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  3X3  



Pools announced for FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup - by Eurobasket News

The 12 men's and 12 women's teams competing at the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2017 have been seeded in 4 pools of 3, which includes an unbelievable Pool A in the women's category. Twenty-four teams from 16 countries earned their ticket to Amsterdam (on July 7-9) following the two qualifiers in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) and Poitiers (France). Following the automatic seeding based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on June 26, pools are as follows:
Men
Pool A: Serbia (1), Hungary (8), Spain (9)
Pool B: Slovenia (2), Latvia (7), Czech Republic (10)
Pool C: Russia (3), France (6), Switzerland (11)
Pool D: Netherlands (4), Ukraine (5), Turkey (12)
It is no secret that Serbia will be the heavy favorites to win it all in Amsterdam. The 3-time World Champs have however never won this competition. Spain is the team, which beat them in the semi-finals of the 2015 European Games and a new-look Hungary team gave them a challenge in the semi-finals of the France Qualifier. Latvia came out of nowhere to win the Andorra Qualifier and is now the team to beat in Pool B, especially after the reigning European Champs Slovenia lost their big man Adin Kavgic (193-F/C-87) due to injury in Andorra. To make things even more interesting, Czech Republic also played in Andorra and bowed down to Latvia by just 2 points in pool play.
Pool C will feature World Cup 2017 bronze medalists France and quarter-finalists Russia. The spectacular Swiss team - which shined in our France Qualifier Top 5 - will complete the pool. The hosts and World Cup silver medalists, the Netherlands, will headline Pool D, together with World Cup quarter-finalists Ukraine and a young Turkish team, composed of 3 players who won the FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup just 2 years ago in Minsk, Belarus. The top 2 teams from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals and then play knock-out games all the way to the final.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Buducnost keeps Gordic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) re-signed 29-year old Bosnian international point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-90kg-88). He played there last season. Gordic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 5 Eurocup games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he averaged 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg. And finally Gordic contributed to 8 games in Erste Liga where he had 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Gordic played at Cedevita in Croatian A1. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 A1 games he got 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. Gordic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Gordic also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.1apg. And finally he contributed to 28 games in ABA League where he got 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gordic received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gordic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gordic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Serbia (Partizan), Ukraine (Azovmash) and Bosnia (Igokea).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Extremely hard to defend due to super-reliable 3-point shoots and flexibility to drive on the rim against much taller players. Real "brain" of the team. Great dribbling skills.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic

Forward:
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Danilo Nikolic

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Igokea lands Nikola Gajic - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) tabbed 26-year old Bosnian international swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91kg-91, college: SF Austin). He played most recently at KK Primorska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 31 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season Gajic played at Spars Sarajevo where in 30 Division I games he had 13.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team.
Gajic's college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2014.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gajic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2014 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: 1.8ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gajic has played previously for Feniks.
He attended Stephen F. Austin State University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ANGOLA  


Angolan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Olimpio Cipriano
Cipriano
Gerson Goncalves
Goncalves
Leonel Paulo
Paulo
Felizardo Ambrosio
Ambrosio
Eduardo Mingas
Mingas
#e#5
4Olimpio Cipriano 194-F-82 Libolo Angola
5Armando Costa 192-G-83 1 De Agosto Angola
6Fidel Cabita 206-C-93 Interclube Angola
7Gerson Goncalves 193-F/G-96 Petroleos Angola
8Hermenegildo Santos 192-G-90 1 De Agosto Angola
9Leonel Paulo 197-F-89 Petroleos Angola
10Valdelicio Joaquim 208-C-90 Libolo Angola
11Reggie Moore 203-PF-81 Petroleos Angola
12Felizardo Ambrosio 202-F-87 1 De Agosto Angola
13Islando Manuel 192-F-91 1 De Agosto Angola
14Milton Barros 184-PG-84 Libolo Angola
15Eduardo Mingas 200-F/C-79 Libolo Angola




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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.8 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.0 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo18.0 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.6 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Espinoza, Regat.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Solano, Echague4.3 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.1.9 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Whelan, Instituto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Howard Wilkerson (ex Atenas Carmen) is a newcomer at U Atletica - by Eurobasket News

Union Atletica Montevideo (Metropolitan) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-113kg-84, college: Wofford). He played last season at Atenas Carmen in Argentinian TNA league. In 50 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. Wilkerson helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Atenas (also in TNA) where in 34 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson's team was regular season runner-up in Uruguay Metropolitan League in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Wilkerson's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Chile (Liceo Mixto), France (Angers BC), Germany (Muenchen Bsk), Argentina (Ciclista, Obera Tennis Club, Huracan and CD Faustino Sarmiento de Formosa), Uruguay (Yale, Capitol and Pacaembu) and Bolivia (La Salle Tarija).
He attended Wofford College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @NexoAgency)

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Nicolas De los Santos joins Quimsa - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) agreed terms with 29-year old international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) from GECR Indalo. De los Santos has played there for the last four years. In 62 LigaA games he had 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Argentinian Super 4 Cup in 2016. De los Santos was also voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
He has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. De los Santos has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2008 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007.
He also represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. De los Santos' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%.
De los Santos' 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. De los Santos has played previously professionally also in Spain (CB Granada and Motril) and Argentina (Argentino, Regatas Corrientes and Olimpico de La Banda).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Casini re-signs at Rieti - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-105kg-80). He played there last season. In 28 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Casini ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ambalt Recanati (Serie A). But the most of that year he spent at Orasi Ravenna (Serie A) where in 25 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Casini's team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2012.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Casini tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Boca Juniors and San Martin de La Rioja) and Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, The Flexx Pistoia, Jesi, Scafati and Novipiu Casale).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Rieti.
On Casini: A lefty shooter with explosive athletic skills, which enables him to easily slash the ball; also a good floor general, who needs to improve his decision making.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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La Union signs coach Leandro Ramella - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) signed 43-year old coach Leandro Ramella. He coached last season at Villa Angela Basket in the TNA.
The previous (15-16) season Ramella coached at Quilmes.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2015. Ramella was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Coach of the Year back in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARMENIA  


Kris Yanku to play for Armenian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Kris Yanku (193-G-94, college: N.Arizona) will bolster the Armenian National Team roster this summer. The Armenian-USA guard spent the last season in Turkey. He played for Sakarya BSB. In TBL Yanku averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Kris Yanku graduated from the Northern Arizona University. He tallied 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in his senior season.


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Al Muharraq lands Aleksandar Maric - by Eurobasket News

Al Muharraq (Premier League) tabbed 33-year old Australian international center Aleksandar Maric (211-125kg-84, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 9 games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Maric also played that season for Kings in Australian NBL where in 28 games he had 5.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements his team won Adriatic League Regular Season in 2016. Maric received also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Maric has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
Maric is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Maric has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Iran (Petrochimi), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Montenegro (Buducnost), Russia (Lokomotiv), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Galatasaray), Spain (CB Granada and Gran Canaria) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Maric is described as: Already possessing physical size and lower body strength, Alek will work hard in the gym to develop his upper body and his expolosive power.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Baker is back at Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Baker's team made it to the QBL Semifinals in 2016. He was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
Baker is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Baker attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Rafaellos Petsas
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Justin Baker

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Astana lands Anthony Clemmons, ex Vienna - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BK Astana (National League) landed 23-year old American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-87kg-94, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 35 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and recorded 4.7rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clemmons played in the final of NIT in 2013.
He graduated from University of Iowa in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Timberwolves ink Laurence Mueller - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with 23-year old point guard Laurence Mueller (178-94). He has played for the last five seasons at BK Klosterneuburg Dukes in the A Bundesliga. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mueller's team won Austrian Supercup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Austria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-1 (3.1spg), FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 53.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Timberwolves ink Marko Kolaric - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (212-84, college: Chaminade) from Raiders. He helped them to win the 2.Bundesliga title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Kolaric is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Kolaric has played previously professionally in Hungary (Kormend and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK), Tunisia (Stade Nabeulien), Turkey (Tofas, Canakkale, Bandirma Kirmizi and Istanbul BBSK), Serbia (Vojvodina and Vrsac) and Montenegro (Mogren).
He attended Chaminade University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Muharraq lands Aleksandar Maric - by Eurobasket News

Al Muharraq (Premier League) tabbed 33-year old Australian international center Aleksandar Maric (211-125kg-84, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 9 games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Maric also played that season for Kings in Australian NBL where in 28 games he had 5.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements his team won Adriatic League Regular Season in 2016. Maric received also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Maric has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
Maric is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Maric has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Iran (Petrochimi), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Montenegro (Buducnost), Russia (Lokomotiv), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Galatasaray), Spain (CB Granada and Gran Canaria) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Maric is described as: Already possessing physical size and lower body strength, Alek will work hard in the gym to develop his upper body and his expolosive power.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 26: Lakers defeat Sonics in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Lakers (12-3) which played road game in against one of their biggest challengers Sonics (10-5). Second ranked Lakers managed to get a 5-point victory 77-72. Lakers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Cavaliers. Sonics at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Lakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonics will play against Hawks and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
BABA top team - Bridgetown (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Warriors (8-7) 90-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Warriors. Bridgetown have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Warriors at the other side keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Bridgetown will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Warriors will play again against the league's leader Bridgetown (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 26 PanAm I.I. was smashed by Bulls on the road 82-51.

Warriors - Cavaliers 58-90

BABA top team - Bridgetown (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Warriors (8-7) 90-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Warriors. Bridgetown have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Warriors at the other side keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Bridgetown will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Warriors will play again against the league's leader Bridgetown (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 548645


Sonics - Lakers 72-77

An interesting game for Lakers (12-3) which played road game in against one of their biggest challengers Sonics (10-5). Second ranked Lakers managed to get a 5-point victory 77-72. Lakers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Cavaliers. Sonics at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Lakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonics will play against Hawks and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 543731


Bulls - PanAm I.I. 82-51

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Bulls' (7-7) home victory over 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-12) 82-51. Bulls maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. PanAm I.I. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543730





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  BELGIUM  


Pau-Lacq-Orthez inks coach Serge Crevecoeur, ex Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) agreed terms with 46-year old Belgian coach Serge Crevecoeur. He has coached for the last eight seasons at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League. Crevecoeur helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Coach of the Year.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matt Tiby (ex Atomeromu) signs at Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) landed 25-year old American power forward Matt Tiby (203-104kg-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He played most recently at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 32 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 8.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Tiby's college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2014. He received also All-Horizon League 1st Team award in 2016.
Tiby graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Belfius Mons-Hainaut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Garlon Green
Chris Jones

Forwards:
Justin Cage
Matt Tiby

Center:
Xavier-Robert Francois

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Limburg United adds Spicer to their roster, ex Tajfun - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old American center Khaliq Spicer (206-104kg-94, college: Kent State, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 30 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.9rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.7bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spicer's team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Spicer graduated from Kent State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 National Team -17 - by Greg

Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Adi Alikadic
Alikadic
Amar Barukcija
Barukcija
Sani Campara
Campara
Emir Cerkezovic
Cerkezovic
Vojin Ilic
Ilic
#e#5
Adi Alikadic 191-PG-99 Gorazde Bosnia
Amar Barukcija 199-SF-99 Kos Bosnia
Hamza Begic
Sani Campara 190-G-99 Real Madrid II Spain
Emir Cerkezovic 196-SF-99 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
Armin Hrstic Branik Slovenia
Vojin Ilic 202-G/F-00 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Aljosa Jankovic 200-SG-99 Partizan TS BL Bosnia
Kenan Kamenjas 196-F-00
Srdjan Kocic 201-F-99 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Nikola Kraljevic Leotar Bosnia
Vedran Mirkovic 202-C-99 Kos Bosnia
Lazar Mutic 197-F-99 Torrelodones Spain
Nedim Omerovic 199-G/F-00 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
Stefan Radosavljevic Igokea Bosnia
Djordje Savic 99 Prokuplje Serbia
Njegos Sikiras 205-F-99 Fuenlabrada Spain
Robert Soldo 186-G-00 Siroki Primorka Bosnia
Patrik Tabak Bistrica Slovenia
Stefan Adzic 197-G-99 Partizan NIS Serbia

Boris Dzidic Head Coach Gorica Croatia



Igokea lands Nikola Gajic - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) tabbed 26-year old Bosnian international swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91kg-91, college: SF Austin). He played most recently at KK Primorska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 31 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season Gajic played at Spars Sarajevo where in 30 Division I games he had 13.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team.
Gajic's college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2014.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gajic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2014 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: 1.8ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gajic has played previously for Feniks.
He attended Stephen F. Austin State University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Buducnost keeps Gordic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) re-signed 29-year old Bosnian international point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-90kg-88). He played there last season. Gordic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 5 Eurocup games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he averaged 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg. And finally Gordic contributed to 8 games in Erste Liga where he had 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Gordic played at Cedevita in Croatian A1. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 A1 games he got 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. Gordic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Gordic also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.1apg. And finally he contributed to 28 games in ABA League where he got 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gordic received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gordic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gordic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Serbia (Partizan), Ukraine (Azovmash) and Bosnia (Igokea).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Extremely hard to defend due to super-reliable 3-point shoots and flexibility to drive on the rim against much taller players. Real "brain" of the team. Great dribbling skills.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic

Forward:
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Danilo Nikolic

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

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Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.14.5 
 2. Sena, Contagem14.1 
 3. Stocks, Blumenau14.0 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.13.9 
 5. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 6. Vezaro, Joinville12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Dias, Joinville11.7 
 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. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.3 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.2 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville5.8 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville5.8 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Eric ROMUALDO
  Contagem
  (185-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Romualdo, Contagem4.7 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.4 
 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. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.1 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem1.8 
 3. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan TIAGO
  Brusque
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.7 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Maistro, Contagem0.5 


Liga Ouro Round 3 of Finals. Botafogo regain advantage - by Eurobasket News

Joinville - Botafogo F.R. 60-66

Botafogo upset Joinville on the road to regain the lead in the championship series. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Joinville turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Rodrigo-Bahia Bispo (206-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) answered with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Andre Pereira (206-79) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Joinville: A.Pereira 14+5reb+2ast, F.Vezaro 12+4reb+2ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 9+7reb, J.Froehlich 8+8reb+6ast, L.Vezaro 5+1reb+3ast, M.Dias 4+3reb+1ast
Botafogo F.R.: R.Bahia Bispo 19+10reb+1ast, W.Russell 14+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+2ast, A.Filho 7+1reb+1ast, A.Moreira 4+3reb, D.Correa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548303





Wesley Sena signs at Mogi - by Eurobasket News

Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor (NBB) landed 21-year old power forward Wesley Sena (210-96). He played in the summer at Contagem in the Liga Ouro. Sena managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 18 Liga Ouro games he averaged 14.1ppg and 6.5rpg. He ended the last season at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in only one game he had just 1 point and 2 rebounds. But the most of that year Sena spent at Barca II (Liga Endesa) in Spain where in 18 games he recorded 6.8ppg and 3.3rpg.
Despite young age Sena had impressive career. He received Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Salto (Uruguay) four years ago. Sena's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 61.5%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Sena experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Sena has played previously for two other Brazil teams: Palmeiras and Paschoalotto/Bauru.

Mogi das Cruzes/Helbor roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Caio Silveira
Wesley Sena

Coach: Jorge Guerra

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Paulinho Boracini (ex Recanati) is a newcomer at B.Cearense - by Paulo Freire

SKY/Basquete Cearense (NBB) added to their roster 33-year old Brazilian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-80kg-84). He played last season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In three games he recorded 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. Boracini also played that season for Minas where in 25 NBB games he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Guard of the Year back in 2013.
Boracini was a member of Brazilian U21 National Team in 2004.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Boracini has played previously professionally also in China (Beijing Ducks) and Brazil (Joinville, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Pinheiros, Paulistano and Esperia) and Italy (Jesi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A young PG with leadership and court vision, has yed a good international experience.

SKY/Basquete Cearense roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paulinho Boracini
Betinho Nardi_Duarte
Rashaun McLemore
David Rossetto

Forwards:
Felipe Ribeiro
Sualisson Da_Silva

Center:
Leonardo Klassmann

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Soles de Santo Domingo tabs Tony Woods, ex Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) inked 27-year old American center Tony Woods (211-110kg-90, college: Oregon). He played most recently at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. In 10 games he averaged 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Woods also spent pre-season at Doxa Lefkadas (A1) in Greek league that year.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2013.
Woods has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Greece (Panionios, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifisia).
He attended University of Oregon until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Woods' game is described as: An extremely athletic big man with great size and length ... Has a reputation as a tough, physical inside presence who attacks the rim with great fury ... Runs the floor very well ... Terrific shot blocker ... Skilled big man with a soft touch around the rim and on the perimeter.

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Bachev re-signs at Academik Plovdiv - by Eurobasket News

Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) confirmed in their roster 25-year old shooting guard Vasil Bachev (195-80kg-92, college: Cuesta JC). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 21 NBL games he had 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. Bachev 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 he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A 1st Team in 2015.
Bachev represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg.
Bachev has played previously for four other teams: Spartak Pleven, Chernomorets, Overgas and Champion 2006 Sofia.
He attended Cuesta College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasil Bachev
Shakir Smith
Rob Davis

Forwards:
Vasil Mihaylov
Martin Durchev

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Washburn re-signs at Yokohama B-Corsairs - by Eurobasket News

Yokohama B-Corsairs (B League) confirmed in their roster 27-year old Bulgarian international center Jason Washburn (210-110kg-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Washburn played there last season. In 54 B League games he had 14.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Washburn was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 SuperLeague games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and averaged 8.8rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 2.0bpg. Washburn helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Washburn also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played 12 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0bpg. Washburn contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. He also spent pre-season at the Hornets in NBA that year.
Washburn represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg.
Washburn has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels) and Ukraine (Cherkasy).
He attended University of Utah until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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Gedeon Pitard signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 28-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89). He played most recently at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). The last season Pitard played also at Chalon/Saor where in 45 ProA games he averaged just 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg.
Pitard has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans, Caen and STB Le Havre.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Cameroonian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Hans Ntamack
Ntamack
Pierre Essome
Essome
Kevin Ngwese
Ngwese
Arnold Kome
Kome
Simon Bileg II
Bileg II
#e#5
4Hans Ntamack 187-G-92 BEAC Cameroon
5Robert Ngijo 94
6Simon Bileg II 205-C-88 Yaounde G. Cameroon
7Felix Bogmis 192-G-92 Nzui Manto Cameroon
8Christian Bayang 194-SG-87 Yaounde G. Cameroon
9Ebaku Akumenzoh 200-PF-89 Yaounde G. Cameroon
10Pierre Essome 195-F/G-89 BEAC Cameroon
11Etienne Tametong 187-F-92 Nzui Manto Cameroon
12Kevin Ngwese 197-F-83 Yaounde G. Cameroon
13Franck Yangue 90
14Mohaman Nkene 206-C-95 BEAC Cameroon
15Arnold Kome 195-F-92 Yaounde G. Cameroon

Souleyman Pepouna Head Coach INJS Cameroon
Lumumba Monikang Assistant Bamenda Cameroon



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Malik Story (ex Moncton M.) signs at Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) landed 27-year old American swingman Malik Story (196-98kg-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 40 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Story's team won WAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Story is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Story has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and Salon Vilpas), Spain (Araberri), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and Slovakia (Levice).
He attended University of Nevada until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Libcentro Pro Round 9: Derby game ends with Stadio Italiano's defeat of Sergio Ceppi - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santiago: Stadio Italiano (#7) and Sergio Ceppi (#8). Stadio Italiano (3-5) won against visiting Sergio Ceppi (0-9) 74-70. Stadio Italiano looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Piero Simonetti (-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Stadio Italiano's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Felipe Latorre (-93) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi. Stadio Italiano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aleman. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Stadio Italiano is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#5) in San Felipe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play on the road against Puente Alto and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Liceo Curico (6-2) which hosted in Curico second-best Puente Alto (6-3). Third ranked Liceo Curico managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and Mohunir Zerene chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Liceo Curico moved-up to second place. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#4) in Santiago in the next round. Puente Alto will play at home against Sergio Ceppi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Sportiva Italiana (8-1) which hosted in Valparaiso 4th placed Arturo Prat (4-5). First ranked Sportiva Italiana managed to get a 10-point victory 74-64. Matias Lubiano nailed 14 points for the winning side. Sportiva Italiana's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulo Andrade came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Arturo Prat in the defeat. Sportiva Italiana have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Arturo Prat dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet Aleman (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arturo Prat will play against Stadio Italiano in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Brisas (4-4) and 6th ranked Aleman (3-5) in Santiago ended with biggest points difference. Brisas beat guests from Puerto Varas 72-60. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Marquez who scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brisas moved-up to fourth place. Aleman at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Brisas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Liceo Curico at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aleman will play against the league's leader Sportiva Italiana (#1) and hope to win that game.

Liceo Curico - Puente Alto 76-65

An interesting game for Liceo Curico (6-2) which hosted in Curico second-best Puente Alto (6-3). Third ranked Liceo Curico managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Liceo Curico forced 26 Puente Alto turnovers. Strangely Puente Alto outrebounded Liceo Curico 39-21 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Mohunir Zerene (187-94) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sebastian Silva (187-91) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Liceo Curico moved-up to second place. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#4) in Santiago in the next round. Puente Alto will play at home against Sergio Ceppi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 25+3reb+4ast, M.Zerene 18+2reb+1ast, S.Chialva 10+6reb+3ast, C.Iturriaga 7+1reb+3ast, M.Rebolledo 7+7reb, J.Cofre 5+1reb
Puente Alto: A.Guzman 15+1reb, D.Valenzuela 13+6reb+2ast, S.Silva 9+6reb+4ast, L.Cifuentes 9+8reb, F.Pena 7+5reb+4ast, A.Pinedo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544571


Brisas - Aleman 72-60

The game between fifth ranked Brisas (4-4) and 6th ranked Aleman (3-5) in Santiago ended with biggest points difference. Brisas beat guests from Puerto Varas 72-60. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Marquez (-96) who scored 18 points. Guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brisas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rodolfo Caceres (188-81) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and Francisco Garrido (-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brisas moved-up to fourth place. Aleman at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Brisas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Liceo Curico at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aleman will play against the league's leader Sportiva Italiana (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisas: E.Marquez 18+3reb+3ast, F.Oyarzun 14+6reb+2ast, M.Vasquez 13+4reb+4ast, S.Fuentes 10+7reb+1ast, R.Molina 8+3reb+4ast, S.Roa 4+9reb
Aleman: F.Garrido 15+7reb+2ast, R.Caceres 15+8reb+3ast, S.Leefhelm 8+4reb, H.Arriagada 6+7reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 6+2ast, M.Castro 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544574


Stadio Italiano - Sergio Ceppi 74-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santiago: Stadio Italiano (#7) and Sergio Ceppi (#8). Stadio Italiano (3-5) won against visiting Sergio Ceppi (0-9) 74-70. Stadio Italiano looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Piero Simonetti (-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Stadio Italiano players scored in double figures. Stadio Italiano's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Felipe Latorre (-93) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Pedro Catalan (-82) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sergio Ceppi. Stadio Italiano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aleman. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Stadio Italiano is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#5) in San Felipe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play on the road against Puente Alto and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: P.Simonetti 22+9reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 13+6reb+7ast, M.Avello 11+5reb+7ast, G.Vukasovic 10+2reb, N.Alba 7+14reb+3ast, S.Alvarez 6+6reb
Sergio Ceppi: F.Latorre 23+6reb+2ast, P.Catalan 12+9reb, C.Silva 10+1reb+2ast, A.Olivares 10+4reb+3ast, E.Donoso 9+7reb+2ast, J.Sotelo 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 544573


Sportiva Italiana - Arturo Prat 74-64

An interesting game for Sportiva Italiana (8-1) which hosted in Valparaiso 4th placed Arturo Prat (4-5). First ranked Sportiva Italiana managed to get a 10-point victory 74-64. Sportiva Italiana forced 20 Arturo Prat turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Matias Lubiano (-99) nailed 14 points for the winning side and Gaspar Hernandez (-99) accounted for 13 points. Sportiva Italiana's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Ramiro Galvez (-96) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Arturo Prat in the defeat. Sportiva Italiana have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Arturo Prat dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet Aleman (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arturo Prat will play against Stadio Italiano in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: M.Lubiano 14+4reb+2ast, G.Hernandez 13+3reb+2ast, F.Diaz 9+4reb+2ast, G.Araya 9+4reb+3ast, R.Cotroneo 6+6reb, C.Bustamante 6+4reb+4ast
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 19+6reb, F.Ortega 12+6reb, R.Galvez 11+5reb+3ast, B.Guerra 8+4reb+2ast, E.Valdebenito 6+4reb, M.Santander 3+2reb
gschID: 544572





Simonetti's 22 points and 9 rebounds give him Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Piero Simonetti (93) had a great game in the last round for Stadio Italiano and receives a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds for Stadio Italiano in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-9), the league's bottom-ranked team 74-70. Stadio Italiano maintains the 7th position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. Stadio Italiano is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. In the team's last game Simonetti had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Stadio Italiano, through which he has constantly improved. Piero Simonetti averages this season 9.4ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Emiliano Marquez (96) of Brisas. He is a in his second season at Brisas. In the last game Marquez recorded impressive 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Brisas cruised to a 72-60 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Aleman (#6, 3-5). This victory allowed Brisas to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Marquez is one of the most experienced players at Brisas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Felipe Latorre (93) of Sergio Ceppi (#8). Latorre scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Latorre's great performance Sergio Ceppi lost 70-74 to slightly higher-ranked Stadio Italiano (#7, 3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sergio Ceppi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 9 games. Too bad for Latorre he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Latorre has a very solid season. In 8 games in Chile he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcelo Vasquez (97) of Brisas - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) of Liceo Curico - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Matias Lubiano (99) of Sportiva Italiana - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mauricio Avello) of Stadio Italiano - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Rodolfo Caceres (188-F-81) of Aleman - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Juan Martin Cardenas (91) of Stadio Italiano - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 15 points, 7 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)



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Coach Igors Miglinieks (ex Jekabpils) agreed terms with Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) hired experienced 53-year old Latvian coach Igors Miglinieks. He coached most recently at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league.
Among other achievements Miglinieks' team was regular season runner-up in Cyprus League in 2012. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
Miglinieks is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Cyprus (Apollon).

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break23.8 
 3. Smith, Sabios20.5 
 4. Roberson, Condores20.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios19.5 
 6. Givens, Piratas18.3 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.3 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. McCoy, Condores15.4 
 10. Romero, Piratas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Perez, Academia10.8 
 3. Hernandez, Cimar.10.7 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.0 
 5. Almanza, Condores9.5 
 6. Romero, Piratas9.5 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break7.8 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.5 
 10. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Murray, Academia5.7 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas5.6 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores5.1 
 5. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 6. Granados, Academia4.3 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.2 
 8. Caicedo, Cimar.3.8 
 9. Salazar, Fast Break3.5 
 10. Diaz, Condores3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.1 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.0 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 5. Murray, Academia1.9 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.8 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 8. Blandon, Sabios1.5 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
 10. Williams, Cimarrones1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Perez, Academia1.8 
 2. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.3 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 5. Givens, Piratas1.0 
 6. Quinones, Academia1.0 
 7. Velez, Sabios0.9 
 8. Jones, Sabios0.9 
 9. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques0.8 


PBD Round 15: Academia loses to Fast Break in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (13-1) defeated second-best Academia (9-7) 63-57. They outrebounded Academia 45-32 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Fast Break have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with seven games lost. Fast Break are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Academia in Montana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Academia will have a break next round.
Fifth ranked Cimarrones (7-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Piratas (4-12) by 37 points 83-46, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Trevone Williams accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) came up with 11 points and 4 assists for Piratas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. Piratas lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Cimarrones will again play against bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 15 Aguilas were destroyed by Condores on the opponent's court 89-66. Sabios managed to outperform Caciques in a home game 95-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Ryan McCoy of Condores.

