EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/14/2017 4:04:03 AM

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



George Galanopoulous named head coach of Ugandan National Teamu - by Eurobasket News

Texas Legends assistant coach George Galanopoulous has been named the head coach of the Ugandan National Team the team announced today. George Galanopoulous will lead Uganda in the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia and Senegal September 8 - 16. The 16-team tournament is an automatic qualifier for the Olympics. George Galanopoulous joined the Legends last season under head coach Bob MacKinnon . The 2016-17 team finished with the winningest record in franchise history and earned a record five NBA Call-Ups. "I am so grateful for Coach MacKinnon and the opportunities he's given me," said George Galanopoulous . "He is constantly thinking of ways to help those around him. I am in this position because of him and more prepared because of the time I've spent under his tutelage. I cannot thank him enough for everything he's done." George Galanopoulous came to the Legends after spending the 2015-16 season working in player development with the Dallas Mavericks. The Indiana University graduate used his experience with the Hoosiers' men's team to get his first position on the Bakersfield Jam's staff. After three seasons with the Jam, George Galanopoulous headed overseas to serve as an assistant for the Hawkes Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL. "I couldn't ask for a better opportunity for my first head coaching position" said George Galanopoulous . "To lead a team in an Olympic qualifier is an experience I'll never forget." Galanopoulos focused on scouting and player development with the Legends last season, heading up the team's video coordination. "I am very excited for Coach Galanopoulos," said Legends Head Coach Bob MacKinnon . "This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment in his coaching career. Our Legends Coaching staff is committed to the game; Coach Hamilton is coaching in the prestigious Tim Grgurich NBA camp in Las Vegas, Coach Chu helped run a Nike Camp in China, and now Coach G will be leading Uganda's National Team in an Olympic qualifier - when you love the game there is no off season!"
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  ARGENTINA  


Libertad Sunchales welcome back Landoni - by Eurobasket News

Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) landed 27-year old power forward Andres Landoni (202-90). It is actually his comeback to Libertad Sunchales as he has played here before. Landoni played most recently at San Isidro in the TNA. In 29 games he averaged 8.8ppg and 3.2rpg last season. Landoni helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Estudiantes where in two LigaA games he had just 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg.
Landoni won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2008.
He represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.7ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 49.1%, FT: 40.0%.
Landoni has played previously for four other teams: Echague, Argentino, Regatas Corrientes and Obera Tennis Club.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Lavoratornuovo re-signs at Atenas Carmen - by Eurobasket News

Atenas de Carmen de Patagones (TNA) confirmed in their roster 26-year old guard Cesar Lavoratornuovo (190-91). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 46 TNA games he had 5.5ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Lavoratornuovo helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has played previously for Weber Bahia.

Atenas de Carmen de Patagones roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Percaz
Hernan Etchepare
Emiliano Agostino
Cesar Lavoratornuovo

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Atenas Carmen keeps Etchepare for another season - by Eurobasket News

Atenas de Carmen de Patagones (TNA) re-signed 31-year old point guard Hernan Etchepare (180-86). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 34 TNA games he recorded 10.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg last season. Etchepare helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Torneo Federal 3rd Team award in 2015.
Etchepare has played previously for five other teams: Weber Bahia, Union de Sunchales, Alianza Viedma, Asociacion Italiana and Huracan.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Argentino adds Bernard to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) added to their roster 23-year old American swingman Malcolm Bernard (198-88kg-94). He just graduated from Xavier (NCAA). In 38 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. Bernard helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Bernard's team won Big South Conference South Division Regular Season in 2013.

Atletico Argentino Junin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Cequeira
Luciano Massarelli
Genaro Lorio

Forwards:
Rodrigo Sanchez
Guido Mariani
Juan Cangelosi
Malcolm Bernard

Center:
Matias Bortolin

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Argentina rally past Uruguay in Montevideo - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Argentina 96:105

Argentina and Uruguay clashed in the exhibition game in Montevideo. Argentina celebrated a comfortable win. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 26 points to lead the winners.
Uruguay recorded a 24:19 lead after the opening frame. But Argentina stepped on the gas in the second frame. They unloaded 27 points to ensure a 46:43 halftime lead. Argentina unleashed 36 points in the third term to take a 9-point lead. They protected well throughout the final stanza and marched to the victory. Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) and Javier Saiz (206-PF-94) tossed in 13 points apiece for the winners. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 26 points for Uruguay. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) chipped in 25 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Jayson Granger 26, Esteban Batista 25
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 26, Nicolas Brussino 14, Gabriel Deck 13, Javier Saiz 13



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  AUSTRALIA  


Matt Donlan joins Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with British-Australian forward Matt Donlan (201-86kg). He just graduated from Youngstown State University (NCAA). In 34 games he had 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg last season. Donlan 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 as a pro.
Donlan was voted NJCAA D1 All-Region XI 3rd Team in 2015 at his college time.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

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

Center:
Alberto Fontet

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



North Bears claim Waratah 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

North Bears - Manly Warringah 92:78

North Bears clinched the 2017 Waratah championship title. They edged Manly Warringah in the Final. Nick Blair (185-G-87) scored 22 points to pace the champions. He was named the MVP.
North Bears jumped to a 27:18 lead after the opening frame. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Bears accumulated a 46:32 halftime lead. The Sea Eagles narrowed the gap in the third term as they fired 29 points. Manly Warringah trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. But North Bears used a 21:17 run in the final term to ice the trophy. Dan Trist (206-F-92, college: Lafayette) had 18 points, while Linden Smith-Hyde (188-G, college: Nicholls St.) tossed in 14 points for the champions. Kyle Painter replied with 21 points for the Sea Eagles. Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St.) netted 17 points in the loss.

North Bears: Nick Blair 22, Dan Trist 18, Linden Smith-Hyde 14
Manly Warringah: Kyle Painter 21, Stefan Blaszczynski 17



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Newcomer to SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League - by Eurobasket News

In the end of the working week, the Montenegrin Basketball Federation officially confirmed KK Ibar Rozaje as the 1st representative of their country in season 2017-2018 of BIBL.
The club expressed desires to join the competition earlier during the summer and as preparation times have begun, their participation is now fact. KK Ibar Rozaje was founded in 1981 during the period of the former Yugoslavian basketball. The team entered to the First Montenegro Erste (at present) League back in 2012 after becoming champions of the B League and since then has been competing on the highest national level. During the previous season 2016-2017, KK Ibar finished 3rd after the Regular season. The games are played in a fully-renovated sports complex in the city of Rozaje situated on the border with Kosovo. The BIBL management established immediate contact with the President of the club and in the following few days all the additional details will be settled as well. SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League is always happy to have the possibility to help more and more clubs to develop and wishes KK Ibar good luck with their first appearance on the international stage with the significant 10th season of the competition.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Babrauskas re-signs at P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) confirmed in their roster 33-year old ex-international swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-94kg-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 LKL games he recorded 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season. Babrauskas also played 19 games in Baltic League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Babrauskas was voted Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team back in 2011.
He was a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Babrauskas was called to Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
He is quite experienced player. Babrauskas has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Scafati), Latvia (ASK Riga), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas and Sakalai).

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steponas Babrauskas
Tomas Galeckas

Forwards:
Alexey Zhukanenko
Nikita Balashov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Anthony Raffa (ex Roma Virtus) signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) landed 28-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Anthony Raffa (185-77kg-89, college: Co.Carolina). He played most recently at Roma Virtus in Italian Serie A2. In 34 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Raffa spent at Al Sadd in Qatari D1 where in 13 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. Raffa also spent pre-season at Samen in Iranian D1 that year. In 5 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Raffa's team won Big South Conference Regular Season for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Raffa has played previously professionally in France (Nantes) and Iran (Sanaye).
He attended Coastal Carolina College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pavlin Ivanov
Anthony Raffa

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Dominic Waters (ex Olympiacos) signs at Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 31-year old American point guard Dominic Waters (185-82kg-86, college: Portland State, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. Waters managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 20 A1 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Waters also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.6apg and 1.1spg. Waters also spent pre-season at Enisey (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Three years ago (four years after he left the college) Waters was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (49th overall).
He attended Portland State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Waters has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
His college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2009.
Waters is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster and Liege Basket), France, Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dominic Waters
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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  BOSNIA  


Milan Luzajic joins Sloboda Tuzla - by Eurobasket News

OKK Sloboda Tuzla (Division I) agreed terms with Milan Luzajic from Leotar. In 25 Division I games he had 7.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg last season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bosnia



Sloboda Tuzla tabs Ljubomir Campara - by Eurobasket News

OKK Sloboda Tuzla (Division I) inked 24-year old Serbian center Ljubomir Campara (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) from Bosna-Royal. In 26 Division I games in Bosnia he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Campara was a member of Serbian U20 National Team in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Metalac, Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Tamis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bosnia



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lenz, Bauru19.0 
 2. Uchendu, Bauru18.0 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano15.5 
 4. Avelino, Osasco B.15.5 
 5. Meindl, Franca15.0 
 6. Barbosa, Pinheiros15.0 
 7. Coelho, Franca15.0 
 8. Cipolini, Franca14.5 
 9. Brite, L.Sorocaba13.7 
 10. Ruivo, Pinheiros13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 15
 1. Uchendu, Bauru15.0 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.10.7 
 3. Barbosa, Pinheiros9.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano8.5 
 5. Sena, Mogi8.0 
 6. Lenz, Bauru8.0 
 7. Santos, Bauru8.0 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.5 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros7.5 
 10. Viana, America7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.0 
 2. Ruivo, Pinheiros7.0 
 3. Coelho, Franca6.0 
 4. Lersch, Mogi5.7 
 5. Pierotti, Bauru5.5 
 6. Taylor, Mogi5.0 
 7. Souza, America4.5 
 8. Aleo, Osasco B.4.0 
 9. Farina, L.Sorocaba3.7 
 10. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe SOUZA
  America
  (200-SF-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Souza, America2.5 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 3. Rosa, America2.0 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 5. Fernandes, Osasco B.2.0 
 6. de Souza, Franca2.0 
 7. Da-Silva, L.Sor.1.7 
 8. Aleo, Osasco B.1.5 
 9. Do Carmo, Pinhe.1.5 
 10. Lessa, Mogi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lenz, Bauru3.0 
 2. Sena, Mogi3.0 
 3. Galvanini, Bauru2.0 
 4. Demetrio, Franca2.0 
 5. Hubner, Paulistano1.5 
 6. Carlos, Mogi1.0 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru1.0 
 8. Pereira, Pinheiros1.0 
 9. Curnell, Mogi1.0 
 10. Gruber, Franca0.5 



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  BULGARIA  


Anthony Raffa (ex Roma Virtus) signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) landed 28-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Anthony Raffa (185-77kg-89, college: Co.Carolina). He played most recently at Roma Virtus in Italian Serie A2. In 34 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Raffa spent at Al Sadd in Qatari D1 where in 13 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. Raffa also spent pre-season at Samen in Iranian D1 that year. In 5 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Raffa's team won Big South Conference Regular Season for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Raffa has played previously professionally in France (Nantes) and Iran (Sanaye).
He attended Coastal Carolina College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pavlin Ivanov
Anthony Raffa

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



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  CANADA  


Doug Herring Jr. (ex London L.) is a newcomer at Orchies - by Eurobasket News

BC Orchies (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Doug Herring Jr. (191-91kg, college: Utica). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 42 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Herring also played that season for Defensor in Uruguayan LUB where in 7 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. Herring also spent pre-season at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL Canada that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Herring's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Herring has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers), PBL (Rochester RazorSharks and Hudson Valley) and APBL (Hudson Valley).
He graduated from Utica College in 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A talented player who has the rare combination of being a devastating scorer but he also makes the right basketball plays. Compared to Paul Pierce by some of his friends, in fact he can resemble some of the Pierce's game...

BC Orchies roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Doug Herring_Jr.
Daniel Huffor

Forwards:
Romain Dardaine
Chrislain Cairo
T.J. Robinson
Fabien Ateba

Center:
Maxime Djo_Ebala

Coach: Fabrice Courcier

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  CHILE  


Libcentro Pro Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Puente Alto and Arturo Prat enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Sportiva Italiana - Puente Alto 49-80

Puente Alto stormed past Sportiva Italiana to advance into Libcentro Finals. The game without a history. Puente Alto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Sportiva Italiana to an opponent 20.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.0 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Sportiva Italiana 52-39 including a 42-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sebastian Silva (187-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Felix Ibarra (187) who added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Cristobal Rios (-94) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Diego Castillo (-99) scored 5 points and 9 rebounds. Sportiva Italiana's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: C.Rios 13+6reb+3ast, B.Toledo 10, C.Bustamante 10+2reb, G.Hernandez 7+1reb, D.Castillo 5+9reb, C.Culun 2+5reb+2ast
Puente Alto: S.Silva 18+7reb+3ast, D.Valenzuela 15+3reb+1ast, F.Pena 12+6reb+2ast, E.Munoz 10+3reb, F.Ibarra 9+8reb+6ast, A.Pinedo 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 559730


Arturo Prat - Liceo Curico 73-68

Arturo Prat held off Liceo Curico to win the series 3-1. Liceo Curico trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-73 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Liceo Curico 44-32 including 37 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Boris Guerra (-87) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Benjamin Acuna (182-88) replied with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and Sebastian Munoz (-90) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Liceo Curico. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Zerene 15+1reb+2ast, S.Munoz 14+7reb, J.Cofre 13+1reb, B.Acuna 11+7reb+5ast, M.Rebolledo 7+8reb+2ast, S.Luieza 6+3reb
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 26+7reb, F.Ortega 17+7reb+1ast, B.Guerra 15+9reb+1ast, R.Galvez 10+9reb+4ast, C.Ubillo 5+4reb, C.Jorquera 0
gschID: 559729





Libcentro Pro Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Puente Alto and Arturo Prat - by Eurobasket News

Sportiva Italiana - Puente Alto 64-78

Puente Alto overcame Sportiva Italiana to take 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Puente Alto. Sportiva Italiana was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sportiva Italiana to just 7 points in second quarter. Sportiva Italiana was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Sebastian Silva (187-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Lorenzo Cifuentes helped adding 7 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Camilo Bustamante (187-89) with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Francoise Diaz (-87) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: C.Bustamante 25+9reb, B.Toledo 10, M.Lubiano 9+4reb+2ast, F.Diaz 8+6reb+2ast, G.Araya 5+1ast, C.Rios 5+5reb+1ast
Puente Alto: S.Silva 21+7reb+1ast, A.Pinedo 12+3reb+2ast, F.Pena 10+2reb+4ast, F. Pena 8+5reb, L.Cifuentes 7+9reb+2ast, D.Valenzuela 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 554988


Arturo Prat - Liceo Curico 83-78

Arturo Prat defeated Liceo Curico to surge ahead in the series. Liceo Curico trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 28-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-83 at the end of the game. Arturo Prat made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Liceo Curico helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Boris Guerra (-87) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Felipe Ortega (-89) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sebastian Munoz (-90) answered with 30 points and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Mauricio Rebolledo (-94) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Liceo Curico. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: S.Munoz 30+2reb+4ast, M.Rebolledo 13+7reb+2ast, B.Acuna 13+3reb+6ast, S.Luieza 11+3reb, V.Cerda 4+4reb, S.Chialva 3+5reb+1ast
Arturo Prat: F.Ortega 24+6reb+2ast, B.Guerra 21+9reb+7ast, R.Galvez 16+4reb+4ast, P.Andrade 11+6reb+3ast, C.Ubillo 7+2reb, M.Santander 4
gschID: 554987





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  CHINA  


Willie Warren (ex Zhejiang GB) agreed terms with Petrochimi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Willie Warren (193-92kg-89, college: Oklahoma). He has played for the last two years at Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA league. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 29.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
In 2010 Warren was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Warren's team won Hungarian Cup in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team award in 2016.
Warren is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Warren has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Italy (Virtus Bologna), NBA (LA Clippers), Hungary (Szolnok) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Warren's biggest asset in regards to being successful at the next level is his ability to create shots for himself, and shoot the ball off the dribble … An offensive-minded combo-guard, uses a quick first step and athleticism to create space and get in the paint … He can make shots of the highest difficulty, labeled a "good bad-shot shooter" … Deep offensive shot-arsenal … Strong finisher around the rim, averages 6 free throw attempts per game… Shows explosiveness and impressive body control in traffic.
Warren suffers from a poor shot selection, and when asked to be the number 1 scoring option, he struggled making shots … Overly ball-dominant, tends to over-dribble and take his teammates out of the game
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Terrell Stoglin (ex Sagesse) joins Hunan - by Eurobasket News

Hunan (NBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-84kg-91, college: Maryland). He played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 33.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Stoglin also played that season for Sagesse (also in Pepsi LBL) where in 15 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 33.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stoglin won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Stoglin is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Ilysiakos), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Stelmet), Turkey (Adanaspor) and Ukraine (Azovmash).
Stoglin attended University of Maryland until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Stoglin: A lefty scorer who played the point-guard spot but who seems more adequate for the 2 spot at European level. Has an immense offensive talent, can score in various ways but loves to start any game with the ball in his hands and is too much selfish to play stably at the point.

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Russ Smith claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Russ Smith (183-PG-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Luoyang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old playmaker had a double-double of 72 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Guangxi (#8, 11-10) 120-117. Luoyang maintains the 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 14-7 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 59.4% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Luoyang's top player in his first season with the team. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 60.5ppg. Smith is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 4.2spg and 57.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Central African power forward James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou. Mays impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 47 points and 23 rebounds. Of course he led Guizhou to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Hebei X. (#12, 5-16) 130-102. Guizhou's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Mays is a newcomer at Guizhou and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Hunan (#5). Tucker got into 30-points club by scoring 56 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and nine assists. He was a key player of Hunan, leading his team to a 106-100 win against the lower-ranked Beijing (#11, 8-13). Hunan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Tucker has a great season in China. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 41.7ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.6apg (8th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 61.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Shaanxi W. - 46 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi - 49 points and 10 rebounds
6. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 24 points and 26 rebounds
7. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W. - 36 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Nunnally (203-F-86) of Jiangsu L. - 30 points and 20 rebounds
9. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Fujian - 34 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mengchao Dong) of Hebei X. - 32 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



Olumide Oyedeji (ex London Lions) is a newcomer at Luoyang - by Eurobasket News

Luoyang (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Nigerian international center Olumide Oyedeji (210-111kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. The last time (15-16) he played at London Lions in British BBL league. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2000 Oyedeji was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (42nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of British BBL in 2015. Oyedeji was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team back in 2010.
He represented Nigeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg, 4.0rpg.
Oyedeji is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in fourteen different countries. Oyedeji has played previously professionally in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy (Juvecaserta), Japan (Tochigi Brex), Jordan (ASU), Korea (LG Sakers), Kuwait, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Russia, Slovenia, Spain (CB Granada), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and China (Flying Leopards, Brave Dragons, Long Lions and Eagles).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Luoyang.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic. Can run, jump and get physical with the best. Has an NBA body. Has matured into a dominating force as shown in German League competition. Considered a potential first round NBA draft choice. Has won every slam dunk contest he has entered. Speaks five different foreign languages.

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NBL Round 22: Guizhou defeats leader Henan - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Henan (18-4) on the court of third ranked Guizhou on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Guizhou 136-129. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Henan. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Henan won third quarter 34-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guizhou made 27-of-29 free shots (93.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 52.8 percentage. 31 personal fouls committed by Henan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 60 points (!!!) and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) contributed with 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 48 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Henan. Guizhou maintains third position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Henan. Henan at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Guizhou are looking forward to face Luoyang (#5) at home in the next round. Henan will play against Fujian (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Guangxi (12-10) which played in Changsha against 5th ranked Hunan (14-8). Eighth ranked Guangxi had an easy win 98-85. American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) had a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Le Ji chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) responded with 27 points. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangxi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chongqing. Hunan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Guangxi will play against Beijing (#11) at home in the next round. Hunan will play against Lhasa (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to seventh ranked Chongqing (12-10) 129-105 on Sunday evening. Yaoyang Guo notched 30 points to lead the effort. Chongqing's coach Shu Trist Spurl felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 50 points (!!!) by Yi Jiang did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Chongqing have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-10 record, which they share with Guangxi. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Chongqing will meet at home higher ranked Anhui (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between tenth ranked Fujian (10-12) and 12th ranked Hebei X. (5-17) in Fuzhou ended with biggest points difference. Fujian outscored guests from Hebei 127-91. Brandon Bowman fired a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lhasa. Hebei X. lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hebei X. will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Beijing was smashed by Anhui on the road 131-98. Jiangsu L. was destroyed by Shaanxi W. on its own court 91-117. Luoyang managed to outperform Lhasa in a road game 92-82.

