EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/12/2017 4:04:18 AM

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  ABA LEAGUE  



MZT Skopje inks Bojan Trajkovski - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) signed 29-year old ex-international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-110kg-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Trajkovski managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 Prva Liga games he had 12.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He also played 14 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg. Trajkovski also played 6 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Trajkovski had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 SuperLeague games he got remarkable 16.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2spg. Trajkovski also played 3 games in Balkan League where he got high stats: 15.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.3apg. His team won Macedonian Cup in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2017. Trajkovski was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2010, 2012 and 2017.
He was also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Trajkovski played for FYR Macedonian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2015 and previously for U16 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 26.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 25.0%.
Trajkovski has played previously professionally also in Poland (Energa Czarni) and FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries, Kumanovo, Torus Skopje and Lirija).
He could be described: A versatile forward who defends hard and can also spend some time inside if needed. Has a strog body but he's enough quick footed. He doesn' t fear larger opponents and has an interesting mid-range shoting touch. He could be the next star in Macedonian NT.

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Bojan Trajkovski
Andrej Maslinko
Marko Simonovski

Center:
Ranko Mamuzic

Coach: Aleksandar Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

Check also Complete Transfers List in FYR Macedonia



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  ARGENTINA  


Atenas Carmen keeps Percaz for another season - by Eurobasket News

Atenas de Carmen de Patagones (TNA) re-signed 24-year old point guard Martin Percaz (180-93). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 50 TNA games he averaged 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Percaz helped his team to make it to the TNA Semifinals in 2017.
He has played previously for two other teams: Alianza Viedma and Huracan.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Agostino re-signs at Atenas Carmen - by Eurobasket News

Atenas de Carmen de Patagones (TNA) confirmed in their roster 33-year old shooting guard Emiliano Agostino (191-84). He played there last season. In 43 TNA games he recorded 14.9ppg and 2.8rpg. Agostino helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sionista (LigaA) where in 26 games he averaged 5.1ppg and 1.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Agostino was voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 1st Team back in 2009.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for eight other teams: Weber Bahia, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Argentino, Olimpico de La Banda, Obera Tennis Club, San Martin Corrientes, Huracan and San Lorenzo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Quinnel Brown (ex Gigantes) agreed terms with Salta Basket - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American small forward Quinnel Brown (198-95kg-83, college: Auburn). He played most recently at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league, but left. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Larre Borges in Uruguayan LUB where in 23 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.7ppg and had 7.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-PBL Player of the Year award back in 2011.
Brown is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Brown has played previously professionally in Canada (Kebs de Laval, Halifax_Rainmen and Windsor Express), Finland, Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons), Switzerland, PBL (Detroit P. and Quad City R.) and IBL (Gary S.).
He attended Auburn University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can run the floor very well, and he's an excellent scorer from anywhere on the floor. Also, he plays a very aggressive defense. He is the type of player that can spark a ten-point run on opposite ends of the floor, making an immediate impact on the game.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Pablo Bruna
Rodrigo Haag

Forwards:
Pablo Espinoza
Quinnel Brown
Lucas Goldenberg

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Plasencia inks Franco Acosta - by Eurobasket News

Plasencia Extremadura (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 19-year old Argentinian forward Franco Acosta (201-98). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Menorca in the EBA. In 14 games he had 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Acosta was tested by Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa).
He represented Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 4.0rpg.

Plasencia Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Adrian Fuentes

Forwards:
Erik Kinney
David Atkinson
Franco Acosta

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



Jones re-signs at Hindu - by Eurobasket News

Hindu Club de Resistencia Chaco (TNA) confirmed in their roster American Kenneth Jones. He played there last season.
Jones has played previously professionally in ABA (S.Coast F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Hindu keeps Coronel for another season - by Eurobasket News

Hindu Club de Resistencia Chaco (TNA) re-signed experienced 34-year old guard Mauro Coronel (185-83). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 47 TNA games he averaged 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Coronel helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for three other teams: Regatas Corrientes, Almagro and Villa Angela.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


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

Check also Complete Transfers List in 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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  AUSTRIA  


Furstenfeld hires coach Goran Patekar - by Eurobasket News

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with Croatian coach Goran Patekar from Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Patekar has coached there for the last fourteen years. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final.
Patekar has coached also professionally in Croatia (Maksimir).

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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Switzerland



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Terry Whisnant joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Terry Whisnant (190-84kg-92, college: E.Carolina). He has played for the last two seasons at Iowa Energy (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 45 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Two years ago Whisnant was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fourth round (65th overall).
The former East Carolina University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Whisnant won ACC Tournament in 2012.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Whisnant
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Anthony Ireland (ex Trefl Sopot) agreed terms with Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-79kg-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Trefl Sopot in Polish PLK league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and had 2.9rpg and 2.9apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Ireland played at Arkadikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg.
Ireland has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
Ireland has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laurynas Samenas
Anthony Ireland

Forwards:
Arvydas Siksnius
Simas Buterlevicius

Center:
Mindaugas Kupsas

Coach: Gediminas Petrauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



Karpos Sokoli land Anthony Collins (ex Sencur Gorenjska) - by Mario Divanisov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje straightened their roster with the addition of American point guard Anthony Collins (185-PG-92, college: Texas A&M) who comes in Skopje from Slovenian Liga Nova KBM.

For the 25-year old this will be his second international experience after a season with Slovenian side Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj where he managed to average 9.6ppg, 4.8apg, 1.6rpg and 1.3spg, while shooting with 56.4% from the field in 26 games played.
Anthony Collins started his University carrier for South Florida Bulls where he spent 4 years (2011-15) before transferring to Texas A&M. In his last season for the Bulls he averaged 7.1ppg and 5.2apg, while in his only season for Texas A&M he managed to average 4.5ppg and 4.2apg, while shooting with 45.2% for three points.

Collins will be the fourth new addition to Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje for the upcoming season after Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88), Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech) and Jaylon Brown (183-PG, college: Evansville), while the club already continued the cooperation with Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport), Darko Sokolov (189-G-86), Ivan Sapundziev (196-SG-95), Filip Bakoc (203-C-96) and Damjan Jakimovski (178-PG-95).



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  BELGIUM  


Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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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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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  BOLIVIA  


Calero Potosi and CAN Oruro win semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Calero Potosi and CAN Oruro won semifinal openers beating their opponents last night. Calero Potosi overcame Universidad San Simon 114-84 as they posted a 26-11 surge in the start. Calero managed also to post a comfortable 32-27 and 34-21 rallies in the second half.
CAN Oruro meanwhile beat Pichincha Potosi 98-86. The latter won the second period 28-20, but CAN Oruro dominated the rest of the game.



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  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.


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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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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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 


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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Flamengo lands Gabriel Vargas - by Paulo Freire

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) tabbed 19-year old shooting guard Gabriel Vargas (194-98) from Vitoria. But in 9 NBB games he averaged just 0.2ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vargas was tested by Macae.
He helped his team to make it to the National League Semifinals in 2017.
Vargas has played previously for CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro.

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelo Machado
Ronald Ramon
David Cubillan
Humberto Gomes
Arthur Pecos
Gabriel Vargas
Heitor Nascimento

Forwards:
Olivinha Rodriguez
Marquinhos Vieira
Felipe Machado
Danilo Monteiro
Andre Luis
Lucas Aprigio

Centers:
Joao_Paulo Lopez
Joao Dos_Santos

Coach: Jose Neto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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America signs Knight just out of college - by Paulo Freire

America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil (Paulista) signed American guard Justin Knight (185-77kg). just graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy (NCAA3). He has played there for the last three years. Knight missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above Knight is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the CSAC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015). Knight was also voted All-CSAC Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.

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Trefl Sopot adds Steve Zack to their roster - by Greg

Trefl Sopot (PLK) added to their roster 25-year old American center Steve Zack (211-111kg-92, college: La Salle). He played last season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In 35 NBL games he recorded 10.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Zack also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.3ppg, 9.1rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.4apg. And finally Zack contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg.
He graduated from La Salle University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Smigielski
Bartosz Majewski
Lukasz Kolenda

Forwards:
Filip Dylewicz
Marcin Stefanski
Artur Mielczarek
Nikola Markovic
Jakub Karolak
Grzegorz Kulka
Michal Kolenda

Centers:
Steve Zack
Jakub Motylewski

Coach: Marcin Klozinski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dimitrov re-signs at La Rochelle - by Eurobasket News

La Rochelle Rupella 17 (NM2) confirmed in their roster 22-year old Bulgarian swingman Dimitar Dimitrov (196-95). He has played there for the last two seasons.
Dimitrov represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
Dimitrov has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

La Rochelle Rupella 17 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Johann Garbin

Forwards:
Guillaume Costentin
Philippe Papiyon
Dimitar Dimitrov

Center:
Luc Louves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adams re-signs at Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams was a team leader there last season. In 50 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Adams played at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 41 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Adams also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Adams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He has been regularly called to Bulgarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Adams is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Adams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (Sluc Nancy and Entente Orleans 45), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (Kryvbas), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega).
He attended University of Indianapolis until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Adams could be described: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
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Terry Whisnant joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Terry Whisnant (190-84kg-92, college: E.Carolina). He has played for the last two seasons at Iowa Energy (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 45 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Two years ago Whisnant was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fourth round (65th overall).
The former East Carolina University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Whisnant won ACC Tournament in 2012.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Whisnant
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

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  CANADA  


Soest inks Michael Smith - by Eurobasket News

BC Soest (2.Regionalliga) signed 28-year old Italian-Canadian guard Michael Smith (188-89, college: UNBC). He played last season at Westfalen Mustangs in NBBL. Smith helped his team get promotion to Regionalliga. 2.Regionalliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Smith contributed to his team winning the group title.
He has played also professionally for other Canadian teams like Cougars and Bobcats.
Smith attended University of Northern British Columbia until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Windsor Express add Ayob to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) added to their roster 22-year old Canadian forward Ayob Ayob (201-95, agency: Duran International). He just graduated from MSU Moorhead (NCAA2). In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg last season. Ayob helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to All-NSIC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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Tyrell Green signs at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) landed 22-year old Canadian power forward Tyrell Green (201-95). He just graduated from University of Nevada - Las Vegas (NCAA). Green has played there for the last three years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Green played in the final of NJCAA D1 in 2015.
He represented Canada at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Green has played previously for another Swedish team Oakwood.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes
Felix Terins

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub
Tyrell Green
Hugo Waldeck

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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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  CHINA  


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)



Dominique Jones (ex Azad) agreed terms with Monkey Kings - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Dominique Jones (193-98kg-88, college: S.Florida). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. In 16 games he was the best scorer with impressive 28.4ppg and had 5.3rpg, 5.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.2spg last season. Jones helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. He also played that season for Eagles where in 38 CBA games he recorded very remarkable stats: 30.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
In 2010 Jones was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (25th overall). He attended University of South Florida and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Jones' team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Jones' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Jones has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks), China (Flying Leopards, Brave Dragons and Jilin Tigers), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA G League (Texas Legends) and D-League (Springfield A.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Powerfully built combo guard with a polished offensive game ... An instant offense type of player who is capable of big scoring outbursts ... Has developed into a mature, polished guard with a good grasp of the game ... Strong leader who has gained a lot of confidence in his game and plays with a swagger. ot an overwhelmingly explosive athlete, but has the hops and strength to finish at the rim ... His lack of size lends to questions about his ability to create shots against longer and more athletic defenders
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Monkey Kings sign J.J. Hickson - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings (CBA) signed 29-year old American forward J.J. Hickson (206-110kg-88, college: North Carolina State) from Fujian Sturgeons. In 27 CBA games in China he had very impressive stats: 24.5ppg, 13.4rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season.
Hickson ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Wizards in NBA where in 15 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at the Nuggets in NBA. In 20 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 4.4rpg.
In 2008 Hickson was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in first round (19th overall). He attended North Carolina State and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hickson won NBA Central Division championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). He was also voted ACC All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Hickson has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and NBA (Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings).
He could be described: Plays with incredible energy and toughness, no matter if he starts the game or cames out from the bench. He's not so techical, but never steps back, and fans love him. Can score, block shots, grab rebounds, and makes it all with great team mentality.

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NBL Round 21: Luoyang edges Guangxi by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Luoyang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Guangxi (11-10) to fourth ranked Luoyang (14-7) 120-117 on Friday evening. Luoyang made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Luoyang outrebounded Guangxi 49-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Guangxi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who had a double-double by scoring 72 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) who recorded a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Luoyang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chongqing. Luoyang is looking forward to face Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guangxi will play against Hunan in Changsha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Henan delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Lhasa (10-11) 119-109. It was a good game for Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!). Chris Otule contributed with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) answered with 24 points and 9 assists for Lhasa. Henan (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lhasa at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lhasa will play against Luoyang (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-91 loss to sixth ranked Anhui (14-7) in Nanjin on Friday evening. Bernard James stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Yi Jiang with 30 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hunan and Luoyang. Dongbu lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Anhui will meet at home Beijing (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu will play against Chongqing in Lanling and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hebei. Local Hebei X. (5-16) was outscored by third ranked Guizhou (15-6) 130-102. James Mays nailed a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winning side. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guizhou maintains third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Henan. Hebei X. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chongqing defeated Jiangsu L. in Lanling 132-122. Fujian was smashed by Shaanxi W. at home 100-121. Hunan won against Beijing on the opponent's court 106-100.

Dongbu - Anhui 91-109

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-91 loss to sixth ranked Anhui (14-7) in Nanjin on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Anhui. Dongbu managed to win third quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 36. Anhui forced 24 Dongbu turnovers. American power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Jian Li chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was guard Yi Jiang (195-93) with 30 points and point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) scored 21 points. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hunan and Luoyang. Dongbu lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Anhui will meet at home Beijing (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu will play against Chongqing in Lanling and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: J.Yi 30+2reb, S.Tujun 21+4reb+3ast, S.Shengyue 11+6reb+5ast, Y.Qin 10+2reb+2ast, A.LiPeng 7+4reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 6+5reb+3ast
Anhui: L.Jian 21+3reb, J.Bernard 17+10reb+1ast, Z.Yong 14+3reb, L.Qingxiang 13+2reb+4ast, G.Shunjie 13+1reb+1ast, H.Delong 10+2reb
gschID: 548592


Luoyang - Guangxi 120-117

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Luoyang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Guangxi (11-10) to fourth ranked Luoyang (14-7) 120-117 on Friday evening. Luoyang made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Luoyang outrebounded Guangxi 49-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Guangxi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who had a double-double by scoring 72 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) who recorded a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import guard Marcus Thornton (193-93, college: William & Mary) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Luoyang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chongqing. Luoyang is looking forward to face Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guangxi will play against Hunan in Changsha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 49+10reb, T.Marcus 23+7reb+5ast, D.ChengLong 20+3reb+2ast, J.Le 8+6reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 7+2reb+3ast, C.Keliang 5+1reb+2ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 72+10reb+6ast, M.Ater 21+18reb+3ast, Q.Wenhan 8+7reb+9ast, S.Jianguo 6+3reb, L.Shuai 5, Q.Daoqing 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 548591


Jiangsu L. - Chongqing 122-132

There was no surprise in He Fei where 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (2-19) was defeated by eighth ranked Chongqing (11-10) 132-122. It looked good early as Jiangsu L. took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chongqing had a 36-18 second period charge getting the lead and Jiangsu L. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 122-132. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) nailed 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 26 points and 12 rebounds. Chongqing's coach Shu Trist Spurl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 20 rebounds and forward MingYang Gao (196-88) added 30 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu L. in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Chongqing moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guangxi. Jiangsu L. at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Chongqing'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 the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 30+20reb, G.MingYang 30+7reb+2ast, W.Peng 19+2reb+2ast, G.Wei 17+4reb+2ast, W.Xing Chen 12+12reb+7ast, X.Shiwei 6+1reb
Chongqing: M.Tony 33+8reb+4ast, K.Vladyslav 26+12reb, W.Xin 22+10reb+2ast, G.Yaoyang 18+6reb+8ast, W.Yang 14+2ast, C.YuNan 9+2reb
gschID: 548590


Fujian - Shaanxi W. 100-121

No shocking result in a game in Fuzhou where second ranked Shaanxi W. (16-5) smashed 10th ranked Fujian (9-12) 121-100. The game without a history. Shaanxi W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Shaanxi W. outrebounded Fujian 47-32 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Fujian helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) accounted for 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Four Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) came up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Fujian in the defeat. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Shaanxi W.. They maintain second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan. Fujian lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Shaanxi W.'s next round opponent will be Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei which should be another easy win for them. Fujian will play at home against Hebei X. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fujian: B.Brandon 34+12reb+2ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 24+5reb+6ast, H.Yan 11+3reb, Z.Yairen 7+4reb, L.Ming-Yu 7+3ast, Z.Xiaobo 6+3reb+2ast
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 46+11reb+4ast, G.Charles 36+15reb+3ast, Y.XiaoHang 14+2reb, G.Yan 12+3reb+2ast, M.Daqiang 5+7reb+4ast, S.Heyu 4+1ast
gschID: 548589


Lhasa - Henan 109-119

Leader Henan delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Lhasa (10-11) 119-109. It looked good early as Lhasa took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Henan had a 33-27 second period charge getting the lead and Lhasa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 109-119. Henan players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!). American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) answered with 24 points and 9 assists and American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) added 17 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Lhasa. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Henan (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lhasa at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lhasa will play against Luoyang (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: G.Yuxiang 24+3reb+9ast, C.Jinlong 17+2reb+4ast, K.Jonathan 17+15reb, Z.Zhennan 14+3reb+2ast, H.DangJian 10+3reb+2ast, S.Xinyue 10+4reb+2ast
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 41+4reb+3ast, O.Chris 19+15reb+3ast, J.Yuxing 18+4reb+5ast, C.Yuhan 12+3reb+7ast, M.Qingfei 12+7reb, W.Longfei 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 548588


