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  3X3  



Ravena, Paras lead late explosion as Philippines downs Romania in Fiba 3x3 World Cup debut - by Eurobasket News

Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) combined in a late run that carried Team Pilipinas to a 21-15 win over seventh-seed Romania in its Fiba 3x3 World Cup debut on Monday morning. Struggling to make their shots and getting beat in the battle for 50-50 balls for most of the match, the Filipinos came alive in the final three minutes to overhaul a 12-13 deficit to the delight of the sprinkling of Pinoy fans in the gallery. Paras, the 19-year-old son of former PBA rookie-MVP Benjie, sparked the timely surge with a flamboyant drive to the basket before Ravena followed with an and-one and a two-point basket to put Team Pilipinas on top for good, 17-13, with 1:19 left. The taller Romanians stayed within striking distance with a two-point basket before an amazing sequence from Paras - a two-point basket and a steal that led to two free throws - put the game away for the Filipinos, 21-15, with 30 seconds left. The opening win put the 18th-seeded Filipinos on track to make the quarterfinals from the five-team Pool B, which also includes host France, second-seeded Slovenia, and El Salvador. The top two from the group advance to the next round. The Filipinos, which also got significant contributions from Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) and PBA player JR Quinahan (198-C-84), are set to play their second game of the day against France at 3:10 a.m.
Courtesy of: spin.ph



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  ABA  


Jersey Shore and San Diego added to ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced the addition of the Jersey Shore Strong. The team will be owned and run by Andrew Impastato, Founder/Executive Director of Next Basket Wins LLC, the largest yearly adult basketball league in New Jersey. For more information, email andrew@nextbasketwins.com or call 732 995 0815
Some days after, the ABA announced that it has added another team to its Far West Division, the San Diego Guardians. Kenneth Bishop Jr. will be the person at the helm. Originally from Philadelphia and a former owner of the Philadelphia Flight, Bishop has yet hired Coach Yohannis Johnson, former coach of the San Diego Sol.
For more information, contact 619 763 5404, email sandiegoguardians@gmail.com, or visit www.thesdguardians.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Igokea keeps Milosevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) re-signed 24-year old Serbian shooting guard Djordje Milosevic (199-93). He has played there for the last three seasons. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 16 Division I games he averaged 11.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team. Milosevic also played 25 games in ABA League where he had 4.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 2.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Milosevic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg.
Milosevic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sibalic re-signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Serbian forward Danilo Sibalic (202-103kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Sibalic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 10 Division I games he had 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Sibalic also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sibalic played at Smederevo in Serbian KLS. In 14 games he got impressive 18.0ppg and 4.1rpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sibalic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (UBC St. Polten), Montenegro (Ulcinj and Teodo Tivat), Sweden (BC Lulea), Serbia (Radnicki KG 06, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, Konstantin and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad), FYR Macedonia (Strumica and Ovce Pole) and Bosnia (Servitium).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo18.1 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.2 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.6 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Horner, Obras B.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Solano, Echague4.3 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
 10. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 1st Team 2017
Emiliano Correa
Correa
Bruno Barovero
Barovero
Nicolas Lauria
Lauria
Kenny Jones
Jones
Santiago Gonzalez
Gonzalez

Finals MVP: Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83) of Comunicaciones
Player of the Year: Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF
Guard of the Year: Emiliano Correa (189-PG-91) of BHY Tiro Federal
Forward of the Year: Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF
Center of the Year: Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of San Isidro
Defensive Player of the Year: Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino
Domestic player of the Year: Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF
Import player of the Year: Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino

1st Team
PG: Emiliano Correa (189-PG-91) of BHY Tiro Federal
G/F: Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF
F: Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) of Comunicaciones
PF: Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu
C: Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of San Isidro

2nd Team
G: Christian Schoppler (185-G-86) of Olimpo BB
SF: Rakim Brown (198-SF-91) of La Union
F: Scott Cutley (196-F-85) of Atenas Carmen
PF: Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83) of Goes
F: Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino

Honorable Mention
Mariano Castets (183-PG-83) of Petr.Argentino
Lisandro Ruiz Moreno (183-G-89) of Huracan
O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Alianza Viedma
Santiago Arese (196-F/G-87) of Estudiantes O.
Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon
Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-G-91) of Luqueno
Clide Geffrard (198-F-94) of Villa San Martin
Martin Cequeira (180-PG-88) of Villa Angela
Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83) of Comunicaciones
Leonardo La Bella (180-PG-86) of Gimnasia LP
Lisandro Villa (198-F/C-87) of Gimnasia LP
Felipe Pais (185-G-90) of Platense
Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar
Pablo Alderete (196-PF-93) of Parque Sur
Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) of SP Las Parejas
Victor Hugo Cajal (179-PG-80) of Independiente BBC
Julian Aprea (209-C-87) of Independiente BBC
Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88) of BHY Tiro Federal
Andres Mariani (188-SG-87) of Barrio Parque

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) of SP Las Parejas
PG: Emiliano Correa (189-PG-91) of BHY Tiro Federal
G/F: Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF
F: Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) of Comunicaciones
C: Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of San Isidro

All-Imports Team
SF: Rakim Brown (198-SF-91) of La Union
F: Scott Cutley (196-F-85) of Atenas Carmen
PF: Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83) of Goes
F: Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino
PF: Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

Round 23 most important game was a victory of Sonics over 3rd placed Pinelands 80-67 on Sunday night. Sonics (10-4) moved-up to third place. Defending champion Pinelands dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between second ranked Lakers (11-3) and 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-10) in ended with biggest points difference. Lakers outscored guests from 90-47. Lakers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record behind leader Cavaliers. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Lakers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .

Pinelands - Sonics 67-80

Round 23 most important game was a victory of Sonics over 3rd placed Pinelands 80-67 on Sunday night. Sonics (10-4) moved-up to third place. Defending champion Pinelands dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Lakers - PanAm I.I. 90-47

The game between second ranked Lakers (11-3) and 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-10) in ended with biggest points difference. Lakers outscored guests from 90-47. Lakers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record behind leader Cavaliers. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Lakers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Four Spanish clubs confirmed in Basketball Champions League - by Eurobasket News

Three more Spanish clubs will join title holders Iberostar Tenerife in the 2017-18 Basketball Champions League: UCAM Murcia, Movistar Estudiantes and Divina Seguros Joventut. The success of the inaugural season of the Basketball Champions League combined with the final victory of Iberostar Tenerife, the only Spanish representative last season, has raised strong interest in Spain. The decision of UCAM Murcia, Movistar Estudiantes and Divina Seguros Joventut to participate in the Basketball Champions League provides the competition with a significant Spanish presence in its second year. Movistar Estudiantes and Divina Seguros Joventut mark their return to European competitions, where they have achieved major success. Movistar Estudiantes, with three Spanish Cups and many Euroleague participations, is a prominent force in Spanish basketball. Divina Seguros Joventut holds one Euroleague trophy, one EuroCup, one EuroChallenge, two Kora Cups, four Spanish championships and eight Spanish Cups. UCAM Murcia, in its first European participation, attained the Top 16 of EuroCup last season. The newly-confirmed clubs will face stiff competition in the Basketball Champions League which features top clubs from across Europe which qualify as a result of their performances in domestic leagues. "I'm delighted to welcome four clubs from one of the strongest leagues in Europe and I'm convinced they will bring something special to next year's competition," said Basketball Champions League CEO Patrick Comninos. "Their presence underscores the successful experience of Iberostar Tenerife, winner of the trophy last season, and we are pleased to see more Spanish clubs convinced by the truly pan-European nature of the Basketball Champions League and its focus on providing a great international competition for clubs based on merit. "We are also thrilled to see that historical clubs chose the Basketball Champions League for their return to European competitions," he said. The new Basketball Champions League Regular Season gets under way on October 10. This year 32 teams will contest the Regular Season with eight qualifiers joining 24 directly qualified clubs. They will play in four groups of 8 teams each with the top four in each group going through to a home and away Round of 16 ahead of the Quarter-Finals which will determine the Final Four. The Final Four weekend will be hosted in the home city of one of the qualifying clubs. The full line-up for the season will be announced next week. An initial draw sorting the Qualification Rounds and the Regular Season phase will take place on Tuesday 11 July at the House of Basketball in Geneva, Switzerland.
Courtesy of: basketballcl.com



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  BELGIUM  


Kenyon McNeaill (ex Kozuv) signs at Kangoeroes - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) landed 26-year old American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-84kg-91, college: Louisiana Tech). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 18 games he was the best scorer with impressive 18.8ppg and recorded 2.4rpg and 5.3apg (top 2) last season. McNeaill also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged remarkable 20.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
McNeaill received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Guard of the Year award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season McNeaill was tested by Adelaide 36ers in Australian NBL. In three games he had 4.0ppg.
He played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Oliveirense).
McNeaill attended Louisiana Tech University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naim El_Khounchar
Kenyon McNeaill
Marius Mwendanga

Forward:
Kwan Cheatham_Jr.

Center:
Stephane Moris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cheatham Jr. starts his pro career at Kangoeroes - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 22-year old American forward Kwan Cheatham Jr. (208-107kg-95). Cheatham Jr. just graduated from Akron (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 11.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.8apg last season. Cheatham Jr. helped them to win the regular season and make it to the MAC Tournament final. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-MAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naim El_Khounchar
Marius Mwendanga

Forward:
Kwan Cheatham_Jr.

Center:
Stephane Moris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Salumu re-signs at Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) confirmed in their roster 27-year old international forward Jean Salumu (193-87kg-90). He has played there for the last five seasons. Salumu managed to play in three leagues last year. In 32 Euromillions League games he had 8.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the league title and they also played in the Supercup final. Salumu also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg and 2.0apg. His team made it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Salumu contributed to 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
Salumu has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Salumu also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 1.2apg, FGP: 68.8%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
Salumu has played previously for three other teams: Leuven Bears, Gistel Oostende and Oudenaarde.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team 2017
Olivier Troisfontaines
Troisfontaines
Dusan Djordjevic
Djordjevic
Seth Tuttle
Tuttle
John Tofi
Tofi
Rasko Katic
Katic

Player of the Year: Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende
Guard of the Year: Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende
Forward of the Year: Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Spirou
Center of the Year: Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ismael Bako (208-C-95) of Leuven
Bosman Player of the Year: Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende
Import Player of the Year: John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar
Domestic Player of the Year: Olivier Troisfontaines (196-G/F-89) of Aalstar
Defensive Player of the Year: Bill Amis (206-PF-87) of Aalstar
Coach of the Year: Serge Crevecoeur of Brussels

1st Team
G: Olivier Troisfontaines (196-G/F-89) of Aalstar
G: Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende
F: Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Spirou
C/F: John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar
F/C: Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende

2nd Team
PG: Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels
G: Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp
F: Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of Antwerp
C: Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels
C: Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp

Honorable Mention
Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven
Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Brussels
D.J. Newbill (193-G-92) of Oostende
Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende
TJ Bray (196-G-92) of Brussels
Lukasz Aleksander of Start Lublin II
Tre Demps (188-G-93) of Mons-Hainaut
Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) of Oostende

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels
G: Olivier Troisfontaines (196-G/F-89) of Aalstar
F: Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89) of Oostende
F/C: Lukasz Aleksander of Start Lublin II
C: Ismael Bako (208-C-95) of Leuven

All-Imports Team
G: Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp
F: Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Spirou
F: Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of Antwerp
C/F: John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar
F/C: Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels

All-Bosmans Team
G: Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende
G: Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Brussels
F/C: Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou
C: Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende
C: Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut



Kangoeroes land Ivan Vranes, ex Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) landed 21-year old Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 10 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg last season. Vranes also played 8 games in ABA League where he had 4.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg.
Vranes' team made it to the Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Jolly (also in A1). In 16 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Newcomer of the Year and selected to All-Newcomers Team.
He represented Croatia at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. Vranes' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Vranes has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Jazine and Sukosan.

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naim El_Khounchar
Kenyon McNeaill
Marius Mwendanga

Forwards:
Stephane Moris
Kwan Cheatham_Jr.

Center:
Ivan Vranes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Sibalic re-signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Serbian forward Danilo Sibalic (202-103kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Sibalic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 10 Division I games he had 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Sibalic also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sibalic played at Smederevo in Serbian KLS. In 14 games he got impressive 18.0ppg and 4.1rpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sibalic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (UBC St. Polten), Montenegro (Ulcinj and Teodo Tivat), Sweden (BC Lulea), Serbia (Radnicki KG 06, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, Konstantin and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad), FYR Macedonia (Strumica and Ovce Pole) and Bosnia (Servitium).

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Igokea keeps Milosevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) re-signed 24-year old Serbian shooting guard Djordje Milosevic (199-93). He has played there for the last three seasons. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 16 Division I games he averaged 11.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team. Milosevic also played 25 games in ABA League where he had 4.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 2.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Milosevic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg.
Milosevic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Sena, Contagem14.1 
 2. Filho, Botafogo.14.0 
 3. Stocks, Blumenau14.0 
 4. Smith, Botafogo.13.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville13.5 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Dias, Joinville11.7 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.6 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.7.4 
 4. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.4 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville5.8 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville5.6 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.7 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.7 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.4 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.7 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.1 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem1.8 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan TIAGO
  Brusque
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.7 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.5 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


Liga Ouro Round 1 of Finals. Botafogo claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

Botafogo F.R. - Joinville 83-67

Botafogo overcame Joinville in the Liga Ouro Finals opener. Botafogo F.R. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Joinville's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of center Feliciano Perez (210-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Maxwell Dias (198-91) answered with 21 points and guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: F.Perez 19+11reb, A.Filho 15+2reb+4ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+7ast, D.Correa 13+2reb, R.Ferreira 8+4reb+3ast, W.Russell 8+2reb+4ast
Joinville: M.Dias 21+4reb+3ast, F.Vezaro 19+5reb+1ast, L.Vezaro 9+4reb+2ast, J.Froehlich 6+8reb+1ast, A.Pereira 5+4reb+1ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 4+4reb
gschID: 548168





Bauru signs Kendall Anthony - by Paulo Freire

Paschoalotto/Bauru (NBB) signed 24-year old American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-69kg-93, college: Richmond) from Macae Basquete. In 29 NBB games in Brazil he had very impressive stats: 20.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.7apg last season. Great year as he was named to Brazilian All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Anthony spent at BK Usti nad Labem in Czech Republic NBL where in 15 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. Anthony also played that season for Gelisim in Turkish TBL. In 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg.
Anthony was voted NABC All-District 4 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Anthony graduated from University of Richmond in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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Mogi signs Patrick Vieira - by Paulo Freire

Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor (NBB) signed 24-year old point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) from Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches. In 27 NBB games he had 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Vieira played at Liga Sorocaba (Paulista) where in 17 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.9ppg and averaged 3.6rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the InterContinental Cup final in 2016. Vieira was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Ginastico, Universo/Salvador, Paschoalotto/Bauru and Sport Club do Recife.

Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shamell Stallworth
Guilherme Filipin
Larry Taylor
Jimmy de_Oliveira
Patrick Vieira
Vithor Lersch
Guilherme Lessa
Igor Nascimento
Arthur Nascimento
Geovane Teixeira
Lucas Lacerda
Daniel Taylor

Forwards:
Tyrone Curnell
Fabricio Russo
Rafael Da_Silva
Jose_Mauro Barrozo
Felipe Franklin
Jose Carlos

Center:
Caio Silveira

Coach: Jorge Guerra

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Mogi lands Rafael Da Silva - by Paulo Freire

Defending champion Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor (NBB) tabbed 26-year old small forward Rafael Da Silva (201-91) from Macae Basquete. In 31 NBB games he averaged 7.6ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Da Silva played at Angra (Carioca).
He has played previously for six other teams: Minas, Osasco Basquete, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Jacarei, Suzano and Basquete CEUB.

Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shamell Stallworth
Guilherme Filipin
Larry Taylor
Jimmy de_Oliveira
Vithor Lersch
Guilherme Lessa
Igor Nascimento
Arthur Nascimento
Geovane Teixeira
Lucas Lacerda
Daniel Taylor

Forwards:
Tyrone Curnell
Fabricio Russo
Rafael Da_Silva
Jose_Mauro Barrozo
Felipe Franklin
Jose Carlos

Center:
Caio Silveira

Coach: Jorge Guerra

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Toledo comes back to Pinheiros - by Paulo Freire

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo (NBB) inked 31-year old Brazilian international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-103kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Pinheiros as he has played here before. Toledo has a double citizenship as he also holds Spanish passport. Toledo has played for the last two years at B.Cearense in the NBB. In 29 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4spg last season.
Among other achievements Toledo's team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Toledo represented Brazil at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3(2.0spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 47.8%.
Toledo has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Toledo has played previously professionally also in Spain (La ICL Manresa, Burgos, CB Tarragona_2017, L'Hospitalet and C.B. Valls-Felix Hotel).

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Desmond Holloway
Cordero Bennett

Forwards:
Marcus_Vinicius Toledo
Arthur Bernardi
Germerson Barbosa

Center:
Ralfi Ansaloni

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  CANADA  


Soles de Santo Domingo inks Carl Hall, ex Niagara RL - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Niagara River Lions in Canadian NBL. In 24 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan where in 18 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. Hall was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kyle Landry left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). Landry has played there for the last six years. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He played there also last season. Landry also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Landry played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
Landry represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

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  CHINA  


India fall to hosts China on Day 1 of the BRICS Games 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Last evening, China beat India 97-57 on the opening day of the BRICS Games 2017, despite a strong performance from star player Amjyot Singh (203-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) Gill. The game was fairly competitive in the first half: it was a one point game late in the second quarter, before a 9-0 run allowed the Chinese to take a 38-28 lead into half time. The hosts carried that momentum into the second half, scoring 33 and 26 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively, as the game finished 97 - 57. Amjyot Singh Gill led the Indian team with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. But as a unit, the team struggled to find its scoring touch, only managing a field goal percentage of 36 from 2-point range, although it shot a decent 31.5% from beyond the arc. To complicate matters, Indian shooting guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) went down early in the second half, losing his footing while driving to the basket. He has been diagnosed with an ACL injury and is likely to miss the rest of the tournament. Indian fans will be hoping that he recovers in time for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup that will be played in Lebanon in August. On the defensive end, India was made to pay in the paint in the absence of star centre Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91). Chinese centre Tao HanLin (208-C-91) came off the bench to lead his team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Chinese team was particularly dominant off the glass, pulling down a total of 45 rebounds that also included 14 offensive rebounds, whereas India only recorded 26 rebounds in total. Next up, India will play 9th ranked Russia on Monday, June 19th, before wrapping up the tournament against South Africa on Tuesday, June 20th.
China (Tao HanLin18 pts, 11 reb; XiaoYu Liu (191-G-89) 14 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh 26 pts, 2 blks, 2 stls; Rikin Pethani 12 pts).
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break25.5 
 3. Roberson, Condores19.9 
 4. Smith, Sabios19.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios18.8 
 6. Almanza, Condores17.0 
 7. Romero, Piratas16.0 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. McCoy, Condores15.4 
 10. Perez, Academia14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.2 
 3. Perez, Academia10.4 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 5. Romero, Piratas10.0 
 6. Almanza, Condores8.9 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.9 
 8. Coombs, Sabios7.6 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break7.4 
 10. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Murray, Academia6.5 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.9 
 5. Granados, Academia4.7 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.2 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones3.9 
 9. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.1 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 4. Murray, Academia2.0 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 7. Blandon, Sabios1.7 
 8. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 9. Diaz, Academia1.5 
 10. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perez, Academia1.9 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 5. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 6. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 7. Jones, Sabios0.9 
 8. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 9. Bermudez, Condores0.7 
 10. Hernandez, Cimar.0.7 


Brandon Givens claims Colombian Liga DirecTV weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Brandon Givens (198-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Piratas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Piratas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Condores (#5, 6-8) 91-80. Piratas maintains the 8th position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Piratas have already lost 10 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Givens had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brandon Givens averages this season 21.2ppg and 6.3rpg. Worth to mention Givens played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-G-92) of second-ranked Academia. Diaz impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Academia to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Caciques (#4, 6-6) 90-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Academia consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Diaz is one of the most experienced players at Academia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Academia's star - former international guard Simon Granados (182-PG-93). Granados scored 24 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Academia, helping his team with a 90-70 easy win against #4 ranked Caciques. Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Granados has a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Aguilas - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Freddy Asprilla (208-F-88) of Caciques - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) of Sabios - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jairo Mendoza (203-F/C-85) of Piratas - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



PGE Turow lands Paul Egwuonwu - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American center Paul Egwuonwu (206-107kg-91, college: Montana State). He played this summer at Caciques in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In two games he had 5.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Egwuonwu has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks) and Czech Republic (MMCITE Brno).
He attended Montana State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Egwuonwu could be described: Not so athletic inside player who is very smart and reads the game very well. Has a nice mid range shot and is very active defensively, with good timing to grab rebounds and block the opponents shots.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Francis_Jonathan Han
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE  


Camille Eleka joins Berck - by Eurobasket News

Berck/Rang du Fliers (NM2) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Congolese swingman Camille Eleka (196-88). He has played for the last three seasons at Caen Basket Calvados in the NM1, but left the team in Nov.'16. NM1 was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he had just 1.3ppg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Eleka won French NM2 championship title in 2015.
He was a member of French U19 National Team back in 2007.
Eleka has played previously for five other teams: Cognac BB, Etendard de Brest, Chalon/Saor, Lorient and Autun.