Anhui - Beijing 131-98

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Anhui (15-7) crushed at home 11th ranked Beijing (8-14) 131-98. The game was mostly controlled by Anhui. Beijing was better in third quarter 34-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 61.6 percent from the field. Anhui forced 25 Beijing turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Beijing's players. American swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) fired 40 points (!!!) and 6 steals for the winners. The other American import Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Anhui players scored in double figures. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds and power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) added 22 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anhui have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Luoyang. Beijing at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Anhui's next round opponent will be Chongqing (#7) in Lanling. Beijing will play on the road against Guangxi (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 26+19reb, L.Yunan 22+9reb+1ast, Z.Shuai 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Wei 9+2reb+1ast, L.Ziming 8+3reb+1ast, C.Zexu 7+3ast
Anhui: H.Manny 40+3reb+3ast, J.Chris 23+9reb+4ast, Z.Yong 17+5reb+6ast, L.Jian 13+4reb+3ast, C.Shouwei 9+3reb, H.Delong 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548598


Jiangsu L. - Shaanxi W. 91-117

Very expected game when 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (2-20) was smashed by second ranked Shaanxi W. (17-5) in He Fei 117-91. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Jiangsu L. was better in third quarter 32-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shaanxi W. players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Coach ZhengXiu Jiang's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Xing-Chen Wang (196-93) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 20 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shaanxi W. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-5 record behind leader Henan. Jiangsu L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 20 games lost. Shaanxi W.'s next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin which should be another easy win for them. Jiangsu L. will play at home against Hebei X. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: W.Xing Chen 26+12reb+4ast, W.Peng 22+3reb+2ast, N.Michael 20+12reb+3ast, G.Wei 16+2reb+5ast, G.MingYang 5+2reb+4ast, J.Shichao 2
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 40+14reb+4ast, W.Von 37+3reb+6ast, Y.XiaoHang 12+3reb+1ast, G.Yan 11+5reb+4ast, M.Daqiang 9+4reb+5ast, J.JunQi 4+8reb+4ast
gschID: 548597


Chongqing - Dongbu 129-105

Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to seventh ranked Chongqing (12-10) 129-105 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Chongqing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 102 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 70. They outrebounded Dongbu 51-28 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chongqing looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Yaoyang Guo notched 30 points to lead the effort and Xin Wang supported him with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Chongqing's coach Shu Trist Spurl felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 50 points (!!!) by guard Yi Jiang (195-93) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five Chongqing and four Dongbu players scored in double figures. Chongqing have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-10 record, which they share with Guangxi. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Chongqing will meet at home higher ranked Anhui (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: J.Yi 50+3reb+2ast, S.Shengyue 13+5reb+4ast, Y.Qin 13+1ast, W.Chen 13+7reb+1ast, C.Ziran 8+1reb, L.Sheng 6+8reb+4ast
Chongqing: G.Yaoyang 30+4reb+2ast, W.Xin 18+9reb+8ast, W.Yang 18+2reb+2ast, L.Yao 17+3reb+2ast, K.Vladyslav 15+10reb+4ast, L.Jiayuan 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548596


Fujian - Hebei X. 127-91

The game between tenth ranked Fujian (10-12) and 12th ranked Hebei X. (5-17) in Fuzhou ended with biggest points difference. Fujian outscored guests from Hebei 127-91. Hebei X. was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Fujian dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei X.'s 50 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Fujian forced 23 Hebei X. turnovers and outrebounded them 57-31 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Hebei X.'s players. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) fired a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Zixu Wang (200-98) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Heng Yu (210-91) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Fujian and five Hebei X. players scored in double figures. Fujian moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lhasa. Hebei X. lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Fujian's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hebei X. will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hebei X.: W.Zixu 20+6reb+3ast, Y.Heng 18+9reb, Z.Zhao 16+2reb+3ast, D.Mengchao 16+6reb+1ast, C.Qi 10+1reb+2ast, H.Haibin 5+4reb
Fujian: B.Brandon 41+21reb+8ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 25+6reb+6ast, D.Jian 19+3reb+1ast, X.Huajun 15+3reb, H.Yan 6+4reb, Z.Yairen 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 548595


Lhasa - Luoyang 82-92

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Luoyang (15-7) won against on the road 9th ranked Lhasa (10-12) 92-82. The game was mostly controlled by Luoyang. Lhasa was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Luoyang forced 21 Lhasa turnovers. Nigerian-British center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Luoyang players scored in double figures. American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Luoyang have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-7 record, which they share with Anhui. Lhasa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Luoyang's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guizhou (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Lhasa will play against Hunan (#6) in Changsha and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: G.Yuxiang 20+7reb+1ast, K.Jonathan 17+11reb+1ast, H.DangJian 17+6reb, Z.Zhennan 9+5reb+6ast, D.ZhiMing 7+1reb, S.DeShuai 6+1reb
Luoyang: Q.Wenhan 17+2reb+3ast, Z.Ye 15+1reb, O.Olumide 13+12reb+2ast, S.Jianguo 12+3reb+1ast, M.Ater 11+9reb+5ast, M.Weilong 8+3reb
gschID: 548594


Guizhou - Henan 136-129

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Henan (18-4) on the court of third ranked Guizhou on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Guizhou 136-129. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Henan. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Henan won third quarter 34-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guizhou made 27-of-29 free shots (93.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 52.8 percentage. 31 personal fouls committed by Henan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 60 points (!!!) and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 48 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Yuxing Jiang (195-95) added 22 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Henan. Four Guizhou and five Henan players scored in double figures. Guizhou maintains third position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Henan. Henan at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Guizhou are looking forward to face Luoyang (#5) at home in the next round. Henan will play against Fujian (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 48+5reb+5ast, O.Chris 26+5reb+2ast, J.Yuxing 22+9reb+3ast, M.Qingfei 14+5reb, W.Longfei 11+4reb+1ast, C.Yuhan 4+1reb+2ast
Guizhou: L.Mark 60+2reb+8ast, M.James 31+10reb+2ast, L.MingHao 15+7reb+2ast, Z.Zihua 12+5reb+3ast, Z.MingHao 8+6reb, L.Xu 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548593


Hunan - Guangxi 85-98

Another interesting game for Guangxi (12-10) which played in Changsha against 5th ranked Hunan (14-8). Eighth ranked Guangxi had an easy win 98-85. Guangxi dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hunan's 44. They outrebounded Hunan 58-31 including a 45-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hunan was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) had a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Le Ji (203-83) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) responded with 27 points and center Wei Zhang (203-84) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Four Hunan players scored in double figures. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangxi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chongqing. Hunan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Guangxi will play against Beijing (#11) at home in the next round. Hunan will play against Lhasa (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hunan: S.Terrell 27+3reb+3ast, Z.Wei 16+3reb+3ast, Z.Yaosheng 11+3reb, P.Jiaxin 10+4reb, W.Junjie 9+3reb, L.Hansheng 5
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 50+19reb+3ast, J.Le 18+9reb+1ast, L.Jiawei 15+7reb+1ast, Z.Yupeng 9+4reb+2ast, B.Sim 6+17reb+1ast, Y.Dianhong 0+1reb
gschID: 548599





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11 Lobos sign Joshua White, ex Caciques - by Eurobasket News

11 Lobos Chalchuapa (Liga MB) signed 29-year old American guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC). The last time (16) he played at Caciques in Colombian LPB league.
White has played on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Tigers), Chile (Dep. de Manquehue) and Germany (Mustangs).
White is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended San Diego City College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dario Saric paces Croatia over Slovenia in Opatija - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Slovenia 85-81

Croatia outscored Slovenia 85-81 in Opatija at the start of the International tournament with 3 participating teams.
The guests grabbed a 25-19 early lead, but Croatia managed to reply with a 27-20 surge to take a 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added a 21-18 rally in the third period for a bigger advantage. Both teams scored final 18 points for 85-81 result in the game.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) was unstoppable with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) netted 23 and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 11. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) answered with 27 points in a loss and Edo Muric (202-F-91) poured in 20.



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Mathias Linder is a newcomer at Stevnsgade - by Eurobasket News

Stevnsgade BBK (Ligaen) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Mathias Linder (191-97) from the junior team of SISU Copenhagen. But in three Ligaen games he did not score anything, 2 assists and 1 block.

Stevnsgade BBK roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Salman Khan

Forwards:
Mathias Seilund
Matao de_Souza
Mathias Linder

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Khan re-signs at Stevnsgade - by Eurobasket News

Stevnsgade BBK (Ligaen) confirmed in their roster 23-year old guard Salman Khan (186-94). He played there last season. But in two Ligaen games he did not score anything.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Khan spent at BMS Skovlunde (1st Division). He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Khan also played that season for Wolfpack.
He won Danish 1st Division championship title in 2014.
Khan represented Denmark at the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 0.6ppg.
Khan has played previously for Vaerlose.

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Miller, Leones SD18.5 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 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. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 4. Araujo, Leones SD8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.4 
 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 SD6.2 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 4. De-Leon, Metros S.4.9 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.4 
 10. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD1.9 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.6 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Rojas, Leones SD1.4 
 9. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Miguel EVANGELISTA
  Caner.
  (--91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 7. Guerrero, Leones SD0.8 
 8. Santana, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 


LNB Round 4 of Finals. Leones claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

Leones SD - Metros STGO 98-91

Leones SD overcame Metros STGO to cut the deficit in LNB Finals. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Leones SD made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Metros STGO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 assists (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85) who added 21 points, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Leones SD players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Metros STGO's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: P.Miller 27+8ast, E.Fortuna 21+4reb+5ast, M.Rhett 17+7reb+3ast, D.Greene 10+9reb+1ast, S.Rojas 8+6reb+1ast, J.Araujo 7+4reb+2ast
Metros STGO: J.Hamilton 19+5reb+4ast, R.Glenn 18+7reb+5ast, E.Vargas 15+5reb+1ast, V.Liz 9+1reb+1ast, A.De Leon 7+6reb+2ast, J.Akindele 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558172





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  EL SALVADOR  


Simeon Howard agreed terms with Cojute - by Eurobasket News

Club de Baloncesto Cojute (Liga MB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American swingman Simeon Howard (193-86kg-92, college: Greensboro). He played in the summer at High Point Heat (TRBL) in the U.S.
Among other achievements Howard's team made it to the South Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also All-USA South 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Howard graduated from Greensboro College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Simeon is a very versatile shooter, combo/guard who scores consistently in various ways with jump shot being one of his strongest suits; creates shots, drives one on one and can score off the pass or dribble. He is a great rebounder, who grabs boards offensively and defensively, although defensive rebounding might be his stronger suit. Howard defends aggressively in the guard and/or post areas by contesting shots, blocking shots and running the floor accurately to prevent a score and he can defend all positions. Simeon is a good ball handler and he is well capable of igniting the fast break by hitting the open man or backing it out and running an offensive set. He is an unselfish team player who looks to involve every teammate on each play and uses a variety of passes that find the scoring player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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11 Lobos sign Joshua White, ex Caciques - by Eurobasket News

11 Lobos Chalchuapa (Liga MB) signed 29-year old American guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC). The last time (16) he played at Caciques in Colombian LPB league.
White has played on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Tigers), Chile (Dep. de Manquehue) and Germany (Mustangs).
White is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended San Diego City College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Demarquelle Tabb claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Demarquelle Tabb (196-G/F-90) had a great game in the last round for Santa Ana and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 27-year old swingman had a double-double of 22 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Arcense (#10, 3-5) 94-81. Santa Ana is placed at 6th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Santa Ana would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Tabb turned to be Santa Ana's top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama A&M graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tabb is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 16.2rpg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 54.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Robert Kenteh of Cojute. Kenteh impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Cojute was edged by the higher-ranked Brujos Izalco (#4, 5-3) 78-75. This loss caused Cojute to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Kenteh is a newcomer at Cojute and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jovany Austin (201-F-92) of Arcense (#10). Austin scored 21 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Austin's great performance Arcense lost 81-94 to the higher-ranked Santa Ana (#6, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Arcense not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Austin could try to bring Arcense's a little bit higher in the standings. Austin has individually a great season in El Salvador. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 21.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alvin Cacho (189-G-87) of Quezaltepeque - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Oreste Torres (204-PF-87) of Santa Tecla - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Quezaltepeque - 20 points and 16 rebounds
7. Khiry White (190-G-91) of Santa Ana - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  


Valga signed Sander Saare - by Greg

BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (Alexela KML) agreed terms of 2-year deal with 23-year old point guard Sander Saare (184-80kg-94). He played last season at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn in Estonian Alexela KML. In 18 games he had 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. Saare also played 6 games in Baltic League where he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.7apg.
Saare has played previously for four other Estonia teams: BC Rakvere, Rapla, KK Hito and Noorteliiga.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raadik re-signs at Valga - by Greg

BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (Alexela KML) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international center Rain Raadik (208-107kg-89). He played there last season. In 30 Alexela KML games he had 6.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Raadik has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2010.
Raadik represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Raadik has played previously for seven other teams: Tartu Ulikool, Triobet/Dalkia, Kalev/Cramo, BC Rakvere, TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn, BC Tartu and BC Rakvere.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROCUP  


Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Balvin will not join Czech NT - by Thomas Jones

Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe) will not join the Czech national team for EuroBasket 2017. Balvin should be the key center for the 7th team from last EuroBasket, especially in the situation when Jan Vesely decided not to be part of the squad.
Balvin wanted to play with national team, but the problem was with his ankle. He got injured at the beggining of April shortly after his transfer to Estudiantes and his season was over. Everything looked good during his individual workout in the USA, but even though he passed the medical check after the return to his new club Gran Canarias, his new club recommended him to rehab and not to join Czech national team.
'Club from Gran Canarias told us, Ondrej is not able to join national team now after his health test,' confirmed Czech assistant coach Lubos Barton. 'Both sides communicated and cooperated well, but I feel, the club didn't do their best in order to help Ondrej to join national team. We fully respect Ondrej's decision, since we dont want to jeoperdize his health and his upcoming season' said Barton.
'I feel, my ankle is not ready for 100%. My club recommended me to stay and do treatment/exercises and not to join the national team. It was not an easy decision, i was hoping to the last moment to play. At the end I have to respect club's recommendation. Next season is important for me and I would like to start with my new club on the good note,' sent Balvin message to the Czech national team.
'It's another big lost for our national team. Ondrej supposed to have big role in our team. He tried to do the best to come. I tell straight - we didn't get possitive cooperation from Gran Canaria. I just feel about its. Rest of players have now to replace him, because we lost to many big men in this campaign,' said national team coach Ronen Ginzburg.



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Jordan McRae agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Jordan McRae (197-84kg-91, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 36 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season McRae played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. NBA-G-League where in only one game he had very impressive stats: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
Three years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former University of Tennessee staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. McRae was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Australia (United), NBA (Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Rodrigue Beaubois
Jordan McRae
Vanja Marinkovic

Forwards:
Adam Hanga
Tornike Shengelia
Janis Timma
Tadas Sedekerskis

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Vincent Poirier

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA Moscow inks Alan Makiev - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) agreed terms with 26-year old international center Alan Makiev (210-112kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at Avtodor in the VTB. In 17 VTB United League games he had 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Makiev also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Russian Higher League championship title in 2013. Makiev was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Center of the Year back in 2013. He was called to Russian Senior National Team this year.
Makiev has played previously for six other teams: Irkut Irkutsk, Ryazan, Kupol-Rodniki, Elbrus Cherkessk, Avtodor Saratov 2nd team and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Rodriguez
Nando De_Colo
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Kyle Hines
Viktor Khryapa
Nikita Kurbanov
Andrey Vorontsevich
Othello Hunter
Will Clyburn
Andrey Lopatin

Centers:
Pavel Korobkov
Alan Makiev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv eye Norris Cole - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is in talks with 29-year old American point guard Norris Cole (188-79kg-88, college: Cleveland State) who played last time at Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA. In 16 games he had 3.0ppg last season. Cole also played that season for Golden Stars in Chinese CBA where in 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Cleveland State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NBA in 2014. Cole was also voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Cole has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat.
On Cole: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Well-rounded point guard with excellent leadership qualities … Solid size for a point guard … Impressive speed and agility … Has the lateral quickness to stay in front of his man … Competitive defender. Solid at everything but doesn't stand out in any facet … A "jack of all trades" kind of point guard … Very thin
.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo
Yovel Zoosman

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Jake Cohen
DeAndre Kane
Jonah Bolden

Centers:
Alex Tyus
Itay Segev

Coach: Neven Spahija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Nicolo MANNION
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Mannion, ITA22.7 
 2. Pazin, SRB19.7 
 3. Radovic, SLO19.0 
 4. Avdija, ISR18.3 
 5. Pradilla, ESP18.3 
 6. Hayes, FRA16.7 
 7. Hayun, ISR16.3 
 8. Glas, SLO16.0 
 9. Kurtuldum, TUR14.7 
 10. Kriisa, EST14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marek BLAZEVIC
  (206-C-1)
  Avg: 13
 1. Blazevic, LTU13.0 
 2. Avdija, ISR12.7 
 3. Pradilla, ESP11.7 
 4. Tomasevic, MNT8.7 
 5. Exaucia, FIN8.3 
 6. Radovic, SLO8.0 
 7. Kancleris, LTU7.7 
 8. Lakhin, RUS7.3 
 9. Kirciman, TUR7.3 
 10. Amzil, FIN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stevan KARAPANDZIC
  (184-PG-1)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Karapandzic, SRB5.3 
 2. Markovich, RUS5.0 
 3. Avdija, ISR5.0 
 4. Kljajic, MNT4.3 
 5. Hayes, FRA4.0 
 6. Aharoni, ISR4.0 
 7. Mannion, ITA4.0 
 8. Samar, SLO4.0 
 9. Garcia, ESP3.5 
 10. Herzog, GER3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolo MANNION
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mannion, ITA3.7 
 2. Hayes, FRA3.0 
 3. Samar, SLO2.7 
 4. Avdija, ISR2.7 
 5. Schina, ITA2.7 
 6. Berzins, LAT2.3 
 7. Herzog, GER2.3 
 8. Bergstrom, SWE2.3 
 9. Gizdavic, CRO2.3 
 10. Donadio, ITA2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marek BLAZEVIC
  (206-C-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blazevic, LTU3.0 
 2. Tomasevic, MNT2.3 
 3. Avdija, ISR1.7 
 4. Lootus, EST1.3 
 5. Hukporti, GER1.3 
 6. Van-Slooten, GER1.3 
 7. Miyem, FRA1.0 
 8. Pokhodiaev, RUS1.0 
 9. Radovic, SLO1.0 
 10. Zakharov, RUS1.0 


Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sholla, KOS23.7 
 2. Jonsson, ISL20.3 
 3. Hlynsson, ISL18.0 
 4. Jakimovski, MKD17.3 
 5. Okros, ENG17.0 
 6. Klonaras, GRE16.0 
 7. Rogkavopoulo., GRE15.7 
 8. Ulczynski, POL15.7 
 9. Mikeladze, GEO15.3 
 10. Horvath, SVK15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sholla, KOS11.7 
 2. Ratkoceri, KOS11.7 
 3. Krupalija, BIH11.7 
 4. Bratanovic, BEL10.7 
 5. Mast, NED9.7 
 6. Cherneha, UKR9.7 
 7. Tsetserukou, BLR9.0 
 8. Erben, SVK9.0 
 9. Fajana, IRL8.7 
 10. Huurman, NED8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marek VYROUBAL
  (195-PG-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vyroubal, CZE6.0 
 2. Gomes, POR5.0 
 3. Kelly, IRL4.7 
 4. Gashi, KOS4.7 
 5. Dibongue, BEL4.3 
 6. Jonsson, ISL4.3 
 7. Pandza, ENG4.0 
 8. Van-D., NED4.0 
 9. Stoimenov, BUL4.0 
 10. Dedajic, BIH4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mateusz KASZOWSKI
  (182-G-1)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kaszowski, POL4.3 
 2. Tigkas, CYP4.0 
 3. Klonaras, GRE4.0 
 4. Sulaiman, ENG3.7 
 5. De Ridder, BEL3.3 
 6. Jonsson, ISL3.0 
 7. Alexandersso., ISL3.0 
 8. Langura, SUI3.0 
 9. Veraszto, HUN2.7 
 10. Jakimovski, MKD2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timur KRUPALIJA
  (204-F-1)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Krupalija, BIH2.7 
 2. Cherneha, UKR2.3 
 3. Bolshakov, CYP2.3 
 4. Sekushenka, BLR2.0 
 5. Gislason, ISL1.7 
 6. Martina, SUI1.7 
 7. Serheiev, UKR1.7 
 8. Bratanovic, BEL1.7 
 9. Enaruna, NED1.7 
 10. Kostadinov, BUL1.7 


Division B. Day 3 in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Switzerland - Belgium 52-98
Belgium recorded the second victory in Group A. They crushed Switzerland for 2-1 record. Niels De Ridder (195-F-01) came up with 35 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium piled up a 46:22 halftime lead. They unloaded 52 points in the second half to ease to the win. Aaron Verstraete (200-SF-01) had 15 points in the victory. Marco Mouron (187-SG-01) had 13 points for Switzerland.

Greece - Romania 111-60
Greece knocked down Romania to post the third straight win in Group A. Andreas Tsoumanis (202-PF-01) tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Hellenes. Greece unleashed 62 points in the first half to clear off for good. Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) produced 17 points for the winners. Constantin Gavriloaia (196-SF-01) had 14 points for Romania.

Belarus - Iceland 78-77
Belarus nipped Iceland to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Nikita Matsal (186-G-01) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Iceland enjoyed a 41:34 halftime lead. But Belarus unloaded 44 points in the second half to snatch the win. Jan Marynin (198-PF-01) delivered 13 points in the victory. Veigar Hlynsson (190-PG-01) responded with 26 points for Iceland.

Group B
Bulgaria - Holland 50-69
Netherlands overcame Bulgaria for the third consecutive win in Sofia. Rienk Mast (203-PF-01) came up with 15 points for the Dutch side. Netherlands dominated in the first half. They recorded a 40:26 halftime lead. Netherlands maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Jonas Visser (206-C-01) dropped 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Stoykov (192-G/F-01) chipped in 10 points for Bulgaria.

