tournament low 10 pts shooting four from 11 from the field.

Turns out that Nigel Butcher was the high man for VBCC, with 14 pts to go along with six steals and five assists.

Game two in this series also continues on Thursday with Courts Jets hoping to close out the series and win yet another title. Game time is 8 pm.

written by David Pascal






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U19 World Championship: Australia breeze past Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Senegal U19 90:46

Australia accounted for the opening win at the U19 World Championship. The Emus fired past Senegal in Group C opener. Felix Von Hofe nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Australia set the tone early in the encounter. The Emus went on a stunning 26:11 run in the first period. The Australian team maintained the tempo throughout the second period. The Emus piled up a 48:27 halftime lead. Senegal struggled offensively throughout the third period. Australia eased to a massive 36-poitn lead heading into the fourth quarter. Australia held Senegalese opponents at 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) delivered 12 points, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Emus. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) responded with 24 points for Senegal. Khalifa Ndiaye (207-F-94) had 7 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Australia U19: Felix Von Hofe 16, Dane Pineau 12, Nicholas Duncan 11
Senegal U19: Pape Diatta 24, Khalifa Ndiaye 7+10 boards



With the 21st overall selection, the Jazz select Gorgui Dieng for the Timberwolves - by Eurobasket Center

The Utah Jazz have drafted Louisville center Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90) with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft and plan to trade him to Minnesota as part of a package for Trey Burke.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Jazz sent pick Nos. 14 and 21 to Minnesota for Burke, the Michigan point guard who was taken No. 9. The Jazz took UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad at No. 14 for Minnesota before grabbing Dieng.

Dieng will give the Timberwolves a shot-blocking specialist in the paint that their frontcourt currently lacks.

The 6-foot-11 Dieng averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 blocks for the Cardinals last season.

Source: AP



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News from Partizan mt:S: Dragan Milosavljevic stays for another season! - by Nenad Ilijev

Shooting guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) will stay with Partizan mt:s in upcoming season, news are coming from player's representative. It was finally one thing to put smile on Partizan fans' faces after shocking statement from the team management that Partizan mt:s are hit by financial crisis and close to bankruptcy.
Captain Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) left Belgrade after 5 successful seasons and he signed with Valencia Basket while the contract of Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) will probably not be extended.
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) was selected as second draft pick (55th) by Memphis Grizzlies but he is transferred immediately to Denver Nuggets. However, quality French NT forward announced that he will play in Partizan shirt next year.



Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2013 schedule - by Zoran Popovic

Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2013 will happens from June 29 until June 30. Speakers on Basketball clinic will be Andrea Trinkieri, Aleksandar Trifunovic, Sasa Nikitovic, Miodrag Marjanovic, Ana Veskovic, Mihajlo Miljanic, Brako Vorkapic and Terry Porter .

Schedule

Saturday
9am - Andrea Tinkieri , PnR spacing
12.30pm Aleksandar Trifunovic, Double exit
2.00pm Sasa Nikitovic, Methodology of preparing scouting report
3.30pm Miodrag Marjanovic, Pro slider presentation

Sunday
10.00am Terry Porter , Corner offense
11.30am Andrea Trinkieri, Scouting report use in practice
13.00pm Mihajlo Miljanic, Speed in basketball
2.15pm Branko Vorkapic, Special biomechanical locomotor of basketball players




Gordic probably leaving Partizan mt:s - by Igor Obradovic

Bosnian point guard, Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) probably will leave Partizan mt:s because they will not extended his contract.

Former player of Buducnost, Virtus and Azovmash will become free agent probably in next few days.
In last season for Partzan, Gordic played 20 games in Adriatic league, and have 17.4 minutes per game, 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
He won Adriatic league and Serbian Super league with Partizan in this season.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia outgun Russia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Russia U20 82:53

Serbia recorded the second straight win at the start of the international Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They outscored Russia for 2-0 record. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) delivered 14 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Russia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) capped the period with a free throw to give Serbia a 15:14 lead. Russia surged ahead to take a 19:15 lead early in the second frame. But Serbia answered with a 14:2 run to pull ahead. Serbia ensured a 34:33 halftime advantage. However Serbia stunned their opponents with a 20:1 rally in the third term to gain a 54:36 advantage. Serbia accumulated a 60:38 lead at the final intermission. Russia could not recover from the blow. Serbia never looked back and cruised to the victory at the end. Nemanja Krstic netted 12 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for the winners. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 12 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) and Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 14, Nemanja Krstic 12, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 12, Aleksandr Gudumak 8, Alexander Zakharov 8



Nemanja Nedovic, Dejan Musli at Bucks workout - by Ivan Milenkovic

Two Serbian players, Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket), are currently in Milwaukee, where they have pre-draft workout with Bucks.

Nemanja Nedovic talked with
Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel: "Since it was my first workout, my first time in the States, it was very exciting". Serbian guard said his arrival in the United States was delayed about a week after he suffered an ankle injury in the Adidas EuroCamp in Italy. He returned to Belgrade for some treatment before
making the trip to the U.S.

Serbian national team player will work out with Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland before heading back to Belgrade. Nemanja played last season with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania and has two years left on his contract, but he has an NBA option in the deal which will allow him to leave if he is drafted.

"It was unreal until this point" Nemanja Nedovic said. "Right now I'm here and I'm starting to figure out it's serious. I hear a lot of positive comments. It's crazy, seeing the Milwaukee Bucks sign and the locker room."

When he has been told that people call him the "European Derrick Rose", Serbian said: "I may be three times slower, but it's OK."


Milwaukee Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney said about Nemanja Nedovic: "I had a chance to work with him a couple years ago in the EuroCamp in Treviso. Just a tough combination guard, a guy who really understands the game and how to play. He's really athletic, a lot more athletic than people realize."

Source: JSOnline



Denver Nuggets selects Joffrey Lauvergne with No. 55 pick - by Greg

The Denver Nuggets selected French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 55 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Lauvergne seemed likely to be one of the last picks in the draft, so the 6'11 prospect was lucky to hear his name called a few before the end of the night..

The 21-year-old is an athletic power forward that spent the early portion of his career, but has molded himself into more of an athletic post presence as of late. He'll need to get stronger to guards 4s in the NBA, but his presence above-the-rim on offense should help him transition easier than some of the less mobile European bigs with hopes of making the jump.

As interesting it would be to see an athletic-type power forward with an up-tempo squad like the Nuggets right off the bat, he's most likely going to be stashed overseas for a considerable amount of time.

Lauvergne played for three different teams this past year so fitting in with his new squad in the NBA shouldn't be a tremendous adjustment. The question is when will Lauvergne be available to play in the NBA, though, as multiple reports indicate he's under contract with Partizan in Serbia for the next two seasons.

Source: sbnation.com



Select Nemanja Nedovic With No.30 Pick - by Greg

The Warriors traded with the Suns and then selected Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.

However, it is unlikely that he will be in the NBA season. Viewed as a mid-to-late second-round pick, he may have been a reach, but Golden State will not have to pay him overseas.

He is a 64 combo guard with athleticism out of this world. Compared to Derrick Rose overseas, you can imagine what his game is like.

His decision-making needs to improve for him to make an impact on an NBA team, but it will likely be sometime before he is expected to contribute.