Hebei X. - Guizhou 102-130

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hebei. Local Hebei X. (5-16) was outscored by third ranked Guizhou (15-6) 130-102. It looked good early as Hebei X. took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Guizhou had a 34-28 second period charge getting the lead and Hebei X. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 102-130. Guizhou dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei X.'s 48. Guizhou forced 20 Hebei X. turnovers and outrebounded them 61-43 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) nailed a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winning side and forward MingHao Li (200-92) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mengchao Dong came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Kenny Gaines (190-94, college: Georgia, agency: 3Eye) added 22 points respectively for Hebei X. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guizhou maintains third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Henan. Hebei X. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hebei X.: D.Mengchao 32+17reb+2ast, G.Kenny 22+2reb+3ast, C.Qi 15+3reb, Z.Zhao 14+5reb+1ast, L.Yannan 8+5reb+2ast, H.Haibin 5+1reb
Guizhou: M.James 47+23reb+1ast, L.MingHao 28+11reb+5ast, L.Mark 19+5reb+7ast, S.Rongxiao 16+7reb+2ast, S.Haijiang 8+3reb, Z.ZhenHu 6+1ast
gschID: 548587


Beijing - Hunan 100-106

Very expected game when 11th ranked Beijing (8-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Hunan (14-7) 106-100. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 30-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hunan forced 19 Beijing turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) nailed a double-double by scoring 56 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 26 rebounds and Zexu Chen added 19 points and 10 assists respectively for Beijing in the defeat. Five Beijing players scored in double figures. Hunan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anhui and Luoyang. Beijing at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Hunan's next round opponent will be Guangxi (#8) at home. Beijing will play against Anhui and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 24+26reb, Z.Wei 20+2reb+2ast, C.Zexu 19+4reb+10ast, L.Yunan 13+5reb+1ast, L.Ziming 10+3reb+3ast, Z.JunXiong 10+3reb+2ast
Hunan: T.Dar 56+12reb+9ast, O.Arinze 10+12reb+1ast, Z.ChaoLong 10+2reb+1ast, W.Junjie 7, Z.Wei 7+7reb+5ast, X.HaiBin 5+1reb
gschID: 548586





Russ Smith to sign with Sturgeons - by Eurobasket News

Fujian Sturgeons (CBA) to land 26-year old American point guard Russ Smith (183-75kg-91, college: Louisville) who plays at Luoyang in n NBL. In 18 games he averaged impressive 59.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 5.2apg and 4.2spg last season. The last season Smith played at another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 25 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.2apg and 2.0spg (in top 5). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Atlantic Division.
Three years ago Smith was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Smith won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015. He received also USBWA All-District IV Player of the Year award and All-AAC 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Smith has played also professionally in Turkey (Galatasaray), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Iowa Energy).

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Adams re-signs at Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams was a team leader there last season. In 50 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Adams played at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 41 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Adams also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Adams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He has been regularly called to Bulgarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Adams is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Adams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (Sluc Nancy and Entente Orleans 45), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (Kryvbas), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega).
He attended University of Indianapolis until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Adams could be described: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
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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 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.



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

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Croatian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Croatian U16 National Team 2017
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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



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).

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Jure Skific moves from Torun to Stal - by Zeljko Zule

Jure Skific (202-F-88) will remain in the Poland next season, after signing a one-year deal with Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski.
Skific played the 2016-17 season for Polski Cukier Torun, where he averaged 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 43 TBL games, helped the team reach the finals.
Skific grew up with Zadar and has already played for Dubrovnik, Borik and Kvarner plus for Zlatorog in Slovenia and Novosybirsk, with whom he won Russian Superleague in 2015.



Furstenfeld inks coach Goran Patekar - by Eurobasket News

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with Croatian coach Goran Patekar from Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Patekar has coached there for the last fourteen years. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final.
Patekar has coached also professionally in Croatia (Maksimir).

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Furstenfeld hires coach Goran Patekar - by Eurobasket News

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with Croatian coach Goran Patekar from Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Patekar has coached there for the last fourteen years. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final.
Patekar has coached also professionally in Croatia (Maksimir).

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Vrijednosnice Osijek inks rookie Jimmie Taylor - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek are still very active in the transfer market. The club inked American rookie Jimmie Taylor (193-G-94, college: Rider) on a two-year deal.
Taylor played college basketball at Rider University from 2013 to 2017. In his last NCAA's last season, Taylor averaged 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks over 36 minutes in 33 games. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-MAAC 3rd team.
He was also earned a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2014. In 30 games, Taylor averaged 12.0 points (3P 48.9%), 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.



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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Georgia rout Czech Republic in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Czech Republic 87-76

Georgia rout Czech Republic 87-76 in Tbilisi in their preparation for Eurobasket 2017. Both teams scored 20 points in the first period, while the hosts posted a 25-18 rally in the second frame to take a 45-38 halftime advantage. Moreover the home side added a 24-21 rally in the third frame to increase the lead to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Georgia closed the game with a final 18-17 run to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) stepped up with 22 points for Georgia, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) scored 14 each. The latter also added 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) replied with 19 points for the guests and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15.



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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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).

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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).

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 8. Miller, Leones SD18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.17.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.2 
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 SD8.6 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.5 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.0 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
 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 SD6.1 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 4. De-Leon, Metros S.5.0 
 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
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 7. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 10. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Guerrero, Leones SD0.9 
 7. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 8. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 


Bergamo lands Gelvis Solano - by Andrea Centenari

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) tabbed 23-year old Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-82kg-94, college: Merrimack). He played in the summer at Hunan in Chinese NBL league. In 8 games he averaged impressive 31.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 6.8apg and 3.6spg. The last season Solano played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA where in 36 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-Northeast-10 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Solano represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Solano has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Sameji, Enriquillo and Reales de La Vega.
He attended Merrimack College until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Solano's outlook: A guard with many points in their hands and went top 5 guard throughout the NCAA2 , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giulio Mascherpa
Gelvis Solano

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNB Round 3 of Finals. Metros STGO earn third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Metros STGO - Leones SD 119-112

Metros STGO outgunned Leones SD to post the third consecutive win in LNB Finals. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Metros STGO made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Metros STGO outrebounded Leones SD 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. Metros STGO looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Leones SD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Victor Liz (193-86) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Donte Greene (206-88, college: Syracuse) with 33 points (!!!) and the other American import point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: V.Liz 20+5reb, A.De Leon 20+3ast, J.Hamilton 18+6reb+3ast, R.Glenn 16+2reb+4ast, E.Vargas 13+3reb+2ast, J.Akindele 10+9reb+1ast
Leones SD: D.Greene 33+4reb+3ast, M.Rhett 20+5reb+3ast, S.Rojas 17+5reb+1ast, P.Miller 15+1reb+16ast, J.Araujo 15+3reb, E.Fortuna 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 558171





Gerardo Suero (ex Indios SFM) agreed terms with Vichy Clermont - by Eurobasket News

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB) inked 28-year old American (has also Dominican passport) guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany). He played in the summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Suero won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 3rd Team award in 2015.
Suero represented Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 63.6%.
Suero is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Suero has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Academia), Puerto Rico, Spain (Leche Rio Breogan), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Mauricio Baez, Huracanes del Atlantico and Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended University at Albany until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Denave
Kwamain Mitchell
Rida El_Amrani
Etienne Ory
Gerardo Suero

Forwards:
Gregory Lessort
Romuald Morency
Sadio Doucoure

Centers:
Charles-Henri Bronchard
Mohamed Kone
Cedric Bah

Coach: Guillaume Vizade

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 9: Quezaltepeque hands first defeat to Halcones - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated Halcones (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Quezaltepeque on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Quezaltepeque 82-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones' 38. The best player for the winners was Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 20 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Quezaltepeque (5-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Canarios. Halcones at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Quezaltepeque is looking forward to face Cojute (#7) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Halcones will play on the road against Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Izalco. Fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cojute (4-5) 78-75 on Wednesday evening. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Brown contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Robert Kenteh answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 26 rebounds and 5 blocks for Cojute. Brujos Izalco maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-5) 71-53. Oreste Torres stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Shahmel Brackett with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Santa Tecla (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Santa Tecla will meet Isidro Metapan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiagueno will play against Canarios and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 9 Arcense was defeated by Santa Ana in a road game 94-81.
The best stats of 9th round was 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists by Demarquelle Tabb of Santa Ana.

Santa Ana - Arcense 94-81

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Arcense (2-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Santa Ana (4-1) 94-81 on Friday. Santa Ana looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners and guard Khiry White (190-91, college: Savannah St.) chipped in 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds and Michael Wilson (-92) scored 30 points and 4 assists. Santa Ana moved-up to sixth place. Loser Arcense keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Santa Ana will meet El Rapido (#8) in the next round. Arcense will play against Quezaltepeque and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Wilson 30+4reb+4ast, J.Austin 21+20reb+3ast, J.Reid 20+7reb, C.Pineda 8+2reb, M.Rivas 2+1ast, R.Cardona 0+2reb
Santa Ana: K.White 29+9reb+4ast, D.Tabb 22+15reb+5ast, M.Daniels 18+10reb+5ast, M.Ramos 9+2reb+5ast, D.Pena 6+3reb, K.Mejia 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 553700


Santiagueno - Santa Tecla 53-71

Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-5) 71-53. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Santiagueno's 30. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) with 30 points and 9 rebounds and Wlliam Brown produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Santa Tecla will meet Isidro Metapan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiagueno will play against Canarios and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 30+9reb+3ast, W.Brown 11+19reb, C.Hernandez 6+5reb, C.King 4+10reb+2ast, M.Amaya 2+2reb+1ast, V.Sanchez 0+1reb+1ast
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 21+9reb+2ast, C.Arias 15+10reb+1ast, A.Arias Serrano 8+6reb+3ast, R.Martinez 8+2reb+7ast, O.Rivera 4+1reb, D.Thompson 4+6reb
gschID: 553642


Quezaltepeque - Halcones 82-77

Undefeated Halcones (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Quezaltepeque on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Quezaltepeque 82-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones' 38. The best player for the winners was Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Quezaltepeque (5-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Canarios. Halcones at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Quezaltepeque is looking forward to face Cojute (#7) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Halcones will play on the road against Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 25+12reb+2ast, J.Diaz 24+9reb+2ast, M.Tejada 8+6reb, R.Figueroa 7+3reb, M.Flores 6+1reb+3ast, J.Angulo 5+1reb+2ast
Quezaltepeque: A.Cacho 26+8reb+4ast, Q.Scates 24+10reb+1ast, R.Miller 20+16reb+1ast, D.Bairez 10+1reb+6ast, R.Miranda 2+3reb+2ast, L.Portal 0+1reb
gschID: 553649


Brujos Izalco - Cojute 78-75

Important game to mention about took place in Izalco. Fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cojute (4-5) 78-75 on Wednesday evening. Brujos Izalco forced 26 Cojute turnovers and outrebounded them 63-52 including a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brujos Izalco brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Robert Kenteh answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 26 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) added 29 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cojute. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cojute: L.Svete 29+8reb+2ast, R.Melendez 14+7reb+3ast, R.Kenteh 14+26reb+2ast, J.Hudges 13+4reb+10ast, B.Reyes 5+4reb+2ast, W.Mercado 0
Brujos Izalco: A.Brown 25+8reb+6ast, C.Blake 22+15reb+6ast, R.Mendez 13+5reb+3ast, S.Sill 7+11reb+2ast, R.Palma 5+3reb, A.Alas 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 553686





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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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Dolomiti Energia Trento lands Yannick Franke - by Armando Caporaso

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) tabbed 21-year old Dutch international guard Yannick Franke (194-96). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 6 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg last season. Franke helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 7 games in ABA League where he had 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Franke also spent pre-season at Promitheas (also in A1) in Greek that year.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the Dutch final in 2014 and 2016. Franke was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game in 2015 and 2016.
Franke has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Franke represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Franke has played previously professionally in Finland (Loimaan Korikonkarit) and Holland (Groningen, Leiden, Rotterdam and ZZ Leiden 2).
He is described as: A talented scorer, who has yet good personality and game reading skills. He's developing a good defensive game too.

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Jorge Gutierrez
Dominique Sutton
Yannick Franke
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Kerr KRIISA
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 30
 1. Kriisa, EST30.0 
 2. Kilps, LAT23.0 
 3. Glas, SLO22.0 
 4. Amzil, FIN20.0 
 5. Pradilla, ESP20.0 
 6. Radovic, SLO19.0 
 7. Rudan, CRO18.0 
 8. Van-Slooten, GER18.0 
 9. Lanmuller, GER17.0 
 10. Avdija, ISR16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaime PRADILLA
  (207-C-1)
  Avg: 14
 1. Pradilla, ESP14.0 
 2. Sajantila, FIN11.0 
 3. Kljajic, MNT10.0 
 4. Tomasevic, MNT10.0 
 5. Kirciman, TUR10.0 
 6. Saric, CRO10.0 
 7. Kadoshnikov, RUS10.0 
 8. Avdija, ISR9.0 
 9. Blazevic, LTU9.0 
 10. Maledon, FRA9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolo MANNION
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mannion, ITA7.0 
 2. Aldama, ESP6.0 
 3. Markovich, RUS5.0 
 4. Marsenic, MNT5.0 
 5. Gizdavic, CRO5.0 
 6. Hayes, FRA5.0 
 7. Kirciman, TUR4.0 
 8. Rasic, CRO4.0 
 9. Garcia, ESP4.0 
 10. Vucins, LAT4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Djordje PAZIN
  SRB
  (200-SF-1)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pazin, SRB4.0 
 2. Tomasevic, MNT4.0 
 3. Gizdavic, CRO4.0 
 4. Erdek, TUR4.0 
 5. Glas, SLO4.0 
 6. Haro, ESP3.0 
 7. Kitsing, EST3.0 
 8. Kljajevic, MNT3.0 
 9. Hannikainen, FIN3.0 
 10. Marsenic, MNT3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marek BLAZEVIC
  (206-C-1)
  Avg: 4
 1. Blazevic, LTU4.0 
 2. Tomasevic, MNT3.0 
 3. Zakharov, RUS2.0 
 4. Lootus, EST1.0 
 5. Markovic, SRB1.0 
 6. Miyem, FRA1.0 
 7. Gavric, SLO1.0 
 8. Pavicevic, SRB1.0 
 9. Glas, SLO1.0 
 10. Perasovic, CRO1.0 


Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Sholla, KOS27.5 
 2. Jakimovski, MKD24.5 
 3. Jonsson, ISL18.5 
 4. Klonaras, GRE17.5 
 5. Ulczynski, POL17.0 
 6. Bratanovic, BEL16.5 
 7. Fajana, IRL16.0 
 8. Ferreira, POR16.0 
 9. Houser, CZE15.0 
 10. Mortensen, DEN15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Timur KRUPALIJA
  (204-F-1)
  Avg: 13
 1. Krupalija, BIH13.0 
 2. Sholla, KOS12.5 
 3. Bratanovic, BEL12.0 
 4. Tsetserukou, BLR11.0 
 5. Cherneha, UKR10.5 
 6. Ratkoceri, KOS10.5 
 7. Huurman, NED10.0 
 8. Mast, NED10.0 
 9. Kostadinov, BUL10.0 
 10. Fajana, IRL10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marek VYROUBAL
  (195-PG-1)
  Avg: 8
 1. Vyroubal, CZE8.0 
 2. Gashi, KOS6.0 
 3. Dedajic, BIH5.5 
 4. Sydoruk, UKR5.0 
 5. Kelly, IRL5.0 
 6. Kovliar, UKR4.5 
 7. Gomes, POR4.0 
 8. Stoimenov, BUL4.0 
 9. Yoka-Bratasz, POL4.0 
 10. Mouron, SUI4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ante KOVAC
  (194-SF-1)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kovac, BIH4.0 
 2. Veraszto, HUN3.5 
 3. Alexandersso., ISL3.5 
 4. Jakimovski, MKD3.5 
 5. Langura, SUI3.5 
 6. Modlov, BUL3.0 
 7. Tigkas, CYP3.0 
 8. Kaszowski, POL3.0 
 9. Ulczynski, POL3.0 
 10. Ferreira, POR3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniil CHERNEHA
  (203-PF-1)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cherneha, UKR2.5 
 2. Enaruna, NED2.5 
 3. Fajana, IRL2.0 
 4. Martina, SUI2.0 
 5. Bratanovic, BEL2.0 
 6. Kostadinov, BUL2.0 
 7. Bolshakov, CYP2.0 
 8. Dibba, DEN1.5 
 9. Krupalija, BIH1.5 
 10. Noumeros, CZE1.5 


Division B. Day 2 in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belgium - Greece 60-77
Greece outgunned Belgium for the second victory in a row in Group A. Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) delivered 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hellenes. Greece piled up a 26:8 lead at the first break. They used an 18:11 run in the final period to secure the winning outcome. Dimitrios Klonaras (196-SG-01) had 12 points and 9 boards in the win. Aaron Verstraete (200-SF-01) banked in 14 points for Belgium.

Belarus - Switzerland 74-68
Belarus held off Switzerland to open win count in Sofia. Raman Hests (197-SF-01) delivered 19 points in the victory. Belarus ensured a 29:20 halftime lead. Switzerland unloaded 48 points in the second half but could not avert the defeat. Nikita Matsal (186-G-01) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Kevin Martina (201-SF-01) replied with 20 points for Switzerland.

