EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/3/2017 4:04:06 AM

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  3X3  



Belgium win FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Just one year after an unexpected trip to the final of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup, Belgium enjoyed a perfect 7-0 record and turned silver into gold in front of the massive Global Center, the largest building on the planet. The athletic team made multiple appearances to the highlight reels and kept every team under 15 points. In an all-Benelux final against the Netherlands, Noah Fogang Tchendjou topped all scorers with 6 points, including back-to-back daggers from outside the arc while the game was still undecided. Tournament MVP Ayoub Nouhi (F-99) added 5 points and fellow member of the Team of the Tournament Vincent Peeters (199-F-99) contributed 4 points, including the play of the game: a slick crossover followed by a monster jam. After winning 6 straight games, the lights turned to orange for the Netherlands in the final as sharpshooter Boyd van der Vuurst was limited to just 5 points. It was the second silver medal in two weeks for the Netherlands, following the Flying Dutchmen's incredible run at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
Slovenia won bronze in a nail-biter against New Zealand (21-17). Just a few hours after hitting a game-winner in overtime against Ukraine in the quarter-finals, tournament top scorer Samo Gabersek (194-G-99) did it again in the bronze-medal game, which earned him a spot on the Team of the Tournament.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ARGENTINA  


Ricardo Sanchez agreed terms with Quilmes Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes Mar del Plata (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Puerto Rican international power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-104kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. Sanchez managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 28 BSN games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2005 Sanchez was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (35 th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015. Sanchez received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2011 and 2015.
He has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. Sanchez has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2007 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Sanchez's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Sanchez 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. Sanchez has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Regia), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and La ICL Manresa), Venezuela and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Libertad Sunchales and Regatas Corrientes) and Puerto Rico (Manati, Cangrejeros and Indios).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great talent and size. Sanchez needs to add toughness and versatility to his offensive game. Right now he is a great shooter, but doesn't score that much of the dribble. His ball handling skills are terrific, especially considering his size. Needs to gain some muscle and start getting dirty under the boards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Joe Ingles Agrees To Re-Sign With Jazz On Four-Year, $52M Deal - by Eurobasket News

Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) has agreed to re-sign with the Utah Jazz on a four-year, $52 million deal. Ingles was a restricted free agent and the Jazz had confidence of their chances re-signing him. Ingles' deal has no options. Ingles is Gordon Hayward's closest friend on the Jazz and they also share an agent. Ingles shot 44.1 percent on three-pointers during the 16-17 season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  AUSTRIA  


Rasid Mahalbasic (ex Sevilla) is a newcomer at EWE Baskets - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Austrian international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-112kg-90, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 22 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. Mahalbasic also played that season for Yesilgiresun Bld in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg. He also spent pre-season at BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Mahalbasic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2015. Mahalbasic received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Austrian international program for some years. Mahalbasic has regularly played for Austrian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.6%.
Mahalbasic is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Mahalbasic has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Bosna-Royal), Croatia (KK Split), Italy, Poland (Asseco), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Turkey (Tofas and Fenerbahce), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Kazakhstan (Astana).

EWE Baskets Oldenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karsten Tadda
Mickey McConnell
Brad Loesing
Frantz Massenat
Bryon Allen
Haris Hujic

Forwards:
Rickey Paulding
Maxime De_Zeeuw
Philipp Schwethelm
Isaiah Philmore
Marko Bacak

Center:
Rasid Mahalbasic

Coach: Mladen Drijencic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Liepaja/Triobet welcomes back Leimanis - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) landed 23-year old shooting guard Toms Leimanis (188-94). It is actually his comeback to Liepaja as he has played here before. Leimanis played most recently at BK Ventspils (LBL). In 29 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Leimanis also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 1.3ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Leimanis played at Liepaja/Triobet. In 44 LBL games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Leimanis also played 16 games in Baltic League where he got 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Leimanis received Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Guard of the Year award back in 2014.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Leimanis' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Leimanis has played previously for two other teams: Ventspils Augstskola and LMT Basketbola Akademija.

Liepaja/Triobet roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Toms Leimanis
Girts Lazdans
Valdis Senkans

Forward:
Roman Gruschenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 28: Bulls roll over Hawks by 30 points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BABA just ended. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game between sixth ranked Bulls (8-8) and 8th ranked Hawks (2-14) in on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bulls outscored guests from 66-36. Bulls maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost.

In the last game of round 28 bottom-ranked Tridents were beaten by Warriors on the road 81-73.

Bulls - Hawks 66-36

The game between sixth ranked Bulls (8-8) and 8th ranked Hawks (2-14) in on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bulls outscored guests from 66-36. Bulls maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost.
gschID: 543735


Warriors - Tridents 81-73

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Warriors (9-7) beat at home bottom-ranked Tridents (1-15) 81-73 on Saturday. Warriors maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Tridents at the other side stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 543734





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


BC Lulea keeps Rozzell for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) re-signed 28-year old American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-84kg-89, college: VCU). He was a team leader there last season. In 42 Basketligan games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg. Rozzell helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 32 games he averaged remarkable 24.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.8apg and 1.7spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
In 2011 Rozzell was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in fourth round (16th overall).
The former Virginia Commonwealth University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Thanks to Rozzell's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rozzell has played previously professionally in Costa Rica (Escazu, Barva and Coopenae ARBA San Ramon), Holland (Leeuwarden) and ABA (Richmond Elite).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Sweden



Monaco announce Dru Joyce - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) has reportedly added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (185-PG-85, college: Akron). He played last season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. Joyce managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 BBL games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Joyce also played that season for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 8.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. Joyce also played 18 games in VTB United League where he got 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg. He also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg (in top 4).
Joyce has played previously professionally also in Poland (Anwil and Energa Czarni).
He attended University of Akron until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Joyce: The typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed.



Rasid Mahalbasic (ex Sevilla) is a newcomer at EWE Baskets - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Austrian international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-112kg-90, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 22 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. Mahalbasic also played that season for Yesilgiresun Bld in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg. He also spent pre-season at BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Mahalbasic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2015. Mahalbasic received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Austrian international program for some years. Mahalbasic has regularly played for Austrian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.6%.
Mahalbasic is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Mahalbasic has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Bosna-Royal), Croatia (KK Split), Italy, Poland (Asseco), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Turkey (Tofas and Fenerbahce), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Kazakhstan (Astana).

EWE Baskets Oldenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karsten Tadda
Mickey McConnell
Brad Loesing
Frantz Massenat
Bryon Allen
Haris Hujic

Forwards:
Rickey Paulding
Maxime De_Zeeuw
Philipp Schwethelm
Isaiah Philmore
Marko Bacak

Center:
Rasid Mahalbasic

Coach: Mladen Drijencic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



Besiktas keep Veyseloglu for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed experienced 34-year old former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-110kg-83, agency: 1x1 Sports). He played there last season. In 36 BSL games he recorded 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg. Veyseloglu helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Veyseloglu played at Turk Telekom. In 28 BSL games he had 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 4.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg.
Veyseloglu was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2004 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2002.
Veyseloglu also represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for seven other teams: Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Fenerbahce, Tuborg, Erdemir, Pertevniyal and Tuborg.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ice Man. He can stay calm in unthinkable situations. Very smart player who always makes the correct pass, and correct penetrations. Very good shot selection. He can penetrate with ease to half court defenses and always find the right option for him or for the team mates. Long arms that helps him to apply pressure to the ball and also helps him to deny the wingmen as well. Can hit behind the 3 line with streaks. A top level player.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  BELGIUM  


Belgian U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
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Darnell Snyers
Snyers
Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz
Casero-Ortiz
Zaccharie Mortant
Mortant
Tim Lambrecht
Lambrecht
Thibaut Bronchart
Bronchart
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4Thomas Akyazili 188-PG-97 Antwerp Belgium
5Darnell Snyers 181-G-98 Limburg United Belgium
6Simon Buysse 188-G-97 Mons-Hainaut Belgium
7Thibaut Vervoort 195-F/G-97 Antwerp Belgium
8Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz 185-G-97 Spirou B Belgium
9Theo Beaujean 188-G-97 Kangoeroes Belgium
10Clement Goffin C Spirou B Belgium
11Zaccharie Mortant 191-G/F-98 Mons-Hainaut Belgium
12Tim Lambrecht 206-F/C-98 Oostende Belgium
13Vincent Vanden Berghe 198-F-97 Soba Belgium
14Roby Rogiers 202-C-97 Antwerp Belgium
15Thibaut Bronchart 192-G/F-98 Spirou B Belgium

Roel Moors Head Coach Antwerp Belgium
Jerome Jacquemin Assistant Pepinster B Belgium



Prievidza signs Rodney Glasgow, ex Leuven - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) signed 25-year old American point guard Rodney Glasgow (180-77kg-92, college: VMI). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League. In 19 games he had 11.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Glasgow played at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA where in 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.7apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Glasgow was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in third round (54th overall).
The former Virginia Military Institute staris in 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 Big South Conference North Division for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Glasgow was also voted All-Big South Conference 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran
Martin Bilik



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  BOSNIA  


Wuerzburg signs Dejan Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 21-year old Bosnian power forward Dejan Kovacevic (209-110kg-96, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at FC Bayern Muenchen II in the ProB. In 22 games he had 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kovacevic helped them to win the NBBL title (twice) (also twice).
He represented Bosnia at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) three years ago. Kovacevic's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Kovacevic has played previously for another German team Furstenfeldbruck.
He could be described: Excellent size, quickness for his age and size, with excellent rebounding and shotblocking and a touch that is usually common to shooting guards.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson

Forwards:
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



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  BRAZIL  


Franca tabs Rafael de Souza - by Paulo Freire

Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (NBB) inked 29-year old international forward Rafael de Souza (208-88) from Flamengo. In 32 NBB games he averaged 6.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
Among other achievements de Souza won Brazilian National League championship title in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention award back in 2013 and 2014.
de Souza has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
de Souza represented Brazil at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.8%, FT: 62.5%.
de Souza has played previously for five other teams: COC Ribeirao, Pinheiros, Paulistano, Winner/Limeira and Sao Jose/Vinac.

Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Lima
Henrique Coelho
Alexey Borges

Forwards:
Luis_Felipe Gruber
Lucas Cipolini
Rafael de_Souza
Antonio Ferreira
Joao_Pedro Demetrio

Coach: Helinho Garcia

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Brazil



Nene Agrees To Revised Three-Year, $11M Deal With Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Nene Hilario (6'11''-C-82) has agreed to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on a revised three-year, $11 million deal. Nene Hilario initially agreed upon a four-year, $15 million deal with the Rockets, but that contract length violated the over-38 rule and he could only sign for one-year. Nene Hilario signed a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Rockets in 2016.


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  BULGARIA  


Ivanov re-signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) confirmed in their roster 24-year old international shooting guard Pavlin Ivanov (195-93, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. Ivanov managed to play in three leagues last year. In 24 NBL games he had 10.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Ivanov also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.5ppg and 2.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanov was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2016.
He has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Ivanov has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Ivanov has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Bulgaria (Levski, Yambol and Beroe).
He could be described: An athletic guard with quick hands and powerful legs. Has lots of points in his hands, he's yet enough tough to play at senior level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Ross also left Beroe to continue in Montenegro - by Valentin Anguelov

One of Beroe's main players from the last season, Brandis Raley Ross, will continue his career in Montenegro.

The American guard has signed a contract with the local Mornar Bar, Beroe's official site reports.

In the new season, the Montenegrin team will participate in the Champions League starting from the second qualifying round, where the Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic will also be seeded.

Beron has already split up with Aaron Jones.

All foreigners in Stara Zagora had contracts for the next season in case they did not get favorable deals from abroad, as they have already done for Jones and Riley Ross.

Brandis Raley Ross arrived in Beroe in December last year. With the "green-white" team, the American won the Bulgarian Cup and the Balkan League title and played the final of the National Basketball League Championship.

He took part in 40 games, was on the floor average 28.1 minutes per game and finished with 14.8 points average per match, 4.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists.



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  BURKINA FASO  


Burkinabe National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Burkinabe National Team 2017
#s#
Moussa Ouattara
Ouattara
Samuel Ouedraogo
Ouedraogo
Stephane Nissao
Nissao
Joris Bado
Bado
Mamadou Sawadogo
Sawadogo
#e#5
Wilfried Zerbo 85 AS Sonabhy Burkina Faso
Moussa Ouattara 202-C/F-88 CEP Fleurus Belgium
Yaya Diarra
Samuel Ouedraogo 206-C-87 Gateway S. USA
Francois Belemkogba 87
Nassirou Kere
Stephane Nissao 197-G/F-95 Lagos W. Nigeria
Herve Yameogo 196-F-82 RKC Burkina Faso
Joris Bado 193-F/G-91 Montbrison France
Dofinitetuan Bihoun 92
Cheick Omar Sanogo 185-G-88
Mamadou Sawadogo 203-PF-78 Swallows Togo
Armel Ouedraogo 93




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  CANADA  


Sitton's pro career starts at Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) landed Canadian swingman Grant Sitton (206-79kg). He just graduated from Victoria. Sitton has played there for the last three years. In 22 games he averaged impressive 19.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-Canada West 3rd Team.
Sitton won Canada West championship title in 2015.
So his pro career will start in Slovakia.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran
Martin Bilik
Grant Sitton



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  CHILE  


Chilean Libcentro Pro round 10 best performance: Diego Valenzuela - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-G/F-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Puente Alto, receiving a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-10), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-70. Puente Alto maintains the 3rd position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Puente Alto will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Valenzuela had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Puente Alto, through which he has constantly improved. Diego Valenzuela averages this season 11.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman. Garrido had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Aleman cruised to a 74-67 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Sportiva Italiana (#1, 8-2). Aleman's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Garrido is one of the most experienced players at Aleman and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 9.3rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Puente Alto's star - Lorenzo Cifuentes. Cifuentes scored 10 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Puente Alto, helping his team with a 84-70 easy win against Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-10). Puente Alto needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Cifuentes has a great season in Chile. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcelo Villagran (184-F-88) of Aleman - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Camilo Culun (90) of Sportiva Italiana - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) of Puente Alto - 22 points and 3 assists
7. Diego Castillo (99) of Sportiva Italiana - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Boris Guerra (87) of Arturo Prat - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Goran Vukasovic (94) of Stadio Italiano - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sergio Chialva (C) of Liceo Curico - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Libcentro Pro Round 10: #1 Sportiva Italiana is defeated by Aleman - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sportiva Italiana (8-2) in Puerto Varas on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Aleman (4-5) 74-67. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sportiva Italiana. Aleman forced 22 Sportiva Italiana turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Francisco Garrido (-88) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marcelo Villagran (184-88) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Aleman's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Diego Castillo (-99) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brisas. Sportiva Italiana at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Aleman is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#4) in San Felipe in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sportiva Italiana will play at home against Puente Alto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Santiago. Fifth ranked Arturo Prat (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Stadio Italiano (3-6) 75-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadio Italiano. Boris Guerra (-87) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Paulo Andrade supported him with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Arturo Prat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 15 points and 5 assists by Goran Vukasovic (-94) did not help to save the game for Stadio Italiano. Arturo Prat moved-up to fourth place. Stadio Italiano at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Arturo Prat will play against Aleman (#6) in Puerto Varas in the next round. Stadio Italiano will play on the road against the league's second-placed Liceo Curico and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th ranked host Brisas (4-5) lost to second ranked Liceo Curico (7-2) 72-54. Sergio Chialva fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Sascha Frings produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liceo Curico have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-2 record behind leader Sportiva Italiana. Loser Brisas dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet at home Stadio Italiano (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Brisas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Sergio Ceppi.
Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked Puente Alto (7-3) 84-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Diego Valenzuela who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Puente Alto maintains third position with 7-3 record behind leader Sportiva Italiana. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Puente Alto's next round opponent will be league's leader Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sergio Ceppi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago Brisas.

Aleman - Sportiva Italiana 74-67

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sportiva Italiana (8-2) in Puerto Varas on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Aleman (4-5) 74-67. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sportiva Italiana. Aleman forced 22 Sportiva Italiana turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Francisco Garrido (-88) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marcelo Villagran (184-88) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Aleman's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Diego Castillo (-99) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Matias Lubiano (-99) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brisas. Sportiva Italiana at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Aleman is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#4) in San Felipe in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sportiva Italiana will play at home against Puente Alto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aleman: F.Garrido 21+12reb+4ast, M.Villagran 20+5reb+5ast, M.Castro 10+4reb+4ast, R.Caceres 8+6reb+5ast, S.Leefhelm 6+2reb, H.Arriagada 5+5reb+1ast
Sportiva Italiana: M.Lubiano 16+7reb+3ast, D.Castillo 15+10reb+3ast, B.Toledo 13+3reb+2ast, C.Culun 9+10reb+4ast, J.Garcia 7+2reb, C.Rios 4+2ast
gschID: 544577


Puente Alto - Sergio Ceppi 84-70

Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked Puente Alto (7-3) 84-70. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Lorenzo Cifuentes contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Five Puente Alto players scored in double figures. Felipe Latorre (-93) replied with 19 points and Elias Donoso (-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sergio Ceppi. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Puente Alto maintains third position with 7-3 record behind leader Sportiva Italiana. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Puente Alto's next round opponent will be league's leader Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sergio Ceppi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago Brisas.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: F.Pena 22+1reb+3ast, D.Valenzuela 20+15reb+5ast, A.Pinedo 11+4reb, S.Silva 10+2reb+2ast, L.Cifuentes 10+19reb+2ast, A.Guzman 8+2reb+2ast
Sergio Ceppi: F.Latorre 19+2reb+3ast, E.Donoso 14+10reb, J.Parra 12+2ast, A.Olivares 9+2reb+4ast, J.Sotelo 6+3reb+3ast, P.Catalan 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 544576


Brisas - Liceo Curico 54-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th ranked host Brisas (4-5) lost to second ranked Liceo Curico (7-2) 72-54. Liceo Curico forced 19 Brisas turnovers and outrebounded them 48-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Sergio Chialva fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Emiliano Marquez (-96) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liceo Curico have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-2 record behind leader Sportiva Italiana. Loser Brisas dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet at home Stadio Italiano (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Brisas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Sergio Ceppi.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 18+7reb+1ast, M.Zerene 13+4reb+2ast, S.Chialva 12+17reb+4ast, S.Munoz 8+3reb+1ast, M.Rebolledo 8+5reb+1ast, J.Cofre 7+3reb
Brisas: S.Frings 16+6reb+1ast, E.Marquez 12+8reb+2ast, A.Jara 10+1ast, F.Oyarzun 5+5reb, C.Ramirez 4+1reb, S.Roa 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544575


Stadio Italiano - Arturo Prat 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Santiago. Fifth ranked Arturo Prat (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Stadio Italiano (3-6) 75-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadio Italiano. Boris Guerra (-87) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) supported him with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Arturo Prat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 15 points and 5 assists by Goran Vukasovic (-94) did not help to save the game for Stadio Italiano. N Alba added 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arturo Prat moved-up to fourth place. Stadio Italiano at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Arturo Prat will play against Aleman (#6) in Puerto Varas in the next round. Stadio Italiano will play on the road against the league's second-placed Liceo Curico and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: B.Guerra 23+8reb+1ast, R.Galvez 17+12reb+2ast, P.Andrade 17+10reb+4ast, E.Garrido 11+5reb+2ast, C.Ubillo 3+1reb, R.Rojas 2+1reb+1ast
Stadio Italiano: G.Vukasovic 15+4reb+5ast, N.Alba 13+10reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 12+6reb+2ast, J.Ulloa 12+5reb, P.Simonetti 9+9reb+1ast, M.Avello 7+4reb+6ast
gschID: 544578





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Russ Smith claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Russ Smith (183-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Luoyang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 26-year old playmaker had the game-high 56 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Luoyang in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shaanxi W. (#5, 2-1) 112-106. Luoyang is placed at 11th position in Chinese NBL. Luoyang is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 60.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Luoyang, through which he has constantly improved. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.3ppg. Smith is in league's top in and averages solid 4.3spg and 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Anhui. Gibson impressed basketball fans with 52 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Anhui lost that game 119-124 to Guangxi (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Gibson is one of the most experienced players at Anhui and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 47.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 6.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing (#10). Holyfield got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds . Despite Holyfield's great performance Beijing lost 113-128 to Fujian (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Beijing not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holyfield could try to bring Beijing's a little bit higher in the standings. Holyfield has individually a great season in China. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 22.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Murphy (196-G-90) of Guangxi - 57 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) of Fujian - 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Henan - 32 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 40 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87) of Lhasa - 33 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. LaQuinton Ross (203-F-92) of Fujian - 35 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W. - 30 points, 7 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)



Fortson re-signs at Zhejiang Guangsha Lions - by Eurobasket News

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (CBA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-84kg-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports). He was a team leader there last season. In 42 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 29.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 8.5apg (top 2) and 2.6spg (in top 4).
The previous (15-16) season Fortson played at Banvit in Turkish BSL where in 20 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.5apg (top 2) and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Fortson also played 18 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg.
In 2011 (a year after he left the college) Fortson was drafted by LA D-Fenders (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
The former University of Arkansas standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Fortson 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 won Russian Superleague championship title in 2014. Fortson was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Fortson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Fortson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Venezuela (Trotamundos), NBA (Houston Rockets and LA Clippers), Russia (Avtodor), Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana) and NBA G League (Los Angeles D-Fenders, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Reno Bighorns).

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Robert CRAWFORD
  Aguilas
  (201-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Crawford, Aguilas23.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break23.0 
 3. Givens, Piratas21.3 
 4. Smith, Sabios20.5 
 5. Coombs, Sabios19.3 
 6. Roberson, Condores18.4 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.0 
 8. McCoy, Condores15.4 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.15.2 
 10. Romero, Piratas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Perez, Academia10.8 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.10.3 
 3. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas9.9 
 5. Almanza, Condores9.3 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.3 
 7. Julio, Fast Break7.9 
 8. Coombs, Sabios7.4 
 9. Jones, Sabios7.1 
 10. Quinones, Academia7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Murray, Academia6.3 
 2. Smith, Sabios5.4 
 3. Velandia, Aguilas5.4 
 4. McCoy, Condores5.1 
 5. Caicedo, Cimar.4.7 
 6. Coombs, Sabios4.6 
 7. Granados, Academia4.4 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones4.2 
 9. Crawford, Aguilas3.7 
 10. Diaz, Condores3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.6 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.5 
 3. Ortiz, Fast Break2.1 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.1.9 
 6. Murray, Academia1.7 
 7. Renteria, Cimar.1.6 
 8. Crawford, Aguilas1.6 
 9. Blandon, Sabios1.5 
 10. McCoy, Condores1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perez, Academia1.9 
 2. Crawford, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 4. Jones, Sabios1.3 
 5. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.1 
 6. Givens, Piratas1.0 
 7. Hernandez, Cimar.0.9 
 8. Quinones, Academia0.9 
 9. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 10. Bermudez, Condores0.7 


PBD Round 19: Cimarrones edge Sabios by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Manizales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Sabios (9-11) to third ranked Cimarrones (9-7) 77-75 in the game for the third place. Strangely Sabios outrebounded Cimarrones 44-28 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international point guard Rodrigo Caicedo (180-88) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 assists for the winners. American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 23 points. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Cimarrones maintains third place with 9-7 record having ten points less than leader Fast Break. Sabios lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Cimarrones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again at home against Cimarrones (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Fast Break delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Condores (8-12) 85-60 in Cundinamarca. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Luis Julio contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Condores. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fast Break (17-1) have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place. Condores lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Condores will play again at home against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Montana. Local Academia (13-7) outscored 8th ranked Patriotas (5-15) 102-70 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Simon Granados who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Frisco Sandidge responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-7 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Patriotas at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 19 bottom-ranked Aguilas were defeated by Academia in Montana 107-102.
The best stats of 19th round was 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists by Beyckar Aguaslimpias of Academia.