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  COSTA RICA  


Marcos Castrillo (ex Liberia) signs at Toros - by Eurobasket News

Toros del Norte (LNB) landed Costa Rican international forward Marcos Castrillo (201-93kg, college: W.New Mexico). He played in the summer at Liberia in Costa Rican LBS league.
Castrillo won Costa Rican Clausura League championship title in 2016.
He also represented Costa Rica at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago. Castrillo's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.4rpg.
Castrillo has played also professionally in Costa Rica for Coopenae ARBA San Ramon.
He graduated from Western New Mexico University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

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Costa Rican LBS round 13 best performance: Jermaine Barnes - by Mike Amico

American Forward Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83) had a great game in the last round for Liberia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.

The player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds in his LBS debut, while his team beat Universidad Latina (#6, 3-6), the league's sixth-ranked team 69-57. Liberia is now placed at 6th position in Costa Rican LBS. Liberia being the new team in LBS was ranked at the bottom all season. With the addition of Barnes the team is predicted to finish in the top four. They need more victories to improve their position in LBS playoff. In the team's last game Barnes had a remarkable 17 rebounds. Former UBA star led the GIE Maile Matrix to the UBA finals this season. He averaged a league best 29.8 points per game.

The second best player in last round's games was Coopenae ARBA San Ramon's star 25 year old American Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91). Wiggins had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists. In a battle for the top spot Coopenae ARBA San Ramon beat Ferreteria Brenes Barva 61-60 (#2, 8-2). This victory allowed Coopenae ARBA San Ramon to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team continues to dominate the league. Wiggins is a newcomer at Coopenae ARBA San Ramon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#5). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Issac Mack (184-G-92) of league's second-best Ferreteria Brenes Barva. Mack scored 21 points (!!!). He was a key player of Ferreteria Brenes Barva, he came just one point shy to a 60-61 loss against the top-ranked Coopenae ARBA San Ramon (#1, 11-0). Ferreteria Brenes Barva is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 9-2 record is not that bad... Mack has a great season in Costa Rica. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:

4. Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Amaurys Ripool (196-F-86) of Coopenae ARBA San Ramon - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) of Liberia - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Reyner Little (185-SF-82) of Colegio de Abogados - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daniel Shedden (190-PF-96) of Liberia - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks
9. Teven Jones (185-G) of Grupo Babel Perez Zeledon - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. George Letford (185-G/F-91) of Super Cable Grecia - 15 points and 4 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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  CROATIA  


Kangoeroes land Ivan Vranes, ex Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) landed 21-year old Croatian center Ivan Vranes (205-96). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 10 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg last season. Vranes also played 8 games in ABA League where he had 4.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg.
Vranes' team made it to the Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Jolly (also in A1). In 16 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Newcomer of the Year and selected to All-Newcomers Team.
He represented Croatia at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. Vranes' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Vranes has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Jazine and Sukosan.

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naim El_Khounchar
Kenyon McNeaill
Marius Mwendanga

Forwards:
Stephane Moris
Kwan Cheatham_Jr.

Center:
Ivan Vranes

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Coach Neven Spahija reportedly agree on terms with Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) to sign experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency). He has worked for the last three years at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
Among other achievements Spahija received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year award back in 2011.
He was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
Spahija is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor keeps Vragovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) re-signed 28-year old Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell). He was a team leader there last season. In 44 TBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Vragovic played at Feni Industries in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga where in 33 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.5ppg and had 5.1rpg, 5.7apg (top 3) and 1.8spg (in top 2).
Among other achievements Vragovic's team made it to the Macedonian League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Vragovic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.0ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 88.6%.
Vragovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Croatia (Cibona, KK_Zadar and Dubrava).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Even though he is only the number three in the point guards' position within the national team of Croatia, whenever the coach gives him the right, he plays so passionate and with great scoring results that one may easily say why is only the third point guard. He watches the court and gives many assists while at the same time his defense is tough. Even though his height is not impressive he can jump quite high and become real danger in the paint as he grabs a numerous of rebounds.

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MGS AE Komotinis sign Cristos Avgerinos, ex Apoel - by Chris Mammides

MGS AE Komotinis (C) signed 18-year old Cypriot shooting guard Cristos Avgerinos (193-99). He played last season at the junior team of Apoel in Cypriot Division A. He has been training though from December onward with the team of komotini as he is also studying in the university there and he will be eligible to play this season with Komotini's jersey.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel tabs Christos Karampatakis - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) inked 19-year old forward Christos Karampatakis (196-98) from Etha. In 7 Division A games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Karampatakis played at Achilleas (Division B). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Karampatakis won Cyprus Division B championship title in 2014.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg, 1.9rpg.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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Gran Canaria may land Ondrej Balvin - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Czech international center Ondrej Balvin (217-115kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who played last time at Movistar Estudiantes. Balvin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 6.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He also played that season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 13 games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg. Balvin also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Balvin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
Balvin was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. He played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
Balvin also represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Balvin has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ondrej is 218 cm (7'2') tall. Has athletic predispositions, huge wingspan, good coordination, mobility and strong legs. Ondrej is one of the most prospective big men in Europe. He is coachable, intelligent, has a great working attitude. He has worked on his game back and face to the basket and around the paint. He puts up more weight and has larger frame than last year. He fights for every rebound and space under basket - whih makes him one of the best rebounders in the Spanish ACB. Thanks to a great deal of personal contribution, he has improved his athletic skills, and has become a very quick player for his size. He played several seasons in the ACB - great games against Real Madrid and other Euroloeague competition.
- ACB: Most rebounds in one game - 17rebs (2016)
- Eurocup: Most rebounds in one game - 19rebs (2015)
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Lamb Autrey (ex BK Pardubice) signs at Sopron KC - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) landed 28-year old American guard Lamb Autrey (190-89kg-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at BK Pardubice in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 42 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Autrey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
Autrey's team was regular season runner-up in Czech Republic League.
The previous (15-16) season Autrey played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 13 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2012 Autrey was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in seventh round (103th overall).
He attended Saint Mary's (TX) University (NCAA Div.II) and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Autrey has played also professionally in Czech Republic (BK Lions Hradec).

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Bakken keeps Akoon-Purcell for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Bakken Bears (Ligaen) re-signed 24-year old American (has also Trinidad and Tobago passport) guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93kg-93, college: Illinois State, agency: Elevate Agency). He was a team leader there last season. In 37 Ligaen games he averaged impressive 21.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Akoon-Purcell helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Akoon-Purcell also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he was the best scorer with remarkable 17.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Akoon-Purcell graduated from Illinois State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.9 
 2. Guzman, Soles SD21.6 
 3. Santana, Titanes .21.6 
 4. Bailey, Reales LV19.3 
 5. Glenn, Metros S.19.2 
 6. Freeman, Caner.18.7 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.6 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD18.0 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.18.0 
 10. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.7 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Santana, Titanes .9.1 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 5. Rhett, Leones SD8.7 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM8.6 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 8. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 9. Shannon, Indios S.7.8 
 10. Okosun, Reales LV7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Suero, Indios SFM5.4 
 2. Soliman, Caner.5.3 
 3. Ruiz, Soles SD4.9 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD4.6 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.4.5 
 6. Miller, Leones SD4.3 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.4.2 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
 9. Dicent, Metros S.3.6 
 10. Maye, Reales LV3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.1.9 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 5. Fortuna, Titanes .1.8 
 6. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 7. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.7 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.1.4 
 10. Tamarez, Soles SD1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV1.6 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 5. Evangelista, Caner.1.1 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 7. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM0.9 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 10. Shannon, Indios S.0.8 


LNB Round 8: Indios SFM edges Soles SD by three points - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Soles SD (2-7) made lots of trouble for second ranked Indios SFM (7-2) in Santo Domingo on Sunday. The visitors from San Francisco managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 31-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) chipped in 22 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Soles SD's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios SFM maintains second position with 7-2 record behind leader Metros STGO. Soles SD lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Indios SFM are looking forward to face Leones SD (#3) in Santo Domingo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soles SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#6) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in San Cristobal. Sixth ranked Titanes Licey (4-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Huracanes PP (3-6) 65-64 on Monday evening. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Brian Williams contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) replied with 15 points for Huracanes PP. Huracanes PP's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Titanes Licey moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Caneros LR. Huracanes PP at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Reales LV. Titanes Licey will play against league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Huracanes PP will play at home against Soles SD (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Leones SD (6-4) against seventh ranked Reales LV (3-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Leones SD was defeated by Reales LV in a tough game in La Vega 84-91. Worth to mention a great performance of Ollie Bailey who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds. Patrick Miller responded with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Huracanes PP. Leones SD lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with four games lost. Reales LV will meet higher ranked Caneros LR (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leones SD will play against the league's second-placed Indios SFM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. First ranked Metros STGO faced 4th ranked Caneros LR. Host Metros STGO (8-2) defeated guests from La Romana (4-5) 98-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caneros LR. The winners were led by Robert Glenn who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Caneros LR at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round. Caneros LR will play at home against Reales LV (#7) and hope to win that game.

Metros STGO - Caneros LR 98-93

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. First ranked Metros STGO faced 4th ranked Caneros LR. Host Metros STGO (8-2) defeated guests from La Romana (4-5) 98-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caneros LR. Caneros LR was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 33-22 third quarter run of Metros STGO. The winners were led by American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) supported him with 27 points and 6 assists. Five Metros STGO players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Caneros LR. His fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Caneros LR at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round. Caneros LR will play at home against Reales LV (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: A.De Leon 27+1reb+6ast, R.Glenn 25+9reb+2ast, F.Gaines 15+8reb+5ast, M.Dicent 10+3reb+5ast, E.Vargas 10+5reb, A.Filion 6+3reb+1ast
Caneros LR: A.Freeman 25+1reb, J.Garcia 14+4reb, A.Williams 11+3reb+2ast, T.Gilder 9+6reb+5ast, E.Soliman 8+1reb+6ast, R.Scott 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546056


Titanes Licey - Huracanes PP 65-64

Important game to mention about took place in San Cristobal. Sixth ranked Titanes Licey (4-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Huracanes PP (3-6) 65-64 on Monday evening. Huracanes PP was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Titanes Licey, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) replied with 15 points and Nigerian-Jamaican swingman Weyinmi Rose (196-86, college: Providence) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Huracanes PP. Huracanes PP's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Titanes Licey moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Caneros LR. Huracanes PP at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Reales LV. Titanes Licey will play against league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Huracanes PP will play at home against Soles SD (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 23+12reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 15+3reb+4ast, B.Williams 9+11reb+2ast, U.Thomas 6+1ast, D.Moquete 6+2reb+4ast, J.Fortuna 4+3ast
Huracanes PP: M.Carter 15+2reb+2ast, W.Rose 10+5reb+1ast, B.Polanco 10+3reb, L.Cabrera 9+3reb+1ast, L.Jacobo 5+2reb+1ast, K.Beidler 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546057


Soles SD - Indios SFM 95-98

Eighth-ranked Soles SD (2-7) made lots of trouble for second ranked Indios SFM (7-2) in Santo Domingo on Sunday. The visitors from San Francisco managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 31-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Carl Hall (202-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Indios SFM and five Soles SD players scored in double figures. Soles SD's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios SFM maintains second position with 7-2 record behind leader Metros STGO. Soles SD lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Indios SFM are looking forward to face Leones SD (#3) in Santo Domingo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soles SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#6) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Indios SFM: G.Suero 30+10reb+2ast, J.Miguel Suero 22+9reb+10ast, A.Gibbs 21+2reb, T.Shannon 12+1reb+1ast, A.Salas Flores 8+6reb+2ast, C.Novas Mateo 5+1reb+1ast
Soles SD: C.Hall 21+7reb+1ast, R.Ruiz 19+11reb+7ast, M.Guzman 19+7reb+3ast, H.Maldonado 18+3reb+1ast, M.Carey Jr. 18+5reb+2ast, M.Nunez 0
gschID: 546054


Reales LV - Leones SD 91-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Leones SD (6-4) against seventh ranked Reales LV (3-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Leones SD was defeated by Reales LV in a tough game in La Vega 84-91. Leones SD trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-91 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) responded with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Huracanes PP. Leones SD lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with four games lost. Reales LV will meet higher ranked Caneros LR (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leones SD will play against the league's second-placed Indios SFM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: O.Bailey 31+5reb+3ast, J.Coronado 16+4reb+5ast, J.Maye 15+6reb+5ast, A.Pena 13+6reb+2ast, A.Okosun 7+13reb+1ast, S.Encarnacion 5+1reb
Leones SD: P.Miller 32+5reb+6ast, M.Rhett 16+14reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 14+5reb+7ast, T.Daniels 12+8reb+1ast, J.Corporan 6+2reb+1ast, J.Araujo 2+2reb
gschID: 546055





Titanes Licey tabs Ulysses Thomas, ex Silute - by Eurobasket News

Titanes del Licey (LNB) inked 25-year old American guard Ulysses Thomas (190-86kg-92, college: Kentucky State). He spent his 2-year professional career in Lithuania. He played most recently at Silute in Lithuanian NKL league. In 31 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at Silute (also in NKL) where in 29 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SIAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Thomas received also All-SIAC Honorable Mention award in 2015 at his college time.
Thomas has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres).
He attended Kentucky State until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Soles de Santo Domingo inks Carl Hall, ex Niagara RL - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Niagara River Lions in Canadian NBL. In 24 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan where in 18 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. Hall was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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Dominican Rep. LNB round 7 best performance: Robert Glenn - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Metros STGO, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Soles SD (#8, 2-6) 93-91. It allowed Metros STGO to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Metros STGO has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Glenn just recently signed at Metros STGO, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis star has very solid stats this year. Glenn is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.4apg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR. Gilder had a very good evening with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Caneros LR to edge slightly lower-ranked Huracanes PP (#5, 3-5) 91-86. Caneros LR's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Gilder is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD (#8). Guzman scored 27 points. Despite Guzman's great performance Soles SD lost 91-93 to the higher-ranked Metros STGO (#1, 7-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Soles SD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Guzman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guzman has individually a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 53.1% and 3PT: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of Soles SD - 10 points and 15 rebounds
10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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  EGYPT  


Egypt's basketball team faces Italy in FIBA Youth Cup preps - by Eurobasket News

Egypt will be playing against Italy this Saturday in the Spanish city of Zaragoza for a friendly match in preparation for the FIBA Youth World Cup that is to be held in Egypt from July 1 to July 9. The friendly competition includes 4 teams:Egypt, Italy, Germany and hosting country Spain. Egypt lost the first match in the competition against Spain 91-66 and will play against Germany in a match on Sunday. Egypt's Coach, Juan Antonio Orenga , said that the that the team will try to apply what it learned in recent months, according to the Egyptian Basketball Federation official website Orenga added that he has faced many challenges since he started coaching the Egyptian team and that he will do his best to secure a spot for the team among the top 8 in the World Cup. Orenga asked Egyptian fans to support the team in the World Cup, explaining that they need fans to support the players who will play in front of huge crowds for the first time. Egypt will be playing in Group A in the World Cup alongside Puerto Rico, Germany and Lithuania.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga Superior Round 2 of Finals. San Marcos clinch second straight win - by Eurobasket News

San Marcos - Izalco 96-70

San Marcos crushed Izalco to take 2-0 lead in the title series. San Marcos had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Izalco's players. The best player for the winners was Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Leonardo Gomez chipped in 25 points. Five San Marcos players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) added 17 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: L.Gomez 25+3reb+3ast, E.Abullarade 18+4reb+5ast, R.Diaz 16+4reb+5ast, B.Lopez 15+21reb+6ast, M.Martinez 12+4reb+2ast, F.Escobar 4+1reb+5ast
Izalco: M.Thomas 39+12reb+4ast, J.Crespin 17+3reb+1ast, S.Leon 4+2reb+1ast, V.Maya 4+7reb+2ast, G.Galdamez 2+5reb+2ast, S.Rivera 2+2reb
gschID: 548268





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  EUROCUP  


Giffey re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international swingman Niels Giffey (200-93kg-91, college: Connecticut). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 38 BBL games he recorded 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Giffey helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Giffey also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Giffey also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Giffey's team won German Bundesliga Supercup in 2015.
He has been also a member of German international program for some years. Giffey has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2apg.
Giffey has played previously for two other teams: Lichterfelde and Berlin Baskets.
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


CSKA Moscow extend deal with Vorontsevich - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) re-signed 30-year old international forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-107kg-87) to a three-year contract extension. He has played there for the last eleven seasons. In 35 Euroleague games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Vorontsevich helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Vorontsevich contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Vorontsevich has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Vorontsevich also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Vorontsevich has played previously for three other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Novosybirsk and Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Valencia keeps Vives for another season - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) re-signed 24-year old international point guard Guillem Vives (192-PG-93, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 40 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 2.2apg last season. Vives helped them to win the league title. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he had 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg.
Among other achievements Vives received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Vives has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Spain at the European Championships two years ago. Vives' team won Gold.
Vives has played previously for Joventut.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forward:
Fernando San_Emeterio

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

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Martinez re-signs at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old ex-international guard Rafael Martinez (190-90kg-82). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he had 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg last season. Martinez helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 22 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martinez was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He was a member of Spanish international program for some years. Martinez was called to Spanish Senior National Team between 2011 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for two other teams: La ICL Manresa and C.B. Valls-Felix Hotel.
Martinez is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Valencia.

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Coach Neven Spahija reportedly agree on terms with Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) to sign experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency). He has worked for the last three years at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
Among other achievements Spahija received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year award back in 2011.
He was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
Spahija is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Pedro Martinez left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 56-year old coach Pedro Martinez left Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). He helped them to win the league title. Martinez was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2017.
He has coached previously four other teams: Ourense, La ICL Manresa, Gran Canaria and Menorca.

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Will Clyburn (ex Darussafaka) is a newcomer at CSKA Moscow - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Will Clyburn (201-95kg-90, college: Iowa State). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Clyburn played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel where in 33 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clyburn has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2014.
Clyburn has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm).
He attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Leo Westermann

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn

Center:
Kyle Hines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA AMERICAS U16  


USA clinch title in Formosa - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Canada 111-60
USA celebrated Gold in Formosa. They beat Canada in the championship game. Vernon Carey (204-C-01) banked in 19 points to pace the winners. USA dominated from start to finish. They grabbed a comfortable 49:24 halftime lead. USA unleashed 62 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. DeVion Harmon, Jeremy Roach (186-G-01) and Jalen Green (196-G-02) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Luka Sakota (185-PG-01) responded with 17 points for Canada.
3-4 Place
Puerto Rico - Argentina 78-67
Puerto Rico claimed the third position at the championship. They outgunned hosting Argentina to step onto the pedestal. Andre Curbelo (185-PG-01) posted 23 points and 6 steals to lead the charge. Puerto Rico piled up a comfortable 44:28 halftime lead. Argentina narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Victor Rosa (195-SF-01) provided 19 points in the win. Bautista Lugarini (199-F-01) responded with 18 points for Argentina.

5-6 Place
Mexico - Dominican Republic 51-71
Dominican Republic finished fifth at the tournament. They wrapped up their campaign with a comfortable win over Mexico. David Jones (193-F/G-01) delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Dominican Republic piled up a 37:24 halftime lead. They poured in 34 points in the second half to ice the win. Jean Montero (185-G-03) tossed in 15 points in the victory. Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) responded with 17 points for Mexico.

7-8 Place
Paraguay - Venezuela 49-53
Venezuela finished their campaign in Formosa on a high note. They beat Paraguay to end up in the seventh place. Enderson Alcala (191-C-01) tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Paraguay posted a 28:21 halftime lead. However Venezuela bounced back with a 16:4 rally in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Jose Meneses (180-G-01) chipped in 17 points for the winners. Jose Barreto (185-F-01) responded with 20 points for Paraguay.



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Clark, Chalon17.6 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.3 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Paris-Le.
  (209-C/F-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.4 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon6.7 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 9. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Chalon2.1 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Jean-Charles, AS.0.9 
 9. Ibekwe, Chalon0.9 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.0.8 


Pierre-Etienne Drouault agreed terms with Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90). He played most recently at St Quentin in the ProB. In 34 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Drouault played at ALM Evreux (also in ProB) where in 40 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals.
Drouault has played previously for two other teams: Le Mans and Angers BC.