Iceland - Romania 67-45
Iceland posted the second straight win in Group A. They eased past Romania behind 20 points from Dui Jonsson (178-PG-01). Iceland recorded a 36:24 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:4 run in the third term to clear off for good. Veigar Hlynsson (190-PG-01) had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Tudor Lungu (185-PG-01) replied with 13 points for Romania.

Group B
Cyprus - Ukraine 46-67
Ukraine claimed the first win in Bulgaria. They knocked down Cyprus for 1-1 record in Group B. Daniil Cherneha (203-PF-01) tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ukraine accumulated a 24:17 halftime lead. Ukraine sank 27 points in the fourth frame to rally to the victory. Ihor Serheiev netted 10 points in the win. Aineas Jung (200-PF-02) had 13 points for Cyprus.

Holland - Poland 69-54
Netherlands shot down Poland to remain undefeated in Bulgaria. Tristan Enaruna (204-PF-01) stepped up with 17 points and 9 caroms for the Dutch team. Netherlands eked out a 31:29 halftime lead. They went on a 21:9 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Jamie Bergens (183-PG-01) accounted for 12 points for the winners. Jakub Ulczynski (195-F-02) tossed in 19 points for Poland.

Denmark - Bulgaria 68-77
Bulgaria outgunned Denmark to record the second consecutive win in Group B. Konstantin Kostadinov came up with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Denmark claimed a 45:41 halftime lead. Bulgaria however replied with a 20:7 rally in the third term to surge ahead. They protected the lead throughout the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Mihail Modlov (01) tossed in 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the win. Andreas Mortensen (186-G-01) had 24 points and 9 boards for Denmark.

Group C
Czech Republic - Bosnia 73-61
Czech Republic held off Bosnia to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Mikolas Houser (197-SF-01) netted 17 points to lead the winners. The teams were tied at 38 heading into the long break. But Czech Republic limited their opponents to just 23 points in the second half and got away with the win. David Bohm (202-PF-01) and Nikolaos Noumeros netted 16 points each for the winners. Timur Krupalija had 16 points and 21 boards for Bosnia.

Norway - Hungary 51-63
Hungary defeated Norway for the second win in a row in Group C. Peter Filipovity (188-SG-01) chipped in 13 points in the victory. Hungary established a 32:27 halftime lead. They limited Norway to just 24 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Peter Veraszto delivered 10 points in the win. Torkel Westby (185-PG-01) produced 13 points for Norway.

Ireland - Slovakia 54-49
Ireland held off Slovakia for the opening win in Group C. Paul Kelly (186-PG-01) produced 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Ireland secured a 35:33 halftime lead. The Irish team held their opponents to just 15 points in the second half and snatched the win. Oluwasanmi Fajana (198-C-01) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Samuel Horvath and Rastislav Sipkovsky connected for 10 points apiece in the loss.

Group D
Georgia - United Kingdom 58-85
Great Britain cruised past Georgia for the second straight win in Group D. Eric Donaldson (191-SF-01) recorded 17 points to lead the winners. Great Britain trailed by six points at the first break. But they unloaded 58 points in the next two quarters to surge ahead for good. Tomiwa Sulaiman (196-PF-01) had 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Irakli Sulkhanishvili (195-SG-01) notched 13 points for Georgia.

Luxembourg - Portugal 55-85
Portugal cruised past Luxembourg for the second win in Group D. Afonso Candeias (189-SF-02) accounted for 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Portugal claimed a 41:30 halftime advantage. They did not loosen the grasp in the second half and raced to the win. Hugo Ferreira (178-SG-01) had 21 points in the victory. Felix Vlaminck (188-SG-01) provided 16 points for Luxembourg.

Kosovo - FYR Macedonia 61-64
FYR Macedonia clinched the opening win in Bulgaria. They held off Kosovo for 1-1 record in Group D. Andrej Jakimovski (198-SF-01) tossed in 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Kosovo registered a 31:29 halftime lead. Kosovo stretched the lead at 4-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But FYR Macedonia used a 19:12 run in the final term to snatch the win. Damjan Boshkovski and Adrian Naumoski (196-SG-01) had 10 points each in the win. Erhan Sholla (197-SF-01) produced 26 points for Kosovo.




Recap of Day 1 in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Israel - Croatia 67-64
Israel held off Croatia at the start of the championship. Deni Avdija (198-SF-01) and Raziel Hayun (194-SG-01) recorded 16 points each in the victory. Israel enjoyed a 41:32 halftime lead. Croatia pulled as close as 2 points at the final intermission. But Israel held their opponents to just 12 points in the final frame and secured the win. Matej Rudan (204-C-01) finished with 18 points for Croatia.

Lithuania - Serbia 54-56
Serbia nipped Lithuania for the opening win in Group A. Marko Pavicevic (205-PF-01) posted 11 points to lead the winners. Lithuania enjoyed a 31:24 halftime lead. But Serbia used a strong 32:22 second half run to snatch the win. Lazar Zivanovic and Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) accounted for 9 points each in the victory. Marek Blazevic (206-C-01) had 13 points and 9 boards for Lithuania.

Group B
Slovenia - Finland 65-53
Slovenia outlasted Finland in the first game at the tournament. Gregor Glas (196-G/F-01, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Finland snatched a 34:33 halftime lead. But Slovenia used a furious 21:8 spurt in the third term to take the advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the final term and marched to the win. Rok Radovic had 19 points for the winners. Mustapha Amzil (203-PF-01) tossed in 20 points for Finland.

Turkey - Germany 65-87
Germany outgunned Turkey to open win count in Podgorica. Luc Van Slooten (202-F/G-02) netted 18 points for the winners. Germany unloaded 45 points in the first half to take a 10-point lead. They unleashed 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Timo Lanmuller (187-PG-01) chipped in 17 points for the winning side. Mustafa Kurtuldum (193-G-01) dropped 13 points for Turkey.

Group C
Estonia - Russia 71-74
Russia narrowly defeated Estonia for the opening win in Podgorica. Dmitrii Kadoshnikov (201-PF-01) finished with 13 points and 10 boards to lead the effort. Russia used a 25:11 run in the second term to open a 13-point lead. Estonia pulled within striking distance in the second half but could not rescue the game eventually. Vladimir Markovich (183-PG-01) and Ivan Belousov (192-SG-01) had 11 points each in the victory. Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) posted 30 points for Estonia.

France - Italy 64-59
France held off Italy in the opener. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) and Theo Maledon (192-G-00) delivered 15 points each for les Bleues. France posted a 21:9 lead at the first intermission. France protected the lead throughout the following quarters. They managed to secure a tough win at the end. Timothe Crusol (190-G-01) had 10 points for the winners. Nicolo Mannion (187-PG-01) provided 15 points and 7 assists for the Azzurri.

Group D
Sweden - Montenegro 45-77
Montenegro cruised past Sweden in the opener. Stefan Vlahovic (193-F/G-01) recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Montenegro piled up a 39:20 halftime lead and cruised to the win in the second half. Viktor Vujisic (203-F-01) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Pelle Larsson (192-SG-01) notched 11 points for Sweden.

Spain - Latvia 91-70
Spain outgunned Latvia to tip off their tournament's campaign on a winning note. Jaime Pradilla (207-C-01) had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Spain accumulated a 39:27 halftime lead. They unloaded 52 points in the second half to breeze to the win. Golden Dike (207-F-01) had 14 points in the victory. Kristaps Kilps (194-SG-01) netted 23 points for Latvia.




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  FIBA ASIA CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  (198-F/G-79)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. El-Khatib, LEB24.5 
 2. Guo, CHN24.0 
 3. Romeo, PHI21.5 
 4. Saad, QAT21.0 
 5. Galloway, IRQ19.5 
 6. Alawadi, JOR19.0 
 7. Aljabi, SYR18.5 
 8. Chou, TAI18.5 
 9. Haidar, LEB18.0 
 10. Ili, NZL17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  USA
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Galloway, IRQ11.0 
 2. Hu, CHN9.5 
 3. Abuwazaneh, JOR9.5 
 4. Erfan, QAT9.5 
 5. Alhamarsheh, JOR9.5 
 6. Chou, TAI9.0 
 7. Haddadi, IRI8.5 
 8. Sahakian, IRI8.0 
 9. El-Khatib, LEB8.0 
 10. Hodgson, AUS7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Haddadi, IRI8.5 
 2. Park, KOR7.5 
 3. El-Khatib, LEB6.0 
 4. Castro-W., PHI6.0 
 5. Abdeen, JOR6.0 
 6. Jamshidi, IRI5.5 
 7. Cadee, AUS5.0 
 8. Guo, CHN4.5 
 9. Liu, CHN4.5 
 10. Galloway, IRQ4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI3.5 
 2. Hamad, IRQ2.5 
 3. Jamshidi, IRI2.5 
 4. Te-Rangi, NZL2.5 
 5. Galloway, IRQ2.5 
 6. El-Hadary, QAT2.5 
 7. Delany, NZL2.5 
 8. Fong, HKG2.0 
 9. Madanly, SYR2.0 
 10. Norwood, PHI2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jinqiu HU
  (208-C-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hu, CHN3.5 
 2. Hameed, IRQ3.5 
 3. Aguilar, PHI3.5 
 4. Haidar, LEB2.0 
 5. Hussein, JOR2.0 
 6. Todorovic, SYR1.5 
 7. Singh, IND1.5 
 8. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.5 
 9. Haddadi, IRI1.5 
 10. Zaghab, JOR1.5 


Review of Day 4 in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Syria - Iran 63-87
Iran breezed past Syria for the second consecutive win in Group A. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) recorded 25 points to lead the winners. Iran grabbed a 52:32 halftime lead. Iran held Syria to just 31 points in the second half to ease to the win. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) tossed in 16 points and issued 9 assists for the Iranian side. Michael Madanly (196-F) had 22 points for Syria.

India - Jordan 54-61
Jordan posted the second consecutive win in Beirut. They defeated India in Group A action. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Jordan posted a 26:23 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. They never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) netted 14 points for the winners. Amjyot Singh (203-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 17 points for India.

Group B
Philippines - Iraq 84-68
Philippines outgunned Iraq to take the second straight win at the tournament. Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) posted 17 points in the victory. Iraq claimed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. But Philippines used a 28:9 run in the third term to secure a 20-point lead. They protected the margin throughout the final term and rallied to the victory. Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) had 16 points for the winners. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern) replied with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for Iraq.

Qatar - China 67-92
China bounced back from the starting loss and rallied past Qatar for the first win in Lebanon. Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) scored 30 points to lead the winners. China recorded a 44:36 halftime lead. They unloaded 33 points in the fourth term to rally to the victory. Gen Li (196-F-88) had 13 points in the win. Abdulrahman Saad (185-G/F-96) replied with 19 points for Qatar.




Gilas topples Iraq to take group top seed - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas (Philippines National Team) defeated a rugged Iraq, 84-68, to vault to the top of the standings in Group B seeding in the ongoing 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.

Spitfire guard Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92) again provided the needed spark in the third canto exploding for 11 points that made Gilas pull away from a slim 32-31 halftime lead.

Gilas dropped a 24-4 run that took Iraq out of the game with only naturalized player Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern), who finished with 23 markers, leading the charge in the first half.

The victory was a follow-up from the shocking upset win, a 96-87 conquest of Asian powerhouse China last August 9.

Romeo paced Gilas with 17 points riding on three triples, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) added 16 markers and seven boards to negate its previous letdown against the same team in the recently concluded Jones Cup in Taipei.

Carl Bryan Cruz (193-PF-91) played his best game wearing the national colors by scoring 11 points with a 3-of-3 clip from the three-point line, three assists and two caroms.

The scores:

Philippines (84) - Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro 1.

Iraq (68) - Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hameed 5, Hamad 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Alfburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.

Quarterscores: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.



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





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  FINLAND  


Coin adds Blanford to their roster, ex Oulun NMKY - by Eurobasket News

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados (EBA) added to their roster American forward Sherman Blanford (198-98kg, college: E.Illinois). He played most recently at Oulun NMKY in Finnish 1st Division. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Blanford was tested by Sparta (Total League) in Luxembourg.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Robles
Germinal Cabrita

Forward:
Sherman Blanford

Center:
Jaylen Larry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



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  FRANCE  


Kevin Neto is a newcomer at La Rochelle - by Eurobasket News

La Rochelle Rupella 17 (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old forward Kevin Neto (198-91) from Cognac Charente Basket Ball. Neto has played there for the last three years.
He has played previously for Paris Levallois.

La Rochelle Rupella 17 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Johann Garbin

Forwards:
Guillaume Costentin
Philippe Papiyon
Kevin Neto
Dimitar Dimitrov

Center:
Luc Louves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gerardo Suero (ex Indios SFM) agreed terms with Vichy Clermont - by Eurobasket News

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB) inked 28-year old American (has also Dominican passport) guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany). He played in the summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Suero won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 3rd Team award in 2015.
Suero represented Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 63.6%.
Suero is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Suero has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Academia), Puerto Rico, Spain (Leche Rio Breogan), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Mauricio Baez, Huracanes del Atlantico and Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended University at Albany until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Denave
Kwamain Mitchell
Rida El_Amrani
Etienne Ory
Gerardo Suero

Forwards:
Gregory Lessort
Romuald Morency
Sadio Doucoure

Centers:
Charles-Henri Bronchard
Mohamed Kone
Cedric Bah

Coach: Guillaume Vizade

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Hyeres-Toulon lands Elhadji-Digue Diawara - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) tabbed 19-year old forward Elhadji-Digue Diawara (206-98). He has played for the last three years at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in the ProA. But in four games he averaged just 0.5ppg last season. His team made it to the cup final. Diawara also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League, but he had only 0.4ppg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. Diawara's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 53.3%, FT: 22.2%.

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Smith
Luka Asceric
Theo Bouteille

Forwards:
Robert Arnold
Raymond Cowels_III
Vafessa Fofana
Jordan Tolbert
Elhadji-Digue Diawara

Centers:
Ferdinand Prenom
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dimitrov re-signs at La Rochelle - by Eurobasket News

La Rochelle Rupella 17 (NM2) confirmed in their roster 22-year old Bulgarian swingman Dimitar Dimitrov (196-95). He has played there for the last two seasons.
Dimitrov represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg.
Dimitrov has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

La Rochelle Rupella 17 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Johann Garbin

Forwards:
Guillaume Costentin
Philippe Papiyon
Dimitar Dimitrov

Center:
Luc Louves

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Charles Galliou joins Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 22-year old forward Charles Galliou (203-95). He was about to sign at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Galliou played at Olympique Antibes (also in ProA) where in 29 games he had just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Galliou's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2rpg.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcos Suka-Umu
Maurice Acker
Alexis Desespringalle
Elias Kherzane

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles
Charles Galliou

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

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Dominykas Milka (ex Geneve Lions) is a newcomer at Lorient - by Philippe Burstert

CEP Lorient (NM1) added to their roster 25-year old Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-118kg-92, college: St.Rose, NY). He played last season at Geneve Lions in Swiss LNA league. Milka managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In four LNA games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Milka had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 Alexela KML games he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Milka also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got impressive 16.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. And finally Milka played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. Milka played in the final of Swiss LNA.
He was voted NABC NCAA D2 All-East Region 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Thanks to Milka's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Milka has played previously professionally in Japan (Dragonflies), Lithuania (Lietkabelis and Vytautas) and Estonia (TLU/Kalev).
He attended College of Saint Rose until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CEP Lorient roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Eliot Maraux

Forwards:
Jared Newson
Cory Abercrombie
Fabien Bondron
William Olugbeje

Centers:
Vincent Pourchot
Dominykas Milka

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

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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.



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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Karpos Sokoli land Anthony Collins (ex Sencur Gorenjska) - by Mario Divanisov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje straightened their roster with the addition of American point guard Anthony Collins (185-PG-92, college: Texas A&M) who comes in Skopje from Slovenian Liga Nova KBM.

For the 25-year old this will be his second international experience after a season with Slovenian side Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj where he managed to average 9.6ppg, 4.8apg, 1.6rpg and 1.3spg, while shooting with 56.4% from the field in 26 games played.
Anthony Collins started his University carrier for South Florida Bulls where he spent 4 years (2011-15) before transferring to Texas A&M. In his last season for the Bulls he averaged 7.1ppg and 5.2apg, while in his only season for Texas A&M he managed to average 4.5ppg and 4.2apg, while shooting with 45.2% for three points.

Collins will be the fourth new addition to Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje for the upcoming season after Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88), Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech) and Jaylon Brown (183-PG, college: Evansville), while the club already continued the cooperation with Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport), Darko Sokolov (189-G-86), Ivan Sapundziev (196-SG-95), Filip Bakoc (203-C-96) and Damjan Jakimovski (178-PG-95).



MZT Skopje inks Bojan Trajkovski - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) signed 29-year old ex-international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-110kg-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Trajkovski managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 Prva Liga games he had 12.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He also played 14 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg. Trajkovski also played 6 games in Balkan League where he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg. The other team he played shortly was Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Trajkovski had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 SuperLeague games he got remarkable 16.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2spg. Trajkovski also played 3 games in Balkan League where he got high stats: 15.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.3apg. His team won Macedonian Cup in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2017. Trajkovski was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2010, 2012 and 2017.
He was also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Trajkovski played for FYR Macedonian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2015 and previously for U16 National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 26.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 25.0%.
Trajkovski has played previously professionally also in Poland (Energa Czarni) and FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries, Kumanovo, Torus Skopje and Lirija).
He could be described: A versatile forward who defends hard and can also spend some time inside if needed. Has a strog body but he's enough quick footed. He doesn' t fear larger opponents and has an interesting mid-range shoting touch. He could be the next star in Macedonian NT.

