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  ABA LEAGUE  



Cibona inks Dominic Gilbert - by Zeljko Zule

After a one-month try-out period, Cibona signed a contract with Australian with Croatian citizenship Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) for the coming season.
Gilbert started last season with Kvarner 2010 and in March moved to Sanac Karlovac, for whom he averaged 20.7 points (ranked second), 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. In his final season at Trinity Grammar, he averaged 19.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. 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 per cent 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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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria fire past Cameroon, reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Cameroon 106:91

Nigeria gained an early lead and never looked back en route to the victory over Cameroon in today's quarterfinal clash in Tunis. Ike Nwamu (196-G-93, college: UNLV) delivered 25 points and handed out 7 assists to lead the Tigers.
Nigeria picked up the offensive tempo right from the start. They dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 7-point lead. Nigeria accumulated a 52:43 halftime lead. Cameroon reduced the deficit at 5 points at the final intermission. Nigeria unloaded though 31 points in the fourth term and iced the win. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds for Nigeria. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) added 22 points in the victory. Boris Mbala (185-G-96) answered with 32 points for Cameroon. Felix Bogmis (192-G-92) chipped in 25 points in the loss.

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Diogu 28, Ike Nwamu 25, Bryant Mbamalu 22
Cameroon: Boris Mbala 23, Felix Bogmis 25



2017 AfroBasket: Senegal beat Angola, complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Senegal - Angola 66:57

Senegal punched the AfroBasket semifinal ticket. They toppled Angola in the last quarterfinal game of the day in Tunis. Louis Adams (193-G-90) scored 11 points to pace the winers.
Senegal eked out a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola though bounced right back. They went on a 21:15 run in the second term to secure a 37:34 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued in the second half. Senegal used a 17:8 run in the third period to regain a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Senegal boosted the lead at 8-point mark midway through the fourth stanza and held on to the advantage to rally to the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Clevin Hannah (179-PG-87, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 10 points apiece for Senegal. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) notched 17 points for Angola. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) banked in 8 points in the defeat.

Senegal: Louis Adams 11, Maurice Ndour 10, Clevin Hannah 10
Angola: Leonel Paulo 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 8



2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia overwhelm DR Congo - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - DR Congo 80:61

Tunisia clinched the AfroBasket semifinal berth. They cruised past DR Congo in the quarterfinal battle today. Makram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Tunisia eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime advantage. However the hosts shifted the gear in the third term. They ignited a 27:12 rally to clear off. Tunisia held DR Congo to just 15 points in the fourth stanza to rally to a comfortable win. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 14 points in the victory. Evariste Shonganya (204-F/C-92, agency: Promotex) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for DR Congo. Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) and Rolly Fula (198-F-93) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.

Tunisia: Makram Ben Romdhane 22+14 boards, Mohamed Hadidane 17, Mourad El Mabrouk 14
DR Congo: Evariste Shonganya 19, Herve Kabasele 11, Rolly Fula 11



2017 AfroBasket: Mohamed Choua leads Morocco past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Morocco - Egypt 66:62

Morocco advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 AfroBasket. They topped Egypt in the quarterfinal today. Mohamed Choua (202-F/C-92) notched 12 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Egypt eked out a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Morocco pulled in front in the second term. They established a 35:32 halftime lead. Egypt narrowed the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth frame. However Mohamed Choua stepped up for Morocco late in the game to secure the winning outcome. Zakaria El Masbahi (192-F/G-79) topscored with 17 points in the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) answered with 22 points for Egypt. Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) netted 11 points in the loss.

Morocco: Zakaria El Masbahi 17, Mohamed Choua 12+15 boards, Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 22, Amr El Gendy 11



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  ANGOLA  


2017 AfroBasket: Senegal beat Angola, complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Senegal - Angola 66:57

Senegal punched the AfroBasket semifinal ticket. They toppled Angola in the last quarterfinal game of the day in Tunis. Louis Adams (193-G-90) scored 11 points to pace the winers.
Senegal eked out a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola though bounced right back. They went on a 21:15 run in the second term to secure a 37:34 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued in the second half. Senegal used a 17:8 run in the third period to regain a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Senegal boosted the lead at 8-point mark midway through the fourth stanza and held on to the advantage to rally to the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Clevin Hannah (179-PG-87, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 10 points apiece for Senegal. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) notched 17 points for Angola. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) banked in 8 points in the defeat.

Senegal: Louis Adams 11, Maurice Ndour 10, Clevin Hannah 10
Angola: Leonel Paulo 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 8



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  ARGENTINA  


Lonzie inks at Estudiantes Olavarria at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Tyler Lonzie (198-104kg-94). Lonzie just graduated from SE Oklahoma (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. Lonzie played 22 games where he recorded 11.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Estudiantes Olavarria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patricio Rodriguez
Luciano Tantos
Alejo Montes_Cardozo
Andres Lugli
Agustin Brocal

Forwards:
Santiago Arese
Joaquin Gamazo
Tyler Lonzie

Center:
Ignacio Galardo

Coach: Alvaro Castineira

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



UCAM Murcia top Obras Sanitarias in test game - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia - Obras 73:66

UCAM Murcia overcame Obras Sanitarias in the latest preseason game. Brad Oleson (191-PG-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) nailed 15 points to lead the winners.
Obras jumped to an early lead. The Argentinean team took a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Obras extended the margin at 8-point mark in the second quarter. They entered the second half up by four points 35:31. Obras maintained the lead throughout the third term. They were still up by 3 points 54:51 in the fourth period. But UCAM Murcia stepped on the gas in the final quarter. They surged ahead to rally to the victory. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) tossed in 13 points in the win. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) answered with 19 points for Obras. Valdelicio had 13 points in the loss.



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  AUSTRIA  


Prince Williams is a newcomer at Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart Gunners (A Bundesliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Prince Williams (193-88kg-92, college: E.Carolina). He played most recently at Greensboro Swarm (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 23 games he recorded 3.1ppg last season.
Williams was awarded All-AAC Most Improved Player of the Year in 2016.
He graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Oberwart Gunners roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georg Wolf
Prince Williams
Louis Dabney
Sebastian Kaeferle
Buay Tuach
Jakob Skutta
Jutas Bodo

Forwards:
Benjamin Blazevic
Denzel Gregg
Renato Poljak
Paul Schuecker
Roland Reinelt

Center:
Maximilian Schuecker

Coach: Lluis Pino

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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Premier League Round 2: Leader Al-Ittihad loses to Sitra - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Premier League.

Al-Ittihad (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sitra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Sitra 62-56. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds. Iraqi Ali Abdulla chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Sitra is looking forward to face Al-Ahli (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al-Ittihad will play against Al-Riffa and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Al-Muharraq and Al-Riffa where Al-Muharraq (2-0) beat Al-Riffa (1-1) on the road 76-69. Ali Abbas orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Bader Abdulla contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Al-Riffa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al-Muharraq will play against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Riffa will play at home against Al-Ittihad (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Al-Ahli (1-1) outscored Hidd (0-2) 111-71 on Thursday night. Quinton Doggett had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Hussain Lulu responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Ahli will meet at home Sitra (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hidd will play against Isa Town (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 2 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Isa Town was defeated by Al-Nweidrat in Nuwaidrat 74-58. Winless Samaheej lost to undefeated Al-Hala at home 56-74. Al-Najma won against Al-Bahrain on the opponent's court 106-93.

Sitra - Al-Ittihad 62-56

Al-Ittihad (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sitra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Sitra 62-56. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds. Iraqi Ali Abdulla chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Ali Ghadeer added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sitra is looking forward to face Al-Ahli (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al-Ittihad will play against Al-Riffa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Al-Ittihad: A.Wilkerson 17+14reb+3ast, A.Ghadeer 11+5reb+1ast, H.Helal 11+2reb+3ast, S.Hameed 10+5reb+2ast, A.Helal 4+2reb, S.Ghuloom 3+2reb+2ast
Sitra: A.Okosun 20+26reb+2ast, M.Abdullah 12+2reb+6ast, A.Abdulla 11+10reb+1ast, M.Abdulredha 10+3reb, A.Eid 6+1ast, I.Abdulameer 3+1ast
gschID: 570310


Al-Ahli - Hidd 111-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Al-Ahli (1-1) outscored Hidd (0-2) 111-71 on Thursday night. Al-Ahli dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hidd's 40 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Al-Ahli forced 24 Hidd turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Hesham Sarhan (-92) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Hussain Lulu responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Nooraldeen Mohamed produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Al-Ahli and four Hidd 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. Al-Ahli will meet at home Sitra (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hidd will play against Isa Town (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hidd: H.Lulu 20+9reb+4ast, Y.Abdulla 13+2reb+3ast, N.Mohamed 10+11reb+3ast, A.Moaweya 10+6reb+3ast, S.Mohamed 6+2reb, A.Alromaihi 4+4reb
Al-Ahli: K.Majed 20+3reb+2ast, S.Hussain 17+4reb+1ast, H.Sarhan 16+4reb+5ast, H.Shaker 15+2reb+6ast, Q.Doggett 15+11reb, A.Aqeel 12+3reb+2ast
gschID: 570309


Al-Nweidrat - Isa Town 74-58

Al-Nweidrat used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Issa Town 74-58 on Wednesday night. Al-Nweidrat outrebounded Isa Town 48-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mohammed Buti chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Mahmood Aziz responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Yousif Hashem scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Al-Nweidrat will meet Al-Hala in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Isa Town will play against Hidd (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Isa Town: M.Aziz 24+8reb+2ast, Y.Hashem 10+5reb+4ast, M.Jaber 6+1ast, M.Habib 5+2reb, H.Ramadhan 3+5reb+1ast, T.Hasan 3+2reb
Al-Nweidrat: E.Albasri 14+1reb, M.Buti 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ilic 14+10reb+2ast, H.Hasan 8+1reb+1ast, A.Hassan 7+9reb+2ast, J.Abdulla 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 570307


Samaheej - Al-Hala 56-74

No shocking result in a game in Manama where Al-Hala (2-0) defeated Samaheej (0-2) 74-56 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Samaheej 62-38 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Ahmed Haji (175, college: Highland CC, IL) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ali Jaffar chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Sydney Coleman (204-93, college: Xavier, LA) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jassim Mohamed scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Al-Hala will meet at home Al-Nweidrat (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samaheej will play against Al-Manama (#4) in Manama and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Samaheej: M.Busafwan 15+2reb, S.Coleman 12+12reb, J.Mohamed 10+7reb+1ast, H.Busafwan 8+3reb+2ast, B.Adel 6+3reb, M.Ismaeel 3+6reb+1ast
Al-Hala: A.Haji 17+10reb+1ast, A.Jaffar 13+5reb+1ast, H.Gerashi 10+5reb+3ast, L.Woods 9+7reb+1ast, S.Alqallaf 6+4reb, A.Abbas 4+5reb
gschID: 570308


Al-Bahrain - Al-Najma 93-106

Very expected game in Manama where Al-Bahrain (0-2) was defeated by Al-Najma (2-0) 106-93 on Tuesday. Al-Najma looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Haminn Quantance had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Abbas Jawadi (178-90) chipped in 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Al-Najma players scored in double figures. Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Ali Jalil scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Al-Bahrain's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Najma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al-Bahrain will play against Al-Muharraq (#2) in Al Muharraq and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Al-Bahrain: S.Sall 25+12reb+2ast, S.Shams 11+4reb+1ast, K.Ali 10+2reb+1ast, M.Khalili 9+3reb+2ast, M.Abdulnabi 9+4reb+2ast, F.Abbas 8+3reb+3ast
Al-Najma: H.Quantance 30+21reb+7ast, A.Jawadi 27+4reb+2ast, Q.Hassan 18+9reb+4ast, M.Bullay 18+5reb+4ast, M.Alboosta 7+1reb, H.Taqi 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 570305


Al-Riffa - Al-Muharraq 69-76

Another exciting game was between Al-Muharraq and Al-Riffa where Al-Muharraq (2-0) beat Al-Riffa (1-1) on the road 76-69. Al-Muharraq shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Al-Riffa only scored four points from the stripe. Al-Muharraq forced 26 Al-Riffa turnovers. Al-Riffa was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Ali Abbas orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Bader Abdulla contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mohammed Hakeem added 13 points in the effort for Al-Riffa. Four Al-Riffa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al-Muharraq will play against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Riffa will play at home against Al-Ittihad (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al-Riffa: C.Godfrey 15+10reb+1ast, M.Hakeem 13+4reb+2ast, S.Mahdi 12+1reb+2ast, A.Ghali 12+5reb, A.Asghar 6+4reb+1ast, H.Almoosawi 6+3reb+6ast
Al-Muharraq: A.Abbas 29+2reb+2ast, B.Abdulla 15+5reb+1ast, M.Alderazi 14+4reb+2ast, A.Hassan Shukralla 8+12reb, A.Salman 6+1reb, A.Motawa 2+3reb
gschID: 570306





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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


P.Zvaigzdes ink Ryan Harrow, ex Rosa - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) signed 26-year old American guard Ryan Harrow (188-73kg-91, college: Georgia State, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Rosa in Polish PLK league. In 12 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.3apg. Harrow also played that season for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 20 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Harrow was also voted NABC All-District 24 1st Team in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Anagennises) and Greece (Cretan Kings).
Harrow attended Georgia State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steponas Babrauskas
Arturs Ausejs
Tomas Lekunas
Tomas Galeckas
Ryan Harrow
Ignas Fiodorovas

Forwards:
Alexey Zhukanenko
Vyacheslav Bobrov
Julius Kazakauskas
Nikita Balashov

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @3EyeSports)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



Kaufmanis re-signs at Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-93kg-89, agency: HMS). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 40 LBL games he had 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg last season. Kaufmanis helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Kaufmanis also played 14 games in Baltic League where he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kaufmanis won Latvian League championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Kaufmanis represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Kaufmanis has played previously professionally also in Spain (Lleida_Basquet) and Latvia (Valmiera/ORDO-2 and VEF Riga).