Cholet Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Rousselle
Johan Clet
Corentin Lopez

Forwards:
Ilian Evtimov
Pierre-Etienne Drouault
Haukur Palsson
Rigo Edzata

Centers:
Yannis Morin
Jerry Boutsiele
Darel Poirier
Warren Woghiren

Coach: Philippe Herve

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Monaco to sign Joyce, ex B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) has reportedly added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (185-80kg-85, college: Akron). He played last season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. Joyce managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 BBL games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Joyce also played that season for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 8.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. Joyce also played 18 games in VTB United League where he got 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg. He also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg (in top 4).
Joyce has played previously professionally also in Poland (Anwil and Energa Czarni).
He attended University of Akron until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Joyce: The typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Billy Ouattara

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Jordan Aboudou
Paul Rigot

Center:
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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ProA Round 4 of Finals. Strasbourg force decider against Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Chalon 84-78

Strasbourg outgunned Chalon to even the championship series at 2-2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chalon/Saor won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 assists. American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Walker 23+2reb+8ast, A.Slaughter 21+1reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 15+2reb+4ast, R.Travis 10+7reb+2ast, M.Howard 8+2reb, P.Lacombe 7+4reb+5ast
Chalon: J.Roberson 20+1reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 18+5reb+2ast, C.Clark 17+3reb+4ast, M.Fall 9+4reb+1ast, A.Bouteille 7+4reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548291





Sy re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old Mali ex-international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 ProA games he recorded 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg last season. Sy helped them to win the cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He also represented Mali at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 83.7%.
Sy is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens), Spain (UCAM Murcia), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Le Mans and Entente Orleans 45) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monaco.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A forward with a 7-5 wingspan; has great potential, is athletic and has a soft touch;.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Camille Eleka joins Berck - by Eurobasket News

Berck/Rang du Fliers (NM2) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Congolese swingman Camille Eleka (196-88). He has played for the last three seasons at Caen Basket Calvados in the NM1, but left the team in Nov.'16. NM1 was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he had just 1.3ppg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Eleka won French NM2 championship title in 2015.
He was a member of French U19 National Team back in 2007.
Eleka has played previously for five other teams: Cognac BB, Etendard de Brest, Chalon/Saor, Lorient and Autun.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jimmy Hall joins Le Havre - by Eurobasket

STB Le Havre (ProB) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Jimmy Hall (203-107kg-94). He just graduated from Kent State University (NCAA). Hall has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3bpg last season. Hall helped them to win MAC Tournament. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-MAC 1st Team and MAC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

STB Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Samir Mekdad
Seidou Njoya

Forwards:
Jimmy Hall
Gauthier Denis

Center:
Fabien Paschal

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Caen signs Gregg Thondique - by Eurobasket

Newly promoted to ProB Caen Basket Calvados signed 30-year old American forward Gregg Thondique (201-107kg-87, college: Virginia Union). He will still stay in France where he played last season at Gries/Oberhoffen in the NM1. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 9.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Thondique played at Rueil (also in NM1). In 11 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thondique's team won CIAA Eastern Division Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2006 and 2009).
He is quite experienced player. Thondique has played in nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Ballarat Miners), Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Kouvot), Israel (Ironi Ashkelon and Hapoel Afula), Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela), Spain, Uruguay and USBA (Richmond C.).
Thondique attended Virginia Union University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Very strong player in the paints, excellent rebounder, can score around the paint with mid-range jumpers. Excellept pick n roll player too. Good defender both in the post and with quick legs to follow guards in pick and roll switches. Goes to the offensive rebound and has very good timing.

Caen Basket Calvados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ludovic Chelle
Etienne Plateau
Thomas Cornely
Sebastien Cape
Ibrahima Sidibe

Forwards:
Gregg Thondique
B.J. Monteiro
Eddy Djedje
Camille Eleka

Center:
Moustapha Diarra

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Golfe Juan inks Luc-Arthur Vebobe - by Eurobasket News

AC Golfe Juan Vallauris (NM2) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old ex-international power forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (202-103kg-80, college: Hawaii). He has played for the last two seasons at Provence Basket in the ProB. In 22 games he had just 2.4ppg and 3.2rpg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vebobe's team made it to the ProB Play-Offs Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Domestic Players Team back in 2010. Vebobe was a member of French Senior National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously professionally also in Spain (Zaragoza) and France (Olympique Antibes, Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Chorale de Roanne and ALM Evreux).
Vebobe is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Golfe Juan.
Vebobe attended University of Hawaii until 2002 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: LucArthur is a perimeter player who can shoot the ball well. He's a good passer and has good ball-handling skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kenyon McNeaill (ex Kozuv) signs at Kangoeroes - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) landed 26-year old American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-84kg-91, college: Louisiana Tech). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 18 games he was the best scorer with impressive 18.8ppg and recorded 2.4rpg and 5.3apg (top 2) last season. McNeaill also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged remarkable 20.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
McNeaill received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Guard of the Year award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season McNeaill was tested by Adelaide 36ers in Australian NBL. In three games he had 4.0ppg.
He played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Oliveirense).
McNeaill attended Louisiana Tech University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naim El_Khounchar
Kenyon McNeaill
Marius Mwendanga

Forward:
Kwan Cheatham_Jr.

Center:
Stephane Moris

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Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

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EWE Baskets ink Isaiah Philmore - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) signed 28-year old naturalized American forward Isaiah Philmore (203-104kg-89, college: Xavier) from He spent his 3-year professional career in Germany.Walter Tigers. In 33 BBL games he had 9.9ppg and 3.8rpg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Philmore played at Telekom Baskets where in 23 BBL games he recorded 8.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Philmore's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for another German team ratiopharm Ulm.
Philmore attended Xavier University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Heckel is back at Bayer Giants - by Eurobasket News

Bayer Giants Leverkusen (ProB) signed 20-year old point guard Marvin Heckel (190-84kg-97). It is actually his comeback to Leverkusen as he has played here before. Heckel played last season at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in the BBL. BBL was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Heckel won JBBL in 2013.
He has played previously for Uerdingen.

Bayer Giants Leverkusen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexander Blessig
Michael Kuczmann
Marvin Heckel
Daniel Merkens

Forwards:
Goetz Twiehoff
Olegas Legankovas
Tim Schonborn

Coach: Achim Kuczmann

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SC Rasta Vechta Add Pro A Experience With Robin Christen And Seth Hinrichs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team SC Rasta Vechta have added Pro A experience with Robin Christen (203-F-91) and Seth Hinrichs. Christen is a 26 year old 203cm forward that not only brings 5 years of Pro A expereince with a total of 140 games, but also BBL experience as he played 17 games with Giessen in 2010-2011. Last season he played with the Rhein Stars Koeln (ProA) playing 33 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 80.5%. "We were looking for a small forward that ahd already showed what he has in the pro A. He has Pro A experience and can play numerous positions. He is exactly the guy we need for waht we want to do", stressed head coach Doug Spradley. Last season the German scored in double figures in 16 games including a 18 point game against Essen and 17 point games against Baunach and MBC. Christen started his basketball career with BBLZ Mittelhessen in 2008 and also played for TV Lich II (Regionalliga). he also played 48 pro B games with Lich and 3 seasons with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets and also with Hanau. "I am looking forward to RASTA. There is a very professional basis here and with Dirk Madrich and Jeremy Dunbar two very good Germans on the team. We also have interesting youth national players. I hope I can bring my part and we have a successful season", stressed Robin Christen.

The club also brought in Seth Hinrichs who played a successful second professional season and first in Germany with the Kirchheim Knights. Hinrichs is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Clara city Minnesota and last season with the VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA) playing 35 games averaging 11.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 72.4%. "I am happy that Seth decided to come here. He is a player where I am convinced will get better each year. He fits to our concenpt", stressed Doug Spradley. Last season the American helped Kircchheim reach the playoffs and scored in double figures in 21 games. Some of his bests coring games were 21 points against paderborn and 20 points against Heidelberg. "My family and I are thrilled that we will be in Vechta this season. I want to help the team with my shot as well as hard work on offense and defense. It will be great to play in front of such faithful and and entusaiastic fans. I hope I can help them reach their goals", warned Seth Hinrichs. As a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB) playing 20 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%. He also played FIBA Europe Cup playing 6 games averaging 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He started his basketball career in 2011 for Lafayette (NCAA) playing 118 games until 2015. His best season was his junior year where he played 21 games: averaging 16.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 87.2%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Patriot League All-Rookie Team -12, Patriot League Tournament Semifinals -12, Patriot League Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -13, Patriot League Tournament Finalist -13, All-Patriot League 2nd Team -13, Patriot League All-Tournament Team -13, 15, All-Patriot League 3rd Team -14, 15, Patriot League All-Academic Team -14, 15, Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 2 1st Team -15, Patriot League Tournament Winner -15, Portuguese Hugo dos Santos Cup Winner -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -17.



Source:Rasta Vechta






Jonathan Maier Moves To The Nurnberg Falcons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jonathan Maier may only be 24 year old, but already has substantial BBL experience with Ludwigsburg, ratiopharm Ulm and MBC and will bring that to his new Club Nurnbegr Falcons. The German is a 210cm Center and last Season played with the VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) playing 37 games averaging 5.7ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 80.9%. "I know Jonathan since many years and followed his development as a youth closely and am happy that we can finally work together. Even though he didnt have the best stats the last years, I feel he can take a similar development like Robert Ohle. We dont only get atalented Player, but the missing physicality. This will give us the Chance to put Moritz Sanders at the power Forward Position that will make us more versatile", stressed head Coach Ralph Junge.

Maier started his Basketball Career in 2009 with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga) averaging 23 games: 7.4ppg. In 2010 he moved to EnBW Ludwigsburg where he played for their Junior Team, Regio Team and also for Kirchheim and got only into 2 BBL games. In the 2012-2013 Season he moved to VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) playing 26 games averaging 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg, had also a license to play for Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL). In the 2013-2014 Season he played for Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) playing 9 Eurocup averaging 2.7ppg; German League: 12 games: 1.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8rpg, played also at Weissenhorn Youngstars (Pro B) playing 27 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.4rpg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.7%. He played his last season with Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) in 2014-2015 playing 10 games averaging 1.9ppg. He also played 3 EuroChallenge averaging 2.0ppg, 2.3rpg, played also at Weissenhorn Youngstars (ProB) playing 24 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two Seasons ago he played for the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) playing 24 games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.3rpg. "I have been fascinated for a while to Play for a Team of Ralph Junge, because Awards and achievements in his Basketball Career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -12
German U20 National Team -12, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -14, German A2 National Team -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Runner-Up -15,and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -17




Source:Nurnberg Falcons










The Uni Baskets Add Devonte Brown - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A Team Uni Baskets Paderborn have found theirpPoint guard for the new Season with American Devonte Brown (188-G-92, college: Indiana St., agency: Elevate Agency). Brown is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Killeen, Texas and will be going into his second professional Season. Last Season as a rookie he played for OKK Sloboda Tuzla (Bosnia-Division I) playing 28 games averaging 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 64.5%. Brown replaces Chase Adams who won't return for a third Season. "He is a versatile point guard that can arrange the game as well as score. He showed last season what he can do in a strong league and am sure he will be a leader with us", stressed head Coach Uli Naechster. He played from 2012-2016 at Indiana St. (NCAA) playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a Senior played 32 games avergaing 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 75.8%.Awards and achievements in his Basketball Career have been MVC Tournament Semifinals -13, 16, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -14, MVC Tournament Finalist -14, All-MVC 2nd Team -15, 16, MVC All-Most-Improved Team -15, NABC All-District 16 2nd Team -15, 16, Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I -17 (Player of the Week Rd.9), and Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals -17
Source:Uni Baskets



EWE Baskets tab Brad Loesing - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) inked 28-year old naturalized American point guard Brad Loesing (182-87kg-89, college: Wofford). He has played for the last two years at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in the BBL. In 38 games he averaged 4.2ppg and 2.1apg last season. Loesing helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. Loesing contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements his team made it to the 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals in 2015. Loesing was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Holland (Zwolle) and Hungary (PVSK Pannon).
Loesing attended Wofford College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

EWE Baskets Oldenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karsten Tadda
Brad Loesing
Bryon Allen

Forward:
Isaiah Philmore

Coach: Mladen Drijencic

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Jesse Morgan Looking To Light Up Pro A With The RheinStars - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season as a rookie, Jesse Morgan (196-G-91, college: Temple) was a scoring magnet in the lower league Luxemburg and now he will try to make the next step in the higher level Pro A with the RheinStars Cologne. Morgan is a 26 year old 196cm guard from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia and as a rookie tore up Luexemburg with AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 26 games and was the leagues second top scorer averaging (27.2ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.9%. "Jesse is a real shooter. We got a very good impression of him thanks to family DiLeo", stressed manager Stephan Baeck. He also showed his scoring qualities in the NCAA with Massachusetts (NCAA) and Temple (NCAA). "He is another combo guard and building block at the small positions that will help us with his shot", stressed head coach Denis Wucherer. Last season in Luxemburg he scored 30 points or more 10 times including three games with 40 or more points. He scored 41 points against the Musel Pikes and Sparta.

Morgan started his basketball career in 2010 with Massachusetts (NCAA) where he played until 2013 playing a total of 59 NCAA games. His best season was his last there in 2012-2013 where he played 14 games avergaing 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 80.8%. Some big games at UMASS included a 21 point game against his future team Temple as well as a 22 point game against La Salle. His most memorable game though was his 35 point explosion against Ohio in a 85-76 win. As a senior he played for Temple (NCAA) playing 27 games averaging 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 33.9%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 81.6%. Memorable win at Temple was beating UCONN twice and scoring 17 points twice. In the summer of 2015 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Utah Jazz) palying 2 games avergaing 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg and NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Utah Jazz) playing 4 games averaging 0.8ppg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -12, 13, NIT Final Four -12, 15, AAC Tournament Semifinals -15, NBA Pro Summer League in Utah Champion -15,a nd Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention -17.

Source:RheinStars




The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg Bring In Florian Koch - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 152 easyCredit BBL games with the Telekom Baskets Bonn and never making his true break through, Florian Koch (197-SF-92) now will look to make another step in his career with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Koch is a 25 year old 197cm forward that played his whole career in the Telekom Baskets Bonn organization. With 152 BBL games, he also found international club experience having seen action in 28 Eurocup games, 15 Fiba Europe cup games and three Eurochallenge games. Last season with Bonn he played 34 games BBL games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 15 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg.

Florian Koch is a wing player that has a good shot, but can also get to the basket. He is an ambitious player that also is a hard work and should play the positions 3-4. We are happy that he will wear the MHP Riesen jersey", stressed head coach John Patrick. Last season he scored in double figures twice in the BBL with a 12 point game against Bremerhaven and a 11 point game against Giessen. He also had some strong games in the Fiba Europe cup posting 19 points against Swedish team Sodertalje, 14 points against Apoel and 11 points against Mons-Hainaut. "It is a strange feeling to leave my home, but I want a new challenge and am looking forward to Ludwigsburg and David Mccray. I am looking forward to my duties at the position 3-4 and want to help the team as shooter, but also with my athleticism", warned Florian Koch.

Awardas and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -10, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -12, German U20 National Team -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -13, German University National Team -13, Stankovic Continental Cup in China -13, World University Games in Kazan (Russia) -13, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -15, and FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals -17.

Source:MHP Riesen











Herten Adds Artem Shelukha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Artem Shelukha (198-F-87) will continue his basketball career in Germany and after two seasons with the VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB) move to Herten. Artem Shelukha is a 29 year old 198cm forward that will turn 30 on June 27th and has the German Ukrainian citzenship and played most of his career in the Ukrain. Last season he played for the fL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB) playing 22 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg. Two seasons ago he played his first season with the VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB) playing 23 games averaging 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg. "He fits with his game to our system. He is a guy that is versatile that defines his game through hard defense. He play the position 2-4 and also defend them", stressed head coach Cedric Huesken.

Shelukha started his basketball career in 2004 with BC-93 Pulsar Rovno (Superleague) where he played until 2010. He then played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Superleague) for one season playing 24 games averaging 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg. he then played for Universitet-VolinBasket Lutsk (Higher League) from 2011-2014. In the 2014-2015 season he got further experience with Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Superleague) playing 8 games averaging 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, in Nov.'14 moved to VolinBasket-WOG-Universitet Lutsk (Higher League) playing 6 games averaging 17.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 56.5%, FT: 69.0%. "I simply want to play and have a bigger role. The concept in Herten convinced me. I am looking forward to the ucoming seasona nd fans", added Artem Shelukha. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Ukrainian Cup Semifinals -09, 12, Ukrianian Higher League Champion -12, Ukrainian Cup Winner -13
Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League Honorable Mention -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -17.

Source:Herten







The Artland Dragons Grab Gilles Dierickx - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92, college: Seattle Pacific) continues to climb the basketball ladder moving from the German Regionalliga to the pro B as the 2008 BBL cup winner Artland Dragons have signed him. Gilles Dierickx is a 25 year old 213cm center that was born in Ghent, Belgium and has NCAA experience. The big man played his rookie season with Arcos Albacete Basket (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 2 games averaging 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5bpg, in Nov.'16 moved to Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 5 games averaging 13.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 72.2%, FT: 73.9%, in Dec.'16 signed at Melco Ieper (Top Division I) playing 10 games averaging 12.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.5%, FT: 78.9%. "We had Gilles in Quackenbruck for a try-out. We try to corect things in our game and see how players react. He gave a good impression and showed that he has the abilities to finish at the rim. We feel he has enough potential to continue to develop. He is a young player that is looking for that place where he can develop further and be ready to take in that back up position. We are sure that he will help us", stressed Christian Greve.

Dierickk started his basketball career at FIU (NCAA) in 2011 where he played 29 games averaging 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg. He then played at Washington (NCAA) from 2013-2015 playing only a total of 28 NCAA games, but had the opportunity to practice with top NCAA talent like future NBA players like CJ Wilcox and Nigel Williams-Goss who could be drafted in a few days by an NBA team. As a senior he made one more move playing for Seattle Pacific (NCAA2) playing 31 games averaging 11.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 56.0%, FT: 61.0%. "It is known that teh Artland Dragons are a very professional club. I drew my own picture of that during my try-out. The team will play with much passion as it wants to move up. An important reason why I came to Quackenbruck was head coach Florian Hartenstein. he played at a high level and develops big me well", stressed Gilles Dierickx. Awards and achievements in his absketball career have been Belgian U20 National Team -12
GNAC Tournament Semifinals -16,a nd All-GNAC 2nd Team -16.

Source:Artland Dragons








Monaco to sign Joyce, ex B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) has reportedly added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (185-80kg-85, college: Akron). He played last season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. Joyce managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 BBL games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Joyce also played that season for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 8.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. Joyce also played 18 games in VTB United League where he got 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg. He also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg (in top 4).
Joyce has played previously professionally also in Poland (Anwil and Energa Czarni).
He attended University of Akron until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Joyce: The typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Billy Ouattara

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Jordan Aboudou
Paul Rigot

Center:
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Tyson Hinz (MBC) I Had Much More A Different Role Than Less Of A Role - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Tyson Hinz (201-F-91) is a 25 year old 20cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that completed his third professional season and first in Germany with the Mitteldeutscher BC helping them win the Pro A title averaging 8,4ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,6apg. He played the last two seasons with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing a total of 73 games and last season played 35 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He started his basketball career at Carleton University (CIS) in 2009 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 123 CIS games and as a senior played 27 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.1%. There he won four CIS titles and three OUA titles. He spoke to eurobasket after the very successful 2016-2017 Pro A season.

Tyson congrats on an amazing season and winning the German Pro A with MBC. What kind of feeling was it winning your first professional title?

It was an amazing feeling. With how the Pro A works we had our first celebration when we qualified for promotion, which was fantastic but we all knew there was still something left to accomplish. I am glad the team was able to get the final two wins and finish the season knowing we accomplished our goal from the start.

You won 7 titles at Carleton and know what it likes to win titles. MBC was the favorite to win the Pro A title. Can a guy like you really even get emotional after a title like this compared to a guy like German Sergio Kerusch who won his second title after winning his first 8 years ago with the Sun Belt Tournament with W.Kentucky (NCAA).

Every championship is special, it doesn't matter how many you have won. Every year is unique as you are with a different group of guys or a different club entirely. To celebrate the accomplishment as a team and to see the excitement on your teammates feelings who you've battled with all year is a wonderful feeling. Being the favourite to win put a target on our backs all year as everyone wanted to take us down but I thought we handled that as a team.

MBC had the number of Gotha this season going 4-0. I always felt Gotha had a well rounded roster, but was MBC just better from top to bottom?

Gotha had an incredible season. They ran into countless challenges with roster and coaching changes and managed to play their best basketball in the end. They unfortunately ran into some injury problems for the finals but their team as a whole still battled and fought hard which was admirable.

Gotha knew coming into the game that they had to win by 8 or more points, but lost by 22 points. MBC shot very well in the paint and won the rebound battle. What was key for winning the final series against Gotha?

In game 1, we really got beat badly on the boards. They crashed hard on both ends as a team and we weren't ready to respond to that. I thought in the second game we played with much better team spirit and energy while doing so, took care of the rebounding battle.

The club went 8-0 in the playoffs sweeping the RheinStars, Kirchheim and Gotha. They won seven of the eight playoff games by double digits. Did MBC play their best basketball in the playoffs?

I believe we did. We really came together as a team and played the style of basketball we wanted to play. The key to making playoff runs is to be playing your best basketball at that time and we saw that with us and Gotha.

What is your season summary? MBC reached it's goal of getting back to the BBL. Did MBC make the most of it's resources or do you feel like the team could have been even better?

Finishing the year as champions and setting the total wins record (35-3) in the history of Pro A makes for quite a spectacular season. Obviously we would like to have those 3 losses back but they were part of our growth as a team. We learned from those losses and got better from them. The organization as a whole did an outstanding job putting together a championship caliber team from top to bottom.

