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  ABA LEAGUE  



Cleveland Melvin (ex Moutahed) joins Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-94kg-91, college: De Paul). He played last season at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Melvin helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (2016) summer he was tested by Mono Vampire (TBL) in Thailand league.
Melvin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Melvin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Hungary (Alba), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Jefes), NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks) and ABA (Baltimore Hawks).
Melvin attended De Paul University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ANGOLA  


Angolan U-19 team leave for Egypt - by Eurobasket News

The Angolan under19 men's basketball team left on Wednesday for Egypt, where they will participate in the World Championship, to take place from 1 to 9 July in that country. The delegation, headed by the vice-president of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Honorato Troso, includes, besides the 12 players, the head coach Raul Duarte , the assistant coaches Joaquim Pinto and Jose Pontes, the doctor, the physiotherapist and the sectionist / statistician.
The list of players includes Silvio de Sousa (204-PF-98), Childe Dundao (167-G-98), Cristiano Xavier (198-F-98), Milton Valente (198-F-98), Celton Miguel, Tarcio Domingos (194-PG-98), Geraldo Santos (187-PG-98), Eric Amandio, Jonathan Ndjungu, Rifen Miguel, Levy Miguel (190-G) and Melvyn da Silva.
Speaking to ANGOP at Luanda's '4 de Fevereiro' International Airport, coach Raul Duarte said that the objective of this squad is to improve the standing achieved by Angola in their last participation in a World Championship (14th place). Angola are integrated in group D, together with Iran, Italy and the United States of America, the latter being the defending champions.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  


Ricardo Glenn (ex Bigua) signs at Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) landed 27-year old American center Ricardo Glenn (202-90kg-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Bigua in Uruguayan LUB league. In 28 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 12.3rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Glenn played at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch Eredivisie where in 38 games he had 11.1ppg, 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.2spg. Glenn helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
He has played previously professionally in Hungary (MAFC Budapest) and Ukraine (Hoverla).
Glenn attended South Carolina Upstate until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dip is back at Omegna - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) agreed terms with 33-year old naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Omegna as he has played here before. Dip played last season at Montegrano in Italian Serie B. He won Italian Serie B championship title for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). Dip was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Gorizia, Pescara, Eurobasket Roma, Palermo, Catanzaro, Recanati, Martina Franca and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Isidro inks Tomas Rossi - by Eurobasket News

San Isidro San Francisco (TNA) signed 22-year old power forward Tomas Rossi (202-95) from Villa Angela Basket. In 28 TNA games he had 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg last season.
Rossi has played previously for two other teams: P.Echague and San Lorenzo.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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LigaA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Regatas advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - San Martin C. 85-80

Regatas Corrientes held off San Martin at home court to win the semifinal series. Regatas Corrientes made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) fired 23 points and 7 assists for the winners. The other American import Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) produced 21 points and 7 assists and Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 23+3reb+7ast, P.Quinteros 15+4reb+3ast, C.Troutman 13+8reb+1ast, F.Martina 11+4reb, P.Espinoza 9+8reb+4ast, F.Ramirez 8+4reb+1ast
San Martin C.: F.Aguerre 21+7reb, J.Pablo Cantero 21+3reb+7ast, R.Garcia 21+5reb+3ast, M.Lescano 8+5reb+1ast, J.Wood 8+7reb+1ast, G.Espindola 1
gschID: 548175





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  AUSTRALIA  


Will Sydney sign the Indian National Team captain? - by Eurobasket News

The Sydney Kings are continuing to explore the possibility of signing Indian big man Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91). After hosting the bruising centre at their two-day Rookie Camp earlier this month, the Kings have invited Singh to join their 'Sydney Kings Invitational' squad at next month's Atlas Challenge in China. Kings GM Jeff Van Groningen has described Sydney's continued interest in Singh as being 'in an exploratory frame of mind.' Singh, the captain of the Indian National Team, impressed at the NBL Combine in April with his combination of size, strength and touch around the basket. And with the NBL expanding its player eligibility rulings to include Indian nationals - as well as those from numerous other Asian countries - as non-restricted players, interest in Singh has been ongoing. 'We invited Amritpal to our Rookie Camp and he was very good, he competed very well and he definitely held his own,' Van Groningen told NBL Media. 'He really looked like he belonged at that setting. Now that setting was not top-flight NBL setting so the next thing that we need to explore is, as the level goes up does he go up with it?' The Atlas Challenge, played in the city of Suzhou, 100km from Shanghai, will feature high-calibre club and national teams from across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States. The Kings, whom Van Groningen says have 'a strong streak in us that welcomes the international involvement,' became the first NBL team to sign a Chinese-born player when they added Bo Lui as a development player last year. Rumours recently emerged that the Kings were interested in signing Filipino-American Bobby Ray Parks Jr. but Van Groningen confirmed with NBL Media that they are not. Singh, on the other hand, is intriguing. But unlike Lui, if Singh is to be signed he would need to be one of the Kings' eleven rostered players. 'Last year Bo Lui was definitely at a development player level so there was no problem enacting him in that way,' Van Groningen said. 'Now with Amritpal we need to see if he's at a roster level. We'll see if that determination can be made at the Atlas Challenge or at the Atlas Challenge plus preseason. We're happy to explore that.' Singh, a 6-foot-10 'old-school' centre, is attempting to become the first Indian-born player to compete in the NBL since Eban Hyams played for the Singapore Slingers in 2006-07. 'I am very excited to play for the Sydney Kings at the Atlas Challenge and I am focused on playing well,' Singh told NBL Media from India. 'I want to play to my fullest potential, and prove that the Kings were right to give me this opportunity. 'I want to show that I can fit into their team, that I can be useful to the team. I want to showcase my strengths and my ability to play for the team.' The Kings currently lack size on their 2017-18 roster. With Aleks Maric not expected to return and Julian Khazzouh not offered a contract by the team, Sydney are in the market for two centres; a starter and a back-up. 'Amritpal's an extremely big person, those guys are not easy to find,' Van Groningen said. 'He's got legitimate size from an NBL centre point of view. I mean, he'd be one of the biggest men out there, I think he'd probably be able to stand the block against Nathan (Jawai) in terms of size. 'Of course, Nathan has a lot more to his game than just size. So you look at that and you start to go, 'where does he fit in that?'' Singh, who says he's grown in confidence since the Combine, is determined to show that there's more to his game as well. It's all about seizing the moment. 'Chance toh hai (There is always a chance),' he said. 'If I play well, then I am sure I will be selected. It all comes down to my game.'
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



Australian State League round 17 best performance: Eian Davis - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Eian Davis (185-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Adelaide P., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player got a double-double of 34 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Woodville W. (#8, 5-8) 76-65. S.Adelaide P. maintains the 7th position in their group in Australian State League. S.Adelaide P. 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 6-7 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at S.Adelaide P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Albertus Magnus College star has very solid stats this year. Davis is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.8ppg. Davis is in league's top in assists (4th best: 7.2apg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,2.3spg and 55.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Clive Weeden (206-C/F-87) of SW Slammers. Weeden had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as SW Slammers was edged by the lower-ranked Kalamunda E.S. (#13, 6-16) 91-88. This loss caused SW Slammers to drop to 6th position in SBL. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Weeden is one of the most experienced players at SW Slammers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ray Willis (198-G-89, agency: HMS) of Gladstone P. (#13). Willis got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and eight assists. Despite Willis' great performance Gladstone P. lost 93-100 to the higher-ranked Mackay M. (#1, 9-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gladstone P. can only dream about fighting for top spots in QBL. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Willis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Willis has a very solid season. In 7 games in Australia he scored 24.4ppg. He also has 9.3rpg and 4.1apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. C.J. Aiken (206-C/F-90) of Bendigo B. - 34 points and 18 rebounds
5. Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) of Geraldton B. - 35 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Will McNeill (185-G-90) of Mandurah M. - 40 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89) of Albury W.B. - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Courtney Belger (187-G-89) of Kalamunda E.S. - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jeremy Smith (190-G) of Werribee D. - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) of SW Slammers - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 9 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)



Anadolu Efes tab Brock Motum - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) inked 27-year old Australian international power forward Brock Motum (208-111kg-90, college: Washington State). He has played for the last two years at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 47 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Motum helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Motum also played 30 games in Euroleague where he had 10.8ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Motum has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
Motum represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Motum has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Motum has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), NBA (Utah Jazz) and Australia (Adelaide 36ers and Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Motum's game is described as: A not so athletic PF with great offensive skills. He's an opportunistic scorer, who can shoot the three. He anticipates well and knows how to get into position to score. Also, Brock is still learning a lot and will continue to improve.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Strawberry re-signs at Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland). He played there last season. In 38 BSL games he recorded 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Strawberry helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Strawberry played at Olympiacos in Greek A1. In 35 games he had 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Strawberry also played 23 games in Euroleague where he got 6.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
In 2007 Strawberry was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (59th overall). He attended University of Maryland and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Strawberry is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Strawberry tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Croatia (Cibona), France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Puerto Rico (Manati and Capitanes), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns).
On Strawberry: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Ball handling ability and foot speed allow him to effectively take defenders off the dribble. Perimeter defense is among the best in the college ranks. Physically he possesses the tools of an elite defender. Quick hands, anticipation skills and great lateral movement.
Tends to force the action a bit as he will shoot difficult attempts
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Besiktas keep Clark for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 29-year old American forward Earl Clark (208-100kg-88, college: Louisville). He played there last season. In 39 BSL games he recorded 13.4ppg and 5.9rpg. Clark helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Clark also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The previous (2016) summer Clark played at Henan Shedianlaojiu in Chinese NBL. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 31.1ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.2bpg in 2016 season.
In 2009 Clark was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former University of Louisville standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
His college team won Big East Tournament in 2009.
Clark has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Golden Stars and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Versatile combo forward A mismatch offensively because he can attack effectively inside and out Has a great combination of size, strength and speed His athleticism and explosiveness allow him to play against bigger defenders inside or quicker ones on the perimeter Possesses a surprisingly quick first step thanks to his extremely long and powerful strides.
Was able to get away with a lot at the college level because he was such a superior athlete
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Spars Sarajevo welcomes back Josipovic - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) landed 29-year old Bosnian power forward Igor Josipovic (205-88). It is actually his comeback to Sarajevo as he has played here before. Josipovic played most recently at BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakian SBL league. In 42 games he averaged 10.2ppg and 4.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Josipovic played at USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL where in 44 games he had 12.7ppg and 6.8rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Among other achievements Josipovic's team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Maribor) and Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka, Leotar and Igokea).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Burch signs Dzan Gradascevic - by Eurobasket News

KK Burch Sarajevo (A1 Liga FBIH) signed 19-year old forward Dzan Gradascevic (200-98) from Celik. Gradascevic has played there for the last three years. He is the Celik basketball school product. He played for U18 Celik team before.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  


Cesar Araujo comes back to L.Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old forward Cesar Araujo (201-81). It is actually his comeback to Liga Sorocaba as he has played here before. Araujo played most recently at Franca (NBB). In 32 games he recorded 5.2ppg and 2.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Araujo played at Sao Jose/Vinac where in 28 NBB games he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Araujo's team made it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2002 and 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for eight other teams: Rio Claro, Tijuca TC, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Pinheiros, Paulistano, Araraquara, Assis and Internacional.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at L.Sorocaba.

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dontrell Brite
Anton Cook
Alef Alves

Forwards:
Cesar Araujo
Christopher Gradnigo

Coach: Rinaldo Rodrigues

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alef Alves joins L.Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) agreed terms with 22-year old guard Alef Alves (185-95). He played this summer at Contagem in the Liga Ouro. In 11 games he had 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Alves' team made it to the Liga Ouro Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro Honorable Mention in 2016.
Alves has played previously for two other teams: Flamengo and Ginastico.

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dontrell Brite
Anton Cook
Alef Alves

Forward:
Christopher Gradnigo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Yamagata lands coach Joe Cook - by Kate

Pass lab Yamagata Wyverns (B League D2) landed Canadian coach Joe Cook. He has coached for the last three years at Akita Northern Happinets in the B League.
Cook's team was Runner-Up of NBL Canada Regular Season 2014.
He has coached also professionally in Canada (Orangeville A's).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


NZ Select beat Shenzhen Leopards - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Select proved too good for Shenzhen Leopards in the penultimate fixture of its six game tour of China on Thursday night winning 92-71. The win was based around dominating displays by forwards James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota), Finn Delany (198-F-95, college: SW Baptist), Yanni Wetzell (208-F) and Sam Timmins (211-C-97). Wetzell led all scorers with 22 points (10/14FG) and completed an outstanding stats line with 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Shenzhen finished sixth on the Chinese Basketball Association League standings last season and gave the Kiwis some problems in the early stages leading 21-19 at quarter time although seven turnovers from the visitors didn't help their cause. However New Zealand, led by 11 points in the half from the consistent Hunter and 8 points off the bench from Delany, began to assert some authority in the second period and carved out a 44-37 lead by half-time. Coach Mike Fitchett was delighted with the performance of his charges after the interval. 'The second half was a great team performance. Yanni scored the ball well and along with James Hunter we really controlled the inside winning the rebound count by thirty (53-23).' As anticipated NZ Select were without Derone Raukawa after he picked up an ankle injury late in the game the previous evening against Montenegro. His absence gave an opportunity for others to step into the point guard role. 'Joe Cook-Green (6 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) and Jordan Ngatai did a good job manning the point and Alonzo Burton (193-G-93) gave us great defence in the second half shutting down their import guard,' said Fitchett. Guard Luke Aston also had a productive game scoring 11 points off the bench including three triples. NZ Select face Cameroon in the tournament decider later today, tip-off 11pm (NZ time), in the final game of the tour.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



Chinese NBL round 2 best performance: Von Wafer - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Von Wafer (196-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shaanxi W., receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (53 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Henan (#5, 1-1) 130-129. Shaanxi W. is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Shaanxi W. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Wafer had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 17 attempts. He just recently signed at Shaanxi W. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. Wafer is in league's top in points (2nd best: 46.0ppg) and averages impressive 70.0% FGP and 60.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Nigerian Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of Henan. Akognon had a very good evening with 43 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Henan was edged by Shaanxi W. (2-0) 130-129. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Akognon is one of the most experienced players at Henan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 45.5ppg (#3). He also recorded 7.0 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of league's second-best Hunan. Onuaku showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, 31 rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hunan, leading his team to a 103-88 easy win against Anhui (#8, 1-1). Hunan has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Onuaku also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Onuaku as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Hunan - 40 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou - 32 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 24 points and 25 rebounds
7. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing - 24 points, 24 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Nunnally (203-F-86) of Jiangsu L. - 23 points, 30 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brandon Costner (206-F-87) of Hebei X. - 35 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marquis Weddle (185-G-88) of Beijing - 35 points, 11 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)



Long Lions add Fogg to their roster, ex Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Guangzhou Long-Lions (CBA) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-85kg-90, college: Arizona). He played last season at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. Fogg helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 22 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Fogg played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team, 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Fogg won D-League championship title in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
Fogg attended University of Arizona until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Fogg: A very good defender on the perimeter, he is fundamentally sound and can help his team in every part of the game. Offensively, he's a good scorer and long distance shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBL Round 2: Anhui lose to Hunan - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL.

The most important game of round 2 took place in Changsha where Hunan beat Anhui (1-1) 103-88 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hunan outrebounded Anhui 50-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Anhui's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Anhui helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 31 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) chipped in 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. American Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anhui will play next round against strong Guangxi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hunan will try to continue on its current victory against Chongqing in Lanling.
Guangxi smashed Dongbu at home 137-98. American guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Sim Bhullar supported him with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Even 31 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by forward MengLong Zhao (197-91) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dongbu will play next round against strong Lhasa trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangxi will try to continue on its current victory against Anhui at home.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Henan (1-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by Shaanxi W. (2-0) 130-129. The best player for the winners was Von Wafer who scored 53 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon produced 43 points (!!!), 8 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shaanxi W. will meet Luoyang (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Henan will play against Hebei X. (#12) and hope to win that game.
Very important is a home loss of Guizhou (1-1) against Fujian (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Guizhou was edged by Fujian in a tough game in Guizhou 87-90. Wenbo Yang orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fujian's next round opponent will be Beijing (#9) at home. Guizhou will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Luoyang lost to Chongqing on the opponent's court 91-99. Lhasa outscored Jiangsu L. in a home game 141-111. Winless Hebei X. recorded a loss to Beijing on the road 109-104.

Guangxi - Dongbu 137-98

Guangxi smashed Dongbu at home 137-98. The game was mostly controlled by Guangxi. Dongbu was better in fourth quarter 37-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangxi dominated down low during the game scoring 92 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 46. Guangxi had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Indian-Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-92, college: N.Mexico St.) supported him with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Even 31 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by forward MengLong Zhao (197-91) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dongbu will play next round against strong Lhasa trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangxi will try to continue on its current victory against Anhui at home.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: M.Kevin 34+11reb+1ast, J.Le 19+2reb+4ast, B.Sim 18+6reb+5ast, L.Jiawei 15+3reb+3ast, W.LongHao 12+3reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 9+3reb+5ast
Dongbu: Z.MengLong 31+6reb+2ast, S.Tujun 11+5reb+3ast, W.Chen 10+5reb, S.Shengyue 10+4reb+3ast, Y.Qin 9+1reb+2ast, D.QinShuo 9+4reb+1ast
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Hunan - Anhui 103-88

The most important game of round 2 took place in Changsha where Hunan beat Anhui (1-1) 103-88 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hunan outrebounded Anhui 50-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Anhui's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Anhui helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 31 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) chipped in 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. American Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds and power forward Kai Ren (207-92) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anhui will play next round against strong Guangxi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hunan will try to continue on its current victory against Chongqing in Lanling.
Top scorers:
Hunan: S.Gelvis 40+7reb+8ast, O.Arinze 27+31reb+4ast, P.Jiaxin 11+1reb+3ast, F.Bo 8+3reb, Z.Wei 6+3reb+2ast, Z.ChaoLong 3+1reb+1ast
Anhui: J.Chris 31+20reb+1ast, R.Kai 12+5reb+1ast, G.Shunjie 8, H.Delong 8+2reb+2ast, L.Jian 7+5reb, Z.Yong 6+2reb
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Henan - Shaanxi W. 129-130

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Henan (1-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by Shaanxi W. (2-0) 130-129. The best player for the winners was American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) who scored 53 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 29 points and 21 rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) produced 43 points (!!!), 8 assists and 4 steals and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) added 29 points and 19 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Henan players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shaanxi W. will meet Luoyang (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Henan will play against Hebei X. (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 53+6reb+4ast, G.Charles 29+21reb, Y.XiaoHang 11+1reb+3ast, G.Yan 9+1ast, J.JunQi 7+7reb, S.Heyu 7+2reb+3ast
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 43+3reb+8ast, O.Chris 29+19reb+1ast, J.Yuxing 20+5reb+2ast, W.Longfei 13+2reb+2ast, C.Yuhan 10+1reb, L.PengPeng 6+6reb
gschID: 548457


Chongqing - Luoyang 99-91

Chongqing used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Luoyang 99-91. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-21. But Luoyang won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Luoyang 49-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Luoyang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds. Xin Wang contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Chongqing's coach Shu Trist Spurl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) replied with 42 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) added 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Luoyang. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chongqing's next round opponent will be Hunan in Changsha and it may be quite challenging game. Luoyang will play at home against Shaanxi W. (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chongqing: C.Aubrey 25+6reb, K.Vladyslav 24+24reb+2ast, W.Xin 21+10reb+2ast, G.Yaoyang 12+2reb+1ast, W.Yang 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Yuanbo 4+4reb
Luoyang: S.Russ 42+5reb+1ast, Q.Wenhan 17+5reb, M.Ater 17+14reb+2ast, S.Jianguo 10+6reb, Z.Ye 3, L.Shuai 2+1reb
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Lhasa - Jiangsu L. 141-111

Very predictable result when Lhasa (2-0) smashed at home Jiangsu L. (0-2) 141-111. The game was mostly controlled by Lhasa. Jiangsu L. was better in third quarter 34-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lhasa dominated down low during the game scoring 110 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu L.'s 74. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Center DangJian Han (208-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Lhasa's coach Feng Chen felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 30 rebounds and point guard Peng Wang (183-94) added 33 points (!!!) in the effort for Jiangsu L.Five Lhasa and four Jiangsu L. players scored in double figures. Lhasa's next round opponent will be Dongbu (#11) in Nanjin and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu L. will play on the road against Guizhou and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: H.DangJian 29+12reb+2ast, C.Jinlong 22+1reb+6ast, J.Dominique 21+10reb+7ast, S.DeShuai 20+5reb+1ast, D.ZhiMing 14+4reb+4ast, K.Jonathan 10+16reb+1ast
Jiangsu L.: W.Peng 33+3reb, G.MingYang 27+2reb+6ast, N.Michael 23+30reb+3ast, W.Xing Chen 13+7reb+4ast, X.Shiwei 6+2reb, J.Shichao 5+4reb+2ast
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Guizhou - Fujian 87-90

Very important is a home loss of Guizhou (1-1) against Fujian (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Guizhou was edged by Fujian in a tough game in Guizhou 87-90. Guizhou was ahead by 15 points after three quarters before a 28-10 charge of Fujian, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Wenbo Yang (196-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 rebounds. Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87) contributed with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 20 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 30 points in the effort for Guizhou. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fujian's next round opponent will be Beijing (#9) at home. Guizhou will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian: Y.Wenbo 31+6reb, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 22+9reb+4ast, R.LaQuinton 15+9reb+2ast, H.Yan 9, L.Hang 7+2reb, Z.Shu 2+1reb+2ast
Guizhou: M.James 32+20reb+2ast, L.Mark 30+4reb+2ast, Z.Bo 9+1reb+3ast, L.MingHao 8+9reb+6ast, Z.Zihua 3+2reb+1ast, L.Xu 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548454


Beijing - Hebei X. 109-104

Beijing used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Hebei 109-104. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Beijing outrebounded Hebei X. 54-43 including 20 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Hebei X. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Marquis Weddle (185-88, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 25 rebounds for the winners. Beijing's coach ShuMin Gao allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) added 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Hebei X.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Beijing's next round opponent will be Fujian (#7) in Fuzhou. Hebei X. will play on the road against Henan (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing: W.Marquis 35+11reb+5ast, H.Michael 24+25reb+1ast, Z.Wei 15+3reb+2ast, C.Zexu 13+5reb+1ast, L.Yunan 11+6reb+1ast, L.Ziming 6+1reb
Hebei X.: C.Brandon 35+14reb+4ast, S.Shannon 21+15reb+7ast, L.Yannan 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Heng 12+9reb, G.Yao 10+1reb+2ast, P.YuLe 7+1reb+1ast
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Mays' double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward James Mays (206-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Guizhou and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 27 rebounds, while his team beat Beijing (1-1) 116-105. Thanks to this victory Guizhou moved-up to the 6th position in Chinese NBL. Guizhou 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 1-1 record. Mays just recently signed at Guizhou and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Clemson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mays is in league's top in points (8th best: 37.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 23.5rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of league's second-best Hunan. He is Dominican Rep. guard in his first season at Hunan. In the last game Solano recorded impressive 36 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Hunan to another comfortable win outscoring Dongbu (0-2) 112-85. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Solano is one of the most experienced players at Hunan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 38.0ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 7.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang (#14). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 62 points in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance Luoyang lost 123-138 to Anhui (#8, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Luoyang can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. Smith has individually a great season in China. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 52.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marquis Weddle (185-G-88) of Beijing - 49 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Chris Johnson (210-PF-85) of Anhui - 36 points and 20 rebounds
6. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W. - 33 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of Henan - 48 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Brandon Costner (206-F-87) of Hebei X. - 42 points and 9 rebounds
9. Von Wafer (196-G-85) of Shaanxi W. - 39 points and 5 rebounds
10. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 38 points, 13 rebounds and 8 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Fast Break
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Ortiz, Fast Break23.4 
 2. Givens, Piratas20.6 
 3. Smith, Sabios20.5 
 4. Roberson, Condores19.6 
 5. Coombs, Sabios18.6 
 6. Almanza, Condores16.1 
 7. McCoy, Condores15.7 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.15.2 
 10. Romero, Piratas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Perez, Academia10.5 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.10.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 4. Romero, Piratas10.0 
 5. Almanza, Condores9.4 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 7. Coombs, Sabios7.4 
 8. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
 9. Julio, Fast Break7.3 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Murray, Academia5.9 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas5.8 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.4 
 4. McCoy, Condores5.2 
 5. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 6. Granados, Academia4.2 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.2 
 8. Caicedo, Cimar.3.9 
 9. Salazar, Fast Break3.5 
 10. Diaz, Condores3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.8 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.4 
 3. Ortiz, Fast Break2.0 
 4. Carraway, Cimar.1.9 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 6. Murray, Academia1.8 
 7. Renteria, Cimar.1.6 
 8. McCoy, Condores1.5 
 9. Williams, Cimarrones1.5 
 10. Blandon, Sabios1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perez, Academia2.0 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.5 
 3. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.2 
 4. Givens, Piratas1.1 
 5. Jones, Sabios1.1 
 6. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 7. Quinones, Academia0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 9. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 10. Bermudez, Condores0.7 


Givens' 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Brandon Givens (198-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Piratas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Piratas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aguilas (5-13) 97-85. Thanks to this victory Piratas moved-up to the 8th position in Colombian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 13 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Givens had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. North Carolina Wesleyan College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Givens is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.6ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 57.0% FGP. Worth to mention Givens played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, agency: Haylett Sports) of Condores. He is American forward in his first season at Condores. In the last game Roberson recorded impressive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Condores was edged by the higher-ranked Academia (#2, 11-7) 88-86. This loss caused Condores to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Roberson is one of the most experienced players at Condores and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#4). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Piratas' star - forward Jhon Romero (199-F-85). Romero showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Piratas, helping his team with a 97-85 win against Aguilas (5-13). Piratas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Romero he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Romero has individually a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Fast Break - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Emiro Romero (194-G/F-84) of Piratas - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jairo Mendoza (203-F/C-85) of Piratas - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Tyler Murray (195-PG-90) of Academia - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) of Academia - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gary Diaz (193-G-92) of Academia - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



PBD Round 18: Academia defeats Condores in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 18 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Montana. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Condores (8-10) to second ranked Academia (11-7) 81-78 on Wednesday evening. Academia looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Venezuelan forward Eduardo Torres (195-81) with 21 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-7 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Condores at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Sabios. Academia are looking forward to face Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round where they are favorite. Condores will play at home against the league's leader Fast Break and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Caciques (8-8) against sixth ranked Cimarrones (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host Caciques were crushed by Cimarrones in Valleduparnga 90-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caciques. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Amir Carraway supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by the former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) did not help to save the game for Caciques. 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 moved-up to third place. Caciques at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Cimarrones will play against Sabios (#5) in Manizales in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Piratas in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (15-1) smashed 4th ranked Sabios (8-10) 91-59. The best player for the winners was Luis Julio who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Ricardo Rivera who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds. Fast Break have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 15-1 record. Sabios lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Condores. Fast Break will meet Condores (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sabios will play against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Patriotas managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Piratas in Boyaca 102-89. It was a good game for Robert Crawford who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Patriotas (5-13) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Piratas. Patriotas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Academia in Montana and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Piratas will play at home against Caciques (#4) and hope to win that game.

