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  3X3  



Ljubljana powers over Saskatoon to win FIBA 3x3 Masters event - by Eurobasket News

On a day when temperatures reached 33 C, Ljubljana (Slovenia) brought some extra heat to the court at the FIBA 3x3 Masters final on Sunday, defeating Saskatoon 21-14. Ljubljana, the 2016 tour champions, got off to a strong start taking a 3-0 lead in the first 15 seconds and forcing Saskatoon to play catch up. The hometown team managed to tie the game at five at the two-and-a-half- minute mark, but were never able to gain the lead. After breaking the tie, Ljubljana continued to increase their lead until they hit the default win mark of 21 points with 1:12 still left on the clock. Winning the Saskatoon tour event earned Ljubljana one of 12 spots at the 3x3 Masters Final in Beijing Oct. 21-22 as well as $20,000 USD - Saskatoon earned $10,000 for second place. The other teams will continue to battle for one of the spots in the six remaining tour events, starting with Utsunomiya, Japan July 29-30. Tomo Cajic (200-F/C-85) of Ljubljana was the top scorer for the event, recording 42 points in five games, followed by Saskatoon's Nolan Brudehl (199-F-90) with 26 points. Cajic was also named the event MVP.
In the shootout competition, Liman's Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) came out on top, while special guest Justin Darlington of Ajax, Ont. won the dunk competition. More than 4,000 people attended Saturday's portion of the event.
Courtesy of: thestarphoenix.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Olimpija extended cooperation with Oliver - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Union Olimpija Ljubljana have reached an agreement on extension of cooperation with Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton), who was one of the key players during the successful last season, when the Dragons have won the double crown on the domestic scene. 204 cm tall American forward reached an agreement with Union Olimpija Ljubljana on a new contract until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Last season Devin Oliver averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the ABA League. 25-year old American, for which the 2017/18 season will be his second in the jersey of Union Olimpija Ljubljana, used to play in France (Rouen), Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat), Belgium (Limburg) and NCAA (Dayton University), before coming to Ljubljana.

After extending the deal with the club, Oliver has spoken the following words: 'I am extremely happy to be playing for Olimpija next season. I have fallen in love with Ljubljana and Slovenia, but at the same time am looking forward towards the direction in which the club is heading. I wished to be a part of a new rise of Olimpija. I know that I will be one of the key players and I am at the same time happy that we have brought in several new quality players, both American and Slovenian. One of the most important reasons that have convinced me to stay in Ljubljana is for sure that the coaching staff will stay unchanged and I have an excellent relationship with them. Therefore, I believe that we will continue good cooperation. We will do everything in our powers to play competitive basketball in Basketball Champions League and to play better in the ABA League than we did last season.'

Head coach Gasper Okorn added: 'I am happy for the fact that Oliver will stay with us next season. Both as a player and a person he was invaluable to our team last season. Next season he will again be one of the key players in all competitions. I expect from him to make an additional step forward and prove that he belongs in the highest quality class. It is extremely important for our team to keep the connection of the key players Hrovat - Oliver in Ljubljana.'

By extending the contract with Oliver the ABA League side of Ljubljana have completed their roster for next season.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Mauritius - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mauritius - Tunisia 24-99
Tunisia cruised past Mauritius to take 4-1 record in Group A. Sameh Ben Amor (01) netted 18 points to pace the winners. Tunisia dominated from start to finish. They accounted for a 43:7 halftime advantage. Tunisia dropped 56 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Faiez Ghomrassi (01) delivered 15 points in the victory. David Crudo (01) responded with 10 points for Mauritius.

Mozambique - Mali 40-103
Mali eased past Mozambique for the fifth consecutive victory in Group A. Siriman Kanoute (01) provided 26 points to lead the winners. Mali accumulated a 50:18 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Fousseny Dieng (01) had 17 points for the winners. Ndzengo Buvana (01) responded with 12 points for Mozambique.

Group B
Egypt - Rwanda 82-42
Egypt remained undefeated in Group B. They trounced Rwanda for 5-0 record. Youssef Elmadawy (01) tossed in 18 points to pace the winners. Egypt claimed a 32:13 lead after ten minutes. They followed with a 40:18 run in the second half to seal the winning outcome. Aly Khalifa (201-F-01) had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Thierry Nkundwa (01) answered with 22 points for Rwanda.

Madagascar - Algeria 78-71
Madagascar registered the second victory in Group B. They overcame Algeria to catch up with them in the standings. Sitraka Raharimanantoanina (01) stepped up with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Algeria enjoyed a 33:28 halftime lead. But Madagascar responded with a 33:21 rally in the final stanza to ice the win. Marco Rakotovao (01) and Olivier Jaoravo (01) chipped in 18 points each in the victory. Amir Bouzidi (01) responded with 24 points for Algeria.




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  ARGENTINA  


Comunicaciones ink Emiliano Correa - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) from BHY Tiro Federal. In 41 TNA games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg (in top 4) last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
Correa won Argentinian Torneo Federal (Northwestern) championship title in 2015.
He has played previously for three other teams: Sport Club, Libertad Sunchales and Salta Basket.

Comunicaciones Mercedes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fernando Funes
Juan Figueroa
Emiliano Correa

Forward:
Arn Lucas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Juan Figueroa is a newcomer at Comunicaciones - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old ex-international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Penarol (LigaA). In 48 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (2016) summer Figueroa played at Club Grau (LNB) in Peruvian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian LigaA South Group in 2016. Figueroa was selected to Brazilian All-Star Game back in 2011 and 2012.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Figueroa played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Isla Margarita (Venezuela) three years ago. Figueroa's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg.
Figueroa has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Vivo/Franca and Pinheiros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Comunicaciones tab Fernando Funes - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes inked experienced 34-year old swingman Fernando Funes (193-83). He played most recently at Boca Jrs (LigaA). In 49 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Funes played at Argentino (also in LigaA) where in 39 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Argentinian Super 8 Cup final in 2014. Funes received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
He has played previously professionally also in Venezuela (Trotamundos) and Argentina (GECR Indalo, C.Entrerriano, Belgrano San Nicolas, Lanus and Quimsa).
Funes' game is described as: Great leaper and slasher.
A terrific skilled player, who can go on the court at senior level and be yet effective; good shooting touch, great passing skills, he is maybe the brightest promise of the Atenas "mine"
A quickly maturing shooting guard, with personality and very good shooting skills, above all from behing the 3-pts arch;
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Obera Tennis Club signs Mauricio Corzo - by Eurobasket News

Obera Tennis Club (TNA) signed 22-year old forward Mauricio Corzo (195-95) from San Isidro. In 46 TNA games he had 7.7ppg and 2.2rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Corzo ended the previous (2015-16) season at Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) where in 15 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg. Corzo contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Atenas (LigaA). In 20 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg.
Corzo has played previously for 9 de Julio.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Spurs keep Ginobili for another season - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) re-signed experienced 40-year old Argentinian international guard Manu Ginobili (198-93kg-77, agency: Interperformances). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Ginobili has played there for the last fifteen seasons. In 85 NBA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg last season. Ginobili helped them to win the Southwest Division title (twice) (also twice).
In 1999 he was drafted by the Spurs in second round (57th overall).
Among other achievements Ginobili received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 3rd Team award in 2016.
He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 62.5%.
Thanks to Ginobili's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Ginobili has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Reggio C. Vis) and Argentina (Weber Bahia).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Spurs.
The scouts decsribe him following way: His two brothers Leandro and Sebastian are also pro bball players. LEFTY SCORER, ATHLETIC, GOOD LEAPER WHO'LL FINISH IN A CROWD.

San Antonio Spurs roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Manu Ginobili
Patrick Mills
Brandon Paul

Forwards:
Rudy Gay
Jaron Blossomgame

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA 1st Team 2017
Franco Balbi
Balbi
Dar Tucker
Tucker
Gabriel Deck
Deck
Marcos Mata
Mata
Javier Justiz
Justiz

Finals MVP: Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo
Player of the Year: Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes
Guard of the Year: Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes
Forward of the Year: Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo
Center of the Year: Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C.
Domestic Player of the Year: Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo
Import Player of the Year: Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes
Most Improved Player of the Year: Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP
Newcomer of the Year: Mateo Chiarini (188-G/F-98) of Atenas
Sixth Man of the Year: Jose Vildoza (190-PG-96) of Trotamundos
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB
Coach of the Year: Julio Cesar Lamas of San Lorenzo

1st Team
PG: Franco Balbi (185-PG-89) of Ferrocarril
SG: Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes
F: Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo
SF: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of San Lorenzo
C: Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C.

2nd Team
G: Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of RETAbet BB
G: Donald Sims (185-G-87) of Regatas C.
G: Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP
PF: Leonardo Mainoldi (203-PF-85) of San Martin C.
C: Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia

Honorable Mention
Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C.
Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB
Rodney Green (196-G/F-88) of Olimpico LB
Jose Vildoza (190-PG-96) of Trotamundos
Nicolas Romano (200-F-87) of Atenas
Nicolas Aguirre (188-PG-88) of San Lorenzo
Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90) of Ferrocarril
Jose Ignacio Alessio (203-C-87) of Ferrocarril
Chaz Crawford (207-F/C-84) of La Union
Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP
Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Boca Jrs
Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Quimsa
Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Franco Balbi (185-PG-89) of Ferrocarril
G: Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP
F: Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo
SF: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of San Lorenzo
C: Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C.

All-Imports Team
G: Donald Sims (185-G-87) of Regatas C.
SG: Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes
G/F: Rodney Green (196-G/F-88) of Olimpico LB
F/C: Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB
C: Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia



Capuchinos land Fernando Malara - by Eurobasket News

Capuchinos de Concordia (TFB) tabbed experienced 37-year old small forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Estudiantes Concordia in the LigaA. LigaA was a little too high level for him, where in 37 games he averaged just 1.2ppg last season. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Malara's team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian LigaA North Group in 2015.
He was a member of Argentinian U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Malara has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Loros Colima) and Argentina (Atenas, Penarol, Boca Juniors, C.Entrerriano and Estudiantes Olavarria).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Capuchinos.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Estudiantes Concordia lands David Doblas - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) tabbed experienced 36-year old Spaniard center David Doblas (206-120kg-81). He played most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season. Doblas also played that season for Araberri in Spanish LEB Gold where in only one game he had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Among other achievements he won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2008. Doblas received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (CB Granada, Menorca, Algeciras, Rosalia and Gipuzkoa).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes Concordia.
Let's have closer look into Doblas' outlook: A strong inside player with great athletic skills and winning mentality. Plays hard every day, has a good attitude, can become the leader of every team he plays with.

Estudiantes Concordia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Bolivar
Sebastian Orresta

Centers:
David Doblas
Emilio Dominguez

Coach: Lucas Victoriano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ferrocarril tabs Jazwin Cowan - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) inked experienced 34-year old American forward Jazwin Cowan (203-107kg-83, college: Hampton, agency: DTMones) from Quimsa. In 18 LigaA games in Argentina he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.7rpg last season. Cowan also played that season for Malvin in Uruguayan LUB where in 7 games he averaged impressive 18.4ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1spg.
He is a very experienced player. Cowan has played also professionally in Brazil, Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and Dorados), United Kingdom, Argentina (La Union, Instituto, 9 de Julio, Villa Angela and San Lorenzo) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Hampton University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Cowan's game is described as: Athletic post player who can also open things up on the perimeter. Big time athlete. Possesses an excellent mid-range game and the ability to knock down the three. Finishes well in the open court.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @infoliga)

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Federico Dayer is a newcomer at Temperley - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Temperley (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old shooting guard Federico Dayer (190-94). He played last season at Argentino de Pergamino in the TFB.
Dayer was selected to U19 National Team in 2013.
He has played previously for two other teams: Sport Club and Sportsmen.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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David Fric joins Ferrocarril - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Ferrocarril Concordia (TFB) agreed terms with 29-year old center David Fric (202-88) from River Plate.
Fric has played previously for four other teams: Atletico Olimpia Catamarca, Estudiantes La Plata Buenos Aires, Atletico TL and Parque Sur.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rodney Green joins Olimpico de La Banda - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman Rodney Green (196-95kg-88, college: La Salle) from Instituto. In 59 LigaA games in Argentina he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Green spent at Lanus where in 40 LigaA games he was third best scorer with remarkable 19.0ppg and averaged 4.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 5 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. Green also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.8apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Green's team made it to the Italian Lega Due Semifinals in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Green's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Green tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Ironi Ashkelon), Poland (Wilki Morskie), Ukraine (Mykolaiv) and Italy (Novipiu Casale and FCM Ferentino).
Green attended La Salle University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Green: He can spend time at all the positions from 1 to 3, but gives his best as SG. Great scorer and 1-vs-1 player, he needs to have the ball in his hands very often, but he uses it well.

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rodney Green

Forwards:
Justin Williams
Facundo Giorgi
Ramon Clemente

Center:
Damian Tintorelli

Coach: Hernan Laginestra

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San Martin Corrientes sign Jonatan Treise - by Eurobasket News

San Martin Corrientes (LigaA) signed 32-year old point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85). He played last season at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in the. In 55 TNA games he had 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Treise played at Boca Juniors where in 46 LigaA games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Argentinian Super 8 Cup final in 2014. Treise was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He was a member of Argentinian U21 National Team in 2004.
Treise has played previously for three other teams: Libertad Sunchales, Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown and Quimsa.
He could be described: A young point guard with very good skills; seems yet ready for higher level leagues;.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Jonathan Ledesma signs at Atletico Pilar - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Pilar Buenos Aires (TFB) landed 28-year old point guard Jonathan Ledesma (182-89) from Argentino de Pergamino.
The previous (15-16) season Ledesma played at Regatas CU.
His team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian Liga B Norte in 2010.
Ledesma has played previously for six other teams: Penarol, Estudiantes Olavarria, Bragado, Firmat FC Santa Fe, Estudiantes Concordia and Sportivo San Salvador.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @buddingmartin)

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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian State League round 20 best performance: Desmond Simmons - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Desmond Simmons (198-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Waverley F., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 18 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hume City (#10, 5-14) with 38-point margin 107-69. Waverley F. maintains the 3rd position in their group in Australian State League. They are still close to the very top. Waverley F. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Simmons had a remarkable 88.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Waverley F., through which he has constantly improved. Desmond Simmons averages this season 19.3ppg and 10.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. Davis had a very good evening with a double-double of 47 points and 10 assists. It was enough for S.Adelaide P. to edge the lower-ranked Eastern M. (#10, 2-15) 97-91. S.Adelaide P.'s 7th position in Premier League has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 7.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. (#9). Padgett got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Lakeside L., leading his team to a 114-100 easy win against the lower-ranked Kalamunda E.S. (#13, 6-19). The chances of Lakeside L. ranking at the top of SBL, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Padgett could help Lakeside L. to bring them higher in the standings. Padgett has a great season in Australia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Courtney Belger (187-G-89) of Kalamunda E.S. - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of Southern T. - 41 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83) of McKinnon C. - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists
7. C.J. Aiken (206-C/F-90) of Bendigo B. - 33 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tom Jervis (211-C-87) of Brisbane S. - 30 points and 12 rebounds
9. Corey Shervill (197-G/F) of Lakeside L. - 34 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ray Willis (198-G-89) of Gladstone P. - 36 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  AUSTRIA  


"The Future" stays put, Luka Brajkovic resigns with Dornbirn - by Stefan Prager

Austrian super talent Luka Brajkovic (206-F/C-99) stays out. The 18 year old top prospect nicknamed "The Future" has decided to play for the Raiffeisen Dornbirn Lions for one more season. Brajkovic had drawn interest from all over the world as he is believed to be Austrias next Jakob Poeltl. Despite being just 17 last season Brajkovic played dominant in Austrias second league putting up 14.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg while shooting nearly 60% FG. His season high were 31 points along with 14 rebounds vs Woerthersee. Brajkovic nearly averaged a double double at last years u18 B European championships in Macedonia where in 8 games he averaged 9.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg along with 2.6 blocks per game. His performances brought up attention form clubs throughout Europe especially form Spain, Germany and Italy. He also drew attention of some NCAA D1 schools like Davidson, Georgia Tech and Arkansas. Nevertheless Brajkovic decided to stay in his hometown Dornbirn not even going to the ABL where Wels was one of the clubs who pursued the young prospect.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Derek Wright (ex Fribourg) signs at Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay State). He has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA league. In 22 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 2.3spg (in top 3) last season. Wright helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (SC Rasta Vechta), Greece (Cretan Kings), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca), Czech Republic (BK Pardubice, NH Ostrava and Levharti Chomutov) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).
Wright attended Austin Peay State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A very quick-footed PG, he's an ideal quarterback for a run and shot game based on fast breaks. Defends very well on the perimeter, can steal lots of balls and has a good scoring range and accuracy, even from behind the 3pts arch.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


VEF Riga inks Antwan Scott, ex Aris - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Antwan Scott (188-81kg-92, college: Colorado State, agency: Elevate Agency). He played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. Scott managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 A1 games he had 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Scott also played that season for KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga where in 14 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. The other team he played that season for was New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 11 games he averaged remarkable 20.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg.
Scott has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted NABC All-District 17 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Scott graduated from Colorado State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


Pinelands force Game 5 - by Eurobasket News

THIS ONE'S going five! Nothing new for a Lakers-Pinelands finals. Orange 3 Pinelands are only a win away from retaining the crown, having forced a decisive Game 5 tomorrow by pulling out Monday's 73-71 thriller over Lumber Company Lakers in the Co-operators General Insurance Premier League basketball finals at the Barbados Community College. It's the second time in four years that the two rivals will be going the distance in a championship series after the Pine came from down 0-2 to stun Lakers in the 2014 finals. A comeback didn't look likely this time though, as the champs seemed all but buried just two nights earlier while giving 44 points to Keefe Birkett in a 22-point Game 3 drubbing.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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Besiktas land Ryan Boatright, ex Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-73kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. Boatright managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 9 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Boatright also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had very remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He also played 19 games in ABA League where he recorded high stats: 16.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. The other team Boatright played shortly was Long Lions in Chinese CBA. In 5 games he got high stats: 24.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Boatright received Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year award in 2017.
He represented USA at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
And here thanks to pro basketball Boatright experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Boatright has played previously professionally in Italy (Betaland Cdo), NBA (Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muratcan Guler
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi
Ryan Boatright

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark
Kyle Weems

Center:
Sertac Sanli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third 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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Berzins comes back to Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old former international power forward Arturs Berzins (204-107kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Ventspils as he has played here before. Berzins has played for the last two years at Valmiera/ORDO in the LBL. In 33 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Berzins helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Berzins also played 12 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.8ppg and 5.6rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Berzins won Latvian League championship title in 2009, 2015 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
Berzins was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Berzins represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Berzins has played previously for four other teams: Keizarmezs, Ogre/Sonora, BK Keizarmezs U21 team and VEF Riga.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sam Huurman signs at Gistel Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) landed Dutch Sam Huurman. Huurman was selected to Dutch U16 National Team in 2017.

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Gistel Oostende inks Simon Buysse - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) agreed terms with 20-year old guard Simon Buysse (188-97). He has played for the last three seasons at Mons-Hainaut in the Euromillions League. Euromillions League was a little too high level for him, where in 11 Euromillions League games he had just 0.6ppg last season. Top Division I will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Buysse played at KBBC Oostkamp. In 10 Top Division I games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.7apg.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gistel Oostende adds Van Der Vuurst to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) added to their roster 16-year old Dutch shooting guard Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-1). Van Der Vuurst represented Holland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.1%.
Van Der Vuurst is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Gistel Oostende.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ieper lands Stan Leemans - by Eurobasket News

Melco Ieper (Top Division I) tabbed 25-year old Swiss center Stan Leemans (205-92, agency: Promotex). He has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA league. But in 23 games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg last season. Leemans helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Swiss LNB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2014.
Leemans has played also professionally for other Swiss teams like Villars and Swiss Central.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Spars Sarajevo lands Sandi Grubelic, ex LTH Castings - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) tabbed 21-year old Slovenian point guard Sandi Grubelic (190-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played most recently at LTH Castings in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 28 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Grubelic played at GA Grosuplje (2SKL) in Slovenian league where in 21 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 2SKL Newcomer of the Year and selected to All-Newcomers Team.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  


Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro Awards 2017 - by Paulo Freire

Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro 1st Team 2017
Jamaal Smith
Smith
Deonta Stocks
Stocks
Felipe Vezaro
Vezaro
Maxwell Dias
Dias
Wesley Sena
Sena

Player of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Guard of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Forward of the Year: Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville
Center of the Year: Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of Mogi
Import Player of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Domestic Player of the Year: Felipe Vezaro (193-G-92) of Joinville
Defensive Player of the Year: Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau
Coach of the Year: Marcio Andrade of Botafogo F.R.

1st Team
PG: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
G: Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) of Blumenau
G: Felipe Vezaro (193-G-92) of Joinville
SF: Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville
C: Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of Mogi

2nd Team
PG: Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) of Joinville
G: Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) of Botafogo F.R.
SF: Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem
F: Andre Pereira (206-PF-79) of Joinville
F/C: Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau

Honorable Mention
Eric Romualdo (185-PG-83) of Contagem
Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem
Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem
Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R.
Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau
Luiz Semmke (197-SF-92) of Blumenau
Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville



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  BULGARIA  


Derek Wright (ex Fribourg) signs at Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay State). He has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA league. In 22 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 2.3spg (in top 3) last season. Wright helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (SC Rasta Vechta), Greece (Cretan Kings), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca), Czech Republic (BK Pardubice, NH Ostrava and Levharti Chomutov) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).
Wright attended Austin Peay State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A very quick-footed PG, he's an ideal quarterback for a run and shot game based on fast breaks. Defends very well on the perimeter, can steal lots of balls and has a good scoring range and accuracy, even from behind the 3pts arch.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Nick Minnerath (ex Avtodor) is a newcomer at Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Sharks (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Nick Minnerath (207-98kg-88, college: Detroit Mercy). He played most recently at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. In 22 VTB United League games he was the best scorer with impressive 23.3ppg and had 6.8rpg and 1.1apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. Minnerath also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 20.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Minnerath received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Minnerath played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he averaged high stats: 18.4ppg and 6.9rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
Minnerath has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
His college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2012.
He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Minnerath attended University of Detroit Mercy until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hebei Xianglan adds Gaines to their roster, ex Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Kenny Gaines (190-91kg-94, college: Georgia, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played last season at Sharks Antibes in French ProA. In 20 games he recorded 8.0ppg and 2.4rpg.
Gaines has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
Gaines graduated from University of Georgia in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brave Dragons sign Ty Lawson - by Eurobasket News

Shanxi Brave Dragons (CBA) signed 30-year old American point guard Ty Lawson (180-88kg-87, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Sacramento Kings in the NBA. In 69 games he had 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg.
Lawson ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Pacers in NBA where in 20 games he recorded 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.4apg. But the most of that year he spent at the Rockets in NBA. In 53 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.4apg.
In 2009 Lawson was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in first round (18th overall). He attended University of North Carolina and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lawson won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2010. He was also voted ACC Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team and CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Lawson has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris) and NBA (Denver Nuggets).
He could be described: A tiny PG with great personality. He doesn' t fear anyone on the court, has leadership, scoring skills and great court vision. Showed flashes of true starship in his first season as a pro, even because no one was expecting this kind of effectiveness from him. Also, has quick hands and can be a very good defender, even on taller opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Long Lions add Hansbrough to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guangzhou Long-Lions (CBA) added to their roster 32-year old American forward Tyler Hansbrough (206-113kg-85, college: N.Carolina). He played last season at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 12.8rpg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Hansbrough played at the Hornets in NBA where in 46 games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in first round (13th overall). Hansbrough attended University of North Carolina and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team and Orlando Pro Summer League 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Hansbrough has played also professionally in NBA (Toronto Raptors).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
A hustle player who loves to hit the glass as hard as possible on both ends of the floor ... Has great hands that he uses well around the basket ... Makes great decisions in the post; likes turning to his left shoulder and using a right handed baby-hook -or a mini hook while creating contact with his left ... Hansbrough creates space well in the low post and tries to position himself as close as possible to the basket. Struggles defending taller and more athletic players even at the college level ... Not athletic enough to overcome his size disadvantage to be a standout at the next level ... Needs to develop face-up game
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

27-year old guard Kevin Murphy (196-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Guangxi and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 52 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Beijing (#10, 4-6) 111-103. Guangxi is placed at 5th 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 6-4 record. In the team's last game Murphy had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 22 attempts. He has many years of experience at Guangxi, through which he has constantly improved. Tennessee Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Murphy is in league's top in points (2nd best: 47.6ppg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang. He is American guard in his first season at Luoyang. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 60 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Luoyang to edge Guizhou (6-4) by 4 points 109-105. This victory allowed Luoyang to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 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 58.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 3.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Chris Otule (211-C-90) of league's leader Henan. Otule got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of Henan, leading his team to a 125-114 win against the lower-ranked Fujian (#6, 6-4). Henan confirms their top position in the standings. Otule has a great season in China. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.1rpg (6th best). He also has 4.7bpg and FGP: 68.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 23 points, 34 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Hunan - 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 27 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing - 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
8. LaQuinton Ross (203-F-92) of Fujian - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Anhui - 45 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou - 41 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon GIVENS
  Piratas
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Givens, Piratas23.9 
 2. Crawford, Aguilas22.5 
 3. Ortiz, Fast Break22.3 
 4. Smith, Sabios21.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios19.1 
 6. Roberson, Condores18.7 
 7. McCoy, Condores16.5 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.15.7 
 9. Almanza, Condores15.4 
 10. Romero, Piratas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.10.8 
 2. Almanza, Condores10.4 
 3. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 4. Perez, Academia9.8 
 5. Sandidge, Aguilas9.7 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.4 
 7. Julio, Fast Break8.1 
 8. Quinones, Academia8.1 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.4 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Murray, Academia5.7 
 2. McCoy, Condores5.3 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.0 
 4. Velandia, Aguilas5.0 
 5. Wormely, Caciques5.0 
 6. Granados, Academia4.9 
 7. Medina, Piratas4.8 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 9. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break1.8 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.8 
 6. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.7 
 8. Crawford, Aguilas1.5 
 9. Rivera, Sabios1.4 
 10. Murray, Academia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Perez, Academia1.6 
 2. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Crawford, Aguilas1.1 
 5. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 6. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.0 
 7. Hernandez, Cimar.0.9 
 8. Romero, Piratas0.8 
 9. Givens, Piratas0.8 
 10. Velez, Sabios0.7 


PBD Round 25: Fast Break beats Piratas in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga DirecTV is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bogota: Fast Break (#1) and Piratas (#5). Piratas were defeated at home 67-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 29 points for the winners. Naturalized Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Fast Break (22-1) have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place. Piratas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Sabios. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play again at home against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quibdo-Choco. Third ranked Cimarrones faced 4th placed Condores. Host Cimarrones (14-7) defeated guests from Cundinamarca (12-13) 109-102. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Condores. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Edgar Moreno (190-81, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Eleutherio Renteria contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interlace Hoops) answered with 31 points for Condores. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Cimarrones. They maintain third place with 14-7 record having ten points less than leader Fast Break. Condores at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Cimarrones will again play against Condores (#4) in Cundinamarca in the next round. Condores will have a break next round.
The game in Manizales was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academia (16-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Sabios (9-16). Academia managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Tuesday. Beyckar Aguaslimpias stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Shamar Coombs responded with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-9 record having four points less than leader Fast Break. Sabios lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Piratas. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again against the league's second-placed Academia (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Boyaca supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Caciques (9-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Patriotas (5-20). Caciques smashed Patriotas 91-62. Brandon Provost nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Patriotas lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Caciques will have a break next round. Patriotas will play again at home against Caciques (#5) and hope to win that game.

