EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/11/2017 4:04:02 AM

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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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  ARGENTINA  


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 tabs Rodrigo Lavezzari - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) inked 20-year old guard Rodrigo Lavezzari (185-97). He played most recently at Anzorena (TFB).
The previous (15-16) season Lavezzari played at Atenas MNDZ (also in TFB).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jeffrey Merchant signs at Petr.Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) landed 20-year old forward Jeffrey Merchant (198-97). He has played for the last three years at Quilmes Mar del Plata in the LigaA. LigaA was a little too high level for him, where in 16 games he averaged just 0.9ppg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Merchant helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He represented Argentina at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Merchant has played previously for Pueblo Nuevo.

Petrolero Argentino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Pau
Rodrigo Lavezzari

Forwards:
Federico Ferrini
Jeffrey Merchant

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ciclista inks Rodrigo Goncalves - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) agreed terms with 30-year old Brazilian small forward Rodrigo Goncalves (200-87). He played last season at Yosiquese in Spanish EBA league. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 3rd Team.
Goncalves' team made it to the Brazilian final in 2012.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goncalves has played previously professionally in Brazil (Palmeiras, Osasco Basquete and Esperia) and Germany (OSB Hellenen Muenchen).

Ciclista Juninense roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nahuel Paciotti

Forwards:
Rodrigo Goncalves
Xavier Carreras
Karel Guzman

Coach: Guillermo Tasso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Adam Thoseby agreed terms with Kings - by Eurobasket News

Sydney Kings (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-95kg-91, college: Georgia SW). He played in the summer at Knox Raiders (Big V). In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Thoseby's team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He received also All-PeachBelt 3rd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Thoseby represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 75.0%.
Thoseby has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Reading Rockets).
He attended Georgia Southwestern State University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Sydney Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adam Thoseby
Travis Leslie

Forward:
Dane Pineau

Centers:
Kevin Lisch
Isaac Humphries

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Carrera (ex Marinos) joins Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Cairns Taipans (NBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Venezuelan international small forward Michael Carrera (196-97kg-93, college: S.Carolina). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Carrera played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 32 LPB games he had 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. Carrera helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year. He also played that season for Avtodor in Russian league where in 17 VTB United League games he recorded 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. Carrera also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
Carrera has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Carrera played for Venezuelan Senior National Team between 2012 and 2015 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2009.
He also represented Venezuela at the South American U15 Championships in Guanare (Venezuela) nine years ago.
Carrera graduated from University of South Carolina in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
On Carrera: A solid forward player, he seems undersized to play the 3 position, but makes the job done thaks to hustle, timing and a 7-1 wingspan. His effeciveness at grabbing rebounds and shot blocking can be compared to the one of a 6-8 or 6-9 player. Plus, he know how to score both inside and out.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hawks tab Demitrius Conger, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Illawarra Hawks (NBL) inked 27-year old American forward Demitrius Conger (196-93kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure). He played most recently at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League. In 42 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg last season. Conger helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.8apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Conger spent at Hapoel Tel Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 18 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg. The other team he played that season for was Aiolos Trikallon in Greek A1. In 17 games he got impressive 16.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
Conger has played previously professionally in Italy (Lucca and Omegna) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Conger's game is described as: A swingman with nice size and athleticism, has a deep shooting range too. Loves to have the ball in his hands, and has enough court vision to spend some time at the 2 position. Ended college with great stats, could become a star at international level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  


Lausanne tabs Shaquille Cleare - by Eurobasket News

BBC Lausanne (LNB) inked 24-year old Bahamas center Shaquille Cleare (203-120kg-93). He just graduated from Texas (NCAA). Cleare has played there for the last four years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Cleare's game is described as: "A big body post with off-the-charts upside," according to ESPN.com.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHRAIN  


Samaheej signs Middleton just out of college !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Samaheej (Premier League) signed American forward Janarius Middleton (203-101kg). He just graduated from Jackson State University (NCAA). Middleton has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had 7.0ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.2apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Middleton played at the SWAC Tournament Finalist in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Najma welcomes back Quaintance, ex Saigon H. !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Najma (Premier League) landed 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Quaintance played most recently at Saigon Heat in Vietnamese VBA league. In three ASEAN League games he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season.
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall).
He attended Kent State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Quaintance's team made it to the ASEAN League Semifinals.
He was selected to Icelandic League All-Star Game back in 2013.
Quaintance is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Quaintance has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (BBC Bayreuth), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Japan (Dragonflies), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), Bahrain (Al-Ahli and Sitra), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: A scorer who can play with his back to the basket, put the ball on the floor or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. A well-rounded and athletic forward who fills up the stat sheet: he scores, rebounds, gets assists, steals and blocked shots. He can guard several positions well and can defend out on the perimeter or in the paint. He was a dominant player in Israel in 2008-09 when he finished third in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg). He lost a season to injury but came back and dominated in Australian SEABL in 2011 (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg). He is an unusually gifted passer for a frontcourt player and he is very unselfish. He can be deployed successfully in the high post or low post.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Woods re-signs at Al-Hala !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Hala (Premier League) confirmed in their roster experienced 39-year old Lebanese ex-international center Loren Woods (218-116kg-78, college: Arizona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Woods played there last season.
In 2001 he was drafted by Minnesota Timbervolves (NBA) in second round (46th overall). Woods attended University of Arizona and it will be his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Bahrain League Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Woods was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also played at the Arab Club Championships three years ago. Woods' team won Bronze.
He is quite experienced player. Woods has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Iran (Zob Ahan and Mahram), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Spain (Zaragoza), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), NBA (Sacramento Kings), Lebanon (Al Riyadi) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Al-Hala.
Woods could be described: Very thin upper body, but leaps well, good timing, nice shooting touch, runs floor very well, and works on his game. If he was 30 pounds heavier, he could be a dominant player, but often times it is very hard for players of this size to gain weight. He hasn't played much so far this year and could break out like he did last year. Has had a tough season thus far and when playing against heavier players, he has trouble on offense, getting position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Riffa signs Calvin Godfrey, ex Sagesse !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Riffa (Premier League) signed 27-year old American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-109kg-90, college: Memphis). He played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. Godfrey also played that season for Budivelnyk (Superleague) in Ukraine where in 8 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won ASEAN League championship title in 2016. Godfrey was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons) and Uruguay.
Godfrey attended University of Memphis until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wayne Chism (ex NLEX RW) signs at Al-Manama !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al-Manama (Premier League) landed 30-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at NLEX Road Warriors in Filipino PBA league. In 11 games he averaged impressive 23.5ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg last season. Chism also played that season for Garzas in Mexican LNBP where in 36 games he had 11.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Mexican LNBP All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Chism's team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
Chism is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Chism has played previously professionally in France (Aix Maurienne), Hungary (Alba, Sopron KC and Kaposvari), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Lebanon (Sagesse), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Bahrain keeps Sall for another season !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Bahrain Club (Premier League) re-signed Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206-95kg, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points). He played there last season.
Sall played in the final of GSC Tournament in 2014.
He previously for another team CAN Oruro.
Sall graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Alex Davis joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Alex Davis (206-95kg-92, college: Fresno State, agency: Babcock Sports). He played last season at Northern Arizona Suns (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 23 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.9bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Davis played at another team Erie Bay Hawks in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 50 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
He played in the final of CBI Championship in 2014.
Davis graduated from Fresno State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


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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Gontarev comes back to Dzukija, ex Ryazan - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) added to their roster 21-year old Russian center Egor Gontarev (212-103kg-96). It is actually his comeback to Alytus as he has played here before. Gontarev played last season at BC Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1. In four games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Gontarev also played that season for Dzukija. But in only one LKL game he did not score anything.
Gontarev represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (SRC-Dzukija).

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dzukija keeps Kashirov for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 30-year old Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-115kg-87). He played there last season. In 37 LKL games he recorded 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kashirov played at Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague 2) in Russia where in 14 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the league title.
Kashirov represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Kashirov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Walter Tigers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (Aris), Italy, Latvia (Ventspils) and Russia (CSKA Moscow, Khimki, Universitet Yugra and CSKA Moscow 2nd team).
Kashirov's game is described as: A 7 footer who runs the court terribly well, but who needs to improve his game reading and his passing skills.
2007 Outlook:
Antoly Kashirov is one of the most progressive centers in Russia. The young giant has amazing sense of the basket especially in the paint. He has solid scoring aptitude and variability. He is really unbeatable in the paint. He lacks jumping ability. With a lot of work he could be a great prospect for NBA
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


Heidelberg signs Jelani Hewitt - by Eurobasket News

MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) signed 26-year old Barbados-Barbadian guard Jelani Hewitt (191-84kg-91, college: Georgia South) from He spent his 2-year professional career in Germany.Koeln Rh.Stars. In 33 ProA games in Germany he had 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Hewitt played at Science City Jena where in 17 ProA games he recorded 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Hewitt was also voted All-Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Hewitt graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

MLP Academics Heidelberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jelani Hewitt
Niklas Wuerzner
Jaleen Smith

Forwards:
Albert Kuppe
Evan McGaughey

Centers:
Martin Seiferth
Niklas Ney

Coach: Branislav Ignjatovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Juventus ink Mindaugas Kupsas - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) signed 26-year old Lithuanian center Mindaugas Kupsas (217-125kg-91, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at CB Clavijo in Spanish LEB Gold. Kupsas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 12 LEB Gold games he had 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg. He also played that season for Vytautas where in 21 LKL games he recorded 9.3ppg and 4.3rpg. Kupsas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.1ppg and 2.7rpg.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 47.6%, FT: 46.7%.
Kupsas has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis, Nevezis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

Juventus-LKSK Utenos roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Laurynas Samenas

Forwards:
Arvydas Siksnius
Simas Buterlevicius

Center:
Mindaugas Kupsas

Coach: Gediminas Petrauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  


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  


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
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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



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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Den Bosch adds Marshall to their roster, ex Leuven - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Anthony Marshall (190-91kg-91, college: UNLV, agency: Pensack Sports). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team in Nov.'15. In 5 games he had 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Marshall was tested by Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) in Belgium.
He 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 Marshall played in the final of MWC Tournament in 2010 and 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Marshall has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv) and Ukraine (Zaporizhya).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anthony Marshall
Maarten Bouwknecht
Keshun Sherrill

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels
Norville Carey
Pim De_Vries
Mike Miklusak
Stan Van_Den_Elzen

Centers:
Marcel Aarts
Nick Oudendag
Kevin Bleeker

Coach: Silvano Poropat

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Hawks tab Demitrius Conger, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Illawarra Hawks (NBL) inked 27-year old American forward Demitrius Conger (196-93kg-90, college: St.Bonaventure). He played most recently at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Euromillions League. In 42 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg last season. Conger helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.8apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Conger spent at Hapoel Tel Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 18 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg. The other team he played that season for was Aiolos Trikallon in Greek A1. In 17 games he got impressive 16.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
Conger has played previously professionally in Italy (Lucca and Omegna) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Conger's game is described as: A swingman with nice size and athleticism, has a deep shooting range too. Loves to have the ball in his hands, and has enough court vision to spend some time at the 2 position. Ended college with great stats, could become a star at international level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KK Student Mostar adds Ross to their roster - by Eurobasket News

KK Student Mostar (A1 Liga KSHB) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Jalen Ross (183-84kg-93). He just graduated from Hartford (NCAA). Ross has played there for the last three years. In 29 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to All-AEC 3rd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Ross' team made it to the AEC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oviedo tabs Kenan Karahodzic - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) inked 21-year old Bosnian international power forward Kenan Karahodzic (209-96). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Karahodzic played most recently at BC Partizan NiS Beograd in Serbian KLS league. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). But in four KLS games he did not score anything and had only 4 rebounds and 1 block. His team ended the regular season on a second best place in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Karahodzic played 10 games in ABA League where he recorded just 1.4ppg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 2.8ppg and 2.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Karahodzic played at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa). In two games he got only 0.5ppg and 1.0rpg. His team made it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention. Karahodzic also played 6 games in Euroleague where he got only 1.7ppg. The other team Karahodzic played that season for was Clinicas Rincon (LEB Silver). In 30 games he got 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Karahodzic played in the final of Spanish U19 Championships in 2014.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 58.8%.
Karahodzic has played also professionally in Serbia for Spartak.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2017
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Haris Dedajic
Dedajic
Ognjen Markovic
Markovic
Mirza Kusturica
Kusturica
Kosta Kondic
Kondic
Harun Huseinspahic
Huseinspahic
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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



Aleksandar Damjanovic takes over KK Bosna Royal - by Miljan Veskovic

Aleksandar Damjanovic is the new head coach of KK Bosna-Royal Sarajevo. Last season he was the part of Bosna's successful season as he worked as an assistant to Dusan Gvozdic . After Gvozdic's departure to Germany he was appointed as the new head coach. Aleksandar Damjanovic previously has coached in Cyprus where he has played for many years, he was also a member of KK Bosna as a player. This season KK Bosna will take part in three different competitions, they will play ABA 2 league, Champions League qualifications and domestic league.


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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lenz, Bauru19.0 
 2. Uchendu, Bauru18.0 
 3. Avelino, Osasco B.15.5 
 4. Coelho, Franca15.0 
 5. Barbosa, Pinheiros15.0 
 6. Meindl, Franca15.0 
 7. Cipolini, Franca14.5 
 8. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.0 
 9. Taylor, Mogi13.5 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 15
 1. Uchendu, Bauru15.0 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros10.0 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano10.0 
 4. Barbosa, Pinheiros9.0 
 5. Sena, Mogi8.0 
 6. Santos, Bauru8.0 
 7. Rodrigues, L.Sor.8.0 
 8. Lenz, Bauru8.0 
 9. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.0 
 10. Doria, Paulistano7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Corazza, Paulistano7.0 
 2. Ruivo, Pinheiros7.0 
 3. Coelho, Franca6.0 
 4. Pierotti, Bauru5.5 
 5. Lersch, Mogi5.0 
 6. Aleo, Osasco B.4.0 
 7. Taylor, Mogi3.5 
 8. Santos, Bauru3.0 
 9. Lima, Franca3.0 
 10. Borges, Franca3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dontrell BRITE
  L.Sorocaba
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.5 
 2. Da Silva, L.Sor.2.5 
 3. de Souza, Franca2.0 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 5. Hubner, Paulistano2.0 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros2.0 
 7. Pereira, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 8. Fernandes, Osasco B.2.0 
 9. Lersch, Mogi1.5 
 10. Aleo, Osasco B.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lenz, Bauru3.0 
 2. Sena, Mogi3.0 
 3. Galvanini, Bauru2.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano2.0 
 5. Demetrio, Franca2.0 
 6. Curnell, Mogi1.5 
 7. Ansaloni, Pinheiros1.0 
 8. Toledo, Pinheiros1.0 
 9. Uchendu, Bauru1.0 
 10. Carlos, Mogi1.0 


Andre Coimbra signs at Botafogo F.R. - by Paulo Freire

Botafogo F.R. (Liga Ouro) landed 31-year old power forward Andre Coimbra (206-101kg-86, college: Cent.Michigan). He played most recently at Vitoria in the NBB. In 39 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 3.8rpg last season. Liga Ouro will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Coimbra helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He won Liga Sudamericana championship title in 2015.
Coimbra has played previously professionally also in Japan (Osaka Evessa and Orange Vikings) and Brazil (Vivo/Franca, Brasilia and Universo/Goiania).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Coimbra is described as: Fierce competitor. Outstanding shooting range for a PF. Continues to improve on defense and rebounding.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ciclista inks Rodrigo Goncalves - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) agreed terms with 30-year old Brazilian small forward Rodrigo Goncalves (200-87). He played last season at Yosiquese in Spanish EBA league. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 3rd Team.
Goncalves' team made it to the Brazilian final in 2012.
He has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goncalves has played previously professionally in Brazil (Palmeiras, Osasco Basquete and Esperia) and Germany (OSB Hellenen Muenchen).

Ciclista Juninense roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nahuel Paciotti

Forwards:
Rodrigo Goncalves
Xavier Carreras
Karel Guzman

Coach: Guillermo Tasso

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Alex Davis joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Alex Davis (206-95kg-92, college: Fresno State, agency: Babcock Sports). He played last season at Northern Arizona Suns (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 23 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.9bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Davis played at another team Erie Bay Hawks in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 50 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3bpg.
He played in the final of CBI Championship in 2014.
Davis graduated from Fresno State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

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Petrolina AEK Larnaca adds Gibson to their roster, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Shane Gibson (188-82kg-90, college: Sacred Heart). He played last season at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with 14.3ppg and had 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg (in top 3). Gibson helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team. Gibson also played 15 games in Balkan League where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Gibson spent at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada. In 50 games he averaged remarkable 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team. He also spent pre-season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2 that year. In three games he got 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2013 Gibson was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in third round (38th overall).
The former Sacred Heart University staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Gibson has played also professionally in NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Erie Bay Hawks).

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Shane Gibson
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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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



Rotterdam inks Chris Commons, ex St.John R. - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) signed 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). He played last season at Saint John Riptide in Canadian NBL. In 13 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. Commons also played that season for River Lions in Canadian NBL Canada where in 25 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Commons won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. He was also voted PeachBelt Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Commons is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Commons has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Al-Ittihad), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Germany (BSV Wulfen), Brunei (Barracudas) and IBA-PBL (Scranton/W-B).
He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Commons could be described: Chris has the ability to play both inside and out and is a 2-time consensus NCAA All-American. At 6-8 he has no problem taking a defender off the dribble and shooting over them or bringing them to the low block and posting up an opponent. An athletic player who can run the floor and can play anywhere on the basketball court, Chris has good shooting range out and can knockdown the 3-point shot. Chris is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and is a shot-blocker. Chris has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble and score, Chris will draw the attention of professional teams at all levels.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kasper Averink
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Chris Commons
Michael Kok
Maik Bouwer
Coen Stolk

Center:
Jeroen de_Baat

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NBL Round 20: Guizhou loses to Shaanxi W. in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Xian. Third ranked host Shaanxi W. (15-5) defeated second-ranked Guizhou (14-6) 119-108. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Guizhou. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Guizhou managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shaanxi W. won last quarter 37-27. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shaanxi W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Guizhou at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Shaanxi W. are looking forward to face Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guizhou will play on the road against Hebei X. (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Henan (17-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Guangxi (11-9) 128-118. The winners were led by American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and Josh-Emmanuel Akognon supported him with 43 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Even a double-double of 46 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Guangxi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Henan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Henan will play against Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangxi will play against Luoyang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Beijing (8-12) 99-76 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Michael Holyfield who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds. Tujun Shen produced 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing maintains eleventh position with 8-12 record. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Beijing will meet at home higher ranked Hunan (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dongbu will play against Anhui (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Luoyang was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Hunan (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Luoyang (13-7). Luoyang managed to secure a 5-point victory 130-125. Russ Smith orchestrated the victory by scoring 71 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Luoyang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Luoyang's next round opponent will be Guangxi (#7) at home. Hunan will play against Beijing and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Jiangsu L. was destroyed by Anhui on the opponent's court 117-97. Fujian unfortunately lost to Chongqing in a home game 106-120. Lhasa managed to beat Hebei X. on the road 121-103.