Academia - Condores 81-78

The most exciting game of round 18 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Montana. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Condores (8-10) to second ranked Academia (11-7) 81-78 on Wednesday evening. Academia looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Venezuelan forward Eduardo Torres (195-81) with 21 points and American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-7 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Condores at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Sabios. Academia are looking forward to face Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round where they are favorite. Condores will play at home against the league's leader Fast Break and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Academia: D.Perez 16+9reb+3ast, T.Murray 15+1reb+9ast, G.Diaz 15+7reb+3ast, B.Aguaslimpias 13+8reb+1ast, S.Granados 7+6ast, O.Balbuena 7+2reb+1ast
Condores: E.Torres 21+3reb+3ast, R.Dyer 16+4reb, R.McCoy 15+3reb+6ast, L.Almanza 10+10reb+1ast, H.Diaz 9+5reb+3ast, L.Roberson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547258


Fast Break - Sabios 91-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (15-1) smashed 4th ranked Sabios (8-10) 91-59. The game was mostly controlled by Fast Break. Sabios managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fast Break forced 23 Sabios turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Four Fast Break players scored in double figures. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Ricardo Rivera (190-91, college: Voorhees) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and Barbados forward Kregg Jones (203-91, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 5 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Fast Break have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 15-1 record. Sabios lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Condores. Fast Break will meet Condores (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sabios will play against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: L.Julio 15+10reb, S.Ortiz 15+2reb+5ast, H.Uhegwu 13+4reb+2ast, D.Crockrell 11+1reb+2ast, C.Ordonez 9+1reb+1ast, M.Sneed 8+6reb+2ast
Sabios: R.Rivera 15+5reb+2ast, S.Betancur 11+1reb+4ast, L.Blandon 11+6reb, D.Lopez 7+3reb, K.Jones 5+13reb, J.Velez 4+3reb
gschID: 547255


Aguilas - Piratas 102-89

Bottom-ranked Patriotas managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against seventh-ranked Piratas in Boyaca 102-89. The game was mostly controlled by Patriotas. Piratas was better in fourth quarter 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Patriotas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) contributed with 28 points for the winners. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) replied with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Venezuelan swingman Jesus Medina (188-94) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Piratas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Patriotas (5-13) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Piratas. Patriotas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Academia in Montana and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Piratas will play at home against Caciques (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aguilas: A.Bivins 28+4reb+2ast, R.Crawford 27+5reb+3ast, F.Sandidge 15+12reb+6ast, J.Velandia 12+8reb+9ast, J.Pardo 8+1reb+2ast, O.Fonseca 7+4reb
Piratas: B.Givens 30+7reb+4ast, J.Medina 17+9reb+8ast, J.Romero 15+10reb+2ast, J.Mendoza 11+4reb, D.Hernandez 8+2reb+4ast, G.Pena 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547257


Caciques - Cimarrones 63-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Caciques (8-8) against sixth ranked Cimarrones (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host Caciques were crushed by Cimarrones in Valleduparnga 90-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caciques. The game without a history. Cimarrones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Cimarrones players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by the former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) did not help to save the game for Caciques. American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) added 16 points. 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 moved-up to third place. Caciques at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Cimarrones will play against Sabios (#5) in Manizales in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Piratas in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: J.Hernandez 23+14reb+4ast, A.Carraway 19+7reb+2ast, T.Williams 15+4reb+3ast, E.Renteria 12+4reb, R.Caicedo 10+7reb+6ast, J.Hardy 7+3reb+1ast
Caciques: H.Wormely 16+4reb+3ast, F.Lucena 13+5reb, F.Asprilla 10+13reb+2ast, B.Provost 6+4reb, M.Story 6+4reb, M.Bermudez 6+2reb
gschID: 547256





Colombian Liga DirecTV round 18 best performance: John Hernandez - by Eurobasket News

Former international Center John Hernandez (207-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cimarrones, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Caciques (#4, 8-8) with 27-point margin 90-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cimarrones is placed at 3rd position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cimarrones will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. Hernandez just recently signed at Cimarrones, being already a very valuable addition to the team. John Hernandez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas. Givens had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Piratas lost that game 89-102 to slightly higher-ranked Aguilas (5-13). This loss caused Piratas to slide to the very bottom (8) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Piratas managed to get this year. Givens is one of the most experienced players at Piratas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). He also registered 5.6 boards per game. Former North Carolina Wesleyan College star Givens is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Aguilas (#7). Bivins scored 28 points. He was a key player of Aguilas, leading his team to a 102-89 easy win against Piratas (5-13). Aguilas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bivins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bivins has a very solid season. In 15 games in Colombia he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, 2.8spg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frisco Sandidge (198-F-87) of Aguilas - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jesus Medina (188-G/F-94) of Piratas - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) of Fast Break - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Crawford (201-G/F-90) of Aguilas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Bambitious Nara tabs coach Zeljko Pavlicevic - by Kate

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) inked experienced 66-year old Croatian coach Zeljko Pavlicevic. He coached most recently at Chiba Jets in the B League.
Among other achievements Pavlicevic's team won Japanese NBL Western Division Regular Season in 2014. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2008.
Pavlicevic is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Greece, Spain and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Japan (Shimane Magic and Wakayama Trians).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Union Olimpija adds Roko Badzim (ex-GKK Sibenik) - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian champion Union Olimpija continued to bolster for its inaugural FIBA Champions League season by bringing Croatian Roko Badzim (197-G-97) on a three-year deal.
Badzim arrives from GKK Sibenik, where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals over 28 minutes in 30 Croatian A1 League games last season. He helped club win regular season title. It will be his first season abrod.
Badzim was a regular member of all youth national teams of Croatian. In 2014 he won bronze medal at the U18 European Championship in Turkey and the next year he won silver medal at the U19 World Championship in Greece.



Marin Mornar (ex Horsens IC) agreed terms with Boras - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Croatian forward Marin Mornar (205-91kg-93, college: Loyola Mary). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 38 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Mornar helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He can shoot the ball well and is a very tough player. He loves basketball and you can't keep him out of the gym.

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Person
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Daniel Thuresson
Ludvig Johansson

Forwards:
Marin Mornar
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suton re-signs at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Goran Suton (208-108kg-85, college: Michigan State). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Suton played there last season. In 32 Liga Endesa games he had 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Joventut where in 34 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
In 2009 Suton was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Michigan State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Suton's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team back in 2012. Suton was a member of Croatian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Angelico Biella), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita).
Suton could be described: Skilled big man, including passing, shooting and ball-handling ... Offensively talented in the post or facing the basket ... Worked hard to add muscle and strength.
He's not a very good athlete. He doesn't have long arms. But he just finds a way to be in the right place at the right time
.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley

Center:
Goran Suton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cleveland Melvin (ex Moutahed) joins Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-94kg-91, college: De Paul). He played last season at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Melvin helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (2016) summer he was tested by Mono Vampire (TBL) in Thailand league.
Melvin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Melvin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Hungary (Alba), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Jefes), NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks) and ABA (Baltimore Hawks).
Melvin attended De Paul University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Evan Singletary (ex Iskra Svit) joins Usti n/Labem - by Greg

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (NBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American point guard Evan Singletary (185-88kg-94, college: Albany). He played last season at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. In 41 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and averaged 3.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 4). Singletary helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 3rd Team.
Singletary graduated from University at Albany in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Denzel Ingram signs at Horsens IC - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC (Ligaen) landed 23-year old American point guard Denzel Ingram (183-79kg-94, agency: Duran International). He just graduated from NC-Wilmington (NCAA). In 35 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Ingram helped them to win CAA Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-CAA 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Ingram is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He is described as: He has the ability to score but one of his biggest assets is his ability to make his teammates around him better.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM28.2 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR22.9 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD21.5 
 4. Woodbury, Titanes .20.6 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV20.2 
 6. Santana, Titanes .19.7 
 7. Freeman, Caner.18.8 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.18.4 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.18.0 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.7 
 2. Williams, Titanes .10.5 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.8.6 
 6. Santana, Titanes .8.5 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD8.1 
 8. Vargas, Metros S.7.4 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.7.3 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.1 
 2. Soliman, Caner.5.8 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.3 
 4. Miller, Leones SD5.2 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 6. Ruiz, Soles SD4.2 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.3.9 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.9 
 9. Fortuna, Leones SD3.9 
 10. Dicent, Metros S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.9 
 3. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 5. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .1.5 
 8. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
 10. Williams, Titanes .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. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 5. Okosun, Reales LV1.1 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.1.0 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.9 


LNB Round 13: Metros STGO keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Metros STGO as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Metros STGO defeated 8th ranked Soles SD in Santiago 110-96. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 110-96. Metros STGO made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 assists for the winners and American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metros STGO have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Indios SFM. Soles SD lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Soles SD will play next round against Leones SD trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santo Domingo - Leones SD. Metros STGO will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Indios SFM in San Francisco.
Very significant was Caneros LR's (#6) 100-95 road victory against 4th placed Reales LV. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Reales LV. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Austin Freeman accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for Reales LV in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR (7-7) moved-up to fourth place. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Caneros LR will play against Titanes Licey (#7) in San Cristobal in the next round. Reales LV will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 Titanes Licey lost to Leones SD on the opponent's court 88-93. Huracanes PP managed to outperform Leones SD in a home game 100-93.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Patrick Miller of Leones SD.

Leones SD - Titanes Licey 93-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Titanes Licey's (5-10) road loss to sixth ranked Leones SD (7-8) 88-93. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Leones SD made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) nailed 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) accounted for 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) added 25 points and 5 assists respectively for Titanes Licey in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Titanes Licey's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Titanes Licey at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Leones SD's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santo Domingo to the arena Soles SD.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 29+12reb+3ast, T.Woodbury 25+2reb+5ast, U.Thomas 14+1reb+2ast, H.Valdez 10+3reb, D.Moquete 4+1reb+3ast, B.Williams 4+14reb+3ast
Leones SD: P.Miller 24+5reb+6ast, M.Rhett 22+9reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 14+1reb+2ast, J.Guerrero 14+6reb+1ast, J.Araujo 9+13reb+1ast, J.Corporan 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 546077


Metros STGO - Soles SD 110-96

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Metros STGO as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Metros STGO defeated 8th ranked Soles SD in Santiago 110-96. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 110-96. Metros STGO made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 assists for the winners and American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Metros STGO and four Soles SD players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metros STGO have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Indios SFM. Soles SD lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Soles SD will play next round against Leones SD trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santo Domingo - Leones SD. Metros STGO will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Indios SFM in San Francisco.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: M.Guzman 23+9reb+3ast, C.Hall 17+6reb, H.Maldonado 16+3reb+2ast, R.Ruiz 15+5reb+4ast, E.Meran 7+1reb+1ast, R.Tamarez 5+2reb+4ast
Metros STGO: A.De Leon 20+3reb+9ast, R.Glenn 19+5reb+2ast, A.Filion 13+4reb, R.Soliver 11+2reb+2ast, F.Gaines 11+1ast, E.Vargas 10+10reb+2ast
gschID: 546076


Huracanes PP - Leones SD 100-93

Rather predictable result in Puerto Plata where third ranked Huracanes PP (8-6) defeated 6th ranked Leones SD (7-8) 100-93. Leones SD was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 33-16 third quarter run of Huracanes PP. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Huracanes PP's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 20 points and 16 rebounds respectively for Leones SD in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes PP have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 8-6 record having just three points less than leader Metros STGO. Leones SD lost eighth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Huracanes PP will play against Reales LV (#5) in La Vega in the next round. Leones SD's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santo Domingo to the arena Soles SD.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: P.Miller 27+6reb+10ast, J.Araujo 20+16reb+2ast, M.Rhett 18+9reb+7ast, E.Fortuna 11+4reb+2ast, H.Walker 8+2reb+1ast, J.Corporan 5+1reb
Huracanes PP: A.Jones 18+8reb+4ast, K.Beidler 17+7reb+2ast, M.Carter 16+1reb+4ast, A.Young 15+4reb+1ast, L.Jacobo 12+2ast, J.Valdez 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 546074


Reales LV - Caneros LR 95-100

Very significant was Caneros LR's (#6) 100-95 road victory against 4th placed Reales LV. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Reales LV. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-17 Reales LV's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 100-95 at the end of the game. Caneros LR made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Juan Coronado (193-83) added 23 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for Reales LV in the defeat. Five Caneros LR and four Reales LV players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR (7-7) moved-up to fourth place. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Caneros LR will play against Titanes Licey (#7) in San Cristobal in the next round. Reales LV will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: A.Pena 27+10reb+5ast, J.Coronado 23+3reb+6ast, R.Beato 16+5reb, O.Bailey 10+7reb+1ast, A.Okosun 5+2reb+1ast, J.Bonilla 5+4reb
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 33+11reb+5ast, A.Freeman 16+7reb+8ast, R.Scott 14+3reb+3ast, O.Sanchez 12+3reb+1ast, A.Williams 10+6reb+2ast, J.Pablo Montas 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 546075





Huracanes del Atlantico adds Young to their roster, ex Hap.Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) added to their roster 31-year old American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: New Mexico State). He played last season at Hap.Haifa in Israeli National League. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. Young also played that season for Al Riyadi in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 5 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team back in 2012.
Young is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Young tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), France (Paris Levallois and Entente Orleans 45), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Latvia (Ventspils) and Lebanon (Al Moutahed).
Young attended New Mexico State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Young: Jahmar Young is a 6'5" silky smooth shooting guard who is versatile enough to play the 1, 2 and 3 positions. A NBA like talent. A quick to the basket player which makes him difficult to contain only because he shoots the long ball so well. An enthusiastic defender who enjoys his teammates. Very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coronado's 26 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old guard Juan Coronado (193-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Reales LV and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine assists for Reales LV in his team's victory, helping them to beat Soles SD (#8, 2-12) 99-92. Thanks to this victory Reales LV moved-up to the 5th position in Dominican Rep. league. Reales LV 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 6-8 record. In the team's last game Coronado had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Reales LV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Coronado has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 6.1apg. Coronado

Second best performed player last round was Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD. He is a forward in his first season at Soles SD. In the last game Guzman recorded impressive 41 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Soles SD lost that game 92-99 to the higher-ranked Reales LV (#5, 6-8). Soles SD are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Soles SD managed to get this year. Guzman is one of the most experienced players at Soles SD and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#3). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR (#4). Gilder scored 24 points and passed five assists. Despite Gilder's great performance Caneros LR lost 93-97 to #3 ranked Huracanes PP. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Caneros LR needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Gilder has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 54.2% and 3PT: 63.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jaison Valdez (188-PG-95) of Huracanes PP - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ramon Ruiz (188-G-83) of Soles SD - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of Metros STGO - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Young (200-F-89) of Huracanes PP - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Austin Freeman (194-G-89) of Caneros LR - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 21 points and 3 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)



LNB Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

LNB round 12 most important game was a victory of Huracanes PP over one of their biggest challengers Caneros LR 97-93 on Monday night. Caneros LR was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-24 charge of Huracanes PP, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Huracanes PP outrebounded Caneros LR 39-20 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for point guard Jaison Valdez (188-95, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Spanish Orlando Sanchez (206-88, college: St.John's) replied with 26 points for Caneros LR. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Huracanes PP have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Caneros LR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Leones SD and Reales LV. Huracanes PP will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caneros LR will play on the road against Reales LV (#4) in La Vega and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LNB top team - Indios SFM (11-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Soles SD (2-11) in San Francisco 104-83. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Juan-Miguel Suero who added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) with 24 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. Indios SFM have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Soles SD lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Indios SFM will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Soles SD will play on the road against the league's second-placed Metros STGO (#2) in Santiago and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in San Cristobal was also quite interesting. Second ranked Metros STGO (10-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Titanes Licey (5-9). Metros STGO managed to secure a 9-point victory 77-68 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Adris De-Leon who scored that evening 25 points. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by Edward Santana did not help to save the game for Titanes Licey. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metros STGO maintains second position with 10-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Titanes Licey lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Metros STGO will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Titanes Licey will play against Leones SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Santo Domingo was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Reales LV (6-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Soles SD (2-11). Reales LV managed to secure a 7-point victory 99-92. The best player for the winners was Juan Coronado who scored 26 points and 9 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Reales LV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Caneros LR and Leones SD. Soles SD lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Reales LV's next round opponent will be Caneros LR (#6) in La Romana. Soles SD will play on the road against the league's second-placed Metros STGO in Santiago and hope to win that game.

Titanes Licey - Metros STGO 68-77

The game in San Cristobal was also quite interesting. Second ranked Metros STGO (10-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Titanes Licey (5-9). Metros STGO managed to secure a 9-point victory 77-68 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 47-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who scored that evening 25 points and American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) supported him with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) did not help to save the game for Titanes Licey. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) added 12 points. 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. Metros STGO maintains second position with 10-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Titanes Licey lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Metros STGO will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Titanes Licey will play against Leones SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 17+10reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 12+3reb+2ast, U.Thomas 11+3reb, B.Williams 10+5reb, H.Valdez 7+8reb+1ast, J.Fortuna 5+4ast
Metros STGO: A.De Leon 25+3reb+2ast, A.Nunez 13+6reb, R.Glenn 11+2reb+3ast, F.Gaines 9+6reb+5ast, A.N'Doye 7+6reb, R.Soliver 6
gschID: 549043


Soles SD - Reales LV 92-99

The game in Santo Domingo was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Reales LV (6-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Soles SD (2-11). Reales LV managed to secure a 7-point victory 99-92. Soles SD was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 58-48 second half run of Reales LV. The best player for the winners was guard Juan Coronado (193-83) who scored 26 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) who recorded 41 points (!!!) and Bahamas guard Michael Carey-Jr (196-93, college: Wagner) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Reales LV have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Caneros LR and Leones SD. Soles SD lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Reales LV's next round opponent will be Caneros LR (#6) in La Romana. Soles SD will play on the road against the league's second-placed Metros STGO in Santiago and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: M.Guzman 41+4reb+2ast, M.Carey Jr. 18+3reb+3ast, C.Hall 15+5reb, A.Goods 13+3ast, H.Maldonado 2+4reb, P. Martinez 2+2reb
Reales LV: J.Coronado 26+1reb+9ast, O.Bailey 21+3reb, J.Maye 14+3reb+4ast, A.Pena 13+4reb, V.Martinez 8+2reb, Y.Minaya 6+1ast
gschID: 546072


Caneros LR - Huracanes PP 93-97

LNB round 12 most important game was a victory of Huracanes PP over one of their biggest challengers Caneros LR 97-93 on Monday night. Caneros LR was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-24 charge of Huracanes PP, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Huracanes PP outrebounded Caneros LR 39-20 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for point guard Jaison Valdez (188-95, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. Naturalized Spanish Orlando Sanchez (206-88, college: St.John's) replied with 26 points and American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) added 24 points and 5 assists in the effort for Caneros LR. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Huracanes PP have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Caneros LR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Leones SD and Reales LV. Huracanes PP will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caneros LR will play on the road against Reales LV (#4) in La Vega and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: O.Sanchez 26+4reb+1ast, T.Gilder 24+2reb+5ast, A.Freeman 19+3reb+5ast, M.Evangelista 8+3reb, A.Williams 5+2reb+3ast, J.Pablo Montas 4+1reb+3ast
Huracanes PP: J.Valdez 16+5reb+2ast, A.Young 16+5reb+2ast, M.Carter 14+1ast, L.Jacobo 12+6reb, D.Nunez 10+2reb+4ast, A.Jones 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546070


Indios SFM - Soles SD 104-83

LNB top team - Indios SFM (11-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Soles SD (2-11) in San Francisco 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Indios SFM. Soles SD was better in second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Indios SFM players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Soles SD's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) who added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Indios SFM players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 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. Indios SFM have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Soles SD lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Indios SFM will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Soles SD will play on the road against the league's second-placed Metros STGO (#2) in Santiago and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: R.Ruiz 24+7reb+2ast, M.Guzman 17+11reb+1ast, M.Carey Jr. 14+9reb, C.Hall 7+9reb, H.Maldonado 7+6reb+2ast, T.Woods 6+1reb+5ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 21+5reb+6ast, A.Gibbs 15+2reb+4ast, A.Salas Flores 14+7reb+2ast, T.Shannon 13+6reb+1ast, F.Garcia 13+4reb+3ast, J.Martinez 10+2reb
gschID: 546071





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Pasecniks re-signs at Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 22-year old Latvian international center Anzejs Pasecniks (218-103kg-95, college: VEF skola). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 35 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.8ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Pasecniks helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Pasecniks contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
This summer he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in first round (25th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pasecniks was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Pasecniks has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 10.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-4 (1.8bpg), FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.5%.
Pasecniks has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like VEF Kadeti, VEF Riga and LMT Basketbola Akademija.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

Center:
Anzejs Pasecniks

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paris-Levallois keep Eliezer-Vanerot for another season - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) re-signed 21-year old small forward Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-96). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 30 ProA games he averaged 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Eliezer-Vanerot helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at CFBB (ProB) that year.
Eliezer-Vanerot played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2015.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.3%.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Louis Campbell
Remi Lesca

Forwards:
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Maxime Roos
Ivan Fevrier

Center:
Petr Cornelie

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chris Babb (ex Ratiopharm) is a newcomer at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Chris Babb (196-102kg-90, college: Iowa State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg last season. Babb helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Babb also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Babb was tested by the Warriors in NBA.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Babb attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Trevor Lacey

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Real Madrid tabs Fabien Causeur - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) inked 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 35 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Causeur helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he recorded 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:

Guard:
Fabien Causeur

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki signs Andrey Zubkov - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) signed 26-year old international forward Andrey Zubkov (205-100kg-91, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last six seasons at Lokomotiv in the VTB. In 17 Eurocup games he had 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Zubkov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zubkov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team back in 2013.
Zubkov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Zubkov represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Zubkov has played previously for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anadolu Efes tab Brock Motum - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) inked 27-year old Australian international power forward Brock Motum (208-111kg-90, college: Washington State). He has played for the last two years at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 47 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Motum helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Motum also played 30 games in Euroleague where he had 10.8ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Motum has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
Motum represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Motum has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Motum has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), NBA (Utah Jazz) and Australia (Adelaide 36ers and Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Motum's game is described as: A not so athletic PF with great offensive skills. He's an opportunistic scorer, who can shoot the three. He anticipates well and knows how to get into position to score. Also, Brock is still learning a lot and will continue to improve.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrey Zubkov may be added to Khimki roster - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is close to ink 26-year old international forward Andrey Zubkov (205-100kg-91, agency: Alti Sport) who played last time at Lokomotiv Kuban. Zubkov has played there for the last six years. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Zubkov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Zubkov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2013.
Zubkov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Zubkov represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Zubkov has played previously for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

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CSKA Moscow sign Lopatin to five-year deal - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) signed a five-year deal with 19-year old small forward Andrei Lopatin (208-91kg-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). Lopatin has played for the last two years at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in Russian U23 League.
Lopatin won Russian U23 League championship title in 2016.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 55.6%.
Lopatin has played previously for two other teams: Trinta Moscow and MBA Moscow.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn
Andrei Lopatin

Center:
Kyle Hines

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


EuroBasket stage is set - by Eurobasket

Spain's preparations for their FIBA EuroBasket title defense have stepped up a level with head coach Sergio Scariolo giving an indication as to how his roster will look after naming his latest training squad. The Italian named 27 players that will take part in set of training camps in July, with Spain looking forward to competing in a tournament they have won on three occasions. While the training squad isn't expected to be anywhere close to the one that will begin their 2017 FIBA EuroBasket campaign against Montenegro at the beginning of September, there have been some interesting notes to take from Scariolo's selection.
With four members of last year's Olympic bronze medal-winning squad missing from this year's EuroBasket, there are positions that need filling. While Calderon decided to retire from the national team and focus on his NBA career, Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reys have opted to take the summer off, and Claver is still sidelined with an injury sustained in the Liga Endesa play-offs. The loss of such experienced players will be a blow to Scariolo, but that's not to say the Spain head coach will be short of NBA talent at the upcoming tournament.

