EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/27/2017 4:04:04 AM

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  3X3  



Ulaanbaatar to host FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 will take place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 27-29 2017. Mongolia will host the second edition of the most important 3x3 competition for national teams in Asia and - for the first time - Oceania. The inaugural edition was held in Doha, Qatar on May 15-16 2013. This will mark the first time ever Mongolia hosts a FIBA 3x3 official event. "We are proud and honored to bring the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 to Mongolia," event promoter and member of Mongolian National Olympic Committee Myagmarjav Luvsandash said. "Mongolia is a land of basketball and 3x3 has been promoted locally by the youth over the past decade. "The game has exploded in the last couple of years with Mongolian teams shining at international events. We hope that hosting this event will create a path for Mongolia to become the top national 3x3 team in Asia in the next few years." Team Ulaanbaatar indeed became the first-ever Mongolian team to qualify for the 3x3 professional circuit known as the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. They will participate in the Utsunomiya Masters on July 29-30. The Mongolian women's national team won silver at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2013. "We are excited to bring the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 to Mongolia," FIBA Asia Executive Director Hagop Khajirian said. "This will be a great opportunity for the best teams in the region to start preparing for the goal to play 3x3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics." The event will be held in the state of the art Crocus Event Hall. The main draw of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 will be played with 12 women's and 12 men's teams. In case more than 12 teams register in a category, a qualifying draw will be organized in the morning of Day 1. The event was originally planned to take place in Shenzhen, China.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Eric Garcia inks with MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom straightened their roster with the addition of American point guard Eric Garcia (183-PG-94, college: Wofford) for the upcoming season.

For the 22-year old this will be his first look of European basketball as he previously spent 4 years in the NCAA carrying Wofford Terriers in 128 games where he managed to average 9.9ppg, 4.2apg and 2.3rpg with 121 starts behind his name. His most impressive season was his last one where he averaged 14ppg, 6.8apg and 2.8rpg in 33 games.

Garcia will be the fifth addition for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Damjan Stojanovski, Boban Stajic, Ranko Mamuzic and Mihajlo Mitev. Before that the defending champion continued their cooperation with Marko Simonovski, Adem Mekic and Xavier Thames.




Garcia inks at MZT Skopje at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American point guard Eric Garcia (183-84kg-94). Garcia just graduated from Wofford (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 6.8apg last season. Garcia helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-SoCon 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Garcia's college team won SoCon Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damjan Stojanovski
Boban Stajic
Mihajlo Mitev
Adem Mekic
Eric Garcia

Forwards:
Andrej Maslinko
Marko Simonovski

Center:
Ranko Mamuzic

Coach: Aleksandar Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in FYR Macedonia



Krka to sign Tim Osolnik - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Liga Nova KBM) agreed terms with 21-year old Slovenian guard Tim Osolnik (190-96). He played last season at Gorica in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 11 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Osolnik played at Slovan (2SKL) where in 15 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
His team made it to the U18 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
Osolnik has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Krka Novo Mesto Junior Team).

Krka Novo Mesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maj Kovacevic
Domen Bratoz
Marko Josilo
Klemen Kuznik
Tim Osolnik
Matic Siska
Miha Skedelj
Jakov Stipanicev
Martin Jancar

Forwards:
Dalibor Djapa
Jure Ritlop

Center:
Ziga Dimec

Coach: Simon Petrov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Slovenia



Fifolt is back at Krka - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Liga Nova KBM) are bringing in 24-year old center Ziga Fifolt (211-115kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Novo Mesto as he has played here before. Fifolt played last season at Tajfun (Liga Nova KBM). In 32 games he had 7.2ppg and 4.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Fifolt was tested by Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) in Italian league. He also played that season for Slovan (2SKL) where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.2bpg. Fifolt also spent pre-season at KK Splosna plovba Portoroz (Telemach League) that year.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.8ppg.
Fifolt has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Helios, Elektra, Grosuplje and Krka Novo Mesto Junior Team) and Estonia (Rapla).

Krka Novo Mesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maj Kovacevic
Domen Bratoz
Marko Josilo
Klemen Kuznik
Tim Osolnik
Matic Siska
Miha Skedelj
Jakov Stipanicev
Martin Jancar

Forwards:
Dalibor Djapa
Jure Ritlop

Centers:
Ziga Dimec
Ziga Fifolt

Coach: Simon Petrov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Slovenia



Karpos Sokoli banned 5 years from ABA - by Eurobasket News

The ABA League Assembly met on July 24th. One of the matters tackled was regarding Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The team's president, Ognjen Dedic had made statements which significantly damaged the image of the ABA League and its sponsors. As a result, the team was fined 12,000. Each ABA team was set to receive 12,000 for transportation in 2016/17. The fine imposed will be taken from the amount that was to be given to Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje. Aside from the financial penalty, the ABA League clubs decided to slap a 5-year ban on the team from participating in all competitions organized by the ABA. The 2017/18 season of the ABA will tip off on September 29th, with all 12 participating teams hitting the hardwood to play out the first game of the regular season.
Courtesy of: court-side.com



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  AFGHANISTAN  


Zaragoza send new zealand forwed isaac fotu to ulm - by David Pick

CAI Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) send New Zealander-Tongan forward Isaac Fotu (203-104kg-93, college: Hawaii). to BBL club Ulm. Fotu played at La Bruixa d'Or and CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa. In 26 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 4.0rpg last season.

Fotu just graduated from University of Hawaii and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Big West 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Fotu represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships this year.
He has played also in Australia (New Zealand Breakers).

Fotu's game is described as: A young fiorward with huge international experience and winning mentality. Has great spin moves, can easily dunk and can score. Also, he can played tough-as-nails defense. Great upside for the SF position.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Afrobasket.com All-African Championships U16 Awards 2017 - by Greg


Best Player: Siriman Kanoute (G-01) of Mali
Best Guard: Siriman Kanoute (G-01) of Mali
Best Forward: Aly Khalifa (201-F-01) of Egypt
Best Center: Oumar Ballo (204-C-02) of Mali

1st Team
G: Siriman Kanoute (G-01) of Mali
G: Faiez Ghomrassi (01) of Tunisia
F: Aly Khalifa (201-F-01) of Egypt
F: Thierry Nkundwa (01) of Rwanda
C: Oumar Ballo (204-C-02) of Mali

Honorable Mention
Adama Sanogo (02) of Mali
Momen Hassan (01) of Egypt
Amir Bouzidi (01) of Algeria
Ouail Gadaoui (01) of Algeria
Marco Rakotovao (01) of Madagascar
Edito Tsarafeno (01) of Madagascar
Bryan Ricotso (02) of Mozambique



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  ALBANIA  


Zaragoza send new zealand forwed isaac fotu to ulm - by David Pick

CAI Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) send New Zealander-Tongan forward Isaac Fotu (203-104kg-93, college: Hawaii). to BBL club Ulm. Fotu played at La Bruixa d'Or and CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa. In 26 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 4.0rpg last season.

Fotu just graduated from University of Hawaii and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Big West 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Fotu represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships this year.
He has played also in Australia (New Zealand Breakers).

Fotu's game is described as: A young fiorward with huge international experience and winning mentality. Has great spin moves, can easily dunk and can score. Also, he can played tough-as-nails defense. Great upside for the SF position.


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  ANGOLA  


Valdelicio Joaquim (ex Libolo) is a newcomer at Obras Basket - by Eurobasket News

Obras Basket Buenos Aires (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Angolan center Valdelicio Joaquim (208-111kg-90, college: Hawaii, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last three seasons at Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo in Angolan Division I. Joaquim helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup 1st Team in 2016.
Joaquim represented Angola at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Joaquim has played also professionally in Angola for Petroleos.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: The most dominant center currently playing in African continent, one of the best players of University of Hawaii basketball program ever.
Starting five big man of the Angolan National Team with huge upside and potential to compete at the highest level in Europe. His further development will show if he can reach the NBA level as some point
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ARGENTINA  


Valdelicio Joaquim (ex Libolo) is a newcomer at Obras Basket - by Eurobasket News

Obras Basket Buenos Aires (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Angolan center Valdelicio Joaquim (208-111kg-90, college: Hawaii, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last three seasons at Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo in Angolan Division I. Joaquim helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup 1st Team in 2016.
Joaquim represented Angola at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Joaquim has played also professionally in Angola for Petroleos.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: The most dominant center currently playing in African continent, one of the best players of University of Hawaii basketball program ever.
Starting five big man of the Angolan National Team with huge upside and potential to compete at the highest level in Europe. His further development will show if he can reach the NBA level as some point
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Estudiantes Olavarria keeps Lugli for another season - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) re-signed 22-year old point guard Andres Lugli (170-95). He played there last season. In 17 TNA games he averaged 6.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Lugli helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Central (TFB).
Lugli has played previously for two other teams: Alma Juniors and Banda Norte.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



BHY Tiro Federal lands Julian Aprea - by Eurobasket News

BHY Tiro Federal y Deportivo Morteros (TNA) landed 30-year old center Julian Aprea (209-87) from Independiente BBC de Santiago del Estero. In 41 TNA games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
Aprea's team won Brazilian Supercup in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas, Ferrocarril, Boca Juniors, La Union and Lanus) and Brazil (Tijuca TC).

BHY Tiro Federal y Deportivo Morteros roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Ignacio Rodriguez_Suppi
Mauro Araujo
Maximiliano Martinez
Facundo Gago

Forward:
Damian Pineda

Center:
Julian Aprea

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Nicholas Wadell (ex La Union) signs at Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo (LUB) landed 28-year old Argentinian forward Nicholas Wadell (200-89). He played most recently at La Union in Argentinian TNA league, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 26 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg and 6.7rpg in 2015-16 season.
Among other achievements Wadell was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @fhsports10)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Uruguay



Rigoberto Mendoza (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) inked 25-year old Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-82kg-92). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Mendoza's team made it to the BSN Semifinals in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team award in 2016.
Mendoza represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 86.7%.
Mendoza has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Mendoza has played previously professionally in Spain (Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia) and Dominican Republic (Los Minas, La Mattica, Reales de La Vega and Sharks).
His game is described as: With many points in their hands and is top 5 guard in Dominican Republic , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.
Mendoza unlike most high-profile guys in Latinoamerica, put great numbers in Puerto Rico 2 years consecutive and leader in Points in Dominican Republic in second season profesional with 22 years
.

Estudiantes Concordia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Bolivar
Sebastian Orresta
Rigoberto Mendoza

Forward:
Anthony Smith

Centers:
David Doblas
Emilio Dominguez

Coach: Lucas Victoriano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



P.Echague signs Jeremias Sandrini - by Eurobasket News

I.C.D. Pedro Echague Capital Federal (TFB) signed 24-year old point guard Jeremias Sandrini (184-93). He played last season at La Union (LigaA). In 55 games he had 3.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Sandrini played at Sionista (also in LigaA) where in 56 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Parque Sur signs Emiro Hernandez, ex Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega

Parque Sur de Concepcion del Uruguay (TNA) signed 23-year old Venezuelan point guard Emiro Hernandez (188-94). He played last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 36 games he had 4.8ppg and 2.2rpg.
Part of previous (2016) summer Hernandez spent at Araguenos (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year. Hernandez also played that season for Cangrejeros (LNB) in Venezuelan league. Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year.
He has played also professionally in Venezuela for Piratas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Carrizo is back at Cassino - by Eurobasket News

BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (Serie B) signed experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-98kg-80, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Cassino as he has played here before. Carrizo played last season at Air Fire Valmontone in the Serie B. In 31 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Carrizo played at BPC Virtus TSB Cassino where in 38 Serie B games he recorded 13.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.0apg. He helped them to make it to the group final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Carrizo was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Import Player of the Year back in 2010.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Carrizo has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Estudiantes Santa Rosa) and Italy (Umana Venezia, Latina Basket, Montecatiniterme, Piacenza and CZG Veroli).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Cassino.
Carrizo could be described: Quick footed and good dribbler forward, whose future is at 2 position; very aggressive on both sides of the court, he needs only to improve his reading of the game, and a his shooting range;
A very promising offensive player, yet too much free-range; if he manages to discipline his skills, he could develop in a very interesting shooting guard
.

BPC Virtus TSB Cassino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lorenzo Panzini
Niccolo Petrucci
Robert Banach
Giuseppe Di_Poce

Forwards:
Manuel Carrizo
Fabrizio De_Ninno

Center:
Enzo_Damian Cena

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  ARUBA  


Zaragoza send new zealand forwed isaac fotu to ulm - by David Pick

CAI Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) send New Zealander-Tongan forward Isaac Fotu (203-104kg-93, college: Hawaii). to BBL club Ulm. Fotu played at La Bruixa d'Or and CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa. In 26 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 4.0rpg last season.

Fotu just graduated from University of Hawaii and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Big West 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Fotu represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships this year.
He has played also in Australia (New Zealand Breakers).

Fotu's game is described as: A young fiorward with huge international experience and winning mentality. Has great spin moves, can easily dunk and can score. Also, he can played tough-as-nails defense. Great upside for the SF position.


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  AUSTRALIA  


Derek Cooke Jr. is a newcomer at Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Perth Wildcats (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Derek Cooke Jr. (206-100kg-91, college: Wyoming). He played most recently at Northern Arizona Suns (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 50 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 7.4rpg last season. Cooke also spent pre-season at the Suns in NBA that year.
He won MWC Tournament in 2015.
Cooke has played also professionally in Greece (Cretan Kings).
He attended University of Wyoming until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @sammywsig)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



Astana keeps Kolesnikov for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 29-year old former Kazakhstani international swingman Anatoly Kolesnikov (200-93kg-88, college: Nicholls State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Australian passport. Kolesnikov has played there for the last five seasons. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Kolesnikov also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0spg. Kolesnikov played in the final of Kazakhstan League.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kolesnikov also represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Changsha-Hunan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 65.5%.
Kolesnikov has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Kings and Norths Soul Sports Bears.
He attended Nicholls State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forward:
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Kazakhstan



Kings sign Isaac Humphries - by Eurobasket News

Sydney Kings (NBL) signed 19-year old Australian center Isaac Humphries (216-98). He just graduated from Kentucky (NCAA). Humphries has played there for the last three years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro. Humphries' team won SEC Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
He represented Australia at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-3 (18.9ppg), Reb-4 (11.6rpg), 1.6apg, Blocks-3 (3.3bpg), FGP: 57.6%, FT: 82.9%.
Humphries has played previously for BA Centre of Excellence.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



Edgar Sosa (ex Al Riyadi) joins Breakers - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers (NBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville). He played last season at Al Riyadi in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 18 games he had 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Sosa helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). He also played that season for Juvecaserta in Italian Serie A where in 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg.
Sosa has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships this year. His team won Gold.
Sosa is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Sosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega), NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Italy (Banco di Srd, Angelico Biella and Sutor Montegranaro) and Iran (Petrochimi).
Sosa attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Sosa: A very promising combo guard, with an immense upside. Has yet the court vision and the passing skills of a proven PG, scores a lot of points and can defend well. After the Centrobasket for Juniors 2005, he has been invited at the Dominican NT Senior camp.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lochlan Cummings claims Australian State League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Lochlan Cummings (183-PG) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cockburn C. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The playmaker had the game-high 41 points adding eight rebounds and nine assists for Cockburn C. in his team's victory, helping them to crush Geraldton B. (#3, 18-7) with 20-point margin 116-96. Cockburn C. is placed at 4th position in their group in Australian State League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cockburn C. will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. In the team's last game Cummings had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Cockburn C., through which he has constantly improved. Lochlan Cummings averages this season 15.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was American guard Jeremy Smith (190-G) of Werribee D.. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Werribee D. was edged by the lower-ranked Whittlesea City (#12, 2-19) 84-82. Werribee D. managed to keep the same 7th spot in Big V. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Werribee D. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyler Monroe (201-F) of Maitland M. (#5). Monroe got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Maitland M., leading his team to a 99-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Sutherland S. (#11, 3-16). Maitland M. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Waratah. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Monroe has a great season in Australia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 15.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) of SW Slammers - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 20 assists
5. Jackson Hussey (190-G-92) of Geraldton B. - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists
6. James Padgett (203-C/F-91) of Lakeside L. - 31 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kevin Davis (206-C-91) of East Perth E. - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lee Jeka (193-G-83) of Hume City - 39 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alex Francis (198-F-91) of Frankston - 26 points and 15 rebounds
10. Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P. - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 11 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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BK Klosterneuburg Dukes add Fabricio Vay - by Stefan Prager

The BK Klosterneuburg Dukes have added some offensive firepower. The club signed Ex ABL MVP Fabricio Vay (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) from local rival Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. Vay was the second leading ABL scorer last season putting up 19.4 points per contest. In addition to that Vay grabbed 8.8 rpg making him the third best rebounder of the league. The 31 year old forward played for Traiskirchen since February of 2013. He first came to Austria in 2006 playing for Traiskirchen. From time to time Vay made his way abroad playing in the D-League, in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and his home country Argentina. He always came back to Traiskirchen. In 2011 Vay was voted ABL MVP. Overall Vay appeared in 278 ABL games for the Lions in which he scored 4716 points. He has an ABL career average of 17.0 points per contest. In 2016 he was the ABLs scoring champion. Vay is a 5 time ABL All Star.


BBU Salzburg tabs Sergio Jimenez, ex Casvi - by Eurobasket News

BBU Salzburg (2.Bundesliga) inked 22-year old Spaniard guard Sergio Jimenez (188-95). He has played for the last two years at Casvi in Spanish EBA league. In 30 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jimenez played at CB Andujar Jean Paraiso Interi (also in EBA) where in only one game he had 3 points and 1 rebound.
He helped his team to make it to the Spanish EBA Final Stage 4 Runner-Up in 2017.
Jimenez has played also professionally in Spain for Real Canoe.

BBU Salzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Jimenez
Dusan Oluic

Forward:
Guillermo Sanchez

Center:
Lorenz Rattey

Coach: Aaron Mitchell

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bahamas U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Obrien Pearce
Pearce
Raschad Greene
Greene
Joshua Dames
Dames
Grevaughn Goodman
Goodman
McKell Bethel
Bethel
#e#5
3De Elisee 01
4Detarrio Thompson 182-PG-00
5Dominick Bridgewater 180-PG-00
6Grevaughn Goodman 182-SG-00
7Obrien Pearce 177-PG-00
8McKell Bethel 190-SF-00
9Raschad Greene 190-G-00
10Joshua Dames 190-SF-00
11Samuel Hunter 203-F/C-00
12Derryn Jhonson 198-F-01
14Devanno Whitfield 193-SG-00
15Leroy Adderley 200-F-00

Kenny Avent Head Coach New Jersey T. USA



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Tomas Galeckas signs at P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) landed 23-year old point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-70kg-94). He played most recently at Rasai in the NKL. In 46 games he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.0apg and 1.8spg last season. Galeckas helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Galeckas played at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (also in NKL) where in 39 games he had 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg.
Galeckas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Galeckas has played previously for five other teams: Lietuvos rytas, Citus, VGTU Vilnius, Ezerunas-Karys and Statyba.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Faverani comes back to UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Brazilian ex-international center Vitor Faverani (212-118kg-88). It is actually his comeback to UCAM Murcia as he has played here before. Faverani is not a newcomer in Spanish League where he played most recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg. Faverani helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team Faverani played that season for was UCAM Murcia. In 15 Liga Endesa games he had 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Faverani's team won Israeli Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faverani was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Faverani's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Faverani has played previously professionally in Italy, NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (Valencia Basket, Zaragoza, Gipuzkoa and Clinicas Rincon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Brazil (Araraquara) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful pivot with great moves inside. Yet a "beast" defensively, he has improved his offensive skill, becoming a very good scoring center.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Clevin Hannah

Forwards:
Marko Lukovic
Ovie Soko

Centers:
Vitor Faverani
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba

Coach: Ibon Navarro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dominique Johnson (ex Lhasa) signs at Umana Venezia - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) landed 30-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played in the summer at Lhasa Jingtu in Chinese NBL league. Johnson managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 13 NBL games he averaged impressive 35.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. The last season he played at Openjobmetis VA where in 19 Serie A games he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded high stats: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. The other team he played that season for was ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 11 games he got 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got high stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
Johnson attended Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Johnson's team won Polish Cup in 2014. He received also All-NAIA D1 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Johnson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Turkey (Banvit), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Salt Lake City Stars, Texas Legends and Canton Charge) and Poland (Slask and Siarka).
Let's have closer look into Johnson's outlook: Dominique is an athletic 6'5" combo guard with a strong body and great ability to score and defend. He is an outstanding teammate and personality, a smart player who is better suited in Europe as a scorer and a top defender. Dominique is shockingly successful having come from a NAIA school. Even so, Dominique could easily become one of the top players in Europe even at the Euroleague level.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone
Dominique Johnson
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Gediminas Orelik
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CB Canarias ink Mateusz Ponitka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He was about to sign at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. The last season Ponitka played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL where in 27 games he had 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named 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 recorded 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named 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.
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).
He could be described: 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.

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davin White
Mateusz Ponitka

Forwards:
Tim Abromaitis
Rosco Allen

Center:
Mike Tobey

Coach: Nenad Markovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oostende signs Javon McCrea, ex Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American forward Javon McCrea (201-113kg-92, college: Buffalo). He played last season at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 23 games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. McCrea also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5spg.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League).
McCrea 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 won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2014. McCrea was also voted All-MAC Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 14 1st Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
McCrea has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy), Germany (BBC Bayreuth) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
McCrea attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja

Center:
Tim Lambrecht

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joventut inks Saulius Kulvietis, ex Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-100kg-91). He played last season at Vytautas in Lithuanian LKL league. Kulvietis managed to play in three leagues last year. In 24 LKL games he had 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title. Kulvietis also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kulvietis played at Juventus (also in LKL). In 27 games he got 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kulvietis also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2011.
Kulvietis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 90.0%.
Kulvietis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Sakalai, MRU Vilnius, P.Zvaigzdes and KM-Aisciai 98 Kaunas.
He could be described: Forward who can play at SF and PF positions. Has a high basketball IQ, well developed player tactically who understands and reads the game very well. Saulius is a great shooter, can make three-pointer of mid-range shot of the dribble. Needs to improve his strength as a PF and ball handling as a SF.

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Richard
Dominik Mavra

Forwards:
Alex Ruoff
Saulius Kulvietis
Albert Ventura
Simon Birgander

Center:
Jerome Jordan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oostende signs Javon McCrea, ex Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American forward Javon McCrea (201-113kg-92, college: Buffalo). He played last season at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 23 games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. McCrea also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5spg.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League).
McCrea 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 won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2014. McCrea was also voted All-MAC Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 14 1st Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
McCrea has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy), Germany (BBC Bayreuth) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
McCrea attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja

Center:
Tim Lambrecht

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Holon inks Corey Walden, ex Oostende - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Unet Holon (Winner League) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Corey Walden (188-93kg-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in Belgian Euromillions League. Walden managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Walden also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Walden contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Walden played at another team Maine Red Claws in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 43 games he got 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the D-League Atlantic Division title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Walden was voted All-OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Walden has played also professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Hapoel Unet Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chanan Colman
Shlomi Harush
Corey Walden
Tamir Blatt

Forwards:
Guy Pnini
Joe Alexander
Tashawn Thomas

Coach: Dan Shamir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Limburg United lands Cory Dixon, ex Plymouth R. - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) tabbed 27-year old American forward Cory Dixon (201-93kg-90, college: New Orleans). He has played for the last two years at Plymouth University Raiders in British BBL league. In 33 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and recorded 7.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg last season. Dixon helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 2nd Team.
Three years ago he was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in eighth round (119th overall).
The former University of New Orleans staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team won Australian SEABL-East Regular Season in 2015.
Dixon has played also professionally in Australia (Bandits).

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Cory Dixon
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Ronnie McCollum

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cedevita welcomes back Ramljak - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) tabbed 27-year old Croatian international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). It is actually his comeback to Cedevita as he has played here before. Ramljak has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Ramljak played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 15 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he had 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team Ramljak played shortly was KK Zagreb. In only one A1 game he recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Among other achievements Ramljak played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team award in 2016.
Ramljak has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Ramljak represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg.
Ramljak has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Posusje and Siroki Primorka.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Toni Katic
Dzanan Musa

Forward:
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Besiktas are considering to add Augusto Lima to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 26-year old Brazilian international center Augusto Lima (207-104kg-91) who played last time at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 42 LKL games he had 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Lima also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 18 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Lima contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Lima also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Lima played that season for was UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 17 games he got 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
Lima has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2011 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2007.
Lima represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Lima has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and CB Granada).
He could be described: An inside player with huge upside. He's long, has great body (Dwight Howard type), he's a great leaper. Intense and aggressive, Augusto can be very dominant inside, and very active on both boards, snatching rebounds and blocking shots. He understands the game very well and knows how to position himself on the court. A great 1 on 1 defender, has good mobility, runs the court like a guard and finishes every play aggressively. Offensively, he has good post moves, decent outside shot and good presence inside to receive passes. Needs to add some weight and polish his offensive skills, but future is bright.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Muratcan Guler
Erkan Veyseloglu
D.J. Strawberry
Can Mutaf
Earl Clark
Sertac Sanli
Jon Diebler
Kyle Weems
Kenan Sipahi
Samet Geyik
Ryan Boatright
Enes Taskiran
Omer Al
Bekir Sabri Karli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luis Gustavo de Oliveira agreed terms with CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro - by Paulo Freire

CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Luis Gustavo de Oliveira (190-91) from Pinheiros. In 27 NBB games he recorded 3.8ppg and 1.1rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer de Oliveira played at Osasco Basquete (Paulista) where in 21 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in 2016 season.
He won Paulista League championship title in 2015.
de Oliveira has played previously for three other teams: Barueri, Sao Caetano and Sao Jose/Vinac.

CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fulvio de_Assis
Welington Dos_Santos
David Jackson
Andre Stefanelli
Guilherme Pereira
Luis_Gustavo de_Oliveira
Adriano Figueiredo

Forwards:
Guilherme Giovannoni
Renato Carbonari

Center:
Rafael De_Araujo

Coach: Dede Barbosa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vitoria tabs Joao Borrego - by Paulo Freire

Universo/Vitoria Salvador (NBB) inked 21-year old point guard Joao Borrego (180-96). He played in the summer at S.Jose/Unimed in the Paulista.
Borrego represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Salto (Uruguay) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 1.0spg.
Borrego has played previously for Macae.

Universo/Vitoria Salvador roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andre Bresolin
Nick Okorie
Kenny Dawkins
Joao Borrego

Forwards:
Arthur Silva
Edu de_Oliveira
Matthew Shaw
Renato Scholz

Centers:
Murilo Becker
Douglas Kurtz

Coach: Regis Marrelli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faverani comes back to UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Brazilian ex-international center Vitor Faverani (212-118kg-88). It is actually his comeback to UCAM Murcia as he has played here before. Faverani is not a newcomer in Spanish League where he played most recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg. Faverani helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team Faverani played that season for was UCAM Murcia. In 15 Liga Endesa games he had 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Faverani's team won Israeli Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faverani was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Faverani's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Faverani has played previously professionally in Italy, NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (Valencia Basket, Zaragoza, Gipuzkoa and Clinicas Rincon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Brazil (Araraquara) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful pivot with great moves inside. Yet a "beast" defensively, he has improved his offensive skill, becoming a very good scoring center.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Clevin Hannah

Forwards:
Marko Lukovic
Ovie Soko

Centers:
Vitor Faverani
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba

Coach: Ibon Navarro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Papazov returns on the bench - by Maria Mitzova

Konstantin Papazov will return to coaching after couple of years rest.

Papazov will be head coach for BC Levski 2014 Sofia, and will continue his duties as Chairman of the team.

Titi Papazov had the most successful season coaching Levski back in 2014, when the team won historic treble.

Financial colapse led the team to bankrupcy and Papazov formed a new club - BC Levski 2014 Sofia - which he is trying to develop from then on.

Now he will take the lead as head coach for the new season.




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  CAMEROON  


The Pistons tab Landry Nnoko - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons inked 23-year old Cameroonian center Landry Nnoko (208-114kg-94, college: Clemson). He played most recently at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 7.1rpg last season.
Nnoko has never been drafted by the NBA.
He received ACC All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at his college time. Nnoko was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
Nnoko attended Clemson University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Detroit Pistons roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Reggie Bullock
Langston Galloway
Luis_David Montero

Forwards:
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
Eric Moreland
Derek Willis

Centers:
Anthony Tolliver
Landry Nnoko

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Slim Magee (ex Orangeville A's) agreed terms with Isidro Metapan - by Igor Obradovic

AD Isidro Metapan (Liga MB) inked 28-year old American center Slim Magee (211-93kg-89, college: Missouri Southern State). He played most recently at Orangeville A's in Canadian NBL. In 33 NBL Canada games he recorded 6.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3bpg last season.
Among other achievements Magee's team won MPBA Regular Season in 2015. He received also MIAA All-Defensive Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Magee has played also professionally in Portugal (Maia_Basket), Spain (Azuqueca) and MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks).
He attended Missouri Southern State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Fribourg lands Murphy Burnatowski - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg Olympic (LNA) tabbed 27-year old Canadian small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. In 24 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Burnatowski helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team. Burnatowski also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Burnatowski played at Starwings. In 30 LNA games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and recorded 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. It was a great season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
Burnatowski was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Burnatowski represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), Czech Republic (BK Usti nad Labem) and Canada (SJAM Waterloo).
Burnatowski attended Colgate University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Fribourg Olympic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chad Timberlake
Jeremy Jaunin

Forwards:
Murphy Burnatowski
Slobodan Miljanic
Natan Jurkovitz

Coach: Petar Aleksic

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Ennis re-signs at LA Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) confirmed in their roster 23-year old Canadian international guard Tyler Ennis (188-82kg-94, college: Syracuse). He played there last season. In 22 NBA games he had 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. Ennis also played for the Rockets. But in 31 NBA games he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.1apg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (18th overall). Ennis attended Syracuse University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2014. Ennis was also voted ACC All-Freshman Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Ennis has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team in 2012.
Ennis represented Canada at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: Score-1 (20.9ppg), 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 70.6%.
Ennis has played previously for two other teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Northern Arizona Suns.

Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Ennis
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso

Forward:
PJ Dozier

Coach: Luke Walton

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Prat lands Caleb Agada, ex Ottawa - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old Canadian-Nigerian guard Caleb Agada (193-94, agency: Blacktop Management). He just graduated from Ottawa. In 20 games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.7spg (in top 3) last season. Agada helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in CIS. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded CIS All-Canadian Defensive Player of the Year, All-OUA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-OUA 1st Team.
Among other achievements Agada's team won OUA North Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg.
Agada has played previously for Marauders and Burlington E..

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forward:
Marc Blanch

Center:
Gerbert Marti

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevon WIGGINS
  (182-PG-0)
  Avg: 32
 1. Wiggins, GUY32.0 
 2. Bridgewater, BAH27.0 
 3. Goodman, BAH23.0 
 4. Lindo, PAN20.0 
 5. Farrell, ISV19.0 
 6. Hunter, BAH17.0 
 7. Williams, JAM16.0 
 8. Jones, ISV16.0 
 9. Frink, DOM16.0 
 10. Zayas, PUR15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jorge TORRES
  (195-F/G-0)
  Avg: 17
 1. Torres, PUR17.0 
 2. Torres, DOM13.0 
 3. Lombardo, PAN12.0 
 4. Nash, ISV11.0 
 5. Reid, JAM11.0 
 6. Crandon, GUY11.0 
 7. Frink, DOM11.0 
 8. Lindo, PAN10.0 
 9. Ferrol, ISV8.0 
 10. Nesbitt, ISV8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rafael RUBEL
  (177-F-0)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rubel, DOM5.0 
 2. Nesbitt, ISV4.0 
 3. Pearce, BAH4.0 
 4. Argomaniz, MEX4.0 
 5. Menzies, JAM4.0 
 6. Thompson, BAH3.0 
 7. Quintana, PUR3.0 
 8. Rolon, PUR3.0 
 9. Dames, BAH3.0 
 10. Andrade, PAN3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dominick BRIDGEWATER
  (180-PG-0)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bridgewater, BAH8.0 
 2. Goodman, BAH5.0 
 3. Dyall-R., JAM5.0 
 4. Rubel, DOM4.0 
 5. Wiggins, GUY4.0 
 6. Armstrong, PAN3.0 
 7. Jones, ISV3.0 
 8. Dames, BAH3.0 
 9. Bowen, GUY3.0 
 10. Lombardo, PAN2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Akeem CRANDON
  (198-F-0)
  Avg: 5
 1. Crandon, GUY5.0 
 2. Reid, JAM3.0 
 3. Lindo, PAN3.0 
 4. Frink, DOM3.0 
 5. Lombardo, PAN2.0 
 6. Zephyrine, PAN2.0 
 7. Jones, DOM1.0 
 8. Pascual, DOM1.0 
 9. Dyall-R., JAM1.0 
 10. Reynoso, MEX1.0 


Overview of Day 1 in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mexico - Puerto Rico 53-67
Puerto Rico knocked down Mexico in the opening game in Group A. Jeriel Zayas (185-G-00) provided 15 points for the winners. Mexico jumped to a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. Puerto Rico stepped on the gas in the next quarters. They built an 11-point lead heading into the fourth term. Puerto Rico limited Mexico to just 12 points in the final stanza and rallied to the win. Jorge Torres had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Javier Gonzalez (190-F-00) netted 14 points for Mexico.

Guyana - Bahamas 63-114
Bahamas outscored Guyana in the opener. Dominick Bridgewater (180-PG-00) posted 27 points and 8 steals to lead the winners. Bahamas unleashed 73 points in the first half to establish a massive 52-point halftime lead. Guyana slowed their opponents down in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Grevaughn Goodman (182-SG-00) delivered 23 points for Bahamas. Kevon Wiggins (182-PG-00) replied with 32 points for Guyana.