Nedovic spent last year in Lithuania playing for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. In 10 Euroleague games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He also played 17 games in VTB League (10.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg) and 18 games in Lithuanian LKL where his stats were: 18 games: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.8apg.



U19 World Championship: Serbia hold off Brazil in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Brazil U19 65:50

Serbia accounted for the starting win at the U19 World Championship. They prevailed against Brazil in the opening game in Group C. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) notched 15 points to lead the winners.
Serbia opened the game with a stifling defence. They went on a 12:2 run to tip off the clash. Serbia secured a 14:7 lead after ten minutes. Serbia stayed aggressive defensively in the second quarter. The European side accumulated a 32:17 halftime lead. Brazil could not find their rhythm in the third term. Serbia capitalized piling up a 17-point cushion before the fourth quarter. Brazil unloaded 20 points in the final stanza but it was too late to rescue the game. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 12 points, while Stefan Pot (195-G-94) came up with 9 points, 13 boards and 5 assists for Serbia. Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) responded with 19 points for Brazil. Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 15, Nikola Jankovic 12, Stefan Pot 9+13 boards
Brazil U19: Lucas Dias Silva 19, Daniel Bordignon 11



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U19 World Championship: Croatia roll past South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19 - South Korea U19 106:89

Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with a sizzling performance in the opening game of the U19 World Championship. The Croatian rising star stepped up with a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to pace Croatia past South Korea in Group A opener.
Croatia got to somewhat a sluggish start to the game. The Korean team jumped to a 25:20 lead at the first break. But the European team led by Saric slowly returned into the contest. They exploded with 26 points in the second stanza to trim the gap at a single point at halftime 46:47. Croatia sparked with a 33:18 rally in the third period to leave the Korean team far behind. Croatia stayed red hot offensively exploding with 27 points in the fourth frame and sealing the victory. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Ivan Bender (206-C-95) added 21 points for the winners. Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) responded with 35 points for South Korea. Gibeom Cheon (187-G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Dario Saric 32+12 boards+12 assists, Mislav Brzoja 21+10 boards, Ivan Bender 21
South Korea U19: Sangjae Kang 35, Gibeom Cheon 12



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Alex Abrines Picked by Oklahoma City Thunder with 32nd pick - by Eurobasket Center

With the No. 32 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Oklahoma City Thunderr selected Alejandro Abrines (198-SF-93) from Spain.

Born in 1993, Alejandro Abrines has earned a reputation as one of the better young scorers in Europe. However, it's difficult for anyone to evaluate him thoroughly given his limited playing time with Barcelona. Abrines only got 10 minutes a night, though he made most of them count.

He scored 21 points in 21 minutes against Maccabi Tel Aviv in his signature game of the season.

At around 6'6", Abrines is a fluid athlete who can get off the ground and finish on the move. He's got the size and athleticism necessary to play the 2, though he lacks the explosiveness to stand out in an NBA setting.

Abrines has a good feel for the rim from every spot on the floor as a scorer.

Source: bleacherreport.com



Portland takes Marko Todorovic with No. 45 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Trail Blazers have made a habit of dipping into Europe for players in recent years, and they did it again Thursday, drafting Marko Todorovic (210-F-92) with their 45th pick.

Todorovic, a 6-foot-10, 243-pound forward from Podgorica, Montenegro, played for F.C. Barcelona and in the Spanish ACB league this past season. He played sparingly, averaging 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in seven minutes in Euroleague play for F.C. Barcelona.

The NBA scouting report says of Todorovic: "Good instincts. Above-average lateral quickness for his size, which can catch opponents off guard on the offensive end.
Very productive offensive rebounder who generates second-chance baskets.

The pick originally belonged to Boston, which traded it to the Blazers in a multi-team deal that also brought Sasha Pavlovich to Portland last summer.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said Todorvic will remain in Europe this season. He is under contract to FC Barcelona the next two seasons

Source: oregonlive.com



Minnesota Timberwolves select Bojan Dubljevic with No. 59 pick - by Eurobasket Center

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Montenegrin big man Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) with the No. 59 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Dubljevic isn't one of the more well-known European prospects, but the 21-year-old had a very productive season in a very good league last year. Dubljevic averaged 12 points and and nearly four rebounds in just 20 minutes a game for Valencia in the ultra-competitive Spanish ACB last season, but his lack of size and athleticism might make his ceiling be a very good European player rather than a potential NBA role player.

Dubljevic will almost certainly be stashed over in Europe for a few years before coming over to the United States. If Kevin Love leaves Minnesota, Dubljevic could possibly be used as a player that helps replace Love, as he's a stretch 4 that has three-point range. Obviously Dubljevic is nowhere near the talent of Love, but there are some similar qualities.

Source: sbnation.com



Atlanta Hawks select Raul Neto with No. 47 pick - by Greg

The Atlanta Hawks have selected Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (186-PG-92) with the No. 47 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Neto is a 21-year-old point guard who currently plays for Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB League. He's 6'2, and is very quick and aggressive when handling the ball. His quickness makes him a good penetrator, so he does a nice job getting to the rim.

On the downside, Neto needs to improve his jumper and he's sometimes prone to turning the ball over. He's also not the best athlete in the world, which could be a problem against some of the better point guards in the NBA.

This is the second international point guard taken by the Hawks in the draft, as they also selected Germany's Dennis Schroeder. Atlanta may lose Jeff Teague in restricted free agency, so taking these point guards could be insurance if that happens.

Source: sbnation.com



U19 World Championship: Spain hold off Canada - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Canada U18 81:70

Spanish U19 National Team registered the opening win at the World Championship in Prague. They toppled Canada in Group A. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) delivered 23 points to pace the winners.
Canada jumped to an early lead. They led for the first half of the opening quarter before Saiz and Josep Perez gave Spain an 11:8 lead. The European side marched to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second term as Spain settled in. Soon Diaz ballooned the margin to 10 points with two free throws 37:27. Canada were able to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 33:39. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) and Notice helped the North American team to narrow the deficit. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) put Canada in front 40:39. Spain immediately replied with six points in a row to regain the lead. However Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) capped the period with a three-pointer to even things up at 54-all. But Spain stormed into the fourth period. They went on a 15:2 run to clear off and never looked back en route to the win. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) knocked down 17 points, while Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tyler Ennis responded with 20 points for Canada. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Trey Lyles had 17 points each in defeat.

Spain U19: Josep Perez 23, Edgar Vicedo 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 12
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 20, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 17, Trey Lyles 17



Estudiantes extend deal with Lucas Nogueira - by Eurobasket News

Asefa Estudiantes have renewed the deal with Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) through 2015. Last season the Brazilian centre notched 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in ACB. He was the member of the Brazilian U19, University National Teams. The centre took part at the 2011 World University Games in China. His stats read 4.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in Shenzhen. Lucas Nogueira will participate in 2013 NBA Draft.