Poland - Ukraine 59-57
Poland held off Ukraine for the second win in Group B. Mateusz Kaszowski (182-G-01) came up with 18 points and 7 steals in the victory. Poland and Ukraine were tied at 31 at the interval. Poland jumped to a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Jakub Ulczynski (195-F-02) had 13 points in the victory. Illia Zaiets (187-SG-01) poured in 16 points for Ukraine.

Denmark - Cyprus 81-69
Denmark opened win count in Sofia. They topped Cyprus in Group B. Patrick Pederson delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Denmark used a 24:14 rally in the fourth frame to secure the winning outcome. August Blinkenberg (197-SG-01) had 14 points in the victory. Aineas Jung (200-PF-02) posted 17 points for Cyprus.

Group C
Hungary - Czech Republic 56-66
Czech Republic overcame Hungary to remain unbeaten in Group C. Tadeas Manas (200-C-01) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Hungary recorded a 30:26 halftime lead. But Czech Republic went on a 22:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Hungary to 14 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Nikolaos Noumeros (196-SF-01) finished with 18 points for Czech Republic. Tamas Pallai (192-SG-01) tossed in 12 points for Hungary.

Bosnia - Slovakia 76-69
Bosnia improved at 2-1 record following a tough win over Slovakia. Djordje Topolovic (190-SF-01) accounted for 17 points for the winners. Slovakia enjoyed a 43:39 halftime lead. But Bosnia stiffened defensively in the second half. They held Slovakia to only 26 points after the big break and snatched the victory. Haris Dedajic (184-PG-01) chipped in 16 points for Bosnia. Samuel Horvath (185-PG-01) tossed in 17 points for Slovakia.

Norway - Ireland 56-98
Ireland trounced Norway in Group C action. Six players scored in double digits for the winners. Paul Kelly (186-PG-01) recorded 15 points to lead the Irish side. Ireland went on a 36:16 run in the second quarter to clear off. They held Norway to just 25 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Christopher Fulton (172-PG-02) had 13 points for the winning side. Marcus Barnett (200-PF-01) had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Norway.

Group D
Portugal - Georgia 59-80
Georgia outgunned Portugal for 2-1 record in Group D. Irakli Sulkhanishvili (195-SG-01) stepped up with 17 points in the victory. Georgia opened a 49:33 halftime advantage. They kept Portugal at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Lasha Mikeladze (201-C-01) netted 16 points in the victory. Diogo Gomes (174-PG-01) and Miguel Alves (191-PF-01) banked in 9 points each for Portugal.

United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 94-52
Great Britain clinched the third victory in a row as they breezed past FYR Macedonia. Mate Okros (197-G-00) stepped up with 22 points for the winning side. Great Britain accumulated a 47:22 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Eric Donaldson (191-SF-01) posted 15 points in the victory. Viktor Isajloski (200-PF-01) netted 12 points for FYR Macedonia.

Luxembourg - Kosovo 51-61
Kosovo defeated Luxembourg for the opening win in Group D. Erhan Sholla (197-SF-01) came up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Kosovo established a 29:25 halftime lead. They went on a 19:9 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Nderim Ratkoceri (195-C-01) had 12 points and 14 boards for the winners. Noe Melchior (178-PG-01) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.




Recap of Day 3 in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Croatia - Serbia 52-102
Serbia claimed the second win in Group A. They fired past Croatia for 2-1 record. Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) scored 23 points to lead the winners. Serbia accumulated a 55:27 halftime lead. They unloaded 47 points in the second half to seal the win. Stevan Karapandzic (184-PG-01) tossed in 13 points in the victory. Matej Bosnjak (200-C-02) had 12 points for Croatia.

Lithuania - Israel 70-62
Lithuania beat Israel for the second victory in Group A. Laurynas Vaistaras (195-F/G-01) nailed 21 points to lead the charge. Israel accumulated a 35:31 halftime lead. But Lithuania went on a 22:10 run in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Marek Blazevic (206-C-01) had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Deni Avdija (198-SF-01) replied with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Israel.

Group B
Turkey - Slovenia 57-64
Slovenia recorded the third straight win in Group B. They stormed past Turkey to enter the Round of 16 undefeated. Rok Radovic (198-F/G-01) netted 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Slovenia went on a 16:5 run in the third term to take lead. They protected the advantage throughout the final period and rallied to the win. Gregor Glas (196-G/F-01, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points for the winners. Mustafa Kurtuldum (193-G-01) notched 12 points for Turkey.

Finland - Germany 44-66
Germany cruised past Finland for 2-1 record in Group B. Timo Lanmuller (187-PG-01) had 14 points in the win. Germany grabbed a 21:6 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 29:19 run in the second half to ice the victory. Luc Van Slooten (202-F/G-02) tossed in 12 points in the win. Thomas Exaucia (194-F-01) had 10 points for Finland.

Group C
Russia - Italy 57-86
Italy coasted past Russia to gain 2-1 record in Group C. Nicolo Mannion (187-PG-01) was unstoppable with 42 points for the Azzurri. Italy registered a 45:25 halftime advantage. They protected the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Lorenzo Donadio (189-SG-01) had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Pavel Zakharov (207-C-01) and Denis Kovalev (192-SG-01) produced 14 points apiece for Russia.

France - Estonia 78-59
France knocked down Estonia for the third straight win at the tournament. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) had 17 points in the win. France posted a 34:26 halftime lead. les Bleues unloaded 44 points in the second half to rally to the win. Louis Marnette (194-SG-01) had 12 points in the victory. Kaspar Kitsing (195-F/G-01) responded with 20 points for Estonia.

Group D
Montenegro - Latvia 66-80
Latvia outgunned Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group D. Roberts Berzins (192-PG-01) stepped up with 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Baltic team. Montenegro posted a 35:32 halftime lead. But Latvia bounced back with a 32:16 rally in the final term to drive to the victory. Emils Krumins (180-PG-01) had 17 points in the win. Bojan Tomasevic (201-PF-01) answered with 13 points and 10 boards for Montenegro.

Spain - Sweden 113-64
Spain cruised past Sweden for the second victory in Group D. Jaime Pradilla (207-C-01) came up with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Spain unleashed 60 points in the first half to take a 27-point halftime lead. They added 53 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Borja Fernandez (202-PF-01) had 17 points in the win. Pelle Larsson (192-SG-01) netted 12 points for Sweden.




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  FIBA ASIA CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  (198-F/G-79)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. El-Khatib, LEB22.3 
 2. Guo, CHN22.3 
 3. Saad, QAT20.0 
 4. Aljabi, SYR18.3 
 5. Yakhchali, IRI18.0 
 6. Romeo, PHI17.7 
 7. Jamshidi, IRI16.7 
 8. Chou, TAI16.3 
 9. Haddadi, IRI16.3 
 10. Galloway, IRQ16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  USA
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. Galloway, IRQ10.0 
 2. Singh, IND8.7 
 3. Reid, HKG8.7 
 4. Erfan, QAT8.7 
 5. Haddadi, IRI8.0 
 6. Todorovic, SYR8.0 
 7. Delany, NZL7.7 
 8. Abuwazaneh, JOR7.7 
 9. Hodgson, AUS7.5 
 10. Hussein, JOR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Haddadi, IRI8.7 
 2. Park, KOR7.3 
 3. Abdeen, JOR7.0 
 4. Galloway, IRQ6.3 
 5. Newley, AUS6.0 
 6. Alhaddad, SYR5.3 
 7. Castro-W., PHI5.0 
 8. Jamshidi, IRI4.7 
 9. El-Khatib, LEB4.7 
 10. Singh, IND4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI3.3 
 2. El-Hadary, QAT2.7 
 3. Liu, TAI2.3 
 4. Hussein, JOR2.3 
 5. Hamad, IRQ2.0 
 6. Mezher, LEB2.0 
 7. Galloway, IRQ2.0 
 8. Saad, QAT2.0 
 9. Jamshidi, IRI2.0 
 10. Delany, NZL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Aguilar, PHI2.7 
 2. Hameed, IRQ2.7 
 3. Hu, CHN2.3 
 4. Hussein, JOR2.0 
 5. Al-Khafaji, IRQ2.0 
 6. Singh, IND1.7 
 7. Norwood, PHI1.7 
 8. Haidar, LEB1.3 
 9. Zaghab, JOR1.3 
 10. Pelle, LEB1.3 


Review of Day 6 in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Syria - India 87-78
Syria overcame India to clinch their playoff birth. Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the winners as they finished third in Group A. India dominated in the first half. They grabbed a 51:35 halftime lead. But Syria turned things around in the second half. They went on a strong 52:27 run after the big break and secured the crucial victory. Michael Madanly (196-F) and Tarek Aljabi (181-PG-90) netted 18 points each in the win. Aravind Annadurai (200-PF-93) replied with 20 points for India.

Iran - Jordan 83-71
Iran earned the third straight win in Group A. They rallied past Jordan to remain perfect. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. Iran established a 43:26 halftime lead. Jordan slowed their opponents down in the second half but could not overcome the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) netted 17 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds for Iran. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) answered with 22 points and 9 assists for Jordan.

Group B
Philippines - Qatar 80-74
Philippines recorded the third straight win in Lebanon. They held off Qatar to remain unbeaten. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) provided 25 points to lead the charge. Philippines accumulated a 41:27 halftime lead. Qatar unloaded 47 points in the second half but could not overcome the deficit as Philippines marched to the win. Carl Bryan Cruz (193-PF-91) netted 13 points in the victory. Mansour El Hadary answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Qatar.

Iraq - China 60-61
China nipped Iraq to finish second in Group B. Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners. China eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. Iraq used a strong 20:10 run in the third term to secure an 8-point advantage heading into the final term. However China ignited a 23:14 run in the fourth period to snatch the win. Han Dejun (215-C-89) netted 11 points in the victory. Omar Alawazi replied with 22 points for Iraq.




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  FINLAND  


J'Nathan Bullock (ex Pyrinto) is a newcomer at Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (PBA) added to their roster 30-year old American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland State, agency: SDJ Sports). He played last season at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.6apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bullock played at Tampereen Pyrinto (also in Korisliiga) where in 28 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
In 2009 Bullock was drafted by Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) in sixth round (96th overall).
He attended Cleveland State and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bullock won Icelandic League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Import Player of the Year back in 2012.
Bullock is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Bullock has played previously professionally also in Australia, Belgium, Iraq (Al Kahraba), Israel (Hasharon, Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Yavne) and Iceland (Grindavik).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Doug Herring Jr. (ex London L.) is a newcomer at Orchies - by Eurobasket News

BC Orchies (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Doug Herring Jr. (191-91kg, college: Utica). He played most recently at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 42 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Herring also played that season for Defensor in Uruguayan LUB where in 7 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. Herring also spent pre-season at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL Canada that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Herring's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Herring has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers), PBL (Rochester RazorSharks and Hudson Valley) and APBL (Hudson Valley).
He graduated from Utica College in 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A talented player who has the rare combination of being a devastating scorer but he also makes the right basketball plays. Compared to Paul Pierce by some of his friends, in fact he can resemble some of the Pierce's game...

BC Orchies roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Doug Herring_Jr.
Daniel Huffor

Forwards:
Romain Dardaine
Chrislain Cairo
T.J. Robinson
Fabien Ateba

Center:
Maxime Djo_Ebala

Coach: Fabrice Courcier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paul Carter is a newcomer at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Paul Carter (205-91kg-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) from Hyeres-Toulon. Carter managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 14 ProA games in France he recorded 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He also played that season for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL where in 11 games he averaged 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg. The other team Carter played that season for was ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 8 games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Dominican Rep. District National League Semifinals in 2013.
Carter is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Carter has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Ashkelon), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Santa Cruz Warriors), Dominican Republic (San Carlos) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Paul Carter
Ed Daniel
Sadio Doucoure
Louis Cassier

Centers:
Romain Duport
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SAP Vaucluse welcomes back Nicolas - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (NM1) inked 23-year old guard Tanguy Nicolas (185-94). It is actually his comeback to SAP Vaucluse as he has played here before. Nicolas played most recently at IE-CTC Alliance Toulouse Basket-ATB in the NM2.
His team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Solle is back at SAP Vaucluse - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (NM1) agreed terms with 26-year old center Yohan Solle (205-91). It is actually his comeback to SAP Vaucluse as he has played here before. Solle played last season at RAC Basket in the NM1. In 40 games he had 4.3ppg and 2.6rpg. Solle helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at GET Vosges where in 17 NM1 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg.
Solle has played previously for two other teams: Entente Orleans 45 and Vanves.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siegwarth comes back to SAP Vaucluse - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (NM1) inked 24-year old point guard Yann Siegwarth (180-93). It is actually his comeback to SAP Vaucluse as he has played here before. Siegwarth played most recently at Aurore de Vitre in ProA U21. However his team was relegated to NM2, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 21 NM1 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Siegwarth played at Caen Basket Calvados where in 22 NM1 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Siegwarth was a member of French U18 National Team in 2011.
He has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Essor Charleroi) and France (Olympique Antibes and Orchesien BC).

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Sadio Doucoure signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 25-year old small forward Sadio Doucoure (200-92). He was about to sign at Vichy Clermont in the ProB. The last season Doucoure was tested by ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale.
His team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2013.
Doucoure was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2012.
He has played previously for three other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Cognac BB and Orchesien BC.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Ed Daniel
Sadio Doucoure
Louis Cassier

Centers:
Romain Duport
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daniel Huffor (ex Worcester W.) signs at Orchies - by Eurobasket News

BC Orchies (NM1) landed 30-year old American (has also British passport) swingman Daniel Huffor (193-87, college: Newberry). He played most recently at Worcester Wolves in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg last season. Huffor helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Huffor played at Cheshire Phoenix (also in BBL) where in 28 games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1spg (in top 2).
Huffor has played also professionally for other British teams like Glasgow Rocks and Durham Wildcats.
He attended Newberry College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BC Orchies roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Daniel Huffor

Forwards:
Romain Dardaine
Chrislain Cairo
T.J. Robinson
Fabien Ateba

Center:
Maxime Djo_Ebala

Coach: Fabrice Courcier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Poitiers add Tarrant to their roster, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-86kg-93, college: Memphis). He played last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also played that season for Titans in Canadian NBL Canada where in 15 games he averaged remarkable 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also spent pre-season at s Oliver Baskets (BBL) in German league that year.
Last year he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (63rd overall).
Tarrant attended University of Memphis until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of AAC Tournament in 2016. Tarrant was also voted All-C-USA Freshman of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.

Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arnaud Thinon
Ricky Tarrant
Yanik Blanc
Pierre Cellerier

Forwards:
Pierre-Yves Guillard
Christophe Leonard
Devon Collier
Sekou_Omar Doumbouya

Coach: Rudy Nelhomme

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


World Cup Qualifiers: FYR Macedonia outplayed Kosovo - by Natasha Kostovska

After two defeats from Kosovo (72-68) and Estonia (80-76), the players of the coach Jordanco Davitkov finally clinched the first win at the pre-qualifiers games for the upcoming World Cup in China 2019.
For the most part the first quarter the Macedonian team was looking for the game and they were in a negative. After the starting lead of 13: 9, Kosovo took the initiative and was almost always in the lead, most marked with a six point difference (39:33). At the finish they made pressure and reached only one point negative of the break (40:41), but that was an announcement for what was coming in the sequel.
Stojan Gjurovski (201-F-91) started the second half with five points (one triple) and he was the reason that the Macedonian team reached 10 points difference (55:45).One should not forget Aleksandar Kostovski who played the best match in the national team and also contributed greatly to the creation of a high advantage.
Kosovo did not surrender, it reached -3 (54:57), but by the end of the quarter, and especially in the last period of the game, the Macedonian team clinched the win (87:74).

In the end, Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) was the most effective with 24 points, Aleksandar Kostovski added 16 with five triples of eight attempts, while Damjan Stojanovski (198-SG-87, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 rebounds and four steals.The next game is played on 16th August against Estonia.



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  GERMANY  


Russia edge Germany for the second win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 60-89

Russia edge Germany 89-60 for the second win in Kazan at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Russia pulled a slow 11-10 lead, but then the guests replied with a 31-29 run to rake a 1-point advantage at the halftime. Russia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and posted two comfortable wins in the third and the last stanzas. They needed a 29-16 burst in the third period and then allowed Germany to score only 3 points in the last period.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored 11 in a loss, whilst Patrick Heckmann (197-G-92, college: Boston Coll.) posted 10.



German National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Maodo Lo
Lo
Johannes Voigtmann
Voigtmann
Akeem Vargas
Vargas
Robin Benzing
Benzing
Danilo Barthel
Barthel
#e#5
4Maodo Lo 191-G-92 Brose Bask. Germany
7Johannes Voigtmann 211-C-92 Baskonia Spain
8Lucca Staiger 196-SG-88 Brose Bask. Germany
9Karsten Tadda 190-SG-88 EWE Baskets Germany
11Akeem Vargas 192-G-90 ALBA Germany
12Robin Benzing 208-F-89 Zaragoza Spain
13Bastian Doreth 182-PG-89 Bayreuth Germany
15Bogdan Radosavljevic 213-C-93 ALBA Germany
18Ismet Akpinar 190-PG-95 Ratiopharm Germany
22Danilo Barthel 208-PF-91 B.Muenchen Germany
32Johannes Thiemann 204-PF-94 Ludwigsburg Germany
33Patrick Heckmann 197-G-92 Brose Bask. Germany
55Isaiah Hartenstein 211-F/C-98 Zalgiris Lithuania

Chris Fleming Head Coach Brooklyn N. USA
Henrik Roedl Assistant Trier Germany



Jordan Bohannon (Iowa Hawkeyes) Our Expectations Are To Win A Big Ten Title And Try To Get To The NCAA Championship - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jordan Bohannon (183-G-97) is a 20 year old 183cm point guard from Marion, Iowa that is going into his sophomore season with the University of Iowa. He comes from a very athletic family as he has three older brothers that all played college ball. Jason played basketball at Wisconsin; Zach played basketball at Air Force and Wisconsin; and Matt played basketball at UNI. Last season as a freshman, Jordan played 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 32.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 85.5%. At the moment Iowa is on a European tour and recently he spoke to eurobasket during a travel day as the team was headed to Switzerland.

Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket. You are on a European tour with Iowa (NCAA) and recently visited Heidelberg the cozy town that your brother Jason lived in for a year. If you had the chance to live here, what would enjoy most about this town with the castle on the hill?

I thought the town was beautiful and I already knew that coming in because my brother was always talking about it. For me it is always important to experience new things and be able to communicate with the people wherever I am.


After a tough NIT Sweet 16 exit to TCU, what are the main goals of this years team during this European tour?

Obviously get a better bond with each other on and off the court and also get more comfortable on the court getting to run some plays.


One could call this an early pre season before the pre season. Obviously team building is always good to build, but what especially on the court do you hope the team can get out of these few weeks as a whole?

We have to realize where we are starting and where we want to go. We want to use this tour as a launching point of where we want to go towards the end of the season


Iowa played it's first game in Heidelberg against a put together team of young and old players. Iowa won easily 99-64 and in the second half just wore down the opponent with it's transition game. How content were you with the effort of the team as a whole?

I was happy with the effort. We came out a bit slow, but that was kind of expected after our long flight in. But the effort was there and we were really active on defense.


What kind of experience was it for you in general knowing that your brother Jason played in this gym. He also played 2 games with current Chicago Bull Paul Zipser who b ack then was still a relatively unknown German player. Will you pick his brain the next time a bit more about his Heidelberg time?


I pick my brothers ear a lot and he was already in my ear non-stop so I knew what I was expecting coming in.


There were some young German players on the Basketball Aid squad with Richard Freudenberg (ex St Johns) age 18, Lukas Wank aged 20, Garai Zeeb aged 20 and Sebastian Herrera aged 19. When you remember what skills they had and what the individual Iowa players have, what comparisons and differences in development could you make with both sides?

I looked at the development a bit and knew some of the players and ages and I thought they were very skilled. In the States it is often that there is a lot of athleticism and that helps us out a lot.


Coach Fran Mccaffery told me before the game that Iowa has 86% of their offense back and with a strong core of guys back with Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, Nikolas Baer, Dominique Uhl and yourself along with talented freshmen Luca Garza and Jack Nunge, what are the expectations for this season and what do you feel can be accomplished?

Our expectations are to win a Big Ten title and try to get to the NCAA championship. That is what we want to keep having going forward.


I was really impressed with Nikolas Baer. He is the spark plug on the court and is just everywhere. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in a game or practice?

Just being able to communicate with us and get us going when we need someone to do that, he is the guy. He gets us to be active on defense and gets us talking on offense when we need it.

I was really impressed with Luca Garza. How much potential does he have and is his basketball IQ his biggest strength at the moment?


I would say his basketball IQ is his biggest strength at the moment. But it will take time as it did for all Freshman to play in a faster and more athletic league.


Let's talk about your game. Your shooting is a big strength in your game, but you can just as well do a great job with playmaking as you finished last season having three double doubles with points and assists. To what NBA point guard would you like to compare your game to if you had to?

If I had to then it would be Steph Curry. I watched his college film as well as his highlights now and try to take his moves and all that he does on the court.


Last season you shared a Big ten record with Daniel Horton,Deander Russell and Lonzo Ball in making 125 plus assists and hitting 60 plus three's. What does it mean being in company like that. Does a feat like this and being in such company give you that added self confidence for your game that will help you make further strides this season?

Yes definitely, but I try not to look back to what I did last season, because it doesn't matter what I did then because you have to keep pushing ahead.


