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  3X3  



Serbian men take 3x3 World Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Serbia on Wednesday beat the Netherlands 21-18 to win the country's third FIBA 3x3 World Cup basketball title. The Serbian team competing in the men's category ended the tournament in Nantes, France, with a perfect 7-0, beating Egypt, Russia, Andorra, Puerto Rico, the United States, and France. In the final, Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88) scored a game-high 11 points while his team-mate, number one 3x3 player in the world, Dusan Domovic-Bulut (190-PG-85) added 8, FIBA said on its website. In the women's category, Russia also finished the competition undefeated to became champions after beating Hungary 19-12. The 3x3 competition has been added to Olympic program starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Courtesy of: b92.net



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



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  ABA LEAGUE  


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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  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.18.8 
 5. Deck, San Lorenzo18.0 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.18.0 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.17.1 
 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.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Solano, Echague4.3 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.1.9 
 3. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


LigaA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. San Lorenzo and Regatas enjoy victories - by Eurobasket News

San Lorenzo - Quilmes MP 78-55

San Lorenzo held off Quilmes to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Quilmes MP was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Quilmes MP to just 1 points in second quarter. San Lorenzo made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: M.Calfani 16+4reb, G.Deck 15+6reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 12+8reb+1ast, C.Matias Sandes 11+5reb+3ast, S.Safar 11+6reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 4+4reb+4ast
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 21+6reb+3ast, I.Basualdo 10+8reb, T.Robinson 9+2reb, A.Eslava 6+6reb, L.Vildoza 5+6reb+4ast, T.Reimundo 2
gschID: 548172


San Martin C. - Regatas C. 54-68

Regatas limited San Martin to just 54 points to gain the first victory in the semifinal battle. The game without a history. Regatas Corrientes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded San Martin Corrientes 39-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 24 points. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) chipped in 6 points and 16 rebounds. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) produced 6 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 24+3ast, C.Troutman 15+7reb, F.Ramirez 8+3reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 7+2reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 6+16reb, F.Martina 4+4reb
San Martin C.: F.Aguerre 12+2reb, J.Pablo Cantero 11+1reb+4ast, M.Lescano 8+2reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 7+5reb+3ast, J.Wood 6+11reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 548171





Quilmes score one point in a quarter! - by Ivan Milenkovic

San Lorenzo lead 2-0 in final series of South Zone after another comfortable victory against Quilmes - 78-55. However, highlight of Game 2 was second quarter. Quilmes managed to score, incredibly, one (1) point. Hosts scored 21. Visitors missed all 13 of their field goal attempts, as well as three out of four free throws. Maxi Maciel made second of his two attempts from the charity stripe after only 18 seconds of second quarter. In remaining 9:42 of this period, San Lorenzo made 21-0 run! Besides 8 misses for two, 5 misses for three, team from Mar del Plata had 4 turnovers in this horror quarter for them. Interestingly, excluding Eric Flor, who shot 9/19 from the field in total, their other four starters combined for 1-of-23 from the field. No wonder they scored just 55 points and had no chance to make a surprise in the capital.


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





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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%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Antwerp signs Tyler Kalinoski, ex Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American guard Tyler Kalinoski (193-78kg-92, college: Davidson). He played last season at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In 25 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kalinoski played at Chalon/Saor in French ProA where in 36 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Kalinoski also played 19 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four.
Kalinoski has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Atlantic 10 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Kalinoski graduated from Davidson College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


TOP 10 BEST IN EUROPE FROM BOSNIA - by Chris Mathieu

TOP 10 BEST IN EUROPE FROM BOSNIA

It's hard to come up with a top 10 list like this. I looked at individual success, team success and the all-around kind of impact the player had on his team's season.

1. Ognjen Kuzmic: Red Star Belgrade had a resurgent season and Kuzmic was the best player on the team on the season. He doesn't put up huge numbers but arguably is the best center in Europe and is likely to get great offers from NBA teams this summer. The team had a massive schedule commitment and having a deep roster was key to an eventful performance for the team on the season. Kuzmic's ability to impact a game without having the ball in his hands, or have plays run for him allows teammates to get extra touches, it opens up the offense and his ability to rebound the ball on offense gives his team additional possessions. He is also an excellent help defender and held the defense together for the club throughout the season. The team went 25-1 in the ABA league 13-1 in the Serbian League and 16-14 in the Euroleague.

2. Elemedin Kikanovic: Kikanovic had an outstanding season right up to the point that Bayern Munich knocked them out of the playoffs. Personally he had the best season of his career and clearly became the undisputed leader of Alba Berlin who has been a competitive team in one of the best leagues in Europe. The team went 18-14 in the regular season in Germany but struggled in the Eurocup going 4-4 in the first round but then in the knockout stage struggled going 1-5. In the quarter finals they went 1-3 before bowing out to Bayern Munich. Kikanovic has really found his comfort zone with Alba and has hit his stride at the age of 28. Kikanovic put up huge numbers in Eurocup in 13 games he averaged 27mpg 19.6ppg 3.8rbpg 1aspg while shooting 58.4% and 78.8% from the FT line. In 36 German League games he averaged 15.5ppg 4.5rbpg 1.5aspg while shooting 56.1% from two and 78.1% from the FT line. He is the consummate professional as a basketball player and is a quite leader on and off the court.

3. Nihad Djedovic: Djedovic was mostly a bench player for Bayern who never earned the trust of big minutes under new coach Sasa Djordjevic the Serbian legend. He did stay healthy during the season and contributed to the team going 28-4 in the German League and 12-2 in the Eurocup regular season before getting knocked out the playoffs by Unicaja. In the German League the team beat Alba Berlin 3-1 before getting swept by eventual champions Brose Baskets. They went a combined 32-8 in Germany and 13-4 in Eurocup competitions this year. Djedovic played in 16 games in Eurocup averaging 12mpg 5.5ppg 2.6rbpg 1aspg while shooting 56.1% from two. In the German league he was much more effective in 39 games he averaged 16mpg 9.9ppg 2.4rbpg 1.5aspg while shooting 57.3% from two, 44.6% three and 82% from the FT line.

4. Zach Wright: Zach led Monaco to a great season in France as well as in the Champions League. Monaco went 16-4 in the CL during the season. He led the team to the semifinal game against runner up Banvit. The team won the third place game against Umana VE 91-77. Wright was the best player in the game with 11pts 8ass 4rbs 4stls in 22 minutes. In France the team went 31-6 on the season and made it all the way to the quarter finals before losing to ASVEL 2-1 in the series. The team rushed out to a 28-3 start to the season before going 3-3 down the stretch. The team was an offensive juggernaut in France and was first in scoring, third in rebounding, fourth in assists and played solid defense ranking fourth in the league in points allowed. In 20 CL games he averaged 23mpg 11ppg 3.7rbpg 4aspg 2.2stls while shooting 43.2% from two and 73.4% from the FT line. In the French League he was even better 34 games he averaged 21mpg 8.4ppg 3.2rbpg 3.9aspg 1.1stls and averaged 48.6% from two, 35.6% from three and 73% from the FT line.

5. Rasid Mahalbasic: Sevilla had a tough season in the first division of Spain going 9-23. That result shouldn't overshadow an excellent year Rasid had playing in one of the best leagues in Europe. The team had a heavy former Yugoslav composition, counting seven players who origins were a part of the one-time country in the Balkans. Mahalbasic acquitted himself well with his club in Spain playing in 22 games averaging 10.1ppg 6.6rbpg 1.8aspg while shooting 57.5% from two and 71.2% from the FT line.

6. Miralem Halilovic: Halilovic had an amazing season for his club GKK Sibenik in Croatia. During the regular season the team went 21-5 sweeping KK Zagreb before getting swept themselves in the next round by Cibona. In 29 games he averaged 14.8ppg 7.5rbpg 3.5aspg 1.3stls 1.3blks while shooting 63.7% from two while shooting only 55.7% from the FT line.

7. Diego Kapelan/Nemanja Mitrovic: The team went 19-19 in the season and team went 1-3 in the Quarter finals winning the first game before losing the next three to Oviedo. In the win to open the series Kapelan scored15pts on 6-12fgs while Mitrovic scored 19pts with 5rbs 4ass going 7-10 from the field 4-4 from the FT line. The lethal combo provided great games, highlights and elite outside shooting for the team. Kapelan played in 38 games averaging 12ppg 2.2rbpg 1.3aspg while shooting 47.1% from two, 41.7% from three and 73.5% from the FT line. Mitrovic played in 37 games averaging 11.8ppg 3rbpg 1aspg while shooting 53% from two, 39.9% from three and 84% from the FT line. The combo shot a combined 170-415 shooting over 40% from three combined.

8. Kenan Bajramovic: Kenan started out the season playing in Bosnia with Spars Sarajevo before moving onto Turkey. The team went 29-10 on the season and played well until bowing out in the Quarter Finals 3-2 against Acibadem. Kenan was instrumental in his team's success during the season. He played in 29 games in the TBL league and put up impressive numbers averaging 15.3ppg 7.8rbpg 2.8aspg while shooting 65.5% from two, 38.8% from three and 81.1% from the FT line. For Spars he 2 games averaging 16ppg 7.5rbpg.

9. Fahro Alihodzic: Fahro played brilliantly for Panionios and he was the best player on his club night in and night out. His team went 26-4 and was 15-0 at home on the season. He played in 29 games averaging 24mpg 12.9ppg 6.6rbpg .7stls .7blks while 60.7% from two and 68.1% from the FT line.

10. Davor Lamesic: Davor has quietly been one of the best players in Austria for many years. He has been under the radar of many European basketball fans. He hasn't gone unnoticed in Austria however; year in and year out he has been a force to reckon with. He is entering the twilight of his career at the age of 33 but has shown no signs of slowing down so far. His team only went 20-20 in Austria, beating Vienna in the first round of the playoffs 2-1 before losing in 3-2 in the series against Oberwart. Lamesic played in 37 games and averaged 17.2ppg 7.8rbpg 2.9aspg while shooting 52.1% from two and 76.6% from the FY line.

Honorable Mention: Andrija Stipanovic, Nikola Gajic, Mirza Bulic, Adin Vrabac, Dzanan Musa, Drasko Knezevic, Ismet Sefic, Imran Polutak, Nemanja Gordic, Milan Milosevic, Filip Adamovic,



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Latinos Complete First Game After Disruptive BVI Basketball League Start - by David Edole

By Dean 'The Sportsman' Greenaway

Go Hard used a second half press that the Latinos couldn't break, to pull away from a close halftime game to blow out the Latinos, 108-76, to close out BVI Basketball Federation weekend play on Sunday night, at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

D'Moi Hodge had 21 points to go with six rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocks in leading Go Hard scores. Bodean Samuel added 15 to the tally, while Devante Brewley and Jachoy Walwyn poured in 14 points each. Eral Penn settled for a 13 points 10 rebounds double double.

Juan Richards led the Latinos with a game high 31 points and pulled 15 off the glass. He also had four blocks and four steals. Sandy Nadal and Julien Balbuena, followed up with 12 points respectively.

It was the Latinos' first complete game of the season after their opening game was called off with 9 minutes and 33 seconds to play against the Virgin Gorda Mystics, after Rebuen Reyes was ejected then instigated a fight that turned into a brawl. Reyes was suspended from all basketball related activities by the BVI Basketball Federation.

Officials declined to comment further on the incident that overshadowed the start of the 2017 season.

Jr. Division Defending champions And One rolled to their third straight victory to start the 2017 season, with a convincing 117-60 Sundaynight victory over Young Starz after Friday night's 94-62 triumph against the Mavs.

Demoi Dagou scored 17 of his game high 22 points in the first half in helping construct a 59-36 advantage. He also had eight rebounds and four assists. Dillion Ettiene followed up with 20 and Renrick Massac Jr. followed up with 18.

K'Andre Clarke was Young Starz's leading scorer with 12 points. Heston Charles finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds double double.

Last week, And One pulled out a thrilling season opening 68-65 victory over the Jr. Mystics.

Douron Phillips dropped in a game high 33 points and pulled 21 off the rack, to lead seven MegaGuns players in double figures, during their 114-85 triumph over the Starz. Jamal Serrant and Romain Minott added 16 to the tally while Serrant's brother Jevron, poured in 15. Tavon Phillips had 14 points while Nathaniel 'Nat' Malone and Nigel Carey contributed 10 points respectively.

Joylon Wilson was the Starz's top scorer with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Shakeem Freeman followed up with 16, Shaquille Bruno 13 and Jahmari Rivera 11.

Led by Kimron Telemaque's game high 31 points, the Virgin Gorda Sr. Mystics used a bare five to turn back the East Rockers 94-86. Killven Samuel followed with 28 points to go with eight rebounds and seven steals. Stephon Caul added 17 points and Travis Issac contributed a 10 points 10 rebounds double double.

Neville Smith was the East Rockers leading scorer with 21 points. Ashield Frett and Mikey Joseph chipped in 20 and 17 points respectively. Joseph also snatched 15 rebounds and Frett eight.



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  CANADA  


Canadian U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Canadian U18 National Team 2017
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Amidou Bamba
Bamba
Rowan Barrett Jr.
Barrett Jr.
Joel Brown
Brown
Nathan Darling
Darling
Danilo Djuricic
Djuricic
#e#5
Amidou Bamba 203-F Co.Carolina
Rowan Barrett Jr. 201-SF-00 Montverde Acad.
Khaleem Bennett 192-G Sunrise Christian
Joel Brown 191-G ASPIRE
Nathan Darling 193-G-98 UAB
Danilo Djuricic 204-F-99 Harvard
Jordan Henry 175-G-98 High School Canada
Abu Kigab 201-F/G-98 Oregon
Noah Kirkwood 195-G/F-00 High School Canada
Anthony Longpre 208-C/F-98 St.Joseph's
Emanuel Miller 201-F Bill Crothers Canada
Prince Oduro 204-F Siena
Grant Shephard 206-F/C-99 UBC Canada
James Wagner 201-F-98 Manitoba Canada
Lindell Wigginton 188-G-98 Iowa St.

Roy Rana Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Virginia Tech USA
Paul Weir Assistant N.Mexico USA
Michael Meeks Assistant



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  CHILE  


Felipe Ortega claims Chilean Libcentro Pro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Felipe Ortega (89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Arturo Prat and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Brisas (#5, 3-4) 80-73. Arturo Prat is placed at 4th position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. Arturo Prat is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Ortega had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Arturo Prat, through which he has constantly improved. Felipe Ortega averages this season 11.8ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old guard Angelo Olivares (185-G-82) of Sergio Ceppi. Olivares impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sergio Ceppi lost that game 73-94 to the higher-ranked Sportiva Italiana (#1, 7-1). Sergio Ceppi are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Olivares is one of the most experienced players at Sergio Ceppi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Gaspar Hernandez (99) of top-ranked Sportiva Italiana. Hernandez scored 19 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Sportiva Italiana, leading his team to a 94-73 easy win against Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-8). Sportiva Italiana confirms their top position in the standings. Hernandez has a very solid season. In 8 games in Chile he scored 7.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ruben Molina (192-F-88) of Brisas - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Diego Valenzuela (185-G/F-94) of Puente Alto - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Camilo Culun (90) of Sportiva Italiana - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. E Valdebenito (96) of Arturo Prat - 11 points and 7 rebounds
10. Juan Martin Cardenas (91) of Stadio Italiano - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 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)



Ignacio Arroyo (ex CD Castro) is a newcomer at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of Chilean guard Ignacio Arroyo (185). He played this summer at CD Castro in Chilean Liga Nacional. Arroyo was voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 2nd Team in 2016.
He represented Chile at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (14.4ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 50.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
gschID: 544568


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
gschID: 544569





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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).

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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 Break24.0 
 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, Academia10.9 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 5. Romero, Piratas10.0 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.9 
 7. Almanza, Condores8.9 
 8. Julio, Fast Break7.9 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break7.8 
 10. Coombs, Sabios7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Murray, Academia6.3 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.9 
 5. Granados, Academia4.4 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.2 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones3.9 
 9. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.1 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 4. Murray, Academia2.0 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 7. Blandon, Sabios1.7 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break1.6 
 9. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 10. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perez, Academia1.9 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.0 
 5. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 6. Jones, Sabios0.9 
 7. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 8. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 9. Asprilla, Caciques0.7 
 10. Julio, Fast Break0.7 


PBD Round 14: Fast Break beats Academia by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Liga DirecTV is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Montana. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Academia (9-5) to first ranked Fast Break (11-1) 88-85 in the game for the first place. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Academia. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fast Break have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 11-1 record. Defending champion Academia keeps the second place with five games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academia will play again on the road against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Cundinamarca. Sixth ranked Condores (6-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Piratas (4-10) 91-88 on Sunday evening. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lamar Roberson chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Condores moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Condores will play against Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round. Piratas will play on the road against Cimarrones in Quibdo-Choco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Fast Break (11-1) which played road game in Montana against second-ranked Academia (9-5). First ranked Fast Break managed to get a 8-point victory 77-69. Michael Sneed notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by Divier Perez did not help to save the game for Academia. Fast Break have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 11-1 record. Defending champion Academia keeps the second place with five games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academia will play again against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Academia (9-5) which hosted in Montana 4th ranked Caciques (6-6). Second ranked Academia managed to get a 13-point victory 75-62. The best player for the winners was Divier Perez who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-5 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Fast Break. Caciques at the other side keep the fourth place with six games lost. Academia's next round opponent will be league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caciques will play on the road against Sabios in Manizales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Sabios (7-7) and 7th ranked Patriotas (4-10) in Manizales on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sabios outscored guests from Boyaca 99-67. Ashton Smith orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios moved-up to third place. Loser Patriotas keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Sabios will face Caciques (#4) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Patriotas will play on the road against Condores in Cundinamarca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Academia - Fast Break 85-88

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Montana. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Academia (9-5) to first ranked Fast Break (11-1) 88-85 in the game for the first place. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sneed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Academia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fast Break have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 11-1 record. Defending champion Academia keeps the second place with five games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academia will play again on the road against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 25+10reb+3ast, M.Sneed 16+8reb+3ast, L.Salazar 16+6reb+2ast, L.Julio 13+9reb, M.Hinestroza Javes 6+5reb+2ast, H.Uhegwu 5+6reb+1ast
Academia: S.Granados 23+1reb+4ast, D.Perez 17+13reb+1ast, O.Balbuena 14+5reb+2ast, T.Murray 12+7reb+6ast, G.Diaz 8+3reb, M.Montano 4+8reb
gschID: 547193


Academia - Fast Break 69-77

An interesting game for Fast Break (11-1) which played road game in Montana against second-ranked Academia (9-5). First ranked Fast Break managed to get a 8-point victory 77-69. Fast Break looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) supported him with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Sneed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Even a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) did not help to save the game for Academia. Dominican Oscar Balbuena (195-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Fast Break have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 11-1 record. Defending champion Academia keeps the second place with five games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Academia will play again against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: M.Sneed 19+5reb+2ast, L.Salazar 12+2reb+4ast, L.Julio 10+8reb+1ast, H.Uhegwu 9+5reb+4ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 9+5reb+4ast, S.Ortiz 8+9reb+4ast
Academia: O.Balbuena 16+6reb+1ast, J.Fajardo 12+2reb+3ast, D.Perez 10+13reb+2ast, S.Granados 9+3reb+2ast, T.Murray 8+4reb+5ast, M.Montano 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 547189


