EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/1/2017 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA  



Illinois Bulldogs added to ABA line-up - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Illinois Bulldogs (playing in SW Chicago) have been added to the growing number of teams scheduled to begin play in November. "We are very pleased to have Rodney Williams as part of the ABA," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "Rod is another former ABA player who has made the transition from the court to ownership..and we anticipate a great operation on and off the court." Located in Chicago, IL, Rodney is also CEO and Head Coach for the Ch-Town Bulldogs Small Fry Basketball organization which is a not-for-profit organization geared towards building fundamentals in basketball and life skills for the inner city youth of Chicago.
"My goal with our ABA team is to insure that each player exceeds the level of the ABA and makes something of his dream to play pro basketball," added Williams. "While it has always been my dream to play professionally, owning and operating a team is more of a satisfaction. There is no bettr feeling then knowing your organization is the reason so many players will excel in their profession."
The team has scheduled its first tryouts for Sunday, August 6th from 330-6 at the Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60655. For more information, contact Coach Mook at 312 885 8922 or email chitownbulldogs606@gmail.com, or visit www.chi-townbulldogs.com or www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


FMP brings in Djumic and Pot - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

FMP got stronger at both frontcourt and backcourt. The club from Belgrade has signed with center Bozo Djumic (208-C/F-92, agency: AproK Sports Group) and point guard Stefan Pot (196-G-94).

Bozo Djumic arrives to Belgrade from Tuzla. There he spent the last season playing in Bosnian National Championship for OKK Sloboda Tuzla, averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and an assist per game. He also played for KK Vojvodina Novi Sad, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac and BC Partizan NiS Beograd in the past.

Stefan Pot arrives to FMP from BC Partizan NiS Beograd. There he played the ABA League last season. He averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in the black and white jersey.



Baker's pro career starts at BC Partizan NiS Beograd - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed American point guard Ian Baker (183-82kg). He just graduated from New Mexico State University (NCAA). Baker has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Baker helped them to win WAC Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-WAC Player of the Year, All-WAC All-Tournament MVP and selected to All-WAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Baker is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen

Center:
Obrad Tomic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Serbia



Buducnost inks Kyle Landry - by Darko Pekic

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 31-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona). He has played for the last six seasons at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. Landry contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. Landry was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. Landry's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic
Kyle Gibson

Forwards:
Danilo Nikolic
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Kyle Landry

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Montenegro



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  ANGOLA  


Tall Blacks tip Angola over - by Eurobasket News

The New Zealand men's basketball team has beaten previously unbeaten Angola 72-64 at a tournament in China. The Tall Blacks victory at the Kunshan International Basketball Championships comes after earlier losses to hosts China and to Lithuania. Coach Paul Henare said the start to the game against the experienced Angolan team was crucial. "We got off to a really good start. Angola seemed to be lacking a bit of energy and urgency early and we did a good job of capitalizing on that," said Henare. "Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) came off the bench and got the scoreboard ticking over, but getting off to a good start was huge for us and for our confidence." Raukawa posted eight quick points in the first half and with centre Sam Timmins (211-C-97) chiming in with six points and three boards and the team shooting four of 13 from deep, the Tall Blacks were perhaps more comfortable than the 34-29 halftime score suggested. Henare said the win was very satisfying. "I am extremely happy and proud of the boys to beat Angola, this is their full-strength team and they have some serious talent and unbelievable experience with five or six guys that have been to multiple world championships and probably Olympics as well." "For our young group to perform against a side like that was very impressive." The Tall Blacks now travel to Chengdu for a further tournament, playing Lithuania, Angola and China Red in their final games before the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, from August 8th.
Courtesy of: radionz.co.nz




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  ARGENTINA  


Union de Santa Fe keeps Borsatti for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union de Santa Fe (TNA) re-signed 20-year old swingman Matias Borsatti (191-97). He played there last season. In 44 TNA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.4rpg. Borsatti helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sionista (LigaA). But in only one game he had just 1 point, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Borsatti represented Argentina at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Union de Santa Fe keeps Isola for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union de Santa Fe (TNA) re-signed experienced 34-year old power forward Miguel Isola (197-83). He played there last season. In 45 TNA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. Isola helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at San Isidro where in 39 TNA games he had 9.8ppg and 4.5rpg.
Isola has played previously professionally also in Paraguay (San Jose) and Argentina (Union De Sunchales, Union de Sunchales, San Martin Corrientes and Sarmiento-Casinos Gala Resistencia Chaco).
He is described as: A tough player, who is undersized to play inside but knows how to bang taller opponents and grab rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Estudiantes Olavarria signs Patricio Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) signed 33-year old naturalized Italian swingman Patricio Rodriguez (193-84). He played this summer at CAN Oruro in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Rodriguez played at Lanus (TFB).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Argentinian TNA North Regular Season in 2013. Rodriguez was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 2nd Team back in 2012.
He was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team in 2003.
Rodriguez has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Scafati, Roseto and Sutor Montegranaro) and Argentina (Obras Basket, Boca Juniors, Ben Hur, Ciclista and Sionista).

Estudiantes Olavarria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luciano Tantos
Alejo Montes_Cardozo
Andres Lugli
Agustin Brocal

Forwards:
Santiago Arese
Patricio Rodriguez

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Estudiantes Olavarria keeps Brocal for another season - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) re-signed 20-year old shooting guard Agustin Brocal (190-97). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 47 TNA games he averaged 5.2ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Brocal helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.

Estudiantes Olavarria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luciano Tantos
Alejo Montes_Cardozo
Andres Lugli
Agustin Brocal

Forward:
Santiago Arese

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Redhage's 37-point game gives him State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

36-year old forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Perth R. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 37 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Perth R. in his team's victory, helping them to beat East Perth E. (#11, 8-18) 116-107. Perth R. is placed at 4th position in their group in Australian State League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Perth R. will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Redhage had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Perth R.'s top player in his first season with the team. Arizona State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Redhage is in league's top in points (3rd best: 27.6ppg) and averages solid 60.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tanner McGrew (203-F-93, agency: Duran International) of SW Metro P.. He is American forward in his first season at SW Metro P.. In the last game McGrew recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led SW Metro P. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Toowoomba M. (#14, 1-15) 116-82. SW Metro P.'s 6th position in QBL has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. McGrew is a newcomer at SW Metro P. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jerry Evans (203-F-90) of Sandringham S. (#4). Evans got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds and five assists. Despite Evans' great performance Sandringham S. lost 83-98 to #2 ranked Hobart C.. 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 chances of Sandringham S. ranking at the top of SEABL, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Evans could help Sandringham S. to bring them higher in the standings. Evans has a very solid season. In 17 games in Australia he scored 19.9ppg. He also has 8.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Simon Conn (206-F/C-83) of Nunawading S. - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kevin Davis (206-C-91) of East Perth E. - 35 points and 11 rebounds
6. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Perth R. - 36 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jeremiah Ingram (201-F-93) of NW Tasmania - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Cedar (190-G/F-86) of Logan T. - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of McKinnon C. - 34 points and 12 rebounds
10. Kyle Harvey (196-F-91) of Ipswich F. - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  AUSTRIA  


Coach Ante Perica (ex Kormend) signs at Klosterneuburg - by Eurobasket News

BK Klosterneuburg Dukes (A Bundesliga) landed Croatian coach Ante Perica. The last time (14-15) he coached at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division.
Among other achievements Perica's team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was selected to Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2008.
Perica is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia (KK Split) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



Thomas Schreiner joins Burgos - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Austrian point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-88kg-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from MoraBanc Andorra. Schreiner has played there for the last five years. In 35 Liga Endesa games in Spain he had 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014. Schreiner was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
He represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Schreiner has played also professionally for other Austrian teams like UBC St. Polten, Furstenfeld Panthers and Kapfenberg Bulls.
On Schreiner: Really good pointguard .
Good courtvision, great understanding of the game and can lead a team !!
But can also play the 2 positon, because of his good shooting.
He is the starting five PG of the Austrian National Team with over 50 National Team Games.
This season he is leading the Austrian League in Steals and in the Assist/Turnover Ratio.
His style of playing Basketball is perfect for Teams in a League where they like to play structured and smart Basketball
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By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



Valladolid signs Maximilian Hopfgartner - by Eurobasket News

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (LEB Gold) signed 25-year old Austrian international forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, college: John Brown, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Navarra in the LEB Silver. In 33 games he had 10.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Hopfgartner played at Xuven Cambados (also in LEB Silver). In 26 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 4.2rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Hopfgartner's team won SAC Regular Season in 2013.
He has been also a member of Austrian international program for some years. Hopfgartner has regularly played for Austrian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
He represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg.
Hopfgartner graduated from John Brown University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oscar Alvarado
Greg Gantt
Henri Wade-Chatman

Forwards:
Maximilian Hopfgartner
Rowell Graham
Daniel Astilleros

Center:
Sergio De_La_Fuente

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


KB Bashkimi to participate in the 10th anniversary season of BIBL - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi will continue to be apart of SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League in 2017/2018. The 10th anniversary season of BIBL will be the Kosovo′s club third participation as on Friday the Kosovo Basketball Federation officially asked to register the club for the upcoming season. KB Bashkimi played in season 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 and most of the games the gym in Prizren was full. The SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League management has been enjoying a good cooperation with the team management, the President of the club Mr. Shaqir Totaj promised that the club and the team will continue on the same note - with good cooperation and good level of basketball. Last season in the Kosovo league KB Bashkimi played in the final games against SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League 2015/2016 champion KB Sigal Prishtina and finished as a runner-up.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Siauliai signs Laurynas Birutis - by Eurobasket News

BC Siauliai (LKL) signed 20-year old international power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-110kg-97) from Vytautas. In 8 LKL games he had 6.9ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Birutis also played that season for Zalgiris where in 45 LKL games he recorded very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Center of the Year and named to 1st Team.
Birutis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Birutis represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-5 (17.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP-2 (67.6%), FT: 69.7%.
Birutis has played previously for two other teams: Lietuvos rytas and Citus.

BC Siauliai roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Evaldas Saulys

Forward:
Ignas Vaitkus

Centers:
Arminas Urbutis
Laurynas Birutis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Jarrod Jones (ex Guizhou) joins Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) agreed terms with 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Jones played this summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. The last season he played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played also professionally in France (JA Vichy), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba, Szolnok and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Scott Wood
Metin Turen
Dustin Hogue

Centers:
Jarrod Jones
Egemen Guven
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  BELGIUM  


Morges-Saint-Prex inks Julien Rahier - by Luca Maffioli

Morges-Saint-Prex BBC (LNB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Belgian guard Julien Rahier (193-83) from BBC Nyon. In 6 LNB games in Switzerland he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Rahier played at BBC Lausanne where in 12 LNB games he recorded also remarkable stats: 22.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg. He helped them to win the LNB title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Bosman Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to Honorable Mention.
Rahier is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Holland, Italy, Romania and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi, Oostende, VOO Verviers Pepinster and Huy) and Switzerland (Starwings and SAV Vacallo).
Rahier could be described: He is known for his great work-ethic and physical strength. He plays with a lot of faith and authority and works very hard in defense. Has good lateral speed and quickness and is a nice athlete who penetrates well to the basket. Can play both forward positions but is most comfortable at the 2-position. He is a good ballhandler who likes to take his opponent in one-on-one situations to the basket. Decent outside shooter who improved his range and arch on his shot dramatically throughout the last couple of years.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Switzerland



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  BRAZIL  


Vinicius is back at Blumenau - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Blumenau/APAB (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with 27-year old point guard Gobor Vinicius (185-90). It is actually his comeback to Blumenau as he has played here before. Vinicius has played for the last two seasons at Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB). In 28 games he had 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Liga Ouro will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Vinicius played also at Caxias do Sul (also in NBB) where in 32 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Vinicius' team won Brazilian Supercup in 2012.
He was a member of Brazilian U19 National Team in 2009.
Vinicius has played previously for five other teams: Paulistano, Rio Claro, Mogi, Jacarei and Basquete CEUB.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Brazil



Vitoria signs Maique Tavares - by Paulo Freire

Universo/Vitoria Salvador (NBB) signed 24-year old center Maique Tavares (210-93). He played this summer at Automovel C.F. - Campos Dos Goytacazes in the Carioca. The last season Tavares played at Liga Sorocaba where in 28 NBB games he had 3.6ppg and 3.0rpg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Vivo/Franca, Osasco Basquete and Macae.

Universo/Vitoria Salvador roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andre Bresolin
Nick Okorie
Kenny Dawkins
Joao Borrego

Forwards:
Arthur Silva
Edu de_Oliveira
Matthew Shaw
Renato Scholz

Centers:
Murilo Becker
Douglas Kurtz
Maique Tavares

Coach: Regis Marrelli

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Brazil



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Hatchett, Victor & King top picks in Hon Fraser B'Ball 2017 Draft - by David Edole

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI -The participating teams in the 2017 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League made their selections from the Draft Picks last night, Monday July 31, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre Conference Room in Duff's Bottom.
The Teams had already met to determine which team would get what number pick via drawn number raffle, with the reigning Champions, the Splash Brothers allowed to keep Steve E. Parillon, giving the Warrias first choice and Team Representative, Angel Baronville had no hesitation in snapping up the big man Juan R. Hatchett.
Ray D. Victor, formerly of West Gunners, went to Pure Playaz as the number 2 pick and Young Empire, who are a group of young players needing a shining light to assist them on court, chose Cedric D. King.
The Bayside Blazers managed to have Killven M. Samuel available for their turn and duly snapped up the free scoring player to bolster their squad and Da 3rdwere able to choose Phillip E. Glasgow, a true leader on court.
JoVaughn N. Cameron joined Momentum and the Knights selected Sean "Chino" Woods whilst Travis A. 'Chucky' Isaac went to Next.
We Dem Boyz yet to pick
We Dem Boyz is yet to make a final decision and have a choice of Nathaniel J. Malone and Kameron G. Young.
The organising Committee will then decide who, if anyone, would be allowed to have the remaining Draft Pick Player, based on needs and Teams still have the opportunity to trade amongst themselves, whilst Rosters must be fixed two weeks into the competition.
A Draft Pick player is now regarded as purely a team member, so if they decide not to play during the season, they will be treated as such and only in exceptional circumstances would the team involved be able to replace them, once the final rosters are submitted, according to League Chairperson Kharid T. Fraser.
Action gets underway on August 19, 2017 at the Save the Seed Gym, with the schedule to be announced shortly.
At the opening ceremony on August 19, current Champion team Splash Brothers will be awarded rings.



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  BULGARIA  


Kalev/Cramo keeps Simmons for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Alexela KML) re-signed 31-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-107kg-86, college: North Carolina State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Simmons played there last season. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Alexela KML games he averaged 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. Simmons helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team. Simmons also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 10.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Simmons contributed to 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. Simmons also spent pre-season at Buducnost (Erste Liga) in Montenegrin league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Simmons attended North Carolina State and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Simmons has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Olympiacos and Kavala), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and Real Betis), Turkey (Gaziantep), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Tremendous shot blocker due to his huge wingspan (7'4") and quick leaping ability ... Disruptive and active defensively ... Has the size to play center and power forward on the next level ... Uses back to the basket post moves and is showing great progress in his ability to score posting up ... Has developed an effective jump hook ... Displays solid toughness inside. Does not shy away from contact ... Plays hard, good energy ...
Lacks great range and a consistent jump shot from any distance ... Offensive game is still a work in progress ... Shows excellent flashes, but lacks any real go-to moves
.

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Branko Mirkovic

Forwards:
Gregor Arbet
Cedric Simmons
Erik Keedus
Bojan Subotic
Janari Joesaar

Center:
Thomas van_der_Mars

Coach: Alar Varrak

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Estonia



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  CANADA  


PAOK Thessaloniki lands Owen Klassen - by Chris Mammides

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) tabbed 26-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Owen Klassen (208-117kg-91, college: Acadia). He played most recently at Buducnost in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Klassen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In only one Eurocup game he had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg. The other team Klassen played that season for was Phoenix Hagen in German BBL. In 9 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. His team won Montenegrin Cup.
Among other achievements Klassen received All-AUS Player of the Year award and All-AUS Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Klassen also represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals.
Klassen has played also professionally in FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje).
He attended Acadia University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Ousman Krubally
Kevin Dillard
Owen Klassen
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis
Rafail Papaioannou
Dimitris Karamanolis

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Buducnost inks Kyle Landry - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 31-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona). He has played for the last six seasons at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. Landry contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. Landry was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. Landry's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic
Kyle Gibson

Forwards:
Danilo Nikolic
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Kyle Landry

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHAD  


Edmond Koyanouba joins OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto - by Eurobasket News

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) agreed terms with 22-year old Chadian international center Edmond Koyanouba (207-95) from CB Andujar Jean Paraiso Interi. In 19 EBA games in Spain he had 11.4ppg and 7.8rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Koyanouba spent at Myrtia where in 16 EBA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Koyanouba also played that season for Marin Ence PeixeGalego (LEB Silver). But in 9 games he averaged just 0.6ppg and 1.4rpg. Koyanouba was called to Chadian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for three other teams: Ferrol, Blancos de Rueda and Fundacion Baloncesto Valladolid.