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Janis Kaufmanis

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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Michael Jenkins agreed terms with Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) inked 31-year old American shooting guard Michael Jenkins (192-87kg-86, college: Winthrop) from The Flexx Pistoia. Jenkins managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 Serie A games in Italy he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Aris in Greek A1 where in 19 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg. Jenkins helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2008 Albany Patroons selected him as first overall pick in CBA draft.
He attended Winthrop University and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Jenkins has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2013. Jenkins received also All-Big South Conference 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Jenkins is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Bosnia, Germany (Walter Tigers), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Istanbul BBSK), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder), Montenegro (Buducnost), CBA (Albany P.) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Jenkins' game is described as: The classic "combo guard" who can do very well at European level. He''s is a good scorer and has enough court vision and passing skills to spend time at the point.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Jenkins
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Tomas Kyzlink
Modestas Kumpys
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Mihajlo Jerkovic
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos
Edvinas Seskus

Centers:
Karolis Petrukonis
Paul Biligha

Coach: Walter De Raffaele

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  BELARUS  


Tsmoki-Minsk lands Devon Saddler, ex JP-Auto JKSE - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American guard Devon Saddler (183-95kg-91, college: Delaware). He played most recently at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.9apg last season. Saddler also played that season for Egis Kormend (also in A Division) where in 10 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Saddler's college team won CAA Tournament in 2014. He received also NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014.
Saddler has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Apollon Patras) and Italy (Omegna).
He attended University of Delaware until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Viachaslau Korzh
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Siarhei Tatur
Siarhei Vabischevich
Devon Saddler
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Dmitri Paliashchuk
Mikita Meshcharakou
Andrei Navoichyk
Aliaksandr Semianiuk
Anton Vashkevich
Viktor Ovsepyan
David Kravish
Yauheni Beliankou

Center:
Maksim Salash

Coach: Aleksander Krutikov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belarus



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  BELGIUM  


Thomas De Thaey joins Timba Timosoara - by Eurobasket News

BC Timba Timisoara (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 26-year old Belgian forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State, agency: Octagon Europe). He was about to sign at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in British BBL league. The last season De Thaey played at Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League where in 35 games he had 5.9ppg and 3.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
De Thaey represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.9ppg, 7.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.3%.
De Thaey has played previously professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy) and Belgium (Antwerp Giants, Oostende, Leuven Bears and Kangoeroes).
He attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On De Thaey: Thomas is an extremly strong player who fights for every rebound. He is more SF/PF than classic PF or Center but he can play back to the basket as well he can shoot from the mid/long range. He can play defense against bigger players thanks to his strength and he can stop smaller SF thanks to his speed. Great player with a lot of skills and role modes. Can finnish above the rim. He is very good in transition - runs the floor very well. Great teammate to have!.

BC Timba Timisoara roster for 2017-2018:

Bogdan Popescu
Branko Jereminov
Thomas De Thaey
Mack Lamont
Cameron Naylor
Tiegbe Bamba
Alon Sonenfeld
Marius Deconescu

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  BOSNIA  


Bosnjak adds Markovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

KK Bosnjak Hadzici (Division I) added to their roster 25-year old Bosnian forward Miljan Markovic (203-92). He played last season at Gruppo SME Caorle in Italian Serie C Gold. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg. Markovic helped them to make it to the group semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Tamis in Serbian KLS where in 9 games he averaged 3.2ppg and 1.3rpg.
Markovic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Markovic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Grosuplje) and Bosnia (KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad, Igokea and KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina).

KK Bosnjak Hadzici roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Miljan Markovic
Jure Brajkovic
Kerim Dragolj

Center:
Nedim Tunovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Artis, America20.3 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.6 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.4 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.7 
 5. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.6 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru12.5 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi12.4 
 9. Coelho, Franca12.4 
 10. Bernardi, Pinheiros12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Uchendu, Bauru9.4 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.7.0 
 3. Sommer, Paulistano6.6 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru6.3 
 5. Drudi, Osasco B.6.3 
 6. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.6.2 
 7. Toledo, Pinheiros6.1 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.1 
 9. Cipolini, Franca6.0 
 10. Silveira, Mogi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Corazza, Paulistano7.7 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.6.0 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.4 
 4. Anthony, Bauru5.0 
 5. Lersch, Mogi4.9 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.9 
 7. Borges, Franca3.7 
 8. Artis, America3.6 
 9. Taylor, Mogi3.6 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rosa, America2.1 
 2. Knight, America1.8 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 4. Artis, America1.7 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 7. Anthony, Bauru1.4 
 8. Taylor, Mogi1.4 
 9. Lersch, Mogi1.4 
 10. Torres, America1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru2.0 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.3 
 3. Lenz, Bauru1.2 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 5. Demetrio, Franca1.0 
 6. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 7. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.8 
 10. Knight, America0.8 



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  BULGARIA  


AZS Koszalin tabs Melsahn Basabe, ex Lukoil Acad. - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) inked 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal last season. Basabe also played that season for Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 where in 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league that year. Basabe's team made it to the Bulgarian final.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Siarka).
Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Melsahn Basabe
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Nikolai Vangelov joins Cuore Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli (Serie A2) agreed terms with 21-year old Bulgarian international center Nikolai Vangelov (212-96). He was about to sign at New Basket Brindisi in the Serie A.
The most of last season Vangelov spent at Palestrina where in 23 Serie A2 games he had 5.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for Eurobasket Roma (also in Serie A). Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg. Vangelov was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for another Italian team Moncalieri.

Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni
Matteo Fioravanti

Centers:
Hrvoje Vucic
Nikolai Vangelov

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  CAMEROON  


2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria fire past Cameroon, reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Cameroon 106:91

Nigeria gained an early lead and never looked back en route to the victory over Cameroon in today's quarterfinal clash in Tunis. Ike Nwamu (196-G-93, college: UNLV) delivered 25 points and handed out 7 assists to lead the Tigers.
Nigeria picked up the offensive tempo right from the start. They dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 7-point lead. Nigeria accumulated a 52:43 halftime lead. Cameroon reduced the deficit at 5 points at the final intermission. Nigeria unloaded though 31 points in the fourth term and iced the win. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds for Nigeria. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) added 22 points in the victory. Boris Mbala (185-G-96) answered with 32 points for Cameroon. Felix Bogmis (192-G-92) chipped in 25 points in the loss.

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Diogu 28, Ike Nwamu 25, Bryant Mbamalu 22
Cameroon: Boris Mbala 23, Felix Bogmis 25



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  CANADA  


Dwayne Smith (ex Olimpo BB) joins River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international forward Dwayne Smith (198-103kg-89, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in Argentinian league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 29 TNA games he had 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Smith played at Academia in Colombian Liga DirecTV where in 33 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season. He helped them to win the Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 title (twice) (also twice).
Smith was selected to NBL Canada All-Star Game back in 2014. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team this year.
Smith has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas) and Canada (Moncton Miracles, The Storm, On Point, West Hill and Pickering).
He attended George Washington University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Smith: Very good rebounder for his size and plays bigger than 6-6.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryan Wright (ex Joondalup Wolves) is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-111kg-87, college: Oklahoma). He played last summer at Joondalup Wolves in Australian SBL. Wright managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 18 SBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg and 7.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The most of last season Wright spent at Vasas in Hungarian A Division where in 21 games he averaged 13.0ppg and 7.3rpg. Wright also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz KK (A Division) in Hungary. In 9 games he had 6.1ppg and 5.7rpg. He also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 5.6ppg and 4.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright was voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL 1st Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Wright's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in eleven different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales), Finland (Namika Lahti), Mexico (Soles), Poland (Anwil), Turkey (Gelisim), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela, Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Hungary (Falco-Vulcano), South Korea (Sonic Boom KT) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Explosive dunker that does some things above the rim that really electrifies the crowd.. A phenomenal athlete who can score with his back to the basket or faced up. Advanced to the NCAA Final 4 (2) Consecutive years in a row while at UCLA before transferring to Oklahoma. Exceptional timing for shot blocking and hits the glass for rebounds hard. Shows leadership quality while setting the example in the classroom with Pac-10 & Big 12 All-Academic Team Honors.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KW Titans keep Sutherland for another season - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) re-signed 28-year old guard Tramar Sutherland (190-89, college: UALR). He played there last season. In 41 NBL Canada games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sutherland played at River Lions where in 42 NBL games he had 6.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements he won Canadian NBBL championship title in 2014. Sutherland received also USBasket.com All-Canadian NBBL 1st Team award back in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Moncton Miracles and Toronto 3D.
Sutherland attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Morrow re-signs at KW Titans - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster forward Greg Morrow (190, college: Western). He played there last season. In 39 NBL Canada games he had 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morrow's team was regular season runner-up in OUA West Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OUA 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Morrow previously for two other teams: Mustangs and Panthers.
He graduated from Western Ontario in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  CROATIA  


Jozo Brkic moves from Jolly to Arkadia Traiskirchen - by Zeljko Zule

Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) will continue his career in Austria. He signed a one-year contract with Arkadia Traiskirchen.
Brkic arrives from Jolly JBS Sibenik, where he averaged 8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks in 26 Croatian A1 League games last season.
Brkic grew up with Imotski and has already played for Siroki, Brotnjo Citluk and Caplijna in Bosnia, Dubrovnik, Trogir and Zadar in Croatia, Rogaska in Slovenia, Timisoara in Romania, Peja in Kosovo and Szedeak Szeged in Hungary.



Jazine adds Zrnic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar (A1) added to their roster 29-year old forward Marin Zrnic (201-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) from KK Zabok. In 22 A1 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zrnic played at Gorica where in 34 A1 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg.
He won Croatian A2 League North Group championship title in 2011.
Zrnic has played previously for three other teams: Krizevci, Borik Puntamika and Vostarnica.

KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Fodor
Giovonne Woods
Dino Butorac
Mario Pesut

Forward:
Marin Zrnic

Coach: Neven Plantak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cibona inks Dominic Gilbert - by Zeljko Zule

After a one-month try-out period, Cibona signed a contract with Australian with Croatian citizenship Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) for the coming season.
Gilbert started last season with Kvarner 2010 and in March moved to Sanac Karlovac, for whom he averaged 20.7 points (ranked second), 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. In his final season at Trinity Grammar, he averaged 19.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. 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 per cent 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.



Burgos ink Emil Savic - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 19-year old Croatian shooting guard Emil Savic (200-98, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Savic played also at Valencia 2 (also in EBA) where in 28 games he had 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. Savic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg.
Savic has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Rudes).

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher
Alejandro Lopez
Jules Akodo
Emil Savic

Forwards:
Deon Thompson
Deividas Gailius
Eduardo Martinez
Alejandro Barrera
Tadas Sedekerskis
Dusan Juzbasic

Centers:
Javier Vega
Goran Huskic
Felipe Dos_Anjos

Coach: Diego Epifanio

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zabok beat Zagreb in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Zagreb - Zabok 90:95

Zabok overcame Zagreb in the preparations for the new season. Jeremy Bynum (193-G-88, college: Jacksonville St.) and Jambrovic posted 18 points apiece to lead the winners. Zabok led by 3 points at the big break. They managed to stay in front in the second half and rallied to the victory at the end. Borna Kapusta (182-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 17 points for Zabok. Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94, agency: PEPI SPORT) answered with game-high 37 points for Zagreb. Proleta chipped in 16 points in the defeat.



