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  3X3  



Trilogy vs. 3 Headed Monsters Set for BIG3 Basketball League Championship - by Eurobasket News

The 3 Headed Monsters will take on Trilogy in the first-ever BIG3 championship after the squads won their respective semifinal matchups Sunday in Seattle. This pits the top two teams from the league's regular season, the only squads who finished the eight weeks with a winning record. Trilogy are now 9-0 on the year while the 3 Headed Monsters are 7-2. The league championship is set for Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fans in KeyArena were thrilled for the return of SuperSonics stars Gary Payton (196-G-68, college: Oregon St.) and Rashard Lewis (208-F-79). The 3 Headed Monsters lived up to expectations with Payton as coach, earning a 50-46 win over Power. While the competitive battle was tied at 46-46 in a race to 50, Lewis scored back-to-back baskets to lead his team to the championship. He finished with 21 points in front of his former home crowd while Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) added 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Cuttino Mobley (194-G-74, college: Rhode Island) had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, but his 5-of-20 from the field was part of a 31.4 percent shooting night for Power, which likely contributed to the narrow defeat.
The second semifinal featured an upset-minded Ghost Ballers taking on the undefeated Trilogy. Mike Bibby (188-G-78, college: Arizona) and Ricky Davis (201-G-79, college: Iowa) helped the No. 4 seed to a 25-17 lead at halftime and as much as a nine-point lead in the second half. However, Trilogy turned it on with an 18-2 run to close out the 50-39 win. Rashad McCants (193-SG-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: Haylett Sports) was just 5-of-15 from the field and 1-of-7 from three, but he still had 19 points and 10 rebounds while leading his team to a championship.
The first two games of the day featured teams out of the playoffs but still trying to end their year on a high note. This led to a pair of extremely competitive battles decided on the final few plays. The Ball Hogs kicked off the action with a 52-46 win over the Killer 3s despite a huge day from Stephen Jackson (203-F/G-78, college: Butler Co.CC, agency: Interperformances). He finished with 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting, but it wasn't enough to beat the Ball Hogs, who were led by 21 points from Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports). Al Thornton was the star for 3's Company as the Allen Iverson-coached team earned a 51-48 win over Tri State. Andre Owens also added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in the win while Lee Nailon's 18 points and 11 rebounds weren't enough to help Tri State.
There are now just two Big3 games left in 2017, the battle for third place and the first-ever championship game set for Saturday night. Trilogy and 3 Headed Monsters have been the best teams in the league this year, and they should create an exciting battle in Las Vegas the night of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



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  ABA  


Seattle Mountaineers sign Kevin Johnson - by Gianni Pascucci

The Seattle Mountaineers have signed Kevin Johnson (6'11''-C-92, college: CS Northridge), for the 2017-2018 ABA season. Kevin had a stellar career at Taft High School, 29-3 (California), he averaged 12pts, 11 rebounds, which resulted in Kevin being nominated for several All American teams and signing with NCAA D-I Big East conference Seton Hall University. Kevin completed his college career at Cal State Northridge. 'We are looking for him to be an impact player for us; he has NBA potential. I anticipate Kevin will attract attention from many overseas teams. I am happy; he chose to play for the Seattle Mountaineers, this season.' stated Coach Don Sims


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  ABA LEAGUE  


Ioannis Dimakopoulos agreed terms with Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Greek center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-116kg-94). He just graduated from Cal-Irvine (NCAA). Dimakopoulos has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg last season. Dimakopoulos helped them to win the regular season and make it to the Big West Tournament final. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-Big West 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Dimakopoulos' college team won Big West Tournament in 2015.
He represented Greece at the CIT Championship Finalist last year.
Dimakopoulos has played previously for another Serbian team Panathinaikos.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides)
Talented center prospect whose best days are ahead; possesses a diversity of abilities; excellent rebounder and shot blocker who can score in the paint and has a nice touch up to 20 feet; runs the floor well (for his age and experience) and has a good feel for the game; very productive with the minutes he is given, the Big man from Patras even though just 16 years old has a tough body, and is improved his posting up a lot the last year who spent in the Green academy of Panathinaikos. Giannis gets very good position in the paint, a very good finisher and a tough, consistent defender. Along with being a facilitator, he is also capable of scoring. Does not shoot from the outside a lot but in the post he can do the job with one way or the otehr. The scouters of Panathinaikos smell the young talent in Patras and immediately sign him up as his height and his talent are somehow quite disappearing today in Greece
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BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen
Strahinja Gavrilovic

Centers:
Ioannis Dimakopoulos
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Serbia



Marko Pecarski (ex FC Bayern II) joins Partizan training camp - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their training camp roster with addition of Serbian center Marko Pecarski (208-98kg). He played most recently at FC Bayern Muenchen II in German ProB. In two games he recorded 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Pecarski also spent pre-season at BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (previous name Mega Leks) that year. He won German NBBL championship title. Pecarski received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team award in 2017.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. Pecarski's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 12.6ppg, Reb-4 (8.3rpg), 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 67.5%.
Pecarski Zemun.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Partizan.

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen
Strahinja Gavrilovic

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Serbia



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  ARGENTINA  


Ciclista lands Nicolas Mendyk - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) tabbed 30-year old power forward Nicolas Mendyk (197-F/C-87). He played most recently at Lanus (TFB).
The previous (15-16) season Mendyk played at Atenas MNDZ (also in TFB).
He has played previously for six other teams: Echague, Facundo, Atletico Olimpia Catamarca, Sportivo San Salvador, Los Indios and Penarol.

Ciclista Juninense roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nahuel Paciotti

Forwards:
Federico Oggero
Xavier Carreras
Karel Guzman

Center:
Nicolas Mendyk

Coach: Guillermo Tasso

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Cambados welcome back Orellano - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) tabbed 28-year old Argentinian guard Juan Martin Orellano (190-89). It is actually his comeback to Cambados as he has played here before. Orellano is a well-known player in Spanish LEB Silver where he played most recently at Zornotza in LEB Silver. However his team was relegated to EBA. In 38 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Orellano helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Xuven Cambados. In 25 LEB Silver games he had 3.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg.
Orellano won Spanish EBA championship title in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Orellano has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Boca Juniors and Quimsa).

Xuven Cambados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Martin Orellano
Otar Pkhakadze
Samuel Barros

Forwards:
Bernard Morena
Pablo Villarejo
Yago Estevez
Will Saunders
Martin Bello

Centers:
Vladzimir Krysevich
Carlos Poyatos

Coach: Chiqui Barros

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



Argentina edge Brazil to finish Super 4 tournament unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Brazil 86:74

Argentina celebrated the third straight win at the Super 4 international friendly tournament in Salta. They beat Brazil to finish undefeated. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Brazil snatched a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. But Argentina replied with a 24:17 run in the second frame to ensure a 41:36 halftime lead. They went on a 20:16 run in the third term to pile up a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Argentina sank 25 points in the fourth frame to ice the victory. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) posted 15 points, while Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) added 12 points in the win. Bruno Caboclo (206-SF-95) responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Brazil. Chiantia had 14 points and 8 boards in the defeat.

Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 16, Nicolas Laprovittola 15, Nicolas Brussino 12
Brazil: Bruno Caboclo 23+14 boards, Chiantia 14



Argentina cruise past Uruguay in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 92:74

Argentina celebrated the second straight win at Super 4 tournament. They prevailed against Uruguay for 2-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 20 points to pace the hosts.
Uruguay enjoyed a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. But Argentina stepped on the gas in the second frame. They sank 25 points to pull within 4 points at halftime 43:47. The hosts ignited a 28:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Uruguay to just 15 points in the fourth stanza to secure the winning outcome. Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) had 15 points, while Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) netted 13 points for Argentina. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 30 points for Uruguay. Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85, agency: Pro Sports) tossed in 11 points in the loss. You can bet on those games at Royal Vegas online casino.

Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 20, Nicolas Brussino 15, Lucio Redivo 13
Uruguay: Jayson Granger 30, Sebastian Vazquez 11



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Gilas survives Thailand for SEAG first win - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas survived a scare from Thailand, 81-74, to notch a win in its initial assignment last August 20 at the start of the men's basketball competitions in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kiefer Ravena (181-G/F-93), Baser Amer, Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93), and Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) exerted extra effort to pull of the win and give the pro-dominant Filipino crowd in the MABA Stadium something to cheer about.

With a team made up of mostly cadets, the Filipinos made their work cut out for them by the tough stand from the Thais who were lead by 17 points from Thai-American Tyler Lamb (196-G-91, college: Long Beach St.).

Troy Rosario (201-PF-92) paced Gilas with 16 markers and 10 rebounds while starting at center while Standhardinger, coming from a stint in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, added 15 points and 10 boards.

The Thais were leading, 71-69, with four minutes left until Ravena and company unleashed a 12-3 finishing kick compounded by Lamb fouling out within the last two minutes of the game.

The scores:

Philippines (81) - Rosario 16, Standhardinger 15, Parks 14, Ravena 11, Tolomia 8, Amer 6, Jose 6, Vosotros 3, Ferrer 2, Paras 0, Pessumal 0.

Thailand (74) - Lamb 17, Samerjai 12, Ananti 11, P. Klahan 10, Jakrawan 9, C. Klahan 5, Kruatiwa 4, Apriomvilaichai 4, Chanthacon 2, Ghogar 0, Muangboon 0, Lakhan 0.

Quarterscores: 22-12, 36-34, 60-59, 81-74.

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



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  AUSTRALIA  


Ware comes back to United, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

Melbourne United (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Casper Ware (178-80kg-90, college: Long Beach State). It is actually his comeback to United as he has played here before. Ware played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. In 20 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ware also played that season for United where in 18 NBL games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and had 2.6rpg, 4.5apg (top 2) and 1.3spg (in top 5). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ware won French ProA championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-Big West Player of the Year back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Ware is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Ware tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Gold Lions), Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Novipiu Casale and Virtus Bologna) and NBA (Brooklyn Nets, Phi.76ers and Washington Wizards).
Ware attended Long Beach State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Ware: A sparkling kind of PG, who has a little body but is very effective in creating for teammates. A defensive specialist, he puts a lot of pressure on the ball and on opposite guards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Melbourne take down Wisconsin on the buzzer at Casey - by Eurobasket News

Melbourne United have made it two wins from two against US college teams to kick-off their 2017 pre-season. After defeating the Texas Longhorns in Nunawading on Wednesday night, United were made to work extremely hard for their win over the Wisconsin Badgers last night in Casey. In a hotly contested match-up, both team's depth was on full display as five players scored in double figures for Melbourne and four for Wisconsin. Tai Wesley (201-F-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) was the man who, when buckets were needed, stood up for United. Leading all scorers, Wesley finished with 23 points, including 3/5 from three-point land. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) (15 points), Damon Bozeman (190-G) (13 points), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) (12 points) and Jerry Evans (203-F-90, college: Nevada) (12 points) all ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over. Try new online slot machines here.
After the game, Wesley talked about how he's enjoying playing games against the high quality competition that Texas and Wisconsin are. 'I'm happy we got wins, especially tonight.' Wesley said. 'I'm glad to have games at this stage instead of just practice - practice kind of gets old and boring and monotonous - it's just good to be out playing and having fun.' 'This is what we do; we live to play games and not just practice, so it's good.' Wisconsin caught fire from beyond the arc, and used a 32-point third quarter to take a 72-65 lead into the fourth quarter. With Wisconsin holding onto a 4-point lead with 55 seconds remaining, a Majok Majok bucket, followed by a Wisconsin turnover gave United the ball trailing by 2 points with 15 seconds remaining. A Chris Goulding drive to the basket always draws the attention of the defence, and this time was no different. As Goulding drove into the paint, the Wisconsin defence followed and left shooters open on the wings. Goulding was able to find a wide-open Jerry Evans who did the rest. A triple with 2.7 seconds left on the clock gave United their first lead of the quarter and sent the Casey crowd into a frenzy. Wisconsin missed a last second triple to win the game, as United took the win 90-89. Evans, who starred against Texas, once again proved his worth and has made the most of his call-up from SEABL. Wesley loved what he saw from his new teammates. 'I was pretty impressed with the SEABL guys - how they handled the pressure in a tight game. I thought [Peter] Hooley and [Sam] Smart played well too.' Wesley said. There is no doubt that the Badgers provided a different match-up to that of the Longhorns, and Wesley was impressed with what they brought to the table. 'It was a different game than Texas - we had to come back and they were tough, so it was fun.' Wesley said. 'I was impressed with Wisconsin; they're very disciplined, they have very good post play and their guards shoot it really well. We tried to stop one thing and another thing got hot - it was hard.' Speaking of guards who shot it well, D'Mitrik Trice (180-G) and Kobe King (190-SF-98) did just that for Wisconsin. Trice and King combined for 35 points on 12/19 shooting. D'Mitrik, brother of current Brisbane Bullet Travis Trice (183-PG-93, college: Michigan St.), led the Badgers in scoring and showed just how dangerous he will be for the Badgers in their upcoming season. Draining 4/6 from beyond the arc for 19 points, whilst adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Trice proved difficult to stop all game. Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ (206-F-96) also impressed with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists - doing no damage to his 2018 NBA Draft stock. It should come as no surprise that Wesley's pre-season has started with a bang. An off-season in which he represented Guam has seen him return to Melbourne in great shape. Talking about his time with the Guam national team, Wesley highlights how it has him well prepared for the upcoming NBL season. 'I got to spend time playing on the Guam national team; we went to the Philippines and then played a tournament in Guam. Any time you can represent your country, it's a good experience.' Wesley said. 'I think the best thing about it as far as a Melbourne United standpoint is that I didn't stop playing. I wasn't sitting on the couch eating potato chips - I was actually playing and that helps.' Next up on Melbourne United's pre-season schedule is the NBL Blitz in the Latrobe Valley in early September.
Courtesy of: melbourneutd.com.au




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  AUSTRIA  


Kapfenberg signs Brian Oliver, ex Berck - by Eurobasket News

ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (A Bundesliga) signed 27-year old American swingman Brian Oliver (201-102kg-90, college: Seton Hall). He played last season at Berck/Rang du Fliers in French NM2 league.
Three years ago Oliver was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall).
He attended Seton Hall University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Oliver's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Power and Orangeville A's) and FYR Macedonia (Kumanovo).

ECE Bulls Kapfenberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bogic Vujosevic
Kareem Jamar
Tobias Schrittwieser
Marck Coffin

Forwards:
Filip Kramer
Ian Moschik
Brian Oliver

Center:
Jozo Rados

Coach: Michael Schrittwieser

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


DiNunno is back at Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Mike DiNunno (180-87kg-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Stara Zagora as he has played here before. DiNunno played last season at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!).
The previous (15-16) season DiNunno played at Iraklis in Greek A2 where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others DiNunno's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2013. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
DiNunno has played also professionally in Italy (Barese).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On DiNunno: An undersized scoring PG who was a proven double-figure scorer at the Division I level. He's working to other parts of the game, like basketball distribution, game reading and defensive effectiveness.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Jerel McNeal (ex Brose Bask.) signs at Strasbourg - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American guard Jerel McNeal (191-92kg-87, college: Marquette). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. McNeal helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). McNeal also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 3.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Aris (A1) in Greek league that year.
Among other achievements McNeal received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. McNeal has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). McNeal has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), China (Golden Bulls), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Spain (Real Betis), NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
McNeal's game is described as: He's very good in create his own shot, it is better to never leave him open. He's a good offensive player with a winning mentality, but also he's a very good defender on the perimeter (quick legs and hands, lots od deflections..).

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
David Logan
Jerel McNeal
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale
Pape Sy

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Montenegro dominate Belgium in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Belgium 78-64

Montenegro dominated Belgium in Toulouse at the International tournament with 4 teams. Montenegro posted a 78-64 win as two sides finished with 1-2 records.
Montenegro took a 22-13 lead, but Belgium replied with a similar 22-10 surge in the second frame. In the second half Montenegro looked better and posted two comfotbale vicotries. They won the third quarter 28-20 and closed the game with an 18-9 rally.
Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) notched 16. Tyrese RICE and Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92, college: Georgia) poured in 9 points each in a win. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 14 points in a loss and Quentin Serron (190-G-90) brought 10.



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  BOSNIA  


KK Radnicki Gorazde Signs Joseph McClain! - by Chris Mathieu

KK Radnicki Gorazde Signs Joseph McClain (190-F)

KK Radnicki Gorazde Signs Joseph McClain! The team signed Joseph to his first pro contract after scouting him out. He is a strong outside shooter who is also athletic. He plays SG/SF and will bring a different skill set than their previous American imports. He will be following in the recent footsteps of other Americans who joined Gorazde. Radnicki have done an excellent job uncovering quality players from America the last few years.

Joseph was a NAIA player with Bluefield College who's numbers there were 2014-2015:: 20 games: 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 68.4%
2015-2016: 36 games: 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 36.5%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 80.0%


The team moved up to A1 league and will face increased competition in the second division in BiH



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  BRAZIL  


Argentina edge Brazil to finish Super 4 tournament unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Brazil 86:74

Argentina celebrated the third straight win at the Super 4 international friendly tournament in Salta. They beat Brazil to finish undefeated. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Brazil snatched a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. But Argentina replied with a 24:17 run in the second frame to ensure a 41:36 halftime lead. They went on a 20:16 run in the third term to pile up a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Argentina sank 25 points in the fourth frame to ice the victory. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) posted 15 points, while Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) added 12 points in the win. Bruno Caboclo (206-SF-95) responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Brazil. Chiantia had 14 points and 8 boards in the defeat.

Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 16, Nicolas Laprovittola 15, Nicolas Brussino 12
Brazil: Bruno Caboclo 23+14 boards, Chiantia 14



Brazil edge Colombia for first win at Super 4 - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Colombia 72:58

Brazil clinched the first victory at the international friendly tournament in Salta. They topped Colombia for 1-1 record. Joao Paulo Lopez (205-C/F-81, college: Gonzaga) had 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Brazil eked out an 8:5 lead ten minutes into the game. Brazil stretched the margin at 6-point mark at the interval 25:19. Brazil fuelled a 23:13 rally in the third term to clear off. Colombia sank 26 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) provided 12 points for the winners. Hansel Atencia (180-G-97) responded with 16 points for Colombia. Tonny Trocha-Morelos (208-C-94) and Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) netted 9 points each in the defeat.



Darnell Artis claims Brazilian Paulista weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Darnell Artis (175-PG) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for America and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 3.
The playmaker had the game-high 38 points adding five rebounds and two assists for America in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bauru (#5, 2-2) 77-71. Thanks to this victory America moved-up to the 7th position in Brazilian Paulista. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 3 games and had just one victory. In the team's last game Artis had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be America's top player in his first season with the team. Gwynedd-Mercy College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Artis is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.5ppg. Artis is in league's top in and averages solid 47.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Michael Uchendu (206-F/C-98) of Bauru. Uchendu impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Bauru lost that game 71-77 to America (1-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Uchendu is one of the most experienced players at Bauru and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#7). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Dontrell Brite (175-PG) of second-ranked L.Sorocaba. Brite showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Brite's great performance L.Sorocaba lost 73-74 to #1 ranked Franca. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing L.Sorocaba needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Brite has a great season in Brazil. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best), rebounds with 6.6rpg (6th best) and assists with 3.8apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) of Franca - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) of Paulistano - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Germerson Barbosa (202-SF-93) of Pinheiros - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Leonardo Fernandes (185-PG-97) of Osasco B. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Larry Taylor (185-PG-80) of Mogi - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-F-95) of Franca - 14 points and 8 rebounds

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



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DiNunno is back at Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Mike DiNunno (180-87kg-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Stara Zagora as he has played here before. DiNunno played last season at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!).
The previous (15-16) season DiNunno played at Iraklis in Greek A2 where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others DiNunno's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2013. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
DiNunno has played also professionally in Italy (Barese).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On DiNunno: An undersized scoring PG who was a proven double-figure scorer at the Division I level. He's working to other parts of the game, like basketball distribution, game reading and defensive effectiveness.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Danny Gibson (ex Lukoil Acad.) signs at Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) landed 33-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Gibson managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 35 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Gibson also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.4apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Gibson played at Twarde Pierniki in Polish TBL. In 36 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 17.2ppg and got 3.1rpg and 5.8apg (top 2). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Import Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Gibson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (BBC Bayreuth, Giants, Cuxhaven BasCats and NVV Lions Monchengladbach), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Holland (Leiden) and Poland (Slask and Rosa).
Gibson attended University of Southern Indiana until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Danny Gibson
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

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Libcentro Pro Round 2 of Finals. Puento Alto earn second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Puente Alto - Arturo Prat 86-74

Puento Alto defeated Arturo Prat for the second straight win in Libcentro Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Puente Alto. Arturo Prat managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Arturo Prat's 34. They outrebounded Arturo Prat 42-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Puente Alto looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Felix Ibarra (187) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Ramiro Galvez (-96) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Arturo Prat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 16+10reb+2ast, F.Pena 15+3reb+2ast, S.Silva 14+6reb+2ast, M.Sepulveda 10+4reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Collao 10+4reb+3ast, F.Ibarra 9+9reb+6ast
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 22+6reb+3ast, R.Galvez 22+4reb+4ast, B.Guerra 12+3reb+4ast, F.Ortega 10+7reb, C.Ubillo 4+4reb, R.Rojas 2+1reb+2ast
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Bhullar's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Guangxi and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Guizhou (#3, 17-8) 127-114. Guangxi maintains the 7th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangxi will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. Bhullar turned to be Guangxi's top player in his first season with the team. Sim Bhullar averages this season 19.0ppg and 12.7rpg. You can check Chinese games at Red Flush online casino.

Second best performed player last round was Mark Lyons (185-PG-89, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of Guizhou. He is American guard in his first season at Guizhou. In the last game Lyons recorded impressive 58 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Guizhou lost that game 114-127 to the lower-ranked Guangxi (#7, 15-10). Guizhou managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 17-8 record is not bad at all. Lyons is a newcomer at Guizhou and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 35.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 4.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang (#5). Majok scored 27 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Luoyang, leading his team to a 102-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Jiangsu L. (#13, 2-23). Luoyang needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Majok has a great season in China. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.6rpg (3rd best). He also has 4.1bpg and FGP: 63.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Fujian - 39 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91) of Hunan - 45 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 26 points and 16 rebounds
7. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi - 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mengchao Dong) of Hebei X. - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yuxiang Gao (195-F-93) of Lhasa - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Yunan Liu (205-F/C-94) of Beijing - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Brazil edge Colombia for first win at Super 4 - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Colombia 72:58

Brazil clinched the first victory at the international friendly tournament in Salta. They topped Colombia for 1-1 record. Joao Paulo Lopez (205-C/F-81, college: Gonzaga) had 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Brazil eked out an 8:5 lead ten minutes into the game. Brazil stretched the margin at 6-point mark at the interval 25:19. Brazil fuelled a 23:13 rally in the third term to clear off. Colombia sank 26 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) provided 12 points for the winners. Hansel Atencia (180-G-97) responded with 16 points for Colombia. Tonny Trocha-Morelos (208-C-94) and Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) netted 9 points each in the defeat.



Uruguay beat Colombia in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Colombia 76:74

Uruguay finished Super 4 tournament in Salta on a winning note. They beat Colombia to finish at 2-1 record. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) accounted for 19 points to lead the charge.
Colombia grabbed a 23:18 lead after the opening quarter. Uruguay denied the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 38 heading into the second half. Uruguay unloaded 26 points in the third term to open a 7-point advantage. Colombia narrowed the distance in the fourth quarter but came up short of win at the end. Hernando Caceres (201-F-94, agency: Pro Sports) tossed in 13 points, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) added 12 points for Uruguay. Hansel Atencia (180-G-97) replied with 17 points for Colombia. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) had 15 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 19, Hernando Caceres 13, Jayson Granger 12
Colombia: Hansel Atencia 17, Stalin Ortiz 15



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Skrljevo adds Jaron Nash - by Zeljko Zule

Skrljevo announced the signig of American Jaron Nash for the coming season.
Nash arrives from Argentinian side Atletico Echague Parana, where he averaged 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.6 blocks in 18 TNA League games last season. Nash played college basketball at Texax Tech and North Dakota from 2011 to 2015. In his last NCAA' season, 2014-15, Nash averaged 12.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 29 games with North Dakota. Then he move to Sitra Club in Bahrain. He has already played for Gregorio Urbano Gilbert in Dominican Republic.



Ante Delas (ex Agropoli) may be added to Lietkabelis roster - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) is close to ink 29-year old Croatian international guard Ante Delas (200-88) who played last time at BCC Corvengenze Agropoli in Italy. Delas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 Serie A2 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He also played that season for Belfius Mons Hainaut in Belgian Euromillions League where in 17 games he had 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. Delas also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Delas received also Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like KK Split, KK_Zadar, Alkar Sinj, Cedevita and Trogir.
His game is described as: Ante represents the Croat Basketball School; he has an incredible thin frame but big talent. His shot is very fluid and he has a very quick release. He plays a lot on the point guard position even though his height reaches nearly the 2.05!! He is a 21st century point guard who can play in all five positions! He has good penetration in the basket and his drives are so accurate.

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GKK Sibenik inks Toni Vitali (ex-Zagreb) - by Zeljko Zule

GKK Sibenik made their first addition for the upcoming season by signing Toni Vitali (203-F-91) on a one-year deal.
Vitali arrives from Zagreb, where he averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in 28 Croatian A1 League games last season.
Vitali grew up with Trogir and has already played for Alkar plus Boras in Sweden.
Vitali arrives from Zagreb, where he averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in 28 Croatian A1 League games last season.