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Bojan Trajkovski
Andrej Maslinko
Marko Simonovski

Center:
Ranko Mamuzic

Coach: Aleksandar Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

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Ready's pro career starts at Mgzavrebi - by Greg

Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi (Superleague) tabbed 22-year old American point guard I.J. Ready (180-73kg-95). He just graduated from Mississippi State University (NCAA). Ready has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mgzavrebi lands Jacolby Mobley - by Igor Obradovic

Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi (Superleague) tabbed 25-year old American guard Jacolby Mobley (183-73kg-92). He just graduated from Tenn-Martin (NCAA). In 28 games he averaged impressive 19.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Mobley helped them to win the regular season and make it to the OVC Tournament final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-OVC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia rout Czech Republic in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Czech Republic 87-76

Georgia rout Czech Republic 87-76 in Tbilisi in their preparation for Eurobasket 2017. Both teams scored 20 points in the first period, while the hosts posted a 25-18 rally in the second frame to take a 45-38 halftime advantage. Moreover the home side added a 24-21 rally in the third frame to increase the lead to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Georgia closed the game with a final 18-17 run to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) stepped up with 22 points for Georgia, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) scored 14 each. The latter also added 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) replied with 19 points for the guests and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15.



Shota Gelazonia signs at L'Hospitalet - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Georgian center Shota Gelazonia (205-94) from Xuven Cambados. In 34 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gelazonia played at Blancos de Rueda where in 16 LEB Silver games he had 11.4ppg and 7.3rpg.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Gelazonia has played previously professionally also in Georgia (Dinamo Tbilisi and MIA) and Spain (Zamorano and Innova Chef).

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

Guards:
Edgar San_Epifanio
Xavier Guia
Devin Schmidt

Forwards:
Ivan Garcia
Mauricio Cheda

Centers:
Shota Gelazonia
Johan Bitjaa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ron Howard Ready To Open New Doors With Howard Hoops Showcasing Fresh Faces Ready To Be Discovered - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



In the dog days of summer there are always people playing basketball and even in the grueling Midwest heat where the only time to find a comfortable hour of basketball outside is possibly at 9.00pm when the sun is down and the air is a little bit more relieving, but then again if you are a player that is going after their basketball dream, there is no distance or conditions too unbearable. For seven players of one of the 2017 Howard Hoops teams in Germany, there was no 100 degree heat and steamy gym to contend with, but rather 62 degree weather and pouring rain and a 30 minute train ride from the international city of Frankfurt to the small town of Idstein that has a population of 24,000 and about as far away from the NBA as Puerto Rico is to ever winning the soccer World Cup. There isn't much really too memorable about Idtsein except like so many small towns in Germany presents a breathtaking landscape similar to upstate New York as the most known athlete from Idstein is Max Hopp who is a dart player and where any non- resident could really get lost trying to find the A-3 highway in the pouring rain as finding the right turn was given with a small A-3 sign instead of the normal routine big sign that would make the drive a lot easier. Basketball players will do a lot on a Friday night in the hopes of being discovered in any way or impressing a manager a coach with their basketball skills. The Howard Hoops international tour has been a mainstay for a few years now as founder Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.) has developed it further step by step. This summer he already had a camp in Atlanta, Georgia as well as games in Germany this weekend in Idstein and Neu-Isenburg and games in England in September. Howard has been able to place numerous players in Europe and especially in Germany in the last years like Chris Miller, Chris Neal and Christopher Davis as his contact list grows day by day. It will be interesting to see where his track record will stand after this weekend?

In Idtsein there was a coach in the stands with Danny Stallbohm who also had his son Justin with him who will fire away from downtown like no other when he is on the court as they took in the action. The Stallbohms are a basketball institution in Limburg which is a 20 minute drive from Idstein as they play in the German Regionaliga, the fourth division in Germany. In 2012, Stallbohm led Limburg into the Regionaliga from the Regionalliga 2 and have been a consistent team in the Regionaliga since then. Four years ago Ronald Howard played for Stallbohm, so the coach was in Idstein mainly for two reasons to support his ex player as well as scoping out the talent and possibly finding a gem for his team as there are still roster spots to be filled. The seven players that Ronald Howard picked for this team are mainly guys from the states but also had a Canadian and player from Balkan country Georgia who played at lower league schools and have minimal to no professional experience. They landed in Frankfurt, Germany in the morning and played their first game against Regionaliga 2 team TV Idstein. Idstein had played in the Oberliga (6th division) last season and moved up to the Regionaliga 2 this season. TV Idstein hadn't touched the ball as a team since last season and the new formed Howard Hoops team had never played together before, but after 40 minutes the lopsided score of 107-66 in their favor showed that these guys got on the same page very quickly and produced a very untypical American basketball style in that they actually shared the ball more than played for their own stats considering what was at stake as getting that basketball job was their number one priority, but the players actually were looking out for each other in the best way they could in basketball terms. 'I noticed right away that we have a great group of guys. We all played together and helped each other out. Everybody is trying to help the other get a job and not thinking only of themselves', stressed Jamal Curry who averaged 10,1ppg and 10,3rpg at Apprentice (USCAA) and reached the USCAA D1 Final Four in 2014.

The Howard Hoops gang jumped all over TV Idstein in the first quarter playing stellar defense as the Howard trap and pressure was working to perfection as they denied their opponent any points in their first six possessions and cruised out on a 8-0 lead. They were gelling on offense in the first four minutes as Canadian Ian Tevis of Red Deer College (CCAA) who recently finished there and won All-ACAC Player of the Year was all over TV Idstein scoring 12 quick points. After the big win, he was the most talkative and expressed his versatility on the court. 'If the coach wants to I'll play the five. It doesn't matter where coach puts me, but I am a combo guard. I like to play point guard, but I am a good scorer so I usually play off the ball. I try to mold my game after Paul George in that I always want to be efficient and can adjust my game to wherever I play. But my game comes from my defense. I just love to be efficient and play defense', stressed Ian Tevis. The Howard Hoops defensive pressure continued to rattle TV Idsten and Howard Hoops kept their offensive flow going and extended their lead to 30-10 and Tevis was just all over the court and continued to score ending the first quarter with 17 points. Another guy that slowly was letting his presence be felt was Khalil Keel of Philadelphia who started his career at Lackawanna College and then moved to Goldey-Beacom (NCAA2). The American who likes to pattern his game after Monta Ellis didn't get going until later in the game, but produced a massive dunk and hit a pull up jumper in the first quarter. He finished the game with 21 points, but still wasn't content with his game displaying his never being satisfied demeanor. 'I feel like I could have been more consistent and got more rebounds. I had many fingers on balls and like to get to the line, but that didn't happen today. I need to improve my foot work and be more consistent with my jump shot', warned Kahlil Keel who finished with 21 points. The Howard Hoops team lost a bit on concentration in the latter stage of the first quarter relinquishing a 10-2 run by TV Idstein, but still led big 32-20.

In the second quarter the Howard Hoops team continued to control the game and even when TV Idstein threatened somewhat and cut the lead down to 10 points, the international squad was able to quickly heighten their lead up to 20 points quicker than Ronald Howard could glide down his long goatee with his hand and at halftime had the overwhelming 55-39 lead. Limburg head coach Danny Stalbohm was still watching the game like a hawk, and here and there giving his five cents to certain players performances and how tall certain guys were. He did add that he is looking for a big man something that Howard Hoops didn't really have on that night, but moreover were playing small ball with a small lineup. One player that only contributed four points including a pretty runner for the 43-31 Howard Hoops lead that got them back on track to getting that 20 plus lead again was 26 year old 207cm Davit Isoleiani of Georgia who had the only real extended European experience on the team having played with teams like Maccabi Brinkford Tbilisi (Highest League), Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) and Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi (Superleague). The ex Georgian U 16 and U18 National Team player last played two seasons ago professionally and before that a few seasons sporadically. He knows that he isn't getting any younger and just needs a full season to show any team what he is capable of. 'I just need that chance. I play the small forward/power forward position inside out and play smart', stressed Davit Isoleiani. Tevis had a huge first quarter and scored two quick buckets at the start of the second quarter, but then seemingly turned off his scoring switch as he could easily have gone for 40, but instead showed another quality in his game something that is seen less in the States and much more than appreciated in Europe, but expected more often than not. 'I take what the defense gives me. I had many openings at the start and got easy lay ups. The defense then started to focus on me so I shared the ball more and they collapsed on me so I knew that I would find many open guys', stressed Ian Tevis. The role model like play of Tevis definitely was noticed by his new teammates. 'Tevis impressed me the most. He was a lot better than I had expected. He scored the ball always being in the right place, but also knew when to pass the ball. He was a real good team player', stressed Corey Lewis.

In the third quarter, Howard Hoops not only continued to control the contest, but totally dominated as they led by as much as 31 points. Despite having only a seven man rotation, the Howard Hoops players were playing as if jet lag and fatigue was erased from their brain and body as they just looked straight ahead blocking out any body pain and had an offensive arsenal that was far above anything that TV Idstein had to offer on the defensive end to stop. Another Howard Hoops player that was quietly doing his thing was Corey Lewis who couldn't have been more than 180cm and looked like a stronger version of Ronald Howard, but definitely shorter finished with 22 points tied with Tevis as the teams leading scorer. Despite his stocky frame, the American who played at Wells college and played in Mexico and the semi pro league PBL in the States had the quickness that got him splitting the defense time in and time out and getting easy buckets, but also had a nice shooting touch dropping trey's when left open. Lewis likes to compare his game between a mix of Steph Curry and Kyre Irving, but more like the Cav player because of the dribbling that makes him more explosive. He was impressed by the way the Howard Hoops team played. 'We played really good defense considering we had never played together before. It's all about chemistry and we had good rotations for the first time playing together and found a good rhythm and shared the ball well', added Corey Lewis. When you come across guys looking for a job and going long lengths to pursue their dreams, each guy has their own unique story and one of those was Andy Harrel. At first glance close up the Montana native reminded me of Canadian Michael Lucier who played his rookie season in Germany last season for Pro B team Rhondorf. He might not have passed as his brother, but a close relative would have been fitting as both were sporting a long goatee. Harrel's was a ZZ Top in the making and still in the junior stage. The American played at Stillwater Christian and Crown (NCAA3) while at the professional level with South Florida Spartans (CBDL) and in Ireland and England. He took a year off to teach, but his big dream to pursue that professional basketball job was too much to keep him in the classroom. If the basketball gig doesn't happen, then he will return back to the classroom. He finished the game with 13 points and explained his role which came out of his mouth like a shot gun. 'I am a three and D. I just run around and play defense. I missed too many shots early, but I felt that I finished strong', stressed Andy Harrel. The American also doesn't make anything too difficult mentally concerning his basketball game, but has that typical teacher approach with basketball also. 'It's all about improving. You have to take the opportunities as they come and learn from the bad and acknowledge the bad', warned Andy Harrel. The Howard Hoops team led 75-46 after 30 minutes.

The Howard Hoops team had no mercy in the fourth quarter and just continued to pour it on and one never really doubted that they wouldn't reach 100 points as scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter was a piece of cake as they had averaged that the three quarters before. Howard Hoops continued to show pride on defense continuing to trap very well and get in passing lanes which created more transition opportunities and easy buckets while on offense they played excellent inside out basketball hitting at a very high percentage especially Harrel who had his best moments in the fourth quarter. The Stallbohm men left with three minutes to go and if head coach Danny had found a player was unknown, but he only had kind words for Howard as he lauded him in the best way. 'Ron was a great player played Pro B in Germany. But what he is doing now is fantastic giving so many players the chance to be seen and getting them chances to be signed', said Danny Stallbohm. The duo left from the stands waved to Howard who was on the sidelines and were off in the night and into the pouring rain which could be heard from time to time pounding down on the gym roof. Corey Lewis gave the Howard Hoops the 100-62 lead with a lay in. He was fortunate that he wasn't on a professional team at that moment in Germany as he would have had to buy a case of Beer for the whole team as that is the norm in Germany when scoring 100. But then again, Lewis probably would have bought 10 cases if only he had that signed contract to a German team that he desires so much. The night had some pretty dunks and massive blocks, but also an alley-oop that got the most applause of the night. Half way through the fourth quarter and Howard Hoops leading 90-59, Arnim Alexander who played with the Jamestown Jackals (PBL) made a steal and went coast to coast unharmed, but instead of dunking himself threw the ball off the back board letting Jamal Curry take it in mid air and slam it into the hoop. The game was more than decided, but instead of going down the court and attempting a windmill dunk or something out of the ordinary to satisfy his own ego, Alexander showed his unselfish side something which had been the norm on that night. 'I have been a little surprised how that everyone has been helping each other instead of one's self, but it's just nice how we all have come together trying to help each other's career's', added Arnim Alexander who finished with nine points. He also showed another unselfish side to himself not only wanting to profit from Howard Hoops, but also hoping to be able to give back. 'I hope to get a contract, but the biggest thing is helping Howard Hoops become more successful with another guy getting signed', warned Arnim Alexander. At first glance, you want to shove 10 big mac's into Jamal Curry's mouth as he gives the name tooth pick a new name, but then again his unique size makes him the player he is as being vocal and adding on to his frame belong to his basketball mentality at the moment. 'I am a stretch four that likes to take the 15 footer, rebound the ball and block shots. I would compare my game to a Kevin Garnett and I like to communicate on the court. I feel if I can lift another week, I'll be ok. My mentality really helps me. I don't get pushed around easily', smiled Jamal Curry who finished with 15 points.

A big joy is seeing how the Howard Hoops players play with so much heart on the court trying to not only be the best that they can, but help make their teammates better as they all are fighting for the same goal. But what is even nicer is hearing each guy's praise of their discoverer and mentor Ronald Howard as you see that glow in their eyes as they explain what it has meant to them having him give new basketball life and hope into a seemingly almost impossible dream. 'I am really thankful for Ronald Howard. I have only known him a few days, but already is one of the best guys I know. He keeps you honest. If you do what your supposed to do then so does he', stressed Jamal Curry. 'Ron is the man. He has opened so many doors and I know that he will continue to open even more doors', warned Ian Tevis. 'Ronald Howard is a trustworthy and a dependent guy. He has lied about nothing. He is very truthful and I really appreciate that', warned Khalil Keel. Ronald Howard was content about the first of four games this weekend. 'Tonight's game for my Howard Hoops team was solid. I felt that my guys came together as a unit and put being selfish to the side. The Guard play was a lot better than I expected we were able to put consistent pressure on Idstein for 40 minutes', stressed Ronald Howard. On Saturday three games are on the slate for the Howard Hoops team and that will be a test for the seven man roster as playing press might be put a little on back burner as 120 minutes could seem like an eternity for the player's bodies even with that never ending dream looming on their minds. It isn't always easier for Howard Hoops players to perform well in only a short period of time including all the obstacles, but if they can stick to Ronald Howards motto, more times than not, having had all the rigors could pay off. ''If you can play I can get you paid. But you have to trust the process My process my way if you don't have a Division one Resume', warned Ronald Howard.



Soest inks Michael Smith - by Eurobasket News

BC Soest (2.Regionalliga) signed 28-year old Italian-Canadian guard Michael Smith (188-89, college: UNBC). He played last season at Westfalen Mustangs in NBBL. Smith helped his team get promotion to Regionalliga. 2.Regionalliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Smith contributed to his team winning the group title.
He has played also professionally for other Canadian teams like Cougars and Bobcats.
Smith attended University of Northern British Columbia until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Germany dominate Iceland at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Germany 66-90

Germany outgunned Iceland 90-66 in their opener of Kazan International tournament. Germany trailed 7 points in the first period, but controlled the rest of the game. They replied with a 27-18 run in the second period and won the third quarter 23-11. Moreover Germany closed the game with a final 27-17 win to seal the victory.
Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 15. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) notched 13, while Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 11. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 15 points in a loss and Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) poured in 10.



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 earlier in the summer 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.



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



Anton Mirolybov Opens Door For Cardell Mcfarland In Kirchheim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Somestimes a player career can rapidly change from ok to great as is the case with Cardell McFarland (182-G-87, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Blacktop Management) who only a few days ago didn't exactly know where his career would be heading this season, but then all of a sudden came his ex coach Anton Mirolybov and opened the door. Mcfarland will continue his basketball career in Germany with the Kirchheim Knights who signed him today to a season contract. Mcfarland is a 29 year old 182cm point guard from Evansville, Indiana that will head into his sixth professional season. He got lucky this season in that current Kirchheim head coach Anton Mirolybov was his coach last season in Leipzig and opened the door for him in Kirchheim. The American brings not only valuable international experience from Romania and Australia, but has also played in Germany for teams like Nordlingen, Hanau and Leipzig. "Cardell and I know each other since some time. I think he fits very well to the team. He brings a lot of energy, can create and finish himself. He also brinsg experience that will strengthen us", stressed head coach Anton Mirolybov.

Last season Mcfarland started the season in England with the DBL Sharks Sheffield (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 11 games averaging 0.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3FGP: 40.0%, He then moved to the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB) playig 9 games averaging 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 7.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 70.4%. He was unable to help the team stay in the Pro B, but had some solid games including a 31 point and 11 assist game against PS Karlsruhe and a 27 points 13 assist game against Lich. He scored in double figures five times and also produced a 17 point game against the ScanPlus Baskets.