Academia - Aguilas 107-102

There was no surprise in Montana where 8th ranked Patriotas (5-15) were defeated by second ranked Academia (13-7) 107-102 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Academia outrebounded Patriotas 40-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Patriotas' players. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) helped adding 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) responded with 26 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Five Academia and four Patriotas players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-7 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Patriotas at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Academia: O.Balbuena 23+5reb+1ast, S.Granados 22+2reb+7ast, B.Aguaslimpias 17+10reb+7ast, D.Perez 17+12reb+5ast, T.Murray 12+2reb+8ast, M.Montano 6+4reb
Aguilas: R.Crawford 26+4reb+5ast, A.Bivins 24+6reb, J.Pardo 14+4reb+2ast, J.Velandia 14+5reb+4ast, O.Fonseca 5+2ast, J. Lopez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 549308


Condores - Fast Break 60-85

Leader Fast Break delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Condores (8-12) 85-60 in Cundinamarca. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Fast Break players scored in double figures. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Venezuelan forward Eduardo Torres (195-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Condores. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fast Break (17-1) have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place. Condores lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Fast Break will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Condores will play again at home against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: H.Uhegwu 17+4reb+5ast, L.Julio 15+9reb, S.Ortiz 12+2reb+4ast, M.Sneed 12+9reb+3ast, D.Crockrell 9+3reb+4ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 7+9reb
Condores: L.Almanza 15+7reb, E.Torres 12+5reb+1ast, R.McCoy 7+5reb+6ast, V.Bermudez 6+6reb, H.Diaz 5+7reb+4ast, J.Acevedo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547260


Academia - Aguilas 102-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Montana. Local Academia (13-7) outscored 8th ranked Patriotas (5-15) 102-70 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Patriotas 51-25 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Academia shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Patriotas' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) helped adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. Four Academia players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-7 record having two points less than leader Fast Break. Patriotas at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Academia: S.Granados 29+7reb+6ast, G.Diaz 23+7reb+2ast, D.Perez 17+13reb+3ast, T.Murray 11+6reb+10ast, B.Aguaslimpias 8+6reb+4ast, M.Montano 6+3reb+1ast
Aguilas: F.Sandidge 18+7reb+5ast, R.Crawford 16+5reb+1ast, J.Velandia 13+4reb+1ast, J.Pardo 6, A.Bivins 6+2reb+1ast, J. Lopez 5+2reb
gschID: 547261


Sabios - Cimarrones 75-77

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Manizales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Sabios (9-11) to third ranked Cimarrones (9-7) 77-75 in the game for the third place. Strangely Sabios outrebounded Cimarrones 44-28 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international point guard Rodrigo Caicedo (180-88) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 assists for the winners. American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 23 points. Four Cimarrones players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Luis Blandon (-88) added 24 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cimarrones maintains third place with 9-7 record having ten points less than leader Fast Break. Sabios lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Cimarrones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again at home against Cimarrones (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: A.Carraway 23+4reb+1ast, R.Caicedo 13+3reb+14ast, J.Hardy 13+1reb+1ast, J.Hernandez 12+9reb+1ast, E.Renteria 5+5reb+2ast, T.Williams 4+2reb+2ast
Sabios: L.Blandon 24+8reb, S.Coombs 23+8reb+5ast, K.Jones 16+10reb+2ast, D.Castro 9+6reb+2ast, R.Rivera 3+6reb+6ast, M.Garces 0
gschID: 547259





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  COSTA RICA  


LBS Round 14: U Costa Rica edges U Latina by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LBS took place in San Jose. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked U Latina (3-8) to eighth ranked U Costa Rica (4-9) 67-64 in the game for the sixth place. U Costa Rica moved-up to sixth place. U Latina lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Liberia. U Costa Rica are looking forward to face Liberia (#7) in the next round. U Latina's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Jose ARBA.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grecia. Top-ranked ARBA faced 4th ranked Grecia. Guests from San Jose (12-0) defeated host Grecia (6-5) 65-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Grecia. American guard Dashaun Wiggins (188-91, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Isaac Conejo contributed with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Marquis Aaron (196, college: Bellevue) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds for Grecia. Grecia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated ARBA have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Grecia at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. ARBA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Jose to the arena U Latina.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (10-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-8). Barva smashed Perez Zeledon 97-25 on Saturday. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Barva will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Grecia (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Liberia was crushed by Escazu in San Jose 90-70.
The best stats of 14th round was 26 points and 12 rebounds by Cory Bradford of Liberia.

Perez Zeledon - Barva 25-97

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (10-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-8). Barva smashed Perez Zeledon 97-25 on Saturday. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Barva will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Grecia (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 545924


Grecia - ARBA 52-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grecia. Top-ranked ARBA faced 4th ranked Grecia. Guests from San Jose (12-0) defeated host Grecia (6-5) 65-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Grecia. ARBA held Grecia to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 31.7 percent accuracy of the winners and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. ARBA outrebounded Grecia 50-30 including a 43-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Dashaun Wiggins (188-91, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) contributed with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Marquis Aaron (196, college: Bellevue) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman George Letford (185-91) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Grecia. Grecia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ARBA have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Grecia at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. ARBA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Jose to the arena U Latina.
Top scorers:
ARBA: D.Wiggins 17+9reb+2ast, I.Conejo 12+4reb+6ast, T.Armstrong 11+9reb+2ast, J.Anderson 8+12reb+1ast, A.Ripool 6+3reb+1ast, L.Conejo 5+5reb
Grecia: M.Aaron 8+12reb+1ast, G.Letford 8+5reb, M.Bogantes 5+3reb+2ast, M.Jose Gonzalez 4+2ast, D.Rodriguez 4+5reb, L.Jara 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545925


Escazu - Liberia 90-70

There was no surprise in San Jose where 6th ranked Liberia (3-8) was crushed by third ranked Escazu (9-3) 90-70 on Saturday. Escazu made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Escazu outrebounded Liberia 72-38 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Julius Brooks (206-90, college: Loyola, MD) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michael Jackson (190-87) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Five Escazu players scored in double figures. American guard Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and international Daniel Shedden (190-96) scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Escazu maintains third position with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader ARBA. Loser Liberia dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with U Latina. Escazu will meet bottom-ranked Abogados (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Liberia will play against U Costa Rica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Escazu: M.Jackson 15+13reb+1ast, J.Brooks 15+15reb+2ast, K.Martinez 13+8reb+5ast, M.Herrera 12+2reb+3ast, A.Sanchez 11+4reb+3ast, R.Wilson 10+16reb
Liberia: C.Bradford 26+12reb+3ast, D.Shedden 17+9reb+4ast, F.Lixmark 15+2reb+2ast, D.Rodriguez 9+6reb, C.Santamaria 3+2reb+1ast, R.Duran 0+5reb
gschID: 545927


U Latina - U Costa Rica 64-67

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LBS took place in San Jose. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked U Latina (3-8) to eighth ranked U Costa Rica (4-9) 67-64 in the game for the sixth place. U Costa Rica moved-up to sixth place. U Latina lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Liberia. U Costa Rica are looking forward to face Liberia (#7) in the next round. U Latina's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Jose ARBA.
gschID: 545926





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  CROATIA  


Marko Popovic left Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News

experienced 35-year old Croatian international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82kg-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) left Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). Popovic played there also last season. In 24 games he had 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention. He played there also last season. Popovic also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Popovic played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
Popovic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2003 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
Popovic represented Croatia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Popovic has played also professionally in Russia (Unics Kazan and Khimki), Turkey, Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Croatia (Cibona and KK_Zadar).
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2001 and it is his 17th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cibona inks Ivan Novacic (ex-Jolly) - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona continued bulding a roster by singing experienced Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) for the 2017-18 season, the club announced.
Novacic arrives from Jolly JBS, where he averaged 19.0 points (ranked third), 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over 30 minutes in 27 Croatian A1 League games last season. He was avarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League All-Domestic players first team.
Novacic grew up with Zadar and has already played for Dubrava, Dubrovnik, Cedevita, Zrinjevac and Zagreb in his native Croatia plus SV Halle in Germany, Siroki in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, Latina in Italy.
Novacic was a member of U16 and U18 Croatian national team and won the gold medal at the 2002 U18 European Championship in Germany.



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  CYPRUS  


Gerry Blakes (ex Enosis) is a newcomer at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American guard Gerry Blakes (193-88kg-95, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Enosis in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.2rpg (#5 in the league), 3.1apg and 1.5spg last season. Blakes helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention.
He received HS All-California 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Blakes graduated from Arizona State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  


Horsholm keeps Nielsen for another season - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm 79ers (Ligaen) re-signed 29-year old ex-international point guard Frederik Nielsen (178-78kg-88). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 30 Ligaen games he recorded 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.5apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nielsen's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2008, 2010 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Nielsen represented Denmark at the European Championships Div.C in Malta seven years ago.
He has played previously for Bakken.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM28.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.0 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD22.1 
 4. Woodbury, Titanes .20.4 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV20.0 
 6. Santana, Titanes .19.4 
 7. Freeman, Caner.18.9 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.18.2 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.3 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Williams, Titanes .10.0 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.8.7 
 6. Santana, Titanes .8.7 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD8.2 
 8. Vargas, Metros S.8.0 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR7.3 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.0 
 2. Soliman, Caner.5.8 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.4 
 4. Miller, Leones SD5.3 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM5.2 
 6. Ruiz, Soles SD4.0 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD3.9 
 8. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.7 
 10. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM2.1 
 2. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 3. Beidler, Huracane.1.8 
 4. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .1.5 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.1.3 
 10. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.1.0 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.0.9 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM0.9 
 9. Beidler, Huracane.0.9 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 


Herbert Graham agreed terms with Caneros de La Romana - by Eurobasket News

Caneros de La Romana (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old naturalized American guard Herbert Graham (196-93kg-93, college: Armstr.Atlantic) from Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB. Graham also played that season for Huellas Del Siglo (District National).
He played in the final of Summit League Tournament in 2014.
Graham has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep. and Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti).
He attended Armstrong Atlantic State University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kelly Beidler claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Huracanes PP and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Huracanes PP in his team's victory, helping them to crush Reales LV (#6, 6-10) with 17-point margin 102-85. Huracanes PP maintains the 3rd position in Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Huracanes PP will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Beidler has many years of experience at Huracanes PP, through which he has constantly improved. Kelly Beidler averages this season 12.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old power forward Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD. Guzman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Soles SD to edge the higher-ranked Leones SD (#5, 7-9) by 2 points 97-95. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Soles SD managed to get this year. Guzman is one of the most experienced players at Soles SD and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#3). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of second-ranked Indios SFM. Suero showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Suero's great performance Indios SFM lost 88-102 to #1 ranked Metros STGO. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Indios SFM needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Suero has a great season in Dominican Republic. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.4apg (5th best). Gerardo Suero has also Dominican Rep. passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Reales LV - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) of Soles SD - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Metros STGO - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Estudiantes tab Dagoberto Pena - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) inked 29-year old Dominican swingman Dagoberto Pena (198-88, college: Marshall). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played most recently at FC Barcelona Lassa II in Spanish LEB Gold. In 12 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Pena also played that season for Leyma Basquet (also in LEB Gold) where in 21 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 16.0ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Pena's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Pena represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg.
Pena is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Pena has played previously professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia and Sionista), Uruguay (Maldonado), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Colombia (Cafeteros and Academia) and Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo, Plaza, Metros de Santiago and Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended Marshall University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Pena's game is described as: Dago is a Strong, Athletic Forward. Able to score in bunches and is at his best when slashing towards the bucket. Possesses astounding jumping ability and great finishing capabilities at the rim. Is very skilled offensively and can put up big numbers at any time. Has decent defensive capabilities to guard bigger players in the low post. Great three point shooter.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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LNB Round 14: Soles SD edges Leones SD by two points - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Leones SD (7-9) to eighth ranked Soles SD (3-12) 97-95 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-95. Soles SD made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Bahamas guard Michael Carey-Jr (196-93, college: Wagner) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Soles SD's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Soles SD maintains eighth position with 3-12 record. Defending champion Leones SD dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Soles SD are looking forward to face higher ranked Caneros LR (#4) in La Romana in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leones SD will play on the road against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. First ranked Metros STGO faced second-ranked Indios SFM. Host Metros STGO (12-3) defeated guests from San Francisco (11-4) 102-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Indios SFM. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Frank Gaines contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) replied with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Indios SFM. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metros STGO have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-3 record. Indios SFM at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Metros STGO will play against Reales LV (#6) in La Vega in the next round where they are favorite. Indios SFM will play at home against Reales LV (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in San Cristobal where host Titanes Licey (#7) won against 4th ranked Caneros LR 77-73 on Friday evening. Edward Santana had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Austin Freeman responded with 19 points. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey maintains seventh position with 6-10 record. Loser Caneros LR keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Titanes Licey will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caneros LR will play against Leones SD (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Puerto Plata. Local Huracanes PP (9-6) beat 5th ranked Reales LV (6-9) 102-85. Kelly Beidler notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes PP have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-6 record having just three points less than leader Metros STGO. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Huracanes PP will have a break next round. Reales LV will play on the road against the league's second-placed Indios SFM (#2) in San Francisco and hope to win that game.

Metros STGO - Indios SFM 102-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. First ranked Metros STGO faced second-ranked Indios SFM. Host Metros STGO (12-3) defeated guests from San Francisco (11-4) 102-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Indios SFM. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Metros STGO. Indios SFM was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Metros STGO dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Indios SFM's 46. They outrebounded Indios SFM 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Metros STGO players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Indios SFM was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Metros STGO players scored in double figures. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) replied with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Indios SFM. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metros STGO have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-3 record. Indios SFM at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Metros STGO will play against Reales LV (#6) in La Vega in the next round where they are favorite. Indios SFM will play at home against Reales LV (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 23+7reb+2ast, F.Gaines 20+5reb+2ast, A.De Leon 18+5reb+4ast, E.Vargas 11+12reb+4ast, A.Nunez 10+4reb+1ast, R.Soliver 8+2reb+3ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 27+6reb+4ast, J.Miguel Suero 19+6reb+7ast, T.Shannon 16+10reb, C.Novas Mateo 7, A.Gibbs 5+1reb+2ast, A.Salas Flores 4+5reb
gschID: 546080


Soles SD - Leones SD 97-95

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Leones SD (7-9) to eighth ranked Soles SD (3-12) 97-95 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-95. Soles SD made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Bahamas guard Michael Carey-Jr (196-93, college: Wagner) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Soles SD's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 25 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soles SD maintains eighth position with 3-12 record. Defending champion Leones SD dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Soles SD are looking forward to face higher ranked Caneros LR (#4) in La Romana in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Leones SD will play on the road against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: M.Guzman 26+10reb+4ast, M.Carey Jr. 21+6reb+3ast, H.Maldonado 17+3ast, C.Hall 11+4reb+1ast, A.Goods 9+1ast, R.Tamarez 6+3reb+1ast
Leones SD: E.Fortuna 25+2reb+3ast, P.Miller 19+4reb+6ast, M.Rhett 17+9reb+4ast, H.Walker 12+3reb+1ast, J.Guerrero 8+4reb, J.Corporan 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546081


Huracanes PP - Reales LV 102-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Puerto Plata. Local Huracanes PP (9-6) beat 5th ranked Reales LV (6-9) 102-85. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes PP. Reales LV was better in third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes PP dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Reales LV's 42. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Huracanes PP brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) supported him with 17 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) did not help to save the game for Reales LV. Naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes PP have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-6 record having just three points less than leader Metros STGO. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Huracanes PP will have a break next round. Reales LV will play on the road against the league's second-placed Indios SFM (#2) in San Francisco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: K.Beidler 23+6reb+2ast, J.Young 19+2reb+3ast, M.Carter 17+2reb+7ast, A.Jones 10+9reb+1ast, J.Valdez 9+2reb+2ast, B.Polanco 8+1reb+2ast
Reales LV: A.Okosun 18+10reb+1ast, O.Bailey 17+9reb, A.Pena 16+7reb+3ast, R.Beato 14+7reb+1ast, S.Encarnacion 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Minaya 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546078


Titanes Licey - Caneros LR 77-73

An interesting game was played in San Cristobal where host Titanes Licey (#7) won against 4th ranked Caneros LR 77-73 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey maintains seventh position with 6-10 record. Loser Caneros LR keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Titanes Licey will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caneros LR will play against Leones SD (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: T.Woodbury 19+3reb+2ast, E.Santana 16+11reb, U.Thomas 12+8reb+2ast, D.Moquete 10+2reb+5ast, B.Williams 9+6reb+1ast, H.Valdez 6+4reb
Caneros LR: A.Freeman 19+3reb+1ast, R.Scott 15+1reb+2ast, T.Gilder 12+9reb+1ast, A.Williams 5+1reb+1ast, E.Soliman 5+1reb+3ast, J.Garcia 4+1reb
gschID: 546079





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  ECBL  


North posts a 163-150 overtime win over South in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

North posted a 163-150 overtime win over South in All Star Game played last night in ECBL. South managed to win the first period 32-30 and led 78-74 at the halftime. They also enjoyed a 108-88 lead midway through the third period, but lost the game. North reduced to 122-105 at the end of the third period, and then pushed the tempo in the fourth quarter. Both teams were tied at 142-142, while North went on a final lead in overtime.


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Leones land Alexander Morillo, ex Trotamundos - by Francisco Vega

Newly promoted Leones de Riobamba (National League) tabbed 25-year old Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92). He has played for the last two years at Trotamundos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 40 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Among other achievements Morillo's team won Venezuelan LNB Regular Season in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LNB 2013 All-Defensive Team award back in 2013.
Morillo represented Venezuela at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 48.4%.
Morillo has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Aduaneros and Caciques.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jesus Centeno (ex Marinos) agreed terms with Iccan - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) inked 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85). He played most recently at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 49 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.5apg last season. Centeno also spent pre-season at Bucaneros (also in LPB) that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Centeno received also Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB All-Domestic Players Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He was also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Centeno played for Venezuelan Senior National Team between 2008 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
He also represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Isla Margarita (Venezuela) three years ago. Centeno's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 2 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Centeno is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia, Mexico (Angeles), Panama (Caballos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos, Guaros, Cacaoteros and Araguenos) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora).
Centeno's game is described as: He is yet an experienced player, despite the green age; has god passing skills and court vision, defends well on the opposite guards, has the athletic strength to go inside and to score; neeeds to add a reliable outside shot; A very talented point guard, whose dream is to play in NBA: He is very quick and determinated on the court, very soft speaking and polite out of the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 Las Vegas ESL Rosters! - by ESL News

Friday July 7th, 2017 Schedule:

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Practice for teams coached by Todd Triplett and Martin Knezevic

11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Practice for teams coached by Matthew Otten and Vincent Van Sliedregt

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Practice for teams coached by Thomas Roijakkers and Allen Mkrtychyan

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Practice for teams coached by Daniel Sokolovsky and John Bynum

Saturday July 8th, 2017 Schedule:

The double elimination tournament will start at 9:00 am and continue throughout the day until 6 pm. Games will start at the beginning of each hour (i.e. 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, etc).

Each Team's 1st Game (future games TBD by wins/losses)

9:00 AM: Cleveland v Washington, Boston v Atlanta

10:00 AM: Minnesota v Dallas, Golden State v Utah

11:00 AM: Chicago v Toronto, Milwaukee v Detroit

12:00 PM: LA Lakers v Houston, Oklahoma City v Memphis

Sunday July 9th, 2017

The double elimination tournament will continue at 9:00 am and continue throughout the day. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference Championship games will start at 3:30 PM. The Championship Game will take place at 5:30 PM.

Todd Triplett's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Atlanta Dallas
Frankie JohnsonG57Evergreen StateKeenan SmithG60East-West Univ
Manny WelchG60Pitt-BradfordTommy CervenG61Kalamazoo
Kevin DukesG61SUNOTajai JohnsonG62Clark Atlanta
Mack JohnsonG63Sioux FallsCameron GypsynG66Leeds (England)
Chris JohnsonG65PierceRyan CaldwellGF64SUNY ESF
Jordan RutherfordGF67St. Gregory'sTele AdenihunF65Rhema
Daniel MulambaF69LangstonMichael DisonG510Bim Bum Rende (Italy)
Austin GlaweF64Central (IA)Kris BellF610Fort Valley State
Zach MarburyG63Rhode Island

Martin Knezevic's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Boston Golden State
Lorenzo GonzalezG59Univ of DallasDavis ZonneG61SK Barons (Latvia)
Carl DavisG60Sunbury (Australia)Nehemiah JonesGF61Reinhardt
Sam NattG61UnionKohl MeyerG63Puget Sound
Josh MayberryG63Dominican ILJosh MajorG64SUNO
Joel ThomasGF65Pensacola ChristianEddie La TorreF66Bethesda
Maurice TaylorF67NiagaraDemetris MorantF69Florida Gulf Coast
John HollemanF68Virginia StateFrank SchettinoG511Staten Island
Martarrace BrockG64UnionVamba DonzoF66Texas College
Eli IngramGF64Marygrove

Matthew Otten's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Chicago Oklahoma City
Jeremy HinesG62Our Lady of the LakeDulani RobinsonG59Texas Southern
Joey BennettG64CS StanislausJermaine RussellG61Mesabi Range
Dante RobinsonGF65Holy NamesJullian PowerG62Oregon State
Hakim ArnoldG63La VerneCJ ParkerGF65Mount Mercy
Josh PalmerF67DruryCaleb MackG64Huddinge (Sweden)
Justin BallF69PrincipiaThomas SimienF66Multnomah
Christian DowneyG510VictoryEdson AvilaF610Georgetown KY
Jarrod SheffieldG510GracePaul Nikoloff-KingG62Waverly (Australia)
Marshall WebbG63Washington War.