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Joshua Treadwell joins Usti n/Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (NBL) agreed terms with 24-year old American swingman Joshua Treadwell (196-97kg-93). He just graduated from Coppin State College (NCAA). In 31 games he had 8.7ppg and 3.9rpg last season.
As mentioned above Treadwell is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michal Sotnar
Vladimir Dolansky
Evan Singletary
Spencer Svejcar
Lukas Ruzicka

Forwards:
Ladislav Pecka
Filip Smid
Joshua Treadwell

Centers:
Stanislav Votroubek
David Steffel
Josh Wolfram

Coach: Antonin Pistecky

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L.D. Williams joins ToPo - by Greg

Torpan Pojat Helsinki (1st Division) agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman L.D. Williams (193-95kg-88, college: Wake Forest). He played this summer at San Lazaro in District National in Dominican Republic. The last season Williams played at Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP where in 8 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Philippines (Alaska Aces), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Grand Rapids Drive).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ECUADOR  


Ecuadorian National League round 9 best performance: Tavares Sledge - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Tavares Sledge (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Importadora, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 21 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Triple E-Uda (#8, 0-9) with 52-point margin 120-68. Importadora is placed at 3rd position in Ecuadorian National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Importadora will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Sledge turned to be Importadora's top player in his first season with the team. Former Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken star has very solid stats this year. Sledge is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 4.6apg) and averages impressive 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Puerto Rican Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Piratas. Perez had a very good evening with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Piratas to another comfortable win 91-73 over the lower-ranked Barcelona (#7, 4-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Piratas to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-4 record is not bad at all. Perez is a newcomer at Piratas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92) of Juvenil (#5). Palacios scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Juvenil, leading his team to a 86-70 easy win against the higher-ranked Leones (#2, 6-3). Juvenil needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Palacios has a great season in Ecuador. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 51.1% and 3PT: 42.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82) of Barcelona - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Yolvier Romero (95) of Triple E-Uda - 27 points and 17 rebounds
6. Keith Bowman (201-F/C-91) of Barcelona - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jerel Blocker (193-G/F-88) of Importadora - 29 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) of Iccan - 29 points and 2 assists
9. Willie Clayton (203-F-92) of Piratas - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jean Pierre (205-F/C-91) of Triple E-Uda - 24 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Jared Ruiz's triple-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Halcones and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 12.
He recorded a triple-double of 24 points adding also 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat El Rapido (#9, 4-7) 100-85. Thanks to this victory Halcones moved-up to the 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Halcones will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Ruiz had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Halcones' top player in his first season with the team. Ruiz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 25.9ppg), assists (4th best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Brujos Izalco. In the last game Blake recorded impressive 36 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he led Brujos Izalco to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#11, 2-8) 106-84. Brujos Izalco's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Blake is well-known at Brujos Izalco and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.8ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 9.2rpg and 4.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Halcones' star - Michael Flores. Flores showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Halcones, helping his team with a 100-85 easy win against the lower-ranked El Rapido (#9, 4-7). Halcones needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Flores has a very solid season. In 10 games in El Salvador he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 4.6apg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demarquelle Tabb (196-G/F-90) of Santa Ana - 21 points and 14 rebounds
5. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of El Rapido - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Khiry White (190-G-91) of Santa Ana - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of El Rapido - 17 points and 18 rebounds
8. Anthony Brown (193-PG-90) of Brujos Izalco - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Chris King) of Santiagueno - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alvin Cacho (189-G-87) of Quezaltepeque - 25 points and 8 rebounds

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



Liga MB Round 13: Halcones lose to Santa Tecla in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santa Tecla. First ranked host Santa Tecla (10-1) smashed their biggest opponent Halcones (8-3) 90-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halcones. Santa Tecla forced 25 Halcones turnovers and had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 10-1 record. Halcones at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Canarios in Ahuachapan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones will have a break next round.
The game in Metapan supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Cojute (5-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Isidro Metapan (5-4). Isidro Metapan smashed Cojute 95-68. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Elder Gimenez accounted for 15 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Cojute in the defeat. Isidro Metapan moved-up to seventh place. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round. Cojute will play at home against Santa Ana and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 13 Santiagueno won against 11 Lobos on the opponent's court 88-80. El Rapido were outscored by Canarios in a home game 66-91.

11 Lobos - Santiagueno 80-88

Everything could happen in Chalchuapa at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Santiagueno and 11th ranked 11 Lobos had identical 1-8 record. But 11 Lobos were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from 88-80. Santiagueno shot 20 for 30 from the free-throw line, while 11 Lobos only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded 11 Lobos 56-41 including a 41-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. 11 Lobos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) nailed 40 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Chris King accounted for 18 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Santiagueno players scored in double figures. American guard David Haye (188-94, college: Ramapo) came up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the other American import guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) added 19 points and 12 rebounds respectively for 11 Lobos in the defeat. 11 Lobos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Santiagueno (2-8) moved-up to eleventh place. 11 Lobos at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. They share it with Giants. Santiagueno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play on the road against Santa Ana (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: D.Haye 37+10reb+4ast, J.White 19+12reb+1ast, K.Campos 8+2reb+2ast, R.Aguiar 6+5reb, M.Gonzalez 4+4reb+5ast, J.Cuestas 4+8reb
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 40+9reb+7ast, C.King 18+19reb+2ast, B.Castellon 13+6reb, C.Hernandez 12+15reb, A.Esperanza 3+2reb, S.Esperanza 1
gschID: 553688


Isidro Metapan - Cojute 95-68

The game in Metapan supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Cojute (5-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Isidro Metapan (5-4). Isidro Metapan smashed Cojute 95-68. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 30. Isidro Metapan forced 21 Cojute turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Cojute's players. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) accounted for 15 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Jernell Hudges added 24 points respectively for Cojute in the defeat. Isidro Metapan moved-up to seventh place. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round. Cojute will play at home against Santa Ana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cojute: J.Hudges 24+3reb+3ast, S.Howard 19+14reb+5ast, R.Melendez 9+4reb+6ast, R.Kenteh 9+11reb, B.Garcia 7+7reb, J.Quintanilla 0
Isidro Metapan: S.Magee 22+8reb, E.Mijares 17+6reb+14ast, E.Gimenez 15+14reb+7ast, A.Regalado 13+1reb+4ast, M.Artiga 12+2reb, H.Navas 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 553698


El Rapido - Canarios 66-91

Very predictable result in La Union where third ranked Canarios (8-2) smashed 9th ranked El Rapido (4-7) 91-66. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) accounted for 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and Cuban power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) added 14 points and 15 rebounds respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. El Rapido's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Canarios have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. El Rapido lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Canarios will play against league's leader Santa Tecla at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. El Rapido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: O.Oliva 18+1reb+3ast, A.Alorda 14+15reb, Y.Cubillas 13+15reb+2ast, J.Avila 9+8reb+4ast, M.Aguilar 6+4reb+2ast, M.Benavides 2+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 34+3reb+3ast, E.Ishman 27+14reb+6ast, M.Montavious 21+19reb+4ast, A.Gross Ruano 7+3reb+3ast, W.Molina 2+1reb+1ast, R.Aguilar 0
gschID: 553696


Santa Tecla - Halcones 90-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santa Tecla. First ranked host Santa Tecla (10-1) smashed their biggest opponent Halcones (8-3) 90-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halcones. Santa Tecla forced 25 Halcones turnovers and had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds and Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 10-1 record. Halcones at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Canarios in Ahuachapan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 30+9reb+3ast, J.Diaz 16+7reb+4ast, A.Merino 5+1reb, M.Flores 5+3reb+2ast, M.Flores 3+3reb+1ast, I.Andaluz 2+3reb+1ast
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 19+6reb+1ast, C.Arias 17+9reb+1ast, L.Valdez 14+5reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 13+4reb+8ast, O.Rivera 12+5reb+4ast, R.Martinez 9+5ast
gschID: 553695





Salvadorean Liga MB round 13 best performance: Shahmel Brackett - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Santiagueno, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat 11 Lobos (#12, 1-9) 88-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Santiagueno is placed at 11th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Brackett had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Santiagueno's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of North Carolina at Pembroke star has very solid stats this year. Brackett is in league's top in points (6th best: 26.4ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of league's second-best Canarios. Ishman had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led Canarios to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked El Rapido (#9, 4-7) 91-66. This victory allowed Canarios to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 8 matches. Ishman is a newcomer at Canarios, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Canarios' star - American center Marc Montavious (206-C-90). Montavious showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Canarios, helping his team with a 91-66 easy win against the lower-ranked El Rapido (#9, 4-7). Canarios is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Montavious has a great season in El Salvador. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 4.3bpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris King) of Santiagueno - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. David Haye (188-G-94) of 11 Lobos - 37 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Slim Magee (211-C-89) of Isidro Metapan - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Danny Gibson (ex Lukoil Acad.) signs at Limoges - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) landed 33-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Gibson managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 35 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Gibson also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.4apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Gibson played at Twarde Pierniki in Polish TBL. In 36 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 17.2ppg and got 3.1rpg and 5.8apg (top 2). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Import Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Gibson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (BBC Bayreuth, Giants, Cuxhaven BasCats and NVV Lions Monchengladbach), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Holland (Leiden) and Poland (Slask and Rosa).
Gibson attended University of Southern Indiana until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Danny Gibson
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

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Teams we loved… - by Dimitris Katsionis

We loved them not because they were the best or the highest quality teams, but because they 'clicked' with us. Jim Katsionis invites Eurobasket's readers for a dive in the basketball ocean of 21st century basketball memories, so we can 'confess' the EL teams that captivated us the most in the past 17 years…

August… relaxing and holidays. Is there a more suitable background for the FUN TO READ post? Probably not… That's why I take this opportunity a few days before we get the Eurobasket fever. This time we 'll talk about the Euroleague teams we had a crush on, beginning from the start of this century. This is the time limit I chose, in order to avoid traffic (the next time we 'll dive onto the honoured '90s), which will help us to better define our thoughts. This discussion, of course, is not concerned with the best or the highest quality teams we have watched, but the ones each of us liked to watch for his own reasons.

Nostalgia and memories I would like to share with you.

Let's start with my 'loved ones'…

enetton Treviso 2002-03

Coach Messina goes to Treviso and creates something completely different, and, in short, futuristic. Benetton of that era, with Gherardini leading the team was something different for European basketball with its exemplary organisation on all fronts. The 'professor' (with the memories of the 1999 final against Zalgiris and the type of basketball the Lithuanians played still on his mind) presents us with a great team that runs one of the fastest paced, but at the same time efficient, offenses basketball ever witnessed in the history of the Euroleague, with great ball movement, cooperation, deadly transition and very solid defense. My favourite Tuys Edney is the No1 wanted 'criminal', breaching every defense and combining with Trajan Langton to form a great duo that would disperse fear all around Europe. Pittis, Garbajosa, Marconato, Bulleri, Marcelo Nicola and a Palaverde court reminding us of Boston Garden.

They fell at Barcelona in the EL final against the local team of Bodiroga-Jasikevicius-Navaro after a great battle against all odds. Their complete game and the spectacle they made available to us was an inspiration and the start of a different point of view for basketball for many coaches of that era. They bring back to me the same nostalgia as my highschool sweetheart.

Partizan 2008-09

The defensive machine of Dule Vujosevic that turned the phrase 'I will score 70 points in Belgrade' to mission impossible for opponents and shook European basketball, teaching the 'gospel' of climbing the ladder of success through cooperation and hard work that lead to constant overachieving. This team laid the ground for the 2010 team that almost got to the Euroleague final (Olympiacos stayed alive from the Childress' offensive rebound, after Teodosic's airball)… A team with great intangibles. Danilovic as the administrative leader (the man on the top of the hill), Tepic providing seminars in the low post, Velickovic simply everywhere, Lasme dunking on every rim, Vessely at the '3' position, Tripkovic with a…Reggie Miller aura in using screens before shooting, Rasic, Bozic, Vranes and most of all the 'teacher' Dule and their classic 'old, Prussian school educational methods'. Halla Pionir lives its glory days and becomes a spectacle by itself, apart from the basketball played in it, clarifying that basketball in the Balkans is a completely different case altogether. They got to the Euroleague Playoffs, where they 'fell' to the mighty CSKA.

Joventut 2006-07

A typical example of an Aito Reneses team that builds its game on fast deployment and execution. Coach Reneses did a great job in his 5 years at Badalona, winning two European titles (EuroCup 2006, ULEB Cup 2008). In the 2006-07 season, they played in the Euroleague (you might remember Panathinaikos' comeback in the first game of the competition, where they found themselves losing 48-24 on the 19th minute of the game). Rudy Fernandez (at age 21), Ricky Rubio (at age 16 with 18.9 minutes per game), Gaines, Barton, Paco Vazquez, Betts, Huertas, Archibald and their experienced leader, the legendary Elmer Bennett at age 36. They got to the TOP-16 of the Euroleague.

Montepaschi Siena 2007-08

The epitome of a gang, it led me to make the medieval town my second home. Coaches Pianigiani and Banki built a hard-nosed team with cojones, great footwork and defense that made their opponents feel that a tank had walked over them after 40 minutes. Exemplary transition offense with the famous 10-metre entry pass and non-stop hustling. McIntyre was then for the Euroleague what Isaiah Thomas is today for the NBA. Stonerook's afro was the new town sigil, and Kaukenas (who didn't play in the final 4) was my favourite player, due to his greatly competitive character that reflected the entire effort of an outsider-team to do the impossible in order to get to the top. Romain 'the Handcuff' Sato, Bootsy Thornton, Iliefski, Lavrinovic, Eze, Ress, Carraretto, the hair-jelled Pianigiani smiling at his opponent's bench with his most Machiavellian face on. Banki as the architect of one of the most solid defenses we have seen.

It was the year Tuscany wine looked mature enough to drink in glory night. That season Siena lost a great opportunity to fight for the EL title, when in the Madrid semifinal, where everything looked like they would dominate, they had a taste of their own poison and fell by their own insistence for outside shooting and Sharp's sword. I am already preparing for the first trip of my baby girl to Siena with Mrs. Katsionis having her fun telling her 'you are going to your dad's hometown'… How can she understand what McIntire means…?

Panathinaikos 2002-03

In the Greens' 'golden age' I was most attracted to the most humble team among teams with entire galaxies of stars. The Patisia version of Panathinaikos was one of the best coaching jobs in Zeljko Obradovic's career. He presented us with so many cutting edge things that have been 'constants' in the last few years in modern basketball at the top level. Two guard lineups, small ball, undersized big men, attention to detail in shooting, speed and intensity against size. That team (without Bodiroga) moved exclusively from the joystick that was well hidden in Zoc's hands and his coaching impact was huge. Ariel McDonald and Lakovic in the backcourt, Kalaitzis, Kutluay, Buford, Alvertis, Fotsis, Tsartsaris, Middleton, spread defenses, pressure, turning correct ball movement and seeking into a religious hymn.

The Patisia 'cage' was a torture chamber for a lot of Euroleague teams that just couldn't handle the aggressiveness of the new style of the Greens, who followed a new, extremely attractive direction, after the half court basketball of the Bodiroga era.

AU Ceramica 2006-07

The best spectacle of that season was hosted in Buesa Arena, with Perasovic's team making their opponents go downhill with its fast, dynamic and aggressive game. Scola with the rebound, the ball to Prigioni, head up and a two-hand pass without dribbling, so the ball would meet, like a frisbee, Rakosevic who was running in the wing. One dribble, stop and shoot by the Serbian. Count it! The duo of 'Rako' and Erdogan at the '2' position of the Basque team spread death. Splitter, Fred House, Planinic, Vidal as the facilitator in the backcourt, Peker and a young Teletovic. A team that made the opponents' coach take a time-out within two minutes just for his players to see the ball… The problem Perasovic had with his heart (he was replaced by Malkovic) shocked the team that made it to the Athens F4 (their beat Olympiacos 2-0 in the playoffs by destroying the Reds 84-59 in game 1), and faced the all-mighty home team of Panathinaikos. Of course I also keep a special place in my heart for the Moscow 'terrorists' under the leadership of the 'general' Dusko Ivanovic. Calderon, Macijauskas, Hansen, Scola, David, Splitter. Epic…

AEK Athens 2000-01

A purely 'European' AEK Athens under the guidance of Dusan Ivkovic in the era of the split. A great team… The 'wise one' creates one of the best teams in Europe, building on the Greek core of players (Hatzis, Dikoudis, Kakiouzis, Kikilias, and a supporting role for Panteliadis, plus a young Zisis). Stefanov in the driver's seat with the Englishman Steven Hansell as his backup, Kutluay at the wing, Betts, Muursep, Hammink (and Gurovic for a few games) in the frontline. The 'two-headed eagle' was a very well-worked defensive team (No2 in the ULEB competition). 'Balance' was the keyword that described AEK's offense, and they started from Stafanov's low mistake game and had many players that would step up. From the great game of Kutluay-Hatzis around the screens (AEK worked for their shooters like modern teams of Eastern Europe that are distinguished in this type of game), Bett's safe post up, the PnR of the guard from Skopje and the versatile forwards.

AEK beat Zalgiris and Benetton in the playoffs to reach with home court advantage to the semifinal series against Ivanovic's TAU. The first match was replayed (AEK had won with a bucket by Dikoudis after the clock had clearly run out, Dusko, the lawyer, created chaos, even though there were no regulations for the game to be re-played), which caused great confusion that lead to AEK collapsing and the series ending 0-3. I would very much like to see a similar project from the Athens club… It smelled like basketball…

I am waiting for your 'beloved teams'. Think, Take a trip down memory lane, remember.

Jim Katsionis




Vladimir Stimac signs at Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) landed 30-year old Serbian international center Vladimir Stimac (210-118kg-87, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Besiktas (BSL). In 40 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. Stimac helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Stimac also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.3ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!) and 1.2apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stimac played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 11 KLS games he recorded 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Stimac contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Stimac also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 6.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Stimac also played 24 games in ABA League where he got 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. The other team Stimac played shortly was Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
Stimac has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Stimac represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg.
Stimac is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Latvia (Valmiera and Ventspils), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Turkey (Banvit and Eskisehir Basket).
Let's have closer look into Stimac's outlook: Stimac is another very rich skilled Serbian center with many prospects in the European (and not only) courts. Vladimir is the total definition of a newly "born" center. Has very good skills in the paint, Can defense much taller opponents, can dash down any rebound in both edges and can do all the dirty job that a coach might ask him.
Has many weaknesses in the fouling as he can easily fouled out as his opponent can easily predict his passion and obsession in the game so they can simply take him out in no time. In the last European championship he only played for 18 minutes per game and had 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. He needs to work hard in order to add some fantasy in his game, plus a lot of workout in his shots from the charity line, as his percentages are really poor, around 40% !!
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dogus Balbay
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams
Onuralp Bitim

Forwards:
Krunoslav Simon
Birkan Batuk
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Berk Demir
Ricky Ledo
Yigitcan Saybir

Centers:
Vladimir Stimac
Bryant Dunston

Coach: Velimir Perasovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 1st Team 2017
Mate Okros
Okros
Rati Andronikashvili
Andronikashvili
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos
Rogkavopoulos
Rienk Mast
Mast
Tristan Enaruna
Enaruna

Best Player: Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) of Greece
Best Guard: Mate Okros (197-G-00) of United Kingdom
Best Forward: Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) of Greece
Best Center: Tristan Enaruna (204-F/C-01) of Holland

1st Team
G: Mate Okros (197-G-00) of Greece
PG: Rati Andronikashvili (190-PG-01) of Georgia
F: Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (202-F-01) of Greece
PF: Rienk Mast (203-PF-01) of Holland
F/C: Tristan Enaruna (204-F/C-01) of Holland

2nd Team
PG: Igor Yoka-Bratasz (186-PG-01) of Poland
PG: Veigar Hlynsson (190-PG-01) of Iceland
SF: Nikolaos Noumeros (196-SF-01) of Czech Rep.
F: Niels De Ridder (195-F-01) of Belgium
C: Haris Bratanovic (208-C-01) of Belgium

Honorable Mention
Andreas Tsoumanis (202-PF-01) of Greece
Tomiwa Sulaiman (196-PF-01) of United Kingdom
Tamas Pallai (192-SG-01) of Hungary
Ihor Serheiev (205-C-01) of Ukraine
Kiryl Tsetserukou (198-PF-01) of Belarus
Timur Krupalija (204-F-01) of Kosovo
Andrej Jakimovski (198-SF-01) of Macedonia
Oluwasanmi Fajana (198-C-01) of Ireland
Paul Kelly (186-PG-01) of Ireland
Dimitrios Klonaras (196-SG-01) of Greece
Nicholas Hullinger (194-SF-01) of Switzerland
Erhan Sholla (197-SF-01) of Kosovo
Davy David (199-C-01) of Luxembourg



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

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team 2017
Killian Hayes
Hayes
Stefan Vlahovic
Vlahovic
Djordje Pazin
Pazin
Bojan Tomasevic
Tomasevic
Matej Rudan
Rudan

Best Player: Killian Hayes (194-G-01) of France
Best Guard: Killian Hayes (194-G-01) of France
Best Forward: Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) of Serbia
Best Center: Matej Rudan (204-C-01) of Croatia

1st Team
G: Killian Hayes (194-G-01) of France
F/G: Stefan Vlahovic (193-F/G-01) of Montenegro
SF: Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) of Serbia
PF: Bojan Tomasevic (201-PF-01) of Montenegro
C: Matej Rudan (204-C-01) of Croatia

2nd Team
F/G: Rok Radovic (198-F/G-01) of Slovenia
PG: Nicolo Mannion (187-PG-01) of Italy
SF: Deni Avdija (198-SF-01) of Israel
C: Jaime Pradilla (207-C-01) of Spain
C: Marek Blazevic (206-C-01) of Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Golden Dike (207-F-01) of Spain
Kristaps Kilps (194-SG-01) of Latvia
Raziel Hayun (194-SG-01) of Israel
Timo Lanmuller (187-PG-01) of Germany
Stevan Karapandzic (184-PG-01) of Serbia
Ismail Karabilen (205-PF-01) of Turkey
Theo Maledon (192-G-00) of France
Kaspar Lootus (202-F-01) of Estonia
Mustapha Amzil (203-PF-01) of Finland



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  FBA  


St. Pete Tide are 2017 FBA Champions! - by Eurobasket News

St. Pete Tide became 2017 FBA Champions. In the Final series Chad Welch's side overcame Space Coast Stars 2-0. St. Pete Tide posted a 141-129 in in the opener and triumphed with a 110-102 win last night. Space Coast Stars managed to lead 63-63 midway through the third period, while St. Pete Tide took the lead again in the fourth quarter and had 99-90 with almost 7 minutes to go.


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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


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

Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team 2017
Shea Ili
Ili
Mohammad Jamshidi
Jamshidi
Fadi El Khatib
El Khatib
Sek-Eun Oh
Oh
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi

Best Player: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Iran
Best Guard: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of New Zealand
Best Forward: Fadi El Khatib (198-F-79) of Lebanon
Best Center: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Iran

1st Team
G: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of New Zealand
SF: Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) of Iran
F: Fadi El Khatib (198-F-79) of Lebanon
C: Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of S. Korea
C: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Iran

2nd Team
PG: Wael Arakji (194-PG-94) of Al Lebanon
PG: Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Philippines
SG: Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Iran
F/G: Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of Australia
C/F: Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Australia

Honorable Mention
Finn Delany (198-F-95) of New Zealand
Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) of New Zealand
Norvel Pelle (208-F-93) of Lebanon
Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of South Korea
Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) of Jordan
Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) of China
Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Japan
Cheng Liu (192-F-90) of Taiwan
Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Iraq
Micheal Madanly (194-SF-81) of Syria
Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91) of India
Abdulrahman Saad (185-G/F-96) of Qatar
Ki Lee (178-PG-87) of Hong Kong



Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup - by Greg

Best Player: Haddadi Hamed
Best Guard: Ili Shea
Best Forward: El Khatib Fadi
Best Center: Haddadi Hamed

1st Team
Ili Shea
Jamshidi Mohammad
El Khatib Fadi
Oh Sek-Eun
Haddadi Hamed

2nd Team
Arakji Wael
Romeo Terrence Bill
Yakhchali Behnam
Creek Mitch
Kickert Daniel

Honorable Mention
Delany Finn
Te Rangi Reuben
Pelle Norvel
Kim Sun-Hyung
Abdeen Mahmoud
Guo Ailun
Tanaka Daiki
Liu Cheng
Galloway Kevin
Madanly Micheal
Singh Amritpal
Saad Abdulrahman
Lee Ki



Gilas salvages seventh place in FIBA Asia Cup campaign - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas dropped a 10-0 blast in the last 1:47 minutes left in the game to edge Jordan, 75-70, last August 20 to clinched seventh place and end its campaign in a high note in the conclusion of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon.

The seventh place finish was the worst for the Philippines since its eighth place finish in 2009.

Gilas finished second in the last two editions in 2015 and 2013.

Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92) and Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) both finished with 13 points apiece to pace the nationals, who pulled of the win despite shooting a dismal 34 percent from the field.

Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) led the Jordanian side with 21 points.

The Filipinos were still leading, 65-59, when Jordan, coached by former player Sam Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.), scored an 11-0 run to seize the lead on Alawadi's basket.

The scores:

Philippines (75) - Romeo 13, Wright 13, Cruz 9, Aguilar 8, Castro 8, Abueva 6, Norwood 5, Almazan 4, Jalalon 4, Fajardo 3, Pogoy 2.

Jordan (70) - Alawadi 21, Hussein 13, Alhamarsheh 12, Abdeen 10, Abu Hawwas 8, Zaghab 3, Eid 0, Abuwazaneh 0.

Quarterscores: 17-17; 35-27; 58-53; 75-70.

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



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  FINLAND  


KTP Basket adds Bluntt to their roster, ex Quimper - by Eurobasket News

KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga) added to their roster 33-year old American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-100kg-84, college: Delaware State). He played last season at Quimper UJAP in French ProB. In 42 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Bluntt helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at La Rochelle (NM1) in French league where in 29 games he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
In 2007 Bluntt was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in first round (10th overall).
The former Delaware State staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bluntt was voted Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Iowa Energy) and France (STB Le Havre, Boulazac Basket, SO Maritime Boulogne and Orchesien BC).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kataja Basket adds Marzette to their roster, ex CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Alex Marzette (196-84kg-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. Marzette helped them to make it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game and All-Newcomers Team.
His team won MPBA Regular Season in 2016.
Marzette graduated from Robert Morris College in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Joensuun Kataja Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damier Pitts
Emil Djeen
Alex Marzette

Forwards:
Mikael Kauhanen
Alex Murphy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L.D. Williams joins ToPo - by Greg

Torpan Pojat Helsinki (1st Division) agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman L.D. Williams (193-95kg-88, college: Wake Forest). He played this summer at San Lazaro in District National in Dominican Republic. The last season Williams played at Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP where in 8 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Philippines (Alaska Aces), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Grand Rapids Drive).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Damier Pitts (ex Valmiera) signs at Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) landed 28-year old American point guard Damier Pitts (177-80kg-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 38 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.5spg last season. Pitts helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Pitts also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had 14.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Pitts played at BK Ventspils (also in LBL). In 38 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. Pitts also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg.
Pitts played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Iceland (KFI Isafjordur), Italy (Roseto) and Turkey (Istanbul DSI).
Pitts attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended Marshall University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Pitts is described as: An undersized scorping PG who can put the ball in the basket but also run a team.