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Turgut Atakol Tournament: Turkey defeat Sweden to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Sweden U20 88:82 (OT)

Turkey gained the second consecutive win at the start of the Turgut Atakol tournament in Istanbul. The hosts prevailed against Sweden to stay undefeated at 2-0 record. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) nailed 21 points to pace the winners. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the first period. Turkey and Sweden were tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. The Scandinavian team used an 11:0 run midway through the second term to gain a 37:29 lead. They secured a 39:31 advantage at halftime. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) gave Sweden a double-digit lead 52:42 midway through the third term. The visitors enjoyed a 58:51 lead heading into the fourth period. However Turkey tipped off the third term on an 8:2 rally to narrow the deficit. Samet Geyik tied things up at 67 with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Sweden pulled ahead once again taking a 71:67 advantage. Turkey capped the regulation with five straight points to send the game into overtime. The hosts quickly jumped to an 83:77 lead in the extra period and held on to the advantage to seal the win. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) notched 18 points, while Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) added 15 points for the winners. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Marcus Eriksson had 18 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 21, Berkay Candan 18, Tayfun Erulku 15
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 20, Marcus Eriksson 18



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Turgut Atakol Tournament: Turkey defeat Sweden to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Sweden U20 88:82 (OT)

Turkey gained the second consecutive win at the start of the Turgut Atakol tournament in Istanbul. The hosts prevailed against Sweden to stay undefeated at 2-0 record. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) nailed 21 points to pace the winners. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the first period. Turkey and Sweden were tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. The Scandinavian team used an 11:0 run midway through the second term to gain a 37:29 lead. They secured a 39:31 advantage at halftime. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) gave Sweden a double-digit lead 52:42 midway through the third term. The visitors enjoyed a 58:51 lead heading into the fourth period. However Turkey tipped off the third term on an 8:2 rally to narrow the deficit. Samet Geyik tied things up at 67 with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Sweden pulled ahead once again taking a 71:67 advantage. Turkey capped the regulation with five straight points to send the game into overtime. The hosts quickly jumped to an 83:77 lead in the extra period and held on to the advantage to seal the win. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) notched 18 points, while Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) added 15 points for the winners. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Marcus Eriksson had 18 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 21, Berkay Candan 18, Tayfun Erulku 15
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 20, Marcus Eriksson 18



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  UKRAINE   


Phoenix Suns select Alex Len with the 5th pick in the NBA draft - by Eurobasket Center

When Maryland center Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) took the NBA draft stage Thursday night as the Suns No. 5 draft choice, it was not the first time that the 20-year-old Ukrainian outshined Kentucky center Nerlens Noel at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

To start the past college basketball season on Nov. 9, Lens Maryland team lost to Noels Kentucky team, but Len won the center matchup. Len posted 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on Noel, the center who was often associated with the drafts top pick until Thursday night.

The Suns did not just think Len was the best center in this years draft. The Suns thought Len was the best player in this years draft.

The Suns brass started salivating once Cleveland dropped jaws by taking UNLVs Anthony Bennett first. Prior to that, the Suns discussed trading up in the draft order to be able to get Len, who teams began to believe was going to Cleveland.

The Suns passed on Noel and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore because of their belief in Lens high ceiling.

They carried out their theme of starting a franchise turnaround on young potential by trading up one spot to ensure they would get Kentucky 18-year-old Archie Goodwin, who they project as a point guard with top-notch athleticism at 6 feet 5.

The Suns also drafted a strong rebounder in Missouri 6-foot-9, 255-pound power forward Alex Oriakhi at No. 57.

Lens selection spurred speculation that the Suns could be trading center Marcin Gorat, but the Suns quickly squashed that by talking about Gortat helping to develop Len and the possibility of even playing them together.

Gortats trade value, being in his prime and in his final contract year, could be better at the February trade deadline.

Len is a 7-foot-1, 255-pound center who is fairly new to basketball after growing up as a gymnast in the small Ukraninan coal-mining town of Antratsit. As he shot up in height in his early teens, Len switched to basketball and eventually was part of the national team program when Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough first saw him as a member of Bostons staff.

Len moved to the U.S. two years ago to play at Maryland, where he quickly learned English and a different basketball style and culture. As a sophomore this season, Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks and showed all-around potential while playing inconsistently.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek called it a no-brainer to take Len over McLemore and Noel.

Anytime you can get a 7-1 guy with a long wingspan and hes athletic, hes got skills and hes 20 years old, its a bright piece for the future, Hornacek said. Its not very often you can get those type of players. Usually, theyre maybe not as mobile. Theyre just big kids who kind have been forced into playing basketball. You can look his production at Maryland and he didnt get the ball enough.

How many times has the Phoenix Suns organization had a 7-1 guy with that type of skill? So were very excited.

Len, who turned 20 on June 16, is mobile and agile enough to cover pick-and-roll and run with a transition team but big enough with a 7-3 1/2 wingspan to also be a rim protector. At the NBA draft combine, Len said that he thinks he will prove to be the best player from this years draft in a decade.

The Suns agreed.

I was really excited, Len said of being selected by the Suns. Im blessed that Phoenix selected me. I just cant wait to go to the city and meet my new team and coaches and be part of the Phoenix family.

I think the NBA has the best coaches. I cant wait to start working with them and my improvement is going to be better. Also, its better spacing so Im going to have more room to work on the block. Im also excited to play next to Goran Dragic. Hes a great player. He has great vision of the floor and he likes to play high tempo so I think it fits my game well.

Source: azcentral.com



Cherkasy bring back Ivars Timermanis - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ivars Timermanis (203-F-82). It is actually his comeback to Cherkasy as he played here before. The Latvian forward was the member of the Mavpy squad back in 2011/12 season. Last season Ivars Timermanis started with Liepaja. He notched 6.0 poitns per game in EuroChallenge. Later he moved to Romania. Ivars Timermanis signed with CSU Ploiesti. His stats read 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Division A. He won the Romanian League with the team. Ivars Timermanis had played for Barons Riga, Bremerhaven, Rakvere, Ventspils and ASK/Buki Gulbene before. He was named All-Latvian League Player of the Year in 2010. The forward was the member of the Latvian National Team in 2003/07 seasons.


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Sharks Pick Up Barbour - by Paul Nilsen

One Health Sharks Sheffield have announced that Brian Barbour (185-PG-91) has become their latest recruit.

Following on from the recent signings of Mike Tuck and Nicholas Lewis, 6' 1" Guard Barbour joins the 2012 - 13 BBL Trophy winners fresh from his Senior year at Columbia University in the City of New York.

A native of Alamo, California, Barbour was voted into the All-Ivy League 2nd Team for 2012-13 where he finished the season with 12.1 points per game. In addition, he is the only player in Columbia University history to finish his career with 1000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals.

Speaking of his move to South Yorkshire, Barbour said, "I'm thrilled to join the Sheffield Sharks and their organization. To be able to continue playing basketball at a high level in Europe has always been a dream of mine and I can't thank them enough for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting out to Sheffield and getting right to work."