There have been many times when people have labeled basketball a sport of Guts - where extraordinary people show the heart needed to succeed - and the Gasol brothers have shown on numerous occasions throughout their careers that they have that in spades. The two NBA veterans have spent the past decade plying their trade in the game's best league, something not many European, and especially Spanish, players have done too often in the past.
In Pau and Marc Gasol, and Willy and Juancho Hernangomez, Spain have not only two sets of talented brothers, but four players boasting NBA experience that will be crucial to the team's hopes of defending their EuroBasket title. And coming off the back of solid rookie seasons in the NBA, the Hernangomez brothers will be full of confidence when they link back up with the national team.
As has been the case throughout his Spain career, Pau Gasol will again be expected to play an instrumental role in his country's success. Perhaps the most successful and well known basketball player in Spanish history, Gasol, the two-time EuroBasket MVP at times single handily ensured this team won the tournament in 2015, leading Spain to the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, his third Olympic medal. While Marc Gasol missed both those tournaments, due to injury and contract problems, the Memphis Grizzlies star is expected to be fit and raring to go this year.

Drawn in Group C at this year's EuroBasket, which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, the defending champions will take on Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and hosts Romania. With perhaps the strongest squad in the tournament, Spain will be confident of making it out of their group and reaching he final phase set to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. From there, you'd have to tip the reigning champions to be in with a very good chance of retaining their crown and cementing their place as European basketball's best team.
Spain won't have everything their own way, though, and the likes of Serbia, France and Greece will all fancy their chances of upsetting the odds and challenging the favorites for the title. They might not have the same star power as the Spanish, but all three shouldn't be written off considering how well they all qualified for the tournament. That said, with a host of NBA and international experience, Spain have everything they need to lift the EuroBasket trophy for the fourth time, and Scariolo will be confident his team deliver the goods.



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  FINLAND  


Heinonen is back at Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) added to their roster 25-year old swingman Osku Heinonen (194-93kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Tampereen Pyrinto as he has played here before. Heinonen played last season at Kouvot (Korisliiga). In 40 games he had 5.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Heinonen played at Tampereen Pyrinto. But in 33 Korisliiga games he recorded just 1.7ppg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Heinonen's team won Finnish Cup in 2013. He was also voted Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 3rd Team back in 2010.
Heinonen represented Finland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg.

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CSU Sibiu tabs Monyea Pratt, ex KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) inked 32-year old American small forward Monyea Pratt (196-98kg-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 35 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 8.7rpg (#4 in the league), 6.7apg (top 2) and 2.2spg (leader !!!) last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Pratt played at Salon Vilpas (also in Korisliiga) where in 32 games he had 11.2ppg, 9.1rpg (#2 in the league), 3.6apg and 2.0spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements Pratt played in the final of French NM1 Play-Offs in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Pratt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats, Weissenhorn Youngstars and USC Leipzig), France (Charleville Mezieres), USBA (Birmingham C.), CBL (Birmingham S.) and ABI (Gladiators).
Pratt attended Stillman College until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

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Hammonds starts his pro career at BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 23-year old American small forward Leyton Hammonds (203-98kg-94, agency: Inception Sports). Hammonds just graduated from Oklahoma State University (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he had 8.1ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
As mentioned above Hammonds is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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  FRANCE  


Challans land Vaidotas Pridotkas - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) tabbed 33-year old Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-100kg-84). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played most recently at Union Tours in the NM2.
The previous (15-16) season Pridotkas played at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.1ppg and recorded 6.7rpg and 2.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Bosman Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
Pridotkas' team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015.
He was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
Pridotkas has played previously professionally in France (Chalons Reims, Etendard de Brest, Rueil and Charleville Mezieres) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai and Vytautas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Coaches call him high IQ on the court due to his great ability to read the game. Very wise player. Vaidotas is an athletic forward who can make an impact on a game in numerous ways. He runs the floor well, can put the ball on the floor and gets to the rim with ease Vaidotas is a great rebounder that loves to play above the rim. He loves to play with his back to the basket, but has the ability to step out and knock down the three-point or mid-range shot. Defensively, Vaidotas holds his position well, which makes him a nightmare on the boards. He is quick enough to lockdown smaller guards and big enough to guard the post player.
Vaidotas has a great work ethic and brings tenacity every time he steps on the court. His demeanor and attitude are excellent on the court which shows his passion of the game
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Vendee Challans Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ibrahim Saounera
Paul Turpin
Jordan Barham

Forwards:
Vaidotas Pridotkas
Anis Gabsi

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Anis Gabsi joins Challans - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) agreed terms with 24-year old swingman Anis Gabsi (198-93) from Angers BC 49. In 33 NM1 games he had 4.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gabsi played at ADA Blois where in 32 NM1 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to win the NM1 title (twice).
Gabsi was a member of French U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He has played previously for Entente Orleans 45.

Vendee Challans Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ibrahim Saounera
Paul Turpin
Jordan Barham

Forward:
Anis Gabsi

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Kyle Tresnak agreed terms with RAC Basket - by Eurobasket News

Rueil Athletic Club Basket (NM1) inked 25-year old American center Kyle Tresnak (208-109kg-92, college: Weber State) from GET Vosges. In 25 NM1 games in France he recorded 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7apg last season. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention award in 2017.
Tresnak's college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2014.
Tresnak has played also professionally in Spain (Oviedo_CB).
He attended Weber State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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French National Team 2017 - by Greg

French National Team 2017
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Antoine Diot
Diot
Thomas Heurtel
Heurtel
Leo Westermann
Westermann
Nando De Colo
De Colo
Evan Fournier
Fournier
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Antoine Diot 193-PG-89 Valencia Spain
Thomas Heurtel 189-G-89 FC Barcelona Spain
Leo Westermann 197-G-92 CSKA Russia
Nando De Colo 196-SG-87 CSKA Russia
Evan Fournier 198-SG-92 Orlando M. USA
Fabien Causeur 195-SG-87 Brose Bask. Germany
Jackson Edwin 190-SG-89 Guangdong ST China
Rodrigue Beaubois 185-G-88 Baskonia Spain
Billy Ouattara 191-SG-92 Monaco France
Timothee Luwawu-Cabarrot 201-F/G-95 Phi.76ers USA
Boris Diaw 203-PF-82 Utah Jazz USA
Kim Tillie 210-PF-88 Baskonia Spain
Livio Jean-Charles 202-PF-93 ASVEL France
Louis Labeyrie 209-C/F-92 Paris-Levallois France
Kevin Seraphin 208-C-89 Indiana P. USA
Joffrey Lauvergne 210-PF-91 Chicago B. USA
Moustapha Fall 218-C-92 Chalon France
Vincent Poirier 210-C-93 Baskonia Spain

Vincent Collet Head Coach Strasbourg France



Scandone Avellino could sign Jason Rich, ex Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) is about to agree terms with 31-year old American guard Jason Rich (191-90kg-86) who played last time at Paris-Levallois in France. In 40 ProA games he was second best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and averaged 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Rich's team made it to the Israeli Winner Cup final in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Rich has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Russia (Enisey), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu and Vanoli Cremona), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa) and France (Chalon/Saor).
He could be described: An explosive SG who puts energy and aggressiveness on the court. Should add some more shooting accuracy to outstood at Euroepan level, and learn to play some control ball game.

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Hyeres-Toulon signs Vafessa Fofana - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) signed 25-year old swingman Vafessa Fofana (198-92kg-92). The last season Fofana played at Nantes (in ProB) where in 42 games he had 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Fofana has played previously for three other teams: Cholet Basket, Saint Vallier and Denain Voltaire.

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Timothe Vergiat
Theo Bouteille

Forwards:
Raymond Cowels_III
Vafessa Fofana

Centers:
Ferdinand Prenom
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

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Real Madrid tabs Fabien Causeur - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) inked 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 35 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Causeur helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he recorded 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:

Guard:
Fabien Causeur

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Jason Jones joins Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) agreed terms with 31-year old American power forward Jason Jones (202-86, college: Northeastern State) from Vendee Challans Basket. In 33 NM1 games in France he had 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jones played at ADA Blois where in 28 NM1 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the NM1 title (twice).
Jones was voted NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Jones has played previously professionally also in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo) and France (Monaco and Saint Quentin).
He attended Northeastern State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Union Basket Chartres Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mantas Ruikis
Gautier Lemon
Justin Black

Forward:
Jason Jones

Center:
Patrick Clerence

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Chris Warren (ex Nanterre) joins Bahcesehir - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Chris Warren (178-76kg-88, college: Mississippi). He played last season at JSF Nanterre in French ProA. In 36 games he had 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.5apg. Warren helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team. Warren also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Warren spent at Yesilgiresun Bld (BSL). In 21 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. The other team Warren played shortly was AEK Athens in Greek A1. In 7 games he got 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.0apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 7.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Warren won French ProA championship title in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers) and Turkey (Usak Sportlif).
Warren attended University of Mississippi until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

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Vlad Moldoveanu (ex UBT Cluj Napoca) could join Limoges - by Eurobasket News

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

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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GET Vosges land Mourad Benkloua - by Eurobasket News

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1) landed 25-year old center Mourad Benkloua (206-92) from SAP Vaucluse. In 27 NM1 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 3.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Benkloua played at Mulhouse Basket where in 29 NM1 games he had 6.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg.
He played in the final of French NM1 Play-Offs in 2014.
Benkloua represented France at the European Championships U16 in Italy nine years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 6.4rpg.
Benkloua has played previously for three other teams: Chorale de Roanne, CFBB and Charleville Mezieres.

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Thomas Vincent

Forwards:
Malik Sidibe
Greg Sequele
Cyril Scherrens

Center:
Mourad Benkloua

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Paris-Levallois keep Eliezer-Vanerot for another season - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) re-signed 21-year old small forward Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-96). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 30 ProA games he averaged 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Eliezer-Vanerot helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at CFBB (ProB) that year.
Eliezer-Vanerot played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2015.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.3%.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Louis Campbell
Remi Lesca

Forwards:
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Maxime Roos
Ivan Fevrier

Center:
Petr Cornelie

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

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  GAMBIA  


K-State adds needed size with Mount St. Mary's transfer Mawdo Sallah - by Eurobasket News

Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jamion Christian was thrilled to hear Mawdo Sallah (6'9''-F-94) committed to Kansas State on Monday. After coaching Sallah for three years, it was difficult for Christian to say goodbye to the 6-foot-9 junior forward that helped the Mountaineers become an NCAA Tournament team when Sallah requested to transfer two months ago. But Christian says Sallah is capable of more, and he thinks he will do big things with the Wildcats. 'They are getting a guy who can come in right away and make an impact and help,' Christian said in a phone inteview. 'Inside the locker room, he can be outstanding. He is the guy who galvanized our locker room. He was great from the minute he arrived. This is a guy with winning experience. That is really important to understand. A lot of these guys who are transferring around, they didn't have success. Mawdo has been to the NCAA Tournament and won a game there. He has played in a lot of high-pressure situations.' Sallah, a rare graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining at his new school, committed to the Wildcats four days after they dismissed sophomore forward Isaiah Maurice. Sallah is on pace to graduate in August with degrees in accounting and business/information systems, making him immediately eligible. A native of Latri Kunda, Gambia, he started 35 games last season and helped Mount St. Mary's reach the NCAA Tournament by averaging 6.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. The Mountaineers defeated New Orleans in the First Four, hours before K-State outdueled Wake Forest, and then lost to Villanova in the opening round. Sallah could have stayed and built on that success, but he left with bigger goals in mind. 'I just wanted to challenge myself,' Sallah said by phone. 'The Northeast Conference is tough, but I want to play at the highest level I can. Me going to the Big 12 will allow me to not only play against better competition in games but in practice every single day. I have only been playing basketball since the age of 16 and I think I can get a lot better. Playing at Kansas State will really help me improve.' Sallah took an odd path to K-State that would not have been possible without sitting out the 2015-16 season with a redshirt due to an injury, making him more appealing than most transfers. When Sallah announced plans to transfer in April, he favored K-State over his other options. But the Wildcats picked up commitments from a pair of junior-college transfers - Amaad Wainright and Makol Mawien - and didn't have room on their roster. 'Mawdo was devastated,' Christian said. 'He fell in love with Kansas State and really wanted to play for Coach Weber once they started talking. He just couldn't make it out there for a visit in time.' Sallah appeared to move on when he signed a financial aid agreement with UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks announced his addition to the team in early May with a news release that quoted coach C.B. McGrath. 'Mawdo is going to be a great addition because he has college experience and great character,' McGrath said. 'He has an intense desire to work hard and be part of the team. The coaches at Mount St. Mary's were very complimentary about him. Mawdo wants to expand his game and we're looking forward to working with him. He's college basketball ready and he's a nice piece to add to our roster moving forward.' A UNC-Wilmington team spokesman said Sallah's financial aid agreement with the school is not binding like a letter of intent. Because Sallah never started classes at UNC-Wilmington, he is free to transfer elsewhere. Sallah thanked UNC-Wilmington for the opportunity but had a change of heart the moment K-State coaches called to offer him a scholarship last week. He scheduled a weekend visit to Manhattan and committed Monday. 'Everything worked out in the end, and I am really happy about that,' Sallah said. 'I love Kansas State's whole family atmosphere. I felt so comfortable with everybody there just after talking to them a few times.' Sallah will likely be asked to contribute right away for the Wildcats, as they have few experienced players returning inside. At the least, Sallah will help replace the production of Maurice, who averaged three points and two rebounds in 30 games last season as a redshirt freshman. He thinks his athleticism will help K-State on offense and his size will help on defense. 'I am not sure how the season is going to go, but I am going to do anything my team needs me to do,' Sallah said. 'That is how I have always played. My job may be different every game. I don't care. I will block shots, score, play defense, run, whatever the team needs.'
Courtesy of: www.kansas.com



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  GERMANY  


Christoph Bruns remains With Citybasket Recklinghausen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Christoph Bruns (180-G-87) has become an institution with club Citybasket Recklinghausen and will remain loyal to the club as he will play an eigth season with them. After playing his first two seasons with Citybasket Recklinghausen in the Regionalliga, he rattled off the last five seasons and 123 games in the Pro B. In his last three seasons, the 29 year old 180cm guard has displayed consistency as he has averaged 10,4ppg. Last season he played 21 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 85.0%. Last season the ex BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga): player who started his basketball career in 2005 with Herten scored in double figures in 10 games including a 24 point game in a win against Bochum and a 21 point effort in a victory against wedel.

Source:Citybasket Recklinghausen



Team Ehingen Add BBL Experience With Yasin Kolo - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After averaging only 3,7 minutes per game in the EasyCredit BBL with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Yasin Kolo (208-C-92, college: Bellarmine) has decided to take a step back and play in the Pro A with Team Ehingen. Kolo is a 25 year old 208cm center from Germany that will be heading into his second professional season. He brings massive NCAA experience to Ehingen having balled at 3 schools and amassed a total of 15 NCAA games and 29 NCAA 2 games. Last season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, he played 17 games avergaing 1,2ppg. "Yasin was on our list last season and I am happy now that he will join us. His shooting makes him unpreditible and gives us new opportunities", stressed head coach Domenik Reinboth.

His best game last season was a 10 point game in seven minutes in a win against Braunschweig. "I am happy to play here. It will be a great challenge for me, so that is why I am starting to get ready now", stressed Yasin Kolo. Kolo started his basketball career in 2009 with ASC 46 Goettingen (2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 4.1ppg. He then played a year at Fayetteville Christian School (USA). he then played two seasons at E.Carolina (NCAA) from 2011-2013, but played only 7 NCAA games. 2 games: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg. In 2013-2014 he played with Hartford (NCAA) playing 8 games averaging 6.4ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 70.4%. He finished his senior year at Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing 29 games avergaing 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 66.3%. Awards and achievements in his absketball acreer have been AEC Tournament Semifinals -14, GLVC East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -16, and GLVC Tournament Semifinals -16.

Source.Team Ehingen





Arthur Zaletskiy Joins The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

On thursday night, Pro B team Artland Dragons announced the signing of Arthur Zaletskiy (183-PG-94). Arthur Zaletskiy is a 23 year old 183 cm guard that started his basketball career with the Hannover Korbjaeger (2.Regionalliga) in 2011. Last season the German played for Sportclub Langenhagen e. V. (2.Regionalliga) playing 8 games averaging 21.4ppg and played also at Hannover Korbjaeger (Regionalliga) playing 8 games avergaing 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 85.7%: "I have known Arthur since some years. He is a dynamic player with an interesting development age. He wanted to come here so he can develop further. He fits well to our game idea. He can play the pick and roll well and has a good shot. He plays hard on defense and is a player like Philipp Lieser that puts a lot of pressure on the opponent. We plan to have him as our nack up shooting guard", stressed Christian Greve.

The German played three seasons with the Hannover Korbjaeger (Regionalliga) and had his best season in 2013-2014 where he played 21 games averaging 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 36.2%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (ProB) playing 32 games averaging 5.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 63.1%. Tow season ago he played briefly with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) playing 3 games avergaing 3.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg, "I have the best conditions to develop further here. The way the coaches go by peparing for the next season was a reason why I Came here. They want a young team that will develop, but also kove up. The chance to possibily move up to the Pro A motivates me. I want to play good defense this season", stressed Arthur Zaletskiy. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Regionalliga (North-West Group) Champion -12, 13, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -15.

Source:Artland Dragons







Mateo Seric Makes Leap To MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg Roster - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Everybody talks about the Hartenstein's, Bonga's and Da Silva's, but one guy who quietly is going his own way without any unneeded distractions is Mateo Seric (205-PF-99) with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. The kid is only 18 years old, but another massive talent fom the year 1999. Last season he got into 6 BBL games giving his debut as a 17 year old against Alba Berlin scoring four points. A little more than two months later, he poured in 12 points in 18 minutes in Berlin probably giving Marco Baldi another reason for making a note of the 205cm power forward. But for the time being Seric will remain in Ludwigsburg under the guidance of John Patrick as he got a contract extension for the upcoming season. "This will be my first complete season with the pro team. I am looking forward to the season finally starting", stressed Mateo Seric. Besides getting into 6 BBL games, he mostly played for BSG Basket Ludwigsburg (Germany-2.Regionalliga) averaging 18.4ppg,and also played for Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg U19 team (NBBL) playing 13 games averaging 18.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2.9spg, 2PT: 52.5%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.8%.

Source:MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg



Chris Babb (ex Ratiopharm) is a newcomer at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Chris Babb (196-102kg-90, college: Iowa State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg last season. Babb helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Babb also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Babb was tested by the Warriors in NBA.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Babb attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Trevor Lacey

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Sign Dilhan Durant - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen have grabbed Dilhan Durant (185-PG-96)t from Pro A team Gotha. Durnat is a 21 year old 185cm point guard that brings minimal BBL experience to Essen having played two games with medi Bayreuth in the 2014-2015 season and also brings 49 Pro A games to Essen. Last season he played for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) playing 20 games averaging 1.3ppg, played alsoa at OeTTINGER Rockets Gotha 2 (2.Regionalliga) playing 5 games averaging 13.0ppg. "He can play and guard both guard positions. We want him to take responsibility. He still has his best basketball age before him. He still needs to work very hard", expressed head coach Igor Krizanovic.

Durnat started his basketball career with the BBC Bayreuth U19 team where he played until 2015. In the 2014-2015 season he made the BBL roster of medi Bayreuth and played also for BBC Bayreuth 2 (Regionalliga) playing19 games averaging 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 70.7%. Two seasons ago, he moved to BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) playing 29 games averaging 1.6ppg, played also at BC Erfurt (Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.2%. "Sometimes you have to take a step back. Even if the experience that I got with Gotha valuable is. I am convinced that coach Igor can still get a lot out of me and I know I can learn much from him", stressed Dilhan Durant. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -16, an German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -17.

Source.ETB Wohnbau Baskets





Mason Biddle Gave Up The Slow Paced Game Of Baseball For Basketball And Hasn't Regretted It - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mason Biddle (185-G-93, college: Western St.) is a 185cm guard born in 1993 that recently completed his rookie season in Germany with VfL Stade (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 20 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.2apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 81.9%. His best games were a 31 point affair against RW Cuxhaven and 22 points against Rendsburg. Before turning professional he played at Western St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 16 games averaging 19.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 77.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season in Germany.

Mason thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is your summer going?

Miles, Thank you for the interview. I am currently back in Riverside, California finishing up the high school year substitute teaching and training for next season. My summer has been great. It has been nice to be back home with family and friends and in great California weather.


You just finished your firs professional season in Germany with Stade. How was that first professional experience for you?

