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  ANGOLA  



Angolan men's team face Lithuania in China tournament - by Eurobasket News

The Angolan national senior men's basketball team are playing this Thursday Lithuania in the second round of the international tournament, taking place in China, Radio 5 reported. The Angolan squad, managed by Manuel Silva, defeated on Wednesday the host nation (China) by 78-70, when at halftime they were already winning the game by 39-30. For the same round, Lithuania beat New Zealand by 67-62. This is the second four-nation tournament that is taking place in China in less than a week, involving the same players. Angola is preparing for their participation in the African Cup of Nations (Afrobasket2017), which will take place from 8 to 16 September in Senegal and Tunisia. Angola is integrated in Group B, together with Uganda, Morocco and the Central African Republic (CAR).
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  


Comunicaciones land Isaiah Swann, ex Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes (TNA) tabbed 32-year old American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-87kg-85, college: Florida State). He played most recently at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 50 games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.3apg last season. Swann helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Cholet Basket in French ProA where in 16 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg.
In 2010 (two years after he left the college) Swann was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in sixth round (10th overall).
He attended Florida State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Swann won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2010.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Swann experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Swann has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Braunschweig and ratiopharm Ulm), Italy, Turkey (Gaziantep and Istanbul BBSK), Israel (Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Ashdod) and Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico and Metros de Santiago).
He is described as: An athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers.

Comunicaciones Mercedes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan Figueroa
Isaiah Swann
Emiliano Correa

Forwards:
Arn Lucas
Fernando Funes

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Alejandro Zilli is a newcomer at Salta Basket - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket (TNA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old power forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82). He played last season at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in Argentinian LigaA. In 14 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.2apg. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Zilli also played that season for Instituto (also in LigaA) where in 41 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the LigaA Semifinals for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Zilli was also voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for four other teams: Echague, Libertad Sunchales, Sionista and Estudiantes Concordia.
Zilli is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Salta Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A lion-heart battler under the boards, who excels in rebounding and inside scoring. His athletic skills make him a sure prospect at the PF position, even if he is a little undersized to play in the paint. Started playing soccer, willing to become a great goalkeeper, but switched to basketball at 17, turning quickly in a solid team player and a very hard worker, who can pass the ball well and can score if needed.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Rodrigo Haag

Forward:
Pablo Espinoza

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Echague lands Mariano Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) tabbed 31-year old naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86). He played most recently at Villa Angela Basket in the TNA. In 41 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Garcia played at Estudiantes where in 56 LigaA games he had 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2012.
Garcia has played previously for eight other teams: Atenas, C.Entrerriano, Belgrano San Nicolas, Argentino, San Martin Marcos Juarez, Olimpico de La Banda, 9 de Julio and Huracan.
He is described as: Very good offensive skills, needs to bulk up, and to improve his defense; NBA upside, above all if he will learn to play front to the basket;.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Gaynor
Jeremias Sandrini
Carlos Buemo
Eugenio Zustovich

Forwards:
Sebastian Cabello
Mariano Garcia
Emilio Stucky

Center:
Franco Barroso

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Alejandro Reinick agreed terms with Independiente BBC de Santiago del Estero - by Eurobasket News

Independiente BBC de Santiago del Estero (TNA) inked experienced 39-year old center Alejandro Reinick (203-78). He played most recently at San Martin de La Rioja in the TFB. Reinick helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Union where in 43 TNA games he recorded 9.5ppg and 6.9rpg. Reinick contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
Among other achievements he won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2003, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Reinick received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He has played previously professionally also in Uruguay (Larranaga) and Argentina (Penarol, GECR Indalo, Libertad Sunchales, Regatas Corrientes and Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Independiente BBC de Santiago del Estero.
Reinick's game is described as: A solid inside player with a good game in the paint. He is not so athletic, neither a great leaper, but has a strong body, a hustling mentality and good defensive skills. Also and excellent offensive rebounder, has great leadership on the court. Despite low scoring, he can help any team with his solidity and positive delivery.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Jarrid Famous (ex Isabela) agreed terms with GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) inked 29-year old Lebanese ex-international power forward Jarrid Famous (209-109kg-88, college: S.Florida). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Famous played in the summer at Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 26 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0apg. Famous ended the last season at Al Naser (D1) in UAE league. But the most of that year he spent at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 6 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg.
In 2011 Iowa Energy selected him as third overall pick in D-League draft.
He attended University of South Florida and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Famous has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2014. Famous was a member of Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Famous has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Famous has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiangsu Dragons and Sturgeons), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Lebanon (Sagesse) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gustavo Barrera
Juan_Manuel Rivero
Carlos Buendia

Forwards:
Daniel Hure
Shaquille Johnson
Franco Giorgetti
Luis Riascos

Centers:
Diego Romero
Jarrid Famous

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Phillip Lockett agreed terms with Obras Basket - by Eurobasket News

Obras Basket Buenos Aires (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones). He played most recently at BHY Tiro Federal in the TNA. In 45 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Lockett played at Obera Tennis Club (also in TNA) where in 39 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg.
Lockett has played previously for seven other teams: Ben Hur, Quimsa, Barrio Parque, Asociacion Italiana, UNCAus, Central San Javier and Asociacion Italiana.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic forward who can be intimidating under the basket and has a middle range solid throw. Solid rebounder with great jumping ability who has the natural talent for blocked shoots. Runs the floor with the speed of a guard. A young proyect that will stand out in his own game any time soon.

Obras Basket Buenos Aires roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tomas Zanzottera
Phil Martin
Quinton Campbell

Forwards:
Phillip Lockett
Maurice Kemp

Center:
Valdelicio Joaquim

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Santiago Paparella joins Monopoli - by Eurobasket News

Action Now Monopoli (Serie C Silver) added to their roster experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Santiago Paparella (188-80). He played last season at Zannella Basket Cefalu in Serie B. In 11 Serie B games he had 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Paparella's team won Italian Nazionale B Group C Regular Season in 2012.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Paparella tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Campo Mourao) and Italy (Pesaro Loreto, Montecatiniterme, Fossombrone, Potenza and Basket Barcellona).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monopoli.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matias Bortolin is a newcomer at Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Argentinian international center Matias Bortolin (207-93, agency: Interperformances) from Obras Basket. In 55 LigaA games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at San Martin Corrientes where in 59 LigaA games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.6rpg.
He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport.
Bortolin has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2013 and previously for U17 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Bortolin also represented Argentina at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg.
Bortolin is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Bortolin has played previously professionally also in Austria (Arkadia Lions), Serbia (Partizan), Italy (Roma Virtus and Rimini) and Argentina (Atenas and Regatas Corrientes).

Atletico Argentino Junin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Cequeira
Luciano Massarelli
Genaro Lorio

Forwards:
Rodrigo Sanchez
Guido Mariani

Center:
Matias Bortolin

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



San Lorenzo keeps Sandes for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) re-signed 33-year old former Argentinian international forward Carlos Matias Sandes (201-84). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Sandes played there last season. In 50 LigaA games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the league title.
The previous (15-16) season Sandes played at GECR Indalo where in 60 LigaA games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
Among other achievements Sandes received Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Sandes played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) five years ago. Sandes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 62.5%.
Thanks to Sandes' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Sandes has played previously professionally also in Spain (Baskonia, Burgos and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and Argentina (Boca Juniors, Sionista and Quimsa).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very talented player, with size and winning mentality; he can play on all 2-3-4 positions; dangerous 3-point shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Lorenzo keeps Safar for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) re-signed 30-year old international shooting guard Selem Safar (190-87). He played there last season. In 57 LigaA games he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. Safar helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Obras Basket where in 58 LigaA games he averaged 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Safar contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
He also represented Argentina at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. Safar's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Safar has played previously for five other teams: Penarol, Boca Juniors, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Ciclista and Argentino.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Petr.Argentino adds Pau to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Petrolero Argentino (TNA) added to their roster 33-year old shooting guard Ariel Pau (184-84) from Comunicaciones. In 49 TNA games he had 10.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the TNA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The previous (15-16) season Pau played at Sionista (LigaA) where in 51 games he recorded 7.2ppg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Defensive Team back in 2014.
Pau has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for four other teams: Boca Juniors, La Union, Olimpico de La Banda and San Martin Corrientes.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


Perrin Buford (ex Agrigento) signs at Bullets - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) landed 23-year old American swingman Perrin Buford (198-100kg-94, college: Middle Tennessee State, agency: 3Eye). He played most recently at Moncada Solar Agrigento in Italian Serie A2. In 33 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg last season.
Buford's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Decorey Jones (ex Southern T.) signs at Iwate Big Bulls - by Igor Obradovic

Iwate Big Bulls (B League D2) landed 27-year old American swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner). He played in the summer at Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Australian Premier League. Jones managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Premier League games he averaged 13.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg.
The most of last season he spent at Espanol de Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 38 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. Jones helped them to win the Chilean Liga Nacional title (twice). He also played that season for Huracan in Argentinian TNA. In 6 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
Jones is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Jones has played previously professionally in Canada (Moncton Miracles), Malaysia (Crouching Tigers), Spain (Innova Chef), WBA (Conyers CK), Mongolia (Aravtuud) and Norway (Nidaros Jets).
He attended Faulkner University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Redhage claims final SBL Player of the Week Award for 2017 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats legend and current Perth Redbacks forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) was today crowned Player of the Week for Round 20 of the 2017 Men's State Basketball League season.

In the final round of the season, Redhage had a 37-point effort against the East Perth Eagles to help the Redbacks secure a top four position heading into the playoffs. He subsequently finished the regular season with a league-best 27.53 points per game.

With a 16-10 record, the Redbacks earned the No. 4 seed and will face the fifth-seeded South West Slammers in the Quarter Finals starting this weekend.

Redhage's two player of the week awards and league-best scoring average will see him contend for MVP honours at the 2017 Basketball WA Ball & Awards Night on Friday 8 September.

2017 MSBL Players of the Week
Week One - Dwayne Benjamin (Geraldton Buccaneers)
Week Two - Jalen Billups (Cockburn Cougars)
Week Three - Jacob Holmen (Goldfields Giants)
Week Four - Kevin Davis (East Perth Eagles)
Week Five - Jalen Billups (Cockburn Cougars)
Week Six - Jackson Hussey (Geraldton Buccaneers)
Week Seven - Shawn Redhage (Perth Redbacks)
Week Eight - Ray Turner (Willetton Tigers)
Week Nine - Dwayne Benjamin (Geraldton Buccaneers)
Week Ten - Ray Turner (Willetton Tigers)
Week Eleven - Jalen Billups (Cockburn Cougars)
Week Twelve - Matthew Adekponya (Perry Lakes Hawks)
Week Thirteen - Brian Voelkel (South West Slammers)
Week Fourteen - Jalen Billups (Cockburn Cougars)
Week Fifteen - Dwayne Benjamin (Geraldton Buccaneers)
Week Sixteen - Dwayne Benjamin (Geraldton Buccaneers)
Week Seventeen - Taylor Mullenax (Mandurah Magic)
Week Eighteen - James Padgett (Lakeside Lightning)
Week Nineteen - Brian Voelkel (South West Slammers)
Week Twenty - Shawn Redhage (Perth Redbacks)



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Rilski welcomes back Marinov - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) tabbed 32-year old international shooting guard Martin Marinov (191-85). It is actually his comeback to Samokov as he has played here before. Marinov played most recently at Spartak Pleven (NBL). In 25 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Marinov played at Balkan where in 35 NBL games he had 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Marinov was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Alexey Zhukanenko (ex Samara-SGEU) agreed terms with P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) inked 31-year old Russian ex-international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-108kg-86, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at BC Samara-SGEU in Russian Superleague 1. In 27 games he recorded 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zhukanenko played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 5 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 11.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg.
Among other achievements Zhukanenko played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Zhukanenko was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Zhukanenko represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Zhukanenko has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Zhukanenko has played previously professionally also in Russia for Dynamo Moscow Unics Kazan Khimki Unics Kazan 2nd team Lokomotiv.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


UBT Cluj Napoca signs Henry Domercant - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international guard Henry Domercant (194-95kg-80, college: E.Illinois). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. The last time (16) he played at Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G League) in the U.S. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2003 Domercant was drafted by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Eastern Illinois University staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Domercant played in the final of Turkish League in 2006 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Guard of the Year back in 2012.
Domercant represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 54.2%, FT: 77.8%.
Domercant is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka and Galatasaray).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at UBT Cluj Napoca.
Domercant could be described: A sweet-shooting SG, with good athletic skills. Runs the court well, and proven to be very effective from behind the 3pts arch. He's also a good rebounder for his position.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Domercant
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas
Lasan Kromah

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Klassen agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91, college: Acadia) has come to a deal with PAOK Thessaloniki for the season 2017-18.

The team of Thessaloniki was looking for a player in the paint to play next to Ousman Krubally (202-F-88, college: Georgia St.) and they found Klassen.

Klassen last year played for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in the second part of the season where in 17 matches had 9.2 ppg and 6rpg.

PAOK Thessaloniki wants the new season to be very competitive whith their new coach, Ilias Papatheodorou who won the gold metal with the Greece U20 some days ago.



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  BELARUS  


Tsmoki-Minsk inks Chris Czerapowicz - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) agreed terms with 26-year old Swedish international guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91kg-91, college: Davidson). He played last season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he had 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Czerapowicz also played that season for Krosno in Polish TBL where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Czerapowicz has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Czerapowicz also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Czerapowicz has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia) and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Sanda Basket).
He attended Davidson College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Belarusian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Viachaslau Korzh
Korzh
Mikita Meshcharakou
Meshcharakou
Artsiom Parakhouski
Parakhouski
Vitali Liutych
Liutych
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Kudrautsau
#e#5
1Viachaslau Korzh 195-PG-86 Grodno-93 Belarus
4Kiryl Sitnik 190-G-89 Grodno-93 Belarus
5Andrei Navoichyk 200-F-91 Grodno-93 Belarus
7Maksim Salash 206-C/F-96 Polfarmex Kutno Poland
8Mikita Meshcharakou 201-F-88 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
9Artsiom Parakhouski 210-C-87 Unics Russia
10Vitali Liutych 198-SG-92 Enisey Russia
11Sergey Tatur 194-G-91 COR-Borisfen Belarus
12Dmitri Paliashchuk 199-SG-85 BSEU-GrandPrint Belarus
13Siarhei Vabishchevich 192-G-88 BSEU-GrandPrint Belarus
14Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 190-SG-80 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
15Aliaksandr Semianiuk 208-F-93 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
16Yauheni Beliankou 197-F-95 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
17Anton Vashkevich 203-F/C-94 Vitebsk Belarus
21Viktor Ovsepyan 204-F-91 Vitebsk Belarus

Aleksander Krutikov Head Coach Spojnia Poland
Yahor Meshcharakou Assistant



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  BELGIUM  


Retin Obasohan (ex Scandone AV) agreed terms with Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (BBL) inked 24-year old Belgian international guard Retin Obasohan (185-95kg-93, college: Alabama). He played most recently at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 27 games he recorded 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg last season. Obasohan helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Obasohan also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Obasohan received All-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Obasohan has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Obasohan also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.9%.
Obasohan has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes).
He attended University of Alabama until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darrel Mitchell
Daniel Schmidt
Retin Obasohan
David Taylor
Dino Dizdarevic
Andreas Obst
Kristian Kullamae

Forwards:
Dane Watts
Johannes Richter
Jan_Niklas Wimberg

Center:
Robert Oehle

Coach: Ivan Pavic

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TJ Bray (ex Brussels) agreed terms with Kolossos H Hotels - by Chris Mammides

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard TJ Bray (196-90kg-92, college: Princeton). He played most recently at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League. In 33 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Bray helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league that year.
Bray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won Ivy League championship title in 2011. Bray received also NABC Division I All-District 13 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bray has played also professionally in Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani and Novipiu Casale).
He attended Princeton University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Steven Gray
TJ Bray
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

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BiH U18 Team Quick Notes! - by Chris Mathieu

BiH U18 Team Quick Notes!

-Njegos Sikiras is still rounding into shape! After hardly playing the last two years it's taken Njegos some time to re-adjust to game conditions. Njegos has struggled in the tournament where you're playing in such a compact grueling schedule. He has struggled with his shooting stroke and shot selection but is likely due for a breakout game soon.

-The addition of Stefan Adzic has been crucial to the team's success. The young player of Partizan Belgrade finally joined the BiH National Team after years of interest from the team and it has paid off handsomely this year. He's averaged 11ppg 3.8rbpg1.5stls while shooting a very solid 55.6% from two, 41.7% from three and 75% from the FT line.

-The team has solid depth and a balanced roster. Give credit to the coaching staff which has done a good job utilizing the roster and playing a seven man rotation. The team has solid rotation of guards and big players.

-Tomorrows big matchup against Serbia! Serbia features the inside scoring punch of Marko Pecarski who's putting up crazy numbers in limited minutes. Between Marko and 213cm big man Balsa Koprivica the team has plenty of size up front. Contrast that with the BiH perimeter play and it should be a fun game to watch. If Bosnia can play their game and make Pecarski and Koprivica guard out in space then they could knock off their intense rivals from next door.



UBT Cluj Napoca signs Henry Domercant - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international guard Henry Domercant (194-95kg-80, college: E.Illinois). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. The last time (16) he played at Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G League) in the U.S. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2003 Domercant was drafted by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Eastern Illinois University staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Domercant played in the final of Turkish League in 2006 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Guard of the Year back in 2012.
Domercant represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 54.2%, FT: 77.8%.
Domercant is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka and Galatasaray).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at UBT Cluj Napoca.
Domercant could be described: A sweet-shooting SG, with good athletic skills. Runs the court well, and proven to be very effective from behind the 3pts arch. He's also a good rebounder for his position.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Domercant
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas
Lasan Kromah

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

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Sandro Gacic agreed terms with BC Morabanc Andorra II - by Eurobasket News

BC Morabanc Andorra II (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Bosnian shooting guard Sandro Gacic (200-96) from Cantbasket. In 25 EBA games in Spain he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Gacic played at Plasencia Extremadura where in 20 EBA games he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season.
Gacic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.8rpg.
Gacic has played previously for five other teams: Baskonia, Leon, Albacete, Alava and Goierri.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Aleksandar Lazic
Lazic
Dzanan Musa
Musa
Alex Renfroe
Renfroe
Nedzad Muratovic
Muratovic
Obrad Tomic
Tomic
#e#5
0Ismet Sejfic 208-C-93 PVSK Pannon Hungary
1Markus Loncar 211-C-96 Cedevita Croatia
4Adi Zahiragic 187-PG-95 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
5Aleksandar Lazic 201-F/G-96 Mega Bemax Serbia
6Edin Atic 201-G/F-97 AEK Athens Greece
7Adin Vrabac 204-SG-94 Partizan NIS Serbia
8Almir Hasandic 191-SG-90 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
9Amar Gegic 200-PG-98 FC Bayern II Germany
13Dzanan Musa 200-SG-99 Cedevita Croatia
20Alex Renfroe 191-PG-86 Galatasaray Turkey
24Nedzad Muratovic 201-F-95 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
77Obrad Tomic 206-C-93 Partizan NIS Serbia

Dusko Vujosevic Head Coach Limoges France
Mensur Bajramovic Assistant
Josip Pandza Assistant Kakanj Bosnia



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Rilski welcomes back Marinov - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) tabbed 32-year old international shooting guard Martin Marinov (191-85). It is actually his comeback to Samokov as he has played here before. Marinov played most recently at Spartak Pleven (NBL). In 25 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Marinov played at Balkan where in 35 NBL games he had 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Marinov was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He is a very experienced player.

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Balkan adds Haughton to their roster, ex Trikalla - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward David Haughton (198-95kg-91, college: Purchase). Last season he played at Trikalla in the Greek A1 league. In 24 games there he had 5.9ppg and 4.8rpg.

The previous 2 years (2014-16), which were also his first 2 professional seasons, Haughton played at BC Rakvere in the Estonian Alexela KML. In 32 games there in the 2015-16 season he recorded 10.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 14 games in the Baltic League, where he averaged 9.1ppg, 8.7rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.1apg.

The list of his past achievements is quite long, as among others, Haughton's team made it to the Estonian Cup final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team in 2015.

Haughton graduated from Purchase College in 2014 and this will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Balkan Botevgrad roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Brandon Fortenberry

Forwards:
Pavel Ivanov
David Haughton

Center:
Igor Kesar

Coach: Nebojsa Vidic

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Kenny Chery joins Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian point guard Kenny Chery (180-82kg-92, college: Baylor) from Real Betis. In 20 Liga Endesa games in Spain he had 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Chery played at Alba in Hungarian A Division where in 41 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Chery has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was a member of Canadian U18 National Team back in 2010.
Chery graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Center:
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

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  CHILE  


Arcense lands Jovany Austin, ex Puente Alto - by Eurobasket News

Arcense Biomedical BC (Liga MB) landed 25-year old American forward Jovany Austin (201-113kg-92, college: W.Georgia). He played most recently at Club Deportes Puente Alto in Chilean Libcentro Pro. In 10 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg and 10.2rpg last season.
Among other achievements Austin's college team won GSC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-NJCAA D1 Region IV 1st Team award back in 2014.
Austin has played also professionally in ABA (Windy City G.).
He attended State University of West Georgia until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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  CHINA  


Chinese NBL round 17 best performance: Russ Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Russ Smith (183-PG-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Luoyang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 67 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Hebei X. (#12, 5-12) in overtime 131-127. Luoyang is placed at 6th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Luoyang will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. Smith turned to be Luoyang's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Louisville star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 58.3ppg. Smith is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.9apg) and averages impressive 4.3spg and 57.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of league's second-best Shaanxi W.. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Shaanxi W. was edged by Hunan (12-5) 107-104. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Shaanxi W. still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Gaines is a newcomer at Shaanxi W., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Hunan (#4). Tucker got into 30-points club by scoring 45 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Hunan, leading his team to a 107-104 win against #2 ranked Shaanxi W.. Hunan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Tucker has a great season in China. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 39.2ppg (4th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tujun Shen (185-PG-92) of Dongbu - 55 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 26 points and 23 rebounds
6. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang - 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Bernard James (208-C/F-85) of Anhui - 34 points and 16 rebounds
8. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi - 36 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) of Fujian - 34 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NBL Round 17: Hunan defeats Shaanxi W. in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Changsha. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Shaanxi W. (12-5) to fourth ranked Hunan (12-5) 107-104 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shaanxi W.. Shaanxi W. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Hunan, which allowed them to win the game. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) chipped in 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds. Hunan moved-up to second place, which they share with Guizhou and Shaanxi W. Hunan is looking forward to face Hebei X. (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shaanxi W. will play against Guangxi (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Henan (14-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked Beijing (6-11) 115-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beijing. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Chris Otule accounted for 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks for Beijing in the defeat. Henan maintains first place with 14-3 record. Beijing at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Luoyang (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-17) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Guizhou (12-5) 141-128 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was James Mays who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Tujun Shen produced 55 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guizhou have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. and Hunan. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Guizhou will meet at home Anhui (#5) in the next round. Dongbu will play against Fujian (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Twelfth-ranked Hebei X. (5-12) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Luoyang (11-6). The visitors from Luoyang managed to secure only four-point victory 131-127. However their fans expected much easier game. Russ Smith orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 67 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Luoyang moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Anhui. Hebei X. lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Luoyang's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei X. will play against Hunan (#4) in Changsha and hope to win that game.
The game in Lhasa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Anhui (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Lhasa (9-8). Anhui managed to secure a 8-point victory 112-104 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lhasa. Bernard James stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for the winners. Anhui's coach Yong Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They maintain fifth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Luoyang. Loser Lhasa keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Anhui will face higher ranked Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lhasa will play against Chongqing (#9) in Lanling and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 17 Chongqing won against Guangxi on the opponent's court 113-111. Fujian outscored Jiangsu L. in a home game 114-79.