Mcfarland started his basketball career in 2008 with Missouri St. (NCAA) and as a freshman played 29 games averaging 6.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3Pts: 29.5%, FT: 76.8%. In his second season at Missouri St. (NCAA) he played 5 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.6apg. He moved to Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2) in 2010 and played 28 games averaging 18.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3Pts: 41.2%, FT: 80.1%. In his senior season at Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2) he played 21 games averaging 18.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3Pts: 43.3%, FT: 86.9%. He started his professional career in 2012 with CS Farul Constanta (Romania-Division A) playing 7 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 88.5%.In the 2013-2014 season he palyed with the Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games: Score-2 (23.8ppg), 3.1rpg, Assists-2 (5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 72.5%. After his stay in Nordlingen, he went down under to the Gladstone Port City Power (Australia-QBL) playing 13 games averaging 25.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.2apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 73.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau (Germany-ProB) playing 20 games averaging 18.9ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 71.2%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 24 games averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 66.7%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-GLVC 3rd Team -11, All-GLVC 1st Team -12, NCAA D2 Sweet 16 -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention -16, and German ProB -17 (Player of the Week Rd.19).

Source.Kirchheim Knights




Lennart Steffen Moves To The MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After spending the last three seasons with the Rhein Stars Koeln (ProA), Lennart Steffen (196-SG-93) will move to the MLP Academics Heidelberg. Steffen is a 23 year old 193cm shooting guard that started his career with the New Energie Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga). He brings 53 Pro A games experience to Heildelberg and last season with the RheinStars played 24 games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.9rpg. "I am happy that he is with us. We get further depth in our roster. It is always important to have good Germans and we have to compensate the loss of Philipp Heyden. Lennart is a good player and has experience", stressed head coach Branslav Ignjatovic.

Two seasons ago in the Pro A he played 29 games averaging 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg. In his two seasons in the Pro A, he scored in double figures once with a 11 point game against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He also played two seasons with the Dragons Rhondorf playing 28 Pro B games. "I decided to come to Heidelberg, because I feel I can develop further here. Heidelberg sent good teams into the season the last years and I am happy to go into the new season with them", added Lennart Steffen. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -13
and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -15.

Source:MLP Academics Heidelberg








D.J. Kennedy (ex Ludwigsburg) agreed terms with Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-98kg-89, college: St.John's). He played most recently at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 14 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 4.1apg last season. Kennedy also played that season for Long Lions in Chinese CBA where in 28 games he averaged impressive 23.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 5.2apg and 2.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Kennedy won D-League championship title in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Kennedy's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Kennedy has played previously professionally in France (Gravelines Dunkerque), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Russia (Enisey and Krasny Oktyabr), NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended St. John's University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Kennedy
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Jarrod Jones
Scott Wood
Metin Turen

Centers:
Egemen Guven
Dustin Hogue
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

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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N.Moudanion lands Nikos Panteleris - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer PO N.Moudanion tabbed experienced 37-year old forward Nikos Panteleris (200-80). The last time (11-12) he played at Pefkohori in Greek C league. Panteleris missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Panteleris is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at N.Moudanion.

PO N.Moudanion roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Alexandros Papadopoulos
Nikos Panteleris
Elias Kalantzis

Center:
Christos Seretis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stratos Papadopoulos is a newcomer at AE Santorinis - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AE Santorinis strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old forward Stratos Papadopoulos (205-83). The last time (11-12) he played at Halkidona in Greek C league. Papadopoulos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Papadopoulos won Greek C Division (South-Group 1) championship title in 2010.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Ermis Lagkada, Mantoulidis, Aris Nikaias and Doxa Lefkadas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Greece outscore Montenegro at Beograd Trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Greece 81-83

Greece outscored Montenegro 83-81 at Beograd Trophy opener in Serbia. Both teams won two of four quarters of the game as Greece grabbed a total narrow win. Montenegro started with a 20-18 lead, but the Greece replied with a 20-16 rally. The latter pulled another 21-17 run, while Montenegro won the fourth period 28-24.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) netted 17. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 11. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) ended up wth 22 points in a loss, whilst Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) notched 18.



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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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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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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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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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Valladolid lands Jito Kok - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid landed 23-year old Dutch international center Jito Kok (206-105kg-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML, but left. Kok managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 21 Alexela KML games he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.9rpg. He also played 1 game in Baltic League where he had just 2 points and 1 rebound. The other team Kok played that season for was GS Lavrio in Greek A1. In 13 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5bpg. He played in the final of Estonian League.
Kok received WCC All-Freshman Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Kok has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Kok represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 44.9%, FT: 65.6%.
Kok has played previously professionally in Holland (Den Bosch) and Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy).
He attended University of San Diego until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oscar Alvarado
Greg Gantt
Henri Wade-Chatman

Forwards:
Maximilian Hopfgartner
Rowell Graham
Daniel Astilleros

Centers:
Sergio De_La_Fuente
Jito Kok

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dolomiti Energia Trento lands Yannick Franke - by Armando Caporaso

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) tabbed 21-year old Dutch international guard Yannick Franke (194-96). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 6 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg last season. Franke helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 7 games in ABA League where he had 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Franke also spent pre-season at Promitheas (also in A1) in Greek that year.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the Dutch final in 2014 and 2016. Franke was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game in 2015 and 2016.
Franke has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Franke represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Franke has played previously professionally in Finland (Loimaan Korikonkarit) and Holland (Groningen, Leiden, Rotterdam and ZZ Leiden 2).
He is described as: A talented scorer, who has yet good personality and game reading skills. He's developing a good defensive game too.

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Jorge Gutierrez
Dominique Sutton
Yannick Franke
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Russia beat Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Hungary 84-69

Russia beat Hungary 84-69 at the International tournament with 4 participating teams in Kazan. The hosts took control from the first minutes and led 27-16 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Russia added a 22-19 rally in the second frame for a 14-point halftime advantage. Hungary managed to stay tough in the second half as both teams scored 19 points in the third quarter. Russia pulled the last 16-15 rally in the end of the game to win the opener.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 14 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) scored 18 points for Hungary and Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) netted 12.



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  


Germany dominate Iceland at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Germany 66-90

Germany outgunned Iceland 90-66 in their opener of Kazan International tournament. Germany trailed 7 points in the first period, but controlled the rest of the game. They replied with a 27-18 run in the second period and won the third quarter 23-11. Moreover Germany closed the game with a final 27-17 win to seal the victory.
Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 15. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) notched 13, while Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 11. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 15 points in a loss and Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) poured in 10.



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  IRAN  


Dominique Jones (ex Azad) agreed terms with Monkey Kings - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Tongxi Monkey Kings (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Dominique Jones (193-98kg-88, college: S.Florida). He played most recently at Azad in Iranian Superleague. In 16 games he was the best scorer with impressive 28.4ppg and had 5.3rpg, 5.7apg (leader !!!) and 1.2spg last season. Jones helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. He also played that season for Eagles where in 38 CBA games he recorded very remarkable stats: 30.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
In 2010 Jones was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (25th overall). He attended University of South Florida and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Jones' team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Jones' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Jones has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks), China (Flying Leopards, Brave Dragons and Jilin Tigers), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA G League (Texas Legends) and D-League (Springfield A.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Powerfully built combo guard with a polished offensive game ... An instant offense type of player who is capable of big scoring outbursts ... Has developed into a mature, polished guard with a good grasp of the game ... Strong leader who has gained a lot of confidence in his game and plays with a swagger. ot an overwhelmingly explosive athlete, but has the hops and strength to finish at the rim ... His lack of size lends to questions about his ability to create shots against longer and more athletic defenders
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Israeli U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Israeli U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Edo Fogel
Fogel
Dori Sahar
Sahar
Afek Shafir
Shafir
Deni Avdija
Avdija
Amit Aharoni
Aharoni
#e#5
4Edo Fogel 185-SG-01
6Dori Sahar 192-SF-01
7Afek Shafir 190-G-01
8Deni Avdija 198-SF-01
10Amit Aharoni 185-PG-02
11Omar Watad 196-PF-01
15Ariel Derhy 190-SG-01
16Jonathan Levenberg 187-SG-01
21Raziel Hayun 194-SG-01 Galil Gilboa Israel
22Yahel Melamed 192-PG-01
24Yuval Adusei 192-SF-01
88Yonatan Atias 204-C-01 Maccabi T-A Israel

Oren Aharoni Head Coach
Dror Cohen Assistant
Itai Jerushalami Assistant Bnei Hertzeliyya Israel



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  


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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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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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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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Italian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Italian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Matteo Schina
Schina
Lorenzo Deri
Deri
Matteo Picarelli
Picarelli
Nicolo Mannion
Mannion
Matteo Nicoli
Nicoli
#e#5
5Matteo Schina 180-PG-01 Alma Trieste Italy
6Lorenzo Deri 185-PG-01
7Matteo Picarelli 183-SG-01
8Nicolo Mannion 187-PG-01
9Matteo Nicoli 189-SG-01
11Lorenzo Donadio 189-SG-01 Roma APDB Italy
12Lorenzo Querci 190-SG-01
14Sasha Grant 198-SF-02
15Patrick Gatti 198-PF-01
16Angelo Del Chiaro 203-C-01
19Tommaso Tintori 199-SF-02
20Leonardo Da Campo 201-C-01

Antonio Bocchino Head Coach
Alfredo Lamberti Assistant
Alessandro Nocera Assistant



Dolomiti Energia Trento lands Yannick Franke - by Armando Caporaso

Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A) tabbed 21-year old Dutch international guard Yannick Franke (194-96). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 6 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg last season. Franke helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 7 games in ABA League where he had 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Franke also spent pre-season at Promitheas (also in A1) in Greek that year.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the Dutch final in 2014 and 2016. Franke was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game in 2015 and 2016.
Franke has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Franke represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Franke has played previously professionally in Finland (Loimaan Korikonkarit) and Holland (Groningen, Leiden, Rotterdam and ZZ Leiden 2).
He is described as: A talented scorer, who has yet good personality and game reading skills. He's developing a good defensive game too.

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Gomes
Jorge Gutierrez
Dominique Sutton
Yannick Franke
Shavon Shields

Forwards:
Ojars Silins
Chane Behanan
Luca Conti

Coach: Maurizio Buscaglia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MIA-RO Cantu signs Christian Burns - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) signed 32-year old naturalized American forward Christian Burns (203-108kg-85, college: Philadelphia) from Germani Basket Brescia. In 25 Serie A games he had 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Burns played at Al Wasl (D1) in UAE league. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2007 Burns was drafted by Delaware Stars (USBL) in third round (21st overall).
He attended Philadelphia University (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Burns 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 he won Czech Republic League championship title in 2015. Burns was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Import Player of the Year back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Burns has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Israel (GreenTops Netanya), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Portugal (FC Porto_Ferpinta), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
Randy Culpepper
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Christian Burns
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Piacenza signs Angelo Guaccio - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed Angelo Guaccio. He played last season at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 21 games he had just 0.4ppg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

Bakery Piacentina roster for 2017-2018:

Rodolfo Rombaldoni
Riccardo Perego
Duilio Birindelli
Nicolas Stanic
Santiago Bruno
Angelo Guaccio
Edward Maresca

Coach: Claudio Coppeta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dario Farabegoli joins Valsesia - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) agreed terms with 19-year old forward Dario Farabegoli (98) from Benedetto XIV Cento. But in 5 Serie B games he had just 1.0ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Farabegoli played at Bertinoro (Serie C Gold).

Gessi Valsesia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Dario Farabegoli
Mattia Magrini

Coach: Domenico Bolignano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Green Basket 99 Palermo adds Carella to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo added to their roster 19-year old guard Mirko Carella (196-98). He played last season at the junior team of Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2. Carella also played that season for For Pontevecchio Bologna (Serie B).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Rieti signs rookie Chris Davenport - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) inked 23-year old American forward Chris Davenport (203-102kg-94). He just graduated from N.Florida (NCAA). Davenport has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3bpg last season. Davenport helped them to make it to the final.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

NPC Rieti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcos Casini
Norman Hassan
Claudio Tommasini
Zaid Hearst
Nicola Savoldelli

Forwards:
Giovanni Carenza
Chris Davenport

Center:
Angelo Gigli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bergamo lands Gelvis Solano - by Andrea Centenari

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) tabbed 23-year old Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-82kg-94, college: Merrimack). He played in the summer at Hunan in Chinese NBL league. In 8 games he averaged impressive 31.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 6.8apg and 3.6spg. The last season Solano played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA where in 36 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-Northeast-10 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Solano represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Solano has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Sameji, Enriquillo and Reales de La Vega.
He attended Merrimack College until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Solano's outlook: A guard with many points in their hands and went top 5 guard throughout the NCAA2 , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giulio Mascherpa
Gelvis Solano

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Valdiceppo tabs Lorenzo Petrosino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia (Serie B) inked 25-year old center Lorenzo Petrosino (203-110kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) from Oleggio Magic Basket. In 27 Serie B games he averaged 6.5ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Petrosino played at IMO Saronno (Serie C). He helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice).
Petrosino has played previously for four other teams: Cantu Gorla, Racalmuto, Oasi di Kufra Fondi and Montegrano.

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Cagliari Academy tabs Michele Ebeling - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy landed 18-year old power forward Michele Ebeling (205-100kg-99) on loan from Sassari. He played most recently at Banco di Srd in the Serie A. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in four games he averaged just 0.5ppg last season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Ebeling also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Virtus Bologna. But the most of that year Ebeling spent at Kleb Basket Ferrara (also in Serie A). Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he had only 0.7ppg. His team made it to the Italian final.
Ebeling represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Ebeling has played previously for Roma S.Azzurra.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Rullo
Mirco Turel
Marcus Keene

Forwards:
Marco Allegretti
Ferdinando Matrone
Deshawn Stephens
Andrea Rovatti
Michele Ebeling

Coach: Riccardo Paolini

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Andrea Marusic joins Oleggio - by Eurobasket News

Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) agreed terms with 28-year old forward Andrea Marusic (200-89) from USE Basket. In 31 Serie B games he had 5.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Marusic played at Fulgor Omegna (Serie A2) where in 5 games he recorded 4.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. Marusic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.6rpg.
Marusic has played previously for five other teams: Openjobmetis VA, Treviglio, Sangiorgese, Ticino and Firenze All Foods.
On Marusic: Very talented player who needs to play everytime under control. Thanks to his good 1-vs-1 can score a lot, and his athletic skills can make him a good defender. Can spend time in both forward positions, has great timing for the offensive rebounds.

Oleggio Magic Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Centers:
Marco Corti
Stefano Colombo

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  JAPAN  


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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Jeff Ayres (ex Toyota Alvark) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 27 games he recorded 12.4ppg and 7.1rpg. Ayres helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League East Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 22 games he averaged 12.8ppg and 7.2rpg. Ayres contributed to his team winning the Cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA championship title in 2014. Ayres was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active … His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country … Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces … Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses … Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders
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Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Sean Marshall
Caner Erdeniz
Josh Duncan
Viacheslav Kravtsov
Jeff Ayres
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Miguel Angel Hoyo

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nikolaosspanos)

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Rusty Elmore Named Assistant Basketball Coach at Moberly Area CC - by Eurobasket News

The Moberly Area Community College Men's Basketball Team has announced the hiring of Rusty Elmore as Assistant Coach. Elmore is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and received his Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University. He has compiled an impressive record as an Assistant Coach at the collegiate level starting with Lindsey Wilson College where he served from 2011-14. During his last two seasons there, they made two NAIA National Tournament appearances and set a school record with 31 victories and a final four National Tournament berth. He then went to Union College in Kentucky where they set a school record with a 31-5 record and NAIA Division II National Tournament finish. During the 2015-16 season, he served as Asst. Coach to Happy Osborne at Kentucky Wesleyan College where they compiled a 28-3 mark and NCAA Regional Tournament berth. This past season, Elmore was Assistant Coach at Vincennes University where they finished 31-5 with a final 8 NJCAA National Tournament finish. During his playing career at Northwest Shoals Jr. College, he played for his father and helped his squad reach the NJCAA National Tournament Appearance. 'I've known of Rusty for some time and have always heard great things about him,' said MACC Coach Patrick Smith, 'After getting to know him the past few months, I became convinced that he was the coach we needed to compliment Coach Bell and make our program the best it can be. He's a proven recruiter and coach, and he's already hit the ground running and contributing positively to our team for this upcoming season. Above all else, he's a quality individual who will fit in great with our college and community.' Rusty and his wife, Katie, are the parents of a three year daughter, Elise.
Courtesy of: moberlygreyhounds.com



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Kristaps Porzingis' Contract Option Reportedly Picked Up by Knicks - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks reportedly exercised a team option in the contract of power forward Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) for the 2018-19 NBA season. On Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN passed along the news, which was first reported on Real GM's transaction wire. Porzingis, who's set to make $4.5 million for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, will earn just under $5.7 million the following season, per Spotrac. The Knicks can also give him a qualifying offer worth $7.5 million for 2019-20 before he becomes a restricted free agent. While it's merely a procedural move-the Knicks were never going to let him enter free agency early-it's a sign of stability after a rumor-filled start to the offseason. In June, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog reported the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics were among the teams who reached out to the Knicks about a possible blockbuster trade for the forward amid his speculated availability. Talk about potentially moving Porzingis faded away after the Knicks and former team president Phil Jackson agreed to part ways in late June, though. The 22-year-old Latvia native told Shaun Powell of NBA.com earlier this month he's happy in New York and can "envision" winning a championship there. "So far it's been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big," Porzingis said. "For me, it's now home." He's coming off a season where he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 45 percent from the floor, including 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, in 66 games. He also ranked seventh among power forwards in Estimated Wins Added during his second NBA season. With the trade rumors seemingly in the rear-view mirror, Porzingis should settle in as a key building block as the Knicks attempt to become contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



Kristaps Porzingis leads Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Poland 77-65

Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) led Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga as the hosts celebrated a 77-65 win. Kristaps scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Poland had a better 23-21 start, but Latvia limited them to just 9 points in the second period. The Baltic state took a 37-32 halftime advantage and led also 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Latvia added a final 20-13 run in the last stanza for the final success.
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) poured in 18 points and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.



