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  3X3  



Defending champion Serbia maintains forward push at 3x3 World Cup - by Eurobasket News

DEFENDING champion Serbia led early quarterfinalists at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup yesterday as it swept its day assignments and maintained an unblemished record at the end of its preliminary schedule. The Serbians, towed by top player Dusan Domovic-Bulut (190-PG-85) and teammate Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88), defeated Andorra, 22-13, in the their first game on Day 3 of the tournament before getting the better of Puerto Rico, 21-14, later in their second game. The twin victories afforded the defending champion, with a 4-0 record, the top spot in Pool A and assured themselves a spot in the next round as well as kept it on track of defending its title. Also securing a spot in the quarters from Pool A was Russia, which wound up with a 3-1 record, edging Puerto Rico (2-2) for the final spot from their pool. In the FIBA 3x3 World Cup, tournament format calls for the top two teams in each of the four pools advancing to the quarterfinals. Joining Serbia and Russia in the quarterfinals were the Netherlands and United States, which emerged as the top two from Pool D. The Dutch team finished with a 4-0 record after beating Indonesia, 21-11 and New Zealand, 20-13, yesterday while the Americans had a 3-1 card at the end of their preliminary assignments. Serbia, Russia, the Netherlands and United States now await the top two teams from Pools B and C to complete last eight cast. The Philippines, bannered by collegiate standouts Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94), US collegiate campaigner Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) and Philippine Basketball Association veteran JR Quinahan (198-C-84) and backed by Chooks-to-Go, is currently at third place in Pool B with a 1-1 record and needs to sweep its game assignments on Day 4 early today against Slovenia (2-0) and El Salvador (0-2) to at least get a good shot at advancing.
Courtesy of: bworldonline.com



Staples, Miller, Lipek and Southerland qualify for FIBA 3x3 World Cup Dunk Contest Final - by Eurobasket News

Professional dunkers Chris Staples (191-F-86), Jordan Southerland (USA), Rafal 'Lipek' Lipinski (Poland) and Vadim Poddubchenko (195-F-93) (Ukraine) earned their ticket to the final of the dunk contest at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017, in Nantes, France on June 19. The super athletic Staples brought the French crowd on its feet with the only perfect 30 of the dunk contest qualifier after going 360 between the legs over 2 people. He scored a total of 57 points. The winners of the last five editions of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Dunk Contest Lipek and Miller followed with 56 and 54 points respectively. Jordan Southerland also qualified with 54 points. Kobe Paras (Philippines) - the only 3x3 player who challenged the professional dunkers - fell short with 50 points. The reigning World Champion Dmitry 'Smoove' Krivenko was also eliminated after the injured Ukrainian tallied just 44 points in 2 dunks. The final will take place at 8.30pm local time (GMT+2) on Wednesday June 21.
Courtesy of: fiba.com




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  ABA LEAGUE  


Pavic re-signs at Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 24-year old FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93). He played there last season. Pavic managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 ABA League games he had 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he recorded 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3spg. Pavic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg. The other team Pavic played shortly was Feni Industries in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In only one game he got impressive 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. He also played 5 games in Balkan League where he got 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Pavic represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 13.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 74.1%.
Pavic has played also professionally in Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Bulgaria and Montenegro (Sutjeska and Bonus).

KK Mornar Basket Bar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Vranjes
Marko Mugosa

Centers:
Radoje Vujosevic
Vukota Pavic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mornar Bar keeps Vujosevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) re-signed 28-year old ex-international center Radoje Vujosevic (210-94kg-89, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last three seasons. Vujosevic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 25 ABA League games he recorded 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He also played 7 games in Erste Liga where he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg. Vujosevic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. And finally he contributed to 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 3.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vujosevic received Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award in 2014 and 2015.
He also represented Montenegro 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.
Vujosevic has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost, KK Mornar Bar II and Sutjeska) and FYR Macedonia (Kumanovo).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mornar Bar keeps Mugosa for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) re-signed 24-year old international shooting guard Marko Mugosa (200-93, agency: BeoExcell). He played there last season. Mugosa managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 ABA League games he averaged 5.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he had 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Mugosa helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. And finally he contributed to 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.2ppg and 1.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Mugosa played at Sutjeska. But in 12 ABA League games he got just 1.2ppg.
He has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Mugosa played for Montenegrin senior team this year and previously for U21 National Team back in 2012.
He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 54.5%.
Mugosa has played previously for five other teams: Gorstak, Buducnost, Buducnost II Podgorica, KK Podgorica and KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spaleta left Zadar - by Eurobasket News

22-year old power forward Mario Spaleta (210-95) left KK Zadar (A1). Spaleta has played there for the last five years. In 9 A1 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Spaleta played there also last season. He also played 7 games in ABA League where he averaged just 1.4ppg.
Spaleta played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016.
He was a member of Croatian U20 National Team two years ago.
Spaleta has played previously for Jazine.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

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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  APBL  


Manhattan Pride: 2016-17 Season Recap & 2017-18 Outlook - by Mike Lee

The Manhattan Pride finished a disappointing 2016-17 APBL season, seeded 8th in the APBL and with a loss in a play-in playoff game versus the NYC Black Eagles.

"This season was honestly a season I truly want to forget. We made great strides the previous season but then took numerous steps back this past season," said William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic). The previous season the Pride were seeded 4th in the APBL.

"Disappointing, but successful. We played competitively and were in positions to win a lot of games heading into the final minutes of most games, but couldn't finish like we needed to pick up those wins. We had a very competitive roster with a lot of versatility," explained Seon Jack (6'1''-G).

"I was proud of how we came out strong by winning our first two games," Idris Agbaje (6'5''-F) reflected. "It was one of the best starts to a season we've had as a franchise."

For Jack, closing teams out was just one of the many problems the team faced this season.

"Closing games and limiting our amount of ball turnovers as well as limiting opponents' offensive rebounds," said Jack.

One of the most glaring statistics against the Pride this season was free throw attempts. The team finished the season dead last in free throw attempts.

"The season ended more than a few weeks ago for us (the league championship game happened on May 13th) and the Pride are already having practices with a full roster of eager players wanting to set their mark starting with the APBL summer league," said Modeste.

With key players moving on to other teams, the Pride plans on completely changing their style of play and becoming a smaller and faster team. The team's biggest weakness last season was guard play and team chemistry. They hope to fix that by the time the new season begins in October.

"We are having weekly practices and gaining a good sense of what we need to do and how to play as a team," Modeste said. "The main goal is to implement a system where we can all be factors and play as a team and not individuals."

"We need to improve our defensive intensity - boxing out, rebounding, limiting second chance opportunities," said Agbaje.

"We need to try to implement a new style of play and build chemistry with the group of athletes that we are likely to be starting the season off with, as well as find potential players that can help us improve on our weaknesses," said Jack.

Agbaje adds, "One of our goals is to continue to build our team in order to compete within the APBL. We will use the summer league to build chemistry with the new players as well as with the returning players."

The Pride are currently 1-1 in the APBL summer league. They have a solid group of players that are eager to put their stamp on the team. Once the summer league is over, the Pride's offseason begins with only a few short months to prepare for the 2017-18 APBL season.

"This offseason will be one of our most uncertain and most important offseasons in team history because we will be trying to move away from the system that gave us our most success and implement a new style of play. As a result, how we prepare for games from the front office to the players will be different and the goal is to have everyone ready for the start of next season," Jack explained.

The biggest goal for the Pride is to rebuild a winning culture starting now.

"To have a team ready and in-sync to compete from the first game of the season is the goal," Seon expressed. "We will like to be in the top-4 rankings heading into the playoffs and have a deep run into the playoffs."

"We need to regain that edge we used to have, instill that with this new crop of talented players, and set our mark starting with the summer league," Modeste said. "I believe with the right mental focus and proper execution, we can make some things happen."



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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.17.3 
 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.5.5 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs4.3 
 10. Solano, Echague4.3 
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. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
 10. Whelan, Instituto1.4 
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 


LigaA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for San Lorenzo and San Martin - by Eurobasket News

San Lorenzo - Quilmes MP 78-65

San Lorenzo held off Quilmes MP to take the lead in the semifinal series. San Lorenzo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 22. They outrebounded Quilmes MP 40-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Eric Flor (186-93) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 19+6reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 16+5reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 10+6reb, C.Matias Sandes 9+8reb+1ast, M.Calfani 8+4reb+1ast, M.Mata 7+5reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 20+6reb+4ast, E.Flor 17+5reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 10+6reb+2ast, A.Eslava 6, I.Clark 6+6reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548170


San Martin C. - Regatas C. 82-68

San Martin Corrientes overcame Regatas to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Regatas Corrientes managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) fired 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) chipped in 14 points. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 19 points and the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Pablo Cantero 16+1reb+5ast, L.Mainoldi 14+4reb+1ast, R.Garcia 13+1reb+2ast, M.Lescano 11+4reb+1ast, J.Wood 9+5reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 8+1reb
Regatas C.: D.Sims 19+3reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 16+3reb+4ast, F.Martina 10+5reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 9+10reb+1ast, C.Troutman 7+4reb, S.Vidal 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 548169





Johnson re-signs at GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall). He was a team leader there last season. In 12 LigaA games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. Johnson also played that season for U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB where in 27 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. He also spent pre-season at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada that year. Great season indeed as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team, Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team and to the Uruguay LUB All-Star Game.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland, Peru (Regatas), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Sionista, 9 de Julio and San Lorenzo), Uruguay (Stockolmo) and PBL (W.Virginia M.).
Johnson attended Marshall University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CAN Oruro tabs Patricio Rodriguez, ex Lanus - by Francisco Vega

CAN Oruro (Libobasquet) inked 33-year old Argentinian-Italian swingman Patricio Rodriguez (193-84). He has played for the last two years at Lanus in Argentinian league.
The previous (15-16) season Rodriguez played also at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league where in 45 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Argentinian TNA North Regular Season in 2013. Rodriguez received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team in 2003.
Rodriguez has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rodriguez has played previously professionally also in Italy (Scafati, Roseto and Sutor Montegranaro) and Argentina (Obras Basket, Boca Juniors, Ben Hur, Ciclista and Sionista).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  AUSTRALIA  


Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes declines player option, becomes free agent - by Eurobasket News

Detroit backup center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) is declining his player option for next season and becoming a free agent. Stan Van Gundy , the Pistons' coach and team president, confirmed the move Tuesday. The 30-year-old Baynes averaged 4.9 points in 75 games last season and has been a capable backup to Detroit star Andre Drummond over the past two years. Baynes has had to play crucial minutes at times, when Drummond was limited late in games because of his poor foul shooting. Detroit also has 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic, who can play a bigger role backing up Drummond if the Pistons lose Baynes. Marjanovic appeared in 35 games last season.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  AUSTRIA  


Klosterneuburg welcomes back Bauer - by Eurobasket News

BK Klosterneuburg Dukes (A Bundesliga) landed 23-year old Austrian point guard Valentine Bauer (183-79kg-94). It is actually his comeback to Dukes as he has played here before. Bauer just graduated from Mars Hill (NCAA2). He has played there for the last three years. Bauer also played 21 games where he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.3apg last season.
As mentioned above Bauer is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Austrian Cup in 2013. Bauer received also CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District 3 1st Team award in 2016.
He represented Austria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 68.4%.

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Kymis tab Jamari Traylor, ex Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

GS Kymis (A1) inked 25-year old American forward Jamari Traylor (203-100kg-92, college: Kansas). He played most recently at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 40 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.5bpg last season. Traylor helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Austrian League All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Traylor also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg.
Traylor has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2013 and 2016.
Traylor represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg.
Traylor has played also professionally in .
He attended University of Kansas until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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CB Canarias hire coach Markovic - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) hired 49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic. He coached last season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor (also in BSL).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2013.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

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  BELGIUM  


Oostende lands Chase Fieler, ex Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) tabbed 25-year old American forward Chase Fieler (203-93kg-92, college: FGCU). He has played for the last two years at Donar Groningen in Dutch Eredivisie. Fieler managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 35 Eredivisie games he averaged 15.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Fieler also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. And finally Fieler contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Fieler has played also professionally in Spain (Ourense).
He attended Florida Gulf Coast University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Dusan Djordjevic

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot

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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.

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Osvaldas Matulionis (ex Obradoiro) is a newcomer at Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-100kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Matulionis played at Leche Rio Breogan (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015. Matulionis received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Matulionis' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.7ppg.
Matulionis has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Siauliai).

Basic-Fit Brussels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guy Muya
Domien Loubry
Augustas Peciukevicius
Maxime Depuydt
Niels Foerts

Forwards:
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Osvaldas Matulionis
Jeremy Simmons

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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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CAN Oruro tabs Patricio Rodriguez, ex Lanus - by Francisco Vega

CAN Oruro (Libobasquet) inked 33-year old Argentinian-Italian swingman Patricio Rodriguez (193-84). He has played for the last two years at Lanus in Argentinian league.
The previous (15-16) season Rodriguez played also at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league where in 45 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Argentinian TNA North Regular Season in 2013. Rodriguez received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team in 2003.
Rodriguez has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rodriguez has played previously professionally also in Italy (Scafati, Roseto and Sutor Montegranaro) and Argentina (Obras Basket, Boca Juniors, Ben Hur, Ciclista and Sionista).

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CB Canarias add coach Markovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) hired 49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic. He coached last season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor (also in BSL).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team (as & arrNT2(10,4) & ) back in 2013.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

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CB Canarias hire coach Markovic - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) hired 49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic. He coached last season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor (also in BSL).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2013.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

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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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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
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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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York names Philippe head coach of Lions men's basketball program - by Eurobasket News

York University Athletics & Recreation announced on Monday that Nate Philippe has been named the head coach of the Lions men's basketball program. Philippe, a Toronto native, returns home to coach the Lions and comes to York with nearly 10 years of experience as a varsity coach, including two as a head coach in U SPORTS with the UQAM Citadins. He also has five years of experience in NCAA Division I basketball and spent one year as an assistant coach with the Lions in 2009-10. "I firmly believe that in Nate we have found someone who exemplifies what our program is aspiring to be; a program of excellence firmly rooted in principled leadership and the development of the very best student-athletes," said Jennifer Myers, executive director of York Athletics & Recreation. "His long tenure of success is critical as we look to revitalize our men's basketball program and transition into a new chapter. I am thrilled to welcome Nate and his family to the Pride and look forward to building a legacy together." In his two seasons with the Citadins, Philippe engineered a tremendous program turnaround, taking a last-place team to the RSEQ championship game in his first season and leading them back to the title game the following year. Under his guidance from 2015-17, the Citadins won 29 more games than they had in the two years prior to his arrival, had their first conference player of the year recipient and U SPORTS all-Canadian in Kewyn Blain and won the gold medal at the first ever FISU World University 3x3 Championships in Xiamen, China, in 2015. Philippe went to UQAM after two seasons as an assistant coach at American University (2013-15), helping the Eagles win an improbable Patriot League tournament championship in 2014 that secured them a berth in the NCAA tournament, and a return to the championship game in 2015. Prior to that he was an assistant with the University of Maine for two seasons and the University of North Dakota for one, winning the Great West Conference championship with the Fighting Hawks in 2011. "York has a men's basketball program with immense potential and one that has a great fit for my coaching philosophy and vision," said Philippe. "The university has grown leaps and bounds since I was an assistant here and the transformation is incredible. I'm happy to be back in the GTA, one of the hotbeds of basketball talent and culture in Canada, and I feel this is a place where I can be successful. I am looking to put down roots for a long time and build a legacy here and I am really excited to establish a program that can compete nationally." Philippe's coaching career began in Toronto in 2008, when he served as the head coach of the senior boys' team at West Hill Collegiate Institute and Grassroots Canada Elite AAU, as well as an assistant coach at Centennial College. He was then the associate head coach at the Regional Elite Development Academy (REDA) in its founding year. As a player he spent four seasons in the AUS with UPEI and Saint Mary's, leading the Huskies to a pair of appearances in the conference championship game and the CIS national tournament. He graduated from Saint Mary's in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business studies and went on to a five-year career as a real estate agent before beginning coaching. Philippe begins his new role with the Lions immediately and will make his debut on the sidelines this fall when OUA men's basketball action returns to the court in November.
Courtesy of: yorkulions.ca



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Sol Blazers win back-to-back titles - by Eurobasket News

Sol Blazers celebrated defeated Peachwave (Silver Bullets) 87-77 in a deciding third game of the Men's Division 1 finals to be crowned 2017 Cayman Islands Basketball Association champions Sunday night (11 June). After a pair of games decided by three points each, the rubber match was bound to be a high-intensity affair and the players on both teams brought it. Blazers opened with purpose with Adam Milburn (13 points) finding range early. The defending champs held a five-point edge with the score 25-20 at the end of the first quarter. Blazers stretched the advantage to double digits with 8:30 left in the first half and led 55-43 after two quarters. Peachwave hung around with Jake Whittaker (16 points) coming up with some big buckets down the stretch. Davion Cotterell (11 points), although he did not have the offensive firepower like he did earlier in the series, was also big on both ends of the floor to keep his team in the game. Blazers though were superior on the day and held of the challenge. Nikolai Marquis and Milburn iced the game at the stripe when Peachwave fouled intentionally within the final minute. Strong defensive hustle saw anaemic scoring in the fourth with both teams combining for 22 points in the final frame. The O'Garro brothers, Shaad and Samuel, despite the tough defence, were able to fill the box score. Samuel had a game-high 29 points along with 12 rebounds and four assists. 'It was tough. Davion Cotterell played a hell of a game and Jake [Whittaker] gave them some buckets. It was tough defending but we got through it,' said Shaad O'Garro (199-F/G-90, college: Le Moyne-Owen),, who was named the finals MVP. He finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in the final game. His finals averages were: 23 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 7 apg, 4.3 bpg. After going down 1-0 in the series Shaad O'Garro said they used their experience to pull through and repeat as champions. 'It's a great feeling. Not many people get to do that, so I appreciate it,' he told CaymanSportsBuzz.com. Though the brothers put up big number throughout the series, the MVP said the credit goes to the entire team. 'People think that the bench guys are just guys to sub in and give energy all the time but they play a big role because without them, there wouldn't be a team. They play a big role in all of this,' he said.
Courtesy of: caymansportsbuzz.com