Joensuun Kataja Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damier Pitts
Emil Djeen

Forwards:
Mikael Kauhanen
Alex Murphy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Nobel Boungou-Colo (ex Khimki) is a newcomer at Real Betis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old French ex-international forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Congolese passport. Boungou-Colo played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 13 Eurocup games he recorded 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Boungou-Colo also played 27 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Boungou-Colo played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 32 ProA games he had 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Boungou-Colo also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.3apg.
Boungou-Colo has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he won French ProA championship title in 2015. Boungou-Colo received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014. He was a member of French Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Boungou-Colo has played also professionally for other French teams like Le Mans, Sluc Nancy, Hyeres-Toulon, ADA Blois and Entente Orleans 45.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saul Blanco
Donnie McGrath
Alfonso Sanchez
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Samardo Samuels
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Jordan Swing

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abdel Kader Sylla joins Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old Seychellois center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90) from Entente Orleans 45. In 16 ProA games in France he had 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg last season.
Sylla's team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Final Four in 2012. He was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team back in 2011.
Sylla's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Sylla has played previously professionally also in Seychelles (Cobras) and France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy).
On Sylla: An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Smith
Luka Asceric
Theo Bouteille

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

Centers:
Abdel_Kader Sylla
Ferdinand Prenom
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Ware comes back to United, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

Melbourne United (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Casper Ware (178-80kg-90, college: Long Beach State). It is actually his comeback to United as he has played here before. Ware played last season at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. In 20 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ware also played that season for United where in 18 NBL games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and had 2.6rpg, 4.5apg (top 2) and 1.3spg (in top 5). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ware won French ProA championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-Big West Player of the Year back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Ware is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Ware tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Gold Lions), Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Novipiu Casale and Virtus Bologna) and NBA (Brooklyn Nets, Phi.76ers and Washington Wizards).
Ware attended Long Beach State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Ware: A sparkling kind of PG, who has a little body but is very effective in creating for teammates. A defensive specialist, he puts a lot of pressure on the ball and on opposite guards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KTP Basket adds Bluntt to their roster, ex Quimper - by Eurobasket News

KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga) added to their roster 33-year old American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-100kg-84, college: Delaware State). He played last season at Quimper UJAP in French ProB. In 42 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Bluntt helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at La Rochelle (NM1) in French league where in 29 games he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
In 2007 Bluntt was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in first round (10th overall).
The former Delaware State staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bluntt was voted Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Iowa Energy) and France (STB Le Havre, Boulazac Basket, SO Maritime Boulogne and Orchesien BC).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kapfenberg signs Brian Oliver, ex Berck - by Eurobasket News

ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (A Bundesliga) signed 27-year old American swingman Brian Oliver (201-102kg-90, college: Seton Hall). He played last season at Berck/Rang du Fliers in French NM2 league.
Three years ago Oliver was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall).
He attended Seton Hall University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Oliver's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Power and Orangeville A's) and FYR Macedonia (Kumanovo).

ECE Bulls Kapfenberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bogic Vujosevic
Kareem Jamar
Tobias Schrittwieser
Marck Coffin

Forwards:
Filip Kramer
Ian Moschik
Brian Oliver

Center:
Jozo Rados

Coach: Michael Schrittwieser

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jerel McNeal (ex Brose Bask.) signs at Strasbourg - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American guard Jerel McNeal (191-92kg-87, college: Marquette). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. McNeal helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). McNeal also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 3.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Aris (A1) in Greek league that year.
Among other achievements McNeal received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. McNeal has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). McNeal has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), China (Golden Bulls), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Spain (Real Betis), NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
McNeal's game is described as: He's very good in create his own shot, it is better to never leave him open. He's a good offensive player with a winning mentality, but also he's a very good defender on the perimeter (quick legs and hands, lots od deflections..).

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
David Logan
Jerel McNeal
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale
Pape Sy

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nanterre welcomes back Shuler - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) tabbed 31-year old American shooting guard Jamal Shuler (192-91kg-86, college: VCU). It is actually his comeback to JSF Nanterre as he has played here before. Shuler has played for the last two years at AS Monaco Basket in the ProA. In 26 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.5apg last season. Shuler helped them to win the cup. He also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. Shuler contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Shuler has played also professionally in Germany (Gladiators), Ukraine (Khimik) and France (Sluc Nancy and JA Vichy).
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

JSF Nanterre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Heiko Schaffartzik
Jamal Shuler
Lahaou Konate
Nicolas Moore
Bathiste Tchouaffe

Forwards:
Alade Aminu
Erik Murphy
Hugo Invernizzi
Myles Hesson
Terran Petteway

Center:
Jean-Marc Pansa

Coach: Pascal Donadieu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Danny Gibson (ex Lukoil Acad.) signs at Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) landed 33-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Gibson managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 35 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Gibson also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.4apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Gibson played at Twarde Pierniki in Polish TBL. In 36 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 17.2ppg and got 3.1rpg and 5.8apg (top 2). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Import Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Gibson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (BBC Bayreuth, Giants, Cuxhaven BasCats and NVV Lions Monchengladbach), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Holland (Leiden) and Poland (Slask and Rosa).
Gibson attended University of Southern Indiana until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Danny Gibson
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

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France wins Toulouse tournament, beats Italy in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

France - Italy 88-63

France posted the third straight win at the Toulouse tournament clinching the title. In Day 3 they overcame Italy 88:63.
Both teams nailed 27 points in the opening period, while France added a 20-14 for a 6-point halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 24-12 and finished the game with a 17-10 run.
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) netted 17. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) finished the game with 15 points, whilst Davide Pascolo (201-F/C-90) notched 10.



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  GERMANY  


Serbia edge Germany to win SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Serbia 56:87

Serbia edge Germany to win SuperCup 2017 in Hamburg. Serbia posted a comfortable 87-56 win to finish with a 3-0 record on top. Germany ended up on the third place with a 1-2 record.
Serbia took a 27-17 lead after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. They led 10 points at the halftime and them limited the hosts to just 6 points in the third period. Moreover they won the last stanza 24-16 for the final success.
Stefan Bircevic (210-C/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 20. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) poured in 8.



Luka Buntic Returns to Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Luka Buntic (207-C/F-93) has been moving from team to team the last years, but now has retruned back to Trier where he played from 2011-2014. In the last trhee seasons he played Pro B in Oldenburg, Pro A in Essen and last season played for the Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB) playing 20 games averaging 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 72.2%. Buntic is a 24 year old 207cm power forward that has the German/Croatoan citzenship and brings 3 BBL games experience back to Trier. "Luka comes from the region and exactly the player we need. He fits into our system with his rebounding, defense, ball control and passing", stated head coach Marco Ven Den Berg.

Last season with Rostock, Buntic scored in double figures in five games including 13 point efforts against Schalke and PS Karlsruhe. He started his basketball career with the Baskets 98 Volklingen (2.Regionalliga). He then played 3 BBL games with Trier and 48 Regionalliga games with DJK MJC Trier (Germany-Regionalliga). In the 2014-2015 season he played with the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB) playing 31 games averaging 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 67.4%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA) playing 23 games averaging 4.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-North Group) Champion -11, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -15.

Source:Romerstrom Gladiators



Jerel McNeal (ex Brose Bask.) signs at Strasbourg - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American guard Jerel McNeal (191-92kg-87, college: Marquette). He played most recently at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. McNeal helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). McNeal also played 15 games in Euroleague where he had 3.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Aris (A1) in Greek league that year.
Among other achievements McNeal received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. McNeal has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). McNeal has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), China (Golden Bulls), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Spain (Real Betis), NBA (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
McNeal's game is described as: He's very good in create his own shot, it is better to never leave him open. He's a good offensive player with a winning mentality, but also he's a very good defender on the perimeter (quick legs and hands, lots od deflections..).

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
David Logan
Jerel McNeal
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale
Pape Sy

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gilles Dierickx (Artland Dragons) Being Around NBA Guys Showed Me How Hard You Have To Work To Make It - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92, college: Seattle Pacific) is a 25 year old 213cm center from Belgium that is playing his second professional season and first with the Artland Dragons (PRO B). Last season as a rookie he played for three teams with Arcos Albacete Basket (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 2 games averaging 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5bpg, in Nov.'16 moved to Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 5 games averaging 13.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 72.2%, FT: 73.9%, in Dec.'16 signed at Melco Ieper (Top Division I) playing 10 games averaging 12.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.5%, FT: 78.9%. He went to school in the states starting with FIU (NCAA) in 2011 and then moved to Washington (NCAA) playing only 28 games in two seasons. He finished his college career at Seattle Pacific (NCAA2) playing 31 games averaging 11.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 56.0%, FT: 61.0%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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

I am currently in Quakenbrueck already, I decided to come a bit early to get adjusted to the new environment before preseason starts and get some individual work outs in with the coaching staff. My summer has been good, I've been working out and took some time off with family.

You played at three NCAA schools and as a rookie played in Spain, Germany and Belgium. Do you already feel like a basketball globetrotter at the tender age of 25?

Definitely a little bit, I think all those experiences helped me become the person that I am today.

How confident and lucky do you feel that you will complete the whole season with your new team Artland Dragons and not continue your basketball globetrotter ways this season?

I feel very fortunate to be with the Artland Dragons, for this season I definitely wanted to be in a stable situation the whole time and not be moving from one place to the other.

Congrats on signing your second deal win Germany with the Artland Dragons. As a guy that comes from boardering Belgium how have you followed German basketball over the years? How have you seen it's development from a far?

Thank you. I had not kept up with German basketball too much as I just came back from the States this past July and I mainly watched NCAA basketball and the NBA. However, from seeing teammates play in different places in Europe I realized quickly that Germany was a country that plays basketball at a high level.

There will be a test game in Erfurt, Germany in August between Germany and Belgium. How have you followed the development of the Belgium national team? Where is the future of Belgium basketball going?

I have been keeping up a bit with the national team developments and it's headed in the right direction for sure. I think Belgian basketball has come a long way and we have proven that Belgium has a strong basketball league and can produce high-level local talent as well. We have several players in the Liga Endesa currently.

What new young players are coming up? I have followed a guy by the name of Manu Lecomte of Baylor who had a solid junior season. Do you see him really breaking out as a senior and becoming more of a household name after this season?

I am not too familiar with Manu's game but I know Baylor and himself had a strong season last year so I definitely see him doing well again. In terms of other players, I'm not too sure, as I said, having been away so long I did not keep up as much with what was going on over here in Europe.

Congrats on signing with the Artland Dragons. How did you experience your second summer transfer period? Did you have more offers than last season and what convinced you after your workout in Quackenbruck that the Artland Dragons were the right club?

This off-season was definitely much less stressful than last year. There was interest right off the bat as I was able to showcase myself a bit this year despite the 'globetrotter season'. After my work out I knew right away Artland was a great fit for me, because the club is very professional and coach Flo has a reputation of developing big guys well.

How important was the fact that you would have a big man type mentor in coach Florian Hartenstein in making your decision to join Artland? What did you respect most from the character of Hartenstein?

It was very important to me. I know that I have to develop more to get where I want to be and I think that he will be able to help me get closer to my goals. I do not know coach Flo that well yet as we have only met the one time, but he kept it real with me during the work out and in our talks he payed strong attention to detail.

You are joining a very ambitious team with the Artland Dragons that played in the EasyCredit BBL just three years ago. Their goal is to move up to the Pro A this season. What kind of expectations are you having going into the season concerning your role?

I am setting the bar high as I think any player should. I want to be an impact player when I am on the court, whether it's rebounding, playing strong defense, blocking shots or finishing strong inside. I am going to approach every game with the same mindset and that is to play hard, do what coach expects me to do and most importantly to get the win.

Let's talk about your game. You're a guy that has proved that you can score and rebound consistently for a big man, but what other strengths in your game will you show this season in Germany?

I want to show that I am a good passer, we want to play together as a team and that will involve every player 1 through 5 to be able to make the right read.

You are a guy that can fill the stat sheet not only on the offensive end, but also on the defensive end as you have proven to be a shot blocker already in your early career. However what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?

I feel that the passing doesn't get noticed but also the fact that I can shoot the midrange shot consistently. That is something I have not been able to showcase much.

Last season you started the season in Spain with club Arcos Albacete Basket (Spain-LEB Silver), but it was short lived as you played only 2 games. You started very well, but then left. Why did you go and could you take any positives with this brief stay in Spain?

I left because I didn't feel like the club was a great fit for me. A positive to take out of it is: to appreciate every opportunity you get, because you don't always know what is going to happen next.

In November you moved on to Germany to Cuxhaven where you played 5 games averaging 13.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 72.2%, FT: 73.9%. This was a team with many nationalities and on course to win the Regionaliga. Again you had a short stay. When looking back are you disappointed you couldn't stay and help the team move up to the Pro B?

I must admit I was a bit disappointed. Winning is what it's all about in sports. Being a champion would have been great but we all make choices and it is in the past now. I appreciate the short stay I had in Cuxhaven.

What are your feelings about the club needing money quickly inorder to keep their license. They are known as having incredible fans. What was special about the fans that you noticed in your short stay there?

I really hope they are able to pull it together, the team fought hard all year to get that title and the fans definitely deserve to see Cuxhaven play in the pro B. The fans were extremely loyal as a lot of them traveled with us to away games (even very far ones!) I have to give a quick shout out to Rene and Lena, those two people definitely tried their best to make it feel like a home to us.

You finished the season in the second Belgium division with Melco Ieper (Top Division I) playing 10 games averaging 12.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.5%, FT: 78.9%. How important was it for your mental health and overall confidence for finishing with double double stats after a long and nomadic rookie season?


It was important to me as I feel like I underperformed a bit in the rebounding category at Cuxhaven. But then again I feel like I could've done a better job in the scoring category and also finish at a higher rate. There is always something I could be doing better in my mind.

You played at three schools in the states at FIU, Washington and Seattle Pacific. How important do you feel was your long stay in the states for your basketball development. Do you feel like you would not be the well rounded player you are today had you stayed in Europe?

I feel like it was very important for me. I started out in high school there and from early on I was surrounded by highly talented players. It was an eye opener to me. I do believe I would not have been the same player now if I had stayed in Europe. Basketball is a much bigger sport in America than it is in Belgium, therefore I believed I had to make that move in order to pursue my dreams of becoming a pro one day.

You came across so much NBA flair in your NCAA career with Isiah Thomas, Shawn kemp jr or Lorenzo Romar. What special story can you take from your extensive experience in the States with the dealings with these guys that you will surely be telling forever?

Man I remember coach Isiah once played with us in 5 on 5 and was still dropping dimes like it was nothing, those guys don't lose it. Coach Romar Well let's just say you don't want to challenge him to a shooting contest, that man really has a jumper, he also jumps higher than anyone I know on his jumpshot. Being around NBA guys showed me how hard you have to work to make it. There are a lot of talented guys but it will always require a combination of hard work and talent to make it to the NBA.

You started your NCAA career in 2011 at FIU (NCAA) playing 29 games averaging 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg. You played your freshman season for legendary Detroit Piston and NBA champion Isiah Thomas. You were born in 1992 when he had already won his two NBA titles. When you look back what was the most lasting thing that he gave you as advice on the court that you could take with you?

To just play hard. I remember he got really angry with us during halftime one time, not because shots weren't falling, but because the other team was playing harder than us. He said you can make up for a lot of things by just playing hard.

You had quite a few road trips as a rookie. Do you remember Isiah Thomas telling any great stories from back in the day possibly his rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

Not specifically, that was a pretty long time ago now. But I do remember he would talk about the intensity, it was like those guys almost wanted to kill each other on the court.

You moved to the well known competitive school Washington (NCAA) in 2012, but wasn't eligible to play until 2013, but practiced with the team. What memories do you have of that first practice year with Washington battling Senegal 213cm big man Aziz N'Diaye? He played in Germany with Frankfurt as a rookie and scored 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a loss at Artland your future home. Do you feel like the both of you gained something on the court from each other?

Yes, I had to redshirt and that was very tough at times because I just really wanted to play. In hindsight, it was important for me to develop a bit more to get ready for the tough PAC 12 competition. Yeah I do, Aziz taught me that I had to hit the weight room hard, he was a beast inside and was tough to deal with if you weren't strong enough. I think I taught Aziz always to block out, even though I wasn't anywhere near as strong as him, I made it a point to always crash the boards and whenever I got an offensive board I think he was about to lose his mind.

In two seasons at Washington (NCAA) you played 28 games and hardly got minutes. Were you just in the wrong place at the wrong time having a beast like Robert Uphsaw on the team?

I think it was a combination of things. Having Rob on the team was good because it forced me to get better but it was also tough to get minutes because he was obviously a very good player. I appreciate my time at Washington very much although it may not have gone the way I pictured it.

You moved one more time to Seattle Pacific (NCAA2) playing 31 games averaging 11.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 56.0%, FT: 61.0%. How do you feel did you grow as a player in your senior year?

I think I grew a lot as a player. For me it was important to get into a rhythm again before I went pro. It was a great feeling to be starting and playing a lot of minutes on a great team that won a lot of games.

Your head coach at Seattle Pacific stated 'Someone who is transferring from Division I and going to a school like Seattle Pacific that's Division II, they want to be successful,' 'They're going to push themselves to be the best that they can possibly be. Some of the pressure is probably good from that perspective, but at the same time I don't want the expectation to be unreal.' How did coach Looney give you that last fine tuning and groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Well, coach Looney knew one thing very well; and that was how to win. In my previous college careers we had not been as successful as we liked to be, but with SPU having a track record of dominating the GNAC each year I think that it was a good situation for me to develop despite dropping down a level. Coach Grant Leep worked with the big guys and he definitely had a big impact on my game.

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

Probably Kaleb Tarczewski, the guy was a very mobile 7 footer and very strong.

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

Michael Jordan, Wilt, Larry Bird, Lebron Lebron.

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

I think it is hard to compare the two. I still think Jordan is the greatest of all time. Lebron is a beast and has had chances to push the debate in his favor but hasn't been able to make it happen.

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

I don't think that's really fair because I think he plays extremely hard in general and no player is perfect.

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

I think my guy Nigel Williams-Goss will be a big time sleeper, this guy works extremely hard. He received a lot of criticism after leaving Washington but I think what he did at Gonzaga should've proved a lot of people wrong.

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

I think the Rockets will be good but I don't know if it's going to be anywhere near close enough to compete with the Warriors.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Looper

Thanks Gilles for the chat.




Benidorm signs Billy McDonald, ex Schwabing - by Eurobasket News

Servigroup Benidorm (EBA) signed 23-year old American forward Billy McDonald (198-95kg-94, college: Caldwell, agency: SportsVision-Service). He played last season at MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing in German Regionalliga. In 5 games he had 13.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg. McDonald also played that season for Baskets Vilsbiburg (also in Regionalliga) where in 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
His team was Runner-Up of CACC North Division Regular Season 2015.
McDonald graduated from Caldwell College in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

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Trikalla signs Michail Lountzis - by Chris Mammides

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) signed 19-year old point guard Michail Lountzis (196-98) from Panathinaikos . He was about to sig for Kymis but things changed the very last minute and he is now officially Trikalla player on a lending contract for one year (from Panathinaikos). Lountzis also played earlier that season for Panathinaikos. He won Greek League championship title.
Despite young age Lountzis had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention in 2016.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. Lountzis' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 21.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 76.2%.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Raheem Appleby
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Michail Lountzis
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

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Palama signs Giorgos Tsoumas - by Chris Mammides

GS Titanes Palama (C) signed 23-year old swingman Giorgos Tsoumas (194-94). He has played for the last five seasons at GS Larissas in the A2. But in 13 games he had just 0.3ppg last season.
Tsoumas won C Division (North-Group 1) in 2014.
He could be described: Dynamic guard forward and stronghold defender who can shut down the opponent key players. Quality asset for every coach.

GS Titanes Palama roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Charis Foros
Christos Milionis
Giorgos Tsoumas
Sotriis Faliakis

Forwards:
Dimitris Makris
Antonis Moumoglou

Center:
Nikos Apostolakis

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Ionikos Nikaias ink Christos Petrodimopoulos - by Chris Mammides

Ionikos Nikaias (B) signed experienced 37-year old power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (206-80). He has played for the last three seasons at G.Larissa-Faros in A2. Petrodimopoulos helped his team get promotion to A1. In 29 A2 games he had 4.4ppg and 4.2rpg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Petrodimopoulos contributed to his team winning the A2 Play-Off title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention in 2009, 2013 and 2016.
Petrodimopoulos was a member of Greek U20 National Team back in 2000.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Amyntas Dafnis, Panionios, AEL 1964 Larissa, Irakleio, Kolossos H Hotels, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Ermis Perama and Nea Kifisia.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Ionikos Nikaias.
Petrodimopoulos could be described: Big man with a tough body, has improved his posting up a lot and gets very good position in the paint, a very good finisher and a tough, consistent defender. Does not shoot from the outside a lot.

Ionikos Nikaias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marios Batis
Fotis Vasilopoulos
Antreas Papadopoulos
Vangelis Palaiohoritis
Giorgos Kountouras

Forwards:
Thodoris Sioutis
Vaggelis Karaboulas
Sotiris Katoufas
Andreas Kanonidis
Thodoros Vasilopoulos
Charalambos Kotrafouris

Centers:
Christos Petrodimopoulos
Alex Vougioukas

Coach: Marios Gounaris

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AE Larissas sign Nikolaos Kamaras - by Chris Mammides

AE Larissas 1964 (A2) signed 20-year old guard Nikolaos Kamaras (196-97). He has played for the last two seasons at the junior team of PAOK Thessaloniki (A1). A1 was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kamaras played 1 game in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 1 point last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Mantoulidis (C). A1 was a little too high level for him, where in two games he had only 0.0ppg.
Despite young age Kamaras had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek C League Honorable Mention in 2015.
He represented Greece at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 2.0rpg.

AE Larissas 1964 roster for 2017-2018:

Giannis Papachristos
Giorgios Vlahoulis
Kostas Saribalidis
Nikolaos Kamaras
Dimitris Kondylopoulos
Athanasios Tsiaves
Panagiotis Filippopoulos
Alekos Haneli
Christos Lalakis
Dimitrios Karatasios

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Thodoris Tepetidis joins Karditsas - by Chris Mammides

AS Karditsas (B) agreed terms with 29-year old forward Thodoris Tepetidis (204-88) from AS Kastoria. Tepetidis has played there for the last three years. He helped them to win the group title (twice).
Tepetidis has played previously for two other teams: Aias Evosmou and Agriniou. He consider being a great athlete with a lots of energy and brings over enthusiasm and physical power. 

AS Karditsas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Makis Theos
Giorgos Trihopoulos
Dimitrios Kompodietas
Sokratis Psaropoulos
Thomas Amparas
Kostas Pappas
Giannis Vlahos
Christos Zoitsakos

Forwards:
Serafeim Theos
Thodoris Tepetidis
Giorgos Nakis
Georgios Mavrogiannis
Thanos Kamariotis

Center:
Vangelis Papadopoulos

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Astana keeps Kaselakis for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 27-year old Greek small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-108kg-90). He was a team leader there last season. In 6 National League games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. Kaselakis helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kaselakis played at Nea Kifisia in Greek A1. In 28 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team award back in 2009.
Kaselakis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Kaselakis has played previously for three other Greek teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Ilysiakos.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rustam Yargaliyev
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Justin Carter
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Leonidas Kaselakis
Ike_Joseph Udanoh
Denis Degtyarev

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Ioannis Dimakopoulos agreed terms with Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Greek center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-116kg-94). He just graduated from Cal-Irvine (NCAA). Dimakopoulos has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg last season. Dimakopoulos helped them to win the regular season and make it to the Big West Tournament final. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-Big West 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Dimakopoulos' college team won Big West Tournament in 2015.
He represented Greece at the CIT Championship Finalist last year.
Dimakopoulos has played previously for another Serbian team Panathinaikos.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides)
Talented center prospect whose best days are ahead; possesses a diversity of abilities; excellent rebounder and shot blocker who can score in the paint and has a nice touch up to 20 feet; runs the floor well (for his age and experience) and has a good feel for the game; very productive with the minutes he is given, the Big man from Patras even though just 16 years old has a tough body, and is improved his posting up a lot the last year who spent in the Green academy of Panathinaikos. Giannis gets very good position in the paint, a very good finisher and a tough, consistent defender. Along with being a facilitator, he is also capable of scoring. Does not shoot from the outside a lot but in the post he can do the job with one way or the otehr. The scouters of Panathinaikos smell the young talent in Patras and immediately sign him up as his height and his talent are somehow quite disappearing today in Greece
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BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen
Strahinja Gavrilovic

Centers:
Ioannis Dimakopoulos
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

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Palanga lands Bob Van Zijverden - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos (NKL) tabbed 22-year old Dutch center Bob Van Zijverden (212-95). He has played for the last two years at Ourense Termal in Spanish LEB Gold. But in three games he averaged just 0.7ppg last season.
Van Zijverden won Spanish EBA Group E Regular Season in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Spain for Gandia.

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Jamie Skeen agreed with Sopron KC - by Tamas Deri

The 205 cm tall Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU) just arrived in Sopron tonight and will start to practice with his new team tomorrow. The athletic big man played college ball on Wake Forest and VCU, where he run a great senior season, 39 games: 15.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 71.9%.
He signed his first professional contract with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France but moved during the season to Israel and finished it with Ironi Ashkelon. During the season 2012-13 he played 26 games in Israel for Maccabi Ashdod and put up 11.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 65.8%. The coming season he spent with Sutor Montegranaro in Italy and helped his team with 11.1ppg and 4.3 rpg. He moved to Belgium and spent one season with Belfius Mons-Hainaut, where he added 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg in 38 games of the Belgian Scooore League and 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg in 12 games of the Eurochallenge. In December 2016 he signed with KB Peja and played in the Kosovan and Balkan League as well. Kosovo-SuperLeague, 9 games: 12.1ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 64.9%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 82.4%: Balkan League, 12 games: 11.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 57.6%.



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Petrochimi welcomes back Mashayekhi - by Greg

Defending champion Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) landed 23-year old international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-70kg-94). It is actually his comeback to Bandar Imam as he has played here before. Mashayekhi played most recently at Naft Abadan in Iranian Superleague. In 35 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
He has been also a member of Iranian international program for some years. Mashayekhi has regularly played for Iranian senior team since 2012 and previously for U19 National Team in 2013.
He represented Iran at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon this year. Mashayekhi's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 67.3%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 47.1%.
Mashayekhi has played previously for two other teams: Mahram and Chemidor.