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  CYPRUS  


Adonis Filer is a newcomer at Apollon - by Eurobasket News

BC Apollon Limassol (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Adonis Filer (196-88kg-93, agency: KMG Sports Management). He just graduated from Florida Atlantic (NCAA). Filer has played there for the last three years. In 30 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Filer's team made it to the National Prep Championships Semifinals in 2012.

BC Apollon Limassol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Grigoris Pantouris
Craig Blackmon
Adonis Filer

Forward:
Avgoustinos Sofroniou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DR CONGO  


2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia overwhelm DR Congo - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - DR Congo 80:61

Tunisia clinched the AfroBasket semifinal berth. They cruised past DR Congo in the quarterfinal battle today. Makram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Tunisia eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime advantage. However the hosts shifted the gear in the third term. They ignited a 27:12 rally to clear off. Tunisia held DR Congo to just 15 points in the fourth stanza to rally to a comfortable win. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 14 points in the victory. Evariste Shonganya (204-F/C-92, agency: Promotex) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for DR Congo. Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) and Rolly Fula (198-F-93) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.

Tunisia: Makram Ben Romdhane 22+14 boards, Mohamed Hadidane 17, Mourad El Mabrouk 14
DR Congo: Evariste Shonganya 19, Herve Kabasele 11, Rolly Fula 11



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  EGYPT  


2017 AfroBasket: Mohamed Choua leads Morocco past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Morocco - Egypt 66:62

Morocco advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 AfroBasket. They topped Egypt in the quarterfinal today. Mohamed Choua (202-F/C-92) notched 12 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Egypt eked out a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Morocco pulled in front in the second term. They established a 35:32 halftime lead. Egypt narrowed the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth frame. However Mohamed Choua stepped up for Morocco late in the game to secure the winning outcome. Zakaria El Masbahi (192-F/G-79) topscored with 17 points in the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) answered with 22 points for Egypt. Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) netted 11 points in the loss.

Morocco: Zakaria El Masbahi 17, Mohamed Choua 12+15 boards, Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 22, Amr El Gendy 11



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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga MB Round 22: Canarios are defeated by Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Quezaltepeque between third ranked Canarios (11-5) and fourth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-5) on Tuesday night. Canarios were crushed by Quezaltepeque on the road 119-76. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. Quezaltepeque forced 28 Canarios turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Canarios' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 25 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) responded with 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quezaltepeque moved-up to third place. Canarios at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Canarios will play at home against Isidro Metapan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Santiagueno in San Salvador 100-91. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Luis Escoto supported him with 27 points and 6 assists. Even 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) did not help to save the game for Santiagueno. Giants maintains thirteenth position with 2-15 record. Santiagueno lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Giants will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santiagueno will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (15-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (10-6) 108-61. Oscar Rivera fired 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Christopher Blake produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Brujos Izalco keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Tecla will meet Cojute (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 Arcense lost to Cojute on the opponent's court 90-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 22 rebounds by Jovany Austin of Arcense.

Cojute - Arcense 95-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Arcense's (3-11) road loss to ninth ranked Cojute (9-9) 90-95 on Thursday. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Demontrez Austin (201, college: Jacksonville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Forward Joe Reid (200, college: Shaw) produced a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) added 26 points and 22 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cojute moved-up to eighth place. Arcense lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Cojute will meet at home league's leader Santa Tecla in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Arcense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cojute: S.Howard 34+13reb+2ast, J.Hudges 19+3reb+8ast, D.Austin 16+14reb+6ast, B.Garcia 12+8reb+2ast, L.Quintanilla 8+1reb+6ast, B.Reyes 6+3reb+1ast
Arcense: J.Reid 45+16reb+1ast, J.Austin 26+22reb+3ast, M.Wilson 17+6reb+10ast, J.Tochez 2+2reb+1ast, R.Cardona 0, M.Rivas 0+1ast
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Santa Tecla - Brujos Izalco 108-61

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (15-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (10-6) 108-61. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 38. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Brujos Izalco's players. Oscar Rivera (190-80) fired 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jorge Loucel (186-90) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Brujos Izalco keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Tecla will meet Cojute (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 20+5reb+1ast, O.Rivera 17+4reb+6ast, L.Valdez 13+8reb+1ast, J.Mancia 12+5reb+2ast, R.Martinez 10+1reb+10ast, E.Escalante 10+2reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 19+5reb+2ast, J.Loucel 14+6reb+3ast, C.Coleman 10+6reb+3ast, R.Mendez 8+2reb+1ast, S.Sill 5+5reb+1ast, R.Palma 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 553740


Giants - Santiagueno 100-91

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Santiagueno in San Salvador 100-91. Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) supported him with 27 points and 6 assists. Even 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) did not help to save the game for Santiagueno. His fellow American import Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) added 20 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Giants maintains thirteenth position with 2-15 record. Santiagueno lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Giants will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santiagueno will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 37+15reb+5ast, L.Escoto 27+3reb+6ast, C.Flores 20+11reb+4ast, J.Lopez 6+2reb+3ast, G.Sosa 6+12reb, C.Sandoval 4+4reb+2ast
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 38+7reb+8ast, M.Williams 20+15reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 11+8reb, B.Castellon 8, S.Esperanza 6+7reb+1ast, E.Amaya 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 553736


Quezaltepeque - Canarios 119-76

The most important game in the last round took place in Quezaltepeque between third ranked Canarios (11-5) and fourth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-5) on Tuesday night. Canarios were crushed by Quezaltepeque on the road 119-76. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. Quezaltepeque forced 28 Canarios turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Canarios' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 25 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) responded with 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals and forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) scored 21 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. Quezaltepeque moved-up to third place. Canarios at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Canarios will play at home against Isidro Metapan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 28+3reb+6ast, R.Miller 26+25reb+1ast, H.Landaverde 21+3reb+1ast, A.Cacho 21+8reb+5ast, L.Portal 10+1reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 5+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 42+3reb+1ast, E.Ishman 21+8reb, W.Molina 7+3reb+8ast, C.Quevedo 2+2reb+1ast, J.Lima 2+2reb, J.Martinez 1
gschID: 553733





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Kalev/Cramo lands Martynas Mazeika, ex Neptunas - by Janar

Defending champion BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Alexela KML) tabbed 32-year old Lithuanian guard Martynas Mazeika (192-95kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last seven years at Neptunas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 47 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. Mazeika helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year. Mazeika also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg.
Mazeika represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Mazeika is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Lichterfelde and Telekom Baskets), Greece (AEK Athens), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Latvia (VEF Riga) and Ukraine (Khimik).
Let's have closer look into Mazeika's outlook: Point guard with scorer mentality. can also play as a SG. very difficult to guard... very good ball handling skills. excellent on the drive (can dish the ball to an open player). good court vision. likes the ball in his hands in the clutch. draws a lot of attention from opponents on defense. strong body. is not afraid of contact. has quick hands. needs to improve his defensive game (more aggressive attitude). not a pure PG yet. sometimes forgets his PG duties. has displayed great character this season in Neptunas showing that he has 'grown up'. speaks English.

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martynas Mazeika
Branko Mirkovic
Sten-Timmu Sokk
Martin Dorbek

Forwards:
Gregor Arbet
Cedric Simmons
Erik Keedus
Bojan Subotic
Janari Joesaar
Madis Soodla
Matthias Tass

Center:
Thomas vanderMars

Coach: Alar Varrak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Shved, RUS24.0 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 5. Dragic, SLO21.0 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB19.7 
 7. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Belinelli, ITA17.9 
 10. Howell, ISR17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Valanciunas, LTU11.8 
 2. Olaseni, ENG11.4 
 3. Pachulia, GEO9.2 
 4. Doncic, SLO8.5 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Gasol, ESP7.3 
 9. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 10. Ponitka, POL7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 3. Shved, RUS6.4 
 4. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 5. Rodriguez, ESP6.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 7. Jovic, SRB5.9 
 8. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 9. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
 10. Bertans, LAT5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Jovic, SRB2.4 
 3. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 4. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 5. Osman, TUR2.0 
 6. Rubio, ESP2.0 
 7. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 8. Sastre-Morro, ESP1.9 
 9. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
 10. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.5 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 5. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 6. Bender, CRO1.2 
 7. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Vidmar, SLO1.1 
 9. Randolph, SLO1.1 
 10. Valanciunas, LTU1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Doncic, Slovenia roll to 92-72 semifinal win over Spain - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Spain 92:72

Luka Doncic (201-G-99) nearly missed triple-double notching 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to carry Slovenia into EuroBasket Final. They stormed past Spain in the semifinal clash in Istanbul tonight.
Slovenia unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. Spain matched the tempo in the second term. They sank 26 points to pull within four points 45:49. However Slovenia took over in the third term. They limited Spain to just 12 points and started to run away. Slovenia entered the fourth stanza up by 16 points. They kept Spain in check throughout the final stanza and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) produced 15 points each for the winners. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) answered with 16 points for Spain. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) netted 13 points in the losing case.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 15, Anthony Randolph 15, Luka Doncic 11+12 boards
Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Ricky Rubio 13



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Robin Benzing (ex Zaragoza) signs at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) landed 28-year old German international forward Robin Benzing (208-89). He has played for the last three years at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Benzing played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2015. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Benzing has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Benzing also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Benzing has played previously for four other Germany teams: ratiopharm Ulm, Bayern Muenchen, TV Langen and TV Langen II.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Hammonds
Andrej Mangold
Stefon Jackson-Cartwright
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson
Alexander Lauts

Forwards:
Kresimir Loncar
Robin Benzing
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Felix Hoffmann
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic
Lukas Wank

Centers:
Leon Kratzer
David Berberich

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Njardvik tabs Terrell Vinson, ex Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) inked 27-year old American forward Terrell Vinson (201-100kg-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 5 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Vinson was tested by Universidad Catolica (Libcentro Pro) in Chilean league.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
Vinson has played previously professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Spain (Lleida_Basquet).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Vinson's game is described as: He handles the ball well, shoots it well, can play everything from the point guard to the power forward and defend those positions as well.

UMFN Njardvik roster for 2017-2018:

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Terrell Vinson
Hilmar Hafsteinsson
Maciej Baginski
Brynjar Thor Gudnason
Gabriel Moller
Snjolfur Stefansson
Jon Sverrisson
Elvar Robertsson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abejas ink Steven Pledger, ex Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Steven Pledger (193-102kg-90, college: Oklahoma). He played last season at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer Pledger played at Vaqueros (CIBACOPA) where in 40 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 23.7ppg and had 4.9rpg and 3.1apg in 2016 season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team.
In 2013 Pledger was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fourth round (53rd overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Pledger has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Pledger has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Texas Legends) and Mongolia (Sukhbaatar and Dundgovi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @soulwinning101)

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Boris Diaw to sign at Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old French international power forward Boris Diaw (203-107kg-82). He played last season at Utah Jazz in the NBA, but was released by the team in Jul.'17. In 84 games he recorded 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Diaw played at the Spurs in NBA where in 85 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. Diaw helped them to win the Southwest Division title.
In 2003 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (21st overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diaw was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015.
He has been also a member of French international program for some years. Diaw has regularly played for French senior team since 2002 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2002.
He represented France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Diaw has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez, CFBB and JSA Bordeaux) and NBA (Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Paris-Levallois.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can score and rebound. Still lacking some defense tricks, but constantly improving. Great potential. Good athlete with all around skills. Hasn't played a lot, but potential is great. Plays similar to many American players by being able to do more than just shoot or score. Recently succesfully moved to the 5 position by coach D'Antoni. Outside, he wasn' t quick enough to guard point guards and not a great shooter. Inside, he proved to be very effective defensively and also to be able to create problems offensively, with his perimeter skills.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Florent Pietrus
Boris Diaw
Louis Campbell
Maleye N'Doye
Daniel Nwaelele
Remi Lesca
Klemen Prepelic
Roderick Odom
Petr Cornelie
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Gavin Ware
Maxime Roos
Frederic Loubaki
Ivan Fevrier
X Benjamin

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brad Waldow (ex Fos-Provence) is a newcomer at PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American center Brad Waldow (208-130kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played most recently at Fos-Provence in French ProB. In 39 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. Waldow helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Waldow graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Jakub Koelner
Cameron Ayers
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

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

Centers:
Paul Egwuonwu
Brad Waldow

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miguel Buval joins Vanves - by Eurobasket News

Stade de Vanves (NM2) agreed terms with 27-year old center Miguel Buval (207-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He has played for the last two seasons at Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball in ProB. However his team was relegated to NM1. In 34 games he had 5.1ppg and 3.2rpg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Buval won French NM1 championship title in 2014.
He represented France at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Buval has played previously for five other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Monaco, Cognac BB, Rueil and Pau Nord Est.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre outgun Lille in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Le Havre - Lille 81:71

Le Havre overcame Lille in the test game. Rudy Jomby (196-G/F-88) scored 17 points to lead the winning effort.
Le Havre eked out a 24:23 lead at the first intermission. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Le Havre sank 28 points to secure a 15-point halftime lead. Lille cut the distance at 11-point mark at the final break. They pulled closer in the fourth stanza but could not recover. Omar Krayem (186-PG-88, college: Cal.Baptist) tossed in 15 points and issued 9 assists for Le Havre. Marcos Suka-Umu (192-G-85) answered with 15 points for Lille. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90, college: FIU) had 13 points in the loss.