MBC had a very very talented roster. What player do you feel improved the most from day one until the Pro A title last game win against Gotha?

It is really hard to pick a single player who was most improved. Our roster was filled with guys who could play so when someone outside of the starters had a great game no one was really surprised as we all know they had it in them.

You obviously will have many fond memories of American Andrew Warren like his 35 points against Gotha, but what one play or shot will always remain in your mind when you look back on this season and think of him?

I don't know any one play or shot will stand alone when I look back more than his overall presence on the team. He is always the guy trying to motivate his teammates to help them play at the highest level and when as a team we were lacking energy or focus he would always get us back on the right track. I am fortunate to have played with him this year.

Let's talk about your game. You averaged 8,4ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,6apg in 18 minutes per game and shot 34% from outside. For a guy who has always been a scorer in school and in Holland how do you feel did your game progress this season with your less of a role in comparison to the last years?

I learned a lot this year in my 3rd year as a pro. At the beginning of the year I did see it as less of a role but I think that was my problem. It is much more a different role than less of a role. Each player when they step on the floor has a role that is vital to the teams success. Not everyone can score 25+ a game, you need guys to defend, rebound and keep our rhythm in the game. As the year went on I tried to do all the little things to help our team win while still being aggressive looking for opportunities to score.

You stated in our last interview in November that you wanted to be efficient and get better as a defensive player in the Pro A. Did you meet these goals?

The great thing about basketball is there is always room for improvement, always something to improve. I think I reached those goals but as the season ends and the off season approaches the goals don't fade away. I have a couple months to work on my game and prepare for next season

What is the next step for Tyson Hinz? The question is will MBC retain your services? Do you feel like your game would translate over to the BBL?

Only time will tell. As I am writing this we just won the championship the night before so there hasn't been much time. I will speak to my agent and we will go from there.

On what parts of your game will you be working on this summer most to get you best prepared for your fourth professional season?

As I mentioned earlier, there is always room for improvement in all aspects of my game but I two things I would like to work on is my overall strength and foot speed. Throughout the year most of the weight lifting is done to maintain your body so that you are ready for games. Now that it is the off season I can have more time to recover

Your Canadian national team teammates Phil and Tommy Scrubb suffered the injury bug this season. What will you be looking most to when you see them again in the summer on the court or with the Canadian national team?

It is truly unfortunate that both of them weren't able to play much or at all this season. I am looking forward to seeing them healthy this summer. Since they have been out for a while I am sure their competitive side has had them dying to get back on the court so they will be fun to play with or against.

What are your summer plans? Do you have anything special planned or will you just be staying at home with the family and working on your game?

Nothing too special this summer. Just staying in my home town of Ottawa and training. Now that the season is done I am excited to get home and see my family.

Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics for 70 points. Did it surprise you that a guy like him was able to do that before many other amazing NBA scorers?

The talent level in the league is off the charts. When one of these guys is feeling it as we've seen many times they can truly go off. It is impressive at his age what he was able to accomplish.

Where do you rank Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas at the moment with the best point guards in the NBA? Is he a top 3 point guard at the moment behind Westbrook and Harden?

Isaiah Thomas has had an incredible season and playoffs. I am impressed with how he dealt with the passing of his sister and continued to play at a high level. Now that the Raptors are out I hope they can dethrone Lebron.

How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

Every year we see these incredible runs at the NCAA tournament, it is what makes this tournament so exciting to watch. I think the story of March Madness is always the team that wins, that is what all 64 teams in the tournament are dying to accomplish but only one can win it.

Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

To be honest I haven't got the chance to watch many Lonzo games but from his highlights and what I have read about him he can truly play. Would not consider myself a fan of his father but I feel like that is his M.O to promote his brand. Through his obnoxious methods he is actually doing a pretty good job at it so I can respect that.

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

I think we focus too much on the triple double. Westbrook is a hell of a player and a freak athlete but whether he gets 9 rebounds or 10 shouldn't change the way we look at him as a player. You don't get any extra points for grabbing that 10th rebound in the dying seconds of a 20 point game.

Recently there was talk that the Morris brothers did a switcharo in Boston in game 2 where Morris stepped in for Markieff who was nursing an injury. Do you think something like that can be even possible with all the scrutiny and all the technical gadgets that are around. Could something like that not get detected?

I loved this conspiracy, despite it being completely asinine or was it? I don't know the full rules of the NBA but I don't think they are allowed to DNA test after a game. Being twins with countless matching tattoos they could easily fool many people.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out.

Thanks Tyson for the chat.




Robert Zinn Moving To The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to tagblatt.de, German Robert Zinn (197-SG-95) will return back to Tuebingen where he played as a 14 year old for SV 03 Tuebingen, but now at 22 years old attempt to make his real break through in the EasyCredit BBL with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Zinn is a 197 shooting guard that has 3 years of BBL experience with Ludwigsburg and MBC, but last season took a step back to play in the Pro A. Last season he played for the Nuernberg Falcons BC (ProA) playing 30 games averaging 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, played also at Longhorns Herzogenaurach (Regionalliga, starting five): 4 games: 18.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.8apg, 2.0spg. Last season he scored in double figures twice with a 12 point game against the RheinStars and a 11 point effort against Heidelberg.

After his youth days in Tuebingen, he moved to the Ludwigsburg organization where he played from 2009-2013. In the first 3 years, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg and then in the 2012-2013 season played for BSG, Kirchheim, the NBBL team and 2 games for their BBL team. After not making the break through then he moved to Bike-Cafe Messingschlager Baunach (ProB) playing 14 games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging10.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.8apg. he got a chnace form 2014-2016 to play in the BBL with MBC, but there also was unable to break through playing a total of 32 BBL games. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -10, German U16 National Team -11, European Championships U16 in Czech Republic -11: 5 games: 0pts, German U18 National Team -12-13, German Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) Runner-Up -12
European Championships U18 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) -13: 9 games: 4.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Newcomer of the Year -14, and German U20 National Team -15


Giffey re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international swingman Niels Giffey (200-93kg-91, college: Connecticut). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 38 BBL games he recorded 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Giffey helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Giffey also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Giffey also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Giffey's team won German Bundesliga Supercup in 2015.
He has been also a member of German international program for some years. Giffey has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2apg.
Giffey has played previously for two other teams: Lichterfelde and Berlin Baskets.
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Kastoria lands Giorgos Brozos - by Chris Mammides

AS Kastoria (B) tabbed 31-year old forward Giorgos Brozos (198-107kg-86, college: Furman). He has played for the last two years at Aiolos Astakou in the A2. In 32 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Brozos helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2013 and 2016. Brozos received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League 1st Team award in 2016.
He was a member of Greek U18 National Team between 2003 and 2004.
Brozos has played previously for seven other teams: Aris, MENT Vassilakis, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Filippos Veroias, Anatolia, Arkadikos and Filippos Veroias.
He attended Furman University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Brozos is described as: Strong, wide-bodied front court player; sports good basketball intelligence; ability to score on the inside and from 3-point range.

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Dimitrios Kalaitzidis joins Kastoria - by Chris Mammides

AS Kastoria (B) agreed terms with 32-year old swingman Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-85, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Iraklis in the A2. In 34 games he had 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.2apg. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kalaitzidis helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1). A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 25 games he recorded just 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg.
Kalaitzidis won Greek A2 championship title in 2015.
He represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Kalaitzidis has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apoel) and Greece (Olympiacos, PAOK Thessaloniki, Panellinios, KAO Dramas and Olimpiada).

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Nikos Kaklamanos agreed terms with Kastoria - by Chris Mammides

AS Kastoria (B) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81). He has played for the last three years at Aiolos Astakou in the A2. In 33 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kaklamanos helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team.
Among other achievements he won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2016. Kaklamanos received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for seven other teams: Pagrati, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Koroivos, Trikalla, Panelefsiniakos, Aiolos Trikallon and Trikalla.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Kastoria.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Amazing scoring instinct, he can shot for 3pts from any possible spot with any possible way, coming off-screen, using PnR, on transition or from the spot. He can also be a perfect pair with a good PnR big guy because he knows how to feed his screener very well. He is very hard worker, loves practice and he is one of the few players who are giving the same energy, both in offense and defense.

AS Kastoria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis
Nikos Kaklamanos

Forward:
Giorgos Brozos

Center:
Tasos Charismidis

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Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou adds Asimakis to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou (B) added to their roster experienced 34-year old forward Giorgos Asimakis (195-83) from Xanthis.
The previous (15-16) season Asimakis played at Periko/Arhelaos. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for three other teams: Aias Evosmou, Ikaroi Serron and Orfeas.

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitris Mouratoglou
Michalis Politis
Kyriakos Karakonstantakis
Athanasios Tsiaves

Forward:
Giorgos Asimakis

Coach: Periklis Tavropoulos

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Lokros Atalantis add Chrysis to their roster - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AS Lokros Atalantis added to their roster 27-year old forward Antonis Chrysis (195-90) from ASK Ippokratis KO.
The previous (15-16) season Chrysis played at Koropi (B).
He has played previously for five other teams: Irodotos, Diagoras, Vonitsas, Halkidas and Polykratis.

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Olympiacos sign Janis Strelnieks - by Chris Mammides

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) signed 28-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89). He has played for the last three seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 32 games he had 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg last season. Strelnieks helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Strelnieks also played 22 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Strelnieks was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year in 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Strelnieks has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 80.0%.
Strelnieks has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Latvia (Ventspils and Ventspils Augstskola).
He could be described: A good PG, yet very experienced, who plays very well the pick and roll situations. Sees well the court and passes the ball at the right time, can change the tempo of the game and score if needed.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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MGS AE Komotinis sign Cristos Avgerinos, ex Apoel - by Chris Mammides

MGS AE Komotinis (C) signed 18-year old Cypriot shooting guard Cristos Avgerinos (193-99). He played last season at the junior team of Apoel in Cypriot Division A. He has been training though from December onward with the team of komotini as he is also studying in the university there and he will be eligible to play this season with Komotini's jersey.

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Gaziantep re-sign coach Dedas - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) have agreed on terms of contract extension with 35-year old Greek coach Stefanos Dedas. Dedas has coached there for the last four years.
His team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2012.
Dedas has coached previously professionally in Greece (Iraklis and MENT Vassilakis) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).

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Maloukos re-signs at Pentelis - by Eurobasket News

AE Pentelis (C) confirmed in their roster 28-year old guard Dimitris Maloukos (190-89). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Maloukos played at Promitheas (B).
He is a very experienced player.

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Gikas re-signs at Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) confirmed in their roster 26-year old point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 26 A1 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Gikas played at Nea Kifisia where in 28 A1 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year.
He won Greek C Division (South-Group 2) championship title in 2011.
Gikas has played previously professionally also in Latvia (Ventspils) and Greece (Aris and Filathlitikos).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very explosive PG with great athletic skills, he can read and score by using PnR with all possible ways, can create miss/match by beating his defender with his first step, master on split pass game and shows great desire and concentration on defence. Has great pull up and mid-range shot can also score by any range 3pts. Has lead his team into consecutive promotions from amateur divisions to Greek A2. Assist leader in Greek A2 till now, helping Filathlitikos to promote to the Greek A1.

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannis Dimakos
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas

Forwards:
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.1 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Allen, Kormend16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 8. Szabo, ZTE K.7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 2. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 8. Kromah, Kormend1.8 
 9. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
 10. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Alba
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Alba1.0 
 2. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


Alba Fehervar celebrate League title - by Eurobasket News

Alba - Falco KC 78-71

Alba Fehervar celebrated League title. They overcame Falco KC in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Falco KC trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 27-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 71-78 at the end of the game. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and international guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Falco KC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alba: W.Shepard 18+4reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 15+2reb+3ast, J.Edwards 13+7reb+3ast, B.Taylor 10+7reb+2ast, A.Keller 9+14reb, P.Lorant 8+6reb
Falco KC: D.Govens 20+5reb+8ast, B.Varadi 12+7reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 11+6reb+2ast, L.Medford 10+2reb+3ast, A.Pustahvar 7+4reb, D.Barham 5+3reb+1ast
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Lamb Autrey (ex BK Pardubice) signs at Sopron KC - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) landed 28-year old American guard Lamb Autrey (190-89kg-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at BK Pardubice in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 42 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Autrey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
Autrey's team was regular season runner-up in Czech Republic League.
The previous (15-16) season Autrey played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 13 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2012 Autrey was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in seventh round (103th overall).
He attended Saint Mary's (TX) University (NCAA Div.II) and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Autrey has played also professionally in Czech Republic (BK Lions Hradec).

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Vestri inks Ingimar Baldursson - by Eurobasket News

Vestri (D1) signed 19-year old shooting guard Ingimar Baldursson (186-98) from Valur. In 20 D1 games he had 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to win the D1 Playoff title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Baldursson also played that season for Armann where in three D1 games he recorded 4.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres).

Vestri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingimar Baldursson
Gunnlaugur Gunnlaugsson
Nokkvi Hardarson

Center:
Johann Fridriksson

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India fall to hosts China on Day 1 of the BRICS Games 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Last evening, China beat India 97-57 on the opening day of the BRICS Games 2017, despite a strong performance from star player Amjyot Singh (203-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) Gill. The game was fairly competitive in the first half: it was a one point game late in the second quarter, before a 9-0 run allowed the Chinese to take a 38-28 lead into half time. The hosts carried that momentum into the second half, scoring 33 and 26 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively, as the game finished 97 - 57. Amjyot Singh Gill led the Indian team with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. But as a unit, the team struggled to find its scoring touch, only managing a field goal percentage of 36 from 2-point range, although it shot a decent 31.5% from beyond the arc. To complicate matters, Indian shooting guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) went down early in the second half, losing his footing while driving to the basket. He has been diagnosed with an ACL injury and is likely to miss the rest of the tournament. Indian fans will be hoping that he recovers in time for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup that will be played in Lebanon in August. On the defensive end, India was made to pay in the paint in the absence of star centre Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91). Chinese centre Tao HanLin (208-C-91) came off the bench to lead his team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Chinese team was particularly dominant off the glass, pulling down a total of 45 rebounds that also included 14 offensive rebounds, whereas India only recorded 26 rebounds in total. Next up, India will play 9th ranked Russia on Monday, June 19th, before wrapping up the tournament against South Africa on Tuesday, June 20th.
China (Tao HanLin18 pts, 11 reb; XiaoYu Liu (191-G-89) 14 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh 26 pts, 2 blks, 2 stls; Rikin Pethani 12 pts).
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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Mustafa Derin is the new head coach of Iraq Senior National Team, replaces Erman Kunter who agreed with Galatasaray !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Few hours ago, Iraqi basketball federation has announced that they agreed with 48 years old Turkish coach Mustafa Derin to be the new head coach of Iraq senior National Team .. earlier this month the federation announced that they signed with coach Erman Kunter, but the deal didn't workout since coach Erman signed with Galatasray few days ago and he can't combines two positions with two different organizations in same time.
Coach Mustafa has worked worked as head coach of U16, U18 and U20 Turkish National Teams, and as assistant coach of Turkey Senior NT in 2012. he also worked as assistant coach for several years in Tofas Bursa.
He won the Silver Medal in European Championships U18 in Volos in 2015 and Bronze Medal in European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -2009.



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  ISRAEL  


Coach Neven Spahija reportedly agree on terms with Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) to sign experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency). He has worked for the last three years at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
Among other achievements Spahija received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year award back in 2011.
He was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
Spahija is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

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Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team 2017
James Bell
Bell
John DiBartolomeo
DiBartolomeo
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Curtis Jerrells
Jerrells
Karam Mashour
Mashour

Finals MVP: Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87) of Hapoel J-M
Player of the Year: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
Domestic Player of the Year: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) of Hapoel Eilat
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) of Maccabi Rishon
Import Player of the Year: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
Defensive Player of the Year: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa
Sixth Man of the Year: Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Titanes Licey
Coach of the Year: Simone Pianigiani of Hapoel J-M

1st Team
F/G: James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon
PG: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
G: Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
F: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya

2nd Team
PG: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa
G/F: Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) of Hapoel J-M
F: Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M

Honorable Mention
Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon
Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) of Ironi Nahariya
Pierria Henry (193-PG-93) of Tofas
Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa
Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa
Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou
Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel J-M
Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Maccabi Ashdod
Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod
Josh Selby (188-PG-91) of Maccabi K/G

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon
PG: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A
SF: Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) of Hapoel Eilat
PF: Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod
F: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya

All-Imports Team
F/G: James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon
PG: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
G: Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto23.6 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.7 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.0 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Green, Alma T.2.4 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 5. Spissu, Virtus B.1.8 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.3 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.2 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Buford, Agrigento1.0 


Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 1st Team 2017
Roberto Maggio
Maggio
Antonio Ruggiero
Ruggiero
Mario Jose Ghersetti
Ghersetti
Simone Bagnoli
Bagnoli
Njegos Visnjic
Visnjic

Player of the Year: Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Napoli Cuore
Guard of the Year: Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) of Orzinuovi GaGa
Forward of the Year: Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-PF-81) of Bergamo
Center of the Year: Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Napoli Cuore
Defensive Player of the Year: Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Napoli Cuore
Coach of the Year: Gabriele Ceccarelli of Montegrano

1st Team
PG: Roberto Maggio (183-PG-90) of Napoli Cuore
G: Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) of Orzinuovi GaGa
PF: Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-PF-81) of Bergamo
F/C: Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) of Cassino
F/C: Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Napoli Cuore

2nd Team
G: Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) of Barcellona
G: Giovanni Gasparin (187-G-91) of Omegna
G/F: Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) of Montegrano
F: Stefan Nikolic (203-F-97) of Napoli Cuore
F/C: Rei Pullazi (203-F/C-93) of Bergamo

3rd Team
G: Georgi Sirakov (187-G-92) of Firenze All Foods
F/G: Davide Poltroneri (195-F/G-85) of Firenze All Foods
SF: Rodolfo Valenti (198-SF-80) of Orzinuovi GaGa
F: Luca Pignatti (198-F-86) of Cento
C/F: Luca Bisconti (207-C/F-82) of Valmontone

Honorable Mention
Jacopo Balanzoni (203-C/F-93) of Lecco
Andrea Barsanti (188-G-86) of Napoli Cuore
Eugenio Beretta (208-C-96) of Roma Luiss
Marco Bona (192-G-89) of Orzinuovi GaGa
Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86) of Montegrano
Diego Corral (205-C-86) of Omegna
Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-F/G-91) of Reggio Emilia
Gianluca Di Carmine (200-F/C-86) of Ortona
Emidio Di Donato (199-F-92) of Pescara
Marcelo Dip (205-C-84) of Montegrano
Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Campli
Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia
Andrea Negri (193-F-88) of Desio
Lazar Nikolic (203-SG-99) of Roma S.Azzurra
Alessandro Panni (189-G-91) of Bergamo
Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina
Simone Pepe (184-G-93) of Pescara
Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera
Yancarlos Jefferson Rodriguez (195-G-94) of Barcellona
Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-PG-90) of Piacenza
Francesco Stefanelli (190-G-95) of San Miniato
Gionata Zampolli (189-PG-85) of Matera



Wilson left Auxilium Torino - by Eurobasket News

27-year old American forward Jamil Wilson (201-104kg-90, college: Marquette) left Auxilium Torino (Serie A). Wilson played there also last season. In 30 games in Italy he had 13.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Cangrejeros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 7 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0bpg in 2016 season.
Wilson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. Wilson was also voted HS All-Racine County Player of the Year back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Wilson has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Texas Legends and Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Marquette University until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
On Wilson: A solid bodied combo forward with great athletic skills and good shooting range. Can spend time in both forward positions, has yet nice upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ettore Messina Signs Two-Year Extension With Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Ettore Messina has agreed to sign a two-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera first reported the news. "In San Antonio, I feel they want me," Messina told the newspaper, per the website twitter.com. "They did not wait for a second. There is a new contract waiting. I have to sign it." Messina joined the Spurs in July of 2014. Messina has since been a candidate for NBA head coaching jobs.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Virtus Bologna celebrate Serie A promotion - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - Virtus Bologna 66-72

Virtus Bologna outgunned Alma Trieste to sweep Serie A2 title series. It was a great evening for American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) helped adding 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 19+9reb+1ast, L.Baldasso 16+1reb, M.Da Ros 7+3reb+3ast, J.Parks 7+9reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 6+5reb+5ast, A.Pecile 4+1reb
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 22+6reb+1ast, M.Umeh 15+2reb+1ast, M.Spissu 12, G.Rosselli 8+7reb+5ast, K.Ndoja 5+7reb, S.Gentile 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 548013





Tortona hire coach Pansa - by Eurobasket News

Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (Serie A2) hired coach Lorenzo Pansa. He coached last season at PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro in the Serie B. Pansa helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season he coached at Gessi Valsesia Basket (also in Serie B). Pansa contributed to his team making it to the group semifinals.
He was coaching Italian U18 National Team back in 2011.
Pansa has coached previously Novipiu Casale.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andreazza is the new head coach of Piombino - by Andrea Centenari

Marco Andreazza (agency: Interperformances ) signed as new head coach of Basket Golfo Piombino.
In his career he has coached at De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012, Fulgor Omegna, Poderosa Basket Montegranaro and Casalpusterlengo.

