EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/15/2017 4:04:05 AM

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  ABA  



Two other teams added to ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has added other two teams for the upcoming season
One is the NEPA Stars & Stripes located in Wilkes-Barre PA. "This is another great team in our Chesapeake Division, stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "Isiah 'Ike' Walker has terrific experience on an off the court and really understand what it takes to be successful. Very pleased to have Isiah in the ABA."
For more information, email starsandstripesbball@gmail.com, or call 570 281 2808. The team website will be available shortly.
The second new team is named Outtatowners New England "This has been a remarkable year for expansion," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "But not totally unexpected. We've made it easier to own and operate an ABA team than any other and we do provide the best business plan in professional sports. A tough combination to beat."
Owner/coach Jarren Smif returns for a second season having coached another ABA team last season. The Outtatowners will be based out of Framingham MA and will play in the Northeast Division. For more information, email smifuniversity@gmail.com or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Mauritius - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mauritius - Mozambique 28-94
Mozambique thumped Mauritius to secure the first victory in Group A. Bryan Ricotso (02) posted 15 points to lead the winning side. Mozambique established a 49:10 halftime advantage. They never looked back en route to the win. Clayton Clemente (01) and Ndzengo Buvana (01) had 10 points each in the victory. Hermann Camal (01) and Nevish Doorghen (02) responded with 8 points each for Mauritius.

Tunisia - Mali 40-61
Mali overcame Tunisia in the opener. Siriman Kanoute (01) posted 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Mali grabbed a 37:28 halftime lead. They held Tunisia to just 12 points in the second half and marched to the winning outcome. Oumar Ballo (204-C-02) provided 20 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Faiez Ghomrassi (01) responded with 14 points for Tunisia.

Group B
Egypt - Madagascar 117-63
Egypt defeated Madagascar for the opening victory at the championship. Momen Hassan (01) came up with 19 points, 6 steals and 5 boards for the winning side. Egypt used a 31:9 run in the second term to ensure a 31-point halftime lead. They sank 61 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Ahmed Saed (01) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Marco Rakotovao (01) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals for Madagascar.

Rwanda - Algeria 39-61
Algeria cruised past Rwanda to open win count in Mauritius. Amir Bouzidi (01) netted 16 points and made 7 steals to pace the winning side. Algeria established a 31:11 halftime advantage. They protected the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Ouail Gadaoui (01) secured 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Thierry Nkundwa (01) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for Rwanda.




Results and Stats from Day 2 in Mauritius - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Tunisia - Mauritius 83-20
Tunisia overcame Mauritius for the opening victory in Group A. Mohamed Mnafedh (01) came up with 18 points to lead the charge. Tunisia accumulated a 35:6 halftime lead. They kept the hosts at bay throughout the second half and marched to an easy victory. Bouraoui Gahbiche (01) notched 15 points for the winners. Nevish Doorghen (02) responded with 10 points and 7 boards for Mauritius.

Mali - Mozambique 108-51
Mali recorded the second straight win in Mauritius. They edged Mozambique to remain undefeated. Fousseny Dieng (01) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Mali silenced their opponents in the first half. They went on a 58:16 run to clear off for good. Fousseyni Traore (02) had 16 points and 10 boards in the victory. Angelo Macie (01) responded with 9 points for Mozambique.

Group B
Algeria - Madagascar 60-59
Algeria nipped Madagascar to remain perfect in Group B action. Amir Bouzidi (01) stepped up with 14 points and 9 boards for the winners. Algeria accumulated a 29:22 halftime lead. Madagascar went on a strong comeback rally in the second half but stopped just short of victory. Ouail Gadaoui (01) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Marco Rakotovao (01) and Olivier Jaoravo (01) replied with 12 points apiece for Madagascar.

Rwanda - Egypt 45-101
Egypt ensured the second straight win in Group B. They stormed past Rwanda behind 17 points from Momen Hassan (01). Egypt built a 51:24 halftime advantage. They limited Rwanda to just 21 points in the second half and rolled to the victory. Aly Khalifa (201-F-01) and Omar Morsy (01) accounted for 12 points each in the win. Jean Umuhoza (01) responded with 13 points and 7 steals for Rwanda.




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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Confirms Seven Countries to participate in this year's LIBA Tournament - by Eurobasket News

After announcing that this year's Under 20 Male Leeward Islands Basketball Tournament (LIBA) will be hosted in Antigua under the auspices of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA), President of the ABBA, Daryll Matthew, affirms that seven (7) teams are confirmed to participate in the upcoming tournament slated for the 23rd to 27th of August 2017. Including host country Antigua, the other countries due to partake in the youth summer tournament are Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, and St. Maarten.
In an earlier statement, it was emphasized that the vision of ABBA was promoting and developing youth basketball in Antigua and Barbuda, which resulted in the Association opting to host this year's youth tournament. Over the five-day period, during which the competition will be held, will be an exciting time for the sub-region, as the association intends to make these championships the most exciting for all participants, and patrons alike. In 2015, Antigua captured third place in the U-20 Male LIBA Tournament held in Montserrat.
This year, the tournament will be held at the JSC Sports Complex from August 23rd to 27th. As the Association continues to undergo its preparations for the upcoming tournament over the next few weeks, an appeal is being made to all stakeholders, and the general public to support the young men, and by extension, the Association, in an effort to heighten the awareness and create excitement for this year's U-20 Male LIBA Tournament.
Courtesy of: antiguabasketball.com



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  ARGENTINA  


Argentino lands Guido Mariani - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) tabbed 23-year old swingman Guido Mariani (193-94). He has played for the last two years at Parque Sur (TNA). In 41 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mariani played at Hikkaduwa Milano Wildcats in Italian Serie A2 where in two games he had 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.5spg.
He won TNA Center South Regular Season in 2017.
And here thanks to pro basketball Mariani experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Mariani has played previously professionally also in Italy (Latina Basket) and Argentina (Lanus and Atenas MNDZ).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Cotton is back at Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Perth Wildcats (NBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Bryce Cotton (185-75kg-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports). It is actually his comeback to Perth Wildcats as he has played here before. Cotton was about to sign at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
The most of last season he spent at Perth Wildcats where in 16 NBL games he was the best scorer with impressive 23.1ppg and averaged 3.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg (in top 5). Cotton helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played earlier that season for Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL. In 7 games he was the best scorer with 10.4ppg and had 1.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). Cotton also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg.
Cotton's career allowed him to visit four different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. Cotton has played previously professionally in China (Xinjiang Flying Tige), NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended Providence College until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  AUSTRIA  


Wels add Wilson to their roster - by Stefan Prager

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (A Bundesliga) added 23-year old American guard Elijah Wilson (193-93kg-94) to their roster. He just graduated from Co.Carolina (NCAA). Wilson has played there for the last four years. In 38 games last season he out up 13.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. Wilson is the first young new import player for the new founded Flyers.
Wilson won the Big South Conference tournament in 2014 & 2015 and made it to NCAA Tournament twice. He was voted Big South All Tournament MVP in 2015.

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Csebits
Oscar Schmit
Elijah Wilson

Forwards:
Davor Lamesic
Erwin Zulic

Coach: Sebastian Waser

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Umana Venezia lands Mitchell Watt, ex Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) tabbed 28-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-102kg-89, college: Buffalo). He played most recently at Al Ahli in UAE D1 league. Watt also played that season for Juvecaserta where in 30 Serie A games he averaged 14.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.8bpg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Watt won Balkan League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Watt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nes Ziona), NBA (Golden State Warriors) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Watt attended University of Buffalo until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone

Forwards:
Mitchell Watt
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



Dejan Kravic (ex Cretan Kings) agreed terms with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Canadian-Bosnian power forward Dejan Kravic (211-109kg-90, college: Texas Tech). He played most recently at Cretan Kings in Greek A1 league. In 13 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kravic played at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie where in 34 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Kravic also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 11.2rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 2.0bpg.
Kravic has played also professionally in Canada (Lions).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Basic-Fit Brussels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guy Muya
Domien Loubry
Augustas Peciukevicius
K.T. Harrell
Niels Foerts

Forwards:
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Osvaldas Matulionis
Jeremy Simmons
Maxime Depuydt

Center:
Dejan Kravic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Strasbourg signs Zack Wright - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old Bosnian international guard Zack Wright (191-95kg-85, college: of Central Missouri). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Wright played last season at AS Monaco Basket (ProA). In 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the cup. Wright also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 1st Team.
Wright ended the previous (2015-16) season at Avtodor in Russian league. In 13 VTB United League games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year he spent at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 15 Eurocup games he got 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. Wright also played 22 games in ABA League where he got 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg.
Wright is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets and SG Braunschweig), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK), Greece (Panathinaikos and Cretan Kings), Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Chalon/Saor) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
Wright attended of Central Missouri until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  BELGIUM  


Dejan Kravic (ex Cretan Kings) agreed terms with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Canadian-Bosnian power forward Dejan Kravic (211-109kg-90, college: Texas Tech). He played most recently at Cretan Kings in Greek A1 league. In 13 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kravic played at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie where in 34 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Kravic also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 11.2rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 2.0bpg.
Kravic has played also professionally in Canada (Lions).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Basic-Fit Brussels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guy Muya
Domien Loubry
Augustas Peciukevicius
K.T. Harrell
Niels Foerts

Forwards:
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Osvaldas Matulionis
Jeremy Simmons
Maxime Depuydt

Center:
Dejan Kravic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Antwerp signs Lee just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 22-year old American point guard Paris Lee (183-84kg-95, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from Illinois State University (NCAA). Lee has played there for the last four years. In 34 games he had 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg last season. Lee helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NIT Sweet 16. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-MVC Player of the Year, All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-MVC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn

Center:
Ismael Bako

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BOLIVIA  


Eliezer Montano (ex Panteras) joins Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91). He played last season at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB league. In 13 games he had 3.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg. Montano also spent pre-season at Bucaneros (also in LPB) that year.

He helped his team to make it to the Venezuelan LNB Semifinals in 2016.

Montano has played previously professionally in Venezuela (Marinos, Toros, Araguenos and Marinos) and Bolivia (Univ.Domingo, CAN Oruro and Derecho).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bolivia



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  BOSNIA  


Dejan Kravic (ex Cretan Kings) agreed terms with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Basic-Fit Brussels (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Canadian-Bosnian power forward Dejan Kravic (211-109kg-90, college: Texas Tech). He played most recently at Cretan Kings in Greek A1 league. In 13 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kravic played at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie where in 34 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.8bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Kravic also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 11.2rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 2.0bpg.
Kravic has played also professionally in Canada (Lions).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Basic-Fit Brussels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guy Muya
Domien Loubry
Augustas Peciukevicius
K.T. Harrell
Niels Foerts

Forwards:
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Osvaldas Matulionis
Jeremy Simmons
Maxime Depuydt

Center:
Dejan Kravic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Strasbourg signs Zack Wright - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old Bosnian international guard Zack Wright (191-95kg-85, college: of Central Missouri). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Wright played last season at AS Monaco Basket (ProA). In 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the cup. Wright also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 1st Team.
Wright ended the previous (2015-16) season at Avtodor in Russian league. In 13 VTB United League games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year he spent at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 15 Eurocup games he got 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. Wright also played 22 games in ABA League where he got 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg.
Wright is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets and SG Braunschweig), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK), Greece (Panathinaikos and Cretan Kings), Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Chalon/Saor) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
Wright attended of Central Missouri until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  BRUNEI  


MK Cup championship to bring exciting spectacle - by Eurobasket News

THIS year's MK Group Cup Basketball Championship held in conjunction with the 71st Birthday Celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is building up its reputation as the biggest basketball tournament of the year with five participating teams getting import players from overseas. The championship is set to tip off July 16 at the Brunei Basketball Association's Court in Batu Bersurat. One of the first imports who arrived early to train with team Street Roc is seven-footer Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA), from the United States who had played for the LA Lakers in the D league in 2009-2010. Led by Coach Pong Bing Chau , Maxim Yap Chun Siong and Lim ho, team Street Roc is participating for the third time and is looking to reach the semi-finals. Street Roc's lineup is made up of eight locals who are: Ching Wei Ming, Darren Yap Jenn Chyuan, Soon Kian Leong, Po Yung Hui, Han Ming Kwang, Tan Ye Wei, Lim Teck Cheng, and Tan Kah Boon. Three Filipino players RJ Lucida, Apollo Bibat and Xavier Legaspi are also in the team. In an interview with the Bulletin, Coach Pong stated the need to have a good defence and touched on how the new import can help influence the team with his experience. 'We need a big man for our team. I believe he can bring us a good defence and rebound, as well as his experience in playing at many pro leagues, we can also learn from him.' He thanked MB Star European Auto for sponsoring the team. Michael Fey, who is currently on a summer break from Thailand's Dunkin Raptor, said, 'I am really excited to come to Brunei to play basketball. This is the first time that I am here and I hope that I can help my team to win the championship.' The towering Michael Fey, who is expected to play centre, is a Lakers fan since young. He played in the D league in 2009 with Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol. 'It's the most memorable time of my time to be able to play with those basketball legends.' His advice for young players to get better at basketball is to practice hard.
Meanwhile, another American import, Nick Stover (198-F-93) is on his way to Brunei and will play for the YTE Morsjaya team. The small forward, who played against Ben Simmons of Philadelphia 76ers last year and got 13 points, said, 'I am very excited to play in Brunei for the first time and excited to travel somewhere that I've never been. I've had the luxury of being out of the country once in college for our overseas tour in Spain, but I'm extremely excited for this opportunity and have been looking forward to it.' On his game, the young forward said, 'I think my game has a lot of attributes to it and I think I can score and play defence, being a two way player is something I take pride in. I think I also bring a great amount of basketball IQ and the ability to lead a team and get my team involved and work as a group.' Recalling his achievement in the last five years, he said, 'I finished high school with two state championships and one CIF championship. I was recruited by many different universities around the nation and later chose Loyola Marymount University which is in my hometown in Los Angeles, California. 'Second year, (we) went back to the semifinals and lost to BYU. After that I was transferred to the University of South Alabama for my last two years, where I was the third leading scorer on the team and shot 46 from the field and 38 from three,' Stover said. Nick Stover six feet six inches in height, is a very versatile and competitive basketball player. 'I am a very charismatic individual and enjoy playing basketball and having fun with it as well. I love to win and I'm very competitive no matter what it comes to. I have played many positions throughout my career so I'm a versatile player. I'm excited for the journey ahead of me and looking forward to having a great career.'
Courtesy of: borneobulletin.com.bn



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  CANADA  


Scandone Avellino adds Scrubb to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian international forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91kg-91). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. Scrubb played last season at Giessen 46ers in German BBL league. In 18 games he had 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 3).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Joensuun_Kataja in Finnish Korisliiga where in 40 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. Scrubb helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Scrubb also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg.
Scrubb represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Canada (Ravens).

Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo

Forwards:
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Debreceni Egyetem keeps Jones for another season - by Eurobasket News

Debreceni Egyetem (NB I. B) re-signed 26-year old Canadian point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91, college: Ryerson). He played there last season. Jones managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He also played that season for TLU/Kalev in Estonian Alexela KML where in 6 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Jones also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.0apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-OUA 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jones represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg.
Jones has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Basketbal Svitavy).
He attended Ryerson College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Hungary



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  CHINA  


NBL Round 9: Guizhou loses to Henan - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise took place in Henan where host Henan (7-2) beat league's leader Guizhou (6-3) 110-104 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guizhou. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Guizhou trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 33-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 104-110 at the end of the game. Henan had a 40-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Guizhou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Henan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Guizhou at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Henan. Guizhou will play next round against Luoyang trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Henan will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Fujian in Fuzhou.
Another exciting game was between fifth ranked Hunan and 4th placed Guangxi where Hunan (6-3) beat Guangxi (5-4) on the road 108-95. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a good game for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Arinze Onuaku contributed with 20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for Guangxi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hunan moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangxi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hunan will play against Lhasa (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangxi will play against Beijing (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-74 loss to ninth ranked Chongqing (5-4) in Nanjin on Friday evening. Yuanbo Zhu stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Tujun Shen with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chongqing have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings with nine games lost. Chongqing will meet Anhui (#7) on the road in the next round. Dongbu will play against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Hebei X. (#12) forced the game against Fujian (#6) into an overtime, but lost by six points 120-126. The game took place in Hebei. But the guests from Fuzhou were better at the end. LaQuinton Ross nailed a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 24 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fujian (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hebei X. at the other side keeps the twelfth position with six games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Beijing, where higher ranked Anhui (5-4) lost to eleventh ranked Beijing (4-5) in a road game 107-122 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anhui. The best player for the winners was Michael Holyfield who had a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!), 28 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 22-of-26 shooting from the field). Beijing's coach ShuMin Gao used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Beijing moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lhasa. Loser Anhui dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Beijing will face higher ranked Guangxi (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 9 Lhasa was defeated by Luoyang in a road game 114-109. Shaanxi W. smashed Jiangsu L. at home 114-92.

Dongbu - Chongqing 74-85

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-74 loss to ninth ranked Chongqing (5-4) in Nanjin on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing. Dongbu managed to win fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dongbu 47-31 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Yuanbo Zhu stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) with 18 points and forward QinShuo Deng (205-92) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chongqing have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings with nine games lost. Chongqing will meet Anhui (#7) on the road in the next round. Dongbu will play against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chongqing: Z.Yuanbo 22+17reb+3ast, K.Vladyslav 16+9reb, L.Yao 13+4reb+3ast, L.Zongyuan 10+1ast, W.Yang 9+3ast, L.Jiayuan 4+2reb+3ast
Dongbu: S.Tujun 18+3reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 11+2reb+3ast, J.Yi 10+4reb+2ast, S.Boyin 9+4reb, W.Chen 9+4reb+1ast, Z.MengLong 8+2reb
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Luoyang - Lhasa 114-109

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Luoyang and 8th ranked Lhasa had identical 4-4 record. This time Luoyang used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lhasa 114-109 on Friday night. Lhasa trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 38-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 109-114 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Lhasa 56-44 including 20 on the offensive glass. Luoyang looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Lhasa's players. Lhasa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who had a double-double by scoring 52 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 8 assists. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and the other American import center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) added 21 points and 20 rebounds respectively. Four Luoyang and five Lhasa players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Luoyang (5-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Lhasa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Luoyang will face higher ranked Guizhou (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lhasa will play against Hunan (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Luoyang: S.Russ 52+10reb+8ast, M.Ater 18+18reb+2ast, Q.Wenhan 15+7reb+10ast, Z.Ye 11+3reb, G.Han 4+2ast, S.Jianguo 4+2reb+1ast
Lhasa: J.Dominique 36+6reb+2ast, K.Jonathan 21+20reb, Z.Zhennan 12+4reb+2ast, Y.Zhiyong 11+1reb+1ast, D.ZhiMing 11+1ast, C.Jinlong 4+3reb
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Guangxi - Hunan 95-108

Another exciting game was between fifth ranked Hunan and 4th placed Guangxi where Hunan (6-3) beat Guangxi (5-4) on the road 108-95. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hunan. Guangxi was better in fourth quarter 36-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Guangxi's 32. It was a good game for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 blocks in the effort for Guangxi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hunan moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangxi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hunan will play against Lhasa (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangxi will play against Beijing (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hunan: T.Dar 27+14reb+2ast, Z.Wei 23+9reb+3ast, O.Arinze 20+16reb+5ast, Z.ChaoLong 14+4reb+1ast, P.Jiaxin 8+1reb+1ast, Z.Yaosheng 8+2reb
Guangxi: M.Kevin 44+13reb+3ast, A.Isaiah 18+8reb+2ast, J.Le 12+8reb+3ast, L.Jiawei 11, Y.Kai 5+4reb+1ast, C.Keliang 3+4reb+1ast
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Henan - Guizhou 110-104

The biggest surprise took place in Henan where host Henan (7-2) beat league's leader Guizhou (6-3) 110-104 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guizhou. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Guizhou trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 33-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 104-110 at the end of the game. Henan had a 40-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Guizhou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. Four Henan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Henan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Guizhou at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Henan. Guizhou will play next round against Luoyang trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Henan will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Fujian in Fuzhou.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 27+9reb+1ast, W.Longfei 27+6reb, O.Chris 20+22reb+1ast, J.Yuxing 11+2reb+4ast, C.Yuhan 9+4reb+1ast, L.PengPeng 8+1reb+1ast
Guizhou: M.James 41+16reb+1ast, L.Mark 35+6reb+7ast, L.MingHao 9+7reb+1ast, S.Haijiang 8+4reb, L.Xu 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Bo 3+1reb
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Hebei X. - Fujian 120-126 OT

Hebei X. (#12) forced the game against Fujian (#6) into an overtime, but lost by six points 120-126. The game took place in Hebei. But the guests from Fuzhou were better at the end. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 32-31 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 20-14. Fujian made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Hebei X. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-92, college: Ohio St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 24 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) accounted for 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) added 29 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks respectively for Hebei X. in the defeat. Five Fujian and four Hebei X. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Fujian (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hebei X. at the other side keeps the twelfth position with six games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fujian: R.LaQuinton 38+24reb+6ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 32+8reb+7ast, Y.Wenbo 17+1reb+4ast, H.Yan 14+4reb, L.Ming-Yu 13+5reb, Z.Shu 6+4reb
Hebei X.: C.Brandon 47+19reb+3ast, S.Shannon 29+18reb+5ast, L.Yannan 15+4reb, S.Xuepeng 15+3reb+2ast, G.Yao 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Heng 4+4reb
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Shaanxi W. - Jiangsu L. 114-92