Group B
Panama - Dominican Republic 55-59
Dominican Republic held off Panama at the start of the championship. The hosts got 16 points and 11 boards from Alanzo Frink (203-F-00). Dominican Republic grabbed a 17:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Panama went on a 17:8 run in the second stanza to pull within two points. Panama got as close as one point at the final intermission. But Dominican Republic held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth stanza and got away with a narrow win. Rafael Rubel (177-F-00) provided 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Ricardo Lindo (200-F-00) produced 20 points and 10 rebounds for Panama.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Jamaica 69-61
Virgin Islands outgunned Jamaica to open win count in Group B. Jaz Farrell (190-G-00) delivered 19 points to lead the effort. Virgin Islands used a 23:10 run in the second frame to open a 42:28 halftime advantage. Jamaica narrowed the deficit in the second half but came up short at the end. Zion Jones (187-G-00) provided 16 points in the victory. Samora Williams (187-G-00) responded with 16 points for Jamaica.




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Placide Nakidjim joins La Roda - by Eurobasket News

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda agreed terms with 23-year old Chadian center Placide Nakidjim (205-94) from CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior. In 9 EBA games in Spain he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 2.8bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Nakidjim also played that season for Moron (LEB Silver) where in 10 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The other team Nakidjim played shortly was Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (LEB Silver). In 7 games he averaged remarkable 19.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nakidjim was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Center of the Year in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B and Cambados.
On Nakidjim: An undersized center with great athletic skills. A great leaper and slasher, he indimitades yet a lot in the paint.

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Dominique Johnson (ex Lhasa) signs at Umana Venezia - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) landed 30-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played in the summer at Lhasa Jingtu in Chinese NBL league. Johnson managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 13 NBL games he averaged impressive 35.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. The last season he played at Openjobmetis VA where in 19 Serie A games he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded high stats: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. The other team he played that season for was ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 11 games he got 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got high stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
Johnson attended Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Johnson's team won Polish Cup in 2014. He received also All-NAIA D1 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Johnson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Turkey (Banvit), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Salt Lake City Stars, Texas Legends and Canton Charge) and Poland (Slask and Siarka).
Let's have closer look into Johnson's outlook: Dominique is an athletic 6'5" combo guard with a strong body and great ability to score and defend. He is an outstanding teammate and personality, a smart player who is better suited in Europe as a scorer and a top defender. Dominique is shockingly successful having come from a NAIA school. Even so, Dominique could easily become one of the top players in Europe even at the Euroleague level.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone
Dominique Johnson
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Gediminas Orelik
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

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Jarnell Stokes signs at Golden Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Zhejiang Golden Bulls (CBA) landed 23-year old American forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at Sioux Falls Skyforce (NBA G League) in the U.S. Stokes also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year. But in two games he averaged just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Three years ago he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Stokes attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year award and USBasket.com All-D-League Forward of the Year award in 2016.
Stokes represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 55.0%.
Stokes has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Iowa Energy).

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NBL Round 14: No surprise as #1 Henan defeats Chongqing - by Eurobasket News

NBL top team - Henan (12-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked Chongqing (7-7) in Lanling 121-115. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Chongqing won third quarter 34-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) scored 44 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yuxing Jiang (195-95) chipped in 34 points (!!!) during the contest. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds. Henan have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Chongqing at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Lhasa and Fujian. Henan are looking forward to face league's second-placed Shaanxi W. in Xian in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chongqing will play on the road against Luoyang (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-14) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to third ranked Hunan (10-4) 90-76. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) notched a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Wei Zhang supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 23 points by point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hunan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Hunan will play against Anhui (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dongbu will play against Guangxi (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Luoyang was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Anhui (8-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Luoyang (9-5). Luoyang defeated Anhui 135-123 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Russ Smith who scored 76 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Luoyang's coach Nan Huo used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Chris Johnson produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the guests. Luoyang have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guangxi and Guizhou. Loser Anhui dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Luoyang will meet at home Chongqing (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Anhui will play against Hunan and hope to secure a win.
Fifth ranked Guangxi (9-5) crushed at home 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-13) by 43 points 100-57, which is the biggest margin this round. Isaiah Austin orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangxi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guizhou and Luoyang. Jiangsu L. lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Guangxi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu L. will play at home against Lhasa and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Lhasa won against Fujian on the opponent's court 116-105. Shaanxi W. outscored Hebei X. in a home game 115-84. Beijing was rolled over Guizhou on the road 128-97.

Dongbu - Hunan 76-90

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-14) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to third ranked Hunan (10-4) 90-76. The game without a history. Hunan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 40. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) notched a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and center Wei Zhang (203-84) supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 23 points by point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Guard Yi Jiang (195-93) added 18 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hunan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Hunan will play against Anhui (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dongbu will play against Guangxi (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hunan: T.Dar 43+14reb, L.Hansheng 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Wei 10+5reb+4ast, Z.Yaosheng 8+1reb, Z.ChaoLong 6+4reb, Q.Shouwei 4
Dongbu: S.Tujun 23+3reb+2ast, Z.MengLong 18+3reb+1ast, J.Yi 18+3reb+4ast, S.Boyin 7+5reb+1ast, Y.Qin 7+4reb+1ast, C.Ziran 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548543


Luoyang - Anhui 135-123

The game in Luoyang was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Anhui (8-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Luoyang (9-5). Luoyang defeated Anhui 135-123 on Wednesday. Luoyang made 37-of-44 free shots (84.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Anhui's players. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who scored 76 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. Luoyang's coach Nan Huo used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St.) added 40 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Luoyang and five Anhui players scored in double figures. Luoyang have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guangxi and Guizhou. Loser Anhui dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Luoyang will meet at home Chongqing (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Anhui will play against Hunan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Luoyang: S.Russ 76+5reb+6ast, Z.Ye 18+2reb+2ast, M.Ater 17+19reb+2ast, Q.Wenhan 15+7reb+11ast, S.Jianguo 5+6reb+3ast, M.Weilong 2+5reb
Anhui: G.Jonathan 40+9reb+1ast, J.Chris 33+18reb+2ast, Z.Yong 17+4reb+1ast, L.Jian 12+10reb+1ast, G.Shunjie 10+4reb, R.Kai 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548542


Guangxi - Jiangsu L. 100-57

Fifth ranked Guangxi (9-5) crushed at home 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-13) by 43 points 100-57, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Guangxi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Jiangsu L. to just 7 points in third quarter. Guangxi dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu L.'s 30. Guangxi forced 19 Jiangsu L. turnovers. American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Indian-Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-92, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Shiwei Xue replied with 8 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Peng Wang (183-94) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu L.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangxi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guizhou and Luoyang. Jiangsu L. lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Guangxi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu L. will play at home against Lhasa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 30+8reb+7ast, B.Sim 23+5reb, Y.Dian Hong 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Kai 9+5reb, Y.Dianhong 9+5reb, C.Keliang 6+2reb+1ast
Jiangsu L.: W.Peng 14+6reb, W.Xing Chen 9+9reb+2ast, G.Wei 8+3reb+1ast, X.Shiwei 8+15reb+1ast, Z.PengFei 6+1reb, G.MingYang 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548541


Chongqing - Henan 115-121

NBL top team - Henan (12-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked Chongqing (7-7) in Lanling 121-115. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Chongqing won third quarter 34-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) scored 44 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yuxing Jiang (195-95) chipped in 34 points (!!!) during the contest. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds and Yaoyang Guo scored 28 points and 7 assists. Four Henan and five Chongqing players scored in double figures. Henan have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Chongqing at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Lhasa and Fujian. Henan are looking forward to face league's second-placed Shaanxi W. in Xian in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chongqing will play on the road against Luoyang (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 44+7reb+8ast, J.Yuxing 34+4reb+2ast, O.Chris 23+15reb+2ast, M.Qingfei 11+7reb+1ast, C.Yuhan 5+1reb, W.Longfei 2+2reb+1ast
Chongqing: G.Yaoyang 28+3reb+7ast, W.Yang 27+1reb+1ast, K.Vladyslav 26+22reb+3ast, W.Xin 17+9reb+3ast, E.Michael 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Yuanbo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 548540


Fujian - Lhasa 105-116

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Fuzhou where 9th ranked Fujian (7-7) was defeated by tenth ranked Lhasa (7-7) 116-105. Fujian was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lhasa dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 52 and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Fujian helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward LaQuinton Ross (203-92, college: Ohio St.) added 26 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Fujian. Five Lhasa and four Fujian players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lhasa moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Fujian and Chongqing. Fujian lost third consecutive game. Lhasa's next round opponent will be Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: D.ZhiMing 21, G.Yuxiang 19+8reb+4ast, K.Jonathan 18+15reb+2ast, H.DangJian 16+7reb+2ast, C.Jinlong 14+1reb+1ast, S.Xinyue 13+7reb+2ast
Fujian: B.Brandon 44+16reb+3ast, R.LaQuinton 26+16reb+7ast, Z.Xiaobo 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Jinshuai 11, L.Ming-Yu 7+2reb+3ast, L.Haoyuan 3+1ast
gschID: 548539


Shaanxi W. - Hebei X. 115-84

Very predictable result in Xian where second ranked Shaanxi W. (10-4) smashed 11th ranked Hebei X. (5-9) 115-84. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Hebei X. was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shaanxi W. dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei X.'s 40. They outrebounded Hebei X. 67-39 including a 51-32 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jiawei Feng contributed with 22 points for the winners. Forward Xuepeng Song (195-92) replied with 21 points and Mengchao Dong added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hebei X.Five Shaanxi W. and four Hebei X. players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shaanxi W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Hunan. Hebei X. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. Shaanxi W.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Beijing (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: G.Charles 24+13reb+1ast, F.Jiawei 22+3reb+1ast, B.Jiguang 17+1reb+2ast, G.Yan 15+7reb+1ast, W.Von 12+5reb+1ast, J.JunQi 8+8reb
Hebei X.: S.Xuepeng 21+2reb+2ast, W.Zixu 13+6reb+2ast, D.Mengchao 13+9reb, Z.Zhao 13+4reb+1ast, L.Yannan 10, Y.Heng 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 548538


Guizhou - Beijing 128-97

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Beijing (4-10) was rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Guizhou (9-5) 128-97. The game was mostly controlled by Guizhou. Beijing was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Beijing 48-37 including 35 on the defensive glass. Guizhou players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) added 20 points in the effort for Beijing. Four Beijing players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guizhou moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guangxi and Luoyang. Beijing lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou where they are favorite. Beijing will play on the road against Hebei X. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: L.Mark 40+1reb+5ast, M.James 25+13reb+2ast, L.MingHao 12+2reb+1ast, S.Rongxiao 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Mingfang 10+4reb+1ast, L.Pengfei 8+6reb+1ast
Beijing: H.Michael 23+16reb+2ast, L.Yunan 20+4reb, Z.Wei 14+4reb+6ast, L.Ziming 12+1reb+1ast, W.Marquis 7+2reb+3ast, L.Bo 6+2reb
gschID: 548537





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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Moore, Aguilas26.9 
 2. Givens, Piratas25.7 
 3. Crawford, Aguilas22.5 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break22.0 
 5. Smith, Sabios21.0 
 6. Roberson, Condores19.2 
 7. Coombs, Sabios19.0 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.16.3 
 9. McCoy, Condores16.3 
 10. Torres, Condores15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Moore, Aguilas13.8 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.10.6 
 3. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 4. Almanza, Condores10.2 
 5. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 6. Perez, Academia9.7 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 8. Quinones, Academia8.3 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
 10. Julio, Fast Break7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan MCCOY
  Condores
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. McCoy, Condores5.7 
 2. Murray, Academia5.6 
 3. Velandia, Aguilas5.0 
 4. Smith, Sabios5.0 
 5. Medina, Piratas4.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones4.9 
 7. Granados, Academia4.7 
 8. Wormely, Caciques4.4 
 9. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.2 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break1.7 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 6. Carraway, Cimar.1.6 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 8. Crawford, Aguilas1.5 
 9. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 10. Velandia, Aguilas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Perez, Academia1.5 
 2. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 5. Crawford, Aguilas1.1 
 6. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 7. Romero, Piratas0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 9. Givens, Piratas0.8 
 10. Mendoza, Piratas0.7 


PBD Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Academia and Fast Break - by Eurobasket News

Academia - Cimarrones 74-71

Academia defeated Cimarrones to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-71. Academia had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Cimarrones. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Academia: B.Aguaslimpias 21+10reb+3ast, T.Murray 15+8reb+4ast, O.Balbuena 14+3reb+1ast, D.Perez 10+7reb+3ast, G.Diaz 9+4reb+4ast, S.Granados 5+9reb+2ast
Cimarrones: E.Renteria 15+3reb+1ast, J.Hernandez 14+11reb, A.Carraway 12+2reb+1ast, J.Zamora 11+2reb+5ast, J.Rodriguez 10+11reb+1ast, E.Moreno 9+6reb+5ast
gschID: 551248


Fast Break - Condores 83-72

Fast Break outgunned Condores in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Fast Break led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated the game. Guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Sneed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists and forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interlace Hoops) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 15+4reb+2ast, L.Salazar 14+2reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 14+3reb+5ast, M.Sneed 13+8reb+1ast, L.Julio 12+4reb+2ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 8+9reb+1ast
Condores: L.Roberson 17+5reb+2ast, J.HERRERA CASTILLO 17+9reb+1ast, E.Torres 12+2reb+1ast, L.Almanza 11+10reb, H.Diaz 8+4reb, R.McCoy 7+6reb+13ast
gschID: 551247





Cimarrones brings venezuelan Jhornan Zamora for the playoffs - by Victor Garcia

Cimarrones enters the playoffs as the third seed and will face Academia for a place in the finals, trying to boost its offensive the team agreed terms with the venezuelan wing Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89).
Zamora 1,96 tall and 28 years old has been member of the venezuelan national team, has expent part of his career in Spain, he has the dual citizenship, and is know for his offensive skills specially for his shooting, Zamora averaged with the Palencia team in the Leb Gold 9,8 ppg , 2,5 rpg, 1,7 apg with 52% FG and 35% 3pt FG.
Zamora is currently in Quibdo ready to play.



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  COSTA RICA  


Costa Rican U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Costa Rican U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Monserrat Martinez
Martinez
Valeria Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Maria Cervantes
Cervantes
Brenda Espinoza
Espinoza
Alison Torres
Torres
#e#5
Monserrat Martinez 163-SG-00 San Jose Costa Rica
Beatriz Zubillaga San Jose Costa Rica
Valeria Gonzalez 162-SG-02 San Jose Costa Rica
Nicole Simpson Herdia Costa Rica
Maria Cervantes 160-G-01 Herdia Costa Rica
Ariana Mora Herdia Costa Rica
Jerlaine Paniagua Goicoechea Costa Rica
Eleni Gougani Goicoechea Costa Rica
Veronica Buverrtt San Ramon Costa Rica
Fiorella Mendez San Ramon Costa Rica
Brenda Espinoza 173-PF-01 San Ramon Costa Rica
Alison Torres 165-F-02
Valeria Mendez
Fernanda Castillo 164-C-00 Palmares Costa Rica
Paula Nunez
Laura Castro 179-F-00
Scarlett Weidig




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  CROATIA  


Cedevita inks youngster Mateo Vidovic - by Zeljko Zule

Cedevita have an eye on the future with the signing of prospect Mateo Vidovic (194-G-99) on a multi-year contract. He will mostly play for the junior team next season.
Vidovic arrives from Dubrovnik, where he played his entire career until now, including four consecutive A2 League season. In the latest one, Vidovic averaged 9.9 points in 15 Division South games. He was a member of the Croatian national team at the U16 European Championship in Lithuania in 2015, averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assits in 9 games.



Maj Kovacevic (ex-Zadar) returns to Krka - by Zeljko Zule

Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) has left Zadar after one season to sign with Slovenian side Krka for the 2017-18 season.
Kovacevic started last season with Helios Suns and in January moved to Zadar, for whom he averaged 9.9 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals in 9 ABA League games and 11.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 16 Croatian A1 League games.
Kovacevic grew up with Krka and in his last campaign there, 2009-10, he posted 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 29 Slovenian League games. He then played for Zlatorog and Slovan in Slovenia plus Nitra and Komarno in Slovakia, Pagrati Athens in Greece and Siroki in Bosnia and Herzegovina



Cedevita welcomes back Ramljak - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) tabbed 27-year old Croatian international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). It is actually his comeback to Cedevita as he has played here before. Ramljak has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Ramljak played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 15 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he had 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team Ramljak played shortly was KK Zagreb. In only one A1 game he recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Among other achievements Ramljak played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team award in 2016.
Ramljak has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Ramljak represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg.
Ramljak has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Posusje and Siroki Primorka.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Toni Katic
Dzanan Musa

Forward:
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Czech Republic National Team 2017 - by Greg

Czech Republic National Team 2017
#s#
Patrik Auda
Auda
Ondrej Balvin
Balvin
Jaromir Bohacik
Bohacik
Dalibor Fait
Fait
Pavel Grunt
Grunt
#e#5
Patrik Auda 206-PF-89 Rosa Radom Poland
Ondrej Balvin 217-C-92 Gran Canaria Spain
Jaromir Bohacik 197-F/G-92 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Dalibor Fait 203-C-93 J.Hradec Czech Republic
Pavel Grunt 208-C-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Filip Halada 198-F-92 BK Decin Czech Republic
Vojtech Hruban 202-F-89 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Martin Kriz 200-F-93 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Tomas Kyzlink 195-SG-93 Bourg France
Michal Mares 193-G/F-92 USK Praha Czech Republic
Lukas Palyza 202-F-89 BK Decin Czech Republic
Adam Pechacek 207-C-95 Obradoiro Spain
Martin Peterka 205-C-95 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Filip Petruzela 205-C-97 USK Praha Czech Republic
Tomas Satoransky 201-PG-91 Washington W. USA
Petr Safarcik 193-G/F-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Jakub Sirina 186-PG-87 BK Opava Czech Republic
David Skranc 205-C/F-96 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Kamil Svrdlik 205-F/C-86 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Jan Vesely 213-C/F-90 Fenerbahce Turkey
Tomas Vyoral 190-PG-92 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Jiri Welsch 199-G-80 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic

Ronen Ginzburg Head Coach CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.2 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.4 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.3 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.17.8 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.7 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Williams, Titanes .10.1 
 2. Araujo, Leones SD9.6 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.4 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.8.0 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.5 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.0 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.6 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.7 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.1 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM4.9 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 7. Carter, Huracane.3.6 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.3.5 
 9. Fortuna, Titanes .3.4 
 10. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP1.7 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 5. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 6. De-Leon, Metros S.1.5 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.4 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR1.4 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Nunez, Metros S.1.1 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 7. Guerrero, Leones SD0.9 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.8 


Dominican Rep. LNB round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Eloy Vargas - by Eurobasket News

Center Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Metros STGO, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Huracanes PP (#3, 1-4) 88-81. It allowed Metros STGO to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. Metros STGO have a solid 4-1 record. Vargas has many years of experience at Metros STGO, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Kentucky star has very solid stats this year. Vargas is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 51.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Titanes Licey lost that game 92-99 to Caneros LR (2-2). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Titanes Licey and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Austin Freeman (194-G-89) of South-East top team Caneros LR. Freeman showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Caneros LR, leading his team to a 99-92 win against #3 ranked Titanes Licey in a game of the week. Caneros LR confirms their top position in South-East. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Freeman has a very solid season. In 23 games in Dominican Republic he scored 16.9ppg. He also has 3.2apg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Jarvis Williams (198-PF-89) of Huracanes PP - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Huracanes PP - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rashad Bell (203-F-82) of Titanes Licey - 24 points and 4 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)



Dominican Republic U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Elian Torres
Torres
Rafael Rubel
Rubel
Yasson Nunez
Nunez
Alanzo Frink
Frink
Antonio Bonilla
Bonilla
#e#5
4Carlos Carela 185-G-00
5Cristian Lora 211-C West Oaks Academy USA
6Julio Pascual 200-C-00
7Steven Verplancken 187-SG-00 Gistel Oostende Belgium
8David Jones 194-F/G-01 Club Centro Dominican Republic
9Elian Torres 182-G/F-00
10Rafael Rubel 177-F-00
11Eduard Minaya 185-G-00
12Leyton Nunez 195-SF-00
13Yasson Nunez 195-SF-00
14Alanzo Frink 203-F-00 St.Joseph (NJ) USA
15Antonio Bonilla 187-SG-00




Rigoberto Mendoza (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) inked 25-year old Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-82kg-92). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Mendoza's team made it to the BSN Semifinals in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team award in 2016.
Mendoza represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 86.7%.
Mendoza has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Mendoza has played previously professionally in Spain (Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia) and Dominican Republic (Los Minas, La Mattica, Reales de La Vega and Sharks).
His game is described as: With many points in their hands and is top 5 guard in Dominican Republic , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.
Mendoza unlike most high-profile guys in Latinoamerica, put great numbers in Puerto Rico 2 years consecutive and leader in Points in Dominican Republic in second season profesional with 22 years
.

Estudiantes Concordia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Bolivar
Sebastian Orresta
Rigoberto Mendoza

Forward:
Anthony Smith

Centers:
David Doblas
Emilio Dominguez

Coach: Lucas Victoriano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Edgar Sosa (ex Al Riyadi) joins Breakers - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers (NBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville). He played last season at Al Riyadi in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 18 games he had 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Sosa helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). He also played that season for Juvecaserta in Italian Serie A where in 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg.
Sosa has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships this year. His team won Gold.
Sosa is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Sosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega), NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Italy (Banco di Srd, Angelico Biella and Sutor Montegranaro) and Iran (Petrochimi).
Sosa attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Sosa: A very promising combo guard, with an immense upside. Has yet the court vision and the passing skills of a proven PG, scores a lot of points and can defend well. After the Centrobasket for Juniors 2005, he has been invited at the Dominican NT Senior camp.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNB Round 3 (Second Stage): Titanes Licey lose to Caneros LR - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Titanes Licey (2-2) in San Cristobal on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Caneros LR (2-2) 99-92. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-92. Strangely Titanes Licey outrebounded Caneros LR 40-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) helped adding 21 points. Caneros LR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Caneros LR is looking forward to face Leones SD in Santo Domingo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play on the road against Leones SD in Santo Domingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Indios SFM (2-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Huracanes PP (1-4) 88-85 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 7 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero accounted for 16 points. Naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Huracanes PP in the defeat. Huracanes PP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios SFM will again play against Huracanes PP (#3) in Puerto Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Huracanes PP will have a break next round.
Very significant was Metros STGO's (#1, 4-1) victory against Huracanes PP (1-4) 88-81. The best player for the winners was Eloy Vargas who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jarvis Williams who recorded 28 points and 9 rebounds. Huracanes PP's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO will meet Indios SFM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huracanes PP will play against Indios SFM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Leones SD's (#3, 2-2) victory against Titanes Licey (2-2) 97-86. It was a good game for Patrick Miller who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 assists. Leones SD's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Leones SD's next round opponent will be Caneros LR in La Romana and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play again on the road against Leones SD in Santo Domingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Metros STGO - Huracanes PP 88-81

Very significant was Metros STGO's (#1, 4-1) victory against Huracanes PP (1-4) 88-81. Metros STGO made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Huracanes PP turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Metros STGO players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jarvis Williams (198-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who recorded 28 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Huracanes PP's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO will meet Indios SFM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huracanes PP will play against Indios SFM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: J.Williams 28+9reb+3ast, K.Beidler 16+4reb+1ast, M.Carter 14+7reb+5ast, A.Jones 9+6reb+3ast, L.Jacobo 5+1reb, J.Valdez 4+3reb+1ast
Metros STGO: E.Vargas 18+11reb+5ast, R.Glenn 16+4reb+1ast, A.De Leon 15+4reb+6ast, V.Liz 14+1reb+2ast, J.Akindele 9+6reb+1ast, R.Soliver 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 550374


Titanes Licey - Caneros LR 92-99

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Titanes Licey (2-2) in San Cristobal on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Caneros LR (2-2) 99-92. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-92. Strangely Titanes Licey outrebounded Caneros LR 40-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) helped adding 21 points. Caneros LR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American-Hungarian forward Rashad Bell (203-82, college: Boston U.) scored 24 points. Five Caneros LR and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Caneros LR is looking forward to face Leones SD in Santo Domingo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play on the road against Leones SD in Santo Domingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: R.Bell 24+4reb+1ast, B.Williams 17+16reb+6ast, E.Santana 12+5reb+2ast, K.Perez 11+5reb+1ast, D.Moquete 10+3reb+1ast, R.Hamilton 9
Caneros LR: A.Freeman 25+6reb+4ast, T.Gilder 21+4reb+2ast, E.Soliman 15+2reb+3ast, R.Scott 14+2reb+1ast, A.Williams 13+2reb+1ast, M.Evangelista 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 550373


Titanes Licey - Leones SD 86-97

Very significant was Leones SD's (#3, 2-2) victory against Titanes Licey (2-2) 97-86. Leones SD players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Titanes Licey's players. It was a good game for American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 assists. Naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Leones SD's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Titanes Licey. Five Leones SD and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Leones SD's next round opponent will be Caneros LR in La Romana and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play again on the road against Leones SD in Santo Domingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: B.Williams 21+9reb, E.Santana 18+12reb+2ast, R.Hamilton 14+4reb+4ast, K.Perez 13+6reb, C.Tatum 8+1ast, B.Colon 7+5reb+1ast
Leones SD: P.Miller 26+3reb+7ast, M.Rhett 18+6reb+3ast, S.Rojas 17+3reb+1ast, E.Fortuna 14+1reb+3ast, J.Araujo 10+8reb+2ast, O.Reed 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 550371


Indios SFM - Huracanes PP 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Indios SFM (2-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Huracanes PP (1-4) 88-85 on Sunday evening. Indios SFM shot 23 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Huracanes PP only scored six points from the stripe. Indios SFM forced 26 Huracanes PP turnovers. Strangely Huracanes PP outrebounded Indios SFM 43-31 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 7 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American Jarvis Williams (198-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Huracanes PP in the defeat. Five Indios SFM and four Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. Huracanes PP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios SFM will again play against Huracanes PP (#3) in Puerto Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Huracanes PP will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: J.Williams 17+6reb+2ast, K.Beidler 16+10reb+3ast, J.Valdez 10+3reb+1ast, M.Carter 10+5reb+1ast, L.Jacobo 8+2reb, L.Cabrera 7+2reb
Indios SFM: G.Suero 16+6reb, F.Garcia 16+1ast, J.Miguel Suero 16+4reb+3ast, S.Gibbs 15+2reb+7ast, I.Romero 12+6reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 7+8reb
gschID: 550372





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National League Round 3: Iccan loses their first game against Importadora - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the National League and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Iccan (2-1) in Ambato on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Importadora (2-1) 69-67. Importadora looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) with 18 points. Importadora is looking forward to face Juvenil (#7) in Vinces in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Iccan will play at home against Triple E-Uda (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Portviejo. Portviejo (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Juvenil (1-2) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ed Drew (196-95, college: Presbyterian) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Adriano Barredas accounted for 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) came up with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Juvenil in the defeat. Portviejo will play against Piratas (#4) in Ibarra in the next round. Juvenil will play at home against Importadora to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of Leones (1-2) against Piratas (2-1) on Tuesday night. Visiting Leones were defeated by Piratas in a tough game in Ibarra 61-70. The best player for the winners was Willie Clayton who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Javinger Vargas who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Piratas will meet Portviejo (#5) on the road in the next round. Leones will play against Barcelona and hope to win that game.
The game in Gualaceo was also worth to mention about. Barcelona (2-1) played at the court of Triple E-Uda (0-3). Barcelona managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. It was a good game for Omar Alvarado who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 assists. Triple E-Uda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barcelona's next round opponent will be Leones (#6) in Riobamba which should be theoretically an easy game. Triple E-Uda will play on the road against Iccan in Guayaquil and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Piratas - Leones 70-61

Very important is a road loss of Leones (1-2) against Piratas (2-1) on Tuesday night. Visiting Leones were defeated by Piratas in a tough game in Ibarra 61-70. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Leones' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan center Javinger Vargas (202-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and Carlos Cortez (-94) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Piratas will meet Portviejo (#5) on the road in the next round. Leones will play against Barcelona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leones: C.Cortez 20+6reb, A.Conchambay 17+3reb+4ast, J.Vargas 13+13reb+1ast, F.Perez 4+5reb+2ast, J.Ante 4+8reb, K.Sovine 2+3reb
Piratas: W.Clayton 23+14reb+3ast, C.Delgado 10+5reb+3ast, A.Pitts 9+5reb+4ast, C.Malatay 8+1ast, P.Cano 8+4reb+4ast, Y.Fundora 4+2reb
gschID: 548211


Portviejo - Juvenil 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Portviejo. Portviejo (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Juvenil (1-2) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. Portviejo shot 65.1 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Portviejo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ed Drew (196-95, college: Presbyterian) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Adriano Barredas (-92) accounted for 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Drew is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) came up with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Brandon Thompson (193-92, college: Huston-Tillotson) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for Juvenil in the defeat. Portviejo will play against Piratas (#4) in Ibarra in the next round. Juvenil will play at home against Importadora to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: N.Palacios 25+5reb+1ast, B.Thompson 14+3reb+5ast, M.Martinez 10, A.Guerra 8+2reb+1ast, J.Diaz 6, O.Yanez 4+3ast
Portviejo: E.Drew 19+4reb, A.Barredas 19+3ast, K.Abakah 11, F.Bedoya 10, E.Cobena 7+2reb+1ast, A.Ponce 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 548212


Importadora - Iccan 69-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Iccan (2-1) in Ambato on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Importadora (2-1) 69-67. Importadora looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Importadora players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) with 18 points and the former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Importadora is looking forward to face Juvenil (#7) in Vinces in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Iccan will play at home against Triple E-Uda (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Iccan: J.Centeno 18+3reb+2ast, C.Carcelen 15+5reb, J.Porozo 10+3reb+2ast, J.Pablo Alvarez 6+2reb+1ast, V.Peralvo 6, C.Silva 6+5reb+7ast
Importadora: J.Blocker 21+6reb+2ast, J.Romero 15+5reb+2ast, T.Sledge 12+13reb+5ast, J.Sanmiguel 11+1reb+9ast, N.Mina 6+4reb+1ast, P.Recalde 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548210


Triple E-Uda - Barcelona 81-86

The game in Gualaceo was also worth to mention about. Barcelona (2-1) played at the court of Triple E-Uda (0-3). Barcelona managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. It was a good game for Puerto Rican point guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 assists. The former international power forward Manuel Hurtado (198-90) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Barcelona players scored in double figures. Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Triple E-Uda. Triple E-Uda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barcelona's next round opponent will be Leones (#6) in Riobamba which should be theoretically an easy game. Triple E-Uda will play on the road against Iccan in Guayaquil and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Triple E-Uda: Y.Romero 32+11reb+4ast, J.Pierre 22+8reb, H.Molina 9+2reb, C.Ramon 6+3reb+2ast, C.Espinoza 4, R.Gonzalez 4+2reb+3ast
Barcelona: O.Alvarado 19+4reb+9ast, M.Hurtado 18+9reb+3ast, F.Corozo 17+4reb, M.Cairo 13+9reb+1ast, D.King 9+14reb+5ast, F.Vargas 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548209





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Slim Magee (ex Orangeville A's) agreed terms with Isidro Metapan - by Igor Obradovic

AD Isidro Metapan (Liga MB) inked 28-year old American center Slim Magee (211-93kg-89, college: Missouri Southern State). He played most recently at Orangeville A's in Canadian NBL. In 33 NBL Canada games he recorded 6.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3bpg last season.
Among other achievements Magee's team won MPBA Regular Season in 2015. He received also MIAA All-Defensive Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Magee has played also professionally in Portugal (Maia_Basket), Spain (Azuqueca) and MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks).
He attended Missouri Southern State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Unics sign Andrey Koshcheev - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old forward Andrey Koshcheev (205-105kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Enisey (VTB). In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg. Koshcheev helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Koshcheev played at Zenit. In 17 Eurocup games he averaged 7.2ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he got just 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Koshcheev contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team he played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League). In two games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 13.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Koshcheev's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Ryazan, LenVO St.Petersburg, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Andrey Koshcheev
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Cedevita welcomes back Ramljak - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) tabbed 27-year old Croatian international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). It is actually his comeback to Cedevita as he has played here before. Ramljak has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Ramljak played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 15 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. He also played 21 games in ABA League where he had 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. The other team Ramljak played shortly was KK Zagreb. In only one A1 game he recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Among other achievements Ramljak played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team award in 2016.
Ramljak has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Ramljak represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg.
Ramljak has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Posusje and Siroki Primorka.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Toni Katic
Dzanan Musa

Forward:
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

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John Shurna (ex Cedevita) agreed terms with Andorra - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American (has also Lithuanian passport) forward John Shurna (204-90, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in May.'17. Shurna managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 14 A1 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.8ppg and 2.9rpg. And finally Shurna contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 8.2ppg and 2.9rpg.
He played in the final of Adriatic League.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Valencia Basket. In 39 Liga Endesa games he got 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg. Shurna helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 6.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Shurna has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Shurna received NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Shurna represented Lithuania at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT-3 (70.6%), FT: 33.3%.
Shurna has played also professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Turkey (Darussafaka) and NBA (New York Knicks).
He attended Northwestern University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Shurna's game is described as: A smart player, with great court vision and passing skills. Has a strange shooting mechanic but he's enough accurate. An intelligent defender, he plays very well without the ball in his hands.