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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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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
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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

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.



Dominykas Milka (ex Geneve Lions) is a newcomer at Lorient - by Philippe Burstert

CEP Lorient (NM1) added to their roster 25-year old Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-118kg-92, college: St.Rose, NY). He played last season at Geneve Lions in Swiss LNA league. Milka managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In four LNA games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Milka had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 Alexela KML games he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Milka also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got impressive 16.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. And finally Milka played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. Milka played in the final of Swiss LNA.
He was voted NABC NCAA D2 All-East Region 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Thanks to Milka's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Milka has played previously professionally in Japan (Dragonflies), Lithuania (Lietkabelis and Vytautas) and Estonia (TLU/Kalev).
He attended College of Saint Rose until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CEP Lorient roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Eliot Maraux

Forwards:
Jared Newson
Cory Abercrombie
Fabien Bondron
William Olugbeje

Centers:
Vincent Pourchot
Dominykas Milka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anthony Ireland (ex Trefl Sopot) agreed terms with Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-79kg-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Trefl Sopot in Polish PLK league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and had 2.9rpg and 2.9apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Ireland played at Arkadikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg.
Ireland has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
Ireland has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laurynas Samenas
Anthony Ireland

Forwards:
Arvydas Siksnius
Simas Buterlevicius

Center:
Mindaugas Kupsas

Coach: Gediminas Petrauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zamorano adds Ervin to their roster, ex Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

Aquimisa Laboratorios Zamorano (LEB Silver) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Brett Ervin (201-100kg-91, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Soleuvre in Luxembourg N2 league.
The previous (15-16) season Ervin played at Vitoria in Portuguese LPB where in 28 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Portuguese Cup Semifinals.
Ervin was voted All-NSIC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Ervin graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
On Ervin: Strong body that can score in multiple ways. Very good with back to basket. Can knock down the 3 from anywhere.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Montenegrin U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Montenegrin U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Danijel Marsenic
Marsenic
Marko Kljajevic
Kljajevic
Fedja Pajovic
Pajovic
Luka Zivanovic
Zivanovic
Bojan Tomasevic
Tomasevic
#e#5
4Danijel Marsenic 194-PG-01
7Marko Kljajevic 200-SG-01
8Fedja Pajovic 185-SG-01
9Luka Zivanovic 183-PG-01
10Bojan Tomasevic 201-PF-01 Crvena Zv. U19 Serbia
11Stefan Vlahovic 193-F/G-01
12Jovan Kljajic 198-F/G-01 Gran Canaria Spain
13Viktor Vujisic 203-F-01 Buducnost Montenegro
14Haris Karamanaga 188-PG-01
15Djordje Marinovic 201-PF-01
20Nikola Bojicic 198-C-01
21Mileta Boskovic 205-C-01 Centar BP Montenegro

Mladen Ostojic Head Coach
Kosta Papovic Assistant
Slobodan Savovic Assistant Primorje 1945 Montenegro



Sutjeska tabs rookie Robert Hubbs III in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

KK Sutjeska Niksic (Erste Liga) inked 22-year old American guard Robert Hubbs III (193-94kg-95). Hubbs III just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-SEC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hubbs III is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)

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Greece outscore Montenegro at Beograd Trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Greece 81-83

Greece outscored Montenegro 83-81 at Beograd Trophy opener in Serbia. Both teams won two of four quarters of the game as Greece grabbed a total narrow win. Montenegro started with a 20-18 lead, but the Greece replied with a 20-16 rally. The latter pulled another 21-17 run, while Montenegro won the fourth period 28-24.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) netted 17. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 11. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) ended up wth 22 points in a loss, whilst Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) notched 18.



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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Kristaps Porzingis' Contract Option Reportedly Picked Up by Knicks - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks reportedly exercised a team option in the contract of power forward Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) for the 2018-19 NBA season. On Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN passed along the news, which was first reported on Real GM's transaction wire. Porzingis, who's set to make $4.5 million for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, will earn just under $5.7 million the following season, per Spotrac. The Knicks can also give him a qualifying offer worth $7.5 million for 2019-20 before he becomes a restricted free agent. While it's merely a procedural move-the Knicks were never going to let him enter free agency early-it's a sign of stability after a rumor-filled start to the offseason. In June, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog reported the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics were among the teams who reached out to the Knicks about a possible blockbuster trade for the forward amid his speculated availability. Talk about potentially moving Porzingis faded away after the Knicks and former team president Phil Jackson agreed to part ways in late June, though. The 22-year-old Latvia native told Shaun Powell of NBA.com earlier this month he's happy in New York and can "envision" winning a championship there. "So far it's been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big," Porzingis said. "For me, it's now home." He's coming off a season where he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 45 percent from the floor, including 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, in 66 games. He also ranked seventh among power forwards in Estimated Wins Added during his second NBA season. With the trade rumors seemingly in the rear-view mirror, Porzingis should settle in as a key building block as the Knicks attempt to become contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



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Windsor Express add Ayob to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) added to their roster 22-year old Canadian forward Ayob Ayob (201-95, agency: Duran International). He just graduated from MSU Moorhead (NCAA2). In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg last season. Ayob helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to All-NSIC 2nd 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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Monmouth, King Rice Agree to new Five-Year Contract - by Eurobasket News

Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil announced Friday that MU and Head Men's Basketball Coach King Rice agreed to a new five-year contract, securing his time on the Hawks' sidelines through the 2021-22 season. 'I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the Monmouth program for five more years,' said Rice. 'When I got here I knew I was so fortunate and so blessed to be the coach here and after six years, to re-sign for five more means a lot to me and my family. I just feel very fortunate that I get to represent Dr. McNeil and Monmouth University.' Rice has been named MAAC Coach of the Year twice in a row, just the second coach in the history of the conference to accomplish that feat outright, posting a 55-15 overall record across those seasons. He has coached the Hawks to consecutive national postseason tournaments, hosting NIT games in West Long Branch two straight years, and last season led MU to 18 MAAC wins for the first time in the history of the conference. 'Monmouth is grateful for King Rice 's continued commitment to the Hawks,' said McNeil. 'His leadership in moving the program to the upper echelon of MAAC basketball is rewarded by this extension and we look forward to much future success.' Monmouth has topped six high-major programs under Rice's tutelage, winning the MAAC regular season crown each of the last two years. He is a two-time NABC All-District I Coach of the Year, and earned John McLendon National Coach of the Year honors after the 2015-16 campaign as the nation's top mid-major coach. Rice has posted a 106-92 record with the Blue and White to date. Earlier this summer, Rice spent time as a court coach with the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team. Off the floor, MU has been lauded for its academic success, picking up the NCAA's APR Public Recognition Award this past season after graduating another class of seniors. Rice and his staff have graduated 21 of 21 seniors since taking over in 2011. 'Dr. McNeil gave us the opportunity to get this started six years ago and we're excited to keep working to get to where we want to be,' said Rice. This marks Rice's third contract signed while at Monmouth, the first coming on November 13, 2014 before re-signing on February 26, 2016. Rice was introduced as the sixth men's basketball coach in school history on March 30, 2011. MU released its 2017-18 non-conference schedule yesterday, and will open Rice's seventh season on November 10 at the OceanFirst Bank Center against Bucknell.
Courtesy of: monmouthhawks.com




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Icevic wins LMB Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Icevic won LMB Final opener against Nacional Ingenieros. They needed a strong comeback to win 72-65 in game 1. Nacional Ingenieros started strong and led 22-11 after the first period. Moreover they kept 11-point advantage and led 9 points with 10 minutes to. Icevic however erupted with a massive 26-10 surge to seal the victory.


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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

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Asker Aliens welcome back Sommerfeldt - by Eurobasket News

Asker Aliens BC (BLNO) landed 28-year old American small forward Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-89, college: Manhattan). It is actually his comeback to Asker as he has played here before. Sommerfeldt has played for the last two years at Centrum in the BLNO. In 19 games he averaged impressive 19.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Sommerfeldt helped them to win the league title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Sommerfeldt represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally also in Holland (Leeuwarden) and Norway (Baerum Basket and Kongsberg).
Sommerfeldt attended Manhattan College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Asker Aliens sign Stian Berg - by Eurobasket News

Asker Aliens BC (BLNO) signed 26-year old guard Stian Berg (188-82kg-91, college: Nova SE, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from Baerum Basket. In two BLNO games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (2015) summer Berg played at Chicago in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis where in three games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg in 2015 season.
His team made it to the SSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
Berg represented Norway at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 74.2%.
Berg graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2012 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gilas topples Iraq to take group top seed - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas (Philippines National Team) defeated a rugged Iraq, 84-68, to vault to the top of the standings in Group B seeding in the ongoing 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.

Spitfire guard Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92) again provided the needed spark in the third canto exploding for 11 points that made Gilas pull away from a slim 32-31 halftime lead.

Gilas dropped a 24-4 run that took Iraq out of the game with only naturalized player Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern), who finished with 23 markers, leading the charge in the first half.

The victory was a follow-up from the shocking upset win, a 96-87 conquest of Asian powerhouse China last August 9.

Romeo paced Gilas with 17 points riding on three triples, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) added 16 markers and seven boards to negate its previous letdown against the same team in the recently concluded Jones Cup in Taipei.

Carl Bryan Cruz (193-PF-91) played his best game wearing the national colors by scoring 11 points with a 3-of-3 clip from the three-point line, three assists and two caroms.

The scores:

Philippines (84) - Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro 1.

Iraq (68) - Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hameed 5, Hamad 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Alfburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.

Quarterscores: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.



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





Phoenix adds Chan to their roster - by Igor Obradovic

Phoenix Fuel Masters (PBA) added to their roster experienced 34-year old forward Jeffrei Chan (188-84kg-83). He played this summer at Rain or Shine in the PBA. Chan has played there for the last five years. In two games he had 7.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Philippines PBA All-Star Game. Chan also played 13 games in PBA for the same team last season where he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. Great season indeed as he was named to Philippines PBA All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chan won PBA Commissioner's Cup championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
Chan represented Philippines at the Asian Games in Incheon (South Korea) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Chan has spent his entire career in Philippines playing for five other teams: Barako Bull, Harbour Centre Batang Pier, Magnolia Purewater Wizards, Philippine Youth Team and Smart Gilas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Kristaps Porzingis leads Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Poland 77-65

Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) led Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga as the hosts celebrated a 77-65 win. Kristaps scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Poland had a better 23-21 start, but Latvia limited them to just 9 points in the second period. The Baltic state took a 37-32 halftime advantage and led also 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Latvia added a final 20-13 run in the last stanza for the final success.
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) poured in 18 points and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.



Trefl Sopot adds Steve Zack to their roster - by Greg

Trefl Sopot (PLK) added to their roster 25-year old American center Steve Zack (211-111kg-92, college: La Salle). He played last season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In 35 NBL games he recorded 10.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Zack also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.3ppg, 9.1rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.4apg. And finally Zack contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg.
He graduated from La Salle University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Trefl Sopot roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Smigielski
Bartosz Majewski
Lukasz Kolenda

Forwards:
Filip Dylewicz
Marcin Stefanski
Artur Mielczarek
Nikola Markovic
Jakub Karolak
Grzegorz Kulka
Michal Kolenda

Centers:
Steve Zack
Jakub Motylewski

Coach: Marcin Klozinski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anthony Ireland (ex Trefl Sopot) agreed terms with Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-79kg-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Trefl Sopot in Polish PLK league. In 31 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and had 2.9rpg and 2.9apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Ireland played at Arkadikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg.
Ireland has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
Ireland has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laurynas Samenas
Anthony Ireland

Forwards:
Arvydas Siksnius
Simas Buterlevicius

Center:
Mindaugas Kupsas

Coach: Gediminas Petrauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Jose Miranda is a newcomer at Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old small forward Jose Miranda (189-94) from Illiabum. In 24 LPB games he recorded 3.2ppg last season.
Miranda ended the previous (2015-16) season at FC Porto_Ferpinta. But in two LPB games he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds and 2 steals. But the most of that year he spent at Dragon Force where in 20 LPB games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
Miranda won Portuguese Proliga championship title in 2014.
He represented Portugal at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg.
Miranda has played previously for Sampaense.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pedro Pinto

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Jose Miranda
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes

Center:
Pedro Oliveira

Coach: Nuno Manarte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ovarense tabs Pedro Oliveira - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) inked center Pedro Oliveira (204). He played most recently at FC Porto in the LPB. But in 9 games he averaged just 1.6ppg last season. Oliveira helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Oliveira also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.
Oliveira represented Portugal at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pedro Pinto

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes

Center:
Pedro Oliveira

Coach: Nuno Manarte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  


Puerto Rican NT continues their preparation for the AmeriCup - by Luis Modestti

The Puerto Rican National Team continues their preparation for the AmeriCup and today held another open practice for the fans and media members.

A total of 12 players practiced today under head coach Eddie Casiano. The players practicing were Tyler Davis, Carlos "Yao" Lopez, Ramon Rivas Jr., Melsahn Basabe, Chris Ortiz, Emmy Andujar, Chris Gaston, Gilberto Clavell, Isaac Sosa, Angel Rodriguez, Alex Abreu and Carlos Rivera. Gary Browne and Alexis Colon are expected to come back to practice in the next couple of days.

Next week more names are expected to practice including Ramon Clemente, Denis Clemente, Mike Rosario, Javier Mojica, Angel Alamo, David Huertas and Jorge Bryan Diaz.

Puerto Rico starts the AmeriCup on August 25 against Mexico, then on August 26 they play Colombia and finish the first round the next day against Brazil. The top team in the group reaches the final four to be played in Cordoba, Argentina on September 2-3. The top seven teams qualify for the 2019 Pan-American Games.



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  ROMANIA  


BC Timisoara lands Tudor Gheorghe - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) tabbed 20-year old point guard Tudor Gheorghe (184-97). He has played for the last two years at UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. Gheorghe managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 29 Liga Nationala games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg. Gheorghe helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Gheorghe also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had only 1.2ppg. And finally Gheorghe contributed to 3 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and 1 assist. The other team he played that season for was Univ Mobitelco II. In 29 Liga Nationala games he recorded only 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg. Gheorghe contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. Gheorghe's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg.
Gheorghe has played previously for CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov.

BC Timisoara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Igor Mijajlovic
Tudor Gheorghe

Forward:
Jordan Burgess

Center:
Milos Komatina

Coach: Mihai Coldea

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


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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Russian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Russian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Pavel Zakharov
Zakharov
Kirill Studenikin
Studenikin
Ilia Sorokin
Sorokin
Vladimir Markovich
Markovich
Ilya Demin
Demin
#e#5
1Pavel Zakharov 207-C-01
2Kirill Studenikin 189-PG-01 Khimki Russia
4Ilia Sorokin 201-C-01
5Vladimir Markovich 183-PG-01
7Ilya Demin 195-SF-01
12Gleb Bednyakov 197-SG-01
13Ivan Belousov 192-SG-01
20Vsevolod Tishin 195-SF-01 CSKA-2 Russia
24Denis Kovalev 192-SG-01 CSKA-2 Russia
27Dmitrii Kadoshnikov 201-PF-01 Khimki Russia
30Viktor Lakhin 205-F-01 CSKA Russia
55Danila Pokhodiaev 200-PF-01

Alexander Antipov Head Coach
Dmitry Pivtsaykin Assistant
Alexander Skorochkin Assistant Dynamo MO Russia



Russia beat Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Hungary 84-69

Russia beat Hungary 84-69 at the International tournament with 4 participating teams in Kazan. The hosts took control from the first minutes and led 27-16 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Russia added a 22-19 rally in the second frame for a 14-point halftime advantage. Hungary managed to stay tough in the second half as both teams scored 19 points in the third quarter. Russia pulled the last 16-15 rally in the end of the game to win the opener.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 14 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) scored 18 points for Hungary and Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) netted 12.



Parma signs rookie Tre McLean - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted Parma Basket Perm (VTB) inked American point guard Tre McLean (183). He just graduated from William Peace (NCAA3). But in 22 games he recorded only 1.5ppg last season.
As mentioned above McLean is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Tre McLean

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dmitriy Flis agreed terms with Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) inked 33-year old naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-100kg-84) from Ourense Termal. In 38 LEB Gold games he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Flis played at La ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014. Flis received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Andorra, Blusens Monbus and Lleida_Basquet) and Russia (Ural Ekaterinburg).

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Trevor Cooney
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forwards:
Dmitriy Flis
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexey Vzdykhalkin agreed terms with Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old point guard Alexey Vzdykhalkin (191-85kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Enisey in the VTB. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. Vzdykhalkin also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Russian Superleague championship title in 2014. Vzdykhalkin received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2005.
Vzdykhalkin has played previously for seven other teams: Avtodor, Krasnodar, Ryazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Lokomotiv, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fall re-signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Massine Fall (208-93). He played there last season. In 18 LEB Gold games he had 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg. Fall helped them to win the regular season. He also played for Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) that season where in 20 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg.
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, Albacete, San Isidro and Aridane).