No shocking result in a game in Xian where third ranked Shaanxi W. (6-3) smashed 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-8) 114-92 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Jiangsu L. was better in fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shaanxi W. forced 24 Jiangsu L. turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Five Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward MingYang Gao (196-88) added 23 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shaanxi W. moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Jiangsu L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Shaanxi W. will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jiangsu L. will play on the road against Hebei X. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 32+6reb+4ast, G.Charles 27+11reb+1ast, J.JunQi 11+2reb, L.XiaoPeng 11+3reb+2ast, G.Yan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Daqiang 9+1reb
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 23+14reb, G.MingYang 23+3reb+3ast, W.Peng 20+4reb, X.Shiwei 9+3reb, W.Xing Chen 9+4reb+4ast, G.Wei 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548503


Beijing - Anhui 122-107

We should mention about the upset which took place in Beijing, where higher ranked Anhui (5-4) lost to eleventh ranked Beijing (4-5) in a road game 107-122 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anhui. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Beijing dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Anhui's 58 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Anhui 50-23 including a 33-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beijing looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) who had a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!), 28 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 22-of-26 shooting from the field). Wei Zheng chipped in 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Beijing's coach ShuMin Gao used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded 44 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals and guard Yong Zhang (198-88) added 15 points respectively. Four Anhui players scored in double figures. Beijing moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lhasa. Loser Anhui dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Beijing will face higher ranked Guangxi (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 53+28reb+1ast, Z.Wei 35+7reb+3ast, W.Marquis 10+6reb+9ast, Z.JunXiong 8+2reb+2ast, C.Zexu 6+2ast, L.Yunan 4+1reb
Anhui: G.Jonathan 44+3reb+5ast, Z.Yong 15+4reb+2ast, L.Jian 12+6reb+2ast, S.Kun 10+1reb, G.Shunjie 9+2ast, C.Shouwei 7+1reb+1ast
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Chinese NBL round 8 best performance: Kevin Murphy - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Kevin Murphy (196-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guangxi, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 58 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Luoyang (#10, 4-4) 134-129. Guangxi is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangxi will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Murphy had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Guangxi, through which he has constantly improved. Former Tennessee Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Murphy is in league's top in points (2nd best: 47.5ppg) and averages impressive 59.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 62 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Luoyang lost that game 129-134 to the higher-ranked Guangxi (#4, 5-3). This loss caused Luoyang to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Luoyang and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 59.5ppg (#1). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Guangxi's star - American center Isaiah Austin (216-C-93). Austin got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds . He was another key player of Guangxi, helping his team with a 134-129 win against the lower-ranked Luoyang (#10, 4-4). Guangxi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. The season just started for Austin as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing - 39 points and 15 rebounds
5. Yaoyang Guo) of Chongqing - 37 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou - 33 points and 15 rebounds
7. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 21 points, 30 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Nunnally (203-F-86) of Jiangsu L. - 34 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87) of Lhasa - 43 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Henan - 22 points and 19 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon GIVENS
  Piratas
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Givens, Piratas23.6 
 2. Crawford, Aguilas22.8 
 3. Ortiz, Fast Break22.0 
 4. Smith, Sabios21.6 
 5. Coombs, Sabios19.1 
 6. Roberson, Condores18.5 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.0 
 8. McCoy, Condores15.9 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.15.9 
 10. Bivins, Aguilas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.10.4 
 2. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 3. Perez, Academia9.9 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 5. Almanza, Condores9.7 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.5 
 7. Julio, Fast Break7.9 
 8. Coombs, Sabios7.4 
 9. Jones, Sabios7.2 
 10. Quinones, Academia7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Murray, Academia5.9 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas5.3 
 3. McCoy, Condores5.3 
 4. Smith, Sabios5.2 
 5. Granados, Academia4.6 
 6. Coombs, Sabios4.5 
 7. Caicedo, Cimar.4.4 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones4.3 
 9. Crawford, Aguilas3.5 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.4 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break1.9 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.1.8 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 7. Crawford, Aguilas1.6 
 8. McCoy, Condores1.5 
 9. Velandia, Aguilas1.4 
 10. Blandon, Sabios1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Perez, Academia1.6 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 4. Crawford, Aguilas1.2 
 5. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.1 
 6. Givens, Piratas0.9 
 7. Quinones, Academia0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 9. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 10. Bermudez, Condores0.7 


PBD Round 23: Academia rolls over Piratas by 40 points - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Academia (14-9) and 5th ranked Piratas (9-14) in Montana on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Academia outscored guests from Bogota 117-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. The game without a history. Academia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 44. Academia forced 21 Piratas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Piratas' players. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 assists. Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Piratas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-9 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Academia are again looking forward to face Piratas (#6) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 23 bottom-ranked Aguilas were smashed by Cimarrones on the road 83-59.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Jose Rodriguez of Cimarrones.

Cimarrones - Aguilas 83-59

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Cimarrones (12-7) crushed bottom-ranked Patriotas (5-18) in Quibdo-Choco 83-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Cimarrones. Patriotas managed to win third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Patriotas to just 7 points in second quarter. Cimarrones forced 26 Patriotas turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American Karl Moore (203-87, college: Culver Stockton) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) added 22 points in the effort for Patriotas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-7 record having eight points less than leader Fast Break. Patriotas lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Cimarrones are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Patriotas (#8) in Boyaca in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Patriotas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: A.Carraway 27+3reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 26+10reb+5ast, J.Hernandez 12+14reb, L.Cardona 9+7reb+1ast, D.Hinestroza 4+1reb, E.Moreno 3+5reb+2ast
Aguilas: K.Moore 23+9reb, R.Crawford 22+3reb, F.Sandidge 8+12reb+4ast, O.Fonseca 2+2reb+1ast, J.Pardo 2+3reb+3ast, S.Maturana 2+4reb
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Academia - Piratas 117-77

The game between second ranked Academia (14-9) and 5th ranked Piratas (9-14) in Montana on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Academia outscored guests from Bogota 117-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. The game without a history. Academia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 44. Academia forced 21 Piratas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Piratas' players. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 assists. Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Academia players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Neicer Lozano added 19 points in the effort for Piratas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-9 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Academia are again looking forward to face Piratas (#6) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Academia: S.Granados 23+2reb+8ast, T.Murray 18+8reb+6ast, G.Diaz 14+4reb+2ast, O.Balbuena 13+3reb+2ast, B.Aguaslimpias 12+8reb+5ast, D.Perez 12+5reb+5ast
Piratas: N.Lozano 19+4reb, B.Givens 18+7reb+2ast, D.Hernandez 12+1reb+5ast, J.Mendoza 9+3reb+2ast, J.Medina 7+6reb+2ast, C.Rodriguez 6+4reb+1ast
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Zadar extends coach Aramis Naglic for one season - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar have extended the contract of their head coach Aramis Naglic for the upcoming season 2017-18. Naglic took over Zadar in January and avoid relegation from the ABA League.
Naglic made his coaching debut with Croatian A2 League side Goranin Delnice in 2007, coached Crkivenica and Kvarner 2010 before taking over Inter Bratislava which he led to the 2013 Slovak League title. He also coached Skrljevo in Croatian A1 League.
Before that he was a star player over 20 seasons with Rijeka, Split, Cibona and Zadar in Croatia, Venezia in Italy, Slovakofarma Pezinok in Slovakia, Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria.,
His most important trophies as a player are the silver medal with the Croatia national team at the 1992 Olympics Games and two Euroleague titles with Split.



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BK Pardubice keeps Burnett for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) re-signed 25-year old American forward Dominez Burnett (196-91kg-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He was a team leader there last season. In 43 NBL games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Burnett also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 18.7ppg and recorded 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. Burnett's team was regular season runner-up in Czech Republic League.
Among other achievements he received All-NAIA D2 Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Burnett graduated from Davenport University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A 6'5" big point guard with good size 200lbs who can equally play the shooting and swing position well. A solid defender and crafty at finishing toward the basket. A player who dribbles and finishes well with both the left and the right hand. Loves to pass as much as score. Talented enough to be a surprise player and have an outstanding career in Europe or the NBA.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siska re-signs at BK Decin - by Eurobasket News

BK Armex Decin (NBL) confirmed in their roster 24-year old point guard Ondrej Siska (190-95kg-93). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 45 NBL games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg last season. Siska played in the final of Czech Republic League for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
He was selected to Czech Republic NBL All-Star Game in 2015.
Siska represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg.
Siska has played previously for three other teams: JBC MMCITE Brno 2nd team, BK Prostejov B and MMCITE Brno.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Suero, Indios SFM27.6 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.9 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.9 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.19.1 
 7. Santana, Titanes .19.0 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.7 
 10. Freeman, Caner.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.6 
 2. Williams, Titanes .10.0 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.6 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.5 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD7.7 
 7. Vargas, Metros S.7.5 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.3 
 9. Hall, Soles SD6.9 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. De-Leon, Metros S.5.5 
 3. Soliman, Caner.5.4 
 4. Miller, Leones SD5.3 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM5.3 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM3.7 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.3.7 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD3.6 
 10. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.1 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.1.8 
 4. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 5. Jones, Huracanes PP1.7 
 6. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. De-Leon, Metros S.1.4 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
 10. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.4 
 2. Nunez, Metros S.1.4 
 3. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 5. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 7. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 
 8. Williams, Titanes .0.9 
 9. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Rose, Huracanes PP0.7 



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B.Muenchen tabs Milan Macvan - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) inked 28-year old Serbian international power forward Milan Macvan (206-118kg-89). He has played for the last two years at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 31 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg last season. Macvan helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Macvan also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Macvan received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Macvan has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Macvan's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.7%.
Macvan has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Turkey (Galatasaray) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Macvan fits the mold of a typical European big man ... He is very skilled big man with high basketball IQ and size for his position ... Has ability to play effectively on the low post and take advantage of his size against smaller defenders./not afraid of banging on the post in order to get good position ... He likes turning to his left shoulder and use right hand baby-hook ... Passes the ball well of the post/very unselfish player that will find teammates open if he is double-teamed.
Lack of athleticism and explosiveness for NBA ... Struggles guarding quicker and more athletic players than him ... Macvan has to improve his lateral quickness and hedge on screens/doesn't recover back quick enough
.

FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Milan Macvan
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gran Canaria inks Gal Mekel, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) signed 29-year old Israeli international point guard Gal Mekel (190-87kg-88, college: Wichita State, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 33 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.0apg. Mekel helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Mekel also played 22 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mekel was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In four Euroleague games he averaged 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He also played 9 games in ABA League where he got 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.0spg.
Mekel 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 won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2010 and 2013. Mekel was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year in 2013 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Mekel has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Mekel is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Mekel attended Wichita State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: One of the most improving European PGs, he has yet upside. Great court vision and quickness, has leadership and passing skills at Euroleague level.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Gal Mekel
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley
Marcus Eriksson

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks
Luke Fischer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darjus Lavrinovic re-signs at Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) confirmed in their roster experienced 38-year old international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-106kg-79). He played there last season. In 36 LKL games he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Lavrinovic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Lavrinovic played at Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A. In 37 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. Lavrinovic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he got 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2014. Lavrinovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Lavrinovic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 6.8ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 80.0%.
Lavrinovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan), Spain (Real Madrid), Turkey (Fenerbahce), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Dzukija) and Ukraine (Budivelnyk).
Lavrinovic is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Lietkabelis.
On Lavrinovic: Tall player, but not enough strong to play against other athletic centers. Quick. Runs the floor very well. Not very stable performance. He's now a very experienced player who can read well any game situation and has developed a good leadership on the court.

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Gintaras Leonavicius

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietkabelis keep Ksistof Lavrinovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) re-signed experienced 38-year old former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-105kg-79). He played there last season. In 48 LKL games he averaged 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. Lavrinovic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Lavrinovic also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Lavrinovic played at Lietuvos rytas. In 43 LKL games he recorded 7.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Lavrinovic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Lavrinovic won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Lavrinovic represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg.
Lavrinovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow, Ural Great and Unics Kazan), Spain (Valencia Basket), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Dzukija) and Italy (Grissin Bon RE and Mens Sana 1871 Siena).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Lietkabelis.
Let's have closer look into Lavrinovic's outlook: Expected till the teenage to become better than his twin brother, has delivered so much that he was offered a contract by the NBA Toronto Raptors in 2004. Has a great body, good hands, solid defensive and offensive skills. Can be considered the prototype of a modern big man, who can spend time at the 4 position (good outside shot !) and at the 5 too (tough inside, not afraid of contacts).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B.Muenchen adds Jovic to their roster, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) added to their roster 27-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Jovic (198-90). He has played for the last three seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Jovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 13 KLS games he recorded 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.5apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Jovic also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. And finally he contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg (top 4) and 1.1spg. Jovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jovic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2014 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Jovic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg.
Jovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Zdravlje, Sloga and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac.

FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Errick McCollum agreed terms with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) from Galatasaray. In 12 BSL games in Turkey he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg last season. McCollum also played that season for Fly Dragons in Chinese CBA where in 36 games he was second best scorer with impressive 37.5ppg and had 6.4rpg, 3.7apg and 2.3spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements McCollum's team made it to the Turkish League Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year award in 2016.
Thanks to McCollum's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). McCollum has played previously professionally in Greece (Panionios and Apollon Patras), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and GreenTops Netanya) and China (Golden Bulls).
He attended Goshen College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krunoslav Simon
Birkan Batuk
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv tabs Pierre Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 26-year old American point guard Pierre Jackson (180-82kg-91, college: Baylor). The last season Jackson played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 28 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.7apg and 1.9spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to D-League All-Star Game.
In 2013 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). Jackson attended Baylor University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NIT championship title in 2013. Jackson received also USBWA All-District VII Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Jackson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Jackson's game is described as: An energetic PG who loves to create out from the dribble. He can be unstoppable when he goes inside and can be effective at the defensive side too.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Neven Spahija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona adds Oriola to their roster - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 25-year old power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92). He played last season at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). In 41 games he recorded 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg. Oriola helped them to win the league title. He also played 23 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Oriola played at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Oriola represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 3.5rpg.
Oriola has played previously for three other teams: Magia_Huesca, La ICL Manresa and Lleida_Basquet.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Heurtel
Rakim Sanders
Shane Larkin

Forwards:
Adam Hanga
Adrien Moerman

Center:
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darussafaka signs JaJuan Johnson, ex MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) signed 28-year old American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-100kg-89, college: Purdue). He has played for the last two seasons at MIA-RO Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and averaged 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he had very remarkable stats: 18.0ppg and 8.2rpg (#4 in the league). Johnson also played 9 games in VTB United League where he recorded high stats: 19.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2011 Johnson was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (27th overall). He attended Purdue University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-Big Ten Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Johnson has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), NBA (Houston Rockets), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge) and Turkey (Besiktas).
He could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man. Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is
.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forward:
JaJuan Johnson

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fenerbahce inks Marko Guduric, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) signed 22-year old Serbian international shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Guduric managed to play in three leagues last year. In 19 KLS games he had 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Guduric also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg.
Guduric has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Guduric also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 52.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 73.1%.
Guduric has played also professionally in Serbia for FMP Beograd.

Fenerbahce Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sinan Guler
Bobby Dixon
Melih Mahmutoglu
Konstantinos Sloukas
Marko Guduric

Forwards:
Luigi Datome
Baris Hersek
Nicolo Melli
Nikola Kalinic

Center:
Ahmet Duverioglu

Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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James Bell (ex Hapoel Holon) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American swingman James Bell (197-100kg-92, college: Villanova). He played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In 37 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season. Bell helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Bell played at Sluc Nancy in French ProA where in 28 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg.
Bell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg.
Bell has played also professionally in Italy (Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Villanova University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Bell is described as: An explosive leaper who thrives in transition ... Offers size and a quality shooting touch from the wing spot ... Has range beyond the 3-point arc.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Division B. Day 1 in Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belgium - Poland 51-79
Poland cruised past Belgium in the opener. Daniel Golebiowski (196-SG-98) scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland established a 45:22 halftime lead. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Mikolaj Kurpisz (202-PF-98) provided 10 points in the win. Tim Lambrecht (206-F/C-98, agency: Court Side) responded with 13 points for Belgium.

Finland - Armenia 95-69
Finland rallied past Armenia to open win count at the championship. Aatu Kivimaki (186-PG-97) chipped in 26 points to lead the winners. Finland used a 27:12 run in the second term to pile up a 52:33 halftime lead. They followed with a 29:16 run in the third term to clear off for good. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) netted 18 points for the winners. Matthew Madoyan (195-F/G-97) responded with 22 points for Armenia.

Group B
United Kingdom - Holland 65-74
Netherlands defeated Great Britain in the first game at the tournament. Terrence Bieshaar (208-C-97, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Dutch side. Great Britain enjoyed a 21:13 lead after the first period. But the Dutch youngsters went on a 30:9 run in the second term to surge ahead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Emmanuel Nzekwesi (203-F) tossed in 17 points for the winning side. Carl Wheatle (196-F-98) responded with 13 points and 9 boards for Great Britain.

Azerbaijan - Russia 56-85
Russia beat Azerbaijan in Group B. Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) provided 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia accumulated a 41:26 halftime advantage. They followed with a 23:9 run in the fourth term to ice the victory. Pavel Lobarev (191-G-97) and Andrey Lopatin (208-SF-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points apiece for Russia. Jordan Davis (188-G-97) responded with 31 points and 7 boards for Azerbaijan.

Group C
Albania - Malta 92-61
Albania breezed past Malta at the start of the championship. Oresti Beli (199-PF-98) delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Albania recorded a 43:25 halftime lead. They kept Malta at bay throughout the fourth term and marched to the victory. Klein Strazimiri (185-PG-98) notched 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Albania. Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) replied with 16 points for Malta.

Georgia - Romania 51-63
Romania overcame Georgia for the opening victory in Oradea. Nandor Kuti (197-SG-97) topscored with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Romania trailed by two points at halftime 29:31. Romania however went on a 19:8 rally in the fourth term to secure the victory. Emanuel Cate (206-C-97) had 12 points and 18 boards for Romania. Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) responded with 15 points for Georgia.

Group D
Croatia - Kosovo 100-42
Croatia eased past Kosovo in Group D action. Roko Badzim (197-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up with 20 points and 8 caroms for Croatia. The winners relied on a 28:5 run in the second term to secure a 48:21 halftime advantage. Croatia finished off their opponents with a 30:0 run in the fourth term. Kresimir Radovcic (195-PG-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) tossed in 15 points for the winners. Dardan Kapiti (206-F/C-00) replied with 12 points for Kosovo.

Moldova - Ireland 65-103
Ireland stormed past Moldova to open win count in Oradea. Aidan Dunne (198-F-97) posted 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the victory. Ireland accumulated a 51:27 halftime advantage. Ireland poured in 52 points in the second half and celebrated well-deserved win. Matt Treacy (199-F-98) had 25 points in the victory. Pavel Romanov (193-F/G-97) answered with 13 points for Moldova.




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  FIBA OCEANIA U17  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kody STATTMANN
  AUS
  (194-F/G-0)
  Avg: 33
 1. Stattmann, AUS33.0 
 2. Krause, AUS22.0 
 3. Bowen, AUS19.7 
 4. Froling, AUS18.8 
 5. Tautau, SAM18.8 
 6. de-Geest, NZL17.8 
 7. Ape, SAM17.2 
 8. Macdonald, AUS16.3 
 9. Simon, GUM15.6 
 10. Teore, TAH15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melvin IXOEE
  NCA
  (195-C-0)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Ixoee, NCA13.3 
 2. Tautau, SAM11.2 
 3. Timarong, PLW11.0 
 4. Patche, NCA10.8 
 5. Aiono, SAM10.6 
 6. Froling, AUS10.3 
 7. Kunen, AUS8.3 
 8. Higgins, NZL7.8 
 9. Oswald, NZL7.8 
 10. Robertson, AUS6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sean MACDONALD
  AUS
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 7
 1. Macdonald, AUS7.0 
 2. Robertson, AUS5.8 
 3. Grape, GUM4.2 
 4. Lee, AUS4.0 
 5. Stattmann, AUS3.8 
 6. Ape, SAM3.8 
 7. Krause, AUS3.8 
 8. Froling, AUS3.8 
 9. Bowen, AUS3.7 
 10. Patche, NCA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kody STATTMANN
  AUS
  (194-F/G-0)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stattmann, AUS5.0 
 2. Bowen, AUS4.7 
 3. Ape, SAM4.2 
 4. Froling, AUS4.0 
 5. Arapoc, GUM3.6 
 6. Thunot, TAH3.3 
 7. Krause, AUS3.3 
 8. Rezzouq, TAH3.3 
 9. Macdonald, AUS3.0 
 10. Lee, AUS3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Samson FROLING
  AUS
  (207-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Froling, AUS2.0 
 2. Tautau, SAM1.8 
 3. Dalton, AUS1.8 
 4. Timarong, PLW1.0 
 5. Oswald, NZL1.0 
 6. Flavell, NZL1.0 
 7. Gibbons, PLW0.8 
 8. Vincento, SAM0.8 
 9. Teore, TAH0.8 
 10. Patche, NCA0.8 


Australia and New Zealand enter Final in Guam - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Australia - Guam 155-39
Australia outgunned Guam to enter the championship game. Kyle Bowen (200-F-00) tallied 36 points to lead the Crocs. Australia unloaded 88 points in the first half to clear off for good. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second half and rallied to a comfortable win. Kody Stattmann (194-F/G-00) had 26 points in the victory. Gabriel Simon (182-PG-00) responded with 9 points for Guam.