Condores - Aguilas 89-66

Rather expected game in Cundinamarca where 7th ranked Patriotas (4-12) were crushed by fourth ranked Condores (8-8) 89-66. The game without a history. Condores led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Condores shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Patriotas only scored five points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Patriotas were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Condores players scored in double figures. American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Jairo Pardo (-95) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Patriotas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Condores. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sabios. Patriotas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Piratas. Condores will again play against Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round. Patriotas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Almanza 21+11reb, L.Roberson 19+8reb+5ast, R.McCoy 16+12reb+4ast, E.Torres 16+5reb+3ast, H.Diaz 5+5reb+10ast, R.Dyer 4+1reb
Aguilas: R.Crawford 24+7reb+4ast, J.Pardo 14+5reb+3ast, J.Velandia 9+6reb+2ast, F.Sandidge 5+8reb+5ast, J. Lopez 5+1reb, O.Fonseca 4+4reb
gschID: 547246


Sabios - Caciques 95-87

Rather predictable result in Manizales where third ranked Sabios (8-8) defeated 6th ranked Caciques (7-7) 95-87. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Caciques won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sabios players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Caciques were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) accounted for 31 points and 7 assists for the winning side. American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized Venezuelan point guard Fernando Lucena (185-86) added 17 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sabios maintains third place with 8-8 record having three points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Condores. Caciques lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Sabios will again play against Caciques (#6) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 31+2reb+7ast, S.Coombs 31+8reb+4ast, K.Jones 12+10reb+2ast, L.Blandon 11+7reb+6ast, J.Velez 5+11reb+3ast, D.Castro 2+2reb
Caciques: H.Wormely 28+5reb+10ast, F.Lucena 17+3reb+3ast, B.Provost 14+2reb+2ast, M.Bermudez 11+7reb+1ast, F.Asprilla 4+13reb+3ast, M.Story 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 547243


Fast Break - Academia 63-57

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (13-1) defeated second-best Academia (9-7) 63-57. They outrebounded Academia 45-32 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) scored 14 points. Fast Break have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with seven games lost. Fast Break are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Academia in Montana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Academia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: H.Uhegwu 16+6reb+3ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 14+11reb+3ast, D.Crockrell 11+4reb, M.Sneed 8+8reb+1ast, L.Julio 7+4reb+1ast, C.Ordonez 4+5reb
Academia: G.Diaz 14+3reb, D.Perez 14+12reb+2ast, S.Granados 14+1reb+2ast, J.Fajardo 6+2reb+1ast, T.Murray 4+4reb+4ast, M.Montano 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 547245


Cimarrones - Piratas 83-46

Fifth ranked Cimarrones (7-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Piratas (4-12) by 37 points 83-46, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Cimarrones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cimarrones forced 22 Piratas turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Trevone Williams (198-93, college: Cal.Baptist) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) came up with 11 points and 4 assists and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Piratas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. Piratas lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Cimarrones will again play against bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: A.Carraway 17+9reb+2ast, E.Renteria 12+4reb+3ast, T.Williams 11+6reb+2ast, J.Hardy 10+1reb, L.Cardona 9+2reb+2ast, S.Mosquera 7+1reb+3ast
Piratas: G.Pena 11+2reb+4ast, J.Medina 8+1reb+2ast, N.Lozano 7+6reb, J.Romero 6+8reb+1ast, V.Lans 5+1reb, B.Givens 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547244





Brandon Provost (ex Guaymas) agreed terms with Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Brandon Provost (190-86kg-90, college: UTRGV). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg. The last season Provost played at Barreteros (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Provost was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in seventh round (116th overall).
The former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in GWC in 2013. Provost received also All-GWC 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Provost is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Provost has played previously professionally in Germany (Topstar), Qatar (Al Sadd), NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks), MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks) and Colombia (Astros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malik Story (ex Moncton M.) signs at Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) landed 27-year old American swingman Malik Story (196-98kg-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 40 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Story's team won WAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Story is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Story has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and Salon Vilpas), Spain (Araberri), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and Slovakia (Levice).
He attended University of Nevada until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Colombian PBD round 15 best performance: Ashton Smith - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Guard Ashton Smith (187-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sabios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, two rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Caciques (#6, 7-7) 95-87. Sabios maintains the 3rd position in Colombian PBD. 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Sabios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Indiana University of Pennsylvania star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.5ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 51.6% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Horace Wormely (168-PG-84) of Caciques. Wormely had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Caciques lost that game 87-95 to the higher-ranked Sabios (#3, 8-8). Caciques is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wormely is one of the most experienced players at Caciques and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sabios' star - Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-G-86). Coombs got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Sabios, helping his team with a 95-87 win against the lower-ranked Caciques (#6, 7-7). Sabios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Coombs has a great season in Colombia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (5th best), rebounds with 7.5rpg (9th best) and assists with 4.4apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robert Crawford (201-G/F-90) of Aguilas - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Fast Break - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) of Condores - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kregg Jones (203-F-91) of Sabios - 12 points, 10 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)



PBD Round 16: Caciques edge Sabios by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Manizales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Sabios (8-8) to sixth ranked Caciques (7-7) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sabios. American swingman Malik Story (196-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The other American import point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) produced 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Caciques maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. Sabios at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Condores. Caciques are looking forward to face higher ranked Cimarrones (#5) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sabios will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bogota. First ranked Fast Break faced their biggest opponent Academia. Host Fast Break (13-1) smashed guests from Montana (9-7) 84-55. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Henry Uhegwu contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) replied with 16 points and 4 assists for Academia. Fast Break have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with seven games lost. Fast Break will play against Sabios (#3) in Manizales in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Academia will play at home against Condores and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 16 Aguilas was defeated by Condores in Cundinamarca 84-75. Cimarrones beat Piratas at home 76-64.
The best stats of 16th round was 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Lamar Roberson of Condores.

Condores - Aguilas 84-75

There was no surprise in Cundinamarca where 7th ranked Patriotas (4-12) were defeated by fourth ranked Condores (8-8) 84-75. Condores outrebounded Patriotas 46-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Venezuelan swingman Hector Diaz (197-92) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized American guard Julio Velandia (188-90, college: Missouri Baptist) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Patriotas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Condores have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sabios. Patriotas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Piratas. Condores will play against league's second-placed Academia in Montana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Patriotas will play at home against Piratas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Roberson 23+9reb+5ast, H.Diaz 20+6reb+2ast, E.Torres 17+6reb+2ast, R.McCoy 16+3reb+8ast, D.Balanta 4+1ast, L.Almanza 2+17reb+5ast
Aguilas: R.Crawford 21+10reb+8ast, J.Velandia 18+3reb+5ast, O.Fonseca 16+3reb+2ast, J.Pardo 10+4reb+1ast, F.Sandidge 7+11reb+4ast, J. Lopez 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547250


Cimarrones - Piratas 76-64

No shocking result in a game in Quibdo-Choco where fifth ranked Cimarrones (7-5) defeated bottom-ranked Piratas (4-12) 76-64. Cimarrones forced 19 Piratas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Edgar Moreno (190-81, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Cimarrones' coach Plinio Rosero allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Emiro Romero (194-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Piratas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cimarrones maintains fifth position with 7-5 record. Piratas lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Aguilas. Cimarrones will play against Caciques (#6) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Piratas will play on the road against Patriotas in Boyaca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: T.Williams 16+2reb+3ast, J.Hardy 14+3reb+2ast, E.Moreno 12+7reb+8ast, J.Hernandez 12+11reb, A.Carraway 10+5reb+2ast, E.Renteria 5+11reb+1ast
Piratas: B.Givens 14+5reb+3ast, E.Romero 13+11reb+1ast, J.Romero 11+7reb+2ast, J.Medina 10+5reb+4ast, G.Pena 9+7reb+3ast, J.Mendoza 3+5reb
gschID: 547248


Sabios - Caciques 75-77

The most exciting game of round 16 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Manizales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Sabios (8-8) to sixth ranked Caciques (7-7) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sabios. American swingman Malik Story (196-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The other American import point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) produced 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Caciques maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. Sabios at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Condores. Caciques are looking forward to face higher ranked Cimarrones (#5) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sabios will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break in Bogota and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caciques: M.Story 20+10reb+3ast, H.Wormely 18+8reb+6ast, B.Provost 16+5reb+7ast, F.Asprilla 6+9reb+2ast, F.Lucena 6+1reb, M.Bermudez 5+3reb+1ast
Sabios: A.Smith 29+9reb+5ast, S.Coombs 17+5reb+8ast, K.Jones 14+4reb+1ast, L.Blandon 8+9reb+1ast, R.Rivera 3, D.Castro 2+3reb
gschID: 547247


Fast Break - Academia 84-55

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bogota. First ranked Fast Break faced their biggest opponent Academia. Host Fast Break (13-1) smashed guests from Montana (9-7) 84-55. It was a great shooting night for Fast Break especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Academia. Fast Break have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second place with seven games lost. Fast Break will play against Sabios (#3) in Manizales in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Academia will play at home against Condores and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 22+8reb+3ast, H.Uhegwu 16+2reb+4ast, D.Crockrell 11+3reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 8+6reb+1ast, L.Salazar 7+2reb+3ast, L.Julio 6+6reb
Academia: S.Granados 16+4reb+4ast, D.Perez 13+9reb+1ast, O.Balbuena 13+5reb+2ast, M.Montano 7+10reb+2ast, J.Fajardo 3+1reb+1ast, G.Diaz 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547249





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  COSTA RICA  


LBS Round 8 replacement match: Liberia gets another victory: Bradford scores 34 - by Mike Amico

U Latina - Liberia 78-102

The Costa Rican Basketball Federation is happy to report, the result of the replacement match played on Saturday.

With this game and the participation that had the Major Selection of Costa Rica with its first blaze in preparation for the Central American games, the national basketball will continue next weekend.

The result was the following:

The LSB make up the battle for the 5th position in the Costa Rican playoff picture. Liberia (4-7) dominated the game from start to finish in a 102-78 win over U Latina (3-8). Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) was amazing as he scored a game-high 34 points on six made three point baskets. Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) continued his great play with yet another double-double (23 points + 13 rebounds). High flyer Daniel Shedden (190-PF-96) put on a show for the U Latina home fans with three showtime dunks in the second half. He finished the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Paulo Miranda was the high man for U Latina with 21 points and 5 rebounds.

Liberia have locked in a playoff spot with the last two victories.

Top scorers:
U Latina: P. Miranda 21 + 5
Liberia: C. Bradford 34+7ast, J. Barnes 23+13rebs+6ast



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  CROATIA  


Petrolina AEK Larnaca keeps Petrovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) re-signed 32-year old Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85). He has played there for the last two seasons. Petrovic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 26 Division A games he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Co-Forward of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Petrovic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 2.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements Petrovic won Cyprus League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He was a member of Croatian U20 National Team back in 2005.
Petrovic has played also professionally in Belgium, Bosnia (Siroki Primorka) and Croatia (KK Zagreb, Cedevita, Maksimir and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Themis Pallikaridis

Forward:
Tomislav Petrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Teo Petani (ex GKK Sibenik) agreed terms with Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) inked 29-year old Croatian guard Teo Petani (190-88). He has played for the last four years at GKK Sibenik in Croatian A1 league. In 29 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg last season. Petani helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention award in 2015 and 2016.
Petani represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 82.4%.
Petani has played also professionally in Bosnia (Capljina Lasta), Slovenia (Triglav) and Croatia (KK_Zadar, Jolly, Slavonski Brod, Borik Puntamika and Pet Bunara).

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

Teo Petani
Miha Vasl
Zarko Djuric
Boris Bojanovsky
Simon Krajcovic
Martin Bachan
Martin Danielic
Patrik Adamik

Coach: Teo Hojc



Luka Zitko promoted to head coach of Ribola Kastela - by Zeljko Zule

The search for the head coach of Ribola Kastela is complete, and the hire came from within. The club named Luka Zitko (196-G/F-81) as head coach for the upcoming season. Zitko replaces Ivica Celan after he served under him as an assistant coach last season.
Before that, Zitko played for Split junior team, Istra Pula, Adriatic Split, Alkar, AD Plastik Solin, Svjetlos Slavonski Brod, Trogir, Krizevci, Ribola Kastela and Omis in his native Croatia plus Brotnjo Citluk, Posusje and Grude in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



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Baker is back at Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Baker's team made it to the QBL Semifinals in 2016. He was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
Baker is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Baker attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Rafaellos Petsas
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Justin Baker

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Petrolina AEK Larnaca keeps Petrovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) re-signed 32-year old Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85). He has played there for the last two seasons. Petrovic managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 26 Division A games he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Co-Forward of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Petrovic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 2.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements Petrovic won Cyprus League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He was a member of Croatian U20 National Team back in 2005.
Petrovic has played also professionally in Belgium, Bosnia (Siroki Primorka) and Croatia (KK Zagreb, Cedevita, Maksimir and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Themis Pallikaridis

Forward:
Tomislav Petrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM28.2 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR21.6 
 3. Bailey, Reales LV21.0 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD19.8 
 5. Gaines, Metros S.19.3 
 6. Santana, Titanes .19.2 
 7. Freeman, Caner.19.1 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.18.9 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM17.7 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.1 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 4. Shannon, Indios S.8.6 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.2 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD8.0 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.7.9 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM7.2 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM7.1 
 10. Okosun, Reales LV6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.9 
 2. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 4. Miller, Leones SD4.7 
 5. Ruiz, Soles SD4.3 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.4.2 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.7 
 9. Dicent, Metros S.3.4 
 10. Maye, Reales LV3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Suero, Indios SFM1.9 
 2. Fortuna, Leones SD1.9 
 3. Beidler, Huracane.1.8 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.8 
 5. Fortuna, Titanes .1.7 
 6. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Montas, Caneros LR1.3 
 9. Williams, Caner.1.3 
 10. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.8 


Soles de Santo Domingo tabs Tony Woods, ex Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) inked 27-year old American center Tony Woods (211-110kg-90, college: Oregon). He played most recently at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. In 10 games he averaged 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Woods also spent pre-season at Doxa Lefkadas (A1) in Greek league that year.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2013.
Woods has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Greece (Panionios, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifisia).
He attended University of Oregon until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Woods' game is described as: An extremely athletic big man with great size and length ... Has a reputation as a tough, physical inside presence who attacks the rim with great fury ... Runs the floor very well ... Terrific shot blocker ... Skilled big man with a soft touch around the rim and on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shaun Lawton joins Indios de San Francisco - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Shaun Lawton (196-86kg-93, college: Maine) from Titanes Licey in LNB. But in four games in Dominican Republic he had just 1.8ppg last season. Lawton also spent pre-season at Reales that year. The other team he played shortly was CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Santiago League).
Lawton graduated from University of Maine in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Frank Gaines claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Metros STGO and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old shooting guard had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Metros STGO in his team's victory, helping them to crush Leones SD (#4, 6-7) with 25-point margin 107-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Metros STGO maintains the 2nd position in Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Metros STGO will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Gaines had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Metros STGO, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gaines is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 55.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Metros STGO's star - 28-year old center Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International). Vargas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Gaines he helped Metros STGO with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Leones SD (#4, 6-7) 107-82. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Metros STGO consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Vargas is one of the most experienced players at Metros STGO and similarly like Frank Gaines has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of Leones SD (#4). Fortuna scored 26 points and passed four assists. Despite Fortuna's great performance Leones SD lost 103-105 to slightly lower-ranked Reales LV (#6, 5-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leones SD ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fortuna could help Leones SD to bring them higher in the standings. Fortuna has a great season in Dominican Republic. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Coronado (193-G-83) of Reales LV - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ashton Gibbs (188-PG-90) of Indios SFM - 23 points and 2 rebounds
8. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Reales LV - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey - 5 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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)



Aaron Jones (ex Huracanes PP) joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Jones joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNB Round 11: Reales LV edges Leones SD by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 11 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-7) to seventh ranked Reales LV (5-7) 105-103 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 56-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Reales LV made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Juan Coronado (193-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 26 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Reales LV are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo in the next round. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. Second ranked Metros STGO faced 3rd placed Leones SD. Host Metros STGO (9-3) smashed guests from Santo Domingo (6-7) 107-82. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Eloy Vargas contributed with 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Leones SD. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#4) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Indios SFM delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Titanes Licey (5-8) 91-82 in San Cristobal. It was a great evening for Gerardo Suero who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Brian Williams responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios SFM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Indios SFM will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 11 Titanes Licey was defeated by Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata 78-68.

Huracanes PP - Titanes Licey 78-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Titanes Licey's (5-8) road loss to fifth ranked Huracanes PP (6-6) 68-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Huracanes PP dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Titanes Licey's 32. They outrebounded Titanes Licey 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Salvadorean Bernando Polanco helped adding 18 points. Four Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with 5 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and Diego Moquete (-95) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes PP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Caneros LR. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Huracanes PP will meet at home Leones SD (#5) in the next round. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: U.Thomas 14+3reb+1ast, D.Moquete 13+1reb+4ast, H.Valdez 8, E.Santana 8+3reb+1ast, R.Crisostomo 7+1reb, C.Perez 6+3reb+2ast
Huracanes PP: B.Polanco 18+2reb, J.Valdez 13+4reb+1ast, A.Jones 11+9reb+4ast, D.Nunez 10+2reb+3ast, L.Cabrera 6+4reb+1ast, M.Carter 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546069


Leones SD - Reales LV 103-105

The most exciting game of round 11 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-7) to seventh ranked Reales LV (5-7) 105-103 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 56-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Reales LV made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Juan Coronado (193-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 26 points and 4 assists and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Reales LV and five Leones SD players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Reales LV are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo in the next round. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: E.Fortuna 26+4reb+4ast, M.Rhett 22+6reb+5ast, H.Walker 16+4reb, P.Miller 13+1reb+8ast, M.Richardson 12+1reb, G.Acosta 10+4reb+2ast
Reales LV: O.Bailey 26+3reb, J.Maye 23+5reb+2ast, J.Coronado 21+3reb+10ast, R.Beato 11+1reb, A.Pena 8+9reb+3ast, Y.Minaya 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546068


Titanes Licey - Indios SFM 82-91

Leader Indios SFM delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Titanes Licey (5-8) 91-82 in San Cristobal. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-82. Indios SFM made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Indios SFM and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios SFM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Indios SFM will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 19+6reb+1ast, U.Thomas 17+2reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 16+3reb+2ast, B.Williams 12+15reb+2ast, H.Valdez 5+1reb, K.Perez 4+1reb+1ast
Indios SFM: A.Gibbs 23+2reb+1ast, G.Suero 19+3reb+6ast, J.Miguel Suero 16+8reb+3ast, A.Salas Flores 14+5reb, T.Shannon 10+8reb+1ast, F.Garcia 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546067


Metros STGO - Leones SD 107-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. Second ranked Metros STGO faced 3rd placed Leones SD. Host Metros STGO (9-3) smashed guests from Santo Domingo (6-7) 107-82. It looked good early as Leones SD took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Metros STGO had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and Leones SD was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-107. They outrebounded Leones SD 44-30 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Metros STGO shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Leones SD's players. Leones SD was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leones SD. Four Metros STGO and five Leones SD 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. Metros STGO maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#4) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: H.Walker 15+6reb+1ast, J.Araujo 15+6reb+1ast, M.Rhett 12+6reb+1ast, G.Acosta 11+5reb, P.Miller 11+2reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 6+3reb+2ast
Metros STGO: F.Gaines 31+4reb+3ast, E.Vargas 19+12reb+2ast, R.Glenn 14+6reb+5ast, A.Nunez 14+5reb+1ast, A.De Leon 7+4reb+5ast, R.Soliver 6+3reb
gschID: 546066





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  DR CONGO  


DR Congolese National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Johnny Buzangu
Buzangu
Evariste Shonganya
Shonganya
Mohamed Ntumba
Ntumba
Djo Yele
Yele
Mutombo Lukusa
Lukusa
#e#5
5Johnny Buzangu 88 Mazembe DR Congo
6Aluma Samuna 94 Mazembe DR Congo
7Maxi Munanga 93
8Djo Yele 203-F/C-82 Asker Aliens Norway
9Evariste Shonganya 204-F/C-92 Mazembe DR Congo
10Mohamed Ntumba 200-C-85 Albury W.B. Australia
11Patrick Mokiango G-79 Molokai DR Congo
12Mutombo Lukusa F-81 B.C.Onatra K. DR Congo
13Christian Niamazomi C-94
14Herve Kasonga 96
15Gege Kizubanata 81 CS Cheminots Tunisia




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  ECBL  


PrimeTime Players celebrate third straight title - by Eurobasket News

PrimeTime Players - Carolina Thunder 123-105

PrimeTime Players celebrate the third consecutive ECBL title beating Carolina Thunder 123-105 in the Final game. PrimeTime Players dominated the first half and ensured a 74-45 lead at the halftime. Carolina Thunder replied with a 27-25 rally in the third period and then 33-24 run in the last, but could not catch up with the opponents. Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Danny Sanders (6'7''-SF-89, college: Jarvis Christian) netted 24. Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) ended up with 23 points in a win, whilst Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) posted 18.



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Valinskas re-signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) confirmed in their roster 22-year old shooting guard Paulius Valinskas (190-82kg-95). He played there last season. In 33 LKL games he had 3.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg. Valinskas helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 5 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg. Valinskas also spent pre-season at Zalgiris that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team in 2016.
Valinskas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 76.2%.
Valinskas has played previously for Sabonio.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilije Micic
Paulius Valinskas

Forwards:
Royce O'Neale
Aaron White

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. 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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Austin Daye leaves Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) left Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL). In 23 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Daye played there also last season. He also played 25 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Daye played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. He contributed to his team making it to the final. The other team Daye played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and had 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Daye also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former Gonzaga University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Daye's college team won WCC Tournament in 2009.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Daye has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv welcomes back Cohen - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 27-year old Israeli international power forward Jake Cohen (208-107kg-90, college: Davidson). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Cohen has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Cohen played most recently at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League). In 32 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Cohen played at Aris in Greek A1 where in 37 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Cohen also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Cohen has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Southern Conference Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. Cohen received also All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year award and Southern Conference All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Cohen represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
He has played previously for another Israeli team Maccabi Rishon.
Cohen attended Davidson College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: And inside player with great wingspan and good coordination, he can be very effective at the defensive end too.

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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


Eduard Skrypets named Kazakhstan National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Eduard Skrypets will guide the Kazakh National Team at the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. The tournament is slated to start in Lebanon on August 8th. Eduard Skrypets has most recently worked with Barsy Atyrau. He led the team into League's Final last season. The specialist used to work with the National Team and also U18 selection before.


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  FINLAND  


Aaron Jones joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Hyeres-Toulon adds Cowels III to their roster, ex Helsinki Seagulls - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-90, college: Santa Clara). He played last season at Helsinki Seagulls in Finnish Korisliiga. In 45 games he had 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg. Cowels III helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Giants in New Zealand NBL where in 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg in 2016 season. Great year indeed as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Cowels III was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in eighth round (119th overall).
He attended Santa Clara University until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Cowels III won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax Hurricanes) and Holland (Den Helder).

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Timothe Vergiat
Theo Bouteille

Forward:
Raymond Cowels_III

Center:
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

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Espoo United tabs Samuel Haanpaa - by Eurobasket News

Espoo United (1st Division) inked 31-year old former Finn international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86, agency: Blacktop Management). He played most recently at Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA. In 36 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Haanpaa played at KTP Basket (Korisliiga) where in 33 games he had 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Domestic Players Team. Haanpaa also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg.
Haanpaa's team won Finnish Cup in 2012.
He was also a member of Finnish international program for some years. Haanpaa played for Finnish Senior National Team between 2005 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Finland at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.9rpg.
Haanpaa is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), France (Provence Basket), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Spain (Palencia_Baloncesto and Leyma Basquet), Sweden (Boras Basket) and Finland (Joensuun_Kataja, RU/ToPo, Helsinki Seagulls and Lapuan_Korikobrat).
Haanpaa's game is described as: He's a great leader with a great work ethic who's a threat to shoot as soon as he crosses half court.

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  FRANCE  


Nissim re-signs at Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old Israeli ex-international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81, agency: Avi Zilberman). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last five seasons. In 35 Winner League games he had 9.2ppg and 1.3apg last season. Nissim helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Nissim was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014.
He was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Nissim played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2001 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
Nissim is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hasharon) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hapoel Eilat.
On Nissim: Great scorer. Can play both guards positions. Excellent outside shooter. Can shoot from anywhere. Good ballhandler. Good passer. Tends to do more than he can. Has good work ethic.

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Chartres keep Lemon for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) re-signed 33-year old guard Gautier Lemon (189-84). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 16 NM1 games he recorded just 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Lemon's team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015.
He has spent his entire career in France playing for two other teams: JL Bourg and Lievin Basket.

Union Basket Chartres Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gautier Lemon
Justin Black

Forward:
Mantas Ruikis

Center:
Patrick Clerence

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Demir IBB welcomes back Walker, ex Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) landed 27-year old American point guard Erving Walker (173-80kg-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Demir IBB as he has played here before. Walker played most recently at Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 47 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Walker played at Demir IBB where in 29 BSL games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.2apg.
Walker has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
His team won SEC East Division Regular Season in 2011.
Walker has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli) and Poland (Stelmet).
He attended University of Florida until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Walker's game is described as: A cerebral point guard who can penetrate and breakdown defenses with his rapid first step.

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Hyeres-Toulon adds Cowels III to their roster, ex Helsinki Seagulls - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old American swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-90, college: Santa Clara). He played last season at Helsinki Seagulls in Finnish Korisliiga. In 45 games he had 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg. Cowels III helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Giants in New Zealand NBL where in 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg in 2016 season. Great year indeed as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Cowels III was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in eighth round (119th overall).
He attended Santa Clara University until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Cowels III won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax Hurricanes) and Holland (Den Helder).

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Timothe Vergiat
Theo Bouteille

Forward:
Raymond Cowels_III

Center:
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

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Pau-Lacq-Orthez inks coach Serge Crevecoeur, ex Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) agreed terms with 46-year old Belgian coach Serge Crevecoeur. He has coached for the last eight seasons at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League. Crevecoeur helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Coach of the Year.

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Thomas Vincent agreed terms with GET Vosges - by Eurobasket News

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1) inked 20-year old point guard Thomas Vincent (187-97). He played most recently at Entente Orleans 45 in ProA. In 14 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.3apg last season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Vincent's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket.

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Namory Boundy signs at Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) landed 28-year old Mali international forward Namory Boundy (202-89). He played most recently at JSA Bordeaux Basket in the NM2. Boundy helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at W.O.S.B. (also in NM2).
Boundy won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2012.
He also represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg.
Boundy has played previously for three other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Rueil and Charleville Mezieres.