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Oliver Stevic
Vladimir Jankovic
John Shurna
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Moussa Diagne

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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Ratiopharm lands Joseph Lewis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) tabbed 25-year old American guard Joseph Lewis (188-85kg-92, college: Louisville) from medi Bayreuth. In 36 BBL games in Germany he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Newcomers Team.
Lewis has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Lewis graduated from University of Louisville in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Per Guenther
Toure Murry
Ismet Akpinar
Joseph Lewis
Marcell Pongo

Forwards:
Ryan Thompson
Luke Harangody
Da'Sean Butler
Isaac Fotu

Centers:
Tim Ohlbrecht
Till Pape

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Galatasaray signs T.J. Cline - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) signed 23-year old American forward T.J. Cline (206-104kg-94). He just graduated from Richmond (NCAA). Cline has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 5.6apg last season. Cline helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NIT Elite Eight. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, named to All-Atlantic 10 1st Team and named to NABC All-District 4 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Cline's team won MAAC Regular Season in 2013.

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mehmet Yagmur
Alex Renfroe
Dwight Hardy
Goksenin Koksal

Forwards:
Emir Preldzic
DaJuan Summers
Scotty Hopson
Ege Arar
T.J. Cline

Center:
Richard Hendrix

Coach: Erman Kunter

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ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket inks Justin Harper, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) signed 28-year old American forward Justin Harper (208-102kg-89, college: Richmond). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In four games he had very impressive stats: 25.8ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Harper won D-League Pacific Division championship title. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Harper played at another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 51 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
In 2011 Harper was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Richmond and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Harper is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Italy (Scandone Avellino), NBA (Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Phi.76ers), France (Strasbourg IG) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Harper could be described: Has excellent size for the power forward position. Above average athlete, as well, with decent quickness in the open floor and good explosiveness around the basket. Most effective spotting up around the perimeter, where he finds over a quarter of his possessions. Lightning quick release and a consistent, fluid shooting motion. Solid basketball IQ.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
DeMarcus Nelson
A.J. Slaughter
David Lighty
Nicolas Lang
John Roberson
Sofiane Briki
Theo Maledon

Forwards:
Charles Kahudi
Justin Harper
Bandja Sy
Stephane Gombauld
Charles Galliou

Centers:
Darryl Watkins
Khadim Sow

Coach: J.D. Jackson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


FC Barcelona could land Phil Pressey - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 26-year old American point guard Phil Pressey (180-79kg-91, college: Missouri) who played last time at Santa Cruz Warriors in NBA G League. In 49 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 8.0apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5) last season. Pressey also spent pre-season at the Warriors in NBA that year.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2012. Pressey received also NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Pressey attended University of Missouri until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Heurtel
Rakim Sanders

Forward:
Adrien Moerman

Center:
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv bring back Zoosman - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) landed 19-year old swingman Yovel Zoosman (199-98). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Zoosman played most recently at Maccabi Raanana in the National League. In 28 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. Zoosman helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Zoosman played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv. But in 8 Winner League games he had just 0.5ppg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague, but he did not score anything.
Despite young age Zoosman had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 1st Team award back in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. Zoosman's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 16.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 61.1%.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
DeAndre Kane
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo
Yovel Zoosman

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Itay Segev
Jake Cohen
Jonah Bolden

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Neven Spahija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khryapa re-signs at CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old forward Viktor Khryapa (203-100kg-82, agency: Alti Sport). He has played there for the last nine seasons. In 32 Euroleague games he had 3.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. Khryapa helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 29 games in VTB United League where he recorded 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg. Khryapa contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2004 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in first round (22nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Khryapa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team back in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Khryapa played for Russian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. Khryapa's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 39.3%.
Khryapa has played also professionally in Germany and NBA (Chicago Bulls) and Russia (Avtodor and Khimik Engels).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at CSKA Moscow.
Khryapa could be described: Very versatile player. Can fight on the boards, defend, block, and score from various range.
the total package: thanks to his complete technical skills and his incredible athletic skills he can play in the 2, 3 and 4 position; has improved his figures in every year he played inRussuan Superleague, now he can easily hit any shot from outside or inside, is an excellent passer and a good rebonder and shotblocker; reminds a lot the young Kirilenko, but has huger upside, even at NBA level, thanks to a better outside shooting ability; needs to bulk up a little, and to mature again, but then he could become one of the best SG/SF in the world;
Similar to Kirilenko with a bit better body but not as good of a shooter; good in low post
.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Rodriguez
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Kyle Hines
Viktor Khryapa
Andrey Vorontsevich
Othello Hunter
Will Clyburn
Andrey Lopatin

Center:
Pavel Korobkov

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Real Madrid announce Ognjen Kuzmic - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid announced the signing of Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90). The Serbian centre has penned a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. Ognjen Kuzmic tallied 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds per game in the Serbian League last season. In ABA League the centre notched 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per appearance. In EuroLeague his stats read 9.5 points and 4.3 boards. He was named All-Serbian League Centre of the Year. Kuzmic also made it onto All-Adriatic League 2nd Team.



EA7 Armani signs Marco Cusin - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) signed 32-year old international center Marco Cusin (211-109kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Scandone Avellino (Serie A). In 32 games he had 4.6ppg and 4.9rpg. Cusin helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Cusin also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Vanoli Cremona. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 9.4ppg and 5.7rpg. Cusin contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Supercup in 2015. Cusin was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cusin has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg, 2.3rpg.
Cusin has played previously for seven other teams: MIA-RO Cantu, VL Pesaro, Alma Trieste, Fabriano, Banco di Srd, Kleb Basket Ferrara and Fabriano.
He could be described: Can play the 4 and the 5 positions, runs well the court, passes the ball well; has the athletic skills to become a star player in a year or two, but needs to improve defensively and to add experience and playing time;.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock

Forwards:
Vladimir Micov
Amath M'Baye
Cory Jefferson

Centers:
Marco Cusin
Patric Young
Kaleb Tarczewski

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Division C. Day 4 in Andorra la Vella - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Malta - Armenia 48-79
Armenia registered the third consecutive win in Group A. They outgunned Malta behind 32 points from Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01). Armenia accumulated a 47:26 halftime advantage. They held Malta to just 22 points in the second half to rally to the win. Nikita Galtsev (194-SF-01) provided 22 points and 16 caroms for Armenia. Jack Zammit (176-PG-02) answered with 12 points for Malta.

Wales - Gibraltar 66-81
Gibraltar posted the third victory in Group A. They stunned Wales for 3-1 record. Alejandro Garcia (186-G-01) delivered 22 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Wales eked out a 37:34 halftime lead. Gibraltar erased the deficit in the third term. They snatched a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Gibraltar sank 28 points in the final period to secure the victory. Jamie Mesilio (169-F-01) recorded 19 points in the win. Benjamin Gordos (175-PG-01) responded with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Wales.

Group B
Andorra - Azerbaijan 67-66
Andorra posted a narrow win over Azerbaijan to gain the third straight win in Group B. The hosts got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Albert Pons (187-G-01). Azerbaijan eked out a 32:28 halftime advantage. But Andorra picked up the tempo in the second half. They clawed their way back into the game and snatched a tough victory at the end. Marti Obiols (171-PG-02) had 10 points for the hosts. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-01) replied with 28 points for Azerbaijan.

San Marino - Monaco 60-79
Monaco posted the opening victory at the championship. They drew first blood upsetting San Marino today. Sacha Piras (164-PG-01) delivered 32 points and 9 assists to lead the charge. Monaco grabbed a 39:30 halftime lead. They went on a 21:8 run in the final term to coast to the victory. Jordan Ratton (196-C-01) had 20 points and 14 boards in the win. Giacomo Nicolini (178-PG-01) delivered 20 points and 8 rebounds for San Marino.




Division C. Day 3 in Andorra la Vella - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Armenia - Moldova 78-37
Armenia outgunned Moldova to post the second win in Andorra. Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01) posted 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Armenia recorded a 43:19 halftime advantage. They held Moldova to just 18 points in the second half and raced to the win. Nikita Galtsev (194-SF-01) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Ivan Hmirov (193-F/G-01) and Stanislav Cocorev (178-PG-01) answered with 6 points each for Moldova.

Gibraltar - Malta 84-67
Gibraltar overcame Malta to gain 2-1 record in Group A. Alejandro Garcia notched 27 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Malta posted a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But Gibraltar stepped on the gas in the next quarters. They unleashed 50 points in the second half to secure the winning outcome. Rafael Aradas (188-G-01) posted 28 points and 10 boards for Gibraltar. Nathan Xuereb (171-SF-01) banked in 30 points for Malta.

Group B
Azerbaijan - San Marino 90-62
Azerbaijan claimed the third straight win in Andorra. They cruised past San Marino to remain undefeated in Group B. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-01) produced 34 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan accounted for a 50:32 halftime lead. They poured in 40 points after the big break and marched to the win. Jabrayil Akbarov (190-SF-02) tossed in 23 points and collected 16 rebounds for the winners. Giacomo Nicolini (178-PG-01) tossed in 16 points for San Marino.

Monaco - Albania 66-70
Albania outscored Monaco to gain the first victory in Group B. Giseld Ndreca (190-SF-01) and Mihal Ropi (203-C-01) recorded 17 points apiece for the winners. Albania jumped to a 23:10 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 19-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Monaco went on a strong comeback rally in the final term but came up short of victory. Ergys Muhametaj (197-G/F-01) notched 14 points for Albania. Vincent Vermillac (181-F-01) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Monaco.




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  FINLAND  


Henry Pwono (ex Cerignola Olimp.) signs at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) landed 26-year old American power forward Henry Pwono (201-104kg-91, college: East Central). He played most recently at Olimpica BK Cerignola in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Pwono played at PeU-Basket where in 30 1st Division games he was third best scorer with impressive 24.6ppg and recorded 12.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.9spg. Pwono helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division B Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Pwono played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from East Central University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Lahti Basketball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mikko Jamsa
Jordan Jacks
Eemeli Lampen

Forward:
Hannes Koskinen

Centers:
Henry Pwono
Robert Barlund

Coach: Mike Oppland

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Kauhajoki adds Edwin to their roster, ex Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Fuquan Edwin (198-98kg-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 10 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 2.1rpg. Edwin helped them to win the cup. He also played that season for Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL where in 20 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Three years ago Edwin was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in first round (15th overall).
The former Seton Hall University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Edwin has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was voted All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Edwin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Edwin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona), Venezuela (Guaros), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
On Edwin: A very good defender with great athletic skills, has improved his offensive ability and seems ready for top leagues.

Karhu Kauhajoki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fuquan Edwin
Henri Kantonen
Marcus Allen
Valtteri Pihlajamaki
Jussi Myllyniemi

Forwards:
Flenard Whitfield
Perttu Salmi

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  FRANCE  


Soriah Bangura is a newcomer at Evreux - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old power forward Soriah Bangura (200-93) from SPO Rouen Basket. In 34 ProB games he recorded 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bangura played at Orchesien BC where in 32 ProB games he averaged 7.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
His team made it to the French Leaders Cup Final Four in 2013.
Bangura represented France at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Bangura has played previously for two other teams: Le Mans and Lille Metropole.

ALM Evreux Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Theo Leon
Caleb Walker
Xavier Moon
Thomas Dolomingo

Forwards:
Gytis Sirutavicius
Lamine Kante
Steeve Ho_You_Fat
Soriah Bangura
Damien Bouquet
Kevin Lavieille

Centers:
Kevin Corre
Papa Beye
Ruphin Kayembe

Coach: Fabrice Lefrancois

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Monaco signs Kevin Cham - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) signed 19-year old French guard Kevin Cham (182-98, college: High School). He played last season at Torrelodones in Spanish EBA league. In 26 games he had 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg.
Cham represented France at the European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.4ppg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg.
Cham has played also professionally for other French teams like JSF Nanterre.
He attended High School until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

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ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket inks Justin Harper, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) signed 28-year old American forward Justin Harper (208-102kg-89, college: Richmond). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In four games he had very impressive stats: 25.8ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Harper won D-League Pacific Division championship title. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Harper played at another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 51 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
In 2011 Harper was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Richmond and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Harper is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Italy (Scandone Avellino), NBA (Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Phi.76ers), France (Strasbourg IG) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Harper could be described: Has excellent size for the power forward position. Above average athlete, as well, with decent quickness in the open floor and good explosiveness around the basket. Most effective spotting up around the perimeter, where he finds over a quarter of his possessions. Lightning quick release and a consistent, fluid shooting motion. Solid basketball IQ.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
DeMarcus Nelson
A.J. Slaughter
David Lighty
Nicolas Lang
John Roberson
Sofiane Briki
Theo Maledon

Forwards:
Charles Kahudi
Justin Harper
Bandja Sy
Stephane Gombauld
Charles Galliou

Centers:
Darryl Watkins
Khadim Sow

Coach: J.D. Jackson

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Chalon lands Raphiael Putney, ex JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) landed 27-year old American forward Raphiael Putney (207-84kg-90, college: Massachusetts). He played most recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg last season.
Putney ended the previous (2015-16) season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB where in 6 games he had 15.0ppg and 4.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 48 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg and 2.3bpg. Putney helped them to win the D-League Soutwest Division title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to D-League All-Star Game.
Putney has played also professionally in Australia (Redbacks).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Putney's outlook: Extremely Athletic and a joy to watch in the open court! With 7-foot-3 inch wingspan he has the length and size to be a great perimeter and post-up defender. Very versatile player who can play multiple positions. Not only is he a great basketball player, he is an outstanding individual on and off the court.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Nzeulie
Arthur Rozenfeld
Adam Smith
Wilfried Gantswa_Babami
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier

Forwards:
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Raphiael Putney
James Farr
Ibrahima Faye
Jevohn Shepherd
Bastien Pinault
Babacar Niasse

Center:
Ousmane Camara

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Rouen inks Amin Stevens, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. In 30 games he was second best scorer with impressive 28.6ppg and averaged 16.0rpg (leader !!!), 2.8apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.1bpg. Stevens helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg.
Stevens has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers and Vienna) and Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Florida A&M University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

SPO Rouen Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ovidijus Varanauskas
Felix Michel
Obi Emegano
Emmanuel Monceau

Forwards:
Remi Dibo
Amin Stevens
Carl Ponsar
Earvine Bassoumba

Coach: Alexandre Menard

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Karpos Sokoli's team says goodbye to their MVP Dominic Mavra - by Natasha Kostovska


The Croat goes to Spain, in the ranks of Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona where he will play with our international player Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-PG-98). After a season in Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje, Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) again "found" his form and his price on the basketball market grew because of the excellent parties in the Skopje's club.

The 23-year-old playmaker has never played for his native Zadar. He started with basketball in Zagreb, then through Split, KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, a short episode in the Polish Dabrova Gornica and through Sokoli, reached the ACB league. Considering the departure of the majority of the best players, the KK Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje next season will be significantly changed.



Slobodan Mihajlovski continues with Ohrid AV - by Mario Divanisov

After announcing the participation in the ABA League Second Division, KK Ohrid AV continued with forming a respectable team for the upcoming season. First on the shortlist is Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-F/C-82) who wore the blue and yellow shirt in the previous seasons two seasons The 35-year old had a decent last season averaging 11.8ppg and 5.8rpg in 18 games played, which helped the team to secure another season in Prva Liga.

As a reminder, KK Ohrid AV previously continued the cooperation with Antonio Doneski (178-PG-95), Branko Janevski (203-F-87), Stevan Gligorijevic (196-SF-98) and Petar Bojovski (93). However, the "seagulls' will not spot here. In the upcoming days it is expected the team from Ohrid to straight their roster with the addition of several other players.




Kiril Pavlovski could land in Gostivar in the upcoming days - by Mario Divanisov

The newbie in Prva Liga, Gostivar 2015 is close to signing another player for the upcoming season. After continuing the cooperation with several players from the last season, as well as the addition of Ivica Dimcevski (195-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) and Nikola Djurasovic (197-F-83) now the newly promoted team is close to strengthening their center position with well experienced Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza).

The 33-year old spent the previous season at KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje, but did not manage to leave a mark at Marin Dokuzovski (agency: BeoBasket )'s squad by averaging 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg in 10 games played.

In his wealthy carrier Kiril Pavlovski managed to play in 15 clubs throughout Europe in 8 countries including Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia and Spain.



Garcia inks at MZT Skopje at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American point guard Eric Garcia (183-84kg-94). Garcia just graduated from Wofford (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 6.8apg last season. Garcia helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-SoCon 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Garcia's college team won SoCon Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damjan Stojanovski
Boban Stajic
Mihajlo Mitev
Adem Mekic
Eric Garcia

Forwards:
Andrej Maslinko
Marko Simonovski

Center:
Ranko Mamuzic

Coach: Aleksandar Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eric Garcia inks with MZT Skopje - by Mario Divanisov

Defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom straightened their roster with the addition of American point guard Eric Garcia (183-PG-94, college: Wofford) for the upcoming season.

For the 22-year old this will be his first look of European basketball as he previously spent 4 years in the NCAA carrying Wofford Terriers in 128 games where he managed to average 9.9ppg, 4.2apg and 2.3rpg with 121 starts behind his name. His most impressive season was his last one where he averaged 14ppg, 6.8apg and 2.8rpg in 33 games.

Garcia will be the fifth addition for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Damjan Stojanovski, Boban Stajic, Ranko Mamuzic and Mihajlo Mitev. Before that the defending champion continued their cooperation with Marko Simonovski, Adem Mekic and Xavier Thames.




Karpos Sokoli banned 5 years from ABA - by Eurobasket News

The ABA League Assembly met on July 24th. One of the matters tackled was regarding Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The team's president, Ognjen Dedic had made statements which significantly damaged the image of the ABA League and its sponsors. As a result, the team was fined 12,000. Each ABA team was set to receive 12,000 for transportation in 2016/17. The fine imposed will be taken from the amount that was to be given to Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje. Aside from the financial penalty, the ABA League clubs decided to slap a 5-year ban on the team from participating in all competitions organized by the ABA. The 2017/18 season of the ABA will tip off on September 29th, with all 12 participating teams hitting the hardwood to play out the first game of the regular season.
Courtesy of: court-side.com



U-18 Macedonian team preparations for FIBA EC Estonia - by Natasha Kostovska



From July the 28th to August the 6th in Tallinn, Estonia will be held FIBA ​​European Championship (B Devizion) for basketball players U18. The players of the coach Gjorgji Kochov are in group D consisting of Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and Estonia. The first match is played against Denmark on July the 28th . Then follows Belgium on the 29th, Ireland on the July the 30th , Switzerland on the 1st and Estonia on August the 2nd.

Macedonian basketball players previously participated in a friendly tournament in Turkey, where they opened with a win against Slovakia with 61-83, then two defeats from Turkey with 96-57 and 84-60.

After the tournament ended, they headed for Bulgaria where they lost 84-74 in the first game while in the second friendly game they won 69-64.

After this, they headed for Austria, where they had the last game in the series of friendly doubles. They lost 89-63 at the first and the second match they beat with 60-75.

List of players:

Marko Anastasov (193-PG-00)
Andreja Deolski (188-SG-00)
Blagoj Dimitriev (200-C-00)
Filip Gjoreski
Antonio Gjorgievski
Martin Gjorgievski
Aleksandar Janev (184-PG-99)
Andrej Jordanovski (183-PG-00)
Valjmir Karkuri
Damjan Krstevski (192-SG-99)
Damian Lazarov (193-G/F-00)
Damjan Misa (186-PG-00)
Andrej Nastovski
Josif Naumoski
Kiril Panov (188-PG-00)
Tomislav Petrov (187-G-99)
Enis Redjep
Nikola Shopov (200-PF-99)
Robert Stojanov
Luka Stojanovski (189-G-00)
Slavcho Temelkovski (199-C-00)
Martin Trsunov (175-PG-99)
Ivan Volkanovski



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Kavin Gilder-Tilbury Moves To The RheinStars - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to express.de the online presence of Cologne paper Express, Pro A team RheinStars have found a successor for the departed American Hugh Robertson with Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (201-F). Kavin Gilder-Tilbury is a 23 year old from Houston, Texas that is a big guard at 201cm. He comes to Germany coming off a stellar career at Texas St. (NCAA) from 2013-2017. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. As a freshman he played 30 games averaging 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 56.8%. In his second season at Texas St. (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%. In his junior season he played 31 games: averaging 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 72.0%. He was able to step up his game again as a senior with Texas St. (NCAA) playing 36 games: averaging 15.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 65.7%. In his senior season he scored in double figures in 32 of 36 games. His best scoring games were against S Alabama with 26 points, 23 points against SIU Edwardsville and Tulane. AWards and achievements in his basketball career have been Sun Belt Tournament Finalist -17, All-Sun Belt 1st Team -17, Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -17, NABC All-District 24 2nd Team -17, and CIT Championship Quarterfinals -17


Chris Frazier (Rostock Seawolves) At Artland I Learned To Not Promise Anything That Isn't Guaranteed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Frazier (182-SG-90, college: Dubuque, agency: SportsVision-Service) is a 27 year old 182cm shooting guard that hails from Heidelberg, Germany, but also has the American citizenship and is going into his fourth professional season and first with the Rostock SeaWolves. He started his basketball career at TV Schwetzingen (Germany-2.Regionalliga) before moving to the States to play at Dubuque (NCAA3) from 2010-2014 playing a total of 107 games and as a senior played 26 games averaging 13.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 88.0%. He came back to Germany in 2014 and played with the Otto Baskets Magdeburg (Germany-ProB) playing 20 games averaging 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.6%. In the 2015-2016 season he made the jump to the BBL playing for the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-BBL) playing 13 games averaging 2.3ppg. Last season he played for the Artland Dragons (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 79.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

Hi Miles, thanks for having me. I am currently in Ruesselsheim enjoying my family and working on getting in the best shape that I have ever been.

Congrats on signing with the Rostock Seawolves. You stated you wanted to come already two seasons ago, but that didn't work. Instead you got a BBL chance with the Crailsheim Merlins. Are you in a way happy that you hadn't signed with Rostock 2 years ago?

Well Rostock is where I really wanted to go because I knew that they had something special going on there. I didn't expect to make the jump from Pro B to the BBL so quickly. I wouldn't say I was happy that I didn't sign to Rostock, but it is hard passing up a chance in the BBL.

Rostock have the passion and support and know how to reach the Pro A. Was a combination of all this a big reason why you decided to sign on the dotted line?

Oh YEAH! As soon as I got there I felt the energy in the town itself. Coach Ralf and some of the players made me feel welcome right away. Spending some of the day with our manager Jens helped a lot also, because he brings a lot of energy to this project and I want to help build on that.

You averaged 31 minutes last season with the Artland Dragons and belonged to the leaders on the team. Do you see yourself incorporating a similar role this season?

I will take whatever role Coach Ralf wants me to take. I felt that I had a very average year last season. I owe it to myself and Seawolvescity the best version of myself.

You will be sharing minutes and possibly playing on the floor at the same time with talented German Jeffery Martin. How Excited are you to be playing with him this season?

Me and Jeff don't know each other yet. I have heard a lot of good things and I watched some game film of him from this past season. He is just as hungry as I am and I am excited to play ball alongside him.

How do you feel have you matured as a player in the last year with the Artland Dragons?

I would say so yes! I have always been on the mature side of the game. I was humbled in Artland. I had to take a different type of role and I learned from it.

You had a series to forget against Wurzburg not having your scoring touch. Was this series one that took you long to forget?

No, not really because a good player knows that there are ups and downs and I happened to play my worst basketball. I accepted the fact that we lost and promised via interview that I will come back next season a different player.

Artland like Rostock have huge ambitions to move up, but underwent a disappointing season last year. How do you feel did you learn from this season that will help you be successful with Rostock?

I learned to not promise anything that isn't guaranteed. All season last year I said that we would get it together and move up to the Pro A. This year I will produce more on the court rather than telling fans we will move up.

You played with talented American point guard Matt Reid last season. What long lasting memory will you continue to have remembering your experience with him on and off the court?

Matt Reid will probably be one of the best teammates ill have in my career. He is a leader and he always knew what he was talking about when he would correct my mistakes when I made them. Me and him will keep in touch throughout my career and I know he will always be a phone call away.

Do you feel like the Artland Dragons will go the right route this season? How can they achieve greatness this season with head coach Florian Hartenstein?

No comment. I am only focused on what we are trying to build here in Rostock as a Club.


In the 2015-2016 season you played in the BBL with the Crailsheim Merlins . Did it feel like you were living a Cinderella story going from the Pro B to the BBL?

I definitely was living my own Cinderella because like you said I went to a small D3 which I am proud to be a spartan for life.


You originally didn't even want to be a professional basketball player, but just wanted to work after school. How thankful are you that can play professional basketball when there 1000's players wanting to live their dream of being a professional basketball player and can't for whatever reasons?

I couldn't believe that I almost didn't want to play pro ball. That's what helped me make the decision because I know a lot of people don't get the chance to play at a high level and I didn't want to live that "what if" life


You obviously know how to shoot the ball. Which great shooters past and present do you look up to and do try to take something form their mechanics and incorporate it into your game?

Well of course now in the present it will be Steph Curry. I think it's amazing how he creates for him self to get his shot off, I try to copy some of his game, but I still have a ways to go with that


When you look back at that experience with the Crailsheim Merlins and remember the quality of players on the team, are you disappointed that the club only had 6,4 minutes per game for you? Do you feel like you deserved to have had more?

I know that I can play at that level. I have shown that I can be a good spot up shooter in the BBL. I also had to come back from an injury which led me to miss the preseason. So I understand why I didn't play at first. I thought I could have gotten more chances, but we were fighting to stay in the league so I can completely understand.

You obviously don't remember much when you lose by 47 points to FC Bayern Munich and 35 points against Ludwigsburg, but you did score 9 points in each game. Are these two personal bright spots that you will always remember most from that season?

My most memorable moment in when I signed the contract to play in the BBL, but yes those games will always be with me as especially against Bayern!!!

When looking back at your BBl season with the Crailsheim Merlins, how do you feel did you benefit most practicing on a daily basis with guys like guards Jordan Callahan, Shy Ely and veterans Adam Chubb, Patrick Flomo and Konrad Wysocki?

Oh man, those guys helped me a lot and always supported me. Guarding Jordan and Shy was a challenge, but they made me a better overall player and helped me adjust to the speed of the BBL. Adam, Flomo, and Konrad showed me how to carry myself in any situation.

Who was the toughest guard that you remember battling head to head in the BBL?

HaHa well when I was able to play I would say, Bryce Taylor. Battling those guys in practice was tougher though.

You played four years at Dubuque in the NCAA3. You were born and raised in Germany. What kind of adjustment was it for you coming to the United States on and off the court? Do you feel yourself more like a German or American?

Haha that's kind of funny because when I was at Dubuque I had to get used to the weather there. But when I was in the states I felt more German, but when I'm here I feel more American. I didn't really have to adjust too much to the states. Well I went the NCAA route because I wasn't good enough at the time to go the German route.

You achieved very much in your college career at Dubuque and are the 22nd player in UD history to reach 1,000 points and sit 13th all-time on the Spartan scoring list. How important was it for you coming and going the NCAA route?

Being on the all-time scoring list was very important to me because I had a lot of doubters that said I couldn't play at the college level.


How did Robbie Sieverding prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Rob helped me by straight up telling me what I needed to work on, he and coach Bierman gave me summer workouts for those 4 years and I did them and it helped me a lot. When I first got to UD I was a spot up shooter, when I was done there I could create for myself.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Mitch Michaelis as seniors?

Haha me and Mitch would probably go back and forth, we were both competitors and we both hated to lose


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?

I am not that typical player that says they wake up at 4 a.m in the morning. I start when my body feels ready, I go to the gym and I am on the bike for 30 minutes, Lift, then another 30 minutes of cardio. After that I either work on my weaknesses or I play 5 on 5 for about 2 more hours. Ballhandling is my main focus this offseason.

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

Jordan, Lebron, Kobe, Shaq

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and has three to Michael Jordan's siy. 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?

I didn't grow up watching Michael Jordan. So for me Lebron is the best player of all time as an overall player as a champion and competitor its Jordan. We can argue about it all day...but I am picking Lebron.

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

I agree with the rebounds, but he still averaged a triple double so I will take nothing away from him. He is the MVP.

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

I think Dennis Smith Jr. is a sleeper and I wish my Knicks would have picked him! I am also hoping that Isiah Hartenstein does well because we need some more Germans in the league.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The book of Isiah ( Celtic Isiah Docu )

Thanks Chris for the chat.




The Giessen 46ers Pro B Team Haul In 50 Point Man Jeril Taylor - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EasyCredit BBL team Giessen 46ers farm team have added import strength to their roster for the upcoming Pro B season with Jeril Taylor (193-G) Jeril Taylor is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Louisville, Kentucky that brings 88 kilo's to the scale and will begin his professional career in Germany. He started his basketball career at Pleasure Ridge Park Rend Lake high school.. He then moved to Rend Lake CC (JUCO) and finished his schooling the last two years with S.Indiana (NCAA2) which has produced ex BBL player Danny Gibson who played with Bayreuth and last seasons Pro B beast Aaron Nelson. In his junior season, Taylor played 30 games averaging 16.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 79.7%. As a senior at S.Indiana (NCAA2) he played 24 games avergaing 19.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 79.6%.

In his two year career at S Indiana, he scored in double figures in 47 of 54 games. He scored 20 points or more 20 times and 30 points or more five times. His best scoring game was a 50 point explosion against Truman State. Other top games included a 38 point game against ST Joseph ID, 33 point game against Kentucky State and a 32 point game against William Jewel. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NJCAA D2 Champion -13, NJCAA D2 All-Tournament Team -13, All-GLVC Player of the Year -17, All-GLVC 1st Team -17, GLVC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -17, Reese's NCAA D2 All-Star Game -17, NABC NCAA D2 All-Midwest District 1st Team -17
and NABC NCAA D2 All-America Team -17.

Source: Giessen 46ers



Lok Bernau Keep Konstantin Kovalev - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Lok Bernau have announced the contract extension of Konstantin Kovalev (206-SF-95). Konstantin Kovalev is a 22 year old 206cm forward that will be going into his second season with the club. The ex Alba Berlin 2 player that played 4 BBL games for the Giessen 46ers last season played 24 games for Lok Bernau averaging 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg. "We have held on to a very flexible and good defender. He worked himself into the starting rotation last season from the bench. This is exactly the kind of attitude that we need. I think that he can take a step forward in his second year on offense", stressed head coach Rene Schilling. Last season the 2014 NBBL champion German scored in double figures twice with a 13 point game against Wedel and 12 point effort against Itzehoe. "I want to add on from my game from the end of last season and continue to heighten my game. It is a lot of fun playing for the fans and it's about time that the season starts soon", stressed Konstantin Kovalev.

Source:Lok Bernau




Ratiopharm Ulm Add Joseph Lewis To Allstar Roster - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ratiopharm Ulm aren't quite in the same basketball class with the Bamberg's, Munich's and Berlin's, but in terms of how they have shaped their roster for the upcoming season, they surely are once again building a very competitive club that looks like an Allstar team to finally win a title as they have experienced four final runs in the last years being known as the German Buffalo Bills who reached 4 Super Bowls and lost each one. After bringing into two ex NBA players with Luke Harangody and Toure Murry, they have hit the transfer market again and gotten a player with Joseph Lewis (188-G-92, college: Louisville) who hasn't made the NBA yet, but been on the radar of teams. Lewis is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Garfield Heights,, Ohio that had a brilliant rookie season in Germany with medi Bayreuth (Germany-BBL) playing 36 games averaging 15.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 93.8%. He was an instruemental figure in the success of the team reaching the playoffs. The 30 point explosion by the American in his rookie debut against ratiopharm Ulm must of quickly opened the eyes of head coach Thorsten Leibenath. "Last season he showed a very grown up performance for a rookie. He is able to impressively score, bring impulses on defense and to guide a game.Last season with medi Bayreuth he scored in double figures in 27 games including a 31 point explosion against Science City Jena, 30 points against the Fraport Skyliners, 26 points against Braunschweig and 25 points against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Lewis had a very whirlwind college career playing for three schools and thus seeing many different styles of play and playing for different coaches that helped shape his game and make him the player he has become. Before college he played at Garfield Heights HS and in 2011 started at Penn St. (NCAA) playing 20 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 60.0%. In 2013, he transfered to Cleveland St. (NCAA) playing 32 games averaging 13.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.4%. In his junior season at Cleveland St. (NCAA) he played 34 games averaging 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 75.7%. For his senior season he ahd the opportunity to play for the legendary coach Rick Pitino at Louisville (NCAA) where he played 31 games averaging 11.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 79.5%. He already showed his massive scoring qualitieis at Cleveland State putting up some big numbers against Mount Vernon Nazarene with 32 points, Detroit Mercy with 30 points, and 29 points against Youngstown St. At Louisville he scored 22 points against Virginia Tech and St Louis and 21 points against Utah Valley. In the summer of 2016 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Cleveland Cavaliers): (Semifinals): 5 games: 1.4ppg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Horizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -14, Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -14, 15, All-Horizon League 1st Team -15, NABC All-District 12 2nd Team -15, ACC All-Academic Team -16, Reese's NCAA D1 All-Star Game -16, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -17, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -17, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -17.

Source:ratiopharm Ulm







Chris Carter (Rasta Vechta) Playing Alongside Virgil Matthews Was Instrumental For My Basketball Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Carter (195-G-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) is a 25 year old 195cm guard that was born in Brooklyn, New York and is from Port St. Lucie, Florida that will go into his third professional season and second in Germany and first with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA). Last season he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 40 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 73.4%. As a rookie he played for Bipa Basket Odessa (Ukraine-SL Favorit Sport) playing 32 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 77.3%. He started his basketball career at Air Force (NCAA) and then played the last three years of school at Florida Tech (NCAA2) and as a senior played 21 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

Hello Miles, I hope all is well. Thanks for this interview I am currently back home doing some traveling around the states working out and getting ready to head out in the next few weeks back to Germany. My summer is coming along okay. I just got back from a China tour so I have been pretty busy with basketball.