In the last season with UCC Assigeco Piacenza in Serie A2, leading the team to a 12-18 record.



Tessitori re-signs at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 23-year old international power forward Amedeo Tessitori (208-94). He played there last season. In 35 Serie A2 games he had 11.1ppg and 5.2rpg. Tessitori helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AV Cantu (Serie A) where in 24 games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg. Tessitori also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team back in 2012.
Tessitori was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team in 2012.
Tessitori represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.3bpg), FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.0%.
Tessitori has played previously for four other teams: Juvecaserta, Unieuro Forli, Banco di Srd and Siena Virtus.
He could be described: A talented inside player, who has great physical impact, good hands, quick legs. He's working to add perimetral skills, because height is around 6-8 so his future is at the PF.

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Matteo Palermo signs at Verona - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) landed 26-year old guard Matteo Palermo (190-80kg-91) from Legnano. In 34 Serie A2 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg last season.
Palermo's team won Italian DNB Group B Regular Season in 2014.
He has played previously for four other teams: Chieti, Betaland Cdo, Santarcangelo and Orzinuovi GaGa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Legion is close to re-sign at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) is about to confirm 29-year old Jordanian international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in eighteen games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team in 2015.
Legion played at the Arab Club Championships Semifinals two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 85.7%.
Legion is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Legion has played previously professionally also in Greece (Arkadikos), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Lebanon (Sagesse), Qatar (El Jaysh) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Roseto and CZG Veroli).
He attended Florida International University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Legion could be described: Alex is an outstanding shooter who can also create his own shot off the dribble. He uses his strength to create space against defenders and is great 3 point shooter. He has played for top college coaches including Isiah Thomas this year. Alex is a scoring machine and very good all around player who is ready to compete at the highest level.

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  JORDAN  


Legion is close to re-sign at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) is about to confirm 29-year old Jordanian international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in eighteen games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team in 2015.
Legion played at the Arab Club Championships Semifinals two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 85.7%.
Legion is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Legion has played previously professionally also in Greece (Arkadikos), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Lebanon (Sagesse), Qatar (El Jaysh) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Roseto and CZG Veroli).
He attended Florida International University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Legion could be described: Alex is an outstanding shooter who can also create his own shot off the dribble. He uses his strength to create space against defenders and is great 3 point shooter. He has played for top college coaches including Isiah Thomas this year. Alex is a scoring machine and very good all around player who is ready to compete at the highest level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Olympiacos sign Janis Strelnieks - by Chris Mammides

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) signed 28-year old Latvian international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89kg-89). He has played for the last three seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 32 games he had 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg last season. Strelnieks helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Strelnieks also played 22 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Strelnieks was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year in 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Strelnieks has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 80.0%.
Strelnieks has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and Latvia (Ventspils and Ventspils Augstskola).
He could be described: A good PG, yet very experienced, who plays very well the pick and roll situations. Sees well the court and passes the ball at the right time, can change the tempo of the game and score if needed.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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  LITHUANIA  


Titanes Licey tabs Ulysses Thomas, ex Silute - by Eurobasket News

Titanes del Licey (LNB) inked 25-year old American guard Ulysses Thomas (190-86kg-92, college: Kentucky State). He spent his 2-year professional career in Lithuania. He played most recently at Silute in Lithuanian NKL league. In 31 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at Silute (also in NKL) where in 29 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SIAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Thomas received also All-SIAC Honorable Mention award in 2015 at his college time.
Thomas has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres).
He attended Kentucky State until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SBBC celebrate Coupe de la Ligue 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Soma Beach Basket Club celebrate Coupe de la Ligue 2017. In the Final game they overcame ASCUT 56-50. SBBC had a 24-22 lead and then increased to 38-32. The teams traded baskets later in the game, while Soma Beach Basket Club managed to keep a 6-point victory.
GNBC finished third in the Coupe de la Ligue 2017 as they beat ASCB 85-69.



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Sy re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old Mali ex-international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 ProA games he recorded 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg last season. Sy helped them to win the cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He also represented Mali at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 83.7%.
Sy is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens), Spain (UCAM Murcia), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Le Mans and Entente Orleans 45) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monaco.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A forward with a 7-5 wingspan; has great potential, is athletic and has a soft touch;.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Real Madrid keeps Radoncic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) re-signed 18-year old Montenegrin-FYR Macedonian forward Dino Radoncic (202-99). He played there last season. In only one Liga Endesa game he had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Radoncic also played that season for Real Madrid where in 25 Liga Endesa games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg.
His team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup Final Four in 2016.
Radoncic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 64.7%.
Radoncic has played previously professionally in FYR Macedonia (Karpos Sokoli) and ABA (Georgia R.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lakers Trying To Acquire Another First-Round Pick - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers are one of a small handful of NBA teams with multiple first-round picks in the 2017 draft, but the team doesn't appear to be satisfied with just having two first-rounders. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Lakers are attempting to acquire another selection in the first round for Thursday's draft. Shelburne reports that the Lakers, who currently hold this year's second and 28th overall picks, have engaged at least two teams picking in the lottery. The club is in the market for prospects that could help improve L.A.'s outside shooting and perimeter defense, Shelburne adds. While it's not clear which teams the Lakers have spoken to, there have been reports suggesting that the Timberwolves (No. 7) and Pistons (No. 12) are open to moving their lottery picks for veteran help. ESPN's Chad Ford heard last week from a Lakers source that if Los Angeles lands a second lottery pick, the club's target may be Luke Kennard, who projects to land in Detroit at No. 12 in many mock drafts. It's also possible that the Lakers are looking to accumulate more assets for a Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) offer, though Shelburne's story gives no indication that's the case. Another report from last week indicated that the Lakers have been 'taking and making calls' involving the No. 2 overall pick, but that selection remains unlikely to be dealt, according to Shelburne. Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97), the favorite to be drafted with that pick, has yet to line up meetings with any teams besides the Lakers, Shelburne notes. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported late on Sunday night that the Lakers and Harrison Gaines (6'0''-G-89) - Ball's agent - remain in discussions, but Ball's camp has not yet received any guarantees.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Celtics Hope To Trade No. 3 To Bulls For Jimmy Butler - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers held discussions with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) before they moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 to trade Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98). The Bulls were seeking the No. 3 pick from the 76ers for Butler. With the Celtics owning the third overall pick now, they are hopeful of trading it to the Bulls in a package for Butler and then sign Gordon Hayward in free agency while also keeping Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart. The Celtics also pursued a trade for Butler last offseason. Boston is confident they have the best chance of any team of signing Hayward away from the Utah Jazz. If the Celtics are unable to trade No. 3 to the Bulls, they are comfortable using the selection for themselves.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Ettore Messina Signs Two-Year Extension With Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Ettore Messina has agreed to sign a two-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera first reported the news. "In San Antonio, I feel they want me," Messina told the newspaper, per the website twitter.com. "They did not wait for a second. There is a new contract waiting. I have to sign it." Messina joined the Spurs in July of 2014. Messina has since been a candidate for NBA head coaching jobs.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Cavs cut ties with GM David Griffin; Chauncey Billups a possible candidate? - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers will not renew the contract of general manager David Griffin , the team announced Monday. Griffin's contract was set to expire at the end of June, and the two parties "just couldn't agree on future," the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The report also mentions ex-Detroit Pistons great Chauncey Billups as an emerging candidate for the vacancy. The team released the following statement regarding Griffin's departure: The Cleveland Cavaliers and its General Manager, David Griffin , have mutually decided not to extend David's current contract, which ends June 30, 2017. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise's first NBA championship. We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead. The news that Griffin will not return comes at an incredibly interesting time for the Cavaliers. Not only are the Cavs entering one of the most crucial offseasons in history of the franchise following a loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, but the team is also gearing up for LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84)' impending free agency in 2018. Additionally, Cleveland has been actively involved in trade talks as recently as Monday afternoon. When news that Paul George would not re-sign with Indiana in 2018 was reported Sunday, in fact, Cleveland was one of the teams engaged with the Pacers about acquiring him. Monday afternoon, the Cavaliers were actively exploring trade options to potentially acquire Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. Griffin had this to say in a statement to ESPN on Monday evening. "As of today, I am stepping down from my role as GM of the Cavs. Our basketball family, at the CCC and at the Q has experienced unprecedented success together both on the floor and off and I remain deeply appreciative of the opportunity Dan Gilbert and his ownership group afforded us to build and lead this world-championship caliber organization. I am certain that the organization and the incredibly dedicated and passionate team that puts their heart and souls into this daily, will continue to push towards even greater heights. My wife, Meredith and I will continue to be vested in the success of Believeland and can't thank the fans of this great city enough for the kindness you all have shown us. I am extremely excited for my next challenge in the NBA, however, Dan and I know now that are a team built largely on the concept of fit and we are now at a point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another." David Aldridge of Turner Sports also reported that Griffin was "elbow deep" in constructing a deal to bring Butler to Cleveland, which makes Cleveland's decision to part ways with its GM a head-scratcher. Griffin's expiring contract has been a point of contention in Cleveland and in trade discussions alike. Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs front office had "difficulty in trade talks this week" because of Griffin's uncertainty with the organization. Cavs superstar LeBron James has publicly endorsed Griffin and made it clear he wished for him to return, too. Here's what he said back in April: "It makes no sense why he shouldn't get an extension. He's pulled every move -- he's tried to make every move happen -- to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn't be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here -- from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He's been a big piece of it."
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger leaves team - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger is leaving the team to take on a new challenge. Granger announced his decision Monday to leave the team after almost four years in the role. Granger was in charge of the business side for the team and played a major role in the construction of the new downtown arena that opened this past season. Owner Vivek Ranadive called Granger "one of the best in the business" and thanked him for his contributions to the franchise. John Rinehart has been promoted from chief financial officer to president of business operations.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Rival Teams Have Been Told Kyle Lowry Has Zero Interest In Re-Signing With Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) will be a free agent this offseason and it is unlikely to be as easy for the Toronto Raptors as it was in 2014. Lowry has been "grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months", according to multiple sources. Rival teams were being told Lowry had 'zero interest' in returning to Toronto as recently as mid-May. The Raptors, for their part, had no intention of offering a five-year deal to Lowry. Another destination for Lowry may prove difficult in free agency. The San Antonio Spurs are not likely to be interested while the Philadelphia 76ers are likely out after trading for Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98). 'I love this city, everything about this city . . . I think everything about Toronto has been as positive or better than other NBA cities,' said Lowry last week.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Kevin Durant To Opt Out, Re-Sign With Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) will opt out of his contract with the Warriors this month, but he won't be going anywhere, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. Haynes reports that Durant will re-sign with the Warriors in July after declining his player option and technically becoming an unrestricted free agent. Both moves - Durant's opt-out and his new deal with Golden State - had long been expected, but now we have confirmation. When Durant first signed with the Warriors last summer, he opted against inking a long-term deal, instead signing a two-year contract that featured a player option in year two. With nine years of NBA experience heading into the 2016/17 season, Durant was one year short of becoming eligible for the higher maximum salary for players with 10+ years of experience. He'll now be able to sign a deal that starts at 35% of the cap instead of 30%. However, as Haynes details, it doesn't appear that Durant will sign a full maximum salary contract this summer. Having controlled Durant for just one season, the Warriors don't have his full Bird rights, which would allow the team to go over the cap to sign him to a max deal. Instead, Golden State has Durant's Non-Bird rights, which allow for a 20% raise. In order to sign Durant to a max contract starting at a projected $35.35MM, the Warriors would need to clear the necessary cap room, which would mean renouncing their Bird rights on other key free agents like Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) and Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85). A 20% raise on Durant's previous salary would result in a starting rate of about $31.85MM - less than the true max, but more than he would have received by exercising his player option ($27.73MM). Durant's willingness to accept a 20% raise will also give the Warriors more flexibility to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston. According to Haynes, all signs point to Durant signing another two-year deal with an opt-out after year one. That would allow the 28-year-old to become a free agent again next summer and sign a long-term deal with the Warriors worth the full max. At that point, Golden State would hold Durant's Early Bird rights - those Early Bird rights won't allow for a five-year contract, but Durant could get the max for four years without the team having to use cap room. Durant's first full season in Golden State was an unequivocal success, as the former MVP was more efficient than ever, making a career-high 53.7% of his shots in 62 regular season games. He added 25.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.8 APG, and 1.6 BPG, and helped buoy the Warriors to a 16-1 playoff run, earning his first championship and the NBA Finals MVP award. In addition to locking up Durant to a new deal in July, the Warriors are also on track to work out a new agreement with Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson). Golden State's other former MVP will be in line for a five-year contract worth a projected $205MM, since he's eligible for the Designated Veteran Extension.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Pacers reach out to Cavs about possible Paul George deal - by Eurobasket News

After superstar Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) informed the Indiana Pacers in no uncertain terms he plans to leave the team, the Pacers began shopping George's services this weekend, including a phone call to the Cleveland Cavaliers, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. George reportedly told Indiana he will opt out of his current contract in 2018 and become an unrestricted free agent. George's admission, first reported by The Vertical, prompted Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard to begin canvassing the league for potential offers for the four-time All-Star who, at 27, averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals this season. He upped that production to 28 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals in a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland in April. The Cavs are willing to enter into trade talks for George without any assurances he will commit to a long-term deal in Cleveland, a source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN. Cleveland is confident its championship culture and overall atmosphere could sway George to want to stay after playing out the 2017-18 season on the final year of his deal. That said, there are only two assets the Cavs possess that would likely grab the Pacers' attention in a potential swap (operating under the assumption that LeBron James is untouchable): Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) and Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke). And to part with either the 25-year-old Irving or the 28-year-old Love, both coming off All-Star seasons and on relatively economical long-term deals, without any verbal commitment from George that he planned to stay in Cleveland beyond 2018, would be "hard" to agree to, one source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN. James has been an admirer of George for years, dating back to their battles in the Eastern Conference finals between the Pacers and Miami Heat. When the Cavs outlasted the Pacers 135-130 in overtime in March, with George scoring 43 points to James' 41, the Cavs' superstar recognized George with a post on Instagram. After that game James also referred to George as a "big-time player," and when pressed further on his relationship with the Pacers swingman he said, "We've got a really good friendship, I'm going to leave it at that." Making matters more complicated for Cleveland is the contract status of general manager David Griffin. He entered the 2016-17 season on a lame-duck deal after failing to come to an extension agreement with owner Dan Gilbert in the summer of 2016 while the franchise was basking in the glory of the first championship for the city of Cleveland in more than 50 years. Griffin is still shepherding the franchise and fielding calls, like Pritchard's, even though his contract is set to expire June 30. The lack of resolution in Griffin's situation with the NBA draft just four days away and free agency commencing in 16 days is starting to cause some unrest within the ranks in Cleveland. "Insanity," a source told ESPN of the Cavs' front-office situation.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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  NCAA1  


Radwan Bakkali signs to jacksonville University - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey alumnus Radwan Bakkali (6'10''-F-96) has signed to NCAA Division 1 school Jacksonville University on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. The 6'10' big man graduated from BA in 2015, where he went on to do two years at Kilgore College. He registered a season-high 13 points on 5/10 shooting in their final game of the year, as Kilgore finished with a 13-16 record in Bakkali's Sophomore season. 'This is a fantastic achievement for Radwan,' said BA Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner. 'He was a young man that joined us with very limited basketball experience but a work ethic that saw him improve a huge amount in a very short period of time. I am proud that he has continued with this through his time at Kilgore College and look forward to seeing him continue to grow and improve as a basketball player at Jacksonville.' Jacksonville compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, where they went 5-9 last season, 17-16 overall for a sixth placed finish.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Awards 2017 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team 2017
Jeremy Kendle
Kendle
Corey Webster
Webster
Mitchell McCarron
McCarron
Marcel Jones
Jones
Tai Wesley
Wesley

Finals MVP: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
Player of the Year: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
Guard of the Year: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
Forward of the Year: Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Canterbury
Center of the Year: Amir Williams (211-C-92) of Taylor Hawks
Newcomer of the Year: Jaylen Gerrand (188-G) of Taranaki MA
Import Player of the Year: Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) of Canterbury
Domestic Player of the Year: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) of SC Rangers
Coach of the Year: Kevin Braswell of Wellington S.

1st Team
G: Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) of Canterbury
G: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
G: Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers
F: Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Canterbury
F: Tai Wesley (201-F-86) of Wellington S.

2nd Team
G: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
G: Earnest Ross (196-G-91) of SC Rangers
F: Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.
F: Tylor Ongwae (199-F-91) of Taranaki MA
C/F: Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S.

Honorable Mention
Everard Bartlett (193-G-86) of Taylor Hawks
Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers
Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89) of Wellington S.
Amir Williams (211-C-92) of Taylor Hawks
Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) of Taylor Hawks
Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) of Southland S.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
G: Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S.
F: Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.
F: Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Canterbury
F: Tai Wesley (201-F-86) of Wellington S.

All-Imports Team
G: Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) of Canterbury
G: Earnest Ross (196-G-91) of SC Rangers
G: Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers
F: Tylor Ongwae (199-F-91) of Taranaki MA
C/F: Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S.



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  NICARAGUA  


Marcos Castrillo (ex Liberia) signs at Toros - by Eurobasket News

Toros del Norte (LNB) landed Costa Rican international forward Marcos Castrillo (201-93kg, college: W.New Mexico). He played in the summer at Liberia in Costa Rican LBS league.
Castrillo won Costa Rican Clausura League championship title in 2016.
He also represented Costa Rica at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago. Castrillo's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.4rpg.
Castrillo has played also professionally in Costa Rica for Coopenae ARBA San Ramon.
He graduated from Western New Mexico University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


San Miguel, TnT Finals Match-up: Who Has The Upperhand? By: Ariel Ian Clarito - by Ariel Ian Clarito


Two established powerhouses meet in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals which will begin on Wednesday, June 21. San Miguel Beermen and TnT Ka Tropa both scored emphatic 3-1 wins in the semifinals to arrange a best of seven showdown for the 2nd conference crown.

TnT was the most dominant team in the PBA at the start of this decade, while San Miguel, the winningest team in PBA history, has been lording it over the competition these past 3 years by winning 4 out of the last 7 conference titles. Given the pedigree of both teams and their loaded line-ups, we can expect a finals series of titanic proportions.

San Miguel will have the edge in the battle down low with 6'8 Charles Rhodes and 3-time MVP 6'10 Junmar Fajardo forming an imposing twin tower combination that has proven to be a handful for all teams they have faced thus far this conference. Both Rhodes and Fajardo along with Arwind Santos form San Miguel's frontline rotation that average a combined 53.5 points and over 25 rebounds a game. The TnT frontline made up of Ranidel de Ocampo, Kelly Williams, Mo Tautuaa, and Troy Rosario has been mostly inconsistent this conference, with only De Ocampo averaging close to double figures at 9.94 points per game. Import Joshua Smith has been nursing torn toe ligaments and has been playing on one good foot, so this series is for the San Miguel frontline to dominate.

The backcourt is where things get interesting. It will feature Asia's best point guard, Jayson Castro of TnT, against the PBA's premiere defensive guard, Chris Ross of San Miguel. Castro and Ross lead the league in assists (Castro is averaging 6.9 while Ross registers a league-best 7.5 assists per game), so you can expect both to lead in orchestrating their respective team's plays and establishing order in the game. Castro and Ross will probably cancel each other out, so their respective backcourt crew will spell the difference in this series. TnT has a phalanx of guards in Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia, Kris Rosales, and Ryan Reyes, but it is only Pogoy who has been consistent offensively for the KaTropa. For San Miguel, Alex Cabagnot has been on a tear this season and has been lighting up the scoreboard, while Marcio Lassiter is still churning out averages of 14.88 points a game. The TnT backcourt will have to be at their defensive best to slowdown San Miguel which will have the advantage in terms of scoring punch.

What TnT will have the upperhand in is in the bench rotation. Coach Nash Racela usually utilizes 10-11 players in a game to ensure he has fresh legs to run his dribble-drive offense and the occassional pressing defense. If his team can make this a long series, his deep rotation might just outlast San Miguel which traditionally relies on a short 8-men rotation, with Coach Leo Austria giving some insignificant minutes to 2-3 more players every so often, more of the exception than the rule in Austria's coaching philosophy. Austria's starters average a minimum of 34 minutes per game, so if this series makes it to a game 6 or 7, TnT can be expected to be the team with more bounce in its steps.

The Beermen will be the solid favorites in the finals, although TnT will have a puncher's chance to pull off an upset. Both TnT and San Miguel have shown the ability to simply outshoot their opponents given the loads of talent both teams have. Unfortunately for TnT, in facing a team like San Miguel, the Katropas will not have enough to match the firepower of the Beermen who have 6 players averaging in double figures. TnT will have to turn this into a defensive battle and a long, grind out series for it to have a chance to at least make the finals a competitive affair. San Miguel plays basic, almost predictable basketball. It tries to impose its might down low and establish the post presence of Rhodes and Fajardo, and in so doing, open the floor for their gunners like Cabagnot, Lassiter, Ross, and Santos to snipe from outside or drive to the basket. TnT most likely already knows what to expect from San Miguel, but this will not necessarily translate to the Katropas knowing how to stop the Beermen's onslaught which will definitely come in waves during the entire finals series.