Condores - Piratas 91-88

Important game to mention about took place in Cundinamarca. Sixth ranked Condores (6-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Piratas (4-10) 91-88 on Sunday evening. Strangely Piratas outrebounded Condores 47-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Piratas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Five Condores and four Piratas players scored in double figures. Condores moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Condores will play against Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round. Piratas will play on the road against Cimarrones in Quibdo-Choco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Almanza 27+10reb+2ast, L.Roberson 19+5reb+5ast, R.McCoy 16+3reb+6ast, H.Diaz 10+1reb+4ast, D.Balanta 10+4reb, J.Acevedo 6+4reb+4ast
Piratas: B.Givens 24+10reb+3ast, J.Romero 21+13reb+1ast, J.Medina 17+5reb+8ast, E.Romero 11+13reb+1ast, D.Hernandez 5+5ast, J.Mendoza 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 547241


Academia - Caciques 75-62

An interesting game for Academia (9-5) which hosted in Montana 4th ranked Caciques (6-6). Second ranked Academia managed to get a 13-point victory 75-62. Academia made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Juan Fajardo (193-96) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) produced 14 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-5 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Fast Break. Caciques at the other side keep the fourth place with six games lost. Academia's next round opponent will be league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caciques will play on the road against Sabios in Manizales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Academia: S.Granados 24+2reb+5ast, J.Fajardo 22+6reb+3ast, D.Perez 10+18reb+3ast, A.Trespalacios 7+4reb, M.Montano 6+2reb, O.Balbuena 4+4reb+1ast
Caciques: A.Gurley 15+2reb+1ast, H.Wormely 14+3reb+6ast, M.Cornelius 11+6reb, M.Parra 8+9reb+1ast, M.Bermudez 7+8reb+2ast, K.Walters Forbes 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547242


Sabios - Aguilas 99-67

The game between fourth ranked Sabios (7-7) and 7th ranked Patriotas (4-10) in Manizales on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sabios outscored guests from Boyaca 99-67. Sabios dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 28. Sabios forced 21 Patriotas turnovers and had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Barbados forward Kregg Jones (203-91, college: CSU Bakersfield) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized American guard Julio Velandia (188-90, college: Missouri Baptist) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Patriotas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios moved-up to third place. Loser Patriotas keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Sabios will face Caciques (#4) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Patriotas will play on the road against Condores in Cundinamarca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 31+5reb+9ast, K.Jones 20+15reb+3ast, S.Coombs 18+11reb+4ast, R.Rivera 8+3reb+1ast, J.Velez 7+7reb+1ast, L.Blandon 7+4reb+2ast
Aguilas: R.Crawford 23+5reb+2ast, A.Bivins 11+6reb, J.Velandia 11+3reb+4ast, O.Fonseca 6+4reb+1ast, J.Pardo 6+3reb+1ast, J. Lopez 3+5reb
gschID: 547240





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  CROATIA  


Coach Neno Asceric signs at Nantes - by Eurobasket News

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) landed experienced 52-year old Croatian coach Neno Asceric from Lille Metropole Basket.
Among other achievements Asceric's team made it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Final Four in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Coach of the Year award back in 2011. Asceric used to coach Austrian National Team back in 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Germany (Oettinger Rockets Gotha), Hungary (Kormend and Szolnok) and Austria (UBC St. Polten and Vienna).

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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Alan Voskuil signs at Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) landed 31-year old Danish international guard Alan Voskuil (191-92kg-86, college: Texas Tech) from Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria. In 16 Serie A2 games in Italy he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg last season. He also spent pre-season at Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League that year.
Voskuil has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014. Voskuil received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Bosman Player of the Year award in 2015.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.8%.
Voskuil is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), France (Chorale de Roanne), Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket and Bornova), Italy (Roma Virtus, Angelico Biella and Piacenza Basket Club) and Denmark (Horsens IC).
Voskuil attended Texas Tech University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A great outside shooter, who can "kill" the teams from behind the 3pts arch. Has a very good shooting techinque, passes the ball well, he's enough quick to defend well on the perimeter. But skills are typical for a 2 man, not for the point.

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.8 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR21.2 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD21.2 
 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. Gaines, Metros S.18.0 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.5 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 4. Santana, Titanes .9.0 
 5. Rhett, Leones SD8.4 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.8.4 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 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 SFM5.1 
 3. Ruiz, Soles SD5.0 
 4. Miller, Leones SD4.6 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.4.5 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD4.4 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.4.2 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
 9. Maye, Reales LV3.8 
 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. Fortuna, Titanes .1.9 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 6. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 7. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 8. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.1.4 
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. Shannon, Indios S.1.3 
 6. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 


LNB Round 9: Indios SFM beats Leones SD by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-5) to second ranked Indios SFM (8-3) 93-92 in the game for the second place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leones SD won fourth quarter 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Leones SD 44-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Indios SFM made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) answered with 24 points and 7 assists for Leones SD. Indios SFM maintains second place with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader Metros STGO. Leones SD lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost. Indios SFM are looking forward to face Caneros LR (#5) in La Romana in the next round. Leones SD will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in La Romana. Fifth ranked Caneros LR (5-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Reales LV (3-7) 89-87 on Tuesday evening. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners and Miguel Evangelista chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Reales LV at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Caneros LR will play against league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reales LV will play at home against Titanes Licey (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Indios SFM (8-3) against fourth ranked Titanes Licey (5-5) on Tuesday night. Host Indios SFM was defeated by Titanes Licey in a tough game in San Francisco 92-96. Terrance Woodbury nailed 33 points (!!!) for the winning side. Juan-Miguel Suero came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for Indios SFM in the defeat. Indios SFM's coach David Diaz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-5 record, which they share with Caneros LR. Loser Indios SFM keeps the second position with three games lost. Titanes Licey will meet Reales LV (#7) in the next round. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game between sixth ranked Huracanes PP (4-6) and 8th ranked Soles SD (2-8) in Puerto Plata ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes PP beat guests from Santo Domingo 88-83. The best player for the winners was Alexis Montas who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Huracanes PP's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Huracanes PP maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Soles SD lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Huracanes PP's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo.

Leones SD - Indios SFM 92-93

The most exciting game of round 9 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-5) to second ranked Indios SFM (8-3) 93-92 in the game for the second place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leones SD won fourth quarter 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Leones SD 44-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Indios SFM made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) answered with 24 points and 7 assists and naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Leones SD. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Indios SFM maintains second place with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader Metros STGO. Leones SD lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost. Indios SFM are looking forward to face Caneros LR (#5) in La Romana in the next round. Leones SD will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Indios SFM: T.Shannon 24+10reb+2ast, J.Miguel Suero 19+7reb+4ast, R.Suarez 12+5reb, A.Salas Flores 11+16reb+1ast, A.Gibbs 10+1reb+3ast, C.Novas Mateo 10+1reb+2ast
Leones SD: P.Miller 24+3reb+7ast, J.Araujo 17+8reb, H.Walker 16+4reb+1ast, M.Rhett 14+5reb+4ast, E.Fortuna 11+1reb+2ast, J.Corporan 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546061


Huracanes PP - Soles SD 88-83

The game between sixth ranked Huracanes PP (4-6) and 8th ranked Soles SD (2-8) in Puerto Plata ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes PP beat guests from Santo Domingo 88-83. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish power forward Alexis Montas (202-79) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 16 points. Five Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. Huracanes PP's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Carl Hall (202-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Huracanes PP maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Soles SD lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Huracanes PP's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: M.Carter 16+4reb+3ast, W.Rose 15+2reb+5ast, J.Bohannon 14+6reb, A.Montas 12+10reb+2ast, K.Beidler 10+5reb+2ast, J.Valdez 9+2reb
Soles SD: C.Hall 20+8reb+2ast, M.Guzman 18+7reb+2ast, M.Carey Jr. 13+5reb+4ast, R.Ruiz 8+2reb+6ast, L.Imbert 7+1reb, H.Maldonado 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546060


Indios SFM - Titanes Licey 92-96

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Indios SFM (8-3) against fourth ranked Titanes Licey (5-5) on Tuesday night. Host Indios SFM was defeated by Titanes Licey in a tough game in San Francisco 92-96. Titanes Licey forced 19 Indios SFM turnovers. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) nailed 33 points (!!!) for the winning side and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) added 29 points respectively for Indios SFM in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Indios SFM's coach David Diaz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-5 record, which they share with Caneros LR. Loser Indios SFM keeps the second position with three games lost. Titanes Licey will meet Reales LV (#7) in the next round. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: T.Woodbury 33+2reb+2ast, U.Thomas 16+4reb+2ast, E.Santana 15+8reb+3ast, B.Williams 13+10reb+2ast, J.Fortuna 9+6reb+5ast, H.Valdez 6+6reb
Indios SFM: G.Suero 29+4reb+1ast, J.Miguel Suero 25+9reb+3ast, A.Gibbs 18+1ast, T.Shannon 12+10reb+1ast, A.Salas Flores 4+8reb, C.De La Rosa 2
gschID: 546058


Caneros LR - Reales LV 89-87

Important game to mention about took place in La Romana. Fifth ranked Caneros LR (5-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Reales LV (3-7) 89-87 on Tuesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Reales LV won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caneros LR players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners and Miguel Evangelista (-91) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Reales LV players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Reales LV at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Caneros LR will play against league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reales LV will play at home against Titanes Licey (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 35+7reb+2ast, M.Evangelista 10+11reb, E.Soliman 9+10ast, A.Freeman 8+3reb+9ast, J.Pablo Montas 7+3reb+1ast, A.Williams 6+2reb+1ast
Reales LV: O.Bailey 25+6reb+1ast, A.Okosun 14+6reb, A.Pena 10+3reb+3ast, J.Coronado 10+4reb+5ast, J.Maye 9+5reb+5ast, R.Beato 9+2reb
gschID: 546059





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)



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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Panathinaikos may land Sonny Weems, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is targeting to add to their roster 31-year old American swingman Sonny Weems (198-93kg-86, college: Arkansas) who played last time at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israel. In 11 Winner League games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.0spg last season. He also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg.
Weems ended the previous (2015-16) season at the 76ers in NBA. In 7 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Suns in NBA. In 36 games he got only 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 Weems was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in second round (39th overall). He attended University of Arkansas and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Weems' team made it to the Gomelsky final.
He is quite experienced player. Weems has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Texas Legends).
On Weems: An explosive leaper who can score. Has a good outside shot (with also 3pts range) and his elevation and wingspan allow him to knock down shots over defenders. He' s also a decent rebounder and a good FT shooter, but needs to improve his ball handling and defensive skills.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Michail Lountzis

Forward:
Vasileios Charalampopoulos

Center:
Ioannis Bourousis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

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CSKA brings in point guard Westermann - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow strengthened its backcourt by signing point guard Leo Westermann (197-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) to a one-year deal with an option to keep him for another season. Westermann (1.97 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 8.2 points and a career best 5.5 assists in 30 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. That assist tally was 10th-best in the EuroLeague last season. He helped Zalgiris win the Lithuanian League and Cup double and challenge for a EuroLeague playoff berth. Westermann joined Zalgiris from Limoges CSP of his native France, where he averaged 10.1 points on 88.9% free throw shooting and 4.3 assists in 10 Euroleague games the season before. Despite his young age, Westermann brings five seasons of EuroLeague experience: two with Partizan Belgrade of Serbia, two more with Limoges and one with Zalgiris. He has also played for Centre Federal du Basket-ball and Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne of his native France. Westermann helped Partizan win the Serbian League and the Adriatic League titles in 2013 and lifted the French League trophy with Limoges in 2015. He is a member of the French national team with whom he won the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2015. "It is a great feeling to be a part of such legendary club and big team," Westermann said. "It is definitely a huge step in my career, I am really excited about this new challenge and I look forward to working with my new teamates and staff."
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



Valencia keeps Dubljevic - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Montenegrin international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-106kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 39 Liga Endesa games he averaged 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg last season. Dubljevic helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dubljevic also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 Dubljevic was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (59th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Dubljevic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Dubljevic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 89.3%.
Dubljevic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Lovcen, Ibon Niksic, Buducnost and KK Ibon Niksic II.
His game is described as: Now he plays at center position, but his future is at the PF. Has yet good shooting range and an interesting timing for the rebounds at the both sides of the court.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv lands John DiBartolomeo - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) tabbed 26-year old naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-79kg-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) from Maccabi Haifa. In 33 Winner League games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements DiBartolomeo received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Palma).
DiBartolomeo attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended University of Rochester until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into DiBartolomeo's outlook: John is an explosive sharpshooting point guard who can score in bunches. He controls tempo, creates well for others and protects the ball. He impacts the game in many ways - points, rebounds, assists, steals. Capable of playing both guard positions. He is strong, competitive and can guard taller players.".

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Thomas Heurtel (ex Anadolu Efes) signs at FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) landed 28-year old French international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-90kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three years at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 32 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Heurtel helped them to make it to the cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Heurtel's team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award in 2016.
Heurtel has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Heurtel also represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 74.1%, 3PT: 33.3%.
Heurtel has played also professionally in Italy, France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Strasbourg IG) and Spain (Baskonia and Meridiano Alicante).

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Zalgiris may tab Royce O'Neale, ex Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) is close to add to their roster 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor) who played last time at Herbalife Gran Canaria in Spain. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season O'Neale played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
O'Neale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted All-WAC 3rd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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  FIBA AMERICAS U16  


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 1st Team 2017
Andre Curbelo
Curbelo
Gaston Bertona
Bertona
Cashius Mcneilly
Mcneilly
David Jones
Jones
Vernon Carey
Carey

Best Player: Vernon Carey (6'9''-C-01) of USA
Best Guard: Andre Curbelo (6'1''-PG-01) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: David Jones (193-F/G-01) of Dom. Republic
Best Center: Vernon Carey (6'9''-C-01) of USA

1st Team
PG: Andre Curbelo (6'1''-PG-01) of Puerto Rico
PG: Gaston Bertona (178-PG-01) of Argentina
SG: Cashius Mcneilly (6'1''-SG-01) of Canada
F/G: David Jones (193-F/G-01) of Dom. Republic
C: Vernon Carey (6'9''-C-01) of USA

2nd Team
PG: Luka Sakota (6'1''-PG-01) of Canada
SG: Scott Barnes (6'7''-SG-01) of USA
SF: Victor Rosa (195-SF-01) of Puerto Rico
PF: Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) of Mexico
C: James Wiseman (6'10''-C-01) of USA

Honorable Mention
Malachi Ndur (6'6''-SF-01) of Canada
Bautista Lugarini (199-F-01) of Argentina
Romeo Weems (6'5''-F-01) of USA
Jeremy Roach (6'1''-G-01) of USA
Jose Barreto (185-F-01) of Paraguay
Zion Harmon (5'11''-G-02) of USA
Enderson Alcala (191-C-01) of Venezuela



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  FINLAND  


Lille signs Rakeem Buckles, ex Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) signed 27-year old American forward Rakeem Buckles (203-98kg-90, college: FIU). He played last season at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 14.5ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.0spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention. Buckles also played that season for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL where in 5 games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 2.0rpg.
Buckles' college team won Big East Tournament in 2012.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart) and Italy (Rieti).
Buckles attended Florida International University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid bodied, very athletic forward who gives his best at the 4 position. Can grab rebounds and block the opponents' shots, earns lots of fouls when he goes inside thanks to good post moves.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Acker
Bryan Pamba-Juille
Paul-Lou Duwiquet
Luka Asceric
Elias Kherzane

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mohamed Queta
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

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  FRANCE  


Lille signs Rakeem Buckles, ex Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) signed 27-year old American forward Rakeem Buckles (203-98kg-90, college: FIU). He played last season at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 14.5ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.0spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention. Buckles also played that season for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL where in 5 games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 2.0rpg.
Buckles' college team won Big East Tournament in 2012.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart) and Italy (Rieti).
Buckles attended Florida International University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid bodied, very athletic forward who gives his best at the 4 position. Can grab rebounds and block the opponents' shots, earns lots of fouls when he goes inside thanks to good post moves.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Acker
Bryan Pamba-Juille
Paul-Lou Duwiquet
Luka Asceric
Elias Kherzane

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mohamed Queta
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

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Coach Neno Asceric signs at Nantes - by Eurobasket News

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) landed experienced 52-year old Croatian coach Neno Asceric from Lille Metropole Basket.
Among other achievements Asceric's team made it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Final Four in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Coach of the Year award back in 2011. Asceric used to coach Austrian National Team back in 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Germany (Oettinger Rockets Gotha), Hungary (Kormend and Szolnok) and Austria (UBC St. Polten and Vienna).

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Cheick Soumaoro agreed terms with St Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) inked 27-year old Mali power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90). He has played for the last two years at SAP Vaucluse in the NM1. In 32 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Soumaoro was tested by ADA Blois (also in NM1).
He was also a member of Mali international program for some years. Soumaoro played for Mali Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Mali at the African Championships in Madagascar six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 87.5%.
Soumaoro has played previously for five other teams: Toulouse, Vitre, Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard, SPO Rouen and La Charite.

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benoit Gillet
Jean-Francois Kebe

Forward:
Desmond Quincy-Jones

Center:
Cheick Soumaoro

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Charleville tabs Corentin Carne - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) inked 21-year old point guard Corentin Carne (195-96). He has played for the last three years at Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. ProA was a little too high level for him, where in 12 games he averaged just 1.8ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Carne represented France at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg.
Carne has played previously for two other teams: CFBB and Pau Nord Est.

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexandre Moisy
Lucas Dussoulier
Corentin Carne
William Mensah

Forwards:
Seraphin Saumont
Alexis Auburtin

Center:
Valentin Mukuna

Coach: Alex Casimiri

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Charleville tabs Alexandre Moisy - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) inked 22-year old point guard Alexandre Moisy (175-95) from Boulogne. In 29 ProB games he averaged 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Moisy played at Pau Lacq Orthez (ProA). But in four games he did not score anything and 1 assist.
He was a member of French U20 National Team two years ago.
Moisy has played previously for Pau Nord Est.

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexandre Moisy
Lucas Dussoulier
William Mensah

Forwards:
Seraphin Saumont
Alexis Auburtin

Center:
Valentin Mukuna

Coach: Alex Casimiri

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Rouen signs Remi Dibo - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) signed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian forward Remi Dibo (201-102kg-91, college: W.Virginia, agency: Octagon Europe). The last season Dibo played also at ALM Evreux where in 32 ProB games he had 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
He was voted NJCAA D1 All-America 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Dibo was a member of French U16 National Team in 2007.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), France (Le Mans and GET Vosges) and Canada (High School).
Dibo attended West Virginia University until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

SPO Rouen Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ovidijus Varanauskas
Felix Michel
Emmanuel Monceau

Forwards:
Remi Dibo
Carl Ponsar
Earvine Bassoumba

Coach: Alexandre Menard

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Thomas Heurtel (ex Anadolu Efes) signs at FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) landed 28-year old French international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-90kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three years at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 32 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Heurtel helped them to make it to the cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Heurtel's team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award in 2016.
Heurtel has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Heurtel also represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 74.1%, 3PT: 33.3%.
Heurtel has played also professionally in Italy, France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Strasbourg IG) and Spain (Baskonia and Meridiano Alicante).