Hunan - Shaanxi W. 107-104

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Changsha. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Shaanxi W. (12-5) to fourth ranked Hunan (12-5) 107-104 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shaanxi W.. Shaanxi W. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Hunan, which allowed them to win the game. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) chipped in 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) scored 34 points (!!!). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hunan moved-up to second place, which they share with Guizhou and Shaanxi W. Hunan is looking forward to face Hebei X. (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shaanxi W. will play against Guangxi (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 34+3reb+3ast, G.Charles 32+19reb, G.Yan 16+4reb+1ast, J.JunQi 11+1reb+4ast, M.Daqiang 8+5reb+2ast, B.Jiguang 3+4ast
Hunan: T.Dar 45+8reb+4ast, Z.Yaosheng 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Wei 14+5reb+5ast, O.Arinze 12+16reb+4ast, X.HaiBin 7+3reb+1ast, P.Jiaxin 7+1reb
gschID: 548564


Guangxi - Chongqing 111-113

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Guangxi (10-7) was edged at home by ninth ranked Chongqing (8-9) 113-111 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 31-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chongqing dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Guangxi's 36. They outrebounded Guangxi 52-39 including 37 on the defensive glass. Chongqing looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guangxi was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) stepped up and scored 45 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) scored 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chongqing maintains ninth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Fujian. Loser Guangxi dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Chongqing will face higher ranked Lhasa (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: M.Kevin 40+4reb+5ast, A.Isaiah 36+13reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 14+2reb+6ast, J.Le 11+8reb, Y.Kai 6+1ast, Z.Yupeng 2+6reb
Chongqing: M.Tony 45+7reb+4ast, K.Vladyslav 21+17reb+4ast, Z.Yuanbo 16+13reb+1ast, L.Yao 12+4reb+4ast, W.Xin 8+6reb+3ast, G.Yaoyang 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 548563


Fujian - Jiangsu L. 114-79

Rather predictable result in Fuzhou where tenth ranked Fujian (8-9) smashed 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-16) 114-79 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Fujian led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 27 Jiangsu L. turnovers. Fujian looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Jiangsu L.'s players. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) chipped in 28 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Fujian players scored in double figures. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and forward MingYang Gao (196-88) scored 17 points and 7 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. Fujian moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chongqing. Jiangsu L. lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Fujian will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jiangsu L. will play at home against Beijing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 23+17reb+2ast, G.MingYang 17+7reb+3ast, W.Xing Chen 14+10reb, G.Wei 8+3reb, X.Shiwei 6+1ast, W.Peng 5+2ast
Fujian: B.Brandon 34+9reb+3ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 28+6reb+11ast, L.Ming-Yu 13+3reb+4ast, X.Huajun 13+4reb+3ast, H.Yan 7+6reb, D.Jian 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548562


Lhasa - Anhui 104-112

The game in Lhasa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Anhui (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Lhasa (9-8). Anhui managed to secure a 8-point victory 112-104 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lhasa. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 35-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Anhui made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Lhasa turnovers and had a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) chipped in 31 points and 11 rebounds. Anhui's coach Yong Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Jinlong Chen scored 21 points. Five Lhasa players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They maintain fifth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Luoyang. Loser Lhasa keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Anhui will face higher ranked Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lhasa will play against Chongqing (#9) in Lanling and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: G.Yuxiang 26+10reb+6ast, C.Jinlong 21+2reb+1ast, H.DangJian 20+3reb+1ast, Z.Zhennan 11+6reb+5ast, S.Xinyue 11+5reb+2ast, D.ZhiMing 9+3reb+2ast
Anhui: J.Bernard 34+16reb, H.Manny 31+11reb+3ast, Z.Yong 16+3reb+1ast, H.Delong 8+1reb, L.Jun 7+4reb+4ast, R.Kai 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548561


Hebei X. - Luoyang 127-131 OT

Twelfth-ranked Hebei X. (5-12) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Luoyang (11-6). The visitors from Luoyang managed to secure only four-point victory 131-127. However their fans expected much easier game. Hebei X. was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 40-27 third quarter run of Luoyang. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-9. They made 33-of-39 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Luoyang brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 32 personal fouls committed by Hebei X. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 67 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) added 24 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Hebei X.Four Luoyang and five Hebei X. players scored in double figures. Luoyang moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Anhui. Hebei X. lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Luoyang's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei X. will play against Hunan (#4) in Changsha and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hebei X.: S.Shannon 31+13reb+5ast, C.Brandon 24+14reb+3ast, S.Xuepeng 23+2reb, W.Zixu 16+8reb+1ast, L.Yannan 15+5reb+2ast, C.Qi 9+1reb+4ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 67+11reb+6ast, M.Ater 21+18reb+4ast, S.Jianguo 12+8reb+1ast, Z.Ye 11+1reb, Q.Wenhan 10+10reb+2ast, Q.Daoqing 7+5reb
gschID: 548560


Guizhou - Dongbu 141-128

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-17) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Guizhou (12-5) 141-128 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Guizhou. Dongbu managed to win third quarter 46-36. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guizhou looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Forward MingHao Li (200-92) chipped in 24 points and 5 steals. Five Guizhou players scored in double figures. Point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) produced 55 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward MengLong Zhao (197-91) added 27 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guizhou have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. and Hunan. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Guizhou will meet at home Anhui (#5) in the next round. Dongbu will play against Fujian (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: S.Tujun 55+7reb+3ast, Z.MengLong 27+3reb+2ast, J.Yi 15+1reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 8+2reb+1ast, W.Chen 8+6reb+1ast, C.Ziran 6+6reb+1ast
Guizhou: L.MingHao 24+2reb+2ast, L.Mark 22+1reb+4ast, M.James 19+9reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+2reb+3ast, Z.Zihua 13+6reb+6ast, L.Xu 12+1reb+3ast
gschID: 548559


Beijing - Henan 97-115

NBL top team - Henan (14-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked Beijing (6-11) 115-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beijing. The game was mostly controlled by Henan. Beijing was better in fourth quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Henan forced 27 Beijing turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) accounted for 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Henan players scored in double figures. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks and power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) added 32 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Beijing in the defeat. Henan maintains first place with 14-3 record. Beijing at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Luoyang (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing: L.Yunan 32+8reb+1ast, H.Michael 26+23reb, Z.Wei 25+6reb+9ast, L.Bo 7+2reb+1ast, L.Ziming 6+2reb+4ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 1+1reb+1ast
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 36+7reb+3ast, O.Chris 21+6reb, J.Yuxing 15+3reb+3ast, W.Longfei 15+1reb, T.Jian 12+3reb+2ast, C.Yuhan 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548558





Anhui lands Bernard James, ex Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Anhui Wenyi (NBL) tabbed 32-year old American power forward Bernard James (208-109kg-85, college: Florida State). He played most recently at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA, but was released by the team in Feb.'17. But in two games he averaged just 1.0ppg last season.
James ended the previous (2015-16) season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL where in four games he had 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Sharks (CBA). In 36 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2012 James was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). He attended Florida State and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements James' college team won ACC Tournament in 2012. He received also ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2012.
James has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Pretty strong player who doesn't back down from physical play…Also is an NBA caliber athlete, who shows good leaping skills and explosiveness and adequate ability to run as well…His standout traits lie in his defensive ability. James biggest weakness is his ability to contribute offensively…Not ever going to be more than a 5th option scorer, and lacks in nearly every area on the offensive end…His post game, outside of his jump hook is non-existant
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Meng Duo leads China over New Zealand at Basketball Friendly - by Eurobasket News

Veteran Meng Duo (192-G/F-90) led Team Red of Chinese men's basketball national team bounce back from Wednesday's 70-78 loss to Angola and thrashed New Zealand 89-62 here on Thursday at the 2017 Chengdu International Basketball Championship. The Chinese team, who trailed by one point after the first quarter, used a 32-14 second quarter to set the tune of the match. The host, who was one-of-six in three-pointer shooting, made in five during the second quarter, two of which came from Meng Duo, who is called Chinese Dwayne Wade. The Chinese Wade continued his miracle performance in the second half. The guard scored another 13 points to finish the game with a match-high 26. Nine Chinese players who played all scored. Besides Meng's 26, Rui Zhao (193-F-96) helped with 20 while Abdusalam added 10 and seven rebounds. Zhao JiWei (185-PG-95) dished out five assists. "We did great job in defense today, especially in the first quarter." said Li Nan, head coach of the Team Red. "I knew the New Zealand team is a very physical one and before the match I told my players to get tough tonight." Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) and Shea Ili (184-G-92) led New Zealand with 15 apiece. Paul Henare (182-G-79), head coach of New Zealand, told Chinese press that this is exactly the team he will bring to Lebanon for the upcoming Asian Cup. "Just hope my young players could gain some experiences from tonight's loss." said Henare.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Moore, Aguilas26.9 
 2. Givens, Piratas25.7 
 3. Crawford, Aguilas22.5 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break21.6 
 5. Smith, Sabios21.0 
 6. Roberson, Condores19.1 
 7. Coombs, Sabios19.0 
 8. McCoy, Condores16.5 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.15.7 
 10. Torres, Condores15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Moore, Aguilas13.8 
 2. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 3. Almanza, Condores10.1 
 4. Hernandez, Cimar.10.1 
 5. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 6. Perez, Academia9.6 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 8. Quinones, Academia8.3 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
 10. Jones, Sabios7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan MCCOY
  Condores
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. McCoy, Condores5.8 
 2. Murray, Academia5.6 
 3. Velandia, Aguilas5.0 
 4. Smith, Sabios5.0 
 5. Medina, Piratas4.9 
 6. Granados, Academia4.9 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 8. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 9. Wormely, Caciques4.4 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.2 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break1.7 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 6. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 7. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
 8. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 9. Crawford, Aguilas1.5 
 10. Crockrell, Fast B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Perez, Academia1.5 
 2. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 5. Crawford, Aguilas1.1 
 6. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.0 
 7. Romero, Piratas0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 9. Givens, Piratas0.8 
 10. Mendoza, Piratas0.7 


PBD Round 1 of Finals. Cimarrones celebrate first win - by Eurobasket News

Cimarrones - Fast Break 61-55

Cimarrones celebrated the first win in Liga DirecTV Finals. They held off Fast Break in best-of-three series opener. Fast Break trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 55-61 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan-Spanish guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimarrones players scored in double figures. Naturalized Venezuelan power forward Luis Julio (201-80) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fast Break. Fast Break's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: J.Zamora 16+6reb+4ast, J.Rodriguez 13+9reb+1ast, A.Carraway 10+7reb+2ast, E.Moreno 10+8reb+5ast, J.Hernandez 6+5reb+1ast, E.Renteria 5+4reb+2ast
Fast Break: L.Julio 17+6reb, S.Ortiz 14+6reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 12+7reb+2ast, M.Sneed 8+4reb+3ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 3+4reb, H.Uhegwu 1+4reb+2ast
gschID: 554989





Cimarrones leads 1-0, Finals Game 1 Analysis - by Victor Garcia

Is not a surprise that Cimarrones del Choco won the game one as local, but the surprise was that Fast Break was held to its lower scoring in the season, far from their 83 PPG average during the preliminary round, so the reasons for the Cimarrones del Choco victory began for the success of the team leading the game pace maintaining the game below 82 possessions, at that pace each offensive rebound counts and Cimarrones del Choco leaded the offensive boards with 17 and made 16 points out of this second chances, that's where the game was decided in the game pace and in the offensive boards.

FastBreak did not play his usual basketball, wasted the first two quarters trying to drive their offensive with 1 on 1 situations and did not move the ball enough to get open shots, Cimarrones del Choco was ready to stop the penetrations and limited their opponents to 20 pts in the first half, the second half was better for Fast Break but still did not found rhythm and cannot get open court situations specially because Cimarrones del Choco fought hard in the boards and had good defensive transition.

Abimael Palacios realized that his team were losing the boards, then tried with his taller line up using Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) and Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR) at the same time but did not result well enough, so maybe the solution is not to go bigger, the team still need to be more productive in the offensive side and can do it opening the court using his small ball five but it will require from his players a harder effort in the boxing out.

Cimarrones del Choco still can improve also, is clear that Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) is their first offensive option but Zamora wasted to much energy trying to create the shots for himself from the dribbling instead of run through the screens to get open shots or create opportunities for his teammates.
Fast Break comes to its home with big pressure on them, that's about the short series , the winner in 3 games, so without margin of error needs to get back to his pace but just can do it with the right effort in the boards and better ball move.



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  CROATIA  


David Usic (ex-Hermes Analitica) moves to France - by Zeljko Zule

David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) will continue his career in France. He signed a one-year contract with NM2 League side CS Gravenchon Basket.
Usic started last season with Gorica and in January moved to fellow Croatian A1 League side Hermes Analitica, for whom he averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in 13, helped the club avoid relegation.
Usic grew up with Gorica before and has already played for Samobor in Croatian A2 League before moving to America to play college basketball at Florida Tech (NCAA2) from 2012 to 2014. Then he returned home to Zagreb and later played for Gorica and Vrijednosnice Osijek.



Toni Bizaca extends with Sodertalje Kings - by Zeljko Zule

Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) will play for Sodertalje Kings for the sixth consecutive season, after signing a new one-year contract.
Bizaca avearged 16.7 points (ranked third), 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 46 Sweden Basketligan games last season and also produced 19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game in nine FIBA Europe Cup apperances. Bizaca won four Swedish Championship titles with Sodertalje Kings and twice was named MVP.
He has already played for Solin, Split, Varazdin, Trogir and Dubrovnik plus Troglav Livno and Grude in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Khimik-OPZ Yuzny in Ukraine.



Dominic Gilbert on trial at Cibona - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona have revealed that Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) joined the club on a one month trial. The club will then decide whether to offer a contract to the Australian with Croatian citizenship.
Gilbert started last season with Kvarner 2010 and in March moved to Sanac Karlovac, for whom he averaged 20.7 points (ranked third, 11.5 rebounds (ranked second), 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 14 Croatian A2 League Championship stage games.
In Australia, Gilbert played basketball at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, earning a place on the all-conference team in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and a spot on the all-state team as well in 2012-13. Gilbert then moved to the United States and played high school basketball at Copiah Academy in Gallman, Mississippi, where he averaged 17.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per outing, with a 48 percent field goal percentage. He hit 35.1 percent of his shots from behind the three-point line during his lone season in Mississippi.
He has already played for University of British Columbia in Canada.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Lukas Palyza Joins GTK Gilwice - by Surujh Roopnarine

Czech Republic National Team member Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) will play in Poland with GTK Gliwice for the 2017-18 season. The 27-year old Palyza split his time last season in the Czech NBL between Prostejov and Decin, where he helped lead the latter team to the Finals. In his last 32 games with Decin, Palyza, a 6-8 forward, averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while connecting on 42.3% of his two-point shots and a respectable 34.9% from three-point range.
This will be the second foreign employment for Palyza, as he spent the 2014-15 season in Germnay playing for Bayreuth in the BBL. Aside from that season Palyza has spent the extent of his career plying in the domestic NBL,, with his hometown team Ostrava and Nymburk (where he was a three-time champion) in addition to his stints in Prostejov and Decin.




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  DENMARK  


Kevin Larsen (ex MBC) signs at Horsens IC - by Igor Obradovic

Horsens IC (Ligaen) landed 24-year old former Danish international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-118kg-93, college: G.Washington). He played most recently at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in German ProA. In 19 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Larsen helped them to win the 2.Bundesliga Pro A title (twice) (also twice). He also played that season for Lille Metropole (also in ProA) where in 13 games he had 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg.
Larsen received All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Larsen was also a member of Danish international program for some years. He played for Danish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Larsen represented Denmark at the European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) six years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 59.5%.
Larsen has played previously for two other Denmark teams: Stevnsgade and Vaerlose.
He attended George Washington University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Horsens IC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vedran Borovcanin
Christian Benzon
Aladdin Barakeh
Denzel Ingram

Forwards:
Reggie Agbeko
Kevin Larsen
Cedric Kuakumensah

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zygimantas Riauka (ex Caceres) joins Naestved - by Igor Obradovic

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) agreed terms with 24-year old Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Riauka (206-107kg-93, college: Wisc.-Parkside). He played last season at Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 4.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Riauka played at Olivar (LEB Silver) in Spanish league where in 26 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the GLVC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015).
Riauka represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 4.2ppg, 6.0rpg.
Riauka graduated from University of Wisconsin Parkside in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Team FOG Naestved roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Conner Washington

Forwards:
Kazembe Abif
Zygimantas Riauka

Center:
Christopher Gabriel

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Miller, Leones SD18.4 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.17.7 
 10. Freeman, Caner.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 2. Araujo, Leones SD9.1 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.8 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.2 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Evangelista, Caner.6.5 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.6 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.7 
 7. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.5 
 10. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD1.9 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 10. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Miguel EVANGELISTA
  Caner.
  (--91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Guerrero, Leones SD1.0 
 7. Nunez, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.8 


LNB Round 5 (Second Stage): Caneros LR defeats leader Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Leones SD (5-3) in La Romana on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Caneros LR (3-4) 111-105. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Leones SD trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-111 at the end of the game. Caneros LR made 32-of-36 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while Leones SD only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Strangely Leones SD outrebounded Caneros LR 47-35 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Caneros LR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Leones SD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Caneros LR's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Leones SD. Caneros LR moved-up to second place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Defending champion Leones SD still keeps top position with three games lost.
An interesting game for Leones SD (5-3) which hosted in Santo Domingo second-ranked Titanes Licey (3-4). First ranked Leones SD managed to get a 4-point victory 89-85. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and Omar Reed chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-3 record. Titanes Licey at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR.
An interesting game for Titanes Licey (3-4) which played road game in La Romana against 3rd placed Caneros LR (3-4). Second ranked Titanes Licey managed to get a 7-point victory 97-90. Edward Santana nailed 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Trey Gilder came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Caneros LR in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Titanes Licey maintains second place with 3-4 record having just one point less than leader Leones SD, which they share with defeated Caneros LR.

Leones SD - Titanes Licey 89-85

An interesting game for Leones SD (5-3) which hosted in Santo Domingo second-ranked Titanes Licey (3-4). First ranked Leones SD managed to get a 4-point victory 89-85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Titanes Licey won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leones SD made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Titanes Licey was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Omar Reed (200-87, college: Bluefield) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Leones SD and five Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-3 record. Titanes Licey at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: B.Colon 20+4reb+1ast, B.Williams 17+11reb+5ast, E.Santana 16+9reb+7ast, R.Hamilton 11+1reb+2ast, R.Bell 10+3reb+3ast, J.Fortuna 7+3reb+1ast
Leones SD: P.Miller 30+4reb+7ast, M.Rhett 17+4reb+2ast, O.Reed 15+4reb+6ast, E.Fortuna 10+2reb+1ast, S.Rojas 6+2reb+1ast, J.Araujo 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 550382


Caneros LR - Leones SD 111-105

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Leones SD (5-3) in La Romana on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Caneros LR (3-4) 111-105. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Leones SD trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-111 at the end of the game. Caneros LR made 32-of-36 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while Leones SD only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Strangely Leones SD outrebounded Caneros LR 47-35 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Caneros LR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Leones SD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Caneros LR's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American swingman Sadiel Rojas (197-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Leones SD. Five Caneros LR and four Leones SD players scored in double figures. Caneros LR moved-up to second place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Defending champion Leones SD still keeps top position with three games lost.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: E.Fortuna 22+2reb+4ast, P.Miller 21+8reb+6ast, M.Rhett 18+6reb+1ast, S.Rojas 16+12reb, J.Corporan 11+2reb+1ast, J.Araujo 8+6reb+2ast
Caneros LR: S.Rodgers 19+5reb+5ast, T.Gilder 19+5reb+1ast, L.Payne 17+6reb+2ast, A.Williams 13+1reb+2ast, E.Soliman 10+4reb+4ast, M.Evangelista 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 550381


Caneros LR - Titanes Licey 90-97

An interesting game for Titanes Licey (3-4) which played road game in La Romana against 3rd placed Caneros LR (3-4). Second ranked Titanes Licey managed to get a 7-point victory 97-90. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Titanes Licey looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) nailed 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Miguel Evangelista (-91) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Caneros LR in the defeat. Five Titanes Licey and four Caneros LR players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Titanes Licey maintains second place with 3-4 record having just one point less than leader Leones SD, which they share with defeated Caneros LR.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 23+6reb+3ast, M.Evangelista 12+12reb+2ast, R.Scott 11+3reb+3ast, L.Payne 11+1reb, E.Soliman 10+2reb+4ast, J.Pablo Montas 9+10reb+1ast
Titanes Licey: R.Bell 22+6reb+1ast, E.Santana 21+7reb+5ast, K.Perez 20+1reb+1ast, B.Williams 15+8reb+6ast, B.Colon 10+10reb+3ast, D.Moquete 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 550379





Bears Victorious Over Dominican Republic National Team, 89-75 - by Eurobasket News

The Mercer men's basketball team downed the Dominican Republic National Team, 89-75, on Wednesday in their first competition of their two-week trip overseas. The Dominican Republic National team went in to the locker room with a six-point lead at the half but it was the Orange and Black who stormed back, outscoring the host by 20 points, 54-34, in the second half to capture the win. Fourteen different Bears saw action, with five players scoring in the double-digits. Guards Ria'N Holland (6'0''-PG-94) and Ethan Stair (6'5''-G-96) led the squad with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Senior guard Demetre Rivers (6'8''-G-95) dropped 13 points while knocking down three three-pointers. Ryan Johnson, a Greensboro, N.C. native, also hit three three-pointers, tallying 11 total points. Redshirt senior Desmond Ringer (6'9''-F) also scored double-figures with 10 points. "This game was a great experience for our guys," Head Coach Bob Hoffman said. "Playing against a physical and experienced Dominican Republic team was a challenge. We did not play well at all in the first half and we really challenged the guys at half time. I was proud of how the team responded in the second half by attacking the rim, taking great shots and playing together. This group has a ways to go but we got better today." The Bears' next opponent will be San Carlos at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Mercer will play four total games while in the Dominican Republic before shifting its focus to service work in the local community through Mercer On Mission.
Courtesy of: mercerbears.com



Lugano Tigers welcome back Molteni - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers (LNA) tabbed 30-year old former Swiss international forward Westher Molteni (200-87). It is actually his comeback to Lugano as he has played here before. Molteni has a double citizenship as he also holds Dominican Rep. passport. Molteni has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in the LNA. In 31 games he averaged 4.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Molteni helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
He also represented Switzerland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) ten years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 14.1ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 72.4%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Molteni experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Molteni has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Lausanne, Monthey, Massagno, SAV Vacallo and Breganzona) and Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago).