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Miguel Ortega

Forwards:
Alejandro Valor
Fernando Devos

Center:
Edmond Koyanouba

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Sebastian Munoz claims Chilean Libcentro Pro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Sebastian Munoz (90) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Liceo Curico and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Liceo Curico in his team's victory, helping them to beat Arturo Prat (#4, 7-7) 80-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Liceo Curico to consolidate first place in the Chilean Libcentro Pro. Liceo Curico have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Munoz had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Liceo Curico and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sebastian Munoz averages this season 6.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Matias Lubiano (99) of Sportiva Italiana. Lubiano impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Sportiva Italiana lost that game 75-81 to slightly lower-ranked Stadio Italiano (#5, 6-8). This loss caused Sportiva Italiana to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Lubiano is well-known by Sportiva Italiana fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Boris Guerra (87) of Arturo Prat (#4). Guerra scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Guerra's great performance Arturo Prat lost 73-80 to #1 ranked Liceo Curico. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Arturo Prat needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Guerra has a great season in Chile. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergio Chialva (C) of Liceo Curico - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Antonio Pinedo (195-F-94) of Puente Alto - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Goran Vukasovic (94) of Stadio Italiano - 27 points and 3 rebounds
7. Marko Castro (192-F-88) of Aleman - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Juan Martin Cardenas (91) of Stadio Italiano - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) of Puente Alto - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  CHINA  


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

25-year old forward MingHao Li (200-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Guizhou and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 54 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Jiangsu L. (#13, 1-15) with 30-point margin 141-111. Guizhou is placed at 3rd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guizhou will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Li had a remarkable 73.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Guizhou, through which he has constantly improved. MingHao Li averages this season 19.6ppg and 8.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing. He is American center in his first season at Beijing. In the last game Holyfield recorded impressive double-double of 40 points and 27 rebounds. Of course he led Beijing to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Fujian (#10, 7-9) 121-101. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Beijing keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Holyfield is a newcomer at Beijing and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of league's leader Henan. Akognon got into 30-points club by scoring 50 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Henan, leading his team to a 125-116 win against the lower-ranked Hebei X. (#12, 5-11). Henan confirms their top position in the standings. Akognon has a great season in China. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 39.1ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.8apg (9th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Hunan - 56 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Henan - 37 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi - 40 points and 16 rebounds
7. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W. - 36 points and 19 rebounds
8. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 33 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Chongqing - 35 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



China crushes Lithuania in 2017 men's International Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

In their last match at 2017 Men's International Basketball Championship, team Blue of the Chinese men's national squad defeated Lithuania 80-54 to finish second in their last warm-ups before the Asian Cup here on Monday. Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) proved his ability as a guard with a game-high 26 points and six steals and only one turnover. Jinqiu Hu (208-C-97) and Gu QuAn (202-F-92) respectively scored 13 and 11 points, the former also contributed eight rebounds and three blocks. Guo's first of his four three-pointers tonight helped team China finish the first quarter 13-10 after the 4-4 tie at the start of the game. The hosts stormed 17-0 in the second quarter to build a 20-point lead. Lithuania managed to cut the deficit down to 15 points before the interval. Jinqiu Hu dominated in the paint with consecutive rebounds and blocks in the second half. Guo's nine points in the third quarter help China lead by 60-35 before the last period to secure their victory early. "The team kept high intensity defense during the match, hope they can bring that attitude to the Asian Cup," said team China's coach Du Feng . China overwhelms New Zealand but lost to Angola before tonight's match, finishing second in Kunshan. They will return to Beijing for a short rest before.
Courtesy of: china.org.cn



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  COLOMBIA  


The Colombian Professional League finals on the edge one more time - by Victor Garcia

Academia de la Montana won the game 3 of the semifinal against Cimarrones to win the playoff 2-1, but, according Cimarrones team, Academia did not had two foreigners on the roster for the game, the Professional League rules says that a team can have 3 imports and at least 2 of them per game, the team that not show at least two imports will lost the game, Cimarrones sued the game and the competition authority found the reason in the claim and gave the win to Cimarrones.

The story began with the Canadian player Tyler Murray (195-PG-90, college: Wagner) leaving the city without notice to his hometown in Toronto leaving the team in a difficult situation few hours before a very important game, Murray was under contract with the team, Academia coach Hernan Giraldo said : 'Murray just took a fly to his country without say anything, did not say goodbye or thanks, he did not call the organization neither his agent Hernan Olaya to inform his departure, we are going to sue him in Fiba'.

Academia's appeal to the courts decision, says that they include Gary Diaz as second foreigner for the game, but the player having dual citizenship, American and Colombian, was presented and played as a Colombian player from the begin of the competition, so change the nationality of a player during the same tournament is at least unorthodox, Diaz also played the Americas League as colombian.

The appeal is actually on the Professional Basketball Division and Colombian Basketball Federation hands, Academia asked for a delay in the finals while a final decision is made, but it means higher expenses for the teams and is a deep wound on the Colombian Professional Basketball.

Beyond the decision that the authorities will take, the survival of the Professional Division is not clear



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  CROATIA  


Cedevita tabs Andrija Stipanovic - by Zeljko Zule

Another day, another addition for Cedevita. The club's latest signing is Bosnian national team member Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86), who returns to Croatia after eight years away.
Stipanovic arrives from Turkish side Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket, where he averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 14 FIBA Europe Cup games and 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks in 30 Turkish league games last season.
In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2008-09 with Split, Stipanovic averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14 games and 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 25 Adriatic League games.
He has already played for Hermes Analitica, in Croatia, Liege Basket and Oostende in Belgium, Caserta and Cremona in Italy and Trabzonspor in Turkey.



Coach Ante Perica (ex Kormend) signs at Klosterneuburg - by Eurobasket News

BK Klosterneuburg Dukes (A Bundesliga) landed Croatian coach Ante Perica. The last time (14-15) he coached at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division.
Among other achievements Perica's team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was selected to Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2008.
Perica is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia (KK Split) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


J.Hradec inks Danny Lawhorn, ex Arcense - by Eurobasket News

BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) agreed terms with American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183-75kg, college: Midwestern State). He played this summer at Arcense in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left the team in April. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 31.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 6.6apg and 3.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lawhorn was voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Salvadorean teams like Sonzacate, Halcones and Cojute.
Lawhorn graduated from Midwestern State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Czech national team waits for big man - by Koen Verbelen

Czech basketball national team would like to finalize their roster one month before EuroBasket starts. Coach Ronen Ginzburg (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ) waits for big man Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe) 217 cm tall center confirmes, he wants to be part of the team on EuroBasket 2017.

Czech team waits now for the confirmation from Balvin's new team. Balvin moved from Estudiantes Madrid to Herbalife Gran Canaria for the next season. Balvin spent last weeks in the USA, where he worked on his condition.



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  DR CONGO  


Fabriano signs Joseph Vita Sadi - by Eurobasket News

Janus Basket Fabriano (Serie B) signed 20-year old Congolese forward Joseph Vita Sadi (198-97). He played last season at Termoforgia Aurora Jesi in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he had just 0.3ppg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ECUADOR  


Javinger Vargas claims Ecuadorian National League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Venezuelan Javinger Vargas (202-C-90) had a great game in the last round for Leones and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Leones in his team's victory, helping them to beat Barcelona (2-2) 78-70. Leones is placed at 5th position in Ecuadorian National League. Leones 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 2-2 record. In the team's last game Vargas had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leones' top player in his first season with the team. Vargas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 70.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Willie Clayton (203-F-92) of Piratas. Clayton impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Piratas lost that game 80-88 to slightly higher-ranked Portviejo (#2, 3-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Piratas still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Clayton is a newcomer at Piratas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#9). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Adriano Barredas (92) of second-ranked Portviejo. Barredas scored 25 points. He was a key player of Portviejo, leading his team to a 88-80 win against #4 ranked Piratas. Portviejo needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Barredas has a great season in Ecuador. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.8ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Arboleda (190-G-95) of Portviejo - 29 points and 3 rebounds
5. Corbin Jackson (203-F-92) of Leones - 17 points and 4 rebounds
6. Carlos Carcelen (202-C-81) of Iccan - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Omar Alvarado (180-PG-83) of Barcelona - 22 points and 3 assists
8. Eduard Caicedo (196-C-90) of Iccan - 16 points and 4 rebounds
9. Alfredo Salgado (95) of Piratas - 23 points
10. Jose Acosta (185-PG-92) of Leones - 12 points and 8 assists

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



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  EL SALVADOR  


J.Hradec inks Danny Lawhorn, ex Arcense - by Eurobasket News

BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) agreed terms with American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183-75kg, college: Midwestern State). He played this summer at Arcense in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left the team in April. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 31.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 6.6apg and 3.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lawhorn was voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Salvadorean teams like Sonzacate, Halcones and Cojute.
Lawhorn graduated from Midwestern State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Salvadorean Liga MB round 5 best performance: Eddie Ishman - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Canarios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 20 rebounds, while his team outclassed Arcense (#10, 1-3) with 48-point margin 132-84. Canarios is placed at 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Canarios 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 2-2 record. In the team's last game Ishman had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Canarios' top player in his first season with the team. Former Miles College star has very solid stats this year. Ishman is in league's top in points (5th best: 27.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 18.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg,2.8spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Canarios' star - 28-year old American David Lawson (185-PG-89). Lawson had a very good evening with 43 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course together with Ishman he helped Canarios with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Arcense (#10, 1-3) 132-84. This victory allowed Canarios to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawson is a newcomer at Canarios, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 37.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 7.3apg. Former Reinhardt College star Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Canarios' star - American center Marc Montavious (206-C-90). Montavious scored 24 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Canarios, helping his team with a 132-84 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Arcense (#10, 1-3). Canarios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Montavious has a very solid season. In 4 games in El Salvador he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Haye (188-G-94) of 11 Lobos - 40 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Slim Magee (211-C-89) of Isidro Metapan - 21 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mario Flores (183-G-85) of Halcones - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 39 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Chris King) of Santiagueno - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of El Rapido - 21 points and 15 rebounds
10. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  


Tanel Kurbas (ex Sodertalje) joins Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) agreed terms with 29-year old Estonian international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88). He played last season at Sodertalje Kings in Swedish Basketligan. Kurbas managed to play in three leagues last year. In 44 Basketligan games he had 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Kurbas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 7.6ppg and 1.7rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kurbas played at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 Alexela KML games he got 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg. Kurbas contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention. Kurbas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 6 games in Baltic League where he got 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kurbas won Estonian League championship title in 2009 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Guard of the Year in 2015.
Kurbas has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Kurbas also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 86.7%.
Kurbas has played also professionally for other Estonian teams like Triobet/Dalkia, Kalev/Cramo and Noorteliiga.

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Teo Hojc



Siim-Sander Vene (ex N.Novgorod) signs at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old Estonian international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-95kg-90). He played most recently at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. Vene also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL. In 43 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Vene helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Vene also played 20 games in Euroleague where he got 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Vene has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Vene represented Estonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Vene has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Latvia (VEF Riga) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Vytautas, Zalgiris II Kaunas and Triobet).

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Siim-Sander Vene
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kalev/Cramo keeps Simmons for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Alexela KML) re-signed 31-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-107kg-86, college: North Carolina State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Simmons played there last season. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Alexela KML games he averaged 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. Simmons helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team. Simmons also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 10.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Simmons contributed to 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. Simmons also spent pre-season at Buducnost (Erste Liga) in Montenegrin league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Simmons attended North Carolina State and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Simmons has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Olympiacos and Kavala), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and Real Betis), Turkey (Gaziantep), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Tremendous shot blocker due to his huge wingspan (7'4") and quick leaping ability ... Disruptive and active defensively ... Has the size to play center and power forward on the next level ... Uses back to the basket post moves and is showing great progress in his ability to score posting up ... Has developed an effective jump hook ... Displays solid toughness inside. Does not shy away from contact ... Plays hard, good energy ...
Lacks great range and a consistent jump shot from any distance ... Offensive game is still a work in progress ... Shows excellent flashes, but lacks any real go-to moves
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BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Branko Mirkovic

Forwards:
Gregor Arbet
Cedric Simmons
Erik Keedus
Bojan Subotic
Janari Joesaar

Center:
Thomas van_der_Mars

Coach: Alar Varrak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robert Carter (ex Enel Brindisi) is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Robert Carter (206-114kg-94, college: Maryland). He played last season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Carter was also voted NABC All-District 7 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Carter graduated from University of Maryland in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Good shooting touch from the perimeter and the skill to be able to stretch defenses ... Difficult to guard in the post and keep off of the backboards ... Plays unselfishly and passes the ball well.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Chris Kramer

Forwards:
Robert Carter
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen

Center:
Travis Peterson

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siim-Sander Vene (ex N.Novgorod) signs at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old Estonian international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-95kg-90). He played most recently at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. Vene also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL. In 43 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Vene helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Vene also played 20 games in Euroleague where he got 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Vene has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Vene represented Estonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Vene has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Latvia (VEF Riga) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Vytautas, Zalgiris II Kaunas and Triobet).

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Siim-Sander Vene
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grissin Bon RE lands Garrett Nevels, ex Forca Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) landed 25-year old American guard Garrett Nevels (188-86kg-92, college: Hawaii). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He played most recently at Forca Lleida in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and recorded 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Nevels played at Arcos Albacete Basket (EBA) in Spanish league where in 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 20.5ppg and averaged 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Nevels graduated from University of Hawaii in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unicaja inks Ray McCallum - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 26-year old American point guard Ray McCallum (190-86kg-91, college: Detroit Mercy). He played last season at Grand Rapids Drive (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 42 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 7.0apg and 2.2spg (in top 2).
In 2013 McCallum was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (36th overall). The former University of Detroit Mercy staris in his fifth season in pro basketball. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2017.
McCallum's team was regular season runner-up in Horizon League in 2013.
McCallum represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg.
McCallum has played previously professionally in NBA (Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Reno Bighorns).

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nikola Radicevic (ex Real Betis) is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Spaniard guard Nikola Radicevic (197-94). He played last season at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 28 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg.
Two years ago Radicevic was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team back in 2012.
Radicevic represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 34.3%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.0%.
Radicevic has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Partizan and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team) and Spain (Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team).

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

Forwards:
Milko Bjelica
Marko Keselj
Stefan Jankovic
Ognjen Dobric
Ranko Simovic

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C 1st Team 2017
Papuna Kirtadze
Kirtadze
Georgii Shakhnazarov
Shakhnazarov
Albert Pons
Pons
Nikita Galtsev
Galtsev
Alejandro Garcia
Garcia

Best Player: Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01) of Armenia
Best Guard: Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01) of Armenia
Best Forward: Nikita Galtsev (194-SF-01) of Armenia
Best Center: Alejandro Garcia (198-F/C-01) of Gibraltar

1st Team
PG: Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-01) of Azerbijan
SG: Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01) of Armenia
G: Albert Pons (187-G-01) of Andorra
SF: Nikita Galtsev (194-SF-01) of Armenia
F/C: Alejandro Garcia (198-F/C-01) of Gibraltar

2nd Team
G: Rafael Aradas (188-G-01) of Gibraltar
PG: Sacha Piras (164-PG-01) of Monaco
SF: Jabrayil Akbarov (190-SF-02) of Azerbijan
C: Aleksey Chizhenok (196-C-01) of Armenia
C: Tsotne Nodia (197-C-01) of Azerbijan

Honorable Mention
Jamie Mesilio (169-F-01) of Gibraltar
Sergi Serrato (171-PG-02) of Andorra
Jordan Ratton (196-C-01) of Monaco
Stanislav Cocorev (178-PG-01) of Moldova
Ivan Hmirov (193-F/G-01) of Moldova
Ergys Muhametaj (197-G/F-01) of Albania
Giseld Ndreca (190-SF-01) of Albania
Benjamin Thomas (196-C-01) of Wales
Nathan Xuereb (171-SF-01) of Malta
Tommaso Felici (196-F/C-01) of San Marino



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Recap of Day 3 in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Germany - Russia 69-67 OT
Germany held off Russia in overtime for the first win in Group A. Jonas Mattisseck (193-PG-00) posted 15 points for the winners. Russia secured a 28:24 halftime lead. But Germany picked up the tempo in the second half to force overtime. They sank 12 points in the extra period to seal the win. Badu Buck (196-SG-99) had 11 points in the victory. Alexandr Khomenko (190-G-99, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Russia.

Montenegro - Turkey 74-85
Turkey finished on top of Group A. They rallied past Montenegro for the third straight win. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) produced 27 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Turkey rolled to a 48:38 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Montenegro narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avert the loss. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) produced 20 points for the winners. Nikola Zizic (208-C-00) answered with 12 points for Montenegro.

Group B
Italy - Spain 68-61
Italy rolled past Spain for 2-1 record in Group B. Michele Serpilli (203-PF-99, agency: Players Group) came up with 15 points for the Azzurri. Italy secured a 34:25 halftime lead. Spain cut the distance at 4-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Italy sank 23 points in the fourth term to secure the winning outcome. Guglielmo Caruso (205-PF-99) netted 10 points for the winners. Joel Parra (202-F-00) banked in 14 points for Spain.

Serbia - Ukraine 72-63
Serbia edged Ukraine to clinch the top place in Group B. Aleksa Uskokovic (194-G-99) netted 16 points in the win. Ukraine recorded a 44:32 halftime advantage. But Serbia went on a 20:8 rally in the third term to level things up. Serbia ignited a 20:11 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) tallied 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Yusuf Sanon (190-G-99) notched 22 points for Ukraine.

Group C
Greece - Lithuania 61-81
Lithuania stormed past Greece to finish atop of Group C. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for the Baltic team. Lithuania went on a 23:6 run in the second quarter to secure a 45:31 halftime lead. Lithuania extended the margin at 22-point mark heading into the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Ignas Sargiunas (193-SG-99) netted 16 points for the winners. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) netted 14 points for Greece.

Finland - Slovenia 80-90
Slovenia outgunned Finland to open win count in Slovakia. David Kralj (191-G-99) stepped up with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Slovenia claimed a 44:41 halftime advantage. Slovenia poured in 46 points in the second half to roll to the victory. Matevz Mlakar (203-C/F-99) had 16 points in the win. Andre Gustavson (190-SG-99) delivered 19 points for Finland.

Group D
France - Slovakia 68-54
Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) tallied 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead France past Slovakia in Group D. Slovakia ensured a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. France replied with a 20:11 run in the second quarter to take 35:28 halftime lead. France held the hosts to just 26 points in the second half to rally to the win. Ludovic Beyhurst (173-PG-99) and Joshua Mballa (198-F-99) had 10 points each in the victory. Matej Majercak (183-SG-99) responded with 11 points for Slovakia.

Latvia - Bosnia 79-74
Latvia outgunned Bosnia for the second win in Group D. Francis Gustavs Lacis (200-F-99) provided 18 points in the victory. Bosnia and Latvia were tied at 48 at halftime. Latvia however held Bosnia just to 26 points in the second half and snatched the win. Davids Atelbauers (182-SG-99) had 13 points in the victory. Sani Campara (190-G-99) produced 16 points and 7 assists for Bosnia.