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Usak adds Solomon to their roster, ex Gravelines - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Richard Solomon (208-107kg-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in French ProA. In 31 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2spg. Solomon also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA that year.
He was voted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention back in 2014 at his college time.
Solomon has played also professionally in Japan (Toyota Alvark), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of California until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has a great wingspan over a lanky frame. He's a good athlete with the right size to play the 4 position. Also, has good hands, quick feet, good timing to grab rebounds. Needs to improve his one-on-one defending skills.

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
Richard Solomon
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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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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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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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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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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Umana Venezia keeps Haynes for another season - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) re-signed 31-year old Georgian international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-84kg-86, college: Texas Arlington). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Haynes played there last season. In 46 Serie A games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Haynes played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 17 games he averaged 5.1ppg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Haynes also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 5.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Haynes played that season for was Banco di Srd. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 Serie A games he got 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg. Haynes contributed to his team making it to the Supercup semifinals. Haynes also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 13.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 15.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 6.5apg.
Haynes has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Haynes also represented Georgia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 53.3%.
Haynes is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor), Germany (Artland Dragons), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
Haynes attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A combo guard player with great scoring skills but not so much quarterbacking ability. A good defender who can shut down opposing players, he did not show all the PG attitude he was expected to in Europe. He's probably an ideal specialist coming off the bench, to score some points quickly and to change the tempo of the game.

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Viktor Ziring agreed terms with Iserlohn - by Eurobasket News

Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old guard Viktor Ziring (187-98). He played most recently at VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers in the 2.Regionalliga. In 16 games he recorded 4.6ppg last season.

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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.




MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel Hold Demetrius Ward - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Demetrius Ward (188-G-90, college: W.Michigan) has called the MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel organization home his whole professional basketball career and that will remain in the future. Ward is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Detriot that learned his basketball trade at W.Michigan (NCAA and started his professional basketball career in 2012 with MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and will go into a sixth season with them. Last season he had the double function of player/coach and had his best statistical season as a pro playing 22 games averaging 19.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 83.6%.


"Staying in Wolfen buettel was the best situation for me and my career. We have built up a very honest and trustworthy relationship over the years. I know the city and fans and am looking forward to another season there. The cooperation with Braunschweig gives me the chance to practice with the Basketball Lowen and possibily to make the next step in my coaching career", stressed Demetrius Ward. Last season he scored in double figures in 20 games and scored 20 points or more in 12 games. Some of his best games included a 30 point effort against Bochum, a 28 point game against Stahnsdorf and a 27 point game against Wedel. He also had a huge 15 point and 16 rebound game against Itzehoe.

Source: MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel



The ScanPlus Baskets Hold Germans Brian Butler And Filmore Beck - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team ScanPlus Baskets have announced the contract extensions for Germans Brian Butler (196-F-91) and Filmore Beck. Butler is a 25 year old 196cm forward that will go into his third season with the team. The 2017 EasyCredit BBL slam dunk winner last season played 30 games averaging 10.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 59.4%. He scored in double figures in 17 of 30 games including a 20 point game against Lich and a 19 point effort against Rhondorf. Filmore Beck is a 26 year old 192cm guard that like Butler will go into his third season with the team. Last season the German played 29 games averaging 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.4%. He scored in double figures in 14 games including a 20 point game against Wurzburg and a 19 point effort against weissenhorn.

Source:ScanPlus Baskets



Marcus Hatten Stays With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It seemed like a reach to hold Marcus Hatten in Wesissenfels, but 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC did a great job continuing to keep their team chemsitry intact holding on to the experienced and talented point guard. Hatten has been a real basketball globetrotter in his career, but has found a second home with the Mitteldeutscher BC as he will play his fourth season with the club. Last season the American who played at ST Johns (NCAA) and was with the Los Angeles Clippers briefly as a rookie in 2003 played 37 games with the German team averaging 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.4apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 80.2%. "I am looking forward to having him on the team for another season. He is an important player that sets the goals of the team before his own. He is a big help for me and the team with his experience and knowledge. It will be a good year with him", stressed head coach Igor Jovovic. Last season in the Pro A, Hatten scored in double figures in 24 of 37 games and had one double double with 17 points and 11 boards against Gotha. Some of his best scoring games was 26 points against the RheinStars and 22 points against Crailsheim. "I am excited that I will be able to be a part of MBC again. We wrote history last season. The organization is at atop level and the fans are unbeleivable", stressed Marcus Hatten.

Source:Mitteldeutscher BC








Jordan Talbert (PS Karlsruhe) I Proved How Effective I Can Be Within A Truly Professional System Designed To Get Everyone Involved And Not Just A Few Players - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that completed his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions averaging 13,3ppg, 7,2rpg and 2,1apg helping lead the team to the Pro A. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket at the end of the season.


Jordan congrats on an amazing season, but the goal ended during the last game of the season. Did you ever suffer a more bitter loss in your career?

Yes, I have suffered much more devastating losses in my career. This one cuts but not nearly as deep as some of the others.

Weissenhorn had to win by more than four points to be crowned 2017 Pro B champion and really grinded it out winning by six points. What were your first thoughts after the buzzer. Did you feel like you were in a bad dream?

I was just really disappointed in myself and my team. The way we played that game wasn't the way we played all season. We didn't deserve to win.


The Weissenhorn youngsters controlled the game from the get go, but PS Karlsruhe made a run in the fourth quarter as you started really to fire away from outside. What do you feel was missing in crunch-time to have got over the hump?

Our defense during crunch time was what was missing. Credit to them for taking advantage of it.


Both teams really wanted this Pro B title badly, but do you feel like the visitors wanted it more?

Yes I definitely do. The way we played in the first half it seemed as if we were unmotivated and unfocused.


Dou you feel like the Pro B title was lost in game one in Weissenhorn? Do you feel like if PS Karlsruhe could have taken more advantage of their horrible 1/25 shooting that you would have been in better position in game two to have won it all?

No I don't think that we lost the title in game 1. Sure we could've taking better advantage of their off night but still we should've been able to close out the series at home.

How much respect do you have for the Weissenhorn organization winning the 2017 Pro B title without a single American. What made this team so special this season?

That's a major accomplishment. Their team chemistry is what made them special. Seems like no one on their team had a problem stepping up and making a play when needed.


I really enjoy watching huge Hungarian talent Marcell Pongo and his aggressiveness. Do you see him becoming a solid BBL player down the line?

I'm not sure I'm the guy to make that judgement since I've haven't been around many BBL players. Don't want make the mistake and underestimate their skill level.


You stated in our last interview in March that 'Our focus is what needs to increase. Our effort and toughness is always there, just our focus on the details during key moments is what we plan on fixing during the playoffs'. Is this something that also was missing a bit in the final series against Weissenhorn?

Yes our focus on the defensive end, turnovers and at the free throw line were what really cost us in the end.


What is your overall season summary. The club reached the Pro A as the 2017 Pro B finalist. Did you truly think this was possible after the first few weeks of the season?

Yes I did. Making it to the semi-finals last season with a less talented team in Nordlingen compared to the roster in Karlsruhe really gave me the confidence that we could get the promotion.


How much of a pleasure has it been playing with Dimitrij Kreis? He is a very underrated point guard in the Pro B. Is he a guy that could make the next step in the Pro A?


It has been great playing with Kreis. I've learned much from him not just on the court but off the court as well. He's a veteran in Germany and I've soaked up much wisdom by listening to some of the things he's said and done.


What German player do you feel has improved the most from the first day of training camp until the last game against Weissenhorn?

Well even though this guy was only with us since January I think Jacob Mampuya has made the biggest improvement over the season. Coming late from Nordlingen which was a team at the bottom of the league he had a lot of bad habits he had to break before he could help our team. The great thing was that he learned everyday doing practice how to play winning basketball and eventually being a huge piece for us.

You had a tight bond with Orlando Parker and one could say you have become like brothers. What did you learn to appreciate most about him on and off the court? I definitely appreciated his game.

He was our leading scorer for most of the season, coming off the bench. He has the ability to come in and change the game within a short period of time. Off the court he has great character which made being away from home for so long not so bad because it felt like I had a family member here with me.


Let's talk about your game. In our last interview you stated that 'I've think my game without the ball has improved. Finding ways to have an effect on the game whether it's screening to get a teammate open, helping out on defense, or rebounds in traffic. Making those little plays that don't show up in the box score is what I've been proud of' How important was this season for you where your stats weren't as big as with Nordlingen in building your overall team player skills?


Very important, this season I believed I proved that how effective I can be within a truly professional system designed to get everyone involved and not just a few players.


You had a three point shooting slump, but shot the ball well in the last three playoff games going 9/19. Is this something you will continue to build on for next season this summer?


Yes of course, I want to continue to expand my shooting range because I know at the next level I will be required to stretch the floor even more. I finished the season shooting 34% from 3 which is much better than the 28% I did the season before. I would just like to continue to improve that part of my game.


How do you feel did your defense progress in your third professional season? You stated that 'Making those little plays that don't show up in the box score is what I've been proud of'. What kind of defender has Jordan Talbert become with PS Karlsruhe that will help you make the next step?

I've always considered myself to be a great defender. It's something I really take pride in. I'm confident that I will have no problem making the adjustment to the next level. Improving my strength and quickness are my main focuses in that area.


What is the next step for Jordan Talbert? You have paid your dues now three seasons in Germany in lower leagues. Are you ready for the next step in the Pro A?

Yes I've believed that I've done more than enough to prove that I'm ready. Now I'm excited to finally get the opportunity.


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?

I have a little trip planned early in the summer to visit some friends I haven't seen in a long time but then after that it's back to work.


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?

No not really. First I was really to impressed with the accomplishment primarily because his team lost. I think the players are so good at scoring in the NBA that a hot night could mean huge numbers for anyone.


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?

I would also put him behind Curry and maybe John Wall.


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'?

Yes I do. I think Frank Martin did an excellent job by maximizing his teams abilities and shocking the basketball nation.


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?

I haven't seen him play much so I don't know. But I sure hope that he develops because I feel that his father is putting a target on him to forget once he gets to the league.


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 Westbrook was doing all he could to help his team win, which is all you can ask for in a player.


There was some speculation that the Morris brothers both played in game one and game two for Washington despite Morris being under contract to the Detroit Pistons. Do you really think that could be possible with all the technical capabilities around to really have let a capper like that go unnoticed?

No I don't think that's possible. Just because they look alike doesn't mean they think alike. He would have to know all the plays and the tendencies of his teammates which is something only a person who's been on the team all season would know.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Passengers


Thanks Jordan for the chat.




The Rostock Seawolves Bring In Zaire Thompson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Zaire Thompson (180-PG-95, college: Fordham) is another one of those young talented German players that already has had worthwhile NCAA and Pro A experience and still has a huge upside in his game and now he will continue to attempt to develop further with the Rostock Seawolves. Thompson is a 22 year old 180cm point guard that grew up in the Ehingen organization and played a season in the NCAA with Fordham and brings 33 Pro A game experience to Rostock. Last season he played with Team Ehingen Urspring (ProA) playing 26 games avergaing 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, played also at TuS Urspringschule (2.Regionalliga) playing 9 games averaging 12.2ppg. The club gave him a one year deal with an option for a second season. "We liked his team game in the try-out. He is a quick point guard that looks for his teammates, but also can shoot an dputs pressure on the opponents point guard. His Pro A experience will help us", stressed head coach Ralf Rehberger. Last season he had a 10 point game against Dresden.

Thompson started his basketball career with TSV Weilheim and then moved to SG Urspringschule/Schelklingen (2.Regionalliga) playing 9 games averaging 5.5ppg. He then moved to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProA) in 2012 playing one Pro A game.In the 2013-2014 season he played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProA) playng 6 games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.2apg, played also at TuS Urspringschule (2.Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging 11.4ppg, played also at CYBEX Urspring U19 team (NBBL). In the 2014-2015 season he played a season at Fordham (NCAA) playing 8 games. In the 2015-2016 season he returned back to Germany to Team Ehingen Urspring (ProB) playing 27 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg, played also at TuS Urspringschule (2.Regionalliga) playing 10 games avergaing 17.3ppg.

I am really looking forward to playing in Rostock. It is a great chance for me not only to develop further, but to play for a team that has huge ambition to play at the top. I can hardly wait for the season to start and play for the great fans", stressed Zaire Thompson. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been
German NBBL Championships Semifinals -12, German NBBL Championships Winner -13, German U20 National Team -14, German NBBL Championships Finalist -14, German NBBL All-Star Game -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Runner-Up -16, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -16.

Source:Rostock Seawolves



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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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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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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Panathinaikos may land Sonny Weems, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is targeting to add to their roster 31-year old American swingman Sonny Weems (198-93kg-86, college: Arkansas) who played last time at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israel. In 11 Winner League games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.0spg last season. He also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg.
Weems ended the previous (2015-16) season at the 76ers in NBA. In 7 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Suns in NBA. In 36 games he got only 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 Weems was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in second round (39th overall). He attended University of Arkansas and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Weems' team made it to the Gomelsky final.
He is quite experienced player. Weems has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Texas Legends).
On Weems: An explosive leaper who can score. Has a good outside shot (with also 3pts range) and his elevation and wingspan allow him to knock down shots over defenders. He' s also a decent rebounder and a good FT shooter, but needs to improve his ball handling and defensive skills.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Michail Lountzis

Forward:
Vasileios Charalampopoulos

Center:
Ioannis Bourousis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

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Anatolia keeps Protoulis for another season - by Eurobasket News

SAAK Anatolia (B) re-signed 23-year old guard Theodoros Protoulis (188-94). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Protoulis played at Ionikos Ionias. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year and selected to 3rd Team.
Protoulis represented Greece at the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg, 1.6rpg.
Protoulis has played previously for HANTH.

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Galanidis re-signs at Anatolia - by Eurobasket News

SAAK Anatolia (B) confirmed in their roster 30-year old guard Lefteris Galanidis (188-87). He has played there for the last three seasons.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Galanidis was named to Eurobasket.com All- B League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has played previously for four other teams: Mantoulidis, Halkidona, Anagennisi and EAK Fes/nikis Kalamarias.

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Trikalla lands coach Konstantinos Mexas - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) tabbed coach Konstantinos Mexas from Apollon Patras. The previous (15-16) season Mexas coached at KAO Dramas. He helped his team to make it to the Cup Semifinals in 2012. Mexas has coached previously two other teams: Iraklis and MENT Vassilakis.

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Antwerp signs Tyler Kalinoski, ex Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American guard Tyler Kalinoski (193-78kg-92, college: Davidson). He played last season at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. In 25 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kalinoski played at Chalon/Saor in French ProA where in 36 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Kalinoski also played 19 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four.
Kalinoski has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Atlantic 10 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Kalinoski graduated from Davidson College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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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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  GUATEMALA  


Aucasa wins Tercera Division, Jose Alecio MVP - by Eurobasket News

Aucasa wins Tercera Divisio in Liga Metropolitana. In the Final game they overcame Durman 86-61. Aucasa managed to start strong and won all the quarters of the game. JUAN CAMEY top-scored for the winners with 33 points, while RAUL CABRERA and CARLOS ALECIO notched 12 each. JAVIER CASTANEDA replied with 21 points and 12 boards in a loss, whilst DAVID VASQUEZ had 14.


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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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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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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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Skallagrimur keeps Ingason for another season - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Dominos League) re-signed 20-year old point guard Atil Ingason (178-97). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in only one Dominos League game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Ingason helped them to make it to the Powerade Cup Semis final in 2015.

U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zac Carter
Atil Ingason

Forwards:
Kristjan Omarsson
Kristofer Gislason

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Skallagrimur keeps Omarsson for another season - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Dominos League) re-signed 20-year old forward Kristjan Omarsson (196-97). He has played there for the last five seasons. But in 16 Dominos League games he averaged just 1.5ppg last season.
Omarsson won Icelandic D1 Playoff championship title in 2016.

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Skallagrimur keeps Gislason for another season - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Dominos League) re-signed 21-year old small forward Kristofer Gislason (195-96). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 22 Dominos League games he averaged 3.1ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
Gislason won D1 Playoff in 2016.

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Icelandic U20 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Icelandic U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Arnor Hermannsson
Hermannsson
Saethor Kristjansson
Kristjansson
Halldor Hermannsson
Hermannsson
Ingvi Gudmundsson
Gudmundsson
Kristinn Palsson
Palsson
#e#5
Arnor Hermannsson 175-PG-98 KR Iceland
Saethor Kristjansson 200-F-97 IR Iceland
4Halldor Hermannsson 188-G-97 Thor Thorl Iceland
6Ingvi Gudmundsson 199-F-98 Grindavik Iceland
8Kristinn Palsson 198-G/F-97 Marist USA
9Snjolfur Stefansson 192-G/F-98 Njardvik Iceland
9Thorir Gudmundur 98 KR Iceland
10Sveinbjorn Johannesson 202-F/C-98 Breidablik Iceland
10Kari Jonsson 190-G-97 Drexel USA
11Snorri Vignisson 193-F/G-97 Breidablik Iceland
13Breki Gylfason 204-C-97 Haukar Iceland
15Tryggvi Hlinason 215-C-97 Valencia Spain
23Eyjolfur Halldorsson 194-F/G-98 Skallagrimur Iceland
88Adam Asgeirsson 190-G-98 Njardvik Iceland

Finnur Stefansson Head Coach KR Iceland
Baldur Ragnarsson Assistant
Einar Johannsson Assistant Thor Thorl Iceland



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  IRELAND  


Tensions mount over axing of Cork Basketball Program - by Patrick Maher

Tensions mount over axing of Cork basketball programme :

By Tony Leen
Sports Editor Irish Examiner.

Ladies basketball officials in Cork are facing local protests and strong criticism from Basketball Ireland over a proposal to axe funding for the sport's local development programme, run by UCC Demons star Ciaran O'Sullivan.

