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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



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Nikolic is back at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old Montenegrin international power forward Danilo Nikolic (206-93, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Podgorica as he has played here before. Nikolic played last season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 24 games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.9ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Nikolic played at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS. In 13 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. Nikolic also played 30 games in ABA League where he got 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Nikolic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He played in the final of Adriatic League in 2016.
Nikolic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2016 and previously for U21 National Team in 2012.
Nikolic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg.
Nikolic has played previously for four other Montenegro teams: Lovcen, Gorstak, Buducnost II Podgorica and KK Podgorica.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Piacenza signs Nicolas Stanic - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed 33-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Stanic (180-84, agency: Players Group) from Eurobasket Roma. In 29 Serie B games he had 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Italian Serie B championship title in 2016. Stanic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team in 2016.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Stanic has played previously professionally also in Argentina (San Andres) and Italy (Fabriano, Napoli Ester Barra, Firenze Enic, Roseto and Montecatiniterme).
He could be described: A high scoring PG who has a huge playing exerience despite being not so old. Like all the players from Argentina has great leadership and decision-making skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



Argentinian U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Francisco Caffaro
Caffaro
Facundo Corvalan
Corvalan
Luca Valussi
Valussi
Santiago Vaulet
Vaulet
Lautaro Berra
Berra
#e#5
1Francisco Caffaro 213-C-00 BA CoE Australia
5Leonardo Lema 201-F/G-98 Atenas Argentina
7Facundo Corvalan 188-G-98 Weber Bahia Argentina
8Matias Solanas 192-G-98 La Union Argentina
9Luca Valussi 198-F-98 Obras Basket Argentina
10Lautaro Lopez 188-PG-99 San Lorenzo Argentina
11Santiago Vaulet 193-G-98 Weber Bahia Argentina
12Santiago Bruera 206-F/C-98 Instituto Argentina
13Leandro Cerminato 201-PF-98 San Lorenzo Argentina
15Lautaro Berra 208-C/F-98 Obras Basket Argentina
16Mateo Chiarini 188-G/F-98 Atenas Argentina
20Maximiliano Andreatta 210-PF-98 Harcum CC USA

Maximiliano Seigorman Head Coach Instituto Argentina



GECR Indalo lands Luis Riascos - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) tabbed Ecuadorian international swingman Luis Riascos (193). He played in the summer at Halcones in Colombian Liga DirecTV.
Riascos also represented Ecuador at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Marcus Relphorde (ex GECR Indalo) agreed terms with Macc.Rehovot - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Rehovot (National League) inked 29-year old American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-101kg-88, college: Colorado). He played most recently at GECR Indalo in Argentinian LigaA. In 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Relphorde also played that season for Hapoel Migdal Haemek where in 27 National League games he averaged impressive 19.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg (in top 3). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
His team made it to the Swedish Basketligan Semifinals in 2012.
Relphorde is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Nantes), Greece (Cretan Kings), Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely), Lithuania (Palanga), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Sweden (BC Lulea) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Relphorde attended University of Colorado until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Maccabi Rehovot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oded Shaashoua
Yevgeni Holodov

Forwards:
Gur Porat
Inam Eiram
Marcus Relphorde

Coach: Avner Yeor

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 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





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Besiktas add Diebler to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State, agency: BeoBasket). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played last season at Galatasaray (BSL). In 22 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Diebler helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Diebler played at Anadolu Efes. In 26 BSL games he had 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game 3-Point Contest. Diebler also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2011 Diebler was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Diebler has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  BELGIUM  


Katic is back at Spirou - by Greg

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old Serbian ex-international center Rasko Katic (208-114kg-80, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Katic played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in the Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Katic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Katic contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 4.1rpg.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liege tabs Tyler Larson, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American guard Tyler Larson (190-86kg-91, college: S.Dakota). He played most recently at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. Larson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 LBL games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Larson also played 11 games in Baltic League where he was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and recorded 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Larson contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The other team he played shortly was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. Larson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Larson also spent pre-season at Egis Kormend (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
He has played also professionally in Latvia for Jekabpils.
Larson attended University of South Dakota until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BOSNIA  


Miralem Halilovic (ex GKK Sibenik) agreed terms with Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) inked 26-year old Bosnian international forward Miralem Halilovic (205-103kg-91, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played most recently at GKK Sibenik in Croatian A1 league. In 29 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 7.5rpg (#2 in the league), 3.5apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg last season. Halilovic helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at KK Zagreb (also in A1) where in 26 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 7.7rpg (#5 in the league), 3.5apg and 1.0bpg. Halilovic also played 4 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he had 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
Halilovic won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2011.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Halilovic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 62.5%.
Halilovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Lithuania (Dzukija), Slovenia (Krka), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Bosnia (Sloboda Tuzla).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.14.6 
 2. Filho, Botafogo.14.2 
 3. Sena, Contagem14.1 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau14.0 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville13.1 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Dias, Joinville12.0 
 8. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.7.5 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 4. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.4 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville5.7 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville5.7 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Maistro, Contagem5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Eric ROMUALDO
  Contagem
  (185-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Romualdo, Contagem4.7 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.5 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.4 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.7 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.1 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem1.8 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan TIAGO
  Brusque
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.7 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 5. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.5 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


Aguada adds Hettsheimer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Santeros de Aguada (BSN) added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-118kg-86). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. The last season he played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 15 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg. Hettsheimer also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg and 7.8rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hettsheimer played in the final of Paulista League in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Player of the Year in 2016.
Hettsheimer has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Hettsheimer also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg.
Hettsheimer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Hettsheimer has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Vic and Blusens Monbus) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao).
On Hettsheimer: Not so tall to play at center, he manages to keep the position thanks to powerful body and athletic skills. He could became a good PF, because he knows how to step out and hit the basket from mid-range. Has defensive mentality, but needs to improve this part of the game. Has yet upside, however.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Ouro Round 2 of Finals. Joinville level title series - by Eurobasket News

Botafogo F.R. - Joinville 68-76

Joinville beat Botafogo on the road to even the championship series at 1-1. Strangely Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Joinville 37-25 including 25 on the offensive glass. Guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) replied with 30 points and the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) added 17 points in the effort for Botafogo F.R.Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 30+1reb+1ast, A.Filho 17+1reb, R.Ferreira 6+6reb+3ast, P.Flowers 6+5reb+1ast, A.Moreira 4+9reb+1ast, R.da Silva 3+2ast
Joinville: F.Vezaro 23+3reb+3ast, M.Dias 18+1reb, A.Pereira 17+5reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 6+7reb+11ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 6+5reb, L.Vezaro 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548302





Dida Pereira (ex BVM 2012) signs at Cordon - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Cordon Montevideo (Metropolitan) landed 25-year old Brazilian center Dida Pereira (203-92, college: Sequoias CC). He played most recently at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres in Spanish EBA league. In 20 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg and 7.9rpg last season.
Among other achievements Pereira played in the final of Brazilian National League in 2013. He received also All-State Northern CA 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Pereira represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Pereira has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Universo/Salvador).
He attended College of the Sequoias until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Awards 2017 - by Paulo Freire

Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team 2017
Kendall Anthony
Anthony
Desmond Holloway
Holloway
Alex Garcia
Garcia
Marquinhos Vieira
Vieira
Rafael Hettsheimer
Hettsheimer

Player of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Guard of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Forward of the Year: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
Center of the Year: Vjekoslav Rafaeli (91) of Quilicura
Import Player of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Domestic Player of the Year: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
Young Player of the Year: Alexey Borges (188-PG-95) of Franca
Sixth Player of the Year: Arthur Pecos (183-PG-95) of Paulistano
Most Improved Player of the Year: George Lucas (195-PG-96) of Paulistano
Coach of the Year: Gustavo Conti of Paulistano

1st Team
PG: Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru
G: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
SF: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
C: Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of Atenas

2nd Team
PG: Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia
G: David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G.
SG: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi
PF: Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru
C/F: Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) of Brasilia

Honorable Mention
Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo
Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) of Vitoria
Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88) of Mogi
Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia
SG: Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) of Campo Mourao
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
SF: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
C: Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of Atenas

All-Imports Team
PG: Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru
G: David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G.
SG: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi
G: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
F: Drew Maynard (200-F-89) of Minas

All-Defensive Team
SG: Jimmy de Oliveira (191-SG-90) of Mogi
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
F: Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo
SF: Alexandre de Souza (202-SF-92) of L.Sorocaba
C: Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense



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  BULGARIA  


Beroe adds Voykov to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) added to their roster guard Boris Voykov (183). He played most recently at Chernomorets in the Division A. But in 7 NBL games he recorded just 1.0ppg in 2015-16 season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


CANADA BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GAME IN HALIFAX - by John Gary

COURTESY BASKETBALL.CA Canada Basketball in partnership with Sport and Entertainment Atlantic announced that the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax will host the first Senior Mens National Team home game of the new FIBA Basketball WORLD CUP 2019 Americas Qualifiers. Canada will ooen qualifying on Friday November 24, 2017, against the Bahamas with tip-off scheduled for 8pm AST. The FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019 AMERICAS QUALIFIER will be a festival of basketball that will also feature an Atlantic University Sport mens game between Acadia University and ST-FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY. Along with the doubleheader, Canada Basketball and Basketball NOVA SCOTIA will also be hosting a Steve Nash Youth Basketball Clinic among other events leading up to the game. Beginning in November 2017, the Qualifiers will establish a new road to the FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP CHINA 2019. The new format will take place over the course of six windows and feature the worlds top 8o national teams playing 1200 games in front of millions of fans around the globe.


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  CAPE VERDE  


Palmarejo Bulls wins U18 League - by Eurobasket News

Palmarejo Bulls won U18 League in Cape Verde. In the Final game they overcame Amibasket in a tough game 61-59. Angelito managed to bring the victory lmost with the buzzer. He was named MVP of the Finals. The second best player became Victor from the Bulls. Miguel (Amibasket) was the third top player, while Betinho (Bulls) was named the best coach.


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Djimrabaye is back at Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) added to their roster 25-year old Central African ex-international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92). It is actually his comeback to Entente Orleans 45 as he has played here before. Djimrabaye is not a newcomer in French League where he played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Djimrabaye played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA). In 24 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
Djimrabaye played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2013.
He was also a member of Central African international program for some years. Djimrabaye played for Central African Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
He also represented Central Africa at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.6%, FT: 77.3%.
Djimrabaye's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Djimrabaye has played previously professionally in France (Berck, JA Vichy, Denain Voltaire, Charleville Mezieres and Le Portel) and Central Africa (ASOPT).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Centers:
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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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)



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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





Smith's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Ashton Smith (187-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Sabios and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Sabios in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Aguilas (#7, 4-10) with 32-point margin 99-67. Sabios is placed at 3rd position in Colombian league. Sabios 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 7-7 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Sabios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 50.4% FGP and 41.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kregg Jones (203-F-91). He is Barbados forward in his first season at Sabios. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course together with Smith he helped Sabios with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aguilas (#7, 4-10) 99-67. This victory allowed Sabios to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 7-7 record is not bad at all. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Sabios and similarly like Ashton Smith has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of league's leader Fast Break. Ortiz scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Fast Break, leading his team to a 88-85 win against #2 ranked Academia in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Fast Break as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ortiz has a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jhon Romero (199-F-85) of Piratas - 21 points and 13 rebounds
7. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Sneed (196-G-82) of Fast Break - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) of Academia - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Simon Granados (182-PG-93) of Academia - 23 points 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)



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Zeljko Sakic (ex Cibona) signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) landed 29-year old Croatian international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-98kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. Sakic managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 32 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 2.6apg and 1.0spg. Sakic helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Sakic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Sakic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sakic played at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL. In 35 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Sakic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Sakic also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Sakic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sakic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Sakic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).
Sakic's game is described as: A very solid inside player, not so quick but with strong body and hands. He' s not so athletic, but defends well and doesn' t fear anyone.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Center:
Ousmane Barro

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Zaragoza tabs Lovro Mazalin, ex Zadar - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old Croatian small forward Lovro Mazalin (204-97). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg last season. Mazalin helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in ABA League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mazalin played at Cedevita (also in A1). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 13 A1 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. Mazalin contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Mazalin also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.1ppg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he got only 2.7ppg.
Despite young age Mazalin had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2016.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Mazalin's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 7.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 83.8%.
Mazalin has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cibona, Kaptol and Petrinja.
His game is described as: He can split his playing time between the 2 and the 3 spots, thanks to good ball handling and court vision. But he's expected to become a 6-9 small forward, with quickness and a great 2-point shooting ability. Compared to Danilo Gallinari and Tornike Shengeila, has a britght future.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lovro Mazalin on his way to CAI Zaragoza - by Zeljko Zule

Cedevita parted ways with Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) and the player in going to Spain in order to sign with CAI Zaragoza. It will be his first season abroad.
Mazalin spent last season on loan with Zadar, averaging 9.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 23 Adriatic League games and 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.4 blocks in 24 Croatian A1 League games.
Mazalin has already played for Petrinja, Kaptol, Mladost and Cibona. He has been a member all of all Croatian youth national teams, winning a silver medal at the 2012 Junior U18 European Championship.



Miralem Halilovic moves from GKK Sibenik to Orleans Lorient - by Zeljko Zule

Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) signed a one-year contract with the French side Orleans Lorient Basket. Bosnian spent last season with GKK Sibenik, averaging 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks im 29 Croatian A1 League games, helped the club to reach regular season title. He was named Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League Player of the Year.
Halilovic grew up with Sloboda Tuzla and has already played for Fenerbahce Ulker junior team in Turkey, Dzukija Alytus in Lithuania, Zagreb in Croatia and Krka in Slovenia.



Banco di Srd adds Planinic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) added to their roster 27-year old Croatian international center Darko Planinic (211-90). He played last season at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 24 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Planinic helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.0ppg and 1.9rpg. Planinic contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Baskonia (also in Liga Endesa). In 33 games he had 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg. Planinic contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Planinic also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Planinic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Center of the Year back in 2012.
Planinic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Planinic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 68.8%, FT: 76.9%.
Planinic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Montenegro (Buducnost), Croatia (Cibona) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

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

Center:
Darko Planinic

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pavel Benes Named Head Coach at BC Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine

Former Czech National Team member Pavel Benes (190-G-75) has been named the new head coach of BC BK Geosan Kolin. Benes 42, has signed a three-year contract with BK Geosan Kolin and it will be hist forst time as a head coach in the NBL. He spent the past few years leading Nymburk's U19 squad, this past season to a 4th place finish as well as an assistant on the Senior National Team under Ronin Ronen Ginzburg.


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Horsholm tabs rookie Matt Bonds in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm 79ers (Ligaen) inked American forward Matt Bonds (196-103kg, agency: Duran International). Bonds just graduated from St.Michael's (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. In 24 games he averaged impressive 21.6ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg last season.
As mentioned above Bonds is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Bonds received also All-Northeast-10 1st Team award in 2017 at his college time.
His team made it to the Northeast-10 Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jukic comes back to Bakken - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Bakken Bears (Ligaen) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Danish international guard Darko Jukic (199-94kg-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). It is actually his comeback to Aarhus as he has played here before. Jukic played most recently at Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 17 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. Jukic also played 8 games in ABA League where he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Jukic played at Bakken. In 36 Ligaen games he had 13.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Domestic Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Jukic also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got impressive 15.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.
Jukic has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Jukic represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.6%.
Jukic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Italy (Jesi), Sweden (Sodertalje Kings) and Denmark (Aarhus BC, Horsens IC and Falcon).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic young guard who has the technical skills to play both the guard spots and the leaping ability to make thunderous dunks.