Division B. Day 4 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Sweden - Holland 80-88
Netherlands improved at 3-1 record on top of Group A. They beat Sweden behind 22 points from Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99). Netherlands registered a 38:29 halftime lead. Netherlands unloaded 32 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Calvin Poulina (202-F/C-99) and Boyd Van Der Vuurst (188-PG-99) had 17 points each in the win. Felix Lemetti (185-PG-99) responded with 19 points for Sweden.

Czech Republic - Albania 88-52
Czech Republic outgunned Albania to improve at 2-2 record in Group A. Radek Farsky (193-G-99) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic used a 25:11 run in the second term to take a comfortable 43:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 45:25 second half run to seal the win. Jakub Slavik (200-F-99) and Stepan Borovka (193-PG-00) netted 11 points each in the victory. Odri Dedolli (192-SG-99) answered with 15 points for Albania.

Group B
Georgia - Bulgaria 62-83
Bulgaria defeated Georgia as Ivaylo Tonev (198-F/G-99) scored 21 points. Bulgaria claimed a 43:28 halftime advantage. Bulgaria sank 25 points in the fourth period to secure the win. Krastan Krastanov (204-C-99) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Nika Chechelashvili (196-F-99) tossed in 17 points for Georgia.

Iceland - Croatia 45-75
Croatia outgunned Iceland for the fourth consecutive win in Group B. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) provided 19 points in the win. Croatia grabbed a 36:17 halftime lead. Croatia added 39 points in the second half to ease to the win. Toni Nakic (203-G/F-99, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points in the victory. Sigvaldi Eggertsson (197-F-00) replied with 13 points for Iceland.

Hungary - Belarus 91-85
Hungary toppled Belarus for the first win in Group B. Adam Somogyi (193-PG-00) produced 19 points and 9 assists in the win. Belarus sank 30 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Hungary however responded with a 27:6 rally in the second term to ensure a 48:36 halftime lead. Belarus unloaded 49 points in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) had 18 points in the victory. Yauhen Massalski (207-F-99) tossed in 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Belarus.

Group C
Poland - Portugal 73-64
Poland held off Portugal to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Adrian Bogucki (213-F/C-99) notched 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Poland recorded a 43:31 halftime lead. Portugal cut the distance at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But Poland held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth term to ice the win. Lukasz Kolenda (191-PG-99) had 17 points and 8 assists in the victory. Pedro Lanca (184-PG-99) responded with 24 points for Portugal.

Romania - Israel 55-89
Israel cruised past Romania to improve at 4-0 record in Group C. Ofek Malka (180-SG-00) produced 16 points in the win. Israel piled up a 51:31 halftime lead. They never looked back in the second half marching to the win. Tomer Porat (201-PF-99) had 14 points in the victory. Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) and Andrei Diculeschu tossed in 8 points each in the loss.

Austria - Azerbaijan 82-71
Austria posted the first victory in Group C. They outgunned Azerbaijan for 1-3 record. Jonas John provided 19 points in the win. Austria eked out a 41:40 halftime lead. However they went on a 28:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Luka Brajkovic (206-F/C-99) had 17 points in the victory. Mert Ilhan (180-PG-99) posted 31 points and 7 steals for Azerbaijan.

Group D
Belgium - Denmark 59-64
Denmark overcame Belgium to gain the second win in Tallinn. Morten Bulow (200-PF-99) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Belgium registered a 31:28 halftime lead. Denmark went on a 36:28 rally in the second half to snatch the victory. Oscar Quackenbush (187-PG-99) had 8 points in the win. Servaas Buysschaert (204-C-99, agency: Court Side) notched 14 points and 12 rebounds for Belgium.

Ireland - Estonia 60-101
Estonia recorded the fourth straight win in Group D. The hosts dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 48:22 halftime advantage. Estonia sank 53 points in the second half to breeze to the victory. Mart Rosenthal (194-G-99) notched 24 points for Estonia. Hugo Erkmaa (194-PG-99) and Sten Saaremael (186-G-99) netted 16 points each in the win. Sean Jenkins (185-G-99) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Ireland.

Switzerland - FYR Macedonia 61-84
FYR Macedonia outgunned Switzerland for 2-2 record in Group D. Damjan Krstevski (193-SG-99) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win. FYR Macedonia posted a 40:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 44:27 rally in the second half to march to the win. Luka Stojanovski (189-G-00) netted 18 points in the victory. Selim Fofana (190-PG-99) topscored with 14 points for Switzerland.




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Fos-Provence adds Abouo to their roster - by Eurobasket News

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) added to their roster 28-year old American (has also Ivorian passport) swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU). The last season Abouo played at Denain Voltaire where in 34 ProB games he recorded 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. Abouo was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented USA at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. Abouo's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 6.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 40.0%.
Thanks to Abouo's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and of course North America). Abouo has played previously professionally in Spain (Magia_Huesca and Palencia_Baloncesto), Egypt (Al Gezira) and Qatar (Al Khor).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

FOS Provence Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edouard Choquet
Xavier Gaillou
Charles Abouo
Yannis Mzala

Forwards:
Raphael Desroses
Jaraun Burrows
Sullivan Hernandez

Centers:
Mamadou Dia
Pierre Pelos
Bodian Massa

Coach: Remi Giutta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sade Aded Hussein signs at Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) landed 24-year old power forward Sade Aded Hussein (208-93). He played most recently at St Vallier in the NM1. In 33 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Aded Hussein played at Saint Chamond where in 33 ProB games he had 4.1ppg and 3.6rpg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Limoges CSP Elite, Olympique Antibes and Hyeres-Toulon.

STB Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Samir Mekdad
Seidou Njoya
Rudy Jomby

Forwards:
Sade Aded_Hussein
Jimmy Hall
Gauthier Denis

Center:
Fabien Paschal

Coach: Jean Manuel Sousa

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Cholet signs Ryan Evans - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 27-year old American forward Ryan Evans (203-98kg-90, college: Wisconsin) from Hyeres-Toulon. In 33 ProA games in France he had 8.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Evans played at Saint Quentin (ProB) where in 35 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 3rd Team.
In 2013 he was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in second round (24th overall).
Evans attended University of Wisconsin and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Evans played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Hungary (Atomeromu), Israel (Maccabi Raanana) and NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).

Cholet Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Rousselle
Toddrick Gotcher
David Michineau
Johan Clet
Corentin Lopez

Forwards:
Ilian Evtimov
Pierre-Etienne Drouault
Haukur Palsson
Ryan Evans
Rigo Edzata

Centers:
Jerry Boutsiele
Warren Woghiren

Coach: Philippe Herve

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Roseto tabs Roberto Nelson, ex Roanne - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) inked 26-year old American guard Roberto Nelson (190-90kg-91, college: Oregon State). He played most recently at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. Nelson managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 ProB games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg. He also played that season for Toros in Mexican LNBP where in 12 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.5apg. The other team Nelson played shortly was another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 5 games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Italian LNP Cup Final Four in 2015. Nelson received also All-Pac-12 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nelson has played previously for two other teams: Alma Trieste and Germani Basket Brescia.
He attended Oregon State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Roberto Nelson
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pacers Waive Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have waived Kevin Seraphin (6'10''-C-89). Seraphin had a guarantee date coming up on his deal. Seraphin averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game last season with the Pacers. The Pacers signed Seraphin to a two-year, $3.6 million deal.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Matt Howard (ex Strasbourg) is a newcomer at Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Matt Howard (203-102kg-89, college: Butler). He has played for the last three years at Strasbourg IG Basket in French ProA. In 40 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.4rpg last season. Howard helped them to make it to the final. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Howard has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Howard has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm Ulm) and Greece (Olympiacos).
He attended Butler University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid player with a great presence on the court (he excels in intangibles..) and that husling mentality tha could allow him a great European career. He doesn' t fear any opponent and knows how to score inside and to grab rebounds. Needs to add a reliable outside shot to make the definitive transition to the forward position.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raviv Limonad
Adrian Banks
Tzuf Moshe

Forwards:
Matt Howard
Daniel Aidan
Rafi Menco
Tomer Ginat

Coach: Danny Franco

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Re-qualification starts in the upcoming World Cup in China 2019 - by Natasha Kostovska


Starting tomorrow the re-qualification of the Macedonian basketball team for the forthcoming World Cup in China in 2019 begins.
Macedonia is in group C together with Kosovo and Estonia. The first match is played on August 2th against Kosovo from 20:15 pm, while the match against Estonia is played on August 5th at 20:30 in the Boris Trajkovski sports center. Jordanco Davitkov 's players are expecting a challenge to win the first place in the group and to take place the World Cup in China.

List of players:

Boban Stajic (185-PG-93)
Marjan Janevski (203-F-88)
Adem Mekic (195-G-95)
Aleksandar Kostovski
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G/F-87, agency: BeoBasket)
Igor Penov (203-SF-84)
Dime Tasovski (200-F-80)
Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech)
Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88)
Gjorgi Cekovski (203-PF-79)
Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95)
Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall)



U-18: Macedonia takes another win at the EC in Tallinn - by Natasha Kostovska

U-18 Macedonian team takes another win on the EC in Tallinn against the team of Switzerland.They have lost two games: Belgium (85-65) and Denmark (88-92) and won two games: Ireland (73-55) and Switzerland (84:61).

Gjorgji Kochov 's players had the lead trough the whole match not letting the Swiss team to come even close in winning the game.First quarter ended with (17-23),second with (17-17), third with (15-24) and forth with (12-20).The performance of the shot for three points was 40%, for 2 points 41% and for free throws 77%. The most effective player from the Macedonian team was Damjan Krstevski (193-SG-99) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

The next,last game is tomorrow against the host, Estonia and it's of a big importance to win it.



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Burgos land Corey Fisher - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) landed 29-year old Georgian ex-international point guard Corey Fisher (186-93kg-88, college: Villanova). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fisher played most recently at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Fisher also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg.
The previous (2016) summer Fisher played at Indios de San Francisco in Dominican Rep. LNB. In only one game he recorded just 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals in 2016 season.
Fisher has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
Fisher also represented Georgia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 70.6%.
Fisher is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Fisher has played previously professionally in China (Sturgeons), Croatia (Cibona), Russia (Enisey), Venezuela (Marinos and Guaros), Spain (Joventut) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended Villanova University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Fisher's outlook: An electric offensive performer … Can play either guard position … A unique combination guard with a knack for scoring … Also adept at creating shots for teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ludwigsburg welcomes back Johnson, ex MKS DG - by Eurobasket News

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL) inked 27-year old American point guard Kerron Johnson (183-79kg-90, college: Belmont). It is actually his comeback to EnBW Ludwigsburg as he has played here before. Johnson played most recently at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish PLK league. In 34 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at EnBW Ludwigsburg where in 23 BBL games he had 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.9apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. The other team Johnson played that season for was SPO Rouen in French ProA. In 15 games he got 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg.
Among other achievements Johnson won OVC Regular Season East Division championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team award in 2015.
Johnson has played also professionally in Australia (New Zealand Breakers).
He attended Belmont University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Johnson's game is described as: An exciting floor general with a winning background.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Kerron Johnson
Niklas Geske
Michael Frazier
Matej Jelovcic
Adika Peter-McNeilly

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Johannes Thiemann
Dwayne Evans
Justin Sears

Coach: John Patrick

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Donovon Jack Signs With The Bayer Giants Leverkusen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen have found a replacement for the departed Brandon Nazione with Donovon Jack (206-F-93, college: Penn St.). Jack is a 23 year old 206cm forward that hails from Reading, Pennslyvania and brings some professional experience to Germany having played down under with the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL) where he played 24 games up until July 29th averaging 18,5ppg, 9,0rpg and 1,3apg. He scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games and collected 11 double doubles. He scored 20 points or more 10 times and 30 points or more three times. His best scoring games were against Goldfields G with 32 points and he had 30 point games against Stirling S and Lakeside L.

"Donovon is an athletic player that will score the needed points down low. Besides his strong ability to be assertive near the basket, he is also a very good rebounder. I am sure that he will help us further", stressed Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach Achim Kuczmann. Jack comes from a very active sports family as his grandmother, Jackie, attended Penn State.
His mother, Donna, played Division I basketball at Manhattan College, his father, Curt, played basketball at Muhlenberg College, his aunt, Stacy Edwards, was a 2,000-point scorer at Kutztown High School.Jack played at Penn St. (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 117 games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 5.0ppg, 2.9rpg. His best season at Penn State was his second where he played 34 games averaging 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 58.8%. Some of his most productive games as a senior was a 19 point game against Iowa, 18 points against Ohio State, and 14 points against Northwestern. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CBI Championship Quarterfinals -14, and Big Ten All-Sportsmanship Team -16.

Source:Bayer Giants Leverkusen





Eric Kibi Loves Canada But Bleeds Congo And A Dream Is Getting Closer To Play At AfroBasket 2017 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eric Kibi (198-F-90, college: Abil.Christian) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Ontario, Canada that recently completed his fifth professional season and first with the Randers Cimbria Basketball (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 31 games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 70.2%. In the 2015-2016 season he played with the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-ProB) playing 3 games averaging 4.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, left in Oct.'15, in Jan.'16 moved to KK Strsljen Gusinje (Montenegro-Erste Liga): 4 games: 3.8ppg, 5.5rpg, in Mar.'16 signed at London Lightning (Canada-NBL Canada) playing 23 games averaging 1.7ppg, 2.5rpg. Two seasons ago he completed his second season in Germany and first with Basketball Club Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 20,5ppg and 15,0rpg. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Jacksonville College (NJCAA) where he played until 2010. He then played a season with UALR (NCAA) playing 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.2rpg. He finished his college career in 2012 with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0% He then played with Ottawa SkyHawks (NBL Canada): 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.7rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about last season in Denmark and his new experience with the Congolese national team.

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

Hey Miles thanks for the interview like always. I've had a great summer and was able to travel Europe a bit after the season then I got to see my family in Canada for two months then in early July I flew out to Congo for the Congolese National Team training camp and I've been here ever since.


This is our eighth interview in the last two years. When you look back to our first interview in the summer of 2015 before your season in Germany with Herten do you feel like time has really flown by as you have experienced very much playing also in Luxembourg, Montenegro, Canada, and Denmark?

Yes I can say time has really flown by, but I can say I feel much better now physically and mentally then I did then.


We last spoke in March 2017 as you were battling to get into the playoffs. Your team Randers did reach the playoffs, but got swept by Horsens. They had your number in the regular season having a 6-2 record. Was Horsens just a better team in most areas on the floor that enabled them to have a 9-2 record against you last season?

You could say they had our number yes but I felt that individually and talent wise we matched up with them very well but it's not always about that. They were a better team than us and played that way definitely.


Randers gave up to near 100 points per game in the playoffs series against Horsens. Why was the Randers defense unable to come through and play better?

They moved the ball very well and our rotations weren't quick enough. Game 3 we played our best game of the season defensively and I think we held them to 98 points and still lost by 1.


You stated in our last interview that you gained intensity and competitiveness having played together with veterans Charles Burgess, Bonell Colas and Sean Carter. Is the competitiveness
level at a rate now that your happy with?

Yes definitely practices were intense as well as their competitive level in games I learned a lot from those veterans.


You stated in our last interview that you haven't quite reached your prime yet and always try to add something to your game each summer. What do you feel have you added to your game this summer that you didn't have before?

need to keep improving my outside shot which I feel I've done every year. I took another step in the right direction this season.


You also stated in our last interview that you not only want to reach the highest level anywhere, but especially in Germany with the BBL as you have played there the most. What is still missing in your game to convince BBL GM's that your worthy of playing in that competitive league?

I would say it's my outside shooting. I feel like my versatility, athleticism and physicality already translates now it's just about opportunity and proving I'm worthy not just BBL but other high level leagues in Europe.

Teams are almost filled in Germany. How has the team search come along this summer? With a solid season in Denmark have you been content with the interest? Your still unsigned. How is the search coming along?

The search has been decent I've had some interest in a few interesting countries but I'm still waiting for the right situation, this is an important season for me. I trust that God is going to open the right door for me so I'm not even worried I'm focused on doing something special with my National team at the AfroBasket and if we do that everything will fall right into place.


Currently you are with the Congolese national team preparing for the 2017 African Championships. Talk about how this opportunity came about? Could you have also been a candidate for the Canadian national team?

The team manager reached out to me during my season about the opportunity and once we sorted out the details we started the process. Even though I was born in Canada since both of my parents were born in Congo I was able to obtain a Congolese Sport visa and switch the Sporting Nationality with the permission of Canada basketball While obviously retaining my Canadian passport.

Are the chances for minutes and getting a sufficient role simply better with the Congo team than if you were with the Canadian team?

For sure, There is a lot of hidden talent in Congo but obviously the competition is fierce with the Canadian team. This is the golden generation and there is a lot of talent coming up and in the NBA already. With that being said I've never been part of anything with Canada basketball anyways but even if I had the choice between both I would still pick Congo. I love Canada and it's home and always will be but my roots are Congolese, I bleed with Congo and always have, I've always felt more Congolese than Canadian so for me it's a dream come true to represent my family and the other 82 million people who will be rooting for us on a word stage.


How has the preparation been coming along? You recently beat BC Mazembe 67-41. What kind of role have you received?

The preparation has been great, we are two weeks into training camp so it was nice to finally play against someone else. I came into camp very aggressive and will continue to do so, it earned me a starting spot in the first game which doesn't mean anything but any role is fine with me I can start or come off the bench either way I'm going to be a pit bull when I get out there whether it's for 35 minutes or 10 minutes.

How important is this opportunity to play with the Congolese national team and how do you see your game profiting from this competitive play your experiencing this summer?

It's a huge opportunity in my career and personal life because first of all it allowed me to come to Congo for the first time. Second, it allows me to have a great summer of preparation in training camp day in and day out against other European pros and NBA players topped off with AfroBasket in Tunisia competition which will also feature many NBA players and High level European players. Not only will my game and my career benefit from this opportunity but I will also join my Pro team game ready in mid-September.


Is this a set team or are their possibilities of being cut? How confident are you that you will be one of the 12 players at the end?

Were down to 17 from the 20 guys, 12 will go to Tunisia. Obviously anything is possible but god-willing I will be in that final 12. What I am very confident about is that I haven't been out worked this summer and that alone gives me the confidence that I deserve to be in that 12.

You are still waiting for the clearance of NBA players Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay. How big is the quality of the team when they were to be able to join the team?