Strasbourg top Le Mans for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Le Mans 76:73

Strasbourg improved at 5-3 record in preseason action. They topped Le Mans in the latest game. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) nailed 14 points to lead the winning side.
Strasbourg got to a quick start. They posted a 19:12 lead at the first intermission. Strasbourg kept Le Mans at bay throughout the second term. They ensured a 42:35 halftime lead. Strasbourg stayed in front throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points 59:52. Le Mans pulled closer in the dying stages of the game but could not avert the defeat. Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 12 points for Strasbourg. Mykal Riley (198-SF-85, college: Alabama) and Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 18 points each for Le Mans.



Galatasaray fire past Cholet at Pro Stars Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 63:75

Galatasaray captured the first victory at the Pro Starts preseason tournament. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) nailed 18 points to lead the winning case.
Cholet recorded a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:36 halftime lead. Galatasaray narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Turkish team pulled within a single point at the final break. Galatasaray went on a 19:6 rally in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points, while Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 12 points for the Turkish side. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) provided 15 points for Cholet. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93, college: Texas Tech) dropped 14 points in the defeat.



Strasbourg roll past Trento - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Trento 70:64

SIG Strasbourg defeated Trento in pre-season game in Cholet. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points to lead the French team.
Trento jumped to a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Italian team boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the interval 36:29. But Strasbourg stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Trento to just 5 points and grabbed a 48:41 lead at the final break. Trento knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Olivier Cortale (207-F/C-97) tossed in 12 points, while David Logan and Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette) had 10 points each for Strasbourg. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) replied with 15 points for Trento. Yannick Franke (194-G-96, agency: Court Side) had 14 points in the loss.



AEK Athens may land Bandja Sy, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old French forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket) who currently played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France. He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. The last season he played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) in French where in 40 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rodnerius Lewis (ex Arena-76) signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman). He played most recently at Arena-76 in Georgian A League. In 15 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian A League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Lewis' college team won SIAC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-SIAC Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lewis graduated from Stillman College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Sanikidze retired from the Georgian national team - by Eurobasket News

One more player, Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86), announced his retirement from the national team of his country. Sanikidze played with Georgia's junior national teams at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and also at the 2006 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B. He has also been a member of the senior Georgian national basketball team and has competed at the EuroBasket tournaments from small countries in 2007 and 2009. He was part of the core that led Georgia to the first division of European basketball, where he played in three consecutive Eurobasket tournaments (2011, 2013, 2015). He missed this year's competition due to injury. He decided to call it a day at his 31 years of age, following Zaza Pachulia.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net




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PS Karlsruhe Complete Roster With Cyrus Tate And Denis Vrsaljko - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PS Karlsruhe have put on the finishing touches to their 2017-2018 roster adding Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, college: Iowa) and Denis Vrsaljko. Tate is a 31 year old 2003 cm power forward that is going into his eighth professional season and brings very much international experience. He has played in countries like Japan, Venezeula, Mexico, Turkey and Israel. He spent most of his career in Japan playing five seasons there. Last season he played for t Kagoshima Rebnise (Japan-B League D2) playing 4 games averaging 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, in Jan.'17 moved to Saitama Broncos (Japan-B League D3) playing 28 games averaging 11.0ppg, 7.6rpg, FGP: 52.5%, FT: 72.0%. This past summer he played for Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA) playing 18 games averaging 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 55.3%, FT: 81.9%.

He started his basketball career in 2005 with Northeast CC (NJCAA). He then played three years at the well known Iowa (NCAA) playing a total of 86 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2009 with Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (Japan-JBL) playing 42 games averaging 7.6ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 63.1%. In the 2010-2011 season he played with Espartanos de Margarita (Venezuela-Liga Americas): Liga Americas playing 3 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, in Jan.'11 moved to Oita Heat Devils (Japan-BJ League) playing 11 games averaging 11.9ppg, 8.6rpg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 82.2%. He then moved to Tijuana Zonkeys (Mexico-CIBACOPA) playing 28 games averaging 22.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.2%. In the 2011-2012 season he played with Final Spor Genclik Bursa (Turkey-TB2L) playing 23 games averaging 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 56.8%, FT: 74.2%. He then played with Tijuana Zonkeys (Mexico-CIBACOPA) playing 48 games averaging 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 73.7%. In the 2012-2013 season he joined Oita Heat Devils (Japan-BJ League) playing 7 games averaging 15.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 63.1%, FT: 72.7%, left in Dec.'12: moved to Huracanes de Tampico (Mexico-LNBP) playing 7 games averaging 15.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 63.1%, FT: 72.7%, in Feb.'13 signed at Ironi Nes-Ziona (Israel-National League) playing 18 games: averaging 13.3ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 63.8%. In the 2013-2014 season he played with Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (Japan-BJ League) playing 57 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.7%, FT: 72.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he joined Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League) he played 33 games averaging 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.1%, FT: 73.6%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-NJCAA D1 3rd Team -06, Japanese JBL All-Star Game -10, Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention -11, 12, Mexican CIBACOPA Semifinals -12, Israeli National League Regular Season Champion -13, and Israeli National League Champion -13.

Denis Vrsaljko is a 35 year old 209cm center from Croatia that also has vast professional basketball experience as he has played in countries like Croatia, Kosovo, Poland, France, Bosnia, Hungry, Austria, Tunisia and Germany. He played the last two years with KIT SC Karlsruhe (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season played 25 games averaging 13.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 86.8%. He started his basketball career with KK Zadar junior team in 1999. He played many years with KK Zagreb (A1) in the Adriatic League and played 2 ULEB cup games and 11 Fiba Europe cup games. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U18 National Team -00, European Championships U18 Finalist -00, Croatian A1 League Semifinals -05, 06, 07, 08, 13, 14, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Finalist -06, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -08, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -08, Hungarian League Semifinals -09, Hungarian Cup Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 2nd Team -16, Croatian A2 League South Group Champion -16, Croatian A2 League Runner-Up -16, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Honorable Mention -17, and German Regionalliga (South-West Group) Runner-Up -17.

Source: abseits-ka.de



Michael Smith (Crailsheim Merlins) I Believe That We Can Do Something Special This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Smith (193-G-95, college: Cal.Baptist) is a 22 year old 193cm guard from California that is starting his professional career in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. He played at Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) from 2013-2017 and set the NCAA 2 on fire in his last two seasons as a junior he averaged 21.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 83.6%. In his senior year at Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) he played 25 games averaging 24.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.5%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Michael thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your from San Francisco, went to school in Riverside and now your in Crailsheim. Has it been kind of a culture shock concerning the geography? What kind of early beauty have you been able to take from Germany?

It has definitely been some what of a culture shock dealing with the time change and the language barrier of living in Germany but over the past few weeks I have come accustomed to the living.

Your starting your professional basketball career in Germany in the pro A with the Crailsheim Merlins. You were a lethal scorer in the NCAA2 and had a work out with the Los Angeles Lakers. How did you land with the Crailsheim Merlins? Did you get any advice from German teammate Kalidou Diouf?

I was able to land the job through the help of my agent Scott Nichols.


How did you experience your first summer transfer period coming from school. I can imagine that many professional teams were enticed by your scoring like from a team in Mexico where you had an offer. What was the deciding factor that made you chose the Crailsheim Merlins?


The deciding factor for me picking the Crailsheim Merlins was the type of culture that the organization presented. They are hard working and family based team. I also wanted to make sure that I started my career on a team that is fighting for a championship and with the Merlins I believe that we can do something special this season.


Head coach Tuomas Lisalo is impressed also with your team play and energy that you bring to the court. How have you grown to become a better team player in the last few years despite having had the big load of scoring at Cal Baptist?

My energy and team play comes directly from the coaching at Cal Baptist under Rick Croy. I was engraved to not only work hard but as well play as hard as I possibly can. Obviously I put in extra work but they definitely pushed me to my limits to help me become the player I am today. But regardless of the scoring, I have become a better player from a leadership standpoint and vocal leader.

How has it been in the early going playing in the back court with experienced Americans Michael Cufee and Chase Griffin? How have they helped you on the court most so far?

It's been a blessing to be able to learn from Chase and Michael these past weeks. Both of them are ridiculous shooters that have been pushing me to compete at a higher level every day. I think they've helped me the most by being professionals and showing a young guy like myself how a professional basketball player presents themselves.


You shot 43% form outside as a sophomore and under 40% in your last two seasons with 39% as a senior. How confident are you that you can be a 40% shooter from downtown at the professional level?

I feel very confident that my shooting percentage will do fine in a professional level just because of the work I've been putting in every day.


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


A hidden strength that I have is definitely the way that I compete. Regardless of the kind of night I am having on the scoring sheet, I'm always going to compete to the highest level and play harder than my opponent.


You had a pre draft work out with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. What kind of experience was that for you playing against Markelle Fultz and in front of the eyes of NBA legend Magic Johnson and head coach Luke Walton?

I did have a pre draft workout with the LA Lakers but didn't play against Markelle Fultz. I did learn a lot from a talk with coach Walton and feel as if I can compete at that level given the next opportunity I get.

You had a sensational career at Cal Baptist and really stepped it up in your last two seasons averaging more than 10 points more to your sophomore season. How do you feel did your game develop in your last two years? You stated once 'I feel like I left a legacy that you don't have to be the guy who's highly recruited or even be a guy who was very good when he starts in college, or even high school'. In other words hard work on the court was a big reason for your huge leap in play?

I felt the success that I got from the court was from the extra work that I put in during the summer of my junior and senior year at CBU. I wanted to make sure that I trained like a professional and outwork everyone else.

You are the Lancers all-time leading scorer was All Pac West player of the year twice and won the All Pac West tournament in 2016. How do you forever want to be remembered as a player and person at Cal Baptist?


I want to be remembered as the hardest working and most driven player at Cal Baptist.


Thanks Michael for the chat.



Green Basket 99 Palermo signs Raphael Strotz - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo (Serie C Silver) signed 24-year old naturalized German power forward Raphael Strotz (204-95kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at ForEnergy Vigevano 1955 in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Strotz played in the final of Italian Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Strotz's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Strotz has played previously for three other teams: Novipiu Casale, Bertram Tortona and Il Canestro Alessandria Basket.
He could be described: An inside player who excels at the rebounding department. Scores almost all his points in the paint.

Green Basket 99 Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tindaro Gullo
Davide Marchini
Mirko Carella

Center:
Raphael Strotz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robin Benzing (ex Zaragoza) signs at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) landed 28-year old German international forward Robin Benzing (208-89). He has played for the last three years at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Benzing played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2015. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Benzing has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Benzing also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Benzing has played previously for four other Germany teams: ratiopharm Ulm, Bayern Muenchen, TV Langen and TV Langen II.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Hammonds
Andrej Mangold
Stefon Jackson-Cartwright
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson
Alexander Lauts

Forwards:
Kresimir Loncar
Robin Benzing
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Felix Hoffmann
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic
Lukas Wank

Centers:
Leon Kratzer
David Berberich

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fuenlabrada top ALBA Berlin for Trofeo Fiestas - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - ALBA Berlin 66:62

Fuenlabrada captured the Trofeo Fiestas. They overcame ALBA Berlin behind 13 points from Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports).
ALBA snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. Fuenlabrada eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued in the second half. ALBA spurred ahead in the third term. The German team piled up a 45:40 lead at the final break. But Fuenlabrada picked up the tempo in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) and Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) tossed in 12 points each for the winning side. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 10 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 9 points in the defeat.



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AEK Athens may land Bandja Sy, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old French forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket) who currently played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France. He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. The last season he played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) in French where in 40 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tsougarakis comes back to Arkadikos - by Chris Mammides

SEFA Arkadikos (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86). It is actually his comeback to Arkadia as he has played here before. Tsougarakis was about to sign at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A2 league. He also played earlier that season for Doxa Pefkon.
Tsougarakis represented Greece at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 48.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Tsougarakis has played previously for eight other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Amyntas Dafnis, Pagrati, Ilysiakos, Near East, Alimos, P.Faliro and Doukas.