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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Washington Wizards purchase a G League team - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards have acquired the right to own and operate a G League team starting in the 2018-19 season. The deal between Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the NBA's minor-league system, formerly known as the D-League, was announced Wednesday morning. The agreement will make Washington the 27th NBA team to own and operate a G League franchise. The team will play its 24 annual home games in the new sports and entertainment arena slated for construction on the St. Elizabeths campus in Ward 8 in Southeast. The project is expected to seat 4,200, be ready for the 2018-19 season and provide a home to Washington's G League team and the Washington Mystics. The Wizards will also have a practice facility on the premises. The arena is part of an expansive renovation project on the campus of the former psychiatric hospital. Events DC - which is responsible for the building, Monumental is leasing the space - projects a September of 2018 opening and expected work to begin in early June. Keeping to that timeline is crucial for the Wizards' plans there. Wizards training camp began Sept. 29 last season. The then-D-League opened last season Nov. 5, 2016. Wizards coach Scott Brooks has mentioned multiple times that having a G League team would be beneficial for development continuity within the organization. Washington spent last season with three undrafted free agents sitting on the end of its bench. Those players - and others - would have been well-served by spending time in the D-League. Sheldon Mac, for example, bounced between the D-League and the NBA. When he went to the D-League, Mac played in a different system and parachuted into a roster of players that had been with the team for months. 'The NBA G League has been a great resource for us over the years, both for calling up talent and for allowing young players on our roster to gain more on-court experience,' said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. 'Having our own team, selecting the front office and coaching staff and being able to implement our system will allow us to further enhance our player and staff development program moving forward.'
Courtesy of: washingtontimes.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.8 
 2. Woodbury, Titanes .22.4 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD21.2 
 4. Gilder, Caneros LR20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV20.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .20.2 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.19.4 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM19.2 
 9. Freeman, Caner.18.6 
 10. Gaines, Metros S.18.3 
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 .8.8 
 5. Rhett, Leones SD8.4 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.8.4 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.8.1 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM8.1 
 10. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Soliman, Caner.6.1 
 2. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 4. Ruiz, Soles SD5.0 
 5. Coronado, Reales LV4.8 
 6. Miller, Leones SD4.6 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD4.4 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.4.1 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
 10. Dicent, Metros S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM2.1 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 4. Fortuna, Titanes .1.8 
 5. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 7. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 8. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 9. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.6 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.4 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.3 
 6. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.1.1 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 9. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 


Suero's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old shooting guard Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Indios SFM and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Indios SFM as his team was edged out by Titanes Licey (#5, 5-6) 96-92. Indios SFM maintains the 2nd position in Dominican Rep. league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Indios SFM will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Suero had a remarkable 90.0% 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 19.2ppg. Suero is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.3rpg), assists (2nd best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 57.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR. He is American forward in his first season at Caneros LR. In the last game Gilder recorded impressive 35 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Caneros LR to edge the lower-ranked Reales LV (#7, 4-7) by 2 points 89-87. This victory allowed Caneros LR to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 6-5 record is not bad at all. Gilder is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#2). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Indios SFM's star - forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79). Shannon scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Indios SFM, helping his team with a 93-92 win against #3 ranked Leones SD in a game of the week. Indios SFM needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Shannon has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Carl Hall (202-F-89) of Soles SD - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Miguel Evangelista (91) of Caneros LR - 10 points and 11 rebounds
9. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 29 points and 4 rebounds
10. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 15 points, 8 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)



Abdoulaye N'Doye (ex Apollon) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 28-year old Senegalese center Abdoulaye N'Doye (213-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played most recently at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 7 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) N'Doye was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in fifth round (91st overall).
The former Texas A&M - Commerce (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. N'Doye played in the final of Iranian Superleague.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team award in 2015.
N'Doye represented Senegal at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 69.6%.
N'Doye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). N'Doye has played previously professionally in Georgia (Kutaisi), ABA (N.Dallas V.) and Iran (Naft Abadan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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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
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  ECUADOR  


GECR Indalo lands Luis Riascos - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) tabbed Ecuadorian international swingman Luis Riascos (193). He played in the summer at Halcones in Colombian Liga DirecTV.
Riascos also represented Ecuador at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Shaquielle McKissic (ex Usak) agreed terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American small forward Shaquielle McKissic (196-91kg-90, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. McKissic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 26 BSL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg (in top 4). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. McKissic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally McKissic contributed to 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.4spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season McKissic spent at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 28 games he got remarkable 16.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team McKissic played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he got high stats: 15.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
McKissic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
His team was regular season runner-up in IBL International Division in 2013.
McKissic has played also professionally in IBL (Seattle F.).
He attended Arizona State until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

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Schneider re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 20-year old power forward Tim Schneider (208-108kg-97). He played there last season. But in 5 BBL games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist. His team won the regular season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention. Schneider played 2 games in Eurocup, but he did not score anything. Schneider also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin (ProB) that year. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Schneider's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.7rpg.
Schneider has played previously for ALBA 3.

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolai Simon
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou

Forwards:
Tim Schneider
Niels Giffey

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki is considering to sign Stefan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is close to sign 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88) who played last time at Zenit Saint Petersburg. In 14 Eurocup games he had 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Markovic also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Markovic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Markovic could be described: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tyus is back at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 29-year old Israeli ex-international center Alex Tyus (203-100kg-88, college: Florida). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Tyus is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In 31 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.4rpg. Tyus helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Tyus played at Anadolu Efes (also in BSL). In 29 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Tyus also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tyus was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year back in 2014.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0bpg.
Tyus has played previously professionally in Italy (MIA-RO Cantu) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod).
He attended University of Florida until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona may tab Shane Larkin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American point guard Shane Larkin (180-80kg-92, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. In 37 Liga Endesa games he had 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.9apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team. Larkin also played 33 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Larkin played at the Nets in NBA. In 78 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
In 2013 Larkin was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (18th overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Larkin's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted HS 6A Player of the Year runner up back in 2010 and 2011.
Larkin has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks) and D-League (Texas Legends).

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Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team 2017
Corin Henry
Henry
Martin Hermannsson
Hermannsson
Jarvis Williams
Williams
Joe Burton
Burton
Zachery Peacock
Peacock

Finals MVP: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
Player of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Guard of the Year: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
Forward of the Year: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
Center of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Domestic Player of the Year: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
Import Player of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Bosman Player of the Year: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
Defensive Player of the Year: Yannis Morin (208-C/F-93) of Cholet
Coach of the Year: Savo Vucevic of Bourg

1st Team
PG: Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux
G: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
C/F: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
F: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
C: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg

2nd Team
G: Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux
F/G: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
F/G: Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90) of Provence Basket
PF: Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Le Portel
C: Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg

Honorable Mention
Maxime Courby (200-SF-90) of Bourg
Garrett Sim (188-PG-90) of Bourg
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Vichy Clermont
Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes
Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre
Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Blois
Jay Threatt (180-PG-89) of Poitiers
Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93) of Blois
Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain
B.A. Walker (184-G-84) of St Chamond
Arthur Rozenfeld (178-PG-95) of Chalon
Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont
Andre Williamson (202-F-89) of Maurienne
David Denave (193-SG-85) of Vichy Clermont
Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Boulogne

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Benjamin Monclar (191-SG-88) of Blois
SG: David Denave (193-SG-85) of Vichy Clermont
F/G: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
C/F: Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain
C/F: Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont

All-Imports Team
PG: Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux
G: Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux
C/F: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
F: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
C: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg

All-Bosmans Team
G: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
G: Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85) of Maurienne
SF: Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) of Cholet
F: Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-F-92) of St Chamond
F/C: Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes



Djimrabaye is back at Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) added to their roster 25-year old Central African ex-international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92). It is actually his comeback to Entente Orleans 45 as he has played here before. Djimrabaye is not a newcomer in French League where he played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Djimrabaye played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA). In 24 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
Djimrabaye played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2013.
He was also a member of Central African international program for some years. Djimrabaye played for Central African Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
He also represented Central Africa at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.6%, FT: 77.3%.
Djimrabaye's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Djimrabaye has played previously professionally in France (Berck, JA Vichy, Denain Voltaire, Charleville Mezieres and Le Portel) and Central Africa (ASOPT).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Centers:
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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Monaco could land Aaron Craft, ex Dolomiti En. TR - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) is close to sign 26-year old American guard Aaron Craft (188-88kg-91, college: Ohio State) who played last time at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italy. In 44 Serie A games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg and 2.3spg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Craft played at another team Warriors in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 57 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.5spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Defensive 1st Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Craft was voted Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Craft has played previously professionally in Hungary (Szolnok) and NBA (Golden State Warriors).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Billy Ouattara

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Jordan Aboudou

Center:
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

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Martin Hermannsson joins Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 23-year old Icelandic international guard Martin Hermannsson (190-77kg-94, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in the ProB. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hermannsson's team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted NABC All-District 18 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Hermannsson has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
Hermannsson also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 78.9%.
Hermannsson has played also professionally in Iceland (KR Reykjavik).
He attended Long Island University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Miralem Halilovic (ex GKK Sibenik) agreed terms with Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) inked 26-year old Bosnian international forward Miralem Halilovic (205-103kg-91, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played most recently at GKK Sibenik in Croatian A1 league. In 29 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 7.5rpg (#2 in the league), 3.5apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg last season. Halilovic helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at KK Zagreb (also in A1) where in 26 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 7.7rpg (#5 in the league), 3.5apg and 1.0bpg. Halilovic also played 4 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he had 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
Halilovic won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2011.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Halilovic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 62.5%.
Halilovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Lithuania (Dzukija), Slovenia (Krka), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Bosnia (Sloboda Tuzla).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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Krstevski is back at Rabotnicki - by Dragan Ristov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) signed 28-year old international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-100kg-89, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Skopje as he has played here before. Krstevski played last season at Kozuv (Prva Liga). In 22 games he had 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg. He also played 16 games in Balkan League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. Krstevski helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Rabotnicki. In 12 Prva Liga games he averaged 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Krstevski was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Krstevski has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2009.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.
Krstevski has played previously professionally in FYR Macedonia (Vardar and Torus Skopje) and Greece (Kavala).

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Richard Williams (Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA) I Always Look In The Mirror First When Things Don't Go Right - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) is a 29 year old 178cm guard that finished the season with the RheinStars averaging 11,3ppg, 3,6rpg and 5,3apg after having started the season with Phoenix Hagen playing 5 games averaging 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 82.4%,. Last season he played for Kirchheim Knights averaging 15,5ppg, 4,2apg and 8,0rpg. In the 2014-2015 season, he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): EuroChallenge: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg; German BBL: 9 games: 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 48.0%, FT: 70.6%, in Jan.'15 moved to SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.'10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. In 2011-2012, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB) 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for SC Rasta Vechta playing 38 games: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. In the 2013-2014 season for Vechta he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season. Currently he is playing for Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA.

Richie thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your season has unfortunately ended to the hands of 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner MBC. I doubt anyone was expecting miracles, but how disappointing was getting swept?

Losing in general is tough. From a personnel standpoint we matched up well but MBC was the better team.


In German one says 'Da war nichts zu holen in diese Saison gegen MBC'. The RheinStars lost one regular season game by 15 points and lost the playoff series averaging giving up 20 points per game. Was MBC just flat out a more talented team and deeper that had your number all season long?

We match up well but they played better team basketball when it mattered


The RheinStars were one of the better defensive teams in the Pro A giving up 74 points per game this season, but in the three game playoff series against MBC gave up 87 points per game. Why were the RheinStars unable to buckle down and play better defense when it counted most?

They move the ball well and had us scrambling early.


Basketball is a team sport and you had a pretty good series against MBC, but as a point guard who leads the team on the floor, do you feel as though some of the blame sticks on your shoulders which is a normal way of thinking for any point guard?

I always look in the mirror first when things don't go right.


The RheinStars had dug a deep hole, but were climbing out in January. How proud are you of the team that it was able to crawl out of the hole and win three of the last four games and slip into the playoffs?

We definitely made some character wins down the stretch. I appreciated the effort from everyone.


What is your overall season summary for the RheinStars? Now after having reached the playoffs, do you feel like the team still hadn't reached it's full potential and could of actually gone deeper in the playoffs?

There were many personnel changes that kept putting us back chemistry and moral-wise. Through it all we found a way to make it to the playoffs.


How proud are you of your teammates that despite the club having removed head coach Arne Woltmann, the club reacted positively on the court and played well. How more difficult is it in general for any team to react to coaching changes and still perform well?

It was very difficult. Through it all we still had a job to do.


The RheinStars are stacked with many very talented German players, but if you had to pick just one player who you feel improved the most from day one to game three in Weissenfels who would you choose?

The guy who stood out to me was Leon Baeck


Let's talk about your season. You had to change clubs from Phoenix Hagen to the RheinStars because the BBL team closed up shop. Do you feel as if your experience two seasons ago with Frankfurt/Vechta made this mid season transition easier?

Not really. This season was a little different because my daughter was born 3 days after I got to Cologne.


You came in as the oldest, but then the team brought in added experience with Anthony King. How beneficial was the addition of King for you personally? Was he able to take some of the leadership off your shoulders and could you soak some new leadership skills from the ex Artland Dragon?

A guy with AK's experience and skill set is always a plus. He brought a lot to table that helped us.


You had another solid season, but couldn't match it statistically from your Kirchheim season last year, but you did average 6 minutes more with Kirchheim. Were you overall content with your Pro A season?

No way. Every stat will go up next season, for sure.


Stats usually tell the story, but not the whole story. In what area of your game do you feel did you make strides this season that isn't visible in the stat area?

That's a good question. I would say leadership.


What is the next step for Richie Williams? You are turning 30 in August. Have you reached your prime or do you feel like you can still develop and play for a BBL team next season?

I don't know where I will be next season but I know I will continue to get better


What are your summer plans? Will you visit some place that you have never been to?

I'll be in San Diego enjoying my family


What will be on the summer training agenda list and be the biggest priority for you to work on and improve?

Strength and shooting.

What is your current opinion on Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas? Is he a bona fide NBA top 5 guard at the moment or do the Celts need to make a huge run in the playoffs to solidify that?

He's a killer. He has the attitude to take the Celtics over the top


Recently Devin Booker hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Is he a guy that you would have predicted him doing this or did it surprise you more?

KOBE vouched for him so I take his word on how good Booker is.


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


Every year there's a new Cinderella. It's enjoyable to watch.

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?

He appears to be a good kid. He'll be ok

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?


It doesn't really matter to me. There's a lot of guys in the league that you can inflate their rebounds and they still average a triple double. Haters will hate.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out


Thanks Richie for the chat.



Julian Scott Returns To Germany To Play For Iserlohn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After belonging to the top forwards in the German Pro B two seasons ago, Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) was looking to make the next step in the pro A with Ehingen last season, but was unexpectedly let go and had to finish the season in lower leagues in France and Luxemburg as his basketball ego was somewhat bruised. However he will return back to top Pro B team Iserlohn with a huge chip on his shoulder and show what he is made of on the court. Last season after a very short stint with Ehingen, he moved to Gries/Oberhoffen BC (France-NM1) playing 3 games averaging 7.3ppg, 6.7rpg, in Mar.'17 joined Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 7 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 38.1%. Scott returns back to Germany to Iserlohn knowing now that he is really wanted there. "We already wanted him last season. When that didn't work, we got Moussa Kone", warned manager Michael Dahmen.