New Zealand - Samoa 96-58
New Zealand outgunned Samoa to reach Final in Guam. Max de Geest (183-G-00) posted 19 points to lead the winners. New Zealand secured a narrow 42:34 halftime lead. The Kiwis erupted for 54 points in the second half to ice the win. Matthew O'Connell (184-PG-00) delivered 16 points for the winners. Tumau Tautau (195-F/G-00) answered with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Samoa.




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Pyrinto keeps Kilpinen for another season - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) re-signed 24-year old point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-74kg-93). He played there last season. But in 7 Korisliiga games he averaged just 0.7ppg and 1.4rpg.
Kilpinen's team made it to the 1st Division Division A Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for BC Nokia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Jacks is a newcomer at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Jordan Jacks (196-87kg-94). He just graduated from Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2). In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg last season. Jacks helped them to win G-MAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-G-MAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Lahti Basketball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordan Jacks
Eemeli Lampen

Forward:
Hannes Koskinen

Center:
Robert Barlund

Coach: Mike Oppland

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Strasbourg signs Zack Wright - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old Bosnian international guard Zack Wright (191-95kg-85, college: of Central Missouri). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Wright played last season at AS Monaco Basket (ProA). In 34 games he had 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the cup. Wright also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 1st Team.
Wright ended the previous (2015-16) season at Avtodor in Russian league. In 13 VTB United League games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year he spent at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 15 Eurocup games he got 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. Wright also played 22 games in ABA League where he got 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg.
Wright is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets and SG Braunschweig), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK), Greece (Panathinaikos and Cretan Kings), Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Chalon/Saor) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
Wright attended of Central Missouri until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Utah Jazz waives Diaw - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) waived experienced 35-year old French international power forward Boris Diaw (203-107kg-82). Diaw played there last season. In 84 NBA games he had 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at the Spurs where in 85 NBA games he recorded 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. Diaw helped them to win the Southwest Division title.
In 2003 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (21st overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diaw was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Diaw has regularly played for French senior team since 2002 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2002.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Diaw has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez, CFBB and JSA Bordeaux) and other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets).
On Diaw: Can score and rebound. Still lacking some defense tricks, but constantly improving. Great potential. Good athlete with all around skills. Hasn't played a lot, but potential is great. Plays similar to many American players by being able to do more than just shoot or score. Recently succesfully moved to the 5 position by coach D'Antoni. Outside, he wasn' t quick enough to guard point guards and not a great shooter. Inside, he proved to be very effective defensively and also to be able to create problems offensively, with his perimeter skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucas Hergott agreed terms with St Chamond - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (ProB) inked 20-year old swingman Lucas Hergott (200-97). He has played for the last three years at Lyon-Villeurbanne in the ProA U21. But in two games he did not score anything.
Hergott represented France at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 63.6%.

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Hoyaux
Matthieu Guichard
Juwan Staten
Erwan Ruiz
Matteo Legat

Forwards:
Jean-Stephane Rinna
Tanner McGrew
Lucas Hergott
Baba Samake

Center:
Grismay Paumier

Coach: Alain Thinet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Castello tabs Alfredo Ott - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) inked experienced 34-year old American (has also French passport) guard Alfredo Ott (190-83, college: Dillard) from Melilla Baloncesto. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ott played at Cocinas.com where in 30 LEB Gold games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013. Ott received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has played previously professionally also in United Kingdom (Worthing Thunder) and Spain (Palencia_Baloncesto, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Navarra).
Ott attended Dillard University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An extremely talented guard, who can score a lot at medium European level.

TAU Castello roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alfredo Ott
Joan Faner

Forwards:
Juan Garcia
Charles Nkaloulou

Center:
Eduard Gatell

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Coach Zare Markovski (ex Scafati) joins Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News

Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with experienced 57-year old FYR Macedonian-Italian coach Zare Markovski (agency: Global Sports Plaza). He coached most recently at Givova Scafati Basket in Italian Serie A2. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markovski coached in the final of Italian SerieA in 2007. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
Markovski was coaching FYR Macedonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has coached previously professionally also in Switzerland (Lugano Tigers) and Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta, Umana Venezia and Fortituto Kontatto Bologna).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


The Dragons Rhondorf Keep Thomas Michel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Dragons Rhondorf have announced the contract extension of Thomas Michel (200-PF-95). Michel is a 22 year old 200 cm forward that is a combination of identity figure and fan favorite and will lace up his sneakers for a fourth year with the team. He already played 6 Pro B games for Rhondorf in the 2012-2013 season before moving to the Telekom Baskets where he played in the BBL briefly and fmostly or their Regionaliga team Telekom Baskets Bonn 2. He returned back to Rhondorf in 2015 and last season improved his stats with Rhondorf playing 21 games averaging 6.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 68.8%.

"I have known Thomas for a while and respect his versatility at both ends of the court. Now he needs to take even more responsibilty and bring his strengths more consistently. He has shown in our talks that he can do that and I am sure he will make another step in his development through a bigger role", stressed head coach Thomas Adelt. Last season the German scored in double figures in five games including a 15 point game against PS Karlsruhe, 14 point game against Wurzburg and 13 point game against the ScanPlus Baskets. "I think my first full season in the Pro B was ok, but I wasn't really satisfyed. I know what I am capable of giving the team and will do my best to bring the maximum. Now I need to show on the court what I learned the last years", stressed Thomas Michel.

Source:Dragons Rhondorf











B.Muenchen adds Jovic to their roster, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) added to their roster 27-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Jovic (198-90). He has played for the last three seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Jovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 13 KLS games he recorded 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.5apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Jovic also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. And finally he contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg (top 4) and 1.1spg. Jovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jovic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2014 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Jovic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg.
Jovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Zdravlje, Sloga and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac.

FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

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B.Muenchen tabs Milan Macvan - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) inked 28-year old Serbian international power forward Milan Macvan (206-118kg-89). He has played for the last two years at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 31 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg last season. Macvan helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Macvan also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Macvan received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Macvan has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Macvan's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.7%.
Macvan has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Turkey (Galatasaray) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Macvan fits the mold of a typical European big man ... He is very skilled big man with high basketball IQ and size for his position ... Has ability to play effectively on the low post and take advantage of his size against smaller defenders./not afraid of banging on the post in order to get good position ... He likes turning to his left shoulder and use right hand baby-hook ... Passes the ball well of the post/very unselfish player that will find teammates open if he is double-teamed.
Lack of athleticism and explosiveness for NBA ... Struggles guarding quicker and more athletic players than him ... Macvan has to improve his lateral quickness and hedge on screens/doesn't recover back quick enough
.

FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Milan Macvan
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Rostock Seawolves Haul In Athletic Duo Of Jordan Talbert And Bill Borekambi - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season PS Karlsruhe had possibly the best athletic trio in the Pro B with Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.), Bill Borekambi and Orlando Parker, but now the Rostock Seawolves have carved into the trio and reeled in Talbert and Borekambi for the upcoming season. Both forwards were major factors that the club was able to move up to the Pro A. Talbert is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be going into his fourth professional season after two seasons in Nordlingen and last season with PS Karlsruhe where he played 31 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 76.1%. "I have been observing Jordan for 2 years. He is a winner that works hard for the success and is a leader. That such a sought after player joins us makes me happy and shows what kind of standing our club has", stressed head coach Ralf Rehberger. Last season the American scored in double figures in 23 games and had four double doubles. Some of his best games included a 26 and 18 explosion against his ex team Nordlingen, 22 points against Weissenhorn and 21 points against Rhondorf. "My time in Karlsruhe was great. We fullfilled our mission of moving to the Pro A. Now I am looking forward to a successful season with Rostock. I have only heard good things about the Seawolves and the fans", stressed Jordan Talbert.

Talbert started his basketball career at Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2010 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 129 games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 1.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He turned professional in 2014 with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games averaging 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. In his second season with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) he played 29 games averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been MIAA Regular Season Champion -11, MIAA Tournament Finalist -11, All-MIAA Honorable Mention -12, 13, MIAA Tournament Winner -14, All-MIAA 3rd Team -14, MIAA All-Defensive Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East 1st Team -15, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Center of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Defensive Player of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -17, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -17.

The Rostock Seawolves also added Bill Borekambi who is a 25 year old 198cm forward that brings a lot of experience to Rostock having played in the States and in the Pro A. Last season with PS Karlsruhe he played 25 games avergaing 11.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.4%. "I already once wanted to work with him, but it didn't work out. Now I am very happy that it will work. His athletic ability and experience will help us", stressed Ralf Rehberger. Last season the German scored in double figures in 16 games including three double doubles. His best scoring games were 25 points against Lich, 20 points against Rostock, and 19 points against the ScanPlus Baskets. "I want to reach the playoffs with Rostock. We have a very strong team, a good coaching staff and a professional environment", stressed Bill Borekambi. The German started his basketball career in 2007 with the SV Pfefferwerk Berlin U16 team. In the 2008-2009 season he played with IBB Berlin (Germany-NBBL) playing 2 games averaging 19.5ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg2.0bpg, FG: 60.7%, 3FG: 33.3%, FT: 100%. In the 2009-2010 season he moved to BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) playing 20 games avergaing 15.8ppg, also had a license to play for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1.Bundesliga): DNP, also had a license to play for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-NBBL) playing 19 games avergaing 18.9ppg, 10.3ppg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FG: 59.8%, FT: 67.0%. In the 2010-2011 season he played with DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging 15.2ppg. He got valuable experience in the states from 2011-2013 playing with Coll.Sequoias CC (JUCO). He came back to Germany in 2013 to play for the Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA) and the Licher Basket Baeren (ProB, starting five) playing 20 games avergaing 19.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.9%. In the 2014-2015 season he amde his Pro A breakthrough with the Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA) playing 29 games avergaing 13.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 61.9%. He had an injury plagued 2015-2016 season with rent4office Nuernberg (ProA) playing 6 games averaging 3.5ppg, 2.8rpg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -08German U18 National Team -09-10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10: 7 games: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, German NBBL All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -14, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -14, 17, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -17.

Source:Rostock Seawolves







Michael Stockton Returns To Germany Landing With BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing his first four professional seasons in Germany with BG Karlsruhe and the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, Michael Stockton (185-PG-89, college: Westminster, UT) went away the last two season exploring other leagues as he dabbled in the D-league and also saw new cultures in Russia and Greece, but now he is back returning to Germany as he will play with 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen this season. Stockton is a 28 year old 185cm point guard from Spokane, Washington and comes from a very well known basketball family as his dad John played with the Utah Jazz together with the mail man Katl Malone and formed one of the most potent offensive duo's in the 90's and his brother David has played in the NBA. Last season the American played for Avtodor Saratov (Russia-VTB): playing 13 BCL games averaging 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.6apg; and played in the VTB United League playing 11 games avergaing 6.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 79.2%; in Jan.'17 moved to AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) playing 11 games averaging 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg. "I am happy that we could bring Michael on board. He is very smart and knows how to find his teammates and control the tempo. He is a complete player with a high basketball IQ", stressed BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers.

Stockton started his basketball career at Westminster (NAIA):in 2007 and gradually moved up the basketball ladder proving that a guy from the lower NAIA college league can make a successful professional basketball career. At Westminster he played a total of 121 games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 18.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 78.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA) playing 27 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 81.0%. In the summer of 2012 he took part at the Orlando Summer League (Utah Jazz) playing 3 games avergaing 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg. In the 2012-2013 season he latched on another season with BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA) playing 39 games avergaing 13.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 72.9%. In the summer of 2013 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Utah Jazz) playing 3 games avergaing 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg. He made the next step moving to MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 37 games avergaing 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 78.0%. In the summer of 2014 he returned to the NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Oklahoma City Thunder) playing 3 games averaging 3.0ppg, 0.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg. In 2014-2015, he played a second season with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 28 games avergaing 8.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 74.2%. Twos easons ago he got the D-Leaguee xperience playing with the Canton Charge (D-League) playing 53 games avergaing 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 84.3%. In the summer of 2016 he played again at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Cleveland Cavaliers): (Semifinals playing 6 games avergaing 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NAIA D1 Elite Eight -09, NAIA D1 Sweet 16 -10
All-NAIA D1 3rd Team -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -13, D-League Central Division Runner-Up -16, and D-League Semifinals -16.

Source:BG Goettingen





Jesse Morgan (RheinStars) I Had A Chip On My Shoulder As A Rookie And Still Do Now - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jesse Morgan (196-G-91, college: Temple)n is a 26 year old 196cm forward from Philadelphia that will be playing his second professional season in Germany with the RheinStars. Last season as a rookie he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 26 games: Score-2 (27.2ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.9%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Massachusetts (NCAA) where he played for three seasons amassing 59 NCAA games. He transferred to Temple (NCAA) and as a senior played 27 games averaging 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 33.9%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 81.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Congrats on signing with German Pro A team RheinStars Cologne. Have you invited Tony, TJ and Max DiLeo for dinner yet in thanks for giving CEO Stephan Baeck the headsup on your game?

Lol nah I haven't got chance to do that yet.


You have made the next step coming from the lower league in Luxemburg to the very strong and competitive German pro A. Was it just the advice that family DiLeo gave you that made you take this offer or were there other factors that helped you make this decision?

I feel like the DiLeo family had a huge influence on my decision, but always being in Luxemburg last year I got a chance to visit Germany regularly and I fell in love. I wouldn't want to be any other place in the world.

What do you know in general about German basketball and the country in general. I know you have friends that are and have played in Germany. To what guys have you most contact to that have played here and what do you in general know about where you will be playing soon?


I've heard Cologne is a great city and I've reached out to a friend of mine who actually played for Rheinstars like Jalani Hewitt gave me the scoop on some things. but the guys I talk to most is Reggie Redding and Brad Wanamaker about being a pro and they always give me advice.

For a guy that had a very solid college career and then played NBA Summer League and then land with AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) is a riddle for me. Please explain what happened in the summer of 2016 for you not to have landed in a higher league? Was the fact that you didn't play in the 2015-2016 a reason that could have factored in?

It riddled me as well lol But honestly I passed on a few jobs waiting on interest from some NBA teams but they didn't come through so I guess chasing my dream I missed out on other opportunities.

You must of played with a large chip on your shoulder in Luxemburg. Obviously you were happy for the opportunity, but seriously you must have been mad as well as you were overlooked by higher leagues?

Yes, I felt like I had to prove myself because I 'm not a big name and they didn't respect me but I was determined to prove everybody wrong and I still got that chip on my shoulder.

How excited are you to play in Germany after proving everyone wrong as a rookie how good of a player you were.

I am overjoyed about this opportunity. Where I'm from you don't get an opportunity like this often, so I'm from a place where it's a million players so I am honored to be a part of this club. I feel like I still have something to prove.

The RheinStars really appreciate your shooting and scoring. Please explain other strengths in your game that don't make you a one dimensional player?

I'm glad they love shooting and scoring, so we'll get along real well. But I think I can motivate and uplift my teammates. I'm good getting others to believe in their abilities and play to their fullest potential.

You're a guy that can really flll up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get observed right away on the court?

My ability to move without the ball. I think that made the game easy for me.

Last season with AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) you played 26 games: Score-2 (27.2ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.9%. You scored 30 points or more 10 times and 40 points or more three times. Did it sometimes feel like you were a man playing with boys?

Lol. I wouldn't say that but I would say the system I was in fit my game and our coach gave us a lot of freedom so I was able play confident and free.

What do you feel was the most important thing you got out of your rookie season that you will take to Germany and help you be successful? I imagine your self confidence has grown?

Confidence. Confidence. Confidence.

You started your basketball career at Umass in 2010 where you played until 2013. In your second season there you had two very good games against your future team Temple scoring 15 and 21 points splitting the games. Did you have any idea then that you might be going there?

Nah it wasnt planned.

You played 3 years at Umass and then moved to Temple. What were the main reasons for transferring and how did you get through the time where you almost couldn't continue on account of ineligibility rules?

My family needed to see me play more so I made that move for them. They supported me and helped get through.

How did head coach Fran Dunphy give you that last needed push as a senior and help groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

He was a teacher more so than a coach and he gave me some gems that I will carry with me throughout my life.

You played a season with top guard Will Cummings who is paving a path in Europe and recently played in Greece with Aris What was your fondest memory with him on and off the court at Temple (NCAA)?

When our backcourt matched up against the Kansas backcourt. Me and my guy battled for each other and led our team to victory.

Was one of your most memorable games at Temple the 77-52 win against top team Kansas where you poured in 17 points against future NBA players like Frank Mason, Wayne Seldon, Kelly Oubre and Perry Ellis?

Yeah That was one of my favorite college experiences.

In the summer of 2015 you played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Utah Jazz): 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg and NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Utah Jazz): 4 games: 0.8ppg. When you look back at that time 2 years ago, how far do you really feel is a guy like you and other talented guys you know away from the NBA dream? Is it really just very distinct little things that separates you from the NBA?

yeah I think its some things you cant control. I feel like I can play in the NBA and contribute at a high level.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Quenton Decosey?

Thats lil bro...lol

Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Maybe Andrew Nicholson.

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

Kobe Kobe Kobe oh and Kobe lol

Where will Lebron stand in the never ending debate as the best of all-time now that he still stands at 3 NBA rings against Michael Jordan's six rings?

I don't really do the basketball debates lol

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

He's ,my favorite Power forward of all time

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

Its' up there but hard to put past any Kobe memories.

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?

Numbers dont lie.

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?

Draymond cares only about one thing winning.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Tupac Shakur


Thanks Jesse for the chat.



Brose Bamberg Officially Sign Ricky Hickman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brose Bamberg have signed 32-year old Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Hickman played most recently at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 34 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Hickman also played 30 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.3apg. The previous (15-16) season Hickman played at Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL. In 10 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 20 games in Euroleague where he got 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. Hickman contributed to his team making it to the final. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Hickman also represented Georgia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.0%. Hickman is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Namika Lahti), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Romania (Otopeni) and Germany (Giessen 46ers and BG 74 Goettingen II) and Italy (VL Pesaro and Novipiu Casale).
Hickman attended University of North Carolina, Greensboro until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A solid guard, who is very strong both physically and mentally. Has good court vision and passing, and can score if needed. Good defender on the perimeter, he's the classic "system PG" who does a lot of good things, almost unnoticed by the fans.

Source:Eurobasket News



Philipp Herkenhoff Signs Professional Contract With Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) is only 18 years old, but the 208cm power forward has been as busy as an amatuer player could be as last season he played for three teams with Rasta Vechta in the EasyCredit BBL, their second team that play in the Regionaliga and their U-19 team and this summer recently placed fifth at the U-19 world championships and now will take part in the U-18 European championships with the German national team. He has played excellent in this time and has been rewarded with his first professional contract. Last season he played 5 BBL games averaging 2.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, played 17 Regionaliga games averaging 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 64.1%, and played 11 NBBL (U-19) games averaging 17.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2.5spg.

"Philipp has a lot of potential on offense and defense. Ofcourse he doesn't have the athleticsim that other pro's have. But we will work together with him so he can get better and better. He already showed during the practices last spring and games that he is ready to make the next step. This first year will be an adjustment. But he is already very far mentally and continues to understand better what is needed to move forward in this business", stressed head coach Doug Spradley. Recently at the U-19 World championships, he played seven games averaging 6,4ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,0apg. He scored 11 points against Egypt and had 10 points against Lithuania. "I am looking forward to my first season as a pro. Now I can totally concentarte on basketball. I am really looking forward to it. I will give my all in practiice to get minutes in games. We have a very experienced roster and I need to earn my minutes", warned Philipp Herkenhoff

Source:Rasta Vechta








Another Ex Boston Celtic For ratiopharm Ulm With Luke Harangody - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ratiopharm Ulm have had a knack of reeling in not only interesting ex NBA players, but ex Boston Celtics as in the past it was Chris Babb who played a major role for the club having the best record in the EasyCredit BBL last season and now have done it again reeling in Luke Harangody (202-PF-88, college: Notre Dame). Harangody is a 29 year old 202cm forward from
Schererville,Indiana. He will be going into his eighth professional season. He brings unending experience with him having played parts of three seasons in the NBA with Boston, Cleveland and Denver and brings 70 NBA games experience to Ulm. In Europe, he played in countries like Russia, Spain and Turkey playing 62 Euroleague games. Last season he played for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL) playing 23 games averaging 8.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 74.1%; In Euroleague action he played 28 games avergaing 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg.One has to wonder, did ratiopharm Ulm suddenly win in the lotto or did Harangody take a major pay cut to come to Ulm? "It was difficult work to convince Luke to come to Ulm. We made the impossible possible by promising him a big role", explained ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll. The club gave him a one year deal.Last season in the Turkish league, he scored in double figures in eight games including registering one double double. His best scoring games were against Trabzonspor with 23 points and 17 points against Banvit. In the Euroleague he scored in double figures in three games getting 11 points against Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv. "He has a good shot, can rebound and plays very hard and fast. he fits perfectly to us", stressed head coach Thorsten Leibenath.