Lugano Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dominique Rambo
Isaiah Williams

Forwards:
Westher Molteni
Florian Steinmann

Coach: Thibaut Petit

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Acosta's 24 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Jose Acosta (185-PG-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Leones and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Leones in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Triple E-Uda (#8, 0-5) with 48-point margin 96-48. Leones is placed at 4th position in Ecuadorian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Leones will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Acosta had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leones' top player in his first season with the team. Acosta has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.0ppg) and averages solid 70.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andres Conchambay (87). He is a in his first season at Leones. In the last game Conchambay recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds. Of course together with Acosta he helped Leones with another comfortable win outscoring Triple E-Uda (#8, 0-5) 96-48. This victory allowed Leones to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Conchambay is a newcomer at Leones and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tavares Sledge (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) of Importadora (#6). Sledge scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sledge's great performance Importadora lost 76-78 to the higher-ranked Piratas (#3, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Importadora needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Sledge has a great season in Ecuador. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.3rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jhon Romero (199-F-85) of Importadora - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ashton Pitts (201-F-88) of Piratas - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Carlos Delgado (202-C-90) of Piratas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Corbin Jackson (203-F-92) of Leones - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92) of Juvenil - 25 points and 2 rebounds
9. Jhon Ante (192-G/F-90) of Leones - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81) of Iccan - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Liga MB Round 6: Halcones keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Liga MB, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Halcones as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Halcones edged 7th ranked Isidro Metapan in Sonzacate 90-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Halcones looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who had a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) chipped in 26 points and 10 rebounds. Halcones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists. Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Santa Tecla. Isidro Metapan at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with El Rapido. Isidro Metapan will play next round against strong Santa Ana trying to get back on the winning streak. Halcones will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked 11 Lobos in Chalchuapa.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Quezaltepeque (3-1) on the court of top-ranked Santa Tecla. Visitors were defeated by Santa Tecla 87-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Robert Martinez contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Santa Tecla's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for Quezaltepeque. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Halcones. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Santa Tecla will play against Brujos Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Quezaltepeque will play against El Rapido and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Giants (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-65 loss to eighth ranked Canarios (3-2) in San Salvador on Wednesday evening. David Lawson scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Simbarahe Gwanyanya with 29 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. Canarios moved-up to sixth place. Loser Giants still closes the standings with five games lost. Canarios will meet at home higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Arcense.

In the last two games of round 6 Arcense was defeated by Brujos Izalco in a road game 91-83. Cojute beat El Rapido at home 91-82.
The best stats of 6th round was 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Christopher Blake of Brujos Izalco.

Brujos Izalco - Arcense 91-83

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Arcense (1-4) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (4-2) 91-83 on Thursday. Brujos Izalco had a 46-34 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 16 blocks. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 27 rebounds and 4 blocks and Mauricio Lahud scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Brujos Izalco moved-up to third place. Arcense lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Brujos Izalco will meet at home league's second-placed Santa Tecla in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arcense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Giants.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 40+14reb+3ast, A.Brown 17+8reb+12ast, R.Mendez 12+10reb+1ast, S.Sill 10+10reb+4ast, A.Alas 8+11reb+2ast, J.Loucel 2+5reb
Arcense: J.Austin 32+27reb, M.Lahud 17+8reb+7ast, M.Wilson 16+10reb+4ast, J.Reid 9+5reb, R.Cardona 7+5reb+1ast, C.Pineda 2
gschID: 553674


Giants - Canarios 65-101

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-65 loss to eighth ranked Canarios (3-2) in San Salvador on Wednesday evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Canarios made 9 blocks. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) chipped in 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Canarios players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) with 29 points and 8 rebounds and American Watson Davontae (-93) scored 8 points and 20 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. Canarios moved-up to sixth place. Loser Giants still closes the standings with five games lost. Canarios will meet at home higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Arcense.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 37+5reb+8ast, E.Ishman 28+15reb+6ast, M.Montavious 14+21reb+3ast, W.Molina 13+4reb+5ast, J.Martinez 4+2reb, F.Salazar 3
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 29+8reb+3ast, D.Urias 10+3reb+1ast, W.Davontae 8+20reb+2ast, C.Sandoval 5+1reb+1ast, C.Orellana 4+1reb, L.Escoto 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 553640


Halcones - Isidro Metapan 90-88

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Halcones as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Halcones edged 7th ranked Isidro Metapan in Sonzacate 90-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Halcones looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who had a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Halcones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists and American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) added 16 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks respectively. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Santa Tecla. Isidro Metapan at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with El Rapido. Isidro Metapan will play next round against strong Santa Ana trying to get back on the winning streak. Halcones will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked 11 Lobos in Chalchuapa.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 28+10reb+15ast, J.Diaz 26+10reb+2ast, M.Flores 19+6reb+3ast, A.Merino 5+4reb+2ast, R.Figueroa 4+2reb, M.Banos 3
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 25+4reb+10ast, E.Gimenez 23+8reb+5ast, S.Magee 16+19reb+4ast, M.Artiga 15+3reb, A.Regalado 8+2reb+1ast, J.Flores 1+1reb
gschID: 553659


Cojute - El Rapido 91-82

There was a small surprise in Cojutepeque where ninth ranked Cojute (3-3) defeated 7th ranked El Rapido (2-3) 91-82 on Tuesday. Cojute shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Jernell Hudges had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) chipped in 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Josue Avila (198-98) with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Cuban power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 23 rebounds. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. Cojute moved-up to seventh place. Loser El Rapido dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Isidro Metapan. Cojute will meet league's second-placed Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. El Rapido will play against Quezaltepeque (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cojute: J.Hudges 35+1reb+11ast, L.Svete 33+6reb+5ast, L.Quintanilla 10+5reb+1ast, R.Kenteh 5+18reb+3ast, B.Garcia 3+13reb+6ast, W.Mercado 3
El Rapido: J.Avila 27+7reb+3ast, O.Oliva 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Cubillas 16+10reb+4ast, A.Alorda 10+23reb+2ast, M.Aguilar 9+4reb+7ast, O.Coreas 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 553651


Santa Tecla - Quezaltepeque 87-77

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Quezaltepeque (3-1) on the court of top-ranked Santa Tecla. Visitors were defeated by Santa Tecla 87-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. It was a key game for the top position in the league. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 50-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) added 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals in the effort for Quezaltepeque. Santa Tecla have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Halcones. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Santa Tecla will play against Brujos Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Quezaltepeque will play against El Rapido and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 24+7reb, R.Martinez 20+6reb+3ast, C.Arias 14+10reb+4ast, O.Torres 13+12reb+2ast, O.Rivera 10+8reb+7ast, A.Arias Serrano 5+4reb+3ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 33+6reb+1ast, A.Cacho 24+8reb+5ast, R.Miller 11+10reb+5ast, J.Maria Rivas 6+1reb+2ast, L.Portal 3+1reb+1ast, R.Miranda 0+1ast
gschID: 553667





Brujos Izalco lands Scott Sill - by Eurobasket News

Brujos Izalco (Liga MB) tabbed 25-year old American forward Scott Sill (206-98kg-92, college: Delaware State) from Cojute. In 25 Liga MB games in El Salvador he averaged impressive 19.7ppg, 13.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Sill played at Hamilton in Canadian CBL in Canadian.
He played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015.
Sill graduated from Delaware State in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arcense lands Jovany Austin, ex Puente Alto - by Eurobasket News

Arcense Biomedical BC (Liga MB) landed 25-year old American forward Jovany Austin (201-113kg-92, college: W.Georgia). He played most recently at Club Deportes Puente Alto in Chilean Libcentro Pro. In 10 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg and 10.2rpg last season.
Among other achievements Austin's college team won GSC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-NJCAA D1 Region IV 1st Team award back in 2014.
Austin has played also professionally in ABA (Windy City G.).
He attended State University of West Georgia until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giedraitis re-signs at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international small forward Rokas Giedraitis (198-81kg-92). He played there last season. In 48 LKL games he had 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Giedraitis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Giedraitis also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Giedraitis played at BC Siauliai. In 15 LKL games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg. He also played 6 games in Baltic League where he got remarkable 15.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Giedraitis won Baltic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year in 2015.
Giedraitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Giedraitis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Giedraitis has played previously for three other teams: Mazeikiai, ABRO Universitetas and A.Sireikos KA Pramustgalvis.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen
Chris Kramer

Forwards:
Rokas Giedraitis
Robert Carter

Center:
Travis Peterson

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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ALBA Berlin signs Stefan Peno - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

ALBA Berlin (BBL) signed 20-year old Serbian guard Stefan Peno (198-97). He is a dual citizen owning also Guyanese passport. Peno has played for the last three seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 14 games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Peno helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team. Peno also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded only 1.1ppg.
Despite young age Peno had great career. Peno played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team back in 2013.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Peno played for Serbian Senior National Team in 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 27.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 76.0%.
Peno has played also professionally in Serbia (OKK Beograd).

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou
Peyton Siva
Stefan Peno

Forwards:
Luke Sikma
Marius Grigonis
Niels Giffey
Spencer Butterfield

Centers:
Bogdan Radosavljevic
Dennis Clifford
Kresimir Nikic

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Unicaja tabs James Augustine, ex CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) inked 33-year old American forward James Augustine (208-108kg-84, college: Illinois). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Augustine helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 31 games in VTB United League where he had 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. Augustine contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
In 2006 he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Augustine attended University of Illinois and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Augustine has played also professionally in Spain (Valencia Basket, UCAM Murcia and Gran Canaria), Russia (Khimki) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Forward with good agility, solid athlete ... Runs the floor well, fluid bigman ... Nothing spectacular but plays hard and has developed his offensive game inside ... Works hard inside for rebounds despite small build ... A hustler, plays hard on both ends, good energy level ...
Lacks much of an offensive game, scoring on a lot of put backs and baskets close in ... Offensive skills are somewhat mechanical, predictable ..
.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum
Morayo Soluade

Forwards:
James Augustine
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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FC Barcelona close to sign Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is about to agree terms with 28-year old French international center Kevin Seraphin (208-125kg-89) who played last time at Indiana Pacers in NBA. In 53 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Seraphin played at the Knicks in NBA where in 48 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (17th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Seraphin's team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
Seraphin has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Seraphin also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 54.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Seraphin has played also professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards), Spain (Baskonia) and France (Cholet Basket).
On Seraphin: Explosive post player with ideal strength and toughness to play inside … Very aggressive around the rim, known for making ferocious dunks … Big, soft hands allow him to grab boards with ease … Strong rebounder with a willingness to bang inside.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Pierre Oriola
Aleksander Vezenkov

Center:
Ante Tomic

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Sani CAMPARA
  BIH
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 22
 1. Campara, BIH22.0 
 2. Sanon, UKR20.8 
 3. Atar, TUR19.8 
 4. Moraitis, GRE19.0 
 5. Kralj, SLO17.3 
 6. Saybir, TUR17.0 
 7. Gustavson, FIN16.3 
 8. Simonovic, MNT16.3 
 9. Kalaitzakis, GRE16.0 
 10. Velicka, LTU15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael JANTUNEN
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Jantunen, FIN12.5 
 2. Zeliznak, SVK8.5 
 3. Pecarski, SRB8.3 
 4. Atar, TUR8.3 
 5. Ehigitor, ESP8.3 
 6. Martinez, ESP7.3 
 7. Jankovic, BIH7.3 
 8. Simonovic, MNT7.0 
 9. Susa, SLO6.8 
 10. Kalaitzakis, GRE6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mert AKAY
  (194-G-0)
  Avg: 6
 1. Akay, TUR6.0 
 2. Velicka, LTU5.5 
 3. Klavzar, SLO5.0 
 4. Titic, MNT4.8 
 5. Uskokovic, SRB4.5 
 6. Atelbauers, LAT4.3 
 7. Campara, BIH4.3 
 8. Molins, ESP4.0 
 9. Pajola, ITA4.0 
 10. Vulikic, SRB3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanon, UKR3.3 
 2. Trapani, ITA3.3 
 3. Blanc, FRA3.0 
 4. Grytsak, UKR2.8 
 5. Moraitis, GRE2.8 
 6. Heinonen, FIN2.5 
 7. Zampini, ITA2.3 
 8. Uskokovic, SRB2.3 
 9. Kamperidis, GRE2.3 
 10. Hazer, TUR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  (205-PF-99)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Caruso, ITA2.3 
 2. Kadasi, SVK2.3 
 3. Pavelka, SVK2.0 
 4. Vigori, ITA1.8 
 5. Sanon, UKR1.5 
 6. Gargalis, GRE1.5 
 7. Jantunen, FIN1.3 
 8. Voinalovych, UKR1.3 
 9. Simonovic, MNT1.3 
 10. Bizub, SVK1.0 



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  FINLAND  


Dijon inks Rion Brown, ex Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) agreed terms with 26-year old American shooting guard Rion Brown (198-98kg-91, college: Miami, FL). He played last season at Kataja Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. Brown managed to play in three leagues last year. In 40 Korisliiga games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.3ppg and averaged 6.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention. Brown also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 20.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally he contributed to 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded high stats: 17.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Basic Fit Brussels (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 37 games he got 7.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Brown has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He was voted HS Class 3-A South Player of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association back in 2010 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

JDA Dijon Bourgogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Axel Julien
Rion Brown
Rasheed Sulaimon
Noah Burrell
J.J. Frazier
Martin Imhoff

Forwards:
Abdoulaye Loum
Jacques Alingue
Valentin Bigote
Steve Taylor_Jr.
Florian Ouedraogo
Nicolas Dorez

Center:
Johan Passave-Ducteil

Coach: Laurent Legname

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galil Elion inks Brandon Edwards, ex Salon Vilpas - by Nir Luna

Galil Elion - Kiryat Shmona (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Brandon Edwards (198-102kg-91, college: Texas Arlington). He played last season at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga. In 29 games he had 9.6ppg and 6.9rpg. Edwards helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He also played that season for Cretan Kings in Greek A1 where in 14 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.6rpg.
Edwards has played also professionally in Spain (Leche Rio Breogan and Melilla_Baloncesto).
He attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Mohamed Queta signs at Saint-Chamond - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (ProB) landed 22-year old center Mohamed Queta (208-95). He was about to sign at Lille Metropole Basket in the ProB. The last season Queta played also at Lille Metropole where in 24 ProB games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
He was selected to U18 National Team in 2013.
Queta has played previously for two other teams: Hyeres-Toulon and Entente Orleans 45.

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Hoyaux
Matthieu Guichard
Juwan Staten
Matteo Legat

Forwards:
Sinisa Bilic
Jean-Stephane Rinna
Lucas Hergott
Baba Samake

Centers:
Grismay Paumier
Mohamed Queta

Coach: Alain Thinet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kinu Rochford (ex Suduva-Mantinga) agreed terms with Garonne - by Eurobasket News

Garonne ASPTT Basket (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Kinu Rochford (195-107kg-90, college: Fair Dickinson). He played most recently at Suduva-Mantinga in Lithuanian NKL league. In 22 games he recorded 11.2ppg and 5.4rpg last season. Rochford helped them to win the NKL title (twice) (also twice). He also played that season for BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA where in 7 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Rochford also spent pre-season at Saint Chamond (ProB) that year.
He is a very experienced player. Rochford has played also professionally in Holland (Leeuwarden), Israel (Elitzur Yavne), United Kingdom (Cheshire Phoenix) and France (Le Portel).
He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dijon inks Rion Brown, ex Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) agreed terms with 26-year old American shooting guard Rion Brown (198-98kg-91, college: Miami, FL). He played last season at Kataja Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. Brown managed to play in three leagues last year. In 40 Korisliiga games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.3ppg and averaged 6.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention. Brown also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 20.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally he contributed to 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded high stats: 17.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Basic Fit Brussels (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 37 games he got 7.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Brown has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He was voted HS Class 3-A South Player of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association back in 2010 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

JDA Dijon Bourgogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Axel Julien
Rion Brown
Rasheed Sulaimon
Noah Burrell
J.J. Frazier
Martin Imhoff

Forwards:
Abdoulaye Loum
Jacques Alingue
Valentin Bigote
Steve Taylor_Jr.
Florian Ouedraogo
Nicolas Dorez

Center:
Johan Passave-Ducteil

Coach: Laurent Legname

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anhui lands Bernard James, ex Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Anhui Wenyi (NBL) tabbed 32-year old American power forward Bernard James (208-109kg-85, college: Florida State). He played most recently at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA, but was released by the team in Feb.'17. But in two games he averaged just 1.0ppg last season.
James ended the previous (2015-16) season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL where in four games he had 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Sharks (CBA). In 36 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2012 James was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). He attended Florida State and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements James' college team won ACC Tournament in 2012. He received also ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2012.
James has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Pretty strong player who doesn't back down from physical play…Also is an NBA caliber athlete, who shows good leaping skills and explosiveness and adequate ability to run as well…His standout traits lie in his defensive ability. James biggest weakness is his ability to contribute offensively…Not ever going to be more than a 5th option scorer, and lacks in nearly every area on the offensive end…His post game, outside of his jump hook is non-existant
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Efe Odigie joins Quimper - by Philippe Burstert

Quimper UJAP (ProB) agreed terms with American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Efe Odigie (203) from Union Poitiers Basket 86.
Part of last season Odigie spent at ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league. But in only one game he recorded just point. He also played earlier that season for Al Ansar (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league where in only one game he averaged only point. Odigie's team won Tunisian League Regular Season.
His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Odigie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Tunisia (U.S. Monastir and Stade Nabeulien) and Argentina (Ameghino).

Quimper UJAP roster for 2017-2018:

Mathieu Tensorer
Fabien Herard
Jeffrey Xavier
Kevin Mondesir
Maxime Choplin
Jean-Dieudonniz Biog
Paul-Lou Duwiquet
Demarco Cox
James Ellisor
Thomas Prost
Efe Odigie
Marc-Antoine Hello

Coach: Laurent Foirest

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona close to sign Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is about to agree terms with 28-year old French international center Kevin Seraphin (208-125kg-89) who played last time at Indiana Pacers in NBA. In 53 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Seraphin played at the Knicks in NBA where in 48 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (17th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Seraphin's team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
Seraphin has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Seraphin also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 54.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Seraphin has played also professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards), Spain (Baskonia) and France (Cholet Basket).
On Seraphin: Explosive post player with ideal strength and toughness to play inside … Very aggressive around the rim, known for making ferocious dunks … Big, soft hands allow him to grab boards with ease … Strong rebounder with a willingness to bang inside.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Pierre Oriola
Aleksander Vezenkov

Center:
Ante Tomic

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre tabs Stacy Davis, ex Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) inked 23-year old American forward Stacy Davis (198-111kg-94, college: Pepperdine). He played most recently at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukrainian Superleague. In 37 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg last season. Davis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he received All-WCC 1st Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Davis graduated from Pepperdine University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

STB Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Samir Mekdad
Seidou Njoya
Rudy Jomby
Omar Krayem

Forwards:
Sade Aded_Hussein
Jimmy Hall
Stacy Davis
Gauthier Denis

Center:
Fabien Paschal

Coach: Jean Manuel Sousa

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Rayvonte Rice (ex Aix-Maurienne) joins Ravenna - by Eurobasket News

Orasi Ravenna (Serie A2) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-107kg-92, college: Illinois, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Aix-Maurienne in French ProB. In 21 games he had 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Rice played at Tezenis Verona (Serie A) where in 29 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice was voted All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Rice graduated from University of Illinois in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Orasi Ravenna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rayvonte Rice
Donato Vitale

Forwards:
Stefano Masciadri
Alessandro Esposito

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


FYR Macedonian National Team 2017 - by Greg

1 Kiril NIKOLOVSKI
5 Marjan Janevski
*6 Adem MEKIKJ
7 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
*8 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
9 Igor PENOV
*10 Dime TASOVSKI
11 Stojan GJUROSKI
12 Vladimir BRCKOV
*14 Gjorgij CHEKOVSKI
*25 Jordan THEODORE
31 Ljubomir MLADENOVSKI

Jordanco Davitkov
Aleksandar Jonchevski
Ljupcho Malinkov



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  GEORGIA  


Giga Janelidze is a newcomer at Alma Trieste - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old former Georgian international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances) from Termoforgia Aurora Jesi. In 30 Serie A2 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
Janelidze received Italian U17 Championships 1st Team All-Star award back in 2011. He was a member of Georgian Senior National Team two years ago.
Janelidze has played previously for four other teams: Rimini, Urania Milano, Roseto and Piacenza.