Sabios - Academia 70-79

The game in Manizales was also quite interesting. Second ranked Academia (16-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Sabios (9-16). Academia managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Tuesday. The former international power forward Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds for the winners and Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Academia players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-9 record having four points less than leader Fast Break. Sabios lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Piratas. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again against the league's second-placed Academia (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sabios: S.Coombs 26+7reb+5ast, A.Smith 24+9reb+4ast, R.Rivera 8+5reb+3ast, L.Blandon 5+6reb+5ast, S.Betancur 3+3reb+1ast, M.Garces 2+6reb
Academia: O.Balbuena 21+3reb+3ast, T.Murray 20+8reb+2ast, B.Aguaslimpias 14+21reb+2ast, S.Granados 10+5reb+6ast, G.Diaz 6+4reb+5ast, M.Montano 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547283


Aguilas - Caciques 62-91

The game in Boyaca supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Caciques (9-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Patriotas (5-20). Caciques smashed Patriotas 91-62. Caciques dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 28. They outrebounded Patriotas 55-39 including 18 on the offensive glass. American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Malik Story (196-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Caciques players scored in double figures. American forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and Jairo Pardo (-95) added 17 points respectively for Patriotas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Patriotas lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Caciques will have a break next round. Patriotas will play again at home against Caciques (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aguilas: J.Pardo 17+1reb+1ast, F.Sandidge 10+14reb+3ast, O.Fonseca 10+4reb+2ast, C.Balaguera 8+9reb+1ast, J.Velandia 6+6reb+1ast, J.Arciniegas 5+1ast
Caciques: M.Story 19+6reb+2ast, M.Bermudez 16+6reb, B.Provost 16+6reb+5ast, F.Lucena 12+4reb+2ast, N.Galvis 9+1reb+2ast, R.Perez Ayala 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 547284


Piratas - Fast Break 67-81

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bogota: Fast Break (#1) and Piratas (#5). Piratas were defeated at home 67-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 29 points for the winners. Naturalized Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Jairo Mendoza (203-85, college: New Orleans) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fast Break (22-1) have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place. Piratas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Sabios. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play again at home against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Piratas: B.Givens 32+8reb+2ast, J.Mendoza 10+12reb+2ast, J.Medina 9+7reb+3ast, D.Hernandez 7+4reb+7ast, V.Lans 6, E.Romero 3+7reb+2ast
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 29+4reb+1ast, M.Sneed 18+8reb+2ast, L.Julio 17+10reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 6+6reb+2ast, L.Salazar 4+2reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 547285


Cimarrones - Condores 109-102

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quibdo-Choco. Third ranked Cimarrones faced 4th placed Condores. Host Cimarrones (14-7) defeated guests from Cundinamarca (12-13) 109-102. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Condores. Cimarrones forced 22 Condores turnovers and outrebounded them 48-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Cimarrones players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Condores' players. Condores were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Edgar Moreno (190-81, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international swingman Eleutherio Renteria (194-81) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interlace Hoops) answered with 31 points and international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) added 15 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Condores. Five Cimarrones and four Condores players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Cimarrones. They maintain third place with 14-7 record having ten points less than leader Fast Break. Condores at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Cimarrones will again play against Condores (#4) in Cundinamarca in the next round. Condores will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Roberson 31+3reb+2ast, R.McCoy 23+2reb+4ast, L.Almanza 15+18reb+1ast, E.Torres 14+2reb+2ast, H.Diaz 8+8reb+2ast, S.Morgan 7+3reb+1ast
Cimarrones: E.Renteria 26+4reb+4ast, E.Moreno 19+7reb+9ast, J.Rodriguez 14+14reb+2ast, J.Hernandez 14+11reb+5ast, A.Carraway 13+3reb+4ast, L.Cardona 12+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547286





Colombian Liga DirecTV round 24 best performance: Ryan McCoy - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87, agency: Haylett Sports) had a great game in the last round for Condores, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sabios (#6, 9-15) with 21-point margin 98-77. Condores maintains the 4th position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. Condores is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-12 record. In the team's last game McCoy had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He has many years of experience at Condores, through which he has constantly improved. Former University Louisiana at Lafayette star has very solid stats this year. McCoy is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.3ppg) and assists (2nd best: 5.4apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old former international swingman Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) of Cimarrones. Renteria had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Cimarrones to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aguilas (#8, 5-19) 92-69. Cimarrones' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-7 record is not bad at all. Renteria is one of the most experienced players at Cimarrones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Cimarrones' star - former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84). Hernandez scored 14 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Cimarrones, helping his team with a 92-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Aguilas (#8, 5-19). Cimarrones needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Hernandez has a great season in Colombia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Fast Break - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) of Academia - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) of Condores - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Velez (202-F-83) of Sabios - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Besiktas land Ryan Boatright, ex Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-73kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. Boatright managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 9 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Boatright also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had very remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He also played 19 games in ABA League where he recorded high stats: 16.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. The other team Boatright played shortly was Long Lions in Chinese CBA. In 5 games he got high stats: 24.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Boatright received Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year award in 2017.
He represented USA at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
And here thanks to pro basketball Boatright experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Boatright has played previously professionally in Italy (Betaland Cdo), NBA (Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muratcan Guler
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi
Ryan Boatright

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark
Kyle Weems

Center:
Sertac Sanli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trevin Parks (ex Barsy Atyrau) is a Newcomer at BK Pardubice - by Surujh Roopnarine

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Trevin Parks (180-82kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). He played most recently at Barsy Atyrau in Kazakhstan National League. In 16 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and had 3.9rpg, 4.2apg (top 3) and 2.9spg (in top 3) last season. Parks helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Parks also played 14 games in Baltic League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 21.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.

Parks received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Parks has played also professionally in Germany (Schalke), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and ABA (N.Dallas V.).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.



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BC Nokia signs Thomas Laerke, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) signed 26-year old Danish ex-international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-90kg-91, agency: Blacktop Management). He has played for the last four seasons at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 37 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Laerke helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Laerke also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laerke was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Danish international program for some years. Laerke played for Danish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.3%.
Laerke has played previously professionally also in Spain (Magia_Huesca, Pielagos, Araberri and Opentach Pla).
He could be described: A very athletic swingman, able to attack the basket and finish, but also shoot from long range.

BC Nokia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Laerke
Vincent Council

Forwards:
Lawrence Gilbert
Leyton Hammonds

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bakken adds Bolden to their roster - by Igor Obradovic

Defending champion Bakken Bears (Ligaen) added to their roster 24-year old American center Brandon Bolden (211-98kg-93, agency: Elevate Agency). He just graduated from Southern (NCAA). In 7 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg last season. Bolden helped them to make it to the semifinals.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.9 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR24.0 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.6 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.8 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.18.5 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.7 
 10. Freeman, Caner.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.0 
 2. Williams, Titanes .9.7 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.6 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD7.6 
 7. Vargas, Metros S.7.4 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.2 
 9. Evangelista, Caner.6.7 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.3 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.3 
 4. Soliman, Caner.5.2 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.9 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.3.6 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.6 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM3.5 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.1 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.9 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.8 
 5. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
 7. De-Leon, Metros S.1.5 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR1.4 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.6 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 3. Nunez, Metros S.1.3 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.1.1 
 7. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 


Robert Glenn claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Metros STGO and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Metros STGO in his team's victory, helping them to crush Huracanes PP (#2, 1-1) with 16-point margin 100-84. It allowed Metros STGO to jump to the first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Metros STGO won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Glenn had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Metros STGO, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glenn is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.5ppg), assists (7th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 66.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Brian Williams (208-C-87) of South-East best team Titanes Licey. Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds. It was enough for Titanes Licey to edge Caneros LR (1-1) by 3 points 93-90. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won both games so far. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Titanes Licey and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of second-ranked Caneros LR. Gilder scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Caneros LR, leading his team to a 75-70 win against #3 ranked Leones SD in a game of the week. Caneros LR needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in South-East. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Gilder has a great season in Dominican Republic. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 60.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelvin Perez) of Titanes Licey - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of Metros STGO - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of Metros STGO - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Angel Nunez (203-F-91) of Metros STGO - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jaison Valdez (188-PG-95) of Huracanes PP - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Jones (206-F-93) of Huracanes PP - 17 points and 9 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)



Huracanes del Atlantico lands Jarvis Williams, ex Boncourt - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) tabbed 28-year old American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-88kg-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). He played most recently at BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA league. In 14 games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Kagawa (B League) in Japan where in 44 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.5apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Japanese BJ League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he won NSIC Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. Williams received also All-NSIC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
Williams has played previously professionally in Luxembourg (Black Star) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Minnesota State University Mankato until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DR CONGO  


BC Lulea keeps Massamba for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) re-signed 29-year old power forward Brice Massamba (208-111kg-88, college: UNLV). He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. Massamba played there last season. In 44 Basketligan games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Massamba played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 14 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Massamba was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Massamba also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg.
Massamba is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Massamba has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Slavonski Brod), Romania (CSU Sibiu), Tunisia (ES Sahel) and Sweden (Uppsala Basket and Talje Knights).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

BC Lulea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brandon Rozzell
Quinton Upshur

Forwards:
Yannick Anzuluni
Anton Kobylak-Berglund

Center:
Brice Massamba

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  ESTONIA  


Estonia wins Torneio da Mealhada - by Eurobasket News

Estonia won Torneio da Mealhada beating Romania and Portugal. Estonia posted a 74-60 win against Portugal in the opener as they needed a strong 23-15 spurt at the end. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Janar Talts (206-PF-83) netted 10. Miguel Queiroz (202-PF-91) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
In the second game Estonia overcame Romana 87-55. Kristjan Kitsing and Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with 12 points each, while Erik Keedus (198-F-90, agency: Players Group) netted 11. Watson posted 15 points in a loss and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) added 12.



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  EUROCUP  


Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Barinov is back at Zenit - by Eurobasket News

Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB) signed 26-year old forward Nikita Barinov (203-97kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Zenit as he has played here before. Barinov played last season at Parma in the. In 10 VTB United League games he had 5.0ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Barinov played at Zenit where in 23 VTB United League games he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Barinov also played that season for BC Ryazan. In 10 VTB games he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. The other team Barinov played that season for was Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 10 games he got 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Barinov won Russian U23 League championship title in 2011.
He represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Barinov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 73.9%.
Barinov has played previously professionally also in Lithuania (Neptunas, Juventus and Palanga) and Russia (CSKA Moscow and CSKA Moscow 2nd team).
He could be described: Athletic forward capable of playing PF and SF positions.
Has a good three point shot. Should be more proactive on the court, take more initiatives to score. Tries hard in defense, though has to improve rebounding skills
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Zenit Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evgeny Voronov
Scottie Reynolds
Nicolas Laprovittola
Kyle Kuric

Forwards:
Marko Simonovic
Nikita Barinov
Drew Gordon

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Chane Behanan agreed terms with Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) inked 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played most recently at KIA Picanto in Filipino PBA league.
Three years ago Behanan was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of Louisville staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Behanan has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. Behanan received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Behanan has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Behanan has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns), Puerto Rico (Santeros, Capitanes and Brujos) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Dominique Sutton
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

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Kartal Ozmizrak agreed terms with Darussafaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old former international point guard Kartal Ozmizrak (189-95, agency: BeoBasket) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 5 BSL games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ozmizrak was tested by Besiktas where in four BSL games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 6.7ppg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.
Ozmizrak played in the final of U20 World Tournament in Tourcoing in 2014.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Ozmizrak played for Turkish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
He also represented Turkey at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0apg.
Ozmizrak has played previously for Eskisehir Basket.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Kartal Ozmizrak
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Darussafaka welcomes back Ozdemiroglu - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 21-year old point guard Dogus Ozdemiroglu (191-96). It is actually his comeback to Istanbul as he has played here before. Ozdemiroglu played most recently at Yesilgiresun (BSL). In 30 games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge.
The previous (15-16) season Ozdemiroglu played at Darussafaka. But in four BSL games he had just 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague, but he did not score anything.
Ozdemiroglu's team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TBL in 2016.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Ozdemiroglu's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Lietuvos rytas ink Travis Peterson, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 32-year old American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford). He played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 36 games he had 7.1ppg and 4.4rpg. Peterson also played 19 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Peterson ended the previous (2015-16) season at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in four games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Avtodor in Russian league. In 16 Eurocup games he got impressive 18.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6apg. Peterson also played 32 games in VTB United League where he was fifth best scorer with 13.5ppg and got 7.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Peterson won Israeli Premier League championship title and made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Peterson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Rilski), Ukraine (Hoverla), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and Czech Republic (Prostejov).
Peterson attended Samford University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Most versatile offensive performer ... excellent 3-point shooter for his size ... great decision-maker who will be counted on for scoring around the goal ... directs the offense from the center position.

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Vladimir Jankovic (ex Aris) is a newcomer at Andorra - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Greek ex-international forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Jankovic played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 28 A1 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.6apg. Jankovic helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Jankovic also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played shortly was Valencia Basket. But in two Liga Endesa games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Jankovic also played 2 games in Eurocup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jankovic won Greek League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Jankovic was also a member of Greek international program for some years. He played for Greek Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
Jankovic represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Jankovic has played also professionally in Italy and Serbia (Mega Bemax).

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Vladimir Jankovic
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Oliver Stevic

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Valencia adds Williams to their roster, ex Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. Williams managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In four LPB games he had 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played that season for Unics Kazan in Russian league where in 30 Euroleague games he recorded 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg. Williams also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
On Williams: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket … Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside … Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy … Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 … An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range … Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter …
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Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Antoine Diot
Guillem Vives
Andres Rico

Forwards:
Aaron Doornekamp
Fernando San_Emeterio
Will Thomas
Bojan Dubljevic
Latavius Williams
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Zalgiris to land Mateusz Ponitka - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) agreed terms with 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 27 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg last season. Ponitka helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Ponitka also played 19 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg (in top 4). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Ponitka has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012 and 2016. Ponitka received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Ponitka has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.4%.
Ponitka has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), NBA (Denver Nuggets) and Poland (Stelmet, BM Slam Stal, Asseco and AZS Politechnika Warszawska).
His game is described as: Very strong guard, great quickness and leaping ability ... outside shooting threat ... can score from anywhere ... is explosive in taking the ball to the hole ... strong defensively.

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

Guards:
Dee Bost
Vasilije Micic
Paulius Valinskas

Forwards:
Aaron White
Mateusz Ponitka

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20  


Division B. Day 4 in Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Armenia - Poland 56-47
Armenia opened win count at the championship. They upset Poland for 1-2 record in Group A. Steven Enoch (208-C-97) was unstoppable for Armenia with 26 points and 25 rebounds. Poland grabbed an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But Armenia responded with a 34:19 run in the next two quarters to ensure a 10-point lead. Poland held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth term but could not avert the loss. Aram Arslanian (190-G-98) netted 20 points in the victory. Michal Kolenda (200-SF-97) responded with 20 points for Poland.

Belarus - Belgium 71-80
Belgium rallied past Belarus to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-G-97) nailed 18 points to lead the winners. Belgium accumulated a 42:32 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point mark and never looked back en route to the win. Tim Lambrecht (206-F/C-98, agency: Court Side) provided 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Belarus.

Group B
Slovakia - Holland 56-74
Netherlands fired past Slovakia for 2-1 record. Terrence Bieshaar (208-C-97, agency: Interperformances) notched 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Dutch team. Netherlands piled up a 38:24 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and cruised to the victory. Jacobus Stolk (198-F-97) delivered 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) responded with 22 points for Slovakia.

Azerbaijan - United Kingdom 68-111
Great Britain improved at 3-1 record on top of Group B after they crashed Azerbaijan. Danny Evans (193-PG-97) nailed 25 points to pace the winners. Great Britain piled up a comfortable 52:15 halftime lead. They erupted for 59 points in the second half to seal the win. Amin Adamu (193-SG-97) finished with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Endar Poladkhanli (198-F/C-98) responded with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Azerbaijan.

Group C
FYR Macedonia - Romania 63-68
Romania rolled past FYR Macedonia to improve at 3-0 record in Group C. Nicolae-Bogdan Nicolescu (200-F-97) chipped in 16 points for the winning side. Romania grabbed a 34:28 halftime lead. They withheld FYR Macedonia second half push to snatch the win. Nandor Kuti (197-SG-97) and Bogdan Popa (213-C/F-97) provided 11 points each in the victory. Andrej Maslinko (206-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.

Albania - Georgia 53-102
Georgia fired past Albania to gain 3-1 record in Group C. Davit Lomidze (197-G-97) provided 21 points in the victory. Georgia piled up a 56:15 halftime lead. They unloaded 29 points in the third term to clear off for good. Rati Nutsubidze (202-F-97) had 13 points for the winners. Daniel Lekndreaj (192-F-97) responded with 14 points for Albania.

Group D
Ireland - Croatia 47-95
Croatia recorded the fourth consecutive win in Oradea. Roko Badzim (197-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Croatia ensured a 43:14 halftime lead. They poured in 52 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Toni Perkovic (189-G-98, agency: XL Basketball Agency) notched 15 points in the win. Sean Gilmore (204-F-97) responded with 12 points for Ireland.

Hungary - Kosovo 80-55
Hungary improved at 2-2 record following a comfortable win over Kosovo. Hungary accumulated a 50:22 halftime advantage. Hungary held Kosovo to just 33 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Boris Krnjajski (188-G-98) provided 18 points for Hungary. Akos Nemeth (193-SF-98) and Attila Demeter (197-F/G-97) provided 13 points each for the winners. Rinor Peci (187-PG-97) responded with 9 points for Kosovo.

Portugal - Moldova 89-45
Portugal trounced Moldova for 3-1 record in Group D. Ricardo Monteiro (208-C-97) notched 15 points in the win. Portugal accounted for 37:26 halftime lead. They followed with a 28:8 run in the third term and never looked back en route to the win. Diogo Brito (196-G-97) posted 14 points in the victory. Pavel Romanov (193-F/G-97) answered with 9 points for Moldova.




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  FINLAND  


BC Nokia signs Thomas Laerke, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) signed 26-year old Danish ex-international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-90kg-91, agency: Blacktop Management). He has played for the last four seasons at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 37 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Laerke helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Laerke also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laerke was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Danish international program for some years. Laerke played for Danish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.3%.
Laerke has played previously professionally also in Spain (Magia_Huesca, Pielagos, Araberri and Opentach Pla).
He could be described: A very athletic swingman, able to attack the basket and finish, but also shoot from long range.

BC Nokia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Laerke
Vincent Council

Forwards:
Lawrence Gilbert
Leyton Hammonds

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Jamsa re-signs at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) confirmed in their roster 24-year old point guard Mikko Jamsa (177-78kg-93). He played there last season. In 14 1st Division games he had 7.6ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg. Jamsa helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at HyPo where in 26 1st Division games he recorded 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg.
Jamsa won Finnish 1st Division Division A championship title in 2014.
He represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%.
Jamsa has played previously for three other teams: Helsinki Seagulls, HBA-Marsky and Uusimaa.

Lahti Basketball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mikko Jamsa
Jordan Jacks
Eemeli Lampen

Forward:
Hannes Koskinen

Center:
Robert Barlund

Coach: Mike Oppland

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Kenny Manigault (ex AZS Koszalin) joins Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 26-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish PLK league. In 32 games he had 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Manigault played at Giants in Australian SBL where in 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg (in top 3) in 2016 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Manigault was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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  FRANCE  


Andre Williamson (ex Maurienne) signs at Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) landed 28-year old American forward Andre Williamson (202-107kg-89, college: Appalachian State). He played most recently at Maurienne in French ProB. In 33 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. Williamson helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Williamson played at Fribourg Olympic where in 38 LNA games he had 14.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Swiss LNA title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
Williamson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Finland (Kouvot and Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) and Israel (Hapoel Afula).
Williamson attended Appalachian State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Andre Williamson
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
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AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third 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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Hebei Xianglan adds Gaines to their roster, ex Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Kenny Gaines (190-91kg-94, college: Georgia, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played last season at Sharks Antibes in French ProA. In 20 games he recorded 8.0ppg and 2.4rpg.
Gaines has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
Gaines graduated from University of Georgia in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roanne adds Jackson to their roster, ex PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) added to their roster 31-year old American shooting guard David Jackson (195-86, college: W.Illinois). He was about to sign at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. The last season Jackson played also at PGE Turow (TBL) in Polish league where in 30 games he had 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jackson's team made it to the French ProB Leaders Cup final in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2016.
Jackson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale), Montenegro (Jedinstvo), Slovakia (Pezinok) and France (Boulazac Basket).
Jackson attended Western Illinois University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
On Jackson: Crafty player with great vision and offensive skills. For a player entering pro in europe, his skills are advanced. Smooth. Can shoot, handle and pass. Elevates his teammates with great vision and unselfish play. Clutch player. A leader, who has the ability to will his team to victory..... tremendous team player who would rather win and score 10 than lose and score 40. Very cerebral. Does an excellent job of breaking down opponents and taking what the defense gives him. Can stroke it from outside as well as get by his man and take it to the rim. Has worked extremely hard over the 1st year as pro in europe, to gain strength and muscle mass.

Chorale de Roanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Williams
David Jackson
Mathis Keita
Thomas Ville
Mathieu Brun

Forwards:
Sambou Traore
Robert Nyakundi
Clement Cavallo

Center:
Pierre Brun

Coach: Laurent Pluvy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivica Dimcevski signs at Gostivar 2015 - by Dragan Ristov

Gostivar 2015 (Prva Liga - First league) landed 28-year old former international swingman Ivica Dimcevski (195-93kg-89, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 14 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg last season. . Dimcevski also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 3.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg. The other team he played that season for was KK Strumica (also in Prva Liga). In 8 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Dimcevski's team won Macedonian Cup in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Forward of the Year award back in 2013.
Dimcevski was also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. He played for FYR Macedonian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Dimcevski also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg.
Dimcevski has played previously for four other teams: Rabotnicki, Kumanovo, Vardar and Torus Skopje.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Piacenza lands Carlton Guyton, ex Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2) tabbed 27-year old American guard Carlton Guyton (193-89kg-90, college: Kent State, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 25 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Guyton played at Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) in German league where in 35 games he had 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
In 2012 Guyton was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in seventh round (108th overall).
He attended Kent State and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Guyton's team won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2011. He received also All-MAC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Guyton has played also professionally in Sweden (White Eagles) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Carlton 'Scootie' is very athletic player, can play on playmaker and small guard positions. Great scorer and assistant. Strong in duel with superb ball control. Excellent in transitions and fastbreaks. Makes clever desicions on ball transfers, needs a little space to create nice moves. Valuable player!.

UCC Assigeco Piacenza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matteo Formenti
Davide Reati
Giacomo Sanguinetti
Carlton Guyton

Forwards:
Luca Fontecchio
Tommaso Oxilia

Coach: Andrea Zanchi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chris Kramer (ex EWE Baskets) may join Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) is in talks to sign 29-year old American guard Chris Kramer (191-96kg-88, college: Purdue) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. Kramer has played there for the last five years. In 43 BBL games he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 6.6apg and 2.2spg last season. Kramer helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team and All-Defensive Team. Kramer also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.2apg (top 2) and 1.9spg (in top 2). It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
Kramer has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2015. Kramer received also All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Kramer has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Kramer has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Mets) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended Purdue University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kerry Carter (ex Bayer Giants) may be added to Napoli Cuore roster - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket is close to ink 26-year old American guard Kerry Carter (188-92kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who played last time at Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany. In 24 ProB games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.8ppg and recorded 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.9spg (in top 2) last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Carter was tested by CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 5 games he averaged 3.2ppg.
Carter's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2015.
He graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Roberto Maggio

Forwards:
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fabian Vermum Joins The Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf have added Fabian Vermum (188-PG-96) Vermum is a 21 year old 188cm guard that brings 78 kilo's to the scale and has played for youth teams in the last seasons and most recently with SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel (2.Regionalliga) playing 15 games avergaing 5.0ppg. Last year he moved to Cologne to study and will have a special role for head coach Thomas Adelt. "He had a good try-out where he gave his all. He plays with a lot of effort and takes his role as 12th man 100%", said head coach Thomas Adelt. The German also gained experience with the Phantoms Braunschweig U19 team (NBBL).