Obviously the quality will rise we're talking about an elite rim protector and a very impressive NBA point guard in Biz and Emmanuel respectively. I Really hope clearance comes through because they've both told us how much they want help us.


Would this personally be like a dream being able to play together with them or will they just be another teammate for you?

They are my Congolese brothers I'm happy with their NBA success and how well they represent our country but once that ball goes up there's no dream come true or whatever we're all the same and all striving for the same goal. I'm sure they would tell you the same thing.


I have to ask you briefly about your short stay in Herten. You played only three games, but in the game against the Artland Dragons you saw two interesting things. One was seeing teammate Deandre Lansdowne scoring 40 points. He signed with German BBL team Braunschweig. Does his play inspire you to keep grinding to get better or is your game at a point now where you could play in the BBL?

Me and Dee were high school teammates as well and he's a good friend of mine. I'm happy with his success he's one of the hardest workers I know. He's improved every year I've known him since we were 15 or 16 so 11, 12 years later I'm not surprised he's earned it. Then again I don't compare my career to others everyone has their own path I have already enough motivation.


In that game against Artland you saw Isaiah Hartenstein score 6 points as a young buck. He was recently drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round. What do you remember from his game and would you have thought he had the potential to get drafted in the NBA?

I definitely thought even back then that he would be an NBA player because of his size, fluid mobility and athleticism. He also has a nice shooting stroke which is what todays NBA is all about with Power Forwards.

In your third professional season your were teammates with German Bjoern Rohwer who put up strong stats there averaging 15 and 6. He has worked hard the last few years in the ratiopharm Ulm organization playing in the Pro B and made his debut in the BBL last year. What memories do you have of him and what was it like battling him in practice even if you had different positions?

I made sure to guard B every practice and I remember at first he didn't like the physicality but as the season went on he kept getting better and more physical. He always had potential but now it was about getting some dog in him and once he got that he became unstoppable. I'm happy with his success.


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

I describe it as loaded. The sleepers I see are Dennis Smith Jr , Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers and my Canadian guy Dillon Brooks who slid to the second round to Memphis somehow, he will thrive there.

Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?

Not even close, they are missing Jesus. No one beating the Warriors for the next 5 years and that's coming from a huge Lebron fan.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Spiderman


Thanks Eric for the chat.



Rolf Scholz And Lutz Mandler Take Over Giessen 46ers Team 2 Project - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Giessen 46ers have announced that the coaching tandem of Rolf Scholz and Lutz Mandler will continue to work together and guide newly formed pro B team Giessen 46ers 2 that will make their debut this season. The duo of Rolf Scholz and Lutz Mandler had been working together previously with the now defunked Licher Basket Baeren that closed operations this summer. "We are both thankful for the new task and are thankful for the trust from the club. The combination of BBL, Pro B and NBBL/JBBL is very attractive here and will help to develop young players well", stressed Rolf Scholz .

Source:Giessen 46ers




Kerron Johnson Returns To The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season away from Germany, Kerron Johnson (183-PG-90, college: Belmont) will return back to a familar stomping ground and suit up again for the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg with whom he played between 2014-2016 helping the club land in the playoffs each season. Johnson is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Huntsville, Alabama that will be going into his fifth professional season and third in Germany. Last season he gathered a new experience with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 34 games averaging 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.5%. "I am happy to have Kerron with us again. He knows our system, we know him and he helped us to two successful seasons", stressed head coach John Patrick. Last season he scored in double figures in Poland in 26 games. He had a 29 point game against Siarka, and 21 point games against Stal Ostra and Start Lublin.

Johnson started his basketball career at Belmont where he took over the point guard position for Alex Renfroe who would develop into a Euroleague player. Johnson played at Belmont from 2009-2013 improving his stats each season and as a senior played 34 games averaging 14.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 77.8%. He started his professional career in 2013 and didn't make the jump right away to Europe and first played with the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL) playing 28 games averaging12.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-5 (1.2spg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. He made a solid transition to Europe in 2014 moving to the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 79.2%. Two seasons ago he moved to SPO Rouen Basket (France-ProA) plaiyng15 games averaging 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 30.6%, FT: 65.8%, in Dec.'15 moved to MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 23 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.5%; He also played 6 Eurocup games averaging 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 77.8%. In the German BBL in two seasons he played 57 games and scored in double figures in 37 games. Who could forget his debut in the BBL as he scorched the Telekom Baskets Bonn with 38 points or his 24 points against Crailsheim, Bayreuth and Ulm.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been A-Sun Regular Season Champion -11, 12, A-Sun Tournament Winner -11, 12, All-A-Sun All-Tournament MVP -12, All-A-Sun 1st Team -12, A-Sun All-Tournament Team -12, NABC Division I All-District 3 2nd Team -12, OVC Regular Season East Division Champion -13, OVC Tournament Winner -13, All-OVC All-Tournament MVP -13, All-OVC 1st Team -13, OVC All-Tournament Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 19 2nd Team -13, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -15, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -15, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -15.

Source: MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg






Another Very Experienced Guard For BG Goettingen With Brion Rush - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers continues to go with his trend of liking to bring in very experienced guards that aren't necessarily the youngest anymore as he demonstarted years ago with Khalid El Amin or more recently with Terrell Everett and today he did it again hauling in Brion Rush (186-PG-84, college: Grambling St., agency: 3Eye). Rush is a 32 year old 186cm guard from Shreveport, Louisiana that also got the Montenegran citzenship in 2012 and will be entering his 11th professional season. BG Goettingen will be his second tour of duty in Germany as he came in mid season to help ratiopharm Ulm two seasons ago.Rush is a very talented guard, with very good athletic skills and great 1-on-1 skills. He defends well and goes very well to rebound for his size. Has also outside shooting range. He brings vast professional experience to BG Goettingen as he has played in Italy, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Spain, Lebanon Montenegro and Iran. "He brings the experience at the wing position that we need", stressed head coach Johan Roijakkers. Last season he played with ICL Manresa (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 5 games averaging 4.2ppg, 3.0apg, left in Dec.'16, later that month moved to Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA) playing 21 games averaging 15.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 76.8%

Rush had an amazing college career Grambling St. (NCAA) where he never averaged less than 17,1ppg and as a senior played 21 games averaging 25.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.3spg, FG: 40.9%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 83.2%. He began his professional basketball career in 2006 with Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2) playing 39 games averaging 19.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 73.9%. In the 2007-2008 season he moved to Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA) playing 14 Euroleague games averaging 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 82.9%; In the French League, he played 29 games averaging 16.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), 2FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.3%. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Strasbourg IG (France-ProA) playing 31 games: Score-2 (20.7ppg), 5.1rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 82.6%. He then played three years in Russia from 2009-2012 with Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-A Superleague) playing 6 EuroCup games avergaing 18.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 80.0%; In the Russian League he played 23 games: Score-2 (18.8ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 43.7%, FT: 78.9%. He then played with Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL) from 2010-2012 and in his first season played 6 EuroCup games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 37.0%; In the Russian League he played 34 games avergaing 13.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.1%. In his second season with Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL) he played 20 Russian League games: Score-2 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 78.3%. In the VTB League he played 19 games: Score-3 (15.8ppg), 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 69.2%. In the 2012-2013 he moved back to France joining ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) playing 8 Euroleague games averaging 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 46.2%, FT: 73.3%; In the French ProA he played 8 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%, later that month moved to BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five): VTB League: 7 games: 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 75.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he got new experience in a new country with BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1) playing 17 VTB United League games averaging 12.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 90.6%; In the Kazakhstani D1 he played 9 games: Score-3 (14.2ppg), 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT-2 (54.2%), FT: 72.7%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon-Division A), in Feb.'15 signed at Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL) playing 21 games averaging 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%. Two seasons ago he moved to Montakit Fuenlabrada (Spain-Liga Endesa), in Dec.'15 signed at KK Sutjeska Niksic (Montenegro-Erste Liga): Adriatic League playing 7 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 31.6%, FT: 75.0%, left in Feb.'16, later that month moved to Azad University Tehran (Iran-Superleague) playing 4 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0spg.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-SWAC 1st Team -04, 05, 06, Black College All-Star Classic -06, SWAC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, SWAC Tournament Semifinals -06, All-SWAC Player of the Year -06, Italian Lega2 Semifinals -07, French ProA All-Star Game -08, 09
Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -08, French ProA Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Import Player of the Year -10
Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention -11, Russian Cup Winner -12 (MVP), Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team -12, Kazakhstan League Regular Season Champion -13, 14, Kazakhstan League Champion -13, 14, Kazakhstan Cup Winner -14, Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Player of the Year -14, Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Guard of the Year -14, Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Import of the Year -14, Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team -14, Asia-Basket.com Kazakhstan League All-Imports Team -14, Arab Club Championships -14 (Bronze), Dubai International Tournament Winner -15, German Bundesliga Semifinals -15, and WABA Club Championships -16 (Semifinals).

Source:BG Goettingen



Tarique Thompson To Start Professional Basketball Career With MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have bolstered their guard rotation with Tarique Thompson (196-F-94). Thompson is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Raeford, North Carolina. He will be commencing his professional basketball career in Germany's third division. He played at High Point (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 107 NCAA games. In his first season at High Point (NCAA) he played 15 games averaging 1.9ppg, 2.3rpg. In his second season at High Point (NCAA) he played 33 games avergaing 5.1ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 74.1%. In his junior year at High Point (NCAA) he played 28 games averaging 4.8ppg, 2.8rpg. In his senior year at High Point (NCAA) he played 31 games avergaing 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.3%. Some of his best scoring games at High Point included a 19 point effort against CSU-Bakersfield and Charleston SO, 18 points against Methodist, and 17 point games against Winthrop and Gradner-Webb. AWards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big South Conf. North Division Regular Season Champion -14, Big South Conf. Regular Season Co-Champion -15, Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion -16, and Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -16.

Source:salzgitter-zeitung.de



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  GREECE  


Kostas Simitzis signs at Koropi - by Chris Mammides

GS Koropiou (B) landed 19-year old forward Kostas Simitzis (200-98) from Niki Amarousiou.
The previous (15-16) season Simitzis played at KAOK Korinthou (C).
He has played previously for Peristeri GS Athens.

GS Koropiou roster for 2017-2018:

Giannis Maltesios
Thodoris Agoris
Iasonas Pets
Giorgos Tsatas
Kostas Simitzis

Coach: Savvas Katsounis

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Doxa Lefkadas land Lis Shoshi - by Chris Mammides

AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) tabbed 23-year old Kosovan international forward Lis Shoshi (211-102kg-94). He just graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg last season.
As mentioned above Shoshi is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2016. Shoshi was called to Kosovan Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for another Greek team Besa.

AE Doxa Lefkadas roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Liakopoulos
Michalis Pelekanos
Nikos Angelopoulos
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson
Savvas Tsougarakis
Alexandros Raptis
Anastasios Antonakis
Dimitris Kalampakas
Vaggelis Tzolos
Lis Shoshi
Andreas Petropoulos
Konstantinos Kampouridis
Dimitris Geromichalos
Thodoros Ioakimidis
Theofilos Rondogiannis

Coach: Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis

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PAOK Thessaloniki lands Owen Klassen - by Chris Mammides

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) tabbed 26-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Owen Klassen (208-117kg-91, college: Acadia). He played most recently at Buducnost in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Klassen managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In only one Eurocup game he had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg. The other team Klassen played that season for was Phoenix Hagen in German BBL. In 9 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. His team won Montenegrin Cup.
Among other achievements Klassen received All-AUS Player of the Year award and All-AUS Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Klassen also represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals.
Klassen has played also professionally in FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje).
He attended Acadia University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Ousman Krubally
Kevin Dillard
Owen Klassen
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis
Rafail Papaioannou
Dimitris Karamanolis

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lokros Atalantis sign Charis Panagiotidis - by Chris Mammides

AS Lokros Atalantis (C) signed 26-year old forward Charis Panagiotidis (195-91) from Irodotos.
Panagiotidis has played previously for two other teams: Amyntas Dafnis and Keravnos Aigio.

AS Lokros Atalantis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anestis Matos
Gerasimos Kosmetatos
Nikos Kostantinou
Agelos Matos

Forwards:
Milos Sakota
Antonis Chrysis
Charis Panagiotidis

Center:
Marios Bolmatis

Coach: Loukas Zaronikolas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens keep Mavroeidis for another season - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) re-signed 32-year old former international center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 A1 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. Mavroeidis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mavroeidis played at Nea Kifisia. In 5 A1 games he recorded 14.2ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements he won Euroleague championship title in 2013. Mavroeidis received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Mavroeidis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2011 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, FT: 50.0%.
Mavroeidis has played previously professionally also in Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket) and Greece (Olympiacos, Panionios and Marousi).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An expert on PnR cooperation, his hard picks combined with the explosive dive and his long arms with great endings, makes him the perfect pare with any high level PG/G who likes to use PnR. Very smart player can read the reaction of the defence rapidly and with his laser pass to give an open shot. Has also a mid-range shot and reliable scoring repertoire on mid post by using his flexibility and speed. Can guard any type on big guys either using his upper body strength to check them hard or using his speed to play front defence and deny any ball. Has no problem to defend with hedge-out vs PnR, his fast legs and long hands can stop any penetration or any pass.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Kelsey Barlow
Michael Dixon
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Nikos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doxa Lefkadas land Lis Shoshi - by Chris Mammides

AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) tabbed 23-year old Kosovan international forward Lis Shoshi (211-102kg-94). He just graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg last season.
As mentioned above Shoshi is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2016. Shoshi was called to Kosovan Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for another Greek team Besa.

AE Doxa Lefkadas roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Liakopoulos
Michalis Pelekanos
Nikos Angelopoulos
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson
Savvas Tsougarakis
Alexandros Raptis
Anastasios Antonakis
Dimitris Kalampakas
Vaggelis Tzolos
Lis Shoshi
Andreas Petropoulos
Konstantinos Kampouridis
Dimitris Geromichalos
Thodoros Ioakimidis
Theofilos Rondogiannis

Coach: Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis

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Apollon Patras tab Vassilis Kitsoulis - by Chris Mammides

AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked experienced 34-year old forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83). He has played for the last two years at Aiolos Astakou in the A2. In 32 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg last season. Kitsoulis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2016. Kitsoulis received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Forward of the Year award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Cyprus and Spain (Caceres_Basket) and Greece (Aris, Filippos Veroias, KAO Dramas and OF Irakleio).

AS Apollon Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgios Apostolidis
Goran Vrbanc
Sokratis Naoumis
Sarandis Mastrogiannopoulos

Forwards:
Vassilis Kitsoulis
Giannis Anagnostopoulos
Perykles Bazinas

Coach: Dimitris Papadopoulos

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Kondylopoulos is back at AE Larissas - by Eurobasket News

AE Larissas 1964 (A2) agreed terms with 22-year old forward Dimitris Kondylopoulos (195-95). It is actually his comeback to Larissas as he has played here before. Kondylopoulos played most recently at GS Larissas in the A2.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AE Larissas (B). Kondylopoulos helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B Division.
He won Greek C Division (North-Group 1) championship title in 2015.

AE Larissas 1964 roster for 2017-2018:

Giannis Papachristos
Kostas Saribalidis
Dimitris Kondylopoulos
Athanasios Tsiaves
Christos Lalakis
Dimitrios Karatasios

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Leeuwarden signs rookie Nate Kratch in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Nate Kratch (203-103kg). Kratch just graduated from Santa Clara (NCAA). He has played there for the last five years. In 33 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Kratch helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team and All-WCC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Mladenovic
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Earl Brown
Meshack Lufile
Nate Kratch
Niels Bunschoten

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Justin Watts (ex Den Bosch) signs at Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) landed 27-year old American swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played most recently at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 25 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg last season. Watts helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Watts experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Watts has played previously professionally in Japan (Kagawa Five Arrows), Uruguay (Defensor), Australia (Rockhampton Rockets) and Mexico (Mineros de Caborca).
He attended University of North Carolina until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Pinar Karsiyaka to add Jarrod Jones to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) will sign 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State) who plays at Guizhou in China. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Great season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played also professionally in France (JA Vichy), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba, Szolnok and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Scott Wood
Metin Turen
Dustin Hogue

Centers:
Egemen Guven
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jarrod Jones (ex Guizhou) joins Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) agreed terms with 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Jones played this summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. The last season he played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played also professionally in France (JA Vichy), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba, Szolnok and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Scott Wood
Metin Turen
Dustin Hogue

Centers:
Jarrod Jones
Egemen Guven
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRAN  


One Virus and Several Victims in Iran Basketball - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Big Name, High Performance, Popularity, and Game Changing Character are not enough to be in Iran National Team. You need to have Anti-Virus as well.

It's been years that basketball experts, coaches and players believe that something is wrong in the Basketball of Iran. Some one, one family or some organized "Yes Sir!" system.

The best generation of Iranian players started as juniors about 15 years ago and became current international stars of the Basketball of Iran. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) , Hamed Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85), Mahdi Kamrani (181-PG-82), Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83), Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83), Oshin Sahakian (200-PF-86) and etc.They started good, supported by clubs and managers and became stars.

New president and managers got the positions in Iran Basketball Federation. Brothers with lots of power and support from the government side, and less performance.

Iranian stars did great. In both National Team and Clubs and their performance made "New President" proud of them, saying: "This is What I did for Iran Basketball".
No!
This is what you ought to do for future! For the next generation! You should have raised new good stars using the abilities, experiences and support of these current stars.But you failed the mission.

We have new and young stars in Iran Basketball (Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91), Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90), Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90, college: Oregon), Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87), Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) and etc.) but not as the product of Iran Basketball Federation. They started, got raised, developed their basketball and experience in Clubs only! Using club's investments and coaches, not the Federation.
Iran Basketball Federation couldn't even provide them with a "High-Level" National Team Camp, National Team Staff and coaches because top-level coaches are not "Yes-Sir!" person and didn't agree to work with this Federation.

Iranian players become top players of the Superleague season, international players killing in other countries' leagues, but banned from Iran National Team, because they are "Yes-Sir!" players.

Any complaints or reaction against Iran Federation' bad situation or its president family!!! causes "National Team Ban"! - "Listening to the Music" during warming up is the new excuse to ban stars from National Team :)

Iran can have much stronger National Team with Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami , Hamed Afagh, Mohammad Hassanzadeh, Saeed Davarpanah, Hamed Haddadi and dedicated independent Iranian or import coaches.