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Centers:
Mamadou Samb
Massine Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryan Martin (ex Le Havre) joins Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) agreed terms with 26-year old British-Jamaican forward Ryan Martin (206-102kg-91, college: Tenn Tech). He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProB. In 21 games he had 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. Martin also played that season for Provence Basket (also in ProB) where in 16 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Banco di Srd (Serie A) in Italian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martin's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Martin represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Martin has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Hackney White Heat).
He attended Tennessee Tech University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska
Grant Sitton

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Ryan Martin
Jan Zorvan
Chris Perry
Jakub Mokran

Coach: Ryan Pannone



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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Slovenian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Rok Radovic
Radovic
Ziga Samar
Samar
Zoran Gavric
Gavric
Gregor Glas
Glas
Luka Smodis
Smodis
#e#5
4Rok Radovic 198-F/G-01 Helios Slovenia
5Ziga Samar 191-G-01 Jesenice Slovenia
6Zoran Gavric 193-PF-01 Branik Slovenia
7Gregor Glas 196-G/F-01 KK Primorska Slovenia
8Luka Smodis 193-SF-01
9Primoz Kmetic 189-G-01
10Rok Nemanic 192-SF-01
11Mihajlo Benic 200-F-01 Konjice Slovenia
12Dan Duscak 182-PG-02 Grosuplje Slovenia
13Maj Dusanic 198-C-01
14Mark Babsek 204-C-01
15Klemen Smrekar 203-F/C-01 Triglav Slovenia

Dejan Gasparin Head Coach KK Primorska Slovenia
Luka Mittag Assistant Troti Slovenia
Domen Zevnik Assistant



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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

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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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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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

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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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Prat tabs Marlon Johnson - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) inked American forward Marlon Johnson (208-98kg, agency: Two Points). He just graduated from N.Mexico Highlands (NCAA2). In 20 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5bpg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to All-RMAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Johnson is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bernat Camarasa
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese

Forwards:
Marc Blanch
Marlon Johnson

Centers:
Gerbert Marti
Emanuel Cate

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Valladolid lands Jito Kok - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid landed 23-year old Dutch international center Jito Kok (206-105kg-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML, but left. Kok managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 21 Alexela KML games he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.9rpg. He also played 1 game in Baltic League where he had just 2 points and 1 rebound. The other team Kok played that season for was GS Lavrio in Greek A1. In 13 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5bpg. He played in the final of Estonian League.
Kok received WCC All-Freshman Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Kok has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He played for Dutch senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Kok represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 44.9%, FT: 65.6%.
Kok has played previously professionally in Holland (Den Bosch) and Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy).
He attended University of San Diego until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oscar Alvarado
Greg Gantt
Henri Wade-Chatman

Forwards:
Maximilian Hopfgartner
Rowell Graham
Daniel Astilleros

Centers:
Sergio De_La_Fuente
Jito Kok

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eskisehir Basket lands coach Miguel Angel Hoyo, ex Menorca - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) landed 44-year old Spaniard coach Miguel Angel Hoyo (agency: Duran International). He coached most recently at Menorca in Spanish EBA league. Hoyo also coached for SISU Copenhagen (Ligaen) in Danish league that season.
He won Equatorial Guinean League championship title in 2013.
Hoyo has coached previously professionally in Denmark (Horsholm).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zamorano adds Ervin to their roster, ex Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

Aquimisa Laboratorios Zamorano (LEB Silver) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Brett Ervin (201-100kg-91, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Soleuvre in Luxembourg N2 league.
The previous (15-16) season Ervin played at Vitoria in Portuguese LPB where in 28 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Portuguese Cup Semifinals.
Ervin was voted All-NSIC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Ervin graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
On Ervin: Strong body that can score in multiple ways. Very good with back to basket. Can knock down the 3 from anywhere.

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Fall re-signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Massine Fall (208-93). He played there last season. In 18 LEB Gold games he had 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg. Fall helped them to win the regular season. He also played for Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) that season where in 20 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg.
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, Albacete, San Isidro and Aridane).

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Centers:
Mamadou Samb
Massine Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dmitriy Flis agreed terms with Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) inked 33-year old naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-100kg-84) from Ourense Termal. In 38 LEB Gold games he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Flis played at La ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014. Flis received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Andorra, Blusens Monbus and Lleida_Basquet) and Russia (Ural Ekaterinburg).

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Trevor Cooney
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forwards:
Dmitriy Flis
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Plasencia inks Franco Acosta - by Eurobasket News

Plasencia Extremadura (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 19-year old Argentinian forward Franco Acosta (201-98). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Menorca in the EBA. In 14 games he had 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Acosta was tested by Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa).
He represented Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 4.0rpg.

Plasencia Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Adrian Fuentes

Forwards:
Erik Kinney
David Atkinson
Franco Acosta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shota Gelazonia signs at L'Hospitalet - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Georgian center Shota Gelazonia (205-94) from Xuven Cambados. In 34 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gelazonia played at Blancos de Rueda where in 16 LEB Silver games he had 11.4ppg and 7.3rpg.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Gelazonia has played previously professionally also in Georgia (Dinamo Tbilisi and MIA) and Spain (Zamorano and Innova Chef).

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

Guards:
Edgar San_Epifanio
Xavier Guia
Devin Schmidt

Forwards:
Ivan Garcia
Mauricio Cheda

Centers:
Shota Gelazonia
Johan Bitjaa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Algeciras add Murray to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Ciudad Algeciras Cepsa added to their roster 26-year old American small forward Michael Murray (196-95kg-91, college: Coppin State). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played last season at Isover Basket Azuqueca in Spanish EBA league. In 12 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. 1 Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Murray also played that season for Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (also in EBA) where in 16 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Murray's team made it to the MEAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted All-MEAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Murray has played also professionally in Argentina (Echague).
He attended Coppin State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Faubel re-signs at Lliria - by Eurobasket News

Grupo Sanz Basquet Lliria (EBA) confirmed in their roster experienced 34-year old point guard Vicente Faubel (182-83). He has played there for the last twelve seasons. In 22 EBA games he had 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg last season.
Faubel used to play for Castello before.

Grupo Sanz Basquet Lliria roster for 2017-2018:

Vicente Faubel
David Guardia
Carlos Faubel
Matias Boho
Liam McGuirk

Coach: Ferran Pizcueta

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White comes back to Gandia - by Eurobasket News

Hispagan UPB Gandia (EBA) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Fitzgerald White (201-91, college: Union, KY). It is actually his comeback to Gandia as he has played here before. He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. White is not a newcomer in Spanish League where he played last season at Plasencia Extremadura, the newcomer in LEB Silver. In 9 EBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season White played at Hispagan UPB Gandia. In 29 EBA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 3 title.
White was voted All-AAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
White graduated from Union College, KY in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Coin adds Blanford to their roster, ex Oulun NMKY - by Eurobasket News

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados (EBA) added to their roster American forward Sherman Blanford (198-98kg, college: E.Illinois). He played most recently at Oulun NMKY in Finnish 1st Division. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Blanford was tested by Sparta (Total League) in Luxembourg.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Robles
Germinal Cabrita

Forward:
Sherman Blanford

Center:
Jaylen Larry

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Tyrell Green signs at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) landed 22-year old Canadian power forward Tyrell Green (201-95). He just graduated from University of Nevada - Las Vegas (NCAA). Green has played there for the last three years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Green played in the final of NJCAA D1 in 2015.
He represented Canada at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Green has played previously for another Swedish team Oakwood.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg
Gerry Blakes
Felix Terins

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub
Tyrell Green
Hugo Waldeck

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SlanSports)

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yuri Solca signs at Massagno - by Eurobasket News

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (LNA) landed point guard Yuri Solca (182). He played most recently at SAM Basket Massagno CF U23 in the 1LN.
Solca represented Switzerland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%.

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Magnani
Fabio Appavou
Keon Moore
Justin Roberson
Alexander Martino
Yuri Solca

Forwards:
Peter Ishiodu
Daniel Andjelkovic
Andrea Bracelli
Francesco Veri

Center:
Milos Jankovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Turkish U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Turkish U16 National Team 2017
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Omer Kucuk
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Arda Cete
Cete
Ekrem Sancakli
Sancakli
Mustafa Kurtuldum
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Tarik Sezgun
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4Omer Kucuk 189-PG-01
5Arda Cete 192-SG-01
6Ekrem Sancakli 193-G-01 Fenerbahce Jrs Turkey
7Mustafa Kurtuldum 193-G-01
8Tarik Sezgun 208-PF-01
9Kerem Ozturk 184-PG-01
10Atakan Erdek 192-SSG-01
11Omer Can Ilyasoglu 193-PG-01
12Cem Kirciman 202-PF-01 Fenerbahce Jrs Turkey
13Goktug Bas 198-PF-01
14Ismail Karabilen 205-PF-01 Fenerbahce Jrs Turkey
15Canberk Kavsuk 202-C-01

Ertug Tuzcukaya Head Coach FMV Isik Turkey
Halil Atli Assistant Mugla Orman Turkey
Mehmet Ersoz Assistant



Eskisehir Basket lands coach Miguel Angel Hoyo, ex Menorca - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) landed 44-year old Spaniard coach Miguel Angel Hoyo (agency: Duran International). He coached most recently at Menorca in Spanish EBA league. Hoyo also coached for SISU Copenhagen (Ligaen) in Danish league that season.
He won Equatorial Guinean League championship title in 2013.
Hoyo has coached previously professionally in Denmark (Horsholm).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D.J. Kennedy (ex Ludwigsburg) agreed terms with Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-98kg-89, college: St.John's). He played most recently at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 14 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 4.1apg last season. Kennedy also played that season for Long Lions in Chinese CBA where in 28 games he averaged impressive 23.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 5.2apg and 2.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Kennedy won D-League championship title in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Kennedy's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Kennedy has played previously professionally in France (Gravelines Dunkerque), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Russia (Enisey and Krasny Oktyabr), NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended St. John's University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Kennedy
Berk Ugurlu
Alp Karahan

Forwards:
Jarrod Jones
Scott Wood
Metin Turen

Centers:
Egemen Guven
Dustin Hogue
Gorkem Dogan

Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jeff Ayres (ex Toyota Alvark) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 27 games he recorded 12.4ppg and 7.1rpg. Ayres helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League East Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 22 games he averaged 12.8ppg and 7.2rpg. Ayres contributed to his team winning the Cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA championship title in 2014. Ayres was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active … His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country … Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces … Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses … Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders
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Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Sean Marshall
Caner Erdeniz
Josh Duncan
Viacheslav Kravtsov
Jeff Ayres
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Miguel Angel Hoyo

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nikolaosspanos)

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


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)



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


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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Ryan Martin (ex Le Havre) joins Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) agreed terms with 26-year old British-Jamaican forward Ryan Martin (206-102kg-91, college: Tenn Tech). He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProB. In 21 games he had 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. Martin also played that season for Provence Basket (also in ProB) where in 16 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Banco di Srd (Serie A) in Italian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martin's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Martin represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Martin has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Hackney White Heat).
He attended Tennessee Tech University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska
Grant Sitton

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Ryan Martin
Jan Zorvan
Chris Perry
Jakub Mokran

Coach: Ryan Pannone



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  URUGUAY  


Atenas, near to win the promotion to the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Atenas defeated Tabare 98-72 for the Metro league 20th round and now they need only one more win, with five games to play, to get the promotion to the Uruguayan League 2018/19. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 24 points and added 7 assists while Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) added 20 points. For Tabare, Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Other results:
Colon 70 - Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) 23 points and 16 rebounds
Cordon 68 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 16 points 8 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 82 -Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 22 points 10 rebounds
Union Atletica 97 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 40 points 11 rebounds 2 assists
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Capitol 75 - Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 18 points 8 rebounds, Hector Silva (192-F-90) 18 points 15 rebounds
Marne 70 -Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 14 points 13 rebounds




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)



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  VENEZUELA  


Quinnel Brown (ex Gigantes) agreed terms with Salta Basket - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American small forward Quinnel Brown (198-95kg-83, college: Auburn). He played most recently at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league, but left. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Larre Borges in Uruguayan LUB where in 23 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.7ppg and had 7.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-PBL Player of the Year award back in 2011.
Brown is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Brown has played previously professionally in Canada (Kebs de Laval, Halifax_Rainmen and Windsor Express), Finland, Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons), Switzerland, PBL (Detroit P. and Quad City R.) and IBL (Gary S.).
He attended Auburn University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can run the floor very well, and he's an excellent scorer from anywhere on the floor. Also, he plays a very aggressive defense. He is the type of player that can spark a ten-point run on opposite ends of the floor, making an immediate impact on the game.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Pablo Bruna
Rodrigo Haag

Forwards:
Pablo Espinoza
Quinnel Brown
Lucas Goldenberg

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

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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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


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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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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Parma signs rookie Tre McLean - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted Parma Basket Perm (VTB) inked American point guard Tre McLean (183). He just graduated from William Peace (NCAA3). But in 22 games he recorded only 1.5ppg last season.
As mentioned above McLean is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Tre McLean

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexey Vzdykhalkin agreed terms with Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old point guard Alexey Vzdykhalkin (191-85kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Enisey in the VTB. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. Vzdykhalkin also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Russian Superleague championship title in 2014. Vzdykhalkin received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2005.
Vzdykhalkin has played previously for seven other teams: Avtodor, Krasnodar, Ryazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Lokomotiv, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Coach Vincent optimistic about Nigeria Afrobasket chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Head coach of Nigeria Senior Women National team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D'Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Afrobasket for Women holding in Bamako, Mali.

An impressed Vincent who arrived the team's camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere.

Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78 - 65 points in favour of the men's team, the coach said there was a mark improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16 points deficit in their earlier 71 - 55 points loss to just 13 in less than twenty-four hours.

'I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have good players here who are ready to compete. I feel good about our chances going into the tournament.'

On the areas in which to improve in the coming days, Vincent said, 'Defensively, we have to be better, offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper.

'The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have a couple of days and by the time we actually play the game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight,' he said.

'I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last four or five days before we head to Mali, so I feel good about our chances.' Ndidi Madu (188-PF-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management)



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Angola and Mali to clash for title in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Angola 42-59
Angola entered the title game in Mozambique. They prevailed against Egypt to set up the clash versus Mali for the trophy. Cristina Lourenco (164-G-01) posted 16 points to lead the winning side. Angola used a 25:10 run in the second frame to take a 36:17 halftime advantage. They kept Egypt at bay throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Cacia Antonio (162-G-01) had 12 points in the win. Habiba Elgizawy (169-G-01) recorded 15 points for Egypt.

Mali - Mozambique 63-39
Mali cruised past Mozambique in the semifinal clash today. Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Mali recorded a 31:21 halftime lead. They followed with a 15:5 run in the third term to clear off for good. Kadidia Coulibaly (01) and Diarrah Sissoko (02) had 9 points each for the winners. Jennifer Sigauque (01) replied with 11 points for Mozambique.




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Upkot Sparta Laarne adds Kate Visnevica - by Peter Buyse

Upkot Sparta Laarne (Top Division Women) tabbed 22-year old Latvian Kate Visnevica (175-95). The last time (12-13) she played at the junior team of TTT Juniores in Latvian LSBL. Visnevica missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Visnevica represented Latvia at the European Championships U16 Division B for Women in Arad (Romania) six years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT-3 (45.0%), FT: 50.0%.
Visnevica has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Turiba/Kolonna Riga and Latvija U16 Riga.

Earlier the team had signed Victoria Vine (173-G-95, college: Eckerd).

Upkot Sparta Laarne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tine Putman
Kate Visnevica
Victoria Vine
Yills Baeyens
Hanne De_Wilde

Forwards:
Ilse Deforche
Kim Beeckmans
Fem Kimpe
Bieke Vanrenterghem
Kato Buysse

Centers:
Ellen De_Stoop
Aisha Buadee

Coach: Tom Poppe




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  EL SALVADOR  


Santa Tecla and Guatemala won the semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla and Guatemala won the semifinal openers at the Liga Mayor De Baloncesto Feminina Apertura 2017. Santa Tecla beat Giants 75-49 as Zuleira Aties (190-F/C-80) stepped up with 27 points and 15 boards, while Raychel Shannon added 14. Adriana Garcia replied with 15 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Guatemala meanwhile beat San Salvador 64-61. Veronica Gutierrez top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cynthia Castillo added 20. Andrea Guatemala replied with 20 points in a loss.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Veronika PAVLIUCHENKO
  (184-F/C-1)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Pavliuchenko, RUS15.2 
 2. Meldere, LAT15.0 
 3. Wadoux, FRA14.6 
 4. Nedeljkov, SRB14.3 
 5. Carrera, ESP13.7 
 6. Fitik, TUR13.5 
 7. Bessoir, GER13.2 
 8. Hipp, POL13.0 
 9. Rupert, FRA12.8 
 10. Chery, FRA12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emily BESSOIR
  (192-PF-1)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Bessoir, GER14.2 
 2. Bayram, TUR11.5 
 3. Meldere, LAT11.5 
 4. Rupert, FRA10.6 
 5. Carrera, ESP10.2 
 6. Visockaite, LTU9.7 
 7. Gilli, ITA9.2 
 8. Stefanovic, SRB8.8 
 9. Pavliuchenko, RUS8.3 
 10. Kowalska, POL8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Muhl, CRO6.8 
 2. Nulle, LAT4.3 
 3. Mendez, ESP4.3 
 4. Rosemeyer, GER4.3 
 5. Pueyo, ESP4.0 
 6. Angyal, HUN3.8 
 7. Forner, GER3.7 
 8. Bobrik, RUS3.4 
 9. Orsili, ITA3.3 
 10. Hernandez, ESP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Muhl, CRO5.2 
 2. Fitik, TUR3.5 
 3. Mandic, CRO3.2 
 4. Chery, FRA3.2 
 5. Venskaya, BLR3.2 
 6. Mendez, ESP3.0 
 7. Orsili, ITA2.7 
 8. Zadro, CRO2.7 
 9. Carrera, ESP2.5 
 10. Angyal, HUN2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Raquel CARRERA
  (188-C-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carrera, ESP3.0 
 2. Bessoir, GER2.8 
 3. Rupert, FRA1.8 
 4. Curic, CRO1.7 
 5. Pavliuchenko, RUS1.7 
 6. Vaida, ROM1.5 
 7. Meldere, LAT1.5 
 8. Kowalska, POL1.3 
 9. Andreeva, RUS1.2 
 10. Visockaite, LTU1.2 


Hungary and France enter Final in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Hungary - Latvia 63-45
Hungary outgunned Latvia to ensure the championship game birth. Reka Manyoky (183-SG-01) stepped up with 14 points in the win. Hungary accumulated a 33:21 halftime lead. They held Latvia to only 24 points in the second half to march to the win. Nora Wentzel (178-F-01) chipped in 12 points in the victory. Ketija Vihmane (169-G-01) tossed in 12 points for Latvia.