SEFA Arkadikos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Kopsaftis
Michal Spiridakis
Panagiotis Apergis

Forwards:
Giannis Prodromou
Dimitrios Miaoulis

Center:
Savvas Tsougarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens hold off CSKA in test game - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens - CSKA 78:69

AEK Athens celebrated a comfortable win over CSKA in the test game in Greece. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points to lead the Greek side.
AEK dominated right from the start. They took a 23:16 lead at the first intermission. AEK Athens stretched the lead at 14-point mark at the interval. The Greek team arrived at the final break up by 15 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 13 points, while Larendzakis had 11 points in the win. Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) knocked down 15 points for CSKA. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) and Kyle Hines (198-C/F-86, agency: BeoBasket) banked in 13 points each in the defeat.



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Macon inks at Alba at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Alba Fehervar (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Elijah Macon (206-109kg). Macon just graduated from W.Virginia (NCAA). He has played there for the last five years.
As mentioned above Macon is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro. He played in the final of Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).

Alba Fehervar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Peter Toth
Akos Kovacs
Trevis Simpson
Kasey Hill
D.J. Fenner
Mate Varga
Ivan Keller

Forwards:
Peter Lorant
Akos Keller
Alandise Harris
Luka Markovic
Elijah Macon
Marko Filipovics

Center:
Chris Horton

Coach: Branislav Dzunic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tsmoki-Minsk lands Devon Saddler, ex JP-Auto JKSE - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American guard Devon Saddler (183-95kg-91, college: Delaware). He played most recently at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.9apg last season. Saddler also played that season for Egis Kormend (also in A Division) where in 10 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Saddler's college team won CAA Tournament in 2014. He received also NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014.
Saddler has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Apollon Patras) and Italy (Omegna).
He attended University of Delaware until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Viachaslau Korzh
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Siarhei Tatur
Siarhei Vabischevich
Devon Saddler
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Dmitri Paliashchuk
Mikita Meshcharakou
Andrei Navoichyk
Aliaksandr Semianiuk
Anton Vashkevich
Viktor Ovsepyan
David Kravish
Yauheni Beliankou

Center:
Maksim Salash

Coach: Aleksander Krutikov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Njardvik tabs Terrell Vinson, ex Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) inked 27-year old American forward Terrell Vinson (201-100kg-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 5 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Vinson was tested by Universidad Catolica (Libcentro Pro) in Chilean league.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
Vinson has played previously professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Spain (Lleida_Basquet).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Vinson's game is described as: He handles the ball well, shoots it well, can play everything from the point guard to the power forward and defend those positions as well.

UMFN Njardvik roster for 2017-2018:

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Terrell Vinson
Hilmar Hafsteinsson
Maciej Baginski
Brynjar Thor Gudnason
Gabriel Moller
Snjolfur Stefansson
Jon Sverrisson
Elvar Robertsson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Geoffrey Frid signs at Maccabi Ma'ale Adumim - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ma'ale Adumim (Artzit) landed 25-year old naturalized American center Geoffrey Frid (216-104kg-92, agency: Elevate Agency). He just graduated from CS Los Angeles (NCAA2). He played 27 games where he averaged 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3bpg last season.
As mentioned above Frid is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the CCAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Green Basket 99 Palermo signs Raphael Strotz - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo (Serie C Silver) signed 24-year old naturalized German power forward Raphael Strotz (204-95kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at ForEnergy Vigevano 1955 in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Strotz played in the final of Italian Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Strotz's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Strotz has played previously for three other teams: Novipiu Casale, Bertram Tortona and Il Canestro Alessandria Basket.
He could be described: An inside player who excels at the rebounding department. Scores almost all his points in the paint.

Green Basket 99 Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tindaro Gullo
Davide Marchini
Mirko Carella

Center:
Raphael Strotz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Strasbourg roll past Trento - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Trento 70:64

SIG Strasbourg defeated Trento in pre-season game in Cholet. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points to lead the French team.
Trento jumped to a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Italian team boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the interval 36:29. But Strasbourg stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Trento to just 5 points and grabbed a 48:41 lead at the final break. Trento knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Olivier Cortale (207-F/C-97) tossed in 12 points, while David Logan and Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette) had 10 points each for Strasbourg. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) replied with 15 points for Trento. Yannick Franke (194-G-96, agency: Court Side) had 14 points in the loss.



Michael Jenkins agreed terms with Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) inked 31-year old American shooting guard Michael Jenkins (192-87kg-86, college: Winthrop) from The Flexx Pistoia. Jenkins managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 Serie A games in Italy he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Aris in Greek A1 where in 19 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg. Jenkins helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 17 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2008 Albany Patroons selected him as first overall pick in CBA draft.
He attended Winthrop University and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Jenkins has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2013. Jenkins received also All-Big South Conference 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Jenkins is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Bosnia, Germany (Walter Tigers), Turkey (Turk Telekom and Istanbul BBSK), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder), Montenegro (Buducnost), CBA (Albany P.) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Jenkins' game is described as: The classic "combo guard" who can do very well at European level. He''s is a good scorer and has enough court vision and passing skills to spend time at the point.

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Jenkins
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Tomas Kyzlink
Modestas Kumpys
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Mihajlo Jerkovic
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos
Edvinas Seskus

Centers:
Karolis Petrukonis
Paul Biligha

Coach: Walter De Raffaele

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nikolai Vangelov joins Cuore Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli (Serie A2) agreed terms with 21-year old Bulgarian international center Nikolai Vangelov (212-96). He was about to sign at New Basket Brindisi in the Serie A.
The most of last season Vangelov spent at Palestrina where in 23 Serie A2 games he had 5.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for Eurobasket Roma (also in Serie A). Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg. Vangelov was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for another Italian team Moncalieri.

Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni
Matteo Fioravanti

Centers:
Hrvoje Vucic
Nikolai Vangelov

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Olimpia Milano nip Khimki in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia Milano - Khimki 89:88

Olimpia narrowly edged Khimki in the preseason clash. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) scored 23 points including a winning free throw late in regulation to lead the Italian powerhouse.
Olimpia unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. The Italian side dropped 25 points in the second term to take a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Russian side narrowed the deficit and eventually tied things up at 88 late in the game. But Andrew Goudelock hit a free throw to propel Olimpia Milano to the win at the end. Tarczewski produced 15 points, while Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) added 14 points in the winning case. Thomas replied with 25 points for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) netted 19 points in the loss.



Vanoli Cremona race past Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona - Avtodor 89:83

Vanoli Cremona continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They took on Russian Avtodor in the latest preseason game. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland), Giampaolo Ricci (201-F-91) and Elijah Johnson (192-G-90, college: Kansas) scored 15 points each to pace the Italian team to the victory.
Avtodor got to the better start. The Saratov team jumped to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Vanoli Cremona though erased the deficit in the second period. They secured a narrow 38:37 halftime advantage. Avtodor regained the lead in the third term. The visitors entered the final frame up by a single point 62:61. But Cremona increased the tempo in the fourth quarter and ran away with a tough win. Drake Diener (196-G-81, college: De Paul) netted 13 points in the victory. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) notched 19 points for Avtodor. Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 16 points.



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Kaufmanis re-signs at Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-93kg-89, agency: HMS). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 40 LBL games he had 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg last season. Kaufmanis helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Kaufmanis also played 14 games in Baltic League where he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kaufmanis won Latvian League championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Kaufmanis represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Kaufmanis has played previously professionally also in Spain (Lleida_Basquet) and Latvia (Valmiera/ORDO-2 and VEF Riga).

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Janis Kaufmanis

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcus Hall (ex Bucaneros) signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old American guard Marcus Hall (185-86kg-85, college: Colorado, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in March'17. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Three years ago (six years after he left the college) Hall was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (61st overall).
The former University of Colorado standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hall's team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2011 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Hall is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC Levski 2014 Sofia), Cyprus (Apoel), Germany, Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey (Darussafaka, Kepez Bld, Yesilgiresun Bld and Afyon Bld) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves).
Hall's game is described as: A very athletic guard who outstood in track & field at level. Can change direction and pace very easily. Has great maturity about his game and displays a great level of confidence. Marcus can really run a team and he shoots the ball well. De doesn't over-handle the ball. He just runs the team.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hall
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vytis land Elliott Cole - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) tabbed American point guard Elliott Cole (180). He just graduated from Charleston (NCAA2). In 22 games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg last season.
As mentioned above Cole is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He was selected to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paulius Beliavicius
Sarunas Vingelis
Elliott Cole

Forwards:
Marijus Uzupis
Gytis Radzevicius

Center:
Edvinas Jezukevicius

Coach: Aurimas Jasilionis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietuvos Rytas top Parma for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Parma 86:79

Lietuvos Rytas earned the fifth preseason victory. They overcame Parma behind 11 points from Marc Antonio Carter (192-G/F-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances).
Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 30 points in the second period to take a 10-point halftime lead. Parma cut the deficit in the third term. The Russian team got within three points at the final intermission. But Lietuvos Rytas were back in control in the fourth stanza. They went on a 19:14 run to ice the win. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) and Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85, college: Samford) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points for Parma. Cody Miller (196-G) chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.



Blake Vedder (ex ULB OH!TELS) is a newcomer at Palanga - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Blake Vedder (224-107kg-91, college: Kent State). He played most recently at OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto in Spanish EBA league. In 9 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season. Vedder helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He also played that season for Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda (also in EBA) where in 16 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg.
Vedder's college team won PSAC Tournament in 2013.
He graduated from Kent State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Naglis Palangos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Augustas Suliauskas
Jonathan Walter

Forward:
Modestas Paulauskas

Centers:
Nerijus Barauskas
Blake Vedder
Bob Van_Zijverden

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Martynas Andriuskevicius (ex Helios) agreed terms with Prat - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) inked 31-year old Lithuanian ex-international center Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-113kg-86, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Mar.'16. In 6 games he recorded 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2bpg in 2015-16 season. Andriuskevicius also played 3 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged 8.0ppg and 5.7rpg.
He won Alpe Adria Cup championship title.
The previous (14-15) season he played at TEMP SUMZ Revda (Superleague) in Russia. In 29 games he had 9.7ppg, 8.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
In 2005 Andriuskevicius was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (44th overall).
Andriuskevicius was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Andriuskevicius represented Lithuania at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 4.5rpg.
Andriuskevicius is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy, Poland (Polpharma), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Neptunas), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors) and D-League (Arkansas RR).

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josep Perez
Bernat Camarasa
Albert Cabrera
Joaquin Portugues
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese
Alejandro Perez

Forwards:
Marc Blanch
Jeff Coby
Marlon Johnson

Centers:
Martynas Andriuskevicius
Gerbert Marti
Emanuel Cate

Coach: Arturo Alvarez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kalev/Cramo lands Martynas Mazeika, ex Neptunas - by Janar

Defending champion BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Alexela KML) tabbed 32-year old Lithuanian guard Martynas Mazeika (192-95kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last seven years at Neptunas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 47 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg last season. Mazeika helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year. Mazeika also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg.
Mazeika represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Mazeika is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Lichterfelde and Telekom Baskets), Greece (AEK Athens), Italy (Betaland Cdo), Latvia (VEF Riga) and Ukraine (Khimik).
Let's have closer look into Mazeika's outlook: Point guard with scorer mentality. can also play as a SG. very difficult to guard... very good ball handling skills. excellent on the drive (can dish the ball to an open player). good court vision. likes the ball in his hands in the clutch. draws a lot of attention from opponents on defense. strong body. is not afraid of contact. has quick hands. needs to improve his defensive game (more aggressive attitude). not a pure PG yet. sometimes forgets his PG duties. has displayed great character this season in Neptunas showing that he has 'grown up'. speaks English.

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martynas Mazeika
Branko Mirkovic
Sten-Timmu Sokk
Martin Dorbek

Forwards:
Gregor Arbet
Cedric Simmons
Erik Keedus
Bojan Subotic
Janari Joesaar
Madis Soodla
Matthias Tass

Center:
Thomas vanderMars

Coach: Alar Varrak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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P.Zvaigzdes ink Ryan Harrow, ex Rosa - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) signed 26-year old American guard Ryan Harrow (188-73kg-91, college: Georgia State, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Rosa in Polish PLK league. In 12 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.3apg. Harrow also played that season for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 20 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Harrow was also voted NABC All-District 24 1st Team in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Anagennises) and Greece (Cretan Kings).
Harrow attended Georgia State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steponas Babrauskas
Arturs Ausejs
Tomas Lekunas
Tomas Galeckas
Ryan Harrow
Ignas Fiodorovas

Forwards:
Alexey Zhukanenko
Vyacheslav Bobrov
Julius Kazakauskas
Nikita Balashov

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @3EyeSports)

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Abejas ink Steven Pledger, ex Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Steven Pledger (193-102kg-90, college: Oklahoma). He played last season at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer Pledger played at Vaqueros (CIBACOPA) where in 40 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 23.7ppg and had 4.9rpg and 3.1apg in 2016 season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team.
In 2013 Pledger was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fourth round (53rd overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Pledger has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Pledger has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Texas Legends) and Mongolia (Sukhbaatar and Dundgovi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @soulwinning101)

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Ibar Rozaje tabs rookie Christavious Gill in his first year in pro basketball - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) inked 23-year old American point guard Christavious Gill (173-75kg-94). Gill just graduated from New Orleans (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg last season. Gill helped them to win Southland Conf. Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention and Southland Conference All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boris Jeknic signs at Ibar Rozaje - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) landed 28-year old center Boris Jeknic (203-89) from Ulcinj. In 24 Erste Liga games he averaged 13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Jeknic played at Jedinstvo where in 22 Erste Liga games he had 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3spg.
He has played previously for three other teams: Gorstak, Kotor and Teodo Tivat.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MOROCCO  


2017 AfroBasket: Mohamed Choua leads Morocco past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Morocco - Egypt 66:62

Morocco advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 AfroBasket. They topped Egypt in the quarterfinal today. Mohamed Choua (202-F/C-92) notched 12 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Egypt eked out a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Morocco pulled in front in the second term. They established a 35:32 halftime lead. Egypt narrowed the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth frame. However Mohamed Choua stepped up for Morocco late in the game to secure the winning outcome. Zakaria El Masbahi (192-F/G-79) topscored with 17 points in the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) answered with 22 points for Egypt. Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) netted 11 points in the loss.