The 22 year old becomes the latest piece in Coach Atiba Lyons' jigsaw as the Club look to build on a progressive last season, where they managed to prevent a clean-sweep of silverware for eventual League and BBL Cup winners, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Croatia1-0
2. Spain1-0
3. S.Korea0-1
4. Canada0-1
Group B
1. Iran1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Argentina0-1
4. Czech Rep.0-1
Group C
1. Australia1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Brazil0-1
4. Senegal0-1
Group D
1. China1-0
2. USA1-0
3. Ivory Coas.0-1
4. Russia0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jun. 27: ESP - CAN 81-70
Jun. 27: CRO - KOR 106-89

Group B

Jun. 27: IRI - ARG 84-73
Jun. 27: CZE - LTU 74-77

Group C

Jun. 27: SRB - BRA 65-50
Jun. 27: SEN - AUS 46-90

Group D

Jun. 27: CHN - RUS 61-59
Jun. 27: IVO - USA 29-88

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 28: CAN - CRO
Jun. 28: KOR - ESP

Group B

Jun. 28: ARG - CZE
Jun. 28: LTU - IRI

Group C

Jun. 28: BRA - SEN
Jun. 28: AUS - SRB

Group D

Jun. 28: RUS - IVO
Jun. 28: USA - CHN


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB5.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB0.0 




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Women News


Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon have no fear of AfroBasket challenge - Njonkou - by Olusegun Ikuesan




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  BELARUS   


EuroBasket 2013: Turkey escapes with Belarus poor performance - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Belarus 55:41

Turkey down Belarus in the Quarterfinal game of EuroBasket 2013. The team overcame Belarus 55:41 and advanced to the Semifinal. Belarus had 28% from the field and could not even think about the win.
Turkey started better and grabbed 9-2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus reduced to 14:10 after the first period, bit never led in the game. Turkey posted a 17-8 rally in the second frame and had 16-point advantage in the game, but the opponents reduced to 31:18 at the halftime. Belarus looked better in the third period and managed to cut it to 4 points, while Turkey did not slow down and increased the lead. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) scored five points in a row to bring 51:37 lead with 3 minutes to go when it completely began clear about the Semifinal team. Likhtarovich made two free throws for 51:39 and Tuncluer brought the lead back to 14. Likhtarovich and Canitez exchanged for 55:41 that became the final result in the game.
Saziye Ivegin top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 10. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) delivered 9, while Yasemin Dalgalar had 5. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 12 points in defeat, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 9.

Turkey: Saziye Ivegin 13, Nevriye Yilmaz 10, Isil Alben 9, Yasemin Dalgalar 5
Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 12, Anastasiya Veremeenko 9



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  BULGARIA   


Dunav signs Tia Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Dunav 8806 Ruse added to their roster 24-year old American power forward Tia Lewis (192-F/C-89, college: ODU). She played last time at Elitzur Netanya in Israel. She was also voted All-CAA 2nd Team in 2012 at her college time. Lewis' team was regular season runner-up in CAA in 2011.
Lewis graduated from Old Dominion University in 2012 and it is her second season as a professional player.



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  CAMEROON   


Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon have no fear of AfroBasket challenge - Njonkou - by Olusegun Ikuesan




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic edge Italy in classification round - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Italy 72:68

Czech Republic stayed in the hunt for 2014 World Championship ticket. They defeated Italy in the 5th-8th place classification round today. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 18 points to pace the winners.
Both teams were coming off exhausting defeats in the quarterfinal round. But it seemed Czech Republic left their own one behind much faster. They dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter and recorded a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 39:34. Czech Republic would take a 9-point lead on several occasions in the third term but eventually Italy cut it back to 5 with ten minutes remaining. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) tied things up at 52 early in the fourth frame. But Czech Republic responded with a 10:0 run to get some breathing room. The margin grew at 13-point mark moments later. Italy went on a desperate rescue rally in the dying minutes but just sweetened the pill at the end. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) added 10 points for the winners. Giorgia Sottana answered with 16 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 18, Veronika Bortelova 14, Katerina Hindrakova 10
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 16, Raffaella Masciadri 15



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.17.7 
 3. Eldebrink, Rivas E.17.0 
 4. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 5. Torrens, Galatasa.16.3 
 6. Sottana, Familia15.8 
 7. Milovanovic, Dynam.13.3 
 8. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.12.0 
 10. Perovanovic, Nade.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.6 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.6 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 5. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 6. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 7. Kulichova, Good A.7.1 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Fener.6.6 
 10. Hollingswort., Fe.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.4 
 3. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.7 
 4. Palau, USK Praha3.7 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray3.7 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.3.6 
 7. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 8. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.4 
 9. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 10. Ciglar, Novi Zagr.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.6 
 2. Dabovic, Partizan1.9 
 3. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 4. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 5. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 6. Radocaj, Partizan1.7 
 7. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 8. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 9. Alben, Galatasaray1.7 
 10. Torrens, Galatasa.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.1 
 2. Veremeenko, Fener.1.9 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.6 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.4 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Burgrova, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 8. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 9. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 
 10. Snytsina, Chevak.0.7 


France, Spain, Turkey and Serbia advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

France - Sweden 87-83
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) sends France to the Semifinals of the EuroBasket 2013. The French player nailed three three-pointers at the very end to give the hosts an 87:83 win against Sweden. The latter deserved a big applause for their outstanding effort. The Scandinavian team proved from the first minutes that they would not give up. Sweden grabbed a 22-21 lead after the first ten minutes and led 1 point at the halftime. France manage to take 64:59 lead with Isabelle Yacoubou basket, but Key closed the third quarter at 64:63. Sweden was in front for the majority of the last period and only one player broke their lead. Celine Dumerc nailed her first three for 77:77 with less than two minutes to go. She immediately posted another one for 80:77 and then brought 5-point advantage. Lawson-Wade managed to score four points from the free line for the final result. Celine Dumerc top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) nailed 14. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13, whilst Isabelle Yacoubou added 11. Frida Eldebrink ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Elin Eldebrink posted 17. Key notched 15 and Anna Barthold had 8.

Serbia - Italy 85-79
Serbia advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They overcame Italy in the first quarterfinal battle in France tonight in Orchies. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. The teams started to a brisk start to the game. The Azzurri exploded with 26 points in the first frame to spur ahead. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Milovanovic and Jovana Rad finally tied things up at 38 but Raffaella Masciadri and Cinili gave Italy a 42:38 halftime lead. Italy led throughout the bigger part of the third term before Jovanovic evened things up at 64. Dotto capped the period with a free throw to give Italy a 65:64 lead. Italy seemed en route to the victory as they enjoyed a 79:74 lead with under two minutes remaining. But Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed five straight points to level things up at 79. Jelena Milovanovic followed with two free throws to give Serbia an 81:79 lead. Later Jovana Radocaj and Milica Dabovic added four more points and sealed the win for Serbia. Milica Dabovic accounted for 17 points, while Jovana Rad added 15 points in the victory. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain - Czech Republic 75-58
Spain will play in the semifinal of 2013 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Czech Republic to stay in the title race. The outcome was not clear until late in the game but Spain upend the tempo when needed and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) fired 29 points to lead the winners. Spain got to a flying start. They exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 10-point lead. Alba Torrens opened the second frame with five straight points to give Spain a 15-point lead. But Czech Republic did not panic. They used a 7:0 run midway through the period to cut the deficit back to 7 points 27:34. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) put Czech Republic within six 35:41 at halftime. Tereza Peckova, Petra Kulichova and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) leveled things up at 41 early in the third term. Xargay stopped the rot for Spain and triggered a 10:2 rally that put Spain back on top. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 54:46. The margin quickly grew to double figures in the fourth frame. Spain were back in control and coasted to the victory at the end. Sancho Lyttle delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Amaya Valdemoro added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Petra Kulichova and Tereza Peckova had 10 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Belarus 55-41
Turkey down Belarus in the Quarterfinal game of EuroBasket 2013. The team overcame Belarus 55:41 and advanced to the Semifinal. Belarus had 28% from the field and could not even think about the win. Turkey started better and grabbed 9-2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus reduced to 14:10 after the first period, bit never led in the game. Turkey posted a 17-8 rally in the second frame and had 16-point advantage in the game, but the opponents reduced to 31:18 at the halftime. Belarus looked better in the third period and managed to cut it to 4 points, while Turkey did not slow down and increased the lead. Ivegin scored five points in a row to bring 51:37 lead with 3 minutes to go when it completely began clear about the Semifinal team. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) made two free throws for 51:39 and Tuncluer brought the lead back to 14. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Canitez exchanged for 55:41 that became the final result in the game. Ivegin top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Nevriye Yilmaz netted 10. Alben delivered 9, while Yasemin Dalgalar had 5. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 12 points in defeat, while Veremeenko added 9.

