EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/23/2017 4:04:06 AM

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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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  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



Umana Venezia adds Cerella to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) added to their roster 31-year old Italian international swingman Bruno Cerella (194-93kg-86, agency: Players Group) on loan from EA7 Armani. He is a dual citizen owning also Argentinian passport. He has played at EA7 Armani (Serie A) for the last five years. The last season Cerella played also at Armani Milano. But in 15 Serie A games he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Cerella also played 5 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 1.6ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016. Cerella has been regularly called to Italian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for six other teams: Openjobmetis VA, BancaTercas, Piacenza, Potenza, S.Agnese and Salerno.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful, hard-nosed player with great athletic skills. Puts a lot of energy on the court, defends well and can score a lot, needs to improve his outside shooting and some of his fundamentals to become Serie A material.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Gilas blasts hapless Myanmar by 95 in SEA Games action - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas gave Myanmar a beating, 139-34, last August 22 to improve to 2-0 in Group A in men's basketball in the ongoing Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All players inserted into the game scored, led by forward Raymar Jose (193-F) with 22 points.

National team rookie sensation Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) provided his best outing as a Gilas member registering 20 markers, eight rebounds, seven steals, four assists and four block shots in an all-around performance capped with highlights including an alley-oop dunk in the second quarter.

Gilas dropped a 27-0 run to close the half with the lead ballooned to 50, 60-10.

Myanmar only scored three points in the second quarter.

The lead swelled as high as 97 points at one point the final canto.

Sai Phyo Kyaw paced Myanmar with 12 points.

The scores:

Philippines (129) - Jose 22, Paras 20, Rosario 14, Tolomia 13, Cruz 12, Standhardinger 12, Ferrer 11, Pessumal 9, Parks 7, Vosotros 5, Ravena 4.
Myanmar (34) - Kyaw 12, Zaya Aung 8, Wai 4, Oo 2, Aung Wana 2, Zin Wai 2, Han Then 2, Aye 2, Min 0, Ja La 0, Phyo 0.

Quarterscores: 31-7, 60-10, 98-16, 129-34.

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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  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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Valmiera adds Jansons to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) added to their roster 19-year old small forward Niks Jansons (200-98). He played last season at VEF Riga (LBL). But in 5 games he recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.0rpg. Jansons also played 2 games in VTB United League, but he did not score anything.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ogre where in 10 LBL games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
Jansons won Latvian LBL D2 championship title in 2015.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 33.3%.
Jansons has played previously professionally also in Czech Republic (GBA Sparta).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Nenad Delic (ex Sigal Prishtina) is a newcomer at Karpos Sokoli - by Mario Divanisov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) straightened their roster with the addition of Croatian international Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84). The 33-year old managed to play in five competitions within two clubs last season. He started the season at Rilski Sportist Samokov where he averaged 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.0apg in 2 games played in Basketball Champions League, 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games, as well as 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.6apg in 11 NBL games before moving to Sigal Prishtina in December. He played 19 games in SuperLeague here he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.2apg. He also helped the team in BIBL League where he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg in 4 games. Following his impressive last season for Sigal Prishtina he was named Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Center of the Year.
In his wealthy career the Croat managed to play for 15 teams along Europe, as well as one season at UAE where he sealed many achievements.
This will be Delic's second period at Macedonia where he played for Strumica in the 2007/08 season when in 4 FIBA EuroCup he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg before moving to Vrijednosnice OS Darda (A2) in February.

On Delic: Young developing player whose progress had been slowed down by the various injuries. Last year was injury free and he showed the promise to develop into a really good player. Very skilled player who can play with his back to the basket or facing the basket, exceptional passer who understands the game really well. Plays within a team concept and is sometimes, too unselfiush. His offense is far more developed at this stage. Needs to improve his defense, especially 1 - 1 post defense and be more dominant under the boards.Help side defense also needs work especially for a player of his size and physical potential. Works hard in practice and is a very coachable player.

Karpos Sokoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darko Sokolov (189-G-86)
Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports)
Damjan Jakimovski (178-PG-95)
Anthony Collins (185-PG-92, college: Texas A&M)
Ivan Sapundziev (196-SG-95)
Jaylon Brown (183-PG, college: Evansville)

Forwards:
Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport)
Zarko Comagic (199-F-85, college: N.Arizona)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88)
Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech)

Center:
Filip Bakoc (203-C-96)
Nenad Delic

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  BELGIUM  


Top Division Men I: Kon. BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit notifies of new talents to watch next season - by Bert Larsimont

In mid-July, the Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit staff let us know that they are trying to rebuild a very competitive Top Division Men I team for the 2017-18 season. They have hired five new talented players to complete next season's roster indeed.

Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk (197-PF-01), a young Belgian power forward arriving from BBC Croonen Lommel (now in Top Division Men 2B), is one of them. Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk is currently involved in the FIBA European Championships U16 with the Belgian U16 National Team. He averages 3.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 spg and 0.8 apg.

Another recruit at KBGO Duva Fruit is Simon Buysse (193-SF-97), a small forward who played for Belfius Mons-Hainaut last season. He is a member of Belgium's U20 National Team. He appeared several times on the floor for Belfius Mons-Hainaut during EuroMillions League games last season. At the 2017 FIBA European Championships U20 held last month, Simon Buysse averaged 10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.3 apg after 7 games played in the competition.

Dutch young player Keye Van De Vuurst Devries (190-SG-01) has also been added to the KBGO roster. This young point guard arrives from Lokomotief Rijswijk and has been playing for the U16 as well as the U18 National Teams of the Netherlands this summer.

One of his mates of the Dutch U16 National Team, Sam Huurman (202-C-01), will also play for the Duva Fruit squad in Top Division Men I next season. Huurman is a very talented and athletic power forward/center who played for Basketball Vereniging Harlemlakers Amsterdam last season. He has averaged 3.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 spg and 0.8 bpg for the Netherlands at the last FIBA European Championships U16.

Finally, it was announced by the KBGO staff that Bryan Ejumeta (203-F-99), a young promising forward of both British and Spanish nationalities, would be a plus for the team next season. He arrives from Corelli College London UK, a team which was involved in the Academy Basketball League.

All five of them will be added to the Top Division Men I roster, completed by their mates Servaas Buysschaert (204-C-99, agency: Court Side), Sacha De Vreught (180-PG-00), Julian Delplancq (F/C-98), Luka Kotrulja (196-F-98), Tim Lambrecht (206-F/C-98, agency: Court Side), Mattias Palinckx (202-C-97, agency: Court Side), Thibaut Vanderhaegen (201-F/C-98), Peter Jan Verschelde, Emmanuel Bin Musemena Fundi (190-SG-01), Salim Kediambiko, Sam Lambrecht and Omar Thielemans.



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  BOSNIA  


Bosnians in High School 2017-18! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians in High School 2017-18!

Some of the Bosnians playing in High School in the US include some interesting names and quality prospects.

Erwin Gutic: Eurohopes wrote a glowing article on Gutic three years ago when he was playing in an international tournament for the youth team OKK Spars. He has great size 207cm and is skilled. He will be playing in Melbourne Florida this fall and should put together a good season and be on the radar of international scouts.

Mirza Mesic: the 2000 year born Mesic played guard for Spars but has moved to SF for Penfield High School in New York. He made an immediate impact for his team last year.

Dusan Mahorcic: Prep hoops describe the 206cm Mahorcic as ' One of the more intriguing posts in the Illinois 2018 class is becoming Niles Notre Dame power forward Dusan Mahorcic. This post player has only been in the country for less than 18 months and is rapidly improving his game. At 6'9' he has size and length that project well long term. Broad shoulders to add the strength that he will need to for the college level. Played sparingly during his high school season as a junior, but showed flashes.'

Adi Tigani: 183cm SG who can score from the outside. He is a senior this year for Niles Notre Dame.

Adnan Sarancic: He played for Kessel Heat AAU club last summer and averaged 14ppg 9rbpg while shooting 60% from two and 80% from the FT line. He now plays for B&B Elite AAU club. He is a 194cm PF/C who is going into his sophomore year. He shows a good feel for the game and has room to grow. He plays for Warren Township High School in IL.



KK Radnicki Gorazde Signs Novian Cherry! - by Chris Mathieu

KK Radnicki Gorazde Signs Novian Cherry (193-G-92)


Gorazde signed a second American for the upcoming season Novian Cherry!

This will be his first season playing pro basketball and he was a highly regarded prospect coming out of High School and out of the JUCO ranks.

He is a pure shooter who has molded his game after NBA star Bradley Beal. He should be a strong addition to the team if he can adjust to the rugged play of the Bosnian second division and the sparse surroundings of Gorazde. No doubt the transition will be eased with a second American on the team and the support the club receives from the town. Hasan Rikalo has done an excellent job finding and acquiring talent the last few years. The city itself has provided a warm welcome to players such as Keith Bowman, Nate Garth, Leo Svete who have all gone on to play in other leagues after leaving the club.

His stats in college…

AS A SENIOR IN 2016-17:Played in seven games … Averaged 2.7 points and 0.6 rebounds per game … Scored a season-high 13 points vs. San Diego Christian (11/22).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2015-16 AT SAVANNAH STATE: Averaged 9.5 minutes per game in 10 contests … Scored a season-high six points vs. South Florida on Nov. 29.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014-15 AT SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE:Averaged 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game ... Left San Diego Mesa as the all-time career leader in points.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013-14 AT SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE: All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference First Team ...Averaged 21.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game ... Set single-game scoring record with 49 points.



Sani Campara signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) landed 18-year old Bosnian guard Sani Campara (190-99). He played most recently at Real Madrid II in the EBA. In 16 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Campara received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Campara played at Spars Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 19 games he had 3.6ppg. He helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-1 (21.0ppg), 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 80.0%.

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Perez
Sani Campara

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Nikola Cvetinovic

Center:
Dartaye Ruffin

Coach: Joaquin Prado

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Artis, America27.5 
 2. Barbosa, Pinheiros19.5 
 3. Anthony, Bauru19.0 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba16.8 
 5. Coelho, Franca15.5 
 6. Avelino, Osasco B.15.5 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru14.0 
 8. Hubner, Paulistano13.3 
 9. Ferreira, Franca13.0 
 10. Demetrio, Franca12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13
 1. Uchendu, Bauru13.0 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.9.6 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano8.3 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru8.0 
 5. Barbosa, Pinheiros7.0 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba6.6 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano6.5 
 8. Toledo, Pinheiros6.3 
 9. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.3 
 10. Sena, Mogi6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Corazza, Paulistano7.3 
 2. Lersch, Mogi5.6 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.5 
 4. Coelho, Franca5.5 
 5. Taylor, Mogi4.2 
 6. Pierotti, Bauru4.0 
 7. Lima, Franca4.0 
 8. Anthony, Bauru4.0 
 9. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.8 
 10. Aleo, Osasco B.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rosa, America2.8 
 2. Anthony, Bauru2.5 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.2 
 4. Artis, America2.0 
 5. Coelho, Franca2.0 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.8 
 7. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 8. Souza, America1.8 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru1.7 
 10. Aleo, Osasco B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 4
 1. Uchendu, Bauru4.0 
 2. Sena, Mogi2.5 
 3. Demetrio, Franca1.5 
 4. Pereira, Pinheiros1.3 
 5. Galvanini, Bauru1.0 
 6. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 7. Almeida, Franca1.0 
 8. Carlos, Mogi0.8 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.7 
 10. Luz-d., Paulistano0.7 


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



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  BULGARIA  


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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Marek Klassen (ex Worcester W.) is a newcomer at Bakirkoy - by Eurobasket News

Bakirkoy Basket (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Canadian guard Marek Klassen (185-82kg-92, college: Point Loma). He played last season at Worcester Wolves in British BBL league. In 37 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.2apg (top 3) and 1.2spg. Klassen helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 2nd Team.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Leeds Force (also in BBL) where in 15 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 8.1apg (leader !!!) and 2.3spg (leader !!!). Klassen also played that season for CSU Sibiu in Romanian Liga Nationala. In four games he had 5.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Klassen won NCCAA D1 championship title in 2014.
He was a member of Canadian U19 National Team back in 2011.
Klassen graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Bakirkoy Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Adem Oren
Reha Oz
Oguzhan Sungur
Manny Atkins
Marek Klassen
Hamit Sezaver
Huseyin Akin Kandemir
Mehmet Ata Evren
Ugur Hortum

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Newcastle Eagles Esh Group signs rookie AJ Basi in his first year in pro basketball - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of Canadian point guard AJ Basi (180-79kg). Basi just graduated from Manitoba. He has played there for the last six years. In 28 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg last season. Basi helped them to make it to the final.
Of course it will be his first season in professional basketball.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Andrew Lasker
AJ Basi
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Darius Defoe
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

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Los Leones welcome back Thomas, ex U Atletica - by Eurobasket News

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue (Liga Nacional) landed experienced 35-year old American forward John A. Thomas (198-104kg-82, college: Columbus State). It is actually his comeback to Quilpue as he has played here before. Thomas played in the summer at U Atletica in Uruguayan Metropolitan.
His team made it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2012.
Thomas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia, Estudiantes Olavarria, Union de Santa Fe, Rocamora and San Lorenzo), Brazil (Paschoalotto/Bauru and Assis Basket), Finland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile (Colo Colo), NABL (Ft. Pierce P.), NEBA (Atlanta Live) and Bolivia (Vikingos).
Thomas is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Los Leones.
Thomas attended Columbus State until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An atletic forward who runs the court well and plays with great energy... can create his shot and goes well 1-on-1 in the paint ....his outside - inside dimension make him a good import player for international level of competition.
The type of player who does whatever the team needs. A real versatile player that can step into almost any position and get it done. During his college and pro career he has lined up at EVERY position including the pg spot for some minutes in a pinch. Can focus on and dominate any statistical category depending on the needs of his team. Easily able to defend bigger or smaller opponents while using his advantages to cause serious match up problems. Is a above average passer and if you give him the ball at the high post he will cause a ton of problems. Great a slashing to the hoop and elevating to finish but also possess a good 3pt touch and can shoot it well if asked to. Quite athletic but uses a combination of that and a high basketball IQ to frustrate opponents. Is a good team person and brings an attitude of winning into any situation
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CD Valdivia inks Javier Carter - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportivo Valdivia (Liga Nacional) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Panamanian passport) center Javier Carter (203-91, college: S.Alabama). He played last season at Soles in Mexican LNBP. Carter managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 17 LNBP games he had 6.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Part of last summer Carter spent at Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he recorded 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. Carter also played for Panteras (LPB) in Panamanian league that season. But in only one game he averaged just point.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Carter was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in fourth round (60th overall).
He attended University of South Alabama until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Carter's team won China Four Nations Tournament in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team back in 2014.
Carter is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Carter has played previously professionally in France (Gravenchon), Uruguay (Atletico Welcome), Spain (Caceres_Basket) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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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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  CROATIA  


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

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Hermes Analitica appoint Toni Radic as new coach - by Zeljko Zule

Toni Radic has been confirmend as the new coach of Hermes Analitica, replacing Zvonimir Mravak.
Radic arrives from German Regional liga Two side Activ Bilanz Fellbach Stuttgart. He started his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant coach of Bergedorf Youth team. He became a head coach for the first time the next season, taking Quickborn women team. Radic also served as head coach of Lurup & SC Rist Wedel, Chemnitz 99, Uetersen and Quickborn in Germany, Etzella and Contern in Luxembourg and USC Freiburg in Switzerland,
Zvonimir Mravak will be the new coach of Hermes Analitica junior team.