Morocco: Zakaria El Masbahi 17, Mohamed Choua 12+15 boards, Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 22, Amr El Gendy 11



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  NBA  


LA Clippers add Williams to their training camp roster - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) added to their roster 27-year old international guard C.J. Williams (196-102kg-90, college: North Carolina State). He played last season at Texas Legends. In 50 NBA G League games he had 12.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
Williams has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won D-League West Division championship title in 2014. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention in 2015. He was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
Williams is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), France (JDA Dijon), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Italy (The Flexx Pistoia) and other NBA G League teams (South Bay Lakers).
Williams attended North Carolina State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Los Angeles Clippers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Teodosic
Lou Williams
Patrick Beverley
C.J. Williams
Austin Rivers
Tyrone Wallace
Sindarius Thornwell
Jawun Evans

Forwards:
Danilo Gallinari
Wesley Johnson
Blake Griffin
Willie Reed
Jamil Wilson
Sam Dekker
Montrezl Harrell
Brice Johnson

Centers:
DeAndre Jordan
Marshall Plumlee

Coach: Doc Rivers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Knicks sign Jarrett Jack - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks signed experienced 34-year old point guard Jarrett Jack (190-91kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). He played last season at New Orleans Pelicans. In two NBA games he had 3.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. Jack also spent pre-season at the Hawks that year.
In 2005 he was drafted by Denver Nuggets in first round (22 nd overall). Jack attended Georgia Tech and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for six other teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
Jack could be described: Excellent passer and distributor who looks to pass first, shoot second ... Evolved into a dependable scorer, with the ability to penetrate the lane and get to the foul line, but still developing as a perimeter shooter.

New York Knicks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jarrett Jack
Ramon Sessions
Courtney Lee
Chasson Randle
Tim Hardaway_Jr.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Ron Baker
Damyean Dotson
Frank Ntilikina

Forwards:
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Joakim Noah
Carmelo Anthony
Lance Thomas
Michael Beasley
Kyle O'Quinn
Jamel Artis
Luke Kornet
Nigel Hayes

Centers:
Guillermo Hernangomez
Kristaps Porzingis

Coach: Kurt Rambis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Hawks tab Jeremy Evans, ex Khimki - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks inked 30-year old forward Jeremy Evans (206-91kg-87, college: W.Kentucky) to a training camp deal. He played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In two Eurocup games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Evans also played 4 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Pacers that year.
In 2010 Evans was drafted by Utah Jazz in second round (55th overall). He attended Western Kentucky University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Evans played in the final of VTB United League.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Utah F.).
Evans' game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
An energy player with an extremely long wingspan and high level athleticism … He is a very quick and explosive leaper and he will try to dunk everything in the vicinity of the basket … Runs the floor hard, has long strides and is able to cover a lot of ground very fast ... Is terrific at catching lob passes and finishing strong, shows great timing and has the ability to grab balls that are thrown way out of his area ... He is an aggressive finisher and he looks to convert overtop of defenders and against contact.
Very raw and unpolished ... Not a skilled player and does not have the repertoire or footwork to be able to score with his back to the basket
.

Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Belinelli
Malcolm Delaney
Kent Bazemore
Josh Magette
Quinn Cook
Dennis Schroeder
Tyler Dorsey

Forwards:
Ersan Ilyasova
Luke Babbitt
Jeremy Evans
Miles Plumlee
Mike Muscala
Nicolas Brussino
Tyler Cavanaugh
Taurean Prince
DeAndre' Bembry
John Collins

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

Coach: Mike Budenholzer

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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Josh Richardson finalizing four-year, $42M contract extension with Heat - by Eurobasket News

As a second-round draft pick of the Miami Heat, Josh Richardson (6'6''-G-93, college: Tennessee) didn't have the expectations or guarantees that first-round draft picks are afforded. However, Richardson immediately showed he was a reliable guard in the NBA. Miami is reportedly doubling down on the young guard by giving him an extension. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Richardson and the Heat are finalizing a four year $42 million extension. This locks him into the Heat long term and makes him a crucial part of their growing young core. The Heat are putting a lot of faith in Richardson to continue showing improvement as he gains more NBA experience. He's definitely had flashes of solid play in his brief two years, but it's not often to see a team buy into a second-round pick so quickly. This continues a trend by Miami this offseason to double down on what they built in the second half of last season. The Heat have re-signed almost all their key pieces from last year's team to long-term deals. This gives the Heat a lot of continuity, but it means they're going to put a lot of faith in young players to show improvement and raise their ceiling.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



The Bulls sign Diamond Stone - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls signed 20-year old power forward Diamond Stone (211-115kg-97, college: Maryland). He played last season at LA Clippers. But in 7 NBA games he had just 1.4ppg. Stone also played that season for another team Salt Lake City Stars where in 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.0apg.
Last year he was drafted by New Orleans Pelicans in second round (40th overall). The former University of Maryland standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
Despite young age Stone had great career. His team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2016. Stone was also voted Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2016 at his college time.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. Stone's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 13.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-2 (3.3bpg), FGP: 51.3%, FT: 56.5%.
Stone has played previously for Santa Cruz Warriors.

Chicago Bulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwyane Wade
Justin Holiday
Jerian Grant
David Nwaba
Denzel Valentine
Kris Dunn
Zach LaVine
Cameron Payne

Forwards:
Quincy Pondexter
Lauri Markkanen
Bobby Portis
Paul Zipser

Centers:
Robin Lopez
Cristiano Felicio
Diamond Stone

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Morrow re-signs at KW Titans - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster forward Greg Morrow (190, college: Western). He played there last season. In 39 NBL Canada games he had 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morrow's team was regular season runner-up in OUA West Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OUA 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Morrow previously for two other teams: Mustangs and Panthers.
He graduated from Western Ontario in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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KW Titans keep Sutherland for another season - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) re-signed 28-year old guard Tramar Sutherland (190-89, college: UALR). He played there last season. In 41 NBL Canada games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sutherland played at River Lions where in 42 NBL games he had 6.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements he won Canadian NBBL championship title in 2014. Sutherland received also USBasket.com All-Canadian NBBL 1st Team award back in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Moncton Miracles and Toronto 3D.
Sutherland attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Dwayne Smith (ex Olimpo BB) joins River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international forward Dwayne Smith (198-103kg-89, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in Argentinian league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 29 TNA games he had 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Smith played at Academia in Colombian Liga DirecTV where in 33 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season. He helped them to win the Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 title (twice) (also twice).
Smith was selected to NBL Canada All-Star Game back in 2014. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team this year.
Smith has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas) and Canada (Moncton Miracles, The Storm, On Point, West Hill and Pickering).
He attended George Washington University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
On Smith: Very good rebounder for his size and plays bigger than 6-6.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wes Miller Receives Contract Extension Through 2022 at UNC Greensboro - by Eurobasket News

UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record announced that men's basketball head coach Wes Miller has received a contract extension that will carry him through June 30, 2022. Miller's extension adds three years to his current contract and updates all of the terms of his previous deal, encompassing the next five years. 'Coach Miller has created a championship culture during his time at UNCG' Record said. 'He has set the standard for UNCG basketball by recruiting student-athletes who not only compete at a high level, but who value the degree that comes with a scholarship. Wes and his coaching staff have laid a foundation for success and the future of our program has never been brighter.' Miller is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Spartans in 2017-18 and has built a championship culture in the men's basketball program. The Spartans are coming off the most successful season in program history during 2016-17, leading the Spartans the program's third Southern Conference regular season title all-time and the first-ever No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament. He guided UNCG to a program-record 25-10 overall record and a 14-4 mark in SoCon play. 'There are incredible things happening at UNCG.' Miller said. 'It is a university and campus on the rise. I am pleased that I will continue to have the opportunity to represent UNCG as our basketball coach. I am proud of what we are building and look forward to continuing to lead the program forward with our staff and players.' The 25 wins are the most for UNCG in the 50-year history of men's basketball while the 14 wins are the most for the Spartans in their SoCon history and ties the program record for conference wins in a season. UNCG advanced to the SoCon Tournament Championship game for the third time in program history and the first time since 2005. The Spartans and ETSU played one of the best championship games in tournament history with UNCG falling in the final seconds. Miller led the Spartans to a final NCAA RPI ranking of No. 98 in NCAA Division I, the second-highest in the SoCon and the highest during his tenure. The Spartans improved 135 spots in the RPI rankings and were the eighth most improved team in all of NCAA Division I last year, improving by +9.5 wins. Miller led the Spartans to their second-straight postseason appearance and just the fifth appearance in program history as UNCG earned the SoCon's automatic bid into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Spartans made their second appearance all-time in the NIT and first since 2002 when they traveled to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Syracuse. The 2016-17 Spartans set a program-record with a nine-game winning streak, the longest winning streak for UNCG at the NCAA Division I level. Additionally, the Spartans became the first UNCG team to post three winning streaks of at least six or more games. UNCG posted a 7-2 record on the road in SoCon play, marking the best record of any team on the road in league play that season and setting a new UNCG record for road wins in league play at the NCAA Division I level. Miller also led the Spartans to individual success in 2016-17 with senior guard Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) and sophomore guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) earning Second Team All-SoCon honors while senior center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) was named Third Team All-SoCon. Alonso set a UNCG single-season record with 102 made 3-pointes and freshman forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) was named to the league's All-Freshman Team. Miller, the 2012 Southern Conference Coach of the Year during his interim season, has led the Spartans to double-digit wins in five out of the last six years breaking a streak of three-straight seasons with eight or less wins (2008-2011). When he took over during the 2011-12 season, he led the Spartans to a 10-8 SoCon record and the SoCon North Division title as he was 11-11 overall that year. In 2015-16, he led the Spartans to a 15-19 overall record - their highest win total since the 2007-08 season. He guided UNCG to just its fourth postseason appearance in program history as the Spartans took part in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), advancing to the quarterfinals. UNCG picked up its first-ever postseason win in program history with a 69-65 win over Houston Baptist at home at the Greensboro Coliseum The Spartans finished the regular season with a 10-8 record in SoCon play, matching their win total in the league from 2011-12. UNCG was especially strong at home posting a 12-4 record, the highest win total since moving to the Greensboro Coliseum and the top mark for home wins since the 2000-01 season (12-6). Miller is no stranger to the state of North Carolina, having been associated with basketball in the state his entire career as both a coach and student-athlete. In three seasons as a player at North Carolina under head coach and mentor Roy Williams, Miller helped the Tar Heels to the national championship in 2005, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and one ACC Tournament title. He was team captain as a senior in 2006-07, leading UNC to 31 wins and the NCAA Elite 8 as well as the ACC regular-season and tournament titles, and a final No. 3 national ranking.
Courtesy of: uncgspartans.com



Cincinnati lands 2018 point guard - by Eurobasket News

Cincinnati kicked off its Class of 2018 with a verbal pledge from a point guard from the west coast. Logan Johnson (G), the brother of Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson, announced his commitment to the Bearcats on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-2 floor general had taken an official visit to campus at the beginning of this month. He had scheduled official visits to Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara for later this month. He held nearly a dozen offers from west coast programs, including several from the Mountain West schools. Johnson is listed as the No. 130 overall recruit in the class, according to Rivals. While Rivals lists him as a three-star prospect, Scout rates him as a four-star recruit. According to Rivals' National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi, Johnson's stock rose following strong play during the July live recruiting period. Although, his most notable performance came during April when he and his Tyler Johnson Elite team got the better of LaMelo Ball and the Big Ballers. When Johnson reaches campus in the fall of 2018, he'll one of three point guards on the roster, playing behind transfer Cane Broome and Justin Jenifer. Both will exhaust their eligibility at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Jay Morris Named Assistant Basketball Coach at San Jose State - by Eurobasket News