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Warren
Sajjad Mashayekhi

Forward:
Navid Niktash

Center:
Mirza Begic

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Fallas' pro career starts at Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) landed American point guard Jojo Fallas (180-79kg). He just graduated from Cornell (NCAA). Fallas has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Ironi Nes-Ziona roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Elishay Kadir
Tal_Michael Dunne
Raviv Pitshon
Talib Zanna
Elad Hofman

Coach: Nadav Zilberstein

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Turkey nip Israel in test game - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Turkey 83:84

Turkey narrowly defeated Israel in the friendly game. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 25:24 lead after ten minutes. But Israel bounced back with a 26:17 run in the second frame to take an 8-point halftime lead. However Turkey erased the deficit with a 22:14 rally in the third term to even thing up at 64. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final quarter but Turkey snatched the victory, like it was predictable on Euro Palace online casino. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 15 points, while Cedi Osman (204-F-95) added 13 points in the win. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) notched 18 points and 10 boards for Israel. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) had 16 points in the defeat.

Israel: Omri Casspi 18+10 boards, Richard Howell 16
Turkey: Furkan Korkmaz 19, Bobby Dixon 15, Cedi Osman 13



Enel Brindisi adds Randle to their roster, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) added to their roster 32-year old American forward Brian Randle (203-85). He played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left. In three Eurocup games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Randle played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israeli league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 17 Winner League games he averaged 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Randle helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. He also played 8 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Randle also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention in 2015.
Randle has played previously professionally also in Germany (ALBA Berlin) and Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Brian Randle
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Center:
Cady Lalanne

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France wins Toulouse tournament, beats Italy in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

France - Italy 88-63

France posted the third straight win at the Toulouse tournament clinching the title. In Day 3 they overcame Italy 88:63.
Both teams nailed 27 points in the opening period, while France added a 20-14 for a 6-point halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 24-12 and finished the game with a 17-10 run.
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) netted 17. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) finished the game with 15 points, whilst Davide Pascolo (201-F/C-90) notched 10.



Vicenza tabs Antonio Chemello - by Eurobasket News

Banca Popolare Vicenza (Serie B) inked 18-year old guard Antonio Chemello (99). He played most recently at the junior team of Kleb Basket Ferrara in the Serie A2. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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MIA-RO Cantu tab Smith just out of college - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) landed 22-year old American center Ryan Smith (211-113kg-95). He just graduated from Tulane (NCAA). Smith has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he had 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Smith played at the AAC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
Randy Culpepper
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Christian Burns
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero
Ryan Smith

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Enel Brindisi adds Randle to their roster, ex Hapoel J-M - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) added to their roster 32-year old American forward Brian Randle (203-85). He played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left. In three Eurocup games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Randle played at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israeli league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 17 Winner League games he averaged 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Randle helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. He also played 8 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Randle also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention in 2015.
Randle has played previously professionally also in Germany (ALBA Berlin) and Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Brian Randle
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Center:
Cady Lalanne

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

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Olginate adds Planezio to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gordon Olginate (Serie B) added to their roster 26-year old forward Marco Planezio (196-91, agency: Players Group) from Bergamo Basket 2014. In 36 Serie B games he had 7.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Planezio was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2009.
He has played previously for three other teams: Treviglio, Piacenza and Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino.
On Planezio: A versatile player who gives his best at the two sides of the court. Shoots well even from long distance, has good athletic skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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DiNunno is back at Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Mike DiNunno (180-87kg-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Stara Zagora as he has played here before. DiNunno played last season at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 14 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!).
The previous (15-16) season DiNunno played at Iraklis in Greek A2 where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others DiNunno's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2013. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
DiNunno has played also professionally in Italy (Barese).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On DiNunno: An undersized scoring PG who was a proven double-figure scorer at the Division I level. He's working to other parts of the game, like basketball distribution, game reading and defensive effectiveness.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tokyo Cinq Reves tab coach Joe Navarro - by Eurobasket News

Tokyo Cinq Reves (B League D3) inked American coach Joe Navarro. He worked at Vancouver Volcanoes (IBL) in the U.S. He also used to guide Hiroshima and Kagawa in Japan.
Among other achievements Navarro's team was regular season runner-up in IBL Continental Division for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).

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Bambitious Nara may tab Tshilidzi Nephawe - by Eurobasket News

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) is about to agree terms with 28-year old South African ex-international center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-122kg-89, college: New Mexico State) who played last time at Sendai 89ers in n B League. In 62 games he had 10.7ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season. B League D2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Quite impressive season as he was invited to participate in the Japanese B League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
The previous (15-16) season Nephawe played at Kumamoto Vorters (NBL) where in 49 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nephawe's college team won WAC Tournament for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015). He was also voted All-WAC 2nd Team in 2014 and 2015.
Nephawe represented South Africa at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg.
Nephawe is a very experienced player.
He graduated from New Mexico State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
On Nephawe: Has a very intersting basketball body, and great athleticism for a 6'10" man, but he only started playing basketball at 17, and needs yet to leard the ABC of the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gardner re-signs at Niigata Albirex - by Eurobasket News

Niigata Albirex (B League) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American power forward Davante Gardner (203-124kg-91, college: Marquette). He was a team leader there last season. In 54 B League games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.9ppg and had 8.8rpg and 1.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Gardner played at Nishinomiya (NBL) where in 54 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 27.7ppg and recorded 10.7rpg (#4 in the league), 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese NBL Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Gardner has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012.
Gardner has played also professionally in France (Hyeres-Toulon).
He attended Marquette University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A forward/center with classic inside moves, great game situations reading and excellent body using. A little undersized to play the 4 position at NBA level, he could become a crtack at European leagues level, where he can spend some time at 5 position too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Astana keeps Kaselakis for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 27-year old Greek small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-108kg-90). He was a team leader there last season. In 6 National League games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. Kaselakis helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kaselakis played at Nea Kifisia in Greek A1. In 28 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team award back in 2009.
Kaselakis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Kaselakis has played previously for three other Greek teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Ilysiakos.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rustam Yargaliyev
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Justin Carter
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Leonidas Kaselakis
Ike_Joseph Udanoh
Denis Degtyarev

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  LATVIA  


Damier Pitts (ex Valmiera) signs at Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) landed 28-year old American point guard Damier Pitts (177-80kg-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 38 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.5spg last season. Pitts helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Pitts also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had 14.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Pitts played at BK Ventspils (also in LBL). In 38 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. Pitts also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg.
Pitts played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Iceland (KFI Isafjordur), Italy (Roseto) and Turkey (Istanbul DSI).
Pitts attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended Marshall University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Pitts is described as: An undersized scorping PG who can put the ball in the basket but also run a team.

Joensuun Kataja Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damier Pitts
Emil Djeen

Forwards:
Mikael Kauhanen
Alex Murphy

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Roberts Stumbris joins Nevezis - by Greg

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) added to their roster 24-year old Latvian small forward Roberts Stumbris (199-98kg-93). He played last season at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he had 14.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Stumbris also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

Nevezis Kedainiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Malcolm Grant
Gintautas Matulis
Rytis Juknevicius

Forwards:
Valery Likhodey
Laurynas Mikalauskas
Roberts Stumbris

Coach: Ramunas Cvirka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ourense adds Kohs to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ourense Termal (LEB Gold) added to their roster 20-year old Latvian forward Verners Kohs (203-74kg-97) on loan from Obradoiro. The last season Kohs played at GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga where in 21 games he recorded 13.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He was voted All-Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso (Italy) 1st Team in 2017.
Kohs represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 60.0%.
Kohs has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende) and Latvia (Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola, VEF Riga and VEF skola) and Spain (Zaragoza and Olivar).

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Latvia roll past Romania in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Romania 98:68

Latvia crushed visiting Romania in the friendly encounter at Arena Riga. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) and Janis Timma (201-F-92) notched 14 points each for the winners.
Latvia dominated from start to finish in this one. They claimed a 26:12 run ten minutes into the game. Latvia extended the lead in the second period. They accumulated a 56:31 halftime advantage. Latvia kept Romania at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) tossed in 13 points for the winning side. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) chipped in 19 points for Romania. Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Latvia: Davis Bertans 14, Janis Timma 14, Martins Meiers 13
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 19, Octavian Calota 17



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Ante Delas (ex Agropoli) may be added to Lietkabelis roster - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) is close to ink 29-year old Croatian international guard Ante Delas (200-88) who played last time at BCC Corvengenze Agropoli in Italy. Delas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 Serie A2 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He also played that season for Belfius Mons Hainaut in Belgian Euromillions League where in 17 games he had 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. Delas also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Delas received also Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like KK Split, KK_Zadar, Alkar Sinj, Cedevita and Trogir.
His game is described as: Ante represents the Croat Basketball School; he has an incredible thin frame but big talent. His shot is very fluid and he has a very quick release. He plays a lot on the point guard position even though his height reaches nearly the 2.05!! He is a 21st century point guard who can play in all five positions! He has good penetration in the basket and his drives are so accurate.

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

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Suduva-Mantinga lands Andrius Aleksandrovas - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (NKL) tabbed 31-year old forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-100kg-86) from Rasai. In 49 NKL games he averaged 13.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to win the KKML title.
The previous (15-16) season Aleksandrovas played at Nevezis (LKL) where in 36 games he had 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 16 games in Baltic League where he recorded 5.1ppg and 1.9rpg. Aleksandrovas contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Co-Defensive Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year award back in 2010.
Aleksandrovas was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team in 2006.
He has played previously for six other teams: Mazeikiai, Zalgiris II Kaunas, Druskininku, Zeimena Pabrades, Volukte and Kauno grudai.

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Palanga lands Bob Van Zijverden - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos (NKL) tabbed 22-year old Dutch center Bob Van Zijverden (212-95). He has played for the last two years at Ourense Termal in Spanish LEB Gold. But in three games he averaged just 0.7ppg last season.
Van Zijverden won Spanish EBA Group E Regular Season in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Spain for Gandia.

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Roberts Stumbris joins Nevezis - by Greg

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) added to their roster 24-year old Latvian small forward Roberts Stumbris (199-98kg-93). He played last season at BK Jekabpils in Latvian LBL league. In 32 games he had 14.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Stumbris also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

Nevezis Kedainiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Malcolm Grant
Gintautas Matulis
Rytis Juknevicius

Forwards:
Valery Likhodey
Laurynas Mikalauskas
Roberts Stumbris

Coach: Ramunas Cvirka

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T.Hesperange tabs Pierce Cumpstone, ex Bupa - by Eurobasket News

Telstar Hesperange (N2) inked 23-year old American forward Pierce Cumpstone (203-88kg-94, college: Stonehill). He played most recently at Bupa in Maltese Division 1. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Cumpstone received CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Cumpstone graduated from Stonehill College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Telstar Hesperange roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Donnersbach
Alex Harris
Pol Goebel

Forward:
Pierce Cumpstone

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T.Hesperange lands Alex Harris - by Eurobasket News

Telstar Hesperange (N2) tabbed 26-year old American guard Alex Harris (185-77kg-91). just graduated from CS Fullerton (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years.
Two years ago Harris was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in fourth round (61st overall).
He just graduated from CS Fullerton and it is his first season in pro basketball.

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Perry, Yi Hou and Chun Hong play major role in Malaysia's win - by Eurobasket News

CAGERS Perry Lim, Yifan Hou (196-F-92) Wong (196-F-96) and Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) marked their SEA Games debut with a rousing performance against Myanmar in front of a sell-out crowd at the Maba Stadium. Perry, 19, and Yi Hou and Chun Hong, both 21, played their part to help Malaysia crush Myanmar 95-42 in their opening men's basketball Group A match yesterday. It was a far cry from the last time both teams met - at the South-East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in May, where Malaysia struggled for a 96-71 win. Yesterday, forward Yi Hou topscored with 21 points while Chun Hong chipped in with 18 points. American-born forward Perry was the standout of the trio as he made huge contributions at both ends of the court with a double-double - 12 points and 15 rebounds. Among the highlights for the 1.95m Perry were several two-handed slam dunks and a spectacular rebound dunk late in the second quarter. 'It panned out exactly how I wanted it to. I really love the crowd and the atmosphere,' he said. 'Besides missing a couple of lay-ups, I thought I did pretty well. The team also did great although we were initially a little nervous. 'But tomorrow's (today's) game against Thailand is the most important one. We need to win to move into the semi-finals. Hopefully I can keep this form going.' Malaysia also have defending champions the Philippines in their group.
In Group B, 2015 silver medallists Indonesia powered to an 89-73 win over Vietnam while Singapore downed Cambodia 95-64. The Malaysian women also got off to a flying start in a bid to defend their gold medal. They scored 17 three-pointers to outgun Vietnam 88-54 in the seven-nation round-robin competition. Yin Yin Chong (166-G-93) top scored with 17 points while Wong Mei Chyn chipped in with 10 points.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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  MALTA  


T.Hesperange tabs Pierce Cumpstone, ex Bupa - by Eurobasket News

Telstar Hesperange (N2) inked 23-year old American forward Pierce Cumpstone (203-88kg-94, college: Stonehill). He played most recently at Bupa in Maltese Division 1. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Cumpstone received CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Cumpstone graduated from Stonehill College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Telstar Hesperange roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Donnersbach
Alex Harris
Pol Goebel

Forward:
Pierce Cumpstone

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  MEXICO  


Windsor Express ink Devin White, ex Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) signed 29-year old American forward Devin White (203-98kg-88, college: SUNO). He played this summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. The last season White played at MLP Academics Heidelberg in German ProA where in 35 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg (in top 5) and 1.2bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Southland Conference Tournament for two years in a row (2007 and 2008).
White has played also professionally in Germany (ETB Wohnbau).
He attended Southern University - New Orleans until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones

Forwards:
Devin White
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob

Center:
Taj Gray

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  MONTENEGRO  


Irkut lands Filip Samojlovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) tabbed 27-year old Montenegrin-Serbian point guard Filip Samojlovic (183-90). He played most recently at Olimpica BK Cerignola in Italian Serie C Silver. In 23 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Samojlovic played at Lusitania in Portuguese LPB where in 12 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.8apg.
He won Romanian Liga I championship title in 2013.
Samojlovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Samojlovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 2016 Ruse), Georgia, Slovenia (Zlatorog), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Ibar Rozaje and Teodo Tivat) and Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
Let's have closer look into Samojlovic's outlook: Filip has all qualities for top level point guard. He is a very quick player with or without the ball. He has excellent ball handling and passing abilities. Filip has a great court vision and he knows to run his team pretty well. Except his great basketball skills, he is also unselfish and he will do everything necessary to help the team win the game. Probably, his biggest weapon is his P&R game where he can easily penetrate or make assist. Thanks to his excellent court vision, he makes big problems to defence when playing P&R and he always finds open man or uses little space for penetrations. He is pretty good shooter from perimeter positions. He was suffering with shooting for 3 points but he has improved this a lot. He is one of rare modern point guard that has kept old skill of shooting off the dribble and he has high percentage from those shots. On defensive end he is very aggressive and he can play all types of defence from full court pressure to man-to-man half court defence. Filip is very smart player and he is completely focused on his basketball development. He uses his off season for individual work-outs and for skill development. Probably, his only weakness is his size but he has mastered his game to the level that he uses his size as his strength.

BC Irkut Irkutsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Filip Samojlovic
Mikhail Karpachev

Forward:
Alexey Babushkin

Center:
Alimdzhan Fedyushin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Montenegro dominate Belgium in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Belgium 78-64

Montenegro dominated Belgium in Toulouse at the International tournament with 4 teams. Montenegro posted a 78-64 win as two sides finished with 1-2 records.
Montenegro took a 22-13 lead, but Belgium replied with a similar 22-10 surge in the second frame. In the second half Montenegro looked better and posted two comfotbale vicotries. They won the third quarter 28-20 and closed the game with an 18-9 rally.
Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) notched 16. Tyrese RICE and Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92, college: Georgia) poured in 9 points each in a win. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 14 points in a loss and Quentin Serron (190-G-90) brought 10.



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  MYANMAR  


Perry, Yi Hou and Chun Hong play major role in Malaysia's win - by Eurobasket News

CAGERS Perry Lim, Yifan Hou (196-F-92) Wong (196-F-96) and Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) marked their SEA Games debut with a rousing performance against Myanmar in front of a sell-out crowd at the Maba Stadium. Perry, 19, and Yi Hou and Chun Hong, both 21, played their part to help Malaysia crush Myanmar 95-42 in their opening men's basketball Group A match yesterday. It was a far cry from the last time both teams met - at the South-East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in May, where Malaysia struggled for a 96-71 win. Yesterday, forward Yi Hou topscored with 21 points while Chun Hong chipped in with 18 points. American-born forward Perry was the standout of the trio as he made huge contributions at both ends of the court with a double-double - 12 points and 15 rebounds. Among the highlights for the 1.95m Perry were several two-handed slam dunks and a spectacular rebound dunk late in the second quarter. 'It panned out exactly how I wanted it to. I really love the crowd and the atmosphere,' he said. 'Besides missing a couple of lay-ups, I thought I did pretty well. The team also did great although we were initially a little nervous. 'But tomorrow's (today's) game against Thailand is the most important one. We need to win to move into the semi-finals. Hopefully I can keep this form going.' Malaysia also have defending champions the Philippines in their group.
In Group B, 2015 silver medallists Indonesia powered to an 89-73 win over Vietnam while Singapore downed Cambodia 95-64. The Malaysian women also got off to a flying start in a bid to defend their gold medal. They scored 17 three-pointers to outgun Vietnam 88-54 in the seven-nation round-robin competition. Yin Yin Chong (166-G-93) top scored with 17 points while Wong Mei Chyn chipped in with 10 points.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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  NBA  


The Magic signs Adreian Payne - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic signed 26-year old center Adreian Payne (208-111kg-91, college: Michigan State). He played last season at Minnesota Timberwolves. In 18 NBA games he had 3.5ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Payne played at another team Erie Bay Hawks where in three games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (15th overall). The former Michigan State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2012 and 2014. Payne was also voted NABC Division I All-District 7 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Payne has played previously for two other NBA teams: Austin Spurs and Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
He could be described: Extremely long athletic forward • Owns 7-foot-1 wingspan • Possesses some of the skills of a guard because he stood 6-foot-5 as a prep freshman • Has skills to knock down perimeter jump shot • Can be a shot-blocking presence due to his superior length and leaping ability • Effective in transition because of his straight line speed • Great hands with a knack for scoring in the low post.

Orlando Magic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arron Afflalo
Shelvin Mack
Jonathan Simmons
Troy Caupain

Forwards:
Marreese Speights
Wesley Iwundu

Centers:
Adreian Payne
Khem Birch

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @prioritysports)

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Clippers Hire Trent Redden As Assistant GM - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers will hire Trent Redden as assistant general manager. Redden was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in June along with David Griffin. Redden previously worked with Michael Winger with the Cavaliers, who is on the verge of leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Clippers. When the season starts try exciting games at Royal Vegas online casino.



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  NBA-G-LEAGUE  


Adetunji Adedipe named Lakeland Magic assistant GM - by Eurobasket News

Adetunji Adedipe has been named assistant general manager of the Lakeland Magic (G League), it was announce today by Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. Adedipe is in his third season with the Orlando Magic organization. He began his career as a basketball operations assistant for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League during the 2014-15 season prior to joining IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at IMG, Adedipe coached the Ascenders junior varsity and assisted in NBA pre-draft workouts. During the summer of 2015, he interned with the Philadelphia 76ers in the basketball operations department. Adedipe joined the Orlando Magic in September of 2015 as a basketball operations associate and served as basketball operations coordinator with the Erie BayHawks in 2016-17. Adedipe was a three-year letterman and former captain of the Ohio University men's basketball team. The Bobcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010 with a win over Georgetown. A native of Cleveland, Oh., Adedipe graduated from Ohio University in 2010 and received a master's degree in comparative politics in 2012.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NBLCANADA  


Windsor Express add Bridgeforth to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Brian Bridgeforth (208-86kg-94). He just graduated from Wash.Adventist (NAIA). In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.3apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected All-AII Div.II Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-AII Div.II 1st Team and voted to All-NAIA D2 Honorable Mention. Great season indeed as he was selected All-AII Div.II Defensive Player of the Year, All-USCAA D1 Player of the Year and voted to All-AII Div.II 1st Team.
As mentioned above Bridgeforth is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His team made it to the AII Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones

Forwards:
Devin White
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob
Brian Bridgeforth

Center:
Taj Gray

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Windsor Express ink Devin White, ex Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) signed 29-year old American forward Devin White (203-98kg-88, college: SUNO). He played this summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg. The last season White played at MLP Academics Heidelberg in German ProA where in 35 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg (in top 5) and 1.2bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Southland Conference Tournament for two years in a row (2007 and 2008).
White has played also professionally in Germany (ETB Wohnbau).
He attended Southern University - New Orleans until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones

Forwards:
Devin White
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob

Center:
Taj Gray

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Windsor Express tab Erik Durham - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) inked 23-year old American guard Erik Durham (193-86kg-94). He just graduated from Jacksonville State University (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. Durham helped them to win OVC Tournament.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Durham received NJCAA D1 All-Region XIV 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.

Windsor Express roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Griffin
Maurice Jones
Erik Durham

Forwards:
Devin White
Logan Stutz
Ayob Ayob
Brian Bridgeforth

Center:
Taj Gray

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams - by Eurobasket News

LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams (6'10''-F-95), a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore. Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming. The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed. 'The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,' a release posted on LSU's Athletics site read, 'including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.' LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: 'This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he's going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.'
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers - by Eurobasket News

Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure (6'9''-C) appears to have reclassified. According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university's online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year. It's not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season - he has not even been added to Rutgers' roster online - but if he's eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights. Even if he's not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He'll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Melbourne take down Wisconsin on the buzzer at Casey - by Eurobasket News

Melbourne United have made it two wins from two against US college teams to kick-off their 2017 pre-season. After defeating the Texas Longhorns in Nunawading on Wednesday night, United were made to work extremely hard for their win over the Wisconsin Badgers last night in Casey. In a hotly contested match-up, both team's depth was on full display as five players scored in double figures for Melbourne and four for Wisconsin. Tai Wesley (201-F-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) was the man who, when buckets were needed, stood up for United. Leading all scorers, Wesley finished with 23 points, including 3/5 from three-point land. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) (15 points), Damon Bozeman (190-G) (13 points), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) (12 points) and Jerry Evans (203-F-90, college: Nevada) (12 points) all ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over. Try new online slot machines here.
After the game, Wesley talked about how he's enjoying playing games against the high quality competition that Texas and Wisconsin are. 'I'm happy we got wins, especially tonight.' Wesley said. 'I'm glad to have games at this stage instead of just practice - practice kind of gets old and boring and monotonous - it's just good to be out playing and having fun.' 'This is what we do; we live to play games and not just practice, so it's good.' Wisconsin caught fire from beyond the arc, and used a 32-point third quarter to take a 72-65 lead into the fourth quarter. With Wisconsin holding onto a 4-point lead with 55 seconds remaining, a Majok Majok bucket, followed by a Wisconsin turnover gave United the ball trailing by 2 points with 15 seconds remaining. A Chris Goulding drive to the basket always draws the attention of the defence, and this time was no different. As Goulding drove into the paint, the Wisconsin defence followed and left shooters open on the wings. Goulding was able to find a wide-open Jerry Evans who did the rest. A triple with 2.7 seconds left on the clock gave United their first lead of the quarter and sent the Casey crowd into a frenzy. Wisconsin missed a last second triple to win the game, as United took the win 90-89. Evans, who starred against Texas, once again proved his worth and has made the most of his call-up from SEABL. Wesley loved what he saw from his new teammates. 'I was pretty impressed with the SEABL guys - how they handled the pressure in a tight game. I thought [Peter] Hooley and [Sam] Smart played well too.' Wesley said. There is no doubt that the Badgers provided a different match-up to that of the Longhorns, and Wesley was impressed with what they brought to the table. 'It was a different game than Texas - we had to come back and they were tough, so it was fun.' Wesley said. 'I was impressed with Wisconsin; they're very disciplined, they have very good post play and their guards shoot it really well. We tried to stop one thing and another thing got hot - it was hard.' Speaking of guards who shot it well, D'Mitrik Trice (180-G) and Kobe King (190-SF-98) did just that for Wisconsin. Trice and King combined for 35 points on 12/19 shooting. D'Mitrik, brother of current Brisbane Bullet Travis Trice (183-PG-93, college: Michigan St.), led the Badgers in scoring and showed just how dangerous he will be for the Badgers in their upcoming season. Draining 4/6 from beyond the arc for 19 points, whilst adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Trice proved difficult to stop all game. Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ (206-F-96) also impressed with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists - doing no damage to his 2018 NBA Draft stock. It should come as no surprise that Wesley's pre-season has started with a bang. An off-season in which he represented Guam has seen him return to Melbourne in great shape. Talking about his time with the Guam national team, Wesley highlights how it has him well prepared for the upcoming NBL season. 'I got to spend time playing on the Guam national team; we went to the Philippines and then played a tournament in Guam. Any time you can represent your country, it's a good experience.' Wesley said. 'I think the best thing about it as far as a Melbourne United standpoint is that I didn't stop playing. I wasn't sitting on the couch eating potato chips - I was actually playing and that helps.' Next up on Melbourne United's pre-season schedule is the NBL Blitz in the Latrobe Valley in early September.
Courtesy of: melbourneutd.com.au




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  NCAA3  


Young Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Covenant College - by Eurobasket News