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Loschi
Juan Fernandez
Andrea Coronica
Javonte Green

Forwards:
Laurence Bowers
Giga Janelidze

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Hayden Lescault Returns To Germany Joining The ScanPlus Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a stellar rookie season in Germany with BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProB), Hayden Lescault (196-G-92, college: Point Loma) will return for his third professional season to Germany and suit up for the ScanPlus Baskets as Eurobasket has learned. He is a 25 year old 197cm forward from Folsam, California. As a rookie with BG Karlsruhe, he played 25 games averaging 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 71.8%. With BG Karlsruhe he scored in double figures in 17 games and scored 20 points or more seven times. He lit up German Pro B teams like Frankfurt with 27 points, lich and Weissenhorn with 25 points apiece and 22 points apiece against Saarlouis and Dresden. Last season he moved to the Glasgow Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 35 games averaging 12.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 75.3%. He scored in double figures 22 times including a 27 point game against London, and 21 points against Surrey S. He played at Point Loma (NCAA2) and as a junior played 30 games averaging 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 72.5%. In his senior year at Point Loma (NCAA2) he played 21 games averaging 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 78.7% Awards and achievements in his Basketball Career have been NAIA D1 Sweet 16 -12, All-PacWest Newcomer of the Year -14, All-PacWest 2nd Team -14, NCCAA D1 Champion -14, NCCAA D1 All-Tournament Team -14, All-PacWest 1st Team -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -16, and British BBL Cup Finalist -17



Science City Jena Keep Oliver Mackeldanz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Usually Clubs try to finish off their contract Extension early in the off Season, but once in a while a Team will go against the norm and wait almost the whole summer and briefly before the start of Training camp Keep a Player as Science City Jena announced today Holding big man Oliver Mackeldanz (213-C-90). Oliver Mackeldanz is a 26 year old 213cm Center that will go into his second Season for Jena. Last Season the German averaged 7,2 minutes per game averaging 3,4ppg and 1,4rpg. "Oliver gives us the opportunity to be very flexible to react especially when teh defense is aggressive so he can create room in the middle. That was a reason why we won in Berlin. He shots at a high rate at 72%, stressed Science City Jena head Coach Bjoern Harmsen. The ex Vechta Player is pleased to return to Jena. "I hope we can lock more fans into the Arena with our attractive game. I know many guys from last Season and with Derrick Allen an ex teammate that I liked playing with in Vechta", stressed „Oliver Mackeldanz.

Source:Science City Jena



Djordje Drenovac (ex MZT Skopje) signs at Mitteldeutscher BC - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) landed 25-year old Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92). He has played for the last two years at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Drenovac managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 17 Prva Liga games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. And finally Drenovac contributed to 21 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg. He won Macedonian League championship title for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). Drenovac received Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year award in 2017.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 81.5%.
Drenovac is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions), Bosnia (Igokea), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Spain (Blancos de Rueda) and Serbia (Mega Vizura).
Let's have closer look into Drenovac's outlook: Considered one of the best players in Europe of his generation, he is a tall guard player who can spend time at the both forward positiions too. Plays much more mature than his age and he is always under control. Has great technical skills and a superior court vision. Always thinks much faster than the players of the same age, most of the observers compare him to the young Dejan Bodiroga, not only because he isn' t so quick...

Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hatten
Malte Schwarz
Djordje Drenovac
Lamont Jones
Eimantas Stankevicius
Pancake Thomas

Forwards:
Djordje Pantelic
Sergio Kerusch
Till Gloger
Kruize Pinkins
Jonas Niedermanner

Centers:
Benedikt Turudic
Alexander Herrmann

Coach: Igor Jovovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @alexraskovic)

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James Milliken (Rostock Seawolves) I Always Had A Chip On My Shoulder Playing against Kris Dunn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

James Milliken (188-G-93, college: Creighton, agency: SDJ Sports) is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Siler, North Carolina that will be playing his rookie season in Germany with the Rostock Seawolves. He started his basketball career with Cowley County CC (JUCO). He then made the jump to the NCAA to Creighton and played 65 games from 2014-2016. In his junior year he played 30 games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.6%. In his senior year he played 35 game averaging 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 70.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball earlier this summer.

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

I am in Raleigh North Carolina at the moment and it's been going pretty good!


Congrats on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. How relived are you finally be a professional basketball player. Were the last 16 months from your last NCAA game against BYU were you scored 10 points an eternity?

Yes it felt like the longest I've been away from basketball in my life so I was definitely relieved


How difficult were the last 16 months? Last summer you were let down by an agent and had to sit out the season. Were there ever moments were you wanted to quit? What kept you positive?

No I never thought about quitting I knew it was going be a process to go out finding agents on my own so it was a learning experience and I think that having that year off it made me better and more aggressive

How did you go about looking for a team this summer. Did you have more than one offer or did you jump at the first offer from SSV Lok Bernau?

I had other calls but after they called I knew that's where I wanted to be!


What was the deciding factor that convinced you that signing with the Rostock Seawolves was the correct thing to do?

Just after talking with the GM, the coach and my agent we all felt it was a good fit for me!


What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball. Ex Creighton players like Anthony Tolliver, Rodney Buford and Dane Watts played in Germany. Did you get some advice from ex teammates Geoffrey Groselle or Ricky Kreklow who played in Germany last season?

I actually didn't get much info on Germany basketball but one of my good friends was stationed in Germany and he told me great things about it.


Despite not knowing for 16 months if you would ever be a professional player, with what kind of attitude will you go into your rookie season. With all the hardship that you experienced, do you feel like you will have self confidence going in?

Yes I feel that going into my rookie season I will have the upmost confidence and will be ready to lead this team!


The Rostock Seawolves were impressed of your defensive game in that you were able to handle the other teams best player. How high on your list of strengths is your defense?

It's at the top because my dad harped on defense all my life so I knew I wanted to be the guy to shut down or slow down the other teams best player and I took pride in it.


You had solid scoring stats in your last two seasons at Creighton. What do you feel is your biggest offensive strength that you have that will help Rostock most this season?

My best offensive attribute I would say is my ability to shoot the ball and find spots on the court I'm comfortable with.


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

I feel my hidden strength is my passing ability I see the floor very well and hopefully I can show that off a little more.


You started your basketball career at Cowley County CC (JUCO) before making the jump to Creighton (NCAA).How humbling an experience was starting at the bottom and then reaching the NCAA?

It was very humbling I wouldn't take those Juco years back at all! I loved the way Cowley matured me and got me mentally and physically prepared for division 1


You played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2014-2016. In your junior season you were suspended for a while in December after the St Marys loss, but came back for the Providence game where you nailed home 22 points. What did you learn from this experience that you felt made you stronger as a whole?

I just knew how much I needed this team and how much they needed me and it made me realize how much harder I needed to work to get my teammates trust back.


How did head coach Greg Mcdermott groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? He may have been tough at times, but in the end was probably the best?

Coach Mac is a father figure! He is much more than a basketball coach but a life coach! He groomed me to be a great person off the court and on the court and I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he gave me at Creighton, and yes he pushed on me hard but we had many sit downs and he told me the kind of player I could be if I listened to and trusted the process.


You had some very good games including hitting Seton Hall for 21 and 20 points in loses. Do you still remember the 67-66 loss to Seton Hall?

Yes I play that Seton Hall game back from when I missed the game winner at home and missed the game winner at their place! It was a memory that I like to keep in my head for motivation!


I saw Maurice Watson Play at Boston University back in 2014 and really liked his play. He then transferred to Creighton and you were able to play with him for a season. Last season he got a serious injury that curtailed his career as he probably would have been an NBA draft pick. What do you remember most about him and how did you both benefit from each other?

Man playing with Mo was an honor he pushed me everyday and became my roommate and best friend! He is incredible and a strong leader who had a minor setback but is going to have a major comeback!


Who won a one on one in practice you or Maurice Watson?

We actually never played one on one but we battled before in pick up and I'd like to say with us both being competitive he would respond this way as well but I think I would beat him one on one!

You hit Providence and Kris Dunn with 26 points while he had 17 points, but you lost a nail bitter 70-66. When you see a guy like a Kris Dunn and remember how you preformed, do you feel like there is a big difference between your games?

I used to hear this all the time about Kris Dunn! But the thing about him was that I always had a chip on my shoulder going into playing him because he was the best player in the big east so I wanted to prove that he wasn't the only good player on the floor when we saw each other. But Kris is unbelievable he is a great leader and a great defender so yes I agree with his position in the NBA!

You battled against many top guards in the NCAA like future NBA players Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield, but was there a player even better that you battled against in the NCAA?

Kris Dunn had to be the best I would say!


How does a normal summer work out day look like for you in the summer of 2017?

I wake up eat breakfast hit the gym get some cardio in then go get some shots up about 300 then hit the weight room and come back to get 300 in then start my drills!


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

Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Allen Iverson

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and has three to Michael Jordan. There are so many experts that keep proclaiming that Lebron is the best of all-time. Where do you rate him in the neverending debate about who the best of all-time is?

I would say he is the third best behind Kobe and Jordan


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?

Russ is an amazing player and I think he should keep doing what he is doing to help his team win!


What do you feel will the Houston Rockets be able to achieve with an allstar backcourt with James Harden and Chris Paul?

I think they will be a top team because cp is such a great leader!


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

I want my brother Justin Patton to get the rookie of the year and prove how good the kid really is.


What was the last movie that you saw?

All Eyez on me

Thanks James for the chat.



ALBA Berlin signs Stefan Peno - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

ALBA Berlin (BBL) signed 20-year old Serbian guard Stefan Peno (198-97). He is a dual citizen owning also Guyanese passport. Peno has played for the last three seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 14 games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Peno helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team. Peno also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded only 1.1ppg.
Despite young age Peno had great career. Peno played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team back in 2013.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Peno played for Serbian Senior National Team in 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 27.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 76.0%.
Peno has played also professionally in Serbia (OKK Beograd).

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou
Peyton Siva
Stefan Peno

Forwards:
Luke Sikma
Marius Grigonis
Niels Giffey
Spencer Butterfield

Centers:
Bogdan Radosavljevic
Dennis Clifford
Kresimir Nikic

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Retin Obasohan (ex Scandone AV) agreed terms with Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (BBL) inked 24-year old Belgian international guard Retin Obasohan (185-95kg-93, college: Alabama). He played most recently at Scandone Avellino in Italian Serie A. In 27 games he recorded 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg last season. Obasohan helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Obasohan also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Obasohan received All-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Obasohan has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Obasohan also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.9%.
Obasohan has played also professionally in Belgium (Kangoeroes).
He attended University of Alabama until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darrel Mitchell
Daniel Schmidt
Retin Obasohan
David Taylor
Dino Dizdarevic
Andreas Obst
Kristian Kullamae

Forwards:
Dane Watts
Johannes Richter
Jan_Niklas Wimberg

Center:
Robert Oehle

Coach: Ivan Pavic

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Ex Siena Standout Lavon Long To Start Professional Basketball Career in Germany - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to eurobasket sources Lavon Long (201-G/F, college: Siena) will start his professional career in Germany with Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings. Long is a 201cm swing man born in Baltimore, Maryland that played in the competitive MAAC conference with Siena (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 120 games and battled against another player from his conference that also is headed to his new home in Germany. He started his basketball career at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland and then headed to New York to Siena outside Albany. In his four year career he belonged to the top scorers each season and played all 4 seasons with Americans Marquis Wright who will also embark on a professional career in Hungary and Brett Bisping who will be a rookie in Sweden. Long played four years for head coach Jimmy Patsos.

In Long's freshman season he played 30 games averaging 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.3%. In his second year at Siena (NCAA) he played 27 games averaging 10.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 71.1%. In his junior season at Siena (NCAA) he played 32 games averaging 10.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 74.0%. In his senior season at Siena (NCAA) he led the club to the MAAC final and played 31 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 75.8%. His best games in his school career included a 29 point explosion against Rider, a 26 point effort against Quinnipiac and a 19 point game against Manhatten. However he also had to fine back to back personal peformances to kick off the start of the 2015 -2016 season as he scored 15 points against NCAA power house Duke and 14 points against Wisconsin that had future NBA players on the teams. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been MAAC All-Rookie Team -14, CBI Championship Winner -14, MAAC Tournament Semifinals -16, and MAAC Tournament Finalist -17.



Ashley is back at the Mavericks, ex ALBA - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) signed 23-year old forward Brandon Ashley (202-104kg-94, college: Arizona). It is actually his comeback to the Mavericks as he has played here before. Ashley played most recently at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at another team Texas Legends where in 33 games he had 14.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
Ashley has never been drafted by the NBA.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2015.
Ashley has played also professionally in .
He attended University of Arizona until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Ashley could be described: Boasts a good frame with excellent footwork.

Dallas Mavericks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwight Buycks
Yogi Ferrell
Gian Clavell

Forwards:
Maximilian Kleber
Brandon Ashley
Johnathan Motley
PJ Dozier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CJ Oldham (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) My Aim Is To Be An Extension Of The Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

C.J. Oldham (203-G-91, college: Gannon) is a 26 year old 203cm forward that was born in Berlin, but grew up in the States and also in Germany. He started his basketball career at Akron in 2010, but played only 17 NCAA games in two seasons. He then transferred to Gannon (NCAA) in 2012 playing a total of 57 games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 5.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 52.1%, FT: 73.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2015 with BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) playing 7 games averaging 14.6ppg. Lasts eason he played for the Kongsberg Miners (Norway-BLNO) playing 31 games averaging 9.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 57.5%, FT: 75.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

I appreciate the opportunity to get a chance to talk with you. At the moment I am in Erie, Pa where I finished my college career. Summer has been great so far. I got a chance to spend time with my girlfriend, family, and friends after being away during my season.


Congrats on signing with the German pro B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. You are coming from the first division in Norway from Konigsberg. After being a rookie with BSG Bremerhaven, how important was it for you to come back to Germany and play for a team?

Germany has always been like a second home to me. It's a place where I grew up and learned a lot. To have the opportunity to come back to Germany to play is really exciting, especially Leverkusen where I spent many years.


Your dad Calvin has been affiliated with many teams in Germany like Bayreuth, Ulm, Alba Berlin or Bremerhaven. After being in the Bremerhaven organization you now are with Leverkusen where your dad once coached as well. What was the deciding factor that made you sign with this traditional team?

Leverkusen is a great club to play for and having a previous relationship with both the head and assistant coach made it an even better choice. I have known Achim Kuczmann and Hansi Gnad since I was young and I know having them as my coaches will help me improve as a basketball player.


You have spent time growing up in Germany, but also have lived in the States in Ohio and Pennsylvania. How important do you feel it was for you to get that double culture experience instead of just growing up in the States or Germany?

Growing up the way I did allowed me to experience more in a lifetime than I could imagine. Being able to experience so many different places and cultures has been helpful in many aspects of my life and has allowed me to create great friendships all across the globe.


What were your overall experiences in Germany as a kid. Where were all the places that you lived and how did the German basketball shape your overall basketball career?

We lived in Berlin, Ulm, Bayreuth, and Leverkusen and have traveled to many other cities in Germany during our time there. German basketball was the first basketball I knew. Most of my basketball understanding comes from me watching my father play and coach during his years in Germany.


How important has your dad Calvin been for you in your basketball career? How much did he influence you and make you the player that you are today?

I owe everything to my father. He has taught me so much about the game of basketball. Being able to learn from both a great player and a great coach has helped me tremendously. He has been a part of my entire career and will always continue to be. I also have to give a lot of credit to my mother for how she raised my brother and I. Both of my parents have not only developed my basketball career into what it is today, but also raised me to be the person I am today.

You will be starting your third professional season with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. After a solid second season in Norway, in what direction do you see your game going this season? Besides winning games, what are your personal goals?

Winning games is always the ultimate goal and I hope to bring that to Leverkusen. I just want to be the best player I can be to help win games, whether it be offensively, defensively, or in the locker room.


Usually import players in the Pro B become go to guys and main figures on the team. Your American, but with the new ruling a local player so won't be seen as an import player. Leverkusen has had some serious scorers the last years with guys like Adonte Parker and Kerry Carter. Do you see yourself being an impact player in the Pro B?

Yes, I believe I can have an impact on the game in multiple ways and hope to do so next year.


Last season you didn't score in double figures in Norway, but averaged almost 10 rebounds a game. How would you describe your game and to what NBA player would you compare your game and what is your biggest strength besides being athletic and a good free throw shooter?

My size and abilities have always allowed me to play multiple positions. I have guarded many different positions as well. I think it is this versatility and my basketball understanding that are my biggest strengths. If I had to choose an NBA player I would say Shaun Livingston.


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

I would say it is my basketball IQ. I aim to be an extension of the coach when I am on the court. As a coach's son I feel I am a smart player and can help my team in ways that doesn't always show in the stats sheet.

Last season Konigsberg swept away the regular season, but lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs to Centrum. How disappointing was the end of the season and did you just run out of gas as a team or what was key for the season ending before the title?

Last season was a great season with the Kongsberg Miners. Although, we completed our regular season goal we did fall short in the playoffs. It is always disappointing when the season ends without a title, but I would still have to say we had a successful year. I just have to give credit to Centrum. It was a great playoffs match up and sadly we were not able to advance to the finals.

After coming from the second German Regionalliga and playing in the BLO league Norway, to what league in Germany would you compare the style and level to?

It is hard to compare, but I would say the BLNO is somewhere between the Pro B and the Regionalliga.


What kind of an experience was it having Brit Rolls -Tyson Solomon last season in your development in Norway. Did you guys have some serious battles in practice?

Sol was a great addition to our team when he came midway through the season. He came in at a similar position as I and helped our team. Sol and I really competed and pushed each other in practices. In games we were able to do the same playing together and complimented each other well.


As a rookie you for BSG Bremerhaven in the German second Regionalliga. When looking back was this the right challenge for you coming from the NCAA?

Yes it allowed me to be around my father while he was in Bremerhaven. It taught me how to be a professional and helped me grow as a basketball player.


I always loved watching German Jan Lipke as a player. He never gave up and was a pesky player on the court. How did you experience him in your rookie season? How did he help you best in your rookie season?

Jan Lipke was a great coach and I loved playing for him. He is intense as a coach, just as he was as a player. You can't help but play hard for a coach like that. He really pushed me to become as good a player as I could possibly be. He gave me the freedom to play different positions and try different things on the court.


You played only 17 NCAA games for Akron from 2010-2012. Despite not getting minutes, what do you feel was the most worthwhile thing you got from this time?

I got the experience of going to the NCAA tournament, playing for a great coach (Keith Dambrot), and competing against great talent. I learned so much from being in that program and it helped me grow as a Player.


You came to Akron the same time American Quincy Diggs did. He has been developing great as a player and his athleticism is unreal. What do you remember being the most amazing thing he produced in a practice or game that made you go wow?

Quincy Diggs was great player from the beginning and each year he finds a way to get better. It is hard to pick out one moment out of so many where he made a great play. Most people only get to see him in games, but practicing against him every day you could tell he was going to be Special.


How important was it moving to Gannon (NCAA). You played more of a role there despite not being a scorer. How do you feel did your game develop here and did your defensive game get that extra push that has made you the player you are now?

Gannon was an important move for me and allowed me to get a chance to play. Coach Reilly is known for being a defensive coach and allowed me to play a key role in that system. He preached the importance of defensive and playing hard, which I take pride in today.


How did head coach John Reilly groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Gannon (NCAA)?

At Gannon, he allowed me to not only play, but start at positions 1 through 4. We always had high expectations of winning at Gannon and in a conference like the PSAC every game was tough. That forced me to always be prepared for anything that may happen in a game.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Raphell Edwards-Roberts at Gannon?

Raphell was a great teammate while I was a Gannon. I have actually played a lot one on one with Raphell this summer as well. He is a tough and talented player, but I would say I win most of the matchups.

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

I had the opportunity to play against LeBron a few times during the offseason while I was at Akron. He is a pretty tough Player.


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

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Bill Russel, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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?

LeBron and Michael are two of the greatest to ever play and to pick one over the other will always be impossible.


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?

Russell Westbrook is a player that plays at a high intensity and does things very few people in the history of basketball could ever do. I think he is a player that will do anything to win and is definitely deserving of the MVP.

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

I think Dennis Smith Jr. will be an exciting player when he gets his chance with Dallas.


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?

Having a smart player like Chris Paul come to Houston will help. But with teams like the Spurs and the Warriors it will be tough to get to the Finals.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Wonder Woman. It was a actually a really good movie.


Thanks CJ for the chat.



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Bring In The 14/14 Man Brandon Peterson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Tagblatte.de, EasyCredit BBL team Walter TIgers Tuebingen have strengthed their front court with Brandon Peterson (204-C/F-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) Peterson is a 26 year old 204cm forward from Birmingham, Alabama that brings international experience to Tuebingen having played in Countries like Sweden, Greece, Belgium, France, Turkey and Poland. The American will be going into his fifth professional season and last season split time with two teams with TBV Start Lublin (Poland-TBL): 16 games: 13.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 61.9%, 3FGP: 66.7%, FT: 61.2%, in Jan.'17 moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 17 games: 9.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 62.0%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 62.5%. Last season in Poland he scored in double figures in 11 games and registered six double doubles. He had a 25 point game against MKS DG and 20 point games against Sopot and Polpharma. In France he scored in double figures in seven games and had three double doubles. He saved his best almost for last as in his second to last game of the season he hit Orleans for 29 points and seven boards and was perfect from the field going 14/14.

Peterson started his basketball career at Arkansas State in 2009 where he played until 2013 playing a total of 129 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 10.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 61.1%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season while in school. In 2013-2014 he started his profesional basketball career with KFUM Jamtland Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 39 games: Score-3 (19.1ppg), Reb-1 (10.8rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.9%, in Apr.'14 moved to AE Nea Kifisia Dimoulas Athens (Greece-A1) playing 3 games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In the 2014-2015 season he joined Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 23 games averaging 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 22.7%, FT: 75.3%, in Mar.'15 moved to ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB) Playing 9 games averaging 13.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 71.0%. Two seasons ago he made another experience in a new country going to Mamak Belediye Ankara D.S.I. (Turkey-TBL) playing 34 games averaging 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 70.2%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Co-Champion -11, Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -12, 13, All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -13, Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -13, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Champion -13, NABC Division I All-District 24 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -14, Polish TBL -17 (Player of the Week Rd.8), and French ProA -17 (Player of the Week Rd.33).

Source:Tagblatt.de



Maurice Pluskota Moves To PS Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Maurice Pluskota (208-C-92) has been one of those talented German players that has been in and out of EasyCredit BBL teams the last years with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, Braunschweig and Giesen, but still hasn't made his full break through and will take a step back and play in the Pro A this upcoming season with PS Karlsruhe. Pluskota is a 25 year old 208cm center that brings four seasons experience from the BBL to the Pro A. After missing the entire 2015-2016 season due to a stress fracture in right lower leg he returned last season with the Giessen 46ers (BBL) playing 33 games averaging 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg. Last season he scored in double figures one time with a 11 point game against BG Goettingen.

the German started his basketball career with BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) and then played two seasons with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing a total of 5 BBL games. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to the Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA) playing 33 games averaging 4.6ppg, 4.5rpg. In the 2013-2014 season he got back to teh BBL joining the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (BBL) playing 23 games avergaing 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg, He also had a licenes to play at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB) playing 19 games averaging 16.6ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he remained with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL); German BBL and DRUFF! Baskets Braunschweig (ProB): 27 games: 3.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 69.8%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3rpg, German NBBL All-Star Game -11, German U20 National Team -12
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -14, German A2 National Team -14-15, German University National Team -15, and World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) -15 (Silver): 4 games: 6.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%.