Scott is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacremento, California that will be going into his fourth professional season and is one of those guys that also has much experience at the college level having played for 3 schools before turning professional with Yuba CC (JUCO), S.Utah (NCAA) and Adams St. (NCAA2). He started his basketball career with Yuba CC (NJCAA) and then moved to S.Utah (NCAA) playing 25 games over two seasons. He played his senior season with Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games averaging 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He began his professional career in 2014 with TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) dominating that league playing16 games averaging 29.7ppg. Two seasons ago he made the next step with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB) playing 23 games averaging 20.4ppg,10.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. "I want to play for the title and move up and I want to help. I will give my all and win as many games as possible", warnned Julian Scott. Awards and achievements in his absketball career have been Summit League Tournament Semifinals -12
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16.

Source:Iserlohn
















Max Von Der Wippel Goes To BBC Coburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 5 seasons and 130 pro B games with the Dresden Titans, Max von der Wippel (206-C-94) will try to make the next step with new pro B team BBC Coburg according to np-coburg.de. Von Der Wippel is a 23 year old 206cm center and last season with the Dresden Titans played 27 games averaging 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg. It was a disappointing season for him as it was his least productive statistical season as his minutes dipped down from 16 to 10 minutes. The season before he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 62.6%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 62.3%. Already in his second season when he was 19, he turned heads averaging 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 58.1%.

Von Der Wippel started his basketball career with USC Leipzig II (2.Regionalliga) in 2010 and then the enxt season moved to Uni-Riesen Leipzig (ProB) playing 6 games: averaging 1.7ppg,but played mostly for the junior team. In 2012, he went to the Dresden Titans (ProB) for his first season playing 21 games averaging 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, played also for the BV Chemnitz 99 U19 team (NBBL). Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Co-Champion -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16.



The Houston Rockets Select German Boy Isaiah Hartenstein In The Second Round Of The 2017 NBA Draft At #43 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eight years ago he was just another young kid of many watching basketball in the Osthalle back in Germany visiting from Oregon as his dad Florian was a back up center for the Giessen 46ers and dreaming of one day being a professional, today IIsaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) is a 19 year old 211cm power forward/center that got drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round at #43 .and could return back to Giessen and surely get a basketball hero's welcome. The young Hartenstein lived in the States and came over to Germany at age 11 and moved to Quackenbruck, a small town where getting around with a bike is a popular activity where his dad closed out his professional basketball career with the Artland Dragons. The 18 year old went through all the youth teams with the Artland Dragons being able to develop his game further and the rest is history. A season ago, he had offers from top teams all over Europe, but instead of making the seemingly obvious choice, he went a different route joining top Lithuanian team B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL) where he played 29 games averaging 4.7ppg, 3.4rpg. He also played Euroleague averaging 4 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg. One of the reasons he went this journey was because he could fully concentrate on basketball with little obstacles disturbing his development. He has been a mainstay with the German youth national teams and last summer played at the under 18 European championships in in Samsun (Turkey) playing 6 games averaging 14.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP-2 (66.7%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.5%. Hartenstein was in many 2017 NBA mock drafts as a sure number one pick, but instead has to convince his new NBA team Rockets that he can be an NBA player as he gets no guarenteed contract as a second round pick. Having the chance to play with NBA legend in the making James "fear the beard" Harden should give the talented German added motivation to help make his NBA dream of becoming an NBA player come true.


Phoenix Hagen Sign James Reid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Phoenix Hagen have added rookie James Reid (190-G-94) to the roster. Reid is a 23 year old 190cm guard that was born in Seattle and grew up in Bend, Orgeon and played hgh school ball for his father. He gathered valuable college ball experience playing for three schhools with S.Idaho JC (JUCO), UALR (NCAA) and Boise St. (NCAA). As a senior last season he played for Boise St. (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.9%. "James will give us much firepower as a good shooter and spread the floor. He can also give us many minutes at the position one since he played there in high school and at Junior college giving us flexibility at that position", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe.

Last season at Boise State (NCAA) Reid scored in double figures in 15 games including a 26 point game against Air Force, a 19 point efoort against San Diego State and a 18 point game against SMU and Colorodo State. After starting his basketball career at Mountain View High School, he moved to S.Idaho JC (JUCO) he played 23 games averaging 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 84.8%. There he proved he could be a force from outside and got the call from UALR (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 76.9%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-NJCAA D1 Region XVIII Honorable Mention -14, All-SWAC Honorable Mention -14, NJCAA Region XVIII Finalist -14, CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 1st Team -17, and NIT Sweet 16 -17.

Source:Phoenix Hagen







Schneider re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 20-year old power forward Tim Schneider (208-108kg-97). He played there last season. But in 5 BBL games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist. His team won the regular season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention. Schneider played 2 games in Eurocup, but he did not score anything. Schneider also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin (ProB) that year. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Schneider's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.7rpg.
Schneider has played previously for ALBA 3.

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolai Simon
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou

Forwards:
Tim Schneider
Niels Giffey

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Reel In Endesa League Assist Leader Mickey Mcconnell - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It didn't take EasyCredit BBL 2015 cup winner EWE Baskets Oldenburg long to announce their new point guard after releasing the news that Chris Kramer wouldn't be returning by announcing the arrival of 2017 Endesa top assist leader Mickey McConnell (182-PG-89, college: St.Mary's, CA). Mcconnell is a 27 year old 182cm point guard from Mesa, Arizona that will be going into his seventh professional season and second in Germany after forming one of the BBL's top guard tandems with Bonn in the 2014-2015 season with Eugene Lawrence. Last season the American played with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 29 games averaging 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 89.5%. "I have been observing Mickey since his first BBL season. He has really developed as a player in duels with players like Sergio Llull. After the departure from Chris Kramer, we had the opportunity to get a real playmaker. We wanted to get al eader that is like a coach on the floor and we feel he will fit very well into the team and Oldenburg", warned Srdjan Klaric.. Last season the assist genius scored in double figures in 18 games and had 5 double doubles. Some of his top games included a 26 point game against Gran Canaria, a 24 point 10 assist effort against Joventut and a 22 point and 1 assist performance against Andorra.

Mcconnell started his basketball career in 2007 with St.Mary's (CA) (NCAA) where he played until 2011 playing a total of 124 games and as a senior played 34 games averaging16.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 88.7%. In his last two years he averaged 5,5apg and show his consistent stroke from downtown as he shot 51% as a junior. Before turning pro, he turned heads at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging5.3ppg, 0.7rpg, Assists-1 (7.7apg), 1.3spg. He turned professional in 2011 playing for Fileni BPA Jesi (Italy-Lega2) playing 28 games averaging 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.1%. In the summer of 2012, he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Los Angeles Clippers) playing 3 games averaging 3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg. In the 2012-2013 season, he remained in Italy playing for Tezenis Verona (Italy-Lega2) playing 32 games averaging 13.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 78.8%. In the 2013-2014 season he joined the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), but was released and finished the season with the Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) playing 50 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 83.9%. In the summer of 2014 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Charlotte Hornets) playing 7 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 93.3%. IN the 2014-2015 season he joined the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL) playing 39 games averaging 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.7%; Eurocup: 10 games: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 72.2%. In the summer of 2015 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Phoenix Suns) playing 7 games avergaing 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 64.7%. In the 2015-2016, he got his first experience in France playing for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProA) playing 34 games averaging 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-5 (5.6apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 88.2%. In the summer of 2016 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Orlando Blue): playing 5 games averaging 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, 10, WCC Tournament Semifinals -08, WCC Tournament Finalist -09, 11, NIT Elite Eight -09, WCC Tournament Winner -10, WCC All-Tournament MVP -10, WCC All-Tournament Team -10, 11, All-WCC 1st Team -10, 11
NABC Division I All-District 9 2nd Team -10, NCAA Sweet 16 -10, All-WCC Player of the Year -11, WCC Regular Season Co-Champion -11, NABC Division I All-District 9 1st Team -11, Italian Lega Due Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -12, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -15
NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention -17, and Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team -17.

Source:EWE Baskets






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.




Kris Douse Continues Basketball Career With Herford - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Instead of being home and enjoying his summer with some of last season's earnings as a professional in Germany, Kris Douse (198-F-86, college: Point Park) is still patched up in Germany getting legal issues in order with his ex team the Westfalen Mustangs (Germany-2.Regionalliga). It has been a season to forget for the Canadian who also has the British citizenship as the club withdrew from paying their players on a regular basis. Despite the difficult season, Douse hasn't let that get in the way of side tracking his career, but has a found new basketball home and will play with Regionaliga team Herford next season.

Douse is a 31 year old 196cm forward that has played most of his career in Germany with teams like BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga), EVL-Baskets Limburg (Germany-Regionalliga), G ErftBaskets Euskirchen (Germany-Regionalliga) and two seasons ago with Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games averaging 10.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 53.2%. He also brings valuable international experience to Herford having played in countries like Czech Republic, Iceland, England and Cyprus. He played in the NCAA playing 56 games in total including 8 games with Nebraska (NCAA) and 48 gammes with Delaware St. (NCAA). Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been MEAC Regular Season Runner-Up -10, All-NAIA D2 Honorable Mention -11, Icelandic Powerade Cup Winner -12, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Bosman Player of the Year -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Honorable Mention -16, German Regionalliga (North Group) Runner-Up -16, and German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) Champion -17.




Team Ehingen Adds Sebastian Schmitt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After spending most of his young career in Bavaria, Sebastian Schmitt (184-PG-96) went up noth last season and got his first EasyCredit BBL experience with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but couldn't make the break through and will return back south and play for Team Ehingen this season bringing 18 BBL games experience. . Sebastian Schmitt is a 21 year old 184cm guard and last season played 16 BBL games for Bremerhaven and also, played also at Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven (Regionalliga) helping the club move up to the Pro B playing 14 games averaging 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 75.9%. Sebastian is a hard worker and fits perfectly to our project", stated head coach Domenik Reinboth. Last season the German scored in double figures 4 times in the Regionalliga including a 17 point game against Vechta 2.

Schmitt who was born in Rosenheim in Bavaria started his basketball career with FC Bayern Muenchen II (2.Regionalliga) and in 2012 moved to SB DJK Rosenheim (2.Regionalliga) and also played with FC Bayern Muenchen U19 team (NBBL). In the 2013-2014 season he moved to FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 25 games averaging 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.9%, 3Pts: 41.5%, FT: 69.2%, played also at FC Bayern Muenchen U19 team (NBBL). In the 2014-2015 season he remained with FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 20 games averaging 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 60.4%, played also st U19 team (NBBL). In the 2015-2016 season he gathered his first BBL experience with FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) playing 2 games and also played at FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 19 games averaging 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.8apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 76.2%. "I am happy that I can be a part of Ehingen. The good reputation of the club was important for me to come", stated Sebastian Schmitt.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -12, European Championships U16 in Lithuania -12: 8 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, German U18 National Team -13-14, German Regionalliga (Southeast Group) Champion -14, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -14: 6 games: 6.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 50%, Citta di Roma International Junior Tournament (Qualifications to NIJT) -14 (Semifinals), European Championships U18 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -14 (Gold): 9 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), 1.8spg, NBBL All-Star Game -15, German U20 National Team -15-16, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Runner-Up -15
German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -16, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -16, and German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -17.

Source:Team Ehingen




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








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



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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sotiris Dovas signs at Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou - by Chris Mammides

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou (B) landed 22-year old forward Sotiris Dovas (200-95). He has played for the last three years at AS Dioskouroi Kozanis in the C.
Dovas has played previously for Agriniou.

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitris Mouratoglou
Michalis Politis
Kyriakos Karakonstantakis
Athanasios Tsiaves

Forwards:
Giorgos Asimakis
Sotiris Dovas

Coach: Periklis Tavropoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faye comes back to Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) added to their roster 32-year old Senegalese ex-international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU). It is actually his comeback to Patras as he has played here before. Faye played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Faye also played that season for Promitheas where in 23 A1 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2010 Faye was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (7th overall).
He attended Southern Methodist University and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention in 2015 and 2017.
Faye played in the final of D-League in 2011.
Faye was also a member of Senegalese international program for some years. He played for Senegalese Senior National Team between 2007 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004.
Faye also represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 56.0%.
Faye is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Faye tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Hyeres-Toulon), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Greece (Panionios, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Cretan Kings and Panelefsiniakos) and Senegal (JA Dakar and Rail).
On Faye: True height is probably around 6-9. A lanky forward, with great wingspan, good ball handling skills and long range shooting ability. He's very active on the court, loves to attack the basket, can grab lots of rebounds. Very active in defense. Can play in the two forward positions, but his future is at the SF, thanks to his good perimetral skills.

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannis Dimakos
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Petros Geromichalos

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cretan Kings add Mouratos to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Rethymno Cretan Kings (A1) added to their roster 20-year old forward Vasileios Mouratos (193-97). He played last season at Psychiko in Greek A2 league. In 30 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. Mouratos also spent pre-season at Olympiacos that year.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Mouratos' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.6spg.
Mouratos has played previously for two other teams: Nea Kifisia and Ag.Anargiroi.

Rethymno Cretan Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hugh Robertson
Walter Lemon_Jr.
Dimitris Tsagkarakis

Forwards:
Haralampos Giannopoulos
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick
Andreas Christodoulou
Trayvonn Wright
Vasileios Mouratos

Center:
Thomas Kottas

Coach: Nikos Vetoulas

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

Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team 2017
Emanuel Ubilla
Ubilla
Darrin Govens
Govens
David Vojvoda
Vojvoda
Peter Lorant
Lorant
Akos Keller
Keller

Finals MVP: Winston Shepard (203-F-93) of Alba
Player of the Year: Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC
Guard of the Year: Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC
Forward of the Year: Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba
Center of the Year: Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) of Alba
Bosman Player of the Year: Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of ZTE KK
Import Player of the Year: Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC
Domestic Player of the Year: Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba
Coach of the Year: Branislav Dzunic of Alba

1st Team
PG: Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK
PG: Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC
G/F: David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok
F/C: Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba
F/C: Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) of Alba

2nd Team
G: Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of Kormend
G: Justin Edwards (190-G-92) of Alba
F/G: Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82) of Kaposvari
C: Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of ZTE KK
C: Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93) of PVSK Pannon

Honorable Mention
Benedek Varadi (195-G-95) of Falco KC
Terry Allen (203-F-93) of Gravelines
Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend
Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) of Szolnok
Veljko Budimir (199-F-85) of PVSK Pannon
Malik Cooke (201-F-89) of Kaposvari
Andrija Ciric (198-G-80) of Szedeak
Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak
Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) of Szedeak
Ivan Lilov (194-SG-88) of Szedeak
Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84) of KTE-Duna
Julien Mills (193-G-85) of Sopron KC
Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Atomeromu
Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93) of Jaszberenyi
Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-F/C-90) of Kosice
A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) of Vasas
Deville Smith (183-PG-91) of MAFC
Roland Hendlein (206-F/C-86) of Kaposvari
Zoltan Supola (190-G-88) of PVSK Pannon

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Zoltan Supola (190-G-88) of PVSK Pannon
G/F: David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok
F/C: Roland Hendlein (206-F/C-86) of Kaposvari
F/C: Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba
F/C: Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) of Alba

All-Imports Team
PG: Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK
PG: Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC
G: Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of Kormend
G: Justin Edwards (190-G-92) of Alba
F/G: Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82) of Kaposvari

All-Bosmans Team
G: Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak
SG: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) of Szolnok
C: Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of ZTE KK
PF: Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93) of Jaszberenyi
C: Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93) of PVSK Pannon



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  ICELAND  


Martin Hermannsson joins Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 23-year old Icelandic international guard Martin Hermannsson (190-77kg-94, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in the ProB. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hermannsson's team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted NABC All-District 18 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Hermannsson has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
Hermannsson also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 78.9%.
Hermannsson has played also professionally in Iceland (KR Reykjavik).
He attended Long Island University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Iceland U20 wins the International friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News

Iceland U20 won the International friendly tournament with 4 participating teams. Last night they overcame Finland U20 75-60 to finish with a 2-1 record. Trailing 13-14 at the end of the first period, Iceland U20 needed a strong 25-10 surge in the second period to take control of the game. Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Kari Jonsson (190-G-97) added 14. Matias Suvanto (192-SF-97) answered with 12 points in the losing effort.