A notification from Cork Ladies Basketball Board (CLBB) chairman George Meade to clubs has confirmed that a decision had been taken to withdraw funding from the development programme. It said the decision had not been taken lightly and was arrived at after 'much deliberation and consultation'.
However, the correspondence brought a sharp rebuke for the CLBB from Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O'Byrne, who has said he is 'disappointed and staggered' by the decision. The committee of the CCLB was due to meet last night to further consider the issue.
In a strongly-worded letter to Cork clubs, Basketball Ireland chief Mr O'Byrne takes issue with claims by George Meade regarding 'conditions on accountability' with regard to the development officer programme. Mr Meade claims 'we had a promise that our conditions were reasonable and could be put in place. However, we were told at later dates that our conditions were not feasible.'
Though it isn't specified, it is presumed the CLBB chairman was referring to a 'promise' from the sport's governing body. However, Mr O'Byrne has stated categorically that such claims were 'untrue'. The development officer at the centre of the funding row is Irish international Ciaran O'Sullivan, whose credentials for the position are strongly supported by a number of Cork clubs which have stated in correspondence that O'Sullivan is 'very highly thought of' amongst clubs in the county.
Mr O'Byrne explained to Cork clubs in correspondence: 'I personally met your Chair (George Meade) in Dublin at the Cup Final weekend and he outlined his concerns. I guaranteed him that I would speak to the Development Officer, Ciaran O'Sullivan, and ensure that the concerns of the CLBB would be addressed.
'I then travelled to Cork on May 15 to have a review of how things were going. The feedback from you (r) Chair was that he was still unhappy with some aspects but that after the discussion during this meeting he expressed himself as confident that things could be worked out. A few days later in a telephone conversation between us he predicted that 'everything would be fine' at an upcoming meeting of the CLBB.'
Mr O'Byrne added: 'At no stage did I or anybody within my earing (sic) ever say to him that the CLBB conditions were not feasible. In fact, it was clearly stated to him that we would ensure that all would be done to keep this flagship project on track.
'Basketball Ireland is hugely grateful to and supportive of the CLBB's support for this project in recent years. We hope it will go on for several years to come as an example of how Area Boards, BIHQ and an LSP can work together positively for basketball. We are deeply disappointed that the CLBB has made the decision to withdraw funding but we respect your right to do so. However, I completely reject the tactic of asserting the reason for doing so was some other parties doing.
'Your Chair or your Board was never told (underlined) that your conditions were not feasible. The Chair was told the absolute opposite (underlined) - that whatever CLBB wanted within reason would be made happen.'
In his letter to clubs, George Meade states that it's 'our opinion that, as members of Basketball Ireland, clubs should still be entitled to use the resource of the Development Officer.
'The Board will have a new Development Programme in place for the start of the 2017/18 season.' The programme is part funded by Basketball Ireland, the Cork Ladies Board and the Cork Men's Board, with further assistance from the Sports Partnership.



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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv lands John DiBartolomeo - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) tabbed 26-year old naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-79kg-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) from Maccabi Haifa. In 33 Winner League games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements DiBartolomeo received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Palma).
DiBartolomeo attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended University of Rochester until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into DiBartolomeo's outlook: John is an explosive sharpshooting point guard who can score in bunches. He controls tempo, creates well for others and protects the ball. He impacts the game in many ways - points, rebounds, assists, steals. Capable of playing both guard positions. He is strong, competitive and can guard taller players.".

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Israeli U20 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Israeli U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Yonatan Rabinowitz
Rabinowitz
Omer Cohen
Cohen
Netanel Artzi
Artzi
Michael Brisker
Brisker
Gil Beni
Beni
#e#5
Yonatan Rabinowitz 185-PG-98 Hapoel T-A Israel
2Omer Cohen 201-F-98 Macc.Hadera Israel
4Netanel Artzi 198-F-97 Maccabi Haifa Israel
5Michael Brisker 183-SG-98 Maccabi Raanana Israel
6Gil Beni 180-PG-98 Maccabi Raanana Israel
7Miron Ruina 202-C-98 Hapoel K/S Israel
8Tzuf Moshe 190-SG-97 Hapoel T-A Israel
11Michael Moshkovitz 201-F-98 Hapoel J-M Israel
12Tamir Blatt 180-PG-97 Hapoel T-A Israel
13Roi Huber 188-PG-97 Hapoel Holon Israel
18Tom Sapir 200-SF-98 Hapoel Holon Israel
23Daniel Koperberg 208-F/C-97 Maccabi Haifa Israel
25Roey Netzia 200-F-97 Hapoel B/S Israel
50Yovel Zoosman 199-G/F-98 Maccabi Raanana Israel

Oded Katash Head Coach Hapoel Eilat Israel
Natan Cohen Assistant Maccabi K/G Israel
Adi Amos Assistant



Panathinaikos may land Sonny Weems, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is targeting to add to their roster 31-year old American swingman Sonny Weems (198-93kg-86, college: Arkansas) who played last time at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israel. In 11 Winner League games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.0spg last season. He also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg.
Weems ended the previous (2015-16) season at the 76ers in NBA. In 7 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Suns in NBA. In 36 games he got only 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 Weems was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in second round (39th overall). He attended University of Arkansas and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Weems' team made it to the Gomelsky final.
He is quite experienced player. Weems has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Texas Legends).
On Weems: An explosive leaper who can score. Has a good outside shot (with also 3pts range) and his elevation and wingspan allow him to knock down shots over defenders. He' s also a decent rebounder and a good FT shooter, but needs to improve his ball handling and defensive skills.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Michail Lountzis

Forward:
Vasileios Charalampopoulos

Center:
Ioannis Bourousis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

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Alan Voskuil signs at Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) landed 31-year old Danish international guard Alan Voskuil (191-92kg-86, college: Texas Tech) from Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria. In 16 Serie A2 games in Italy he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg last season. He also spent pre-season at Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League that year.
Voskuil has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014. Voskuil received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Bosman Player of the Year award in 2015.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.8%.
Voskuil is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), France (Chorale de Roanne), Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Fontedoso Carrefour), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket and Bornova), Italy (Roma Virtus, Angelico Biella and Piacenza Basket Club) and Denmark (Horsens IC).
Voskuil attended Texas Tech University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A great outside shooter, who can "kill" the teams from behind the 3pts arch. Has a very good shooting techinque, passes the ball well, he's enough quick to defend well on the perimeter. But skills are typical for a 2 man, not for the point.

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Roseto lands Ion Lupusor - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) tabbed 21-year old power forward Ion Lupusor (203-95kg-96) from Givova Scafati Basket. In 17 Serie A2 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Lupusor also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in 14 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg.
He was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
Lupusor represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.3rpg.

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Sesoldi re-signs at USE Basket - by Eurobasket News

USE Basket Empoli (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Daniele Sesoldi (195-92). He has played there for the last nine seasons. In 31 Serie B games he recorded 5.8ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
Sesoldi's team was Runner-Up of Nazionale B Group B Regular Season 2013.

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Treviso Basket lands Gherardo Sabatini - by Eurobasket News

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) tabbed 23-year old point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-79kg-94) from Orasi Ravenna. In 40 Serie A2 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Sabatini played at Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A) where in 39 games he had 6.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
He has played previously for three other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Treviglio and Virtus Bologna.
Sabatini is described as: A quick combo guard, with good scoring skills and defensive abilities. Also, he fights on every ball.

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Openjobmetis Varese lands Nicola Natali - by Andrea Centenari

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) tabbed 29-year old guard Nicola Natali (200-95kg-88). He has played for the last three years at Novipiu Casale in the Serie A2. In 33 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Natali's team made it to the LNP Gold Semifinals in 2015.
He represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
Natali has played previously for four other teams: Unieuro Forli, Montecatiniterme, Basket Barcellona and Dolomiti Energia Trento.

Openjobmetis Varese roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicola Natali
Antabia Waller
Matteo Tambone

Forwards:
Giancarlo Ferrero
Stan Okoye

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Alberto Cacace is a newcomer at Lecco - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old power forward Alberto Cacace (197-99kg-96) from Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio. In 30 Serie B games he recorded 11.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Cacace spent at Bondi Ferrara (Serie A). But in 11 games he averaged just 1.3ppg. He also played that season for Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A) where in 8 games he had only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
Cacace represented Italy at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.0rpg.
Cacace has played previously for three other teams: Roma S.Azzurra, CZG Veroli and Loano.

Basket Lecco roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Matteo Fabi

Forward:
Alberto Cacace

Centers:
Gaetano Spera
Jacopo Balanzoni

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Shawn Jones agreed terms with Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) inked 25-year old Kosovan international power forward Shawn Jones (203-107kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State) from Scandone Avellino. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In three Serie A games in Italy he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.0spg. Jones also played that season for Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel where in 15 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win the cup. Jones also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received All-C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Jones was called to Kosovan Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Andorra), NBA (Miami Heat) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Jones attended Middle Tennessee State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Shawn Jones is an undersized center (5) who is able to play also power forward (4) position due to his great outside touch. He possesses great feeling for the game and natural positioning for the rebounds. Jones is an athletic rim protector due to his amazing wingspan (7'4) and standing reach (8'10). He should become a superstar player in Europe very soon. Best comparison: Kyle Hines with better skill-set.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Wiliam Hatcher
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth
Levi Randolph

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara
Shawn Jones

Coach: Federico Pasquini

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Andrea Ancellotti could join VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A) is close to sign 29-year old center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who played last time at De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 in n Serie A2. In 37 games he recorded 7.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2bpg last season.
Among other achievements Ancellotti's team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Silver All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
Ancellotti has played previously for seven other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Chieti, Correggio, Patti, Pozzuoli, Santarcangelo and Patti.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A slowly improving center, who hasn' t yet displayed all his potential. Has nice hands and good shooting renge, and this could allow him tospend tie at the PF, needs to improve his defensive skills.

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Caorle lands Alberto Bianchini - by Eurobasket News

Gruppo SME Caorle (Serie C Gold) landed 22-year old power forward Alberto Bianchini (199-95). The last time (12-15) he played at Rucker Sanve San Vendemiano in Italian Serie B. Bianchini has played there for the last three years.

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Zugno re-signs at Agrigento - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 21-year old point guard Ruben Zugno (186-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played there last season. In 34 Serie A2 games he had 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zugno played at AV Cantu (Serie A). But in 12 games he recorded just 0.3ppg. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he averaged only 0.6ppg.
Zugno's team made it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team last year.
Zugno has played previously for Cantu Gorla.

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Marco Maganza signs at Verona - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) landed 26-year old power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) from Termoforgia Aurora Jesi. In 29 Serie A2 games he averaged 12.7ppg and 8.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Maganza played at Amatori Sport Falconara Marittima (Serie C) where in 15 games he had 14.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 2nd Team.
Maganza represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg.
Maganza has played previously for six other teams: Alma Trieste, UBC, Imola, Brescia, Matera and Recanati.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Very promising inside player, who is adding some range to his shoot. He is solid minded and has a fighting mentality, but needs to bulk up to not suffer larger-bodied opponents.

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Lecco keeps Spera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) re-signed 24-year old power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group). He played there last season. In 37 Serie B games he recorded 8.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Spera played at Valle d'Itria Martina Franca where in 30 Serie B games he averaged 8.9ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.5apg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 0.9ppg, 1.8rpg.
Spera has played previously for five other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Chieti, USE Basket, Empoli Lai and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
He attended St. Peter's College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A modern inside player, who has quick feet and runs the court very well. Also, he has great team mentality, sees the court well and is a good passer. Needs to improve his offensive skills.

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Umana Venezia keeps Haynes for another season - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) re-signed 31-year old Georgian international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-84kg-86, college: Texas Arlington). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Haynes played there last season. In 46 Serie A games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Haynes played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 17 games he averaged 5.1ppg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Haynes also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 5.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Haynes played that season for was Banco di Srd. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 Serie A games he got 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg. Haynes contributed to his team making it to the Supercup semifinals. Haynes also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 13.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 15.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 6.5apg.
Haynes has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Haynes also represented Georgia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 53.3%.
Haynes is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor), Germany (Artland Dragons), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
Haynes attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A combo guard player with great scoring skills but not so much quarterbacking ability. A good defender who can shut down opposing players, he did not show all the PG attitude he was expected to in Europe. He's probably an ideal specialist coming off the bench, to score some points quickly and to change the tempo of the game.

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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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Fortituto Kontatto Bologna welcomes back Fultz - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) tabbed experienced 35-year old former Italian international point guard Robert Fultz (191-88kg-82, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Bologna as he has played here before. Fultz has a double citizenship as he also holds Portuguese passport. Fultz played most recently at Mec-Energy Roseto in the Serie A2. In 36 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Fultz played at Piacenza (Serie A) where in 29 games he had 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.6apg.
Fultz's team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2010.
He was a member of Italian international program for some years. Fultz was called to Italian Senior National Team back in 2001 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: VL Pesaro, Libertas Liburnia, Grissin Bon RE, Enel Brindisi, Brescia, BancaTercas, Gandino and Mantova.
Fultz is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna.

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Gomes re-signs at Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Portuguese international shooting guard Joao Gomes (201-100kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Cape Verdean passport. Gomes played there last season. In 44 Serie A games he had 10.1ppg and 5.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 4.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gomes won Portuguese League championship title for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014.
Gomes has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. He has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Gomes represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (19.3ppg), Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 81.0%.
Gomes has played previously professionally in Portugal (Benfica and Barreirense) and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Cantabria and Gipuzkoa).

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Brescia keeps seasonal MVP Marcus Landry - by Armando Caporaso

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) re-signed 32-year old American forward Marcus Landry (201-104kg-85, college: Wisconsin) with a two-year contract. He was a team leader there last season. In 30 Serie A2 games he averaged impressive 19.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 23 games he had 14.0ppg and 4.1rpg. Landry also spent pre-season at the Bucks in NBA that year.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Landry experienced life in seven different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Landry has played previously professionally in China (Sharks), France (Gravelines Dunkerque), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns), Spain (La ICL Manresa, Sevilla and Zaragoza) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended University of Wisconsin until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

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Gallazzi re-signs at Oleggio - by Eurobasket News

Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 31-year old forward Edoardo Gallazzi (200-86). He played there last season. In 31 Serie B games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Gallazzi played at Rimadesio Desio where in 30 Serie B games he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg.
He helped his team to make it to the Nazionale C Group B Final in 2012.
Gallazzi has played previously for four other teams: Novara, Como, Martina Franca and Lecco.

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Libertas Liburnia welcomes back Benini - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) tabbed 28-year old center Luca Benini (201-89). It is actually his comeback to Livorno as he has played here before. Benini played most recently at Lucca Geonova in the Serie C Gold.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Bama Altopascio.
Benini has played previously for two other teams: Monsummano and Empoli Lai.

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Giampaoli
Tommaso Tempestini
Edoardo Nesti

Forwards:
Luca Bolletta
Giacomo Dell'Agnello

Center:
Luca Benini

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Dell'Agnello re-signs at Libertas Liburnia - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Giacomo Dell'Agnello (201-94). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dell'Agnello played at GR Service Cecina (Serie B) where in 12 games he had 4.6ppg and 1.8rpg.

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Giampaoli
Tommaso Tempestini
Edoardo Nesti

Forward:
Luca Bolletta

Center:
Giacomo Dell'Agnello

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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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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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Rouen signs Remi Dibo - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) signed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian forward Remi Dibo (201-102kg-91, college: W.Virginia, agency: Octagon Europe). The last season Dibo played also at ALM Evreux where in 32 ProB games he had 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
He was voted NJCAA D1 All-America 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Dibo was a member of French U16 National Team in 2007.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), France (Le Mans and GET Vosges) and Canada (High School).
Dibo attended West Virginia University until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

SPO Rouen Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ovidijus Varanauskas
Felix Michel
Emmanuel Monceau

Forwards:
Remi Dibo
Carl Ponsar
Earvine Bassoumba

Coach: Alexandre Menard

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Jubrile Belo signs with Lamar Community College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey's Jubrile Belo (6'8''-C/F-98) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lamar Community College on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. Belo joined BA for a prep-year in an effort to develop his game and land a scholarship to further his education and basketball career - after two years at Havering College under Kenrick Liburd, who has recently returned to BA's coaching staff. 'Firstly, I want to thank everyone around me for supporting me, helping me work hard and just being there through the tough times,' Belo said. 'I feel so blessed with this opportunity and I cannot wait to prove myself. In the last 10 months I have gone through so many challenges which I've had to overcome and in addition have boosted my mentality. 'Special thanks to my old Coach Kenrick (Liburd) as I wouldn't be in this position without his help. Coach (James) Vear for his wise words of wisdom and Coach Lloyd (Gardner) for teaching the small details of basketball. 'Also shout out to the entire BA family, love for helping me grind, chapter two is up next for all of us.' The 6'9 athletic forward has been an asset for the Division 4 squad, and averaged 8.6 points, 9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1 block per game whilst helping BA to the 2017 EABL National Championship. 'It's a fantastic achievement,' said BA Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner. 'Jubrile has been a real major player with our D4 team, came in with limited experience but he's proven himself week on week. He's also had good performances in the EABL. 'He's a late bloomer, and Lamar will be getting a fine pick up of a player, who is very much on his upward curve, improving and has a chance to get really good.' Lamar Community College Head Coach Sercan Fenerci added: 'Jubrile is an athletic forward who finishes around the rim, great shot blocker, and runs the floor very well. He is the type of player who plays with a lot of energy and is a true team player. We are thrilled to have him in our roster.'
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com




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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shawn Jones agreed terms with Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) inked 25-year old Kosovan international power forward Shawn Jones (203-107kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State) from Scandone Avellino. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In three Serie A games in Italy he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.0spg. Jones also played that season for Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel where in 15 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win the cup. Jones also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received All-C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Jones was called to Kosovan Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Andorra), NBA (Miami Heat) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
Jones attended Middle Tennessee State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Shawn Jones is an undersized center (5) who is able to play also power forward (4) position due to his great outside touch. He possesses great feeling for the game and natural positioning for the rebounds. Jones is an athletic rim protector due to his amazing wingspan (7'4) and standing reach (8'10). He should become a superstar player in Europe very soon. Best comparison: Kyle Hines with better skill-set.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Wiliam Hatcher
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth
Levi Randolph

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara
Shawn Jones

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Phil Jackson says New York Knicks listening to trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson addressed a variety of topics on MSG's "Knicks Night Live" broadcast Wednesday night, and his comments about rising star Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) were at the forefront. Jackson states that the Knicks have received trade offers for the 21-year-old Porzingis, but have yet to find one that's worth taking. "We've been getting calls. We're listening, but we're not intrigued at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what's good for our club." Jackson mentions that he was thrown off by Porzingis' decision to skip the team's exit meeting back in April. "I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching, maybe 30, not coming to an exit meeting," he said, adding that he "had a good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years so it was kind of surprising." According to The Vertical, the Knicks are seeking a top-four pick in the upcoming 2017 Draft for Porzingis in order to land Kansas guard Josh Jackson. Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 assists last season.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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Ammoury comes back to Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old ex-international forward Bachir Ammoury (198-102kg-83). It is actually his comeback to Al Moutahed as he has played here before. Ammoury has played for the last two years at Sagesse in the Pepsi LBL. In 26 games he recorded 3.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Ammoury won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016.
He was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. Ammoury played for Lebanese Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2000.
He played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
Ammoury has spent his entire career in Lebanon playing for four other teams: Tadamon, Anibal, Blue Stars and Najjar.