Vincent Van Sliedregt's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Milwaukee LA Lakers
Kiel LewisG61Ave MariaRay SansomG61Lamar
Shane SmithG63GreenvilleJimmy ScrogginsG62Mumbai (India)
Sean BurrellF67SUNOTevis RobinsonF65Johnson Wales FL
Dylan CraneG65Washington War.Taylor DreyG63Evergreen State
Corey HammellF66Alaska AnchorageHenry MooreG62Jackson State
Richard FreemanF68PikevilleEvan ZabriskiF66Allegheny
Demetrius LambrightG510LasellAndrew FishlerF71Mercer
Lance CrawfordG511UMASS LowellMatt BantonG511Franklin Pierce
Eric LindseyG63Washington AdventistJoey PuddisterG60Nipissing (Canada)

Thomas Roijakkers' Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Cleveland Utah
Tyrus FleetwoodG62Washington AdventistIsaiah CooperG60Los Angeles Valley
Terrence DurhamG63Tennessee MartinRico OverallG60Lee
Victor JonesG64Culver StocktonMiles RobinsonG60Indiana Tech
Martez PointerGF65Tennessee TempleJared BardG63SUNY ESF
Lance StokesF67ChattanoogaElliott MeredithGF65Washington Adventist
Michael WhiteF68Mexico/SingaporeTrenton RichardsonGF66Saint Mary KS
Johnny CookseyG511York NEAJ WestF69Siauliai (Lithuania)
Tre HoweG511York NEJalen RichardG64CS East Bay
Torin Childs-HarrisG64Morgan StateJarion HenryF610CS San Bernardino

Allen Mkrtychyan's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Toronto Houston
Hanif CarterG60Long Beach ShoremanAlec BerrymanG61Loras
Christian GravesG62MaloneXavier ColbertG62Lyndon State
Xavier YoungGF64TougalooKeith PorterG64CCSU
Adebayo BabalolaG64MorningsideEarl PetersonG63Loyola Chicago
Julian ThomasF66Frank PhillipsEmeche WellsGF64Southwestern Oklahoma
Lew EvansF69TennesseeAlex SmithF68Bethesda
Jamario MoonGF68NBA/Puerto RicoHenry UwadiaeF70Dominican CA
Guy JohnsonG510Adams StateBrandon RobinsonG511Finlandia

John Bynum's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Detroit Memphis
Christian SullivanG55HCCMaurice AlexanderG61Lane
Shy McClellandG60Arizona ChristianGabriel OntiverosG60Mt. San Antonio
Josh WhiteG61SIU EdwardsvilleEJ McWoodsG61John Brown
Wilber EverettG64HaskellChase LawsonG63Wheeling Jesuit
Kevin HendersonG64St. Martin'sMichael WalkerG64St. Thomas
David StraughterGF65Montana State NorthernD'ante Russell-HallGF66SUNO
Rob WaltersF67CS StanislausEJ RuckerG511Williams Baptist
Zach GordonF68Cal PolyMacam MacamF611UT Martin
Cedric IsomG62Iceland/AngolaJordan GoodmanF68Bowie State

Daniel Sokolovsky's Rosters

Eastern ConferencePos HT Last TeamWestern ConferencePosHTLast Team
Washington Minnesota
John ReynosoG59Arizona StateMarcus ClarkG60El Camino
KC HarrisonG60Pacific ORMichael WilliamsG61Green River
Tre O'NealG61Nicholls StateDevan BaileyG62Cheshire (England)
Shemiye McLendonG63South FloridaJD TisdaleGF65Rogers State
Joshea SingletonG64North Carolina A&TJordan CannonG64Wartburg
Telvin GabrielGF66LanderMarquis MarshallGF65Alvernia
Jordan StottsF68Moncton (Canada)Jordan OmogbehinF73King
Joe BrownF67SUNOReed MellsG510Ruvo di Puglia (Italy)
Zach CurranF66Husson




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Kinsey re-signs at Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) confirmed in their roster 33-year old American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-86kg-84, college: S.Carolina). He played there last season. In 34 Winner League games he recorded 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3). Kinsey helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team. Kinsey also played 18 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Kinsey played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 10 KLS games he had 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg. Kinsey contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. Kinsey also played 16 games in Euroleague where he got 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Kinsey also played 13 games in ABA League where he got 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. The other team Kinsey played that season for was Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL. In 11 games he got 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg.
Kinsey 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 Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Kinsey is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce) and Serbia (Partizan).
Kinsey attended University of South Carolina until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Kinsey: Is bigger, stronger and more confident. Plays with a certain flare on both offense and defense. Defense has really improved. Very good athlete who will play on the wing. Wing span is 78 1/2 inches.

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Tarence Kinsey

Forward:
Lior Eliyahu

Center:
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcus Eriksson may agree terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is targeting to land 24-year old Swedish shooting guard Marcus Eriksson (201-87kg-93) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa. Eriksson has played there for the last three years. In 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Eriksson helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Eriksson also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
Among other achievements Eriksson's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Eriksson was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Eriksson also represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Italy and Sweden (KFUM Uppsala).

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olympiacos add Tillie to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) added to their roster 29-year old French-Dutch power forward Kim Tillie (210-101kg-88, college: Utah). He has played for the last three seasons at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Tillie helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Tillie also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Tillie 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 Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Tillie represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Tillie has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket).
He attended University of Utah until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Khem Birch

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Roll (ex Besiktas) joins Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Roll played last season at Besiktas in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 40 games he had 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Roll spent at Demir IBB (also in BSL). In 29 games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He played in the final of Turkish League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roll was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015. He has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
Roll has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Roll: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
John DiBartolomeo

Forward:
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Real Madrid welcomes back Yusta - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old swingman Santiago Yusta (200-97). It is actually his comeback to Madrid as he has played here before. Yusta has played for the last two years at Obradoiro in the Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Despite young age Yusta had impressive career. Yusta played in the final of Spanish U16 Championships in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team award in 2016.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Yusta's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Yusta has played previously for Real Madrid II.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Fabien Causeur

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic
Santiago Yusta

Center:
Anthony Randolph

By Eurobasket Data Center

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James Gist in talks with Khimki - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering to land 31-year old American power forward James Gist (206-105kg-86) who played last time at Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. Gist has played there for the last five years. In 20 A1 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Gist helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Gist also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2008 Gist was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall). He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Gist is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Angelico Biella), Serbia (Partizan), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Russia (Lokomotiv).
Gist's game is described as: A very athletic inside player, great rebounder and shot-blocker. Thanks to his leaping ability, he can intimidate in the middle, but his good shooting range and running skills allow him to be very effective at the PF position.

BC Khimki Moscow Region roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Egor Vyaltsev
Stefan Markovic
Charles Jenkins
Vyacheslav Zaytsev

Forwards:
Sergey Monya
Andrey Zubkov

Center:
Dmitry Sokolov

Coach: Giorgos Bartzokas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jokic won't join Serbia in the Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Jokic (209-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) met with Serbian national team head coach Sasa Djordjevic and announced him that he won't participate in the EuroBasket. As Sporski Jurnal reported, the Denver Nuggets center told Djordjevic that he'll be unable to respond to the invitation for the European Championship tournament (August 31 to September 17) where Team Serbia is one of main title contenders. This decision mainly has to do with the Jokic's preference to dedicate his offseason to individual workouts in order to physically improve ahead of the new season. It has to be mentioned that Nuggets executives like Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas have said that they didn't have any influence on the player's decision and it's 100% Jokic's choice to decline the call for the national team. Jokic, 22, was one of the key characters of Serbia in the silver medal achievement of the 2016 Olympic Games, averaging 9.1 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also scored 25 in a near-upset vs Team USA. While he came off the bench in Rio, Jokic could've easily been a starter in the EuroBasket taking into consideration not only the brilliant season he had (16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists per game), but also Miroslav Raduljica's deteriorating physical condition which led to an abrupt season (and contract) ending with Olimpia Milano.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Nikola Jokic to miss EuroBasket - by Ivan Milenkovic

As expected, Nikola Jokic (209-C-95) will not play at 2017 EuroBasket. Although Denver Nuggets' executives said they have nothing against Jokic's participation with Serbian national team this summer, 22-year-old big guy decided to cancel on Sasa Djordjevic's call-up. After averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in his rookie NBA season, Jokic improved his numbers to 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season. He was part of Serbian silver-medal winning team at 2016 Rio Olympics. Not surprisingly, other NBA player Nemanja Bjelica will also miss EuroBasket. He is injured.


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Finnish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Lassi Nikkarinen
Nikkarinen
Edon Maxhuni
Maxhuni
Lasse Gummerus
Gummerus
Teemu Knihtinen
Knihtinen
Robert Barlund
Barlund
#e#5
4Lassi Nikkarinen 184-PG-97 HBA-Marsky Finland
5Aatu Kivimaki 186-PG-97 Salon Vilpas Finland
7Edon Maxhuni 186-PG-98 HBA-Marsky Finland
8Eero Innamaa 186-G-98 TuNMKY Finland
9Valtteri Leppanen Jyvaskyla BA Finland
10Matias Suvanto 192-SF-97 Augusta USA
11Lasse Gummerus 200-F-97 Espoo United Finland
12Teemu Knihtinen 195-G/F-98 Kouvot Finland
13Roi Byman 195-F-95 Lahti Finland
14Hannes Koskinen 198-F/G-98 Lahti Finland
15Robert Barlund 202-F/C-98 Lahti Finland
21Jyri Eboreime 185-G-98 Helsinki Seagulls Finland
20Henri Kantonen 197-G-97 Kauhajoki Finland




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Mathieu Lefevre signs at Menton - by Eurobasket News

Menton (Regional League) landed 28-year old guard Mathieu Lefevre (197-89). He has played for the last four years at Cergy-Pontoise in the NM2. Regional League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Lefevre helped them to win the group title.
He was a member of French U16 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Lefevre has played previously for four other teams: Sluc Nancy, Prisse Macon, Cherbourg and Basse Indre.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Monaco announce Dru Joyce - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) has reportedly added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Dru Joyce (185-PG-85, college: Akron). He played last season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. Joyce managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 BBL games he recorded 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Joyce also played that season for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 8.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. Joyce also played 18 games in VTB United League where he got 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg. He also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg (in top 4).
Joyce has played previously professionally also in Poland (Anwil and Energa Czarni).
He attended University of Akron until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Joyce: The typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed.



Kadri Moendadze agreed terms with Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) inked 23-year old small forward Kadri Moendadze (191-94) from Boulogne. In 32 ProB games he recorded 7.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.6spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Moendadze played at Cholet Basket (ProA) where in 28 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg.
His team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2013.
Moendadze represented France at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0spg.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Kadri Moendadze
Mouhamed Diagne

Centers:
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lorient adds Maraux to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CEP Lorient (NM1) added to their roster 21-year old point guard Eliot Maraux (184-96). He played last season at St Quentin in the ProB. ProB was a little too high level for him, where in 29 games he had just 1.8ppg. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Maraux played at JDA Dijon (ProA). ProB was a little too high level for him, where in three ProA games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
His team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2014.
Maraux represented France at the European Championships U16 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.

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Nicolas Moore (ex Enel Brindisi) agreed terms with Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) inked 25-year old American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-77kg-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 23 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
Moore has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in AAC in 2016. Moore received also All-AAC Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 25 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Moore represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Moore graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

JSF Nanterre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Heiko Schaffartzik
Lahaou Konate
Nicolas Moore
Bathiste Tchouaffe

Forwards:
Hugo Invernizzi
Myles Hesson
Mathias Lessort

Center:
Jean-Marc Pansa

Coach: Pascal Donadieu

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Basket Esch tabs Jordan Hicks, ex Cherbourg - by Eurobasket News

Basket Esch (Total League) inked 27-year old American swingman Jordan Hicks (201-95kg-90, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played for the last two years at AS Cherbourg Basket in French NM2 league.
Hicks has played also professionally in France for Union_Rennes.
He attended Loyola University of Chicago until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dustin Ware agreed terms with Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia). He has played for the last two years at Vichy Clermont in the ProB. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.8apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Ware's team won Croatian Supercup in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Ware has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm and Weissenhorn Youngstars), Hungary (Jaszberenyi) and Croatia (Cibona).
He attended University of Georgia until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Boulazac Basket Dordogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arnaud Kerckhof
Marc-Antoine Pellin
Marko Sutalo
Gaetan Clerc
Dustin Ware

Forwards:
Aurelien Salmon
Jerome Sanchez
Stephan Gauthier
Lionel Gaudoux

Centers:
Maxime Zianveni
Alexis Tanghe

Coach: Claude Bergeaud

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Chris Otule could join Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to sign 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Chris Otule (211-125kg-90, college: Marquette) who plays at Henan Shedianlaojiu in China. In three NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.3ppg, 18.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.3bpg last season. The last season Otule played at Olympique Antibes where in 34 ProA games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.0bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention.
His team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012.
Otule has played previously professionally in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Crailsheim Merlins) and Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi).
He attended Marquette University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pape Sy
Paul Lacombe
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

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Olympiacos add Tillie to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) added to their roster 29-year old French-Dutch power forward Kim Tillie (210-101kg-88, college: Utah). He has played for the last three seasons at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Tillie helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Tillie also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Tillie 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 Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Tillie represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Tillie has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket).
He attended University of Utah until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Khem Birch

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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The Rostock Seawolves ink Darian Cardenas Ruda Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Rostock Seawolves have brought in youngster Darian Cardenas (198-SG-95) and given him a two year deal. Darian Cardenas is a 21 year old 198cm guard that brings 10 Pro A games in his luggage to Rostock over a two year span with Science City Jena. Last season he played for two clubs with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (ProB) playing 15 games avergaing 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 80.6%, and played also at Science City Jena 2nd team (Regionalliga) playing 16 games avergaing 13.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 81.4%. "Darian is a young talented player that had good results in his first pro season with Leipzig. We liked him and his abilities in our try-out. I am happy that he will continue his path with us", stressed head coach Ralf Rehberger.

Last season in the Pro B with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig he scored in double figures in nine games and had two double doubles including a 26 point explosion against Weissenhorn as well as an 18 point game against Nordlingen and 17 point effort against Lich. With the second team of Science City Jena, he scored in double figures in 11 games including a 23 point game against Zwickau and 22 point games against Ansbach and Rosenheim. He started his career with USC Heidelberg before moving to the Science City Jena U19 team (NBBL) in 2012. He stayed with the jena organization until 2016. "I chose Rostock because I liked the city and they have ambitious goals. I want to make the next step there and achieve the next level with the Seawolves. With my visit the club demonstrated a very professional and also family like atmosphere. I am looking forward to the Seawolves family and my new teammates", added Darian Cardenas Ruda. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Regionalliga (Southeast-North Group) Runner-Up -14, 16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -16, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -16.

Source:Rostocck Seawolves








Smith inks at Heidelberg at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Jaleen Smith (193-93kg-94). Smith just graduated from New Hampshire (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 4.3apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-AEC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

MLP Academics Heidelberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Niklas Wuerzner
Jaleen Smith

Forwards:
Albert Kuppe
Evan McGaughey

Centers:
Martin Seiferth
Niklas Ney

Coach: Branislav Ignjatovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andre Calvin Continues Basketball Career In Germany With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For most of his professional basketball career, Andre Calvin (201-F-85, college: Drake) has showed his consistent play in the German Pro A with teams like Ehingen, BG Karlsruhe, BV Chemnitz and the Nurnberg Falcons as he averaged 12,5ppg and 6,5rpg in those five seasons and at the age of 32, the 201cm forward from Encorse, Michigan still has a lot left in his gas tank and will continue his career in Germany with the Artland Dragons and attempt to help them reach the Pro A. Last season the American played for the Nuernberg Falcons BC (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games averaging 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 70.7%. He scored in double figures in 20 games includung a double double and his best scoring games were against Trier where he had 21 and 19 points. "We are confident that he will fit good into our system at the position four, but he can also play the three. He could also help out at the position five due to his athleticism. He also left a good impression in the try-out", stressed head coach Christian Greve. "When I first talked to Florian Hartenstein, he told me that Quackenbruck was a good basketball place with a family like atmosphere. I saw that during my try-out. The training conditions are at a top level and professional. It won't be a culture shock for me since I also lived in a small suburb of Nurnberg. I like the basketball philosophy of the coaches and want to win many games", stressed Andre Calvin.

Calvin started his basketball career at Butler community college and then moved to Drake (NCAA) in 2005 to finish his school and as a junior played 31 games avergaing 10.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FG: 46.5%, FT: 68.8%. As a senior in the 2006-2007 season for Drake (NCAA), he played 32 games averaging 16.2ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3Pts: 32.7%, FT: 67.5%. In 2007 he started his professional basketball career with the Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 29 games averaging 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 75.0%. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Casino Figueira Ginasio (Portugal-LPB) playing 11 games averaging 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 11.4%, FT: 59.3%. He came to Germany in 2011 and played for rdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProA) until 2013 and in his first season played 27 games averaging 11.7ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 68.9%. In his second season with Ehingen he played 33 games averaging 16.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 75.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games averaging 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he balled for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 24 games averaging 12.5ppg, Reb-1 (9.8rpg), 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2015-2016 season he made the jump to the BBL playing for the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-BBL): playing 27 games averaging 7.9ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.2%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-MVC Honorable Mention -07, All-MVC Most Improved Team -07, Hoops Pro Invitational All Showcase Team -07, Austrian Cup Semifinals -08, Austrian Bundesliga A All-Star Game -08 (Dunking Contest), Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -13, 15, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -13, 15, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -17.

Source:Artland Dragons









Terrell Harris (I Need To Maximize My Potential And Not Take Any Shortcuts) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Terrell Harris (191-G-93, college: Georgia Coll.) is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Indiantown,Florida that completed his rookie season in Germany with the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB) averaging 18,1ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,8apg.. He started his basketball career at Mars Hill (NCAA2) in 2011 and then moved to Georgia College in 2012. As a senior he played 29 games averaging 24.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 76.8%. He concluded his college basketball career winning the All-PeachBelt Player of the Year 2016. Harris spoke to eurobasket during the long summer about his season with Iserlohn, his game and his future on the court.

Terrell thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you spent your summer?

Hey, Miles I hope all is well, always a pleasure to catch up with you. I am back at home in South Florida with my family. I've been training the entire summer in some different places such as my old high school and in Georgia as well. I have to keep getting better and better. So I been really pushing myself these past couple of months.


It has almost been three months since the end of the season where Iserlohn lost in the playoffs against PS Karlsruhe. Now looking back at that last series, what things would you have done differently to have won?

Yes three months seem like yesterday but we lost to a good team and well coached team. Personally I would've stayed out of foul trouble the first game. Moussa and I basically sat the entire bench the fist half. They took advantage of that by scoring and pushing the pace. We just couldn't bounce back to win. The second game personally I couldn't have done anything better really, that was one of my best all around game of the season.

You stated in our last interview in April that your season was just ok. Still you averaged 18.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.6%. Those are good stats by my book. You have that perfectionist attitude. From whom did you learn that from?

Yes I just thought I had a good season not a great season in my book. I know what I am capable of doing with my talent level and skill set. I expected to lead the league in scoring which I didnt. I also expected to lead Iserlohn to The Pro A which I didn't so I had an ok season. I'm my biggest critic, I was throughout the entire season. If I learned one thing the most, it would be not to be too hard on myself all the time. I had games where I would go back and be like I scored 24 26 but I should've had more points and rebounds along with assists. My game grew a lot mentally and physically playing for Iserlohn and the circumstances we had to deal with as a team throughout the season. I learned a lot from playing basketball the correct way, fighting adversity, and just be myself no matter what.

You scored in double figures in 24 of 26 games. That is very consistent play on the scoring side. Do you feel like you should have been even more dominant on the scoring side?

Yes I honestly thought I could've dominated more on the scoring in but it was nights I had to sacrifice my game because I was playing along side with a double double machine Moussa Kone and a scoring four man Thomas Reuter. Those guys were good players as well so we all had to balance out games to make it work. I tried to balance my game where I was aggressive and made sure to keep my teammates involved. I struggled with that at times but I learned a lot from that aspect.

You stressed in our last interview that you developed as a rookie in Germany with your reads and passing out the pick and roll. But you stated that you still have work to do. What do you still need to work on?

I need to work on a lot of things from ball handling, reads on pick and rolls, defense, free throws, passing, etc. I am not perfect at anything, nobody in this world is perfect so there is always room for improvement.

In our last interview you stressed this about your former head coach Matthias Grothe 'After our first preseason game at Schwelm, he put me into a position where I couldn't retreat it was either drown or sink'. What would have happened in your rookie season had you not had Matthias Grothe behind you?

Matthias Grothe was hard on me in a way I needed it. He challenged me everyday and every game. The one thing I liked most about him was he didn't care that I was the best player, he got on me and treated me like everyone else on the team. I learned so much from him as a player leading the Kangaroos. Matthias wanted the best for me even though it was tough to understand at times. He saw my talent level, whenever I dropped below his standards he stepped to me. I learned so much from him in one year then I did with my other coaches. I thank him for everything he taught me such as competing, staying aggressive, grit, and toughness. He will turn Phoenix Hagen around quickly.

You also stressed in our last interview that 'I feel as in I can score in multiple ways spot up three, midrange pull up right hand or left and being very efficient doing so. I believe I shot the ball more efficient than any other guard in the league from the field. Alongside with a dominant post player. And at the end of the day we won a lot this season. My team didn't play in the play downs like most of the top scorers. And I believe my team went the furthest out of all the top scorers in the playoffs. No disrespect to those guys because they are very talented just stating facts'. What professional goal do you have now? At what level do you see yourself?

I really mean what I said. No disrespect to those guys at all. I have a lot of goals I want to attain but my main goal is to maximize my potential. I just have to prepare and train for it. I will get there as long as I don't take any shortcuts. I believe I can play at the highest level of basketball if I continue to put in the time and work into my game. I need to improve on a lot of things but once those weaknesses improve the sky is the limit.


How has the off season transfer period been for you? Have you had good offers and in what direction are you weighing in?

The offseason has been up and down. A lot of interest and some offers but I want to make sure I am making the right decisions. I want to challenge myself and basketball game. I would like to sign soon though. I know training camp is right around the corner.


Was Iserlohn never an option for you? They recently signed Julian Scott who was a top Pro B player in the 2015-2016 season.

Iserlohn did offer me to come back early on in the season about midway. I just wanted to take some time from basketball and let my body heal before making that next decision.


A lot of guards are being signed by Pro B teams. Is the Pro B the last retreat for you or would you play a second straight season in the Pro B?


I want to challenge myself so I am open to playing for whatever makes sense for my game to grow and of course to WIN.


You competed against PS Karlsruhe and Weissenhorn who now have changed their name to Orange Academy. How confident are you that you can ball efficiently at the Pro A level?


I played against some Pro A teams and watched Pro A games all the time. Chemnitz because of Chris Carter who I consider a very good friend. The competition is good. Of course the league is different from Pro B but if PSK can sign some good pieces to go along with the main players they have, they should be ok in Pro A. They are a well coached team and they play together.


You stated in our last interview that This summer I will focus on getting stronger and putting on a few pounds of muscle. I will run the beach a lot and some other things. I will also work on my handles and shots. Becoming more explosive as well. Have you been satisfied with your training?

Yes I have been working on the things I said I would work on. I do feel like I have gotten better. I enjoy training on the beach in the sand for more explosiveness. I enjoy working in my ball handling and shot, just helping me become an all around better player.