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Old is New as BK Prostejov Reorganizes as BK Olomoucko - by Surujh Roopnarine

With the first preparation games for the 2017-18 KNBL season underway this week, a significant change has come to the league. Orli Prostejov, one of the most consistent teams in the league the past decade, has sold its license and will now be named BK Olomoucko, after the historical city Olomouc.
The newly organized will still play the majority of its games in Orli Prostejov this season, with some Czech Cup games being played in its new hometown, whereas the club management hopes to expand the Olomouc arena to accommodate the minimum of 500 fans required for league play.
The head coach of Olomoucko will be veteran Predrag Benacek , formerly of Kolin.
As of now, the team will retain four players from Orli Prostejov's 2016-17 squad; Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96), Michal Norwa (202-F/C-83), Martin Novak (199-SF-93) and Adam Goga (196-F/G-97).



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

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Zarko Jukic (ex Ourense) joins Cheshire Phoenix - by Eurobasket News

Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Danish international forward Zarko Jukic (201-86kg-93). He played last season at Ourense Termal in Spanish LEB Gold. In 36 games he had just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Jukic played at Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan where in 43 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Jukic has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
Jukic represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg.
Jukic has played previously professionally in Denmark (Horsholm and Stevnsgade) and Sweden (Nassjo).

Cheshire Phoenix roster for 2017-2018:

Orlan Jackman
Raheem May-Thompson
Robert Sandoval
Zarko Jukic
Tevin Falzon
Malcolm Riley
C.J. Gettys
Alassan Touray
Andy Bachman
Max Jones

Coach: Ben Thomason

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Zarko Jukic agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 24-year old Danish international forward Zarko Jukic (201-86kg-93) from Cheshire Phoenix. The last season Jukic played at Ourense in Spanish LEB Gold where in 36 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg.
He has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. Jukic has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg.
Jukic has played previously professionally in Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins and Nassjo) and Denmark (Horsholm and Stevnsgade).

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Andrew Lasker
AJ Basi
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Darius Defoe
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina
Zarko Jukic

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

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  DR CONGO  


Koroivos land Evariste Shonganya, ex Mazembe - by Chris Mammides

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) landed 25-year old Congolese international power forward/center  Evariste Shonganya (204-92, agency: Promotex). The last time (2016-2017) he played at Monastir in Tunisian league where he has been coached by the Greek Head Coach Giorgos Ketselidis and he was among the stant outs of the league. Before that he played for a season in  Mazembe in DR Congolese D1 league.  
Among other achievements Shonganya received Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award back in 2014. He has been regularly called to Congolese Senior National Team since 2012.

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahii Carson
Alexandros Spyridonidis
Marcus Posley
Alexios Kantzos

Forwards:
Ilias Theodorou
Shaquille Hines
Aaron Rountree_III
Stathis Papadionysiou
Andreas Athanasopoulos

Centers:
Anastasios Antonakis
Yannis Sahpatzidis
Evariste Shonganya

Coach: Nikos Kalabakos

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Barcelona adds Prescott to their roster, ex Ponferrada CDP - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Sam Prescott (190-84kg-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports). He played last season at Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada in Spanish EBA league. In 26 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.7ppg and had 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team.
Prescott's college team won NEC Tournament in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Iceland (Hamar).
Prescott attended Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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National League Round 10: Leones are upset by Piratas - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Riobamba between second ranked Leones (6-4) and fourth ranked Piratas (6-4) on Tuesday night. Leones were defeated by Piratas in a tough game at home 73-79. Leones were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 12-point lead after three quarters before a 33-15 charge of Piratas, which allowed them to win the game. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Dominican point guard Jose Acosta (185-92) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Piratas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Leones. Piratas is looking forward to face Portoviejo (#7) in Portviejo in the next round where they are favorite. Leones will play on the road against Barcelona (#6) in Guayaquil and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guayaquil. First ranked Iccan faced 3rd ranked Importadora. Host Iccan (7-3) defeated guests from Ambato (5-4) 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Importadora. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. Carlos Carcelen contributed with 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Importadora. Iccan maintains first position with 7-3 record. Importadora at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Juvenil. Iccan will play against bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (#8) in Gualaceo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Importadora will play at home against Juvenil (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-52 loss to seventh ranked Barcelona (5-4) in Guayaquil on Tuesday evening. Sam Prescott scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Jean Pierre responded with 11 points and 8 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. Barcelona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Juvenil. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with ten games lost. Barcelona will meet at home higher ranked Leones (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Triple E-Uda will play against the league's leader Iccan (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 10 Portoviejo was defeated by Juvenil in Vinces 79-67.
The best stats of 10th round was 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Nelson Palacios of Juvenil.

Juvenil - Portoviejo 79-67

Everything could happen in Vinces at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Juvenil and 6th ranked Portoviejo had identical 4-4 record. This time Juvenil used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Portviejo 79-67 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Juvenil. Portoviejo managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. Juvenil's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Adriano Barredas (-92) responded with 28 points and international guard Jonathan Arboleda (190-95) scored 15 points. Juvenil (5-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Barcelona. Portoviejo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Juvenil will meet Importadora (#5) in the next round. Portoviejo will play against the league's second-placed Piratas in Ibarra and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: N.Palacios 34+5reb+3ast, J.Diaz 20+6reb+1ast, L.Lopez 19+3reb+1ast, A.Guerra 4+2reb+2ast, M.Martinez 2+1reb+3ast, A.Ramon 0
Portviejo: A.Barredas 28+4reb+2ast, J.Arboleda 15+3reb, R.Roldan 7, D.Terrell 7+3reb, D.Javier Ferrin 5+1reb, C.Cedeno 3+3ast
gschID: 548240


Iccan - Importadora 81-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guayaquil. First ranked Iccan faced 3rd ranked Importadora. Host Iccan (7-3) defeated guests from Ambato (5-4) 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Importadora. Importadora was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) contributed with 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Importadora. Four Importadora players scored in double figures. Iccan maintains first position with 7-3 record. Importadora at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Juvenil. Iccan will play against bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (#8) in Gualaceo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Importadora will play at home against Juvenil (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iccan: J.Herrera 27+5reb, C.Carcelen 22+4reb, J.Centeno 16+4reb+5ast, C.Silva 8+4reb, E.Caicedo 4+3reb, J.Porozo 3+1reb
Importadora: J.Blocker 19+2reb, T.Sledge 17+5reb+3ast, N.Mina 15+4reb, J.Romero 14+7reb+1ast, C.Orozco 6+3reb, J.Sanmiguel 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548238


Barcelona - Triple E-Uda 87-52

Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-52 loss to seventh ranked Barcelona (5-4) in Guayaquil on Tuesday evening. The game without a history. Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barcelona outrebounded Triple E-Uda 40-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Barcelona players scored in double figures. At the losing side Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (-95) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barcelona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Importadora and Juvenil. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with ten games lost. Barcelona will meet at home higher ranked Leones (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Triple E-Uda will play against the league's leader Iccan (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: S.Prescott 28+6reb+2ast, K.Bowman 13+9reb+2ast, F.Corozo 11+4reb+2ast, D.King 10+5reb+1ast, M.Hurtado 7+6reb+2ast, E.Bernal 6+4reb+1ast
Triple E-Uda: J.Pierre 11+8reb, Y.Romero 9+4reb+1ast, H.Molina 8+2reb, C.Ramon 8+2reb+1ast, S.Tamariz 6+5reb, M.Romo 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 548237


Leones - Piratas 73-79

The most important game in the last round took place in Riobamba between second ranked Leones (6-4) and fourth ranked Piratas (6-4) on Tuesday night. Leones were defeated by Piratas in a tough game at home 73-79. Leones were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 12-point lead after three quarters before a 33-15 charge of Piratas, which allowed them to win the game. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Dominican point guard Jose Acosta (185-92) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Rafael Luis added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piratas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Leones. Piratas is looking forward to face Portoviejo (#7) in Portviejo in the next round where they are favorite. Leones will play on the road against Barcelona (#6) in Guayaquil and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Piratas: R.Perez 23+8reb+3ast, W.Clayton 17+3reb, C.Delgado 16+1reb+4ast, P.Cano 11+3reb, C.Malatay 9+2reb+4ast, A.Salgado 3
Leones: J.Acosta 19+5reb+7ast, R.Luis 19+3reb+5ast, C.Jackson 14+5reb, J.Vargas 12+3reb+1ast, A.Conchambay 9+2reb+5ast, J.Paguay 0
gschID: 548239





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  EGYPT  


Omar Samhan (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

Shiga Lakestars (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Egyptian passport) center Omar Samhan (211-122kg-88, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in June. In 32 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Samhan played at Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League where in 25 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2013. Samhan received also All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Samhan is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on six different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa and of course North America) in eight different countries. Samhan has played previously professionally in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Poland (Wilki Morskie), Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Egypt (Sporting) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Ahly renews El Garhy contract - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahly signed a four-year contract on Monday with Al Ahly basketball player Mody El Garhy. The player was so happy to continue his journey with the team. 'I am so happy, I hope to stay with Al Ahly till the end of my career,' El Garhy told Al Ahly's official website after renewing his contract with the club. El Garhy added, 'I am so happy with the coaching staff's trust; it is a big responsibility, especially with the challenges to come in the next season.' Marwan Hesham, Al Ahly board member, spoke to Al Ahly's official website, saying, 'Mody is one of the best players on the team; we can't lose him, because he adds a great value to the team.' Hesham added, 'It was an easy process to renew El Garhy's contract; we are trying to keep our important players to help the team in the upcoming competitions.' El Garhy sent a message to Al Ahly fans, saying, 'We need your support to be able to win the important competitions and make you happy.'
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


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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Hanga agreed terms with FC Barcelona - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old Hungarian international small forward Adam Hanga (199-90kg-89, agency: Octagon Europe). He moved there from Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where he played this season.
In 2011 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall). Hanga's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish Liga Endesa. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Hanga has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Hanga also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-3 (19.4ppg), 7.2rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 61.3%.
Hanga has played also professionally in Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Hungary (Alba, Fehervar and Palota).
He could be described: Adam has an excellent physical-athletic profile, showing a good frame. Great potential. Hanga impresses whenever he takes his opponent off the dribble and attacks the rim for the dunk. Explosive, quick, amazing athlete and unstopable slasher. Nice shot. He certainly has the talent to become an excellent and highest level basketball player.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Carlos Navarro
Petteri Koponen
Thomas Heurtel
Pau Ribas
Phil Pressey

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adam Hanga
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Aleksander Vezenkov

Centers:
Ante Tomic
Kevin Seraphin
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Rabotnicki ink Marcus Ginyard (ex Energa Czarni) - by Mario Divanisov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) added 30-year old American international Marcus Ginyard (196-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: HMS) to their roster. The well-experienced Swingman will join the Macedonian side from Energa Czarni Slupsk where he managed to play 42 games last seasn, while averaging 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg.
Before moving to Europe he managed to play 5 seasons at North Carolina at NCAA where he was named ACC All-Defensive Team in 2008. He also had a shot to play in the NBA after spending the NBA Summer League in Orlando with Charlotte Bobcats in July 2010, but did not make the team.
In his first over seas season he played in Germany for BBC Bayreuth II (Bundesliga) where he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg in 36 games, before moving to Israel and Ironi Nahariya to play his most impressive season so far. He managed to play 28 games in National League while averaging 21.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg eventually earning him Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention. Despite having a wonderful season he moved to Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) in the following season where he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In the following season he moved to Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine-Superleague) where he averaged 15.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the domestic championship, as well as 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg in 8 VTB United League games. However, he didn't finish the season at Ukraine, instead he moved back to Poland, but this time to Stelmet Zielona Gora this time. He finished the 2013/14 season there where he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.0spg in the remaning 23 games. He started the 2014/15 season at Westchester Knicks (D-League) where he averaged 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.9apg, before moving to Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1). He also played a season at France for Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) where in 36 games he managed to average 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.

Rabotnicki Skopje roster for for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitar Mirakovski (177-PG-81, agency: Interperformances)
Luka Petrovski (196-PG-96)
Petar Nikolic (G-93)
Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances)

Forwards:
Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98)
Marcus Ginyard
Gjorgij Chekovski (203-PF-79)

Center:
Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances)

Coach: Marin Dokuzovski (agency: BeoBasket )

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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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  FRANCE  


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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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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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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Passave-Ducteil is back at Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) signed 32-year old center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85). It is actually his comeback to JSF Nanterre as he has played here before. Passave-Ducteil was about to sign at JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA). The last season he played also at JDA Dijon where in 31 ProA games he had 7.0ppg and 2.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Passave-Ducteil's team won French Cup in 2014. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2014 and 2015.
Passave-Ducteil has played previously for three other teams: Limoges CSP Elite, JL Bourg and Saint Etienne.

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

Centers:
Johan Passave-Ducteil
Jean-Marc Pansa

Coach: Pascal Donadieu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Nenad Delic (ex Sigal Prishtina) is a newcomer at Karpos Sokoli - by Mario Divanisov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) straightened their roster with the addition of Croatian international Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84). The 33-year old managed to play in five competitions within two clubs last season. He started the season at Rilski Sportist Samokov where he averaged 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.0apg in 2 games played in Basketball Champions League, 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg in 6 FIBA Europe Cup games, as well as 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.6apg in 11 NBL games before moving to Sigal Prishtina in December. He played 19 games in SuperLeague here he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.2apg. He also helped the team in BIBL League where he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg in 4 games. Following his impressive last season for Sigal Prishtina he was named Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Center of the Year.
In his wealthy career the Croat managed to play for 15 teams along Europe, as well as one season at UAE where he sealed many achievements.
This will be Delic's second period at Macedonia where he played for Strumica in the 2007/08 season when in 4 FIBA EuroCup he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg before moving to Vrijednosnice OS Darda (A2) in February.

On Delic: Young developing player whose progress had been slowed down by the various injuries. Last year was injury free and he showed the promise to develop into a really good player. Very skilled player who can play with his back to the basket or facing the basket, exceptional passer who understands the game really well. Plays within a team concept and is sometimes, too unselfiush. His offense is far more developed at this stage. Needs to improve his defense, especially 1 - 1 post defense and be more dominant under the boards.Help side defense also needs work especially for a player of his size and physical potential. Works hard in practice and is a very coachable player.

Karpos Sokoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darko Sokolov (189-G-86)
Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports)
Damjan Jakimovski (178-PG-95)
Anthony Collins (185-PG-92, college: Texas A&M)
Ivan Sapundziev (196-SG-95)
Jaylon Brown (183-PG, college: Evansville)

Forwards:
Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport)
Zarko Comagic (199-F-85, college: N.Arizona)
Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88)
Stojan Gjuroski (203-F-91, college: Louisiana Tech)

Center:
Filip Bakoc (203-C-96)
Nenad Delic

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rabotnicki ink Marcus Ginyard (ex Energa Czarni) - by Mario Divanisov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) added 30-year old American international Marcus Ginyard (196-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: HMS) to their roster. The well-experienced Swingman will join the Macedonian side from Energa Czarni Slupsk where he managed to play 42 games last seasn, while averaging 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg.
Before moving to Europe he managed to play 5 seasons at North Carolina at NCAA where he was named ACC All-Defensive Team in 2008. He also had a shot to play in the NBA after spending the NBA Summer League in Orlando with Charlotte Bobcats in July 2010, but did not make the team.
In his first over seas season he played in Germany for BBC Bayreuth II (Bundesliga) where he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg in 36 games, before moving to Israel and Ironi Nahariya to play his most impressive season so far. He managed to play 28 games in National League while averaging 21.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg eventually earning him Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention. Despite having a wonderful season he moved to Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) in the following season where he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In the following season he moved to Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine-Superleague) where he averaged 15.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the domestic championship, as well as 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg in 8 VTB United League games. However, he didn't finish the season at Ukraine, instead he moved back to Poland, but this time to Stelmet Zielona Gora this time. He finished the 2013/14 season there where he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.0spg in the remaning 23 games. He started the 2014/15 season at Westchester Knicks (D-League) where he averaged 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.9apg, before moving to Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1). He also played a season at France for Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) where in 36 games he managed to average 9.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.