Al Moutahed Tripoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jad Khalil
Omar El_Ayoubi

Forwards:
Bachir Ammoury
Bilal Tabbara

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moutahed inks Bilal Tabbara - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 24-year old power forward Bilal Tabbara (198-88kg-93) from Tadamon. In 28 Pepsi LBL games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Tabbara played at Homenetmen where in 30 Pepsi LBL games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Tabbara's team won Dubai International Tournament in 2013.
He was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. Tabbara played for Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2010.
He played at the Asian Club Championships five years ago.
Tabbara has played previously for two other teams: Al Riyadi and Champville.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chamoun re-signs at Homenetmen - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen Beirut (Pepsi LBL) confirmed in their roster 23-year old shooting guard Elie Chamoun (193-94). He played there last season. In 37 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.2rpg. Chamoun helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Byblos Sporting Club where in 25 Pepsi LBL games he averaged 3.6ppg and 2.2rpg. Chamoun contributed to his team winning the Supercup.
He played at the WABA Clubs Championships four years ago.
Chamoun has played previously for two other teams: Champville and Amchit.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Zalgiris may tab Royce O'Neale, ex Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) is close to add to their roster 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor) who played last time at Herbalife Gran Canaria in Spain. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season O'Neale played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
O'Neale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted All-WAC 3rd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALI  


Cheick Soumaoro agreed terms with St Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) inked 27-year old Mali power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90). He has played for the last two years at SAP Vaucluse in the NM1. In 32 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Soumaoro was tested by ADA Blois (also in NM1).
He was also a member of Mali international program for some years. Soumaoro played for Mali Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Mali at the African Championships in Madagascar six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 87.5%.
Soumaoro has played previously for five other teams: Toulouse, Vitre, Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard, SPO Rouen and La Charite.

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benoit Gillet
Jean-Francois Kebe

Forward:
Desmond Quincy-Jones

Center:
Cheick Soumaoro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon24.0 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.5 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.20.9 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Wilson, Hermosillo9.1 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.7 
 8. White, Mazatlan8.7 
 9. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 10. Murphy, Los Mochis7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Capers, Obregon5.7 
 3. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.6 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato5.5 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.3 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 8. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 9. Howard, Mazatlan5.0 
 10. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.1 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Capers, Obregon2.2 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis1.8 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. White, Mazatlan1.4 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 10. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Heyward, Guaymas1.9 
 2. West, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Smith, Durango0.9 
 9. White, Mazatlan0.9 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 


CIBACOPA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Los Mochis and Hermosillo take victories - by Eurobasket News

Obregon - Los Mochis 114-119

Los Mochis outgunned Obregon on the road to even the semifinal series at 1-1. Pioneros Los Mochis made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros Los Mochis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Manuel Hernandez chipped in 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: J.Early 34+7reb+2ast, M.Hernandez 24+9reb+4ast, T.Motley 23+5reb+3ast, T.Miller 16+3reb, N.Murphy 16+5reb+10ast, D.Leal 6
Obregon: M.Glover 35+11reb+4ast, G.Rice Jr. 26+9reb+7ast, L.Atterberry 17+3reb+1ast, K.Capers 17+2reb+5ast, J.Hutchingson 12+2reb+5ast, R.Delgado 5
gschID: 548334


Hermosillo - Guaymas 90-73

Hermosillo cruised past Guaymas to secure the second straight victory in the series. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 46-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. American Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) added 21 points in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Henry 21+4reb+3ast, S.Monreal 18+8reb+10ast, E.Little 16+5reb+2ast, J.Wilson 15+16reb+1ast, A.Bell 13+3reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 4+1reb+2ast
Guaymas: R.Woods 21+4reb, P.Marigney 19+9reb+6ast, D.Giron 13+2reb+1ast, S.Heyward 11+6reb+2ast, P.Reyes 9+2reb+4ast, E.Gonzalez 0
gschID: 548333





CIBACOPA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Hermosillo and Obregon record wins - by Eurobasket News

Hermosillo - Guaymas 97-83

Hermosillo overcame Guaymas to take the lead in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 20 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) produced 19 points and 5 assists and Paul Reyes added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 21+11reb+3ast, S.Monreal 20+3reb+9ast, A.Bell 15+2reb+1ast, M.Henry 14+3reb+2ast, J.Camacho 13+5reb+3ast, J.Wilson 7+9reb+2ast
Guaymas: C.Jones 19+4reb+5ast, P.Reyes 18+6reb+4ast, D.Giron 12+2reb+2ast, R.Woods 11+8reb+3ast, P.Marigney 10+5reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548331


Obregon - Los Mochis 102-97

Obregon toppled Los Mochis to surge ahead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 59-51 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Bahamas forward Tavario Miller (203-94, college: Texas A&M) added 22 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 25+14reb+6ast, M.Glover 25+9reb+3ast, L.Atterberry 18+1reb, J.Hutchingson 12+8reb+2ast, I.Leon 9, K.Capers 9+3reb+6ast
Los Mochis: M.Hernandez 23+5reb, T.Miller 22+6reb+1ast, T.Motley 19+4reb+4ast, N.Murphy 19+11reb+1ast, J.Early 11+6reb+3ast, D.Leal 2
gschID: 548330





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  MONTENEGRO  


Valencia keeps Dubljevic - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Montenegrin international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-106kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 39 Liga Endesa games he averaged 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg last season. Dubljevic helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dubljevic also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 Dubljevic was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (59th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Dubljevic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Dubljevic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 89.3%.
Dubljevic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Lovcen, Ibon Niksic, Buducnost and KK Ibon Niksic II.
His game is described as: Now he plays at center position, but his future is at the PF. Has yet good shooting range and an interesting timing for the rebounds at the both sides of the court.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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  NBA  


Pelicans trade Tim Frazier to Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that the team has acquired the 52nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Washington Wizards in exchange for point guard Tim Frazier (6'1''-PG-90, college: Penn St.). Frazier, 6-1, 170, was originally signed by New Orleans on March 16, 2016. In 81 career games with the Pelicans, Frazier averaged 8.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 24.6 minutes per contest. Undrafted out of Penn State in 2014, Frazier has appeared in 127 career regular season games with Philadelphia, Portland and New Orleans, holding averages of 6.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. New Orleans now has the 40th and 52nd overall picks in tomorrow night's NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Spurs Shopping LaMarcus Aldridge In Trade Talks - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in trading away LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas). Aldridge has been offered to teams drafting in the top-5. The Spurs have interest in clearing cap space to engage in free agency. Aldridge signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs in 2015 and he has a player option for the 18-19 season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Nick Young chooses free agency after 4 years with Los Angeles Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Nick Young (6'7''-G/F-85, college: USC) will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday. Young has spent four tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds over 220 games. The Los Angeles native realized a childhood dream by joining the Lakers, but the 10-year NBA veteran's tenure has coincided with the worst four-year stretch in the 16-time NBA champions' history. After struggling on the court during the 2015-16 season and enduring upheaval in his personal life due to an infamous video scandal with then-rookie D'Angelo Russell, Young enjoyed a career revival last season under new coach Luke Walton. Young averaged 13.2 points while hitting 40.4 percent of his 3-pointers.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Phil Jackson says New York Knicks listening to trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson addressed a variety of topics on MSG's "Knicks Night Live" broadcast Wednesday night, and his comments about rising star Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) were at the forefront. Jackson states that the Knicks have received trade offers for the 21-year-old Porzingis, but have yet to find one that's worth taking. "We've been getting calls. We're listening, but we're not intrigued at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what's good for our club." Jackson mentions that he was thrown off by Porzingis' decision to skip the team's exit meeting back in April. "I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching, maybe 30, not coming to an exit meeting," he said, adding that he "had a good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years so it was kind of surprising." According to The Vertical, the Knicks are seeking a top-four pick in the upcoming 2017 Draft for Porzingis in order to land Kansas guard Josh Jackson. Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 assists last season.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Who are the early contenders to emerge as 2018 NBA champions? - by Eurobasket

The 2016/17 season tilted the way of the Golden State Warriors as early as the free agency when the California club acquired the services of Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88) from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The move not only greatly boosted the Warriors, but it also brought an end to the tyranny and champion-potential duo of Durant and Russell Westbrook - which pushed Golden State in the 2016 playoffs to a Game 7.
Durant changed the game for the Golden State Warriors. Overnight, they became immediate favorites to become NBA champions in 2017. In the final, they met the Cleveland Cavaliers once again, still feeling the pain of their crushing Game 7 defeat in the year prior. As we've seen in recent times by the likes of the one-armed University of Florida player Zach Hodskins, a game of basketball, a sport of Guts, can be changed by one man; Kevin Durant swayed the whole final with his brave and elite-level performances.
Golden State emerged victorious through five games, with Kevin Durant being named the Finals MVP. Now, while the free agency and draft can be major factors towards indicating who the next NBA champion will be - as Durant proved - we look to who the early contenders are for the 2018 crown.

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, has been to the NBA finals seven times in as many seasons and has enough going for him and his supporting cast to make it eight consecutive seasons in the finals. However, to win the championship once more, the Cavs will need to be bringing in top-class reinforcements.
The Golden State Warriors have forged a super-team, no doubt about it, and they needed to in order to overcome the Cavaliers this season. So, one would assume that it's possible for the Cavaliers to make a similar splash in the free agency to get back on top.
Throughout the regular season, particularly as the trade window wound down, it was heavily reported that James was frustrated with the Cleveland front office due a lack of moves being made. It was even reported that he tried to usher a move for Carmelo Anthony to bolster the team. If he gets his wish in this offseason and the Cavs add a star to the cast, they will be major contenders for the title.

Houston Rockets

When it comes to the 2018 NBA championship, to win, someone is going to need to dethrone the Golden State Warriors, likely late down the bracket. The Houston Rockets possess the skills and offensive tenacity to give the Warriors a real run for their money and could outscore them. They crumbled this season, going out to the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, but had they met the Warriors, they could have given them a run for their money; providing an all-offense treat for NBA fans.
Now, the Boston Celtics may have the better team, but the James Harden (6'5''-SG-89) orchestrated offense should be able to go basket-for-basket with the Warriors next season, and if they can overcome them, they should be able to give any Eastern team an offensive beat down.

Golden State Warriors

Let's face it; the Golden State Warriors look near-invincible right now. Well, they looked to be a dead certainty to win it all in 2016 when they smashed in an unprecedented 73-9 record in the regular season but came unstuck in the final.
The Warriors are on for a real dynasty in the NBA, having become NBA champions in two of the last three seasons - making it to the final three years on the trot. The fact that only an explosion of basketball prowess from LeBron James in the finals could take a single game from the Warriors in the playoffs shows how mighty the unit is now.
Now, with Kevin Durant for another campaign and the hopeful additions of a bit more class in the team's depth, Golden State is the favorite to repeat.




Daryl Morey Signs Four-Year Extension With Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have agreed upon a four-year contract extension with Daryl Morey . Morey had one season remaining on his current deal as general manager. Morey joined the Rockets in 2006 and succeeded Carroll Dawson as general manager in 2007. Morey was one of the founders of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. "Leslie (Alexander) wanted to secure his management team well into the future," said a source to the Houston Chronicle.
Courtesy of: realgm.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.
Courtesy of: oregonlive.com



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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New professional basketball team MONCTON MAGIC coming to Moncton - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the arrival of a new team in Greater Moncton area comprised of three prominent local business leaders. The deal was made official today when the league signed an agreement authorizing the creation of the new club. The new organization will operate under the name "MONCTON MAGIC" and will join the league in time for the 2017/18 regular season. The MAGIC is pleased to call the Moncton Coliseum their home court where they will host the community for all 20 of their home games. The team will be run by three principle owners, all prominent business leaders with deep roots in the Moncton region and its community: With this announcement the Moncton Miracles will cease to exist effective today. Jon Manship is a local entrepreneur who founded Spielo Gaming International, which was sold to outside interests in 2003. In recent years, he has been an active philanthropist and investor, principally in the startup community. David Booth is the Chairman and CEO of BackOffice Associates - a global governance and stewardship platform company headquartered in Northern Virginia. He has extensive business and family ties to Moncton. Jeremy Milburn is a local entrepreneur who is founder and president of Global Drafting Services. He is also an avid basketball fan who has supported pro basketball in Moncton since its beginning. "I am very pleased to be a part of this new group who will continue to bring professional basketball to the great city of Moncton, New Brunswick", said Manship, who will be the acting President of the MONCTON MAGIC. "Greater Moncton has a long tradition of passionate support for its community teams, and we intend to apply that same level of passion to our efforts in running this club and the product we put on the floor.' Greater Moncton's newest team is thrilled by the support they have been shown by the NBLC. "On behalf of the NBL Canada we are thrilled with the announcement of this determined local ownership group and the development of a new team for our Moncton fan base. Moncton is one of the original members of the league, its geographic positioning and wonderful fan base make it a vital piece to the long term success of the NBLC. This group represents a significant commitment to the city and their passion for success and proven track record in their own businesses give us 100% confidence that they will build something that all of us will be proud of,' said David Magley, Commissioner of NBL Canada. 'On a personal note, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in Moncton over the last couple of years and have a strong affinity for the city and its wonderful people. I would also like to thank the countless volunteers, staff and fan base over the past few years that have been the lifeblood of keeping this past club here until this day could be realized." More announcements about the team are expected in the coming weeks.
Courtesy of: nblcanada.ca



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  NCAA1  


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



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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBBF Election 2017: Ekeji, former DG NSC declares Kano election authentic - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Former Director General of the Defunct National Sports Commission, NSC, Chief Patrick Ekeji declared the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF election which held in Kano on June 12, 2017 the 'authentic'.

Reacting on the controversies trailing the recent sports federations election, Chief Ekeji said, 'I have followed the arguments with respect to NBBF, (and ) going by best practices, the Kano election is the authentic one.'

To buttress his assertion, the one time Director of Sports Development in the sports ministry argued that the NSC introduced a policy of privatization of sports federations with the aim of making them 'cut their teeth towards Management Independence devoid of overbearing control by the government.'

Continuing Chief Ekeji said, 'Clear cut pathways were defined with strong encouragement for Federations to evolve their Constitutions. Some Federations such as Hockey, Swimming, NBBF, etc. Indeed Hockey and Swimming carried on with their programmes without recourse to the NSC for funds.

After my exit (from the NSC) that Policy was thrown out. Going by what I know, it is a dis-service to our sports development by government not to encourage independence of Sports Federations.'

It would be recalled that the NBBF held its election in Kano based on its Constitution approved by its world body, FIBA with all the key stakeholders in Kano but the sports ministry organised another election in Abuja claiming that is the one recognised by it.

Patrick Omorodion
NBBF Media Adviser



Hoppers face tough road test, as 3rd round of Kwese Premier League tipoff - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu admitted his wards face a stern test as the third round of the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League gets underway on Thursday.

Hoopers will face Nigeria Customs in Lagos in their opening 3rd round game on Thursday.

Last season's finalist inflicted defeat on the KingsMen in the league opener in Lagos (60-49) but the Port Harcourt club got their pound of flesh when the two sides met in Port Harcourt on May 18.

Speaking in a tone not unexpected of him, Odaudu affirmed yet again that Customs will not be underestimated.

'It's going to be a real test for us because we are playing away from home and like you know, Customs are not an easy team even though we blew them out here (Port Harcourt) 78-50.

"They are one of the two teams that have beaten us this season and so we have no reason whatsoever to underestimate them,' Odaudu warned.

Atlantic Conference leaders, Rivers Hoopers will face Nigeria Customs on Thursday before playing Police Baton on Saturday also in Lagos.

ATLANTIC CONFERENCE - 22/6/2017

Kwara Falcons Vs Hoops & Read

Oluyole Warriors Vs NAF Rockets

Customs Vs Rivers Hoopers

Police Baton Vs Delta Force

SAVANNAH CONFERENCE

Kano Pillars Vs Mark Mentors

Kada Stars Vs Defenders

Plateau Peaks Vs Gombe Bulls

Niger Potters Vs Bauchi Nets



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ricardo RATLIFFE
  Star H.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Ratliffe, Star H.32.2 
 2. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.6 
 6. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 8. Smith, TNT K.20.8 
 9. Pringle, Globalport19.6 
 10. Amer, Meralco .17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Ratliffe, Star H.20.8 
 3. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 4. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 6. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 7. Smith, TNT K.12.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen10.4 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.3 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.6 
 3. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 4. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.9 
 5. Cabagnot, SM Be.4.9 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 9. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
 10. Pringle, Globalport4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.9 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.2 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 4. Lassiter, SM Be.1.6 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Castro-W., TNT K.1.3 
 10. Smith, Blackwater1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 2. Ratliffe, Star H.2.3 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 7. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.6 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.4 
 10. Smith, TNT K.1.2 


Hurting Smith Lifts Ka Tropa In Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Hobbling and all, Joshua Smith (208-C-92, college: Georgetown) stepped up and got TNT KaTropa past reigning Philippine Cup three-peat champ San Miguel Beer, 104-102, at the start of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The wide-bodied TNT import continued to play through pain, delivering 21 points, including the game-winner that gave the Texters the crucial head-start in the best-of-seven championship series. Smith nailed a semi-hook off June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) shortly before the buzzer, and the Texters survived the condition of their hurting import plus the absence of Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC) and Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) on their own health woes. The TNT reinforcement's status remains a game-day decision in Game Two at 7 p.m. Friday also at the Big Dome. TNT coach Nash Racela said Smith's presence of mind saved the night for them. 'I screwed up in the last play. San Miguel did a good job denying Jayson (Castro) the ball. It's really good Josh had that presence of mind to get the ball and attack June Mar. He had no choice but to create and he did,' said Racela. 'It's always crucial to get the first win. Doing it without Ryan and Ranidel and with Josh not 100 percent, that's something that's very important. It means the other guys delivered well tonight,' Racela also said. Castro and RR Pogoy also had big games as they engaged the Beermen in a duel of spurts that went down the wire at the finish. Pogoy fired 5-of-9 three-pointers and a career-best total of 27 points while Castro came up with a near triple-double performance with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. After Smith broke the 102-all count, the Beermen found no more opportunity to tie or salvage the game. 'For me, Game One is very important. We wanted this, but the breaks didn't go our way. We worked hard but came up short,' said SMB coach Leovino Austria . 'We have less than 24 hours to realize what's going on, but definitely we'll make the adjustments,' Austria added. The Texters cranked up on offense in the second period, hitting at a 52-percent clip to race ahead, 56-51, at the half. From a nine-point deficit late in the first period, the Texters posted a couple of eight-point margins in the second period before settling for a five-point halftime lead. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) came through with a three-point play of Kris Rosales (183-G-90, college: Hope International) with two seconds to go as the Beermen made the game closer going into the final half. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) pumped in back-to-back treys then finished an attack on a thunderous jam as SMB posted an early nine-point lead at 31-22. But then Smith had his own binge to spark the TNT turnaround in the second quarter. Rhodes had collected 21 points and six rebounds while Smith had had 14 markers and three boards by the half.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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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.

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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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Polpharma adds Thomasson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Joe Thomasson (193-75kg-93, college: Wright State). He played last season at Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) in the U.S. In three games he recorded 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.7apg.
Last year Thomasson was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (42nd overall).
He attended Wright State until 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Thomasson played in the final of Horizon League Tournament in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti).

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anwil keeps Leonczyk for another season - by Greg

Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) re-signed 30-year old international power forward Pawel Leonczyk (203-86). He played there last season. In 37 PLK games he recorded 10.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg. Leonczyk helped them to win the regular season. They also played in the Cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Leonczyk has played previously for five other teams: Spojnia, AZS Koszalin, PGE Turow, Energa Czarni and Trefl.