The American started his basketball career in 2006 with Notre Dame (NCAA) where he played until 2010 amassing a total of 129 NCAA games. He averaged over 20ppg in his last three seasons. His best scoring season was his junior season where he averaged 23.3ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 77.7%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 21.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 78.7%. In 2010, he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA,2rd (52). He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with the Boston Celtics (NBA) playing 27 games avergaing 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg, in Feb.'11 moved to Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) playing 21 games avergaing 6.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.8%. In the 20111-2012 season he played for the Canton Charge (D-League) playing 19 games averaging 18.9ppg, Reb-2 (11.7rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 77.3%. He also was called up by the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) playing 21 games avergaing 2.9ppg, 2.5rpg. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) playing 17 games avergaing 19.9ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 78.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he came to Europe to paly for Unics Kazan (Russia-VTB) playing 2 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg; and playing Eurocup averaging 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 40 games avergaing 8.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 72.7%; Eurocup: 9 games: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 88.2%; Euroleague: 10 games: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 48.6%. In the 2015-2016 season he moved to Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL) playing 26 games avergaing 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 80.0%. He also played 23 Euroleague games avergaing 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 71.4%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big East Tournament Semifinals -07, 10, Big East All-Rookie Team -07, NABC Division I All-District 10 First Team -08, NCAA Sports Illustrated All-America 2nd Team -08, NCAA John R. Wooden Award Candidates -08, Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -08, All-Big East Player of the Year -08, All-Big East 1st Team -08, 09, 10, CollegeHoops.net 2nd Team All-American -08, ESPN.com All-America 2nd Team -08, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team -08, 09, 10, USBWA All-America 2nd Team -08, 09, 10, NABC Division I All-District 5 First Team -09
NIT Final Four -09, AP NCAA All-America 2nd Team -09, USBWA All-District V Team -10, Sporting News NCAA All-America 3rd Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team -10, AP NCAA All-America 3rd Team -10, NABC Division I All-America 3rd Team -10, Eurocup Quarterfinals -15, Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team -15, NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -15, Eurocup Finalist -14, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -16, Turkish League Semifinals -16, 17, Turkish BSL -17 (Player of the Week Rd.4), and Euroleague Quarterfinals -17.

Source:ratiopharm Ulm







Can 3 Be A Charm With Bazou Kone In Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After unfruitful EasyCredit BBL stops last season with Ludwigsburg and Giessen where he couldn't breakthrough, Bazoumana Kone (190-G-93, college: Bremerhaven) now will get a third chance with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. Kone is a 23 year old 190cm guard that will be going into his second EasyCredit BBL season. Last season the German who is good buddies with Braunschweig home grown German Dennis Schroeder who plays with the Atlanta Hawks played for two teams MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 8 BCL:games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg and in the BBL played 13 games averaging 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, in Jan.'17 moved to Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL): 2 games: 3.5ppg, 1.0apg. The chances that three is a charm for Kone are much better with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig since head coach Frank Menz not only believes in giving German minutes and developing them, but proved that last season as Germans got their chance under his guidance. "He has the potential for the BBL. He is very athletic, has a strong penetration to the basket and works well on defense", stressed head coach Frank Menz.

Last season the best game of teheGerman was a 12 point six assist effort in 30 minutes in a Ludwigsburg victory against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Kone now has the chance for a new chapter in his career and gets the trust from head coach Frank Menz and is content for a new start. He played briefly in the Braunschweig youth system with NBA players Dennis Schroeder and Daniel Theis. "I am happy that I will play in the BBL again and thanks the Lowen for their trust. I am very motivated to go into the new season and am happy to return to Braunschweig. My memories of Braunschwieg are positive and I like the city", stressed Bazou Kone. In 2011 the German moved to BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) playing 11 games avergaing 13.6ppg. In the 2012-2013 season he got his first taste of the BBL moving to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) playing 7 games averaging 1.3ppg, also had a license to play for BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) playing 14 games averaging 19.4ppg. In his second season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) he played 15 games averaging 1.0ppg, 1.1apg. In the 2014-2015 season he took a step back to the Hamburg Towers (Germany-ProA), but got ample minutes and developed further playing 18 games avergaing 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 29.6%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 72.5%. In hiss econd season with the Hamburg Towers (Germany-ProA), he made his Pro A breakthrough playing 30 games averaging 14.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 79.0%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German NBBL Championships Finalist -12, German U20 National Team -13, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -16.

Source:Basketball Lowen Braunschweig







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The Hawks sign Tyler Dorsey - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks signed 21-year old Greek international shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96). He just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). In 39 games he had 14.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg last season. Dorsey helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Tournament Team.
This summer he was drafted by the Hawks in second round (41st overall). Dorsey just graduated from Oregon and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age he had great career. His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. Dorsey was also voted HS Gatorade State Player of the Year for California and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team in 2015.
Dorsey represented Greece at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 15.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT-2 (52.4%), FT: 76.9%.
Dorsey has played previously for St.John Bosco.

Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josh Magette
Tyler Dorsey

Forwards:
Ersan Ilyasova
Mike Muscala
Tyler Cavanaugh
John Collins

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Peristeri GS Athens tab Vassilis Symtsak - by Chris Mammides

Peristeri GS Athens (B) inked experienced 36-year old power forward Vassilis Symtsak (205-81). He has played for the last three years at Aris in the A1. In 31 games he averaged 3.3ppg and 4.0rpg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Symtsak helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Symtsak also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.6ppg and 3.3rpg.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, Panionios, AEK Athens, Sporting, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Trikalla, Doukas and Kavala.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Peristeri GS Athens.

Peristeri GS Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Igor Milosevic
Thanasis Konstantakopoulos
Georgios Angelou

Forwards:
Alexandros Sigounas
Nikolaos Chougaz

Centers:
Vassilis Symtsak
Tasos Dimitriadis
Nikos Tsiokos

Coach: Nikos Karagiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yalova Bld signs Markel Starks, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

Yalova Group Belediye Spor (TBL) signed 26-year old American guard Markel Starks (188-79kg-91, college: Georgetown). He played last season at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 14 games he was third best scorer with 13.6ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 4.9apg (top 3). Starks also spent pre-season at Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL that year where in four games he had 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Starks was voted All-Big East 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Starks has played previously professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans) and Italy (Vanoli Cremona and FCM Ferentino).
He attended Georgetown University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Starks could be described: A super quick player, with great offensive instinct and scoring ability that make him more a combo guard that a true PG. Has great athletic skills and he's actively working to his defense on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Marvin Bagley III, the country's No. 1 basketball recruit, could skip senior year to play for Duke or USC, per report - by Eurobasket News

Marvin Bagley III (6'6''-F-99) III, the No. 1 basketball recruit in the country in the class of 2018, could jump up a grade level in school to play college ball next season, according to Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports. If Bagley decides to reclassify, Meyer writes that his recruitment 'has the feel of a Duke and USC showdown.' Bagley is a brilliant talent. The 6'11 forward is an explosive athlete and skilled scorer who is comfortable with the ball in his hands on the perimeter. He's the type of player that would be in contention for the No. 1 player in any class. He would be a game-changer for both Duke and USC and make either a trendy Final Four pick with his commitment. There was chatter that Bagley could reclassify up to the class of 2017 a year ago, but he's stayed in the 2018 class up to this point. He's been the most dominant high school player in the country on Nike's EYBL circuit, where he finished second in the league in scoring at 25.8 points per game. Bagley also led the circuit in rebounding (14.9 per game) and finished third in blocks (3.1 per game). Reclassifying is common for high school players. Andrew Wiggins, Andre Drummond and Noah Vonleh are just a few players who have done it. All three were top-10 picks in the NBA draft. Bagley's decision isn't just huge news for college basketball. It would also make waves in the NBA. Bagley would be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft if he decides to reclassify. Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic and Missouri-bound forward Michael Porter Jr. were the top two players in SB Nation's initial NBA mock draft for 2018. Both Duke and USC already have loaded rosters lined up for next year. The Blue Devils are welcoming two consensus top-10 recruits in big man Wendell Carter and point guard Trevon Duval to a group that also brings back senior shooting guard Grayson Allen. Bagley would slide in at power forward and could push Duke to No. 1 in the preseason polls. USC is also going to be a powerhouse after falling in the round of 32 last year. The Trojans have a strong group of returning players, led by big man Chimezie Metu, forward Bennie Boatright and guard De'Anthony Melton. USC also brings back guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart while adding Duke transfer Derryck Thornton. Bagley is the type of talent that would elevate any team. Since I've started covering college basketball recruiting in 2013, Bagley is the best individual talent I have seen at the high school level. If he decides to reclassify, it will immediately alter the national title picture for next season.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



Lincoln High School Introduces New Boys Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

Lincoln High School introduced Matt Anderson as new head coach of the Trojans on Wednesday. Anderson has coached in Florida over two decades, and has won seven high school State Championships. Anderson comes to Tallahassee from Marianna High School, where he led the Bulldogs to a 5A State Final Four appearance. He said the decision to leave Marianna was a tough one, but the possibilities at Lincoln were just too promising to turn down. "I think it's one of the premiere schools in not only this part of the state, but the entire state," he said at an introductory press conference. "I think we can be a regular visitor to Lakeland, not that that comes easy, it doesn't. I think to put Lincoln at a spot way high, an elite school in the basketball arena, then I think it's a very doable situation and that's why I came." Anderson said his first official day with Lincoln is the first day of school, but said he will be with the Trojans several times throughout the summer for open gym.
Courtesy of: wtxl.com



Red Bud boys basketball coach resigns - by Eurobasket News

After three years at the helm of the Red Bud High School boys basketball program, Vance Porter has resigned as Musketeers head coach. Porter, 54, a Red Bud native and longtime assistant before taking over head coaching duties prior to the 2014-15 season, said there were many reasons for his decision to step down. 'But the main reason ... my goal has always been with any team I've ever had was to get the kids to play hard, act right and play as a team. I prided myself in putting a product on the floor each night that was fun to watch,' Porter said. 'I don't feel like that in the last 1 1/2 years, that I have been able to do that. 'But that's on me. That is the fault of nobody else. It's me.' The Musketeers have struggled while competing in the Cahokia Conference. Red Bud was 9-21 and 8-19 the past two seasons under Porter, who graduated from Red Bud High School in 1981. 'I was out of coaching for a little bit. Each kid is different, and I think that they've changed a little bit. But was part of it me? Was I not willing to change, to adapt? I don't know,' Porter said. 'You have kids who work hard, who put the time in. 'A kid like Blake Cowell - who was a starter for us last year, and who puts in the time in the summer in the gym and in the weight room - he made this decision a very difficult one for me. Alex (Sievers) is another kid like that, and we have a couple of sophomores who work their butts off.' Porter, who was the head coach at New Athens High School from 1999-2002 was an assistant at Red Bud for eight years and was also the Musketeers' freshman head coach for a year. While basketball has taken up his time in the fall and winter months, golf - and specifically managing the golf course at North County Country Club in Red Bud - will continue to take up time in the spring, summer and early fall. 'I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to have had the opportunity to coach in my hometown,' Porter said. 'I was in the right place at the right time, and I'm so grateful to the administration at Red Bud High School for giving me this opportunity.'
Courtesy of: bnd.com



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  HOLLAND  


Miklusak starts his pro career at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Mike Miklusak (198-86kg-94). Miklusak just graduated from W.Illinois (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 23 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg last season.
As mentioned above Miklusak is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maarten Bouwknecht

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels
Pim De_Vries
Mike Miklusak
Stan Van_Den_Elzen

Centers:
Marcel Aarts
Nick Oudendag
Kevin Bleeker

Coach: Silvano Poropat

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  HUNGARY  


Norbert Timko joins Miskolci EAFC - by Eurobasket News

Miskolci EAFC (NB I. B) agreed terms with 25-year old power forward Norbert Timko (212-92). He has played for the last two seasons at MAFC Budapest in the A Division. NB I. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Timko represented Hungary at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.9ppg, 5.0rpg.
Timko has played previously professionally also in Spain (FC Barcelona, Barca II and Cornella) and Hungary (Alba, FS Debrecen and MKB Euroleasing Vasas).

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Debreceni Egyetem keeps Jones for another season - by Eurobasket News

Debreceni Egyetem (NB I. B) re-signed 26-year old Canadian point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91, college: Ryerson). He played there last season. Jones managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He also played that season for TLU/Kalev in Estonian Alexela KML where in 6 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Jones also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.0apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-OUA 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jones represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg.
Jones has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Basketbal Svitavy).
He attended Ryerson College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Gran Canaria inks Gal Mekel, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) signed 29-year old Israeli international point guard Gal Mekel (190-87kg-88, college: Wichita State, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 33 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.0apg. Mekel helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Mekel also played 22 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mekel was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In four Euroleague games he averaged 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He also played 9 games in ABA League where he got 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.0spg.
Mekel 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 won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2010 and 2013. Mekel was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year in 2013 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Mekel has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Mekel is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Mekel attended Wichita State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: One of the most improving European PGs, he has yet upside. Great court vision and quickness, has leadership and passing skills at Euroleague level.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Gal Mekel
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley
Marcus Eriksson

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks
Luke Fischer

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James Bell (ex Hapoel Holon) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American swingman James Bell (197-100kg-92, college: Villanova). He played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In 37 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season. Bell helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Bell played at Sluc Nancy in French ProA where in 28 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg.
Bell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg.
Bell has played also professionally in Italy (Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Villanova University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Bell is described as: An explosive leaper who thrives in transition ... Offers size and a quality shooting touch from the wing spot ... Has range beyond the 3-point arc.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv tabs Pierre Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 26-year old American point guard Pierre Jackson (180-82kg-91, college: Baylor). The last season Jackson played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 28 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.7apg and 1.9spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to D-League All-Star Game.
In 2013 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). Jackson attended Baylor University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NIT championship title in 2013. Jackson received also USBWA All-District VII Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Jackson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Turkey (Fenerbahce), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Jackson's game is described as: An energetic PG who loves to create out from the dribble. He can be unstoppable when he goes inside and can be effective at the defensive side too.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Neven Spahija

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  ITALY  


Ozzano keeps Magagnoli for another season - by Eurobasket News

New Flying Balls Ozzano dell Emilia (Serie C Gold) re-signed 21-year old forward Francesco Magagnoli (195-96). He played there last season. He helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (15-16) season Magagnoli played at For Pontevecchio Bologna (Serie B).
He has played previously for Virtus Bologna.

New Flying Balls Ozzano dell Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Chiusolo
Mattia Masre

Forwards:
Marco Morara
Francesco Magagnoli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spizzichini comes back to Scafati - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-84kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Scafati as he has played here before. Spizzichini played most recently at Virtus Bologna in Serie A2. He helped his team get promotion to Serie A. In 44 Serie A2 games he recorded 5.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg last season. Spizzichini contributed to his team winning the Serie A2 title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A) where in 42 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Spizzichini contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg.
Spizzichini has played previously professionally in Italy (Bondi Ferrara, Siena Virtus and Basket Barcellona) and Estonia (TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An athletic swingman who is very versatile and gives his best out from the bench. Ha can spend time in all perimetral positions from 2 to 4.

Givova Scafati Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gabriele Spizzichini
Marco Santiangeli
Gabriele Romeo
Emanuele Trapani

Forwards:
Marco Ammannato
Alex Ranuzzi
Nicholas Crow

Center:
Andrea Antonaci

Coach: Giovanni Perdichizzi

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Forli Tigers land Alexander Cicchetti - by Eurobasket News

ASD Tigers Basket 2014 Forli (Serie B) tabbed 19-year old forward Alexander Cicchetti (200-98, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at Roma Lazio in the Serie C Gold.
Cicchetti helped them to make it to the Serie B Cup final in 2016.

ASD Tigers Basket 2014 Forli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antonio De_Fabritiis
Matteo Battisti
Francesco Papa
Gianluca Carpanzano

Forwards:
Christian Villani
Alexander Cicchetti

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Rieti adds Hassan to their roster - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) added to their roster 27-year old guard Norman Hassan (197-92kg-90) from Andrea Costa Imola. Hassan has played there for the last three years. In 30 Serie A2 games he had 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg last season.
He was a member of Italian U16 National Team back in 2006.
Hassan has played previously for four other teams: Rimini, Riva del Garda, Matera and Morciano.
On Hassan: A talented guard, with a good outside shot and personality. Needs to improve defensive skills and shooting selection.

NPC Rieti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcos Casini
Norman Hassan
Claudio Tommasini

Forward:
Giovanni Carenza

Center:
Angelo Gigli

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Angelico Biella adds Bowers to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (Serie A2) added to their roster experienced 35-year old American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-86kg-82, college: Mississippi State) from Termoforgia Aurora Jesi. In 30 Serie A2 games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 6.1apg (top 3) and 1.9spg (in top 4) last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Bowers played at FCM Ferentino (Serie A) where in 39 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg.
Bowers' team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Bowers has played also professionally in Greece (Koroivos), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem and B.C. Habikaa), Italy (Juvecaserta, Umana Venezia and Fiat Torino), NBDL (Asheville A.) and WBA Western Conf. (Gulf Coast B.).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Angelico Biella.
Bowers attended Mississippi State until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Bowers: Possesses a lightning-quick first step to go along with his deft shooting touch... Skilled athlete... Improved his 3pt shooting during last year... Could become a stable European leagues star, while his limited size could prevent him to play at the SG in NBA...

Angelico Biella roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Timothy Bowers
Jazzmarr Ferguson
Luca Pollone

Forward:
Albano Chiarastella

Centers:
Giorgio Sgobba
Amedeo Tessitori

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Obinna Oleka agreed terms with Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Obinna Oleka (201-102kg). He just graduated from Arizona State University (NCAA). In 32 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.2apg last season.
As mentioned above Oleka is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Forli Tigers ink Riccardo Zani - by Eurobasket News

ASD Tigers Basket 2014 Forli (Serie B) agreed terms with 20-year old power forward Riccardo Zani (196-97). He played last season at Bondi Ferrara in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he had just 0.3ppg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Zani was tested by Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A).
He has played previously for Virtus Bologna.

ASD Tigers Basket 2014 Forli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antonio De_Fabritiis
Matteo Battisti
Francesco Papa
Gianluca Carpanzano

Forwards:
Christian Villani
Riccardo Zani
Alexander Cicchetti

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Alessandro Nucci is a newcomer at Imola - by Eurobasket News

NPC Virtus Imola (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 24-year old guard Alessandro Nucci (193-93) from Bologna Salus.
Nucci helped his team to make it to the Serie C Gold Group Emilia Romagna Semifinals in 2017.

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Spissu is back at Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) agreed terms with 22-year old guard Marco Spissu (182-79kg-95). It is actually his comeback to Sassari as he has played here before. Spissu played last season at Virtus Bologna in Serie A2. He helped his team get promotion to Serie A. In 43 Serie A2 games he had 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). Spissu contributed to his team winning the Serie A2 title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian Serie A2 All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona where in 40 Serie A games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Spissu represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Spissu has played previously for five other teams: Banco di Srd, Piacenza, Bari, Sant'Orsola Sassari and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
On Spissu: A talented PG who is property of Dinamo Sassari and is expected to come back home when he will end his maturation.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jonathan Tavernari
Achille Polonara
Dyshawn Pierre
Shawn Jones

Center:
Darko Planinic

Coach: Federico Pasquini

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Civitanova keeps Marinelli for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Rossella Civitanova Marche re-signed 33-year old forward Matteo Marinelli (201-84, agency: Two Points). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pallacanestro Senigallia where in 29 Serie B games he recorded 10.4ppg and 4.0rpg.
Marinelli has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Monza, Ceglie, Bernalda, Cantini Lorano and Vasto.

Rossella Civitanova Marche roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gennaro Tessitore
Mario Tessitore
Matteo Felicioni

Forwards:
Francesco Amoroso
Matteo Marinelli

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Ferdinando Nasello signs at San Miniato - by Eurobasket News

Etrusca Basket San Miniato (Serie B) landed 22-year old guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95, agency: Octagon Europe) from Siena Virtus. Nasello has played there for the last three years. In 32 Serie B games he averaged 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg (leader !!!) last season.
His team was Runner-Up of Serie C Gold Group Toscana A Regular Season 2016.
Nasello has played previously for Mens Sana 1871 Siena.

Etrusca Basket San Miniato roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Zita
Ferdinando Nasello

Forwards:
Andrea Chiriatti
Olivier Giacomelli

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Barcellona keeps Teghini for another season - by Eurobasket News

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Serie B) re-signed 25-year old guard Michael Teghini (192-92). He played there last season. In 35 Serie B games he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.1apg. Teghini helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Corona Platina. Teghini contributed to his team making it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team.
He has played previously for two other teams: Alma Trieste and Trieste Servolana.

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Bergamo tabs Giovanni Fattori - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) inked 32-year old forward Giovanni Fattori (203-85, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played most recently at Mec-Energy Roseto in the Serie A2. In 38 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Fattori ended the previous (2015-16) season at Legnano (Serie A) where in 11 games he had 4.5ppg and 2.9rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Campli Basket (also in Serie A2). In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Fattori was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously for six other teams: Scafati, Latina Basket, San Severo, USE Basket, Osimo and Cantini Lorano.
Fattori's game is described as: A promising forward with good athletic skills, coordinated and with a good inside game; has recently developed a soft shooting touch from the outside, that could enable him soon to spend time even at the SF position;.

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Bergamo signs Davide Bozzetto - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) signed 28-year old center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) from Erogasmet Crema. In 33 Serie B games he had 8.7ppg, 10.6rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg last season.
Bozzetto won A dilettanti Cup in 2011.
He has played previously for six other teams: The Flexx Pistoia, Verona, Pavia Basket, Siena Virtus, Pordenone and Pavia.

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Macaro comes back to Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo - by Eurobasket News

Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo (Serie C Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old power forward Simone Macaro (200-90). It is actually his comeback to Corno di Rosazzo as he has played here before. Macaro played most recently at Codroipo in the Serie C Gold.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo (Serie C).
Macaro has played previously for two other teams: Gorizia and Monfalcone.