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  CHILE  


Libcentro Pro Round 8: Stadio Italiano edges Puente Alto by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Libcentro Pro took place in Puente Alto. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Puente Alto (6-2) to seventh ranked Stadio Italiano (2-5) 58-56 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Puente Alto. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stadio Italiano forced 21 Puente Alto turnovers. The best player for the winners was N Alba who scored 6 points and 19 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stadio Italiano maintains seventh position with 2-5 record. Puente Alto at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Stadio Italiano's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago Sergio Ceppi.
Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-73 loss to second ranked Sportiva Italiana (7-1) in Santiago. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Camilo Culun (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Gaspar Hernandez contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Elias Donoso (-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sportiva Italiana have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Sportiva Italiana will play against Arturo Prat (#4) in San Felipe in the next round. Sergio Ceppi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Stadio Italiano.
The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Brisas (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Arturo Prat (4-4). Arturo Prat managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Felipe Ortega who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ruben Molina responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arturo Prat moved-up to fourth place. Brisas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Arturo Prat will meet league's leader Sportiva Italiana in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brisas will play against Aleman (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Puente Alto - Stadio Italiano 56-58

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Libcentro Pro took place in Puente Alto. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Puente Alto (6-2) to seventh ranked Stadio Italiano (2-5) 58-56 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Puente Alto. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stadio Italiano forced 21 Puente Alto turnovers. The best player for the winners was N Alba who scored 6 points and 19 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sebastian Silva (187-91) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stadio Italiano maintains seventh position with 2-5 record. Puente Alto at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Stadio Italiano's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago Sergio Ceppi.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: G.Vukasovic 13+3reb, J.Ulloa 11+3reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 11+2reb+4ast, N.Alba 6+19reb+2ast, M.Avello 6+2reb+1ast, P.Simonetti 5+5reb+1ast
Puente Alto: D.Valenzuela 16+6reb, F.Pena 8+4reb+2ast, S.Silva 8+9reb, M.Sepulveda 7+5reb+2ast, L.Cifuentes 6+7reb, J.Ignacio Collao 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 544570


Sergio Ceppi - Sportiva Italiana 73-94

Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-73 loss to second ranked Sportiva Italiana (7-1) in Santiago. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Sportiva Italiana forced 20 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Sergio Ceppi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Camilo Culun (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Gaspar Hernandez (-99) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Sportiva Italiana players scored in double figures. Elias Donoso (-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Angelo Olivares (185-82) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Sergio Ceppi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sportiva Italiana have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Sportiva Italiana will play against Arturo Prat (#4) in San Felipe in the next round. Sergio Ceppi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Stadio Italiano.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: G.Hernandez 19+3reb+6ast, J.Garcia 13+3ast, M.Lubiano 11+5reb+1ast, C.Culun 11+14reb+3ast, D.Castillo 11+4reb+1ast, G.Sanino 11+4reb+3ast
Sergio Ceppi: E.Donoso 22+10reb+3ast, A.Olivares 19+13reb+3ast, C.Silva 11+6reb+5ast, J.Parra 6+2reb+1ast, F.Latorre 5+3reb+5ast, R.Gatica 4+2reb
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Arturo Prat - Brisas 80-73

The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Brisas (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Arturo Prat (4-4). Arturo Prat managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. Arturo Prat outrebounded Brisas 46-31 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Felipe Ortega (-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) who added 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Arturo Prat players scored in double figures. Forward Ruben Molina (192-88) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arturo Prat moved-up to fourth place. Brisas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Arturo Prat will meet league's leader Sportiva Italiana in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brisas will play against Aleman (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: F.Ortega 23+11reb+1ast, P.Andrade 22+7reb+3ast, M.Santander 13+6reb+1ast, E.Valdebenito 11+7reb+1ast, R.Galvez 9+9reb, E.Garrido 2+1reb
Brisas: R.Molina 25+6reb+1ast, F.Oyarzun 17+3reb+3ast, A.Jara 11+3reb+2ast, C.Ramirez 5+3reb+1ast, S.Fuentes 5+8reb+1ast, M.Vasquez 3
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  CHINA  


Guandong Tigers add Jackson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) added to their roster 28-year old French shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Jackson played at Unicaja Malaga (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Jackson also played 24 games in Euroleague where he had 8.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg.
Jackson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team won French Cup in 2008.
Jackson was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Jackson also represented France at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg.
Jackson has played also professionally in Italy and France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, CFBB, JSF Nanterre and SPO Rouen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 Break23.9 
 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. Carraway, Cimar.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.2 
 3. Perez, Academia10.7 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 5. Romero, Piratas10.0 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.9 
 7. Almanza, Condores8.9 
 8. Coombs, Sabios7.6 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break7.5 
 10. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Murray, Academia6.4 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.9 
 5. Granados, Academia4.5 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.2 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones3.9 
 9. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.5 
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, Academia2.1 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 7. Blandon, Sabios1.7 
 8. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
 10. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perez, Academia2.0 
 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 



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  COSTA RICA  


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 ARBA'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 ARBA beat Barva 61-60 (#2, 8-2). This victory allowed ARBA to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team continues to dominate the league. Wiggins is a newcomer at ARBA, 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 Barva. Mack scored 21 points (!!!). He was a key player of Barva, he came just one point shy to a 60-61 loss against the top-ranked ARBA (#1, 11-0). 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 Barva - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Amaurys Ripool (196-F-86) of ARBA - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Liberia - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Reyner Little (185-SF-82) of 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 Perez Zeledon - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. George Letford (185-G/F-91) of 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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Spaleta left Zadar - by Eurobasket News

22-year old power forward Mario Spaleta (210-95) left KK Zadar (A1). Spaleta has played there for the last five years. In 9 A1 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Spaleta played there also last season. He also played 7 games in ABA League where he averaged just 1.4ppg.
Spaleta played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016.
He was a member of Croatian U20 National Team two years ago.
Spaleta has played previously for Jazine.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Vladimir Anzulovic re-signs at GKK Sibenik - by Eurobasket News

GKK Sibenik (A1) re-signed 39-year old coach Vladimir Anzulovic (agency: XL Basketball Agency). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Anzulovic coached at Krka (Telemach League) in Slovenia. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final.
Anzulovic is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo and Poland.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CYPRUS  


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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  D-LEAGUE  


Forget the D, it's officially now NBA G League - by Eurobasket News

It became official Tuesday - the NBA Development League, commonly known as the D-League, is now the NBA Gatorade League. The move followed an announcement in February that the league had signed a multi-year corporate sponsorship deal with Gatorade. It marked the first time a U.S. professional sports league named an entitlement partner. The Detroit Pistons' affiliate in the G League is the Grand Rapids Drive. Along with the official move, the G League debuted its new website, an updated NBA G League app, a slate of updated social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, and a new official handle (@nbagleague) and hashtag (#NBAGLeague). Merchandise is now available at NBAGLeagueStore.com. Gatorade, founding partner of the league dating back to the 2001-02 season, will continue to present the league's Gatorade Call-Up platform. Since 2001, nearly 500 players have gone from the G League to the NBA.
Courtesy of: mlive.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.8 
 2. Guzman, Soles SD21.6 
 3. Gilder, Caneros LR21.2 
 4. Santana, Titanes .20.9 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.9 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.19.2 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM19.2 
 8. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD18.0 
 10. Gaines, Metros S.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. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 4. Santana, Titanes .9.0 
 5. Rhett, Leones SD8.7 
 6. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 7. Shannon, Indios S.8.2 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM8.1 
 9. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.8 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM5.2 
 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. Maye, Reales LV3.8 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
 10. Dicent, Metros S.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM2.1 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.1.9 
 4. Fortuna, Titanes .1.9 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 7. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 8. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV1.5 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 5. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.8 


Juan Miguel Suero claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Indios SFM and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 23-year old shooting guard got a double-double of 22 points and ten assists, while his team edged out Soles SD (#8, 2-7) 98-95. Indios SFM maintains the 2nd position in Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Indios SFM will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Suero had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Indios SFM, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Suero has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.6ppg and is league's best passer with 5.4apg. Suero is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV. Bailey impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Reales LV cruised to a 91-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Leones SD (#3, 6-4). Reales LV's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Bailey is one of the most experienced players at Reales LV and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#4). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD (#3). Miller got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. Despite Miller's great performance Leones SD lost 84-91 to the lower-ranked Reales LV (#7, 3-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Leones SD needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Miller has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 61.3% and 3PT: 40.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ramon Ruiz (188-G-83) of Soles SD - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 23 points and 12 rebounds
8. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Carl Hall (202-F-89) of Soles SD - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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)



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





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San Marcos claim Liga Superior title - by Eurobasket News

Izalco - San Marcos 68-80

San Marcos outgunned Izalco to sweep the Liga Superior championship series. San Marcos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Izalco's 30. The best player for the winners was Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Leonardo Gomez chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Gustavo Galdamez (190-96) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Izalco's coach rotated thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 24+13reb+5ast, J.Crespin 12+4reb, G.Galdamez 11+7reb, M.Padilla 6+4reb+1ast, S.Leon 6+2reb+3ast, H.Vigil 3+1reb+1ast
San Marcos: L.Gomez 23+2reb+2ast, B.Lopez 19+18reb+3ast, M.Martinez 11+6reb+1ast, F.Escobar 9+8reb+2ast, R.Martinez 8+6reb, R.Diaz 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 548301





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Vargas re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old German international guard Akeem Vargas (192-90kg-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Vargas has played there for the last four seasons. In 36 BBL games he had just 2.8ppg and 1.3apg last season. Vargas helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also played 11 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vargas' team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Domestic Player of the Year back in 2013.
Vargas has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Vargas represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Vargas has played previously for four other teams: BG Goettingen, Walter Tigers, Ehingen/Urspringschule and Urspring.
He attended Iowa Lakes Community College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolai Simon
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou

Forward:
Niels Giffey

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

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Unicaja re-sign Carlos Suarez - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) re-signed 31-year old former international forward Carlos Suarez (203-108kg-86, agency: Court Side). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 38 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg last season. Suarez helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he had 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Suarez's team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010 and 2011.
Suarez was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2004.
Suarez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) eleven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 83.9%.
Suarez has played previously for two other teams: Real Madrid and Movil Estudiantes.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very promising forward, who outstood at the 2004 Junior EC, where he showed great skills at the two sides of the court. Has very good scoring (and slashing) ability, but the scouts like much more his defensive and rebounding skills, very rare for a player at his age. If we add a winning mentality and a clutch-shooting ability, you can understand how great is his upside.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nemanja Nedovic

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Jeffrey Brooks

Center:
Daniel Diez

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Coach Jesus Vidorreta agreed terms with Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) will be led by experienced 51-year old coach Jesus Vidorreta (agency: BeoBasket) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Coach of the Year. Vidorreta won Basketball League championship title.
He has coached previously three other teams: Movil Estudiantes, Cornella and La Palma.

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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).

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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

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Anadolu Efes keep Derrick Brown - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 30-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-103kg-87, college: Xavier). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 BSL games he averaged 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.9apg last season. Brown helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). Brown attended Xavier University and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. Brown received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year award in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Russia (Lokomotiv) and NBA (New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets).
Brown's game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
At a lanky 6-8, he has great size for the SF position Has transferred his game effectively to the perimeter Very explosive leaper A southpaw, which gives him an unorthodox offensive game Smooth release on his jumpshot; he has improved his accuracy and consistency drastically Has extremely long strides that allow him to cover space with his first step as well as with his spin moves.
A bit passive, does not look to take over and defers to teammates far too often His first step is limited and his handles are a work in progress, which makes it difficult for him to get by people off the dribble
.

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Real Madrid keeps Reyes for two more seasons - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) re-signed experienced 37-year old international power forward Felipe Reyes (204-110kg-80). He has played there for the last thirteen seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.4ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Reyes helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Reyes also played 31 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Among other achievements Reyes won Spanish Liga Endesa championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Domestic Player of the Year award in 2015.
Reyes has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2000 and previously for U20 National Team between 1999 and 2000.
Reyes also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 73.3%.
Reyes Movil Estudiantes.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Real Madrid.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Could be taller to fight on the boards. But very good shooter. has great movements in low post and a very good inside shooting. Plays as small forward.

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Alen Omic targeted by FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 25-year old Slovenian international center Alen Omic (216-102kg-92) who played last time at Unicaja Malaga. Omic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 21 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.4ppg and 5.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Omic also played 11 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.4ppg and 5.5rpg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL. In 5 games he had 8.6ppg and 6.2rpg.
Omic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team won Slovenian Supercup in 2014. Omic received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Omic has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He also represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 44.4%.
Omic has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Zlatorog).

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Sloukas re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old Greek international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 BSL games he had 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.5apg last season. Sloukas helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He won Euroleauge championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sloukas was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Sloukas has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg.
Sloukas has played also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos, Aris and Mantoulidis.

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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 


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

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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
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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

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Guandong Tigers add Jackson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) added to their roster 28-year old French shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Jackson played at Unicaja Malaga (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Jackson also played 24 games in Euroleague where he had 8.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg.
Jackson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team won French Cup in 2008.
Jackson was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Jackson also represented France at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg.
Jackson has played also professionally in Italy and France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, CFBB, JSF Nanterre and SPO Rouen).

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Cergy-Pontoise keeps Wilson for another season - by Eurobasket News

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB (NM2) re-signed 28-year old forward Raphael Wilson (195-89). He has played there for the last two seasons.
Among other achievements Wilson played in the final of French ProA in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Wilson was a member of French U20 National Team in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Chorale de Roanne, CFBB, GET Vosges and Saint Etienne) and Switzerland (BBC Nyon).

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Robert Nyakundi joins Roanne - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Kenyan passport) forward Robert Nyakundi (203-100kg-89, college: SMU) from St Quentin. In 33 ProB games in France he had 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Nyakundi played at Hyeres-Toulon where in 31 ProB games he recorded 10.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win the ProB title (twice).
Nyakundi was voted NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Nyakundi has played previously professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket) and Romania (Ploiesti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Chorale de Roanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Williams
Mathis Keita
Thomas Ville
Mathieu Brun

Forwards:
Sambou Traore
Mehdi Cheriet
Robert Nyakundi
Clement Cavallo
Alexandre Gavrilovic

Center:
Pierre Brun

Coach: Laurent Pluvy

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Paul Rigot joins Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) agreed terms with 22-year old swingman Paul Rigot (202-95). The last season Rigot played also at Monaco where in 29 ProA games he had just 2.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 3rd Team back in 2011.
Rigot represented France at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 45.5%.
Rigot has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans JALT, CFBB and Orchesien BC.

Sharks Antibes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerel Blassingame
Isaia Cordinier

Forwards:
Tim Blue
Max Kouguere
Paul Rigot
Nianta Diarra

Center:
Jonathan Tornato

Coach: Julien Espinosa

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Louis Labeyrie could sign at Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG (ProA) is about to tab 25-year old power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-91kg-92) who played last time at Paris-Levallois. Labeyrie has played there for the last three years. In 35 ProA games he averaged 10.6ppg and 8.7rpg last season.
Three years ago he was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
Among other achievements Labeyrie's team made it to the French Leaders Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2016.
Labeyrie was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2010.
Labeyrie represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.5%, FT: 37.5%.
Labeyrie has played previously for two other teams: Hyeres-Toulon and Provence Basket.

Strasbourg IG roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pape Sy
Paul Lacombe
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

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Labanca comes back to Souffel - by Eurobasket News

BC Souffelweyersheim (NM1) added to their roster 23-year old shooting guard Antony Labanca (192-94). It is actually his comeback to Souffelweyersheim as he has played here before. Labanca played last season at Vichy Clermont in the ProB. The last season Labanca played also at JA Vichy (also in ProB) where in 22 games he recorded just 2.6ppg.
Labanca's team won French Cup in 2015.
He represented France at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.0%.
Labanca has played previously for Strasbourg IG.

BC Souffelweyersheim roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valentin Correia
Antony Labanca
Theo Diehl
Lucas Diemer

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Drake Reed agreed terms with St Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier Basket Drome (NM1) inked 30-year old American swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay State, agency: Inception Sports). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played most recently at Union Poitiers Basket 86 in the ProB. In 34 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0apg last season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Reed played at ALM Evreux (also in ProB) where in 41 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 3rd Team.
Reed won OVC Tournament championship title in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Reed has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on five different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Reed has played previously professionally also in Argentina (La Union), Australia (Ballarat Miners), Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart), Italy (Latina Basket) and Libya (Nasr).
He attended Austin Peay State until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Reed's game is described as: Reed is NBA material; a top scorer in the NCAA three time All-OVC 1st Team performer... goal-oriented player uses great strength to get to the basket and on the boards physical player who is not afraid of contact strong defender fearless attacking the basket, owning a terrific first-step versatile performer.

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Ville re-signs at Roanne - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) confirmed in their roster 22-year old point guard Thomas Ville (189-95). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 36 ProB games he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg last season. Ville helped them to win the cup.
He represented France at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic six years ago. Ville's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg.

Chorale de Roanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Williams
Mathis Keita
Thomas Ville
Mathieu Brun

Forwards:
Sambou Traore
Mehdi Cheriet
Clement Cavallo
Alexandre Gavrilovic

Center:
Pierre Brun

Coach: Laurent Pluvy

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Nanterre keeps Invernizzi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion JSF Nanterre (ProA) re-signed 24-year old international small forward Hugo Invernizzi (196-93, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 ProA games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg last season. Invernizzi helped them to win the cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Invernizzi was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Invernizzi represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.9%.
Invernizzi has played previously for three other teams: Strasbourg IG, STB Le Havre and CFBB.

JSF Nanterre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Heiko Schaffartzik
Lahaou Konate
Bathiste Tchouaffe

Forwards:
Mykal Riley
Hugo Invernizzi
Myles Hesson
Mathias Lessort

Center:
Jean-Marc Pansa

Coach: Pascal Donadieu

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Pavic re-signs at Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 24-year old FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93). He played there last season. Pavic managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 ABA League games he had 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he recorded 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3spg. Pavic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg. The other team Pavic played shortly was Feni Industries in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In only one game he got impressive 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. He also played 5 games in Balkan League where he got 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Pavic represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 13.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 74.1%.
Pavic has played also professionally in Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Bulgaria and Montenegro (Sutjeska and Bonus).

KK Mornar Basket Bar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Vranjes
Marko Mugosa

Centers:
Radoje Vujosevic
Vukota Pavic

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Jordanco Davitkov calls the preliminary list for the NT - by Mario Divanisov

The new head coach of the Macedonia NT, Jordanco Davitkov will start the preparations for the upcoming pre-qualification games for the World Championship this week as he announced the 24 players in the preliminary squad.

1. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87, agency: BeoBasket) (Real Betis)
2. Gorjan Markovski (196-G/F-92) (Feni Industries)
3. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) (Karpos Sokoli)
4. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-PG-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) (Pitesti)
5. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) (MZT Skopje)
6. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) (Feni Industries)
7. Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances) (Kozuv)
8. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) (Kumanovo)
9. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket) (Fenerbahce)
10. Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech) (MZT Skopje)
11. Igor Penov (203-SF-84) (Karpos Sokoli)
12. Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket) (Strumica)
13. Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-PG-98) (Juvetut)
14. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) (Feni Industries)
15. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) (MZT Skopje)
16. Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) (Istanbul BB)
17. Adem Mekic (195-G-95) (MZT Skopje)
18. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Kozuv)
19. Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) (Feni Industries)
20. Andrej Maslinko (206-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) (Rabotnicki)
21. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-PF-79) (Rabotnicki)
22. Mihajlo Mitev (190-G-97, agency: Alti Sport) (Vardar)
23. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) (Banvit)
24. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) (Gran Canaria)
*The clubs are set as where the players spent the 2016/17 season.

The first "call" is set for tomorrow, 21st of June in SC "Boris Trajkovski". The NT will train in Skopje until the 3rd of July, while after the training seasons in Mavrovo, on the 10th and 11th of July they will face Slovakia twice away from home. In the first home friendly game the NT will face Bulgaria on the 15th, after which Skopje will be the host of "Trophy Macedonia". The start of the tournament is set for the 20th of July, when Macedonia will face Portugal, day after they will face Holland, while the tournament will be closed with the game against Bosna and Hercegovina. The last friendly game before the pre-qualification games against Kosovo and Estonia will be played in Bulgaria on the 28th of July.



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  GERMANY  


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

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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


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.




Martin Seiferth Gets Chance With The MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 2 seasons and 72 Pro A games with BV Chemnitz, Martin Seiferth (208-C-90, college: E.Washington) will try his luck with the MLP Academics Heidelberg. Seiferth is a 26 year old 208cm center that is the younger brother of Andreas and has a lot of basketball experience having played for two NCAA teams. In his first season with BV Chemnitz he played 32 games: averaging 7.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP-2 (64.4%), FT: 52.1%. Last season his stats dipped a bit as he played 40 games averaging 5.5ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 64.2%, FT: 53.8%. "We needed a player after the departure of Philipp Heyden. It easn't easy to find good German players at that position. We had many candidates, but were quickly sure that Martin would be our man. I have followed him for years and asked my friend Sasa Obradovic about him. We know that he isn't a 1-1 substitute for Philipp. His play is different and more athletic", stressed head coach Frenki Ignjatovic. Last season he scored in double figures in seven games including a 12 point effort against Trier.

Seiferth started his basketball career with Marzahner Basket Bren (Berlin). He then got further experience with the ALBA Berlin youth tam and VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (Regionalliga). In 2010 he moved to teh States and played 12 games with Oregon (NCAA). His NCAA career progressed with E.Washington (NCAA) where he played form 2012-2014 playing a total of 61 games and in his last season played 30 games averaging 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 66.4%, FT: 35.0%. In 2014 he returned to Germany to play for ALBA Berlin (BBL) but failed to break through playing 2 games: 1.0ppg; Euroleague: 2 games: 2.0ppg, "I am looking forward to Heidelberg. This is something new and I heard many good things about Heidelberg and had a good chat with coach Frenki", stressed Martin Seiferth. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -11, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -17.

Source:MLP Academics Heidelberg






Patrick Flomo Continues To Fly For the Crailsheim Merlins This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Age just doesn't have an issue with Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio, agency: Octagon Europe) as he continues to fly to the rim like a 28 year old even though he will be turning 37 in July. Flomo is a 203cm forward that will go into his third season with the Crailsheim Merlins having played 60 games the last two seasons as he was rewarded with a contract extension. .Two seasons ago in the BBL with the Merlins he played 26 games: averaging 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg. Last season in the ProA he played 34 games averaging 6.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-1 (69.6%), FT: 59.5%. "Pat has made himself to a real face of the Merlins and had a convinving season with us. As Tuukkka was injured, he moved into the starting lineup and paid our trust back. We hope that he can continue to give good results and become even more of an experienced leader", stressed Ingo Enskat. Flomo will go into his 13th season in Germany after playing with teams like Herten, Bonn, Duesseldorf, Wurzburg and Ludwigsburg and last season the Ohio native scored in double figures in five games including 15 point games against Kirchheim and Hanau.

Source:Crailsheim Merlins




Oettinger Rockets Gotha tabs Jan Niklas Wimberg - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (BBL) inked 21-year old forward Jan Niklas Wimberg (206-107kg-96). He has played for the last four years at EWE Baskets in German BBL league. But in 20 games he averaged just 1.1ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Wimberg helped them to make it to the final. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he had only 1.9ppg and 1.6rpg. The other team Wimberg played that season for was Oldenburg. In 20 BBL games he recorded only 1.1ppg and 1.0rpg.
Despite young age Wimberg had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award in 2016.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Wimberg's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg, Blocks-2 (1.6bpg), FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.

BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
David Taylor

Forwards:
Johannes Richter
Jan_Niklas Wimberg

Center:
Robert Oehle

Coach: Ivan Pavic

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Kyle Hines (CSKA Moscow) Wolfgang Heyder Gave Me An Opportunity That Other Teams Wouldn't Have Done - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) is a 30 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that recently completed his fourth season with CSKA Moscow averaging 7,7ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,3apg in the VTB and 8,5ppg and 4,3rpg in the Euroleague.. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well. He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had predraft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). He then went to Europe to Italy and played with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 16.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 3.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (66.0%), FT: 58.5%. In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010.In 2010-2011 he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Euroleague: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 46.7%; German League: 46 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP-3 (61.1%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%. He won the double with Bamberg. He played for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) from 2011-2013 winning two Euroleague titles. The 6 time Euroleague Final 4 player and three time Euroleague winner spoke to Eurobasket back home in New Jersey.

Kyle thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been going?

I am home in New Jersey now. I just got home 2-3 days ago. We won the VTB league about a week ago and after I spent a few more days in Moscow enjoying the city before coming back home


Have you bumped into your ex coach Chris Fleming? The NBA Draft is tomorrow. Did he reveal any talk about the Nets signing the German boy Isaiah Hartenstein?

I have not had the chance to talk to him yet. I saw Hartenstein play before and he was on the roster of the team we played against twice last season. I have been aware of him and know Chris also since he and the Nets do a good job scouting teams in Europe. I think that with his kill set, he has the potential to be an NBA player. I think he is a big man that can do a lot on the floor which other big men his size can't. He is more of a face the basket skilled big man. I think for him making it, it will depend a lot on how well he can make the transition from Europe to the NBA.

Congrats on another great season with CSKA Moscow. Despite winning your fourth VTB title, do you have a little sour taste because you didn't win another Euroleague title?

Of course. Our goal is it each season to win the Euroleague title. That is what we compete for and not getting that Euroleague title makes the season not as successful. But at the same time, last seasons team went through a lot and I feel just making it back to the Euroleague Final 4 was an accomplishment. Not winning the Euroleague is another big motivation for us to get better this summer so we can have the chance to win again in 2018.

CSKA Moscow reminds me a bit of Brose Bamberg who dominated the BBL playoffs as well having a 9-1 record. We have talked about this in past interviews, but explain again how important team character is? Skill wise the team will still be very good minus a De Colo and Teodosic, but be lacking much in the character department. How does this aspect separate CSKA Moscow from the rest of the VTB teams?

I feel that everyone saw our true character after we lost in the Euroleague Final 4. We didn't sulk or were disappointed, but continued to be dominant in the VTB and beat very good Lokomotive and Khimki teams. We have very strong character guys that not only demand a lot from themselves, but also from each teammate. We all have strong characters on the team.

CSKA Moscow has won 6 VTB titles in a row and are just dominating this competition. With all the super character players on the team do you sense like the team hunger continues? What kind of feeling did you sense after winning that 6 VTB title in a row?

I think winning that sixth VTB title in a row is just as important as winning the first one in this run. We always want to be dominate in the domestic league as it is very important for the history of our club. I think now that this streaks continues, no team wants to be that team that ends the streak.


You reached 6 Euroleague final 4's and won three. CSKA Moscow lost a nail bitter to Greek team Olympiacos 82-78. Does every new Euroleague Final 4 loss hurt even more simply because you never know if you will get there?

Yes it does, but I take it year by year. I remember when I played for Bamberg if somebody had told me that I would reach 6 Euroleague Final 4's and win three, I would never have believed it. I learn through experience and the beauty about basketball is that there is always next year. That gives you the chance to try to win another one.

Olympiacos hit 14 three's, but won only by four points. Where do you feel was this game lost?

I think rebounding and assists. They had a good shooting day as well and they had more possessions and we e had something like 6-7 assists, but averaged 23 during the season.


You signed until 2019 and will then have played six seasons with CSKA Moscow. There are still many other players not resigned while there are massive rumors that Milos Teodosic might go back to the NBA. How content are you that a majority of the team chemistry will stay intact?

I am confident that the club will do the best they can to keep that team chemistry. The management builds the team for one goal and that is to win the Euroleague. Management knows what it takes to win the Euroleague. I know that we will have a strong team again.


Ex ratiopharm Ulm forward Will Clyburn signed with CSKA Moscow. He has been a rising player in Europe the last three years. What do you know about his game?

We played against him twice last season. He is a dynamic athletic guard/forward that is streaky, but can score in bunches. I think that he will help our game and let us play at a faster pace. He also is valuable in that he can guard mulitiple positions 1-4 and sometimes the five. He is a very good addition and I am looking forward to playing with him.


There hasn't been much fluctuation with players coming and going with CSKA Moscow, but if you could pick one guy that you would still love to play with now who would it be?

It would be my two teammates Teodosic and Aaron Jackson. I love Teodosic's IQ and hope he returns. Jackson won't return, but I grew very close with him the last four years. He was a very good teammate and our friendship grew.

You will be turning 31 next season and aren't getting any younger. Are you past your prime?

No I don't think so. I still feel like I have more to offer. I am not your typical big man, but they say that big men usually reach their prime later. Our assistant coach Darryl Middleton who played until he was 47 is always joking that he didn't get warmed up until he was 35 years old. I hope that my best years are still coming.


Do you feel like your hunger for titles will be even bigger this upcoming season? Where have you learned to never be satisfied?

I am a lot hungrier now. After winning the Euroleague in 2016 and not last season, it is very difficult to accept and my hunger just grows more and more. I am more motivated to win now. I am getting older and I don't know how much more chances I will get to be an a situation like the Euroleague Final 4. I have to take advantage of each practice and game and get better.


This past season you played 32 games VTB games averaging 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP-2 (69.9%), FT: 62.9%; Euroleague: 35 games: 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 70.2%. In our last interview in December 2016 you stated I am trying to continue to do the little things that help my team win like finishing plays, making free throws and being a solid defensive player. My goal is always how I can put my team in the best position to win the game. Did you achieve that last season?

I think that I did at times. Obviously we didn't win the Euroleague title, so I can't say that I played to my best abilities last season. I am my harshest critic and I always know that I can do more on the floor no matter what the circumstances are.

In our last interview you also stated that . 'being effective allows me to be on the court. If you aren't effective then you are a liability'. What do you have to keep an eye on more of when you get older not to lose that effectiveness on the court?


I think just bringing energy and making smart plays is how you stay most effective as you get older.


Last season there were four other guys that were 30 like you and three other guys older. In what unique way do you feel are you able to shed your vast basketball experience on younger guys that nobody else can match on the team?


I have been fortunate enough to have been in every situation as a professional. I came from the second division in Italy and made it to the top. I have played seven Euroleague seasons and reached 6 Final 4's. I think it is my goal to be able to give young players my expertise and experience to make their transition easier. I want them to avoid having to go through things that I went through.


You see them battle each day in practice, but seriously who would win the most one on one duels in a 10 games series Nando de Colo or Milos Teodosic?

I will stay neutral here going with a 5-5 record.

Brose Bamberg won their third title in a row and one can make the coaches comparisons between Trinchieri and Fleming. You played for both coaches. You have also seen the last years how Trinchieri built teams and led them to success. Who do you feel had the harder job of making the dynasty work?

I have to be honest. I think both had a hard job and were successful. I came to Bamberg in 2010 and Chris Fleming had to build a team to repeat which was hard. Fleming had core guys, but it still wasn't easy trying to keep some key guys while trying to keep building that dynasty. Fleming also didn't have the kind of budget that Trinchieri has today. It also hasn't been easy for Trinchieri, because he had to replace Fleming and everybody kept measuring Trinchieri to what Fleming did. He had to live up to what Fleming did. Both are great coaches that did a great job making their teams belong to the best in Europe.

If you had to rate the team you saw this season and compare it to other teams like the one you were a part of in 10-11 could one consider that team as the best ever?

I will always go with the team I played on. We were a dominat team in the BBL and had some big wins in the Euroleague against Real Madrid and Olympiacos. I remember we beat top team Alba Berlin by more than 50 points. We had some future NBA players with Brian Roberts and Tibor Pleiss and had a very dominant player in Predrag Suput.


Everybody has their own Wolfgang Heyder story. He had huge success again helping put together a Gotha team that miraculously made it up to the BBL. How much of an impact did a mind like that have on a young American like yourself in 2010-2011?

I respect Wolfgang Heyder because he took a chance on me, a guy coming from the second division in Italy coming to a defending champion. I think most people wouldn't have imagined any team doing something like that. I thank him and Brendan Rooney for giving me an opportunity that other teams wouldn't have done. They helped me giving me a spring board for my career.


You battled against German Daniel Theis this season and seasons past. He played NBA Summer League in 2014 and there is talk he may land in Atlanta with his buddy Dennis Schroeder. Could he be a 10 minute NBA guy?


I think so. I think that he will be a good fit with the Boston Celtics. They have very dynamic guards in their system and need those special kind of bigs that know how to finish and make hustle plays. He is a very hardworking guy and has improved each season in Europe. I think that he has the potential to be an impact player in the NBA.


You have created the fascinating website www.myhoopjourney.com where the goal is to shed light on the unseen parts of the basketball journey. With almost no long term contracts, various styles of play, and a wide range of living and travel conditions, the professional life of an international player can present many challenges. Throw these things in with a dose of foreign culture and the journey of a player overseas often creates some of the most compelling and unique stories in sports that widely go untold. What has been the feed back and and what further steps do you plan in taking with this project?

We have had very good feed back so far with good articles and hoping to expand the site. We hope to continue to get unique stories about veterans, young players and coaches. We want to offer unique stories about players that you wouldn't necessarily find elsewhere.

Lebron was stopped at another NBA title. Where do you see him now in the neverending debate about who is the best of all-time him or Michael Jordan?

MJ is still the best for me. He is from my era. This argument is so interesting, because you will always find different opinions from people from all the different era's. MJ is undeniably the best of all-time.


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?

No not at all. If you look at his emotion, drive and passion, you can't say that he is stacking his stats. He is just trying to everything possible to help his team win. It is unjust for you to say this about Westbrook.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The Beauty and the Beast with my daughter.


Thanks Kyle for the chat.




Vargas re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old German international guard Akeem Vargas (192-90kg-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Vargas has played there for the last four seasons. In 36 BBL games he had just 2.8ppg and 1.3apg last season. Vargas helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also played 11 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vargas' team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Domestic Player of the Year back in 2013.
Vargas has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Vargas represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Vargas has played previously for four other teams: BG Goettingen, Walter Tigers, Ehingen/Urspringschule and Urspring.
He attended Iowa Lakes Community College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolai Simon
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou

Forward:
Niels Giffey

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

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Waleskowski comes back to Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old naturalized American power forward Adam Waleskowski (203-109kg-82, college: Florida State, agency: Three Eye Sports). It is actually his comeback to EnBW Ludwigsburg as he has played here before. Waleskowski played last season at BG Goettingen (BBL). In 33 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Waleskowski played at EnBW Ludwigsburg where in 38 BBL games he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.7rpg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 3.9ppg and 1.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Waleskowski played in the final of German 2.Bundesliga Pro A in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
Waleskowski is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou and Apollon), France (Etendard de Brest and Besancon), Italy, Slovakia (Levice), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets and Ehingen/Urspringschule), Czech Republic (Levice) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Waleskowski is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Ludwigsburg.
Waleskowski attended Florida State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Matej Jelovcic

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Dwayne Evans

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Sloukas re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old Greek international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 BSL games he had 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.5apg last season. Sloukas helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He won Euroleauge championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sloukas was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Sloukas has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg.
Sloukas has played also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos, Aris and Mantoulidis.

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Kymis tab Jamari Traylor, ex Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

GS Kymis (A1) inked 25-year old American forward Jamari Traylor (203-100kg-92, college: Kansas). He played most recently at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 40 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.5bpg last season. Traylor helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Austrian League All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Traylor also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg.
Traylor has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2013 and 2016.
Traylor represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg.
Traylor has played also professionally in .
He attended University of Kansas until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Pentelis keep Bigos for another season - by Chris Mammides

AE Pentelis (C) re-signed Bigos. has played there for the last five seasons. Bigos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

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Daniel Hackett leaves Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Italian international guard Daniel Hackett (199-94kg-87, college: USC) left Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 9 A1 games he recorded 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Hackett played there also last season. He also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. Hackett won Greek League championship title. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team award in 2016.
Hackett has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Hackett represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg.
Hackett has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, Benetton Treviso, VL Pesaro and Mens Sana 1871 Siena.
He attended University of Southern California until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising perimeter player, who has great passing skills and court vision, very mature for his age; He's not a great athlete, but is yet a very good scorer, who can create his own shot and score in clutch moments;.

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

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Giannis Petropoulos

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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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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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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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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Kolossos H Hotels sign Giannis Athanasoulas - by Chris Mammides

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) signed 30-year old small forward Giannis Athanasoulas (202-87) from GS Lavrio. In 28 A1 games he had 5.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Athanasoulas played at Apollon Patras where in 8 A1 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Athanasoulas was a member of Greek U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for five other teams: Panionios, AEK Athens, Ilysiakos, Panelefsiniakos and Spartiatikos.

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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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  HOLLAND  


Oostende lands Chase Fieler, ex Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) tabbed 25-year old American forward Chase Fieler (203-93kg-92, college: FGCU). He has played for the last two years at Donar Groningen in Dutch Eredivisie. Fieler managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 35 Eredivisie games he averaged 15.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Fieler also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention. And finally Fieler contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Fieler has played also professionally in Spain (Ourense).
He attended Florida Gulf Coast University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Dusan Djordjevic

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot

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De Vries re-signs at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) confirmed in their roster 22-year old swingman Pim De Vries (193-95). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 27 Eredivisie games he had 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg last season. De Vries helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals.
His team won Dutch Cup in 2016.
De Vries represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg.