After a national search of candidates, the Covenant men's basketball program has a new head coach as director of athletics Tim Sceggel has named Neal Young the 16th head coach in program history. Young comes to Covenant after spending the last four years as head coach at Goshen (Ind.) College. In addition to his head coaching role at Goshen, Young was an associate athletic director for compliance. 'I would like to thank Tim Sceggel, Dr. Brad Voyles, President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and the Board of Trustees for this incredible opportunity to lead the Covenant College men's basketball program,' Young said. 'I think the program is in a great spot and I know that I will be standing on the shoulders of former coaches Kyle Taylor and Arte Culver who have done a great job in setting our current team up for success.' 'I believe that Covenant offers a truly unique opportunity for a prospective recruit who is interested in competing at a high level athletically and receiving a top-notch education all while being pushed and supported to grow spiritually,' added Young. 'Covenant College is committed to the discipleship of its students at a level that I have yet to encounter anywhere else. I believe some of the great Christian leaders of the next generation are our current and future students.' 'Neal's name quickly rose to the top of our search due to his proven ability as a head coach in discipleship, recruiting, and pursuing excellence on the court,' Sceggel said. 'His advanced experience integrating his faith into his coaching was particularly compelling. As a result, we are thrilled to have Neal lead the men's basketball program.' Young had success leading Goshen, an NAIA Division II member. His 2015-16 team recorded its second double-digit victory season in 46 years of Crossroads League basketball. Goshen went 19-13 overall and 10-8 in league play, hosting a CL tournament game for the first time since 2005, and produced an NAIA All-American in the process. This past year, the Maple Leafs toppled No. 1-ranked University of St. Francis for the program's first-ever win over a top-ranked opponent. 'A thank you is also in order to my former administration, former assistants and former players at Goshen,' added Young. 'It was their initial belief in me, hard work for me, and buy-in to me that allowed us to have the success we had at Goshen and helped open the door for this opportunity at Covenant.' Continued Young, 'I would also like to publicly thank and acknowledge my wife of nine years, Maggie,' added Young. 'She has been steadfast in her support of my passion to disciple young men through basketball from the time I was coaching freshman boys basketball in empty gyms, to my years as an assistant coach making just enough to get by, to the ups and downs we experienced at Goshen in my first chance to lead a program, to this amazing opportunity to Covenant. She is simultaneously the best recruit I have ever signed as well as the best assistant I have ever had and I would not be able to do what I do without her.' The head coaching position at Goshen was Young's second stint at the institution as he also served as the associate head coach of the program for three seasons from 2008-11. Young also was an assistant coach at Lewis University from 2011-13 where he helped the Flyers to 36 wins in two seasons. He coached a pair of All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections, while assisting Lewis to the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament. Prior to joining the college ranks, Young coached for a season at Anderson Highland High School. Young earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Anderson (Ind.) University in 2008, where he was also a three-year member of the men's basketball program. Young gained a master's degree in organizational leadership from Lewis University in 2013. Young will take over a Covenant program that has produced consecutive winning seasons for just the second time in team history. The Scots look to return four starters and have brought in a talented recruiting class. Three of those four starters were key contributors on Covenant's NCAA Tournament team in 2016. 'My mission in taking over at Covenant will be the same that it has always been. We will create a culture of selflessness and fearlessness that will attract passionate, competitive, like-minded players who are bought into being pushed in every aspect of who they are,' Young said. 'I believe this culture is one that will produce teams who win on the court but more importantly men who go on to win as followers of Christ, husbands, dads, professionals, and disciple-makers.' Covenant qualified for the USA South Tournament last season in a league that saw parody and competitiveness up and down the 11-team conference. Young is relishing the opportunity to dive into the conference and get the Scots back on top. 'I have relationships with some current and former USA South coaches so I know how competitive the league is and I know that it will be a challenge to get Covenant the top spot consistently,' noted Young. 'The fact that only four wins separated the No. 1 team from the No. 10 team last year speaks to just how fine the line is in this league. That being said, the challenge is exciting to me and I know our current players are excited as well. I am just ready to get on campus and begin the process of getting to know the players as well as beginning the process of recruiting the next batch of players to keep this program moving in the right direction.'
Courtesy of: athletics.covenant.edu



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  NICARAGUA  


Duane James (ex Isidro Metapan) agreed terms with Bufalos - by Eurobasket News

LNB newcomer Bufalos de Managua inked experienced 34-year old American (has also Spaniard passport) forward Duane James (196-100kg-83, college: Binghamton). He played in the summer at Isidro Metapan in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.9spg. James helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura 2nd Team. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league. But in three Liga Americas games he did not score anything.
James' team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. James has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). James has played previously professionally in Denmark (Horsholm), United Kingdom (London Lions, Leicester Riders and Paws London Capitals), Spain (Caceres_Basket, CB Granada and CB Guadalajara), Nicaragua (Los Trinis) and Panama (Panteras).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Binghamton University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
James' game is described as: He is an Intelligent and skilled hard nosed player who can do everything a for a team. Duane Has terrific scoring abilities a great rebounder and a tough defender, Gifted with athleticism and understands the game at a very high level. Very Coach-able.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  


Eric Gilchrese (ex Baerum Basket) is a newcomer at Umea - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-88kg-87, college: New Hampshire). He played most recently at Baerum Basket in Norwegian BLNO. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.9apg (leader !!!) and 4.0spg (leader !!!) last season. Gilchrese helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ammerud Bskt (also in BLNO) where in 23 games he averaged remarkable 19.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg and 3.3spg (leader !!!). Gilchrese contributed to his team winning the regular season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 2nd Team.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Dukes and UBSC Graz) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, Riptide and The Storm).
Worth to mention Gilchrese played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended University of New Hampshire until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great playmaker and 3 point shooter, he is very physical on defense and likes to drive to the basket in the paint.

Umea BSKT roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eric Gilchrese
Rami Ghanem
Nick Schlitzer
Arik Smith
Anton Leth

Center:
Andre Nilsson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PANAMA  


Panama will host a friendly game against Mexico tonight - by Robert OConnell

Team Panama will have their second friendly game for the Americup that will start next week. Panama faced University of New Orleans last week with an easy win 95-63 with a good performance of Iverson Molinar (183-PG-99) the high school player with 24pts and point guard Geno Luzcando (190-G-95) with 16pts and 4 ast.

Tonight they will face one of the toughest team of this tournament Mexico, that will bring most of their A team with the only abcense of Gustavo Ayon (207-C-85, college: San Jose St.) but they will bring former NBA Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) and some of their best players such as: Israel Gutierrez (206-C-93), Juan Toscano (198-F-93, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket), Hector Hernandez (205-PF-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) and Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86, agency: Pro Sports).

This game will be host in the Justo Arosemena Gym and private high school in Panama City. This game has been advertised as free for all public and will be televised by the goverment channel.



Panama National team for Americup 2017 - by Robert OConnell

This is the Panamanian National Senior team for the FIBA Americup this month, Panama will be in group D with team USA, Dominican Republic and the host team Uruguay.

This team is bringing three young players that will play for the first time in the senior team, one of them is a high school player and a few veterans that will bring their experience to the team.

This tournament will give up seven spots for the Panamerican games next year.

This is the team:

Guards:
Geno Luzcando (190-G-95) PG Idaho State NCAA
Joel Munoz (183-PG-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) PG Toros de Chiriqui PAN
Iverson Molinar (183-PG-99) G Christian Ministries Academy HS
Jose Montenegro (183-G) SG Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce PAN
Jonathan King (198-F/G-90, college: Abil.Christian) G/F Aguilas de Costa del Este PAN

Forwards:
Tony Bishop (201-F-89, college: Texas St.) F Kanazawa Samuraiz JAP
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) F Atletico Echague Parana ARG
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) F Cocodrilos de Caracas VEN
Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) F Club Trouville Montevideo URU
Luis Henriquez (195-F-96) F Universidad del Sagrado Corazon PR

Centers:
Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama) C Atletico Welcome URU
Jamaal Levy (206-F/C-83, college: Wake Forest) F/C Weber Bahia Blanca Basket ARG

Coach: Manuel Hussein
Asistant: Adriano Macias




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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 LaDontae HENTON
  Alaska Aces
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Henton, Alaska Aces33.3 
 2. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 3. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 4. Durham, Meralco .25.8 
 5. McKines, SM Be.22.7 
 6. Craig, TNT K.21.7 
 7. Fuller, NLEX R.21.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.20.5 
 9. Pringle, Globalport20.0 
 10. Lassiter, SM Be.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron FULLER
  NLEX R.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Fuller, NLEX R.18.2 
 2. Durham, Meralco .18.2 
 3. Craig, TNT K.16.7 
 4. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 5. McKines, SM Be.14.3 
 6. Anthony, Globalport12.0 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces11.5 
 8. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.7 
 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.6.2 
 6. Castro-W., TNT K.6.0 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 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. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 5. Jazul, Phoenix1.8 
 6. Newsome, Meralco .1.7 
 7. Elorde, KIA Picanto1.5 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 
 10. Erram, Blackwater1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 John Paul ERRAM
  Blackwater
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Erram, Blackwater3.0 
 2. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.3 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Aces2.0 
 5. Santos, SM Beermen1.7 
 6. Baclao, Alaska Aces1.5 
 7. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.5 
 9. Phelps, Phoenix1.5 
 10. Al-Hussaini, NLEX R.1.2 


Gilas salvages seventh place in FIBA Asia Cup campaign - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas dropped a 10-0 blast in the last 1:47 minutes left in the game to edge Jordan, 75-70, last August 20 to clinched seventh place and end its campaign in a high note in the conclusion of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon.

The seventh place finish was the worst for the Philippines since its eighth place finish in 2009.

Gilas finished second in the last two editions in 2015 and 2013.

Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92) and Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) both finished with 13 points apiece to pace the nationals, who pulled of the win despite shooting a dismal 34 percent from the field.

Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) led the Jordanian side with 21 points.

The Filipinos were still leading, 65-59, when Jordan, coached by former player Sam Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.), scored an 11-0 run to seize the lead on Alawadi's basket.

The scores:

Philippines (75) - Romeo 13, Wright 13, Cruz 9, Aguilar 8, Castro 8, Abueva 6, Norwood 5, Almazan 4, Jalalon 4, Fajardo 3, Pogoy 2.

Jordan (70) - Alawadi 21, Hussein 13, Alhamarsheh 12, Abdeen 10, Abu Hawwas 8, Zaghab 3, Eid 0, Abuwazaneh 0.

Quarterscores: 17-17; 35-27; 58-53; 75-70.

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



Gilas survives Thailand for SEAG first win - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas survived a scare from Thailand, 81-74, to notch a win in its initial assignment last August 20 at the start of the men's basketball competitions in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kiefer Ravena (181-G/F-93), Baser Amer, Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93), and Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii) exerted extra effort to pull of the win and give the pro-dominant Filipino crowd in the MABA Stadium something to cheer about.

With a team made up of mostly cadets, the Filipinos made their work cut out for them by the tough stand from the Thais who were lead by 17 points from Thai-American Tyler Lamb (196-G-91, college: Long Beach St.).

Troy Rosario (201-PF-92) paced Gilas with 16 markers and 10 rebounds while starting at center while Standhardinger, coming from a stint in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, added 15 points and 10 boards.

The Thais were leading, 71-69, with four minutes left until Ravena and company unleashed a 12-3 finishing kick compounded by Lamb fouling out within the last two minutes of the game.

The scores:

Philippines (81) - Rosario 16, Standhardinger 15, Parks 14, Ravena 11, Tolomia 8, Amer 6, Jose 6, Vosotros 3, Ferrer 2, Paras 0, Pessumal 0.

Thailand (74) - Lamb 17, Samerjai 12, Ananti 11, P. Klahan 10, Jakrawan 9, C. Klahan 5, Kruatiwa 4, Apriomvilaichai 4, Chanthacon 2, Ghogar 0, Muangboon 0, Lakhan 0.

Quarterscores: 22-12, 36-34, 60-59, 81-74.

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



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  POLAND  


Anwil lands Szymon Szewczyk - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) tabbed experienced 35-year old international power forward Szymon Szewczyk (209-111kg-82) from Stal Ostrow. In 42 PLK games he averaged 9.5ppg and 4.8rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Szewczyk played at Stelmet (TBL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Szewczyk contributed to his team winning the league title and the Supercup. Szewczyk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 4.9ppg and 1.4rpg. Szewczyk contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2003 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (35th overall).
Szewczyk has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2001 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Szewczyk also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.0ppg.
Szewczyk is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and Braunschweig), Italy (Roma Virtus, Umana Venezia, Scandone Avellino and Scafati), Russia (Lokomotiv), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Poland (AZS Koszalin and Polpharma).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Anwil.
Let's have closer look into Szewczyk's outlook: Best Polish prospect his age. Great parformance close to the basket. Can rebound and block. He is a center that is tremendous athlete, with speed, quickness and outstanding elevation. It's the genes, as his father is a coach and former 1st Division player. He's a great scorer, from anywhere (3-pointers to dunks) and with any sort of shot or move, as he is a fine ballhandler. On defense, he has a lot to learn but he can block shots. He uses his athleticism to be an excellent rebounder. A super prospect!.

Anwil Wloclawek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kamil Laczynski
Myles McKay

Forwards:
Pawel Leonczyk
Michal Nowakowski
Jaroslaw Zyskowski

Centers:
Szymon Szewczyk
Josip Sobin

Coach: Igor Milicic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siarka inks Piotr Niedzwiedzki - by Greg

Siarka Tarnobrzeg (1Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old ex-international center Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-93). He played last season at Gornik Walbrzych in the 2Liga. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 19.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. Niedzwiedzki helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BM Slam Stal (TBL) where in 9 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. Niedzwiedzki also played that season for PGE Turow (TBL). In 8 games he averaged 3.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got just 2.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0bpg.

Siarka Tarnobrzeg roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Arkadiusz Papka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Poland top Russia in Hamburg to finish second - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Russia 81-78

Poland topped Russia in Hamburg to finish second at the SuperCup 2017. They grabbed an 81-78 win for a 21 record, while Russia lost all three games to finish last.
Both sides exchanged the wins in the first half as Poland had 34-31 halftime advantage. Russia pulled back with a 23-17 run in the third period, while Poland closed the game with a final 30-24 rally.
A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 16 points and Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) delivered 13. Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) scored 11 and Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) brought 9. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 20 points for Russia and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 18.



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  PORTUGAL  


Kataja Basket adds Marzette to their roster, ex CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Alex Marzette (196-84kg-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. Marzette helped them to make it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Portuguese LPB All-Star Game and All-Newcomers Team.
His team won MPBA Regular Season in 2016.
Marzette graduated from Robert Morris College in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Joensuun Kataja Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damier Pitts
Emil Djeen
Alex Marzette

Forwards:
Mikael Kauhanen
Alex Murphy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Oradea land Christian-Radu Chitu - by Eurobasket News

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) agreed on terms of a training camp deal with 18-year old small forward Christian-Radu Chitu (200-99). He played last season at the junior team of ACS 4 Sports in the Liga I.
Chitu represented Romania at the European Championships U18 Division B in Tallinn (Estonia) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 42.9%.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Obadiah Trotter
Martin Zeno
Muhamed Pasalic
Andrei Mandache
Pedja Stamenkovic

Forwards:
Arturas Valeika
Goran Gajovic
Sergiu Pop
Christian-Radu Chitu

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latvia roll past Romania in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Romania 98:68

Latvia crushed visiting Romania in the friendly encounter at Arena Riga. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) and Janis Timma (201-F-92) notched 14 points each for the winners.
Latvia dominated from start to finish in this one. They claimed a 26:12 run ten minutes into the game. Latvia extended the lead in the second period. They accumulated a 56:31 halftime advantage. Latvia kept Romania at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) tossed in 13 points for the winning side. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) chipped in 19 points for Romania. Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Latvia: Davis Bertans 14, Janis Timma 14, Martins Meiers 13
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 19, Octavian Calota 17



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  RUSSIA  


Poland top Russia in Hamburg to finish second - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Russia 81-78

Poland topped Russia in Hamburg to finish second at the SuperCup 2017. They grabbed an 81-78 win for a 21 record, while Russia lost all three games to finish last.
Both sides exchanged the wins in the first half as Poland had 34-31 halftime advantage. Russia pulled back with a 23-17 run in the third period, while Poland closed the game with a final 30-24 rally.
A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 16 points and Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) delivered 13. Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) scored 11 and Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) brought 9. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 20 points for Russia and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 18.



Irkut lands Filip Samojlovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) tabbed 27-year old Montenegrin-Serbian point guard Filip Samojlovic (183-90). He played most recently at Olimpica BK Cerignola in Italian Serie C Silver. In 23 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Samojlovic played at Lusitania in Portuguese LPB where in 12 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.8apg.
He won Romanian Liga I championship title in 2013.
Samojlovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Samojlovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 2016 Ruse), Georgia, Slovenia (Zlatorog), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Ibar Rozaje and Teodo Tivat) and Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
Let's have closer look into Samojlovic's outlook: Filip has all qualities for top level point guard. He is a very quick player with or without the ball. He has excellent ball handling and passing abilities. Filip has a great court vision and he knows to run his team pretty well. Except his great basketball skills, he is also unselfish and he will do everything necessary to help the team win the game. Probably, his biggest weapon is his P&R game where he can easily penetrate or make assist. Thanks to his excellent court vision, he makes big problems to defence when playing P&R and he always finds open man or uses little space for penetrations. He is pretty good shooter from perimeter positions. He was suffering with shooting for 3 points but he has improved this a lot. He is one of rare modern point guard that has kept old skill of shooting off the dribble and he has high percentage from those shots. On defensive end he is very aggressive and he can play all types of defence from full court pressure to man-to-man half court defence. Filip is very smart player and he is completely focused on his basketball development. He uses his off season for individual work-outs and for skill development. Probably, his only weakness is his size but he has mastered his game to the level that he uses his size as his strength.

BC Irkut Irkutsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Filip Samojlovic
Mikhail Karpachev

Forward:
Alexey Babushkin

Center:
Alimdzhan Fedyushin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marko Pecarski (ex FC Bayern II) joins Partizan training camp - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their training camp roster with addition of Serbian center Marko Pecarski (208-98kg). He played most recently at FC Bayern Muenchen II in German ProB. In two games he recorded 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Pecarski also spent pre-season at BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (previous name Mega Leks) that year. He won German NBBL championship title. Pecarski received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team award in 2017.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. Pecarski's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 12.6ppg, Reb-4 (8.3rpg), 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 67.5%.
Pecarski Zemun.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Partizan.

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen
Strahinja Gavrilovic

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Almir Hadzisehovic agreed terms with Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov - by Greg

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Serbian center Almir Hadzisehovic (203-109kg-92, college: Alaska-Fairbanks). He played most recently at Torrelodones in Spanish EBA league. In 25 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Hadzisehovic graduated from Alaska-Fairbanks in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bo Barnes
Brandon Peters
Shai Fields

Center:
Almir Hadzisehovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stanojevic is back at Handlova - by Michal Duchovic

MBK Handlova (SBL) signed 29-year old Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88). It is actually his comeback to MBK Handlova as he has played here before. Stanojevic played last season at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 25 games he had 14.3ppg, 7.6rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.7apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Stanojevic played at Borac in Serbian KLS where in 30 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
Stanojevic won Serbian B League championship title in 2008.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crnokosa and Tamis.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Landenbergue
Jakub Novysedlak
Filip Dratva
Miroslav Matych
Marcus Tyus
Doug Brooks

Forwards:
Ondrej Haviar
Jovan Djordjevic

Centers:
Bojan Stanojevic
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic



Ioannis Dimakopoulos agreed terms with Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Greek center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-116kg-94). He just graduated from Cal-Irvine (NCAA). Dimakopoulos has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg last season. Dimakopoulos helped them to win the regular season and make it to the Big West Tournament final. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-Big West 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Dimakopoulos' college team won Big West Tournament in 2015.
He represented Greece at the CIT Championship Finalist last year.
Dimakopoulos has played previously for another Serbian team Panathinaikos.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (By Chris Mammides)
Talented center prospect whose best days are ahead; possesses a diversity of abilities; excellent rebounder and shot blocker who can score in the paint and has a nice touch up to 20 feet; runs the floor well (for his age and experience) and has a good feel for the game; very productive with the minutes he is given, the Big man from Patras even though just 16 years old has a tough body, and is improved his posting up a lot the last year who spent in the Green academy of Panathinaikos. Giannis gets very good position in the paint, a very good finisher and a tough, consistent defender. Along with being a facilitator, he is also capable of scoring. Does not shoot from the outside a lot but in the post he can do the job with one way or the otehr. The scouters of Panathinaikos smell the young talent in Patras and immediately sign him up as his height and his talent are somehow quite disappearing today in Greece
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BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Aleksandar Aranitovic
Ian Baker

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Jamie Skeen
Strahinja Gavrilovic

Centers:
Ioannis Dimakopoulos
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia edge Germany to win SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Serbia 56:87

Serbia edge Germany to win SuperCup 2017 in Hamburg. Serbia posted a comfortable 87-56 win to finish with a 3-0 record on top. Germany ended up on the third place with a 1-2 record.
Serbia took a 27-17 lead after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. They led 10 points at the halftime and them limited the hosts to just 6 points in the third period. Moreover they won the last stanza 24-16 for the final success.
Stefan Bircevic (210-C/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 20. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) poured in 8.



Vladimir Stimac signs at Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) landed 30-year old Serbian international center Vladimir Stimac (210-118kg-87, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Besiktas (BSL). In 40 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. Stimac helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Stimac also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.3ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!) and 1.2apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stimac played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 11 KLS games he recorded 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Stimac contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Stimac also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 6.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Stimac also played 24 games in ABA League where he got 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. The other team Stimac played shortly was Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
Stimac has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Stimac represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg.
Stimac is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Latvia (Valmiera and Ventspils), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Turkey (Banvit and Eskisehir Basket).
Let's have closer look into Stimac's outlook: Stimac is another very rich skilled Serbian center with many prospects in the European (and not only) courts. Vladimir is the total definition of a newly "born" center. Has very good skills in the paint, Can defense much taller opponents, can dash down any rebound in both edges and can do all the dirty job that a coach might ask him.
Has many weaknesses in the fouling as he can easily fouled out as his opponent can easily predict his passion and obsession in the game so they can simply take him out in no time. In the last European championship he only played for 18 minutes per game and had 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. He needs to work hard in order to add some fantasy in his game, plus a lot of workout in his shots from the charity line, as his percentages are really poor, around 40% !!
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dogus Balbay
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams
Onuralp Bitim

Forwards:
Krunoslav Simon
Birkan Batuk
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Berk Demir
Ricky Ledo
Yigitcan Saybir

Centers:
Vladimir Stimac
Bryant Dunston

Coach: Velimir Perasovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SEYCHELLES  


Abdel Kader Sylla joins Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old Seychellois center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90) from Entente Orleans 45. In 16 ProA games in France he had 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg last season.
Sylla's team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Final Four in 2012. He was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team back in 2011.
Sylla's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Sylla has played previously professionally also in Seychelles (Cobras) and France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy).
On Sylla: An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Smith
Luka Asceric
Theo Bouteille

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

Centers:
Abdel_Kader Sylla
Ferdinand Prenom
Emryss Mormin

Coach: Emmanuel Schmitt

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  SLOVAKIA  


Stanojevic is back at Handlova - by Michal Duchovic

MBK Handlova (SBL) signed 29-year old Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88). It is actually his comeback to MBK Handlova as he has played here before. Stanojevic played last season at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 25 games he had 14.3ppg, 7.6rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.7apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Stanojevic played at Borac in Serbian KLS where in 30 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
Stanojevic won Serbian B League championship title in 2008.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crnokosa and Tamis.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Landenbergue
Jakub Novysedlak
Filip Dratva
Miroslav Matych
Marcus Tyus
Doug Brooks

Forwards:
Ondrej Haviar
Jovan Djordjevic

Centers:
Bojan Stanojevic
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic



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  SOUTH AFRICA  


Bambitious Nara may tab Tshilidzi Nephawe - by Eurobasket News

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) is about to agree terms with 28-year old South African ex-international center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-122kg-89, college: New Mexico State) who played last time at Sendai 89ers in n B League. In 62 games he had 10.7ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season. B League D2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Quite impressive season as he was invited to participate in the Japanese B League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
The previous (15-16) season Nephawe played at Kumamoto Vorters (NBL) where in 49 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nephawe's college team won WAC Tournament for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015). He was also voted All-WAC 2nd Team in 2014 and 2015.
Nephawe represented South Africa at the African Championships in Libya eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0.8ppg.
Nephawe is a very experienced player.
He graduated from New Mexico State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
On Nephawe: Has a very intersting basketball body, and great athleticism for a 6'10" man, but he only started playing basketball at 17, and needs yet to leard the ABC of the game.

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PE and Cape Town HERE WE COME!! - by Gianni Pascucci

(courtesy Alvina Naicker, bnl.Sa) The Basketball National League is BACK!!! The 2017 season sees a number of enhancements which will have a lot of fans & players filled with excitement. This year sees the league take to the road as games will be played in 3 Cities namely Johannesburg, Cape Town as well as Port Elizabeth.
This move had been long awaited and the announcement has many people elated at the thought of having some of the best players in the game coming their way.
The league will tip off on the 15th of September and will run until the 4th of November 2017. Games will, as always, be broadcast on SuperSportTV. This season sees a different format which will see 10 teams being pitted against each other in a 5 game series. This means that the regular season, or 1st part of the season, will be made up of 5 playoff-type series which will see winners advance to the next phase.
Only 2 teams have been able to win the league title in its previous 4 seasons, and both have been Gauteng giants namely Tshwane Suns and Egoli Magic who each had back-to-back wins respectively. It will be interesting to see how teams have made adjustments in best positioning themselves for glory. Perhaps 2 teams that will be closely watched will be the Soweto Panthers as well as the Western Cape Mountaineers. The Mountaineers have shown continued improvements in the past few seasons and made a great run last season which saw them make the final 4. The Panthers, on the other hand, have always shown great potential, but seem to lose steam when it matters the most. It will be interesting to see the sort of changes/adjustments that the teams have made ahead of the season.
There have been a lot of trade-talks and rumours as far as player-movement is concerned, and with most teams still holding their cards close to their chests; it will be interesting to learn about rosters once all have been finalized. 1 thing that is guaranteed though is that we have another great season ahead of us. Our Senior Men's National Team, aMagenge, are preparing for the AfroBasket Tournament which will be co-hosted by Tunisia & Senegal from 8-16 September. This is a great feat for South Africa and the entire basketball community is behind them on what promises to be a great start to a big summer for basketball.
The 1st round match-ups are as follows:
Egoli Magic vs Mpumalanga Rhinos
Tshwane Suns vs Limpopo Pride
Soweto Panthers vs North West Eagles
East Cape Windbreakers vs Kwazulu Natal Marlins
Northern Cape Zebras vs Western Cape Mountaineers



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Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia lands Marcos Portalez - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia tabbed 22-year old power forward Marcos Portalez (204-95) from Magia Huesca. In 32 LEB Gold games he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
Portalez played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2016.
He represented Spain at the World Championships U17 in Kaunas (Lithuania) five years ago. Portalez's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 52.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Portalez has played previously for four other teams: Zaragoza, Olivar, Navarra and Araberri.

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ander Garcia
Joe De_Ciman
Gaizka Maiza

Forwards:
Ibon Guridi
Andrija Simovic
Kenny Kaminski

Center:
Marcos Portalez

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

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old British forward Dylan Gomez (194-89). He played there last season. But in 11 EBA games he had just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
Gomez played in the final of British EBL Division Two in 2010.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year.
Gomez has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Northumbria) and Gibraltar (Mill Pharmacy).