You share the same name, but the legendary NFL wide receiver is spelled Cris. How often do you get asked about Chris Carter who shares your name?

I don't really get asked that question much. I think my name is pretty cool and my goal is to make people think of a great basketball player when they hear the name Chris Carter.

How thankful are you in general for going into your third professional season when you look at a very talented guy like your ex teammate Jermaine Jackson who put big stats up at Florida
Tech like you, but has nothing on his basketball resume except for playing in the semi-pro league UBL?

I am very thankful and blessed to be heading into my third professional basketball season. It's a shame that my college teammate Jermaine didn't get an opportunity to showcase his talents on the court at the European level. He is a great player and would have no problem scoring with the best in Europe. Maybe this summer he will get his opportunity. Overall, I am grateful that my agency, and Bipa Odessa gave me the opportunity to start my professional career.

Congrats on signing with Rasta Vechta. You had a solid season with BV Chemitz that was so close to moving up to the BBL. How difficult was it leaving this very ambitious organization?

Thank you Miles. I am happy to be a part of this new team and hope to have an excellent season with Rasta Vechta. It was very tough leaving the Chemnitz family. The team, coaching staff, and fans were very good to me. I am grateful for the organization for giving me a chance to showcase what I can do. Fortunately, we had a good enough season that opened up other doors for me to be successful and I took the opportunity with Vechta.

You move from one ambitious organization to the next with Rasta Vechta who want to move right back to the BBL next season. What was most key for you signing with them?

I am aware this organization has high expectations for their future and I just wanted to be a part of something special. They have a great coach in Coach Spradley, an excellent fan base, and BBL resources that together influenced my decision to sign with them and join the Vechta family.

How did you experience your third summer on the transfer market. Did you have some offers where you had to really dig down deep to decide that Rasta Vechta was the best opportunity?

In terms of the market this summer, I had some strong interest from some other leagues in other countries, but nothing substantial. I knew I wouldn't mind playing in Germany again and did not want to prolong the signing process deep into the summer. It was mainly between Chemnitz and Vechta and after careful thought and consideration I made my decision.

When the Rasta Vechta roster is set, you will have more skilled players as a whole then what you had with BV Chemnitz. What will be your personal goal on the court this season besides trying to win every game?

Besides trying to win as much games as possible, my personal goal on the court this season is to make my teammates better in any way I can. I understand that you can't get the great personal accolades such as Player of the Year and, Defensive Player of the Year unless you are winning ball games, making a deep push in the playoffs, and getting into that Championship series. Of course, I have personal goals that I want to reach, but it starts with being a leader and pushing my teammates to buy in and achieve great success this season.

Let's talk a little about last season. You suffered a tough 5 game series loss to Gotha. Was game 5 the toughest loss you have ever had to digest in your professional career and college?

Gotha was a very good team and hats off to their organization for pulling off the come from behind victory. At the end of the day, they got it done and we didn't. It was a hard-fought game 5 at home and we fought hard but unfortunately it was not enough. Yes, it was one of my toughest losses in my basketball career, but I learned a lot about myself, and different situations that I will handle differently.

BV Chemnitz was up 2-0 and lost 3-2. All three games were close. What do you feel was the difference in the series?

I feel like executing down the stretch and rebounding was our Achilles heel in that series. I wish we could have had a few more possessions back but it is what it is. You live and you learn.

What is your summary of the season? BV Chemnitz had three match balls for the BBL, but failed. Did the club still exceed expectations or not?

I thought we had an excellent season and achieve a lot of goals as a team. I think nobody in the league thought Chemnitz would finish 3rd in the league and a few possessions from entering the BBL. Of course, It would have been awesome to win and have the opportunity to advance, but I thought we did well as a team and an organization.

You had a super second professional season averaging 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 73.4%. How satisfied were you with your season. You do so much on the court do still feel like you could have been even more of a scorer in key moments of games?

I thought I had a solid second professional season in terms of stats. There are things I definitely plan on improving for next season. I had too many turnovers to my assists, and I need to improve on my 3-point shooting, overall scoring and rebounding. I pride myself on being a stat filler which allows me to be more versatile on the court and maximize the minutes that I play. I need to be more aggressive on my reads moving forward. A lot of my turnovers came from forcing passes that were not there when I should have just trusted my own shot more in late game situations. It is a learning experience and I will get better this upcoming season.

How important was it for your game to have experienced Virgil Matthwes on the court? Was it blind trust after a while with you two guys on the court?

Having a chance to play alongside Virgil was instrumental for my basketball career. He is a veteran with a strong IQ of the game and excellent in reading pick and roll situations. I tried to mimic a lot of what he did and blend that in to my game and I feel like it made me a better player. We complimented each other's game very well and made it hard on teams in the league because it didn't matter who had the ball in their hand.

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

A hidden strength in my game is my leadership skills. I try to find a way to bring the best out of players on the team and hold everyone including myself accountable. I try to compete at a high level every day in practice and really push my teammates so we will be ready for the game. I don't know if it's a hidden strength, but my thinking is if we can have a great practice every day and get better than we were the day before, we are making strides forward. If we have a bad practice as a team I take it personally.

As a rookie you played for Bipa Basket Odessa (Ukraine-SL Favorit Sport) playing 32 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 77.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were far away from home in Port St. Lucie, Florida

Well as soon as I got to Ukraine, I knew right away I was in for a wake up call. In terms of on the court, the physicality was something I had to get used to very quickly and adapt. I was not getting any foul calls on my layups at that level so then I started trying to dunk on whoever was in my way. I also had to become more patient on the pick and roll situations and really learn how to read defenses.

In your rookie season you were the lone American on the team. How important was it for you having to really be on your own instead of having a few Americans around you who could of helped you adjust easier?

I was the lone American on my team in Ukraine and in result made a conscious effort to learn the Russian language. Even today, I can still hold my own in short dialogues. I think it was a blessing in disguise because I learned how to be a man and not rely on anyone to take care of me. Also, the fans embraced me more when they noticed that I was making an effort to learn their language and culture so I cant complain one bit.

You started your NCAA career at the Air Force (NCAA) playing 23 games averaging 1.6ppg, 1.4rpg. Despite only being there a year, what positives could you take to with you?

Because I went to a military school, I learned discipline, leadership, and the importance of we over I. Certain things like keeping a tidy house at all times, being vocal on the court, and being a good teammate can all be contributed to my stay at the Air Force.

You continued at Florida Tech and played under head coach Billy Mims. How did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Billy Mims is a great coach. He has coached professionally in England for about 10 years before he came over to Florida Tech. He runs a pro style offense and went about practice in a very professional manner. He threw me in the captains position right away which was different for me but I got used to it . He put a lot of trust and faith in me to make the right decision within the offense. Most importantly, the best thing coach Mims did for my career was switch me from the shooting guard position to the point guard position my junior and senior year. That allowed me to get familiar with ball screen situations as well as running the floor with ease. I feel like this allowed to become a versatile player because I can play whatever the coach needs me to at any time and do it very efficiently.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Jermaine Jackson?

Jermaine usually got the best of me one on one but we used to go at it. He just had so many ways of scoring the ball. I would win some once in a while though.

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?

On a normal day, I try to hit the weight room for an hour, do some sort of cardio for an hour (boxing, swimming, or running), and then get some court work later in the day and repeat. When I'm not working out, I'm either stretching, relaxing and icing. This off season I will be working on my shot, ball screen situations, and my overall aggressiveness.

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

In no particular order: Jordan, Kobe, James, Shaq

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and has three to Michael Jordan's 6. 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?

He is not better than Jordan yet. Jordan has more killer instinct but Lebron will get better.

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

I feel like every guard should focus more on rebounding. If the big men on your team boxes out their assignment, it is important for guards to help out. That being said, I admire the way Westbrook plays the game with such tenacity and authority. One triple double is hard to get in a person's career. To average that for the season is incredible and he is well deserved of the MVP.

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

I didn't really watch college basketball this season so I couldn't really assess everyone fairly. I do like that Dennis Smith Jr. guy though.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Get out/ Life of Pi.

Thanks Chris for the chat.




The Dragons Rhondorf Reel In Pro A Power With Kameron Taylor - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season German Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf sought success with three Import players with Aaron Nelson, Mike Lucier and William Trawick, but this season wins will have to be gained with only two imports with KJ Sherrill and a second with Kameron Taylor (198-G-94, college: Seton Hill). Taylor is a 22 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that will be going into his second professional season with Rhondorf as the club announced the signing.. He demonstrated as a rookie that he had the abilities to be a solid Pro A player last season and should make an impact in the Pro B this season. Last season he played with Team Ehingen playing 29 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 80.2%.

"We have won a great player from the Pro A four our program. He is a flexible player that can play the positions 1-3 and fits perfect to our versatile game that we want to establish this season. Our first talks were very positive. The Dragons fans will enjoy his play and charachter. He will have great opportunities to develop further here and that is important for us", stressed head coach Thomas Adelt. Last season the American scored in double figures in 15 games in the Pro A. He had some huge games against Chemnitz pouring in 28 points, 25 points against Baunach and 21 points against Kirchheim. He also produced 16 point games against Chemnitz and Baunach.

He started his basketball career at DeMatha Catholic and in 2012 started his college career at Seton Hill (NCAA2) playing 28 games avergaing 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.0%. In his second season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games avergaing 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.9%. In his jun ior year at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 70.6%. As a senior at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 20.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 76.8%. As a senior he scored in double figures in 21 games and showed his great rebounding skills registering 11 double doubles. He had huge games against Clarion and Indiana PA adding 30 points a piece, 29 points against Virginia State, 28 points against E Stroudsberg and 27 points against Slippery Rock and Shippensburg. The game against Shippensburg, he produced a triple double of 27 points, 13 boards and 11 assists. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-PSAC Western Division 1st Team -16, NABC NCAA D2 All-Atlantic District 2nd Team -16, Division II All-ECAC 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -17.

Source:Dragons Rhondorf






Bayreuth tabs Gabe York - by Eurobasket News

medi Bayreuth (BBL) inked 24-year old American guard Gabe York (190-84kg-93, college: Arizona). He played most recently at Erie Bay Hawks (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 44 games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg last season. York also played that season for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A where in 6 games he had 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2013 and 2016. York received also All-Pac-12 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
York graduated from University of Arizona in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

medi Bayreuth roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Robinson
Gabe York

Forwards:
Steve Wachalski
Nate Linhart
De'Mon Brooks
Assem Marei

Coach: Raoul Korner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cameron Jones is a newcomer at Kymis - by Eurobasket News

GS Kymis (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American guard Cameron Jones (193-84kg-89, college: N.Arizona). He played most recently at Canton Charge (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 15 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (12-13) season Jones played at another team Warriors in U.S. NBA-G-League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 56 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Jones helped them to win the D-League East Conference title (twice). Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Most Improved Player of the Year.
In 2011 he was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in first round (10th overall).
Jones attended Northern Arizona University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona), Russia (Zenit) and Greece (Arkadikos).
Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Jones is known for his consistent scoring ability. He is a great ball-handler and natural leader, consummate professional. Makes excellent decisions and is a quick defender with a high basketball IQ.

GS Kymis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angelo Tsagarakis
Cameron Jones

Forwards:
Sotirios Manolopoulos
Jake O'Brien

Center:
Jamari Traylor

Coach: Giannis Kastritis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Guyanese U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Kevon Wiggins
Wiggins
Nigel Bowen
Bowen
Shamar Javar France
France
Kwesi Roberts
Roberts
Jermaine King
King
#e#5
4Kevon Wiggins 182-PG-00
5Nigel Bowen 185-G-00
6Andrew Johnson 177-PG-00
7Jether Harris 181-SG-03
8Shamar Javar France 182-PG-00
9Roydon Glasgow 176-PG-01
10Kelmar Carmichael 182-PG-00
11Jahleel Young 193-F/G-00
12Kwesi Roberts 180-PG-01
13Anthony Yansen 176-F-01
14Akeem Crandon 198-F-00
15Jermaine King 200-C-01




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Eric Fanning signed with EGIS Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The management of EGIS Kormend found the third import for the coming season as they agreed with american guard Eric Fanning (196-G-92) for the coming season. The 196 cm tall rookie just graduated on the University of Boston and was a key player of the Terriers for 3 seasons in a row. He already delivered great numbers as a sophomore and had even better stats as a junior and senior.
2014-2015: Boston U. (NCAA): 29 games: 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.6%
2015-2016: Boston U. (NCAA, starting five): 28 games: 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 77.8%
2016-2017: Boston U. (NCAA, starting five): 31 games: 14.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.7%

Eric Fanning battled with Tim Kempton for the last two years for the Patriot League Conference Player of the Year Award and came up short both years. He may not have been the best player in the conference but he was the best Guard by a long shot and the 2nd best player in the conference his Junior and Senior seasons. A late bloomer but just scratching the surface.

Head Coaches Take: 'Eric can score at three different levels with ease, he can really shoot the 3, has a great mid-range game and can attack and finish at the rim. Eric can also rebound at a high level at both ends of the court and at our level can play the 2,3 or 4. He is a very good athlete as well. I would say he needs to work on playing off the catch as he tends to want to do it all off the dribble and this allows the defense to load up…but he is a workhorse and always willing to put the time in' (Joe Joes BU HC)



Oradea lands Obadiah Trotter - by Eurobasket News

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) tabbed 33-year old Hungarian ex-international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-85kg-84, college: Alabama A&M). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Trotter played most recently at Polski Cukier Torun in Polish PLK league. In 43 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
Trotter ended the previous (2015-16) season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. But in 7 games he had just 1.9ppg. But the most of that year he spent at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 where in 22 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Trotter received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5bpg.
Trotter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls), France (Etendard de Brest), Germany, Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod and Zenit), Hungary (Szolnok) and Greece (KAO Dramas).
Trotter attended University of Alabama A&M until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A talented player with huge International experience. He's a good scorer, very mobile on the court, and knows how to involve all his teammates in the team's play.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Obadiah Trotter
Muhamed Pasalic
Andrei Mandache

Forward:
Goran Gajovic

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hungarian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Hungarian National Team 2017
#s#
Rosco Allen
Allen
Szilard Benke
Benke
Kristof Bognar
Bognar
Milan Csorvasi
Csorvasi
Janos Eilingsfeld
Eilingsfeld
#e#5
Rosco Allen 207-F-93 Iberostar Tener. Spain
Szilard Benke 196-F-95 ZTE KK Hungary
Kristof Bognar 205-C/F-94 Falco KC Hungary
Milan Csorvasi 209-F/C-88 Kormend Hungary
Janos Eilingsfeld 198-F/C-91 Atomeromu Hungary
Csaba Ferencz 194-SF-85 Kormend Hungary
Gyorgy Goloman 211-F-96 UCLA USA
Adam Hanga 199-SF-89 Baskonia Spain
DeAndre Kane 193-G-89 Maccabi T-A Israel
Akos Keller 208-F/C-89 Alba Hungary
Peter Kovacs 189-SG-88 Falco KC Hungary
Zoltan Perl 195-G/F-95 Treviso Basket Italy
Mate Pongo 185-PG-93 KTE-Duna Hungary
Andras Rujak 189-G-88 Atomeromu Hungary
Adam Toth 206-C/F-89 Szolnok Hungary
Norbert Toth 205-F/C-86 Falco KC Hungary
Benedek Varadi 195-G-95 Falco KC Hungary
David Vojvoda 196-G/F-90 Szolnok Hungary
Krisztian Wittmann 184-PG-85 KTE-Duna Hungary

Stojan Ivkovic Head Coach KTE-Duna Hungary
Peter Por Assistant Szolnok Hungary
Gabor Forray Assistant KTE-Duna Hungary
Goran Miljkovic Assistant KTE-Duna Hungary



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Rouen inks Amin Stevens, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. In 30 games he was second best scorer with impressive 28.6ppg and averaged 16.0rpg (leader !!!), 2.8apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.1bpg. Stevens helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg.
Stevens has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers and Vienna) and Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Florida A&M University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

SPO Rouen Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ovidijus Varanauskas
Felix Michel
Obi Emegano
Emmanuel Monceau

Forwards:
Remi Dibo
Amin Stevens
Carl Ponsar
Earvine Bassoumba

Coach: Alexandre Menard

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA U18 Men's European Championships (B Division) - by Patrick Maher

GAMEZONE: FIBA U18 Men's European Championships

The Ireland Under 18 Men's team travel to Tallinn, Estonia this week to kick off their FIBA Under 18 Men's European Championship Division B campaign.
Games get underway on Friday, July 28th, with Ireland contesting Group D alongside Belgium, Switzerland, MKD, Estonia and Denmark.
The squad were dealt a blow earlier this week as talented Cork player, Adam Drummond, was ruled out due to injury.
Speaking ahead of the Championships, Head Coach, Conor James stated: 'It was a blow to have Adam Drummond declared out due to injury. Having said that, we're very excited still to be going over to Tallinn with nothing to lose and everything to gain. We have a tough start to our group games, but we fully believe that we can compete and show what we've been working so hard towards.'
Keep up to date with all the action from the championships through the official event website here where games will also be streamed.

Ireland Under 18 Men's fixtures - FIBA U18 European Championship Division B
Friday, July 28th
Ireland v Belgium, 18.30
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Saturday, July 29th
Switzerland v Ireland, 16.15
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Sunday, July 30th
MKD v Ireland, 14.00
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Tuesday, August 1st
Ireland v Estonia, 16.15
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Wednesday, August 2nd
Denmark v Ireland, 18.30
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Friday, August 4-6th
Classification games, TBC

Ireland U18 Men's team 2017:
Adam Drummond, BFG Neptune , Gael Cholaiste Mhuire
Cian Heaphy, BFG Neptune, Colaiste An Phiarsaigh, Glanmire
Donal Ring, UCD Marian, Presentation College, Bray
Eoin McCann, KUBS, Mount Temple
James Lyons, Moycullen, St Joesph's The Bish
Liam Chandler, BFG Neptune, CBC Cork
Mark Gilleran, Templeogue, The Institute
Oisin O'Reilly, EJ Sligo All Stars, Summerhill, Sligo
Patrick Lanipuken, Charnwood, UK
Sam Walsh, Templeogue, Templeogue College
Sean Daly, Templeogue, Malahide Community School
Sean Jenkins, BFG Neptune, Presentation College, Cork

Ireland Under 18 Men's Management Team:
Head Coach: Conor James
Asst. Coach: Ciaran Dunne
Team Manager: Theresa Whelan/Megan Dunne
Strength & Conditioning: Kevin Foley

From : www.basketballireland.ie

Cork Celts 3 x 3 Club Fundraiser :

For Further Information check out July 22nd post at https://www.facebook.com/corkcelts09/?ref=br_rs

National League men's basketball to return to Killarney
by Eamonn Keogh | May 29, 2017 | News |

NATIONAL League Men's Basketball will return to Killarney for the 2017-18 season following an absence of almost a decade. Basketball Ireland confirmed today that the St Paul's Basketball Club application for a place in the Division One Men's league has been accepted.
St Paul's application to the Men's National Competitions Committee (MNCC) of Basketball Ireland was submitted in recent weeks and it also involved a presentation and interview in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght last Saturday. Club members Paul Sheehan, Philip O'Connor and Mark O'Leary presented an impressive case before the adjudicating panel to guarantee the return of top-flight basketball to Killarney.
St Paul's Basketball Club Chairman Padraig Weldon said everybody in the club is delighted with the news. 'It is fantastic to welcome national league basketball back to Killarney. It is something that we have been striving for in recent years. There is a great tradition of basketball in Killarney and having a senior team competing at national level gives our young players something to aspire to. It is a big step for everyone associated with the club and I am appealing to all past and present members and anyone interested to get involved. Even if you have zero knowledge of basketball, there are several areas where volunteers are more than welcome to assist the club with their time and expertise,' he said.
Basketball Ireland has yet to announce the structure of the national league division one next season but it is possible that it may be a northern and southern conference style league system. That would mean that St. Paul's would compete in the southern conference with teams such as Ballincollig, Neptune, Fr Matthews, Killorglin, Limerick, Kilkenny, Portlaoise and others. The Killarney side plan to acquire the services of an American player and are also likely to include at least two European players. The rest of the squad will be made up of local Killarney players while St Paul's also hope to reach out to other clubs in the East Kerry area where a structured link would allow some of these players to play national league basketball.
There is a proud tradition and great history of national league basketball in Killarney. Paudie O'Connor and the Gleneagle St. Vincent's brought in the first Americans to Irish Basketball in 1979 and enjoyed national league success at the time. St. Vincent's competed in the national league until 1987. St Paul's Basketball Club (founded in 1985) first entered the national league in 1993 and competed at Superleague level until 2008.
From : www.killarneyadvteriser.ie
Adam Drummond (192-SG-99)



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Hapoel Holon inks Corey Walden, ex Oostende - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Unet Holon (Winner League) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Corey Walden (188-93kg-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in Belgian Euromillions League. Walden managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Walden also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Walden contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Walden played at another team Maine Red Claws in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 43 games he got 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the D-League Atlantic Division title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Walden was voted All-OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Walden has played also professionally in NBA (Boston Celtics).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Hapoel Unet Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chanan Colman
Shlomi Harush
Corey Walden
Tamir Blatt

Forwards:
Guy Pnini
Joe Alexander
Tashawn Thomas

Coach: Dan Shamir

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Amit Simhon is back at Hapoel Eilat - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) signed 28-year old international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89, agency: Avi Zilberman). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Eilat as he has played here before. Simhon played last season at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League). In 38 games he had 12.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Simhon played at Hapoel Eilat where in 37 Winner League games he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Simhon's team won Balkan League Regular Season in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team back in 2014.
Simhon has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. He has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
Simhon represented Israel at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Jerusalem, Ironi Ramat Gan, GreenTops Netanya, Lev Hasharon, Ironi Ashkelon and GreenTops Netanya.

Hapoel Eilat roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Afik Nissim

Forwards:
Amit Simhon
Demetrius Treadwell

Center:
Isaac Rosefelt

Coach: Meir Tapiro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zach LeDay joins Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Winner League) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Zach LeDay (201-107kg-94, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). LeDay has played there for the last three years. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0bpg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team and All-ACC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Hapoel Galil Gilboa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ezequiel Skverer
DAngelo Harrison
Joaquin Shuchman

Forwards:
Tal Karpels
Zach LeDay

Center:
Ben Altit

Coach: Ariel Beit-Halamy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roi Huber agreed terms with Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old point guard Roi Huber (188-97) from Hapoel Holon. In 35 Winner League games he recorded 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season Huber played at Hasharon (National League) where in 26 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Israeli National League All-Star Game.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year.
Huber has played previously for Hapoel Kfar Saba.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dagan Yavzuri
Luke Martinez
Roi Huber

Forwards:
Willy Workman
Oz Blayzer
Netanel Artzi

Center:
Daniel Koperberg

Coach: Ofer Rahimi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv bring back Zoosman - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) landed 19-year old swingman Yovel Zoosman (199-98). It is actually his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he has played here before. Zoosman played most recently at Maccabi Raanana in the National League. In 28 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. Zoosman helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Zoosman played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv. But in 8 Winner League games he had just 0.5ppg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague, but he did not score anything.
Despite young age Zoosman had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 1st Team award back in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. Zoosman's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 16.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 61.1%.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
DeAndre Kane
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo
Yovel Zoosman

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Itay Segev
Jake Cohen
Jonah Bolden

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Neven Spahija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oostende signs Javon McCrea, ex Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American forward Javon McCrea (201-113kg-92, college: Buffalo). He played last season at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 23 games he had 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. McCrea also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5spg.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League).
McCrea 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 won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2014. McCrea was also voted All-MAC Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 14 1st Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
McCrea has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy), Germany (BBC Bayreuth) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
McCrea attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja

Center:
Tim Lambrecht

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barcellona inks Luca Pedrazzani - by Eurobasket News

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Serie B) agreed terms with 20-year old center Luca Pedrazzani (97). He played last season at College BK Borgomanero in the Serie C Gold.

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniele Grilli
Michael Teghini

Forward:
Fabio Stefanini

Center:
Luca Pedrazzani

Coach: Massimo Friso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Napoli Cuore lands Bruno Mascolo - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket landed 21-year old point guard Bruno Mascolo (190-80kg-96) from Mens Sana 1871 Siena. In 17 Serie A2 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg last season. Mascolo also played that season for Latina Basket (Serie A). But in 11 games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Konya (Turkey) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 0.8ppg, 1.7rpg.
Mascolo has played previously for three other teams: Agrigento, Fiat Torino and Stabia.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Maggio
Matteo Fioravanti
Kerry Carter
Bruno Mascolo

Forwards:
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

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Anthony Barber joins Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) agreed terms with 23-year old American point guard Anthony Barber (188-77kg-94, college: North Carolina State). He played last season at Greensboro Swarm (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 19 games he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.5apg and 1.2spg. Barber also played that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 21 games he recorded 14.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg.
He was voted NABC All-District 2 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Barber has played also professionally in NBA (Phi.76ers).
He attended North Carolina State until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

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EA7 Armani signs Marco Cusin - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) signed 32-year old international center Marco Cusin (211-109kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Scandone Avellino (Serie A). In 32 games he had 4.6ppg and 4.9rpg. Cusin helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Cusin also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Vanoli Cremona. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 9.4ppg and 5.7rpg. Cusin contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Supercup in 2015. Cusin was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cusin has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg, 2.3rpg.
Cusin has played previously for seven other teams: MIA-RO Cantu, VL Pesaro, Alma Trieste, Fabriano, Banco di Srd, Kleb Basket Ferrara and Fabriano.
He could be described: Can play the 4 and the 5 positions, runs well the court, passes the ball well; has the athletic skills to become a star player in a year or two, but needs to improve defensively and to add experience and playing time;.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock

Forwards:
Vladimir Micov
Amath M'Baye
Cory Jefferson

Centers:
Marco Cusin
Patric Young
Kaleb Tarczewski

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Salerno signs Onorio Petrazzuoli - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Arechi Salerno (Serie B) signed 29-year old guard Onorio Petrazzuoli (193-73kg-88) from Campli Basket. In 18 Serie B games he had 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season.
Petrazzuoli has played previously for three other teams: Napoli Basket, Molfetta and Venafro.

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Scafati lands Anthony Miles, ex Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar). He played most recently at Polpharma in Polish PLK league. In 33 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Miles played at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL where in 14 games he had 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Miles also played 8 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. He also spent pre-season at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu in Romanian Liga Nationala that year. In 5 games he got 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. Miles also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 14.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements his college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2012. Miles received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Holland (Rotterdam) and Ukraine (Halychyna).
Miles attended Lamar University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Givova Scafati Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gabriele Spizzichini
Anthony Miles
Marco Santiangeli
Gabriele Romeo
Emanuele Trapani

Forwards:
Marco Ammannato
Alex Ranuzzi
Nicholas Crow
Brandon Sherrod

Centers:
Vincenzo Pipitone
Andrea Antonaci

Coach: Giovanni Perdichizzi

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Fiat Torino adds Mbakwe to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) added to their roster 28-year old Nigerian international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-111kg-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Mbakwe played last season at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 12 Eurocup games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Mbakwe also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
Mbakwe has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He also represented Nigeria at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Mbakwe has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Italy (Roma Virtus).
He attended University of Minnesota until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett

Forwards:
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Danilo Errera is a newcomer at Teramo - by Eurobasket News

Basket Teramo 2015 (Serie B) added to their roster Danilo Errera, agency: Octagon Europe. He played most recently at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in the Serie A2. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

Basket Teramo 2015 roster for 2017-2018:

Victorio Gustavo Musso
Giacomo Cicognani
Valerio Staffieri
Edoardo Piccinini
Danilo Errera

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Francesco Cinalli is a newcomer at Porto S.Elpidio - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old swingman Francesco Cinalli (194-97). The last time (12-15) he played at the junior team of Proger BLS Chieti in Italian Serie B. Cinalli has played there for the last three years.

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

Guards:
Andrea Maggiotto
Stefano Cernivani
Francesco Cinalli

Forward:
Diego Torresi

Center:
Simone Zanotti

Coach: Massimiliano Domizioli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Costa d'Orlando signs Salvatore Forte - by Eurobasket News

Costa d'Orlando (Serie B) signed 22-year old guard Salvatore Forte (194-95). He played most recently at Scafati Cesarano in Italian Serie C Silver. In four Serie B games he had 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in 2015-16 season. Forte also played that season for Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2). But in 12 games he recorded just 0.8ppg.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team in 2014.
Forte has played previously for two other teams: Roma S.Azzurra and CZG Veroli.

Costa d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Sorrentino
Salvatore Forte
Luca Munastra

Forward:
David Paunovic

Center:
Giuseppe Caronna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Treviso Basket lands John Brown - by Eurobasket News

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) landed 25-year old American forward John Brown (203-93kg-92, college: High Point) from Roma Virtus. In 34 Serie A2 games in Italy he averaged impressive 19.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg (in top 3) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Brown has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team won Big South Conference Regular Season in 2016. Brown received also All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year award and All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Brown graduated from High Point University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matteo Imbro
Matteo Fantinelli
Gherardo Sabatini

Forwards:
John Brown
Michele Antonutti

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Porto S.Elpidio keeps Balilli for another season - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) re-signed Niccolo Balilli. He played there last season. But in 10 Serie B games he averaged just 0.3ppg.

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

Andrea Maggiotto
Simone Zanotti
Stefano Cernivani
Francesco Cinalli
Diego Torresi
Niccolo Balilli

Coach: Massimiliano Domizioli

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Fabriano keeps Quercia for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Janus Basket Fabriano re-signed experienced 37-year old forward Sergio Quercia (192-80). He has played there for the last two seasons.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Basket Tolentino (Serie C).
Quercia has spent his entire career in Italy playing for two other teams: Marzocca and Matelica.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Fabriano.

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Chalon lands Raphiael Putney, ex JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) landed 27-year old American forward Raphiael Putney (207-84kg-90, college: Massachusetts). He played most recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg last season.
Putney ended the previous (2015-16) season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB where in 6 games he had 15.0ppg and 4.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 48 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg and 2.3bpg. Putney helped them to win the D-League Soutwest Division title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to D-League All-Star Game.
Putney has played also professionally in Australia (Redbacks).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Putney's outlook: Extremely Athletic and a joy to watch in the open court! With 7-foot-3 inch wingspan he has the length and size to be a great perimeter and post-up defender. Very versatile player who can play multiple positions. Not only is he a great basketball player, he is an outstanding individual on and off the court.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Nzeulie
Arthur Rozenfeld
Adam Smith
Wilfried Gantswa_Babami
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier

Forwards:
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Raphiael Putney
James Farr
Ibrahima Faye
Jevohn Shepherd
Bastien Pinault
Babacar Niasse

Center:
Ousmane Camara

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Gallo re-signs at Alba - by Eurobasket News

Bigstore Alba (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 27-year old power forward Paolo Gallo (200-90). He has played there for the last four seasons. Gallo helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice).

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Kyndall Dykes (ex UBT Cluj Napoca) signs at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) landed 30-year old American shooting guard Kyndall Dykes (192-90kg-87, college: New Orleans). He has played for the last two years at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. Dykes managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 40 Liga Nationala games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Dykes also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 15.3ppg and recorded 4.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.
Among other achievements Dykes received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa) and Ukraine (Halychyna and Hoverla).
Dykes attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended University of New Orleans until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Cristopher Mortellaro
Andrea Benevelli
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari
Kyndall Dykes
Francesco Pellegrino
T.J. Price
Ousmane Diop

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carrizo is back at Cassino - by Eurobasket News

BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (Serie B) signed experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-98kg-80, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Cassino as he has played here before. Carrizo played last season at Air Fire Valmontone in the Serie B. In 31 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Carrizo played at BPC Virtus TSB Cassino where in 38 Serie B games he recorded 13.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.0apg. He helped them to make it to the group final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Carrizo was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Import Player of the Year back in 2010.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Carrizo has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Estudiantes Santa Rosa) and Italy (Umana Venezia, Latina Basket, Montecatiniterme, Piacenza and CZG Veroli).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Cassino.
Carrizo could be described: Quick footed and good dribbler forward, whose future is at 2 position; very aggressive on both sides of the court, he needs only to improve his reading of the game, and a his shooting range;
A very promising offensive player, yet too much free-range; if he manages to discipline his skills, he could develop in a very interesting shooting guard
.

BPC Virtus TSB Cassino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lorenzo Panzini
Niccolo Petrucci
Robert Banach
Giuseppe Di_Poce

Forwards:
Manuel Carrizo
Fabrizio De_Ninno

Center:
Enzo_Damian Cena

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Henry Pwono (ex Cerignola Olimp.) signs at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) landed 26-year old American power forward Henry Pwono (201-104kg-91, college: East Central). He played most recently at Olimpica BK Cerignola in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Pwono played at PeU-Basket where in 30 1st Division games he was third best scorer with impressive 24.6ppg and recorded 12.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.9spg. Pwono helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division B Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Pwono played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from East Central University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Lahti Basketball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mikko Jamsa
Jordan Jacks
Eemeli Lampen

Forward:
Hannes Koskinen

Centers:
Henry Pwono
Robert Barlund

Coach: Mike Oppland

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bisceglie inks Davide Pucci - by Eurobasket News

Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie (Serie B) agreed terms with 19-year old guard Davide Pucci (190-98) from Roma S.Azzurra. In 18 Serie B games he had 3.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pucci played at APDB Roma (Serie C Gold).

Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Manuel Diomede
Diego Terenzi
Davide Pucci

Forwards:
Luca Castelluccia
Alessandro Azzaro

Center:
Riccardo Antonelli

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Marko Jovancic signs at Fabriano - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Janus Basket Fabriano landed 24-year old naturalized Serbian forward Marko Jovancic (195-80kg-93) from Basket Golfo Piombino. In 28 Serie B games he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jovancic played at BCC Vasto where in 30 Serie B games he had 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg.
He has played previously for five other teams: Umana Venezia, Omegna, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Spilimbergo and Oasi di Kufra Fondi.