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maarten Bouwknecht

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels
Pim De_Vries
Stan Van_Den_Elzen

Centers:
Marcel Aarts
Nick Oudendag

Coach: Silvano Poropat

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  HUNGARY  


Mate Meszaros signs at Sopron KC - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) landed 25-year old former international swingman Mate Meszaros (192-86kg-92) from KTE-Duna. Meszaros has played there for the last five years. In 36 A Division games he averaged 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Among other achievements his team won Hungarian League Regular Season in 2015. Meszaros received also Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian B Division 2nd Team award back in 2014.
He was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. Meszaros played for Hungarian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team in 2010.
He represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 25.0%.
Meszaros has played previously for two other teams: Kecskemeti Foiskola and Kecskemeti.

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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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Kristjansson comes back to KR Reykjavik - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KR Reykjavik (Dominos League) added to their roster 25-year old guard Bjorn Kristjansson (188-92). It is actually his comeback to Reykjavik as he has played here before. Kristjansson played last season at UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League). In 22 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kristjansson played at KR Reykjavik where in 34 Dominos League games he averaged 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice).
Kristjansson represented Iceland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 23.8%, FT: 75%.
Kristjansson has played previously for four other teams: Breidablik, IR Reykjavik, Stjarnan and FSU Selfoss.

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KR Reykjavik keeps Acox for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KR Reykjavik (Dominos League) re-signed 24-year old Icelandic international forward Kristofer Acox (198-98kg-93, college: Furman). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Acox played there last season. In 8 Dominos League games he averaged 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
Acox just graduated from Furman University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-SoCon 2nd Team award in 2017 at his college time.
Acox has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Acox also represented Iceland at the CIT Championship Semifinals this year.

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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).

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 9. Logan, Scandone AV15.9 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 7. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 8. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 9. Hogue, Dolomiti.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.3 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.9 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Shields, Dolomiti.1.5 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 7. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Ragland, Scandone.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Archie, Betaland.1.0 


Umana Reyer Venezia crowned Serie A champions - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti En. TR - Umana VE 78-81

Umana Reyer Venezia celebrated Serie A title. They upset Trento on the road in Game 6 of the title series to capture the trophy. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Dolomiti En. TR outrebounded Umana Venezia 42-30 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Sutton 23+13reb, D.Hogue 16+13reb, A.Forray 15+2reb+1ast, A.Craft 11+6reb+7ast, D.Flaccadori 7+2ast, J.Gomes 4+4reb
Umana VE: M.Ejim 15+5reb+2ast, M.Haynes 14+1reb+2ast, A.Filloy 14+1reb+3ast, T.Ress 8+2reb+1ast, M.Bramos 8+5reb+3ast, J.Stone 8+6reb+2ast
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Rei Pullazi signs at Legnano - by Eurobasket News

Legnano Basket Knights (Serie A2) landed 24-year old power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93). He has played for the last two years at Bergamo Basket 2014 in the Serie B. In 40 games he averaged 13.4ppg and 6.9rpg last season. Pullazi helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 2nd Team.
Pullazi has played previously for three other teams: Roma Virtus, Recanati and Scauri.
His game is described as: A solid, intense inside player who gives his best at grabbing offensive rebounds. He's working to his mid-range shooting to permanently move at the PF position.

Legnano Basket Knights roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Maiocco
Nikolas Raivio
Simone Tomasini

Forward:
Rei Pullazi

Center:
William Mosley

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Montegrano keeps Gueye for another season - by Eurobasket News

Poderosa Basket Montegranaro (Serie B) re-signed experienced 35-year old former Senegalese international guard Ousmane Gueye (192-82kg-82). He played there last season. Gueye won Italian Serie B championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Italian Nazionale A All-Defensive Team award back in 2013. Gueye was a member of Senegalese Senior National Team back in 2011.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Verona, Jesi, Scafati, Riva del Garda, San Severo, FCM Ferentino, Recanati and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Montegrano.
Gueye's game is described as: A solid-bodied guard with a very good outside shot and some instinctive skills that can change the course of a game. Plays with great aggressiveness, can be effective even at the defensive side.

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Magro re-signs at the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 30-year old international center Daniele Magro (208-109kg-87). He played there last season. In 33 Serie A games he had 5.5ppg and 3.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Magro played at Armani Milano. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 23 Serie A games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Magro helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Magro also played 2 games in Euroleague, but he did not score anything. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged only 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg. Magro contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2013 and 2014.
Magro has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team in 2004.
Magro represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
He has played previously for six other teams: Benetton Treviso, Alma Trieste, Umana Venezia, Padova Unione, Fidenza and Istrana.
On Magro: A modern kind of inside player, with quick legs and interesting shooting range. He's a good leaper but needs to imnprove his strength to bang inside.

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Daniel Hackett leaves Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Italian international guard Daniel Hackett (199-94kg-87, college: USC) left Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 9 A1 games he recorded 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Hackett played there also last season. He also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. Hackett won Greek League championship title. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team award in 2016.
Hackett has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Hackett represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg.
Hackett has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, Benetton Treviso, VL Pesaro and Mens Sana 1871 Siena.
He attended University of Southern California until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising perimeter player, who has great passing skills and court vision, very mature for his age; He's not a great athlete, but is yet a very good scorer, who can create his own shot and score in clutch moments;.

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

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Giannis Petropoulos

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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Montegrano keeps Rivali for another season - by Eurobasket News

Poderosa Basket Montegranaro (Serie B) re-signed 31-year old point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-80kg-86). He played there last season. Rivali won Italian Serie B championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Silver All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2014.
Rivali has played previously for six other teams: Fossombrone, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Ravenna, Tadino, Morciano and Santarcangelo.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An undersized player who isn' t absolutely shy; can score from outside and beat his opponent inside, with some unexpected moves back-to-the basket; needs to improve his decision making, but has enough leadership to run the offense of any team;.

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Fortituto Kontatto Bologna keeps Legion for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) re-signed 29-year old Jordanian ex-international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Legion also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in 18 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team award 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 a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. 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 in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Legion's outlook: 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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Casagrande re-signs at Roseto - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 29-year old small forward Riccardo Casagrande (196-90kg-88, agency: Two Points). He played there last season. In 36 Serie A2 games he had 5.9ppg and 3.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Casagrande played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 20 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg.
He represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 81.8%.
Casagrande has played previously for eight other teams: Imola, Lucca, Siena Virtus, Piacenza, Senigallia, Pisaurum 2000 Bk Club Pesaro, Jesolo S.Dona and Legnano.
He could be described: A promising wing player, who defends with great aggressiveness and can produce at the offensive side of the court.

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Sestu inks Manuel Vanuzzo - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) signed experienced 42-year old power forward Manuel Vanuzzo (203-104kg-75) from GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine. In 20 Serie B games he had 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg last season.
He won Italian Serie B championship title in 2016. Vanuzzo was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Montecatini, Banco di Srd, Messina Basket and Novara.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Sestu.

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mauro Graviano

Forwards:
Manuel Vanuzzo
Romeo Trionfo

Center:
Edoardo Melis

Coach: Giuseppe Caboni

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Francesco Ihedioha is a newcomer at Jesi - by Eurobasket News

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old naturalized Nigerian forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-98kg-86, agency: Octagon Europe) from Legnano. In 34 Serie A2 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ihedioha played at Latina Basket (Serie A) where in 26 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Nazionale A Cup in 2013. Ihedioha was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 1st Team back in 2013.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Vigevano, Treviglio, Ruvo, FCM Ferentino, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Piacenza Basket Club and FCM Ferentino.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic forward, with great leaping ability, who can play in both the 3 and 4 positions as well. Has good timing for shot blocking and rebounding, he's improving hi soffensive and shooting skills.

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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
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Luca Vitali re-signs at Brescia - by Armando Caporaso

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 31-year old international point guard Luca Vitali (201-87kg-86). He played there last season. In 30 Serie A2 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.1apg and 1.0spg. Vitali helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Vanoli Cremona where in 14 Serie A games he averaged 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vitali played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Vitali has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Vitali also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 2.5rpg.
Vitali has played also professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Spain (Gran Canaria) and Italy (Roma Virtus, Virtus 1934 Bologna, Umana Venezia, Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Gandino).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skinny guard who is ready to compete at Euroleague level. Year after year, he added some beef and completed his quarterbacking skills. He's a very good offesnive player, with a great shooting. At junior level, he had an instinct for hit the decisive shot, that made him the typical clutch player. His great passing skills and court vision allow him to play well at both guards positions, and he could become soon
an NBA sized point guard
.

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Matteo Tambone is a newcomer at Openjobmetis Varese - by Armando Caporaso

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) added to their roster 23-year old guard Matteo Tambone (192-85kg-94). He played last season at Orasi Ravenna in the Serie A2. In 40 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Tambone played at Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio where in 30 Serie A games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
He played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2013.
Tambone was a member of Italian U16 National Team back in 2010.
He has played previously for Roma Virtus.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A promising PG, who has yet the size and the basketball IQ to become an international level player. Needs to beef up and to improve defensive skills.

Openjobmetis Varese roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antabia Waller
Matteo Tambone

Forwards:
Giancarlo Ferrero
Stan Okoye

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Fortituto Kontatto Bologna keeps Legion for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) re-signed 29-year old Jordanian ex-international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Legion also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in 18 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team award 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 a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. 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 in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Legion's outlook: 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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Robert Nyakundi joins Roanne - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Kenyan passport) forward Robert Nyakundi (203-100kg-89, college: SMU) from St Quentin. In 33 ProB games in France he had 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Nyakundi played at Hyeres-Toulon where in 31 ProB games he recorded 10.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win the ProB title (twice).
Nyakundi was voted NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Nyakundi has played previously professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket) and Romania (Ploiesti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Chorale de Roanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Williams
Mathis Keita
Thomas Ville
Mathieu Brun

Forwards:
Sambou Traore
Mehdi Cheriet
Robert Nyakundi
Clement Cavallo
Alexandre Gavrilovic

Center:
Pierre Brun

Coach: Laurent Pluvy

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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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  LITHUANIA  


Osvaldas Matulionis (ex Obradoiro) is a newcomer at Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-100kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Matulionis played at Leche Rio Breogan (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015. Matulionis received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Matulionis' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.7ppg.
Matulionis has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Siauliai).

Basic-Fit Brussels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guy Muya
Domien Loubry
Augustas Peciukevicius
Maxime Depuydt
Niels Foerts

Forwards:
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Osvaldas Matulionis
Jeremy Simmons

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Kordall Steelers ink Marcus Neal - by Eurobasket News

Kordall Steelers (N2) signed experienced 35-year old American point guard Marcus Neal (183-82, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at Bascharage in the Total League, but left. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 7.5apg and 4.0spg last season.
Neal has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Bialik) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kordall Steelers.
Neal attended University of Nebraska until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

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David Torres joins Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Portuguese swingman David Torres (187-83). He has played for the last eleven seasons at Contern in the Total League. In 9 Total League games he had just 0.8ppg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Torres' team made it to the Luxembourg Cup final in 2009 and 2015.
He another Luxembourg team Residence.

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  MONTENEGRO  


Mornar Bar keeps Mugosa for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) re-signed 24-year old international shooting guard Marko Mugosa (200-93, agency: BeoExcell). He played there last season. Mugosa managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 ABA League games he averaged 5.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he had 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Mugosa helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. And finally he contributed to 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.2ppg and 1.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Mugosa played at Sutjeska. But in 12 ABA League games he got just 1.2ppg.
He has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Mugosa played for Montenegrin senior team this year and previously for U21 National Team back in 2012.
He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 54.5%.
Mugosa has played previously for five other teams: Gorstak, Buducnost, Buducnost II Podgorica, KK Podgorica and KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci.

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Pavic re-signs at Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 24-year old FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93). He played there last season. Pavic managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 ABA League games he had 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he recorded 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3spg. Pavic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg. The other team Pavic played shortly was Feni Industries in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In only one game he got impressive 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. He also played 5 games in Balkan League where he got 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Pavic represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 13.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 74.1%.
Pavic has played also professionally in Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Bulgaria and Montenegro (Sutjeska and Bonus).

KK Mornar Basket Bar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Vranjes
Marko Mugosa

Centers:
Radoje Vujosevic
Vukota Pavic

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Mornar Bar keeps Vujosevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) re-signed 28-year old ex-international center Radoje Vujosevic (210-94kg-89, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last three seasons. Vujosevic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 25 ABA League games he recorded 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He also played 7 games in Erste Liga where he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg. Vujosevic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. And finally he contributed to 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 3.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vujosevic received Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award in 2014 and 2015.
He also represented Montenegro 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.
Vujosevic has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost, KK Mornar Bar II and Sutjeska) and FYR Macedonia (Kumanovo).

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The Timberwolves waive Nikola Pekovic - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) released 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Nikola Pekovic (211-132kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). Pekovic has played there for the last six years.
In 2008 Pekovic was drafted by the Timberwolves in second round (31st overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Greek League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). Pekovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team back in 2012 and 2013.
He represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 70.0%.
Pekovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Partizan, Atlas and Mega Leks) and Greece (Panathinaikos).
On Pekovic: Not so high to play the center position, neither so athletic or powerful. But he's a great rebounder with excellent techincal skills, and a better scorer near to the basket than from outside (and this is strange for a Serbian player). Also, he plays every moment with heart, toughness and team mentality. Great shot-blocker, he's a responsible defender too. Reminds a lot the young Predrag Drobnjak...

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The Timberwolves waive Nikola Pekovic - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) released 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Nikola Pekovic (211-132kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). Pekovic has played there for the last six years.
In 2008 Pekovic was drafted by the Timberwolves in second round (31st overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Greek League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). Pekovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team back in 2012 and 2013.
He represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 70.0%.
Pekovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Partizan, Atlas and Mega Leks) and Greece (Panathinaikos).
On Pekovic: Not so high to play the center position, neither so athletic or powerful. But he's a great rebounder with excellent techincal skills, and a better scorer near to the basket than from outside (and this is strange for a Serbian player). Also, he plays every moment with heart, toughness and team mentality. Great shot-blocker, he's a responsible defender too. Reminds a lot the young Predrag Drobnjak...

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Clippers hire Jerry West - by Eurobasket News

The L.A. Clippers yesterday (Monday, June 19) announced the hiring of Jerry West, who will serve as a consultant for the team. West brings many accolades to the Clippers, including being named a two-time NBA Executive of the Year (1995, 2004), and is an eight-time NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2015, 2017). 'For them to want me to come here and maybe think I can help, I am really flattered,' West said. 'I am sold on the ownership here. I think they want to establish their own identity in this town, and that is what to me is most important. Establish their own identity and ability to win at the very highest level.' 'When I took the job as president of this organization, one of the things I said we're going to do is be world class in everything,' President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. 'Our organization has to be world class. We want our team to be the best in service as well. Today is a great step for us.' 'This just another great example of the commitment that Steve Ballmer has allowed the organization, Doc Rivers and me to add someone like Jerry West,' Clippers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said. 'What Jerry has done is unmatched in NBA history, and he will bring great value. It is just another example of Steve's investment in our entire infrastructure.' West, 79, is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a 14-time NBA All-Star and a Gold Medal Olympian. He is one of three players in NBA history to play at least 14 seasons in the league and be selected as a member of the All-Star team every year. Additionally, he ranks 24th on the NBA's all-time scoring list (25,192 points) and guided the Lakers to nine trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA Championship (1972) as a player. Overall, he averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career. Following his playing career, West spent a successful three-year period as the head coach of the Lakers (1976-79, .589 winning percentage) and a brief three-year tenure as a consultant (1979-82, two NBA titles) with the team before transitioning full-time into the front office, where he spent a total of 18 years with the Lakers as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations. During his tenure at the helm of Basketball Operations in Los Angeles, the Lakers captured four NBA Championships (1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) and appeared in the playoffs in 17 of 18 seasons. West then transitioned to Memphis from 2002-2007, when he led the Grizzlies, who had previously never made the playoffs, to three consecutive post-season appearances (2004, 2005, 2006) as the team's President of Basketball Operations. Most recently, West served as an Executive Board member for the Golden State Warriors, where he assisted the team's ownership group and represented the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions in his role with the club. During his time with the Warriors, West saw the team win two NBA Championships (2015, 2017) and three Western Conference Championships (2015, 2016, 2017).
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Clippers gauge interest in DeAndre Jordan trade - by Eurobasket News

The LA Clippers have gauged the market on potentially trading All-Star defensive stalwart center DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M), league sources told ESPN. Sources say the Clippers, in an exploratory fashion, have spoken to a few teams regarding the nine-year veteran. One of the teams contacted was the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN. A proposal of Jordan in exchange for veteran center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) and the Suns' No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA draft was discussed, sources said. The Suns, however, are believed to have balked at the overture. Should Clippers power forward Blake Griffin bolt during free agency next month, rival executives believe the Jordan relocation pursuit only would intensify. The Clippers, desperate for youth and athleticism, averaged out as the oldest team in the league last season and are without a single pick in the upcoming draft. The team, a source said, is expected to be aggressive in attempting to buy a second-round pick. The Clippers were surveying the landscape on Jordan prior to the arrival of newly signed consultant Jerry West, but rival teams are of the belief that the big man still could be acquired should the appropriate package present itself. Jordan, 28, has two years and $46 million remaining on his current contract. The final year is a player option. Chandler, 34, has two years and $26 million left on his deal.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Hawks trade Dwight Howard to Hornets - by Eurobasket News

As if the NBA offseason couldn't get any crazier, yet another big trade has happened just days before the 2017 NBA Draft. According to ESPN's Marc Spears, the Altanta Hawks have agreed to send big man Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) north to the Charlotte Hornets. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee (6'11''-PF-88, college: Duke), Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) and the No. 41 pick to Atlanta for Dwight Howard and the No. 31 pick. Ok, let's just get wild with it. This comes on the heels of Brook Lopez getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, and mounds of rumors piling up about the Cleveland Cavaliers trying to trade for either Jimmy Butler or Paul George. What this means for Atlanta is dumping the final two years of Howard's contract, valued at $46 million in total. Howard is reunited with Steve Clifford, who was on staffs in both Los Angeles and Orlando when Howard played in those cities. Charlotte gets a big man to give Charlotte a presence down low, although in doing so they give up a massive shooting presence in Marco Belinelli. Last season for the Hornets, he shot 43 percent from 3-point range while playing in 74 games. The Hornets also get out from under the contract the Milwaukee Bucks gave Miles Plumlee, which pays him $12.5 million per season until 2019-20. We still have two days left until the draft and the NBA trade market is already insane. Try to stay calm out their, friends.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Los Angeles Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgof to Nets for Brook Lopez, draft pick - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets reportedly have swung a major trade ahead of Thursday's NBA draft. The deal, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski sends D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) and Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) to the Nets and in return, the Lakers get Brook Lopez (7'0''-C-88, college: Stanford) and Brooklyn's pick at No. 27. The Lakers already have the No. 2 pick and the deal clears space that could be a long-term plan to eventually lure LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) to the team.
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Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes declines player option, becomes free agent - by Eurobasket News