You had a very solid freshman season averaging 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 32.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 85.5%. What are your personal goals this season? What do you feel do you need to step up with your game?


I want to get to the All Big 10 team, get closer to the assist record and get more three's than I got last year.


Dominique Uhl told me in an interview that head coach Fran Mccaffery helped him slow down the game in his time. How did he help you most with your game as a freshman?

He told me what he was expecting of me coming in that the league is a lot different than most and you have to always be prepared and that comes from working hard every single day in the off season.

Who won a one on one three years ago and who wins today between you and brother Jason?


He definitely won three years ago and was quite the player a long time ago, but now it would be me as he wouldn't be able to keep up with me.


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

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Steph Curry.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Semi-pro.

Thanks Jordan for the chat.



Phoenix Hagen Replace Buay Tuach With Derreck Brooks - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Phoenix Hagen had to handle quickly finding a replacement for Buay Tuach finding Derreck Brooks (198-G) Buay Tuach didn't have a working visa and couldn't come to Germany so the club had to find a replacement with Brooks. Brooks is a 198cm guard/forward from Mesa, Arizona that will be starting his professional career in Germany. He comes from an athletic family as his brother Damani Mosby played football at University of Kansas He gathered experience at various schools like Grand Canyon (NCAA2), Phoenix CC (JUCO) and Cent.Arkansas (NCAA). He played the last two seasons at Cent.Arkansas (NCAA) and as a junior played 28 games averaging 12.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 78.3%. In his senior season at Cent.Arkansas (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 82.2%. In his two seasons at Central Arkansas, he scored in double figures in 38 of 59 games. His best scoring games were against Nicholls State with 29 points twice and a 25 point game as well as a 25 point game against Tulsa and 24 point effort against Lamar.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS first-team All-Region -10HS East Valley Player of the Year -11, HS Division I All-Section first-team -12, HS All Tribune second team -12, HS All-Arizona Division I second team -12, NJCAA D2 Champion -14, All-ACCAC 2nd Team -14, All-ACCAC D2 1st Team -14, NJCAA D2 Region I Champion -14, All-Southland Conf. Newcomer of the Year -16, and All-Southland Conf. Honorable Mention -16, 17.

Source:Phoenix Hagen



ERic Ross Starts Professional Basketball Career With Crailsheim 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eric Ross (201-F-94) knows what it is like fighting form the bottom on up as he battled his way through JUnior College to reach the NCAA 2 and now will have to climb anotehr mountain as a professional to one day reach the top as he first will start in the German fourth league Regionalliga with the Crailsheim Merlins. Ross is a 23 year old 201cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that played at four different schools, but really came alive as a senior with Shorter (NCAA2) playing 25 games averaging 9.7ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 36.1%. "He was a real double double machine in school. He will play an important role for the team of Kai Buchmann, but will also get a chance to practice with the Pro A team to develop further", stressed Ingo Enskat.

Last season with Shorter, the American scored in double figures 15 times and produced 14 double doubles. His best games were against W Florida with 17 points and 16 boards, 17 points and 14 rebounds against teh Christian Borthers and a 16 points 24 rebound explosion against Alabama Huntsville. He also had 18 rebound games against Hiwassee and N Alabama. He started his basketball career with Chicago, IL / Dunbar High School: also played football in high school and in 2013-2014 moved to Blinn JC (JUCO) playing 25 games avergaing 4.6ppg, 6.8rpg. In the 2014-2015 season he went to Triton JC (JUCO) playing 29 games averaging 7.2ppg, 9.1rpg, FGP: 47.3%, FT: 47.3%. In the 2015-2016 season he moved up to S.Connecticut (NCAA2) playing 26 games averaging 3.5ppg, 4.0rpg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS all-state honorable mention -12, 13, HS all-district team -12, 13, N4C Co-Champion -15, NJCAA D2 District III Finalist -15, Northeast-10 Southwest Division Regular Season Champion -16, and All-N4C 2nd Team -16



Lukas Rosenbohm Gets A New Chance With The MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't easy to conquer all the young German talent with the ratiopharm Ulm farm team Weissenhorn as they continue to develop and bring players ahead as German Lukas Rosenbohm (201-SF-97) found out the last years as all his hard work didn't pay off as he played one minute in the BBL against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The 20 year old 201cm forward now is seeking a new opportunity in the Pro A with the MLP Academics Heidelberg to get back to the EasyCredit BBL down the road. Heidelberg is also an important place because he can combine his studies with basketball and study in Mannheim which is a 20 minute drive from Heidelberg."With his new place of study in Mannheim, Lukas became a realistic option for us. He wants to prove himself in the Pro A and I think he can. I only heard positive things about him and hope he can fullfil the role of Christoph Rupp", stressed head coach

Rosenbohm played for a year in the States with the Haverford School (USA). In the 2014-2015 season he returned bak to Germany to play with the ratiopharm Basketballakademie Ulm (2.Regionalliga) playing 23 game averaging 9.6ppg, He also played also with the U19 team (NBBL). In the 2015-2016 season he made the junp to the Weissenhorn Youngstars (ProB) playing 15 games avergaing 1.9ppg, He also continued playing with the ratiopharm Basketballakademie Ulm (2.Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 7.9ppg. Last season he played with Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) and with the Weissenhorn Youngstars (ProB) playing 27 games averaging 2.0ppg, 1.7rpg, He also played with the ratiopharm Basketballakademie Ulm (2.Regionalliga) playing 14 games avergaing 8.4ppg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Runner-Up -17
and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -17.

Source:MLP Academics



Terrence Boyd Headed To The Nurnberg Falcons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The basketball cinderella stories seem to never die as players coming form the lower college leagues do break out and find professional teams and some like Terrence Boyd (196-F) go farther than just a Regionalliga team, but reach the Pro A. According to Eurobasket sources Terrence Boyd will start his professional basketball career in Germany with Pro A team Nurnberg Falcons. Boyd is a 196cm forward that was born in Valejo, California and grew up in San Diego. He played at different schools growing up and got valuable experience and was recommended to the club by ex player Josh Young.

Boyd played high school ball at the well known Oak Hill Academy that has produced NBA players liek Carmello Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings, Rod Strickland and Jerry Stackhouse to name just a few. He then went on to play with four different schools starting with San Diego City CC, then headed to Western St. (NCAA2) playing 20 games: averaging 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 49.6%. He was a year at Georgetown, KY (NAIA), but never played. He finished his senior year at Sterling (NAIA) playing 12 games averaging 16.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 53.9%. There he had some hige games against Northern MB with 27 points and hit Tabor and Ottawa with 21 points apiece.



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

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

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

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



Germany beat Hungary to finish second in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Hungary 67-65

Germany beat Hungary 67-65 to finish second in Kazan. Germany needed a narrow with to finish with a 2-1 record, while Hungary lost all three games.
Germany pulled a 20-19 lead in the start, while Hungary grabbed a 1-point lead at the halftime. The latter ensured 4 points advantage with 10 minutes to go as they won the third period 19-16. Only due to 15-9 run in the last period, Germany managed to seal the victory.
Robin Benzing (208-F-89) stepped up with 25 points and Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) notched 12. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91) scored 18 points in the losing effort, wile David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) delivered 17.



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Dominic Waters (ex Olympiacos) signs at Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 31-year old American point guard Dominic Waters (185-82kg-86, college: Portland State, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. Waters managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 20 A1 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Waters also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.6apg and 1.1spg. Waters also spent pre-season at Enisey (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Three years ago (four years after he left the college) Waters was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (49th overall).
He attended Portland State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Waters has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
His college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2009.
Waters is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster and Liege Basket), France, Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dominic Waters
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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Trakas re-signs at Ikaroi Serron - by Chris Mammides

AOK Ikaroi Serron (C) confirmed in their roster 28-year old shooting guard Ilias Trakas (189-89). has played there for the last five seasons. Trakas missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
He is a very experienced player.

AOK Ikaroi Serron roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pantelis Georgianos
Ilias Trakas
Pavlos Stratis
Thodoris Dalagozis

Forwards:
Thomas Goutzias
Charalampos Fotoglou

Centers:
Giannis Kakiouzis
Petros Gripsios

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faros add Koumpouras to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted AO Faros Keratsiniou (A1) added to their roster experienced 34-year old ex-international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83). He played last season at Aiolos Astakou in the A2. In 32 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.0spg. Koumpouras helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Promitheas (also in A2) where in 32 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. Koumpouras contributed to his team making it to the final.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Koumpouras played for Greek Senior National Team back in 2005 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Koumpouras has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Aris, Apollon Patras, Marousi, Kolossos H Hotels, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Halkida and Cretan Kings.
On Koumpouras: Great organizing PG. Excellent PnR player, has an eye for assists and knows how to handle the team. Great defender, presses the ball and goes for the steal.

AO Faros Keratsiniou roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Konstantinos Tagaris is a newcomer at Aiolos Astakou - by Chris Mammides

AMS Aiolos Astakou (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old forward Konstantinos Tagaris (204-92). He was about to sign at Peukis, the newcomer in C.
Tagaris represented Greece at the European Championships U16 in Italy nine years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.4rpg.
Tagaris has played previously for three other teams: Panathinaikos, Ethnikos and Egaleo.

AMS Aiolos Astakou roster for 2017-2018:

Vassilios Moutsios
Dimitris Liberis
Konstantinos Tagaris
Christos Barouhas
Ioannou Fotis
Andreas Vournas
Zaharias Pournaras
Sourlas
Dimitris Douroukis
Alexandros Bekatoros
Vasilis Kalantzis
Ilias Bekatoros

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kastoria signs Ioannis Karamalegkos - by Chris Mammides

AS Kastoria (B) signed 23-year old point guard Ioannis Karamalegkos (191-94). He has played for the last four seasons at Arkadikos in the A2. In 32 games he had 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Karamalegkos represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 1.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg.
Karamalegkos has played previously for two other teams: Panathinaikos and Amyntas Dafnis.

AS Kastoria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis
Nikos Kaklamanos
Giannis Kyriakopoulos
Ioannis Karamalegkos

Forwards:
Tasos Charismidis
Giorgos Brozos
Stamatis Benas
Giorgos Tersenidis
Danis Eleftheriadis
Dimitris Daravigas
Dimitris Apidopoulos

Centers:
Nikos Libaris-Psomas
Stefan Djordjevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Greek National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Nick Calathes
Calathes
Evangelos Mantzaris
Mantzaris
Dimitrios Agravanis
Agravanis
Ioannis Papapetrou
Papapetrou
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Mitoglou
#e#5
8Nick Calathes 198-PG-89 Panathinaikos Greece
9Bourousis Ioannis 214-C-83 Guangdong ST China
10Konstantinos Sloukas 197-PG-90 Fenerbahce Turkey
11Nikos Pappas 194-SG-90 Panathinaikos Greece
14Georgios Papagiannis 217-C-97 Sacramento K. USA
15Georgios Printezis 204-PF-85 Olympiacos Greece
16Kostas Papanikolaou 205-F-90 Olympiacos Greece
17Evangelos Mantzaris 196-G-90 Olympiacos Greece
18Dimitrios Agravanis 208-C/F-94 Olympiacos Greece
19Ioannis Papapetrou 203-F-94 Olympiacos Greece
43Thanasis Antetokounmpo 199-SF-92 Panathinaikos Greece
44Konstantinos Mitoglou 208-PF-96 Panathinaikos Greece




Psychiko tabs Georgios Papadionysioy - by Chris Mammides

AE Psychiko Athens (A2) inked 22-year old point guard Georgios Papadionysioy (190-95, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Papadionysioy played at Peristeri where in 17 A2 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
Papadionysioy has played previously for three other teams: Ethnikos, Doukas and Filathlitikos.

AE Psychiko Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Papadionysioy
Anastasios Priskomatis
Christos Iordanou
Andreas Papandreou

Forwards:
Dimitris Papadimitriou
Ioannis Anagnostakis
Nikos Houhoumis
Konstantinos Roumeliotis
Petros Magoulas

Center:
Nikos Tsiokos

Coach: Nikos Remendelas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia pummels Greece at the Beograd Trophy 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 93:61

Serbia fired past Greece 93-61 at the Beograd Trophy 2017. Serbia will face Montenegro in the final game of the competition.
The home side of the tournament fully dominated the start of the game and took a 23-15 lead after 10 minutes. Moreover they added a 22-7 surge in the second frame and then posted a 21-14 run in the third period. Serbia continued their dominance at the end of the game as well as came up with a 27-25 rally in the fourth period.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) stepped up with 14 points, while Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points, whilst Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 apiece. Ioannis Bourousis replied with 13 points in the losing effort.



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Kevin van Wijk is a newcomer at Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Dutch forward Kevin van Wijk (203-104kg-89, college: Valparaiso) from Melilla Baloncesto. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season van Wijk played at Oviedo_CB where in 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 7.6ppg and 4.8rpg.
He received All-Horizon League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
van Wijk was a member of Dutch U16 National Team in 2005.
He has played previously for three other teams: Leche Rio Breogan, Gran Canaria and Gran Canaria.
van Wijk attended Valparaiso University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

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

Center:
Alberto Fontet

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  HUNGARY  


Maurice Jeffers is a newcomer at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK - by Eurobasket News

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Maurice Jeffers (206-109kg-94). He just graduated from Boston College (NCAA). In 32 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
As mentioned above Jeffers is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His college team won CAA Tournament in 2014.
Jeffers has played previously for another Hungarian team Woodrow Wilson.

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akos Horvath
Viktor Fekete
Braxton Reeves
Rayshawn Simmons

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

Center:
Ivica Radic

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Germany beat Hungary to finish second in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Hungary 67-65

Germany beat Hungary 67-65 to finish second in Kazan. Germany needed a narrow with to finish with a 2-1 record, while Hungary lost all three games.
Germany pulled a 20-19 lead in the start, while Hungary grabbed a 1-point lead at the halftime. The latter ensured 4 points advantage with 10 minutes to go as they won the third period 19-16. Only due to 15-9 run in the last period, Germany managed to seal the victory.
Robin Benzing (208-F-89) stepped up with 25 points and Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) notched 12. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91) scored 18 points in the losing effort, wile David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) delivered 17.



Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Iceland 56-60

Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan for a 1-1 record at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Iceland grabbed a 60-56 win and will play against Russia in the third game.
Iceland took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, while Hungary replied with a massive 24-14 surge in the second period. Iceland pulled back with a 23-12 burst in the third period and managed to seal the win.
Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kristofer Acox (198-F-93, college: Furman) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) added 13 each. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points in a loss and Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 8.



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  IBL  


Slam finishes Seattle Pro-Am regular season with first-ever OT win - by Eurobasket News

The Bellingham Slam received a late game-tying put-back from center Austin Bragg (6'9''-F/C-91, college: W.Washington), then pulled away in overtime as they defeated Team Worldwide in a Seattle Pro-Am thriller, 110-103, at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday. Remarkably, it was the first time the Slam had posted an overtime victory in team history, having gone 0-for-5 in previous games which required extra time. Thanks to hot outside shooting from forward Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-F-90, college: Texas), the Slam built up a 14-point lead halfway into the third quarter, at 70-56. But Worldwide rallied late in the frame, closing with a 12-0 run to trim Bellingham's lead to one, at 73-72. The fourth quarter featured some riveting back-and-forth play, with Worldwide eventually building a five-point lead, at 94-89, with three minutes left on a bucket by forward Nahziah Carter (6'6''-G/F). The Slam got within two after Hamilton sank a three, his sixth of the game, with two minutes to go, and then tied the score at 94-94 a possession later on free throws from guard Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.). Worldwide briefly took the lead back when former Husky center Robert Upshaw (7'0''-C-94, college: Washington) scored with under a minute remaining, but Bragg made sure the game went to an extra session as he scored with just seconds left, battling down low in gritty fashion as he converted a put-back on a third try following a miss and blocked shot. Bragg opened overtime with a statement dunk just 10 seconds in to get the Slam off on the right track, as the never trailed in the extra period. A pair of floaters from guard Preston Vermeulen (6'2''-G-83), suiting up for the Slam for the first time, helped push the advantage to six. The Slam slipped slightly midway through overtime, as a pair of sloppy possessions allowed Worldwide to get back within one, at 104-103, but guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G-87, college: W.Washington) helped to ice the victory by scoring twice off of timely turnovers by Worldwide. Hamilton led all scorers with 37 points, marking the first time this season a player other than Taylor Stafford, who did not play, earned high scorer honors. Bragg enjoyed his best game of the season with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Vermeulen finished with 16 points in an impressive Pro-Am debut. Not to be outdone, Anderson quietly posted a triple-double consisting of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Team Worldwide was led by the 35 points and game-high 20 rebounds of Robert Upshaw. With the victory, the Slam's 2017 regular season is complete and the team now awaits the finish of the rest of the league's schedule on Sunday. With a 5-3 record, the Slam has clinched a Pro-Am postseason berth but must wait to learn the opponent and start time for their first round playoff game, which will take place on August 19 at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Courtesy of: kpug1170.com




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  ICELAND  


Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Iceland 56-60

Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan for a 1-1 record at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Iceland grabbed a 60-56 win and will play against Russia in the third game.
Iceland took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, while Hungary replied with a massive 24-14 surge in the second period. Iceland pulled back with a 23-12 burst in the third period and managed to seal the win.
Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kristofer Acox (198-F-93, college: Furman) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) added 13 each. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points in a loss and Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 8.



Russia wins International tournament in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Iceland 82-69

Russia won the International tournament in Kazan undefeated. In the last game the overcame Iceland 82-69 to finish with a perfect 3-0 record. Russia insured a 24-15 lead from the start and added a 24-16 run in the second period. Iceland pulled back in the third quarter as they produced a 23-12 surge, however the hosts closed the game with a final 22-15 rally.
Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 15. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 11 points. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 22 points in the losing effort whilst Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) had 12.



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  IRAN  


Willie Warren (ex Zhejiang GB) agreed terms with Petrochimi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Willie Warren (193-92kg-89, college: Oklahoma). He has played for the last two years at Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA league. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 29.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
In 2010 Warren was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Warren's team won Hungarian Cup in 2014. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team award in 2016.
Warren is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Warren has played previously professionally also in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Italy (Virtus Bologna), NBA (LA Clippers), Hungary (Szolnok) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Warren's biggest asset in regards to being successful at the next level is his ability to create shots for himself, and shoot the ball off the dribble … An offensive-minded combo-guard, uses a quick first step and athleticism to create space and get in the paint … He can make shots of the highest difficulty, labeled a "good bad-shot shooter" … Deep offensive shot-arsenal … Strong finisher around the rim, averages 6 free throw attempts per game… Shows explosiveness and impressive body control in traffic.
Warren suffers from a poor shot selection, and when asked to be the number 1 scoring option, he struggled making shots … Overly ball-dominant, tends to over-dribble and take his teammates out of the game
.

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Petrochimi lands Mirza Begic - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) landed 32-year old Slovenian international center Mirza Begic (216-118kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Begic played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 12 A1 games he averaged 6.1ppg and 3.9rpg. Begic helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 3.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3bpg. And finally Begic contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Begic played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he got 6.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Begic also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year.
He was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
Begic has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Begic represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 5.5ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.2%, FT: 60.0%.
Begic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Huy), Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Scandone Avellino and Virtus Bologna), Spain (Real Madrid and Baskonia), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Slovan).
Let's have closer look into Begic's outlook: Very quick center, with great timing both for rebounding and shotblocking; has good hands also, and he can pas the ball to the open man, or to shot from outside, even if he has to develop a reliable shooting to become the superstar he can;.