Let's pray for Iran Basketball! Fingers crossed!

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  ISRAEL  


Hapoel Eilat welcomes back Berkowitz - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) landed 31-year old shooting guard Niv Berkowitz (190-86, college: Marquette, agency: Avi Zilberman). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Eilat as he has played here before. Berkowitz has played for the last two years at Ironi Nahariya in the Winner League. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 38 Winner League games he averaged 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Berkowitz also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had just 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. His team made it to the quarterfinals. And finally Berkowitz contributed to 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded only 1.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements Berkowitz played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2016.
Berkowitz was a member of Israeli U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He has played previously for eight other teams: Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Holon, Bnei Hasharon, Hasharon, Ironi Ashkelon, Maccabi Ashdod, Ironi Kiryat Ata and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
Berkowitz attended Marquette University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Niv is someone who absolutely loves the game, has a passion for it, and the bloodlines as well. He really understands how to pass, he's a very adept ball handler, and he can go right and left. His ability to shoot the ball, get into the lane, draw fouls and shoot free throws is what separates him offensively.

Hapoel Eilat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Afik Nissim
Niv Berkowitz

Forwards:
Amit Simhon
Demetrius Treadwell

Center:
Isaac Rosefelt

Coach: Meir Tapiro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ironi Nahariya tabs Corey Webster, ex Wellington S. - by Nir Luna

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) inked 29-year old New Zealander international guard Corey Webster (188-90kg-88, college: Lambuth). He played in the summer at Wellington Saints in New Zealand NBL league. In 19 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.3ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). Webster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Domestic Player of the Year, Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The last season he played at New Zealand Breakers (also in NBL) in where in 15 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Domestic Player of the Year, Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Webster received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2015.
He has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. Webster has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006.
He also represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago.
Webster has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Webster has played previously professionally also in Greece (Koroivos) and Serbia (Mega Bemax).
He attended Lambuth University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Webster's game is described as: A powerful combo guard, he can score and quarterback his team with the same effectiveness. Can be yet considered a rising star who works hard to come back at top level.

Ironi Nahariya roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Corey Webster
Stu Douglass
Denzel Livingston
Iftach Ziv

Forwards:
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Alex Young

Center:
Igor Nesterenko

Coach: Eric Elfassi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Landon Milbourne (ex Hapoel Eilat) signs at Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) landed 30-year old American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg last season. Milbourne helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The previous (2016) summer Milbourne played at Caneros in Dominican Rep. LNB where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 2016 season. Milbourne also spent pre-season at Indios de San Francisco (LNB) in Dominican Republic that year. The other team he played that season for was Manati in Puerto Rican BSN. In 36 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg in 2016 season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Milbourne is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Milbourne has played previously professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite and SO Maritime Boulogne), Greece (Panionios), Spain (Gipuzkoa) and Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
He attended University of Maryland until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Vanoli Cremona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Drake Diener
Travis Diener
Marco Portannese
Elijah Johnson
Michele Ruzzier

Forwards:
Landon Milbourne
Giulio Gazzotti
Kelvin Martin

Coach: Romeo Sacchetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matt Howard (ex Strasbourg) is a newcomer at Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Matt Howard (203-102kg-89, college: Butler). He has played for the last three years at Strasbourg IG Basket in French ProA. In 40 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.4rpg last season. Howard helped them to make it to the final. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Howard has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Howard has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm Ulm) and Greece (Olympiacos).
He attended Butler University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid player with a great presence on the court (he excels in intangibles..) and that husling mentality tha could allow him a great European career. He doesn' t fear any opponent and knows how to score inside and to grab rebounds. Needs to add a reliable outside shot to make the definitive transition to the forward position.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raviv Limonad
Adrian Banks
Tzuf Moshe

Forwards:
Matt Howard
Daniel Aidan
Rafi Menco
Tomer Ginat

Coach: Danny Franco

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  ITALY  


Arturs Strautins joins Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) agreed terms with 19-year old Latvian small forward Arturs Strautins (198-80kg-98) from Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Strautins has played there for the last three years. In 14 Serie A games in Italy he had just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg last season. Strautins helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
Despite young age Strautins had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-2 (18.7ppg), Reb-1 (10.3rpg), 2.5apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Strautins has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like LMT Basketbola Akademija and BJBS Riga/DSN/Sporta Bode.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Landon Milbourne (ex Hapoel Eilat) signs at Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) landed 30-year old American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg last season. Milbourne helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The previous (2016) summer Milbourne played at Caneros in Dominican Rep. LNB where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 2016 season. Milbourne also spent pre-season at Indios de San Francisco (LNB) in Dominican Republic that year. The other team he played that season for was Manati in Puerto Rican BSN. In 36 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg in 2016 season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Milbourne is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Milbourne has played previously professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite and SO Maritime Boulogne), Greece (Panionios), Spain (Gipuzkoa) and Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
He attended University of Maryland until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Vanoli Cremona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Drake Diener
Travis Diener
Marco Portannese
Elijah Johnson
Michele Ruzzier

Forwards:
Landon Milbourne
Giulio Gazzotti
Kelvin Martin

Coach: Romeo Sacchetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siim-Sander Vene (ex N.Novgorod) signs at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 27-year old Estonian international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-95kg-90). He played most recently at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. Vene also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL. In 43 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Vene helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Vene also played 20 games in Euroleague where he got 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Vene has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
Vene represented Estonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Vene has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Latvia (VEF Riga) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Vytautas, Zalgiris II Kaunas and Triobet).

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Siim-Sander Vene
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

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Roseto tabs Roberto Nelson, ex Roanne - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) inked 26-year old American guard Roberto Nelson (190-90kg-91, college: Oregon State). He played most recently at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. Nelson managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 6 ProB games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg. He also played that season for Toros in Mexican LNBP where in 12 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.5apg. The other team Nelson played shortly was another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 5 games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Italian LNP Cup Final Four in 2015. Nelson received also All-Pac-12 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nelson has played previously for two other teams: Alma Trieste and Germani Basket Brescia.
He attended Oregon State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Roberto Nelson
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

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Moncalieri welcomes back Facchino - by Eurobasket News

PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro (Serie B) landed 21-year old point guard Danny Facchino (96). It is actually his comeback to Moncalieri as he has played here before. Facchino played most recently at Zimetal Fortitudo Alessandria in the Serie C Silver.
He has played previously for Firenze All Foods.

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Grissin Bon RE lands Garrett Nevels, ex Forca Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) landed 25-year old American guard Garrett Nevels (188-86kg-92, college: Hawaii). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He played most recently at Forca Lleida in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and recorded 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Nevels played at Arcos Albacete Basket (EBA) in Spanish league where in 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 20.5ppg and averaged 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Nevels graduated from University of Hawaii in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fabriano signs Joseph Vita Sadi - by Eurobasket News

Janus Basket Fabriano (Serie B) signed 20-year old Congolese forward Joseph Vita Sadi (198-97). He played last season at Termoforgia Aurora Jesi in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he had just 0.3ppg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GianMarco Ianuale is a newcomer at Moncalieri - by Eurobasket News

PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro (Serie B) added to their roster 21-year old swingman GianMarco Ianuale (200-96). He played last season at FCM Ferentino in Italian Serie A2. But in 5 games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Ianuale also played that season for Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo where in 20 Serie B games he recorded 7.2ppg and 2.6rpg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Scandone Avellino, Monteroni and Bottegone.

PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Bianchi
Danny Facchino
Flavio Comollo

Forward:
GianMarco Ianuale

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Mens Sana 1871 Siena adds Ebanks to their roster, ex San German - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A2) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Devin Ebanks (206-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Ebanks played at Al Sharjah (D1) in UAE league.
In 2010 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). The former West Virginia University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Ebanks' team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Ebanks' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in six different countries. Ebanks tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Mexico (Halcones Rojos), Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega), NBA G League (Texas Legends, Northern Arizona Suns, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Grand Rapids Drive) and D-League (Springfield A.).
On Ebanks: Has long arms, good ball handling, great timing for rebounds. Can score well in the paint but has limited range from outside. Plays with intensity and aggressiveness, he's effective at the defensive side, should add some beef to become a perfect PF.

Mens Sana 1871 Siena roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Elston Turner

Forwards:
Daniele Sandri
Devin Ebanks

Center:
Marko Simonovic

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Robert Carter (ex Enel Brindisi) is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Robert Carter (206-114kg-94, college: Maryland). He played last season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Carter was also voted NABC All-District 7 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Carter graduated from University of Maryland in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Good shooting touch from the perimeter and the skill to be able to stretch defenses ... Difficult to guard in the post and keep off of the backboards ... Plays unselfishly and passes the ball well.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Chris Kramer

Forwards:
Robert Carter
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen

Center:
Travis Peterson

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Estudiantes Olavarria signs Patricio Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) signed 33-year old naturalized Italian swingman Patricio Rodriguez (193-84). He played this summer at CAN Oruro in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Rodriguez played at Lanus (TFB).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Argentinian TNA North Regular Season in 2013. Rodriguez was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 2nd Team back in 2012.
He was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team in 2003.
Rodriguez has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Scafati, Roseto and Sutor Montegranaro) and Argentina (Obras Basket, Boca Juniors, Ben Hur, Ciclista and Sionista).

Estudiantes Olavarria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luciano Tantos
Alejo Montes_Cardozo
Andres Lugli
Agustin Brocal

Forwards:
Santiago Arese
Patricio Rodriguez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carlo Recalcati leaves Cantu - by Antonello Varallo

It is not a surprise. After weeks of rumors and speculations, Pallacanestro Cantu announced that Carlo Recalcati is not longer the head coach. Cantu released a very short statement, just a few words to formalize something that was inevitable. Recalcati had joined Cantu, the team that as a player he leaded to irrepetible successes (2 italian leagues, 3 Korac Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup 3 Cup Winner's Cup) during last March, to sobstituite Kyryll Bol'sakov. He had a contract for the next season, but during the pre-season his relation with the club Board has crashed to the inevitable farewell.



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Fos-Provence adds Abouo to their roster - by Eurobasket News

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) added to their roster 28-year old American (has also Ivorian passport) swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU). The last season Abouo played at Denain Voltaire where in 34 ProB games he recorded 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. Abouo was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented USA at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. Abouo's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 6.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 40.0%.
Thanks to Abouo's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and of course North America). Abouo has played previously professionally in Spain (Magia_Huesca and Palencia_Baloncesto), Egypt (Al Gezira) and Qatar (Al Khor).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

FOS Provence Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edouard Choquet
Xavier Gaillou
Charles Abouo
Yannis Mzala

Forwards:
Raphael Desroses
Jaraun Burrows
Sullivan Hernandez

Centers:
Mamadou Dia
Pierre Pelos
Bodian Massa

Coach: Remi Giutta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano inks Tim Dezelski, ex Sammic ISB - by Eurobasket News

Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (B League D2) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Tim Dezelski (198-104kg-90, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia in Spanish LEB Silver. In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. Dezelski helped them to win the LEB Silver title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres (EBA) in Spanish league where in 11 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.3bpg.
Dezelski has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Residence).
He attended Hillsdale College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nick Washburn (ex FC Porto) agreed terms with Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano - by Eurobasket News

Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (B League D2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Nick Washburn (208-118kg-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last two years at FC Porto in Portuguese LPB league. Washburn managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 41 LPB games he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. Washburn also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.2ppg and 9.0rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg (#5 in the league).
Among other achievements Washburn received Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Magia_Huesca and Castello).
Worth to mention Washburn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Hillsdale College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A true center who is very long, athletic and a very smart player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bambitious Nara tabs Chris Jenkins - by Greg

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) inked 23-year old American swingman Chris Jenkins (201-86kg-94). He just graduated from Detroit Mercy (NCAA). Jenkins has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Jenkins' game is described as: Chris Jenkins is an athletic small forward/shooting guard with great ability to stretch the floor. Very long and versatile defender, outstanding rebounder, extremely athletic with the ability to finish above the rim. Plays extremely hard and makes the players around him better. Great attitude and a very hard worker, constantly improving.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KB Bashkimi to participate in the 10th anniversary season of BIBL - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi will continue to be apart of SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League in 2017/2018. The 10th anniversary season of BIBL will be the Kosovo′s club third participation as on Friday the Kosovo Basketball Federation officially asked to register the club for the upcoming season. KB Bashkimi played in season 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 and most of the games the gym in Prizren was full. The SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League management has been enjoying a good cooperation with the team management, the President of the club Mr. Shaqir Totaj promised that the club and the team will continue on the same note - with good cooperation and good level of basketball. Last season in the Kosovo league KB Bashkimi played in the final games against SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League 2015/2016 champion KB Sigal Prishtina and finished as a runner-up.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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Arturs Strautins joins Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) agreed terms with 19-year old Latvian small forward Arturs Strautins (198-80kg-98) from Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Strautins has played there for the last three years. In 14 Serie A games in Italy he had just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg last season. Strautins helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
Despite young age Strautins had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-2 (18.7ppg), Reb-1 (10.3rpg), 2.5apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Strautins has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like LMT Basketbola Akademija and BJBS Riga/DSN/Sporta Bode.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UBT Cluj Napoca lands Lasan Kromah - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) tabbed 26-year old American (has also Liberian passport) guard Lasan Kromah (198-92kg-91, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. Kromah managed to play in four leagues in four countries last year (!!!). In 24 A Division games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.7ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Kromah also played that season for United in Australian NBL. But in three games he averaged just 1.0ppg. The other team Kromah played shortly was Promitheas in Greek A1 where in two games he had 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg. Another team Kromah played briefly was another team Knicks in U.S. NBA-G-League. In two games he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Kromah was drafted by Westchester Knicks (D-League) in third round (60th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Kromah won NCAA championship title in 2014.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Kromah has played previously professionally in Turkey (Konyaspor) and Greece (Kavala).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He can rebound, defend, pass. He's really capable of taking over games offensively. He gets a lot of recognition for his outside shooting, but he just finds ways to score. He has a real passion for basketball and just loves to play.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas
Lasan Kromah

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siauliai signs Laurynas Birutis - by Eurobasket News

BC Siauliai (LKL) signed 20-year old international power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-110kg-97) from Vytautas. In 8 LKL games he had 6.9ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Birutis also played that season for Zalgiris where in 45 LKL games he recorded very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Center of the Year and named to 1st Team.
Birutis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Birutis represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: Score-5 (17.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP-2 (67.6%), FT: 69.7%.
Birutis has played previously for two other teams: Lietuvos rytas and Citus.

BC Siauliai roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Evaldas Saulys

Forward:
Ignas Vaitkus

Centers:
Arminas Urbutis
Laurynas Birutis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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China crushes Lithuania in 2017 men's International Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

In their last match at 2017 Men's International Basketball Championship, team Blue of the Chinese men's national squad defeated Lithuania 80-54 to finish second in their last warm-ups before the Asian Cup here on Monday. Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) proved his ability as a guard with a game-high 26 points and six steals and only one turnover. Jinqiu Hu (208-C-97) and Gu QuAn (202-F-92) respectively scored 13 and 11 points, the former also contributed eight rebounds and three blocks. Guo's first of his four three-pointers tonight helped team China finish the first quarter 13-10 after the 4-4 tie at the start of the game. The hosts stormed 17-0 in the second quarter to build a 20-point lead. Lithuania managed to cut the deficit down to 15 points before the interval. Jinqiu Hu dominated in the paint with consecutive rebounds and blocks in the second half. Guo's nine points in the third quarter help China lead by 60-35 before the last period to secure their victory early. "The team kept high intensity defense during the match, hope they can bring that attitude to the Asian Cup," said team China's coach Du Feng . China overwhelms New Zealand but lost to Angola before tonight's match, finishing second in Kunshan. They will return to Beijing for a short rest before.
Courtesy of: china.org.cn



Robert Carter (ex Enel Brindisi) is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Robert Carter (206-114kg-94, college: Maryland). He played last season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Carter was also voted NABC All-District 7 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Carter graduated from University of Maryland in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Good shooting touch from the perimeter and the skill to be able to stretch defenses ... Difficult to guard in the post and keep off of the backboards ... Plays unselfishly and passes the ball well.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Chris Kramer

Forwards:
Robert Carter
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen

Center:
Travis Peterson

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Morges-Saint-Prex tabs Dramane Diarra - by Luca Maffioli

LNB newcomer Morges-Saint-Prex BBC inked experienced 37-year old Mali ex-international power forward Dramane Diarra (204-102kg-80, college: Kansas State) from Pully Basket. In 19 LNB games in Switzerland he averaged 11.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2.3spg and 1.4bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Honorable Mention.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Diarra was a member of Mali Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011.
He has played previously professionally also in France (Chalons Reims, Aix Maurienne, Saint Vallier and Boulazac Basket).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Morges-Saint-Prex.
Diarra attended Kansas State until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: very athletic and has a good feel for the game; can run the floor and plays aggressive around the basket;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Buducnost inks Kyle Landry - by Darko Pekic

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 31-year old Canadian ex-international power forward Kyle Landry (207-109kg-86, college: N.Arizona). He has played for the last six seasons at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 16 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. Landry helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. Landry contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2014. Landry was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team back in 2014.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) eight years ago. Landry's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg.
Landry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Poland (Sportino), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and Canada (High School).
Landry attended Northern Arizona University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nemanja Gordic
Suad Sehovic
Kyle Gibson

Forwards:
Danilo Nikolic
Viktor Vujisic

Center:
Kyle Landry

Coach: Aleksandar Dzikic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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USBasket.com All-NABL Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

MVP of the Year : Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90) of Georgia S.
Scorer of the Year: Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90) of Georgia S.
Rebounder of the Year: Maurice Strong (6'7''-PF-93) of Atlanta Show
Assistent of the Year: Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90) of Georgia S.
Stealer of the Year: Wendell Thibeaux (6'2''-G) of Alamo City A.
Blocker of the Year: Chris Freeman (6'6''-F-92) of Alamo City A.
Newcomer of the Year: Lonnie Pearson-Piper (6'7''-F) of Kitsap Admirals
Coach of the Year: Justin Billings of Huntsville Force



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Melo Trimble agreed terms with the Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old former international guard Melo Trimble (190-84kg-95, college: Maryland).
Trimble has never been drafted by the NBA. His team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten. Trimble received All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2017 at his college time.
Trimble also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg.
Trimble just graduated from University of Maryland and it is his first season in pro basketball.