Source:Dragons Rhondorf



Cretan Kings add Medlock to their roster, ex Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

Rethymno Cretan Kings (A1) added to their roster 30-year old American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-84kg-87, college: E.Michigan). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 30 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Most Improved Player of the Year and voted to All-Newcomers Team.
The previous (15-16) season Medlock played at SC Rasta Vechta (ProA) in German league where in 36 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.1apg (top 3) and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team.
In 2010 Medlock was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in sixth round (9th overall).
The former Eastern Michigan University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Medlock is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Medlock has played previously professionally in Chile (Las Animas), Iceland (Skallagrimur), United Kingdom (Scorchers), Germany (Crailsheim Merlins and s Oliver Baskets) and D-League (Utah F.).

Rethymno Cretan Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carlos Medlock
Hugh Robertson
Walter Lemon_Jr.
Dimitris Tsagkarakis

Forwards:
Haralampos Giannopoulos
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick
Andreas Christodoulou
Trayvonn Wright
Vasileios Mouratos
Shaquille Goodwin
Giannis Panaretakis

Center:
Thomas Kottas

Coach: Nikos Vetoulas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Birthday Boy Reggie Redding Remains With FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Reggie Redding (195-F/G-88, college: Villanova) who has played most of his professional basketball career in Germany except for a season in Turkey will remain there and go into a sixth season in the BBL. After two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and two with Alba Berlin, the 29 year old birthday boy will go into his second season with the Bavarian club. The versatile 195cm forward who can play the positions 1-4 last season with FC Bayern Munich played 39 BBL games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.3%; In Eurocup:action he played 17 game averaging 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 74.4%. The ex Villanova player knows that the club has big goals this season. "I am happy to return back to Munich. Last season didn't end the way we had wanted so we have big goals this season and want to do it better", warned Reggie Redding. Last season in the BBL, the American scored in double figures in 21 games including a 16 point game against Phoenix Hagen and a 17 point game against Alba Berlin. In Eurocup action he scored in double figures in eight games including a 15 point effort against Spanish team Unicaja and a 14 point game against ratiopharm Ulm. "We wanted to keep a core of the team together and Reggie is a further building block. His versatility as an allrounder and experience help us", stressed FC Bayern Munich CEO Marko Pesic.

Source:FC Munich




Armani Cotton Joins The Uni Baskets Paderborn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One thing is for sure whenever Armani Cotton (201-G, college: Yale) meets a new person, he probably won't only get an amazed gaze, but probably get asked about his striking name and could be the hit of any party, but the ex Yale grad would rather make a name on the court than at a party as he will go into his second professional season and first in Germany in the Pro A with the Uni Baskets Paderborn. Cotton is a 25 year old 201cm forward that will play the positions 3-4 for head coach Uli Naechster. Last season as a rookie he played with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 35 games averaging 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg"He can guard many positions and is a very active rebounder. He is also versatile on offense and we have found the missing puzzle piece with him", stressed head coach Uli Naechster.Last season he scored in double figures seven times including two 14 point games against Aalstar.

Cotton started his basketball career at Northfield Mount Hermon school and then went to Ivy league school Yale (NCAA) in 2011 and played 113 games in a four year career until 2015. In his freshman year he played 12 games avergaing 1.2ppg, 1.1rpg. In his second season he played 31 games averaging 6.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 82.8%. In his jun ior year at Yale (NCAA) he played 29 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 77.7%. In his senior year at Yale (NCAA) he played 32 games averaging 6.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 66.7%
In 2015 he was drafted by the Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada,3rd (23). Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been National Prep Championships Quarterfinals -11, Ivy League Runner-Up -14, 15, and Ivy League Regular Season Co-Champion -15.

Source:Uni Baskets Paderborn





Evan Mcgaughey (MLP Academics) A Strenghth Of Mine Is To Keep The Team Morale In A Positive Direction - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Evan McGaughey (203-F-94, college: Quincy, agency: Elevate Agency) is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Carthage, Illinois that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the MLP Academics Heielberg. The American played an illustrious career at Quincy (NCAA') where he averaged double figures in scoring average each season. As a senior he played 25 games averaging 16.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 50.6%, FT: 77.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks Evan for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is your summer coming along?

Currently at the golf course right now. I usually go golfing with my dad on Sunday mornings. Getting in a few more rounds before I leave.


I have to commend you about your name Evan. It's a great name and I should know since I just named my first son like that a few months ago. When you think of the name Evan what comes to mind first?

I usually think of taller people when Evan comes to mind. It's weird, but the few Evan's I know seem to be taller.


Congrats on signing with German pro A team MLP Academics Heidelberg. If someone had told you coming from West High School 5 years ago that you would be a professional basketball player in 2017 what would you have thought?

I honestly wouldn't have believed them. Coming from Illini West High School with less than 400 kids in the school, not many of them become a professional athlete. I'm excited that it actually happened though!


What kind of feelings do you have now that you are a professional basketball player? Has excitement outweighed the expectations at first?

Right know it's all excitement about being a professional athlete. I'm sure once the day comes closer that I'll have to leave it will be more nerve racking.


How was your first professional off season testing the market? You signed relatively early and now can enjoy the rest of the summer. Did you have other offers? I can imagine the Heidelberg offer was the best you had?

I had two other official offers from a couple different countries. We had plenty of interest from other teams too, but my agent said this would be a great opportunity for me so we jumped on it.


What were the main reasons for signing with the MLP Academics Heidelberg? What was the deciding factor that made you take on this opportunity?

The main reason I signed with MLP Academics Heidelberg was because it is a great league to play in, especially for a rookie. It was one of the leagues that my agent and I had discussed about playing in from the beginning.


What do you know in general about the country Germany? Have you picked up on the fact that Heidelberg belongs to one of the bigger American tourist attractions in Germany?

I honestly don't know a lot about Germany. I've been finding out more and more as people have talked to me about it the last few days. It will definitely be different for me coming from a town of 2,200 people.

What do you know in general about German basketball? Ex Quincy great Courtney Belger is playing in Germany.

I've heard it's a great league and will be a great opportunity for me. I've been talking to Courtney for most of the process, and I hope he knows that a lot more questions will be asked throughout the year too haha.

Does it humble you that a guy like Courtney Belger has toiled in the German regionalliga and pro B for four years and will play a fifth in the pro B which are all beneath the German pro A where you will get your first chance as a professional rookie?

It honestly does humble me to sign in German Pro A. I know what type of player Belger is and how hard he has worked to be in this spot. Hopefully I can make it out to a few of his games this year.

How thankful are you for this opportunity. It is a fact that there are so many great players in NCAA 2 ball, but often are overshadowed by the NCAA. It isn't everyday that a NCAA 2 player gets signed for the German Pro A.

Very thankful for this opportunity. I've seen it every year in college that Division 2 players get overlooked just because they are in a lower division. In most cases, the upperclassmen in D2 should be playing at a Division 1 school just because they have developed their game better than coaches thought they would coming out of high school.


You had an illustrious career at Quincy (NCAA2) from 2013-2017. What kind of experience was this for you and what was most satisfying about the whole process?

The most satisfying part about the process was that the last two years were the most successful with the team. Those were the only two years we finished with winning records. It was a blessing to see all of our hard work pay off.


You have an overall very versatile game for a 203cm player. To what NBA player would you describe your game to and what is your other biggest strength on the court besides scoring and rebounding?

I've heard a few people comparing me to Kristaps Porzingis. I wouldn't mind playing for the Knicks haha. I like to think that my biggest strength is the ability to see the floor. I take a lot of pride in my passing ability and setting up teammates.


You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed every time on the court?

I would say my ability to keep the team morale in a positive direction would be a strength of mine. I always try to keep things in a positive perspective.


At the start of your college career, you were plagued hard by knee injuries. How difficult was it at the start making that transition from the high school level to the college level?

That was the big decision on why I chose to redshirt my freshman year. It was the best decision of my life. I needed to get faster and stronger and really get a feel for the faster pace of play. I never played AAU so I didn't have any experience with higher level competition going into college.


You had very consistent stats throughout your career at Quincy (NCAA2). You once stated '"You just have to continually keep getting better to compete at this level because the GLVC is probably one of the top conference in Division II," How vital was the continuing improvement that allowed you keep this consistency over time?

That's the big thing with college basketball. If you don't continue to improve each and every year then you might not be playing next season. Nothing is guaranteed, so you have to put in the work to get playing time.


How do you feel did your game continue to develop over time at Quincy (NCAA2) that allowed you to become the player you will be when starting your professional career?

The biggest key was playing against the best competition that Division 2 has to offer. The fact that we had 4 all-conference and a honorable mention all-American on the team didn't hurt either.

Your head coach Marty Bell really believed in you and saw the raw talent that you had coming out of high school. How did head coach Marty Bell groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Quincy (NCAA2)?

Coach Bell believed in me (along with Coach John Perry at the time, who is an assistant coach at Navy now) more than any other school and I could sense that. That is ultimately why I chose QU, because they really saw the potential in my game.

You had many great games in the NCAA2, but where would you rank your 30 point 13 rebound effort in a win against Bellarmine? You also had a 35 point game against William Jewel, but lost.

It was actually the other way around, we lost to Bellarmine but beat William Jewel) I would say my game against Bellarmine was one of the best in my career. I believe they were ranked in the top ten in the nation coming into that game. There was plenty of overseas talent in that game. The 35 point game against William Jewell was special for me because that was my first 30 point game in college and I scored my 1,000th point that game. I'll never forget it.

I will imagine you beat freshman Marcus Hinton in a one on one in practice, but were you like a mentor for the young kind who had a solid rookie season

I really like the player, and person, that Marcus is turning into. I know he looked up to myself and the other upperclassmen this year and could tell he learned a lot. I hope to see another great season from Marcus this year.

How does a normal summer work out day look like for you on and off the court and what are the main things you will be working on in your game?

A normal workout day for me starts with my basketball trainer Matt Pugh. We have really been working hard on my 1 on 1 moves and finishes. Once the basketball workout is over I go to my strength coach Chris Bockius. We have been focusing on my overall strength, but mainly with my core and lower body.

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

My Mt. Rushmore would be Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar.


Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title an dhas three to Michael Jordan. There are so many experts that keep proclaiming that Lebron is the best of all-time. Where do you rate him in the neverending debate about who the best of all-time is?

It's hard to say honestly, because I never truly was able to watch Jordan in his prime. I would still have to rate MJ as the best to ever play the game though.


How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

I would love to see Alec Peters out of Valparaiso have a great career. He's an Illinois boy and we always have to root for each other.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I just watched 22 Jump Street last night. One of the funniest movies I've ever seen!


Thanks Evan for the chat.




Scott Eatherton Makes Jump To The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Scott Eatherton (203-F/C-91, college: Northeastern, agency: BeoBasket) has been one of those special guys that has put up consistent stats in his first two professional seasons in Italy and Germany and now could make his real breakthrough in his third season in Germany with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. He is a player with inside and outside dimensions, he can easily hit a shot from outside, even from behind the 3pts arch.Last season the American who hails from Hershey, Pennsylvania played with BG Goettingen playing 33 games averaging 11.9ppg, Reb-4 (6.9rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9%. "After we were unable to hold Geoffrey Groselle, no one was expecting us to be able to present Scott Eatherton. However we are so overjoyed that we could convince him to play for us. He is a very mobile, aggressive and versatile player. He brings much energy to the floor and his strength is under the basket", stressed head coach Frank Menz.Braunschweig is a team where Eatherton could total break out and be that first scoring option.

Last season the American scored in double figures in 21 games and had six double doubles. His best scoring games included a 20 point 11 rebound game against FC Bayern Munich and 19 point games against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, s.Oliver Wurzburg and Science City Jena. "I am looking forward to Braunschweig. I had many good talks with Frank Menz and am happy that I have the chance to help the team improve. I ha dthe chance to work on my abilites and strengths in the offseason and I have the feeling that I am prepared for my second season", stressed Scott Eatherton.

He started his basketball career in 2010 with St.Francis, PA (NCAA) playing 28 games averaging 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg. In his second season at St.Francis, PA (NCAA) he played 29 games averaging 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 73.3%. He then transfered to Northeastern (NCAA) in 2013 and played 30 games averaging 15.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.8%. In his senior season at Northeastern (NCAA) he played 35 games averaging 14.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 62.6%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 69.4%. In 2015 he started his professional basketball career with Moncada Solar Agrigento (Italy-Serie A2) playing 35 games averaging 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 64.1%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-NEC Most Improved Player of the Year -12, CAA Tournament Semifinals -14, All-CAA Defensive Player of the Year -14, All-CAA 2nd Team -14, CAA All-Defensive Team -14, 15, CAA All-Tournament Team -14, 15, NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team -14, CAA Regular Season Co-Champion -15, CAA Tournament Winner -15, All-CAA 1st Team -15, USBWA All-District I Team -15, NABC All-District 10 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -17, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -17.

Source: Basketball lowen Braunschweig






Ruben Spoden Returns To TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a fruitful five year career in the EasyCredit BBL and 143 games for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and S.Oliver Wurzburg, Ruben Spoden (202-F-89) has decided to step down form the big stage and concentrate more on his family and studies, but still be involved with basketball as he will help out his old team TV Langen in the Regionalliga whom he played for in the 2008-2009 season. Spoden is a 28 year old 202cm forward and in a way is heading home as he comes form the Frankfurt area. Last season the German played for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau (ProA) playing 28 games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg

Spoden started his basketball career with the MTV Kronberg Youth and then played with Eintracht Frankfurt (Regionalliga) from 2005-2009 playing a total of 68 games. After playing briefly with TV Langen in the 2007-2008 season he remained there for the 2008-2009 season playing 17 games avergaing 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg; also played at Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) playing 11 games avergaing 18.6ppg. In the 2009-2010 season he made the jump to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB) playing 29 games avergaing 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 74.7%. He then played with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1.Bundesliga) from 2010-2013 playing a total of 56 games. In 2013 he moved to the s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (BBL) playing 58 BBL games and 30 games in the Pro A games where he was an instrumental figure in helping the team move back to the BBL in 2015 averaging 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 64.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga U-19 All-Star Game -07, German NBBL All-Star Game -08, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -15, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -15.

Source:TV Langen



Lok Bernau Add Rookie Dexter Werner - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Lok Bernau have announced the arrival of Dexter Werner (198-F-94). Werner is a 23 year old 198cm forward from North Dakota that brings 239 pounds to the scale and will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany. Werner had a stellar career at N.Dakota St. (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 105 NCAA games and helped win two Summit League titles. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 12.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 61.2%, FT: 73.7%. "We have at first glance gotten an unorthodox player. But at second glance he is a very effective player that brings calmness and security to the court. He is a team player that feels comfortable on offense and defense around the rim. These abilities fit to our style and will help us be successful", stressed head coach Rene Schilling.

Last season as a senior Dexter scored in double figures in 17 games and registered six double doubles. His best scoring games included a 30 point 13 rebound outburst against arch rival North Dakota, a 25 point and 12 rebound effort against Omaha and a 21 point game against W Illinois. In his freshman season he played 10 games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg. In his second season at N.Dakota St. (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 67.4%. As a junior at N.Dakota St. (NCAA) he played 32 games averaging 8.1ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 58.3%. In his second season he had a 22 point game in 24 minutes in a loss against 2017 NCAA finalist Gonzaga. "I am happy and thankful to move to Lok Bernau. The team is a well established and successful organization and I hope we will continue to be so. I want to thank all involved for this chance. It is a big honor to represent my home state North Dakota as a professional athlete. I thank god, my family, friends and all coaches that have supported me in my amateur career. I am looking forward to my first step in my pro career and am excietd where it will lead me", warned Dexter Werner.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS All-State 1st Team -11, 12, HS North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year -11, 12, Summit League Regular Season Champion -14, Summit League Tournament Winner -14, 15, Summit League Regular Season Co-Champion -15, All-Summit League Sixth Man of the Year -15, 17, Summit League Tournament Finalist -16, All-Summit League 2nd Team -17, and Summit League Regular Season Runner-Up -17.

Source:Lok Bernau







PS Karlsruhe Add Jarelle Reischel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After making waves the last two seasons jumping from league to league from the Regionalliga to the Pro B to the Pro A, PS Karlsruhe has taken a slower approach in finding the new pieces to the upcoming season as they have reeled in ex NCAA player Roland Nyama and now a second with Jarelle Reischel (199-F-92, college: E.Kentucky). According to abseits-ka.de, Jarelle Reischel will go into his second professional season with the German team. Jarelle Reischel is a 25 year old 199cm forward that was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but also has the American citzenship. Last season he played with SC Rasta Vechta (BBL): 1 game: 1pt, 1reb, 1steal,and the Westchester Knicks (D-League): 2 games: 3.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg.

He started his basketball career with Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and then moved to the States and lived tehre from 2008-2016. He first played high school basketball with Pleasant Beach HS and then had a stellar college career at Rice, Rhode Island and E Kentucky. As a freshman he played with Rice (NCAA) playing 32 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 65.9%. In 2013 he moved to Rhode Island (NCAA) playing 32 games avergaing 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 59.8%. In his junior season with Rhode Island (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg. In his senior year he went to E.Kentucky (NCAA) playing 30 games avergaing 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 78.4%. He really broke out in that season scoring in double figures in 27 of 30 games and scored 20 points or more 11 times. His biggest games included a 37 point explosion against Longwood, 29 points against East Tennessee State and 26 points against Manhatten.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08 (Gold): 9 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 70.5%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 60.9%, New Jersey First Team All-Ocean County -09, New Jersey Second Team All-State Group 1 -09, New Jersey Second Team All-State Soph/Freshmen -09, German U18 National Team -10, German U20 National Team -12
Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -15, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -15, NIT Sweet 16 -15, All-OVC 2nd Team -16, OVC All-Newcomer Team -16
and NABC All-District 19 2nd Team -16.





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  GREECE  


Cretan Kings add Medlock to their roster, ex Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

Rethymno Cretan Kings (A1) added to their roster 30-year old American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-84kg-87, college: E.Michigan). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 30 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Most Improved Player of the Year and voted to All-Newcomers Team.
The previous (15-16) season Medlock played at SC Rasta Vechta (ProA) in German league where in 36 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.1apg (top 3) and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team.
In 2010 Medlock was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in sixth round (9th overall).
The former Eastern Michigan University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Medlock is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Medlock has played previously professionally in Chile (Las Animas), Iceland (Skallagrimur), United Kingdom (Scorchers), Germany (Crailsheim Merlins and s Oliver Baskets) and D-League (Utah F.).

Rethymno Cretan Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carlos Medlock
Hugh Robertson
Walter Lemon_Jr.
Dimitris Tsagkarakis

Forwards:
Haralampos Giannopoulos
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick
Andreas Christodoulou
Trayvonn Wright
Vasileios Mouratos
Shaquille Goodwin
Giannis Panaretakis

Center:
Thomas Kottas

Coach: Nikos Vetoulas

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Sporting Vernilac signs Marios Arnaoutakis - by Eurobasket News

AO Sporting Vernilac signed Marios Arnaoutakis. He played last season at AE Ikaros Kallitheas in Greek C league.
Arnaoutakis' team was Runner-Up of C Division (South-Group 2) 2011.
He previously for Irakleio.

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Vladimir Jankovic (ex Aris) is a newcomer at Andorra - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Greek ex-international forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Jankovic played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 28 A1 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.6apg. Jankovic helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Jankovic also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played shortly was Valencia Basket. But in two Liga Endesa games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Jankovic also played 2 games in Eurocup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jankovic won Greek League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Jankovic was also a member of Greek international program for some years. He played for Greek Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
Jankovic represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Jankovic has played also professionally in Italy and Serbia (Mega Bemax).

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Vladimir Jankovic
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Oliver Stevic

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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VEF Riga inks Antwan Scott, ex Aris - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Antwan Scott (188-81kg-92, college: Colorado State, agency: Elevate Agency). He played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. Scott managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 A1 games he had 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Scott also played that season for KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga where in 14 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. The other team he played that season for was New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 11 games he averaged remarkable 20.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg.
Scott has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted NABC All-District 17 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Scott graduated from Colorado State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GUINEA  


Guinean National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Yacouba Sylla
Sylla
Cedric Mansare
Mansare
Mohamed Souare
Souare
#e#3
4Mohamed Sankhon 97
5Mohamed Traore 95
6Yamoussa Camara 95 Oilers Liberia
7Mohamed Youla 87
8Yacouba Sylla 183-G-89 BBC Nyon Switzerland
9Daouda Conde 92
10Cedric Mansare 198-F-85 Feurs EF France
11Ismael N'Famara Conde 92
12Abdoulaye Sy 200-F-95 Marseille France
13Mamadi Keita 88
14Mohamed Souare 200-F/C-92 Meyrin Basket Switzerland
15Bachir Diallo 93
Ibrahima Barry 93
Moussa Thea 87




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Rotterdam welcomes back de Baat - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) landed Dutch center Jeroen de Baat (200-95kg). It is actually his comeback to Rotterdam as he has played here before. de Baat has only college experience so far playing last time for Rochester College (NAIA). He has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 4.0rpg in 2015-16 season. de Baat helped them to win the regular season and they also made it to the USCAA D1 Final Four. de Baat contributed to his team winning the regular season and they also made it to the USCAA D1 Final Four.
So his pro career will start in Holland.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kasper Averink
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Michael Kok
Maik Bouwer
Coen Stolk

Center:
Jeroen de_Baat

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Gistel Oostende adds Van Der Vuurst to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) added to their roster 16-year old Dutch shooting guard Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-1). Van Der Vuurst represented Holland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.1%.
Van Der Vuurst is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Gistel Oostende.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sam Huurman (ex NED NT U16) signs at Gistel Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) landed Dutch Sam Huurman. Huurman was selected to Dutch U16 National Team in 2017.

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Sam Huurman signs at Gistel Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit (Top Division I) landed Dutch Sam Huurman. Huurman was selected to Dutch U16 National Team in 2017.

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Halman is back at Den Helder - by Eurobasket News

The Bright Kings Den Helder (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 23-year old power forward Dyon Halman (204-94, agency: Court Side). It is actually his comeback to Den Helder as he has played here before. Halman has played for the last two seasons at Maxxcom BS Weert in the Eredivisie. In 28 games he had 8.0ppg and 5.8rpg last season. Eredivisie will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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UCAM Murcia inks Charlon Kloof - by Greg

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 27-year old Dutch international guard Charlon Kloof (190-88kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also Surinamese passport. Kloof played last season at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 17 Prva Liga games he had 13.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg (in top 2). Kloof also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.8spg. And finally he contributed to 22 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.5apg.
Kloof has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Kloof represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%.
Kloof attended St.Bonaventure University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Clevin Hannah

Forward:
Ovie Soko

Centers:
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba

Coach: Ibon Navarro

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Zwolle adds Gregory to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Eredivisie) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Jordan Gregory (188-88kg-92, college: Montana) from Aris Leeuwarden. In 28 Eredivisie games in Holland he was second best scorer with impressive 18.5ppg and had 3.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (2016) summer Gregory played at Rockhampton Rockets in Australian QBL where in 17 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 26.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in 2016 season.
Gregory played in the final of Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from University of Montana in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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Netherlands and Sweden exchange wins in Weert - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands and Sweden exchanged wins in Weert in the friendly campaign. The Scandinavian side won the first encounter, 79-63, in Den Helder after having five players reach double digits in scoring. Viktor Gaddefors (201-SF-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (201-SG-93) poured in 14 apiece. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) came up with 11 points for Netherlands.
In game 2 Netherlands replied with a 69-62 win. The Swedish side started strong and grabbed a 16-9 lead, but then Netherlands replied with three wins in the rest of the quarters. Henk Norel (213-C-87) and Roeland Schaftenaar paced the Lions with 13 points each. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Sweden and Carl Engstrom (216-C-91, college: Alabama) brought 9.



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  INDIA  


Iran also rout India 88-44 - by Anil Kumar

The Indian men's basketball team suffered a tough loss against Iran's national team on Day 4 of the William Jones Cup. Iran took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it en route to an 88-44 victory.

India had fewer turnovers than their opponents, but were out-rebounded 51-26. In contrast, the men from Iran were red hot from the field, shooting at a high 60%. They were led in scoring by Navid Khajehzadeh, who came off the bench to drop 21 points.

For India, the silver lining was a good performance from forward Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar, who had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

The Indian men will be hoping for a turnaround when they take the court against Lithuania on 19th July at 1300 hrs CST (1030 IST).This has been the teams 4th continuous loss in the event

Iran (Navid Khajehzadeh 21 pts; Navid Rezaeifar 19 pts; Sajjad Pazrofteh 16 pts) bt India (Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar 12 pts, 6 rebs; Amjyot Singh Gill 8 pts, 6 ast) 88-44 [14-8, 23-12, 22-14, 29-10]



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  ISRAEL  


Yavzuri is back at Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed 32-year old ex-international shooting guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-90kg-85). It is actually his comeback to Maccabi Haifa as he has played here before. Yavzuri played last season at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League. But in three games he had just 1.0ppg. Yavzuri also played that season for Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv where in 8 Winner League games he recorded only 2.9ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Yavzuri was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg.
Yavzuri has played previously for two other teams: Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
He could be described: One of the best shooters in Israel. High percentage 3 point shooter and good ball handling. Midlevel defender.

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Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third 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

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Lietuvos rytas ink Travis Peterson, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 32-year old American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford). He played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 36 games he had 7.1ppg and 4.4rpg. Peterson also played 19 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Peterson ended the previous (2015-16) season at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in four games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Avtodor in Russian league. In 16 Eurocup games he got impressive 18.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6apg. Peterson also played 32 games in VTB United League where he was fifth best scorer with 13.5ppg and got 7.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Peterson won Israeli Premier League championship title and made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Peterson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Rilski), Ukraine (Hoverla), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and Czech Republic (Prostejov).
Peterson attended Samford University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Most versatile offensive performer ... excellent 3-point shooter for his size ... great decision-maker who will be counted on for scoring around the goal ... directs the offense from the center position.