Luoyang - Hunan 130-125

The game in Luoyang was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Hunan (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Luoyang (13-7). Luoyang managed to secure a 5-point victory 130-125. Hunan was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 40-29 third quarter run of Luoyang. They made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hunan's players. Luoyang brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Hunan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 71 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 blocks for the winners. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) replied with 53 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) added 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hunan. Four Hunan players scored in double figures. Luoyang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Luoyang's next round opponent will be Guangxi (#7) at home. Hunan will play against Beijing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hunan: T.Dar 53+9reb+5ast, O.Arinze 25+11reb+2ast, X.HaiBin 14+1reb, P.Jiaxin 11+3reb, Z.Wei 8+7reb+3ast, L.Hansheng 6+1reb+2ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 71+5reb+8ast, M.Ater 17+11reb+5ast, Z.Ye 15+3reb+3ast, L.Shuai 8+2reb+4ast, Q.Wenhan 6+6reb+7ast, Q.Daoqing 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 548585


Anhui - Jiangsu L. 117-97

Very expected game when 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (2-18) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Anhui (13-7) 117-97. The game was mostly controlled by Anhui. Jiangsu L. was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anhui forced 28 Jiangsu L. turnovers. American swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 42 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The other American import power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Anhui players scored in double figures. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and forward Wei Gao (193-88) added 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Jiangsu L.Anhui moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hunan and Luoyang. Jiangsu L. at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Anhui's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu L. will play at home against Chongqing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 33+17reb+1ast, G.Wei 21+2reb+5ast, W.Peng 18+1reb+1ast, X.Shiwei 8+3reb+2ast, J.Shichao 7+1reb+4ast, W.Xing Chen 6+7reb
Anhui: H.Manny 42+7reb+6ast, L.Jian 20+4reb+1ast, Z.Yong 18+3reb+1ast, J.Bernard 15+16reb, L.Jun 8+1reb+3ast, R.Kai 6+8reb
gschID: 548584


Henan - Guangxi 128-118

NBL top team - Henan (17-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Guangxi (11-9) 128-118. The game was mostly controlled by Henan. Guangxi was better in fourth quarter 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 32-of-38 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Guangxi only scored eleven points from the stripe. Guangxi was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 43 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Even a double-double of 46 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Guangxi. His fellow American import guard Marcus Thornton (193-93, college: William & Mary) added 32 points and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Henan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Henan will play against Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangxi will play against Luoyang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 46+13reb+4ast, T.Marcus 32+4reb+4ast, J.Le 15+5reb+3ast, D.ChengLong 11+1reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 6+2reb+2ast, C.Keliang 3+5reb+1ast
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 43+2reb+4ast, O.Chris 42+17reb+2ast, J.Yuxing 20+7reb+2ast, M.Qingfei 12+8reb+2ast, T.Jian 8+2reb+3ast, C.Yuhan 2
gschID: 548583


Fujian - Chongqing 106-120

Everything could happen in Fuzhou at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Chongqing and 10th ranked Fujian had identical 9-10 record. But Fujian was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Lanling 120-106. It looked good early as Fujian took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. Then Chongqing had a 38-18 second period charge getting the lead and Fujian was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 106-120. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) contributed with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) added 27 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Fujian. Five Chongqing and four Fujian players scored in double figures. Chongqing (10-10) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lhasa. Fujian at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Chongqing's next round opponent will be Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei where they are favorite. Fujian will play at home against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian: B.Brandon 39+18reb+3ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 27+6reb+9ast, L.Ming-Yu 12+5reb+6ast, H.Yan 12+4reb+1ast, X.Huajun 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 4+1reb+1ast
Chongqing: K.Vladyslav 28+16reb+3ast, M.Tony 27+9reb+7ast, W.Xin 25+11reb+2ast, W.Yang 20+3reb+2ast, G.Yaoyang 18+2reb+3ast, Z.Yuanbo 2+3reb
gschID: 548582


Hebei X. - Lhasa 103-121

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Hebei X. (5-15) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Lhasa (10-10) 121-103. Hebei X. was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 65-42 second half run of Lhasa. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Lhasa outrebounded Hebei X. 52-40 including 38 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Hebei X. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Lhasa players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Gaines (190-94, college: Georgia, agency: 3Eye) replied with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) added 30 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Hebei X.Hebei X.'s coach JunPei Zhao tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Lhasa maintains eighth position with 10-10 record, which they share with Chongqing. Hebei X. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Lhasa's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hebei X. will play against Guizhou (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hebei X.: G.Kenny 39+15reb+1ast, S.Shannon 30+4reb+7ast, D.Mengchao 19+9reb+1ast, L.Yannan 5, Y.Heng 4+2reb, F.Weijian 3+6reb+2ast
Lhasa: K.Jonathan 22+23reb+5ast, H.DangJian 21+6reb, C.Jinlong 19+3reb+1ast, G.Yuxiang 19+6reb+4ast, D.ZhiMing 18+1reb, S.Xinyue 13+5reb+2ast
gschID: 548581


Shaanxi W. - Guizhou 119-108

The game between Top Four teams took place in Xian. Third ranked host Shaanxi W. (15-5) defeated second-ranked Guizhou (14-6) 119-108. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Guizhou. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Guizhou managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shaanxi W. won last quarter 37-27. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shaanxi W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Guizhou at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Shaanxi W. are looking forward to face Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guizhou will play on the road against Hebei X. (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: M.James 38+12reb, L.Mark 37+5reb+1ast, L.MingHao 14+3reb, Z.MingHao 13+6reb, S.Rongxiao 4+2reb, Z.Zihua 2+5reb+1ast
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 39+3reb+6ast, G.Charles 19+16reb+4ast, B.Jiguang 17+2reb+2ast, G.Yan 14+4reb, F.Jiawei 11, M.Daqiang 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 548580


Beijing - Dongbu 99-76

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Beijing (8-12) 99-76 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. Beijing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Beijing outrebounded Dongbu 48-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 22 rebounds. Power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) chipped in 26 points and 4 steals. Point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Chen Wang (207-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing maintains eleventh position with 8-12 record. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Beijing will meet at home higher ranked Hunan (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dongbu will play against Anhui (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: S.Tujun 14+7reb+3ast, Z.MengLong 13+3reb, J.Yi 13+5reb, W.Chen 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Qin 8+1reb+1ast, S.Boyin 8+2reb
Beijing: H.Michael 26+22reb+1ast, L.Yunan 26+4reb+3ast, Z.JunXiong 14+3reb+1ast, L.Ziming 10+5reb+1ast, L.Bo 9+5reb, C.Zexu 7+1reb+8ast
gschID: 548579





Chinese NBL round 20 best performance: Russ Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Russ Smith (183-PG-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Luoyang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (71 points, five rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hunan (13-7) 130-125. Luoyang is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Luoyang will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range and got eleven three-pointers out of 20 attempts. He turned to be Luoyang's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Louisville star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 59.8ppg. Smith is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.2apg) and averages impressive 4.2spg and 57.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Hunan. Tucker had a very good evening with 53 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Hunan lost that game 125-130 to slightly higher-ranked Luoyang (13-7). This loss caused Hunan to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tucker is a newcomer at Hunan, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 40.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 10.8rpg and 4.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Chris Otule (211-C-90) of league's top team Henan. Otule got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . He was a key player of Henan, leading his team to a 128-118 win against the lower-ranked Guangxi (#7, 11-9). Henan confirms their top position in the standings. Otule has a great season in China. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.7rpg (4th best). He also has 4.3bpg and FGP: 67.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi - 46 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Fujian - 39 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
6. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou - 38 points and 12 rebounds
7. Kenny Gaines (190-G-94) of Hebei X. - 39 points and 15 rebounds
8. Manny Harris (196-F/G-89) of Anhui - 42 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jonathan Kreft (213-C-86) of Lhasa - 22 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Michael Nunnally (203-F-86) of Jiangsu L. - 33 points and 17 rebounds

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



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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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Juan Palacios (ex Tofas) signs at Neptunas - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) landed 32-year old Colombian international power forward Juan Palacios (206-111kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Spanish passport. Palacios played most recently at Tofas in Turkish BSL league. In 13 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Palacios played at Pinar Karsiyaka (also in BSL) where in 11 games he had 8.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Palacios received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year award back in 2014. He has been regularly called to Colombian Senior National Team since 2016.
Palacios is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Palacios has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Gran Canaria, Vic and La Palma) and Colombia (Guerreros).

Neptunas Klaipeda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tomas Delininkaitis
Renaldas Seibutis

Forwards:
Laimonas Kisielius
Edgaras Zelionis

Center:
Juan Palacios

Coach: Kazys Maksvytis

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Coopenae Arba reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Coopenae Arba reach the semifinals as they won the second game against Abogados 83-52. The top team of the regular season dominated the whole game and rightfully clinched the victory. Amourys Ripool top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Javier Bustamante (187-G/F-79) replied with 17 points in a loss.
Two more games will be played on Friday, while the game between Universidad De Costa Rica versus Brenes Brava is scheduled for August 12th.



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Ivica Radic (ex FCM Ferentino) agreed terms with Zalakeramia-ZTE KK - by Eurobasket News

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played most recently at FCM Ferentino in Italian Serie A2. In 8 games he recorded 11.3ppg and 7.5rpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention. Radic also played that season for Viola (Serie A) in Italy where in 21 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.2apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention.
Radic was a member of Croatian U20 National Team back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Benfica) and Croatia (KK Split, KK Zagreb, KK_Zadar, Kvarner and Alkar Sinj) and Italy (Umana Venezia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, CZG Veroli and Virtus Bologna).

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akos Horvath
Viktor Fekete
Braxton Reeves
Rayshawn Simmons

Forwards:
Zsolt Szabo
Mate Mohacsi
Szilard Benke
Raul Kis
Akos Nemeth

Center:
Ivica Radic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MMCITE Brno adds Primorac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

JBC MMCITE Brno (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-110kg-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played last season at KK Student Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Primorac also played that season for USK Praha where in 29 NBL games he had 8.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Slovenian League in 2015. Primorac was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Tajfun and Rogaska) and Croatia (Bosco).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivica Radic moves from Italy to Hungary - by Zeljko Zule

Hungarian side ZTE announced the signing of Croatian Ivica Radic (208-F/C-90) for the upcoming season
Radic started last season with Berme Viola Reggio Calabria and in February moved to FM Ferentino, where he averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 8 Serie A2 games.
Radic grew up with Split and has already played for Kastela, Alkar, Zadar, Kvarner 2010 and Zagreb plus Veroli, Umana Reyer Venezia, Virtus Bologna in Italy and Sport Lisboa Benfica in Portugal.



Zagreb extends Martin Junakovic - by Zeljko Zule

Zagreb reached an agreement with Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) on a contract extension through the end of the 2017-18 season.
Junakovic joined Zagreb last summer and in his first season with the club averaged 9.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks in 28 Croatian A1 League games.
Junakovic grew up with Sibenik and has already played for Cedevita junior team, Cibona, Mladost Zagreb, Jolly JBS, Ribola Kastela and Hermes Analitica.
He was a member of all youth Croatian national teams from 2009 to 2013 and won a gold medal at the U16 European Championship in Montenegro 2010.



Petar Dubelj moves from Skrljevo to Student Mostar - by Zeljko Zule

Petar Dubelj (178-PG-97) will play in Bosnia and Herzegovina next season with newly promoted Student Mostar.
Dubelj spent last season with Skrljevo, where he averaged 1.7 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.1 steals in 14 Croatian A1 League games.
He grew up with Dubrovnik and in March 2016 moved to Ribola Kastela. In the next season he joined Skrljevo.
Dubelj was a member of the U16 and 18 Croatian national teams at the European Championship in 2013 and 2015.



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



Croatian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Croatian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Antonio Petrovic
Petrovic
Roko Gizdavic
Gizdavic
Karlo Lukacic
Lukacic
Sandro Rasic
Rasic
Ivan Gulin
Gulin
#e#5
4Antonio Petrovic 186-PG-01 Dubrovnik Croatia
5Roko Gizdavic 186-PG-01
6Karlo Lukacic 188-PG-01
7Sandro Rasic 190-SG-01
8Ivan Gulin 194-G-01 GKK Sibenik Croatia
9Ivan Perasovic 197-SF-02 KK Split Croatia
10Matej Rudan 204-C-01 Cibona Croatia
11Matej Bosnjak 200-C-02
12Roko Skarica 185-SG-01 Cibona Croatia
13Viktor Saric 203-F/C-01 KK Split Croatia
14Boris Tisma 199-F-02 Real Madrid Jrs Spain
15Mislav Majic 203-F/C-01 Cibona Croatia

Damir Miljkovic Head Coach
Luka Skeva Assistant KK Split Croatia



CEZ Nymburk adds Barac to their roster, ex Zadar - by Surujh Roopnarine

Defending champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian-Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 27 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.5apg last season. Barac helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 25 games in ABA League where he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. Barac was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 57.1%.
Barac has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka, Grude and Siroki II Eronet).
On Barac: A very good outside shooter, has good hands and passing skills, needs to improve athleticism and defensive skills.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eugene Lawrence
Tomas Vyoral
Quincy Diggs
Kendrick Ray

Forwards:
Boris Barac
Jaromir Bohacik
Hunter Mickelson

Coach: Ronen Ginzburg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CYPRUS  


Cypriot U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Cypriot U16 National Team 2017
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Viktor Christofidis
Christofidis
Konstantinos Michail
Michail
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4Viktor Christofidis 190-G-01 Zinonas Cyprus
5Filippos Tigkas 175-PG-02
6Andreas Himonas 180-SG-01
7Antreas Pafitis 190-SG-01
9Aineas Jung 200-PF-02
10Constantinos Constantinides 175-PG-01
11Charis Christoudias 187-SG-02
12Ivan Bolshakov 198-C-01
13Charalampos Dimitriou 190-SF-01
14Andreas Leonidou 196-F-01
15Konstantinos Michail 196-C-01 AEL Cyprus
16Rafaello Petsa 190-F-01 Apoel Cyprus

Antonios Dimitriou Head Coach
Michael Michalis Assistant Zinonas Cyprus



Petrolina AEK Larnaca adds Gibson to their roster, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Shane Gibson (188-82kg-90, college: Sacred Heart). He played last season at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with 14.3ppg and had 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg (in top 3). Gibson helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team. Gibson also played 15 games in Balkan League where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Gibson spent at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada. In 50 games he averaged remarkable 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team. He also spent pre-season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2 that year. In three games he got 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2013 Gibson was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in third round (38th overall).
The former Sacred Heart University staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Gibson has played also professionally in NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Erie Bay Hawks).

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Shane Gibson
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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Czech Republic U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4 Gabriel PTAK
5 Marek VYROUBAL
6 Mikolas HOUSER
7 David BOHM
8 Matej FANTA
9 Pavel CERNY
10 Vojtech SYKORA
11 Ondrej KOCVARA
12 Tadeas MANAS
13 Nikolaos NOUMEROS
15 Jakub KOTALA
21 Matous PELIKAN

Jan Slowiak
Jan Cech
Lukas Pivoda



CEZ Nymburk adds Barac to their roster, ex Zadar - by Surujh Roopnarine

Defending champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian-Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92). He has played for the last three seasons at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 27 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.5apg last season. Barac helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 25 games in ABA League where he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. Barac was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 57.1%.
Barac has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka, Grude and Siroki II Eronet).
On Barac: A very good outside shooter, has good hands and passing skills, needs to improve athleticism and defensive skills.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eugene Lawrence
Tomas Vyoral
Quincy Diggs
Kendrick Ray

Forwards:
Boris Barac
Jaromir Bohacik
Hunter Mickelson

Coach: Ronen Ginzburg

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MMCITE Brno adds Primorac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

JBC MMCITE Brno (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-110kg-90, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played last season at KK Student Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Primorac also played that season for USK Praha where in 29 NBL games he had 8.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Slovenian League in 2015. Primorac was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Tajfun and Rogaska) and Croatia (Bosco).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BK Kolin tabs Milos Pajovic, ex Lovcen - by Eurobasket News

BK Geosan Kolin (NBL) inked 23-year old Montenegrin center Milos Pajovic (205-94). He played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 24 games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pajovic played at KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 19 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Albanian Cup in 2015. Pajovic received also All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 3rd Team award back in 2010.
He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.5ppg.
Pajovic has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions) and Albania (Vllaznia Shkodra).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  


Danish U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4Marius Rasmussen 172-PG-01
5Mads Andersen 175-PG-01
6Jacob Halaf 183-G-01
7Bakary Dibba 188-F-01
8Patrick Pedersen 184-G-01
9August Blinkenberg 197-SG-01
10Andreas Mortensen 186-G-01
11David Hockerup 199-SF-01
12Tobias Christensen 183-G-01
13Louis Stormark 203-C-01
14Kasper Kenso 206-C-01
15Ask Krat 198-F-01

Jeffrey Jensen Head Coach
Jonas Jensen Assistant Horsholm Denmark
Eimantas Miknevicius Assistant



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

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 


LNB Round 2 of Finals. Metros STGO earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Leones SD - Metros STGO 90-93

Metros STGO claimed the second straight victory in LNB Finals. They topped Leones SD for 2-0 advantage. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But Leones SD won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Metros STGO won last quarter 28-27. They made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Metros STGO's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Donte Greene (206-88, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: M.Rhett 23+7reb+4ast, D.Greene 16+6reb+2ast, P.Miller 16+1reb+7ast, J.Araujo 15+5reb+1ast, E.Fortuna 13+3reb+5ast, J.Corporan 4+1reb
Metros STGO: A.De Leon 24+1reb+4ast, V.Liz 18+4reb+3ast, R.Glenn 15+10reb+1ast, E.Vargas 12+10reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 11+3reb+1ast, J.Akindele 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 558170





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  DR CONGO  


Lakers sign Eric Katenda - by Eurobasket News

Riviera Lakers (LNA) signed 25-year old French-Congolese forward Eric Katenda (206-109kg-92, college: N.Texas). He played last season at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in French ProA. But in 23 games he had just 1.1ppg.
Katenda's college team won ACC Tournament in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Germany (Hannover Tigers) and other team (unrise Christian).
Katenda attended University of North Texas until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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  ECUADOR  


Yolvier Romero claims Ecuadorian National League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (95) put on an amazing game in the last round for Triple E-Uda and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 22-year old had a double-double of 21 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Portviejo (#3, 4-2) 68-78. Triple E-Uda maintains the 8th position in Ecuadorian National League. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 7 games and had no victories. In the team's last game Romero had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Triple E-Uda's top player in his first season with the team. Romero has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.7rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Adriano Barredas (92) of Portviejo. Barredas impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Portviejo cruised to a 78-68 relatively comfortable win over Triple E-Uda (#8, 0-7). Portviejo's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Barredas is a newcomer at Portviejo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.3ppg (#1).

The third best performed player last round was Venezuelan Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) of Juvenil (#4). Diaz scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Juvenil, leading his team to a 67-62 win against the lower-ranked Piratas (#7, 3-4). Juvenil needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Diaz has a very solid season. In 5 games in Ecuador he scored 14.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corbin Jackson (203-F-92) of Leones - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tavares Sledge (203-F-92) of Importadora - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jose Acosta (185-PG-92) of Leones - 20 points and 2 assists
7. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of Barcelona - 14 points and 5 rebounds
8. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81) of Iccan - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Keith Bowman (201-F/C-91) of Barcelona - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jerel Blocker (193-G/F-88) of Importadora - 17 points and 3 assists

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



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 8 best performance: Marc Montavious - by Eurobasket News

American Center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canarios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team 11 Lobos (#12, 0-7) with 31-point margin 113-82. Canarios maintains the 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Montavious turned to be Canarios' top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgetown College star has very solid stats this year. Montavious is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 16.6rpg) and averages impressive 4.4bpg and 56.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Canarios' star - 31-year old American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86). Ishman had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Montavious he helped Canarios with another comfortable win outscoring 11 Lobos (#12, 0-7) 113-82. Canarios' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Ishman is a newcomer at Canarios, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 17.4rpg and 4.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191-G) of Giants (#13). Gwanyanya got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds and four assists. Despite Gwanyanya's great performance Giants lost 78-94 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#6, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Giants can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Gwanyanya he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gwanyanya has a very solid season. In 6 games in El Salvador he scored 22.5ppg. He also has 10.5rpg and 3.2apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darell Combs (188-G-93) of 11 Lobos - 30 points and 15 rebounds
5. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 42 points and 6 assists
6. Leo Svete (195-G) of Cojute - 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Flores) of Halcones - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Chris King) of Santiagueno - 18 points and 13 rebounds
9. Robert Kenteh) of Cojute - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Malik Jackson (198-F-92) of 11 Lobos - 32 points and 14 rebounds

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



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  ESTONIA  


Rapla tabs Nolan Cressler - by Janar

AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (Alexela KML) inked 23-year old American guard Nolan Cressler (193-95kg-94, agency: 3Eye). He just graduated from Vanderbilt (NCAA). Cressler has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7apg last season. Cressler helped them to make it to the semifinals.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Cressler received All-Ivy League Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Mathias Lessort (ex Nanterre) joins Crvena Zvezda - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed terms with 22-year old French power forward Mathias Lessort (205-95, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Lessort played at JSF Nanterre (also in ProA) where in 36 games he had 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Lessort also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
This summer Lessort was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Lessort's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 5.1rpg.
Lessort has played also professionally in France for Chalon/Saor.

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Feldeine
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

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

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

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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

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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



Will Spain Reign Supreme Again in EuroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Spain will once again find themselves as heavy favourites in the upcoming EuroBasket 2017 (31st August - 17th September). It is, of course, no surprise that the Spanish are widely tipped to win again this year, having won three of the last four EuroBasket Gold Medals. In fact, Spain have finished in the medal positions in the last five tournaments and have not finished any lower than 6th overall in the last 40 years. Put simply, the Spanish have been consistently excellent in the competition and that does not look like it will change this year.
Once again, experience will be a key factor in determining the fortunes of all 24 teams taking part on the tournament. Both Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro have confirmed they will be in the Spanish squad, a fact that should alarm Spain's rivals. The pair, who are close friends off the court, have seen it all in their storied careers, including multiple EuroBasket medals. Gasol, who is a six-time NBA All-Star, will especially be looking to dazzle in what could be his final EuroBasket tournament. He has recently re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs, but the 37-year-old knows that time may be running out in his brilliant career. Gasol and Navarro will form the backbone of a squad brimming with talent, including the likes of Sergio Rodriguez, Juancho Hernangomez.
Of course, in sport nothing is certain. If you think that someone can pip this talented Spain side to the title, you can check the latest EuroBasket 2017 odds at William Hill now. Indeed, there are several sides that have serious designs on a gold medal, not least France, Greece and Serbia. The French have been nearly as consistent as the Spanish in recent tournaments and can call upon top talent like Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier and Boris Diaw. Both Greece and Serbia will be looking to improve on lukewarm performances in the last few tournaments, but each side have the players to achieve a medal position at the very least.
For those looking for a dark horse team to win the gold medal, Turkey might just fit the bill. Although the Group Stages are being played across venues in Finland, Israel, Turkey and Romania, Turkey will have home advantage the whole way through the tournament. They are almost certain to qualify from a group that contains Great Britain, Belgium and a historically weak Russian team. A decent draw in the knock out stages, coupled with a partisan crowd roaring them on as the tournament progresses in Istanbul, might see Turkey go deep into the competition.
Regardless of where your loyalties lie, EuroBasket 2017 is set to be a thrilling affair. It will be the last time that the tournament is held in a two-year cycle. As the next tournament is not until 2021, enjoy the action while you can.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 29
 1. Sholla, KOS29.0 
 2. Jakimovski, MKD27.0 
 3. Klonaras, GRE23.0 
 4. Bratanovic, BEL23.0 
 5. Kovacs, HUN19.0 
 6. Okros, ENG18.0 
 7. Fajana, IRL18.0 
 8. Mikeladze, GEO18.0 
 9. Horvath, SVK18.0 
 10. Jonsson, ISL17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 17
 1. Sholla, KOS17.0 
 2. Zapala, POL15.0 
 3. Merkviladze, GEO15.0 
 4. Bratanovic, BEL15.0 
 5. Carreira, LUX11.0 
 6. Hullinger, SUI11.0 
 7. Ratkoceri, KOS11.0 
 8. Cherneha, UKR10.0 
 9. Fajana, IRL10.0 
 10. Sotiriou, GRE9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar STOIMENOV
  (190-SG-1)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stoimenov, BUL7.0 
 2. Yoka-Bratasz, POL7.0 
 3. Kelly, IRL6.0 
 4. Peikrishvili, GEO6.0 
 5. Gashi, KOS6.0 
 6. Pandza, ENG6.0 
 7. Dedajic, BIH6.0 
 8. Merkviladze, GEO5.0 
 9. Tazopoulos, GRE5.0 
 10. De Ridder, BEL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitrios KLONARAS
  (196-SG-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Klonaras, GRE6.0 
 2. Norton-Cuffy, ENG5.0 
 3. Kovac, BIH4.0 
 4. Tazopoulos, GRE4.0 
 5. Van-D., NED4.0 
 6. Christofidis, CYP4.0 
 7. Bekaia, GEO4.0 
 8. Alexandersso., ISL4.0 
 9. Jakimovski, MKD3.0 
 10. Langura, SUI3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tristan ENARUNA
  (204-PF-1)
  Avg: 4
 1. Enaruna, NED4.0 
 2. Cherneha, UKR3.0 
 3. Bratanovic, BEL3.0 
 4. Kostadinov, BUL2.0 
 5. Merkviladze, GEO2.0 
 6. Pallai, HUN2.0 
 7. Kadras, GRE2.0 
 8. Serheiev, UKR2.0 
 9. Bolshakov, CYP2.0 
 10. Stoilov, BUL2.0 


Division B. Day 1 in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Greece - Belarus 101-60
Greece coasted past Belarus to secure the first win at the tournament. Dimitrios Klonaras (196-SG-01) posted 23 points to lead the winners. Greece stormed into the game and took a 38:9 lead at the first break. Greece never looked back en route to the win. Konstantinos Kadras (203-C-01) had 16 points for the winners. Nikita Lagun (196-SF-01) responded with 9 points for Belarus.