Minnesota Timberwolves roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jamal Crawford
Jeff Teague
Melo Trimble

Forwards:
Taj Gibson
Anthony Brown

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pacers Waive Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have waived Kevin Seraphin (6'10''-C-89). Seraphin had a guarantee date coming up on his deal. Seraphin averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game last season with the Pacers. The Pacers signed Seraphin to a two-year, $3.6 million deal.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Austin Spurs Hire Blake Ahearn As Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Austin Spurs have hired Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) as head coach. 'It's unbelievable. It's the best organization in the world in my mind,' Ahearn said. 'I'm humbled and honored.' Ahearn spent the past few seasons coaching high school after retiring as a player eight years ago. Ahearn played in Spain, Italy, Ukraine and Puerto Rico. He bounced between several D-League and NBA organizations. 'I wasn't looking for anything like this,' Ahearn said. 'Now, I'm going to the Spurs. It's crazy.'
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Brandon Mason Named Assistant Basketball Coach at New Mexico - by Eurobasket News

It's now been made official as New Mexico Head coach Paul Weir has announced the hiring of assistant men's basketball coach Brandon Mason. Mason returns to the Lobos after spending the last three years at different institutions, most recently with UNLV's men's basketball program. 'Brandon is a perfect fit for our program,' said Weir. 'His familiarity with this program, conference, and state make him tremendously valuable to us right now. I am excited for his potential as a coach and can't wait to watch him grow here as Lobo.' Mason was previously on the New Mexico staff, spending two seasons as the video coordinator. Following his stint with the Lobos, he was an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands for a season before joining Marvin Menzies staff at New Mexico State. In his role with Aggies, Mason served as the basketball staff's liaison to university development and athletic administrators. He coordinated 6th Man Club events, such as the annual Marvin Menzies' 6th Man Open, Tipoff Banquet, and other special events. In his first season back at his alma mater, he aided New Mexico State to its second straight WAC Championship as the Aggies finished with an overall record of 23-11 and a 13-1 WAC mark. The Aggies were invited to the NIT for the first time since he played in it in 2000. Most recently, Mason followed Menzies to UNLV and was the Runnin' Rebels Director of Player Personnel. Mason played for the Aggies from 1999-2003, averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds during his career. He is part of the New Mexico State 1,000-Point Club, scoring 1,051 point in his four seasons playing in Las Cruces. He was also twice named the team's Defensive Player of the Year. Mason went on to play professionally in both the United States and overseas, finishing his career in Lebanon for Byblos Sporting Club. He also helped the Albuquerque Thunderbirds win the 2006 NBA D-League Championship and also played for the Gallup Talons of the ABA. Mason earned his bachelor's degree in individualized studies in 2009 from New Mexico State, with a minor in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.
Courtesy of: golobos.com



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Tall Blacks tip Angola over - by Eurobasket News

The New Zealand men's basketball team has beaten previously unbeaten Angola 72-64 at a tournament in China. The Tall Blacks victory at the Kunshan International Basketball Championships comes after earlier losses to hosts China and to Lithuania. Coach Paul Henare said the start to the game against the experienced Angolan team was crucial. "We got off to a really good start. Angola seemed to be lacking a bit of energy and urgency early and we did a good job of capitalizing on that," said Henare. "Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) came off the bench and got the scoreboard ticking over, but getting off to a good start was huge for us and for our confidence." Raukawa posted eight quick points in the first half and with centre Sam Timmins (211-C-97) chiming in with six points and three boards and the team shooting four of 13 from deep, the Tall Blacks were perhaps more comfortable than the 34-29 halftime score suggested. Henare said the win was very satisfying. "I am extremely happy and proud of the boys to beat Angola, this is their full-strength team and they have some serious talent and unbelievable experience with five or six guys that have been to multiple world championships and probably Olympics as well." "For our young group to perform against a side like that was very impressive." The Tall Blacks now travel to Chengdu for a further tournament, playing Lithuania, Angola and China Red in their final games before the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, from August 8th.
Courtesy of: radionz.co.nz




Ironi Nahariya tabs Corey Webster, ex Wellington S. - by Nir Luna

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) inked 29-year old New Zealander international guard Corey Webster (188-90kg-88, college: Lambuth). He played in the summer at Wellington Saints in New Zealand NBL league. In 19 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.3ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). Webster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Domestic Player of the Year, Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The last season he played at New Zealand Breakers (also in NBL) in where in 15 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Domestic Player of the Year, Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Webster received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2015.
He has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. Webster has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006.
He also represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago.
Webster has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Webster has played previously professionally also in Greece (Koroivos) and Serbia (Mega Bemax).
He attended Lambuth University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Webster's game is described as: A powerful combo guard, he can score and quarterback his team with the same effectiveness. Can be yet considered a rising star who works hard to come back at top level.

Ironi Nahariya roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Corey Webster
Stu Douglass
Denzel Livingston
Iftach Ziv

Forwards:
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Alex Young

Center:
Igor Nesterenko

Coach: Eric Elfassi

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Nigeria Crisis: We're ready for peace and reconciliation - Tijjani Umar - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Tijani Umar-led Nigeria Basketball Federation has declared its readiness to exploit all avenues for peace and reconciliation in the present imbroglio engulfing the country's basketball administration.

Umar, said in Lagos on Monday, after a board meeting, that, his board is ready for peace and reconciliation as presented in the letter written to the two boards by the world governing body, FIBA on the way forward.

Umar, said in a statement signed by the Media Consultant, Patrick Omorodion that: 'We are ready to honour the invitation from the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, that FIBA has appointed as the only body that would ensure reconciliation in Nigerian basketball. We shall submit to all measures that would be employed by the Nigeria Olympic Committee towards achieving peace.

'Our interest bothers on the players, officials and the general basketball stakeholders who make a living from basketball. We have resolved in our board meeting to do everything possible to ensure the game is developed in Nigeria both at the local and international levels. For the interest of the game, we shall not send any letter to basketball stakeholders asking them not to work with any group, as the letter sent in by FIBA said specifically that it did not recognize any of the two groups, but will only send correspondence to the Musa Kida group.

'Sending correspondence does not mean recognition and we understand that perfectly. Asking players and officials not to deal with any particular group is retrogressive and injurious to peace and reconciliation as directed by FIBA.'

Tijani Umar, assured all basketball stakeholders, players and officials that he is optimistic that before the November deadline given by FIBA, peace would have returned to the country's basketball.

He admonished all the players invited for the Afrobasket Championships, male and female, to work amicably with the group which FIBA for now maintains correspondence with. 'The players must try their best to make Nigeria proud again at the Afrobasket, which D'Tigers are defending champions.'

He commended the leadership of FIBA for making a bold move to ensure a lasting peace in Nigerian basketball. 'I believe so much that the letter to the two groups is just the best and the only way to resolve the crisis and I am very happy that before the end of November, normalcy will return to Nigerian basketball.'



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Justin Watts (ex Den Bosch) signs at Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) landed 27-year old American swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played most recently at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 25 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg last season. Watts helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Watts experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Watts has played previously professionally in Japan (Kagawa Five Arrows), Uruguay (Defensor), Australia (Rockhampton Rockets) and Mexico (Mineros de Caborca).
He attended University of North Carolina until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ludwigsburg welcomes back Johnson, ex MKS DG - by Eurobasket News

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL) inked 27-year old American point guard Kerron Johnson (183-79kg-90, college: Belmont). It is actually his comeback to EnBW Ludwigsburg as he has played here before. Johnson played most recently at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish PLK league. In 34 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at EnBW Ludwigsburg where in 23 BBL games he had 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.9apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. The other team Johnson played that season for was SPO Rouen in French ProA. In 15 games he got 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg.
Among other achievements Johnson won OVC Regular Season East Division championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team award in 2015.
Johnson has played also professionally in Australia (New Zealand Breakers).
He attended Belmont University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Johnson's game is described as: An exciting floor general with a winning background.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Kerron Johnson
Niklas Geske
Michael Frazier
Matej Jelovcic
Adika Peter-McNeilly

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Johannes Thiemann
Dwayne Evans
Justin Sears

Coach: John Patrick

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Nick Washburn (ex FC Porto) agreed terms with Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano - by Eurobasket News

Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (B League D2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Nick Washburn (208-118kg-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last two years at FC Porto in Portuguese LPB league. Washburn managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 41 LPB games he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. Washburn also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.2ppg and 9.0rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg (#5 in the league).
Among other achievements Washburn received Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Spain (Magia_Huesca and Castello).
Worth to mention Washburn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Hillsdale College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A true center who is very long, athletic and a very smart player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mens Sana 1871 Siena adds Ebanks to their roster, ex San German - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A2) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Devin Ebanks (206-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Ebanks played at Al Sharjah (D1) in UAE league.
In 2010 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). The former West Virginia University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Ebanks' team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Ebanks' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in six different countries. Ebanks tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Mexico (Halcones Rojos), Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega), NBA G League (Texas Legends, Northern Arizona Suns, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Grand Rapids Drive) and D-League (Springfield A.).
On Ebanks: Has long arms, good ball handling, great timing for rebounds. Can score well in the paint but has limited range from outside. Plays with intensity and aggressiveness, he's effective at the defensive side, should add some beef to become a perfect PF.

Mens Sana 1871 Siena roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Elston Turner

Forwards:
Daniele Sandri
Devin Ebanks

Center:
Marko Simonovic

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UBT Cluj Napoca lands Lasan Kromah - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) tabbed 26-year old American (has also Liberian passport) guard Lasan Kromah (198-92kg-91, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. Kromah managed to play in four leagues in four countries last year (!!!). In 24 A Division games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.7ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Kromah also played that season for United in Australian NBL. But in three games he averaged just 1.0ppg. The other team Kromah played shortly was Promitheas in Greek A1 where in two games he had 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg. Another team Kromah played briefly was another team Knicks in U.S. NBA-G-League. In two games he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Kromah was drafted by Westchester Knicks (D-League) in third round (60th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Kromah won NCAA championship title in 2014.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Kromah has played previously professionally in Turkey (Konyaspor) and Greece (Kavala).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He can rebound, defend, pass. He's really capable of taking over games offensively. He gets a lot of recognition for his outside shooting, but he just finds ways to score. He has a real passion for basketball and just loves to play.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas
Lasan Kromah

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

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Aleksandr Gudumak leaves Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93, agency: Alti Sport) and Nizhny Novgorod split ways. The power forward joined the team at the start of the previous season. Aleksandr Gudumak tallied 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in VTB League. The forward also notched 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance in EuroCup. Aleksandr Gudumak had stints with CSKA, Krasnie Krilya and Sakhalin before.



Robinson starts his pro career at Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 22-year old American point guard Justin Robinson (173-79kg-95). Robinson just graduated from Monmouth (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg last season. Robinson helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was selected All-MAAC Player of the Year, All-ECAC Division I Player of the Year and named to All-MAAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Avtodor Saratov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dramir Zibirov
Fedor Klyuchnikov
Justin Robinson

Forwards:
Maxim Sheleketo
Micah Downs

Center:
Artem Klimenko

Coach: Andrea Mazzon

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Nikola Dragovic (ex ASVEL) joins Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-105kg-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA, but left the team in May.'17. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg. Dragovic also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 10.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Dragovic played at Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A. In 19 games he averaged 8.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. The other team Dragovic played that season for was Mitteldeutscher BC in German BBL. In 8 games he got 12.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He also spent pre-season at Brose Baskets (BBL) in Germany that year.
Dragovic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 53.3%.
Dragovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Serbia (Mega Bemax).
Dragovic attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Tecnyconta Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Nikola Dragovic
Michal Michalak
Michal Michalak
Lovro Mazalin
Torian Graham

Coach: Jose Ramon Cuspinera

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Baker's pro career starts at BC Partizan NiS Beograd - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed American point guard Ian Baker (183-82kg). He just graduated from New Mexico State University (NCAA). Baker has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Baker helped them to win WAC Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-WAC Player of the Year, All-WAC All-Tournament MVP and selected to All-WAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Baker is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen

Center:
Obrad Tomic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

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Nikola Radicevic (ex Real Betis) is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Spaniard guard Nikola Radicevic (197-94). He played last season at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 28 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg.
Two years ago Radicevic was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team back in 2012.
Radicevic represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 34.3%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.0%.
Radicevic has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Partizan and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team) and Spain (Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team).

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

Forwards:
Milko Bjelica
Marko Keselj
Stefan Jankovic
Ognjen Dobric
Ranko Simovic

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tanel Kurbas (ex Sodertalje) joins Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) agreed terms with 29-year old Estonian international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88). He played last season at Sodertalje Kings in Swedish Basketligan. Kurbas managed to play in three leagues last year. In 44 Basketligan games he had 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Kurbas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 7.6ppg and 1.7rpg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kurbas played at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 Alexela KML games he got 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg. Kurbas contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention. Kurbas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 6 games in Baltic League where he got 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kurbas won Estonian League championship title in 2009 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Guard of the Year in 2015.
Kurbas has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Kurbas also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 86.7%.
Kurbas has played also professionally for other Estonian teams like Triobet/Dalkia, Kalev/Cramo and Noorteliiga.

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Teo Hojc



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Nikola Radicevic (ex Real Betis) is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Spaniard guard Nikola Radicevic (197-94). He played last season at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 28 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg.
Two years ago Radicevic was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team back in 2012.
Radicevic represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 34.3%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.0%.
Radicevic has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Partizan and BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team) and Spain (Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team).

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

Forwards:
Milko Bjelica
Marko Keselj
Stefan Jankovic
Ognjen Dobric
Ranko Simovic

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grissin Bon RE lands Garrett Nevels, ex Forca Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) landed 25-year old American guard Garrett Nevels (188-86kg-92, college: Hawaii). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He played most recently at Forca Lleida in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and recorded 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Nevels played at Arcos Albacete Basket (EBA) in Spanish league where in 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 20.5ppg and averaged 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Nevels graduated from University of Hawaii in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Burgos land Corey Fisher - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) landed 29-year old Georgian ex-international point guard Corey Fisher (186-93kg-88, college: Villanova). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fisher played most recently at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Fisher also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg.
The previous (2016) summer Fisher played at Indios de San Francisco in Dominican Rep. LNB. In only one game he recorded just 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals in 2016 season.
Fisher has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
Fisher also represented Georgia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 70.6%.
Fisher is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Fisher has played previously professionally in China (Sturgeons), Croatia (Cibona), Russia (Enisey), Venezuela (Marinos and Guaros), Spain (Joventut) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended Villanova University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Fisher's outlook: An electric offensive performer … Can play either guard position … A unique combination guard with a knack for scoring … Also adept at creating shots for teammates.

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Meridiano Baza keeps Mesa for another season - by Eurobasket News

Meridiano Baza (EBA) re-signed experienced 40-year old center Javier Mesa (206-77). He played there last season. In 15 EBA games he averaged 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg.
Mesa has spent his entire career in Spain playing for seven other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Santfeliuenc, Alcazar, Cocinas.com, Olivar, Barbera and Cocinas.com.
Mesa is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Meridiano Baza.

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Ramon re-signs at Almeria - by Eurobasket News

Almeria Basket confirmed in their roster 25-year old Cristian Ramon (92). He has played there for the last three seasons.

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Unicaja inks Ray McCallum - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 26-year old American point guard Ray McCallum (190-86kg-91, college: Detroit Mercy). He played last season at Grand Rapids Drive (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 42 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 7.0apg and 2.2spg (in top 2).
In 2013 McCallum was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (36th overall). The former University of Detroit Mercy staris in his fifth season in pro basketball. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2017.
McCallum's team was regular season runner-up in Horizon League in 2013.
McCallum represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg.
McCallum has played previously professionally in NBA (Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Reno Bighorns).

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

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Edmond Koyanouba joins OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto - by Eurobasket News

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) agreed terms with 22-year old Chadian international center Edmond Koyanouba (207-95) from CB Andujar Jean Paraiso Interi. In 19 EBA games in Spain he had 11.4ppg and 7.8rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Koyanouba spent at Myrtia where in 16 EBA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Koyanouba also played that season for Marin Ence PeixeGalego (LEB Silver). But in 9 games he averaged just 0.6ppg and 1.4rpg. Koyanouba was called to Chadian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for three other teams: Ferrol, Blancos de Rueda and Fundacion Baloncesto Valladolid.

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Miguel Ortega

Forwards:
Alejandro Valor
Fernando Devos

Center:
Edmond Koyanouba

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Gipuzkoa keeps Oroz for another season - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) re-signed 21-year old guard Xavi Oroz (192-96). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 3.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg last season. Oroz helped them to win the LEB Gold title.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (LEB Silver) where in 28 games he had 5.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg (in top 3).
Oroz represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.8rpg.

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Valladolid signs Maximilian Hopfgartner - by Eurobasket News

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (LEB Gold) signed 25-year old Austrian international forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, college: John Brown, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Navarra in the LEB Silver. In 33 games he had 10.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Hopfgartner played at Xuven Cambados (also in LEB Silver). In 26 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 4.2rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Hopfgartner's team won SAC Regular Season in 2013.
He has been also a member of Austrian international program for some years. Hopfgartner has regularly played for Austrian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
He represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg.
Hopfgartner graduated from John Brown University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oscar Alvarado
Greg Gantt
Henri Wade-Chatman

Forwards:
Maximilian Hopfgartner
Rowell Graham
Daniel Astilleros

Center:
Sergio De_La_Fuente

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Nikola Dragovic (ex ASVEL) joins Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-105kg-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA, but left the team in May.'17. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg. Dragovic also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 10.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Dragovic played at Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A. In 19 games he averaged 8.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. The other team Dragovic played that season for was Mitteldeutscher BC in German BBL. In 8 games he got 12.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He also spent pre-season at Brose Baskets (BBL) in Germany that year.
Dragovic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 53.3%.
Dragovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Serbia (Mega Bemax).
Dragovic attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Tecnyconta Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Nikola Dragovic
Michal Michalak
Michal Michalak
Lovro Mazalin
Torian Graham

Coach: Jose Ramon Cuspinera

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Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano inks Tim Dezelski, ex Sammic ISB - by Eurobasket News

Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (B League D2) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Tim Dezelski (198-104kg-90, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia in Spanish LEB Silver. In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. Dezelski helped them to win the LEB Silver title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres (EBA) in Spanish league where in 11 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.3bpg.
Dezelski has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Residence).
He attended Hillsdale College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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La Roda keeps Fernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda re-signed 27-year old point guard Arturo Fernandez (182-90). He played there last season. In 33 EBA games he averaged 12.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Blancos de Rueda where in 26 LEB Silver games he had 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Fernandez helped them to make it to the EBA Stage 1 Champion final in 2017.
He has played previously for five other teams: Ourense, Chantada, Zamorano, Fontedoso Carrefour and Innova Chef.