Detroit backup center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) is declining his player option for next season and becoming a free agent. Stan Van Gundy , the Pistons' coach and team president, confirmed the move Tuesday. The 30-year-old Baynes averaged 4.9 points in 75 games last season and has been a capable backup to Detroit star Andre Drummond over the past two years. Baynes has had to play crucial minutes at times, when Drummond was limited late in games because of his poor foul shooting. Detroit also has 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic, who can play a bigger role backing up Drummond if the Pistons lose Baynes. Marjanovic appeared in 35 games last season.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Pau Gasol Opting Out, Plans To Re-Sign With Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) will turn down his player option for the 2017/18 season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. However, Gasol intends to work out a new deal with the Spurs that will allow him to continue his career in San Antonio, Wojnarowski adds. Gasol's decision could have significant implications for the Spurs' offseason and the club's pursuit of free agents. The veteran big man would have earned about $16.2MM if he had exercised his option, but it sounds as if he's willing to accept at a lesser rate to remain with the Spurs. The team will likely tack on a second or third guaranteed year to repay Gasol for taking a pay cut in 2017/18. Depending on how much Gasol's salary is reduced, the Spurs could open up an extra chunk of cap room that will allow the team to be players in free agency. Without taking Gasol into consideration, San Antonio already has nearly $73.5MM in guaranteed salaries on its books for 2017/18. That doesn't include possible deals for Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Jonathon Simmons, and still wouldn't leave enough room to sign a veteran to a maximum salary contract, but removing Gasol's option from the equation is the first step toward creating some flexibility. Gasol saw his numbers drop off substantially during his first season with the Spurs, as he played a lesser role for the team than he had for other clubs. However, he remained efficient when he did play. Averaging a career-low 25.4 minutes per game, the Spaniard chipped in 12.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 1.1 BPG. He also developed into a three-point shot, shooting an eye-popping 53.8% from outside, with 0.9 threes per game. As our player option decision tracker shows, the Spurs are also waiting to hear from David Lee about his minimum salary player option for 2017/18.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.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.
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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.
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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.
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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



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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



UNLV transfer Troy Baxter Jr. commits to Florida Gulf Coast - by Eurobasket News

Florida Gulf Coast has landed a commitment from UNLV transfer Troy Baxter (6'8''-F-96) Jr, he informed the FGCUEaglesNest.com on Tuesday. He will sit out the the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will then have three years to play. Baxter Jr transferred from UNLV in late March following his freshman season with the Running Rebels in which he averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He scored a season high 13 points against Northern Arizona. The 6-foot-8 athletic specimen will fit in just fine in Dunk City, if this thunderous slam is any indication. Originally out of Tallahassee, Fla. Baxter Jr attended the prestigious Oldsmar Christian High School and was ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout. He initially signed with South Florida but received his release and eventually committed to UNLV. Now headed to Florida Gulf Coast University, Baxter Jr fills the Eagles 13th and final scholarship for the upcoming season.
Courtesy of: scout.com



Kavell Bigby-Williams ('95) Announces Transfer to LSU - by Eurobasket News

Kavell Bigby-Williams (6'10''-F-95) has revealed his decision to finish his college career at Louisiana State University after transferring from Oregon. The 1995-born centre reached the Final Four at the NCAA Tournament with the Ducks, but opted to leave the school following the end of his junior year. Bigby-Williams will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA rules before being eligible to suit up for the Tigers the following season. In a post on Twitter announcing his decision, Bigby-Williams said: 'First and foremost I want to thank God for presenting me with this opportunity, and want to thank the University of Oregon for the opportunity to play on a final four team and the friends I have made in Eugene. 'The support and love that all the fans have shown me has truly been an honour - to wear the Ducks uniform was a blessing. 'I also want to thank my mum through this process as she has guided me and helped me make this decision. 'Thank you to all the schools who were recruiting me. But with that being said I have decided to finish my college career at Louisiana State University.'
Last season, LSU finished with a 10-21 record including 2-16 in Southeastern Conference, where they go up against the likes of Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina. Bigby-Williams started one of his 37 appearances for Oregon, recording his first double-double against Savannah State and averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The Londoner became just the third Brit behind Karl Brown (Georgia Tech, 1990) and Luol Deng (Duke, 2004) to reach the Final Four before falling short against North Carolina.
Courtesy of: hoopsfix.com



Dan Akin signs with UMBC - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey student-athlete Daniel Akin (6'9''-F-98) has signed with NCAA Division 1 school The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. Akin joined BA from Northfleet Tech for the 2016-17 season for a prep year, and instantly became an impact player in the Division 2 Men's squad, who won the league and playoff title, and the National Championship EABL side. 'I'm extremely grateful that I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity to further my academics and basketball at UMBC,' Akin said. 'I decided to sign there because I believed it was the right school for myself to continue to get better every day as their style of play complements the style which I like to play. 'I'd like to thank everyone at Barking abbey who have been amazing, especially coaches Lloyd Gardner & James Vear. These guys really pushed me every day in practice and individuals to get better The same goes to my previous coaches Martin Parry and Rob Newson who supported me a lot. 'Lastly, my family back home. Never ever would I be here without them and I hope to pay them back in the future.' Akin averaged 10.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal per game in the EABL this season, before picking up the EABL Final MVP for a 28 point, 14 rebound outing against Charnwood. Barking Abbey Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner added: 'I am delighted for Dan that he has been able to achieve his dream of a scholarship to the USA. He is a player that came late into the sport and has had a rapid improvement over the past three years. 'I think that UMBC are getting a player that is going to be able to help them straight away but at the same time someone who still has a lot of growth and improvement to come. 'First with his time at Northfleet, and then at Barking Abbey, Dan has shown a great work ethic and I know that will continue on to the next level. I wish him all the best as he gets to work with a great staff at UMBC.' UMBC compete in the America East Conference, finishing last season with a 21-13 record and falling in the College Insider Tournament semi-finals to end the year.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



Milwaukee hires Northwestern assistant Pat Baldwin to replace LaVall Jordan - by Eurobasket News

Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin has reached an agreement in principle to become Milwaukee's next basketball coach, a source told CBS Sports early Tuesday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Baldwin is a Northwestern graduate who has been an assistant at his alma mater the past four seasons. He was instrumental in helping Chris Collins build the Wildcats into a respectable team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history this past season. Baldwin is replacing LaVall Jordan at Milwaukee. Jordan left last week to replace Chris Holtmann at Butler.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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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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All-Star Game excites Hoopers Coach, Odaudu - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is still revelling in his leadership of the Atlantic Conference team at the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League All-Star Weekend in Kano.

Odaudu coached the Atlantic Conference Selected side in their 106-115 points loss to the Savannah Conference last weekend.

In a chat with Rivers Hoopers Media, the former Nigeria international says he had fun in Kano.

'It was great being on the All-Star team again. I've not been there for a couple of years so it was fun.

"We had fun out there even though we lost, it was still fun,' said Odaudu who was making his fourth appearance at the All-Star Weekend as a coach.

Oduadu believed there was a disparity in the quality of players in the Savannah and the Atlantic Conference.

'The result showed they (Savannah) had better players than ours (Atlantic Conference).

"The person who won the dunk, dunked better, the person who won the three point shot, made more baskets than people from our side, so everything worked in their favour. And don't forget they were playing in the core north.

"They are at home, headquarters of basketball so they didn't want to give up anything for us, but all in all it was good,' acknowledged Odaudu as he gave a hint of an home court advantage.

Hoopers' Solomon Ajegbeyi took his impressive form into the All-Star Weekend with another double- double performance, scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds while Emmanuel Balogun contributed 17 points and 2 assists.

The Benue-born gaffer thinks his Hoopers players had an outstanding game and would have easily been crowned the most valuable player of the game if they had won.

'Emmanuel Balogun and Solomon Ajegbeyi stood out. If we had won the All-Star game, one of the two would have won the MVP. I think they both led in scoring for this conference so they played very well.'

Previously there used to be a reward given to the winners of the All-Star game as well as the various categories. Asked if the availability of a prize would have served as motivation for his boys, Odaudu opposed.

'Even without a prize given, it was fun, the crowd had fun, it was interesting, it was intense, it was just a 9 point game you could see it was very close and not a normal blow out where they blow 15, 20 points. It was just 9 points and it was fun for everybody,' said Odaudu.

On whether the result of the All Star Weekend would be a reflection of the 2017 KPBL finals, Odaudu disagreed.

'I don't think it will be like that. It won't be dominated by the north. There are a couple of teams that will give them (Savannah) a lot of fight.'



Francesco Ihedioha is a newcomer at Jesi - by Eurobasket News

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old naturalized Nigerian forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-98kg-86, agency: Octagon Europe) from Legnano. In 34 Serie A2 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ihedioha played at Latina Basket (Serie A) where in 26 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Nazionale A Cup in 2013. Ihedioha was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 1st Team back in 2013.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Vigevano, Treviglio, Ruvo, FCM Ferentino, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Piacenza Basket Club and FCM Ferentino.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic forward, with great leaping ability, who can play in both the 3 and 4 positions as well. Has good timing for shot blocking and rebounding, he's improving hi soffensive and shooting skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rosa Radom keeps Szymkiewicz for another season - by Greg

Rosa Radom (PLK) confirmed in their roster 23-year old international guard Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 23 PLK games he had 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Szymkiewicz helped them to win the Supercup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Most Improved Player of the Year. Szymkiewicz also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg.
Szymkiewicz has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2016 and previously for youth categories.
Szymkiewicz has played previously for five other teams: Spojnia, Polpharma, Trefl and WKK Wroclaw.

Rosa Radom roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Szymkiewicz
Marcin Piechowicz
Filip Zegzula

Forwards:
Robert Witka
Lukasz Bonarek
Michal Sokolowski
Szymon Szymanski
Maciej Bojanowski

Center:
Igor Zaytsev

Coach: Wojciech Kaminski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mateusz Migala signs at SKK Siedlce - by Eurobasket News

SKK Siedlce (1Liga) landed 23-year old power forward Mateusz Migala (202-94) from Biofarm Basket Poznan. In 31 1Liga games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Migala spent at AZS AWF Mickiewicz Romus Katowice where in 31 1Liga games he had 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He also played for AZS AWF Mickiewicz-Romus Katowice 2nd t. (2Liga) that season. In 16 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.
Migala's team was regular season runner-up in Polish 2Liga Group A in 2013.
He was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2014.
Migala has played previously for three other teams: SMS PZKosz, GTK Gdynia and SMS PZKosz II Wladyslawowo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bartosz Wrobel joins SKK Siedlce - by Eurobasket News

SKK Siedlce (1Liga) agreed terms with 22-year old shooting guard Bartosz Wrobel (190-95, agency: Octagon Europe) from AZS AGH Krakow. In 34 1Liga games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wrobel played at Wilki Morskie (TBL). But in only one game he did not score anything.
He played in the final of Polish 2Liga in 2016.
Wrobel represented Poland at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Wrobel has played previously for four other teams: MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, GTK Gdynia, GTK II Gdynia and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polish National Team 2017 - by Greg

Polish National Team 2017
#s#
Lukasz Koszarek
Koszarek
Andy Mazurczak
Mazurczak
Robert Skibniewski
Skibniewski
A.J. Slaughter
Slaughter
Daniel Szymkiewicz
Szymkiewicz
#e#5
Lukasz Koszarek 187-PG-84 Stelmet ZG Poland
Andy Mazurczak 188-G Kavala Greece
Robert Skibniewski 182-PG-83 Szczecin Poland
A.J. Slaughter 191-PG-87 Strasbourg France
Daniel Szymkiewicz 193-G-94 Rosa Radom Poland
Filip Matczak 187-G-93 Stelmet ZG Poland
Michal Michalak 197-G/F-93 Brescia Italy
Mateusz Ponitka 196-G/F-93 Pinar Karsiyaka Turkey
Przemyslaw Zamojski 193-G/F-86 Stelmet ZG Poland
Bartosz Diduszko 198-F/G-87 Torun Poland
Karol Gruszecki 193-G/F-89 Stelmet ZG Poland
Michal Sokolowski 196-F/G-92 Rosa Radom Poland
Adam Waczynski 199-G/F-89 Unicaja Spain
Aaron Cel 203-PF-87 Gravelines France
Aleksander Czyz 201-PF-90 JuveCaserta Italy
Tomasz Gielo 205-F-93 Joventut Spain
Jaroslaw Mokros 200-F-90 Stelmet ZG Poland
Mathieu Wojciechowski 203-F-92 Limoges France
Adam Hrycaniuk 206-C-84 Stelmet ZG Poland
Przemyslaw Karnowski 216-C-93 Gonzaga USA
Damian Kulig 205-F/C-87 Banvit BK Turkey
Lampe Maciej 211-C/F-85 Shenzhen L. China
Dominik Olejniczak 213-C-96 Mississippi USA
Szymon Szewczyk 209-C/F-82 Stal Ostrow Poland




Michal Sadlo joins Sokol Lancut - by Eurobasket News

Max Elektro Sokol Lancut (1Liga) added to their roster 23-year old center Michal Sadlo (205-94). He has played for the last two seasons at Rosa Radom in the PLK. In two games he had just 0.5ppg last season.
Sadlo's team was regular season runner-up in Polish 1Liga in 2014.
He has played previously for five other teams: Zaglebie, Cieszyn, Start, Krosno and KK St.Wola.

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David Torres joins Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Portuguese swingman David Torres (187-83). He has played for the last eleven seasons at Contern in the Total League. In 9 Total League games he had just 0.8ppg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Torres' team made it to the Luxembourg Cup final in 2009 and 2015.
He another Luxembourg team Residence.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Liz, Ponce20.7 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.4 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama20.0 
 4. Harris, Ponce19.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo18.1 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Arroyo, Fajardo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.4 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.2 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 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 German7.1 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.7 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.6 
 8. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.8 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Harris, Ponce1.5 
 4. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Browne, San German1.3 
 8. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 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.1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Alex Abreu gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

International Point guard Alex Abreu (180-PG-91) had a very impressive game in the last week for league's leader Aguada and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 35.
The 25-year old playmaker had the game-high 19 points adding nine assists for Aguada in his team's victory, helping them to crush Mayaguez (#7, 13-18) with 24-point margin 112-88. It allowed Aguada to consolidate first place in the Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aguada has a very solid 21-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Abreu just recently signed at Aguada, being already a very valuable addition to the team. State University of West Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abreu is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.5apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 24-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-F-92, agency: BeoBasket) of Arecibo. Clarke impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Arecibo lost that game 71-83 to the higher-ranked Fajardo (#2, 20-11). Arecibo managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-16 record. Clarke is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Kyle Vinales (185-G-92) of Guayama (#9). Vinales got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last week. He was a key player of Guayama, leading his team to a 103-78 easy win against the higher-ranked San German (#5, 16-16). The chances of Guayama ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 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 32 games in Puerto Rico he scored 15.2ppg. 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. Damion James (201-F-87) of Fajardo - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ricardo Sanchez (212-PF-87) of Guayama - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 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)



Tyler Wilkerson (ex Al Shabab) agreed terms with Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-109kg-88, college: Marshall). He played most recently at Al Shabab in UAE D1 league.
Wilkerson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team won Chinese NBL Regular Season in 2016. Wilkerson received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Wilkerson's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Israel, Korea (KCC Egis), Philippines (SM Beermen), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Piratas), D-League (Austin Spurs and Delaware 87ers) and China (Guizhou and Shaanxi Wolves).
He attended Marshall University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coty Clarke joins Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). He plays this summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. Clarke managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Unics Kazan where in 14 Euroleague games he recorded 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. Clarke also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Clarke has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Elion), NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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





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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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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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Coty Clarke joins Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). He plays this summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. Clarke managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Unics Kazan where in 14 Euroleague games he recorded 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. Clarke also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Clarke has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Elion), NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kolesnikov comes back to Unics - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) added to their roster 32-year old ex-international guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85kg-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). It is actually his comeback to Unics Kazan as he has played here before. Kolesnikov played last season at Avtodor (VTB). In 22 VTB United League games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. Kolesnikov also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kolesnikov played at Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he had 5.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kolesnikov won EuroChallenge championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2009.
Kolesnikov was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Kolesnikov represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
Kolesnikov has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Ural Great, Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and Samara 2nd team) and Latvia (VEF Riga).

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REG Win 2016/17 Hoops League Title - by Eurobasket News

Just a week after winning the Genocide memorial regional basketball tournament, for their first competitive title, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) on Sunday added the regular season league title with one game to spare. The league debutants sealed the title after beating IPRC-Kigali 87-62 at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, thanks to shooting guard Regis Gatoto (G), who dropped a game high 22 points for Jean Bahufite 's team. REG entered Sunday's game well aware that a win would guarantee them a top finish and hand them the title after their closest challengers and defending champions Patriots lost against APR 61-65 on Saturday. With that on minds, Bahufite's experienced side did what they needed to do against the reigning Heroes' Day tournament champions. IPRC-Kigali started the game in high spirits and took the first quarter 16-15, however; REG took control in the second quarter, which they won 27-14 to go to half time leading 42-30. IPRC-Kigali improved and claimed the third quarter 21-17 but that did not seem to halt REG, who were determined to make the best of Patriots' troubles and they went on to run away with the fourth quarter 28-11 hence wrapping up the game 87-62. With victory, REG opened a four-point lead at the top of the table, which implies that despite having played one game less, last year's winners Patriots can only finish second even if REG lose their final game against Espoir on Friday. "We are a new team but we have some experiencing players, who are very familiar with this league and know how to win titles. The club came with great ideas, they spent money on signing the right personnel and I think we deserved to win the league," said team captain Ali Kazingufu. REG lead the league table 33 points from 17 games, four points ahead of second-placed Espoir while Patriots are third also with 29 points but having played a game less and IPRC-South complete the top four with 27 points, level with IPRC-Kigali, who have a game in hand.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Montegrano keeps Gueye for another season - by Eurobasket News

Poderosa Basket Montegranaro (Serie B) re-signed experienced 35-year old former Senegalese international guard Ousmane Gueye (192-82kg-82). He played there last season. Gueye won Italian Serie B championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Italian Nazionale A All-Defensive Team award back in 2013. Gueye was a member of Senegalese Senior National Team back in 2011.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Verona, Jesi, Scafati, Riva del Garda, San Severo, FCM Ferentino, Recanati and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Montegrano.
Gueye's game is described as: A solid-bodied guard with a very good outside shot and some instinctive skills that can change the course of a game. Plays with great aggressiveness, can be effective even at the defensive side.