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  ISRAEL  


NBA heads to Israel to develop talent, promote cultural awareness - by Eurobasket News

The NBA is heading to the Holy Land this week, bringing together some of the top emerging talent from across Europe as part of the league's push to attract more foreign players and expand its global reach. An NBA delegation, led by Commissioner Adam Silver, is in Israel as part of 'Basketball Without Borders,' a program that hosts training camps for top teenage players throughout the world. The visit comes at a time when Silver is seeking ways to make improvements to a league that, while enjoying a surge in popularity, has seen its product impacted by the dominance of a handful of teams and a recent trend of healthy superstars skipping games to rest. In an interview, Silver said the program aims to give players who have a legitimate chance of reaching the professional ranks a cultural and athletic experience that would be hard to match. 'It's a realization that in order to develop as an elite player at a relatively young age, you need to begin competing against other elite players. And also you need the benefit of top notch coaching,' he said. Some 60 of the top Under-17 players across Europe will participate- including 40 boys and 20 girls. They will get a chance to train under current and former NBA players and coaches, including Israel's Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88), a new member of the champion Golden State Warriors, and Hall of Famer David Robinson (7'1''-C-65, college: Navy), as well as leading figures from European basketball. Off the court, the program also promotes cultural awareness. 'Whatever region we're in, we educate the young folks about what's happening socially, politically, economically in the area they are in,' Silver said. 'It's life skills in addition to basketball. It's about the values of the game, like leadership and discipline and hard work and respect for each other.' Toward that goal, the program will sponsor a series of clinics and workshops for local youngsters that will include Israeli Jews as well as members of the Muslim, Christian and Druze minorities. Palestinian children from the West Bank will also be participating, Silver said. On Sunday, for instance, the program will dedicate a new 'learn and play' center at Jerusalem's YMCA. 'We look for regions where we can have a bigger impact than just the game of basketball,' Silver said. Earlier this month, the program held a similar camp in South Africa. 'What we'd like to see is using basketball to build bridges between cultures,' he said. 'I think it really is true that people, whether on a basketball court, or it's on a soccer pitch, when they compete together they see how much they really do have in common. In this case, it's a shared passion for basketball.' Basketball Without Borders, a partnership with FIBA, the world's governing basketball authority, has held camps in 26 countries since it was launched in 2001. This is the first time Israel, which is part of FIBA's Europe region, has hosted the program. Forty-six former campers, including Casspi, have been drafted by NBA teams. 'I was a BWB camper in 2005 in Italy. To be a part of BWB now in my home country more than a decade later and to have the opportunity to work closely with these talented youth at the camp and conduct events in the community, is truly an amazing experience,' Casspi said. 'I think the kids will have a fantastic time here while pursuing their dreams at BWB the next couple of days.' The program is part of a push that has turned the NBA into a global sports powerhouse, second only to soccer. The league says its games are now broadcast in 215 countries and territories, and Silver said basketball has made 'enormous inroads' in China and is now gaining momentum around Africa and in India. The league now holds pre-season games in China, regular season games in London and Mexico and broadcasts afternoon games on weekends to make them easier to watch in overseas time zones. The NBA also is in the process of launching soccer-style 'academies' around the world to develop promising teenage talent year round. Developing foreign talent makes good business sense. But it also has been good for the game. Some 25 percent of the NBA's players are now foreign born, and international superstars such as Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78), Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) and Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) have helped transform the sport in recent years. Silver said that deepening the talent pool is the best response to complaints that the sport is dominated by a handful of powerhouse teams led by superstar players, leaving most teams without a chance of winning. 'It's a nature of this sport. If you have certain players, you're highly likely to be better than other teams,' he said. The best response, he said, is to develop more great players rather than place 'artificial ceilings on how good a team can be.' Silver said the off-season will also focus on some other league issues, including the problem of 'healthy rest.' He said the league will be starting a week earlier to allow for more off days during the season, will be reducing the number of back-to-back games and has eliminated the grueling practice of teams playing four games in five days. Next month, owners also are expected to approve a new set of guidelines aimed at reducing healthy rest, he said. 'We're trying to find the right balance,' he said. 'We recognize that a certain amount of rest is necessary. … But we want to make sure that we sort of draw some clear guidelines for our teams when it is appropriate to rest players.'
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv eye Norris Cole - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is in talks with 29-year old American point guard Norris Cole (188-79kg-88, college: Cleveland State) who played last time at Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA. In 16 games he had 3.0ppg last season. Cole also played that season for Golden Stars in Chinese CBA where in 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Cleveland State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NBA in 2014. Cole was also voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011 at his college time.
Cole has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat.
On Cole: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Well-rounded point guard with excellent leadership qualities … Solid size for a point guard … Impressive speed and agility … Has the lateral quickness to stay in front of his man … Competitive defender. Solid at everything but doesn't stand out in any facet … A "jack of all trades" kind of point guard … Very thin
.

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo
Yovel Zoosman

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Jake Cohen
DeAndre Kane
Jonah Bolden

Centers:
Alex Tyus
Itay Segev

Coach: Neven Spahija

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  ITALY  


Virtus Bologna to add Slaughter to their roster, ex Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) set to announce 32-year old American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-107kg-85, college: San Diego State). He has played for the last two seasons at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league, but left. In two games he had 8.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.0spg last season. Slaughter also played 13 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
In 2006 Slaughter was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in fourth round (41st overall).
He attended San Diego State and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Slaughter's team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2016. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2012.
Slaughter is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Gravelines Dunkerque, Sluc Nancy and STB Le Havre), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Spain (Real Madrid and Blancos de Rueda), NBA (Miami Heat) and Germany (Brose Baskets and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven).
On Slaughter: A powerful player, has a big body but he's very quick inside. He's a great slasher and rebounder, can score even face-to-the basket.

Virtus Segafredo Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pietro Aradori
Oliver Lafayette

Forward:
Olaseni Lawal

Centers:
Marcus Slaughter
Kenny Lawson

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Napoli Cuore signs Guglielmo Caruso - by Eurobasket News

Cuore Napoli Basket (Serie A2) signed 18-year old power forward Guglielmo Caruso (205-99). He has played for the last two seasons at the junior team of PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro in the Serie B. In three games he had 4.7ppg and 4.7rpg last season. Caruso was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team in 2017.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg, Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 58.1%, FT: 63.6%.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Maggio
Domenico Marzaioli
Alessio Ronconi
Matteo Fioravanti
Kerry Carter
Bruno Mascolo

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni
Guglielmo Caruso

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

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Umea lands Nick Schlitzer - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) tabbed 25-year old American (has also Italian passport) guard Nick Schlitzer (198-95kg-92, college: Philadelphia). He played most recently at Olimpi in Georgian Superleague. In 20 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Schlitzer played at Scorchers in British BBL where in 28 games he had 11.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements his college team won CACC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Schlitzer received also All-CACC 1st Team award in 2015.
He attended Philadelphia University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Schlitzer is described as: A pure, above average shooter and scorer with the ability to handle the ball. Also, he moves well on the court without the ball.

Umea BSKT roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Schlitzer
Arik Smith
Anton Leth

Center:
Andre Nilsson

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Codroipo keeps Trevisan for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bluenergy Codroipo (Serie C Gold) re-signed 28-year old power forward Larry Trevisan (197-89). He has played there for the last seven seasons.
Trevisan is a very experienced player.

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Buono re-signs at Castellaneta - by Eurobasket News

Valentino Basket Castellaneta (Serie C Silver) confirmed in their roster 23-year old point guard Renato Buono (185-94). He played there last season.
Buono ended the previous (2015-16) season at BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (Serie B). But in three games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie (Serie B) where in 12 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.
Buono has played previously for four other teams: Matera, Agropoli, Battaglia and Piacenza.

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Matteo Norbedo is a newcomer at Formia Meta - by Eurobasket News

Meta Formia Basketball (Serie C Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Matteo Norbedo (97). He played last season at Campli Basket in the Serie B. In 37 games he recorded 3.0ppg. Serie C Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Norbedo played at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (also in Serie B). Serie B was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he averaged just 0.3ppg.
He has played previously for Alma Trieste.

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Ortona lands Pavle Jovicevic - by Eurobasket News

We're Basket Ortona (Serie B) tabbed 18-year old Montenegrin guard Pavle Jovicevic (198-99). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played most recently at Scuola Basket Viola Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie C Silver. In 20 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg last season. Jovicevic also spent pre-season at Viola (Serie C) that year.
He is a member of Montenegrin U18 National Team.

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Anthony Raffa (ex Roma Virtus) signs at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) landed 28-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Anthony Raffa (185-77kg-89, college: Co.Carolina). He played most recently at Roma Virtus in Italian Serie A2. In 34 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Raffa spent at Al Sadd in Qatari D1 where in 13 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. Raffa also spent pre-season at Samen in Iranian D1 that year. In 5 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Raffa's team won Big South Conference Regular Season for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Raffa has played previously professionally in France (Nantes) and Iran (Sanaye).
He attended Coastal Carolina College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Lukoil Academic Sofia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pavlin Ivanov
Anthony Raffa

Forwards:
Hristo Nikolov
Justin Knox
Dalton Pepper

Center:
Keith Clanton

Coach: Sharon Drucker

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Cagliari Academy lands Simone Bonfiglio - by Armando Caporaso

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy tabbed 29-year old point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-75kg-88, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Basket Golfo Piombino in the Serie B. In 29 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bonfiglio played at Roma Virtus (Serie A) where in 29 games he had 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2006.
Bonfiglio has played previously for eight other teams: Chieti, Jesi, Siena Virtus, Montichiari, Lumezzane, Anzola, Castelfiorentino and Bari.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A promising guard, with great aggressiveness and instinctive scoring skills; needs to improve passing and court vision, his size allows him to play only at the PG at senior level;.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Rullo
Simone Bonfiglio
Mirco Turel
Marcus Keene

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

Coach: Riccardo Paolini

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Italy clinch Sardegna a Canestro tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Italy won Sardegna a Canestro tournament with 3 participating teams. At first they edged Finland 75-70 and later posted a 73-53 win against Turkey. Italy won the first period 24-13 and added another comfortable 21-11 surge in the second frame. The hosts of the tournament posted 14 points in the third and then the last quarters to celebrate the title.
Luigi Datome (203-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) posted 14. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Sertac Sanli (211-C-91, agency: BeoBasket) netted 10.



Napoli Cuore keeps Ronconi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cuore Napoli Basket re-signed 22-year old guard Alessio Ronconi (192-95). He played there last season. In 42 Serie B games he recorded 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg. Ronconi helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
He has played previously for two other teams: Scandone Avellino and Magic Team Benevento.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Maggio
Domenico Marzaioli
Alessio Ronconi
Kerry Carter
Bruno Mascolo

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni
Matteo Fioravanti

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

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Marzaioli re-signs at Napoli Cuore - by Eurobasket News

Cuore Napoli Basket (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old guard Domenico Marzaioli (190-81kg-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played there last season. In 23 Serie B games he had 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg. Marzaioli helped them to win the cup and make to league final. He also spent pre-season at Bakery Piacentina (also in Serie B) that year.
Marzaioli was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: Juvecaserta, Enel Brindisi, Angelico Biella, Maddaloni and Giugliano.
On Marzaioli: A natural SG who can also play siome time at the point. He's a tenacious defender with good legs and hustling mentality.

Cuore Napoli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Maggio
Domenico Marzaioli
Matteo Fioravanti
Kerry Carter
Bruno Mascolo

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni

Center:
Hrvoje Vucic

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Italian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Italian National Team 2017
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Amedeo Della Valle
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Daniel Hackett
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Marco Belinelli
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Pietro Aradori
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Ariel Filloy
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Amedeo Della Valle 192-SG-93 Grissin Bon RE Italy
Daniel Hackett 199-G-87 Brose Bask. Germany
Marco Belinelli 196-G-86 Charlotte H. USA
Pietro Aradori 194-SG-88 Virtus Bologna Italy
Ariel Filloy 189-PG-87 Scandone AV Italy
Paul Biligha 200-C/F-90 Umana VE Italy
Nicolo Melli 205-PF-91 Fenerbahce Turkey
Davide Pascolo 201-F/C-90 EA7 Armani Italy
Riccardo Cervi 215-C-91 Grissin Bon RE Italy
Andrea Cinciarini 193-PG-86 EA7 Armani Italy
Awudu Abass 199-SF-93 EA7 Armani Italy
Filippo Baldi Rossi 207-F/C-91 Dolomiti En. TR Italy
Luigi Datome 203-F-87 Fenerbahce Turkey
Christian Burns 203-F-85 MIA-RO Cantu Italy

Ettore Messina Head Coach San Antonio S. USA



Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Omnia Basket signs Matteo Samoggia - by Eurobasket News

Omnia Basket Lungavilla Pavia (Serie B) signed 27-year old forward Matteo Samoggia (196-90) from Bakery Piacentina. In 36 Serie B games he had 7.6ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Samoggia played at USE Basket (Serie A2) where in 32 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg.
He played in the final of Italian Nazionale A in 2013.
Samoggia has played previously for five other teams: Banco di Srd, Matera, Ceglie, Palestrina and Sant'Orsola Sassari.

Omnia Basket Lungavilla Pavia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabio Di_Bella
Saverio Mazzantini

Forward:
Matteo Samoggia

Center:
Thomas De_Min

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgi Sirakov joins New Basket Brindisi - by Antonello Varallo

New Basket Brindisi announced the agreement with bulgarian point guard Georgi Sirakov (187-G-92, agency: Interperformances). The former Rimini player, who gained an italian passport, has spent almost the whole career in Italy. He began with the junior team of Rimini, then he moved to Benevento (B-Dilettanti), Ostuni (Lega2), San Severo (Nazionale A). After a short experience in his country, with Tundja Yambol, he returned to Italy playing with Montecatini (DNB), Tarando (Serie B, 19.8 ppg), Torino (Seria A), Rimini (Serie B). During last season, he played with Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia (Serie B), scoring 8.3 ppg in 16 games, then he moved to Fiorentina Basket Scandicci (Serie B), ending the season with 13.7 ppg in 10 games.


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Terrell Stoglin (ex Sagesse) joins Hunan - by Eurobasket News

Hunan (NBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-84kg-91, college: Maryland). He played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 33.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Stoglin also played that season for Sagesse (also in Pepsi LBL) where in 15 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 33.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stoglin won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Stoglin is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Ilysiakos), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Stelmet), Turkey (Adanaspor) and Ukraine (Azovmash).
Stoglin attended University of Maryland until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Stoglin: A lefty scorer who played the point-guard spot but who seems more adequate for the 2 spot at European level. Has an immense offensive talent, can score in various ways but loves to start any game with the ball in his hands and is too much selfish to play stably at the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Babrauskas re-signs at P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) confirmed in their roster 33-year old ex-international swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-94kg-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 LKL games he recorded 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season. Babrauskas also played 19 games in Baltic League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Babrauskas was voted Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team back in 2011.
He was a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Babrauskas was called to Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
He is quite experienced player. Babrauskas has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Scafati), Latvia (ASK Riga), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas and Sakalai).

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steponas Babrauskas
Tomas Galeckas

Forwards:
Alexey Zhukanenko
Nikita Balashov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ortona lands Pavle Jovicevic - by Eurobasket News

We're Basket Ortona (Serie B) tabbed 18-year old Montenegrin guard Pavle Jovicevic (198-99). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played most recently at Scuola Basket Viola Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie C Silver. In 20 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg last season. Jovicevic also spent pre-season at Viola (Serie C) that year.
He is a member of Montenegrin U18 National Team.

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Serbia celebrate Belgrade Trophy 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Montenegro 82-71

Serbia celebrate Belgrade Trophy 2017 title posting the second victory. The home side overcame Montenegro 82-71 to finish the tournament undefeated.
Montenegro looked better in the start of the game and grabbed an early 24-19 lead. Serbia however took control of the game with a massive 27-13 surge in the second period. Moreover Serbia closed the campaign with a final 18-16 rally to seal the victory.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 25 points to be named MVP of the tournament. Closely behind was Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89), who added 15 points for his team, while Marko Guduric added 6 more for the team. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) ended up with 13 points and 6 rebounds in a loss as Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) scored 10.



Newcomer to SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League - by Eurobasket News

In the end of the working week, the Montenegrin Basketball Federation officially confirmed KK Ibar Rozaje as the 1st representative of their country in season 2017-2018 of BIBL.
The club expressed desires to join the competition earlier during the summer and as preparation times have begun, their participation is now fact. KK Ibar Rozaje was founded in 1981 during the period of the former Yugoslavian basketball. The team entered to the First Montenegro Erste (at present) League back in 2012 after becoming champions of the B League and since then has been competing on the highest national level. During the previous season 2016-2017, KK Ibar finished 3rd after the Regular season. The games are played in a fully-renovated sports complex in the city of Rozaje situated on the border with Kosovo. The BIBL management established immediate contact with the President of the club and in the following few days all the additional details will be settled as well. SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League is always happy to have the possibility to help more and more clubs to develop and wishes KK Ibar good luck with their first appearance on the international stage with the significant 10th season of the competition.
Courtesy of: balkanleague.net



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NBA heads to Israel to develop talent, promote cultural awareness - by Eurobasket News

The NBA is heading to the Holy Land this week, bringing together some of the top emerging talent from across Europe as part of the league's push to attract more foreign players and expand its global reach. An NBA delegation, led by Commissioner Adam Silver, is in Israel as part of 'Basketball Without Borders,' a program that hosts training camps for top teenage players throughout the world. The visit comes at a time when Silver is seeking ways to make improvements to a league that, while enjoying a surge in popularity, has seen its product impacted by the dominance of a handful of teams and a recent trend of healthy superstars skipping games to rest. In an interview, Silver said the program aims to give players who have a legitimate chance of reaching the professional ranks a cultural and athletic experience that would be hard to match. 'It's a realization that in order to develop as an elite player at a relatively young age, you need to begin competing against other elite players. And also you need the benefit of top notch coaching,' he said. Some 60 of the top Under-17 players across Europe will participate- including 40 boys and 20 girls. They will get a chance to train under current and former NBA players and coaches, including Israel's Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88), a new member of the champion Golden State Warriors, and Hall of Famer David Robinson (7'1''-C-65, college: Navy), as well as leading figures from European basketball. Off the court, the program also promotes cultural awareness. 'Whatever region we're in, we educate the young folks about what's happening socially, politically, economically in the area they are in,' Silver said. 'It's life skills in addition to basketball. It's about the values of the game, like leadership and discipline and hard work and respect for each other.' Toward that goal, the program will sponsor a series of clinics and workshops for local youngsters that will include Israeli Jews as well as members of the Muslim, Christian and Druze minorities. Palestinian children from the West Bank will also be participating, Silver said. On Sunday, for instance, the program will dedicate a new 'learn and play' center at Jerusalem's YMCA. 'We look for regions where we can have a bigger impact than just the game of basketball,' Silver said. Earlier this month, the program held a similar camp in South Africa. 'What we'd like to see is using basketball to build bridges between cultures,' he said. 'I think it really is true that people, whether on a basketball court, or it's on a soccer pitch, when they compete together they see how much they really do have in common. In this case, it's a shared passion for basketball.' Basketball Without Borders, a partnership with FIBA, the world's governing basketball authority, has held camps in 26 countries since it was launched in 2001. This is the first time Israel, which is part of FIBA's Europe region, has hosted the program. Forty-six former campers, including Casspi, have been drafted by NBA teams. 'I was a BWB camper in 2005 in Italy. To be a part of BWB now in my home country more than a decade later and to have the opportunity to work closely with these talented youth at the camp and conduct events in the community, is truly an amazing experience,' Casspi said. 'I think the kids will have a fantastic time here while pursuing their dreams at BWB the next couple of days.' The program is part of a push that has turned the NBA into a global sports powerhouse, second only to soccer. The league says its games are now broadcast in 215 countries and territories, and Silver said basketball has made 'enormous inroads' in China and is now gaining momentum around Africa and in India. The league now holds pre-season games in China, regular season games in London and Mexico and broadcasts afternoon games on weekends to make them easier to watch in overseas time zones. The NBA also is in the process of launching soccer-style 'academies' around the world to develop promising teenage talent year round. Developing foreign talent makes good business sense. But it also has been good for the game. Some 25 percent of the NBA's players are now foreign born, and international superstars such as Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78), Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) and Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) have helped transform the sport in recent years. Silver said that deepening the talent pool is the best response to complaints that the sport is dominated by a handful of powerhouse teams led by superstar players, leaving most teams without a chance of winning. 'It's a nature of this sport. If you have certain players, you're highly likely to be better than other teams,' he said. The best response, he said, is to develop more great players rather than place 'artificial ceilings on how good a team can be.' Silver said the off-season will also focus on some other league issues, including the problem of 'healthy rest.' He said the league will be starting a week earlier to allow for more off days during the season, will be reducing the number of back-to-back games and has eliminated the grueling practice of teams playing four games in five days. Next month, owners also are expected to approve a new set of guidelines aimed at reducing healthy rest, he said. 'We're trying to find the right balance,' he said. 'We recognize that a certain amount of rest is necessary. … But we want to make sure that we sort of draw some clear guidelines for our teams when it is appropriate to rest players.'
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




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Arizona lands 5-star PG, huge get for 2018 class - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
Arizona's big run of recruiting victories continues with 5-star PG Jahvon Quinerly
Sean Miller has the No. 1 team in college basketball heading into this season. If he keeps it up in recruiting, he might wind up with the preseason No. 1 team again come 2018.
On Tuesday evening, Miller and the Wildcats landed their third top-50 prospect -- and first five-star get -- in the class of 2018. Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly announced at Steph Curry's basketball camp that he will play for Arizona come 2018-19. He picked Arizona over Villanova. Quinerly is from Jersey City, New Jersey.
He's ranked as the 15th best player in the class of 2018, according to 247 Sport's composite. Quinerly joins power forward Shareef O'Neal and fellow point guard Brandon Williams in Arizona's class. The Wilcats can nowboast the top-ranked recruiting haul at this point of the recruiting calendar. Quinerly is the highest-ranked recruit to date in the class of 2018 to pledge to a school.

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The decision for Quinerly comes with the expectation that combo guard Allonzo Trier will leave Arizona for early NBA entry after this season. Parker Jackson-Cartwright, the projected starter at the point this season for Arizona, is about to enter his senior season.
Quinerly is a natural playmaker and a humble-minded kid on the floor and off. He could be a spectacular two-year option for Miller at the point, depending on how his college career goes. He'll be a pass-first player, and someone with Miller's confidence to run an offense right away. He was a standout in mid-July at Under Armour's All-America Camp, playing with some really good 2018 recruits.
No matter who else Miller lands in the class of 2018, the Quinerly sets up Arizona's class up nicely and ensures the Wildcats will have a top-10 class when all the dust settles in the spring. Arizona's next target will likely be center Bol Bol, the top-five prospect -- and son of legendary NBA player Manute Bol -- who is being recruited by many bluebloods.



U16 Division B European Championships: First Look - by Carl Berman

Sofia, Bulgaria - After two tournament days at the U16 Division B European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria we're starting to have a better grasp of the prospects who may have a future, either in college in the USA or professionally. Even though several games ended with large scoring margins there's enough talent to talk about.

The Netherlands is a team leaded with talent. Their best player is combo-forward Tristan Enaruna (6'9''-PF-01), a 6-8 athletic slasher who can defend, rebound and create for himself. We recently scouted Enaruna at the Adidas Eurocamp Next Generation Game. Their other players weren't at his level but all have the ability to become solid contributors at various levels in the USA basketball landscape. 6-8 PF/C Rienk Mast is a strong and tough big who can both face and post up and has shooting range extending out to three. 6-0 combo-guard Jamie Bergens is a lefty who creates for himself and can pull up from almost every spot. 6-8 Bas Leyte has a great physical profile with a strong body, above average athleticism and an intriguing skill set. Jonas Visser is the biggest player on the team, changes ends very well, is active around the rim, rebounds and plays with effort.