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Unieuro Forli signs Dane Diliegro - by Eurobasket News

Unieuro 2.015 Forli (Serie A2) signed 29-year old naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (204-115kg-88, college: New Hampshire) from Tezenis Verona. In 37 Serie A2 games he had 7.9ppg and 5.3rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Diliegro spent at Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A) where in 34 games he recorded 12.5ppg and 10.1rpg. He also spent pre-season at NPC Rieti (Serie A) that year.
Diliegro has played previously professionally also in Israel (Galil Gilboa) and Italy (Alma Trieste, Banco di Srd and Ostuni).
He attended University of New Hampshire until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Diliegro could be described: An agile inside player, has a strong body and an hustling mentality that help him in banging in the paint. Offensively, he can hit a shot from the perimeter and has a nice mid range shot. Plays very well the pick & roll situations and is a good rebounder at both sides of the court..

Unieuro 2.015 Forli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Bonacini
Matteo Fallucca

Forward:
Giovanni Severini

Centers:
Dane Diliegro
Quirino De_Laurentiis

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Lighthouse Conad Trapani welcomes back Mollura - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) landed 24-year old forward Marco Mollura (196-93). It is actually his comeback to Trapani as he has played here before. Mollura has played for the last three years at Zannella Basket Cefalu in the Serie B. In 29 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.9apg last season.
Mollura won Nazionale C Group I in 2012.
He has played previously for CUS Torino.

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Dallas Moore signs at VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A) landed 23-year old American guard Dallas Moore (185-82kg-94, college: N.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports). Moore just graduated from University of North Florida and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of A-Sun Tournament.

Consultinvest VL Pesaro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bertone
Diego Monaldi
Dallas Moore

Center:
Andrea Ancellotti

Coach: Spiro Leka

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Fiat Torino inks Durand Scott - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old Jamaican swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL) from Enel Brindisi. In 28 Serie A games in Italy he had 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 15 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in 2016 season. Scott helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
He 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 Scott's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Scott was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
Scott attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett

Forward:
Durand Scott

Center:
Antonio Iannuzzi

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Alma Trieste keeps Coronica for another season - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) re-signed 24-year old guard Andrea Coronica (188-83kg-93, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played there for the last eight seasons. In 43 Serie A2 games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg last season.
Coronica helped his team to make it to the Serie A2 Final in 2017.
His game is described as: An athletic guard who is yet very good in penetrating inside, but who needs to add a reliable outside shot to play at senior.

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan Fernandez
Andrea Coronica
Javonte Green

Forward:
Federico Loschi

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Napoli Cuore keeps Maggio for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket re-signed 27-year old point guard Roberto Maggio (183-90). He played there last season. In 34 Serie B games he averaged 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg. Maggio helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 1st Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Unieuro Forli (also in Serie B) where in 22 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. Maggio contributed to his team winning the group title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). He also played that season for Cus Jonico Basket Taranto (also in Serie B). In 17 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.7spg.
Maggio has played previously for eight other teams: Napoli Ester Barra, Pavia Basket, Germani Basket Brescia, Scafati, San Severo, Pozzuoli, Molfetta and Piombino.

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Rossi re-signs at Palestrina - by Eurobasket News

Citysightseeing Palestrina (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 27-year old point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 42 Serie B games he had 14.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg last season.
Rossi's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie B Group C in 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: Riva del Garda, Patti, Potenza, Scauri and BNV Juve Pontedera.

Citysightseeing Palestrina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Barsanti
Gianmarco Rossi

Forwards:
Gianluca Lulli
Bruno Duranti

Center:
Alessandro Paesano

Coach: Gianluca Lulli

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Imola lands Alessandro Simioni - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) tabbed 19-year old center Alessandro Simioni (204-98) from Alma Trieste. But in 39 Serie A2 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Simioni played at Umana Venezia (SerieA) where in two games he did not score anything. He also played 1 game in Eurocup, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Simioni represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 3.5ppg, 1.3rpg.

Andrea Costa Imola roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giovanni Gasparin
Lorenzo Penna

Forwards:
Davide Alviti
Tommaso Rossi

Centers:
Michele Maggioli
Alessandro Simioni

Coach: Demis Cavina

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Imola adds Penna to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) added to their roster 19-year old point guard Lorenzo Penna (176-72kg-98) from Virtus Bologna. He has played there for the last four years. In 34 Serie A2 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 1.5rpg last season. Penna helped them to win the Serie A2 title and the cup.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. Penna's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 13.0%, FT: 83.3%.

Andrea Costa Imola roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giovanni Gasparin
Lorenzo Penna

Forwards:
Davide Alviti
Tommaso Rossi

Center:
Michele Maggioli

Coach: Demis Cavina

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Innocenzo Ferraro signs at Valmontone - by Eurobasket News

Air Fire Valmontone (Serie B) landed experienced 35-year old power forward Innocenzo Ferraro (200-110kg-82). He played most recently at Moncada Solar Agrigento in the Serie A2. In 31 games he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Ferraro played at Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A) where in 28 games he had 5.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Alma Trieste, Omegna, Rieti and Barese.
Ferraro is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Valmontone.
Ferraro's game is described as: A solid PF who has enough shooting range and quickness to play some minutes at the 3 position, if needed.

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Marco Giancarli joins USE Basket - by Eurobasket News

USE Basket Empoli (Serie B) agreed terms with 22-year old point guard Marco Giancarli (184-95) from Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo. In 29 Serie B games he had 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Giancarli played at Cus Jonico Basket Taranto where in 26 Serie B games he recorded 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg.
He represented Italy at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Giancarli has played previously for three other teams: Roma Virtus, Roma S.Azzurra and Aprilia.

USE Basket Empoli roster for 2017-2018:

Gianni Terrosi
Daniele Sesoldi
Marco Giancarli
Alessandro Antonini
Lorenzo Raffaelli

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Scandone Avellino adds Scrubb to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) added to their roster 26-year old Canadian international forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91kg-91). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. Scrubb played last season at Giessen 46ers in German BBL league. In 18 games he had 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 3).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Joensuun_Kataja in Finnish Korisliiga where in 40 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. Scrubb helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Scrubb also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg.
Scrubb represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Canada (Ravens).

Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo

Forwards:
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

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Umana Venezia lands Mitchell Watt, ex Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) tabbed 28-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-102kg-89, college: Buffalo). He played most recently at Al Ahli in UAE D1 league. Watt also played that season for Juvecaserta where in 30 Serie A games he averaged 14.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.8bpg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Watt won Balkan League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Watt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nes Ziona), NBA (Golden State Warriors) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Watt attended University of Buffalo until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone

Forwards:
Mitchell Watt
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

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Claudio Gotti is a newcomer at Nerviano - by Eurobasket News

Maleco Nerviano (Serie C Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old power forward Claudio Gotti (203-91) from Torino Crocetta. He helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Gotti has played previously for four other teams: Treviglio, Padova Unione, Fossombrone and Civitanova.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An interesting inside player, who has a good mid-range shot and plays very well without the ball.

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Costa d'Orlando signs Andrea Sorrentino - by Eurobasket News

Costa d'Orlando (Serie B) signed 27-year old guard Andrea Sorrentino (185-90). He played last season at Aretusa Siracusa in the Serie C Silver.
Sorrentino's team won Italian Nazionale B Group B Regular Season in 2012.
He has played previously for two other teams: Bondi Ferrara and Ragusa.

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Edoardo Fontana is a newcomer at Piombino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Golfo Piombino (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old shooting guard Edoardo Fontana (193-98kg-98, agency: Octagon Europe) from Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia. In 29 Serie B games he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Fontana spent at PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro (Serie A2). He also played that season for Moncalieri (Serie C Silver).

Basket Golfo Piombino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alessandro Procacci
Edoardo Fontana

Forwards:
Alessio Iardella
Camillo Bianchi

Center:
Edoardo Persico

Coach: Marco Andreazza

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Porto S.Elpidio signs Simone Zanotti - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) signed 25-year old power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) from Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni. In 30 Serie B games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 10.6rpg (#3 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.1bpg last season.
Zanotti ended the previous (2015-16) season at Edimes Pavia where in 10 Serie B games he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie. In 19 Serie B games he averaged 11.3ppg and 6.7rpg.
Zanotti's team made it to the U19 Championships Semifinals in 2011.
He represented Italy at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
Zanotti has played previously for six other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Lucca, Roma S.Azzurra, Ruvo, Fiat Torino and Arzignano.
He could be described: A 6-9 player who is yet able to play the 3 position, thanks to great shooting and quickness. At junior level he dominates inside as a PF, however. Has a bright future, even at pro level.

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Maggiotto
Stefano Cernivani

Forward:
Diego Torresi

Center:
Simone Zanotti

Coach: Massimiliano Domizioli

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Raponi re-signs at Recanati - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 20-year old swingman Davide Raponi (97, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in only one Serie A2 game he did not score anything and 2 assists. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Raponi also played that season for NB Sora 2000 (Serie C Gold). Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in only one Serie C Gold game he recorded just point.

Ambalt Recanati roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vincenzo Di_Viccaro
Andrea Gurini

Forwards:
Giorgio Broglia
Davide Raponi

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Giulio Mascherpa agreed terms with Bergamo - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Giulio Mascherpa (185-92, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona in the Serie A2. In 38 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Mascherpa helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Basket Lecco where in 29 Serie B games he averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.7apg.
Mascherpa has played previously for three other teams: Unieuro Forli, Pavia Basket and Francavilla.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A guard with great scoring skills at junior level.

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Pescara signs Luca Bedetti - by Eurobasket News

Amatori Pescara (Serie B) signed 28-year old swingman Luca Bedetti (193-89, agency: Interperformances) from Benedetto XIV Cento. In 39 Serie B games he had 9.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bedetti played at Basket Santarcangelo where in 23 Serie B games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the group final. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
Bedetti's team won Italian Nazionale B Cup in 2013.
He has played previously for two other teams: Ravenna and Orzinuovi GaGa.
Bedetti could be described: A very ahtletic swingman with an aggressive style of game. Loves to attack the basket penetrating inside and earning free shots thanks to his solid body. Has good mid range shooting skills too and his defensive ability allows him to be very effective at the 2 position, where he can guard smaller opponents.

Amatori Pescara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luca Bedetti
Ennio Leonzio
Michele Caverni

Forward:
Mathias Drigo

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Virtus Bologna signs Pietro Aradori - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) signed 29-year old international shooting guard Pietro Aradori (194-95kg-88) from Fiat Torino. The last season Aradori played at Grissin Bon RE where in 30 Serie A games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. His team made it to the Italian Final Four. Aradori was voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Aradori has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 86.4%.
Aradori has played also professionally in Spain (Movil Estudiantes), Turkey (Galatasaray) and Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, Umana Venezia, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Imola and Angelico Biella).
He could be described: A natural born scorer, with great personality, who loves to stay on the court and to have the ball in clutch moments. Seems older than his real age, even if he tends to go out of control, pointing on his immense offensive talent. Needs to improve his defense at senior level, and to become a better decision maker. Wears every game a pair of black, long socks. Great upside.

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Darussafaka signs JaJuan Johnson, ex MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) signed 28-year old American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-100kg-89, college: Purdue). He has played for the last two seasons at MIA-RO Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and averaged 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he had very remarkable stats: 18.0ppg and 8.2rpg (#4 in the league). Johnson also played 9 games in VTB United League where he recorded high stats: 19.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2011 Johnson was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (27th overall). He attended Purdue University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-Big Ten Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Johnson has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), NBA (Houston Rockets), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge) and Turkey (Besiktas).
He could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man. Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is
.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forward:
JaJuan Johnson

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Fiat Torino inks Durand Scott - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old Jamaican swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL) from Enel Brindisi. In 28 Serie A games in Italy he had 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 15 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in 2016 season. Scott helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
He 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 Scott's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Scott was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
Scott attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett

Forward:
Durand Scott

Center:
Antonio Iannuzzi

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Kyoto Hannaryz tabs Julian Mavunga - by Eurobasket News

Kyoto Hannaryz (B League) inked 27-year old Zimbabwean power forward Julian Mavunga (203-116kg-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) from Shiga L-Stars. In 60 B League games in Japan he was third best scorer with impressive 19.5ppg and recorded 8.1rpg and 3.5apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Honorable Mention.
Mavunga has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Balkan League championship title in 2015. Mavunga received also NABC Division I All-District 14 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Mavunga was a member of Zimbabwean Senior National Team two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Mavunga has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Italy (Angelico Biella), Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Ukraine (Hoverla) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Osaka Evessa inks Trent Plaisted - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa (B League) agreed terms with 31-year old American center Trent Plaisted (211-111kg-86, college: BYU) from Toyota Alvark. In 26 B League games in Japan he had 3.9ppg and 3.9rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League East Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Plaisted also played that season for Phoenix Hagen in German BBL where in 11 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0bpg.
In 2008 Plaisted was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (46th overall). The former Brigham Young University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Plaisted won French ProA championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-MWC 1st Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Plaisted is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Plaisted has played previously professionally in Argentina (La Union), Croatia (KK_Zadar and Cedevita), Italy (Angelico Biella), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Neptunas), Turkey (Aliaga), Ukraine (Cherkasy), NBA (LA Clippers and Phi.76ers) and Germany (ratiopharm Ulm).
He could be described: A lefthanded big man who ruyns very well the court for his size. Plays with great energy and toughness, is a good rebounder at the both ends of the court and has great team mentality.

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Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano tabs Anthony McHenry - by Eurobasket News

Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (B League D2) inked experienced 34-year old American small forward Anthony McHenry (202-101kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). He has played for the last nine years at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa in the B League. In 62 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0bpg last season. B League D2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. McHenry helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League West Division. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Japanese B League All-Star Game.
In 2006 (a year after he left the college) McHenry was drafted by Fort Worth Flyers (D-League) in seventh round (76th overall).
He attended Georgia Tech until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements McHenry won Japanese BJ League Western Division championship title in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team award in 2010 and 2015.
McHenry has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Leicester Riders) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
His game is described as: He is capable of defending four positions, and can handle the ball well.
Versatile player whose lanky build and long arms are big assets on the defensive end, where he has made his most important contributions for the team
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Niigata Albirex lands Masashi Joho - by Eurobasket News

Niigata Albirex (B League) tabbed experienced 35-year old small forward Masashi Joho (183-83kg-82) from Toyama Grouses. Joho has played there for the last six years. In 45 B League games he averaged 13.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements he won Japanese BJ League Eastern Division championship title in 2009 and 2016. Joho received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Japan playing for three other teams: Tokyo Apache, Osaka Evessa and Shiga L-Stars.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Niigata Albirex.

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  LATVIA  


Parma signs Andrejs Grazulis, ex Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) signed 24-year old Latvian international center Andrejs Grazulis (202-95kg-93). He has played for the last three seasons at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg last season. Grazulis helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Grazulis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5bpg.
Grazulis won Baltic League championship title in 2013.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Grazulis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Grazulis' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 10.1ppg, Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 81.0%.
Grazulis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera and Ventspils Augstskola.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Faust
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis

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  LITHUANIA  


Lietkabelis keep Ksistof Lavrinovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) re-signed experienced 38-year old former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-105kg-79). He played there last season. In 48 LKL games he averaged 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. Lavrinovic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Lavrinovic also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Lavrinovic played at Lietuvos rytas. In 43 LKL games he recorded 7.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Lavrinovic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Lavrinovic won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Lavrinovic represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg.
Lavrinovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow, Ural Great and Unics Kazan), Spain (Valencia Basket), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Dzukija) and Italy (Grissin Bon RE and Mens Sana 1871 Siena).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Lietkabelis.
Let's have closer look into Lavrinovic's outlook: Expected till the teenage to become better than his twin brother, has delivered so much that he was offered a contract by the NBA Toronto Raptors in 2004. Has a great body, good hands, solid defensive and offensive skills. Can be considered the prototype of a modern big man, who can spend time at the 4 position (good outside shot !) and at the 5 too (tough inside, not afraid of contacts).

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Darjus Lavrinovic re-signs at Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) confirmed in their roster experienced 38-year old international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-106kg-79). He played there last season. In 36 LKL games he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Lavrinovic helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Lavrinovic played at Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A. In 37 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. Lavrinovic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he got 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2014. Lavrinovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Lavrinovic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 11 games: 6.8ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 80.0%.
Lavrinovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan), Spain (Real Madrid), Turkey (Fenerbahce), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Dzukija) and Ukraine (Budivelnyk).
Lavrinovic is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Lietkabelis.
On Lavrinovic: Tall player, but not enough strong to play against other athletic centers. Quick. Runs the floor very well. Not very stable performance. He's now a very experienced player who can read well any game situation and has developed a good leadership on the court.

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Gintaras Leonavicius

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

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Palma adds Zyle to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa de Palma de Mallorca (LEB Gold) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian center Gediminas Zyle (210-106kg-88, agency: Octagon Europe) from Leyma Basquet Coruna. In 39 LEB Gold games in Spain he had 11.2ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zyle's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Zyle represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 12.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP-1 (74.4%), 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 54.5%.
Zyle has played also professionally in Romania (CSU Sibiu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Neptunas, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Nevezis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

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Vytis keep Jezukevicius for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) re-signed 27-year old center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-98kg-90). He played there last season. In 53 NKL games he recorded 12.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg. Jezukevicius helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 3rd Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Dzukija (LKL) where in 18 games he averaged 4.4ppg and 3.2rpg. Jezukevicius also played that season for Perlas-MRU Vilnius (LKL). In 12 games he had 11.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0apg.
Jezukevicius was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team back in 2010.
He has played previously for five other teams: Lietuvos rytas, Lietkabelis, Sakalai, Dailes Akademija and Trakai.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Edvinas has good body for C player, runs the floor well for his size, rebounds well, a good shotblocker. He is very versible under the basket with his game back to the basket, he is good pick&roll player whom even has good midle range shot. Needs to improve his athletism and have more confidence and decision making on time. If he improves in this, he might become hardly stopable player.

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Paulius Beliavicius

Forwards:
Marijus Uzupis
Gytis Radzevicius

Center:
Edvinas Jezukevicius

Coach: Aurimas Jasilionis

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Vytis keep Radzevicius for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) re-signed 22-year old small forward Gytis Radzevicius (195-95). He played there last season. In 28 NKL games he recorded 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. Radzevicius helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team and Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Perlas-MRU Vilnius where in 22 NKL games he averaged 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team and Honorable Mention.
Radzevicius won Lithuanian SKL A Lyga championship title in 2015.
He has played previously for two other teams: Kupiskis and SKM-Agotos.

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Beliavicius re-signs at Vytis - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-86kg-88). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 50 NKL games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg last season. Beliavicius helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention.
His team was regular season runner-up in Lithuanian NKL in 2016.
Beliavicius was a member of Lithuanian U19 National Team back in 2007.
He has played previously for six other teams: Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Petrochema, Mazeikiai, Nevezis and P.Zvaigzdes.

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Vytis keep Uzupis for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) re-signed 24-year old forward Marijus Uzupis (197-96kg-93). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 37 NKL games he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg last season. Uzupis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Lithuanian NKL in 2016. Uzupis received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore seven years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.3ppg, 1.1rpg.
Uzupis has played previously for two other teams: Suduva-Mantinga and Marijampoles ZSM-Exleasingcar.

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  MAURITIUS  


Mauritian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4David Crudo 01
5Pierre Dhacoo 01
6Rouvin Vydelingum 02
7Jean-Phil Wong 01
8Jeremy Armand 01
9Ryan Jhungur 01
10Hermann Camal 01
11Daniel Sandian 01
12Ridge Sophie 01
13Jean Perrine 01
14Nevish Doorghen 02
15Jean Coopen 02

Christophe Saubestre Head Coach
Jean-Paul Rebatet Assistant
Vincent Soucient Assistant



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  NBA  


Utah Jazz waives Diaw - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) waived experienced 35-year old French international power forward Boris Diaw (203-107kg-82). Diaw played there last season. In 84 NBA games he had 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at the Spurs where in 85 NBA games he recorded 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. Diaw helped them to win the Southwest Division title.
In 2003 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (21st overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diaw was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Diaw has regularly played for French senior team since 2002 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2002.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Diaw has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez, CFBB and JSA Bordeaux) and other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets).
On Diaw: Can score and rebound. Still lacking some defense tricks, but constantly improving. Great potential. Good athlete with all around skills. Hasn't played a lot, but potential is great. Plays similar to many American players by being able to do more than just shoot or score. Recently succesfully moved to the 5 position by coach D'Antoni. Outside, he wasn' t quick enough to guard point guards and not a great shooter. Inside, he proved to be very effective defensively and also to be able to create problems offensively, with his perimeter skills.

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The Pacers cut Georges Niang - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers waived 24-year old forward Georges Niang (203-109kg-93, college: Iowa State). Niang played there last season. But in 23 NBA games he recorded just 0.9ppg.
Last year he was drafted by the Pacers in second round (50th overall). The former Iowa State standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Niang received also NABC All-District 8 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016.