Italy - France 57-74
France advanced into the championship game in Bourges. They edged Italy in the semifinal game. Iliana Rupert (193-C-01) netted 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win. France eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. However they stepped on the gas in the second half. They went on a 42:26 run after the big break and rolled to the victory. Marine Fauthoux (173-G-01) had 17 points in the win. Ilaria Panzera (172-SG-02) topscored with 19 points and 10 boards for the Azzurri.
5-8 Place
Spain - Poland 79-61
Anna Gamarra (187-C-01) scored 17 points to lead Spain past Poland. Spain dominated in the first half. They built an unassailable 54:24 halftime lead. Poland narrowed the gap in the second half but could not threaten their opponents. Raquel Carrera had 13 points and 12 boards in the win. Magdalena Szulc (182-F/C-01) tossed in 12 points and collected 13 rebounds in the loss.

Russia - Germany 52-53
Germany nipped Russia in the classification game. Pauline Mayer (168-PG-01) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Germany posted a 33:20 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 16-point mark at the final intermission. Russia ignited a 23:8 rally in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Nina Rosemeyer (186-G-01) accounted for 8 points in the victory. Veronika Pavliuchenko (184-F/C-01) tossed in 14 points for Russia.

9-12 Place
Croatia - Serbia 59-57
Croatia narrowly edged Serbia in the classification round. Viktorija Curic (185-C-01) recorded 22 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Serbia claimed a 41:27 halftime lead. But Croatia pulled within 7 points at the final break. They went on a 19:10 run in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Nika Muhl (177-PG-01) had 14 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Nadezda Nedeljkov (171-SG-01, agency: BeoBasket) had 22 points for Serbia.

Turkey - Czech Republic 61-66
Czech Republic outscored Turkey in the classification round. Kristyna Holubcova (175-G/F-01) had 16 points to lead the effort. Czech Republic eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They went on an 18:12 run in the third term to boost the gap. Turkey cut the distance in the fourth period but failed to save the game. Hana Kolegarova (183-F/C-01) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Elif Bayram (181-F-01) netted 15 points for Turkey.
13-16 Place
Belarus - Lithuania 62-66
Lithuania claimed a vital win in the relegation round as they beat Belarus. Audrone Zdaneviciute (167-PG-03) had 14 points to lead the Baltic side. Lithuania registered a 39:30 halftime lead. Belarus pulled within two points at the final intermission. But Lithuania held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Brigita Sinickaite (174-SG-01) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Iryna Venskaya (168-PG-02) replied with 15 points and 10 steals for Belarus.

Holland - Romania 69-57
Netherlands defeated Romania to stay hopeful in their quest to stay in Division A. Emy Hayford (175-G/F-01) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Netherlands recorded a 38:29 halftime lead. Netherlands used a 16:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Lotte Sant (184-PF-01) netted 19 points in the win. Laura Vaida (192-C-01) answered with 21 points and 18 rebounds for Romania.





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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Natalia OTKHMEZURI
  (175-G/F-0)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Otkhmezuri, GEO20.2 
 2. Ivanova, BUL18.5 
 3. Sabally, GER17.0 
 4. Geiselsoeder, GER16.6 
 5. Hodge-Carr, ISL16.2 
 6. Winterburn, ENG15.8 
 7. Gegeshidze, GEO14.8 
 8. Vasilevko, BLR14.6 
 9. Benonysdotti., ISL14.4 
 10. Melia, IRL14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nyara SABALLY
  (185-C-0)
  Avg: 12
 1. Sabally, GER12.0 
 2. Dolinta, MDA10.7 
 3. Melia, IRL10.3 
 4. Geiselsoeder, GER9.4 
 5. Lutje, NED8.8 
 6. Parau, ROM8.7 
 7. Huijsdens, IRL8.5 
 8. Jordao, POR8.3 
 9. Nurenberg, LUX8.2 
 10. Orban, ROM7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Claire MELIA
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Melia, IRL5.2 
 2. Lozzi, ENG5.0 
 3. Schinkel, GER4.6 
 4. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.4 
 5. Lahtinen, FIN4.2 
 6. van-Vlijmen, NED3.7 
 7. Saar, ISR3.7 
 8. Miranda-M., SUI3.5 
 9. Todorova, BUL3.3 
 10. Winterburn, ENG3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.7 
 2. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.8 
 3. Winterburn, ENG3.2 
 4. Otkhmezuri, GEO3.2 
 5. Lahtinen, FIN3.0 
 6. Tirosh, ISR2.8 
 7. Fastova, UKR2.8 
 8. Mitreva, MKD2.8 
 9. Malashko, BLR2.8 
 10. Strozyk, GER2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anamaria VIRJOGHE
  (196-C-99)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Virjoghe, ROM2.2 
 2. Jordao, POR2.0 
 3. Liubinets, UKR1.7 
 4. Vasilevko, BLR1.6 
 5. Malashko, BLR1.4 
 6. Sabally, GER1.3 
 7. Luap, SUI1.0 
 8. Jones, ENG1.0 
 9. Price, ENG1.0 
 10. Viana, POR0.8 


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

Quarterfinals
Romania - United Kingdom 46-55
Great Britain overcame Romania in the quarterfinal clash. Holly Winterburn (175-SG-00) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Romania jumped to an 18:9 lead at the first break. But Great Britain bounced back with a 21:8 run in the second period to take a 30:26 halftime lead. Great Britain held their opponents to just 20 points in the second half to race to the win. Shauna Harrison (178-SG-00) netted 12 points for the winners. Carla Popescu (168-PG-00) provided 12 points for Romania.

Ireland - Israel 60-55
Ireland reached the semifinal stage of the championship. They held off Israel in Dublin today. Claire Melia (185-C-99) and Dayna Finn (177-F/G-00) came up with 15 points each for the winners. Israel ensured a 33:31 halftime lead. But Ireland stiffened their defense in the second half. They held their opponents to just 22 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Rachel Huijsdens (187-C-99) had 11 points and 9 boards in the win. Shir Tirosh (165-PG-99) answered with 12 points for Israel.

Germany - Portugal 61-44
Germany outgunned Portugal to stay in the Division A birth hunt. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-F-00) delivered 18 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany recorded a 25:17 halftime lead. They held Portugal to just 27 points in the second half and rolled to the win. Nyara Sabally (185-C-00) had 17 points and 19 boards in the victory. Luana Serranho (164-PG-99) chipped in 10 points for Portugal.

Poland - Belarus 70-53
Poland fired past Belarus to enter the semifinal stage in Dublin. Natalia Klimek scored 17 points to lead the winners. Poland used a 26:9 run in the second term to take a 17-point halftime lead. Poland maintained the pressure throughout the second half and rallied to the victory. Martuna Leszczynska had 11 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Mariya Vasilevko (183-F/C-99) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for Belarus.




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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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  GERMANY  


Freiburg tabs Kelly Hughes - by Eurobasket News

Eisvogel USC Freiburg (2.Bundesliga) inked American guard Kelly Hughes (180, college: Boston). She just graduated from Boston (NCAA). Hughes has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Hughes was selected to ACC All-Academic Team in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Freiburg keeps Sabally for another season - by Eurobasket News

Eisvogel USC Freiburg (2.Bundesliga) re-signed 19-year old power forward Satou Sabally (189-98). She has played there for the last two seasons. Sabally managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 21 DBBL games she averaged 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.0apg. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Sabally also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. And finally she contributed to 4 games in CEWL where she recorded 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. Sabally received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2017.
She represented Germany at the European Championships U20 Division B in Eliat (Israel) this year. Sabally's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-3 (16.9ppg), 7.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.8%.
Sabally has played previously for TuSLi Berlin.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GHANA  


Navy win another thriller as UG gets pummeled again in ACCRA League - by Eurobasket News

Ghana Navy has won another exciting hard fought game in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division for the second straight week following a 45-39 win over Tudu Galaxy in the latest round played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu. A week after beating Fire Service 43-46 in a headline game in the division, Navy wrapped up an impressive start to August with another win this time against former leaders of the division. A seven point at the start of the fourth quarter reduced Tudu Galaxy's deficit to two (36-38) with Selina Quaye and Barbara Amoah draining jump shots. However, Memunatu Mumuni ended the run and spark a Navy run to pull away from Galaxy despite a late three point shot from Amoah. Heading into the fixture, University of Ghana's (UG) Female side was on a bad run that had the team lose heavily to defending champions Braves of Customs. UG lost the first of two matchups against Braves 20-74 before faller further back following a 27-90 loss to the same side. The tertiary team's woes worsened as Fire Service delivered a dominant performance to win 64-11 with the first quarter ending 12-2 for Fire. Fire benefited from UG's poor performance as the side waltzed through the contest with little resistance from the young ladies from Ghana's premier university. Fire Service had several top level performances from its roster but Guard Julianna Cudjor stood out with a shooting exhibition coupled with a couple of eye catching Euro step moves.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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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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Orvieto keeps Manzotti for another season - by Eurobasket News

Ceprini Orvieto (Serie A2) re-signed 24-year old forward Giulia Manzotti (176-93). She played there last season. In 23 Serie A2 games she averaged 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (15-16) season Manzotti played at Maddalena Vision Palermo where in 29 Serie A2 games she had 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg.
She has played previously for three other teams: La Spezia, Viterbo and Pomezia.

Ceprini Orvieto roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forward:
Giulia Manzotti

Center:
Parthena Chrysanthidou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Laarne adds Kate Visnevica - by Peter Buyse

Upkot Sparta Laarne (Top Division Women) tabbed 22-year old Latvian Kate Visnevica (175-95). The last time (12-13) she played at the junior team of TTT Juniores in Latvian LSBL. Visnevica missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Visnevica represented Latvia at the European Championships U16 Division B for Women in Arad (Romania) six years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT-3 (45.0%), FT: 50.0%.
Visnevica has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Turiba/Kolonna Riga and Latvija U16 Riga.

Upkot Sparta Laarne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tine Putman
Kate Visnevica
Victoria Vine
Yills Baeyens
Hanne De_Wilde

Forwards:
Ilse Deforche
Kim Beeckmans
Fem Kimpe
Bieke Vanrenterghem
Kato Buysse

Centers:
Ellen De_Stoop
Aisha Buadee

Coach: Tom Poppe




Upkot Sparta Laarne adds Kate Visnevica - by Peter Buyse

Upkot Sparta Laarne (Top Division Women) tabbed 22-year old Latvian Kate Visnevica (175-95). The last time (12-13) she played at the junior team of TTT Juniores in Latvian LSBL. Visnevica missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Visnevica represented Latvia at the European Championships U16 Division B for Women in Arad (Romania) six years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT-3 (45.0%), FT: 50.0%.
Visnevica has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Turiba/Kolonna Riga and Latvija U16 Riga.

Earlier the team had signed Victoria Vine (173-G-95, college: Eckerd).

Upkot Sparta Laarne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tine Putman
Kate Visnevica
Victoria Vine
Yills Baeyens
Hanne De_Wilde

Forwards:
Ilse Deforche
Kim Beeckmans
Fem Kimpe
Bieke Vanrenterghem
Kato Buysse

Centers:
Ellen De_Stoop
Aisha Buadee

Coach: Tom Poppe




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  MALI  


Sant Adria lands Mariam Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria tabbed 20-year old Mali center Mariam Coulibaly (193-97) from Gran Canaria. In 26 LFB games in Spain she averaged 10.1ppg and 10.0rpg (#2 in the league) last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Despite young age Coulibaly had impressive career. She received Africabasket.com All-African U18 1st Team award back in 2014.
She represented Mali at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Cristina Hurtado

Centers:
Marta Claret
Mariam Coulibaly

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NIGERIA  


Coach Vincent optimistic about Nigeria Afrobasket chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Head coach of Nigeria Senior Women National team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D'Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Afrobasket for Women holding in Bamako, Mali.

An impressed Vincent who arrived the team's camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere.

Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78 - 65 points in favour of the men's team, the coach said there was a mark improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16 points deficit in their earlier 71 - 55 points loss to just 13 in less than twenty-four hours.

'I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have good players here who are ready to compete. I feel good about our chances going into the tournament.'

On the areas in which to improve in the coming days, Vincent said, 'Defensively, we have to be better, offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper.

'The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have a couple of days and by the time we actually play the game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight,' he said.

'I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last four or five days before we head to Mali, so I feel good about our chances.' Ndidi Madu (188-PF-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management)



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  POLAND  


TS Ostrovia adds Naczk to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wlkp. (BLK) added to their roster 22-year old ex-international point guard Monika Naczk (167-95, agency: Promotex) from MKK Siedlce. In 12 BLK games she recorded 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Naczk spent at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski where in 21 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg. She also played that season for AZS II PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.. In 7 BLK games she had 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg.
Naczk's team made it to the U18 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
She was also a member of Polish international program for some years. Naczk played for Polish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
She represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (3.9apg), 1.6spg.
Naczk has played previously for four other teams: Basket Gdynia, SMS Lomianki, Zyrardow and Politechnika Gdanska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dragana Stankovic (ex Hatay) agreed terms with Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (BLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian international center Dragana Stankovic (195-95). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Stankovic played most recently at Hatay Bsb in Turkish KBSL. She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 16 KBSL games she recorded 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Stankovic also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg. And finally she contributed to 4 games in Eurocup where she had just 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Two years ago Stankovic was drafted by San Antonio Stars (WNBA) in third round (30th overall). Her team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals.
Stankovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Stankovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Stankovic has played previously professionally in Hungary (Sopron Basket and PEAC Pecs) and Bosnia (Sloboda and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U16 Nat.T.).

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Dragana Stankovic

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


Dragana Stankovic (ex Hatay) agreed terms with Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (BLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian international center Dragana Stankovic (195-95). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Stankovic played most recently at Hatay Bsb in Turkish KBSL. She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 16 KBSL games she recorded 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Stankovic also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg. And finally she contributed to 4 games in Eurocup where she had just 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Two years ago Stankovic was drafted by San Antonio Stars (WNBA) in third round (30th overall). Her team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals.
Stankovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Stankovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Stankovic has played previously professionally in Hungary (Sopron Basket and PEAC Pecs) and Bosnia (Sloboda and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U16 Nat.T.).

Artego Bydgoszcz roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Dragana Stankovic

Coach: Tomasz Herkt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Leganes ink Irene San Andres - by Eurobasket News

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes (LF2) agreed terms with Irene San Andres from Estudiantes. In 30 LF2 games she had 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to win the LF2 title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sant Adria lands Mariam Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria tabbed 20-year old Mali center Mariam Coulibaly (193-97) from Gran Canaria. In 26 LFB games in Spain she averaged 10.1ppg and 10.0rpg (#2 in the league) last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Despite young age Coulibaly had impressive career. She received Africabasket.com All-African U18 1st Team award back in 2014.
She represented Mali at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Cristina Hurtado

Centers:
Marta Claret
Mariam Coulibaly

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



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  WNBA  


Currie scores 29, Mercury hold off Wings 101-100 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored 29 points, Danielle Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) made two free throws for a three-point lead with 41.1 seconds left in overtime and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 101-100 on Thursday night. Dallas scored the first six points of overtime, but Currie's 3-pointer from the corner put Phoenix ahead 99-98 with 58.9 seconds left. After Robinson's makes, Allisha Gray hit two free throws with 31.9 seconds left to pull Dallas to 101-100. Phoenix had a pass stolen by Karima Christmas (6'0''-F-89, college: Duke) with 16 seconds left, but the Mercury deflected a pass at the other end and Dallas didn't get off a final shot before the buzzer. Robinson and Emma Cannon (6'2''-PF-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: LBM Management) each added 17 points for Phoenix (14-12). Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee, agency: ProDep Management) had 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Dallas (13-15). Johnson was fouled on a putback with 14.4 seconds left in regulation and she made the free throw to tie it at 90. Diana Taurasi's contested 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



Ogwumike makes late baseline jumper, Sparks beat Lynx 70-64 - by Eurobasket News

Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 23 points, Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday night. Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) caught Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut)'s airball and put it in to get the Lynx within 66-63 with 49.3 seconds left. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) answered with a baseline jumper for her first basket of the game with 28 seconds left. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) missed a shot in the lane and Gray made two free throws with 14.6 seconds remaining for a seven-point lead. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) added 14 points for Los Angeles (19-7) and Ogwumike scored three points to reach 3,000 for her career. Fowles had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota (21-4). Brunson added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Moore scored 12. The Lynx unveiled their new logo for next season at halftime.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com