Rabotnicki Skopje roster for for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitar Mirakovski (177-PG-81, agency: Interperformances)
Luka Petrovski (196-PG-96)
Petar Nikolic (G-93)
Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances)

Forwards:
Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98)
Marcus Ginyard
Gjorgij Chekovski (203-PF-79)

Center:
Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances)

Coach: Marin Dokuzovski (agency: BeoBasket )

By Eurobasket Data Center



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The Giessen 46ers 2 Team Add Nick Hornsby - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Giessen 46ers 2 team have found strength in the front court finding Nick Hornsby (201-F) Hornsby is a 22 year old 201cm forward that weighs 107 kilo's and was born in Irvine, California. He will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany. He played at Sacramento St. (NCAA) from 2013-2017 totaling 123 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games avergagng 11.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 71.2%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season at Sacramento St. (NCAA). "Nick is a very versatile player that can be inserted at many positions. He is a team player that will help us give stability rebounding the ball. Besides a good inside game, he has a good shot for a big player", stresed head coach Rolf Scholz.

Last season the American scored in double figures in 17 games and had five double doubles. His best scoring games included a 28 point 14 rebound explosion and 22 point games against S Utah, and a 25 point game against Montana. He started his basketball career at Tustin High School and as a junior averaged 12.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.2apg. In his senior year at Tustin, CA / Tustin High School he averaged 16.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.7apg. In 2013-2014 he started his NCAA carer at Sacramento St. (NCAA) playing 29 games averaging 3.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg. In his second season at Sacramento St. (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 6.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 63.9%. In his junior year at Sacramento St. (NCAA) he played 30 games averaging 7.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 66.2%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS Empire League's co-MVP -12, HS first team all-state -13, HS co-3AAA Division Player of the Year -13, HS co-MVP of the Empire League -13, HS CIF Southern Section 3AAA title -13, HS Empire League Champion -13, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals -15, USA National Team -16, and William Jones Cup in Taiwan -16.

Source:Giessen 46ers



Doxa Lefkadas sign Georgios Stamatelos - by Chris Mammides

AE Doxa Lefkadas (A2) signed 23-year old Greek-German guard Georgios Stamatelos (185-94). He has played for the last two seasons at MGS AE Komotinis in the C.
The previous (15-16) season Stamatelos played at GAS Komotinis (B).
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Giessen Pointers).

AE Doxa Lefkadas roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Liakopoulos
Georgios Stamatelos
Michalis Pelekanos
Nikos Angelopoulos
Davis Rozitis
Savvas Tsougarakis
Alexandros Raptis
Dimitris Kalampakas
Vaggelis Tzolos
Evangelos Bebis
Christoforos Kelesidis
Andreas Petropoulos
Konstantinos Kampouridis
Dimitris Geromichalos
Thodoros Ioakimidis
Theofilos Rondogiannis

Coach: Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eric Curth Moves To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

This off season many of the BG Karlsruhe players stayed in Karlsruhe finding a new team there like PSK or Kit, but Eric Curth who played with PS another team in Karlsruhe didn't remain there or go to another team in Karlsruhe didn't go this route and will continue his career with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. Curth is a 25 year old guard that has been around German gym's and arena's having played with teams like BG Karlsruhe, Herten, Lich, Hedielberg, Speyer and TV Bad Bergzabern. He brings 25 Pro A games experience to Essen and 87 Pro B games experience. Last season with PS Karlsruhe Lions (ProB) he played 30 games averaging 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 78.1%. "Eric is a great player with fantastic abilities. He is experienced but still young and hungry. We are happy that he will wear our jersey and lead the young team", stressed ETB CEO Niklas Cox. On a team that bolstered scoring options like Jordan talbert, Orlando Parker and B ill Borekambi last season, Curth held his own and became his own scoring option as he scored in double figures in 18 games including a 24 pont outburst against BG Karlsruhe and a 23 point game against Rostock. He also scored 20 points against Elchingen and Rhondorf.

He started his career with the BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB) in 2009 and a season later moved to TV Bad Bergzabern (2.Regionalliga). He then played two seasons with BG Karlsruhe amassing 16 Pro A games. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) playing 9 games averaging 3.6ppg, played mostly at USC Heidelberg (Regionaliga) playing 24 games averaging 19.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.4%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to the Licher Basket Baeren (ProB) playing 28 games averaging 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 70.3%. Two seasons ago he got further experience with the Hertener Loewen Basketball (ProB) playing 25 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 77.1%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -13, Eurobasket.com All, Regionalliga South-West Co-Domestic Player of the Year -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Defensive Player of the Year -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team -14, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-West All-Domestic Players Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -17.

Source:ETB Wohnbau Baskets













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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PAOK Thessaloniki signs Theodoros Karras - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 20-year old forward Theodoros Karras (209-97, agency: Octagon Europe). He was about to sign at Doukas in the A2. Karras has played there for the last three years. The last season he played also at Doukas (also in A2) where in 7 games he had 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg. Karras helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. Karras' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 56.9%, FT: 71.4%.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Kevin Dillard
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Antonios Koniaris
Constantinos Vasiliou
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis

Forwards:
Ousman Krubally
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Theodoros Karras
Dimitris Karamanolis
Dimitris Makridis

Centers:
Vangelis Margaritis
Owen Klassen
Theodoros Psihidis
Rafail Papaioannou

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Psathas comes back to Psychiko - by Chris Mammides

AE Psychiko Athens (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old forward Yiannis Psathas (198-83). It is actually his comeback to Athens as he has played here before. Psathas played most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in A1. However his team was relegated to A2. In 18 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg last season. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Psathas played at GS Kymis where in 21 A2 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice).
Psathas represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: Apollon Patras, Halkida, Olimpiada, Cretan Kings, Panerythraikos and Nea Kifisia.

AE Psychiko Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Papadionysioy
Anastasios Priskomatis
Christos Iordanou
Andreas Papandreou

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

Center:
Nikos Tsiokos

Coach: Nikos Remendelas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doxa Lefkadas sign Georgios Stamatelos - by Chris Mammides

AE Doxa Lefkadas (A2) signed 23-year old Greek-German guard Georgios Stamatelos (185-94). He has played for the last two seasons at MGS AE Komotinis in the C.
The previous (15-16) season Stamatelos played at GAS Komotinis (B).
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Giessen Pointers).

AE Doxa Lefkadas roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Liakopoulos
Georgios Stamatelos
Michalis Pelekanos
Nikos Angelopoulos
Davis Rozitis
Savvas Tsougarakis
Alexandros Raptis
Dimitris Kalampakas
Vaggelis Tzolos
Evangelos Bebis
Christoforos Kelesidis
Andreas Petropoulos
Konstantinos Kampouridis
Dimitris Geromichalos
Thodoros Ioakimidis
Theofilos Rondogiannis

Coach: Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Koroivos land Evariste Shonganya, ex Mazembe - by Chris Mammides

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) landed 25-year old Congolese international power forward/center  Evariste Shonganya (204-92, agency: Promotex). The last time (2016-2017) he played at Monastir in Tunisian league where he has been coached by the Greek Head Coach Giorgos Ketselidis and he was among the stant outs of the league. Before that he played for a season in  Mazembe in DR Congolese D1 league.  
Among other achievements Shonganya received Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award back in 2014. He has been regularly called to Congolese Senior National Team since 2012.

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahii Carson
Alexandros Spyridonidis
Marcus Posley
Alexios Kantzos

Forwards:
Ilias Theodorou
Shaquille Hines
Aaron Rountree_III
Stathis Papadionysiou
Andreas Athanasopoulos

Centers:
Anastasios Antonakis
Yannis Sahpatzidis
Evariste Shonganya

Coach: Nikos Kalabakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trikalla adds Chatzinikolas to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) added to their roster 22-year old swingman Ioannis Chatzinikolas (196-95) from ASA Koroivos Amaliadas. In 22 A1 games he recorded just 2.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg last season. Chatzinikolas also spent pre-season at Pagrati that year.
He won Greek A2 championship title in 2013.
Chatzinikolas represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kostas Pallis joins OF Irakleio - by Chris Mammides

OF Irakleio (C) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old forward Kostas Pallis (200-79). He was about to sign at Irakleio OAA in the A2. Pallis has played there for the last five years. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Pallis played also at Irakleio (also in A2) where in 27 games he had 4.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2013. Pallis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: MENT Vassilakis, Filippos Veroias, Aiginiakos, Mantoulidis, Anagennisi and Makabi.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at OF Irakleio.

OF Irakleio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Prodromos Tserkitsoglou
Kostas Agapiadis

Forwards:
Kostas Pallis
Alexis Vasiliadis
Giannis Karalis

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Thodoris Sioutis signs at Ionikos Ionias - by Chris Mammides

AS Ionikos Ionias (C) landed experienced 37-year old forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-80). He was about to sign at Ionikos Nikaias in the B. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Sioutis won Greek A2 championship title in 2013.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Amyntas Dafnis, Papagou, Ilysiakos, P.Faliro, Doukas, Cretan Kings, G.Larissa-Faros and Nea Kifisia.
Sioutis is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ionikos Ionias.

AS Ionikos Ionias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Delis
Stelios Giannoulis
Vangelis Varitis
Giorgos Mademlis

Forwards:
Thodoris Sioutis
Vassilis Anastasiadis

Center:
Nikolaos Mitakidis

Coach: Dimitris Petropoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Hanga agreed terms with FC Barcelona - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old Hungarian international small forward Adam Hanga (199-90kg-89, agency: Octagon Europe). He moved there from Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where he played this season.
In 2011 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall). Hanga's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish Liga Endesa. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Hanga has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Hanga also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-3 (19.4ppg), 7.2rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 61.3%.
Hanga has played also professionally in Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Hungary (Alba, Fehervar and Palota).
He could be described: Adam has an excellent physical-athletic profile, showing a good frame. Great potential. Hanga impresses whenever he takes his opponent off the dribble and attacks the rim for the dunk. Explosive, quick, amazing athlete and unstopable slasher. Nice shot. He certainly has the talent to become an excellent and highest level basketball player.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Carlos Navarro
Petteri Koponen
Thomas Heurtel
Pau Ribas
Phil Pressey

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adam Hanga
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Aleksander Vezenkov

Centers:
Ante Tomic
Kevin Seraphin
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDONESIA  


SEA Games: Indonesia come from behind to beat Singapore 70-54 - by Eurobasket News

They came into the game high on confidence. And for most part of the game, they stayed on top. But 12 missed free throws and an inability to execute plays properly down the stretch cost the Singapore national basketball dearly, leading them to a 54-70 defeat by Indonesia and dropping the side to a 2-1 record. A win would have seen them secure a spot in the semi-finals and also avoid powerhouse Philippines in the knockout stage. The match was also a repeat of the semi-finals in the 2015 SEA Games, where Indonesia also came from behind to win 87-74, ending Singapore's hopes of making the final on home soil. 'Our free-throw percentage was really bad. I think what kept us in the game was our defensive stops. We gave our heart out there but towards the end, we couldn't make the shots,' captain Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) said of the missed opportunities. Only three players scored in double figures for Singapore, with Russel Low (195-C-93) leading the team with 13 points and four boards. Leon Kwek and Larry Hua Liew (191-G-93) both added 10 points, but the team shot just 32 per cent overall. Indonesia, on the other hand, were led by Enguio Ebrahim Lopez's 18 points and the team shot 44 per cent from the field. In what was initially a very tight game, Singapore had led by six points in the first half. Their tenacious play on both the defensive and offensive ends had Indonesia in foul trouble, with the latter committing a total of 27 fouls in the whole game. Yet, they kept missing their free-throws, and Indonesia were able to make big shots time and again. The turning point came midway in the third quarter. Having held a 44-40 lead with a little over three minutes left, they saw it cut to just two by Enguio. He then made one of two free throws at the line a few possessions later, before a big three-point shot by Hardianus Lakudu (175-PG-92) gave Indonesia the lead for good. Indonesia then began the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run, establishing a 10-point lead. When they threatened to come back after pulling to within five points, two free throws from Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) and a dagger three from veteran Mario Wuysang with four minutes left in the game meant that there was to be no way back for Singapore. Still, Singapore's coach Frank Arsego felt that the game has given his side the opportunity to identify the flaws in their game and improve on them. 'We learnt more about ourselves today after losing,' Arsego said. 'It was a pretty good effort from the boys (against a top team in South-east Asia)… we just fell a little short.' Arsego also felt that the missed chances at the free-throw line 'opened the door' for Indonesia, but this was not the only thing that separated both teams. 'When they (Indonesia) went to the line, they made theirs. It didn't win them the game, but it was enough for them to keep the pressure on,' he said. 'We also got a bit individual in the end, we didn't share the basketball around enough. They worked us out and we've just got to keep going again then. I think they can take solace from a really good performance.'
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



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  ITALY  


Crema inks Mattia Molteni - by Eurobasket News

Erogasmet Crema (Serie B) signed 21-year old guard Mattia Molteni (190-80kg-96) from Gessi Valsesia Basket. In 31 Serie B games he had 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Molteni played at Lighthouse (Serie A). But in 13 games he recorded just 0.8ppg.
He helped his team to make it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
Molteni has played previously for two other teams: MIA-RO Cantu and Cantu Gorla.

Erogasmet Crema roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Dagnello
Michele Peroni
Mattia Molteni
Francesco Paolin

Forwards:
Giovanni Poggi
Massimiliano Ferraro

Center:
Eugenio Amanti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Umana Venezia adds Cerella to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) added to their roster 31-year old Italian international swingman Bruno Cerella (194-93kg-86, agency: Players Group) on loan from EA7 Armani. He is a dual citizen owning also Argentinian passport. He has played at EA7 Armani (Serie A) for the last five years. The last season Cerella played also at Armani Milano. But in 15 Serie A games he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. Cerella also played 5 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 1.6ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016. Cerella has been regularly called to Italian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for six other teams: Openjobmetis VA, BancaTercas, Piacenza, Potenza, S.Agnese and Salerno.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful, hard-nosed player with great athletic skills. Puts a lot of energy on the court, defends well and can score a lot, needs to improve his outside shooting and some of his fundamentals to become Serie A material.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos

Center:
Paul Biligha

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marco Legnini joins Patti - by Eurobasket News

Sport e Cultura Patti (Serie B) agreed terms with 21-year old forward Marco Legnini (198-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) from Roma Vis Nova. In 31 Serie B games he had 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg last season.

Sport e Cultura Patti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antonino Sidoti
Giorgio Busco

Forwards:
Giuseppe Costantino
Alberto Mazzullo
Andrea Piperno
Marco Legnini

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Simone Fiusco is a newcomer at Rimini - by Eurobasket News

NTS Basket Rimini Crabs (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old swingman Simone Fiusco (198-79kg-99). He has played for the last four seasons at the junior team of Enel Brindisi in the Serie A. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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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  JAPAN  


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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Omar Samhan (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

Shiga Lakestars (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Egyptian passport) center Omar Samhan (211-122kg-88, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in June. In 32 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Samhan played at Leuven Bears in Belgian Euromillions League where in 25 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2013. Samhan received also All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Samhan is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on six different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa and of course North America) in eight different countries. Samhan has played previously professionally in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Poland (Wilki Morskie), Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Egypt (Sporting) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Cameron Rundles (ex Peja) joins Phoenix Galati - by Eurobasket News

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford). He played last season at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. Rundles managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 SuperLeague games he had 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Rundles also played 15 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Rundles also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings in Swedish Basketligan that year. In two games he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Rundles played in the final of British BBL in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Rundles has played also professionally in Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely), Latvia (Jekabpils), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and United Kingdom (Leicester Riders).
He attended Wofford College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LAOS  


Singapore basketballers thump Laos 103-51 - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore men's basketball team thrashed Laos 103-51 to win their second SEA Games Group B match at Stadium MABA in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. As the scoreline suggested, it was one-way traffic for the Singaporeans right from the tip-off. By the end of the first quarter, Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) and Co. had built up a 13-point lead, and the advantage widened to 20 points at half-time. Singapore then stepped on the accelerator in the third period to double the lead to a whopping 40 points. Singapore's top-scorer Leon Kwek sealed the emphatic win with a lay-up to take his tally to 18 points. Debutant Lavin Raj, who has reportedly drawn interest from colleges in the Philippines, also shone. The 2m-tall centre, who is 17, bagged 17 points. In their opening game, Singapore beat Cambodia 95 -64.
Courtesy of: tnp.sg



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  LATVIA  


Oviedo land Davis Geks, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) tabbed 22-year old Latvian shooting guard Davis Geks (192-81kg-95). He played last season at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 41 games he had 11.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Geks helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. Geks contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VEF Riga (also in LBL). In 31 games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg. Geks contributed to his team making it to the final. Geks also played 16 games in VTB United League where he got just 2.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Geks won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 78.6%.
Geks has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera, Jelgava, LMT Basketbola Akademija, VEF skola and VEF LSPA Riga.