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

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

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Ourense adds Kohs to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ourense Termal (LEB Gold) added to their roster 20-year old Latvian forward Verners Kohs (203-74kg-97) on loan from Obradoiro. The last season Kohs played at GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga where in 21 games he recorded 13.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He was voted All-Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso (Italy) 1st Team in 2017.
Kohs represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 60.0%.
Kohs has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende) and Latvia (Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola, VEF Riga and VEF skola) and Spain (Zaragoza and Olivar).

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Iker Barbero agreed terms with Quintanar - by Eurobasket News

Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Iker Barbero (192-92) from Mondragon Unibersitatea. In 24 EBA games he recorded 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg in 2015-16 season.

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Cazorla lands Angel Moro - by Eurobasket News

CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior (EBA) landed 24-year old point guard Angel Moro (182-93) from Gijon Basket 2015. In 25 EBA games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg last season.

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Benidorm signs Billy McDonald, ex Schwabing - by Eurobasket News

Servigroup Benidorm (EBA) signed 23-year old American forward Billy McDonald (198-95kg-94, college: Caldwell, agency: SportsVision-Service). He played last season at MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing in German Regionalliga. In 5 games he had 13.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg. McDonald also played that season for Baskets Vilsbiburg (also in Regionalliga) where in 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.
His team was Runner-Up of CACC North Division Regular Season 2015.
McDonald graduated from Caldwell College in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

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Dunston re-signs at Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) confirmed in their roster 23-year old American power forward CJ Dunston (196-94, college: Lancaster Bible). He played there last season. In 17 EBA games he recorded 11.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.3spg. Dunston also played that season for Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda where in only one EBA game he averaged just 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won NEAC Tournament in 2016. Dunston was also voted All-NEAC Player of the Year and All-NEAC 1st Team in 2015 and 2016.
He graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergio de_la_Rua
David Avila

Forwards:
Raul Lazaro
Alfio Niello
CJ Dunston

Center:
Pape Sow

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Cambados welcome back Orellano - by Eurobasket News

Xuven Cambados (LEB Silver) tabbed 28-year old Argentinian guard Juan Martin Orellano (190-89). It is actually his comeback to Cambados as he has played here before. Orellano is a well-known player in Spanish LEB Silver where he played most recently at Zornotza in LEB Silver. However his team was relegated to EBA. In 38 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Orellano helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Xuven Cambados. In 25 LEB Silver games he had 3.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg.
Orellano won Spanish EBA championship title in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Orellano has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Boca Juniors and Quimsa).

Xuven Cambados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Martin Orellano
Otar Pkhakadze
Samuel Barros

Forwards:
Bernard Morena
Pablo Villarejo
Yago Estevez
Will Saunders
Martin Bello

Centers:
Vladzimir Krysevich
Carlos Poyatos

Coach: Chiqui Barros

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Michael Balkovic signs at Tarragona - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Tarragona 2017 (EBA) landed 24-year old American forward Michael Balkovic (198-100kg-93, college: Caldwell, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from Innova Chef. In 21 EBA games in Spain he averaged impressive 17.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season.
Among other achievements Balkovic's team was regular season runner-up in CACC North Division in 2015. He received also All-CACC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Balkovic graduated from Caldwell College in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

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Navarra keeps Narros for another season - by Eurobasket News

KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona (LEB Silver) re-signed experienced 36-year old guard Inaki Narros (196-81). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 30 LEB Silver games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.2ppg and recorded 3.2rpg and 1.7apg last season.
Among other achievements Narros' team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 3rd Team award back in 2009.
Narros has spent his entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Burgos, Melilla_Baloncesto, Gijon, Palencia_Baloncesto, Un.Computense and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B.
Narros is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Navarra.

KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Inaki Narros
Arturo Cruz

Forwards:
Javier Lacunza
Stefan Andelkovic

Coach: David Mangas

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Granada keeps Vigo for another season - by Eurobasket News

Coviran Granada (LEB Silver) re-signed Marcos Vigo. He played there last season. But in two LEB Silver games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.

Coviran Granada roster for 2017-2018:

Eloy Almazan
Ferran Torres
Devin Wright
Manuel Rodriguez
Carlos Corts
Marcos Vigo

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Nobel Boungou-Colo (ex Khimki) is a newcomer at Real Betis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old French ex-international forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Congolese passport. Boungou-Colo played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 13 Eurocup games he recorded 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Boungou-Colo also played 27 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Boungou-Colo played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 32 ProA games he had 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.8apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Boungou-Colo also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.3apg.
Boungou-Colo has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he won French ProA championship title in 2015. Boungou-Colo received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014. He was a member of French Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Boungou-Colo has played also professionally for other French teams like Le Mans, Sluc Nancy, Hyeres-Toulon, ADA Blois and Entente Orleans 45.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saul Blanco
Donnie McGrath
Alfonso Sanchez
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Samardo Samuels
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Jordan Swing

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

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Marbella inks Juan Pedro Jimenez - by Eurobasket News

Club Sanduba Marbella signed 20-year old forward Juan Pedro Jimenez (199-97). He played last season at UCAM Murcia II in the EBA. In 22 games he had 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. Jimenez helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
He has played previously for two other teams: Unicaja B Malaga and Clinicas Rincon.

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Medina re-signs at Agustinos-Leclerc - by Eurobasket News

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon (LEB Silver) confirmed in their roster 24-year old point guard Jose Medina (185-93). He played there last season. In 30 LEB Silver games he had 13.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Medina played at Smurfit Kappa BBall Cordoba (EBA) where in 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.6apg (leader !!!) and 2.7spg (in top 4). Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team.
He represented Spain at the 3x3 Youth Olympic Games in Italy six years ago.
Medina has played previously for four other teams: Caceres_Basket, Jerez, Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team and Moron.

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Garcia re-signs at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia - by Eurobasket News

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 28-year old swingman Ander Garcia (194-89). He played there last season. In 28 LEB Silver games he had 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. Garcia helped them to win the LEB Silver title.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zornotza (also in LEB Silver) where in 26 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Garcia was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Guard of the Year back in 2013.
He has played previously for six other teams: Baskonia, Meridiano Baza, Archena, Cambados, Araberri and Alona Mendi.

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ander Garcia
Joe De_Ciman
Gaizka Maiza

Forwards:
Ibon Guridi
Andrija Simovic
Kenny Kaminski

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Duane James (ex Isidro Metapan) agreed terms with Bufalos - by Eurobasket News

LNB newcomer Bufalos de Managua inked experienced 34-year old American (has also Spaniard passport) forward Duane James (196-100kg-83, college: Binghamton). He played in the summer at Isidro Metapan in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.9spg. James helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura 2nd Team. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league. But in three Liga Americas games he did not score anything.
James' team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. James has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). James has played previously professionally in Denmark (Horsholm), United Kingdom (London Lions, Leicester Riders and Paws London Capitals), Spain (Caceres_Basket, CB Granada and CB Guadalajara), Nicaragua (Los Trinis) and Panama (Panteras).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Binghamton University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
James' game is described as: He is an Intelligent and skilled hard nosed player who can do everything a for a team. Duane Has terrific scoring abilities a great rebounder and a tough defender, Gifted with athleticism and understands the game at a very high level. Very Coach-able.

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Spain prevailed over Venezuela in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Venezuela 90-62

Spain prevailed 90-62 over Venezuela in Malaga on Sunday night. They took a 28-19 lead with 10 minutes to go and led 6 points at the halftime. Moreover Spain notched 24 points in the third and then the last stanzas for the final 28-point win.
Gasol brothers put on a show for the winners as Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) led the team with 21 points, while Marc Gasol (216-C-85) had 16. Guillem Vives (192-PG-93, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 9 points, while three players scored 8 each. John Cox (194-G-81, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 18 points for Venezuela and Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) delivered 10.



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Norrkoping lands Nils Johansson - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) landed 20-year old shooting guard Nils Johansson (198-97). He played most recently at the junior team of AIK Basket Solna in the Superettan. In 12 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg last season.
Despite young age Johansson had impressive career. Johansson won Swedish BasketEttan championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan 2nd Team award in 2016.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 56.3%, FT: 71.4%.
Johansson has played previously for two other teams: Solna Vikings and Taby Basket.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub
Tyrell Green
Hugo Waldeck

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Eric Gilchrese (ex Baerum Basket) is a newcomer at Umea - by Eurobasket News

Umea BSKT (Basketligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-88kg-87, college: New Hampshire). He played most recently at Baerum Basket in Norwegian BLNO. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.9apg (leader !!!) and 4.0spg (leader !!!) last season. Gilchrese helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ammerud Bskt (also in BLNO) where in 23 games he averaged remarkable 19.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg and 3.3spg (leader !!!). Gilchrese contributed to his team winning the regular season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 2nd Team.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Dukes and UBSC Graz) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, Riptide and The Storm).
Worth to mention Gilchrese played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended University of New Hampshire until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great playmaker and 3 point shooter, he is very physical on defense and likes to drive to the basket in the paint.

Umea BSKT roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eric Gilchrese
Rami Ghanem
Nick Schlitzer
Arik Smith
Anton Leth

Center:
Andre Nilsson

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Turkey nip Israel in test game - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Turkey 83:84

Turkey narrowly defeated Israel in the friendly game. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 25:24 lead after ten minutes. But Israel bounced back with a 26:17 run in the second frame to take an 8-point halftime lead. However Turkey erased the deficit with a 22:14 rally in the third term to even thing up at 64. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final quarter but Turkey snatched the victory, like it was predictable on Euro Palace online casino. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 15 points, while Cedi Osman (204-F-95) added 13 points in the win. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) notched 18 points and 10 boards for Israel. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) had 16 points in the defeat.

Israel: Omri Casspi 18+10 boards, Richard Howell 16
Turkey: Furkan Korkmaz 19, Bobby Dixon 15, Cedi Osman 13



Vladimir Stimac signs at Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) landed 30-year old Serbian international center Vladimir Stimac (210-118kg-87, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Besiktas (BSL). In 40 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. Stimac helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Stimac also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.3ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!) and 1.2apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stimac played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 11 KLS games he recorded 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Stimac contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Stimac also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 6.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Stimac also played 24 games in ABA League where he got 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. The other team Stimac played shortly was Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
Stimac has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Stimac represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg.
Stimac is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Latvia (Valmiera and Ventspils), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Turkey (Banvit and Eskisehir Basket).
Let's have closer look into Stimac's outlook: Stimac is another very rich skilled Serbian center with many prospects in the European (and not only) courts. Vladimir is the total definition of a newly "born" center. Has very good skills in the paint, Can defense much taller opponents, can dash down any rebound in both edges and can do all the dirty job that a coach might ask him.
Has many weaknesses in the fouling as he can easily fouled out as his opponent can easily predict his passion and obsession in the game so they can simply take him out in no time. In the last European championship he only played for 18 minutes per game and had 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. He needs to work hard in order to add some fantasy in his game, plus a lot of workout in his shots from the charity line, as his percentages are really poor, around 40% !!
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dogus Balbay
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams
Onuralp Bitim

Forwards:
Krunoslav Simon
Birkan Batuk
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Berk Demir
Ricky Ledo
Yigitcan Saybir

Centers:
Vladimir Stimac
Bryant Dunston

Coach: Velimir Perasovic

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  UGANDA  


NBL Round 21: Pemba Warriors defeat Power in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Power (8-3) to first ranked Pemba Warriors (10-1) 65-64 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Power. Forward Michael Buzangu (-82) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners and guard Syrus Kiviiri (-88) chipped in 14 points. The best for the losing side was Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pemba Warriors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Power at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with KIU Titans. For checking those games, you can play the latest casino games at Euro Palace.
An interesting game took place in Kampala where 8th ranked Sharing Youth (3-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Falcons (3-6) 67-60. Center Francis Karoro (-89) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Jacob Marenga accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Tong Gatwech (-92) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Sharing Youth in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Falcons moved-up to eighth place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Our Saviour.
10th ranked UPDF (3-9) was outscored at home by fourth ranked UCU Canons (9-3) with the biggest margin this round 59-40 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Jonathan Egau who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Henry Okoth who recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UCU Canons have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser UPDF dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost.

In the last two games of round 21 Our Saviour lost to JKL Dolphins on the opponent's court 60-69. Bottom-ranked Nkumba M. unfortunately lost to Ndejje in a home game 59-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 13 rebounds by Ferdinand Odama of JKL Dolphins.

UPDF - UCU Canons 40-59

10th ranked UPDF (3-9) was outscored at home by fourth ranked UCU Canons (9-3) with the biggest margin this round 59-40 on Sunday night. UCU Canons outrebounded UPDF 46-26 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Jonathan Egau (190-93) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Steven Wundi (-93) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four UCU Canons players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Henry Okoth (-99) who recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Stephen Ajo added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UCU Canons have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser UPDF dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
UPDF: H.Okoth 10+5reb+4ast, S.Ajo 9+8reb, M.Muhumuza 6+2reb, A.Okot 4+1reb+1ast, A.Mityero 4+2reb+1ast, S.Wokorach 2+5reb
UCU Canons: S.Wundi 13+8reb+4ast, W.Ater 11+1reb+1ast, J.Egau 11+12reb+5ast, F.Chuma 10+6reb, A.Gang 6+6reb+1ast, B.Kasumba 3+2reb
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Falcons - Sharing Youth 67-60

An interesting game took place in Kampala where 8th ranked Sharing Youth (3-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Falcons (3-6) 67-60. Sharing Youth was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 29-11 charge of Falcons, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 24 Sharing Youth turnovers. Center Francis Karoro (-89) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Jacob Marenga accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Falcons players scored in double figures. Forward Tong Gatwech (-92) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sharing Youth in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Falcons moved-up to eighth place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Our Saviour.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 20+8reb+2ast, B.Mopele 14+2reb, E.Okumu 11+8reb+1ast, T.Okello 7+2reb+4ast, S.Otoa 4+5reb+1ast, I.Balita 2+1reb
Falcons: F.Karoro 22+2reb+2ast, J.Marenga 15+5reb+3ast, A.Dickson 10+2reb, V.Jurua 10+3reb+4ast, B.Okumu 5+5reb+1ast, O.Moses 3+9reb+3ast
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JKL Dolphins - Our Saviour 69-60

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Our Saviour (3-8) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked JKL Dolphins (4-8) 69-60 on Sunday. JKL Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Our Saviour's 38. JKL Dolphins forced 20 Our Saviour turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Ferdinand Odama (158-95) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Daniel Orenga (186-96) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Steven Mwesigye who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Wilberforce Pirwoth (-95) added 16 points respectively. JKL Dolphins moved-up to seventh place. Loser Our Saviour dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Sharing Youth.
Top scorers:
Our Saviour: W.Pirwoth 16+3reb, S.Mwesigye 15+8reb+2ast, P.Elungat 12+5reb+1ast, D.Monoja 6+6reb+2ast, M.Nkumbi 6+5reb+1ast, J.Wacha 3+2reb+1ast
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 23+3reb, F.Odama 19+13reb+1ast, D.Ogara 10+6reb+1ast, I.Enabu 6+3reb+3ast, M.Libe 6+6reb+3ast, I.Ocakacon 5+3reb
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Nkumba M. - Ndejje 59-74

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Ndejje (6-4) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Nkumba M. (2-9) 74-59 on Sunday. Ndejje forced 30 Nkumba M. turnovers. The best player for the winners was Kiryowe Nunda (-90) who scored 15 points. Guard Innocent Ochera (-97) chipped in 11 points and 4 steals. Four Ndejje players scored in double figures. Ndejje's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Wilson Otweyo (-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Malvin Midaki (-90) added 16 points respectively. Ndejje maintains sixth place with 6-4 record. Newly promoted Nkumba M. stay at the bottom position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Nkumba M.: M.Midaki 16+3reb+3ast, W.Otweyo 15+12reb+4ast, S.Chasimba 11+8reb+1ast, S.Makutwa 9+6reb+1ast, M.Kayihura 6+1reb+2ast, A.Juma 2+1reb+1ast
Ndejje: K.Nunda 15+3ast, M.Otieno 13+2reb, I.Ochera 11+4reb+3ast, G.Baderha 11+2reb+1ast, D.Okello 8+4reb+2ast, S. Kisily 6+6reb
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Power - Pemba Warriors 64-65

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Power (8-3) to first ranked Pemba Warriors (10-1) 65-64 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Power. Forward Michael Buzangu (-82) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners and guard Syrus Kiviiri (-88) chipped in 14 points. The best for the losing side was Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds and the former international forward Joseph Ikong (193-85) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pemba Warriors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Power at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with KIU Titans.
Top scorers:
Power: M.Makiadi 22+17reb+1ast, J.Ikong 13+7reb+6ast, P.Mwaka 9+6reb+3ast, F. Sebatindira 5+3reb+1ast, W.Nijimbere 4+1reb+1ast, K.Micheal 4+5reb
Pemba Warriors: M.Buzangu 23+7reb+4ast, S.Kiviiri 14+4reb+3ast, M.Opiyo 8+4reb+3ast, D.Gaaki 5+1reb, S.Mugerwa 5+7reb, P.Amenyi 5+11reb+2ast
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Buzangu number one in Uganda for round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Michael Buzangu (F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Pemba Warriors, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Power (#3, 8-3) 65-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Pemba Warriors to consolidate first place in the Ugandan NBL. Pemba Warriors has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Buzangu had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pemba Warriors' top player in his first season with the team. Michael Buzangu has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.5ppg. Buzangu is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.5spg and 52.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ferdinand Odama (158-F-95) of JKL Dolphins. Odama had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course JKL Dolphins cruised to a 69-60 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Our Saviour (#9, 3-8). This victory allowed JKL Dolphins to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Odama is a newcomer at JKL Dolphins and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth (#10). Gatwech scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Gatwech's great performance Sharing Youth lost 60-67 to slightly higher-ranked Falcons (#8, 3-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sharing Youth can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gatwech he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gatwech has individually a great season in Uganda. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.8ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) of Power - 22 points and 17 rebounds
5. Wilson Otweyo (F-89) of Nkumba M. - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Francis Karoro (C-89) of Falcons - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Daniel Orenga (186-F-96) of JKL Dolphins - 23 points and 3 rebounds
9. Jonathan Egau (190-F-93) of UCU Canons - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Joseph Ikong (193-F-85) of Power - 13 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)



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Almir Hadzisehovic agreed terms with Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov - by Greg

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Serbian center Almir Hadzisehovic (203-109kg-92, college: Alaska-Fairbanks). He played most recently at Torrelodones in Spanish EBA league. In 25 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Hadzisehovic graduated from Alaska-Fairbanks in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bo Barnes
Brandon Peters
Shai Fields

Center:
Almir Hadzisehovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Denis Ikovlev parted ways with Turow - by Andy Dziuba

Ukranian forward Denis Ikovlev (200-F-86, college: Nevada) parted ways with PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Last season he averaged 11,1 ppg, 3,3 rpg and 3,0 apg in 31 Poland-TBL games and reached Polish Cup Semifinals.

Previous (2015-16) season 31 years old Ikovlev played for two teams in four leagues. With Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti he recorded 7.6 ppg and 1,2 apg in 9 Eurocup games and 8,6 ppg, 3,0 rpg and 1,9 apg in 11 Romanian Liga Nationala games. In January 2016 Ikovlev moved to WKS Slask Wroclaw, where he had 13,9 ppg, 3,4 rpg and 3,2 apg in 17 Poland-TBL games and 16,5 ppg, 2,7 rpg and 3,8 apg in 4 FIBA Europe Cup games.



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

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto (EBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old British forward Dylan Gomez (194-89). He played there last season. But in 11 EBA games he had just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
Gomez played in the final of British EBL Division Two in 2010.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year.
Gomez has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Northumbria) and Gibraltar (Mill Pharmacy).

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Austin Rettig's pro career starts at Manchester Giants - by Greg

Manchester Giants (BBL) tabbed 23-year old American swingman Austin Rettig (196-95kg-94). He just graduated from Tampa (NCAA2). Rettig has played there for the last five years. In 27 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Manchester Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Callum Jones
Jerelle Okoro
Sam Lane

Forwards:
Anastasios Traianos
Mark Rangeley
Richard Bell
Harold Trobo
Usman Baba
Austin Rettig

Center:
Clayfell Harris

Coach: Danny Byrne

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Atenas won the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Atenas won the Metro League championship and will be promoted to to play the Uruguayan League 2018/19 after defeating Verdirrrojo 85-81 for the 23th round. Atenas has a 19.2 record and they have still to play other four games. The teams from the second to the fifth place will be playing playoff for other two promotions. Results:
Atenas 85 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 37 points 4 rebounds 6 asssists
Verdirrojo 82 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 26 points and 8 rebounds
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Sayago 70 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 14 points and 14 rebounds
Stockolmo 68 - Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) 16 points and 10 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 72 - Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 22 points 10 rebounds
Colon 61 - Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) 14 poiinst 6 rebounds 4 assists
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Capitol 94 - Juan Andres Galleto (181-G-96) 34 points
Miramar 76 - Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) 19 points 8 rebounds
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Cordon 88 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 23 points 14 rebounds
Marne 64 - Santiago Pereira (180-G-96) 19 points
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Tabare 84 - Gonzalo Rivas (179-G-95) 26 points, Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 12 points
Union Atletica - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 32 points, Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 10 points 9 rebounds



Atenas won the Metro League championship - by Hector Lopez

Atenas won the Metro League championship and will be promoted to to play the Uruguayan League 2018/19 after defeating Verdirrrojo 85-81 for the 23th round. Atenas has a 19.2 record and they have still to play other four games. The teams from the second to the fifth place will be playing playoff for other two promotions. Results:
Atenas 85 - Anthony danridge 37 points 4 rebounds 6 asssits
Verdirrojo 82 - Gerel Simmons 26 points and 8 rebounds
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Sayago 70 - Paul Harrison 14 points and 14 rebounds
Stockolmo 68 - Trevante Drye 16 points and 10 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 72 - Terrel Thomas 22 points 10 rebounds
Colon 61 - Scott Cutley 14 poiinst 6 rebounds 4 assists
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Capitol 94 - Juan Galleto 34 points
Miramar 76 - Nicholas Waddell 19 points 8 rebounds
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Cordon 88 - Dida Pereira 23 points 14 rebounds
Marne 64 - Santiago Pereita 19 points
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Tabare 84 - Gonzalo Rivas 26 points, Charles McCann 12 points
Union Atletica - Gaston Semiglia 32 points, Howard Wilkerson 10 points 9 rebounds



Uruguay beat Colombia in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Colombia 76:74

Uruguay finished Super 4 tournament in Salta on a winning note. They beat Colombia to finish at 2-1 record. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) accounted for 19 points to lead the charge.
Colombia grabbed a 23:18 lead after the opening quarter. Uruguay denied the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 38 heading into the second half. Uruguay unloaded 26 points in the third term to open a 7-point advantage. Colombia narrowed the distance in the fourth quarter but came up short of win at the end. Hernando Caceres (201-F-94, agency: Pro Sports) tossed in 13 points, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) added 12 points for Uruguay. Hansel Atencia (180-G-97) replied with 17 points for Colombia. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) had 15 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 19, Hernando Caceres 13, Jayson Granger 12
Colombia: Hansel Atencia 17, Stalin Ortiz 15



Argentina cruise past Uruguay in Salta - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 92:74

Argentina celebrated the second straight win at Super 4 tournament. They prevailed against Uruguay for 2-0 record. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 20 points to pace the hosts.
Uruguay enjoyed a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. But Argentina stepped on the gas in the second frame. They sank 25 points to pull within 4 points at halftime 43:47. The hosts ignited a 28:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Uruguay to just 15 points in the fourth stanza to secure the winning outcome. Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) had 15 points, while Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) netted 13 points for Argentina. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 30 points for Uruguay. Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85, agency: Pro Sports) tossed in 11 points in the loss. You can bet on those games at Royal Vegas online casino.

Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 20, Nicolas Brussino 15, Lucio Redivo 13
Uruguay: Jayson Granger 30, Sebastian Vazquez 11



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Spain prevailed over Venezuela in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Venezuela 90-62

Spain prevailed 90-62 over Venezuela in Malaga on Sunday night. They took a 28-19 lead with 10 minutes to go and led 6 points at the halftime. Moreover Spain notched 24 points in the third and then the last stanzas for the final 28-point win.
Gasol brothers put on a show for the winners as Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) led the team with 21 points, while Marc Gasol (216-C-85) had 16. Guillem Vives (192-PG-93, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 9 points, while three players scored 8 each. John Cox (194-G-81, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 18 points for Venezuela and Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) delivered 10.



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Astana keeps Kaselakis for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) re-signed 27-year old Greek small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-108kg-90). He was a team leader there last season. In 6 National League games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. Kaselakis helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kaselakis played at Nea Kifisia in Greek A1. In 28 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team award back in 2009.
Kaselakis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Kaselakis has played previously for three other Greek teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Ilysiakos.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rustam Yargaliyev
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Justin Carter
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Leonidas Kaselakis
Ike_Joseph Udanoh
Denis Degtyarev

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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES  


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - South Korea 91-64
Serbia knocked down South Korea behind 13 points from Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96). Serbia claimed a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia sank 26 points in the fourth frame to ease to the victory. Strahinja Jovanovic (180-PG-96) and Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) netted 12 points each in the win. Sang-Jae Kang (202-F-94) netted 13 points for South Korea.

Taiwan - Hungary 75-61
Taiwan overcame Hungary for the opening victory at the tournament. Chien You-Che (180-SG-95) tossed in 18 points for the winning side. Taiwan accumulated a 37:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 21-point mark heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Chen Ying-Chun (183-PG-93) recorded 15 points and 8 assists for Taiwan. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93) replied with 16 points for Hungary.

Mexico - Latvia 85-78
Mexico recorded the first win in Group A. They held off Latvia for 1-1 record. Alejandro Villanueva (199-SF-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Mexico and Latvia were tied at 41 at the interval. But Mexico sank 44 points in the second half to seal the win. Bryan Rivera (178-PG) added 20 points in the victory. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) replied with 20 points and 7 assists for Latvia.

Group B
Germany - Norway 83-58
Andreas Obst (191-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points to lead Germany past Norway in Group B. Germany posted a 38:31 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 25:11 run in the third term to take a comfortable lead and raced to the victory. Mahir Agva (206-C-96) and Sid-Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93) netted 13 points each in the win. Espen Fjaerestad (193-F-94) recorded 13 points for Norway.