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Nancy lands DaShaun Wood - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProB) tabbed 32-year old American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright State, agency: Inception Sports). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played most recently at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA). In 34 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.7spg last season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Wood played at Cholet Basket (also in ProA) where in 18 games he had 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg.
In 2007 Wood was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in fifth round (50th overall).
The former Wright State staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Wood received Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Wood has played also professionally in Italy (MIA-RO Cantu and Benetton Treviso), Turkey (Tofas) and Germany (ALBA Berlin).

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
DaShaun Wood
Philippe Braud
Enzo Goudou-Sinha

Forwards:
Mickael Var
Narace Williams
Valentin Chery

Center:
Garry Florimont

Coach: Gregor Beugnot

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UBT Cluj Napoca adds Watson to their roster, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85kg-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. In 34 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg. Watson helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Usak Sportlif in Turkish BSL where in 32 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.6apg.
Watson's team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Watson has played also professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Giants), Iceland (Grindavik and Njardvik) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
On Watson: Unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed ... sparks the team with passing and ball movement ... great defender.

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

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

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Dijon signs Abdoulaye Loum - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) signed 26-year old power forward Abdoulaye Loum (209-91). The last season Loum played at Chalon/Saor where in 30 ProA games he had 3.4ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
Loum was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for four other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, STB Le Havre, Entente Orleans 45 and SO Maritime Boulogne.

JDA Dijon Bourgogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Axel Julien
Noah Burrell
Martin Imhoff

Forwards:
Abdoulaye Loum
Jacques Alingue
Valentin Bigote
Jean-Philippe Dally
Florian Ouedraogo
Nicolas Dorez

Center:
Johan Passave-Ducteil

Coach: Laurent Legname

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Harris re-signs at Souffel - by Eurobasket News

BC Souffelweyersheim (NM1) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-81kg-91, college: Texas A&M). He played there last season. In 42 NM1 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Harris helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Groove in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
Harris won NJCAA D1 championship title in 2011.
He has played also professionally in MPBA (Bloomington Express).
Harris attended Texas A&M University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

BC Souffelweyersheim roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valentin Correia
Fabyon Harris
Antony Labanca
Theo Diehl
Lucas Diemer

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Vincent Sanford (ex Wuerzburg) agreed terms with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) inked 27-year old American guard Vincent Sanford (193-89kg-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Sanford played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro) and Iceland (Thor Thorl).
Sanford attended University of Dayton until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sharks Antibes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerel Blassingame
Vincent Sanford
Isaia Cordinier

Forwards:
Tim Blue
Max Kouguere
Paul Rigot
Nianta Diarra

Center:
Jonathan Tornato

Coach: Julien Espinosa

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Gedeon Pitard signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 28-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89). He played most recently at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). The last season Pitard played also at Chalon/Saor where in 45 ProA games he averaged just 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg.
Pitard has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans, Caen and STB Le Havre.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Justin Black (ex Bashkimi) signs at Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) landed 25-year old American guard Justin Black (188-100kg-92, college: Morgan State). He played most recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 18 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Black helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Black also played that season for Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league ABA where in 18 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 4.4apg.
Black has played previously professionally in Estonia (BC Rakvere) and Slovakia (Iskra Svit).
He attended Morgan State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Real Madrid may sign Fabien Causeur - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is targeting 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and named to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Causeur also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Causeur has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Causeur also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Causeur has played also professionally for other French teams like Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Provence Basket inks Pierre Pelos - by Eurobasket News

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) signed 25-year old power forward Pierre Pelos (205-92) from JL Bourg Basket. In 34 ProB games he had 6.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to win the ProB title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Pelos played at Saint Chamond where in 34 ProB games he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Pelos' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg.
Pelos has played previously for five other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Lourdes Tarbes, Valence, Pau Nord Est and Auch.

FOS Provence Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edouard Choquet
Xavier Gaillou
Yannis Mzala

Forwards:
Raphael Desroses
Sullivan Hernandez

Centers:
Mamadou Dia
Pierre Pelos
Bodian Massa

Coach: Remi Giutta

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Diot is close to re-sign at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) is about to confirm 28-year old French international point guard Antoine Diot (193-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 38 Liga Endesa games he had 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Diot helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. Diot was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Diot has regularly played for French senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.8ppg.
Diot has played also professionally for other French teams like Paris Levallois, Le Mans, Strasbourg IG, CFBB and JL Bourg.
On Diot: French point guard with top prospect for the future. He is born leader as he played many times with much older players and was leading them without any problem. He is a true leader and organizer the brains of the team. Diot is a scoring PG and has a really nice looking shot, which he can take under defensive pressure. His range is fine; he can nail three-pointers also from far behind the three-point line. He is not a real shooter, he takes his shoots not after running through a lot screens, but he creates his own shot. Due to his nice athleticism and speed, he can also create for his teammates, and he sees them very well for dishing out the nice assist to them. He can be developed as a really nice and most wanted point guard in the European courts.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Chartres keep Ruikis for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) re-signed 32-year old Lithuanian swingman Mantas Ruikis (194-97kg-85). He played there last season. In 37 NM1 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Ruikis played at Saint Chamond (ProB) where in 31 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements he won French NM1 championship title in 2015. Ruikis received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team in 2005.
Ruikis has played also professionally in Spain (Caceres_Basket and Blancos de Rueda) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Suduva and P.Zvaigzdes).
His game is described as: Before going abroad Mantas Ruikis was considered one of the best shooters in Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League. He is comfortable shooting from anywhere on the court with consistency and can create his own shot. Can score 3 points from difficult situations in decisive moments of the game. His shooting touch is just part of his triple threat, as he is good at getting to the basket and finishing in traffic. Mantas also has great quickness and presence on the defensive side of the ball.

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Bouteille joins Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 22-year old swingman Axel Bouteille (201-95). Bouteille moved there from ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in French ProA where he played last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bouteille was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2014.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Bouteille's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 14.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 58.3%.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille

Forwards:
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Center:
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

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The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Add Tim Van Der Velde - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The RheinStars have been a team that has been known for developing young Germans the last years and one of those is Tim Van der Velde (190-SG-96), but after 48 Pro A games and 23 Regionaliga games, the German is seeking anew challenge in the Pro B with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. Van Der Velde is a 21 year old 190cm shooting guard that started his basketball career with SG Koeln 99ers junior team. Last season with the RheinStars he played 21 games. "We are happy that Tim decided to join us. He is exactly the player we want. He is young, hungry, wants to learn, to develop further and is ready to work. Both will profit from the cooperation", stated manager Niklas Cox.

The RheinStars were packed with much young German talent as well as imports at his position, that he just wasn't able to get ample minutes. This season, the German should be able to get the amount of minutes that he craves and be a key player for the Essen success.Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -11, German U16 National Team -12, European Championships U16 in Lithuania -12: 7 games: 0.6ppg, 1.0rpg, German U18 National Team -14, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -14: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0apg, German 2.Regionalliga (West-1 Group) Champion -14, European Championships U18 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -14 (Gold): 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.2rpg, German U20 National Team -15, and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -15.

Source:ETB Wohnbau Baskets




Scoring Ace Thomas Cooper To Start Professional Career With The Uni-Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Uni Baskets Paderborn have reeled in a real gem with scoring ace Thomas Cooper (196-G, college: Nebraska-Kearney) Cooper is a 196cm guard from Chattanooga, Tennessee that went the untypical route for an American going to Canada to play ball. In his last two seasons at the University of Calgary (Canada-CIS), he averaged 24,0ppg and as a senior played 26 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 7.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.1%. In his junior year he played 27 games: Score-2 (25.7ppg), 7.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 81.0%.


"We were ablw to gain a strong scorer. He is a very versatile player that can shoot, get to the basket and play in the post", stressed head coach Uli Naechster. He scored in double figures in all 53 games in his last two seasons and scored 20 points or more 41 times. He scored 30 points or more in his two years there 11 times. His best scoring games were 42 points against Regina, 39 points against Manitoba and and 38. The American started his absketball career at Nebraska-Kearney (NCAA2): 21 games: 4.3ppg, 2.8rpg. Awards and acheivements in his basketball career have been CIS All-Canadian 1st Team -16, 17, CIS Canadian All-Tournament Team -16, All-Canada West Player of the Year -16, All-Canada West 1st Team -16, 17, Canada West Pioneer Division Regular Season Champion -16, Canada West Tournament Winner -16, CIS Tournament Finalist -16, Canada West Regular Season Runner-Up -17, Canada West Tournament Semifinals -17, and CIS Tournament Quarterfinals -17.

Source:Uni Baskets



Ludwigsburg adds Geske to their roster - by Eurobasket News

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL) added to their roster 23-year old point guard Niklas Geske (188-83kg-94) from SC Rasta Vechta. In 31 BBL games he recorded 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.6apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Geske's team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Geske represented Germany at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg.
Geske has played previously for four other teams: Dortmund, Iserlohn, AstroStars and Phoenix Hagen.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Niklas Geske
Matej Jelovcic

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Dwayne Evans

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Vincent Sanford (ex Wuerzburg) agreed terms with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) inked 27-year old American guard Vincent Sanford (193-89kg-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Sanford played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro) and Iceland (Thor Thorl).
Sanford attended University of Dayton until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sharks Antibes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerel Blassingame
Vincent Sanford
Isaia Cordinier

Forwards:
Tim Blue
Max Kouguere
Paul Rigot
Nianta Diarra

Center:
Jonathan Tornato

Coach: Julien Espinosa

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Kelvin Martin leaves Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American swingman Kelvin Martin (195-95kg-89, college: Charleston Southern) left MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL). In 29 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Martin played there also last season. He also played 19 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Martin contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Moncada Solar Agrigento in Italian Serie A. In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 2.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Martin's team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He received also All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Martin has played also professionally in Holland (M.Magixx) and Italy (Lucca).
He attended Charleston Southern until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Matej Jelovcic

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Dwayne Evans

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Soeren Fritze Remains With Iserlohn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes, but really only sometimes is money not the main issue for a player like Soeren Fritze (190-PG-94) who could land with a EasyCredit BBL team, but instead would rather get good minutes and continue to enjoy the family like atmosphere that Pro B team Iserlohn gives as he will latch on another season there. Fritze is a 22 year old 190cm guard who has belonged to EasyCredit BBL rosters of Phoenix Hagen, ratiopharm Ulm and the Mitteldeutscher BC, but only played 5 games. Last season he took a step back from the EasyCredit BBL and joined the Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB) playing 24 games averaging 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 91.7%.

For the Iserlohn Kangaroos being able to keep such a talented player like Fritze is like an early Christmas present as a guy like Fritze is playing below his capabilities, but would rather see good minutes instead of sitting at the end of the bench for an EasyCRedit BBL team and be wondering in crunch-time what toppings he wants on his post game pizza on the trip home. "I believe his decision to stay was the best for both sides. He fits perfect in our concept. And I am sure that he will be an important support for the team this season", stresed manager Michael Dahmen. Last season the German scored in double figures in 17 games including a 19 point game against Artland, two 14 point games against Recklingshausen and a 14 point effort against PS Karlsruhe. "Of course I looked at offers at the end of the season, but I never forgot about Iserlohn. I always had contact to Michael Dahmen and that is what convinced me of staying. I want to take responsibility, make decisions and help the team as much as possible to win games. I want that the team, fans and mangement can count on me", stressed Soeren Fritze.

Source:Iserlohn







The Dresden Titans Sign Second Sharpshooter Within 24 Hours With Janek Schmidkunz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After adding sharp shooter Travis Thompson yesterday, the Dresden Titans have added a second sniper with Janek Schmidkunz (183-PG-90, college: Amer.Internat.). Schmidkunz is a 27 year old 190cm combo guard that brings NCAA experience as well as two seasons in the Pro A and one in the Pro B to DResden as well as his precision shooting. Last season he helped Gotha move up to the EasyCredit BBL as he played 30 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 56.3%. "I chose Dresden becuase I had followed the program the last two years and am convinced of it's potential. I see the potential not only with the team and mangement, but also fans and pretty city. Our goal should be to try to move back up to the Pro A. That is a great challenge that I want to take", stressed Janek Schmidkunz. Last season the German scored in double figures in six games including a 16 point game against MBC and two 12 point games against Trier and Essen.

The Berlin native started his basketball career with the Central Hoops Berlin (Regionalliga) in 2008 playing15 games averaging 3.9ppg. In the 2009-2010 season he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging 10.5ppg, 1.9apg, 1.5rpg. He then moved to the states and played for Amer.Internat. (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 playing atotal of 86 games. In his senior year he played 26 games averaging10.9ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 61.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he returned back to Germany to play for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) playing 21 games averaging 1.4ppg. Two seasons ago he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (ProB) playing 29 games averaging 17.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 76.1%. Awards and acheivements in his basketball career have been German NBBL All-Star Game -09, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Most Improved Player of the Year -10, Northeast-10 Regular Season Runner-Up -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -16, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -17.

Source:Dresden Titans




Sebastian Fuelle Returns Back to Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sebastian Fuelle (193-F/G-92) may only be 24 years old, but he has already experienced many different levels in Germany with the Regionaliga, Pro A, Pro B and EasyCredit BBL and will bring all that know how back to Lok Bernau where he played two seasons ago helping the team move back to the Pro B where he played 21 games averaging 14.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 84.2%. Fuelle is a 193cm guard that brings 16 BBL games experience as well as having played 2 Euroleague and one Eurocup game with Alba Berlin to Bernau. Last season he played for the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (ProA) helping the team secure the Pro A title playing 29 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.2rpg. "I am thrilled that the transaction worked with Sebastian. He was a very valuable player in the year we moved up on offense and defense. He knows Bernau and the Alba program which will make the integration easier", stressed head coach Rene Schilling. Last season the German scored in double figures twice for MBC scoring 11 points against Essen and 10 points against Gotha.

Fuelle started his basketball career with the ALBA Berlin junior team in 2008. He then played with ALBA Berlin II from 2009-2014 playing atotal of 93 games and also belonged to the Alba Berlin BBL roster from 2012-2014. In the 2014-2015 season he played for the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) playing 38 games averaging 3.6ppg, 1.3rpg. "It is nice to be back after one season. I am Bernau very thankful for this opportun ity. We achieved greatness two seasons ago. I will give my all on the court so the team can be successful in the future", stressed Sebastian Fuelle.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08 (Gold) (Gold): 9 games: 7.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 31%, FT: 90%, Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09, German NBBL All-Star Game -10, 11, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, 16, German U18 National Team -10
German Bundesliga Cup Winner -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -15, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga North All-Domestic Players Team -16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -17

Source:Lok Bernau




German U20 National Team 2017 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Haris Hujic
Hujic
Moritz Huebner
Huebner
Karim Jallow
Jallow
Niklas Kiel
Kiel
Leon Kratzer
Kratzer
#e#5
Georg Beyschlag 182-G-97 B.Muenchen Germany
Haris Hujic 193-PG-97 EWE Baskets Germany
Moritz Huebner 200-SF-97 Hamburg Germany
Karim Jallow 199-SG-97 B.Muenchen Germany
Niklas Kiel 207-PF-97 Fraport SKY Germany
Jacob Knauf 210-PF-97 Bernau Germany
Leon Kratzer 210-C-97 Brose Bask. Germany
Daniel Mixich 182-PG-97 Chemnitz Germany
Tim Schneider 208-PF-97 ALBA Germany
Moritz Wagner 208-F-97 Michigan USA
Lukas Wank 198-F/G-97 Wuerzburg Germany
Garai Zeeb 187-PG-97 Fraport SKY Germany

Henrik Roedl Head Coach Trier Germany
Patrick Femerling Assistant ALBA Berlin II Germany
Arne Chorengel Assistant Oldenburg Germany



Michael Smith (Westfalen Mustangs) Players Were Treated Like Slaves Given No Money While Being Expected To Win Every Game By 30 Or More Points - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Smith (188-G-89, college: UNBC) is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Canada that also has the Italian citizenship and just completed his rookie season in Germany with the Westfalen Mustangs (2.Regionalliga). He got valuable experience in Canada playing at Regina University, then moved to Brandon University (CIS) playing 36 games and then as a senior played at the University of Northern British Columbia (CIS) playing 15 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 66.7%. He had a rollercoaster season in Germany and spoke to eurobasket about the season he will never forget.

Michael thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and have you lost trust in the game you love basketball or will any struggle not hinder you from continuing to be a professional basketball player.

Hello, thanks for the opportunity to tell my story. I haven't lost trust in basketball but I have lost trust in the people that are allowed to run professional basketball teams. Right now this situation is hindering me from continuing to play, where my time with the Mustangs was so unstable throughout the year it is difficult to recover from. For example, there was no game film, which means I have no way of making any tape for other jobs next year. There was also no physiotherapy for athletes where I played on a torn hamstring with no treatment for the last 4 games. The biggest problem was the living conditions, no clean water in a refugee house; it was a mentally handicapping experience that has left me financially unstable and jobless.


When you joined German Regionaliga 2 team Westfalen Mustangs at the start of the season would you ever have thought in your wildest dreams that you rookie season would be such a bizarre and disappointing experience?

When I came to the Westfalen Mustangs at the beginning of the season I was aware that it was a small club and that they would probably have problems. However, what I did not account for was the evil that existed within the club. Where players were treated like slaves, given no money while being expected to win every game by 30 or more points. The president Florian Eichstadt even brought in players from the US who were willing to pay to play. Two of these individuals were mentally handicapped, therefore adding another layer of evil to who he was taking advantage of. The extent of everything that happened even on a daily basis was a recipe for disaster.

Your rookie season was a tale of two stories. The one was having a very successful season and the second one was the financial aspect. Let's talk about the season. The club finished with a 19-1 record. Is this the type of season that you envisioned after you saw what the club was capable of doing in the first weeks of the season.

Yes, when I first arrived with the team I knew it could be a special group because we were loaded with talent. My only doubts came with getting an all star team to play together. As the season went on we managed to figure it out and have a great season. However, we were able to have such a great season under crazy circumstances, I know for a fact many guys would go to practice and/or games without eating that day. We still managed to win however the team culture was absolutely toxic. Guys would get injured and get fired without a single attempt to give them treatment.


How much of a factor was the unending experience that the Westfalen Mustangs had for the success of the team? You had only one experienced German with Robert Huelsewede and guys from 8 different countries.

We had a lot of guys who were experienced who played in different places, so getting everyone to play a role was difficult, especially when winning was not enough. We were expected to win by 30 every game. The experience of other guys would've helped if the situation and circumstances weren't so difficult. This situation was brand new for each one of our experienced players.


How content were you with your rookie season on the court? Was the fact that you were already 26 and had many veterans around you make the adjustment period so much easier?

I think my first season as a pro with the Mustangs put me in a real unique situation. Asking a first year guy to manage an all star team was no easy task. You have a bunch of guys from different places with different opinions and frustrations would rise every month we didn't get paid, there was no structure from management or anywhere to control this. I think the situation was very unique, having veterans on the court helped a bit, but managing the egos of an all star team with expectations to win by 30 and keep everyone happy was definitely overwhelming.

Your teammate Kris Douse said this about you. 'Mike is an athletic combo guard who can pressure full court with a good spot up jumper, but can also put the ball on the floor. How do you feel did your game develop in your rookie season despite all the drama within the team?

I felt I became a better point guard, where in my previous years I was a combo guard doing both. Shortly after I got here Arturo Noha suffered a torn meniscus and was fired a week after they found out about his injury. Therefore, I was the only point guard, so I felt I became more of a true point guard and also got better at managing people's personalities on the court. Despite the drama I felt I did a great job considering the club did move up and went 19-1 this season.

Players got paid up until 2017 but then all of a sudden no more checks were coming. How did you react to this? What kind of silly excuses was management coming up with to keep you satisfied?

When I first arrived here after Christmas we were all promised things would get better. I was told my room would be a janitor's room where clothes were washed. I told Florian, Dagmar and Sasa that I would be going home after this. Sasa calmed me down and said the money was coming and it's just for another two months so I stayed. However, the excuses from management and Sasa continued and became more and more absurd and nonsensical as time went on. Each month we were told the team had to pay 10k in taxes, as well as pay lump sums of insurance. We were promised a lump sum at the end of the season, however, at the end their excuse for not paying us was so ridiculous it was comical. We were told our sponsor pulled out because they did not offer him a seat at the final home game and if we did not leave our apartment we would be charged 4000 euros. For me it was easy to see through the lies, however getting a bunch of people from different countries on the same page was the major problem with the whole situation.

How far of an obligation do you feel did you have to the Westfalen Mustangs even when you weren't getting paid? Did you ever feel like you wanted to quit? What kept you on board? Was it just having good faith anyway that you would get your money?

I felt a level of understanding for the team considering the club presented themselves as good people who financially had run into some hard times. I was willing to be understanding and felt obligated to play because of their problems. However as time went on it was pretty obvious that the problems Florian and Dagmar complained about, were a result of their own irresponsibility where they had a different excuse for any situation. The only reason I did stay was because I believed Sasa Cuic was a friend of mine and was trying to help the players. As time went on however, I found out the hard way that this was not true, and that he was only protecting himself and none of his teammates.


How difficult was it for you to keep giving good team and personal performances on the floor despite playing for nothing? Any other player might not have had the desire to leave it all on the floor, but you and the team did. How difficult was it performing well under stress?

It was very difficult because all of the problems off the court began to affect things on the court. No one was happy, constant complaining, there was no control and no way for anyone to say anything to a teammate when he was not getting paid. This team culture eventually became toxic when we lost the last game by 2 points. All the negative energy and poor team culture revealed itself. It was difficult performing under these conditions however we were able to do it, only to be welcomed by more stress at the end of the season.


There were reports that players were put up in Refugee housing. Players didn't have clean running water.Is this an accurate account and what other things did you experience in the last months that were just unbearable?

I lived in the refugee house with Kris and two other teammates for 3 months. I have videos on my phone of the water and how dirty it was. The water was so dirty that when putting clothes in the washing machine they smelled worse when you took them out than when they first went in. The refugee house had nothing, we had no WiFi, we were placed out of Wiedenbruck in the middle of nowhere. Each room had one bed, and we were expected to pay for the gas of the team vehicle to get to practice each day, all while we weren't getting paid.


Players were also forced to leave their housing, but because they hadn't been paid had no money to get home. How did you deal with this situation? Did you feel like a homeless man?

We were told by Florian Eichstadt that we had 5 days to leave the apartment or he would call the police. 7 days after this threat Florian came with his mother and a fake landlord, broke into the flat and began to verbally and physically abuse players. He also called someone who was impersonating a police officer to try and tell us to leave. When my teammate Kris douse tried to go to his room, florian blocked the door and pushed Kris which led to him banging his head on the top part of the door. We are now seeking legal action for the physical and verbal abuse he has put us through. My teammate Albert called the real police and they told him to leave. I knew that physically doing anything to him would probably help him. All four of us as a group kept calm and learned afterwards that Florian had not paid rent to the landlord the last 5 months. For this reason the landlord was gracious enough to allow us to stay in this difficult time.


How important was it having Canadian teammate Kris Douse in this time of need? Was it comforting having him by your side and getting advice form the veteran?

Without Kris Douse in this situation, especially as a rookie, I would've reacted very differently. If someone owes me money than verbally and physically abuses me I probably would have done something I would have later regretted to Florian. With Kris helping me through this situation he showed me the correct way to conduct myself, and would give me advice on a daily basis on how to act professional. I give a lot of thanks to having Kris Douse with me during this time because he acted like a true veteran and not only helped me, but the other 2 guys in the house as well.


Will you be seeking legal action against the Westfalen Mustangs? Have you sought out consultation in how to get the money that you should of gotten?

Yes, we will all seek legal action against the Westfalen Mustangs where I believe this kind of abuse towards players has gone on long enough. Florian and his mother have done this same thing the last 7 years to players, and the only reason they have got away with it, was because they had American imports. They would not pay players than wait for their visa to expire. We have all received consultation and we feel that we will get all the money we are owed.

This has been a rookie season to forget. What do you feel did you learn from this horrible experience that has made you stronger and will help you combat any future struggle on your way up the professional basketball ladder?

While this was the worst basketball experience of my life I still did learn a lot from it. I feel like now I have first hand seen the business side of things and now I know how to ensure that this can never happen again to me. I feel like I am a lot smarter and a lot wiser with my knowledge of things off the court where previously I would play basketball and not think in depth about off the court business. I feel overall the experience has made me a stronger and smarter man.

Despite your struggles with the Westfalen mustangs , what did you learn to appreciate from the German country?

I think Germany as a country is a beautiful place that supports their citizens in ways I have never seen. I do like Germany I just do not like a few bad apples that can ruin the overall perception of Germany. The one thing I do appreciate about Germany is that a contract in this country means everything.

What is the next step for Michael Smith? Have you had enough of Germany or could you see playing there again?

The next step for me right now is going to court to make sure justice is served, and after that it would be looking for another job. Without any game film Florian has made it difficult but I'm still hopeful I can find something. I can see myself playing in Germany again, where I think this situation was a very unique one.


What is it about the game of basketball that will help you not forget this traumatic rookie season, but help sooth that and let you continue to play the game that you love?

I love playing basketball and that feeling has never changed from when I was a small child. However every time I touch a basketball now I'll have to be reminded of a refugee house, no clean water, struggling to pay for food because I was not getting paid. This is why I want to continue and play somewhere else because if I finish my career here this situation will be all I think about whenever I'm around basketball .

Thanks Michael for the chat.



The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Hold Armin Trtovac And Jamin Knothe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors have held on to young Germans Armin Trtovac (210-C-97) and Jamin Knothe. Trtovac is a 19 year old 2010cm center who will go into his fourth season and was hampered with injuries the last two seasons, but came back last season playing 13 pro B games averaging 4,5ppg and 2,9rpg while shooting 59% from the field. He also got into one BBL game against Alba Berlin. "If you look at his whole basketball career, one sees that it wasn't an easy one. His injury after his great NBBL season 14-15 shocked us. He fought back with great will. He can be proud of that. He is a very professional young man that has potential", stressed head coach Sebastian Gleim. "I want to develop further this season and for the first time concentrate fully on basketball. I want to be a key player in the Pro B south and continue to build my way towards the EasyCredit BBL. I want to stay injury free and improve in practice", stressed Armin Trtovac.

The club also kept Jamin Knothe who has been with the organization from the start playing at all youth levels. Knothe is a 20 year old 196cm shooting guard that will go into his fifth Pro B season and last season played 16 games averaging 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg. "Jamin is a hard worker on the court. He was one of our key players in his last NBBL season without having huge stats. He was just as important last season in the Pro B. I am happy to have him on board again", stressed head coach Sebastian Gleim. Last season the German had a 10 point game against Wurzburg. "I like to play in Frankfurt, because it gives me the chance to play and train at a high level while also studying. I am looking forward to playing for Sebastian Gleim who I played for in the 2014-2015 NBBL final season. I want to stay injury free which wasn't possible the last years. I am optimistic about the next season. I think we will have another succesful season with this great team with whom I get along w ell with", stressed Jamin Knothe.

Source:Fraport Skyliners EV




Sebastian Herrera Joins The Crailsheim Merlins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since coming from CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago (Liga Nacional) to Germany in 2014, Sebastian Herrera (193-SF-97) has made vast strides in his basketball career in Trier and after improving his stats and developing fruther will try to make te logical next step with the Crailsheim Merlins. Herrera is a 193 cm guard, but tsill only 19 years old and has both the German and Chilean citizenship. He brings 64 Pro A games experience to Crailsheim and last season played 34 Pro A games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 60.0%, He played also at Gladiators Trier 2nd team (2.Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 23.1ppg.