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  POLAND  


PGE Turow lands Paul Egwuonwu - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American center Paul Egwuonwu (206-107kg-91, college: Montana State). He played this summer at Caciques in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In two games he had 5.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Egwuonwu has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks) and Czech Republic (MMCITE Brno).
He attended Montana State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Egwuonwu could be described: Not so athletic inside player who is very smart and reads the game very well. Has a nice mid range shot and is very active defensively, with good timing to grab rebounds and block the opponents shots.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Francis_Jonathan Han
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sebastian Kowalczyk is a newcomer at Szczecin - by Greg

King Szczecin (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old point guard Sebastian Kowalczyk (188-93) from Polfarmex Kutno. In 28 PLK games he recorded 9.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kowalczyk played at Asseco (TBL) where in 35 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg.
Kowalczyk has played previously for four other teams: AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa, AZS II Politechnika Warszawska and GTK Gdynia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polpharma signs Filip Pruefer - by Greg

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 21-year old center Filip Pruefer (208-96) from Polfarmex Kutno. But in 6 PLK games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg last season, bur mostly he played for 2Liga team where in 22 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.1apg.
His team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals in 2014.
Pruefer has played previously for three other teams: Poznan PBG Basket, Biofarm Basket Poznan and Slask Wroclaw and PGE Turow.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza signs Michal Gabinski - by Greg

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK) signed 30-year old ex-international power forward Michal Gabinski (202-87) from Polfarmex Kutno. In 27 PLK games he had 5.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
He was a member of Polish international program for some years. Gabinski was called to Polish Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for six other teams: Slask, Anwil, Sportino, ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, PGE Turow and Kozienice.

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Pamula
Patryk Wieczorek

Forwards:
Vitaliy Kovalenko
Michal Gabinski
Bartlomiej Woloszyn

Center:
Jakub Parzenski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.6 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama20.5 
 4. Harris, Ponce20.1 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo18.2 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez16.7 
 10. Arroyo, Fajardo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.3 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.2 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.5 
 7. James, Fajardo8.3 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.1 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German6.9 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.9 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.6 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo4.8 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.8 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Harris, Ponce1.6 
 2. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 6. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Browne, San German1.3 
 9. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.8 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


BSN Round 35: Fajardo edges Piratas by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BSN is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Piratas (18-13) to second ranked Fajardo (20-11) 73-72 in the game for the second place. Piratas cut a 18-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. Fajardo had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Alexis Colon (196) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the guests. Fajardo maintains second place with 20-11 record behind leader Aguada. Piratas lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Fajardo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Leader Santeros delivered the twenty first victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Indios (12-18) 112-88 in Mayaguez. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. International point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Jose Guitian contributed with 20 points for the winners. Canadian Philip Fournier (193, college: Toronto) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for Indios. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros maintains first place with 21-10 record. Indios at the other side keep the ninth position with 18 games lost. Santeros will play against bottom-ranked Caciques (#10) in Humacao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Indios will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Arecibo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fajardo (20-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Capitanes (14-16). Fajardo defeated Capitanes 83-71 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Damion James who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Coty Clarke responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo maintains second place with 20-11 record behind leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capitanes will play against Caciques (#10) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Guayama, where 4th placed Atleticos (16-15) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Brujos (13-18) 103-78. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Atleticos. It was an exceptional evening for Kyle Vinales who led the winners and scored 31 points. Atleticos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play fifteen players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Brujos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atleticos will play at home against Indios and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 35 Bayamon were defeated by Ponce in Juana Diaz 85-73.
The best stats of 35th round was 11 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Alejandro Carmona of Quebradillas.

Fajardo - Quebradillas 73-72

This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Piratas (18-13) to second ranked Fajardo (20-11) 73-72 in the game for the second place. Piratas cut a 18-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. Fajardo had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Alexis Colon (196) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 11 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Fajardo maintains second place with 20-11 record behind leader Aguada. Piratas lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Fajardo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Top scorers:
Fajardo: R.Buckner 15+11reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 10+4reb+3ast, N.Peavy 10+8reb, F.Rivera 9+1reb+3ast, A.Colon 9+10reb+3ast, D.James 9+3reb+1ast
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 19+7reb+2ast, M.Rosario 16+2reb+2ast, A.Carmona 11+11reb+5ast, D.Smith 8+2reb+5ast, C.Hammonds 6+4reb+5ast, J.Mojica 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540217


Mayaguez - Aguada 88-112

Leader Santeros delivered the twenty first victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Indios (12-18) 112-88 in Mayaguez. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. The game was mostly controlled by Santeros. Indios was better in fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santeros shot 63.2 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 57.6 percentage. Santeros players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Indios' players. International point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Canadian Philip Fournier (193, college: Toronto) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) added 12 points in the effort for Indios. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros maintains first place with 21-10 record. Indios at the other side keep the ninth position with 18 games lost. Santeros will play against bottom-ranked Caciques (#10) in Humacao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Indios will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aguada: J.Guitian 20+3reb+3ast, A.Abreu 19+1reb+9ast, E.Andujar 18+4reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 11+3reb+1ast, F.Jonathan Han 11+2reb+6ast, C.Gaston 10+10reb+4ast
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 12+3reb+2ast, P.Fournier 11+10reb+1ast, C.Arroyo 10+2reb+2ast, N.Butler Lind 10+4reb, C.Duran 10+2reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540216


Arecibo - Fajardo 71-83

The game in Arecibo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fajardo (20-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Capitanes (14-16). Fajardo defeated Capitanes 83-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Capitanes managed to win fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Capitanes only scored five points from the stripe. It was a great evening for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) helped adding 10 points and 8 assists. American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo maintains second place with 20-11 record behind leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capitanes will play against Caciques (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: D.James 26+8reb+1ast, E.Ayuso 12+1reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 10+4reb+8ast, R.Melendez 9+1ast, R.Buckner 9+7reb+2ast, N.Peavy 6+2reb
Arecibo: C.Clarke 27+11reb+2ast, D.Huertas 12+5reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 12+6reb, W.Hodge 9+1reb+4ast, D.Clemente 4+5reb+3ast, A.Alamo 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540215


Ponce - Bayamon 85-73

There was no surprise in Juana Diaz where 7th ranked Vaqueros (13-19) were defeated by fifth ranked Leones (17-15) 85-73. It looked good early as Vaqueros took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leones had a 29-8 second period charge getting the lead and Vaqueros were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-85. Leones made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) accounted for 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Vaqueros in the defeat. Vaqueros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones moved-up to fourth place. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Leones' next round opponent will be Brujos (#7) in Guayama. Vaqueros will play on the road against Piratas in Quebradillas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 21+3reb+1ast, M.Harris 17+1reb+1ast, E.Dawson 13+13reb+4ast, A.Torres 10+7ast, C.Emory 8+7reb+2ast, W.Pagan 7+2reb+4ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 18+11reb+3ast, B.Santiago 12+1reb, J.Villegas 10+3reb+1ast, C.Dalmau 9+4reb+4ast, D.Stephens 8+2reb, J.Akindele 7+10reb+3ast
gschID: 540214


Guayama - San German 103-78

We should mention about the upset which took place in Guayama, where 4th placed Atleticos (16-15) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Brujos (13-18) 103-78. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Atleticos. It looked good early as Atleticos took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brujos had a 27-12 second period charge getting the lead and Atleticos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-103. Brujos players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led the winners and scored 31 points. The former international Ricardo Sanchez (212-87, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) came up with 20 points and the other American import power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Atleticos in the defeat. Five Brujos and four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Atleticos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play fifteen players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Brujos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atleticos will play at home against Indios and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guayama: K.Vinales 31+1reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 17+11reb+2ast, D.Hinson 14+3reb+4ast, L.Wade 13+3reb+3ast, D.Wilkins 11+4reb+6ast, M.Fillyaw 8+2reb+3ast
San German: D.Ebanks 20+2reb+3ast, J.Keenan 13+8reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 10+7reb+1ast, G.Browne 10+5reb+2ast, C.Figueroa 6, I.Sosa Carrion 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540213





Wilkins number one in Puerto Rico for week 34 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) had a great game in the last week for Guayama, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 34.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Fajardo (#2, 19-11) with 20-point margin 105-85. Guayama is placed at 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Guayama is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-18 record. In the team's last game Wilkins had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Georgia star has very solid stats this year. Wilkins is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.5ppg) and averages impressive 53.9% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 31-year old international forward William Orozco (201-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Humacao. Orozco had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Humacao to edge the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 20-10) 76-73. Humacao's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Orozco is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Guayama's star - American guard Kyle Vinales (185-G-92). Vinales scored 28 points and passed eight assists. He was another key player of Guayama, helping his team with a 105-85 easy win against the higher-ranked Fajardo (#2, 19-11). The chances of Guayama ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vinales could help Guayama to bring them higher in the standings. Vinales has a very solid season. In 31 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.9ppg. Kyle Vinales has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devon Collier (203-PF-91) of Mayaguez - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90) of San German - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Arecibo - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cliff Duran (191-G-89) of Mayaguez - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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CSKA Moscow extend deal with Vorontsevich - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) re-signed 30-year old international forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-107kg-87) to a three-year contract extension. He has played there for the last eleven seasons. In 35 Euroleague games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Vorontsevich helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Vorontsevich contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Vorontsevich has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Vorontsevich also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Vorontsevich has played previously for three other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Novosybirsk and Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk.

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Kyle Landry left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). Landry has played there for the last six years. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He played there also last season. Landry also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Landry played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
Landry represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

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Will Clyburn (ex Darussafaka) is a newcomer at CSKA Moscow - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Will Clyburn (201-95kg-90, college: Iowa State). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Clyburn played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel where in 33 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clyburn has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2014.
Clyburn has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm).
He attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Leo Westermann

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn

Center:
Kyle Hines

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Alexander Korchagin is a newcomer at Burevestnik - by Eurobasket News

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav (Superleague 2) added to their roster 29-year old point guard Alexander Korchagin (188-84kg-88). He played last season at BC Samara-SGEU in the Superleague 1. In 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Korchagin played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) where in 29 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 1.3spg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014.
Korchagin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Korchagin has played previously for seven other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, Novosybirsk, Universitet Yugra, Ryazan, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Universitet Yugra.

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav roster for 2017-2018:

Vladimir Belov
Alexander Korchagin
Konstantin Novikov
Pavel Koltsov

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Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

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Kosice tabs Svetozar Stamenkovic - by Michal Duchovic

KB Kosice (SBL) inked 27-year old Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90). He played most recently at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. He was selected to Hungarian League All-Star Game in 2017.
Stamenkovic won Slovakian League championship title in 2016.
Stamenkovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.8ppg, 3.9rpg.
Stamenkovic has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Stamenkovic has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), Slovakia (Prievidza) and Serbia (Fair Play Nis, Crvena Zvezda, Konstantin, FMP II Beograd and FMP Beograd).

KB Kosice roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Eric Palm

Forwards:
Igor Maric
Stanislav Baldovsky
Richard Korner

Centers:
Peter Sedmak
Svetozar Stamenkovic



Simovic re-signs at Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) confirmed in their roster 18-year old small forward Ranko Simovic (203-99). He has played there for the last three seasons.
Simovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 4.2rpg.
Simovic has played previously for Mladost Cacak.

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Sibalic re-signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Serbian forward Danilo Sibalic (202-103kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Sibalic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 10 Division I games he had 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Sibalic also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sibalic played at Smederevo in Serbian KLS. In 14 games he got impressive 18.0ppg and 4.1rpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sibalic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (UBC St. Polten), Montenegro (Ulcinj and Teodo Tivat), Sweden (BC Lulea), Serbia (Radnicki KG 06, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, Konstantin and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad), FYR Macedonia (Strumica and Ovce Pole) and Bosnia (Servitium).

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Igokea keeps Milosevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) re-signed 24-year old Serbian shooting guard Djordje Milosevic (199-93). He has played there for the last three seasons. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 16 Division I games he averaged 11.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team. Milosevic also played 25 games in ABA League where he had 4.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 2.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Milosevic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg.
Milosevic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

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Prievidza lands Martin Bilik - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) tabbed 30-year old international swingman Martin Bilik (194-85kg-87) from Inter Bratislava. Bilik has played there for the last four years. In 47 SBL games he averaged 9.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Bilik helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice).
Among other achievements he was selected to Slovakian League All-Star Game in 2009, 2010 and 2015.
Bilik has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2012 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2002.
Bilik represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg.
Bilik has played previously for four other teams: Handlova, Chemosvit, MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Iskra Svit.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



Kosice tabs Svetozar Stamenkovic - by Michal Duchovic

KB Kosice (SBL) inked 27-year old Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90). He played most recently at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. He was selected to Hungarian League All-Star Game in 2017.
Stamenkovic won Slovakian League championship title in 2016.
Stamenkovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.8ppg, 3.9rpg.
Stamenkovic has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Stamenkovic has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), Slovakia (Prievidza) and Serbia (Fair Play Nis, Crvena Zvezda, Konstantin, FMP II Beograd and FMP Beograd).

KB Kosice roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Eric Palm

Forwards:
Igor Maric
Stanislav Baldovsky
Richard Korner

Centers:
Peter Sedmak
Svetozar Stamenkovic



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Kempton's pro career starts at RETAbet Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) tabbed American power forward Tim Kempton (208-111kg). He just graduated from Lehigh (NCAA). Kempton has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg last season. Kempton helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Patriot League 1st Team, All-ECAC Division I 1st Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Kempton received All-Patriot League Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Fischer
Lucio Redivo

Forward:
Jameel McKay

Center:
Tim Kempton

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Toledo comes back to Pinheiros - by Paulo Freire

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo (NBB) inked 31-year old Brazilian international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-103kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Pinheiros as he has played here before. Toledo has a double citizenship as he also holds Spanish passport. Toledo has played for the last two years at B.Cearense in the NBB. In 29 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4spg last season.
Among other achievements Toledo's team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Toledo represented Brazil at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3(2.0spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 47.8%.
Toledo has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Toledo has played previously professionally also in Spain (La ICL Manresa, Burgos, CB Tarragona_2017, L'Hospitalet and C.B. Valls-Felix Hotel).

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Desmond Holloway
Cordero Bennett

Forwards:
Marcus_Vinicius Toledo
Arthur Bernardi
Germerson Barbosa

Center:
Ralfi Ansaloni

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Real Madrid keeps Radoncic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) re-signed 18-year old Montenegrin-FYR Macedonian forward Dino Radoncic (202-99). He played there last season. In only one Liga Endesa game he had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Radoncic also played that season for Real Madrid where in 25 Liga Endesa games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg.
His team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup Final Four in 2016.
Radoncic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 64.7%.
Radoncic has played previously professionally in FYR Macedonia (Karpos Sokoli) and ABA (Georgia R.).

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Oliver re-signs at Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster experienced 39-year old point guard Albert Oliver (187-84kg-78). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.6apg last season. Oliver helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg. Oliver contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Oliver has spent his entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Joventut, Valencia Basket, Movil Estudiantes, La ICL Manresa and Lleida_Basquet.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Gran Canaria.

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Mollet signs Albert Salat - by Eurobasket News

Recambios Gaudi CB Mollet (EBA) signed 26-year old guard Albert Salat (191-91) from Cerdanyola. In 26 EBA games he had 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg last season.
Salat played at the Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) final in 2008.
He has played previously for two other teams: FC Barcelona and Cornella.

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Nil Angelats is a newcomer at Mollet - by Eurobasket News

Recambios Gaudi CB Mollet (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old point guard Nil Angelats (185-93) from Sant Nicolau. In 26 EBA games he recorded 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Angelats played at Licher Basket in German ProB where in 27 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg.
He won EBA Group C Regular Season in 2014.
Angelats has played previously for La ICL Manresa.

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Vive El Masnou adds Olivares to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Vive El Masnou Barcelona (EBA) added to their roster 22-year old point guard Carles Olivares (178-95) from Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada. In 5 EBA games he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg last season.

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Ferran Valle (ex Glasgow Univ.) agreed terms with Vive El Masnou - by Eurobasket News

Vive El Masnou Barcelona (EBA) inked 28-year old Spaniard point guard Ferran Valle (180-89). He played most recently at Glasgow University in Scottish National League.
Valle has played previously for two other Spain teams: Montcada and Aqua AB Badalona.

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San Emeterio re-signs at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 33-year old international swingman Fernando San Emeterio (199-103kg-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 43 Liga Endesa games he had 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg last season. San Emeterio helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. San Emeterio also played 23 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others San Emeterio was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Domestic Player of the Year back in 2011.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. San Emeterio has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He also represented Spain at the European Championships two years ago. San Emeterio's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg.
San Emeterio has spent his entire career in Spain playing for three other teams: Baskonia, Girona FC and Blancos de Rueda.
San Emeterio could be described: Team leader, who can make it all on the court, with complete offensive and defensive skills; suffeered an injury at EC, and did not played at his usual level, however;
He can do almost anything on a basketball court but the most surprising thing, are his rebounding skills. Despite he plays the SF, San Emeterio can help a lot under the hoops. Good scorer, can shoot the ball although he feels more comfortable driving to the basket. He grew up playing as PG, so he has inherited a good court vision and can put the ball on the floor without problems. Solid defender, can guard even bigger forwards due to his strong body frame
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Martinez re-signs at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old ex-international guard Rafael Martinez (190-90kg-82). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he had 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg last season. Martinez helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 22 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martinez was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He was a member of Spanish international program for some years. Martinez was called to Spanish Senior National Team between 2011 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for two other teams: La ICL Manresa and C.B. Valls-Felix Hotel.
Martinez is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Valencia.

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Valencia keeps Vives for another season - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) re-signed 24-year old international point guard Guillem Vives (192-PG-93, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 40 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 2.2apg last season. Vives helped them to win the league title. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he had 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg.
Among other achievements Vives received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Vives has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Spain at the European Championships two years ago. Vives' team won Gold.
Vives has played previously for Joventut.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forward:
Fernando San_Emeterio

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

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Coach Pedro Martinez left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 56-year old coach Pedro Martinez left Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). He helped them to win the league title. Martinez was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2017.
He has coached previously four other teams: Ourense, La ICL Manresa, Gran Canaria and Menorca.

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Gran Canaria may land Ondrej Balvin - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Czech international center Ondrej Balvin (217-115kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who played last time at Movistar Estudiantes. Balvin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 6.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He also played that season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 13 games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg. Balvin also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Balvin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
Balvin was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. He played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
Balvin also represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Balvin has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ondrej is 218 cm (7'2') tall. Has athletic predispositions, huge wingspan, good coordination, mobility and strong legs. Ondrej is one of the most prospective big men in Europe. He is coachable, intelligent, has a great working attitude. He has worked on his game back and face to the basket and around the paint. He puts up more weight and has larger frame than last year. He fights for every rebound and space under basket - whih makes him one of the best rebounders in the Spanish ACB. Thanks to a great deal of personal contribution, he has improved his athletic skills, and has become a very quick player for his size. He played several seasons in the ACB - great games against Real Madrid and other Euroloeague competition.
- ACB: Most rebounds in one game - 17rebs (2016)
- Eurocup: Most rebounds in one game - 19rebs (2015)
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Boras tab Ludvig Johansson - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) inked 19-year old guard Ludvig Johansson (177-98). He has played for the last two years at RIG Mark in the Basketettan. In 19 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
Johansson represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg.

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Daniel Thuresson
Ludvig Johansson

Forwards:
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

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Ramstedt re-signs at Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster 22-year old small forward Adam Ramstedt (208-SF-95). He has played there for the last two seasons. Ramstedt managed to play in three leagues last year. In 33 Basketligan games he had 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Ramstedt also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 1 game in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ramstedt won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team in 2015.
Ramstedt represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar seventeen years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT-3 (53.3%), FT-1 (95.2%).

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Avery Scharer gets MVP of the Week award for Thailand TBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Avery Scharer (188-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Hitech and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 30-year old guard had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed PEA (#3, 7-5) with 21-point margin 103-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand TBL. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. Scharer just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Shoreline Community College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scharer is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.6ppg and is league's best passer with 9.0apg. Scharer is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 60.3% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK. Hill impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for OSK to edge slightly higher-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-10) by 5 points 89-84. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory OSK managed to get this year. Hill is one of the most experienced players at OSK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) of top-ranked Mono Vampire. Singletary showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mono Vampire, leading his team to a 76-69 win against the lower-ranked TGE (#6, 4-8). Many experts and fans count Mono Vampire as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Singletary has a great season in Thailand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (7th best). Singletary attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Matinez) of Dunkin' Raptors - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jan Jamon (191-F) of OSK - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matt Van Pelt (178-PG-91) of Mad Goat - 25 points and 3 assists
8. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Patiphan Klahan (211-C-93) of Hitech - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA - 9 points and 15 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Morakinyo Williams (ex Saint Francois) signs at PEA - by Eurobasket News

PEA (TBL) landed 29-year old British center Morakinyo Williams (213-122kg-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Saint Francois in French Liga Regionale.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC Eastern Division in 2008.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 46.2%.
Williams is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Besa), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and United Kingdom (Manchester Giants, Plymouth Raiders and Basketball) and France (Stade Montois and Dax-Gamarde).
Williams attended Citadel until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

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TBL Round 12: Hitech beats PEA in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in TBL.