Source:PS Karlsruhe



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Stefanos Skouloudis signs at Trikalla - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) landed 23-year old center Stefanos Skouloudis (208-94). He played most recently at AEO Proteas Voulas in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Skouloudis played at GS Kymis (A2). But in 16 games he averaged just 0.6ppg.
He has played previously for Psychiko.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raheem Appleby
Lamond Murray_Jr.

Forwards:
Shannon Hale_Jr
Kentan Facey

Center:
Stefanos Skouloudis

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trikalla signs Hale Jr just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) signed 23-year old American forward Shannon Hale Jr (203-100kg-94). He just graduated from Alabama (NCAA). Hale Jr has played there for the last four years. In 21 games he had 4.1ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Hale Jr's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals.
He was voted SEC All-Freshman Team back in 2014 at his college time.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raheem Appleby
Lamond Murray_Jr.

Forwards:
Shannon Hale_Jr
Kentan Facey

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

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Kolossos H Hotels tab Malcolm Griffin, ex Liepaja/Triobet - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) inked 26-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 24 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.2apg and 2.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Latvian League Import Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention. Griffin also played 10 games in Baltic League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.5apg and 2.6spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention. The other team Griffin played that season for was ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. In 24 games he was fifth best scorer with 14.4ppg and had 2.0rpg.
Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Morocco (Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca and FUS Rabat) and MPBA (Champaign Swarm).
Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Malcolm is a rare 6'4" point guard who is able to play as a shooter and a swing. An intelligent player who is a gifted passer and extremely talented in the many ways he can score the ball. Malcolm has nice size to be able to defend multiple positions and a great desire to get better at all facets of his game. A coachable player that when given the opportunity can play at any level of basketball.

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Steven Gray
Malcolm Griffin
TJ Bray
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Balkan adds Haughton to their roster, ex Trikalla - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward David Haughton (198-95kg-91, college: Purchase). Last season he played at Trikalla in the Greek A1 league. In 24 games there he had 5.9ppg and 4.8rpg.

The previous 2 years (2014-16), which were also his first 2 professional seasons, Haughton played at BC Rakvere in the Estonian Alexela KML. In 32 games there in the 2015-16 season he recorded 10.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 14 games in the Baltic League, where he averaged 9.1ppg, 8.7rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.1apg.

The list of his past achievements is quite long, as among others, Haughton's team made it to the Estonian Cup final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team in 2015.

Haughton graduated from Purchase College in 2014 and this will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Balkan Botevgrad roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Brandon Fortenberry

Forwards:
Pavel Ivanov
David Haughton

Center:
Igor Kesar

Coach: Nebojsa Vidic

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Klassen agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91, college: Acadia) has come to a deal with PAOK Thessaloniki for the season 2017-18.

The team of Thessaloniki was looking for a player in the paint to play next to Ousman Krubally (202-F-88, college: Georgia St.) and they found Klassen.

Klassen last year played for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in the second part of the season where in 17 matches had 9.2 ppg and 6rpg.

PAOK Thessaloniki wants the new season to be very competitive whith their new coach, Ilias Papatheodorou who won the gold metal with the Greece U20 some days ago.



TJ Bray (ex Brussels) agreed terms with Kolossos H Hotels - by Chris Mammides

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard TJ Bray (196-90kg-92, college: Princeton). He played most recently at Basic-Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League. In 33 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Bray helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league that year.
Bray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won Ivy League championship title in 2011. Bray received also NABC Division I All-District 13 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bray has played also professionally in Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani and Novipiu Casale).
He attended Princeton University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Steven Gray
TJ Bray
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aris ink Kyle Weaver, ex Torun - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) signed 31-year old American ex-international guard Kyle Weaver (198-94kg-86, college: Washington State). He played last season at Polski Cukier Torun in Polish PLK league. In 43 games he had 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg. Weaver helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Mec-Energy Roseto in Italian Serie A where in 35 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg.
In 2008 Weaver was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former Washington State staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
He won Belgian League championship title in 2011. Weaver was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Weaver has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Puerto Rico (Gallitos), NBA (Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies), Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Italy (Napoli Basket) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs, Iowa Energy and Canton Charge).
Weaver could be described: A very experienced player who helps his team in any part of the game, at both ends. He can score and grab important rebonds, can defend well on forwards and guards too.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Giannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis

Center:
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GUINEA  


CB Clavijo tabs rookie Felix Balamou in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) inked 23-year old Guinean guard Felix Balamou (193-93kg-94). Balamou has only college experience so far playing last time for St.John's (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 26 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg in 2015-16 season.
So his pro career will start in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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  HOLLAND  


Henk Norel is a newcomer at Gipuzkoa - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Dutch international center Henk Norel (213-87) from Tecnyconta Zaragoza. Norel has played there for the last five years. In 29 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Norel's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Norel has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Norel represented Holland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Norel has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Meridiano Alicante and CB Prat) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Rebounding and shot blocking have been improving steadily giving him a more than acceptable asset as far as hustling is concerned ... He plays with good intensity, and his heart and passion for the game are obvious.
He still has to strengthen his body in general and bulk up quite a bit ... Has a relatively slow shot, and the position of his elbow on his shooting arm tends to swing to the right
.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Szolnok adds Quincy Ford to their roster - by Winter Gabor

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Quincy Ford (203-102kg-93, college: Northeastern), who can play in both forward position. He played last season at Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 26 games he had 4.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. The Fiba Europe Cup participant Szolnok will be his first European team. 
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ford's team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted NABC All-District 10 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Ford has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.
He attended Northeastern University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player. 



By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rookie guard Mo Evans joins Kaposvari KK - by Tamas Deri

The management of Kaposvari KK agreed with american Mo Evans (185-G-94) for the coming season, so he can be the fourth import player of head coach Adam Fekete 's team. The 185 cm tall guard graduated on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and was a key player of the Mastodons playing in the Summit League. Mo Evans (185-G-94) is a true floor general who can do both - score and distribute the ball. He is an excellent three point shooter. Defensively, Mo has excellent anticipation and can disrupt the flow of the opponent's offense. He had a great junior season averaging 16.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 84.7%, however he played only 18 games because of his injury. He had a successfull rehabilitation and showed his excellent skills as a senior again puting up 16.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 82.9% in 34 games.


Alba signs Chris Horton - by Winter Gabor

TLI-Alba Fehervar (A Division) signed 23-year old American power forward Chris Horton (203-102kg-94, college: Austin Peay State). He played last season at Grand Rapids Drive (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 48 games he had 6.3ppg and 5.6rpg.
Last year Horton was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) as #5 pick overall.
The former Austin Peay State standout is in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Horton's college team won OVC Tournament in 2016. He was also voted NABC All-District 19 1st Team in 2016.

TLI-Alba Fehervar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:



Alba signs D.J. Fenner - by Winter Gabor

TLI-Alba Fehervar (A Division) signed 24-year old American guard D.J. Fenner (198-93kg-93). He just graduated from Nevada (NCAA). Fenner has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 13.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg last season. Fenner helped them to win MWC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very impressive season as he was named to All-MWC 3rd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Fenner was voted HS Seattle Times Washington Player of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Fenner has played previously for another Hungarian team Gonzaga College.

TLI-Alba Fehervar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Peter Toth
Akos Kovacs
Kasey Hill
D.J. Fenner

Forward:
Peter Lorant

Center:
Chris Horton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Angel Rodriguez (ex Bayamon) agreed terms with Maccabi Haifa - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Puerto Rican point guard Angel Rodriguez (180-82kg-92, college: Miami, FL). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. The last season Rodriguez played at Cholet Basket in French ProA where in 24 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Rodriguez's team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2016. He received also All-ACC 3rd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Rodriguez represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket U17 in Aguas Calientes (Mexico) eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 20.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 5.0spg, FGP: 60.7%.
Rodriguez has played also professionally in Puerto Rico for Gallitos.
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An explosive guard, who can play in both 1 and 2 positions. Has great scoring skills and knows how to control the tempo the game.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dagan Yavzuri
Angel Rodriguez
Luke Martinez
Roi Huber

Forwards:
Willy Workman
Oz Blayzer
Netanel Artzi

Center:
Daniel Koperberg

Coach: Ofer Rahimi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galil Elion inks Brandon Edwards, ex Salon Vilpas - by Nir Luna

Galil Elion - Kiryat Shmona (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Brandon Edwards (198-102kg-91, college: Texas Arlington). He played last season at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga. In 29 games he had 9.6ppg and 6.9rpg. Edwards helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He also played that season for Cretan Kings in Greek A1 where in 14 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.6rpg.
Edwards has played also professionally in Spain (Leche Rio Breogan and Melilla_Baloncesto).
He attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Tote re-signs at Verona - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 20-year old power forward Leonardo Tote (209-80kg-97). He played there last season. In 38 Serie A2 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Tote played at Germani (Serie A) where in 38 games he recorded just 2.0ppg. He helped them to win the Serie A2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Tote was voted Italian U17 Championships 1st Team back in 2014.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 54.5%.
Tote has played previously for Umana Venezia.

Tezenis Verona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matteo Palermo
Phil Greene_IV
Jamal Jones
Riccardo Visconti

Forwards:
Marco Maganza
Mattia Udom
Omar Dieng

Centers:
Curtis Nwohuocha
Leonardo Tote

Coach: Luca Dalmonte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raffaele Donzelli signs at Monopoli - by Eurobasket News

Action Now Monopoli (Serie C Silver) landed small forward Raffaele Donzelli from Francavilla Fontana. Donzelli has played there for the last four years.

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Santiago Paparella joins Monopoli - by Eurobasket News

Action Now Monopoli (Serie C Silver) added to their roster experienced 37-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Santiago Paparella (188-80). He played last season at Zannella Basket Cefalu in Serie B. In 11 Serie B games he had 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Paparella's team won Italian Nazionale B Group C Regular Season in 2012.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Paparella tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Campo Mourao) and Italy (Pesaro Loreto, Montecatiniterme, Fossombrone, Potenza and Basket Barcellona).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monopoli.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cagliari Academy lands Deshawn Stephens - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy tabbed 28-year old American forward Deshawn Stephens (203-102kg-89, college: San Diego State, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 13 games he averaged 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg last season. Stephens also played that season for Akita Happinets (B League) in Japan where in 41 games he had 10.3ppg and 7.2rpg. He won D-League Pacific Division championship title.
Among other achievements Stephens received Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Stephens has played previously professionally in France (Chalons Reims), Turkey (Banvit and Bandirma Kirmizi) and Japan (San en NeoPhoenix).
He attended San Diego State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Marcus Keene

Forwards:
Marco Allegretti
Ferdinando Matrone
Deshawn Stephens

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ruben Calo signs at Lecco - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) landed 19-year old forward Ruben Calo (194-98). He played most recently at Tessilform Bernareggio in Serie C Gold. Calo helped his team get promotion to Serie B. He contributed to his team winning the group title (twice).
Calo has played previously for Armani Milano.

Basket Lecco roster for 2017-2018:

Gaetano Spera
Alessandro Maccaferri
Matteo Fabi
Ivan Morgillo
Alberto Cacace
Jacopo Balanzoni
Ruben Calo
Alessandro Riva

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Patti keeps Costantino for another season - by Eurobasket News

Sport e Cultura Patti (Serie B) re-signed experienced 39-year old forward Giuseppe Costantino (198-78). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 32 Serie B games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
Costantino has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Betaland Cdo, San Severo, Ruvo and Pozzuoli.
Costantino is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Patti.

Sport e Cultura Patti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antonino Sidoti
Giorgio Busco

Forwards:
Giuseppe Costantino
Alberto Mazzullo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matias Bortolin is a newcomer at Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Argentinian international center Matias Bortolin (207-93, agency: Interperformances) from Obras Basket. In 55 LigaA games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at San Martin Corrientes where in 59 LigaA games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.6rpg.
He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport.
Bortolin has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2013 and previously for U17 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Bortolin also represented Argentina at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg.
Bortolin is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Bortolin has played previously professionally also in Austria (Arkadia Lions), Serbia (Partizan), Italy (Roma Virtus and Rimini) and Argentina (Atenas and Regatas Corrientes).

Atletico Argentino Junin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Cequeira
Luciano Massarelli
Genaro Lorio

Forwards:
Rodrigo Sanchez
Guido Mariani

Center:
Matias Bortolin

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Novipiu Casale keeps Denegri for another season - by Eurobasket News

Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Serie A2) re-signed 19-year old shooting guard Davide Denegri (183-98, agency: Two Points). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 27 Serie A2 games he recorded 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Denegri is a member of Italian U19 National Team.

Novipiu Casale Monferrato roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brett Blizzard
Jamarr Sanders
Davide Denegri

Centers:
Aleksandar Marcius
Luca Severini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Echague lands Mariano Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) tabbed 31-year old naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86). He played most recently at Villa Angela Basket in the TNA. In 41 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Garcia played at Estudiantes where in 56 LigaA games he had 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2012.
Garcia has played previously for eight other teams: Atenas, C.Entrerriano, Belgrano San Nicolas, Argentino, San Martin Marcos Juarez, Olimpico de La Banda, 9 de Julio and Huracan.
He is described as: Very good offensive skills, needs to bulk up, and to improve his defense; NBA upside, above all if he will learn to play front to the basket;.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mateo Gaynor
Jeremias Sandrini
Carlos Buemo
Eugenio Zustovich

Forwards:
Sebastian Cabello
Mariano Garcia
Emilio Stucky

Center:
Franco Barroso

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Giga Janelidze is a newcomer at Alma Trieste - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old former Georgian international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances) from Termoforgia Aurora Jesi. In 30 Serie A2 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
Janelidze received Italian U17 Championships 1st Team All-Star award back in 2011. He was a member of Georgian Senior National Team two years ago.
Janelidze has played previously for four other teams: Rimini, Urania Milano, Roseto and Piacenza.

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Loschi
Juan Fernandez
Andrea Coronica
Javonte Green

Forwards:
Laurence Bowers
Giga Janelidze

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rayvonte Rice (ex Aix-Maurienne) joins Ravenna - by Eurobasket News

Orasi Ravenna (Serie A2) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Rayvonte Rice (193-107kg-92, college: Illinois, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Aix-Maurienne in French ProB. In 21 games he had 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Rice played at Tezenis Verona (Serie A) where in 29 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice was voted All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Rice graduated from University of Illinois in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Orasi Ravenna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rayvonte Rice
Donato Vitale

Forwards:
Stefano Masciadri
Alessandro Esposito

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Jesi inks Kenny Hasbrouck - by Andrea Centenari

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi (Serie A2) signed 31-year old American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-88kg-86, college: Siena) from Piacenza. In 30 Serie A2 games in Italy he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg (in top 2) last season. Great year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Hasbrouck spent at Virtus Bologna where in 14 Serie A2 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. Hasbrouck also played that season for MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A). In 13 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hasbrouck's college team won MAAC Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He was also voted MAAC Player of the Year back in 2009.
Hasbrouck is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Spain (Meridiano Alicante), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), NBA (Miami Heat) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Hasbrouck attended Siena College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An all-around talent with yet good playing experience. Not so athletic as most of his top level opponents, the same has leadership and defends well. Good situation solver, he can hit a clutch shot if needed.

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Hasbrouck
Ken Brown
Federico Massone

Forwards:
Tommaso Rinaldi
Francesco Ihedioha
Pierpaolo Marini
Matteo Piccoli

Center:
Andrea Quarisa

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San Lorenzo keeps Sandes for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) re-signed 33-year old former Argentinian international forward Carlos Matias Sandes (201-84). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Sandes played there last season. In 50 LigaA games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the league title.
The previous (15-16) season Sandes played at GECR Indalo where in 60 LigaA games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
Among other achievements Sandes received Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Sandes played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) five years ago. Sandes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 62.5%.
Thanks to Sandes' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Sandes has played previously professionally also in Spain (Baskonia, Burgos and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and Argentina (Boca Juniors, Sionista and Quimsa).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very talented player, with size and winning mentality; he can play on all 2-3-4 positions; dangerous 3-point shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Perrin Buford (ex Agrigento) signs at Bullets - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) landed 23-year old American swingman Perrin Buford (198-100kg-94, college: Middle Tennessee State, agency: 3Eye). He played most recently at Moncada Solar Agrigento in Italian Serie A2. In 33 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg last season.
Buford's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Decorey Jones (ex Southern T.) signs at Iwate Big Bulls - by Igor Obradovic

Iwate Big Bulls (B League D2) landed 27-year old American swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner). He played in the summer at Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Australian Premier League. Jones managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Premier League games he averaged 13.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg.
The most of last season he spent at Espanol de Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 38 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. Jones helped them to win the Chilean Liga Nacional title (twice). He also played that season for Huracan in Argentinian TNA. In 6 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
Jones is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Jones has played previously professionally in Canada (Moncton Miracles), Malaysia (Crouching Tigers), Spain (Innova Chef), WBA (Conyers CK), Mongolia (Aravtuud) and Norway (Nidaros Jets).
He attended Faulkner University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bambitious Nara lands Gary Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) tabbed 33-year old American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-127kg-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Inception Sports) from Gunma Crane Thunders. In 22 B League D2 games in Japan he averaged 8.9ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season. Hamilton also played that season for Bohemios in Uruguayan LUB where in 21 games he had 8.7ppg, 12.8rpg (#2 in the league), 3.7apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention.
In 2006 he was drafted by Fort Worth Flyers (D-League) in sixth round (69th overall).
The former University of Miami, Florida standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011.
Hamilton is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Hamilton has played previously professionally in Germany (BBC Bayreuth and Licher Basket), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica), Uruguay (Defensor and Cader), Japan (Osaka Evessa, Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars) and ABA RS (Hollywood F.).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Gary is a true big man. He has been an elite rebounder in every league he has played. Gary is an exceptional post player that can play back-to-the-basket or step out for a mid-range jump shot. He excels under the rim where he can finish strong; great defensive post player. Gary is the full package big man that can score, rebound, run the floor, pass, and defend.

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Rintaro Takeda is a newcomer at Bambitious Nara - by Eurobasket News

Bambitious Nara (B League D2) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Rintaro Takeda (175-91). He played most recently at Tokyo Cinq Reves in the B League D3. In 50 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Takeda played at Toyama Grouses (BJ League) where in 42 games he averaged just 2.1ppg. He helped them to win the BJ League Eastern Division title.
Takeda has played previously for Shiga L-Stars.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kosova reaches historical victory - by Dren Shporta

For the first time ever, Kosova has managed to reach the victory in official qualifying FIBA Europe match.

Kosovan national team has beaten Macedonia last night in packed Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve, in a game that almost became a drama.

After first half, Kosova was confortably ahead over Macedonia, 40-20.

But, in the second hald Macedonia got to the rythm and narrowed Kosovans advantage to only 2 points seconds before the end.

However, youngster Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) managed to keep his head cool from the free throws to score twice for 72-68 final result.

Kosova's captain, Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88), was excellent last night, by scoring 28 points, 4 assist and 6 rebounds in a historical win.

Double-ciphered points were scored also from Rugova brothers. Granit Rugova (198-F-85, college: Trinity Valley CC) added 12, while Fisnik Rugova (208-PF-89)11 more.

At Macedonia, the only shining lights were Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) with 22 points and Vlado Stojanovski with 17.



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Kolossos H Hotels tab Malcolm Griffin, ex Liepaja/Triobet - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) inked 26-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 24 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 7.2apg and 2.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Latvian League Import Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention. Griffin also played 10 games in Baltic League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.5apg and 2.6spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention. The other team Griffin played that season for was ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. In 24 games he was fifth best scorer with 14.4ppg and had 2.0rpg.
Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Morocco (Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca and FUS Rabat) and MPBA (Champaign Swarm).
Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Malcolm is a rare 6'4" point guard who is able to play as a shooter and a swing. An intelligent player who is a gifted passer and extremely talented in the many ways he can score the ball. Malcolm has nice size to be able to defend multiple positions and a great desire to get better at all facets of his game. A coachable player that when given the opportunity can play at any level of basketball.

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Steven Gray
Malcolm Griffin
TJ Bray
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jarrid Famous (ex Isabela) agreed terms with GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) inked 29-year old Lebanese ex-international power forward Jarrid Famous (209-109kg-88, college: S.Florida). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Famous played in the summer at Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 26 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0apg. Famous ended the last season at Al Naser (D1) in UAE league. But the most of that year he spent at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 6 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 4.7rpg.
In 2011 Iowa Energy selected him as third overall pick in D-League draft.
He attended University of South Florida and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Famous has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2014. Famous was a member of Lebanese Senior National Team back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Famous has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Famous has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiangsu Dragons and Sturgeons), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), Venezuela (Bucaneros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Lebanon (Sagesse) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gustavo Barrera
Juan_Manuel Rivero
Carlos Buendia

Forwards:
Daniel Hure
Shaquille Johnson
Franco Giorgetti
Luis Riascos

Centers:
Diego Romero
Jarrid Famous

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  LIBERIA  


Saah Nimley (ex Salon Vilpas) agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 24-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Saah Nimley (173-71kg-93, college: Charleston Southern, agency: Blacktop Management). He played most recently at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga.
The previous (15-16) season Nimley played at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL where in 15 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. Nimley helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements his team won Big South Conference South Division Regular Season in 2013. Nimley received also All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 3 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Nimley graduated from Charleston Southern in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: All American honourable mention, Big South player of the year, #5 in NCAA in scoring with 21.3ppg. Lightning quick guard who can get by his defender at will - combined with deadly long range shooting, often from 8-9meters. Tough scoring guard who also creates open shots for his teammates due to his quickness. Great professional work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Siksnius comes back to Juventus - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-94kg-87, college: Weatherford JC). It is actually his comeback to Utena as he has played here before. Siksnius has played for the last two years at Neptunas in the LKL. In 40 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Siksnius helped them to make it to the final. He also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements Siksnius received Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team award in 2015.
He was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team in 2005.
Siksnius has played previously professionally also in Germany (BBC Bayreuth) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas, Siauliai, Sakalai, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda and Petrochema).
He attended Weatherford College until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kinu Rochford (ex Suduva-Mantinga) agreed terms with Garonne - by Eurobasket News

Garonne ASPTT Basket (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Kinu Rochford (195-107kg-90, college: Fair Dickinson). He played most recently at Suduva-Mantinga in Lithuanian NKL league. In 22 games he recorded 11.2ppg and 5.4rpg last season. Rochford helped them to win the NKL title (twice) (also twice). He also played that season for BC Boncourt Red Team in Swiss LNA where in 7 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Rochford also spent pre-season at Saint Chamond (ProB) that year.
He is a very experienced player. Rochford has played also professionally in Holland (Leeuwarden), Israel (Elitzur Yavne), United Kingdom (Cheshire Phoenix) and France (Le Portel).
He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexey Zhukanenko (ex Samara-SGEU) agreed terms with P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) inked 31-year old Russian ex-international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-108kg-86, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at BC Samara-SGEU in Russian Superleague 1. In 27 games he recorded 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zhukanenko played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 5 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 11.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg.
Among other achievements Zhukanenko played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Zhukanenko was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Zhukanenko represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Zhukanenko has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Zhukanenko has played previously professionally also in Russia for Dynamo Moscow Unics Kazan Khimki Unics Kazan 2nd team Lokomotiv.