Indiana Pacers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darren Collison
Victor Oladipo
Edmond Sumner

Forwards:
Bojan Bogdanovic
Ben Moore

Center:
Domantas Sabonis

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Black comes back to the Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) inked 26-year old forward Tarik Black (206-119kg-91, college: Kansas). It is actually his comeback to the Rockets as he has played here before. Black played most recently at LA Lakers. In 67 NBA games he recorded 5.7ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Black played at another team D Fenders where in 8 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.0apg and 2.3bpg.
Black has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team won Big 12 Regular Season in 2014. Black received also C-USA All-Defensive Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Black graduated from University of Kansas in 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

Houston Rockets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Paul
James Harden
Deandre Liggins
Tim Quarterman
LJ Peak

Forwards:
P.J. Tucker
Ryan Kelly
Tarik Black
Jarrod Uthoff
Cameron Oliver

Centers:
Nene Hilario
Qi Zhou

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The Bulls tab David Nwaba - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls inked 24-year old guard David Nwaba (193-95kg-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO). He played most recently at LA Lakers. In 20 NBA games he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Nwaba also played that season for another team D Fenders where in 43 games he had 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the D-League Pacific Division title. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive Team and All-Rookie Team.
Nwaba has never been drafted by the NBA.
He received All-Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Nwaba graduated from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Jonathan Simmons joins the Magic - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic added to their roster 28-year old guard Jonathan Simmons (198-88kg-89, college: Houston). He played last season at San Antonio Spurs. In 93 NBA games he had 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. Simmons helped them to win the Southwest Division title.
The previous (14-15) season he played at another team Austin Toros. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Simmons had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 56 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Simmons was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive 3rd Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in ABA (Sugar Land L.).
Simmons attended University of Houston until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Simmons: Versatile go it all SG that simply get it done! 42inch vertical and finishes well above the rim. Electrifying player that plays both sides of the floor. Ha several NBA workouts as a early draft entry. There is no question Simmons' professional basketball future is promising and likely a future NBA, or high level European target.

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Blakeney starts his pro career at Chicago Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls agreed terms with 21-year old guard Antonio Blakeney (193-86kg-96). Blakeney just graduated from Louisiana State University (NCAA). He has played there for the last three years.
Blakeney has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.
Blakeney's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

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The Hawks sign Tyler Dorsey - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks signed 21-year old Greek international shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96). He just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). In 39 games he had 14.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg last season. Dorsey helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Tournament Team.
This summer he was drafted by the Hawks in second round (41st overall). Dorsey just graduated from Oregon and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age he had great career. His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. Dorsey was also voted HS Gatorade State Player of the Year for California and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team in 2015.
Dorsey represented Greece at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 15.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT-2 (52.4%), FT: 76.9%.
Dorsey has played previously for St.John Bosco.

Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josh Magette
Tyler Dorsey

Forwards:
Ersan Ilyasova
Mike Muscala
Tyler Cavanaugh
John Collins

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

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Scott Perry Agrees To Join Knicks As GM On Five-Year Deal - by Eurobasket News

Scott Perry has agreed upon a five-year deal to become general manager of the New York Knicks. Perry joined the Sacramento Kings this offseason from the Orlando Magic. The Knicks previously pursued a deal with David Griffin. Perry will report to Steve Mills.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Collison re-signs at the Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old ex-international forward Nick Collison (208-116kg-80, college: Kansas). In 20 NBA games he had just 1.7ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
In 2003 Collison was drafted by Seattle Supersonics in first round (12th overall). The former University of Kansas staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Collison's team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2016.
He was a member of USA international program for some years. Collison was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2003 and previously for U21 National Team in 2000.
He is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Oklah.City T..
On Collison: Collison is a smooth and talented forward who was one of the nation's most sought-after recruits. Runs the floor well and has a solid shooting touch A dominant inside player with good agility. Gained tremendous national and international experience soon after his high school career concluded. needs to improve his athletic skills to be a factor in NBA, but he' yet a very good rebounder and has gerat attitude.
Smart player; good athlete who gives 110%; outstanding rebounder with good post skills; needs to get stronger
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Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raymond Felton
Paul George

Forwards:
Nick Collison
Patrick Patterson
Rashawn Thomas

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The Celtics ink Abdel Nader - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics signed 24-year old forward Abdel Nader (198-102kg-93, college: Iowa State). He played last season at Maine Red Claws. In 44 NBA G League games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg.
Last year Nader was drafted by the Celtics in second round (58th overall). He attended Iowa State until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball. Nader won D-League Atlantic Division championship title. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2017.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Daniel Theis
Abdel Nader
Ante Zizic
Jayson Tatum

Center:
Aron Baynes

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The Celtics waive Jordan Mickey - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics released 23-year old forward Jordan Mickey (202-100kg-94, college: LSU). Mickey played there last season. But in 25 NBA games he had just 1.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Mickey played at another team Maine Red Claws where in 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg and 3.9bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
Two years ago he was drafted by the Celtics in second round (33rd overall). The former Louisiana State University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
He was voted NABC All-District 21 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Daniel Theis
Ante Zizic
Jayson Tatum

Center:
Aron Baynes

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  NCAA1  


NCAA clears Texas 5-star Mohamed Bamba - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
One of the offseason's most bizarre stories has a fizzling finale. Texas freshman center Mohamed Bamba has been cleared, again, by the NCAA's eligibility center less than two weeks after Bamba's estranged half-brother went on Facebook Live and made allegations with self-described intent to get Bamba off the court next season.
Bamba's half-brother, Ibrahim Johnson, claimed a man named Greer Love provided benefits and gifts to Bamba that violated NCAA bylaws. But Love's long-standing relationship with Bamba had already been established by the NCAA. Still, upon Johnson's video upload and contact to the NCAA, a second round of checks were made.
On Tuesday, the NCAA cleared Bamba. Texas was never formally investigated by the NCAA's enforcement staff. This was purely a matter of amateurism eligibility.

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"After evaluating all available information, the NCAA determined the assistance Greer Love provides to Mohamed Bamba does not violate rules," the NCAA's statement reads. "Bamba remains certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center."
Texas put out a statement with more context toward the decision. Shaka Smart did not release a statement, and did not respond to a text message from CBS Sports about the decision. Via Texas' sports information department, here is the NCAA's interpretation of the situation, and the reason it ruled the way it did -- in UT's favor.
"Based on the information provided, the relationship between [Bamba] and Mr. Love meets the 6/6/2000 pre-existing relationship test. In this case, the relationship between [Bamba] and Mr. Love developed when [Bamba] was in 4th grade through an after school mentoring program. Although the mentoring program had both an academic and athletics purpose, their relationship was not established based on [Bamba's] ability or reputation as an athlete. Further, the pattern of communication between [Bamba] and Mr. Love has been continuous and the benefits provided to [Bamba] have been consistent since the establishment of their relationship. In addition, Mr. Love has a consistent, established pattern of providing comparable benefits to other individuals (and family of individuals) who were also a part of the mentoring program and most of which are pursuing nonathletic career paths/opportunities. Therefore, based on the information provided, the benefits provided to [Bamba] by Mr. Love are not in violation of NCAA amateurism rules. Further, any future benefits provided to [Bamba] by Mr. Love are permissible provided the pattern of such benefits remain consistent. Finally, there is no evidence in the facts provided that Mr. Love meets the definition of an agent for purposes of NCAA rules."
Bamba's inclusion to Texas is massive. He projects as a top-five pick in the 2018 draft and was the No. 2 player in the high school class of 2017, according to 247 Sports. With him playing center for the Longhorns, UT will have an upgraded defensive presence and should expect to contend for the NCAA Tournament after an 11-22 season in 2016-17.



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  NCAA2  


Central Washington Adds Transfer - by Sanjey Noriega

From: wildcatsports.com

The Central Washington men's basketball team has added sophomore transfer Malik Montoya (6'2''-G) to its 2017-18 roster.

Montoya is a 6 foot 2 guard who prepped at Federal Way High School before spending the last two seasons at Division I Seattle University.

As a true freshman with the Redhawks, Montoya played in 13 games before his season was cut short due to injury. Known for his defensive prowess, he contributed 1.5 steals per game in his first season as the sixth-man for Seattle U.

"Malik is a big-time defender, and his ability to lock up the perimeter will be a big asset to us." CWU Head Coach Greg Sparling said. "He had a great high school career where he really got to show his ability to impact a game on the offensive end. He has a good outside shot and can score in many different ways."

As a junior at Federal Way Montoya averaged 17.9 points point per game, scoring a career-high 34 points against Tahoma.



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia). He led Ballarat Miners to an easy victory against the leader Geelong Supercats (13-4) crushing them 107-84 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Henry had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SEABL-East. Ballarat Miners (12-7) are placed third. This year Henry averages: 9.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.7apg in three games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team five years ago.

Tohi Smith-Milner
Tohi Smith-Milner
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia). Smith-Milner led Frankston Blues to a victory against the fourth-ranked Bendigo Braves (9-11) 102-95 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Smith-Milner's second season in pro basketball. Frankston Blues (7-13) are placed seventh in SEABL-South group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Smith-Milner's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 70.6% in nine games. Former Canterbury Rams starter played for the New Zealand national team in 2014.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia). He could not help Eagles (4-12) in their last game. Despite Tawhiti's good performance his team were edged 105-103 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#9) Flames in the SBL group. He recorded 13 points in 21 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Tawhiti's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 72.0% in 23 games. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #4. Forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Buccaneers in their game against Magic (4-17) in the Australian State League (second division). Paringatai cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The second-placed Buccaneers (17-4) were defeated 94-79 in Mandurah by the much lower-ranked Magic (#14) in the SBL group. Paringatai has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

   #5. Former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Spectres (14-5) in their game against Mount Gambier Pioneers (15-2) in the Australian State League (second division). King-Hawea cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. Spectres lost 81-92 in Mt Gambier to the leading Mount Gambier Pioneers in the SEABL-East group. King-Hawea has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #6. Guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Sunshine CR (8-3) in their game against Mackay Meteors (12-2) in the Australian State League (second division). Meehl recorded 6 points. Sunshine CR (#3) was defeated 103-96 in Mackay by the lower-ranked Meteors (#3) in the QBL group. Meehl has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the New Zealand team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia) could not help Brisbane Capitals (8-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Brisbane Capitals (8-2) were edged 95-93 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#9) South West Metro Pirates in the QBL group. Carter was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Carter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in eight games he played so far. Carter has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Norths Soul Sports Bears' victory against the sixth-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (9-8) 82-64 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 11 points. Norths Soul Sports Bears (9-3) are placed third in WARATAH group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Giles averages: 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg.

   #3. Zeke Meehl (181-G-88, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Sunshine CR (8-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Meehl's very good performance the third-placed Sunshine CR (8-3) was defeated 103-96 in Mackay by the lower-ranked Meteors (#3) in the QBL group. He recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Meehl has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian.

   #4. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Eastern Mavericks (13-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Eastern Mavericks (13-3) were badly defeated 99-79 in Flinders Park by the much lower-ranked Woodville Warriors (#8) in the Premier League. Lovell was the top scorer with 20 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lovell's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 1.5apg.



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Jakub Dluski signs at R8 Krakow - by Greg

1Liga newcomer R8 Basket AZS Politechnika Krakow landed 30-year old center Jakub Dluski (200-87). He has played for the last two years at Miasto Szkla Krosno in the PLK. In 32 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Among achievements he won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2014 and 2016. Dluski received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team award in 2016.
Dluski has played previously for three other teams: Astoria Bydgoszcz, LKS MG13 Lodz and Polfarmex.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miguel Cardoso (ex Karlsruhe SC) signs at Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. - by Joao Santos

Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (LPB) landed 24-year old Portuguese point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93). He played most recently at KIT SC Karlsruhe in German Regionalliga. In 23 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 9.2apg and 1.7spg last season. Cardoso helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Berck/Rang du Fliers in French NM1 where in 10 games he had just 2.1ppg and 1.6apg.
Cardoso's team won Portuguese Cup in 2012.
Cardoso represented Portugal at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Cardoso has played previously professionally in Portugal (FC Porto_Ferpinta) and France (JSF Nanterre and Quimper UJAP).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Miguel Maria is a quick point guard, creative and with an outstanding court vision and ability to pass. He loves to penetrate and take responsibility in the clutch time. He's a scoring point guard but he's able to see the pass with talent.

Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Miguel Cardoso
Rui Coelho

Forwards:
Paulo Cunha
Rui Quintino
Stefan Djukic
Filipe Lima

Coach: Fernando Sa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 3. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 4. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 5. Rosario, Quebradillas18.6 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.4 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
 10. Hodge, Arecibo16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce9.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Jefferson, Arecibo9.1 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 7. James, Fajardo8.8 
 8. Clarke, Arecibo8.4 
 9. James, Fajardo8.0 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Browne, San German7.7 
 2. Arroyo, Fajardo7.4 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.1 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 6. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Hodge, Arecibo4.6 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
 10. Clarke, Arecibo4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hodge, Arecibo1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 3. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 4. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Mendoza, Aguada1.2 
 9. Clarke, Arecibo1.2 
 10. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 5. Jefferson, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 8. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 9. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 10. Buckner, Fajardo0.9 


BSN Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Quebradillas and Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Fajardo - Quebradillas 87-94

Quebradillas overcame Fajardo to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. Piratas made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 16 points and 11 assists (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Piratas and four Cariduros players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: E.Ayuso 23+1reb+1ast, R.Buckner 22+15reb, M.Ali Berdiel 14+9reb+3ast, A.Colon 10+7reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 9+1reb+8ast, F.Rivera 5+2reb+2ast
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 21+13reb+2ast, J.Mojica 19+5reb+4ast, W.Daniels 18+6reb+2ast, T.Holloway 16+3reb+11ast, J.Bryan Diaz 12+4reb, L.Hernandez 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550326


Aguada - Arecibo 87-86

Aguada narrowly defeated Arecibo at home court in the opener. Capitanes were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Santeros, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Santeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Brazilian-Spanish center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) added 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Capitanes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 20+3reb+3ast, C.Clarke 15+10reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 14+7reb+3ast, G.Diaz 12+2reb+2ast, D.Cortez 12+1reb, W.Hodge 8+1reb+6ast
Aguada: L.Patterson 20+6reb+3ast, A.Abreu 14+5ast, R.Hettsheimer 14+6reb+4ast, C.Gaston 13+5reb+3ast, E.Andujar 9+6reb+4ast, G.Clavell 8+4reb
gschID: 550325





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Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti signs Dragan Zekovic - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) signed 30-year old Serbian power forward Dragan Zekovic (209-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Zekovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he had 10.9ppg and 4.7rpg. He also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 9.4ppg and 3.6rpg. And finally Zekovic contributed to 11 games in Balkan League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. His team won Macedonian Cup. Zekovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions and Vienna), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Vojvodina, Atlas, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd and Crvena Zvezda) and Romania (Ploiesti).
Zekovic could be described: 210cm tall power forward, who also plays at position 5. He runs the court well, understands the game and is able to fit to any system. Very skilled and coachable player, who has a variety of low post moves which allow him to score in different ways. His shooting range is very high and 3-pts percentage about 40% this season. Unselfish player with high basketball I.Q., great court vision for a big man.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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TEMP SUMZ Revda signs Vadim Balyakin - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) signed 27-year old forward Vadim Balyakin (200-96kg-90) from Parma. In 23 Superleague 1 games he had 3.5ppg in 2015-16 season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season Balyakin played at Krasnie Krilya where in 15 VTB United League games he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.1rpg.
He has played previously for four other teams: Avtodor, Sojuz Zaretchny, Samara 2nd team and Samara 2.

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrei Ivanov
Alexandr Karpukhin
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin

Forwards:
Aleksandr Lavnikov
Vadim Balyakin

Center:
Sergey Karaulov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Parma signs Andrejs Grazulis, ex Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) signed 24-year old Latvian international center Andrejs Grazulis (202-95kg-93). He has played for the last three seasons at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg last season. Grazulis helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Grazulis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5bpg.
Grazulis won Baltic League championship title in 2013.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Grazulis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Grazulis' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 10.1ppg, Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 81.0%.
Grazulis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera and Ventspils Augstskola.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Faust
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B.Muenchen tabs Milan Macvan - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) inked 28-year old Serbian international power forward Milan Macvan (206-118kg-89). He has played for the last two years at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 31 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg last season. Macvan helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Macvan also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Macvan received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Macvan has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Macvan's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.7%.
Macvan has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Turkey (Galatasaray) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Macvan fits the mold of a typical European big man ... He is very skilled big man with high basketball IQ and size for his position ... Has ability to play effectively on the low post and take advantage of his size against smaller defenders./not afraid of banging on the post in order to get good position ... He likes turning to his left shoulder and use right hand baby-hook ... Passes the ball well of the post/very unselfish player that will find teammates open if he is double-teamed.
Lack of athleticism and explosiveness for NBA ... Struggles guarding quicker and more athletic players than him ... Macvan has to improve his lateral quickness and hedge on screens/doesn't recover back quick enough
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FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Milan Macvan
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti signs Dragan Zekovic - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) signed 30-year old Serbian power forward Dragan Zekovic (209-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Zekovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he had 10.9ppg and 4.7rpg. He also played 25 games in ABA League where he recorded 9.4ppg and 3.6rpg. And finally Zekovic contributed to 11 games in Balkan League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. His team won Macedonian Cup. Zekovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions and Vienna), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Vojvodina, Atlas, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd and Crvena Zvezda) and Romania (Ploiesti).
Zekovic could be described: 210cm tall power forward, who also plays at position 5. He runs the court well, understands the game and is able to fit to any system. Very skilled and coachable player, who has a variety of low post moves which allow him to score in different ways. His shooting range is very high and 3-pts percentage about 40% this season. Unselfish player with high basketball I.Q., great court vision for a big man.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Fenerbahce inks Marko Guduric, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) signed 22-year old Serbian international shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Guduric managed to play in three leagues last year. In 19 KLS games he had 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Guduric also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg.
Guduric has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Guduric also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 52.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 73.1%.
Guduric has played also professionally in Serbia for FMP Beograd.

Fenerbahce Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sinan Guler
Bobby Dixon
Melih Mahmutoglu
Konstantinos Sloukas
Marko Guduric

Forwards:
Luigi Datome
Baris Hersek
Nicolo Melli
Nikola Kalinic

Center:
Ahmet Duverioglu

Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B.Muenchen adds Jovic to their roster, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) added to their roster 27-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Jovic (198-90). He has played for the last three seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Jovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 13 KLS games he recorded 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.5apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Jovic also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. And finally he contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg (top 4) and 1.1spg. Jovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jovic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2014 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Jovic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg.
Jovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Zdravlje, Sloga and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac.

FC Bayern Muenchen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Jovic
Braydon Hobbs
Karim Jallow

Forwards:
Alex King
Vladimir Lucic

Center:
Devin Booker

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Dratva is back at Handlova - by Michal Duchovic

MBK Handlova (SBL) agreed terms with 24-year old guard Filip Dratva (197-85kg-93). It is actually his comeback to MBK Handlova as he has played here before. Dratva played last season at KB Kosice (SBL). But in 19 games he had just 1.4ppg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Dratva played at Iskra Svit where in 23 SBL games he recorded only 1.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dratva was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian 1.Liga Honorable Mention in 2015.
He was a member of Slovakian U20 National Team in 2012.
Dratva has played previously for BKM Svit.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Novysedlak
Filip Dratva

Forward:
Ondrej Haviar

Centers:
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic



Dolnik comes back to Handlova - by Michal Duchovic

MBK Handlova (SBL) added to their roster 22-year old center Michal Dolnik (203-95). It is actually his comeback to MBK Handlova as he has played here before. Dolnik played last season at Ziar/Hronom in Slovakian 1.Liga. In 12 games he recorded 6.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg. Dolnik also played that season for BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves. But in 8 SBL games he averaged just 1.4ppg. The other team Dolnik played that season for was Ziar/Hronom where in 12 SBL games he had 6.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
Dolnik represented Slovakia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 2.6rpg.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Jakub Novysedlak

Forward:
Ondrej Haviar

Centers:
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic



Handlova lands Adam Stefek - by Michal Duchovic

MBK Handlova (SBL) tabbed 24-year old center Adam Stefek (207-90kg-93) from MBK SPU Nitra. Stefek has played there for the last four years. In 15 SBL games he averaged 6.9ppg and 4.7rpg last season.
His team made it to the Slovakian Cup final in 2014.



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Olimpija lans Talor Battle (ex-Atomeromu) - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija continued bulding a roster by singing experienced American Talor Battle (182-PG-88, college: Penn St.) on a one-year deal.
Battle started last season in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv and in February moved to Hungarian side Atomeromu SE Paks, where he averaged 16.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 12 Division A games.
Battle has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Germany (Telekom Baskets), Italy (Betaland Capo d'Orlando) and Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut). He played college basketball at The Pennsylvania State until 2011. Battle played in the final of Belgian League in 2015 and represented USA at the World University Games in Serbia eight years ago. His team won bronze medal and Battle averaged 10.0 points (team leading scorer), 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in seven games.



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  SPAIN  


Breogan keeps Quintela for another season - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) re-signed 21-year old point guard Sergi Quintela (182-96). He played there last season. In 39 LEB Gold games he recorded 4.1ppg and 1.1rpg. Quintela helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) where in 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg.
Despite young age Quintela had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has played previously for Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura.

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Lanzarote keeps Rodriguez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Aloe Plus Lanzarote Conejeros (EBA) re-signed 25-year old point guard Raul Rodriguez (186-92). He played there last season. In 14 EBA games he recorded 10.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
Rodriguez has played previously for two other teams: Tenerife and McDonald's.

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Greg Gantt agreed terms with Valladolid - by Eurobasket News

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (LEB Silver) inked 26-year old American guard Greg Gantt (188-93kg-91, college: Florida Atlantic). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played most recently at Magia Huesca in Spanish LEB Gold. In 20 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Gantt also played that season for Zornotza (also in LEB Gold) where in 10 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2013 Gantt was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in third round (41st overall).
The former Florida Atlantic University standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gantt's team won Sun Belt West Division Regular Season in 2011. He received also NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Gantt has played previously professionally in NBA G League (Austin Spurs).