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Dominique Johnson (ex Lhasa) signs at Umana Venezia - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) landed 30-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played in the summer at Lhasa Jingtu in Chinese NBL league. Johnson managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 13 NBL games he averaged impressive 35.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.2spg. The last season he played at Openjobmetis VA where in 19 Serie A games he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded high stats: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. The other team he played that season for was ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 11 games he got 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he got high stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
Johnson attended Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Johnson's team won Polish Cup in 2014. He received also All-NAIA D1 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Johnson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Turkey (Banvit), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Salt Lake City Stars, Texas Legends and Canton Charge) and Poland (Slask and Siarka).
Let's have closer look into Johnson's outlook: Dominique is an athletic 6'5" combo guard with a strong body and great ability to score and defend. He is an outstanding teammate and personality, a smart player who is better suited in Europe as a scorer and a top defender. Dominique is shockingly successful having come from a NAIA school. Even so, Dominique could easily become one of the top players in Europe even at the Euroleague level.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Julyan Stone
Dominique Johnson
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Gediminas Orelik
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jamaican U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Samora Williams
Williams
Jalen Menzies
Menzies
Daimar Dyall-Richards
Dyall-Richards
Marco-Miche Downer
Downer
Kareem Reid
Reid
#e#5
6Samora Williams 187-G-00
7Christian Poyser 180-PG-00
8Jalen Menzies 177-PG-00
9Jabari Cunningham 193-F/G-00
10Jordan Gillies 187-G-01
11Daimar Dyall-Richards 200-F-01
13Lawrence Foreman 205-C-01
14Shemar McKenzie 193-F-01
15Marco-Miche Downer 205-C-00
22Marcus Harding 203-F/C-01
23Tyrece Thompson 200-F-00
44Kareem Reid 203-F-00




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Socar Petkim inks Alan Wiggins, ex Aomori Watts - by Eurobasket News

Socar Petkimspor (TBL) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Alan Wiggins (206-115kg-85, college: USF). He played last season at Aomori Watts in Japanese B League D2. In 60 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Wiggins played at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 36 games he recorded 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Wiggins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
In 2007 Wiggins was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (31st overall).
He attended University of San Francisco and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wiggins played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2011. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Forward of the Year back in 2011.
Wiggins is quite experienced player. He has played in nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Wiggins has played previously professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (STB Le Havre), Korea (Anyang KGC), Lebanon, Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Ukraine (Halychyna and DniproAzot), Turkey (Balikesir) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui).

Socar Petkimspor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alfrie Kelley
Ahmet_Ali Erdogan
Ahmet Cantitiz
Efekan Cosar

Forwards:
Alan Wiggins
Umit Sonkol
Murat Erensoy
Mert Basdan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Josh Harrellson agreed terms with Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News

Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky) from Osaka Evessa. In 60 B League games in Japan he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 11.6rpg (#3 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.9bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Japanese B League All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The previous (15-16) season Harrellson played at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL where in 26 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Harrellson also played 17 games in VTB United League where he had 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Harrellson also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year.
In 2011 he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Harrellson's team won Puerto Rico Cano Jirao Cup in 2013. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Thanks to Harrellson's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Harrellson has played previously professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and New York Knicks), Puerto Rico (Brujos) and China (Fly Dragons).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hilton Armstrong signs at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa - by Eurobasket News

Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (B League) landed 33-year old American center Hilton Armstrong (210-107kg-84, college: Connecticut) from Chiba Jets. In 60 B League games in Japan he averaged 10.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Japanese B League All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Armstrong spent at Denizli Basket in Turkish TBL where in 32 games he had 13.9ppg, 11.0rpg (#3 in the league), 2.1apg and 2.4bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Armstrong also played that season for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL. In four games he recorded 5.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 Armstrong was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (12th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Armstrong is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Armstrong has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Greece (Panathinaikos), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards), Turkey (Besiktas) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Bobby Palumbi for NBADraft.net in 2006)
A legitimate 6'11 big man with a wingspan that allows him to play bigger Big time shot blocker, especially in transition ... Athletic and strong, he can run the floor well and play above the rim ... Great hands, catches everything and rebounds well ... Very good rebounding technique ... Good passer, has the ability to make the necessary pass from the low post Very good at put-backs and cleaning up the glass ...
Below average court awareness, gets caught making mistakes in defensive switch-offs Plays inconsistent on the offensive end, his confidence seems to get shaken if he's not making his shots
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Astana keeps Kolesnikov for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 29-year old former Kazakhstani international swingman Anatoly Kolesnikov (200-93kg-88, college: Nicholls State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Australian passport. Kolesnikov has played there for the last five seasons. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Kolesnikov also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0spg. Kolesnikov played in the final of Kazakhstan League.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kolesnikov also represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Changsha-Hunan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 65.5%.
Kolesnikov has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Kings and Norths Soul Sports Bears.
He attended Nicholls State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forward:
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kauhajoki adds Edwin to their roster, ex Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Fuquan Edwin (198-98kg-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 10 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 2.1rpg. Edwin helped them to win the cup. He also played that season for Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL where in 20 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Three years ago Edwin was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in first round (15th overall).
The former Seton Hall University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Edwin has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was voted All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Edwin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Edwin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona), Venezuela (Guaros), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
On Edwin: A very good defender with great athletic skills, has improved his offensive ability and seems ready for top leagues.

Karhu Kauhajoki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fuquan Edwin
Henri Kantonen
Marcus Allen
Valtteri Pihlajamaki
Jussi Myllyniemi

Forwards:
Flenard Whitfield
Perttu Salmi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vytautas Sulskis (ex Juventus) agreed terms with Beirut - by Eurobasket News

Beirut (Division 2) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Lithuanian guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-92kg-88, college: Youngstown State, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Sulskis also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sulskis played at Vytautas (also in LKL). In 41 games he had 13.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Sulskis also played 13 games in Baltic League where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1spg. It was a very successful season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Sulskis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Siauliai and Nevezis.
He attended Youngstown State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @OctagonBballEU)

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Coach Paulius Barkus joins Delikatesas - by Eurobasket News

Delikatesas Joniskis (NKL) agreed terms with 27-year old coach Paulius Barkus from Ezerunas-Karys. Barkus' team made it to the NKL Semifinals in 2015.
He has coached previously Palanga.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vytautas Sulskis (ex Juventus) agreed terms with Beirut - by Eurobasket News

Beirut (Division 2) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Lithuanian guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-92kg-88, college: Youngstown State, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Sulskis also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sulskis played at Vytautas (also in LKL). In 41 games he had 13.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Sulskis also played 13 games in Baltic League where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1spg. It was a very successful season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Sulskis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Siauliai and Nevezis.
He attended Youngstown State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @OctagonBballEU)

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Linas Lekavicius joins Samara SGEU - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Samara-SGEU (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-87kg-84, college: American) from Univ.Surgut. In 32 Superleague 1 games in Russia he had 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.1apg (top 4) and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win the Superleague 1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The most of previous (2015-16) season Lekavicius spent at Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL where in 25 games he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Vytautas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 8 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. Lekavicius also played 4 games in Baltic League where he got 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team back in 2012 and 2013.
Lekavicius was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team in 2003.
He is quite experienced player. Lekavicius has played also professionally in Poland (Polpharma), Ukraine (Dnipro and Sumykhimprom Sumy) and Lithuania (Sakalai).
He attended American University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Lekavicius: Linas Lekavicius is a physical guard that has the ability to play the point guard and shooting guard position. He excels at shooting the mid-range jumper and creating his own shot off the dribble or off a screen. Linas loves to use his quick first step to get to the lane and distribute the ball to his teammates for open shots thanks to his exceptional court vision. He uses his strength to ward off defenders and finishes in traffic with ease. Combining speed, athleticism and the ability to take over a game by scoring and distributing is making Linas Lekavicius an asset for any coach. Great work ethics and willingness to listen. Fighter till the last second. Struggles with outside shooting accuracy which needs to be improved.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tomas Galeckas signs at P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) landed 23-year old point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-70kg-94). He played most recently at Rasai in the NKL. In 46 games he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.0apg and 1.8spg last season. Galeckas helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Galeckas played at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (also in NKL) where in 39 games he had 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg.
Galeckas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Galeckas has played previously for five other teams: Lietuvos rytas, Citus, VGTU Vilnius, Ezerunas-Karys and Statyba.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pitesti inks Porter Troupe, ex Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 34-year old American guard Porter Troupe (196-97kg-83, college: Portland, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 5 games he had 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.4apg. Troupe also played that season for BM Slam Stal in Polish TBL where in 21 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team in 2015.
Troupe is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Troupe has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Lebanon (Al Moutahed), IBL (Vancouver Volcanoes) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
He attended University of Portland until 2002 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.
Troupe could be described: Porter is a combo guard that can also move to the 3 position in some leagues. Possessing a deadly shooting stroke, he is a great asset to any team. As a big guard he is also effective posting smaller players but is usually too quick for players his size. Having played point guard in the past, Porter has a great understanding of where all his teammates are on the floor. Porter is very dangerous in a pick and roll situation as both, a scorer or a provider. Defensively, Porter is at his best playing the passing lane using long arms to discourage passes and create turnovers. On the ball is very good at containing the ball handler. He can also lend a helping hand rebounding although this isn't his strength. Porter would be an asset to any team playing in the Eurochallenge or Eurocup.

BCM U Pitesti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Kostoski
Porter Troupe

Forward:
Andriy Agafonov

Center:
Laszlo Lazar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joventut inks Saulius Kulvietis, ex Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-100kg-91). He played last season at Vytautas in Lithuanian LKL league. Kulvietis managed to play in three leagues last year. In 24 LKL games he had 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title. Kulvietis also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kulvietis played at Juventus (also in LKL). In 27 games he got 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kulvietis also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2011.
Kulvietis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 90.0%.
Kulvietis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Sakalai, MRU Vilnius, P.Zvaigzdes and KM-Aisciai 98 Kaunas.
He could be described: Forward who can play at SF and PF positions. Has a high basketball IQ, well developed player tactically who understands and reads the game very well. Saulius is a great shooter, can make three-pointer of mid-range shot of the dribble. Needs to improve his strength as a PF and ball handling as a SF.

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Richard
Dominik Mavra

Forwards:
Alex Ruoff
Saulius Kulvietis
Albert Ventura
Simon Birgander

Center:
Jerome Jordan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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John Shurna (ex Cedevita) agreed terms with Andorra - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American (has also Lithuanian passport) forward John Shurna (204-90, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in May.'17. Shurna managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 14 A1 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.8ppg and 2.9rpg. And finally Shurna contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 8.2ppg and 2.9rpg.
He played in the final of Adriatic League.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Valencia Basket. In 39 Liga Endesa games he got 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg. Shurna helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 6.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Shurna has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Shurna received NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Shurna represented Lithuania at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT-3 (70.6%), FT: 33.3%.
Shurna has played also professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Turkey (Darussafaka) and NBA (New York Knicks).
He attended Northwestern University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Shurna's game is described as: A smart player, with great court vision and passing skills. Has a strange shooting mechanic but he's enough accurate. An intelligent defender, he plays very well without the ball in his hands.

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Oliver Stevic
Vladimir Jankovic
John Shurna
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Moussa Diagne

Coach: Joan Penarroya

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Costa Caribe tabs Mamadou Diakite - by Eurobasket News

Costa Caribe (LNB) inked 24-year old American (has also Malian passport) forward Mamadou Diakite (196-104kg-93, college: Immaculata). The last time (16) he played at Cleveland in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Eurobasket Summer League in Philadelphia in 2015. Diakite received also All-CSAC 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Diakite graduated from Immaculata University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MEXICO  


Mexican U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Christian Maldonado
Maldonado
Javier Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Rogelio Arredondo
Arredondo
Moises Andriassi
Andriassi
Sebastian Reynoso
Reynoso
#e#5
4Miguel Argomaniz 184-PG-00
5Christian Maldonado 187-G-00
6Javier Gonzalez 190-F-00
7Rogelio Arredondo 194-C-00
8Leonardo DeConinck 197-F-00 St-Francois Canada
9Marco Salcido 208-C-00
10Moises Andriassi 185-F-00
11Jared Perez 179-PG-00
12Sebastian Reynoso 190-C-00
13Arturo Castillon 178-PG-00
14Raul Olea 198-F-00
15Luis Ochoa 185-F-00




Panko comes back to Fuerza Regia, ex Guaros - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 40-year old American forward Andy Panko (203-101kg-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Fuerza Regia as he has played here before. Panko played most recently at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 19 games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg last season. Panko also played that season for Fuerza Regia where in 42 LNBP games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg.
In 1999 Panko was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in seventh round (86th overall).
He attended Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Div.III) and it will be his 19th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Panko won Mexican LNBP championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Panko is a very 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. Panko has played previously in France (Sluc Nancy), Greece (Panathinaikos and PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Carolina) and Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Sevilla, RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Fuerza Regia.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very offensively gifted player. He's got both good size and quickness. He's got more strength. He also has ballhandling and passing skills. If he improves his defense and rebounding consistency, he should be an NBA player. Simple -- the immensely talented forward and go-to player on offense. If he develops his defense and rebounding to go with his ability to score inside and outside, he could be in an NBA uniform.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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Ulaanbaatar to host FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 will take place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 27-29 2017. Mongolia will host the second edition of the most important 3x3 competition for national teams in Asia and - for the first time - Oceania. The inaugural edition was held in Doha, Qatar on May 15-16 2013. This will mark the first time ever Mongolia hosts a FIBA 3x3 official event. "We are proud and honored to bring the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 to Mongolia," event promoter and member of Mongolian National Olympic Committee Myagmarjav Luvsandash said. "Mongolia is a land of basketball and 3x3 has been promoted locally by the youth over the past decade. "The game has exploded in the last couple of years with Mongolian teams shining at international events. We hope that hosting this event will create a path for Mongolia to become the top national 3x3 team in Asia in the next few years." Team Ulaanbaatar indeed became the first-ever Mongolian team to qualify for the 3x3 professional circuit known as the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. They will participate in the Utsunomiya Masters on July 29-30. The Mongolian women's national team won silver at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2013. "We are excited to bring the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 to Mongolia," FIBA Asia Executive Director Hagop Khajirian said. "This will be a great opportunity for the best teams in the region to start preparing for the goal to play 3x3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics." The event will be held in the state of the art Crocus Event Hall. The main draw of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 will be played with 12 women's and 12 men's teams. In case more than 12 teams register in a category, a qualifying draw will be organized in the morning of Day 1. The event was originally planned to take place in Shenzhen, China.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  NBA  


Brandon Knight Suffers Torn ACL In Left Knee - by Eurobasket News

Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire 17-18 season. Knight has three years remaining on his contract at $13.6 million, $14.6 million and $15.6 million. Knight agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns in the 2015 offseason. The Suns traded a future first round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for Knight in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in February of 2015. The Lakers' pick has become unprotected and will be conveyed to either the 76ers or Boston Celtics this season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Afflalo comes back to the Magic - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic added to their roster 32-year old guard Arron Afflalo (196-98kg-85, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to the Magic as he has played here before. Afflalo played last season at Sacramento Kings, but was released by the team in Jun.'17. In 61 NBA games he recorded 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Afflalo played at the Knicks where in 71 NBA games he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2007 Afflalo was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (27th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Afflalo has played previously for two other teams: Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Moves extremely well without the ball in his hands, understanding how to free himself for shots. Works well running off screens where he is a capable shooter. Has three point range on his jumper. Good finisher in transition. Body strength enables him to convert difficult shots with ease as well as the ability to finish after contact.
Lacks the first step to gain full separation from his defender. There are times where he becomes too perimeter oriented offensively
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Orlando Magic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arron Afflalo
Shelvin Mack
Jonathan Simmons

Forwards:
Marreese Speights
Wesley Iwundu

Center:
Khem Birch

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Ennis re-signs at LA Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) confirmed in their roster 23-year old Canadian international guard Tyler Ennis (188-82kg-94, college: Syracuse). He played there last season. In 22 NBA games he had 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. Ennis also played for the Rockets. But in 31 NBA games he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.1apg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (18th overall). Ennis attended Syracuse University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2014. Ennis was also voted ACC All-Freshman Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Ennis has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team in 2012.
Ennis represented Canada at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: Score-1 (20.9ppg), 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 70.6%.
Ennis has played previously for two other teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Northern Arizona Suns.

Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Ennis
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso

Forward:
PJ Dozier

Coach: Luke Walton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pistons tab Landry Nnoko - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons inked 23-year old Cameroonian center Landry Nnoko (208-114kg-94, college: Clemson). He played most recently at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 7.1rpg last season.
Nnoko has never been drafted by the NBA.
He received ACC All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at his college time. Nnoko was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
Nnoko attended Clemson University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Detroit Pistons roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Reggie Bullock
Langston Galloway
Luis_David Montero

Forwards:
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
Eric Moreland
Derek Willis

Centers:
Anthony Tolliver
Landry Nnoko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LA Clippers tab rookie Sindarius Thornwell - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) landed 23-year old guard Sindarius Thornwell (196-98kg-94). He just graduated from S.Carolina (NCAA). Thornwell has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he averaged impressive 21.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg last season. Thornwell helped them to make it to the NCAA Final Four. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-SEC Player of the Year, selected to All-SEC 1st Team and selected to CBS Sports All-America 1st Team.
This summer Thornwell was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (48th overall). He just graduated from S.Carolina and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Thornwell's game is described as: He has spectacular court vision combined with a high level of athleticism. He is shifty with the ball inside the arc splitting defenders and finishing with either hand at the rim or feeding the open man.
He is at his best playing off the ball, but when the ball is in his hands he makes good things happen. He is able to make shots from deep, and is also a good athlete. Still what really impresses is his ability to see open teammates off the dribble
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Los Angeles Clippers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Teodosic
Sindarius Thornwell
Jawun Evans

Forwards:
Blake Griffin
Isaiah Hicks

Center:
Willie Reed

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cleveland Cavaliers execs reject Kyrie Irving trade talk, deny team in chaos - by Eurobasket News

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise. The reality is that the Cavs are troubled. In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he'll honor the All-Star point guard's request, but he also didn't rule out the real possibility that Cleveland may deal its second best player - or if he thinks LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) will stay around beyond next season. "These things are fluid," Gilbert said. "We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA. He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent - significantly." Despite several direct questions about Irving's status, Gilbert would not provide any specifics about recent conversations with him or his agent. Gilbert said he expected the 25-year-old, whose jumper in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals propelled Cleveland to its first championship since the Browns in 1964, to be at training camp with the team in September. "Right now Kyrie Irving is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for two or three years, depending on the last year," Gilbert said. "As of now he's one of our best players and sure, we expect him to be in camp." Gilbert was clearly attempting to avoid making things worse for the Cavs or doing any further damage to the club's relationship with Irving, who has blossomed into the one of the league's best backcourt players. While Irving may want out, the Cavs aren't obligated to move him and new general manager Koby Altman said Irving remains an important piece for a team that has been to three straight Finals. "He's a core piece of what we've done," said Altman, who was promoted to full-time GM after filling in when David Griffin left earlier this summer. "Kyrie is a tremendous player. He has made great contributions to this franchise and we enjoy him as a player. We're going to keep this stuff in house in terms of what was said in those meetings, but he continues to be a core piece of who we are and what we do." It's been turbulent summer for the Cavs, who were beaten in five games by Golden State in the Finals. The bumpy ride began with Griffin parting ways with the club over philosophical differences with Gilbert, who was then rebuffed in adding former Pistons guard Chauncey Billups to his front office. And while numerous teams got stronger via free agency, Cleveland was hamstrung financially by salary-cap issues. Then, the Irving trade demand was a cannonball in Gilbert's basketball pool. "Well, how is your guys' summer going?" Gilbert quipped in a light-hearted moment.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Kings meet with former Magic GM Otis Smith about front-office job - by Eurobasket News

The Kings lost Scott Perry to the Knicks, so Sacramento is seeking someone else to aid Vlade Divac in the front office. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: Former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith has met with Sacramento Kings officials about the franchise's vacant vice president of basketball operations job, league sources told ESPN. Smith has plenty of experience, which Divac lacks. But it's not all good experience. Running the Magic, Smith made numerous errors - including drafting Fran Vazquez (who has never played in the NBA) No. 11, overpaying Rashard Lewis and then trading Lewis for Gilbert Arenas' even worse contract. If Smith's Orlando tenure is predictive, he'll indulge the Kings' worst tendencies to mortgage the future for the present. That said, Smith might have learned from his time with the Magic (though working under Stan Van Gundy with the Pistons the few couple years isn't exactly the best place to hone long-term-planning skills). What amounts to an assistant general-manager role might be a better fit for him, too. Usually, this opening wouldn't garner so much attention. But Perry was lavished with praise for Sacramento's offseason, raising the profile of this job - which already carried relative prominence. The No. 2 in the Kings' front office is now perceived, somewhat fairly, as more important than the typical assistant general manager.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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Groom the Men celebrate Recreational Wednesday title - by Eurobasket News

Groom the Men celebrate Recreational Wednesday title beating Flint Tropics 63-56 in the Final game. Earlier in the semifinals Groom the Men overcame Kings 89-61 as Dhonn Ronquillo (5'10''-PG) poured in 19 points and Xavier Eillis (6'3''-SF) scored 17. Jason Mohammed answered with 24 points in the losing effort. Taran Hoogsteen (6'7''-F) notched 17 and Matt Poirier (6'3''-SF, college: Dubuque) added 16.
Flint Tropics reached the Final beating Red Stripe 58-54.



Parlez De Nous wins Men's Recreational Monday title - by Eurobasket News

Parlez De Nous defend the title posting an 80-66 win over United Nations in the Final game of Men's Recreational, NBBL. Parlez De Nous led 39-28 at the half-time and then pushed the tempo for good in the second half. Moussa Taguina (6'0''-G) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Junior Moaku-Matia (6'6''-F) added 25. Roland Gaulton (6'2''-F) scored 10, whilst Saifon Diallo (6'4''-F) delivered 9. Norman Darrell (6'4''-F) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Vedran Lucic (6'3'') netted 17.


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  NICARAGUA  


Costa Caribe tabs Mamadou Diakite - by Eurobasket News

Costa Caribe (LNB) inked 24-year old American (has also Malian passport) forward Mamadou Diakite (196-104kg-93, college: Immaculata). The last time (16) he played at Cleveland in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Eurobasket Summer League in Philadelphia in 2015. Diakite received also All-CSAC 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Diakite graduated from Immaculata University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a pro.

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Fiat Torino adds Mbakwe to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) added to their roster 28-year old Nigerian international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-111kg-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Mbakwe played last season at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 12 Eurocup games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Mbakwe also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
Mbakwe has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He also represented Nigeria at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Mbakwe has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Italy (Roma Virtus).
He attended University of Minnesota until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett

Forwards:
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Gani Lawal (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Karesi Spor - by Eurobasket News

Karesi Spor (TB2L) inked 29-year old Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (206-106kg-88, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 22 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Lawal helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg. Lawal contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team he played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu (also in Serie A). In 9 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2010 Lawal was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (46th overall). He attended Georgia Tech and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Lawal won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team award back in 2013. Strangely Lawal also played for Nigerian National Team in 2013.
He played at the Gulf Club Championships Winner last year.
Lawal is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (Chorale de Roanne), Greece (Panathinaikos), Latvia (VEF Riga), Poland, NBA (Phi.76ers), Turkey (Trabzonspor), United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns, Delaware 87ers and Westchester Knicks).

Karesi Spor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerry Smith
Ismail Gulmez

Forwards:
Sahin Ekmen
Hazer Avci

Centers:
Gokhan Karabiyik
Gani Lawal

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Panama U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Jonathan Andrade
Andrade
Oscar Zephyrine
Zephyrine
Roberto Armstrong
Armstrong
Jesus Lombardo
Lombardo
Ricardo Lindo
Lindo
#e#5
1Jesus Sanjur 183-G-01
3Ramses Garibaldi 180-F-00
4Jonathan Andrade 165-PG-00 Panteras Panama
7Adrian Roux 182-PG-00
8Fermin Borbua 198-F-00
9Edward Lopez 190-C-01
10Oscar Zephyrine 190-PF-00
11Roberto Armstrong 175-SG-00
12Jesus Lombardo 192-C-00
13John Gunn 193-SG-00
14Jose Anguizola 193-F/G-00
23Ricardo Lindo 200-F-00




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NLEX records third straight win; GlobalPort holds off Phoenix - by Aris Ignacio

The NLEX Road Warriors continued its impressive run as it edged the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime to remain its flawless record in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor's Cup last July 26 (Manila time) at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

NLEX capitalized on the Painters turnovers in the endgame to pull away and registered their third straight win.

Reinforcement Aaron Fuller (198-F-89, college: USC, agency: Haylett Sports) came up big with 33 points, 20 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in over 48 minutes.

Kevin Alas (183-PG-91) added 24 markers, 10 boards, five assists and a steal while committing only a turnover in 38 minutes of play.

James Weatherspoon (198-F-92, college: Toledo) led Rain or Shine with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Beau Belga (198-C-86) contributed 15 markers and nine boards.

In the second game, the GlobalPort Batang Pier paraded a new import in Murphy Holloway (201-F-90, college: Mississippi) and came up with the team's first win of the conference, a 100-91 decision over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

The victory was with scary moments as GlobalPort's 30-point lead almost disintegrate in the light of a furious Phoenix comeback but to no avail.

Holloway delivered a monster game with 29 points and 26 rebounds and spitfire guard Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92) added 21 points and five assists.

Romeo was instrumental in dousing the Fuel Masters rally by hitting the biggest baskets in the endgame.

Eugene Phelps (198-F-90, college: Long Beach St.) carried Phoenix with 32 markers, 17 caroms, dished five assists, a steal and a block in 46 minutes.

First Game:

NLEX (122) - Fuller 33, Alas 24, Quinahan 13, Fonacier 11, Lastimosa 10, Mallari 9, Tiongson 6, J. Villanueva 5, Taulava 4, Soyud 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Monfort 0, Rios 0.

Rain or Shine (114) - Weatherspoon 20, Belga 15, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Chan 12, Norwood 10, Cruz 10, Almazan 10, Tiu 9, King 1, Ponferada 0.

Quarterscores: 26-27, 59-55, 84-81, 101-101, 122-114.

Second Game:

GlobalPort (100) - Holloway 29, Romeo 21, Arana 13, Pringle 11, Anthony 9, Grey 5, Van Opstal 4, Guinto 3, Pennisi 3, Ababou 0, Cortez 0, Mamaril 0.

Phoenix (91) - Phelps 32, Eriobu 11, Intal 11, Jazul 10, Baguio 5, Alolino 5, Dehesa 5, W. Wilson 4, Wright 4, J. Wilson 2, Kramer 2, Hayes 0, Borboran 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 54-36, 82-59, 100-91.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket inks Justin Harper, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) signed 28-year old American forward Justin Harper (208-102kg-89, college: Richmond). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In four games he had very impressive stats: 25.8ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Harper won D-League Pacific Division championship title. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Harper played at another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 51 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
In 2011 Harper was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Richmond and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Harper is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Italy (Scandone Avellino), NBA (Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Phi.76ers), France (Strasbourg IG) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Harper could be described: Has excellent size for the power forward position. Above average athlete, as well, with decent quickness in the open floor and good explosiveness around the basket. Most effective spotting up around the perimeter, where he finds over a quarter of his possessions. Lightning quick release and a consistent, fluid shooting motion. Solid basketball IQ.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
DeMarcus Nelson
A.J. Slaughter
David Lighty
Nicolas Lang
John Roberson
Sofiane Briki
Theo Maledon

Forwards:
Charles Kahudi
Justin Harper
Bandja Sy
Stephane Gombauld
Charles Galliou

Centers:
Darryl Watkins
Khadim Sow

Coach: J.D. Jackson

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Allen Durham gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

American Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Meralco Bolts and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty four rebounds, while his team beat B.Ginebra (#8, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-78. It allowed Meralco Bolts to jump to the first place in the Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Meralco Bolts won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Durham has many years of experience at Meralco Bolts, through which he has constantly improved. Grace Bible College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (8th best: 24.0ppg) and assists (4th best: 6.5apg). Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Aaron Fuller (198-F-89, agency: Haylett Sports) of second-ranked NLEX RW. Fuller impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 20 rebounds. Of course NLEX RW cruised to a 112-104 relatively comfortable win over Alaska Aces (0-2). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Fuller is one of the most experienced players at NLEX RW and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#5). He also registered 19.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of Phoenix (#3). Phelps got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . He was a key player of Phoenix, leading his team to a 118-105 easy win against KIA Picanto (#12, 0-2). Phoenix has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Phelps also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Phelps has a great season in Philippines. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88) of KIA Picanto - 33 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Rain or Shine - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Baser Amer) of Meralco Bolts - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Trevis Simpson (193-G/F-91) of Blackwater - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. John Paul Erram (203-F/C-89) of Blackwater - 11 points and 15 rebounds

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



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Stal Ostrow keeps Johnson for another season - by Greg

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (PLK) re-signed 29-year old American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-79kg-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points). He played there last season. In 41 PLK games he recorded 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.9spg (in top 3). Johnson helped them to end the season as the third best team and Bronze medalists. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michal Chylinski
Tomasz Ochonko
Aaron Johnson

Forwards:
Lukasz Majewski
Greg Surmacz
Mateusz Kostrzewski

Coach: Emil Rajkovic

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Dawid Rypinski is a newcomer at Siarka - by Greg

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old small forward Dawid Rypinski (192-95). He played last season at Energa Czarni in Polish PLK league. PLK was a little too high level for him, where in three games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.0rpg. 1Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Rypinski has played previously for two other teams: STK Czarni and Kobylnica.

Siarka Tarnobrzeg roster for 2017-2018:

Piotr Pandura
Jakub Stanios
Dawid Rypinski
Wiktor Sewiol
Mateusz Pawelek
Aleksander Jadas

Coach: Arkadiusz Papka

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Jakub Stanios signs at Siarka - by Greg

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (1Liga) landed 23-year old point guard Jakub Stanios (180-94) from Rosa II Radom. In 32 1Liga games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg last season.

Siarka Tarnobrzeg roster for 2017-2018:

Piotr Pandura
Jakub Stanios
Wiktor Sewiol
Mateusz Pawelek
Aleksander Jadas

Coach: Arkadiusz Papka

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Coach Dejan Mihevc signs at Torun - by Greg

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) landed 39-year old Slovenian coach Dejan Mihevc. He coached most recently at Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals after they ended as the best team in regular season.
Mihevc has coached previously professionally also at Tajfun Sentjur and in United Kingdom (London Leopards).

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CB Canarias ink Mateusz Ponitka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He was about to sign at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. The last season Ponitka played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL where in 27 games he had 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named 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 recorded 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named 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.
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).
He could be described: 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.

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davin White
Mateusz Ponitka

Forwards:
Tim Abromaitis
Rosco Allen

Center:
Mike Tobey

Coach: Nenad Markovic

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Scafati lands Anthony Miles, ex Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Serie A2) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar). He played most recently at Polpharma in Polish PLK league. In 33 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Miles played at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL where in 14 games he had 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Miles also played 8 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. He also spent pre-season at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu in Romanian Liga Nationala that year. In 5 games he got 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. Miles also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 14.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements his college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2012. Miles received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Holland (Rotterdam) and Ukraine (Halychyna).
Miles attended Lamar University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Givova Scafati Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gabriele Spizzichini
Anthony Miles
Marco Santiangeli
Gabriele Romeo
Emanuele Trapani

Forwards:
Marco Ammannato
Alex Ranuzzi
Nicholas Crow
Brandon Sherrod

Centers:
Vincenzo Pipitone
Andrea Antonaci

Coach: Giovanni Perdichizzi

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Terceira keeps Pereira for another season - by Eurobasket News

Terceira Basket SUSIARTE (Proliga) re-signed 18-year old guard Vasco Pereira (99). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 11 Proliga games he averaged just 0.3ppg last season.
Pereira's team was regular season runner-up in Portuguese Proliga in 2016.

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Torrie is back at Terceira - by Eurobasket News

Terceira Basket SUSIARTE (Proliga) agreed terms with 26-year old power forward Joao Torrie (200-91). It is actually his comeback to Angra Heroismo as he has played here before. Torrie played last season at Electrico FC (LPB). In 28 games he had 11.8ppg, 8.7rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Proliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Torrie played at Barcelos Hotel Terco (also in LPB) where in 34 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
Torrie represented Portugal at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.7ppg, 2.3rpg.
Torrie has played previously for four other teams: FC Porto_Ferpinta, Vasco, Guifoes and Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda..