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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  IRELAND  


Abuse Victims Launch attack on Fianna Fail (political party) - by Patrick Maher

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Abuse victims launch attack on Fianna Fail after secret meetings were held to 'contain story' of member abusing boys
EXCLUSIVE: The whistle-blower told The Irish Mirror that it was 'Waterford's dirtiest secret'

BySaoirse McGarrigle
22:21, 21 JUN 2017

Abuse victims have launched a scathing attack on Fianna Fail after a whistle-blower within the party revealed that secret meetings were held to discuss 'containing the story' after one of its members was charged with abusing young boys.
The whistle-blower told The Irish Mirror that it was 'Waterford's dirtiest secret' and the party was worried that the truth would damage its reputation.
In more shocking claims, the grassroots member insists that senior members of the party also knew about paedophile Bill Kenneally.

L to R: Paul Walsh, barrister Darragh Mackin, Colin Power, Jason Clancy
'It was widely known down here that you never went near him (Bill Kenneally) so it is just not possible that we knew and no one knew in Dublin.'
They added: 'It's a very closed shop, but everything points towards them knowing an awful lot about what went on.
"But there is a blind loyalty.
'It's the old boys club looking after each other.'
Waterford paedophile Kenneally was a tallyman with the party. His first cousin Brendan Kenneally was a former junior minister and his late uncle Billy Kenneally was a TD.
Kenneally, a former basketball coach, was jailed for 14 years in February 2016 for abusing ten boys in the 1980s.
The whistle-blower said that secret meetings began in 2013 when a criminal investigation began after a number of victims came forward.
'They met under the guise of discussing another problem, but they were actually there to discuss containing the story.'
Victim Jason Clancy told the Irish Daily Mirror: 'It's absolutely repugnant to think that these Fianna Fail members in Waterford who are parents themselves to be actively trying to supress the crimes of a paedophile all in the name of saving their beloved political party.'

Pictured are victims of sports coach Bill Kinneally: Colin Power, Jason Clancy, Kevin Keating and Barry Murphy. (Photo: patrick browne)
He added: 'Absolute shame on them. They should hang their heads in shame.'
Last month the then Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald appointed retired judge Barry Hickson to chair a Commission of Investigation.
Victims pushed for a public inquiry because they believed that members of Fianna Fail, gardai, the South Eastern Health Board and the Catholic Church all knew about the abuse and turned a blind eye.
As part of their campaign they met with party leader Micheal Martin and Justice Spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan at Leinster House last November.

Mr Clancy said:'I walked out of that meeting and naively thought that they wanted to blast this thing open, but it looks like all of the time they've been trying to suppress the truth.
'I thought that Bill Kenneally being a part of Fianna Fail no longer protected him, but obviously we were wrong.'
Fianna Fail were contacted, but no one was available to comment.

From www.irishmirror.ie



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  ISRAEL  


Tyus is back at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 29-year old Israeli ex-international center Alex Tyus (203-100kg-88, college: Florida). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Tyus is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In 31 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.4rpg. Tyus helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Tyus played at Anadolu Efes (also in BSL). In 29 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Tyus also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tyus was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year back in 2014.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0bpg.
Tyus has played previously professionally in Italy (MIA-RO Cantu) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod).
He attended University of Florida until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

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Marcus Relphorde (ex GECR Indalo) agreed terms with Macc.Rehovot - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Rehovot (National League) inked 29-year old American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-101kg-88, college: Colorado). He played most recently at GECR Indalo in Argentinian LigaA. In 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Relphorde also played that season for Hapoel Migdal Haemek where in 27 National League games he averaged impressive 19.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg (in top 3). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
His team made it to the Swedish Basketligan Semifinals in 2012.
Relphorde is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Nantes), Greece (Cretan Kings), Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely), Lithuania (Palanga), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Sweden (BC Lulea) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Relphorde attended University of Colorado until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Maccabi Rehovot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oded Shaashoua
Yevgeni Holodov

Forwards:
Gur Porat
Inam Eiram
Marcus Relphorde

Coach: Avner Yeor

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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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  ITALY  


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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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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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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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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Ruggiero re-signs at Orzinuovi GaGa - by Eurobasket News

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (Serie B) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 38 Serie B games he had 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Ruggiero helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Scafati, Fidenza, Bari and Ostuni.
Ruggiero is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Orzinuovi GaGa.
On Ruggiero: An experienced, solid perimetral player, who can do almost it all on the court. Grabs lots of rebounds fo his size, defends well, scores almost at will and and has great leadership.

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Toure re-signs at Orzinuovi GaGa - by Eurobasket News

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92). He played there last season. In 39 Serie B games he had 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. Toure helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0apg.
Toure has played previously for five other teams: Armani Milano, Varese Robur, Omegna, Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria and Firenze All Foods.
On Toure: A promising guard with fantastic athletic skills. He plays with great intensity and energy, and he's yet a good defender, but needs to improve his timing and court vision. Sometimes he goes out fo control. Bright future as a combo guard.

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Piacenza signs Nicolas Stanic - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed 33-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Stanic (180-84, agency: Players Group) from Eurobasket Roma. In 29 Serie B games he had 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Italian Serie B championship title in 2016. Stanic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team in 2016.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Stanic has played previously professionally also in Argentina (San Andres) and Italy (Fabriano, Napoli Ester Barra, Firenze Enic, Roseto and Montecatiniterme).
He could be described: A high scoring PG who has a huge playing exerience despite being not so old. Like all the players from Argentina has great leadership and decision-making skills.

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Legnano lands Alessandro Zanelli - by Eurobasket News

Legnano Basket Knights (Serie A2) tabbed 25-year old point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-80kg-92) from NPC Rieti. In 30 Serie A2 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zanelli played at Fulgor Omegna where in 29 Serie A2 games he had 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg.
He played in the final of Italian Nazionale B Group A Play-Off in 2013.
Zanelli has played previously for five other teams: Benetton Treviso, Anagni, Sangiorgese, Recanati and Caorle.
He is described as: A promising PG who has personality, court vision and good scoring skills. A good FT shooter, he excels in shooting out from his dribble.

Legnano Basket Knights roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikolas Raivio
Simone Tomasini
Alessandro Zanelli

Forwards:
Rei Pullazi
Federico Maiocco

Center:
William Mosley

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Moore re-signs at Germani Basket Brescia - by Eurobasket News

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 22-year old American guard Lee Moore (193-79kg-95, college: UTEP). He played there last season. In 28 Serie A2 games he had 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.1apg. Moore helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA D1 Region XXII championship title in 2014. Moore was also voted All-C-USA 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Moore graduated from Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Zanelli left Rieti - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-80kg-92) left NPC Rieti (Serie A2). Zanelli played there also last season. In 30 Serie A2 games he had 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Fulgor Omegna where in 29 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg.
Zanelli played in the final of Italian Nazionale B Group A Play-Off in 2013.
He has played previously for five other teams: Benetton Treviso, Anagni, Sangiorgese, Recanati and Caorle.
On Zanelli: A promising PG who has personality, court vision and good scoring skills. A good FT shooter, he excels in shooting out from his dribble.

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Monaco could land Aaron Craft, ex Dolomiti En. TR - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) is close to sign 26-year old American guard Aaron Craft (188-88kg-91, college: Ohio State) who played last time at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italy. In 44 Serie A games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg and 2.3spg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Craft played at another team Warriors in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 57 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.5spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Defensive 1st Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Craft was voted Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Craft has played previously professionally in Hungary (Szolnok) and NBA (Golden State Warriors).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Billy Ouattara

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Jordan Aboudou

Center:
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

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Banco di Srd adds Planinic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) added to their roster 27-year old Croatian international center Darko Planinic (211-90). He played last season at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 24 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Planinic helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.0ppg and 1.9rpg. Planinic contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Baskonia (also in Liga Endesa). In 33 games he had 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg. Planinic contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Planinic also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Planinic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Center of the Year back in 2012.
Planinic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Planinic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 68.8%, FT: 76.9%.
Planinic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Montenegro (Buducnost), Croatia (Cibona) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

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

Center:
Darko Planinic

Coach: Federico Pasquini

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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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Verona could land Phil Greene IV - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Phil Greene IV (187-92, college: St.John's) who played last time at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona. In 39 Serie A2 games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Greene IV played at Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish BSL where in 34 games he averaged remarkable 18.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Greene IV has played also professionally in .
He attended St. John's University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A smooth, deft combo guard noted for his quickness and playmaking skills on offense and in transition a floor general with the ability to get into the lane and pull up, or dish and create for others, possesses the ability to guard all perimeter positions.

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Bruno Fitipaldo (ex Galatasaray) to join Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. Fitipaldo managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 BSL games he had 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.4ppg and 2.4apg. The other team Fitipaldo played that season for was Betaland Cdo. In 11 Serie A games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg.
His team won Argentinian LigaA South Group Regular Season in 2015.
Fitipaldo represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.9%.
Fitipaldo's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Fitipaldo has played previously professionally in Argentina (Obras Basket) and Uruguay (Malvin and 25 de Agosto).

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Legnano tabs Daniele Toscano - by Eurobasket News

Legnano Basket Knights (Serie A2) inked 24-year old small forward Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia in the Serie B. In 31 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Toscano played at GR Service Cecina (also in Serie B) where in 31 games he had 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3spg.
He has played previously for four other teams: Latina Basket, Matera, Pordenone and Barese.

Legnano Basket Knights roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Maiocco
Nikolas Raivio
Simone Tomasini
Alessandro Zanelli

Forwards:
Daniele Toscano
Rei Pullazi

Center:
William Mosley

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Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine adds Mortellaro to their roster - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) added to their roster experienced 35-year old naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-105kg-82, college: Drury) from Proger BLS Chieti. In 37 Serie A2 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Mortellaro ended the previous (2015-16) season at Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A) where in 7 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 4.1rpg. But the most of that year he spent at NPC Rieti (Serie A). In 30 games he had 11.8ppg and 8.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mortellaro was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Mortellaro's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Mortellaro tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in France (JA Vichy), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Japan (San en NeoPhoenix), Switzerland and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Badajoz, A.D. Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto and Alaior).
Mortellaro is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
Mortellaro attended Drury University until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Mortellaro: A soft-spoken, very mobile big man, who can spend time in the 4 and the 5 positions; runs well the court, is very coachable, has great attitude; his good shooting touch can cause great problems to the opponents;
A great team player. A solid all around player with good skills. Passes very well out of the post and on the wing. Sees the defense and is a good decision maker. Can shoot the ball consistently, has great touch and will stretch the defense with his smooth shooting touch. Won't block a lot of shots but always is in great position to take a charge and will challenge all shots in the lane. Understands the game and possess a very high basketball IQ. Always is a step ahead of the play and can read the defense well. Tough on the low block and can score when given opportunities. Shoots a high percentage and is excellent at drawing fouls. Good touch on the ball and never gives up on a play. Will be active on defense and work to get around his man in the post. A good work ethic and is a positive influence on a team both on and off the court
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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari

Forwards:
Cristopher Mortellaro
Andrea Benevelli

Center:
Francesco Pellegrino

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Evangelisti re-signs at Agrigento - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 33-year old guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 32 Serie A2 games he had 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Evangelisti played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 2nd Team back in 2012.
Evangelisti was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2003 and 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Pavia Basket, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Napoli J.News, Siena Virtus, Osimo, Palermo, Basket Barcellona and Recanati.
Evangelisti could be described: A skinny player with an immense offensive talent. He can score 40 points the night he's hot. Can score in every way, thanks to a very quick ball release, long arms and a great body control. Can play in the 3 position, but he suffers heavier opponents, and this is why he is more effective at the 2, even he's now working to bulk up a little. Size and offensive mentality are the problems at the defensive side, but he is working to improve even this part of the game.

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Toure re-signs at Orzinuovi GaGa - by Eurobasket News

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92). He played there last season. In 39 Serie B games he had 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. Toure helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0apg.
Toure has played previously for five other teams: Armani Milano, Varese Robur, Omegna, Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria and Firenze All Foods.
On Toure: A promising guard with fantastic athletic skills. He plays with great intensity and energy, and he's yet a good defender, but needs to improve his timing and court vision. Sometimes he goes out fo control. Bright future as a combo guard.

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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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Ulinzi inks Tonny Okello, ex Sharing Youth - by Eurobasket News

Ulinzi Warriors (Premier League) agreed terms with 27-year old Ugandan guard Tonny Okello (90). He played this summer at Sharing Youth in Ugandan NBL league. In three games he had 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg.

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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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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



Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

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Liege tabs Tyler Larson, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American guard Tyler Larson (190-86kg-91, college: S.Dakota). He played most recently at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. Larson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 LBL games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Larson also played 11 games in Baltic League where he was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and recorded 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Larson contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The other team he played shortly was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. Larson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Larson also spent pre-season at Egis Kormend (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
He has played also professionally in Latvia for Jekabpils.
Larson attended University of South Dakota until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

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Mark Khoury joins Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 19-year old swingman Mark Khoury (196-98) from Champville. In 11 Pepsi LBL games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
Despite young age Khoury had impressive career. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships U18 1st Team in 2016.
He was a member of Lebanese U18 National Team last year.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forward:
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

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UBT Cluj Napoca keeps Kariniauskas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) re-signed 24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93). He played there last season. In 17 Liga Nationala games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg. Kariniauskas helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He also played that season for MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. But in 14 games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played previously professionally in Greece (Kymis) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forward:
Andrii Kalnichenko

Center:
Ousmane Barro

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Dragons Lead Charge to Reboot Malaysian Domestic Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

The Malaysia Basketball Association will be reintroducing a local league starting in the last quarter of 2017. At the forefront of this revival are the KL Dragons, who have always been active in Malaysia basketball development by playing in the ASEAN Basketball League as the Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Dragons have been the first team to confirm their participation in the domestic league and it is expected that there will be 5 other teams to follow suit. In this year's edition, the league will be holding what is referred to as a 'Trial League' which will be active from early September to late November. With the expected participating teams currently at 6 in total, they will be playing in a double-round robin format every weekend with 3 games per day. Due to a compressed timeframe caused by Malaysia hosting the SEA Games 2017, the league's playoffs will be in a knockout format in the final weekend. As of this moment, all games are scheduled to be played at the refurbished MABA Stadium. However, the league noted that they are welcome to other venues that are interested, provided that they can comply with the requirements like parquet flooring and lighting system because they are trying to work with Astro Arena to broadcast the games. Teams will be allowed to sign at most 2 foreign imports with a salary cap of $2,500 per player. However, the imports will be signed by the league and then later drafted by the teams themselves. Teams can suggest their preferred players for the league to sign, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to draft said player. The league is considering methods to make the draft order fair for all teams including an initial roster strength evaluation to give the relatively weaker teams a higher draft pick.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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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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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
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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
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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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Nikolic is back at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old Montenegrin international power forward Danilo Nikolic (206-93, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Podgorica as he has played here before. Nikolic played last season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 24 games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.9ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Nikolic played at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS. In 13 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. Nikolic also played 30 games in ABA League where he got 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Nikolic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He played in the final of Adriatic League in 2016.
Nikolic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2016 and previously for U21 National Team in 2012.
Nikolic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg.
Nikolic has played previously for four other Montenegro teams: Lovcen, Gorstak, Buducnost II Podgorica and KK Podgorica.