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Greg Gantt
Henri Wade-Chatman

Forward:
Daniel Astilleros

Center:
Sergio De_La_Fuente

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Castello tabs Alfredo Ott - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) inked experienced 34-year old American (has also French passport) guard Alfredo Ott (190-83, college: Dillard) from Melilla Baloncesto. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ott played at Cocinas.com where in 30 LEB Gold games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013. Ott received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has played previously professionally also in United Kingdom (Worthing Thunder) and Spain (Palencia_Baloncesto, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Navarra).
Ott attended Dillard University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An extremely talented guard, who can score a lot at medium European level.

TAU Castello roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alfredo Ott
Joan Faner

Forwards:
Juan Garcia
Charles Nkaloulou

Center:
Eduard Gatell

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FC Barcelona adds Oriola to their roster - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 25-year old power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92). He played last season at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa). In 41 games he recorded 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg. Oriola helped them to win the league title. He also played 23 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Oriola played at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Oriola represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 3.5rpg.
Oriola has played previously for three other teams: Magia_Huesca, La ICL Manresa and Lleida_Basquet.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Heurtel
Rakim Sanders
Shane Larkin

Forwards:
Adam Hanga
Adrien Moerman

Center:
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

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Gran Canaria inks Gal Mekel, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) signed 29-year old Israeli international point guard Gal Mekel (190-87kg-88, college: Wichita State, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 33 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.0apg. Mekel helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Mekel also played 22 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mekel was tested by Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In four Euroleague games he averaged 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He also played 9 games in ABA League where he got 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg and 1.0spg.
Mekel 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 won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2010 and 2013. Mekel was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year in 2013 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Mekel has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Mekel is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Mekel attended Wichita State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: One of the most improving European PGs, he has yet upside. Great court vision and quickness, has leadership and passing skills at Euroleague level.

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Gal Mekel
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley
Marcus Eriksson

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks
Luke Fischer

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Graessle re-signs at CAM E.Soler - by Eurobasket News

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American guard Joe Graessle (193-93kg-92, college: Tiffin). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 23 EBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season. Graessle helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 1st Team.
He graduated from Tiffin University in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler roster for 2017-2018:

Javier Gonzalez
Joe Graessle
Luis Garcia
Miguel Mora

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Palma adds Zyle to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa de Palma de Mallorca (LEB Gold) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian center Gediminas Zyle (210-106kg-88, agency: Octagon Europe) from Leyma Basquet Coruna. In 39 LEB Gold games in Spain he had 11.2ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zyle's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Zyle represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 12.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP-1 (74.4%), 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 54.5%.
Zyle has played also professionally in Romania (CSU Sibiu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Neptunas, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Nevezis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

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CB Pardinyes-Lleida keeps Aventin for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Pardinyes-Lleida (EBA) re-signed Jaime Aventin. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 22 EBA games he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
Aventin's team was Runner-Up of EBA Group C-B Regular Season 2017.

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  TURKEY  


Yalova Bld signs Markel Starks, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

Yalova Group Belediye Spor (TBL) signed 26-year old American guard Markel Starks (188-79kg-91, college: Georgetown). He played last season at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 14 games he was third best scorer with 13.6ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 4.9apg (top 3). Starks also spent pre-season at Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL that year where in four games he had 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Starks was voted All-Big East 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Starks has played previously professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans) and Italy (Vanoli Cremona and FCM Ferentino).
He attended Georgetown University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Starks could be described: A super quick player, with great offensive instinct and scoring ability that make him more a combo guard that a true PG. Has great athletic skills and he's actively working to his defense on the perimeter.

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Pertevniyal inks Oguzhan Sungur - by Eurobasket News

Pertevniyal Genclik Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 26-year old forward Oguzhan Sungur (205-91) from Turk Telekom. In 16 TBL games he had 5.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season Sungur played at Bursaspor (TB2L) where in 26 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
He represented Turkey at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Sungur has played previously for four other teams: Tofas, Trabzonspor, Sakarya BSB and Final Genclik.

Pertevniyal Genclik Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Adem Oren
Reha Oz
Oguzhan Sungur
Hamit Sezaver
Huseyin Akin Kandemir
Mehmet Ata Evren
Ugur Hortum

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James Bell (ex Hapoel Holon) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American swingman James Bell (197-100kg-92, college: Villanova). He played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. In 37 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season. Bell helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Bell played at Sluc Nancy in French ProA where in 28 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg.
Bell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg.
Bell has played also professionally in Italy (Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Villanova University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Bell is described as: An explosive leaper who thrives in transition ... Offers size and a quality shooting touch from the wing spot ... Has range beyond the 3-point arc.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Fenerbahce inks Marko Guduric, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) signed 22-year old Serbian international shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Guduric managed to play in three leagues last year. In 19 KLS games he had 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Guduric also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg.
Guduric has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Guduric also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 52.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 73.1%.
Guduric has played also professionally in Serbia for FMP Beograd.

Fenerbahce Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sinan Guler
Bobby Dixon
Melih Mahmutoglu
Konstantinos Sloukas
Marko Guduric

Forwards:
Luigi Datome
Baris Hersek
Nicolo Melli
Nikola Kalinic

Center:
Ahmet Duverioglu

Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

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Darussafaka signs JaJuan Johnson, ex MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) signed 28-year old American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-100kg-89, college: Purdue). He has played for the last two seasons at MIA-RO Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and averaged 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he had very remarkable stats: 18.0ppg and 8.2rpg (#4 in the league). Johnson also played 9 games in VTB United League where he recorded high stats: 19.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2011 Johnson was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (27th overall). He attended Purdue University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-Big Ten Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Johnson has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), NBA (Houston Rockets), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge) and Turkey (Besiktas).
He could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man. Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is
.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Egehan Arna

Forward:
JaJuan Johnson

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Coach Zare Markovski (ex Scafati) joins Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News

Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with experienced 57-year old FYR Macedonian-Italian coach Zare Markovski (agency: Global Sports Plaza). He coached most recently at Givova Scafati Basket in Italian Serie A2. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markovski coached in the final of Italian SerieA in 2007. He was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
Markovski was coaching FYR Macedonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has coached previously professionally also in Switzerland (Lugano Tigers) and Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta, Umana Venezia and Fortituto Kontatto Bologna).

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Yigit Vardal is a newcomer at Mugla Orman - by Eurobasket News

Mugla Ormanspor (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Yigit Vardal (190-92). He played last season at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in the TB2L. In 9 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg. Vardal helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Eskisehir Basket where in 34 TBL games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Vardal represented Turkey at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Vardal has played previously for five other teams: Istanbulspor, Pertevniyal, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Gelisim and Akhisar Bld.

Mugla Ormanspor roster for 2017-2018:

Onat Akis
Baris Erlim
Yigit Vardal
Cagil Topbas
Yigit Yuceer

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Errick McCollum agreed terms with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) from Galatasaray. In 12 BSL games in Turkey he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg last season. McCollum also played that season for Fly Dragons in Chinese CBA where in 36 games he was second best scorer with impressive 37.5ppg and had 6.4rpg, 3.7apg and 2.3spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements McCollum's team made it to the Turkish League Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year award in 2016.
Thanks to McCollum's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). McCollum has played previously professionally in Greece (Panionios and Apollon Patras), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and GreenTops Netanya) and China (Golden Bulls).
He attended Goshen College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krunoslav Simon
Birkan Batuk
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


Umana Venezia lands Mitchell Watt, ex Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) tabbed 28-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-102kg-89, college: Buffalo). He played most recently at Al Ahli in UAE D1 league. Watt also played that season for Juvecaserta where in 30 Serie A games he averaged 14.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.8bpg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Watt won Balkan League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Watt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nes Ziona), NBA (Golden State Warriors) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Watt attended University of Buffalo until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone

Forwards:
Mitchell Watt
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Sheffield Sharks land Rob Marsden - by Jeff King

DBL Sharks Sheffield (BBL) tabbed 29-year old power forward Rob Marsden (200-88, college: Findlay, OH) from Leeds Force. Marsden has played there for the last three years. In 33 BBL games he averaged 13.8ppg, 8.3rpg (#4 in the league) and 2.0apg last season.
Among other achievements his team won British National Cup in 2013. Marsden received also Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He was a member of British U20 National Team back in 2007.
Marsden has played previously professionally also in France (Cognac BB) and United Kingdom (Manchester Giants and Arrows).
He attended Findlay, OH until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Worthing Thunder signs Zaire Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Worthing Thunder (NBL D1) signed 31-year old American guard Zaire Taylor (193-86, college: Missouri). He played last season at London Lions (BBL). In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.2apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 3). NBL D1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Taylor helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at ADA Blois in French NM1 where in 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. Taylor contributed to his team winning the league title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Taylor has played also professionally in Holland (M.Magixx), United Kingdom (Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves) and ABA (Staten Island V.).
He attended University of Missouri until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Taylor could be described: A winner throughout his career, he's a rock solid SG, who scores a lot in various ways and an interesting clutch mentality.

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Force Part Ways With Coach Newby - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force today announced that they have parted company with Head Coach Matt Newby . After three years at the helm and having helped Leeds establish themselves in the BBL Coach Newby will move onto new challenges as the club looks to move onto a new chapter in its history. With a combined league record of 31 wins and 71 losses Coach Newby guided Leeds Force to their first ever playoff berth in 2016 and has secured himself an important place in the club's history. Leeds Force CEO, Mark Mills said 'I want to thank Matt for all his hard work over the past three years and without him we wouldn't be where we are. He approaches the game with a passion that is unrivalled and is one of the most driven people I have met. However, the time has come for both Matt and the club to move in different directions. Everyone at the club wishes Matt all the best for his future and we have no doubt that he will bring wins to wherever he coaches.' Leeds Force will now start the search to find a new coach in time for the new season as they look to improve on their 11th place finish last season. Player recruitment is already underway and the club hopes that fans are excited to see the new look Force take to the court in September.
Courtesy of: leedsforce.co.uk



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  URUGUAY  


Gonzalez number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Emiliano Gonzalez (198-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Sayago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Auriblanco (#11, 3-7) 84-79. 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 9-0 record. In the team's last game Gonzalez had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sayago, through which he has constantly improved. Emiliano Gonzalez averages this season 15.4ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was Rodrigo Goncalvez of Auriblanco. Goncalvez had a very good evening with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Auriblanco lost that game 79-84 to league's leader Sayago (#1, 9-0). Auriblanco is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Goncalvez is one of the most experienced players at Auriblanco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#7). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Charles McCann (193-F) of Tabare (#3). McCann scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Tabare, leading his team to a 70-65 win against the lower-ranked Colon (#12, 2-9). Tabare needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. McCann has a very solid season. In 10 games in Uruguay he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Federico Della Mea (187-F-92) of Colon - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) of Colon - 11 points and 8 rebounds
8. Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) of Tabare - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Alvaro Taibo (190-F-80) of Auriblanco - 9 points and 9 rebounds
10. Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) of Sayago - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Anthony Danridge leads Atenas for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) netted 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds leading Atenas to beat Capitol 107-76 for the Metro League 11 th round. For Capitol Joseph Efese (198-F) finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Other results for the tournament to promote three teams to the Uruguayan League:
Sayago 96 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 22 points and 14 rebounds
Union Atletica 74 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 21 points and 7 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 70 - Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 18 points, Gary Johnson (198-F-88, college: Texas) 9 points and 9 rebounds
Tabare 66 - Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 16 points and 9 rebounds
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Cordon 74 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 18 points 9 rebounds
Verdirrojo 71 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 29 points 5 rebounds
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Colon 90 - Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) 23 points 10 rebounds
Auriblanco 80 - Rodrigo Goncalves (200-SF-87) 19 points 10 rebounds
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Marne 89 -Tyrone McNeal (211-C-87) (213-C-85) 24 points 16 rebounds
Stockolmo 82 - Octavio Medina (195-F-96) 33 points 11 rebounds and Rashaun Stimage (202-F, college: De Paul) 8 points 7 rebounds



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  VENEZUELA  


Eliezer Montano (ex Panteras) joins Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91). He played last season at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB league. In 13 games he had 3.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg. Montano also spent pre-season at Bucaneros (also in LPB) that year.

He helped his team to make it to the Venezuelan LNB Semifinals in 2016.

Montano has played previously professionally in Venezuela (Marinos, Toros, Araguenos and Marinos) and Bolivia (Univ.Domingo, CAN Oruro and Derecho).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Khimky targeting Cory Jefferson but face compatition from Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Anton Levov

BC Khimki Moscow Region are still in the market for a center and according to sources they held talks with Cory Jefferson (206-F-90, college: Baylor) representatives in Las Vegas.
BC Khimki Moscow Region are looking to bolster its front line,and after the addition of Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) they are looking for the perfect fit for the American forward.The team front office has made an offer for Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) of Panathinaikos,but according to a source from the Managment they think the deal has a slim chance of being agreed and they are moving their efforts to try and sign Jefferson.
The American forward/center has played last season for Austin San Antonio Spurs of the G-League and in the Alaska Aces (Philippines-PBA, He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 60th place of the 2014 Draft but didn't get a deal there.he had a stints at the Brooklyn Nets (2014-15) and the Phonix Suns.
Jefferson is also a target of other Euroleague club - Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv who also held talks with the player's agent in Las Vegas.



Parma signs Andrejs Grazulis, ex Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) signed 24-year old Latvian international center Andrejs Grazulis (202-95kg-93). He has played for the last three seasons at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg last season. Grazulis helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Grazulis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5bpg.
Grazulis won Baltic League championship title in 2013.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Grazulis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Grazulis' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 10.1ppg, Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 81.0%.
Grazulis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera and Ventspils Augstskola.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Faust
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Russia



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  ZIMBABWE  


Kyoto Hannaryz tabs Julian Mavunga - by Eurobasket News

Kyoto Hannaryz (B League) inked 27-year old Zimbabwean power forward Julian Mavunga (203-116kg-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) from Shiga L-Stars. In 60 B League games in Japan he was third best scorer with impressive 19.5ppg and recorded 8.1rpg and 3.5apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Honorable Mention.
Mavunga has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Balkan League championship title in 2015. Mavunga received also NABC Division I All-District 14 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Mavunga was a member of Zimbabwean Senior National Team two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Mavunga has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Italy (Angelico Biella), Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Ukraine (Hoverla) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Japan




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  BULGARIA  


Beroe signs Karina Konstantinova - by Eurobasket News

Beroe Stara Zagora (NBL) signed 18-year old international point guard Karina Konstantinova (163-99). Konstantinova represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U16 Division B in Ohrid-Struga (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Chelsey Lee (ex Haskovo 2012) joins Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) added to their roster 28-year old American center Chelsey Lee (193-89, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Haskovo 2012 in Bulgarian NBL league. In 24 games she had very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. Lee helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Her career allowed her to visit three different continents. Lee tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Korea (KEB Hanabank), Romania (Galati) and Spain (CREF Hola).
Lee attended Rutgers, The State University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Enrica Pavia
Ashley Ravelli
Giulia Moroni
Valentina Bonasia

Forwards:
Nina Premasunac
Elena Castello

Centers:
Chelsey Lee
Valentina Gatti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Review of Day 3 in Saint Thomas - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands - Bahamas 63-56
Virgin Islands claimed the third consecutive victory at the championship. They held off Bahamas to stay perfect. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90, college: Portland) stepped up with 22 points and 9 boards in the win. Virgin Islands recorded a 39:28 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Imani Tate (173-G-95, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 20 points for the winners. Philicia Kelly (175-F-89) responded with 14 points for Bahamas.

Puerto Rico - Mexico 58-64
Mexico held off Puerto Rico for 2-1 record. Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-F-93, college: Charleston) delivered 17 points for the winning side. Puerto Rico grabbed a 31:27 halftime advantage. Mexico however answered with a 16:9 run in the third term to surge ahead. They drained 21 points in the final stanza and iced the win. Alexis Castro (180-F/G-86, college: Vermont) deposited 10 points for the winners. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) responded with 17 points for Puerto Rico.

Jamaica - Guatemala 66-48
Jamaica posted the second victory in Saint Thomas. They overcame Guatemala for 2-1 record. Tarita Gordon (165-PG-89) recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Jamaica secured a 31:28 halftime lead. Jamaica used a 20:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Antoinette Bannister (178-G/F-93) recorded 13 points in the win. Sonia Vasquez (182-F-83) responded with 20 points for Guatemala.




Review of Day 2 in Saint Thomas - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands - Mexico 63-55
Virgin Islands recorded the second straight victory in Saint Thomas. The hosts held off Mexico behind 19 points and 8 boards from Natalie Day (182-G/F-90, college: Portland). Virgin Islands posted a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points and rallied to the victory. Victoria Hamilton (178-G-91) provided 18 points in the win. Alexis Castro (180-F/G-86, college: Vermont) responded with 11 points for Mexico.

Guatemala - Puerto Rico 55-87
Puerto Rico cruised to the second straight victory in Saint Thomas. Ashley Perez (173-G-94) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winning side. Puerto Rico accumulated a 39:26 halftime lead. They followed with a 30:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Dayshalee Salaman (163-PG-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) netted 14 points for the winning side. Sonia Vasquez (182-F-83) responded with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Guatemala.

Bahamas - Jamaica 48-64
Jamaica rallied past Bahamas to improve at 1-1 record at the tournament. Yanique Gordon (193-F/C-91, college: Cent.Florida) and Sasha Dixon (167-G-87) provided 16 points each to lead the winners. Jamaica eked out a 31:27 halftime lead. Jamaica held Bahamas to just 8 points in the third term to open a 12-point lead at the final intermission and cruised to the win. Leashja Grant (188-C-94) responded with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Bahamas.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Empoli keeps Pochobradska for another season - by Eurobasket News

Use Scotti Empoli (Serie A2) re-signed 28-year old Czech center Klara Pochobradska (186-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 21 Serie A2 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.5spg last season. Pochobradska helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 1st Team.
She played in the final of Czech Republic D1 in 2015.
Pochobradska was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She played for Czech Republic Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Pochobradska also represented Czech Republic at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Sokol Hradec Kralove).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20  

Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Melisa BRCANINOVIC
  BIH
  (185-PF-99)
  Avg: 27
 1. Brcaninovic, BIH27.0 
 2. Goncalves, POR22.2 
 3. Nogic, SRB19.4 
 4. Strautmane, LAT19.2 
 5. Studer, HUN18.2 
 6. Prezelj, SLO17.4 
 7. Bankole, FRA16.4 
 8. Salvadores, ESP16.4 
 9. Shabanova, RUS16.2 
 10. Meskonyte, LTU16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olbis Futo ANDRE
  (190-C-98)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Andre, ITA15.5 
 2. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA12.4 
 3. Djordjevic, SRB11.4 
 4. Senicar, SLO10.2 
 5. Mununga, BEL10.2 
 6. Wadling, SWE9.7 
 7. Ndiba, NED9.6 
 8. Bankole, FRA9.2 
 9. Ocvirk, SLO8.8 
 10. Keys, ITA8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Agnes STUDER
  (168-PG-98)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Studer, HUN6.8 
 2. Ramette, BEL5.4 
 3. Burovaya, RUS5.4 
 4. Aho, HUN5.0 
 5. Katanic, SRB4.8 
 6. Berkani, FRA4.6 
 7. Domuzin, BIH4.6 
 8. Bernardeco, POR4.2 
 9. Kovacevic, BIH4.0 
 10. Brcaninovic, BIH4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Carolina GONCALVES
  (174-F-97)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Goncalves, POR3.8 
 2. Ari, TUR2.8 
 3. Foppossi, FRA2.6 
 4. Berkani, FRA2.6 
 5. Kozik, RUS2.6 
 6. Brcaninovic, BIH2.4 
 7. Ramette, BEL2.4 
 8. Ndiba, NED2.4 
 9. Conde, ESP2.4 
 10. Studer, HUN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anna Rezija DREIMANE
  LAT
  (197-C-97)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dreimane, LAT2.4 
 2. Senicar, SLO2.2 
 3. Stocklassa, SWE2.0 
 4. Andre, ITA1.8 
 5. Gwashavanhu, SLO1.7 
 6. Strautmane, LAT1.6 
 7. Meskonyte, LTU1.4 
 8. Puc, POL1.4 
 9. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.2 
 10. Resimont, BEL1.2 


Spain, Russia, Slovenia and France reach semifinals in Matosinhos - by Eurobasket News

QUARTERFINALS
Belgium - Russia 49-56
Russia held off Belgium to advance into the semifinal stage. Elizaveta Shabanova (196-C-97) recorded 13 points and 7 boards to pace the winners. Russia went on a 23:9 run in the opening frame to clear off. Belgium managed to narrow the gap in the following periods but never threatened the margin as Russia marched to the victory. Kristina Safonova (183-F/G-97) netted 9 points for the winners. Laure Resimont (185-F/C-98) responded with 16 points for Belgium.

Spain - Hungary 67-53
Spain outscored Hungary to remain in the title hunt. Maria Perez Araujo (182-F-97) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners. Spain ensured a 38:34 halftime lead. They ignited a 19:5 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Maria Conde (187-F-97, college: Florida St.) delivered 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Agnes Studer (168-PG-98, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points for Hungary.

Latvia - Slovenia 61-64
Slovenia nipped Latvia to enter the semifinal stage. Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) notched 19 points and 6 rebounds in the winning effort. Latvia established a 38:28 halftime lead. But Slovenia managed to survive the challenge. They went on a 36:23 second half rally to snatch a narrow win. Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) tallied 13 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Laura Grabe (178-F/G-98) responded with 18 points for Latvia.

