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  3X3  



BIG3 Week 7 recap: 3 Headed Monsters make playoffs, Gervin's Ghost Ballers lose & more - by Eurobasket News

In front of a high energized crowd of more than 8,000 basketball fans, BIG3 took the Rupp Arena court in Lexington, KY on Sunday, delivering another week of highly competitive, professional 3-on-3 basketball. With life or death playoff implications for teams in every game, the energy inside the historic arena was electrifying and the competition at an all time high. The Lexington Herald-Leader noted, 'Marketers have talked up the level of physicality and intensity in these contests, and it's not baloney. Guys dive after loose balls and body each other up in the post.' That physical intensity was on full display in all four contests as players battled for every possession, leaving it all on the floor in the penultimate games of the regular season.
In the most exciting and feature game of the day, Trilogy maintained their unbreakable winning streak in a dramatic come from behind win after trailing 25-14 at halftime before claiming a 50-45 win against a hardfought Power. Trilogy is now 7-0 and have clinched the first seed in the playoffs. From the first possession, the intensity of play was off the charts as Trilogy's James White (201-F/G-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: 3Eye) continued his streak of hard-nosed defense and trash talking in an effort to keep Power Captain Cuttino Mobley (194-G-74, college: Rhode Island) in check. Trilogy Captain Kenyon Martin (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati) highlighted his team's aggressive play in the win with two massive blocks that brought in thunderous roars from the fans. The level of basketball was so high in the closing possessions of the game that the crowd was on its feet for a full ten minutes. Rashad McCants (193-SG-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: Haylett Sports), the league's overall No. 1 draft pick led his undefeated team to victory with 20 points and eight rebounds including the game winning score. With this being Power's second loss in a row, they are now placed in a must win situation going into Week 8.
The day's second matchup was a back and forth game between Co-Captain Stephen Jackson (203-F/G-78, college: Butler Co.CC, agency: Interperformances)'s Killer 3s and last week's Player of the Week Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston)' 3's Company as both teams entered the day in need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Killer 3s jumped out to an early lead while relying on Jackson and Billups along with league leading rebounder Reggie Evans. The second half was an all out war with players fighting for loose balls and going at each other to see who could come away with the win. 3's Company regained the lead on an Andre Owens jumper at 40-39 after trailing since early in the first half, but Chauncey Billups (190-PG-76, college: Colorado) was able to put his team back on top moments later with a clutch free throw. In the game's final possessions with the everyone in the arena standing, 3's Company Co-Captain DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) hit a huge jumper and Al Thornton nailed the game winner to give Johnson his second consecutive win as a head coach.
The 3 Headed Monsters continued to ride the hot hand of league scoring leader Rashard Lewis (208-F-79) and guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) to take down the Ball Hogs. With the 50-34 win, 3 Headed Monsters clinched the second seed in the playoffs.
In the day's finale, Tri-State took to the court with a 1-5 record and beat the odds to pull off a 51-43 win against Ghost Ballers. If the team is able to secure another win in Week 8, Tri-State will have an opportunity to compete in the playoffs.
Official attendance was 8,007. Kentucky legends Sam Bowie and Rex Chapman were among the crowd at Rupp Arena taking in the action and were joined by fellow Wildcat Rajon Rondo and Lexington native and Orlando Magic star Shelvin Mack.
Courtesy of: news4sanantonio.com



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  ABA  


ABA returns to Owensboro, KY - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announces that it will be returning to Owensboro KY starting in November. "Owensboro was a great ABA city, the home of the ABA Champion Kentucky Bisons," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "A great team with great fan support; we are very happy to be back."
The team's primary owner will be Antjuan Washington , CEO of ABA Media and Entertainment and several other ABA teams. The co-owner is Dustin Driskell, co-owner of the ABA Kentucky Enforcers who will serve as Director of Basketball Operations for the Owensboro Colonels. The Enforcers will meet the Colonels in the opening game on November 4th. "There's amazing talent throughout Kentucky," added Driskell. "I'm excited to dig in and find the best of the best players in Owensboro and the surrounding area."
"We are excited to be in Owensboro; it's a great city steeped in basketball tradition," commented Washington. "Regardless where you catch a Colonels game, I guarantee you that it will be a family friendly, fun, entertaining, affordable and exciting time for all." The Colonels will be holding tryouts in mid-September for players, dance team and cheerleaders. For more information, email tjuan12@gmail.com, kentuckyenforcers@gmail.com or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Igor Penov leaves Karpos Sokoli next destination MZT Skopje? - by Mario Divanisov

After two seasons at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje the team captain Igor Penov (203-SF-84) could return to his childhood club KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom after deciding not to continue the cooperation with the Macedonian Cup winner and League runner up.

The 32-year old Small forward had an impressive last season at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje playing in three competitions. In 22 games in ABA League his averaged 2.2ppg and 2.1rpg, while in 18 games in the domestic championship he counted 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 18 games. His most impressive stats came in the Balkan League where he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 11 games while starting off the bench in most of the games. Despite his numbers not being high, his impressive defensive effort is what stood up throughout the season, giving him a debut in the national team this summer.

The biggest variant destination for Igor Penov could be KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he started his carrier in 2004. The white and blues reinforced their coaching position with Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) this summer, the same coach who started the KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom era in Macedonian basketball giving the team the first title ever and Igor Penov was part of the team back then.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Alex Nwora named Nigeria men team head coach - by Olusegun Ikuesan

United States of America based Nigerian Alex Nwora has been named as the new head coach of Nigeria senior men national team, D'Tigers ahead of their 2017 Afrobasket tournament title defence.

This was made known Wednesday by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida ahead of the Senior Men's national team's exercise expected to commence on Friday, 12th, 2017.

According to Kida, the decision to appoint Nwora who guided Cape Verde to the 2013 Afrobasket where they defeated D'Tigers by 79 points to 76 was borne out of the desire to give qualified Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.

'We started this project with the D'Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko. There is no point giving out national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are duly qualified to get the job done.'

He enjoined all Nigerians to support Nwora who is no stranger to the African basketball scene where he coached Cape Verde from 2009 to 2013.

Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls Abdulrahman Mohammed who have both guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF organized basketball league.

The list of invited players is expected to be announced soon.



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Echague lands Jerome Hill - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) landed 23-year old American forward Jerome Hill (198-100kg-94, college: Gardner-Webb). He played most recently at Huracan in the TNA. In 27 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.7apg last season.
Hill ended the previous (2015-16) season at Keflavik (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 11 games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg, 11.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Tindastoll (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 13 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Among other achievements Hill's team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He received also NABC All-District 11 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Hill graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lisandro Ruiz_Moreno
Mateo Gaynor
Jeremias Sandrini
Carlos Buemo
Eugenio Zustovich

Forwards:
Sebastian Cabello
Mariano Garcia
Jerome Hill
Emilio Stucky

Center:
Franco Barroso

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @NexoAgency)

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Petr.Argentino signs Federico Ferrini - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) signed experienced 34-year old small forward Federico Ferrini (194-83). He played last season at Ameghino in the TFB. Ferrini helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Part of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Capuchinos (also in TFB). Ferrini also played that season for Siena Costone (Serie C Gold) in Italian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Argentinian LigaA in 2010. Ferrini was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Newcomer of the Year back in 2008.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Ferrini has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Atenas, Weber Bahia, Lanus, Sionista and San Isidro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Harris (ex Doxa Lefkadas) signs at Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes (LigaA) landed 31-year old American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Diamond Sports). He played most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. Harris managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 14 A1 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.2apg. He also played that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Harris had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 8 Division A games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the Supercup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Harris also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he got impressive 16.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Harris received All-Big West Co-Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg, Walter Tigers and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Italy (Enel Brindisi) and Poland (PGE Turow and Energa Czarni).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Brandon Conley agreed terms with MBK Zilina - by Greg

Newly promoted MBK ZU Zilina (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Brandon Conley (201-102kg, college: ORU). He played in the summer at Diamond Valley Eagles in Australian Big V. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7bpg.
He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Travis Leslie is a newcomer at Kings - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sydney Kings (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Travis Leslie (193-93kg-90, college: Georgia, agency: 3Eye). He played most recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 51 games he recorded 14.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Leslie played at BBC Bayreuth in German BBL where in 16 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (47th overall). The former University of Georgia standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
He is a very experienced player. Leslie has played also professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai), NBA (Utah Jazz) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Powerful, compact frame. More than capable of withstanding a blow and finishing when contacted ... Not a comfortable sight for defenders while charging at the hoop: he'll either dunk over you or take you with him through the rim ... Body control, in-air adjustments and hang time are sublime. Squares his body well, but needs time to eye the target ... When opponents lay off him on the perimeter you can feel the doubts creep into his mind ... Needs to be more free flowing and aggressive
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Fuad Memcic signs at Rocks - by Eurobasket News

BK Mattersburg Rocks (2.Bundesliga) landed experienced 35-year old Slovenian-Bosnian power forward Fuad Memcic (210-113kg-82, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at Arkadia in the A Bundesliga. In 31 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Memcic spent at GD Hrastnik Zasavlje in Slovenian 2SKL where in 10 games he had 12.4ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played that season for Luxuris Celje (2SKL) in Slovenian league. In 5 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 5.2rpg.
Among other achievements Memcic won German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 2SKL Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Memcic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Spartak Pleven), France (UB Chartres), Iceland (Njardvik), Spain (Cordoba), Slovenia (Postojna, Zlatorog, Sezana and Terme Olimia) and Germany (BV Villingen Schwenningen).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Rocks.

BK Mattersburg Rocks roster for 2017-2018:

Fuad Memcic
Corey Hallett
Michael Mach
Dragisa Najdanovic
Jan Nicoli
Benjamin Bernleithner
Marko Soldo
Felix Reimann
Lukas Gludovatz
Pascal Poremba
Fabian Poremba

Coach: Michael Coffin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sigal Prishtina inks Wayne Martin - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Wayne Martin (201-108kg-93, agency: Two Points). He just graduated from Tennessee State University (NCAA). In 30 games he had 14.4ppg and 9.2rpg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to All-OVC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Martin is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016.
Martin has played previously for another Kosovan team South Shore.

Sigal Prishtina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dardan Berisha
Patrick Cole
Zeek Woodley

Forwards:
Seab Webster
Wayne Martin

Center:
Michael Glover

Coach: Ahmet Kandemir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anton Kazarnovski (ex BG Karlsruhe) joins Blokotehna - by Mario Divanisov

The newbie in Prva Liga Blokotehna straightened their roster with the addition of Russian-Israeli international Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85).

For the 32-year-old center this will be the second stay in Macedonia where in the 2015/16 season he wore the shirt of Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje. His senior experience goes throughout Europe starting from Israel tough Romania and Germany, while having an opportunity at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, FC Bayern Muenchen and BCM U Pitesti. He impressed in his last season playing in the German Regionalliga at BG Karlsruhe by averaging 13.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games played.

Anton Kazarnovski will be the third and last international signing for the rookie in Prva Liga this season as the club who will also compete in Balkan League already signed Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) and Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93, college: Oregon) earlier this summer.

Blokotehna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marjan Mladenovic (180-PG-87)
Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96)
Goran Glavchev (191-G-93)

Forwards:
Zlatko Gocevski (205-C-82, agency: Interperformances)
Danilo Mijatovic
Dwayne Benjamin

Center:
Anton Kazarnovski
Sinisa Avramovski (209-C-85, agency: Promotex)

Coach:
Marjan Ilievski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrejs Selakovs (ex Jekabpils) signs at Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) landed 29-year old Latvian ex-international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-115kg-88, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.5ppg and 7.4rpg last season. Selakovs also played 9 games in Baltic League where he had 7.9ppg, 8.6rpg (#5 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ventspils (also in LBL). In 42 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 5.4rpg. Selakovs helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Selakovs also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Selakovs' team won Kosovo Cup in 2014. He was selected to Kosovo League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Selakovs was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Selakovs also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg, 2.9rpg.
Selakovs is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (Tarragona and Melilla_Baloncesto), Ukraine (BC Odessa), Latvia (Barons Riga, ASK Riga, BA Riga and VEF Riga) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Selakovs' game is described as: Andrejs has a tremendous package of size and strength. Has the body and willingness to play physically inside the paint. Has a huge frame with wide shoulders and thick legs making it difficult to move him around in the post. Unlike many players with his dimensions, Andrejs has nice athleticism and solid agility who can get up and down the floor fairly well and displays good body control around the basket.
His size, quickness and athleticism makes him excellent low post defender and rebounder. He's an incredibly intense competitor and makes a huge impact at any level defensively. Has raw ability to score around the basket and crushes the rim any opportunity he gets
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dzukija keeps Hernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 27-year old Spaniard guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-72kg-90). He played there last season. In 38 LKL games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.2apg. Hernandez also spent pre-season at Real Betis (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He played in the final of Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) in 2008.
Hernandez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Hernandez has played previously for three other Spanish teams: FC Barcelona, La ICL Manresa and Cornella.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Justin Knox (ex F.Kontatto BO) is a newcomer at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Justin Knox (205-110kg-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 43 games he recorded 13.6ppg and 7.3rpg last season. Knox helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Final Genclik in Turkish TBL where in 32 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Knox received Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Knox's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Knox has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Holland (Den Helder), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Puerto Rico (Capitanes) and Turkey (Vestel).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Knox attended University of North Carolina until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pavlin Ivanov

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sterling Gibbs (ex Indios SFM) is a newcomer at N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-84kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. Gibbs managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 10 LNB games he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division where in 27 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg. Gibbs helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Last year Gibbs was drafted by Windy City Bulls (D-League) in second round (34th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Gibbs 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 college team won AAC Tournament in 2016. Gibbs received also NABC All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2015.
He represented USA at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore seven years ago. Gibbs' team got to the Semifinals.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Igor Penov leaves Karpos Sokoli next destination MZT Skopje? - by Mario Divanisov

After two seasons at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje the team captain Igor Penov (203-SF-84) could return to his childhood club KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom after deciding not to continue the cooperation with the Macedonian Cup winner and League runner up.

The 32-year old Small forward had an impressive last season at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje playing in three competitions. In 22 games in ABA League his averaged 2.2ppg and 2.1rpg, while in 18 games in the domestic championship he counted 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 18 games. His most impressive stats came in the Balkan League where he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 11 games while starting off the bench in most of the games. Despite his numbers not being high, his impressive defensive effort is what stood up throughout the season, giving him a debut in the national team this summer.

The biggest variant destination for Igor Penov could be KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he started his carrier in 2004. The white and blues reinforced their coaching position with Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) this summer, the same coach who started the KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom era in Macedonian basketball giving the team the first title ever and Igor Penov was part of the team back then.



Karlis Apsitis (ex BK Ogre) joins Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas Prienu (LKL) agreed terms with 25-year old Latvian forward Karlis Apsitis (200-84kg-92). He has played for the last two seasons at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he had 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.2apg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Apsitis also played 13 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.
Apsitis played in the final of Latvian LBL D2 in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg.
Apsitis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera, Barons Riga, Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola and Saldus.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens sign Delroy James - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish BSL league. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. James also played that season for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A where in 15 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals.
James has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). James was also voted Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
James is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Russia (Enisey), Italy (Enel Brindisi and FCM Ferentino), NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue) and PBL (New Jersey G-F).
James attended Rhode Island University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid PF who can adapt himself to inside game. Has good timing for offensive rebounds, can score even from behing the 3-pts arch.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  


Maalik Wayns (ex Maccabi Rishon) agreed terms with the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) inked 26-year old Belarusian international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-88kg-91, college: Villanova). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Wayns played most recently at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. Wayns also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.0apg. Wayns also spent pre-season at Enisey in Russian league that year. In four FIBA Europe Cup games he had also remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. He also played 7 games in VTB United League where he got 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg.
Wayns has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010. Wayns received also NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Wayns represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Wayns is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Wayns has played previously professionally in Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (LA Clippers and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
He attended Villanova University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Dallas Mavericks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwight Buycks
Maalik Wayns
Yogi Ferrell
Gian Clavell

Forwards:
Maximilian Kleber
Brandon Ashley
Johnathan Motley
PJ Dozier

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Belarusian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Belarusian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Ernest Shundryk
Shundryk
Aliaksei Navoichyk
Navoichyk
Jan Marynin
Marynin
Raman Hests
Hests
Artsem Sekushenka
Sekushenka
#e#5
4Ernest Shundryk 187-PG-01
5Aliaksei Navoichyk 190-PG-01 Prinemanye Belarus
6Jan Marynin 198-PF-01
7Raman Hests 197-SF-01
8Artsem Sekushenka 199-PF-01
9Daniil Barysevich 191-SF-01
10Nikita Matsal 186-G-01 Impuls BGUIR Belarus
11Alex Tsynkevich 201-PF-01
12Nikita Lagun 196-SF-01
13Uladzislau Bantsevich 196-SF-02
14Kiryl Tsetserukou 198-PF-01
15Uladzislau Piarchak 203-C-02

Aliaksandr Padzerachou Head Coach
Ruslan Nasenka Assistant



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Belgium upset Spain in Tenerife - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Belgium 71:89

Spain suffered several shocks during yesterday's exhibition game versus Belgium in Tenerife. First they lost Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) because of a serious injury and then they lost the game to Belgium. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) posted 18 points to lead the visitors.
Belgium eked out a 23:22 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the margin in the second term. Belgium accumulated a 49:34 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half. Spain could not pick up the tempo with Sergio Llull already out of the game (torn ACL). Belgium rallied to the victory at the end. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) produced 15 points, while Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) added 14 points in the victory. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) replied with 12 points for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) and Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) had 10 points each in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 12, Juan Carlos Navarro 10, Ricky Rubio 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 18, Manu Lecomte 15, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 14



Benjamin Simons (ex Limburg United) signs at Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) landed 26-year old American forward Benjamin Simons (203-93kg-91, college: Drake). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League. In 39 games he averaged 11.4ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Simons helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Simons received NABC Division I All-District 16 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Simons has played previously professionally also in Germany (Walter Tigers).
He attended Drake University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Sabat
David Navarro
Jose Pozas
Matt Thomas

Forwards:
Martins Laksa
Nemanja Radovic
Benjamin Simons
Verners Kohs

Center:
Artem Pustovyi

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Belgian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Belgian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Stephan Dibongue
Dibongue
Thomas Van Hille
Van Hille
Micky Jean-Philippe
Jean-Philippe
Imad Anwoir
Anwoir
Emmanuel Fundi
Fundi
#e#5
4Stephan Dibongue 181-PG-02
5Thomas Van Hille 186-SG-01
6Micky Jean-Philippe 180-PG-01
7Imad Anwoir 188-G-01 Giants B Belgium
8Emmanuel Fundi 190-SG-01
9Joel Ekamba-Ey'Oombe 191-SG-01
10Aaron Verstraete 200-SF-01
11Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk 197-PF-01
12Ferre Vanderhoydonck 200-SF-01
13Niels De Ridder 195-F-01
14Godwin Tshimanga 200-PF-01
15Haris Bratanovic 208-C-01

Yvan De Vreught Head Coach Woluwe Belgium
Pieter Pas Assistant



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Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Haris Dedajic
Dedajic
Ognjen Markovic
Markovic
Mirza Kusturica
Kusturica
Kosta Kondic
Kondic
Harun Huseinspahic
Huseinspahic
#e#5
4Haris Dedajic 184-PG-01 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
5Ognjen Markovic 187-PG-01
6Mirza Kusturica 190-SG-01 Buducnost BN Bosnia
7Kosta Kondic 185-PG-01
8Harun Huseinspahic 198-SF-01
9Mihailo Neskovic 194-G/F-01 Varda HE Bosnia
11Deni Radak 198-SF-01 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
12Nikola Micic 197-SF-02 Zdravlje Serbia
13Timur Krupalija 204-F-01 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
14Alija Islamovic 207-C-01
17Ante Kovac 194-SF-01 Posusje Bosnia
18Djordje Topolovic 190-SF-01

Dejan Bodiroga Head Coach
Bilal Kulelija Assistant Play Off Bosnia



Fuad Memcic signs at Rocks - by Eurobasket News

BK Mattersburg Rocks (2.Bundesliga) landed experienced 35-year old Slovenian-Bosnian power forward Fuad Memcic (210-113kg-82, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at Arkadia in the A Bundesliga. In 31 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Memcic spent at GD Hrastnik Zasavlje in Slovenian 2SKL where in 10 games he had 12.4ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played that season for Luxuris Celje (2SKL) in Slovenian league. In 5 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 5.2rpg.
Among other achievements Memcic won German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 2SKL Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Memcic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Spartak Pleven), France (UB Chartres), Iceland (Njardvik), Spain (Cordoba), Slovenia (Postojna, Zlatorog, Sezana and Terme Olimia) and Germany (BV Villingen Schwenningen).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Rocks.

BK Mattersburg Rocks roster for 2017-2018:

Fuad Memcic
Corey Hallett
Michael Mach
Dragisa Najdanovic
Jan Nicoli
Benjamin Bernleithner
Marko Soldo
Felix Reimann
Lukas Gludovatz
Pascal Poremba
Fabian Poremba

Coach: Michael Coffin

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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lenz, Bauru19.0 
 2. Demetrio, Franca18.0 
 3. Uchendu, Bauru18.0 
 4. Avelino, Osasco B.16.0 
 5. Meindl, Franca15.0 
 6. Gruber, Franca15.0 
 7. Barbosa, Pinheiros15.0 
 8. Coelho, Franca15.0 
 9. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.0 
 10. Cipolini, Franca14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 15
 1. Uchendu, Bauru15.0 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros10.0 
 3. Drudi, Osasco B.10.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano10.0 
 5. Cipolini, Franca9.0 
 6. Barbosa, Pinheiros9.0 
 7. Lenz, Bauru8.0 
 8. Santos, Bauru8.0 
 9. Rodrigues, L.Sor.8.0 
 10. Gruber, Franca7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stefano PIEROTTI
  Bauru
  (185-PG-98)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pierotti, Bauru7.0 
 2. Corazza, Paulistano7.0 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros7.0 
 4. Coelho, Franca6.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca4.0 
 6. Aleo, Osasco B.4.0 
 7. Lima, Franca3.0 
 8. Santos, Bauru3.0 
 9. Curnell, Mogi3.0 
 10. Carvalho, Paulistano3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dontrell BRITE
  L.Sorocaba
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.5 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi2.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano2.0 
 5. Pereira, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros2.0 
 7. Corazza, Paulistano1.0 
 8. Fernandes, Osasco B.1.0 
 9. Aleo, Osasco B.1.0 
 10. Ferros, Osasco B.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lenz, Bauru3.0 
 2. Demetrio, Franca3.0 
 3. Curnell, Mogi3.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano2.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 6. Toledo, Pinheiros1.0 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru1.0 
 8. Oliveira, Osasco B.1.0 
 9. Ansaloni, Pinheiros1.0 
 10. Cook, L.Sorocaba0.5 


Emilio Otte signs at Basquete Curitiba - by Eurobasket News

Basquete Curitiba/Circulo Militar (Parana State League) landed 20-year old small forward Emilio Otte (201-97). He played in the summer at Brusque in the Liga Ouro. In 8 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.3rpg. The last season Otte was tested by Flamengo (NBB).
He has played previously for Winner/Limeira.

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Justin Knox (ex F.Kontatto BO) is a newcomer at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Justin Knox (205-110kg-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 43 games he recorded 13.6ppg and 7.3rpg last season. Knox helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Final Genclik in Turkish TBL where in 32 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Knox received Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Knox's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Knox has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Holland (Den Helder), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Puerto Rico (Capitanes) and Turkey (Vestel).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Knox attended University of North Carolina until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pavlin Ivanov

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

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  CANADA  


Kauhajoki tabs Stephen Maxwell, ex London L. - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) inked 24-year old American forward Stephen Maxwell (201-100kg-93, college: CS Northridge, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 54 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 10.7rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. Maxwell helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. A very good season in his career as he was awarded NBL Canada Rookie of the Year, Forward of the Year and USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Rookie of the Year.
He graduated from Cal State - Northridge in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.
Maxwell's game is described as: Not that impressive on the offensive end. Good defense.
A quiet, soft spoken guy who turns in a tough, hard nosed player on the court. He's a good inside scorer and above all a ferocious rebounder who somehow pops up with the ball against bigger men. He has a strong vertical jump, and a true passion for getting rebounds
.

Karhu Kauhajoki roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Flenard Whitfield
Stephen Maxwell
Perttu Salmi

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Roy Rana named head coach for FIBA AmeriCup 2017 and World Cup 2019 Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

Canada Basketball is pleased to announce that Roy Rana will join the Senior Men's National Team coaching staff as Head Coach for the upcoming FIBA Americup 2017 and first two FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers windows (November 2017 and February 2018). "Coach Rana is a dedicated and committed member of the Canada Basketball team with a long-standing history of high performance at both the Cadet and Junior National Team levels," said Rowan Barrett, Assistant GM/Executive VP, Senior Men's Program. "We are confident in Roy's ability to take the next step and lead our Senior Men's National Team as we begin our pursuit of a World Cup berth." Under the guidance of Rana, Canada's U19 Men's National Team made history in July winning Canada Basketball's first-ever gold medal at a World Cup FIBA competition. As a National Team coach since 2006, he also led the Cadet National Team to a historic bronze medal at the 2010 U16 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. "It is once again an incredible honor to have the opportunity and responsibility to lead our country into international competition," said Roy Rana . "I look forward to building on the incredible momentum of this summer and continue to play my part in building a special experience of success at the Senior Men's National Team level." Rana has previously found himself behind the bench of the Senior Men's National Team as he was Head Coach for the Argentina Super Four Cup (Santa Fe, Argentina) in 2007 and as an Assistant Coach for the FIBA Americas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) tournament in 2009. In addition to his role with Canada Basketball, Rana is the Head Coach at Ryerson University. Over the course of his eight-year career, Rana's Rams have captured both silver (2017) and bronze (2015) medals at the U SPORTS (formerly CIS) national championships. Prior to joining Ryerson, Rana spent nine seasons as the Head Coach and Program Director at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto. With Rana behind the bench, Eastern became the first team in Ontario history to win four consecutive provincial championships. Rana has also developed extensive NBA experience serving on the staff with the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League. In the summer of 2015, Coach Rana was part of the San Antonio Spurs NBA Summer League Championship team and served under the direction of Head Coach Becky Hammon. More than generous with his time and proud to represent his country, Rana has participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program and has assisted NBA coaches at development initiatives in Nigeria and Senegal.Jay Triano will continue to serve as Head Coach of the Senior Men's National Team program and will travel with the team to Argentina. "With different players stepping up at different times to help us qualify we are going to need different coaches to step up as well," said Jay Triano , Head Coach, Senior Men's National Team. "Roy has been a big part of our program, and with the success this summer he is a natural fit to lead us during the NBA season." The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played from August 25 to September 3, 2017 and brings together America's best 12 men's national teams. Canada will be part of Group B in Bahia Blanca, Argentina and will take on the US Virgin Islands on August 27 before facing Argentina and Venezuela to conclude the group phase. The top team in each group will advance to the Final Four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. Click here for more information on the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. "The AmeriCup will be the first building block on our path to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China and our athletes, staff and community are excited to embark on this journey," Rana said. Following the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, Canada's pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue with the Americas Qualifiers where 16 teams will compete for seven World Cup spots. Canada will face Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands in Group D. Each team will compete against the other three teams on a home and away basis with Canada hosting the first game against Bahamas in Halifax, NS on November 24, 2017.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



Caceres ink Warren Ward, ex Windsor Exp. - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international guard Warren Ward (196-95kg-89, agency: Blacktop Management). He is a dual citizen owning also Guyanese passport. Ward played last season at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL. In 44 NBL Canada games he had 14.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Ward played at London Lightning in Canadian NBL Canada where in 53 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the NBL Central Division title. It was another spectacular season as he was voted NBL Canada Canadian Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Domestic Player of the Year and named to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team.
Ward also represented Canada at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Ward has played also professionally in France (SAP Vaucluse), Germany (Gladiators) and Canada (Gee Gees and Power).