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Cardenas
Fabio Santana
Davis Geks

Forward:
Judicael Belemene

Center:
Kenan Karahodzic

Coach: Carles Marco

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Valmiera adds Jansons to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) added to their roster 19-year old small forward Niks Jansons (200-98). He played last season at VEF Riga (LBL). But in 5 games he recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.0rpg. Jansons also played 2 games in VTB United League, but he did not score anything.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ogre where in 10 LBL games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
Jansons won Latvian LBL D2 championship title in 2015.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 33.3%.
Jansons has played previously professionally also in Czech Republic (GBA Sparta).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


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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  LUXEMBOURG  


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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

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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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O.J. Mayo Wants Another Chance with Bucks, NBA - by Eurobasket News

O.J. Mayo (6'4''-G-87, college: USC) broke down in tears when he heard the NBA was going to ban him for at least two years for a failed drug test, and he surely would have cried even harder if he had known the embarrassment, loneliness and aimlessness that would follow. After July 1, 2018, Mayo will be eligible to apply for reinstatement to the NBA. Per league guidelines, both the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association must approve his return, and the two sides can consider a host of factors to weigh that decision, including the circumstances surrounding Mayo's dismissal, his personal conduct during the ban, his character and morality, whether he has completed a treatment program, and whether he's a 'suitable role model for youth.' Mayo must also be able to 'demonstrate by proof of random urine testing' that he has not failed any marijuana or drug tests for a year prior to his reinstatement application. 'I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee],' Mayo said, when asked for his dream destination. 'I was real close with Jason Kidd. That was the best relationship I had with a coach besides [Dwaine Barnes]. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s-, and when you're not on top of your s-, it shows. I'll be 30 next summer. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.' His checklist is coming together. The ankle is no longer a hindrance. Johnson says Mayo's rhythm, shooting touch and handle are NBA-ready, leaving his full-court conditioning as the only open basketball question. Gaines marvels at Mayo's physical transformation, noting that he's quickly closing in on his ideal playing weight.
Courtesy of: basketballinsiders.com




Dwyane Wade Likely To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) is expected to eventually agree upon a buyout with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are in rebuild mode and could save some money if Wade is willing to give back a portion of his $23.8 million salary. Wade opted into his contract in June. Joe Vardon reports the Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to eventually sign Wade. "As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs," said Vardon on the "Wine and Gold Talk" podcast with Chris Fedor.
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Cavaliers send Kyrie Irving to Celtics in deal including Isaiah Thomas, Nets 2018 pick - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics have acquired All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) from the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington), forward Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette), center Ante Zizic (6'11''-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) and Brooklyn's 2018 unprotected first-round pick, the teams announced Tuesday night.
Irving, 25, requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. At the time, Irving said that he wanted to play in a situation in which he could be more of a focal point and that he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), sources said. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge noted the bittersweet nature of Tuesday's trade. "This has obviously been a roller coaster of a day for us, trading away Isaiah and Jae and Ante, especially Isaiah and Jae, who have been such a big part of our team and our success and our Celtic culture as leaders of our team. Very, very difficult day," Ainge said. "At the same time, a very exciting time [to add] one of the best offensive players in the league." Ainge said that it was a very tough phone call to inform Thomas, who had emerged as the face of the franchise since he arrived at the trade deadline in February 2015. Ainge also said the Celtics did their homework on Irving after his falling out with James in Cleveland and said Irving is "excited" to be joining the Celtics. Ainge also acknowledged that Irving's price tag was high. "It is a high price tag," he said. "But acquiring a 25-year-old perennial All-Star, a player that fits a timeline for us and is a fantastic offensive player, one of the best offensive players in the league, you have to pay a heavy price." Pressed on the difficulty of giving up the unprotected Brooklyn pick, Ainge noted, "We valued it from the time we got it, and it's still very valuable. Obviously, we value Kyrie more. It's that simple." Irving has three years and $60 million left on his contract, but he can opt out of the final year before the 2019-20 season.
Thomas, 28, led the Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists over 33.8 minutes per game during the regular season. Thomas has spent the offseason recovering from a right hip injury that kept him out of the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals. He opted not to have surgery. Ainge said Thomas' injury did play "some" into his making the deal. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he is not sure Thomas will be ready for the start of training camp. Sources told ESPN that while Cleveland is not sure when Thomas will be able to return to the court, the Cavaliers have no short-term concerns about the injury. The team, sources said, is anxious to have its own doctors look at Thomas' hip and will spend the year monitoring it. Thomas will become a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season. He has said that he believes he's worthy of a maximum contract.
Crowder has been a core piece of the Celtics' resurgence. A solid perimeter defender, the 27-year-old forward averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He also has one of the friendliest cap numbers in the NBA: $6.8 million, $7.3 million and $7.8 million the next three seasons. He does not become a free agent until the summer of 2020.
Zizic was the Celtics' first-round pick in 2016 (23rd overall). He's a highly regarded 20-year-old out of Croatia described by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla as "one of my favorite kids in this draft. He's 6-11, 240. He has a mean streak." In addition to his tremendous upside, Zizic was included for salary purposes. Irving waived a $5.8 million trade kicker -- 15 percent of the total money remaining on his Cleveland deal -- to join Boston, sources said. The trade will give Cleveland $29.1 million in tax savings. Cleveland's tax is now $49.3 million, down from $78.4 million. The Celtics and Cavaliers open the season against each other Oct. 17 in Cleveland. "Opening night should be interesting," a Cavs player who requested anonymity told ESPN.
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The Pacers welcome back Poythress - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers inked 24-year old forward Alex Poythress (203-108kg-93, college: Kentucky). It is actually his comeback to the Pacers as he has played here before. Poythress played most recently at Phi.76ers. In 6 NBA games he averaged 10.7ppg and 4.7rpg last season. Poythress also played that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 46 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team.
Poythress has never been drafted by the NBA.
His college team won SEC Tournament in 2016.
Poythress graduated from University of Kentucky in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Alex is prolific scorer with a multi-dimensional game. He's big enough that he can take smaller players down low and create problems, but he's too quick and too athletic for your typical forward to play him straight up.

Indiana Pacers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damien Wilkins
Darren Collison
Victor Oladipo
Edmond Sumner

Forwards:
Bojan Bogdanovic
Alex Poythress
Ben Moore

Center:
Domantas Sabonis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA2  


Bemidji State adds Dustin Boll to Men's Basketball staff - by Eurobasket News

Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Mike Boschee announced the hiring of assistant coach Dustin Boll on Tuesday. Boll joins Beaver Men's Basketball after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference program Winona State University. Boll helped the Warriors advance to the NSIC Tournament Semifinals during his first season with the program in 2015-16. WSU averaged 13.5 wins, 10.5 in NSIC play, during Boll's two seasons on staff. Two Warriors student-athletes were named to the NSIC Second Team between the two seasons. WSU focused on on-court and off-court performance during Boll's two seasons as 10 student-athletes earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court recognition. The 2016-17 team also earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, which is given to teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Boll began his coaching career during the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach and coordinator of strength and conditioning at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. His duties at Viterbo included recruiting, organizing and implementing team practices, designing and presenting scouting reports, video exchange, and individual player development. In addition to his duties on coaching staffs, Boll is also active on the summer camp circuit, having worked as a camp coach at numerous camps including Syracuse University, North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, Marquette University and Duke University. In addition to camps, he has also coached on the grassroots circuit with the Minnesota Heat and Wisconsin Playmakers basketball organizations. Boll earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science and sport science with a minor in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2014. He also served as a student assistant coach at UW-L in 2013-14 where he assisted in recruiting, film editing and scouting report design. Boll completed his master's degree in leadership education and sports management from Winona State in 2017.
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  NCAA3  


Joey Flannery set to play in Spain - by Moritz Korff

Joey Flannery (6'5''-G, agency: Duran International) will be a BEHAPPY2 - CB Myrtia player next season, according to laopiniondemurcia.es. Myrtia is competing in the Spanish third-tier league LEB Plata after earning promotion from EBA last spring.

Flannery had a stellar career at Babson College, and was named 2017 NABC and D3hoops.com NCAA Division III Player of the Year after winning the NCAA Division III national championship with the Beavers. He averaged 23.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game as a senior.



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  NICARAGUA  


LNB Round 10: Bufalos defeat Leones in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Third-ranked Leones (5-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Bufalos (9-3) on Sunday. Bufalos managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. Leones trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 39-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-79 at the end of the game. Bufalos had a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Leones helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Nelson Davis (190-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 9-3 record. Leones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.
Very significant was Toros' (#2, 7-5) victory against 4th ranked Costa Caribe (3-9) 99-94. Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and Aramie Brooks supported him with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by the former international power forward Troy Watson (197-82) did not help to save the game for Costa Caribe. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toros maintains second position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Bufalos. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.
Very significant was Bufalos' (#1, 9-3) victory against 4th ranked Costa Caribe (3-9) 86-73. Noel Mackenzie fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mamadou Diakite produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-6 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 9-3 record. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.
Very significant was Toros' (#2, 7-5) victory against one of their biggest challengers Leones (5-7) 89-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Thomas Vansdell who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Toros maintains second position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Bufalos. Leones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 10 points and 18 rebounds by Jordany Jaca of Bufalos.

Costa Caribe - Toros 94-99

Very significant was Toros' (#2, 7-5) victory against 4th ranked Costa Caribe (3-9) 99-94. Toros forced 21 Costa Caribe turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) supported him with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Brooks is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by the former international power forward Troy Watson (197-82) did not help to save the game for Costa Caribe. Point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) added 11 points and 9 assists for lost side. Four Toros and five Costa Caribe players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toros maintains second position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Bufalos. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Toros: R.Abraham 24+5reb+8ast, A.Brooks 23+9reb+1ast, T.Vansdell 19+2reb+5ast, D.Toruno 12+3reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 8+5reb+5ast, N.Lopez 6+4reb+1ast
Costa Caribe: T.Watson 20+8reb+3ast, D.Cacho 14+3reb+2ast, D.Moody 12+6reb+2ast, F.Cox 12+1reb+3ast, S.Hodgson 11+3reb+9ast, M.Diakite 11+8reb+3ast
gschID: 561278


Costa Caribe - Bufalos 73-86

Very significant was Bufalos' (#1, 9-3) victory against 4th ranked Costa Caribe (3-9) 86-73. Bufalos well out of reach of Costa Caribe shooting 81.8 percent from the field. They outrebounded Costa Caribe 53-32 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bufalos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Noel Mackenzie (188-78) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) chipped in 25 points and 5 assists. Worth to mention James played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Four Bufalos players scored in double figures. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-6 shooting from the field) and international guard Denzel Moody (191-94) added 16 points (on 8-of-4 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 9-3 record. Costa Caribe lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: D.James 25+3reb+5ast, N.Mackenzie 18+11reb+5ast, R.Brown 17+2reb+1ast, J.Jaca 10+18reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 5+5reb+7ast, D.Gomez 5+9reb
Costa Caribe: M.Diakite 17+6reb+3ast, D.Moody 16+2reb+3ast, J.Campbell 12+8reb, J.Townes 7+1reb+1ast, F.Omier 6+2reb+1ast, S.Hodgson 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 562619


Bufalos - Leones 79-78

Third-ranked Leones (5-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Bufalos (9-3) on Sunday. Bufalos managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. Leones trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 39-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-79 at the end of the game. Bufalos had a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Leones helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) chipped in 16 points during the contest. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bufalos players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Nelson Davis (190-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Giovanny Umana (204-84) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Bufalos maintains first position with 9-3 record. Leones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: D.James 16+2reb+3ast, R.Brown 13+6reb+5ast, N.Mackenzie 11+7reb+2ast, R.Taylor 10+7reb+1ast, H.Barberena 7+1ast, J.Jaca 6+6reb+2ast
Leones: N.Davis 22+10reb, E.Amaya 8+4reb+4ast, M.Omier 8+3ast, A.Rojas 8+3reb+2ast, G.Umana 8+8reb+1ast, I.Thomas 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 561279


Toros - Leones 89-81

Very significant was Toros' (#2, 7-5) victory against one of their biggest challengers Leones (5-7) 89-81. Leones were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 51-37 second half run of Toros. They also forced 22 Leones turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Thomas Vansdell (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 22 points and 8 assists for the winners. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and Dominican Joan Luis added 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Leones. Toros maintains second position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader Bufalos. Leones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Toros: T.Vansdell 31+3reb+3ast, R.Abraham 22+3reb+8ast, N.Lopez 10+4reb, D.Toruno 10+7reb+8ast, M.Castrillo 8+12reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 8+8reb+6ast
Leones: A.Rojas 31+11reb+3ast, J.Luis 20+11reb+8ast, I.Thomas 17+3reb+2ast, R.Ponce 7+1reb+2ast, A.Borge 3+3reb, E.Amaya 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 561277





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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CD Valdivia inks Javier Carter - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportivo Valdivia (Liga Nacional) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Panamanian passport) center Javier Carter (203-91, college: S.Alabama). He played last season at Soles in Mexican LNBP. Carter managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 17 LNBP games he had 6.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Part of last summer Carter spent at Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he recorded 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. Carter also played for Panteras (LPB) in Panamanian league that season. But in only one game he averaged just point.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Carter was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in fourth round (60th overall).
He attended University of South Alabama until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Carter's team won China Four Nations Tournament in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team back in 2014.
Carter is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Carter has played previously professionally in France (Gravenchon), Uruguay (Atletico Welcome), Spain (Caceres_Basket) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gilas blasts hapless Myanmar by 95 in SEA Games action - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas gave Myanmar a beating, 139-34, last August 22 to improve to 2-0 in Group A in men's basketball in the ongoing Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All players inserted into the game scored, led by forward Raymar Jose (193-F) with 22 points.

National team rookie sensation Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) provided his best outing as a Gilas member registering 20 markers, eight rebounds, seven steals, four assists and four block shots in an all-around performance capped with highlights including an alley-oop dunk in the second quarter.

Gilas dropped a 27-0 run to close the half with the lead ballooned to 50, 60-10.

Myanmar only scored three points in the second quarter.

The lead swelled as high as 97 points at one point the final canto.

Sai Phyo Kyaw paced Myanmar with 12 points.

The scores:

Philippines (129) - Jose 22, Paras 20, Rosario 14, Tolomia 13, Cruz 12, Standhardinger 12, Ferrer 11, Pessumal 9, Parks 7, Vosotros 5, Ravena 4.
Myanmar (34) - Kyaw 12, Zaya Aung 8, Wai 4, Oo 2, Aung Wana 2, Zin Wai 2, Han Then 2, Aye 2, Min 0, Ja La 0, Phyo 0.

Quarterscores: 31-7, 60-10, 98-16, 129-34.