My first year in Stade I had a great experience. The city and club treated me very well and we had a successful season. I met a lot great people and formed a lot of good relationships. My coach, Nemo Weber was great we had a real solid relationship on and off the court. It was my first time out of the country and I really enjoyed being in Germany.


The regionalliga isn't the glamour league in Germany as it is the fourth division, but what things did you enjoy about the process and less?

Although the Regionalliga 1 isn't that glamourous I think it was a good start to my career. I was fortunate enough to be in a position a lot of players would have taken in a heartbeat. Playing Itzehoe and Wedel in the preseason also showed me that the top teams in the Regionalliga are similar to a lot of the teams in the Pro-B. I was lucky to have access to a gym outside of practice hours in Stade and tried to keep myself busy on off days. The top 4 teams in the North were pretty good and with no playoffs in this league every game was important.


Stade finished with a solid 13-5 record, but couldn't get by RW Cuxhaven who moved up to the Pro B. What do you feel was missing from the team getting over the hump and getting by RW Cuxhaven?

It was a crazy year in the sense of how the schedule worked out. There are no playoffs in this league but how the records worked out we ended up playing Cuxhaven in the last game of the year to determine who would move up to the Pro-B. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and our fan support was incredible for an away game. Unfortunately, we came up short and didn't have our best game when it counted but we fought until the end. Defensively we missed a few rotations that we changed mid-game and offensively we didn't hit our shots down the stretch. Cuxhaven played real well followed a good game plan and deserved to win that day.


How do you see the overall future of basketball in Stade? Is this a location that you see being able to move up a level down the road?

I think overall, the future in Stade is heading in the right direction. They were very interested in moving up to the Pro-B this year and hopefully that same intensity and desire continues with a new coach and team next season!

You played together with two Spaniards the young Damian Cortes Rey and the experienced Oscar Andres. What kind of experience was it getting to know another kind of basketball from those guys?

I loved playing with both Damian and Oscar this season. Damian is a young and very athletic shooting guard that started the year off great. Even though his shooting percentage went down during the year he improved in a lot of different ways and was a vital part to our success as a whole. He is going to be a great player. Oscar Andres was one of my best friends on the team and I loved playing with him. I have been playing basketball for a long time and he is one of the smartest players I have ever been around. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and helps keep our team level headed through any adversity we face. It was a pleasure playing with both of them.


How important was a guy like German Tom Lipke who has extensive German second Bundesliga experience as well as having played in Finland for you getting adjusted to basketball and life in Germany?

Tom Lipke was another close friend of mine. Tom suffered through some injuries throughout the season and it was tough for him to get into his usual rhythm but he was another key ingredient to our success. Tom is pretty much unstoppable going to the basket and in post-up situations in this league and he had a few games and moments where he showed it. If you watch Tom play you can tell that he was a second Bundesliga talent when he was younger and still has some left in the tank. Tom gave me a lot of great advice on all his experiences and was always open to answering any questions I had. I was fortunate to be able to play with him this season.


You had a very solid rookie season playing 20 games averaging 13,0ppg, 5,7rpg, 5,2apg and 2,pspg. How content were you with your season?

I was very content with the season I had. I stayed healthy, took care of my body throughout the season, and felt in control of each game as the PG and leader.


The Regionalliga is a league where especially the Americans like to play for scoring stats. You obviously could of averaged more points in 31 minutes, but instead also was a fine distributor. Do you feel like you proved that you were more a team player than having those selfish tendencies that players often have at this level?

A lot of Americans get that bad image of being selfish and only caring about scoring in this league because it is how a lot of them play. When I first got to Stade and started practicing I could tell my teammates were real surprised that I was willing to pass the ball and make the right play. But I think I proved this season that I am a team player and put the team's success before mine every day. I know I can score and get a shot off whenever I want but as a point guard it is my job to get our team the best shot and I think that is what I did this season.


You can really fill up the stat sheet, but do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed often?

I was fortunate this year to do a little bit of everything depending on what was needed that day. A hidden strength in my game that never really got noticed until this year was my defense. I have always had a good basketball mind and I am very tuned in when it comes to scouting reports and defensive rotations. I also take pride in guarding the opposing team's best player and doing everything I can to get them out of their comfort zone.

You shot 38% from outside. Do you feel like with added practice this summer that you will be able to be at the 40% range next season?

Yes, I do feel with extra reps this summer and more hours in the gym I will be able to shoot in the 40% range next season.


Your best game of the season was against top team RW Cuxhaven where you netted 31 points hitting seven three's. Do you feel as if possibly the team took note of you and might have your name in their notebook for possible new players?

Yea I had a really good game against Cuxhaven the first time we played them. I don't know if they have my name in their notebook for possible new players, but if they did I would be ready to talk. They had a good team this year and both games we played them were competitive and fun.


Often players will pack it up after a few years in the Regionalliga and head back to the States to get a real job. Would you give this league a chance for a few more years with the chance of moving up, or is having a long career in the minor leagues not an option for you?

Depending on the offer I get I would give this league another chance with a team that has the desire and budget to move up a level. But as for an extensive career I am not too sure. I am looking to play higher as soon as possible.


What is the next step for Mason Biddle? I am sure you witnessed some Pro B games in Itzehoe or Wedel last season. Do you feel as though you could make an impact at the next level?

I am going to be working out this summer and staying ready. Hopefully in the next month or so I will get some good offers to play somewhere next season. We actually beat Itzehoe and Wedel in the preseason this year and I have no doubt that I can make an impact at the next level.


Explain in a few sentences as to why you could help any professional team now with your play?

I am a very smart and skilled PG that gets overlooked by players that are more athletic than me. It has been like that my whole life and it is something that pushes me every day. I am a player that can score, pass, and rebound well for my size and am willing to do anything the team needs to be successful. I am all about playing basketball the right way and getting great shots verse good shots. I am a natural leader that can run a team and system very well.

You played two seasons at Western State. How did head coach Bradd Schaefer help groom and develop your game as a senior?

Coach Schafer was great my senior year. It was his first year as the head coach and even though we weren't very successful as a team I learned a lot from his enthusiasm, time, and dedication he put into the game. We both kind of got stuck with the same team as the year before because of the coaching change and even though it wasn't what we both wanted we made the most of the situation.


Who one a one on one in practice you or Danny Hopkins?

I have been playing with Danny Hopkins since I was in the 3rd grade and we have been in countless amount of practices together. But I can honestly say I don't ever remember playing him in an actual game of one on one, and now that I think about it that's crazy. I will say in my last two years at Western I was the KING of the court in 85% of the group one on one sessions we had though.

Your from Riverside, California where there are many many great baseball players from, but very few basketball players with the exception of ex Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller. Did you never get infected with the baseball bug when growing up?

Yea the only other two I can think from Riverside California besides Reggie Miller would be Kawhi Leonard and a good friend of mine Malcolm Lee. Obviously, everyone knows Kawhi and Malcolm played 3 years in the NBA and was in the top league in Turkey this past season. I played baseball growing up and I wish I would have stuck with it but it was too slow paced for me so I stopped playing at a young age.


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?

I would have to go with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Magic Johnson.


Where will Lebron stand in the never ending debate as the best of all-time if he wins his 4th NBA title?

If he wins the title this year I am not going to say he passes everyone in the argument but I will say it would be extremely tough to argue against Lebron.


Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?

I would rank KG top 5 in the best power forwards ever. Alongside Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki, and Charles Barkley.


Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

This was an incredible performance and really showed how efficient someone can be moving without the ball. But a performance like this doesn't come around often, it would have been interesting to see how many he would have put up in the 4th. I would say it's top 5.

One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

Russel Westbrook is an animal and one of my favorite players. The intensity he plays with every night cannot be matched. He is stat wise the best player in the World!


Draymond Greene recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

Rebounds and assists are a normal statistic involved in a triple-double but getting 10 steals on top of that is amazing and very hard to do. That is why I believe it has taken so long for someone to do this.

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

South Carolinas run this season was very impressive. I was hoping they would find a way to pull it out but I definitely think this was the story this year's March Madness.


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?

Lonzo Ball in my opinion is the real deal! I think he is the smartest player in the draft and his exceptional decision making will take him a long way in the league despite the antics and big mouth of his father.

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

I don't think this is a fair assessment of Russel Westbrook. He is on a team where he needs to do these things and even though at times it may look like he does this I don't think he does it intentionally.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Unforgettable.

Thanks Mason for the chat.




Martin Schiller To Coach In G League For The Salt Lake City Stars - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Martin Schiller has made the big jump across the pond and will make a huge step in his coaching career getting the head coaching job with G league team Salt Lake City Stars. Martin Schiller is not an unknown coach in the German basketball world as he last was an assistant for John Patrick with Ludwigsburg. Schiller has the Bristish/Austrian citzenship and has a resumee filled with basketball stops as a coach. In the EasyCredit BBL he was an assistant not only in Ludwigsburg, but five years with the Artland Dragons. He also was an assistant with ART Dusseldorf Magics (2.Bundesliga) and Kraftwerk Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga) as well as their youth coordinator for three seasons. He also coached TSG Bergedorf (Regionalliga) in the 2006-2007 season.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Coach Assistant: Austrian U16 National Team -10, European Championships U16 Division B in Tallinn (Estonia) -10, German Bundesliga All Star Game -11, 14, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11, 13, 17, German Bundesliga Semifinals -11, 12, 14, EuroChallenge Quarterfinal -12, German Bundesliga Quarterfinals - 13, Coach Assistant: German U20 National Team -14, Coach Assistant: German National Team -15
European Championships -15, and Basketball Champions League Quarterfinals -17



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Braves of Customs deliver stunning win in ABL headline game - by Yaw Mintah

Braves of Customs have delivered an imperious performance to beat close rival Tema Youth in the biggest matchup of the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

The game which pits the two biggest clubs in the league and Ghana to a large extent, was characterized by tremendous hustle plays, great execution and plays from Braves in particular. Despite the heavy deficit, the game did not lack for competitiveness as Tema battled away till the final buzzer sounded.

A dominant first quarter from Braves spelled doom for Tema as the latter came out flat in the opening exchanges giving a hand to its arch rivals 29-7 lead in the opening quarter.
With Baniba Dodzie and Jeffrey Djimatey causing major damage from the arc, the best Tema could conjure was a two handed slam from Enoch Borsah.

Abdul Mutalib Alhassan and Daniel Aryee took over scoring in the second and third quarters to stretch Braves lead to 79-35 as Tema's struggles from deep haunted them; Shooting Guards Ebenzer Borsah and Jonathan Walker had little joy shooting the ball in that regard.

In the end, Braves flirted with clinching the century mark once again but run out of time to get it. However, evening the regular season series with an emphatic display sets up the side to finish the season with high hopes of making the postseason as the first seed.




Ghana Center Amida Brimah inks deal with Chicago Bulls Summer League Team - by Yaw Mintah

Ghana Center and former University of Connecticut Captain Amida Brimah has signed a deal to play for Chicago Bulls Summer League Team days after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The defensive ace has been recruited to the Windy City as they prepare to defend the preseason tournament title Chicago won last year despite not working out for the side ahead of the Draft.

This year's Summer League competition takes place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas between July 7 and July 17. Brimah graduated from UCONN with a degree in Agricultural Economics but missed out of the top 60 names mentioned on June 22.

The 6 foot 11 inch player renowned for his shot blocking exploits averaged 6.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in four seasons with the Huskies winning the 2014 National Championship.
In his final season with UCONN, he averaged 2.3 blocks translating to 87 blocked shots in 33 games and worked out for about a dozen teams prior to the Draft.

His ability to protect the rim coupled with his length (7 foot 6 inch wingspan) makes him an intriguing prospect despite his limitations on the offensive end. Brimah is likely to be joined by new Chicago Bulls recruit Kris Dunn and Lauri Markannen who were both acquired through the deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.



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Evropi adds Theodoridis to their roster - by Chris Mammides

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou (B) added to their roster 21-year old power forward Aggelos Theodoridis (206-96) from Filippos Veroias.
The previous (15-16) season Theodoridis played at Anatolia.
He has played previously for Mantoulidis.

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou roster for 2017-2018:

Panagiotis Kigmetoglou
Alexis Mavridis
Aris Smyrlis
Charalampos Sikalidis
Dimitris Karampekis
Panagiotis Danakis
Stavros Milonid
Aggelos Theodoridis
Alexandros Tzouvaras
Konstantinos Abatzidis
Kostantinos Lazaridis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doukas ink Angelos Tsamis - by Chris Mammides

Ase Doukas Athens (A2) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old shooting guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81). He has played for the last two seasons at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 14 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Tsamis also spent pre-season at Apollon Patras (also in A1) that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Greek A2 Play-Off in 2016. Tsamis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in France (Limoges CSP Elite) and Greece (Panionios, AEK Athens, Kolossos H Hotels and Olimpiada).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Doukas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bramos is close to re-sign at Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) is about to confirm 30-year old Greek ex-international swingman Michael Bramos (196-102kg-87, college: Miami, OH). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 45 Serie A games he had 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg last season. Bramos helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Bramos also played 22 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
Bramos has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
Bramos also represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg.
Bramos has played previously professionally in Spain (Gran Canaria) and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Panathinaikos).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


RETAbet Bilbao Basket inks Shane Hammink - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 23-year old Dutch international guard Shane Hammink (201-95kg-94, agency: Court Side). He just graduated from Valparaiso (NCAA). Hammink has played there for the last three years. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg last season. Hammink helped them to win the league title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Horizon League 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Hammink was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Hammink represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Hammink has played previously for Den Bosch, M.Magixx and Canarias Basketball Academy.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Lucio Redivo

Forwards:
Pere Tomas
Jameel McKay

Center:
Tim Kempton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


Will Sydney sign the Indian National Team captain? - by Eurobasket News

The Sydney Kings are continuing to explore the possibility of signing Indian big man Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91). After hosting the bruising centre at their two-day Rookie Camp earlier this month, the Kings have invited Singh to join their 'Sydney Kings Invitational' squad at next month's Atlas Challenge in China. Kings GM Jeff Van Groningen has described Sydney's continued interest in Singh as being 'in an exploratory frame of mind.' Singh, the captain of the Indian National Team, impressed at the NBL Combine in April with his combination of size, strength and touch around the basket. And with the NBL expanding its player eligibility rulings to include Indian nationals - as well as those from numerous other Asian countries - as non-restricted players, interest in Singh has been ongoing. 'We invited Amritpal to our Rookie Camp and he was very good, he competed very well and he definitely held his own,' Van Groningen told NBL Media. 'He really looked like he belonged at that setting. Now that setting was not top-flight NBL setting so the next thing that we need to explore is, as the level goes up does he go up with it?' The Atlas Challenge, played in the city of Suzhou, 100km from Shanghai, will feature high-calibre club and national teams from across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States. The Kings, whom Van Groningen says have 'a strong streak in us that welcomes the international involvement,' became the first NBL team to sign a Chinese-born player when they added Bo Lui as a development player last year. Rumours recently emerged that the Kings were interested in signing Filipino-American Bobby Ray Parks Jr. but Van Groningen confirmed with NBL Media that they are not. Singh, on the other hand, is intriguing. But unlike Lui, if Singh is to be signed he would need to be one of the Kings' eleven rostered players. 'Last year Bo Lui was definitely at a development player level so there was no problem enacting him in that way,' Van Groningen said. 'Now with Amritpal we need to see if he's at a roster level. We'll see if that determination can be made at the Atlas Challenge or at the Atlas Challenge plus preseason. We're happy to explore that.' Singh, a 6-foot-10 'old-school' centre, is attempting to become the first Indian-born player to compete in the NBL since Eban Hyams played for the Singapore Slingers in 2006-07. 'I am very excited to play for the Sydney Kings at the Atlas Challenge and I am focused on playing well,' Singh told NBL Media from India. 'I want to play to my fullest potential, and prove that the Kings were right to give me this opportunity. 'I want to show that I can fit into their team, that I can be useful to the team. I want to showcase my strengths and my ability to play for the team.' The Kings currently lack size on their 2017-18 roster. With Aleks Maric not expected to return and Julian Khazzouh not offered a contract by the team, Sydney are in the market for two centres; a starter and a back-up. 'Amritpal's an extremely big person, those guys are not easy to find,' Van Groningen said. 'He's got legitimate size from an NBL centre point of view. I mean, he'd be one of the biggest men out there, I think he'd probably be able to stand the block against Nathan (Jawai) in terms of size. 'Of course, Nathan has a lot more to his game than just size. So you look at that and you start to go, 'where does he fit in that?'' Singh, who says he's grown in confidence since the Combine, is determined to show that there's more to his game as well. It's all about seizing the moment. 'Chance toh hai (There is always a chance),' he said. 'If I play well, then I am sure I will be selected. It all comes down to my game.'
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



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  ISRAEL  


Huracanes del Atlantico adds Young to their roster, ex Hap.Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) added to their roster 31-year old American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: New Mexico State). He played last season at Hap.Haifa in Israeli National League. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. Young also played that season for Al Riyadi in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 5 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team back in 2012.
Young is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Young tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), France (Paris Levallois and Entente Orleans 45), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Latvia (Ventspils) and Lebanon (Al Moutahed).
Young attended New Mexico State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Young: Jahmar Young is a 6'5" silky smooth shooting guard who is versatile enough to play the 1, 2 and 3 positions. A NBA like talent. A quick to the basket player which makes him difficult to contain only because he shoots the long ball so well. An enthusiastic defender who enjoys his teammates. Very coachable player.

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  ITALY  


Lecco inks Alessandro Maccaferri - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) agreed terms with 22-year old point guard Alessandro Maccaferri (177-76kg-95) from Rekico Faenza. In 24 Serie B games he had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Maccaferri played at Basket Barcellona (Serie A2) where in 30 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg.
Maccaferri has played previously for three other teams: Imola, San Lazzaro and Mantova.

Basket Lecco roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alessandro Maccaferri
Matteo Fabi

Forward:
Alberto Cacace

Centers:
Gaetano Spera
Ivan Morgillo
Jacopo Balanzoni

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Molfetta tabs Pietro Leoncavallo - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Molfetta (Serie C) inked experienced 36-year old center Pietro Leoncavallo (202-81). The last time (14-15) he played at Lotti Trani in Italian Promozione.
Leoncavallo helped his team to make it to the Nazionale C Group I Final in 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Taranto, Ceglie, Gela and Acireale.
Leoncavallo is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Molfetta.

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Scandone Avellino could sign Jason Rich, ex Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) is about to agree terms with 31-year old American guard Jason Rich (191-90kg-86) who played last time at Paris-Levallois in France. In 40 ProA games he was second best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and averaged 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Rich's team made it to the Israeli Winner Cup final in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Rich has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Russia (Enisey), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu and Vanoli Cremona), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa) and France (Chalon/Saor).
He could be described: An explosive SG who puts energy and aggressiveness on the court. Should add some more shooting accuracy to outstood at Euroepan level, and learn to play some control ball game.

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Omegna keeps Fratto for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) re-signed 26-year old power forward Francesco Fratto (200-91). He played there last season. In 39 Serie B games he averaged 4.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Fratto helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at GR Service Cecina where in 33 Serie B games he had 10.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg.
Fratto played in the final of Italian Serie B Group A in 2015.

Fulgor Omegna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexander Simoncelli
Francesco Villa

Forwards:
Francesco Fratto
Marco Arrigoni

Center:
Marcelo Dip

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Arrigoni re-signs at Omegna - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 26-year old forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91). He played there last season. In 41 Serie B games he had 12.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. Arrigoni helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Unieuro Forli (SerieB) where in 42 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.0apg. Arrigoni contributed to his team winning the group title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
He has played previously for four other teams: Desio, Latina Basket, Sangiorgese and Legnano.

Fulgor Omegna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexander Simoncelli
Francesco Villa

Forward:
Marco Arrigoni

Center:
Marcelo Dip

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Treviso Basket signs Matteo Imbro - by Eurobasket News

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) signed 23-year old ex-international point guard Matteo Imbro (192-82kg-94) from FCM Ferentino. In 27 Serie A2 games he had 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.9apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Imbro's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Nazionale B Group A in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 U22 Player of the Year in 2016.
Imbro was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Imbro represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 9.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 80.0%.
Imbro has played previously for three other teams: Siena Virtus, Virtus Bologna and Bologna.
He could be described: A promising PG, who has yet great court reading skills and leadership. Has great upside, but needs to add better shooting skills.

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Dip is back at Omegna - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) agreed terms with 33-year old naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Omegna as he has played here before. Dip played last season at Montegrano in Italian Serie B. He won Italian Serie B championship title for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). Dip was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Gorizia, Pescara, Eurobasket Roma, Palermo, Catanzaro, Recanati, Martina Franca and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.

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Maggioli re-signs at Imola - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster experienced 40-year old ex-international center Michele Maggioli (212-111kg-77). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Maggioli's team made it to the Italian Lega Due Cup final in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Domestic Players Team in 2014 and 2015. Maggioli was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: VL Pesaro, Grissin Bon RE, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Jesi, Scandone Avellino and Virtus Bologna.
Maggioli is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Imola.
On Maggioli: A seven footer with an enourmous wing span who has finally matured as the top player he promised to become. Year after year, he improved his lateral mobility and defense, keeping his good offensive skillls (jump hook, good timing for the OR and shot-blocking) and, of course, added leadership and playing experience.

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Germani Basket Brescia keeps Vitali for another season - by Eurobasket News

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) re-signed 26-year old international guard Michele Vitali (196-89kg-91). He played there last season. In 20 Serie A games he recorded 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Vitali helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Virtus Bologna (Serie A2) where in 29 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
Vitali was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Vitali has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Vitali has played previously for two other teams: Juvecaserta and Fortituto Kontatto Bologna.
His game is described as: Yet a very good scorer, he is working to add court vision and passing. Great upside at the 2 position.

Germani Basket Brescia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luca Vitali
Michele Vitali
Lee Moore

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Marcus Landry

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Andrea Dagnello agreed terms with Crema - by Eurobasket News

Erogasmet Crema (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Andrea Dagnello (190-91) from Fulgor Omegna. In 41 Serie B games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dagnello played at Basket Lecco where in 33 Serie B games he averaged 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg.
His team was Runner-Up of Serie B Group A Regular Season 2017.
Dagnello has played previously for two other teams: Francavilla and Trieste Servolana.

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Cento adds Ba to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) added to their roster 19-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Adama Ba (209-86kg-98) from Bawer Olimpia Matera. In 26 Serie B games he had 3.7ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ba played at Tezenis Verona (Serie A). But in only one game he did not score anything.
He has played previously for two other teams: Roma S.Azzurra and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.

Benedetto XIV Cento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nelson Rizzitiello
Adrian Chiera
Marco Pasqualin

Forwards:
Michele Benfatto
Adama Ba

Center:
Giorgio Piunti

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Omegna keeps Villa for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) re-signed 20-year old point guard Francesco Villa (182-97, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 40 Serie B games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg. Villa helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Part of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Armani Milano (Serie A). But in only one game he did not score anything. Villa also played that season for Tessilform Bernareggio (Serie C Gold) where in only one game he had just point.
Villa was a member of Italian U18 National Team in 2014.

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Simoncelli re-signs at Omegna - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 31-year old point guard Alexander Simoncelli (186-86, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 25 Serie B games he had 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Simoncelli helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (A2) where in 32 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Simoncelli's team won Italian Nazionale A Cup in 2013.
He represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.7apg.
Simoncelli has played previously for five other teams: Enel Brindisi, Piacenza, Piacenza Basket Club, Cantini Lorano and Ticino.
He could be described: The classic "scoring PG" who can change a game by himself, the night he's hot. Plays with great energy and quickness, has a good shooting range and a "streak shooter" attitude. Year after year, he improved his defense and court vision, now he is ready for top level.

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Fiat Torino keeps Parente for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) re-signed experienced 34-year old point guard Davide Parente (188-85kg-83). He played there last season. In 13 Serie A games he averaged just 2.0ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Parente played at NPC Rieti where in 30 Serie A games he had 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Parente was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2020 and 2002.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Pavia Basket, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Ragusa, Lucca, Montecatiniterme, Fidenza, Recanati and Ticino.
Parente is described as: A smart point guard, with great personality and scoring ability. His intense, bright game make him a fans favourite in any team he plays.