"Sebastian is very hungry and still hasn't reached his full potential. We would like to go with his development together. He will bring fresh blood with his youth and Chilean fire", stressed Ingo Enskat. Last season with Trier in the Pro A, Herrera scored in double figures in nine games including 21 point games against Chemnitz and MBC and a 20 point game against Nurnberg. "Crailsheim is the perfect place to develop further. Their program has totally convinced me. The passion to get back to the first league impressed me and is also my goal. I am awaiting ahard, but good season", stressed Sebastian Herrera.

In 2014 he came to Trier and played for the TBB Trier 2nd team (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 66.7% and at U19 team (NBBL). In 2015-2016, he made his Pro A debut with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) playing 30 games averaging 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, He played also at Gladiators Trier 2nd team (Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Chilean U16 National Team -13, FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Punta del Este (Uruguay) -13: 5 games: 11.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-3 (2.8spg), FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 75.0%, Chilean U18 National Team -14, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -14: 6 games: 13.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 87.5%, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -16, Chilean National Team -16, and South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) -16: 5 games: 2.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg.

Source:swp.de




Chris Iles (With The Right Pieces Around Me I Can Help Any Team Be Successful) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Iles (180-PG-89, college: Xavier, LA) is a 27 year old 180 cm guard that completed his second professional season and first with Citybasket Recklinghausen (Germany-Pro) averaging 17,1ppg, 3,6rpg and 5,5apg: As a rookie he played with BBC White Devils Cottbus (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 24 games: 23.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.6apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 78.3%He played two years at Nicholls St. (NCAA) playing a total of 61 NCAA games and in his second season played 30 games averaging 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 77.8%. He finished his college career at Xavier (LA) (NAIA). He spoke to eurobasket after the season and looked ahead to this season.

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

Hey Miles, thanks for speaking with me. I am currently in Chicago, Illinois. Summer has been productive. Spending time with family and working out.

Your season ended on April 2 as that was your last game which was more than 2 months ago. How much have you missed the competitive game and what have you missed the most?

I have missed it a lot. I love the game and appreciate every opportunity I get to step on the court and perform, no matter the circumstances.

It was a tough season for the club Citybasket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB) as it moved down to the Regionaliga. What is your team season summary? Is the loss of important import players at the start of the season a fair excuse?

I would not call it a "fair excuse" as adversity is a part of basketball. Any successful team has endured some type of adversity. HOWEVER, I would say that the frequent changes of roster and imports made it very tough to develop team chemistry. Overall, the season made me stronger mentally as a player.

There are certainly positives that were gained from this season. If somebody had told you before begin of the playdowns that the club would go 0-6 what would you have thought?

I would not have believed it.

You played only two playdown games. Do you feel the team could have stayed in the pro B if you had been able to play the other four games?

I think we would have had a much better chance to stay in the league.

The biggest problem for the club was giving up points. The team let up 85 points in the regular season and scored only 72 points. It will be hard winning games with stats like that. Was it more a problem with effort on defense or just lacking of individual talent to get the job done?

I honestly think it was a little bit of both. Effort is the most important part of defending, but sometimes we just did not have the personnel on the floor to stop the opponent.

It was a big learning experience for young head coach Maik Berger. Do you feel like he was thrown into cold water and was a bit overwhelmed by the task?

I think he was put in a tough position. He too grew a lot this season as a coach and I'm sure he will be a successful coach in the future. I wish all the best to coach.

There weren't really many bright spots or highlights during the season, but if you had to come up with one, what would it be?

I can come up with 2. One was our away win against Wedel and the other was our win against Bochum. Both games we played to our max potential as a team.

18 players saw action last season with Citybasket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB). What player do you feel made the biggest strides?

Either Jonas Bredeck or Sebastiano Germana. They both made strides from the beginning to the end of the season.

Who was the toughest point guard that you battled last season in the Pro B?

Probably Courtney Belger due to his size and athleticism as a pg.

You led the team in scoring and assists. You stated in an interview during the season that the biggest adjustment for me was/is counterattacking what the other team does to contain me. Whether it's a double team, face guard, etc. Since I proved myself in the league early on, teams have really been keying in on stopping me the last 8 or 9 games. Do you feel like you were able to consistently beat teams counter attacks?

I think I was able to beat counter attacks consistently.

You stated in our last interview that you weren't satisfied with your game. Obviously a point guard will be inspected closely if the team isn't winning. Because of your competitive nature did you personally take a lot of the blame for not being able to lead the team to more wins?

I personally took it extremely hard. All I want to do is win, and to be in a situation like that made it frustrating. But I know that I gave the team everything I had every night to compete and be taken seriously. You could definitely see the difference in the games where I did not play! Just look at the numbers.

You cut down on your turnover rate a bit better in the second half of the season. Do you feel having a better feel for the opponents defense the second time around made it easier for you to read their defensive set ups?

I think I just focused on it a bit more in the second half of the season. Getting a better feel for opponents defense and learning my teammates both helped.

What is the next step for Chris Iles? You showed that you could play very well in the Pro B. Is staying with Recklingshausen out of the question?

I think I definitely showed that I could play very well in Pro B. At the moment I am just waiting on a team that will give me an opportunity in a good situation to show my true abilities. Recklinghausen has not contacted me about staying.

How confident are you that another Pro B team would give you a chance despite Recklingshausen moving down last season?

I am confident that there is a team out there that will give me a chance despite the circumstances from last season. If a team takes a look at my film and stats I'm sure that they will see that I am worthy of an opportunity.

You will be turning 28 this season and have played two professional seasons. Are you in your prime or do you feel like you can step up your game even more this season?

I definitely know that I could step up my game even more this season. I'm in the gym working and I am more hungry now than ever.

You have played 2 years in Germany now. Could you imagine going to another country and if so where would you like to go to?

Although I like Germany, I am open to another country. Wherever there is an opportunity to grow, I am open to go.

If you could sell yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team this season how would you describe it?

I am a true PG that can do whatever a team needs me to do! I have a high basketball IQ and can defend, score, as well as get others involved. With the right pieces around me, I can help any team be successful!

How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

On a normal day I usually take my daughter to school in the morning. Then after that I run about 5k for cardio and then go straight to weights and agility in the morning. In the afternoon I go to a local college here in Chicago to do a court workout with my trainer. On certain days, I will go play 5 on 5 after that.

The NBA Draft is soon. Do you see any surprises and which players do you see making the biggest impact in the NBA?

My favorite player in the draft is D'aaron Fox. I think he will have a big impact in the NBA. He is a Houston, TX native like me, so I have to root for the hometown kid.

Where do you rank a Lebron now after losing another final in the neverending debate between him and Michael Jordan as the best ever?

I still rate Lebron as the second best player ever behind MJ.

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'm not really sure how good he is yet. I know he has all the tools to be good. I think he will develop despite his father. He is focused.

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

No, I don't think it is fair. No matter what people say, he has had a remarkable season.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was Wonder Woman.

Thanks Chris for the chat.



German U18 National Team 2017 - by Eurobasket

German U18 National Team 2017
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Badu Buck
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Nat-Sidi Diallo
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Hendrik Drescher
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Fynn Fischer
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Nils Hassfurther
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Badu Buck 196-SG-99 ALBA Berlin II Germany
Nat-Sidi Diallo 207-F-00 Vechta II Germany
Hendrik Drescher 205-C/F-00 ALBA Berlin II Germany
Fynn Fischer 208-F/C-99 Schwabing Germany
Nils Hassfurther 186-PG-99 Nuernberg Germany
Marco Hollersbacher 200-F-00 Phoenix Hagen Germany
Aaron Kayser 207-C-99 Chemnitz Germany
Joshua Luebken 207-SF-00 ALBA Berlin III Germany
Jonas Mattisseck 193-PG-00 ALBA Berlin II Germany
Matthew Meredith 199-F/G-00 Nuernberg Germany
Moritz Plescher 180-G-00 Chewelah USA
Mateo Seric 205-PF-99 Ludwigsburg Germany
Bruno Vrcic 198-SF-00 FC Bayern II Germany
Arne Wendler 198-G-99 Chemnitz Germany
Niklas Pons 194-SG-99 Fraport SKY II Germany

Harald Stein Head Coach
Matthias Sonnenschein Assistant Dragons Germany



Jordan Parks (ex Alma Trieste) could agree terms with Telekom Bsk - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets Bonn (BBL) is close to land 23-year old American forward Jordan Parks (201-91kg-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who played last time at Pallacanestro Alma Trieste in Italy. In 45 Serie A2 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg last season.
Among other achievements Parks' team won MEAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 2nd Team award in 2016.
Parks graduated from N.Carolina Central in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Telekom Baskets Bonn roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josh Mayo
T.J. DiLeo

Forward:
Martin Breunig

Center:
Julian Jasinski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The MHP Riesen Reel In Shooting Sensation Michael Frazier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One could describe Michael Frazier (193-G-94, college: Florida) as being a player that not only doesn't shy away from every new rim he encounters, but most likely hasn't met one he didn't fancy as he loves to shoot the ball at a high accuracy and will make a new journey this season in the EasycRedit BBL joining the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Frazier is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Tampa, Florida that will be embarking to play in his third professional season. Last season he played with Tezenis Verona (Italy-Serie A2) playing 38 games averaging 17,2ppg, 4,7rpg and 2,6apg while shooting 35,6% from outside. The American is looking forward to his new challenge with the MHP Riesen. "I am happy to be a part of the Ludwigsburg team. They always play with much passion and value defense. This fits my personal style. I am looking forward to getting to know a new country and culture", stressed Michael Frazier.

Frazier started his basketball career at Plant High School where he averaged 29.7ppg, 9.7rpg and the team had an a 20-8 overall record. He finished high school playing at Montverde Academy averaging 17ppg, 8rpg while leading his team to a 23-4 record. He then played at Florida (NCAA) from 2012-2015 amassing a total of 100 games and as a senior played 25 games averaging 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 87.0%. In the summer of 2015 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors) playing 6 games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 26.3%. He started his professional career in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), released in Oct.'15, then moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League), in Jan.'16 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League), later that month agreed terms with Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) playing 14 games averaging 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 78.3%, in Feb.'16 joined Iowa Energy (D-League) playing 12 games averaging 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg, in Mar.'16 signed at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) playing 10 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 55.6%, FT: 50.0%. Last summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Orlando White) helping teh team win the title playing 5 games averaging 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS National High School Invitational Final -12, HS No. 9 national ranking in the ESPNRISE National Poll -12, SEC Regular Season Champion -13, 14, SEC Tournament Finalist -13, SEC All-Freshman Team -13, NCAA Elite Eight -13
USA U19 National Team -13, World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) -13 (Gold): 9 games: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 33.3%
SEC Tournament Winner -14, SEC All-Tournament Team -14, NCAA Final Four -14, and NCAA All-Tournament South Region Team -14.

Source:MHP Riesen




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Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA Most Improved - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) is this season's NBA Most Improved Player. The Greek international pips French international Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) of the Utah Jazz and Serbian Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) from the Denver Nuggets. Antetokounmpo becomes the fifth player from Europe to win the award, averaging 22.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 5.4 apg. The jump in his stats is quite impressive since during the 2015-16 season he averaged 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 4.3 apg. The 24-year-old has led the Bucks to the Playoffs through his play, leading the team in virtually every statistic. Antetokounmpo was named the Most Improved Player during a star studded inaugural NBA Awards ceremony, held two weeks after the season concluded. Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook won the MVP award, edging Houston Rockets James Harden and San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard to the honour.
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Igor Milosevic agreed terms with Peristeri GS Athens - by Chris Mammides

Peristeri GS Athens (B) inked 31-year old naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86). He played most recently at Holargos B.C. in Greek A2 league, but left. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Milosevic also played that season for Holargos (C) where in 22 games he averaged remarkable 15.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Panionios that year.
Milosevic represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Milosevic has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Milosevic has played previously professionally also in Germany (Braunschweig), Kazakhstan (Astana), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Turkey (Trabzonspor) and Greece (Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Iraklis, Marousi and Kavala).
His game is described as: A promising point guard with a great shooting ability; has great ball-handling and dribbling skills, needs to improve his quarterbacking and to modify his 'first look a shot' mentality;
Outlook (2007):
The Greek combo guard (of Serbia origin) is among the most improved players of his age as his game become very mature and he is really looking towards very high. He can organise the game of his team with characteristic easyness, he is the coach in the court. He has very good penetration skills and his basketball IQ is quite high. He can pass the ball off the drive with positive results. In the shooting department he looks quite consistent. He enjoys range out to the three point line. has great ball-handling and dribbling skills, needs to improve his quarterbacking and to modify his 'first look a shot' mentality; He is currently been picked in the Second Round of the 2008 Mock Draft as no. 27
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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PAOK Thessaloniki adds Zaras to their roster - by Chris Mammides

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) added to their roster 29-year old guard Thodoris Zaras (197-88). He has played for the last two seasons at Aris in the A1. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Zaras helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Zaras also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.4ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year in 2015.
Zaras has played previously for five other teams: Kolossos H Hotels, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, KAO Dramas, Ermis Perama and Kavala.
On Zaras: Theo made the big step this season as he left this season (2008-2009) from the A2 courts for the absolute A1league as he is currently a member of AEL 1964. He is a very good ball handler and good defender and has an amazing temperament and gats, those elements plus the good shooting abilities and the fearless way in his game 'pushed' him to make this big step. Theo needs to add a lot of muscles in order to be able to compete against the much stronger bodies in the league and at the same time to become more aggressive in his game. He is lucky as he is with Coach Alexandris and will learn a lot from him. With hard work and training Theo can be added in the elite of Greek basketball.

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AEK Athens keep Sakota for another season - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) re-signed 31-year old naturalized Serbian small forward Dusan Sakota (210-101kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 32 A1 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. Sakota helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Sakota also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.8apg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Sakota's team made it to the Italian final in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Sakota represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Sakota has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Russia (Enisey), Italy (Openjobmetis VA and VL Pesaro) and Greece (Panathinaikos and Panionios).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Standing at 2.09, a world class shooter, that ranges anywhere from under the basket to just before the half court line! A very smart player in offense, who is always able to read the high-low situation, or find the weak-side passes to his teammates exceptionally well, and is very effective off the drive to draw the foul or go all the way, when his defender is too close protecting his shot. In defense, using his brain and quick reactions, is always able to predict situations and draw offensive fouls or get steals for his team. An ideal team-player Power Forward, for any coach that wants to build a roster with discipline, and a winning mentality.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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Enosi keeps Fountas for another season - by Eurobasket News

AO Enosi ILIOU (C) re-signed 31-year old forward Aris Fountas (201-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. Among other achievements Fountas was voted to Eurobasket.com All- B League Honorable Mention in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

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Vyrlas re-signs at Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) confirmed in their roster 18-year old power forward Panagiotis Vyrlas (208-99). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in four A1 games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Vyrlas was selected to U16 National Team in 2015.

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannis Dimakos
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas
Theodoris Kyrillis
Konastantinos Adamopoulos
Dimitris Fragiskatos
Panagiotis Gatzios

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Dimitris Gravas
Petros Geromichalos
Panagiotis Vyrlas

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Rotterdam keeps Theeuwkens for another season - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) re-signed 32-year old former international swingman Ties Theeuwkens (191-85, agency: Court Side). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 24 Eredivisie games he averaged 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Theeuwkens' team made it to the Eredivisie Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014).
He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.5ppg.
Theeuwkens has played previously for three other teams: Den Helder, Groningen and Bergen op Zoom.
His game is described as: He posesses excellent ball handling skills, passing skills, and decision making ability that will make him a guard to be reckoned with. He has strong legs and is very fast for his height. With this speed he can easily put pressure on the opposing guard, full court, when on defence. Finishes strong going to the basket occasionally dunking the ball. Impressive talent. Loves the game.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kasper Averink

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Michael Kok
Coen Stolk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Henk Norel leaves Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) left Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa). Norel has played there for the last five years. In 29 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2009 Norel was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2013. Norel received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2013.
He was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Norel played for Dutch Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
He represented Holland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Norel has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Meridiano Alicante and CB Prat) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Rebounding and shot blocking have been improving steadily giving him a more than acceptable asset as far as hustling is concerned ... He plays with good intensity, and his heart and passion for the game are obvious.
He still has to strengthen his body in general and bulk up quite a bit ... Has a relatively slow shot, and the position of his elbow on his shooting arm tends to swing to the right
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Matt Tiby (ex Atomeromu) signs at Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) landed 25-year old American power forward Matt Tiby (203-104kg-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He played most recently at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 32 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 8.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Tiby's college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2014. He received also All-Horizon League 1st Team award in 2016.
Tiby graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Belfius Mons-Hainaut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Garlon Green
Chris Jones

Forwards:
Justin Cage
Matt Tiby

Center:
Xavier-Robert Francois

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Kormend keep Gasper Potocnik at helm - by Eurobasket News

Egis Kormend (A Division) confirmed 37-year old Slovenian coach Gasper Potocnik. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Potocnik coached at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game.
He was coaching Slovenian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015.
Potocnik has coached previously two other Slovenian teams: Krka and LTH Castings.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Nissim re-signs at Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old Israeli ex-international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81, agency: Avi Zilberman). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last five seasons. In 35 Winner League games he had 9.2ppg and 1.3apg last season. Nissim helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Nissim was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014.
He was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Nissim played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2001 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
Nissim is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hasharon) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hapoel Eilat.
On Nissim: Great scorer. Can play both guards positions. Excellent outside shooter. Can shoot from anywhere. Good ballhandler. Good passer. Tends to do more than he can. Has good work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv welcomes back Cohen - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 27-year old Israeli international power forward Jake Cohen (208-107kg-90, college: Davidson). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Cohen has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Cohen played most recently at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League). In 32 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Cohen played at Aris in Greek A1 where in 37 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Cohen also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Cohen has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Southern Conference Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. Cohen received also All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year award and Southern Conference All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Cohen represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
He has played previously for another Israeli team Maccabi Rishon.
Cohen attended Davidson College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: And inside player with great wingspan and good coordination, he can be very effective at the defensive end too.

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Agrigento signs Jalen Cannon, ex Hapoel Afula - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) signed 24-year old American forward Jalen Cannon (198-107kg-93, college: St.Francis, NY). He played last season at Hapoel Afula in Israeli National League. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Cannon played at Jefes in Mexican LNBP where in 19 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won NEC Regular Season in 2015. Cannon was also voted All-NEC Player of the Year and NABC All-District 18 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Cannon graduated from St. Francis College (NY) in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: Jalen is a very skilled low-post player who plays very hard every single night.

Moncada Solar Agrigento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Evangelisti
Pendarvis Williams
Ruben Zugno

Forward:
Jalen Cannon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cohen may be back at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old Israeli international power forward Jake Cohen (208-107kg-90, college: Davidson) who played last time at Maccabi Ashdod. It will actually be his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Cohen is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 32 Winner League games he had 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Cohen played at Aris in Greek A1 where in 37 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Cohen also played 16 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Cohen has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Southern Conference Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. Cohen was also voted All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year and Southern Conference All-Tournament 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Cohen represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
He has played previously for another Israeli team Maccabi Rishon.
Cohen attended Davidson College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
He could be described: And inside player with great wingspan and good coordination, he can be very effective at the defensive end too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Will Daniels (ex Hapoel Eilat) signs at Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Quebradillas (BSN) landed 31-year old American forward Will Daniels (202-104kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 23 games he averaged 11.3ppg and 5.0rpg last season. Daniels helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He also played that season for Al Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 6 games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Daniels received Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Daniels has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Daniels has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (JSF Nanterre), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana), Puerto Rico (Mets) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Rhode Island University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

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  ITALY  


Fortituto Kontatto Bologna welcomes back Pini - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) landed 25-year old power forward Giovanni Pini (200-92kg-92, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Bologna as he has played here before. Pini played most recently at Tezenis Verona in the Serie A2. In 31 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pini played at Scandone (Serie A). But in 36 games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Pini won Italian Lega Due championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award back in 2008.
Pini was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Pini represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%.
Pini has played previously for two other teams: Grissin Bon RE and Roma S.Azzurra.

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Fultz
Alex Legion
Demetri McCamey

Forward:
Matteo Chillo

Center:
Giovanni Pini

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Roberto Malpede (ex Kirchheim/Teck) is a newcomer at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Italian forward Roberto Malpede (198-88). He played most recently at Kirchheim/Teck in German 2.Regionalliga. In 10 games he recorded 12.7ppg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Malpede spent at Scafati Cesarano in Italian Serie B where in 32 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Scafati (Serie B) in Italy that year.
Malpede has played previously professionally in Spain (Universidad de Valladolid) and Italy (Melfi and Salerno).

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Rodolfo Rombaldoni leaves Forli Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 40-year old former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-96kg-77, agency: Players Group) left ASD Tigers Basket 2014 Forli (Serie B). Rombaldoni played there also last season. In 33 Serie B games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Unieuro Forli (SerieB) where in 37 games he had 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. Rombaldoni helped them to win the group title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2004.
Rombaldoni has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Verona, Germani Basket Brescia, Angelico Biella, Brusati and Piacenza.
Rombaldoni's game is described as: Rodolfo Rombaldoni is a true point guard. He's an great athlete, with long arms. In defense, with this skills he can defend on guards and small forwards and it's very difficult to beat him 1 on 1. He can also helps the team on rebounds and when this happens he runs the floor very well. He uses high speed dribbling with 180 vision and this permit him to find a good passes, but usually he concludes with an easy lay up. Good shooter, also from three points, he improved a lot his pick and roll, using all thriple threat.

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San Severo inks Emidio Di Donato - by Eurobasket News

Basket Citta' Di San Severo (Serie B) agreed terms with 25-year old forward Emidio Di Donato (199-97kg-92) from Amatori Pescara. Di Donato has played there for the last five years. In 31 Serie B games he had 9.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
He played in the final of Italian Serie B Group D in 2016.
Di Donato has played previously for Senigallia.

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Piacenza adds Perego to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) added to their roster experienced 36-year old ex-international power forward Riccardo Perego (202-81) from Orzinuovi GaGa. In 33 Serie B games he recorded 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Perego was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian DNB Honorable Mention back in 2014. He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2003.
Perego has spent his entire career in Italy playing for seven other teams: Virtus 1934 Bologna, Treviglio, Montichiari, Piacenza, Vanoli Cremona, Piacenza Basket Club and Piacenza.
Perego is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Piacenza.

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Agrigento signs Jalen Cannon, ex Hapoel Afula - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) signed 24-year old American forward Jalen Cannon (198-107kg-93, college: St.Francis, NY). He played last season at Hapoel Afula in Israeli National League. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Cannon played at Jefes in Mexican LNBP where in 19 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won NEC Regular Season in 2015. Cannon was also voted All-NEC Player of the Year and NABC All-District 18 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Cannon graduated from St. Francis College (NY) in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: Jalen is a very skilled low-post player who plays very hard every single night.

Moncada Solar Agrigento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Evangelisti
Pendarvis Williams
Ruben Zugno

Forward:
Jalen Cannon

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Imola lands coach Demis Cavina - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) landed 43-year old coach Demis Cavina from Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona. Cavina has coached there for the last three years.
His team won Italian Lega Due Cup in 2011.
Cavina has coached previously four other teams: Scafati, Gandino, CZG Veroli and Napoli Basket.

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Cernivani re-signs at Porto S.Elpidio - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 26-year old guard Stefano Cernivani (190-91). He played there last season. In 30 Serie B games he had 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Cernivani played at Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia where in 29 Serie B games he recorded 5.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
His team won Italian DNB Group A Regular Season in 2014.
Cernivani has played previously for four other teams: Sutor Montegranaro, Ravenna, Civitanova and Tortona.

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Persico is back at Piombino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Golfo Piombino (Serie B) agreed terms with 30-year old center Edoardo Persico (208-105kg-87, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Piombino as he has played here before. Persico played last season at Piacenza in the Serie A2. In 24 games he had just 2.2ppg and 1.7rpg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Persico played at Basket Golfo Piombino where in 31 Serie B games he recorded 10.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4bpg.
Persico represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 2.7rpg.
Persico has played previously for five other teams: Umana Venezia, Pavia Basket, Montecatiniterme, Livorno DBosco and CUS Torino.
He could be described: A promising inside player, who is yet very green; has good athletic skills, is enough quick, has timing for the rebounds, but needs to bulk up and to improve his back-to-the basket game;.

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Cesana re-signs at Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old swingman Luca Cesana (193-97). He played there last season. In 35 Serie A2 games he had 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Cesana played at MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A). But in 18 games he recorded just 0.2ppg. He also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged only 2.1ppg and 1.0rpg.
Cesana represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 76.9%.

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Pecchia re-signs at Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old swingman Andrea Pecchia (194-97). He played there last season. In 35 Serie A2 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Pecchia spent at Armani Milano (Serie A). But in three games he did not score anything. He also played that season for Tessilform Bernareggio (Serie C Gold).
Despite young age Pecchia had impressive career. Pecchia's team made it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted Italian U17 Championships 1st Team back in 2014.
He represented Italy at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP-1 (73.3%), 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 57.1%.

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Jordan Parks (ex Alma Trieste) could agree terms with Telekom Bsk - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets Bonn (BBL) is close to land 23-year old American forward Jordan Parks (201-91kg-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who played last time at Pallacanestro Alma Trieste in Italy. In 45 Serie A2 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg last season.
Among other achievements Parks' team won MEAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 2nd Team award in 2016.
Parks graduated from N.Carolina Central in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Telekom Baskets Bonn roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josh Mayo
T.J. DiLeo

Forward:
Martin Breunig

Center:
Julian Jasinski

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Casini re-signs at Rieti - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-105kg-80). He played there last season. In 28 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Casini ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ambalt Recanati (Serie A). But the most of that year he spent at Orasi Ravenna (Serie A) where in 25 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Casini's team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2012.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Casini tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Boca Juniors and San Martin de La Rioja) and Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, The Flexx Pistoia, Jesi, Scafati and Novipiu Casale).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Rieti.
On Casini: A lefty shooter with explosive athletic skills, which enables him to easily slash the ball; also a good floor general, who needs to improve his decision making.

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Sestu lands Daniele Locci - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) tabbed 23-year old swingman Daniele Locci (192-94). The last time (14-15) he played at Antonianum Quartu Sant'Elena in Italian Serie C Silver.
Locci has played previously for Cagliari Pirates.

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicola Elia
Mauro Graviano
Daniele Locci

Forwards:
Manuel Vanuzzo
Romeo Trionfo

Center:
Edoardo Melis

Coach: Giuseppe Caboni

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Eurobasket Roma tabs Matteo Frassineti - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma inked 30-year old swingman Matteo Frassineti (197-88kg-87) from Legnano. In 11 Serie A2 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg last season.
Frassineti's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2014.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2006.
Frassineti has played previously for five other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Unieuro Forli, Verona, Imola and Cesena.
His game is described as: A very talented player, who shots left-handed. Has a great ability to find the right balance in every shooting situation. Can beat his opponent with various fakes, runs the court very well and has the athletic skills to defend well.

Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alessandro Piazza
Matteo Frassineti
Michael Deloach

Forward:
Mitchell Poletti

Center:
Alessandro Cecchetti

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Angelico Biella signs Giorgio Sgobba - by Andrea Centenari

Angelico Biella (Serie A2) signed 25-year old power forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-97kg-92, agency: Players Group). He played last season at Enel Brindisi (Serie A). Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 8 games he had just 0.9ppg. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Sgobba played at Meridien Monsummano (Serie B). In 29 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.0apg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 57.7%.
Sgobba has played previously for seven other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Lucca, Montecatiniterme, Mantova, Quid CUS Siena, Fabriano and Mantova.
He could be described: A solid player who hasn' t yet found his true position on the court. Nos so shooter to play the 3, neither so tall and large to play inside.

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Italy U20 wins Torneo Lido delle Rose - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 won Torneo Lido delle Rose as they posted three consecutive wins. In Day 1 they overcame Holland U20 70-37 as Marco Timperi (188-G-97, agency: Two Points) poured in 17 points and Tote netted 13. In the second day Italian side posted a 57-46 victory against Hungary U20. Okeke top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Matteo Fioravanti (194-G/F-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 8. In Day 3 Italy U20 overcame Czech Republic U20 73-65. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Tote added 14.


Lecco tabs Ivan Morgillo - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) inked 25-year old center Ivan Morgillo (206-100kg-92) from Basket Citta' Di San Severo. In 33 Serie B games he averaged 6.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Morgillo played at Valle d'Itria Martina Franca where in 11 Serie B games he had 14.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.2apg.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2012.
Morgillo has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Morgillo has played previously professionally in Iran (Sabalan).

Basket Lecco roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Matteo Fabi

Forward:
Alberto Cacace

Centers:
Gaetano Spera
Ivan Morgillo
Jacopo Balanzoni

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Alessio Donadoni joins Roma Virtus - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (Serie A2) added to their roster 20-year old swingman Alessio Donadoni (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played last season at Rekico Faenza in the Serie B. In 32 games he had 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Donadoni played at Galvi Lissone (Serie C Gold).

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Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. 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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  IVORY COAST  


Ivory Coast National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Amara Kamate
Kamate
Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue
Karaboue
Kehasson Oulai
Oulai
Alassane Meite
Meite
#e#4
4Alassane Meite 185-G-91 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast
5Aristide Otto 94 ABC Ivory Coast
6Venceslas Oka 85 Zenith Ivory Coast
7Nangnilban Toure 91 Ivestp Ivory Coast
8Amara Kamate 190-F-81 OBC Ivory Coast
9Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue 185-PG-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
10Gomon Agole 185-G-84 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast
11Desire Kone 196-F-89 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast
12Asseh Kokoun 193-F-85 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast
13Aisba Gogoua 202-PF-98
14Inza Fofana 81 Generation Ivory Coast
15Kehasson Oulai 195-F/G-95 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast

Olivier Tea Head Coach



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  JAPAN  


Hawkinson starts his pro career at Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya - by Eurobasket News

Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (B League D2) added to their roster 22-year old American forward Josh Hawkinson (208-111kg-95). Hawkinson just graduated from Washington State University (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 10.2rpg and 2.5apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected All-Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team and named to All-Pac-12 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hawkinson is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted All-Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2015 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Washburn re-signs at Yokohama B-Corsairs - by Eurobasket News

Yokohama B-Corsairs (B League) confirmed in their roster 27-year old Bulgarian international center Jason Washburn (210-110kg-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Washburn played there last season. In 54 B League games he had 14.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Washburn was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 SuperLeague games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and averaged 8.8rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 2.0bpg. Washburn helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Washburn also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played 12 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0bpg. Washburn contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. He also spent pre-season at the Hornets in NBA that year.
Washburn represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg.
Washburn has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels) and Ukraine (Cherkasy).
He attended University of Utah until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Eduard Skrypets named Kazakhstan National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Eduard Skrypets will guide the Kazakh National Team at the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. The tournament is slated to start in Lebanon on August 8th. Eduard Skrypets has most recently worked with Barsy Atyrau. He led the team into League's Final last season. The specialist used to work with the National Team and also U18 selection before.


Astana lands Anthony Clemmons, ex Vienna - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BK Astana (National League) landed 23-year old American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-87kg-94, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 35 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and recorded 4.7rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clemmons played in the final of NIT in 2013.
He graduated from University of Iowa in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  KOSOVO  


Justin Black (ex Bashkimi) signs at Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) landed 25-year old American guard Justin Black (188-100kg-92, college: Morgan State). He played most recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 18 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Black helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Black also played that season for Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league ABA where in 18 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 4.4apg.
Black has played previously professionally in Estonia (BC Rakvere) and Slovakia (Iskra Svit).
He attended Morgan State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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  LATVIA  


Coach Igors Miglinieks (ex Jekabpils) agreed terms with Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) hired experienced 53-year old Latvian coach Igors Miglinieks. He coached most recently at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league.
Among other achievements Miglinieks' team was regular season runner-up in Cyprus League in 2012. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
Miglinieks is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Cyprus (Apollon).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. 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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  LIBERIA  


Wisseh comes back to Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). It is actually his comeback to Prievidza as he has played here before. Wisseh played most recently at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 38 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.2apg (top 5) and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wisseh played at BC Prievidza where in 46 SBL games he was fifth best scorer with 12.7ppg and had 2.8rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Wisseh also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Wisseh received Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Wisseh has played also professionally in Canada (London Lightning), Croatia (Kvarner), Romania (CSU Sibiu and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Hungary (Kormend) and Slovakia (Handlova and MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Long Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strengths: 'leader, high IQ for point guard'.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



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  LITHUANIA  


Valinskas re-signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) confirmed in their roster 22-year old shooting guard Paulius Valinskas (190-82kg-95). He played there last season. In 33 LKL games he had 3.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg. Valinskas helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 5 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg. Valinskas also spent pre-season at Zalgiris that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team in 2016.
Valinskas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 76.2%.
Valinskas has played previously for Sabonio.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilije Micic
Paulius Valinskas

Forwards:
Royce O'Neale
Aaron White

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Euroleague)

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Chartres keep Ruikis for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) re-signed 32-year old Lithuanian swingman Mantas Ruikis (194-97kg-85). He played there last season. In 37 NM1 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Ruikis played at Saint Chamond (ProB) where in 31 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements he won French NM1 championship title in 2015. Ruikis received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team in 2005.
Ruikis has played also professionally in Spain (Caceres_Basket and Blancos de Rueda) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Suduva and P.Zvaigzdes).
His game is described as: Before going abroad Mantas Ruikis was considered one of the best shooters in Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League. He is comfortable shooting from anywhere on the court with consistency and can create his own shot. Can score 3 points from difficult situations in decisive moments of the game. His shooting touch is just part of his triple threat, as he is good at getting to the basket and finishing in traffic. Mantas also has great quickness and presence on the defensive side of the ball.

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  MALI  


Mali National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mahamadou Kante
Kante
Ibrahim Djambo
Djambo
Mahamadou Drame
Drame
Boubacar Sidibe
Sidibe
Drissa Ballo
Ballo
#e#5
4Ousmane Traore 192-F-98
5Mahamadou Kante 192-G-92 FUS Rabat Morocco
6Papa Tandina 93
7Ibrahim Djambo 208-F-92 Alcazar Spain
8Mahamadou Drame 188-SG-86 Lourdes France
9Mamadou Keita 190-G High School Canada
10N'faly Kanoute 187-F-96
11Issa Diawara 93
12Boubacar Sidibe 205-C-94 Valladolid Spain
13Baba Samake 200-F-94 St Chamond France
14Negueba Samake 211-C-90 Marmande France
15Drissa Ballo 208-C-95 Blois France
Abdrahamane Maiga 178-PG-90 Stade Mali

Sylvain Lautie Head Coach SAP Vaucluse France
Moussa Sogore Assistant



Namory Boundy signs at Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) landed 28-year old Mali international forward Namory Boundy (202-89). He played most recently at JSA Bordeaux Basket in the NM2. Boundy helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at W.O.S.B. (also in NM2).
Boundy won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2012.
He also represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg.
Boundy has played previously for three other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Rueil and Charleville Mezieres.

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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.8 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.5 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.20.9 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.3 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 4. Wilson, Hermosillo9.4 
 5. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 6. West, Guaymas8.9 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 8. White, Mazatlan8.7 
 9. Little, Hermosillo8.5 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.6 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato5.5 
 4. Capers, Obregon5.4 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.4 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 8. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 9. Howard, Mazatlan5.0 
 10. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.1 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Capers, Obregon2.0 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis1.8 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. White, Mazatlan1.4 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 9. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.0 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 8. Smith, Durango0.9 
 9. White, Mazatlan0.9 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 


CIBACOPA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Obregon and Hermosillo advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Los Mochis - Obregon 84-93

Obregon outgunned Los Mochis on the road to win the semifinal series. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and Bahamas forward Tavario Miller (203-94, college: Texas A&M) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: T.Miller 21+10reb+1ast, N.Murphy 18+11reb+8ast, T.Motley 15+6reb+5ast, J.Early 15+5reb+2ast, M.Hernandez 11+3reb+2ast, R.Berrelleza 4+3reb
Obregon: M.Glover 23+16reb+3ast, G.Rice Jr. 23+12reb+5ast, L.Atterberry 17+6reb, K.Capers 12+3reb+2ast, J.Hutchingson 11+4reb+2ast, R.Delgado 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548444


Guaymas - Hermosillo 94-97

Hermosillo upset Guaymas away from home to secure the title series birth. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 52-36 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Reyes produced 22 points and 6 assists and American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: P.Reyes 22+4reb+6ast, C.Jones 16+3reb+6ast, P.Marigney 15+4reb+1ast, B.West 15+12reb+1ast, S.Heyward 12+10reb+1ast, D.Giron 11+1reb+2ast
Hermosillo: M.Henry 34+8reb+1ast, J.Wilson 20+17reb+2ast, S.Monreal 18+7reb+9ast, E.Little 13+7reb+2ast, A.Bell 5+5reb, J.Camacho 4+4reb+2ast
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CIBACOPA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Guaymas and Obregon post victories - by Eurobasket News

Guaymas - Hermosillo 83-79

Guaymas held off Hermosillo to gain the opening win in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rayos de Hermosillo won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Rayos de Hermosillo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Daniel Giron (175-89) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. American forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) added 18 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Henry 21+8reb+1ast, S.Monreal 18+3reb+8ast, E.Little 16+8reb+2ast, A.Bell 9+4reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 6+2reb, J.Wilson 5+10reb+1ast
Guaymas: C.Jones 30+1reb+4ast, D.Giron 18+6reb+2ast, S.Heyward 11+7reb, P.Reyes 10+3reb+3ast, B.West 7+10reb+1ast, A.Robles Morales 4+1reb
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Los Mochis - Obregon 92-100

Obregon outscored Los Mochis on the road to open 3-1 advantage. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon's coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 23 points and 6 assists in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Murphy 23+3reb+6ast, T.Motley 22+11reb+2ast, T.Miller 17+5reb+1ast, J.Early 15+7reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 9+4reb+5ast, D.Leal 6
Obregon: L.Atterberry 23+7reb+4ast, M.Glover 22+14reb, K.Capers 22+2reb+5ast, G.Rice Jr. 17+4reb+9ast, J.Hutchingson 7+5reb+3ast, R.Delgado 7+2reb+2ast
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Brandon Provost (ex Guaymas) agreed terms with Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Brandon Provost (190-86kg-90, college: UTRGV). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg. The last season Provost played at Barreteros (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Provost was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in seventh round (116th overall).
The former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in GWC in 2013. Provost received also All-GWC 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Provost is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Provost has played previously professionally in Germany (Topstar), Qatar (Al Sadd), NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks), MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks) and Colombia (Astros).

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Buducnost keeps Gordic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) re-signed 29-year old Bosnian international point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-90kg-88). He played there last season. Gordic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 5 Eurocup games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he averaged 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg. And finally Gordic contributed to 8 games in Erste Liga where he had 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Gordic played at Cedevita in Croatian A1. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 A1 games he got 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. Gordic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Gordic also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.1apg. And finally he contributed to 28 games in ABA League where he got 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gordic received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gordic has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gordic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Serbia (Partizan), Ukraine (Azovmash) and Bosnia (Igokea).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Extremely hard to defend due to super-reliable 3-point shoots and flexibility to drive on the rim against much taller players. Real "brain" of the team. Great dribbling skills.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic

Forward:
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Danilo Nikolic

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

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The Knicks ink Canyon Barry - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks signed 23-year old guard Canyon Barry (198-93kg-94). He just graduated from Florida (NCAA). In 35 games he had 11.4ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Barry helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southeastern Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. A very impressive season as he was voted CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-America of the Year, All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year and named to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 4 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Barry is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

New York Knicks roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Canyon Barry

Forwards:
Jamel Artis
Nigel Hayes

Center:
Luke Kornet

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Tyler Cavanaugh is a newcomer at Utah Jazz - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) added to their roster 23-year old forward Tyler Cavanaugh (206-107kg-94). He just graduated from G.Washington (NCAA). In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.4rpg and 2.0apg last season. Cavanaugh helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team and Reese's College All-Star Game East Team Perfect Player.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Cavanaugh is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won NIT championship title in 2016.

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The Timberwolves waived Jordan Hill - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) waived 30-year old power forward Jordan Hill (208-107kg-87, college: Arizona). Hill played there last season. But in 7 NBA games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 2.0rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at the Pacers where in 78 NBA games he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2009 Hill was drafted by New York Knicks in first round (8th overall). He attended University of Arizona and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hill won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2012. He received also Pac-10 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Hill has played previously for two other teams: Houston Rockets and LA Lakers.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has the ideal size and length for a PF He has worked on his body, adding some bulk and definition to an already wiry frame; this new strength allows him to get great position on the block where he is able to utilize a number of moves, but he prefers the left shoulder hook shot.
His athleticism and strength also get him into trouble at times as he tries to bully through the defense rather than take what they give him
.

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Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) put the finishing touch on a magical season by being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016-17 campaign at the NBA's inaugural awards show. Westbrook, who became only the second player and first in 55 years to average a triple-double for an entire season, won the award over Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.). Westbrook averaged a mind-boggling 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds over 81 games, making him the first player to average double-digits in three major categories since Oscar Robertson first did it in 1961-62. After Westbrook was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he promptly called his team mates to the stage. "These guys sacrificed so much for me throughout the year," said Westbrook. "It was obviously an amazing season for me but without these guys and the rest of our guys that are not here, none of this would be possible. "So this award is not for me. This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner. You guys are my brothers for life." The 28-year-old American was on a mission from the start of the season as he silenced critics who doubted whether he could thrive without Kevin Durant, who left the Thunder last July and won an NBA title with Golden State two weeks ago. Westbrook carried the Thunder on a nightly basis, setting the new standard by recording 42 triple-doubles, one better than the former single-season mark set by Robertson. Despite the loss of Durant, a four-times scoring champion, the Westbrook-led Thunder recorded 47 wins, just eight fewer than the previous campaign. The first-ever NBA Awards show followed years in which the league announced individual honours separately throughout the postseason. Among the night's other awards, Golden State forward Draymond Green, two weeks removed from winning his second NBA title in three years, was named the best defensive player. Mike D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year after leading Houston to 55 wins in his first season with the team. Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year, while Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award for his work off the bench as a substitute.
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Eric Gordon Wins Sixth Man Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) has been named the 16-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) and Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) were the other two finalists for the award. Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his first season with the Houston Rockets. Gordon received 358 total points, narrowly beating out Iguodala with 326.
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Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon wins Rookie of the Year at 2017 NBA Awards - by Eurobasket News

This time last year, Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) was hoping to carve out a role in the big leagues after the Milwaukee Bucks selected him in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft. Now, he's the NBA's Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old guard out of Virginia, a four-year standout in the ACC who lasted until the 36th pick in last June's draft, came out on top in a three-man race with a pair of Philadelphia 76ers standouts - center Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) and forward Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) - to become the lowest-drafted player ever to take home the honors as the league's top rookie at the inaugural NBA Awards show in New York on Monday night. Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 26.4 minutes per game as a rookie, making 75 appearances and 28 starts for the Bucks, who bounced back from a tough 2015-16 campaign to make the playoffs and give the Toronto Raptors a tough series in Round 1. The rookie played a significant role in that turnaround; Milwaukee outscored opponents by 2.7 points per 100 possessions with Brogdon on the court, whether on the ball or spotting up away from the action, and got outscored by 1.7 points-per-100 when he was on the pine, as he solidified the backcourt and gave head coach Jason Kidd another big, versatile, steady hand to slot in alongside rising superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, stellar swingman Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) and the rest of the young Bucks. There were valid arguments to be made for both of the other finalists, too. After missing his first two NBA seasons, Embiid finally took the court and was an absolute game-changer in his arrival for the 76ers. The Cameroonian center averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists in just 25.4 minutes a night - per-minute marks that evoked comparisons to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Walt Bellamy and Anthony Davis. However, preventative minutes restrictions and an eventual season-ending injury limited Embiid to just 31 games and 786 total minutes - half as many minutes as the lowest number of any Rookie of the Year in history (1,558, Kyrie Irving, 2011-12) and nearly 20 fewer games than any ROY in an 82-game season ever (50, Patrick Ewing, 1985-86). Saric, meanwhile, came on strong late in the season, averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 assists and 2.2 assists in 26.3 minutes per game in Philly while serving as a primary playmaker and offensive focal point for the scuffling Sixers. Ultimately, though, Brodgon's steadier contributions to a playoff team seemed to make the promotional case that he refused to have the Bucks make on his behalf, making him the first player taken outside the first round to win top rookie honor since 1966. Not bad for a guy viewed by some draftniks as having maxed out his development potential and prospective value as a four-year college player without the runway to reach elite status down the line. 'This is a testament to guys that are underestimated,' Brogdon said from the stage. 'Guys that are second-round picks. Guys that are undrafted every year, that get looked over regardless of the work they put in, regardless of what they do. You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith, if you sacrifice for what you want.'
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Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Bob Myers has been named the 16-17 NBA Executive of the Year. Myers previously won the award for the 14-15 season. The Golden State Warriors led the NBA in regular season wins for the third straight season. Myers was critical in signing Kevin Durant in free agency and then building out a solid supporting cast despite a lack of cap flexibility. Daryl Morey finished just two points behind Myers with 57 compared to 59. Myers received nine first place votes compared to seven for Morey. Dennis Lindsey finished third.
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Green Named Defensive Player of Year - by Eurobasket News

Warriors forward Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, as was announced during the TNT awards show Monday night. Green led the league in steals at 2.03 per game and was 12th in blocks at 1.4 per game. He topped the other two finalists, Jazz center Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.). Leonard won the award the past two seasons.
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D'Antoni Captures Coach Of The Year Award - by Eurobasket News

Mike D'Antoni was named the NBA's Coach of the Year, which was announced on the TNT awards show Monday night. D'Antoni led the Rockets to the third-best record in the Western Conference at 55-27 in his first year with the club. The Rockets finished 41-41 in 2015/16. He also won the award in 2005 when he patrolled the sidelines for the Suns. The Spurs' Gregg Popovich and Heat's Erik Spoelstra were the other finalists. The Hoops Rumors staff gave two of the five votes to D'Antoni.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA Most Improved - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) is this season's NBA Most Improved Player. The Greek international pips French international Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) of the Utah Jazz and Serbian Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) from the Denver Nuggets. Antetokounmpo becomes the fifth player from Europe to win the award, averaging 22.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 5.4 apg. The jump in his stats is quite impressive since during the 2015-16 season he averaged 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 4.3 apg. The 24-year-old has led the Bucks to the Playoffs through his play, leading the team in virtually every statistic. Antetokounmpo was named the Most Improved Player during a star studded inaugural NBA Awards ceremony, held two weeks after the season concluded. Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook won the MVP award, edging Houston Rockets James Harden and San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard to the honour.
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NBA Awards 2017 - by Greg

NBA 1st Team 2017
LeBron James
James
Russell Westbrook
Westbrook
James Harden
Harden
Kawhi Leonard
Leonard
Anthony Davis
Davis


Finals MVP: Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88) of Golden St.W.
Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88) of Oklah.City T.
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94) of Milwaukee B.
Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88) of Houston R.
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92) of Milwaukee B.
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Golden St.W.
Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90) of Charlotte H.
Hustle Award: Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88) of Houston R.
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) of Dallas M.
Cares Community Assist Award: Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89) of Boston C.
Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni of Houston R.

1st Team
SF: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of Cleveland C.
PG: Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88) of Oklah.City T.
SG: James Harden (6'5''-SG-89) of Houston R.
F: Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91) of San Antonio S.
C: Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93) of N.Orleans P.

2nd Team
SF: Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88) of Golden St.W.
PG: Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88) of Golden St.W.
PG: Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89) of Boston C.
C: Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) of Utah Jazz
G/F: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94) of Milwaukee B.

3rd Team
C: DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88) of LA Clippers
F/G: DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89) of Toronto R.
PG: John Wall (6'4''-PG-90) of Washington W.
G/F: Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89) of Chicago B.
F: Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Golden St.W.

All-Defensive 1st Team
F: Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Golden St.W.
C: Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) of Utah Jazz
F: Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91) of San Antonio S.
PG: Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85) of LA Clippers
PG: Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88) of Houston R.

All-Defensive 2nd Team
G/F: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94) of Milwaukee B.
F: Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) of Oklah.City T.
C: Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93) of N.Orleans P.
G/F: Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87) of San Antonio S.
G: Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82) of Memphis G.

All-Rookie 1st Team
G: Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92) of Milwaukee B.
PF: Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94) of Phi.76ers
C: Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94) of Phi.76ers
G: Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93) of Sacramento K.
C: Guillermo Hernangomez (6'11''-C-94) of New York K.

All-Rookie 2nd Team
F/G: Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97) of Denver N.
F: Jaylen Brown (6'7''-F-96) of Boston C.
F: Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97) of Phoenix Suns
SF: Brandon Ingram (6'9''-SF-97) of LA Lakers
PG: Yogi Ferrell (6'0''-PG-93) of Dallas M.



Nets To Decline K.J. McDaniels' Team Option - by Eurobasket News

The Nets intend to decline their team option on K.J. McDaniels (6'6''-G/F-93, college: Clemson), reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. The move will ensure that McDaniels becomes a free agent on July 1. The 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, McDaniels began his career with the Sixers but was acquired in a trade deadline deal in February 2015 by the Rockets. McDaniels remained in Houston until this year's trade deadline, when the Rockets and Nets worked out a deal that sent him to Brooklyn. For his career, McDaniels has averaged 5.3 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 148 regular season contests. Following his move from Houston to Brooklyn earlier this year, the 24-year-old played well in limited minutes, averaging 6.3 PPG and shooting 45.5% in 20 games (14.7 MPG). However, the Nets likely viewed his $3.477MM option as a little too pricey.
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Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have discussed a three-team trade involving Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA). In the discussed trade scenario, George would end up with the Cavaliers while Love would go to the Nuggets. While George would like to end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers could risk trading for George due to the unique nature of competing for a title playing with LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke). The Cavaliers would like to improve their team this offseason and be better suited to play against the Warriors, which George would do instead of Love. One version of the three-team would trade would have Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) going to the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have made upgrading the power forward position one of their priorities this offseason. Denver made Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray off limits in trade talks.
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Cavs Considered Leading Contenders To Sign Carmelo Anthony If Bought Out - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be leading contenders to sign Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) if he agrees to an offseason buyout with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN. Anthony is owed $26.2 million in 17-18 and $27.9 million in 18-19. The Knicks would like to trade Anthony but he owns a full no-trade clause. Anthony reportedly doesn't want to move too far away from New York. Phil Jackson has publicly requested Anthony accept a trade from the Knicks. In the past, Anthony has been open to a trade to the Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers could also sign Dwyane Wade if he agrees upon a buyout with the Chicago Bulls.
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Miami Heat signs rookie Zak Irvin in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old swingman Zak Irvin (198-98kg-94). Irvin just graduated from Michigan (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 38 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg last season. Irvin helped them to win Big Ten Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. Great season indeed as he was voted to Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Irvin is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He received HS Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Edge_Sports)

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Doyle inks at Brooklyn Nets at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old guard Milton Doyle (193-84kg-93). Doyle just graduated from Loyola University of Chicago (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to All-MVC 1st Team.
Doyle has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Doyle's team made it to the MVC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

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Raptors To Promote Bobby Webster To GM - by Eurobasket News

Raptors assistant general manager Bobby Webster has been considered the favorite to receive a promotion since GM Jeff Weltman 's departure earlier this offseason, and it sounds like the club will make it official soon. According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050, the Raps are expected to announce Webster as their new GM at some point this week. After working at the NBA offices for several seasons, Webster joined the Raptors' front office in 2013 as the team's VP of basketball management and strategy. Webster, who is well-versed in salary cap matters, ascended the ranks quickly in Toronto, earning a promotion to assistant GM last summer. Now, according to TSN's full story on the move, Webster is set to become the NBA's youngest general manager, just four years after joining the Raptors. Masai Ujiri, Toronto's president of basketball operations, retains control over the club's basketball decisions, but the general manager position is still a crucial one. Weltman's performance in the Raptors' front office earned him the president of basketball operations job in Milwaukee, vacating the GM position in Toronto. Webster and Ujiri will have plenty of big decisions to make this summer, with key Raptors like Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson, and P.J. Tucker all eligible for unrestricted free agency.
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Martin Schiller to be named next Salt Lake City Stars head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz are expected to name Martin Schiller as head coach of their G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, multiple league sources tell 2 Ways & 10 Days. Schiller, 33, most recently served as an assistant coach with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the BBL league in Germany. He has also served as an assistant for the Artland Dragons of the ProB league in Germany, as well as for the WBC Wels of the Austrian Basketball League. Schiller replaces Dean Cooper , who served as head coach of the Idaho Stampede/Salt Lake City Stars for the previous three seasons. Cooper finished with a 43-107 record (.286%) in that span.
Courtesy of: 2ways10days.com



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  NCAA1  


N.C. State adds grad transfer Sam Hunt - by Eurobasket News

N.C. State added its fourth transfer this offseason. Like ex-Baylor guard Al Freeman, the latest one is eligible to play next season. Sam Hunt (6'2''-G-95), a double-digit scorer the past two seasons at North Carolina A&T, officially enrolled at North Carolina State on Monday morning. 'Sam is a great young man and will bring much needed depth to our backcourt,' N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement. 'I want guys who are excited about being a part of our program and Sam really wants to be here. 'Sam is a combo guard that can space the floor with his ability to shoot the basketball. He is a good fit for the system and will bring a wealth of experience to our roster.' Hunt, the 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 12.7 points per game last season, a dip from the 15.4 points per game he posted for the Aggies as a redshirt sophomore. Hunt joins a roster that lost its three leading scorers from a season ago, one that ended 15-17 (4-14 ACC). Dennis Smith Jr. is a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Maverick Rowan also pursued a professional career and Terry Henderson was denied an additional year from the NCAA. The Wolf Pack bring back forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Omer Yurtseven as well as Torin Dorn. Keatts, who took over the program after leading UNC Wilmington to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, has already built for the future. UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce, 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Seahawks, has followed him to Raleigh. Utah transfer Devon Daniels committed to the Wolf Pack the same day as Bryce. Both will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. Bryce will have two years of eligibility while Daniels will have three.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Vance Jackson transfers to New Mexico - by Eurobasket News