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 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  


PGE Turow lands Stefan Balmazovic - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 28-year old Serbian forward Stefan Balmazovic (199-89) from Start Lublin. In 29 PLK games in Poland he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Balmazovic spent at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division where in 16 games he had 10.9ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
Balmazovic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously for six other Serbian teams: Metalac, Vrsac, Mega Bemax, Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac, Mega Vizura and Napredak.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Cameron Ayers
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Stefan Balmazovic
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski
Jakub Patoka
Karol Majchrzak

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Energa Czarni signs Stephen Hurt, ex Hopsi Polzela - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) signed 24-year old American forward Stephen Hurt (211-120kg-93, college: Kansas State). He played last season at Hopsi Polzela in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 14 games he had 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Hurt helped them to make it to the Slovenian Cup Semifinals. He also played that season for Lapuan_Korikobrat in Finnish Korisliiga where in 9 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg.
Hurt was voted All-A-Sun Freshman of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Hurt graduated from Kansas State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Energa Czarni Slupsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lukasz Seweryn
Mantas Cesnauskis
Justin Watts
Dominic Artis

Forwards:
Lukasz Bonarek
Stephen Hurt

Center:
Lauris Blaus

Coach: Marek Lukomski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Puerto Rican NT announced for the AmeriCup - by Luis Modestti


The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation announced the twelve players that will represent the island in the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup starting in Medellin, Colombia on August 25.

Puerto Rico is in Group A playing against Mexico, Colombia and Brasil. Their only warm-up game is scheduled for this Wednesday against Mexico.

After the press conference it was announced that Denis Clemente pulled out due to personal reasons. In his place they added Alex Abreu (180-PG-91, college: W.Georgia) of Santeros de Aguada.

Puerto Rican NT:

1. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, college: Hofstra)
2. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89, college: Nebraska)
3. Angel Rodriguez (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL)
4. Juan Ramon Rivas (203-F-94)
5. Alex Abreu
6. Gilberto Clavell (200-F-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports)
7. Tyler Davis (208-C-97)
8. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90, college: Florida)
9. Chris Gaston (201-PF-89, college: Fordham)
10. Christopher Ortiz (203-F-93, college: Kent St.)
11. Emmanuel Andujar (198-F-93, college: Manhattan)
12. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90, college: UNLV, agency: Paris Global Sports)

Head coach: Eddie Casiano
Assistant: Manolo Cintron
Assistant: Omar Gonzalez
Delegate: Ricardo Dalmau



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Phoenix Galati keeps Miller for another season - by Eurobasket News

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) re-signed 26-year old American guard Phillip Miller (185-91, college: Wiley, agency: 011 Sports). He was a team leader there last season. In 9 Liga Nationala games he averaged impressive 17.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Miller also played that season for Sokhumi (Superleague) in Georgia where in 6 games he had very remarkable stats: 18.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.8apg and 2.8spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Georgian Cup final in 2016. Miller received also Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Defansive Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Guard of the Year award in 2016.
He graduated from Wiley College in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSU Sibiu signs DeAngelo Riley - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) signed 29-year old American center DeAngelo Riley (206-88, college: Azusa Pacific). He played last season at Iowa Energy (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 24 games he had 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2bpg.
The previous (2016) summer Riley was tested by Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA where in two games he recorded 5.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5bpg in 2016 season.
Last year (four years after he left the college) Riley was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fifth round (89th overall).
The former Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
He is quite experienced player. Riley has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Boca Juniors), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Uruguay (Nacional), Venezuela and Mexico (Frayles de Guasave, Coras de Tepic and Mineros de Caborca).

CSU Atlassib Sibiu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Radu Paliciuc
Tyler Laser
Mirel Dragoste

Forwards:
Lawrence Kinnard
Monyea Pratt
Wilhelm Brosser
Dragos Gheorghe

Centers:
Chris Cooper
DeAngelo Riley
Andrei Ene

Coach: Dan Fleseriu

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Cameron Rundles (ex Peja) joins Phoenix Galati - by Eurobasket News

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford). He played last season at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. Rundles managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 SuperLeague games he had 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Rundles also played 15 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Rundles also spent pre-season at Sodertalje Kings in Swedish Basketligan that year. In two games he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Rundles played in the final of British BBL in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Rundles has played also professionally in Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely), Latvia (Jekabpils), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and United Kingdom (Leicester Riders).
He attended Wofford College until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

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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

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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

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Ilya Volkov agreed terms with Ryazan - by Eurobasket News

BC Ryazan (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Ilya Volkov (198-85kg-97). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow 2nd team in the VTB-Youth. Volkov helped them to win the VTB Youth League title.

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Ourense inks Abdoulaye Ndoye - by Eurobasket News

Ourense Termal (LEB Gold) signed 22-year old Senegalese international center Abdoulaye Ndoye (207-95) from RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian. In 34 LEB Gold games in Spain he had 5.5ppg and 4.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Gold title.
The previous (15-16) season Ndoye played at Chalon/Saor in French ProA. But in only one game he did not score anything.
He also represented Senegal at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.3ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Ndoye has played on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne) and Senegal (ASC Thies).

Ourense Termal roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Rokas Uzas
Dan Trist
Verners Kohs

Center:
Abdoulaye Ndoye

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Massagno adds Aw to their roster - by Luca Maffioli

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (LNA) added to their roster 31-year old Senegalese ex-international power forward Jules Aw (202-86) from Lugano Tigers. In 20 LNA games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aw's team won Swiss Supercup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014. Aw was a member of Senegalese Senior National Team between 2005 and 2007.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Aw tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar) and Switzerland (Neuchatel, Monthey, Geneve Lions, BBC Nyon and Rh.Herens).

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jules Aw
Peter Ishiodu
Daniel Andjelkovic
Oliver Huettenmoser
Andrea Bracelli
Francesco Veri

Center:
Milos Jankovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


PGE Turow lands Stefan Balmazovic - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 28-year old Serbian forward Stefan Balmazovic (199-89) from Start Lublin. In 29 PLK games in Poland he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Balmazovic spent at Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in Hungarian A Division where in 16 games he had 10.9ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
Balmazovic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously for six other Serbian teams: Metalac, Vrsac, Mega Bemax, Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac, Mega Vizura and Napredak.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Cameron Ayers
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Stefan Balmazovic
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski
Jakub Patoka
Karol Majchrzak

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SINGAPORE  


SEA Games: Indonesia come from behind to beat Singapore 70-54 - by Eurobasket News

They came into the game high on confidence. And for most part of the game, they stayed on top. But 12 missed free throws and an inability to execute plays properly down the stretch cost the Singapore national basketball dearly, leading them to a 54-70 defeat by Indonesia and dropping the side to a 2-1 record. A win would have seen them secure a spot in the semi-finals and also avoid powerhouse Philippines in the knockout stage. The match was also a repeat of the semi-finals in the 2015 SEA Games, where Indonesia also came from behind to win 87-74, ending Singapore's hopes of making the final on home soil. 'Our free-throw percentage was really bad. I think what kept us in the game was our defensive stops. We gave our heart out there but towards the end, we couldn't make the shots,' captain Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) said of the missed opportunities. Only three players scored in double figures for Singapore, with Russel Low (195-C-93) leading the team with 13 points and four boards. Leon Kwek and Larry Hua Liew (191-G-93) both added 10 points, but the team shot just 32 per cent overall. Indonesia, on the other hand, were led by Enguio Ebrahim Lopez's 18 points and the team shot 44 per cent from the field. In what was initially a very tight game, Singapore had led by six points in the first half. Their tenacious play on both the defensive and offensive ends had Indonesia in foul trouble, with the latter committing a total of 27 fouls in the whole game. Yet, they kept missing their free-throws, and Indonesia were able to make big shots time and again. The turning point came midway in the third quarter. Having held a 44-40 lead with a little over three minutes left, they saw it cut to just two by Enguio. He then made one of two free throws at the line a few possessions later, before a big three-point shot by Hardianus Lakudu (175-PG-92) gave Indonesia the lead for good. Indonesia then began the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run, establishing a 10-point lead. When they threatened to come back after pulling to within five points, two free throws from Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) and a dagger three from veteran Mario Wuysang with four minutes left in the game meant that there was to be no way back for Singapore. Still, Singapore's coach Frank Arsego felt that the game has given his side the opportunity to identify the flaws in their game and improve on them. 'We learnt more about ourselves today after losing,' Arsego said. 'It was a pretty good effort from the boys (against a top team in South-east Asia)… we just fell a little short.' Arsego also felt that the missed chances at the free-throw line 'opened the door' for Indonesia, but this was not the only thing that separated both teams. 'When they (Indonesia) went to the line, they made theirs. It didn't win them the game, but it was enough for them to keep the pressure on,' he said. 'We also got a bit individual in the end, we didn't share the basketball around enough. They worked us out and we've just got to keep going again then. I think they can take solace from a really good performance.'
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Singapore basketballers thump Laos 103-51 - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore men's basketball team thrashed Laos 103-51 to win their second SEA Games Group B match at Stadium MABA in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. As the scoreline suggested, it was one-way traffic for the Singaporeans right from the tip-off. By the end of the first quarter, Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) and Co. had built up a 13-point lead, and the advantage widened to 20 points at half-time. Singapore then stepped on the accelerator in the third period to double the lead to a whopping 40 points. Singapore's top-scorer Leon Kwek sealed the emphatic win with a lay-up to take his tally to 18 points. Debutant Lavin Raj, who has reportedly drawn interest from colleges in the Philippines, also shone. The 2m-tall centre, who is 17, bagged 17 points. In their opening game, Singapore beat Cambodia 95 -64.
Courtesy of: tnp.sg



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Tajfun Sentjur lands Gasper Jordan Rojko (ex-Sezana) - by Zeljko Zule

Tajfun Sentjur reached an agreement with Gasper Jordan Rojko (200-F-96) to work together next season,
Gasper Jordan Rojko (200-F-96) arrives from 2SKL side Mesarija Prunk Sezana where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one, Jordan Rojko averaged 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks over 31 minutes in 22 2SKL games.
He grew up with Postojna and has already played for cadet team of Grosuplje and Pingvini Ljubljana. Jordan Rojko was a member of U16 Slovenian national team at the Eurobasket in 2012 in Lithuania.



Energa Czarni signs Stephen Hurt, ex Hopsi Polzela - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) signed 24-year old American forward Stephen Hurt (211-120kg-93, college: Kansas State). He played last season at Hopsi Polzela in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 14 games he had 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg. Hurt helped them to make it to the Slovenian Cup Semifinals. He also played that season for Lapuan_Korikobrat in Finnish Korisliiga where in 9 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg.
Hurt was voted All-A-Sun Freshman of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Hurt graduated from Kansas State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Energa Czarni Slupsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lukasz Seweryn
Mantas Cesnauskis
Justin Watts
Dominic Artis

Forwards:
Lukasz Bonarek
Stephen Hurt

Center:
Lauris Blaus

Coach: Marek Lukomski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zlatorog lands Petar Kusovac (ex-Teodo Tivat) - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog improved their roster for the 2017-18 season by inking Montenegrin Petar Kusovac (195-F-93) on a one-year deal. It will be his first season abroad.
Kusovac arrives from Teodo Tivat, for whom he averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 23 Montenegrin Erste Liga games last season and 10.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks in 16 Balkan League games. He grew up with junior team of Buducnost and Joker. He made his pro debut with Lovcen and has already played for Danilovgrad, Studentski Centar Podgorica, ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi and Ulcinjska Rivijera



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  SPAIN  


Hanga agreed terms with FC Barcelona - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old Hungarian international small forward Adam Hanga (199-90kg-89, agency: Octagon Europe). He moved there from Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where he played this season.
In 2011 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall). Hanga's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish Liga Endesa. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Hanga has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Hanga also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-3(19.4ppg), 7.2rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 61.3%.
Hanga has played also professionally in Italy (Scandone Avellino) and Hungary (Alba, Fehervar and Palota).
He could be described: Adam has an excellent physical-athletic profile, showing a good frame. Great potential. Hanga impresses whenever he takes his opponent off the dribble and attacks the rim for the dunk. Explosive, quick, amazing athlete and unstopable slasher. Nice shot. He certainly has the talent to become an excellent and highest level basketball player.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Carlos Navarro
Petteri Koponen
Thomas Heurtel
Pau Ribas
Phil Pressey

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adam Hanga
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Aleksander Vezenkov

Centers:
Ante Tomic
Kevin Seraphin
Pierre Oriola

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

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Faronte Drakeford joins Sant Josep - by Eurobasket News

Sant Josep Girona agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Faronte Drakeford (201-98kg-92, college: Central Connecticut State). He played most recently at Isover Basket Azuqueca in the EBA. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in 2015-16 season. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention.
Drakeford was voted JUCO Region 10 Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Drakeford graduated from Central Connecticut State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.
On Drakeford: Drakeford is a pure scorer. He can create his own shot off the dribble and has soft hands. He can consistently hit the 15'-18' jumper and as a slasher he can attack the rim. He can score with his back to the basket and as well as from the wing. He is a great help defender.

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Barcelona adds Prescott to their roster, ex Ponferrada CDP - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Sam Prescott (190-84kg-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports). He played last season at Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada in Spanish EBA league. In 26 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.7ppg and had 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team.
Prescott's college team won NEC Tournament in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Iceland (Hamar).
Prescott attended Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sani Campara signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) landed 18-year old Bosnian guard Sani Campara (190-99). He played most recently at Real Madrid II in the EBA. In 16 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Campara received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Campara played at Spars Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 19 games he had 3.6ppg. He helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-1 (21.0ppg), 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 80.0%.

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Perez
Sani Campara

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Nikola Cvetinovic

Center:
Dartaye Ruffin

Coach: Joaquin Prado

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Ourense inks Abdoulaye Ndoye - by Eurobasket News

Ourense Termal (LEB Gold) signed 22-year old Senegalese international center Abdoulaye Ndoye (207-95) from RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian. In 34 LEB Gold games in Spain he had 5.5ppg and 4.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the LEB Gold title.
The previous (15-16) season Ndoye played at Chalon/Saor in French ProA. But in only one game he did not score anything.
He also represented Senegal at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.3ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Ndoye has played on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne) and Senegal (ASC Thies).

Ourense Termal roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Rokas Uzas
Dan Trist
Verners Kohs

Center:
Abdoulaye Ndoye

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Mesa re-signs at Tarragona - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Tarragona 2017 (EBA) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old center David Mesa (202-80). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 LEB Silver games he had 8.2ppg and 4.3rpg in 2015-16 season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Mesa helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at La Rochelle in French NM1 where in 17 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mesa won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Domestic Player of the Year back in 2011.
Mesa has spent his entire career in France playing for five other teams: CB Granada, Algeciras, Cocinas.com, Almeria and Navarra.
Mesa is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Tarragona.

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Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta signs at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia landed experienced 34-year old guard Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta (198-83, agency: Duran International) from CB Clavijo. Ruiz de Galarreta has played there for the last six years. In 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 11.8ppg and 4.4rpg last season.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for eight other teams: Valencia Basket, Ourense, CB Canarias, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Basquet_Mallorca, Blusens Monbus, Menorca and VGO Basket Vigo.

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alberto Ruiz_de_Galarreta
Ander Garcia
Joe De_Ciman
Gaizka Maiza

Forwards:
Ibon Guridi
Andrija Simovic
Kenny Kaminski

Center:
Marcos Portalez

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Oviedo land Davis Geks, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) tabbed 22-year old Latvian shooting guard Davis Geks (192-81kg-95). He played last season at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 41 games he had 11.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Geks helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. Geks contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VEF Riga (also in LBL). In 31 games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg. Geks contributed to his team making it to the final. Geks also played 16 games in VTB United League where he got just 2.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Geks won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 78.6%.
Geks has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Valmiera, Jelgava, LMT Basketbola Akademija, VEF skola and VEF LSPA Riga.