Group 5-8 Place
Czech Republic - Italy 72-68
Czech Republic stayed in the hunt for 2014 World Championship ticket. They defeated Italy in the 5th-8th place classification round today. Katerina Elhotova nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Both teams were coming off exhausting defeats in the quarterfinal round. But it seemed Czech Republic left their own one behind much faster. They dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter and recorded a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 39:34. Czech Republic would take a 9-point lead on several occasions in the third term but eventually Italy cut it back to 5 with ten minutes remaining. Giorgia Sottana tied things up at 52 early in the fourth frame. But Czech Republic responded with a 10:0 run to get some breathing room. The margin grew at 13-point mark moments later. Italy went on a desperate rescue rally in the dying minutes but just sweetened the pill at the end. Veronika Bortelova chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) added 10 points for the winners. Giorgia Sottana answered with 16 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri had 15 points in the loss.


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  FRANCE   


Cote d'Opale Basket Calais agreed terms with Onayssa Sbahi - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais agreed terms with Onayssa Sbahi (168-PG-93) for the next season. The French player will move from Spain. Last year she played for Thetrend Social Cortegada in Spain. In 20 LF2 games she had 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
In 2011/2012 season Sbahi played at Arxil Pontevedra in Spanish league. In 26 LF2 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg.
Before she played at Villeneuve D'Ascq (LFB). She represented France at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore three years ago.
In 2009-2010 she started her career for Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB).



EuroBasket 2013: Dumerc sends France to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

France-Sweden 87:83

Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) sends France to the Semifinals of the EuroBasket 2013. The French player nailed three three-pointers at the very end to give the hosts an 87:83 win against Sweden. The latter deserved a big applause for their outstanding effort.
The Scandinavian team proved from the first minutes that they would not give up. Sweden grabbed a 22-21 lead after the first ten minutes and led 1 point at the halftime. France manage to take 64:59 lead with Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) basket, but Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) closed the third quarter at 64:63. Sweden was in front for the majority of the last period and only one player broke their lead. Celine Dumerc nailed her first three for 77:77 with less than two minutes to go. She immediately posted another one for 80:77 and then brought 5-point advantage. Lawson-Wade managed to score four [points from the free line for the final result.
Celine Dumerc top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) nailed 14. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13, whilst Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui added 11. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 17. Ashley Key notched 15 and Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Peter's) had 8.

France: Celine Dumerc 16, Edwige Lawson-Wade 14, Gaelle Skrela 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21, Elin Eldebrink 17, Ashley Key 15, Anna Barthold 8



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  HUNGARY   


UNI Gyor tab Maurita Reid - by Eurobasket News

UNI Gyor continued to reinforce their roster. Their latest addition is Maurita Reid (173-PG-85, college: Miami, FL). The Jamaican point guard was about to start the previous season in Croatia. Maurita Reid however soon moved to Israel. She signed with Elitzur Netanya. Her stats read 14.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game in D1. Maurita Reid earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention. Previously the guard had stints in Israel, Croatia, Poland, Turkey, Armenia and Sweden. Maurita Reid was named All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year in 2011. She earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention in 2010. The guard was also trumped All-Croatian League Import Player of the Year in 2011.


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  ITALY   


EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic edge Italy in classification round - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Italy 72:68

Czech Republic stayed in the hunt for 2014 World Championship ticket. They defeated Italy in the 5th-8th place classification round today. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 18 points to pace the winners.
Both teams were coming off exhausting defeats in the quarterfinal round. But it seemed Czech Republic left their own one behind much faster. They dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter and recorded a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 39:34. Czech Republic would take a 9-point lead on several occasions in the third term but eventually Italy cut it back to 5 with ten minutes remaining. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) tied things up at 52 early in the fourth frame. But Czech Republic responded with a 10:0 run to get some breathing room. The margin grew at 13-point mark moments later. Italy went on a desperate rescue rally in the dying minutes but just sweetened the pill at the end. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) added 10 points for the winners. Giorgia Sottana answered with 16 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 18, Veronika Bortelova 14, Katerina Hindrakova 10
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 16, Raffaella Masciadri 15



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  NEPAL   


Prime Sports Club clinched the title - by Dinesh Thapa

Prime Sports Club clinched the women's title of the 1st National Club Basketball Championship beating Gurukul team 37 - 30 in the final played at Kathmandu, Nepal. Prime took the lead in first quarter 10 6. Prime also took the second quarter 15 7 but lost the third quarter 6 11. Prime took the last quarter 6 5 to win the title with the total score of 37 30.

Sneha Shrestha of Prime was adjudged MVP of the championship.




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  POLAND   

1Liga Standings - by Greg

1Liga Stage Two Standings
Group C
 1. MKS Konin 12-2 
 2. Wilki Morskie 10-4 
 3. Inea AZS 8-6 
 4. Ostrovia 8-6 
 5. MKK Siedlce 7-7 
 6. SMS Lomianki 6-8 
 7. AZS UW 4-10 
 8. KKS Olsztyn 1-13 
Group D
 1. Sleza Wroclaw 10-4 
 2. AZS UMCS 10-4 
 3. Sosnowiec 9-5 
 4. Aleksandrow L. 8-6 
 5. MON-POL Plock 6-8 
 6. GTK Gdynia 5-9 
 7. Baton Basket 4-10 
 8. Kobylnica 4-10 
Stage One Standings