Norway has started to make progress on sending players to the USA for college. This U16 team has some players who may be able to follow that route. Big man Erik Borg is still learning the game and has a long way to go, but by the time he graduates from high school he could help many lo to mid major programs. He has size and touch. 6-1 PG Torkel Westby moves the ball well and tries to get everyone involved. He's smart, knows how to play and has good size and handle. Another player that who start to get noticed is CF Markus Barnett. He's an above average athlete who plays with a high motor and gets into passing lanes creating deflections. Barnett has the potential to defend multiple positions as well as become a true 3 and D player in time.

Belgium is another team with multiple players that can burst onto the basketball scene over the next few years. 6-10 PF/C Haris Bratanovic is one of the most talented players at his event. He has an excellent touch with both hands around the rim and can pass and rebound. 6-8 C Godwin Kongolo is another interesting big who runs the court well, dives as a roll man and tries to rebound everything. His potential seems very high especially if he continues his physical growth.

This article was written by Kostas Psimoulis, Director of European Scouting for NetScouts Basketball.



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LNB Round 8: Toros beat Costa Caribe in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LNB.

Second ranked Toros faced 4th ranked Costa Caribe. Host Toros (5-3) defeated guests from (2-6) 94-77. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 58-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toros had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) who scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Norman Lopez chipped in 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Costa Caribe's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toros maintains second position with 5-3 record behind leader Bufalos. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Toros are looking forward to face Leones (#3) in Managua in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Costa Caribe will play against the league's leader Bufalos and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
First ranked Bufalos faced 3rd ranked Leones. Host Bufalos (6-2) defeated guests from Managua (3-5) 63-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leones. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. Quinton Doggett contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Daniel Tenorio (177-90) replied with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Leones. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bufalos have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 6-2 record. Leones at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Bufalos will play against bottom-ranked Costa Caribe (#4) in the next round. Leones will play against the league's second-placed Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Toros - Costa Caribe 94-77

Second ranked Toros faced 4th ranked Costa Caribe. Host Toros (5-3) defeated guests from (2-6) 94-77. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 58-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toros had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) who scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Norman Lopez chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Troy Watson (197-82) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Costa Caribe's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toros maintains second position with 5-3 record behind leader Bufalos. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Toros are looking forward to face Leones (#3) in Managua in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Costa Caribe will play against the league's leader Bufalos and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Toros: M.Castrillo 33+8reb+4ast, A.Brooks 18+8reb+1ast, N.Lopez 16+11reb+5ast, C.Esquivel 9+3reb+4ast, M.Garcia 8+4reb+8ast, R.Rocha 5+3reb+1ast
Costa Caribe: M.Diakite 19+9reb+1ast, T.Watson 12+7reb, F.Cox 8+1reb+1ast, D.Moody 8+2reb, J.Townes 8+1reb, S.Hodgson 7+3reb+5ast
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Bufalos - Leones 63-54

First ranked Bufalos faced 3rd ranked Leones. Host Bufalos (6-2) defeated guests from Managua (3-5) 63-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leones. Bufalos well out of reach of Leones shooting 85.7 percent from the field. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Daniel Tenorio (177-90) replied with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Leones. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bufalos have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 6-2 record. Leones at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Bufalos will play against bottom-ranked Costa Caribe (#4) in the next round. Leones will play against the league's second-placed Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: R.Brown 14+9reb, Q.Doggett 14+5reb+1ast, N.Mackenzie 13+3reb+3ast, J.Jaca 8+8reb+2ast, M.Mackenzie 4+2reb+1ast, H.Barberena 4+1ast
Leones: R.Munoz 9+9reb+1ast, A.Rojas 8+10reb+1ast, D.Tenorio 8+6reb+6ast, R.Ponce 8+3ast, J.Luis 5+6reb, S.Abea 4+6reb+1ast
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Icevic wins LMB Torneo Apertura 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Icevic wins LMB Torneo Apertura 2017 beating Nacional Ingenieros in the second game and sweeping the final series.
Alex Alfaro was the top-scorer of the tournament. Rony Palacios was the top-scorer of the three-pointers. Atlantida clinched the third place of the tournament.
Earlier Icevic won LMB Final opener against Nacional Ingenieros as needed a strong comeback to win 72-65.



Best players of Nicaraguan LNB round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rican Marcos Castrillo (201-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Toros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNB Player of the Week award for round 8.
The forward had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Toros in his team's victory, helping them to crush Costa Caribe (#4, 2-6) with 17-point margin 94-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Toros maintains the 2nd position in Nicaraguan LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toros will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Castrillo had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Toros' top player in his first season with the team. Western New Mexico University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Castrillo is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.0ppg) and averages solid 60.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of league's best team Bufalos. Brown impressed basketball fans with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Bufalos cruised to a 63-54 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Leones (#3, 4-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bufalos consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 6-2 record. Brown is a newcomer at Bufalos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#9). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Mali Mamadou Diakite (196-F-93) of Costa Caribe (#4). Diakite scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Diakite's great performance Costa Caribe lost 77-94 to #2 ranked Toros. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Costa Caribe can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Diakite has individually a great season in Nicaragua. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (4th best). Diakite attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roger Munoz (208-C-84) of Leones - 9 points and 9 rebounds
5. Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87) of Toros - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Norman Lopez (F) of Toros - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) of Leones - 8 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jordany Jaca (196-F-83) of Bufalos - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Daniel Tenorio (177-PG-90) of Leones - 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Noel Mackenzie (188-G-78) of Bufalos - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  NIGERIA  


Olumide Oyedeji (ex London Lions) is a newcomer at Luoyang - by Eurobasket News

Luoyang (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Nigerian international center Olumide Oyedeji (210-111kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. The last time (15-16) he played at London Lions in British BBL league. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2000 Oyedeji was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (42nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of British BBL in 2015. Oyedeji was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team back in 2010.
He represented Nigeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg, 4.0rpg.
Oyedeji is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in fourteen different countries. Oyedeji has played previously professionally in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy (Juvecaserta), Japan (Tochigi Brex), Jordan (ASU), Korea (LG Sakers), Kuwait, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Russia, Slovenia, Spain (CB Granada), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and China (Flying Leopards, Brave Dragons, Long Lions and Eagles).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Luoyang.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic. Can run, jump and get physical with the best. Has an NBA body. Has matured into a dominating force as shown in German League competition. Considered a potential first round NBA draft choice. Has won every slam dunk contest he has entered. Speaks five different foreign languages.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 LaDontae HENTON
  Alaska Aces
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Henton, Alaska Aces33.3 
 2. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 3. Cummings, KIA P.25.7 
 4. Durham, Meralco .24.4 
 5. Fuller, NLEX R.23.4 
 6. McKines, SM Be.22.7 
 7. Craig, TNT K.21.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.20.5 
 9. Lassiter, SM Be.19.7 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron FULLER
  NLEX R.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Fuller, NLEX R.19.6 
 2. Durham, Meralco .18.6 
 3. Craig, TNT K.16.7 
 4. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 5. McKines, SM Be.14.3 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces11.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.7 
 8. Erram, Blackwater10.5 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.10.3 
 10. Slaughter, B.Gin.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.8.3 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen7.7 
 3. Durham, Meralco .7.2 
 4. Craig, TNT K.6.7 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.6.4 
 6. Castro-W., TNT K.6.0 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.6 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.7 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.2.3 
 2. Henton, Alaska Aces2.3 
 3. Cabagnot, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Jazul, Phoenix2.0 
 5. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 6. Erram, Blackwater1.5 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 8. Elorde, KIA Picanto1.4 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.4 
 10. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John Paul ERRAM
  Blackwater
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Erram, Blackwater3.8 
 2. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.3 
 3. Abueva, Alaska Aces2.0 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 5. Santos, SM Beermen1.7 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 7. Baclao, Alaska Aces1.5 
 8. Phelps, Phoenix1.5 
 9. deOcampo, TNT K.1.3 
 10. Al-Hussaini, NLEX R.1.2 


J'Nathan Bullock (ex Pyrinto) is a newcomer at Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (PBA) added to their roster 30-year old American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland State, agency: SDJ Sports). He played last season at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.6apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bullock played at Tampereen Pyrinto (also in Korisliiga) where in 28 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
In 2009 Bullock was drafted by Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) in sixth round (96th overall).
He attended Cleveland State and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bullock won Icelandic League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Import Player of the Year back in 2012.
Bullock is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Bullock has played previously professionally also in Australia, Belgium, Iraq (Al Kahraba), Israel (Hasharon, Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Yavne) and Iceland (Grindavik).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Romanian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Catalin Petrisor
Petrisor
Radu Paliciuc
Paliciuc
Emanuel Cate
Cate
Nicolae-Bogdan Nicolescu
Nicolescu
Roland Torok
Torok
#e#5
4Andrei Mandache 191-G/F-87 Oradea Romania
5Iulian Orbeanu 204-C-91 Dinamo B. Romania
6Catalin Petrisor 184-PG-92 Oradea Romania
7Giordan Watson 178-PG-85 UBT Cluj Napoca Romania
8Radu Paliciuc 200-G/F-88 CSU Sibiu Romania
9Vlad Moldoveanu 206-PF-88 Demir IBB Turkey
11Octavian Calota 189-PG-84 BC Timisoara Romania
13Alexandru Olah 213-C-93 UBT Cluj Napoca Romania
14Titus Nicoara 203-PF-88 Oradea Romania
15Emanuel Cate 206-C-97 Prat Spain
24Nicolae-Bogdan Nicolescu 199-F-97 Oradea Romania
25Roland Torok 203-F/C-90 UBT Cluj Napoca Romania
26Catalin Baciu 214-C-88 Steaua CSM Romania




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  RUSSIA  


Pavel Aleksandrov is a newcomer at Ural Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old guard Pavel Aleksandrov (192-83kg-89) from TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda. In 12 Superleague 1 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg last season. Aleksandrov played in the final of Russian Superleague 1.
He has played previously for six other teams: Novosybirsk, Sojuz Zaretchny, Lipetsk, Ruskon Mordovia, Tula and Ataman.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russia edge Germany for the second win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 60-89

Russia edge Germany 89-60 for the second win in Kazan at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Russia pulled a slow 11-10 lead, but then the guests replied with a 31-29 run to rake a 1-point advantage at the halftime. Russia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and posted two comfortable wins in the third and the last stanzas. They needed a 29-16 burst in the third period and then allowed Germany to score only 3 points in the last period.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored 11 in a loss, whilst Patrick Heckmann (197-G-92, college: Boston Coll.) posted 10.



CSKA Moscow inks Alan Makiev - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) agreed terms with 26-year old international center Alan Makiev (210-112kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at Avtodor in the VTB. In 17 VTB United League games he had 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Makiev also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Russian Higher League championship title in 2013. Makiev was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Higher League Center of the Year back in 2013. He was called to Russian Senior National Team this year.
Makiev has played previously for six other teams: Irkut Irkutsk, Ryazan, Kupol-Rodniki, Elbrus Cherkessk, Avtodor Saratov 2nd team and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio Rodriguez
Nando De_Colo
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins
Maksim Kondakov
Alexandr Khomenko

Forwards:
Kyle Hines
Viktor Khryapa
Nikita Kurbanov
Andrey Vorontsevich
Othello Hunter
Will Clyburn
Andrey Lopatin

Centers:
Pavel Korobkov
Alan Makiev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russia wins International tournament in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Iceland 82-69

Russia won the International tournament in Kazan undefeated. In the last game the overcame Iceland 82-69 to finish with a perfect 3-0 record. Russia insured a 24-15 lead from the start and added a 24-16 run in the second period. Iceland pulled back in the third quarter as they produced a 23-12 surge, however the hosts closed the game with a final 22-15 rally.
Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 15. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) followed them with 11 points. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 22 points in the losing effort whilst Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) had 12.



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Serbia celebrate Belgrade Trophy 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Montenegro 82-71

Serbia celebrate Belgrade Trophy 2017 title posting the second victory. The home side overcame Montenegro 82-71 to finish the tournament undefeated.
Montenegro looked better in the start of the game and grabbed an early 24-19 lead. Serbia however took control of the game with a massive 27-13 surge in the second period. Moreover Serbia closed the campaign with a final 18-16 rally to seal the victory.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 25 points to be named MVP of the tournament. Closely behind was Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89), who added 15 points for his team, while Marko Guduric added 6 more for the team. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) ended up with 13 points and 6 rebounds in a loss as Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) scored 10.



Sloboda Tuzla tabs Ljubomir Campara - by Eurobasket News

OKK Sloboda Tuzla (Division I) inked 24-year old Serbian center Ljubomir Campara (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) from Bosna-Royal. In 26 Division I games in Bosnia he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Campara was a member of Serbian U20 National Team in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Metalac, Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Tamis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia pummels Greece at the Beograd Trophy 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 93:61

Serbia fired past Greece 93-61 at the Beograd Trophy 2017. Serbia will face Montenegro in the final game of the competition.
The home side of the tournament fully dominated the start of the game and took a 23-15 lead after 10 minutes. Moreover they added a 22-7 surge in the second frame and then posted a 21-14 run in the third period. Serbia continued their dominance at the end of the game as well as came up with a 27-25 rally in the fourth period.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) stepped up with 14 points, while Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points, whilst Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 apiece. Ioannis Bourousis replied with 13 points in the losing effort.



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  SLOVENIA  


Dario Saric paces Croatia over Slovenia in Opatija - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Slovenia 85-81

Croatia outscored Slovenia 85-81 in Opatija at the start of the International tournament with 3 participating teams.
The guests grabbed a 25-19 early lead, but Croatia managed to reply with a 27-20 surge to take a 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added a 21-18 rally in the third period for a bigger advantage. Both teams scored final 18 points for 85-81 result in the game.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) was unstoppable with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) netted 23 and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 11. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) answered with 27 points in a loss and Edo Muric (202-F-91) poured in 20.



Petrochimi lands Mirza Begic - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) landed 32-year old Slovenian international center Mirza Begic (216-118kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Begic played most recently at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 12 A1 games he averaged 6.1ppg and 3.9rpg. Begic helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 3.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3bpg. And finally Begic contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Begic played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he got 6.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Begic also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year.
He was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
Begic has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Begic represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 5.5ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.2%, FT: 60.0%.
Begic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Huy), Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Scandone Avellino and Virtus Bologna), Spain (Real Madrid and Baskonia), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Slovan).
Let's have closer look into Begic's outlook: Very quick center, with great timing both for rebounding and shotblocking; has good hands also, and he can pas the ball to the open man, or to shot from outside, even if he has to develop a reliable shooting to become the superstar he can;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Spanish National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Pau Gasol
Gasol
Ricky Rubio
Rubio
Marc Gasol
Gasol
Alex Abrines
Abrines
Sergio Llull
Llull
#e#5
4Pau Gasol 213-F/C-80 San Antonio S. USA
6Sergio Rodriguez 191-PG-86 CSKA Russia
7Juan Carlos Navarro 192-SG-80 FC Barcelona Spain
9Ricky Rubio 193-G-90 Minnesota T. USA
11Sebastian Saiz 206-F-94 Miami Heat USA
12Ilimane Diop 210-C-95 Baskonia Spain
13Marc Gasol 216-C-85 Memphis G. USA
14Guillermo Hernangomez 210-C-94 New York K. USA
15Joan Sastre Morro 201-G/F-91 Valencia Spain
16Guillem Vives 192-PG-93 Valencia Spain
18Pierre Oriola 206-F/C-92 FC Barcelona Spain
19Fernando San Emeterio 199-F/G-84 Valencia Spain
21Alex Abrines 198-SF-93 Oklah.City T. USA
22Xavier Rabaseda 196-G/F-89 Gran Canaria Spain
23Sergio Llull 190-PG-87 Real Madrid Spain
41Juancho Hernangomez 206-PF-95 Denver N. USA

Sergio Scariolo Head Coach



Sidibe's pro career starts at Lucentum - by Eurobasket News

HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old American forward Amadou Sidibe (203-102kg-94, agency: Octagon Europe). He just graduated from Fairfield (NCAA). Sidibe has played there for the last five years. In 28 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.4apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Sidibe's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

HLA Lucentum Alicante roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Rivero
Alvaro Lobo
Adrian Chapela

Forwards:
Orion Outerbridge
Amadou Sidibe

Coach: David Varela

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avila tabs Kyle Hittle - by Eurobasket News

Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) inked 23-year old American forward Kyle Hittle (196-95kg-94, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Ourense Termal in the LEB Gold. In 37 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.1rpg last season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Among other achievements Hittle's team made it to the LSC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Hittle graduated from University of Incarnate Word in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan McRae agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Jordan McRae (197-84kg-91, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 36 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season McRae played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. NBA-G-League where in only one game he had very impressive stats: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
Three years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former University of Tennessee staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. McRae was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Australia (United), NBA (Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Rodrigue Beaubois
Jordan McRae
Vanja Marinkovic

Forwards:
Adam Hanga
Tornike Shengelia
Janis Timma
Tadas Sedekerskis

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Vincent Poirier

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matt Donlan joins Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) agreed terms with British-Australian forward Matt Donlan (201-86kg). He just graduated from Youngstown State University (NCAA). In 34 games he had 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg last season. Donlan 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 as a pro.
Donlan was voted NJCAA D1 All-Region XI 3rd Team in 2015 at his college time.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

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

Center:
Alberto Fontet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faith Pope agreed terms with Gandia - by Eurobasket News

Hispagan UPB Gandia (EBA) inked 22-year old American forward Faith Pope (201-88kg-95). He just graduated from Texas Arlington (NCAA). In 36 games he recorded 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Pope helped them to win the regular season and 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.
Among other achievements Pope won NJCAA D1 District XIV championship title in 2015. He received also NJCAA D1 All-Region XIV 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Pope has played previously for another Spanish team Ottumwa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kevin van Wijk is a newcomer at Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Dutch forward Kevin van Wijk (203-104kg-89, college: Valparaiso) from Melilla Baloncesto. In 37 LEB Gold games in Spain he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season van Wijk played at Oviedo_CB where in 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 7.6ppg and 4.8rpg.
He received All-Horizon League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
van Wijk was a member of Dutch U16 National Team in 2005.
He has played previously for three other teams: Leche Rio Breogan, Gran Canaria and Gran Canaria.
van Wijk attended Valparaiso University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

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

Center:
Alberto Fontet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Umea lands Nick Schlitzer - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) tabbed 25-year old American (has also Italian passport) guard Nick Schlitzer (198-95kg-92, college: Philadelphia). He played most recently at Olimpi in Georgian Superleague. In 20 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Schlitzer played at Scorchers in British BBL where in 28 games he had 11.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements his college team won CACC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Schlitzer received also All-CACC 1st Team award in 2015.
He attended Philadelphia University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Schlitzer is described as: A pure, above average shooter and scorer with the ability to handle the ball. Also, he moves well on the court without the ball.

Umea BSKT roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Schlitzer
Arik Smith
Anton Leth

Center:
Andre Nilsson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Virtus Bologna to add Slaughter to their roster, ex Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) set to announce 32-year old American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-107kg-85, college: San Diego State). He has played for the last two seasons at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league, but left. In two games he had 8.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.0spg last season. Slaughter also played 13 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
In 2006 Slaughter was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in fourth round (41st overall).
He attended San Diego State and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Slaughter's team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2016. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2012.
Slaughter is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Gravelines Dunkerque, Sluc Nancy and STB Le Havre), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Spain (Real Madrid and Blancos de Rueda), NBA (Miami Heat) and Germany (Brose Baskets and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven).
On Slaughter: A powerful player, has a big body but he's very quick inside. He's a great slasher and rebounder, can score even face-to-the basket.