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Cardenas
Fabio Santana
Davis Geks

Forward:
Judicael Belemene

Center:
Kenan Karahodzic

Coach: Carles Marco

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Dartaye Ruffin (ex Nassjo) is a newcomer at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Dartaye Ruffin (205-113kg-91, college: Drexel, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He has played for the last three years at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 35 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg (#3 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.4spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team.
Ruffin's team won CAA Regular Season in 2012.
He graduated from Drexel University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Daniel Perez

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Nikola Cvetinovic

Center:
Dartaye Ruffin

Coach: Joaquin Prado

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SURINAM  


De Schakel and Yellow Birds are tied in Finals - by Eurobasket News

De Schakel and Yellow Birds are tied in the Finals at 1-1 as both teams won once in the series. At first Yellow Birds posted an 81-71 win as they led 40-38 at the halftime. Xaviro Van Ams (G) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Eudoxie Stefano replied with 16 in a loss.
In game 2 De Schakel replied with a 67-60 win. Wielingen Gideon stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Leter Dancell scored 17 points in defeat.



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  SWEDEN  


Dartaye Ruffin (ex Nassjo) is a newcomer at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Dartaye Ruffin (205-113kg-91, college: Drexel, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He has played for the last three years at KFUM Nassjo Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 35 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg (#3 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.4spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team.
Ruffin's team won CAA Regular Season in 2012.
He graduated from Drexel University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Quesos Cerrato de Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Daniel Perez

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Nikola Cvetinovic

Center:
Dartaye Ruffin

Coach: Joaquin Prado

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  


Massagno adds Aw to their roster - by Luca Maffioli

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno (LNA) added to their roster 31-year old Senegalese ex-international power forward Jules Aw (202-86) from Lugano Tigers. In 20 LNA games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aw's team won Swiss Supercup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014. Aw was a member of Senegalese Senior National Team between 2005 and 2007.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Aw tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar) and Switzerland (Neuchatel, Monthey, Geneve Lions, BBC Nyon and Rh.Herens).

5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jules Aw
Peter Ishiodu
Daniel Andjelkovic
Oliver Huettenmoser
Andrea Bracelli
Francesco Veri

Center:
Milos Jankovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


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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  UKRAINE  


Kirill Bolshakov became head coach of Cantu - by Andy Dziuba

Ukranian Kiril Bolshakov (agency: Octagon Europe ) became head coach of MIA-Red October Cantu. He coached MIA-Red October Cantu in previous season for 11 games in Italian Serie A and recorded 5 wins and 6 loses, but in February, 2016 stepped out.

55 years old Bolshakov worked for 7 years with MIA-Red October Cantu in Ukranian Superleague. Then he coached Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd in VTB League in 2015-16 season.

Among Bolshakov's main achievments is Ukranian Cup winner title in 2013.He is also head coach of Ukraine Women's National Team.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Zarko Jukic agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 24-year old Danish international forward Zarko Jukic (201-86kg-93) from Cheshire Phoenix. The last season Jukic played at Ourense in Spanish LEB Gold where in 36 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg.
He has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. Jukic has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg.
Jukic has played previously professionally in Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins and Nassjo) and Denmark (Horsholm and Stevnsgade).

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Andrew Lasker
AJ Basi
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Darius Defoe
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina
Zarko Jukic

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Newcastle Eagles Esh Group signs rookie AJ Basi in his first year in pro basketball - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of Canadian point guard AJ Basi (180-79kg). Basi just graduated from Manitoba. He has played there for the last six years. In 28 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg last season. Basi helped them to make it to the final.
Of course it will be his first season in professional basketball.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Fabulous Flournoy
Andrew Lasker
AJ Basi
Saah Nimley
Jaysean Paige

Forwards:
Darius Defoe
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

Coach: Fabulous Flournoy

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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  URUGUAY  


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



Danridge's 37-point game gives him Ascenso Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Atenas and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 37 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Verdirrojo (#4, 12-9) 85-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Atenas to consolidate first place in the Uruguayan Ascenso. Atenas has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-2. Danridge turned to be Atenas' top player in his first season with the team. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Danridge is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.1ppg), assists (4th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Andres Galleto (181-G-96) of Capitol. He is a guard in his first season at Capitol. In the last game Galleto recorded impressive 34 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Capitol to another comfortable win 94-76 over slightly higher-ranked Miramar (#8, 10-11) being unquestionably team leader. Capitol's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Galleto is a newcomer at Capitol and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Dida Pereira (203-C-92) of Cordon (#3). Pereira scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cordon, leading his team to a 88-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Marne (#13, 4-17). Cordon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Pereira has a very solid season. In 13 games in Uruguay he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 8.1rpg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gonzalo Rivas (179-G-95) of Tabare - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) of Cordon - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) of Tabare - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Javier Alvarez (193-G-83) of 25 de Agosto - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Trevante Drye (199-F-93) of Stockolmo - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica - 32 points, 7 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)



Los Leones welcome back Thomas, ex U Atletica - by Eurobasket News

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue (Liga Nacional) landed experienced 35-year old American forward John A. Thomas (198-104kg-82, college: Columbus State). It is actually his comeback to Quilpue as he has played here before. Thomas played in the summer at U Atletica in Uruguayan Metropolitan.
His team made it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2012.
Thomas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia, Estudiantes Olavarria, Union de Santa Fe, Rocamora and San Lorenzo), Brazil (Paschoalotto/Bauru and Assis Basket), Finland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile (Colo Colo), NABL (Ft. Pierce P.), NEBA (Atlanta Live) and Bolivia (Vikingos).
Thomas is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Los Leones.
Thomas attended Columbus State until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An atletic forward who runs the court well and plays with great energy... can create his shot and goes well 1-on-1 in the paint ....his outside - inside dimension make him a good import player for international level of competition.
The type of player who does whatever the team needs. A real versatile player that can step into almost any position and get it done. During his college and pro career he has lined up at EVERY position including the pg spot for some minutes in a pinch. Can focus on and dominate any statistical category depending on the needs of his team. Easily able to defend bigger or smaller opponents while using his advantages to cause serious match up problems. Is a above average passer and if you give him the ball at the high post he will cause a ton of problems. Great a slashing to the hoop and elevating to finish but also possess a good 3pt touch and can shoot it well if asked to. Quite athletic but uses a combination of that and a high basketball IQ to frustrate opponents. Is a good team person and brings an attitude of winning into any situation
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES  


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mexico - Taiwan 88-90
Taiwan improved at 2-1 record in Group A following a tough win over Mexico. Chen Ying-Chun (183-PG-93) delivered 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Mexico claimed a 50:48 halftime advantage. Taiwan bounced back with a 24:12 rally in the third quarter to secure a 10-point advantage at the final break. Mexico sank 26 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Tsung-Han Huang netted 20 points for the winners. Alejandro Villanueva had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Mexico.

South Korea - Hungary 81-91
Hungary rallied past South Korea for the first win at the tournament. Balazs Peringer (210-C-96) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. South Korea enjoyed a 44:42 halftime lead. But Hungary went on a 30:19 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter to seal the win. Adam Kovacs (190-G/F-93) had 14 points in the victory. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) netted 21 points for South Korea.

Latvia - Serbia 87-90
Serbia narrowly edged Latvia to post the third win in a row in Group A. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) scored 21 points and handed out 7 assists for the winners. Latvia enjoyed a 30:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia turned the tables in the next quarters. They went on a 46:37 run in the second half to snatch the win. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95, agency: BeoBasket) had 20 points for the winners. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia.

Group B
Hong Kong - Canada 55-125
Canada registered the second win in Taipei. They breezed past Hong Kong for 2-1 record in Group B. Erik Nissen (208-F-95, college: Maine) fired 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the North American team. Canada claimed a 57:32 halftime advantage. They unloaded 68 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Kaza Keane (185-PG-94, college: Cleveland St.) netted 18 points for Canada. Ho Chin Ka (186-G-94) replied with 13 points for Hong Kong.

Japan - Germany 59-97
Germany crushed Japan for the third straight win in Taipei. Johannes Richter (205-PF-93) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Germany jumped to a 45:30 halftime advantage. They followed with a 52:29 rally in the second half to cruise to the victory. Sid-Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93) netted 16 points for Germany. Ando Shuto (189-G-94) had 22 points for Japan.

Finland - Norway 70-63
Finland outscored Norway to gain 3-0 record in Group B. Harold Aidoo notched 12 points in the win. Finland claimed a 22:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 24:15 run in the third term to secure a 17-point lead. Norway replied with a 15:5 run in the fourth frame but could not escape the loss. Anton Odabasi (206-PF-95) and Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) connected for 11 points each in the win. Chris-Ebou Ndow (198-F-93) answered with 22 points and 9 boards for Norway.





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Women News


Aliyyah Handford leads Jersey Expressions past Cyclones - by Eurobasket News

Aliyyah Handford (5'9''-G-94, college: St.John's) leads Jersey Expressions past Cyclones as her team grabbed a 118-90 win. The Expressions dominated the whole game for another win. Aliyyah Handford stepped up with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Iasia Hemingway (5'11''-F-89, college: Syracuse) netted 20. Nyasia Anderson posted 18 and Naimah Clemons (5'9''-G) scored 11.
Splash meanwhile overcame Lady Pits 133-43.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Quarter final ticket excites Sarah Ogoke - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Having booked a quarter final qualification with two games left to be played in the group stages of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket, D'Tigress point guard, Sarah Ogoke is feeling good about the tournament's results so far for the team.

In a chat with the team's media officer Oni Afolabi ahead of their fourth group game against Guinea at the Palais Des Sports Salamatou, Maiga, Bamako, the RC Celta Vigo of Spain player declared that they are exactly where they planned to be before the tournament started.

'We have won three matches and qualified for the quarter finals, we have a match against Guinea and the match that everybody is looking forward to against defending champions (Senegal) on Tuesday.'

Ogoke who started all the three games played so far by the team is optimistic that the team can maintain their momentum and finish top of group B housing defending champion-Senegal, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.

She admitted that the team under the guidance of Coach Sam Vincent may not be one of the biggest and tallest teams at the 2017 edition of the tournament which serves off as qualifiers for the 2018 FIBA World cup but they are definitely one of the teams to beat.

She believes that the team is the most balanced and technically sound side compared to other 11 countries who are vying for honors at the 2017 edition of the apex women competition in Africa.

'We have the deepest rooster and that has been one of our biggest attribute as a team. We can play fast for the whole forty minutes because you know you have to give everything you have because somebody as good as you are is on the bench to replace you when you are tired.'

The D'Tigress regular who has averaged 10.3points so far in three games is looking forward to improving on her shooting accuracy and score more points for the team.

'Although, I am consistently shooting about 50% from the 3 point line right about now, I am looking forward to improving as the tournament progresses.

'Travel can affect you, the altitude, the food amongst other things that can contribute to your performance, but it's a long tournament and I am looking forward to improving my shooting percentage,' Ogoke concluded.




Review of Day 4 in Mali - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ivory Coast - Angola 62-70
Angola celebrated the fourth straight win in Mali. They rolled past Ivory Coast to keep the record perfect. Italee Lucas (175-SG-89, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Ivory Coast jumped to an 18:10 lead ten minutes into the game. But Angola turned things around in the second half. They ignited a 44:31 second half rally to snatch the win. Clarisse Mpaka (178-SF-84) and Felizarda Jorge (177-SF-85) notched 9 points each for the winners. Kani Kouyate (177-F-90) replied with 19 points and 9 boards for Ivory Coast.

Central Africa - Mali 38-97
Mali captured the third win at the tournament as they pummeled Central Africa. Ramata Diakite (188-F-91) scored 15 points to pace the hosts. Mali established a 51:24 halftime lead. They unloaded 46 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Aissata Maiga (168-G-92), Fatoumata Bagayoko (170-G-88) and Kankou Coulibaly (185-C-90) netted 12 points each for the hosts. Claudie Yagba (180-PF-88) and Abety Kossi (180-PF-89) chipped in 13 points each for Central Africa.

Tunisia - Cameroon 49-64
Cameroon clinched the second straight win in Group A. They beat Tunisia for 2-2 record. Tia Weledji (180-SG-96) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Tunisia enjoyed a 27:24 halftime lead. But Cameroon went on a 24:9 run in the final term to snatch the win. Ramses Lonlack-Nimpa (172-SG-89, college: Memphis) netted 18 points in the victory. Wafa Loubiri (174-G/F-95) and Monia Ben Mechlia (92) had 10 points each for Tunisia.

Group B
DR Congo - Mozambique 42-52
Mozambique fired past DR Congo for 2-2 record in Group B. Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) stepped up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists for the winners. Mozambique claimed a 16:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They held DR Congo to just 20 points in the second half to drive to the victory. Odelia Mafanela (184-F-89) had 12 points in the win. Cecile Mukoso (177-SF-86) banked in 13 points for DR Congo.

Guinea - Nigeria 33-106
Nigeria rolled past Guinea to climb at 4-0 record in Group B. Evelyn Akhator (190-F-95, college: Kentucky) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nigeria built a 48:12 halftime advantage. They added 58 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Sarah Ogoke (178-G-90, college: So.Poly State) chipped in 13 points in the victory. Aicha Mara (96) tossed in 11 points for Guinea.

Egypt - Senegal 61-93
Senegal coasted past Egypt for the fourth consecutive win in Group B. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: ProDep Management) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Senegal recorded a 43:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 25:13 run in the final frame to seal the win. Ramata Daou (202-C-88) had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Menatalla Awad (G-91) provided 13 points for Egypt.




Mali 2017 Afrobasket Women: Nigeria focus on game against Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria have switched their focus on their last group game against FIBA Afrobasket defending champion, Senegal following their fourth win over Guinea on Tuesday.

The last group game comes up on Wednesday at the Palais Des Sports Salamatou, Maiga, Bamako. After blowing out Guinea on Tuesday with a scoreline of 106 - 33 points, the players are battle ready against Senegal in what will be a grudge match against the side that has won the competition 11 times.

Three of the players that spoke ahead of the match which will decide who tops group B all agreed that defeating Senegal who are on the bigger size won't be a stroll in the park. According to Akashili Nkechi who currently plays for Elephant Girls basketball club of Lagos, every team that qualified for the competition in Mali is a threat with every likely chance of winning the tournament.

She revealed that the Sam Vincent led team has been taking and winning each game at a time which has really helped in the four games played so far.

'We will crush them one at a time. God has helping us to conquer them and he will keep giving us the strength because everybody here is a professional and they are here to play.

For Nyingifa Atonye Jennifer who just signed for Elitzur Holon of Isreal, the team must play one of their best games if they are to stand the chance of outscoring the Senegalese who are desperate to defend their title. 'We are going to have to come in really focused, limit our turnovers, mistakes and really be on the same page offensively and defensively".

She acknowledged that playing against the taller players means D'Tigress 'must really have to box them out and crash the board.'

With a rare start against the Guineans on Tuesday, Nyingifa said she will continue to play her role whether as a starter or a player who come off the bench.

'I believe in whatever the coach is trying to do for the team. For the next two games, we are trying to go bigger to see how we can match up against other teams because their size is a little bit bigger than what we have in our team. So, different adjustments are going to be made for each game and I can't tell you, if it's constant depending on game by game situation.'

Nwaigwe Ugo who is representing Nigeria for the first time at the international stage predicted that the game against Senegal is definitely going to be a great game. 'It's going to be hard, we are going to have to fight and it's going to be a lot of back and forth but we are going to come out top. 'We are very talented and skillful and I think we are going to beat Senegal,' Nwaigwe concluded.

"We are not as big as Senegal, but we can beat them in different ways, with our speed, our mind, running plays through to beat them at their weaknesses and focus more on our strength.

We don't need to worry about them, we need to worry about us and we will be good".