1Liga Stats Leaders - by Greg

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Zaneta Durak 16.5
2 Karina Rozynska 16.3
3 Malgorzata Jurkowska 16
4 Magdalena Radwan 15.2
5 Joanna Markiewicz 15.1
6 Dominika Miloszewska 14.3
7 Angelika Stankiewicz 13.9
8 Klaudia Sosnowska 13.3
9 Katarzyna Furdak 12.8
10 Martyna Cebulska 12.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Malgorzata Jurkowska 10.4
2 Weronika Telenga 9.2
3 Dominika Miloszewska 8
4 Anita Szemraj 7.8
5 Iwona Polak 7.8
6 Daria Marciniak 7.7
7 Amalia Rembiszewska 7.2
8 Klaudia Sosnowska 6.8
9 Joanna Markiewicz 6.4
10 Agnieszka Misiek 6.1
Assists Per Game
1 Martyna Cebulska 5
2 Katarzyna Furdak 4.1
3 Milena Krzyzaniak 4
4 Karina Rozynska 3.9
5 Kinga Wozniak 3.6
6 Joanna Markiewicz 3.6
7 Ramona Casimiro 3.4
8 Klaudia Sosnowska 3.2
9 Zaneta Durak 3.1
10 Monika Bieniek 3
Steals Per Game
1 Joanna Markiewicz 3.3
2 Ramona Casimiro 2.8
3 Jolanta Wichlacz 2.8
4 Monika Naczk 2.5
5 Magdalena Radwan 2.5
6 Karina Rozynska 2.4
7 Zaneta Durak 2.4
8 Monika Bieniek 2.3
9 Katarzyna Szymanska 2.2
10 Martyna Cebulska 2.2



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Conquero land Cindy Lima - by Eurobasket News

Cindy Lima (196-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is coming back to Spain. The Spanish international has agreed on terms of contract with CB Conquero. Last season Cindy Lima started the previous season in Turkey. She played for Tarsus Belediyesi. Cindy Lima notched 2.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in TKBL. In EuroLeague the centre tallied 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Cindy Lima moved to Hungary in February. She penned deal with UNI Gyor. Her stats read 6.8 points, 1.4 steals, 6.5 boards and 1.0 assist per game in A Division. In EuroLeague Cindy Lima posted 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Cindy Lima previously played for Ros Casares, Pays dAix, TTT Riga, AEL Limassol, San Jose Leon, Mann Filter Zaragoza, Celta Vigo. She has been the member of the Spanish National Team since 2006.


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EuroBasket 2013: Dumerc sends France to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

France-Sweden 87:83

Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) sends France to the Semifinals of the EuroBasket 2013. The French player nailed three three-pointers at the very end to give the hosts an 87:83 win against Sweden. The latter deserved a big applause for their outstanding effort.
The Scandinavian team proved from the first minutes that they would not give up. Sweden grabbed a 22-21 lead after the first ten minutes and led 1 point at the halftime. France manage to take 64:59 lead with Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) basket, but Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) closed the third quarter at 64:63. Sweden was in front for the majority of the last period and only one player broke their lead. Celine Dumerc nailed her first three for 77:77 with less than two minutes to go. She immediately posted another one for 80:77 and then brought 5-point advantage. Lawson-Wade managed to score four [points from the free line for the final result.
Celine Dumerc top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) nailed 14. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13, whilst Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui added 11. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 17. Ashley Key notched 15 and Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Peter's) had 8.

France: Celine Dumerc 16, Edwige Lawson-Wade 14, Gaelle Skrela 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21, Elin Eldebrink 17, Ashley Key 15, Anna Barthold 8



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Orduspor gets bigger with Brittany Denson - by Eurobasket News

Orduspor gets bigger with Brittany Denson (192-C-87, college: S.Florida) for the next season. The 26-year old American center Brittany Denson will arrive from Maccabi Bnot Ashdod in Israel. In 26 games she averaged 7.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
Earlier Denson played also at Maccabi Ashdod (D1) in Israeli league. In 27 games she had 9.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg. She contributed to her team winning the league title.
The previous (10-11) season Denson was tested by Hatis Yerevan (D1) in Armenian league. In 2009-10 season she played at Odra Brzeg (PLKK, starting five) in Polish league. In 26 games she had 13.9ppg, 9.5rpg (#3 in the league), 1.3apg, 2.7spg (in top 5) and 1.7bpg that season. A very good year in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Defensive Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.



EuroBasket 2013: Turkey escapes with Belarus poor performance - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Belarus 55:41

Turkey down Belarus in the Quarterfinal game of EuroBasket 2013. The team overcame Belarus 55:41 and advanced to the Semifinal. Belarus had 28% from the field and could not even think about the win.
Turkey started better and grabbed 9-2 lead in the opening tip. Belarus reduced to 14:10 after the first period, bit never led in the game. Turkey posted a 17-8 rally in the second frame and had 16-point advantage in the game, but the opponents reduced to 31:18 at the halftime. Belarus looked better in the third period and managed to cut it to 4 points, while Turkey did not slow down and increased the lead. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) scored five points in a row to bring 51:37 lead with 3 minutes to go when it completely began clear about the Semifinal team. Likhtarovich made two free throws for 51:39 and Tuncluer brought the lead back to 14. Likhtarovich and Canitez exchanged for 55:41 that became the final result in the game.
Saziye Ivegin top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 10. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) delivered 9, while Yasemin Dalgalar had 5. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 12 points in defeat, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 9.

Turkey: Saziye Ivegin 13, Nevriye Yilmaz 10, Isil Alben 9, Yasemin Dalgalar 5
Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 12, Anastasiya Veremeenko 9



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ST. LOUIS SURGE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SERVICE DAY HOME GAME FOUR - by Willie McCray

ST. LOUIS SURGE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SERVICE DAY HOME GAME FOUR

St. Louis, MO June 24, 2013 The St. Louis Surge Womens Semi-Professional Basketball Team will take on the Kansas City Nuggets in their fourth home game of the 2013 season, which is themed Public Service Day, on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 7:05 p.m. at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) Mark Twain Center located at One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Public Service Day will celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community and will recognize those who currently serve our community such as fire fighters, police officers, educators, government officials and nonprofit organizations. Also, fans will have the opportunity to tour ambulances, fire trucks and police cars.

Public service day is a great way for the Surge to say thank you and celebrate individuals who serve our community every day, said Khalia Collier, Owner and General Manager of the St. Louis Surge.

Tickets to Public Service Day can be purchased at the door: adults $8, students (with current high school student I.D.) $5, free for children five and under, and free for those in team uniforms. Discounted tickets to all St. Louis Surge home games can be purchased at Eventbright.com, Livingsocial.com, and KMOV Great Day Deals. Additional information about Surge ticket prices can be found online at www.stlsurgebasketball.com.

The St. Louis Surge is currently undefeated with a season record high of 5-0. The St. Louis Surge broke the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) scoring record of 100 against the Louisville Fillies on Saturday, June 15, during home game three with a final score of 133 to 38.

The St. Louis Surge 2013 roster includes the following players: Jasmine Bailey (University of Illinois - Chicago), Bianca Beck (Southeast Missouri University), Jaleesa Butler (Georgetown University), Shanika Butler (University of Arkansas Little Rock), Tanysha Scott (Minnesota University), Ashley Ellis Milan (Minnesota University), Breanna Salley (Minnesota University, Gabriella Green (Lindenwood University), Jenna Higgins (Northern State University), Gillian Letsche (Iowa State University), Kassidy Shuman (Quincy University), Ali Schwagmeyer (Quincy University) and Aneshia Starks (Culver Stockton College).

The team is led by head coach Melissa Young and assistant coaches Petra Jackson and Tony Condra.