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Parejo
Warren Ward
Guillermo Corrales
Pol Olivier

Forwards:
Sergio Perez
Daniel Martinez

Center:
Robertas Grabauskas

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Ty Lawson signs at Golden Stars - by Eurobasket News

Shandong Golden Stars (CBA) landed 30-year old American point guard Ty Lawson (180-88kg-87, college: N.Carolina). The last season Lawson played at the Kings in NBA where in 69 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in first round (18th overall). The former University of North Carolina standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2010. Lawson received also ACC Player of the Year award, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award and CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Lawson has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris) and NBA (Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A tiny PG with great personality. He doesn' t fear anyone on the court, has leadership, scoring skills and great court vision. Showed flashes of true starship in his first season as a pro, even because no one was expecting this kind of effectiveness from him. Also, has quick hands and can be a very good defender, even on taller opponents.

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Christian Wood is a newcomer at Sturgeons - by Eurobasket News

Fujian Sturgeons (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American forward Christian Wood (208-95kg-95, college: UNLV). He played last season at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. In 13 games he recorded just 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg. Wood also played that season for another team Greensboro Swarm in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 18 games he averaged impressive 19.6ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.1apg and 2.6bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MWC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Wood was also voted NABC All-District 17 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Wood has played previously professionally in NBA (Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Brooks re-signs at Jiangsu Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89kg-89, college: Providence). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 38 CBA games he was third best scorer with impressive 36.2ppg and averaged 7.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.9spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Imports Team, 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2011 Brooks was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (25th overall). He attended Providence College and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Brooks' team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano), NBA (Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Maine Red Claws).
On Brooks: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2011)
He's proven capable of shooting both off the dribble and off catch and release situations, and has range out to the NBA three point line ... His first step allows him to get into the lane, where he displays impressive body control that allows him to hit off balance shots around the rim. The ball has the tendency to stick to Brooks' hands, causing teammates to stand around forcing stagnant and one and done offensive possessions ... Doesn't show the best shot selection, and throws up too many unnecessary heat checks
.

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LATINBASKET ALL LPB-1 2017 AWARDS - by Victor Garcia

LPB 2017-1 FINALS MVP: Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) - Cimarrones (20 PPG, 4 RPG, 4 APG, 63% 2FGP, 30% 3FGP, 75% FT)

Player of the Year: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) - Fast Break
Guard of the Year: Stalin Ortiz - Fast Break
Forward of the Year: Brandon Givens (198-G-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) - Piratas
Center of the Year: Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) - Academia
Domestic Player of the Year: Stalin Ortiz - Fast Break
Import Player of the Year: Brandon Givens - Piratas
Coach of the Year: Hernan Dario Giraldo - Academia

LATINBASKET ALL LPB 2017-1 1st Team
Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) - Condores
Stalin Ortiz - Fast Break
Brandon Givens - Piratas
Jose Rodriguez (197-PF-94) - Cimarrones
Divier Perez - Academia

LATINBASKET LPB-1 2017 Honorable Mention
Simon Granados (182-PG-93) - Academia
Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA) - Sabios
Robert Crawford (201-G/F-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) - Aguilas
Michael Sneed (196-G-82, college: Texas Southern) - Fast Break
Brandon Provost - Caciques

LATINBASKET LPB-1 2017 All-Domestic Players Team
Simon Granados - Academia
Stalin Ortiz - Fast Break
Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) - Cimarrones
Luis Almanza (196-F-91) - Condores

LATINBASKET LPB-1 2'017 All-Imports Team
Ryan McCoy - Condores
Ashton Smith - Sabios
Brandon Givens - Piratas
Michael Sneed - Fast Break
Jose Rodriguez - Cimarrones



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Vrijednosnice Osijek tabs Venky Jois (ex-Tartu) - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek announced the signig of Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington) for the upcoming season. Australian is the first import player of the club.
Jois arrives from Estonian side Tartu Ulikool, for whom he played in four competitions last season. He averaged 8.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in 31 Estonian League games, 7.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 4 FIBA Champions League, 8.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 3 FIBA Europe Cup games and 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.5 assist, 0.1 steals and 0.5 blocks in 8 Baltic League games.
Jois has already played for Dandenon Rangers in Australia before moving to America to play college basketball at Eastern Washington University from 2012 to 2016.



Croatia nip Lithuania in France - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Lithuania 82:80

Croatia recorded the second straight win in France. They edged Lithuania behind 28 points from Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket). Croatia posted a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Croatia ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the gap at 4-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Lithuania pulled within a single point late in regulation. But Croatia hung on to snatch a tough win. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) produced 21 points, while Krunoslav Simon (197-F/G-85) added 9 points for the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) responded with 21 points for Lithuania. Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) and Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Croatia: Dario Saric 28, Bogdan Bogdanovic 21, Krunoslav Simon 9
Lithuania: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 21, Jonas Maciulis 12, Jonas Valanciunas 12



Andric re-signs at Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Luksa Andric (208-118kg-85, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Andric managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 25 A Division games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Andric also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played that season for was La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 11 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg. Andric contributed to his team making it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2015. Andric was selected to Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Andric played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Andric's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Andric is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Andric has played previously professionally in Italy, Turkey (Turk Telekom and Galatasaray), Croatia (Cibona, Dubrava, Cedevita and KK_Dubrovnik) and Kazakhstan (Astana).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A promising inside payer, who has long arms and scoring mentality. Can grab rebounds and defend in the middle, but he's also a very good shooter from outside, and he could stabily move to the 4 position soon.

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Vojvoda
Kendrick Perry

Forward:
Quincy Ford

Centers:
Luksa Andric
Adam Toth

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Croatia beat France in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

France - Croatia 87-92

Croatia surprised France 92-87 at the friendly game in Orleans. France looked better in the start of the game and took a 19-13 lead after 10 minutes. Croatia scored 29 points in the second frame and reduced to 44-42 at the halftime. France again grabbed the bigger advantage due to 25-22 in the third quarter, but allowed Croatia to secure the victory. The latter needed a final 28-18 surge in the last frame to seal the victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners and Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Dragan Bender (213-PF-97) scored 11, whilst Marko Popovic (185-PG-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) posted 9. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) replied with 24 points in a loss and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) poured in 15.



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Mantovani comes back to Petrolina AEK Larnaca - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Cypriot international forward Roberto Mantovani (203-94). It is actually his comeback to Larnaca as he has played here before. Mantovani has a double citizenship as he also holds Finnish passport. Mantovani just graduated from Robert Morris (NCAA).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Mantovani's team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals.
He has been also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. Mantovani played for Cypriot senior team this year and previously for U16 National Team in 2010.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.5ppg, Reb-2 (10.4rpg), 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Mantovani has played previously for another Cypriot team Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol.

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Michalis Motitis
Ioannis Pasiali
Themis Pallikaridis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Tomislav Petrovic
Danilo Tasic
Roberto Mantovani
Sotiris Papagiannis

Center:
Devin Searcy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Statistical Consultants - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models.

Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for teams. Teams in the NBA and many teams in Europe have their own statistical consultant, a person who provides statistical advice and guidance to teams interested in making decisions through the analysis or collection of data.

In Cyprus no team has a statistical consultant to do such a job.



Petrolina AEK Larnaca keeps Garcia for another season - by Chris Mammides

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) re-signed experienced 42-year old former Cypriot international center JoJo Garcia (206-113kg-75, college: UTEP, agency: Interperformances). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Garcia has played there for the last six seasons. But in four Division A games he averaged just 0.5ppg last season. Garcia won Cyprus League championship title in 2009, 2013 and 2016 and made it to the cup final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
Garcia also represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 seven years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Garcia has played also in France (Sluc Nancy), Greece (Panellinios), Italy, Poland, Spain (Zaragoza and Lleida_Basquet), Switzerland (Lugano Tigers), Venezuela and Cyprus (Apoel and Keravnos).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Petrolina AEK Larnaca.
Garcia attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 1997 and it will be his 21st (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Michalis Motitis
Ioannis Pasiali
Themis Pallikaridis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Tomislav Petrovic
Danilo Tasic
Roberto Mantovani
Sotiris Papagiannis

Centers:
JoJo Garcia
Devin Searcy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NH Ostrava signs Brian Bernardi - by Eurobasket News

BK Nova Hut Ostrava (NBL) signed 23-year old American guard Brian Bernardi (188-88kg-94, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Hofstra (NCAA). Bernardi has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Bernardi played in the final of CAA Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russell Woods agreed terms with NH Ostrava - by Eurobasket News

BK Nova Hut Ostrava (NBL) inked 23-year old American power forward Russell Woods (203-104kg-94, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Missouri (NCAA). In 32 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.3rpg last season.
As mentioned above Woods is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NJCAA D1 District XVI championship title in 2015. Woods received also All-GRAC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Damon Jones (ex Naestved) joins Aquimisa Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

Aquimisa Carbajosa agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Damon Jones (186-79kg-94, college: Mercyhurst). He played most recently at Team FOG Naestved in Danish Ligaen, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Jones' team won PSAC Tournament.
He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Miller, Leones SD18.3 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.17.9 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 2. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 3. Araujo, Leones SD8.8 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.7 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.1 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.8 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.7 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.1 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.7 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 3. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 10. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Miguel EVANGELISTA
  Caner.
  (--91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 7. Guerrero, Leones SD0.9 
 8. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 


Sterling Gibbs (ex Indios SFM) is a newcomer at N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-84kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. Gibbs managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 10 LNB games he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division where in 27 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg. Gibbs helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Last year Gibbs was drafted by Windy City Bulls (D-League) in second round (34th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Gibbs 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 college team won AAC Tournament in 2016. Gibbs received also NABC All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2015.
He represented USA at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore seven years ago. Gibbs' team got to the Semifinals.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joventut inks Omari Gudul - by Eurobasket News

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 23-year old Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-104kg-94, college: Angelo State, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 33 games he had 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gudul helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Gudul also played 18 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Gudul graduated from Angelo State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Richard
Dominik Mavra

Forwards:
Alex Ruoff
Saulius Kulvietis
Albert Ventura
Tomasz Gielo
Omari Gudul
Simon Birgander

Center:
Jerome Jordan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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National League Round 7: Leader Iccan loses to Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

National League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 7 rounds left.

Top ranked Iccan (5-2) recorded its second loss in Guayaquil on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Barcelona (3-3) 70-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Iccan. They outrebounded Iccan 24-13 including 21 on the offensive glass. American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Barcelona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Juvenil. Iccan at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Leones. Barcelona is looking forward to face Juvenil (#4) in Vinces in the next round. Iccan will play at home against the league's second-placed Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riobamba. Second ranked Leones faced 4th placed Importadora. Host Leones (5-2) defeated guests from Ambato (3-3) 68-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jose Acosta contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Importadora. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Iccan lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Importadora at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Juvenil. Leones will play against league's leader Iccan in Guayaquil in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Importadora will play at home against Portviejo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-68 loss to third ranked Portviejo (4-2) in Gualaceo on Monday evening. It was a great evening for Adriano Barredas who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Yolvier Romero responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third place with 4-2 record behind leader Iccan. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with seven games lost. Portviejo will meet Importadora (#5) in the next round. Triple E-Uda will play against Piratas in Ibarra and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Vinces was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Juvenil (3-3). Juvenil managed to secure a 5-point victory 67-62. It was an exceptional evening for Jovanni Diaz who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Juvenil moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Barcelona. Piratas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Juvenil's next round opponent will be Barcelona (#6) in Guayaquil. Piratas will play at home against Triple E-Uda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Juvenil - Piratas 67-62

The game in Vinces was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Juvenil (3-3). Juvenil managed to secure a 5-point victory 67-62. It was an exceptional evening for Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. American forward Ashton Pitts (201-88, college: So.Poly State) came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Piratas in the defeat. Juvenil moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Barcelona. Piratas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Juvenil's next round opponent will be Barcelona (#6) in Guayaquil. Piratas will play at home against Triple E-Uda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: J.Diaz 26+6reb+1ast, B.Thompson 16+1reb+4ast, N.Palacios 12+4reb+6ast, A.Guerra 6+3reb+2ast, M.Martinez 3+1reb+2ast, J.Quinonez 2+3reb
Piratas: W.Clayton 14+6reb+2ast, A.Pitts 12+9reb+2ast, Y.Fundora 9+7reb+1ast, P.Cano 7+2reb+3ast, C.Delgado 7+2reb+2ast, C.Malatay 6+3ast
gschID: 548226


Triple E-Uda - Portviejo 68-78

Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-68 loss to third ranked Portviejo (4-2) in Gualaceo on Monday evening. It was a great evening for Adriano Barredas (-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Diego Javier Ferrin (-98) helped adding 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds and Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third place with 4-2 record behind leader Iccan. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with seven games lost. Portviejo will meet Importadora (#5) in the next round. Triple E-Uda will play against Piratas in Ibarra and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Portviejo: A.Barredas 27+5reb+2ast, J.Arboleda 12+3reb+1ast, D.Javier Ferrin 9+7reb+2ast, F.Bedoya 9+2reb+2ast, R.Roldan 7+6reb, B.Geraldo 5+5reb+1ast
Triple E-Uda: Y.Romero 21+19reb+3ast, H.Molina 15+3reb+2ast, J.Pierre 10+12reb+1ast, M.Romo 9+5reb+8ast, C.Ramon 7+2reb+1ast, B.Pelaez 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 548225


Iccan - Barcelona 61-70

Top ranked Iccan (5-2) recorded its second loss in Guayaquil on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Barcelona (3-3) 70-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Iccan. They outrebounded Iccan 24-13 including 21 on the offensive glass. American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Barcelona players scored in double figures. Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Eduard Caicedo (196-90) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Barcelona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Juvenil. Iccan at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Leones. Barcelona is looking forward to face Juvenil (#4) in Vinces in the next round. Iccan will play at home against the league's second-placed Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: K.Bowman 15+6reb, D.King 14+5reb+1ast, M.Hurtado 14+3reb, M.Cairo 13+5reb, R.Cardenas 7+4reb+3ast, F.Vargas 5+1reb+1ast
Iccan: C.Silva 15+7reb+1ast, E.Caicedo 14+2reb+1ast, J.Centeno 11+2reb+2ast, Z.Jackson 8+1reb, J.Porozo 7+1ast, V.Peralvo 6
gschID: 548228


Leones - Importadora 68-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riobamba. Second ranked Leones faced 4th placed Importadora. Host Leones (5-2) defeated guests from Ambato (3-3) 68-62. Leones brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dominican point guard Jose Acosta (185-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Importadora. Four Importadora players scored in double figures. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Iccan lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Importadora at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Juvenil. Leones will play against league's leader Iccan in Guayaquil in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Importadora will play at home against Portviejo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones: J.Acosta 20+1reb+2ast, R.LUIS 18+4reb+2ast, C.Jackson 12+10reb+2ast, J.Vargas 10+7reb+1ast, F.Perez 3+2reb+1ast, M.Gordon 3+1ast
Importadora: J.Blocker 17+1reb+3ast, T.Sledge 17+8reb+3ast, N.Mina 12+9reb, J.Romero 12+4reb+1ast, J.Sanmiguel 2+1ast, C.Orozco 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548227





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Liga MB Round 8: Santa Tecla keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santa Tecla as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santa Tecla defeated bottom-ranked 11 Lobos at home 91-80. Santa Tecla forced 20 11 Lobos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Carlos Arias (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who added 17 points during the contest. American guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Santa Tecla (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. 11 Lobos at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Giants. 11 Lobos will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Santa Tecla will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Santiagueno on the road.
Bottom-ranked Giants (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to eighth ranked Cojute (4-4) 94-78. The winners were led by American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) who scored that evening 32 points and 8 rebounds and Jernell Hudges supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists. Even a double-double of 33 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 assists by Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) did not help to save the game for Giants. Giants' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Cojute will play against higher ranked Brujos Izalco (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play against Isidro Metapan (#9) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked 11 Lobos (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Canarios (5-2) 113-82 on Sunday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was David Lawson who scored 42 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Malik Jackson produced a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. 11 Lobos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Canarios have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Santa Tecla. Loser 11 Lobos still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Giants. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top-ranked Halcones (6-0) crushed at home 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-4) by 42 points 109-67, which is the biggest margin this round. Michael Flores orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Halcones have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-0 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Santiagueno lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with four games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be Quezaltepeque (#4) on the road. Santiagueno will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 8 Isidro Metapan lost to El Rapido on the opponent's court 78-85.

Santa Tecla - 11 Lobos 91-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santa Tecla as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santa Tecla defeated bottom-ranked 11 Lobos at home 91-80. Santa Tecla forced 20 11 Lobos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Carlos Arias (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard David Haye (188-94, college: Ramapo) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. 11 Lobos at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Giants. 11 Lobos will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Santa Tecla will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Santiagueno on the road.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 17+4reb, C.Arias 16+7reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 10+7reb+1ast, O.Torres 10+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 10+1reb+10ast, S.Hernandez 7+1reb+1ast
11 Lobos: D.Combs 30+15reb+1ast, D.Haye 22+8reb+6ast, M.Jackson 14+12reb+5ast, R.Aguiar 7+2reb, M.Gonzalez 7+4reb+1ast, V.Sandoval 0
gschID: 553682


El Rapido - Isidro Metapan 85-78

There was a minor upset in La Union where 7th ranked Isidro Metapan (3-4) was defeated by tenth ranked El Rapido (3-4) 85-78. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Isidro Metapan's 34. They outrebounded Isidro Metapan 57-30 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. El Rapido players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Cuban power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. El Rapido's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) added 25 points and 7 assists in the effort for Isidro Metapan. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Isidro Metapan. El Rapido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: O.Oliva 27+4reb+7ast, J.Avila 18+5reb+2ast, Y.Cubillas 14+12reb, A.Alorda 14+21reb, M.Aguilar 6+8reb+7ast, O.Coreas 4+2reb+2ast
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 30+7reb+2ast, E.Mijares 25+1reb+7ast, S.Magee 13+18reb+1ast, M.Artiga 6+2reb, A.Regalado 2+1reb+1ast, J.Flores 2+1reb
gschID: 553670


Cojute - Giants 94-78

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to eighth ranked Cojute (4-4) 94-78. Strangely Giants outrebounded Cojute 52-36 including 19 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Cojute brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) who scored that evening 32 points and 8 rebounds and Jernell Hudges supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 33 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 assists by Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) did not help to save the game for Giants. Guard Carlos Flores (184-85) added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Giants' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Cojute will play against higher ranked Brujos Izalco (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play against Isidro Metapan (#9) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cojute: L.Svete 32+8reb+2ast, J.Hudges 17+6reb+15ast, R.Kenteh 17+10reb, L.Quintanilla 12+1reb+3ast, W.Mercado 5+1reb+1ast, R.Melendez 4+4reb
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 33+20reb+4ast, L.Escoto 16+1reb+5ast, C.Flores 14+14reb+1ast, C.Orellana 5+2reb+1ast, J.Maravilla 4+2reb+3ast, W.Davontae 4+8reb
gschID: 553675


Canarios - 11 Lobos 113-82

Bottom-ranked 11 Lobos (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Canarios (5-2) 113-82 on Sunday evening. Canarios dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 52. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Canarios made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) who scored 42 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Canarios players scored in double figures. Forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) added 24 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. 11 Lobos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Canarios have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Santa Tecla. Loser 11 Lobos still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Giants. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 42+6ast, E.Ishman 25+14reb+4ast, M.Montavious 24+19reb+3ast, W.Molina 13+6reb+5ast, A.Gross Ruano 5+1reb+2ast, J.Martinez 2+1reb+1ast
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 32+14reb+1ast, D.Combs 24+14reb+3ast, D.Haye 19+8reb+3ast, C.Torres 3+4reb, M.Gonzalez 2+5reb, M.Baltrons 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553671


Halcones - Santiagueno 109-67

Top-ranked Halcones (6-0) crushed at home 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-4) by 42 points 109-67, which is the biggest margin this round. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Santiagueno's 44. Halcones forced 24 Santiagueno turnovers and had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 39 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Santiagueno's players. Michael Flores orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Halcones players scored in double figures. Chris King replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Santiagueno. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-0 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Santiagueno lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with four games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be Quezaltepeque (#4) on the road. Santiagueno will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Halcones: M.Flores 18+7reb+9ast, J.Ruiz 18+5reb+7ast, J.Diaz 14+9reb+4ast, R.Figueroa 13+5reb+3ast, M.Banos 11+2reb+1ast, M.Tejada 11+6reb
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 19+5reb+5ast, C.King 18+13reb+1ast, M.Amaya 8+3reb+1ast, W.Brown 8+12reb+1ast, S.Esperanza 7+2reb+2ast, E.Amaya 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 553701





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  EUROCUP  


Quinton Stephens is a newcomer at Fiat Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American forward Quinton Stephens (206-92kg-95, college: Georgia Tech). He was about to sign at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
Stephens just graduated from Georgia Tech and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of NIT.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones
Lamar Patterson

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott
Quinton Stephens

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Austin Daye (ex Galatasaray) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 29-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 23 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. Daye also played 25 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. Daye helped them to make it to the final. The other team he played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and had 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Daye also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Daye attended Gonzaga University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
His college team won WCC Tournament in 2009.
Daye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Daye has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Yogev Ohayon
Curtis Jerrells
Jerome Dyson
Bar Timor

Forwards:
Lior Eliyahu
Austin Daye
Tarence Kinsey

Centers:
Alen Omic
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Olympiacos tab Hollis Thompson - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) inked 26-year old American small forward Hollis Thompson (203-96kg-91, college: Georgetown). He played most recently at Austin Spurs (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 16 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Thompson also played that season for the Pelicans in NBA where in 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. The other team he played that season for were the 76ers in NBA. In 31 games he had 5.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
Among other achievements Thompson played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010. He received also NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Thompson has played previously professionally in NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended Georgetown University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Thompson's game is described as: Full name is Keith Hollis Thompson II ... A native of Pasadena, California ... The son of Debra Shaw and Keith Thompson ... Has two older siblings, Bryan and Brandi, and two younger, Courtney and Christian.

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

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

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Jamel McLean
Kostas Papanikolaou
Hollis Thompson
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Thomas Zevgaras
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Peter Strigas

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Llull out of action for seven to nine months - by Eurobasket News

The worst case scenario was confirmed in the first morning hours for Sergio Llull (190-PG-87). The Spanish basketball federation announced that the player suffered a torn ACL. The really bad news however is that Llull will need at least seven to nine months in order to return back to action after what happened in the preparation game of Spain against Belgium. The press release of the federation is the following. Following the tests carried out on Sergio Llull in the Hospital Quiron Salud, Tenerife, it has been revealed that Sergio Llull suffered an Anterior cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee. The player will return to Madrid today to see how long the recovery process will take. Llull will not be taking part in the Eurobasket tournament. The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), it's coaching staff and players would like to show their support for an exemplary professional who is impossible to replace, and they hope to see him return to the court as soon as possible. Of course, the best case scenario for him is to return on the courts by March 2018. It's a shock for the player, the Spanish national team and also for Real Madrid, which will miss for the most part of the upcoming season its bigger star. Llull has emerged the last two year as the most important player of Real Madrid and he was the EuroLeague MVP last season.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team 2017
Amit Ebo
Ebo
Jaydon Henry
Henry
Ivan Alipiev
Alipiev
Luka Samanic
Samanic
Matthias Tass
Tass

Best Player: Luka Samanic (208-PF-00) of Croatia
Best Guard: Jaydon Henry (198-G-99) of England
Best Forward: Luka Samanic (208-PF-00) of Croatia
Best Center: Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) of Estonia

1st Team
PG: Amit Ebo (182-PG-99) of Israel
G: Jaydon Henry (198-G-99) of England
F/G: Ivan Alipiev (200-F/G-99) of Bulgaria
PF: Luka Samanic (208-PF-00) of Croatia
F/C: Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) of Estonia

2nd Team
PG: Antonio Jordano (191-PG-99) of Croatia
G: Erik Persson (190-G-00) of Swedeb
F: Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (6'9''-F-99) of England
F/C: Tomer Levinson (206-F/C-00) of Israel
F/C: Adrian Bogucki (213-F/C-99) of Poland

Honorable Mention
Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99) of Holland
Kristian Kullamae (194-PG-99) of Estonia
Servaas Buysschaert (204-C-99) of Belgium
Vit Krejci (193-PG-00) of Czech Rep.
Marek Welsch (180-G-99) of Czech Rep.
Krastan Krastanov (204-C-99) of Bulgaria
Sigvaldi Eggertsson (197-F-00) of Iceland
Neemias Queta (208-C-99) of Portugal
Dimitri Georgiadis (6'8''-F-99) of Romania
Yauhen Massalski (207-F-99) of Belarus
Dzmitry Ryuny (200-PF-00) of Belarus
Damjan Krstevski (193-SG-99) of FYR Macedonia
Eric Koludrovic (6'5''-F-99) of Switzerland
Ben Kovac (195-SG-00) of Luxembourg
Luka Brajkovic (206-F/C-99) of Austria
Mert Ilhan (180-PG-99) of Azerbijan
Nikolla Haruni (200-PF-99) of Albania
Nikoloz Metskhvarishvili (200-PF-99) of Georgia
Sean Jenkins (185-G-99) of Irealand



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team 2017
Arnas Velicka
Velicka
Sani Campara
Campara
Sergi Martinez
Martinez
Nikola Miskovic
Miskovic
Ragip Atar
Atar

Best Player: Nikola Miskovic (207-PF-99) of Serbia
Best Guard: Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) of Lithuania
Best Forward: Nikola Miskovic (207-PF-99) of Serbia
Best Center: Ragip Atar (210-C-99) of Turkey

1st Team
PG: Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) of Lithuania
G: Sani Campara (190-G-99) of Bosnia
PF: Sergi Martinez (203-PF-99) of Spain
PF: Nikola Miskovic (207-PF-99) of Serbia
C: Ragip Atar (210-C-99) of Turkey

2nd Team
PG: Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) of Greece
F: Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) of Turkey
PF: Guglielmo Caruso (205-PF-99) of Italy
F: Mikael Jantunen (200-F-00) of Finland
C: Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) of Serbia

Honorable Mention
Osas Ehigitor (207-C-99) of Spain
Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) of Greece
Lukas Uleckas (197-G/F-99) of Lithuania
Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) of France
Anrijs Miska (203-F-00) of Latvia
Miika Heinonen (193-G-99) of Finland
David Kralj (191-G-99) of Slovenia
Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Germany
Marko Simonovic (210-C-99) of Montenegro
Alexandr Khomenko (190-G-99) of Russia
Yusuf Sanon (190-G-99) of Ukraine
Jakub Kadasi (199-SF-99) of Slovakia