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  ITALY  


Kerry Carter (ex Bayer Giants) may be added to Napoli Cuore roster - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket is close to ink 26-year old American guard Kerry Carter (188-92kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who played last time at Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany. In 24 ProB games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.8ppg and recorded 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.9spg (in top 2) last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Carter was tested by CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 5 games he averaged 3.2ppg.
Carter's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2015.
He graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Roberto Maggio

Forwards:
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

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Coach Antonio Paternoster takes over at Salerno - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Virtus Arechi Salerno will be led by 46-year old coach Antonio Paternoster. He coached most recently at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in the Serie A2.
The previous (15-16) season Paternoster coached at BCC Corvengenze Agropoli (also in Serie A2).
His team won Italian Serie B Group D Regular Season in 2015. Paternoster used to coach Associate Imola Summer League Open National Team back in 2011.
He has coached previously two other teams: San Severo and Melfi.

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Caronna re-signs at Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Costa d'Orlando confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Giuseppe Caronna (206-100kg-94). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at San Marino Titans.
Caronna helped his team to make it to the Serie B Group D Final in 2015.
He has played previously for four other teams: Betaland Cdo, Palermo, Green Basket 99 Palermo and Piombino.

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Piacenza lands Carlton Guyton, ex Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2) tabbed 27-year old American guard Carlton Guyton (193-89kg-90, college: Kent State, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 25 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Guyton played at Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) in German league where in 35 games he had 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
In 2012 Guyton was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in seventh round (108th overall).
He attended Kent State and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Guyton's team won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2011. He received also All-MAC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Guyton has played also professionally in Sweden (White Eagles) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Carlton 'Scootie' is very athletic player, can play on playmaker and small guard positions. Great scorer and assistant. Strong in duel with superb ball control. Excellent in transitions and fastbreaks. Makes clever desicions on ball transfers, needs a little space to create nice moves. Valuable player!.

UCC Assigeco Piacenza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matteo Formenti
Davide Reati
Giacomo Sanguinetti
Carlton Guyton

Forwards:
Luca Fontecchio
Tommaso Oxilia

Coach: Andrea Zanchi

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Vincenzo Pipitone signs at Scafati - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) landed 23-year old power forward Vincenzo Pipitone (206-106kg-94) from NPC Rieti. In 14 Serie A2 games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Pipitone also played that season for Alma Trieste (Serie A). But in 8 games he had only 1.4ppg and 2.5rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the LNP Silver Playoffs Semifinals in 2014. Pipitone was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.2ppg, 5.2rpg.
Pipitone has played previously for two other teams: Umana Venezia and Kleb Basket Ferrara.
He is described as: A solid-bodied inside player, has good inside moves but need to add playing experience and some perimetral defensive skills.

Givova Scafati Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gabriele Spizzichini
Marco Santiangeli
Gabriele Romeo
Emanuele Trapani

Forwards:
Marco Ammannato
Alex Ranuzzi
Nicholas Crow

Centers:
Vincenzo Pipitone
Andrea Antonaci

Coach: Giovanni Perdichizzi

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Giorgio Di Bonaventura joins Roseto - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) agreed terms with 20-year old shooting guard Giorgio Di Bonaventura (192-97). He has played for the last three seasons at PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro in the Serie B. In 36 games he had 5.2ppg and 1.9rpg last season. Di Bonaventura helped them to win the regular season.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Riccardo Casagrande
Ion Lupusor
Giorgio Di Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

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Filippo De Pascale signs at Bologna Basket - by Eurobasket News

Asd Bologna Basket 2016 (Serie C Gold) landed 25-year old guard Filippo De Pascale (188-92) from Bertinoro.
The previous (15-16) season De Pascale played at For Pontevecchio Bologna (Serie B).
He has played previously for three other teams: Imola, Cento and Meldola.

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Federico Legnani signs at Bologna Basket - by Eurobasket News

Asd Bologna Basket 2016 (Serie C Gold) landed 32-year old guard Federico Legnani (195-85) from ISIS Basket Lugo. He has played there for the last six years. Legnani helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice).
He has played previously for two other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Kleb Basket Ferrara.

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Imola tabs Davide Toffali - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) inked 19-year old shooting guard Davide Toffali (192-98). He played most recently at Tessilform Bernareggio in Serie C Gold. Toffali helped his team get promotion to Serie B. He contributed to his team winning the group title (twice).
The previous (15-16) season Toffali played at Armani Milano (Serie A). But in only one game he did not score anything.
He was a member of Italian U16 National Team between 2013 and 2014.

Andrea Costa Imola roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giovanni Gasparin
Davide Toffali
Lorenzo Penna

Forwards:
Davide Alviti
Tommaso Rossi

Centers:
Michele Maggioli
Alessandro Simioni

Coach: Demis Cavina

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Lalanne re-signs at Ozzano - by Eurobasket News

New Flying Balls Ozzano dell Emilia (Serie C Gold) confirmed in their roster 22-year old swingman Aaron Lalanne (188-95). He has played there for the last two seasons. Lalanne helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek B).

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

Guards:
Nunzio Corcelli
Mario Chiusolo
Aaron Lalanne
Mattia Masre

Forwards:
Marco Morara
Francesco Magagnoli

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Valmontone adds Mathlouti to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Air Fire Valmontone (Serie B) added to their roster 21-year old forward Giotto Mathlouti (197-96) from the junior team of Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo. In four Serie B games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in 2015-16 season.
Mathlouti has played previously for Latina Basket.

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Chane Behanan agreed terms with Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) inked 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played most recently at KIA Picanto in Filipino PBA league.
Three years ago Behanan was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of Louisville staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Behanan has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. Behanan received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Behanan has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Behanan has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns), Puerto Rico (Santeros, Capitanes and Brujos) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Dominique Sutton
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

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Crema inks Eugenio Amanti - by Eurobasket News

Erogasmet Crema (Serie B) signed 21-year old power forward Eugenio Amanti (200-96). He played last season at BCC Corvengenze Agropoli in Serie A2. However his team was relegated to Serie B. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 8 games he had just 0.3ppg and 1.3rpg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Amanti was tested by Stella Azzurra Roma (also in Serie A2).
He was a member of Italian U19 National Team two years ago.
Amanti has played previously for Roma San Paolo.

Erogasmet Crema roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Dagnello
Michele Peroni

Forward:
Giovanni Poggi

Center:
Eugenio Amanti

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Scauri inks Andrea Longobardi - by Eurobasket News

Basket Scauri (Serie B) signed 23-year old small forward Andrea Longobardi (199-92kg-94) from Firenze All Foods. In 20 Serie B games he had 9.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Longobardi played at NPC Rieti (Serie A) where in 28 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Latina Basket, Molfetta and Orzinuovi GaGa.

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Imbro re-signs at Siena Virtus - by Eurobasket News

La Sovrana Pulizie Virtus Siena confirmed in their roster 25-year old guard Gerlando Imbro (188-92). He has played there for the last eight seasons. In 19 Serie B games he had 7.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Imbro's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie C Gold Group Toscana A in 2016.

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Siena Virtus keep Nepi for another season - by Eurobasket News

La Sovrana Pulizie Virtus Siena re-signed 24-year old shooting guard Alessandro Nepi (186-93). He played there last season. In 32 Serie B games he recorded 6.7ppg and 1.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Nepi played at Siena Costone.
He won Nazionale C Group E in 2012.

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Lenardon re-signs at Siena Virtus - by Eurobasket News

La Sovrana Pulizie Virtus Siena confirmed in their roster 32-year old point guard Simone Lenardon (189-85). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 32 Serie C Gold games he had 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg last season.
Lenardon's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie C Gold Group Toscana A in 2016.
He has played previously for six other teams: Alma Trieste, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Napoli Megaride, Massafra, Scauri and Arezzo.

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Artioli re-signs at Montecatini - by Eurobasket News

Montecatiniterme Basket (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 22-year old swingman Giorgio Artioli (196-95, agency: Players Group). He played there last season. In 10 Serie B games he recorded 7.1ppg and 3.5rpg. Artioli also played that season for Planet Basket Catanzaro where in 21 Serie B games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg.
He was selected to U18 National Team in 2013.
Artioli has played previously for two other teams: Libertas Liburnia and Livorno DBosco.

Montecatiniterme Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guido Meini
Simone Centanni

Forwards:
Marco Petrucci
Giorgio Artioli

Center:
Lorenzo Galmarini

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San Severo adds Rezzano to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Basket Citta' Di San Severo (Serie B) added to their roster experienced 35-year old ex-international power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-108kg-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) from Bakery Piacentina. In 36 Serie B games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Rezzano played at Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A) where in 40 games he averaged 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Rezzano was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2003 and previously for U20 National Team between 2020 and 2002.
Rezzano has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Alma Trieste, Gorizia, Germani Basket Brescia, Ancona Stamura, Matera, Osimo, CZG Veroli and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
Rezzano is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at San Severo.
On Rezzano: An experienced front court swingman who has nice hands and shooting range up to 6 metres. Can also hit a three pointer, knows how to guard an opponent inside.

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Federico Casoni signs at Scauri - by Eurobasket News

Basket Scauri (Serie B) landed Federico Casoni from Roma Vis Nova. Casoni has played there for the last three years. In 18 Serie B games he averaged just 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
His team won Italian Serie C Cup in 2016.

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Mastroianni re-signs at Napoli Cuore - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket confirmed in their roster 23-year old forward Mattia Mastroianni (200-94, agency: Players Group). He played there last season. In 41 Serie B games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg. Mastroianni helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Amatori Sport Falconara Marittima (also in Serie B) where in 32 games he averaged 4.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Mastroianni contributed to his team making it to the group semifinals.
He has played previously for three other teams: Chieti, Castelfiorentino and Martina Franca.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Roberto Maggio

Forwards:
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

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Montegrano signs Dario Zucca - by Eurobasket News

Poderosa Basket Montegranaro (Serie A2) signed 21-year old forward Dario Zucca (201-96) from Proger BLS Chieti. In 35 Serie A2 games he had just 2.7ppg and 2.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zucca played at Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) where in 38 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 4.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
Zucca played in the final of Italian U19 Championships in 2014.
He represented Italy at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Zucca has played previously for two other teams: VL Pesaro and Umana Venezia.

Poderosa Basket Montegranaro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eugenio Rivali
Ousmane Gueye
LaMarshall Corbett
Luca Campogrande

Forwards:
Marshawn Powell
Dario Zucca

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Adomas Drungilas (ex ZTE KK) is a newcomer at Latina Basket - by Eurobasket News

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-92kg-90). He played most recently at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division. In 43 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Drungilas helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 41 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. Drungilas contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Drungilas has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Starwings and Starwings Basket Regio Basel U23) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis, Palanga and Triobet).

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Saccaggi
Riccardo Tavernelli
Andrea Pastore

Forwards:
Giovanni Allodi
Benjamin Raymond

Center:
Adomas Drungilas

Coach: Franco Gramenzi

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MIA-RO Cantu inks Andrea Crosariol - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) agreed terms with 33-year old ex-international center Andrea Crosariol (212-114kg-84, college: Fair Dickinson) from The Flexx Pistoia. In 33 Serie A games he had 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Crosariol played at Viola where in 30 Serie A games he recorded 10.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7bpg.
He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2011.
Crosariol was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2003.
Crosariol represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 2.0rpg.
Crosariol is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Poland (Anwil), Spain (Baskonia) and Italy (Roma Virtus, Benetton Treviso, VL Pesaro, Umana Venezia and Scandone Avellino).
Crosariol attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: He's a very skilled player all around. Andrea runs the court well, can post up well down low and has a nice shooting touch from 15 feet.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Randy Culpepper
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forward:
Davide Raucci

Center:
Andrea Crosariol

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Orzinuovi GaGa lands Jamal Olasewere - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi tabbed 26-year old Nigerian international small forward Jamal Olasewere (201-102kg-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Olasewere played most recently at Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim in Israeli National League. In 27 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season Olasewere played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 30 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Olasewere's college team won NEC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2011 and 2013). He received also All-NEC Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 18 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Olasewere represented Nigeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Olasewere has played previously professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and Italy (Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Long Island University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Scanzi
Antonio Ruggiero
Mohamed Toure
Michele Antelli

Forwards:
Mario_Jose Ghersetti
Jamal Olasewere

Center:
Davide Zambon

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Lighthouse Conad Trapani adds Jefferson to their roster, ex Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-79kg-91, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Jefferson managed to play in three leagues last year. In 32 Liga Nova KBM games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention. Jefferson also played 8 games in Eurocup where he was fifth best scorer with 9.3ppg and had 2.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. And finally he contributed to 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Jefferson played at Phoenix Hagen in German BBL. In 34 games he got 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention.
Jefferson was voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Central Region Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Jefferson has played also professionally in Finland (KTP Basket).
He attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Lighthouse Conad Trapani roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefano Bossi
Brandon Jefferson
Filippo Testa

Forward:
Marco Mollura

Center:
Stefano Spizzichini

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Virtus Bologna signs Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) agreed terms with 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.
Lawal has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Lawal was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Lawal is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

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Gilas Subdues Japan, 100-85 - by Eurobasket News

Gilas Pilipinas marched on and claimed another win against an old Asian rival in Japan, 100-85, to stay in title hunt in the 2017 Jones Cup at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here Tuesday. Coach Chot Reyes rotated 12 men before going to his key players to deliver a lethal attack in the last five minutes as the Nationals made it three in a row following a twin-kill versus the hosts' Team A and Team B on Sunday and Monday. Next up for Gilas is the South Korea team that has been unbeaten going to their matchup with Lithuania in the fourth day of this nine-day meet. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) and Mike Myers (206-F-92, college: Md-E Shore) both piled up double-double numbers while Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure), Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Jiovani Jalalon (175-PG) combined for 37 markers against the Japan 24-under team. 'Like in any other elite tournament, there's no such thing as an easy game. We knew we would be in for a tough match against Japan, and obviously they gave us everything we could handle,' said Gilas coach Chot Reyes. 'We're fortunate to pull it out in the end,' Reyes added The Gilas coach said they played the Japanese side with their next game against Korea in their mind. 'We're approaching the meat of our schedule, playing Korea and Lithuania back-to-back. It's a huge mountain for us. And so we made a conscious effort to cut down the minutes of Christian, Mike and Kiefer to keep them fresh for the next game,' he said. 'Von Pessumal and (Alfonso) Gotladera coming in to play some minutes allow us to play Mike, Ravena and even (RR) Pogoy less minutes,' he added. The top guns came in together in the fourth quarter and teamed up in a vicious attack that had Gilas breaking away from 72-73 down in the last seven minutes of the game. Jalalon took a steal and scored on a layup, then Carl Bryan Cruz had back-to-back steals helping light up a 12-to-nothing salvo as Gilas seized control at 84-73.
Courtesy of: pba.com.ph



Alex Kirk (ex Anadolu Efes) signs at Toyota Alvark - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Alvark Tokyo (B League) landed 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He played most recently at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. Kirk managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 10 BSL games he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kirk also played 16 games in Euroleague where he had 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Kirk played shortly was Long Lions in Chinese CBA. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Kirk has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Kirk has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia), NBA (New York Knicks) and NBA G League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Kirk's game is described as: For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.

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Trevin Parks (ex Barsy Atyrau) is a Newcomer at BK Pardubice - by Surujh Roopnarine

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Trevin Parks (180-82kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). He played most recently at Barsy Atyrau in Kazakhstan National League. In 16 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and had 3.9rpg, 4.2apg (top 3) and 2.9spg (in top 3) last season. Parks helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Parks also played 14 games in Baltic League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 21.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.

Parks received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Parks has played also professionally in Germany (Schalke), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and ABA (N.Dallas V.).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.



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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Berzins comes back to Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old former international power forward Arturs Berzins (204-107kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Ventspils as he has played here before. Berzins has played for the last two years at Valmiera/ORDO in the LBL. In 33 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Berzins helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Berzins also played 12 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.8ppg and 5.6rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Berzins won Latvian League championship title in 2009, 2015 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
Berzins was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Berzins represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Berzins has played previously for four other teams: Keizarmezs, Ogre/Sonora, BK Keizarmezs U21 team and VEF Riga.

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VEF Riga inks Antwan Scott, ex Aris - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Antwan Scott (188-81kg-92, college: Colorado State, agency: Elevate Agency). He played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. Scott managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 A1 games he had 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Scott also played that season for KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga where in 14 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. The other team he played that season for was New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 11 games he averaged remarkable 20.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg.
Scott has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was voted NABC All-District 17 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Scott graduated from Colorado State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chris Kramer (ex EWE Baskets) may join Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) is in talks to sign 29-year old American guard Chris Kramer (191-96kg-88, college: Purdue) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. Kramer has played there for the last five years. In 43 BBL games he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 6.6apg and 2.2spg last season. Kramer helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team and All-Defensive Team. Kramer also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.2apg (top 2) and 1.9spg (in top 2). It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
Kramer has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements his team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2015. Kramer received also All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Kramer has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Kramer has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Mets) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended Purdue University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Lietuvos rytas ink Travis Peterson, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 32-year old American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford). He played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 36 games he had 7.1ppg and 4.4rpg. Peterson also played 19 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Peterson ended the previous (2015-16) season at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in four games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Avtodor in Russian league. In 16 Eurocup games he got impressive 18.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6apg. Peterson also played 32 games in VTB United League where he was fifth best scorer with 13.5ppg and got 7.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Peterson won Israeli Premier League championship title and made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Peterson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia and Rilski), Ukraine (Hoverla), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and Czech Republic (Prostejov).
Peterson attended Samford University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Most versatile offensive performer ... excellent 3-point shooter for his size ... great decision-maker who will be counted on for scoring around the goal ... directs the offense from the center position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adomas Drungilas (ex ZTE KK) is a newcomer at Latina Basket - by Eurobasket News

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-92kg-90). He played most recently at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division. In 43 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Drungilas helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 41 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. Drungilas contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Drungilas has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Starwings and Starwings Basket Regio Basel U23) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis, Palanga and Triobet).

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Saccaggi
Riccardo Tavernelli
Andrea Pastore

Forwards:
Giovanni Allodi
Benjamin Raymond

Center:
Adomas Drungilas

Coach: Franco Gramenzi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zalgiris to land Mateusz Ponitka - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) agreed terms with 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 27 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg last season. Ponitka helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Ponitka also played 19 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg (in top 4). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Ponitka has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012 and 2016. Ponitka received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Ponitka has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.4%.
Ponitka has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), NBA (Denver Nuggets) and Poland (Stelmet, BM Slam Stal, Asseco and AZS Politechnika Warszawska).
His game is described as: Very strong guard, great quickness and leaping ability ... outside shooting threat ... can score from anywhere ... is explosive in taking the ball to the hole ... strong defensively.

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

Guards:
Dee Bost
Vasilije Micic
Paulius Valinskas

Forwards:
Aaron White
Mateusz Ponitka

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Budivelnyk keeps Anisimovas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) re-signed 33-year old naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-116kg-84). He played there last season. In 36 Superleague games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg. Anisimovas helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) where in 18 games he had 13.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. Anisimovas contributed to his team making it to the final. He also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL. In 5 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Anisimovas was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai) and Latvia (Barons Riga).
Anisimovas' game is described as: A wide-bodied center who fills the paint and has soft hands. A late bloomer, is yet improving and can become a force inside soon.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Michailis Anisimovas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paul Pierce signs with Boston Celtics, then retires - by Eurobasket News

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team where he spent his first 15 seasons in the NBA. Pierce helped bring Boston a championship in 2008 as part the "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut). Pierce previously said that last season would be his final one in the NBA. Drafted by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek's 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. "It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," Pierce said in a statement. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtic for life." Celtics manager partner Wyc Grousbeck said the franchise was "honored" that Pierce had chosen to retire as a Celtic. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden," Grousbeck said. The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise's lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also Boston's second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 points, trailing only Havlicek. Pierce was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, spent the 2014-15 season in Washington and the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. But Pierce never hid his affinity for the Celtics even after he and Garnett were dealt away in 2013, ending the Big Three's run in Boston a year after Allen left to join the Miami Heat. Allen retired in 2014 at age 41. Garnett was also 41 when he retired in 2016. Now Pierce, who had the longest tenure in green and white of the three, will make his exit. The 2008 NBA Finals MVP was showered with cheers whenever he returned to the Garden, including in what turned out to be his final game there in February. Pierce had just one basket in the Clippers' 107-102 loss, but it was just as memorable as many of the buzzer-beating shots that earned him folk hero status during his time in Boston. Current Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas backed off Pierce in the closing seconds, with the game out of reach, to let Pierce knock down one more basket on the parquet floor that he made his personal playground so many times. As the ball fell through the net, fans erupted. "I'm glad I was able to cap it off," Pierce said afterward. "At least I can say I put one last bucket in."
Courtesy of: nba.com



Lonzo Ball Named Summer League MVP - by Eurobasket News

Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) was named Most Valuable Player of NBA Summer League 2017 and headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams, as selected by a panel of media members. Ball, the first Laker to be named NBA Summer League MVP, averaged 16.3 points and a league-leading 9.3 assists to go with 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He recorded two triple-doubles, including the first in Las Vegas since 2008, when he contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in an 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics on July 8. On July 13, he tallied a triple-double of 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joining Ball on the All-NBA Summer League First Team are John Collins (6'10''-F-97, college: Wake Forest) (Atlanta Hawks), Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97) (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) and Caleb Swanigan (6'9''-F-97) (Portland).
The Second Team is composed of Cheick Diallo (6'9''-C/F-96, college: Kansas) (New Orleans Pelicans), Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) (San Antonio Spurs), Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95) (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Selden (6'5''-SF-94, college: Kansas) Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98, college: Duke) (Boston).
Courtesy of: realgm.com



The Spurs keep Ginobili for another season - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) re-signed experienced 40-year old Argentinian international guard Manu Ginobili (198-93kg-77, agency: Interperformances). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Ginobili has played there for the last fifteen seasons. In 85 NBA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg last season. Ginobili helped them to win the Southwest Division title (twice) (also twice).
In 1999 he was drafted by the Spurs in second round (57th overall).
Among other achievements Ginobili received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 3rd Team award in 2016.
He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 62.5%.
Thanks to Ginobili's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Ginobili has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus 1934 Bologna and Reggio C. Vis) and Argentina (Weber Bahia).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Spurs.
The scouts decsribe him following way: His two brothers Leandro and Sebastian are also pro bball players. LEFTY SCORER, ATHLETIC, GOOD LEAPER WHO'LL FINISH IN A CROWD.

San Antonio Spurs roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Manu Ginobili
Patrick Mills
Brandon Paul

Forwards:
Rudy Gay
Jaron Blossomgame

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LA Clippers tab Willie Reed - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) inked 27-year old power forward Willie Reed (211-111kg-90, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Miami Heat. In 71 NBA games he averaged 5.3ppg and 4.7rpg last season. NBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Reed played at the Nets where in 39 NBA games he had 4.7ppg and 3.1rpg.
Reed has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2012 Springfield Armor selected him in second round (30th overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended Saint Louis University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Reed is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Reed has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Eilat), Spain, other NBA teams (Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (Iowa Energy, Reno Bighorns and Grand Rapids Drive).

Los Angeles Clippers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Teodosic
Jawun Evans

Forwards:
Blake Griffin
Isaiah Hicks

Center:
Willie Reed

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The Celtics tab Semi Ojeleye - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics inked 23-year old naturalized Nigerian forward Semi Ojeleye (201-107kg-94). He just graduated from Southern Methodist University (NCAA). Ojeleye has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg last season. Ojeleye helped them to win AAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-AAC Player of the Year, All-AAC All-Tournament MVP and All-AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
This summer he was drafted by the Celtics in second round (37th overall). Ojeleye just graduated from Southern Methodist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won HS Kansas 4A State championship title in 2013. Ojeleye received also HS Gatorade Kansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Daniel Theis
Abdel Nader
Ante Zizic
Jayson Tatum
Semi Ojeleye

Center:
Aron Baynes

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Chalmers re-signs at the Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) confirmed in their roster 31-year old point guard Mario Chalmers (188-86kg-86, college: Kansas). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 55 NBA games he had 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg in 2015-16 season. Chalmers also played for the Heat where in 6 NBA games he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round (34th overall). Chalmers attended University of Kansas. It will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NBA in 2011 and 2014. Chalmers was also voted NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player.
Chalmers could be described: The steal of the 2008 NBA Draft... has a great scoring ability, good court sense and can play either guard spot, but the true surprise was how well he can defend on NBA level opponents.... showed also a great personality and he's yet able to quarterback well the Heat offense... needs to learn a lot yet, but understands the game and works hard vevery day ... upside is huge ....