The San Jose State men's basketball program is adding years worth of successful California recruiting ties and coaching familiarity within the Mountain West with the addition of Jay Morris as an assistant coach. Head coach Jean Prioleau made the announcement. 'Jay is a California native that played high school basketball with the Westchester Comets in Los Angeles,' said Prioleau. 'He has now coached at several West Coast programs, including one in the Mountain West. Jay has made great connections and has developed recruiting ties in both Southern California and the Bay Area that have lasted for decades.' Morris comes to San Jose State after spending the 2016-17 season as the director of player development for the Long Beach State men's basketball team. During that time Morris successfully implemented a personal development plan focused on student-athlete success after basketball. Morris spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Nevada under former NBA head coach Eric Musselman. In one season with Morris on staff, Nevada made a 15-game improvement on the court and secured a highly touted recruiting class for the following year. Using his strong ties in Southern California, Morris was the lead recruiter of Wolf Pack signees Lindsey Drew (Scout.com 4-Star), Devearl Ramsey (Rivals.com 4-Star), and Kenny Wooten (Rivals.com 4-Star). Rivals rated Nevada's class 35th in the country while 247sports ranked it 51st in all of Division I. Meanwhile, on the floor Nevada finished with the 13th-most improved record in the nation and went on to be champions of the 2016 CBI. Morris began his coaching career at CSUN where he spent five seasons (2010 through 2015) as an assistant coach under former NBA player and head coach Reggie Theus. Under Morris' recruiting efforts the Matadors signed a bevy of Southern California's top high school players, including four LA All-City First Team honorees. CSUN signed Stephan Hicks who became the 2011-12 Big West Freshman of the Year and a Mid-Major All-American. With Morris CSUN also signed St. John's transfer Amir Garret, top-20 Division I transfer Glen Rice, Jr., and the 2010-11 Sunbelt Freshman of the Year J.J. Thomas. In one of many active roles with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Morris has been an assistant coach at the Reese's College All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. The annual game played at the NCAA Final Four site showcases 20 of the best Division I seniors. Morris is a 2010 graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He went on to earn a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in May of 2017.
Courtesy of: sjsuspartans.com



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Michael Maczko Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Mercy College - by Eurobasket News

Mercy College Director of Athletics Matt Kilcullen Jr. has announced the hiring of Mike Maczko as the new head Mercy College men's basketball coach. 'We are tremendously excited about Mike joining the Mercy College Athletics family,' stated Kilcullen. He comes from a great basketball background and has a great future ahead of him here at Mercy in building a championship basketball program.' 'I would like to thank President Hall and Director of Athletics Matt Kilcullen for the tremendous opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Mercy College. I am looking forward to get to work, to talk with the student-athletes and to meet the community. Mercy is a terrific college, in an excellent conference, and located in a beautiful area with great basketball talent. I am very excited to join the Mavericks family,' stated Mike Maczko . Mike Maczko brings a wealth of experience to the Mercy sidelines, having coached at various levels since 2011 after an impressive playing career. The native of Bel Air, Maryland joins the Mavericks after serving as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and JV Head Coach at Post University during the 2016-17 season. Mike Maczko assisted the head coach in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scheduling, scouting, player development, academic progress, travel arrangements and practice plans. Prior to his stint at Post, Mike Maczko was the Graduate Assistant for Men's Basketball at Georgia Tech during the 2015-16 season. While at Georgia Tech, Mike Maczko assisted the coaching staff in the breakdown of film for team and opponents, the preparation of scouting reports and for working out student-athletes in the offseason. During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Mike Maczko was the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Johns Hopkins University where he assisted the head coach in all aspects of the program. During the 2014-15 season, Mike Maczko was part of the staff that led Johns Hopkins to a regular season conference championship and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with a record of 25-5. Mike Maczko also was an assistant for the Baltimore NIKE Elite 16U team from 2012-14 and was a Volunteer Assistant Coach at his alma mater Salisbury University during the fall of 2012. Mike Maczko has also served and currently serves as a camp counselor at the HoopGroup Skills and HoopGroup Elite basketball camp. Mike Maczko brings an impressive playing resume as well to Dobbs Ferry, having starred in high school, college and in a semi-professional league. Mike Maczko played three years of varsity basketball at the John Carroll School before heading to NJIT on a full athletic scholarship. While at NJIT, Mike Maczko started three games and averaged 12.5 minutes per game as a freshman. After playing a year at NJIT, Mike Maczko went on to Salisbury University where he started every game (77) in his three years, serving as team captain during his junior and senior year. He was a Capital Athletic Conference All-Conference selection in 2011-12 and ended his career with 11.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. After graduating from Salisbury in 2012, Mike Maczko played for the Bay Area Shuckers in the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) from 2013-15. Coaching runs in the family for Mike Maczko with his father Terry Mike Maczko currently the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Baltimore City Community College. Mike Maczko graduated from Salisbury in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Business Administration before earning a Master of Science in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2016.
Courtesy of: mercyathletics.com



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LNB Round 3 of Finals. Bufalos open 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

Bufalos - Toros 84-78

Bufalos gained the lead in the championship series. They topped Toros to take 2-1 advantage. Toros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bufalos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 36. Bufalos forced 21 Toros turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Toros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Carlos Gonzalez (177-80) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists. Guard Noel Mackenzie (188-78) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) who recorded 31 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: N.Mackenzie 22+3reb+4ast, C.Gonzalez 14+5reb+15ast, R.Brown 11+12reb+3ast, H.Barberena 10+1reb+2ast, M.Mackenzie 9+6reb, D.James 6+2reb
Toros: R.Abraham 31+3reb+2ast, A.Brooks 13+10reb+2ast, D.Toruno 12+4reb+4ast, M.Castrillo 10+9reb+5ast, T.Vansdell 7+4reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 5+5reb+4ast
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2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria fire past Cameroon, reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Cameroon 106:91

Nigeria gained an early lead and never looked back en route to the victory over Cameroon in today's quarterfinal clash in Tunis. Ike Nwamu (196-G-93, college: UNLV) delivered 25 points and handed out 7 assists to lead the Tigers.
Nigeria picked up the offensive tempo right from the start. They dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 7-point lead. Nigeria accumulated a 52:43 halftime lead. Cameroon reduced the deficit at 5 points at the final intermission. Nigeria unloaded though 31 points in the fourth term and iced the win. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds for Nigeria. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) added 22 points in the victory. Boris Mbala (185-G-96) answered with 32 points for Cameroon. Felix Bogmis (192-G-92) chipped in 25 points in the loss.

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Diogu 28, Ike Nwamu 25, Bryant Mbamalu 22
Cameroon: Boris Mbala 23, Felix Bogmis 25



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Metropolitan League Round 11: San Jose keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked San Jose as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Jose smashed bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata in Asuncion 104-37. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Olimpia. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Libertad (#4) and Sol de America (#2). Libertad (7-2) won against visiting Sol de America (7-3) 99-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sol de America. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost.
Metropolitan top team - Olimpia (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-8) in Asuncion 90-38. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record, which they share with San Jose. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh position with eight games lost.

In the last game of round 11 Felix Perez was beaten by Luqueno on the road 72-64.

Olimpia - Ciudad Nueva 90-38

Metropolitan top team - Olimpia (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-8) in Asuncion 90-38. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record, which they share with San Jose. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh position with eight games lost.
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Luqueno - Felix Perez 72-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Luqueno's (5-6) home victory over 6th ranked Felix Perez (2-7) 72-64 on Thursday. Luqueno maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. Loser Felix Perez keeps the sixth position with seven games lost.
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San Jose - Dep.Capiata 104-37

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked San Jose as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Jose smashed bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata in Asuncion 104-37. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Olimpia. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost.
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Libertad - Sol de America 99-93

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Libertad (#4) and Sol de America (#2). Libertad (7-2) won against visiting Sol de America (7-3) 99-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sol de America. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost.
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AZS Koszalin tabs Melsahn Basabe, ex Lukoil Acad. - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) inked 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal last season. Basabe also played that season for Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 where in 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league that year. Basabe's team made it to the Bulgarian final.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Siarka).
Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Melsahn Basabe
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Rodnerius Lewis (ex Arena-76) signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman). He played most recently at Arena-76 in Georgian A League. In 15 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian A League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Lewis' college team won SIAC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-SIAC Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lewis graduated from Stillman College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

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P.Zvaigzdes ink Ryan Harrow, ex Rosa - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) signed 26-year old American guard Ryan Harrow (188-73kg-91, college: Georgia State, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Rosa in Polish PLK league. In 12 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.3apg. Harrow also played that season for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where in 20 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2015. Harrow was also voted NABC All-District 24 1st Team in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Anagennises) and Greece (Cretan Kings).
Harrow attended Georgia State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Steponas Babrauskas
Arturs Ausejs
Tomas Lekunas
Tomas Galeckas
Ryan Harrow
Ignas Fiodorovas

Forwards:
Alexey Zhukanenko
Vyacheslav Bobrov
Julius Kazakauskas
Nikita Balashov

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @3EyeSports)

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Brad Waldow (ex Fos-Provence) is a newcomer at PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American center Brad Waldow (208-130kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played most recently at Fos-Provence in French ProB. In 39 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. Waldow helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Waldow graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Jakub Koelner
Cameron Ayers
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

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

Centers:
Paul Egwuonwu
Brad Waldow

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas De Thaey joins Timba Timosoara - by Eurobasket News

BC Timba Timisoara (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 26-year old Belgian forward Thomas De Thaey (203-111kg-91, college: North Carolina State, agency: Octagon Europe). He was about to sign at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in British BBL league. The last season De Thaey played at Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League where in 35 games he had 5.9ppg and 3.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
De Thaey represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.9ppg, 7.0rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.3%.
De Thaey has played previously professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy) and Belgium (Antwerp Giants, Oostende, Leuven Bears and Kangoeroes).
He attended North Carolina State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On De Thaey: Thomas is an extremly strong player who fights for every rebound. He is more SF/PF than classic PF or Center but he can play back to the basket as well he can shoot from the mid/long range. He can play defense against bigger players thanks to his strength and he can stop smaller SF thanks to his speed. Great player with a lot of skills and role modes. Can finnish above the rim. He is very good in transition - runs the floor very well. Great teammate to have!.

BC Timba Timisoara roster for 2017-2018:

Bogdan Popescu
Branko Jereminov
Thomas De Thaey
Mack Lamont
Cameron Naylor
Tiegbe Bamba
Alon Sonenfeld
Marius Deconescu

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Spartak St.Petersburg lands Igor Savchenko - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg landed 22-year old Russian forward Igor Savchenko (200-95). He played most recently at L Alfas in Spanish EBA league. In 22 games he averaged 8.0ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Savchenko played at Avtodor Saratov 2nd team (U23 League) where in 34 games he had 5.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final.

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Spartak St.Petersburg inks Roman Lagutin - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg agreed terms with 22-year old guard Roman Lagutin (195-85kg-95). He has played for the last two seasons at Avtodor Saratov 2nd team in the VTB-Youth.
Lagutin played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2016.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2014.
Lagutin has played previously for two other teams: Irkut Irkutsk and BC Nizhny Novgorod 2nd team.

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Yuriy Trubin agreed terms with Spartak St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old power forward Yuriy Trubin (206-98kg-94). He played most recently at Kupol-Rodniki in Russian Superleague 1. Superleague 1 was a little too high level for him, where in 10 Superleague 1 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg last season. Trubin also played that season for Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL. In 15 games he averaged only 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2016. Trubin received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Center of the Year award in 2016.
He has played previously for two other Russia teams: Avtodor and BC Nizhny Novgorod 2nd team.

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Lokomotiv Kuban win Bemax Cup - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Mega Bemax 108-85

Lokomotiv Kuban posted second win at Bemax Cup to triumph at the tournament. They overcame the hosts, Mega Bemax 108-85. The Russian side took an early 23-20 lead had the same 3-point lead at the halftime. In the second half, Lokomotiv Kuban posted two victories, 32-25 in the third frame and 35-22 in the last stanza. Chris Babb (196-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) netted 18. Broekhoff poured in 13, whilst Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) added 12 points. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) and Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) replied with 21 points in a loss. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) followed them with 17 points.
Ural meanwhile lost to Kupol-Rodniki 53-74. The latter dominated the start of the game and ensured a 13-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Kupol-Rodniki added a 20-11 surge in the third quarter to seal the win.