Nkechi Akashili (175-G-90)



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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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  BOSNIA  


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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  CENTROBASKET U17  


Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket U17 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket U17 1st Team 2017
Paola Velasquez
Velasquez
Nadechka Reyes
Reyes
Sofia Payan
Payan
Angela Carrasco
Carrasco
Kimberly Villalobos
Villalobos

Best Player: Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) of Mexico
Best Guard: Paola Velasquez (168-G-00) of Mexico
Best Forward: Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) of Mexico
Best Center: Kimberly Villalobos (178-C-00) of El Salvador

1st Team
G: Paola Velasquez (168-G-00) of Mexico
G: Nadechka Reyes (162-G-00) of Puerto Rico
SF: Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) of Mexico
C: Angela Carrasco (178-C-01) of Mexico
C: Kimberly Villalobos (178-C-00) of El Salvador

Honorable Mention
Shauliqua Fahie (173-F-00) of British V. Islands
Sheslanie Laureano (175-G/F-01) of Puerto Rico
Valeria Gonzalez (162-SG-02) of Costa Rica
Sarah Miranda (180-C-00) of El Salvador
Valicia Demeritte (F-00) of Bahamas
Julianna Rosario (173-G-00) of Puerto Rico
Luisa Enriquez (165-F-01) of Guatemala
Cyaram Kensmil (01) of Surinam



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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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  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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SISU Copenhagen inks Lauren Chase - by Eurobasket News

SISU Copenhagen (Dameligaen) agreed terms with 24-year old American point guard Lauren Chase (165-93). She has only college experience while playing for G.Washington (NCAA). Chase has played there for the last three years. In 13 games she had 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to win Atlantic 10 Tournament. Quite impressive season as she was named to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above Chase is just out of college, so it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Sam VAN BUGGENHOUT
  (175-F-1)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Van-B., BEL22.2 
 2. Kosmach, UKR18.8 
 3. Sabel, SWE17.5 
 4. Nikolikj, MKD16.8 
 5. Pedersen, DEN16.6 
 6. Mitreva, MKD16.6 
 7. Kohler, SUI16.5 
 8. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL16.0 
 9. Kuier, FIN15.5 
 10. Kiba, UKR15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Asta GRIMSDOTTIR
  (180-F-1)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Grimsdottir, ISL15.3 
 2. Okosun, DEN12.2 
 3. Kyrkjebo, NOR12.0 
 4. Kuier, FIN12.0 
 5. Jessen, DEN11.8 
 6. Rostotska, UKR10.0 
 7. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL9.2 
 8. Podhradska, SVK9.0 
 9. Chardon, SUI8.6 
 10. Williamson, IRL8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Emma VAN THUYNE
  (165-G-1)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Van-Thuyne, BEL6.4 
 2. Mitric, BIH5.6 
 3. Popova, UKR4.6 
 4. Pedersen, DEN4.2 
 5. Keseljevic, BIH4.2 
 6. Karsh, ISR4.0 
 7. Martins, POR4.0 
 8. Gull, SUI3.6 
 9. Kosmach, UKR3.4 
 10. Mitreva, MKD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marija KESELJEVIC
  (157-G-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Keseljevic, BIH6.0 
 2. Cruz, POR4.5 
 3. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL4.2 
 4. Zubac, BIH4.0 
 5. Mitric, BIH4.0 
 6. Flynn, IRL3.8 
 7. Carvalho, POR3.8 
 8. Larsen, DEN3.4 
 9. Guerreiro, POR3.3 
 10. Nikolova, BUL3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Awak KUIER
  (194-C-1)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Kuier, FIN4.8 
 2. Grimsdottir, ISL2.3 
 3. Chardon, SUI2.0 
 4. Nikolikj, MKD1.8 
 5. Rostotska, UKR1.8 
 6. Williamson, IRL1.6 
 7. Santos, POR1.5 
 8. Kohler, SUI1.5 
 9. Jessen, DEN1.4 
 10. Ekofo, BEL1.4 


Division B. Day 5 in Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Norway - Bulgaria 61-52
Norway finished preliminary round on a high note. They held off Bulgaria to record the initial win in Group A. Sarah Adekoya (180-F-01) recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Bulgaria posted a 26:12 lead after ten minutes. But Norway responded with a 39:17 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. They held Bulgaria to just 9 points in the fourth frame and sealed the win. Kari Kyrkjebo (180-F-01) netted 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the victory. Hristiyana Nikolova (180-SF-01) netted 14 points and made 6 steals for Bulgaria.

Finland - Portugal 48-51
Portugal finished preliminary round in Skppje undefeated. They nipped Finland for the fourth straight win in Group A. Mariana Carvalho (175-G-01) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Portugal eked out a 26:24 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 4-point mark heading into the final period and hung on to snatch the win at the end. Natalia Santos (180-F-02) had 9 points for the winners. Awak Kuier (194-C-01) replied with 14 points and 16 rebounds for Finland.

Group B
Ireland - Ukraine 46-68
Ukraine clinched the second position in Group B after they fired past Ireland. Myroslava Topchyi (176-F-01) and Vladyslava Kiba (176-SF-02) netted 20 points apiece in the win. Ireland enjoyed an 18:6 lead after ten minutes. However Ukraine went on a strong 30:7 rally in the fourth frame to secure the win. Viktoriia Rostotska (184-C-02) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Katie Williamson (183-F/C-01) replied with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Ireland.

Moldova - Slovenia 18-96
Slovenia knocked down Moldova to gain the third win in Group B. Nika Horvat (185-C-01) accounted for 19 points in the winning case. Slovenia established a 58:10 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Ajda Burgar (176-SG-01) had 15 points and 8 boards in the victory. Milena Chiruta (173-SG-01) replied with 11 points for Moldova.

FYR Macedonia - Belgium 57-94
Belgium clinched the fifth straight win in Group B crushing the hosts. Sam Van Buggenhout (175-F-01) delivered 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Belgium recorded a 47:31 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (178-PF-01) had 15 points in the victory. Tijana Mitreva (174-PG-01) responded with 16 points for FYR Macedonia.

Group C
Greece - Sweden 99-33
Greece marched past Sweden to capture the fourth straight win at the tournament. Ioanna Krimili (175-PF-01) netted 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 6 assists for the Hellenes. Greece accumulated a 47:19 halftime lead. They added 52 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Ioanna Chatzileonti (184-PF-02) had 15 points in the win. Tova Sabel (176-F/G-01) chipped in 11 points for Sweden.

Luxembourg - Israel 29-84
Israel overcame Luxembourg for 2-2 record in Group C. Lior Garzon (183-PF-01) notched 14 points to pace the winners. Israel accumulated a 45:16 halftime advantage. They cruised to the victory in the second half. Emmanuelle Schnitzer (163-PG-01) notched 12 points for the winners. Kim Sowa (175-G-01) tallied 9 points for Luxembourg.

Group D
Denmark - Switzerland 58-44
Denmark wrapped up preliminary round undefeated. They topped Switzerland for the fifth straight win at the tournament. Malene Pedersen (176-G-01) netted 12 points for the winners. Denmark recorded a 36:23 halftime lead. They held Switzerland to 21 points in the second half and raced to the win. Julianna Okosun (192-C-01) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Denmark. Emma Chardon (189-SF-02) replied with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Switzerland.

Bosnia - United Kingdom 56-43
Bosnia earned the fourth victory in the preliminary round as they held off Great Britain. Marija Keseljevic (157-G-01) had 16 points and 7 steals in the win. Bosnia clinched a 27:13 halftime lead. They kept Great Britain at bay throughout the second half and ran to the win. Ksenija Mitric (162-PG-01) notched 13 points for the winning side. Alexandra Baker (184-F/C-01) had 8 points for Great Britain.

Albania - Slovakia 48-68
Slovakia topped Albania for the second win in Group D. Tereza Podhradska (190-C-02) delivered 16 points and 9 boards in the victory. Slovakia used a 23:9 run in the second frame to secure a 39:28 halftime lead. They held Albania to just 20 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Sofia Virasztoova (173-SF-01) banked in 13 points in the victory. Klea Verri (169-SG-01) tossed in 18 points for Albania.




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  FYR MACEDONIA  


U 16 : Macedonian team will compete to take (from 17th to 22nd) place at the EC in Skopje - by Natasha Kostovska


The macedonian representation ends the group stage of the European Championship (Division B) with one win, but also with four defeats. As a fifth-placed selection in group B, the national basketball players up to 16 years old, after a day off, will fight for the final ranking from the 17th to the 22nd place.

The team of Stojna Vangelovska started the tournament with two lost games against Ukraine (58-40) and Slovenia (62-73). Then continued with the win against Moldova as the match ended (30-87) for the Macedonian team.That was the first win at the EC that has been going on for the third day in Skopje.

Top performers:

Macedonia:


Matea Nikolikj (190-PF-02)

Points 24
Rebounds 7
Assists 1
Steals 5
Blocks 2
Efficiency +32

Moldova:


Maria Terzi (178-G-02)

Points 9
Rebounds 7
Assists 1
Steals 1
Blocks 0
Efficiency +8

However ,our cadet representation in the fourth match of the EC recorded defeat from the appropriate selection of Ireland. The national team had control over the field game in the first period in which a series of 8-0 nullified the negative in front of themselves and took the lead. In the second period there was no realization on our side, the opponent found the solution for our attack, followed the leveling, and then the basketball players of Ireland took the lead. The match ended with a win for Ireland (54:72)

Top performers:

Macedonia:


Tijana Mitreva (174-PG-01)

Points 22
Rebounds 5
Assists 5
Steals 5
Blocks 0
Efficiency +15

Ireland:

Katie Walshe (178-F-01)

Points 18
Rebounds 12
Assists 4
Steals 3
Blocks 0
Efficiency +22

The team started the last match of the group stage against the undefeated Belgium with easily realized shots. They had an adequate response to the majority of the opponent's actions, which in the second period did not play in the racket and began to accumulate an advantage which until the half-time climbed too high 31-47. They opened the second part of the competition with a drop in the concentration that affected the overall realization. In the first few minutes, they remained without a good shot as the opponent made a series of 13 points in a row. By the end of the match, the macedonian team failed to annul the negative.

Top performers:

Macedonia:


Matea Nikolikj

Points 15
Rebounds 5
Assists 3
Steals 1
Blocks 2
Efficiency +12

Belgium:

Sam Van Buggenhout (175-F-01)

Points 22
Rebounds 6
Assists 7
Steals 4
Blocks 0
Efficiency +33



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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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  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

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  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

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  IRELAND  


Ensino adds O'Dwyer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo (LF2) added to their roster 18-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Fiona O'Dwyer (182-99, college: Emmanuel, MA). She played last season at Castellammare di Stabia in Italian Serie A2. In 24 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 11.4rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 2.3spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Import Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season O'Dwyer played at Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in 18 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
O'Dwyer won English WBBL championship title in 2016.
She has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Force).
O'Dwyer attended Emmanuel College, MA until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Regina Gomez

Forwards:
Raquel Asensio
Fiona O'Dwyer
Alicia Villegas

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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  ITALY  


Lynx adds Zandalasini to their roster, ex Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx will add to their roster 21-year old Italian international forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played for the last three seasons at Familia Schio in Italian Serie A1. In 32 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. Zandalasini helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. She also played 16 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Zandalasini contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Zandalasini was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season she played also at Familia Schio in Serie A1. In 31 games she had 4.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. Zandalasini contributed to her team winning the A1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). She also played 15 games in Euroleague where she got 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Zandalasini has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Italy at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-2 (19.0ppg), Reb-4 (9.6rpg), 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 88.9%.
Zandalasini has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Broni and Geas Sesto San Giovanni.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec signs Egle Siksniute - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) signed 26-year old Lithuanian international power forward Egle Siksniute (198-91). She played last season at PEAC-Pecs in Hungarian A Division. In 27 games she had 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Siksniute also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.3ppg and 5.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic. In 30 games she averaged 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. Siksniute also played 10 games in Eurocup where she got 12.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg.
She has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Siksniute has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg.
Siksniute has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Fortuna and Utena.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  MONTENEGRO  


Higgins comes back to Olimpia Brasov, ex Buducnost - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor). It is actually her comeback to Brasov as she has played here before. Higgins She moved there from Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL where she played this season. The last season Higgins played at Olimpia Brasov. In 33 games she recorded 11.4ppg, 11.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.6apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Higgins' college team won Big 12 Tournament for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016).
She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forwards:
Izabella Lovasz
Portia Durrett
Iulia Brezoi
Maria Ferariu
Daria Rusu

Centers:
Kristina Higgins
Amira Al_Ash_Hab

Coach: Daniel Calancea

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andraquay Quinnine (ex Lovcen) signs at Sumadija Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

Sumadija Kragujevac (1 ZLS) landed American guard Andraquay Quinnine (176, college: William Woods, agency: BeoBasket). She played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quinnine received Eurobasket.com All-1A ZCKL 2nd Team award in 2016.
She graduated from William Woods University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be her fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Quinnine's outlook: Andraquay Quinnine led a trio of double-digit scorers, she posted a game-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. It is the third straight double-figure scoring game for the San Francisco native.
Andraquay Quinnine came to William Woods over the summer after transferring from Xavier University of Louisiana. She has played only one season for the Owls, but she has made it count by leading the team in points with 12.1 points per game, and leading the AMC in three-pointer with 62......."Andraquay's line today is as good as it gets for a guard," "She put up great offensive numbers, while drawing a pretty tough assignment on the defensive end in guarding
.

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  NCAA2  


Lauren Johnson Tabbed Assistant Coach For Augusta Women's Hoops - by Eurobasket News

Augusta University head women's basketball coach Millette Green announced her first hire in new assistant coach Lauren Johnson. Johnson enters her first year with the team for the 2017-18 season. Johnson spent four seasons as an assistant coach for Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C., from 2013-17. She picked up the clipboard at SWU after finishing her playing career with Warriors following the 2012-13 season. 'I am pleased to add Lauren Johnson to our staff,' Green said. 'After speaking with her, I felt like her core values aligned with mine. Her prior experiences as a player and coach will allow her to contribute to all aspects of our program. I am excited about her joining our program and helping build a championship caliber program.' Johnson was named to the SSAC All-Conference team, while also earning All-American and All-Region honors during her time. Her 510 points during her senior campaign are the highest single season total since the 2003 season. Johnson was also the head junior varsity coach for the Warriors for two seasons during her coaching stint. Johnson will assist coach Green will all phases of the women's basketball program at Augusta University.
Courtesy of: augustajags.com



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  NCAA3  


Niya Johnson named women's basketball assistant coach at UMHB - by Eurobasket News

Former Baylor University standout Niya Johnson has joined the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball program as assistant coach, Cru Head Coach Mark Morefield announced on Monday (August 21st). Johnson joins the coaching staff effectively immediately. Johnson was a four-year All-Big XII selection as the Lady Bears' starting point guard and she earned All-American honors as a senior. She played for four Big XII Champions and four NCAA Tournament qualifiers at Baylor. Johnson finished her career as the conference's all-time leader in assists and she also led the league in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. Johnson set a Baylor single-game record with 16 assists against Oklahoma. She also played one season of professional basketball in Switzerland after closing out her Baylor career. 'Her playing experience at such a high level of college and professional basketball made her an attractive candidate,' Morefield said of Johnson. 'But I was really impressed with her vision of what she can do to help our program and our individual players improve.' Johnson graduated from Baylor University in May of 2016 with a degree in Health and Kinesiology. She is a native of Gainesville, Florida.
Courtesy of: cruathletics.com



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  NIGERIA  


Mali 2017 Afrobasket Women: Nigeria focus on game against Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria have switched their focus on their last group game against FIBA Afrobasket defending champion, Senegal following their fourth win over Guinea on Tuesday.

The last group game comes up on Wednesday at the Palais Des Sports Salamatou, Maiga, Bamako. After blowing out Guinea on Tuesday with a scoreline of 106 - 33 points, the players are battle ready against Senegal in what will be a grudge match against the side that has won the competition 11 times.

Three of the players that spoke ahead of the match which will decide who tops group B all agreed that defeating Senegal who are on the bigger size won't be a stroll in the park. According to Akashili Nkechi who currently plays for Elephant Girls basketball club of Lagos, every team that qualified for the competition in Mali is a threat with every likely chance of winning the tournament.

She revealed that the Sam Vincent led team has been taking and winning each game at a time which has really helped in the four games played so far.

'We will crush them one at a time. God has helping us to conquer them and he will keep giving us the strength because everybody here is a professional and they are here to play.