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Cavaliers offer Chauncey Billups five-year deal to take over front office - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has extended an offer to Chauncey Billups to run his front office, a report from The Athletic says citing sources with knowledge of the talks. The offer that has been extended is reportedly a five-year deal, and comes after Gilbert and Billups spent all day Wednesday together -- the second successive full day the two met to discuss the potential of bringing Billups into the Cavaliers organization. Here's more from The Athletic: The two spent all day Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, where Billups was introduced to a number of the executives who would be working under him, one source with knowledge of the meeting told The Athletic. It was the second consecutive day of meetings between Gilbert and Billups. If he accepts, the 40-year-old Billups will oversee operations despite having no prior front office experience. But he was a five-time All-Star, won a championship and was named a Finals MVP during his 17-year career. He has played alongside Carmelo Anthony in Denver and New York and Chris Paul in Los Angeles - two of LeBron James' closest friends. Billups is also close friends with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. Although an offer is on the table, Billups has yet to accept or decline. The financial terms of the offer have not been reported.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



The Timberwolves ink Charles Cooke - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) agreed terms with 23-year old guard Charles Cooke (196-87kg-94). He just graduated from Dayton (NCAA). Cooke has played there for the last three years. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg last season. Cooke helped them to win the regular season. Quite impressive year as he was named to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team, NABC All-District 4 2nd Team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Cooke is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His college team won CAA Tournament in 2013.

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Cameron Oliver is a newcomer at the Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) added to their roster 21-year old forward Cameron Oliver (203-102kg-96). He just graduated from Nevada (NCAA). Oliver has played there for the last three years.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Oliver is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro. His team won MWC Tournament.

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James Blackmon joins Phi.76ers - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers agreed terms with 22-year old guard James Blackmon (193-95). He just graduated from Indiana (NCAA). Blackmon has played there for the last four years.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Blackmon is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.
His team won Big Ten Regular Season in 2016.
Blackmon has played previously for Fort Wayne Bishop Lu.

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Jenkins inks at Washington Wizards at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards added to their roster 24-year old forward Kris Jenkins (198-116kg-93). Jenkins just graduated from Villanova (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season. Jenkins helped them to win Big East Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Big East Honorable Mention and Big East All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Jenkins is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won NCAA championship title in 2016.

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Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota - by Eurobasket News

The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) and Tom Thibodeau is on. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls had traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine (6'5''-G-95, college: UCLA), Kris Dunn (6'4''-G-94, college: Providence) and the No. 7 overall pick. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, had not been officially announced. The trade brings together Butler and Wolves coach and president Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core. The Wolves paid a big price: Besides surrendering the lottery pick, they gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year's No. 5 overall pick. Butler played for Thibodeau for four seasons in Chicago, developing from an unheralded, late-first round draft pick into a perennial All-Star. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was "love-hate" relationship. But he also acknowledged that his appreciation for Thibodeau's hard-driving style increased as time went on, especially when the Bulls struggled in their first season under the more player-friendly Fred Hoiberg. And according to a person with knowledge of the situation, Butler welcomes the move to Minnesota to join his old coach and a team loaded with young talent in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The Wolves drafted Arizona sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) for the Bulls at No. 7 and the Bulls took Creighton forward Justin Patton (7'1''-C-97) at No. 16 for the Wolves. Patton is a 6-foot-11 forward who was the Big East freshman of the year after averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. When Thibodeau was hired as team president and coach last summer, he quickly set his sights on bringing Butler to Minnesota. The two sides engages on serious discussions on draft night last year, nearly reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn, a player the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence, for Butler. The deal could not quite be completed and Butler went through a frustrating season with the Bulls, who brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in hopes of squeezing some more immediate success out of the group. LaVine was having a breakout third season in the league when he tore the ACL in his left knee February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler. Adding to the difficulty was Dunn's underwelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value as well, even in the eyes of the point guard-needy Bulls. With all that in play, the Wolves were forced to also offer up the No. 7 pick this season to push the deal over the top. But they did receive Chicago's first-round pick in return, offering them an opportunity to continue adding to their depth. The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning now after 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs. While not a great 3-point shooter like the Wolves need, Butler still averaged career highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5) in his sixth season. He is also one of the league's top defenders, an absolute necessity for a young team that finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency last season. He will turn 28 in September, right in the middle of his prime for a team in need of veteran leadership. The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. Despite a spirited effort, the Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wade opted in for the final year of his contract, but that isn't stopping Chicago from pivoting to a new, younger nucleus that includes LaVine, Dunn and Denzel Valentine.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz have traded Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Kentucky) and the No. 24 overall pick to the Denver Nuggets for the No. 13 pick that they used on Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96). Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball. Lyles was a lottery pick in 2015 out of Kentucky.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors bought the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million to select Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) out of Oregon. On a day in which Jimmy Butler was traded by the Bulls, the franchise sold a draft pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade in 2014. The move saved the Bulls more than $20 million in salary and luxury tax at the time. Golden State bought a pick last year that they used on Patrick McCaw.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Fultz, considered the consensus top prospect by most draft outlets, averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season with the Huskies. Washington has had back-to-back top eight draft choices, with Marquese Chriss going eighth to Phoenix in 2016. Philadelphia acquired the first pick from the Boston Celtics on June 20. The 76ers relinquished the No. 3 overall selection plus a future first for the right to take Fultz. The trade was made possible by former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie's apt for collecting draft choices. The future first-round pick due to Boston is the 2018 Lakers selection, which the Sixers initially acquired from Phoenix at the 2015 trade deadline. If the choice falls between the second and fifth slots, it's parlayed to the Celtics. Any other result sends Sacramento's 2019 first-rounder to Boston. It's the second consecutive season Philadelphia chose first overall, last year taking LSU's Ben Simmons. Simmons missed the 2016 season with a foot injury. The 76ers embarked on a complete rebuild in the 2013 offseason, moving proven players, such as point guard Jrue Holiday, for draft picks. Philadelphia has picked in the top three in four consecutive drafts, previously taking Joel Embiid (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015) and Simmons. Plush with cap space and oozing potential, Philadelphia's rebuild, while debatably controversial, is starting to bear fruit. The Fultz, Simmons and Embiid trio is among the league's best young cores.

Round 1
1 Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Boston)
2 Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) - Los Angeles Lakers
3 Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) - Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
4 Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97) - Phoenix Suns
5 De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) - Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia)
6 Jonathan Isaac (6'10''-F-97) - Orlando Magic
7 Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) - Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Chicago Bulls)
8 Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98) - New York Knicks
9 Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) - Dallas Mavericks
10 Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97) - Sacramento Kings (from New Orleans, traded to Portland Trail Blazers)
11 Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) - Charlotte Hornets
12 Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) - Detroit Pistons
13 Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96) - Denver Nuggets (traded to Utah Jazz)
14 Bam Adebayo (6'10''-PF-97) - Miami Heat
15 Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) - Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Sacramento Kings)
16 Justin Patton (7'1''-C-97) - Chicago Bulls (traded to Minnesota)
17 D.J. Wilson (6'10''-F-96) - Milwaukee Bucks
18 TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) - Indiana Pacers
19 John Collins (6'10''-F-97) - Atlanta Hawks
20 Harry Giles (6'10''-F-98) - Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis via Denver and Cleveland, traded to Sacramento Kings)
21 Terrance Ferguson (6'7''-SG-97) - Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Jarrett Allen (6'11''-F-98) - Brooklyn Nets (from Washington)
23 O.G. Anunoby (6'7''-F-97) - Toronto Raptors (from L.A. Clippers via Milwaukee)
24 Tyler Lydon (6'8''-F-96) - Utah Jazz (traded to Denver Nuggets)
25 Anzejs Pasecniks (7'2''-C-95) - Orlando Magic (from Toronto)
26 Caleb Swanigan (6'9''-F-97) - Portland Trail Blazers (from Cleveland)
27 Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95) - Los Angeles Lakers (from Boston via Brooklyn)
28 Tony Bradley (6'10''-PF-98) - Los Angeles Lakers (from Houston)
29 Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) - San Antonio Spurs
30 Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95) - Utah Jazz (from Golden State)

Round 2
31 Frank Jackson (6'3''-G-98) - Charlotte Hornets (from Brooklyn via Atlanta Hawks)
32 Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) - Phoenix Suns
33 Wesley Iwundu (6'7''-F-94) - Orlando Magic (from L.A. Lakers)
34 Frank Mason III (5'11''-PG-94) - Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia via New Orleans)
35 Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) - Orlando Magic
36 Jonah Bolden (6'10''-F-96, college: UCLA) - Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Utah and Toronto)
37 Semi Ojeleye (6'7''-F-94) - Boston Celtics (from Minnesota via Phoenix)
38 Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) - Chicago Bulls (from Sacramento via Cleveland)
39 Jawun Evans (6'1''-PG-96) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas)
40 Dwayne Bacon (6'7''-G-95) - New Orleans Pelicans
41 Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) - Atlanta Hawks (from Charlotte)
42 Thomas Bryant (6'10''-F-97) - Utah Jazz (from Detroit)
43 Isaiah Hartenstein (6'11''-F/C-98) - Houston Rockets (from Denver)
44 Damyean Dotson (6'5''-G-94) - New York Knicks (from Chicago)
45 Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) - Houston Rockets (from Portland)
46 Sterling Brown (6'6''-G-95) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Miami via Atlanta)
47 Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C-98) - Indiana Pacers
48 Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) - Milwaukee Bucks
49 Vlatko Cancar (6'7''-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) - Denver Nuggets (from Memphis via Oklahoma City)
50 Mathias Lessort (6'9''-PF-95) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Atlanta)
51 Monte Morris (6'3''-PG-95) - Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City)
52 Edmond Sumner (6'6''-G-95) - New Orleans Pelicans (from Washington)
53 Kadeem Allen (6'3''-G-93) - Boston Celtics (from Cleveland)
54 Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95) - Phoenix Suns (from Toronto)
55 Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) - Utah Jazz[K]
56 Jabari Bird (6'6''-G-94) - Boston Celtics (from L.A. Clippers)
57 Alexander Vezenkov (6'9''-PF-95) - Brooklyn Nets (from Boston)
58 Ognjen Jaramaz (6'4''-G-95, agency: BeoBasket) - New York Knicks (from Houston)
59 Jaron Blossomgame (6'7''-F-93) - San Antonio Spurs
60 Alpha Kaba (6'10''-C/F-96, agency: BeoBasket) - Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State via Philadelphia and Utah)

Courtesy of: ajc.com



Koenig starts his pro career at Milwaukee Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 23-year old guard Bronson Koenig (193-82kg-94). Koenig just graduated from Wisconsin (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg last season. Koenig helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-Big Ten 2nd Team and Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Koenig is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2015. Koenig was also voted HS Wisconsin Player of the Year by the Associated Press back in 2013.

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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



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



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News from NBL Canada Annual Board of Governors Meeting - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada hosted its annual "spring meeting", June 5th & 6th at its headquarters in London ON. A very productive two day event with improvements & enhancements scheduled for the upcoming 7th season:

CANADIAN CONTENT
Over the past (6) seasons the league has been very cognizant of increasing the Canadian percentage of players in a manner that will allow the league to support the growth of basketball in Canada while not negatively impacting the game that our fans so passionately love and support. This past season a record number of Canadians suited up in uniform and their impact was felt. The championship team started (3) and played (4) in their rotation.
With this reality we are pleased to announce that this season each team will carry a mandatory minimum of (5) Canadians at all time.
With the increase of the number of teams, injuries and standard player moves, we could see as many as (70) Canadians suited up in the NBL this year.

START OF THE SEASON
After (2) years of starting the season on Boxing Day, the NBL has decided to move the season back to start on or around November 18, 2017. The reasoning is that the good weather in the spring has proven to be too much of a competitor for our fans attention. When the weather breaks our fans are excited to enjoy it; work on yards, cook out, go to cottages, watch their children in spring sports. Additionally it will should be easier to get and keep our talent as most winter leagues have started earlier and we have lost good players because they are ready to start playing, to other leagues with earlier start dates over seas.

LENGTH OF THE SEASON
This year we will be expanding the season by (2) weeks. Regular season will end on or before April 2nd. This increase in length should allow us to work with our venues and secure more weekend dates. It will provide a modest increase in the salary caps for our players, as well.
The same playoff schedule will be followed:
- Round 1 - Best of 5 Games
- Conference Finals - Best of 7 Games
- Championship Series - Best of 7 Games
Note: Only the top (4) teams in each conference will make the playoffs, increasing the intensity and importance of the regular season.

INJURED RESERVE RULE
The "Injured Reserve Rule" is being replaced with a simpler and easier to enforce "Inactive Player Rule"
- Each team may keep up to (12) "Active Players"
- Each team may keep up to (3) additional "Inactive Players"
Inactive players will be paid
A portion of the inactive player's salary will count against the salary cap. This is a similar rule that the NBA has and is much easier to enforce at a league level.

PUBLIC RULE BOOK
A new simplified rule book is being created. This book will be available on line for our fans to download and a copy will be at every scorer's table.