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Roy Rana named head coach for FIBA AmeriCup 2017 and World Cup 2019 Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

Canada Basketball is pleased to announce that Roy Rana will join the Senior Men's National Team coaching staff as Head Coach for the upcoming FIBA Americup 2017 and first two FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers windows (November 2017 and February 2018). "Coach Rana is a dedicated and committed member of the Canada Basketball team with a long-standing history of high performance at both the Cadet and Junior National Team levels," said Rowan Barrett, Assistant GM/Executive VP, Senior Men's Program. "We are confident in Roy's ability to take the next step and lead our Senior Men's National Team as we begin our pursuit of a World Cup berth." Under the guidance of Rana, Canada's U19 Men's National Team made history in July winning Canada Basketball's first-ever gold medal at a World Cup FIBA competition. As a National Team coach since 2006, he also led the Cadet National Team to a historic bronze medal at the 2010 U16 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. "It is once again an incredible honor to have the opportunity and responsibility to lead our country into international competition," said Roy Rana . "I look forward to building on the incredible momentum of this summer and continue to play my part in building a special experience of success at the Senior Men's National Team level." Rana has previously found himself behind the bench of the Senior Men's National Team as he was Head Coach for the Argentina Super Four Cup (Santa Fe, Argentina) in 2007 and as an Assistant Coach for the FIBA Americas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) tournament in 2009. In addition to his role with Canada Basketball, Rana is the Head Coach at Ryerson University. Over the course of his eight-year career, Rana's Rams have captured both silver (2017) and bronze (2015) medals at the U SPORTS (formerly CIS) national championships. Prior to joining Ryerson, Rana spent nine seasons as the Head Coach and Program Director at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto. With Rana behind the bench, Eastern became the first team in Ontario history to win four consecutive provincial championships. Rana has also developed extensive NBA experience serving on the staff with the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League. In the summer of 2015, Coach Rana was part of the San Antonio Spurs NBA Summer League Championship team and served under the direction of Head Coach Becky Hammon. More than generous with his time and proud to represent his country, Rana has participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program and has assisted NBA coaches at development initiatives in Nigeria and Senegal.Jay Triano will continue to serve as Head Coach of the Senior Men's National Team program and will travel with the team to Argentina. "With different players stepping up at different times to help us qualify we are going to need different coaches to step up as well," said Jay Triano , Head Coach, Senior Men's National Team. "Roy has been a big part of our program, and with the success this summer he is a natural fit to lead us during the NBA season." The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played from August 25 to September 3, 2017 and brings together America's best 12 men's national teams. Canada will be part of Group B in Bahia Blanca, Argentina and will take on the US Virgin Islands on August 27 before facing Argentina and Venezuela to conclude the group phase. The top team in each group will advance to the Final Four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. Click here for more information on the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. "The AmeriCup will be the first building block on our path to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China and our athletes, staff and community are excited to embark on this journey," Rana said. Following the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, Canada's pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue with the Americas Qualifiers where 16 teams will compete for seven World Cup spots. Canada will face Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands in Group D. Each team will compete against the other three teams on a home and away basis with Canada hosting the first game against Bahamas in Halifax, NS on November 24, 2017.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



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  FIBA ASIA CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Terrence Bill ROMEO
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 26
 1. Romeo, PHI26.0 
 2. Aljabi, SYR25.0 
 3. Saad, QAT23.0 
 4. Chou, TAI22.0 
 5. Arakji, LEB22.0 
 6. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 7. Reid, HKG19.0 
 8. Guo, CHN18.0 
 9. Jamshidi, IRI18.0 
 10. Zhou, CHN17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Po-Chen CHOU
  (196-SG-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Chou, TAI13.0 
 2. Hodgson, AUS12.0 
 3. Reid, HKG12.0 
 4. Bawji, LEB12.0 
 5. Erfan, QAT12.0 
 6. Abuwazaneh, JOR10.0 
 7. Delany, NZL10.0 
 8. Kazemi, IRI10.0 
 9. Brandt, AUS9.0 
 10. Madanly, SYR9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Haddadi, IRI8.0 
 2. Hamzah, IRQ8.0 
 3. Castro-W., PHI7.0 
 4. Abdeen, JOR7.0 
 5. Kazemi, IRI5.0 
 6. Liu, CHN5.0 
 7. Reid, HKG5.0 
 8. Cadee, AUS5.0 
 9. Guo, CHN5.0 
 10. Kickert, AUS5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI6.0 
 2. Liu, TAI4.0 
 3. Te-Rangi, NZL4.0 
 4. El-Hadary, QAT4.0 
 5. Kazemi, IRI4.0 
 6. Galloway, IRQ3.0 
 7. Norwood, PHI3.0 
 8. Delany, NZL3.0 
 9. Ilin, KAZ3.0 
 10. Hamad, IRQ3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aguilar, PHI5.0 
 2. Hu, CHN4.0 
 3. Norwood, PHI3.0 
 4. Hameed, IRQ3.0 
 5. Haidar, LEB3.0 
 6. Todorovic, SYR2.0 
 7. Ota, JPN2.0 
 8. Galloway, IRQ1.0 
 9. Ngatai, NZL1.0 
 10. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.0 


Review of Day 2 in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Jordan - Syria 68-66
Jordan outscored Syria in the opening game in Lebanon. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Jordan jumped to a 28:12 lead after the opening frame. Syria narrowed the deficit in the next periods. They got within striking distance late in regulation but could not overcome the hurdle as Jordan secured the win. Ahmad Alhamarsheh (197-F-86) netted 12 points in the victory. Tarek Aljabi tossed in 25 points for Syria.

Iran - India 101-54
Iran opened win count in Lebanon. They stormed past India in Group A. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 20 points and issued 8 assists for the winners. Iran established a 50:22 halftime lead. They sank 51 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) had 18 points in the victory. Amjyot Singh (203-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 10 points for India.

Group B
Iraq - Qatar 75-66
Iraq held off Qatar to open win count in Group B. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern) tossed in 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Iraq secured a 24:19 lead at the first break. They went on a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) and Hassan Abdullah (190-G-94) netted 13 points each for the winners. Abdulrahman Saad (185-G/F-96) notched 23 points for Qatar.

China - Philippines 87-96
Philippines shocked China in FIBA Asia Cup opener for both teams. Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) posted 26 points to lead the Smart Gilas. Philippines dominated in the first half. They accounted for a 26:16 lead at the first break. Philippines poured in 27 points in the second term to take a 14-point halftime lead. China stepped on the gas in the third term. They sank 31 points in the quarter to pull within 6 points. But Philippines limited their opponents to just 17 points in the fourth frame and marched to the win. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) had 15 points in the victory. Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) replied with 18 points for China.




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  FINLAND  


Kataja Basket inks Alex Murphy - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old Finn international forward Alex Murphy (206-104kg-93, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He is a dual citizen owning also Finnish passport. Murphy just graduated from Northeastern (NCAA). In 29 games he had 14.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Murphy has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Finnish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Murphy represented Finland at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Murphy could be described: An outstanding wing athlete with range out to the three-point line … at his best when filling the lane on the break or attacking the offensive glass. Strong basketball IQ with a well-rounded skill set. Has the length, quickness and instincts to be a strong wing defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Finland



Mantovani comes back to Petrolina AEK Larnaca - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Cypriot international forward Roberto Mantovani (203-94). It is actually his comeback to Larnaca as he has played here before. Mantovani has a double citizenship as he also holds Finnish passport. Mantovani just graduated from Robert Morris (NCAA).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Mantovani's team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals.
He has been also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. Mantovani played for Cypriot senior team this year and previously for U16 National Team in 2010.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.5ppg, Reb-2 (10.4rpg), 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Mantovani has played previously for another Cypriot team Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol.

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Michalis Motitis
Ioannis Pasiali
Themis Pallikaridis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Tomislav Petrovic
Danilo Tasic
Roberto Mantovani
Sotiris Papagiannis

Center:
Devin Searcy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSU Sibiu lands Lawrence Kinnard, ex Lapua - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) landed 31-year old American forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-105kg-86, college: UAB). He played most recently at Lapuan Korikobrat in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kinnard played at Kauhajoen Karhu (also in Korisliiga) where in 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.8apg. He 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 Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Kinnard's team won Cyprus Supercup in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask, Anwil and Trefl), Cyprus (Keravnos) and ABI (Gladiators).
Kinnard attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

CSU Atlassib Sibiu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Radu Paliciuc
Tyler Laser
Mirel Dragoste

Forwards:
Lawrence Kinnard
Monyea Pratt
Wilhelm Brosser
Dragos Gheorghe

Centers:
Chris Cooper
Andrei Ene

Coach: Dan Fleseriu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kauhajoki tabs Stephen Maxwell, ex London L. - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) inked 24-year old American forward Stephen Maxwell (201-100kg-93, college: CS Northridge, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 54 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 10.7rpg (leader !!!) and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. Maxwell helped them to win the NBL Central Division title. A very good season in his career as he was awarded NBL Canada Rookie of the Year, Forward of the Year and USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Rookie of the Year.
He graduated from Cal State - Northridge in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.
Maxwell's game is described as: Not that impressive on the offensive end. Good defense.
A quiet, soft spoken guy who turns in a tough, hard nosed player on the court. He's a good inside scorer and above all a ferocious rebounder who somehow pops up with the ball against bigger men. He has a strong vertical jump, and a true passion for getting rebounds
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Karhu Kauhajoki roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Flenard Whitfield
Stephen Maxwell
Perttu Salmi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Croatia beat France in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

France - Croatia 87-92

Croatia surprised France 92-87 at the friendly game in Orleans. France looked better in the start of the game and took a 19-13 lead after 10 minutes. Croatia scored 29 points in the second frame and reduced to 44-42 at the halftime. France again grabbed the bigger advantage due to 25-22 in the third quarter, but allowed Croatia to secure the victory. The latter needed a final 28-18 surge in the last frame to seal the victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners and Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Dragan Bender (213-PF-97) scored 11, whilst Marko Popovic (185-PG-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) posted 9. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) replied with 24 points in a loss and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) poured in 15.



Nantes sign Jamar Diggs, ex Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) signed 29-year old American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Diggs also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he was fifth best scorer with 12.8ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 5.4apg (top 5) and 1.6spg (in top 5).
Diggs ended the previous (2015-16) season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 8 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 17.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year he spent at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 22 games he got 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.9spg. Diggs also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.9apg and 1.6spg (in top 3).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diggs won Cyprus League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2014.
Diggs is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Uni Baskets), Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Latvia (Barons Riga), Poland (Twarde Pierniki) and Cyprus (Apoel, Keravnos and Omonia).
Diggs attended Wofford College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Hermine Nantes Atlantique roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carl Ona-Embo
Jamar Diggs
Bryan Pamba-Juille
Mathis Guillou

Forwards:
Zoran Vrkic
Christopher McKnight
Laurence Ekperigin
Alexandre Gavrilovic
Luka Antic
Guy_Landry Edi

Centers:
Guy-Marc Michel
Yannick Quiros

Coach: Franck Collineau

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Joe Burton (ex Roanne) signs at Aomori Watts - by Eurobasket News

Aomori Watts (B League D2) landed 27-year old American forward Joe Burton (201-134kg-90, college: Oregon State). He played most recently at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. In 36 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg last season. Burton helped them to win the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Burton played at ALM Evreux (also in ProB) where in 41 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Burton has played also professionally in Denmark (Aalborg), Holland (Zwolle) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended Oregon State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Burton's game is described as: A large-bodied forward who can be very effective at both sides of the court. Has good inside-outside skills and plays with intensity in every single minute of his game.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GoEmpireGroup)

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Anton Kazarnovski (ex BG Karlsruhe) joins Blokotehna - by Mario Divanisov

The newbie in Prva Liga Blokotehna straightened their roster with the addition of Russian-Israeli international Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85).

For the 32-year-old center this will be the second stay in Macedonia where in the 2015/16 season he wore the shirt of Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje. His senior experience goes throughout Europe starting from Israel tough Romania and Germany, while having an opportunity at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, FC Bayern Muenchen and BCM U Pitesti. He impressed in his last season playing in the German Regionalliga at BG Karlsruhe by averaging 13.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games played.

Anton Kazarnovski will be the third and last international signing for the rookie in Prva Liga this season as the club who will also compete in Balkan League already signed Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) and Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93, college: Oregon) earlier this summer.

Blokotehna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marjan Mladenovic (180-PG-87)
Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96)
Goran Glavchev (191-G-93)

Forwards:
Zlatko Gocevski (205-C-82, agency: Interperformances)
Danilo Mijatovic
Dwayne Benjamin

Center:
Anton Kazarnovski
Sinisa Avramovski (209-C-85, agency: Promotex)

Coach:
Marjan Ilievski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Igor Penov leaves Karpos Sokoli next destination MZT Skopje? - by Mario Divanisov

After two seasons at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje the team captain Igor Penov (203-SF-84) could return to his childhood club KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom after deciding not to continue the cooperation with the Macedonian Cup winner and League runner up.

The 32-year old Small forward had an impressive last season at Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje playing in three competitions. In 22 games in ABA League his averaged 2.2ppg and 2.1rpg, while in 18 games in the domestic championship he counted 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 18 games. His most impressive stats came in the Balkan League where he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg in 11 games while starting off the bench in most of the games. Despite his numbers not being high, his impressive defensive effort is what stood up throughout the season, giving him a debut in the national team this summer.

The biggest variant destination for Igor Penov could be KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom where he started his carrier in 2004. The white and blues reinforced their coaching position with Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) this summer, the same coach who started the KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom era in Macedonian basketball giving the team the first title ever and Igor Penov was part of the team back then.



Jaysean Paige (ex Karpos Sokoli) agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 23-year old American guard Jaysean Paige (188-91kg-94, college: W.Virginia, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Paige managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In four ABA League games he recorded just 2.8ppg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he had only 2 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. The other team Paige played that season for was Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 8 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2016. Paige received also All-Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Paige graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gostivar 2015 lands Dime Tasovski - by Dragan Ristov

Gostivar 2015 (Prva Liga) tabbed experienced 37-year old international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80). He played most recently at Rabotnicki (Prva Liga). In 24 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and recorded 4.6rpg and 2.6apg last season. Prva Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
His team was regular season runner-up in Macedonian League in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2008 and 2017. Tasovski received Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Tasovski played at KK Strumica (also in Prva Liga) where in 14 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Poland eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg.
Tasovski has played also professionally in Ukraine (Halychyna), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries, Karpos Sokoli and Lirija) and Kosovo (Trepca).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keith Ramsey (RheinStars) Going To Sweden After My Rookie Season In Spain Changed My Life - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Keith Ramsey (205-C/F-87, college: Missouri) is a 29 year old 207cm power forward that hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is entering his eighth professional season and third in Germany and first with the Rhein Stars Koeln (Germany-ProA). He didn't play last season as he was recovering from an injury and last played for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) in 2015-2016 and played 28 games averaging 9.5ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 57.6%. He started his basketball career with Missouri (NCAA) and as a senior palyed 34 games averaging 6.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 64.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010-201 with CB Promobys Hoteles Tijola (Spain-LEB Silver) playin 10 games averaging 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 69.6%. In the 2011-201 season he joined LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 44 games averaging 13.5ppg, Reb-5 (9.2rpg), 1.8apg, 1.9spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP-3 (63.0%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 74.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (Israel-National League) playing 31 games averaging 12.7ppg, Reb-4 (10.6rpg), 2.0apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), 1.3bpg, FGP-1 (66.4%), 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 57.1%. In 2013-2014 he joined Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 33 games averaging 7.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 40.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he remained with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games averaging 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 67.5%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 48.5%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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

Summer is good. Been in my hometown in Tennessee .


Your not even 30 years old yet, but have gotten around having played in countries like Cyprus, Spain, Sweden, Israel and Germany. Do you sometimes feel like a basketball globetrotter and what is most appealing about experiencing new cultures so often?

It's been cool to play in all those countries. Cultures and myself learning about different things about life other than the life I grow up in is the best for me .


Congrats on signing with the RheinStars Cologne which will be your third season in Germany after you played two seasons with Phoenix Hagen. Your last game was more than 2 years ago against Braunschweig. What have you missed most from the country Germany and it's basketball?

Germany is just a good place to be. From basketball to the people to the business side. The fast pace of the game in Germany is what I missed most.


After a season away where you had been out with a severe injury your fit again and are hungry to gte back on the court. How tough was this last year for you having to sit out and get to learn a whole other side of being a professional basketball player?

My injury wasn't so severe . I was just playing the field last season and ended up getting hurt and not having my surgery right away. But I'm hungry to get another opportunity to get back to what I love to do. You don't miss it until it's gone and I felt like it was gone so I'm excited to get back .


How thankful are you that the RheinStars declined to let an injury effect their trust in your game? What was most key in you wanting to sign on the dotted line with them? Possibly their unending ambition to get to the BBL?

I'm glad the Rheinstars reached out and still believe I can play after a year. A year isn't really that long off . When you' re in America you can always find high level basketball some where The coach and the city of Cologne made me sign and a great opportunity for me to show some skills that I have that other BBL teams haven't seen in me .


With the RheinStars you will be playing for manager Stephan Baeck who won the 1993 European title with Germany and head coach Denis Wucherer who won a silver at the 2005 European championships with Dirk Nowitzki. Does this type of presence already get you in a total different mood when preparing on your own this summer to get ready to come to training camp in August?


It's exciting. It's always good to know that they guy running the team actually knows something about basketball and will make the right decision for the team. And I have been preparing for pre season for the last 2months so I'm ready.


You are a guy that will bring the team experience, hard nosed defense, strong rebounding, quickness and athleticism. You're a guy that doesn't necessarily have to score in double figures. How key will your defensive presence be this season for the team to be successful?

It's good that I have all those things in me and it will bring a lot to a team. But every guy that plays in Europe knows that you have to have offense of presence to make some good money hahah. But I will do what's necessary for the team to win


Two seasons ago you played for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 28 games averaging 9.5ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 57.6%. Did the cup win with Apoel somewhat help you digest the tough sweep in the final by AEK?

Apoel was a difficult and most unprofessional place that I ever been too. I was just happy to get through the season . My coach who now is an assistant with Panathinaikos helped me out a lot with my game and reading and slowing me down to play at a high level. When a team has double your budget it's hard to win in Europe everyone know that so that sweep wasn't tough hahahaha

You played for Phoenix Hagen from 2013-2015. You played a season with Dino Gregory. You have played with many experienced four players, but how special was your harmony on the court?

Dino is a great guy and teammate. With him around made it just more easier to play with a guy like him..


You had huge games in your second season including a great start where you had 19 points against FC Bayern Munich, back to back games with 25 points against MBC and 24 points against Oldenburg as well as a 12 point, 13 rebound and five assist game against Ludwigsburg. Do you feel like after that second season with Phoenix Hagen where you averaged 10,6ppg and 6,2rpg that you didn't get the respect from other teams that could have kept you in the BBL until this day?

Yes for sure I had an amazing first half of the season. And showing all my skills on the court putting up good numbers against all the big money teams. And I feel like since I played for Phoenix Hagen I didn't get any respect for my numbers. David Bell lead the whole year in scoring or maybe second and wasn't even honorable mention for best scorer of the league . The season after Hagen I had offers in the BBL from lower teams and lower from what I was making in Hagen hah so yea I didn't get any respect for sure


You also played two seasons with David Bell who could shoot the lights out. What do you remember him doing in a practice that left you dumbfounded and totally amazed?

David Bell's work ethic and mode control of what he eats and how he trains is eye popping. He does all the right things and you can tell by his play at the games.


Before coming to Phoenix Hagen you played a strong season with Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (Israel-National League, starting five): 31 games: 12.7ppg, Reb-4 (10.6rpg), 2.0apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), 1.3bpg, FGP-1 (66.4%), 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 57.1%. What was your fondest memory of living a year in Israel and just being able to take in the culture and playing at a high level?

Israel is one those places that you can talk about all day. If you don't listen to all the political things about their country and get there. It will be all love. And they don't beat you up in practice out there so you can play a high level all through the season.


In your second professional season you played for LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 44 games averaging 13.5ppg, Reb-5 (9.2rpg), 1.8apg, 1.9spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP-3 (63.0%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 74.4%. You made your professional break through after a shortened rookie season in Spain. What was key in this season for you being able to make the next step and become a name in Europe?

Spain was a good bad job for me. Haha great place for basketball. Wrong time as a rookie . So when I got to Sweden . I was in love with the basketball and the culture and the professionalism. And my coach Charles Barton was an American guy that made me comfortable from day one. And that made me have the type of season I had there


How important was it having ex Missouri teammate Justin Stafford on the team in Sweden. He was a rookie, but had a great season. How did both of you help make that season a bit easier for each other?

It was great having him there and he is one of my really good friends . And to help him with his rookie season benefited both of us.


How vital was head coach Charles Barton for you coming out of your shell? Did he just let you play your game?

Coach Barton made me comfortable and my game and ability so we got along fine and made me play up to standards


As a rookie you played for CB Promobys Hoteles Tijola (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 10 games averaging 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 69.6%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee?

I had been away from home a lot in my life. But never to a 900 people village in the middle of southwest Spain and no one speaks English. It was the worst place for a rookie to be. And my coach was a piece of work. I have never been treated so badly from a coach. And it made me not want to play overseas anymore. But then I went to Sweden and it changed my life.


You had a stellar career at Missouri (NCAA). How did head coach Mike Anderson help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Mike Anderson is definitely someone that can teach about the game of basketball. And to be unselfish and play within the team.


You played one season with future NBA player Demarre Carroll. Did you know then that he would make such an impact in the NBA?

Demarre was having a hell of a year so I knew he would be a good player in the NBA


You won the Big 12 tournament, but also reached the NCAA Elite 8. Was your performance in the game against Uconn where you played against so many future NBA players one of your most memorable game at Missouri (NCAA)?

Just playing in the Elite 8 game was memorable. But playing a sold game made it a little bit better for sure


Who was the toughest player that you battled down low that reached the NBA?


Really can't say since I faced a lot of good players. But Blake Griffin is a tough match up for anyone so I would say him.


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

I wake up at 5:30 during the week for morning workouts. I'm been working on my body with flexibility things and a lot of shooting from 3. And ball handling . And endurance getting my legs stronger so I can stay at a high level through a long season in Europe.

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

At the end of lebron James career. He will be the best in the history of the game. But Micheal Jordan hands down is the best winner and talent that ever played the game


Thanks Keith for the chat.




Richard Williams Moves To PS Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) can declare Germany his second official home as that has been the only place he has played in professionally in Germany except for a short stint in Iceland as a rookie and it will continue so next season. According to eurobasket sources, the American will lace up his sneakers for new Pro A team PS Karlsruhe. Williams will be turning 30 on August 22 and goes into his ninth professional season and PS Karlsruhe will be his seventh team in Germany. He recently got extra competitive experience playing with Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA) playing 15 games averaging 17.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 79.1%. Last season he split time with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 5 games averaging 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 82.4%, left in Nov.'16, later that month moved to Rhein Stars Koeln (Germany-ProA) playing 22 games averaging 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 78.8%.

The Spring Valley, Californiy native started his basketball career in 2005 with San Diego St. (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 71.6%. In hiss econd season with San Diego St. (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3Pts: 45.8%, FT: 74.6%. As a junior at San Diego St. (NCAA) he played 25 games averaging 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3Pts: 29.2%, FT: 72.4%. In his senior year at San Diego St. (NCAA) he palyed 36 games averaging 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. He started his professional career in 2009 with the San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.'10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League) playing 8 games averaging 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. After a season with the San Diego Sol (ABA) he came to Germany in 2011 moving to UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB) playing 33 games averaging 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he helped SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) move to the BBL playing 38 games averaging 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. He remained with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-BBL) in 2014-2015 playing 34 games averaging 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.7%. In the 2014-2015 season he played with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 2 EuroChallenge games averaging 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg. He also played 9 BBL games averaging 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 48.0%, FT: 70.6%. He returned back to his old team SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) playing 12 games averaging 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. In the 2015-2016 season he belonged to the top point guards in the Pro A playing with VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA) playing 32 games: Score-5 (15.5ppg), 4.2rpg, Assists-1 (8.0apg), Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 73.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been MWC Regular Season Champion -06, MWC Tournament Winner -06, MWC Tournament Semifinals -08, MWC Tournament Finalist -09, All-MWC 3rd Team -09, MWC All-Defensive Team -09, NIT Final Four -09, ABA All-Star Game -11
German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -13, 16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -13, 16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -13, 16
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -13, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Newcomer of the Year -14, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -14, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -17



The MHP Riesen Add Allrounder Thomas Walkup - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a sensational senior season at SF Austin (NCAA) where he gave a new meaning to the word filling up the stat sheet, Thomas Walkup (193-G/F-92, college: SF Austin) got his first taste of the NBA game playing in the Chicago Bulls organization, but played in the D-league in his rookie season and now wants to rip up the EasyCredit BBL in his first season overseas as the MHP Riesen have added him to the roster. Walkup is a 24 year old 193 cm guard from Pasadena, Texas that played at Deer Park HS and last season as a rookie played for the Windy City Bulls (D-League) playing 40 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 84.5%. "Thomas is a tough competitor that steers a lot for his team. He is a good pick and roll player and a guard that can play as a point forward", stressed head coach John Patrick.Last season in the D-League he scored in double figures in 13 games including a 24 point game against Delaware, a 17 point effort against Long Island and 16 points apiece against Greensboro, Erie Bay and the Raprors 905.

Walkup started his career at SF Austin (NCAA) and as a freshman played 32 games averaging 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg. In his second season at SF Austin (NCAA) he played 34 games averaging 13.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 72.9%. In his junior season at SF Austin (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 15.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 73.8%. He made a further step as a senior at SF Austin (NCAA) playing 34 games averaging 18.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 81.7%. In his senior season he scored 30 points or more six times including a 37 point explosion against Sam Houston State and a 35 points explosion against Houston Baptist.. After school he played at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg, 1.0spg. In the summe rof 2016 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors) playing 6 games averaging 3.2ppg, 3.5rpg

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Southland Conf. Regular Season Champion -13, 14, 15, 16, Southland Conf. Tournament Finalist -13, Southland Conf. Tournament Winner -14, 15, 16, All-Southland Conf. All-Tournament MVP -14, 15, 16, All-Southland Conf. 3rd Team -14, Southland Conf. All-Defensive Team -14, 15, 16, Southland Conf. All-Tournament Team -14, 15, 16, USBWA All-District VII Team -15, 16, All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year -15, 16, All-Southland Conf. 1st Team -15, 16, NABC All-District 23 1st Team -15, 16, and Reese's NCAA D1 All-Star Game -16.