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Best regards,

Neosha Hayes
Surge Communications

St. Louis Surge Women's Basketball
P.O. Box 2011
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone:314.276.2810



After the FireCharity Basketball Game to be held June 26 - by Willie McCray

After the Fire Charity Basketball Game to be held June 26"

Teams representing the Winston-Salem police and fire departments and Winston-Salem Lady Warcats, a semi-professional womens basketball team, will participate in the After the Fire charity basketball games Wednesday, June 26, at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy gymnasium, 1215 N. Cameron Ave, to benefit citizens who have been displaced by a fire.

Donations of essential items such as toiletries and non-perishable food will be collected for admission at the games. The police and fire teams will play at 4 p.m. with the winner taking on the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats at 5 p.m. Between the games and during halftime there will be such activities as a Free-Throw/Lay-Up Relay to benefit the Burned Childrens Fund, Hot Wing Eating Contest, Sparkys Free Throw Contest, Musical Basketball Chairs and a Team Bond AAU Half-Court Shot Contest.

Donations are also being accepted at all city fire stations.

The games are hosted by BDaht of 102 Jamz and the Freestyle Comedy Show, and are sponsored by the Winston-Salem Fire and Police departments, Wing Zone, Omega Sports, Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings, Tropical Caf Smoothies, Firehouse Subs, Team B.O.N.D. and the D.A.H.T. Foundation.

For more information, call Toccara Toland at 773-7965 or CityLink 311.




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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 27: Washington M. - Phoenix M. 97-101
Jun. 26: Chicago S. - New York L. 87-74
Jun. 25: S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 77-83
Jun. 25: Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 76-60

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 28: Indiana F. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 28: Atlanta D. - Washington M.
Jun. 28: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S.
Jun. 28: Seattle S. - New York L.


Latest wins for Mercury, Dream and Sky - by Eurobasket News

S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 77-83
They came to the AT&T Center on Tuesday to see the biggest phenom to take the WNBA by storm. Danny Green and Boris Diaw - fresh off leading the Spurs within a victory of earning their fifth NBA championship - were among the 9,007 in attendance. And Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-8 former Baylor standout posted 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in only 271/2 minutes as the Phoenix Mercury held off the Silver Stars 83-77. 'Had a lot of people out there tonight, including a lot of Baylor fans, and that meant a lot,' Griner said. 'When you play in front of friends and family, especially with my mom being here tonight, since she does not make a lot of my games, I had to put a show on for her.' It took every ounce of effort from Griner to help Phoenix (5-4) prevail. She scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Mercury closed the game with a 7-3 run to fend off the Silver Stars (3-6), who played without Becky Hammon (finger), Sophia Young (knee) and Jayne Appel (concussion). The Silver Stars pulled within 76-74 when Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) connected on two free throws with 1:53 remaining, but they got no closer the rest of the way. 'At the end of the day, I'm really proud of how we fought,' said Silver Stars guard Danielle Marie Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma), who tallied 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. 'We didn't hit shots we usually hit.' Missed shots - many of them open looks - and foul trouble proved costly for the Silver Stars. They led 26-18 after the first quarter but missed their first nine attempts in the second stanza, getting outscored 25-7 in the period and taking a 10-point deficit into halftime. The Silver Stars made 3 of 21 shots in the second quarter (14.3 percent) and were held to single-digit scoring in a period for the third time in the past four games. 'We just need to keep our focus,' said center Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas A&M), who had 15 points. 'I thought we lost our focus there for a minute. We just need to keep our focus for a whole 40 minutes and just help each other out.' The Silver Stars, who had all five starters score in double figures - Shameka Christon added 15, Jia Perkins 11 and Milton-Jones 10 - battled back from their woeful second quarter, outscoring Phoenix 23-10 in the third to lead 56-53 heading into the fourth. But the Mercury, with Griner leading the way, made 12 of 13 free throws in the fourth to pull away. They made 22 of 26 overall. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) added 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Phoenix, and DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) contributed 14 points. The Silver Stars attempted only nine foul shots, making eight. 'Probably when you look at all the factors, they were able to distance us at the foul line,' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. 'That's probably a pretty big statistic, because we were very efficient with the ball. We didn't shoot it well; they didn't shoot real well. But their ability to go to the foul line and us in foul trouble played a big part.' Courtesy of: mysanantonio.com

Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 76-60
Even when Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) doesn't lead the Atlanta offense, the Dream are creating ways to win. McCoughtry led the WNBA in scoring last year and ranks second this season, but the Dream aren't relying solely on their best player. Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 17 points and McCoughtry added 16 to lead the surging Dream to a 76-60 victory Tuesday over the struggling Indiana Fever in a matinee game. The Dream, winners of four straight, lead the WNBA with a franchise-best 8-1 record. Shavonte Zellous finished with 18 points and Karima Christmas had 16 for Indiana, which dropped to 1-7. The Fever are without scoring threats Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas, who have back injuries. The seven-game losing streak is Indiana's longest since its inaugural season in 2000. The defending WNBA champions had just eight available players, with Catchings sidelined for the second straight game and Douglas out for the sixth. Those two combine for an average of 34 points, and the Fever matched a season low for scoring on Tuesday. Indiana coach Lin Dunn expects Catchings will be available at the end of next week and she hopes Douglas, a five-time All-Star, will return from a bulging disc by mid-July. 'I think over the next three weeks, you'll see at least three players come back,' Dunn said. 'Catchings, (Layshia) Clarendon and (Erin) Phillips. Hopefully, (Catchings) will be back by the end of the next week. Katie Douglas and (Jeanette) Pohlen should be back next month some time.' Atlanta had a 36-30 lead at halftime and outscored the Fever by 10 points in the third quarter. McCoughtry had a 34-point performance on Sunday in the one-point win against the Connecticut Sun. 'I don't think I would've had the energy to put up 34 points today,' McCoughtry said. 'We flew back yesterday and practiced. It was a lot, but it was a good game. The girls played well.' The Dream took their first double-digit lead at 32-22 on Jasmine Thomas' 3 with 3:27 left in the second quarter. Indiana cut the lead to three early in the third on Christmas' three-point play, but Thomas added another 3 a few minutes later to make it 46-36. The Dream's biggest lead was 19, a mark first reached on Tiffany Hayes' 20-footer in the final minute of the third. De Souza added 10 rebounds and four blocks. McCoughtry, who leads the WNBA with an average of 3.9 steals per game, tied a career high with seven. Thomas, Aneika Henry and Alex Bentley each finished with eight points for Atlanta. 'We have those type players in transition who can run out and get those kind of baskets,' Dream coach Fred Williams said. 'We're also starting to share the ball a little bit more in halfcourt sets. We're still learning." Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) and Jasmine Hassell (6'2''-F-91, college: Georgia) each scored seven for the Fever. 'We'll get some shooters back,' Dunn said. 'Douglas and Pohlen and Phillips are worth 30 points, easy. That would be nice, wouldn't it? Just ride it out. There's nothing else you can do but ride it out.' For the Dream, they're focused on taking away opponents' passing lanes, forcing turnovers and pushing the ball up the floor. Atlanta tied a season-high with 16 steals, not surprising for a defense that leads the league in that category. 'We have to realize, with the season we're having this year, we can't come out lackadaisical,' McCoughtry said. 'We have to come out like a championship team, playing hard from the jump. Fortunately, our defense picked it up in the second quarter when we held them to 10 points. That helped us get a good lead.' Atlanta improved to 5-0 at home, while the Fever fell to 1-3 on the road. Courtesy of: indystar.com