With more than a handful of departures this offseason, New Mexico is set to have a new-look roster for the 2017-18 season. On Monday, Paul Weir , now at the helm of the program, landed a player who should make an impact in the three remaining seasons of eligibility he has left. Vance Jackson (6'8''-SF-97), who spent this past season at UConn, decided to make the move from Storrs to Albuquerque, picking the Lobos over Rutgers, San Diego State, TCU, and Washington. The 6-foot-8 rising sophomore will have to sit out next year due to NCAA transfer rules before resuming his collegiate career in the fall of 2018. 'The coaches - they trust in me,' Jackson told Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal last month during his official campus visit. 'We're on the same page. They see a vision.' Weir, who led New Mexico State this past season to a NCAA Tournament appearance in his one and only season as head coach, succeeded Craig Neal in April. This offseason has been headlined by transfers, though, those mostly were about players leaving the program. Jackson is the second transfer to land at UNM with Akron's Antino Jackson electing to use his final season of eligibility with the Lobos. Antino Jackson is a graduate transfer, allowing him to play immediately next season. Vance Jackson, who was rated as the No. 80 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals, averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting just under 40 percent from three for the Huskies as a freshman.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Ryan Edwards transferring to Portland State - by Eurobasket News

KREM sports director Darnay Tripp broke the news Sunday that former Gonzaga center Ryan Edwards (7'1''-C) is heading to the Big Sky to play for Portland State. Originally, Edwards was just going to stop playing collegiate basketball and look for a job, but he had a year of eligibility left and decided to get back in the game. The seven footer out of Kalispell, Montana served mostly as a reserve for Mark Few's squad, though he did average almost nine minutes per game two seasons ago. He joins Bryan Alberts and Dustin Triano on the transfer trail after the National Championship appearance.
Courtesy of: krem.com



Washington lands four-star forward Hameir Wright - by Eurobasket News

Washington and new head coach Mike Hopkins snagged another talented piece on Saturday as four-star forward Hameir Wright (6'9''-F-99) committed to the Huskies. The reigning New York State Gatorade Player of the Year, Wright had was originally supposed to be a member of the Class of 2018, but he will skip his scheduled season at Brewster Academy to join Washington for the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-7 Wright was being pursued by a solid list of high-major programs this summer as Washington was able to land another talented player from upstate New York for next season. Wright joins wing Naz Carter, the nephew of Jay Z, as recent commits who can come in and play next season for the Huskies. Hopkins has used his former connections as a Syracuse assistant to get his roster two immediate pieces that could be four-year players. It's a really positive start for the first-year head coach as he has a lot of holes to fill on the Washington roster.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Clemson lands three-star Class of 2018 guard John Newman - by Eurobasket News

Clemson was able to land a commitment from three-star Class of 2018 shooting guard John Newman (6'6''-F) on Friday night. The 6-foot-4 Newman selected the Tigers over his other finalists that included Providence, Virginia and Wake Forest. Newman is coming off of a solid spring with Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL and he also had a good showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last week at the University of Virginia. An aggressive perimeter threat who can score or distribute, Newman can not only put up points in bunches but he's also pretty efficient in terms of his shooting splits. Newman put up 11.5 points per game at Top 100 Camp on 55 percent shooting and 53 percent three-point shooting as he looked like one of the more confident scorers in the camp. The first commitment for Clemson in the Class of 2018, Newman is an important start for what could be a very big recruiting class for the Tigers.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Notre Dame Basketball adds ESPN Top 100 guard Robby Carmody - by Eurobasket News

Notre Dame added their second recruit from the 2018 recruiting class when Mike Brey and the coaching staff landed 6'4 shooting guard Robby Carmody. Carmody is ranked as a four-star and is the 74th ranked recruit on ESPNs top 100 recruits. He ranks two spots ahead of other Notre Dame four-star PG commit Prentiss Hubb. Robby Carmody is a native of Pennsylvania and is a perfect fit for Mike Brey . He is willing to get to the rim and he's also not afraid to get scrappy underneath the basket for some rebounds much like a Pat Connaughton or Steve Vasturia. Carmody also has the potential to develop a nice long-range shot much like every Mike Brey shooting guard ever. Brey is known for developing players and Carmody is going to develop nicely in Brey's system. He might not have an immediate impact once he gets on campus, but it will not be long before you know who he is. As a junior last season Carmody average 26.2 ppg 4.8 apg 12.7 rpg in 23 games of action. Carmody is also a scrappy defender piling up 3.9 spg and .9 bpg. Notre Dame's other recruit from the 2018 class Prentiss Hubb and could be in line to take over the point guard role after Matt Farrell graduates after this season. Hubb could possibly be the next four-year PG starter much like former Irish point guards Tory Jackson and Eric Atkins. Mike Brey might quietly be one of the most underrated coaches in all of college basketball. He has become a solid recruiter and has Notre Dame Basketball near the top of the ACC year in and year out. Getting recruits like Robby Carmody and Prentiss Hubb are going to keep Mike Brey and the Fighting Irish near the top.
Courtesy of: isportsweb.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


New Zealand U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Robert Coman
Cian Emery
Samuel Jenkins
Taine Murray
Obadaiah Paea
Harrison Payne
Mac Stodart
Okirano Tilaia
Reihana Topia
Ezrah Vaigafa

Zico Coronel Head Coach Wellington S. New Zealand



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  NIGERIA  


Rivers Hoopers seals two win on the road - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers continued their impressive form on the road with a hard fought 79-68 points win over Police Baton on Saturday in Lagos.

Somtochukwu Managor led the way for the KingsMen with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Solomon Ajegbeyi added 13 points with 8 rebounds to go with it while Ikechukwu Benjamin had 11 points and 4 rebounds.

The KingsMen played significantly better in the first half in this contest, leading by 43-26 points by the end of the second quarter but broke down in the third.

The defensive breakdowns by the Hoopers led to easy baskets for the hosts, scoring 20-8 in the third. It took a team effort for Hoopers including the contributions from experienced guard and five-time league champion, Anyebe Ujoh who came off the bench in the final quarter to overcome the resilient Police Baton.

The win brings it to 6 wins in 7 games on the road for the former champions. The KingsMen will return to Port Harcourt to play their next couple of games at home.

Team head coach, Rivers Hoopers Ogoh Odaudu believes his team's hard work has started yielding results.

'This is what we came out to do from beginning of the season. It is just a part of it coming through. Not like I feel exceptional, I feel satisfied that the hard work we're putting into it is beginning to bear fruits but we still have a long way to go so we are not done yet,' Odaudu said.

Rivers Hoopers will next host Kwara Falcons and Oluyole Warriors on Thursday and Saturday respectively in Port Harcourt. Anyebe Ujoh (193-G-86, agency: Aspire Sports)



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  PANAMA  


Marinos add Hicks to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) added to their roster experienced 41-year old Panamanian forward Michael Hicks (196-93kg-76, college: Texas A&M-CC).

He played last season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Hicks helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.

The previous (2016) summer he played at Toros in LPB where in 5 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in 2016 season.

In 2001 Hicks was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in fifth round (41st overall).

The former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi staris in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

He represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City seventeen years ago. Hicks' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT-3 (90.5%).

Hicks is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Hicks tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America.

He has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia and Imola), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Gallitos and Manati), Panama (Magnates and P.Lefevre) and Venezuela (Miranda).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Marinos.



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  PHILIPPINES  


Chane Behanan (ex Guayama) joins Mahindra - by Eurobasket News

Mahindra Floodbuster (PBA) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played this summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 6 games he had 13.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. Behanan also played that season for Capitanes (also in BSN) where in 14 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
Behanan attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Behanan won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team in 2016.
Behanan is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Behanan tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Polonia Leszno adds Przemyslaw Wrona - by Greg

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno (1Liga) landed 24-year old center Przemyslaw Wrona (205-93). He played most recently at AZS Koszalin (PLK). PLK was a little too high level for him, where in 14 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.3rpg last season. 1Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Wrona played at Sokol Lancut. In 40 1Liga games he had 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
He has played previously for Roben Gimbasket Wroclaw.

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stanferd Sanny
Nikodem Sirijatowicz

Forwards:
Adam Kaczmarzyk
Maciej Rostalski
Radoslaw Trubacz

Center:
Przemyslaw Wrona

Coach: Lukasz Grudniewski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adam Kaczmarzyk signs at Polonia Leszno - by Greg

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno (1Liga) landed 29-year old small forward Adam Kaczmarzyk (198-88, agency: Promotex). He has played for the last two years at Stal Ostrow in the PLK. In 15 games he averaged just 2.3ppg last season.
Kaczmarzyk has played previously for: Pleszew, Znicz Basket, MKS Budimpex Polonia Przemyslw.

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stanferd Sanny
Nikodem Sirijatowicz

Forwards:
Adam Kaczmarzyk
Radoslaw Trubacz

Center:
Maciej Rostalski

Coach: Lukasz Grudniewski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Norbert Kulon is a newcomer at GKS Tychy - by Eurobasket News

GKS Tychy (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Norbert Kulon (187-92). He played most recently at King Szczecin (PLK). In 11 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulon played at Slask (TBL) where in 31 games he averaged 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention. Kulon also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg.
Kulon represented Poland at the 3x3 European Championships in Bucharest last year.
He has played previously for four other teams: GTK Gliwice, Slask 3 Wroclaw, Polfarmex and Slask 2 Wroclaw.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Filip Malgorzaciak signs at GKS Tychy - by Eurobasket News

GKS Tychy (1Liga) landed 24-year old swingman Filip Malgorzaciak (192-93). He has played for the last three years at Miasto Szkla Krosno in the PLK. Malgorzaciak helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
He won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2016.
Malgorzaciak was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2013.
He has played previously for three other teams: Astoria Bydgoszcz, Trefl II Sopot and Trefl.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza lands coach Jacek Winnicki - by Eurobasket News

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK) tabbed 50-year old coach Jacek Winnicki (agency: Promotex) from Polski Cukier Torun. He helped them to make it to the final.
Among other achievements Winnicki received Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Coach of the Year award back in 2013.
He was coaching Polish Senior National Team back in 2003.
Winnicki has coached previously professionally also in Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Poland (Slask and CCC Polkowice).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dusty Hannahs signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Dusty Hannahs (190-95kg-93). He just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). Hannahs has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Hannahs played at the SEC Tournament Finalist in 2017.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Igor Wadowski
Dusty Hannahs

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trefl Sopot keeps Smigielski for another season - by Greg

Trefl Sopot (PLK) re-signed 28-year old guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 PLK games he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg last season.
He has played previously for four other teams: Twarde Pierniki, Start and Asseco.

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Smigielski
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 signs Andrija Bojic - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 24-year old Serbian power forward Andrija Bojic (207-95kg-93, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg and 7.9rpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Bojic also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS where in 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bojic's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Bojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like OKK Beograd, Borac and Mega Leks.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Daniel Golebiowski
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch
Andrija Bojic

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Ebanks, San German21.0 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.4 
 3. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 4. Harris, Ponce18.7 
 5. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.3 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Mitchell, Mayaguez17.5 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.5 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.2 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.6 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Romero, Bayamon9.2 
 5. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. James, Fajardo8.0 
 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 German7.3 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.1 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.5 
 7. Guzman, Isabela5.3 
 8. Duran, Mayaguez4.7 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.6 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Harris, Ponce1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Romero, Bayamon1.3 
 9. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Belardo, Ponce1.2 
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. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Franklin, San G.1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Isabela1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Harris, Ponce0.8 


BSN Round 39: Cariduros lose to Capitanes - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in BSN. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game between second ranked Cariduros (21-13) and sixth ranked Capitanes (17-17) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Cariduros were crushed by Capitanes in Fajardo 68-103. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Cariduros managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitanes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cariduros' 34. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Capitanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Cariduros' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitanes made 9 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) answered with 15 points for Cariduros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Cariduros at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round. Cariduros will play at home against Atleticos (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gallitos managed to get a eleventh victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Atleticos in San German 82-74. It was a great evening for international forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Edwin Ubiles helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was point guard William Cruz (180-95, college: Thomas Univ.) with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Atleticos' coach rotated thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Gallitos maintains tenth place with 11-22 record. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. Gallitos will play against higher ranked Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atleticos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cariduros where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 39 Mayaguez beat Bayamon on the road 90-80.

Bayamon - Mayaguez 80-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked Indios (15-19) beat 7th ranked Vaqueros (15-20) in Bayamon 90-80. Vaqueros were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Indios players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. International Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Indios players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Vaqueros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios moved-up to seventh place. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 20 games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaqueros will play on the road against Gallitos (#10) in Isabela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: J.Akindele 21+8reb+3ast, I.Romero 21+18reb, A.Galindo 20+1reb+2ast, J.Villegas 9+2reb+8ast, C.Dalmau 5+2reb+4ast, B.Santiago 3+3reb+2ast
Mayaguez: R.Clemente 20+6reb+1ast, R.Suarez 19+2reb+3ast, D.Laury 15+10reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 13+6reb+3ast, N.Butler Lind 9+1reb+1ast, K.Young 8+7reb+5ast
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San German - Isabela 74-82

Bottom-ranked Gallitos managed to get a eleventh victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Atleticos in San German 82-74. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-15 Atleticos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for international forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-86, college: Siena) helped adding 24 points. Four Gallitos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard William Cruz (180-95, college: Thomas Univ.) with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Onzie Branch (198-91, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Atleticos' coach rotated thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Gallitos maintains tenth place with 11-22 record. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. Gallitos will play against higher ranked Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atleticos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cariduros where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
San German: A.Franklin 12+2reb+2ast, O.Branch 11+8reb+1ast, C.Figueroa 11+6reb, I.Sosa Carrion 8+2reb+1ast, J.Keenan 6+3reb+2ast, W.Cruz 6+10reb+4ast
Isabela: E.Ubiles 24+4reb+3ast, W.Orozco 21+13reb+2ast, A.Guzman 14+3reb+4ast, R.Cintron Cortes 12+6reb+7ast, W.Martinez 9+1reb, E.Pellot 2+1reb
gschID: 540234


Fajardo - Arecibo 68-103

The game between second ranked Cariduros (21-13) and sixth ranked Capitanes (17-17) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Cariduros were crushed by Capitanes in Fajardo 68-103. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Cariduros managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitanes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cariduros' 34. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Capitanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Cariduros' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitanes made 9 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. Guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) answered with 15 points and the former international power forward Luis Villafane (208-81, college: Niagara) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cariduros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Cariduros at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round. Cariduros will play at home against Atleticos (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: J.Ruiz 15+3reb+2ast, X.Zambrana 11+5reb, R.Melendez 11+1reb+1ast, F.Rivera 9+2reb+2ast, L.Villafane 8+9reb+1ast, C.Ortiz 4+6reb+1ast
Arecibo: C.Clarke 23+14reb+6ast, D.Clemente 15+2reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 14+7reb+2ast, A.Alamo 10+3reb, W.Hodge 9+3reb+6ast, A.Matias 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 540232





Devin Ebanks gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for San German and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 38.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 50 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for San German in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mayaguez (#7, 15-19) 132-125. Thanks to this victory San German moved-up to the 6th position in Puerto Rican BSN. San German 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 17-18 record. In the team's last game Ebanks had a remarkable 64.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at San German, being already a very valuable addition to the team. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ebanks is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Ebanks is in league's top in and averages solid 58.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was another San German's star - 23-year old American guard Gary Browne (185-G-93, agency: Inception Sports). Browne impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 24 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. Of course San German cruised to a 132-125 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Mayaguez (#7, 15-19). Despite this victory San German slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-18 record. Browne is one of the most experienced players at San German and similarly like Devin Ebanks has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama (#9). Wilkins got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last week. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Guayama, leading his team to a 78-61 easy win against the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 19-15). The chances of Guayama ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 20 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wilkins could help Guayama to bring them higher in the standings. Wilkins has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chris Gaston (201-PF-89) of Aguada - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Mayaguez - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Reginald Buckner (206-F-91) of Fajardo - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of Fajardo - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Chane Behanan (ex Guayama) joins Mahindra - by Eurobasket News

Mahindra Floodbuster (PBA) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played this summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 6 games he had 13.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. Behanan also played that season for Capitanes (also in BSN) where in 14 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
Behanan attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Behanan won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team in 2016.
Behanan is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Behanan tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

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Will Daniels (ex Hapoel Eilat) signs at Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Quebradillas (BSN) landed 31-year old American forward Will Daniels (202-104kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 23 games he averaged 11.3ppg and 5.0rpg last season. Daniels helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He also played that season for Al Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 6 games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Daniels received Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Daniels has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Daniels has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (JSF Nanterre), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana), Puerto Rico (Mets) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Rhode Island University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSN Round 38: Piratas are upset by Brujos - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BSN. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (19-15) and ninth ranked Brujos (14-20) on Sunday night. Piratas were defeated by Brujos at home 78-61. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-61. The best player for the winners was American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Piratas' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 14-20 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Juana Diaz. First ranked Santeros faced 4th ranked Leones. Guests from Coamo (24-10) smashed host Leones (18-17) 105-76. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Gilberto Clavell contributed with 22 points for the winners. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) replied with 18 points for Leones. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-10 record. Leones at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game was played in Arecibo where Vaqueros (#8) won against host Capitanes (#5) 95-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. Ismael Romero had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Denis Clemente responded with 28 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros (15-19) moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Cariduros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Atleticos (17-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (14-19). Atleticos managed to secure a 7-point victory 132-125. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. Devin Ebanks notched 50 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos moved-up to fifth place. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gallitos (#10) in Isabela where they are favorite. Indios will play on the road against Vaqueros in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 38 Fajardo defeated Isabela in a road game 84-73.

Ponce - Aguada 76-105

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Juana Diaz. First ranked Santeros faced 4th ranked Leones. Guests from Coamo (24-10) smashed host Leones (18-17) 105-76. It looked good early as Leones took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Santeros had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Leones were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-105. Santeros players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) replied with 18 points and Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 14 points in the effort for Leones. Four Leones 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. Santeros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-10 record. Leones at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ponce: M.Harris 18+4reb, V.Liz 14+4reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 11+2reb+2ast, G.Belardo 11+2reb+1ast, C.Emory 8+4reb+4ast, G.Colon 4+1reb
Aguada: G.Clavell 22+3reb+3ast, C.Gaston 21+4reb+3ast, R.Mendoza 16+8reb+7ast, E.Andujar 9+3reb+4ast, R.Hettsheimer 8+6reb+1ast, J.Matos 6+1reb
gschID: 540230


Quebradillas - Guayama 61-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (19-15) and ninth ranked Brujos (14-20) on Sunday night. Piratas were defeated by Brujos at home 78-61. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-61. The best player for the winners was American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Piratas' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 14-20 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: R.Chaney 22+10reb+3ast, J.Mojica 14+4reb+5ast, J.Bryan Diaz 10+4reb+1ast, A.Carmona 8+9reb+4ast, G.Fitch 4+2reb+5ast, L.Hernandez 2+2reb
Guayama: D.Wilkins 30+7reb+3ast, L.Wade 15+5reb+5ast, J.Nieves 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 7+6reb+5ast, M.Fillyaw 5+5reb+4ast, K.Vinales 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540231


Arecibo - Bayamon 81-95

An interesting game was played in Arecibo where Vaqueros (#8) won against host Capitanes (#5) 95-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Capitanes' players. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) responded with 28 points and naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 25 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros (15-19) moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Cariduros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Clemente 28+4reb+2ast, W.Hodge 25+2reb+3ast, D.Huertas 11+1reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 7+10reb+1ast, C.Clarke 6+8reb+4ast, D.Cortez 2
Bayamon: A.Galindo 18+4reb+1ast, B.Santiago 18+4reb+1ast, I.Romero 16+12reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 11+1reb+7ast, B.Colon 8+3reb+1ast, J.Akindele 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 540229


Isabela - Fajardo 73-84

There was no surprise in Isabela where 10th ranked Gallitos (10-22) were defeated by second ranked Cariduros (21-12) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Cariduros. Gallitos was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cariduros had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cariduros brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) supported him with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Gallitos. His fellow American import point guard Raymond Cintron-Cortes (183-90, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points for the hosts. Four Gallitos players scored in double figures. Cariduros maintains second position with 21-12 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Gallitos lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Cariduros' next round opponent will be Capitanes (#6) in Arecibo. Gallitos will play on the road against Atleticos (#5) in San German and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Isabela: T.Wilkerson 17+9reb+3ast, R.Cintron Cortes 16+4reb+3ast, E.Ubiles 12+2reb+2ast, A.Guzman 10+2reb+1ast, W.Orozco 9+6reb, A.Kelley 5+2reb+4ast
Fajardo: M.Ali Berdiel 22+8reb+2ast, D.James 16+6reb+4ast, R.Buckner 15+11reb+2ast, F.Rivera 9+2reb+8ast, E.Ayuso 8+4reb+1ast, A.Colon 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540228


Mayaguez - San German 125-132

The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Atleticos (17-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (14-19). Atleticos managed to secure a 7-point victory 132-125. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. They outrebounded Indios 63-40 including a 47-32 advantage in defensive rebounds. Atleticos players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Indios' players. 34 personal fouls committed by Indios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) notched 50 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) supported him with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Indios. International guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 25 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos moved-up to fifth place. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gallitos (#10) in Isabela where they are favorite. Indios will play on the road against Vaqueros in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 34+7reb+2ast, C.Duran 25+3reb+4ast, D.Laury 21+10reb+1ast, R.Clemente 12+2reb+1ast, R.Suarez 10+3reb+2ast, K.Young 9+7reb+1ast
San German: D.Ebanks 50+8reb+3ast, G.Browne 24+16reb+12ast, A.Franklin 16+10reb+3ast, I.Sosa Carrion 13+2reb+4ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 9+8reb+2ast, J.Keenan 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 540227





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UBT Cluj Napoca tabs Alexandru Olah - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) inked 24-year old Romanian international center Alexandru Olah (213-120kg-93, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at Mons-Hainaut in Belgian Euromillions League. In 37 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Bosmans Team. Olah also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Olah has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Olah has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 71.8%.
Olah has played previously for BC II Timisoara.
He attended Northwestern University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UBT Cluj Napoca adds Watson to their roster, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85kg-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. In 34 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg. Watson helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Usak Sportlif in Turkish BSL where in 32 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.6apg.
Watson's team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Watson has played also professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Giants), Iceland (Grindavik and Njardvik) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
On Watson: Unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed ... sparks the team with passing and ball movement ... great defender.

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

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kupol-Rodniki lands Ruslan Abdulbasirov - by Eurobasket News

Kupol-Rodniki Izhevsk (Superleague 1) tabbed 24-year old center Ruslan Abdulbasirov (211-97kg-93). He played most recently at Rusichi Kursk in Russian Superleague 3. In three games he averaged 15.0ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.0apg, 3.3spg and 1.7bpg last season. Abdulbasirov also played that season for Samara SGEU (Superleague). But in 7 games he had just 0.6ppg and 2.3rpg. The other team he played shortly was Samara 2nd team (also in Superleague 3) where in three games he recorded 15.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Abdulbasirov's team made it to the Superleague 1 Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Abdulbasirov has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo-CBK Stavropol, Avtodor Saratov 2nd team and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mikhail Yudov joins Kupol-Rodniki - by Eurobasket News

Kupol-Rodniki Izhevsk (Superleague 1) added to their roster 28-year old forward Mikhail Yudov (198-101kg-89). He played last season at Burevestnik (Superleague 2). In 34 games he had 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Yudov played at Arsenal (also in Superleague 2) where in 30 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Avtodor, Dynamo-YUZGU Kursk and Desna Bryansk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Estudiantes keep Savane for another season - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) re-signed experienced 39-year old Senegalese international forward Sitapha Savane (202-105kg-78, college: Navy). He played there last season. In 31 Liga Endesa games he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Savane played at Gran Canaria where in 35 Liga Endesa games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final and Supercup semifinals. Savane also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg.
In 2000 he was drafted by Washington (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
Savane attended U.S. Naval Academy and it is his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 1998.
Savane has played also professionally in Italy, Spain (Joventut, UCAM Murcia, Tenerife and Menorca) and USBL (Maryland M.).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes.
Savane's game is described as: Plays with hustle, has great leaping ablity and attitude, but is above all an udersized (201 cms) center, who can not be so effective at top level, if he won' t develop a reliable 4-5 metres shooting range.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley

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Igor Milosevic agreed terms with Peristeri GS Athens - by Chris Mammides

Peristeri GS Athens (B) inked 31-year old naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86). He played most recently at Holargos B.C. in Greek A2 league, but left. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Milosevic also played that season for Holargos (C) where in 22 games he averaged remarkable 15.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Panionios that year.
Milosevic represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Milosevic has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Milosevic has played previously professionally also in Germany (Braunschweig), Kazakhstan (Astana), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Turkey (Trabzonspor) and Greece (Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Iraklis, Marousi and Kavala).
His game is described as: A promising point guard with a great shooting ability; has great ball-handling and dribbling skills, needs to improve his quarterbacking and to modify his 'first look a shot' mentality;
Outlook (2007):
The Greek combo guard (of Serbia origin) is among the most improved players of his age as his game become very mature and he is really looking towards very high. He can organise the game of his team with characteristic easyness, he is the coach in the court. He has very good penetration skills and his basketball IQ is quite high. He can pass the ball off the drive with positive results. In the shooting department he looks quite consistent. He enjoys range out to the three point line. has great ball-handling and dribbling skills, needs to improve his quarterbacking and to modify his 'first look a shot' mentality; He is currently been picked in the Second Round of the 2008 Mock Draft as no. 27
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AEK Athens keep Sakota for another season - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) re-signed 31-year old naturalized Serbian small forward Dusan Sakota (210-101kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 32 A1 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. Sakota helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Sakota also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.8apg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Sakota's team made it to the Italian final in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Sakota represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Sakota has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Russia (Enisey), Italy (Openjobmetis VA and VL Pesaro) and Greece (Panathinaikos and Panionios).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Standing at 2.09, a world class shooter, that ranges anywhere from under the basket to just before the half court line! A very smart player in offense, who is always able to read the high-low situation, or find the weak-side passes to his teammates exceptionally well, and is very effective off the drive to draw the foul or go all the way, when his defender is too close protecting his shot. In defense, using his brain and quick reactions, is always able to predict situations and draw offensive fouls or get steals for his team. An ideal team-player Power Forward, for any coach that wants to build a roster with discipline, and a winning mentality.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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Polpharma signs Andrija Bojic - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 24-year old Serbian power forward Andrija Bojic (207-95kg-93, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg and 7.9rpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Bojic also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS where in 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bojic's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Bojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like OKK Beograd, Borac and Mega Leks.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Daniel Golebiowski
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch
Andrija Bojic

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

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Timberwolves ink Marko Kolaric - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (212-84, college: Chaminade) from Raiders. He helped them to win the 2.Bundesliga title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Kolaric is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Kolaric has played previously professionally in Hungary (Kormend and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK), Tunisia (Stade Nabeulien), Turkey (Tofas, Canakkale, Bandirma Kirmizi and Istanbul BBSK), Serbia (Vojvodina and Vrsac) and Montenegro (Mogren).
He attended Chaminade University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

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Wisseh comes back to Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). It is actually his comeback to Prievidza as he has played here before. Wisseh played most recently at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 38 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.2apg (top 5) and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wisseh played at BC Prievidza where in 46 SBL games he was fifth best scorer with 12.7ppg and had 2.8rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Wisseh also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Wisseh received Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Wisseh has played also professionally in Canada (London Lightning), Croatia (Kvarner), Romania (CSU Sibiu and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Hungary (Kormend) and Slovakia (Handlova and MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Long Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strengths: 'leader, high IQ for point guard'.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



Teo Petani (ex GKK Sibenik) agreed terms with Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) inked 29-year old Croatian guard Teo Petani (190-88). He has played for the last four years at GKK Sibenik in Croatian A1 league. In 29 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg last season. Petani helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention award in 2015 and 2016.
Petani represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 82.4%.
Petani has played also professionally in Bosnia (Capljina Lasta), Slovenia (Triglav) and Croatia (KK_Zadar, Jolly, Slavonski Brod, Borik Puntamika and Pet Bunara).