Source:MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg




The Bohannon Heidelberg Connection Sparks The Iowa Hawkeyes Past The Basketball Aid Allstars 99-65 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One doesn't always have to be in caught up in the playoffs of the NBA, Euroleague, or Endessa where one can witness great basketball in places like the Oracle arena in Oakland or the Wizink arena in Madrid or other leagues in Europe to be in the basketball zone in mind and be more than ecstatic about getting the full hot order on basketball, but one can also be trapped by desire in smaller venues in the dog days of summer in August like the OSP-Rhein-Necker gym in Heidelberg that seats 2000 people. On one side of the less modern arena where the benches are is a wall and seats no people. Any basketball spectator that has been used to the huge state of the art arena's and were brought into the OSP Rhein-Necker gym blindfolded and turned towards the wall could of suffered a minor heart attack not knowing in what basketball calamity they had stumbled into. On August 8th, the OSP-Rhein-Necker arena in Heidelberg was the focus of a very special basketball evening that showcased great basketball talent all for a good cause as the well known University of Iowa that was an NCAA finalist in 1956 and NIT finalist 2013 were at the start of a European tour that would also take them to Italy and Switzerland and were playing against a put together basketball team for one night called the Basketball Aid Allstars. The game was for a good cause as once again Basketball Aid which had organized a successful tour last summer had put together this special event with all procedes going to help the fight for children stricken with cancer. Iowa has a young team and some big talent with guys like Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, Jordan Bohannon (183-G-97) and Nicholas Baer not too mention senior Dominique Uhi who was making his homecoming as he hails from Frankfurt only 98 kilometers from the trendy tourist attraction city Heidelberg where he was in the Fraport Skyliners organization for a few years before making the jump to the States in 2012. The Basketball Aid Allstars were led by coach German basketball legend Pascal Roller and had some very talented young players like Fraport Skyliners Richard Freudenberg and Garai Zeeb or Lukas Wank from Wurzburg, but also the very experienced Alexsandar Nadjfeji who at age 40 still plays like he is 30 and won titles in Germany with Cologne and Berlin. The arena also had some history in that that was where current NBA player Paul Zipser of the Chicago Bulls began to learn his trade. The only real serious thing about the game was the cause helping get more awareness for cancer while on the court Iowa had only been in Germany a day and still had some jet lag in their bones, while the players of the Basketball Aid team weren't about to be going full speed as with the next season approaching had to be mindful of not getting an injury to hurt their professional team's preparation for the season. The incredible fitness of the Iowa team showed as their jet lag seemed like it had been left in the hotel as the Iowa Hawkeyes let their lethal shooting and timely transition game especially in the second half turn an easy win into a wipe out as the Basketball Aid Allstars ran out of gas losing 99-65. Only a few minutes after the big win, Iowa forward Dominque Uhl was in the stands chilling with his mom and glowing about coming home and playing. 'This was a very special occasion for me to come home and play for my mom and friends. I also saw my old teammates Dominic Lockhart and Robin Amaize. It was an important cause playing for cancer and also important for us, because we knew how important this also was for coach Mccaffery who's son Patrick battled cancer. I was happy that I could play my game. Coach gave me more freedom than usual because I was home', smiled Dominique Uhl. The night was able to garner 5,000 Euro's for Basketball Aid and it's fight to help stricken kids with cancer.

There were many little interesting side notes to this special game and one involved Iowa multi talented point guard Jordan Bohannon who played in the arena where his brother Jason played in his rookie season in 2010-2011 and even played two games with current Chicago Bull German Paul Zipser. Bohannon had a solid game netting nine points and running the Iowa offense in a fine fashion and didn't get the heads up from his brother until recently about the arena and he was also ecstatic about everything that was involved with the basketball evening. 'I didn't know until a few weeks ago that my brother played here until he told me. This is a special place and the atmosphere was great. This game meant a lot to coach and us because of his son Patrick who fought against cancer and won. Coach really enjoyed being out there and coaching. We started out slow and we knew that they would come out competing. In the second half we were able to get consecutive stops and break open the game. I have to give credit to the Basketball Aid team. They played great and had great team chemistry considering they played together for the first time', stressed Iowa native Jordan Bohannon. The Iowa Hawkeyes hung around for about 10 minutes after the win posing for pics and talking to fans and then were off while the Basketball Aid Allstars hung around longer, stretched longer and probably had that nasty Iowa transition game in their minds that not even the young bucks could come to terms with for 40 minutes. 'It was an honor to play for this great cause. It was bitter that we lost, but the Americans put on a great show. It would have been nice if we could of hit more shots, but overall it was a cool night', stressed Fraport Skyliner Garai Zeeb. 'Coach told us before the game that we have to run all game long. We were faster and they didn't want to keep up with us. We relaxed on defense too much and need to be better focused for 40 minutes. I thought that we moved the ball well and our transition game was very good', added Dominique Uhl.
There was a good turnout by fans as 800 filled the gym on a Tuesday night and also some German national teams were on hand like the A-2 team which were training there will head to Asia next week to compete in the University games as guys like Mahir Agva, Stefan Ilzhoefer and Andi Obst watched the Basketball Aid game. The Basketball Aid team got off to a quicker start as they led 4-0 fast as Gotha big man Robert Oehle finished twice nicely in the paint for the German side. However it didn't take Iowa long to get heated up as Sophomore Chicago native Isaiah Moss drilled home two three pointers. Moss is coming off an up and down freshman season showed quickly that he could become that guy that could take over the main scoring option for the departed Peter Jok or will it be Tyler Cook? 19 year old Slovenian/Bosnian Luka Garza also got going quickly with being active in the paint getting an offensive rebound, put back and tap in while sniper Bohannon nailed a trey and all of a sudden Iowa was leading 15-6. Garza not only turned some heads in the arena, but already has his teammates in awe. 'Garza shows much potential. He really stepped it up. I like that he knows how to play the game and has a high basketball IQ', stressed Jordan Bohannon. Iowa kept up the offensive pressure sharing the ball nicely and playing a sound game of inside out ball as St Louis native Tyler Cook who is another candidate to take over the Jok role and improved his explosiveness over the summer at various tournaments in Iowa made a lay in while red shirt freshman Connor Mccaffery who will play baseball this season nailed a three as Iowa led 18-10. However the Basketball Aid Allstars fought back closing out the first quarter with a timely and annoying 13-5 run to dead lock the game at 23-23. Freudenberg who started his career with FC Bayern Munich and has 2 BBL games under his belt started the run with a trey and then it was recently retired 39 year old Radi Tomasevic who played 21 years of professional basketball for 13 teams mainly in Germany and looks more like a guy out of Animal House scored three buckets using his unstoppable unorthodox left hand hook shot on the penetration. After 10 minutes Iowa head coach Fran Mccaffery could be pleased with his teams 50% and 57% shooting percentages while the Basketball Aid squad was shooting 42% from the field and a hapless 14,3% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds apiece and only one turnover by the Basketball Aid team.

The second quarter looked similar to the first quarter in that the Iowa Hawkeyes started off quickly, but let up a bit in the latter half of the second as the Basketball Aid squad clawed their way back. Iowa was back to their well fine tuned game getting deep three's from Uhl who wants to have a more consistent senior season and from Bohannon while Garza just destroyed the Basketball Aid Allstars inside getting offensive rebounds and making easy putbacks as Iowa led 38-27. The Basketball Aid Allstars then went on a timely 14-2 run as ex St Johns forward Freudenberg nailed two three's and made a beautiful reverse lay in over Cook and Nicholas Baer who is the teams best shot blocker and had 6 against Nebraska last season as a freshman. Oehle scored inside twice while Tomasevic again scored with his stronger left hand as all of a sudden the Basketball Aid Allstars were in striking distance trailing only 43-38. Baer had many great moments in the game as his versatile game shone throughout, but none better than in the last minute as he came down on the break and got a pass that he could have finished himself, but rather made the pretty touch passto Cook for the easy bucket that Larry Bird couldn't have done any better back in the day. MLP Academics forward Albert Kuppe who helped Gotha move up to the Pro A in 2012 ended the second quarter with a deep three as Iowa led 48-44 at the break. 'We were doing a good job on transition, but not protecting our own rim well', stressed Iowa press secretary Matt Weitzel. 'Iowa had many young dynamic players and played that run and gun. I was happy that we could run the two plays that we had for the game. Iowa really had very good foot work and it was hard to penetrate', stressed Basketball Aid head coach Pascal Roller. 'I think that the fans saw much entertainment in the first half. Iowa had much athleticism with Cook, but also a nice shooting touch with Bohannon. Iowa is a very talented team and good shooting team', stressed MLP Academics manager Matthias Lautenschlager. The Iowa Hawkeyes were still shooting at a high percentage at 46% from the field and 47% from the three point line while the Basketball Aid Allstars were shooting a respectable 395 from the field, but dismal 26% from the three point line. Both teams had 22 rebounds apiece, and both still were doing a god job taking care of the ball with four turnovers apiece.

The turning point of the game came half way through as the Basketball Aid Allstars cut the Iowa lead down to eight points and were threatening, but then they turned the transition lever up and just ran away with the game ending the third frame with a deadly 18-7 run to lead 74-55. Iowa kept up their dangerous outside shooting as Bohannon and Moss connected from outside while the Basketball Aid Allstars stayed in the game with buckets from Croatian Mauro Veijacic and Wurzburg forward Lukas Wank. However Iowa had a untypical 17 man roster so had many guys ready to battle and brought in superb role player 21 year old junior Brady Ellingson from Wisconsin who gave the name scoring in buckets a new meaning as he scored seven points while Freudenberg connected on another trey cutting the Iowa lead down to 63-52. Iowa then totally took control of the game closing out the third quarter with a 11-3 run. Iowa noticed that the balmy conditions in the gym weren't to the advantage of their opponent and caught napping on transition defense and scored three buckets as Baer and the two talented freshmen 208cm Jack Nunge from Newburgh, Indiana and Garza who played high school basketball in Washington DC at Maret scored easily. Nicholas Baer was also instrumental in this closing run as he gave his team the needed energy at both ends of the court and also drilled home a trey. 'Our good defense led to the transition baskets. Baer played huge with his energy', stressed Dominique Uhl. 'Our turnovers and bad shot selection led to their transition baskets', stressed Garai Zeeb. Iowa improved their shooting percentages in the third quarter to 48% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Basketball Aid Allstars were shooting a disastrous 34% from the field and an unacceptable 20% from the parking lot. Iowa had the slight 36-34 rebound edge and nine turnovers while the Basketball Aid Allstars had 10 turnovers.

The game was already decided and Iowa now closed out the game in fine fashion and even put in some freshmen at the end so everyone could play. Iowa continued to hurt the Basketball Aid Allstars inside as their athleticism was too much to handle as Garza finished with a hard dunk and Uhl and Cook also scored extending the lead to 81-59. The Basketball Aid Allstars also had some nice moments as Zeeb nailed a trey and Nadjfeji still showed he has game at 40 unraveling a pretty shovel pass to Veilacic who made the easy lay in. Iowa then went on a 7-0 run to put the game totally out of reach as Cook made a hard dunk as he couldn't quite match his 10 dunks in an Iowa summer league game where he scored 30 points recently, Moss connected on a trey and Uhl made a tip in as Iowa led 88-61. The gas tank of the Basketball Aid Allstars was totally empty as Iowa were still going strong and closed out the game with a 11-4 run. The talented freshman Nunge grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put back, Cook hit a 25 footer and then the two freshman Riley Till from Dubuque, Iowa and Austin Ash from Cedar Rapids, Iowa hit back to back three's to put the extra coating of icing on a well deserved win. 'Our goal is it to always out run our opponent. Our transition game hurt them the whole game', stressed Jordan Bohannon. The Iowa Hawkeyes were led by Luka Garza and Isaiah Moss with 17 points apiece. Tyler Cook added 14 points and Nicholas Baer had 10 points. The Basketball Aid Allstars were led by Richard Freudenberg with 13 points and Robert Oehle had 12 points. Iowa shot 47% form the field and 48% from outside while the Basketball Aid Allstars shot 31% from the field and 18% from outside. Iowa won the rebound battle 51-46 and had 11 turnovers while the Basketball Aid Allstars coughed up the ball 13 times.




Marian Schick Moves To The Giessen 46ers 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marian Schick (202-C-86, agency: SportsVision-Service) will continue his basketball career with the Giessen 46ers 2 team. Schick is a 30 year old 202cm center that played the last two years with the Licher Basket Baeren (ProB) and last season played 21 games averaging 7.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 63.6%. Two seasons ago with the Licher Basket Baeren (ProB) he played 23 games averaging 10.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 56.0%. "Marian is linked to the region and a real Hessen guy. He has much experience in the second Bundesliga and are happy that he decided for our project. He is a good example how to combine sport and job", stressed head coach Rolf Scholz.

Last season the German scored in double figures six times and had one double double. His best scoring games last season was a 13 point game against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and a 12 point effort against BG Karlsruhe. The German started his basketball career with VfB Giessen (Regionalliga) in 2005. He then played two seasosn with Lich and one with MTV Kronberg. He then palyed two seasons with Ehingen helping them win the Pro B title in 2011. He then contiued playing three seasosn with Hanau in the Pro B and one season with Leipzig. "I am looking forward to continue to work with the coaches and young players Alen Pjanic and Bjarne Kraushaar. After the end of the Lich club, I knew quickly that I would continue under the new name. I never thought I would return to the 46ers. I am the oldest player with Johannes Lischka and want to give my expereince and leadership", stressed Marian Schick.

Source:Giessen 46ers



Recklinghausen adds Busto to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Regionalliga newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen added to their roster 25-year old Spaniard power forward Daniel Busto (204-92, college: Ohlone CC). He played last season at Pol. Vigor Matelica in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Busto played at Fundal Alcobendas in Spanish EBA where in 10 games he recorded 8.2ppg and 3.9rpg.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Real Madrid and Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada.
Busto attended Ohlone College until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Citybasket Recklinghausen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fahri Breca
Christoph Bruns
Dalante Dunklin
Philip Luetkenhaus

Forwards:
Jan Letailleur
Philipp Spettmann
Daniel Busto
Till von_Guionneau
Tim Gilberti
Jonas Bredeck

Center:
Sebastiano Germana

Coach: Johannes Huelsmann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Terence Smith Continues Career with Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the summer winding down, it was strange to see that one of last seasons top Pro B guards Terence Smith (193-G-91, college: Mississippi) was still on the market, but today he is officially off the market as Pro B team Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven have gobbled him up. Smith is a 25 year old 193cm guard that had a superb rookie season with Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) last season where he played 22 games averaging 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 72.5%. "We heard only good things about Smith. His coaches, teammates and opponents said much positive things baout him. We are looking forward to Terence as he fit into our profile requirement. A big guard, athletic, good drive, shot and experience", stressed head coach Markus Rowenstrunk. As a rookie he recieved a Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.

Last season the American from Russelville, Alabama scored in double figure in all 22 games and scored 20 points or more seven times. His best scoring games were against Lich with 28 points, 26 points against Frankfurt and 24 points against FC Bayern Munich. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Tenn-Martin (NCAA) playing 33 games avergaing 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.2%. In his second season with Tenn-Martin (NCAA) he played 21 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 82.9%. In his junior season with Tenn-Martin (NCAA) he played 30 games averaging 14,8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 82.1%. He moved to Mississippi (NCAA) for his last year playing 33 games avergaing 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg.

Source:Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven



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Alex Harris (ex Doxa Lefkadas) signs at Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes (LigaA) landed 31-year old American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Diamond Sports). He played most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. Harris managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 14 A1 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.2apg. He also played that season for Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Harris had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 8 Division A games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the Supercup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Harris also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he got impressive 16.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Harris received All-Big West Co-Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg, Walter Tigers and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Italy (Enel Brindisi) and Poland (PGE Turow and Energa Czarni).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens sign Ioannis Agravanis - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) signed 19-year old small forward Ioannis Agravanis (196-98). He was about to sign at Doukas in the A2. The last season Agravanis played also at Doukas (also in A2) where in 7 games he had 7.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Agravanis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 3.7rpg.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

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

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panagiotis Kafkis joins Pagrati - by Chris Mammides

AO Pagrati Athens (A2) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old ex-international guard Panagiotis Kafkis (197-80) from Doukas. In 29 A2 games he had 6.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kafkis was a member of Greek Senior National Team back in 2005.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Olympiacos, PAOK Thessaloniki, Panionios, Apollon Patras, Ilysiakos, Makedonikos and Kolossos H Hotels.
Kafkis is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Pagrati.

AO Pagrati Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Panagiotis Kafkis
Thanasis Georgopapadakos
Dimitris Benos
Alexandros Mitsialos
Andreas Giannikos
Sotiris Lympereas
Grigorios Tzatzas
Jovan Theodosiou
Giorgos Xiouras
Vangelis Chortsas
George Christopoulos
Dimitris Kanellopoulos
Spyros Tsentzelis
Stavros Podaras
Konstantinos Pelekis
Heraldo Tsamai
E Tzorbatzakis
Alexandr Sepetzis

Coach: Nasos Houbavlis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens sign Delroy James - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish BSL league. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. James also played that season for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A where in 15 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals.
James has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). James was also voted Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
James is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Russia (Enisey), Italy (Enel Brindisi and FCM Ferentino), NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue) and PBL (New Jersey G-F).
James attended Rhode Island University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid PF who can adapt himself to inside game. Has good timing for offensive rebounds, can score even from behing the 3-pts arch.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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Aias Evosmou signs Kostas Doxakis - by Chris Mammides

APS Aias Evosmou (B) signed 24-year old point guard Kostas Doxakis (183-84kg-93, college: Concordia, IL) from Anatolia.
Doxakis graduated from Concordia University, IL in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

APS Aias Evosmou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fivos Gimnopoulos
Kostas Doxakis
Agis Poulios

Forwards:
Stratos Nisiotis
Aristo Nikoloudis
Constantinos Nesis

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Olympiacos tab Hollis Thompson - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) inked 26-year old American small forward Hollis Thompson (203-96kg-91, college: Georgetown). He played most recently at Austin Spurs (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 16 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Thompson also played that season for the Pelicans in NBA where in 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. The other team he played that season for were the 76ers in NBA. In 31 games he had 5.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
Among other achievements Thompson played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010. He received also NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Thompson has played previously professionally in NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended Georgetown University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Thompson's game is described as: Full name is Keith Hollis Thompson II ... A native of Pasadena, California ... The son of Debra Shaw and Keith Thompson ... Has two older siblings, Bryan and Brandi, and two younger, Courtney and Christian.

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

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

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kim Tillie
Jamel McLean
Kostas Papanikolaou
Hollis Thompson
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis
Thomas Zevgaras
Antreas Tsoumanis

Centers:
Giorgos Bogris
Nikola Milutinov
Peter Strigas

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens sign Delroy James - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) signed 30-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Delroy James (203-100kg-87, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish BSL league. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. James also played that season for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A where in 15 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals.
James has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). James was also voted Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
James is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Russia (Enisey), Italy (Enel Brindisi and FCM Ferentino), NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue) and PBL (New Jersey G-F).
James attended Rhode Island University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid PF who can adapt himself to inside game. Has good timing for offensive rebounds, can score even from behing the 3-pts arch.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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  HUNGARY  


Andric re-signs at Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Croatian ex-international center Luksa Andric (208-118kg-85, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Andric managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 25 A Division games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Andric also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. The other team he played that season for was La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 11 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg. Andric contributed to his team making it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2015. Andric was selected to Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Andric played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2014 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Andric's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Andric is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Andric has played previously professionally in Italy, Turkey (Turk Telekom and Galatasaray), Croatia (Cibona, Dubrava, Cedevita and KK_Dubrovnik) and Kazakhstan (Astana).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A promising inside payer, who has long arms and scoring mentality. Can grab rebounds and defend in the middle, but he's also a very good shooter from outside, and he could stabily move to the 4 position soon.

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Vojvoda
Kendrick Perry

Forward:
Quincy Ford

Centers:
Luksa Andric
Adam Toth

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  ICELAND  


Aegir Steinarsson agreed terms with Castello - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Icelandic international point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-84kg-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) from San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos. In 43 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title.
Steinarsson ended the previous (2015-16) season at Magia_Huesca where in 18 LEB Gold games he averaged 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Steinarsson contributed to his team making it to the final. But the most of that year he spent at KR Reykjavik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 19 games he had 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.8apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 5). Steinarsson contributed to his team winning the Cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Steinarsson has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Steinarsson represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg.
Steinarsson has played previously professionally in Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and Iceland (Fjolnir).
He attended Newberry College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

TAU Castello roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roma Bas
Alfredo Ott
Aegir Steinarsson
Joan Faner

Forwards:
Tautvydas Sabonis
Juan Garcia
Charles Nkaloulou

Center:
Eduard Gatell

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  IRAN  


Ironi Nes-Ziona lands Daequan Cook, ex Chemidor - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) tabbed 30-year old American guard Daequan Cook (195-95kg-87, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Chemidor in Iranian Superleague. In 24 games he was second best scorer with impressive 23.1ppg and recorded 5.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Cook played at Sport Lisboa Benfica in Portuguese LPB where in 37 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.8ppg and averaged 2.8rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. A very impressive season as he was selected to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game, All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout and All-Newcomers Team. Cook also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had high stats: 20.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2007 Cook was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in first round (21st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Cook won NBA Western Conference championship title in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Cook has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), Germany (Walter Tigers), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Iowa Energy).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Explosive scorer who can reel off big points in a hurry. Above average upper body strength and body control which enables him to finish after contact. Possesses legit three point range on his jumper. Unselfish and shows solid court vision to get teammates involved in the offense. Is a good athlete who contributes on the boards nightly. Has the ball handling ability and quick first step to break his man down on drives. Excellent finisher in transition and can end plays in dramatic fashion.
Has a tendency to force shots when opposing defenders pressure him on the perimeter. Has tremendous confidence in his offensive ability which can make him a little trigger happy when the ball is in his hands
.

Ironi Nes-Ziona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daequan Cook
Gil Amitay
Gary Browne
Naor Sharon
Golan Gutt
Jaron Johnson

Forwards:
Elishay Kadir
Tal_Michael Dunne
Raviv Pitshon
Elad Hofman

Coach: Nadav Zilberstein

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  ISRAEL  


Ironi Nes-Ziona lands Daequan Cook, ex Chemidor - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) tabbed 30-year old American guard Daequan Cook (195-95kg-87, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Chemidor in Iranian Superleague. In 24 games he was second best scorer with impressive 23.1ppg and recorded 5.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Cook played at Sport Lisboa Benfica in Portuguese LPB where in 37 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.8ppg and averaged 2.8rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. A very impressive season as he was selected to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game, All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout and All-Newcomers Team. Cook also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had high stats: 20.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2007 Cook was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in first round (21st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Cook won NBA Western Conference championship title in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Cook has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), Germany (Walter Tigers), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Iowa Energy).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Explosive scorer who can reel off big points in a hurry. Above average upper body strength and body control which enables him to finish after contact. Possesses legit three point range on his jumper. Unselfish and shows solid court vision to get teammates involved in the offense. Is a good athlete who contributes on the boards nightly. Has the ball handling ability and quick first step to break his man down on drives. Excellent finisher in transition and can end plays in dramatic fashion.
Has a tendency to force shots when opposing defenders pressure him on the perimeter. Has tremendous confidence in his offensive ability which can make him a little trigger happy when the ball is in his hands
.

Ironi Nes-Ziona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daequan Cook
Gil Amitay
Gary Browne
Naor Sharon
Golan Gutt
Jaron Johnson

Forwards:
Elishay Kadir
Tal_Michael Dunne
Raviv Pitshon
Elad Hofman

Coach: Nadav Zilberstein

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Austin Daye (ex Galatasaray) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 29-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 23 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. Daye also played 25 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. Daye helped them to make it to the final. The other team he played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and had 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Daye also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Daye attended Gonzaga University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
His college team won WCC Tournament in 2009.
Daye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Daye has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Yogev Ohayon
Curtis Jerrells
Jerome Dyson
Bar Timor

Forwards:
Lior Eliyahu
Austin Daye
Tarence Kinsey

Centers:
Alen Omic
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

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Talib Zanna (ex Nanterre) may sign at Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) is about to tab 27-year old Nigerian forward Talib Zanna (206-104kg-90, college: Pittsburgh, agency: 3Eye) who played last time at JSF Nanterre in France. In 25 ProA games he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season. He also played 19 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Zanna helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by the Thunder in NBA.
Zanna received ACC All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Zanna has played also professionally in NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Zanna's outlook: An young man who plays a physical game. He likes to put the ball on the floor when on the perimeter and explode to the basket. He can play the five position too, and this allows him to easily beat a slower opponent. He' s and hard worker, a tough and relentless player.

Ironi Nes-Ziona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daequan Cook
Gil Amitay
Gary Browne
Naor Sharon
Golan Gutt
Jaron Johnson

Forwards:
Elishay Kadir
Tal_Michael Dunne
Raviv Pitshon
Elad Hofman

Coach: Nadav Zilberstein

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Matteo Lagana is a newcomer at Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of point guard Matteo Lagana (191). He played most recently at Urania Milano in the Serie B. In 24 games he recorded 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Lagana represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 42.9%.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

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Cagliari Academy lands Mirco Turel - by Armando Caporaso

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy landed 23-year old shooting guard Mirco Turel (191-83kg-94). He played most recently at Proger BLS Chieti in Italian Serie B. In 16 Serie A2 games he averaged just 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg last season. Turel also played that season for BCC Corvengenze Agropoli where in 17 Serie A2 games he had 7.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 69.6%.
Turel has played previously for five other teams: Imola, Treviglio, Roma S.Azzurra, Monfalcone and Barese.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A young SG with great athletic skills, who is better at the offensive side than at the defensive one. Has a good outside shot, and can beat his man to penetrate inside thanks to goo 1-vs-1 game.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Rullo
Mirco Turel
Marcus Keene

Forwards:
Marco Allegretti
Ferdinando Matrone
Deshawn Stephens
Andrea Rovatti

Coach: Riccardo Paolini

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Gianluca Marchetti signs at Ortona - by Eurobasket News

We're Basket Ortona (Serie B) landed 24-year old point guard Gianluca Marchetti (178-66kg-93). He played most recently at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in Italian Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged just 0.7ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Marchetti also spent pre-season at Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A) that year.
He has played previously for five other teams: Roma Virtus, Vanoli Cremona, Basket Barcellona, GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine and Livorno DBosco.
Marchetti's game is described as: A tiny PG, very quick, who loves to attack the basket and to end a play with acrobatic shots.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Novipiu Casale lands Riccardo Cattapan - by Eurobasket News

Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Serie A2) tabbed 20-year old center Riccardo Cattapan (212-104kg-97). He has played for the last two years at PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro in the Serie B. In 33 games he averaged 3.7ppg and 3.6rpg last season. Cattapan helped them to win the regular season.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Cattapan has played previously for two other teams: Virtus Bologna and Fiat Torino.

Novipiu Casale Monferrato roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brett Blizzard
Jamarr Sanders
Davide Denegri

Centers:
Aleksandar Marcius
Riccardo Cattapan
Luca Severini

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Umea signs Arik Smith, ex Ostuni - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) signed 24-year old American guard Arik Smith (185-79kg-93, college: Cal Lutheran). He spent his 2-year professional career in Italy. He played last season at Cestistica Ostuni in Italian Serie C Silver. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at NB Sora 2000 (Serie C) in Italian league where in 29 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.3ppg. He helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith was voted All-SCIAC 1st Team in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Smith graduated from California Lutheran University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Tyrus McGee joins the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Tyrus McGee (188-93kg-91, college: Iowa State). He will still stay in Italy where he played last season at Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A). In 40 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg. McGee helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. McGee also played 21 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
The previous (15-16) season McGee played at Vanoli Cremona. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 13.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
McGee has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan).
McGee attended Iowa State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ronald Moore
Tommaso Laquintana
Tyrus McGee
Francesco Galli

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Aleksander Czyz
Cesare Barbon

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

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Valsesia adds Gobbato to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) added to their roster 19-year old guard Enrico Gobbato (98). He has played for the last two seasons at the junior team of Alma Trieste in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he recorded just 1.1ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

Gessi Valsesia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolo Gatti
Renato Quartuccio
Guglielmo Sodero
Matteo Martina
Enrico Gobbato

Forward:
Mattia Magrini

Coach: Domenico Bolignano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Piacenza inks Edward Maresca - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed 19-year old forward Edward Maresca (201-98, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played last season at ABC Cantu in the Serie C Silver.