Have you worked on any other aspects of your game this summer that you feel has helped your game progress in the last two months?

Yes I work on a lot of things to help me improve from ball handling to pick and roll read and react along with shooting the long ball.


What was your summary of the 2017 NBA Draft? What players do see making an instant impact and who are sleepers?

I really didn't pay attention to the NBA draft outside of the top 5 picks. I really wasn't that much interested in it this year. Trying to focus on myself. Congratulations to those guys for living out their dreams.


Lebron didn't win his 4th NBA chip. How far behind is he currently from being the best player of all-time and outlasting Michael Jordan?

I don't like to rank players LeBron and MJ are special and great in their own right. Both are pioneers of the game. Much respect to both for setting the bar high.


What will the Houston Rockets be capable of doing next season in the playoffs with a Chris Paul, James Harden and Co?

The Houston Rockets situations is interesting. They can be either really good or average. They need one more piece to even compete with the Warriors though.


Was the whole Phil Jackson and New York Knicks relationship a misunderstanding? Why has this organization been so unsuccessful in the last years?

I'm not sure what Phil and the Knicks relationship was like to be honest. He was a successful coach so I think he should stick to coaching.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was All Eyez On Me.


Thanks Terrell for the chat.




Wuerzburg signs Dejan Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 21-year old Bosnian power forward Dejan Kovacevic (209-110kg-96, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at FC Bayern Muenchen II in the ProB. In 22 games he had 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Kovacevic helped them to win the NBBL title (twice) (also twice).
He represented Bosnia at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) three years ago. Kovacevic's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Kovacevic has played previously for another German team Furstenfeldbruck.
He could be described: Excellent size, quickness for his age and size, with excellent rebounding and shotblocking and a touch that is usually common to shooting guards.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson

Forwards:
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rasid Mahalbasic (ex Sevilla) is a newcomer at EWE Baskets - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Austrian international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-112kg-90, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 22 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. Mahalbasic also played that season for Yesilgiresun Bld in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg. He also spent pre-season at BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Mahalbasic has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2015. Mahalbasic received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Austrian international program for some years. Mahalbasic has regularly played for Austrian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.6%.
Mahalbasic is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Mahalbasic has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Bosna-Royal), Croatia (KK Split), Italy, Poland (Asseco), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Turkey (Tofas and Fenerbahce), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Kazakhstan (Astana).

EWE Baskets Oldenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karsten Tadda
Mickey McConnell
Brad Loesing
Frantz Massenat
Bryon Allen
Haris Hujic

Forwards:
Rickey Paulding
Maxime De_Zeeuw
Philipp Schwethelm
Isaiah Philmore
Marko Bacak

Center:
Rasid Mahalbasic

Coach: Mladen Drijencic

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Jallow re-signs at B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) confirmed in their roster 20-year old shooting guard Karim Jallow (199-90kg-97). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 7 BBL games he had just 2.7ppg last season. Jallow helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Domestic Player of the Year.
Despite young age Jallow had great career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Most Improved Player of the Year in 2015.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Jallow's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg.

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  GREECE  


Michail Liapis (ex Kolossos HH) is a newcomer at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) added to their roster 22-year old Greek guard Michail Liapis (192-95). He played last season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league. But in 17 games he recorded just 0.8ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Liapis played at PAOK Thessaloniki (also in A1) where in 20 games he averaged only 1.2ppg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Liapis also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had only 1.9ppg and 1.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Liapis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.9%.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michail Liapis
Mike Balogun

Forward:
Sinisa Cvetanovic

Center:
Dejan Bjelic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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James Gist in talks with Khimki - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering to land 31-year old American power forward James Gist (206-105kg-86) who played last time at Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. Gist has played there for the last five years. In 20 A1 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Gist helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Gist also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2008 Gist was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall). He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Gist is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Angelico Biella), Serbia (Partizan), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Russia (Lokomotiv).
Gist's game is described as: A very athletic inside player, great rebounder and shot-blocker. Thanks to his leaping ability, he can intimidate in the middle, but his good shooting range and running skills allow him to be very effective at the PF position.

BC Khimki Moscow Region roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Egor Vyaltsev
Stefan Markovic
Charles Jenkins
Vyacheslav Zaytsev

Forwards:
Sergey Monya
Andrey Zubkov

Center:
Dmitry Sokolov

Coach: Giorgos Bartzokas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olympiacos add Tillie to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) added to their roster 29-year old French-Dutch power forward Kim Tillie (210-101kg-88, college: Utah). He has played for the last three seasons at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Tillie helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Tillie also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Tillie 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 Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Tillie represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Tillie has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket).
He attended University of Utah until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Khem Birch

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


MAFC Budapest keeps Debreceni for another season - by Eurobasket News

MAFC Budapest (A Division) re-signed 25-year old forward Daniel Debreceni (195-92). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 28 A Division games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.9rpg in 2015-16 season.
Debreceni's team was Runner-Up of B Division Regular Season 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: TF Budapest and Budafoki.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Kinsey re-signs at Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) confirmed in their roster 33-year old American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-86kg-84, college: S.Carolina). He played there last season. In 34 Winner League games he recorded 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3). Kinsey helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team. Kinsey also played 18 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Kinsey played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 10 KLS games he had 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg. Kinsey contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. Kinsey also played 16 games in Euroleague where he got 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Kinsey also played 13 games in ABA League where he got 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. The other team Kinsey played that season for was Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL. In 11 games he got 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg.
Kinsey 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 Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Kinsey is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce) and Serbia (Partizan).
Kinsey attended University of South Carolina until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Kinsey: Is bigger, stronger and more confident. Plays with a certain flare on both offense and defense. Defense has really improved. Very good athlete who will play on the wing. Wing span is 78 1/2 inches.

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Tarence Kinsey

Forward:
Lior Eliyahu

Center:
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Roll (ex Besiktas) joins Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Roll played last season at Besiktas in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 40 games he had 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Roll spent at Demir IBB (also in BSL). In 29 games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He played in the final of Turkish League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roll was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015. He has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
Roll has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Roll: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
John DiBartolomeo

Forward:
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Petrucci re-signs at Montecatini - by Eurobasket News

Montecatiniterme Basket (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old forward Marco Petrucci (195-92). He played there last season. In 31 Serie B games he had 11.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Petrucci played at Meridien Monsummano where in 25 Serie B games he recorded 7.2ppg and 4.7rpg.
He was named to C2 All-Star Game in 2012.
Petrucci has played previously for three other teams: The Flexx Pistoia, Rieti and Altopascio.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michele Antonutti joins Treviso Basket - by Eurobasket News

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) added to their roster 31-year old ex-international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-95kg-86). He has played for the last two seasons at The Flexx Pistoia in the Serie A. In 32 games he had 6.2ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Antonutti's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011 and 2014. He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2011.
Antonutti was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Antonutti has played previously for five other teams: Juvecaserta, Grissin Bon RE, Unieuro Forli, UBC and Sutor Montegranaro.
On Antonutti: A quick forward with great ball handling, who needs to improve his passing skills; his future is at the SG position;.

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matteo Imbro
Matteo Fantinelli
Gherardo Sabatini

Forward:
Michele Antonutti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Francesco Stefanelli agreed terms with Tortona - by Eurobasket News

Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (Serie A2) inked 22-year old guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95). He has played for the last three years at Etrusca Basket San Miniato in the Serie B. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg (in top 5) last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
Stefanelli won Italian Serie C Group E championship title in 2015.
He has played previously for Castelfiorentino.

Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Spanghero
Francesco Stefanelli

Forward:
Todor Radonjic

Center:
Luca Garri

Coach: Lorenzo Pansa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ciribeni re-signs at San Severo - by Eurobasket News

Basket Citta' Di San Severo (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old guard Leonardo Ciribeni (190-92). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 32 Serie B games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season.
Ciribeni's team won Italian Serie B Group D Regular Season in 2016.
He has played previously for six other teams: VL Pesaro, Riva del Garda, Betaland Cdo, Anagni, Fossombrone and Montegrano.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great scoring guard at junior level, who can shot the basket frome behind the arch or in penetration. Defends well on the perimeter and has quick hands to steal the ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nicolas Moore (ex Enel Brindisi) agreed terms with Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) inked 25-year old American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-77kg-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 23 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
Moore has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in AAC in 2016. Moore received also All-AAC Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 25 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Moore represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Moore graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

JSF Nanterre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Heiko Schaffartzik
Lahaou Konate
Nicolas Moore
Bathiste Tchouaffe

Forwards:
Hugo Invernizzi
Myles Hesson
Mathias Lessort

Center:
Jean-Marc Pansa

Coach: Pascal Donadieu

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Padova keeps Nobile for another season - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Padova (Serie B) re-signed experienced 35-year old power forward Claudio Nobile (206-82, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 29 Serie B games he averaged 8.7ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Nobile played at Banca Popolare Vicenza where in 31 Serie B games he had 12.0ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
Nobile has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: Verona, Faenza, Lucca, USE Basket, Officine Creative Supernova Montegranaro and Montegrano.
Nobile is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Padova.
Nobile is described as: A slender inside player who has quick legs and can spend time in both 4 and 5 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Imola signs Davide Alviti - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) signed 21-year old forward Davide Alviti (202-88kg-96) from Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona. In 36 Serie A2 games he had 5.1ppg and 3.8rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Alviti played at Mantova (Serie A). But in 15 games he recorded just 1.3ppg.
Alviti was a member of Italian U19 National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for two other teams: Roma Virtus and Eurobasket Roma.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Germani Basket Brescia signs Abdel Fall - by Eurobasket News

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) signed 26-year old naturalized Senegalese forward Abdel Fall (202-91). He played last season at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 8.2ppg and 7.0rpg. Fall also played that season for Fiat Torino (previous name Fiat TO). But in 7 Serie A games he did not score anything.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the LNP Gold Semifinals in 2015. Fall was selected to Italian LNP All-Star Game in 2015.
He has played previously for three other teams: Alma Trieste, Novipiu Casale and Roma S.Azzurra.
Fall could be described: A great athlete, with leaping ability and strength for the battles in the paint. Needs to add a reliable shot and some more fundamentals.

Germani Basket Brescia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luca Vitali
Michele Vitali
Lee Moore

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Marcus Landry
Abdel Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scandone Avellino keeps Zerini for another season - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) re-signed 29-year old international forward Andrea Zerini (205-110kg-88, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 39 Serie A games he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.4rpg. Zerini helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Zerini also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enel Brindisi. In 30 Serie A games he had 5.9ppg and 4.6rpg. Zerini also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 3.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg.
He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2014.
Zerini has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Zerini represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Firenze Enic, Ruvo and Castelfiorentino.

Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo

Forward:
Andrea Zerini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pietro Aradori to join Fiat Torino - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Domenico Bolignano signs at Valsesia - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) landed coach Domenico Bolignano. He has coached for the last eight years at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in the Serie A2.
Bolignano coached in the final of Italian Nazionale B Group C Play-Off in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Angelo Caloiaro to join Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Italian passport) forward Angelo Caloiaro (205-102kg-89, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL). In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Caloiaro also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention.
Caloiaro has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Rilski) and Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Telekom Baskets).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Coach Kiselev comes back to Almat.Legion - by Eurobasket News

MBK Almatynski Legion Alma-Ata (Higher League) will be led by 39-year old Russian coach Oleg Kiselev. It is actually his comeback to Alma-Ata as he used to coach here before. Kiselev coached most recently at Barsy Atyrau in the National League. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Coach of the Year.
Kiselev has coached previously two other teams: Almat.Legion and Kaspiy Aktau.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KENYA  


Kenyan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Kenyan National Team 2017
#s#
James Mwangi
Mwangi
Brian Namake
Namake
#e#2
4Joseph Khaemba 180-PG-91 CoopBank Kenya
5Victor Bosire KPA Kenya
6Griffin Ligare 174-G-85 Thunder Kenya
7James Mwangi 198-PF-89 CoopBank Kenya
8Brian Namake F-90 UCU Canons Uganda
11Evans Letting G-86 KPA Kenya
12Frankline Ouko 93
13Mickeal Makiadi 199-C/F-89 Power Uganda
14Francis Ogola C-91 JKL Dolphins Uganda
15Philip Amenyi C-89 Pemba Warriors Uganda

Carey Odhiambo Head Coach



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  LATVIA  


Liepaja/Triobet welcomes back Leimanis - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) landed 23-year old shooting guard Toms Leimanis (188-94). It is actually his comeback to Liepaja as he has played here before. Leimanis played most recently at BK Ventspils (LBL). In 29 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Leimanis also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 1.3ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Leimanis played at Liepaja/Triobet. In 44 LBL games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Leimanis also played 16 games in Baltic League where he got 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Leimanis received Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Guard of the Year award back in 2014.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Leimanis' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Leimanis has played previously for two other teams: Ventspils Augstskola and LMT Basketbola Akademija.

Liepaja/Triobet roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Toms Leimanis
Girts Lazdans
Valdis Senkans

Forward:
Roman Gruschenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LUXEMBOURG  


Jaylen Bland is a newcomer at Contern - by Eurobasket News

AB Contern (Total League) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Jaylen Bland (190-93kg-93, college: Cal-Riverside). He played most recently at Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 39 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg last season.
Last year Bland was drafted by Salt Lake City Stars (D-League) in first round (15th overall).
The former University of California, Riverside staris in his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bland's college team won OVC Tournament in 2012. He received also All-Big West 2nd Team award in 2015 and 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Basket Esch tabs Jordan Hicks, ex Cherbourg - by Eurobasket News

Basket Esch (Total League) inked 27-year old American swingman Jordan Hicks (201-95kg-90, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played for the last two years at AS Cherbourg Basket in French NM2 league.
Hicks has played also professionally in France for Union_Rennes.
He attended Loyola University of Chicago until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MBL  


CourtKings win ugly, reach West finals - by Eurobasket News

It wasn't always pretty, but the Cedar Valley CourtKings made enough plays on both ends of the court to move one game closer to a championship repeat in the Midwest Basketball League. Five players scored in double figures and the CourtKings advanced to the West Division finals with a 114-98 win over the Minnesota Broncos Saturday at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. The CourtKings looked to have things firmly in hand heading into the fourth quarter. Up just five at the half, they used a big third quarter run to stretch their lead to as many as 20 points. But the Broncos, who entered the night just 7-8, didn't go away, opening the final period on a 15-2 run to get within 85-82. Needing a big play to shift momentum, Cedar Valley got just that from Anthony James (6'0''-PG-89, college: N.Iowa). Following two Alex Houston (6'5''-C/F-94, college: Mt.Mercy) free throws, James got a friendly roll while drawing contact, then converted a three-point play. He then hit a runner on the CourtKings' ensuing possession to push the lead back to double figures. Minnesota continued to battle, but was never able to close the gap below six the rest of the way. Houston led the way with 24 points, with James chipping in 19. Awaiting the CourtKings in today's 6:30 p.m. West final at the SportsPlex are the Minnesota Rangers. The Rangers, who the CourtKings defeated in the inaugural Midwest League championship game a year ago, advanced with a thrilling 110-108 win over the Chicago Fury in Saturday's other semifinal.
Courtesy of: wcfcourier.com



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  MOROCCO  


The next ACC will be host by ASS in Morocco! - by Marek Krala

The finalist of the last ACC will hist the 2017' Arab club championship in Sale,Morocco.
The slaoui organisation already host the competition in 2015' when the qatari porwerhouse Al Rayyan won in final against the ASS.
A solid number of team from the whole arabs countries will arrive in Morocco after the last competition has been player in Tunisia where the E.S.S won.
More infomartions about the dates and details will be delivered in the next cupples days.




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  NBA  


Serge Ibaka sticking with Raptors, agrees to three-year, $65 million deal - by Eurobasket News

Free-agent forward Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) has agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Acquired from the Orlando Magic in a trade for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick, Ibaka averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 games after the All-Star break deal. Brought in to give the Raptors' All-Star backcourt some much-needed help inside, Ibaka helped Toronto eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round by averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the series. However, Ibaka's production on the glass dipped considerably to 3.8 rebounds per game during Cleveland's sweep of Toronto in the second round. Ibaka averaged 16.5 points per game against the Cavaliers but shot 48.3 percent from the field in the series. In 56 games with Orlando last season, Ibaka averaged 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Ibaka was ranked No. 16 on the list of top available free agents this offseason by ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
Courtesy of: espn.com



The Timberwolves tab Taj Gibson - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) inked 32-year old forward Taj Gibson (206-102kg-85, college: USC) from Oklahoma City Thunder. In 28 NBA games he averaged 9.1ppg and 4.4rpg last season. Gibson also played for the Bulls where in 55 NBA games he had 11.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls in first round (26th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2011.
Gibson is a very experienced player.
His game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An extremely efficient and consistent player He is an underrated athlete, possessing nice length and the ability to get off the ground quickly His touch around the basket is very soft, where he prefers to turn to his left shoulder, but is still comfortable going to the left hand In the post he is extremely patient, he seals well and fights for position. His back to the basket repertoire is fairly limited, especially when he faces bigger defenders, he resorts to shooting tough and offbalance shots
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Wizards land Jodie Meeks - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards tabbed 30-year old guard Jodie Meeks (193-94kg-87, college: Kentucky) from Orlando Magic. In 36 NBA games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Meeks played at the Pistons where in four NBA games he had 6.0ppg and 1.3rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (41st overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award and All-SEC 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Meeks has played previously for two other teams: LA Lakers and Phi.76ers.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Knows how to use screens and reads defenders well to get open for shots ... possesses nice body strength for the SG position ... Has a nice release and good form on his jump-shot and his range is well behind NBA 3pt (he lands in the same spot where he took off and he is always square to the rim with his shoulders) ... Meeks knows how to get open and has many options; cuts hard to the basket because he knows that he is guarded well or double teamed.
Has to improve his shot selection; he can force some shots and be inconsistent ... Meeks has to become more aggressive and attack the basket more
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nene Agrees To Revised Three-Year, $11M Deal With Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Nene Hilario (6'11''-C-82) has agreed to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on a revised three-year, $11 million deal. Nene Hilario initially agreed upon a four-year, $15 million deal with the Rockets, but that contract length violated the over-38 rule and he could only sign for one-year. Nene Hilario signed a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Rockets in 2016.


Korver re-signs at the Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old ex-international swingman Kyle Korver (201-96kg-81, college: Creighton). He played there last season. In 53 NBA games he had 9.0ppg and 2.4rpg. Korver also played for the Hawks where in 32 NBA games he recorded 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in second round (51st overall). Korver attended Creighton University and it will be his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He was selected to NBA All-Star Game in 2015. Korver was a member of USA Senior National Team in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for three other teams: Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz and Phi.76ers.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at the Cavaliers.
On Korver: There may not be a better shooter but his body and athleticsm are concerns.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GoodmanESPN)

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The Celtics waived Zeller - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics waived 27-year old power forward Tyler Zeller (213-100kg-90, college: N.Carolina). Zeller has played there for the last three years. He played there last season. In 62 NBA games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg. Zeller helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice).
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Dallas Mavericks in first round (17th overall). Zeller attended University of North Carolina and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
He received NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Zeller has played previously for Cleveland Cavaliers.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Runs the floor as well as any C prospect out there, and has a high level of speed for a guy his size Offensively, Zeller demonstrates the ability to play well down low and already has a right-hand jump hook in his arsenal that he utilizes as a go-to move. When he faces strong big men down low, they can easily seal and establish position on him for pretty easy shots He's also not the toughest guy down low, and struggles with defensive rebounding and physical play inside on both ends
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Bulls agree on terms of contract with Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls are reportedly set to announce 30-year old Serbian international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-89kg-87) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Teodosic has played there for the last six years. In 29 Euroleague games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.8apg last season. Teodosic helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Teodosic also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg (top 4). He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
Teodosic has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
Teodosic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Teodosic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (Olympiacos) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paul Millsap agrees to $90M deal with Nuggets - by Eurobasket News

Free agent Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) has reached agreement on a three-year, $90 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told The Vertical. Millsap had discussions with the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, but Millsap and his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, met with the Nuggets on Sunday and finalized an agreement. In Millsap, the Nuggets are adding a proven star player to pair with young talents in Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, and could make a legitimate postseason push in the Western Conference. In four seasons with Atlanta, Millsap led the Hawks to a 189-139 record - including 60 wins and an Eastern Conference finals appearance in 2015. Around the league, teams believe Millsap's unselfish style helped the Hawks flourish. Millsap averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the Hawks' first-round series loss to the Washington Wizards this past season. In 69 regular-season games, he averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, and earned his fourth All-Star appearance. As a free agent in 2015, Millsap structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option to give Millsap the flexibility to reach the market this summer. Millsap, 32, has career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 11 seasons with Atlanta and Utah. He was the 47th overall selection in the 2006 NBA draft.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Justin Holiday Agrees To Two-Year, $9M Deal With Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Justin Holiday (6'6''-SG-89, college: Washington) has agreed upon a two-year, $9 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. Holiday was traded by the Bulls to the New York Knicks in June of 2016 as part of the Derrick Rose trade. Holiday averaged 7.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assist in 20.0 minutes per game last season with the Knicks. According to Ian Begley, New York never made a competitive offer to re-sign Holiday.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Kyle Lowry returning to the Toronto Raptors; gets a reported 3-year, 100M deal - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), the fifth-ranked free agent by CBS Sports, has decided to stay with the Toronto Raptors, his decision coming only hours after Serge Ibaka agreed to a new deal with Toronto on Sunday morning. Lowry broke the news on the Players Tribune: When I had to make my free-agency decision, there was a lot going through my head, a lot of roads my mind was traveling down. Family, first and foremost, and what's going to make them happy, and give them the best life. Basketball, of course, and where I'd like to play for these next several years. And then there was also the gut-check aspect - just what I was feeling in my heart. But for me, at the end of the day, this was an easy decision. And all of those roads they all led me back to the same place: home. They all led me back to Toronto. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that the deal will be worth $100M over three years.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Ben McLemore Agrees To Two-Year, $10.7M Deal With Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93, college: Kansas) and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed upon a two-year, $10.7 million deal. The Sacramento Kings declined to tender a qualifying offer to McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent. McLemore was a lottery pick in 2013.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



The Hornets sign Michael Carter-Williams - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Hornets signed 26-year old guard Michael Carter-Williams (198-84kg-91, college: Syracuse) from Chicago Bulls. In 50 NBA games he had 6.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Carter-Williams played at the Bucks where in 54 NBA games he recorded 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in first round (11th overall). Carter-Williams attended Syracuse University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2013. Carter-Williams was also voted All-NBA Rookie of the Year back in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.
Carter-Williams has played previously for Phi.76ers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Cavaliers ink Jose Manuel Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Spaniard international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (190-95kg-81) from Atlanta Hawks. In 23 NBA games in USA he had 3.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. Calderon also played for the Lakers where in 24 NBA games he recorded 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Calderon was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team back in 2007, 2009 and 2014.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Calderon has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2002 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Calderon's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg.
Calderon has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors) and Spain (Baskonia, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Meridiano Alicante).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at the Cavaliers.
On Calderon: Has a very good shoot but still has to improve his three pointer shooting. Has good court sense and playmaking ability; hes very stong, a good athlete and a very good leaper;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Warriors Will Re-Sign Andre Iguodala - by Eurobasket News

Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) has decided to return to the Warriors on a three-year, $48MM deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Iguodala himself confirmed the agreement around the same time Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported that a deal was in place. The contract is fully guaranteed with no options on either side, per Charania. Iguodala committed to Golden State after meeting with GM Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr tonight in Los Angeles, according to Wojnarowski. Iguodala also received multi-year offers from the Rockets, Spurs and Kings, putting pressure on the Warriors to increase their own offer, which was believed to originally be in the range of $12-14MM per year, with a partial guarantee in year three. With new deals in place for Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, along with a super-max extension for Stephen Curry and a huge contract coming for Kevin Durant, Myers has ensured that the core of the Warriors' championship team will remain together. However, it certainly won't be cheap. Once the Warriors come to terms with Durant on a new deal that will give him a 20% raise using his Non-Bird rights, they will have an estimated $130MM in guaranteed money on their books, as Bobby Marks of ESPN details. Even if Golden State fills out the rest of its roster with minimum salary players, team salary would exceed $137MM, putting the club way over the $119MM luxury tax line and creating a tax bill in the neighborhood of $40MM. By exceeding the tax apron, the Warriors will lose their full mid-level exception and the bi-annual exception, but will have access to the taxpayer MLE worth $5.192MM. Of course, given how many commitments the Dubs already have on their books, any player (s) signed using that exception would be exponentially more expensive due to tax penalties. The Warriors' future cap situation will also get a lot more interesting due to Iguodala's new deal, which includes a guaranteed third year. That means Iggy's contract will run through the 2019/20 season, which is the same year Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.)'s new deal will begin. If Golden State intends to retain Thompson, the team's bill on salaries and taxes that year will be massive. While Warriors ownership will have to worry about those future tax penalties, fans in the Bay Area can rest assured that all the key pieces of last year's championship team, including veteran big man David West, will be back. Outside of former MVPs Curry and Durant, Iguodala was viewed as the Warriors' most crucial free agent. The 33-year-old finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting this year, and while his scoring numbers were very modest, he played a huge role for Golden State as a three-and-D wing. Iguodala ranked 11th on our list of this year's top 50 free agents. With Iguodala off the board, it will be interesting to see where teams like the Rockets turn. Houston was reportedly having serious talks with the Cavs about Iman Shumpert, so he may be the Rockets' Plan B.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



P.J. Tucker Agrees To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have agreed upon a deal with P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-85, college: Texas). Tucker was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Toronto Raptors at the 2017 trade deadline. Tucker is a strong and versatile defensive player who is a reliable spot-up three-point shooter. According to Brian Windhorst, the Raptors offered a three-year, $33 million deal compared to the Rockets four-year, $32 million contract. Chris Paul played a big role in recruiting Tucker to the Rockets.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Joe Ingles Agrees To Re-Sign With Jazz On Four-Year, $52M Deal - by Eurobasket News

Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) has agreed to re-sign with the Utah Jazz on a four-year, $52 million deal. Ingles was a restricted free agent and the Jazz had confidence of their chances re-signing him. Ingles' deal has no options. Ingles is Gordon Hayward's closest friend on the Jazz and they also share an agent. Ingles shot 44.1 percent on three-pointers during the 16-17 season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NBBL  


Grizzlies outscore Kobe's Tutors for a 4-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Grizzlies outscore Kobe's Tutors for a 4-2 record in NBBL. They trailed 28-30 at the end of the first half, but managed to respond with a 34-26 surge to win the second. Braeden Lenters (6'7''-F) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zach Angelini (6'3''-SG-92) added 10. Marcus Jones replied with 24 points in a loss, whilst JJ added 15. Kobe's Tutors fell at 3-3 record.


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  NIGERIA  


Chris Otule could join Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to sign 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Chris Otule (211-125kg-90, college: Marquette) who plays at Henan Shedianlaojiu in China. In three NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.3ppg, 18.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.3bpg last season. The last season Otule played at Olympique Antibes where in 34 ProA games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.0bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention.
His team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012.
Otule has played previously professionally in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Crailsheim Merlins) and Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi).
He attended Marquette University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pape Sy
Paul Lacombe
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Mike Balogun (ex Lucentum) joins Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Mike Balogun (188-82kg-91, college: Arkansas Tech). He played last season at Lucentum in Spanish LEB Silver. In 31 games he had 6.3ppg and 1.0rpg. Balogun helped them to make it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won GAC Tournament in 2015. Balogun was also voted All-GAC 2nd Team in 2015.
He graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BROWNLEE
  B.Gin.
  (197-F-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 2. Rhodes, SM Beermen26.0 
 3. Pringle, Globalport19.6 
 4. Smith, TNT K.19.1 
 5. Amer, Meralco .17.1 
 6. Cabagnot, SM Be.16.5 
 7. Castro-W., TNT K.16.1 
 8. Stepheson, Meralco .15.6 
 9. Aguilar, B.Ginebra15.5 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 3. Smith, TNT K.11.2 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen10.9 
 5. Fajardo, SM Be.8.0 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra7.6 
 7. Thompson, B.Gin.7.4 
 8. Cabagnot, SM Be.7.0 
 9. Williams, TNT K.6.7 
 10. Pringle, Globalport6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.9 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.1 
 3. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.3 
 4. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.9 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 6. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 7. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
 8. Lee, Star Hotshots4.2 
 9. Pringle, Globalport4.2 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ross, SM Beermen3.1 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.2 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 5. Lassiter, SM Be.1.5 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 8. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.3 
 9. Castro-W., TNT K.1.3 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 3. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 5. Fajardo, SM Be.1.4 
 6. Santos, SM Beermen1.3 
 7. Smith, TNT K.1.0 
 8. Marcelo, B.Ginebra0.6 
 9. Reavis, Star H.0.6 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.0.6 


Beermen claim PBA Commissioner's Cup championship - by Eurobasket News

San Miguel Beer came out in its Sunday best and was a team in a hurry, pulling away early en route to a 115-91 blasting of the TNT KaTropa to claim the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship before a crowd of over 10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. The Beermen flattened the Ka Tropa right in the early goings on a vicious start, and played relentlessly and ruthlessly all throughout for the emphatic victory that sealed their 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven series. A dominant team in the last three years, San Miguel nailed a follow-up on its all-Filipino title run and thus stayed on course for a grand slam - a feat last achieved in the league in 2014 by San Mig Coffee (now Star). San Miguel, which has had its own grand slam in 1989 behind a team led by Ramon Fernandez, Ricky Brown, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma, improved its legacy with a 24th crown, five of those won by coach Leo Austria and his troops in the last eight conferences. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) delivered the first triple-double performance by any player in a finale in the last 12 years with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He bagged the PBA Press Corps Cignal Finals MVP award. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.), Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton), Arwind Santos (193-F-81) and Chris Ross also played big as the Beermen asserted themselves as a dominant champion team and annexed a first Commissioner's Cup crown in 16 years. They foiled the Ka Tropa's own title ambition in six games, pulling off earlier wins in Game Two, 102-88, in Game Three, 109-97, and in Game Five, 111-102. A perfect chemistry among the SMB ace locals and Rhodes keyed SMB's success on where it failed in the last two years. As the all-Filipino champs in 2015 and 2016, the Beermen missed a back-to-back feat in landing the wrong import then. Rhodes proved to be tailor-made for the Beermen in a title run marked by a solid 17-5 win-loss slate. They never dropped back-to-back losses in the tourney.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



#PBA2017 Beermen Claim PBA Commissioner's Cup Championship - by Enzo Flojo

*This is from PBA.ph.

San Miguel Beer came out in its Sunday best and was a team in a hurry, pulling away early en route to a 115-91 blasting of the TNT KaTropa to claim the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship before a crowd of over 10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.

The Beermen flattened the Ka Tropa right in the early goings on a vicious start, and played relentlessly and ruthlessly all throughout for the emphatic victory that sealed their 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven series.

A dominant team in the last three years, San Miguel nailed a follow-up on its all-Filipino title run and thus stayed on course for a grand slam - a feat last achieved in the league in 2014 by San Mig Coffee (now Star).

San Miguel, which has had its own grand slam in 1989 behind a team led by Ramon Fernandez, Ricky Brown, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma, improved its legacy with a 24th crown, five of those won by coach Leo Austria and his troops in the last eight conferences.

Alex Cabagnot delivered the first triple-double performance by any player in a finale in the last 12 years with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He bagged the PBA Press Corps Cignal Finals MVP award.

Charles Rhodes, Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Chris Ross also played big as the Beermen asserted themselves as a dominant champion team and annexed a first Commissioner's Cup crown in 16 years.

They foiled the Ka Tropa's own title ambition in six games, pulling off earlier wins in Game Two, 102-88, in Game Three, 109-97, and in Game Five, 111-102.

A perfect chemistry among the SMB ace locals and Rhodes keyed SMB's success on where it failed in the last two years.

As the all-Filipino champs in 2015 and 2016, the Beermen missed a back-to-back feat in landing the wrong import then.

Rhodes proved to be tailor-made for the Beermen in a title run marked by a solid 17-5 win-loss slate. They never dropped back-to-back losses in the tourney.



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  POLAND  


Polonia Leszno keeps Milczynski for another season - by Greg

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno (1Liga) re-signed 24-year old center Szymon Milczynski (204-93). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 33 1Liga games he recorded 6.5ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
Milczynski has played previously for five other teams: Poznan PBG Basket, Astoria Bydgoszcz, BM Slam Stal, Wilki Morskie, Opalenica.

Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stanferd Sanny
Nikodem Sirijatowicz

Forwards:
Adam Kaczmarzyk
Maciej Rostalski
Radoslaw Trubacz

Centers:
Szymon Milczynski
Przemyslaw Wrona

Coach: Lukasz Grudniewski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Karol Szpyrka agreed terms with Pogon Prudnik - by Greg

Meritumkredyt Pogon Prudnik (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old point guard Karol Szpyrka (182-87) from GKS Tychy. In 25 1Liga games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season.
Szpyrka has played previously for eight other teams: ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, Siarka, Resovia, Spojnia, Twarde Pierniki, Polpharma, Sokol Lancut and Slask Wroclaw.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mbodj re-signs at Torun - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Senegalese international center Cheikh Mbodj (208-107kg-87, college: Cincinnati, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. Mbodj managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 PLK games he had 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Mbodj also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 9 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0bpg. Mbodj has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2015.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Ilysiakos) and Italy (MIA-RO Cantu and Banco di Srd).
Mbodj attended University of Cincinnati until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Mbodj: An athletic inside player with good defensive skills and intimidating presence inside. Also, he's a good rebounder and knws how to score.

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Tomasz Snieg

Forward:
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Stefan Djukic leaves CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Portuguese international forward Stefan Djukic (202-89) left CAB Madeira (LPB). He played there last season. In 33 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. Djukic helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Lusitania where in 30 LPB games he averaged 10.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Djukic won British BBL championship title in 2014.
He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport.
He has been a member of Portuguese international program for some years. Djukic has been regularly called to Portuguese senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), Portugal (Ginasio, Oliveirense, Imortal DC and Sampaense) and Serbia (Viva Basket, Crnokosa and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team).
Djukic 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: good jumping ability, good entry, attractive dunks, and forests, and equally well to keep players in all positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 3. Liz, Ponce20.1 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas18.8 
 5. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 6. Harris, Ponce18.3 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Mitchell, Mayaguez17.3 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.1 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.0 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Romero, Bayamon9.0 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 9. James, Fajardo8.0 
 10. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Browne, San German7.5 
 2. Arroyo, Fajardo7.5 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.4 
 7. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 8. Clarke, Arecibo4.8 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.7 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hodge, Arecibo2.2 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 3. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 4. Clarke, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Harris, Ponce1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.4 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 9. Fitch, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Romero, Bayamon1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.8 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Ricardo Sanchez (ex Guayama) agreed terms with Quilmes Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes Mar del Plata (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Puerto Rican international power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-104kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. Sanchez managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 28 BSN games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2005 Sanchez was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (35 th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015. Sanchez received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2011 and 2015.
He has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. Sanchez has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2007 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Sanchez's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Sanchez 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. Sanchez has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Regia), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and La ICL Manresa), Venezuela and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Libertad Sunchales and Regatas Corrientes) and Puerto Rico (Manati, Cangrejeros and Indios).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great talent and size. Sanchez needs to add toughness and versatility to his offensive game. Right now he is a great shooter, but doesn't score that much of the dribble. His ball handling skills are terrific, especially considering his size. Needs to gain some muscle and start getting dirty under the boards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ricardo Sanchez agreed terms with Quilmes Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes Mar del Plata (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Puerto Rican international power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-104kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. Sanchez managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 28 BSN games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2005 Sanchez was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (35 th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015. Sanchez received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2011 and 2015.
He has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. Sanchez has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2007 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Sanchez's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Sanchez 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. Sanchez has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Regia), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and La ICL Manresa), Venezuela and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Libertad Sunchales and Regatas Corrientes) and Puerto Rico (Manati, Cangrejeros and Indios).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great talent and size. Sanchez needs to add toughness and versatility to his offensive game. Right now he is a great shooter, but doesn't score that much of the dribble. His ball handling skills are terrific, especially considering his size. Needs to gain some muscle and start getting dirty under the boards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Davon Jefferson gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last week for Arecibo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 41.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 14 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Arecibo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Isabela (#10, 11-25) 92-83. Arecibo maintains the 5th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 19-17 record. Jefferson has many years of experience at Arecibo, through which he has constantly improved. Davon Jefferson averages this season 14.0ppg and 9.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 23-year old American point guard Marcus Fillyaw (185-PG-94, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Guayama. Fillyaw impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Guayama lost that game 78-95 to the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 25-11). Guayama managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-22 record. Fillyaw is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was another Guayama's star - British V.Islands center Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports). Penn scored 11 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Penn's great performance Guayama lost 78-95 to the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 25-11). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Guayama not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Penn could try to bring Guayama's a little bit higher in the standings. Penn has a very solid season. In 36 games in Puerto Rico he scored 6.5ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 63.4%. Penn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Vinales (185-G-92) of Guayama - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) of Aguada - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Felix de Jesus (180-G-92) of Isabela - 16 points and 3 assists
7. Owens Perez (203-F-92) of Aguada - 10 points and 11 rebounds
8. Angel Matias (193-F-92) of Arecibo - 17 points and 4 rebounds
9. Angel Alamo (206-F-85) of Arecibo - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Raymond Cintron Cortes (183-PG-90) of Isabela - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ROMANIA  


Mike Balogun (ex Lucentum) joins Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Mike Balogun (188-82kg-91, college: Arkansas Tech). He played last season at Lucentum in Spanish LEB Silver. In 31 games he had 6.3ppg and 1.0rpg. Balogun helped them to make it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won GAC Tournament in 2015. Balogun was also voted All-GAC 2nd Team in 2015.
He graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sinisa Cvetanovic (ex Bremerhaven) is a newcomer at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Serbian-Croatian small forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-93kg-94). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. But in two games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Cvetanovic won German Regionalliga (North Group) championship title. He received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 2nd Team award in 2017.
Cvetanovic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

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Politehnica Iasi inks Dejan Bjelic - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi agreed terms with 27-year old Serbian center Dejan Bjelic (209-90). He played last season at Jedinstvo in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Bjelic managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 Erste Liga games he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for The Ere in Serbian 2MLS where in 10 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg. The other team Bjelic played shortly was Kutaisi Kutaisi (Superleague) in Georgia. In only one game he averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block. His team made it to the Georgian final.
Bjelic is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Bjelic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Chernomorets), Morocco (MCO Mouloudia Oujda), Slovenia (Helios) and Serbia (Sabac, Sloga and Velika Plana).

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Michail Liapis (ex Kolossos HH) is a newcomer at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) added to their roster 22-year old Greek guard Michail Liapis (192-95). He played last season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league. But in 17 games he recorded just 0.8ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Liapis played at PAOK Thessaloniki (also in A1) where in 20 games he averaged only 1.2ppg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Liapis also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had only 1.9ppg and 1.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Liapis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.9%.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michail Liapis
Mike Balogun

Forward:
Sinisa Cvetanovic

Center:
Dejan Bjelic

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  RUSSIA  


CSKA Moscow re-sign Maksim Kondakov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) have penned a two-year deal with 22-year old point guard Maksim Kondakov (186-82kg-95, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in the U23 League.
The previous (15-16) season Kondakov played at Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (Superleague 3) where in 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg and 2.3spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
His team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013.
Kondakov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 38.9%.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn
Andrei Lopatin

Center:
Kyle Hines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khomenko re-signs at CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) signed a new three-year deal with 18-year old guard Alexandr Khomenko (190-82kg-99, agency: Alti Sport). Khomenko has played for the last two seasons at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in Russian U23 League. He also spent pre-season at CSKA Moscow (also in U23 League) that year.
Khomenko won Russian U23 League championship title in 2016.
He was a member of Russian U16 National Team two years ago.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn
Andrei Lopatin

Center:
Kyle Hines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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James Gist in talks with Khimki - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering to land 31-year old American power forward James Gist (206-105kg-86) who played last time at Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. Gist has played there for the last five years. In 20 A1 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Gist helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Gist also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2008 Gist was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall). He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Gist is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Angelico Biella), Serbia (Partizan), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Russia (Lokomotiv).
Gist's game is described as: A very athletic inside player, great rebounder and shot-blocker. Thanks to his leaping ability, he can intimidate in the middle, but his good shooting range and running skills allow him to be very effective at the PF position.

BC Khimki Moscow Region roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Egor Vyaltsev
Stefan Markovic
Charles Jenkins
Vyacheslav Zaytsev

Forwards:
Sergey Monya
Andrey Zubkov

Center:
Dmitry Sokolov

Coach: Giorgos Bartzokas

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Coach Kiselev comes back to Almat.Legion - by Eurobasket News

MBK Almatynski Legion Alma-Ata (Higher League) will be led by 39-year old Russian coach Oleg Kiselev. It is actually his comeback to Alma-Ata as he used to coach here before. Kiselev coached most recently at Barsy Atyrau in the National League. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Coach of the Year.
Kiselev has coached previously two other teams: Almat.Legion and Kaspiy Aktau.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RWANDA  


REG, Patriots target final spots - by Eurobasket News

Champions Rwanda Energy Group (REG) basketball club and Patriots will be hoping to seal a final spot when they take on their opponents in the second game of the best-of-three at the ongoing 2017 basketball playoffs. Both sides won their first games on Friday when the playoffs officially started and each side requires only one win to progress to the finals slated to start on Friday. Debutant REG fresh from winning their first league title overcome former giants Espoir in the first highly contested game 63-60, thanks to center player Kami Kabange's 24 points that saw coach Jean Bahufite defeat his former side. REG took the first quarter 15-9 before Maxime Mwiseneza's side finding their way back into the game to claim the second quarter 16-13. A vigor Espoir even took the third quarter 13-11 but REG denied a chance to take a lead in the fourth quarter by winning it 24-22 hence wrapping up the game with 63-60. If they win today, they will qualify for the final however if Espoir wins, a decisive game will be played on Monday.
Meanwhile in the other game, Patriots defeated reigning Heroes' Day champions IPRC-Kigali 87-79 with their own point guard Cedar Sagamba the best scorer with 21 points. They comfortable took the first quarter 27-19 but lost the second and third one 13-17 and 25-28 before turning the game back onto their head in the fourth quarter claiming it 22-15 to win the game with a tally of 87-79. They also need to win today's game to qualify for the final since losing it would force a third decisive game on Monday. In the ladies' fray, The Hoops will take on APR while IPRC-South will faceoff Ubumwe today in game two.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SCOTLAND  


Olson departs basketballscotland - by Eurobasket News

basketballscotland announce today that Men's National Performance Coach, Erik Olson , has taken the decision to depart the organisation to pursue a new coaching role in Denmark. Olson, who has worked hard since his appointment last year to develop Scottish talent at all levels of the performance pathway, will depart his role with immediate effect. basketballscotland would like to wish him well with his future career and thank him for his contribution to performance basketball in Scotland. basketballscotland's Head of Performance, Barry Lang, commented: "Erik recently led our Senior Men's Team to two successful wins over Ireland and Wales in our summer Celtic Clash. Erik also worked with our Youth National Team players and coaches this season, whilst being Assistant Coach at Glasgow Rocks. We wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for his contributions to basketball in Scotland."
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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  SENEGAL  


Germani Basket Brescia signs Abdel Fall - by Eurobasket News

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) signed 26-year old naturalized Senegalese forward Abdel Fall (202-91). He played last season at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 8.2ppg and 7.0rpg. Fall also played that season for Fiat Torino (previous name Fiat TO). But in 7 Serie A games he did not score anything.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the LNP Gold Semifinals in 2015. Fall was selected to Italian LNP All-Star Game in 2015.
He has played previously for three other teams: Alma Trieste, Novipiu Casale and Roma S.Azzurra.
Fall could be described: A great athlete, with leaping ability and strength for the battles in the paint. Needs to add a reliable shot and some more fundamentals.

Germani Basket Brescia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luca Vitali
Michele Vitali
Lee Moore

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Marcus Landry
Abdel Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mbodj re-signs at Torun - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Senegalese international center Cheikh Mbodj (208-107kg-87, college: Cincinnati, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. Mbodj managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 PLK games he had 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Mbodj also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL where in 9 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0bpg. Mbodj has been regularly called to Senegalese Senior National Team since 2015.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Ilysiakos) and Italy (MIA-RO Cantu and Banco di Srd).
Mbodj attended University of Cincinnati until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Mbodj: An athletic inside player with good defensive skills and intimidating presence inside. Also, he's a good rebounder and knws how to score.

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Tomasz Snieg

Forward:
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


The Bulls agree on terms of contract with Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls are reportedly set to announce 30-year old Serbian international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-89kg-87) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Teodosic has played there for the last six years. In 29 Euroleague games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.8apg last season. Teodosic helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Teodosic also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg (top 4). He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
Teodosic has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
Teodosic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Teodosic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
He has played previously professionally in Greece (Olympiacos) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stefan Djukic leaves CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Portuguese international forward Stefan Djukic (202-89) left CAB Madeira (LPB). He played there last season. In 33 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. Djukic helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Lusitania where in 30 LPB games he averaged 10.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Djukic won British BBL championship title in 2014.
He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport.
He has been a member of Portuguese international program for some years. Djukic has been regularly called to Portuguese senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), Portugal (Ginasio, Oliveirense, Imortal DC and Sampaense) and Serbia (Viva Basket, Crnokosa and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team).
Djukic 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: good jumping ability, good entry, attractive dunks, and forests, and equally well to keep players in all positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nikola Jokic to miss EuroBasket - by Ivan Milenkovic

As expected, Nikola Jokic (209-C-95) will not play at 2017 EuroBasket. Although Denver Nuggets' executives said they have nothing against Jokic's participation with Serbian national team this summer, 22-year-old big guy decided to cancel on Sasa Djordjevic's call-up. After averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in his rookie NBA season, Jokic improved his numbers to 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season. He was part of Serbian silver-medal winning team at 2016 Rio Olympics. Not surprisingly, other NBA player Nemanja Bjelica will also miss EuroBasket. He is injured.