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Bisceglie adds Azzaro to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie (Serie B) added to their roster 24-year old forward Alessandro Azzaro (197-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) from Cus Jonico Basket Taranto. In 30 Serie B games he recorded 11.1ppg and 8.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Azzaro played at Nuova Aquila Palermo where in 29 Serie B games he averaged 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Italian Nazionale B Group A in 2012.
Azzaro represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg.
Azzaro has played previously for three other teams: Fabriano, Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria and Bologna.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A versatile forward who can spend time in both 3 amd 4 positions, he shoots well and moves very well without the ball (good in pick and roll situations).

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

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old forward Diego Torresi (200-92). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 23 Serie B games he recorded 6.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.0apg last season.

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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine keeps Diop for another season - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) re-signed Ousmane Diop. He played there last season. In 20 Serie A2 games he averaged just 2.8ppg and 2.6rpg.

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Cristopher Mortellaro
Andrea Benevelli
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari
Francesco Pellegrino
Ousmane Diop

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Orzinuovi GaGa keeps Zambon for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi re-signed experienced 39-year old power forward Davide Zambon (204-78, college: American). He played there last season. In 36 Serie B games he averaged 3.8ppg and 4.6rpg. Zambon helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Roma Virtus (Serie A). But in 11 games he had just 0.5ppg.
Zambon has spent his entire career in Italy playing for seven other teams: Ragusa, Fidenza, Ruvo, Pordenone, Monfalcone, Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo and Pordenone.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Orzinuovi GaGa.
Zambon attended American University until 1999 and it will be his 19th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Scanzi
Antonio Ruggiero
Mohamed Toure

Center:
Davide Zambon

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Gioacchino Chiappelli signs at Faenza - by Eurobasket News

Rekico Faenza (Serie B) landed 26-year old swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) from Basket 2000 Reggio Emilia. In 32 Serie B games he averaged 12.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.2spg (in top 4) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Chiappelli played at NPC Virtus Imola (Serie C). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Chiappelli has played previously for three other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Riva del Garda and Lugo.

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Grissin Bon RE inks Mike Moser, ex Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Mike Moser (203-96kg-90, college: Oregon). He played last season at Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 17 games he had 14.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Moser helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel where in 19 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
Moser has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas).
Moser attended University of Oregon until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

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Mantova keeps Timperi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Stings Mantova (Serie A2) re-signed 20-year old guard Marco Timperi (188-97, agency: Two Points). He played there last season. But in 27 Serie A2 games he recorded just 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Timperi played at Amatori Pescara (Serie B) where in 40 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the group final.
Timperi was a member of Italian U17 National Team in 2014.

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Vanoli Cremona adds Ruzzier to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A2) added to their roster 24-year old point guard Michele Ruzzier (181-73kg-93) from Fortituto Kontatto Bologna. In 40 Serie A2 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Ruzzier played at Umana Venezia (Serie A) where in 34 games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.5apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had only 2.8ppg and 1.7apg.
Ruzzier's team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA in 2015.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Ruzzier played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Ruzzier's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP-3 (69.2%), 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 87.5%.
Ruzzier has played previously for Alma Trieste.
On Ruzzier: A promising PG, with classic moves and great court vision and passing skills. Has the typical "first look to pass" mind that is loved by coaches. But don'' t leave him open, has a great outside shooting touch too..

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Bramos is close to re-sign at Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) is about to confirm 30-year old Greek ex-international swingman Michael Bramos (196-102kg-87, college: Miami, OH). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 45 Serie A games he had 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg last season. Bramos helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Bramos also played 22 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
Bramos has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
Bramos also represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg.
Bramos has played previously professionally in Spain (Gran Canaria) and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Panathinaikos).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

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  JAPAN  


Bambitious Nara tabs coach Zeljko Pavlicevic - by Eurobasket

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) inked experienced 66-year old Croatian coach Zeljko Pavlicevic. He coached most recently at Chiba Jets in the B League.
Among other achievements Pavlicevic's team won Japanese NBL Western Division Regular Season in 2014. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2008.
Pavlicevic is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in Greece, Spain and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Japan (Shimane Magic and Wakayama Trians).

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Yamagata lands coach Joe Cook - by Eurobasket

Pass lab Yamagata Wyverns (B League D2) landed Canadian coach Joe Cook. He has coached for the last three years at Akita Northern Happinets in the B League.
Cook's team was Runner-Up of NBL Canada Regular Season 2014.
He has coached also professionally in Canada (Orangeville A's).

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  KENYA  


Golden State Warriors Ace Conducts Basketball Clinic in Kawangware - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors power forward and two-time NBA winner James Michael McAdoo (206-F-93, college: N.Carolina) achieved one of his dreams when he set up a basketball camp in Kenya at Nairobi's Kawangware estate. The world basketball icon is offering a basketball clinic to over 130 children hailing from the region and its environs. The four day camp whose theme is 'One Died For All' is based at the World Hope Centre and offers basketball clinic with a Christian touch. "My life was impacted by a similar camp I attended when I was 11 years old, from then I purposed to do the same to other unfortunate kids in the US and around the world," said Michael who jetted into the country on Friday. The Kawangware camp that kicked off yesterday and will run till Thursday has two sessions every day for the children who have been fully kitted by the player. The morning sessions are for children between 10-14 years and the afternoon session is being attended by players between 15-18 years. "I have taken my NBA off season to come here and teach these lovely children basketball which is a game I so love and cherish. Part of the programme is to introduce them to the basics like shooting, dribbling, ball control and handling." "Beside these, I am here to introduce them to our Lord Jesus Christ and to strengthen their faith and knowledge because without Jesus I wouldn't have reached the heights I have done in my basketball career," he said. Michael first assignment when he arrived at the World Hope Centre yesterday was to assign the children their teams where they will operate in the entire period of the clinic. "Each team has two coaches, one local and the other is from the US, it is from these teams that the children will be taught the various basketball techniques as we compare the Kenyan way of play and the US way of the game," he explained. The 2009 US Basketball Male Athlete of the Year says he is here to give the children hope and nurture their talent. He believes Kenyan players too have potential to play in the NBA just like other notable players that have come from Sudan, Nigeria and other African countries who have made it big in NBA. "We want the children to dream big, we want them to have a strong work ethics that will propel them to those heights they are laying their dreams, we want them to be totally dedicated to the dreams." Michael has pledged to make a follow up on the children he is training and he is hopeful that the Kenyan camp he has started will be annual. "The whole idea here is to establish relationships with these children as we lead them toward their passionate as well as to Christ, to successfully achieve this we will have to strive and make follows up and probably link them with any exchange programme if opportunities arises," he said. Even though Michael is a two time NBA champion (2015 and 2017), that does not reflect in his humble state of life that is bordered in Christianity. But he admits being an NBA champion with the best team in the world makes him feels totally blessed. "The two times we won the NBA trophy we truly worked hard as a team, we had positive spirit in both occasions and were dedicated to our training, we had a strong work ethics," Michael said while hinting that he has no plan to leave the Golden State Warriors any soon but would not object if any attractive offer comes his way. Even though Michael studied history at the University of North Carolina, he is not planning to pursue that upon retirement from basketball and instead has made up his mind to carry on with the camp and spread it to other parts of the world. Kenya is the second nation after US that Michael is holding the camp. He says he was able to come to Kenya after they were linked by World Hope Board Member Roy Mark. His entourage that has 40 personnel including his parents Ronnie McAdoo and mother Janet, also offers medical camp at the venue. He also travelled with a music rap group who are entertaining children at the local schools around Nairobi.
Courtesy of: capitalfm.co.ke



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  KOSOVO  


Grissin Bon RE inks Mike Moser, ex Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Mike Moser (203-96kg-90, college: Oregon). He played last season at Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 17 games he had 14.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Moser helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel where in 19 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
Moser has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas).
Moser attended University of Oregon until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KYRGYZSTAN  


Guiness-29 wins 2016/2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Guiness-29 wins 2016/2017 title in Kyrgyzstan. In the decisive third game they overcame Alga 71-66 to win the series 2-1. In a packed and loud sport complex the spectators enjoyed the entire game. Ersa Zhanish was the top-scorer of the winners.
Earlier Politekhnik clinched third place in the country as they overcame Tulpar-SKIF 76-59.



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  LATVIA  


Pasecniks re-signs at Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 22-year old Latvian international center Anzejs Pasecniks (218-103kg-95, college: VEF skola). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 35 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.8ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Pasecniks helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Pasecniks contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
This summer he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in first round (25th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pasecniks was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Pasecniks has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 10.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-4 (1.8bpg), FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.5%.
Pasecniks has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like VEF Kadeti, VEF Riga and LMT Basketbola Akademija.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

Center:
Anzejs Pasecniks

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  


Cleveland Melvin (ex Moutahed) joins Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-94kg-91, college: De Paul). He played last season at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Melvin helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (2016) summer he was tested by Mono Vampire (TBL) in Thailand league.
Melvin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Melvin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Hungary (Alba), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Jefes), NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks) and ABA (Baltimore Hawks).
Melvin attended De Paul University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Juventus sign coach Gediminas Petrauskas - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) signed 32-year old Lithuanian coach Gediminas Petrauskas. He coached last season at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division.
The previous (15-16) season Petrauskas coached at BC Siauliai.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Baltic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Petrauskas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Coach of the Year back in 2014.
He was coaching Lithuanian U17 National Team last year and coached also U16 National Team two years ago.
Petrauskas has coached previously LKKA-Atletas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Challans land Vaidotas Pridotkas - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) tabbed 33-year old Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-100kg-84). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played most recently at Union Tours in the NM2.
The previous (15-16) season Pridotkas played at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.1ppg and recorded 6.7rpg and 2.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Bosman Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
Pridotkas' team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015.
He was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
Pridotkas has played previously professionally in France (Chalons Reims, Etendard de Brest, Rueil and Charleville Mezieres) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai and Vytautas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Coaches call him high IQ on the court due to his great ability to read the game. Very wise player. Vaidotas is an athletic forward who can make an impact on a game in numerous ways. He runs the floor well, can put the ball on the floor and gets to the rim with ease Vaidotas is a great rebounder that loves to play above the rim. He loves to play with his back to the basket, but has the ability to step out and knock down the three-point or mid-range shot. Defensively, Vaidotas holds his position well, which makes him a nightmare on the boards. He is quick enough to lockdown smaller guards and big enough to guard the post player.
Vaidotas has a great work ethic and brings tenacity every time he steps on the court. His demeanor and attitude are excellent on the court which shows his passion of the game
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Vendee Challans Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ibrahim Saounera
Paul Turpin
Jordan Barham

Forwards:
Vaidotas Pridotkas
Anis Gabsi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gilles Surkijn is a newcomer at Grengewald - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald Hostert (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Gilles Surkijn (194-88) from BC Mess.
Surkijn helped his team to make it to the Cup Semifinals in 2006.
He has played previously for two other teams: Soleuvre and Kayldall.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  


Taylor Rochestie leaves Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-88kg-85, college: Washington State) left Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 14 Eurocup games he recorded 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg. Rochestie helped them to make it to the semifinals. He played there also last season. Rochestie also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Rochestie had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 Winner League games he got 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Rochestie also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.5apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
Among other achievements Rochestie received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 21.1%.
Rochestie is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and BG Goettingen), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Angelico Biella), Spain (Baskonia), Turkey (Galatasaray) and France (Le Mans).
Rochestie attended Washington State until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A "first look for the pass" kind of player who improved his playing experience on the European courts. Now, he' s a classic PG, with great leadership and court vision, who can easily score, if needed.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


The Pistons sign Markus Kennedy - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons signed 26-year old power forward Markus Kennedy (206-118kg-91, college: SMU) to a summer league contract. He played last season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. But in 15 NBA G League games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg. Kennedy also spent pre-season at Yesilgiresun Bld (BSL) in Turkish league that year.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2016 Erie BayHawks selected him in second round (23rd overall) in the D-League draft.
The former Southern Methodist University staris in his second season in pro basketball. Kennedy played in the final of D-League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-AAC Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @american_mbb)

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Nets pick up options for Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets have exercised 2017-18 options for guards Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90, college: Cincinnati) and Joe Harris (6'6''-G-91, college: Virginia), according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Both players will earn $1.5 million next season. Kilpatrick is coming off a 2015-16 campaign in which he posted 13.1 points, four rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line. He played 70 games, starting 24, and averaged 25.1 minutes per night. The Nets initially signed Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract in February 2016 before signing him to a multi-year deal the following month. The 27-year-old, who played his college basketball at the University of Cincinnati, went undrafted but signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent in October 2014. He was waived shortly after and signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kilpatrick played four games with the Timberwolves and was then briefly signed by the New Orleans Pelicans in September 2015 before being waived. He then made his way to the Denver Nuggets, who gave him two 10-day contracts before he ended up with the Nets.
Harris averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last year, shooting 42.5 percent from the field and hitting on 38.5 percent of his long-range attempts. He played in 52 games, starting 11, and was on the floor for 21.9 minutes a night during those contests. The 25-year-old Harris attended college at the University of Virginia and was originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round (33rd pick overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft. He spent a year-and-a-half with the Cavaliers before being dealt to the Orlando Magic midway through the 2015-16 campaign. He was immediately waived by the Magic. Harris then signed a multi-year deal with Brooklyn last summer.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



Pacers Hire Chad Buchanan As GM Under Kevin Pritchard - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have hired Chad Buchanan as general manager. Buchanan will work under Kevin Pritchard , who is president of basketball operations. Buchanan and Pritchard previously worked together with the Portland Trail Blazers. Buchanan joined the Charlotte Hornets as assistant general manager in 2014. The Blazers elevated Buchanan to general manager for one season following the departure of Rich Cho.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Mavericks Trade Jarrod Uthoff To Rockets For Cash - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks have traded forward Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations. Uthoff is non-guaranteed for 17-18 at $1.3 million. Uthoff (6-10, 220) appeared in nine games for Dallas as a rookie last season, averaging 4.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 12.8 minutes per game. Uthoff signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Mavericks on March 9 and 19, and then a multi-year deal with the club on March 29.
Courtesy of: realgm.com




Hawks Likely To Waive Mike Dunleavy Jr. - by Eurobasket News

Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) Jr. appears likely to hit the free agent market in the coming days, reports Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to Vivlamore, indications are that the Hawks will waive Dunleavy before his 2017/18 salary becomes fully guaranteed. Dunleavy is heading into the final year of his current contract, but his $5,175,000 salary is only partially guaranteed for $1,662,500, per Basketball Insiders. Atlanta would avoid being on the hook for the remaining $3.5MM+ by cutting Dunleavy before it becomes guaranteed on July 1. Acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade last July, Dunleavy was subsequently flipped to the Hawks in a mid-season deal for Kyle Korver. In 30 games with Atlanta, the veteran swingman continued to show off his sharpshooting ability, making 42.9% of his three-point attempts, though his role with the club was limited. Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News reported earlier today that Dunleavy is on the Timberwolves' radar as a possible free agent addition. When a Twitter follower pointed out that the 36-year-old is still under contract, Wolfson replied, 'Let's just say he's available.'
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



David Lee Declines Player Option - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Spurs big man David Lee (6'9''-F-83, college: Florida) has turned down his player option, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The 34-year-old big man will hit the open market after posting a solid year off the bench for San Antonio. After playing the 2016/17 campaign on a minimum salary contract, Lee is in line for a raise should he seek one, although his decision to opt out echoes that of fellow Spurs big man Pau Gasol and could possibly just be a means of freeing up cap flexibility for San Antonio. In 18.7 minutes of action this year, Lee posted 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Bulls To Waive Rajon Rondo Barring Last Minute Trade - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls are expected to waive Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) unless a trade materializes before July 1st. The Bulls previously had some trade discussions involving Rondo due to his partially guaranteed contract. Rondo only has $3 million of his contract for the 17-18 season guaranteed out of his $13.4 million team option. The Bulls were signaling they intended to keep Rondo before they pivoted towards a rebuild by trading away Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette). In a January interview, he said his goal is to play "six or seven more years." Chicago would prefer to save his salary and offer Rondo's minutes to Kris Dunn (6'4''-G-94, college: Providence) and Cameron Payne (6'2''-G-94, college: Murray St.).
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Magette is back at the Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks signed 28-year old guard Josh Magette (185-73kg-89, college: Al.-Huntsville). It is actually his comeback to the Hawks as he has played here before. Magette played last season at Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 53 NBA G League games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 9.5apg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg.
Magette has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2013 Los Angeles D-Fenders selected him in second round (23rd overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended University of Alabama in Huntsville (NCAA Div.II) until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball. Magette won D-League Pacific Division championship title. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2017.
Magette has played also professionally in Greece (Koroivos), Holland (Zwolle) and Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Knicks Confident They Will Hire Masai Ujiri Away From Raptors - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks have Masai Ujiri at the top of their list to become president of basketball operations and replace Phil Jackson. The Toronto Raptors hired Ujiri away from the Denver Nuggets in 2013 and he wa recently given a raise believed to make him one of five highest paid executives in the NBA. Sources say Ujiri will be allowed to leave the Raptors if he makes that decision. Toronto recently received draft pick compensation from the Orlando Magic for Jeff Weltman. The Raptors haven't received a request from the Knicks to interview Ujiri. League sources have indicated the Knicks are confident that Ujiri will join their franchise. Tim Leiweke, who hired Ujiri with the Raptors, is now advising the Knicks. 'Don't forget that (Leiweke) wants to stick it to these guys,' said one MLSE official. Ramona Shelburne reports that the Knicks are unlikely to rush hiring a replacement for Jackson. League sources told her it will be difficult to hire Ujiri away from the Raptors because of the Knicks' reluctance to part with draft considerations.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NBA-G-LEAGUE  


Pistons sign affiliate extension with Grand Rapids Drive G League team - by Eurobasket News

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a two-year extension with the Grand Rapids Drive as the team's G League affiliate. The team also announced that Rex Walters has been named as a Pistons assistant coach and Robert Werdann as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive. Per team policy, terms of agreements were not disclosed. 'We're pleased to announce the addition of Rex Walters to our Pistons staff and to name Robert Werdann as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive,' said Stan Van Gundy , president of basketball operations and head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Rex brings great basketball knowledge and experience and does a great job of developing young players. We were very happy with the way he worked with our young Pistons players last season when they were on assignment in Grand Rapids. Rob has a great deal of coaching and scouting experience in the NBA and knows our organization's culture and philosophy. We believe he will be a great asset to the Drive.'
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NCAA1  


Christian earns extension at Mount St. Mary's to remain head men's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

After leading his college alma mater to two NCAA Tournaments in five years, New Kent native and Mount St. Mary's head men's basketball coach Jamion Christian has accepted a contract extension to remain at the school. Christian inked a long-term deal with the school, agreeing to a new deal that will see him coach into the 2026-27 season. His first extension was scheduled to end in 2018-19. Christian accomplishments as a coach at Mount St. Mary's include being named the Ben Jobe Award winner for 2016-17 (top minority coach in Division I basketball), two NCAA tournament appearances, two Northeast Conference tournament championships, one Northeast Conference regular season championship, and leading the team to its first NCAA win in over ten years.
Courtesy of: nkccnews.com



K-State adds needed size with Mount St. Mary's transfer Mawdo Sallah - by Eurobasket News

Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jamion Christian was thrilled to hear Mawdo Sallah (6'9''-F-94) committed to Kansas State on Monday. After coaching Sallah for three years, it was difficult for Christian to say goodbye to the 6-foot-9 junior forward that helped the Mountaineers become an NCAA Tournament team when Sallah requested to transfer two months ago. But Christian says Sallah is capable of more, and he thinks he will do big things with the Wildcats. 'They are getting a guy who can come in right away and make an impact and help,' Christian said in a phone inteview. 'Inside the locker room, he can be outstanding. He is the guy who galvanized our locker room. He was great from the minute he arrived. This is a guy with winning experience. That is really important to understand. A lot of these guys who are transferring around, they didn't have success. Mawdo has been to the NCAA Tournament and won a game there. He has played in a lot of high-pressure situations.' Sallah, a rare graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining at his new school, committed to the Wildcats four days after they dismissed sophomore forward Isaiah Maurice. Sallah is on pace to graduate in August with degrees in accounting and business/information systems, making him immediately eligible. A native of Latri Kunda, Gambia, he started 35 games last season and helped Mount St. Mary's reach the NCAA Tournament by averaging 6.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. The Mountaineers defeated New Orleans in the First Four, hours before K-State outdueled Wake Forest, and then lost to Villanova in the opening round. Sallah could have stayed and built on that success, but he left with bigger goals in mind. 'I just wanted to challenge myself,' Sallah said by phone. 'The Northeast Conference is tough, but I want to play at the highest level I can. Me going to the Big 12 will allow me to not only play against better competition in games but in practice every single day. I have only been playing basketball since the age of 16 and I think I can get a lot better. Playing at Kansas State will really help me improve.' Sallah took an odd path to K-State that would not have been possible without sitting out the 2015-16 season with a redshirt due to an injury, making him more appealing than most transfers. When Sallah announced plans to transfer in April, he favored K-State over his other options. But the Wildcats picked up commitments from a pair of junior-college transfers - Amaad Wainright and Makol Mawien - and didn't have room on their roster. 'Mawdo was devastated,' Christian said. 'He fell in love with Kansas State and really wanted to play for Coach Weber once they started talking. He just couldn't make it out there for a visit in time.' Sallah appeared to move on when he signed a financial aid agreement with UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks announced his addition to the team in early May with a news release that quoted coach C.B. McGrath. 'Mawdo is going to be a great addition because he has college experience and great character,' McGrath said. 'He has an intense desire to work hard and be part of the team. The coaches at Mount St. Mary's were very complimentary about him. Mawdo wants to expand his game and we're looking forward to working with him. He's college basketball ready and he's a nice piece to add to our roster moving forward.' A UNC-Wilmington team spokesman said Sallah's financial aid agreement with the school is not binding like a letter of intent. Because Sallah never started classes at UNC-Wilmington, he is free to transfer elsewhere. Sallah thanked UNC-Wilmington for the opportunity but had a change of heart the moment K-State coaches called to offer him a scholarship last week. He scheduled a weekend visit to Manhattan and committed Monday. 'Everything worked out in the end, and I am really happy about that,' Sallah said. 'I love Kansas State's whole family atmosphere. I felt so comfortable with everybody there just after talking to them a few times.' Sallah will likely be asked to contribute right away for the Wildcats, as they have few experienced players returning inside. At the least, Sallah will help replace the production of Maurice, who averaged three points and two rebounds in 30 games last season as a redshirt freshman. He thinks his athleticism will help K-State on offense and his size will help on defense. 'I am not sure how the season is going to go, but I am going to do anything my team needs me to do,' Sallah said. 'That is how I have always played. My job may be different every game. I don't care. I will block shots, score, play defense, run, whatever the team needs.'
Courtesy of: www.kansas.com



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NZ Select beat Shenzhen Leopards - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Select proved too good for Shenzhen Leopards in the penultimate fixture of its six game tour of China on Thursday night winning 92-71. The win was based around dominating displays by forwards James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota), Finn Delany (198-F-95, college: SW Baptist), Yanni Wetzell (208-F) and Sam Timmins (211-C-97). Wetzell led all scorers with 22 points (10/14FG) and completed an outstanding stats line with 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Shenzhen finished sixth on the Chinese Basketball Association League standings last season and gave the Kiwis some problems in the early stages leading 21-19 at quarter time although seven turnovers from the visitors didn't help their cause. However New Zealand, led by 11 points in the half from the consistent Hunter and 8 points off the bench from Delany, began to assert some authority in the second period and carved out a 44-37 lead by half-time. Coach Mike Fitchett was delighted with the performance of his charges after the interval. 'The second half was a great team performance. Yanni scored the ball well and along with James Hunter we really controlled the inside winning the rebound count by thirty (53-23).' As anticipated NZ Select were without Derone Raukawa after he picked up an ankle injury late in the game the previous evening against Montenegro. His absence gave an opportunity for others to step into the point guard role. 'Joe Cook-Green (6 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) and Jordan Ngatai did a good job manning the point and Alonzo Burton (193-G-93) gave us great defence in the second half shutting down their import guard,' said Fitchett. Guard Luke Aston also had a productive game scoring 11 points off the bench including three triples. NZ Select face Cameroon in the tournament decider later today, tip-off 11pm (NZ time), in the final game of the tour.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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  NIGERIA  


Kwara Falcons end Rivers Hoopers home invisibility - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers basketball club were beaten 72-81 points by a ruthless Kwara Falcons basketball club side Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Hoopers forward, Buchi Nwaiwu scored 12 points and 7 rebounds the only player from the totally subdued home team to score in double digits.