REFEREE ENHANCEMENTS
In an attempt to continue the improvements of our referees, we will continue to recruit additional talent to our growing pool of referees (this season a record 12 rookie referees were added)...
All refs will go through standard fitness testing.
The review process that coaches participated in last season will be enhanced this year.
Coaching boxes will be put down 5' from the end of each bench.
An emphasis on coach/player respect for the game and officials will be strongly enforced.
Courtesy of: nblcanada.ca



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  NEW ZEALAND  


New Zealand U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Taane Samuel
Samuel
Tai Wynyard
Wynyard
Isaac Letoa
Letoa
Hamish McDonald
McDonald
Tobias Cameron
Cameron
#e#5
Taane Samuel 200-F-99 Whittlesea City Australia
Tai Wynyard 208-C/F-98 Kentucky USA
Isaac Letoa 183-G-98 Wellington S. New Zealand
Hamish McDonald 190-G-99 Canterbury New Zealand
Tobias Cameron 193-G-99 Gold Coast R. Australia
Joshua Aitcheson 194-F-98 Southland S. New Zealand
Flynn Cameron 191-G-00 Gold Coast R. Australia
Quinn Clinton 194-G-99 N.Mexico USA
Toby Gillooly 193-F/G-98 Canterbury New Zealand
Callum McRae 214-C-99 Hub Jets New Zealand
Angus McWilliam 211-C/F-99 Canterbury New Zealand
Samuel Waardenburg 208-PF-99 Miami, FL USA
Brayden Inger 203-F
Connor Woodbridge 185-G-98

Daryl Cartwright Head Coach
Gavin Briggs Assistant
Leyton Haddleton Assistant



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  NIGERIA  


Nigerian Premier League All-Star Game 2017 - by Greg

SAVANNAH ALL-STAR TEAM
Abdulwahad Yakubu (199-SG-90) of Gombe Bulls
Sylvanus Mamaki of Gombe Bulls
Garkator Shedrack of Gombe Bulls
Stanley Gumut (198-F/G-86) of Mark Mentors BC
Abubakar Usman (191-G-86) of Kano Pillars
Dele Ademola (199-F-89) of Kano Pillars
Abdul Yahaya (203-F-90) of Kano Pillars
Azuoma Dike (188-PG-89) of Kano Pillars
Eli Abraham (94) of Kano Pillars
Joel Ijigba of Defenders
Apara Akita of Bauchi Nets
Wisdom Prince of Niger Potters Minna

ATLANTIC ALL-STAR TEAM
Owen Oriakhi of Hoops and Read
Kamal Ayanlere (G/F) of Police Baton Lagos
David Godwin (195-SG) of Kwara Falcons
Oyeleye Mojubaoluwa (F) of Kwara Falcons
Victor Komonibo of Hoops and Read
Jide Ogunsemore of Hoops and Read
Owen Oriakhi
Solomon Ajegbeyi (SF) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Emuhowo Oghenetewo (206-C) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Emmanuel Balogun (G) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Seun Akinwale (195-SF-86) of Customs Lagos
Okiki Michael of Customs Lagos
Kevin Odoh of Oluyole Warriors



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  PERU  


Real Club and Regatas win semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Real Club and Regatas won semifinal openers in Peru. Real Club overcame Inmaculada 84-76 as they used a strong third period to seal the victory. Justin Gordon (198-F-93, college: Wofford) posted 26 points in a loss, while Christian MIJARES netted 15.
Regatas meanwhile posted a 73-44 win over EOFap. They dominated the whole game to win the opener in style.



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  POLAND  


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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Sokol Lancut adds Karolak to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Max Elektro Sokol Lancut (1Liga) added to their roster 25-year old swingman Bartlomiej Karolak (198-92). He has played for the last two seasons at AZS UMCS Lbn in the 2Liga. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg last season. Karolak helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga 2nd Team.
He has played previously for two other teams: GTK Gliwice and Novum Lublin.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trefl Sopot keeps Markovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot (PLK) re-signed 28-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89). He played there last season. In 31 PLK games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 where in 28 games he averaged 7.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Markovic also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
Markovic played in the final of Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) in 2011.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Markovic has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas and Panelefsiniakos), Serbia (Vojvodina, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, FMP II Beograd and FMP Beograd) and Montenegro (KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi).

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Majewski
Lukasz Kolenda

Forwards:
Marcin Stefanski
Artur Mielczarek
Nikola Markovic
Jakub Karolak
Grzegorz Kulka
Michal Kolenda

Center:
Jakub Motylewski

Coach: Marcin Klozinski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polpharma tabs Ameen Tanksley - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) inked 25-year old American guard Ameen Tanksley (196-104kg-92, college: Hofstra). He has only college experience so far playing last time for Hofstra University (NCAA). Tanksley has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in 2015-16 season. Tanksley helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-CAA 2nd Team and CAA All-Tournament Team.
Last year he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (21st overall).
Tanksley just came directly from Hofstra University and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His team won MAAC Regular Season in 2013.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)

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Zamojski re-signs at Stelmet - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora (PLK) confirmed in their roster 31-year old international swingman Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-93kg-86, college: Independence CC). He has played there for the last four seasons. Zamojski managed to play in three leagues last year. In 38 PLK games he had 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also played in the Supercup final (twice). Zamojski also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally he contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zamojski was voted Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013 and 2014.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 88.9%.
Zamojski has played previously for three other teams: Asseco, GTK Asseco II Gdynia and Trefl.
He attended Independence Community College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

Stelmet Zielona Gora roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lukasz Koszarek
Filip Matczak
Jakub Der

Forwards:
Jaroslaw Mokros
Armani Moore
Thomas Kelati
Przemyslaw Zamojski

Coach: Artur Gronek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Liz, Ponce20.7 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.5 
 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, Mayaguez16.8 
 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, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.3 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 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 German7.2 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Guzman, Humacao5.5 
 8. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.8 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Harris, Ponce1.5 
 4. Abreu, Aguada1.5 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.4 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.8 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Aguada adds Hettsheimer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Santeros de Aguada (BSN) added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-118kg-86). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. The last season he played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 15 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg. Hettsheimer also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg and 7.8rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hettsheimer played in the final of Paulista League in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Player of the Year in 2016.
Hettsheimer has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Hettsheimer also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg.
Hettsheimer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Hettsheimer has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Vic and Blusens Monbus) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao).
On Hettsheimer: Not so tall to play at center, he manages to keep the position thanks to powerful body and athletic skills. He could became a good PF, because he knows how to step out and hit the basket from mid-range. Has defensive mentality, but needs to improve this part of the game. Has yet upside, however.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dawson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) had an amazing evening in the last week for Ponce and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 36.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Guayama (#9, 13-19) with 17-point margin 105-88. Ponce maintains the 4th position in Puerto Rican league. Ponce 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 18-15 record. Dawson just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Midwestern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dawson leads league in rebounds with 10.4rpg. Dawson is in league's top in and averages solid 52.1% FGP. Worth to mention Dawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last week was Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of top-ranked Aguada. He is Dominican Rep. guard in his first season at Aguada. In the last game Mendoza recorded impressive 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Aguada to another comfortable win 93-74 over the lower-ranked Humacao (#10, 10-21) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Aguada still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 22-10 record. Mendoza is one of the most experienced players at Aguada and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Arecibo (#5). Jefferson showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last week. He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 81-80 win against the lower-ranked Humacao (#10, 10-21). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Jefferson has a very solid season. In 5 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Peter Ramos (222-C-85) of Humacao - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Omar Samhan (211-C-88) of Aguada - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Carlos Emory (196-F-91) of Ponce - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Raymond Cintron Cortes (183-PG-90) of Humacao - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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





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UBT Cluj Napoca keeps Kariniauskas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) re-signed 24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93). He played there last season. In 17 Liga Nationala games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg. Kariniauskas helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He also played that season for MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. But in 14 games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played previously professionally in Greece (Kymis) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forward:
Andrii Kalnichenko

Center:
Ousmane Barro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vlad Moldoveanu left UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

29-year old international power forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-101kg-88, college: American) left U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala). In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.5apg. Moldoveanu helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team. He played there also last season. Moldoveanu also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 15.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. Moldoveanu played there also last season. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Moldoveanu managed to play in three leagues last year.
The previous (15-16) season Moldoveanu played at Stelmet in Polish TBL. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he got 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg. Moldoveanu contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Moldoveanu also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 10 games in Eurocup where he got 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. Moldoveanu contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Moldoveanu has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 14.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 77.8%.
Moldoveanu is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), France (STB Le Havre), Italy (Benetton Treviso) and Poland (PGE Turow).
Moldoveanu attended American University until 2011 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid inside player who has a great offensive talent. He has good attitude and improved his performing in every season of college. Has yet interesting upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zeljko Sakic (ex Cibona) signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) landed 29-year old Croatian international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-98kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. Sakic managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 32 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 2.6apg and 1.0spg. Sakic helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Sakic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Sakic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sakic played at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL. In 35 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Sakic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Sakic also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Sakic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sakic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Sakic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).
Sakic's game is described as: A very solid inside player, not so quick but with strong body and hands. He' s not so athletic, but defends well and doesn' t fear anyone.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Center:
Ousmane Barro

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Kanygin re-signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Igor Kanygin (207-110kg-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Kanygin helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged just 2.8ppg and 1.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kanygin played at Lokomotiv. But in only one Euroleague game he did not score anything. He also played 3 games in VTB United League, but he had only 0.7ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kanygin's team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Kanygin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg.
Kanygin has played previously for two other teams: Rossiya Novogorsk and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

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Ostrovskiy re-signs at Ural Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague 1) confirmed in their roster 24-year old forward Aleksey Ostrovskiy (202-96kg-93). He played there last season. In 22 Superleague 1 games he had 5.3ppg and 4.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ostrovskiy played at Dynamo-CBK Stavropol (Superleague 2) where in 40 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for Lokomotiv.

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Enisey keeps Zavoruev for another season - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) re-signed 30-year old guard Vasili Zavoruev (197-93kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 13 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 5.1apg. Zavoruev helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he had 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zavoruev played at Krasny Oktyabr. In four Eurocup games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 20 games in VTB United League where he got 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.1apg.
Zavoruev's team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Zavoruev is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), Italy and Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Russia (CSKA Moscow, Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow and Standart Samara reg. Toliatti).
Let's have closer look into Zavoruev's outlook: Good shooting guard/forward with excellent package of skills. Dead-eye shooter who can score from any distance. Has a great length for his position. Despite his size, Vasili is a reliable ball handler, who can run pick'n'roll properly. Good finisher around the rim but his court vision is good enough to play drive and kick basketball. Can find an open teammate. Overall, Vasili is a good all-around swingman with high-level experience. Won Eurolegue title with CSKA Moscow back in 2006.

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Khimki is considering to sign Stefan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is close to sign 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88) who played last time at Zenit Saint Petersburg. In 14 Eurocup games he had 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Markovic also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Markovic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Markovic could be described: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

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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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Semifinals are set in KFC League - by Eurobasket News

After the conclusion of the KFC NBL Quarterfinals; the league took a short break to facilitate the participation of five young athletes in the 2017 Caribbean Hoops College Exposure which was held in Trinidad from June 16-18, 2017. Details to be provided under a separate cover. Now that they are back we are set to continue with the KFC NBL Playoffs. The Semis will be Courts Jets vs Canaries Moon River & VBCC Warlords vs Morne Gladiators. The 2017 KFC NBL semis and finals will be hosted at the Beausejour Indoor Facility. Due to some complications the Morne Gladiators vs VBCC Warlords should be game 2 of the evening however this should be confirmed by tomorrow and we will provide an update under a separate cover. The SLBF and its Sponsors Real Foods, Blue Waters, Ministry of Youth Development of Sports & St. Lucia Electricity Services Thank you for the support and hope to see you at the games.
Courtesy of: Saint Lucia Basketball Federation



Will An NBA Team Give Chris Boucher A Shot? - by Eurobasket News

Adrenaline. It's a powerful chemical. It can make you perform feats under impossible circumstances, whether it's lifting a car, going into a burning building, or surviving otherwise unimaginable pain. The latter was performed by Oregon center Chris Boucher (208-C/F-93) on March 11, 2017. In the first half of the Ducks' semifinal clash in the Pac-12 Tournament against Cal, Boucher crashed the boards and came down hard on his knee. However, because of adrenaline, he didn't feel anything immediately and continued to run and jump normally, playing 24 minutes in the game. It wasn't until an MRI scan the next morning that it was revealed Boucher had torn the ACL in his left knee and would miss the remainder of his season and college career that he knew this pain was more than just a temporary stinger. An ACL tear is deadly, typically taking six months or more to fully recover from. This would be a disheartening injury for anybody, but it especially hurt for Boucher. After his circuitous journey to Division I basketball (detailed in a November 2016 SI article by Luke Winn), being forced to sit on the sidelines in what should have been his final tournament run burned deeply. However, Boucher has been dealt setbacks in his life before, and, like those previous instances in his life, he hasn't let this one stop him from achieving his goals. This time, that goal is the NBA. The pre-draft process is nerve-wracking and stressful for most prospects: after all, despite the large amount of media coverage at the college level, they are still largely 19 and 20 years old, and are susceptible to the same emotions and pressures as everyday young adults. All of this attention is compounded for Boucher, who has had to attend NBA workouts and meetings alongside his own personal rehab sessions. Considering all the obstacles he's overcome in his life, it's not surprising that Boucher has approached this challenge with positivity and good spirits. '[The pre-draft process] hasn't been too bad," Boucher said. "The first few weeks were hard because we had to account for crutches, find a way to extend the knee, and make sure flying wouldn't make it swell up, but it got better soon.'
Courtesy of: si.com



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Faye comes back to Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) added to their roster 32-year old Senegalese ex-international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU). It is actually his comeback to Patras as he has played here before. Faye played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Faye also played that season for Promitheas where in 23 A1 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2010 Faye was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (7th overall).
He attended Southern Methodist University and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention in 2015 and 2017.
Faye played in the final of D-League in 2011.
Faye was also a member of Senegalese international program for some years. He played for Senegalese Senior National Team between 2007 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004.
Faye also represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 56.0%.
Faye is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Faye tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Hyeres-Toulon), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Greece (Panionios, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Cretan Kings and Panelefsiniakos) and Senegal (JA Dakar and Rail).
On Faye: True height is probably around 6-9. A lanky forward, with great wingspan, good ball handling skills and long range shooting ability. He's very active on the court, loves to attack the basket, can grab lots of rebounds. Very active in defense. Can play in the two forward positions, but his future is at the SF, thanks to his good perimetral skills.

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannis Dimakos
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Petros Geromichalos

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abdoulaye N'Doye (ex Apollon) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 28-year old Senegalese center Abdoulaye N'Doye (213-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played most recently at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 7 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) N'Doye was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in fifth round (91st overall).
The former Texas A&M - Commerce (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. N'Doye played in the final of Iranian Superleague.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team award in 2015.
N'Doye represented Senegal at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 69.6%.
N'Doye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). N'Doye has played previously professionally in Georgia (Kutaisi), ABA (N.Dallas V.) and Iran (Naft Abadan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SLBC and AS Douanes reach League Final - by Eurobasket News

SLBC and AS Douanes reached the Final as they beat their opponents in the semis. AS Douanes overcame earlier DUC 64-50, while SLBC needed a decisive game against Louga. Last night SLBC posted a 72-67 victory. The latter had a 34-30 lead at the halftime, however could not win the game.
Earlier Louga beat SLBC 67-50.



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Katic is back at Spirou - by Greg

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old Serbian ex-international center Rasko Katic (208-114kg-80, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Katic played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in the Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Katic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Katic contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 4.1rpg.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trefl Sopot keeps Markovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot (PLK) re-signed 28-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89). He played there last season. In 31 PLK games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 where in 28 games he averaged 7.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Markovic also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
Markovic played in the final of Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) in 2011.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Markovic has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas and Panelefsiniakos), Serbia (Vojvodina, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, FMP II Beograd and FMP Beograd) and Montenegro (KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi).