For Nyingifa Atonye Jennifer who just signed for Elitzur Holon of Isreal, the team must play one of their best games if they are to stand the chance of outscoring the Senegalese who are desperate to defend their title. 'We are going to have to come in really focused, limit our turnovers, mistakes and really be on the same page offensively and defensively".

She acknowledged that playing against the taller players means D'Tigress 'must really have to box them out and crash the board.'

With a rare start against the Guineans on Tuesday, Nyingifa said she will continue to play her role whether as a starter or a player who come off the bench.

'I believe in whatever the coach is trying to do for the team. For the next two games, we are trying to go bigger to see how we can match up against other teams because their size is a little bit bigger than what we have in our team. So, different adjustments are going to be made for each game and I can't tell you, if it's constant depending on game by game situation.'

Nwaigwe Ugo who is representing Nigeria for the first time at the international stage predicted that the game against Senegal is definitely going to be a great game. 'It's going to be hard, we are going to have to fight and it's going to be a lot of back and forth but we are going to come out top. 'We are very talented and skillful and I think we are going to beat Senegal,' Nwaigwe concluded.

"We are not as big as Senegal, but we can beat them in different ways, with our speed, our mind, running plays through to beat them at their weaknesses and focus more on our strength.

We don't need to worry about them, we need to worry about us and we will be good".

Nkechi Akashili (175-G-90)



Quarter final ticket excites Sarah Ogoke - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Having booked a quarter final qualification with two games left to be played in the group stages of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket, D'Tigress point guard, Sarah Ogoke is feeling good about the tournament's results so far for the team.

In a chat with the team's media officer Oni Afolabi ahead of their fourth group game against Guinea at the Palais Des Sports Salamatou, Maiga, Bamako, the RC Celta Vigo of Spain player declared that they are exactly where they planned to be before the tournament started.

'We have won three matches and qualified for the quarter finals, we have a match against Guinea and the match that everybody is looking forward to against defending champions (Senegal) on Tuesday.'

Ogoke who started all the three games played so far by the team is optimistic that the team can maintain their momentum and finish top of group B housing defending champion-Senegal, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.

She admitted that the team under the guidance of Coach Sam Vincent may not be one of the biggest and tallest teams at the 2017 edition of the tournament which serves off as qualifiers for the 2018 FIBA World cup but they are definitely one of the teams to beat.

She believes that the team is the most balanced and technically sound side compared to other 11 countries who are vying for honors at the 2017 edition of the apex women competition in Africa.

'We have the deepest rooster and that has been one of our biggest attribute as a team. We can play fast for the whole forty minutes because you know you have to give everything you have because somebody as good as you are is on the bench to replace you when you are tired.'

The D'Tigress regular who has averaged 10.3points so far in three games is looking forward to improving on her shooting accuracy and score more points for the team.

'Although, I am consistently shooting about 50% from the 3 point line right about now, I am looking forward to improving as the tournament progresses.

'Travel can affect you, the altitude, the food amongst other things that can contribute to your performance, but it's a long tournament and I am looking forward to improving my shooting percentage,' Ogoke concluded.




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  POLAND  


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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KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec signs Egle Siksniute - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) signed 26-year old Lithuanian international power forward Egle Siksniute (198-91). She played last season at PEAC-Pecs in Hungarian A Division. In 27 games she had 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Siksniute also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.3ppg and 5.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic. In 30 games she averaged 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. Siksniute also played 10 games in Eurocup where she got 12.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg.
She has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Siksniute has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg.
Siksniute has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Fortuna and Utena.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec welcomes back Swanier, ex Cluj Napoca - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) tabbed 31-year old American point guard Ketia Swanier (170-68kg-86, college: Connecticut). It is actually her comeback to Sosnowiec as she has played here before. Swanier played most recently at CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 9 games she averaged 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg and 2.4spg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Swanier also played that season for KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec where in 21 games she had 14.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.6spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Honorable Mention.
In 2008 Swanier was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in her tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Swanier's team won Polish Cup in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team award back in 2011.
Swanier is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Israel (Bnot Hertzeliya), Turkey (Adana ASKI Mersin), WNBA (Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream) and Poland (Basket Gdynia, CCC Polkowice, Rybnik and Wilki Morskie).

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  PORTUGAL  


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.

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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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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

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  ROMANIA  


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

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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

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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

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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

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Higgins comes back to Olimpia Brasov, ex Buducnost - by Nagy Szilveszter

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor). It is actually her comeback to Brasov as she has played here before. Higgins She moved there from Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL where she played this season. The last season Higgins played at Olimpia Brasov. In 33 games she recorded 11.4ppg, 11.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.6apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Higgins' college team won Big 12 Tournament for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016).
She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

Olimpia CSU Brasov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Biljana Pesovic
Flavia Ferenczi

Forwards:
Izabella Lovasz
Portia Durrett
Iulia Brezoi
Maria Ferariu
Daria Rusu

Centers:
Kristina Higgins
Amira Al_Ash_Hab

Coach: Daniel Calancea

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KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec welcomes back Swanier, ex Cluj Napoca - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) tabbed 31-year old American point guard Ketia Swanier (170-68kg-86, college: Connecticut). It is actually her comeback to Sosnowiec as she has played here before. Swanier played most recently at CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 9 games she averaged 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg and 2.4spg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Swanier also played that season for KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec where in 21 games she had 14.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.1apg and 2.6spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Honorable Mention.
In 2008 Swanier was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in her tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Swanier's team won Polish Cup in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team award back in 2011.
Swanier is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Israel (Bnot Hertzeliya), Turkey (Adana ASKI Mersin), WNBA (Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream) and Poland (Basket Gdynia, CCC Polkowice, Rybnik and Wilki Morskie).

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Andraquay Quinnine (ex Lovcen) signs at Sumadija Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

Sumadija Kragujevac (1 ZLS) landed American guard Andraquay Quinnine (176, college: William Woods, agency: BeoBasket). She played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quinnine received Eurobasket.com All-1A ZCKL 2nd Team award in 2016.
She graduated from William Woods University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be her fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Quinnine's outlook: Andraquay Quinnine led a trio of double-digit scorers, she posted a game-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. It is the third straight double-figure scoring game for the San Francisco native.
Andraquay Quinnine came to William Woods over the summer after transferring from Xavier University of Louisiana. She has played only one season for the Owls, but she has made it count by leading the team in points with 12.1 points per game, and leading the AMC in three-pointer with 62......."Andraquay's line today is as good as it gets for a guard," "She put up great offensive numbers, while drawing a pretty tough assignment on the defensive end in guarding
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Ensino adds O'Dwyer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo (LF2) added to their roster 18-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Fiona O'Dwyer (182-99, college: Emmanuel, MA). She played last season at Castellammare di Stabia in Italian Serie A2. In 24 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 11.4rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 2.3spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Import Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season O'Dwyer played at Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in 18 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
O'Dwyer won English WBBL championship title in 2016.
She has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Force).
O'Dwyer attended Emmanuel College, MA until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Regina Gomez

Forwards:
Raquel Asensio
Fiona O'Dwyer
Alicia Villegas

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Oviedo lands Carmen Ortiz - by Eurobasket News

Universidad de Oviedo (LF2) tabbed 21-year old Carmen Ortiz (96) from ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles. In 24 LF2 games she averaged 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg last season.

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Campus Promete lands Carla Escuert - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete Logrono (LFB) tabbed 22-year old center Carla Escuert (190-95) from AE Sedis. But in 7 LFB games she averaged just 0.6ppg last season.
Escuert was selected to U20 National Team in 2015.
She has played previously for ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles.

Campus Promete Logrono roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cristina Pedrals
Whitney Knight

Forward:
Paula Estebas

Centers:
Laura Herrera
Sofia Da_Silva
Carla Escuert

Coach: Jorge Elorduy

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Gran Canaria signs Starr Breedlove - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria 2014 Canarias (LF2) signed 24-year old American point guard Starr Breedlove (168-93, college: UTEP). She played last season at Zamarat in the LFB. In 22 games she had 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Breedlove's team won C-USA Regular Season in 2016. She was also voted All-C-USA Newcomer of the Year in 2016 at her college time.
Breedlove graduated from Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

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Caglar re-signs at Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. - by Eurobasket News

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old international forward Bahar Caglar (186-88). She played there last season. In 35 KBSL games she recorded 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.0apg. Caglar helped them to win the KBSL title and the cup. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Caglar also played 18 games in Eurocup where she averaged 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. Caglar also spent pre-season at Girne Universitesi that year. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Caglar has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2008.
She also represented Turkey at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg.
Caglar has played previously for two other teams: Ceyhan Bld and Galatasaray.

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kim Mestdagh

Forwards:
Bahar Caglar
Gokce Dogan
Cansu Koksal

Center:
Ann Wauters

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KIU Rangers Humble Gladiators - by Eurobasket News

Kampala International University ladies' Basketball side, the KIU Rangers returned to winning ways on Sunday at the YMCA outdoor Court in Wandegeya. The struggling side managed to overcome fellow struggler, Gladiators with a 31-58 victory in the Ladies' National Basketball League game. In what seemed like a close contest, Gladiators led 18-17 going into the break but Nimrod Kaboha's Rangers came back stronger as they scored 20 more points to overtake Gladiators with a 24-37 lead. Gladiators were then restricted to only 7 points in the last quarter to eventually suffer a 37-58 defeat. Anniella Kadede and Ritah Komugisha scored 13 and 11 points respectively for KIU Rangers. Linda Wefila scored the most points for the day's hosts, Gladiators with 8 points. The Ladies' league resumes this Friday with A1 Challenge taking on Entebbe based Nkumba Lady Marines. Gladiators will return in action on Sunday against Javon Ladies in Lugogo. KIU Rangers will have to wait until 1st September and face off with table leaders KCCA Leopards.
Courtesy of: chimpreports.com



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Music City Icons reports first Player to Sign Overseas Deal - by Willie McCray

Nashville, Tennessee -
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Music City Icons Women's Basketball Team Center/Post player Angie Ramey (6'4''-F/C-91) landed a contract to play professional basketball in Cameroon, Africa. Angie will be playing in the AFROBASKET 2017 Tournament representing the Federation Cameronaise De Basketball: Cameroon Basketball Federation. Team Visionary and Founder Renee Bobb is beyond beaming with pride and expresses her thanks to God for this blessing of success. In addition to the many local and national achievements her team has enjoyed since its launch, the team is proud to be a member of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.

The Music City Icons Women's Basketball Team's goal is to 'Build Opportunities Beyond Basketball,' not only in the lives of the basketball players but in their home city of Nashville, Tennessee, and beyond. The team is comprised of 10 outstanding players who played high school and college basketball. 'The Music City Icons gives women the opportunity to play in their hometown with the options of one day playing in the WNBA and/or overseas. We provide an amazing second opportunity for these women to continue to play basketball and be vested leaders locally, nationwide and globally as well,' stated team owner Bobb.

The single mother of two beautiful sons, Kemon age 3 and Zyre 8 months old, seems not to have a clue of what words like 'stop' and 'cannot' actually mean. Angie Ramey says that if she had to do it all over again, she wouldn't do anything different-especially having her two children and opting to do everything in her power to raise them. 'If you are going to be successful at anything in this life, you'll have to give it your all. It's going to be hard sometimes, but you'll learn to push through it.'

She is already living the American Dream; it began with an idea formed in her mind in the eighth grade. The 6' 3' beauty yearned to play professional basketball, even back then. The physical part of her dream actually started when she played in her sophomore year at Kenwood High School and continued on in her college years. After attending Tyler Jr. College for a year in Tyler, Texas, she attended and graduated from Arkansas Baptist College with an Associate's Degree (AA) in General Studies. Tyler Jr. College is a Historical Black College University (HBCU). The collegiate years ended with her earning a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (BSOL) and a basketball championship ring from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Angie was originally set to continue playing basketball via the Georgia Stampede Women's Professional Basketball Team. But due to unforeseen life circumstances, Angie wasn't ready at that time. But an unexpected twist of fate allowed Coach Bryant (that team's coach) to introduce her to Coach Renee Bobb in May 2017. It was an incredible match and the catalyst which set the overseas contract in motion-one which has been negotiated for a base two-month period, with possible longer options for the future. The Cameroon Africa leg of Angie Ramey's career will be another chapter in her life and a feather in the cap of our nation as a whole.

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Contact: Coach Renee Bobb (615) 753-5647



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Lynx adds Zandalasini to their roster, ex Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx will add to their roster 21-year old Italian international forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She has played for the last three seasons at Familia Schio in Italian Serie A1. In 32 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg last season. Zandalasini helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. She also played 16 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Zandalasini contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Zandalasini was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season she played also at Familia Schio in Serie A1. In 31 games she had 4.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. Zandalasini contributed to her team winning the A1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). She also played 15 games in Euroleague where she got 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Zandalasini has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Italy at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-2 (19.0ppg), Reb-4 (9.6rpg), 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 88.9%.
Zandalasini has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Broni and Geas Sesto San Giovanni.

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Overview of Day 2 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Sweden - Taiwan 58-65
Taiwan beat Sweden to gain the second straight win in Group A. Huang Hsiang-Ting (180-F-93) produced 14 points to lead the winners. Taiwan eked out a 37:34 halftime lead. Sweden pulled ahead in the third term. They grabbed a narrow one-point lead at the final intermission. Taiwan however replied with an 18:10 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) had 13 points and 9 boards for the winners. Nathalie Fontaine (188-G-93, college: Ball St.) answered with 32 points and 12 rebounds for Sweden.

Chile - Hungary 41-63
Hungary outscored Chile for 1-1 record in Group A. Judit Barnai (189-F/C-94) recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Hungary accumulated a 34:23 halftime lead. They went on a 15:4 run in the third term to clear off for good. Palma Kaposi (185-F-96) had 8 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) netted 22 points for Chile.

Group B
South Korea - Canada 42-79
Canada outscored South Korea behind 11 points from Alison Keough (185-F-95). Canada built a 38:13 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and cruised to the victory. Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (193-C-93, college: Virginia Tech) had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Yunseon Choi (177-F/G-97) knocked down 12 points for South Korea.

Portugal - Japan 37-69
Taniguchi Nichika (171-PG-96) recorded 15 points as Japan thumped Portugal. Japan piled up a 35:21 halftime advantage. Japan followed with a 34:16 run in the second half and rallied to the win. Mamiko Tanaka and Saki Hayashi (171-G-95) notched 13 points each for Japan. Josephine Filipe (177-G/F-95) netted 15 points for Portugal.

Group C
Uganda - Czech Republic 59-85
Czech Republic defeated Uganda to improve at 2-0 record. Tereza Vyorolava and Eva Kopecka (173-SF-96) nailed 13 points each in the win. Czech Republic claimed a 49:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Brenda Ekone (152-G-96) netted 18 points for Uganda.

Poland - USA 53-102
USA posted the second straight win in Taipei. They stormed past Poland to remain perfect. Victoria Jankoska (173-G-94, college: Michigan St.) and Blair Watson (183-G) produced 19 points each for the winning side. USA stormed to a 50:22 halftime lead. They unloaded 52 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Kaila Charles (186-G) had 18 points in the win. Daria Marciniak (186-C-94) had 10 points for Poland.

Group D
Argentina - Australia 47-69
Australia fired past Argentina for the second consecutive victory in Group D. Lauren Scherf (196-C/F-96) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds in the win. The Emerging Opals established a 30:17 halftime lead. Australia used a 27:16 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Darcy Garbin (187-F-94) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Julieta Ale (176-G-95) had 17 points in the defeat.

Lithuania - Russia 52-59
Russia defeated Lithuania for the second win in a row in Taipei. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) had 16 points, 10 boards and 6 assists in the win. Russia claimed a 25:21 halftime lead. They sank 34 points in the second half to race to the victory. Svetlana Boykova (182-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Roberta Mizgeryte (189-PF-95) and Dalia Belickaite (177-SG-96) tossed in 10 points apiece in the loss.