Memphis Grizzlies roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Chalmers
Tyreke Evans
Ben McLemore
Kobi Simmons

Forwards:
Wayne Selden
Rade Zagorac

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Former Kansas Point Guard Aaron Miles to be named Santa Cruz Warriors head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors are expected to name former Kansas point guard Aaron Miles as the head coach of their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, multiple league sources tell 2 Ways & 10 Days. Miles began his professional career as an undrafted rookie with the Golden State Warriors in 2005. The Portland, OR native has spent a majority of his pro career overseas in Europe playing in France, Spain, Greece, and Russia. Miles served as an Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development at Kansas for the 2015-16 season before being hired as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast last year under Joe Dooley. Miles replaces former Santa Cruz head coach Casey Hill, who served as the Warriors head coach for four seasons. Hill won a G League championship with the Warriors for the 2014-15 season. Miles will be the third head coach in Santa Cruz Warriors history.
Courtesy of: 2ways10days.com



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Highlanders ink coach Rob Spon - by Eurobasket News

Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) signed experienced 54-year old American coach Rob Spon from Saint John Riptide. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spon was voted PBL Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2015.
He is quite experienced coach. Spon has coached also professionally in USA, CBA (Saskatchewan H.), PBL (Rochester RazorSharks) and Canada (Kebs de Laval and Halifax Rainmen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBL Canada season to tip off sooner to boost attendance - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada is moving up its schedule for next season by six weeks because fans want to spend more time outside in the spring. The season will now begin in mid-November, rather than late December, and will end at the beginning of April, as opposed to mid-May. Tyrone Levingston, the president of the Cape Breton Highlanders, said a survey of fans was conducted to look at when the season should run. "Our fans showed that that was the right choice to make," he said, pointing out that attendance had been dropping off toward the end of the season around the league. Levingston said people start opening up cottages in April and generally want to spend more time outdoors at that time of the year. The NBL Canada schedule for 2017-18 has not yet been completed, but play will begin on Nov. 18. Levingston also announced the league has mandated that each team carry five Canadian players on its roster, up from the previous requirement of four. He said the eventual goal of the league is to have Canadians represent the majority on team rosters. At present, players from the U.S. make up the bulk of the roster. Levingston said there are expansion plans for the 10-team league. He said St. John's and Sudbury, Ont., are both expected to put teams on the floor within two years. However, there's controversy over the plans to set up shop in St. John's.
Courtesy of: cbc.ca



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  NIGERIA  


The Celtics tab Semi Ojeleye - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics inked 23-year old naturalized Nigerian forward Semi Ojeleye (201-107kg-94). He just graduated from Southern Methodist University (NCAA). Ojeleye has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg last season. Ojeleye helped them to win AAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-AAC Player of the Year, All-AAC All-Tournament MVP and All-AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
This summer he was drafted by the Celtics in second round (37th overall). Ojeleye just graduated from Southern Methodist University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won HS Kansas 4A State championship title in 2013. Ojeleye received also HS Gatorade Kansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Daniel Theis
Abdel Nader
Ante Zizic
Jayson Tatum
Semi Ojeleye

Center:
Aron Baynes

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Virtus Bologna signs Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) agreed terms with 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.
Lawal has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Lawal was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Lawal is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

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Orzinuovi GaGa lands Jamal Olasewere - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi tabbed 26-year old Nigerian international small forward Jamal Olasewere (201-102kg-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: HMS). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Olasewere played most recently at Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim in Israeli National League. In 27 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season Olasewere played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 30 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Olasewere's college team won NEC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2011 and 2013). He received also All-NEC Player of the Year award and NABC Division I All-District 18 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Olasewere represented Nigeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Olasewere has played previously professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and Italy (Vanoli Cremona).
He attended Long Island University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Scanzi
Antonio Ruggiero
Mohamed Toure
Michele Antelli

Forwards:
Mario_Jose Ghersetti
Jamal Olasewere

Center:
Davide Zambon

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  PHILIPPINES  


Chane Behanan agreed terms with Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) inked 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played most recently at KIA Picanto in Filipino PBA league.
Three years ago Behanan was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of Louisville staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Behanan has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. Behanan received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Behanan has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Behanan has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns), Puerto Rico (Santeros, Capitanes and Brujos) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Dominique Sutton
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

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Chane Behanan (ex KIA Picanto) agreed terms with Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) inked 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville). He played most recently at KIA Picanto in Filipino PBA league.
Three years ago Behanan was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of Louisville star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Behanan has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. Behanan received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Behanan has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Behanan has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns), Puerto Rico (Santeros, Capitanes and Brujos) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Dominique Sutton
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

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Gilas Subdues Japan, 100-85 - by Eurobasket News

Gilas Pilipinas marched on and claimed another win against an old Asian rival in Japan, 100-85, to stay in title hunt in the 2017 Jones Cup at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here Tuesday. Coach Chot Reyes rotated 12 men before going to his key players to deliver a lethal attack in the last five minutes as the Nationals made it three in a row following a twin-kill versus the hosts' Team A and Team B on Sunday and Monday. Next up for Gilas is the South Korea team that has been unbeaten going to their matchup with Lithuania in the fourth day of this nine-day meet. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) and Mike Myers (206-F-92, college: Md-E Shore) both piled up double-double numbers while Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure), Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Jiovani Jalalon (175-PG) combined for 37 markers against the Japan 24-under team. 'Like in any other elite tournament, there's no such thing as an easy game. We knew we would be in for a tough match against Japan, and obviously they gave us everything we could handle,' said Gilas coach Chot Reyes. 'We're fortunate to pull it out in the end,' Reyes added The Gilas coach said they played the Japanese side with their next game against Korea in their mind. 'We're approaching the meat of our schedule, playing Korea and Lithuania back-to-back. It's a huge mountain for us. And so we made a conscious effort to cut down the minutes of Christian, Mike and Kiefer to keep them fresh for the next game,' he said. 'Von Pessumal and (Alfonso) Gotladera coming in to play some minutes allow us to play Mike, Ravena and even (RR) Pogoy less minutes,' he added. The top guns came in together in the fourth quarter and teamed up in a vicious attack that had Gilas breaking away from 72-73 down in the last seven minutes of the game. Jalalon took a steal and scored on a layup, then Carl Bryan Cruz had back-to-back steals helping light up a 12-to-nothing salvo as Gilas seized control at 84-73.
Courtesy of: pba.com.ph



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  POLAND  


Laczynski re-signs at Anwil - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Kamil Laczynski (183-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 PLK games he had 7.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.4apg (top 5) and 1.6spg last season. Laczynski helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Guard of the Year back in 2013.
Laczynski was also a member of Polish international program for some years. He played for Polish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
Laczynski represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 3.8apg.
Laczynski has played previously for five other teams: Polonia W-wa, AZS Koszalin, Rosa, Krosno and Polfarmex.

Anwil Wloclawek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kamil Laczynski
Myles McKay

Forwards:
Michal Nowakowski
Jaroslaw Zyskowski

Center:
Pawel Leonczyk

Coach: Igor Milicic

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Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska welcomes back Patryk Wilk - by Greg

Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska (2Liga) landed 20-year old small forward Patryk Wilk (197-97). It is actually his comeback to Opole as he has played here before. Wilk has played for the last two years at WKK Wroclaw in the 2Liga. In 22 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg last season.
Wilk has played previously for SMS PZKosz.

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Trefl Sopot keeps Dylewicz for another season - by Greg

Trefl Sopot (PLK) re-signed experienced 37-year old former international power forward Filip Dylewicz (202-100kg-80). He played there last season. In 27 PLK games he recorded 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.1apg.
Dylewicz has played also professionally in France and Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Poland (Turow, Pruszkow, Astoria Bydgoszcz and Asseco).

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Smigielski
Bartosz Majewski
Lukasz Kolenda

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

Center:
Jakub Motylewski

Coach: Marcin Klozinski

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Roanne adds Jackson to their roster, ex PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) added to their roster 31-year old American shooting guard David Jackson (195-86, college: W.Illinois). He was about to sign at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. The last season Jackson played also at PGE Turow (TBL) in Polish league where in 30 games he had 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jackson's team made it to the French ProB Leaders Cup final in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2016.
Jackson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale), Montenegro (Jedinstvo), Slovakia (Pezinok) and France (Boulazac Basket).
Jackson attended Western Illinois University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
On Jackson: Crafty player with great vision and offensive skills. For a player entering pro in europe, his skills are advanced. Smooth. Can shoot, handle and pass. Elevates his teammates with great vision and unselfish play. Clutch player. A leader, who has the ability to will his team to victory..... tremendous team player who would rather win and score 10 than lose and score 40. Very cerebral. Does an excellent job of breaking down opponents and taking what the defense gives him. Can stroke it from outside as well as get by his man and take it to the rim. Has worked extremely hard over the 1st year as pro in europe, to gain strength and muscle mass.

Chorale de Roanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Williams
David Jackson
Mathis Keita
Thomas Ville
Mathieu Brun

Forwards:
Sambou Traore
Robert Nyakundi
Clement Cavallo

Center:
Pierre Brun

Coach: Laurent Pluvy

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Dzierzak re-signs at Kotwica - by Eurobasket News

MUKS Kotwica 50 Kolobrzeg (1Liga) confirmed in their roster 22-year old point guard Pawel Dzierzak (188-95). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 13 1Liga games he had 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.8apg last season. Dzierzak also played that season for Trefl II Sopot where in three 1Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Dzierzak represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.3apg.
Dzierzak has played previously for Korsarz Gdansk.

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Mroczek-Truskowski comes back to Slask Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

1Liga newcomer WKS Slask Wroclaw added to their roster 32-year old swingman Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (192-85). It is actually his comeback to Slask as he has played here before. Mroczek-Truskowski played last season at Pogon Prudnik in the 1Liga. In 30 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Mroczek-Truskowski spent at Sokol Lancut where in 12 1Liga games he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Mroczek-Truskowski also played that season for BM Slam Stal (PLK). But in three games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mroczek-Truskowski won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2013 and 2015.
He was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2005.
Mroczek-Truskowski has played previously professionally in Poland (Polpharma, Krosno and Slask 3 Wroclaw) and Czech Republic (BK Kondori Liberec).

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Zalgiris to land Mateusz Ponitka - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) agreed terms with 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 27 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg last season. Ponitka helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Ponitka also played 19 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg (in top 4). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Ponitka has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he won Polish League championship title in 2012 and 2016. Ponitka received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Ponitka has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.4%.
Ponitka has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), NBA (Denver Nuggets) and Poland (Stelmet, BM Slam Stal, Asseco and AZS Politechnika Warszawska).
His game is described as: Very strong guard, great quickness and leaping ability ... outside shooting threat ... can score from anywhere ... is explosive in taking the ball to the hole ... strong defensively.

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

Guards:
Dee Bost
Vasilije Micic
Paulius Valinskas

Forwards:
Aaron White
Mateusz Ponitka

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Kenny Manigault (ex AZS Koszalin) joins Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 26-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish PLK league. In 32 games he had 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Manigault played at Giants in Australian SBL where in 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg (in top 3) in 2016 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Manigault was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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  PUERTO RICO  

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. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.2 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.1 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
 10. Hodge, Arecibo16.5 
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. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Jefferson, Arecibo8.7 
 8. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 10. James, Fajardo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Browne, San German7.7 
 2. Arroyo, Fajardo7.4 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 6. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Hodge, Arecibo4.7 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
 10. Clarke, Arecibo4.5 
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. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Rosario, 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. Jefferson, Arecibo1.3 
 5. Buckner, Fajardo1.1 
 6. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 7. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 8. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


BSN Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Fajardo and Aguada post victories - by Eurobasket News

Fajardo - Quebradillas 85-79

Fajardo topped Quebradillas to cut the deficit in the semifinal series. Piratas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cariduros made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Cariduros' coach Allans Colon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) added 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Piratas. Five Cariduros and four Piratas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: R.Buckner 19+12reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 16+4reb+4ast, C.Arroyo 11+4reb+9ast, C.Ortiz 11+5reb, E.Ayuso 10+2reb+2ast, D.James 9+4reb+1ast
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 20+5reb, A.Carmona 17+9reb+2ast, W.Daniels 13+11reb+4ast, T.Holloway 11+2reb+11ast, M.Rosario 9+1reb, J.Mojica 7+1ast
gschID: 550479


Aguada - Arecibo 99-92

Aguada outscored Arecibo to surge ahead in the series. Capitanes were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Santeros, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Santeros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Capitanes were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) helped adding 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Santeros players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) with 32 points and American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Aguada: E.Andujar 18+6reb+5ast, L.Patterson 17+8reb+11ast, C.Gaston 16+2reb+2ast, R.Hettsheimer 16+8reb+1ast, G.Clavell 11+3reb, F.Jonathan Han 10+1reb+2ast
Arecibo: D.Clemente 32+3reb+1ast, W.Hodge 21+6ast, C.Clarke 19+10reb+5ast, D.Jefferson 7+2reb+1ast, D.Cortez 7+3reb, A.Alamo 4+6reb
gschID: 550478





Bigua lands Alex Oriakhi, ex Bayamon - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Bigua Montevideo (LUB) tabbed 27-year old American power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-119kg-90, college: Connecticut). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in May. Oriakhi managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 12 BSN games he averaged 8.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
The most of last season he spent at Garzas in Mexican LNBP where in 19 games he had 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg. Oriakhi also played that season for Socar Petkim in Turkish TBL. In 10 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (57th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2016.
Oriakhi is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Oriakhi has played previously professionally in France, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Erie Bay Hawks) and Venezuela (Bucaneros).

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  QATAR  


Qatar hoopsters to take part in Atlas Challenge - by Eurobasket News

The Qatar national basketball team has left Doha for Suzhou, China, to take part in the third Atlas Basketball Challenge to be held from July 18 to 23. The final 14-member roster for the team was named last Thursday night after four weeks of intense training. Qatar Basketball General Secretary Ali al-Malki said. 'Our team is much younger than usual, therefore it's important to expose our players to global meets. Though this tournament will not have any impact on team rankings, it does provide a platform for international competition, and at the completion of the tournament we can assess our level'. Al-Malki continued 'We thank the Chinese Basketball Association for their invitation and we are excited about playing against with top teams.' National Head Coach Qusay Khalaf is pleased with his team's selection. 'We have chosen the best players based on performance. The Atlas challenge is a good stepping stone besides being a warm-up for the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon next month and the WC qualifiers in November. 'Although the competition is in its infancy it provides a high level of playing standards. My team is very youthful but they have great spirit and I like that in them. They will be exposed to prime basketball athletes from the best in the world including USA, Australia, China and Europe and hopefully the boys can bring home much experience,' Qusay Khalaf added. Rising forward Nasser Rayes, who recently arrived from the US, feels overwhelmed at the opportunity of playing for his country. 'I've been waiting for this opportunity all my life. It was my dream to represent Qatar but I couldn't do it before because I was committed to my studies and college basketball in the US,' he told QBF media. Qatar has drawn group B of the challenge along with Australia, Lithuania and USA, while FWC2019 host China is in group A alongside Belarus, Ukraine and Iran. The July championship comprises of eight teams and will be played over six days at the Suzhou Sports Center and the Dushu Lake Arena. Qatar will meet Lithuania in their first match (July 18) followed by USA (July 19) and Australia (July 20). Ahmad al-Darwish, Nasser al-Rayes, Mohameed Youssuf, Mohamed Erfan Saeed, Mansour Elhadary, Abdulraham al-Muftah, Mohamed Abdelazziz, Abdullah Matalkeh, Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, Abdulrahman Abdelhaleem, Abdulrahman Saad, Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry), Omar Salem, Raslan al-Abdulla, Head coach Qusay Khalaf , Assistant Coach Yasser Abdelwahab and team manager Khalid Sulaiman comprise the Qatar delegation.
Courtesy of: gulf-times.com



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Milivoje Mijovic (ex Kozuv) signs at Targu Mures - by Igor Obradovic

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) landed 26-year old Serbian power forward Milivoje Mijovic (200-91, agency: 011 Sports). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 22 games he had impressive 15.1ppg and recorded 10.6rpg (#1 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. Mijovic also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged remarkable 16.8ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League European Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Mijovic played at Rogaska (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 29 games he had 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
Mijovic won Serbian B League championship title in 2011.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like BKK Radnicki, Metalac and Zemun.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Neuchatel signs Tayloe Taylor, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) signed 31-year old American guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone). He played last season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Taylor played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Finnish Korisliiga where in 8 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Taylor played that season for was Ruvo (Serie C) in Italian league. In 14 games he got remarkable 22.6ppg.
Taylor has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Pioneros Los Mochis), MBL (Dayton Air Strikers) and CBA (Memphis SK).
Taylor attended Livingstone College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barinov is back at Zenit - by Eurobasket News

Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB) signed 26-year old forward Nikita Barinov (203-97kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Zenit as he has played here before. Barinov played last season at Parma in the. In 10 VTB United League games he had 5.0ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Barinov played at Zenit where in 23 VTB United League games he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Barinov also played that season for BC Ryazan. In 10 VTB games he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. The other team Barinov played that season for was Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 10 games he got 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Barinov won Russian U23 League championship title in 2011.
He represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Barinov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 73.9%.
Barinov has played previously professionally also in Lithuania (Neptunas, Juventus and Palanga) and Russia (CSKA Moscow and CSKA Moscow 2nd team).
He could be described: Athletic forward capable of playing PF and SF positions.
Has a good three point shot. Should be more proactive on the court, take more initiatives to score. Tries hard in defense, though has to improve rebounding skills
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Zenit Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evgeny Voronov
Scottie Reynolds
Nicolas Laprovittola
Kyle Kuric

Forwards:
Marko Simonovic
Nikita Barinov
Drew Gordon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Irkut tabs Alimdzhan Fedyushin - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) inked 28-year old former international power forward Alimdzhan Fedyushin (210-113kg-89) from TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda. In 25 Superleague 1 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 3.8rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Fedyushin played at Sakhalin (Superleague) where in 24 games he had 6.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Superleague 1 title. Fedyushin was a member of Russian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo Moscow, Ural Ekaterinburg and COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nick Minnerath (ex Avtodor) is a newcomer at Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Sharks (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Nick Minnerath (207-98kg-88, college: Detroit Mercy). He played most recently at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. In 22 VTB United League games he was the best scorer with impressive 23.3ppg and had 6.8rpg and 1.1apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. Minnerath also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 20.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Minnerath received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Minnerath played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he averaged high stats: 18.4ppg and 6.9rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
Minnerath has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
His college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2012.
He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Minnerath attended University of Detroit Mercy until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Patriots beat REG in Game 2 to level playoff finals series - by Eurobasket News

PATRIOTS Basketball Club bounced back from Friday's Game1 defeat to beat rivals Rwanda Energy Group (REG) 83-77 in Game 2 on Saturday night to level the best of five playoff finals series 1-1. Henry Mwinuke's men led by skipper Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) and Elie Kaje (G) looked supercharged against regular season league champions REG at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. Patriots won the first quarter 25-20 but lost the second 17-14 to go into halftime with a narrow 39-37 lead. Returning for the second half, Patriots, already 1-0 down having lost Game I 75-82 on Friday night at the same venue, showed more energy to take the third quarter 25-17 and moved to 9 points. Jean Bahufite 's REG bounced back and claimed the fourth quarter 23-19 but it was a case of too little too late to salvage the game as Patriots, last year's regular season league champions, won to level the series 1-1. Game 3 in scheduled for Friday evening.
In men's third-place playoffs, former competition winners Espoir beat IPRC- Kigali 89-84 in Game 1 on Saturday. In a fairly balanced game, the former won the opening quarter 22-17 while IPRC-Kigali narrowly claimed the second quarter 23-21. IPRC-Kigali also took the third quarter 17-16 but Maxime Mwiseneza's troops romped to a 20-27 win in the fourth quarter, which helped them snatch a hard fought 89-84 victory.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Filip Djuran signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) landed 26-year old Serbian guard Filip Djuran (195-85kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from Leyma Basquet Coruna. In 39 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Djuran played at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan where in 32 games he had 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Djuran won Serbian Junior League championship title in 2009.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2011.
Djuran has played previously professionally in Portugal (Barcelos) and Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda and FMP Beograd).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Milivoje Mijovic (ex Kozuv) signs at Targu Mures - by Igor Obradovic

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) landed 26-year old Serbian power forward Milivoje Mijovic (200-91, agency: 011 Sports). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 22 games he had impressive 15.1ppg and recorded 10.6rpg (#1 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. Mijovic also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged remarkable 16.8ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League European Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Mijovic played at Rogaska (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 29 games he had 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
Mijovic won Serbian B League championship title in 2011.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like BKK Radnicki, Metalac and Zemun.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Starwings tab Nemanja Calasan - by Luca Maffioli

Starwings Basket Regio Basel (LNA) inked 32-year old Montenegrin-Serbian center Nemanja Calasan (204-85, college: Purdue, agency: HMS) from BC Boncourt Red Team. In 24 LNA games in Switzerland he averaged 13.4ppg, 12.5rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Calasan spent at Caen Basket Calvados in French NM1 where in 16 games he had 14.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team. Calasan also played that season for Sutjeska in Montenegrin league. In 15 ABA League games he recorded 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
Calasan played in the final of Swiss LNA in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Calasan has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Romania (Gaz Metan), France (Monaco, JA Vichy and Charleville Mezieres), Switzerland (Fribourg) and Montenegro (Ibon Niksic and Mogren).
He attended Purdue University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Starwings Basket Regio Basel roster for 2017-2018:

Petar Babic
Bjoern Schoo
Nemanja Calasan
Joel Fuchs
Alexis Herrmann
Alessandro Verga
Philippe Sager
A.J. Hess
Augusto Carrara
Luca Streich

Coach: Roland Pavloski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Levice tabs Garrick Sims - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) inked 26-year old American center Garrick Sims (203-109kg-91, college: Lake Erie, agency: SDJ Sports) from MBK Lucenec. In 20 SBL games in Slovakia he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 8.9rpg (leader !!!), 2.3apg and 1.3spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Sims played at Agricola Villarrobledo CBV in Spanish EBA where in 24 games he had 14.5ppg and 7.2rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention.
Sims has played previously for another Spanish team Badajoz.
He attended Lake Erie College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

Teo Petani
Miha Vasl
Zarko Djuric
Boris Bojanovsky
Simon Krajcovic
Garrick Sims
Kentwan Smith
Martin Bachan
Martin Danielic
Patrik Adamik

Coach: Teo Hojc



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Spars Sarajevo lands Sandi Grubelic, ex LTH Castings - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) tabbed 21-year old Slovenian point guard Sandi Grubelic (190-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played most recently at LTH Castings in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 28 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Grubelic played at GA Grosuplje (2SKL) in Slovenian league where in 21 games he had 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 2SKL Newcomer of the Year and selected to All-Newcomers Team.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marko Vranjkovic (ex-Parklji) joins Eagles Palermo - by Zeljko Zule

Italian Serie C Silver side Eagles Basket Palermo signed Marko Vranjkovic (204-F/C-90) for the upcoming season.
Vranjkovic arrives from Parklji, where he averaged 15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.8 blocks in 9 Slovenian League Two (2SKL) games last season. He grew up with Mario Primorac of Maribor and has already played for Helios, Hopsi Polzela and Tajfun Sentjur in his native Slovenia plus BC Mess in Luxembourg. Vranjkovic was a member of all Slovenian youth national teams, playing at the European Championships from 2006 to 2010. He won the gold medal at the U18 EC Division B in 2008.



Olimpija keeps Devin Oliver - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija has kept an important piece of last year's team for the FIBA Champions League by re-signing American Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton) for another season, the club announced today.
Oliver averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.4 blocks in 25 Adriatic ABA League games last season and 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.3 blocks in 8 Eurocup games. Those numbers increased into 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 34 Slovenian games.
He was avarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Player of the Year.
Oliver played college basketball at the University of Dayton and after that he continued his career in Europe, having played in Belgium, Israel and France.



Olimpija extended cooperation with Oliver - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Union Olimpija Ljubljana have reached an agreement on extension of cooperation with Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton), who was one of the key players during the successful last season, when the Dragons have won the double crown on the domestic scene. 204 cm tall American forward reached an agreement with Union Olimpija Ljubljana on a new contract until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Last season Devin Oliver averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the ABA League. 25-year old American, for which the 2017/18 season will be his second in the jersey of Union Olimpija Ljubljana, used to play in France (Rouen), Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat), Belgium (Limburg) and NCAA (Dayton University), before coming to Ljubljana.

After extending the deal with the club, Oliver has spoken the following words: 'I am extremely happy to be playing for Olimpija next season. I have fallen in love with Ljubljana and Slovenia, but at the same time am looking forward towards the direction in which the club is heading. I wished to be a part of a new rise of Olimpija. I know that I will be one of the key players and I am at the same time happy that we have brought in several new quality players, both American and Slovenian. One of the most important reasons that have convinced me to stay in Ljubljana is for sure that the coaching staff will stay unchanged and I have an excellent relationship with them. Therefore, I believe that we will continue good cooperation. We will do everything in our powers to play competitive basketball in Basketball Champions League and to play better in the ABA League than we did last season.'

Head coach Gasper Okorn added: 'I am happy for the fact that Oliver will stay with us next season. Both as a player and a person he was invaluable to our team last season. Next season he will again be one of the key players in all competitions. I expect from him to make an additional step forward and prove that he belongs in the highest quality class. It is extremely important for our team to keep the connection of the key players Hrovat - Oliver in Ljubljana.'

By extending the contract with Oliver the ABA League side of Ljubljana have completed their roster for next season.



Lighthouse Conad Trapani adds Jefferson to their roster, ex Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-79kg-91, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He played last season at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Jefferson managed to play in three leagues last year. In 32 Liga Nova KBM games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention. Jefferson also played 8 games in Eurocup where he was fifth best scorer with 9.3ppg and had 2.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. And finally he contributed to 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Jefferson played at Phoenix Hagen in German BBL. In 34 games he got 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention.
Jefferson was voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Central Region Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Jefferson has played also professionally in Finland (KTP Basket).
He attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Lighthouse Conad Trapani roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefano Bossi
Brandon Jefferson
Filippo Testa

Forward:
Marco Mollura

Center:
Stefano Spizzichini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Overview of Day 3 in Lima - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Colombia - Peru 85-34
Colombia cruised past Peru to take 2-0 record in Group A. Leyder Moreno (193-SG-00) accounted for 12 points in the win. Colombia piled up a comfortable 52:15 halftime lead. They ignited a 24:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Juan Lombana (183-SG-00) notched 11 points for the winners. Tomas Huanca (183-SF-01) responded with 10 points for Peru.

Venezuela - Chile 58-71
Chile posted the second straight victory in Lima. They rallied past Venezuela to stay perfect in Group A. Kevin Rubio (189-G-00) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Chile established a 38:17 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 22-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (208-F-00) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Isaac Gelves (00) responded with 10 points for Venezuela.

Group B
Paraguay - Uruguay 66-57
Paraguay improved at 2-1 record in Group B following victory over Uruguay. Nestor Lopez (00) and Jose Rolon (00) banked in 18 points each to lead the winners. Uruguay jumped to an 18:5 lead after the opening frame. But Paraguay unloaded 43 points in the next two quarters to gain a 6-point lead. They went on an 18:14 run in the fourth period to seal the win. Santiago Vescovi (184-SG-01) responded with 18 points for Uruguay.