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Majewski
Lukasz Kolenda

Forwards:
Marcin Stefanski
Artur Mielczarek
Nikola Markovic
Jakub Karolak
Grzegorz Kulka
Michal Kolenda

Center:
Jakub Motylewski

Coach: Marcin Klozinski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki is considering to sign Stefan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is close to sign 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88) who played last time at Zenit Saint Petersburg. In 14 Eurocup games he had 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Markovic also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Markovic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Markovic could be described: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Karlovka adds Vido to their roster - by Michal Duchovic

VSEMvs Karlovka Bratislava (SBL) added to their roster 29-year old ex-international power forward Roman Vido (204-88) from MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno. In 54 SBL games he recorded 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. Vido's team won Alpe Adria Cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Vido also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Vido has played previously professionally also in France (Nord Ardeche) and Slovakia (Handlova, Nitra and Trnava).



Andrej Kuffa is a newcomer at Karlovka - by Michal Duchovic

VSEMvs Karlovka Bratislava (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old former international forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) from MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno. In 52 SBL games he recorded 7.2ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Kuffa played at Inter Bratislava where in 33 SBL games he averaged 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Kuffa also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 3.0ppg and 3.2rpg.
He was also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. Kuffa played for Slovakian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 68.2%, 3PT: 35.3%.
Kuffa has played previously for Inter B Bratislava.



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Primorska extends Gezim Morina - by Zeljko Zule

Primorska signed a new deal with Kosovari Gezim Morina (203-C/F-92). The agreement is effective for two years. Morina moved to Primorska from Sigal Pristina last summer. He averaged 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks in 31 Slovenian League games last season.
Morina has already played for Union Olimpija, LTH Skofja Loka, Helios and Maribor. He was a member of Slovenian U20 national team at European Championship 2012 and represented Slovenia at the Qualifications for European Championships 2017.



Union Olimpija brings back Erjon Kastrati - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija keeps reeling back its own former players with the addition of Kosovari Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) on a one-year contract.
Kastrati spent three previous seasons with Union Olimpija, debuting in the Euroleague one month after his 17th birthday. His last season with Union Olimpija was 2011-12, when Kastrati averaged 3.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 3 Euroleague games and 1.7 points in 7 Adriatic League games.
Kastrati arrives from fellow Slovenian side Krka, where he spent five season. In the latest one, Kastrati averaged 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals in 23 ABA League games and 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 27 Slovenian League games last season.



Union Olimpija Ljubljana brings back Erjon Kastrati - by Matej Bergant

BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana continues to build a roster fort he upcoming season. The new player of the club is Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) who arrives from Krka Novo mesto. Kastrati, who signed one-year deal, was already a player of BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana as a youngster. The player who holds both Slovenian and Kosova passports, averaged 9 points and 4 rebounds per game in 2016/2017 Slovenian Championship. He spent last five seasons as member of Krka Novo mesto.


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South Korean U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Jiwon Park
Park
Junghyun Lee
Lee
Minsuk Shin
Shin
Jae Min Yang
Yang
Hyeongjin Kim
Kim
#e#5
3Kim Hyeongjin 181-PG-98 Korea University Seo South Korea
5Park Jiwon 193-SF-98 Yonsei University South Korea
6Lee Junghyun 190-SF-99
7Park Minuk 185-G-98 Yonsei University South Korea
9Shin Minsuk 201-C-99
10Yun Wongsang 185-G-98 Dan Kook University South Korea
11Yang Junu 186-G-98 Sungkyunkwan Univers South Korea
13Han Seunghui 200-C-98 Yonsei University South Korea
14Kim Jinyoung 193-F-98 Korea University Seo South Korea
15Jae Min Yang 198-F/C-99 Torrelodones Spain
32Seo Jeonghyeon 201-C-98
34Ha Yungi 203-C-99

Lee Moojin Head Coach



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  SPAIN  


Guadalajara keeps de la Rua for another season - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) re-signed 24-year old point guard Sergio de la Rua (183-93). He played there last season. In 25 EBA games he recorded 3.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season de la Rua played at Isover Basket Azuqueca where in 5 EBA games he averaged 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg.

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Lazaro re-signs at Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old forward Raul Lazaro (195-87). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 27 EBA games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lazaro played in the final of Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off in 2010 and 2015.
He has played previously for five other teams: Melilla_Baloncesto, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B, Promobys Tijola and Leyma Basquet.

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Zaragoza tabs Lovro Mazalin, ex Zadar - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old Croatian small forward Lovro Mazalin (204-97). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg last season. Mazalin helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in ABA League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mazalin played at Cedevita (also in A1). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 13 A1 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. Mazalin contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Mazalin also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.1ppg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he got only 2.7ppg.
Despite young age Mazalin had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2016.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Mazalin's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 7.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 83.8%.
Mazalin has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cibona, Kaptol and Petrinja.
His game is described as: He can split his playing time between the 2 and the 3 spots, thanks to good ball handling and court vision. But he's expected to become a 6-9 small forward, with quickness and a great 2-point shooting ability. Compared to Danilo Gallinari and Tornike Shengeila, has a britght future.

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Girona inks Eduard Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Sant Josep Girona agreed terms with 19-year old center Eduard Garcia (196-98). He played last season at Arenys in Spanish EBA league. In 25 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg. Garcia also spent pre-season at Joventut (also in EBA) that year.

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FC Barcelona may tab Shane Larkin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American point guard Shane Larkin (180-80kg-92, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. In 37 Liga Endesa games he had 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.9apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team. Larkin also played 33 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Larkin played at the Nets in NBA. In 78 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
In 2013 Larkin was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (18th overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Larkin's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted HS 6A Player of the Year runner up back in 2010 and 2011.
Larkin has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks) and D-League (Texas Legends).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Granados re-signs at Huelva - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old power forward Julio Granados (196-96). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in two EBA games he had just 1.5ppg last season.
Granados' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2017.

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Shaquielle McKissic (ex Usak) agreed terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American small forward Shaquielle McKissic (196-91kg-90, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. McKissic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 26 BSL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg (in top 4). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. McKissic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally McKissic contributed to 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.4spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season McKissic spent at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 28 games he got remarkable 16.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team McKissic played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he got high stats: 15.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
McKissic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
His team was regular season runner-up in IBL International Division in 2013.
McKissic has played also professionally in IBL (Seattle F.).
He attended Arizona State until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

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Real Madrid keeps Randolph for another season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) re-signed 28-year old American ex-international power forward Anthony Randolph (211-102kg-89, college: LSU). He played there last season. In 37 Liga Endesa games he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg. Randolph helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Randolph also played 34 games in Euroleague where he had 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The previous (15-16) season Randolph played at Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 23 Euroleague games he was fifth best scorer with 14.5ppg and recorded 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Randolph also played 20 games in VTB United League where he got impressive 16.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2008 Randolph was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former Louisiana State University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Randolph also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP-3 (68.0%), 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 87.5%.
Randolph has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves.
His game is described as: A great rebounder, especially on the offensive end. He never gives up on plays and follows his own shot well. He's lefthanded and can create own shot thanks to good dribbling for his size. Can hit a shot even from behind the 3pts arch, and runs the court well. He's athletic and coordinated, but shoud improve his FT percentages.

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boras welcome back Person - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) landed 26-year old point guard Andreas Person (190-85kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Boras Basket as he has played here before. Person has played for the last two years at Uppsala Basket in the Basketligan. In 40 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Person helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Person's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group North in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2010.
Person was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2011 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Person also represented Sweden at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 57.1%.
Person has played also professionally in Italy and Slovenia (Helios) and Sweden (BC Lulea, Sallen and KFUM Jamtland).

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Person
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Daniel Thuresson
Ludvig Johansson

Forwards:
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryan Colon

Forward:
Cedric Mafuta

Centers:
David Ramseier
Ardit Osmanaj

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Akhisar Bld keeps Ozpulat for another season - by Eurobasket News

Akhisar Belediye (TBL) re-signed experienced 35-year old forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82). He played there last season. In 29 TBL games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ozpulat played at Orkide Gediz Univeristesi where in 33 TBL games he had 3.8ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Turkish Federation Cup final in 2014. Ozpulat received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for four other teams: TED Kolejliler, Tuborg, Vestel and Gelisim.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Akhisar Bld.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shaquielle McKissic (ex Usak) agreed terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American small forward Shaquielle McKissic (196-91kg-90, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. McKissic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 26 BSL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg (in top 4). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. McKissic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally McKissic contributed to 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.4spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season McKissic spent at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL. In 28 games he got remarkable 16.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team McKissic played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he got high stats: 15.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
McKissic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
His team was regular season runner-up in IBL International Division in 2013.
McKissic has played also professionally in IBL (Seattle F.).
He attended Arizona State until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Besiktas add Diebler to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State, agency: BeoBasket). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played last season at Galatasaray (BSL). In 22 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Diebler helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Diebler played at Anadolu Efes. In 26 BSL games he had 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game 3-Point Contest. Diebler also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2011 Diebler was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Diebler has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panionios).

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Socar Petkim tabs Umit Sonkol - by Eurobasket News

Socar Petkimspor (TBL) inked experienced 35-year old international power forward Umit Sonkol (206-90kg-82). He played most recently at Best Balikesir in Turkish BSL league. In 24 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg last season. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Sonkol also played that season for Tofas (also in BSL) where in 5 games he had just 2.6ppg and 1.0rpg.
Among other achievements he won Turkish TBL championship title in 2016. Sonkol received also Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2007 and 2012. He was a member of Turkish Senior National Team back in 2008.
Sonkol has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for seven other teams: Pinar Karsiyaka, Turk Telekom, ITU Istanbul, Banvit, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Aliaga and Banvit.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Socar Petkim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eskisehir Basket welcomes back Candan - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) inked 24-year old former international power forward Berkay Candan (205-93). It is actually his comeback to Edirne as he has played here before. Candan played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL). He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 30 BSL games he averaged 6.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Candan also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally Candan contributed to 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Candan played at Trabzonspor (also in BSL). In 28 games he got 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 3.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
Among other achievements Candan's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award back in 2012 and 2013.
Candan was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Candan represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Candan has played previously professionally also in Italy (Pesaro Loreto) and Turkey (Fenerbahce, TED Kolejliler and Banvit).

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Eskisehir Basket lands Muhammed Senli - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) tabbed 25-year old power forward Muhammed Senli (205-98kg-92). He has played for the last three years at Besiktas in the BSL. BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 5 games he averaged just 0.6ppg last season. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. His team made it to the the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Senli also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Senli represented Turkey at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 57.1%.
Senli has played previously for Tofas.

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Kaya is back at Turk Telekom - by Eurobasket News

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) agreed terms with 31-year old swingman Polat Kaya (197-86). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Kaya played last season at Socar Petkim in the TBL. In 39 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Kaya played at Acibadem where in 41 TBL games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Kaya has played previously for eight other teams: Trabzonspor, Darussafaka, TED Kolejliler, Banvit, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Aliaga, Bandirma Kirmizi and Hacettepe.

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Ulinzi inks Tonny Okello, ex Sharing Youth - by Eurobasket News

Ulinzi Warriors (Premier League) agreed terms with 27-year old Ugandan guard Tonny Okello (90). He played this summer at Sharing Youth in Ugandan NBL league. In three games he had 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg.

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Mohawks drop out - by Dave Ryan

There was a notable absence from the NBL line-up when Basketball England released next season's divisional line-ups on Tuesday.
Former powerhouse Tees Valley Mohawks will not be running a senior NBL side in the 2017/18, concentrating on youth basketball with the possibility of moving their youngsters into Division Four North in the future.
Coach Steve Steve Butler said that, while player commitment was an issue, the costs of national travel to play at Division Two level just wasn't worth it.
A look at the D2 constitution backs that up - it's a southern dominated league - Mohawks' nearest opponents would have been Liverpool (it's a struggle to call that a derby game), with only Derbyshire Arrows (not too far from Sheffield), Birmingham and Nottingham outside the south.
The club who gave us Keiran Achara, EJ Harrison, Neil Fingleton and Ralph Bucci won the Division One title in 1999/00, 2001/02 and 2002/03, and when they weren't winning it they were generally coming second behind Plymouth Raiders.
They added a hat-trick of play-off successes between 2002-2004 and dominated the National Trophy for a five year stretch. Add to that a National Cup first round victory against Leicester warriors in 2002/3 and they ability to keep players (notably Harrison) that BBL clubs were interested in signing, and it was clear that they were BBL ready.
And then it all went wrong. The 2004/5 campaign saw Mohawks' main rivals for success - Plymouth Raiders - move up to the BBL but an acrimonious split in the club's board saw their fortunes take a nosedive.
Two relegations in the last decade saw them bounce back on each occasion, but the most recent drop to Division Two appears to have been fatal for one of the NBL's most established clubs.



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.'
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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





Dida Pereira (ex BVM 2012) signs at Cordon - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Cordon Montevideo (Metropolitan) landed 25-year old Brazilian center Dida Pereira (203-92, college: Sequoias CC). He played most recently at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres in Spanish EBA league. In 20 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg and 7.9rpg last season.
Among other achievements Pereira played in the final of Brazilian National League in 2013. He received also All-State Northern CA 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Pereira represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Pereira has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Universo/Salvador).
He attended College of the Sequoias until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Goes sign Diego Tortajada - by Eurobasket News

Goes Montevideo (LUB) signed 24-year old center Diego Tortajada (201-93) from U Universitario. In 26 LUB games he had 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg last season. 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 Tortajada was voted Latinbasket.com Uruguayan Ascenso League All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
He has played previously for three other teams: Union Atletica, Bohemios and Capitol.

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Paul Harrison gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - by Eurobasket News

American Paul Harrison (203-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sayago and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Sayago in his team's victory, helping them to beat Capitol (#10, 2-4) 81-74. Sayago is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They are still close to the very top. Sayago would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Harrison just recently signed at Sayago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. North Greenville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrison is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg. Harrison is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 62.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Colon was edged by the higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 5-1) 98-95. Colon is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Colon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) of Tabare (#5). Cabillon scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tabare, leading his team to a 94-88 win against slightly higher-ranked Miramar (#3, 4-2). Tabare 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. Cabillon has a very solid season. In 5 games in Uruguay he scored 15.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lucas Lepiani (188-G) of Colon - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charles McCann (193-F) of Tabare - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Marcelo Nessi (188-G-94) of Miramar - 23 points and 7 assists

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



Bruno Fitipaldo (ex Galatasaray) to join Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. Fitipaldo managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 BSL games he had 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.4ppg and 2.4apg. The other team Fitipaldo played that season for was Betaland Cdo. In 11 Serie A games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg.
His team won Argentinian LigaA South Group Regular Season in 2015.
Fitipaldo represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.9%.
Fitipaldo's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Fitipaldo has played previously professionally in Argentina (Obras Basket) and Uruguay (Malvin and 25 de Agosto).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Kanygin re-signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Igor Kanygin (207-110kg-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Kanygin helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged just 2.8ppg and 1.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kanygin played at Lokomotiv. But in only one Euroleague game he did not score anything. He also played 3 games in VTB United League, but he had only 0.7ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kanygin's team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Kanygin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg.
Kanygin has played previously for two other teams: Rossiya Novogorsk and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enisey keeps Zavoruev for another season - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) re-signed 30-year old guard Vasili Zavoruev (197-93kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 13 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 5.1apg. Zavoruev helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he had 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zavoruev played at Krasny Oktyabr. In four Eurocup games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 20 games in VTB United League where he got 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.1apg.
Zavoruev's team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Zavoruev is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), Italy and Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Russia (CSKA Moscow, Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow and Standart Samara reg. Toliatti).
Let's have closer look into Zavoruev's outlook: Good shooting guard/forward with excellent package of skills. Dead-eye shooter who can score from any distance. Has a great length for his position. Despite his size, Vasili is a reliable ball handler, who can run pick'n'roll properly. Good finisher around the rim but his court vision is good enough to play drive and kick basketball. Can find an open teammate. Overall, Vasili is a good all-around swingman with high-level experience. Won Eurolegue title with CSKA Moscow back in 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  CROATIA  


Ruzica Dznkic moves from Enisey to Romanian champion ASC Sepsi-Sic - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian national team member Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) has signed with Romanian champion ASC Sepsi-Sic Sfantu Gheorghe for the upcoming 2017-18 season. It will be her second second abroad
ASC Sepsi-Sic Sfantu Gheorghe marks Dzankic's second stop abroad after played for Enisey Krasnoyarski kraj last season. She averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks over 16.7 minutes in 17 Russian PBL League games.
Dzankic grew up with Croatia 2006 before moving to Medvescak to play them from 2013 through 2016. She won three Croatian championship titles and two Cup titles.