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




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  PORTUGAL  


Gomes re-signs at Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Portuguese international shooting guard Joao Gomes (201-100kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Cape Verdean passport. Gomes played there last season. In 44 Serie A games he had 10.1ppg and 5.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 4.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gomes won Portuguese League championship title for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014.
Gomes has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. He has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Gomes represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (19.3ppg), Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 81.0%.
Gomes has played previously professionally in Portugal (Benfica and Barreirense) and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Cantabria and Gipuzkoa).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fortituto Kontatto Bologna welcomes back Fultz - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) tabbed experienced 35-year old former Italian international point guard Robert Fultz (191-88kg-82, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Bologna as he has played here before. Fultz has a double citizenship as he also holds Portuguese passport. Fultz played most recently at Mec-Energy Roseto in the Serie A2. In 36 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Fultz played at Piacenza (Serie A) where in 29 games he had 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.6apg.
Fultz's team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2010.
He was a member of Italian international program for some years. Fultz was called to Italian Senior National Team back in 2001 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: VL Pesaro, Libertas Liburnia, Grissin Bon RE, Enel Brindisi, Brescia, BancaTercas, Gandino and Mantova.
Fultz is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna.

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. Rosario, Quebradillas18.5 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 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, Bayamon9.9 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.6 
 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, Aguada6.6 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Guzman, Humacao5.5 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo4.8 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.8 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
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, Aguada1.5 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Browne, San German1.3 
 8. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 9. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. James, Fajardo1.2 
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. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


BSN Round 36: Piratas lose to Vaqueros - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (18-14) and eighth ranked Vaqueros (14-19) on Wednesday night. Piratas were defeated by Vaqueros at home 80-91. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Piratas managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vaqueros won last quarter 26-16. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vaqueros' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) replied with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Piratas. Vaqueros moved-up to seventh place. Piratas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play on the road against Leones in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BSN top team - Santeros (22-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Caciques (10-21) in Coamo 93-74. Worth to mention a quality performance of Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Omar Samhan who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Santeros maintains first position with 22-10 record. Caciques at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Santeros will play against Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will have a break next round.
The game in Guayama was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Leones (18-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Brujos (13-19). Leones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 105-88 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brujos. The winners were led by Eric Dawson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Leones' coach Nelson Colon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 25 points and 4 assists by Kyle Vinales did not help to save the game for Brujos. Leones maintains fourth position with 18-15 record. Loser Brujos dropped to the ninth place with 19 games lost. Leones will meet at home higher ranked Piratas (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brujos will play against the league's leader Santeros (#1) in Coamo and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Caciques (10-21) were very close to win a game against sixth ranked Capitanes (15-16) in Arecibo. Capitanes managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Davon Jefferson who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 15-16 record. Caciques at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Atleticos (#5) in San German and it may be quite challenging game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Atleticos (16-16) and Indios (13-18), which took place in San German. Higher ranked Atleticos were outleveled at home by ninth ranked Indios 95-74 on Tuesday. It was a good game for David Laury who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Loser Atleticos keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Indios will face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atleticos will play against Capitanes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Quebradillas - Bayamon 80-91

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (18-14) and eighth ranked Vaqueros (14-19) on Wednesday night. Piratas were defeated by Vaqueros at home 80-91. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Piratas managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vaqueros won last quarter 26-16. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Vaqueros' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) replied with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Piratas. Vaqueros moved-up to seventh place. Piratas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play on the road against Leones in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 22+6reb+7ast, J.Bryan Diaz 19+9reb+2ast, A.Carmona 15+1reb+3ast, J.Mojica 7+2reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 6+3reb+5ast, D.Smith 5+5reb+2ast
Bayamon: J.Akindele 17+6reb+2ast, A.Galindo 16+3reb+1ast, I.Romero 13+12reb+2ast, J.Villegas 12+3reb, J.Gonzalez 11+2reb+4ast, C.Dalmau 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 540222


Aguada - Humacao 93-74

BSN top team - Santeros (22-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Caciques (10-21) in Coamo 93-74. It looked good early as Caciques took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Santeros took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 19 points. They outrebounded Caciques 40-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Santeros players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Raymond Cintron-Cortes (183-90, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Five Santeros and four Caciques players scored in double figures. Santeros maintains first position with 22-10 record. Caciques at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Santeros will play against Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Humacao: P.Ramos 19+12reb+3ast, R.Cintron Cortes 18+4reb+4ast, T.Wilkerson 11+2reb+2ast, E.Ubiles 10+2reb+1ast, A.Kelley 9+4ast, W.Orozco 5+4reb+2ast
Aguada: R.Mendoza 28+8reb+4ast, O.Samhan 20+10reb+1ast, A.Abreu 13+1reb+9ast, C.Gaston 10+7reb+3ast, E.Andujar 10+6reb+5ast, J.Rodriguez 5+1reb
gschID: 540221


Guayama - Ponce 88-105

The game in Guayama was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Leones (18-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Brujos (13-19). Leones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 105-88 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brujos. The game without a history. Leones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Leones looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 22 passes made by Brujos' players. The winners were led by American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) supported him with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Leones players scored in double figures. Leones' coach Nelson Colon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 25 points and 4 assists by naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) did not help to save the game for Brujos. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 5 rebounds. Leones maintains fourth position with 18-15 record. Loser Brujos dropped to the ninth place with 19 games lost. Leones will meet at home higher ranked Piratas (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brujos will play against the league's leader Santeros (#1) in Coamo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: K.Vinales 25+1reb+4ast, L.Wade 20+5reb+1ast, M.Fillyaw 10+2reb+4ast, D.Hinson 9+4reb+6ast, D.Wilkins 7+3reb+3ast, J.Torres 6
Ponce: V.Liz 22+3reb+6ast, C.Emory 18+4reb+3ast, E.Dawson 18+13reb+6ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 17+2reb+3ast, M.Harris 12+5reb+7ast, C.Rivera 6+2ast
gschID: 540218


Arecibo - Humacao 81-80

Tenth-ranked Caciques (10-21) were very close to win a game against sixth ranked Capitanes (15-16) in Arecibo. Capitanes managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Caciques cut a 13-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Capitanes made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 15-16 record. Caciques at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Atleticos (#5) in San German and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Humacao: R.Cintron Cortes 20+4reb+2ast, P.Ramos 19+13reb+4ast, T.Wilkerson 17+13reb+2ast, A.Kelley 8+1reb+3ast, W.Orozco 7+7reb+2ast, E.Ubiles 6+3reb+7ast
Arecibo: D.Jefferson 18+11reb+5ast, D.Huertas 17+5reb+2ast, C.Clarke 13+5reb+5ast, W.Hodge 12+1reb+6ast, D.Cortez 11+1reb+2ast, D.Clemente 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 540219


San German - Mayaguez 74-95

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Atleticos (16-16) and Indios (13-18), which took place in San German. Higher ranked Atleticos were outleveled at home by ninth ranked Indios 95-74 on Tuesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Indios's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-16 extending their advantage to 21 points. They also forced 22 Atleticos turnovers. Indios looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) contributed with 26 points for the winners. International swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points and 13 assists in the effort for Atleticos. Four Atleticos players 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. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Loser Atleticos keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Indios will face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atleticos will play against Capitanes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: A.Franklin 19+5reb+3ast, D.Ebanks 15+4reb+1ast, I.Sosa Carrion 11+5reb+2ast, G.Browne 10+3reb+13ast, J.Keenan 7+6reb, C.Lopez-Sosa 5+6reb
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 26+4reb+3ast, D.Laury 24+6reb+5ast, K.Young 10+3reb+1ast, D.Collier 7+10reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 7+5reb, C.Duran 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 540220





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)



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Alexander Matveev (ex Impuls BGUIR) agreed terms with Dynamo Magnitogorsk Cheliabinsk - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Magnitogorsk Cheliabinsk (Superleague 2) inked 26-year old Russian guard Alexander Matveev (194-94kg-91). He played most recently at Impuls BGUIR Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. In 26 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Matveev played at Spartak St.Petersburg where in 45 Superleague 2 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Matveev has played previously for two other Russian teams: COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Musson.

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CSKA brings in point guard Westermann - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow strengthened its backcourt by signing point guard Leo Westermann (197-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) to a one-year deal with an option to keep him for another season. Westermann (1.97 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 8.2 points and a career best 5.5 assists in 30 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. That assist tally was 10th-best in the EuroLeague last season. He helped Zalgiris win the Lithuanian League and Cup double and challenge for a EuroLeague playoff berth. Westermann joined Zalgiris from Limoges CSP of his native France, where he averaged 10.1 points on 88.9% free throw shooting and 4.3 assists in 10 Euroleague games the season before. Despite his young age, Westermann brings five seasons of EuroLeague experience: two with Partizan Belgrade of Serbia, two more with Limoges and one with Zalgiris. He has also played for Centre Federal du Basket-ball and Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne of his native France. Westermann helped Partizan win the Serbian League and the Adriatic League titles in 2013 and lifted the French League trophy with Limoges in 2015. He is a member of the French national team with whom he won the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2015. "It is a great feeling to be a part of such legendary club and big team," Westermann said. "It is definitely a huge step in my career, I am really excited about this new challenge and I look forward to working with my new teamates and staff."
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



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Jan Span returns to Union Olimpija - by Zeljko Zule

After six years apart, Union Olimpija and Jan Span (187-PG-92) have reunited for the upcoming season. Span arrives from Zlatorog, for whom he averaged 15.9 points (ranked fourth), 3.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals over 36.3 minutes in 34 Slovenian League games last season. Span had previously played for Olimpija from Januar 2010 through the end of the 2010-11 season, averaging 17.7 points in 3 Euroleague games, 1.8 points in 12 Adriatic League games and 1.3 points in 10 Slovenian League games.
Span grew up with Litija and has already played for Maribor, Slovan, Portoroz and Sencur in his native Slovenia plus Rakvere Tarvas in Estonia.



Helios brings back Jure Pelko - by Zeljko Zule

Helios Suns made the first addition to its roster for the upcoming season by signing their former member Jure Pelko (190-G-90) to a two-year contract. Pelko arrives from Union Olimpija, for whom he averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 35 Slovenian League games last season, helped them to win the title. Pelko also averaged 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.3 steals in 6 EuroCup games and 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.1 steals in 21 ABA League games.
Pelko previously played for Helios 2014/15 and averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 21 Slovenian League games. He grew up with Slovenska Bistrica and has already played for Zlatorog, Hrastnik, Maribor, Rogaska plus UBSC Graz in Austria.



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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Zalgiris may tab Royce O'Neale, ex Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) is close to add to their roster 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor) who played last time at Herbalife Gran Canaria in Spain. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season O'Neale played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
O'Neale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted All-WAC 3rd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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Thomas Heurtel (ex Anadolu Efes) signs at FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) landed 28-year old French international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-90kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three years at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 32 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Heurtel helped them to make it to the cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Heurtel's team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award in 2016.
Heurtel has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Heurtel also represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.0apg, FGP: 74.1%, 3PT: 33.3%.
Heurtel has played also professionally in Italy, France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Strasbourg IG) and Spain (Baskonia and Meridiano Alicante).

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Ignacio Arroyo (ex CD Castro) is a newcomer at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of Chilean guard Ignacio Arroyo (185). He played this summer at CD Castro in Chilean Liga Nacional. Arroyo was voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 2nd Team in 2016.
He represented Chile at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (14.4ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 50.0%.

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Rabaseda re-signs at Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 28-year old ex-international swingman Xavier Rabaseda (196-93kg-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 Liga Endesa games he recorded 4.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1spg last season. Rabaseda helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0spg. Rabaseda contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2009.
Rabaseda was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Rabaseda also represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 15.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.2%.
Rabaseda has played previously for three other teams: FC Barcelona, Movil Estudiantes and Cornella.

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Marti stays at Forca Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Actel Forca Lleida (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 20-year old power forward Marc Marti (204-97). He played there last season. In 34 LEB Gold games he had 5.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
Marti ended the previous (2015-16) season at Tecnyconta Zaragoza where in only one Eurocup game he recorded 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. But the most of that year he spent at Olivar (LEB Silver). In 26 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg.
Marti represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg.

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Valencia keeps Dubljevic - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Montenegrin international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-106kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 39 Liga Endesa games he averaged 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg last season. Dubljevic helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dubljevic also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 Dubljevic was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (59th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Dubljevic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Dubljevic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 89.3%.
Dubljevic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Lovcen, Ibon Niksic, Buducnost and KK Ibon Niksic II.
His game is described as: Now he plays at center position, but his future is at the PF. Has yet good shooting range and an interesting timing for the rebounds at the both sides of the court.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Colon is back at Neuchatel - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) signed 25-year old Dominican guard Bryan Colon (181-92). It is actually his comeback to Neuchatel as he has played here before. Colon played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. But in only one game he did not score anything. The last season Colon played at Union Neuchatel Basket where in 29 LNA games he had 4.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
Colon won Swiss LNB championship title in 2014.
He has played previously for two other Swiss teams: Lausanne and Monthey.
Colon could be described: A scoring combo guard that can attack the basket or shoot the outside shot with the same ease. Extremely aggressive to the basket. Great pick and roll player. Can creat his shot against anybody.
Defensively puts a lot of pressure on the ball and uses his athleticism and speed to cut the passing lanes.
Great attitude and work ethic
.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryan Colon

Forward:
Cedric Mafuta

Centers:
David Ramseier
Ardit Osmanaj

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Gifts at Bradley's Skills Academy - by Albert-Lee Young

Several participants, at the Avery Bradley Skills Academy, were surprised when they walked away with NBA memorabilia at the closing ceremony of the three-day basketball camp held at the National Cycling Velodrome in Couva, yesterday.

Bradley, a shooting guard with the Boston Celtics in the NBA, completed a three-day camp along with his team of coaches. All the participants received certificates of participation at the closing, while some of the top performers got socks, basketballs and official Avery Bradley Celtics jerseys. The closing ceremony also included an interactive segment, where campers got the opportunity to ask Bradley questions about the NBA and his career.

One message Bradley had for the youngsters was the importance of hard work and respect. Bradley said he trains for hours everyday and he encouraged the participants to work at their game.

Bradley said, 'I just want you all to continue to keep working. Make sure you put in the hard (work) and the dedication. Make sure you respect your teacher, your parents, your classmates. We want to teach you guys how to be better people as well, not just basketball players. I hope you enjoyed this experience. We really enjoyed our time with you guys. We appreciate you guys and we hope to see you guys in the future.'

The youngsters also surrounded Bradley after the closing to get autographs from the Celtics player, who also held a camp in Grenada recently. Bradley also presented a Celtics basketball jersey to Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith.

Smith encouraged the participants to remember what they learned at the camp. He said, 'Make sure and keep what you learned to heart. All the questions you all asked were pertinent questions. Remember the drills, the life lessons you would have learned. The coaches and the parents that were here, make you sure that you utilise what you learned.'

Smith thanked everyone who made the camp possible, and said hopefully another similar camp like this can happen in the future to keep the sport of basketball thriving in this country.

Source: Jelani Beckles, Trinidad Newsday
Tuesday, June 20 2017




Avery Bradley donates US$20k - by Albert-Lee Young

AVERY BRADLEY, the starting shooting guard for NBA franchise Boston Celtics, made a donation of US$20,000 to the Princess Elizabeth Centre, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Trinidad yesterday.

According to a media release issued by the United States Embassy, the cheque, presented by Bradley, will go towards the construction of the Centre's new orthopedic wing.
'This donation will be matched by the US National Basketball Players Association,' the media release added.

On hand during the presentation ceremony were Jan Sirjusingh, Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Elizabeth Centre; veteran boxing administrator Dr Calvin Inalsingh, president of the Board of Directors of the Princess Elizabeth Centre, and Professor Clement Imbert, vice-president of the Centre's Board of Directors.

On Monday, Bradley completed a three-day camp, along with a team of coaches from the Avery Bradley Skills Academy, at the National Cycling Velodrome in Couva.
Over 100 students, from primary and secondary schools across the country, learned the fundamentals of the game and participated in a number of drills.

And, at the ending of the camp, they got the opportunity to ask Bradley questions about his career, rivals and the NBA and were presented with NBA memorabilia as well as certificates of participation.

Source: Trinidad Newsday
Wednesday, June 21 2017




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Usak adds Demir to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 30-year old ex-international center Mutlu Demir (210-87). He played last season at Acibadem in the TBL. In 39 games he recorded 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Demir played at Yesilgiresun Bld where in 28 BSL games he averaged 4.7ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015. Demir was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Demir played for Turkish Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2006.
He represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Demir has played previously for eight other teams: Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Trabzonspor, Galatasaray, Oyak Renault, Banvit, Beykoz and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

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

Centers:
Mutlu Demir
Richard Solomon
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Usak adds Solomon to their roster, ex Gravelines - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Richard Solomon (208-107kg-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in French ProA. In 31 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2spg. Solomon also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA that year.
He was voted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention back in 2014 at his college time.
Solomon has played also professionally in Japan (Toyota Alvark), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of California until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has a great wingspan over a lanky frame. He's a good athlete with the right size to play the 4 position. Also, has good hands, quick feet, good timing to grab rebounds. Needs to improve his one-on-one defending skills.

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
Richard Solomon
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Turk Telekom signs Kaya Peker - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) signed experienced 37-year old ex-international power forward Kaya Peker (207-110kg-80, agency: Court Side) from Tofas. In 31 TBL games he had 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. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Peker won Turkish TBL championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish TBL All-Domestic Players Team 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).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Turk Telekom.

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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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Bursaspor inks Can Ozcan - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) agreed terms with 28-year old forward Can Ozcan (202-89) from Samsunspor DSI. In 34 TBL games he had 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ozcan played at Yesilgiresun Bld (BSL) where in 24 games he recorded just 2.3ppg.
He won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015.
Ozcan represented Turkey at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 47.8%, FT: 58.3%.
Ozcan has played previously for four other teams: Tofas, Trabzonspor, Darussafaka and Erdemir.

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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John Collins Invited to Green Room for NBA Draft - by David Edole

Former Wake Forest basketball forward/center John Collins (208-F-97) has been invited to be in the Green Room at the Barclays Center for the NBA Draft on June 22.

The Green Room is a special room set aside at the draft site for the invited players plus their families and agents. When their name is called, the player leaves the room and goes up on stage to shake the hand of commissioner Adam Silver and receive a hat of the team they have been drafted by. This is usually followed by an interview with the crew covering the draft on ESPN.

The NBA invites 15-20 players annually to sit in the Green Room. The last player from Wake Forest to receive an invite was Al-Farouq Aminu in 2010.

The first list of players invited to the Green Room for the 2017 draft was released on June 8th and included probable top ten picks Markelle Fultz (Washington), Lonzo Ball (UCLA), De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky), Zach Collins (Gonzaga), Jonathan Isaac (Florida State), Jayson Tatum (Duke), Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State), Josh Jackson (Kansas), Lauri Markkanen (Arizona), and Malik Monk (Kentucky).

John Collins was invited to the Green Room on June 10th along with Texas big man Jarrett Allen and international point guard Frank Ntilikina. Since then, former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has also been invited.

Duke's Luke Kennard, North Carolina's Justin Jackson, and Indiana's OG Anunoby are all expected to receive invitations as well.