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Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj inks Miljan Pavkovic, ex Vrsac - by Eurobasket News

Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (Liga Nova KBM) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Serbian guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-76kg-81). He played last season at KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS league. In 39 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Pavkovic played at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL where in 28 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.2apg. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg. Pavkovic helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Pavkovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Montenegro (Buducnost), Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), FYR Macedonia (Rabotnicki) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
Pavkovic is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj.
On Pavkovic: Great pointguard, small but plays without any problem. One of the best assists in YU, very good shot for 3 points. Quick, smart, real coach on the floor.

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Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic signs at Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 50-year old Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: BeoBasket) from Yesilgiresun.
Among other achievements Trifunovic won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. Trifunovic used to coach Jesolo International U22 Summer League (IO Master International team) National Team back in 2011.
He is a very experienced coach. Trifunovic has coached also professionally in Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania (Zalgiris), Poland, Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Kazakhstan (Astana).

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Coach Todorovic announce list of candidates for Serbian University team - by Zoran Popovic

Head coach of Serbian University National team Zoran Todorovic announce list of candidates for University games from August 19 until August 30, 2017 in Chinese Taipei. On the list are players: Aleksa Avramovic, Strahinja Jovanovic, Stefan Pot, Petar Rakicevic, Andrija Stevanovic, Anrija Sarenac, Stefan Lazarevic, Ognjen Dobric, Dejan Davidovac, Veljko Brkic, Marko Tejic, Dragan Apic, Marko Radovanovic, Novak Topalovic, Ognjen Jaramay, Milos Koprivica, Jovan Novak, Nikola Rebic, Nenad Miljenovic, Nikola Radicevic, Nikola Jankovic, Mihajlo Andric, Nenad Nenadic, Milos Vranes, Mladen Djordjevic and Matija Milin. In coach Torodovic coaching staff will be his assistants Ivan Smiljanic and Marko Dimitrijevic, strength and condition coach Marko Mihajlovic, Doctor Milan Markovic and physiotherapist Marko Sokic,



Coach Jovanovic announce list of candidates for U18 European championship - by Zoran Popovic

Head coach of Serbian U18 National team Vladimir Jovanovic (agency: Alti Sport ) announce list of candidates for European championship. On the list are players: Aleksa Uskokovic, Stefan Momirov, Zoran Paunovic, Ranko Simovic, Vuk Djordjevic (Crvena zvezda mts), Marko Sarenac (Metalac Valjevo), Mihailo Jovicic, Nikola Miskovic, Aleksa Matic (Mega Leks), Miloje Susic (Mladost Cacak), Vuk Vulikic (Dinamik Beograd), Stevan Krtinic (Vojvodina Novi Sad), Tadija Tadic (Partizan NIS), Alen Smailagic (Beko), Dalibor Ilic (Igokea, BIH), Andrija Marjanovic (Spain), Lazar Nikolic, Danilo Petrovic (Italy), Sebastijan Skoko, Balsa Koprivica, Filip Petrusev (USA) i Marko Pecarski (Germany). Coach Jovanovic will have coaching of assistant coaches Djordje Jovicic, Vladimir Zlatanovic, Dusan Stojkov, strength and condition coach Fedja Sretenovic and physiotherapist Momcilo Radojicic. Serbian U18 National team will play European championship in Slovakia from July 29 until August 6, 2017.


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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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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Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj inks Miljan Pavkovic, ex Vrsac - by Eurobasket News

Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (Liga Nova KBM) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Serbian guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-76kg-81). He played last season at KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS league. In 39 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Pavkovic played at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL where in 28 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.2apg. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg. Pavkovic helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Pavkovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Montenegro (Buducnost), Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), FYR Macedonia (Rabotnicki) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
Pavkovic is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj.
On Pavkovic: Great pointguard, small but plays without any problem. One of the best assists in YU, very good shot for 3 points. Quick, smart, real coach on the floor.

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Alen Omic targeted by FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 25-year old Slovenian international center Alen Omic (216-102kg-92) who played last time at Unicaja Malaga. Omic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 21 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.4ppg and 5.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Omic also played 11 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.4ppg and 5.5rpg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL. In 5 games he had 8.6ppg and 6.2rpg.
Omic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team won Slovenian Supercup in 2014. Omic received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Omic has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He also represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 44.4%.
Omic has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Zlatorog).

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Alen Omic targeted by FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 25-year old Slovenian international center Alen Omic (216-102kg-92) who played last time at Unicaja Malaga. Omic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 21 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.4ppg and 5.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Omic also played 11 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.4ppg and 5.5rpg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL. In 5 games he had 8.6ppg and 6.2rpg.
Omic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team won Slovenian Supercup in 2014. Omic received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Omic has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He also represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 44.4%.
Omic has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Zlatorog).

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Real Madrid keeps Reyes for two more seasons - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) re-signed experienced 37-year old international power forward Felipe Reyes (204-110kg-80). He has played there for the last thirteen seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.4ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Reyes helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Reyes also played 31 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Among other achievements Reyes won Spanish Liga Endesa championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Domestic Player of the Year award in 2015.
Reyes has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2000 and previously for U20 National Team between 1999 and 2000.
Reyes also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 73.3%.
Reyes Movil Estudiantes.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Real Madrid.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Could be taller to fight on the boards. But very good shooter. has great movements in low post and a very good inside shooting. Plays as small forward.

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Hitos re-signs at Huelva - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old forward Pablo Hitos (194-88). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 19 EBA games he recorded 3.8ppg and 2.6rpg last season.
Hitos' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2017.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Cambridge Cats).

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CB Canarias hire coach Markovic - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) hired 49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic. He coached last season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor (also in BSL).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2013.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

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Pau Gasol Opting Out, Plans To Re-Sign With Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) will turn down his player option for the 2017/18 season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. However, Gasol intends to work out a new deal with the Spurs that will allow him to continue his career in San Antonio, Wojnarowski adds. Gasol's decision could have significant implications for the Spurs' offseason and the club's pursuit of free agents. The veteran big man would have earned about $16.2MM if he had exercised his option, but it sounds as if he's willing to accept at a lesser rate to remain with the Spurs. The team will likely tack on a second or third guaranteed year to repay Gasol for taking a pay cut in 2017/18. Depending on how much Gasol's salary is reduced, the Spurs could open up an extra chunk of cap room that will allow the team to be players in free agency. Without taking Gasol into consideration, San Antonio already has nearly $73.5MM in guaranteed salaries on its books for 2017/18. That doesn't include possible deals for Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Jonathon Simmons, and still wouldn't leave enough room to sign a veteran to a maximum salary contract, but removing Gasol's option from the equation is the first step toward creating some flexibility. Gasol saw his numbers drop off substantially during his first season with the Spurs, as he played a lesser role for the team than he had for other clubs. However, he remained efficient when he did play. Averaging a career-low 25.4 minutes per game, the Spaniard chipped in 12.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 1.1 BPG. He also developed into a three-point shot, shooting an eye-popping 53.8% from outside, with 0.9 threes per game. As our player option decision tracker shows, the Spurs are also waiting to hear from David Lee about his minimum salary player option for 2017/18.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Unicaja re-sign Carlos Suarez - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) re-signed 31-year old former international forward Carlos Suarez (203-108kg-86, agency: Court Side). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 38 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg last season. Suarez helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he had 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Suarez's team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010 and 2011.
Suarez was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2004.
Suarez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) eleven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 83.9%.
Suarez has played previously for two other teams: Real Madrid and Movil Estudiantes.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very promising forward, who outstood at the 2004 Junior EC, where he showed great skills at the two sides of the court. Has very good scoring (and slashing) ability, but the scouts like much more his defensive and rebounding skills, very rare for a player at his age. If we add a winning mentality and a clutch-shooting ability, you can understand how great is his upside.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nemanja Nedovic

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Jeffrey Brooks

Center:
Daniel Diez

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Coach Jesus Vidorreta agreed terms with Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) will be led by experienced 51-year old coach Jesus Vidorreta (agency: BeoBasket) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Coach of the Year. Vidorreta won Basketball League championship title.
He has coached previously three other teams: Movil Estudiantes, Cornella and La Palma.

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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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Harare City Hornets Leave for Swaziland - by Eurobasket News

Harare City Hornets left the country yesterday for Swaziland for the annual Swazi Invitational tournament in Mbabane, with their captain Dancan Shenje declaring the team was ready to strike gold. The national champions' skipper believes the club is ready this time to better their last year's performance, where they finished as the runners-up in the tournament. Powerhouse Jozi Nuggets won the tourney. "We are ready to atone for our defeat (of) last year. "We are better prepared this time around than we were last year. "We are gunning for gold, although I have to acknowledge that the tournament will feature very good sides from the region. "I believe this time around we have to turn the tables and try and win the tournament," said Shenje. Manager Talent Marembe said the tournament will present the club with the right platform to fully prepare for the Africa Club Championships in Botswana in September. "Not taking anything away from the local clubs whom we have faced during the just-ended season, I believe this tournament will be the right platform to fully prepare ourselves for the African Club Championship coming in September. "We are happy to meet some of the best teams from Mozambique, whom we believe will give us something in terms of competition," he said. Hornets lead a quartet of men's clubs and as many female teams from the country at this year's edition of the prestigious regional competition. The council-run club will be joined by JBC, Hustlers and Foxes in the men's pool while Green Stars, Lakers, Vixens as well as Raiders will represent the girl child in the tournament that has attracted teams from Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana.
Courtesy of: herald.co.zw



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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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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)



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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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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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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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Usak lands Safak Edge - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) tabbed 25-year old former international point guard Safak Edge (188-92, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Besiktas (BSL). But in 20 games he averaged just 1.2ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Edge played at Galatasaray where in 23 BSL games he had only 1.6ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Edge also played 13 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.7ppg.
Among other achievements his team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. Edge received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Edge played for Turkish Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0apg.
Edge has played previously for two other teams: Banvit and Bandirma Kirmizi.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Safak Edge
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Mutlu Akpinar
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Mutlu Akpinar signs at Usak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) landed experienced 34-year old former international forward Mutlu Akpinar (203-83). He played most recently at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket in the BSL. In 24 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
Akpinar's team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2014.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Akpinar played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2002.
He represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Akpinar has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for five other teams: Turk Telekom, Muratpasa, Erdemir, Gaziantep and Banvit.
Akpinar is described as: Very smart player. Likes challenges and plays with the "heart". Good performance on the boards.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Mutlu Akpinar
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic signs at Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 50-year old Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: BeoBasket) from Yesilgiresun.
Among other achievements Trifunovic won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. Trifunovic used to coach Jesolo International U22 Summer League (IO Master International team) National Team back in 2011.
He is a very experienced coach. Trifunovic has coached also professionally in Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania (Zalgiris), Poland, Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Kazakhstan (Astana).

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Sloukas re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old Greek international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 BSL games he had 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.5apg last season. Sloukas helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He won Euroleauge championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sloukas was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Sloukas has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg.
Sloukas has played also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos, Aris and Mantoulidis.

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Kaya Peker could agree terms with Turk Telekom - by Eurobasket News

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) is close to land experienced 37-year old former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-110kg-80, agency: Court Side) who played last time at Tofas Bursa from In 31 TBL games he averaged 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Peker won Turkish TBL championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TBL All-Domestic Players Team award in 2016.
Peker was a member of Turkish international program for some years. He was called to Turkish Senior National Team between 2000 and 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2000.
Peker has played also professionally in Hungary and Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce and Besiktas).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Turk Telekom.

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Ismail Gulmez agreed terms with Karesi Spor - by Eurobasket News

Karesi Spor (TB2L) inked 23-year old shooting guard Ismail Gulmez (193-82kg-94). He played most recently at Eskisehir Basket in the TBL. In 23 games he recorded just 2.9ppg last season. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Gulmez helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Bursaspor where in 29 TB2L games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. Gulmez contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5spg.
Gulmez has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and MG Spor.

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Mugla Orman adds Yuceer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor (TBL) added to their roster 18-year old point guard Yigit Yuceer (99). He played last season at TED Kolejliler (BSL). BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 14 games he recorded just 1.3ppg. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Yuceer played at Konyaspor (also in BSL). In 8 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.4rpg.
He was selected to U17 National Team in 2016.

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Anadolu Efes keep Derrick Brown - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 30-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-103kg-87, college: Xavier). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 BSL games he averaged 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.9apg last season. Brown helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). Brown attended Xavier University and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. Brown received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year award in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Russia (Lokomotiv) and NBA (New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets).
Brown's game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
At a lanky 6-8, he has great size for the SF position Has transferred his game effectively to the perimeter Very explosive leaper A southpaw, which gives him an unorthodox offensive game Smooth release on his jumpshot; he has improved his accuracy and consistency drastically Has extremely long strides that allow him to cover space with his first step as well as with his spin moves.
A bit passive, does not look to take over and defers to teammates far too often His first step is limited and his handles are a work in progress, which makes it difficult for him to get by people off the dribble
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Ndikumana Landry gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Ndikumana Landry (F-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for City Oilers and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Nkumba M. (#8, 1-2) with 44-point margin 93-49. City Oilers is placed at 4th position in Ugandan NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. City Oilers will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Landry had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at City Oilers, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ndikumana Landry averages this season 10.8ppg and 8.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another City Oilers' star - 29-year old center Brian Ssentongo (C-87). Ssentongo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Landry he helped City Oilers with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nkumba M. (#8, 1-2) 93-49. This victory allowed City Oilers to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Ssentongo is one of the most experienced players at City Oilers and similarly like Ndikumana Landry has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another City Oilers' star - former international guard Jonah Otim (G-94). Otim scored 18 points. He was another key player of City Oilers, helping his team with a 93-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Nkumba M. (#8, 1-2). City Oilers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Otim has a very solid season. In 4 games in Uganda he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sivachi Makutwa (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 4 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Wilson Otweyo (F-89) of Nkumba M. - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Omanye (183-G-94) of KIU Titans - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Micheal Bwanga (G) of KIU Titans - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Daniel Juuko (187-G-89) of City Oilers - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Derrick Isiko (C-97) of UCU Canons - 3 points and 10 rebounds
10. Stephen Omony (198-F-81) of City Oilers - 8 points and 2 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)



NBL Round 10: Leader KIU Titans get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader KIU Titans delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked UCU Canons (2-3) 55-43. The game was mostly controlled by KIU Titans. UCU Canons managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UCU Canons to just 7 points in fourth quarter. KIU Titans held UCU Canons to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.1 percent accuracy of the winners. KIU Titans forced 19 UCU Canons turnovers. Guard Chris Omanye (183-94) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Micheal Bwanga chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Tanzanian guard Joas Maheta (-89) produced 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Undefeated KIU Titans (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. UCU Canons at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. KIU Titans' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kampala to the arena City Oilers.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kampala. Local City Oilers (3-2) outscored 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-2) 93-49. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ndikumana Landry (-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brian Ssentongo contributed with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Wilson Otweyo (-89) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Nkumba M.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with UPDF. City Oilers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kampala KIU Titans.

City Oilers - Nkumba M. 93-49

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kampala. Local City Oilers (3-2) outscored 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-2) 93-49. The game without a history. City Oilers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Nkumba M.'s 20. City Oilers forced 21 Nkumba M. turnovers and outrebounded them 52-34 including a 39-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. City Oilers players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Nkumba M.'s players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ndikumana Landry (-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Center Brian Ssentongo (-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five City Oilers players scored in double figures. Forward Wilson Otweyo (-89) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) added 4 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Nkumba M.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with UPDF. City Oilers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kampala KIU Titans.
Top scorers:
City Oilers: J.Otim 18+3reb+3ast, N.Landry 17+11reb+1ast, D.Juuko 13+2reb+4ast, B.Ssentongo 11+12reb+2ast, T.Drieba 11+2reb+2ast, S.Omony 8+2reb+1ast
Nkumba M.: W.Otweyo 15+6reb+2ast, U.Walugembe 12+1reb, M.Midaki 7+3reb, N.Matoke 6+5reb, S.Makutwa 4+11reb+3ast, M.Kayihura 3+3reb+1ast
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UCU Canons - KIU Titans 43-55

Undefeated leader KIU Titans delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked UCU Canons (2-3) 55-43. The game was mostly controlled by KIU Titans. UCU Canons managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UCU Canons to just 7 points in fourth quarter. KIU Titans held UCU Canons to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.1 percent accuracy of the winners. KIU Titans forced 19 UCU Canons turnovers. Guard Chris Omanye (183-94) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Micheal Bwanga chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Tanzanian guard Joas Maheta (-89) produced 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Jonathan Egau (190-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. KIU Titans (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. UCU Canons at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. KIU Titans' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kampala to the arena City Oilers.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: C.Omanye 17+4reb+4ast, M.Bwanga 13+3reb+2ast, S.Ulanga 11+5reb+2ast, F.Kumpanyi 6+5reb, F.Sokoroza 4+2reb, O.Muge 4+8reb
UCU Canons: J.Egau 9+5reb+1ast, F.Chuma 7+7reb, S.Wundi 6+5reb, J.Maheta 6+8reb+6ast, L.Titus 5+8reb, A.Gang 4+5reb
gschID: 547452





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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


Tyler Wilkerson (ex Al Shabab) agreed terms with Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-109kg-88, college: Marshall). He played most recently at Al Shabab in UAE D1 league.
Wilkerson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team won Chinese NBL Regular Season in 2016. Wilkerson received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Wilkerson's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Israel, Korea (KCC Egis), Philippines (SM Beermen), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Piratas), D-League (Austin Spurs and Delaware 87ers) and China (Guizhou and Shaanxi Wolves).
He attended Marshall University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Crusaders and Newcastle step up - by Dave Ryan

Kent Crusaders and Team Newcastle University have had their places in NBL Division One confirmed as Basketball England released the National League structure for 2017/18.

It's an immediate return to the top flight for Crusaders who completed a league and play-off double with a 90-87 victory against Thames Valley Crusaders, and they will again base their side around young players from the Barking Abbey basketball academy.

For Newcastle, it would be their first season in Division One having finished runners-up to Crusaders in the regular season but beating the Kent side in the Patrons Cup final.

Essex Leopards and Westminster Warriors make the drop into Division Two, while coming up in the other direction to the second tier are Division Three North champions Team Birmingham Elite along with Middlesex LTBC and Sussex Bears from the southern section.

Doncaster Danum Eagles and Newham Neptunes were relegated into Division Three north and south respectively, with the latter again changing their name - reverting back to East London All Stars.
Full line-up here: https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/nbl-senior-structure-17-18



London Lions sign Flannigan just out of college - by Eurobasket News

London Lions (BBL) signed 22-year old American forward Demonte Flannigan (201-109kg-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Cleveland State University (NCAA). Flannigan has played there for the last four years. In 26 games he had 11.2ppg and 5.3rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Flannigan's team made it to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He represented USA at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.