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Fernandes re-signs at Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) confirmed in their roster 23-year old forward Joao Fernandes (198-94). He played there last season. In 34 LPB games he had 9.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Fernandes played at Barcelos Hotel Terco where in 24 LPB games he recorded 6.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
Fernandes has played previously for three other teams: FC Porto_Ferpinta, Illiabum and Sport Lisboa Benfica B.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pedro Pinto

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Puerto Rican U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Algenis Quintana
Quintana
Emanuel Hernandez
Hernandez
Jorge Torres
Torres
Eduardo Peralta
Peralta
Jeriel Zayas
Zayas
#e#5
4Omar Morales 182-SF-00
5Algenis Quintana 182-G-00
6Gianfranco Grafal 190-SG-00
7Francisco Ramos 198-C-00
8Emanuel Hernandez 195-F-00
9Jorge Torres 195-F/G-00
10James De Jesus 187-G-00
11Eduardo Peralta 193-SF-00
12Ernesto Irizarry 190-SF-00
13Harry Sosa 197-F-01
14Jeriel Zayas 185-G-00
15Luis Rolon 185-G-01




BSN Round 7 of Semi-Finals. Quebradillas and Arecibo enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fajardo - Quebradillas 69-81

Quebradillas upset Fajardo in the decider to reach BSN Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Cariduros was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 assists. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: R.Buckner 16+11reb+1ast, D.James 10+10reb+3ast, F.Rivera 10+2reb+3ast, E.Ayuso 9+1ast, C.Ortiz 8+2reb, M.Ali Berdiel 8+4reb+1ast
Quebradillas: T.Holloway 20+1reb+8ast, A.Carmona 15+8reb+1ast, M.Rosario 15+6reb+2ast, J.Bryan Diaz 9+4reb+2ast, J.Mojica 9+6reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 7+3reb
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Aguada - Arecibo 69-76

Arecibo outgunned Aguada to pave their way into the championship series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Capitanes dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Santeros' 22. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Santeros.
Top scorers:
Aguada: G.Clavell 18+1reb, L.Patterson 17+9reb+3ast, C.Gaston 13+8reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 9+1reb+1ast, A.Abreu 4+1reb+6ast, R.Hettsheimer 4+3reb+1ast
Arecibo: D.Clemente 24+2reb+4ast, D.Huertas 23+5reb+4ast, C.Elonu 14+6reb, D.Jefferson 6+9reb+2ast, A.Alamo 5, W.Hodge 4+1ast
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Kyndall Dykes (ex UBT Cluj Napoca) signs at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) landed 30-year old American shooting guard Kyndall Dykes (192-90kg-87, college: New Orleans). He has played for the last two years at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. Dykes managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 40 Liga Nationala games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Dykes also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 15.3ppg and recorded 4.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.
Among other achievements Dykes received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa) and Ukraine (Halychyna and Hoverla).
Dykes attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended University of New Orleans until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Cristopher Mortellaro
Andrea Benevelli
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari
Kyndall Dykes
Francesco Pellegrino
T.J. Price
Ousmane Diop

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Pitesti inks Porter Troupe, ex Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 34-year old American guard Porter Troupe (196-97kg-83, college: Portland, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 5 games he had 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.4apg. Troupe also played that season for BM Slam Stal in Polish TBL where in 21 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team in 2015.
Troupe is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Troupe has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Lebanon (Al Moutahed), IBL (Vancouver Volcanoes) and Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
He attended University of Portland until 2002 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.
Troupe could be described: Porter is a combo guard that can also move to the 3 position in some leagues. Possessing a deadly shooting stroke, he is a great asset to any team. As a big guard he is also effective posting smaller players but is usually too quick for players his size. Having played point guard in the past, Porter has a great understanding of where all his teammates are on the floor. Porter is very dangerous in a pick and roll situation as both, a scorer or a provider. Defensively, Porter is at his best playing the passing lane using long arms to discourage passes and create turnovers. On the ball is very good at containing the ball handler. He can also lend a helping hand rebounding although this isn't his strength. Porter would be an asset to any team playing in the Eurochallenge or Eurocup.

BCM U Pitesti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Kostoski
Porter Troupe

Forward:
Andriy Agafonov

Center:
Laszlo Lazar

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Oradea lands Obadiah Trotter - by Eurobasket News

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) tabbed 33-year old Hungarian ex-international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-85kg-84, college: Alabama A&M). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Trotter played most recently at Polski Cukier Torun in Polish PLK league. In 43 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
Trotter ended the previous (2015-16) season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. But in 7 games he had just 1.9ppg. But the most of that year he spent at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 where in 22 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Trotter received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5bpg.
Trotter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls), France (Etendard de Brest), Germany, Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod and Zenit), Hungary (Szolnok) and Greece (KAO Dramas).
Trotter attended University of Alabama A&M until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A talented player with huge International experience. He's a good scorer, very mobile on the court, and knows how to involve all his teammates in the team's play.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Obadiah Trotter
Muhamed Pasalic
Andrei Mandache

Forward:
Goran Gajovic

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

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Khryapa re-signs at CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old forward Viktor Khryapa (203-100kg-82, agency: Alti Sport). He has played there for the last nine seasons. In 32 Euroleague games he had 3.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. Khryapa helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 29 games in VTB United League where he recorded 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg. Khryapa contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship. A very impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2004 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in first round (22nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Khryapa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team back in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Khryapa played for Russian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. Khryapa's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 39.3%.
Khryapa has played also professionally in Germany and NBA (Chicago Bulls) and Russia (Avtodor and Khimik Engels).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at CSKA Moscow.
Khryapa could be described: Very versatile player. Can fight on the boards, defend, block, and score from various range.
the total package: thanks to his complete technical skills and his incredible athletic skills he can play in the 2, 3 and 4 position; has improved his figures in every year he played inRussuan Superleague, now he can easily hit any shot from outside or inside, is an excellent passer and a good rebonder and shotblocker; reminds a lot the young Kirilenko, but has huger upside, even at NBA level, thanks to a better outside shooting ability; needs to bulk up a little, and to mature again, but then he could become one of the best SG/SF in the world;
Similar to Kirilenko with a bit better body but not as good of a shooter; good in low post
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CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Rodriguez
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Kyle Hines
Viktor Khryapa
Andrey Vorontsevich
Othello Hunter
Will Clyburn
Andrey Lopatin

Center:
Pavel Korobkov

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Mikhail Karpachev agreed terms with Irkut - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old swingman Mikhail Karpachev (198-100kg-92) from BC Ryazan. In 21 Superleague 1 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Karpachev played at Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague) where in 23 games he averaged 5.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0spg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Russian U23 League in 2012.
Karpachev represented Russia at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0spg.
Karpachev has played previously for three other teams: Krasnie Krilya, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Rossiya Novogorsk.

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Alexey Babushkin signs at Irkut - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) landed 23-year old forward Alexey Babushkin (196-94). He played most recently at Spartak St.Petersburg in the Superleague 2. In 30 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg and 1.1bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 2nd Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Babushkin spent at TEMP SUMZ Revda (VTB) where in 26 games he had just 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. Babushkin also spent pre-season at Zenit (VTB) that year.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 61.1%.
Babushkin has played previously for two other teams: Zenit 2 and Rossiya Novogorsk.

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Enisey welcomes back Zakharov - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) inked 24-year old international point guard Denis Zakharov (192-88kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). It is actually his comeback to Krasnoyarsk as he has played here before. Zakharov played most recently at Lokomotiv (VTB). But in four Eurocup games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. His team made it to the semifinals. Zakharov also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had only 1.5ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enisey. In 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. Zakharov helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he got 9.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg. The other team Zakharov played that season for was Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 25 games he got 9.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg.
Among other achievements Zakharov received Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team award in 2015.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Zakharov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Zakharov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 71.4%.
Zakharov has played previously for two other teams: Spartak Vidnoye and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Denis Zakharov
Sergey Mitusov

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

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Unics sign Andrey Koshcheev - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old forward Andrey Koshcheev (205-105kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Enisey (VTB). In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg. Koshcheev helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Koshcheev played at Zenit. In 17 Eurocup games he averaged 7.2ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he got just 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Koshcheev contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team he played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League). In two games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 13.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Koshcheev's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Ryazan, LenVO St.Petersburg, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Andrey Koshcheev
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Spartak Primorie Vladivostok keeps Getmanov for another season - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) re-signed 21-year old power forward Stepan Getmanov (200-96). He played there last season. But in only one Superleague 1 game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Getmanov also played that season for Cheboksarskiye Yastreby Cheboksari where in 26 Superleague 1 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.2apg and 2.2spg.
He played in the final of Russian Superleague in 2015.
Getmanov represented Russia at the European Championships U16 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 81.8%.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Babaylov
Ivan Savelyev
Andrey Mateyunas
Viktor Zaryazhko
Maksim Sakharov

Forwards:
Igor Smygin
Stepan Getmanov

Centers:
Maxim Krivosheev
Artjoms Butjankovs

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Spartak Primorie Vladivostok keeps Babaylov for another season - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) re-signed 33-year old guard Vasili Babaylov (194-90kg-84). He played there last season. In 35 Superleague 1 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg. Babaylov helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Parma (Superleague) where in 32 games he had 5.3ppg and 1.9rpg. Babaylov contributed to his team winning the Cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League 1st Team award back in 2013.
Babaylov has spent his entire career in Russia playing for three other teams: Ural Great, Zavod im. Kirova and Ural Great Perm U23.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Babaylov
Ivan Savelyev
Andrey Mateyunas
Viktor Zaryazhko
Maksim Sakharov

Forward:
Igor Smygin

Centers:
Maxim Krivosheev
Artjoms Butjankovs

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Linas Lekavicius joins Samara SGEU - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Samara-SGEU (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 33-year old Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-87kg-84, college: American) from Univ.Surgut. In 32 Superleague 1 games in Russia he had 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.1apg (top 4) and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win the Superleague 1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The most of previous (2015-16) season Lekavicius spent at Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL where in 25 games he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Vytautas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 8 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. Lekavicius also played 4 games in Baltic League where he got 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team back in 2012 and 2013.
Lekavicius was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team in 2003.
He is quite experienced player. Lekavicius has played also professionally in Poland (Polpharma), Ukraine (Dnipro and Sumykhimprom Sumy) and Lithuania (Sakalai).
He attended American University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Lekavicius: Linas Lekavicius is a physical guard that has the ability to play the point guard and shooting guard position. He excels at shooting the mid-range jumper and creating his own shot off the dribble or off a screen. Linas loves to use his quick first step to get to the lane and distribute the ball to his teammates for open shots thanks to his exceptional court vision. He uses his strength to ward off defenders and finishes in traffic with ease. Combining speed, athleticism and the ability to take over a game by scoring and distributing is making Linas Lekavicius an asset for any coach. Great work ethics and willingness to listen. Fighter till the last second. Struggles with outside shooting accuracy which needs to be improved.

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Andorra lands Moussa Diagne - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) tabbed 23-year old Senegalese international center Moussa Diagne (211-103kg-94, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. Diagne managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 15 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Diagne also played 8 games in Euroleague where he had only 2.6ppg and 3.5rpg. The other team he played that season for was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. In 17 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0spg. Diagne also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 7.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg.
His team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Diagne has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for three other teams: Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada, Fontedoso Carrefour and Torrejon.
Diagne attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He is described as: Has an almost 7-5 wingspan and an ideal body to play the 5 position. Can yet intimidate anyone, has an immense upside, even at NBA level.

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Oliver Stevic
Vladimir Jankovic
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Moussa Diagne

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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Marko Jovancic signs at Fabriano - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Janus Basket Fabriano landed 24-year old naturalized Serbian forward Marko Jovancic (195-80kg-93) from Basket Golfo Piombino. In 28 Serie B games he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jovancic played at BCC Vasto where in 30 Serie B games he had 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg.
He has played previously for five other teams: Umana Venezia, Omegna, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Spilimbergo and Oasi di Kufra Fondi.

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Rahmon Fletcher (ex Newcastle E.) is a newcomer at Kosice - by Eurobasket News

KB Kosice (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay). He has played for the last three seasons at Newcastle Eagles Esh Group in British BBL league. In 38 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and had 2.2rpg, 6.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.4spg last season. Fletcher helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He won British BBL championship title in 2015.
Fletcher has played also professionally in Holland (Weert and Bergen op Zoom).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

KB Kosice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eric Palm
Rahmon Fletcher

Forwards:
Igor Maric
Stanislav Baldovsky
Richard Korner

Centers:
Peter Sedmak
Svetozar Stamenkovic

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Fifolt is back at Krka - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Liga Nova KBM) are bringing in 24-year old center Ziga Fifolt (211-115kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Novo Mesto as he has played here before. Fifolt played last season at Tajfun (Liga Nova KBM). In 32 games he had 7.2ppg and 4.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Fifolt was tested by Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) in Italian league. He also played that season for Slovan (2SKL) where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.2bpg. Fifolt also spent pre-season at KK Splosna plovba Portoroz (Telemach League) that year.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.8ppg.
Fifolt has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Helios, Elektra, Grosuplje and Krka Novo Mesto Junior Team) and Estonia (Rapla).

Krka Novo Mesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maj Kovacevic
Domen Bratoz
Marko Josilo
Klemen Kuznik
Tim Osolnik
Matic Siska
Miha Skedelj
Jakov Stipanicev
Martin Jancar

Forwards:
Dalibor Djapa
Jure Ritlop

Centers:
Ziga Dimec
Ziga Fifolt

Coach: Simon Petrov

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Krka brings back Domen Bratoz, Maj Kovacevic, Dalibor Djapa, inks Marko Josilo - by Zeljko Zule

Krka started started building a roster for the upcoming season by signing its former players Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93), Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90), Dalibor Djapa (205-F/C-84) plus Marko Josilo (200-G-92).
Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) arrives from Estonian side Avis Utilitas Rapla, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.1 blocks in 34 Alexela KML games and 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 14 Baltic League games last season. Bratoz played for Krka mostly for junior team until 2012. He has already played for Slovan an Tajfun, with whom he won Slovenian championship title.
Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) started last season with Helios Suns and in January moved to Zadar, for whom he averaged 9.9 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals in 9 ABA League games and 11.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 16 Croatian A1 League games. Kovacevic grew up with Krka and in his last campaign there, 2009-10, he posted 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 29 Slovenian League games. He then played for Zlatorog and Slovan in Slovenia plus Nitra and Komarno in Slovakia, Pagrati Athens in Greece and Siroki in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dalibor Djapa (205-F/C-84) arrives from Romanian side Targu Mures, where he averaged 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks in 10 FIBA Europe Cup and 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 24 Liga Nationala games last season. Djapa is well known Slovenian League figure who played for Krka, Parklji and Slovan. In his lone season with Krka, 2007-08, Djapa averaged 3.4 points in 17 Slovenian League games. He has already played for Spartak Subotica, OKK Beograd, Swisslion Takovo Lion Vrsac in his native Serbia, BC 93 Pulsar Rovno, Budivelnyk Kyiv and Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine, Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland, Vanoli Braga Cremona in Italy, CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, CS Energa Rovinari Targu Jiu, BCMU Pitesti and BC Timisioara in Romania and Alba Fehervar in Hungary
Marko Josilo (200-G-92) started last season wit Metalac Valjevo and in March moved to Bosna Royal, for whom he averaged 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17 Bosnian Division I games, helping club reach the play-off finals. Josilo grew up with Partizan and has already played for Varda Visegrad, Radnik Bijeljina and Igokea in Bosnia.




Krka to sign Tim Osolnik - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Liga Nova KBM) agreed terms with 21-year old Slovenian guard Tim Osolnik (190-96). He played last season at Gorica in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 11 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Osolnik played at Slovan (2SKL) where in 15 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
His team made it to the U18 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
Osolnik has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Krka Novo Mesto Junior Team).

Krka Novo Mesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maj Kovacevic
Domen Bratoz
Marko Josilo
Klemen Kuznik
Tim Osolnik
Matic Siska
Miha Skedelj
Jakov Stipanicev
Martin Jancar

Forwards:
Dalibor Djapa
Jure Ritlop

Center:
Ziga Dimec

Coach: Simon Petrov

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Coach Dejan Mihevc signs at Torun - by Greg

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) landed 39-year old Slovenian coach Dejan Mihevc. He coached most recently at Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals after they ended as the best team in regular season.
Mihevc has coached previously professionally also at Tajfun Sentjur and in United Kingdom (London Leopards).

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships U17 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships U17 1st Team 2017
Kevin Rubio
Rubio
Ignacio Arroyo
Arroyo
Aaron Capurro
Capurro
Leandro Bolmaro
Bolmaro
Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd
Lorca-Lloyd

Best Player: Ignacio Arroyo (185-G-00) of Chile
Best Guard: Ignacio Arroyo (185-G-00) of Chile
Best Forward: Aaron Capurro (00) of Ecuador
Best Center: Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (6'10''-F/C-00) of Chile

1st Team
G: Kevin Rubio (189-G-00) of Chile
G: Ignacio Arroyo (185-G-00) of Chile
F: Aaron Capurro (00) of Ecuador
F: Leandro Bolmaro (198-F-00) of Argentina
F/C: Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (6'10''-F/C-00) of Chile

Honorable Mention
Fernando Fuenmayor (C-00) of Venezuela
Francisco Farabello (188-G-00) of Argentina
Michael Moncayo (00) of Ecuador
Juan Pablo Cardona (190-G-00) of Colombia
Jose Rolon (00) of Paraguay
Santiago Vescovi (184-SG-01) of Uruguay
Jose Mesones (197-C-00) of Peru
Agustin Carreon (G-00) of Bolivia



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  SPAIN  


FC Barcelona could land Phil Pressey - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 26-year old American point guard Phil Pressey (180-79kg-91, college: Missouri) who played last time at Santa Cruz Warriors in NBA G League. In 49 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 8.0apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5) last season. Pressey also spent pre-season at the Warriors in NBA that year.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2012. Pressey received also NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Pressey attended University of Missouri until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Heurtel
Rakim Sanders

Forward:
Adrien Moerman

Center:
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

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Prat lands Caleb Agada, ex Ottawa - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old Canadian-Nigerian guard Caleb Agada (193-94, agency: Blacktop Management). He just graduated from Ottawa. In 20 games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.7spg (in top 3) last season. Agada helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in CIS. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded CIS All-Canadian Defensive Player of the Year, All-OUA Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-OUA 1st Team.
Among other achievements Agada's team won OUA North Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg.
Agada has played previously for Marauders and Burlington E..

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forward:
Marc Blanch

Center:
Gerbert Marti

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Placide Nakidjim joins La Roda - by Eurobasket News

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda agreed terms with 23-year old Chadian center Placide Nakidjim (205-94) from CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior. In 9 EBA games in Spain he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 2.8bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Nakidjim also played that season for Moron (LEB Silver) where in 10 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The other team Nakidjim played shortly was Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (LEB Silver). In 7 games he averaged remarkable 19.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nakidjim was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Center of the Year in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B and Cambados.
On Nakidjim: An undersized center with great athletic skills. A great leaper and slasher, he indimitades yet a lot in the paint.

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L'Hospitalet signs rookie Devin Schmidt - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) inked American guard Devin Schmidt (193-98kg). He just graduated from Delta State University (NCAA2). Schmidt has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Schmidt helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-GSC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Schmidt's team won GSC Regular Season in 2014. He received also All-GSC Player of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.

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Noah Allen joins Manresa - by Eurobasket News

ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 22-year old American guard Noah Allen (201-98kg-95). He just graduated from Hawaii (NCAA). In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to All-Big West 1st Team. Allen also played 1 game where he recorded also remarkable stats: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
As mentioned above Allen is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

ICL Manresa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Noah Allen
Daniel Garcia

Forwards:
Jordi Trias
Jokubas Gintvainis
Nil Bria

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Cristian Diaz agreed terms with Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) inked 25-year old point guard Cristian Diaz (185-92) from Ourense Termal. In 38 LEB Gold games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season.
The previous (15-16) season Diaz played at Magia_Huesca where in 41 LEB Gold games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Diaz won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2015.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5spg.
Diaz has played previously for four other teams: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Gran Canaria and Navarra.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Cristian Diaz
Sergi Quintela

Center:
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

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Mikel Uriz joins Sevilla - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old point guard Mikel Uriz (182-89). He has played for the last two seasons at Palma in the LEB Gold. In 36 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Uriz's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2012 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 1st Team back in 2012.
Uriz has played previously for eight other teams: Magia_Huesca, Blancos de Rueda, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura, Alcazar, Cocinas.com, Santurtzi and Marin.

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Andorra lands Moussa Diagne - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) tabbed 23-year old Senegalese international center Moussa Diagne (211-103kg-94, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. Diagne managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 15 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Diagne also played 8 games in Euroleague where he had only 2.6ppg and 3.5rpg. The other team he played that season for was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. In 17 Liga Endesa games he recorded 7.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0spg. Diagne also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 7.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg.
His team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Diagne has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for three other teams: Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada, Fontedoso Carrefour and Torrejon.
Diagne attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He is described as: Has an almost 7-5 wingspan and an ideal body to play the 5 position. Can yet intimidate anyone, has an immense upside, even at NBA level.

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Oliver Stevic
Vladimir Jankovic
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Moussa Diagne

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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L'Hospitalet lands Ivan Garcia - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) tabbed 31-year old power forward Ivan Garcia (206-86). He played most recently at Araberri (LEB Gold). In 34 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg last season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Garcia played at Navarra (also in LEB Gold) where in 24 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg.
His team made it to the LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals in 2012.
Garcia has played previously for eight other teams: FC Barcelona, Valencia Basket, Ourense, Magia_Huesca, Barca II, Cornella, Zaragoza and Olivar.

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edgar San_Epifanio
Xavier Guia
Devin Schmidt

Center:
Ivan Garcia

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Rodriguez is back at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) signed 33-year old point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84). It is actually his comeback to Melilla_Baloncesto as he has played here before. Rodriguez has played for the last three seasons at Quesos Cerrato de Palencia in the LEB Gold. In 46 games he had 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.1apg last season. Rodriguez helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2016. Rodriguez was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year back in 2009.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for seven other teams: Magia_Huesca, Caceres_Basket, Leche Rio Breogan, CB Tarragona_2017, La Palma, Lleida_Basquet and CB Tarragona_2017.

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Almeria signs Teodor Petrov - by Eurobasket News

Almeria Basket signed 22-year old forward Teodor Petrov (202-95). He played last season at Meridiano Baza in the EBA. In 19 games he had 3.3ppg and 3.2rpg. 1 Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Petrov has played previously for CB Granada.

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Faverani comes back to UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Brazilian ex-international center Vitor Faverani (212-118kg-88). It is actually his comeback to UCAM Murcia as he has played here before. Faverani is not a newcomer in Spanish League where he played most recently at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg. Faverani helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team Faverani played that season for was UCAM Murcia. In 15 Liga Endesa games he had 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Faverani's team won Israeli Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faverani was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Faverani's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Faverani has played previously professionally in Italy, NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (Valencia Basket, Zaragoza, Gipuzkoa and Clinicas Rincon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Brazil (Araraquara) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful pivot with great moves inside. Yet a "beast" defensively, he has improved his offensive skill, becoming a very good scoring center.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Clevin Hannah

Forwards:
Marko Lukovic
Ovie Soko

Centers:
Vitor Faverani
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba

Coach: Ibon Navarro

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Dionte Adams signs at Valls Nutrion - by Eurobasket News

CB Valls Nutrion (EBA) landed 23-year old American forward Dionte Adams (201-98kg-94, college: Hampton) from Innova Chef. In 20 EBA games in Spain he averaged 11.3ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Adams played at Tokyo in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth where in two games he had 6.0ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.5apg in 2016 season.
Among other achievements his college team won MEAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Adams graduated from Hampton University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

CB Valls Nutrion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oriol Besora
Marc Navarro

Forwards:
Dionte Adams
Marc Gimenez
Pablo Fontanet

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CB Canarias ink Mateusz Ponitka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-92kg-93). He was about to sign at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. The last season Ponitka played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL where in 27 games he had 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named 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 recorded 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named 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.
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).
He could be described: 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.

Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davin White
Mateusz Ponitka

Forwards:
Tim Abromaitis
Rosco Allen

Center:
Mike Tobey

Coach: Nenad Markovic

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Cardenas comes back to Oviedo - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old point guard Francisco Cardenas (177-90). It is actually his comeback to Oviedo_CB as he has played here before. Cardenas has played for the last three years at Obradoiro in the Liga Endesa. Liga Endesa was a little too high level for him, where in 14 Liga Endesa games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 1.7apg last season. LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Among other achievements Cardenas won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2014.
Cardenas has played previously for two other teams: Ourense and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team.

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Rivas comes back to CB Pardinyes-Lleida - by Eurobasket News

CB Pardinyes-Lleida (EBA) inked 21-year old guard Adria Rivas (96). It is actually his comeback to Lleida as he has played here before. Rivas has played for the last two years at Forca Lleida in the LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in three LEB Gold games he recorded just 0.7ppg last season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Rivas' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group C-B Regular Season 2017.

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Coach David Mangas signs at Navarra - by Eurobasket News

Basket Navarra de Pamplona (LEB Silver) landed 39-year old coach David Mangas from Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. Mangas has coached there for the last six years.
He coached in the final of Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off in 2016.

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Real Madrid announce Ognjen Kuzmic - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid announced the signing of Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90). The Serbian centre has penned a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. Ognjen Kuzmic tallied 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds per game in the Serbian League last season. In ABA League the centre notched 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per appearance. In EuroLeague his stats read 9.5 points and 4.3 boards. He was named All-Serbian League Centre of the Year. Kuzmic also made it onto All-Adriatic League 2nd Team.



BBU Salzburg tabs Sergio Jimenez, ex Casvi - by Eurobasket News

BBU Salzburg (2.Bundesliga) inked 22-year old Spaniard guard Sergio Jimenez (188-95). He has played for the last two years at Casvi in Spanish EBA league. In 30 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jimenez played at CB Andujar Jean Paraiso Interi (also in EBA) where in only one game he had 3 points and 1 rebound.
He helped his team to make it to the Spanish EBA Final Stage 4 Runner-Up in 2017.
Jimenez has played also professionally in Spain for Real Canoe.

BBU Salzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Jimenez
Dusan Oluic

Forward:
Guillermo Sanchez

Center:
Lorenz Rattey

Coach: Aaron Mitchell

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Lanzarote keeps Suarez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Aloe Plus Lanzarote Conejeros (EBA) re-signed forward Francisco Suarez (200). He played there last season. In 19 EBA games he averaged 4.6ppg and 1.8rpg.

Aloe Plus Lanzarote Conejeros roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Raul Rodriguez

Forwards:
Alejandro Viera
Francisco Suarez

Center:
Karl Niamamoukoko

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Domenech re-signs at Cerdanyola - by Eurobasket News

CB Cerdanyola al Dia A (EBA) confirmed in their roster 26-year old guard Oriol Domenech (187-91). He played there last season. In 14 EBA games he had 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.

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Cerdanyola keeps Anton for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Cerdanyola al Dia A (EBA) re-signed forward Javier Anton (198). He played there last season. In 11 EBA games he recorded 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg.

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Cerdanyola keeps Tena for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Cerdanyola al Dia A (EBA) re-signed 28-year old guard Genis Tena (186-89). He played there last season. In 26 EBA games he averaged 15.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg.
Tena is a very experienced player.

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Joventut inks Saulius Kulvietis, ex Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-100kg-91). He played last season at Vytautas in Lithuanian LKL league. Kulvietis managed to play in three leagues last year. In 24 LKL games he had 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title. Kulvietis also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kulvietis played at Juventus (also in LKL). In 27 games he got 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kulvietis also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team back in 2011.
Kulvietis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 90.0%.
Kulvietis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Sakalai, MRU Vilnius, P.Zvaigzdes and KM-Aisciai 98 Kaunas.
He could be described: Forward who can play at SF and PF positions. Has a high basketball IQ, well developed player tactically who understands and reads the game very well. Saulius is a great shooter, can make three-pointer of mid-range shot of the dribble. Needs to improve his strength as a PF and ball handling as a SF.

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Richard
Dominik Mavra

Forwards:
Alex Ruoff
Saulius Kulvietis
Albert Ventura
Simon Birgander

Center:
Jerome Jordan

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John Shurna (ex Cedevita) agreed terms with Andorra - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old American (has also Lithuanian passport) forward John Shurna (204-90, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league, but left the team in May.'17. Shurna managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 14 A1 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.8ppg and 2.9rpg. And finally Shurna contributed to 23 games in ABA League where he had 8.2ppg and 2.9rpg.
He played in the final of Adriatic League.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Valencia Basket. In 39 Liga Endesa games he got 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg. Shurna helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 6.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.
Shurna has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Shurna received NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Shurna represented Lithuania at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT-3 (70.6%), FT: 33.3%.
Shurna has played also professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Turkey (Darussafaka) and NBA (New York Knicks).
He attended Northwestern University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Shurna's game is described as: A smart player, with great court vision and passing skills. Has a strange shooting mechanic but he's enough accurate. An intelligent defender, he plays very well without the ball in his hands.

MoraBanc Andorra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Jelinek
Jaka Blazic
Andrew Albicy
Jaime Fernandez

Forwards:
Oliver Stevic
Vladimir Jankovic
John Shurna
Beka Burjanadze

Center:
Moussa Diagne

Coach: Joan Penarroya

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  SWITZERLAND  


Fribourg lands Murphy Burnatowski - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg Olympic (LNA) tabbed 27-year old Canadian small forward Murphy Burnatowski (200-104kg-90, college: Colgate). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. In 24 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Burnatowski helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team. Burnatowski also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Burnatowski played at Starwings. In 30 LNA games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and recorded 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. It was a great season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Bosman Player of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
Burnatowski was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Burnatowski represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), Czech Republic (BK Usti nad Labem) and Canada (SJAM Waterloo).
Burnatowski attended Colgate University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Fribourg Olympic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chad Timberlake
Jeremy Jaunin

Forwards:
Murphy Burnatowski
Slobodan Miljanic
Natan Jurkovitz

Coach: Petar Aleksic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Defence Force remain unbeaten in North Zone - by Don Farrell

Defence Force remains as the only unbeaten team after weekend round of matches in the North Zone Basketball League which featured eight games at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex.
On Sunday night, Defence Force, a former league championship team, defeated Straker Nets 78-62 after dominating the contest from the jump-ball.
The army/coastguard combination team led 18-8 after the first quarter and 34-26 at the interval. Nets did everything possible to stay in the contest but when the third stanza ended they were still trailing 54-43.
In the final quarter, their defence fell apart which allowed the opponents to go on a 12-2 run which pushed the opposition further on the backfoot and the match beyond their reach. For the winners, forward Kyeon Joseph in his first season for Defence Force led with 14 points and veteran forward Steven 'Lighter' Lewis connected on 12.
For Straker Nets who defeated the University of West Indies (UTT) the night before 77-59, point-guard Sidiki Guerra produced 17 points.



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  TUNISIA  


Tunisia beat Romania 79-71 at second friendly ahead of AfroBasket - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia Sunday beat Romania 79-71 in Cluj, Romania, at a second friendly ahead of AfroBasket 2017. Tunisia Friday conceded defeat at a first friendly (56-67). AfroBasket will be hosted by Tunisia and Senegal on September 8-16. Tunisia were drawn in Group C with Cameroon, Rwanda and Guinea.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



Antwan Space signs at Dalia Sport Grombalia - by Ahmed Abderrahim

Dalia Sport Grombalia landed 24-years old american Forward Antwan Space (206-F/C-93). He graduated from Massachusetts NCAA .
As mentioned above Space is just out of the college and i will be the second seasob pro after the season with Tomas de Rocamora he played 27 games he averaged 11,6 ppg , 5,3 rpg and 1,8 apg last season.
The team have recruited important local players to try to make a good season with a goal to reach the super playoffs ( Final four ) and a good results in the cup .



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  TURKEY  


Arda Dogus Saribay agreed terms with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TB2L) inked 26-year old guard Arda Dogus Saribay (193-91). He played most recently at Mugla Orman in the TBL. In 28 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg last season. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Saribay played at Istanbul DSI (also in TBL) where in 28 games he averaged 4.6ppg and 1.8rpg.
He won Turkish TB3L championship title in 2014.
Saribay has played previously for five other teams: Izmir Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Beykoz, Yeni Nesil, Istanbul BBSK and Gediz.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi roster for 2017-2018:

Serdar Yavuz
Arda Dogus Saribay
Onur Calban
Tufan Findikli
Hidayet Civan

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Besiktas are considering to add Augusto Lima to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 26-year old Brazilian international center Augusto Lima (207-104kg-91) who played last time at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 42 LKL games he had 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Lima also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 18 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Lima contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Lima also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Lima played that season for was UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 17 games he got 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
Lima has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2011 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2007.
Lima represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Lima has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and CB Granada).
He could be described: An inside player with huge upside. He's long, has great body (Dwight Howard type), he's a great leaper. Intense and aggressive, Augusto can be very dominant inside, and very active on both boards, snatching rebounds and blocking shots. He understands the game very well and knows how to position himself on the court. A great 1 on 1 defender, has good mobility, runs the court like a guard and finishes every play aggressively. Offensively, he has good post moves, decent outside shot and good presence inside to receive passes. Needs to add some weight and polish his offensive skills, but future is bright.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Muratcan Guler
Erkan Veyseloglu
D.J. Strawberry
Can Mutaf
Earl Clark
Sertac Sanli
Jon Diebler
Kyle Weems
Kenan Sipahi
Samet Geyik
Ryan Boatright
Enes Taskiran
Omer Al
Bekir Sabri Karli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

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Mamak DSI lands Serkan Kirce - by Eurobasket News

Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) tabbed 21-year old center Serkan Kirce (204-100kg-96) from Turk Telekom. But in 32 TBL games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kirce played at Orkide Gediz Univeristesi where in two TBL games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
He was selected to U19 National Team in 2015.

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Mamak DSI adds Kulcebas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) added to their roster experienced 36-year old power forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (207-104kg-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) from Socar Petkim. In 36 TBL games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulcebas played at TED Kolejliler (BSL). But in 21 games he averaged only 0.7ppg and 1.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2013. Kulcebas was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for six other teams: Trabzonspor, Galatasaray, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Banvit, Aliaga and Hacettepe.
Kulcebas is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mamak DSI.
On Kulcebas: He's 4 with skills. Good Ball handler for his size. Good vision. From the Low Post game he can find the open man. Decent passer. Can hit the 15 foot jumper. Can block shot, and car rebound.
He's a hard worker. Understands the Game. Needs to build stronger. Needs to improve his outside shot. Good Rotation on Defense
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Artvin lands Tolga Birer - by Eurobasket News

Artvin Belediye (TB2L) landed 19-year old center Tolga Birer (202-98) from Kepez Bld. In 19 TB2L games he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.5rpg last season.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Birer spent at Pertevniyal (TBL). But in two games he had just 1.0ppg. He also spent pre-season at Anadolu Efes (BSL) that year.
Birer represented Turkey at the European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0pts, 1.4rpg.