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Giedraitis re-signs at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international small forward Rokas Giedraitis (198-81kg-92). He played there last season. In 48 LKL games he had 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Giedraitis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Giedraitis also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Giedraitis played at BC Siauliai. In 15 LKL games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg and 2.1spg. He also played 6 games in Baltic League where he got remarkable 15.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Giedraitis won Baltic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year in 2015.
Giedraitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Giedraitis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Giedraitis has played previously for three other teams: Mazeikiai, ABRO Universitetas and A.Sireikos KA Pramustgalvis.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen
Chris Kramer

Forwards:
Rokas Giedraitis
Robert Carter

Center:
Travis Peterson

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Zygimantas Riauka (ex Caceres) joins Naestved - by Igor Obradovic

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) agreed terms with 24-year old Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Riauka (206-107kg-93, college: Wisc.-Parkside). He played last season at Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 4.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Riauka played at Olivar (LEB Silver) in Spanish league where in 26 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the GLVC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015).
Riauka represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 4.2ppg, 6.0rpg.
Riauka graduated from University of Wisconsin Parkside in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Team FOG Naestved roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Conner Washington

Forwards:
Kazembe Abif
Zygimantas Riauka

Center:
Christopher Gabriel

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Deividas Gailius (ex Lietuvos rytas) joins Burgos - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian international forward Deividas Gailius (200-98kg-88). He has played for the last two seasons at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 34 games he had 8.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. Gailius helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Gailius also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gailius' team won Lithuanian Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention in 2015.
Gailius has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2011 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Gailius also represented Lithuania at the European Championships two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gailius has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai and Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda).
On Gailius: A small forward who can spend time at the 2 position if needed. He's enought athletic and yet very good at the offensive side. Can score from distance, create his shot and can grab some rebounds. Needs to improve his defensive skills to play at higher level, however, and seems to not love contacts.

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Swiss Central lands Austin Chatman, ex Mornar Bar - by Luca Maffioli

Swiss Central Basket Luzern (LNA) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Austin Chatman (183-82kg-93, college: Creighton, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Jan.'16. In 6 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg in 2015-16 season. Chatman also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.5apg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2014. Chatman received also HS All-Conference 1st Team award back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Chatman graduated from Creighton University in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

Swiss Central Basket Luzern roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastiano Morandi
Martynas Kairavicius
Austin Chatman
Marco Lehmann

Forwards:
Branko Tomic
Ivo Volic
Michael Pluess
Tommy Fankhauser

Center:
Luka Mandic

Coach: Danijel Eric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Thunder signs Daniel Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) signed 22-year old shooting guard Daniel Hamilton (201-86kg-95, college: Connecticut). He played last season at Oklahoma City Blue. In 55 NBA G League games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg.
Last year Hamilton was drafted by Denver Nuggets in second round (56th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his second season in pro basketball. Hamilton won D-League Southwest Division championship title.
He was voted NABC All-District 25 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.

Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raymond Felton
Paul George
Terrance Ferguson
Bryce Alford
Daniel Hamilton

Forwards:
Nick Collison
Patrick Patterson
Andre Roberson
Rashawn Thomas

Centers:
Yannis Morin
Dakari Johnson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ashley is back at the Mavericks, ex ALBA - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) signed 23-year old forward Brandon Ashley (202-104kg-94, college: Arizona). It is actually his comeback to the Mavericks as he has played here before. Ashley played most recently at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at another team Texas Legends where in 33 games he had 14.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to D-League All-Star Game.
Ashley has never been drafted by the NBA.
His college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2015.
Ashley has played also professionally in .
He attended University of Arizona until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Ashley could be described: Boasts a good frame with excellent footwork.

Dallas Mavericks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwight Buycks
Yogi Ferrell
Gian Clavell

Forwards:
Maximilian Kleber
Brandon Ashley
Johnathan Motley
PJ Dozier

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gerald Henderson Likely To Miss Entire Season With Hip Surgery - by Eurobasket News

Gerald Henderson (6'5''-G-87, college: Duke) Jr. has decided to undergo an operation on his hip that could rule him out for the entire 17-18 season. Henderson expects to be ready in time for the start of the 18-19 season. Henderson received interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. Henderson released a statement in regards to his decision to have surgery. "Despite receiving genuine interest from several NBA teams, I have made the decision to continue to evaluate surgical options on my left hip. I have been playing through severe pain that has made it difficult to play to the best of my ability. Now the pain has started to impact my everyday life off the court. My family, my agent and I are working closely with my medical team to give me all of the information I will need to make the best decision, personally and professionally. I am as competitive as they come and want to play. I will fully commit myself to getting healthy. I am thankful for the many opportunities I've had and I look forward to returning to playing in the NBA." The Sixers waived him on June 30. He was due to make $9.2 million next season if not released by that deadline.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NCAA1  


New Mexico State Adds David Anwar as Assistant Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

New Mexico State head men's basketball coach Chris Jans filled his final assistant coach position with the hiring of David Anwar. 'Coach Anwar brings a wealth of experience to our staff,' Jans remarked. 'He is highly regarded in our business and respected for his productivity. Dave possesses a likeable personality and will build lasting relationships with our student-athletes and the NMSU community. I am very excited about Coach Anwar being a big part of our program!' Anwar comes to Las Cruces after spending the past five seasons at North Texas under Mean Green head coach Tony Benford. There, he served as the team's lead recruiter since joining Benford's staff in 2012. While in Denton, Texas, Anwar helped North Texas rake in a top-50 recruiting class for 2013-14. 'I am excited and privileged for the opportunity to work with a great staff led by Coach Jans at New Mexico State University,' remarked Anwar. 'Coach Jans is a proven winner and will continue the rich tradition of success at New Mexico State.' Prior to joining the Mean Green, he spent six years at Nebraska (2006-12) where he worked for Doc Sadler and alongside Benford from 2006-08. Anwar worked mainly with the guards and forwards during his time with the Huskers, guiding them to postseason play in three of his final five campaigns there. He also played a crucial role in NU earning back-to-back top-25 national ranking in scoring defense (2007-09). His tutelage of the guards saw a huge uptick in shooting beyond the arc for NU. In his first year with the Huskers, Anwar helped the guards knock down 244 triples, good for second-most in program history. During the 2009-10 season, three players shot over 43-percent from 3-point range. Nebraska also set a school record that season with a 39.7-percent shooting from downtown - which was also good for 15th nationally. Anwar's presence in the recruiting world is also well-known, landing Nebraska arguably its best recruiting class in the Big 12 era in 2007. That year, The Huskers' recruiting class was ranked in the top-25 by three major scouting services in ESPN.com's Bob Gibbons (21st), CSTV.com's Van Coleman (12th) and HoopScoopOnline.com's Clark Francis (5th). No stranger to the Borderlands and Sadler, Anwar served as the director of operations at UTEP under Sadler from 2004-06. Before making his first trip to the Borderlands, Anwar was an assistant coach at Division II University of Arkansas at Fort Smith from 2000-04. His final three seasons at UAFS was where he and Sadler first paired up. During his time in Fort Smith, Anwar helped the Lions post a 101-29 record in addition to a pair of top-seven national finishes in 2001 (fifth) and 2002 (seventh). UAFS captured the Bi-State Conference East title in each of his final three seasons and produced a multitude of all-conference players. He's also helped over 20 players get to the Division I level during his time at UAFS. Anwar's coaching career started at the prep level in Philadelphia and Massachusetts, where he saw over 40 of his players continue their careers at the Division I or II levels. The Philadelphia, Pa., native received his bachelor's degree in special education and sociology from Fitchburg State in 1998 and then tackled on a master's degree in sports management/sports leadership from VCU in 2004.
Courtesy of: nmstatesports.com



Dayton's Miller fights in jail after alcohol-related arrest - by Rick Ross

courtesy of cbssports.com
Dayton forward Sam Miller had a rough weekend.
The 20-year-old from Virginia has been charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication, underage consumption and misdemeanor assault after police said he raised hell at a bar, was jailed and then started a fight with a fellow inmate that video suggests he lost.
According to a police report obtained by the Dayton Daily News, officers were dispatched to Caddy's Taphouse in Beavercreek, Ohio at 1:21 a.m. on Sunday. When they arrived, a bartender told them Miller became upset when she cut him off -- so much so that he knocked all the glasses off the bar and pushed her. He also allegedly pushed a security guard. Officers described Miller as intoxicated and with speech so slurred he was difficult to comprehend. He kicked the police car, according to the report.
Then things got worse.

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Miller was placed in a holding cell and urinated on the floor. Little while later, a security camera caught Miller walking over to another inmate and slapping him. The other inmate, John Watkins Jr., subsequently landed several punches that sent Miller to the floor.
Here's video of the fight:

"The University of Dayton is aware of an incident but cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws," Dayton athletic director Neil Sullivan said in a statement.
Miller averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds last season.



Kansas State extends Bruce Weber - by Eurobasket News

As the calendar flipped to March earlier this year, it looked as though Bruce Weber 's time at Kansas State was limited. The Wildcats lost by 30 to an Oklahoma team that would finish ninth in the Big 12 to fall to 6-10 in the Big 12. A late surge and an NCAA tournament win later, Weber and Kansas State agreed to a two-year contract extension that was announced Tuesday. 'I have had the opportunity to observe our men's basketball program and visit with Bruce on multiple occasions since I became athletics director,' first-year AD Gene Taylor said in a statement. 'I couldn't be more pleased with the type of person we have leading our program - Coach Weber is well-regarded throughout college basketball as an outstanding coach and a man who conducts his program with integrity and class.' When Kansas State decided to stick with Weber after his team won its last two regular season games, beat Baylor in the Big 12 tournament and then Wake Forest in the First Four of the NCAA tournament, it left Weber with just two years remaining on the contract. An extension was pretty much a must to keep negative recruiting against him to a minimum. Still, the deal doesn't look to give Weber much in the way of additional security at Kansas State beyond the contract he just extended. His salary for the two years that remained on his deal remain unchanged and his annual raises - $100,000 - also stays static in the additional two years. The difference is that once this new extension kicks in after the 2019 season, Weber's buyout drops from $2.5 million to $500,000, according to the Kansas City Star. In essence, the deal doesn't immediately cost Kansas State any additional money and doesn't make it prohibitively expensive to move on from Weber if they decide to go in another direction after 2019. The deal would appear to keep Weber in place in Manhattan through 2019 as a new AD will likely be hesitant to fire a coach he extended just months earlier and for a much heftier price. Kansas State returns quite a bit from last year's team, though replacing Wesley Iwundu and DJ Johnson will be no easy task. But even after the push to an NCAA tournament bid last year, Kansas State fans are somewhat leery of the program's future. Weber's best team was in 2012-13, when the team he inherited from Frank Martin was the league co-champ. Results flatlined some (K-State was a nine-seed in the 2014 tournament) the following three seasons until this year when Kansas State fought its way to a spot in Dayton.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Fresno State lands Texas A&M transfer Eric Vila - by Eurobasket News

Fresno State picked up a transfer on Thursday as former Texas A&M transfer Eric Vila (6'11''-F-98) pledged to the Bulldogs, according to report from Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The 6-foot-11 Vila just completed his freshman season with the Aggies, as he averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Vila will have to sit out one season before his has three years of eligibility remaining. Playing with Spain this summer in the FIBA U19 World Cup, Vila was the team's leading scorer and rebounder as he averaged 13.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Hopefully, Vila can take that momentum from the World Cup and turn around a slow start to his college career as he has a chance to be a solid player for the Bulldogs.
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Bears Victorious Over Dominican Republic National Team, 89-75 - by Eurobasket News

The Mercer men's basketball team downed the Dominican Republic National Team, 89-75, on Wednesday in their first competition of their two-week trip overseas. The Dominican Republic National team went in to the locker room with a six-point lead at the half but it was the Orange and Black who stormed back, outscoring the host by 20 points, 54-34, in the second half to capture the win. Fourteen different Bears saw action, with five players scoring in the double-digits. Guards Ria'N Holland (6'0''-PG-94) and Ethan Stair (6'5''-G-96) led the squad with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Senior guard Demetre Rivers (6'8''-G-95) dropped 13 points while knocking down three three-pointers. Ryan Johnson, a Greensboro, N.C. native, also hit three three-pointers, tallying 11 total points. Redshirt senior Desmond Ringer (6'9''-F) also scored double-figures with 10 points. "This game was a great experience for our guys," Head Coach Bob Hoffman said. "Playing against a physical and experienced Dominican Republic team was a challenge. We did not play well at all in the first half and we really challenged the guys at half time. I was proud of how the team responded in the second half by attacking the rim, taking great shots and playing together. This group has a ways to go but we got better today." The Bears' next opponent will be San Carlos at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Mercer will play four total games while in the Dominican Republic before shifting its focus to service work in the local community through Mercer On Mission.
Courtesy of: mercerbears.com



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  NCAA2  


Szorc Promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coach at Delta State - by Eurobasket News

Delta State University head men's basketball coach Jim Boone has announced that assistant coach Robert Szorc has been promoted to associate head coach of the program. 'We have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to be surrounded by outstanding assistant coaches and some terrific people, and yet we have never promoted an assistant coach to associate head coach until now,' said Boone. 'Bob Szorc is extremely deserving of this promotion and significant recognition, as he has done a tremendous job in so many areas with Statesmen basketball.' Over the past three seasons with the Statesmen, Szorc has helped Delta State to 57 wins, including a 23-9 record last year and an appearance in the NCAA South Region tournament semifinals, the 15th time in school history that the Statesmen have made an NCAA postseason appearance. The Statesmen are the third-winningest program in the NCAA South Region in the last four years, behind only Alabama-Huntsville and Barry, and are one of only two schools in the Gulf South Conference that have averaged at least 20 wins per season during that same time frame. Szorc spent three years at Wheaton Warrenville South prior to his arrival at DSU, directing all aspects of the basketball program, including fundraising, fall and spring youth skill development, summer camps, and the development of the program's feeder schools. Prior to Wheaton Warrenville South, Robert was the head coach at Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, Ill. At Alleman Catholic, Szorc directed the program to back-to-back regionals and advanced to the sweet 16 in only his second year as a head coach. He inherited a program that was coming off a five-win season and led the Pioneers to a 10 game improvement and 15 wins in year two. Szorc has worked the summer tour at some of the nation's most noteworthy basketball camps, including one of the nations's best teaching camps, the Snow Valley Basketball School in Waverly Iowa. Szorc has also worked the Future Stars Camp in Lake Forest, IL, and the prestigious Five Star Basketball Camps. 'Bob's passion for Delta State and his loyalty and ownership in our program have made him an integral part of our success in my time here at DSU,' said Boone. 'Our current roster has his fingerprints all over it, both from a recruiting and player development prospective.' 'We are truly blessed to have the outstanding staff that we have and we cannot wait to get back to work this fall and continue building on the great success we have enjoyed both regionally and nationally.'
Courtesy of: gostatesmen.com



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  NCAA3  


LaGrange College Promotes Jasen Jonus to Associate Head Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

LaGrange College men's basketball head coach has Kendal Wallace announced a change on his coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. Assistant coach Jasen Jonus has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. 'Coach Jonus has been a major impact in our success here at LaGrange College,' Wallace said. 'Through four years of service, he has assisted and exceled in every facet of our program. This promotion is certainly earned and well deserved.' Jonus is the recruiting coordinator for the Panthers. In addition, he has been the varsity reserve head coach for the past two seasons. Since Jonus' arrival, the Panthers have won three USA South Tournament championships and reached the NCAA Division III national tournament four straight seasons. The program has produced a D3hoops.com All-South Region and a NABC South All-District selection, five USA South All-Conference performers, and 40 Panthers have earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors. He played three years at Birmingham-Southern College after transferring from Wallace State (Ala.) Community College. He was named Newcomer of the Year his first year and selected to the SCAC All-Conference team twice. He holds a master's degree in education in history and reading.
Courtesy of: lagrangepanthers.com



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Meng Duo leads China over New Zealand at Basketball Friendly - by Eurobasket News

Veteran Meng Duo (192-G/F-90) led Team Red of Chinese men's basketball national team bounce back from Wednesday's 70-78 loss to Angola and thrashed New Zealand 89-62 here on Thursday at the 2017 Chengdu International Basketball Championship. The Chinese team, who trailed by one point after the first quarter, used a 32-14 second quarter to set the tune of the match. The host, who was one-of-six in three-pointer shooting, made in five during the second quarter, two of which came from Meng Duo, who is called Chinese Dwayne Wade. The Chinese Wade continued his miracle performance in the second half. The guard scored another 13 points to finish the game with a match-high 26. Nine Chinese players who played all scored. Besides Meng's 26, Rui Zhao (193-F-96) helped with 20 while Abdusalam added 10 and seven rebounds. Zhao JiWei (185-PG-95) dished out five assists. "We did great job in defense today, especially in the first quarter." said Li Nan, head coach of the Team Red. "I knew the New Zealand team is a very physical one and before the match I told my players to get tough tonight." Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) and Shea Ili (184-G-92) led New Zealand with 15 apiece. Paul Henare (182-G-79), head coach of New Zealand, told Chinese press that this is exactly the team he will bring to Lebanon for the upcoming Asian Cup. "Just hope my young players could gain some experiences from tonight's loss." said Henare.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



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LNB Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Second defeat of league's leader Toros (4-2) against second ranked Bufalos (4-2) 71-67 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Toros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for guard Noel Mackenzie (188-78) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) contributed with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Toros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bufalos keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Toros.
Leading Toros (4-2) recorded its second loss in Managua. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Leones (2-4) 82-73. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbio Abea chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) with 36 points (!!!). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones moved-up to third place, which they share with Costa Caribe. Toros at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Bufalos.

Bufalos - Toros 71-67

Second defeat of league's leader Toros (4-2) against second ranked Bufalos (4-2) 71-67 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Toros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for guard Noel Mackenzie (188-78) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Bufalos players scored in double figures. American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 13 points and 11 assists in the effort for Toros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bufalos keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Toros.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: N.Mackenzie 21+7reb+5ast, R.Brown 15+13reb+1ast, Q.Doggett 12+9reb, J.Jaca 12+9reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 7+4reb+7ast, M.Mackenzie 2+1reb+1ast
Toros: A.Brooks 20+8reb+2ast, R.Abraham 13+2reb+11ast, M.Castrillo 11+12reb+2ast, D.Toruno 8+2reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 7+9reb+1ast, N.Lopez 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 551240


Leones - Toros 82-73

Leading Toros (4-2) recorded its second loss in Managua. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Leones (2-4) 82-73. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-26 Toros' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-73 at the end of the game. Leones made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Toros turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Toros' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Serbio Abea (191-78) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) with 36 points (!!!) and Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones moved-up to third place, which they share with Costa Caribe. Toros at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Bufalos.
Top scorers:
Leones: S.Abea 25+8reb, A.Rojas 18+12reb+3ast, I.Thomas 12+5reb+2ast, J.Luis 9+6reb+7ast, D.Tenorio 7+3reb+3ast, R.Munoz 4+4reb
Toros: R.Abraham 36+1reb, A.Brooks 8+8reb, M.Castrillo 7+11reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 6+2reb+1ast, N.Lopez 6+4reb+1ast, J.Martinez 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 551239





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  NIGERIA  


Efe Odigie joins Quimper - by Philippe Burstert

Quimper UJAP (ProB) agreed terms with American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Efe Odigie (203) from Union Poitiers Basket 86.
Part of last season Odigie spent at ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league. But in only one game he recorded just point. He also played earlier that season for Al Ansar (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league where in only one game he averaged only point. Odigie's team won Tunisian League Regular Season.
His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Odigie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Tunisia (U.S. Monastir and Stade Nabeulien) and Argentina (Ameghino).

Quimper UJAP roster for 2017-2018:

Mathieu Tensorer
Fabien Herard
Jeffrey Xavier
Kevin Mondesir
Maxime Choplin
Jean-Dieudonniz Biog
Paul-Lou Duwiquet
Demarco Cox
James Ellisor
Thomas Prost
Efe Odigie
Marc-Antoine Hello

Coach: Laurent Foirest

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CB Clavijo adds Olekaibe to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Kevin Olekaibe (188-82kg-92, college: UNLV). He has played for the last three seasons at Canton Charge (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 25 games he recorded 6.8ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
Three years ago Olekaibe was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in sixth round (102th overall).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Olekaibe's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 6 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @cesckbza)

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FIBA Asia Cup 2017 Power Rankings - by Enzo Flojo

(first appeared on FIBA.com)

13 days is all that stands between today and the tip-off of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017, which will usher in a new era in Asian basketball, and I'm here to briefly just how each team stacks up in the year's biggest basketball tournament in the continent.

This is what I'd like to call my pre-tournament Power Rankings for the Asia Cup. These rankings are based on my personal knowledge of each of the sixteen teams that will play in Beirut, Lebanon and also somewhat based on the final rosters that have been submitted. I have classified them into four different tiers ranging from the teams that are most heavily favored to finish on the podium to the squads that are least favored.

SHOO-INS
Australia - The Boomers aren't sending a team heavy with NBA talent, but this is still going to be a very formidable team that should be dominant. The Aussies are not sending scrubs, for sure, and Olympians David Andersen and Brad Newley are proof of their resolve to impress in their first FIBA Asia competition.

China - With Guo Ailun and Yi Jianlian expected to lead China Red, they will have a very good chance to not just finish on the podium but even defend their title as kings of Asia. As always, China have great size and length, and with Guo and Yi adding leadership, experience and stability, they are on pace to have another strong showing.

New Zealand - The Tall Blacks won't have Steven Adams playing - along with most of their old reliables - but don't let their relative youth fool you. Guys like Reuben Te Rangi, Finn Delany and Shea Ili have played at the world level, and they can run with the best Asia has to offer.

Iran - As long as Hamed Haddadi plays, Iran are going to be in the title conversation. Even without stalwarts Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Mahdi Kamrani - both of whom will miss the biennial event for the first time in 10 years - Team Melli should still be considered a powerhouse, especially with rising stars Behnam Yakhchali and Sajjad Mashayekhi in tow.