Bakery Piacentina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodolfo Rombaldoni
Nicolas Stanic
Santiago Bruno

Forwards:
Duilio Birindelli
Edward Maresca

Center:
Riccardo Perego

Coach: Claudio Coppeta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Salerno inks Marco Mennella - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Arechi Salerno (Serie B) agreed terms with 18-year old guard Marco Mennella (99). He played last season at Napoli Megaride in the Serie C Silver.

Virtus Arechi Salerno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Onorio Petrazzuoli
Ernesto Beatrice
Marco Cucco
Marco Mennella

Forwards:
Gianmarco Leggio
Daniel Datuowei
Levan Babilodze

Centers:
Paolo Paci
Riccardo Bartolozzi

Coach: Antonio Paternoster

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matteo Martina signs at Valsesia - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) landed 18-year old point guard Matteo Martina (183-99) from Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni. Martina has played there for the last four years. In 29 Serie B games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.1rpg last season.

Gessi Valsesia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolo Gatti
Renato Quartuccio
Guglielmo Sodero
Matteo Martina

Forward:
Mattia Magrini

Coach: Domenico Bolignano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Gnaccarini re-signs at Senigallia - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Senigallia (Serie B) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old point guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 Serie B games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.8apg last season.
Gnaccarini's team was regular season runner-up in Italian B dilettanti Group B in 2010.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Pesaro Loreto, Roseto, Falconara and Recanati.
Gnaccarini is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Senigallia.
On Gnaccarini: An undersized SG who has great shooting range and accuracy. A typical minor league player, has personality and playing experience. Also, he's a relentless defender on the perimeter.

Pallacanestro Senigallia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emiliano Paparella
Marco Gnaccarini
Marco Giacomini

Forward:
Lorenzo Tortu

Coach: Stefano Foglietti

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Justin Knox (ex F.Kontatto BO) is a newcomer at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Justin Knox (205-110kg-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 43 games he recorded 13.6ppg and 7.3rpg last season. Knox helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Final Genclik in Turkish TBL where in 32 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Knox received Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team award back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Knox's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Knox has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Holland (Den Helder), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Puerto Rico (Capitanes) and Turkey (Vestel).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Knox attended University of North Carolina until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pavlin Ivanov

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

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Andy Ogide (ex Bambitious Nara) joins Roseto - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) agreed terms with 30-year old Nigerian international forward Andy Ogide (204-102kg-87, college: Colorado State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Bambitious Nara in Japanese B League D2. In 59 games he had 12.7ppg and 6.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ogide played at Hapoel Migdal Haemek (National League) in Israel where in 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 12.0rpg (#4 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
He was voted NABC Division I All-District 17 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Ogide also represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
Ogide has played also professionally in France (Poitiers), Russia (Universitet Yugra) and Spain (Ourense, Leche Rio Breogan and Gipuzkoa).
He attended Colorado State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Roberto Nelson
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Andy Ogide
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

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Salvatore Genovese joins Firenze All Foods - by Eurobasket News

All Foods Firenze (Serie B) agreed terms with 30-year old swingman Salvatore Genovese (198-87, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio in the Serie A2. In 35 games he had 5.1ppg and 1.1rpg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Genovese ended the previous (2015-16) season at Orzinuovi GaGa where in 17 Serie B games he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. Genovese helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Basket Golfo Piombino. In 19 Serie B games he averaged 14.9ppg and 3.7rpg.
Genovese represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg.
Genovese has played previously for eight other teams: Openjobmetis VA, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Roseto, Montichiari, Vanoli Cremona, Varese Elmec, Molfetta and Scauri.
On Genovese: Plays in the 2 and 3 positions as well, has lots of points in his hands. Shoots extremely well from outside, but he isn' t enough quick to play the SG at top level. Has a strong body, however, and can become a dominant player at minor league level.

All Foods Firenze roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Simone Berti
Alessandro Grande
Niccolo Mencherini
Andrea Mazzucchelli

Forward:
Salvatore Genovese

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Quinton Stephens is a newcomer at Fiat Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American forward Quinton Stephens (206-92kg-95, college: Georgia Tech). He was about to sign at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
Stephens just graduated from Georgia Tech and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of NIT.

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones
Lamar Patterson

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott
Quinton Stephens

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Joe Burton (ex Roanne) signs at Aomori Watts - by Eurobasket News

Aomori Watts (B League D2) landed 27-year old American forward Joe Burton (201-134kg-90, college: Oregon State). He played most recently at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProB. In 36 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg last season. Burton helped them to win the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Burton played at ALM Evreux (also in ProB) where in 41 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Burton has played also professionally in Denmark (Aalborg), Holland (Zwolle) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended Oregon State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Burton's game is described as: A large-bodied forward who can be very effective at both sides of the court. Has good inside-outside skills and plays with intensity in every single minute of his game.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GoEmpireGroup)

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TED Kolejliler lands David Weaver, ex Nagoya DD - by Eurobasket News

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL) tabbed 30-year old American center David Weaver (207-113kg-87, college: Wake Forest). He played most recently at Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in Japanese B League. In 24 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.9rpg last season. Weaver also played that season for Shiga L-Stars (also in B League) where in 28 games he had 8.7ppg and 6.1rpg.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Weaver experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Weaver has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Ilysiakos), Lithuania (Siauliai), Poland (Energa Czarni and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza), Portugal (Benfica), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Turkey (Afyon Bld).
He attended Wake Forest University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Weaver's outlook: Versatile big man who possesses a defensive-minded game. An excellent shot blocker and post defender. Powerful dunker who finished with 45 dunks in his NCAA career. Can play at both the power forward and center positions.

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Morris Curry
Mert Gizir

Forward:
Yesukan Onar

Centers:
Cem Coskun
David Weaver

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Estonia defeated Kosovo - by Dren Shporta

Estonia reached second victory in Group C of European Pre-Qualifiers for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, after beating Kosovo yesterday in Tallinn, 76-50.

Kosovo started the game 7-0 but in the end of the first quarter, Estonia took the advantage 17-15 leaded by Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-PG-89) and Reinar Hallik (208-F/C-84).

After that Estonia never looked back at scoresheet and raised the advantage periodically to take its second victory out of 2 matches in Group C.

Reinar Hallik scored 15 points and 4 assist, while Sten-Timmu Sokk added 14 points and 3 assists in the victory for Estonians.

On the other hand, Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88) was stopped on 8 points while Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) was the only player to score double ciphered points for Kosovo, 11.

After this match, Kosovo will visit Macedonia in the third game of the Group C.



Sigal Prishtina inks Wayne Martin - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Wayne Martin (201-108kg-93, agency: Two Points). He just graduated from Tennessee State University (NCAA). In 30 games he had 14.4ppg and 9.2rpg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to All-OVC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Martin is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016.
Martin has played previously for another Kosovan team South Shore.

Sigal Prishtina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dardan Berisha
Patrick Cole
Zeek Woodley

Forwards:
Seab Webster
Wayne Martin

Center:
Michael Glover

Coach: Ahmet Kandemir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rinalds Malmanis (ex Valmiera) agreed terms with Fundacion 5+11 - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Latvian forward Rinalds Malmanis (205-96). He played most recently at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg last season. Malmanis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.9rpg. Malmanis contributed to his team winning the Cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Araberri. In 12 LEB Silver games he had 3.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg.
Malmanis represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 3.0ppg, 5.0rpg.
Malmanis has played previously for another Spanish team Alava.

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Andrejs Selakovs (ex Jekabpils) signs at Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) landed 29-year old Latvian ex-international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-115kg-88, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.5ppg and 7.4rpg last season. Selakovs also played 9 games in Baltic League where he had 7.9ppg, 8.6rpg (#5 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ventspils (also in LBL). In 42 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 5.4rpg. Selakovs helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Selakovs also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Selakovs' team won Kosovo Cup in 2014. He was selected to Kosovo League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Selakovs was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Selakovs also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg, 2.9rpg.
Selakovs is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (Tarragona and Melilla_Baloncesto), Ukraine (BC Odessa), Latvia (Barons Riga, ASK Riga, BA Riga and VEF Riga) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Selakovs' game is described as: Andrejs has a tremendous package of size and strength. Has the body and willingness to play physically inside the paint. Has a huge frame with wide shoulders and thick legs making it difficult to move him around in the post. Unlike many players with his dimensions, Andrejs has nice athleticism and solid agility who can get up and down the floor fairly well and displays good body control around the basket.
His size, quickness and athleticism makes him excellent low post defender and rebounder. He's an incredibly intense competitor and makes a huge impact at any level defensively. Has raw ability to score around the basket and crushes the rim any opportunity he gets
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Karlis Apsitis (ex BK Ogre) joins Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas Prienu (LKL) agreed terms with 25-year old Latvian forward Karlis Apsitis (200-84kg-92). He has played for the last two seasons at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he had 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.2apg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Apsitis also played 13 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.
Apsitis played in the final of Latvian LBL D2 in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg.
Apsitis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera, Barons Riga, Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola and Saldus.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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C.J. Leslie (ex Byblos) joins Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye - by Eurobasket News

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) added to their roster 26-year old American forward C.J. Leslie (206-95kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He played last season at Byblos Sporting Club in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Leslie also played that season for another team Raptors 905 in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 51 games he had 11.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 3rd Team back in 2014.
Leslie is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Leslie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Israel (Hapoel Eilat), Philippines, Puerto Rico (Mets), NBA (New York Knicks), South Korea (Anyang KGC), Dominican Republic (JH Rodriguez) and UBA (Georgia P.).
Leslie attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Lowery
Ozgur Sahin

Forwards:
Valentin Pastal
C.J. Leslie

Center:
Kemal Canbolat

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Champville welcomes back El Khatib - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) tabbed experienced 38-year old international swingman Fadi El Khatib (198-105kg-79). It is actually his comeback to Dik El Mehdi as he has played here before. El Khatib played most recently at Homenetmen in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 31 games he was second best scorer with impressive 24.5ppg and recorded 5.6rpg and 3.3apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. El Khatib also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi that year. A very impressive season as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Among other achievements he won Lebanese League championship title in 2098, 2099, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
El Khatib also represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: Score-1 (22.8ppg), 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-3 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%.
El Khatib is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. El Khatib has played previously professionally also in China (Sturgeons), Syria (Al Ittihad), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and Lebanon (Sagesse, Blue Stars and Amchit).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Champville.
Let's have closer look into El Khatib's outlook: Probably the top prospect in his country. Great one-on-one scorer; scores in and out; great athleticism and wing span; Big time player. After Yao Ming (Houston Rockets), Fadi is arguably the next best prospect in Asia. Possesses an incredible combination of size, strength, quickness and athleticism. A scoring machine! Scores any way he wants to. .great 3pt shooter; excellent penetrator; great post moves. A tremendous one-on-one player who can dominate a game. Can get his own shot or come off screens. Great body and leaping ability. will dunk all over defense. Incredible wing span. .good rebounder and defender. His game keeps improving every season.
After FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis, Many NBA scouts were impressed with his shooting range , strength, athletic ability, physical and mental toughness.
Michael Jordan's personal trainer Tim Grover personally invited him to workout with Michael Jordan, Michael Finley,Ray Allen, Charles Oakley, Sam Mack and Juwan Howard.
They were all very impressed and told Fadi he should be in the NBA.
Michael Jordan was quoted in the New York Times, ' Fadi El Khatib believes Lebanon's premiere player should be in the league.'
.

Champville roster for 2017-2018:

Justin Hawkins
Fadi El Khatib
Johndre Jefferson
John Assi
Ali Farhat
Ahmad Sbeity

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Nantes sign Jamar Diggs, ex Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) signed 29-year old American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL league. In 39 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Diggs also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he was fifth best scorer with 12.8ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 5.4apg (top 5) and 1.6spg (in top 5).
Diggs ended the previous (2015-16) season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 8 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 17.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year he spent at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 22 games he got 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.9spg. Diggs also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.9apg and 1.6spg (in top 3).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diggs won Cyprus League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2014.
Diggs is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Uni Baskets), Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Latvia (Barons Riga), Poland (Twarde Pierniki) and Cyprus (Apoel, Keravnos and Omonia).
Diggs attended Wofford College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Hermine Nantes Atlantique roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carl Ona-Embo
Jamar Diggs
Bryan Pamba-Juille
Mathis Guillou

Forwards:
Zoran Vrkic
Christopher McKnight
Laurence Ekperigin
Alexandre Gavrilovic
Luka Antic
Guy_Landry Edi

Centers:
Guy-Marc Michel
Yannick Quiros

Coach: Franck Collineau

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Karlis Apsitis (ex BK Ogre) joins Vytautas - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas Prienu (LKL) agreed terms with 25-year old Latvian forward Karlis Apsitis (200-84kg-92). He has played for the last two seasons at BK Ogre in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he had 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.2apg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Apsitis also played 13 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.
Apsitis played in the final of Latvian LBL D2 in 2011.
He represented Latvia at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg.
Apsitis has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera, Barons Riga, Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola and Saldus.

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Andrejs Selakovs (ex Jekabpils) signs at Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) landed 29-year old Latvian ex-international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-115kg-88, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.5ppg and 7.4rpg last season. Selakovs also played 9 games in Baltic League where he had 7.9ppg, 8.6rpg (#5 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ventspils (also in LBL). In 42 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 5.4rpg. Selakovs helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Selakovs also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Selakovs' team won Kosovo Cup in 2014. He was selected to Kosovo League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Selakovs was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Selakovs also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.3ppg, 2.9rpg.
Selakovs is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (Tarragona and Melilla_Baloncesto), Ukraine (BC Odessa), Latvia (Barons Riga, ASK Riga, BA Riga and VEF Riga) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Selakovs' game is described as: Andrejs has a tremendous package of size and strength. Has the body and willingness to play physically inside the paint. Has a huge frame with wide shoulders and thick legs making it difficult to move him around in the post. Unlike many players with his dimensions, Andrejs has nice athleticism and solid agility who can get up and down the floor fairly well and displays good body control around the basket.
His size, quickness and athleticism makes him excellent low post defender and rebounder. He's an incredibly intense competitor and makes a huge impact at any level defensively. Has raw ability to score around the basket and crushes the rim any opportunity he gets
.

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Croatia nip Lithuania in France - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Lithuania 82:80

Croatia recorded the second straight win in France. They edged Lithuania behind 28 points from Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket). Croatia posted a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Croatia ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the gap at 4-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Lithuania pulled within a single point late in regulation. But Croatia hung on to snatch a tough win. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) produced 21 points, while Krunoslav Simon (197-F/G-85) added 9 points for the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) responded with 21 points for Lithuania. Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) and Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Croatia: Dario Saric 28, Bogdan Bogdanovic 21, Krunoslav Simon 9
Lithuania: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 21, Jonas Maciulis 12, Jonas Valanciunas 12



Dzukija keeps Hernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 27-year old Spaniard guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-72kg-90). He played there last season. In 38 LKL games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.2apg. Hernandez also spent pre-season at Real Betis (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He played in the final of Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) in 2008.
Hernandez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Hernandez has played previously for three other Spanish teams: FC Barcelona, La ICL Manresa and Cornella.

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C.J. Wilcox is a newcomer at the Trail Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old guard C.J. Wilcox (196-88kg-90, college: Washington). He played most recently at Orlando Magic. NBA was a little too high level for him, where in 22 games he recorded just 1.0ppg last season. NBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Wilcox also played that season for another team Erie Bay Hawks. In four games he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers in first round (28th overall). Wilcox attended University of Washington until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Pac-12 Regular Season in 2012. Wilcox received also NABC Division I All-District 20 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Wilcox has played previously for four other NBA teams: LA Clippers, Northern Arizona Suns, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LA Lakers tab rookie V.J. Beachem - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) to sign 22-year old forward V.J. Beachem (203-91kg-95). Beachem just graduated from Notre Dame (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg last season. Beachem helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-ACC Honorable Mention.
Beachem has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Beachem's college team won ACC Tournament in 2015. He received also HS Fort Wayne News Sentinel Player of the Year award back in 2013.

Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vander Blue
Tyler Ennis
Briante Weber
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso

Forwards:
Thomas Bryant
V.J. Beachem
Stephen Zimmerman

Coach: Luke Walton

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Stephen Zimmerman is a newcomer at LA Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old forward Stephen Zimmerman (213-109kg-96, college: UNLV). He played last season at Orlando Magic. NBA was a little too high level for him, where in 19 games he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.8rpg. NBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Zimmerman also played that season for another team Erie Bay Hawks. In 21 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg.
Last year he was drafted by the Magic in second round (41st overall). Zimmerman attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vander Blue
Tyler Ennis
Briante Weber
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso

Forwards:
Thomas Bryant
Stephen Zimmerman

Coach: Luke Walton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maalik Wayns (ex Maccabi Rishon) agreed terms with the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) inked 26-year old Belarusian international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-88kg-91, college: Villanova). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Wayns played most recently at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League. He managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. Wayns also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.0ppg and 3.0apg. Wayns also spent pre-season at Enisey in Russian league that year. In four FIBA Europe Cup games he had also remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. He also played 7 games in VTB United League where he got 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg.
Wayns has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010. Wayns received also NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Wayns represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Wayns is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Wayns has played previously professionally in Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (LA Clippers and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Delaware 87ers).
He attended Villanova University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Dallas Mavericks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwight Buycks
Maalik Wayns
Yogi Ferrell
Gian Clavell

Forwards:
Maximilian Kleber
Brandon Ashley
Johnathan Motley
PJ Dozier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Windsor Express keep Jones for another season - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) re-signed 26-year old American point guard Maurice Jones (170-155kg-91, college: Northwood). He played there last season. In 47 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 2). Jones helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Rookie of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
He graduated from Northwood University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stutz re-signs at Windsor Express - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 29-year old American forward Logan Stutz (205-100kg-88, college: Washburn). He was a team leader there last season. In 12 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Stutz helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for River Lions where in 15 NBL Canada games he recorded 11.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg. The other team Stutz played that season for was Cyberdyne (B League) in Japan. In 18 games he averaged 13.3ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stutz was voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Player of the Year and USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Stutz has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Flyers Wels), Bulgaria (Balkan), Germany (ETB Wohnbau and Baunach) and Sweden (BC Lulea).
Stutz attended Washburn University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18 - by Eurobasket News

Jontay Porter (6'10''-C/F-99) will reclassify for the class of 2018 to join his brother, Michael Porter Jr., at Missouri. The Porters' father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri. "This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues." There is little more than a year in age difference between the brothers. Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the incoming class of 2018.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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LNB Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game of round 7 was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toros (4-3) to first ranked Bufalos (5-2) 103-89 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Bufalos. Toros managed to win third quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Bufalos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Carlos Gonzalez (177-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Cuban forward Jordany Jaca (196-83) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first place with 5-2 record. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with three games lost. Bufalos are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Costa Caribe (#4) in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Managua. Fourth ranked Leones (3-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Costa Caribe (2-5) 59-58 in the fight for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Dominican Joan Luis who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Isaiah Thomas accounted for 10 points and 4 assists. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for Costa Caribe in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leones moved-up to third place. Costa Caribe at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Leones will play against league's leader Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will play against the league's leader Bufalos and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Leones - Costa Caribe 59-58

Important game to mention about took place in Managua. Fourth ranked Leones (3-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Costa Caribe (2-5) 59-58 in the fight for the third place. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 19-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Dominican Joan Luis who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Isaiah Thomas (188-93) accounted for 10 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) added 15 points respectively for Costa Caribe in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Leones moved-up to third place. Costa Caribe at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Leones will play against league's leader Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will play against the league's leader Bufalos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Leones: J.Luis 16+15reb+4ast, I.Thomas 10+3reb+4ast, R.Ponce 9+3ast, S.Abea 8+4reb+3ast, D.Tenorio 6+2reb+1ast, A.Rojas 4+6reb+4ast
Costa Caribe: S.Hodgson 15+3reb+2ast, M.Diakite 10+10reb, D.Cacho 8+7reb+4ast, J.Campbell 8+3reb, D.Cacho 5+9reb+4ast, F.Omier 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558122


Toros - Bufalos 89-103

The most interesting game of round 7 was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toros (4-3) to first ranked Bufalos (5-2) 103-89 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Bufalos. Toros managed to win third quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Bufalos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Carlos Gonzalez (177-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Cuban forward Jordany Jaca (196-83) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first place with 5-2 record. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with three games lost. Bufalos are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Costa Caribe (#4) in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: C.Gonzalez 28+2reb+12ast, J.Jaca 20+9reb+3ast, H.Barberena 18+1reb+2ast, Q.Doggett 14+6reb+1ast, R.Brown 10+5reb+1ast, D.Olivas 8+1reb+1ast
Toros: A.Brooks 22+7reb+2ast, M.Castrillo 17+6reb+1ast, R.Abraham 16+5reb+3ast, D.Toruno 12+4reb, N.Lopez 11+2reb, R.Rocha 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558121





Jeremiah Townes joins Costa Caribe - by Eurobasket News

Costa Caribe (LNB) agreed terms with American guard Jeremiah Townes (190-84kg). He graduated from Lourdes (NAIA). He also previously played for John Carroll in NCAA3.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NIGERIA  


Andy Ogide (ex Bambitious Nara) joins Roseto - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) agreed terms with 30-year old Nigerian international forward Andy Ogide (204-102kg-87, college: Colorado State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Bambitious Nara in Japanese B League D2. In 59 games he had 12.7ppg and 6.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ogide played at Hapoel Migdal Haemek (National League) in Israel where in 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 12.0rpg (#4 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
He was voted NABC Division I All-District 17 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Ogide also represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
Ogide has played also professionally in France (Poitiers), Russia (Universitet Yugra) and Spain (Ourense, Leche Rio Breogan and Gipuzkoa).
He attended Colorado State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Roberto Nelson
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Andy Ogide
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Nwora named Nigeria men team head coach - by Olusegun Ikuesan

United States of America based Nigerian Alex Nwora has been named as the new head coach of Nigeria senior men national team, D'Tigers ahead of their 2017 Afrobasket tournament title defence.

This was made known Wednesday by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida ahead of the Senior Men's national team's exercise expected to commence on Friday, 12th, 2017.

According to Kida, the decision to appoint Nwora who guided Cape Verde to the 2013 Afrobasket where they defeated D'Tigers by 79 points to 76 was borne out of the desire to give qualified Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.

'We started this project with the D'Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko. There is no point giving out national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are duly qualified to get the job done.'

He enjoined all Nigerians to support Nwora who is no stranger to the African basketball scene where he coached Cape Verde from 2009 to 2013.

Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls Abdulrahman Mohammed who have both guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF organized basketball league.

The list of invited players is expected to be announced soon.



Talib Zanna (ex Nanterre) may sign at Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) is about to tab 27-year old Nigerian forward Talib Zanna (206-104kg-90, college: Pittsburgh, agency: 3Eye) who played last time at JSF Nanterre in France. In 25 ProA games he averaged 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season. He also played 19 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Zanna helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by the Thunder in NBA.
Zanna received ACC All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Zanna has played also professionally in NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Zanna's outlook: An young man who plays a physical game. He likes to put the ball on the floor when on the perimeter and explode to the basket. He can play the five position too, and this allows him to easily beat a slower opponent. He' s and hard worker, a tough and relentless player.

Ironi Nes-Ziona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daequan Cook
Gil Amitay
Gary Browne
Naor Sharon
Golan Gutt
Jaron Johnson

Forwards:
Elishay Kadir
Tal_Michael Dunne
Raviv Pitshon
Elad Hofman

Coach: Nadav Zilberstein

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Agbelese is back at Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) signed 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). It is actually his comeback to Gipuzkoa as he has played here before. Agbelese played last season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProA. In 13 games he had 5.1ppg and 4.9rpg. Agbelese also played that season for Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A where in 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg.
Agbelese's college team won MEAC Tournament in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Agbelese has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Greece (Cretan Kings), Iran (Esteghlal), Uruguay (Union Atletica and Wanderers) and Spain (Ourense and CB Guadalajara).
Agbelese attended Hampton University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Danny Agbelese
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

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Dominic Artis is a newcomer at Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Dominic Artis (190-86kg-93). He just graduated from The Univ.of Texas at El Paso (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.9apg and 1.9spg last season. Artis helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-C-USA 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Energa Czarni Slupsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mantas Cesnauskis
Dominic Artis

Forwards:
Lukasz Bonarek
Lukasz Seweryn
Justin Watts

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pawel Nowicki is a newcomer at Siarka - by Eurobasket News

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old forward Pawel Nowicki (195-92). He has played for the last four years at Rawia in the 2Liga. In 25 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg and 2.2spg last season.
Nowicki won U20 Championships in 2011.
He has played previously for two other teams: Slask and Slask 3 Wroclaw.

Siarka Tarnobrzeg roster for 2017-2018:

Filip Czyznielewski
Pawel Nowicki
Piotr Pandura
Jakub Stanios
Dawid Rypinski
Wiktor Sewiol
Mateusz Pawelek
Aleksander Jadas

Coach: Arkadiusz Papka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siarka tabs Filip Czyznielewski - by Eurobasket News

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (1Liga) inked 26-year old forward Filip Czyznielewski (198-91) from Astoria Bydgoszcz. In 31 1Liga games he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Czyznielewski played at Slask 2 Wroclaw (U20) where in 27 games he had 6.6ppg and 3.5rpg.
He has played previously for two other teams: Alba Chorzow and AZS AWF Mickiewicz Romus Katowice.

Siarka Tarnobrzeg roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Arkadiusz Papka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 3. Holloway, Quebradi.20.0 
 4. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 5. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.4 
 9. Rosario, Quebradillas17.2 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce9.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 8. Jefferson, Arecibo8.5 
 9. Elonu, Arecibo8.2 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.8.2 
 2. Browne, San German7.7 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Patterson, Aguada5.4 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 9. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 2. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 3. Hodge, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Holloway, Quebradi.1.3 
 9. Fitch, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Romero, Bayamon1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.0 
 4. Elonu, Arecibo1.2 
 5. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 6. Buckner, Fajardo1.1 
 7. Jefferson, Arecibo1.1 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada1.0 


Piratas de Quebradillas claim BSN title - by Eurobasket News

Quebradillas - Arecibo 98-90

Quebradillas are the new BSN champions. They overcame Arecibo in the decisive seventh game of the championship series. Capitanes trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 39-30 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 90-98 at the end of the game. Piratas made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Piratas made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners and was named the MVP. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Capitanes. Five Piratas and four Capitanes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 19+12reb+4ast, M.Rosario 14+2reb+2ast, W.Daniels 13+5reb+1ast, J.Garcia 12+1reb+2ast, T.Holloway 10+3reb+9ast, J.Bryan Diaz 10+4reb
Arecibo: D.Huertas 23+11reb+4ast, W.Hodge 17+1reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 15+10reb+2ast, A.Cruz 10+4ast, D.Clemente 9+1reb+1ast, C.Elonu 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558173





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CSU Sibiu lands Lawrence Kinnard, ex Lapua - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) landed 31-year old American forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-105kg-86, college: UAB). He played most recently at Lapuan Korikobrat in Finnish Korisliiga. In 24 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kinnard played at Kauhajoen Karhu (also in Korisliiga) where in 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.8apg. He 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 Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Kinnard's team won Cyprus Supercup in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask, Anwil and Trefl), Cyprus (Keravnos) and ABI (Gladiators).
Kinnard attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

CSU Atlassib Sibiu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Radu Paliciuc
Tyler Laser
Mirel Dragoste

Forwards:
Lawrence Kinnard
Monyea Pratt
Wilhelm Brosser
Dragos Gheorghe

Centers:
Chris Cooper
Andrei Ene

Coach: Dan Fleseriu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSU Sibiu tabs Wilhelm Brosser - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) inked 21-year old small forward Wilhelm Brosser (198-96). He has played for the last three years at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. But in 9 games he averaged just 0.2ppg last season. Brosser helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Brosser also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had only 1.3ppg and 2.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was CS Universitatea Cluj. In 9 Liga Nationala games he recorded only 0.1ppg and 2.0rpg. Brosser contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg.
Brosser has played previously for Rapid Bucuresti.