Bolivia - Argentina 29-91
Argentina cruised past Bolivia to secure the third straight win in Lima. Julian Eydallin (195-F/G-00) stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Argentina established a 38:11 halftime advantage. They poured in 53 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Juan Hierrezuelo (203-F/C-00) tossed in 13 points for Argentina. Lazaro Chappottin (F-00) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Bolivia.




Overview of Day 4 in Lima - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Peru - Venezuela 31-70
Venezuela outgunned Peru to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Irvin Heredia (00) came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 13 rebounds for the winners. Venezuela enjoyed a 25:19 halftime advantage. They however stepped on the gas in the second term. Venezuela used a 45:12 run to run away. Fernando Fuenmayor (00) connected for 11 points for the visitors. Jose Mesones (197-C-00) responded with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks for Peru.

Chile - Colombia 83-49
Chile secured the third straight win in Lima. They stormed past Colombia to stay on top of Group A. Ignacio Arroyo (185-G-00) provided 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the winners. Chile accumulated a 35:23 halftime lead. They went on a 28:10 run in the fourth term to seal a comfortable win. Lino Saez (195-F-77) and Kevin Rubio (189-G-00) delivered 17 points each for the winners. Chyse Webster (204-C-00) responded with 10 points for Colombia.

Group B
Uruguay - Bolivia 88-48
Uruguay cruised past Bolivia to open win count in Group B. Rodrigo Coelho (193-SG-00) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. Uruguay accounted for a 46:21 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Nicolas Andreoli (196-SF-00) chipped in 12 points in the win. Agustin Carreon (G-00) replied with 22 points for Bolivia.

Ecuador - Paraguay 50-46
Ecuador held off Paraguay for 2-1 record in Lima. Michael Moncayo (00) delivered 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Ecuador grabbed a 24:19 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 10-point mark heading into the fourth period 40:30. Paraguay narrowed the deficit in the final frame but could not avoid the loss. Edward Sanchez (188-G-00) tossed in 15 points for the winners. Fabricio Ruiz (187-G-02) responded with 11 points for Paraguay.




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Estudiantes Concordia lands David Doblas - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) tabbed experienced 36-year old Spaniard center David Doblas (206-120kg-81). He played most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season. Doblas also played that season for Araberri in Spanish LEB Gold where in only one game he had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Among other achievements he won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2008. Doblas received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (CB Granada, Menorca, Algeciras, Rosalia and Gipuzkoa).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes Concordia.
Let's have closer look into Doblas' outlook: A strong inside player with great athletic skills and winning mentality. Plays hard every day, has a good attitude, can become the leader of every team he plays with.

Estudiantes Concordia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Bolivar
Sebastian Orresta

Centers:
David Doblas
Emilio Dominguez

Coach: Lucas Victoriano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UCAM Murcia inks Charlon Kloof - by Greg

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 27-year old Dutch international guard Charlon Kloof (190-88kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also Surinamese passport. Kloof played last season at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 17 Prva Liga games he had 13.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg (in top 2). Kloof also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.8spg. And finally he contributed to 22 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.5apg.
Kloof has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Kloof represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%.
Kloof attended St.Bonaventure University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Clevin Hannah

Forward:
Ovie Soko

Centers:
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba

Coach: Ibon Navarro

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Prat inks Marc Blanch - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old forward Marc Blanch (195-82) from Quesos Cerrato de Palencia. In 45 LEB Gold games he had 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Blanch won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2009 and 2014.
Blanch has spent his entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Andorra, Movil Estudiantes, Basquet_Mallorca, Mataro, Menorca and Gandia.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Prat.

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forward:
Marc Blanch

Center:
Gerbert Marti

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Nadal re-signs at Salt - by Eurobasket News

Multiopticas Salt (EBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old guard Carles Nadal (190-89). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 24 EBA games he had 7.3ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
Nadal is a very experienced player.

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Vladimir Jankovic (ex Aris) is a newcomer at Andorra - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Greek ex-international forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Jankovic played last season at Aris in Greek A1 league. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 28 A1 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.6apg. Jankovic helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Jankovic also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played shortly was Valencia Basket. But in two Liga Endesa games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Jankovic also played 2 games in Eurocup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jankovic won Greek League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Jankovic was also a member of Greek international program for some years. He played for Greek Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
Jankovic represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Jankovic has played also professionally in Italy and Serbia (Mega Bemax).

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Vladimir Jankovic
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Oliver Stevic

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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Billy Baron (ex UCAM Murcia) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American point guard Billy Baron (187-88kg-90, college: Canisius). He played last season at UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. Baron also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Baron also played 10 games in Eurocup where he was second best scorer with remarkable 20.7ppg and got 3.6rpg and 4.2apg.
Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-MAAC Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Baron has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas).
He attended Canisius College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Caner Erdeniz
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Josep Berrocal

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

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old center Carlos Platero (204-96). He has played there for the last four seasons. But in four EBA games he had just 0.3ppg in 2015-16 season.

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

Hector Manzano
Javier Gonzalez
Joe Graessle
Carlos Platero
Luis Garcia
Miguel Mora
Wasim El Otmani

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Valencia adds Williams to their roster, ex Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. Williams managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In four LPB games he had 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played that season for Unics Kazan in Russian league where in 30 Euroleague games he recorded 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg. Williams also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
On Williams: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket … Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside … Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy … Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 … An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range … Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter …
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Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Antoine Diot
Guillem Vives
Andres Rico

Forwards:
Aaron Doornekamp
Fernando San_Emeterio
Will Thomas
Bojan Dubljevic
Latavius Williams
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

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Daniel Martinez joins Caceres - by Ivan Milenkovic

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 23-year old forward Daniel Martinez (199-94). He has played for the last five seasons at C.B. Tarragona 2017 in the LEB Silver. In 30 games he had 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
Martinez won EBA Group C Regular Season in 2013.

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Parejo
Guillermo Corrales

Forwards:
Sergio Perez
Daniel Martinez

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Fernandez re-signs at CB Pardinyes-Lleida - by Eurobasket News

CB Pardinyes-Lleida (EBA) confirmed in their roster Ruben Fernandez. He has played there for the last four seasons. In 29 EBA games he had 8.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season.
Fernandez's team was Runner-Up of EBA Group C-B Regular Season 2017.

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Ruiz re-signs at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) confirmed in their roster 22-year old guard Guillermo Ruiz (185-75kg-95, college: Newberry). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 19 EBA games he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season.
Ruiz's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Real Madrid and Real Madrid II.
Ruiz attended Newberry College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Roberto Malpede
Alejandro Fortes
Guillermo Ruiz
Nicolas Bermudez
Daniel Trachsel
Jorge Parra

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Jordi Trias joins Manresa - by Eurobasket News

ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old forward Jordi Trias (208-80). He played last season at FC Barcelona Lassa II in the LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 11.9ppg, 10.2rpg (leader !!!) and 3.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Trias played at Valencia Basket where in 13 Liga Endesa games he recorded 3.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Trias also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.2ppg and 3.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Trias won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year back in 2014.
Trias has spent his entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Joventut, Andorra, UCAM Murcia, Girona FC and CB Granada.
Trias is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Manresa.
On Trias: A tough and very aggressive front court player, who defends well and has great timing and leaping ability to grab rebounds and block shots. Offensively, hesn' t so good to create his own shot, but he can be effective out from screens.

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Filip Djuran signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) landed 26-year old Serbian guard Filip Djuran (195-85kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from Leyma Basquet Coruna. In 39 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Djuran played at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan where in 32 games he had 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Djuran won Serbian Junior League championship title in 2009.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2011.
Djuran has played previously professionally in Portugal (Barcelos) and Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda and FMP Beograd).

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CAM E.Soler keeps El Otmani for another season - by Eurobasket News

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) re-signed guard Wasim El Otmani (187). He played there last season. In four EBA games he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
El Otmani won EBA Group D Regular Season in 2017.

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

Hector Manzano
Javier Gonzalez
Joe Graessle
Luis Garcia
Miguel Mora
Wasim El Otmani

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Perez comes back to Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) added to their roster 27-year old point guard Daniel Perez (188-90). It is actually his comeback to Palencia_Baloncesto as he has played here before. Perez played last season at Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo in the LEB Gold. In 39 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.2apg (top 2) and 1.3spg. Perez helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at CB Canarias (Liga Endesa). But in 7 games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 2.4apg. Perez contributed to his team winning Spanish LEB Gold Copa Princesa de Asturias in 2016. But the most of that year Perez spent at Palencia_Baloncesto (Liga Endesa) where in 29 games he had 5.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.
Perez played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2013.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. Perez's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg.
Perez has played previously for six other teams: FC Barcelona, Andorra, Cornella, Menorca, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Lleida_Basquet.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A lefthanded PG who knows how to score and has great passing ability. Can surprise teammates with unexpected assits.

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Lanzarote keeps Viera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Aloe Plus Lanzarote Conejeros (EBA) re-signed 24-year old forward Alejandro Viera (198-93). He played there last season. In 19 EBA games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Viera played at CBA Gran Canaria B (LEB Silver) where in 22 games he had just 2.9ppg and 2.5rpg.

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Rafael Huertas is a newcomer at Palma - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa de Palma de Mallorca (LEB Gold) added to their roster 33-year old guard Rafael Huertas (191-84, agency: Court Side). The last season Huertas played at Leche Rio Breogan where in 40 LEB Gold games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg. Huertas helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2013.
Huertas has spent his entire career in Spain playing for eight other teams: Unicaja Malaga, Ourense, Caceres_Basket, Lliria, Burgos, Melilla_Baloncesto, Menorca and Meridiano Alicante.

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McGuirk re-signs at Lliria - by Eurobasket News

Grupo Sanz Basquet Lliria (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old Liam McGuirk (96). He played there last season. In 24 EBA games he had 3.5ppg and 1.9rpg.

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Netherlands and Sweden exchange wins in Weert - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands and Sweden exchanged wins in Weert in the friendly campaign. The Scandinavian side won the first encounter, 79-63, in Den Helder after having five players reach double digits in scoring. Viktor Gaddefors (201-SF-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (201-SG-93) poured in 14 apiece. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) came up with 11 points for Netherlands.
In game 2 Netherlands replied with a 69-62 win. The Swedish side started strong and grabbed a 16-9 lead, but then Netherlands replied with three wins in the rest of the quarters. Henk Norel (213-C-87) and Roeland Schaftenaar paced the Lions with 13 points each. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Sweden and Carl Engstrom (216-C-91, college: Alabama) brought 9.



Sodertalje keeps Spires for another season - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) re-signed 23-year old Swedish international center Nicholas Spires (210-94). He has a double citizenship as he also holds British passport. Spires has played there for the last two seasons. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 48 Basketligan games he averaged 8.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6bpg. Spires helped them to make it to the final. He also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 9.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0bpg. And finally Spires contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5bpg.
Among other achievements Spires won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Spires has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014.
Spires also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 44.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Spires has played previously professionally also in Spain (FC Barcelona, Barca II, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada).

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BC Lulea keeps Massamba for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) re-signed 29-year old power forward Brice Massamba (208-111kg-88, college: UNLV). He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. Massamba played there last season. In 44 Basketligan games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Massamba played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 14 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Massamba was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Massamba also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg.
Massamba is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Massamba has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Slavonski Brod), Romania (CSU Sibiu), Tunisia (ES Sahel) and Sweden (Uppsala Basket and Talje Knights).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

BC Lulea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brandon Rozzell
Quinton Upshur

Forwards:
Yannick Anzuluni
Anton Kobylak-Berglund

Center:
Brice Massamba

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Norrkoping keeps Terins for another season - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) re-signed 19-year old point guard Felix Terins (166-98). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 20 Basketligan games he averaged just 1.4ppg last season. Terins helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
He played in the final of Swedish Basketligan in 2016.
Terins was a member of Swedish U18 National Team last year.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes
Felix Terins

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub
Hugo Waldeck

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Waldeck re-signs at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster 16-year old forward Hugo Waldeck (202-1). He played there last season. But in 5 Basketligan games he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds. Waldeck's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish Basketligan.
He is a member of Swedish U16 National Team.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub
Hugo Waldeck

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Starwings tab Nemanja Calasan - by Luca Maffioli

Starwings Basket Regio Basel (LNA) inked 32-year old Montenegrin-Serbian center Nemanja Calasan (204-85, college: Purdue, agency: HMS) from BC Boncourt Red Team. In 24 LNA games in Switzerland he averaged 13.4ppg, 12.5rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.0apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Calasan spent at Caen Basket Calvados in French NM1 where in 16 games he had 14.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team. Calasan also played that season for Sutjeska in Montenegrin league. In 15 ABA League games he recorded 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
Calasan played in the final of Swiss LNA in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Calasan has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Romania (Gaz Metan), France (Monaco, JA Vichy and Charleville Mezieres), Switzerland (Fribourg) and Montenegro (Ibon Niksic and Mogren).
He attended Purdue University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Starwings Basket Regio Basel roster for 2017-2018:

Petar Babic
Bjoern Schoo
Nemanja Calasan
Joel Fuchs
Alexis Herrmann
Alessandro Verga
Philippe Sager
A.J. Hess
Augusto Carrara
Luca Streich

Coach: Roland Pavloski

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Huracanes del Atlantico lands Jarvis Williams, ex Boncourt - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) tabbed 28-year old American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-88kg-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). He played most recently at BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA league. In 14 games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Kagawa (B League) in Japan where in 44 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.5apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Japanese BJ League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he won NSIC Regular Season South Division championship title in 2013. Williams received also All-NSIC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
Williams has played previously professionally in Luxembourg (Black Star) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Minnesota State University Mankato until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Derek Winston joins BBC Nyon - by Igor Obradovic

BBC Nyon (LNB) agreed terms with 30-year old American guard Derek Winston (185-87). He played most recently at SkyWork STBern Giants in 1LN. However his team was relegated to LNB. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 4.2spg in 2015-16 season.
Winston was named to ABA SouthWest Division 1st Team All-Star in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Winston has played also professionally in Estonia (Kuremaa and Valga), UBL (Oklahoma O-P) and ABA (Oklahoma I.).

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Derek Wright (ex Fribourg) signs at Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay State). He has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA league. In 22 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 2.3spg (in top 3) last season. Wright helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (SC Rasta Vechta), Greece (Cretan Kings), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca), Czech Republic (BK Pardubice, NH Ostrava and Levharti Chomutov) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).
Wright attended Austin Peay State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A very quick-footed PG, he's an ideal quarterback for a run and shot game based on fast breaks. Defends very well on the perimeter, can steal lots of balls and has a good scoring range and accuracy, even from behind the 3pts arch.

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Andre Williamson (ex Maurienne) signs at Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) landed 28-year old American forward Andre Williamson (202-107kg-89, college: Appalachian State). He played most recently at Maurienne in French ProB. In 33 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. Williamson helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Williamson played at Fribourg Olympic where in 38 LNA games he had 14.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Swiss LNA title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
Williamson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Finland (Kouvot and Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) and Israel (Hapoel Afula).
Williamson attended Appalachian State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Andre Williamson
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Neuchatel signs Tayloe Taylor, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) signed 31-year old American guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone). He played last season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Taylor played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Finnish Korisliiga where in 8 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Taylor played that season for was Ruvo (Serie C) in Italian league. In 14 games he got remarkable 22.6ppg.
Taylor has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Pioneros Los Mochis), MBL (Dayton Air Strikers) and CBA (Memphis SK).
Taylor attended Livingstone College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

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Istanbul BBSK keeps Cevik for another season - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (BSL) re-signed 21-year old swingman Mert Cevik (200-96). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 16 BSL games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
Cevik represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 41.4%.
Cevik has played previously for Tofas.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hakan Demirel
Jaka Klobucar
Michael Thompson
Mert Cevik

Forwards:
Ilkan Karaman
Stefan Bircevic
Deniz Kilicli
Ugur Dokuyan

Centers:
Eric Buckner
Ayberk Olmaz

Coach: Ertugrul Erdogan

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @seadgalijasevic)

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Kartal Ozmizrak agreed terms with Darussafaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old former international point guard Kartal Ozmizrak (189-95, agency: BeoBasket) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 5 BSL games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ozmizrak was tested by Besiktas where in four BSL games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he had 6.7ppg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.
Ozmizrak played in the final of U20 World Tournament in Tourcoing in 2014.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Ozmizrak played for Turkish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
He also represented Turkey at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0apg.
Ozmizrak has played previously for Eskisehir Basket.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Kartal Ozmizrak
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Darussafaka signs Emircan Kosut - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) signed 22-year old ex-international center Emircan Kosut (216-95). He was about to sign at Yesilgiresun (BSL). The last season Kosut played also at Yesilgiresun Bld where in 30 BSL games he had 5.8ppg and 3.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Turkish President Cup in 2016. Kosut was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2015.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Kosut played for Turkish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team in 2013.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Kosut's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg, Blocks-1(2.9bpg), FGP: 58.9%, FT: 68.0%.
Kosut has played previously for Anadolu Efes.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Okben Ulubay
Will Cummings

Forwards:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Darussafaka welcomes back Ozdemiroglu - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 21-year old point guard Dogus Ozdemiroglu (191-96). It is actually his comeback to Istanbul as he has played here before. Ozdemiroglu played most recently at Yesilgiresun (BSL). In 30 games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge.
The previous (15-16) season Ozdemiroglu played at Darussafaka. But in four BSL games he had just 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague, but he did not score anything.
Ozdemiroglu's team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TBL in 2016.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Ozdemiroglu's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Scottie Wilbekin
Will Cummings
Dogus Ozdemiroglu

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell
Okben Ulubay

Centers:
Furkan Aldemir
Micheal Eric
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Ankara DSI agrees to terms with Hasan Ozmeric - by Baha Kurtulus

Ankara DSI has ended the sponsorship Mamak Belediye and now it signed with experienced head coach Hasan Ozmeric .
The specialist worked with Afyon Belediye last season.
Ozmeric has been head coach and assistant coach at TED Ankara Kolejliler for 18 years. After being a head coach, TED Ankara Kolejliler raised to primer league. He was very successful with his team and played playoffs. He struggled in final four with his team Selcuk Universitesi in 2010. In 2014, Ozmeric raised Trabzonspor from TBL to BSL as a champion of TBL. He worked as the assistant coach of Turkish National Team. Ozmeric was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL (ex TB2L ) Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013.



Besiktas land Ryan Boatright, ex Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-73kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. Boatright managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 9 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Boatright also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had very remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He also played 19 games in ABA League where he recorded high stats: 16.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. The other team Boatright played shortly was Long Lions in Chinese CBA. In 5 games he got high stats: 24.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Boatright received Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year award in 2017.
He represented USA at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
And here thanks to pro basketball Boatright experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Boatright has played previously professionally in Italy (Betaland Cdo), NBA (Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muratcan Guler
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi
Ryan Boatright

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark
Kyle Weems

Center:
Sertac Sanli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

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Billy Baron (ex UCAM Murcia) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American point guard Billy Baron (187-88kg-90, college: Canisius). He played last season at UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. Baron also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Baron also played 10 games in Eurocup where he was second best scorer with remarkable 20.7ppg and got 3.6rpg and 4.2apg.
Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-MAAC Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Baron has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas).
He attended Canisius College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Caner Erdeniz
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Josep Berrocal

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Kavaklioglu comes back to Mamak DSI - by Eurobasket News

Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) inked 31-year old point guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-86). It is actually his comeback to Mamak DSI as he has played here before. Kavaklioglu played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL). He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 24 games he recorded just 1.2ppg. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kavaklioglu also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 assist. His team made it to the quarterfinals. And finally Kavaklioglu contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kavaklioglu played at Mamak DSI. In 31 TBL games he got 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 6.2apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Kavaklioglu won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
Kavaklioglu represented Turkey at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 88.2%.
Kavaklioglu has played previously professionally also in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Kronberg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom, TED Kolejliler, Erdemir, Aliaga and Kepez Bld).
His game is described as: A Braveheart Point Guard. Never backs down. No hesitation on the court; can take and make clutch shots. Can pressure the ball. Uses his quickness to steal the ball. Can gp coact to coast and finish, pass, or draw foul.

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Alex Kirk (ex Anadolu Efes) signs at Toyota Alvark - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Alvark Tokyo (B League) landed 26-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He played most recently at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. Kirk managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 10 BSL games he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kirk also played 16 games in Euroleague where he had 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Kirk played shortly was Long Lions in Chinese CBA. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Kirk has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Kirk has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia), NBA (New York Knicks) and NBA G League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Kirk's game is described as: For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.

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Christmas in July: NBA Star Builds Basketball Courts, Hosts Youth Events - by David Edole

Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse), who for the last two years has played center for the NBA's Indiana Pacer. returned home to St. Croix to host a series of youth events this week and open a basketball court, funded by the Christmas Foundation, for the Frederiksted Boys' and Girls' Club.

Christmas lived on St. Croix from the age of two to 13, and was cared for by his grandmother after his mother died at the age of 28. He moved to Philadelphia to live with an aunt and her family from his high school years until college. He played college ball at Syracuse University and is the first basketball player for the team to complete his undergraduate degree in three years.

After being the 38th pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Christmas was traded to Cleveland and then Indiana. His debut was the final game of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks - he made four points and completed both field goal attempts.

On Monday, Christmas visited the Youth Rehabilitation Center and on Tuesday and Wednesday, Christmas and other athletes will coach basketball camps on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Joining Christmas will be Jerami Grant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris McCullough, Washington Wizards and Quinn Cook from the New Orleans Pelicans. Roc Nation Rapper Jada Kiss and others are scheduled to attend events.

The highlight of the week will be Saturday at the St. Croix Educational Complex when an all-star team from St. Thomas and St. John will face a St. Croix all-star team. Prizes will be given for a skills challenge, a dunk contest and a three-point shoot out.

Christmas in July includes a VIP reception and silent auction at the Captain Morgan Visitor Center Thursday night and a street party at the Caravelle Hotel Friday night.

Tickets for the reception and the basketball game are available at Urban Threadz on St. Thomas and St. Croix and at Christmasbasketball.com. Donations can be made on the website as well.

The goal of the all-volunteer Christmas Foundation is to resurface 20 basketball courts in the territory, said Amira Joseph, foundation manager and the aunt who raised the basketball player.

The first court, at the Frederiksted Boys' and Girls' Club, cost more than $65,000, and will be dedicated Saturday. The court was laid with two feet of concrete, covered by outdoor tiles and includes bleachers. Darren Henry, of V.I. Industrial, the contractor, said there were a lot of mahogany seedlings that slowed the work, but his company will support future construction.

Neil Canton, Boys and Girls Club executive director, said the basketball court will help the organization attract more teens for after-school sports.

On Monday, while announcing the 'Christmas in July' schedule, the star athlete said he returned to St. Croix again this year, to give back to the community and 'put a smile on kids' faces.' He said he has been lucky in his career path and wants to share his good fortune with Virgin Islands youth.

'Growing up, I didn't have anyone like myself coming back here,' to support young people, he said.

Just last week, Christmas was put on waivers after reinjuring his ankle. As a result, the Pacers can avoid paying most of his $1.5 million salary.



ATLANTA HAWKS SUMMER LEAGUE NBA Summer League 2017: John Collins named to All-NBA Summer League First Team - by David Edole

Atlanta Hawks rookie big man John Collins (208-F-97, college: Wake Forest) has been named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team, per a release from the NBA earlier tonight. Collins averaged 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds across five games for the Summer Hawks, delighting fans with his athleticism and hard work across all facets of the game.

More than just a low-post scorer, Collins stepped out and made the sole three-pointer he attempted and got out on the fast break, producing highlight after highlight, dunking on anyone and everyone in his way.

Joining Collins on the first team is Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks, and Caleb Swanigan of the Portland Trail Blazers. Collins is the second-lowest draft pick of the bunch, with Swanigan coming in seven picks behind him in the 2017 draft.

After five strong performances in his first NBA action, it seems inevitable that Collins will push supposed starter Ersan Ilyasova for minutes at some point in his rookie season. The future continues to be bright for Atlanta as Collins will join youngsters Taurean Prince and DeAndre' Bembry as the Hawks rebuild.

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Utah Jazz sign small forward Royce O'Neale - by David Edole

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz apparently aren't done building their roster yet.

After a flurry of action last week in the wake of Gordon Hayward's departure, it's been reported by a Spanish basketball publication that the Jazz have agreed to terms with former Baylor small forward Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)<.

O'Neale's deal is for three years with the first one fully guaranteed (and not a two-way G-League contract), according to Gigantes reporter Chema de Lucas. The Deseret News confirmed the report.

The 6-foot-6 O'Neale went undrafted out of Baylor in 2015. He has played international basketball in Germany (Ludwigsburg) and in Spain (Gran Canaria) since his college career ended, and recently signed to play in Lithuania with BC Zalgiris.

O'Neale has played on NBA summer league teams with Boston, Golden State, Orlando and New Orleans. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds with the Pelicans in five games in Las Vegas this past week but only shot 41.7 percent overall and 15.4 percent from 3-point range.

If O'Neale's contract is indeed as reported, the Jazz will either have to waive one player or pull off a trade to have him on the roster when the NBA season starts in October.

Utah currently has a fully loaded squad of 15 players after agreeing to deals with veterans Jonas Jerebko, Ekpe Udoh and Thabo Sefolosha last week.

Only two current Jazz players - previous second-round picks Raul Neto and Joel Bolomboy - won't have fully guaranteed contracts this season. Neto is set to make $1.5 million, but the backup point guard's deal is nonguaranteed. Bolomboy has a partially guaranteed deal, with only $452,625 of the former Weber State standout's $1.3 million salary being guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com.