Falcons forward Mojubaoluwa Oyeleye had a season high 33 points, with 4 rebounds while David Godwin contributed 14 points and 4 rebounds to lead his side past the Hoopers.

Oyeleye throttled the Port Harcourt side both from the field goals and free throw line. Falcons got their bucket through him and he in turn did not fail to deliver at every given time.

The Falcons forward made 71.4% of his shooting, 6- of - 7 from the arc and only failing in two attempts of his 7 free throws making the standout player on the court.

The KingsMen lacked the firepower to match everything the Ilorin-based side brought to the table. Hoopers struggled on defense, buckets and committing 22 turnovers in all. They shot 26.9%, 7 of 26 shots from the arc and 37.2% from the field.

The Port Harcourt side used 6-0 run to trim the deficit in the third quarter most notably is Friday Haruna's half court shot taken at the sound of the buzzer putting an end to the third quarter.

The loss is the first on home court this season for the Hoopers after 8 games. Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu admitted his opponents played better and deserved the victory.

"They have not played at home for a very long time and they are not used to the feeling of playing at home again. There was nothing we could have done to win the game, If we play Kwara Falcons for 10 quarters, the Falcons will beat us for 10 quarters," said Odaudu.

"It is just one of those days. They have shown they are superior to us at this point of the season. We are going to go back and play our last game against them next month in Ilorin and hopefully we shall return the compliment," Odaudu promised.

Falcons coach Adewunmi Aderemi congratulated his players for the victory. "It is a great team, one of the best in this country right now. For me to win this type of team at this stage of the season, I will applaud my players for that," said Aderemi.

"Right now it means we are getting coordinated and we understand what to do at every particular time.

"It is natural when you are playing at home, you are under pressure because a lot of people come out to watch you and you want to do your best in the process and in doing your best, you mess yourself up," Aderemi said about their opponents.

Hoopers will regroup and play host to Oluyole Warriors on Saturday in Port Harcourt.



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Sulima re-signs at Torun - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) confirmed in their roster 27-year old power forward Krzysztof Sulima (204-90). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 43 PLK games he recorded 9.7ppg and 4.7rpg last season. Sulima helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Polish Cup in 2014. Sulima was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Center of the Year back in 2009.
He represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. Sulima's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 67.9%.
Sulima has played previously for five other teams: Slask, LKS MG13 Lodz, AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa and WOSSM W-wa.

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Damian Tokarski agreed terms with Syntex Ksiezak - by Greg

KS Syntex Ksiezak Lowicz (2Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old swingman Damian Tokarski (193-88). He has played for the last three years at Znicz Basket in the 1Liga. In 27 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg (in top 5) last season.
Among other achievements Tokarski received Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has played previously for four other teams: UMKS Kielce, Alba Chorzow, MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno and AZS AWF Mickiewicz Romus Katowice.

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Neuchatel inks Kevin Monteiro - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) agreed terms with 23-year old forward Kevin Monteiro (196-94) from BC Winterthur. In 12 LNA games he had 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup. Monteiro also played that season for Fribourg Olympic. But in two LNA games he did not score anything. The other team he played shortly was Academie Fribourg where in 5 LNA games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 2.0spg.
Monteiro won Swiss LNA championship title in 2016.
He has played previously for another Swiss team Villars.

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FC Porto keeps Borovnjak for another season - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) re-signed 28-year old Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-109kg-89, college: The Pennsylvania State, agency: 011 Sports). He played there last season. Borovnjak managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 41 LPB games he averaged 14.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team. Borovnjak also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 12.5ppg and 7.0rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Borovnjak spent at Lusitania. In 31 LPB games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and got 9.2rpg (leader !!!) and 1.6apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Borovnjak also spent pre-season at Slask (TBL) in Polish league that year.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas) and Spain (Gran Canaria and Zornotza).
Borovnjak attended The Pennsylvania State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Blessed with excellent passing skills, a strong face-up game and excellent basketball IQ.

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Davon Jefferson agree terms with Bahcesehir - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University to land 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC) who plays at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. Jefferson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 BSN games he averaged 14.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last season he played at Gaziantep (BSL) where in 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Jefferson also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. Jefferson also spent pre-season at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league that year. His team won InterContinental Cup.
Among other achievements Jefferson received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Korea (LG Sakers), Russia (Enisey, Zenit and Krasny Oktyabr) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab).
He attended University of Southern California until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Jefferson's game is described as: A versatile offensive player who is just as comfortable from the perimeter as he is posting up down low.

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Rosario number one in Puerto Rico for week 40 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Shooting guard Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) had a very impressive game in the last week for Quebradillas, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 40.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Aguada (#1, 24-11) 81-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Quebradillas maintains the 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 20-15 record. In the team's last game Rosario had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Rosario is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.7ppg) and averages impressive 56.5% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 33-year old Nigerian Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, agency: BeoBasket) of Bayamon. Akindele had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Bayamon to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Isabela (#10, 11-23) 91-63. Bayamon's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-20 record. Akindele is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of league's second-best Fajardo. Berdiel showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last week. He was a key player of Fajardo, leading his team to a 98-93 win against the lower-ranked San German (#6, 17-19). Fajardo needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 13 lost games. Berdiel has a very solid season. In 32 games in Puerto Rico he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and 3.7apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists
5. Luis Hernandez (198-F-88) of Quebradillas - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Arecibo - 20 points and 12 rebounds
7. Manuel De Jesus (206-C/F-83) of Isabela - 14 points and 15 rebounds
8. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Mayaguez - 19 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)



BSN Round 40: #1 Santeros are defeated by Piratas - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santeros (24-11) in Coamo on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Piratas (20-15) 81-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Santeros. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 41-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Piratas dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Santeros' 26. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Piratas 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Piratas made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 6 rebounds and forward Luis Hernandez (198-88) who added 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Piratas maintains third position with 20-15 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with 11 games lost.
The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leones (19-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (15-20). Leones managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Gabriel Belardo (188-89, college: FIU) who scored that evening 21 points and Mike Harris supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Indios. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leones maintains fourth position with 19-17 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 20 games lost.
A very close game took place in Guayama between Capitanes and Brujos. Fifth ranked Capitanes (18-17) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Brujos (14-21). Capitanes managed to escape with a 1-point win 86-85 on Wednesday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Davon Jefferson fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Damien Wilkins produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 18-17 record. Loser Brujos keep the ninth place with 21 games lost.
10th ranked Gallitos (11-23) were outscored at home by seventh ranked Vaqueros (16-20) with the biggest margin this round 91-63. It was a very good performance for Jeleel Akindele who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh position with 16-20 record. Gallitos at the other side stay at the bottom place with 23 games lost.

In the last game of round 40 San German lost to Fajardo on the opponent's court 93-98.

Fajardo - San German 98-93

Very expected game in Fajardo where 6th ranked Atleticos (17-19) were defeated by second ranked Cariduros (22-13) 98-93. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Atleticos won third quarter 28-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cariduros players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists and the former international guard Isaac Sosa-Carrion (190-90, college: Canisius) added 20 points in the effort for Atleticos. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Cariduros maintains second position with 22-13 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Atleticos at the other side keep the sixth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
San German: I.Sosa Carrion 20+2reb, D.Ebanks 15+3reb+1ast, G.Browne 12+7reb+15ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 10+8reb+1ast, J.Keenan 9+1ast, O.Branch 8+4reb+5ast
Fajardo: M.Ali Berdiel 19+5reb+11ast, A.Colon 13+4reb, X.Zambrana 13+4reb+2ast, J.Ruiz 11+3reb, E.Ayuso 11+1reb+1ast, D.James 9+7reb+3ast
gschID: 540238


Guayama - Arecibo 85-86

A very close game took place in Guayama between Capitanes and Brujos. Fifth ranked Capitanes (18-17) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Brujos (14-21). Capitanes managed to escape with a 1-point win 86-85 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-85. Capitanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Four Capitanes and five Brujos players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 18-17 record. Loser Brujos keep the ninth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Guayama: D.Wilkins 18+8reb+8ast, L.Wade 18+2reb+1ast, K.Vinales 17+1reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 11+2reb+4ast, K.Penn 10+8reb, M.Fillyaw 9+5reb+1ast
Arecibo: D.Jefferson 20+12reb, D.Clemente 17+1reb, W.Hodge 16+3reb+4ast, A.Alamo 12+7reb+1ast, D.Huertas 10+2reb+4ast, C.Clarke 8+8reb+11ast
gschID: 540237


Aguada - Quebradillas 74-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santeros (24-11) in Coamo on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Piratas (20-15) 81-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Santeros. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 41-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Piratas dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Santeros' 26. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Piratas 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Piratas made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 6 rebounds and forward Luis Hernandez (198-88) who added 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Piratas maintains third position with 20-15 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aguada: R.Hettsheimer 14+4reb+1ast, J.Guitian 10+8reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 8+1reb, C.Gaston 8+10reb+2ast, T.Fernandez 7+1reb+1ast, J.Matos 6+1ast
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 32+6reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 14+13reb+2ast, W.Daniels 13+2ast, J.Garcia 6+2reb+4ast, R.Chaney 6+2reb, G.Fitch 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540236


Mayaguez - Ponce 77-86

The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leones (19-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (15-20). Leones managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 25-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Gabriel Belardo (188-89, college: FIU) who scored that evening 21 points and Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five Leones players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Indios. Forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leones maintains fourth position with 19-17 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 19+8reb+1ast, D.Laury 16+6reb+1ast, D.Collier 11+10reb+1ast, R.Clemente 9+6reb, C.Duran 8+1reb+5ast, R.Suarez 6+2ast
Ponce: G.Belardo 21+1reb+3ast, C.Rivera 13+5reb+1ast, V.Liz 12+3reb+3ast, M.Harris 12+10reb+3ast, G.Colon 11+7reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 10+6reb+7ast
gschID: 540235


Isabela - Bayamon 63-91

10th ranked Gallitos (11-23) were outscored at home by seventh ranked Vaqueros (16-20) with the biggest margin this round 91-63. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Gallitos was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaqueros dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gallitos' 36. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Gallitos' players. It was a very good performance for Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Manuel De-Jesus (206-83, college: Southeastern CC) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Gallitos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh position with 16-20 record. Gallitos at the other side stay at the bottom place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Isabela: W.Martinez 14+4reb+2ast, M.De Jesus 14+15reb+1ast, R.Cintron Cortes 11+3reb, E.Ubiles 7+1reb+3ast, F.Morales 5+4reb, Y.Perez 4+1reb
Bayamon: J.Akindele 27+11reb+3ast, I.Romero 13+9reb+2ast, A.Galindo 11+2reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 9+1reb+2ast, J.Sanabria 8+2reb+1ast, J.Soto 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 540239





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CSU Sibiu tabs Monyea Pratt, ex KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) inked 32-year old American small forward Monyea Pratt (196-98kg-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 35 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 8.7rpg (#4 in the league), 6.7apg (top 2) and 2.2spg (leader !!!) last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Pratt played at Salon Vilpas (also in Korisliiga) where in 32 games he had 11.2ppg, 9.1rpg (#2 in the league), 3.6apg and 2.0spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements Pratt played in the final of French NM1 Play-Offs in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Pratt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats, Weissenhorn Youngstars and USC Leipzig), France (Charleville Mezieres), USBA (Birmingham C.), CBL (Birmingham S.) and ABI (Gladiators).
Pratt attended Stillman College until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vlad Moldoveanu (ex UBT Cluj Napoca) could join Limoges - by Eurobasket News

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

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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Timba Timosoara keeps Deconescu for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Timba Timisoara (Liga I) re-signed Marius Deconescu. He played there last season. Deconescu won Liga I in 2017.

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Taylor Rochestie leaves Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-88kg-85, college: Washington State) left Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 14 Eurocup games he recorded 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg. Rochestie helped them to make it to the semifinals. He played there also last season. Rochestie also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Rochestie had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 Winner League games he got 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Rochestie also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.5apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
Among other achievements Rochestie received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 21.1%.
Rochestie is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and BG Goettingen), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Angelico Biella), Spain (Baskonia), Turkey (Galatasaray) and France (Le Mans).
Rochestie attended Washington State until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A "first look for the pass" kind of player who improved his playing experience on the European courts. Now, he' s a classic PG, with great leadership and court vision, who can easily score, if needed.

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Andrey Zubkov may be added to Khimki roster - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is close to ink 26-year old international forward Andrey Zubkov (205-100kg-91, agency: Alti Sport) who played last time at Lokomotiv Kuban. Zubkov has played there for the last six years. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Zubkov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Zubkov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2013.
Zubkov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Zubkov represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Zubkov has played previously for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

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Khimki signs Andrey Zubkov - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) signed 26-year old international forward Andrey Zubkov (205-100kg-91, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last six seasons at Lokomotiv in the VTB. In 17 Eurocup games he had 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Zubkov helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zubkov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team back in 2013.
Zubkov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Zubkov represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Zubkov has played previously for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

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Chris Babb (ex Ratiopharm) is a newcomer at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Chris Babb (196-102kg-90, college: Iowa State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg last season. Babb helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Babb also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Babb was tested by the Warriors in NBA.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Babb attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Trevor Lacey

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

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CSKA Moscow sign Lopatin to five-year deal - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) signed a five-year deal with 19-year old small forward Andrei Lopatin (208-91kg-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). Lopatin has played for the last two years at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in Russian U23 League.
Lopatin won Russian U23 League championship title in 2016.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 55.6%.
Lopatin has played previously for two other teams: Trinta Moscow and MBA Moscow.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn
Andrei Lopatin

Center:
Kyle Hines

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Rwanda Energy Eye Treble as Hoops Playoffs Begin - by Eurobasket News

National basketball debutants Rwanda Energy are keen to continue their remarkable start to the local basketball and, after bagging two titles now, their focus has been turned to the playoffs title, which starts today at Amahoro indoor stadium in Remera. Last week, REG sealed their first league title in their maiden season which came just a week after they had won the Genocide memorial regional basketball tournament, for their first competitive title. They finished the league on top with 35 points, three points ahead of former champions Patriots that finished in the second place, while reigning Heroes' Day champions IPRC-Kigali finished third with 31 points with Genocide memorial tournament local edition champions Espoir finishing fourth with 30 points. The top four teams automatically qualified for the playoffs. With two trophies now in their cabin, the energy group sponsored side coached by Jean Bahufite , are gunning for a third one. And, according to the team captain, Ali Kubwimana (PG-95), their fighting spirit will be ignited this afternoon when they take on Espoir in the semi-finals. "Our target before the start of the season was to win every competitive title because the team was well built, unfortunately we lost the pre-season title, the Heroes Day title and the local edition of the Genocide memorial tourney," said Ali Kubwimana, who won last year league with Patriots, added that; "We are now determined to win the playoffs too and our last performance in the league give us confidence that we will win it." REG take on Espoir in the best-of -three semi-final with game one slated for today while game two will be played on Sunday with the final game scheduled Monday. The eventual winners will take on the winners between Patriots and IPRC-Kigali whose game one is slated for today at 8pm with game two and three set for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. IPRC-South are the defending champions. This season they failed to make it to the playoffs after finishing fifth. Meanwhile, in the women category, games will kick off on Saturday with league champions APR taking on The Hoops Rwanda, that finished fourth, while IPRC-South, who finished second, will battle Ubumwe, who finished third.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Courts Jets clinches first spot in KFC NBL final - by Eurobasket News

Basketball action continued on Friday in the first of two semi-final matchups with defending Champion Courts Jets defeating Canaries 51-32. Underdog Canaries who defeated Vieux Fort's Run n Gun in their quarterfinal game only fielded 7 players. Chris Alexander led Canaries' losing effort with 11 points. KFC Player of the Game Glenn Antoine finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds. Keegan Preville also contributed 11 points, 4 steals for the defending champions. Courts Jets awaits the winner of Wednesday's second semi-final matchup between perennial finalists VBCC and The Morne Gladiators. The matchup will take place at the Beausejour Indoor Facility at 7:00pm. The finals of The KFC National Basketball League will be held on Saturday July 1st starting with the 3rd place matchup at 5:00pm also at Beausejour.
Courtesy of: stlucianewsonline.com



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Clevin Hannah (ex Lietuvos rytas) joins UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Senegalese international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-75kg-87, college: Wichita State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Hannah played last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 26 LKL games he had 8.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. Hannah helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Hannah also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Hannah played that season for was Demir IBB in Turkish BSL. In 8 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.7apg.
In 2010 Hannah was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fifth round (7th overall).
He attended Wichita State and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hannah played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2010. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time. Hannah has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Hannah has played also professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), France (Sluc Nancy and ALM Evreux), Romania (Miercurea Ciuc) and Spain (Joventut and RETAbet Bilbao Basket).

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Cento adds Ba to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) added to their roster 19-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Adama Ba (209-86kg-98) from Bawer Olimpia Matera. In 26 Serie B games he had 3.7ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ba played at Tezenis Verona (Serie A). But in only one game he did not score anything.
He has played previously for two other teams: Roma S.Azzurra and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.

Benedetto XIV Cento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nelson Rizzitiello
Adrian Chiera
Marco Pasqualin

Forwards:
Michele Benfatto
Adama Ba

Center:
Giorgio Piunti

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FC Porto keeps Borovnjak for another season - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) re-signed 28-year old Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-109kg-89, college: The Pennsylvania State, agency: 011 Sports). He played there last season. Borovnjak managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 41 LPB games he averaged 14.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team. Borovnjak also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 12.5ppg and 7.0rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Borovnjak spent at Lusitania. In 31 LPB games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and got 9.2rpg (leader !!!) and 1.6apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Borovnjak also spent pre-season at Slask (TBL) in Polish league that year.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas) and Spain (Gran Canaria and Zornotza).
Borovnjak attended The Pennsylvania State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Blessed with excellent passing skills, a strong face-up game and excellent basketball IQ.

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U20 friendly match: Serbia Vs Belgium 106:73 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U20 National team won second consecutive match against Belgium 106:73 (24:15,28.16, 24:22, 30:20). Coach Djokic players repeated excellent game from the first match and controlled result from the beginning of the match. The most efficient playrs in Serbian team were Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) with 22 scored points, Stefan Peno with 20 scored points and Milos Glisic add 17 points.

Peno 20, Cirkovic 4, petanovic 4, Glisic 17, vanovic 8, rinkovic 22, epanovic 5, Sljivancanin 2, enic, Djordjevic 11, Vasic 1, naskovic 12.

Next week Serbian team will play international tournament Turgut Atakol in Istanbul.



Serbian U20 National team blast Belgium in friendly match - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U20 National team won friendly match against Belgium 99:65 (22:19,25:14, 24:14, 28:19) as a part of preparation for European championship. Serbian prospects controled result from the beginning of the match. Coach Vladimir Djokic gived chance to all players and during the match had possibility test different offensive and defensive segments. The most efficient player in Sebian team was Borisa Simanic (209-PF-98, agency: BeoBasket) with 16 scored points. ,

Peno 11pts, Music 9pts, Cirovic 10pts, Jovanovic 8pts, Kapetanovic 4pts, Stepanovic 8pts, Simanic 16pts, Kenic 5pts, Djordjevic 9pts, Spasojevic 2pts, Vasic 7pts, Tanaskovic 9pts.



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Evan Singletary (ex Iskra Svit) joins Usti n/Labem - by Greg

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (NBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American point guard Evan Singletary (185-88kg-94, college: Albany). He played last season at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. In 41 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and averaged 3.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 4). Singletary helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 3rd Team.
Singletary graduated from University at Albany in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Union Olimpija adds Roko Badzim (ex-GKK Sibenik) - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian champion Union Olimpija continued to bolster for its inaugural FIBA Champions League season by bringing Croatian Roko Badzim (197-G-97) on a three-year deal.
Badzim arrives from GKK Sibenik, where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals over 28 minutes in 30 Croatian A1 League games last season. He helped club win regular season title. It will be his first season abrod.
Badzim was a regular member of all youth national teams of Croatian. In 2014 he won bronze medal at the U18 European Championship in Turkey and the next year he won silver medal at the U19 World Championship in Greece.



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Coach Ibon Navarro signs at UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) landed 45-year old coach Ibon Navarro (agency: BeoBasket) from ICL Manresa. He helped them to make it to the final. Navarro is currently a head coach of Spanish U20 National Team.
He has coached previously two other teams: Baskonia and Valencia Basket.

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Suton re-signs at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Goran Suton (208-108kg-85, college: Michigan State). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Suton played there last season. In 32 Liga Endesa games he had 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Joventut where in 34 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
In 2009 Suton was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Michigan State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Suton's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team back in 2012. Suton was a member of Croatian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Angelico Biella), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita).
Suton could be described: Skilled big man, including passing, shooting and ball-handling ... Offensively talented in the post or facing the basket ... Worked hard to add muscle and strength.
He's not a very good athlete. He doesn't have long arms. But he just finds a way to be in the right place at the right time
.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley

Center:
Goran Suton

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Long Lions add Fogg to their roster, ex Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Guangzhou Long-Lions (CBA) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-85kg-90, college: Arizona). He played last season at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. Fogg helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 22 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Fogg played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team, 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Fogg won D-League championship title in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
Fogg attended University of Arizona until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Fogg: A very good defender on the perimeter, he is fundamentally sound and can help his team in every part of the game. Offensively, he's a good scorer and long distance shooter.

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Pasecniks re-signs at Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 22-year old Latvian international center Anzejs Pasecniks (218-103kg-95, college: VEF skola). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 35 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.8ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Pasecniks helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Pasecniks contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
This summer he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in first round (25th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pasecniks was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Pasecniks has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 10.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-4 (1.8bpg), FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.5%.
Pasecniks has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like VEF Kadeti, VEF Riga and LMT Basketbola Akademija.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Shaquielle McKissic

Center:
Anzejs Pasecniks

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Valls Nutrion adds Gimenez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Valls Nutrion (EBA) added to their roster 22-year old forward Marc Gimenez (195-95). He has played for the last five seasons at C.B. Tarragona 2017 in the LEB Silver. In 26 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg last season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Gimenez's team made it to the LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals in 2016.

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Valls Nutrion keeps Navarro for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Valls Nutrion (EBA) re-signed 19-year old point guard Marc Navarro (178-98). He played there last season. In 10 EBA games he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.1rpg.

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RETAbet Bilbao Basket inks Shane Hammink - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 23-year old Dutch international guard Shane Hammink (201-95kg-94, agency: Court Side). He just graduated from Valparaiso (NCAA). Hammink has played there for the last three years. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg last season. Hammink helped them to win the league title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Horizon League 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Hammink was also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Hammink represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Hammink has played previously for Den Bosch, M.Magixx and Canarias Basketball Academy.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Lucio Redivo

Forwards:
Pere Tomas
Jameel McKay

Center:
Tim Kempton

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Real Madrid tabs Fabien Causeur - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) inked 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 35 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Causeur helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he recorded 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:

Guard:
Fabien Causeur

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Granada tabs Eloy Almazan - by Eurobasket News

Coviran Granada (LEB Silver) inked 33-year old forward Eloy Almazan (199-84). He has played for the last six years at Melilla Baloncesto in the LEB Gold, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 31 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 2.7rpg last season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Almazan won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Palma Air Europa II, Cordoba, Alcazar, Montilla and Cocinas.com.