Chicago S. - New York L. 87-74
As a reserve off the bench, Chicago Sky guard Shay Murphy is prepared for anything. Sometimes her minutes are limited and she's more of a cheerleader. But there are games like Wednesday's against the visiting New York Liberty in which Murphy makes it tough for head coach Pokey Chatman to take her off the floor. Murphy, inspired to have her mother Pauletta in the stands, sparked a big Sky comeback with her 13 points and tenacious play on the defensive end. Down by as many as 17 points, the Sky weathered a slow start and then coasted to an 87-74 victory over the Liberty in front of 8,911 kids on "Camp Day" at Allstate Arena. The Sky, led by a career-high 26 points from rookie forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware), is now 6-3 on the season while the Liberty, coached by Bill Laimbeer, drops to 4-4. "I was really excited just to get the opportunity to get consistent minutes," said Murphy, who logged 16 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots, including a 3-pointer. "I was happy that I was defensively able to help the team and that I was also able to finally knock down some shots for my confidence. "It's been a while since I've gotten into a rhythm like that." It was as good a time as any. Especially good, actually. "Momma Murphy," as Shay calls her Mom, doesn't get to Chicago often. Murphy, from California, starred at USC. "Having my Mom here felt really good," Murphy said. "She makes it out once or twice each summer. It's really hard from L.A. She usually stays for a week or two, so it was awesome for her to see (a good performance)." "Momma Murphy" also saw what is becoming a standard performance for Delle Donne, who set a single-game scoring record for a rookie. Delle Donne hit 10-of-17 shots, including two 3-pointers. Like Murphy, she was instrumental in the comeback. The Sky seemed to be sleeping through the early tip-off (11:30 a.m.), and was down 30-15 to end the first quarter. "Our team is all about defense," said Delle Donne, who rolled up 7 rebounds and 6 assists. "Giving up 30 points like that, that's not our type of basketball. When we're not getting stops, we can't get out and run in transition, and that's a big part of our game. "It (the comeback) says a lot about our character." The Sky also got a double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) from center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and 14 points from guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers). New York was led by guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers). The Chicago native and Marshall High School star had 21 points and assisted on a basket that cut the Sky lead to 5 points (79-74) with 2:42 remaining. Delle Donne then scored two straight baskets and assisted on another to help the Sky pull away. Courtesy of: dailyherald.com

Washington M. - Phoenix M. 97-101
Meeting for the second time in a week, Phoenix and Washington played a fast paced, offensive-heavy game in the rematch. Even though they trailed for much of the game, Diana Taurasi and the Mercury couldn't have been happier. Taurasi scored 26 points and DeWanna Bonner had 22 as the Mercury beat the Mystics 101-97 on Thursday night for their third straight win. Candice Dupree added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Brittney Griner scored 11 for the Mercury, who have won six of their last seven. Phoenix led midway in the first quarter, but then not again until the same portion of the fourth. The Mercury (6-4) then went ahead for good when Taurasi's turnaround jumper tied the score at 91 and she sank two free throws with 48 seconds to go. "At one point in the third, I said, 'if this is how it's going to be, we'll take it,'" Taurasi said. "We excel when it's up and down. At one point, you think you can get any shot. Then we turn the pressure up a little bit and then it gets a little bit harder." Washington (4-5) committed five of its nine turnovers in the final tense period of the helter-skelter game. Phoenix opened the season 0-3 because of a change of offensive philosophy. "The dumb GM was thinking we shouldn't run anymore, slow down and throw the ball into Brittney for kick outs," said Mercury coach Corey Gaines, who is also the team's general manager. "That didn't work out too well" "So we went back to our regular game, up-tempo and let (Griner) play with us," Gaines said. The Mystics played with Phoenix at its desired pace throughout, but came up short late, losing their fourth straight. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 27 points on 12-of-13 shooting and Matee Ajavon (5'7''-PG-86, college: Rutgers) had 17. Washington was outrebounded 36-31 and Phoenix grabbed six of its nine offensive boards in the second half. "We missed some block outs down the stretch," Langhorne said. "Fourth quarter, Diana hit some tough shots and we didn't execute." Bonner made eight straight free throws inside the final 23.6 seconds and Phoenix knocked down 21 of 26. "Those are things that set you apart, making free throws, executing a play," said Taurasi, who was 4 for 7 on 3-pointers. "We did a pretty good job of that over the last 3 minutes." The frenetic pace led to a wild finish. Trailing 99-96 with 4.5 seconds left, Ajavon was fouled as she made a 3. Without the aid of replay, the officials ruled the foul came before the shot. "Everyone was saying the referee messed the call up, but I think they called the initial foul before the grab, before she shot the ball," Gaines said. After making the first attempt, Ajavon missed the second on purpose, but Bonner grabbed the rebound, leading to her final free throws. "I don't know what to say," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "I haven't watched that play yet, so I don't know. I know that the official put their hand up for a shot attempt and I didn't hear a whistle until then." The teams combined for 53 points in the first quarter and 57 in the third. The Mercury shot 53.7 percent from the field overall while Washington made 7 of 13 3s. After combining for 47 points in her two previous games, Griner went 4 of 6 from the field in 26 minutes. Last Friday, she scored 21 points in a 90-82 home win over Washington. Monique Currie scored 17 points and Ivory Latta had 12 for the Mystics. Trailing 15-11 midway through the first quarter, Washington scored the next 11 points and led 31-19 after consecutive 3s by Latta. Currie scored 10 in the first quarter and Langhorne had nine of her 17 first-half points in the second as the Mystics led 50-43 at halftime. Courtesy of: foxsportsarizona.com



McCoughtry and Johnson Named WNBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) of the Atlanta Dream and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) of the Tulsa Shock were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 17 through June 23.
McCoughtry led Atlanta to a 78-77 road win over Connecticut on June 23 with 34 points, which tied the highest single-game output in the WNBA this season. She also added five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a career-high-tying 14 made field goals in the win. The victory improved the Dream's overall mark to 7-1, tops in the Eastern Conference. For the fifth-year pro, the Player of the Week honor is her second in as many weeks and third of the season, as well as the 10th of her career.
Johnson recorded two double-doubles last week while averaging 17.3 points and a Western Conference-best 10.0 rebounds as Tulsa recorded a 2-1 mark. The second-year player scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Tulsa top Chicago, 83-74, on June 20, and added another 14 points and 12 boards as the Shock defeated Seattle, 92-70, on June 22. Johnson capped the week with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds in an 88-79 loss at conference-leading Minnesota on June 23. Johnson has scored in double figures in each of the Shock's 11 games this season.
The Player of the Week award is the first of Johnson's career and the first by a Shock player since the franchise began play in Tulsa in 2010.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago's Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) in the East, as well as Los Angeles' Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford), Minnesota's Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut), San Antonio's Danielle Marie Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) and Seattle's Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Management Group, college: USC) in the West.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com