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arturo Fernandez
DeAngelo Hailey

Forwards:
Norman Rey
Jose Blazquez

Center:
Placide Nakidjim

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Thomas Schreiner joins Burgos - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 30-year old Austrian point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-88kg-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from MoraBanc Andorra. Schreiner has played there for the last five years. In 35 Liga Endesa games in Spain he had 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014. Schreiner was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
He represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Schreiner has played also professionally for other Austrian teams like UBC St. Polten, Furstenfeld Panthers and Kapfenberg Bulls.
On Schreiner: Really good pointguard .
Good courtvision, great understanding of the game and can lead a team !!
But can also play the 2 positon, because of his good shooting.
He is the starting five PG of the Austrian National Team with over 50 National Team Games.
This season he is leading the Austrian League in Steals and in the Assist/Turnover Ratio.
His style of playing Basketball is perfect for Teams in a League where they like to play structured and smart Basketball
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  SWITZERLAND  


Morges-Saint-Prex inks Julien Rahier - by Luca Maffioli

Morges-Saint-Prex BBC (LNB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Belgian guard Julien Rahier (193-83) from BBC Nyon. In 6 LNB games in Switzerland he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Rahier played at BBC Lausanne where in 12 LNB games he recorded also remarkable stats: 22.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg. He helped them to win the LNB title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Bosman Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to Honorable Mention.
Rahier is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Holland, Italy, Romania and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi, Oostende, VOO Verviers Pepinster and Huy) and Switzerland (Starwings and SAV Vacallo).
Rahier could be described: He is known for his great work-ethic and physical strength. He plays with a lot of faith and authority and works very hard in defense. Has good lateral speed and quickness and is a nice athlete who penetrates well to the basket. Can play both forward positions but is most comfortable at the 2-position. He is a good ballhandler who likes to take his opponent in one-on-one situations to the basket. Decent outside shooter who improved his range and arch on his shot dramatically throughout the last couple of years.

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Morges-Saint-Prex tabs Dramane Diarra - by Luca Maffioli

LNB newcomer Morges-Saint-Prex BBC inked experienced 37-year old Mali ex-international power forward Dramane Diarra (204-102kg-80, college: Kansas State) from Pully Basket. In 19 LNB games in Switzerland he averaged 11.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2.3spg and 1.4bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Honorable Mention.
He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Diarra was a member of Mali Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011.
He has played previously professionally also in France (Chalons Reims, Aix Maurienne, Saint Vallier and Boulazac Basket).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Morges-Saint-Prex.
Diarra attended Kansas State until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: very athletic and has a good feel for the game; can run the floor and plays aggressive around the basket;.

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Lakers ink Gardner Louissaint - by Luca Maffioli

Riviera Lakers (LNA) signed 26-year old forward Gardner Louissaint (197-91) from BC Boncourt Red Team. In 20 LNA games he had 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Louissaint's team made it to the Swiss Cup Final Four in 2016.
He represented Switzerland at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg.
Louissaint has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Neuchatel, Monthey, Martigny and Collombey-Muraz) and France (Besancon).

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Gardner Louissaint
Vincent Gaillard

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Steeve Louissaint signs at Lakers - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted Riviera Lakers (LNA) landed 30-year old international point guard Steeve Louissaint (191-87) from Geneve Lions. Louissaint has played there for the last four years. In 29 LNA games he averaged 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg last season. Louissaint helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
He has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Louissaint has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He also represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.0ppg.
Louissaint has played previously for three other teams: Neuchatel, Monthey and Boncourt.

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic

Forwards:
Vincent Gaillard
Pedro Pessoa

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Pully adds Bugnon to their roster - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted Pully Basket (LNA) added to their roster 23-year old point guard Thomas Bugnon (171-94). He has played for the last three seasons at Villars Basket in the LNB. In 21 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.0apg and 2.4spg last season. Bugnon helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
His team made it to the Swiss Cup final in 2014.
Bugnon represented Switzerland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.3ppg.
Bugnon has played previously for two other teams: Fribourg and Academie Fribourg.

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  TURKEY  


Ankara DSI adds Remzi Semercioglu - by Baha Kurtulus

Ankara DSI agreed the terms with Remzi Semercioglu (99) (99). The 18-year old guard is coming to Ankara DS from TOFAS Gelisim.
He appeared 28 times in TB2L averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

Remzi Semercioglu was selected to U16 National Team in 2015.

Ankara DSI roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Ali Kavaklioglu (186-PG-86)
Remzi Semercioglu
Berkcan Yananer (191-G-90)

Centers:
Adnan Onder Kulcebas (207-C/F-81)
Xavier Rey (210-C-87)
Serkan Kirce (204-C-96)

Coach: Hasan Ozmeric




Jarrod Jones (ex Guizhou) joins Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) agreed terms with 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Jones played this summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. The last season he played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played also professionally in France (JA Vichy), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba, Szolnok and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Scott Wood
Metin Turen
Dustin Hogue

Centers:
Jarrod Jones
Egemen Guven
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

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Pinar Karsiyaka to add Jarrod Jones to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) will sign 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State) who plays at Guizhou in China. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Great season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played also professionally in France (JA Vichy), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba, Szolnok and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Scott Wood
Metin Turen
Dustin Hogue

Centers:
Egemen Guven
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Queens Signs Juco Standout Shaun Willett - by David Edole

The Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team announces the addition of Shaun Willett (193-G) to its roster for the 2017-2018 season. Willett, a 6-4 guard from Palm Bay, Florida, recently completed his sophomore season at Indian River State College in Florida and will enroll at Queens as a junior in the fall 2017 semester.

In his lone season at Indian River, Willett garnered first-team all-conference honors, averaging 13.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field. In December he was nationally recognized as the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week for back-to-back performances in which he averaged 22 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor.

"Shaun will have an immediate impact on our program," said Royals head coach Bart Lundy. "He is an elite level athlete who has a great desire to be the best that he can be. He fits our style and culture, and brings an edge and toughness to our team. I would expect Shaun to quickly become a fan favorite because of his explosive athleticism."

Prior to his sophomore season at Indian River, Willett spent his freshman campaign playing at the Division I level making 13 appearances for Alcorn State University. During his senior year at Heritage High School, Willett was named a First-team All-Space Coast selection by FLORIDA TODAY for a season in which he averaged 27.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Willett joins Lewis Diankulu and Solomon Smith as the third member of the Royals 2017 recruiting class.

This past season the Queens men's basketball team took its success to new heights, finishing 30-4 overall, eclipsing the 30-win mark for the first time in program history after opening the season 16-0, the best start in program history. The Royals took home the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament championships for the first time in the school's four-year tenure in the league and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the top-ranked team in the region. Queens compiled two tournament wins and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. During the regular season, the Royals also reached their highest national ranking in program history, peaking at No. 2 in the D2SIDA Media Poll and No. 3 in the NABC Coaches Poll.



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  UGANDA  


Fadhili Chuma gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Talented Tanzanian Fadhili Chuma (F-95) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best UCU Canons and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 10 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Our Saviour (#8, 3-7) 69-60. UCU Canons is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. UCU Canons will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Chuma has many years of experience at UCU Canons, through which he has constantly improved. Chuma has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.9rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Joseph Ikong (193-F-85) of Power. Ikong impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Power to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nkumba M. (#12, 2-8) 81-49. This victory allowed Power to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Ikong is one of the most experienced players at Power and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#5). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. (#12). Midaki scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Midaki's great performance Nkumba M. lost 49-81 to the higher-ranked Power (#4, 6-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Nkumba M. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Midaki he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Midaki has a very solid season. In 9 games in Uganda he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) of Power - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Peter Elungat (188-F-83) of Our Saviour - 15 points and 3 rebounds
7. Daniel Monoja (C) of Our Saviour - 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 9 points and 2 rebounds
9. Paul Odong (G-91) of Power - 9 points and 3 assists
10. Sunday Okot (G-89) of Power - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  UKRAINE  


Tsykalyuk is back at Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) agreed terms with 24-year old forward Oleksandr Tsykalyuk (203-100kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Mykolaiv as he has played here before. Tsykalyuk played most recently at Khimik in the Superleague, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 12 games he had just 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Tsykalyuk also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded only 1.2ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tsykalyuk was named to Eurobasket.com All- SL Favorit Sport Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Latvia (Jelgava).

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Kushnirov comes back to Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old center Oleksandr Kushnirov (210-105kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Mykolaiv as he has played here before. Kushnirov played most recently at Bipa Basket (Superleague). In 7 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Kushnirov played at Jurmalas Sports / Fenikss in Latvian LBL where in 31 games he averaged 5.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 10 games in Baltic League where he had 4.8ppg and 4.2rpg.
Kushnirov's team made it to the Ukrainian Cup Final Four in 2013.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Kushnirov has played also professionally in Lithuania (Palanga).

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Ikhinmwin re-signs at London Lions - by Eurobasket News

London Lions (BBL) confirmed in their roster 30-year old forward Joe Ikhinmwin (198-100kg-87, college: South Carolina State, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 36 BBL games he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Ikhinmwin helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He was selected to British BBL All-Star Game back in 2014.
Ikhinmwin was a member of British U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for two other teams: London Leopards and Newcastle Eagles.
Ikhinmwin attended South Carolina State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

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Giants land Mr Basketball - by Paul Nilsen

Manchester Giants have signed 'Mr Basketball' Mark Rangeley (198-F/G-90) ahead of the new BBL season.

The 26-year-old joins from Lancashire Spinners and runs a successful coaching business )under the 'Mr Basketball' brand) alongside his playing commitments. And now, Rangeley has his first shot at the BBL.

The 6ft 6in guard can play in the 2-3-4 positions and will add shooting prowess to coach Danny Byrne's roster for the new campaign. Born in Tameside, Rangeley played under Byrne during his time at Spinners so the two know each other well.

Rangeley said: "I've had offers from the BBL before, but it's always been further away from home and I didn't want to up and leave my friends and family, and business.

"I've known Danny for a few years and we started talking at the end of the season and it felt like the right time. Everyone kept saying I should give it a shot in the BBL and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

"I know Callum (Jones) quite well and he says I'll do better than I expect. I'm interested to see how it goes. I'm a pretty tall guard, my main strength is shooting, but I'm athletic and I can get to the ring. I'm a useful player because of my height so can play across a few positions."

Rangeley went to USA and studied at Iowa Lakes College before returning to the UK with Huddersfield Heat in 2012, helping them earn promotion from Division 3 to Division 1.

He then moved on to Rossendale Raptors in 2014, and the club subsequently rebranded to Lancashire Spinners. Last season, Rangeley averaged 15 points per game for Spinners in Division 1.

Giants head coach Danny Byrne said: "I'm really pleased to be able to give Mark this opportunity and I feel like he is going to surprise a few teams.

"I've known him for a few years and have coached him before, we've always done a lot of work together in the summer and this year with me taking over at the Giants we had a conversation and said let's give it a shot.

"He's had a few successful seasons and posted good stats in Division 1 which isn't a bad level and it was the prime opportunity to give him a go at BBL

"He knows how I coach, I know how he plays and I really do have a strong feeling that he will push for a starting five slot at some point in the season.

"He already knows Callum and Clayfell and a few of the guys, so we've already got that chemistry starting to develop within the team."

Rangeley is the second new face to join the Giants roster this summer, following the arrival of forward Clayfell Harris from Leeds.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Aleksandr Gudumak leaves Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93, agency: Alti Sport) and Nizhny Novgorod split ways. The power forward joined the team at the start of the previous season. Aleksandr Gudumak tallied 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in VTB League. The forward also notched 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance in EuroCup. Aleksandr Gudumak had stints with CSKA, Krasnie Krilya and Sakhalin before.



Kalev/Cramo keeps Simmons for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Alexela KML) re-signed 31-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-107kg-86, college: North Carolina State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Simmons played there last season. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Alexela KML games he averaged 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. Simmons helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team. Simmons also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 10.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Simmons contributed to 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. Simmons also spent pre-season at Buducnost (Erste Liga) in Montenegrin league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Simmons attended North Carolina State and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Simmons has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Olympiacos and Kavala), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and Real Betis), Turkey (Gaziantep), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Tremendous shot blocker due to his huge wingspan (7'4") and quick leaping ability ... Disruptive and active defensively ... Has the size to play center and power forward on the next level ... Uses back to the basket post moves and is showing great progress in his ability to score posting up ... Has developed an effective jump hook ... Displays solid toughness inside. Does not shy away from contact ... Plays hard, good energy ...
Lacks great range and a consistent jump shot from any distance ... Offensive game is still a work in progress ... Shows excellent flashes, but lacks any real go-to moves
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BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Branko Mirkovic

Forwards:
Gregor Arbet
Cedric Simmons
Erik Keedus
Bojan Subotic
Janari Joesaar

Center:
Thomas van_der_Mars

Coach: Alar Varrak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robinson starts his pro career at Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) agreed terms with 22-year old American point guard Justin Robinson (173-79kg-95). Robinson just graduated from Monmouth (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg last season. Robinson helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was selected All-MAAC Player of the Year, All-ECAC Division I Player of the Year and named to All-MAAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Avtodor Saratov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dramir Zibirov
Fedor Klyuchnikov
Justin Robinson

Forwards:
Maxim Sheleketo
Micah Downs

Center:
Artem Klimenko

Coach: Andrea Mazzon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suduva tabs Stephanie Gardner, ex Goga - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) inked 25-year old American guard Stephanie Gardner (170-92, college: ODU). She played most recently at Goga in Albanian Superliga. Gardner managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Gardner also played that season for Sumadija in Serbian 1 ZLS where in four games she recorded very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 3.8spg. Gardner also spent pre-season at Terpsithea in Greek A1 that year. In three games she averaged 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.3apg.
Gardner has played previously professionally in Mexico (Quetzales) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She attended Old Dominion University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Belfius Namur adds Williams to their roster, ex Union Florida - by Eurobasket News

BC Belfius Namur Capitale (Top Division Women) added to their roster American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management). She played this summer at Union Florida in Argentinian Superliga. In 13 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.9spg. Williams helped them to win the Superliga title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Superliga 1st Team.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (22nd overall).
The former University of Florida standoutis in her first season in pro basketball.

BC Belfius Namur Capitale roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elena Bestagno
Hanne Mestdagh
Mariona Ortiz

Forward:
Ronni Williams

Center:
Josefin Vesterberg

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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  BELGIUM  


Belfius Namur adds Williams to their roster, ex Union Florida - by Eurobasket News

BC Belfius Namur Capitale (Top Division Women) added to their roster American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management). She played this summer at Union Florida in Argentinian Superliga. In 13 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.9spg. Williams helped them to win the Superliga title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Superliga 1st Team.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (22nd overall).
The former University of Florida standoutis in her first season in pro basketball.

BC Belfius Namur Capitale roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elena Bestagno
Hanne Mestdagh
Mariona Ortiz

Forward:
Ronni Williams

Center:
Josefin Vesterberg

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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Cluj Napoca inks Radoslava Bachvarova - by Eurobasket News

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed 30-year old Bulgarian forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU). She played last season at Vasas Akademia in Hungarian A Division. In 20 games she had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Bachvarova played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 22 games she recorded 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bachvarova played in the final of Bulgarian League in 2011. She was also voted CAAC All-Academic 1st Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Bachvarova was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. She played for Bulgarian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Bachvarova also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 75.0%.
Bachvarova is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (COB Calais and Arras), Germany (Don Bosco Bamberg), Turkey (Edirne), Bulgaria (Levski) and Serbia (Usce).
Bachvarova attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bianca Voica
Theairra Taylor
Leslie Vorpahl
Ioana Ghizila

Forwards:
Radoslava Bachvarova
Diana Moraru
Morgan Stroman

Center:
Aida Kalusic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Lorena Molnar (ex-Celje) moves to Slovanka - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian Lorena Molnar (192-C-98) has left WABA League champion Cinkarna Celje to join Czech side Slovanka for the 2017-18 season.
Molnar spent three seasons with Cinkarna Celje. In the latest one, she averaged 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.2 blocks in 5 WABA League games. She also produced
16.7 points (ranked second), league-leading 12.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and league-leading 1.9 blocks per game in 14 appearances Slovenian League games, where she played on loan at Domzale.
Molna grew up with Podravac and has already played for Pula in her native Croatia. She was a member of Croatian national team at U18 European championship in Hungary last summer.



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BG 89 Avides sign Shaniqua Nilles, ex SISU - by Juliane Hoehne

BG '89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg (2.Bundesliga) signed 24-year old American swingman Shaniqua Nilles (183-93, college: Gonzaga). She played most recently at SISU Copenhagen in Danish Dameligaen, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 5 games she had 11.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nilles' team won WCC Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015).
She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be her second season as a professional player.