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Viacheslav Kravtsov left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Ukrainian international center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-115kg-87, agency: BeoBasket) left defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). Kravtsov played there last season. In 19 Liga Endesa games he had 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win the league title. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kravtsov played at Tecnyconta Zaragoza. In 21 Liga Endesa games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4bpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 11.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.9bpg. The other team Kravtsov played shortly was CSKA Moscow in Russian league. In 7 Euroleague games he got 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 2 games in VTB United League where he got 3.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Kravtsov has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year back in 2012.
Kravtsov has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Kravtsov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 64.7%, FT: 68.8%.
Kravtsov has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Long Lions), NBA (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns) and Ukraine (BC Kyiv, BC Donetsk and Kyiv Vovcha zgraya).
Kravtsov could be described: One of the top shot-blocker in Europe who plays very hard and can bang with any opponent. More than just a 7-footer with an NBA body, though, Kravtsov possesses outstanding athleticism on top of that to complete a very intriguing physical profile. He runs the floor extremely well, moves laterally quickly and fluidly, and is absolutely explosive around the basket, looking capable of tearing down the rim every time he goes up to finish. He's also quick off his feet to contest or block shots, giving him virtually everything you could ask for physically from a player his size. Good passing ability for a center. He has a decent shooting touch and can hit the shot from and around the paint with consistency. He does not have a very developed offensive creation though. His low post skills could use some work. Defensively, he shows a good activity level and has the great lateral quickness and strength to be a great one-on-one defender in the post or from the midrange.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Aaron Doornekamp
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Clevin Hannah (ex Lietuvos rytas) joins UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Senegalese international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-75kg-87, college: Wichita State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Hannah played last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 26 LKL games he had 8.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. Hannah helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Hannah also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Hannah played that season for was Demir IBB in Turkish BSL. In 8 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.7apg.
In 2010 Hannah was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fifth round (7th overall).
He attended Wichita State and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hannah played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2010. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time. Hannah has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Hannah has played also professionally in Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), France (Sluc Nancy and ALM Evreux), Romania (Miercurea Ciuc) and Spain (Joventut and RETAbet Bilbao Basket).

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BC Lulea keeps Upshur for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) re-signed 24-year old American guard Quinton Upshur (196-94kg-93, college: N.Arizona). He played there last season. In 45 Basketligan games he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. Upshur helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Lusitania in Portuguese LPB where in 27 games he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
Upshur has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received NABC All-District 6 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Upshur graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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Umea inks Anton Leth - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) agreed terms with 20-year old point guard Anton Leth (191-97). He has played for the last three seasons at BG Lulea in the Basketettan. In 18 games he had 3.4ppg and 1.3rpg in 2015-16 season.

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Marin Mornar (ex Horsens IC) agreed terms with Boras - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Croatian forward Marin Mornar (205-91kg-93, college: Loyola Mary). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 38 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Mornar helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He can shoot the ball well and is a very tough player. He loves basketball and you can't keep him out of the gym.

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Person
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Daniel Thuresson
Ludvig Johansson

Forwards:
Marin Mornar
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

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Anton Kobylak-Berglund signs at BC Lulea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) landed 21-year old forward Anton Kobylak-Berglund (199-96) from KFUM Jamtland Basket. In 27 Basketligan games he averaged 4.3ppg and 1.0rpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Honorable Mention.
Kobylak-Berglund represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Kobylak-Berglund has played previously for BG Lulea.

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Anderson re-signs at Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American forward Aaron Anderson (201-100kg-91, college: Kennesaw State). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 39 Basketligan games he had 7.4ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season. Anderson helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.6ppg and 5.5rpg.
The previous (14-15) season Anderson was tested by BK Usti nad Labem (NBL) in Czech Republic league.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (CAB Madeira).
Anderson attended Kennesaw State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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Neuchatel inks Kaanu Olaniyi - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) agreed terms with 19-year old Swiss center Kaanu Olaniyi (206-98). He has played for the last four seasons at the junior team of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in French ProA.
Olaniyi represented Switzerland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumice (FYR Macedonia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.4ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.9bpg), FGP: 51.6%, FT: 42.9%.
Olaniyi has played previously for Blonay Basket.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
David Ramseier
Kevin Monteiro
Kaanu Olaniyi
Ardit Osmanaj

Center:
Eric Fongue

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Neuchatel inks Kevin Monteiro - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) agreed terms with 23-year old forward Kevin Monteiro (196-94) from BC Winterthur. In 12 LNA games he had 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup. Monteiro also played that season for Fribourg Olympic. But in two LNA games he did not score anything. The other team he played shortly was Academie Fribourg where in 5 LNA games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 2.0spg.
Monteiro won Swiss LNA championship title in 2016.
He has played previously for another Swiss team Villars.

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Neuchatel adds Fongue to their roster - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) added to their roster 26-year old international center Eric Fongue (201-94kg-91, college: Alaska-Fairbanks) from Fribourg Olympic. In 10 LNA games he had 4.7ppg and 1.1rpg last season. Fongue's team won Swiss Supercup.
He has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Fongue has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg.
Fongue has played previously professionally also in Germany (BG 74 Goettingen II).
He attended Alaska-Fairbanks until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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RBA's Marksmanship Tale Heightens - by Eurobasket News

The second round of the Regional Basketball League (RBA) has turned a tale of marksmanship; with rebounds and block masterly rocking violently the National Indoor Stadium court. It has so far produced a new group of the superstars who have stamped their authority in both scoring and defending. At this stage, the unheralded Kurasini Heat pointer, Yassin Choma has emerged higher above the rest in marksmanship, leading the score table with 64 total points. The new star has notched a 17-point lead over his closest challenger, Jovin Charles who has carved 47 points so far. Chasing the best scorer's title at the third position, is Chui pointer Gwakisa Mwasakyeni who has notched 40 points. Parading 31 points, are Trophy Chemundugwao and Habby Mayeye 31 In assists, it is Farahani Simba of DB Youngsters who command the run with 12 blocks followed by veteran Mohamed Yusuf of Savio who has done it 10 times. At the 10 times Block masters include Godfrey Swai of DB Youngsters who has two blocks followed by Amin Mkosa of Savio and Innocent Swai with 1 block each. The league's rebounds masterly is dominated by Rwehabura Munyagi who has caught it 14 times followed by Farahani Simba with 13 rebounds and thirdplaced in the run is Richard Rover with 11 catches. John Pastory and Solomon Angelus have each managed to catch 10 rebounds. Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League (RBA) opens with the first division shoot out tomorrow with two matches to be staged at Spider court in Dar es Salaam. According to the league's fixture, Kurasini Heat will open the Friday's shoot with an encounter with Magnet before UDSM test ABC in the second match at the same venue. The shoot out will continue on Saturday when three matches will be staged. The day's first match will see Yellow Jackets facing Srelio, before Chang'ombe Boys hosting Dar Warriors in the second match at the same venue. The Saturday's last Division A's encounter will be between Landforce and Bahari Beach.
Courtesy of: dailynews.co.tz



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Istanbulspor lands Tunahan Dikmen - by Eurobasket News

Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (TBL) tabbed 23-year old power forward Tunahan Dikmen (203-94, agency: 1x1 Sports) from Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol. In 28 TBL games he averaged just 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to win the TBL title (twice) (also twice).
Dikmen has played previously for four other teams: Turk Telekom, Denizli Basket, Pi Koleji and Maliye Milli.

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Davon Jefferson agree terms with Bahcesehir - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University to land 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC) who plays at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. Jefferson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 BSN games he averaged 14.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last season he played at Gaziantep (BSL) where in 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Jefferson also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. Jefferson also spent pre-season at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league that year. His team won InterContinental Cup.
Among other achievements Jefferson received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Korea (LG Sakers), Russia (Enisey, Zenit and Krasny Oktyabr) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab).
He attended University of Southern California until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Jefferson's game is described as: A versatile offensive player who is just as comfortable from the perimeter as he is posting up down low.

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Anadolu Efes tab Brock Motum - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) inked 27-year old Australian international power forward Brock Motum (208-111kg-90, college: Washington State). He has played for the last two years at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 47 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Motum helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Motum also played 30 games in Euroleague where he had 10.8ppg and 3.4rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Motum has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
Motum represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Motum has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Motum has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), NBA (Utah Jazz) and Australia (Adelaide 36ers and Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Motum's game is described as: A not so athletic PF with great offensive skills. He's an opportunistic scorer, who can shoot the three. He anticipates well and knows how to get into position to score. Also, Brock is still learning a lot and will continue to improve.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

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Strawberry re-signs at Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland). He played there last season. In 38 BSL games he recorded 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Strawberry helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Strawberry played at Olympiacos in Greek A1. In 35 games he had 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Strawberry also played 23 games in Euroleague where he got 6.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
In 2007 Strawberry was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (59th overall). He attended University of Maryland and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Strawberry is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Strawberry tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Croatia (Cibona), France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Puerto Rico (Manati and Capitanes), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns).
On Strawberry: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Ball handling ability and foot speed allow him to effectively take defenders off the dribble. Perimeter defense is among the best in the college ranks. Physically he possesses the tools of an elite defender. Quick hands, anticipation skills and great lateral movement.
Tends to force the action a bit as he will shoot difficult attempts
.

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Chris Warren (ex Nanterre) joins Bahcesehir - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Chris Warren (178-76kg-88, college: Mississippi). He played last season at JSF Nanterre in French ProA. In 36 games he had 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.5apg. Warren helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team. Warren also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Warren spent at Yesilgiresun Bld (BSL). In 21 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. The other team Warren played shortly was AEK Athens in Greek A1. In 7 games he got 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.0apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 7.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Warren won French ProA championship title in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers) and Turkey (Usak Sportlif).
Warren attended University of Mississippi until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

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Besiktas keep Clark for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 29-year old American forward Earl Clark (208-100kg-88, college: Louisville). He played there last season. In 39 BSL games he recorded 13.4ppg and 5.9rpg. Clark helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Clark also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The previous (2016) summer Clark played at Henan Shedianlaojiu in Chinese NBL. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 31.1ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.2bpg in 2016 season.
In 2009 Clark was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former University of Louisville standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
His college team won Big East Tournament in 2009.
Clark has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Golden Stars and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Versatile combo forward A mismatch offensively because he can attack effectively inside and out Has a great combination of size, strength and speed His athleticism and explosiveness allow him to play against bigger defenders inside or quicker ones on the perimeter Possesses a surprisingly quick first step thanks to his extremely long and powerful strides.
Was able to get away with a lot at the college level because he was such a superior athlete
.

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Viacheslav Kravtsov left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Ukrainian international center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-115kg-87, agency: BeoBasket) left defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). Kravtsov played there last season. In 19 Liga Endesa games he had 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win the league title. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kravtsov played at Tecnyconta Zaragoza. In 21 Liga Endesa games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4bpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 11.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.9bpg. The other team Kravtsov played shortly was CSKA Moscow in Russian league. In 7 Euroleague games he got 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 2 games in VTB United League where he got 3.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Kravtsov has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year back in 2012.
Kravtsov has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Kravtsov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 64.7%, FT: 68.8%.
Kravtsov has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Long Lions), NBA (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns) and Ukraine (BC Kyiv, BC Donetsk and Kyiv Vovcha zgraya).
Kravtsov could be described: One of the top shot-blocker in Europe who plays very hard and can bang with any opponent. More than just a 7-footer with an NBA body, though, Kravtsov possesses outstanding athleticism on top of that to complete a very intriguing physical profile. He runs the floor extremely well, moves laterally quickly and fluidly, and is absolutely explosive around the basket, looking capable of tearing down the rim every time he goes up to finish. He's also quick off his feet to contest or block shots, giving him virtually everything you could ask for physically from a player his size. Good passing ability for a center. He has a decent shooting touch and can hit the shot from and around the paint with consistency. He does not have a very developed offensive creation though. His low post skills could use some work. Defensively, he shows a good activity level and has the great lateral quickness and strength to be a great one-on-one defender in the post or from the midrange.

Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Guillem Vives

Forwards:
Aaron Doornekamp
Fernando San_Emeterio
Bojan Dubljevic
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Setty left Worcester Wolves - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American swingman Trevor Setty (203-89, college: Pikeville) left Worcester Wolves (BBL). In 37 games in United Kingdom he recorded 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer Setty played at Magic in Australian SBL where in 26 games he averaged impressive 24.6ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.8apg in 2016 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of MSC Tournament in 2013. Setty was also voted All-MSC 1st Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Setty has played previously for two other United Kingdom teams: Plymouth Raiders and Scorchers.
He attended Pikeville College until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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  URUGUAY  


Gary Johnson leads 25 de Agosto - by Hector Lopez

Gary Johnson (198-F-88, college: Texas) scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds and 3 assists leading his team 25 de Agosto to defeat Auriblanco 88-85 for the Metro league 9th round. For Auriblanco Rodrigo Goncalvez netted 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford), playing for the first time for Union Atletica finished with 10 points when his team defeated Colon 75-63. For Colon, Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) scoerd 25 points adn 14 rebounds. Tabare defeated Stockomo 84-80 with 12 points and 12 rebounds by Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post), while Rashan Stimage finished with 17 points and 27 rebounds. Satndings: The three best teams from the Metro League will be promoted to the Uruguayan League 2018


Ricardo Glenn (ex Bigua) signs at Penarol - by Eurobasket News

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) landed 27-year old American center Ricardo Glenn (202-90kg-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Bigua in Uruguayan LUB league. In 28 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 12.3rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Glenn played at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch Eredivisie where in 38 games he had 11.1ppg, 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.2spg. Glenn helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
He has played previously professionally in Hungary (MAFC Budapest) and Ukraine (Hoverla).
Glenn attended South Carolina Upstate until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Harrison number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Paul Harrison (203-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sayago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Atenas (#2, 6-2) 87-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sayago to consolidate first place in the Uruguayan Ascenso. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Sayago keeps a perfect 7-0 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable 60.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Sayago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former North Greenville University star has very solid stats this year. Harrison is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 12.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 61.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica. Semiglia had a very good evening with 42 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led U Atletica to another comfortable win 98-82 over Auriblanco (3-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed U Atletica to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Semiglia is one of the most experienced players at U Atletica and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.9rpg and 5.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Earl Watson (201-C-90) of Capitol (#11). Watson scored 17 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Capitol, leading his team to a 81-72 win against slightly higher-ranked Verdirrojo (#10, 3-4). The chances of Capitol not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watson could try to bring Capitol's a little bit higher in the standings. Watson has individually a great season in Uruguay. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 16.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Octavio Medina (195-F-96) of Stockolmo - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) of Cordon - 9 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar - 26 points and 13 rebounds
9. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 33 points and 6 rebounds
10. Camilo Colman (191-G-90) of Auriblanco - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Taylor Rochestie leaves Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-88kg-85, college: Washington State) left Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 14 Eurocup games he recorded 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg. Rochestie helped them to make it to the semifinals. He played there also last season. Rochestie also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Rochestie had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 Winner League games he got 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Rochestie also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.5apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
Among other achievements Rochestie received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 21.1%.
Rochestie is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and BG Goettingen), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Angelico Biella), Spain (Baskonia), Turkey (Galatasaray) and France (Le Mans).
Rochestie attended Washington State until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A "first look for the pass" kind of player who improved his playing experience on the European courts. Now, he' s a classic PG, with great leadership and court vision, who can easily score, if needed.

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Chris Babb (ex Ratiopharm) is a newcomer at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Chris Babb (196-102kg-90, college: Iowa State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg last season. Babb helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Babb also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Babb was tested by the Warriors in NBA.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Babb attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Trevor Lacey

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

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Women News


USA Women Defeat Hungary And Japan To Start FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2-0 - by Eurobasket News

The USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team finished its first day of competition at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup on June 29 in Chengdu, China, with a 2-0 record after fending off Hungary (0-2) 13-9 and downing Japan (1-1) 21-15. 'I think we just needed to get those first game jitters out,' said Destiny Littleton (175-G) (The Bishop's School/San Diego, Calif.). 'With how physical that first game was, I think that shocked us. Of course coach [Kara] Lawson had talked to us about how physical the game is, but we didn't really know until we played. But, we were down 4-0 and didn't think anything of it. We just played our game.' The USA trailed 4-0 out of the gate against Hungary before mounting a 7-1 run behind a pair of 2-pointers from Littleton and Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.). An Aquira Decosta (188-F-00) (St. Mary's H.S./Sacramento, Calif.) 2-pointer with 3:34 to play gave the USA a three-point lead before a Williams buzzer-beater crept the margin to four points (11-7) with just under three minutes left. Janelle Bailey (190-C-99, college: High School) (Providence Day School/Matthews, N.C.) scored three buckets in the paint in the final three minutes to close the door on the game. Bailey was joined by Williams with four points apiece to pace USA scorers in the 13-9 victory. Against Japan, the USA jumped out to a 5-0 advantage and never relinquished the lead. Japan narrowed the gap to 7-6 with seven minutes to play, but a quick burst behind two DeCosta and-1 conversions put the USA up 15-9. After Bailey went for four-consecutive scores down low, Littleton finished off the game with a left-handed layup with 45 seconds on the clock. DeCosta led the charge with eight points, while Bailey added seven points and Littleton finished with six. The USA overpowered Japan in the post, scoring 14 points in the paint in the 21-15 victory. 'We did well staying composed,' said Littleton. 'That second game, we stuck to our strengths and played a lot more team ball. That helped us. We looked to our post play and Janelle scored well and that helped us a lot. We tried not to stray away from who we are. 'This was definitely important for our confidence going into Saturday,' Littleton added. 'We still have to play two very good teams, so going into that 2-0 - I wouldn't say the weight is off our shoulders, but we have a head start in our pool and for bracket play on Sunday.' The USA will round out Group A preliminary round play against Australia (2-0) and Switzerland (0-2) on July 1. The medal round, played in a knockout format, will be held July 2.
The top two finishing teams from each of the four preliminary round groups will advance to the quarterfinals on July 2, where A1 will play D2, B1 will play C2, C1 will play B2 and D1 will play A2. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals (5:15 a.m. EDT and 5:45 a.m. EDT). Semifinal winners will compete for the gold medal (8 a.m. EDT), while the semifinal losers will play for bronze (7 a.m. EDT). Medals are also available in three skills contests, which feature a shoot-out contest for men and women, a skills contest for women and a dunk contest for men. DeCosta earned a spot in the semifinals of the skills contest with the second-fastest qualifying time of 27.72 seconds, and will compete in the semifinals at 5:25 a.m. EDT on July 1. Littleton will compete in the qualification stage of the shootout contest on July 1 at 7:10 a.m. EDT. Now an annual event, the first FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup was held in 2011. Including the two wins in the 2017 U18 3x3 competition, USA 3x3 Women's World Cup Teams have compiled a 37-7 overall record, with two gold medals (2012, 2013) and two-consecutive silver medals (2015, 2016).
Courtesy of: usab.com <<>><<>>



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Mozambique appoint Sale and Ngulela as coaches for FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Nasir Sale is back at the helm of Mozambique national team for the FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017, the country's Basketball Federation has confirmed. Sale takes over from his former assistant Bernardo Matsimbe, who led the team during the qualifiers against Zimbabwe in March. He will be assisted by former Mozambique international Deolinda Ngulela, who retired from international basketball two years ago after the FIBA Women's AfroBasket in Yaounde. It will be Sale's third straight FIBA Women's AfroBasket in charge of his country. The 50-year-old has guided Mozambique to a second-place finish at FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2013 held in their capital in Mozambique, before leading Mozambique to a Sixth-Place finish two years ago.
This year's 12-team African Championship will take place in Bamako, Mali from August 18-27, and Mozambique have been drawn in Group B along with reigning champions Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Courtesy of: fiba.com




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  ANGOLA  


1 de Agosto close first leg on top of standing - by Eurobasket News

1 de Agosto ended last Monday the first leg of the senior female basketball championship in the first position of the standing with six points, as a result of three wins in like amount of rounds. In the last round, 1 de Agosto did not have many problems to overcome Inter de Benguela by 68-45 in Cidadela Pavilion, in Luanda. The second position is occupied by Interclube, followed by Maculusso and Inter de Benguela. The second leg is set to kick off on Wednesday.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  


Macarena Rosset (ex Velez S.) signs at Cadi La Seu - by Eurobasket News

Cadi La Seu D'urgell (LFB) landed 26-year old Argentinian international swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91, agency: Players Group). She played in the summer at Atletico Velez Sarsfield in Argentinian Superliga. Rosset managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 Superliga games she averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg.
The most of last season she spent at Marghera in Italian Serie A2 where in 18 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.1ppg and recorded 7.2rpg, 5.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.7spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 3rd Team. Rosset also played that season for Homburger TG in German 2.Bundesliga. In 9 games she had high stats: 15.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Rosset's team was regular season runner-up in Italian A2 Group B in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Rosset has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
Rosset also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Rosset experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Rosset has played previously professionally also in Italy (C.U.S. Chieti and Ferrara).

Cadi La Seu D'urgell roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Macarena Rosset
Yurena Diaz
Ariadna Pujol

Forwards:
Mehryn Kraker
Caitlyn Ramirez

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  BOLIVIA  


Bolivian U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

1Pamela Barrientos 168-PF-01 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
2Kimberly Anze 158-PG-01 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
4Dennisse Joffre 175-SF-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
5Eylhen Mercado 168-PG-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
6Camila Gareca 168-PG-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
7Nayeli Machicao 163-SG-01 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
10Hyran Agudo 163-SF-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
11Camila Rosas 178-C-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
12Liz Carrasco 168-PF-00 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
13Florencia Pacheco 180-C-01 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
17Noelia Tapia 157-SG-01 BOL U17 NT Bolivia
77Gabriela Herbas 181-C-02 BOL U17 NT Bolivia




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  CANADA  


Boiago starts her pro career at Royal Eagles - by Eurobasket News

FSG Royal Eagles (Eredivisie) added to their roster Canadian guard Danielle Boiago (170). Boiago just graduated from McMaster. She has played there for the last five years. In 22 games she was third best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and averaged 7.2rpg, 4.2apg (top 5) and 3.3spg (in top 4) last season. Boiago helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-OUA Player of the Year, All-OUA Defensive Player of the Year and CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year.
As mentioned above she is just out of college, so it will be Boiago's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SlanSports)

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  CROATIA  


Chemnitz signs Jovana Mandic - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) signed 25-year old Croatian center Jovana Mandic (193-92, college: Nicholls State, agency: ProDep Management). She played this summer at Penarol in Argentinian Superliga. In 10 games she had 10.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
The most of last season Mandic spent at ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles in Spanish LF2 where in 23 games she recorded 11.8ppg and 6.9rpg. She also played that season for Batalyaws (LF2) in Spain. In three games she averaged 5.3ppg and 5.0rpg.
Mandic's team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
She represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg.
Mandic graduated from Nicholls State in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Centers:
Jovana Mandic
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

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  CUBA  


Yani Martinez (ex Camaguey) is a newcomer at Santiago de Maria - by Eurobasket News

Santiago de Maria (Liga Mayor) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Cuban forward Yani Martinez (170-95). She played this summer at Camaguey in Cuban Liga Superior. Martinez has played there for the last five years. In 7 Liga Superior games she recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg.
She helped her team to make it to the Cuban Liga Superior Semifinals in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EGYPT  


3x3 World Cup for women U18 starts on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

3x3 basketball World Cup U18 begins in Chengdu, China, from June 28 to July 3 with the participation of the Egyptian national team. The tournament includes 20 countries divided into 4 groups and each group consists of 5 countries, the first and second of each group qualifies to the quarterfinals, Egypt is in the fourth group, which also includes Spain, France, Singapore and Kazakhstan. Egypt will face in its first match Kazakhstan on Thursday at 7 a.m. Cairo local time and will face Singapore at 8 a.m., according to Super Kora. The Egyptian team consists of four players: Raneem el-Barqi and Batool Adel from Al-Ahly, Tamara Shash and Maram Mokhtar from Shooting Club, the team is led by Lubna Farouk the head coach. On the side of the China World Cup individual skills competition will be held, Egypt will be represented by Barqi and Shash in the 3 points shooting competition.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Yani Martinez (ex Camaguey) is a newcomer at Santiago de Maria - by Eurobasket News

Santiago de Maria (Liga Mayor) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Cuban forward Yani Martinez (170-95). She played this summer at Camaguey in Cuban Liga Superior. Martinez has played there for the last five years. In 7 Liga Superior games she recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg.
She helped her team to make it to the Cuban Liga Superior Semifinals in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA ASIA CUP  

Standings

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Regular Season: Round 1

A-A

Jul. 23: TAI - PRK
Jul. 23: NZL - CHN

A-B

Jul. 23: KAZ - AUS
Jul. 23: PHI - JPN

B-A

Jul. 23: SRI - IND

B-B

Jul. 23: KAZ - FIJ
Jul. 23: LEB - SIN



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  FINLAND  


Lehtoranta re-signs at PeKa - by Eurobasket News

Kotka Peli-Karhut (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 33-year old guard Laura Lehtoranta (172-84). She has played there for the last seven seasons. In 35 SM-sarja games she had 4.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg last season. Lehtoranta helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of Finnish League for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Lehtoranta S-Hameenmaa.