Jokic won't join Serbia in the Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Jokic (209-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) met with Serbian national team head coach Sasa Djordjevic and announced him that he won't participate in the EuroBasket. As Sporski Jurnal reported, the Denver Nuggets center told Djordjevic that he'll be unable to respond to the invitation for the European Championship tournament (August 31 to September 17) where Team Serbia is one of main title contenders. This decision mainly has to do with the Jokic's preference to dedicate his offseason to individual workouts in order to physically improve ahead of the new season. It has to be mentioned that Nuggets executives like Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas have said that they didn't have any influence on the player's decision and it's 100% Jokic's choice to decline the call for the national team. Jokic, 22, was one of the key characters of Serbia in the silver medal achievement of the 2016 Olympic Games, averaging 9.1 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also scored 25 in a near-upset vs Team USA. While he came off the bench in Rio, Jokic could've easily been a starter in the EuroBasket taking into consideration not only the brilliant season he had (16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists per game), but also Miroslav Raduljica's deteriorating physical condition which led to an abrupt season (and contract) ending with Olimpia Milano.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Politehnica Iasi inks Dejan Bjelic - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi agreed terms with 27-year old Serbian center Dejan Bjelic (209-90). He played last season at Jedinstvo in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Bjelic managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 Erste Liga games he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for The Ere in Serbian 2MLS where in 10 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg. The other team Bjelic played shortly was Kutaisi Kutaisi (Superleague) in Georgia. In only one game he averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block. His team made it to the Georgian final.
Bjelic is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Bjelic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Chernomorets), Morocco (MCO Mouloudia Oujda), Slovenia (Helios) and Serbia (Sabac, Sloga and Velika Plana).

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Sinisa Cvetanovic (ex Bremerhaven) is a newcomer at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Serbian-Croatian small forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-93kg-94). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. But in two games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Cvetanovic won German Regionalliga (North Group) championship title. He received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 2nd Team award in 2017.
Cvetanovic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

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Sitton's pro career starts at Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) landed Canadian swingman Grant Sitton (206-79kg). He just graduated from Victoria. Sitton has played there for the last three years. In 22 games he averaged impressive 19.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-Canada West 3rd Team.
Sitton won Canada West championship title in 2015.
So his pro career will start in Slovakia.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran
Martin Bilik
Grant Sitton



Prievidza signs Rodney Glasgow, ex Leuven - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) signed 25-year old American point guard Rodney Glasgow (180-77kg-92, college: VMI). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League. In 19 games he had 11.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Glasgow played at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA where in 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.7apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Glasgow was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in third round (54th overall).
The former Virginia Military Institute staris in 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 Big South Conference North Division for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Glasgow was also voted All-Big South Conference 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran
Martin Bilik



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Rogaska adds Zan Kosic (ex-Hopsi) - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian runner-up Rogaska started building a roster for the upcoming season by signing Zan Kosic (185-G-93) on a two-year contract.
Kosic arrives from Hopsi Polzela, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, Kosic averaged 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.1 blocks over 29 minutes in 32 Slovenian League games.
Kosic has already played for Zlatorog junior team, Maribor and Radenska Creativ.



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Salt inks Keith Wilson - by Eurobasket News

Multiopticas Salt (EBA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American guard Keith Wilson (191-83, college: CS Monterey) from UB Sant Adria. In 13 EBA games in Spain he had 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg last season. Wilson also played that season for Castellbisbal where in 6 EBA games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg.
He played at the CCAA Tournament Finalist in 2009.
Wilson another Spanish team Sant Nicolau.
He attended Cal.St.-Monterey Bay until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

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Estudiantes tab Dagoberto Pena - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) inked 29-year old Dominican swingman Dagoberto Pena (198-88, college: Marshall). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played most recently at FC Barcelona Lassa II in Spanish LEB Gold. In 12 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Pena also played that season for Leyma Basquet (also in LEB Gold) where in 21 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 16.0ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Pena's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Pena represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg.
Pena is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Pena has played previously professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia and Sionista), Uruguay (Maldonado), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Colombia (Cafeteros and Academia) and Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo, Plaza, Metros de Santiago and Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended Marshall University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Pena's game is described as: Dago is a Strong, Athletic Forward. Able to score in bunches and is at his best when slashing towards the bucket. Possesses astounding jumping ability and great finishing capabilities at the rim. Is very skilled offensively and can put up big numbers at any time. Has decent defensive capabilities to guard bigger players in the low post. Great three point shooter.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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Estudiantes keep Brown for another season - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) re-signed 25-year old American center Alec Brown (216-107kg-92, college: Green Bay). He played there last season. In 6 Liga Endesa games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Brown also played for another team Windy City Bulls in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen that season where in 50 games he had 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.9bpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in second round (50th overall). Brown attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas in 2015. Brown received also All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Brown has played previously professionally in NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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Real Madrid welcomes back Yusta - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old swingman Santiago Yusta (200-97). It is actually his comeback to Madrid as he has played here before. Yusta has played for the last two years at Obradoiro in the Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Despite young age Yusta had impressive career. Yusta played in the final of Spanish U16 Championships in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team award in 2016.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Yusta's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Yusta has played previously for Real Madrid II.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Fabien Causeur

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic
Santiago Yusta

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Coach Xavi Sastre re-signs at Palma - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa de Palma de Mallorca (LEB Gold) confirmed experienced 56-year old coach Xavi Sartre. Sastre also coached for Basquet_Mallorca that season.
His team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LEB Silver in 2011.
Sastre has coached previously Muro Basquet.

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Marko Popovic left Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News

experienced 35-year old Croatian international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82kg-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) left Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). Popovic played there also last season. In 24 games he had 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention. He played there also last season. Popovic also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Popovic played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012.
Popovic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2003 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
Popovic represented Croatia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Popovic has played also professionally in Russia (Unics Kazan and Khimki), Turkey, Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Croatia (Cibona and KK_Zadar).
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2001 and it is his 17th (!!!) season as a professional player.

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Serge Ibaka sticking with Raptors, agrees to three-year, $65 million deal - by Eurobasket News

Free-agent forward Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) has agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Acquired from the Orlando Magic in a trade for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick, Ibaka averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 games after the All-Star break deal. Brought in to give the Raptors' All-Star backcourt some much-needed help inside, Ibaka helped Toronto eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round by averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the series. However, Ibaka's production on the glass dipped considerably to 3.8 rebounds per game during Cleveland's sweep of Toronto in the second round. Ibaka averaged 16.5 points per game against the Cavaliers but shot 48.3 percent from the field in the series. In 56 games with Orlando last season, Ibaka averaged 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Ibaka was ranked No. 16 on the list of top available free agents this offseason by ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Marcus Eriksson may agree terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is targeting to land 24-year old Swedish shooting guard Marcus Eriksson (201-87kg-93) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa. Eriksson has played there for the last three years. In 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Eriksson helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Eriksson also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
Among other achievements Eriksson's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Eriksson was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Eriksson also represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Italy and Sweden (KFUM Uppsala).

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks

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Olympiacos add Tillie to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) added to their roster 29-year old French-Dutch power forward Kim Tillie (210-101kg-88, college: Utah). He has played for the last three seasons at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 37 games he recorded 6.4ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Tillie helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Tillie also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Tillie 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 Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Tillie represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Tillie has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket).
He attended University of Utah until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris
Janis Strelnieks
Vasileios Toliopoulos
Nikos Arsenopoulos
Giorgos Ballis
Giannis Petropoulos

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Khem Birch

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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The Cavaliers ink Jose Manuel Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Spaniard international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (190-95kg-81) from Atlanta Hawks. In 23 NBA games in USA he had 3.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. Calderon also played for the Lakers where in 24 NBA games he recorded 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Calderon was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team back in 2007, 2009 and 2014.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Calderon has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2002 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Calderon's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg.
Calderon has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors) and Spain (Baskonia, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Meridiano Alicante).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at the Cavaliers.
On Calderon: Has a very good shoot but still has to improve his three pointer shooting. Has good court sense and playmaking ability; hes very stong, a good athlete and a very good leaper;.

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Marcus Eriksson may agree terms with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is targeting to land 24-year old Swedish shooting guard Marcus Eriksson (201-87kg-93) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa. Eriksson has played there for the last three years. In 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Eriksson helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Eriksson also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
Among other achievements Eriksson's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Eriksson was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Eriksson also represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Italy and Sweden (KFUM Uppsala).

Herbalife Gran Canaria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Oliver
Xavier Rabaseda
DJ Seeley

Forwards:
Eulis Baez
Pablo Aguilar
Shaquielle McKissic

Centers:
Ondrej Balvin
Anzejs Pasecniks

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BC Lulea keeps Rozzell for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Lulea (Basketligan) re-signed 28-year old American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-84kg-89, college: VCU). He was a team leader there last season. In 42 Basketligan games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg. Rozzell helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 32 games he averaged remarkable 24.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.8apg and 1.7spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
In 2011 Rozzell was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in fourth round (16th overall).
The former Virginia Commonwealth University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Thanks to Rozzell's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Rozzell has played previously professionally in Costa Rica (Escazu, Barva and Coopenae ARBA San Ramon), Holland (Leeuwarden) and ABA (Richmond Elite).

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Gerry Blakes (ex Enosis) is a newcomer at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American guard Gerry Blakes (193-88kg-95, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Enosis in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.2rpg (#5 in the league), 3.1apg and 1.5spg last season. Blakes helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention.
He received HS All-California 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Blakes graduated from Arizona State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub

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Swedish U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Daniel Hansson
Hansson
Vilgot Larsson
Larsson
Carl Alenfall
Alenfall
Nils Johansson
Johansson
Ludvig Johansson
Johansson
#e#5
4Ludvig Johansson 177-G-98 Boras Sweden
5Daniel Hansson 187-PG-97 Alvik Basket Sweden
7Vilgot Larsson 198-SF-98 Arenys Spain
8Henrik Sjolin 183-PG-97 Sodertalje Sweden
9Emil Isovic 192-G-97 Malbas Sweden
11Carl Alenfall 195-G-97 Nova SE USA
12Daniel Johansson 198-F-98 Jamtland Sweden
13Simon Birgander 209-F/C-97 CB Clavijo Spain
14Tobias Sjoberg 206-C-97 Marist USA
15Simon Granados 182-PG-93 Academia Colombia
20John Brandmark 200-F-97 Boras Sweden
21Nils Johansson 198-SG-97 AIK Sweden




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TBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Hitech advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

PEA - Mono Vampire 71-97

Mono Vampire cruised past PEA to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Vampire. PEA managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Vampire dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to PEA's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by PEA's players. The best player for the winners was American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mono Vampire's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) produced 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) added 3 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 35+9reb, R.Reyes 8+2reb+1ast, R.Lingganay 8+3reb+2ast, E.To-Ngiw 8+4reb, M.Williams 5+7reb, A.Hoom-Art 4+2reb
Mono Vampire: R.Johnson 28+9reb+1ast, C.Ananti 14+4reb, M.Singletary 14+8reb+2ast, K.Samerjai 7+1reb, D.Apiromwilaichai 7+1reb+1ast, T. Jantajon 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 548631


Mono Thew - Hitech 79-93

Hitech beat Mono Thew and swept the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Hitech. Mono Thew was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hitech forced 28 Mono Thew turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. The other American import center Jarred Shaw (208-90, college: Utah St.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) added 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Mono Thew. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Mono Thew: P.Cabahug 29+6reb+5ast, A.McClain 26+13reb+2ast, P.Zamar 9+3reb+3ast, T.Suktub 6+4reb+2ast, N.Muangboon 3+3reb+4ast, N.Sangtong 2+7reb
Hitech: A.Scharer 23+7reb+11ast, N.Jaisanuk 19+2reb+3ast, J.Shaw 16+7reb+2ast, W.Suttisin 9+4reb+1ast, D.Orton 7+4reb, A.Lertmalaiporn 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 548630





TBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Hitech and PEA - by Eurobasket News

Hitech - Mono Thew 99-68

Hitech cruised past Mono Thew in the semifinals opener. The game without a history. Hitech led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mono Thew's 36. Hitech forced 21 Mono Thew turnovers and outrebounded them 48-32 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hitech players scored in double figures. Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) answered with 18 points and American power forward Steven Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mono Thew. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 30+10reb+7ast, J.Shaw 17+3reb, D.Orton 12+7reb+1ast, N.Jaisanuk 11+1reb+3ast, W.Suttisin 9+4reb+1ast, C.Jakrawan 8+7reb+1ast
Mono Thew: P.Cabahug 18+3reb+1ast, N.Muangboon 12+1reb+1ast, S.Thomas 11+9reb+1ast, A.McClain 9+7reb, J.Towaroj 7+3reb, N.Sangtong 7+4reb
gschID: 548629


Mono Vampire - PEA 82-94

PEA upset Mono Vampire on the road to surge ahead in the semifinal series. PEA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. PEA outrebounded Mono Vampire 47-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) chipped in 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five PEA and four Mono Vampire players scored in double figures. Mono Vampire's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 26+6reb+6ast, S.Deguara 20+20reb+1ast, R.Reyes 16+3reb+5ast, R.Lingganay 13+8reb+2ast, M.Williams 11+7reb+1ast, E.To-Ngiw 8+2reb+1ast
Mono Vampire: R.Johnson 27+8reb+1ast, M.Singletary 14+5reb+1ast, J.Brickman 11+3reb+4ast, C.Ananti 10+1reb+2ast, D.Apiromwilaichai 6+1reb, R.Kruatiwa 6+2reb
gschID: 548628





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  TUNISIA  


Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv may land Michael Roll - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to add to their roster 30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA) who played last time at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 40 BSL games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg last season. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he had 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Roll spent at Demir IBB (also in BSL) in Turkish. In 29 games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. He played in the final of Turkish League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roll was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015. He has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
Roll has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roll leaves Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA) left Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 40 BSL games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. He played there also last season. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
Roll ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Demir IBB. In 29 BSL games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. It was a great season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Roll's college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006 and 2008. He received also All-Pac-10 1st Team award back in 2010. Roll has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
Roll attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Roll (ex Besiktas) joins Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Roll played last season at Besiktas in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 40 games he had 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Roll spent at Demir IBB (also in BSL). In 29 games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He played in the final of Turkish League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roll was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015. He has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
Roll has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Roll: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
John DiBartolomeo

Forward:
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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  TURKEY  


Michael Roll (ex Besiktas) joins Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Roll played last season at Besiktas in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 40 games he had 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year Roll spent at Demir IBB (also in BSL). In 29 games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He played in the final of Turkish League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roll was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015. He has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
Roll has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Roll: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
John DiBartolomeo

Forward:
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bahcesehir signs Cemal Nalga - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University signed 30-year old ex-international center Cemal Nalga (213-112kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Eskisehir Basket in the TBL. In 39 games he had 8.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.2apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Istanbul BBSK (BSL) where in 15 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 4.0rpg.
Nalga was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2008 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2006.
Nalga represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka, Turk Telekom, Galatasaray, Besiktas and Tuborg).

Bahcesehir University roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Murat Goktas
Chris Warren

Forward:
Kerem Ozkan

Centers:
Cemal Nalga
Hakan Yapar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bahcesehir signs Hakan Yapar - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University signed 33-year old center Hakan Yapar (202-84). He played last season at Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol in the TBL. In 45 games he had 12.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.8apg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Domestic Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Akhisar Bld (also in TBL) where in 34 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg.
Yapar has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for four other teams: Trabzonspor, TED Kolejliler, Aliaga and Maliye Milli.

Bahcesehir University roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Murat Goktas
Chris Warren

Forward:
Kerem Ozkan

Center:
Hakan Yapar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Besiktas keep Veyseloglu for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed experienced 34-year old former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-110kg-83, agency: 1x1 Sports). He played there last season. In 36 BSL games he recorded 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg. Veyseloglu helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Veyseloglu played at Turk Telekom. In 28 BSL games he had 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 4.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg.
Veyseloglu was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2004 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2002.
Veyseloglu also represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for seven other teams: Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Fenerbahce, Tuborg, Erdemir, Pertevniyal and Tuborg.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ice Man. He can stay calm in unthinkable situations. Very smart player who always makes the correct pass, and correct penetrations. Very good shot selection. He can penetrate with ease to half court defenses and always find the right option for him or for the team mates. Long arms that helps him to apply pressure to the ball and also helps him to deny the wingmen as well. Can hit behind the 3 line with streaks. A top level player.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roll leaves Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Tunisian international shooting guard Michael Roll (197-92kg-87, college: UCLA) left Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 40 BSL games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. Roll helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. He played there also last season. Roll also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg.
Roll ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 7 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Roll contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Demir IBB. In 29 BSL games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.7apg. It was a great season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Roll's college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006 and 2008. He received also All-Pac-10 1st Team award back in 2010. Roll has been regularly called to Tunisian Senior National Team since 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Bornova) and Spain (Zaragoza).
Roll attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very good shooter, with 3pts range, he also reads the game very well when he's on the court. Passes the ball well and can make a lot of little things and all those "intangibles" that can make you win. Not so athletic, but better than expected, he is a tough defender, even thanks to high basketball IQ. Plus, has a winning mentality and yet a good leadership.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Angelo Caloiaro to join Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (BSL) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Italian passport) forward Angelo Caloiaro (205-102kg-89, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL). In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Caloiaro also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention.
Caloiaro has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Rilski) and Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Telekom Baskets).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UBL  


Bobcats Wins UBL Championship - by Ozzie Denson


Game Summary Championship game Bobcats vs Warriors 2017
Game stats:
Ryan Barnes game high 33 and 11reb
New comer Wayne Waller 17 and 6 reb 6asst
Derrick Knox 16 and 10 reb 6asst
Marcus White 16 pt
Raymond Wardy 13 and 8reb 6asst
Daniel Watson 7 and 10 reb 6asst
Rashad Moss 11 and 6reb
Danny McCall 4 and 6reb
Larenzo Buggs 4 and 4reb

First I want to thank God and my family for this great ride. I would like to also remember two of our great players KJ Lanrence to Johnaton Uncendu rest in peace guys. I had a chance to coach these guys , I know that they are balling with the big boys in heaven.
The Arkansas Bobcats want to say thank you to pastor Udell and the Arkansas Warriors on continuing to better his players and organization. The championship game was a dog fight from the beginning to the end the Warriors never quit my Bobcats had a slow start at first and found a way to focus on the game and played great defense and offense as we sharing the ball with each other at times you didn't see that. Ryan Barnes came away with a career high 33pt and 11reb and Derrick Knox was a key player in the Championship with great defense and rebounding that kept us alive in a lot of close situation in the game he is name my MVP of the Championship he finish with 16pt and 10reb 6asst. The Rookie to the team with his 3pt shooting got us going Wayne Waller finish with 17pt 6reb and 6asst also former MVP's Marcus White finish with 16pt and Daniel Watson 7pt and big rebounds as well with 10 and 6asst Rashad Moss with 11pt and 6reb slow by a little injury our rebounding machine Danny McCall 4pt and 6reb Returning player Raymond Wardy finish with 13pt 8reb 6asst. Also new to the team Larenzo Buggs 4pts and 4reb the key to the game that I had stress before the game started was not to take the game lightly like we always do and rebound and they went out and showed most of the guys came up big in some kind of way happy and bless to coach a group of guys that are so hungary for the game each and every time they touch the floor even if we have 5 players they still come out and compete with all their hearts The UBL have proven to have great talent of players each and every year the league has been running 11years strong and still competitive for myself starting out being part owner and coach with the warriors we were always in the championship just came up short each and every year , now with the Bobcats 5 time champion in a row wasn't easy through out the years trying to understand how to better myself as a coach a person on how to win the big one I have study a lot of great coaches from the NBA and D-League had a chance to help coach several D-League tryout camps from that point I never look back also coaching oversea a tour team had 6 guys to sign and pick up the first day of play over in Tallinn Estonia that is my dream gold is to coach oversea or D-League to the NBA from what I have done here hope to be seen as a coach that can help a club in either league. I want to say a special thanks to the league and staff that help run the league board members as well as Commissioner Ozzie Denson. It has been a great run winning the championship this year and pervious years on the behalf of the Arkansas Bobcats and players want to say thank you to the fans. - Coach Harris



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  URUGUAY  


Metropolitan Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Ascenso took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Auriblanco (3-6) to sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (5-3) 88-85 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. 25 de Agosto shot 63.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Rodrigo Goncalvez who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. 25 de Agosto moved-up to third place, which they share with Miramar and Tabare. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Colon. Local Colon (1-8) lost to eighth ranked Union Atletica (4-4) 75-63. It was a good game for forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Facundo Alonso contributed with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winners. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for Colon. Union Atletica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Stockolmo. Colon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Auriblanco (#11). Auriblanco was defeated at home 77-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Rashaun Stimage stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Rodrigo Goncalvez with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Stockolmo (4-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost.

In the last game of round 9 Stockolmo was defeated by Tabare in a road game 84-80.