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Kavell Bigby-Williams ('95) Announces Transfer to LSU - by Eurobasket News

Kavell Bigby-Williams (6'10''-F-95) has revealed his decision to finish his college career at Louisiana State University after transferring from Oregon. The 1995-born centre reached the Final Four at the NCAA Tournament with the Ducks, but opted to leave the school following the end of his junior year. Bigby-Williams will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA rules before being eligible to suit up for the Tigers the following season. In a post on Twitter announcing his decision, Bigby-Williams said: 'First and foremost I want to thank God for presenting me with this opportunity, and want to thank the University of Oregon for the opportunity to play on a final four team and the friends I have made in Eugene. 'The support and love that all the fans have shown me has truly been an honour - to wear the Ducks uniform was a blessing. 'I also want to thank my mum through this process as she has guided me and helped me make this decision. 'Thank you to all the schools who were recruiting me. But with that being said I have decided to finish my college career at Louisiana State University.'
Last season, LSU finished with a 10-21 record including 2-16 in Southeastern Conference, where they go up against the likes of Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina. Bigby-Williams started one of his 37 appearances for Oregon, recording his first double-double against Savannah State and averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The Londoner became just the third Brit behind Karl Brown (Georgia Tech, 1990) and Luol Deng (Duke, 2004) to reach the Final Four before falling short against North Carolina.
Courtesy of: hoopsfix.com



Lloyd Confirms Departure - by Eurobasket News

The London Lions confirm today that Head Coach Nigel Lloyd will step down from the helm at the Lions. Head Coach Nigel Lloyd has been with the club throughout it's tenure in London, the first three seasons as an Assistant Coach and the last two as Head Coach. Lloyd has taken the club to the Playoffs both years, this year finishing in the Semi-Finals of the Playoff's. Lions claimed a double header over Newcastle for the first time in 8yrs and defeated Glasgow in Glasgow another feat not achieved for many years. Lions Chief Exec, Vince Macaulay said 'Nigel is and has been, a huge heartbeat to the Lions and has always given so much to the club. A great record-breaking servant to the BBL as a player and subsequently as a coach. He's given so much time to us and to the players and he's done this whilst holding down a full time Teaching job in Milton Keynes. We both feel the club now needs a Full Time Coach in order to take the team to the next level. London is a wonderful City with every possible distraction for players so it's really important now that we have someone who can be on the ground and readily available to all the players to aid in their development and keep them along the path to success.' Due to Nigel's job and family commitments in Milton Keynes, he is going to move into the position of Player Development Director for Lions and will concentrate on bringing on young talent. Nigel Lloyd said 'I have really enjoyed Coaching the team over the last 2 years. It's been hard at times as I've spent a lot of my life stuck on the M1; but it's definitely been worth it. I'm really looking forward to continuing to work with the Lions and help to bring on all the young talent. I wish the new Coach all the success and I'll definitely be at the games cheering him and the guys onto victory.' Vince Macaulay said 'I really want to thank Nigel for all his hard work and support. We couldn't have got where we are now without him. Having a club in London has been tough at times and it really makes you realise how lucky you are to have such a great team around you. I'm looking forward to working with Nigel in his new Development role for Lions and we've already found some exciting new talent.' Lions new Head Coach is to be appointed this week.
Courtesy of: londonlionsbasketball.co.uk



Dan Akin signs with UMBC - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey student-athlete Daniel Akin (6'9''-F-98) has signed with NCAA Division 1 school The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. Akin joined BA from Northfleet Tech for the 2016-17 season for a prep year, and instantly became an impact player in the Division 2 Men's squad, who won the league and playoff title, and the National Championship EABL side. 'I'm extremely grateful that I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity to further my academics and basketball at UMBC,' Akin said. 'I decided to sign there because I believed it was the right school for myself to continue to get better every day as their style of play complements the style which I like to play. 'I'd like to thank everyone at Barking abbey who have been amazing, especially coaches Lloyd Gardner & James Vear. These guys really pushed me every day in practice and individuals to get better The same goes to my previous coaches Martin Parry and Rob Newson who supported me a lot. 'Lastly, my family back home. Never ever would I be here without them and I hope to pay them back in the future.' Akin averaged 10.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal per game in the EABL this season, before picking up the EABL Final MVP for a 28 point, 14 rebound outing against Charnwood. Barking Abbey Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner added: 'I am delighted for Dan that he has been able to achieve his dream of a scholarship to the USA. He is a player that came late into the sport and has had a rapid improvement over the past three years. 'I think that UMBC are getting a player that is going to be able to help them straight away but at the same time someone who still has a lot of growth and improvement to come. 'First with his time at Northfleet, and then at Barking Abbey, Dan has shown a great work ethic and I know that will continue on to the next level. I wish him all the best as he gets to work with a great staff at UMBC.' UMBC compete in the America East Conference, finishing last season with a 21-13 record and falling in the College Insider Tournament semi-finals to end the year.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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.
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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





Harrison number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Paul Harrison (203-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sayago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Verdirrojo (#10, 2-3) 86-82. Sayago is placed at 3rd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Sayago will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Sayago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former North Greenville University star has very solid stats this year. Harrison is in league's top in points (2nd best: 26.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of league's second-best Miramar. Fahnbulleh had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Miramar cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Colon (#11, 2-3). This victory allowed Miramar to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Fahnbulleh is one of the most experienced players at Miramar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#1). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica (#8). Semiglia showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of U Atletica, leading his team to a 85-73 win against the lower-ranked Stockolmo (#12, 1-3). The chances of U Atletica ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Semiglia could help U Atletica to bring them higher in the standings. Semiglia has a great season in Uruguay. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.4ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Earl Watson (201-C-90) of Capitol - 19 points and 16 rebounds
5. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) of Tabare - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Federico Cholaquides) of Verdirrojo - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) of Colon - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo - 16 points and 17 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)



Coach Lovera comes back to Goes - by Eurobasket News

Goes Montevideo (LUB) hired coach Daniel Lovera. It is actually his comeback to Montevideo as he used to coach here before. Lovera coached last season at Larre Borges (LUB). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Head Coach: Uruguay LUB All-Star Game.
The previous (2016) summer he coached at Marne (Ascenso). Lovera also coached for Montevideo BC (Ascenso) that season.
Lovera has coached previously two other teams: Olimpia and Union Atletica.

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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, Marinos17.2 
 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. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 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, Cocodrilos6.3 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.1 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.6 
 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. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 6. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 4. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 


LPB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Guaros advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Guaros 95-97

Guaros nipped Cocodrilos on the road to sweep the semifinal series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But Cocodrilos won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Guaros won last quarter 23-22. They also forced 19 Cocodrilos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) responded with 23 points and 5 assists and center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cocodrilos' coach Nestor Salazar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guaros: L.Hayward 17+5reb+1ast, G.Echenique 16+5reb+1ast, N.Robinson 14+6reb+4ast, J.Vargas 13+3reb+4ast, L.Bethelmy 10+9reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 10+4reb+3ast
Cocodrilos: C.Elliott 23+4reb+5ast, C.Garcia 17+2reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 15+6reb+1ast, M.Sutton 14+12reb+2ast, Y.Palacios 11+4reb+6ast, K.Caraballo 5+3reb
gschID: 548154


Marinos - Guaiqueries 89-75

Marinos outgunned Guaiqueries to secure 3-1 lead in the series. Marinos outrebounded Guaiqueries 37-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Guaiqueries. The former international forward Derwin Ramirez (191-82) added 18 points for lost side. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Marinos: M.Carrera 19+9reb+3ast, G.Vargas 16+3reb+7ast, R.Perez 14+4reb, R.Roby 13+1reb, I.Swann 11+4reb+4ast, C.Massie 8+6reb+1ast
Guaiqueries: D.Ramirez 18+4reb, D.Downey 17+7reb+3ast, M.Melvin 13+4reb+3ast, M.Flores 9+1reb, K.Gransberry 7+5reb+1ast, J.Coronado 3
gschID: 548153





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





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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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Kolesnikov comes back to Unics - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) added to their roster 32-year old ex-international guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85kg-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). It is actually his comeback to Unics Kazan as he has played here before. Kolesnikov played last season at Avtodor (VTB). In 22 VTB United League games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. Kolesnikov also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kolesnikov played at Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he had 5.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kolesnikov won EuroChallenge championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Bosman Player of the Year back in 2009.
Kolesnikov was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Kolesnikov represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
Kolesnikov has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Ural Great, Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and Samara 2nd team) and Latvia (VEF Riga).

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Coty Clarke joins Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). He plays this summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. Clarke managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Unics Kazan where in 14 Euroleague games he recorded 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. Clarke also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Clarke has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Elion), NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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  ZIMBABWE  


Harare City Hornets Leave for Swaziland - by Eurobasket News

Harare City Hornets left the country yesterday for Swaziland for the annual Swazi Invitational tournament in Mbabane, with their captain Dancan Shenje declaring the team was ready to strike gold. The national champions' skipper believes the club is ready this time to better their last year's performance, where they finished as the runners-up in the tournament. Powerhouse Jozi Nuggets won the tourney. "We are ready to atone for our defeat (of) last year. "We are better prepared this time around than we were last year. "We are gunning for gold, although I have to acknowledge that the tournament will feature very good sides from the region. "I believe this time around we have to turn the tables and try and win the tournament," said Shenje. Manager Talent Marembe said the tournament will present the club with the right platform to fully prepare for the Africa Club Championships in Botswana in September. "Not taking anything away from the local clubs whom we have faced during the just-ended season, I believe this tournament will be the right platform to fully prepare ourselves for the African Club Championship coming in September. "We are happy to meet some of the best teams from Mozambique, whom we believe will give us something in terms of competition," he said. Hornets lead a quartet of men's clubs and as many female teams from the country at this year's edition of the prestigious regional competition. The council-run club will be joined by JBC, Hustlers and Foxes in the men's pool while Green Stars, Lakers, Vixens as well as Raiders will represent the girl child in the tournament that has attracted teams from Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana.
Courtesy of: herald.co.zw




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Women News


Australian women fall to heartbreaking loss in FIBA 3x3 World Cup - by Eurobasket News

Australia's women were knocked out of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday morning. The Australians needed a win from their final pool game against number three seed The Netherlands to claim a place in the quarterfinals but lost in overtime 16-14 after Dutch guard Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) found herself open from long range and nailed the game-winning basket. Australia's Amelia Todhunter (166-G-88) shot truly from long range to force overtime against the Netherlands but in overtime the winning team only needs to take a two-point lead to win which allowed Kuijt to score the winning basket. Basketball Australia sent established WNBL players Rebecca Cole (178-G-92), Carley Mijovic (196-F/C-94), Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) and Amelia Todhunter to represent the country and despite the group only having a handful of training sessions in three on three play they showed plenty of promise in the short form of the sport. A 17-12 loss to Ukraine in the opening game, in which the team made several rookie errors, cost the Australians as that team took second place after both countries comfortably beat China and Japan. Australia tied with Ukraine on record and points but fell to third because they lost their group game. Cole and Mijovic ranked fourth and fifth in scoring during the pool games. 3x3 basketball has been added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics so Basketball Australia will need to work quickly to boost Australia's ranking at world level as New Zealand is the Oceania leader on ranking points and are well ahead due to having a national 3x3 tour which lets players accumulate rankings points. Australia was only allowed to enter the world cup after New Zealand decided to only send a men's team. Many smaller nations have also moved ahead in this form of the game and have dedicated teams training for this form of the sport with Andorra, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan among the women's sides in this event. With all of Australia's best players competing professionally in five on five basketball, there will need to be moves towards establishing a dedicated program and enticing elite players to join it - this is something which could prove difficult if they have to forgo professional contracts. Mijovic will fly to Phoenix, Arizona to join the Australian Opals for a training camp after this event. The FIBA 3x3 World Cup is in Nantes, France with the finals to be played out in the next two days.
Courtesy of: smh.com.au



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Deakin Melbourne Boomers Announce Coaching Staff - by Eurobasket News

The Deakin Melbourne Boomers have taken the next step in preparations for the 2017-18 WNBL season with the unveiling of the club's coaching staff. Led by Head Coach Guy Molloy , this season's coaching staff will see Katrina Hibbert step up into the role of Lead Assistant Coach, replacing Alan McAughtry , who with the changes to the WNBL season was unable to continue in the role due to his full-time working commitments. 'Al was a fantastic member of our coaching staff last season, but we understand the constraints that the changes to the WNBL season present. We thank Al for his dedication and commitment to the Boomers family last season and it was great to see Al and his family join the club as members the day our memberships for this season were released,' said Molloy. 'In what was at times a difficult season for us, I can't thank Al enough for his support and highly-recognised coaching experience.' For Hibbert, a two-time WNBL MVP and champion player with the Boomers, the step up to the lead assistant role recognises her expanding prominence as a senior coach. 'Katrina joined the coaching staff last season and immediately warmed to the task, she is very dedicated to the craft, is admired by everyone at the club and will no doubt excel in this expanded role,' added Molloy. The assistant coaching ranks will again include Nicole Howard, who enters her second season with the club, while a new face will round out the club's four-strong coaching group. Following a very successful stint in the Victorian state coaching system, Nunawading Basketball's Paul Flynn will take his first steps into the WNBL as he continues to develop his coaching credentials. 'Paul has performed very strongly in all of his coaching roles, his work with the Victorian U18 girls program in recent years has seen his grow as a coach and a respected leader across junior girls basketball,' said Molloy, adding, 'Like our playing group, we are very focused on the Victorian coaching pathway and all three of our assistant coaches have progressed through that system.' Molloy also confirmed that internally the club has made some significant changes to the coaching structure. 'We have made some structural changes to the roles within the coaching staff as we continue to find our way back to the top of the league. As such, we have named three young and very energetic coaches who will make a significant contribution this season.' 'We believe Katrina, Nicole and Paul all have a bright future in the game and we're very pleased to have them all as a part of the Boomers family.'
Courtesy of: wnbl.com.au



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Marburg keeps Voynova for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) re-signed 29-year old Bulgarian international power forward Diana Voynova (192-88, college: Duquesne). She played there last season. In 28 DBBL games she recorded 11.2ppg and 6.9rpg. Voynova helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in 11 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.5apg.
Voynova won English WBBL championship title in 2016.
She also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg.
Voynova has played also professionally in Italy (Castellammare), Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse) and United Kingdom (PAWS Capitals).
She attended University of Duquesne until 2011 and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katlyn Yohn
Tonisha Baker
Paige Bradley

Forwards:
Finja Schaake
Marie Bertholdt

Center:
Diana Voynova

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Exhilarating run for Lady Warriors - by Eurobasket News

The Lady Warriors are the queens of Cayman Islands basketball for again, beating Women of Valor 61-52 on Sunday, 11 June, to win their third straight championship. Courtisha Ebanks (F) led the way for Lady Warriors with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block to be named the finals MVP. Hannah Parchment added 20 points. Up 27-20 at the half at the Clifton Hunter High School gym, the Lady Warriors were fueled by the energy of Ebanks and Parchment, with the pair constantly driving to the paint and shooting well from mid-range. They were tested in the third quarter when Women of Valor pressed, led by Chloe Ebanks (19 points). Women of Valor took a 36-36 lead in with three minutes left in the period when Rochel Gardener hit the go-ahead layup. A keen battle ensued in the fourth quarter, as neither side was able to get much separation on the scoreboard until Stacy-Ann Kelly completed a three-point play with 1:54 remaining in the game to give Lady Warriors a 54-51 advantage. She finished with 10 points. A straightway three from Parchment with 1:07 left made it a seven-point game and at that point it was all academic as the two-time defending champions got set to hoist their third trophy in as many years and sixth overall. 'It's exhilarating,' said captain Dionne Anglin (C). 'It's one of the best feelings in the world because we've come very far.' She was heartened by the fight her team showed after giving up the lead in the third quarter. 'We usually don't play well on the rebound, so we had to slow the game down, catch ourselves, build back our momentum and get back into the game. Slowing down the game is what really counted.' It was a special feeling for the MVP Ebanks. 'It always feels good to come up big, especially when your team relies on you a lot.' She was also full of praise for the veteran players. 'It means a lot because we have a lot of 'old foots'. For them to dig deep with us, it means a lot.' Collin Anglin, who was named Coach of the Year, said he was proud of his Lady Warriors. 'You always want a finals like this. It wasn't just a blowout or an easy win,' he said, acknowledging that the Women of Valor team also played like champions. 'We weren't given the championship. We had to earn it. So, I'm very proud of the ladies. They went down - that's when your mental toughness is tested - and we came back,' he said.
Courtesy of: caymansportsbuzz.com



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Chemnitz signs Katarina Flasarova - by Juliane Hoehne

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) signed 32-year old Czech guard Katarina Flasarova (171-85). She played last season at BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen in 2.Bundesliga. Flasarova helped her team get promotion to DBBL. In 25 2.Bundesliga games she had 14.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Flasarova contributed to her team winning the group title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Bosman Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Clippers in Australian QBL where in 17 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 18.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg in 2016 season.
Flasarova has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). She has played previously for four other Germany teams: Leipzig Eagles, Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel, GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC and Rotenburg/Scheessel.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katarina Flasarova
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  UKR
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Iagupova, UKR21.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL19.0 
 3. Zandalasini, ITA18.3 
 4. Petrovic, SRB17.0 
 5. Kaltsidou, GRE16.8 
 6. Lyttle, ESP16.7 
 7. Robinson, MNT16.7 
 8. Maltsi, GRE16.5 
 9. Torrens, ESP16.3 
 10. Vaughn, CZE16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  USA
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, MNT13.7 
 2. Steinberga, LAT13.3 
 3. Vadeeva, RUS12.3 
 4. Hollingswort., TUR11.3 
 5. Lyttle, ESP10.7 
 6. Ruzickova, SVK10.0 
 7. Zandalasini, ITA9.8 
 8. Udodenko, UKR9.3 
 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, SVK5.8 
 3. Iagupova, UKR5.5 
 4. Maltsi, GRE5.3 
 5. Dumerc, FRA5.3 
 6. Prince, RUS5.0 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE4.7 
 8. Nikolopoulou, GRE4.5 
 9. Bentley, BLR4.3 
 10. Alben, TUR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kim MESTDAGH
  BEL
  (179-SG-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mestdagh, BEL3.0 
 2. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 3. Carpreaux, BEL2.7 
 4. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 5. Maltsi, GRE2.5 
 6. Udodenko, UKR2.5 
 7. Lyttle, ESP2.3 
 8. Dabovic, SRB2.3 
 9. Torrens, ESP2.3 
 10. Steinberga, LAT2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ann WAUTERS
  BEL
  (194-C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wauters, BEL3.0 
 2. Hanusova, CZE1.3 
 3. Hatar, HUN1.3 
 4. Vieru, RUS1.3 
 5. Ciak, FRA1.3 
 6. Vadeeva, RUS1.0 
 7. Krivacevic, HUN1.0 
 8. Meesseman, BEL1.0 
 9. Pirsic, SLO1.0 
 10. Maiga, RUS1.0 


Slovakia, Italy, Latvia and Greece reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Greece 58-62
Greece shocked Russia to enter the quarterfinal stage. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Greece secured a 19:15 lead after the opening frame. Russia stiffened defensively in the second term. They held Greece to just 9 points to take a 32:28 halftime lead. But the Hellenes used a stunning 22:4 rally in the third term to grab a 14-point advantage. The gap grew at 17-point mark before Russia fueled a desperate comeback rally to get within striking distance. Greece though held on in the dying seconds and iced the victory. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) responded with 18 points and 21 rebounds for Russia.