Romania - Belgium 48-85
Belgium outgunned Romania to open win count in Bulgaria. Belgium built a 44:27 halftime lead. They held Romania to just 21 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Haris Bratanovic (208-C-01) netted 23 points and grabbed 15 boards for Belgium. Aaron Verstraete (200-SF-01) had 15 points and 9 boards in the win. Constantin Gavriloaia (196-SF-01) netted 15 points for Romania.

Switzerland - Iceland 60-80
Iceland outgunned Switzerland for the opening win at the championship. Dui Jonsson (178-PG-01) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Iceland used a 29:14 run in the second term to take a 16-point halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Veigar Hlynsson (190-PG-01) had 16 points for the winners. Marco Mouron (187-SG-01) responded with 16 points for Switzerland.

Group B
Poland - Denmark 80-43
Poland breezed past Denmark en route to the opening win in Bulgaria. Jakub Ulczynski (195-F-02) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Poland posted a 33:25 halftime advantage. They followed with a 27:5 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Szymon Zapala (203-C-01) tossed in 10 points and collected 15 boards in the win. Patrick Pedersen (184-G-01) answered with 10 points for Denmark.

Ukraine - Holland 48-55
Netherlands upset Ukraine to open win count in Group B. Rienk Mast (203-PF-01) provided 13 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Ukraine posted a 10:6 lead ten minutes into the game. But Netherlands responded with a 29:17 rally in the next two periods to surge ahead. Ukraine sank 21 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Keye Van De Vuurst (190-SG-01) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Syboruk delivered 16 points for Ukraine.

Bulgaria - Cyprus 78-48
Bulgaria cruised past Cyprus at the start of the championship. Mihail Modlov (01) netted 16 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria accounted for a 46:18 halftime lead. They kept Cyprus at bay throughout the second half and cruised to the win. Tomislav Minkov (195-SF-01) had 14 points for the winners. Andreas Himonas (180-SG-01) responded with 10 points for Cyprus.

Group C
Slovakia - Czech Republic 53-59
Czech Republic knocked down Slovakia in the opener. Mikolas Houser (197-SF-01) recorded 13 points and 9 boards for the winning team. Czech Republic secured a narrow 27:26 halftime lead. They followed with an 18:13 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Nikolaos Noumeros (196-SF-01) had 10 points in the victory. Samuel Horvath (185-PG-01) had 18 points for Slovakia.

Hungary - Ireland 58-51
Benedek Kovacs (201-SF-01) scored 19 points to lead Hungary past Ireland in the opener. Ireland registered a 27:25 halftime lead. But Hungary turned things around in the second half. They fueled a 33:24 run after the long break and snatched the win. Tamas Pallai provided 8 points in the victory. Oluwasanmi Fajana (198-C-01) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds for Ireland.

Bosnia - Norway 91-58
Bosnia gave little chance for Norway in the opener. Ognjen Markovic (187-PG-01) posted 14 points in the win. Bosnia accumulated a 56:26 halftime advantage. They rolled to the victory after the big break. Timur Krupalija and Kosta Kondic delivered 10 points each for the winners. Lars Nilsen (186-PG-01) tossed in 15 points for Norway.

Group D
United Kingdom - Luxembourg 77-43
Great Britain eased past Luxembourg to open win count in Group D. Mate Okros (197-G-00) tallied 18 points in the victory. Luxembourg enjoyed an 18:13 lead at the first break. Great Britain used a 20:2 run in the second term to ensure a 33:20 halftime advantage. Great Britain unleashed 44 points in the second half and raced to the win. Louis Norton-Cuffy (173-PG-01) chipped in 13 points in the victory. Noe Melchior (178-PG-01) had 15 points for Luxembourg.

FYR Macedonia - Georgia 53-88
Georgia drove past FYR Macedonia in Group D. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Lasha Mikeladze (201-C-01) came up with 18 points in the win. Georgia posted a narrow 34:28 halftime lead. But they used a 33:11 run in the final period and got away with the victory. Irakli Sulkhanishvili (195-SG-01) and Rati Andronikashvili (190-PG-01) tossed in 15 points each for the winners. Andrej Jakimovski (198-SF-01) topscored with 27 points for FYR Macedonia.

Portugal - Kosovo 65-64
Portugal eked out a narrow win over Kosovo at the start of their championship campaign. Andre Cruz (192-SG-02) stepped up with 12 points for the winners. Portugal accumulated a 33:22 halftime lead. Kosovo went on a determined second half comeback rally but came up just short of win. Hugo Ferreira (178-SG-01) chipped in 11 points for Portugal. Ethan Sholla led all scorers with 29 points and 17 rebounds for Kosovo.




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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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Terrence Bill ROMEO
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 26
 1. Romeo, PHI26.0 
 2. Aljabi, SYR25.0 
 3. El-Khatib, LEB24.5 
 4. Saad, QAT23.0 
 5. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 6. Chou, TAI18.5 
 7. Jamshidi, IRI18.0 
 8. Haidar, LEB18.0 
 9. Guo, CHN18.0 
 10. Ili, NZL17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ali Saeed ERFAN
  (198-PF-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Erfan, QAT12.0 
 2. Abuwazaneh, JOR10.0 
 3. Kazemi, IRI10.0 
 4. Madanly, SYR9.0 
 5. Chou, TAI9.0 
 6. Salem, QAT9.0 
 7. Hussein, JOR8.0 
 8. El-Khatib, LEB8.0 
 9. Galloway, IRQ8.0 
 10. Zaghab, JOR8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Karrar HAMZAH
  (187-G/F-95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hamzah, IRQ8.0 
 2. Haddadi, IRI8.0 
 3. Park, KOR7.5 
 4. Abdeen, JOR7.0 
 5. Castro-W., PHI7.0 
 6. El-Khatib, LEB6.0 
 7. Kazemi, IRI5.0 
 8. Cadee, AUS5.0 
 9. Liu, CHN5.0 
 10. Guo, CHN5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI6.0 
 2. Kazemi, IRI4.0 
 3. El-Hadary, QAT4.0 
 4. Galloway, IRQ3.0 
 5. Norwood, PHI3.0 
 6. Hamad, IRQ3.0 
 7. Te-Rangi, NZL2.5 
 8. Delany, NZL2.5 
 9. Jamshidi, IRI2.0 
 10. Abdullah, IRQ2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aguilar, PHI5.0 
 2. Hu, CHN4.0 
 3. Hameed, IRQ3.0 
 4. Norwood, PHI3.0 
 5. Todorovic, SYR2.0 
 6. Haidar, LEB2.0 
 7. Pelle, LEB1.5 
 8. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.0 
 9. Singh, IND1.0 
 10. Ota, JPN1.0 


Review of Day 3 in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Group C
New Zealand - Lebanon 86-82
New Zealand recorded the second straight win in Group C. They beat Lebanon to stay undefeated. Shea Ili (184-G-92) scored 22 points to pace the Tall Blacks. Lebanon jumped to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The Kiwis unloaded 48 points in the next two periods to take a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Lebanon cut the distance in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) and Tohi Smith had 15 points each in the victory. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) nailed 33 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for Lebanon.

South Korea - Kazakhstan 116-55
South Korea fired past Kazakhstan to open win count in Lebanon. Seven players scored in double figures for the winners. Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) produced 19 points to pace the effort. South Korea used a 32:11 run in the second term to take a 24-point halftime lead. South Korea unloaded 66 points in the second half to march to the victory. Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) produced 15 points in the victory. Mikhail Yevstig delivered 19 points for Kazakhstan.

Group D
Australia - Hong Kong 99-58
Australia fired past Hong Kong to open 2-0 record in Group D. Todd Blanchfield (200-F/G-91) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Australia fired 56 points in the first half to take a 26-point halftime lead. The Boomers never looked back after the big break cruising to the victory. Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) delivered 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Yi Ting Lo answered with 11 points for Hong Kong.

Taiwan - Japan 49-87
Japan registered the first victory at the championship. They thumped Taiwan in Group D. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) and Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) scored 15 points each for the winners. Japan recorded a 40:22 halftime lead. They unloaded 47 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 12 points in the win. Yi-Hsiang Chou (190-G-91) responded with 15 points for Taiwan.




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Finnish U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Finnish U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Teemu Suokas
Suokas
Jaakko Juusela
Juusela
Eelis Uitto
Uitto
Eero Hannikainen
Hannikainen
Visa Taussi
Taussi
#e#5
3Teemu Suokas 185-SG-01
4Jaakko Juusela 184-SG-01
5Eelis Uitto 184-SG-01
7Eero Hannikainen 190-SF-01
8Visa Taussi 187-SF-01
9Jasper Koskinen 180-PG-01 Pyrinto II Finland
10Erik Sajantila 193-F/G-01
11Perttu Blomgren 188-SG-01 Lapua Finland
12Aarni Korkiatupa 195-PF-02
13Federiko Federiko 198-C-01
14Mustapha Amzil 203-PF-01 KTP Basket Finland
15Thomas Exaucia 194-F-01

Antti Koskelainen Head Coach HBA-Marsky Finland
Ville Neva Assistant Espoo United Finland
Vesa Vertio Assistant Crailsheim Germany



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

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Mathias Lessort (ex Nanterre) joins Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed terms with 22-year old French power forward Mathias Lessort (205-95, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Lessort played at JSF Nanterre (also in ProA) where in 36 games he had 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Lessort also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
This summer Lessort was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Lessort's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 5.1rpg.
Lessort has played also professionally in France for Chalon/Saor.

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Feldeine
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

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

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kevin Mendy joins Aix-Maurienne - by Philippe Burstert

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 25-year old forward Kevin Mendy (200-92) from Boulogne. In 34 ProB games he had 5.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
Mendy represented France at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 83.3%.
Mendy has played previously for Le Mans.

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karim Atamna
Devin Sweetney
Hugo Suhard
Akeem Williams
Tony Turam-Ullien
Etienne Saclier
Antoine Drencourt

Forwards:
Thomas Yvrande
Gide Noel
Kevin Mendy
Marvin Dominique
Rodrigue Munsi-Kaniki

Centers:
Madiop Ndiaye
Karl-David Nkounkou

Coach: Fabien Romeyer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France roll over Lithuania in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

France - Lithuania 98-77

France rolled over Lithuania in Orleans 98-77 on Thursday night. The hosts grabbed a 24-19 lead at the start of the game led 7 points at the halftime. Moreover France posted two 28-21 rallies in the third and then respectively in the last stanzas for a comfortable win.
Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Axel Toupane (197-G/F-92, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 12, whilst Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) and Louis Labeyrie (209-C/F-92) scored 10 each. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) and Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) delivered 14 points each in the losing effort. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) poured in 13 and Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) added 12.



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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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Georgian U16 National Team -17 - by Greg

Georgian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Rati Andronikashvili
Andronikashvili
Giorgi Tcheishvili
Tcheishvili
Irakli Sulkhanishvili
Sulkhanishvili
Lasha Mikeladze
Mikeladze
#e#4
3Nika Gurgenidze 186-PG-01
4Rati Andronikashvili 190-PG-01
5Saba Gigiberia 205-C
6Giorgi Tcheishvili 192-SG-01
10Gigi Tabaghua 190-SG-01
13Zurab Vashakidze 190-SF-02
15Irakli Sulkhanishvili 195-SG-01
23Vladimer Tavakarashvili 196-PF-02
24Aleksandre Merkviladze 201-PF-02
32Bidzina Peikrishvili 196-SF-01
35Beka Bekaia 181-PG-01
69Lasha Mikeladze 201-C-01

Anatoli Berishvili Head Coach Mgzavrebi Georgia
Temur Kankia Assistant Mgzavrebi Georgia



Otar Pkhakadze (ex Mgzavrebi) agreed terms with Cambados - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Georgian international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA). He played most recently at Mgzavrebi in Georgian Superleague. In 34 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game.
Pkhakadze's team made it to the CalPac Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
He has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Pkhakadze has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Pkhakadze graduated from Simpson University, CA in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Heidelberg signs Jelani Hewitt - by Eurobasket News

MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) signed 26-year old Barbados-Barbadian guard Jelani Hewitt (191-84kg-91, college: Georgia South) from He spent his 2-year professional career in Germany.Koeln Rh.Stars. In 33 ProA games in Germany he had 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Hewitt played at Science City Jena where in 17 ProA games he recorded 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Hewitt was also voted All-Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Hewitt graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

MLP Academics Heidelberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jelani Hewitt
Niklas Wuerzner
Jaleen Smith

Forwards:
Albert Kuppe
Evan McGaughey

Centers:
Martin Seiferth
Niklas Ney

Coach: Branislav Ignjatovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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From The Pro B To The BBL In Three Years For Brandon Spearman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After breaking out as a rookie in Wedel in the Pro B in 2015, Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91, college: Hawaii) moved to the Gladiators Trier two seasons ago and early in the season was instrumental in a 72-65 win against Paderborn where he was the top scorer with 21 points and after the win had some words of wisdom for eurobasket. "I'm still learning and wanting to get better every year. Having the role to lead had always been something I'm comfortable with I'm just going to keep leading and let the game come to me. Well I feel I can play at any level", stressed Brandon Spearman.All the hard work, belief in his own abilites and shear talent has finally paid off and after three seasons in the Pro B and Pro A, Brandon Spearman is ready for the EasyCredit BBL and is headed to the EasyCredit BBL with Science City Jena as eurobasket sources have learned. Spearman played with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) and in his first season played 37 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 61.7%. Last season he was able to heighten his game once more as he played 34 games averaging 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 76.6%. In both seasons he was able to help the team reach the playoffs. Last season he scored in double figures in 28 games netting Dresden, Crailsheim and MBC with 25 points apiece. He also lit up Heidelberg with 24 points and Gotha for 22 points.

Spearman who has stated that his toughest opponents in the NCAA were Anthony Bennett and Andrew Goudelock is a 26 year old 196cm swing man form Chicagio, Illinois that will be going into his fourth professional season. He had a very active college career as he played for three schools. He started his college career in 2010 with Dayton (NCAA) playing 36 games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.2rpg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Indian Hills CC (NJCAA) playing 37 games averaging 11.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 62%. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to Hawaii (NCAA) playing 25 games averaging 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 72.2%. In his senior year at Hawaii (NCAA) he played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. The American remembers his time at Hawaii fondly and the BBL was always in his thoughts. "The two years at Hawaii were great for me, I've grown as a student a man and as a basketball player. I still don't think I hit my peek yet. The best is yet to come. I'm sure I'll see Christian Standhardinger soon in the BBL where I should be", warned Brandon Spearman. He started his professional basketball career with SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games averaging 17.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 64.0%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -11, NJCAA D1 Elite Eight -12, Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth Winner -14
Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago Winner -14, All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago Co-MVP -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Runner-Up -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -16, 17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -16



Alex Herrera (Phoenix Hagen) Perfection Has Always Stuck With Me To Never Be Satisfied - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alex Herrera (206-C-92, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Two Points) is a 24 year old 206cm forward from Ignacio, Colorado going into his third professional season. He started his basketball career with Fort Lewis (NCAA2) in 2010 and as a senior in 2014-2015 played 18 games averaging 23.2ppg, Reb-5 (11.4rpg), 1.7apg, Blocks-4 (3.2bpg), FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 66.3%. He started his professional basketball career with South West Metro Pirates (Australia-QBL) playing 16 games averaging 21.8ppg, Reb-5 (13.7rpg), 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 73.7%. In the 2015-2016 season he played with KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 28 games averaging 10.1ppg, Reb-3 (8.9rpg), Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 52.6%, FT: 68.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.9%. Last season he played with Tau Castello (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 34 games: averaging 6.1ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 47.6%, FT: 58.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

I am currently in Ignacio Colorado, and my summer has been going great so far be able to spend some quality time with the family.

You come from Ignacio, Colorado which is a Spanish name, have a Spanish like name with Herrera and are known as chief. How much Spanish is in you or do you even have some native American in you?

Ignacio, is a Spanish name but the town it's self is in a Native American reservation, which is how I got the nickname chief, however I am half Hispanic but not Native American.

Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Phoenix Hagen. How excited are you to be playing your third professional season in Germany? What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Your ex teammate Deandre Lansdowne from FT Lewis is playing in Germany.

I'm extremely excited to be playing in Germany for Phoenix Hagen. I have heard nothing but good things about the basketball in Germany, from people like Deandre who played Pro A last year, and also from Brandon Jefferson who played in Hagen a couple years ago has told me that Hagen has great fans. So I can't wait to get started!

How did your third summer go in terms of finding that right fit? Did you have many more offers and what was the deciding factor that made you sign on the dotted line with Phoenix Hagen?

Summer has gone great, have been in the gym getting great work in with a lot of guys who play in Europe but have worked the most with Deandre. I had a couple offers from other countries but after hearing the experiences that Deandre had last year, and talking with Coach Grothe I felt like Phoenix Hagen was an offer I shouldn't pass up.

Lets talk about your game. Phoenix Hagen head coach Matthias Grothe likes your mobility for a big man. You can score and rebound at ease, but what are other strengths in your game that you will showcase on the floor in Germany?

Defensively I want to bring a presence and protect the rim.

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

I take a lot of pride on the defensive end of the court, and the way a lot of people look at this game at just offense.

After a Great rookie season in Finland, you came to earth in Spain seeing another side of professional basketball where you didn't get ample minutes. Will you be playing with a sort of chip on your shoulder with Phoenix Hagen with that desire to show that you can be an impact player?

Last season was humbling, and never lost the chip on my shoulder but I am looking forward to doing the whatever it takes this season to help Phoenix Hagen win.


How much did it help to have a fellow American like Kyle Cooper on board who was a rookie and like you came from a NCAA 2 school Hillsdale with huge stats of 22 and 9 and had his rookie growing pains also getting less minutes than what he may have liked. Would the season had been a lot more difficult if he hadn't been there?

All of my teammates at Tau Castellon were great, but having Kyle really helped because we did have the same background and went through some of the same struggles throughout the season, but most of all we would push each other a lot.

Was there any positive that you could take from this season? You did show some flashes of brilliance when you did get minutes. Do you feel like mentally having a harder season than expected helped you for the next step?

I would have to say there are lessons to be learned throughout any event, and the thing that last year did for me was make me hungry to not be in a situation like this again.

As a rookie you played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 28 games averaging 10.1ppg, Reb-3 (8.9rpg), Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 52.6%, FT: 68.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.9%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in Colorado?

The biggest wake up call was just the different cultures and I got to see different countries playing the the FIBA Eurocup

How important was it playing Fiba Europe Cup as a rookie. The club went only 1-5, but what valuable things could you take from these 6 games?

Playing in that league you get to play against some great and experienced players and see how you compare to other top teams in Europe.

Even though you lost to Turkish team Turk Telekom twice you did hit them with 10 points once and played against some very talented players with Jenkins, Brown and Buckner who have been near the NBA. Did a performance like this show you that your game isn't that far off from the games of guys like that?

Yes definitely, I'm a competitor so being able to compete against some of best and take away things to learn is always a positive.

What memories do you of Canadian high flying athletic player Sefton Barrett who played in Germany many years ago. How strong was his leaping ability still at age 33?

By his jumping ability you wouldn't of been able to tell he was 33, and it was fun to watch him put some people on posters.

You had your first professional experience with South West Metro Pirates (Australia-QBL) in 2014 playing 16 games: 21.8ppg, Reb-5 (13.7rpg), 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 73.7%. What was your nicest experience there off the court?

Just experiencing Australia and getting to see a new country for the first time was great, but I would have to say being able to go to the beach was the best!

Before you turned professional you had a workout with the Denver Nuggets along with NCAA 2 rival Mitch McCarron of Metro State and some top NCAA prospects Colorado's Askia Booker, Colorado State's JJ Avila and Stanton Kidd and Wyoming's Derek Cooke. What lasting words did the Denver Nuggets give you to help your ego and keep you busy in the gym?

The biggest advice that they gave me was perfection, to try and perfect things, and that has always stuck with me to never be satisfied there is always something to perfect.

You had many great single game performances at FT Lewis and also won the RMAC tournament in 2011 as well as reaching the NCAA 2 Sweet 16. What was your fondest memory there?

One of the coolest experiences was my sophomore year when we were ranked 17th in the nation playing the undefeated number 1 team in the nation Metro State and we took them down.

You played at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) from 2010-2015 and really stepped up and improved your stats in your last three seasons. When during this time did you know that you could be a professional player?

It was probably after my sophomore season, when I started working out with Kirk Archibeque who has been playing in Europe since 2009 and he helped steer me in the right path.

How did coaches Bob Hofman and Bob Pietrack groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career.