CSU Atlassib Sibiu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Radu Paliciuc
Tyler Laser
Mirel Dragoste

Forwards:
Monyea Pratt
Wilhelm Brosser
Dragos Gheorghe

Centers:
Chris Cooper
Andrei Ene

Coach: Dan Fleseriu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrei Ene joins CSU Sibiu - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 22-year old center Andrei Ene (202-95). He has played for the last three seasons at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in the Liga Nationala. Ene helped them to win the Liga I title (twice).
The previous (14-15) season he played at Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti where in only one Liga Nationala game he recorded 4 points and 1 assist.
Ene represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg.

CSU Atlassib Sibiu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Radu Paliciuc
Tyler Laser
Mirel Dragoste

Forwards:
Monyea Pratt
Dragos Gheorghe

Centers:
Chris Cooper
Andrei Ene

Coach: Dan Fleseriu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ukraine rout Romania to finish third at Patras Cup - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine outgunned Romania 91-57 to finish third at Patras Cup with 4 participating teams. Ukraine dominated the whole game and enjoyed a 24-20 start. They added a massive 25-7 surge in the second period to take a 49-27 lead at the halftime. Moreover Murzin's team posted a 20-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a final 22-16 run.
Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) followed him with 14. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-SG-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 13, whilst Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 10. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) replied with 14 points for Romania and LEE WATSON delivered 10.
Greece overwhelmed Great Britain 92-64 in the Final game to win the tournament.



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Sterling Gibbs (ex Indios SFM) is a newcomer at N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-84kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. Gibbs managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 10 LNB games he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division where in 27 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg. Gibbs helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Last year Gibbs was drafted by Windy City Bulls (D-League) in second round (34th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Gibbs 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 college team won AAC Tournament in 2016. Gibbs received also NABC All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2015.
He represented USA at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore seven years ago. Gibbs' team got to the Semifinals.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Artem Komissarov joins Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) agreed terms with 27-year old guard Artem Komissarov (199-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Ural Ekaterinburg in the Superleague 1. In 23 games he had 7.0ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Komissarov played at Zenit where in 9 Eurocup games he recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 10 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg. Komissarov helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team he played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League). In 6 games he got impressive 23.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg.
Komissarov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016.
He has played previously for two other teams: Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team and Krasny Oktyabr.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Vitali Liutych
Denis Zakharov
Artem Komissarov
Tekele Cotton

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Gleb Goldyrev
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

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N.Novgorod signs Erik McCree - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) signed 24-year old American forward Erik McCree (203-102kg-93). He just graduated from Louisiana Tech (NCAA). McCree has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3apg last season. McCree helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Conference USA. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-C-USA 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
McCree's team won C-USA Regular Season in 2015.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Erik McCree
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

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Ryazan lands Andrey Semenov - by Eurobasket News

BC Ryazan (Superleague 1) tabbed 27-year old forward Andrey Semenov (201-91kg-90, college: JMU). He played most recently at Runa Basket in the Superleague 2. In 29 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 7.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.8apg and 1.6spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Semenov played at Avtodor. But in only one Eurocup game he had just 1 point and 2 rebounds. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.3apg. The other team Semenov played that season for was Spartak St.Petersburg (also in Superleague 2). In 29 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 15.4ppg and got 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the Superleague 2 title. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 1st Team.
Semenov represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.1ppg, 2.4rpg.
Semenov has played previously for Rossiya Novogorsk.
He attended James Madison University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Spartak Primorie Vladivostok signs Sergei Kharitonov - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) signed 26-year old power forward Sergei Kharitonov (205-102kg-91). He played last season at Neftekhimik Tobolsk in the Superleague 3. In 32 games he had 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kharitonov played at AltajBasket (Superleague 2) where in 42 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Kharitonov has played previously for BK 1716 Omskaya oblast.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Igor Smygin
Maxim Krivosheev
Igor Samsonov
Artjoms Butjankovs
Stepan Getmanov

Center:
Sergei Kharitonov

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Diatta re-signs at Villarrobledo - by Eurobasket News

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old Senegalese forward Bruno Diatta (208-96). He played there last season. In 30 EBA games he had 8.8ppg and 8.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Diatta played at Basket Globalcaja Quintanar where in 29 EBA games he recorded 5.0ppg and 6.5rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Diatta has played previously for two other teams: Unicaja Malaga and Unicaja B Malaga.

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
LeShaun Murphy
Adrian Camino

Forwards:
Bruno Diatta
Mario Melero
Vadal Faniel
Erikas Kalinicenko

Center:
Artur Alaminos

Coach: Manuel Jimenez

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Sow re-signs at Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese power forward Pape Sow (205-93). He played there last season. In 16 EBA games he recorded 9.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Sow also played that season for Hispagan UPB Gandia (LEB Silver). But in 6 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.5rpg.
He won Spanish EBA Final Stage 3 championship title in 2015.
Sow has played previously for six other teams: Real Betis, Barca II, Fontedoso Carrefour, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia, Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team and Moron.

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio de_la_Rua
David Avila

Forwards:
Raul Lazaro
Alfio Niello

Center:
Pape Sow

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Partizan adds Aranitovic to their roster - by Igor Obradovic

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) added to their roster 19-year old shooting guard Aleksandar Aranitovic (196-98, agency: BeoBasket). The last time (15-16) he played at BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica U19 team in Serbian KLS as loaned player from Crvena zvezda.
Aranitovic missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball due to torn knee ligaments on Adriatic League game.
Aranitovic played in the final of Serbian U19 Championships in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 61.9%.

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen

Center:
Obrad Tomic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brandon Conley agreed terms with MBK Zilina - by Greg

Newly promoted MBK ZU Zilina (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Brandon Conley (201-102kg, college: ORU). He played in the summer at Diamond Valley Eagles in Australian Big V. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7bpg.
He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Servigroup Benidorm (EBA) looking for to complete 2 vacancies - by Greg

Servigroup Benidorm, team of Liga EBA (Spain-Group E) is looking for to complete 2 vacancies:

- SF/PF (necessary he can play "pivot position")
- CENTER

Interested players should send the profiles or CV to: info.cbbenidorm@gmail.com



Agbelese is back at Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) signed 27-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Danny Agbelese (206-107kg-90, college: Hampton). It is actually his comeback to Gipuzkoa as he has played here before. Agbelese played last season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProA. In 13 games he had 5.1ppg and 4.9rpg. Agbelese also played that season for Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A where in 23 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg.
Agbelese's college team won MEAC Tournament in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Agbelese has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Greece (Cretan Kings), Iran (Esteghlal), Uruguay (Union Atletica and Wanderers) and Spain (Ourense and CB Guadalajara).
Agbelese attended Hampton University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Danny Agbelese
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

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CB Clavijo adds Gutenius to their roster, ex Nassjo - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Swedish forward William Gutenius (205-98kg-92, agency: Diamond Sports). He played last season at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 31 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Gutenius played at Sundsvall Dragons (also in Basketligan) where in 34 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Basketligan Semifinals in 2015. Gutenius was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Honorable Mention back in 2012 and 2013.
He represented Sweden at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gutenius has played also professionally for other Swedish teams like Sanda Basket and Orongo Dragons.

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe

Forward:
William Gutenius

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Damon Jones (ex Naestved) joins Aquimisa Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

Aquimisa Carbajosa agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Damon Jones (186-79kg-94, college: Mercyhurst). He played most recently at Team FOG Naestved in Danish Ligaen, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Jones' team won PSAC Tournament.
He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

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Joventut inks Omari Gudul - by Eurobasket News

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 23-year old Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-104kg-94, college: Angelo State, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 33 games he had 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Gudul helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Gudul also played 18 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Gudul graduated from Angelo State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Richard
Dominik Mavra

Forwards:
Alex Ruoff
Saulius Kulvietis
Albert Ventura
Tomasz Gielo
Omari Gudul
Simon Birgander

Center:
Jerome Jordan

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Torres Nunez re-signs at OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto - by Eurobasket News

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) confirmed in their roster Ivan Torres Nunez. He has played there for the last two seasons. But in three EBA games he had just 1.7ppg and 1.0apg last season.
Torres Nunez's team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2016.

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

Miguel Ortega
Sergio Gil
Edmond Koyanouba
Ivan Torres Nunez
Alejandro Valor
Fernando Devos

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Juan Oliva is a newcomer at Agustinos-Leclerc - by Eurobasket News

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon (LEB Silver) added to their roster 20-year old power forward Juan Oliva (203-97). He played last season at Myrtia in EBA. Oliva helped his team get promotion to LEB Silver. In 26 EBA games he recorded 7.7ppg and 4.7rpg. Oliva contributed to his team winning the EBA Final Stage 2 title.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at UCAM Murcia (also in EBA) where in 25 games he averaged 7.4ppg and 5.1rpg. Oliva also spent pre-season at UPCT Basket Cartagena (also in EBA) that year.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) four years ago. Oliva's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Oliva has played previously for Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team.

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Recklinghausen adds Busto to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Regionalliga newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen added to their roster 25-year old Spaniard power forward Daniel Busto (204-92, college: Ohlone CC). He played last season at Pol. Vigor Matelica in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Busto played at Fundal Alcobendas in Spanish EBA where in 10 games he recorded 8.2ppg and 3.9rpg.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Real Madrid and Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada.
Busto attended Ohlone College until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Citybasket Recklinghausen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fahri Breca
Christoph Bruns
Dalante Dunklin
Philip Luetkenhaus

Forwards:
Jan Letailleur
Philipp Spettmann
Daniel Busto
Till von_Guionneau
Tim Gilberti
Jonas Bredeck

Center:
Sebastiano Germana

Coach: Johannes Huelsmann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sow re-signs at Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese power forward Pape Sow (205-93). He played there last season. In 16 EBA games he recorded 9.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Sow also played that season for Hispagan UPB Gandia (LEB Silver). But in 6 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.5rpg.
He won Spanish EBA Final Stage 3 championship title in 2015.
Sow has played previously for six other teams: Real Betis, Barca II, Fontedoso Carrefour, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia, Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team and Moron.

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio de_la_Rua
David Avila

Forwards:
Raul Lazaro
Alfio Niello

Center:
Pape Sow

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Rinalds Malmanis (ex Valmiera) agreed terms with Fundacion 5+11 - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Latvian forward Rinalds Malmanis (205-96). He played most recently at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg last season. Malmanis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.9rpg. Malmanis contributed to his team winning the Cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Araberri. In 12 LEB Silver games he had 3.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg.
Malmanis represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 3.0ppg, 5.0rpg.
Malmanis has played previously for another Spanish team Alava.

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CB Clavijo tabs Tre' Coggins - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) inked American guard Tre' Coggins (190-84kg). He just graduated from CS Fullerton (NCAA). Coggins has played there for the last three years. In 29 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. Coggins helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Big West 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Coggins has played previously for another Spanish team JSerra.

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe
Tre' Coggins

Forward:
William Gutenius

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

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Albacete lands Babatunde Olumuyiwa - by Eurobasket News

Arcos Albacete Basket (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old American center Babatunde Olumuyiwa (203-100kg-92, college: USC Upstate). He has played for the last two years at CB Clavijo in the LEB Gold. In 32 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
Among other achievements Olumuyiwa's team made it to the A-Sun Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He was selected to Mexican Chihuahua Vive All-Star Game in 2015.
Olumuyiwa has played also professionally in Mexico (Cerveceros).
He attended South Carolina Upstate until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Arcos Albacete Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Fox
Garret Covington

Forwards:
Javier Marin
Eugenio Gomez
David Maldonado

Center:
Babatunde Olumuyiwa

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Alvaro Frutos joins Azuqueca - by Eurobasket News

Isover Basket Azuqueca (EBA) agreed terms with 30-year old point guard Alvaro Frutos (188-87, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Palma in the LEB Gold, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 19 games he had just 2.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Frutos played at Caceres_Basket (also in LEB Gold) where in 32 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg.
He won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2010.
Frutos has played previously for eight other teams: Ourense, CB Guadalajara, Melilla_Baloncesto, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, Alcazar, Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada, Oviedo_CB and CB Illescas.

Isover Basket Azuqueca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alvaro Frutos
Bobby Harris
Alvaro Rojas
Carlos Hidalgo

Forwards:
Carlos Garcia
Luis Valera
Julian Lewis

Center:
Daniel Yusta

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Caceres ink Warren Ward, ex Windsor Exp. - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international guard Warren Ward (196-95kg-89, agency: Blacktop Management). He is a dual citizen owning also Guyanese passport. Ward played last season at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL. In 44 NBL Canada games he had 14.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Ward played at London Lightning in Canadian NBL Canada where in 53 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the NBL Central Division title. It was another spectacular season as he was voted NBL Canada Canadian Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Domestic Player of the Year and named to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team.
Ward also represented Canada at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Ward has played also professionally in France (SAP Vaucluse), Germany (Gladiators) and Canada (Gee Gees and Power).

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Parejo
Warren Ward
Guillermo Corrales
Pol Olivier

Forwards:
Sergio Perez
Daniel Martinez

Center:
Robertas Grabauskas

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Diatta re-signs at Villarrobledo - by Eurobasket News

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old Senegalese forward Bruno Diatta (208-96). He played there last season. In 30 EBA games he had 8.8ppg and 8.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Diatta played at Basket Globalcaja Quintanar where in 29 EBA games he recorded 5.0ppg and 6.5rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Diatta has played previously for two other teams: Unicaja Malaga and Unicaja B Malaga.

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
LeShaun Murphy
Adrian Camino

Forwards:
Bruno Diatta
Mario Melero
Vadal Faniel
Erikas Kalinicenko

Center:
Artur Alaminos

Coach: Manuel Jimenez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Llull out of action for seven to nine months - by Eurobasket News

The worst case scenario was confirmed in the first morning hours for Sergio Llull (190-PG-87). The Spanish basketball federation announced that the player suffered a torn ACL. The really bad news however is that Llull will need at least seven to nine months in order to return back to action after what happened in the preparation game of Spain against Belgium. The press release of the federation is the following. Following the tests carried out on Sergio Llull in the Hospital Quiron Salud, Tenerife, it has been revealed that Sergio Llull suffered an Anterior cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee. The player will return to Madrid today to see how long the recovery process will take. Llull will not be taking part in the Eurobasket tournament. The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), it's coaching staff and players would like to show their support for an exemplary professional who is impossible to replace, and they hope to see him return to the court as soon as possible. Of course, the best case scenario for him is to return on the courts by March 2018. It's a shock for the player, the Spanish national team and also for Real Madrid, which will miss for the most part of the upcoming season its bigger star. Llull has emerged the last two year as the most important player of Real Madrid and he was the EuroLeague MVP last season.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Huesca keeps Motos for another season - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) re-signed 24-year old swingman Mikel Motos (193-85kg-93, college: Sammic ISB). He played there last season. In 33 LEB Gold games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Motos played at Gipuzkoa. But in 19 LEB Gold games he averaged just 1.5ppg.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Motos' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 3.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg.
Motos has played previously for Easo.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

Forwards:
Mikel Motos
Jorge Lafuente
Sergio Rodriguez
Matt O'Leary
Jubril Adekoya

Center:
Alberto Fontet

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Benjamin Simons (ex Limburg United) signs at Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) landed 26-year old American forward Benjamin Simons (203-93kg-91, college: Drake). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League. In 39 games he averaged 11.4ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Simons helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Simons received NABC Division I All-District 16 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Simons has played previously professionally also in Germany (Walter Tigers).
He attended Drake University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Sabat
David Navarro
Jose Pozas
Matt Thomas

Forwards:
Martins Laksa
Nemanja Radovic
Benjamin Simons
Verners Kohs

Center:
Artem Pustovyi

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Belgium upset Spain in Tenerife - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Belgium 71:89

Spain suffered several shocks during yesterday's exhibition game versus Belgium in Tenerife. First they lost Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) because of a serious injury and then they lost the game to Belgium. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) posted 18 points to lead the visitors.
Belgium eked out a 23:22 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the margin in the second term. Belgium accumulated a 49:34 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half. Spain could not pick up the tempo with Sergio Llull already out of the game (torn ACL). Belgium rallied to the victory at the end. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) produced 15 points, while Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) added 14 points in the victory. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) replied with 12 points for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) and Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) had 10 points each in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 12, Juan Carlos Navarro 10, Ricky Rubio 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 18, Manu Lecomte 15, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 14



Cambados land Carlos Poyatos - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) tabbed 23-year old power forward Carlos Poyatos (207-94). He has played for the last three years at Palma in the LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in four games he averaged just 0.3ppg and 1.5rpg last season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention award in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Poyatos played at Miramar (EBA). In 25 games he had 14.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg.
Poyatos has played previously for UCAM Murcia II.

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Otegui re-signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old power forward Urko Otegui (203-105kg-81). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 42 LEB Gold games he recorded 12.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Otegui helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Gipuzkoa where in 6 LEB Gold games he averaged just 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Otegui won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for four other teams: Leon, Blancos de Rueda, Cantabria and Menorca.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Palencia.

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Dzukija keeps Hernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 27-year old Spaniard guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-72kg-90). He played there last season. In 38 LKL games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.2apg. Hernandez also spent pre-season at Real Betis (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He played in the final of Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) in 2008.
Hernandez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Hernandez has played previously for three other Spanish teams: FC Barcelona, La ICL Manresa and Cornella.

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Aegir Steinarsson agreed terms with Castello - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Icelandic international point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-84kg-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) from San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos. In 43 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title.
Steinarsson ended the previous (2015-16) season at Magia_Huesca where in 18 LEB Gold games he averaged 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Steinarsson contributed to his team making it to the final. But the most of that year he spent at KR Reykjavik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 19 games he had 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.8apg (top 2) and 2.1spg (in top 5). Steinarsson contributed to his team winning the Cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Steinarsson has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. He has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011.
Steinarsson represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg.
Steinarsson has played previously professionally in Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and Iceland (Fjolnir).
He attended Newberry College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

TAU Castello roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roma Bas
Alfredo Ott
Aegir Steinarsson
Joan Faner

Forwards:
Tautvydas Sabonis
Juan Garcia
Charles Nkaloulou

Center:
Eduard Gatell

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Spain overwhelm Tunisia in Tenerife - by Eurobasket News

Spain- Tunisia 71-45

Spain overwhelmed Tunisia in Tenerife at their preparation for Eurobasket 2017 campaign. The hosts did not leave any chances for the opponents in a 71-45 win.
Spain opened the game with a 16-11 start and added a 19-13 rally in the second frame. Moreover Spain posted a 17-13 run in the third period and limited Tunisia to just 8 points in the last stanza.
Juancho Hernangomez (206-PF-95) stepped up with 13 points, while Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) and Pierre Oriola (206-F/C-92) delivered 11 each. Mourad Mabrouk finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort as h was the only one in double digits. Zied Channoufi posted 9 and Mokhtar Ghayaza Med (204-C-90) added 8.



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Nilsson re-signs at Umea - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster 27-year old center Andre Nilsson (209-113kg-90). He played there last season. In 34 Basketligan games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Nilsson played at Sundsvall Dragons where in 33 Basketligan games he averaged 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Swedish Basketligan Regular Season in 2011 and 2013.
Nilsson was a member of Swedish U20 National Team back in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boras keep Lundstedt for another season - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) re-signed 23-year old point guard Emil Lundstedt (175-94). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 30 Basketligan games he recorded 4.1ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Lundstedt also played that season for Boras where in 30 Basketligan games he averaged 4.1ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Basketligan Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Person
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Emil Lundstedt
Daniel Thuresson
Ludvig Johansson

Forwards:
Marin Mornar
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

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Umea signs Arik Smith, ex Ostuni - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) signed 24-year old American guard Arik Smith (185-79kg-93, college: Cal Lutheran). He spent his 2-year professional career in Italy. He played last season at Cestistica Ostuni in Italian Serie C Silver. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at NB Sora 2000 (Serie C) in Italian league where in 29 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.3ppg. He helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith was voted All-SCIAC 1st Team in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Smith graduated from California Lutheran University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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CB Clavijo adds Gutenius to their roster, ex Nassjo - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Swedish forward William Gutenius (205-98kg-92, agency: Diamond Sports). He played last season at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 31 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Gutenius played at Sundsvall Dragons (also in Basketligan) where in 34 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Basketligan Semifinals in 2015. Gutenius was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Honorable Mention back in 2012 and 2013.
He represented Sweden at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gutenius has played also professionally for other Swedish teams like Sanda Basket and Orongo Dragons.

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe

Forward:
William Gutenius

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

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  TUNISIA  


Spain overwhelm Tunisia in Tenerife - by Eurobasket News

Spain- Tunisia 71-45

Spain overwhelmed Tunisia in Tenerife at their preparation for Eurobasket 2017 campaign. The hosts did not leave any chances for the opponents in a 71-45 win.
Spain opened the game with a 16-11 start and added a 19-13 rally in the second frame. Moreover Spain posted a 17-13 run in the third period and limited Tunisia to just 8 points in the last stanza.
Juancho Hernangomez (206-PF-95) stepped up with 13 points, while Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) and Pierre Oriola (206-F/C-92) delivered 11 each. Mourad Mabrouk finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort as h was the only one in double digits. Zied Channoufi posted 9 and Mokhtar Ghayaza Med (204-C-90) added 8.



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  TURKEY  


Austin Daye (ex Galatasaray) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 29-year old American forward Austin Daye (211-92kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 23 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. Daye also played 25 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. Daye helped them to make it to the final. The other team he played that season for was VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.2ppg and had 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Daye also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (15th overall). Daye attended Gonzaga University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
His college team won WCC Tournament in 2009.
Daye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Daye has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Yogev Ohayon
Curtis Jerrells
Jerome Dyson
Bar Timor

Forwards:
Lior Eliyahu
Austin Daye
Tarence Kinsey

Centers:
Alen Omic
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

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C.J. Leslie (ex Byblos) joins Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye - by Eurobasket News

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) added to their roster 26-year old American forward C.J. Leslie (206-95kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He played last season at Byblos Sporting Club in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Leslie also played that season for another team Raptors 905 in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 51 games he had 11.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 3rd Team back in 2014.
Leslie is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Leslie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Israel (Hapoel Eilat), Philippines, Puerto Rico (Mets), NBA (New York Knicks), South Korea (Anyang KGC), Dominican Republic (JH Rodriguez) and UBA (Georgia P.).
Leslie attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Lowery
Ozgur Sahin

Forwards:
Valentin Pastal
C.J. Leslie

Center:
Kemal Canbolat

By Eurobasket Data Center

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TED Kolejliler lands David Weaver, ex Nagoya DD - by Eurobasket News

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL) tabbed 30-year old American center David Weaver (207-113kg-87, college: Wake Forest). He played most recently at Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in Japanese B League. In 24 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.9rpg last season. Weaver also played that season for Shiga L-Stars (also in B League) where in 28 games he had 8.7ppg and 6.1rpg.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Weaver experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Weaver has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Ilysiakos), Lithuania (Siauliai), Poland (Energa Czarni and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza), Portugal (Benfica), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Turkey (Afyon Bld).
He attended Wake Forest University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Weaver's outlook: Versatile big man who possesses a defensive-minded game. An excellent shot blocker and post defender. Powerful dunker who finished with 45 dunks in his NCAA career. Can play at both the power forward and center positions.

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Morris Curry
Mert Gizir

Forward:
Yesukan Onar

Centers:
Cem Coskun
David Weaver

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Afyon tabs Yunus Akcay - by Eurobasket News

Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 28-year old point guard Yunus Akcay (191-89). He played most recently at Best Balikesir in BSL. However his team was relegated to TBL, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 15 BSL games he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Akcay played at Usak Sportlif (also in BSL) where in 27 games he had 3.5ppg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2015. Akcay received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention award back in 2012 and 2013.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Trabzonspor, Darussafaka, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Beykoz, Konyaspor, Duzce Belediye and Beykoz.

Afyonkarahisar Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Altan Erol
Ibrahim Yildirim
Yunus Akcay
Cevat Ozcan
Serkan Mentese
Marcos Knight
Canberk Cevit

Forwards:
Hadi Ozdemir
Ogun Sevinc
Talat_Alp Altunbey
Jamelle Hagins

Center:
Cevher Ozer

Coach: Can Sevim

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Vanderbilt University vs. Virgin Islands senior men - by David Edole

In preparation for the 2017 AmeriCup, the Virgin Islands Senior men's national basketball team will be hosting Vanderbilt University on Sunday August 13, 2017. The game is one of two game set of the Paradise Jam exhibition summer tour. The Virgin Islands is placed fifth in the last Centrobasket Tournament and is scheduled to take on Canada, Venezuela and Argentina in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Argentina along with the next best finisher from the group advances to the final four of the AmeriCup.
Website: http://www.fiba.com/americup/2017

Vanderbilt is a member of the South East Conference, the same conference Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) played in when Florida University won two National Championships. Seven players return from last season's NCAA tournament team and Xavier transfer point guard Larry Austin will make his debut this summer. Point guards
Saben Lee, shooting guard Maxwell Evans and center Ejike Obinna are three incoming freshman. Obinna, a 6-10 center originally from Nigeria, steps into a competition in the post with 6-10 sophomore Djery Baptiste and 6-8 sophomore Clevon Brown.

Notre Dame transfer Matt Ryan, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Division II transfer Yanni Wetzell, a 6-10 post, have joined the team, but they won't be eligible until the 2018-19 season.

The game versus Vanderbilt starts at 5pm and the admission is $5 dollars. Please come out and support your national team. The V.I. will take on James Madison University in the other Paradise Jam exhibition summer tour. For more information contact the Virgin Islands Basketball Federation at vibasket62@hotmail.com



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Ukraine rout Romania to finish third at Patras Cup - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine outgunned Romania 91-57 to finish third at Patras Cup with 4 participating teams. Ukraine dominated the whole game and enjoyed a 24-20 start. They added a massive 25-7 surge in the second period to take a 49-27 lead at the halftime. Moreover Murzin's team posted a 20-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a final 22-16 run.
Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) followed him with 14. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-SG-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 13, whilst Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 10. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) replied with 14 points for Romania and LEE WATSON delivered 10.
Greece overwhelmed Great Britain 92-64 in the Final game to win the tournament.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Veteran Babalola re-enforces Leeds Force - by Paul Nilsen

Leeds Force are delighted to announce the signing of veteran BBL forward Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson, agency: Interperformances) for the upcoming BBL season.