Second ranked Hitech faced one of their biggest challengers PEA. Guests from Bangkok (10-2) smashed host PEA (7-5) 103-82. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to PEA's 40. Hitech forced 21 PEA turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitech made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. International center Patiphan Klahan (211-93) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hitech's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) who recorded 29 points and 5 assists. Hitech maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. PEA at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mad Goat. Hitech are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PEA will play against TGE (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
OSK can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Dunkin' Raptors (2-10) 89-84. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. Jan Jamon contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. James Matinez replied with 29 points for Dunkin' Raptors. OSK maintains eighth position with 1-11 record. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. OSK will play against league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dunkin' Raptors will play against Mono Thew (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eleventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TGE (4-8) 76-69 in Bangkok. Worth to mention a quality performance of Michael Singletary who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Jordan Collins with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mono Vampire (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TGE keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Mono Vampire will meet Mad Goat (#4) in the next round. TGE will play against PEA and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Mad Goat (7-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Mono Thew (6-6). Mono Thew did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-83. The winners were led by Steven Thomas who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Thew maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Mad Goat at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Mono Thew's next round opponent will be Dunkin' Raptors (#7). Mad Goat will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

PEA - Hitech 82-103

Second ranked Hitech faced one of their biggest challengers PEA. Guests from Bangkok (10-2) smashed host PEA (7-5) 103-82. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to PEA's 40. Hitech forced 21 PEA turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitech made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. International center Patiphan Klahan (211-93) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hitech players scored in double figures. Hitech's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) who recorded 29 points and 5 assists and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) added 28 points and 4 assists respectively. Hitech maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. PEA at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mad Goat. Hitech are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PEA will play against TGE (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 29+11reb+3ast, P.Klahan 17+8reb+3ast, D.Orton 17+5reb, C.Jakrawan 13+3reb, B.Lakhan 9+1reb+1ast, N.Jaisanuk 6+4reb+2ast
PEA: J.Munzon 29+4reb+5ast, R.Lingganay 28+4reb+4ast, R.Reyes 10+4reb, S.Deguara 9+15reb+1ast, R.Suteeniyorndat 4+4reb, M.Williams 2+6reb
gschID: 547914


Mono Thew - Mad Goat 101-83

The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Mad Goat (7-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Mono Thew (6-6). Mono Thew did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-83. It looked good early as Mad Goat took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mono Thew had a 29-16 second period charge getting the lead and Mad Goat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-101. The winners were led by American power forward Steven Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Mono Thew players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) did not help to save the game for Mad Goat. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Thew maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Mad Goat at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Mono Thew's next round opponent will be Dunkin' Raptors (#7). Mad Goat will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 21+3reb+1ast, A.McClain 15+9reb+3ast, T.Suktub 13+5reb+2ast, J.Towaroj 13+1reb+1ast, S.Thomas 13+13reb+1ast, N.Sangtong 9+4reb
Mad Goat: M.Van Pelt 25+1reb+3ast, S. Mhaithampitak 13+4reb+3ast, M.Earl 10+7reb+1ast, M.Douthit 9+10reb+6ast, A.Dasom 8+4reb, F.Goldstein 7
gschID: 547916


OSK - Dunkin' Raptors 89-84

OSK can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Dunkin' Raptors (2-10) 89-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dunkin' Raptors won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four OSK players scored in double figures. James Matinez replied with 29 points and American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 17 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Dunkin' Raptors. OSK maintains eighth position with 1-11 record. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. OSK will play against league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dunkin' Raptors will play against Mono Thew (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OSK: K.Hill 27+19reb+2ast, J.Jamon 24+7reb+3ast, R.Koga 15+4reb+8ast, K.Panyaparu 11+2reb, S.Wachiraphong 6+6reb+1ast, S.Saksommon 5+1reb
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Matinez 29+4reb+3ast, M.Fey 17+18reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+16reb+7ast, J.Foronda 8+2reb, A.Kongpui 8+2reb, C.Limsuwan 7+1ast
gschID: 547917


Mono Vampire - TGE 76-69

Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eleventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TGE (4-8) 76-69 in Bangkok. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Mono Vampire dominated on the defensive end, holding TGE to just 7 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mono Vampire made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Kannut Samerjai (180-88) who added 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Alfred Mandani scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mono Vampire (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TGE keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Mono Vampire will meet Mad Goat (#4) in the next round. TGE will play against PEA and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 25+15reb+4ast, K.Samerjai 12+1reb+4ast, C.Ananti 8+2reb+1ast, J.Brickman 8+2reb, R.Kruatiwa 8+3reb, T. Jantajon 7+6reb+1ast
TGE: J.Collins 21+8reb, A.Mandani 19+5reb+1ast, J.Dumelod 12+5reb+4ast, C.Chuengyampin 6+5reb, R.Singleton 5+9reb+1ast, M.Wongsawangtham 4+1reb
gschID: 547915





Singletary number one in Thailand for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Mono Vampire, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Hitech (#2, 10-2) 110-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Mono Vampire to consolidate first place in the Thailand TBL. Mono Vampire has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Singletary had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Mono Vampire, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Singletary is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.2rpg) and averages impressive 62.3% FGP. Worth to mention Singletary played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Maltese Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA. Deguara had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 27 rebounds. Of course he led PEA to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-10) 109-87. PEA's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Deguara is one of the most experienced players at PEA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of league's second-best Hitech. Scharer showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Scharer's great performance Hitech lost 100-110 to #1 ranked Mono Vampire. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Hitech had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Scharer's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Scharer has a great season in Thailand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.6ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.8rpg (8th best) and assists with 9.0apg (best passer). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 60.3%. Scharer attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Dumelod) of TGE - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alfred Mandani) of TGE - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Rudy Lingganay (178-PG-86) of PEA - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of Mono Vampire - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK - 18 points and 13 rebounds
9. Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of OSK - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Bakken keeps Akoon-Purcell for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Bakken Bears (Ligaen) re-signed 24-year old American (has also Trinidad and Tobago passport) guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93kg-93, college: Illinois State, agency: Elevate Agency). He was a team leader there last season. In 37 Ligaen games he averaged impressive 21.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Akoon-Purcell helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Akoon-Purcell also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he was the best scorer with remarkable 17.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Akoon-Purcell graduated from Illinois State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gaziantep re-sign coach Dedas - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) have agreed on terms of contract extension with 35-year old Greek coach Stefanos Dedas. Dedas has coached there for the last four years.
His team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2012.
Dedas has coached previously professionally in Greece (Iraklis and MENT Vassilakis) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Will Clyburn (ex Darussafaka) is a newcomer at CSKA Moscow - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion CSKA Moscow (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Will Clyburn (201-95kg-90, college: Iowa State). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Clyburn played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel where in 33 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clyburn has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2014.
Clyburn has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm).
He attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Leo Westermann

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn

Center:
Kyle Hines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor keeps Vragovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) re-signed 28-year old Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell). He was a team leader there last season. In 44 TBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Vragovic played at Feni Industries in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga where in 33 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.5ppg and had 5.1rpg, 5.7apg (top 3) and 1.8spg (in top 2).
Among other achievements Vragovic's team made it to the Macedonian League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Vragovic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.0ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 88.6%.
Vragovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Croatia (Cibona, KK_Zadar and Dubrava).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Even though he is only the number three in the point guards' position within the national team of Croatia, whenever the coach gives him the right, he plays so passionate and with great scoring results that one may easily say why is only the third point guard. He watches the court and gives many assists while at the same time his defense is tough. Even though his height is not impressive he can jump quite high and become real danger in the paint as he grabs a numerous of rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Coskun comes back to Orman Genclik - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old power forward Can Coskun (200-91). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Coskun played most recently at TED Kolejliler in the BSL. BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 8 games he did not score anything and had only 6 rebounds and 1 steal. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Coskun played at Selcuklu. In 26 TB2L games he recorded 5.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.
Coskun's team was Runner-Up of TB2L Group A 2011.
He has played previously for two other teams: Orman Genclik and Pi Koleji.

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Antonio Graves

Forwards:
Atakan Denk
Can Coskun

Center:
Hasan Rizvic

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Orman Genclik welcomes back Denk - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) landed 26-year old forward Atakan Denk (191-91, agency: Diamond Sportsman Agency). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Denk played most recently at Final Genclik in the TBL. In 31 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.7apg last season. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Denk played at Eskisehir Basket (also in TBL) where in 34 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Denk has played previously for five other teams: TED Kolejliler, ASE Anadolu, Orman Genclik, Hacettepe and Adanaspor.

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Morakinyo Williams (ex Saint Francois) signs at PEA - by Eurobasket News

PEA (TBL) landed 29-year old British center Morakinyo Williams (213-122kg-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Saint Francois in French Liga Regionale.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC Eastern Division in 2008.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 46.2%.
Williams is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Besa), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and United Kingdom (Manchester Giants, Plymouth Raiders and Basketball) and France (Stade Montois and Dax-Gamarde).
Williams attended Citadel until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Radwan Bakkali signs to jacksonville University - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey alumnus Radwan Bakkali (6'10''-F-96) has signed to NCAA Division 1 school Jacksonville University on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. The 6'10' big man graduated from BA in 2015, where he went on to do two years at Kilgore College. He registered a season-high 13 points on 5/10 shooting in their final game of the year, as Kilgore finished with a 13-16 record in Bakkali's Sophomore season. 'This is a fantastic achievement for Radwan,' said BA Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner. 'He was a young man that joined us with very limited basketball experience but a work ethic that saw him improve a huge amount in a very short period of time. I am proud that he has continued with this through his time at Kilgore College and look forward to seeing him continue to grow and improve as a basketball player at Jacksonville.' Jacksonville compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, where they went 5-9 last season, 17-16 overall for a sixth placed finish.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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Metropolitan Round 5: #1 25 de Agosto is defeated by Cordon - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Ascenso. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked 25 de Agosto (3-2) in Montevideo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by eleventh ranked Cordon (2-2) 75-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of 25 de Agosto. They outrebounded 25 de Agosto 40-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Guard Facundo Medina (190-94) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Nicolas Ibarra (192-82) chipped in 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cordon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tabare. 25 de Agosto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Auriblanco.
Important game to mention about took place in Montevideo. Second ranked Atenas (4-1) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked Auriblanco (2-3) 92-90 on Monday evening. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Mauro Zubiaurre accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Rodrigo Goncalvez came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Auriblanco in the defeat. Atenas keep a position of league leader, which they share with Miramar. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Atenas will play against Colon (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Cordon.
Bottom-ranked Union Atletica managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Stockolmo in Montevideo 85-73. The best player for the winners was Gaston Semiglia who had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Rashaun Stimage produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Union Atletica (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Stockolmo dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with Marne. Union Atletica will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo 25 de Agosto.
The game in Colon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Miramar (4-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Colon (2-3). Miramar defeated Colon 85-74. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Miramar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas. Colon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Miramar's next round opponent will be Tabare (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Colon will play against the league's leader Atenas in Montevideo and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Tabare where higher ranked Capitol (2-3) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Tabare (2-2) 74-63 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitol. Emiliano Serres stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tabare moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cordon. Loser Capitol dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Tabare will face league's second-placed Miramar in Montevideo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capitol will play at home against Sayago (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 5 Verdirrojo lost to Sayago on the opponent's court 82-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists by Paul Harrison of Sayago.

U Atletica - Stockolmo 85-73

Bottom-ranked Union Atletica managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Stockolmo in Montevideo 85-73. Union Atletica forced 19 Stockolmo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Facundo Alonso (195) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Union Atletica players scored in double figures. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and forward Octavio Medina (195-96) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Union Atletica (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Stockolmo dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. They share it with Marne. Union Atletica will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: G.Semiglia 27+10reb+10ast, F.Alonso 18+9reb+1ast, F.Trusich 12+3reb+1ast, A.Arrillaga 12+4reb, N.Santos 9+2reb, F.Ferro 4+2reb
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 16+17reb, O.Medina 15+8reb+2ast, L.De Leon 12+5reb+2ast, M.Counago 9+1ast, F.Grolla 9+7reb+2ast, G.Cavalli 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548187


25 de Agosto - Cordon 72-75

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked 25 de Agosto (3-2) in Montevideo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by eleventh ranked Cordon (2-2) 75-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of 25 de Agosto. They outrebounded 25 de Agosto 40-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Guard Facundo Medina (190-94) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Nicolas Ibarra (192-82) chipped in 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four 25 de Agosto players scored in double figures. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cordon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tabare. 25 de Agosto at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Auriblanco.
Top scorers:
Cordon: F.Medina 22+7reb+3ast, N.Ibarra 20+3reb+5ast, A.Zuvich 10+12reb+1ast, L.Magnone 7+8reb+3ast, A.Viotti 7+1reb+1ast, A.Amaral 7+5reb+1ast
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 16+5reb+1ast, M.Mayora 14+3reb+2ast, N.Koster 13+3reb+5ast, R.Cardozo 11+9reb+3ast, N.Alvarez 8+3reb+2ast, B.Barrera 5+2ast
gschID: 548186


Tabare - Capitol 74-63

An interesting game took place in Tabare where higher ranked Capitol (2-3) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Tabare (2-2) 74-63 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitol. Forward Emiliano Serres (205-97) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Earl Watson (201-90, college: Rhode Island) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Juan Wenzel (190-89) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tabare moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cordon. Loser Capitol dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Tabare will face league's second-placed Miramar in Montevideo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capitol will play at home against Sayago (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tabare: E.Serres 20+10reb+7ast, G.Rivas 14+3reb+3ast, C.McCann 14+7reb, A.Cabillon 10+4reb+3ast, R.Xavier 6+1ast, J.Couto 5+2reb
Capitol: E.Watson 19+16reb, H.Silva 13+3reb+2ast, J.Wenzel 11+6reb+2ast, J.Andres Galleto 10+2reb+3ast, L.Bosca 3+2ast, R.Pintos 3+2reb
gschID: 548183


Sayago - Verdirrojo 86-82

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Verdirrojo (2-3) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sayago (3-1) 86-82 on Monday. Sayago looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and forward Rodrigo Brause (194-95) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Five Sayago players scored in double figures. Federico Cholaquides responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Sayago have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Verdirrojo keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Sayago will face Capitol (#9) in Montevideo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Verdirrojo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Marne.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 28+14reb+7ast, R.Brause 17+2reb+6ast, E.Gonzalez 14+8reb+1ast, M.Perdomo 12+6reb+3ast, J.Garbarino 11+5reb+4ast, G.Fernandez 2+2reb+6ast
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 21+5reb+3ast, F.Cholaquides 19+6reb+6ast, P.Makanskas 18+11reb, M.Monteverde 9+7reb+1ast, M.Mayora 6+6reb+3ast, S.Massa 5+1reb
gschID: 548188


Auriblanco - Atenas 90-92

Important game to mention about took place in Montevideo. Second ranked Atenas (4-1) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked Auriblanco (2-3) 92-90 on Monday evening. Atenas forced 21 Auriblanco turnovers. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Rodrigo Goncalvez came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Joaquin Jones (202-97) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Auriblanco in the defeat. Four Auriblanco players scored in double figures. Atenas keep a position of league leader, which they share with Miramar. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Atenas will play against Colon (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Cordon.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Danridge 24+6reb+4ast, N.Catala 18+2reb, M.Zubiaurre 17+3reb+4ast, O.Galeano 9+6reb+3ast, F.Pomoli 8+9reb+1ast, M.Pose 6+2reb+3ast
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 20+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 15+7reb+5ast, N.Gentini 12+2reb, C.Colman 11+6reb+4ast, A.Jones 10+4reb+3ast, E.Suarez 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 548185


Colon - Miramar 74-85

The game in Colon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Miramar (4-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Colon (2-3). Miramar defeated Colon 85-74. They outrebounded Colon 48-31 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Miramar players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Colon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Swingman Imanol Asaravicius (193-95) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Facundo Ferreira (192-88) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Federico Della-Mea (187-92) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Colon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miramar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas. Colon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Miramar's next round opponent will be Tabare (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Colon will play against the league's leader Atenas in Montevideo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 33+15reb+1ast, M.Trelles 13+7reb+3ast, I.Asaravicius 12+7reb+5ast, R.Blankson 10+10reb+1ast, M.Nessi 8+4reb+7ast, M.Nicoletti 7+3reb+2ast
Colon: F.Ferreira 17+8reb+4ast, F.Della Mea 15+9reb+2ast, L.Lepiani 12+1reb, L.Pintos 10+9reb, F.Baltasar 8+8ast, T.Brown 6+3reb
gschID: 548184





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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.4 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.0 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Marinos
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Massie, Marinos11.2 
 2. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.7 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.4 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.9 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Silva, Guaiqueries1.6 
 5. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 6. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Marinos
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 2. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 3. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 4. Carrera, Marinos1.1 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


LPB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Guaros and Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Guaros 92-93

Guaros outgunned Cocodrilos on the road to take 3-0 lead in the series. Guaros outrebounded Cocodrilos 47-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Cocodrilos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville, agency: Pro Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 15 rebounds. International center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guaros' coach Guillermo Vecchio used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals and the other American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Cocodrilos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Robinson 21+2reb+3ast, H.Guillent 20+2reb+2ast, G.Echenique 16+8reb+2ast, Z.Graham 10, J.Vargas 9+9reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 9+15reb+3ast
Cocodrilos: Y.Palacios 18+1reb+4ast, M.Sutton 17+9reb, J.Rodriguez 17+7reb+1ast, C.Elliott 16+5reb+7ast, C.Garcia 8+3reb+4ast, N.Palacios 7+1reb
gschID: 548152


Marinos - Guaiqueries 84-80

Marinos held off Guaiqueries to surge ahead in the series. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 18-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Marinos players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guaiqueries were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winning side. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) added 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Guaiqueries in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Marinos: C.Massie 20+16reb+1ast, I.Swann 17+5reb+12ast, J.Herrera 17+7reb+6ast, R.Perez 13+6reb+1ast, R.Roby 9, M.Marriaga 4+9reb
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 26+8reb+8ast, C.Silva 23+6reb+4ast, M.Flores 10+4reb+2ast, F.Centeno 8+3reb+1ast, M.Melvin 7+10reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 5+7reb
gschID: 548151





Vargas comes back to Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Venezuelan international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports). It is actually his comeback to Puerto La Cruz as he has played here before. Vargas played most recently at Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Vargas also played that season for Sluc Nancy in French ProA where in 8 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements Vargas won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
He also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.6apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 88.9%.
Vargas is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Vargas has played previously professionally in Colombia, Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Santeros and Brujos) and Venezuela (Panteras, Miranda, Tiburones and Estudiantes).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A top level point guard, with great leadership, court vision and passing ability. Knows how to change the tempo of the game, can score if needed and is able to take the team on his soulders in topic moments of the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kyle Landry left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). Landry has played there for the last six years. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He played there also last season. Landry also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Landry played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
Landry represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Recap of Superliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Velez S. - Obras Basket 49-65

Obras Basket rolled past Velez on the road to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Obras Basket. Velez S. managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Velez S. to just 6 points in second quarter. Obras Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Velez S.'s 28. Obras Basket forced 20 Velez S. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Belen Echeverria (178-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. International swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91, agency: Players Group) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Amaiquen Siciliano (165-99) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Velez S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Velez S.: M.Rosset 19+8reb+5ast, A.Siciliano 11+5reb, B. Fontana 6+1reb, M.Velasco 5+2reb+1ast, M.Garcia Leon 4+2reb, S.Pavon 3+8reb+1ast
Obras Basket: B.Echeverria 15+4reb, A.Edwards 15+7reb+1ast, S.Aispurua 8+5reb+1ast, S.Castillo 7+6reb+3ast, J.Ale 6+4reb+2ast, I.Casanova 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 548258


Quimsa - Lanus 59-71

Lanus beat Quimsa to surge ahead in the series. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 26-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Debora Gonzalez (170-90, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and international power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Laura Cors allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international center Gisela Vega (188-82, agency: ProDep Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and Spanish forward Maria Royo (178-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: G.Vega 25+15reb+1ast, M.Royo 15+8reb+1ast, I.German 12+6reb+2ast, J.Tell 5+1reb+1ast, N.Rios 2+3reb+1ast, M. Rojas 0
Lanus: D.Gonzalez 21+1reb+4ast, A.Burani 13+10reb+1ast, N.Perez 12+5reb+2ast, F.Llorente 11+6reb+2ast, N.Flores 5+2reb+4ast, U.Nwaigwe 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548261


Hindu - Union Florida 60-66

Union Florida overcame Hindu on the road in the opener. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Union Florida forced 21 Hindu turnovers and had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and international point guard Melisa Gretter (161-93, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Union Florida's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Spanish swingman Irene Gari (185-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: ProDep Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Antoina Robinson (188, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Hindu in the defeat. Four Hindu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hindu: I.Gari 16+18reb+5ast, A.Robinson 13+6reb+2ast, A.Duarte 12+1reb+1ast, M.Barzola 10+4reb+2ast, R.Carosio 6+3reb+5ast, J.Richardson 3+4reb
Union Florida: M.Gretter 22+6reb+3ast, R.Williams 13+18reb+1ast, M.Tudanca 10+6reb+2ast, F.Martinez 7+4reb+3ast, S.Laviero 6+1reb, D.Benvenuto 6+3reb
gschID: 548260


Estrella Berisso - Berazategui 65-70

Berazategui knocked down Estrella Berisso away from home. Estrella Berisso was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Berazategui, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Berazategui outrebounded Estrella Berisso 44-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Spanish point guard Ana Suarez (170-87, agency: ProDep Management) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lyndra Weaver chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Berazategui players scored in double figures. International power forward Ornella Santana (183-90) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Andrea Boquete (183-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Estrella Berisso: O.Santana 19+8reb+2ast, C.Martinez 15, A.Boquete 12+8reb+3ast, M.Sancisi 7+2reb+2ast, C.Cabanez 6+1reb+3ast, A.Gonzalez 4+2reb+1ast
Berazategui: A.Suarez 20+10reb+2ast, A.Leiva 17+6reb+1ast, M.Durso 13+8reb, L.Weaver 11+13reb+2ast, L.Delabarba 7+1reb+4ast, C.Fiorotto 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548259





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La Spezia signs Marina Dzinic - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) signed 25-year old Bosnian international power forward Marina Dzinic (190-92). She has played for the last two seasons at Alpo Basket VillaFranca in the Serie A2. In 26 games she had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3spg last season. Great year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dzinic won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
She has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Dzinic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
She also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg.
Dzinic has played also professionally in Germany (ChemCats Chemnitz), Switzerland (Hope-Geneve) and Bosnia (Jedinstvo, Zeljeznicar, Mladi Krajisnik, Celik and Play Off).