Auriblanco - Stockolmo 77-87

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Auriblanco (#11). Auriblanco was defeated at home 77-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Stockolmo looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and guard Juan Viana (189-97) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Four Stockolmo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Rodrigo Goncalvez with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and guard Camilo Colman (191-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Stockolmo (4-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 27+19reb, G.Cavalli 17+2reb+1ast, J.Viana 12+1reb+7ast, O.Medina 12+2reb+3ast, M.Counago 7+2reb+4ast, F.Grolla 5+5reb+1ast
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 25+10reb, C.Colman 16+10reb+4ast, A.Jones 16+7reb+2ast, E.Suarez 8+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 6+1reb+3ast, N.Gentini 4+1reb
gschID: 548641


Colon - U Atletica 63-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Colon. Local Colon (1-8) lost to eighth ranked Union Atletica (4-4) 75-63. It was a good game for forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Facundo Alonso (195) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Four Union Atletica players scored in double figures. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and guard Federico Baltasar (185-96) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Colon. Union Atletica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Stockolmo. Colon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: N.Santos 17+3reb+1ast, G.Semiglia 17+9reb+7ast, F.Alonso 15+11reb+5ast, H.Wilkerson 10+1reb+1ast, A.Arrillaga 7+2reb, I.Cambon 5+3reb+3ast
Colon: T.Brown 25+14reb+1ast, F.Baltasar 9+4reb+7ast, L.Lepiani 7+1reb+5ast, F.Ferreira 7+3reb+2ast, F.Della Mea 7+4reb+5ast, A.Rodriguez 4+4reb
gschID: 548639


Auriblanco - 25 de Agosto 85-88

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Ascenso took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Auriblanco (3-6) to sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (5-3) 88-85 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. 25 de Agosto shot 63.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Four 25 de Agosto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Rodrigo Goncalvez who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and Nicolas Gentini added 16 points respectively. 25 de Agosto moved-up to third place, which they share with Miramar and Tabare. Auriblanco lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
25 de Agosto: N.Alvarez 25+6reb+6ast, G.Johnson 23+10reb+3ast, D.Lipatin 14+2ast, J.Trindade 11+3reb+1ast, M.Mayora 7+1reb+1ast, N.Koster 7+3reb+3ast
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 28+12reb, N.Gentini 16+4reb, F.Sanchez 8+1reb+8ast, E.Suarez 8+4reb+4ast, A.Jones 8+1reb+1ast, A.Taibo 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548640


Tabare - Stockolmo 84-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Tabare and 8th ranked Stockolmo had identical 4-3 record. This time Tabare used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Montevideo 84-80 on Thursday night. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Rodrigo Xavier (184-95) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 27 rebounds and forward Luis De-Leon (193-88) scored 15 points. Five Tabare and four Stockolmo players scored in double figures. Tabare (5-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with Miramar and 25 de Agosto. Stockolmo at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with U Atletica.
Top scorers:
Tabare: R.Xavier 18+5reb+3ast, A.Cabillon 15+7reb+3ast, G.Rivas 13+3reb+4ast, G.Diaz 12+8reb+2ast, C.McCann 12+15reb+2ast, E.Serres 8+6reb+2ast
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 17+27reb+1ast, L.De Leon 15+4reb+2ast, M.Counago 13+5reb+2ast, F.Grolla 11+5reb+2ast, L.Bouchaton 10+2ast, O.Medina 9+7reb
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Uruguay will announce the NT for the AmeriCup - by Hector Lopez

Marcelo Signorelli (agency: Players Group ), the Uruguayan Head Coach, will announce next Thursday 6th, 16 players to play the AmeriCup Tournament. Uruguay will be playing in Montevideo against United States, Dominican Republic and Panama from Aug. 28 to Aug 30. The winner will advance to the AmeriCup final games to be played in Argentina during September. For this tournament other groups will be played in Medellin - with Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia and a NT to be announced - and Bahia Blanca - playing Argentina, Venezuela, Canada and Virgin Islands.


Double- Double for Rashaun Stimage - by Hector Lopez

Stockolmo defeated Auriblanco 88-77 for the Metro League7th round, a game that had been postponed last week due to humidity on the floor. Rashaun Stimage (202-F, college: De Paul) score 27 points and added 18 rebounds for the winner, while Rodrigo Goncalvez, for Auriblanco, finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The standings are:Sayago 7-1, Atenas 7-2, Cordon and Tabare 5-3 Miramar 5-4, Stockolmo, Verdirrojo and Union Atletica 5-4, Marne 1-7 and Colon 1-8. The three best teams will be promoted to the Uruguayan League.


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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.4 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos16.8 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.5 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.3 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.0 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Centeno, Marinos4.5 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.9 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 4. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 10. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 


Eduardo Torres selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Eduardo Torres
Eduardo Torres
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Eduardo Torres (195-81, currently plays in Colombia). Torres could not help Condores (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Condores was edged 81-78 on the road by the second-ranked Academia. Torres was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 passes in 37 minutes on the court. It was Condores' third consecutive loss in a row. Torres has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 53.3%(8-15) and FT: 75.0% in five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian. Former Panteras de Miranda starter played for the Venezuelan senior national team eight years ago.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Colombia). Romero led Piratas to a victory against the league outsider Patriotas (5-15) 97-85 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Tuesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. Romero also added 7 assists. Piratas de Bogota (6-13) is placed second from the bottom (#7) in the Liga DirecTV. This season Romero has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 13.6% and FT: 62.7%. He played for the Venezuelan national team in 2011.

Jesus Medina
Jesus Medina
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international swingman Jesus Medina (188-94, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jhon Romero. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Medina. He was not able to help Piratas (6-13) in their last game. Despite Medina's very good performance Piratas lost 89-102 in Boyaca to the league outsider (#8) Patriotas. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Medina also added 9 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 30 minutes. Medina has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.2apg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 55.2% in six games. He played for the Venezuelan U17 national team six years ago.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #4. Power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) was the major contributor in a Fast Break's victory against the fifth-ranked Sabios (8-11) crushing them 91-59 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Wednesday night's game. Julio recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Fast Break (16-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. Julio's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 7.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian. Julio used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86, currently plays in Colombia) could not help Caciques (8-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Caciques lost 87-95 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Sabios. Lucena was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Lucena has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg and 2.5rpg in four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #2. Raul Orta (196-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Santeros' victory against one of league's weakest teams Brujos (14-22) 95-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. Orta scored 15 points. Santeros de Aguada (25-11) is placed first in the BSN. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Orta averages: 2.4ppg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Puerto Rican. Despite Orta's Venezuelan nationality, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Venezuelan team.

   #3. Luis Almanza (196-F-91, currently plays in Colombia) led Condores to a victory over the league outsider Patriotas (5-15) crushing them 89-66 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Saturday night. Almanza was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. Condores de Cundinamarca (8-11) is placed sixth in the Liga DirecTV. Almanza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg in 19 games.

   #4. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luis Almanza. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Diaz contributed to Condores' victory against the league outsider Patriotas (5-15) 84-75. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Condores de Cundinamarca (8-11) is placed sixth in the Liga DirecTV. Diaz has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.3spg. He has both Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities.

   #5. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) was not able to help Sabios (8-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Castro's good performance Sabios was crushed 90-69 in Bogota by the leading Fast Break. He scored 11 points. Castro's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #6. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia) contributed to a Fast Break's victory against the closely-ranked Academia 63-57 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hinestroza Javes also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. This year Hinestroza Javes averages: 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in 14 games. He also holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #7. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes. However that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which brought him to that list. Rodriguez managed to help Fast Break in a victory against the closely-ranked Academia crushing them 84-55. He recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. This year Rodriguez averages: 1.0ppg in 14 games.



Jesus Centeno (ex Marinos) agreed terms with Iccan - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) inked 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85). He played most recently at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 49 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.5apg last season. Centeno also spent pre-season at Bucaneros (also in LPB) that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Centeno received also Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB All-Domestic Players Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He was also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Centeno played for Venezuelan Senior National Team between 2008 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
He also represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Isla Margarita (Venezuela) three years ago. Centeno's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 2 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Centeno is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia, Mexico (Angeles), Panama (Caballos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos, Guaros, Cacaoteros and Araguenos) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora).
Centeno's game is described as: He is yet an experienced player, despite the green age; has god passing skills and court vision, defends well on the opposite guards, has the athletic strength to go inside and to score; neeeds to add a reliable outside shot; A very talented point guard, whose dream is to play in NBA: He is very quick and determinated on the court, very soft speaking and polite out of the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LPB Round 5 of Finals. Marinos claim second victory - by Eurobasket News

Marinos - Guaros 91-80

Marinos stayed alive in the championship series. They edged Guaros to narrow the deficit at 2-3. Marinos dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Guaros' 38. They outrebounded Guaros 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Marinos looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Guaros' players. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) responded with 23 points and the other American import Lazar Hayward (198-86, college: Marquette) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Marinos: C.Massie 20+8reb+3ast, M.Carrera 18+6reb+3ast, R.Perez 14+2reb+2ast, I.Swann 11+4reb+7ast, J.Centeno 9+4reb+3ast, G.Vargas 8+4reb+9ast
Guaros: N.Robinson 23+3reb+3ast, L.Hayward 19+7reb, Z.Graham 15+1reb, G.Echenique 8+2reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 6+7reb+3ast, J.Vargas 5+2reb
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Leones land Alexander Morillo, ex Trotamundos - by Francisco Vega

Newly promoted Leones de Riobamba (National League) tabbed 25-year old Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92). He has played for the last two years at Trotamundos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 40 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Among other achievements Morillo's team won Venezuelan LNB Regular Season in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LNB 2013 All-Defensive Team award back in 2013.
Morillo represented Venezuela at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 48.4%.
Morillo has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Aduaneros and Caciques.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LPB Round 4 of Finals. Guaros celebrate third victory - by Eurobasket News

Marinos - Guaros 74-89

Guaros moved closer to the title as they rallied past Marinos on the road. Guaros are now 3-1 up on Marinos in the best-of-seven series. Guaros shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists and international point guard Heissler Guillent (186-86) who added 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Guaros and four Marinos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 19+5reb+2ast, M.Carrera 13+10reb+2ast, R.Perez 11+5reb, J.Centeno 11+3reb+5ast, M.Hicks 9+1reb+1ast, L.Rodgers 6+6reb+4ast
Guaros: H.Guillent 20+1reb+5ast, N.Robinson 17+3reb+7ast, J.Vargas 12+2reb+3ast, G.Echenique 11+6reb+1ast, L.Hayward 10+7reb, N.Colmenares 8+5reb+2ast
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CSKA Moscow re-sign Maksim Kondakov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) have penned a two-year deal with 22-year old point guard Maksim Kondakov (186-82kg-95, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in the U23 League.
The previous (15-16) season Kondakov played at Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (Superleague 3) where in 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg and 2.3spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
His team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013.
Kondakov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 38.9%.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn
Andrei Lopatin

Center:
Kyle Hines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Overview of Day 2 in Cairo - by Eurobasket News

Group A
France - New Zealand 80-69
France topped New Zealand for the second straight win in Group A. Enzo Goudou-Sinha (184-PG-98) stepped up with 18 points and 6 assists in the victory. New Zealand eked out a 37:36 halftime lead. But les Bleues went on a 44:32 second half rally to seal the win. Bastien Vautier (210-C-98) and Adam Mokoko tossed in 12 points each for France. Samuel Waardenburg (208-PF-99) responded with 14 points and 9 boards for New Zealand.

South Korea - Argentina 76-100
Argentina recorded the first victory in Cairo. They cruised past South Korea for 1-1 record in Group A. Leonardo Lema (201-F/G-98) came up with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Argentina grabbed a 51:34 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) provided 18 points in the win. Kim Jinyoung (193-F-98) responded with 18 points for South Korea.

Group B
Lithuania - Egypt 88-50
Lithuania registered the second straight win in Group B. They stormed past Egypt today. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Lithuania used a 33:8 run in the second term to open a massive 55:21 halftime advantage. The Baltic team stayed in control throughout the second half and sealed the win. Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) chipped in 11 points in the victory. Omar Elsheikh (197-F-98) replied with 14 points and 9 boards for Egypt.

Puerto Rico - Germany 49-69
Germany bounced back from the starting loss to beat Puerto Rico for the opening win in Group B. Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) accounted for 14 points and 9 boards to pace the winners. Germany established a 34:24 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:8 run in the fourth frame to ice the win. Louis Olinde (205-SF-98) posted 11 points and 11 boards for Germany. Leandro Allende (198-G-97) responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico.

Group C
Mali - Japan 73-76
Japan overcame Mali to climb at 1-1 record in Group C. Keisuke Masuda (191-G/F-98) stepped up with 16 points for the winners. Mali enjoyed a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Japan pulled within a single point at halftime 32:31. The Asian side dropped 25 points in the third quarter to spur ahead. They protected a slim lead throughout the final term and clinched a vital win at the end. Rui Hachimura (203-F-98) accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Ousmane Traore (192-F-98) responded with 15 points for Mali.

Spain - Canada 78-73
Spain held off Canada to improve at 2-0 record at the championship. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98) came up with 19 points to lead the effort. Spain accumulated a 39:33 halftime lead. Canada pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Spain knocked down 21 points in the fourth term and got away with a tough win at the end. Pol Figueras (187-PG-98) added 14 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Abu Kigab (201-F/G-98) responded with 16 points and 8 boards for Canada.

Group D
Italy - Iran 64-45
Italy overcame Iran to secure the second consecutive victory in Cairo. Tommaso Oxilia (198-F-98, agency: Players Group) tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy secured a 30:22 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. David Okeke (202-F/C-98, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 points in the victory. Amirhossein Azari (192-SF-98) answered with 13 points for Iran.

USA - Angola 109-68
USA had little trouble posting the second straight win in Cairo. They marched past Angola to remain undefeated. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Josh Okogie (193-G-98) came up with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the USA. They sank 60 points in the first half to pile up a 34-point halftime lead. USA controlled the tempo in the second half and raced to the win. Austin Wiley (211-F/C-99) produced 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Silvio de Sousa (204-PF-98) and Rifen Miguel (202-PF-99) answered with 19 points each for Angola.





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Women News


USA U18 Women Capture FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup Gold - by Eurobasket News

The USA Basketball Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team (7-0) went inside early and often against previously unbeaten Czech Republic (6-1) for a 21-14 victory in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup gold medal game on Sunday evening in Chengdu, China. Aquira Decosta (188-F-00) (St. Mary's H.S./Sacramento, Calif.), who scored 35 points over seven games to finish as the third-leading scorer in the tournament, was named 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup MVP, and she was joined on the three-member Team of the Tournament by University of North Carolina freshman-to-be Janelle Bailey (190-C-99, college: High School) (Providence Day School/Matthews, N.C.), who scored a team-high 11 points against the Czech Republic and finished as the tournament's leading scorer with 40 points and Czech Republic's Simona Rzkova. 'I've been a bronze medalist for two years, back-to-back,' said DeCosta, who took home bronze as a member of USA Basketball's 2015 U16 National Team and 2016 U17 World Cup Team. 'Because of that, I came out every game with such intensity. I wanted to win every game, and that's what we did. We got the gold medal, and I'm truly blessed to be able to play with this group of girls. I'm just happy. Words can't explain how I'm feeling right now. 'All of us played exceptionally well. I thought other players, Janelle in the post scored well, Destiny (Littleton) hit some key shots the whole tournament, Christyn (Williams) attacked really well, so I was shocked that I got MVP.' The win produced the USA's third gold medal in six editions of the event, the first gold since 2013 and its sixth medal overall. The U.S. previously earned gold in 2012 and 2013, silver in 2015 and 2016 and an honorary bronze medal at the inaugural event in 2011. Russia defeated Hungary (3-4) 12-8 for the bronze medal, marking its first medal at the event. The silver medal for the Czech Republic also was its first medal in 3x3 U18 World Cup play. 'Kara (Lawson) told us before the game that we could have 100 plays and feel confident that we can execute them, but that now was about toughness, heart and who wants it more,' said Bailey. 'In this game we wanted it more. All of us being bronze medalists (in previous events), we didn't want to have that feeling of getting anything but gold. It feels good to have gold.' Rounding out the four-member USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team were Destiny Littleton (The Bishop's School/San Diego, Calif.), a 5-foot-9 guard headed to play for the University of Texas in the fall, and Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.), a 5-10 guard/forward who will report to 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team training camp on July 7. Littleton completed the tournament with 32 points, while Williams scored 22 over the seven games. 'When you put this jersey on and USA is across our chests, just to play for our country and win gold means everything,' said Littleton. 'The first couple of games, we're new to this. None of my teammates have played 3x3, and it's a lot different from five-on-five. We just stuck together and fought through.' The Czechs knocked in a 2-pointer, the first of five on the night, with barely a second expired in the contest. But the USA responded with a 7-0 run, including four from inside the paint, one from the line and two from beyond the arc, to pull ahead 7-2 at 7:40. However, the Czechs closed the gap with a 5-0 run to pull to within one point, 7-6, at 6:12. The contest remained close, thanks in part to three more 2-pointers by the Europeans, and with 3:30 to play the game was knotted at 13-all. DeCosta and Littleton drove to the hoop for a point each, and with 2:18 on the clock, the Czech Republic picked up its final point of the game to bring the score to 15-14. A Littleton 2-pointer expanded the lead to 17-14, and from there it was all USA. Bailey and DeCosta combined for the next three points - all from inside the paint - and with the red, white and blue holding a 20-14 lead, Bailey picked up a loose ball, drove to the basket and sealed the golden victory with 43.6 seconds still left on the clock. 'We knew that they had four really good players, but their main player was (Alzbta Levinska), and we wanted to limit her shots,' said Bailey. 'Of course when they came out of the gate, they shot the 2-pointer right at the start, but we just settled in defensively and said that that was going to be the last good shot they were going to get. 'We knew that they were a little bit shorter than some of the teams that we had played,' Bailey added. 'We wanted to go to the basket, and we did a good job with that. Aquira and I were finishing well inside. Aquira, Destiny and Christyn all made good passes to me. It was definitely a team effort.' The U.S. advanced to the gold medal game with an 18-14 quarterfinal win over two-time defending champion France (3-2) and a 17-10 victory versus Russia (5-2) in the semifinal contest. Littleton and Williams shared high scoring honors against France with six points apiece, while Bailey and DeCosta had three points each. Against Russia, DeCosta led with six points, Bailey and Littleton scored five apiece and Williams chipped in one point. In quarterfinal action, France hit a couple of quick 2s and jumped to an early 5-3 lead. The USA responded with a 5-0 run to pull in front 8-5, but France hit two more 2-pointers in a 6-1 run, and with about 4:00 to play, the Americans trailed 11-9. With 3:50 remaining, Littleton converted on a 3-point play after being fouled from beyond the arc, putting the red, white and blue in the lead for good, 12-11. With under 2:00 to play and the score still close, 14-13, the USA closed out the contest on a 4-1 spurt for the 18-14 win. Russia held a 4-3 lead in the semifinal, but a 5-1 run that included three points from DeCosta, gave the USA some breathing room, 8-5, at 4:04. After a Russian free throw at 3:32 brought the score to 8-6, the USA went on a 7-0 run, thanks to a pair of 2s from Littleton, and with 2:10 to play the Americans were firmly in grasp of the game, 15-6, and cruised in for the win. 'Winning this gold medal feels good,' stated Bailey. 'Starting in April when we won in Colorado, I was excited. I always remember the feeling from last year when we lost to Australia in the semis (at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup). I didn't want to feel that again. I think that's why we're so close together. There's just four of us, and now all four of us have gold medals. All the hard work we put in over the last few weeks and back in April, it paid off in this game.' The first FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup was held in 2011. The event is held annually, with the exception of the years in which the Youth Olympic Games are held (2018, 2022, etc.). With seven wins in the 2017 U18 3x3 competition, USA 3x3 Women's World Cup Teams have now compiled a 42-7 overall record in the event.
Courtesy of: usab.com



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  ABA  


Divisons are set and ready to roll.. - by Eurobasket News

As the WABA teams are rolling out tryouts and securing venues, the teams have been officially put into their prospective divisions for the Inaugural year. The Northeast Division consist of Boston Clovers, D.C. Cyclones, Jersey Expressions, Long Island Storm and Mt. Vernon Shamrocks. The Southeast Division consist of Atlanta Justice, Middle Georgia Lady Pits, Orlando Splash and Queen City Charm. During this first year, each team will play 8 games; four home and four away with season opener on August 5, 2017. Once the regular season is over the top two teams in each division will play in playoffs during weekend of October 7, 2017 with each winner going to Newark, NJ on weekend of October 14, 2017 to play in Championship game. With such great anticipation of this inaugural WABA year, several teams have already signed up for 2018 year; The Queen City Charm and The Boston Clovers. ' We look forward to more teams joining our WABA League next year and most importantly, we look forward to a great inaugural season this year.' stated CEO, Marsha Blount.
Courtesy of: WABA



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  ARGENTINA  


Superliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Lanus and Union Florida enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Obras Basket - Lanus 66-71

Lanus topped Obras Basket to advance into Superliga Final. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Florencia Llorente (180-94) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Cuban point guard Ineidis Casanova (165-88, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Obras Basket. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: A.Edwards 20+13reb+2ast, I.Casanova 13+1reb+5ast, S.Aispurua 10+8reb, P.Reggiardo 7+4reb+1ast, N.Teodori 3, B.Echeverria 3+1reb
Lanus: N.Perez 19+1reb, A.Burani 13+17reb+5ast, U.Nwaigwe 12+3reb, D.Gonzalez 10+5reb+4ast, F.Llorente 9+11reb, J.Armesto 6
gschID: 548359


Berazategui - Union Florida 63-75

Union Florida will play for the title after they held off Berazategui in the semifinal clash. Union Florida forced 22 Berazategui turnovers. Strangely Berazategui outrebounded Union Florida 39-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Spanish swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90, agency: ProDep Management) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners and international point guard Melisa Gretter (161-93, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 20 points, 8 assists and 7 steals. At the losing side Spanish point guard Ana Suarez (170-87, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Luciana Delabarba (167-97) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Berazategui: A.Suarez 16+5reb+2ast, L.Delabarba 14+9reb, M.Durso 13+4reb+2ast, L.Weaver 8+8reb+2ast, A.Leiva 8+4reb+2ast, J.Mungo 2+5reb+1ast
Union Florida: M.Tudanca 34+5reb, M.Gretter 20+3reb+8ast, R.Williams 10+11reb+1ast, D.Benvenuto 6+2reb+2ast, R.Rojas 4+1reb, C.Miculka 1+3reb
gschID: 548358





Union Florida celebrate Superliga title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Union Florida - Lanus 62-55

Union Florida overcame Lanus to celebrate Superliga title. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Union Florida dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Lanus' 24. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Melisa Gretter (161-93, agency: ProDep Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of her ten free throws !!!). American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Ugo Nwaigwe (190-93, college: Temple, agency: ProDep Management) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lanus.
Top scorers:
Union Florida: M.Gretter 26+10reb+5ast, R.Williams 20+6reb+1ast, M.Tudanca 12+12reb+1ast, D.Benvenuto 2+4reb+4ast, C.Miculka 2+5reb+1ast, R.Rojas 0+4reb
Lanus: U.Nwaigwe 20+6reb+1ast, N.Perez 11+6reb+2ast, A.Burani 10+13reb+6ast, D.Gonzalez 7+4reb+2ast, S.Rodriguero 4, M.Armesto 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 549310

3-4 Place
Obras Basket - Berazategui 81-78

Obras Basket topped Berazategui to clinch Bronze medals. Obras Basket forced 26 Berazategui turnovers. Berazategui was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Cuban point guard Ineidis Casanova (165-88, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Obras Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Lyndra Weaver responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Macarena Durso (169-91) scored 23 points.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: A.Edwards 20+10reb, I.Casanova 20+3reb+4ast, P.Reggiardo 13+5reb+3ast, S.Aispurua 7+9reb, B.Echeverria 6+3reb, J.Ale 6+1reb+3ast
Berazategui: M.Durso 23+3reb+1ast, L.Weaver 16+12reb+2ast, J.Mungo 10+3reb+1ast, C.Fiorotto 9+5reb, A.Suarez 8+6reb+5ast, A.Leiva 8+6reb+2ast




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  BELARUS  


Canada defeats Belarus 55-48 in exhibition play - by Eurobasket News

Canada defeated Belarus 55-48 in their second exhibition game in China. Canada is competing in a game six-game China exhibition series for phase 2 of training in preparation of the FIBA Americas Women's Championship. Ruth Hamblin (198-C-94, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) had 13 points and 7 rebounds while Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Jamie Scott, Ruth Hamblin, Bridget Carleton, Quinn Dornstauder and Shay Colley started for Canada.
"Happy to get our second win here in China. I thought our team showed toughness and grit to secure the win. Looking forward to playing a very talented and physical Chinese team tomorrow." - Lisa Thomaidis , Head Coach "A bit of an ugly win today but our execution improved from yesterday. It's great to get the win and there's a lot to build on for our next game against China." - Ruth Hamblin.
Canada continues exhibition play tomorrow at 4:00 AM EST against China.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



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  CANADA  


Canada defeats Belarus 55-48 in exhibition play - by Eurobasket News

Canada defeated Belarus 55-48 in their second exhibition game in China. Canada is competing in a game six-game China exhibition series for phase 2 of training in preparation of the FIBA Americas Women's Championship. Ruth Hamblin (198-C-94, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) had 13 points and 7 rebounds while Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Jamie Scott, Ruth Hamblin, Bridget Carleton, Quinn Dornstauder and Shay Colley started for Canada.
"Happy to get our second win here in China. I thought our team showed toughness and grit to secure the win. Looking forward to playing a very talented and physical Chinese team tomorrow." - Lisa Thomaidis , Head Coach "A bit of an ugly win today but our execution improved from yesterday. It's great to get the win and there's a lot to build on for our next game against China." - Ruth Hamblin.
Canada continues exhibition play tomorrow at 4:00 AM EST against China.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



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  DENMARK  


Driscoll re-signs at Virum - by Eurobasket News

Virum GO DREAM (Dameligaen) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American center Valerie Driscoll (193-92, college: Quinnipiac). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 Dameligaen games she had 14.5ppg, 16.2rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 1.5spg (in top 5) last season. Driscoll helped them to win the Dameligaen title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
She graduated from Quinnipiac College in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Ikaros keep Gigourtaki for another season - by Chris Mammides

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) re-signed Niki Gigourtaki. She has played there for the last two seasons.
The previous (14-15) season Gigourtaki was tested by Panathinaikos. But in two games she did not score anything.