The final three spots are likely to consist of three of the following players: Duke's Harry Giles, UCLA's TJ Leaf, Kentucky's Bam Adebayo, Creighton's Justin Patton, international player Isaiah Hartenstein, Cal's Ivan Rabb, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, and Utah's Kyle Kuzma.

The fact that Collins was one of the second three players invited suggests that he will likely be taken as a late lottery pick or shortly after, likely falling anywhere from 12th-19th.

We at Blogger So Dear are grateful for all that John did to help Wake get back to the NCAA Tournament, and wish him the very best in his NBA career.



It's been 20 years since Spurs drafted Duncan - by David Edole

SAN ANTONIO - Time flies when you're having fun and that can't be more true for Tim Duncan who was drafted by the Spurs 20 years ago.

The San Antonio Spurs posted a tribute video on Facebook of Duncan by throwing it back to Draft Day 1997 where he was the first overall pick.

Duncan played for four years at Wake Forest University where he averaged 16.5 points per game. In 1997, Duncan was voted Naismith College Player of the year.

During his rookie year, Duncan didn't slow down by averaging 21.2 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game. In 1998, Duncan claimed the title of Rookie of the Year.

Here's to one of San Antonio's greatest. Go Spurs Go!

VIDEO



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  UGANDA  


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)



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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



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



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



Jubrile Belo signs with Lamar Community College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey's Jubrile Belo (6'8''-C/F-98) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lamar Community College on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season. Belo joined BA for a prep-year in an effort to develop his game and land a scholarship to further his education and basketball career - after two years at Havering College under Kenrick Liburd, who has recently returned to BA's coaching staff. 'Firstly, I want to thank everyone around me for supporting me, helping me work hard and just being there through the tough times,' Belo said. 'I feel so blessed with this opportunity and I cannot wait to prove myself. In the last 10 months I have gone through so many challenges which I've had to overcome and in addition have boosted my mentality. 'Special thanks to my old Coach Kenrick (Liburd) as I wouldn't be in this position without his help. Coach (James) Vear for his wise words of wisdom and Coach Lloyd (Gardner) for teaching the small details of basketball. 'Also shout out to the entire BA family, love for helping me grind, chapter two is up next for all of us.' The 6'9 athletic forward has been an asset for the Division 4 squad, and averaged 8.6 points, 9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1 block per game whilst helping BA to the 2017 EABL National Championship. 'It's a fantastic achievement,' said BA Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner. 'Jubrile has been a real major player with our D4 team, came in with limited experience but he's proven himself week on week. He's also had good performances in the EABL. 'He's a late bloomer, and Lamar will be getting a fine pick up of a player, who is very much on his upward curve, improving and has a chance to get really good.' Lamar Community College Head Coach Sercan Fenerci added: 'Jubrile is an athletic forward who finishes around the rim, great shot blocker, and runs the floor very well. He is the type of player who plays with a lot of energy and is a true team player. We are thrilled to have him in our roster.'
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com




Adam Thoseby selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Adam Thoseby
Adam Thoseby
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia SW, currently plays in Australia). He led Knox Raiders to a victory over the tenth-ranked Hume City Broncos (5-10) 100-88 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Thoseby was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thoseby's third season in pro basketball. Knox Raiders (11-4) are placed second in Big V group. Thoseby has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 79.6%. Thoseby has a dual citizenship: British and Australian. Former Reading Rockets starter played for the British U20 national team six years ago.

Laurence Ekperigin
Laurence Ekperigin
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in France). He could not help Nantes (10-12) in their last game. Despite Ekperigin's very good performance the league leader Nantes was edged 63-60 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Boulazac Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ekperigin also added and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Ekperigin has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.5%(198-357) and FT: 60.2% in 40 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Ekperigin played for the British national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Jamell Anderson
Jamell Anderson
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Jamell Anderson (200-90, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to a Townsville Heat's victory against the tenth-ranked Rockhampton Rockets (3-6) 80-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Anderson recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes. Townsville Heat (6-2) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Anderson has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 39.3% and FT: 73.7% in five games. He played for the British U20 national team seven years ago.

Jamie Batish
Jamie Batish
   #4. Guard Jamie Batish (193-93, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Sabres (6-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Batish's very good performance the fifth-placed Sabres (6-9) were defeated 92-87 in Kilsyth by the lower-ranked Cobras (#6) in the SEABL-South group. He recorded 15 points. Batish's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2012.

The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:

   #1. Joshua Wilcher (178-PG-91, college: Cent.Wyoming, currently plays in Australia) led Townsville Heat to a victory against the tenth-ranked Rockhampton Rockets (3-6) 80-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Townsville Heat (6-2) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Wilcher has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.6spg in eight games he played so far. Wilcher has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #2. Paul Brotherson (198-F-89, college: Metro St., currently plays in Australia) led Hills Hornets to a victory over the fifth-ranked Sutherland Sharks (6-4) 71-65 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Brotherson was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 18 rebounds. Brotherson also added 4 assists and 2 blocks (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Hills Hornets (8-7) are placed seventh in WARATAH group. It's Brotherson's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Brotherson averages: 18.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #3. Lewis Thomas (203-F-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in Australia) could not help Chargers (9-5) in their last game. Despite Thomas' very good performance the second-placed Chargers (9-5) were edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Bendigo Braves in the SEABL-South group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Thomas also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg in seven games. Similarly like Brotherson and Wilcher above he has both British and Australian nationalities. Despite Thomas' British passport, he previously played for the Australian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #4. Experienced Lee Jeka (193-G-83, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hume City Broncos (5-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jeka's very good performance the tenth-placed Hume City Broncos (5-10) were defeated 100-88 in Wantirna South by the second-ranked Knox Raiders in the Big V group. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Jeka has very high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg. Similarly like three previous players above, Jeka also holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #5. Ben Knight (203-F-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Norths Soul Sports Bears (7-2) in their game against Maitland Mustangs (8-6) in the Australian State League (second division). Knight recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Norths Soul Sports Bears (#3) were edged 86-85 in Maitland by the lower-ranked (#5) Mustangs in the WARATAH group. Knight has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg in five games. He has British and Australian nationalities.

   #6. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Tigers (3-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Corletto's good performance Tigers (#4) were crushed 107-80 in Albury by the lower-ranked Bandits (#5) in the SEABL-East group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Corletto has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has dual citizenship: British and Australian. Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and probably cannot be called to the British team.



Flyers sign American guard Adam Weary - by Paul Nilsen

Bristol Flyers have completed the signing of 6ft 3in American guard Adam Weary (190-G-94).

The 22-year-old joins the club having played NCAA Division One college basketball at High Point University in the Big South Conference.

Weary made 116 appearances for the Panthers over his four-year college career, averaging 10.8 points per game on 33% shooting from behind the three point line, and signs his first professional contract with the Flyers.

'I was really excited when I first heard about the interest from Bristol,' Weary told bristolflyers.co.uk.

'I had the chance to speak to Coach Kapoulas and actually signed the contract back in May, which really gave me that peace of mind.

'He's been a big part of this team over the past 12 years and I could tell straight away that he was very passionate about this organisation.

"He told me how the team have been improving since they joined the BBL and how they want to keep improving each year and eventually be a contender in this league.

"Knowing that I already have this opportunity has given me that extra motivation to put in the hard work this summer.'

Weary led High Point University to four straight Big South regular season championships during his college career, scoring 1,258 career points, whilst grabbing 115 career steals.

In his senior year, he averaged 12.4 points per game, whilst shooting 51% from the field, earning himself a place in the All-Big South Second Team in 2016.

"Winning is like a habit,' he added.

'Some teams win games because they're used to winning. A lot of my team-mates weren't really used to that when I first joined High Point, so we really had to turn that culture around.

'I really want to bring that winning mentality to Bristol, and you do that by being a good team-mate, staying humble and showing that you really care about the team's success.'

Weary will join his new team-mates for pre-season training at the end of August, as Flyers begin their preparations for the 2017/18 BBL campaign.

"Adam is a player that will fit very well in our system,' said Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"He has good size, strong build and can play both guard spots. He can score and create for the team and we really like the different ways he can attack the defence.

"Most importantly, he brings with him a winning mentality as he helped his College programme win four straight Big South regular season championships.

"He won games at both high school and college level and has shown he can step up and be the main guy.

'However he can also play the supporting role and help his team win by contributing in whatever way is required by the team, which is something that we really value at the Flyers.

"His college career came to an abrupt ending as he picked an injury at the end of his senior year. He has spent the whole of this year training with his college programme and he is fully fit and ready to go.

'He is hungry to play and we look forward to having him with us at the end of August.'

Weary becomes the sixth player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season, joining Brandon Boggs, Leslee Smith, Mike Vigor, Roy Owen and Daniel Edozie.

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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



Weary's pro career starts at Bristol Academy Flyers - by Jeff King

Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Adam Weary (190-93kg-94). He has only college experience so far playing last time for High Point (NCAA). Weary has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season. Weary helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Big South Conference 2nd Team.
So his pro career will start in United Kingdom.

Bristol Academy Flyers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roy Owen
Brandon Boggs
Adam Weary

Forwards:
Leslee Smith
Daniel Edozie

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Metropolitan Round 6: Atenas edge Colon by three points - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Ascenso took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Colon (2-4) to first ranked Atenas (5-1) 98-95 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Mateo Pose (190-95) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who recorded a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Atenas maintains first position with 5-1 record. Colon lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with four games lost. They share the position with Capitol and Auriblanco. Atenas are looking forward to face Tabare (#5) on the road in the next round. Colon will play against Cordon (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Montevideo. Fifth ranked Cordon (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Auriblanco (2-4) 72-70 on Wednesday evening. It was a good game for forward Nicolas Ibarra (192-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Agustin Zuvich contributed with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rodrigo Goncalvez replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Auriblanco. Cordon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tabare. Auriblanco lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Colon and Capitol. Cordon will play against Colon (#11) on the road 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 face at home their local rival from Montevideo Stockolmo.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Miramar (4-2) against sixth ranked Tabare (3-2) on Wednesday night. Host Miramar was defeated by Tabare in a tough game in Montevideo 88-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Charles McCann had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Jeffrey Fahnbulleh with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Tabare have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cordon. Miramar at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Tabare will meet at home league's leader Atenas in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Miramar will play against the league's second-placed Sayago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Montevideo, where higher ranked 25 de Agosto (3-3) lost to twelfth ranked Stockolmo (2-3) in a road game 79-83. Juan Viana notched 21 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Stockolmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with U Atletica. 25 de Agosto at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Auriblanco.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Montevideo. Local Verdirrojo (3-3) beat 13th ranked Marne (1-4) 97-87 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Gerel Simmons who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Verdirrojo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 25 de Agosto. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Verdirrojo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena .

In the last game of round 6 Sayago defeated Capitol in a road game 81-74.
The best stats of 6th round was 22 points by Santiago Massa of Verdirrojo.

Miramar - Tabare 88-94

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Miramar (4-2) against sixth ranked Tabare (3-2) on Wednesday night. Host Miramar was defeated by Tabare in a tough game in Montevideo 88-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Tabare dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Miramar's 40. They outrebounded Miramar 48-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and guard Marcelo Nessi (188-94) scored 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Tabare and four Miramar players scored in double figures. Tabare have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cordon. Miramar at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Tabare will meet at home league's leader Atenas in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Miramar will play against the league's second-placed Sayago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 28+14reb+2ast, M.Nessi 23+1reb+7ast, R.Blankson 15+8reb+1ast, M.Trelles 11+5reb+4ast, I.Asaravicius 8+3reb, Y.Acevedo 2+1reb
Tabare: A.Cabillon 24+9reb+3ast, C.McCann 21+12reb+3ast, E.Serres 15+7reb+2ast, F.Alvarez 12+1reb+8ast, R.Xavier 10+3reb, G.Diaz 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548189


Verdirrojo - Marne 97-87

The game with biggest result difference took place in Montevideo. Local Verdirrojo (3-3) beat 13th ranked Marne (1-4) 97-87 on Wednesday night. They outrebounded Marne 58-37 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Verdirrojo looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) chipped in 4 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Verdirrojo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Joaquin Pankoski who recorded 20 points and guard Santiago Pereira (180-96) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Verdirrojo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 25 de Agosto. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Verdirrojo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena .
Top scorers:
Marne: J.Pankoski 20+3ast, A.Pineiro 16+3reb+2ast, S.Pereira 16+3reb+4ast, J.Crocano 9+13reb, B.Ingratta 8+4reb+2ast, J.Borallo 8+8reb
Verdirrojo: S.Massa 22+3reb+2ast, G.Simmons 22+4reb+4ast, M.Mayora 17+5reb+4ast, M.Monteverde 11+11reb+1ast, F.Cholaquides 9+4reb+2ast, M.Parreno 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 548194


Stockolmo - 25 de Agosto 83-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Montevideo, where higher ranked 25 de Agosto (3-3) lost to twelfth ranked Stockolmo (2-3) in a road game 79-83. Guard Juan Viana (189-97) notched 21 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for 25 de Agosto. Guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Stockolmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with U Atletica. 25 de Agosto at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Auriblanco.
Top scorers:
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 27+7reb+3ast, N.Alvarez 15+8reb+1ast, N.Koster 14+4reb+2ast, R.Cardozo 8+6reb+4ast, M.Mayora 6+2reb+4ast, J.Trindade 6+2reb+1ast
Stockolmo: O.Medina 24+2reb, J.Viana 21+2reb+5ast, R.Stimage 14+10reb+3ast, L.De Leon 9+4reb+1ast, G.Cavalli 6+2reb, F.Grolla 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 548192


Capitol - Sayago 74-81

There was no surprise in Montevideo where 9th ranked Capitol (2-4) was defeated by third ranked Sayago (4-1) 81-74 on Wednesday. Sayago looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Capitol's players. The best player for the winners was American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) who scored 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Rodrigo Brause (194-95) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Earl Watson (201-90, college: Rhode Island) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and Nicolas Comas added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Capitol players scored in double figures. Sayago have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Capitol dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Sayago will face Miramar (#3) in Montevideo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Capitol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Marne.
Top scorers:
Capitol: N.Comas 19+6reb+3ast, E.Watson 16+17reb+1ast, J.Wenzel 13+4reb+5ast, J.Andres Galleto 12+2reb+1ast, H.Silva 12+5reb+1ast, F.Soto 2
Sayago: P.Harrison 31+9reb+4ast, R.Brause 17+6reb+5ast, M.Perdomo 9+8reb+3ast, J.Garbarino 9+4reb+3ast, E.Gonzalez 8+9reb+4ast, M.Lado 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 548193


Cordon - Auriblanco 72-70

Important game to mention about took place in Montevideo. Fifth ranked Cordon (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Auriblanco (2-4) 72-70 on Wednesday evening. They outrebounded Auriblanco 37-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Nicolas Ibarra (192-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Agustin Zuvich (200-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rodrigo Goncalvez replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and center Joaquin Jones (202-97) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Auriblanco. Cordon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tabare. Auriblanco lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Colon and Capitol. Cordon will play against Colon (#11) on the road 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 face at home their local rival from Montevideo Stockolmo.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 23+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 13+2reb+3ast, C.Colman 13+3reb, E.Suarez 8+1reb+4ast, N.Gentini 6+1reb+1ast, A.Taibo 5+2reb+1ast
Cordon: N.Ibarra 18+9reb+3ast, F.Sanchez 13+2reb, A.Zuvich 12+14reb+3ast, A.Amaral 9+4reb+1ast, F.Medina 9+2reb+4ast, L.Magnone 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 548191


Atenas - Colon 98-95

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Ascenso took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Colon (2-4) to first ranked Atenas (5-1) 98-95 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Mateo Pose (190-95) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 24 points. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who recorded a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and guard Lucas Lepiani (188) added 28 points and 4 assists respectively. Atenas maintains first position with 5-1 record. Colon lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with four games lost. They share the position with Capitol and Auriblanco. Atenas are looking forward to face Tabare (#5) on the road in the next round. Colon will play against Cordon (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Colon: T.Brown 36+10reb, L.Lepiani 28+2reb+4ast, F.Della Mea 19+7reb+5ast, N.Garcia 7+6reb+2ast, F.Ferreira 4+2reb+4ast, F.Baltasar 1+5reb+7ast
Atenas: A.Danridge 24+2reb+3ast, M.Zubiaurre 17+4reb+3ast, M.Pose 17+6reb+7ast, N.Catala 13+9reb+1ast, O.Galeano 12+3reb, F.Pomoli 12+12reb+2ast
gschID: 548190





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)



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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 5 of Semi-Finals. Marinos join Guaros in championship series - by Eurobasket News

Marinos - Guaiqueries 83-77

Marinos rolled past Guaiqueries to secure LPB Finals birth. Marinos made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Marinos made 7 blocks. American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 26 points and 5 assists and the former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 24+6reb+3ast, G.Vargas 16+9ast, R.Perez 15+2reb+1ast, M.Carrera 10+3reb+3ast, J.Herrera 8+3reb, C.Massie 7+12reb+1ast
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 26+2reb+5ast, C.Silva 13+4reb+4ast, M.Flores 13+6reb+1ast, M.Melvin 8+11reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 7+2reb, M.Escobar 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548311






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Women News


Russia win FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

In the women's category, Russia finished the event undefeated and dominated Hungary (19-12) in the final. Anna Leshkovtseva and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90, agency: LBM Management) had a team-high 6 points in the final. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) added 4 and Alexandra Stolyar (180-G/F-92) netted 3 points in a one-sided affair. Bettina Bozoki (191-F/C-89) had a game-high 7 but none of her team-mates contributed more than 2 points, just a few moments after Alexandra Theodorean (177-G/F-91) scored an unbelievable buzzer-beater in a semi-final win against Ukraine.
Ukraine redeemed themselves in the bronze-medal game with a 15-13 victory over the Netherlands. Leshkovtseva was named MVP and was joined by Bozoki and the Netherlands' Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) in the Team of the Tournament. Nine more medals were handed out by FIBA officials - including FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and FIBA Vice-President Hamane Niang - in the individual contests. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) made history for Andorra by winning the skills contest. The Netherlands' Kuijt earned silver while Japan's Yui Hanada (175-G/F) collected bronze on her birthday. Crowd favorite Tsagarakis took home gold in the shoot-out contest. Schelvis earned the Netherlands' a third silver medal at the event and last year's FIBA 3x3 World Cup MVP Michaela Uhrova (168-G-82, agency: Promotex) (Czech Republic) won bronze. The dunk contest competition featured an all-time record 5 professional dunkers and Poland's Rafal 'Lipek' Lipinski struck gold with a series of dazzling slams, including a jam over 7 people. Chris Staples (USA) won silver while Vadim 'Miller' Piddubchenko (Ukraine) earned a bronze medal.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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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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  BAHAMAS  


Jonquel Jones joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) agreed terms with 23-year old Bahamas center Jonquel Jones (198-94, college: G.Washington). She played this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 9 games she had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. The last season Jones played at Woori Bank in South Korean WKBL where in 38 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 14.3rpg and 2.8bpg.
Last year she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
Jones attended George Washington University until 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
She was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2015 at her college time.
Jones also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships for Women in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (17.2ppg), Reb-1 (14.0rpg), 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 64.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Draw results in for Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship 2017 - by David Edole

SAN JUAN (FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018) - The draw for the Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The results of the draw are as follows:

Group A: British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
Group B: Suriname, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bahamas

The Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship will be played August 15-19 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Surinam.