BG '89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Pia Mankertz
Shaniqua Nilles
Birte Riebesell
Bente Lademacher
Nike Fortmann
Celine Schroeder
Cassidy Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C 1st Team 2017
Mireya Benitez
Benitez
Michela Zammit
Zammit
Mariam Okropiridze
Okropiridze
Agnesa Rrahmani
Rrahmani
Anna Aslanian
Aslanian

Best Player: Anna Aslanian (188-C-01) of Armenia
Best Guard: Mireya Benitez (165-PG-01) of Gibraltar
Best Forward: Mariam Okropiridze (157-PG-01) of Georgia
Best Center: Anna Aslanian (188-C-01) of Armenia

1st Team
PG: Mireya Benitez (165-PG-01) of Gibraltar
PG: Michela Zammit (155-PG-01) of Malta
PG: Mariam Okropiridze (157-PG-01) of Georgia
PG: Agnesa Rrahmani (167-PG-02) of Kosovo
C: Anna Aslanian (188-C-01) of Armenia

Honorable Mention
Kristina Melikyan (182-PF-01) of Armenia
Anthea Micallef (175-G/F-01) of Malta
Darcie Graham (171-PG-01) of Wales
Lia Mikiashvili (190-C-01) of Georgia
Camille Dignat (174-C-01) of Gibraltar
Enisa Kamerolli (160-PG-03) of Kosovo
Hermance Marti (165-SG-03) of Monaco



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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team 2017
Manami Fujioka
Fujioka
Moeko Nagaoka
Nagaoka
Yonghui Lim
Lim
Kelsey Griffin
Griffin
Yueru Li
Li

Best Player: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
Best Guard: Manami Fujioka (168-G-94) of Japan
Best Forward: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
Best Center: Yueru Li (192-C-99) of China

1st Team
G: Manami Fujioka (168-G-94) of Japan
F: Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) of Japan
F: Yonghui Lim (178-F-80) of South Korea
F: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
C: Yueru Li (192-C-99) of China

Honorable Mention
Alanna Smith (6'3''-F-96) of Australia
Sijing Huang (192-F-96) of China
Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87) of New Zealand
Kalani Purcell (188-F-95) of Australia
Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) of Japan
Jisu Park (195-C-98) of South Korea
Suk Yong Ro (181-C-93) of North Korea



Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team 2017
Manami Fujioka
Fujioka
Moeko Nagaoka
Nagaoka
Yonghui Lim
Lim
Kelsey Griffin
Griffin
Yueru Li
Li

Best Player: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
Best Guard: Manami Fujioka (168-G-94) of Japan
Best Forward: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
Best Center: Yueru Li (192-C-99) of China

1st Team
G: Manami Fujioka (168-G-94) of Japan
F: Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) of Japan
F: Yonghui Lim (178-F-80) of South Korea
F: Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) of Australia
C: Yueru Li (192-C-99) of China

Honorable Mention
Alanna Smith (6'3''-F-96) of Australia
Sijing Huang (192-F-96) of China
Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87) of New Zealand
Kalani Purcell (188-F-95) of Australia
Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) of Japan
Jisu Park (195-C-98) of South Korea
Suk Yong Ro (181-C-93) of North Korea



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  GERMANY  


BG 89 Avides sign Shaniqua Nilles, ex SISU - by Juliane Hoehne

BG '89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg (2.Bundesliga) signed 24-year old American swingman Shaniqua Nilles (183-93, college: Gonzaga). She played most recently at SISU Copenhagen in Danish Dameligaen, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 5 games she had 11.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nilles' team won WCC Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015).
She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be her second season as a professional player.

BG '89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg roster for 2017-2018:

Pia Mankertz
Shaniqua Nilles
Birte Riebesell
Bente Lademacher
Nike Fortmann
Celine Schroeder
Cassidy Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ariel Hearn joins Braunschweig - by Juliane Hoehne

Eintracht Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with American point guard Ariel Hearn (173, college: Memphis). She played last season at Southern Lady Generals (WUBA) in the U.S.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hearn was voted All-AAC 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016 at her college time. She averaged 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9 apg and 2.2 spg her senior year.
Hearn graduated from University of Memphis in 2016 and it will be her first season as a professional player.

Eintracht Braunschweig roster for 2017-2018:

Mareike Mueller
Maj Vom Hofe
Ariel Hearn
Melody Haertle
Tessa Strompen
Morgana Soehn
Julina Meinhart

Coach: Juliane Hoehne

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miskolc lands Fanni Szabo - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (A Division) tabbed 23-year old Hungarian international swingman Fanni Szabo (185-94, agency: LBM Management). She just graduated from Dartmouth (NCAA). Szabo has played there for the last four years. In 26 games she averaged 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Szabo's college team won Hungarian Cup in 2013. She received also All-Ivy League 2nd Team award in 2015.
Szabo has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Szabo represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Szabo has played previously for Sopron Basket and MTK Budapest.

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fanni Szabo
Monica Engelman
Dora Nagy
Kirby Burkholder

Forwards:
Tereza Peckova
Dorina Zele

Center:
Zenta Melnika

Coach: Stefan Svitek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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La Spezia lands Lavinia Da Silva - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) tabbed 29-year old Portuguese international center Lavinia Da Silva (187-88). She has a double citizenship as she also holds British passport. Da Silva is not a newcomer in Italian League as she played most recently at Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari in the Serie A2. In 26 games she averaged 12.7ppg, 11.3rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Da Silva played at Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano (also in Serie A2) where in 29 games she had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg.
Da Silva also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7spg.
Da Silva has played previously professionally in Portugal (CAB Madeira, Boa Viagem and Alges) and United Kingdom (Topcats).

Carispezia La Spezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Templari
Sara Innocenzi
Marherita Corradino

Forwards:
Marina Dzinic
Elisabetta Linguaglossa
Laura Reani
Katrin Stoichkova
Maria Giuseppone

Center:
Lavinia Da_Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Martino keeps Filippi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino Di Lupari (Serie A1) re-signed 32-year old international forward Marcella Filippi (186-85, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 19 Serie A1 games she averaged 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4spg last season.
Filippi's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015.
She also represented Italy at the 3x3 European Championships in Bucharest last year.
Filippi has played previously for five other teams: CA Romagna, La Spezia, Carugate, Udine and Pomezia.

Fila San Martino Di Lupari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angela Gianolla
Monica Tonello

Forwards:
Megan Mahoney
Marcella Filippi
Sabina Oroszova

Center:
Beatrice Baldi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suduva tabs Stephanie Gardner, ex Goga - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) inked 25-year old American guard Stephanie Gardner (170-92, college: ODU). She played most recently at Goga in Albanian Superliga. Gardner managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Gardner also played that season for Sumadija in Serbian 1 ZLS where in four games she recorded very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 3.8spg. Gardner also spent pre-season at Terpsithea in Greek A1 that year. In three games she averaged 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.3apg.
Gardner has played previously professionally in Mexico (Quetzales) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She attended Old Dominion University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Consuegra Inked to Multi-Year Extension at Charlotte - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte 49ers athletic department, led by director of athletics Judy Rose, and Cara Consuegra have agreed on a contract extension, ensuring the head women's basketball coach's place at the charge of the program for the next four seasons. The new contract runs through March 31, 2021. 'I am extremely pleased to receive another commitment from Cara to continue leading our women's basketball program,' Rose said. 'She has surrounded herself with a great staff and our talent level in recruiting has increased each year.' Consuegra is set to begin her seventh season with the program in 2017-18, matching her with Rose for the second-longest tenure in school history. 'My family and I are proud to serve such an outstanding University that aligns with our values,' Consuegra said. 'Charlotte is a special place and that is first and foremost because of the people that are a part of this incredible community. 'I want to thank Judy Rose and Chancellor Dubois for their outstanding leadership and their continued belief in our vision for Charlotte women's basketball. We are excited to continue our mission to transform the lives of our young women, both on and off the court.' Consuegra enters this season with a 112-75 (.599) record, the second-most wins in school history. She surpassed Rose on the list early last year and then captured career victory No. 100 as the 49ers topped North Texas in the Conference USA opener, Dec. 30, 2016. Only Ed Baldwin's 175 triumphs and 13 seasons rank higher than Consuegra in Charlotte history. The 49ers have competed in four postseasons during her tenure, including advancing to the WNIT Sweet 16 in 2012-13, just her second year, as part of one of the most successful campaigns in school history with 26 victories. Last year, the Niners received four all-conference honors and the senior class was among the most decorated in program history. Lefty Webster completed her career ranked fifth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,503 points. An All-Conference USA Team selection each year during her career, she became only the second player in 49ers history to register 1400 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists, 200 steals and 75 blocked shots. Ciara Gregory capped her career by being the top sharpshooter in school history, owning five records for her efforts from behind the 3-point arc. Gregory set new standards for career 3-pointers made and attempted; single-season 3-pointers made and attempted; and single-game 3-pointers made. In addition, she became the 23rd member of the school's 1,000-point club. Player success under Consuegra has not only taken place domestically, but also internationally. Most recently, this summer rising junior Laia Raventos was a member of the gold medal Spain roster at the FIBA U20 European Championship. The first international signee under Consuegra, Raventos who opened her career with an All-Conference USA Freshman Team honor in 2015-16, continues to shine on a larger stage. It was also that same year, 2015-16, after which Consuegra was named to the inaugural Conference USA Coaches Circle. Four former Charlotte players who have been coached by Consuegra have continued their careers on the professional levels in Europe upon graduation. Included in that group is the 2013 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Jennifer Hailey. Hailey is one of only two conference players of the year in school history. Ny Hammonds, the school's all-time leader in assists, also spent time overseas playing professionally. With her teams consistently near the top of the Conference USA standings and with the support of Niner Nation, the 49ers continue to be showcased to wider audiences. This past year, the program was featured a record 18 times on various TV and streaming platforms, including a Conference USA-best 12 of 14 home games. Various networks to include Charlotte in their programing included ESPN3, American Sports Network, Campus Insiders, beIN SPORTS and UNC Charlotte TV. Consuegra's squad returns seven players from last year, including two starters, while seven newcomers are set to join the program in 2017-18.
Courtesy of: charlotte49ers.com



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  NCAA2  


Rich Shayewitz Named Head Women's Basketball Coach at Sonoma State - by Eurobasket News

Rich Shayewitz , who has spent the previous 11 seasons as the Associate Head Coach for the Sonoma State University Men's Basketball team, has been named the Head Coach of the SSU Women's Basketball team, it was announced by the University Tuesday. Shayewitz becomes the sixth head coach in the program's 37-year history. 'I am truly humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the Sonoma State Women's Basketball program,' Shayewitz said. 'I want to thank Director of Athletics Bill Fusco, Interim Vice President for Administration & Finance Stan Nosek, Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Steven Winter and the selection committee for their hard work and diligence throughout this process. Sonoma State is a place that means so much to me and I look forward to working with our student-athletes, staff, administration, and campus community to create successes on and off the court.' 'Our women's basketball program is most fortunate to have Rich Shayewitz as our next head coach,' said Director of Athletics Bill Fusco. 'His experience, knowledge of the game, endless energy and passion will undoubtedly lead this program to new heights.' Shayewitz came to Sonoma State University as a undergraduate in the fall of 1995 and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing in the spring of 2000. During that time, he volunteered as a student assistant coach on the SSU men's basketball team under head coach Pat Fuscaldo and has been on the sidelines ever since. He was later promoted to Associate Head Coach just prior to the 2006-07 season. In his 19 seasons with the men's team, Shayewitz was instrumental in assisting the program to four NCAA tournament appearances, including this past season in which the Seawolves were crowned the NCAA Division II statistical champion in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a nation's-best 57.8 points per game. He was also credited for his help in the team's 2005-06 CCAA Championship run and six CCAA tournament appearances since. In addition to his efforts on the sideline, Shayewitz has served as the Academic and Eligibility Student-Athlete Advisor for the SSU athletic department for the past several years. He also holds two Master's degrees; one in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, and another in Business from Sonoma State. He will take over a women's basketball program that has gone 33-75 the past four seasons, and 82-160 since its last NCAA tournament appearance in 2007-08. 'Sonoma State is my home,' continued Shayewitz. 'From my playing days to the years I have spent on the sideline, it has always been my dream to be a head coach at SSU. I have to thank SSU Men's Basketball Coach Pat Fuscaldo for the opportunity and freedom he has given me over the years within his program.' Shayewitz finished by saying, 'I hope to establish a culture of high standards, trust, accountability, confidence, teamwork, competition, and fun. By doing so, success will be the byproduct of our culture.'
Courtesy of: sonomaseawolves.com



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  PORTUGAL  


La Spezia lands Lavinia Da Silva - by Eurobasket News

Carispezia La Spezia (Serie A1) tabbed 29-year old Portuguese international center Lavinia Da Silva (187-88). She has a double citizenship as she also holds British passport. Da Silva is not a newcomer in Italian League as she played most recently at Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari in the Serie A2. In 26 games she averaged 12.7ppg, 11.3rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.5spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Da Silva played at Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano (also in Serie A2) where in 29 games she had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg.
Da Silva also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7spg.
Da Silva has played previously professionally in Portugal (CAB Madeira, Boa Viagem and Alges) and United Kingdom (Topcats).

Carispezia La Spezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Templari
Sara Innocenzi
Marherita Corradino

Forwards:
Marina Dzinic
Elisabetta Linguaglossa
Laura Reani
Katrin Stoichkova
Maria Giuseppone

Center:
Lavinia Da_Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Cluj Napoca inks Radoslava Bachvarova - by Eurobasket News

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed 30-year old Bulgarian forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU). She played last season at Vasas Akademia in Hungarian A Division. In 20 games she had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Bachvarova played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 22 games she recorded 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bachvarova played in the final of Bulgarian League in 2011. She was also voted CAAC All-Academic 1st Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Bachvarova was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. She played for Bulgarian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Bachvarova also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 75.0%.
Bachvarova is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (COB Calais and Arras), Germany (Don Bosco Bamberg), Turkey (Edirne), Bulgaria (Levski) and Serbia (Usce).
Bachvarova attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bianca Voica
Theairra Taylor
Leslie Vorpahl
Ioana Ghizila

Forwards:
Radoslava Bachvarova
Diana Moraru
Morgan Stroman

Center:
Aida Kalusic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Lorena Molnar (ex-Celje) moves to Slovanka - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian Lorena Molnar (192-C-98) has left WABA League champion Cinkarna Celje to join Czech side Slovanka for the 2017-18 season.
Molnar spent three seasons with Cinkarna Celje. In the latest one, she averaged 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.2 blocks in 5 WABA League games. She also produced
16.7 points (ranked second), league-leading 12.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and league-leading 1.9 blocks per game in 14 appearances Slovenian League games, where she played on loan at Domzale.
Molna grew up with Podravac and has already played for Pula in her native Croatia. She was a member of Croatian national team at U18 European championship in Hungary last summer.



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  SPAIN  


Joventut Les Corts Barcelona keeps Turrion for another season - by Eurobasket News

Joventut Les Corts Barcelona (LF2) re-signed Judith Turrion. She played there last season. In 28 LF2 games she averaged 3.9ppg and 1.3rpg.

Joventut Les Corts Barcelona roster for 2017-2018:

Paula Tutusaus
Angels Farre
Helena Santamaria
Maria Cordon
Judith Turrion

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Hurtado re-signs at Sant Adria - by Eurobasket News

Femeni Sant Adria (LFB) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Cristina Hurtado (187-92). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 29 LF2 games she had 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1spg last season. Hurtado helped them to win the LF2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).

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Peredo re-signs at Distrito Olimpico - by Eurobasket News

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid (LFB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old forward Ana Peredo (181-89). She played there last season. But in 5 LFB games she had just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg.
Peredo won LF2 Group B in 2011.
She has played previously for three other teams: Jopisa Burgos, ASEFA Estudiantes and Sarria.

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Mann Filter keeps Pascua for another season - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) re-signed experienced 34-year old international center Lucila Pascua (196-83). She played there last season. In 26 LFB games she averaged 7.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season Pascua played at Conquero where in 18 LFB games she had just 2.9ppg and 4.1rpg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
Among other achievements Pascua received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
She also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg.
Pascua has played also professionally in Croatia (Lupa Promotion), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida and San Jose) and Hungary (PINKK Pecsi).

Mann Filter Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paola Ferrari
Gabriela Ocete
Shacobia Barbee
Zoe Hernandez

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

Centers:
Lucila Pascua
Gisela Vega

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  SWEDEN  


Martina Stalvant joins Alvik Basket - by Eurobasket News

Alvik Basket (Damligan) agreed terms with 28-year old international guard Martina Stalvant (176-89, agency: Two Points). She played last season at Udominate in the Damligan. In 34 games she had 13.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg. Stalvant helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Defensive Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.8apg (top 4).
The previous (15-16) season Stalvant played at Lulea Basket. In 36 games she averaged 12.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. She contributed to her team winning the Damligan title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). It was another spectacular season as she was named to Eurobasket.com Swedish Damligan All-Domestic Players Team. Stalvant also played 8 games in Eurocup where she got 12.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.5apg (top 4) and 1.3spg.
Stalvant has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Stalvant also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.5ppg.
Stalvant is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok), Spain (Gran Canaria) and Czech Republic (Handicap).

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  TURKEY  


Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. lands Gokce Dogan - by Eurobasket News

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) tabbed 31-year old former international forward Gokce Dogan (175-86, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency). She played most recently at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye in the KBSL. In 17 games she averaged 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season. Dogan also played 12 games in Euroleague where she had 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Fenerbahce. In 22 games she recorded just 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg. Dogan helped them to win the KBSL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played 8 games in Euroleague, but she got only 0.5ppg. Dogan contributed to her team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
She was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Dogan played for Turkish Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
She represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg.
Dogan has played previously for eight other teams: Botas, Cankaya, Adana ASKI Mersin, Alanya Bld, Samsun, Izmir Eda, TED Ankara and Samsun.

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kim Mestdagh

Forwards:
Gokce Dogan
Cansu Koksal

Center:
Ann Wauters

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  WNBA  


Sky trade Imani Boyette, Tamera Young to Dream - by Eurobasket News

The Sky traded center Imani Boyette (6'7''-C-94, college: Texas) and forward Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU, agency: ProDep Management) to the Dream on Monday night for Jordan Hooper (6'2''-F-92, college: Nebraska) and a first-round draft pick, according to reports. Hooper, a 6-foot-2 forward, was the Big Ten player of the year at Nebraska in 2014. She played in 15 games this season for the Dream, averaging 3.1 points per game and shooting 37.2 percent in 6.2 minutes per game. A more enticing piece of the trade could be the 2018 pick in a draft that is expected to be loaded with talent. 'Hooper is a versatile shooter who is skilled at both forward positions,' Sky coach Amber Stocks said in a statement. 'Gaining an additional first-round pick to our already talent-rich 2018 roster further strengthens our impact.' Young was the longest tenured Sky player as a nine-year veteran. She averaged 10.2 points per game this season. Boyette, who was in her second season with the Sky, averaged 4.6 points per game as one of a deep core of a post players.
Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com