Coach Hoffman was great very wise I took so much knowledge away from him. But with Coach Pietrack and also Coach Steffensen I would constantly be in the gym with them putting in work, or in their office between classes watching film. Can't say enough about these two really, they had been great role models for me

Who won a one on one in practice you or Austin Haldorson?

Haha I would have to say I would take him.

How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

I get up in the morning get a court workout in with one of my college teammates Lucas Archuleta who is a skills development guy now working on all sorts, then after we hit the weight room and do a lot of plyos and others. Home for a little rest then we come back in the afternoon and get a lot of shots up on the gun, and work on conditioning.

Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Two players actually stick out, Derrick White who was drafted this year by the spurs, and Brandon Jefferson These two were the most competitive players I had played against.

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

Jordan, Shaq, Kobe, and Bird

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

He is a great player no doubt, the things that he does are phenomenal but I still would have to say Jordan is the best.

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

This past season in Spain, we wouldn't get a lot of whole games on tv just a lot of highlights, so I can't really say. However what he did this year by averaging a triple double was jaw dropping.

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

Caleb Swanigan for the trailblazers I think will be great for them that is my sleeper to have a bigger role than a lot of people would think.

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

Adding a player of Chris Paul's caliber definitely helps but the Warriors and Spurs in the west I still see as being more dominant

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was "The Finest Hours"

Thanks Alex for the chat.



Filip Stanic Moves To Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL team have hauled in young German Filip Stanic (207-F/C-98) from the Alba Berlin organization. Filip Stanic is a 19 year old 207cm power forward/center that last season played for the ALBA Berlin 2nd team (Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 10.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 44.8%, and played also for ALBA Berlin U19 team (NBBL). "He fits exactly into our concept. He has big talent that now is to be used. He is supposed to play for the Regionaliga team and gain playing time and practice daily with the first team so that he can reach the level that we expect from him", stressed Wolfgang Heyder. The German also played for the Alba Berlin U-16 team in 2012 and then moved on to the Alba Berlin 2 team and U-19 team. "I came to Gotha so I can concentrate on basketball and get better. To be able to play for the Regionaliga and at the same time be able to practice with the team of Ivan Pavic excited me. I think this will really help me, because I am able to practice with the Pro's each day", stressed Filip Stanic. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -16, Belgrade Adidas Next Generation Tournament (Qualifications to ANGT Finals) -16: 6 games: 4.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals in Berlin -16: 3 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2PT: 5/19, FT: 7/12, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga North All-Domestic Players Team -17
and German NBBL Semifinals -17.

Source:Gotha







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




German U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

German U16 National Team 2017
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Lukas Herzog
Herzog
Luc Van Slooten
Van Slooten
Kay Bruhnke
Bruhnke
Jason George
George
Ariel Hukporti
Hukporti
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4Lukas Herzog 188-PG-01 Ludwigsb.BSG Germany
7Luc Van Slooten 202-F/G-02 Vechta Germany
8Michael Javernik 202-SF-01 Wuerzburg Germany
9Kay Bruhnke 198-F-01 Baunach Germany
10Jason George 200-SF-01 Urspring Germany
11Ariel Hukporti 211-C-02 Ludwigsburg BBA Germany
12Fynn Aumann 189-PG-01 Vechta II Germany
13Radii Caisin 200-F/G-01 Vechta Germany
14Daniel Zdravevski 204-F-01 Hagen BG 2 Germany
15Franz Wagner 195-G-01 ALBA Berlin III Germany
16Len Schoormann 192-SG-02 Fraport SKY Germany
17Timo Lanmuller 187-PG-01 Ulm BB Germany

Alan Ibrahimagic Head Coach
Jan-Philipp Eichberger Assistant Fraport SKY Germany
Marius Huth Assistant



Frederik Adriaans (ex Den Bosch) joins Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

TTL Basketball Bamberg (2.Regionalliga) agreed terms with 22-year old Dutch forward Frederik Adriaans (200-95). He has played for the last four seasons at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie, but left the team in Oct.'16. But in two games he had just 1.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. Adriaans' team won Dutch Supercup in 2014 and 2016.
He represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 45.2%, FT: 44.4%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @scorers1st)

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Maree tabs Watkins Williams, ex Herford - by Eurobasket News

Maree B.C. Galway (Super League) inked 30-year old American swingman Watkins Williams (194-87, college: Siskiyous JC). He played most recently at BBG Herford in German Regionalliga. In 5 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
Williams is a very experienced player.
He graduated from College of the Siskiyous in 2007 and it will be his eleventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Greek U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4Konstantinos Vlasios 190-PG-01
6Georgios Tazopoulos 185-PG-01
7Andreas Tsoumanis 202-PF-01
8Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos 202-F-01 AEK Athens Greece
9Rafail Lanaras 194-SG-01
10Aristotelis Sotiriou 203-PF-01
11Dimitrios Klonaras 196-SG-01
12Ioannis Sidiroilias 200-SG-01 Aris Greece
13Vasileios Stavrakoukas 191-SG-01 Panathinaikos Greece
14Georgios Kostikas 202-C-01
15Dimitrios Karaiskos 208-C-01
17Konstantinos Kadras 203-C-01

Konstantinos Papadopoulos Head Coach Aris Petropoulis Greece
Theodoros Asteriadis Assistant
Spyridon Panteliadis Assistant



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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Elimeia Kozanis ink Giannis Antoniadis - by Chris Mammides

GS Elimeia Kozanis (C) agreed terms with 30-year old guard Giannis Antoniadis (202-87). He has played for the last three seasons at AS Kastoria in Greek B league. Antoniadis won Greek B Division North Group championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Greek B League All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
Antoniadis has played previously for seven other teams: Makedonikos, Koroivos, Ermis Lagkada, Arkadikos, Apollon Kalamarias, Goumenissa and Arkadikos.

GS Elimeia Kozanis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Theodoros Karagiannidis
Nikos Tsiamis
Giannis Antoniadis
Giannis Maloutas

Forwards:
Panagiotis Maliouras
Sotiris Makris
Dimitris Terolis
Apostolis Nikolaou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faros land Georgios Diamantakos - by Eurobasket News

AO Faros Keratsiniou (A2) landed 22-year old center Georgios Diamantakos (215-95). He played most recently at Apollon Patras (A1). In 20 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg last season. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Diamantakos played at GKK Sibenik (also in A1) in where in 6 games he had 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played that season for Spartak Pleven in Bulgarian NBL. In only one game he recorded just 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Diamantakos also spent pre-season at Nea Kifisia (also in A1) that year. In only one game he got only 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. He was also tried-out by Panathinaikos (also in A1) that season.
Among other achievements Diamantakos' team won Greek Cup in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Diamantakos represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.3ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 73.1%.
Diamantakos has played previously for Spartiatikos.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (By Chris Mammides, 2011)
The talented Giant" from Laconia is a player that is improving day by day. In his third season in Spartiatikos, Giorgos performed against amazing against men (at the age of 15) and he did some great performances against strong teams in and out of Sparta. As his fame traveled quite fast, the national coaches of the U16 team went in the Summer of 2010 in Sparta for a series of friendly games between the U16 and Giorgio's team so as to see and select the young giant for the Hellenic NT, so they did. He has a strong body, and physical power. He is decent shooter but needs to improve his shot from the six meters. He is very strong in the paint and he gets the rebound from both edges with the same simplicity. Giorgos has another advantage other than his body, he has very high basketball IQ and that is the reason why improving his game season by season, plus the fact is that he is a hard worker and a very coachable player. Giorgos even though he is only 16 years old has a remarkable timing in the air which gives him a good benefit over his rival centers. Finally, he is very persistence with his defense but he needs to gain some more massiveness and improve his personal defense over strong opponents. He is also among the top prospects for the Hellenic NT under 18 where he has been invited to play with the Hellas NT's jersey
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AO Faros Keratsiniou roster for 2017-2018:

Giannis Vavatsikos
Kevin Ware
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Dimitrios Stamatis
Georgios Diamantakos
Vasileios Mouratos
Willie Conner
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Panos Chatzoglou
Paris Liadis

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

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G.S. Apollon Smyrnis add Oikonomopoulos to their roster - by Eurobasket News

G.S. Apollon Smyrnis (B) added to their roster 24-year old guard Ektoras Oikonomopoulos (190-93) from Nea Kifisia. Oikonomopoulos also played that season for Akrata Achaias.
He has played previously for three other teams: Doukas, Panerythraikos and Niki Amarousiou.

G.S. Apollon Smyrnis roster for 2017-2018:

Costas Andreopoulos
Theodoros Stratomitros
Kostas Andreopoulos
Gerasimos Mantalvanos
Konstantinos Ekonomakis
Ektoras Oikonomopoulos
Alexandros Georgiadis
Niotis
Giannis Simos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rotterdam tabs Travis George - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) inked 32-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) power forward Travis George (206-111kg-85, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Adroit in Thailand TBL league. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 19.3rpg (leader !!!) and 2.3bpg.
George's team made it to the Mexican LNBP Semifinals in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. George has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). George has played previously professionally in Canada (Moncton Miracles), Colombia (Patriotas), Kosovo (Trepca), Kuwait (Al Arabi), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Venezuela (Gigantes), USA, Mexico (Fuerza Regia) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Outlook: Quickness and long arms 7-9 wingspan allow him to guard any player from the 1 to the 4 positon. Great leaping ability, can be unstoppable on the open court. He will excel in pick and roll also with his ability to finish strong at the rim. His physical play, shot blocking ability, and relentless rebounding makes him an asset to any team looking for a force in the interior. Another plus for this player is his ability to shoot free-throws and ability to knock down the 15 to 18 footer.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kasper Averink
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Chris Commons
Travis George
Michael Kok
Maik Bouwer
Coen Stolk

Center:
Jeroen de_Baat

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Rotterdam inks Chris Commons, ex St.John R. - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) signed 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). He played last season at Saint John Riptide in Canadian NBL. In 13 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. Commons also played that season for River Lions in Canadian NBL Canada where in 25 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Commons won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. He was also voted PeachBelt Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Commons is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Commons has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Al-Ittihad), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Germany (BSV Wulfen), Brunei (Barracudas) and IBA-PBL (Scranton/W-B).
He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Commons could be described: Chris has the ability to play both inside and out and is a 2-time consensus NCAA All-American. At 6-8 he has no problem taking a defender off the dribble and shooting over them or bringing them to the low block and posting up an opponent. An athletic player who can run the floor and can play anywhere on the basketball court, Chris has good shooting range out and can knockdown the 3-point shot. Chris is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and is a shot-blocker. Chris has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble and score, Chris will draw the attention of professional teams at all levels.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kasper Averink
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Chris Commons
Michael Kok
Maik Bouwer
Coen Stolk

Center:
Jeroen de_Baat

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Frederik Adriaans (ex Den Bosch) joins Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

TTL Basketball Bamberg (2.Regionalliga) agreed terms with 22-year old Dutch forward Frederik Adriaans (200-95). He has played for the last four seasons at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie, but left the team in Oct.'16. But in two games he had just 1.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. Adriaans' team won Dutch Supercup in 2014 and 2016.
He represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 45.2%, FT: 44.4%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @scorers1st)

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Den Bosch adds Marshall to their roster, ex Leuven - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Anthony Marshall (190-91kg-91, college: UNLV, agency: Pensack Sports). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team in Nov.'15. In 5 games he had 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Marshall was tested by Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) in Belgium.
He 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 Marshall played in the final of MWC Tournament in 2010 and 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Marshall has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv) and Ukraine (Zaporizhya).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anthony Marshall
Maarten Bouwknecht
Keshun Sherrill

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels
Norville Carey
Pim De_Vries
Mike Miklusak
Stan Van_Den_Elzen

Centers:
Marcel Aarts
Nick Oudendag
Kevin Bleeker

Coach: Silvano Poropat

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rotterdam tabs Travis George - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) inked 32-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) power forward Travis George (206-111kg-85, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Adroit in Thailand TBL league. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 19.3rpg (leader !!!) and 2.3bpg.
George's team made it to the Mexican LNBP Semifinals in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. George has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). George has played previously professionally in Canada (Moncton Miracles), Colombia (Patriotas), Kosovo (Trepca), Kuwait (Al Arabi), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Venezuela (Gigantes), USA, Mexico (Fuerza Regia) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Outlook: Quickness and long arms 7-9 wingspan allow him to guard any player from the 1 to the 4 positon. Great leaping ability, can be unstoppable on the open court. He will excel in pick and roll also with his ability to finish strong at the rim. His physical play, shot blocking ability, and relentless rebounding makes him an asset to any team looking for a force in the interior. Another plus for this player is his ability to shoot free-throws and ability to knock down the 15 to 18 footer.

Rotterdam Challengers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kasper Averink
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda

Forwards:
Ties Theeuwkens
Chris Commons
Travis George
Michael Kok
Maik Bouwer
Coen Stolk

Center:
Jeroen de_Baat

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Schaftenaar re-signs at Zwolle - by Eurobasket News

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Eredivisie) confirmed in their roster 24-year old international forward Olaf Schaftenaar (208-102kg-93, college: Oregon State). He played there last season. In 31 Eredivisie games he had 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg. Schaftenaar helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Schaftenaar played for Dutch senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago.
Schaftenaar has played previously professionally also in Spain (Nautico KIA Tenerife).
He attended Oregon State until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordan Gregory
Sherron Dorsey-Walker

Forwards:
Ralf Pagter
Noah Dahlman
Olaf Schaftenaar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Hungarian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

5Akos Kopacsi 180-PG-01
6Norbert Lukacs 195-SF-01
8Benedek Kiss 190-SG-01
9Tamas Pallai 192-SG-01
10Adam Balsay 190-SG-01
11Peter Veraszto 185-SG-01
12Peter Filipovity 188-SG-01
13Mate Pinter 189-PG-01
16Andras Csikai 203-C-16
17David Fekete 200-PF-01
20Milan Dokmanovic 204-PF-01
21Benedek Kovacs 201-SF-01

Attila Varadi Head Coach Falco KC Hungary
Tamas Hencsey Assistant Kormend Hungary
Akos Peresztegi-Nagy Assistant Alba II Hungary



Ivica Radic (ex FCM Ferentino) agreed terms with Zalakeramia-ZTE KK - by Eurobasket News

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played most recently at FCM Ferentino in Italian Serie A2. In 8 games he recorded 11.3ppg and 7.5rpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention. Radic also played that season for Viola (Serie A) in Italy where in 21 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.2apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention.
Radic was a member of Croatian U20 National Team back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Benfica) and Croatia (KK Split, KK Zagreb, KK_Zadar, Kvarner and Alkar Sinj) and Italy (Umana Venezia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, CZG Veroli and Virtus Bologna).

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akos Horvath
Viktor Fekete
Braxton Reeves
Rayshawn Simmons

Forwards:
Zsolt Szabo
Mate Mohacsi
Szilard Benke
Raul Kis
Akos Nemeth

Center:
Ivica Radic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Icelandic U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4Andri Tryggvason 182-SG-01
5Arni Kristjansson 196-C-01
6Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 200-C-01
7Veigar Alexandersson 188-SF-01
8Julius Agustsson 190-PG-01 Thor AK Iceland
9Baldur Johannesson 190-PF-01
10Kolbeinn Gislason 192-C-01
11Dui Jonsson 178-PG-01
12Gunnar Jonsson 180-SG-01
13Ingimundur Johannsson 182-SG-01
14Sindri Sigurdarson 187-PF-01
15Veigar Hlynsson 190-PG-01

Vidar Hafsteinsson Head Coach Hottur Iceland
Baldur Ragnarsson Assistant



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  IRELAND  


Real Betis land Donnie McGrath - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (LEB Gold) landed 33-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence, agency: Diamond Sports). He played most recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. McGrath managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 20 A1 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. McGrath also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. The other team he played that season for was another team Long Island Nets in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He is a very experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki) and Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus).
He attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donnie McGrath
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Jordan Swing
Saul Blanco

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maree tabs Watkins Williams, ex Herford - by Eurobasket News

Maree B.C. Galway (Super League) inked 30-year old American swingman Watkins Williams (194-87, college: Siskiyous JC). He played most recently at BBG Herford in German Regionalliga. In 5 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
Williams is a very experienced player.
He graduated from College of the Siskiyous in 2007 and it will be his eleventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


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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Evan Yates (ex Macc.Rehovot) joins CB Clavijo - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Evan Yates (198-111kg-91, college: Ashland). He played last season at Macc.Rehovot in Israeli National League. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. Yates helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Horsholm 79ers in Danish Ligaen where in 33 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 20.3ppg and averaged 9.7rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Yates contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
He has played previously for two other Spain teams: Zamorano and Araberri.
Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended Ashland University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe
Tre' Coggins

Forwards:
William Gutenius
Evan Yates

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Mirza Alibegovic joins Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) agreed terms with 25-year old naturalized American guard Mirza Alibegovic (197-85kg-92) from Fiat Torino. In 30 Serie A games he had 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Alibegovic played at Germani where in 49 Serie A games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Alibegovic has played previously for six other teams: VL Pesaro, The Flexx Pistoia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, UBC, Enel Brindisi and Mantova.
On Alibegovic: Mirza has become definitely extremely physical and Athletic what helped him become the most complete wing player of the team. He is defensive stopper often coaches choice to play on ball defense on the best wing players, he has margine to improve his defense away from the ball. He became also very good rebounder ,often between top two rebounders of the team. And on the offensive side his talent fully came thru this year since he become a real 'microwave' scoring the most points, in his ball club from Mantova, per minute played, even not being involved much in offensive schemes, good also in the back to the basket. Excellent reserve what he will have to improve in the near future is in the offensive side beating opponent of the dribble and using pick and roll going to the goal all the way.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mirza Alibegovic
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Myers is back at Rimini - by Eurobasket News

NTS Basket Rimini Crabs (Serie B) signed 22-year old guard Joel Myers (185-95). It is actually his comeback to Rimini as he has played here before. Myers played last season at Forli Tigers (Serie B). In 34 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Myers played at Oasi di Kufra Fondi where in 26 Serie B games he recorded 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oleggio lands Gianmarco De Vita - by Eurobasket News

Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) tabbed 20-year old forward Gianmarco De Vita (195-87kg-97). He has played for the last three years at Openjobmetis Varese in the Serie A. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in only one Serie A game he did not score anything. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

Oleggio Magic Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Edoardo Gallazzi
Alessandro Spatti
Matteo Lo_Biondo
Gianmarco De_Vita
Marco Calzavara

Centers:
Marco Corti
Stefano Colombo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas De Min agreed terms with Omnia Basket - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Omnia Basket Lungavilla Pavia inked 31-year old power forward Thomas De Min (203-86) from Erogasmet Crema. In 31 Serie B games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season De Min played at Urania Milano (previous name Milano Hikkaduwa) where in 32 Serie B games he averaged 10.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
De Min has played previously for eight other teams: Unieuro Forli, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Perugia, Treviglio, Roseto, Siena Virtus, Betaland Cdo and Faenza.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Civitavecchia adds Morrison to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ste.Mar '90 Civitavecchia (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 22-year old British-Jamaican forward Maxwell Morrison (203-100kg-95). The last time (14-15) he played at Georgia Elite (UBA) in the U.S.

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Niigata Albirex tabs Jared Berggren, ex Germani BR - by Eurobasket News

Niigata Albirex (B League) inked 27-year old American power forward Jared Berggren (208-107kg-90, college: Wisconsin). He played most recently at Germani Basket Brescia in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg last season. Berggren helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Dolomiti Energia Trento (also in Serie A) where in 11 games he had 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg. But the most of that year Berggren spent at MIA-Red October Cantu (also in Serie A). In 14 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7bpg. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Berggren has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received USBWA All-District V 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Berggren has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende).
He attended University of Wisconsin until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


N'Diaye re-signs at Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Riviera Lakers (LNA) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Ivorian small forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU). He played there last season. In 19 LNB games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. N'Diaye helped them to win the LNB title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BBC Lausanne (also in LNB) where in 19 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 2nd Team.
N'Diaye represented Ivory Coast at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg.
N'Diaye another Swiss team Boncourt.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Lakers.
N'Diaye attended Florida International University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Zivanovic
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Ismael N'Diaye
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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  JAMAICA  


Civitavecchia adds Morrison to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ste.Mar '90 Civitavecchia (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 22-year old British-Jamaican forward Maxwell Morrison (203-100kg-95). The last time (14-15) he played at Georgia Elite (UBA) in the U.S.

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Niigata Albirex tabs Jared Berggren, ex Germani BR - by Eurobasket News

Niigata Albirex (B League) inked 27-year old American power forward Jared Berggren (208-107kg-90, college: Wisconsin). He played most recently at Germani Basket Brescia in Italian Serie A. In 30 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg last season. Berggren helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Dolomiti Energia Trento (also in Serie A) where in 11 games he had 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg. But the most of that year Berggren spent at MIA-Red October Cantu (also in Serie A). In 14 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7bpg. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Berggren has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received USBWA All-District V 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Berggren has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende).
He attended University of Wisconsin until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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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  KOSOVO  


Kosovan U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Kosovan U16 National Team 2017
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Erhan Sholla
Sholla
#e#1
4Don Polloshka 168-PG-02
5Erhan Sholla 197-SF-01
6Endrit Berisha 180-SG-01
7Art Imeri 191-SG-01
8Altin Gashi 190-PG-01
9Drinor Gashi 191-C-02
10Donat Rexhepi 192-SF-02
11Albin Berisha 186-PG-02
12Arb Daku 192-PF-01
13Drin Krasniqi 193-C-01
14Donat Musa 192-PF-01
15Nderim Ratkoceri 195-C-01

Ibrahim Karabeg Head Coach
Lorik Kllokoqi coach



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.