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  UGANDA  


Afidra Isaac gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Afidra Isaac (F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Power and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 20 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Power in his team's victory, helping them to beat JKL Dolphins (#7, 3-4) 77-67. Power maintains the 4th position in Ugandan NBL. They are still close to the very top. Power would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Isaac has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Afidra Isaac averages just after three games 15.7ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Makala Libe (F-95) of JKL Dolphins. Libe impressed basketball fans with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as JKL Dolphins lost that game 67-77 to the higher-ranked Power (#4, 5-1). JKL Dolphins managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Libe is one of the most experienced players at JKL Dolphins and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Emmanuel Okumu (F-97) of Sharing Youth (#9). Okumu scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Okumu's great performance Sharing Youth lost 42-45 to slightly higher-ranked Our Saviour (#8, 3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sharing Youth can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okumu he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okumu has individually a great season in Uganda. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sivachi Makutwa (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Collin Kasujja (183-G-94) of KIU Titans - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Fadhili Chuma (F-95) of UCU Canons - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) of Power - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nerbert Byamukama (G-93) of Nkumba M. - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Serge Kabangu) of Falcons - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  UKRAINE  


Budivelnyk keeps Anisimovas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) re-signed 33-year old naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-116kg-84). He played there last season. In 36 Superleague games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg. Anisimovas helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) where in 18 games he had 13.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. Anisimovas contributed to his team making it to the final. He also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL. In 5 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Anisimovas was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai) and Latvia (Barons Riga).
Anisimovas' game is described as: A wide-bodied center who fills the paint and has soft hands. A late bloomer, is yet improving and can become a force inside soon.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Michailis Anisimovas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
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AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Budivelnyk inks Igor Chumakov - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) agreed terms with 27-year old center Igor Chumakov (208-105kg-90) from SK Cherkasy Monkeys. In 39 Superleague games he had 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Chumakov ended the previous (2015-16) season at Furstenfeld Panthers in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 16 games he recorded 6.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Start in Polish TBL. In 17 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 4.1rpg.
Chumakov represented Ukraine at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg.
Chumakov has played previously for three other Ukraine teams: Mykolaiv, Zaporizhya and BC Donetsk.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Pavlo Krutous

Centers:
Michailis Anisimovas
Igor Chumakov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sizov is back at Dnipro - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Superleague) signed 29-year old ex-international forward Alexander Sizov (198-98kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Dnepropetrovsk as he has played here before. Sizov has played for the last two seasons at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in the Superleague. In 34 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Sizov helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention in 2015.
Sizov was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Sizov also represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Sizov has played previously professionally in Ukraine (Mykolaiv, Khimik and BK Khimik-2 Yuzhny) and Russia (Musson).

Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Olexandr Mishula
Maksym Zakurdaev

Forwards:
Pavel Revzin
Alexander Sizov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sharks ask McKnight to provide backcourt bite - by Paul Nilsen

DBL Sharks Sheffield are delighted to announce their first non-national signing of the season in the form of American point guard, Mackey McKnight (183-PG-92, college: Lehigh).

The 6ft New Orleans native attended Lehigh University, where he graduated in 2014 after becoming the All-Time leader in assists when averaging 6 per game - as well as 14 points per outing.

Known as Mackey, but real name Edgar McKnight III, he went on to start his professional career with contracts in Greece, Ukraine and spent last season in Lithuania, where he was brought in late to help his team reach the Play-Offs.

'This is a really exciting signing for the team," stated Sharks' head coach, Atiba Lyons.

"We are looking for a true leader and we think we found it in Mackey.

"He has a reputation for being tough and we believe he will add some control to the floor."

With relative experience in high standard leagues, McKnight will be the starting point guard and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

He said: 'I am thrilled to be joining Sheffield, since the Sharks have a history of winning championships and that is where I want to be.

"I believe my experience will help in the league and I am looking forward to working with the squad we have this year."

The DBL Sharks are set to announce further signings imminently and are looking forward to their first BBL Championship match-up against Surrey.

'The fixture list looks challenging as ever," mused Coach Lyons.

"We don't know much about Surrey's signings yet, so it is hard to know what we are up against, but I know they will be tough as historically at least, they have always given us a close game."



Sodertalje keeps Spires for another season - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) re-signed 23-year old Swedish international center Nicholas Spires (210-94). He has a double citizenship as he also holds British passport. Spires has played there for the last two seasons. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 48 Basketligan games he averaged 8.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6bpg. Spires helped them to make it to the final. He also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 9.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0bpg. And finally Spires contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5bpg.
Among other achievements Spires won Swedish Basketligan championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Spires has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014.
Spires also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 44.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Spires has played previously professionally also in Spain (FC Barcelona, Barca II, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rocks sign Scottish star Fraser - by Paul Nilsen

Glasgow Rocks have confirmed the signing of Scottish International, Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92, college: Maine, agency: Court Side), for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The signing will also initiate a two year sponsorship deal with UWS, who have come onboard as Fraser's official player sponsor

Fraser, who originates from Falkirk in Scotland, will play an integral role in the growth of the Rocks franchise after signing a 2 year deal which will see him committed to the only men's professional basketball team in Scotland until the end of the 2018/19 season.

"I am really looking forward to the next two seasons with the Rocks," enthused Fraser.

"This seemed like the perfect time to come home to play with the Rocks especially with them setting up a new partnership with the University of the West of Scotland.

"This will give me the opportunity to complete my Masters degree while playing in front of family and friends who have not been able to see as many games while I have been playing abroad.

"I'm looking forward to what will, hopefully, be a successful couple of years on and off court."

Rocks newly appointed Head Coach, Tony Garbelotto, said: 'I am really excited that we have been able to sign Ali for the next two years.

"He was my number one target when I took the job and I think we have added another high level player to our already talented Scottish core.

"He is an extremely hard working and effective player who can play both inside and out and I am really looking forward to working with him.'

Glasgow Rocks co-owner, Duncan Smillie, is looking forward to his first full season at the helm and added: 'We are delighted Ali is joining us at The Rocks for at least the next 2 seasons.

"I met Ali a couple of months ago and he made it clear he wanted to be here, in his own words he had 'unfinished business at The Rocks' and the fans 'hadn't seen the best of him' when he was here previously.

"Ali is an outstanding player and I'm sure he'll be one of the best British players in the BBL next season, I'm very excited he's joining our revolution!'

Fraser will be coming off the back of a season at German Pro A team, Erdgas Ehingen where he averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Prior to his professional career he played for Sony Centre Falkirk Fury in Scotland, followed by a collegiate career at the University of Maine (NCAA) where he averaged an impressive 13.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his final season.

At 24 years of age, Fraser is highly regarded as the future of Scottish Basketball and Glasgow Rocks fans will now get the opportunity to see him in action week in week out at the Emirates Arena.
The Rocks 2017/18 BBL campaign will officially begin on the 1st October when they host the DBL Sharks Sheffield in what is sure to be a mouth watering opening round encounter.



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  URUGUAY  


Metropolitan Round 13: Derby game ends with Atenas' defeat of Miramar - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Miramar (#5). Atenas (9-2) won against visiting Miramar (6-4) 107-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Atenas made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 assists for Miramar. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Miramar at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tabare (7-5) against eleventh ranked Auriblanco (4-8) on Monday night. Visiting Tabare was crushed by Auriblanco in Montevideo 98-78. Rodrigo Goncalvez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Joaquin Jones chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auriblanco moved-up to ninth place. Tabare at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
Ascenso top team - Sayago (11-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-5) in Montevideo 73-62. Paul Harrison nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Nicolas Alvarez came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for 25 de Agosto in the defeat. Undefeated Sayago have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Loser 25 de Agosto keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Sayago will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Marne.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Verdirrojo (#9). Stockolmo (5-6) won against visiting Verdirrojo (3-7) 87-72. Rashaun Stimage fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Stockolmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Verdirrojo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Capitol.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Montevideo: Union Atletica (#7) and Marne (#13). Union Atletica (5-6) won against visiting Marne (2-8) 81-70. It was a very good performance for Gaston Semiglia who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Union Atletica maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Stockolmo. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Verdirrojo.

Stockolmo - Verdirrojo 87-72

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Verdirrojo (#9). Stockolmo (5-6) won against visiting Verdirrojo (3-7) 87-72. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Guard Martin Counago (182-97) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Stockolmo players scored in double figures. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Stockolmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Verdirrojo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Capitol.
Top scorers:
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 30+18reb+1ast, J.Viana 13+2reb+3ast, M.Counago 13+8reb+5ast, L.De Leon 12+9reb, F.Grolla 12+7reb+4ast, G.Cavalli 4
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 19+5reb+2ast, P.Makanskas 19+18reb, S.Massa 13+7reb+2ast, M.Monteverde 8+16reb, M.Mayora 7+4reb+5ast, F.Cholaquides 4+1ast
gschID: 550464


25 de Agosto - Sayago 62-73

Ascenso top team - Sayago (11-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-5) in Montevideo 73-62. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Juan Garbarino (185-89) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for 25 de Agosto in the defeat. Sayago have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Loser 25 de Agosto keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Sayago will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Marne.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 20+12reb+2ast, J.Garbarino 18+6reb+6ast, M.Perdomo 13+2reb+1ast, R.Brause 7+11reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 5+2reb+2ast, G.Fernandez 4+1reb
25 de Agosto: N.Alvarez 23+11reb+3ast, R.Cardozo 15+6reb+1ast, N.Koster 10+2reb, J.Trindade 6+6reb, J.Alvarez 5+6reb+1ast, D.Lipatin 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550469


Atenas - Miramar 107-94

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Miramar (#5). Atenas (9-2) won against visiting Miramar (6-4) 107-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Atenas made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Imanol Asaravicius (193-95) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Miramar. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Miramar at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Danridge 39+6reb+2ast, M.Zubiaurre 24+5reb+4ast, J.Santiso 20+4reb+4ast, N.Catala 10+3reb+2ast, M.Pose 8+4reb+4ast, O.Galeano 3+4reb+3ast
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 36+22reb+4ast, I.Asaravicius 15+8reb+1ast, M.Nicoletti 14+3reb+2ast, R.Blankson 8+8reb, M.Trelles 8+6ast, F.Masner 6+1reb
gschID: 550468


U Atletica - Marne 81-70

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Montevideo: Union Atletica (#7) and Marne (#13). Union Atletica (5-6) won against visiting Marne (2-8) 81-70. Union Atletica forced 19 Marne turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Point guard Ignacio Cambon (181-92) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Marne. Union Atletica maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Stockolmo. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Verdirrojo.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: G.Semiglia 35+6reb+3ast, I.Cambon 15+2reb+4ast, H.Wilkerson 10+5reb+3ast, F.Ferro 9+1reb+2ast, M.Martinez 5+8reb+1ast, N.Santos 3+2reb
Marne: A.Pineiro 21+4reb+2ast, T.McNeal 20+15reb+4ast, S.Pereira 10+1reb+2ast, L.Blazina 9+1reb, J.Crocano 6+8reb+5ast, J.Borallo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550466


Auriblanco - Tabare 98-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tabare (7-5) against eleventh ranked Auriblanco (4-8) on Monday night. Visiting Tabare was crushed by Auriblanco in Montevideo 98-78. Auriblanco made 37-of-47 charity shots (78.7 percent) during the game, while Tabare only scored seventeen points from the stripe. Auriblanco forced 21 Tabare turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Tabare was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Rodrigo Goncalvez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Joaquin Jones (202-97) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gonzalo Rivas (179-95) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Five Auriblanco and four Tabare players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auriblanco moved-up to ninth place. Tabare at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: J.Jones 21+8reb+2ast, R.Goncalvez 19+10reb+4ast, N.Gentini 19+4ast, C.Colman 17+4reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 10+4reb+4ast, A.Jones 8+1reb
Tabare: A.Cabillon 20+5reb+3ast, G.Rivas 17+3reb+4ast, C.McCann 12+8reb+3ast, R.Xavier 11+2reb+2ast, E.Serres 6+3reb+1ast, G.Diaz 5+1ast
gschID: 550465





Anthony Danridge gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Atenas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Capitol (#10, 3-7) with 31-point margin 107-76. Atenas maintains the 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They are still close to the very top. Atenas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. Danridge has many years of experience at Atenas, through which he has constantly improved. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Danridge is in league's top in points (5th best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Octavio Medina (195-F-96) of Stockolmo. Medina impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Stockolmo lost that game 82-89 to the lower-ranked Marne (#13, 2-8). Stockolmo managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Medina is one of the most experienced players at Stockolmo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Marne (#13). McNeal scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Marne, leading his team to an 89-82 win against the higher-ranked Stockolmo (#8, 5-6). Marne can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for McNeal he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McNeal has a very solid season. In 2 games in Uruguay he scored 22.0ppg. McNeal attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joe Efese (198-F) of Capitol - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rodrigo Brause (194-F-95) of Sayago - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Dida Pereira (203-C-92) of Cordon - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results and main scorers for the Metro league 12th round.
Atenas 107 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 39 points 6 rebounds
Miramar 94 -. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) 36 points 22 rebounds.
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Stockolmo 87 - Rashaun Stimage (202-F, college: De Paul) 30 points 18 rebounds
Verdirrrojo 72 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 19 points 5 rebounds
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Auriblanco 90 - Rodrigo Goncalvez 19 points 10 rebounds
Tabare 78 - Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 12 points 8 rebounds
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Sayago 73 - Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 23 points 11 rebounds
25 de Agosto 62 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville)n 20 points 12 rebounds
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Union Atletica 81 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 35 points Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 10 points 5 rebounds
Marne 70 - Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 20 points 15 rebounds
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Bigua lands Alex Oriakhi, ex Bayamon - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Bigua Montevideo (LUB) tabbed 27-year old American power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-119kg-90, college: Connecticut). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in May. Oriakhi managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 12 BSN games he averaged 8.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
The most of last season he spent at Garzas in Mexican LNBP where in 19 games he had 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg. Oriakhi also played that season for Socar Petkim in Turkish TBL. In 10 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (57th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2016.
Oriakhi is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Oriakhi has played previously professionally in France, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Erie Bay Hawks) and Venezuela (Bucaneros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Danridge's 39-point game gives him Metro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Atenas and receives a Latinbasket.com Metro Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had the game-high 39 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Miramar (#5, 6-4) 107-94. Atenas maintains the 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They are still close to the very top. Atenas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. Danridge has many years of experience at Atenas, through which he has constantly improved. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Danridge is in league's top in points (5th best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar. He is American in his first season at Miramar. In the last game Fahnbulleh recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Miramar lost that game 94-107 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#2, 9-2). Miramar managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fahnbulleh is one of the most experienced players at Miramar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.5ppg (#2). He also registered 13.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo (#8). Stimage got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds . He was a key player of Stockolmo, leading his team to a 87-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Verdirrojo (#11, 3-7). The chances of Stockolmo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stimage could help Stockolmo to bring them higher in the standings. Stimage has a great season in Uruguay. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Marne - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) of 25 de Agosto - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) of Tabare - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  VENEZUELA  


Valencia adds Williams to their roster, ex Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. Williams managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In four LPB games he had 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also played that season for Unics Kazan in Russian league where in 30 Euroleague games he recorded 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg. Williams also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
On Williams: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket … Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside … Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy … Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 … An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range … Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter …
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Valencia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rafael Martinez
Antoine Diot
Guillem Vives
Andres Rico

Forwards:
Aaron Doornekamp
Fernando San_Emeterio
Will Thomas
Bojan Dubljevic
Latavius Williams
Alberto Abalde

Center:
Tryggvi Hlinason

Coach: Jesus Vidorreta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WILLIAM JONES CUP  


Day 4 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

South Korea and Canada suffered their first losses at the 2017 Jones Cup at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here Tuesday and allowed other 5 teams to catch up.
Gilas Pilipinas overcame Japan 100-85 as Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) and Mike Myers (206-F-92, college: Md-E Shore) both piled up double-double numbers while Matthew Wright, Kiefer Ravena and Jio Jalalon combined for 37 markers against the Japan 24-under team.
Republic of China White beat Iraq 87-79, while Iran smashed India 88-44. Lithuania handed South Korea a 95-80 loss as Sarunas Beniusis (206-F/C-93) led the way with 24 points and Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-F-92) added 20. JunBeon Jeon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.
Republic of China Blue surprised Canada 89-86. Cheng Liu (192-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Zheng-Ru Lu poured in 19. Garrett Williamson (196-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) finished the night with 15 in a loss, whilst Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) notched 14.




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Women News


Stephanie Talbot joins Mondeville - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) agreed terms with 23-year old Australian international guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94). She plays this summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 19 games she had 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. The last season Talbot played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Polish TBLK where in 26 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.5ppg and averaged 6.9rpg, 4.0apg and 2.6spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Talbot was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Talbot has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
Talbot's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. Talbot has played previously professionally in Adelaide Lightning, Canberra Capitals, Nationals, Flames and BA Centre of Excellence.
On Talbot: Yet a quick scoring machine, needs to develop some more defensive game and court vision, but has huge upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adijat Adams joins Picken Claret - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) added to their roster 25-year old American center Adijat Adams (188-92, college: Biola, CA). She plays this summer at Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits in Australian SEABL-East. In 18 games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.4spg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Adams' team won Luxembourg Nationale 2 Regular Season in 2015. She was also voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2013.
Adams' career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. Adams has played previously professionally also in Greece (GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou) and Luxembourg (Residence).
She attended Biola University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Gloria Argente
Adijat Adams
Isabel Hernandez
Cecilia Aldecoa
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez
Noelia Masia
Juana Camilion

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vanessa Panousis joins Adelaide - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) agreed terms with 22-year old naturalized Greek guard Vanessa Panousis (170-95). She just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). Panousis has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she had 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Elite Eight. and they also made it to the WNIT Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Panousis is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Panousis represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg.
Panousis has played previously for Sydney Uni Flames, Comets and City of Sydney.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


Pinelands keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

Pinelands keep the perfect record in BABA 2017 and remained the only undefeated team. In the latest game they overcame Lady Cougars and handed them a 68-60 loss. Pinelands grabbed a 15-5 lead and never looked behind after. Lady Cougars dropped at 3-1 on the second spot.
Lady Cavs meanwhile improved to a 2-2 record beating Clapham Bulls 76-47.



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  BULGARIA  


Huima welcomes back Perkins, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Aanekosken Huima (SM-sarja) landed 28-year old American swingman Jazmine Perkins (178-89, college: Washington State). It is actually her comeback to Aanekosken as she has played here before. Perkins played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 17 games she averaged 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.2apg and 3.0spg (in top 2) last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team. Perkins also played 18 games in WABA where she had 8.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.1apg and 2.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-WABA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-Defensive Team.
Perkins ended the previous (2015-16) season at Aanekosken. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.8spg. But the most of that year she spent at Haskovo 2012 in NBL. In 17 games she got 15.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 4.9apg (top 3) and 4.4spg (leader !!!).
Perkins won Swedish BasketEttan Group South championship title in 2013.
She has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ramat Gan), Poland (Konin) and Sweden (Eskinstuna).
Perkins attended Washington State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: All-time leader in games played with 122...made 108 career starts, second most by a Cougar...only player in WSU history, men's or women's with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals...finished career as Pac-12's active career leader in steals with 259, good for second in WSU history...finished career with 1,288 career points, seventh all time...grabbed 728 rebounds, fourth all time and tied for tenth all time with 285 career assists...finished with 144 made three's, second most all-time...notched 10 career double-doubles.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Iva Georgieva signs at Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) landed 21-year old Bulgarian point guard Iva Georgieva (170-96, college: Salt Lake CC) from Mercede Alghero. In 20 Serie A2 games in Italy she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.9spg and 1.5bpg last season. Georgieva also spent pre-season at Montana 2003 in Bulgarian league that year.
Despite young age Georgieva had impressive career. She played in the final of NJCAA D1 District M in 2016. Georgieva received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2016 at her college time.
She represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 22.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 33.3%.
Georgieva has played previously for two other Bulgarian teams: Neftochimic and NSA Delta Sofia.
She attended Salt Lake Community College until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Iva Georgieva
Arianna Puggioni
Chiara Pastena

Forwards:
Simona Sorrentino
Alessandra Markovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Haskovo 2012 keeps Draganova for another season - by Eurobasket News

Haskovo 2012 (NBL) re-signed 19-year old forward Slaveya Draganova (175-98). She has played there for the last five seasons. But in 6 NBL games she averaged just 0.8ppg last season. Draganova's team won Bulgarian Cup.

Haskovo 2012 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zornitsa Kostova
Katerina Rudeva
Violina Kocheva
Vili Kracholova

Forward:
Slaveya Draganova

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Panionios add Johnson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Panionios GSS Athens (A1) added to their roster 24-year old Jamaican-Canadian center Jose-Ann Johnson (193-93, college: Duquesne). She played last season at Visby Ladies in Swedish Damligan. In 25 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg.
Johnson's team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
She graduated from University of Duquesne in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.
On Johnson: Jose is a 193cm (6'4') Canadian post player. She is a very strong - athletic player that can score with very good movements inside the paint. A good rebounder that can dominate in offense and defense. She is good defender and fights for every possession. She is coming from a very good programm of Duqsuenne Dukes and was a starter in her senior year. Jose was the 38th best post player in N.America by ESPN HoopGurlz and was selected in the top five players in the Greater Toronto Area.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Bridget O'Donnell agreed terms with SBS Ostrava - by Eurobasket News

SBS Ostrava (ZBL) inked American center Bridget O'Donnell (198). She just graduated from George Mason (NCAA). O'Donnell has played there for the last three years. But in 26 games she recorded only 1.3ppg and 2.5rpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Huima adds Gilbert to their roster, ex Lousada - by Eurobasket News

Aanekosken Huima (SM-sarja) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Tyler Gilbert (188-94, college: Houston). She played most recently at Lousada AC in Portuguese Liga Feminina, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.5spg and 2.1bpg last season.
Gilbert graduated from University of Houston in 2016 and actually missed last season. It is her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Huima welcomes back Perkins, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Aanekosken Huima (SM-sarja) landed 28-year old American swingman Jazmine Perkins (178-89, college: Washington State). It is actually her comeback to Aanekosken as she has played here before. Perkins played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 17 games she averaged 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.2apg and 3.0spg (in top 2) last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team. Perkins also played 18 games in WABA where she had 8.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.1apg and 2.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-WABA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-Defensive Team.
Perkins ended the previous (2015-16) season at Aanekosken. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.8spg. But the most of that year she spent at Haskovo 2012 in NBL. In 17 games she got 15.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league), 4.9apg (top 3) and 4.4spg (leader !!!).
Perkins won Swedish BasketEttan Group South championship title in 2013.
She has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ramat Gan), Poland (Konin) and Sweden (Eskinstuna).
Perkins attended Washington State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: All-time leader in games played with 122...made 108 career starts, second most by a Cougar...only player in WSU history, men's or women's with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 250 steals...finished career as Pac-12's active career leader in steals with 259, good for second in WSU history...finished career with 1,288 career points, seventh all time...grabbed 728 rebounds, fourth all time and tied for tenth all time with 285 career assists...finished with 144 made three's, second most all-time...notched 10 career double-doubles.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wasserburg tabs Annika Holopainen - by Juliane Hoehne

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) inked 24-year old Finn ex-international forward Annika Holopainen (185-93). She just graduated from Old Dominion University (NCAA). Holopainen has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she recorded 5.9ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Holopainen played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2016. She received also WCC All-Freshman Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Holopainen was also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She played for Finnish Senior National Team between 2012 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Holopainen also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg.
Holopainen has played previously for Espoo Team and Tapiolan Honka.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Svenja Brunckhorst (ex Cadi La Seu) joins Nice - by Eurobasket News

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) agreed terms with 26-year old German international point guard Svenja Brunckhorst (179-91). She played last season at Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she had 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Brunckhorst played at TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL where in 29 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the German DBBL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Brunckhorst also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 3rd Team back in 2009.
Brunckhorst has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Brunckhorst also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 91.7%.
Brunckhorst has played also professionally in Germany (Eisvogel Freiburg).

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Isabelle Strunc
Svenja Brunckhorst

Forward:
Kendall Cooper

Center:
Geraldine Robert

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stephanie Talbot joins Mondeville - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) agreed terms with 23-year old Australian international guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94). She plays this summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 19 games she had 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. The last season Talbot played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Polish TBLK where in 26 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.5ppg and averaged 6.9rpg, 4.0apg and 2.6spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Talbot was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Talbot has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
Talbot's career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. Talbot has played previously professionally in Adelaide Lightning, Canberra Capitals, Nationals, Flames and BA Centre of Excellence.
On Talbot: Yet a quick scoring machine, needs to develop some more defensive game and court vision, but has huge upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Svenja Brunckhorst (ex Cadi La Seu) joins Nice - by Eurobasket News

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) agreed terms with 26-year old German international point guard Svenja Brunckhorst (179-91). She played last season at Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she had 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Brunckhorst played at TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL where in 29 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the German DBBL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Brunckhorst also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 3rd Team back in 2009.
Brunckhorst has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Brunckhorst also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 91.7%.
Brunckhorst has played also professionally in Germany (Eisvogel Freiburg).

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Isabelle Strunc
Svenja Brunckhorst

Forward:
Kendall Cooper

Center:
Geraldine Robert

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wasserburg tabs Annika Holopainen - by Juliane Hoehne

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) inked 24-year old Finn ex-international forward Annika Holopainen (185-93). She just graduated from Old Dominion University (NCAA). Holopainen has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she recorded 5.9ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Holopainen played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2016. She received also WCC All-Freshman Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Holopainen was also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She played for Finnish Senior National Team between 2012 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Holopainen also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg.
Holopainen has played previously for Espoo Team and Tapiolan Honka.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Duggan inks at Neuss at the beginning of her pro career - by Juliane Hoehne

TG Neuss Tigers (2.Bundesliga) strengthened their roster with addition of American center Julia Duggan (185). Duggan just graduated from Rider (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg last season. Duggan helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-MAAC 3rd Team and MAAC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

TG Neuss Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Briana Williams
Sarah Stock
Seraphina Asuamah-Kofoh
Ronja Spiessbach

Forwards:
Jana Heinrich
Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov
Franziska Worthmann

Center:
Julia Duggan

Coach: Janina Pils

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Recklinghausen lands Katharina Quakernack - by Juliane Hoehne

2.Bundesliga newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen tabbed 23-year old center Katharina Quakernack (181-94) from B.Loewen. In 16 2.Bundesliga games she averaged 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg last season.
Quakernack has played previously for three other teams: Hagen Phoenix, Dolphins Bielefeld and Herner TC 2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leonie Bleker signs at Recklinghausen - by Juliane Hoehne

2.Bundesliga newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen landed 27-year old center Leonie Bleker (189-90) from Barmer TV 1846 Wuppertal. Bleker has played there for the last five years. In 20 2.Bundesliga games she averaged 10.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2.2spg and 1.1bpg last season.
She won German Regionalliga (West Group) championship title in 2014.
Bleker represented Germany at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) nine years ago.
She has played previously for three other teams: Dorsten, Oberhausen and Hagen Phoenix.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maj Vom Hofe joins Braunschweig - by Juliane Hoehne

Eintracht Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 21-year old guard Maj Vom Hofe (180-96) from Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel. Vom Hofe has played there for the last three years. But in 8 2.Bundesliga games she had just 1.1ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Vom Hofe represented Germany at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Romania three years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 6.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 40.0%.
Vom Hofe has played previously for Goettingen.