Italy - France 61-77
France rallied past Italy in the quarterfinal clash. Ornella Bankole (181-SF-97) tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds for les Bleues. France unleashed 32 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. They followed with a 33:23 second half run to ice the victory. Marie-Paule Foppossi (184-F/C-98) netted 17 points for the winning side. Olbis-Futo Andre responded with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Azzurri.
9-16 Place
Portugal - Bosnia 80-77 OT
Portugal survived an overtime thriller against Bosnia in the classification round. Carolina Goncalves (174-F-97) posted 25 points to lead the hosts. Bosnia entered the fourth term up by three points. But Portugal held their opponents to just 15 points in the quarter to force overtime. The hosts dropped 13 points in the extra period to seal the win. Maianca Umabano (180-F-97) provided 20 points for the winners. Melisa Brcaninovic (185-PF-99, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 36 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lithuania - Serbia 73-79
Serbia upset Lithuania to avoid relegation round. Jovana Nogic (181-G-97) came up with 33 points to pace the winners. Lithuania recorded a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. Serbia pulled within a single point at halftime 40:39. Serbia followed with a 22:15 run in the fourth quarter to snatch victory. Snezana Bogicevic (177-SG-97) posted 15 points in the win. Gabija Meskonyte (181-SG-98) tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania.

Sweden - Holland 54-53
Sweden eked out a narrow win over Netherlands to avoid relegation. Emilia Stocklassa (190-C-98) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Netherlands snatched a 25:23 halftime lead. But Sweden used a 23:10 run in the third term to spur ahead. Netherlands limited their opponents to just 8 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Gunesh Ozturk chipped in 11 points for Sweden. Laura Westerik (170-G-98) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Netherlands.

Poland - Turkey 77-68
Poland outgunned Turkey in the classification round. Anna Makurat (181-G-00) posted 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Turkey enjoyed a massive 27:10 lead after the opening frame. They extended the lead at 22-point mark at the interval. But Poland turned things around in the second half. They unloaded 56 points in the second part of the game to get away with a narrow win. Alicja Szloser (179-SF-97) had 18 points in the victory. Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97, agency: LBM Management) responded with 19 points for Turkey.



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  FIBA OCEANIA U17  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miela GOODCHILD
  AUS
  (175-G/F-0)
  Avg: 23
 1. Goodchild, AUS23.0 
 2. Bourne, AUS19.0 
 3. Ropati, SAM18.4 
 4. Clarke, AUS18.0 
 5. DAngelo, AUS16.0 
 6. Leger-Walker, NZL15.5 
 7. San-Nicolas, GUM15.0 
 8. Whittaker, NZL14.8 
 9. Puli, AUS14.0 
 10. Canaldo, NCA14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frances ROPATI
  SAM
  (--0)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Ropati, SAM12.6 
 2. Sugiyama, PLW11.0 
 3. San-Nicolas, GUM10.8 
 4. Kamodji, NCA10.5 
 5. Bourne, AUS9.8 
 6. Ratidara, MAI9.0 
 7. ONeill, NZL8.6 
 8. Qenenoj, NCA7.8 
 9. Rees, AUS7.0 
 10. Clarke, AUS7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olivia O''NEILL
  NZL
  (173-G-0)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. ONeill, NZL5.6 
 2. Leger-Walker, NZL4.5 
 3. Clarke, AUS4.4 
 4. McDowell-W., AUS4.2 
 5. Hunter, NZL3.7 
 6. Gould, AUS3.6 
 7. Goodchild, AUS3.4 
 8. Heal, AUS3.4 
 9. Rangi, NZL3.3 
 10. DAngelo, AUS3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frances ROPATI
  SAM
  (--0)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ropati, SAM4.0 
 2. ONeill, NZL4.0 
 3. Motufoua, SAM4.0 
 4. Heal, AUS3.8 
 5. Goodchild, AUS3.6 
 6. Mere, TAH3.5 
 7. Teriierooite., TAH3.5 
 8. Tavanae, TAH3.5 
 9. DAngelo, AUS3.4 
 10. Clarke, AUS3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristen SUGIYAMA
  PLW
  (--2)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sugiyama, PLW1.8 
 2. Hettig, SAM1.8 
 3. San-Nicolas, GUM1.4 
 4. Rees, AUS1.2 
 5. Clarke, AUS1.0 
 6. Leger-Walker, NZL1.0 
 7. Ropati, SAM0.8 
 8. Oliver, AUS0.6 
 9. Bourne, AUS0.6 
 10. Whittaker, NZL0.6 


Australia crowned champions in Guam - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Australia - New Zealand 81-60
Australia are Oceania U17 champions. They edged New Zealand in the title game in Guam today. Isabelle Bourne (186-C-00) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the champions. New Zealand eked out a 23:22 lead after the first period. Australia however turned things around in the second term. The Sapphires ensured a 39:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 42:28 run in the second half to seal the win. Chelsea D'Angelo (180-F-00) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Charlisse Leger-Walker (167-G-01) responded with 21 points for New Zealand.
3-4 Place
Guam - Samoa 58-88
Samoa outgunned Guam to claim the Bronze medals. Frances Ropati (00) provided 32 points, 17 rebounds and 9 steals to lead the winners. Samoa accumulated a 52:34 halftime lead. They held the hosts to just 24 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Latorya Ropati (00) provided 16 points and 9 boards in the win. Mia San-Nicolas (01) responded with 18 points and 8 boards for Guam.



New Zealand and Australia to clash for title in Guam - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
New Zealand - Samoa 81-36
New Zealand outgunned Samoa to make through into the Final. Charlotte Whittaker (187-F-00) delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Samoa led by two points 13:11 after ten minutes. But New Zealand responded with a 51:10 run in the next two periods to ensure a comfortable lead. Lauryn Hippolite (174-G-00) connected for 17 points in the win. Frances Ropati (00) responded with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Samoa.

Australia - Guam 154-12
Australia knocked down Guam to advance into the title game. The Sapphires recorded a massive 80:2 halftime advantage and coasted to the victory in the second half. Emma Clarke (183-G/F-99) stepped up with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Isabelle Bourne (186-C-00) contributed 25 points and 15 rebounds for Australia. Haley Senne (00) responded with 4 points for Guam.




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  GREECE  


Olympiacos keep Chalivera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos Pireus (A1) re-signed 32-year old international swingman Tania Chalivera (178-85). She has played there for the last five seasons. In 13 A1 games she recorded 4.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season. Chalivera also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.5rpg. Her team won Greek Cup for four years in a row (between 2014 and 2017). Chalivera received Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Honorable Mention award in 2017.
She has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Chalivera has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
She also represented Greece at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3spg.
Chalivera has played previously for three other teams: Panionios, Iraklis and FEA Neas.

Olympiacos Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evanthia Maltsi
Anthoula Balta
Tania Chalivera
Angeliki Nikolopoulou
Yvonne Anderson

Forwards:
Olga Chatzinikolaou
Katerina Sotiriou
Evina Stamati
Styliani Kaltsidou
Zoi Dimitrakou
Mirna Mazic
Anna Spyridopoulou

Center:
Victoria Macaulay

Coach: Eleni Kapogianni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mykia Dowdell of Oak Ridge commits to MTSU basketball - by Eurobasket News

Familiarity and a desire to play for a hall of fame coach led Mykia Dowdell to Middle Tennessee State. Dowdell, a rising senior at Oak Ridge High School, said Thursday night that she has committed to play basketball for the Blue Raiders. The 5-foot-8 Dowdell, who has played mostly post in high school, will likely transition to the 3 position at MTSU. Dowdell will have no trouble finding her way around her new digs at Murphy Center. She has helped the Lady Wildcats to back-to-back state Class AAA tournament appearances on the Blue Raiders' home court in Murfreesboro and is well familiar with MTSU coach Rick Insell. 'Middle just felt like home to me,' Dowdell explained. 'We've been to the state tournament at MTSU the last two years and I just felt like I bled blue.' Dowdell said she consulted with Oak Ridge coach Paige Redman about Insell. Redman was an AAU All-American for Insell before starring at Vanderbilt (1996-99). 'I talked to Coach Redman about my decision, and she said if Coach Insell had been at Middle Tennessee when she was coming out of high school she would have gone there,' said Dowdell. 'She loves Coach Insell.' Dowdell has another tie to Insell. Her mother, Tammy Dowdell, was an all-state player for Oak Ridge's undefeated 1988 team that edged Shelbyville, 60-58, in the state Class AAA championship game. Insell coached Shelbyville to 10 state championships. Dowdell said East Tennessee State was her other finalist. Others who offered, she said, included mid-majors such as Chattanooga, UAB, Austin-Peay, Appalachian State and Louisiana Tech. Dowdell has started 100 consecutive games for Oak Ridge and helped the Lady Wildcats to consecutive 30-win seasons. Last season she averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Given Dowdell's work ethic and relentless style of play, Redman said the sometimes difficult transition from post to perimeter is doable. 'Mykia has worked really hard in the offseason on her ball-handling skills and outside shooting,' said Redman. 'With her build and her physicality, you don't find that with a lot of perimeter players. I think (college) coaches saw a lot of upside there. She plays hard and she battles. She does a lot of the dirty work, taking charges and being in the right position.'
Courtesy of: knoxnews.com



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  ISRAEL  


Levitsky re-signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Israeli international power forward Katia Levitsky (190-85, college: Villanova). She is a dual citizen owning also Ukrainian passport. Levitsky has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 D1 games she had 10.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg last season. She helped them to win the League title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Levitsky also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Levitsky has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. She has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2003 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
Levitsky represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.4%, FT: 57.1%.
Levitsky has played previously professionally also in Romania (CSM Targoviste) and Israel (Ramat Hasharon, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Elitzur Ramla and Bnot Hertzeliya).
She attended Villanova University until 2005 and it will be her 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naomi Kolodny
Tia Presley



Forwards:
Katia Levitsky
Sara Hattis

Coach: Adan Inbar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Valente re-signs at Albino - by Eurobasket News

Fassi Albino (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old power forward Emanuela Valente (185-97). She played there last season. In 28 Serie A2 games she had 4.6ppg and 4.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Valente played at Carispezia La Spezia where in 18 games she recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.3rpg. She helped them to win the A2 title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
Valente is a member of Italian U20 National Team.
She has played previously for Brindisi.

Fassi Albino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Chiara Lussana

Forwards:
Emanuela Valente
Ilaria Bonvecchio

Center:
Elisa Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Empoli keeps Pochobradska for another season - by Eurobasket News

Use Scotti Empoli (Serie A2) re-signed 28-year old Czech center Klara Pochobradska (186-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 21 Serie A2 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.5spg last season. Pochobradska helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 1st Team.
She played in the final of Czech Republic D1 in 2015.
Pochobradska was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She played for Czech Republic Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Pochobradska also represented Czech Republic at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Sokol Hradec Kralove).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chelsey Lee (ex Haskovo 2012) joins Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) added to their roster 28-year old American center Chelsey Lee (193-89, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Haskovo 2012 in Bulgarian NBL league. In 24 games she had very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. Lee helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Her career allowed her to visit three different continents. Lee tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Korea (KEB Hanabank), Romania (Galati) and Spain (CREF Hola).
Lee attended Rutgers, The State University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Enrica Pavia
Ashley Ravelli
Giulia Moroni
Valentina Bonasia

Forwards:
Nina Premasunac
Elena Castello

Centers:
Chelsey Lee
Valentina Gatti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Riva del Garda lands Giorgia Ermito - by Eurobasket News

Cestistica Rivana - Riva del Garda (Serie A3) tabbed 29-year old power forward Giorgia Ermito (185-88). She has played for the last two years at Maddalena Vision Palermo in the Serie A2. In 23 games she averaged 7.1ppg and 4.6rpg last season.
Ermito won A2 South in 2010.
She has played previously for three other teams: Viterbo, Rende and Lucca.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Udominate lands Gintare Mazionyte - by Eurobasket News

Udominate Basket Umea (Damligan) tabbed 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Gintare Mazionyte (188-91, college: Texas). She played most recently at Ceprini Orvieto in Italian Serie A2. In 27 games she averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 11.7rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 2.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Player of the Year, Bosman Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season Mazionyte played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL where in 27 games she had 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
Mazionyte was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Mazionyte also represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 13.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 61.1%.
Mazionyte has played previously professionally in Spain (IF Air Europa) and Lithuania (Fortuna).
She attended University of Texas until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Artego Bydgoszcz welcomes back Stallworth - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) tabbed 25-year old American ex-international forward Denesha Stallworth (190-92, college: Kentucky, agency: LBM Management). It is actually her comeback to Bydgoszcz as she has played here before. Stallworth played in the summer at GIE Matrix (WUBA) in the U.S. The last season she played at Artego Bydgoszcz where in 34 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and recorded 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. Stallworth helped them to make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Honorable Mention.
Three years ago she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (25th overall).
The former University of Kentucky staris in her fourth season in pro basketball. She received Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup 1st Team award in 2017. Stallworth was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.
And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Stallworth has played previously professionally in Australia (Canberra Capitals and SEQ), Spain (Universitario de Ferrol) and Poland (Wisla Can-Pack).

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Julie McBride
Jennifer O'Neill

Forwards:
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej
Justyna Cegielska
Elzbieta Miedzik
Denesha Stallworth

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Mendes comes back to Uniao Sportiva - by Joao Santos

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada (Liga Feminina) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Senegalese shooting guard Felicite Mendes (170-91). It is actually her comeback to Ponta Delgada as she has played here before. Mendes played last season at Zamarat in Spanish LFB league. In 10 games she recorded 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mendes played at Uniao Sportiva where in 27 games she averaged 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to win the Portuguese League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Mendes also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg.
Mendes represented Portugal at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Eilat (Israel) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 63.2%.
Mendes has played previously for another Portuguese team Lombos Quinta.

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felicite Mendes
Joanna Smith

Forwards:
Maria Ferreira
Clara Rodrigues

Coach: Ricardo Botelho

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SENEGAL  


Mendes comes back to Uniao Sportiva - by Joao Santos

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada (Liga Feminina) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Senegalese shooting guard Felicite Mendes (170-91). It is actually her comeback to Ponta Delgada as she has played here before. Mendes played last season at Zamarat in Spanish LFB league. In 10 games she recorded 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mendes played at Uniao Sportiva where in 27 games she averaged 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to win the Portuguese League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Mendes also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg.
Mendes represented Portugal at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Eilat (Israel) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 63.2%.
Mendes has played previously for another Portuguese team Lombos Quinta.

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felicite Mendes
Joanna Smith

Forwards:
Maria Ferreira
Clara Rodrigues

Coach: Ricardo Botelho

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


U20 European championship: Serbia Vs Lithuania 79:73 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U20 National team won very important match to secure position in division A. Serbian team won against Lithuania 79:73 (19:25, 20:15, 18:18, 22:15). After 6 points advantage of Lithuanian team after first quarter Serbian team decrease their advantage and finish first half with only +1 point advantage for Lithuania. During the third period both team were equal, but in the last period of the match Serbian players played excellent defence scored very important shoots and after last three points shoot of Jovana Nogic (181-G-97) won this match, The most efficient players in Serbian team were Jovana Nogic with 33 points and fantastic percent for three points shoot (7/8), Bogicevic and Zec per 11 points.,


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  SPAIN  


Shacobia Barbee is a newcomer at Mann Filter - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American swingman Shacobia Barbee (179-94, college: Georgia, agency: LBM Management) from Universitario de Ferrol. In 31 LFB games in Spain she recorded 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!) last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Last year Barbee was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in third round (36th overall).
She attended University of Georgia until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

Mann Filter Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paola Ferrari
Gabriela Ocete
Shacobia Barbee
Zoe Hernandez

Forwards:
Tamara Abalde
Vega Gimeno
Carolina Esparcia

Center:
Gisela Vega

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Ferrol tabs Alexis Prince - by Eurobasket News

Universitario de Ferrol (LFB) inked 23-year old American swingman Alexis Prince (188-94, college: Baylor, agency: LBM Management). She plays in the summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). But in 7 games she averaged just 0.9ppg and 1.3rpg.
Her team won Big 12 Regular Season in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Prince received All-Big 12 2nd Team award in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (12-13) season Prince played at another team Bears in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 34 games she had 5.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. Prince helped them to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
This summer she was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (29th overall).
The former Baylor University staris in her first season in pro basketball.
Prince represented USA at the FIBA Americas U18 in Guarabo (Puerto Rico) five years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 33.3%.

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marina Delgado
Rachael Vanderwal
Jamie Weisner

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Girona signs Keisha Hampton - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) signed 27-year old American forward Keisha Hampton (187-77kg-90, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management). She plays this summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). In 11 games she had 3.1ppg. The last season Hampton played at Bnot Hertzeliya in Israeli D1 where in 19 games she recorded 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 will be her sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hampton won Latvian LSBL championship title in 2013. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Import Player of the Year 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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Knight is back at Mann Filter - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) signed 31-year old American power forward Leslie Knight (184-86, college: Minnesota). It is actually her comeback to Zaragoza as she has played here before. The last season Knight played also at Campus Promete where in 26 games she had 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Knight's team made it to the Swiss LNA Semifinals in 2009. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LF2 All-Imports Team back in 2013.
Knight has played previously professionally also in Switzerland (Riva Basket).
She attended University of Minnesota until 2008 and it is her tenth season as a professional player.

Mann Filter Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paola Ferrari
Gabriela Ocete
Shacobia Barbee
Zoe Hernandez

Forwards:
Tamara Abalde
Leslie Knight
Vega Gimeno
Carolina Esparcia

Center:
Gisela Vega

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Udominate lands Gintare Mazionyte - by Eurobasket News

Udominate Basket Umea (Damligan) tabbed 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Gintare Mazionyte (188-91, college: Texas). She played most recently at Ceprini Orvieto in Italian Serie A2. In 27 games she averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 11.7rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 2.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Player of the Year, Bosman Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season Mazionyte played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL where in 27 games she had 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
Mazionyte was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Mazionyte also represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 13.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 61.1%.
Mazionyte has played previously professionally in Spain (IF Air Europa) and Lithuania (Fortuna).
She attended University of Texas until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UKRAINE  


Levitsky re-signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Israeli international power forward Katia Levitsky (190-85, college: Villanova). She is a dual citizen owning also Ukrainian passport. Levitsky has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 D1 games she had 10.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg last season. She helped them to win the League title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Levitsky also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Levitsky has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. She has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2003 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
Levitsky represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.4%, FT: 57.1%.
Levitsky has played previously professionally also in Romania (CSM Targoviste) and Israel (Ramat Hasharon, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Elitzur Ramla and Bnot Hertzeliya).
She attended Villanova University until 2005 and it will be her 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Naomi Kolodny
Tia Presley



Forwards:
Katia Levitsky
Sara Hattis

Coach: Adan Inbar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Carr ready to drive Suns to more success - by Paul Nilsen

Sevenoaks Suns have received a boost with the news that influential team leader Catherine Carr (183-F, college: Holy Family) has committed to continuing with the club for the new 2017-18 WBBL season.

One of the best and most well-known players in the league, the versatility, points production and all-round leadership will be priceless for Suns as they look to continue their upward trajectory.

Carr was a major driver of their historic moment when they collected their first-ever silverware with the WBBL Trophy and was then crowned MVP at the WBBL Play-Off Final at The O2 as Suns made it a double.

"Cat is the unquestioned leader of our team," smiled a delighted Suns' head coach, Len Busch.

"She showed last year, how with a stronger team around her, she could rise to another level.

"She's a competitor and a great person, so I'm really happy to have her back.

"Plus, with Gabby [Nikitinaite] moving on, I'm curious to see which youngster she adopts as her new little sister," added the play-caller.



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  WNBA  


Dolson's big game lifts Sky to 78-68 win over Liberty - by Eurobasket News

Having Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) back in the fold is making all the difference for the Chicago Sky. Vandersloot missed most of the start of the season for overseas commitments then left again in June to play in the EuroBasket tournament for Hungary. Now the star point guard is starting to feel more comfortable on the court with a new system. She had 13 points and nine assists Friday night to help Chicago beat the New York Liberty 78-68 for its third consecutive win. "It was hard coming in late and then leaving again and then coming back. Never done anything like that and it was difficult," said Vandersloot, who has averaged 11.3 assists in the three victories. "Getting some practice in and getting in a good flow with our new coach and being on the same page. I'm getting more comfortable out there and luckily it's resulting in a couple wins." Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points to lead Chicago (6-12). Kahleah Copper (6'1''-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points. "It's big going into this four-game road trip we have," Vandersloot said. "We were running out of time. We were saying we'd put it together and now it seems like we are. We're nowhere near where we want to be, but we feel good after these last three games." Chicago, which had dropped five of six before the current winning streak, was up 53-52 heading into the final quarter before scoring 14 of the first 17 points in the period. Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86, college: De Paul), Vandersloot and Dolson hit 3-pointers during the burst. Dolson's shot capped the run and gave Chicago a 67-55 lead - it's biggest of the game. New York (8-9) couldn't get within six the rest of the way. The loss overshadowed another strong game from Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, college: Connecticut), who had 21 points and 19 rebounds and became the franchise leader on the boards. "To me it means I'm doing my job," Charles said about breaking New York's record. "That's the best way I can put it. It's what my job description entails." The Liberty were back home after a long trip that saw them drop three of four games. They play three games at home before heading back out on the road after the All-Star break for five games. "I think from the start of the game we came out good, we just couldn't make shots," said Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh), who had 14 points and 11 rebounds for New York. "We'll get better. Eventually everything will fall for us." New York found itself down 10 in the first half before Charles got going. She finished the opening 20 minutes with 12 points and nine rebounds. The rest of the Liberty starters were just 5 for 24 from the field. Charles became the franchise's career rebounding leader in the first half, passing Tari Phillips, who grabbed 1,077 boards. Charles has 1,089 with New York and 2,499 in her career. That's eighth best in WNBA history, passing Michelle Snow.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com