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  LATVIA  


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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  LEBANON  


Woods re-signs at Al-Hala !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Hala (Premier League) confirmed in their roster experienced 39-year old Lebanese ex-international center Loren Woods (218-116kg-78, college: Arizona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Woods played there last season.
In 2001 he was drafted by Minnesota Timbervolves (NBA) in second round (46th overall). Woods attended University of Arizona and it will be his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Bahrain League Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Woods was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also played at the Arab Club Championships three years ago. Woods' team won Bronze.
He is quite experienced player. Woods has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Iran (Zob Ahan and Mahram), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Spain (Zaragoza), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), NBA (Sacramento Kings), Lebanon (Al Riyadi) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Al-Hala.
Woods could be described: Very thin upper body, but leaps well, good timing, nice shooting touch, runs floor very well, and works on his game. If he was 30 pounds heavier, he could be a dominant player, but often times it is very hard for players of this size to gain weight. He hasn't played much so far this year and could break out like he did last year. Has had a tough season thus far and when playing against heavier players, he has trouble on offense, getting position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Riffa signs Calvin Godfrey, ex Sagesse !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Riffa (Premier League) signed 27-year old American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-109kg-90, college: Memphis). He played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. Godfrey also played that season for Budivelnyk (Superleague) in Ukraine where in 8 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won ASEAN League championship title in 2016. Godfrey was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Malaysia (KL Dragons) and Uruguay.
Godfrey attended University of Memphis until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor adds Morris to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Earvin Morris (196-84kg-94, college: UTEP). He played last season at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morris' team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2015. He was also voted All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Morris graduated from Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Avtodor Saratov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dramir Zibirov
Fedor Klyuchnikov
Earvin Morris
Justin Robinson

Forwards:
Maxim Sheleketo
Micah Downs

Center:
Artem Klimenko

Coach: Andrea Mazzon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto keeps Grigaitis for another season - by Eurobasket News

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) re-signed 26-year old Lithuanian forward Marius Grigaitis (195-82kg-91). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 EBA games he averaged 7.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Grigaitis' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda and Gargzdai Bremena.

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

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

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Gontarev comes back to Dzukija, ex Ryazan - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) added to their roster 21-year old Russian center Egor Gontarev (212-103kg-96). It is actually his comeback to Alytus as he has played here before. Gontarev played last season at BC Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1. In four games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Gontarev also played that season for Dzukija. But in only one LKL game he did not score anything.
Gontarev represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (SRC-Dzukija).

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

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Dzukija keeps Kashirov for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 30-year old Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-115kg-87). He played there last season. In 37 LKL games he recorded 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kashirov played at Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague 2) in Russia where in 14 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the league title.
Kashirov represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Kashirov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Walter Tigers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (Aris), Italy, Latvia (Ventspils) and Russia (CSKA Moscow, Khimki, Universitet Yugra and CSKA Moscow 2nd team).
Kashirov's game is described as: A 7 footer who runs the court terribly well, but who needs to improve his game reading and his passing skills.
2007 Outlook:
Antoly Kashirov is one of the most progressive centers in Russia. The young giant has amazing sense of the basket especially in the paint. He has solid scoring aptitude and variability. He is really unbeatable in the paint. He lacks jumping ability. With a lot of work he could be a great prospect for NBA
.

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France roll over Lithuania in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

France - Lithuania 98-77

France rolled over Lithuania in Orleans 98-77 on Thursday night. The hosts grabbed a 24-19 lead at the start of the game led 7 points at the halftime. Moreover France posted two 28-21 rallies in the third and then respectively in the last stanzas for a comfortable win.
Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Axel Toupane (197-G/F-92, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 12, whilst Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) and Louis Labeyrie (209-C/F-92) scored 10 each. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) and Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) delivered 14 points each in the losing effort. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) poured in 13 and Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) added 12.



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



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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Juan Palacios (ex Tofas) signs at Neptunas - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) landed 32-year old Colombian international power forward Juan Palacios (206-111kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Spanish passport. Palacios played most recently at Tofas in Turkish BSL league. In 13 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Palacios played at Pinar Karsiyaka (also in BSL) where in 11 games he had 8.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Palacios received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year award back in 2014. He has been regularly called to Colombian Senior National Team since 2016.
Palacios is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Palacios has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Gran Canaria, Vic and La Palma) and Colombia (Guerreros).

Neptunas Klaipeda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tomas Delininkaitis
Renaldas Seibutis

Forwards:
Laimonas Kisielius
Edgaras Zelionis

Center:
Juan Palacios

Coach: Kazys Maksvytis

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Juventus ink Mindaugas Kupsas - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) signed 26-year old Lithuanian center Mindaugas Kupsas (217-125kg-91, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at CB Clavijo in Spanish LEB Gold. Kupsas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 12 LEB Gold games he had 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg. He also played that season for Vytautas where in 21 LKL games he recorded 9.3ppg and 4.3rpg. Kupsas also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.1ppg and 2.7rpg.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 47.6%, FT: 46.7%.
Kupsas has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis, Nevezis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

Juventus-LKSK Utenos roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Laurynas Samenas

Forwards:
Arvydas Siksnius
Simas Buterlevicius

Center:
Mindaugas Kupsas

Coach: Gediminas Petrauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luxembourg U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Luxembourg U16 National Team 2017
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Sam Wolter
Wolter
Noe Melchior
Melchior
Davy David
David
#e#3
4Timo Tani 175-PG-01
5Sam Wolter 182-PG-01 Etzella Luxembourg
6Noe Melchior 178-PG-01 BC Mess Luxembourg
7Felix Vlaminck 188-SG-01 Sparta Luxembourg
8Gil Rech 184-SF-01
9Malcom Carreira 186-SG-01
10Raphael Nothomb 186-SF-01
11Donovan Delhommais 183-SF-01
12Dino Ceman 188-PF-02
13Pablo Spigarelli 184-SG-01
14Davy David 199-C-01
15Jonathan Diederich 191-SG-03

Kresimir Basic Head Coach Tajfun Slovenia
Majdi Anan Assistant Grengewald Luxembourg
Christian Wulff Assistant Residence Luxembourg



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  MONTENEGRO  


BK Kolin tabs Milos Pajovic, ex Lovcen - by Eurobasket News

BK Geosan Kolin (NBL) inked 23-year old Montenegrin center Milos Pajovic (205-94). He played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 24 games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pajovic played at KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 19 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team won Albanian Cup in 2015. Pajovic received also All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 3rd Team award back in 2010.
He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.5ppg.
Pajovic has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions) and Albania (Vllaznia Shkodra).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


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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  NCAA2  


Lake Superior State Names Ted Stowe Assistant Men's Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

Lake Superior State University men's basketball head coach Steve Hettinga announced the appointment of Ted Stowe as an assistant coach on his staff. Stowe, who spent the past five seasons (2012-17) as a student assistant coach at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University, will also serve as head coach of the Lakers' junior varsity men's basketball team. 'Ted came highly recommended from his former head coach Ryan Cottingham,'  said Hettinga, who starts his 11th season at LSSU this 2017-18 campaign and is the all-time winningest coach in Laker men's basketball history. 'It didn't take me long to realize the praise was warranted. 'Coach Stowe is very passionate about basketball and more importantly, helping people. He's a great addition to our staff,'  added Hettinga, a two-time (2014-15) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year Award recipient. During his time at Spring Arbor, Stowe was responsible for overseeing the program's day-to-day operations, home and away game details, video breakdown, and social media account. Prior to joining the Cougars' staff, Stowe coached two years of youth basketball and worked various summer camps. Stowe earned a bachelor's degree in history from Spring Arbor in 2017. Prior to Spring Arbor, Stowe coached two years of youth basketball and worked various summer camps. A 2012 graduate, Stowe played two seasons (2010-12) of organized basketball for his homeschool team in Kalamazoo. 'I'm excited to join the Lake Superior State family,' said Stowe. 'My time at Spring Arbor has prepared me well and I'm grateful to Coach Hettinga for giving me this opportunity to be part of his staff. I believe the Lakers have a great program and impressive track record under Coach Hettinga. 'I look forward to helping coach this team,' added Stowe, who was born in South Korea. Stowe joins fellow assistant Rodney Clarke as the latest newcomers to head coach Steve Hettinga 's coaching staff. 'Both of these individuals (Ted and Rodney) have high character and fit the culture we have in our program,' Hettinga said. 'I couldn't be happier with both hires.'
Courtesy of: lssulakers.com



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  NCAA3  


Viscariello Named Men's Basketball Assistant Coach at Clark University - by Eurobasket News

Clark University men's basketball head coach Paul W. Phillips has announced the addition of Dan Viscariello as the new full-time assistant men's basketball coach. Viscariello comes to Clark after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Boston College on Jim Christian's staff. With the Cougars, Viscariello will assist in all facets of the program, including recruiting, practice preparation and student-athlete development as well as additional administrative responsibilities in the department. 'We are thrilled to add someone of Dan's caliber to our staff,' said Phillips, who is entering his 20th season at Clark in 2017-18. 'I am certain that his ability to connect and build relationships as well as recruit and mentor the student-athletes we need will have an immediate impact on our program.' Prior to joining the Eagles, Viscariello spent two seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach at Salem State University. In that role, he assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, player development and game preparation while overseeing operations for the Vikings' summer camp. Viscariello is deeply entrenched in the AAU circuit, spending time working as a staff assistant at ZeroGravity Basketball, where he helped host tournaments throughout New England and as the Director of Operations for Hoop Mountain, one of the premier basketball exposure camps in the country. In addition to those responsibilities, Viscariello has served as the Operations Director for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) one of the nation's most decorated AAU programs. As an undergraduate, Viscariello spent four years as a student assistant coach, while assisting with compliance efforts for student-athletes in the program. Viscariello is also heavily involved in youth sports having served as an assistant coach in the Maynard Youth Football program as well as an assistant coach with the Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League. A 2013 graduate of Salem State with a bachelor's degree in sport and movement science, Viscariello earned a master's degree from Boston College in Leadership and Administration in 2016. 'I am extremely grateful to be named the new full time Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Clark University,' said Viscariello. 'Growing up in Central Massachusetts and having been a part of the Clark High School Tournament, I know both Clark, and the city of Worcester have deep, rich basketball traditions, and I look forward to the work that lies ahead.'
Courtesy of: clarkathletics.com



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  NICARAGUA  


Gonzalez number one in Nicaraguan LNB for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Former international Point guard Carlos Gonzalez (177-PG-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Bufalos, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNB Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 37-year old player got a double-double of 28 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Toros (#2, 4-3) 103-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Bufalos to consolidate first place in the Nicaraguan LNB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Bufalos has a very solid 5-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gonzalez had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bufalos' top player in his first season with the team. Carlos Gonzalez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Bufalos' star - 34-year old Cuban Jordany Jaca (196-F-83). Jaca had a very good evening with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Gonzalez he helped Bufalos with another comfortable win 103-89 over slightly lower-ranked Toros (#2, 4-3) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bufalos consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 5-2 record. Jaca is a newcomer at Bufalos, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#1). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dominican Rep. Joan Luis of Leones (#3). Luis showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Leones, leading his team to a 59-58 win against #4 ranked Costa Caribe. The chances of Leones ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Luis could help Leones to bring them higher in the standings. Luis has a great season in Nicaragua. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87) of Toros - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) of Toros - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marcos Castrillo (201-F) of Toros - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Harold Barberena (179-PG-82) of Bufalos - 18 points and 2 assists
8. Dalton Cacho (198-F-93) of Costa Caribe - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sharlon Hodgson (183-PG-94) of Costa Caribe - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dayton Cacho (G) of Costa Caribe - 5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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

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Leeds Force tabs Samuel Toluwase - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force (BBL) inked naturalized Nigerian guard Samuel Toluwase (194) from Manchester Giants. In 25 BBL games he recorded 14.4ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Toluwase spent at Sheffield Sharks where in 16 BBL games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Scorchers that year.
Toluwase won BBL in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Toluwase has played also professionally in Iceland (KFI Isafjordur), Italy (Ruvo), United Kingdom (Brixton Topcats, Crusaders and Essex Pirates) and Canada (Gryphons).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

Leeds Force roster for 2017-2018:

Ingus Bankevics
Samuel Toluwase
Alhaji Fullah
Aidan Appleyard
Eric Childress
Tavarion Nix
Jordan Cook
Issac Mourier
Antonio Deogratias

Coach: Mika Turunen

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  


Norwegian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

1Marcus Barnett 200-PF-01
2Lars Nilsen 186-PG-01
3Ole Fossum 195-SF-01
6Jarl Paulsen 206-C-01
8Torkel Westby 185-PG-01
22Fredrik Andreasen 187-PG-01
24Arne Grevskott 180-PG-01
32Tobias Gudim 194-SF-01
34Lucas Bergstad 197-PF-01
42Erik Borg 204-C-01
80Andreas Meldalen 198-PF-01
99Mateusz Nilsen 188-SG-01

Jozsef Molnar Head Coach
Arne Ingebrigtsen Assistant



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Wayne Chism (ex NLEX RW) signs at Al-Manama !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al-Manama (Premier League) landed 30-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at NLEX Road Warriors in Filipino PBA league. In 11 games he averaged impressive 23.5ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg last season. Chism also played that season for Garzas in Mexican LNBP where in 36 games he had 11.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Mexican LNBP All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Chism's team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
Chism is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Chism has played previously professionally in France (Aix Maurienne), Hungary (Alba, Sopron KC and Kaposvari), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Lebanon (Sagesse), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Polish U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Polish U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Igor Yoka-Bratasz
Yoka-Bratasz
Aleksander Lentka
Lentka
Lukasz Klawa
Klawa
Blazej Kulikowski
Kulikowski
#e#4
1Adrian Sobokowiak 181-SF-01
2Mateusz Kaszowski 182-G-01 WKK Wroclaw Poland
3Igor Yoka-Bratasz 186-PG-01 WKK Wroclaw Poland
4Milosz Korolczuk 178-PG-01
5Aleksander Lentka 196-G/F-01 WKK Wroclaw Poland
6Kacper Klaczek 196-F-02 AZS Katowice II Poland
7Mateusz Czempiel 191-SG-01 Slask Wroclaw Poland
9Jakub Ulczynski 195-F-02
10Lukasz Klawa 204-F-01 Trefl Sopot Poland
11Blazej Kulikowski 196-F/G-01 Trefl Sopot Poland
12Szymon Zapala 203-C-01
13Wojciech Kosiuk 194-F-01 Piatka Lublin Poland

Michal Mroz Head Coach
Rafal Gil Assistant AZS UJK Kielce Poland
Piotr Piecuch Assistant Wisla Krakow Poland



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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Portuguese U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4Diogo Gomes 174-PG-01
5Hugo Ferreira 178-SG-01
6Andre Silva 194-SG-01
8Rui Silva 191-SF-02
9Diogo Runge 202-C-01
10Frederico Martins 185-SG-01
11Miguel Alves 191-PF-01
13Joao Pinto 186-SG-02 Beira Mar Portugal
14Afonso Candeias 189-SF-02
15Amaro Correia 199-PF-01
16Andre Cruz 192-SG-02
17Joao Fernandes 191-SF-01

Antonio Ferreira Head Coach Barreirense Portugal
Helder Evangelista Assistant



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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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  ROMANIA  


Romanian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Romanian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Constantin Gavriloaia
Gavriloaia
Radu Radulescu
Radulescu
#e#2
1Constantin Gavriloaia 196-SF-01
2Laurentiu Dimitrescu 187-SF-01
3Radu Radulescu 200-C-01
4Marian Duica 198-C-02
5Mihai Carcoana 204-C-02
6Stefan Grasu 197-PF-03
7Luca Vasile 187-SG-01
8Tudor Lungu 185-PG-01
9Bogdan Penciu 201-C-01
10George Cotoara 200-PF-02
12Alexandru Unitu 184-G-01
14Tudor Valeanu 182-PG-01

Emilian Olteanu Head Coach
Alexandru Glica Assistant
Catalin Stefanescu Assistant Braila Romania



Prat signs Emanuel Cate - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) signed 20-year old Romanian center Emanuel Cate (206-97). He has played for the last two seasons at Real Betis in Liga Endesa. However his team was relegated to LEB Gold. Liga Endesa was a little too high level for him, where in 15 Liga Endesa games he had just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg last season. LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team in 2017.
Cate's team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2015.
Cate represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.7ppg, Reb-2 (12.7rpg), 2.5apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 56.8%.
Cate has played previously for another Spanish team Real Madrid II.

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bernat Camarasa
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forward:
Marc Blanch

Centers:
Gerbert Marti
Emanuel Cate

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Artem Yakovenko joins Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) agreed terms with 29-year old ex-international power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-115kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). He played last season at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 28 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Yakovenko helped them to make it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enisey where in 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg. Yakovenko contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. Yakovenko also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0bpg.
Yakovenko played in the final of VTB United League in 2012.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Yakovenko played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 59.1%.
Yakovenko has played previously for eight other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Avtodor, Krasnie Krilya, Unics Kazan, Sojuz Zaretchny, Khimik Engels, BC Nizhny Novgorod and BC Khimki Moscow Region 2nd team.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dzukija keeps Kashirov for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) re-signed 30-year old Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-115kg-87). He played there last season. In 37 LKL games he recorded 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Kashirov played at Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague 2) in Russia where in 14 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the league title.
Kashirov represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Kashirov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Walter Tigers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (Aris), Italy, Latvia (Ventspils) and Russia (CSKA Moscow, Khimki, Universitet Yugra and CSKA Moscow 2nd team).
Kashirov's game is described as: A 7 footer who runs the court terribly well, but who needs to improve his game reading and his passing skills.
2007 Outlook:
Antoly Kashirov is one of the most progressive centers in Russia. The young giant has amazing sense of the basket especially in the paint. He has solid scoring aptitude and variability. He is really unbeatable in the paint. He lacks jumping ability. With a lot of work he could be a great prospect for NBA
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gontarev comes back to Dzukija, ex Ryazan - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) added to their roster 21-year old Russian center Egor Gontarev (212-103kg-96). It is actually his comeback to Alytus as he has played here before. Gontarev played last season at BC Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1. In four games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Gontarev also played that season for Dzukija. But in only one LKL game he did not score anything.
Gontarev represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (SRC-Dzukija).

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor adds Morris to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Earvin Morris (196-84kg-94, college: UTEP). He played last season at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morris' team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2015. He was also voted All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Morris graduated from Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Avtodor Saratov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dramir Zibirov
Fedor Klyuchnikov
Earvin Morris
Justin Robinson

Forwards:
Maxim Sheleketo
Micah Downs

Center:
Artem Klimenko

Coach: Andrea Mazzon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexander Savenkov joins Samara SGEU - by Eurobasket News

BC Samara-SGEU (Superleague 1) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old forward Alexander Savenkov (205-100kg-82) from Univ.Surgut. Savenkov has played there for the last five years. In 30 Superleague 1 games he had 7.7ppg, 8.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.8apg, 1.5spg and 1.1bpg last season. Savenkov helped them to win the Superleague 1 title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 2nd Team.
He has played previously professionally also in Lithuania (Neptunas) and Russia (Novosybirsk, Sojuz Zaretchny, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and Lokomotiv).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Samara SGEU.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Bahrain keeps Sall for another season !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Bahrain Club (Premier League) re-signed Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206-95kg, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points). He played there last season.
Sall played in the final of GSC Tournament in 2014.
He previously for another team CAN Oruro.
Sall graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


Mathias Lessort (ex Nanterre) joins Crvena Zvezda - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed terms with 22-year old French power forward Mathias Lessort (205-95, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Lessort played at JSF Nanterre (also in ProA) where in 36 games he had 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Lessort also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
This summer Lessort was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (50th overall).
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Lessort's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 5.1rpg.
Lessort has played also professionally in France for Chalon/Saor.

Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Feldeine
Branko Lazic
Nikola Radicevic
Nemanja Dangubic

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

Center:
Nikola Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Alimpijevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yesilgiresun hires coach Mihailo Uvalin - by Eurobasket News

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) tabbed 46-year old Serbian coach Mihailo Uvalin (agency: Alti Sport). He coached most recently at Slask Wroclaw in Polish 2Liga.
The previous (14-15) season Uvalin coached at Wilki Morskie (TBL) in Polish league.
He won Polish League championship title in 2013.
Uvalin is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Austria, Belgium (Damme) and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KK Dynamic BG Beograd signs Welton just out of college - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) signed 22-year old American power forward Quadir Welton (203-114kg-95). He just graduated from St.Peter's (NCAA). Welton has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 12.0ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.1apg last season. Welton helped them to win CIT Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. A very impressive season as he was named to All-MAAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dusan Kutlesic signs at Vrsac - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Vrsac Swisslion (KLS) landed 23-year old shooting guard Dusan Kutlesic (199-94). He played most recently at FMP Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 13 games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 1.3rpg last season. Kutlesic helped them to make it to the final. He also played 16 games in ABA League where he had 4.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.1apg. Kutlesic also spent pre-season at Grissin Bon RE (Serie A) in Italian league that year. He contributed to his team making it to the Supercup semifinals.
Kutlesic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3spg.
Kutlesic has played previously for three other Serbia teams: OKK Beograd, Metalac and The Ere.

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Lakers land Stefan Zivanovic - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Riviera Lakers (LNA) tabbed 28-year old Serbian shooting guard Stefan Zivanovic (196-89). He played most recently at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 24 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg last season. Zivanovic also played 17 games in Balkan League where he had 9.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Zivanovic played at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 21 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. The other team he played that season for was Smederevo in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he got impressive 17.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg. Zivanovic also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin (BBL) in German league that year.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Zivanovic's team won Bronze.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes), Bosnia (Igokea and KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina) and Serbia (Metalac and Crvena Zvezda).