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Artvin inks Mufit Can Alp - by Eurobasket News

Artvin Belediye (TB2L) signed 26-year old Mufit Can Alp (91). He played last season at Final Genclik (TBL). In 8 games he had 3.5ppg and 1.0rpg. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Alp played at Adanaspor (also in TBL). TBL was a little too high level for him, where in 5 games he recorded just 0.8ppg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Elazig, Bursaspor and Sanliurfaspor.

Artvin Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Mehmet Ali Yatagan
Tolga Birer
Kemal Can Aktuna
Mufit Can Alp

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Socar Petkim inks Alan Wiggins, ex Aomori Watts - by Eurobasket News

Socar Petkimspor (TBL) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Alan Wiggins (206-115kg-85, college: USF). He played last season at Aomori Watts in Japanese B League D2. In 60 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Wiggins played at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 36 games he recorded 9.5ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Wiggins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
In 2007 Wiggins was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (31st overall).
He attended University of San Francisco and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wiggins played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2011. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Forward of the Year back in 2011.
Wiggins is quite experienced player. He has played in nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Wiggins has played previously professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (STB Le Havre), Korea (Anyang KGC), Lebanon, Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Ukraine (Halychyna and DniproAzot), Turkey (Balikesir) and China (Guangzhou Liu Sui).

Socar Petkimspor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alfrie Kelley
Ahmet_Ali Erdogan
Ahmet Cantitiz
Efekan Cosar

Forwards:
Alan Wiggins
Umit Sonkol
Murat Erensoy
Mert Basdan

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Gani Lawal (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Karesi Spor - by Eurobasket News

Karesi Spor (TB2L) inked 29-year old Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (206-106kg-88, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 22 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Lawal helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg. Lawal contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team he played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu (also in Serie A). In 9 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2010 Lawal was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (46th overall). He attended Georgia Tech and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Lawal won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team award back in 2013. Strangely Lawal also played for Nigerian National Team in 2013.
He played at the Gulf Club Championships Winner last year.
Lawal is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (Chorale de Roanne), Greece (Panathinaikos), Latvia (VEF Riga), Poland, NBA (Phi.76ers), Turkey (Trabzonspor), United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns, Delaware 87ers and Westchester Knicks).

Karesi Spor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerry Smith
Ismail Gulmez

Forwards:
Sahin Ekmen
Hazer Avci

Centers:
Gokhan Karabiyik
Gani Lawal

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galatasaray signs T.J. Cline - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) signed 23-year old American forward T.J. Cline (206-104kg-94). He just graduated from Richmond (NCAA). Cline has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 5.6apg last season. Cline helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NIT Elite Eight. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, named to All-Atlantic 10 1st Team and named to NABC All-District 4 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Cline's team won MAAC Regular Season in 2013.

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mehmet Yagmur
Alex Renfroe
Dwight Hardy
Goksenin Koksal

Forwards:
Emir Preldzic
DaJuan Summers
Scotty Hopson
Ege Arar
T.J. Cline

Center:
Richard Hendrix

Coach: Erman Kunter

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sakarya BSB keeps Gonlum for another season - by Eurobasket News

Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol (TBL) re-signed experienced 40-year old former international power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-102kg-77). He played there last season. In 40 TBL games he averaged 10.8ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.8apg. Gonlum helped them to win the TBL title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Defensive Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka (BSL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Gonlum had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 33 BSL games he recorded 6.9ppg and 4.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Gonlum also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 7.3ppg and 4.4rpg.
Gonlum was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2000 and 2014 and previously for University National Team back in 2005.
Gonlum also represented Turkey at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 58.1%.
Gonlum has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for four other teams: Anadolu Efes, Trabzonspor, Galatasaray and TED Kolejliler.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Sakarya BSB.
Let's have closer look into Gonlum's outlook: Another late bloomer, who started playing organized basketball at 18, improving his skills year after year. Has great athleticism, quick feet and good instincts, and has even become a good scorer, developing a good shot front to the basket.

Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Can Korkmaz
Lazeric Jones
Dogukan Sanli
Rodney Pryor

Forwards:
Mehmet Ozdogan
Kerem Gonlum
Nikola Jankovic
Metecan Birsen

Centers:
Moustapha Fall
Nathan Boothe

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Kemal Can Aktuna is a newcomer at Artvin - by Eurobasket News

Artvin Belediye (TB2L) added to their roster 22-year old Kemal Can Aktuna (95) from Kepez Bld. In 20 TB2L games he recorded 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg last season. Aktuna also spent pre-season at Gelisim (TBL) that year.

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Mehmet Ali Yatagan signs at Artvin - by Eurobasket News

Artvin Belediye (TB2L) landed 24-year old guard Mehmet Ali Yatagan (192-93) from Kepez Bld. In 21 TB2L games he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Yatagan played at Bursaspor where in 23 TB2L games he had just 2.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the regular season.
Yatagan has played previously for two other teams: Besiktas and Denizli Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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VI U17 starts Centrobasket today - by David Edole

The young men from the Virgin Islands are one day away from competing at the 2017 Centrobasket (Central America and Caribbean) U17 Tournament being held in the Dominican Republic. The V.I. team is the returning silver medalist and opens the tournament versus Jamaica at 3pm on Wednesday July 26th. You could view the game at this link live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyHdBBQJMNM
The rest of V.I. schedule in Group B as follows Thursday vs. Dominican Republic at 7pm and Friday versus Panama at 1pm. Group A consists of Bahamas, Mexico, Guyana and defending gold medalist Puerto Rico.
The top two teams in each group advance to semifinals on Saturday with the finals scheduled for Sunday. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, that will be played in St. Catharines, Canada from June 11-17, 2018.



U.S. Virgin Islands U17 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Zion Jones
Jones
Bryce Nash
Nash
Amir Nesbitt
Nesbitt
Demoii Dagou
Dagou
Kmani Bruce
Bruce
#e#5
4Kmani Bruce 175-PG-02
5Jaz Farrell 190-G-00
6Zedy Lake 185-G-00
7Zion Jones 187-G-00
8Jahkwani Williams 01
9Bryce Nash 193-F/G-00
11Jordan Knight 190-G-00
12Amir Nesbitt 182-PG-01
13J-Quan Ferrol 198-F-00
14Demoii Dagou 193-F/G-00
15Jonathon Sealy 203-F/C-00




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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Williams flies into Eagles nest - by Paul Nilsen

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle are delighted to announce their first signing for the forthcoming 2017-18 season and whilst the player flying into Tyneside is a first-time Eagle, his face will be familiar to fans.

Kai Williams (198-PF-88, college: S.Dakota St.) is a 29-year old 6ft 6in swingman, who will make Newcastle the fourth stop on his BBL journey, which initially started with Cheshire Phoenix in 2012, before later calling at moved Worcester Wolves and London Lions where he has spent the past two seasons.

Williams is well versed in the Eagles' culture and admits it was one of the factors for him signing.

He stated: "I am happy and very excited about joining Newcastle for this upcoming season. I have heard nothing but good things from past Eagles players, so feel it will be a great situation.

"After receiving the offer and talking everything over with my agent and fiance, it seemed as though this was a great situation for us on and off the court. So, we jumped at the opportunity.

"I think the combination of the club's history and fan support is what also helped draw me in.

"I'm a player that has always tried to put the team's needs before my own, so I'm going to try my best to contribute in anyway the team needs in order to be successful."

Williams averaged 12 pts and 5.1 rebounds per game for London and has played in over 160 competitive games during his BBL career. He also had a season during 2014 in the top Swedish League with Umea.

The athletic forward who runs the floor very smoothly, is equally adept at cutting to the basket or shooting from outside to get his points. He is also known as a hard-working team player.

"Kai is a talented player who has won in this league, which is always important,' said Eagles' play-caller Fab Flournoy.

'We think he will be an excellent fit with the group we are building."

The Eagles are still waiting to confirm further signings which should be announced soon.



Sharks sign Alexander the Great - by Paul Nilsen

DBL Sharks Sheffield are pleased to announce the signing of 6ft 3in guard, Chris Alexander (186-PG-83, college: Southern).

He has played most of his career in the highly touted Pro A German league and so joins the Sharks with a wealth of experience and a sharp scoring mentality.

"I was able to see Chris play at the Tigers Academy in Warrington shortly after the season,"revealed Sharks' Head Coach, Atiba Lyons.

"He is a very dynamic guard who plays with a fire and a grit you can't teach. I am excited to see him perform on the floor.

"I think he is happy for a change of scenery and to prove what he can do" said Coach Lyons.

Last season, the Division I Southern University graduate was third in scoring in Pro A with 17.6 points and 3.3 assists per game. Following years of experience in Germany, his reputation developed as a great leader and mentor to younger players.

"I am really excited to get the season underway," said the guard.

"After meeting Coach Lyons and GM Sarah Backovic, I feel very comfortable in the situation.

"They have a strong desire to win and I want to bring my winning mentality to Sheffield."

After completing 7 years with the same club ETB Wohnbaun Baskets Essen, Alexander decided to make the leap for a new challenge.

He added, "I was just ready for something different. I have had a great run, but at this point of my career, I really wanted to have a different experience.

"I know the UK is a very tough league."



Rahmon Fletcher (ex Newcastle E.) is a newcomer at Kosice - by Eurobasket News

KB Kosice (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay). He has played for the last three seasons at Newcastle Eagles Esh Group in British BBL league. In 38 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and had 2.2rpg, 6.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.4spg last season. Fletcher helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He won British BBL championship title in 2015.
Fletcher has played also professionally in Holland (Weert and Bergen op Zoom).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

KB Kosice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eric Palm
Rahmon Fletcher

Forwards:
Igor Maric
Stanislav Baldovsky
Richard Korner

Centers:
Peter Sedmak
Svetozar Stamenkovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leeds Force signs rookie Jordan Cook in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of British forward Jordan Cook (188). Cook just graduated from University of Maine at Presque Isle (NCAA3). He has played there for the last four years. In 19 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
As mentioned above Cook is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He was voted to USCAA D2 All-Academic Team in 2017.

Leeds Force roster for 2017-2018:

Alhaji Fullah
Aidan Appleyard
Jordan Cook
Issac Mourier

Coach: Mika Turunen

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Limburg United lands Cory Dixon, ex Plymouth R. - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) tabbed 27-year old American forward Cory Dixon (201-93kg-90, college: New Orleans). He has played for the last two years at Plymouth University Raiders in British BBL league. In 33 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and recorded 7.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg last season. Dixon helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 2nd Team.
Three years ago he was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in eighth round (119th overall).
The former University of New Orleans staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team won Australian SEABL-East Regular Season in 2015.
Dixon has played also professionally in Australia (Bandits).

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Cory Dixon
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Ronnie McCollum

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Worcester Wolves sign rookie Brandon Parrish in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Worcester Wolves (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Brandon Parrish (198-95kg). Parrish just graduated from Texas Christian University (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 37 games he recorded 5.9ppg and 2.7rpg last season. Parrish helped them to win the league title (twice) and league title (also twice).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Leeds Force keeps Mourier for another season - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force (BBL) re-signed 22-year old swingman Issac Mourier (194-95). He played there last season. But in 27 BBL games he recorded just 1.5ppg.

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  URUGUAY  


Metropolitan Round 16: Tabare hands first loss to Sayago - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Sayago (12-1) on the court of fourth ranked Tabare on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tabare 86-81. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Sayago. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sayago won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sayago 36-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gonzalo Rivas (179-95) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for Sayago. Tabare (8-5) moved-up to third place. Sayago at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Tabare are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Marne (#13) in Montevideo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sayago will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Stockolmo (#6). Stockolmo was smashed at home by 21 points 82-103 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) and Fausto Pomoli who added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenas (11-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position behind leader Sayago. Stockolmo at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atenas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Union Atletica.
Bottom-ranked Colon managed to get a fourth victory on Monday night. This time they edged twelfth-ranked Marne 71-68. The winners were led by Tirrell Brown who scored that evening 21 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Tyronne McNeal did not help to save the game for Marne. Colon (4-10) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Marne dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Colon will meet higher ranked Verdirrojo (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Marne will play against Tabare having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked 25 de Agosto (6-8) to eleventh ranked Capitol (5-8) 67-66 on Tuesday evening. Juan Andres Galleto fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Capitol moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Verdirrojo. 25 de Agosto lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Capitol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Auriblanco.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Miramar (7-6) and Union Atletica (6-8), which took place in Montevideo. Higher ranked Miramar was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Union Atletica 75-48 on Tuesday. It was a very good performance for Howard Wilkerson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Atletica moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Miramar keeps the fifth position with six 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 Atenas.

In the last game of round 16 Verdirrojo was beaten by Auriblanco on the road 109-92.

Auriblanco - Verdirrojo 109-92

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Auriblanco (6-8) beat 8th ranked Verdirrojo (5-8) in Montevideo 109-92 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 60-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Auriblanco made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Auriblanco outrebounded Verdirrojo 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a very good performance for Rodrigo Goncalvez who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Joaquin Jones (202-97) contributed with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Auriblanco players scored in double figures. American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) replied with 31 points and 7 rebounds and forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Verdirrojo. Verdirrojo's coach Mathias Nieto rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Auriblanco have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Verdirrojo dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Auriblanco'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:
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 29+9reb+4ast, J.Jones 20+9reb+7ast, C.Colman 17+4reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 11+4reb+4ast, A.Taibo 11+2ast, A.Jones 9+4reb+2ast
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 31+7reb+2ast, P.Makanskas 22+7reb+5ast, S.Massa 12+2ast, M.Mayora 9+4reb+2ast, F.Cholaquides 9+1reb+2ast, M.Parreno 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 550662


U Atletica - Miramar 75-48

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Miramar (7-6) and Union Atletica (6-8), which took place in Montevideo. Higher ranked Miramar was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Union Atletica 75-48 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Union Atletica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Union Atletica forced 24 Miramar turnovers. It was a very good performance for American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-Ghanian center Ryan Blankson (201-80, college: Loyola, IL) replied with 2 points and 13 rebounds and guard Matias Nicoletti (193-94) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Miramar. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Atletica moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Miramar keeps the fifth position with six 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 Atenas.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: H.Wilkerson 22+12reb+7ast, G.Semiglia 16+3reb+3ast, I.Cambon 15+2reb+1ast, F.Trusich 9+5reb+3ast, A.Arrillaga 4+3reb, M.Martinez 3+10reb
Miramar: I.Asaravicius 10+6reb, M.Nessi 8+2reb+3ast, M.Nicoletti 8+6reb+2ast, J.Fahnbulleh 6+1reb, M.Lopez Garula 4+6reb, E.Rabinovich 4+3reb
gschID: 550664


Tabare - Sayago 86-81

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Sayago (12-1) on the court of fourth ranked Tabare on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tabare 86-81. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Sayago. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sayago won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sayago 36-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gonzalo Rivas (179-95) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Martin Perdomo (181-95) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Sayago. Five Sayago players scored in double figures. Tabare (8-5) moved-up to third place. Sayago at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Tabare are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Marne (#13) in Montevideo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sayago will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tabare: C.McCann 19+6reb, G.Rivas 15+5reb+3ast, A.Cabillon 15+5reb+3ast, S.de Gouveia 12+3reb, G.Diaz 9+2reb+1ast, E.Serres 9+4reb+3ast
Sayago: P.Harrison 18+13reb+3ast, G.Fernandez 16+1reb, M.Perdomo 13+3reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 13+4reb+2ast, R.Brause 11+1reb+2ast, M.Lado 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 550660


25 de Agosto - Capitol 66-67

A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked 25 de Agosto (6-8) to eleventh ranked Capitol (5-8) 67-66 on Tuesday evening. 25 de Agosto was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 22-10 charge of Capitol, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Juan Andres Galleto (181-96) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Javier Alvarez (193-83) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four 25 de Agosto players scored in double figures. Capitol moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Verdirrojo. 25 de Agosto lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Capitol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Auriblanco.
Top scorers:
Capitol: J.Efese 22+6reb, J.Andres Galleto 17+7reb+9ast, H.Silva 12+13reb+1ast, F.Soto 7+4reb+1ast, R.Pintos 4+2reb, N.Comas 3+2ast
25 de Agosto: R.Cardozo 16+10reb+1ast, N.Koster 13+4reb+5ast, J.Alvarez 13+4reb+7ast, T.Thomas Glen 10+4reb+2ast, J.Trindade 7+7reb, M.Mayora 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 550663


Colon - Marne 71-68

Bottom-ranked Colon managed to get a fourth victory on Monday night. This time they edged twelfth-ranked Marne 71-68. The winners were led by American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who scored that evening 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Federico Della Mea (187-92) supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) did not help to save the game for Marne. Forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Colon (4-10) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Marne dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Colon will meet higher ranked Verdirrojo (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Marne will play against Tabare having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Colon: T.Brown 21+9reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 14+6reb+2ast, F.Della Mea 12+8reb+5ast, L.Lepiani 11+4reb+4ast, N.Garcia 9+7reb+6ast, F.Baltasar 4+1reb+1ast
Marne: T.McNeal 17+10reb+4ast, S.Pereira 13+3reb+1ast, A.Pineiro 13+6reb+6ast, J.Crocano 10+8reb+2ast, N.Alves 6+5reb+2ast, J.Borallo 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 550661


Stockolmo - Atenas 82-103

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Stockolmo (#6). Stockolmo was smashed at home by 21 points 82-103 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Stockolmo's 40. They outrebounded Stockolmo 39-25 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Atenas players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Stockolmo's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) and forward Fausto Pomoli (198-94) who added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Martin Counago (182-97) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenas (11-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position behind leader Sayago. Stockolmo at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atenas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Union Atletica.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Danridge 34+3reb+7ast, M.Pose 21+7reb+5ast, F.Pomoli 16+10reb+11ast, L.Planells 10+1reb+1ast, N.Catala 5+12reb+4ast, J.Santiso 5+1reb+2ast
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 19+10reb, L.De Leon 16+4reb, M.Counago 15+6ast, O.Medina 13+4ast, F.Grolla 6+3reb+2ast, R.Videla 5+2reb
gschID: 550665





Danridge's 34-point game gives him Ascenso Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Atenas and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 34 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Stockolmo (#7, 6-8) with 21-point margin 103-82. 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 11-2 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 (3rd best: 25.9ppg), assists (8th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84) of U Atletica. He is American forward in his first season at U Atletica. In the last game Wilkerson recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led U Atletica to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Miramar (#5, 7-6) 75-48. This victory allowed U Atletica to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Wilkerson is one of the most experienced players at U Atletica and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Rodrigo Goncalvez of Auriblanco (#9). Goncalvez showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Auriblanco, leading his team to a 109-92 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Verdirrojo (#11, 5-8). The chances of Auriblanco ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goncalvez could help Auriblanco to bring them higher in the standings. Goncalvez has a great season in Uruguay. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) of Atenas - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) of Verdirrojo - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Charles McCann (193-F) of Tabare - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Fausto Pomoli (198-F-94) of Atenas - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 18 points, 13 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)



Nicholas Wadell (ex La Union) signs at Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo (LUB) landed 28-year old Argentinian forward Nicholas Wadell (200-89). He played most recently at La Union in Argentinian TNA league, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 26 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg and 6.7rpg in 2015-16 season.
Among other achievements Wadell was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @fhsports10)

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Panko comes back to Fuerza Regia, ex Guaros - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 40-year old American forward Andy Panko (203-101kg-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Fuerza Regia as he has played here before. Panko played most recently at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 19 games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg last season. Panko also played that season for Fuerza Regia where in 42 LNBP games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg.
In 1999 Panko was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in seventh round (86th overall).
He attended Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Div.III) and it will be his 19th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Panko won Mexican LNBP championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Panko is a very 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. Panko has played previously in France (Sluc Nancy), Greece (Panathinaikos and PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Carolina) and Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Sevilla, RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Fuerza Regia.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very offensively gifted player. He's got both good size and quickness. He's got more strength. He also has ballhandling and passing skills. If he improves his defense and rebounding consistency, he should be an NBA player. Simple -- the immensely talented forward and go-to player on offense. If he develops his defense and rebounding to go with his ability to score inside and outside, he could be in an NBA uniform.

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Parque Sur signs Emiro Hernandez, ex Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega

Parque Sur de Concepcion del Uruguay (TNA) signed 23-year old Venezuelan point guard Emiro Hernandez (188-94). He played last season at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 36 games he had 4.8ppg and 2.2rpg.
Part of previous (2016) summer Hernandez spent at Araguenos (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year. Hernandez also played that season for Cangrejeros (LNB) in Venezuelan league. Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year.
He has played also professionally in Venezuela for Piratas.

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Unics sign Andrey Koshcheev - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old forward Andrey Koshcheev (205-105kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Enisey (VTB). In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg. Koshcheev helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.5ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Koshcheev played at Zenit. In 17 Eurocup games he averaged 7.2ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he got just 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Koshcheev contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team he played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League). In two games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 13.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Koshcheev's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Ryazan, LenVO St.Petersburg, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Andrey Koshcheev
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Enisey welcomes back Zakharov - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) inked 24-year old international point guard Denis Zakharov (192-88kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). It is actually his comeback to Krasnoyarsk as he has played here before. Zakharov played most recently at Lokomotiv (VTB). But in four Eurocup games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. His team made it to the semifinals. Zakharov also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had only 1.5ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enisey. In 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. Zakharov helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he got 9.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg. The other team Zakharov played that season for was Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 25 games he got 9.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg.
Among other achievements Zakharov received Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team award in 2015.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Zakharov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Zakharov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 71.4%.
Zakharov has played previously for two other teams: Spartak Vidnoye and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Denis Zakharov
Sergey Mitusov

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Astana keeps Kolesnikov for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 29-year old former Kazakhstani international swingman Anatoly Kolesnikov (200-93kg-88, college: Nicholls State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Australian passport. Kolesnikov has played there for the last five seasons. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Kolesnikov also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0spg. Kolesnikov played in the final of Kazakhstan League.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kolesnikov also represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Changsha-Hunan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 65.5%.
Kolesnikov has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Kings and Norths Soul Sports Bears.
He attended Nicholls State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forward:
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

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Women News


Richardson-Smith's double-double lands her State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183-F) had a great game in the last round for Gladstone PCP and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 19.
She had a double-double of 44 points and 13 rebounds, while her team crushed Cairns D. (#8, 7-7) with 16-point margin 83-67. Gladstone PCP maintains the 4th position in their group in Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gladstone PCP will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Richardson-Smith had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. She has many years of experience at Gladstone PCP, through which she has constantly improved. Tabatha Richardson-Smith averages this season 31.0ppg, 10.4rpg and 4.8apg.

Second best performed player last round was Markel Walker (185-F-90) of Ipswich F.. She is American forward in her first season at Ipswich F.. In the last game Walker recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Ipswich F. cruised to a 107-97 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Logan T. (#2, 13-2). This victory allowed Ipswich F. to move up to 7th position in QBL. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Walker is one of the most experienced players at Ipswich F. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90) of Bulleen B. (#4). Boothe showcased her all-around game by recording 22 points, twenty three rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of Bulleen B., leading her team to a 79-39 easy win against the lower-ranked Diamond VE (#10, 2-17). Bulleen B. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Big V. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Boothe has a great season in Australia. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.1rpg (#1 in league). She also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chelsea Brook (188-F) of Norwood F. - 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Colleen Planeta (188-F-88) of Hume City B. - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90) of Bulleen B. - 26 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Shenita Landry (188-F-87) of Ipswich F. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Adijat Adams (188-C-92) of Albury LB - 17 points, 22 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ali Schwagmeyer (180-F-90) of Lakeside L. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Maddie Allen (190-C) of Brisbane S. - 22 points and 17 rebounds

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



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  BULGARIA  


Mann Filter keeps Zlatanova for another season - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) re-signed 29-year old Bulgarian international power forward Jaklin Zlatanova (190-88). She has played there for the last two seasons. Zlatanova's team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2011 and 2016. She received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Zlatanova has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2008.
Zlatanova also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 28.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Zlatanova has played also professionally in France (Tarbes), Spain (Extrugasa, Gran Canaria and Rivas Promete) and Bulgaria (Rilski Sportist and Dunav 8806 Ruse).

Mann Filter Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paola Ferrari
Gabriela Ocete
Shacobia Barbee
Zoe Hernandez

Forwards:
Jaklin Zlatanova
Tamara Abalde
Leslie Knight
Vega Gimeno
Carolina Esparcia

Center:
Gisela Vega

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Atenienses land Monique Reid, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Atenienses de Manatee (BSNF) landed 27-year old American power forward Monique Reid (185-90, college: Louisville, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 17 games she averaged impressive 23.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg last season. Reid 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 Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Reid also played 15 games in WABA where she was the best scorer with remarkable 21.9ppg and recorded 9.7rpg (#2 in the league), 3.4apg and 2.7spg (in top 5). 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 Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Reid won Bulgarian League championship title in 2016. She received also All-Big East Conf. Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at her college time.
Reid has played also professionally in Germany (Oberhausen) and Romania (ICIM Arad).
She attended University of Louisville until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Reid's outlook: Monique Reed is a 6-1 US Forward, a pure scorer that is coming from one of the best NCAA programs the University of Louisville. She had participated in two NCAA's Final 4 with the team of Louisville and she was first scorer of the program for 2 consecutive seasons 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. She has a wide range of scoring ways, excellent moves and great post game. She can shoot very good from the perimeter and score under pressure. Reid is very strong near to the basket and reliable rebounder. Monique has big experience for her age, reads the game very well and she is a leader in the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Anja Majstorovic (ex-Medvescak) joins CD Zamarat - by Zeljko Zule

Anja Majstorovic (184-SF-94) will continue her career in Spain with CD Zamarat. She signed a one-year deal.
Majstorovic spent all of her recent pro career playing for Medvescak, with whom she won four Championship and three Cup titles. She averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 23 Croatian A1 League games last season. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League first team.
Majstorovic was a member of the Croatian natioanal team at the U16 and U18 European Championship from 2009 through 2012 and won silver medal at the U16 Eurobasket played in Greece in 2010 and gold medal at the U18 Eurobasket Division B played in Hungary 2011.



Mia Masic returns to Italy - by Zeljko Zule

After a year in France, Mia Masic (180-F-93) has returned to Italy to play for Serie A2 side Selargius in the 2017-18 season.
Masic spent last season with Al Aplemont Le Havre, where she averaged 9.9 points per game in Nationale 1 League (third tier). Masic grew up with Pleter Rijeka and has already play for Sibenik in Croatia before moving to Italy to play for Querciambiente Muggia in the 2014-15 season. In her last Italian Seria A2 League's season, 2015-16 with Energa Virtus Cagliari, Masic averaged 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 games.
Masic was a member of U16 and U18 Croatian national team and won silver medal at the U16 Eurobasket Division B played in Estonia in 2009



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Division C. Day 2 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Kosovo - Georgia 44-82
Georgia improved at 1-1 record after cruising past Kosovo today. Mariam Okropiridze (157-PG-01) and Lia Mikiashvili (190-C-01) delivered 21 points each to lead the winners. Kosovo posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Georgia responded with a massive 47:10 run in the next two periods to surge ahead for good. Mariami Puturidze (167-F-01) had 13 points in the victory. Enisa Kamerolli (160-PG-03) responded with 14 points for Kosovo.

Group B
Monaco - Gibraltar 44-72
Gibraltar fired past Monaco to gain 1-1 record in Group B. Mireya Benitez (165-PG-01) tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge. Gibraltar eked out a 22:21 halftime advantage. They used a 27:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Camille Dignat (174-C-01) dropped 15 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. Hermance Marti (165-SG-03) answered with 21 points and 9 boards for Monaco.

Wales - Armenia 31-63
Armenia celebrated the second consecutive win in Gibraltar. They rallied past Wales to stay perfect in Group B. Ani Hovhannisyan (163-PG-01) posted 18 points and 8 boards for the winning side. Armenia accumulated a 32:16 halftime lead. They held Wales to just 15 points in the second half and marched to the win. Anna Aslanian (188-C-01) provided 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Darcie Graham (171-PG-01) netted 10 points for Wales.




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  FINLAND  


Umbertide signs Evita Iiskola - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (Serie A1) signed 24-year old Finn international forward Evita Iiskola (183-93, college: Providence). She played last season at BG 89 Avides in German DBBL. In 19 games she had 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Iiskola's college team won Finnish Cup in 2009 and 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team back in 2011.
Iiskola has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Finnish senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Iiskola also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. But her stats at that event were not that impressive as she did not score anything.
Iiskola has played also professionally in Finland (Espoo Team).
She attended Providence College until 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grengewald signs Cori Coleman, ex ViVe - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald Hostert (N2) signed 24-year old American guard Cori Coleman (173-93, college: Cleveland State). She played most recently at ViVe in Finnish SM-sarja. In 27 games she had 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg in 2015-16 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Coleman's team made it to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals in 2015. She was also voted All-Horizon League 1st Team in 2015 at her college time.
Coleman graduated from Cleveland State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  FRANCE  


D'Ifs add Mahobah to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Club Basket D'Ifs (NF1) added to their roster Kanelle Mahobah. She played last season at Toulouse Metropole Basket in the LF2, but left the team in Feb.'17. LF2 was a little too high level for her, where in 5 games she did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds. NF1 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France edges Romania to enter the semis of Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News

France edged Romania to enter the semis of Francophone Games. France dominated the whole game to post a 74-43 victory. They grabbed a 19-8 lead after the first 10 minutes and allowed the opponents to post the same number of points in the second period. France netted 20 points in the third and then also the last periods for the final success.
Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) as well as Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) had 10 each. Paula Lenart (180-G/F-96) replied with 11 points in the losing effort.



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


U-16 FIBA EC Women preparations Macedonian team - by Natasha Kostovska


From 17th to 26th of August starts the European basketball championship under 16, Division B in Skopje,Macedonia. The competitions will be held in the sport centre Boris Trajkovski and Jane Sandanski according to the schedule. The players of Stojna Vangelovska are in group B consisting of Ukraine, Slovenia, Moldova, Ireland and Belgium.
The first match is played against Ukraine on August 17th.After that, Slovenia is on the 18th, Moldova on the 19th, Ireland on the 21st and Belgium on August the 22nd.

Macedonian basketball players previously participated in a friendly match in Bulgaria with one loss 74-46 and one victory 62-68. Then they played a friendly game against
Kosovo, which they were celebrating with 67-85 on the court.

After this match a trophy tournament was held in Macedonia where the cadets competed against Israel who won with 63-71, then in the rematch basketball players again won and lost with 76-54. After the both defeats they won a victory against Bulgaria for the first time with a score of 72-68.

List of players:

KK Badel 1862 Skopje

Matea Atanasovska
Ilina Selcova (170-PG-02)
Katerina Dimitrovska
Stefani Kostova
Natalija Sekulovska
Teona Stojanova

ZKK Struga 2009

Marija Justijanoska
Elena Pesijoska
Gabriela Modeva (184-F/C-03)

Italy

Matea Nikolic
Tijana Mitreva (174-PG-01)
Ivona Kozobasijovska

Shkupi Skopje



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  GEORGIA  


Georgian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

0Tamar Gigauri 185-F-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
1Sopio Mosia 168-PG-02 GEO U16 NT Georgia
4Mariam Okropiridze 157-PG-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
5Nino Gadelia 168-PG-02 GEO U16 NT Georgia
7Anzhela Zhorzholadze 176-F/G-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
8Nana Navrozashvili 164-SG-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
9Anna Mamasakhlisi 164-SG-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
11Keti Danelashvili 178-F-02 GEO U16 NT Georgia
13Tamuna Khelashvili 187-F-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
23Lia Mikiashvili 190-C-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
24Mariami Puturidze 167-F-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
25Maia Dvali 178-F-02 GEO U16 NT Georgia

Nino Kipshidze Head Coach GEO U16 NT Georgia
Shota Iakashvili Assistant GEO U16 NT Georgia



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  GERMANY  


Wolfenbuettel signs Rollerson just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Brianna Rollerson (183-94). She just graduated from Creighton (NCAA). Rollerson has played there for the last five years. In 32 games she had 9.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was voted All-Big East Co-Most Improved Player of the Year.
As mentioned above Rollerson is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2016.
Rollerson could be described: Brianna is a 6ft power forward, with great footwork around the rim. Great finisher. Her ability to catch tough passes compliments her IQ and decision making as she is an above average passer. Defensively she alters shots and has a strong presence in the paint. Has been able to guard big guards some on the perimeter as well. Brianna as the ability to make 15ft shots and take defenders off the dribble.

Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Theresa Simon
Nina Rosemeyer
Aneliya Draganova

Forwards:
Brianna Rollerson
Leonie Rosemeyer

Coach: Christian Raus

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  GHANA  


Ghana Navy, Braves headline league games in women's division - by Eurobasket News

Defending Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division Champions Braves of Customs will be in action on Thursday, July 27 against Ghana Navy in a headline grabbing matchup. The top tie takes place at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu after Tudu Galaxy play against Fire Service in the opening game at 17:00 GMT. The upcoming round of games sizes a pair of winners in the last round of league games against each other and a pair of losers against each other in the last round played on July 20 at the same venue. Braves topped Galaxy 44-18 as Navy went past University of Ghana (UG) courtesy a 53-26 win over the tertiary side. With Navy gaining grounds on Navy in the battle for second place in the standings, a win is a must for the team to maintain its pursuit of leaders Braves. Having already lost to Navy, Braves will be hoping to repeat a similar performance against the Mariners same way it did against Galaxy.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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  INDIA  


Grima Merlin stars as India outclass Sri Lanka - by Anil Kumar

The headline game of the day was the host's matchup against Sri Lanka, as they looked to cement top spot in Group A. The Indian women were heavily favoured to prevail over their island neighbours, and they did not disappoint.

They recorded an emphatic 88 - 42 victory. Coming off an impressive game against Uzbekistan, Grima Merlin turned in an even better performance, notching up a double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds).