Eintracht Braunschweig roster for 2017-2018:

Maj Vom Hofe
Melody Haertle
Tessa Strompen
Morgana Soehn
Julina Meinhart

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Gruenberg signs Proffitt just out of college - by Juliane Hoehne

Bender Baskets Grunberg (2.Bundesliga) signed American guard Maggie Proffitt (170). She just graduated from Cent.Arkansas (NCAA). Proffitt has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to win Southland Conf. Tournament. Quite impressive season as she All-Southland Conference All-Tournament MVP, named to All-Southland Conference 1st Team and named to Southland Conference All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Proffitt is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panionios add Johnson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Panionios GSS Athens (A1) added to their roster 24-year old Jamaican-Canadian center Jose-Ann Johnson (193-93, college: Duquesne). She played last season at Visby Ladies in Swedish Damligan. In 25 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg.
Johnson's team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
She graduated from University of Duquesne in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.
On Johnson: Jose is a 193cm (6'4') Canadian post player. She is a very strong - athletic player that can score with very good movements inside the paint. A good rebounder that can dominate in offense and defense. She is good defender and fights for every possession. She is coming from a very good programm of Duqsuenne Dukes and was a starter in her senior year. Jose was the 38th best post player in N.America by ESPN HoopGurlz and was selected in the top five players in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Vanessa Panousis joins Adelaide - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) agreed terms with 22-year old naturalized Greek guard Vanessa Panousis (170-95). She just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). Panousis has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she had 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Elite Eight. and they also made it to the WNIT Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Panousis is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Panousis represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg.
Panousis has played previously for Sydney Uni Flames, Comets and City of Sydney.

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  HOLLAND  


Holland U16 aims for consolidation - by Bas Hendriks

The Dutch U16 team this year aims for consolidation in division A. As far as preparation goes after tournaments in France, Germany and most recently Luxembourg the Brian Hirman led team appears to be nicely on track. Taking the best of their irish and hometeam's counterparts, the squad took the Dussman Trophee in Luxemburg, only to fall at the hands of an out of competition U23 team that was selected of players that didn't make the seniorsquad for Luxembourg. Dutch guard Emy Hayford won MVP Honours.

The dutch team consists of:
Shelaney Kopra (Dozy BV Den Helder)
• Zina Beunk (Batouwe/Royal Eagles)
• Chermensa van la Parra (CBV Binnenland)
• Emy Hayford (Lige Panthers/CTO Amsterdam)
• Tessa Dubois (CBV Binnenland/Barons)
• Eva van Oosten (CBV Binnenland)
• Josefien Cornelissen (Landslake Lions)
• Lotte Sant (CBV Binnenland)
• Maaike van Zeijl (CTO Amsterdam)
• Jade Blagrove (CBV Binnenland)
• Celine Dupont (CBV Binnenland/KEUS/Royal Eagles)
• Vita Stam (CTO Amsterdam)



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Hap.Petah Tikva signs Alexis Peterson - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Petah Tikva (D1) signed 22-year old American guard Alexis Peterson (170-95, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management). She played this summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). But in 8 games she had just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
she was voted All-ACC Player of the Year in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Peterson played at another team Orange in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 37 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg. Peterson helped them to make it to the final. Great season as she was named to ACC All-Tournament 1st Team and NCAA Sioux Falls Regional All-Tournament Team.
This summer she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Syracuse University standoutis in her first season in pro basketball.

Hapoel Petah Tikva roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maya Isseroff
Shahd Abboud

Forward:
Arron Zimmerman

Center:
Shakeya Leary

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  ITALY  


Calamai re-signs at Empoli - by Eurobasket News

Use Scotti Empoli (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 31-year old guard Nadia Calamai (172-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 Serie A2 games she had 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 2.3spg last season. Calamai helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
She has played previously for five other teams: Napoli BK Women, Castellammare, Vigarano, Napoli and Orvieto.

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Iva Georgieva signs at Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) landed 21-year old Bulgarian point guard Iva Georgieva (170-96, college: Salt Lake CC) from Mercede Alghero. In 20 Serie A2 games in Italy she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.9spg and 1.5bpg last season. Georgieva also spent pre-season at Montana 2003 in Bulgarian league that year.
Despite young age Georgieva had impressive career. She played in the final of NJCAA D1 District M in 2016. Georgieva received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2016 at her college time.
She represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 22.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 33.3%.
Georgieva has played previously for two other Bulgarian teams: Neftochimic and NSA Delta Sofia.
She attended Salt Lake Community College until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Iva Georgieva
Arianna Puggioni
Chiara Pastena

Forwards:
Simona Sorrentino
Alessandra Markovic

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Virtus Cagliari signs Simona Sorrentino - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) signed 19-year old forward Simona Sorrentino (176-98). She has played for the last four seasons at Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in the Serie A1. Serie A1 was a little too high level for her, where in 6 games she did not score anything. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Sorrentino's team made it to the Italian final.

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arianna Puggioni
Chiara Pastena

Forwards:
Simona Sorrentino
Alessandra Markovic

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Arianna Puggioni is a newcomer at Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old guard Arianna Puggioni (170-99) from Defensor Viterbo. Puggioni has played there for the last four years. In 23 Serie A2 games she recorded 5.0ppg and 1.6rpg last season.

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Chiara Pastena signs at Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) landed 18-year old point guard Chiara Pastena (175-99). She played most recently at the junior team of Treofan Battipaglia in the Serie A1. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Pastena played at Carpedil Salerno. Serie A1 was a little too high level for her, where in 16 Serie A2 games she averaged just 0.4ppg.

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Alessandra Markovic joins Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) agreed terms with 18-year old forward Alessandra Markovic (178-99). She played last season at the junior team of Carispezia La Spezia in the Serie A1. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic played at Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide. Serie A1 was a little too high level for her, where in four games she did not score anything.

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Claudia Minichino joins Faenza - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Romagna Faenza agreed terms with 21-year old guard Claudia Minichino (170-96). She played last season at Maddalena Vision Palermo in the Serie A2, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 13 games she had 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1spg. B will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Minichino played at Dike Napoli. In four games she recorded just 0.3ppg. She also played 2 games in Eurocup, but she did not score anything and 1 steal.

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Albino lands Shequila Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Fassi Albino (Serie A2) tabbed 22-year old British forward Shequila Joseph (190-95). She just graduated from Mississippi (NCAA). Joseph has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 4.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Joseph played in the final of English EBL in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Joseph represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 54.5%.
Joseph has played previously for Crusaders and Harringey Angels.

Fassi Albino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Chiara Lussana

Forwards:
Shequila Joseph
Emanuela Valente
Ilaria Bonvecchio

Center:
Elisa Silva

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Panionios add Johnson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Panionios GSS Athens (A1) added to their roster 24-year old Jamaican-Canadian center Jose-Ann Johnson (193-93, college: Duquesne). She played last season at Visby Ladies in Swedish Damligan. In 25 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg.
Johnson's team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
She graduated from University of Duquesne in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.
On Johnson: Jose is a 193cm (6'4') Canadian post player. She is a very strong - athletic player that can score with very good movements inside the paint. A good rebounder that can dominate in offense and defense. She is good defender and fights for every possession. She is coming from a very good programm of Duqsuenne Dukes and was a starter in her senior year. Jose was the 38th best post player in N.America by ESPN HoopGurlz and was selected in the top five players in the Greater Toronto Area.

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  NCAA1  


Wichita State women's coach moves fast to secure first recruiting class - by Eurobasket News

Wichita State women's basketball coach Keitha Adams knew the selling points that could help her in the frantic recruiting days of the spring. She told recruits that Wichita loves basketball, as evidenced by its rabid support of the men's team. She sold the chance to play in the American Athletic Conference against Connecticut, the nation's dominant women's program. Play in the AAC, she pointed out, and postseason play is a good bet - three of the 11 schools went to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and the WNIT selected three more. 'It's not a conference that's a one-bid league,' she said. 'You play at a basketball school in a basketball city and you play in a conference that is at a high level.' Adams, hired March 29, added five athletes to her first roster, recruiting a mix of experience and size. Adams will lose eight seniors after the season, so she needed to balance depth concerns with preparing for the future. Adams, who coached the previous 16 seasons at UTEP, inherited nine players from last season. That list includes All-Missouri Valley Conference forward Rangie Bessard, a senior, and seven of the team's top eight scorers. Forward Kayla Williams transferred to Arkansas State after starting 15 games as a freshman. 'We had to hit the ground running pretty fast,' she said. 'With eight seniors, you've got a lot of experience coming back. These incoming players - they're the foundation of the future.' As expected, Adams used her staff's history recruiting internationally and from junior colleges to rebuild the roster.
Cesaria Ambrosio, a 6-foot junior guard from Switzerland, averaged 9.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists at Redlands (Okla.) Community College.
Ambrosio was a top priority for Adams after taking the job and she visited her immediately at Redlands. 'Great passer,' Adams said. 'I really like her basketball IQ. She can play the point for you. She can play the wings.'
Fanny Hakanson (5'8''-SG-97), a 5-9 freshman guard from Stockholm, Sweden, played for Alvik Basket.
'She's a combo guard,' Adams said. 'I like both those guards because they have good basketball IQ and we're going to have such a quick turnover and your team, it starts with guard play.'
▪ Asia Henderson, a 6-3 freshman center, averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5.7 blocks for South View (N.C.), according to the Raleigh News & Observer. She signed with UTEP in November and was released from her scholarship.
Henderson was named Mid-South 4-A Conference Player of the Year and All Cape Fear Region by the Fayetteville Observer. 'The players that were at UTEP, out of respect for UTEP, I wanted those kids to stay there,' Adams said. 'It's important how you handle things. But Asia had never played there and when we made the change, she wanted to come (to WSU). She's got good hands. Just has to work on getting stronger and the speed of the game, the typical adjustment that freshmen have to make.'
▪ Raven Prince, a 6-foot-1 forward from Butler Community College, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds. She earned second-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors.
'She plays really hard and she can rebound,' Adams said. 'Very, very athletic, brings a lot of energy.'
Alyssia Faye, a 6-2 freshman forward, played for Basket Lattes Montpellier in France.
'She's an athletic forward,' Adams said. 'She can take it to the basket. She can hit the high post shot. She adds some physical presence.' The Shockers spent much of the summer working in small groups with coaches. 'We worked on some game situations, skill work, and some strategy stuff,' she said. 'I felt a lot more comfortable in June than I did in the spring. In the spring, I was just trying to get to know them. In June, it wasn't new. It felt real good to be on the floor with them.'
Courtesy of: kansas.com



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  PARAGUAY  


Olimpia wins Apertura 2017 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia won Apertura 2017 Finals as they swept the series against Sol de America 2-0. In the second game Olimpia posted a 98-62 comfortable win.
They managed to win all the quarters of the game with a massive 25-6 in the second period. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 33 points. Jacinta Monroe (196-F/C-88, college: Florida St.) netted 20 points and was named MVP of the Finals.



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  PORTUGAL  


Huima adds Gilbert to their roster, ex Lousada - by Eurobasket News

Aanekosken Huima (SM-sarja) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Tyler Gilbert (188-94, college: Houston). She played most recently at Lousada AC in Portuguese Liga Feminina, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.5spg and 2.1bpg last season.
Gilbert graduated from University of Houston in 2016 and actually missed last season. It is her second season as a professional player.

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  SLOVENIA  


Ilirija promotes coach Alen Ploj, Jezica appoints Mladen Rajic, Maribor names Ziga Ravnikar - by Zeljko Zule

At least three more teams will have new coach in the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Ilirija have appointed youth team coach Alen Ploj as their first-team coach after Goran Jovanovic left the club. Jovanovic is not the only person leaving the club with director Emir Haskic also resigning. Ploj joined Ilirija last summer and led Cadett (U15) team to the 2017 WABA League title. He has already coached Maribor from 2012 through 2014.
Serbian Mladen Rajic has been apponted as the head coach of Jezica, replacing Bojan Hladnik . He was last seen as the head coach of men's club Postojna during the 2015-16 season. Rajic has already led Odeja, Ilirija and Grousplje in Slovenian Women League.
Ziga Ravnikar has been confirmed as the new coach of Maribor, replacing Andrej Kuzma. It will be his first job in women's basketball. He has already coached Slovenian League Two (2SKL) side Branik from 2015 through December 2016.




Sara Meden (ex Triglav) joins Adareva - by Eurobasket News

CD Adareva (LF2) agreed terms with 23-year old Slovenian point guard Sara Meden (171-94). She has played for the last four seasons at Triglav in Slovenian SKL league. In 25 games she had 7.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg last season. Meden helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Slovenian League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. She also played 11 games in WABA where she recorded 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meden's team won Slovenian Cup in 2014. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Meden was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She played for Slovenian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Meden represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Meden has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Ilrija and Pivka.

CD Adareva roster for 2017-2018:

Laura Bejarano
Sara Meden
Ainara Ramasco
Sendy Basaez
Shay Steele
Dragana Balde

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  SPAIN  


Sara Meden (ex Triglav) joins Adareva - by Eurobasket News

CD Adareva (LF2) agreed terms with 23-year old Slovenian point guard Sara Meden (171-94). She has played for the last four seasons at Triglav in Slovenian SKL league. In 25 games she had 7.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg last season. Meden helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Slovenian League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. She also played 11 games in WABA where she recorded 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meden's team won Slovenian Cup in 2014. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Meden was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She played for Slovenian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Meden represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Meden has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Ilrija and Pivka.

CD Adareva roster for 2017-2018:

Laura Bejarano
Sara Meden
Ainara Ramasco
Sendy Basaez
Shay Steele
Dragana Balde

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Amaya Gastaminza joins Gernika - by Eurobasket News

Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) agreed terms with 26-year old ex-international forward Amaya Gastaminza (189-91, college: Oregon State, agency: ProDep Management) from Zamarat. In 26 LFB games she had 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gastaminza played at Campus Promete where in 25 games she recorded 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
She won Spanish LFB championship title in 2011.
Gastaminza was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She played for Spanish Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Gastaminza also represented Spain at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece five years ago.
Her career allowed her to visit three different continents. Gastaminza tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Penarol), Portugal (Lombos Quinta) and Spain (Perfumerias Avenida, Hondarribia Irun, Jopisa Burgos, Gran Canaria and Conquero).
Gastaminza attended Oregon State until 2010 and it will be her eighth season as a professional player.

Gernika Bizkaia roster for 2017-2018:

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

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Adijat Adams joins Picken Claret - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) added to their roster 25-year old American center Adijat Adams (188-92, college: Biola, CA). She plays this summer at Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits in Australian SEABL-East. In 18 games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.4spg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Adams' team won Luxembourg Nationale 2 Regular Season in 2015. She was also voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2013.
Adams' career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. Adams has played previously professionally also in Greece (GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou) and Luxembourg (Residence).
She attended Biola University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Gloria Argente
Adijat Adams
Isabel Hernandez
Cecilia Aldecoa
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez
Noelia Masia
Juana Camilion

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Ane Arrien joins GDKO Bizkaia - by Eurobasket News

GDKO Bizkaia Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2) agreed terms with 23-year old guard Ane Arrien (165-94). She has played for the last three seasons at the junior team of Gernika Bizkaia in the LFB. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in only one game she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.

GDKO Bizkaia Ibaizabal Galdakao roster for 2017-2018:

Patricia Valiente
Miren Agirregoikoa
Maria Espana
Esther Blanco
Zurine Amondarain
Maria Barneda
Ane Arrien

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Lulea Basket adds Motley to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lulea Basket (Damligan) added to their roster 22-year old American guard Adrienne Motley (175-95, college: Miami, FL). She played this summer at Indiana Fever (WNBA).
Her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
The previous (15-16) season Motley played at another team Hurricanes in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 33 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to All-ACC 1st Team and Honorable Mention.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in third round (32nd overall).
Motley just graduated from University of Miami, Florida and it is her first season in pro basketball.

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  TURKEY  


Gulay Gul joins Orduspor - by Eurobasket News

Orduspor (TKBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Gulay Gul (93) from Edirne Bld. Edirnespor. In 19 TKBL games she had 5.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gul played at Bursa BSB where in 15 TKBL games she recorded 11.6ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.8apg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention.
She has played previously for two other teams: Izmir Buyuksehir Belediyesi and Konak.

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Basaran is back at Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (KBSL) signed 25-year old center Gizem Basaran (194-92, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency). It is actually her comeback to Istanbul as she has played here before. Basaran played last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. in the KBSL. In 23 games she had 4.5ppg and 3.3rpg. She helped them to win the KBSL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Basaran also played 5 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Basaran played at Besiktas. In 23 games she averaged only 2.1ppg and 1.8rpg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she got 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Basaran was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKB2L Honorable Mention back in 2012.
She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Basaran's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP-2 (59.5%), FT: 58.3%.
Basaran has played previously for five other teams: Burhaniye Bld, Hatay, Orduspor, Mersin Kurtulus and Mersin MBK.

Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aysegul Gunay
Olivia Epoupa

Forwards:
Chatilla Van_Grinsven
Ozge Kavurmacioglu

Centers:
Jelena Dubljevic
Gintare Petronyte
Gizem Basaran

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Edremit adds Houston to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor (TKBL) added to their roster 29-year old American power forward Sharon Houston (191-88, college: IU Northwest, agency: Gamble Sports Management) from Elazig Il Ozel Idare. In 39 TKBL games in Turkey she was third best scorer with impressive 21.7ppg and had 16.3rpg (leader !!!), 2.2apg, 1.6spg and 2.3bpg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Defensive Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season Houston played at Bakospor where in only one TKBL game she recorded very remarkable stats: 33 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist and 6 blocks.
Houston's team won Turkish TKB2L Group A Regular Season in 2014.
She has played previously for two other teams: Cankaya and Nallihan.
Houston attended Indiana University Northwest until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Scorer,strong rebounder,shot blocker.Has got mid range shots.Athletic and can run on the floor very well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gamze Turkoglu agreed terms with Elazig - by Eurobasket News

Elazig Il Ozel Idare (TKBL) inked experienced 34-year old forward Gamze Turkoglu (195-83) from Bodrum. In 43 TKBL games she recorded 7.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Turkoglu's team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TKB2L Group B for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
She has spent her entire career in Turkey playing for six other teams: Bursa BSB, Gure, TED Ankara, Hatay, Edirne and Mersin MBK.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Great Britain star Naylor excited by Hatters challenge - by Paul Nilsen

Helen Naylor (180-F-87) is ready to try and return Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to past glories after putting pen to paper on a deal for 2017-18.

The Great Britain wing is one of the WBBL's leading players and is determined to get some trophies back in the cupboard after the club sustained a lean-time during 2016-17.

"I'm really pleased to announce that I am going to be remaining at Hatters and I don't think it's any secret that last year was frustrating and disappointing for us in terms of lack of silverware," stated Naylor.

"There was also a lack of consistency in our performance at times, but we sat down after the season and made plans and goals for this forthcoming year and I'm excited to get going again with the team.

"We're looking forward to the new season and we have all been working hard over the summer to get our bodies in better shape and injury free.

"We have also started putting together a new group of players and a number of us have been scrimmaging and playing together throughout the summer - something which will help our chemistry leading into pre-season in August."

She continued: "We are going to have a good mix of youth and experience and a number of new signings that will only strengthen and add depth to our existing core players.

"I am hoping that we can return to playing a fast break style of basketball, pushing the ball up the floor and playing a better style of team basketball than last season- as these were all things that when we got right last year lead to us wining tough games.

"I think the league continues to grow and get stronger and it's really great to be a part of that and to have tougher more challenging games week in week out.

'From our point of view, we firmly have our sights set on doing what it takes to get back to being contenders for silverware, and making it back to the big arena games that we missed out on last season," concluded Naylor.



Albino lands Shequila Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Fassi Albino (Serie A2) tabbed 22-year old British forward Shequila Joseph (190-95). She just graduated from Mississippi (NCAA). Joseph has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 4.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Joseph played in the final of English EBL in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Joseph represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 54.5%.
Joseph has played previously for Crusaders and Harringey Angels.

Fassi Albino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Chiara Lussana

Forwards:
Shequila Joseph
Emanuela Valente
Ilaria Bonvecchio

Center:
Elisa Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Weekend Wrap from Kansas City - by Janell Burse

Two teams trying to make strong pushes to end the short, but vital Women's Minor League Basketball Association (WMLBA) battled it out twice over the weekend here to take pole position over the other.
Score two for the host Midwest Reign.
Winning in two different fashions, the Reign (3-5) swept the visiting Carolina Stars (0-4) at the Joe E. Amayo Argentine Center with victories Saturday (88-84 in double overtime) and Sunday (72-68).
'The girls came back and fought and played together and played the game right, most importantly,' Reign owner and coach Jeff Graves said. 'How they practiced turned over how they played in the game (Sunday). I think now, we are playing about 30 good minutes of basketball. We just need to bring together that last 10 minutes.
'We need to work better against pressure and our post needs conditioning and footwork. Working together as a team, we did that for about three quarters and we are better as a team.'
A rally in the fourth quarter by the Reign forced overtime and after two extra sessions, they were able to end a three-game skid behind the play of Leah Smith (22 points, four three pointers), Bree Fowler (17 points), Andrea Rhoiney (12 points), Raven Gary (11 points) and Zaneta Lindsey (10 points).
The Stars received strong performances from Tasha Willis (21 points), J. Tzmbowe and Rachelle Aupoint (16 points apiece) and Jasmine Franklin (10 points).
The Sunday win saw the Reign led by Smith (23 points, including five triples, five assists), Jasmine Thompson (16 points, six rebounds) and Tasha Johnson (14 points, six rebounds).
Carolina was paced by Tzmbowe (16 points), Franklin (13 points), and Aupoint (11 points).
'Since the beginning of the season we haven't played our game yet, I am just waiting for it to come out,' Stars' head coach Cierra Anderson said. 'Compared to what we do back at home and against other individuals, we are a whole different team. The Stars haven't showed up yet.
'We did play with heart, determination and desire. They were both good games and the Reign is a pretty good team. We did some things that were wrong and some things that were great.'
Anderson did say she wished the officiating would have been better.
In the second game of the weekend, the Reign came in with fresh legs and fighting spirit following the extra session win just 15 hours earlier, jumping out to a 26-16 lead north of the six-minute mark of the first half, thanks to two Smith threes that sparked a 10-0 run for the hosts.
The Reign used that push to lead 35-23 at the break.
In the second half, the Stars, showing plenty of grit themselves, rallying to within 39-34 halfway through the third quarter, before the Reign began playing some of its best ball on the season.
The hosts went on a 15-3 bender sparked by defensive play that led to scores and a few outside splashes to build a 54-37 edge before settling for a 54-42 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
There things got a little rough for the hosts, as the Stars used full court pressure to turn the Reign over and force some sloppy ball handling to chip away until finally tying the score at 61-all with 3:48 to go.
Smith then took matters into her own hands with a three and a nectar dish to Bree Foster for a five-point lead a minute later and the Reign would hold on for the weekend sweep.
'It was really big, we needed to win and hadn't had any good wins in a while, so this was helpful for us,' Smith said. 'We have our chemistry back and we are starting to be able to play together so that works. We need to get in better shape and just keep executing our plays.'
The Reign travel to Memphis, Tennessee next weekend for a 5 p.m. tip against the Stars on Saturday and then a 3 p.m. Sunday match up against the host Tennessee Storm.



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Quigley ties career-best with 6 3s, Sky beat Storm 94-83 - by Eurobasket News

Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86, college: De Paul) scored 25 points and Keisha Hampton (6'2''-F-90, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management) had a season-high 14 to help the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 94-83 on Tuesday night. Chicago trailed 31-11 early in the second quarter but got within 42-41 after Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU, agency: ProDep Management)'s back-to-back jumpers to close the half. The Sky took their first lead, 43-42, on Young's basket early in the third and Quigley scored 11 points in the quarter. She matched her career-high with six 3-pointers. Kahleah Copper (6'1''-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management)'s three-point play gave Chicago an 81-72 lead and after a Seattle offensive foul, Copper made a hook shot in the lane. Young finished with 11 points for Chicago (7-13), which outscored Seattle's reserves 42-8. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94, college: Connecticut) had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle (9-11), which turned it over 18 times. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) entered needing five straight field goals to tie Nneka Ogwumike's WNBA record of 23. She made her first three shots before missing an open jumper near the free-throw line.
Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



Sparks hand Fever 5th straight loss, 80-62 - by Eurobasket News

Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 16 points while Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) added 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 80-62 on Monday night. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor)' three-point play capped Los Angeles' 16-2 second-quarter run to build a 42-29 lead and Indiana only scored 12 points in the third. The Fever went on a 7-0 run in the fourth to pull to 68-59 but Gray answered with a jumper, and Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL)' steal and fast-break layup extended Los Angeles' lead to 13 points. Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles (14-5). Alana Beard (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Duke) scored five points to reach 4,500 career points. Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, college: Arizona St., agency: ProDep Management) scored 12 points for Indiana (7-12), which has lost five straight. The Fever made six of their seven 3s in the first half. It was the first regular season game on a Monday since these two teams played each other on July 28, 2014.
Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com