Virtus Segafredo Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pietro Aradori
Oliver Lafayette

Forward:
Olaseni Lawal

Centers:
Marcus Slaughter
Kenny Lawson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dominic Waters (ex Olympiacos) signs at Pinar Karsiyaka - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 31-year old American point guard Dominic Waters (185-82kg-86, college: Portland State, agency: Octagon Europe). He played most recently at Olympiacos in Greek A1 league. Waters managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 20 A1 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Waters also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 9 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.6apg and 1.1spg. Waters also spent pre-season at Enisey (VTB) in Russian league that year.
Three years ago (four years after he left the college) Waters was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (49th overall).
He attended Portland State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Waters has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
His college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2009.
Waters is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster and Liege Basket), France, Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dominic Waters
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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  UGANDA  


George Galanopoulos named head coach of Ugandan National Team - by Eurobasket News

Texas Legends assistant coach George Galanopoulos has been named the head coach of the Ugandan National Team the team announced today. Galanopoulos will lead Uganda in the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia and Senegal September 8 - 16. The 16-team tournament is an automatic qualifier for the Olympics. Galanopoulos joined the Legends last season under head coach Bob MacKinnon. The 2016-17 team finished with the winningest record in franchise history and earned a record five NBA Call-Ups. "I am so grateful for Coach MacKinnon and the opportunities he's given me," said Galanopoulos. "He is constantly thinking of ways to help those around him. I am in this position because of him and more prepared because of the time I've spent under his tutelage. I cannot thank him enough for everything he's done." Galanopoulos came to the Legends after spending the 2015-16 season working in player development with the Dallas Mavericks. The Indiana University graduate used his experience with the Hoosiers' men's team to get his first position on the Bakersfield Jam's staff. After three seasons with the Jam, Galanopoulos headed overseas to serve as an assistant for the Hawkes Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL. "I couldn't ask for a better opportunity for my first head coaching position" said Galanopoulos. "To lead a team in an Olympic qualifier is an experience I'll never forget." Galanopoulos focused on scouting and player development with the Legends last season, heading up the team's video coordination. "I am very excited for Coach Galanopoulos," said Legends Head Coach Bob MacKinnon. "This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment in his coaching career. Our Legends Coaching staff is committed to the game; Coach Hamilton is coaching in the prestigious Tim Grgurich NBA camp in Las Vegas, Coach Chu helped run a Nike Camp in China, and now Coach G will be leading Uganda's National Team in an Olympic qualifier - when you love the game there is no off season!"
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



George Galanopoulous named head coach of Ugandan National Teamu - by Eurobasket News

Texas Legends assistant coach George Galanopoulous has been named the head coach of the Ugandan National Team the team announced today. George Galanopoulous will lead Uganda in the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia and Senegal September 8 - 16. The 16-team tournament is an automatic qualifier for the Olympics. George Galanopoulous joined the Legends last season under head coach Bob MacKinnon . The 2016-17 team finished with the winningest record in franchise history and earned a record five NBA Call-Ups. "I am so grateful for Coach MacKinnon and the opportunities he's given me," said George Galanopoulous . "He is constantly thinking of ways to help those around him. I am in this position because of him and more prepared because of the time I've spent under his tutelage. I cannot thank him enough for everything he's done." George Galanopoulous came to the Legends after spending the 2015-16 season working in player development with the Dallas Mavericks. The Indiana University graduate used his experience with the Hoosiers' men's team to get his first position on the Bakersfield Jam's staff. After three seasons with the Jam, George Galanopoulous headed overseas to serve as an assistant for the Hawkes Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL. "I couldn't ask for a better opportunity for my first head coaching position" said George Galanopoulous . "To lead a team in an Olympic qualifier is an experience I'll never forget." Galanopoulos focused on scouting and player development with the Legends last season, heading up the team's video coordination. "I am very excited for Coach Galanopoulos," said Legends Head Coach Bob MacKinnon . "This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment in his coaching career. Our Legends Coaching staff is committed to the game; Coach Hamilton is coaching in the prestigious Tim Grgurich NBA camp in Las Vegas, Coach Chu helped run a Nike Camp in China, and now Coach G will be leading Uganda's National Team in an Olympic qualifier - when you love the game there is no off season!"
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  UKRAINE  


Politekhnik lands Brandon Peters - by Andy Dziuba

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov signed 26 years old American guard Brandon Peters (188-G, college: Talladega, agency: Haylett Sports) for upcoming season.

Last season Peters played at Georgian Superleague for Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi. He averaged 11,3 ppg, 4,8 rpg, 3,3 apg and 2,3 spg in 6 games.

Peters graduated from Talladega college (NAIA) in 2015. He played in NAIA D1 Final Four and was voted to All-NAIA D1 1st Team. Also Peters participated in NABC-NAIA All-Star Game.



BIPA inks Igor Krivtsov - by Andy Dziuba

Bipa Basket BC Odessa signed 31 years old Ukranian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-F-86) for upcoming season.

Last season Krivtsov played at Georgian Superleague for Basketball Club Batumi. He averaged 11,8 ppg, 7,2 rpg and 1,1 bpg in 32 games. It was his second straight year in Basketball Club Batumi. In 2015-16 season he was included in Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team.

Previously Krivtsov played in Ukranian Superleague for SK Cherkasy Monkeys, SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk, Budivelnyk Kyiv, SC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, BC Odessa, MBC Mykolaiv and Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov. Among his main achievments is reaching Eurocup semifinals in 2013 with Budivelnyk.



BIPA adds Dmytro Tykhonov - by Andy Dziuba

Bipa Basket Odessa tabbed 25 years old Ukranian center Dmytro Tykhonov (205-F/C-92) for upcoming season.

Tykhonov started to play last season at Ukranian Superleague for SC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. He averaged 10,0 ppg, 5,4 rpg and 0,9 apg in 20 games. He was awarded Eurobasket Player of the Week title for round 18. In February 2017 after SC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih withdrew from the league Tykhonov joined SK Cherkasy Monkeys, where he recorded 4,8 ppg, 3,5 rpg and 0,7 apg in 18 games. With SK Cherkasy Monkeys he reached Ukranian Superleague semifinals.

Previously Tykhonov played in Ukranian Superleague for BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny, BC Kyiv, VolinBasket-WOG-Universitet Lutsk and Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv. Also he was a member of Ukranian U18 and U20 National Teams at European Championships.



Cherkasy Monkeys lands Marko Popovic - by Andy Dziuba

SK Cherkasy Monkeys signed Montenegrin forward Marko Popovic (200-F-85, agency: AproK Sports Group) for upcoming season.

Last season 31 years old Popovic played at Kosovan SuperLeague for KB Bashkimi Prizren. He averaged 12,0 ppg, 3,7 rpg and 2,1 apg in 25 games. Also he recorded 12,0 ppg, 5,4 rpg and 1,0 apg in Balcan League. Popovic became Kosovan SuperLeague runner-up and was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 2nd Team.

Popovic is very experienced player. He won Monenegrin League title with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica six times and also played for Montenegrin National Team.



Bipa Basket adds Coleman to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Bipa Basket Odessa (Superleague) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Justin Coleman (203-94). He just graduated from Charleston (NCAA2). In 26 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 11.1rpg and 2.2apg last season.
As mentioned above Coleman is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


British National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Kyle Johnson
Johnson
Benjamin Mockford
Mockford
Justin Sears
Sears
Kavell Bigby-Williams
Bigby-Williams
Kofi Josephs
Josephs
#e#5
0Jules Akodo 188-G-96 Burgos Spain
1Kyle Johnson 195-G-88 London L. Canada
3Benjamin Mockford 188-G-89 Palma Spain
5Teddy Okereafor 193-G-92 The Flexx PT Italy
8Sacha Killeya-Jones 208-PF Kentucky USA
10Daniel Clark 210-F/C-88 UCAM Murcia Spain
11Gareth Murray 201-F-84 Glasgow Rocks United Kingdom
13Eric Boateng 208-C-85 Blois France
19Luke Nelson 190-G-95 Gran Canaria Spain
20Kieron Achara 208-F/C-83 Glasgow Rocks United Kingdom
23Justin Sears 203-F-94 Ludwigsburg Germany
25Gabriel Olaseni 211-C-91 Orleans France
35Kavell Bigby-Williams 208-F-95 LSU USA
44Kofi Josephs 198-G-91 Hertener Loewen Germany




Daniel Huffor (ex Worcester W.) signs at Orchies - by Eurobasket News

BC Orchies (NM1) landed 30-year old American (has also British passport) swingman Daniel Huffor (193-87, college: Newberry). He played most recently at Worcester Wolves in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg last season. Huffor helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Huffor played at Cheshire Phoenix (also in BBL) where in 28 games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1spg (in top 2).
Huffor has played also professionally for other British teams like Glasgow Rocks and Durham Wildcats.
He attended Newberry College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

BC Orchies roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Daniel Huffor

Forwards:
Romain Dardaine
Chrislain Cairo
T.J. Robinson
Fabien Ateba

Center:
Maxime Djo_Ebala

Coach: Fabrice Courcier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olumide Oyedeji (ex London Lions) is a newcomer at Luoyang - by Eurobasket News

Luoyang (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Nigerian international center Olumide Oyedeji (210-111kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. The last time (15-16) he played at London Lions in British BBL league. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2000 Oyedeji was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (42nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of British BBL in 2015. Oyedeji was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team back in 2010.
He represented Nigeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg, 4.0rpg.
Oyedeji is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in fourteen different countries. Oyedeji has played previously professionally in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy (Juvecaserta), Japan (Tochigi Brex), Jordan (ASU), Korea (LG Sakers), Kuwait, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Russia, Slovenia, Spain (CB Granada), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and China (Flying Leopards, Brave Dragons, Long Lions and Eagles).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Luoyang.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic. Can run, jump and get physical with the best. Has an NBA body. Has matured into a dominating force as shown in German League competition. Considered a potential first round NBA draft choice. Has won every slam dunk contest he has entered. Speaks five different foreign languages.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dean Wanliss signs at Leeds Force - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Force (BBL) landed 28-year old forward Dean Wanliss (196-89, college: Iowa Central CC) from Manchester Giants. In 23 BBL games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wanliss played at Crusaders (EBL) where in 24 games he had 7.0ppg.
He has played previously for two other teams: Leicester Riders and Riders.
Wanliss attended Iowa Central Community College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Leeds Force roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Mika Turunen

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


Uruguay defeated Argentina 87-78 - by Hector Lopez

Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading Uruguay to beat Argentina 87-78, as both NT are training to play the AmeriCup at the end of this month. It was the second game for both teams after Argentina beat Uruguay 105-.96 in the first one. Also for the winner, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 23 points, with 5/7 from the three points line and Jayson Granger (189-G-89) scored 16 points and added 9 assists. For Argentina Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 17 points, Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 14 points and grabbed 7rebounds and Javier Sainz finished with 11 points. Both NT will be playing next week in Salta (Argentina) another training tournament with Brazil and Colombia.


Semiglia number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for U Atletica, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds, while his team U Atletica moved-up to the 10th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. U Atletica is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Semiglia had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be U Atletica's top player in his first season with the team. Gaston Semiglia has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 26.1ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 52.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon. Brown had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Colon to edge the higher-ranked Cordon (#3, 11-7) 70-68. This victory allowed Colon to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 12th position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Colon managed to get this year. Brown is a newcomer at Colon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#9). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) of league's top team Atenas. Pose scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 98-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Tabare (#6, 9-9). Atenas confirms their top position in the standings. Pose has a very solid season. In 17 games in Uruguay he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, 3.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 64.6% and 3PT: 46.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) of 25 de Agosto - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 18 points and 15 rebounds
7. Facundo Alonso (195-F) of U Atletica - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dida Pereira (203-C-92) of Cordon - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) of Capitol - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Javier Crocano (195-F-86) of Marne - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Argentina rally past Uruguay in Montevideo - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Argentina 96:105

Argentina and Uruguay clashed in the exhibition game in Montevideo. Argentina celebrated a comfortable win. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 26 points to lead the winners.
Uruguay recorded a 24:19 lead after the opening frame. But Argentina stepped on the gas in the second frame. They unloaded 27 points to ensure a 46:43 halftime lead. Argentina unleashed 36 points in the third term to take a 9-point lead. They protected well throughout the final stanza and marched to the victory. Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) and Javier Saiz (206-PF-94) tossed in 13 points apiece for the winners. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 26 points for Uruguay. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) chipped in 25 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Jayson Granger 26, Esteban Batista 25
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 26, Nicolas Brussino 14, Gabriel Deck 13, Javier Saiz 13



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  VENEZUELA  


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

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Venezuelans who are currently playing abroad.

Jhornan Zamora
Jhornan Zamora
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89, currently plays in Colombia). He led Cimarrones to a 3-point victory over the league leader Fast Break (27-1) 82-79 in the Colombian LPB in Saturday night's game. Zamora was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 43 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cimarrones del Choco (17-11) is placed second in the LPB. Zamora has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.6%(28-44), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 74.4% in six games he played so far. Zamora has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish. Former Broncos de Caracas starter played for the Venezuelan senior national team two years ago.

Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
   #2. Second place goes to former U17 international power forward Jose Rodriguez (197-94, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jhornan Zamora and both played together in the last Colombian LPB game. Rodriguez led Cimarrones to a 3-point victory against the league leader Fast Break (27-1) 82-79. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Rodriguez also added 2 blocks. This season Rodriguez has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2bpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 48.6%. Rodriguez played for the Venezuelan U17 national team in 2011.

Freddy Toro
Freddy Toro
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Freddy Toro (201-88, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He managed to help Capitanes de Arecibo in a victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (20-16) 105-93 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Monday night. Toro scored only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. Capitanes de Arecibo (19-17) is placed fifth in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Toro's first season with the team. This year he averages just 0.5ppg in 14 games. Toro played for the Venezuelan U18 national team twelve years ago.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #4. An experienced swingman Cesar Silva (190-81, currently plays in Ecuador) could not help Iccan (5-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Iccan was defeated 70-61 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Barcelona (#6). Silva was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Silva has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Silva used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2013.

Jesus Centeno
Jesus Centeno
   #5. Former U21 international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Centeno was not able to help Iccan (5-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the league leader Iccan was defeated 70-61 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Barcelona (#6). Centeno recorded 11 points. This season Centeno has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.7apg. Centeno used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #6. Forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Ecuador) was not able to secure a victory for Importadora (3-3) in their game against Leones (5-2) in the Ecuadorian National League, despite his good performance in Monday night's game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. But Importadora lost 62-68 on the road to the second-ranked Leones. This year Romero has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.2apg in six games. He is a former international player as he played for the Venezuelan senior team six years ago.

Zapata Jackson
Zapata Jackson
   #7. Former U21 international forward Zapata Jackson (198-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva. He played also in the last Ecuadorian National League game facing Jesus Centeno (above) in the other team. Jackson couldn't help Iccan (5-2) in their game against Barcelona (3-3). He recorded 8 points. The league leader Iccan was defeated 70-61 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Barcelona (#6). Jackson's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #8. Power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) faced previously mentioned Jhornan Zamora in the Colombian LPB last game. Julio couldn't help Fast Break (27-1) in their game against Cimarrones (17-11). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The league leader Fast Break was edged 82-79 at home by the second-ranked Cimarrones. This year Julio's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 6.8rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92, currently plays in Ecuador) led Juvenil to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Piratas (3-4) 67-62 in the Ecuadorian National League last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Diaz recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes. Juvenil de Vinces (3-3) is placed fourth in the National League. This year Diaz has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far.

   #2. Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jovanni Diaz and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Palacios contributed to Juvenil's victory against one of league's weakest teams Piratas (3-4) 67-62. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Palacios has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg.

   #3. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia). Hinestroza Javes could not help Fast Break (27-1) to beat Cimarrones (17-11). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The league leader Fast Break was edged 82-79 at home by the second-ranked Cimarrones. This year Hinestroza Javes' total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #4. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes and both played together in the last Colombian LPB game. Rodriguez was not able to help Fast Break in their game against Cimarrones (17-11). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Rodriguez scored only 2 points. The league leader Fast Break was edged 82-79 on their home court in Bogota by the second-ranked Cimarrones. Rodriguez's total stats this season are: 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #5. Jhoyfer Diaz (200-C/F-87, currently plays in El Salvador) was not able to secure a victory for Halcones (6-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Halcones lost 77-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Quezaltepeque. Diaz was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Halcones' first loss after six consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Diaz has very impressive stats this year: 20.7ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.1apg and 2.7spg in seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Venezuelan.



Poitiers add Tarrant to their roster, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-86kg-93, college: Memphis). He played last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also played that season for Titans in Canadian NBL Canada where in 15 games he averaged remarkable 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also spent pre-season at s Oliver Baskets (BBL) in German league that year.
Last year he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (63rd overall).
Tarrant attended University of Memphis until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of AAC Tournament in 2016. Tarrant was also voted All-C-USA Freshman of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.

Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arnaud Thinon
Ricky Tarrant
Yanik Blanc
Pierre Cellerier

Forwards:
Pierre-Yves Guillard
Christophe Leonard
Devon Collier
Sekou_Omar Doumbouya

Coach: Rudy Nelhomme

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Boatright, ARM22.8 
 2. Musa, BIH22.3 
 3. Poeltl, AUT21.3 
 4. Theodore, MKD19.7 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD19.0 
 6. Veideman, EST19.0 
 7. Mahalbasic, AUT19.0 
 8. Liutych, BLR17.5 
 9. de-Jong, NED17.0 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vezenkov, BUL12.0 
 2. Rancik, SVK9.0 
 3. Paliashchuk, BLR8.0 
 4. Fischer, ARM8.0 
 5. Ihring, SVK7.8 
 6. Talts, EST7.0 
 7. Mahalbasic, AUT6.7 
 8. Meshcharakou, BLR6.5 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR6.5 
 10. Yanev-G., BUL6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  NED
  (189-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, NED6.0 
 2. Lanegger, AUT5.7 
 3. Boatright, ARM5.3 
 4. Marinov, BUL5.0 
 5. Berisha, KOS5.0 
 6. Kangur, EST5.0 
 7. Massamba, SWE4.8 
 8. Vabishchevic., BLR4.5 
 9. Bost, BUL4.3 
 10. Theodore, MKD4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Stojanovski, MKD2.7 
 2. Hallman, POR2.7 
 3. Voorn, NED2.5 
 4. Gaddefors, SWE2.5 
 5. Parakhouski, BLR2.0 
 6. Veideman, EST2.0 
 7. de-Jong, NED2.0 
 8. Renfroe, BIH1.8 
 9. Boatright, ARM1.8 
 10. Lazic, BIH1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Spires, SWE2.0 
 2. Fusek, SVK1.7 
 3. Parakhouski, BLR1.5 
 4. Talts, EST1.5 
 5. Guerreiro, POR1.3 
 6. Shima, ALB1.0 
 7. Rados, AUT1.0 
 8. Fischer, ARM1.0 
 9. Poeltl, AUT0.7 
 10. Mahalbasic, AUT0.7 


European Pre-Qualifiers. Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bosnia - Sweden 72-88
Sweden overcame Bosnia to climb at 2-2 record in Group A. Thomas Massamba (183-PG-85) delivered 20 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Sweden secured a 44:36 halftime advantage. They held Bosnia to just 36 points in the second half and secured a key victory. Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) tossed in 15 points in the win. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 12 points for Bosnia.

Slovakia - Armenia 78-92
Armenia fired past Slovakia on the road to improve at 3-1 record. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points to lead the visitors. Armenia ignited a 25:11 run in the second frame to take a 47:33 halftime lead. Armenia unloaded 46 points in the second half to race to the win. A.J. Hess (201-G/F-94, college: S.Dakota St.) and Lucas Fischer (211-C-94, college: Marquette, agency: 3Eye) produced 16 points each in the victory. Michal Batka (204-C-87) netted 23 points for Slovakia.

Group B
Austria - Albania 97-63
Austria cruised past Albania for the second victory in Group B. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Austria claimed a 33:19 lead after ten minutes. They unleashed 49 points in the second half to race to the win. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) tossed in 18 points for the hosts. Mike Moser (203-F-90, college: Oregon) chipped in 20 points for Albania.

Group C
FYR Macedonia - Kosovo 87-74
FYR Macedonia claimed the first victory in Group C. They outgunned Kosovo to snap two-game losing skid. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Kosovo led by a single point at halftime 41:40. But FYR Macedonia went on a strong 47:33 run in the second half to seal the win. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-PG-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) tossed in 16 points in the victory. Fisnik Rugova (208-PF-89) tallied 17 points for Kosovo.

Group D
Bulgaria - Portugal 91-65
Bulgaria eased past Portugal at home court to gain the third consecutive win in Group D. Aleksander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) notched 21 points and 8 boards for the winning side. Bulgaria established a 54:29 halftime lead. They never looked back in the second half and cruised to the win. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) netted 15 points for the hosts. Fabio Lima (198-F/G-88) provided 16 points for Portugal.





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Women News


Afrobasket.com All-African U16 Championships Awards 2017 - by Greg

Afrobasket.com All-African U16 Championships 1st Team 2017
Noemia Massingue
Massingue
Habiba Elgizawy
Elgizawy
Cacia Antonio
Antonio
Aissetou Coulibaly
Coulibaly
Sika Kone
Kone

Best Player: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
Best Guard: Noemia Massingue (01) of Mozambique
Best Forward: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
Best Center: Sika Kone (C-02) of Mali

1st Team
: Noemia Massingue (01) of Mozambique
G: Habiba Elgizawy (169-G-01) of Egypt
G: Cacia Antonio (162-G-01) of Angola
G/F: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
C: Sika Kone (C-02) of Mali

Honorable Mention
Jana Abdullah (182-C-01) of Egypt
Cristina Lourenco (164-G-01) of Angola
Tadiwa Mabika (01) of Zimbabwe



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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles conquer Waratah title - by Eurobasket News

Manly Warringah - North Bears 58:56

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are 2017 Waratah champions. They prevailed against North Bears in the title clash. Belinda Snell (180-SF-81) tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winners. She was trumped the MVP after the Final.
Manly Warringah eked out an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the gap at 4-point mark at the interval 34:30. North Bears though narrowed the deficit and eventually denied it in the third term. The teams entered the final period tied at 44. But the Sea Eagles held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and snatched victory. Rebecca Duke (183-G/F-87) netted 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the winners. Kallie Hovatter (175-G-89, college: Elon) answered with 15 points for North Bears. Kate Seebohm (170-G-91, college: California, PA) had 11 points in the loss.