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UMMC Ekaterinburg welcomes back Petrushina - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) tabbed 27-year old international forward Tatiana Petrushina (185-90). It is actually her comeback to UMMC Ekaterinburg as she has played here before. Petrushina played most recently at Nadezhda Orenburg in the PBL. In 26 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Petrushina also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Petrushina played at Vologda Chevakata. In 29 games she recorded 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she got 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Petrushina won Russian PBL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010.
Petrushina has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Petrushina represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
She has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo Novosibirsk Region, BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UMMC Ekaterinburg may sign Cecilia Zandalasini - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) is close to sign 21-year old Italian international forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who played last time at Famila Wuber Schio in Italy. Zandalasini has played there for the last three years. In 32 Serie A1 games she had 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Zandalasini also played 16 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Despite young age Zandalasini had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2016.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Zandalasini has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Zandalasini has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Broni and Geas Sesto San Giovanni.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  BEL
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Meesseman, BEL21.3 
 2. Iagupova, UKR21.3 
 3. Zandalasini, ITA19.2 
 4. Maltsi, GRE18.2 
 5. Torrens, ESP17.3 
 6. Petrovic, SRB17.0 
 7. Robinson, MNT16.7 
 8. Vaughn, CZE16.0 
 9. Wauters, BEL15.5 
 10. Hollingswort., TUR15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  USA
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, MNT13.7 
 2. Steinberga, LAT12.6 
 3. Vadeeva, RUS12.3 
 4. Hollingswort., TUR11.0 
 5. Zandalasini, ITA9.4 
 6. Udodenko, UKR9.3 
 7. Ruzickova, SVK9.2 
 8. Lyttle, ESP9.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL8.3 
 10. Maltsi, GRE7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.3 
 2. Iagupova, UKR5.5 
 3. Dumerc, FRA5.0 
 4. Prince, RUS5.0 
 5. Balintova, SVK4.8 
 6. Vyoralova, CZE4.7 
 7. Maltsi, GRE4.6 
 8. Bentley, BLR4.3 
 9. Mujovic, MNT4.3 
 10. Baric, SLO4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  FRA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 3. Udodenko, UKR2.5 
 4. Carpreaux, BEL2.5 
 5. Mestdagh, BEL2.5 
 6. Steinberga, LAT2.4 
 7. Dabovic, SRB2.3 
 8. Prince, RUS2.3 
 9. Torrens, ESP2.3 
 10. Lyttle, ESP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ann WAUTERS
  BEL
  (194-C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wauters, BEL2.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL2.0 
 3. Hanusova, CZE1.3 
 4. Ciak, FRA1.3 
 5. Vieru, RUS1.3 
 6. Hatar, HUN1.3 
 7. Vadeeva, RUS1.0 
 8. Nicholls, ESP1.0 
 9. Krivacevic, HUN1.0 
 10. Maiga, RUS1.0 


Belgium, Greece, France and Spain remain in title race - by Eurobasket News

France - Slovakia 67-40
France coasted past Slovakia en route to the semifinal stage. Valerianne Ayayi (184-F-94) registered 13 points to lead the winners. Les Bleues ignited a 21:6 run in the opening frame to clear off. They ensured a 39:24 halftime advantage. France held Slovakia to just 16 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) chipped in 12 points, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) had 9 points in the win. Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Slovakia.

Spain - Latvia 67-47
Spain eased into the semifinal stage in Prague. They rolled past Latvia in a dominant fashion. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 20 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain used a 27:12 run in the opening frame to take a comfortable 15-point lead. Spain kept Latvia at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) delivered 16 points for the winners. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) and Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, college: Colorado, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 15 points apiece for Latvia.

Turkey - Greece 55-84
Greece continued to impress in Prague. They stormed past Turkey in the quarterfinal clash today. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 25 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey posted a 15:10 lead ten minutes into the game. However Greece quickly took over. They went on a 26:15 rally in the second period to surge ahead. Greece followed with a 21:10 run to boost the lead at 17-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. The Hellenes unloaded 27 points in the final term to ice the victory. Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) provided 11 points for the winning side. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey.

Belgium - Italy 79-66
Belgium saw off Italy to become the first semifinalists at the championship. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead the winners. Belgium recorded a 27:13 lead after the first term. Italy cut the deficit at 13-point mark at the interval. The Azzurri went on a strong run in the third term to pull within 2 points at the final intermission. But Belgium bounced right back with a 22:11 run of their own to seal the win. Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) delivered 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 23 points and 8 boards for Italy.




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  FRANCE  


COB Calais sign rookie Mikale Rogers - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LF2) inked American center Mikale Rogers (188). She just graduated from Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis (NCAA). Rogers has played there for the last four years. In 31 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.5apg and 2.3bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-Summit League 2nd Team and Summit League All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Rogers is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Dora Szabo signs at BEAC Ujbuda - by Eurobasket News

ELTE-BEAC Ujbuda (A Division) landed 22-year old shooting guard Dora Szabo (171-95). She played most recently at PINKK-Pecsi in the A Division. In 5 Eurocup games she averaged 4.2ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Szabo spent at Cegledi EKK where in 25 games she had 7.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. She also played that season for Szolnoki MAV SE.
Szabo represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.6ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BEAC Ujbuda keeps Sule for another season - by Eurobasket News

ELTE-BEAC Ujbuda (A Division) re-signed 30-year old forward Krisztina Sule (178-87). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 14 A Division games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.5ppg and recorded 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg last season.
Sule's team was regular season runner-up in Hungarian B Division West in 2016.
She was a member of Hungarian U20 National Team back in 2007.
Sule has played previously for four other teams: MTK Budapest, UNI Gyor, Vasas Akademia and Nanette FTC.

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.

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  ITALY  


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

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 25-year old guard Maria Zanella (174-92). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 12 Serie A2 games she recorded just 2.7ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Zanella won Italian A2 South championship title in 2012.
She has played previously for two other teams: Familia Schio and C.U.S. Chieti.

Alpo Basket VillaFranca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maria Zanella
Susanna Toffali
Anna Pusceddu

Forward:
Silvia Zanardelli

Center:
Sofia Viviani

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

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) re-signed 19-year old swingman Susanna Toffali (170-98). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 24 Serie A2 games she averaged 6.2ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Toffali was selected to U16 National Team in 2014.
She has played previously for Bergamo.

Alpo Basket VillaFranca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Susanna Toffali
Anna Pusceddu

Forward:
Silvia Zanardelli

Center:
Sofia Viviani

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UMMC Ekaterinburg may sign Cecilia Zandalasini - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) is close to sign 21-year old Italian international forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who played last time at Famila Wuber Schio in Italy. Zandalasini has played there for the last three years. In 32 Serie A1 games she had 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Zandalasini also played 16 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Despite young age Zandalasini had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2016.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Zandalasini has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Zandalasini has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Broni and Geas Sesto San Giovanni.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Reani is back at La Spezia - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) agreed terms with 21-year old small forward Laura Reani (183-96). It is actually her comeback to La Spezia as she has played here before. Reani played last season at Alpo Basket VillaFranca in the Serie A2. In 26 games she had 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Reani played at Carispezia La Spezia where in 33 games she recorded 8.5ppg and 3.6rpg. She helped them to win the A2 title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
Reani represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.6ppg, 2.0rpg.
Reani has played previously for Familia Schio.

Carispezia La Spezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Templari
Marherita Corradino

Forwards:
Marina Dzinic
Elisabetta Linguaglossa
Laura Reani

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  PARAGUAY  


JACINTA MONROE - by Santiago Maciel

Sudamerica, le dije con mucho gusto. Es algo que siempre quise hacer.
Maciel: Ya la conocias por ejemplo Paola Ferrari o a alguien mas del equipo?
JACINTA: Recuerdo haber jugado con Paola en Santa Monica cuando yo jugue en Espana, creo que vi
a Gaby Ocete cuando juegue en Francia pero no estoy segura.
MACIEL: cuenta a nuestra audiencia cuales fueron los ultimos paises y equipos donde jugaste?
JACINTA: Acabo de terminar de jugar con Santa Monica Basket, esa fue mi ultima temporada.
MACIEL: nosotros hemos leido en tu biografia que fuiste DRAFTEADA por la WNBA en 2010. En que equipo?
JACINTA: fui drafteada 2010 por las WASHINGTON MYSTICS -WASHIGNTON D.C, jugue por una temporada.
MACIEL: Como fue esa experiencia ya que ningun jugador



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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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  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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


UMMC Ekaterinburg may sign Cecilia Zandalasini - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) is close to sign 21-year old Italian international forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who played last time at Famila Wuber Schio in Italy. Zandalasini has played there for the last three years. In 32 Serie A1 games she had 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Zandalasini also played 16 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Despite young age Zandalasini had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2016.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Zandalasini has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Zandalasini has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Broni and Geas Sesto San Giovanni.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UMMC Ekaterinburg welcomes back Petrushina - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) tabbed 27-year old international forward Tatiana Petrushina (185-90). It is actually her comeback to UMMC Ekaterinburg as she has played here before. Petrushina played most recently at Nadezhda Orenburg in the PBL. In 26 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Petrushina also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Petrushina played at Vologda Chevakata. In 29 games she recorded 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she got 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Petrushina won Russian PBL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010.
Petrushina has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Petrushina represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
She has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo Novosibirsk Region, BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

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  SPAIN  


Alexis Jones is a newcomer at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Alexis Jones (175-69kg-94, college: Baylor). She plays this summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). But in 8 games she recorded just 1.0ppg.
This summer Jones was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
She just graduated from Baylor University and it is her first season in pro basketball. Jones' team won Big 12 Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017). She received All-Big 12 1st Team award in 2016 and 2017 at her college time.
Jones represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Lithuania four years ago.

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forwards:
Rita_Esther Montenegro
Joy Brown
Shayla Cooper

Centers:
Silvia Romero
Miriam Foraste

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

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Juana Molina-Prados agreed terms with Gernika - by Eurobasket News

Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) inked 26-year old point guard Juana Molina-Prados (172-91) from Campus Promete. In 24 LFB games she recorded 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg last season.
Among other achievements Molina-Prados' team won Spanish LF2 Group A Regular Season in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 1st Team award in 2015.
Molina-Prados has played previously for four other teams: Zamarat, Alvargomez Guadalajara, Space Tanit Eivissa and GDKO Bizkaia.

Gernika Bizkaia roster for 2017-2018:

Anna Gomez
Naiara Diez
Juana Molina-Prados
Itziar Ariztimuno

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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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Daria Voumard is a newcomer at Bellinzona - by Luca Maffioli

Pallacanestro Bellinzona (LNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old forward Daria Voumard (171-90) from Riva. Voumard has played there for the last three years. In 23 LNA games she recorded 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg and 2.0spg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Voumard also played that season for Muraltese where in 23 LNA games she averaged 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg.
She represented Switzerland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) nine years ago.

Pallacanestro Bellinzona roster for 2017-2018:

Daria Voumard
Sofia Franscella
Miryam Sohm
Luisa Avila Lopez
Elizabeth Mossi
Mirella Ambrosioni
Aline Ndombele

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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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Bornova adds Snow to their roster - by Lior Hai

Bornova Becker  added to their roster experienced 37-year old American ex-international center Michelle Snow (196-77kg-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Mersin BK Dogus Hastanesi in the KBSL. In 26 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Snow's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year in 2016. Snow was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2006.
She is quite experienced player. Snow has played also professionally in Italy, Russia (Dynamo Kursk), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida), WNBA (Washington Mystics, Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream), Israel (Elitzur Ramla and Bnot Hertzeliya) and Turkey (Mersin BSB and Botas).
Snow attended University of Tennessee until 2002 and it will be her 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.

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Asena Yalcin joins Bornova - by Eurobasket News

Bornova Becker (TKBL) agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Asena Yalcin (172-91, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Adana ASKI Mersin in the KBSL. In 26 games she had 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg. TKBL will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Yalcin played at Girne Universitesi where in 26 games she recorded 6.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg.
She won Turkish TKB2L championship title in 2015.
Yalcin represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.6ppg.
Yalcin has played previously for three other teams: Ceyhan Bld, Gure and Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D..

Bornova Becker roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Asena Yalcin
Kubra Erat

Forward:
Saziye Ivegin

Center:
Michelle Snow

Coach: Ceyhun Yildizoglu

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Bunten turns to Bulgaria to boost title bid - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria have turned to Eastern Europe in their bid to bolster this season's WBBL ranks as head coach Chris Bunten's summer recruitment campaign gathers pace.

Bulgarian Under 20 international Kalina Aksentieva (181-F-95) is the club's fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a two-year deal on Tyneside.

The 21-year-old has been accepted onto a Business with Financial Management Masters degree course at Northumbria University.

And coach Bunten is stoked to have the versatile guard suiting up at Sport Central this season.

'I first came across Kalina when she was captaining Bulgaria in Montenegro during 2015,' he said.

'Even as a 19-year-old she played with an old head on young shoulders. Kalina visited Northumbria University earlier this year and she made an instant impression.

'The Team Northumbria WBBL roster is really taking shape and I'm delighted with the quality and versatility that we can already count on heading into the new season.

'But there's still work to do. There are offers on the table for more high calibre players and we'll wait and see what the next few weeks bring.'

Axentieva graduated from Southampton University and has been playing her trade with Team Solent Suns in Division One.

The Sofia-born shooting guard will link up with her new team-mates in August ahead of the new WBBL campaign.



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  WNBA  


Liberty waived Cierra Burdick - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty waived 24-year old power forward Cierra Burdick (188-73kg-93, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management). In 6 WNBA games she recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg.
The most of last season she spent at Ramat Hasharon in Israeli D1 where in 13 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 13.4rpg (leader !!!), 3.8apg and 1.4spg. Burdick also played that season for Bnot Hertzeliya in Israeli D1. In 8 games she had 14.4ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!), 2.8apg and 2.4spg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (14th overall).
Burdick attended University of Tennessee until 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her college team won SEC Tournament in 2012 and 2014.
Burdick represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Chile six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 36.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Burdick has played previously professionally in Italy (Napoli) and other WNBA team (Atlanta Dream).

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