Canada - Finland 71-79
Finland clinched the second win in a row in Taipei. They held off Canada in Group B. Anton Odabasi (206-PF-95) notched 19 points and 18 rebounds for the European side. Finland used a 21:8 run in the second period to take a 13-point halftime lead. Finland went on a 29:12 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Tommi Huilila netted 14 points for the winning side. Kazak Keane topscored with 21 points for Canada.

Japan - Hong Kong 86-82
Japan held off Hong Kong for 1-1 record in Group B. Keisuke Masuda (191-G/F-98) delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Japan unloaded 54 points in the first half to gain a 19-point halftime lead. Hong Kong cut the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Takumi Saito (172-PG-95) netted 15 points for Japan. Leung Shiu Wah (189-SF-94) and Tsai Choi Kwan (186-SF-95) netted 24 points each for Hong Kong.

Group C
USA - United Arab Emirates 127-53
USA coasted past United Arab Emirates for the second straight win in Taiwan. Ryan Cline (196-G-97) notched 20 points and 7 boards in the victory. USA unloaded 59 points in the first half to clear off for good. Vincent Edwards (203-F-96) produced 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Khalfan Mubarak (190-G-94) tossed in 16 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 boards for the UAE.

Estonia - Romania 74-72
Estonia nipped Romania for the second straight win in Group C. Mihkel Kirves (190-F-96) was unstoppable with 34 points and 12 rebounds for the Baltic team. Estonia grabbed a 50:36 halftime lead. Romania went on a strong comeback rally in the second half but came up empty at the end. Siim-Markus Post (183-PG-97) had 10 points in the victory. Mario Lazar tossed in 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Romania.

Czech Republic - Argentina 49-87
Argentina crushed Czech Republic for the first win in Group C. Jeremias Sandrini (184-PG-93) tossed in 19 points to lead the effort. Argentina trailed by three points after ten minutes. But they unloaded 55 points in the next two periods to take a comfortable lead that they did not surrender till the final buzzer. Carlos Buemo (194-G/F-96) netted 13 points in the win. Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96) and Vaclav Bujnoch (200-C-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) notched 11 points each for Czech Republic.

Group D
Russia - Israel 80-107
Israel breezed past Russia for 1-1 record in Group D. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Egor Koulechov (196-G/F-94) had 18 points in the victory. Israel earned a 56:38 halftime advantage. They went on a 26:17 run in the fourth period to ice the win. Iftach Ziv (191-SG-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and distributed 6 assists for the winners. Vyacheslav Brykin (194-G-95) produced 16 points for Russia.

Ukraine - Mozambique 111-42
Ukraine cruised past Mozambique to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Viacheslav Petrov (204-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds for the European team. Ukraine piled up a 56:20 halftime lead. Ukraine added 55 points in the second half to march to the win. Oleksandr Kobets (197-SF-96) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Chirindza Carlos (197-F-94) replied with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Mozambique.

Lithuania - Australia 82-84
Australia narrowly defeated Lithuania to open win count in Group D. Dejan Vasiljevic (190-G-97) delivered 28 points to pace the Aussies. Australia claimed a 44:37 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to secure a 16-point lead. Lithuania ignited a 26:12 run in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95) had 20 points in the win. Evaldas Saulys (190-G-93) tossed in 17 points for Lithuania.





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Women News


Review of Day 3 in Mali - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Cameroon - Central Africa 94-42
Cameroon recorded the first victory in Mali. They thumped Centra Africa to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Ramses Lonlack-Nimpa (172-SG-89, college: Memphis) and Anne Assena (185-G-95) scored 15 points each for the winners. Cameroon recorded a 36:20 halftime lead. They went on a 58:22 run in the second half to ease to the victory. Tia Weledji (180-SG-96) had 13 points for the winners. Abety Kossi (180-PF-89) replied with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Central Africa.

Ivory Coast - Mali 39-61
Mali claimed the second victory at the tournament. The hosts cruised past Ivory Coast for 2-1 record in Group A. Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89) and Touty Gandega scored 12 points each for the winners. Mali accumulated a 33:19 halftime lead. The hosts went on a 19:8 run in the fourth term to secure the victory. Kankou Coulibaly (185-C-90) had 11 points for the home side. Kani Kouyate (177-F-90) and Kariata Diaby chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Angola - Tunisia 62-55
Angola claimed the third straight win in Group A. They held off Tunisia to remain undefeated. Italee Lucas (175-SG-89, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the victory. Angola piled up a 33:25 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Rosa Gala (177-G-95) had 13 points for the winners. Houda Hamrouni (188-F-94) notched 14 points for Tunisia.

Group B
Nigeria - Egypt 106-72
Nigeria breezed past Egypt for the third consecutive win in Group B. Evelyn Akhator (190-F-95, college: Kentucky) produced 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Nigeria piled up a 50:29 halftime advantage. They added 56 points after the long break and eased to the win. Ezinne Kalu (173-G-92, college: Savannah St., agency: GoaBasket) netted 18 points for Nigeria. Soraia Deghady (95) replied with 15 points for Egypt.

Mozambique - Guinea 88-47
Mozambique opened win count in Group B. They coasted past Guinea for 1-2 record. Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Mozambique clinched a 39:8 halftime lead. They erupted for 49 points in the second half to march to the win. Odelia Mafanela (184-F-89) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Aicha Mara (96) tossed in 18 points for Guinea.

DR Congo - Senegal 63-70
Senegal outscored DR Congo to claim the third straight victory in Mali. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: ProDep Management) had 19 points and 8 boards in the win. DR Congo accumulated a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. But Senegal went on a 38:26 run in the next two periods to surge ahead. They protected the lead throughout the fourth frame to race to the win. Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88) had 10 points in the victory. Natacha Mambengya (170-G-92) had 12 points and 10 assists for DR Congo.




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  ARGENTINA  


Argentinian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Micaela Sancisi
Sancisi
Naomi Larriestra
Larriestra
Julieta Mungo
Mungo
Agustina Leiva
Leiva
Melisa Gretter
Gretter
#e#5
2Melisa Gretter 161-PG-93 Union Florida Argentina
3Sofia Aispurua 189-F/C-95 Obras Basket Argentina
4Micaela Sancisi 157-PG-94 Estrella Berisso Argentina
5Naomi Larriestra 175-F/G-94 Union Florida Argentina
6Luciana Delabarba 167-PG-97 Berazategui Argentina
7Emilia Garcia Leon 182-C-94 Velez S. Argentina
8Julieta Armesto 179-F-94 Lanus Argentina
9Julieta Mungo 181-C-97 Berazategui Argentina
11Julieta Ale 176-G-95 Obras Basket Argentina
13Ornela Pag 168-PG-94 Velez S. Argentina
15Agustina Leiva 180-C-96 Berazategui Argentina




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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Aimie Clydesdale
Clydesdale
Lauren Scherf
Scherf
Alex Wilson
Wilson
Abigail Wehrung
Wehrung
Darcy Garbin
Garbin
#e#5
4Aimie Clydesdale 177-G-93 Dandenong R. Australia
5Vanessa Panousis 170-G-95 Adelaide Australia
6Megan McKay 191-F-97 St.Mary's, CA USA
7Lauren Scherf 196-C/F-96 Dandenong R. Australia
8Alex Wilson 174-G-94 Eastern M. Australia
9Alexandra Sharp 185-G-97 Wake Forest USA
10Carly Turner 180-G-95 St.Mary's, CA USA
11Keely Froling 188-F-96 Canberra C. Australia
12Chelsea Brook 188-F-98 Norwood F. Australia
13Abigail Wehrung 177-G-95 Canberra C. Australia
14Darcy Garbin 187-F-94 Townsville F. Australia
15Kristy Wallace 180-G-96 Baylor USA




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  BELGIUM  


Lisa Mukeba joins Deerlijk - by Peter Buyse

Dynamite Deerlijk (Top Division Women) agreed terms with 21-year old power forward Lisa Mukeba (184-96) from Kangoeroes. In 8 Top Division Women games she had 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mukeba was tested by Belfius Namur.
She represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 1.6rpg.
Mukeba has played previously for CEP Fleurus.




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Matea Tavic is a newcomer at ICIM Arad - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Bosnian international guard Matea Tavic (178-92) from CS Municipal Satu Mare. In 23 Liga Nationala games in Romania she recorded 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.6apg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Tavic played at ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe where in 27 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.
Tavic 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 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Tavic also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 15.4%.
Tavic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Slovenia (Celje and Ilrija), Sweden (Lulea Basket, Udominate and Sallen), Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary) and Bosnia (Celik).

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic

Forward:
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Ildiko Nagy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Canadian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Nofuente Ceejay
Ceejay
Jaelyne Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick
Kellie Ring
Ring
Paige Crozon
Crozon
Catherine Traer
Traer
#e#5
4Nofuente Ceejay 173-G-93
5Jaelyne Kirkpatrick 170-G Illinois
6Mariah Nunes 178-G-93 Oviedo Spain
7Kellie Ring 175-G-93 Oaklands W. United Kingdom
8Megan Lindquist 183-F Saskatchewan Canada
9Mael Gilles 185-F-97
10Paige Crozon 185-G-94 Saarlouis Germany
11Catherine Traer 185-F Carleton Canada
12Abigail Fogg 193-C-94 BBC Troist. Switzerland
13Alison Keough 185-F-95 Cape Breton Canada
14Alexandria Kiss-Rusk 193-C-93 McGill Canada
15Angela Bongomin 190-C-98 Regina Canada




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  CHILE  


Chilean University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Francisca Salvatierra
Salvatierra
Barbara Cousino
Cousino
Fernanda Rivera
Rivera
Katalina Garcia
Garcia
Estefania Vasquez
Vasquez
#e#5
4Francisca Salvatierra 173-G-94 Univ.de Chile Chile
5Javiera Fernandez 156-PG-93 Sportiva Ita. Chile
8Nicol Salvo 175-G/F-97 Iquique Chile
9Jenifer Fuentes 178-F-96 Boston College Chile
10Barbara Cousino 178-F-96 Boston College Chile
11Macarena Saez 169-PG-95 New Crusaders Chile
12Fernanda Rivera 190-C-97 Univ. Austral Chile
13Anahi Moran 168-F-97 New Crusaders Chile
14Constanza Antero 169-PG-98
15Katalina Garcia 182-C-94 Sportiva Ita. Chile
23Estefania Vasquez 167-G-94 Castro Chile
25Florencia Colossi 168-SF-98 Univ.de Chile Chile




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


ICIM Arad signs Brandi Wingate, ex SBS Ostrava - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) signed 26-year old American swingman Brandi Wingate (188-91, college: Louisiana Tech). She played most recently at SBS Ostrava in ZBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in Oct.'16. In 8 ZBL games she had 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Wingate was voted All-C-USA 1st Team in 2016 at her college time.
Wingate graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be her second season as a professional player.

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic
Brandi Wingate

Forward:
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Ildiko Nagy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Loko Trutnov inks Michelle Brandao, ex Olivais - by Eurobasket News

BK Lokomotiva Trutnov (ZBL) agreed terms with 26-year old Portuguese international guard Michelle Brandao (178-91, college: ODU). She played last season at Olivais in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 26 games she had 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.6apg (leader !!!) and 2.2spg. Brandao helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final. Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Badajoz BF in Spanish LF2 where in 7 games she recorded 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brandao won Portuguese League championship title in 2009. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009 at her college time.
Brandao has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Brandao also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
Brandao graduated from Old Dominion University in 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Czech Republic University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Eva Kopecka
Kopecka
Aneta Mainclova
Mainclova
Kamila Hoskova
Hoskova
Tereza Vyoralova
Vyoralova
Eliska Mircova
Mircova
#e#5
4Anna Hruskova 178-SF-95 Sokol HK Czech Republic
5Eva Kopecka 173-SF-96 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
6Aneta Mainclova 191-C-96 USK Praha Czech Republic
7Kamila Hoskova 175-G-95 Rider USA
8Tereza Kracikova 188-C-96 Drexel USA
9Pamela-Therese Effangova 178-SF-93 Sokol HK Czech Republic
10Katerina Kozumplikova 174-SG-93 Loko Trutnov Czech Republic
11Michaela Mocova 189-PF-94 Nymburk Czech Republic
12Tereza Vyoralova 175-SG-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
13Beata Adamcova 185-PF-93 Handicap Brno Czech Republic
14Eliska Mircova 178-PG-96 Nymburk Czech Republic
15Petra Bakajsova 184-F/C-93 Nymburk Czech Republic




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  DENMARK  


Virum tabs rookie Taylor McLaughlin in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Virum GO DREAM (Dameligaen) inked American forward Taylor McLaughlin (178). McLaughlin just graduated from S.Connecticut (NCAA2).
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
McLaughlin was selected to CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 1st Team in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gamblesportsman)

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  EL SALVADOR  


Guatemala celebrate Liga Mayor Apertura 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Guatemala celebrate Liga Mayor De Baloncesto Feminina Apertura 2017 title beating Santa Tecla BC in the Final series. Guatemala won the first game 76-64 and closed the series with a 60-56 victory. Alma Lopez (165-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Veronica Saucedo (169-C-99) added 14. Evelyn Pacay (174-F-86) collected 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Cynthia Rivera (177-F-82) poured in 11. Zuleira Aties (190-F/C-80) erupted with 34 points and 23 rebounds in a loss.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Sam VAN BUGGENHOUT
  (175-F-1)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Van-B., BEL22.3 
 2. Kosmach, UKR21.0 
 3. Sabel, SWE19.7 
 4. Pedersen, DEN17.8 
 5. Zubac, BIH17.5 
 6. Nikolikj, MKD17.3 
 7. Mitreva, MKD16.8 
 8. Kohler, SUI16.5 
 9. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL16.3 
 10. Mitric, BIH16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Asta GRIMSDOTTIR
  (180-F-1)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Grimsdottir, ISL15.3 
 2. Jessen, DEN12.3 
 3. Okosun, DEN12.3 
 4. Kyrkjebo, NOR11.0 
 5. Kuier, FIN10.7 
 6. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL10.3 
 7. Chatzileonti, GRE10.0 
 8. Rostotska, UKR9.5 
 9. De-Rond, LUX9.3 
 10. Alem, SWE9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emma VAN THUYNE
  (165-G-1)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Van-Thuyne, BEL7.5 
 2. Mitric, BIH6.0 
 3. Keseljevic, BIH5.3 
 4. Popova, UKR4.5 
 5. Pedersen, DEN4.5 
 6. Martins, POR4.3 
 7. Karsh, ISR4.3 
 8. Mitreva, MKD4.0 
 9. Gull, SUI4.0 
 10. Bosgana, GRE4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Filipa CRUZ
  (179-F-2)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cruz, POR6.0 
 2. Keseljevic, BIH5.8 
 3. Flynn, IRL4.8 
 4. Mitric, BIH4.3 
 5. Guerreiro, POR4.0 
 6. Pekonen, FIN4.0 
 7. Zubac, BIH4.0 
 8. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL4.0 
 9. Carvalho, POR3.7 
 10. Martins, POR3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Awak KUIER
  (194-C-1)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kuier, FIN5.7 
 2. Grimsdottir, ISL2.3 
 3. Jessen, DEN1.8 
 4. Chardon, SUI1.8 
 5. Nikolikj, MKD1.8 
 6. Santos, POR1.7 
 7. Ekofo, BEL1.5 
 8. Kohler, SUI1.5 
 9. Rostotska, UKR1.5 
 10. Djurstrom, SWE1.5 


Division B. Day 4 in Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Portugal - Norway 76-21
Portugal ensured the fourth straight win in Group A. They marched past Norway en route to 3-0 record. Maria Silva (183-F-01) delivered 11 points to lead well-balanced effort. Portugal recorded a comfortable 41:12 halftime lead. They went on a strong 35:9 second half rally to secure the victory. Natalia Santos (180-F-02), Ana Faustino (166-G-01) and Mariana Carvalho (175-G-01) had 10 points each for Portugal. Vlera Kelmendi (165-G-01) netted 11 points for Norway.

Bulgaria - Estonia 59-50
Bulgaria overcame Estonia for the first win in Group A. Konstantina Kakogianni (175-SG-01) scored 11 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria accumulated a 25:20 halftime lead. Bulgaria went on a 17:11 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Iliyana Georgieva (180-F-03) had 10 points in the victory. Asi-Anna Gret netted 16 points for Estonia.

Group B
Belgium - Slovenia 76-44
Belgium beat Slovenia to secure the fourth consecutive win in Skopje. Sarah Bell (180-F-01) had 18 points for the winners. Belgium opened a 44:18 halftime advantage. They went on a 20:9 run in the third term to build an insurmountable lead. Sam Van Buggenhout (175-F-01) and Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (178-PF-01) connected for 16 points each for Belguim. Nika Horvat (185-C-01) notched 14 points and 7 boards for Slovenia.

Ukraine - Moldova 73-17
Ukraine thumped Moldova to gain the third win in Group B. Myroslava Topchyi (176-F-01) had 14 points in the win. Ukraine recorded a 37:9 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win. Veronika Kosmach (178-SG-01) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Maria Terzi (178-G-02) had 7 points and 15 rebounds for Moldova.

FYR Macedonia - Ireland 54-72
Ireland knocked down FYR Macedonia to climb at 2-2 record in Group B. Katie Walshe (178-F-01) delivered 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Ireland posted a 37:33 halftime advantage. The Irish team went on an 18:5 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Abby Flynn (165-PG-01) had 9 points in the victory. Tijana Mitreva (174-PG-01) replied with 22 points for FYR Macedonia.

Group C
Sweden - Luxembourg 58-33
Sweden secured the third win in a row in Skopje. They beat Luxembourg to stay perfect in Group C. Tova Sabel (176-F/G-01) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Scandinavian team. Sweden registered a 27:14 halftime lead. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Emelie Erlandsson (183-F/C-01) had 9 points in the victory. Tanja De Rond (186-C-01) and Sofie Olsen had 10 points each in the loss.

Israel - Iceland 63-48
Israel fired past Iceland to open win count in Group C. Lior Garzon (183-PF-01) notched 16 points to pace the winners. Israel grabbed a 36:21 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and raced to the win. Gaya Sless (174-PF-01) netted 15 points in the victory. Asta Grimsdottir (180-F-01) tossed in 18 points and collected 24 rebounds for Iceland.

Group D
Switzerland - Bosnia 68-69
Bosnia narrowly defeated Switzerland to claim 3-1 record in Group D. Ines Babic (178-F-01) stepped up with 16 points for the winning side. Switzerland eked out a 37:36 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Bosnia used a 20:11 run in the final period to ice the win. Marija Keseljevic (157-G-01) had 13 points for Bosnia. Emma Chardon (189-SF-02) produced 14 points and 9 boards for Switzerland.

Albania - Denmark 43-97
Denmark coasted past Albania to improve at 4-0 record in Group D. Malene Pedersen (176-G-01) notched 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Denmark opened a 47:24 halftime lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Alberte Rimdal had 14 points for Denmark. Klea Verri (169-SG-01) and Bernada Rreshpja (176-SF-01) had 13 points each for Albania.

Slovakia - United Kingdom 47-36
Slovakia recorded the first win at the tournament. They defeated Great Britain for 1-3 record in Group D. Sofia Virasztoova (173-SF-01) had 12 points to pace the winners. Great Britain accumulated a 11:4 lead ten minutes. But Slovakia responded with a 36:13 run in the next two periods to surge ahead for good. Tereza Podhradska (190-C-02) had 11 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Loren Christie (184-C-01) netted 10 points for Great Britain.




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  FRANCE  


Melissa Diawakana (ex Nice) is a newcomer at MBK Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old French guard Melissa Diawakana (170-92). She played last season at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in French LFB league. In 12 games she recorded 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Diawakana also played that season for TK Hannover in German DBBL where in 13 games she averaged 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won English WBBL Regular Season in 2016. Diawakana was also voted Eurobasket.com English WBBL All-Defensive Team in 2016.
She has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Nottingham Wildcats) and Germany (Oberhausen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Olimpia Brasov signs Portia Durrett, ex Saarlouis - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) signed 25-year old American forward Portia Durrett (185-86kg-92, college: Oklahoma). She played last season at TV Saarlouis Royals in German DBBL. In 17 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and averaged 9.5rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.1spg. Durrett helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. She also played that season for Telge Basket in Swedish Damligan where in 9 games she had very remarkable stats: 19.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Durrett has played also professionally in Denmark (Amager).
She attended University of Oklahoma until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.
Durrett could be described: Portia is a Forward/Post (185cm) that can play the position of Power Forward and Post. she is coming from the Oklahoma University where she spend two years playing, as before she was a member of Walters State Junior College. She is a very strong player inside the key, runs the floor well and have a good mid range shoot.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forwards:
Izabella Lovasz
Portia Durrett
Maria Ferariu

Center:
Iulia Brezoi

Coach: Daniel Calancea

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Proteas ink Alexis Govan, ex Boa Viagem - by Eurobasket News

AEO Proteas Voulas (A1) signed 24-year old American swingman Alexis Govan (178-93, college: W.Kentucky). She spent her 2-year professional career in Portugal. She played last season at Boa Viagem in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 23 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and averaged 7.1rpg, 3.8apg and 3.7spg (in top 2). A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Govan played at CD Torres (also in Liga Feminina) where in 10 games she had 14.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.7apg and 3.1spg.
Govan's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2015.
She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.
Govan could be described: Alexis Govan is a 178cm US versatile swing that can cover the shooting guard and forward position and add a lot of quality in her team. She is a great rebounder, good defender and good defender. She graduated from Western Kentucky University, where she had a lot of success winning the Conference USA Championship.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Dafni Agioy adds Pateraki to their roster - by Chris Mammides

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou (A1) added to their roster 24-year old ex-international power forward Ria Pateraki (185-93, college: Texas Woman's). She was about to sign at Faros Keratsiniou in the A2. The last season Pateraki played at Panionios where in 23 games she had 8.5ppg and 4.7rpg. She helped them to make it to the cup final.
Pateraki was also a member of Greek international program for some years. She played for Greek Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Pateraki represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg, 1.6rpg.
Pateraki has played previously for three other teams: Eunikos, Panathinaikos and Hania.
She attended Texas Woman's University until 2013 and it is her fifth season as a professional player.

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roula Mouli
Aspasia Kalampakou

Forward:
Ria Pateraki

Center:
Sherise Williams

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HAITI  


Jenny Vernet joins ICIM Arad - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 22-year old American (has also Haitian passport) center Jenny Vernet (191-95). She just graduated from Young Harris (NCAA2). In 26 games she had 11.3ppg and 9.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above Vernet is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She played at the A-Sun Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
On Vernet: I am a great rebounder and Shot Blocker. My field goal percentage is great because I value the ball in my hands. I am a hustler because I do the 'extra work' like diving on the floor for a loose ball, doing extra repetitions, and giving a 100 percent every time in practice and in the game. Defensibly, I am vocal, aggressive, and smart defender. Plus, I always have my eyes on my man and the ball. Like any player I can always improve on every aspect of my game.

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic
Brandi Wingate

Forwards:
Ildiko Nagy
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Jenny Vernet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Janis Ndiba (ex Lulea Basket) is a newcomer at Sleza Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Dutch international forward Janis Ndiba (183-97). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 36 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.4apg last season. Ndiba helped them to win the Damligan title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Ndiba spent at Dozy BV Den Helder in Dutch Eredivisie. In 28 games she had 13.9ppg, 11.1rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 1.8spg. She contributed to her team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team Ndiba played shortly was Blizzards in Dutch league. In 6 Eurocup games she got 5.7ppg and 6.0rpg.
Ndiba has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Ndiba represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-3 (11.6rpg), 3.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 78.6%.
Ndiba has played also professionally in Holland (CTO Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe her following way: A dynamic player with inside and outside dimensions. Has great athletic skills and god timing for the rebounds, knows how to score inside.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Janis Ndiba
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Dragana Svitlica
Shamela Hampton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Hungarian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Diana Mihaczi
Mihaczi
Judit Barnai
Barnai
Regina Pap
Pap
Fanni Szabo
Szabo
Agota Gocsman
Gocsman
#e#5
4Diana Mihaczi 169-PG-94 TFSE Hungary
5Agota Gocsman 180-SF-95 ELTE-BEAC Hungary
6Judit Barnai 189-F/C-94 ELTE-BEAC Hungary
7Julianna Karlocai 179-F-94 TFSE Hungary
8Aniko Simon 178-PF-95 UNI Gyor Hungary
9Regina Pap 186-PF-94 ZTE NKK Hungary
10Palma Kaposi 185-F-96 Minnesota USA
11Szonja Vukov 185-SF-94 Highland CC, KS USA
12Reka Szucs 169-PG-95 PEAC-Pecs Hungary
13Janka Hegedus 185-G/F-94 FIU USA
14Vivien Raus 175-SG-95 PINKK-Pecsi Hungary
15Fanni Szabo 185-G/F-94 Miskolc Hungary




Rita Rasheed (ex Miskolc) joins Energa Torun - by Eurobasket News

Energa Torun (BLK) added to their roster 28-year old Hungarian forward Rita Rasheed (182-89). She has played for the last two seasons at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungarian A Division. In 28 games she had 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Rasheed also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rasheed's team won Hungarian Cup in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Rasheed was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She played for Hungarian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2007.
Rasheed represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Poznan (Poland) nine years ago.
She has played also professionally in France (Hainaut), Italy (San Martino) and Hungary (ZTE Noi Kosarlabda Klub, Szeged, UNI Gyor and Vasas Akademia).
On Rasheed: Athletic wing player, very quick and can score anytime. She improved year by year what she showed in different hungarian teams and steped up year by year. Last season she averaged 11.3 points in Euroleague and was one of the key players in Gyor which reached the first champion title in the club's history over Sopron.