CONTENDERS
Lebanon - The home team is not pulling any punches this time around. After missing the 2013 edition and coming up way short in 2015, the Cedars are hell-bent on going for no less than the gold in this tournament. They will have good size and depth, but their biggest asset will be playing in front of their rabid fans.

Philippines - Speaking of rabid fans, perhaps no other country can match just how basketball-mad Filipinos are, and that is something Gilas Pilipinas are hoping to see in Beirut. With so many fans expected to see their idols, the pressure is on guys like Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo and June Mar Fajardo to deliver the goods.

Korea - Korea will always be a podium contender and threat to the title, but unlike before the Koreans are heavily favored to make it past the Round of 8. That is, unless guys like Lee SeungHyun and Lee JungHyun really end up catching fire.

Jordan - Jordan can match with the likes of China and Australia in terms of size, but I'm not sure they have the overall depth to assure themselves of a spot in the Quarter-Finals. If Dar Tucker pops the cap for a couple of 30-point games, then Al Nashama should in be in pretty good shape.

Qatar - Qatar don't have big names, but they play tough and physical basketball. They did well in the recent Atlas Challenge in China, and they are surely expected to translate their level of play to the Asia Cup as well. New naturalized player Sammy Monroe also seems like a very prolific scorer. Let's see how it goes!

Japan - They are having a renaissance of sorts, and they seem to be on the rise. They should have won the EABA Championship this year, but they paid the price for inconsistency. If naturalized player Ira Brown is able to be highly productive, they have a real shot of making it to the Quarter-Finals. Not having Joji Takeuchi is huge, though.

DARK HORSES
Chinese Taipei - Much like Iran, Taipei are in a state of flux. Icons Lin Chih-Chieh and Tien Lei have chosen to give way to the younger set, so the onus is on sniper Lu Chen-Ju and naturalized player Quincy Davis to really carry this team.

Iraq - Demario Mayfield looks like an interesting addition to this team, and he is expected to make a very big impact for the Iraqis. If he can be consistent with his production and they catch a rival on a bad day, anything can happen.

India - India failed to impress at the Jones Cup because they missed the services of a few key people. Should the Indians manage to survive the group phase, however, they will need Amjyot Singh, Amritpal Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi to really step up.

Kazakhstan - The Snow Leopards' golden days are well behind them, but that does not mean they should be overlooked so easily. The Kazakhs have great size, and they bring a Euro-style game to the Asia Cup. If guys like Anton Ponomarev and Rustam Murzagaliev have explosive performances, Kazakshtan cannot be counted out.

UNDERDOGS
Syria - This may very well be Micheal Madanly's swan song in international basketball. They do have a new naturalized big man to patrol the paint, but Syria will find that they have just been out of this game for too long.

Hong Kong - If there's one team that, objectively speaking, won't be expected in the least to make it past the group phase, it's Hong Kong. There are just no marquee players who will really raise this team to the next level.




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Aris ink Kyle Weaver, ex Torun - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) signed 31-year old American ex-international guard Kyle Weaver (198-94kg-86, college: Washington State). He played last season at Polski Cukier Torun in Polish PLK league. In 43 games he had 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg. Weaver helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Mec-Energy Roseto in Italian Serie A where in 35 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg.
In 2008 Weaver was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former Washington State staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
He won Belgian League championship title in 2011. Weaver was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Weaver has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Puerto Rico (Gallitos), NBA (Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies), Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Italy (Napoli Basket) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs, Iowa Energy and Canton Charge).
Weaver could be described: A very experienced player who helps his team in any part of the game, at both ends. He can score and grab important rebonds, can defend well on forwards and guards too.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Giannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis

Center:
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lukas Palyza Joins GTK Gilwice - by Surujh Roopnarine

Czech Republic National Team member Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) will play in Poland with GTK Gliwice for the 2017-18 season. The 27-year old Palyza split his time last season in the Czech NBL between Prostejov and Decin, where he helped lead the latter team to the Finals. In his last 32 games with Decin, Palyza, a 6-8 forward, averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while connecting on 42.3% of his two-point shots and a respectable 34.9% from three-point range.
This will be the second foreign employment for Palyza, as he spent the 2014-15 season in Germnay playing for Bayreuth in the BBL. Aside from that season Palyza has spent the extent of his career plying in the domestic NBL,, with his hometown team Ostrava and Nymburk (where he was a three-time champion) in addition to his stints in Prostejov and Decin.




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Portuguese National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Jose Silva
Silva
Fabio Lima
Lima
Miguel Queiroz
Queiroz
Pedro Pinto
Pinto
Arnette Hallman
Hallman
#e#5
4Jose Silva 194-G/F-89 Benfica Portugal
6Jose Barbosa 178-PG-90 Oliveirense Portugal
7Stefan Djukic 202-F-89 Vitoria SC Portugal
9Nuno Oliveira 186-PG-89 Benfica Portugal
10Fabio Lima 198-F/G-88 CAB Madeira Portugal
11Miguel Queiroz 202-PF-91 FC Porto Portugal
12Joao Guerreiro 205-F-90 Oliveirense Portugal
14Pedro Pinto 188-PG-88 FC Porto Portugal
17Henrique Piedade 189-SF-94 Martorell Spain
20Pedro Belo 212-C-92 CAB Madeira Portugal
21Tomas Barroso 184-PG-90 Benfica Portugal
22Arnette Hallman 200-F-88 Oliveirense Portugal

Mario Gomes Head Coach
Sergio Ramos Assistant Belenenses CF Portugal
Nuno Tavares Assistant Belenenses CF Portugal



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 2. Holloway, Quebradi.20.2 
 3. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 4. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 5. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Rosario, Quebradillas17.5 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.4 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce9.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Jefferson, Arecibo8.6 
 8. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 10. James, Fajardo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.8.4 
 2. Browne, San German7.7 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Patterson, Aguada5.4 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 9. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hodge, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 3. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 4. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Holloway, Quebradi.1.2 
 9. Romero, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.0 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Jefferson, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 7. Buckner, Fajardo1.1 
 8. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 


BSN Round 4 of Finals. Arecibo celebrate second victory - by Eurobasket News

Arecibo - Quebradillas 103-81

Arecibo evened the championship series at 2-2. They knocked down visiting Quebradillas to bounce back from the loss in Game 3. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Piratas managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Piratas 42-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) added 14 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Piratas. Five Piratas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Jefferson 34+12reb+6ast, C.Elonu 26+8reb+2ast, D.Huertas 20+6reb+2ast, W.Hodge 9+6reb+4ast, D.Clemente 5+2reb+3ast, A.Alamo 4+2reb
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 20+7reb+1ast, M.Rosario 16+3reb, T.Holloway 14+7ast, W.Daniels 14+5reb, A.Carmona 10+4reb+2ast, J.Mojica 5+4reb
gschID: 555016





Angel Rodriguez (ex Bayamon) agreed terms with Maccabi Haifa - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Puerto Rican point guard Angel Rodriguez (180-82kg-92, college: Miami, FL). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. The last season Rodriguez played at Cholet Basket in French ProA where in 24 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Rodriguez's team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2016. He received also All-ACC 3rd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Rodriguez represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket U17 in Aguas Calientes (Mexico) eight years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 20.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 5.0spg, FGP: 60.7%.
Rodriguez has played also professionally in Puerto Rico for Gallitos.
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An explosive guard, who can play in both 1 and 2 positions. Has great scoring skills and knows how to control the tempo the game.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dagan Yavzuri
Angel Rodriguez
Luke Martinez
Roi Huber

Forwards:
Willy Workman
Oz Blayzer
Netanel Artzi

Center:
Daniel Koperberg

Coach: Ofer Rahimi

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Morris Curry (ex Steaua CSM) agreed terms with TED Kolejliler - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Morris Curry (181-77kg-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Curry helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Olympique Antibes in French ProA where in 9 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.3apg.
Among other achievements Curry received Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Curry has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Finland (KTP Basket), Germany (Giessen 46ers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (AEK Athens), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and France (Chalons Reims and Sluc Nancy).
He attended Providence College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Morris Curry
Mert Gizir

Forward:
Yesukan Onar

Center:
Cem Coskun

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UBT Cluj Napoca signs Henry Domercant - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international guard Henry Domercant (194-95kg-80, college: E.Illinois). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. The last time (16) he played at Salt Lake City Stars (NBA G League) in the U.S. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2003 Domercant was drafted by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Eastern Illinois University staris in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Domercant played in the final of Turkish League in 2006 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Guard of the Year back in 2012.
Domercant represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 54.2%, FT: 77.8%.
Domercant is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka and Galatasaray).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at UBT Cluj Napoca.
Domercant could be described: A sweet-shooting SG, with good athletic skills. Runs the court well, and proven to be very effective from behind the 3pts arch. He's also a good rebounder for his position.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Domercant
Aleksandar Rasic
Giordan Watson
Vaidas Kariniauskas
Lasan Kromah

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

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Neftekhimik Tobolsk tabs Petr Shapovalov - by Eurobasket News

Neftekhimik Tobolsk (Superleague 3) inked 24-year old forward Petr Shapovalov (203-100kg-93). He has played for the last two years at Burevestnik in the Superleague 2. In 18 games he averaged 5.4ppg and 1.4rpg last season. Superleague 3 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Shapovalov played at BC Ryazan (Superleague). Superleague 2 was a little too high level for him, where in 6 Superleague games he had just 0.3ppg.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1spg.
Shapovalov has played previously for two other teams: Sojuz Zaretchny and Enisey Krasnoyarsk 2nd team.

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Alexey Zhukanenko (ex Samara-SGEU) agreed terms with P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) inked 31-year old Russian ex-international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-108kg-86, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at BC Samara-SGEU in Russian Superleague 1. In 27 games he recorded 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zhukanenko played at BK Astana in Kazakhstan league where in 5 FIBA Europe Cup games he averaged 11.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he had 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg.
Among other achievements Zhukanenko played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Zhukanenko was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Zhukanenko represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Zhukanenko has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Zhukanenko has played previously professionally also in Russia for Dynamo Moscow Unics Kazan Khimki Unics Kazan 2nd team Lokomotiv.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unicaja tabs James Augustine, ex CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) inked 33-year old American forward James Augustine (208-108kg-84, college: Illinois). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Augustine helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 31 games in VTB United League where he had 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. Augustine contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
In 2006 he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Augustine attended University of Illinois and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Augustine has played also professionally in Spain (Valencia Basket, UCAM Murcia and Gran Canaria), Russia (Khimki) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Forward with good agility, solid athlete ... Runs the floor well, fluid bigman ... Nothing spectacular but plays hard and has developed his offensive game inside ... Works hard inside for rebounds despite small build ... A hustler, plays hard on both ends, good energy level ...
Lacks much of an offensive game, scoring on a lot of put backs and baskets close in ... Offensive skills are somewhat mechanical, predictable ..
.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum
Morayo Soluade

Forwards:
James Augustine
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

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Neftekhimik Tobolsk inks Alexei Marchenko - by Alex Rovenskyi

Neftekhimik Tobolsk (Superleague 3) signed 30-year old guard Alexei Marchenko (191-95kg-87) from Elbrus Cherkessk. In 39 Superleague 3 games he had 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg last season.
Marchenko's team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2014.
He was a member of Russian U18 National Team back in 2005.
Marchenko has played previously for seven other teams: CSKA Moscow, Sojuz Zaretchny, Samara 2nd team, Alians, Volzhanin-GES Volzhskiy, Musson and Alians.

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Djordje Drenovac (ex MZT Skopje) signs at Mitteldeutscher BC - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) landed 25-year old Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92). He has played for the last two years at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Drenovac managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 17 Prva Liga games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. And finally Drenovac contributed to 21 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg. He won Macedonian League championship title for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). Drenovac received Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Player of the Year award in 2017.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 81.5%.
Drenovac is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions), Bosnia (Igokea), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Spain (Blancos de Rueda) and Serbia (Mega Vizura).
Let's have closer look into Drenovac's outlook: Considered one of the best players in Europe of his generation, he is a tall guard player who can spend time at the both forward positiions too. Plays much more mature than his age and he is always under control. Has great technical skills and a superior court vision. Always thinks much faster than the players of the same age, most of the observers compare him to the young Dejan Bodiroga, not only because he isn' t so quick...

Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hatten
Malte Schwarz
Djordje Drenovac
Lamont Jones
Eimantas Stankevicius
Pancake Thomas

Forwards:
Djordje Pantelic
Sergio Kerusch
Till Gloger
Kruize Pinkins
Jonas Niedermanner

Centers:
Benedikt Turudic
Alexander Herrmann

Coach: Igor Jovovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @alexraskovic)

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FMP Beograd adds Rowan to their roster - by Eurobasket News

FMP Beograd (KLS) added to their roster 21-year old American swingman Maverick Rowan (201-100kg-96). He just graduated from North Carolina State University (NCAA). Rowan has played there for the last three years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.
Rowan has played previously for another Serbian team Lincoln Park Prf Ar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jovan Djordjevic (ex Napredak K.) agreed terms with Handlova - by Eurobasket News

MBK Handlova (SBL) inked 24-year old Serbian swingman Jovan Djordjevic (198-93). He has played for the last five years at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac in Serbian KLS league. In 26 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Djordjevic was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale).
Djordjevic's game is described as: A player with great attitude and team mentality, he doesn't excel in any part of the game but helps his team all game long.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Ondrej Haviar
Jovan Djordjevic

Centers:
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nikolicbojan83)

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ALBA Berlin signs Stefan Peno - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) signed 20-year old Serbian guard Stefan Peno (198-97). He is a dual citizen owning also Guyanese passport. Peno has played for the last three seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 14 games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Peno helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team. Peno also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded only 1.1ppg.
Despite young age Peno had great career. Peno played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team back in 2013.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Peno played for Serbian Senior National Team in 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 27.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 76.0%.
Peno has played also professionally in Serbia (OKK Beograd).

ALBA Berlin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Akeem Vargas
Joshiko Saibou
Peyton Siva
Stefan Peno

Forwards:
Luke Sikma
Marius Grigonis
Niels Giffey
Spencer Butterfield

Centers:
Bogdan Radosavljevic
Dennis Clifford
Kresimir Nikic

Coach: Garcia Aito Reneses

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jovan Djordjevic (ex Napredak K.) agreed terms with Handlova - by Eurobasket News

MBK Handlova (SBL) inked 24-year old Serbian swingman Jovan Djordjevic (198-93). He has played for the last five years at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac in Serbian KLS league. In 26 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Djordjevic was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention in 2017.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale).
Djordjevic's game is described as: A player with great attitude and team mentality, he doesn't excel in any part of the game but helps his team all game long.

MBK Handlova roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Ondrej Haviar
Jovan Djordjevic

Centers:
Adam Stefek
Michal Dolnik

Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic

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CB Pardinyes-Lleida keeps Domingo for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Pardinyes-Lleida (EBA) re-signed 27-year old forward Pol Domingo (198-90). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 26 EBA games he averaged 12.5ppg and 5.6rpg in 2015-16 season.
Domingo has played previously for Monzon.

CB Pardinyes-Lleida roster for 2017-2018:

Pol Domingo
Adria Rivas
Ruben Fernandez
Jaime Aventin

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Menorca adds Mercadal to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Menorca Talaiotica CCE Sant Lluis (EBA) added to their roster 24-year old point guard Ciceron Mercadal (180-93) from CCE Sant Lluis. In 9 EBA games he recorded 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in 2015-16 season.
Mercadal has played previously for Alaior.

Menorca Talaiotica CCE Sant Lluis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Jimenez
Ciceron Mercadal

Forwards:
Gabriel Torres
Ismael Segui

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Henk Norel is a newcomer at Gipuzkoa - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Dutch international center Henk Norel (213-87) from Tecnyconta Zaragoza. Norel has played there for the last five years. In 29 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Norel's team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Norel has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Norel represented Holland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Norel has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Meridiano Alicante and CB Prat) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Rebounding and shot blocking have been improving steadily giving him a more than acceptable asset as far as hustling is concerned ... He plays with good intensity, and his heart and passion for the game are obvious.
He still has to strengthen his body in general and bulk up quite a bit ... Has a relatively slow shot, and the position of his elbow on his shooting arm tends to swing to the right
.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sandro Gacic agreed terms with BC Morabanc Andorra II - by Eurobasket News

BC Morabanc Andorra II (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Bosnian shooting guard Sandro Gacic (200-96) from Cantbasket. In 25 EBA games in Spain he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season Gacic played at Plasencia Extremadura where in 20 EBA games he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season.
Gacic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.8rpg.
Gacic has played previously for five other teams: Baskonia, Leon, Albacete, Alava and Goierri.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abia re-signs at Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old forward Larry Abia (195-93). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 29 LEB Gold games he had just 1.7ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
Abia's team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Abia's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 0.3ppg, 1.5rpg.
Abia has played previously for two other teams: Valencia Basket and Valencia 2.

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forwards:
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CB Clavijo lands Erik Quintela - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) landed 26-year old point guard Erik Quintela (184-91). He has played for the last three years at Xuven Cambados in the LEB Silver. In 34 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg (leader !!!) last season.
Among other achievements Quintela was selected to Eurobasket.com All- LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
He has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Maia_Basket) and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan and Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura).

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Morayo Soluade agreed terms with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old British ex-international swingman Morayo Soluade (196-89kg-95). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played most recently at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in LEB Gold. Soluade helped his team get promotion to Liga Endesa. In 42 LEB Gold games he recorded 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg last season. Soluade contributed to his team winning the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Gipuzkoa (also in LEB Gold). But in 8 games he averaged just 1.3ppg. But the most of that year Soluade spent at Clinicas Rincon (LEB Silver) where in 12 games he had 9.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 2.2spg.
Among other achievements Soluade received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 1st Team award back in 2011.
He was also a member of British international program for some years. Soluade played for British Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Soluade has played previously for another Spanish team Unicaja B Malaga.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum
Morayo Soluade

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

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Kenny Chery joins Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian point guard Kenny Chery (180-82kg-92, college: Baylor) from Real Betis. In 20 Liga Endesa games in Spain he had 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Chery played at Alba in Hungarian A Division where in 41 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Chery has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was a member of Canadian U18 National Team back in 2010.
Chery graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Center:
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

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Gipuzkoa tabs Miquel Salvo Llambrich - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) inked 23-year old power forward Miquel Salvo Llambrich (205-94). He played most recently at Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo in the LEB Gold. In 33 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Salvo Llambrich helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Tarragona (LEB Silver) where in 30 games he had 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Salvo Llambrich received Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Domestic Players Team award in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and Essor Charleroi).

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Center:
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

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Unicaja tabs James Augustine, ex CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) inked 33-year old American forward James Augustine (208-108kg-84, college: Illinois). He played most recently at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Augustine helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 31 games in VTB United League where he had 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. Augustine contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
In 2006 he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (41st overall). Augustine attended University of Illinois and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Augustine has played also professionally in Spain (Valencia Basket, UCAM Murcia and Gran Canaria), Russia (Khimki) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Forward with good agility, solid athlete ... Runs the floor well, fluid bigman ... Nothing spectacular but plays hard and has developed his offensive game inside ... Works hard inside for rebounds despite small build ... A hustler, plays hard on both ends, good energy level ...
Lacks much of an offensive game, scoring on a lot of put backs and baskets close in ... Offensive skills are somewhat mechanical, predictable ..
.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum
Morayo Soluade

Forwards:
James Augustine
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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CB Clavijo adds Olekaibe to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Kevin Olekaibe (188-82kg-92, college: UNLV). He has played for the last three seasons at Canton Charge (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 25 games he recorded 6.8ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
Three years ago Olekaibe was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in sixth round (102th overall).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Olekaibe's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 6 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @cesckbza)

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Utrera signs Francisco Marquez - by Greg

Alba Ibis CB Utrera (EBA) signed power forward Francisco Marquez (203) from Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team. In 20 EBA games he had 6.8ppg and 2.3rpg last season.

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FC Barcelona close to sign Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is about to agree terms with 28-year old French international center Kevin Seraphin (208-125kg-89) who played last time at Indiana Pacers in NBA. In 53 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Seraphin played at the Knicks in NBA where in 48 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in first round (17th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Seraphin's team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
Seraphin has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Seraphin also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 54.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Seraphin has played also professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards), Spain (Baskonia) and France (Cholet Basket).
On Seraphin: Explosive post player with ideal strength and toughness to play inside … Very aggressive around the rim, known for making ferocious dunks … Big, soft hands allow him to grab boards with ease … Strong rebounder with a willingness to bang inside.

FC Barcelona Lassa roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Victor Claver
Adrien Moerman
Rakim Sanders
Pierre Oriola
Aleksander Vezenkov

Center:
Ante Tomic

Coach: Alfonso Alonso

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Deividas Gailius (ex Lietuvos rytas) joins Burgos - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian international forward Deividas Gailius (200-98kg-88). He has played for the last two seasons at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 34 games he had 8.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. Gailius helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Gailius also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gailius' team won Lithuanian Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention in 2015.
Gailius has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2011 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
Gailius also represented Lithuania at the European Championships two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gailius has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai and Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda).
On Gailius: A small forward who can spend time at the 2 position if needed. He's enought athletic and yet very good at the offensive side. Can score from distance, create his shot and can grab some rebounds. Needs to improve his defensive skills to play at higher level, however, and seems to not love contacts.

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Coruna keeps Ferreiro for another season - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) re-signed 19-year old guard Pablo Ferreiro (187-98). He played there last season. But in 13 LEB Gold games he averaged just 1.3ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Ferreiro played at Estudiantes (EBA) where in 18 games he had 7.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg.

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forward:
Jonathan Gilling

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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CB Clavijo tabs rookie Felix Balamou in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) inked 23-year old Guinean guard Felix Balamou (193-93kg-94). Balamou has only college experience so far playing last time for St.John's (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 26 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg in 2015-16 season.
So his pro career will start in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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  SWEDEN  


Swedish National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Tobias Borg
Borg
Viktor Gaddefors
Gaddefors
Thomas Massamba
Massamba
Nicholas Spires
Spires
Marcus Eriksson
Eriksson
#e#5
4Jonathan Person 190-PG-93 Uppsala Sweden
5Tobias Borg 184-PG-93 RETAbet BB Spain
6Viktor Gaddefors 201-SF-92 JuveCaserta Italy
7Dino Pita 195-G-88 Krosno Poland
9Thomas Massamba 183-PG-85 Sodertalje Sweden
10Martin Pahlmblad 195-SG-86 Sodertalje Sweden
11Adam Ramstedt 208-SF-95 Sodertalje Sweden
14Alexander Lindqvist 205-F-91 Uppsala Sweden
16Nicholas Spires 210-C-94 Sodertalje Sweden
20Marcus Eriksson 201-G/F-93 Gran Canaria Spain
29Tim Schuberg 188-G-95 Norrkoping Sweden
40Carl Engstrom 216-C-91 Tartu Ulikool Estonia

Vedran Bosnic Head Coach Geneve Lions Switzerland
Adnan Chuk Assistant Norrkoping Sweden
Fredrik Joulamo Assistant BG Lulea Sweden



Tsmoki-Minsk inks Chris Czerapowicz - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) agreed terms with 26-year old Swedish international guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91kg-91, college: Davidson). He played last season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he had 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Czerapowicz also played that season for Krosno in Polish TBL where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Czerapowicz has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Czerapowicz also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Czerapowicz has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia) and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Sanda Basket).
He attended Davidson College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  


Lugano Tigers welcome back Molteni - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers (LNA) tabbed 30-year old former Swiss international forward Westher Molteni (200-87). It is actually his comeback to Lugano as he has played here before. Molteni has a double citizenship as he also holds Dominican Rep. passport. Molteni has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in the LNA. In 31 games he averaged 4.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Molteni helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
He also represented Switzerland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) ten years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 14.1ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 72.4%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Molteni experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Molteni has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Lausanne, Monthey, Massagno, SAV Vacallo and Breganzona) and Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago).