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Zivanovic
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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Slovakian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Slovakian U16 National Team 2017
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Matus Skuben
Skuben
Samuel Horvath
Horvath
Rastislav Sipkovsky
Sipkovsky
Filip Babic
Babic
Mate Balogh
Balogh
#e#5
4Adam Korfanta 175-PG-01
5Matus Skuben 184-PG-01
8Marco Hupka 178-PG-01
10Richard Sturcel 182-SG-01
11Samuel Horvath 185-PG-01 Prievidza Slovakia
12Matus Sedlak 206-C-02
13Timotej Micuda 193-SF-01
14Rastislav Sipkovsky 197-PF-01
15David Erben 200-C-01
16Filip Rakai 184-SF-01
17Filip Babic 198-F-01 Sloga Serbia
18Mate Balogh 203-PF-01

Michal Pesta Head Coach



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Rogaska brings back Mitja Nikolic (ex-Novipiu Monferrato) - by Zeljko Zule

Rogaska improved their roster by inking its former member Mitja Nikolic-Smrdelj (200-F-91) on a one-year deal.
Nikolic started last season with Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and in January moved to Novipiu Casale Monferrato, where he averaged 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.4 steals in 11 Serie A2 games. Nikolic has already played for Rogaska during the 2013-14 season, averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27 Slovenian League games.
Nikolic grew up up with Postojna and has already played for Slovan, Zlatorog, Olimpija plus USK Praha in Czech.
He was a member of all youth Slovenian national teams and represented Slovenia at the 2015 European Championship, averaging 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 6 games.



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Ankara D.S.I. adds Sykes to their roster, ex Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News

Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Keifer Sykes (183-82kg-93, college: Green Bay). He played last season at Anyang KGC in South Korean KBL league. In 58 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg.
Sykes won Korean KBL championship title.
The previous (15-16) season Sykes played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 56 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was invited to participate in the D-League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and NABC All-District 12 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Sykes has played also professionally in NBA (San Antonio Spurs).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Ankara D.S.I. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ali Kavaklioglu
Berkcan Yananer
Keifer Sykes
Remzi Semercioglu

Forwards:
Rifat_Murat Kaya
Gokhan_Orcun Tunca

Centers:
Adnan_Onder Kulcebas
Xavier Rey
Serkan Kirce

Coach: Hasan Ozmeric

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Aroca re-signs at La Roda - by Eurobasket News

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda (LEB Silver) confirmed in their roster 26-year old shooting guard Manuel Aroca (191-91). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 17 EBA games he had just 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
He helped them to make it to the EBA Stage 1 Champion final in 2017.
Aroca has played previously for Paterna.

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arturo Fernandez
Manuel Aroca
DeAngelo Hailey

Forwards:
Norman Rey
Jose Blazquez

Center:
Placide Nakidjim

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Oviedo tabs Kenan Karahodzic - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) inked 21-year old Bosnian international power forward Kenan Karahodzic (209-96). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Serbian passport. Karahodzic played most recently at BC Partizan NiS Beograd in Serbian KLS league. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). But in four KLS games he did not score anything and had only 4 rebounds and 1 block. His team ended the regular season on a second best place in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Karahodzic played 10 games in ABA League where he recorded just 1.4ppg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 2.8ppg and 2.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Karahodzic played at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa). In two games he got only 0.5ppg and 1.0rpg. His team made it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention. Karahodzic also played 6 games in Euroleague where he got only 1.7ppg. The other team Karahodzic played that season for was Clinicas Rincon (LEB Silver). In 30 games he got 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Karahodzic played in the final of Spanish U19 Championships in 2014.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 58.8%.
Karahodzic has played also professionally in Serbia for Spartak.

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Ludvig Hakanson signs at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) landed 21-year old Swedish international point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96). He is a well-known player in Spanish Liga Endesa as he played most recently at Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). In 32 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg last season. Hakanson also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Hakanson spent at Real Betis. In 17 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. The other team Hakanson played that season for was VEF Riga in Latvian LBL. In 9 games he got 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. He also played 14 games in VTB United League where he got 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 5.4apg.
Despite young age Hakanson had impressive career. Hakanson played in the final of Spanish U19 Championships in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Hakanson has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2014.
He also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 77.8%.
Hakanson has played previously for two other Spain teams: FC Barcelona and Barca II.
His game is described as: A very promising player, has and immense talent and plays yet with great maturity. Has great shooting range and accuracy, and the leadership of someone who has played for many years.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ludvig Hakanson
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena
Sylven Landesberg

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto keeps Grigaitis for another season - by Eurobasket News

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) re-signed 26-year old Lithuanian forward Marius Grigaitis (195-82kg-91). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 EBA games he averaged 7.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Grigaitis' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2016.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda and Gargzdai Bremena.

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

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

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Villarrobledo keeps McCarter for another season - by Eurobasket News

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV (EBA) re-signed 27-year old American forward Reco McCarter (198-88kg-90, college: Campbell). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain.He played there last season. In 30 EBA games he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season McCarter played at CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior where in 15 EBA games he averaged 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.
Among other achievements his college team won CAA Tournament in 2012. McCarter received also All-Big South Conference Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He graduated from Campbell University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Agricola Villarrobledo CBV roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
LeShaun Murphy
Adrian Camino

Forwards:
Reco McCarter
Bruno Diatta
Mario Melero
Vadal Faniel
Erikas Kalinicenko

Center:
Artur Alaminos

Coach: Manuel Jimenez

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Prat signs Emanuel Cate - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) signed 20-year old Romanian center Emanuel Cate (206-97). He has played for the last two seasons at Real Betis in Liga Endesa. However his team was relegated to LEB Gold. Liga Endesa was a little too high level for him, where in 15 Liga Endesa games he had just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg last season. LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team in 2017.
Cate's team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2015.
Cate represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.7ppg, Reb-2 (12.7rpg), 2.5apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 56.8%.
Cate has played previously for another Spanish team Real Madrid II.

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bernat Camarasa
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forward:
Marc Blanch

Centers:
Gerbert Marti
Emanuel Cate

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Breogan adds Rubio to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) added to their roster experienced 35-year old Spaniard ex-international center Guillem Rubio (202-106kg-82). He played last season at Doukas in Greek A2 league. In 31 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.2apg. Rubio helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL where in 27 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg. Rubio contributed to his team making it to the final. Rubio also played 27 games in VTB United League where he had 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg.
Rubio was a member of Spanish international program for some years. He was called to Spanish Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
Rubio has played also professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Movil Estudiantes, La ICL Manresa, Blancos de Rueda and Real Betis), Greece (Koroivos) and Sweden (Umea).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Breogan.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Johan Lofberg
Sergi Quintela

Centers:
Guillem Rubio
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

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Real Betis land Donnie McGrath - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (LEB Gold) landed 33-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence, agency: Diamond Sports). He played most recently at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. McGrath managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 20 A1 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. McGrath also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. The other team he played that season for was another team Long Island Nets in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He is a very experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki) and Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus).
He attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donnie McGrath
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Jordan Swing
Saul Blanco

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

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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



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



Evan Yates (ex Macc.Rehovot) joins CB Clavijo - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Evan Yates (198-111kg-91, college: Ashland). He played last season at Macc.Rehovot in Israeli National League. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. Yates helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Horsholm 79ers in Danish Ligaen where in 33 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 20.3ppg and averaged 9.7rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Yates contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
He has played previously for two other Spain teams: Zamorano and Araberri.
Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended Ashland University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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

Guards:
Felix Balamou
Erik Quintela
Kevin Olekaibe
Tre' Coggins

Forwards:
William Gutenius
Evan Yates

Coach: Jenaro Diaz

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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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Almeria adds Reyes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Almeria Basket (1 Div.) added to their roster 21-year old forward Joaquin Reyes (196-96). He has played for the last three seasons at Novaschool in the EBA. In 20 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg last season.

Almeria Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Roberto Rueda
Teodor Petrov
Joaquin Reyes
Cristian Ramon

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Otar Pkhakadze (ex Mgzavrebi) agreed terms with Cambados - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Georgian international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA). He played most recently at Mgzavrebi in Georgian Superleague. In 34 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game.
Pkhakadze's team made it to the CalPac Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
He has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Pkhakadze has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Pkhakadze graduated from Simpson University, CA in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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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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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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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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Ludvig Hakanson signs at Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) landed 21-year old Swedish international point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96). He is a well-known player in Spanish Liga Endesa as he played most recently at Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa). In 32 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg last season. Hakanson also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Hakanson spent at Real Betis. In 17 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. The other team Hakanson played that season for was VEF Riga in Latvian LBL. In 9 games he got 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.2spg. He also played 14 games in VTB United League where he got 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 5.4apg.
Despite young age Hakanson had impressive career. Hakanson played in the final of Spanish U19 Championships in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Hakanson has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2014.
He also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 77.8%.
Hakanson has played previously for two other Spain teams: FC Barcelona and Barca II.
His game is described as: A very promising player, has and immense talent and plays yet with great maturity. Has great shooting range and accuracy, and the leadership of someone who has played for many years.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ludvig Hakanson
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena
Sylven Landesberg

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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Lausanne tabs Shaquille Cleare - by Eurobasket News

BBC Lausanne (LNB) inked 24-year old Bahamas center Shaquille Cleare (203-120kg-93). He just graduated from Texas (NCAA). Cleare has played there for the last four years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Cleare's game is described as: "A big body post with off-the-charts upside," according to ESPN.com.

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Lakers land Stefan Zivanovic - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Riviera Lakers (LNA) tabbed 28-year old Serbian shooting guard Stefan Zivanovic (196-89). He played most recently at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 24 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg last season. Zivanovic also played 17 games in Balkan League where he had 9.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Zivanovic played at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 21 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. The other team he played that season for was Smederevo in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he got impressive 17.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg. Zivanovic also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin (BBL) in German league that year.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Zivanovic's team won Bronze.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes), Bosnia (Igokea and KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina) and Serbia (Metalac and Crvena Zvezda).

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Zivanovic
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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N'Diaye re-signs at Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Riviera Lakers (LNA) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Ivorian small forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU). He played there last season. In 19 LNB games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. N'Diaye helped them to win the LNB title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BBC Lausanne (also in LNB) where in 19 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 2nd Team.
N'Diaye represented Ivory Coast at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg.
N'Diaye another Swiss team Boncourt.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Lakers.
N'Diaye attended Florida International University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Zivanovic
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Ismael N'Diaye
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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Lakers sign Eric Katenda - by Eurobasket News

Riviera Lakers (LNA) signed 25-year old French-Congolese forward Eric Katenda (206-109kg-92, college: N.Texas). He played last season at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in French ProA. But in 23 games he had just 1.1ppg.
Katenda's college team won ACC Tournament in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Germany (Hannover Tigers) and other team (unrise Christian).
Katenda attended University of North Texas until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Riviera Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steeve Louissaint
Cedric Bonga
Milos Rajic
Pedro Pessoa

Forwards:
Gardner Louissaint
Eric Katenda
Vincent Gaillard

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Swiss U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

4Diego Togninalli 175-PG-02
7Aron Solca 179-PG-02
8Marco Mouron 187-SG-01
9Noe Lugt 198-PF-01
10Luka Langura 188-SG-01
12Thomas Salman 189-SG-01
13Kevin Martina 201-SF-01
14Haris Jusovic 202-PF-02
15Saban Mehic 202-SF-01
17Nicholas Hullinger 194-SF-01
18Paolo Nicolet 200-C-01
19Luan Murati 207-C-01

Nicolas Perot Head Coach Boncourt Switzerland
Niels Matter Assistant Baeren Switzerland



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Yesilgiresun hires coach Mihailo Uvalin - by Eurobasket News

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) tabbed 46-year old Serbian coach Mihailo Uvalin (agency: Alti Sport). He coached most recently at Slask Wroclaw in Polish 2Liga.
The previous (14-15) season Uvalin coached at Wilki Morskie (TBL) in Polish league.
He won Polish League championship title in 2013.
Uvalin is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Austria, Belgium (Damme) and Ukraine.

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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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Uruk is back at Final Genclik - by Eurobasket News

Final Spor Genclik Bursa (TB2L) signed 29-year old forward Alparslan Uruk (199-88). It is actually his comeback to Bursa as he has played here before. Uruk played last season at Inegol in the TB2L. In 19 games he had 13.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (15-16) season Uruk played at Final Genclik (TBL) where in 34 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg.
Uruk has played previously for five other teams: Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Balikesir, FMV Isik, Denizli Basket and Istanbul DSI.

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Ankara D.S.I. adds Sykes to their roster, ex Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News

Ankara D.S.I. (TBL) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Keifer Sykes (183-82kg-93, college: Green Bay). He played last season at Anyang KGC in South Korean KBL league. In 58 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg.
Sykes won Korean KBL championship title.
The previous (15-16) season Sykes played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 56 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was invited to participate in the D-League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and NABC All-District 12 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Sykes has played also professionally in NBA (San Antonio Spurs).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Ankara D.S.I. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ali Kavaklioglu
Berkcan Yananer
Keifer Sykes
Remzi Semercioglu

Forwards:
Rifat_Murat Kaya
Gokhan_Orcun Tunca

Centers:
Adnan_Onder Kulcebas
Xavier Rey
Serkan Kirce

Coach: Hasan Ozmeric

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

28-year old Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Power and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Ndejje (#6, 5-4) 88-81. Power is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan league. They are still close to the very top. Power would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Makiadi has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Makiadi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.7ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Henry Okoth (F-99) of UPDF. He is a forward in his first season at UPDF. In the last game Okoth recorded impressive 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as UPDF lost that game 57-63 to slightly higher-ranked Sharing Youth (#8, 3-7). UPDF is still second from the bottom in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories UPDF managed to get this year. Okoth is a newcomer at UPDF and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#1). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ndikumana Landry (F-93) of City Oilers (#5). Landry showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of City Oilers, leading his team to a 73-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#8, 3-7). City Oilers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Landry has a great season in Uganda. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micheal Otieno (193-G-93) of Ndejje - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Buzangu (F-82) of Pemba Warriors - 18 points and 3 rebounds
8. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nasser Guddi (F-92) of Power - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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



NBL Round 20: Power defeats leader KIU Titans - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked KIU Titans (8-3) in Kampala on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Power (8-2) 64-56. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Power forced 23 KIU Titans turnovers. Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. The former international forward Joseph Ikong (193-85) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Chris Omanye (183-94) replied with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for KIU Titans. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. KIU Titans at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with UCU Canons.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Power (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Ndejje (5-4). Power managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ndejje. Worth to mention a great performance of Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and Kojo Micheal who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Kenyan guard Micheal Otieno (193-93) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Ndejje at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost.
The game between 9th ranked JKL Dolphins (3-8) and fifth ranked Pemba Warriors (9-1) in on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kampala outscored JKL Dolphins 81-41. The winners were led by Philip Amenyi who scored that evening 9 points and 13 rebounds. Even 6 points and 14 rebounds by Francis Ogola did not help to save the game for JKL Dolphins. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pemba Warriors keep a position of league leader. JKL Dolphins lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with UPDF.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: City Oilers smashed Sharing Youth on the road 73-52. Falcons was destroyed by Our Saviour on its own court 58-79. Sharing Youth managed to outperform UPDF in a road game 63-57. JKL Dolphins recorded a loss to Ndejje at home 55-59.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Ndikumana Landry of City Oilers.

JKL Dolphins - Pemba Warriors 41-81

The game between 9th ranked JKL Dolphins (3-8) and fifth ranked Pemba Warriors (9-1) in on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kampala outscored JKL Dolphins 81-41. Pemba Warriors shot 20 for 30 from the free-throw line, while JKL Dolphins only scored three points from the stripe. Pemba Warriors forced 23 JKL Dolphins turnovers. The winners were led by center Philip Amenyi (-89) who scored that evening 9 points and 13 rebounds and forward Amisi Saidi (-87) supported him with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Even 6 points and 14 rebounds by center Francis Ogola (-91) did not help to save the game for JKL Dolphins. Forward Daniel Orenga (186-96) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pemba Warriors keep a position of league leader. JKL Dolphins lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with UPDF.
Top scorers:
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 12+5reb, F.Odama 7+3reb+1ast, N.Blick 6+4reb+4ast, F.Ogola 6+14reb, B.Ochola 3, D.Ngati 3+2reb+3ast
Pemba Warriors: M.Buzangu 18+3reb+1ast, M.Opiyo 15+3reb+1ast, S.Kiviiri 12+3reb, A.Saidi 11+9reb+2ast, P.Amenyi 9+13reb+3ast, C.Kizito 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 549490


Sharing Youth - City Oilers 52-73

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked City Oilers (6-3) crushed on the road 9th ranked Sharing Youth (3-7) 73-52 on Sunday. They outrebounded Sharing Youth 60-24 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. City Oilers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward James Okello (193-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and forward Ndikumana Landry (-93) supported him with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. City Oilers' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Tong Gatwech (-92) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Forward Malek Lino (-91) added 9 points for the hosts. City Oilers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 6-3 record. Loser Sharing Youth dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 16+5reb+3ast, N.Jakisa 9+1reb+1ast, M.Lino 9+2reb+1ast, B.Mopele 8+3reb, E.Bakara 5+4reb, T.Okello 4+1reb+6ast
City Oilers: J.Enabu 16+1reb+3ast, N.Landry 15+11reb+4ast, J.Okello 13+17reb+2ast, S.Omony 7+7reb+3ast, T.Drieba 6+3reb+1ast, J.Otim 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 557686


Falcons - Our Saviour 58-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Falcons' (2-6) home loss to ninth ranked Our Saviour (3-7) in Kampala 58-79 on Sunday. Our Saviour forced 19 Falcons turnovers and outrebounded them 46-30 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by forward Steven Mwesigye who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and center Daniel Monoja supported him with 9 points and 14 rebounds. Our Saviour's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points by forward Asiko Dickson did not help to save the game for Falcons. Center Francis Karoro (-89) added 17 points for the hosts. Our Saviour moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sharing Youth. Loser Falcons dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Falcons: F.Karoro 17+2reb, A.Dickson 15+3reb+2ast, B.Okumu 8+8reb+2ast, V.Jurua 7+4reb+2ast, A.Ntale 6+6reb, N.Owori 4+2reb
Our Saviour: S.Mwesigye 16+11reb+2ast, P.Elungat 16+4reb+1ast, R.Balemwa 9+3reb+1ast, D.Monoja 9+14reb+3ast, D.Opolot 8+3reb, M.Nkumbi 7+3reb
gschID: 549493


Ndejje - Power 81-88

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Power (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Ndejje (5-4). Power managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ndejje. Ndejje was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Power, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ndejje's 40. Power forced 22 Ndejje turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and center Kojo Micheal (-87) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Power players scored in double figures. Kenyan guard Micheal Otieno (193-93) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Maker Deng (-94) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Ndejje at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Ndejje: M.Otieno 21+6reb+2ast, M.Deng 17+9reb, I.Ochera 16+1reb+1ast, M. Buluma 9+4reb+2ast, G.Baderha 9+7reb+1ast, S.Ajack 7+3reb+1ast
Power: M.Makiadi 23+15reb+1ast, K.Micheal 16+7reb+1ast, N.Guddi 15+3reb, W.Nijimbere 11+2reb+1ast, P.Odong 9+1reb, J.Ikong 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 549491


KIU Titans - Power 56-64

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked KIU Titans (8-3) in Kampala on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Power (8-2) 64-56. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Power forced 23 KIU Titans turnovers. Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. The former international forward Joseph Ikong (193-85) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Chris Omanye (183-94) replied with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Micheal Bwanga added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KIU Titans. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. KIU Titans at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with UCU Canons.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: M.Bwanga 15+5reb, C.Omanye 13+6reb+6ast, G.Soro 7+3reb+2ast, F.Kumpanyi 6+6reb, E.Kazungu 6+8reb+4ast, S.Ulanga 5+2reb+2ast
Power: M.Makiadi 20+20reb+2ast, P.Odong 13+3reb+3ast, J.Ikong 9+8reb+4ast, K.Micheal 6+1reb+1ast, S.Fahmy 6+4reb+2ast, F.Kasinde 2+3reb
gschID: 549487


UPDF - Sharing Youth 57-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Sharing Youth's (3-7) road victory over 10th ranked UPDF (3-8) 63-57 on Wednesday. Sharing Youth forced 20 UPDF turnovers. Strangely UPDF outrebounded Sharing Youth 49-37 including 19 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tong Gatwech (-92) supported him with 19 points. Sharing Youth's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds by forward Henry Okoth (-99) did not help to save the game for UPDF. Felix Mukunzi added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Sharing Youth moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Our Saviour. Loser UPDF dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with JKL Dolphins.
Top scorers:
UPDF: H.Okoth 31+9reb+3ast, F.Mukunzi 12+14reb, S.Wokorach 4+3reb, A.Okot 4+3reb, E.Okello 3+4reb+1ast, A.Mityero 2+5reb
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 19+3reb+3ast, E.Okumu 11+12reb+2ast, B.Mopele 8+3reb, M.Lino 7+3reb+1ast, E.Bakara 6+7reb, T.Okello 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 549488


JKL Dolphins - Ndejje 55-59

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked JKL Dolphins (3-8) lost at home to sixth ranked Ndejje (5-4) 59-55 on Wednesday. Ndejje forced 31 JKL Dolphins turnovers. The winners were led by Kenyan guard Micheal Otieno (193-93) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Maker Deng (-94) supported him with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by forward Ferdinand Odama (158-95) did not help to save the game for JKL Dolphins. Center Francis Ogola (-91) added 9 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ndejje maintains sixth position with 5-4 record. JKL Dolphins lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with UPDF.
Top scorers:
JKL Dolphins: F.Odama 16+9reb+3ast, D.Orenga 14+3reb+2ast, F.Ogola 9+12reb+1ast, M.Libe 8+9reb+1ast, J.Emong 3+1reb, D.Ngati 3
Ndejje: M.Otieno 20+3reb+5ast, M. Buluma 8+2reb, M.Deng 8+11reb, I.Ochera 7+3reb+2ast, G.Baderha 7+5reb+1ast, D.Katumba 7+11reb+1ast
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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Lasker re-signs at Newcastle Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American point guard Andrew Lasker (188-82, college: Point Loma). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 32 BBL games he had 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. Lasker helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention in 2015.
Lasker has spent his entire career in United Kingdom playing for two other teams: Plymouth Raiders and Scorchers.
Lasker is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Newcastle Eagles.
Lasker attended Point Loma Nazarene College until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Andrew Lasker
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Watson gets green light to roll with Raiders - by Paul Nilsen

Former BBL Championship winning point guard, Neil Watson (180-PG-91, college: S.Mississippi), will be making the journey down south from Glasgow to join Plymouth Raiders for the 2017-18 season.