The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.

The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018.



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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joao Cardoso is the new GDESSA team coach - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Joao Cardoso accepted the invitation to be part of GDESSA as head coach of the senior team, who will be present for the first time in European competitions after winning the Portuguese Cup and the Women's League.

Cardoso, at the age of 51, has a rich experience at the service of national basketball, both federative and professional.

He started as assistant coach in senior teams in Vitoria Setubal (93/94 and 94/95), then moved to Seixal (LCB - 95/96, 96/97, 97/98 and 00/01); Queluz (LCB-98/99); Estrelas da Avenida (LCB - 98/99); Belenenses (LCB - 99/00) and Leiria Basket (LCB - 01/02).
As senior senior coach he started in Belenenses (LCB-01/02 and 02/03); Desportivo Fabril (Proliga-02/03); Atletico Clube Portugal (Proliga 05/06) and Scalipus Setubal (1Div., 15/16, 16/17).

In the youth ranks, he coached the Under 16 team of FC Barreirense (06/07 and 07/08) having been runner-up and national champion respectively. He also served as Regional Technical Director at the Lisbon Basketball Association (between 2008 and 2015).



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Fenerbahce lands Kelsey Plum - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Kelsey Plum (173-94, college: Washington). She plays in the summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). In 7 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.9apg.
Her team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12. Plum received All-Pac-12 Player of the Year award in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Plum played at another team Huskies in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 37 games she had very impressive stats: 25.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. Plum helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team, 2nd Team and ESPNW All-NCAA Division I 2nd Team.
This summer San Antonio Stars selected her as first overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former University of Washington star
Plum graduated her college in 2017 andis in her first season in pro basketball.
Plum was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U19 National Team in 2013.
Plum represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jonquel Jones joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) agreed terms with 23-year old Bahamas center Jonquel Jones (198-94, college: G.Washington). She played this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 9 games she had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. The last season Jones played at Woori Bank in South Korean WKBL where in 38 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 14.3rpg and 2.8bpg.
Last year she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
Jones attended George Washington University until 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
She was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2015 at her college time.
Jones also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships for Women in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (17.2ppg), Reb-1 (14.0rpg), 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 64.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


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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  ICELAND  


Snaefell keeps Olafsdottir for another season - by Eurobasket News

Snaefell (Dominos League) re-signed 22-year old guard Andrea Bjort Olafsdottir (172-95). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 35 Dominos League games she averaged just 2.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. Olafsdottir helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
She was a member of Icelandic U16 National Team back in 2011.
Olafsdottir has played previously for Njardvik.

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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  ITALY  


Zanardelli re-signs at Alpo Basket VillaFranca - by Eurobasket News

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 19-year old forward Silvia Zanardelli (180-98). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 20 Serie A2 games she had just 2.3ppg and 2.8rpg last season.

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Alpo Basket VillaFranca keeps Viviani for another season - by Eurobasket News

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) re-signed 18-year old power forward Sofia Viviani (180-99). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in two Serie A2 games she did not score anything.

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Alpo Basket VillaFranca keeps Pusceddu for another season - by Eurobasket News

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) re-signed 18-year old guard Anna Pusceddu (172-99). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in two Serie A2 games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Pusceddu played mostly for the junior team.

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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.

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  NCAA1  


Earl promoted to Assistant Coach at Colorado - by Eurobasket News

Colorado women's basketball coach J.R. Payne announced that Alex Earl has been promoted to Assistant Coach. Earl will replace Jeff Cammon, who accepted the head coaching position at Long Beach State earlier this month.

Earl's 2016-17 season at CU
The move is a return to the basketball floor in a coaching role for Earl, who served as Colorado's Director of Player Development in 2016-17 in both her and the coaching staff's first season at CU. As Director of Player Development, she was responsible for CU's film breakdown for practices and games, and served as the team's liaison with the nutrition and sports performance staffs. Earl's work off the floor helped the Buffs to one of the best single-season turnarounds in school history as they more than doubled their win total from the previous year. CU finished the year 17-16 overall and tied for ninth in the Pac-12, a year after a last-place finish in the conference. The Buffs also reached the third round of the WNIT, their first postseason appearance since 2014. Throughout the 2016-17, Colorado was impressive. CU started the season 10-0 for just the fifth time in school history, including a win over No. 15/19 Kentucky. The 10-game winning streak was Colorado's longest since 2012. In Pac-12 play, the Buffs' signature win came on Feb. 12 when they upset No. 24 California on the road, their first win over a ranked team on the road since 2007.

Earl's coaching history
She is entering her third year in a row working under J.R. Payne after previously serving as an assistant coach under J.R. Payne at Santa Clara in 2015-16. She began her coaching career at Lamar Community College in 2013-14 and then spent the following year as an assistant at Eastern Washington. At Lamar as the team's top assistant, the Runnin' Lopes had their best record in school history. At EWU, Earl helped the Eagles to a 22-12 record and the second round of the WNIT. With J.R. Payne 's staff at Santa Clara, the Broncos also reached the WNIT and finished with a 23-9 record, including an upset on the road at No. 13 Stanford.

Earl's college career
An Oregon native, Earl was a four-year letterwinner at Arizona State, helping lead the women's basketball team to four consecutive postseason appearances, highlighted by a trip to the Elite Eight in 2009. A three-point shooting threat throughout her collegiate career, she ranks in the top 10 in Sun Devils program history in multiple three-point shooting categories. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications from ASU in 2013.

Quotable
J.R. Payne , head coach:
"We are excited to announce that Alex is moving in to the Assistant Coach position here at CU. First and foremost, Alex is an incredible person; she is genuine, honest, hard-working and has a very selfless spirit. She cares deeply about the growth and development of the young women in our program. Alex was a standout player in the Pac-12 and is going to be a great assistant coach as well. When Alex coached with us at Santa Clara, she was a huge part of our perimeter player development and helped grow and mentor the young players in our program. We are thankful that we will continue to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with someone who is very much part of the Buff Family."

Alex Earl :
"I am so extremely blessed to have been asked to be an assistant coach here at Colorado and be back on the floor. Being a Pac-12 assistant has always been a dream of mine, and to do it at such a prestigious university and program with a staff I consider family is a dream come true."
Courtesy of: cubuffs.com



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  POLAND  


Sleza Wroclaw adds Ursu to their roster - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (TBLK) added to their roster 24-year old Romanian international shooting guard Sonia Ursu (176-93). She played last season at DSK Basketball Nymburk in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 8 Eurocup games she recorded 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Ursu played at CSUUniversitatea Alba Iulia in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 25 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.8apg (top 4) and 1.4spg. She helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game. Ursu also played 7 games in CEWL where she had 8.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg.
Ursu won CEWL championship title in 2016.
She has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Ursu has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
She also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg.
Ursu's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Ursu has played previously professionally in Romania (Olimpia and Brasov) and South Korea (Woori Bank).
On Ursu: Sonia is a 5'9" (1.75cm) Romanian swingman. She is born in 1993 and can play both positions of shooting guard and small forward. During the years she was a member of Olimpia Bucuresti and Woori Bank Hansae (South Korea) and the last two seasons she is playing for Olimpia Brasov. She is a constant member of the Romanian senior National team and she never missed an European Championship during her junior years. Her strong points are penetrating to the basket and rebounding. Her quickness allows her to speed up very easily team's tempo. She can help her teammates with a strong confidence being able to make the difference in difficult conditions. She is one of the most improved player in the last season, being characterized as the best Romanian youth promising player.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sharnee Zoll-Norman
Sonia Ursu
Zuzanna Sklepowicz

Forward:
Kourtney Treffers

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Bria Holmes joins CCC Polkowice - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

CCC Polkowice (TBLK) added to their roster 23-year old American small forward Bria Holmes (185-94, college: W.Virginia). She played this summer at Atlanta Dream (WNBA). In 9 games she had 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. The last season Holmes played at Maccabi Ramat Gan in Israeli D1 where in 25 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to win the cup.
Last year Holmes was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in first round (11th overall).
The former West Virginia University standout is in her second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted All-Big 12 1st Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at her college time.

CCC Polkowice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Weronika Gajda
Elina Babkina
Magdalena Idziorek
Angelika Stankiewicz

Center:
Magdalena Leciejewska

Coach: Georgios Dikeoulakos

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Jennifer O'Neill (ex Haskovo 2012) is a newcomer at Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Puerto Rican ex-international point guard Jennifer O'Neill (168-90, college: Kentucky). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. O'Neill played last season at Haskovo 2012 in Bulgarian NBL league. In 13 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.8apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the cup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer O'Neill played at Gigantes in Puerto Rican BSNF where in 28 games she averaged remarkable 15.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg in 2016 season. She contributed to her team winning the Puerto Rico League title (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSNF Rookie of the Year and to the All-Star Game.
O'Neill also represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Ankara (Turkey) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg.
O'Neill has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Rishon Le Zion) and WNBA (Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx).
She attended University of Kentucky until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Julie McBride
Jennifer O'Neill

Forwards:
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej
Justyna Cegielska
Elzbieta Miedzik

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

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  PORTUGAL  


Joao Cardoso is the new GDESSA team coach - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Joao Cardoso accepted the invitation to be part of GDESSA as head coach of the senior team, who will be present for the first time in European competitions after winning the Portuguese Cup and the Women's League.

Cardoso, at the age of 51, has a rich experience at the service of national basketball, both federative and professional.

He started as assistant coach in senior teams in Vitoria Setubal (93/94 and 94/95), then moved to Seixal (LCB - 95/96, 96/97, 97/98 and 00/01); Queluz (LCB-98/99); Estrelas da Avenida (LCB - 98/99); Belenenses (LCB - 99/00) and Leiria Basket (LCB - 01/02).
As senior senior coach he started in Belenenses (LCB-01/02 and 02/03); Desportivo Fabril (Proliga-02/03); Atletico Clube Portugal (Proliga 05/06) and Scalipus Setubal (1Div., 15/16, 16/17).

In the youth ranks, he coached the Under 16 team of FC Barreirense (06/07 and 07/08) having been runner-up and national champion respectively. He also served as Regional Technical Director at the Lisbon Basketball Association (between 2008 and 2015).



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  PUERTO RICO  


Jennifer O'Neill (ex Haskovo 2012) is a newcomer at Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Puerto Rican ex-international point guard Jennifer O'Neill (168-90, college: Kentucky). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. O'Neill played last season at Haskovo 2012 in Bulgarian NBL league. In 13 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.8apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the cup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer O'Neill played at Gigantes in Puerto Rican BSNF where in 28 games she averaged remarkable 15.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg in 2016 season. She contributed to her team winning the Puerto Rico League title (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSNF Rookie of the Year and to the All-Star Game.
O'Neill also represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Ankara (Turkey) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg.
O'Neill has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Rishon Le Zion) and WNBA (Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx).
She attended University of Kentucky until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Julie McBride
Jennifer O'Neill

Forwards:
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej
Justyna Cegielska
Elzbieta Miedzik

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Sleza Wroclaw adds Ursu to their roster - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (TBLK) added to their roster 24-year old Romanian international shooting guard Sonia Ursu (176-93). She played last season at DSK Basketball Nymburk in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 8 Eurocup games she recorded 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Ursu played at CSUUniversitatea Alba Iulia in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 25 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.8apg (top 4) and 1.4spg. She helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game. Ursu also played 7 games in CEWL where she had 8.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg.
Ursu won CEWL championship title in 2016.
She has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Ursu has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
She also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg.
Ursu's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Ursu has played previously professionally in Romania (Olimpia and Brasov) and South Korea (Woori Bank).
On Ursu: Sonia is a 5'9" (1.75cm) Romanian swingman. She is born in 1993 and can play both positions of shooting guard and small forward. During the years she was a member of Olimpia Bucuresti and Woori Bank Hansae (South Korea) and the last two seasons she is playing for Olimpia Brasov. She is a constant member of the Romanian senior National team and she never missed an European Championship during her junior years. Her strong points are penetrating to the basket and rebounding. Her quickness allows her to speed up very easily team's tempo. She can help her teammates with a strong confidence being able to make the difference in difficult conditions. She is one of the most improved player in the last season, being characterized as the best Romanian youth promising player.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sharnee Zoll-Norman
Sonia Ursu
Zuzanna Sklepowicz

Forward:
Kourtney Treffers

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  SENEGAL  


Senegalese National Team 2017 - by Greg

Senegalese National Team 2017
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Fatou Dieng
Dieng
Diodio Diouf
Diouf
Oumoul Thiam
Thiam
Aya Traore
Traore
Lycka Sy
Sy
#e#5
Fatou Dieng 167-G-85 Aulnoye France
Diodio Diouf 170-G-84 DUC Senegal
Ndeye Fall G-88 Lousada Portugal
Elma Kinta Malou
Oumoul Thiam 181-SG-90 Gran Canaria Spain
Aya Traore 186-F-83 Basket Esch Luxembourg
Lycka Sy 185-F-88 Zamarat Spain
Diary Diouf 186-G/F-89 SLBC Senegal
Tening Diata 183-F/C-86 DUC Senegal
Astou Traore 182-F/C-81 Galatasaray Turkey
Oumoul Sarr 185-F/C-84 Gipuzkoa UPV Spain
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop 185-F-85 Villeneuve France
Aminata Fall 193-F/C-91 Canberra C. Australia
Oumou Toure 190-C/F-88 Toulouse France
Maimouna Diarra 198-C-91 L.Angeles S. USA
Syll Ndeye 195-C-93 Extrugasa Spain
Aida Fall 192-C-86 Le Havre France




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  SPAIN  


Campus Promete keeps Knight for another season - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete Logrono (LFB) re-signed 31-year old American power forward Leslie Knight (184-86). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 26 LFB games she averaged 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Among other achievements Knight's team made it to the Swiss LNA Semifinals in 2009. She received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LF2 All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Knight has played also professionally in USA and Switzerland (Riva Basket) and Spain (Mann Filter and Alcobendas).

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Umo Diallo signs at Araski - by Eurobasket News

ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia (LFB) landed 19-year old center Umo Diallo (192-98) from Campus Promete. But in 9 LFB games she averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Diallo spent at Sant Adria (LF2) where in 10 games she had 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg. She helped them to make it to the final. Diallo also played that season for Segle XXI Bercelona (LF2). In 8 games she recorded 6.0ppg and 4.4rpg.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) last year. Diallo's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg, 2.0rpg.

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  SWEDEN  


Swedish U20 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Johanna Ezra184-F-97Sallen Sweden
Sofia Hagg 169-G-97 Lulea Basket Sweden

Julia Nygard 177-SF-97 KFUM Fryshuset Sweden
Fanny Wadling 186-F-97 Maine USA
Lydia Friberg 184-F-97 BG Lulea Sweden
Karolina Tellmann 178-PG-98 Udominate Sweden
Adriana Camber 178-F-97 Iowa St. USA
Vendela Danielsson 173-G-97 Sallen Sweden
Gunesh Ozturk 168-PG-97 AIK Basket Sweden
Crystel Bittar 170-PG-98 AIK Basket Sweden
Hanna Kall 191-C-97 Wetterbygden Sweden




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  TURKEY  


Saziye Ivegin joins Bornova - by Eurobasket News

Bornova Becker (TKBL) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old international forward Saziye Ivegin (183-82). She played last season at Abdullah Gul in Turkish KBSL. In 8 Eurocup games she had 6.4ppg and 1.4apg. TKBL will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Ivegin also played that season for Istanbul Uni where in two Eurocup games she recorded 8.0ppg. She also played 12 games in KBSL where she averaged 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
Ivegin was selected to Turkish TBBL All-Star Game back in 2010.
She represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 22.2%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Ivegin has played also professionally in Italy (Leonesse), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye) and Turkey (Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Mersin BSB, Galatasaray and Sakarya).
She is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Bornova.
On Ivegin: A solid bodied, sharpshooting player, she can spend time in both 2 and 3 positions.

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Jonquel Jones joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) agreed terms with 23-year old Bahamas center Jonquel Jones (198-94, college: G.Washington). She played this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 9 games she had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. The last season Jones played at Woori Bank in South Korean WKBL where in 38 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 14.3rpg and 2.8bpg.
Last year she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
Jones attended George Washington University until 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
She was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2015 at her college time.
Jones also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships for Women in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (17.2ppg), Reb-1 (14.0rpg), 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 64.5%.

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Fenerbahce lands Kelsey Plum - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Kelsey Plum (173-94, college: Washington). She plays in the summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). In 7 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.9apg.
Her team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12. Plum received All-Pac-12 Player of the Year award in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Plum played at another team Huskies in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 37 games she had very impressive stats: 25.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. Plum helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team, 2nd Team and ESPNW All-NCAA Division I 2nd Team.
This summer San Antonio Stars selected her as first overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former University of Washington star
Plum graduated her college in 2017 andis in her first season in pro basketball.
Plum was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U19 National Team in 2013.
Plum represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


JONES NAMED TO U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM - by David Edole

Oakland sophomore guard Taylor Jones (173-G) has been selected to the U.S. Virgin Islands Women's Basketball National Team which will compete at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Centrobasket Championship, July 12 -16, in the Saint Thomas Virgin Islands.

"This is a great opportunity for Taylor to not only represent the U.S. Virgin Islands, but Oakland University as well,' said Oakland Head Women's Basketball Coach, Jeff Tungate. 'She is very deserving of this honor and I look forward to watching her compete on a national stage."

"We're really excited to have Taylor join the U.S. Virgin Islands Women's National Team," said Assistant Coach, Clint Williams. 'I've followed Taylor very closely in her first two seasons at Oakland University so when her name came up as one of the potential players we'd like to have participate, it was a no brainer to me that we must reach out to have her join our team. I spoke to coach Tungate about the opportunity of her playing for us this summer and he was immediately on board.'

'My expectations for Taylor on this team is to quite frankly be herself and play the game like she is very capable of doing. She will be one of the players who we will expect to score the ball and put pressure on defenses by drawing fouls, getting to the free throw line and being an overall playmaker,' added Williams. 'We're really excited to have her on the roster and help us reach our ultimate goal of winning this tournament and the gold medal".

Jones was named Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year coming off the bench this season to lead the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg which ranked seventh in the league. She scored over 20 points 10 times and reached double figures 20 times helping Oakland's offense average 76.6 ppg which ranked 19th nationally.

Jones also helped Oakland to a 12-6 league record which marked the first time the Golden Grizzlies won 12 Horizon League games since joining the conference in the 2013-14 season. It also was the first time Oakland has won 12 conference games since going 14-4 in the Summit League in 2009-10.



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  WNBA  


Liberty waived Alston - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty waived 24-year old guard Ameryst Alston (175-93, college: Ohio State). In only one WNBA game she had just 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
The last season she played at Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB where in 25 games she was third best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and recorded 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Last year Alston was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
The former Ohio State staris in her second season in pro basketball.
Alston's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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