Carispezia La Spezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Templari
Marherita Corradino

Forwards:
Marina Dzinic
Elisabetta Linguaglossa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Saarlouis tab Maaja Bratka - by Eurobasket News

TV Saarlouis Royals (DBBL) inked 25-year old Estonian international power forward Maaja Bratka (190-92, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two years at Pallacanestro Femminile Broni in Italian Serie A1. In 24 games she averaged 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Bratka won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Center of the Year award in 2016.
Bratka has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Bratka also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg.
Bratka has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Riders) and Latvia (FCR Media-Rapla KK and Audentes SG).

TV Saarlouis Royals roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Magaly Meynadier
Shalethia Stringfield

Forward:
Jamailah Adams

Center:
Maaja Bratka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Sonja PETROVIC
  SRB
  (189-F-89)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Petrovic, SRB20.5 
 2. Iagupova, UKR20.3 
 3. Meesseman, BEL19.0 
 4. Babkina, LAT19.0 
 5. Zandalasini, ITA18.7 
 6. Udodenko, UKR17.7 
 7. Maltsi, GRE17.0 
 8. Lyttle, ESP16.7 
 9. Robinson, MNT16.7 
 10. Torrens, ESP16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anete STEINBERGA
  LAT
  (190-C-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Steinberga, LAT14.0 
 2. Robinson, MNT13.7 
 3. Hollingswort., TUR11.3 
 4. Lyttle, ESP10.7 
 5. Udodenko, UKR10.3 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA10.0 
 7. Vadeeva, RUS9.3 
 8. Ruzickova, SVK9.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.3 
 10. Canitez, TUR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.3 
 2. Balintova, SVK6.0 
 3. Maltsi, GRE5.7 
 4. Dumerc, FRA5.3 
 5. Prince, RUS5.0 
 6. Iagupova, UKR5.0 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE4.7 
 8. Nikolopoulou, GRE4.7 
 9. Dotto, ITA4.7 
 10. Alben, TUR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  FRA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 2. Mestdagh, BEL3.0 
 3. Udodenko, UKR2.7 
 4. Carpreaux, BEL2.7 
 5. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 6. Torrens, ESP2.3 
 7. Balintova, SVK2.3 
 8. Maltsi, GRE2.3 
 9. Lyttle, ESP2.3 
 10. Elhotova, CZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ann WAUTERS
  BEL
  (194-C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wauters, BEL3.0 
 2. Vieru, RUS2.0 
 3. Maiga, RUS1.3 
 4. Hanusova, CZE1.3 
 5. Ciak, FRA1.3 
 6. Kaltsidou, GRE1.0 
 7. Pirsic, SLO1.0 
 8. Krnjic, SRB1.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL1.0 
 10. Hatar, HUN1.0 


The End of Preliminary Round in Hradec Kralove and Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Czech Republic - Spain 67-63
Czech Republic wrapped up their tournament's campaign on a winning note. They edged Spain to snap two-game losing skid. Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) delivered 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain eked out a 29:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic however erased the deficit to ensure a 45:44 advantage at the final break. They sank 22 points in the fourth term to snatch victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) delivered 17 points for the hosts. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) responded with 17 points for Spain.

Hungary - Ukraine 72-84
Ukraine secured the second position in Group A. They beat Hungary to secure 2-1 record in the ladder. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) posted 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine grabbed a 47:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 20-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory. Alina Iagupova and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) finished with 17 points each in the win. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) responded with 13 points for Hungary.

Group B
Slovakia - Italy 61-68
Italy finished second in Group B. They edged Slovakia to finish preliminary round at 2-1 record. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) and Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) posted 15 points each to pace the Azzurri. Italy accounted for 33:30 halftime lead. They went on a 22:13 run in the third term to boost the gap at 12-point mark. Slovakia narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not avoid the loss. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points for the winning side. Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Slovakia.

Belarus - Turkey 74-88
Turkey finished the preliminary round undefeated. They raced past Belarus to improve at 3-0 record. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) produced 15 points to lead the winners. Turkey accounted for a 47:37 halftime lead. They held Belarus to just 11 points in the third term to boost the gap at 18-point mark. Belarus sank 26 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Pelin Bilgic tossed in 12 points in the victory. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Belarus.

Group C
France - Greece 70-63
France outgunned Greece to remain unbeaten in Czech Republic. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) delivered 12 points apiece for the winners. Greece grabbed a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. les Bleues responded with a 21:11 run in the second term to ensure a 35:30 halftime lead. Greece sank 22 points in the third term to regain the advantage. However France used a 21:11 run in the final term to ice the victory. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) and Helena Ciak (197-C-89) tossed in 11 points each for France. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 25 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Greece.

Serbia - Slovenia 88-69
Serbia stormed past Slovenia to remain in the title defence race. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: ProDep Management) provided 23 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovenia dropped 30 points in the opening frame to take a 9-point lead. Serbia denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 44:41 halftime lead. Serbian then went on a 26:11 run in the fourth term to finish their opponents off. Nevena Jovanovic, Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) and Maja Skoric (185-SF-89) had 11 points each for the winners. Teja Oblak responded with 22 points for Slovenia.

Group D
Montenegro - Russia 54-78
Russia cruised past Montenegro to finish at 2-1 record in Group D. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) tallied 13 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. Russia grabbed a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 21:5 run in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) provided 11 points each for the winners. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 17 points and 8 boards for Montenegro.

Latvia - Belgium 58-62
Belgium overcame Latvia to clinch Group D top position. Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: ProDep Management) posted 17 points to lead the winning side as they remained undefeated. Belgium accounted for a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Latvia went on a 41:28 run in the next two quarters to pull ahead. But Belgium limited their opponents to just 7 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 16 points and grabbed 9 boards for the winners. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) responded with 14 points and 20 boards for Latvia.




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  FRANCE  


Kristen Mann is a newcomer at Roche - by Eurobasket News

Roche Vendee BC (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American ex-international forward Kristen Mann (185-83, college: UCSB, agency: ProDep Management). She played last season at Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in the LFB. In two Eurocup games she recorded 12.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0bpg. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Mann also played 27 games in LFB where she averaged 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Mann played at TTT Riga in Latvian LSBL.



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  GERMANY  


Saarlouis tab Maaja Bratka - by Eurobasket News

TV Saarlouis Royals (DBBL) inked 25-year old Estonian international power forward Maaja Bratka (190-92, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two years at Pallacanestro Femminile Broni in Italian Serie A1. In 24 games she averaged 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Bratka won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Center of the Year award in 2016.
Bratka has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Bratka also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg.
Bratka has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Riders) and Latvia (FCR Media-Rapla KK and Audentes SG).

TV Saarlouis Royals roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Magaly Meynadier
Shalethia Stringfield

Forward:
Jamailah Adams

Center:
Maaja Bratka

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  ISRAEL  


Shae Kelley (ex Bornova) joins Ramat Hasharon - by Lior Hai

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Shae Kelley (185-91, college: Minnesota). She played last season at Bornova Becker in Turkish TKBL. In three games she had impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 18.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg and 2.3bpg. Kelley also played that season for Hapoel Rishon Le Zion where in 18 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 20.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg and 1.2bpg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in third round (35th overall).
The former University of Minnesota standoutis in her third season in pro basketball.
She was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Kelley's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Kelley has played previously professionally in Poland (Energa Torun), Puerto Rico (Montaneras) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol).

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yael Aharonov
Alex Harden
Yael Galili
Eden Rotberg

Forwards:
Shae Kelley
Lev Tal

Coach: Nimrod Meital

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  ITALY  


La Spezia signs Marina Dzinic - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) signed 25-year old Bosnian international power forward Marina Dzinic (190-92). She has played for the last two seasons at Alpo Basket VillaFranca in the Serie A2. In 26 games she had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3spg last season. Great year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dzinic won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
She has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Dzinic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
She also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg.
Dzinic has played also professionally in Germany (ChemCats Chemnitz), Switzerland (Hope-Geneve) and Bosnia (Jedinstvo, Zeljeznicar, Mladi Krajisnik, Celik and Play Off).

Carispezia La Spezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Templari
Marherita Corradino

Forwards:
Marina Dzinic
Elisabetta Linguaglossa

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Templari is back at La Spezia - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) agreed terms with 28-year old guard Elisa Templari (172-89, agency: LBM Management). It is actually her comeback to La Spezia as she has played here before. Templari played last season at Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari in the Serie A2. In 26 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.2ppg and averaged 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Templari played at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca where in 33 games she had 3.2ppg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Templari was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 2nd Team back in 2013.
She also represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
Templari is a very experienced player.

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  NCAA1  


Tricia Fabbri signs contract extension through 2021-22 season - by Eurobasket News

In Tricia Sacca-Fabbri 's first season as head coach of Quinnipiac women's basketball, her team went 2-23 with just a single conference win. After leading the Bobcats on a historic run to the Sweet 16 this past year, she is intent on continuing her legacy in Hamden. Fabbri signed a five-year contract extension with the university through the 2021-22 season, Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics & Recreation Greg Amodio announced on Monday. 'Basketball is a team sport, so I would be remiss to not publicly thank my coaching staff, players and support staff - all of whom made this past season so SWEET!' Fabbri said in a university press release. The Bobcats finished last season 29-7 with a 17-3 record in MAAC play and another conference championship. Fabbri and the team then earned their first ever NCAA Tournament win by topping Marquette, 68-65, in the first round and made their way to the Sweet 16 by beating No. 4 Miami on its home floor. Quinnipiac then lost to the eventual national champions, South Carolina, in Stockton, California. By season's end, Quinnipiac ranked No. 1 in the College Inside Mid-Major Poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the first national ranking in program history. 'Each person is dedicated to making this program the best it can be - we are family, we are gritty!' Fabbri said. In Fabbri's 22 seasons at Quinnipiac, the Bobcats are 379-276. Over the last five seasons, the team is 136-36 with two undefeated records against MAAC opponents. The Bobcats have been even more menacing in Hamden along that stretch, going 64-7 at Lender Court. 'Coach Fabbri has done a remarkable job in building a program that can compete on a national stage, as it did with last year's run to the Sweet 16,' Amodio said. 'I'm sure I speak for the entire Quinnipiac community when I say that we are thrilled to have her at the helm of our women's basketball team as she continues to serve as an incredible role model for our student-athletes.'
Courtesy of: quchronicle.com



Jeschke Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach at South Dakota - by Eurobasket News

South Dakota women's basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Jeschke to her staff. Jeschke replaces Russ Rose, who accepted an assistant coaching position in his home state of Michigan. 'We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jason and his wife, Courtney, to our USD women's basketball program,' said Plitzuweit. 'Jason has a fantastic basketball mind, has been successful as both an assistant coach and head coach, and most importantly is a great person with a passion for creating positive experiences and caring for student-athletes.' Jeschke comes to South Dakota after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. In that time, the Eagles posted a 58-38 overall record and a 31-24 record in conference play. Jeschke recruited and coached 11 all-conference players and one NAIA All-American at OKWU. His 2015-16 team finished fifth nationally in scoring offense with 83.5 points per game. 'I am so thankful and excited to join Coach Plitzuweit and the USD women's basketball program,' said Jeschke. 'This feels like a dream job at a place that felt like home the first moment my wife and I walked onto campus. I cannot wait to get to work alongside an unbelievable staff at a first-class institution. Go Yotes!' A native of Dallas, Texas, Jeschke graduated from Southwestern College (Kan.) with a bachelor's in sport management in 2009. He stayed on at Southwestern after graduation to serve as an assistant women's basketball coach and sports information director while working towards his MBA, which he completed in 2013. In five years with the Southwestern women's basketball program, the team compiled a 120-39 record with four consecutive trips to the NAIA Tournament. He also served as the head coach of the junior varsity team. Jeschke has served on the NAIA Tournament committee and the NAIA/WBCA All-America committee.
Courtesy of: yankton.com



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  NIGERIA  


Zenith Bank Women League 3rd phase shift to Asaba, As Savannah Conference wins 2017 All-Star Game - by Olusegun Ikuesan

After successfully hosting the Kwese Premier League All Star game in Kano at the weekend, the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF shifts action to Asaba, Delta State for the third Phase of the 13th Zenith Bank Premier League.

Twelve teams from the 18 that participated in the first and second phases in Abuja and Kaduna respectively are expected to arrive Asaba today for the tournament which runs from June 22-27, the NBBF secretariat stated.

While wishing the teams a safe trip to Asaba, the NBBF said that the tournament will be preceded by a technical meeting on Wednesday, stressing that 'attendance at the technical meeting is essential for all teams as the seeding and groupings would be done at this meeting'.

Meanwhile the Savannah Conference All Star team packed by experienced players defeated their Atlantic Conference side composed mostly of young and skilful players 115-106.

In the Slam Dunk contest, Ibe Agu of Gombe Bulls beat the other contestants, Apara Akita of Bauchi Nets won the 3 points shoot-out while the Skills Challenge was won by Kevin Pam of Plateau Peaks. The MVP award went to Kano Pillars forward Abdul Yahaya. Yahaya posted 32 points and 14 rebounds in 30.05 minutes of play.

Patrick Omorodion
NBBF Media Adviser



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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenia loss to Serbia, falls to advance - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia suffered a 69-88 defeat against reigning champion Serbia at the 2017 European Championship and finished fourth in Group C and didn't qualify further. Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) scored 22 points, Nika Baric (169-PG-92) 18 and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) 10.
Slovenia took their first lead of the contest at 14-11 after a 3-pointer by Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and later Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) closed out the 17-3 run with a jumper to extend the advantage to 21-12. Slovenia led by 30-21 after the first quarter and shot 12-of-19 from the field including 4-of-6 behind the 3-point arc. Serbia used a 13-2 second quarter run to turn an eight-point deficit into a 39-34 lead with less than three minutes remaining the first half. Slovenia cut the deficit to one, 41-42, and were down by three at the halftime break.
Serbia opened the second half with a back-to-back 3-pointers by Tamara Radocaj and Jelena Milovanic and later Sasa Cadjo added another three-pointer for a 56-44 lead. Slovenia responded with a 10-2 run to cut the deficit below five points, which was enough to advance. Serbia used a 6-0 fourth quarter opening run to go ahead 68-58. A 3-pointers by Tamara Radocaj and Maja Skoric plus a fast break by Nevena Jovanovic gave Serbia a 78-63 lead with 3:41 into the game.

2017 European Championship - Group C, Round3 (19/06)
Slovenia-Serbia 69-88 (30-21, 11-23, 17-18, 11-26)
Slovenia: *Oblak 22, Zdolsek, *Erkic 10, Prezelj 2, Abramovic, *Baric 18, Jakovina 2, Pirsic DNP, *Lisec 7, Trebec, *Evans 8, Ocvirk. Coach: Grgic.
Serbia: Radocaj 7, *Petrovic 23, Cadjo 3, *Krnjic 2, *N.Jovanovic 11, *Milovanovic 11, Mandic DNP, Crvendakic 7, Skoric 11, Stankovic 2, T.Jovanovic 7, *Dabovic 4. Coach: Karadzic.



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  SPAIN  


Bejarano re-signs at Adareva - by Eurobasket News

CD Adareva (LF2) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old power forward Laura Bejarano (180-82). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 16 LF2 games she had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Bejarano has spent her entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Alvargomez Guadalajara, Aguere, Socinsa Bembibre, Aros Leon, Tenerife and C.Adelantados.
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Adareva.

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Araski keeps Molinuevo for another season - by Eurobasket News

ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia (LFB) re-signed 21-year old guard Cristina Molinuevo (179-G-96). She has played there for the last four seasons. But in 8 LFB games she recorded just 0.5ppg last season. Molinuevo helped them to make it to the semifinals.
She won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2016.
Molinuevo represented Spain at the European Championships U16 in Miskolc (Hungary) five years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.

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Estudiantes add Velasco to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid (LF2) added to their roster 27-year old point guard Laura Velasco (172-90). She played last season at Araski (LFB). LFB was a little too high level for her, where in 30 games she recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Velasco helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Distrito Olimpico (also in LFB). In 26 games she averaged 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg.
Velasco won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2015.
She has played previously for three other teams: Real Canoe, Alcobendas and Sarria.

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Velasco
Alejandra Quirante

Forwards:
Irene San_Roman
Clara Rodriguez
Paula Ginzo

Center:
Mariana Gonzalez

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Alcobendas land Lucia Togores - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) tabbed 21-year old shooting guard Lucia Togores (176-96, agency: ProDep Management) from Rivas Promete. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 11.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Togores played at Grupo EM Leganes where in 29 LF2 games she had 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg.
Togores played in the final of Spanish LF2 in 2015.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Togores' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.7ppg.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paula Palomares
Lucia Togores

Forward:
Sheila Mangada

Center:
Aitana Cuevas

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  SWEDEN  


AIK Basket keeps Bittar for another season - by Eurobasket News

AIK Basket Solna (BasketEttan) re-signed 19-year old point guard Crystel Bittar (170-98). She has played there for the last two seasons.
She represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) last year. Bittar's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg.

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  TURKEY  


Shae Kelley (ex Bornova) joins Ramat Hasharon - by Lior Hai

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Shae Kelley (185-91, college: Minnesota). She played last season at Bornova Becker in Turkish TKBL. In three games she had impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 18.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg and 2.3bpg. Kelley also played that season for Hapoel Rishon Le Zion where in 18 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 20.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg and 1.2bpg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in third round (35th overall).
The former University of Minnesota standoutis in her third season in pro basketball.
She was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Kelley's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Kelley has played previously professionally in Poland (Energa Torun), Puerto Rico (Montaneras) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol).

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yael Aharonov
Alex Harden
Yael Galili
Eden Rotberg

Forwards:
Shae Kelley
Lev Tal

Coach: Nimrod Meital

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Kenrick Liburd returns to BA sidelines with WBBL squad - by Eurobasket News

Kenrick Liburd will be returning to Barking Abbey to assist Mark Clark with the WBBL squad for the 2017-18 season. Liburd, a former student at BA and an assistant to Clark from 2014-16, departed last season to take on a Head Coach position with Oaklands Wolves in their inaugural season in the WBBL. 'I'm thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Oaklands, to have had the experience of leading them into the WBBL,' Liburd reflected on his season with them. 'I enjoyed my last year and learnt a great deal about myself and the league. I wish them well moving forward and am excited about the future of their young talent.' And on his return to BA, he commented: 'I am delighted to be back working with Barking Abbey and Mark Clark again. We had competitive success last time around, culminating in a Trophy final appearance, so it will be good to see where we can take it this season. We have a good working relationship and a mutual respect for each other on and off the court. 'I believe I can really add value to the programme, working with a professional coaching staff that will also push me to become a better coach while utilising my abilities.' Liburd also becomes another member of the Barking Abbey coaching staff with National Team experience, currently assisting with the Great Britain Under-16 Women, along with heading up the East Region Performance Centre for the Under-15 and Under-13 girls. He graduated from BA in 1998, and has spent the majority of his coaching career in the US, most recently heading up the Tennessee Temple women's basketball programme for five years from 2009-2014. Mark Clark added: 'It's great to welcome Kenrick back to Barking. I thought he did a great job last year as Head Coach at Oaklands. I'm pleased that he feels he can have an impact with us in the WBBL and develop the players within the academy. His return builds on the quality coaches we have.'
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com