Energa Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Emilia Tlumak
Agnieszka Skobel
Rita Rasheed
Kelley Cain
Monika Grigalauskyte
Miriam Uro-Nile
Katarzyna Maliszewska
Dalia Belickaite
Roksana Plonka
Marta Wieczynska
Zuzana Urban

Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  


Japanese University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Manami Fujioka
Fujioka
Saki Hayashi
Hayashi
Mamiko Tanaka
Tanaka
Tamami Nakada
Nakada
Fujimoto Aki
Aki
#e#5
4Midori Murayama 178-F-93 Fujitsu RW Japan
5Manami Fujioka 168-G-94 JX-Eneos S. Japan
6Mirai Tamura 164-PG-94 Wasada Un. Japan
7Yasuma Shiori 160-PG-94
8Nozomi Kato 175-F-94 Wasada Un. Japan
9Saki Hayashi 171-G-95
10Tsumura Yuriko 172-G-95
11Taniguchi Nichika 171-PG-96
12Mamiko Tanaka 178-C-96
13Ogasawara Mina 177-F/G-97
14Tamami Nakada 180-C-97
15Fujimoto Aki 179-F-98




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  LITHUANIA  


Ligita Tamutyte agreed terms with Suduva - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) inked 18-year old point guard Ligita Tamutyte (176-99) from Siauliai-Universitetas. In 22 LMKL games she recorded 10.1ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.9apg and 2.2spg (in top 5) last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention.
Tamutyte represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. But her stats at that event were not that impressive as she did not score anything.
Tamutyte has played previously for KA Saule.

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rita Milieskiene
Stephanie Gardner
Ligita Tamutyte

Forwards:
Neringa Skadaite
Danielle McCray
Lina Mikeleviciene

Center:
Justina Matuzonyte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lithuanian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Martyna Petrenaite
Petrenaite
Rasa Knyzaite
Knyzaite
Roberta Mizgeryte
Mizgeryte
Dalia Belickaite
Belickaite
Ieva Preskienyte
Preskienyte
#e#5
4Agne Cerneckyte 173-SG-96 Fortuna Lithuania
6Martyna Petrenaite 181-F-98 Ukmerges Lithuania
7Gintare Jasiunskaite 182-PF-94 H-Sirenos Lithuania
8Rasa Knyzaite 172-PG-98 H-Sirenos Lithuania
9Greta Tamasauskaite 170-PG-91 Suduva Lithuania
11Ieva Kazlauskaite 180-F-94 Suduva Lithuania
12Roberta Mizgeryte 189-PF-95 Fortuna Lithuania
13Dalia Belickaite 177-SG-96 Energa Torun Poland
21Ieva Savickaite 190-C-96 Kibirkstis Lithuania
24Ieva Preskienyte 193-C-93 Palermo Italy
27Sarune Melinauskaite 170-SG-96 Aistes-LSU Lithuania




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  MONTENEGRO  


Buducnost Bemax inks promises Andjela Bigovic and Dragana Zivkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Buducnost Bemax invested in its future by signing Andjela Bigovic (192-C-00) and Dragana Zivkovic (183-G/F-01) to a long-term contract. Both players arrives from Lovcen.
Bigovic averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in six Montengerin League games last season, while Zivkovic averaged 9.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in 14 Montenegrin League games last season.
Bigovic and Zivkovic both were among candidates for the Montengerin national team for the European Championship this summer.



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  POLAND  


Polish University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Amalia Rembiszewska
Rembiszewska
Zuzanna Sklepowicz
Sklepowicz
Monika Naczk
Naczk
Kamila Podgorna
Podgorna
Magdalena Szajtauer
Szajtauer
#e#5
1Agata Stepien 174-SG-95 MKK Siedlce Poland
2Amalia Rembiszewska 191-F-96 Basket Gdynia Poland
4Zuzanna Sklepowicz 172-PG-96 Sleza Wroclaw Poland
5Sylwia Bujniak 178-PG-96 Artego Bydg. Poland
6Jowita Ossowska 185-F/C-96 Basket Gdynia Poland
7Monika Naczk 167-PG-95 TS Ostrovia Poland
8Daria Marciniak 186-C-94 Enea AZS P. Poland
9Kamila Podgorna 174-G-96 Basket Gdynia Poland
11Magdalena Pisera 176-G-95 Widzew Poland
12Magdalena Szajtauer 190-F/C-95 Gorzow Wlkp. Poland
14Karolina Pobozy 186-PF-96 Artego Bydg. Poland
15Beata Jaworska 188-PF-94 Gorzow Wlkp. Poland




Janis Ndiba (ex Lulea Basket) is a newcomer at Sleza Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Dutch international forward Janis Ndiba (183-97). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 36 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.4apg last season. Ndiba helped them to win the Damligan title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Ndiba spent at Dozy BV Den Helder in Dutch Eredivisie. In 28 games she had 13.9ppg, 11.1rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 1.8spg. She contributed to her team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team Ndiba played shortly was Blizzards in Dutch league. In 6 Eurocup games she got 5.7ppg and 6.0rpg.
Ndiba has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Ndiba represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-3 (11.6rpg), 3.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 78.6%.
Ndiba has played also professionally in Holland (CTO Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe her following way: A dynamic player with inside and outside dimensions. Has great athletic skills and god timing for the rebounds, knows how to score inside.

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Janis Ndiba
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Dragana Svitlica
Shamela Hampton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rita Rasheed (ex Miskolc) joins Energa Torun - by Eurobasket News

Energa Torun (BLK) added to their roster 28-year old Hungarian forward Rita Rasheed (182-89). She has played for the last two seasons at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungarian A Division. In 28 games she had 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Rasheed also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rasheed's team won Hungarian Cup in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Rasheed was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She played for Hungarian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2007.
Rasheed represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Poznan (Poland) nine years ago.
She has played also professionally in France (Hainaut), Italy (San Martino) and Hungary (ZTE Noi Kosarlabda Klub, Szeged, UNI Gyor and Vasas Akademia).
On Rasheed: Athletic wing player, very quick and can score anytime. She improved year by year what she showed in different hungarian teams and steped up year by year. Last season she averaged 11.3 points in Euroleague and was one of the key players in Gyor which reached the first champion title in the club's history over Sopron.

Energa Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Emilia Tlumak
Agnieszka Skobel
Rita Rasheed
Kelley Cain
Monika Grigalauskyte
Miriam Uro-Nile
Katarzyna Maliszewska
Dalia Belickaite
Roksana Plonka
Marta Wieczynska
Zuzana Urban

Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas

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  PORTUGAL  


Loko Trutnov inks Michelle Brandao, ex Olivais - by Eurobasket News

BK Lokomotiva Trutnov (ZBL) agreed terms with 26-year old Portuguese international guard Michelle Brandao (178-91, college: ODU). She played last season at Olivais in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 26 games she had 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.6apg (leader !!!) and 2.2spg. Brandao helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final. Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Badajoz BF in Spanish LF2 where in 7 games she recorded 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brandao won Portuguese League championship title in 2009. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009 at her college time.
Brandao has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Brandao also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
Brandao graduated from Old Dominion University in 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mariana Mendes signs at AD Vagos - by Eurobasket News

AD Vagos (Liga Feminina) landed guard Mariana Mendes (177).
Mendes represented Portugal at the European Championships U16 in Udine (Italy) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0spg.

AD Vagos roster for 2017-2018:

Daniela Domingues
Joana Canastra
Ines Pinto
Daniela Jesus
Susana Carvalheira
Mariana Mendes
Bruna Zagaria
Maria Carvalho
Cristiana Lopes

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AD Vagos add Zagaria to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AD Vagos (Liga Feminina) added to their roster guard Bruna Zagaria (174).
Zagaria represented Portugal at the European Championships U16 in Udine (Italy) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-5 (3.3spg), FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 60.0%.

AD Vagos roster for 2017-2018:

Daniela Domingues
Joana Canastra
Ines Pinto
Daniela Jesus
Susana Carvalheira
Bruna Zagaria
Maria Carvalho
Cristiana Lopes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Proteas ink Alexis Govan, ex Boa Viagem - by Eurobasket News

AEO Proteas Voulas (A1) signed 24-year old American swingman Alexis Govan (178-93, college: W.Kentucky). She spent her 2-year professional career in Portugal. She played last season at Boa Viagem in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 23 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and averaged 7.1rpg, 3.8apg and 3.7spg (in top 2). A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Govan played at CD Torres (also in Liga Feminina) where in 10 games she had 14.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.7apg and 3.1spg.
Govan's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2015.
She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.
Govan could be described: Alexis Govan is a 178cm US versatile swing that can cover the shooting guard and forward position and add a lot of quality in her team. She is a great rebounder, good defender and good defender. She graduated from Western Kentucky University, where she had a lot of success winning the Conference USA Championship.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Portuguese University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Jessica Almeida
Almeida
Ines Viana
Viana
Joana Cortinhas
Cortinhas
Joana Soeiro
Soeiro
Isabel Costa
Costa
#e#5
1Jessica Almeida 175-G-93 Marian, IN USA
4Ines Viana 166-PG-94 Benfica Portugal
5Joana Canastra 174-F-94 AD Vagos Portugal
6Joana Cortinhas 182-SF-95 Academico FC Portugal
7Ana Santos 183-PF-95 Academico FC Portugal
9Ines Pinto 179-SF-93 AD Vagos Portugal
10Sara Ressurreicao 170-SG-93 Boa Viagem Portugal
11Joana Soeiro 170-G-95 Marian, IN USA
13Josephine Filipe 177-G/F-95 Lombos Quinta Portugal
14Maianca Umabano 180-F-97 GDESSA Portugal
15Sofia Pinheiro 175-G/F-95 Ovarense Portugal
18Isabel Costa 185-PF-97 Academico FC Portugal




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  ROMANIA  


Olimpia Brasov signs Portia Durrett, ex Saarlouis - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) signed 25-year old American forward Portia Durrett (185-86kg-92, college: Oklahoma). She played last season at TV Saarlouis Royals in German DBBL. In 17 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and averaged 9.5rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.1spg. Durrett helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. She also played that season for Telge Basket in Swedish Damligan where in 9 games she had very remarkable stats: 19.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Durrett has played also professionally in Denmark (Amager).
She attended University of Oklahoma until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.
Durrett could be described: Portia is a Forward/Post (185cm) that can play the position of Power Forward and Post. she is coming from the Oklahoma University where she spend two years playing, as before she was a member of Walters State Junior College. She is a very strong player inside the key, runs the floor well and have a good mid range shoot.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forwards:
Izabella Lovasz
Portia Durrett
Maria Ferariu

Center:
Iulia Brezoi

Coach: Daniel Calancea

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ICIM Arad signs Brandi Wingate, ex SBS Ostrava - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) signed 26-year old American swingman Brandi Wingate (188-91, college: Louisiana Tech). She played most recently at SBS Ostrava in ZBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in Oct.'16. In 8 ZBL games she had 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Wingate was voted All-C-USA 1st Team in 2016 at her college time.
Wingate graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be her second season as a professional player.

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic
Brandi Wingate

Forward:
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Ildiko Nagy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matea Tavic is a newcomer at ICIM Arad - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Bosnian international guard Matea Tavic (178-92) from CS Municipal Satu Mare. In 23 Liga Nationala games in Romania she recorded 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.6apg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Tavic played at ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe where in 27 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.
Tavic 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 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Tavic also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 15.4%.
Tavic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Slovenia (Celje and Ilrija), Sweden (Lulea Basket, Udominate and Sallen), Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary) and Bosnia (Celik).

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic

Forward:
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Ildiko Nagy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pascalau comes back to Cluj Napoca - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) added to their roster experienced 35-year old Romanian international power forward Florina Pascalau (193-82). It is actually her comeback to Cluj Napoca as she has played here before. Pascalau played last season at Treofan Battipaglia in Italian Serie A1, but was released by the team in Jan.'17. In 8 games she recorded 7.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Pascalau played at San Martino in Serie A1 where in 23 games she averaged 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg.
Pascalau also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 29.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Pascalau has played also professionally in WNBA (Seattle Storm), Italy (Taranto, Priolo and Lucca) and Romania (CSM Targoviste, Sibiu and Sf.Gheorghe).
She is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Cluj Napoca.

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bianca Voica
Theairra Taylor
Leslie Vorpahl
Ioana Ghizila

Forwards:
Florina Pascalau
Radoslava Bachvarova
Diana Moraru
Morgan Stroman

Center:
Aida Kalusic

Coach: Dragan Petricevic

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Anamaria Ciotir signs at ICIM Arad - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) landed 21-year old power forward Anamaria Ciotir (183-96) from Politehnica Iasi. In 19 Liga Nationala games she averaged 7.9ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
Ciotir's team was Runner-Up of Division Liga I 2016.

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic
Brandi Wingate

Forwards:
Ildiko Nagy
Christina Zidaru
Anamaria Ciotir

Center:
Jenny Vernet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Satu Mare adds Green to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Porchia Green (180-87, college: Ball State) from CS Municipal Targoviste. In 34 Liga Nationala games in Romania she recorded 11.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9spg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (2016) summer Green played at Mieleras in Mexican league. She contributed to her team winning the Mexican LNBPF title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Green was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBPF Player of the Year and Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBPF Import Player of the Year back in 2014.
She is quite experienced player. Green's career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in five different countries. Green tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Finland (Peli Karhut), Greece (PAOK Thessalonikis), Czech Republic (Basket Slovanka MB) and Mexico (Aguilas).
Green attended Ball State until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

CS Municipal Satu Mare roster for 2017-2018:

Andra Simina Mandache
Alexandra Uiuiu
Andreea Olah
Porchia Green
Marina Solopova
Andreea Pop
Kristina Baltic
Taneisha Harrison
Renata Szmutku
Diana Moldoveanu
Marina Sfarlea
Valentina Bolba

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Jenny Vernet joins ICIM Arad - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 22-year old American (has also Haitian passport) center Jenny Vernet (191-95). She just graduated from Young Harris (NCAA2). In 26 games she had 11.3ppg and 9.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above Vernet is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She played at the A-Sun Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
On Vernet: I am a great rebounder and Shot Blocker. My field goal percentage is great because I value the ball in my hands. I am a hustler because I do the 'extra work' like diving on the floor for a loose ball, doing extra repetitions, and giving a 100 percent every time in practice and in the game. Defensibly, I am vocal, aggressive, and smart defender. Plus, I always have my eyes on my man and the ball. Like any player I can always improve on every aspect of my game.

BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brankica Hadzovic
Matea Tavic
Brandi Wingate

Forwards:
Ildiko Nagy
Christina Zidaru

Center:
Jenny Vernet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Russian University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Ekaterina Ryabova
Ryabova
Julia Gladkova
Gladkova
Ekaterina Safonova
Safonova
Elizaveta Bratchikova
Bratchikova
Ksenia Kuzmina
Kuzmina
#e#5
5Yuliya Chaykovskaya 174-SG-95 Dynamo NR Russia
7Aleksandra Varaksina 190-C-93 Dynamo NR Russia
11Bukur Natalia 181-F-93
13Ekaterina Ryabova 183-F-93 Dynamo M. Russia
18Panfilova Mariia 177-F/G-97
24Ivanova Viktoriia 182-F/C-94
25Svetlana Boykova 182-SF-96 Dynamo-2 M. Russia
32Julia Gladkova 185-F-94 Sparta&K MR Russia
33Lydia Petina 169-G-93 Ladoga SP Russia
38Ekaterina Safonova 172-PG-95 MBA Russia
41Elizaveta Bratchikova 190-PF-96 MBA Russia
44Ksenia Kuzmina 198-C-95 Dynamo NR Russia




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  SLOVAKIA  


Melissa Diawakana (ex Nice) is a newcomer at MBK Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old French guard Melissa Diawakana (170-92). She played last season at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in French LFB league. In 12 games she recorded 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Diawakana also played that season for TK Hannover in German DBBL where in 13 games she averaged 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won English WBBL Regular Season in 2016. Diawakana was also voted Eurobasket.com English WBBL All-Defensive Team in 2016.
She has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Nottingham Wildcats) and Germany (Oberhausen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SOUTH KOREA  


South Korean University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Kyelee Kang
Kang
Kim Jinhee
Jinhee
Jang Jeeeun
Jeeeun
Sujin Woo
Woo
Kim Minjeong
Minjeong
#e#5
1Minjeong Kim 166-PG-96
2Kang Kyelee 162-G-93 Blue Minx South Korea
6Jinhee Kim 168-PG-97
7Youyoung Jang 165-PG-95
8Yunseon Choi 177-F/G-97
9Jeeeun Jang 165-PG-95
10Kuwan Lee Myung 175-G/F-96
11Woo Sujin 175-F-94 Winnus South Korea
12Choi Jeongmin 175-G/F-96
13Kang Yoolim 175-F-97
14Kim Haeji 187-C-97
15Park Chanyang 180-C-93




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  SWEDEN  


Swedish University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Matilda Claesson
Claesson
Gabriella Hanson
Hanson
Ellen Nystrom
Nystrom
Nathalie Fontaine
Fontaine
Elin Gustavsson
Gustavsson
#e#5
4Sofia Hagg 169-G-97 Lulea Basket Sweden
5Matilda Claesson 170-G-94 Norrkoping Sweden
6Anna Lundquist 178-G-96 Siena USA
7Gabriella Hanson 180-G-95 Oregon St. USA
8Elsa Paulsson Glantz 183-F-95 KFUM Ostersund Sweden
9Ellen Nystrom 185-G-93 Gipuzkoa UPV Spain
10Nathalie Fontaine 188-G-93 Sf.Gheorghe Romania
11Elin Gustavsson 190-F-93 Bembibre Spain
13Moa Lundqvist 185-F/C-95 Odessa JC USA
14Paulina Hersler 190-F-94 UCLA USA
15Mikaela Gustafsson 188-F-93 Osnabruck SC Germany




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  TAIWAN  


Taiwanese University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Cing-Jung Yang
Yang
Hsiang-Ting Huang
Huang
I-Hsiu Cheng
Cheng
Yu-Ting Lin
Lin
Pin Lo
Lo
#e#5
0Lo Pin 170-G-96
4Chen Yen-Yu 169-G/F-94 Chunghua T. Taiwan
6Chen Wei-An 178-C-95
7Yang Cing-Jung 183-F-93 Cathay Life Taiwan
9Hsu Yu-Lien 177-F-97
10Han Ya-En 180-F-95 Cathay Life Taiwan
11Wang Wei-Lin 180-F-93 Chunghua T. Taiwan
12Huang Hsiang-Ting 180-F-93 Chunghua T. Taiwan
13Cheng I-Hsiu 178-G-93 Cathay Life Taiwan
17Huang Ling-Chuan 174-F-94
27Lin Yu-Ting 183-F-94 Cathay Life Taiwan
41Chu Yu-Chin 163-PG-96




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  UGANDA  


Ugandan University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Ritah Imanishimwe
Imanishimwe
Zainah Lokwameri
Lokwameri
Jamila Nansikombi
Nansikombi
Sarah Ageno
Ageno
Among Annet
Annet
#e#5
4Ritah Imanishimwe 165-G-96 UCU Ladies Uganda
5Brenda Ekone 152-G-96 Nkumba LM Uganda
6Stacey Lubowa 175-G-94 KCC Leopards Uganda
7Zainah Lokwameri 155-F-94 UCU Ladies Uganda
8Chepkwemoi Ritah 165-PG-96
9Jamila Nansikombi 176-F-97 JKL LD Uganda
10Racheal Muwanguzi 160-G-95 UCU Ladies Uganda
11Sarah Ageno 176-F-96 UCU Ladies Uganda
12Nantale Ruth 99
13Moding Ruth 179-F-97
14Diana Nanjala 163-F-92 Nkumba LM Uganda
15Among Annet 185-C-96 UCU Ladies Uganda




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  USA  


USA University National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Victoria Jankoska
Jankoska
Aja Ellison
Ellison
Ieshia Small
Small
Kaila Charles
Charles
Kristen Confroy
Confroy
#e#5
0Aja Ellison 6'3''-F Maryland USA
1Ieshia Small 6'0''-G-94 Maryland USA
3Channise Lewis 5'8''-G Maryland USA
5Kaila Charles 6'1''-G Maryland USA
12Kristen Confroy 5'9''-G Maryland USA
14Malina Howard 6'4''-C-93 Maryland USA
21Sarah Myers 6'0''-G Maryland USA
22Blair Watson 6'0''-G Maryland USA
24Stephanie Jones 6'2''-F Maryland USA
32Victoria Jankoska 5'8''-G-94 Basket Gdynia Poland
34Brianna Fraser 6'3''-F Maryland USA




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  WABA  


Buducnost Bemax inks promises Andjela Bigovic and Dragana Zivkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Buducnost Bemax invested in its future by signing Andjela Bigovic (192-C-00) and Dragana Zivkovic (183-G/F-01) to a long-term contract. Both players arrives from Lovcen.
Bigovic averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in six Montengerin League games last season, while Zivkovic averaged 9.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in 14 Montenegrin League games last season.
Bigovic and Zivkovic both were among candidates for the Montengerin national team for the European Championship this summer.



Montana 2003 lands Maria Zhelyazkova, Klaudia Penkova, Sarah Boothe and Milana Zivadinovic - by Zeljko Zule

Bulgarian runner-up Montana 2003 started building a roster for the upcoming season by signing Maria Zhelyazkova (182-F-86), Klaudia Penkova (160-PG-98), American Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90, college: Stanford) and Serbian Milana Zivadinovic (179-G-91).
Maria Zhelyazkova arrives from Beroe, for whom she averaged 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 16 WABA League games last season and 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals in 20 Bulgarian NBL games. Zhelyzakova has already played for Levski Spartak and Lukoil Beftochimic Burgas.
Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90, college: Stanford) started last season in Russia with Kazanochka Kazan and in May moved to Australia to play Bullen Boomers, where she averaged 16.1 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks in 20. Boothe played college basketball at Stanford from 2008 to 2012 and after that she continued her career in Poland with Widzew Lodz. Boothe was a member of USA national team at FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Argentina in 2008.
Milana Zivadinovic (179-G-91) arrives from Partizan 1953, for whom she averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals in 14 WABA League games last season and 10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.3 blocks in 19 Serbian 1ZLS games. She has already played for Radivoj Korac, Crvena zvezda, Vojvodina, Sumadija Kragujevac in her native Serbia plus Mladi Krajisnik in Bosnia, Bega Danzio Timisoara in Romania and Kvarner in Croatia.
Klaudia Penkova (160-PG-98) arrives from Balkan, where she averaged 24.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 0.2 steals in 25 Bulgarian Division A games last season.



Partizan 1953 names coach Blagoja Ivic, lands Miljana Bojovic, Lidija Vuckovic and Milica Mitrovic - by Zeljko Zule

Partizan 1953 have announced that Blagoja Ivic has been hired as new head coach of the team, replacing Bojan Ivanovic. Serbian club also inked Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87), Lidija Vuckovic (171-SG-88) and Milica Mitrovic (175-G-93, college: Maine) for the coming season.
Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) arrives from Euroleague side Bourges, where she averged 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocks in 16 Euroleague games last season and 6.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in 27 French LFB games. She returned to Serbia after an eight-and-a-half year hiatus after playing for Good Angels Kosice in Slovakia, Lotos Gdynia in Poland, DVTK Miskolc in Hungary, Fenerbahce and Adana ASKI Mersin in Turkey and MKS Polkowice in Poland. She has already played for Kovin and Crvena zvezda plus Struga in Macedonia, BSE-ESMA in Hungary and Universitat de Barcelona, Olesa and Rivas Ecopolis in Spain.
Lidija Vuckovic (171-SG-88) and Milica Mitrovic (175-G-93, college: Maine) both arrives from city rival Radivoj Korac. Vuckovic spent last two seasons with Radivoj Korac. In the latest one, she averaged 6.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 27 Serbian 1ZLS games. Vuckovic is well known WABA figure who played for Partizan Galenika and Radivoj Korac from 2010 through 2016. In the latest season 2015-16, she averaged 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals (ranked fifth) in 18 games with Radivoj Korac. She has already played for Usce and Hemofarm Vrsac.
Mitrovic averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks in 26 Serbian 1ZLS games last season. She grew up with Usce Novi Beograd before moving to America to play college basketball at Maine from 2012 to 2016.



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  WNBA  


Jennie Simms signs at Fever - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Fever landed guard Jennie Simms (183, college: ODU). She played in the summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). But in 10 games she averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.1rpg.
This summer Simms was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in second round (18th overall).
The former Old Dominion University staris in her first season in pro basketball. She received also All-C-USA 1st Team award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 at her college time.
Simms played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES  


Overview of Day 1 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Taiwan - Chile 111-44
Taiwan knocked down Chile to take the first win at the Universiade. Chen Yen-Yu (169-G/F-94) provided 17 points to lead the charge. Taiwan recorded a comfortable 57:23 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win. Yang Cing-Jung (183-F-93) had 15 points in the victory. Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) tossed in 11 points for Chile.

Hungary - Sweden 57-85
Sweden claimed the first win in Taiwan. They rallied past Hungary in the opener. Nathalie Fontaine (188-G-93, college: Ball St.) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Sweden piled up a 50:29 halftime lead. They went on a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Ellen Nystrom (185-G-93, college: Colorado St.) had 17 points and 8 assists for Sweden. Palma Kaposi (185-F-96) tossed in 23 points and grabbed 9 boards for Hungary.

Group B
Japan - South Korea 91-47
Tamami Nakada (180-C-97) notched 24 points and 6 boards to lead Japan to a comfortable win over South Korea. Japan went on a strong 25:5 run in the second frame to take a 21-point halftime lead. Japan unloaded 52 points in the second half to ease to the win. Yasuma Shiori (160-PG-94) had 11 points for Japan. Woo Sujin (175-F-94) had 12 points for South Korea.

Canada - Portugal 56-45
Canada outscored Portugal to open win count in Group B. Paige Crozon (185-G-94, college: Utah) had 16 points in the victory. Portugal enjoyed a 28:22 halftime advantage. But Canada responded with a 22:8 run in the third term to surge ahead. They held Portugal to just 9 points in the final quarter and rolled to the win. Nofuente Ceejay (173-G-93) had 9 points for Canada. Joana Cortinhas (182-SF-95) replied with 15 points for Portugal.

Group C
Czech Republic - Poland 57-52
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) provided 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead Czech Republic past Poland in the opener. Czech Republic recorded a 34:30 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half to roll to the win. Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) had 12 points in the victory. Monika Naczk (167-PG-95, agency: Promotex) tossed in 16 points for Poland.

USA - Uganda 121-34
The USA stormed past Uganda to take 1-0 record in Group C. Blair Watson (183-G) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds for the North American team. The USA piled up a 68:14 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Victoria Jankoska (173-G-94, college: Michigan St.) had 16 points in the victory. Sarah Ageno and Ritah Imanishimwe (G-96) netted 9 points each in the loss.

Group D
Australia - Lithuania 78-71
Austria rallied past Lithuania for the first win in Group D. Lauren Scherf (196-C/F-96) nailed 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 7 blocks for the winners. Australia claimed a 42:32 halftime lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Darcy Garbin (187-F-94) had 14 points for the winners. Roberta Mizgeryte (189-PF-95) netted 11 points for Lithuania.