Italy - Hungary 49-48
Italy snatched a tough victory over Hungary to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) provided 17 points and 9 boards to pace the Azzurri. Hungary eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy bounced back with a 17:7 run in the second term to take a 29:21 halftime lead. Hungary ignited a strong 19:5 run in the third term to regain the lead. But Italy took over in the fourth frame as they went on a 15:8 surge to sneak past their opponents. Francesca Dotto and Giorgia Sottana delivered 12 points each for Italy. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 15 points and 8 boards for Hungary.

Serbia - Latvia 70-75
Latvia paved their way into the quarterfinal stage. They dethroned Serbia to remain in the title hunt. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Baltic side. Latvia secured a 24:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia bounced back with a 20:10 run in the second term to pull within two points 32:34. But Latvia sank 22 points in the decisive fourth period and got away with a narrow victory. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena) and Ieva Krastina (172-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 13 points apiece for the winners. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) had 13 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Slovakia 68-82
Slovakia shocked Ukraine and advanced into the quarterfinal stage of the championship. Zuzana Zirkova (175-PG-80) was unstoppable for the winners as she tallied 31 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Slovakia grabbed a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine poured in 27 points in the third term to pull within one point at the final intermission 56:57. But Slovakia went on a 25:12 run in the fourth frame and iced the winning outcome. Barbora Balintova delivered 17 points in the win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 24 points and 7 assists for Ukraine. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) had 12 points in the loss.




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Coach Mika Haakana re-signs at Catz - by Eurobasket News

Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) confirmed 42-year old coach Mika Haakana. Haakana has coached there for the last eight years. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Haakana won Finnish League championship title in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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  FRANCE  


Meline Serot is a newcomer at Charnay - by Eurobasket News

Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD (NF1) strengthened their roster with addition of Meline Serot. She played most recently at COB Calais in the LF2. LF2 was a little too high level for her, where in three games she recorded just 1.0ppg last season. NF1 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
Serot helped her team to make it to the LF2 Semifinals in 2017.

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Celia Nadia Mauler agreed terms with Charnay - by Eurobasket News

Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD inked 24-year old point guard Celia Nadia Mauler (168-93). She has played for the last eight years at Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden in the LF2. In 26 games she recorded 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg last season. NF1 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
Mauler was a member of French U16 National Team back in 2009.

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Villeneuve inks Aminata Konate - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) signed 27-year old guard Aminata Konate (169-90). She played last season at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin in the LF2. In 27 games she had 10.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.9apg (top 5) and 2.1spg. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Konate represented France at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played previously for six other teams: Mondeville, Nice, Basket Landes, Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden, US Valenciennes Olympic II and Aulnoye.

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Olimpia Asuncion lands Jacinta Monroe, ex Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia Asuncion (Metropolitan League) tabbed 29-year old American power forward Jacinta Monroe (196-74kg-88, college: Florida State). She played most recently at Hainaut in French LFB league. In 26 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention.
In 2010 Monroe was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
The former Florida State standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Monroe's team was regular season runner-up in Puerto Rican BSNF in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Forward of the Year award back in 2013.
Monroe represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 76.5%.
Monroe is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in eight different countries playing on four different continents. She is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Monroe has played previously professionally in China (Beijing Great Wall), Latvia (TTT Riga), Turkey (Botas and Cankaya), WNBA (Dallas Wings and Seattle Storm), Spain (Mann Filter and Argon Uni Girona), Czech Republic (Basketball Nymburk) and Puerto Rico (Atenienses).

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  GERMANY  


Marburg keeps Voynova for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) re-signed 29-year old Bulgarian international power forward Diana Voynova (192-88, college: Duquesne). She played there last season. In 28 DBBL games she recorded 11.2ppg and 6.9rpg. Voynova helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in 11 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.5apg.
Voynova won English WBBL championship title in 2016.
She also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg.
Voynova has played also professionally in Italy (Castellammare), Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse) and United Kingdom (PAWS Capitals).
She attended University of Duquesne until 2011 and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katlyn Yohn
Tonisha Baker
Paige Bradley

Forwards:
Finja Schaake
Marie Bertholdt

Center:
Diana Voynova

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Chemnitz signs Katarina Flasarova - by Juliane Hoehne

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) signed 32-year old Czech guard Katarina Flasarova (171-85). She played last season at BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen in 2.Bundesliga. Flasarova helped her team get promotion to DBBL. In 25 2.Bundesliga games she had 14.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Flasarova contributed to her team winning the group title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Bosman Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Clippers in Australian QBL where in 17 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 18.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg in 2016 season.
Flasarova has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). She has played previously for four other Germany teams: Leipzig Eagles, Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel, GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC and Rotenburg/Scheessel.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katarina Flasarova
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Angeliki Nikolopoulou signs at Olympiacos - by Chris Mammides

Olympiacos Pireus (A1) landed 26-year old guard Angeliki Nikolopoulou (178-91) from Proteas. Nikolopoulou has played there for the last four years. In 21 A1 games she averaged 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.3apg (top 4) and 1.8spg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year.
Nikolopoulou's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015.
She represented Greece at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg.
Nikolopoulou has played previously for two other teams: Pagrati and Ippokratis.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Angeliki ''Nik'' Nikolopoulou is a Combo Guard (178cm/5'10'') that can cover both guard positions, has long experience from Greek Women's League and has been a member of all Greek National Teams. A guard that can organise the game well, runs the floor well, pushes the ball, organise and score with multiple ways. Angeliki is athletic, very quick and can dribble with both hands.

Olympiacos Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Angeliki Nikolopoulou

Forwards:
Evanthia Maltsi
Olga Chatzinikolaou
Katerina Sotiriou
Styliani Kaltsidou
Mirna Mazic
Anna Spyridopoulou

Center:
Victoria Macaulay

Coach: Eleni Kapogianni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kelsey Briggs agreed terms with Ikaros - by Chris Mammides

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) inked 22-year old American forward Kelsey Briggs (190-95). She just graduated from Houston (NCAA).
The previous (15-16) season Briggs played at another team Lady Rebels in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 16 games she recorded 4.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia Stamati agreed terms with Komotini - by Eurobasket News

GAS Komotini (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old swingman Georgia Stamati (178-96). She played most recently at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou in the A1. In 23 games she recorded 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Stamati played at Athinaikos where in 18 games she averaged just 2.1ppg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Stamati represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2spg.
Stamati has played previously for two other teams: Panionios and Ikaros.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  


Under 16's to play on Reze Tournament in France - by Patrick Maher


The Ireland U16 Women's team will head to Nantes in the west of France on Wednesday (June 21st) to take part in the prestigious Reze Basketball Tournament 2016. Andy Gill's squad will come up against U16 squads from France, China, Belarus, Argentina, Croatia, Netherlands and Turkey in the tournament which runs from June 21st to 26th. First up for the women in green will be a game against Asian champions, China, which tips off at 6pm (Irish time) on Thursday, June 22nd, before facing Croatia on Friday and the Netherlands on Saturday in their final group game.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Coach Gill stated: 'This is the start of an intense summer for this group, with 12 friendly games in store ahead of our eight-game European Championships later this summer.
'We regard this tournament as a fabulous opportunity to compete against elite opposition and create more positive experiences for the players. We will play with passion and intensity and I am sure be great ambassadors for Ireland.'

The squad who will represent Ireland at the tournament includes:
Abby Flynn, Waterford Wildcats, St Ursuline's Convent, Waterford
Alex Mulligan, Blackwater Steelers, St Louis, Monaghan
Anna Lynch, Fr Matthews, Colaiste An Phairsaigh, Glanmire, Cork
Ciara Bracken, Liffey Celtic, Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip
Ciara White, Oblates, Loreto College, Crumlin, Dublin
Erin Maguire, Ulster Elks, Ulidia Integrated School, Carrickfergus
Katie Walshe, Fr. Matthews, Regina Mundi College, Cork
Katie Williamson, Liffey Celtics, Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Clonsilla, Dublin
Lainey Nolan, Fr. Matthews, Scoil Mhuire, Cork
Mia Furlong, Glanmire, Glanmire Community College, Glanmire, Cork
Niamh Kenny, DCU Mercy, Holy Faith Clontarf, Dublin
Sarah Dillon, Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS Ballymahon, Longford

Ireland team fixtures (all times in Irish time)
Thursday, June 22nd
China v Ireland, Reze Tournament, 17.00

Friday, June 23rd
Ireland v Croatia, Reze Tournament, 19.45

Saturday, June 24th
The Netherlands v Ireland, Reze Tournament, 13.00

From : www.basketballireland.ie



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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Striulli comes back to Lucca - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) inked 27-year old guard Erika Striulli (170-90). It is actually her comeback to Lucca as she has played here before. Striulli played most recently at Carispezia La Spezia in the Serie A1. In 14 games she recorded 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 2.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Striulli's team made it to the A1 Semifinals in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Guard of the Year award in 2016.
Striulli represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.1ppg, 1.4apg, Steals-4 (2.5spg), FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 25.0%.
Striulli has played previously for five other teams: Venezia, Marghera, C.U.S. Cagliari, Napoli and Orvieto.

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valeria Battisodo
Erika Striulli
Martina Crippa

Forward:
Federica Tognalini

Center:
Federica Brunetti

Coach: Loris Barbiero

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Arianna Zampieri leaves Broni - by Eurobasket News

29-year old forward Arianna Zampieri (183-88) left Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1). Zampieri has played there for the last four years. In 23 Serie A1 games she averaged 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg.
Among other achievements Zampieri won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Group B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Zampieri represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
She has played previously for six other teams: La Spezia, Venezia, Marghera, Udine, Pall.Pozzuoli and Lucca.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Calamity McEntire Added to Dayton Staff - by Eurobasket News

The University of Dayton women's basketball program and head coach Shauna Green announced the addition of Calamity McEntire as the Flyers' Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. "I am thrilled to announce the addition of Calamity to our staff," said Coach Green. "She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a recruiter. Her knowledge, work ethic and energy will be felt immediately. We are very excited to have Calamity join our Flyer Family." McEntire comes to Dayton after spending the 2016-17 season at the University of Hawai'i, also as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. With the Rainbow Wahine, McEntire was in charge of the team's scheduling, scouting, and other responsibilities besides on-court coaching duties. "I am super excited to join Shauna and our staff at the University of Dayton," McEntire said. "She has done a great job of building a winning culture and family atmosphere that I am honored to be a part of. This is a special place with incredible tradition and I'm thrilled to join the Flyers." Prior to her time at Hawai'i, McEntire spent four years at the University of Arizona where she was Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator from 2012-16. She was the coordinator for the 2014 recruiting class that was ranked in the Top 25 nationally and was the highest rated class in program history. She also coached the Wildcat guards, including future 2013 WNBA Draft picked Davellyn Whyte, who went No. 16 overall. McEntire has previous coaching experience at Boise State from 2008-12 (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator), UC Santa Barbara from 2006-08 (Director of Basketball Operations), and Fresno State from 2004-06 (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator). A native of Kiowa, Oklahoma, McEntire played two seasons previously at Eastern Oklahoma State from 1999-01. She earned her bachelor's degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee in 2003 while serving as team manager for the Lady Vols from 2001-03. McEntire joins Ryan Gensler as the newest members of the Dayton women's basketball staff. They join the Flyer program that is coming off 2017 Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament championships as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Courtesy of: daytonflyers.com



Bob Clark named Delaware associate head coach - by Eurobasket News

First-year women's basketball head coach Natasha Adair eagerly announced Monday that Bob Clark , a well-known and veteran coach, will join the Blue Hens as the program's associate head coach. Clark completes Adair's coaching staff, which also includes Sarah Jenkins, Mykala Walker, Kayla Miller '13 and David White. Adair was hired on May 15 as the fourth head coach in Delaware women's basketball history.
Courtesy of: bluehens.com



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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  NEW ZEALAND  


Tall Ferns perform well in Australia - by Mike Lacey

What is happening in Sunbury? The Jets hadn't lost a Big V fixture in a season and a half but now they have lost twice in a fortnight. To be precise they had won 35 consecutive games so to lose two on the trot is not something followers of the team expected.

However it's not all doom and gloom for the Kennedy Kereama coached Jets as they still sit top of the Big V table with an 11-2 record despite going down 71-61 at Ringwood Hawks

Tall Ferns centre Josie Stockill threatened a triple double for the Jets with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Also in Melbourne Jessica Bygate (186-F-92) secured a double double of 20 points and 13 rebounds for Sandringham but the Sabres went down 68-52 to Kilsyth Cobras. The Sabres are now 4-9 in the SEABL East competition.

On the Australian west coast Perry Lakes Hawks suffered a surprise first defeat of the season in the State League. Perry Lakes (14-1) went down 72-63 to Joondalup Wolves on Friday with Toni Farnworth contributing 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Hawks.

Perth Redbacks lost 83-75 at Stirling Senators with Lisa Wallbutton adding 8 rebounds to 10 points for the Redbacks. The Redbacks slip to seventh on the twelve-team ladder with a 6-8 record.

It was a mixed weekend in Queensland Basketball League for Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast.
Their club Mackay Meteorettes scooted past Gold Coast Rollers 74-39 on Friday but met a storm at Logan on Saturday rolled 88-69 by the Thunder.

Cocks had 7 points and 9 rebounds on Friday and 11 points the following day. Paalvast scored 13 points against the Rollers and 9 points at Logan.

Mackay slip to third on the ladder with an 8-2 record.

Top of the table are unbeaten Brisbane Spartans (10-0) after wins against Ipswich and Toowoomba at the weekend.

Kalani Purcell nailed 18 points and 10 rebounds at Ipswich and followed up with 10 points against Toowoomba. Natalie Taylor scored 14 points in the second game of the weekend after going scoreless at Ipswich.



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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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  PARAGUAY  


Olimpia Asuncion lands Jacinta Monroe, ex Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia Asuncion (Metropolitan League) tabbed 29-year old American power forward Jacinta Monroe (196-74kg-88, college: Florida State). She played most recently at Hainaut in French LFB league. In 26 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention.
In 2010 Monroe was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
The former Florida State standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Monroe's team was regular season runner-up in Puerto Rican BSNF in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Forward of the Year award back in 2013.
Monroe represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 76.5%.
Monroe is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in eight different countries playing on four different continents. She is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Monroe has played previously professionally in China (Beijing Great Wall), Latvia (TTT Riga), Turkey (Botas and Cankaya), WNBA (Dallas Wings and Seattle Storm), Spain (Mann Filter and Argon Uni Girona), Czech Republic (Basketball Nymburk) and Puerto Rico (Atenienses).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Sezer re-signs at Abdullah Gul - by Eurobasket News

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri (KBSL) confirmed in their roster 23-year old center Gizem Sezer (194-94, agency: LBM Management). She played there last season. In 11 Eurocup games she recorded 3.6ppg and 2.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Sezer played at Girne Universitesi. But in 10 games she averaged just 0.4ppg.
Her team won Turkish TKB2L Group B Regular Season in 2013.
Sezer represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg.
Sezer has played previously for four other teams: Istanbul Uni, Mersin Uni, Orduspor and Mersin Kurtulus.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WNBA  


Diana Taurasi breaks record, but Sparks win - by Eurobasket News

With 0:45.3 seconds remaining in the first half of the Sparks' game against the Phoenix Mercury, the Staples Center clock stopped and the crowd rose to its feet. That moment belonged to Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut), who became the WNBA's all-time leading scorer with an uncontested layup. Once the action resumed Sunday, the rest of the game belonged to the Sparks, who won their fourth in a row, 90-69. 'Diana is tremendous,' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. 'She could be arguably the best ever in the league, and she's a champion.' The Sparks (8-3) have won six of their last seven and are undefeated at home this season, just 11/2 games out of first place in the league behind the Minnesota Lynx, the team they defeated for the 2016 WNBA championship. As has been their habit at home, the Sparks came out sharp offensively and defensively, building a 22-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and maintaining a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford), the reigning Finals MVP and WNBA MVP, put on a clinic in the first quarter, combining for 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting. 'We don't get a lot of time together in training camp, but I think we're figuring out our identity,' Parker said. 'It's still early.' Taurasi and the league's leading scorer, the Mercury's Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor), were both frustrated early by foul trouble as they struggled to stay in front of the Sparks' aggressive drives. The Sparks scored 30 of their 53 first-half points in the paint as they built a 53-36 halftime lead. Southern California basketball fans and the large contingent of Mercury supporters who made the trip hoping to see Taurasi's historic moment seemed destined for disappointment early. The Chino native picked up three fouls in the first 5:24 of the game, including an elbow to the back of Nneka Ogwumike's head on a rebound and another elbow into Parker's ribs as she fought through a screen. Taurasi was inserted back into the game in the second quarter and gunned for the record, finally getting it on a layup after she blew by Nneka Ogwumike. That brought her shooting line to 5-for-12, but put her into the history books with 7,489 points, breaking Tina Thompson's record. Taurasi would have preferred to break the record in Phoenix, but said it was special to do it in L.A. as well. 'I've played a lot of basketball in the streets of Los Angeles ... this is where I fell in love with the game,' she said. In the second half, Agler got into his bench and was able to rest Ogumike and Parker down the stretch, as his team maintained its large lead, eventually expanding it to 81-51 early in the fourth quarter. The Sparks were led by Nneka Ogwumike, who posted 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting, and Parker, who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. The Mercury (6-5) was led by Taurasi's 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting. The Sparks will hit the road for games at Indiana (Saturday), Connecticut (June 27) and Atlanta (June 30) over the next two weeks before returning to the Staples Center on July2 against the Mystics.
Courtesy of: dailybreeze.com