Lugano Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dominique Rambo
Isaiah Williams

Forwards:
Westher Molteni
Florian Steinmann

Coach: Thibaut Petit

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Swiss Central lands Austin Chatman, ex Mornar Bar - by Luca Maffioli

Swiss Central Basket Luzern (LNA) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Austin Chatman (183-82kg-93, college: Creighton, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Jan.'16. In 6 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg in 2015-16 season. Chatman also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.5apg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2014. Chatman received also HS All-Conference 1st Team award back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Chatman graduated from Creighton University in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

Swiss Central Basket Luzern roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastiano Morandi
Martynas Kairavicius
Austin Chatman
Marco Lehmann

Forwards:
Branko Tomic
Ivo Volic
Michael Pluess
Tommy Fankhauser

Center:
Luka Mandic

Coach: Danijel Eric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Morris Curry (ex Steaua CSM) agreed terms with TED Kolejliler - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Morris Curry (181-77kg-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Curry helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Olympique Antibes in French ProA where in 9 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.3apg.
Among other achievements Curry received Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Curry has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Finland (KTP Basket), Germany (Giessen 46ers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (AEK Athens), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and France (Chalons Reims and Sluc Nancy).
He attended Providence College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Morris Curry
Mert Gizir

Forward:
Yesukan Onar

Center:
Cem Coskun

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Virgin Islands National team member looking to cash out in $2M winner-take-all game - by David Edole

The journey of Boyd Anderson product Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St.) has reached an all-or-nothing stage of his career as he heads into Thursday's nationally televised championship game of the $2 million winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament.

Playing for Team Challenge ALS, a support group for former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who helped inspire the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Aska has previously played for the Heat's 2014 summer-league team and has spent his career playing overseas since going undrafted in 2012 out of Murray State.

With a victory Thursday over Overseas Elite in a 7 p.m. game on ESPN, the 6-foot-8 forward would receive a personal payday of $140,000.

The Basketball Tournament is a 64-team single-elimination event that includes players not currently under contract to NBA teams.

As part of Team Challenge ALS' salary structure, which is designed by each team, $250,000 of the $2 million winner-take-all prize would go to Frates to offset his medical expenses.

Aska lists his current address as Sunrise, is a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team. He joined PAOK of the Greek League in March.

Aska was the Sun Sentinel's high school boys basketball Player of the Year in 2008.



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  UKRAINE  


Mykolaiv tabs Anton Davydiuk - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) inked 25-year old power forward Anton Davydiuk (205-95kg-92) from SK Cherkasy Monkeys. In 8 Superleague games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Davydiuk was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team back in 2012.
He has played previously for two other teams: Halychyna and Vinnitsky Zubry.

MBC Mykolaiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Oleksandr Shostuha

Forwards:
Denis Noskov
Anton Davydiuk
Oleksandr Tsykalyuk

Center:
Oleksandr Kushnirov

Coach: Sergei Kirlan

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Le Havre tabs Stacy Davis, ex Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) inked 23-year old American forward Stacy Davis (198-111kg-94, college: Pepperdine). He played most recently at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukrainian Superleague. In 37 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg last season. Davis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he received All-WCC 1st Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Davis graduated from Pepperdine University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

STB Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Samir Mekdad
Seidou Njoya
Rudy Jomby
Omar Krayem

Forwards:
Sade Aded_Hussein
Jimmy Hall
Stacy Davis
Gauthier Denis

Center:
Fabien Paschal

Coach: Jean Manuel Sousa

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Morayo Soluade agreed terms with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old British ex-international swingman Morayo Soluade (196-89kg-95). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played most recently at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in LEB Gold. Soluade helped his team get promotion to Liga Endesa. In 42 LEB Gold games he recorded 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg last season. Soluade contributed to his team winning the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Gipuzkoa (also in LEB Gold). But in 8 games he averaged just 1.3ppg. But the most of that year Soluade spent at Clinicas Rincon (LEB Silver) where in 12 games he had 9.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 2.2spg.
Among other achievements Soluade received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 1st Team award back in 2011.
He was also a member of British international program for some years. Soluade played for British Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Soluade has played previously for another Spanish team Unicaja B Malaga.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dragan Milosavljevic
Nemanja Nedovic
Sasu Salin
Alberto Diaz
Ray McCallum
Morayo Soluade

Forwards:
Carlos Suarez
Adam Waczynski
Jeffrey Brooks
Daniel Diez

Centers:
Giorgi Shermadini
Viny Okouo

Coach: Joan Plaza

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Saah Nimley (ex Salon Vilpas) agreed terms with Newcastle Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) inked 24-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Saah Nimley (173-71kg-93, college: Charleston Southern, agency: Blacktop Management). He played most recently at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga.
The previous (15-16) season Nimley played at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL where in 15 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. Nimley helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements his team won Big South Conference South Division Regular Season in 2013. Nimley received also All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 3 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Nimley graduated from Charleston Southern in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: All American honourable mention, Big South player of the year, #5 in NCAA in scoring with 21.3ppg. Lightning quick guard who can get by his defender at will - combined with deadly long range shooting, often from 8-9meters. Tough scoring guard who also creates open shots for his teammates due to his quickness. Great professional work ethic.

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  URUGUAY  


Results for the Metro League 17th round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league 17th round.
Atenas 90 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 27 points
25 de Agosto 85 - Terrell Thomas (165-PG) 24 points 9 rebounds
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Sayago 94 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 28 points 12 rebounds
Marne 87 - Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 33 points 14 rebounds
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Capitol 80 - Hector Silva (192-F-90) 23 points 10 rebounds
Colon 76 - Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) 32 points 9 rebounds
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Union Atletica 66 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 30 points 9 rebounds
Cordon 61 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 11 points 10 rebounds
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Auriblanco 97 - Rodrigo Goncalvez 25 points12 rebounds
Miramar 88 - Martin Trelles (187-F-96) 28 points 14 rebounds
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Verdirrrojo 90 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 27 points 8 rebounds
Tabare 72 - Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) 13 points 4 rebounds



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  VENEZUELA  


Comunicaciones land Isaiah Swann, ex Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes (TNA) tabbed 32-year old American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-87kg-85, college: Florida State). He played most recently at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 50 games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.3apg last season. Swann helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Cholet Basket in French ProA where in 16 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg.
In 2010 (two years after he left the college) Swann was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in sixth round (10th overall).
He attended Florida State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Swann won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2010.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Swann experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Swann has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Braunschweig and ratiopharm Ulm), Italy, Turkey (Gaziantep and Istanbul BBSK), Israel (Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Ashdod) and Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico and Metros de Santiago).
He is described as: An athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers.

Comunicaciones Mercedes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan Figueroa
Isaiah Swann
Emiliano Correa

Forwards:
Arn Lucas
Fernando Funes

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Tsmoki-Minsk inks Chris Czerapowicz - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) agreed terms with 26-year old Swedish international guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91kg-91, college: Davidson). He played last season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he had 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Czerapowicz also played that season for Krosno in Polish TBL where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Czerapowicz has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Czerapowicz also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Czerapowicz has played previously professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia) and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Sanda Basket).
He attended Davidson College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dardan BERISHA
  POL
  (191-SG-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Berisha, KOS28.0 
 2. Eriksson, SWE25.0 
 3. Bost, BUL23.0 
 4. Poeltl, AUT22.0 
 5. Mahalbasic, AUT22.0 
 6. Hess, ARM22.0 
 7. Rancik, SVK20.0 
 8. Kostov, BUL18.0 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD17.0 
 10. Musa, BIH17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Vezenkov, BUL13.0 
 2. Vrabac, BIH9.0 
 3. Jones, SVK9.0 
 4. Fischer, ARM9.0 
 5. Lanegger, AUT8.0 
 6. Hess, ARM7.0 
 7. Tavakalyan, ARM7.0 
 8. Batka, SVK7.0 
 9. Rugova, KOS7.0 
 10. Lamesic, AUT7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas MASSAMBA
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Massamba, SWE6.0 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL5.0 
 3. Mekaj, KOS5.0 
 4. Lamesic, AUT4.0 
 5. Marinov, BUL4.0 
 6. Strazimiri, ALB4.0 
 7. Berisha, KOS4.0 
 8. Jones, SVK4.0 
 9. Lanegger, AUT4.0 
 10. Ihring, SVK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Viktor GADDEFORS
  SWE
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gaddefors, SWE3.0 
 2. Moser, ALB3.0 
 3. Queiroz, POR2.0 
 4. Shima, ALB2.0 
 5. Vezenkov, BUL2.0 
 6. Musil, SVK2.0 
 7. Massamba, SWE2.0 
 8. Hallman, POR2.0 
 9. Poeltl, AUT1.0 
 10. Mekikj, MKD1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Spires, SWE6.0 
 2. Shima, ALB2.0 
 3. Mkrtychyan, ARM1.0 
 4. Nikolovski, MKD1.0 
 5. Fischer, ARM1.0 
 6. Poeltl, AUT1.0 
 7. Hallman, POR1.0 
 8. Rancik, SVK1.0 
 9. Marinov, BUL1.0 
 10. Tomic, BIH1.0 




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Women News


Angolan women's team lose to Brazil in friendly - by Eurobasket News

The Angolan national senior women's basketball team lost on Tuesday to Brazil by 57-63, in the friendly match as part of their preparation, ahead of their participation in the African Cup of Nations (Afrobasket2017), to take place in Bamako, Mali. At halftime, according to Radio 5, the Angolan squad was already losing the game by 26-27. In the continental competition, Angola is integrated in Group A, alongside Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Tunisia and Mali (host country). Senegal are the defending champions.
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  COSTA RICA  


Mercer Women Defeat Costa Rican National Team Twice - by Eurobasket News

The Mercer women's basketball team handled its business on the international hardwood as it defeated the Costa Rican National Women's Team twice, 74-48 and 90-53, on Monday and Tuesday. Both games were played in San Jose. The Bears will remain overseas until Friday, Aug. 4 before returning to Macon. The Bears also spent time at a local school/orphanage on Tuesday where they spent time with children ages 3-12. "I am really proud of our team for the hard work they put in this summer in preparation for our trip to Costa Rica," said head coach Susie Gardner . "We were able to play everyone significant minutes and we learned a lot about ourselves. This is a fun and exciting team to coach."
Courtesy of: mercerbears.com



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  GREECE  


Mauriana Clayton agreed terms with Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos Volou 1937 (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American power forward Mauriana Clayton (188-95, college: Pacific). She played in the summer at Dublin in Eurobasket Summer League in Los Angeles, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. In 27 ESL games she recorded 3.4ppg and 4.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Clayton played at another team Tigers in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 26 games she averaged 4.9ppg and 5.6rpg.
She just graduated from University of Pacific and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

Olympiakos Volou 1937 roster for 2017-2018:

Nena Pagalidou
Anastasia-Theodora Galiatsatou
Ciara Andrews
Danai Agani
Panagiota Dimitriadou
Mauriana Clayton

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  ISRAEL  


Michal Assaf (ex Calgary) joins H.R. Le-Zion - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) added to their roster 23-year old Israeli guard Michal Assaf (165-94, college: Maine). She just graduated from University of Maine. In 23 games she had 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Assaf played at Hapoel Petah Tikva where in 19 games she recorded 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the League Semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Assaf represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4spg.
Assaf has played previously for Maccabi Ramat Gan and Ganei Tikva.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:

Sydney Colson

Adi_Rachel Lux
Michal Assaf

Forwards:
Eden Porat
Hadar Hadad

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Vargiu re-signs at Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 29-year old point guard Marta Vargiu (168-88). She played there last season. But in 16 Serie A2 games she had just 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Vargiu played at Irpino where in 9 Serie A2 games she recorded 4.7ppg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
She helped her team to make it to the A2 Semifinals in 2015.
Vargiu has played previously for Rende.

Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marta Vargiu
Iva Georgieva
Arianna Puggioni
Chiara Pastena

Forwards:
Simona Sorrentino
Alessandra Markovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Skadaite re-signs at Suduva - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international forward Neringa Skadaite (179-92). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 LMKL games she recorded 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg last season. Skadaite helped them to win the LMKL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 2nd Team. She also played 13 games in Baltic League where she averaged 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.2apg.
Skadaite has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Skadaite also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg.
Skadaite has played previously for Aistes-LSU-Paradis Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suduva tabs Lina Mikeleviciene - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) inked 30-year old forward Lina Mikeleviciene (182-87) from Fortuna. In 20 LMKL games she was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and recorded 5.1rpg and 1.9apg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 3rd Team.
Mikeleviciene is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Mercer Women Defeat Costa Rican National Team Twice - by Eurobasket News

The Mercer women's basketball team handled its business on the international hardwood as it defeated the Costa Rican National Women's Team twice, 74-48 and 90-53, on Monday and Tuesday. Both games were played in San Jose. The Bears will remain overseas until Friday, Aug. 4 before returning to Macon. The Bears also spent time at a local school/orphanage on Tuesday where they spent time with children ages 3-12. "I am really proud of our team for the hard work they put in this summer in preparation for our trip to Costa Rica," said head coach Susie Gardner . "We were able to play everyone significant minutes and we learned a lot about ourselves. This is a fun and exciting team to coach."
Courtesy of: mercerbears.com



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  PERU  


Liga de Lima Round 3: Univer./Real Club keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Liga de Lima.

Univer./Real Club defeated Naval in Lima 33-20. Naval will play next round against Circolo trying to get back on the winning streak. Univer./Real Club will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game in was also worth to mention about. San Borja (1-1) played at the court of Circolo (0-3). San Borja managed to secure a 5-point victory 50-45. San Borja will play against Regatas in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Circolo will play against Naval and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Univer./Real Club - Naval 33-20

Univer./Real Club defeated Naval in Lima 33-20. Naval will play next round against Circolo trying to get back on the winning streak. Univer./Real Club will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
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Circolo - San Borja 45-50

The game in was also worth to mention about. San Borja (1-1) played at the court of Circolo (0-3). San Borja managed to secure a 5-point victory 50-45. San Borja will play against Regatas in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Circolo will play against Naval and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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  POLAND  


Tania Perez (ex AE Sedis) agreed terms with Sleza Wroclaw - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) inked 26-year old Spaniard guard Tania Perez (183-91). She has played for the last two years at AE Sedis in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg last season.
Among other achievements Perez's team won Argentinian Liga Nacional Regular Season in 2015. She received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Liga Nacional 3rd Team award in 2015.
Perez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg.
Perez has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Perez has played previously professionally in Argentina (Berazategui).

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Klaudia Sosnowska

Center:
Dragana Svitlica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Vila re-signs at Sant Adria - by Eurobasket News

Femeni Sant Adria (LFB) confirmed in their roster 26-year old forward Mireia Vila (183-91, college: St.Joseph's). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 LF2 games she had 9.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg last season. Vila helped them to win the LF2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at AE Sedis where in 13 games she recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg. Vila contributed to her team making it to the final.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Vila's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Vila has played previously for Universitario de Ferrol.
She attended Saint Joseph's University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tania Perez (ex AE Sedis) agreed terms with Sleza Wroclaw - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) inked 26-year old Spaniard guard Tania Perez (183-91). She has played for the last two years at AE Sedis in Spanish LFB league. In 26 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg last season.
Among other achievements Perez's team won Argentinian Liga Nacional Regular Season in 2015. She received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Liga Nacional 3rd Team award in 2015.
Perez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg.
Perez has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Perez has played previously professionally in Argentina (Berazategui).

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Klaudia Sosnowska

Center:
Dragana Svitlica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Distrito Olimpico tabs Sara Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid (LFB) inked 24-year old guard Sara Gutierrez (171-93) from Fundal Alcobendas. Gutierrez has played there for the last five years. In 26 LF2 games she averaged just 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final.
Gutierrez has played previously for three other teams: ASEFA Estudiantes, Real Canoe and Leganes.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Joventut Les Corts Barcelona tabs rookie Cristina Soriano in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Joventut Les Corts Barcelona (LF2) inked Spaniard center Cristina Soriano (196). Soriano just graduated from Monroe College (JUCO).
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Soriano won Reg-XV in 2017.

Joventut Les Corts Barcelona roster for 2017-2018:

Paula Tutusaus
Angels Farre
Helena Santamaria
Maria Cordon
Judith Turrion
Cristina Soriano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Patel picks up coaching reins of hometown Riders - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester native Krumesh Patel will step up to the role of WBBL Head Coach next season for the Riders, alongside his role as Head of the Charnwood College Women's Programme.

Patel enters his fifth season involved with the Riders following tremendous grow and success of the Charnwood College Women's programme over the past three seasons, including multiple finals appearances and titles - whilst also assisting at the WBBL level throughout the Riders time in the league.

'I am excited to take the reigns of our WBBL team next season," commented Coach Patel.

"It has been a great experience to work alongside Matt [Harber] over the last few season as our programme has continued to move forwards.

"We have an excellent staff and exciting players to work with so I am looking forward to continuing the progress of recent seasons and helping the club by leading team next season.'

Patel will continue with the role of Charnwood College play-caller, alongside his new WBBL responsibilities with additional coaches being sourced to expand the coaching staff next season.

Managing Director Russell Levenston commented on the recent appointment by adding:"We are very excited to have Krumesh [Patel] step into the role of WBBL Head Coach next season.

"His time with the Women's programme has seen it continue to get better and better. His work alongside Matthew Harber will no doubt allow a seamless transition period this month ahead of the pre-season starting in September."

Be sure to follow @RidersWomen for more updates on players and the season as pre-season approaches for the Leicester Riders in the WBBL.



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  WMLBA  


Dallas Struggles on the Road, Tennessee Finishes Strong. - by Janell Burse

The final week of the WMLBA regular season wrapped up with wins for the Carolina Stars and Tennessee Storm. Tennessee looks like they're peaking at the right time with a 104-59 victory against the Midwest Reign. "Next season we know where we need to get better. I'm looking forward to adding to the talent we already have and coming back with our hearts set on a championship." -Jeff Graves, Midwest Reign Head Coach.
A championship is something that is looking very promising for the Dallas Lightning this weekend in Houston. Dallas split their weekend against the Carolina Stars winning their first game on the road 101-68 but fell short in their back to back against the Stars losing 82-83. The loss this weekend doesn't bear any weight on Dallas' playoff standing, Dallas Head Coach Alicia Thompson was extremely proud of her team for how hard they fought, "we came off a long trip and were a little shorthanded but this group came to fight and that's just what we did." Dallas has their eyes set on taking the WMLBA Championship while the Carolina Stars have their eyes set on next season. "I feel that we made a positive impact in our community this season and we have dedicated players that are only going to get better this offseason. I'm definitely looking forward to coming back next year better than ever." -Ciara Anderson, Carolina Stars Head Coach.
The Carolina Stars can do just that. The 2018 season will be an exciting one to watch but for now we'll all be watching who takes home the first ever WMLBA Championship trophy Sunday night in Houston. For more information on the WMLBA Championship weekend, please visit www.WMLBA.com or www.theWsportsnetwork.com
-J. Henderson WMLBA writer



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  WNBA  


Lynx dominate Atlanta in fourth quarter for 20th win - by Eurobasket News

The Lynx only resembled the WNBA's best team, with a 20-2 record now, in the fourth quarter. But a single period of dominance was enough for Minnesota to win 69-54 at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. Atlanta took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter, then became the first team to not make a single field goal in a quarter against the Lynx. The Dream turned the ball over 10 times in that quarter while going 0-for-18 from the field. Atlanta scored just two points, on free throws, while the Lynx scored 23. 'I've been in basketball a long time,' Atlanta coach Michael Cooper said. 'This is something new to see.' More important down the road than the win that built on the best start in franchise history, though, was the lineup the Lynx used to finish. Guards Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) and Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, college: Texas Tech) played with Minnesota's regular front line - Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management), Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU). Point guard Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) left with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left in the third quarter and did not return because of an injury around her left pinkie. Reeve said after the game that 'tomorrow there will be action taken, whatever it is.' The Lynx are already without Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU), who missed her second consecutive game for 'personal reasons.' Reeve, who has called Augustus' status 'day to day,' said before the game she did not anticipate the 12-year pro being absent long term, but she wasn't certain. 'Today might be different than what tomorrow brings,' Reeve said. Augustus' absence meant fourth-year forward Natasha Howard and rookie guard Alexis Jones (5'9''-G-94, college: Baylor) saw early playing time again. Perkins started in Augustus' place and played 36 minutes for a second consecutive game. Montgomery is more adept at pressing and challenging her opponent on defense than Whalen, Reeve said, and Perkins, at 35, remains quick on the perimeter. Those two reserves helped the Lynx blitz the Dream and score nine fast-break points in the fourth quarter. 'That's when I'm at my best, when I'm not stagnant,' said Fowles, who scored 12 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter. Fowles, who has won three consecutive Western Conference Player of the Month awards, also had 13 rebounds and two blocks. Teammate Maya Moore added 15 points, five rebounds and five steals. Montgomery said the lineup with her and Perkins is 'completely opposite' of the one with Whalen and Augustus. Montgomery, who had five points and seven assists, is a more willing three-point shooter. Perkins at 5-8 is 4 inches shorter than Augustus. But the Lynx have been here before, Reeve made sure to say after the game. In 2015, Montgomery had to fill in for Whalen and started five games. Augustus played only 16 games that season. Minnesota won a championship that year, and the Lynx have already clinched a playoff spot this year. They hold a 3-game lead over the Los Angeles Spark atop the overall standings, so for now this team has little reason to worry. ' If we have to get through any period of time,' Reeve said, 'I'm confident that we can.'
Courtesy of: startribune.com