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

Teo Petani
Miha Vasl
Zarko Djuric
Boris Bojanovsky
Simon Krajcovic
Martin Bachan
Martin Danielic
Patrik Adamik

Coach: Teo Hojc



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Kormend keep Gasper Potocnik at helm - by Eurobasket News

Egis Kormend (A Division) confirmed 37-year old Slovenian coach Gasper Potocnik. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Potocnik coached at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game.
He was coaching Slovenian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015.
Potocnik has coached previously two other Slovenian teams: Krka and LTH Castings.

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Limburg United adds Spicer to their roster, ex Tajfun - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old American center Khaliq Spicer (206-104kg-94, college: Kent State, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 30 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.9rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.7bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spicer's team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Spicer graduated from Kent State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

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Union Olimpija keeps Drazen Bubnic - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija and Drazen Bubnic (207-F/C-86) will remain together for another one season after agreeing on a contract extension today, the club announced.
Bubnic joined Union Olimpija last summer and averaged 6.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.1 blocks in 8 EuroCup games, 2.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 24 ABA League games and 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.2 blocks in 35 Slovenian League games, helped them to win Slovenian Championship and Cup titles.
He also played for Olimpija from 2012 through 2014. He has also played for Hermes Analitica Zagreb in his native Croatia, CSU Atlassib Sibiu in Romania, Donar Groningen in Netherland and for Slovan, Zlatorog, Koper, Helios, Rogaska and Sencur in Slovenia.



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Alcobendas keep Bermudez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) re-signed 22-year old point guard Nicolas Bermudez (193-95). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 24 EBA games he averaged 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bermudez played at Casvi where in 12 EBA games he had 6.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Spain at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Bermudez has played previously for two other teams: Movil Estudiantes and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B.

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Real Madrid may sign Fabien Causeur - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is targeting 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and named to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Causeur also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Causeur has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Causeur also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Causeur has played also professionally for other French teams like Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Cornella keeps Sanmartin for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) re-signed 33-year old center Alexandre Sanmartin (202-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 24 EBA games he averaged 6.8ppg and 6.7rpg last season.
Sanmartin was selected to Barnaball Summer League All-Star Game (Blue Team) in 2009.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Santfeliuenc, A.D. Tarragona, C.B. Valls-Felix Hotel, Igualada, Mollet and AEC Collblanc.

CB Cornella roster for 2017-2018:

Nestor Zamora
Alexandre Sanmartin
Oscar Raya
Fernando Villalon
Alfons Pilan

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Zamora re-signs at Cornella - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) confirmed in their roster 33-year old point guard Nestor Zamora (178-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 EBA games he had 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg last season.
Zamora won Catalunya Cup championship title in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Andorra, Barca II, Santfeliuenc, Plasencia and Araberri) and Poland (Nowa Sol).

CB Cornella roster for 2017-2018:

Nestor Zamora
Oscar Raya
Fernando Villalon
Alfons Pilan

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Estudiantes keep Savane for another season - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) re-signed experienced 39-year old Senegalese international forward Sitapha Savane (202-105kg-78, college: Navy). He played there last season. In 31 Liga Endesa games he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Savane played at Gran Canaria where in 35 Liga Endesa games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final and Supercup semifinals. Savane also played 18 games in Eurocup where he had 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg.
In 2000 he was drafted by Washington (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
Savane attended U.S. Naval Academy and it is his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 1998.
Savane has played also professionally in Italy, Spain (Joventut, UCAM Murcia, Tenerife and Menorca) and USBL (Maryland M.).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes.
Savane's game is described as: Plays with hustle, has great leaping ablity and attitude, but is above all an udersized (201 cms) center, who can not be so effective at top level, if he won' t develop a reliable 4-5 metres shooting range.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley

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Diot is close to re-sign at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) is about to confirm 28-year old French international point guard Antoine Diot (193-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 38 Liga Endesa games he had 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Diot helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. Diot was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Diot has regularly played for French senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.8ppg.
Diot has played also professionally for other French teams like Paris Levallois, Le Mans, Strasbourg IG, CFBB and JL Bourg.
On Diot: French point guard with top prospect for the future. He is born leader as he played many times with much older players and was leading them without any problem. He is a true leader and organizer the brains of the team. Diot is a scoring PG and has a really nice looking shot, which he can take under defensive pressure. His range is fine; he can nail three-pointers also from far behind the three-point line. He is not a real shooter, he takes his shoots not after running through a lot screens, but he creates his own shot. Due to his nice athleticism and speed, he can also create for his teammates, and he sees them very well for dishing out the nice assist to them. He can be developed as a really nice and most wanted point guard in the European courts.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Raya re-signs at Cornella - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old power forward Oscar Raya (209-89). He played there last season. In 26 EBA games he had 6.1ppg and 5.5rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Raya spent at Isover Basket Azuqueca (LEB Silver) where in 17 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0bpg. He also played that season for Zornotza (LEB Silver). But in 10 games he averaged just 1.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0bpg.
Raya represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 1.6ppg, 1.1rpg.
Raya has played previously professionally also in France (Toulouges) and Spain (FC Barcelona, CB Prat, Navarra, Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team and Araberri).

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Cornella keeps Villalon for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) re-signed 23-year old center Fernando Villalon (200-94). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 25 EBA games he recorded 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Villalon has played previously for Joventut.

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Pilan re-signs at Cornella - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) confirmed in their roster Alfons Pilan. He played there last season. But in two EBA games he had just 1.5ppg.

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Henk Norel leaves Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) left Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa). Norel has played there for the last five years. In 29 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2009 Norel was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2013. Norel received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2013.
He was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Norel played for Dutch Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
He represented Holland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Norel has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Meridiano Alicante and CB Prat) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Rebounding and shot blocking have been improving steadily giving him a more than acceptable asset as far as hustling is concerned ... He plays with good intensity, and his heart and passion for the game are obvious.
He still has to strengthen his body in general and bulk up quite a bit ... Has a relatively slow shot, and the position of his elbow on his shooting arm tends to swing to the right
.

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Spanish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Spanish U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Sergi Garcia
Garcia
Daniel De La Rua
De La Rua
Andrew Ramirez
Ramirez
Xabier Lopez
Lopez
Guillem Jou
Jou
#e#5
Sergi Garcia 193-PG-97 Zaragoza Spain
Daniel De La Rua 181-PG-97 Zornotza Spain
Andrew Ramirez 188-G-97 Hartford USA
Xabier Lopez 198-SF-97 Joventut Spain
Guillem Jou 196-G-97 Martorell Spain
Santiago Yusta 200-F/G-97 Obradoiro Spain
Jonathan Barreiro 205-F-97 Zaragoza Spain
Tomeu Rigo 193-G/F-97 Sevilla Spain
Jose Blazquez 197-F-97 Albacete Spain
Robinson Idehen 204-C Modesto Christian USA
Eric Vila 211-F-98 Texas A&M USA
Jon Galarza 193-SG-97 Valencia II Spain
Marc Marti 204-PF-97 Forca Lleida Spain
Alejandro Mazaira 202-C/F-97 FC Barcelona II Spain
Ramon Vila 202-C-97 Arizona St. USA
Jaume Sorolla 211-C-97 Valparaiso USA

Ibon Navarro Head Coach Manresa Spain
Alberto Lorenzo Assistant Estudiantes Spain
Aleix Duran Assistant Manresa Spain



Roberto Malpede (ex Kirchheim/Teck) is a newcomer at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Italian forward Roberto Malpede (198-88). He played most recently at Kirchheim/Teck in German 2.Regionalliga. In 10 games he recorded 12.7ppg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Malpede spent at Scafati Cesarano in Italian Serie B where in 32 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Scafati (Serie B) in Italy that year.
Malpede has played previously professionally in Spain (Universidad de Valladolid) and Italy (Melfi and Salerno).

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Smith re-signs at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old American point guard Johnell Smith (180-72kg-80, college: New Orleans). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 39 Basketligan games he had 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg last season. Smith helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Swedish Basketligan in 2012 and 2016. Smith was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Smith has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Finland (Joensuun_Kataja), Venezuela (Marinos, Miranda, Macizos and Bucaneros), Denmark (Svendborg) and CBL (Gainesville G.).
Smith is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Norrkoping.
Smith attended University of New Orleans until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: An exciting combo guard, who is very explosive when he attacks the basket and has the experience and the court vision to play the point well.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub

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TBL Round 14: PEA is defeated by Mono Thew - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked PEA (8-6) and fourth ranked Mono Thew (8-6) on Sunday night. PEA was defeated by Mono Thew in a tough game on the road 83-91. PEA was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Mono Thew, which allowed them to win the game. Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Mono Thew have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA.
TBL top team - Mono Vampire (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-12) in Bangkok 96-84. Sirapong Boonyai notched 35 points (!!!) to lead the effort and Pairach Sekteera supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 27 points and 4 assists by James Matinez did not help to save the game for Dunkin' Raptors. Mono Vampire have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
The game in Nakorn Phantom supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hitech (12-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Mad Goat (7-7). Hitech smashed Mad Goat 129-97 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Avery Scharer who had a triple-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. Freddie Goldstein produced 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Hitech have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Mad Goat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost.

In the last game of round 14 bottom-ranked OSK lost to TGE on the opponent's court 84-91.

TGE - OSK 91-84

Rather expected game when 8th ranked OSK (1-13) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked TGE (5-9) 91-84 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. TGE forced 19 OSK turnovers. The best player for the winners was Alfred Mandani who scored 25 points and 9 assists. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TGE maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. OSK at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
OSK: R.Koga 23+4reb+3ast, N.Barfield 19+13reb, K.Hill 15+13reb+3ast, K.Panyaparu 13+3reb+1ast, S.Wachiraphong 5+3reb, A.Dokkaew 5+4reb+5ast
TGE: A.Mandani 25+4reb+9ast, J.Collins 17+9reb+1ast, R.Singleton 15+7reb, N. Vivattapongpetch 13+10reb, N.Kupadit 8+3reb+2ast, A.Leelaphiphatkul 5+9reb+6ast
gschID: 547923


Mono Thew - PEA 91-83

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked PEA (8-6) and fourth ranked Mono Thew (8-6) on Sunday night. PEA was defeated by Mono Thew in a tough game on the road 83-91. PEA was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Mono Thew, which allowed them to win the game. Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Mono Thew players scored in double figures. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Mono Thew have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 33+7reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 21+2reb+4ast, R.Reyes 9+4reb, A.Hoom-Art 7+4reb, S.Deguara 7+11reb, M.Williams 6+11reb+1ast
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 25+10reb+6ast, A.McClain 21+11reb+1ast, T.Suktub 20+2reb, N.Muangboon 11+6reb+4ast, P.Cabahug 9+4reb+2ast, S.Thomas 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547924


Mad Goat - Hitech 97-129

The game in Nakorn Phantom supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hitech (12-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Mad Goat (7-7). Hitech smashed Mad Goat 129-97 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hitech. Mad Goat managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Mad Goat's 60. They outrebounded Mad Goat 49-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. Hitech looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a triple-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. The other American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hitech players scored in double figures. American-Israeli point guard Freddie Goldstein (178-88, college: S.Alabama) produced 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Michael Earl (203-85, college: Utah St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Hitech have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Mad Goat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: F.Goldstein 33+6reb+4ast, M.Earl 17+6reb+2ast, G.Korsah-Dick 16+3reb+4ast, A.Dasom 7+6reb+2ast, T.Langsui 7+6reb+1ast, M.Van Pelt 7+3reb+4ast
Hitech: A.Scharer 32+12reb+15ast, D.Orton 21+8reb+4ast, N.Jaisanuk 21+3reb+2ast, J.Shaw 18+8reb, P.Klahan 13+7reb+3ast, W.Dasom 12+1reb+3ast
gschID: 547925


Mono Vampire - Dunkin' Raptors 96-84

TBL top team - Mono Vampire (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-12) in Bangkok 96-84. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Vampire dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dunkin' Raptors' 44. They outrebounded Dunkin' Raptors 55-39 including 22 on the offensive glass. Mono Vampire players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Sirapong Boonyai notched 35 points (!!!) to lead the effort and international Pairach Sekteera (188-87) supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 27 points and 4 assists by James Matinez did not help to save the game for Dunkin' Raptors. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mono Vampire have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Matinez 27+4reb+4ast, J.Johnson 19+9reb, M.Fey 15+12reb+2ast, J.Foronda 12+6reb+3ast, W.Boonnak 5+3reb+4ast, T.Wangphanitkun 4+3reb+4ast
Mono Vampire: S.Boonyai 35+3reb+1ast, P.Sekteera 21+7reb+6ast, A.Rodlieng 14+13reb+2ast, N.Boonserm 10+12reb+9ast, K.Piyalangka 8+14reb+4ast, S.Sunthonsiri 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547922





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

26-year old center Jarred Shaw (208-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hitech and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed OSK (#8, 1-13) with 74-point margin 133-59. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand league. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Shaw had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jarred Shaw averages this season 13.9ppg and 9.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was James Matinez of Dunkin' Raptors. He is a in his first season at Dunkin' Raptors. In the last game Matinez recorded impressive 38 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Dunkin' Raptors lost that game 113-123 to the higher-ranked Mono Thew (#3, 8-6). Dunkin' Raptors managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Dunkin' Raptors managed to get this year. Matinez is one of the most experienced players at Dunkin' Raptors and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Hitech's star - forward Daniel Orton (208-F-90). Orton showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Hitech, helping his team with a 133-59 easy win against the lower-ranked OSK (#8, 1-13). Hitech is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-2 record is not that bad... Orton has a great season in Thailand. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA - 14 points and 17 rebounds
5. Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tawatchai Suktub) of Mono Thew - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Dunkin' Raptors - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 30 points, 4 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)



Avery Scharer's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Hitech, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 30-year old player recorded a triple-double of 32 points adding also 12 rebounds and 15 assists, while his team outclassed Mad Goat (#5, 7-7) with 32-point margin 129-97. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand TBL. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Scharer had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Shoreline Community College star has very solid stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.4ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 59.7% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Filipino Paul Zamar (180-PG-87) of Mono Thew. Zamar had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Mono Thew cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over PEA (8-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Mono Thew consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Zamar is one of the most experienced players at Mono Thew and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Sirapong Boonyai of league's top team Mono Vampire. Boonyai got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He was a key player of Mono Vampire, leading his team to a 96-84 win against the lower-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-12). Many experts and fans count Mono Vampire as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Boonyai has a very solid season. In 10 games in Thailand he scored 7.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) of Mad Goat - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of OSK - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Pairach Sekteera (188-SF-87) of Mono Vampire - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 33 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jaman Johnson) of Dunkin' Raptors - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jarred Shaw (208-C-90) of Hitech - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Union Sportive Monastirienne agreed terms with Hadidane and Trabelsi - by Ahmed Abderrahim

Union Sportive Monastirienne (D1) landed 31-year old naturalized Tunisian Bechir Hadidane (203-94). He played most recently at Club African
The last season Bechir Hadidane play in 25 games minimum like starter he averaged just 16.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.8
The other player is Aymen Trabelsi he play the lasts season with Stade Nabeulien .
The coach and fans hope that this player can help the team to win a trophies this season .
The team last season play the semi finals of championship and final of Cup for this they keep coach Gharbi for another season and signing the best local players



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  TURKEY  


Turkish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Furkan Korkmaz
Korkmaz
Berkan Durmaz
Durmaz
Egehan Arna
Arna
Cavit Ege Havsa
Havsa
Omer Yurtseven
Yurtseven
#e#5
4Furkan Korkmaz 198-G-97 Banvit BK Turkey
5Omer Al 181-PG-98 Yesilgiresun Turkey
8Berkan Durmaz 205-F-97 Tofas Turkey
9Baris Ulker 201-F-97 Gillette CC USA
11Erkan Yilmaz 198-SG-97 Bandirma Kir. Turkey
12Ragip Atar 210-C-99 Bandirma Kir. Turkey
13Egehan Arna 202-G/F-97 Fenerbahce Turkey
14Gorkem Dogan 208-C-98 Pinar Karsiyaka Turkey
15Ridvan Oncel 190-G-97 Bandirma Kir. Turkey
16Cavit Ege Havsa 191-G-97 Fordham USA
21Omer Yurtseven 213-C-98 N.Carolina St. USA
33Erten Gazi 193-G-97 De Paul USA




Austin Daye leaves Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) left Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL). In 23 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Daye played there also last season. He also played 25 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Daye played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. He contributed to his team making it to the final. The other team Daye played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and had 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Daye also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former Gonzaga University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Daye's college team won WCC Tournament in 2009.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Daye has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Demir IBB welcomes back Walker, ex Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) landed 27-year old American point guard Erving Walker (173-80kg-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Demir IBB as he has played here before. Walker played most recently at Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 47 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Walker played at Demir IBB where in 29 BSL games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.2apg.
Walker has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
His team won SEC East Division Regular Season in 2011.
Walker has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli) and Poland (Stelmet).
He attended University of Florida until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Walker's game is described as: A cerebral point guard who can penetrate and breakdown defenses with his rapid first step.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor inks Turgay Gedikli - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) signed 26-year old guard Turgay Gedikli (192-91) from Afyon. In 30 TBL games he had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gedikli played at Tofas where in 26 TBL games he recorded 3.3ppg. He helped them to win the TBL title (twice) (also twice).
Gedikli represented Turkey at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg.
Gedikli has played previously for four other teams: Darussafaka, Balikesir, FMV Isik and Usak Sportlif.

Bursaspor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karlo Vragovic
Turgay Gedikli

Forwards:
Dejan Borovnjak
Can Ozcan
Gokhan Yazicioglu

Center:
Umit Turkoglu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor adds Yazicioglu to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) added to their roster 27-year old forward Gokhan Yazicioglu (200-90) from Eskisehir Basket. In 33 TBL games he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.8rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Yazicioglu played at Yesilgiresun Bld (BSL). But in four games he did not score anything and had only 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Yazicioglu won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015.
He has played previously for five other teams: TED Kolejliler, ITU Istanbul, Golcuk, ASE Anadolu and Baskent Genclik.

Bursaspor roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Karlo Vragovic

Forwards:
Dejan Borovnjak
Can Ozcan
Gokhan Yazicioglu

Center:
Umit Turkoglu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor adds Turkoglu to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) added to their roster experienced 36-year old ex-international center Umit Turkoglu (211-81) from Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I.. In 31 TBL games he recorded 8.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Turkoglu played at Balikesir where in 32 TBL games he averaged 4.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Turkoglu won Turkish TB2L Group B championship title in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Turkoglu was a member of Turkish international program for some years. He was called to Turkish Senior National Team back in 2006 and previously for University National Team in 2005.
Turkoglu has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for eight other teams: Turk Telekom, TED Kolejliler, Erdemir, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Banvit, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Eskisehir Basket and Yesilgiresun Bld.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Bursaspor.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high basketball IQ. Knows the game. He's a 5/4 who has the mid range shot and some low post moves. Good positioning and spacing that helps him on the put backs to get the dishes from the penetrators.

Bursaspor roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Karlo Vragovic

Forwards:
Dejan Borovnjak
Can Ozcan

Center:
Umit Turkoglu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zalgiris adds small forward O'Neale - by David Edole

Zalgiris Kaunas continued fortifying its roster for the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season by signing small forward Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor) to a one-plus-one contract. O'Neale (1.96 meters, 24 years old) played last season for Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, putting up impressive all-around numbers in the 7DAYS EuroCup. In 22.2 minutes on average over 16 games, he scored 10.3 points, pulled 5.6 rebounds, dished 2.3 assists and made 1.1 steals. He shot 52.9% on two-pointers, 38.9% on threes and 76.2% at the free throw line, finishing with a 13.7 performance index rating, 13th best in the EuroCup on a per-minute basis. O'Neale had started his pro career in the EuroCup a year earlier, averaging 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of Germany. Prior to turning pro, O'Neale played four seasons in the NCAA, two each at University of Denver and Baylor University.
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  UGANDA  


NBL Round 12: Our Saviour records their first victory - by Eurobasket News

Our Saviour has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked JKL Dolphins (3-2) 87-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Our Saviour. JKL Dolphins managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Steven Mwesigye who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Daniel Monoja who added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Francis Ogola (-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Our Saviour (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Falcons and Sharing Youth. Newly promoted JKL Dolphins keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ndejje.
Falcons has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they outplayed Sharing Youth (1-4) 65-34. The winners were led by forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Benard Okumu supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 8 points and 6 rebounds by guard Nasser Jakisa (-90) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Sharing Youth's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Falcons left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Sharing Youth and Our Saviour. It was Sharing Youth's third loss in a row.
Seventh ranked Ndejje (3-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-3) by 38 points 83-45, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sivachi Makutwa who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ndejje have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with JKL Dolphins. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with UPDF.

Ndejje - Nkumba M. 83-45

Seventh ranked Ndejje (3-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-3) by 38 points 83-45, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Ndejje dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Nkumba M.'s 28. Ndejje forced 36 Nkumba M. turnovers. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng (-94) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. M Buluma chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Malvin Midaki (-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ndejje have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with JKL Dolphins. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with UPDF.
Top scorers:
Ndejje: M.Deng 19+6reb+2ast, M. Buluma 17+2reb, I.Ochera 11+1reb+1ast, M.Otieno 8+2reb+5ast, S.Ajack 6+3reb, G.Baderha 6+2reb+1ast
Nkumba M.: S.Makutwa 23+7reb+1ast, M.Midaki 12+6reb+3ast, W.Otweyo 6+2reb+1ast, M.Kayihura 2+1reb, S.Chasimba 2+8reb, W.Kigobe 0
gschID: 547458


Our Saviour - JKL Dolphins 87-71

Our Saviour has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked JKL Dolphins (3-2) 87-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Our Saviour. JKL Dolphins managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Steven Mwesigye who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Daniel Monoja who added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Francis Ogola (-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Daniel Orenga (186-96) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Our Saviour (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Falcons and Sharing Youth. Newly promoted JKL Dolphins keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ndejje.
Top scorers:
Our Saviour: W.Pirwoth 21+3reb+2ast, P.Elungat 16+1reb, S.Mwesigye 14+9reb+5ast, J.Wacha 10+5reb, D.Monoja 9+13reb+5ast, J.Mony 6+1reb+1ast
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 14+2reb+1ast, F.Ogola 14+8reb+2ast, F.Odama 12+4reb+1ast, N.Blick 10+3reb+3ast, M.Libe 7+1reb, J.Emong 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547457


Sharing Youth - Falcons 34-65

Falcons has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they outplayed Sharing Youth (1-4) 65-34. The game was mostly controlled by Falcons. Sharing Youth was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sharing Youth to just 6 points in first and second quarters and to 12 points in first half. Falcons dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sharing Youth's 26. Falcons forced 27 Sharing Youth turnovers. The winners were led by forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Benard Okumu supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 8 points and 6 rebounds by guard Nasser Jakisa (-90) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Sharing Youth's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Falcons left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Sharing Youth and Our Saviour. It was Sharing Youth's third loss in a row.
Top scorers:
Falcons: B.Okumu 20+5reb, V.Jurua 16+6reb+5ast, O.Moses 9+10reb+5ast, F.Karoro 9+2reb, A.Ntale 4+6reb+1ast, A.Dickson 3+5reb+2ast
Sharing Youth: S.Otoa 9+2reb+1ast, E.Okumu 8+7reb+1ast, N.Jakisa 8+6reb+2ast, T.Gatwech 4+7reb, E.Bakara 3+1reb+1ast, T.Okello 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547456





Mwesigye number one in Uganda for round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Steven Mwesigye (F) put on an amazing game in the last round for Our Saviour, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The player was the main contributor (14 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush JKL Dolphins (#4, 3-2) with 16-point margin 87-71. Our Saviour is placed at 11th position in Ugandan NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Mwesigye just recently signed at Our Saviour, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Steven Mwesigye has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages impressive 3.0spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Sivachi Makutwa (F-90) of Nkumba M.. Makutwa had a very good evening with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Nkumba M. lost that game 45-83 to the higher-ranked Ndejje (#5, 3-2). Nkumba M. is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Nkumba M. managed to get this year. Makutwa is one of the most experienced players at Nkumba M. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.0ppg (#9). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Our Saviour's star - forward Wilberforce Pirwoth (F-95). Pirwoth scored 21 points. He was another key player of Our Saviour, helping his team with a 87-71 easy win against the higher-ranked JKL Dolphins (#4, 3-2). Our Saviour can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pirwoth he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pirwoth has a very solid season. In 5 games in Uganda he scored 4.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daniel Monoja (C) of Our Saviour - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Francis Ogola (C-91) of JKL Dolphins - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vinnie Jurua (F-89) of Falcons - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ferdinand Odama (158-F-95) of JKL Dolphins - 12 points and 4 rebounds
9. Olobo Moses (F-82) of Falcons - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Micheal Otieno (193-G-93) of Ndejje - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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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Tony Brings G-Force To Glasgow - by Jeff King

As the pre-season continues most fans look towards the internet, websites and social media to see who their Club have signed and then begin to think is he the right player for my Club? Coaching appointments tend to attract less attention but are equally as important.

Nowhere does this strike more truth than in The BBL this season. Long standing stalwarts like Sterling Davis and Nigel Lloyd have stepped down. Manchester and Cheshire have appointed from within to replace Yorick Williams and Robbie Peers and we all await with bated breath the arrival of the new man at the helm in Plymouth.

A huge turnover of Head Play-callers which is something that doesn't happen that often in The BBL and looking at the changes Mariusz Karol is a hugely interesting one at London whilst Glasgow Rocks may well have pulled off the signing of the pre-season in getting Anthony Garbelotto .

Tony G is BBL proven and a winner two in the league. He's been away five seasons now but returns to take over a franchise that challenges almost every season but under Davis never quite made it. EuroBasket talked with Garbelotto and there's no doubting he's a man on a mission.

After two years in Germany and three surprising perhaps year's in Vietnam you're back in The BBL, were Rocks the lure or were you coming back anyway?

It was a tough decision to come back. I really enjoyed my time in Vietnam. It was an incredible project and one that I feel proud how I developed it for the three years I was there. Ultimately it came down to my family and also I felt it was the right time to come back.

It is crazy to think that in my previous time in the UK, I considered myself a young and up and coming coach.........now I actually feel like an elder statesman!!! I felt that I really needed to come back and effect some change, especially in coaching in the UK.

How much do you think that international experience gained will help you in The BBL?

I hope and believe it will help a lot. The pressure in almost any international job is just much higher than here. Each game is always tough to win and there is huge parity. I think the experience gained in coaching big games in hostile environments will help me back in the BBL

How excited are you to be the Head Coach of The Glasgow Rocks?

Very excited. This is a big organisation with big ambitions. I feel that there is a huge opportunity here to grow and to establish the club at the top of British Basketball.