Babalola has had an extensive career within the BBL including spells at Mersey Tigers, Sheffield Sharks, Cheshire Phoenix, London Lions and Manchester Giants.

The Clemson graduate is looking forward to the next challenge in his career and stated: 'I am excited to be joining Leeds Force. The team is starting a new chapter and I am happy to be a part of that. I am looking forward to a successful season in Leeds'

Babalola becomes Force's 9th signing of the summer as they look to move on to an exciting new chapter in the club's history.

Head Coach Mika Turunen is pleased to have Babalola signed up and said: 'I am very happy to have signed Olu. He has a wealth of experience and plays the game with real power.

"Our frontcourt is looking strong and Force fans are in for a new high tempo team to support and together we go to the Play-Offs'

Babalola will shortly join his teammates, with his first outing in a Force jersey being on Sunday 10th September against Bradford Dragons at the Carnegie Sports Arena. Tickets for this game will go on sale shortly through the club website.



Glasgow Rocks go for Dante - by Paul Nilsen

Glasgow Rocks have signed American player Dante Holmes (191-G-91) on a one-year contract.

The 6ft 3in guard, most recently of North Carolina Central Eagles, is head coach Tony Garbelotto's second signing of the summer after Ali Fraser. The 26 year-old from Baltimore is the Scottish team's first imported signing of the season, which leaves two work permit places left on the roster.

Holmes, who has a Major in Psychology at North Carolina Central University, averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game not to mention shooting an impressive 44.5 percent from the field during the 2015-2016 season.

He comes from good stock, as his grandfather, Dickey Kelly, averaged 40 points per game at Wheeling Jesuit before the three-point line was invented.

Head coach Tony Garbelotto is confident his team is shaping up nicely ahead of the upcoming British Basketball League season, and believes Holmes will be a valuable addition.

He said: 'I think he is going to be an excellent wing player that can operate opposite Gareth Murray. I think he is going to be an excellent wing player that can operate opposite Gareth Murray.

"This is a high-level basketball player. He's going to be a very good defender for us, rebound the ball well and penetrate and get to the free-throw line. I just think he's a good all-round package, a great three-point shooter.

'This is a big 7-10 days for us in that we are trying to get the core of the team and the three import spots signed and sealed, then we can bottom out the rest of the roster.

'Literally from day one when we finally signed Ali Fraser, I already knew what we needed to do, so I'm happy with how things have gone so far," concluded Garbelotto.



Jaysean Paige (ex Karpos Sokoli) agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 23-year old American guard Jaysean Paige (188-91kg-94, college: W.Virginia, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Paige managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In four ABA League games he recorded just 2.8ppg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he had only 2 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. The other team Paige played that season for was Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA. In 8 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2016. Paige received also All-Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Paige graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eagles Assistant Adds International Experience - by Jeff King

As his coaching colleagues at Esh Group Eagles Newcastle were putting together an exciting roster for the 2017/18 season fellow Eagles BBL Assistant Coach, Ian Macleod , was having an exciting rewarding experience of his own.

Macleod who made the step-up from coaching The Eagles School of Excellence Under 18 side over three years ago to become an assistant for Fab Flournoy has also been involved in the England basketball scene for the past five years.

He started with the Under-15's and in the last year was promoted to the assistant's role for the Under-18's and also had the great accolade of also being named Great Britain's Under 18 side. This summer he was part of the staff that coached GB to promotion to the Elite Division A at this age level.

GB not only qualified for Division A they came so close to celebrating that promotion with a Gold Medal in the Final game against Croatia which they only just lost in overtime. But overall it was a fantastic achievement and objective achieved for GB's youngsters.

Macleod spoke soon after returning to these shores reflecting on that achievement and also to briefly preview the coming season for The Eagles senior side.

"I'm incredibly proud. Coaching England over the last 5 years has been an amazing experience but to step up and represent GB is another level. This was a fantastic tournament and I'm just proud to have played my part."

"We had a bit of a wobble in the group games, when we lost to Sweden by two points. It was a game we absolutely dominated but couldn't put the ball in the basket. In hindsight, this served us well and spurred us on.'

'Promotion is always the goal in Division B, but I don't think many outside the camp believed we could make the final. Our target was always to win gold and why not. We came so close and although it was disappointing to lose that final game when we look back we did what we needed to do"

During the run-up to the tournament and throughout their time together Macleod took to the keyboard to record the many adventures of the squad in a very entertaining and much read blog. What was his inspiration behind that?

'Simple really, I didn't think there was enough exposure of the GB programme. I figured I'd give it a shot and people seemed to like it. The reach has been incredible, with views from all over the world, and 2,700 unique visitors in July/August.'

There was no doubt reading Macleod's words and watching the team perform via Social Media that this was a real team and they all came together so well which must have pleased him?

'I am, especially as, in a way, I am the new addition to the staff. Alan Keane, Peter Berenyi and Pete "Pistol" Daines have worked together for years. Guy Coles has been an excellent assistant to Alan and is now Head Coach of the England u17 programme, and is someone I have a lot of respect for. I was just happy I was able to come in and, I think, do the role justice.'

Doing the role justice is exactly what Macleod did but how significant does he think the achievement is?

'The achievement is in the process. The players and staff were committed to being ultra-professional in everything we did. The message was always to "strive for excellence".
Promotion and a medal is simply a bi-product of that process.'

'We have to build on this. Support, exposure and funding are the keys. There are a lot of people domestically using their platform to shout about the deficiencies of the sport in the country. Personally, I'm tired of it.'

'When a negative article is posted there are a lot of people throwing their opinions in. I didn't see the same people sharing the stories of success and championing the u20's and
our promotion, so I have to wonder what their agenda is.'

'GB u20 and senior player, Carl Wheatle said it best in a tweet; "2 GB teams promoted in the same summer,... Don't tell me there isn't a future in British Basketball"

'I'm very optimistic about the future of GB basketball. We have the players and we have the coaches. Croatia are the level of a good Division A team, we took them to overtime. We beat Ukraine in preparation games, Division A team. We lost out to Italy by 8 points, 5th in Division A. I can't wait for next summer.'

'On a personal level, I have wanted to work with Alan for a few years now. He came to Copenhagen with the England u15 team last summer just to support, and his passion for the game and self-improvement was infectious. I am 100% certain I am a better coach in August than I was in June.'

'Obviously, these experiences help you grow as a coach. I am certain this will benefit me in my role as Mentoring & Performance Officer with the Eagles Community Foundation, and also as head Coach at Gateshead College.'

'I would love to one day move to being a Head Coach professionally, that's the ultimate goal. Whether those opportunities arise in the domestic league is uncertain. It's difficult to say, as my role is very different within the BBL team. I certainly feel there is a big tactical element that can be added to in the BBL setup.'

So, turning briefly to the Eagles and the 2017/18 BBL season what are his initial thoughts?

'I think it is going to be a great year. The new players coming in have a good pedigree and I think we have done an excellent job of recruiting this summer. It is a shame to see the likes of Fletch and Scott go, but I am fully supportive of them advancing their career in Europe. I have spoken to both of them and wished them well. I think the fans should be excited about our new additions and a new look team in 2017/18.'

One thing is certain and that is all at Newcastle Eagles congratulate Ian on his achievements not just this summer but in his career thus far. It's always easy to look at player's, teams and pathways but The Eagles also offer many opportunities outside of playing as well. Macleod's growth through the programme is a testament to those opportunities and the programme as well as confirming his own special talents and abilities.

He may be proud of his achievements but it is a pride matched by The Eagles who are delighted to have him as part of their forward-thinking organisation.



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  URUGUAY  


Results for the Metro 19th round - by Hector Lopez

Three games were played for the 19th round for the Metro League:
25 de Agosto 77 - Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 19 points 6 rebounds
Stockolmo 71 - Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) 23 points 21 rebounds
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Verdirrrojo 97 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 38 points 8 rebounds
Marne 84 - Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 22 points 9 rebounds
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Auriblanco 80 - Rodrigo Goncalvez (203-F/C) 16 points 12 rebounds
Cordon 79 - Agustin Viotti (190-SF-97) 19 points 5 rebounds 7 assits
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Stadings (By points) - Atenas 34, Sayago, Cordon and Verdirrrojo 28, Miramar and Auriblanco 27, Tabare 26, UnioN Atletica and Capitol 25, Stockolmo 23, Colon 22 and Marne 21.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


N.Novgorod signs Erik McCree - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) signed 24-year old American forward Erik McCree (203-102kg-93). He just graduated from Louisiana Tech (NCAA). McCree has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3apg last season. McCree helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Conference USA. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-C-USA 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
McCree's team won C-USA Regular Season in 2015.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Erik McCree
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Artem Komissarov joins Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) agreed terms with 27-year old guard Artem Komissarov (199-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Ural Ekaterinburg in the Superleague 1. In 23 games he had 7.0ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Komissarov played at Zenit where in 9 Eurocup games he recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 10 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg. Komissarov helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team he played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League). In 6 games he got impressive 23.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg.
Komissarov's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016.
He has played previously for two other teams: Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team and Krasny Oktyabr.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Vitali Liutych
Denis Zakharov
Artem Komissarov
Tekele Cotton

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Gleb Goldyrev
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sterling Gibbs (ex Indios SFM) is a newcomer at N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-84kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. Gibbs managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 10 LNB games he recorded 11.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division where in 27 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg. Gibbs helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
Last year Gibbs was drafted by Windy City Bulls (D-League) in second round (34th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Gibbs 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 college team won AAC Tournament in 2016. Gibbs received also NABC All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2015.
He represented USA at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore seven years ago. Gibbs' team got to the Semifinals.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dzanan MUSA
  BIH
  (200-SG-99)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Musa, BIH25.7 
 2. Boatright, ARM23.0 
 3. Poeltl, AUT23.0 
 4. Stojanovski, MKD21.5 
 5. Veideman, EST19.0 
 6. Berisha, KOS18.0 
 7. Theodore, MKD17.5 
 8. Liutych, BLR17.5 
 9. de-Jong, NED17.0 
 10. Bost, BUL17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 14
 1. Vezenkov, BUL14.0 
 2. Rancik, SVK9.7 
 3. Paliashchuk, BLR8.0 
 4. Fischer, ARM8.0 
 5. Talts, EST7.0 
 6. Batka, SVK6.7 
 7. Parakhouski, BLR6.5 
 8. Meshcharakou, BLR6.5 
 9. Ihring, SVK6.3 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  NED
  (189-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, NED6.0 
 2. Boatright, ARM5.7 
 3. Lanegger, AUT5.0 
 4. Kangur, EST5.0 
 5. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 6. Vabishchevic., BLR4.5 
 7. Theodore, MKD4.5 
 8. Sokk, EST4.0 
 9. Marinov, BUL4.0 
 10. Marinov, BUL4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arnette HALLMAN
  USA
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hallman, POR3.0 
 2. Voorn, NED2.5 
 3. Parakhouski, BLR2.0 
 4. Shima, ALB2.0 
 5. Lazic, BIH2.0 
 6. Stojanovski, MKD2.0 
 7. Chrabascz, ARM2.0 
 8. Moser, ALB2.0 
 9. de-Jong, NED2.0 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Spires, SWE2.0 
 2. Talts, EST1.5 
 3. Shima, ALB1.5 
 4. Parakhouski, BLR1.5 
 5. Fusek, SVK1.5 
 6. Fischer, ARM1.3 
 7. Poeltl, AUT1.0 
 8. Hallman, POR1.0 
 9. Djukic, POR1.0 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM0.7 


European Pre-Qualifiers. Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bosnia - Armenia 98-85
Bosnia improved at 2-1 record following the home win over Armenia. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) was unstoppable with 28 points for the hosts. Bosnia unloaded 29 points in the second term to secure an 8-point halftime lead. They dropped 46 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) had 14 points in the win. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) responded with 30 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Armenia.

Slovakia - Sweden 68-59
Slovakia earned the first win in Group A. They fired past Sweden at home court tonight. Andre Jones (195-G-90, college: Winthrop), Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) and Michal Batka (204-C-87) tallied 15 points each for the winners. Slovakia grabbed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 23:11 run in the third term to open a 13-point lead. Sweden narrowed the gap in the final term but could not avoid the defeat. Adam Ramstedt (208-SF-95) notched 13 points for Sweden.

Group B
Holland - Albania 91-77
Netherlands defeated visiting Albania to gain 2-0 record on top of Group B ladder. Jessey Voorn (197-SG-90, agency: Court Side) produced 20 points to lead the winners. Albania unloaded 53 points in the first half to secure a 2-point lead. But Netherlands used a 21:13 run in the third term to take the lead. They held Albania to just 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the victory. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) finished with 15 points for the winners. Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) responded with 23 points for Albania.

Group C
Estonia - Kosovo 76-50
Estonia claimed the second straight win in Group C as they beat visiting Kosovo tonight. Reinar Hallik (208-F/C-84) came up with 15 points for the hosts. Estonia posted a 40:29 halftime lead. They held Kosovo to just 21 points in the second half and raced to a comfortable win. Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-PG-89) had 14 points for the hosts. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) chipped in 11 points for Kosovo.

Group D
Belarus - Portugal 78-75
Belarus held off Portugal for the first win in Group D. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) and Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 16 points each for the hosts. Belarus posted a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. Portugal pulled within three points at the interval 36:33. Belarus however withstood the challenge. They unloaded 42 points in the second half to roll to the important victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Dimitri Paliashchuk netted 12 points each in the win. Tomas Barroso (184-PG-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 18 points for Portugal.





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Women News


Overview of Day 4 in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Mozambique - Mali 33-76
Mali posted the third consecutive win in Mozambique. They upset the hosts to remain undefeated. Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) posted 27 points to lead the winners. Mali got to a strong start. They secured a 28:13 halftime lead. They fueled a 29:6 run in the final term to secure a comfortable win. Diarrah Sissoko (02) had 17 points for the winners. Mozambique responded with 8 points from Jennifer Sigauque (01).

Zimbabwe - Angola 29-52
Angola secured the second win in Group A. They outgunned Zimbabwe for 2-1 record. Cacia Antonio (162-G-01) came up with 14 points to pace the winners. Angola recorded a 23:17 halftime lead. Angola stretched the margin at 16-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. They kept Zimbabwe at bay throughout the final term and coasted to the win. Nelma Cunha (178-C-02) had 9 points for Angola. Maria Mutengo (01) responded with 8 points for Zimbabwe.




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  AUSTRIA  


UBI Graz tabs rookie Cierra White - by Eurobasket News

UBI Graz (AWBL) landed American guard Cierra White (170). just graduated from NW Nazarene (NCAA2). As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball. She averaged 6.5ppg and 3.7rpg during her college career.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EGYPT  


National basketball team beats Jordan in Arab Championship - by Eurobasket News

The national women's basketball team defeated Jordan 97-52 on Monday in the third round of the Arab Championship held at Cairo International Stadium from August 5-10. The team had a great 114-51 victory over Iraq in the first round, then victory over Tunisia in the second round with a score of 65-60. The tournament contains four teams: Egypt, the UAE, Tunisia and Iraq. The participating teams will rest on Tuesday, with the first to play fourth and second with the third in the semi-finals on Wednesday, while the curtain falls on Thursday, when the losers in the semi-finals will play for the bronze medal, while the winners play for first place and the gold medal.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Laura MELDERE
  (188-F/C-1)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Meldere, LAT16.4 
 2. Pavliuchenko, RUS15.4 
 3. Fitik, TUR15.4 
 4. Wadoux, FRA15.0 
 5. Bessoir, GER14.8 
 6. Hipp, POL14.0 
 7. Carrera, ESP13.8 
 8. Nedeljkov, SRB12.8 
 9. Kuznetsova, RUS12.2 
 10. Chery, FRA12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emily BESSOIR
  (192-PF-1)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Bessoir, GER14.2 
 2. Bayram, TUR12.2 
 3. Meldere, LAT11.8 
 4. Gilli, ITA10.4 
 5. Stefanovic, SRB10.0 
 6. Rupert, FRA9.8 
 7. Carrera, ESP9.8 
 8. Visockaite, LTU9.4 
 9. Kowalska, POL8.8 
 10. Pavliuchenko, RUS8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 7
 1. Muhl, CRO7.0 
 2. Rosemeyer, GER4.4 
 3. Nulle, LAT4.4 
 4. Forner, GER4.2 
 5. Mendez, ESP4.0 
 6. Kulinska, POL3.6 
 7. Pueyo, ESP3.6 
 8. Angyal, HUN3.6 
 9. Panzera, ITA3.6 
 10. Orsili, ITA3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Muhl, CRO4.8 
 2. Fitik, TUR4.0 
 3. Chery, FRA3.6 
 4. Zadro, CRO3.0 
 5. Mandic, CRO3.0 
 6. Orsili, ITA2.8 
 7. Mendez, ESP2.8 
 8. Carrera, ESP2.6 
 9. Angyal, HUN2.6 
 10. Natali, ITA2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Raquel CARRERA
  (188-C-1)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Carrera, ESP3.4 
 2. Bessoir, GER3.2 
 3. Rupert, FRA2.0 
 4. Pavliuchenko, RUS1.6 
 5. Meldere, LAT1.4 
 6. Manyoky, HUN1.4 
 7. Curic, CRO1.4 
 8. Gul, TUR1.2 
 9. Visockaite, LTU1.2 
 10. Andreeva, RUS1.2 


Latvia, France, Hungary and Italy enter semifinals in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
Latvia - Germany 62-58
Latvia held off Germany to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Laura Meldere (188-F/C-01) posted 20 points and 9 caroms for the Baltic team. Germany dominated in the first half. They established a 40:29 halftime lead. But Latvia turned the tables in the second half. They stiffened defensively limiting Germany to just 18 points and rallying to the win. Ketija Vihmane (169-G-01) had 12 points for the winners. Elea Gaba (187-PF-01) replied with 19 points for Germany.

Poland - France 42-76
France gave no chance to Poland in the quarterfinal clash. Zoe Wadoux (178-F-01) provided 19 points to lead les Bleues. France used a 28:11 run in the second term to open a comfortable 47:26 halftime lead. France limited Poland to only 16 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Iliana Rupert (193-C-01) finished with 14 points and 9 boards in the win. Weronika Hipp produced 11 points for Poland.

Russia - Hungary 56-62
Hungary raced past Russia into the semifinal stage. Nora Wentzel (178-F-01) had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Russia enjoyed a narrow 31:30 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the third term. But Hungary fueled a 21:14 run in the fourth quarter to sneak past their opponents. Reka Dombai (179-F-02) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Veronika Pavliuchenko (184-F/C-01) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Russia.

Spain - Italy 49-50
Italy snatched a narrow win over Spain to advance into the semifinal stage. Ilaria Panzera (172-SG-02) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Spain grabbed a 27:25 halftime lead. Italy denied the deficit in the third term. The Azzurri eked out a 35:34 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final term but Italy managed to snatch a tough win at the end. Caterina Gilli (181-SF-02) had 11 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. Helena Pueyo (182-F-01) had 22 points for Spain.
9-16 Place
Serbia - Lithuania 71-42
Serbia defeated Lithuania in the classification round clash. Nadezda Nedeljkov (171-SG-01, agency: BeoBasket) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Serbia used a strong 26:9 run in the third term to clear off for good in this one. Nikolina Deuric (178-G/F-01, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Simona Visockaite (185-C-02) responded with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Baltic side.

Croatia - Belarus 61-43
Croatia overcame Belarus in the classification round. Mia Vuksic (178-SG-01) produced 14 points to lead the winners. Belarus took a 7:6 lead after a low-scoring first frame. But Croatia gradually picked up the tempo. They sank 39 points in the second half and got away with the win. Bruna Obratov (184-F/C-01) delivered 12 points for the winners. Iryna Venskaya (168-PG-02) netted 13 points for Belarus.

Czech Republic - Romania 70-28
Czech Republic thumped Romania in the classification round. Simona Fiserova (181-F-02) produced 13 points to lead the charge. Czech Republic accounted for a 33:13 halftime lead. They held Romania to just 15 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Hana Kolegarova (183-F/C-01) and Tereza Halatkova (180-F-01) had 10 points each for the winners. Laura Vaida (192-C-01) netted 8 points for Romania.

Holland - Turkey 66-74 OT
Turkey survived an overtime thriller versus Netherlands to come out as winners in the classification round clash. Goksen Fitik (170-SG-01) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Turkey jumped to a 22:8 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands used a 24:8 rally in the fourth term to force overtime. Turkey responded with a 12:4 run in the extra period to secure the victory. Zeynep Gul had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Emy Hayford (175-G/F-01) responded with 20 points for Netherlands.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 24
 1. Lundquist, SWE24.0 
 2. Tsineke, GRE20.5 
 3. Friskovec, SLO19.0 
 4. Juhasz, HUN16.3 
 5. Smutna, CZE15.8 
 6. Guner, TUR14.8 
 7. Turudic, SRB13.3 
 8. Vorackova, CZE13.3 
 9. Massey, BEL12.5 
 10. Naumcev, SRB12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 12
 1. Massey, BEL12.0 
 2. Rozentale, LAT10.5 
 3. Vorackova, CZE10.3 
 4. Lundquist, SWE10.0 
 5. Guner, TUR10.0 
 6. Massey, BEL9.3 
 7. Cubaj, ITA8.5 
 8. Zaytseva, RUS8.0 
 9. Segzdaite, LTU8.0 
 10. Juhasz, HUN8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana KATANIC
  (174-PG-99)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Katanic, SRB5.5 
 2. Dimitrijevic, SRB5.3 
 3. Sotolova, CZE4.8 
 4. Pusztai, HUN4.8 
 5. Vorackova, CZE4.8 
 6. Lelik, HUN4.5 
 7. Tadic, CRO4.5 
 8. Hjern, SWE4.3 
 9. Hambursin, BEL3.8 
 10. Tzanetatou, GRE3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia DONSKICHYTE
  (168-SG-0)
  Avg: 4
 1. Donskichyte, LTU4.0 
 2. Verona, ITA3.0 
 3. Naumcev, SRB3.0 
 4. Lundquist, SWE3.0 
 5. Sotolova, CZE2.8 
 6. Septe, LAT2.8 
 7. Stoyar, RUS2.8 
 8. Juhasz, HUN2.5 
 9. Brabencova, CZE2.5 
 10. Vorackova, CZE2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Massey, BEL3.5 
 2. Guner, TUR2.5 
 3. Cubaj, ITA1.8 
 4. Brabencova, CZE1.8 
 5. Kosulnikova, RUS1.5 
 6. Kubickova, CZE1.5 
 7. Pendande, ESP1.3 
 8. Kazociunaite, LTU1.3 
 9. Kozhukhar, RUS1.3 
 10. Anastasopoul., GRE1.3 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Natalia OTKHMEZURI
  (175-G/F-0)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Otkhmezuri, GEO19.6 
 2. Ivanova, BUL19.0 
 3. Sabally, GER17.0 
 4. Hodge-Carr, ISL16.8 
 5. Geiselsoeder, GER16.3 
 6. Winterburn, ENG14.8 
 7. Lahtinen, FIN14.8 
 8. Tirosh, ISR14.6 
 9. Margot, SUI14.6 
 10. Ellmore, ENG14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Veronica DOLINTA
  (165-G-99)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dolinta, MDA10.4 
 2. Lutje, NED9.8 
 3. Sabally, GER9.7 
 4. Melia, IRL9.2 
 5. Jordao, POR9.2 
 6. Parau, ROM9.0 
 7. Huijsdens, IRL8.4 
 8. Geiselsoeder, GER8.3 
 9. Nurenberg, LUX8.2 
 10. Orban, ROM8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.0 
 2. Hodge-Carr, ISL5.0 
 3. Melia, IRL4.6 
 4. Schinkel, GER4.5 
 5. Saar, ISR4.4 
 6. Lahtinen, FIN4.2 
 7. Mikhnevich, BLR4.0 
 8. Klimek, POL4.0 
 9. Frey, NOR3.6 
 10. Strozyk, GER3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.8 
 2. Hodge-Carr, ISL5.0 
 3. Strozyk, GER3.5 
 4. Winterburn, ENG3.4 
 5. Tirosh, ISR3.4 
 6. Mitreva, MKD3.2 
 7. Malashko, BLR3.0 
 8. Fastova, UKR3.0 
 9. Kosaristanov., SVK3.0 
 10. Karpuk, BLR3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Beatriz JORDAO
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jordao, POR2.2 
 2. Virjoghe, ROM2.2 
 3. Malashko, BLR1.5 
 4. Liubinets, UKR1.2 
 5. Luap, SUI1.0 
 6. Agyei, FIN1.0 
 7. Sill, AUT1.0 
 8. Sabally, GER1.0 
 9. Jones, ENG1.0 
 10. Benonysdotti., ISL1.0 


Division B. Quarterfinals are set in Dublin - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Luxembourg - Estonia 61-48
Luxembourg beat Estonia to celebrate the first win in Dublin. Svenia Nurenberg (176-F/G-00) produced 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Luxembourg posted 17:4 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin going on an 18:10 run in the third period. Estonia could not recover as Luxembourg rolled to the first win. Catherine Mreches (164-PG-00) and Catherine Max (178-F-99) had 8 points each for the winners. Martha-Liisa Oinits (168-G-00) replied with 16 points and 8 boards for Estonia.

Bulgaria - Finland 91-87 OT
Bulgaria overcame Finland in overtime to improve at 3-2 record. Yanina Todorova (173-F-99) posted 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals for the winners. Finland snatched a 43:42 halftime lead. Bulgaria and Finland went neck and neck throughout the second half and had to decide on the winner in overtime. Bulgaria sank 10 points in the extra period and secured the win. Gergana Ivanova (176-PG-99) notched 24 points for the winners. Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (173-G-99) delivered 22 points for Finland.

Portugal - Poland 46-53
Poland upset Portugal to clinch the top position in Group A. Karolina Matkowska (170-PG-99) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Poland snatched a 20:17 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 10-point mark heading into the fourth term and marched to the victory. Natalia Klimek chipped in 9 points for the winners. Beatriz Jordao (185-C-99) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds for Portugal.

Group B
Germany - Belarus 78-61
Germany recorded the fifth straight win in Group B. They held off Belarus to finish the preliminary round undefeated. Nyara Sabally (185-C-00) provided 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Germany posted a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 23:14 run in the third term to clear off for good. Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov (180-SF-99) had 12 points in the victory. Natallia Harbachova (174-G/F-99) netted 18 points for Belarus.

Albania - Iceland 34-117
Iceland crushed Albania to improve at 2-3 record in Group B. Thoranna Hodge-Carr (172-G-99) came up with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the victory. Iceland used a 33:4 run in the first term to stun their opponents. They added 71 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Dagbjort Karlsdottir (160-PG-99) netted 21 points in the win. Dajana Baraj (160-PG-99) scored 13 points for Albania.

Group C
Norway - Georgia 69-61
Norway toppled Georgia for the second win at the tournament. Anniken Frey (162-G-00) stepped up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Georgia accounted for a 28:7 lead ten minutes into the game. But Norway found the way to bounce back. They used a 42:20 second half run to snatch the win. Line Uggen (180-PF-99) produced 21 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Natalia Otkhmezuri (175-G/F-00) replied with 21 points for Georgia.