But in comparison to Sunday's assured and all-round performance, the Indian women began the game rather nervously: missing outside shots and turning the ball over. Nevertheless, they worked hard to penetrate the paint and find the high-percentage looks. Centre Rajapriyadharshini was a dominant force in the paint early on, grabbing offensive rebounds and converting the second chance points.

As the game wore on, the Indians' lead grew. This gave coach Visic the opportunity to give his bench a run-out before the tougher knockout fixtures. There were good showings all around as the bench combined to score 51 points.

Shireen Limaye racked up 10 rebounds for the second game in a row, in a great collective showing off the boards that saw India notch up 85 rebounds, in comparison to only 40 for Sri Lanka. India's young centre Poonam Chaturvedi scored 8 points late in the game to the sound of loud cheers from the crowd.

India will now play Fiji in the quarterfinals on 27th July at the Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru.

India (Grima Merlin 20 pts, 10 rebs; Anitha Paul Durai 13 pts; Shireen Limaye 8 pts, 10 rebs) bt Sri Lanka (Imesha Dapana Durage 9 pts; Nadeeshani Kumarine Silva 8 pts) 88 - 42 [23 - 10, 3 - 17, 13 - 19, 16 - 29]

Division A

New Zealand come from behind to beat Chinese Taipei

A crucial last day of group games kicked off at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru with a hugely consequential game between Chinese Taipei and New Zealand. With one win apiece, both teams were looking for the win to nab second place in Group A.

In the first quarter, Chinese Taipei opted to play zone defense to keep the bigger New Zealand players out of the paint, and executed their plan to near perfection. New Zealand were relegated to taking contested outside shots, and struggled to penetrate. On the other hand, Chinese Taipei were sinking their shots, racing to a 23 - 7 lead early in the second quarter.

As the game wore on, New Zealand stepped up their defense and hustle for every possession, forcing Chinese Taipei to take tougher shots, and found their way back into the game. They managed to tie it up at 38 with 9 minutes left in the game, before edging ahead for a 59 - 53 win.

Jillian Harmon struggled to make her shots in the first half, but willed her side back into the game and finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. 'We were too stagnant in the first half, we talked about cutting more to beat the zone,' she said. Centre Kalani Purcell was a big factor in the comeback, scoring 16 of her 22 points in the second half. She also had 13 rebounds.

New Zealand (Kalani Purcell 22 pts, 13 rebs; Jillian Harmon 15 pts, 15 rebs; Micaela Cocks 12 pts) bt Chinese Taipei (Hsi-Le Bao 12 pts; Fan-Shan Huang 7 pts) 59 - 53 [7 - 21, 17 - 14, 10 - 3, 25 - 15]
Australia hand Japan first defeat

Probably the most awaited game of the league stages took place today with defending champions Japan taking on world no. 4 Australia. The game turned out to be a fascinating exhibition of contrasting styles of basketball.

There was not much to separate the teams in the first quarter, with players on both sides knocking down their shots. Japan began the second period with a slim 1-point lead (15-14). But Australia shot out of the gates in the second, going on a 7-0 run. The Opals channeled most of their offense through the post and it paid off.

Veteran centre Marianna Tolo along with forwards Kelsey Griffin and Sara Blicavs carried the bulk of the scoring load for the Aussies. They were patient in the post and used their size to hit shots around the basket against the small Japan defenders.

But each time Australia though they had pulled away, Japan fought back to close the gap. Backup point guard Manami Fujioka put on a dazzling offensive display, despite her tiny stature. She was able to penetrate the Australia defense with ease, either scoring or creating for her teammates. She ended up with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Japan's first-choice point guard had a below average display and saw little playing time. Along with Fujioka, the shooting of Yuki Miyazawa (19 points) helped keep Japan in the contest.

In the second half, Australia's 3-point shooting lit up the game. The Opals shot an incredible 60% from 3-point range in the game, led by Katie-Rae Ebzery and Stephanie Cumming who hit all three of their attempts. Tolo also stepped up in the clutch, hitting a couple of buckets down the stretch to maintain the Australia lead.

'We did a better job of controlling the tempo in the second half. We wanted to play more of a grind-out game,' said Tolo after the game. Australia ended with an 83-74 win.

Australia (Marianna Tolo 17, Kelsey Griffin 16, Sara Blicavs 12) bt Japan (Yuki Miyazawa 19, Manami Fujioka 18, Maki Takada 10, Yuka Osaki 10) 83-74 [14-15, 20-15, 25-20, 24-24]

Korea get first win of the tournament against Philippines

The third fixture of the day was the final Group B game, played between Philippines and Korea. The Philippines' women were looking for their first win of the tournament and began the first quarter brightly. Punching above their weight against a bigger Korean team, they raced to a 12 - 4 lead. But in the last few minutes of the first, Korea began to knock down a few shots and tied the game 19 - 19 by the end of the quarter.

From then on, Korea began to establish themselves in the paint: Guard Kim Han Byul (178 cm, 5ft 10') and centre Park Jisu (195 cm, 6ft 5') commanded the paint, grabbing the offensive rebounds and converting the second chance attempts.

The women from the Philippines worked hard to keep up, driving hard to the basket and attempting the odd 3 - point shot.

But the size disadvantage proved too hard to overcome, as Korea began to build a lead. Their shooting was disappointing, at only 38 percent, but they were dominant on the boards. They grabbed 65 rebounds compared to 41 for the Philippines, and scored 26 second chance points.

Five players finished with scoring in double figures, two of whom had double - doubles: Kim Danbi (19 points & 10 rebounds) and Lim Yung Hui (13 points & 10 rebounds).

Korea (Kim Danbi 19 pts, 10 rebs; Park Jisu 15 pts; Lim Yung Hui 13 pts, 10 rebs) bt Philippines (Allana May Lim 14 pts; Analyn Almazan 12 pts; Janine Pontejos 10 pts) 91 - 63 [19 - 19, 25 - 15, 26 - 13, 21 - 16]

China dominate against DPR of Korea

The final league stage game of Division A saw China taking on DPR of Korea. China is undefeated thus far in the tournament, while DPR of Korea is still searching for its first win.

It was immediately obvious that China had the size advantage. DPR of Korea's small lineup was unable to handle the bigger Chinese players. China scored a majority of their buckets around the basket, led by their 6-foot-7-inch centreYueru Li.

Korea's players had no answer for Li who received numerous touches in the paint. She put up 33 points to go with 11 rebounds. China was able to test their bench strength today, with all but one of their players getting a chance on the court. Their team play was scintillating to watch - 38 assists on 44 made baskets. Sijing Huang also had a double-double for China with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

China ended up blowing out DPR of Korea by over fifty points. They have now ended up at the top of their table ahead of the quarterfinals beginning on Thursday. For DPR of Korea, it was a winless league stage.

China (Yueru Li 33 pts 11 rbs, Song Gao 14, Sijing Huang 12 pts 10 rbs) bt DPR of Korea (Suk Yong Ro 20, Jong Ok Ri 11) 110-53 [23-7, 30-20, 28-11, 29-15]

Division B

Kazakhstan maintain perfect record with win over Fiji

In the first Division B game of the day, Kazakhstan beat Fiji 71 - 48. They capitalized on their size advantage in the paint, grabbing 24 offensive boards and scoring 16 second chance points. OxanaOssipenko top scored for Kazakhstan with 21 points, hitting five out of eight shots from beyond the arc. BulouKoyamainavure top scored for Fiji with 28 points, but she had little support from the rest of her team mates. Having topped Group B, Kazakhstannow qualify automatically for the semi-finals, because Group A comprises only three teams.

Kazakhstan (Oxana Ossipenko 21 pts; Tamara Yagodkina 16 pts; Nadezhda Kondrakova 13 pts) bt Fiji (Bulou Koyamainavure 28 pts) 71 - 48 [19 - 9, 14 - 7, 16 - 12, 22 - 20]

Singapore run Lebanon close

Lebanon beat Singapore 74 - 64 to recover from their terrible start to the tournament, having lost to Kazakhstan in their first game. They shot the ball at a healthy 47%, and were led in scoring by Nancy Maalouf with 16 points. Lebanon capitalized on their size advantage, scoring 32 points in the paint and limiting Singapore to only 12. Singapore put up a valiant challenge, led by forward Cheryl Poon with 20 points, but eventually succumbed to the size and physicality of the Lebanese team.

Lebanon (Nancy Maalouf 16 pts; Chirine El Charif 15 pts; Rebecca Akl 11 pts) bt Singapore (Cheryl Poon 20 pts; Jia Min Lim 12 pts; Jayne Tan 11 pts) 74 - 64 [18 - 16, 16 - 15, 21 - 11, 19 - 22]



Australia plunder Philippines - by Anil Kumar


The first game of the day was a Group B fixture between the Australians and Division A newcomers Philippines. The Asian team were out of their depth in the first half, falling behind 68 - 23 at halftime. The game ended 107 - 65 in favour of Australia, but the Philippines' players managed to find some rhythm in the second half, and were narrowly outscored 39 - 42.

The Australian coach rotated his players through the game, and they pitched in with contributions on both ends of the floor. They shot the ball well (61%) and five players finished with scoring in double figures for the Opals, led by Sara Blicavs with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Collectively, they were dominant on the boards, outrebounding the much shorter Philippines' team 47 - 21.

The Australians have now won their first two games, and will take on Japan tomorrow in their final game of the group stages. Marianna Tolo was rested in this game, despite being fit to start, in anticipation of tomorrow's fixture.

Australia (Sara Blicavs 21 pts; Stephanie Cumming 18 pts; Katie-Rae Ebzery 14 pts bt Philippines (Janine Pontejos 18 pts; Allana May Lim 11 pts) 107-65 [38-14, 30-9, 21-23, 18-19]
New Zealand bounce back beating DPR of Korea

New Zealand had a rough start in the first appearance in the FIBA Women's Asia Cup yesterday with a big loss against China. Their opponent today, DPR of Korea, also lost their opening game, albeit in nail-biting fashion by just one point against Chinese Taipei.

Both teams entered the game hungry, looking for their first win of the tournament. New Zealand was clearly the bigger team compared to DPR of Korea. They had a taller player on each position.

But DPR of Korea stuck to their game, using speed, ball movement and outside shooting. Korea managed to create a number of open shots, but their shooting percentage dropped from their first game, especially from 3-point land. On the defensive end, Korea opted to defend NZ with a 2-3 zone, testing their jump shooting. The NZ players were not hesitant to pull the trigger. They rotated the ball well and found the open man - captain Micaela Cocks led the way with 4 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc.

NZ also used their size advantage pulling down as many as 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 18 second-chance points. NZ were quick to convert defense to offense plucking 13 points off of Korea's turnovers. Despite this, Korea managed to stay within 10 points of NZ at the end of three quarters.

But Korea ran out of gas in the fourth, with NZ outscoring them 23 to 12 in the final period. Korea's 22% shooting from 3-point land hurt them terribly. For NZ, forward Jillian Harmon had a standout performance with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

New Zealand (Jillian Harmon 23 pts 13 rbs, Micaela Cocks 18, Kalani Purcell 11) btDPR of Korea (Hyang Jong Pak 20, Suk Yong Ro 15, Jong Ok Ri 8) 71-50 [17-11, 15-14, 16-13, 23-12]
Japan stay undefeated

Defending champions Japan remained undefeated beating Korea today in their second game of the tournament. For Korea, it was a back-to-back loss after falling to Australia on day one.

Japan did not have the same quick start as they did against the Philippines. The first quarter was largely evenly matched between the teams. Korea guard Yung Hui Lim was on fire, hitting all four of her shots and ending up with 10 first quarter points. Korea was up 14-12 at the end of the first period.

The second quarter was a different story, however, with Japan showcasing their gold medal offense. Point guard Yoshida created beautifully for her team, controlling the offensive tempo and racking up 6 assists in the first half. Japan small forward Moeko Nagaoka was aggressive, driving fearlessly to the bucket and earning her points in the paint. Korea was outscored in the second quarter 26 to 7.

Early in the third, Korea centre and defensive wall Jisu Park was fouled out. This opened up the inside even further for Japan, who ended the game with 38 paint points.

After the game, Korean star Danbi Kim acknowledged Japan's superior fitness. 'Japan run better than us, their conditioning is better than us,'she said. Japan finished with a 70-56 win, while Korea will look to win their last league game against Philippines tomorrow.

Japan (Nagaoka Moeko 13, Fujioka Manami 12, Maki Takada 10, Asami Yoshida 8 assists 6 steals) bt Korea (Yung Hui Lim 12, Hana Park 10, Joo Yeong Kwak 10) 70-56 [12-14, 26-7, 16-13, 16-22]


Division B

Lebanon beat Fiji

After a disappointing loss to Kazakhstan yesterday, Lebanon got back on track with a resounding win against hapless Fiji today. They took a 10-point lead early in the first quarter, and never conceded it en route to a 90 - 48 victory. They dominated the paint, out-rebounding the smaller Fiji team 51 - 32. Nour Schoucair top scored for Lebanon with 21 points.

Lebanon (Nour Schoucair 21 pts; Miramar Mokdad 14 pts; Chirine El Charif 13 pts) bt Fiji (Bulou Miliakere Koyamainavure 13 pts; Seini Macrae Dobui 12 pts) 90 - 48 [28 - 11, 17 - 14, 34 - 16, 11 - 7]





India post 1st victory in Div B of FIBA Asia Cup - by Anil Kumar

India defeat Uzbekistan

India began their quest for promotion to Division A with a flourish, beating Uzbekistan 92 - 76. The Indian women were hugely productive offensively, led by Anitha Paul Durai with 28 points. She was money from three-point land, hitting six of seven shots, and played with her heart on her sleeve, hustling on every possession.

Coach Visic rotated his team throughout the game, and there were bright performances all round: Jeena Skaria chipped in with 12 points and Shireen Limaye had 10 rebounds. Last minute call up Grima Merlin was very effective off the bench with 17 points, many of which were scored in transition.

India (Anitha Paul Durai 28 pts; Grima Merlin 17 pts; Jeena Skaria 12 pts) bt Uzbekistan (Elvira Salavatova 15 pts; Elena Khusnitdinova 14 pts; Natalya Koneva 13 pts) 92 - 76 (19 - 9, 24 - 21, 26 - 23, 23 - 23)

Singapore outclass Fiji

The other Division B games took place in Koramangala Indoor Stadium, starting with the game between Singapore and first time participants Fiji. Singapore outmatched Fiji in all departments, ending with a 103-38 win. Jayne Sarah top scored for Singapore with 21 points.

Singapore (Jayne Sarah En Min Tan 21, Jacqueline Jia Jia Chu 17, Cheryl Poon 17) bt Fiji (Bitila Sigani Tawake 8, Tiyana Anne Kainamou 7) 103-38 (35-9, 25-12, 18-9, 25-8)

Lebanon lose to Kazakhstan

The last s followed by the game between Kazakhstan and Lebanon. Lebanon shot the ball poorly (29% FGP) and was outrebounded 35 - 51. Eventually, the game finished 62 - 54 in favour of Kazakhstan, for whom Tamara Yagodkina top scored with 22 points and Zalina Kurazova had a double-double (14 pts, 11 rebs).

Kazakhstan (Tamara Yagodkina 22 pts; Zalina Kurazova 14 pts, 11 rebs; Nadezdha Kondrakova 11 pts) bt Lebanon (Rebecca Akl 18 pts; Lama Moukaddem 10 pts; Chirine El Charif 9 pts) 62 - 54 (15 - 13, 14 - 11, 21 - 13, 12 - 17)



Australia down Korea in FIBA Asia Womens Cup - by Anil Kumar

The FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 tipped off at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.

Australia down Korea

The first Division A game was a clash between powerhouse Australia and Korea. Playing for the first time in the FIBA Asia zone, Australia made an emphatic statement with a 78-54 win.

Ranked number 4 in the world, Australia got off to a slow start, allowing Korea to gain a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. But from the second period onwards, Australia stifled the Koreans, forcing them to take tough contested shots. Korea managed only 3 points in the second quarter compared to Australia's 20.

With a 33-18 lead to begin the second half, Australia cruised the rest of the way, relying on the scoring of forwards Kelsey Michelle Griffin (15 points) and Allanna Smith (13 points). Point guard Lauren Stacey Mansfield had 6 points and 5 assists.

Australia (Kelsey Michelle Griffin 15, Alanna Smith 13, Belinda Snell 11) bt Korea (Sungyoung Sim 11, Jisu Park 10, Hana Park 7) 78-54 [13-15, 20-3, 24-18, 21-18]

Japan rout Philippines

The Philippines were given a tough introduction to Division A, as they were defeated by Japan 106 - 55. The Japanese women got off to an electric start in the first quarter, opening up a 16-point lead. The lead only continued to grow as the game wore on, as the Japanese women continued to rotate the ball well, and maintain a high tempo on transition.

Evelyn Mawuli (21 points) led the scoring for Japan, and five other players also finished with scoring in double figures. Star point guard Asami Yoshida racked up five assists in the first five minutes of the game, and could afford to spend the rest of the game on the bench as the Japanese lead was never threatened.

Japan (Evelyn Mawuli 21 pts; Miyuki Kawamura 14 pts; Sakura Akaho 12 pts) bt Philippines (Gemma Miranda 17 pts; Allana May Lim 9 pts; Janine Pontejos 8 pts) 106-55 [25-11, 31-20, 31-8, 19-16]

Chinese Taipei edge past PRK

Chinese Taipei won their first game of the tournament 77 - 76 against DPR of Korea, in a thrilling finish. The game was tied at 60 going into the fourth quarter, and tied at 76 in the final minutes of the game. With seconds left on the clock, Chinese Taipei were awarded free throws for a foul committed by DPR of Korea, and managed to convert one of them.

The women from Chinese Taipei had to overcome a spirited performance from Suk Yong Ro, who had 36 points, shooting at a surreal 82%. DPR of Korea fielded a small team that played the game with a lot of intensity and at a very high tempo, forcing Chinese Taipei to play catch-up through most of the game. There were seven lead changes and five ties over the course of the game.

Chinese Taipei was led by centre Hsi-Le Bao who had a double-double, racking up 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Chinese Taipei (Hsi-Le Bao 17 pts, 10 rebs; Yu-Hao Lan 14 pts; Ping-Jen Huang 11 pts) bt DPR of Korea (Suk Yong Ro 36 pts; Hyang Ok Kim 23 pts) 77-76 [20-28, 20-16, 20-16, 17-16]
China defeat New Zealand

In their first match in the expanded FIBA Asia zone, New Zealand was blown out by team China. China's size bothered New Zealand throughout the game. Starting at centre for China was 6-foot-7-inch Yueru Li, who was a towering presence in the paint.

China played excellent defense on New Zealand, rotating well and closing in on the NZ shooters. The paint was practically shut down by Yueru Li and backup centre Hongpin Huang. On the offensive end, China was patient, using the shot clock and finding the open shot.

Despite the absence of their first-choice centre Sun Mengran, China led from start to finish and closed out on a 77-48 win. Meng Li top scored for China with a game-high 15 points. Jillian Harmon had 14 points for New Zealand in the loss.

China (Meng Li 15, Yi Shen 14, Shuang Zhao 14) bt New Zealand (Jillian Harmon 14, Micaela Cocks 9, Antonia Edmondson 8) 77-48 [17-10, 22-14, 21-16, 17-8]

Singapore bt Fiji

The first Division B game took place in Koramangala Indoor Stadium between Singapore and first time participants Fiji. Singapore outmatched Fiji in all departments, ending with a 103-38 win. Jayne Sarah top scored for Singapore with 21 points.

Singapore (Jayne Sarah En Min Tan 21, Jacqueline Jia Jia Chu 17, Cheryl Poon 17) bt Fiji (Bitila Sigani Tawake 8, Tiyana Anne Kainamou 7) 103-38 (35-9, 25-12, 18-9, 25-8)



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  ISRAEL  


B.Yehuda tabs Taylor Manuel - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (D2) inked American forward Taylor Manuel (193). She just graduated from Mississippi (NCAA). In 29 games she recorded 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Manuel played at another team Ramblers in NCAA1 where in 30 games she averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-MVC 1st Team and All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season in pro basketball.
Manuel's college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2013.

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
May Dayan
Amit Tulman

Forwards:
Shir Levy
Taylor Manuel

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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  ITALY  


Salvestrini re-signs at Lucca - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster forward Carolina Salvestrini (180). She played there last season. But in 9 Serie A1 games she had just 0.9ppg. Salvestrini helped them to win the A1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice).

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valeria Battisodo
Erika Striulli
Martina Crippa
Francesca Melchiori

Forwards:
Federica Tognalini
Binta Drammeh
Carolina Salvestrini

Centers:
Federica Brunetti
Giuditta Nicolodi

Coach: Loris Barbiero

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Umbertide signs Evita Iiskola - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (Serie A1) signed 24-year old Finn international forward Evita Iiskola (183-93, college: Providence). She played last season at BG 89 Avides in German DBBL. In 19 games she had 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Iiskola's college team won Finnish Cup in 2009 and 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team back in 2011.
Iiskola has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Finnish senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Iiskola also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. But her stats at that event were not that impressive as she did not score anything.
Iiskola has played also professionally in Finland (Espoo Team).
She attended Providence College until 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Kosovan U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic


4Enisa Kamerolli 160-PG-03
5Ergita Dema183-F/C-01
6Agnesa Rrahmani 167-PG-02
7Astera Tuhina 155-PG-04
8Melisa Ibrahimi 167-PG-00
9Tringa Ukaj 171-PG-01 Penza Kosovo
10Arba Hashani 165-PG-03
11Sara Vraniqi 170-SF-02
12Dea Pushkolli 160-SG-03
13Diellza Dekaj 178-F-02
14Fjolla Ajeti 170-F-03
15Agnesa Robaj 160-SG-01

Muhammed Tachi Head Coach
Kimete Haliti Assistant



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  LITHUANIA  


Marina Solopova (ex Valosun Brno) signs at Satu Mare - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) landed 27-year old Lithuanian international swingman Marina Solopova (182-90). She played most recently at Valosun Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. Solopova managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 29 ZBL games she averaged 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg (top 3) and 1.7spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL 2nd Team. Solopova also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. And finally she contributed to 6 games in CEWL where she recorded 7.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Solopova played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL. In 27 games she was fourth best scorer with 13.8ppg and got 4.8rpg, 3.9apg (top 3) and 2.1spg (in top 5). She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 1st Team.
Solopova has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
Solopova also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg.
Solopova is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Hainaut), Slovakia, Turkey (Edremit and Konak) and Lithuania (VICI Aistes, Fortuna and Kibirkstis).

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Valentina Bolba

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Real Canoe tabs Dovile Miliauskaite - by Eurobasket News

LF2 newcomer Centros Unicos Real Canoe Madrid inked 28-year old Lithuanian power forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, college: Towson, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two years at Rivas Promete in the LF2. In 26 games she recorded 11.0ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Miliauskaite's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LF2 Group B in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Miliauskaite represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 58.8%.
Miliauskaite is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Miliauskaite has played previously professionally in Argentina (Obras Basket), Belgium (Declercq Stortbeton), Spain (Campus Promete, Leganes and Tenerife) and Lithuania (Hoptrans Sirenos Kaunas).
She attended Towson University until 2011 and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.
Miliauskaite's game is described as: Has good speed, can run the floor really well, has tremendous potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LUXEMBOURG  


Grengewald signs Cori Coleman, ex ViVe - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald Hostert (N2) signed 24-year old American guard Cori Coleman (173-93, college: Cleveland State). She played most recently at ViVe in Finnish SM-sarja. In 27 games she had 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg in 2015-16 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Coleman's team made it to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals in 2015. She was also voted All-Horizon League 1st Team in 2015 at her college time.
Coleman graduated from Cleveland State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  MALI  


Keita comes back to RC Celta - by Eurobasket News

Real Club Celta Zorka Vigo (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Mali center Minata Keita (190-89). It is actually her comeback to Real Celta Vigo as she has played here before. Keita is not a newcomer in Spanish League where she played most recently at C.B. Arxil Pontevedra in the LF2. In 25 games she was third best scorer with impressive 18.7ppg and had 12.4rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.6spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LF2 All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Keita played at Adelantados. In 22 LF2 games she recorded 11.2ppg and 8.9rpg.
Keita was a member of Mali U21 National Team in 2007.
Thanks to her pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Keita has played previously professionally also in Mali (Djoliba Athletic Club Bamako).

Real Club Celta Zorka Vigo roster for 2017-2018:

Minata Keita
Sarah Ogoke
Patricia Vicente
Ainhoa Lacorzana

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  MALTA  


Maltese U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Mikela Riolo
Riolo
Maya Vella
Vella
Jasmine Abela
Abela
Michela Zammit
Zammit
Britney Agius
Agius
#e#5
4Sasha Lecuyer 172-SG-02
5Mikela Riolo 170-SG-01
6Maya Vella 160-F-02
7Jasmine Abela 141-PG-01
8Michela Zammit 155-PG-01
9Britney Agius 164-PG-01
10Noeleen Agius 165-SG-01
11Laura Camilleri 169-C-01
12Anthea Micallef 175-G/F-01
13Neve Borg 152-PG-01
14Celine Fenech 175-G/F-01
15Julia Cipriott 177-C-01

Sandro Farrugia Head Coach
Maria Agius Assistant



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  POLAND  


Artego Bydgoszcz adds Bujniak to their roster - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (BLK) added to their roster 21-year old international point guard Sylwia Bujniak (178-96) from Widzew. In 22 BLK games she recorded 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season.
Bujniak's team was regular season runner-up in Polish 1Liga Group A in 2016.
She has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Bujniak has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 80.0%.
Bujniak has played previously for two other teams: Wolomin and SMS Lomianki.

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Julie McBride
Julia Adamowicz
Jennifer O'Neill
Sylwia Bujniak

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

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Widzew lands Brandi Harvey-Carr - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Cosinus Widzew Lodz (TBLK) landed American center Brandi Harvey-Carr (193). She just graduated from Pittsburgh (NCAA). In 30 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Harvey-Carr played at another team Blue Demons in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 28 games she had only 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg. Harvey-Carr helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Harvey-Carr's college team won Big East Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).

Cosinus Widzew Lodz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roksana Schmidt
Julia Drop
Adriana Kopciuch

Forward:
Darya Zavidna

Center:
Brandi Harvey-Carr

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sleza Wroclaw lands Karina Szybala - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (TBLK) tabbed 24-year old forward Karina Szybala (180-93) from Artego Bydgoszcz. Szybala has played there for the last five years. In 23 TBLK games she averaged just 2.4ppg and 1.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Szybala's team won Polish BLK Regular Season in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Szybala represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sharnee Zoll-Norman
Sonia Ursu
Marissa Kastanek
Zuzanna Sklepowicz

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Klaudia Sosnowska

Center:
Dragana Svitlica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enea AZS Poznan lands Sidney Cook - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Enea AZS Poznan (1Liga) tabbed 23-year old American forward Sidney Cook (188-94). She just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). Cook has played there for the last three years. In 31 games she averaged 12.8ppg and 8.3rpg 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 Cook is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She received Big East All-Freshman Team award back in 2014 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Artego Bydgoszcz lands Karolina Pobozy - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (BLK) tabbed 21-year old international power forward Karolina Pobozy (186-96) from MKK Siedlce. In 22 BLK games she averaged 9.9ppg and 4.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pobozy played at AZS Uniwersytet Warszawski (1Liga) where in 23 games she had 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg. She helped them to win the regular season.
Despite young age Pobozy had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
She has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Pobozy has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg.
Pobozy has played previously for two other teams: Wolomin and SMS Lomianki.

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Julie McBride
Julia Adamowicz
Jennifer O'Neill
Sylwia Bujniak

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

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

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  PUERTO RICO  


Atenienses land Monique Reid, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Atenienses de Manatee (BSNF) landed 27-year old American power forward Monique Reid (185-90, college: Louisville, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 17 games she averaged impressive 23.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg last season. Reid 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 Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Reid also played 15 games in WABA where she was the best scorer with remarkable 21.9ppg and recorded 9.7rpg (#2 in the league), 3.4apg and 2.7spg (in top 5). 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 Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Reid won Bulgarian League championship title in 2016. She received also All-Big East Conf. Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at her college time.
Reid has played also professionally in Germany (Oberhausen) and Romania (ICIM Arad).
She attended University of Louisville until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Reid's outlook: Monique Reed is a 6-1 US Forward, a pure scorer that is coming from one of the best NCAA programs the University of Louisville. She had participated in two NCAA's Final 4 with the team of Louisville and she was first scorer of the program for 2 consecutive seasons 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. She has a wide range of scoring ways, excellent moves and great post game. She can shoot very good from the perimeter and score under pressure. Reid is very strong near to the basket and reliable rebounder. Monique has big experience for her age, reads the game very well and she is a leader in the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


France edges Romania to enter the semis of Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News

France edged Romania to enter the semis of Francophone Games. France dominated the whole game to post a 74-43 victory. They grabbed a 19-8 lead after the first 10 minutes and allowed the opponents to post the same number of points in the second period. France netted 20 points in the third and then also the last periods for the final success.
Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) as well as Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) had 10 each. Paula Lenart (180-G/F-96) replied with 11 points in the losing effort.



Marina Solopova (ex Valosun Brno) signs at Satu Mare - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) landed 27-year old Lithuanian international swingman Marina Solopova (182-90). She played most recently at Valosun Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. Solopova managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 29 ZBL games she averaged 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg (top 3) and 1.7spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL 2nd Team. Solopova also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. And finally she contributed to 6 games in CEWL where she recorded 7.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Solopova played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL. In 27 games she was fourth best scorer with 13.8ppg and got 4.8rpg, 3.9apg (top 3) and 2.1spg (in top 5). She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 1st Team.
Solopova has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
Solopova also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg.
Solopova is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Hainaut), Slovakia, Turkey (Edremit and Konak) and Lithuania (VICI Aistes, Fortuna and Kibirkstis).

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Valentina Bolba

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pop is back at Satu Mare - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 27-year old forward Andreea Pop (180-90). It is actually her comeback to Satu Mare as she has played here before. Pop has played for the last two seasons at Sf.Gheorghe (Liga Nationala). But in 16 games she had just 1.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg last season. She helped them to win the League title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Pop played at ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe 2. She contributed to her team winning the Cup.
Pop represented Romania at the Francophonic Championships in Nice (France) four years ago.
She has played previously for two other teams: Oradea and Cluj Napoca.

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Valentina Bolba

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Satu Mare adds Sfarlea to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 21-year old point guard Marina Sfarlea (170-96) from CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca. But in 8 Liga Nationala games she recorded just 0.4ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Sfarlea represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg.
Sfarlea has played previously for McSport.

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Diana Moldoveanu
Marina Sfarlea
Valentina Bolba

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Satu Mare lands Destiny Williams - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) tabbed 26-year old American power forward Destiny Williams (185-91, college: Baylor). She played in the summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). Williams managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!).
The most of last season she spent at S-Birds in South Korean WKBL where in 26 games she was third best scorer with impressive 15.1ppg and averaged 10.9rpg (#2 in the league), 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg. Williams also played that season for CREF Hola in Spanish LFB. In 9 games she had very remarkable stats: 18.6ppg, 12.8rpg and 1.8spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Romanian Cup in 2014. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
She represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Williams' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 4.5rpg.
Williams has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). She has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS UMCS Lublin), Romania (ICIM Arad) and Hungary (PEAC Pecs).
Williams is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
She attended Baylor University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Valentina Bolba

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Destiny Williams signs at Satu Mare - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) landed 26-year old American power forward Destiny Williams (185-91, college: Baylor). She played in the summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). Williams managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!).
The most of last season she spent at S-Birds in South Korean WKBL where in 26 games she was third best scorer with impressive 15.1ppg and recorded 10.9rpg (#2 in the league), 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg. Williams also played that season for CREF Hola in Spanish LFB. In 9 games she averaged remarkable 18.6ppg, 12.8rpg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements her team won Romanian Cup in 2014. Williams received also Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
She represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Williams' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 4.5rpg.
And here thanks to pro basketball Williams experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Williams has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS UMCS Lublin), Romania (ICIM Arad) and Hungary (PEAC Pecs).
She attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on she way to pro basketball.
Williams attended Baylor University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Valentina Bolba

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Olimpia Brasov adds Lovasz to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 22-year old forward Izabella Lovasz (187-95) from Sirius Targu Mures. In 25 Liga Nationala games she recorded 3.6ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lovasz was tested by ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Lovasz represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) two years ago.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forwards:
Izabella Lovasz
Maria Ferariu

Center:
Iulia Brezoi

Coach: Daniel Calancea

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Olimpia Brasov signs Flavia Ferenczi - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) signed 26-year old shooting guard Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) from ICIM Arad. The last season Ferenczi played at CS Municipal Satu Mare where in 24 games she had 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg.
She represented Romania at the Francophonic Championships in Nice (France) four years ago.
Ferenczi has played previously for two other teams: Oradea and Cluj Napoca.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forward:
Maria Ferariu

Center:
Iulia Brezoi

Coach: Daniel Calancea

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Yaiza Garcia signs at Magec Tias - by Eurobasket News

LF2 newcomer CD Magec Tias added to their roster 29-year old center Yaiza Garcia (190-88). The last time (14-15) she played at Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Garcia was voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LF2 All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
She has played previously for four other teams: Maquinaria Ensino, Gran Canaria, Aguere and Mencey Uni.

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Gijon lands Riley Nordgaard - by Eurobasket News

LF2 newcomer Ascensores Tresa-Basket Mar Gijon tabbed 24-year old American forward Riley Nordgaard (178-93). She just graduated from Montana State University (NCAA). Nordgaard has played there for the last three years. In 29 games she averaged 13.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg last season. She helped them to win Big Sky Conf. Tournament. She can count that season as a very successfu