The 26-year-old, from Kansas, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi before turning proand joining Leicester in 2014, where he led Riders to League and Cup titles in the 2015-16 season.

A proven winner and known for his high tempo style, Watson has averaged 14.5 points per game over his professional career, along with an impressive 5.8 assists per outing.

Last season, after making the move north to Glasgow Rocks, he averaged 16.2 points and 4.3 assists per game - elevating the Scottish team to 3rd in the BBL Championship.

Making a signing of Watson's calibre is a real statement of intent for the Raiders under new ownersMackenzie and Mollard, as the club looks to improve on recent seasons and battling to try and make the Play-Offs.

Gavin Love, Head Coach for the Raiders said: 'We are expecting a great deal from Neil this season, as he will need to raise the level of those around him for our season to be a success.

'With his experience, we are confident he is the right person to lead our team from the point guard position.

"He has all the tools a player needs to excel in the league, and I believe he still can expand areas ofhis game. I'm confident we will see that improvement this season.'

Speaking of his move to Plymouth, Watson said: 'I'm very excited to be joinimg the Raiders family and I'm looking forward to competing for trophies this season while doing a lot of winning.'

Further announcements from Coach Love are expected throughout August, as he builds a team ready to compete for trophies in the coming BBL season.



Byrne expecting big things of Bell - by Paul Nilsen

Manchester Giants coach Danny Byrne (183-PG) is expecting big things from British forward Richard Bell (206-F/C-91, college: Clayton St.) (200-F-87) in his second year at the club.

Bell, 26, returns to Manchester having spent his rookie year in the BBL last season, where he made 29 appearances with an average of 22 minutes, six rebounds and seven points per game.

Byrne said: 'Richard overcame a bad injury last season and I know he's been working hard over the summer.

'We need to give him the confidence to play to his size, and he got better towards the end of last season.

'We're expecting bigger things of him now. He's been through his rookie season and he knows what to expect from the league.

'He knows he'll need to up his game to take off and get a bit more aggression in him.

'He gets up and down the floor and he fits what we want to do.'

Bell has been to Atlanta in the summer, working out with Paul Cantwell, the head coach at Combine Academy Atlanta, as well as playing in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL) proam tournament.

He said: 'I'm looking to have a strong season next year for the Giants.

'I've been working on improving my skills, being more consistent with my shot, improving my dribbling and getting my body stronger and more explosive.

'I feel like I'm improving and my body is better. I'm eating better and I'm getting stronger.'

Bell is now back in Manchester ahead of the start of pre-season, as well as the second year of his Masters studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He is the sixth confirmed member of the Giants roster for 2017-18, following the announcements of Callum Jones, Jerelle Okoro and Anastasios Traianos and new faces Clayfell Harris and Mark Rangeley.



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.



Celtics to face 76ers in London - by Dave Ryan

The NBA will stage their eighth regular season game at London's O2 Arena on Thursday January 11 as Philadelphia 76ers face Boston Celtics.
The 76ers' current roster features 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team members Joel Embiid (Cameroon), who led all first year players in points and rebounds and Dario Sari (Croatia), who was twice named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month during the 2016-17 season, as well as 2016 and 2017 No. 1 overall draft picks, Ben Simmons (Australia) and Markelle Fultz (U.S.), respectively.
The Celtics' roster currently features two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas (175-PG-89, college: Washington), who last season led the team in scoring with a career-high 28.9 points per game, 2017 NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward (U.S.) and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Dominican Republic), who last season led the team in rebounds.
The game will be Celtics' second game in the capital, having played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007. The 76ers will be playing their second game in the UK and first game in London, having previously played a preseason game in Manchester against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.
Embiid is excited about the prospect of playing at the O2: 'I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer. We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.'
Celtics' mercurial point guard Thomas is also pleased to be coming to the UK: 'It's very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London. I can't wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.'

Tickets for the game will go on sale in October 2017. Fans can register their interest for tickets to the NBA London Game 2018 and gain access to bespoke content, presale information and more by visiting NBA.com/London. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, by the NBA's broadcast partners across EMEA and on NBA LEAGUE PASS International.




Adam Thoseby agreed terms with Kings - by Eurobasket News

Sydney Kings (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-95kg-91, college: Georgia SW). He played in the summer at Knox Raiders (Big V). In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Thoseby's team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He received also All-PeachBelt 3rd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Thoseby represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 75.0%.
Thoseby has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Reading Rockets).
He attended Georgia Southwestern State University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Sydney Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adam Thoseby
Travis Leslie

Forward:
Dane Pineau

Centers:
Kevin Lisch
Isaac Humphries

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leeds Force tabs Samuel Toluwase - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force (BBL) inked naturalized Nigerian guard Samuel Toluwase (194) from Manchester Giants. In 25 BBL games he recorded 14.4ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Toluwase spent at Sheffield Sharks where in 16 BBL games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Scorchers that year.
Toluwase won BBL in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Toluwase has played also professionally in Iceland (KFI Isafjordur), Italy (Ruvo), United Kingdom (Brixton Topcats, Crusaders and Essex Pirates) and Canada (Gryphons).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

Leeds Force roster for 2017-2018:

Ingus Bankevics
Samuel Toluwase
Alhaji Fullah
Aidan Appleyard
Eric Childress
Tavarion Nix
Jordan Cook
Issac Mourier
Antonio Deogratias

Coach: Mika Turunen

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Simmons' 38-point game gives him Metro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Verdirrojo and receives a Latinbasket.com Metro Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Verdirrojo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Marne (#12, 4-12) 97-84. Verdirrojo is placed at 4th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. Verdirrojo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Simmons had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Verdirrojo's top player in his first season with the team. Lincoln Memorial University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simmons is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.3ppg. Simmons is in league's top in and averages solid 51.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Trevante Drye (199-F-93) of . He is American forward in his first season at Stockolmo. In the last game Drye recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Stockolmo lost that game 71-77. Stockolmo is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Drye is a newcomer at Stockolmo and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of league's leader Atenas. Danridge got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 85-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Colon (#13, 4-14). Atenas confirms their top position in the standings. Danridge has a great season in Uruguay. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.2ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.2apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Octavio Medina (195-F-96) of Stockolmo - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) of Atenas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89) of Miramar - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Federico Cholaquides) of Verdirrojo - 20 points and 15 rebounds
9. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Marne - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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  VENEZUELA  


Michael Carrera (ex Marinos) joins Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Cairns Taipans (NBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Venezuelan international small forward Michael Carrera (196-97kg-93, college: S.Carolina). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Carrera played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 32 LPB games he had 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. Carrera helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Rookie of the Year. He also played that season for Avtodor in Russian league where in 17 VTB United League games he recorded 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. Carrera also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
Carrera has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He was also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Carrera played for Venezuelan Senior National Team between 2012 and 2015 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2009.
He also represented Venezuela at the South American U15 Championships in Guanare (Venezuela) nine years ago.
Carrera graduated from University of South Carolina in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
On Carrera: A solid forward player, he seems undersized to play the 3 position, but makes the job done thaks to hustle, timing and a 7-1 wingspan. His effeciveness at grabbing rebounds and shot blocking can be compared to the one of a 6-8 or 6-9 player. Plus, he know how to score both inside and out.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  VIETNAM  


Al-Najma welcomes back Quaintance, ex Saigon H. !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Najma (Premier League) landed 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Quaintance played most recently at Saigon Heat in Vietnamese VBA league. In three ASEAN League games he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season.
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall).
He attended Kent State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Quaintance's team made it to the ASEAN League Semifinals.
He was selected to Icelandic League All-Star Game back in 2013.
Quaintance is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Quaintance has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (BBC Bayreuth), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Japan (Dragonflies), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), Bahrain (Al-Ahli and Sitra), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: A scorer who can play with his back to the basket, put the ball on the floor or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. A well-rounded and athletic forward who fills up the stat sheet: he scores, rebounds, gets assists, steals and blocked shots. He can guard several positions well and can defend out on the perimeter or in the paint. He was a dominant player in Israel in 2008-09 when he finished third in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg). He lost a season to injury but came back and dominated in Australian SEABL in 2011 (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg). He is an unusually gifted passer for a frontcourt player and he is very unselfish. He can be deployed successfully in the high post or low post.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor adds Morris to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Earvin Morris (196-84kg-94, college: UTEP). He played last season at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morris' team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2015. He was also voted All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Morris graduated from Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Avtodor Saratov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dramir Zibirov
Fedor Klyuchnikov
Earvin Morris
Justin Robinson

Forwards:
Maxim Sheleketo
Micah Downs

Center:
Artem Klimenko

Coach: Andrea Mazzon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Artem Yakovenko joins Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) agreed terms with 29-year old ex-international power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-115kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). He played last season at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 28 games he had 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Yakovenko helped them to make it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Enisey where in 19 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg. Yakovenko contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four. Yakovenko also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0bpg.
Yakovenko played in the final of VTB United League in 2012.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Yakovenko played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 59.1%.
Yakovenko has played previously for eight other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Avtodor, Krasnie Krilya, Unics Kazan, Sojuz Zaretchny, Khimik Engels, BC Nizhny Novgorod and BC Khimki Moscow Region 2nd team.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

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


D'Tigress slump to first warm-up defeat against a male club-side - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria's D'Tigress lost to Raptors Basketball club of Lagos 55-71 in their first test match ahead of the 2017 Afrobasket Women competition.

The game played Wednesday evening inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lagos National stadium was watched by witnessed by appreciative crowd

The division-one side led by Charles Ibeziako led with 10 points in the opening minutes of the first quarter, a prelude to the loss by the national team handled on the night by assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu.

Despite making a steady recovery into the game, it was a case of too little too late as the Senior Women's National Team trailed by 25points to 14 at the end the first quarter.

The second quarter, saw a D'Tigress team with a high level of mental alertness, defensive discipline and good attacking moves as they took the initiative from the Raptors team who were desperate to make an impression after missing an automatic promotion to the Premier League last term.

The players all conspired to allow the opposition score just 2 baskets while the D'Tigress scored 16 points to end the game at 30-28 in their favour at the end of the close of the second quarter.

Raptors used physical advantage in the third period, punishing D'Tigress with series of fast breaks after the team failed to deal with many rebounds.

D'Tigress only managed 10 more points to their scores as Raptors stretched open the lead by 56-38.

Speaking after the game, the team's assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu who stood in for the head coach, Sam Vincent expressed delight in the team . Ahmedu said that the team will get better after one or two more friendlies before jetting out to Bamako for the Afrobasket competition

"With what I have seen so far, I am very impressed because this is the first game we are playing together since the arrival of the foreign-base players from the United States of America.

"Managing over 20 girls on the bench was another problem. To look at them and pass instruction was another problem.'

He promised to go back to the drawing board, make the necessary corrections with the Technical crew headed by Sam Vincent who arrived Lagos on Wednesday night.

On the other side, Ibeziako of Raptors described playing against the national team as a big opportunity, days before representing the country at Africa's largest women's basketball fiesta.

Despite losing, Ibeziako was full of praise for the national team.

'Women playing against men is a tough game. But with what I have seen, they are tough and will represent Nigeria well.'

An impressed Oguande expressed optimism that in the next couple of days, the team should be ready to launch a title challenge in Mali.

'Initially, they were jittery but as the game went on, they got better and that is truly the case in a team sport. The more games you play, the more you get better and I am hoping by the time we play the next game, we will be doing better than this. Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: ProDep Management)



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The End of Preliminary Round in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Mozambique - Egypt 61-64
Egypt overcame Mozambique to gain the third victory at the tournament. Malak Elshishiny (169-G-01) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Mozambique recorded a 34:22 halftime advantage. Egypt though turned things around in the second half. They used a 26:13 rally in the final period to snatch the win. Salma Ismail (169-PG-02) notched 13 points for the winners. Nelly McDonald (02) produced 18 points for Mozambique.

Mali - Angola 60-43
Mali recorded the fourth straight win at the tournament. They edged Angola to finish on top of preliminary round standings. Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) produced 19 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Mali recorded a 29:14 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Sika Kone (02) had 12 points and 9 boards in the victory. Cristina Lourenco (164-G-01) replied with 10 points for Angola.




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Perth tabs Courtney Williams - by Eurobasket News

Perth Lynx (WNBL) inked 23-year old American guard Courtney Williams (173-94, college: S.Florida). She plays in the summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 19 games she recorded 13.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg. The last season Williams played at Girne Universitesi in Turkish KBSL where in 14 games she averaged 11.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7apg.
Last year she was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in first round (8th overall).
Williams attended University of South Florida until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements she played in the final of AAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Williams received also All-AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2016 at her college time.
Williams represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju seventeen years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 11.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT-3 (90.0%).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @sammywsig)

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Australian State League round 21 best performance: Tabatha Richardson-Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gladstone PCP, receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The player had a double-double of 39 points and 11 rebounds, while her team crushed Cairns D. (#9, 7-10) with 19-point margin 98-79. Gladstone PCP maintains the 4th position in their group in Australian State League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gladstone PCP will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Richardson-Smith had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. She turned to be Gladstone PCP's top player in her first season with the team. Tabatha Richardson-Smith averages this season 31.7ppg, 10.3rpg and 5.3apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Markel Walker (185-F-90) of Ipswich F.. Walker had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 22 rebounds. Of course Ipswich F. cruised to a 92-85 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked SW Metro P. (#8, 8-9). Ipswich F.'s 6th position in QBL has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Walker is a newcomer at Ipswich F., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Darcy Garbin (187-F-94) of Townsville F. (#5). Garbin got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. She went also for seventeen rebounds . She was a key player of Townsville F., leading her team to a 89-75 easy win against the lower-ranked SC Rip (#11, 5-12). Townsville F. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in QBL. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Garbin has a great season in Australia. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.6ppg (9th best). She also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hanna Zavecz (186-F/G-85) of Melbourne T. - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Maddie Allen (190-C) of Brisbane S. - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jaterra Bonds (170-G-92) of Ballarat R. - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Keely Froling (188-F-96) of Canberra C. - 23 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mikaela Ruef (190-F-90) of Hobart C. - 24 points, 23 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lauren Scherf (196-C/F-96) of Dandenong R. - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ashleigh Spencer (F-92) of Ballarat R. - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Maryia Papova agreed terms with Botas - by Lior Hai

Botasspor Adana (KBSL) inked 23-year old Belarusian international forward Maryia Papova (189-85kg-94). She played most recently at Galatasaray in the KBSL. In 30 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Papova helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 13 games in Eurocup where she averaged 12.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Papova played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk in Russian PBL. In 17 games she had 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she got 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Papova received Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Player of the Year award back in 2013.
She has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Papova has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2014.
She also represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Papova has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk and Olimpia).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Egypt's women in the final of the Arab Championship - by Eurobasket News

The national women's basketball team qualified for the final of the Arab Championship on Wednesday evening. Egypt's women beat the Iraqi women's national team on Wednesday with a huge difference in result (110-61) in the semi-final of the Arab Championship held at hall 3 of the covered halls complex of the Cairo International Stadium from August 5 to 10, Egypt will face Tunisia in the final on Thursday at 7 p.m. Cairo local time. Egypt had qualified for the semi-finals after defeating Iraq in the first round with a score of 114-51, then beating Tunisia in the second round with a score of 65-60 and defeating Jordan with a score of 97-53 in the third round.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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TTT Riga adds Stewart to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga (LSBL) added to their roster 28-year old British international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she recorded 4.3ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stewart's team made it to the Hungarian Cup Final Four in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2015.
Stewart has been also a member of British international program for some years. She has regularly played for British senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Stewart also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 68.8%.
Stewart is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Stewart tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide Lightning), United Kingdom (Crusaders) and Hungary (PINKK Pecsi).
Stewart attended University of Florida until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

TTT Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ieva Krastina
Sheylani Peddy
Kate_Karlina Kreslina

Forward:
Ally Malott

Center:
Azania Stewart

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lundquist, SWE21.8 
 2. Tsineke, GRE21.6 
 3. Friskovec, SLO18.4 
 4. Guner, TUR13.6 
 5. Smutna, CZE13.2 
 6. Juhasz, HUN13.0 
 7. Azinovic, BIH12.2 
 8. Turudic, SRB12.2 
 9. Erjavec, CRO12.2 
 10. Donskichyte, LTU12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Massey, BEL12.4 
 2. Rozentale, LAT10.0 
 3. Lundquist, SWE9.6 
 4. Guner, TUR9.0 
 5. Vorackova, CZE8.6 
 6. Massey, BEL8.4 
 7. Djordjevic, SRB8.3 
 8. Heljic, BIH7.8 
 9. Cubaj, ITA7.8 
 10. Gorsic, SLO7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana KATANIC
  (174-PG-99)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Katanic, SRB6.4 
 2. Dimitrijevic, SRB4.8 
 3. Vorackova, CZE4.6 
 4. Kroselj, SLO4.4 
 5. Sotolova, CZE4.4 
 6. Friskovec, SLO4.0 
 7. Tadic, CRO4.0 
 8. Azinovic, BIH4.0 
 9. Pusztai, HUN4.0 
 10. Lelik, HUN4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia DONSKICHYTE
  (168-SG-0)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Donskichyte, LTU3.6 
 2. Verona, ITA3.2 
 3. Lundquist, SWE3.2 
 4. Sotolova, CZE3.0 
 5. Masionyte, LTU2.8 
 6. Gorsic, SLO2.4 
 7. Friskovec, SLO2.4 
 8. Naumcev, SRB2.4 
 9. Septe, LAT2.2 
 10. Czukor, HUN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Massey, BEL3.2 
 2. Guner, TUR2.2 
 3. Brabencova, CZE2.0 
 4. Cubaj, ITA1.6 
 5. Kosulnikova, RUS1.4 
 6. Kozhukhar, RUS1.3 
 7. Anastasopoul., GRE1.2 
 8. Turudic, SRB1.2 
 9. Kazociunaite, LTU1.2 
 10. Krakic, BIH1.0 


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 


Serbia, Belgium, Czech Republic and France enter semifinals in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
Serbia - Slovenia 74-63
Serbia rallied past Slovenia in the quarterfinal clash. Ivana Raca (190-SG-99) delivered 16 points and 8 boards in the win. Serbia and Slovenia tied at 33 at the interval. Serbia however triggered a 24:17 run in the third term to surge ahead. They held Slovenia to just 13 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Mina Djordjevic (186-PF-99, agency: BeoBasket) notched 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandra Kroselj (168-PG-99) and Teja Gorsic (187-C-99) chipped in 18 points each for Slovenia.

Hungary - Belgium 56-59
Belgium outscored Hungary to reach the semifinal stage. Marie Vervaet (186-C-00) delivered 23 points and 10 boards in the victory. Belgium recorded a 33:22 halftime lead. Hungary went on a strong comeback run in the fourth term but stopped just short of win. Becky Massey (186-G/F-00) produced 12 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Veronika Kanyasi (173-G-99) replied with 16 points for Hungary.

Sweden - Czech Republic 43-71
Czech Republic reached the semis in Sopron as they dismantled Sweden today. Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 38:14 halftime advantage. Czech Republic went on a 19:15 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Kristyna Brabencova (165-SG-99) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Klara Lundquist (171-PG-99) provided 13 points and 8 boards for Sweden.

Spain - France 45-51
France paved their way into the semifinal stage. They upset Spain in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) came up with 12 points and 8 boards in the victory. Spain ensured a 23:20 halftime lead. But les Bleues responded with an 18:10 run in the third quarter to ensure a 5-point lead. France held their opponents to just 12 points in the final period and raced to the win. Kadiatou Sissoko (180-F-99) netted 9 points and grabbed 9 boards for les Bleues. Iris Junio (185-G-99) and Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) posted 10 points each for Spain.
9-16 Place
Latvia - Italy 57-82
Italy fired past Latvia in the classification round. Sara Madera (186-F/C-00) and Costanza Verona (170-PG-99) provided 15 points each in the win. Italy grabbed a 34:23 halftime lead. They added 48 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Martina Fassina accounted for 12 points in the victory. Janeta Rozentale (183-C-99) netted 12 points for Latvia.

Croatia - Lithuania 69-67
Croatia outgunned Lithuania today. Andjela Katavic came up with 21 points to pace the winners. Croatia ensured a 42:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the second half. They pulled within striking distance but could not avert the loss. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) and Matea Tadic had 14 points each in the win. Dalia Donskichyte (168-SG-00) banked in 20 points for the Baltic team.

Greece - Bosnia 65-80
Bosnia prevailed against Greece in the classification round. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Gabriela Viskovic (175-PG-00) provided 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the charge. Greece eked out a 38:36 halftime lead. They ensured a 2-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Bosnia ignited a massive 26:9 rally in the final term to seal the win. Ksenija Mitric had 17 points in the victory. Elena Tsineke (174-G/F-99) provided 26 points for Greece.

Turkey - Russia 44-84
Russia thumped Turkey in the classification round clash. Mariia Antoshina (173-PG-00) scored 15 points to lead the winning team. Russia built a 47:19 halftime lead. They went on a 20:8 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Anastasia Zotkin and Anna Zaytseva (183-F/C-99) provided 12 points each in the win. Meltem Yildizhan (186-PF-99, agency: GoaBasket) tossed in 11 points for Turkey.



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.




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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.




Semifinals are set in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Venezuela - Colombia 59-62
Colombia recorded the second win in Buenos Aires as they rallied past Venezuela. Mabel Martinez accounted for 19 points for the winners. Colombia eked out a 31:28 halftime lead. They went on a 21:14 rally in the third term to boost the margin at 10-point mark. Venezuela could not overcome the deficit in the final stanza as Colombia marched to the win. Tathiana Mosquera (196-C/F-89) and Maria Palacios (163-G-85) had 10 points each in the victory. Ivaney Marquez (177-SF-83, college: Grayson County CC) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Venezuela.