Switzerland - Israel 42-73
Israel finished second in Group C. They eased past Switzerland for 4-1 record. Shir Tirosh (165-PG-99) and Shirel Berman (162-SG-99) scored 14 points each to lead the effort. Switzerland enjoyed a 17:12 lead after the opening frame. But Israel struck right back. They went on a 21:13 run in the second term to take the lead. They held their Swiss opponents to just 12 points in the second half to march to the victory. Hadar Hadad netted 10 points for the winning side. Sarah Salman produced 16 points for Switzerland.

Holland - Romania 50-62
Romania upset Netherlands for the fifth consecutive win in Dublin. Maria Ferariu (178-F-00) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Romania secured a 30:24 halftime lead. They kept Netherlands at bay throughout the second half and marched to the win. Sarah Dumitrescu (180-F-00) and Anamaria Virjoghe (196-C-99) had 11 points each for Romania. Robyn Bouwer (178-F-00) netted 15 points for the Dutch juniors.

Group D
Ukraine - Ireland 57-77
Ireland celebrated the fifth consecutive win in Dublin. The hosts rushed past Ukraine to stay perfect. Ireland piled up a 47:30 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Louise Scannell (176-F/G-99) delivered 14 points, while Bronagh Power (180-PF-00) added 13 points for the hosts. Oksana Fastova (173-G/F-99) had 15 points for Ukraine.

FYR Macedonia - Moldova 124-47
FYR Macedonia thrashed Moldova to gain the opening victory in Dublin. FYR Macedonia dominated from start to finish. They ensured a 61:29 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia unloaded 63 points in the second half to rally to the win. Sara Spirovska (175-G/F-99) connected for 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the victory. Jovana Petrushevska (184-F/C-00) added 20 points in the win. Tatiana Cecoi (177-F/G-00) replied with 15 points for Moldova.

Slovakia - United Kingdom 64-86
Great Britain ensured the fourth victory in Group D action. They fired past Slovakia behind 31 points from Holly Winterburn (175-SG-00). Great Britain established a 44:35 halftime advantage. They followed with a 24:16 run in the third term to clear off for good. Charlotte Ellmore (175-PG-00) and Shauna Harrison accounted for 16 points each for the winners. Sofia Bilikova (177-G/F-99) delivered 13 points for Slovakia.




Results and Stats from Round of 16 in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Lithuania 58-55
Belgium held off Lithuania to stay in the title race in Sopron. Lore Devos (183-F-99) scored 13 points and pulled down 9 boards to pace the winners. Belgium secured a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled as close as two points in the next two periods. But Belgium protected the lead throughout the final quarter and snatched a tough win at the end. Billie Massey (184-PF-00) and Manon Descamps (175-SF-99) had 12 points each for the winners. Gabija Segzdaite (184-F-00) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania.

Italy - Slovenia 51-53
Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) sank two free throws with 3 seconds left in regulation and Slovenia nipped Italy in Round of 16 clash. She finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovenia accounted for a 33:26 halftime lead. Italy cut the distance in the second half and eventually tied things up at 51. But Friskovec then sank two free throws and sealed the win for Slovenia. Teja Gorsic (187-C-99) had 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Sara Madera (186-F/C-00) replied with 16 points for Italy.

Hungary - Croatia 67-41
Hungary eased past Croatia en route to the quarterfinal stage. Reka Lelik (178-SG-99) and Dorka Juhasz (189-SG-99) scored 12 points each for the winning side. Croatia grabbed a 14:8 lead after ten minutes. But Hungary quickly turned things around. They used a 21:4 run in the second period to spur ahead. Hungary dominated throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Livia Gereben (183-F-99) had 9 points in the win. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) notched 15 points for Croatia.

Czech Republic - Bosnia 75-55
Czech Republic cruised past Bosnia in Sopron tonight. Kristyna Brabencova (165-SG-99) had 18 points for the Czech side. Czech Republic built a 23:20 halftime lead. They unloaded 52 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Barbora Tomancova (180-C-99) had 16 points in the victory. Gabriela Viskovic (175-PG-00) netted 18 points for Bosnia.

Sweden - Greece 72-61
Sweden entered the quarterfinal stage as they beat Greece today. Klara Lundquist (171-PG-99) posted 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Scandinavian team. Sweden ensured a 22:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 26:18 run in the third term to build an unassailable 18-point lead. Matilda Ahlberg (178-SF-00) and Patricia Elias had 9 points each for Sweden. Elena Tsineke (174-G/F-99) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Greece.

Latvia - Serbia 60-66
Serbia rolled past Latvia in Round of 16. Teodora Turudic (178-F-99) tallied 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Serbia claimed a 37:28 halftime lead. Latvia got within 3 points at the final intermission. But Serbia held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth frame to secure the winning outcome. Marijana Zukanovic (190-F/C-99) and Nevena Naumcev (173-G-99) had 11 points each for the winners. Nikola Ozola (172-G-00) produced 17 points for Latvia.

Russia - France 60-63
France narrowly edged Russia in Round of 16 clash. Kadiatou Sissoko and Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) posted 15 points each for the winners. France jumped to a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. But Russia responded with a 34:17 rally in the next two periods to pull ahead. les Bleues came back to life in the final term. They ignited a 23:12 run in the fourth quarter and celebrated the victory. Noemie Brochant (178-F-99) had 11 points in the win. Anna Zaytseva (183-F/C-99) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for Russia.

Spain - Turkey 72-46
Spain trounced Turkey to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Natalia Rodriguez (173-G-99) scored 13 points to pace the winners. Spain used a 24:6 run in the first term to clear off. They outscored Turkey in each of the next three quarters to breeze to the victory. Juana Camilion (172-G-99) had 11 points in the win. Ilayda Guner (186-C-99, agency: LBM Management) replied with 14 points for Turkey.




Division B. Day 4 in Dublin - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Estonia - Bulgaria 54-72
Bulgaria fired past Estonia to improve at 2-2 record in Group A. Gergana Ivanova (176-PG-99) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bulgaria jumped to a 23:11 lead at the first break. They followed with a 24:14 run in the final stanza to seal the win. Karina Konstantinova (163-PG-99) had 9 points for the winners. Janne Pulk (172-G-00) answered with 25 points for Estonia.

Portugal - Luxembourg 70-49
Portugal recorded the fourth consecutive win in Group A. they rallied past Luxembourg to remain undefeated. Mariana Silva (184-F-99) had 18 points in the victory. Portugal accumulated a 37:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 19:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Eliana Cabral (177-SG-99) had 13 points for the winners. Anne Simon (172-G-00) tossed in 14 points for Luxembourg.

Poland - Finland 69-72
Finland edged Poland for 3-1 record in Group A. Sara Bejedi (160-G-00) scored 19 points to lead the winning side. Finland posted a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 24:14 rally in the third quarter to ensure an 11-point advantage. Poland cut the deficit in the final term but could not avoid the loss. Lotta-Maj Lahtinen (173-G-99) had 16 points in the victory. Julia Nielacna (182-F/C-99) answered with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Poland.

Group B
Iceland - Austria 52-55
Austria overcame Iceland to gain the second victory in Group B. Anja Knoflach (178-SF-00) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Austria claimed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the next three periods as Austria came out as winners at the end. Simone Sill netted 8 points and collected 12 rebounds for the winners. Thoranna Hodge-Carr (172-G-99) delivered 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Iceland.

Germany - Albania 105-38
Germany claimed the fourth win in a row in Ireland. They stormed past Albania to remain perfect. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-F-00) produced 31 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Germany accounted for 50:17 halftime advantage. They erupted for 55 points in the second half to ice the win. Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov (180-SF-99) had 13 points in the victory. Dajana Baraj (160-PG-99) had 15 points for Albania.

Group C
Romania - Israel 63-54
Romania toppled Israel to gain the fourth straight win in Group C. Carla Popescu (168-PG-00) stepped up with 17 points and 8 boards for the winners. Romania jumped to a 16:5 lead after the opening quarter. Israel pulled within 6 points at the final break. But Romania sank 20 points in the fourth stanza to secure the win. Irina Parau (183-F/C-00) had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Shir Tirosh (165-PG-99) answered with 23 points and 7 steals for Israel.

Georgia - Switzerland 70-63
Georgia clinched the first win in Dublin. They held off Switzerland to snap three-game losing skid. Natalia Otkhmezuri (175-G/F-00) tallied 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Switzerland enjoyed a 33:28 halftime lead. But Georgia ignited a 20:9 run in the third term to surge ahead. They added 22 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Ana Kavtaradze (182-F/C-99) posted 16 points in the victory. Laure Margot (172-SF-99) answered with 21 points for Switzerland.

Holland - Norway 86-38
Netherlands cruised past Norway for 3-1 record in Group C. Robyn Bouwer (178-F-00) delivered 25 points for the Dutch team. Netherlands accumulated a 38:26 halftime lead. They held Norway to just 12 points in the second half and marched to the win. Epiphany Etienne (177-F/G-99) chipped in 19 points for the winners. Anniken Frey (162-G-00) scored 7 points for Norway.

Group D
Moldova - Ukraine 55-101
Ukraine topped Moldova to claim 2-2 record in Group D. Viktoriya Fedorenko (176-SG-00) scored 21 points off the bench for Ukraine. They erupted for 54 points in the first half to gain a 27-point halftime lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Tetiana Havrylchyk (193-C-00) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Victoria Vacaru (169-F-99) produced 18 points and 10 boards for Moldova.

Slovakia - FYR Macedonia 76-41
Slovakia held off FYR Macedonia to gain the third win in Group D. Sona Svetlikova (184-C-99) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Slovakia got to a very strong start. They ensured a 23:4 lead ten minutes into the game. They sank 40 points in the second half and breezed to the victory. Viktoria Feherova (175-PF-99) had 17 points for Slovakia. Iskra Andonova (174-G/F-99) and Sara Spirovska (175-G/F-99) tossed in 8 points each in the defeat.

United Kingdom - Ireland 49-63
Ireland upset Great Britain as the hosts improved at 4-0 record in Group D. Claire Melia (185-C-99) tallied 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the Irish side. Ireland established a 37:23 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 21-point mark at the final break and cruised to the win. Bronagh Power (180-PF-00) had 13 points for the winning side. Jade Blackburn (182-SF-99) netted 9 points for Great Britain.




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Recap of Day 3 in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Argentina - Venezuela 79-59
Argentina defeated Venezuela to post the second straight win in Group A. Andrea Boquete (183-F-90) and Macarena Durso (169-G-91) notched 13 points each in the victory. Argentina piled up a 40:33 halftime advantage. They stretched the lead at 17-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Melisa Gretter (161-PG-93, agency: ProDep Management) and Debora Gonzalez (170-PG-90, agency: Players Group) had 11 points each for the winners. Yosimar Corrales (184-F/C-90) came up with 19 points for Venezuela.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Colombia 63-70
Colombia opened win count in Buenos Aires. They held off Virgin Islands in Group A. Tathiana Mosquera (196-C/F-89) recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Colombia claimed a 38:19 halftime lead. Virgin Islands sank 26 points in the third term to pull within 13 points. They pulled closer in the final term but could not avoid the loss. Mabel Martinez and Jenifer Munoz netted 13 points each in the victory. Imani Tate (173-G-95, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points for Virgin Islands.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Paraguay 81-67
Puerto Rico fired past Paraguay to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Marie Placido (181-F-87) notched 14 points for Puerto Rico. They grabbed a 37:31 halftime lead. Puerto Rico erupted for 44 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Michelle Gonzalez netted 11 points for the winners. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) banked in 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 5 assists for Paraguay.

Mexico - Canada 39-65
Canada stormed past Mexico to record the third straight win in Buenos Aires. Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) stepped up with 13 points to lead the North American side. Canada jumped to a 28:20 halftime lead. They followed with a 21:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) and Jamie Weisner provided 8 points each for Canada. Bianca Torre (165-G-90) replied with 8 points for Mexico.




Recap of Day 4 in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Colombia - Argentina 47-70
Argentina celebrated the third straight win in Group A. They fired past Colombia to stay undefeated. Argentina dominated throughout the bigger part of the game. They accounted for a 36:17 halftime lead. They sank 34 points in the second half to ease to the win. Melisa Gretter (161-PG-93, agency: ProDep Management) and Macarena Rosset (178-G/F-91, agency: Players Group) delivered 16 points each for the hosts. Manuela Rios (165-G-97) replied with 10 points for Colombia.

Brazil - U.S. Virgin Islands 60-67 OT
Virgin Islands upset Brazil for the second victory in Group A. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90, college: Portland) came up with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge. Virgin Islands posted a 28:23 halftime lead. Brazil erased the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. But Virgin Islands used a 9:2 run in the extra period to seal the win. Imani Tate (173-G-95, agency: LBM Management) had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Raphaella Monteiro (181-F-95) answered with 15 points and 9 boards for Brazil.

Group B
Paraguay - Mexico 73-67 OT
Paraguay held off Mexico in overtime to gain 2-1 record in Group B. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) notched 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Paraguay eked out a 30:28 halftime lead. Mexico managed to deny the deficit in the second half forcing overtime. Paraguay sank 10 points in the extra period and raced to the win. Tamara Insfran (175-G/F-89, college: Cumberland) had 18 points for the winning side. Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-F-93, college: Charleston) produced 25 points and 17 rebounds for Mexico.

Cuba - Puerto Rico 67-70
Puerto Rico nipped Cuba for the third win in Group B. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They piled up a 43:27 halftime lead. Cuba went on a strong second half rally but came up short at the end. Yolanda Jones (184-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) netted 12 points in the win. Anisleidys Galindo (181-SG-89) was responsible for 20 points and 8 boards for Cuba.




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Lithuania beat Finland in Hyvinkaa - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania beat Finland 76-69 in Hyvinkaa in a friendly game. The Baltic state took a 20-16 lead after the first 10 minutes and led three points at the halftime. Finland managed to tie the score after a 20-17 run in the third period, but could not win the game. Lithuanian team posted a final 26-19 surge to seal the victory.
Santa Okockyte (175-PG-92) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) added 12. Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) netted 11 and Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) produced 10. Annika Holopainen (185-F-93, college: ODU) answered with 19 points for the hosts and Taru Tuukkanen (192-C-77, college: Xavier) delivered 14.



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Egle Sniokaite (ex Kibirkstis) agreed terms with Limoges ABC - by Greg

Limoges ABC en Limousin (NF1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Lithuanian guard Egle Sniokaite (175-88). She has played for the last seven years at Kibirkstis in Lithuanian LMKL. In 29 games she recorded 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Sniokaite helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league and advanced to league semifinals. They also played in the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention. She also played 11 games in EEWBL where she averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.6apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sleza Wroclaw tabs Shamela Hampton, ex Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) inked 30-year old American center Shamela Hampton (191-87, college: UNLV). She played most recently at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 23 games she averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Hampton helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Center of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
Her team was regular season runner-up in MWC in 2008.
Hampton is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Nantes Reze), Israel (Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Ramat Gan, Maccabi Ashdod and ASA Jerusalem), Italy (Orvieto), IBL (Las Vegas P.) and WBCBL (Las Vegas P.).
Hampton attended University of Nevada -Las Vegas until 2009 and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Dragana Svitlica
Shamela Hampton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jun An celebrate 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Jun An celebrate 2017 title beating Qixi in the Final. Both teams rightfully reached the Final and looked great in the court. Jun An however dominated the majority of the game and sealed a 62-59 win. Huang Xinling scored 23 points in the game.


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Jillian Harmon signs at Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Dike Napoli (Serie A1) landed 30-year old New Zealander international power forward Jillian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) from Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 31 Serie A1 games in Italy she was third best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and recorded 6.7rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg last season. She helped them to win the A1 title espite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Harmon received Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand WBC Player of the Year award in 2015.
She also represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
And here thanks to pro basketball Harmon experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Harmon has played previously professionally in Italy (Parma and Comense), Australia (Townsville Fire) and New Zealand (Site Weld Otago Goldrush).
She attended Stanford University until 2009 and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.

Dike Napoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chiara Pastore
Jacki Gemelos
Beatrice Carta

Forwards:
Jillian Harmon
Sabrina Cinili
Monique Ngo_Ndjock
Nene Diene
Flavia De_Cassan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Palermo adds Riccobono to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Maddalena Vision Palermo (Serie A2) added to their roster 20-year old guard Manuela Riccobono (170-97) from Defensor Viterbo. Riccobono has played there for the last four years. In 24 Serie A2 games she recorded 4.9ppg and 1.4rpg last season.

Maddalena Vision Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elettra Ferretti
Manuela Riccobono

Forwards:
Liliana Miccio
Alice Carrara

Center:
Ieva Preskienyte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Emma Coffau agreed terms with Orvieto - by Eurobasket News

Ceprini Orvieto (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old guard Emma Coffau (167-99) from Sistema Rosa Pordenone. In 12 Serie A2 games she recorded just 2.0ppg last season.

Ceprini Orvieto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eva Rupnik
Rachele Porcu
Selene Grilli
Emma Coffau
Margherita Monaco

Center:
Parthena Chrysanthidou

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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National basketball team beats Jordan in Arab Championship - by Eurobasket News

The national women's basketball team defeated Jordan 97-52 on Monday in the third round of the Arab Championship held at Cairo International Stadium from August 5-10. The team had a great 114-51 victory over Iraq in the first round, then victory over Tunisia in the second round with a score of 65-60. The tournament contains four teams: Egypt, the UAE, Tunisia and Iraq. The participating teams will rest on Tuesday, with the first to play fourth and second with the third in the semi-finals on Wednesday, while the curtain falls on Thursday, when the losers in the semi-finals will play for the bronze medal, while the winners play for first place and the gold medal.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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Egle Sniokaite (ex Kibirkstis) agreed terms with Limoges ABC - by Greg

Limoges ABC en Limousin (NF1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Lithuanian guard Egle Sniokaite (175-88). She has played for the last seven years at Kibirkstis in Lithuanian LMKL. In 29 games she recorded 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Sniokaite helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league and advanced to league semifinals. They also played in the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention. She also played 11 games in EEWBL where she averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.6apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lithuania beat Finland in Hyvinkaa - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania beat Finland 76-69 in Hyvinkaa in a friendly game. The Baltic state took a 20-16 lead after the first 10 minutes and led three points at the halftime. Finland managed to tie the score after a 20-17 run in the third period, but could not win the game. Lithuanian team posted a final 26-19 surge to seal the victory.
Santa Okockyte (175-PG-92) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) added 12. Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) netted 11 and Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) produced 10. Annika Holopainen (185-F-93, college: ODU) answered with 19 points for the hosts and Taru Tuukkanen (192-C-77, college: Xavier) delivered 14.



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Jillian Harmon signs at Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Dike Napoli (Serie A1) landed 30-year old New Zealander international power forward Jillian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) from Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 31 Serie A1 games in Italy she was third best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and recorded 6.7rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg last season. She helped them to win the A1 title espite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
Among other achievements Harmon received Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand WBC Player of the Year award in 2015.
She also represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
And here thanks to pro basketball Harmon experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Harmon has played previously professionally in Italy (Parma and Comense), Australia (Townsville Fire) and New Zealand (Site Weld Otago Goldrush).
She attended Stanford University until 2009 and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.

Dike Napoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chiara Pastore
Jacki Gemelos
Beatrice Carta

Forwards:
Jillian Harmon
Sabrina Cinili
Monique Ngo_Ndjock
Nene Diene
Flavia De_Cassan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Sleza Wroclaw tabs Shamela Hampton, ex Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) inked 30-year old American center Shamela Hampton (191-87, college: UNLV). She played most recently at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 23 games she averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Hampton helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Center of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
Her team was regular season runner-up in MWC in 2008.
Hampton is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Nantes Reze), Israel (Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Ramat Gan, Maccabi Ashdod and ASA Jerusalem), Italy (Orvieto), IBL (Las Vegas P.) and WBCBL (Las Vegas P.).
Hampton attended University of Nevada -Las Vegas until 2009 and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Dragana Svitlica
Shamela Hampton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SCOTLAND  


Caledonia Pride tabs Dee Hayward - by Eurobasket News

Caledonia Pride (WBBL) inked 26-year old Scot international guard Dee Hayward (170-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) from Leicester Riders. In 20 WBBL games in United Kingdom she averaged 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Hayward played in the final of English WBBL Trophy.
She has been also a member of Scottish international program for some years. Hayward has regularly played for Scottish senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
She represented Scotland at the European Championship Of The Small Countries five years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (14.6ppg), 3.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.0apg), 1.4spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT-2 (47.1%), FT: 78.9%.
Hayward has played previously professionally also in Scotland (St Mirren Reid Kerr College).
She attended Armstrong Atlantic State University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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Caledonia Pride inks Erin McGarrachan - by Eurobasket News

Caledonia Pride (WBBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Scot international forward Erin McGarrachan (183-92, college: Houston Baptist) from Leicester Riders. In 16 WBBL games in United Kingdom she had 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. McGarrachan played in the final of English WBBL Trophy.
She was voted All-GWC Honorable Mention back in 2013 at her college time.
McGarrachan has been also a member of Scottish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Scottish senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
McGarrachan also represented Scotland at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
McGarrachan has played also professionally for other Scottish teams like Gladiators and Lady Rocks.
She attended Houston Baptist University until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketballscot)

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  SERBIA  


Bor signs Washington just out of college - by Darko Pekic

ZKK Bor (1 ZLS) signed 22-year old American guard/forward Kentra Washington (185-95). She just graduated from Wofford (NCAA). Washington has played there for the last four years. In 12 games she had 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg last season. She will be the first American ever to join ambitious newcomer in the league.

As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Claret re-signs at Sant Adria - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Marta Claret (185-92). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 30 LF2 games she recorded 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg last season. Claret helped them to win the LF2 title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Honorable Mention in 2016.
Claret represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%.
Claret has played previously for four other teams: Argon Uni Girona, Mataro, Las Rozas and Cerdanyola.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Cristina Hurtado

Center:
Marta Claret

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gijon lands Jimena Abejon - by Eurobasket News

LF2 newcomer Ascensores Tresa-Basket Mar Gijon tabbed guard Jimena Abejon (168) from Segle XXI Bercelona. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg last season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robinson inks at Magec Tias at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

LF2 newcomer CD Magec Tias strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Keira Robinson (173). Robinson just graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 28 games she recorded 11.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg last season.
As mentioned above Robinson is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Robinson received also Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team award back in 2014 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Ihse re-signs at Visby - by Eurobasket News

Visby Ladies (Damligan) confirmed in their roster Tova Ihse). She played there last season. But in four Damligan games she had just 0.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


VI upset 8th ranked Brazil - by David Edole

The history making team that is the senior women Virgin Islands National team added a major notch knocking off 8th ranked Brazil in overtime, 67-60, at the 2017 AmeriCup Tournament. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90, college: Portland) 's three point field goal pushed the V.I. (2-2) up 64-58 with one minute and 50 seconds left in the extra frame. The overtime period was won 9-2. Day was a monster with 20 points and 13 rebounds and Imani Tate added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Victoria Hamilton rounded out the scorers with 11 points.
In a summer of firsts, the V.I. women won a gold medal at the 2017 CentroBasket the highest medal of any V.I. team and defeated Mexico for the first time.

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2TmuCJ_caQ
Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo-npobCAE4&spfreload=5
Stats: http://www.fiba.com/ls/#8125&13336-A-7
Website: http://www.fiba.com/womensamericup/2017/0908/Brazil-Virgin-Islands



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Caledonia Pride inks Erin McGarrachan - by Eurobasket News

Caledonia Pride (WBBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Scot international forward Erin McGarrachan (183-92, college: Houston Baptist) from Leicester Riders. In 16 WBBL games in United Kingdom she had 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. McGarrachan played in the final of English WBBL Trophy.
She was voted All-GWC Honorable Mention back in 2013 at her college time.
McGarrachan has been also a member of Scottish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Scottish senior team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
McGarrachan also represented Scotland at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
McGarrachan has played also professionally for other Scottish teams like Gladiators and Lady Rocks.
She attended Houston Baptist University until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketballscot)

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Caledonia Pride tabs Dee Hayward - by Eurobasket News

Caledonia Pride (WBBL) inked 26-year old Scot international guard Dee Hayward (170-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) from Leicester Riders. In 20 WBBL games in United Kingdom she averaged 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Hayward played in the final of English WBBL Trophy.
She has been also a member of Scottish international program for some years. Hayward has regularly played for Scottish senior team since 2012 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
She represented Scotland at the European Championship Of The Small Countries five years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (14.6ppg), 3.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.0apg), 1.4spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT-2 (47.1%), FT: 78.9%.
Hayward has played previously professionally also in Scotland (St Mirren Reid Kerr College).
She attended Armstrong Atlantic State University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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Academy young guns at Wolves ready to pass WBBL test - by Paul Nilsen

Oaklands Wolves have added to their 2017-18 WBBL roster by securing a talented group of Academy players, who will once again play a pivotal part in the Hertfordshire teams' successes this season.

Leading the young group will be returning stars Tia Freeman (165-SG-00), Kata Fulop (188-C-00) and Krisztina Nagy, who all played major roles in last year's maiden WBBL campaign.

Freeman, a versatile 5ft 10 in guard, who recently suited up for the Great Britain 3x3 team in the European qualifiers in Latvia, averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game last season.

Hungarian international centre Kata Fulop returns to the paint, where the 16-year-old managed an impressive 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds shooting over 50% from the field in 2016-17.

Krisztina Nagy returns to Hertfordshire without her twin sister; but Nagy's performances indicate that she is ready to take the mantle. The skilled 5ft 8in combo guard will give the Wolves flexibility as she looks to add to her 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 21 minutes of court time.

'I'm really looking forward to the new season and ready for Oaklands to have a great impact in the WBBL,' stated Freeman.

'I think we will surprise a lot of teams this time round! Personally, I'm ready to step up and show what young players can do!'

Nagy commented: 'I can't wait to return to Oaklands, we are all so excited for this season to start. Last year was tough but we have learnt a lot and the new players will only add to our hard- working team."

Joining the returners are four newcomers to the Oaklands Wolves WBBL squad. The young players will be part of the college's WEABL academy and look to make an impact when given their opportunity in the WBBL.

Great Britain U16 guard Khia Lee joins from Manchester Mystics and is looking to add her athletic ability to the team, whilst Scottish shooting guard Sami Brown heads across the border from Boroughmuir Blaze via the recent Scottish junior Final.

Forward Ciara Belsham and shooting guard Ella Messetter join from Bucks Hornets; with both players having been part of the English National Teams youth programmes last year.

'Last season it was sink or swim for the academy payers in the WBBL,' mused Wolves' head coach. Lee Ryan.

'It was great for them to step up but in reality, we didn't have enough experienced players to support them when they needed it. This season we will have a better balance, but we will still be relying on the younger players to perform and take their chances.

'Kyla [Nelson] is a big loss, as is Anna and Maja from last year's group, but our returners will be very special this season.'

He added: 'The new academy girls will raise the standard once again and they will benefit from having the older players around to guide. However, I want to see them enter with no fear and ultimately earn minutes off the seniors!'

Oaklands will be adding more academy girls by the start of the next academic year and look out for another signing that will be announced tomorrow.

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