Manly Warringah: Belinda Snell 18+10 boards, Rebecca Duke 12+15 boards
North Bears: Kallie Hovatter 15, Kate Seebohm 11



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Marica Gajic is a newcomer at Mersin BSB - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) added to their roster 22-year old Bosnian international power forward Marica Gajic (187-95) from Girne Universitesi. In 20 KBSL games in Turkey she recorded 13.0ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Cinkarna Celje in Slovenian SKL where in two games she averaged 15.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. Gajic also played 4 games in WABA where she had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 15.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in third round (32nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gajic won Slovenian SKL championship title for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Center of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
She is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport.
Gajic has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. She has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Gajic also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 13.5ppg, Reb-1 (13.0rpg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 64.3%.
Gajic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Banovici and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U16 Nat.T..
The scouts decsribe her following way: A promising inside player who excels at grabbing rebounds at both sides of the court.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Tugba Tasci
Deniz Colakoglu
Tugba Oral
Gulsah Gumusay
Sasa Cadjo
Marica Gajic
Betul Erkoyuncu
Gizem Kumandanoglu
Irem Kanberoglu

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Lundquist, SWE23.1 
 2. Tsineke, GRE21.1 
 3. Guner, TUR17.1 
 4. Friskovec, SLO15.4 
 5. Erjavec, CRO15.1 
 6. Juhasz, HUN13.0 
 7. Junio, ESP12.9 
 8. Donskichyte, LTU12.6 
 9. Rozentale, LAT12.4 
 10. Gulbe, LAT12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 13
 1. Massey, BEL13.0 
 2. Rozentale, LAT10.7 
 3. Lundquist, SWE10.0 
 4. Guner, TUR9.7 
 5. Vorackova, CZE9.1 
 6. Heljic, BIH8.1 
 7. Massey, BEL7.7 
 8. Junio, ESP7.7 
 9. Cubaj, ITA7.7 
 10. Gorsic, SLO7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana KATANIC
  (174-PG-99)
  Avg: 6
 1. Katanic, SRB6.0 
 2. Lelik, HUN5.1 
 3. Kroselj, SLO4.4 
 4. Dimitrijevic, SRB4.3 
 5. Vorackova, CZE4.3 
 6. Pusztai, HUN4.1 
 7. Friskovec, SLO4.0 
 8. Gonzalez, ESP3.7 
 9. Tsineke, GRE3.7 
 10. Tadic, CRO3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lundquist, SWE3.3 
 2. Verona, ITA3.1 
 3. Donskichyte, LTU3.0 
 4. Masionyte, LTU2.6 
 5. Friskovec, SLO2.6 
 6. Sotolova, CZE2.4 
 7. Septe, LAT2.4 
 8. Naumcev, SRB2.1 
 9. Madera, ITA2.1 
 10. Katanic, SRB2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Massey, BEL2.9 
 2. Guner, TUR2.4 
 3. Brabencova, CZE1.9 
 4. Sakeviciute, LTU1.7 
 5. Kozhukhar, RUS1.3 
 6. Gulbe, LAT1.1 
 7. Anastasopoul., GRE1.1 
 8. Cubaj, ITA1.1 
 9. Turudic, SRB1.1 
 10. Kosulnikova, RUS1.1 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Gergana IVANOVA
  (176-PG-99)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Ivanova, BUL20.3 
 2. Otkhmezuri, GEO19.6 
 3. Sabally, GER17.3 
 4. Benonysdotti., ISL16.6 
 5. Geiselsoeder, GER16.4 
 6. Lahtinen, FIN15.0 
 7. Margot, SUI14.8 
 8. Gegeshidze, GEO14.5 
 9. Tirosh, ISR14.5 
 10. Melia, IRL14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nyara SABALLY
  (185-C-0)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Sabally, GER12.8 
 2. Dolinta, MDA12.1 
 3. Geiselsoeder, GER10.1 
 4. Hodge-Carr, ISL9.4 
 5. Melia, IRL8.8 
 6. Lutje, NED8.6 
 7. Jordao, POR8.5 
 8. Parau, ROM8.5 
 9. Malashko, BLR8.4 
 10. Huijsdens, IRL8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Claire MELIA
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Melia, IRL4.9 
 2. Lozzi, ENG4.6 
 3. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.1 
 4. Lahtinen, FIN4.0 
 5. Saar, ISR4.0 
 6. van-Vlijmen, NED3.9 
 7. Schinkel, GER3.7 
 8. Bejedi, FIN3.6 
 9. Miranda-M., SUI3.6 
 10. Teder, EST3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.1 
 2. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.1 
 3. Tirosh, ISR3.1 
 4. Mitreva, MKD3.0 
 5. Todorova, BUL2.9 
 6. Winterburn, ENG2.9 
 7. Saar, ISR2.8 
 8. Toska, ALB2.7 
 9. Lahtinen, FIN2.7 
 10. Malashko, BLR2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Veronika LIUBINETS
  (188-C-99)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Liubinets, UKR2.1 
 2. Jordao, POR2.0 
 3. Sabally, GER1.7 
 4. Malashko, BLR1.6 
 5. Virjoghe, ROM1.6 
 6. Vasilevko, BLR1.4 
 7. Price, ENG1.3 
 8. Benonysdotti., ISL1.3 
 9. Serafimovska, MKD1.0 
 10. Sill, AUT1.0 


Belgium celebrate title in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Serbia - Belgium 53-55
Belgium celebrated the title in Sopron. They overcame Serbia in the championship game tonight for the historic trophy. Marie Vervaet (186-C-00) delivered 16 points to lead the champions. Serbia snatched a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. But Belgium went on a strong 22:3 run in the second term to take a 33:16 halftime lead. Serbia pulled within five points at the final intermission. They got within striking distance late in regulation but Belgium hung on to secure the victory. Becky Massey (186-G/F-00) had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ivana Raca (190-SG-99) delivered 18 points and 6 boards for Serbia.
3-4 Place
France - Czech Republic 55-48
France claimed the Bronze medals in Sopron. They edged Czech Republic in the consolation final. Kadiatou Sissoko (180-F-99) stepped up with 17 points and 9 boards in the win. France recorded a 32:23 halftime lead. Czech Republic pilled within 4 points at the final break. But France went on a 12:9 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Caroline Germond (169-PG-00) had 16 points in the victory. Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) had 14 points for Czech Republic.

5-6 Place
Spain - Hungary 55-74
Hungary clinched the fifth position following a comfortable win over Spain. Beatrix Meresz (184-F/C-99) tossed in 18 points for the winners. Hungary raced off to a 44:23 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Livia Gereben (183-F-99) netted 14 points for Hungary. Iris Junio (185-G-99) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Spain.

7-8 Place
Slovenia - Sweden 70-67
Slovenia topped Sweden behind 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists from Teja Gorsic (187-C-99). Slovenia and Sweden were knotted at 34 heading into the second half. Slovenia snatched a narrow 48:45 lead at the final break. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final term as Slovenia managed to secure the victory at the end. Lejla Parnic had 14 points in the victory. Klara Lundquist (171-PG-99) netted 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Sweden.

9-10 Place
Italy - Croatia 63-71
Croatia knocked down Italy to finish ninth in Sopron. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) delivered 23 points to lead the charge. Croatia posted a 33:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Italy poured in 25 points in the fourth quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) had 16 points for the winners. Lorela Cubaj (191-C-99) recorded 20 points and 9 boards for Italy.
11-12 Place
Russia - Bosnia 90-73
Russia cruised past Bosnia to earn the 11th position in Sopron. Daria Repnikova (180-SG-00) delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Russia used a 26:12 run in the second term to take a 41:31 halftime lead. Bosnia denied the deficit in the third term. But Russia used a 32:15 run in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Anastasia Zotkin (188-C-99) and Daria Ignatova (180-SG-00) had 13 points each for the winners. Sara Heljic (188-F/C-00) netted 21 points and collected 11 boards for Bosnia.

13-14 Place
Latvia - Lithuania 81-72
Latvia avoided relegation as they beat their Baltic rivals Lithuania in the key game. Janeta Rozentale (183-C-99) netted 20 points and grabbed 18 boards to lead the winners. Latvia eked out a 37:36 halftime lead. Latvia unloaded 29 points in the third term to clear off for good. Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) had 16 points in the win. Kristina Masionyte (173-SG-00) delivered 15 points for Lithuania.

15-16 Place
Turkey - Greece 71-62
Turkey claimed the 15th position as they beat Greece in the final game in Hungary. Ilayda Guner (186-C-99, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with impressive double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds. Greece and Turkey were tied at 33 after twenty minutes. But Turkey went on a 27:17 run in the third term to take a double-digit advantage. Greece could not recover in the final term as Turkey marched to the victory. Doga Alper (178-SF-00) had 23 points in the win. Elena Tsineke (174-G/F-99) netted 23 points for Greece.




Division B. Germany clinch title in Dublin - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Ireland - Germany 43-67
Germany celebrated Division B title. They stormed past hosting Ireland in the title clash in Dublin. Nyara Sabally (185-C-00) and Jessika Schiffer (172-G-00) delivered 15 points each for the champions. Germany accumulated a 41:26 halftime lead. They used a 19:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-F-00) delivered 14 points and 16 boards in the victory. Claire Melia (185-C-99) accounted for 9 points for Ireland.
3-4 Place
Poland - United Kingdom 64-50
Poland clinched the Division A qualification. They overcame Great Britain for the third position in Division B. Julia Nielacna (182-F/C-99) scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Poland established a 31:23 halftime lead. They went on a 22:12 run in the third term to run away to an unassailable lead. Karolina Matkowska (170-PG-99) provided 9 points in the win. Charlotte Ellmore (175-PG-00) netted 11 points for Great Britain.

5-6 Place
Belarus - Portugal 68-78
Portugal claimed the fifth place in Dublin as they rolled past Belarus. Maryam Chermiti (184-PF-99) notched 17 points in the victory. Portugal accounted for a 41:35 halftime advantage. They went on a 22:16 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Luana Serranho (164-PG-99) netted 16 points in the victory. Arina Masko (175-G/F-99) topscored with 24 points and 9 boards for Belarus.

7-8 Place
Israel - Romania 69-67
Israel topped Romania to finish 7th. Offir Kesten came up with 16 points and 8 boards for the winners. Romania enjoyed a 35:29 halftime lead. But Israel turned things around in the second half. They went on a 19:13 run in the fourth term to ice the victory. Shir Tirosh (165-PG-99) had 15 points for the winning side. Maria Ferariu (178-F-00) and Nicoleta Ghita (186-C-00) answered with 12 points each for Romania.

9-10 Place
Bulgaria - Finland 91-74
Bulgaria held off Finland to earn the 9th position at the championship. Gergana Ivanova (176-PG-99) came up with 30 points to lead the charge. Bulgaria accumulated a 44:32 halftime advantage. They sank 47 points in the second half to march to the win. Katrin Stoichkova (182-F/C-99) netted 15 points in the victory. Sara Bejedi (160-G-00) had 22 points for Finland.
11-12 Place
Slovakia - Holland 50-77
Netherlands earned the 11th position at the tournament as they beat Slovakia. Evelien Lutje (183-PF-00) scored 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Netherlands recorded a 32:30 halftime lead. The Dutch team followed with a 45:20 second half run to seal the victory. Noelle Droste (177-SF-99) had 15 points in the win. Sona Svetlikova (184-C-99) answered with 12 points for Slovakia.

13-14 Place
Iceland - Ukraine 58-54
Iceland finished the tournament on a high note. They held off Ukraine to earn the 13th position. Birna Benonysdottir (189-C-00) delivered 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Ukraine registered a 31:25 halftime lead. But Iceland used a 19:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Ukraine to just 11 points in the fourth stanza and rolled to the victory. Thoranna Hodge-Carr (172-G-99) and Ragnheidur Einarsdottir (185-C-99) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Veronika Liubinets (188-C-99) scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Ukraine.

15-16 Place
Norway - Austria 48-39
Norway beat Austria for the 15th place finish in Dublin. Astrid Doennem (180-PF-99) stepped up with 14 points and 8 caroms for the Scandinavian team. Norway recorded a 12:2 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 19:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Maren Mildestvedt (170-G-00) had 11 points in the victory. Anja Knoflach (178-SF-00) had 14 points for Austria.

17-18 Place
Luxembourg - Estonia 69-73
Estonia outscored Luxembourg in the final game at the tournament. Sandra Reinvald (180-SF-99) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the winners. Luxembourg recorded a 38:29 halftime lead. But Estonia turned things around in the second half and raced to the win. Johanna-Eliise Teder (166-G-00) netted 17 points for the winners. Anne Simon (172-G-00) answered with 19 points for Luxembourg.

19-20 Place
Switzerland - Georgia 66-52
Switzerland ended up in the 19th position following a comfortable win over Georgia. Laura Margot had 25 points in the victory. Switzerland accumulated a 33:22 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 24-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Georgia sank 25 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Marta Augugliano had 14 points for the winners. Natalia Otkhmezuri (175-G/F-00) banked in 17 points for Georgia.

21-22 Place
FYR Macedonia - Albania 88-58
FYR Macedonia cruised past Albania in the final game in Dublin. Anamarija Shekjeroska (179-F-00) stepped up with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. FYR Macedonia piled up a 37:22 halftime advantage. They sank 51 points in the second half to coast to the win. Sara Spirovska (175-G/F-99) and Snezana Serafimovska had 15 points each in the victory. Dajana Baraj (160-PG-99) and Sibora Kelleci chipped in 15 points apiece for Albania.



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  FIBA AMERICUP  


Canada claim Gold in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Argentina - Canada 65-67
Canada are FIBA AmeriCup winners. They beat Argentina in the Final in Buenos Aires. Kia Nurse (183-G-96) came up with 12 points for the champions. Argentina stayed in front throughout the first half. The hosts posted a 34:27 halftime lead. Canada however stepped on the gas in the third term. They unleashed 29 points in the period to ensure a 9-point lead. Argentina cut the distance in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) and Miah-Marie Langlois (173-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 10 points each for Canada. Melisa Gretter (161-PG-93, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 23 points for Argentina.
3-4 Place
Puerto Rico - Brazil 75-68
Puerto Rico clinched Bronze medals in Buenos Aires. They defeated Brazil in the consolation final. Ali Gibson (180-G/F-93, college: Oregon St.) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Brazil and Puerto Rico were tied at 30 at the interval. Puerto Rico eked out a 2-point lead heading into the fourth frame. They sank 25 points in the final term to ice the win. Michelle Gonzalez (167-PG-89, college: FIU) had 16 points for the winners. Kelly Santos (192-C-79, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and 9 boards for Brazil.



Argentina and Canada enter Final in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 48-44
Argentina will play for the title in Buenos Aires. They held off Puerto Rico to reach Final. Agostina Burani (184-F/C-91) was pivotal with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Argentina held Puerto Rico to only 4 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Puerto Rico pulled within 4 points at halftime 22:18. Argentina stretched the lead at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Puerto Rico fought bravely in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Ornella Santana (183-F/C-90) delivered 6 points and 10 rebounds for the home side. Ali Gibson (180-G/F-93, college: Oregon St.) replied with 10 points for Puerto Rico.

Canada - Brazil 84-45
Canada cruised past Brazil in the semifinal clash. Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) and Kia Nurse (183-G-96) stepped up with 16 points each to pace the North American side. Canada jumped to a 41:22 halftime lead. They went on a 26:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Isabela Lyra (180-F-94) responded with 14 points for Brazil.




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  GREECE  


Elan Brown (ex Niki Lefkadas) agreed terms with Riva - by Eurobasket News

Fizzy Riva Muraltese (LNA) inked 26-year old American forward Elan Brown (183-91, college: Vanderbilt). She played most recently at Niki Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 17 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 11.0rpg (#4 in the league), 1.5apg and 2.1spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at CS B Teleorman Alexandria in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 27 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 16.3ppg and had 11.6rpg (#2 in the league), 1.4apg, 1.9spg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Brown's team made it to the Luxembourg Cup final in 2014.
She has played also professionally for other Luxembourg teams like Telstar and Sparta.
Brown attended Vanderbilt University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  ISRAEL  


Morgan Tuck agreed terms with Elitzur Holon - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) inked 23-year old American forward Morgan Tuck (188-84kg-94, college: Connecticut). She playe this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 14 games she recorded 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg.
Last year Connecticut Sun selected her as third overall pick in WNBA draft.
She attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Tuck won NCAA championship title for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016). She received also ESPNW All-NCAA Division I 2nd Team award and All-AAC 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at her college time.
Tuck represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Lithuania four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 13.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.

Elitzur Maclaren Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Limor Peleg
Noa Zelivanski
Crystal Bradford

Forward:
Nofar Shalom

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Bnot Hertzeliya tabs rookie Tearra Banks - by Lior Hai

Bnot Hertzeliya (D1) landed American center Tearra Banks (188). She just graduated from Austin Peay State University (NCAA). Banks has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she averaged impressive 19.3ppg and 8.3rpg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was awarded All-OVC Player of the Year and selected to All-OVC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Banks is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

Bnot Hertzeliya roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Liad Suez-Karni
Breanna Richardson
Liad Orbach

Centers:
Eden Cohen
Tearra Banks

Coach: Gilad Katz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cerasola re-signs at Palermo - by Eurobasket News

Maddalena Vision Palermo (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old forward Stefania Cerasola (183-97). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in two Serie A2 games she did not score anything.

Maddalena Vision Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elettra Ferretti
Manuela Riccobono
Francesca Ferrara

Forwards:
Liliana Miccio
Alice Carrara
Stefania Cerasola

Center:
Ieva Preskienyte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Palermo keeps Ferrara for another season - by Eurobasket News

Maddalena Vision Palermo (Serie A2) re-signed 22-year old point guard Francesca Ferrara (165-95). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 13 Serie A2 games she recorded just 0.2ppg last season.

Maddalena Vision Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elettra Ferretti
Manuela Riccobono
Francesca Ferrara

Forwards:
Liliana Miccio
Alice Carrara

Center:
Ieva Preskienyte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NEW ZEALAND  


Valencia signs Renee Bennett, ex Tauranga CC - by Eurobasket News

Valencia BC (LF2) signed 23-year old American center Renee Bennett (196-94, college: Ball State). She played this summer at Tauranga City Coasters in New Zealand WBC league.
Bennett's team was regular season runner-up in MAC West Division for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). She was voted All-MAC 1st Team in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Bennett played at another team Cardinals in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 30 games she had 9.8ppg and 5.7rpg.
She just graduated from Ball State and it will be her first season as a pro.

Valencia BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Irene Gari

Forwards:
Meiya Tirera
Isabela Lyra

Center:
Renee Bennett

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Valencia signs Renee Bennett, ex Tauranga CC - by Eurobasket News

Valencia BC (LF2) signed 23-year old American center Renee Bennett (196-94, college: Ball State). She played this summer at Tauranga City Coasters in New Zealand WBC league.
Bennett's team was regular season runner-up in MAC West Division for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). She was voted All-MAC 1st Team in 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Bennett played at another team Cardinals in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 30 games she had 9.8ppg and 5.7rpg.
She just graduated from Ball State and it will be her first season as a pro.

Valencia BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Irene Gari

Forwards:
Meiya Tirera
Isabela Lyra

Center:
Renee Bennett

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leganes sign rookie Kiara Kudron in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Kiara Kudron (188). Kudron just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). She has played there for the last five years. In 32 games she recorded 9.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.9apg last season. Kudron helped them to win WCC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-WCC 1st Team, All-Four Nations Tournament (China) 3rd Team and WCC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes roster for 2017-2018:

Esther Moreno
Estela Rubio
Kiara Kudron
Irene San Andres

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elan Brown (ex Niki Lefkadas) agreed terms with Riva - by Eurobasket News

Fizzy Riva Muraltese (LNA) inked 26-year old American forward Elan Brown (183-91, college: Vanderbilt). She played most recently at Niki Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 17 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 11.0rpg (#4 in the league), 1.5apg and 2.1spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at CS B Teleorman Alexandria in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 27 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 16.3ppg and had 11.6rpg (#2 in the league), 1.4apg, 1.9spg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Brown's team made it to the Luxembourg Cup final in 2014.
She has played also professionally for other Luxembourg teams like Telstar and Sparta.
Brown attended Vanderbilt University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  TURKEY  


Marica Gajic is a newcomer at Mersin BSB - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) added to their roster 22-year old Bosnian international power forward Marica Gajic (187-95) from Girne Universitesi. In 20 KBSL games in Turkey she recorded 13.0ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Cinkarna Celje in Slovenian SKL where in two games she averaged 15.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. Gajic also played 4 games in WABA where she had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 15.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Two years ago she was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in third round (32nd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gajic won Slovenian SKL championship title for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Center of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
She is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport.
Gajic has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. She has regularly played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Gajic also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 13.5ppg, Reb-1 (13.0rpg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 64.3%.
Gajic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Banovici and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U16 Nat.T..
The scouts decsribe her following way: A promising inside player who excels at grabbing rebounds at both sides of the court.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Tugba Tasci
Deniz Colakoglu
Tugba Oral
Gulsah Gumusay
Sasa Cadjo
Marica Gajic
Betul Erkoyuncu
Gizem Kumandanoglu
Irem Kanberoglu

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Suns look for Koppl to shine - by Paul Nilsen

Sevenoaks Suns are continuing to build a team to push for more silverware and honours in 2017-18 after landing Austrian frontcourt star Julia Koeppl (184-F/C-91, college: Dowling) from German side BC Pharmaserv Marburg.

Competing in the highly rated DBBL which is a league her new teammate Chantelle Pressley has also frequented, the Tirol native averaged almost 6 points and 5 rebounds per game last season.

"We are delighted to be welcoming Julia to Sevenoaks for the new WBBL season," enthused Suns' head coach, Len Busch.

"We were recommended Julia by Diana Voynova, who knows the WBBL very well of course from her time at Team Northumbria.

"Julia brings us added size and experience and having played well in the German League, we are confident she will be successful in the WBBL," added the play-caller.

Koppl has also represented Austria internationally, via their participation in Small Countries tournaments.