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ViVe keeps Vehka-Aho for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vimpelin Veto (SM-sarja) re-signed guard Lotta Vehka-Aho (165). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 SM-sarja games she recorded 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season.
Vehka-Aho represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Oradea (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 68.0%.

Vimpelin Veto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anni Kujala
Tuulia Timo
Lotta Vehka-Aho

Forward:
Noora Jarvikangas

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Timo re-signs at ViVe - by Eurobasket News

Vimpelin Veto (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 20-year old swingman Tuulia Timo (173-97). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 SM-sarja games she recorded 7.3ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
Timo helped her team to make it to the 1st Division Semifinals in 2017.
She has played previously for Pyrinto.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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  GERMANY  


Chemnitz signs Jovana Mandic - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) signed 25-year old Croatian center Jovana Mandic (193-92, college: Nicholls State, agency: ProDep Management). She played this summer at Penarol in Argentinian Superliga. In 10 games she had 10.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg.
The most of last season Mandic spent at ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles in Spanish LF2 where in 23 games she recorded 11.8ppg and 6.9rpg. She also played that season for Batalyaws (LF2) in Spain. In three games she averaged 5.3ppg and 5.0rpg.
Mandic's team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
She represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg.
Mandic graduated from Nicholls State in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Centers:
Jovana Mandic
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

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Goettingen keeps Pierce for another season - by Eurobasket News

DBBL newcomer BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen re-signed 31-year old American swingman Alissa Pierce (177-86). She played there last season. In 26 2.Bundesliga games she averaged 13.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. Pierce helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Pierce has played previously professionally also in Luxembourg (Racing) and Germany (BC Pharmaserv Marburg, Oberhausen, SV Halle Lions, Gruner Stern Keltern and Rhein Main Baskets).
She is described as: Pos 2 and 3. Understands the game, very professional attitude. Good shooter.

BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alissa Pierce
Marissa Janning

Forwards:
Vasiliki Karambatsa
Viki Karambatsa

Center:
Verdine Warner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Boiago starts her pro career at Royal Eagles - by Eurobasket News

FSG Royal Eagles (Eredivisie) added to their roster Canadian guard Danielle Boiago (170). Boiago just graduated from McMaster. She has played there for the last five years. In 22 games she was third best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and averaged 7.2rpg, 4.2apg (top 5) and 3.3spg (in top 4) last season. Boiago helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-OUA Player of the Year, All-OUA Defensive Player of the Year and CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year.
As mentioned above she is just out of college, so it will be Boiago's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SlanSports)

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  HUNGARY  


Coach Jens Tillman (ex Lulea Basket) joins PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) agreed terms with 47-year old Swedish coach Jens Tillman. He has coached for the last three seasons at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. He helped them to win the Damligan title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Coach of the Year. Tillman used to coach Swedish Women U20 National Team back in 2015.
He has coached also professionally for other Swedish teams like Mark and BG Lulea.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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  IRELAND  


Ireland U18 women welcome the Netherlands to Dublin this weekend - by Eurobasket News

The Ireland Under 18 Women's team will be in action at home this weekend as they continue their preparations for the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship Division B, which tip off in Dublin this August. Tommy O'Mahony's charges will take to the court at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght at 4pm this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 1st and 2nd, for a two-game friendly international series against the Netherlands, who will also feature in this August's championships. Speaking ahead of the games, Coach O'Mahony stated: "This will be our first international practice game of our summer schedule. Holland were an 'A' nation last year and should be a great test for the girls. It's not often that we get the opportunity to play a home international, so this weekend's game will be ideal preparation for the Europeans in August."
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



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  ISRAEL  


Peleg comes back to Elitzur Holon - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old ex-international guard Limor Peleg (165-85, college: of Alaska at Anchorage). It is actually her comeback to Holon as she has played here before. Peleg played most recently at H.R. Le-Zion in the D1. In 18 games she recorded 4.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Peleg won Israeli League championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013. Peleg was a member of Israeli Senior National Team in 2014.
She has played previously for four other teams: Maccabi Ramat Gan, Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Ramla and Elitzur Holon.
Peleg attended of Alaska at Anchorage until 2008 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


San Martino keeps Tonello for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino Di Lupari (Serie A1) re-signed 29-year old guard Monica Tonello (165-88). She has played there for the last seven seasons. In 18 Serie A1 games she averaged just 2.9ppg last season.
Tonello helped her team to make it to the Cup Semifinals in 2015.
She is a very experienced player.

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Alpo Basket VillaFranca signs Elisa Mancinelli - by Eurobasket News

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) signed 24-year old guard Elisa Mancinelli (175-93). She played last season at Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (Serie A1). In 24 games she had just 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1spg. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Mancinelli played at Ceprini Orvieto (also in Serie A1) where in 28 games she recorded 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.
She was a member of Italian U20 National Team two years ago.
Mancinelli has played previously for Irpino.

Alpo Basket VillaFranca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Mancinelli
Maria Zanella
Sofia Vespignani
Anna Pusceddu

Forwards:
Elena Ramo
Silvia Zanardelli
Susanna Toffali

Centers:
Veronica Dell'Olio
Sofia Viviani

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Milano keeps Novati for another season - by Eurobasket News

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano (Serie A2) re-signed 19-year old power forward Paola Novati (184-98). She played there last season. In 28 Serie A2 games she recorded 3.7ppg and 2.2rpg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Italian U20 Championship 1st Team All-Star.
The previous (15-16) season Novati played at Costa Masnaga. But in 10 Serie A2 games she averaged just 0.4ppg and 1.7rpg.
Novati represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg.
Novati has played previously for Biassono.

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federica Pozzecco
Sara Canova
Roberta Martelliano

Forward:
Stefania Guarneri

Center:
Paola Novati

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Guarneri re-signs at Milano - by Eurobasket News

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 22-year old power forward Stefania Guarneri (182-95). She played there last season. In 27 Serie A2 games she had 4.7ppg and 5.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Guarneri played at Carugate where in 17 Serie A2 games she recorded 5.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8spg.

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Federica Pozzecco

Forwards:
Sara Canova
Roberta Martelliano

Center:
Stefania Guarneri

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Vigarano adds Tarakchian to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Russian passport) forward Annie Tarakchian (182-94, college: Princeton, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 13 games she recorded 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg. Tarakchian helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played that season for BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket in Swiss league where in 8 Eurocup games she averaged 14.5ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.8apg. Tarakchian was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2017.
She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

Meccanica Nova Vigarano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benedetta Bagnara
Rosa Cupido
Erica Reggiani
Silvia Nativi
Giulia Natali
Alice Prisco

Forwards:
Irene Cigliani
Batabe Zempare
Annie Tarakchian
Rebecca Ferraro
Dafne Gianesini
Caterina Gilli

Centers:
Emilia Bove
Giulia Vanin

Coach: Luca Andreoli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Civitanova keeps Trobbiani for another season - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) re-signed 28-year old forward Jessica Trobbiani (173-89). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 26 Serie A2 games she recorded 3.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5spg last season.
Trobbiani is a very experienced player.

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Veronica Perini

Forward:
Jessica Trobbiani

Centers:
Jomanda Rosier
Kristina Ostojic

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Civitanova keeps Perini for another season - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) re-signed 29-year old guard Veronica Perini (175-88). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 13 Serie A2 games she averaged 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.8apg (top 5) and 3.2spg (in top 2) last season.
Among other achievements Perini played in the final of Italian A2 South in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Perini has played previously for four other teams: La Spezia, P.S.Giorgio, Lucca and Orvieto.

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Valeria Trucco joins Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) added to their roster 18-year old center Valeria Trucco (190-99) from Treofan Battipaglia. In 23 Serie A1 games she had 3.5ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
Trucco represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.0ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 50.0%.

Fixi Piramis Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Sara Bocchetti

Centers:
Clara Salvini
Ivana Tikvic
Valeria Trucco

Coach: Massimo Riga

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  LUXEMBOURG  


Tamara Cannels agreed terms with Grengewald - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald Hostert (N2) inked 27-year old power forward Tamara Cannels (178-90). The last time (12-15) she played at Black Star in Luxembourg N2 league. Cannels has played there for the last three years. Cannels missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Her team was Runner-Up of Nationale 2 Regular Season 2015.

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  MONTENEGRO  


Samsun welcomes back Murphy - by Lior Hai

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) landed 32-year old Montenegrin ex-international swingman Eshaya Murphy (181-74kg-85, college: USC). It is actually her comeback to Samsun as she has played here before. Murphy played in the summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 9 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg. The last season Murphy played at Canik Belediyesi Samsun where in 8 Eurocup games she had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg.
In 2007 Murphy was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former University of Southern California staris in her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Murphy won WNBA championship title in 2014. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Murphy represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 16.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Murphy is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Murphy has played previously professionally in France (Bourges), Greece, Puerto Rico (Tigres and Piratas), Russia (Dynamo Kursk), WNBA (Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida, Ros Casares and Joventud Mariana) and Turkey (Galatasaray).

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  MOZAMBIQUE  


Mozambique appoint Sale and Ngulela as coaches for FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Nasir Sale is back at the helm of Mozambique national team for the FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017, the country's Basketball Federation has confirmed. Sale takes over from his former assistant Bernardo Matsimbe, who led the team during the qualifiers against Zimbabwe in March. He will be assisted by former Mozambique international Deolinda Ngulela, who retired from international basketball two years ago after the FIBA Women's AfroBasket in Yaounde. It will be Sale's third straight FIBA Women's AfroBasket in charge of his country. The 50-year-old has guided Mozambique to a second-place finish at FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2013 held in their capital in Mozambique, before leading Mozambique to a Sixth-Place finish two years ago.
This year's 12-team African Championship will take place in Bamako, Mali from August 18-27, and Mozambique have been drawn in Group B along with reigning champions Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Courtesy of: fiba.com




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  NIGERIA  


NBBF holds mid-season clinic for technical officials, as Zenith Bank 4th phase move to Ibadan - by Olusegun Ikuesan

In a bid to continue to improve on the standard of officiating as well as increase the number of qualified technical officials participating in the Kwese Premier League and the Zenith Bank Women's Premier League, the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Referees' Council and the Technical Commissioners Association have concluded arrangement to hold a mid-season refresher clinic for their officials.

Disclosing this in Asaba during the just concluded 3rd phase of the Zenith Bank Women's Premier League, President of the NBBF Referees' Council, Tunde Popoola said the refresher clinic which is expected to hold at the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State from 4th to 7th July, will avail the technical officials who couldn't make it at the last clinic an opportunity to update themselves.

Popoola who doubles as a member of NBBF representing basketball referees added that participants are expected to arrive Ibadan on July 4 and conclude their registration same day while classes will hold on July 5 and 6.

'The mid-season refresher clinic holds at the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan from July 4 to 7 and it is strictly for only graded technical officials, that is Referees and Technical Commissioners,' he said.

Meanwhile the 4th phase of the Zenith Bank Women's Premier League shifts to Ibadan and will run from July 6 to 16 inside the Indoor Hall of the Adamasingba Stadium, the NBBF Administrative Secretary, Emmanuel Enejoh stated Thursday.

According to Enejoh, participating teams and technical officials are expected to arrive on July 6 for the technical meeting on July 7 while action resumes on July 8 through to July 15 with July 13 as rest day.

All the 12 teams which participated in Asaba last week are expected to battle for points in Ibadan from where only the top eight teams will proceed to the Final 8 at a yet to be determined venue.



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  RUSSIA  


Vigarano adds Tarakchian to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Russian passport) forward Annie Tarakchian (182-94, college: Princeton, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 13 games she recorded 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg. Tarakchian helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played that season for BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket in Swiss league where in 8 Eurocup games she averaged 14.5ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.8apg. Tarakchian was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2017.
She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

Meccanica Nova Vigarano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benedetta Bagnara
Rosa Cupido
Erica Reggiani
Silvia Nativi
Giulia Natali
Alice Prisco

Forwards:
Irene Cigliani
Batabe Zempare
Annie Tarakchian
Rebecca Ferraro
Dafne Gianesini
Caterina Gilli

Centers:
Emilia Bove
Giulia Vanin

Coach: Luca Andreoli

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Recap of Day 2 in Sucre - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ecuador - Colombia 33-51
Colombia beat Ecuador to stay undefeated in Group A. Daniela Gonzalez (179-C-02) delivered 19 points and 9 boards for the winners. Colombia registered a 24:18 halftime lead. They used a 16:3 run in the fourth term to ice the victory. Mayra Caicedo (175-PG-00) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Lory Lugo (183-F/C-00) responded with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Ecuador.

Uruguay - Venezuela 44-71
Venezuela posted the second straight win in Group A. They rallied past Uruguay for 2-0 record. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Venezuela dominated in the first half. They recorded a 32:13 halftime lead. Venezuela went on a 22:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Odeth Betancourt (183-C-00) added 13 points in the victory. Aldana Gayoso (168-PG-00) responded with 24 points for Uruguay.

Group B
Peru - Bolivia 74-71 OT
Peru topped Bolivia in overtime to gain the first win in Sucre. Veronica Escudero (173-SF-01) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners. Bolivia established a 28:24 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 14-point mark heading into the fourth term. But Peru ignited a 25:11 rally in the next period to force overtime. Peru dropped 13 points in the extra period to steal the win. Milagros Carrera (173-G-00) accounted for 14 points for the winners. Noelia Tapia (157-SG-01) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Bolivia.

Chile - Argentina 37-91
Argentina overcame Chile to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Camila Suarez delivered 14 points for the winners. Argentina stormed throughout the first half to pile up a 50:18 advantage. They sank 41 points in the second half to seal a comfortable win. Florencia Chagas (174-G-01) tossed in 12 points in the victory. Tamara Castro (180-F-00) responded with 9 points for Chile.




Recap of Day 1 in Sucre - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Colombia - Uruguay 70-44
Colombia cruised past Uruguay to open win count in Sucre. Hamileth Ulloa (176-SG-01) delivered 12 points for the winners. Colombia used a strong 35:17 first half run to clear off. Colombia went on a 21:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Mayra Caicedo (175-PG-00) recorded 10 points in the win. Aldana Gayoso (168-PG-00) responded with 15 points for Uruguay.

Venezuela - Ecuador 77-73
Venezuela opened their campaign in Sucre on a winning note. They held off Ecuador in the opener. Jairennys Arias (170-G-01) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Ecuador posted a 38:30 halftime lead. But Venezuela used a 25:15 run in the third term to surge ahead. They poured in 22 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Yorgelis Alvarez (160-PG-00) delivered 16 points for the winners. Jillian Molina (172-G-01) and Vanessa Ochoa (167-PG-01) responded with 13 points each for Ecuador.

Group B
Bolivia - Chile 62-75
Chile outgunned Bolivia in the opener. Jovanka Ljubetic (170-PG-00) stepped up with 27 points to lead the effort. Chile accumulated a 38:22 halftime advantage. They extended the gap at 21-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Retamales Macarena (182-F/C-01) accounted for 13 points in the victory. Noelia Tapia (157-SG-01) responded with 18 points for Bolivia.

Argentina - Peru 79-43
Argentina beat Peru to improve at 1-0 record at the championship. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) delivered 15 points to pace the winners. Argentina went on a strong 38:22 first half run. They poured in 41 points in the second half to ice the victory. Lucia Operto (191-C-01) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Milagros Carrera (173-G-00) responded with 22 points for Peru.




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  SPAIN  


Macarena Rosset (ex Velez S.) signs at Cadi La Seu - by Eurobasket News

Cadi La Seu D'urgell (LFB) landed 26-year old Argentinian international swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91, agency: Players Group). She played in the summer at Atletico Velez Sarsfield in Argentinian Superliga. Rosset managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 Superliga games she averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg.
The most of last season she spent at Marghera in Italian Serie A2 where in 18 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.1ppg and recorded 7.2rpg, 5.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.7spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 3rd Team. Rosset also played that season for Homburger TG in German 2.Bundesliga. In 9 games she had high stats: 15.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Rosset's team was regular season runner-up in Italian A2 Group B in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Rosset has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
Rosset also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Rosset experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Rosset has played previously professionally also in Italy (C.U.S. Chieti and Ferrara).

Cadi La Seu D'urgell roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Macarena Rosset
Yurena Diaz
Ariadna Pujol

Forwards:
Mehryn Kraker
Caitlyn Ramirez

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Mallou re-signs at Arxil Pontevedra - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old shooting guard Arantxa Mallou (181-91). She played there last season. In 12 LF2 games she had 10.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. Mallou also played that season for Lousada AC in Portuguese Liga Feminina where in 12 games she recorded 11.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg.
She won Spanish LF2 Group A championship title in 2010.
Mallou represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg.
Mallou has played previously professionally in Spain (Extrugasa, Maquinaria Ensino, Pabellon Ourense, Conquero and Las Rozas) and Portugal (Sporting).

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Picken Claret keeps Saez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) re-signed 20-year old forward Esther Saez (178-97). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8spg last season.

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Marina Delgado is a newcomer at Ferrol - by Eurobasket News

Universitario de Ferrol (LFB) added to their roster 25-year old point guard Marina Delgado (173-92) from Zamarat. Delgado has played there for the last three years. In 23 LFB games she recorded 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Smithton Saints (NWBU) in Australian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Delgado was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team back in 2008.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Delgado's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Thanks to Delgado's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Delgado has played previously for three other Spain teams: Real Celta Vigo, Cadi La Seu and Jovent.

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marina Delgado
Rachael Vanderwal

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

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Girona lands Keisha Hampton - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) landed 27-year old American forward Keisha Hampton (187-77kg-90, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management). She plays in the summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). But in 9 games she averaged just 1.9ppg. The last season Hampton played at Bnot Hertzeliya in Israeli D1 where in 19 games she had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 Hampton was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (22nd overall).
She attended De Paul University and it is her sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hampton won Latvian LSBL championship title in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
Hampton represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg.
Hampton has played also professionally in Germany (TV Saarlouis Royals), WNBA (Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx) and France (Dunkerque).

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Kristina Alminaite
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig

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Gernika adds Alston to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ameryst Alston (175-93, college: Ohio State). She played this summer at New York Liberty (WNBA), but was released by the team in June. In only one game she recorded just 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. The last season Alston played at Al-Qazeres where in 25 games she was third best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Last year she was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
Alston attended Ohio State until 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Her team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2016.

Gernika Bizkaia roster for 2017-2018:

Anna Gomez
Naiara Diez
Juana Molina-Prados
Ameryst Alston
Itziar Ariztimuno

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GDKO Bizkaia keeps Valiente for another season - by Eurobasket News

GDKO Bizkaia Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2) re-signed 33-year old center Patricia Valiente (185-84, agency: ProDep Management). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 9.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
Valiente's team won Spanish LF2 Group A Regular Season in 2015.
She has spent her entire career in Spain playing for seven other teams: Jopisa Burgos, Viladecans, Sant Adria, Irlandesas, Sarria, Gernika and Irlandesas.

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  SWEDEN  


Ahlin re-signs at Telge - by Eurobasket News

Telge Basket (Damligan) confirmed in their roster 27-year old forward Tilde Ahlin (185-90, college: Anderson, SC). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 21 Damligan games she recorded 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg last season. Ahlin helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of Swedish Damligan for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
Ahlin represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.3ppg, 3.1rpg.
Ahlin graduated from Anderson University in 2013 and it is her fifth season as a professional player.

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Coach Jens Tillman (ex Lulea Basket) joins PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) agreed terms with 47-year old Swedish coach Jens Tillman. He has coached for the last three seasons at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. He helped them to win the Damligan title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Coach of the Year. Tillman used to coach Swedish Women U20 National Team back in 2015.
He has coached also professionally for other Swedish teams like Mark and BG Lulea.

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  TURKEY  


Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. inks Cansu Koksal - by Eurobasket News

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) agreed terms with 23-year old international small forward Cansu Koksal (185-94, agency: GoaBasket). She has played for the last two seasons at Galatasaray in the KBSL. But in 11 Eurocup games she had just 1.8ppg and 2.1rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Koksal was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 3rd Team back in 2010.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Koksal has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2014.
She also represented Turkey at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Koksal has played previously for three other teams: Fenerbahce, Kocaeli and Fenerbahce.

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Samsun lands Yasemin Dalgalar - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) tabbed 29-year old international forward Yasemin Dalgalar (183-88). She played most recently at Edirne Bld. Edirnespor in the TKBL. In 17 games she averaged 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season. Dalgalar also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (14-15) season she played at Besiktas. In 28 games she recorded 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. Dalgalar also played 10 games in Eurocup where she got 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg.
Among other achievements her team made it to the TKBL Semifinals in 2013. Dalgalar received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TBBL All-Newcomers Team award back in 2008.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Dalgalar has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
She also represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Dalgalar has played previously for three other teams: Fenerbahce, Abdullah Gul and Adana ASKI Mersin.

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Samsun welcomes back Murphy - by Lior Hai

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) landed 32-year old Montenegrin ex-international swingman Eshaya Murphy (181-74kg-85, college: USC). It is actually her comeback to Samsun as she has played here before. Murphy played in the summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 9 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg. The last season Murphy played at Canik Belediyesi Samsun where in 8 Eurocup games she had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg.
In 2007 Murphy was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former University of Southern California staris in her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Murphy won WNBA championship title in 2014. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Murphy represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 16.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Murphy is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Murphy has played previously professionally in France (Bourges), Greece, Puerto Rico (Tigres and Piratas), Russia (Dynamo Kursk), WNBA (Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida, Ros Casares and Joventud Mariana) and Turkey (Galatasaray).

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Turkey U16 wins the 29th edition of Reze International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 wins Reze International Tournament with 8 participating teams. In the Final game Turkey U16 beat China U16 61-54. Zeynep Gul (190-F/C-01) was named MVP of the tournament.
At first Turkey U16 overcame Selection France 89-70, but then lost to Argentina 57-60. In Day 3 Turkey U16 rolled over Belarus U16 83-69.



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  WNBA  


Dupree, Fever keep Sky winless at home 82-75 - by Eurobasket News

Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple, agency: ProDep Management) scored 17 points, Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, college: Arizona St., agency: ProDep Management) had 10 points and seven assists, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 82-75 on Wednesday. Chicago has lost seven straight home games to begin the season, tying a franchise record. Erica Wheeler (5'7''-PG-91, college: Rutgers, agency: ProDep Management) made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Indiana (7-7). Tiffany Mitchell hit her first three free throws to break her own franchise record with 43 straight. The streak ended in the fourth quarter after missing her first free throw since May 17. Jessica Breland scored 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting for Chicago (3-11). Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) added 13 points and Imani Boyette (6'7''-C-94, college: Texas) had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:31 left in the fourth. Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92, college: Connecticut), averaging 12.8 points per game, did not play due to an illness. Chicago outrebounded Indiana 48-25 but turned it over 17 times and only made one 3-pointer.
Courtesy of: nationalpost.com