Argentina - Brazil 68-49
Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They outgunned Brazil for the fourth straight win. Debora Gonzalez (170-PG-90, agency: Players Group) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Argentina established a 38:23 halftime lead. They followed with a 22:15 run in the third term to clear off for good. Andrea Boquete (183-F-90) had 16 points for the winners. Gilmara Justino (191-C-81) answered with 18 points and 9 boards for Brazil.

Group B
Canada - Paraguay 86-64
Canada registered the fourth straight win in Group B. They stormed past Paraguay to stay unbeaten. Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Canada posted a 26:14 lead at the first break. They went on a 45:27 second half rally to ice the win. Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92, college: Marquette) contributed 12 points for the North American side. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 14 points for Paraguay.

Mexico - Cuba 51-62
Cuba opened win count in Buenos Aires. They topped Mexico in the final game of the preliminary round. Ineidis Casanova stepped up with 16 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Mexico enjoyed a 25:23 halftime advantage. But Cuba used a 22:9 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They protected the advantage throughout the final stanza and eased to the victory. Anisleidys Galindo and Francy Ochoa (185-F-90) had 12 points each for the winners. Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-F-93, college: Charleston) and Gabriela Saad (165-G-91) tossed in 11 points each for Mexico.




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  GREECE  


Lykendra Johnson agreed terms with Faros Keratsiniou - by Chris Mammides

A.O. Faros Keratsiniou (A2) inked 28-year old American forward Lykendra Johnson (185-89, college: Michigan State). She has played for the last four years at Olympiacos in the A1. In 24 games she recorded 11.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Johnson helped them to win the League title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg and 1.0bpg.
Among other achievements Johnson received Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year award in 2016.
She has played previously professionally in Sweden (Lulea Basket and Norrkoping Dolphins) and WNBA (Chicago Sky).
Johnson attended Michigan State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

A.O. Faros Keratsiniou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zoi Kechagia
Argiroula Kalogirou
Aristea Maglara
Katerina Karakasidou
Vraka
Kontrafouri
Saliai
Ioanna Hatzileonti

Forwards:
Ioanna Diela
Panagiota Stabourlou
Efi Kritza
Lykendra Johnson
Ria Pateraki
Polina Stabourlou
Jade Walker
Alexandridou

Center:
Peli Papamichail

Coach: Giorgos Leivadis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Bnot Hertzeliya lands Mariam Hannoun - by Lior Hai

Bnot Hertzeliya (D1) tabbed 23-year old Israeli guard Mariam Hannoun (178-94). She just graduated from Eckerd (NCAA2).
As mentioned above Hannoun is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 21.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 73.9%.

Bnot Hertzeliya roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Keren Mozes
Mariam Hannoun
Ofir Banet
Tiasha Gray
Noga Pelc

Forwards:
Liad Suez-Karni
Breanna Richardson
Liad Orbach

Center:
Eden Cohen

Coach: Gilad Katz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Laccorte re-signs at San Salvatore - by Eurobasket News

San Salvatore Selargius (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 27-year old point guard Michela Laccorte (170-90). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 25 Serie A2 games she had just 2.8ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
Laccorte has played previously for Atletico Cagliari.

San Salvatore Selargius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cinzia Arioli
Michela Laccorte

Forwards:
Mia Masic
Delia Gagliano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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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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TTT Riga adds Stewart to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga (LSBL) added to their roster 28-year old British international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she recorded 4.3ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stewart's team made it to the Hungarian Cup Final Four in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2015.
Stewart has been also a member of British international program for some years. She has regularly played for British senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Stewart also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 68.8%.
Stewart is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Stewart tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide Lightning), United Kingdom (Crusaders) and Hungary (PINKK Pecsi).
Stewart attended University of Florida until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

TTT Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ieva Krastina
Sheylani Peddy
Kate_Karlina Kreslina

Forward:
Ally Malott

Center:
Azania Stewart

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NIGERIA  


D'Tigress slump to first warm-up defeat against a male club-side - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria's D'Tigress lost to Raptors Basketball club of Lagos 55-71 in their first test match ahead of the 2017 Afrobasket Women competition.

The game played Wednesday evening inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lagos National stadium was watched by witnessed by appreciative crowd

The division-one side led by Charles Ibeziako led with 10 points in the opening minutes of the first quarter, a prelude to the loss by the national team handled on the night by assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu.

Despite making a steady recovery into the game, it was a case of too little too late as the Senior Women's National Team trailed by 25points to 14 at the end the first quarter.

The second quarter, saw a D'Tigress team with a high level of mental alertness, defensive discipline and good attacking moves as they took the initiative from the Raptors team who were desperate to make an impression after missing an automatic promotion to the Premier League last term.

The players all conspired to allow the opposition score just 2 baskets while the D'Tigress scored 16 points to end the game at 30-28 in their favour at the end of the close of the second quarter.

Raptors used physical advantage in the third period, punishing D'Tigress with series of fast breaks after the team failed to deal with many rebounds.

D'Tigress only managed 10 more points to their scores as Raptors stretched open the lead by 56-38.

Speaking after the game, the team's assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu who stood in for the head coach, Sam Vincent expressed delight in the team . Ahmedu said that the team will get better after one or two more friendlies before jetting out to Bamako for the Afrobasket competition

"With what I have seen so far, I am very impressed because this is the first game we are playing together since the arrival of the foreign-base players from the United States of America.

"Managing over 20 girls on the bench was another problem. To look at them and pass instruction was another problem.'

He promised to go back to the drawing board, make the necessary corrections with the Technical crew headed by Sam Vincent who arrived Lagos on Wednesday night.

On the other side, Ibeziako of Raptors described playing against the national team as a big opportunity, days before representing the country at Africa's largest women's basketball fiesta.

Despite losing, Ibeziako was full of praise for the national team.

'Women playing against men is a tough game. But with what I have seen, they are tough and will represent Nigeria well.'

An impressed Oguande expressed optimism that in the next couple of days, the team should be ready to launch a title challenge in Mali.

'Initially, they were jittery but as the game went on, they got better and that is truly the case in a team sport. The more games you play, the more you get better and I am hoping by the time we play the next game, we will be doing better than this. Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: ProDep Management)



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PARAGUAY beats 72-67 to MEXICO in OT - by Santiago Maciel

Great second win from Paraguayan female national team at the Americup 2017. With this win Paraguay clinched a spot at the
Pan American games next year.

Solid performance again from Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, college: Union, TN, agency: ProDep Management) who netted 30 points, 6 free throws in OT leading Paraguay to its most efficient
performance from at least last 35 years internationally.

This very young but experienced team is giving everything its got and more. Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones ) is leading from the coaching side and as he said
before leaving for Buenos Aires we "will go hunting every team in defense because our lack of height, try to steal or trap as manu times as we can
and shoot at 8 or 10 seconds every posession.

We cannot play long possesions beacuse we do not have interior game. Fast breaks will also be another weapon although we know
all teams have great athletes to run the floor back and forth.

Carolina Caravez, and Tamara Insfran (175-G/F-89, college: Cumberland) (18 points) were a great couple to help international Ferrari take over the game.
Jazmin Mercado (171-G-89) did not impact this time even though she had 2 previosus excellent games.

Today Paraguay will play Canada wich is the candidate team to win this cup. It will not be easy but we cannot afford to try to win
or lose by the least points for the experience we will capitalize and also beacuse if Cuba beats Puerto Rico we might get into Semi finals, Paola Ferrari
told Latin basket.com

Paraguay: Jazmin Mercado (13 puntos), Carina Pena (1), Paola Ferrari (30), Claudia Aponte (4) Carolina Caraves (4), Matu Peralta (1), Astrid Huttemann, Tamara Insfrann (18).




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  POLAND  


MKK Siedlce tabs Anna Stafiuk, ex Avangard - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

PGE MKK Siedlce (BLK) inked 30-year old Ukrainian center Anna Stafiuk (195-87). She played most recently at Avangard in Ukrainian Superleague. In 19 games she averaged 5.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Stafiuk helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had 4.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Stafiuk played at Frankivsk (National League) in Ukraine. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg and 2.3bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Stafiuk is a very experienced player.

PGE MKK Siedlce roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agata Stepien
Katarzyna Trzeciak
Katarzyna Artych
Magdalena Mollov

Forwards:
Oksana Mollova
Viktoriya Kondus
Dominika Paczkowska

Centers:
Magdalena Parysek
Sam Lapszynski
Paulina Zukowska
Anna Stafiuk

Coach: Teodor Mollov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKK Siedlce keeps Artych for another season - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

PGE MKK Siedlce (BLK) re-signed 30-year old guard Katarzyna Artych (173-87). She has played there for the last four seasons. She has also second proffession - physiotherapist.

PGE MKK Siedlce roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agata Stepien
Katarzyna Trzeciak
Katarzyna Artych
Magdalena Mollov

Forwards:
Oksana Mollova
Viktoriya Kondus
Dominika Paczkowska

Centers:
Magdalena Parysek
Sam Lapszynski
Paulina Zukowska

Coach: Teodor Mollov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKK Siedlce inks Agata Stepien - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

PGE MKK Siedlce (BLK) signed 22-year old shooting guard Agata Stepien (174-95) from TS Ostrovia. In 19 BLK games she had 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
Stepien won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2016.
She represented Poland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) four years ago. Stepien's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 29.2%.
Stepien has played previously for two other teams: GTK Gdynia and Wejcherowo.

PGE MKK Siedlce roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agata Stepien
Katarzyna Trzeciak
Dominika Paczkowska
Magdalena Mollov

Forwards:
Oksana Mollova
Viktoriya Kondus

Centers:
Magdalena Parysek
Sam Lapszynski
Paulina Zukowska

Coach: Teodor Mollov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski lands Carolyn Swords - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp. (BLK) landed 28-year old American center Carolyn Swords (198-89, college: Boston, agency: LBM Management). She played in the summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). Swords managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 22 WNBA games she averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg. The last season she played at Basket Gdynia where in 25 games she was the best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and recorded 8.9rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.7apg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Honorable Mention. Swords also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had very remarkable stats: 17.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3apg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-EEWBL Center of the Year, Import of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
In 2011 Swords was drafted by Chicago Sky (WNBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Boston star is in her seventh season in pro basketball.
Swords is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Swords has played previously professionally in Australia (Sydney Uni Flames), Italy (Umbertide), Spain, Turkey (Ceyhan Bld and Istanbul Uni) and WNBA (New York Liberty).

InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisca Petronelia_Donders
Daria Stelmach
Annamaria Prezelj
Miah Spencer
Jagoda Szczesna
Karolina Matkowska

Forwards:
Paulina Misiek
Yuliya Rytsikava
Aleksandra Pawlak
Beata Jaworska
Katarzyna Jaworska

Center:
Magdalena Szajtauer

Coach: Dariusz Maciejewski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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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Dragana Nikolic signs at Kraljevo - by Eurobasket News

ZKK Kraljevo (1 ZLS) landed 22-year old power forward Dragana Nikolic (189-95, agency: BeoBasket) from Student. In 21 1 ZLS games she averaged 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1spg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Nikolic spent at Partizan where in 7 games she had 7.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Nikolic also played that season for Radnicki. In 7 1 ZLS games she recorded 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3spg.
Nikolic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 0.6ppg.
Nikolic has played previously for three other teams: ZKK Vrsac, Vojvodina and Jagodina 2001.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


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.

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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  


Frida Eldebrink joins Botas - by Lior Hai

Botasspor Adana (KBSL) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish international guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: ProDep Management) from Canik Belediyesi Samsun. In 12 KBSL games in Turkey she had 12.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg last season. Eldebrink also played that season for Mersin BSB where in 9 games she recorded 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. She also played 4 games in Euroleague where she averaged 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg.
Eldebrink has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Eldebrink represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 6.7%.
Eldebrink is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Bourges), Russia (Dynamo Kursk), Spain (Rivas Promete) and Czech Republic (USK Praha and Handicap).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Nevlin comes back to Botas - by Lior Hai

Botasspor Adana (KBSL) added to their roster 32-year old naturalized American center Kristen Nevlin (193-85, college: Stanford, agency: GoaBasket). It is actually her comeback to Adana as she has played here before. Nevlin played last season at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish KBSL.
She has played previously professionally also in WNBA (Indiana Fever) and Turkey (Fenerbahce, Istanbul Uni and Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D.).
Nevlin attended Stanford University until 2007 and it will be her eleventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbul Uni inks Rebekah Gardner - by Lior Hai

Istanbul Universitesi SK (KBSL) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Rebekah Gardner (185-90, college: UCLA). She played this summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). The last season Gardner played at Osmaniye where in 17 games she had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.1apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!). A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
She has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ramat Gan, Elitzur Holon and Hap.Petah Tikva).
Gardner attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maryia Papova agreed terms with Botas - by Lior Hai

Botasspor Adana (KBSL) inked 23-year old Belarusian international forward Maryia Papova (189-85kg-94). She played most recently at Galatasaray in the KBSL. In 30 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Papova helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 13 games in Eurocup where she averaged 12.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Papova played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk in Russian PBL. In 17 games she had 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she got 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Papova received Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Player of the Year award back in 2013.
She has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Papova has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2014.
She also represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Papova has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk and Olimpia).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Frida Eldebrink joins Botas - by Lior Hai

Botasspor Adana (KBSL) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish international guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: ProDep Management) from Canik Belediyesi Samsun. In 12 KBSL games in Turkey she had 12.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg last season. Eldebrink also played that season for Mersin BSB where in 9 games she recorded 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. She also played 4 games in Euroleague where she averaged 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg.
Eldebrink has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Eldebrink represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 6.7%.
Eldebrink is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Bourges), Russia (Dynamo Kursk), Spain (Rivas Promete) and Czech Republic (USK Praha and Handicap).

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Samsun lands Gizem Yavuz - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) tabbed 29-year old former international point guard Gizem Yavuz (170-88). She played most recently at Istanbul Universitesi SK in the KBSL. Yavuz managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 27 KBSL games she averaged 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.5apg. She also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.5apg and 1.5spg. And finally Yavuz contributed to 7 games in EEWBL where she recorded 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg (in top 4).
Among other achievements she won Turkish TKB2L championship title in 2016. Yavuz received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKB2L 2nd Team award in 2015.
She was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Yavuz played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2008.
She also represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.7ppg.
Yavuz has played previously for six other teams: Abdullah Gul, TED Ankara, Hatay, Orduspor, Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. and Bornova.

Canik Belediyesi Samsun roster for 2017-2018:

Yasemin Dalgalar
Gizem Yavuz
Saynur Tozlu
Aija Putnina
Avery Warley
Ayse Gurcavdi
Ceren Gokdemir

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Virgin Islands recruit in volleyball to excel in basketball - by David Edole

BUENOS AIRES (FIBA Women's AmeriCup) - Alongside Paraguay, this Caribbean archipelago's women national basketball team are another one of this tournament's wonderful surprises. Today they defeated the South American champions, Brazil, no more and no less than 67-60. With a 2-2 record, they are still in the game for the pass to the 2019 Pan American Games and awaiting to see what will happen in the remaining Group A games to possibly qualify for Semis. It would be a significant feat, taking into consideration the obstacles they overcame to play in Buenos Aires.
The Centrobasket champions played an unusual card to shape their squad: they drew from volleyball. Four of the VI's players came from that pool: Lanese Bough, Raemiesha Claxton, Anisha George and I'Tiana Taylor (185-F-93)<. The former signed her first professional contract in February with the Sharjah Ladies Club of the United Emirates city of Dubai, after playing for the East Carolina University Pirates.
'Well, [it's] kind of easy, I just got to get back to running up and down the court, so the jumping and grabbing the ball and shooting. Shooting is a little hard for me, a little bit", says the 24-year old center in relation of what basketball means to her. With 6'1', she's the tallest player in the team, which is why she's one of the main rebound weapons (averaging 9.8 points and seven rebounds per game). Her good height enables her to play as an outside hitter at volleyball.
"I had a base of basketball and while I was doing the base of basketball I was also playing volleyball. I was getting the technique and everything in high school, so I kind of got the best of both worlds. I go to volleyball most of the time and then I change back to basketball," I'tiana explains.
When explaining the differences between both sports, Taylor states: "Basketball is very contact and very aggressive and it's like nitty-gritty. Volleyball it's more of a mental game, so that brings out both of those worlds,' explained Taylor, who uses both of her sports' abilities when she enters the court.
She struggles with deciding on one game or the other: 'Right now, I'm still trying to decide. I want to test it out.'
This is certainly an eye-catching story amid the FIBA AmeriCup Argentina 2017.



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  UKRAINE  


MKK Siedlce tabs Anna Stafiuk, ex Avangard - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

PGE MKK Siedlce (BLK) inked 30-year old Ukrainian center Anna Stafiuk (195-87). She played most recently at Avangard in Ukrainian Superleague. In 19 games she averaged 5.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Stafiuk helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had 4.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Stafiuk played at Frankivsk (National League) in Ukraine. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg and 2.3bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Stafiuk is a very experienced player.

PGE MKK Siedlce roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agata Stepien
Katarzyna Trzeciak
Katarzyna Artych
Magdalena Mollov

Forwards:
Oksana Mollova
Viktoriya Kondus
Dominika Paczkowska

Centers:
Magdalena Parysek
Sam Lapszynski
Paulina Zukowska
Anna Stafiuk

Coach: Teodor Mollov

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Wolves sign Canadian international Ring - by Paul Nilsen

Oaklands Wolves have put last years record in the rear view mirror with a week of signings that is sure to propel them up the WBBL standings. The final instalment to a busy week sees the capture of Canadian national team player, Kellie Ring (175-G-93).

Originally from Ottawa, Ring arrives to Oaklands after a glittering college career in U Sports (formerly the CIS). In 2016-17 at Ryerson University, Toronto, the 5ft 9in point guard produced averages of 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists, whilst shooting 47% from the field.

Ring completed her Masters in digital media at Ryerson after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. During her 5 seasons in the OUA Conference, she received two MVP awards, made 4 All Star appearances and was named an Academic All-Canadian Athlete four times.

The dynamic 24 year old is known for her strength, court vision and complete skill set which has seen her represent Canada Basketball at all age groups. Her highlights include U17 and U19 FIBA World Championships, Pan American Games and senior internationals. A knee injury kept her from selection in recent years, however Ring has returned to the International scene and is currently with the Canadian national team programme in Japan and will play in the FISU games in the Chinese Taipei later in August.

'Kellie is the type of player we all wish we could sign and I am delighted we secured her for next season," stated Wolves' head coach, Lee Ryan.

"Her resume is off the chart, her game is complete, but her character is what excites me the most. She has experienced so much success, but has a burning desire to continue to develop as an athlete. She will be a great example for all the academy players.

"We are getting a leader, a warrior and a class act alongside an outstanding player that can help us on so many levels. Kellie will be the catalyst that will help get the best out of players, the team and coaches alike. Its going to be a lot of fun this season thats for sure!'

In 2016, Ring won the Tracey McLeod Award after returning from a serious career threatening injury. This award is the highest recognition given in Canadian sports to an individual who overcame adversity. Ring recognises the need for continuous improvement no matter the situation, a view she shares with with Hertfordshire based academy programme.

She said: 'I've signed because I felt Oaklands, and especially the coach, puts such an emphasis on player development and its the perfect first opportunity for me.

"It's a very professional club with a mindset of continuous growth, I get a strong sense of family from the team and I am very excited to join the journey!

'The WBBL has grown quickly and with programs like Oaklands I am certain the league will continue to get stronger over the next few years. I am looking forward to playing with the girls and helping to put Oaklands and the WBBL on the map"

With Ring on board, Oaklands complete their first phase of signings for the 2017/18 season. Check in with them to see their progress in pre-season and stay tuned for further additions to the roster.



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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TTT Riga adds Stewart to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga (LSBL) added to their roster 28-year old British international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she recorded 4.3ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stewart's team made it to the Hungarian Cup Final Four in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2015.
Stewart has been also a member of British international program for some years. She has regularly played for British senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Stewart also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 68.8%.
Stewart is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Stewart tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide Lightning), United Kingdom (Crusaders) and Hungary (PINKK Pecsi).
Stewart attended University of Florida until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.

TTT Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ieva Krastina
Sheylani Peddy
Kate_Karlina Kreslina

Forward:
Ally Malott

Center:
Azania Stewart

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  WNBA  


Seattle Storm parts ways with head coach Jenny Boucek, Gary Kloppenburg named interim coach - by Eurobasket News

From the Storm:
The Seattle Storm has announced that the franchise has parted ways with Jenny Boucek . 14-year WNBA coaching veteran and current Storm assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg has been named interim head coach, effective immediately. 'I believe new leadership is needed at this time to give our team the best chance at short and long term success,' said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. 'I am grateful for the passion and commitment Jenny has demonstrated throughout her time with the Seattle Storm. She has been an important part of our organization and we wish her well in the next steps of her career.' Kloppenburg is in his second stint with the Storm, having previously served under then-head coach Lin Dunn with the Storm from 2000-02. He spent 2003 with Phoenix, and resumed ties with Dunn in Indiana (2008-11) before embarking on a head-coaching role with Tulsa in 2012 and 2013. He was an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014 and he joined Stephanie White's staff with the Indiana Fever in 2015-16. In addition to his WNBA experience, Kloppenburg served on the staff of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats for three seasons between 2004-07. During her run as head coach, Boucek led Seattle to a 36-58 record, and is 76-99 overall in the WNBA. She was named head coach on Jan. 20, 2015 after serving as an associate head coach with the Storm under Brian Agler in 2014, and as an assistant with the franchise from 2010-13 and 2003-05. Prior to rejoining the Storm, Boucek was the head coach with the Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09. Seattle heads to Phoenix for a 7 p.m. PT tipoff on Aug. 12 before returning home for a two-game homestand, Aug. 16 vs. Minnesota and Aug. 18 vs. San Antonio, both games slated for a 7 p.m. PT tipoff at KeyArena.
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com