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas roster for 2017-2018:

Tatiana Zotova
Evgenia Loukatou
Tonia Danousi
Ariana Moorer
Kapsokoli
Kelsey Briggs
Niki Gigourtaki
Christina Litsi

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Ikaros tab Ariana Moorer, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) inked 26-year old American guard Ariana Moorer (170-91, college: Virginia). She played most recently at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. In 27 games she averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 10.9rpg, 5.8apg and 3.2spg last season. Moorer helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Defensive Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Zeljeznicar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 6 games she had 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.2apg and 4.0spg.
Moorer has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski) and WBCBL (DC Bluestreakz).
She attended University of Virginia until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tonia Danousi
Ariana Moorer

Forwards:
Evgenia Loukatou
Kelsey Briggs
Christina Litsi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kalyvion adds Helioti to their roster - by Chris Mammides

GAS Kalyvion (A2) added to their roster experienced 34-year old guard Xenia Helioti (170-83) from Eleutheria Moshatou. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 3rd Team.
Helioti's team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2014.
She has spent her entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Asteras, Ikaros, Paghiakos and Ippokratis.

GAS Kalyvion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xenia Helioti
Christina Kontogianni
Danai Kamenou

Forward:
Georgia Stamati

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GAS Kalyvion inks Maria Avtzi - by Chris Mammides

GAS Kalyvion (A2) agreed terms with 27-year old swingman Maria Avtzi (172-90). During the last season Avtzi played at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou where in 22 games she had 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg.
She has played previously for three other teams: Panathinaikos, PAOK Thessalonikis and Anagenisi.
Avtzi could be described: Maria is a 172cm tall combo guard that can cover both guards position. She can score after shooting and penetration. A great ball handler and very coachable player.

GAS Kalyvion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xenia Helioti
Christina Kontogianni
Danai Kamenou
Georgia Stamati
Kalliopi Retzeperi

Forwards:
Alexandra Anogiannaki
Dora Mastrogiannidou
Maria Avtzi

Center:
Arvaniti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Ikaros tab Ariana Moorer, ex Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) inked 26-year old American guard Ariana Moorer (170-91, college: Virginia). She played most recently at Keflavik in Icelandic Dominos League. In 27 games she averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 10.9rpg, 5.8apg and 3.2spg last season. Moorer helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Defensive Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Zeljeznicar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 6 games she had 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.2apg and 4.0spg.
Moorer has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski) and WBCBL (DC Bluestreakz).
She attended University of Virginia until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tonia Danousi
Ariana Moorer

Forwards:
Evgenia Loukatou
Kelsey Briggs
Christina Litsi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  


One win and one loss for Ireland U17 vs Wales U23 - by Eurobasket News

The Ireland Under 17 women's team travelled to Cardiff this weekend to play a two-game international friendly series against the Wales Under 23 team. Head Coach, Pat O'Neill , lined out two squads against the Welsh side and finished the weekend with one win and one loss.
Wales U23 vs Ireland U17 39-44
Ireland Under 17 Women's team (Squad 2) secured a fantastic five-point win over Wales U23 squad this afternoon to finish the friendly series on one win apiece. This match was a defensive affair with low scoring in each of the quarters. However, it still provided some thrilling basketball. The game started with both teams playing a tight man defence and Ireland shaded it, leading 11-8 at the end of the first. The second quarter was back and forth with all twelve players seeing the court, and Ireland held on to a slim one point lead at the half 20-19. Ireland started the third with a zone press and Wales struggled to get the ball over the half. Pushing the lead out to 5 points having forced turnovers and converted, Ireland worked hard to ensure Wales didn't get back into game. The fourth see-sawed with Ireland ensuring that they kept playing with intensity and hitting shots when they needed to. The travelling supporters were vocal and sensing Ireland were edging the win, provided a home atmosphere to finish the game, with Ireland up by five - 44-39. Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill said: "It has been a great series with two very close games. Today we saw a reverse of yesterday's result which was deserved. It was wonderful to see so many new internationals get on court and contribute. We have a lot to work on, but these games have served to provide a baseline and I feel the players have showed how far hard work and determination can take them. Now we need to take the lessons and work to address these. Next up will be Great Britain U16s in Dublin next Saturday, they are in the final stages of selection and will provide a very stern test - but we are looking forward to the challenge. "

Wales U23 vs Ireland U17 61-57
After travelling to Cardiff today, the Ireland U17 Women's first squad lost a very close game to the Welsh U23's.
A nervous start from both sides saw Ireland settle quicker towards the end of the first quarter and go five up. The second quarter was very similar and again a strong finish utilising a full court press and forcing turnovers ensured that five point lead was maintained. It was 37 - 32 to Ireland at the half. The third was a different affair with Wales raising their intensity and Ireland showing their youth at times. Going into the fourth Ireland were down two. Wales kept up the pressure and the strength and fitness levels were a telling factor. Down eight with three minutes to go, a surge from the Irish ensured an exciting finish. It was down to three at one point but Wales held on for a four point win. It finished 61-57 to Wales. Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill stated: "While I am disappointed with a loss, there were so many positives to take from the game. We knew coming that the Welsh were experienced having had games against Scotland earlier in the year and that their size and strength would provide a great test for our ladies. Tomorrow we get a chance for twelve more players to experience international competition and we are looking to reverse the result. "
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



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  ISRAEL  


Arron Zimmerman agreed terms with Hap.Petah Tikva - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Petah Tikva (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old naturalized American forward Arron Zimmerman (183-93, college: American) from Ramat Hasharon.
Among other achievements Zimmerman's college team won Patriot League Tournament in 2015. She received also All-Patriot League 3rd Team award in 2014 and 2015.
Zimmerman has played previously for two other teams: Ramat Hasharon and ASA Jerusalem.
She attended American University until 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Crystal Bradford is a newcomer at Elitzur Holon - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American swingman Crystal Bradford (183-93, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: LBM Management) from Hap.Petah Tikva. In 8 D1 games in Israel she recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 11.6rpg, 3.9apg, 2.8spg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Bradford was tested by Atenienses in Puerto Rican BSNF where in two games she averaged 10.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 4.0apg in 2016 season.
Two years ago Los Angeles Sparks selected her as 0th overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former Central Michigan University standout
Bradford graduated her college in 2015 andis in her third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Bradford received also All-MAC Player of the Year award, WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention award and All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014 at her college time.
Bradford represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played previously professionally in Brazil (Sampaio) and Finland (ViVe).

Elitzur Maclaren Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Limor Peleg
Noa Zelivanski
Crystal Bradford

Forward:
Nofar Shalom

By Eurobasket Data Center

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B.Yehuda tabs May Dayan - by Lior Hai

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv inked 23-year old guard May Dayan (170-94, college: Temple). She has played for the last two years at Bnot Hertzeliya in the D1. In 20 games she averaged just 1.1ppg last season.
Among other achievements her team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2016. Dayan received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2011 at her college time.
Dayan represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 40.9%.
Dayan has played previously for three other teams: Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Holon and Hapoel Rishon Le Zion.
She attended Temple University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Lucca lands Francesca Melchiori - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) tabbed 24-year old guard Francesca Melchiori (174-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played for the last five years at Reyer Venezia Mestre in the Serie A1. In 10 Eurocup games she averaged just 2.1ppg last season.
Melchiori won MZRKL championship title in 2015.
She represented Italy at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg.
Melchiori has played previously for College Italia.

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valeria Battisodo
Erika Striulli
Francesca Melchiori

Forwards:
Federica Tognalini
Martina Crippa

Center:
Federica Brunetti

Coach: Loris Barbiero

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Marghera adds coach Seletti to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Rittmeyer Giants Marghera Venezia (Serie A2) hired coach Paolo Seletti from La Magika Castel San Pietro. Seletti has coached there for the last three years. She helped them to make it to the final.
Seletti has coached previously Bologna.

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Granzotto is back at Marghera - by Eurobasket News

Rittmeyer Giants Marghera Venezia (Serie A2) agreed terms with 25-year old swingman Marta Granzotto (175-92). It is actually her comeback to Venezia as she has played here before. Granzotto played last season at Alpo Basket VillaFranca in Italian Serie A2. In 14 games she had 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg and 2.9spg. Granzotto also played that season for Meccanica Nova Vigarano where in 11 games she recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.5spg.
Granzotto represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Granzotto has played previously for two other teams: San Martino and La Spezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bologna welcomes back Patera - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Bologna (Serie A2) landed 20-year old forward Annalaura Patera (182-97). It is actually her comeback to Bologna as she has played here before. Patera played most recently at Carpedil Salerno (Serie A2). In 18 games she averaged 4.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Patera played at Meccanica Nova Bologna (also in Serie A2). Serie A2 was a little too high level for her, where in 5 games she had just 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
Patera won A2 Group C Regular Season in 2015.

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Bologna keeps Torresani for another season - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Bologna (Serie A2) re-signed 19-year old point guard Micol Torresani (160-98). has played there for the last three seasons. She won A2 Group C Regular Season in 2015.

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San Martino keeps Gianolla for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino Di Lupari (Serie A1) re-signed experienced 37-year old former international guard Angela Gianolla (171-80). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 24 Serie A1 games she recorded 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg (top 2) and 1.5spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Gianolla's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015.
She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg.
Gianolla has spent her entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Familia Schio, Taranto, Venezia, Priolo and Lucca.
Gianolla is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at San Martino.

Fila San Martino Di Lupari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angela Gianolla
Monica Tonello

Forwards:
Megan Mahoney
Sabina Oroszova

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  NIGERIA  


Sunshine Angels ready to shine in Ibadan - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Following what can be described as a performance bellow expectation by the ondo state basketball female team sunshine angels in the 3rd phase of the Nigeria women basketball league in Asaba Delta state, the team have put behind them the defeat focusing on the final phase.

The team which finished third in the first and second phase in Abuja and in Kaduna was unable to repeat same fit in Asaba as it finished among the bottom teams.

Reacting to the performance of the team in Asaba,chairman ondo state basketball association Mr Segun IKUESAN said several factors was responsible for the teams poor outing despite the hard work being put in place by the coaching crew which include coach sola aluko and Fisayo Bello.

Some of the challenges identify by the sports administrator includes non payment of match bonuses,poor feeding among others.

Meanwhile the team have shelved aside the poor outing and are ready to shine in Ibadan to get one of the eight slot for the final phase.

Part of the steps taking to prevent reoccurrence and prepare for the challenges ahead include giving more serious attention to the welfare of the players and coaches for a better outing.

Mr IKUESAN however appealed to stakeholders, philanthropist to support sports on Ondo State.

The 4th phase of the Zenith Bank Women's Premier League shifts to Ibadan,and will run from July 6 to 16 inside the Indoor Hall of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba.

Isaac Afolabi
Media Officer
Ondo state basketball association



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  PARAGUAY  


Olimpia edge Sol de America to remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia edged Sol de America to remain undefeated in the Second Stage of the Metropolitano Femenino de Basquetbol. They posted a 78-70 win to grab a 3-0 record on top. Claudia Aponte was the key player for the winners.
In another game Libertad overcame Felix Perez Cardozo 70-61. Libertad improved to a 1-2 record, while Felix Perez CArdozo fell at 0-3.



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  RWANDA  


APR women look to end successful season with playoffs title - by Eurobasket News

After sweeping three out of the five titles that were up for grabs during the 2016/17 season, women basketball league champions APR are keen to end their season on a high with the playoffs title. The women semi-final playoffs get underway today with all the game-one fixtures scheduled to be hosted at Amahoro indoor stadium where APR will lock horns with The Hoops Rwanda that finished fourth in the best-of-three encounter. Last week, APR won the league after finishing on top with 15 points, while IPRC-South came in second place with 12 points. Former champions Ubumwe finished third (also with 12 points) with The Hoops completing the top four with 12 points. This was their third title this season after winning a double of the Genocide memorial tourney (both local and regional editions), and, according to head coach Charles Mbazumutimana, they need to complete the season with another silverware. 'We have had a good season which can be attributed to the efforts we put in reinforcing the team for the past two seasons, our aim is to perform well at the forthcoming Zone V club championships and we believe that winning the playoffs title would give us good motivation ahead of the event,' said Mbazumutima. APR missed out on the pre-season tourney that was won by IPRC-South and the Heroes' day tourney which Ubumwe won. Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, IPRC-South will today take on Ubumwe with game-two and game-three fixtures slated for Sunday and Monday.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Argentina and Colombia to play for title in Sucre - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Argentina - Venezuela 95-61
Argentina topped Venezuela to secure the championship game birth. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) dropped 20 points to lead the effort. Argentina ensured a 31:21 halftime advantage. Venezuela pulled within 9 points at the final intermission. However Argentina banked in 43 points in the fourth period to ice the win. Camila Suarez (PG) had 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) responded with 23 points for Venezuela.

Colombia - Chile 75-36
Colombia coasted past Chile to advance into the title game in Sucre. Sara Pardo (169-SF-00) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. Colombia limited their opponents to just 8 points in the first half to open a comfortable 47:8 halftime lead. They followed with a 17:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Naylee Cortes (174-PF-03) accounted for 10 points for the winning side. Jovanka Ljubetic (170-PG-00) answered with 10 points for Chile.




Argentina celebrate title in Sucre - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Colombia - Argentina 55-71
Argentina marched past Colombia to clinch the Gold medals in Sucre. Florencia Chagas (174-G-01) posted 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the champions. Argentina secured a 31:25 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 15-point mark heading into the fourth period. Argentina limited their opponents to just 12 points in the final quarter and rallied to the triumph. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) dropped 22 points for the winners. Maria Zamora (170-SF-00) responded with 18 points for Colombia.
3-4 Place
Chile - Venezuela 69-64
Chile stepped onto the pedestal in Sucre. They overcame Venezuela in the Bronze medals game. Gallardo Ana (163-PG-00) posted 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Chile dominated in the first half. They accumulated a 37:23 halftime lead. Venezuela sank 24 points in the fourth term to cut the deficit but could not avoid the loss. Priscila Godoy (169-PG-00) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Odeth Betancourt (183-C-00) responded with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Venezuela.

5-6 Place
Ecuador - Peru 85-40
Ecuador finished fifth at the championship. They coasted past Peru on the final day of action. Vanessa Ochoa (167-PG-01) stepped up with 13 points to lead the charge. Ecuador piled up a 38:23 halftime lead. They followed with a 47:17 run in the second half to seal a comfortable win. Lory Lugo (183-F/C-00) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Veronica Escudero (173-SF-01) responded with 14 points for Peru.

7-8 Place
Bolivia - Uruguay 61-59
Bolivia finally secured the first victory at the home championship. They nipped Uruguay to occupy the seventh position at the tournament. Noelia Tapia (157-SG-01) recorded 15 points to pace the hosts. Bolivia grabbed a 29:19 halftime advantage. Uruguay narrowed the gap in the second half but came up short of victory at the end. Liz Carrasco (168-PF-00) tossed in 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Aldana Gayoso (168-PG-00) responded with 24 points for Uruguay.



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Malpartida re-signs at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) confirmed in their roster 19-year old Maria Malpartida (98). She played there last season. In 29 LF2 games she had 3.6ppg.
Malpartida helped her team to make it to the LF2 Final in 2017.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Paula Palomares
Sheila Mangada
Aitana Cuevas
Lucia Togores
Maria Malpartida

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Cecilia Aldecoa agreed terms with Picken Claret - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) inked Cecilia Aldecoa from CD Ponce Valladolid. Aldecoa has played there for the last four years. In 26 LF2 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season.
She helped her team to make it to the U19 Championships Final in 2014.

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Gloria Argente
Cecilia Aldecoa
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez
Noelia Masia

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GDKO Bizkaia tabs Maria Barneda - by Eurobasket News

GDKO Bizkaia Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2) inked 19-year old forward Maria Barneda (177-98). She played most recently at Campus Promete in the LFB. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in two games she averaged just 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg last season. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Barneda played at Segle XXI Bercelona. In 24 LF2 games she had 7.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg.

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Picken Claret keeps Rabassa for another season - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) re-signed 23-year old forward Marta Rabassa (178-94). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 9.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg last season.

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Gloria Argente
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez

Center:
Noelia Masia

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Hatay tabs Merve Aydin - by Eurobasket News

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) inked 23-year old former international point guard Merve Aydin (178-94) from Girne Universitesi. In 24 KBSL games she recorded 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Aydin won Turkish TKB2L championship title in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team award back in 2012.
Aydin was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She played for Turkish Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Aydin represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg.
Aydin has played previously for three other teams: Mersin BSB, Istanbul Uni and Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D..

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Merve Aydin
Hind Ben_Abdelkader

Forward:
Bahar Ozturk

Centers:
Viktoria Mircheva
Hulya Coklar

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Hatay tabs Seda Deniz - by Eurobasket News

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) inked 20-year old point guard Seda Deniz (172-97). She has played for the last three years at Galatasaray in the KBSL. But in 5 Eurocup games she averaged just 1.8ppg last season.
Deniz represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 for Women in Matosinhos (Portugal) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg.

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Merve Aydin
Hind Ben_Abdelkader
Seda Deniz

Forward:
Bahar Ozturk

Centers:
Viktoria Mircheva
Hulya Coklar

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Pressley comes back to Sevenoaks Suns - by Eurobasket News

Sevenoaks Suns (WBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of former British international forward Chantelle Pressley (185, college: E.Illinois). It is actually her comeback to Suns as she has played here before. Pressley played most recently at SBS Ostrava in ZBL league in Czech Republic.
The most of previous (2015-16) season she spent at SV Halle Lions in German DBBL where in 13 games she recorded 4.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg. Pressley also played that season for Suns. In 6 games she averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg.
Among other achievements Pressley played in the final of English WBBL in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 2nd Team award in 2015. Pressley was a member of British Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015.
She has played previously professionally in France (Thouars) and United Kingdom (Nottingham Wildcats).
Pressley graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

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One win and one loss for Ireland U17 vs Wales U23 - by Eurobasket News

The Ireland Under 17 women's team travelled to Cardiff this weekend to play a two-game international friendly series against the Wales Under 23 team. Head Coach, Pat O'Neill , lined out two squads against the Welsh side and finished the weekend with one win and one loss.
Wales U23 vs Ireland U17 39-44
Ireland Under 17 Women's team (Squad 2) secured a fantastic five-point win over Wales U23 squad this afternoon to finish the friendly series on one win apiece. This match was a defensive affair with low scoring in each of the quarters. However, it still provided some thrilling basketball. The game started with both teams playing a tight man defence and Ireland shaded it, leading 11-8 at the end of the first. The second quarter was back and forth with all twelve players seeing the court, and Ireland held on to a slim one point lead at the half 20-19. Ireland started the third with a zone press and Wales struggled to get the ball over the half. Pushing the lead out to 5 points having forced turnovers and converted, Ireland worked hard to ensure Wales didn't get back into game. The fourth see-sawed with Ireland ensuring that they kept playing with intensity and hitting shots when they needed to. The travelling supporters were vocal and sensing Ireland were edging the win, provided a home atmosphere to finish the game, with Ireland up by five - 44-39. Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill said: "It has been a great series with two very close games. Today we saw a reverse of yesterday's result which was deserved. It was wonderful to see so many new internationals get on court and contribute. We have a lot to work on, but these games have served to provide a baseline and I feel the players have showed how far hard work and determination can take them. Now we need to take the lessons and work to address these. Next up will be Great Britain U16s in Dublin next Saturday, they are in the final stages of selection and will provide a very stern test - but we are looking forward to the challenge. "

Wales U23 vs Ireland U17 61-57
After travelling to Cardiff today, the Ireland U17 Women's first squad lost a very close game to the Welsh U23's.
A nervous start from both sides saw Ireland settle quicker towards the end of the first quarter and go five up. The second quarter was very similar and again a strong finish utilising a full court press and forcing turnovers ensured that five point lead was maintained. It was 37 - 32 to Ireland at the half. The third was a different affair with Wales raising their intensity and Ireland showing their youth at times. Going into the fourth Ireland were down two. Wales kept up the pressure and the strength and fitness levels were a telling factor. Down eight with three minutes to go, a surge from the Irish ensured an exciting finish. It was down to three at one point but Wales held on for a four point win. It finished 61-57 to Wales. Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill stated: "While I am disappointed with a loss, there were so many positives to take from the game. We knew coming that the Welsh were experienced having had games against Scotland earlier in the year and that their size and strength would provide a great test for our ladies. Tomorrow we get a chance for twelve more players to experience international competition and we are looking to reverse the result. "
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



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  WNBA  


Fever fall at home to Sun, 91-85 - by Eurobasket News

Jonquel Jones (6'6''-C-94, college: G.Washington) scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Duke) added 22 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 91-85 win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday. Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 47.3 seconds left to put the Sun up 88-85 and the Fever missed three shots on their next possession. Indiana had to foul twice before Jones went to the free throw line with 11.4 seconds to go. She made the second free to make it a two possession game. Indiana (7-8), which made the first basket of the game, took its second lead on a pair of Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) free throws that made it 81-80 with 2:48 to play. Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) had 22 points for the Fever and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple, agency: ProDep Management) had 14 with 11 rebounds.
Courtesy of: kokomotribune.com