How much are you looking forward to pitting your ideas/ideals against the likes of Rob Paternostro, Fab Flournoy, Paul James, Atiba Lyons and the rest of The BBL Coaches?

I always have enjoyed coaching against those coaches and I look forward even more to coaching against the new younger coaches as well. This is a tough and unique league and I feel that in some way, we all face the same challenges to try and putting a winning team on the floor week after week. So yes, I am really looking forward to it.

Under Sterling Davis, The Rocks were very solid and always there or thereabouts without every landing a big one. What do you think you need to turn that around?

I hope and believe that we don't need to change much. Sterling did an incredible job and sometimes you just need a little luck. I hope that we can recruit a few difference making players that can compliment the players we already have. But I honestly don't think it is a huge jump to get to a winning situation

Rocks always seemed to be a player short or a game away from doing something big. Do you think your winning mentality and purpose is what The Club needs?

I hope so, but like I said, I don't think that the club has been that far away. We will work hard every day to put ourselves in a winning position. I hope that I can influence outcomes in some games and bring a strong winning mentality to the club.

Before you're appointment Rocks had already signed the Scottish trio of Achara, Bunyan and Murray. Does it worry you that you had no say over that recruitment.

None at all. In matter of fact I would have been distraught if we had not had the opportunity to sign these guys. Which club in the UK would not want Achara or Murray? Scottish basketball has some real talent at the moment.

I want players from here who understand what it will mean if we can win and develop the club to another level. Not many clubs in the UK have a chance to win with so many home grown and local players. I want our supporters to be proud that we not only are going to try to win but we are doing it with local players.

Will the rest of the recruitment be down to you?

Yes, enough said!

You have a reputation as a great recruiter. Have you irons in the fire already?

It is going to be tough. Coaches such as Rob P and Paul James are also excellent recruiters. The internet is such a leveller now. You don't get as much chance to use connections as you once did, but for sure I will be looking for some difference makers to bring on board.

Should Rocks fans be excited about your plans?

They say the proof is in the pudding. We are going to be systematic in our planning and we want to work harder than any team in this league. We cannot be scared of history or what has happened in the past. After this lets see. I hope that the fans see a team that is committed to win every time they step on the floor and that they will be proud to support.

What does Tony Garbelotto want to achieve from both a personal and team point of view?

Anyone who knows or who has worked with me knows that I only care about success for my team and organisation. I will say this though, I don't want this to be a one season wonder. I want to build the club into something bigger and stronger and I want to leave a lasting legacy for Scottish Basketball

Have you a message for The Rocks fans and perhaps The BBL too?

I have to say that I was shocked at the amount of messages of support I got throughout the UK and basketball community when I announced that I was coming to Glasgow. I want to say thank you and that I hope to see many old and some new faces throughout this coming season.

When the Glasgow Rocks announced new ownership and that ownership made some big statements about their plans the excitement was suddenly ramped up. The signing of Garbelotto shows they meant what they said and is a huge statement of intent.

Tony Garbelotto is a proven talent and knows what The BBL is all about. It seems things just got a wee bit more serious and intriguing and that the 2017/18 BBL is going to be one heck of a competition to watch.



Coach Robert Youngblood agreed terms with Hemel Storm - by Eurobasket News

Hemel Storm (NBL D1) will be led by 48-year old coach Robert Youngblood from Essex Leopards London. Youngblood has coached there for the last four years.
His team won British EBL Division One Regular Season in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Howard Wilkerson (ex Atenas Carmen) is a newcomer at U Atletica - by Eurobasket News

Union Atletica Montevideo (Metropolitan) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-113kg-84, college: Wofford). He played last season at Atenas Carmen in Argentinian TNA league. In 50 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. Wilkerson helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Atenas (also in TNA) where in 34 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson's team was regular season runner-up in Uruguay Metropolitan League in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Wilkerson's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Chile (Liceo Mixto), France (Angers BC), Germany (Muenchen Bsk), Argentina (Ciclista, Obera Tennis Club, Huracan and CD Faustino Sarmiento de Formosa), Uruguay (Yale, Capitol and Pacaembu) and Bolivia (La Salle Tarija).
He attended Wofford College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @NexoAgency)

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Larre Borges tab Santiago Ramirez - by Eurobasket News

Larre Borges Montevideo (LUB) inked 24-year old forward Santiago Ramirez (198-93kg-93) from Malvin. But in 18 LUB games he averaged just 0.9ppg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Ramirez played at Atletico Tabare (Ascenso) where in 22 games he had 9.9ppg and 5.1rpg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Montevideo BC, Marne and Maldonado.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.4 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.1 
 10. Robinson, Guaros16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Marinos
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Massie, Marinos11.3 
 2. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.3 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.7 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.6 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.9 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 9. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 10. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.3 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 


LPB Round 1 of Finals. Guaros celebrate opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Guaros - Marinos 96-94

Guaros outscored Marinos to gain 1-0 lead in the championship series. Guaros made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 assists for the winners and international forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Guaros and five Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Tony Ruiz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Robinson 27+4reb+6ast, L.Bethelmy 15+6reb+1ast, E.Baez 12+2ast, L.Hayward 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Graham 9+2ast, H.Guillent 9+1reb+4ast
Marinos: C.Massie 17+12reb+2ast, I.Swann 16+8reb+2ast, G.Vargas 14+5reb+9ast, M.Hicks 13+1reb, M.Carrera 13+1reb+1ast, M.Marriaga 7+1reb
gschID: 548321





Marinos add Hicks to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) added to their roster experienced 41-year old Panamanian forward Michael Hicks (196-93kg-76, college: Texas A&M-CC).

He played last season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Hicks helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.

The previous (2016) summer he played at Toros in LPB where in 5 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in 2016 season.

In 2001 Hicks was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in fifth round (41st overall).

The former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi staris in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

He represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City seventeen years ago. Hicks' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT-3 (90.5%).

Hicks is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Hicks tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America.

He has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia and Imola), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Gallitos and Manati), Panama (Magnates and P.Lefevre) and Venezuela (Miranda).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Marinos.



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Astana lands Anthony Clemmons, ex Vienna - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BK Astana (National League) landed 23-year old American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-87kg-94, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 35 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and recorded 4.7rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Clemmons played in the final of NIT in 2013.
He graduated from University of Iowa in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Women News


Pools drawn for FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup - by Eurobasket News

The 12 men's and 12 women's teams competing at the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2017 have been seeded in 4 pools of 3, which includes an unbelievable Pool A in the women's category. Twenty-four teams from 16 countries earned their ticket to Amsterdam (on July 7-9) following the two qualifiers in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) and Poitiers (France). Following the automatic seeding based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on June 26, pools are as follows:
Women
Pool A: Hungary (1), Switzerland (8), Romania (9)
Pool B: Russia (2), Spain (7), Slovakia (10)
Pool C: Czech Republic (3), Italy (6), Serbia (11)
Pool D: France (4), Netherlands (5), Ireland (12)

Pool A jumps out as the best-ever fit for the cliche of the "pool of death". It will feature 3 teams... who reached the semi-finals of the event last year, including the reigning European champions (Hungary) and silver medalists (Romania). Oh and did we mention these 3 teams all played at the Andorra qualifier last weekend and Switzerland beat Romania in overtime and Hungary edged out Switzerland by just 2 points in the final? All this means is one of the top contenders will be knocked out of the competition as soon as the pool phase. Slovakia earned the very last ticket to the Europe Cup last weekend in Andorra but is up to quite a challenger against the new World Champs Russia and Spain. These 2 teams built a bit of a rivalry in the France Qualifier as Spain won Round 1 in overtime in the pool phase while Russia won Round 2 in the final. World Cup 2016 winners Czech Republic and Italy will meet again in Pool C after The Azzurre destroyed the Czechs in the pool phase in Nantes. Keep an eye on Serbia, who beat World Cup 2017 bronze medalists Ukraine in the France Qualifier. Last but not, Pool D will feature hosts and World Cup 2017 semi-finalists from the Netherlands. The pool will be completed by France, who just barely made it to Amsterdam and a surprising Ireland team, that also knocked out Ukraine in the France Qualifier.
Courtesy of: fiba.com




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Interclube celebrate Angolan Cup - by Eurobasket News

Interclube sealed Angolan Cup as they overcame Primero de Agosto in the Final game. Interclube dominated the majority of the game for the final 65-58 win. They grabbed a 19-18 lead at the end of the first period and increased to a 10-point halftime advantage. Moreover Interclube looked better in the third period as well and reached 57-41 lead at the end of three quarters. Primero de Agosto posted a 17-8 rally in the last stanza, but could not catch up with the winners.


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Club Tenis de La Paz celebrate the title - by Eurobasket News

Club Tenis de La Paz celebrated the title and advanced to Libobasquet 2017. In the top game of the round they overcame Carl A-Z 77-63. The latter managed also to advance with a 59-53 win over La Salle Olympic de Cochabamba. Earlier Carl A-Z beat UCB de Santa Cruz 84-44. They dominated the whole game and managed to post an easy win.


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Kocheva re-signs at Haskovo 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Haskovo 2012 (NBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international shooting guard Violina Kocheva (175-91). She was a team leader there last season. In 24 NBL games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 6.2apg. Kocheva helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Dunav 8806 Ruse where in 25 NBL games she averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Kocheva contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she had 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg.
Kocheva has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Kocheva also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
Kocheva has played previously for two other teams: Rilski Sportist and Asenovets 2005 (U19).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luca Ivankovic joins Ormanspor - by Lior Hai

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara agreed terms with 30-year old Croatian international center Luca Ivankovic (201-87). She will still stay in Turkey where she played last season at Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 17 games she had 5.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. Ivankovic also played that season for Canik Belediyesi Samsun. In 6 Eurocup games she recorded 10.8ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Adriatic League championship title in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Ivankovic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2005.
Ivankovic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0bpg.
Ivankovic has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas and Edirne) and Croatia (Sibenik, Montmontaza and Lupa Promotion).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lea Miletic (ex-Pula) joins Battipaglia - by Zeljko Zule

Lea Miletic (185-PF-95) will continue her career in Italy, Croatian national team member signed a one-year contact with Treofan Battipaglia. It will be her first season abroad.
Miletic played last season with Pula Crnja Tours, averaging 20.3 points (ranked third), 10.8 rebounds (ranked third), 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks (ranked fourth) over 31 minutes in 19 Croatian A1 League games.
A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
Miletic grew up with Pazin before moving to Kvarner for two seasons.



Ruzica Dzankic (ex Enisey) is a newcomer at Sf.Gheorghe - by Nagy Szilveszter

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Croatian international small forward Ruzica Dzankic (179-94). She played most recently at Enisey in Russian PBL league. But in only one Eurocup game she did not score anything and 1 assist.
The previous (15-16) season Dzankic played at ZKK Medvescak in Croatian A1 where in 21 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the Croatian A1 title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Dzankic also played 13 games in WABA where she averaged 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg.
Dzankic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Dzankic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Dzankic has played also professionally in Croatia (ZKK Croatia 2006 Zagreb).

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ancuta Stoenescu
Annemarie Parau
Tunde Kilin

Forwards:
Andreea Hutanu
Ruzica Dzankic
Adrienne Webb
Tyaunna Marshall

Center:
Teodora Neagu

Coach: Zoran Mikes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Petra Kulichova is a newcomer at Ormanspor - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Czech international center Petra Kulichova (198-84). She is not a newcomer in Turkish League as she played most recently at Botas in the KBSL. In 25 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulichova played at Galatasaray where in 23 games she averaged 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Kulichova also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.6ppg and 4.4rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kulichova won Middle European League championship title in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Kulichova has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Kulichova also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg, 4.7rpg.
Kulichova has played also professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and LOKO Trutnov).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raisa Musina (ex CCC Polkowice) is a newcomer at UMMC Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old Russian international power forward Raisa Musina (191-98). She played last season at CCC Polkowice in Polish TBLK. In 32 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. Musina helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 12 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Musina played at Spartak Vidnoye. In 29 games she had 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Musina also played 12 games in Eurocup where she got 8.2ppg and 4.8rpg.
Despite young age Musina had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2016.
She has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Musina has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2015 and for U22 National Team last year.
She represented Russia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2017
Evanthia Maltsi
Maltsi
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Cecilia Zandalasini
Zandalasini
Nwal-Endene Miyem
Miyem
Emma Meesseman
Meesseman

Best Player: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Guard: Evanthia Maltsi (180-SG-78) of Greece
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Center: Emma Meesseman (6'4''-C-93) of Belgium

1st Team
SG: Evanthia Maltsi (180-SG-78) of Greece
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
F: Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) of Italy
PF: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of France
C: Emma Meesseman (6'4''-C-93) of Belgium

2nd Team
SG: Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) of France
SG: Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90) of Belgium
C: Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) of Turkey
C: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of Spain
C: Anete Steinberga (190-C-90) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88) of Russia
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of Belgium
Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of Russia
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Ukraine
Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83) of Greece
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) of Czech Rep.
Elina Babkina (173-PG-89) of Latvia
Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Montenegro



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  FINLAND  


Espoo Team tabs Lotta Hamalainen - by Eurobasket News

Espoo Basket Team (SM-sarja) inked 21-year old shooting guard Lotta Hamalainen (174-96) from Catz. Hamalainen has played there for the last seven years. But in 12 SM-sarja games she averaged just 1.9ppg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Hamalainen played in the final of Latvian-Estonian LSBL.
She represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Tallin (Estonia) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Tamara Radocaj (ex Chevakata) joins Roche - by Eurobasket News

Roche Vendee BC (LF2) added to their roster 30-year old Serbian international point guard Tamara Radocaj (170-87, agency: Interperformances). She played last season at Chevakata in Russian PBL league. In two Eurocup games she had 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Radocaj played at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division where in 26 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Radocaj also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg (top 5) and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Radocaj won Adriatic League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year back in 2009 and 2013.
Radocaj has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Radocaj represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 50.0%.
Radocaj has played previously professionally in Italy (C.U.S. Cagliari) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Partizan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchanged wins in a friendly campaign. On Saturday Slovenia U20 clinched a 63-52 victory as Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) notched 18 points and Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) brought 17. Jasmine Keys (190-C/F-97) answered with 10 points in the losing effort.
On Sunday Italy U20 responded with a comfortable 69-45 win. Jasmine Keys stepped up with 21 points and Mariella Santucci (168-G-97) netted 10. Larisa Ocvirk posted 11 points for Slovenian team.



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  NEW ZEALAND  


New Zealand National Team 2017 - by Greg

New Zealand National Team 2017
#s#
Georgia Agnew
Agnew
Jessica Bygate
Bygate
Micaela Cocks
Cocks
Antonia Edmondson
Edmondson
Jillian Harmon
Harmon
#e#5
Georgia Agnew 175-G-93 Harbour B. New Zealand
Jessica Bygate 186-F-92 Sandringham S. Australia
Micaela Cocks 174-G-86 Mackay M. Australia
Antonia Edmondson 181-G-87 Perry Lakes H. Australia
Deena Franklin 186-F-95 Harbour B. New Zealand
Jillian Harmon 185-PF-87 Lucca Italy
Zara Jillings 175-G-98 Junior Tall F. New Zealand
Rebecca Ott Knox R. Australia
Chevannah Paalvast 180-G/F-91 Mackay M. Australia
Kalani Purcell 188-F-95 Brisbane S. Australia
Erin Rooney 173-G-90 Artego Bydg. Poland
Josephine Stockill 190-PF Sunbury Australia
Natalie Taylor 182-F-84 Brisbane S. Australia

Kennedy Kereama Head Coach



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  PORTUGAL  


Nascimento re-signs at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old Portuguese ex-international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 13 LFB games she had 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Nascimento won Spanish LF2 championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Nascimento was also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She played for Portuguese Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Nascimento also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 20.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Nascimento has played previously professionally also in Portugal (AD Vagos) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Femenino Caceres and CREF Hola).

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carla Nascimento
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forwards:
Rita_Esther Montenegro
Joy Brown
Shayla Cooper

Centers:
Silvia Romero
Miriam Foraste

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Ruzica Dzankic (ex Enisey) is a newcomer at Sf.Gheorghe - by Nagy Szilveszter

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Croatian international small forward Ruzica Dzankic (179-94). She played most recently at Enisey in Russian PBL league. But in only one Eurocup game she did not score anything and 1 assist.
The previous (15-16) season Dzankic played at ZKK Medvescak in Croatian A1 where in 21 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the Croatian A1 title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Dzankic also played 13 games in WABA where she averaged 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg.
Dzankic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Dzankic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Dzankic has played also professionally in Croatia (ZKK Croatia 2006 Zagreb).

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ancuta Stoenescu
Annemarie Parau
Tunde Kilin

Forwards:
Andreea Hutanu
Ruzica Dzankic
Adrienne Webb
Tyaunna Marshall

Center:
Teodora Neagu

Coach: Zoran Mikes

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Sf.Gheorghe adds Neagu to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 21-year old power forward Teodora Neagu (182-96) from CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca. Neagu has played there for the last three years. But in 20 Liga Nationala games she recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Neagu represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0spg.
Neagu has played previously for Galati.

ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ancuta Stoenescu
Annemarie Parau
Tunde Kilin

Forwards:
Andreea Hutanu
Adrienne Webb
Tyaunna Marshall

Center:
Teodora Neagu

Coach: Zoran Mikes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Raisa Musina (ex CCC Polkowice) is a newcomer at UMMC Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old Russian international power forward Raisa Musina (191-98). She played last season at CCC Polkowice in Polish TBLK. In 32 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. Musina helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 12 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Musina played at Spartak Vidnoye. In 29 games she had 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Musina also played 12 games in Eurocup where she got 8.2ppg and 4.8rpg.
Despite young age Musina had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2016.
She has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Musina has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2015 and for U22 National Team last year.
She represented Russia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


Tamara Radocaj (ex Chevakata) joins Roche - by Eurobasket News

Roche Vendee BC (LF2) added to their roster 30-year old Serbian international point guard Tamara Radocaj (170-87, agency: Interperformances). She played last season at Chevakata in Russian PBL league. In two Eurocup games she had 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Radocaj played at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division where in 26 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Radocaj also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg (top 5) and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Radocaj won Adriatic League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year back in 2009 and 2013.
Radocaj has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Radocaj represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 50.0%.
Radocaj has played previously professionally in Italy (C.U.S. Cagliari) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Partizan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchanged wins in a friendly campaign. On Saturday Slovenia U20 clinched a 63-52 victory as Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) notched 18 points and Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) brought 17. Jasmine Keys (190-C/F-97) answered with 10 points in the losing effort.
On Sunday Italy U20 responded with a comfortable 69-45 win. Jasmine Keys stepped up with 21 points and Mariella Santucci (168-G-97) netted 10. Larisa Ocvirk posted 11 points for Slovenian team.



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  SPAIN  


Nascimento re-signs at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old Portuguese ex-international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 13 LFB games she had 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Nascimento won Spanish LF2 championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Nascimento was also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She played for Portuguese Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Nascimento also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 20.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Nascimento has played previously professionally also in Portugal (AD Vagos) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Femenino Caceres and CREF Hola).

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carla Nascimento
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forwards:
Rita_Esther Montenegro
Joy Brown
Shayla Cooper

Centers:
Silvia Romero
Miriam Foraste

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

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Laura Roig is a newcomer at Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of Laura Roig. The last time (12-14) she played at Girona in Spanish Liga Catalana.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Kristina Alminaite
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig

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Spain U20 wins Torneo de Bourg-en-Bresse - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 won Torneo de Bourg-en-Bresse in France. The team finished on top with a 2-1 record despite the loss to Serbia U20 59-62.
In Day 1 Spain U20 overcame Portugal U20 89-56 as Angela ALVAREZ posted 15 points to lead all the winners.
Last night Spain U20 triumphed at the tournament after a 74-49 win over the hosts. Angela ALVAREZ stepped up with 19 points and Paula Ginzo (187-F-98) added 13.



Estudiantes sign Celia Menendez - by Eurobasket News

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid (LF2) signed 27-year old power forward Celia Menendez (186-90, agency: ProDep Management) from Fundal Alcobendas. In 30 LF2 games she had 13.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Menendez played at Grupo EM Leganes where in 26 LF2 games she recorded 14.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 2nd Team.
Menendez represented Spain at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg.
Menendez has played also professionally in Belgium (R.Spirou Monceau), Ireland (Brunell) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos, Real Canoe, Cadi La Seu and Distrito Olimpico).

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Velasco
Alejandra Quirante

Forwards:
Irene San_Roman
Celia Menendez
Clara Rodriguez
Paula Ginzo

Center:
Mariana Gonzalez

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Herrera re-signs at Campus Promete - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete Logrono (LFB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international power forward Laura Herrera (190-89, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 26 LFB games she had 7.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Herrera played at Socinsa Bembibre where in 26 games she recorded 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Spanish LFB Cup in 2011. Herrera was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Herrera has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
She also represented Spain at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Herrera's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg.
Herrera has played previously for five other teams: Jopisa Burgos, ASEFA Estudiantes, Rivas Promete, Navarra Pamplona and Mann Filter.

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Araski keeps Roundtree for another season - by Eurobasket News

ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia (LFB) re-signed 29-year old American power forward Margaret Roundtree (183-88, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 29 LFB games she averaged 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. Roundtree helped them to make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season she played at GDKO Bizkaia (LF2) where in 28 games she was the best scorer with impressive 19.2ppg and recorded 9.9rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg. It was a great season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Among other achievements Roundtree's team won Spanish LF2 Group A Regular Season in 2015. She received also All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year award back in 2010 at her college time.
Roundtree has played previously professionally also in Finland (HoNsU).
She attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on she way to pro basketball.
Roundtree attended Gardner-Webb University until 2010 and it will be her eighth season in pro basketball.

ADB Araski Arabako Emakumeen Saskibaloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Izaskun Garcia
Cristina Molinuevo

Forward:
Margaret Roundtree

Center:
Umo Diallo

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Barcelona keeps Murcia for another season - by Eurobasket News

Lima Horta Barcelona (LF2) re-signed 29-year old swingman Elena Murcia (176-88). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 3.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
Murcia represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
She has played previously for Sant Adria.

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Fernandez re-signs at Arxil Pontevedra - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Carla Fernandez (168-89). She has played there for the last seven seasons. In 25 LF2 games she had 4.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg and 2.8spg (in top 3) last season.
Fernandez has played previously for Codigalco Carmelitas.

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Spanish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Spanish U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Maite Cazorla
Cazorla
Laia Raventos
Raventos
Clara Che
Che
Anne Senosiain
Senosiain
Angela Salvadores
Salvadores
#e#5
Maite Cazorla 178-G Oregon USA
Laia Raventos 170-G-97 Charlotte USA
Clara Che 173-G-97 Providence USA
Anne Senosiain 162-G-97 RC Celta Spain
Angela Salvadores 178-PG-97 UNIQA Sopron Hungary
Marta Hermida 180-G-97 Boise St. USA
Ainhoa Lopez 180-SG-97 Zamarat Spain
Maria Conde 187-F-97 Girona Spain
Irati Etxarri 187-SF-98 Araski Spain
Maria Perez Araujo 182-F-97 Ferrol Spain
Maria Martianez 190-F-97 ORU USA
Iho Lopez 188-F-97 Florida St. USA
Paula Ginzo 187-F-98 Estudiantes Spain
Cecilia Muhate Pena 188-F/C-97 Mississippi USA
Umo Diallo 192-C-98 Araski Spain

Jose Ignacio Hernandez Head Coach Campus Promete Spain
Nacho Martinez Assistant
Isabel Sanchez Assistant



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  TURKEY  


Luca Ivankovic joins Ormanspor - by Lior Hai

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara agreed terms with 30-year old Croatian international center Luca Ivankovic (201-87). She will still stay in Turkey where she played last season at Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 17 games she had 5.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. Ivankovic also played that season for Canik Belediyesi Samsun. In 6 Eurocup games she recorded 10.8ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Adriatic League championship title in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Ivankovic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2005.
Ivankovic also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0bpg.
Ivankovic has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas and Edirne) and Croatia (Sibenik, Montmontaza and Lupa Promotion).

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Ormanspor lands Michelle Campbell - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL) landed 33-year old naturalized American forward Michelle Campbell (188-84, college: Rutgers). She played most recently at Girne Universitesi in the KBSL.
The previous (15-16) season Campbell was tested by Adana ASKI Mersin. She also played that season for Ceyhan Bld.
Among other achievements Campbell's team made it to the TKBL Semifinals in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team award in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
Campbell is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Israel (Bnot Hertzeliya), Latvia (Cesis), Poland (Energa Torun), WNBA (Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky) and Turkey (Istanbul Uni and Galatasaray).
Campbell attended Rutgers, The State University until 2006 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

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Turkish U20 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Turkish U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Seda Deniz
Deniz
Selale Kepenc
Kepenc
Meltem Avci
Avci
Yaren Uslular
Uslular
Melisa Korkmaz
Korkmaz
#e#5
Irem Naz Topuz 176-F-97 Galatasaray Turkey
Cansu Ozdogan Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Seda Deniz 172-PG-97 Galatasaray Turkey
Selale Kepenc 188-F-98 Wyoming USA
Meltem Avci 185-F-97 Besiktas Turkey
Yaren Uslular 167-PG-97 Mersin BSB Turkey
Melisa Korkmaz 172-PG-97 Fenerbahce Turkey
Inci Guclu 200-C-99 Galatasaray Turkey
Sevgi Uzun 170-PG-97 Besiktas Turkey
Nur Dabakoglu 175-G/F-98 Besiktas Turkey
Irem Sozen 186-C-98
Ilayda Guner 186-C-99 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Beril Albayrak 180-F-97 Besiktas Turkey




Petra Kulichova is a newcomer at Ormanspor - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Czech international center Petra Kulichova (198-84). She is not a newcomer in Turkish League as she played most recently at Botas in the KBSL. In 25 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulichova played at Galatasaray where in 23 games she averaged 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Kulichova also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.6ppg and 4.4rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kulichova won Middle European League championship title in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Kulichova has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Kulichova also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg, 4.7rpg.
Kulichova has played also professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and LOKO Trutnov).

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  WNBA  


Dream waived Hollivay - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 24-year old center Rachel Hollivay (193-93, college: Rutgers, agency: ProDep Management). But in 7 WNBA games she recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
Hollivay managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!).
Hollivay ended the last season at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB where in two games she averaged only 1.0ppg and 3.5rpg. But the most of that year she spent at Girne Universitesi in Turkish KBSL. In four games she had 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0bpg.
Last year Hollivay was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Rutgers, The State University staris in her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hollivay won NIT championship title in 2014. She received also Big Ten All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at her college time.

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Dream let Kiesel go - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream cut 24-year old guard Brianna Kiesel (170-93, college: Pittsburgh). But in 8 WNBA games she averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.1apg.
Kiesel managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!).
The last season Kiesel played at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division where in 26 games she had 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Kiesel played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
Two years ago Kiesel was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former University of Pittsburgh standoutis in her third season in pro basketball.
Kiesel has played previously professionally in Israel (ASA Jerusalem) and other WNBA team (Dallas Wings).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun - by Eurobasket News

Karima Christmas (6'0''-F-89, college: Duke) scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row. Theresa Plaisance (6'5''-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8). Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and, after Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F-92, college: Maryland) grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3 minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining. Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones (6'6''-C-94, college: G.Washington) added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.
Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com