The Hawks tab Jeremy Evans, ex Khimki - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks inked 30-year old forward Jeremy Evans (206-91kg-87, college: W.Kentucky) to a training camp deal. He played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In two Eurocup games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Evans also played 4 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Pacers that year.
In 2010 Evans was drafted by Utah Jazz in second round (55th overall). He attended Western Kentucky University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Evans played in the final of VTB United League.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Utah F.).
Evans' game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
An energy player with an extremely long wingspan and high level athleticism … He is a very quick and explosive leaper and he will try to dunk everything in the vicinity of the basket … Runs the floor hard, has long strides and is able to cover a lot of ground very fast ... Is terrific at catching lob passes and finishing strong, shows great timing and has the ability to grab balls that are thrown way out of his area ... He is an aggressive finisher and he looks to convert overtop of defenders and against contact.
Very raw and unpolished ... Not a skilled player and does not have the repertoire or footwork to be able to score with his back to the basket
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Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Belinelli
Malcolm Delaney
Kent Bazemore
Josh Magette
Quinn Cook
Dennis Schroeder
Tyler Dorsey

Forwards:
Ersan Ilyasova
Luke Babbitt
Jeremy Evans
Miles Plumlee
Mike Muscala
Nicolas Brussino
Tyler Cavanaugh
Taurean Prince
DeAndre' Bembry
John Collins

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

Coach: Mike Budenholzer

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Olimpia Milano nip Khimki in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia Milano - Khimki 89:88

Olimpia narrowly edged Khimki in the preseason clash. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) scored 23 points including a winning free throw late in regulation to lead the Italian powerhouse.
Olimpia unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. The Italian side dropped 25 points in the second term to take a 10-point halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Russian side narrowed the deficit and eventually tied things up at 88 late in the game. But Andrew Goudelock hit a free throw to propel Olimpia Milano to the win at the end. Tarczewski produced 15 points, while Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) added 14 points in the winning case. Thomas replied with 25 points for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) netted 19 points in the loss.



AEK Athens hold off CSKA in test game - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens - CSKA 78:69

AEK Athens celebrated a comfortable win over CSKA in the test game in Greece. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points to lead the Greek side.
AEK dominated right from the start. They took a 23:16 lead at the first intermission. AEK Athens stretched the lead at 14-point mark at the interval. The Greek team arrived at the final break up by 15 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 13 points, while Larendzakis had 11 points in the win. Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) knocked down 15 points for CSKA. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) and Kyle Hines (198-C/F-86, agency: BeoBasket) banked in 13 points each in the defeat.



Vanoli Cremona race past Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona - Avtodor 89:83

Vanoli Cremona continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They took on Russian Avtodor in the latest preseason game. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland), Giampaolo Ricci (201-F-91) and Elijah Johnson (192-G-90, college: Kansas) scored 15 points each to pace the Italian team to the victory.
Avtodor got to the better start. The Saratov team jumped to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Vanoli Cremona though erased the deficit in the second period. They secured a narrow 38:37 halftime advantage. Avtodor regained the lead in the third term. The visitors entered the final frame up by a single point 62:61. But Cremona increased the tempo in the fourth quarter and ran away with a tough win. Drake Diener (196-G-81, college: De Paul) netted 13 points in the victory. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) notched 19 points for Avtodor. Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 16 points.



Lietuvos Rytas top Parma for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Parma 86:79

Lietuvos Rytas earned the fifth preseason victory. They overcame Parma behind 11 points from Marc Antonio Carter (192-G/F-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances).
Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 30 points in the second period to take a 10-point halftime lead. Parma cut the deficit in the third term. The Russian team got within three points at the final intermission. But Lietuvos Rytas were back in control in the fourth stanza. They went on a 19:14 run to ice the win. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) and Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85, college: Samford) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points for Parma. Cody Miller (196-G) chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.



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2017 AfroBasket: Senegal beat Angola, complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Senegal - Angola 66:57

Senegal punched the AfroBasket semifinal ticket. They toppled Angola in the last quarterfinal game of the day in Tunis. Louis Adams (193-G-90) scored 11 points to pace the winers.
Senegal eked out a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola though bounced right back. They went on a 21:15 run in the second term to secure a 37:34 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued in the second half. Senegal used a 17:8 run in the third period to regain a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Senegal boosted the lead at 8-point mark midway through the fourth stanza and held on to the advantage to rally to the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Clevin Hannah (179-PG-87, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 10 points apiece for Senegal. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) notched 17 points for Angola. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) banked in 8 points in the defeat.

Senegal: Louis Adams 11, Maurice Ndour 10, Clevin Hannah 10
Angola: Leonel Paulo 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 8



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Partizan and Mega Bemax lose the latest games - by Eurobasket News

Partizan and Mega Bemax lost the latest games of the Bemax Cup. Antwerp Giants pip Partizan NIS 87-84. Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) led the way with 20 points and Dennis Donkor (193-G-91, agency: 3Eye) notched 15. Nigel Williams-Goss (191-G-94, college: Gonzaga) was the top scorer for the Serbian team with 16 points, while Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) had 14.
Lokomotiv Kuban posted second win at Bemax Cup. They overcame the hosts, Mega Bemax 108-85. The Russian side took an early 23-20 lead had the same 3-point lead at the halftime. In the second half, Lokomotiv Kuban posted two victories, 32-25 in the third frame and 35-22 in the last stanza. Chris Babb (196-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) netted 18. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso) poured in 13, whilst Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) added 12 points. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) and Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) replied with 21 points in a loss. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) followed them with 17 points.



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Ryan Wright (ex Joondalup Wolves) is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-111kg-87, college: Oklahoma). He played last summer at Joondalup Wolves in Australian SBL. Wright managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 18 SBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg and 7.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The most of last season Wright spent at Vasas in Hungarian A Division where in 21 games he averaged 13.0ppg and 7.3rpg. Wright also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz KK (A Division) in Hungary. In 9 games he had 6.1ppg and 5.7rpg. He also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 5.6ppg and 4.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright was voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL 1st Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Wright's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in eleven different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales), Finland (Namika Lahti), Mexico (Soles), Poland (Anwil), Turkey (Gelisim), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela, Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Hungary (Falco-Vulcano), South Korea (Sonic Boom KT) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Explosive dunker that does some things above the rim that really electrifies the crowd.. A phenomenal athlete who can score with his back to the basket or faced up. Advanced to the NCAA Final 4 (2) Consecutive years in a row while at UCLA before transferring to Oklahoma. Exceptional timing for shot blocking and hits the glass for rebounds hard. Shows leadership quality while setting the example in the classroom with Pac-10 & Big 12 All-Academic Team Honors.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Doncic, Slovenia roll to 92-72 semifinal win over Spain - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Spain 92:72

Luka Doncic (201-G-99) nearly missed triple-double notching 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to carry Slovenia into EuroBasket Final. They stormed past Spain in the semifinal clash in Istanbul tonight.
Slovenia unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. Spain matched the tempo in the second term. They sank 26 points to pull within four points 45:49. However Slovenia took over in the third term. They limited Spain to just 12 points and started to run away. Slovenia entered the fourth stanza up by 16 points. They kept Spain in check throughout the final stanza and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) produced 15 points each for the winners. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) answered with 16 points for Spain. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) netted 13 points in the losing case.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 15, Anthony Randolph 15, Luka Doncic 11+12 boards
Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Ricky Rubio 13



Tajfun Sentjur adds David Gabrovsek and Milan Markovic - by Zeljko Zule

Tajfun Sentjur added two new players for the upcoming season, David Gabrovsek (201-F-94) and Serbian Milan Markovic (208-C-90).
Gabrovsek arrives from Missouri Baptist, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, Gabrovsek averaged 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 32 NAIA games. He has already played college basketball at SW Baptist (NCAA2) from 2013 through 2015.
Gabrovsek grew up wip Komenda and was a member of Slovenian National Team at the U20 European Championship in Greece in 2014.
Markovic arrives from Napredak Rubin Krusevac, for whom he averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 26 Serbian KLS League games last season. He has already played for Spartak Subotia, Proleter Zrenjanin plus Beroe in Bulgaria and Gevgelija in FYR Macedonia.



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UCAM Murcia inks Alex Urtasun - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 33-year old Spaniard guard Alex Urtasun (193-84). He played last season at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 33 games he had 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Urtasun spent at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada where in 36 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. He also spent pre-season at Armani Milano (Serie A) in Italian league that year.
Urtasun has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Valencia Basket, Leon, Real Betis, Cantabria, Zaragoza, HLA Alicante, Lleida_Basquet and Castello.
Urtasun could be described: A very explosive guard, great slasher, quick footed and good dribbler; has also a incredible shooting range; limited in EC 2002 by an injury at his ankle; greta upside at shooting guard, however;.

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alex Urtasun
Brad Oleson
Charlon Kloof
Vitor Benite
Clevin Hannah
Alberto Martin

Forwards:
Marko Lukovic
Jose_Angel Antelo
Ovie Soko
Sadiel Rojas

Centers:
Vitor Faverani
Julen Olaizola
Marcos Delia
Kevin Tumba
Eric Gonzalez

Coach: Ibon Navarro

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Burgos ink Emil Savic - by Eurobasket News

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 19-year old Croatian shooting guard Emil Savic (200-98, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Savic played also at Valencia 2 (also in EBA) where in 28 games he had 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. Savic's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg.
Savic has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Rudes).

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher
Alejandro Lopez
Jules Akodo
Emil Savic

Forwards:
Deon Thompson
Deividas Gailius
Eduardo Martinez
Alejandro Barrera
Tadas Sedekerskis
Dusan Juzbasic

Centers:
Javier Vega
Goran Huskic
Felipe Dos_Anjos

Coach: Diego Epifanio

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Valencia prevail against TAU Castello - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello - Valencia 71:78

Valencia celebrated the second win in preseason. They topped TAU Castello behind 25 points from Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech).
TAU Castello overcame a slow start to take a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Valencia surged ahead in the second term. They posted a 40;35 halftime advantage. Valencia boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the final intermission 52:60. Valencia maintained the lead throughout the fourth frame to race to the victory. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points for Valencia. Charles Nkaloulou (199-F-94) replied with 13 points for TAU Castello. Aegir Steinarsson (185-PG-91, college: Newberry, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.



UCAM Murcia top Obras Sanitarias in test game - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia - Obras 73:66

UCAM Murcia overcame Obras Sanitarias in the latest preseason game. Brad Oleson (191-PG-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) nailed 15 points to lead the winners.
Obras jumped to an early lead. The Argentinean team took a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Obras extended the margin at 8-point mark in the second quarter. They entered the second half up by four points 35:31. Obras maintained the lead throughout the third term. They were still up by 3 points 54:51 in the fourth period. But UCAM Murcia stepped on the gas in the final quarter. They surged ahead to rally to the victory. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) tossed in 13 points in the win. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) answered with 19 points for Obras. Valdelicio had 13 points in the loss.



Lorenzo re-signs at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old point guard Dani Lorenzo (181-93). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 30 LEB Gold games he recorded just 0.8ppg last season.
Lorenzo won LEB Silver Play-Off in 2016.
He has played previously for two other teams: Mikeldi and Goierri.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Center:
Martin Buesa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Doncic, Slovenia roll to 92-72 semifinal win over Spain - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Spain 92:72

Luka Doncic (201-G-99) nearly missed triple-double notching 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to carry Slovenia into EuroBasket Final. They stormed past Spain in the semifinal clash in Istanbul tonight.
Slovenia unleashed 25 points in the first quarter to ensure a 6-point lead. Spain matched the tempo in the second term. They sank 26 points to pull within four points 45:49. However Slovenia took over in the third term. They limited Spain to just 12 points and started to run away. Slovenia entered the fourth stanza up by 16 points. They kept Spain in check throughout the final stanza and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) produced 15 points each for the winners. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) answered with 16 points for Spain. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) netted 13 points in the losing case.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 15, Anthony Randolph 15, Luka Doncic 11+12 boards
Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Ricky Rubio 13



Martynas Andriuskevicius (ex Helios) agreed terms with Prat - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Gold) inked 31-year old Lithuanian ex-international center Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-113kg-86, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Mar.'16. In 6 games he recorded 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2bpg in 2015-16 season. Andriuskevicius also played 3 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged 8.0ppg and 5.7rpg.
He won Alpe Adria Cup championship title.
The previous (14-15) season he played at TEMP SUMZ Revda (Superleague) in Russia. In 29 games he had 9.7ppg, 8.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
In 2005 Andriuskevicius was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (44th overall).
Andriuskevicius was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Andriuskevicius represented Lithuania at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 4.5rpg.
Andriuskevicius is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy, Poland (Polpharma), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Neptunas), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors) and D-League (Arkansas RR).

CB Prat Juventud roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Josep Perez
Bernat Camarasa
Albert Cabrera
Joaquin Portugues
Caleb Agada
Alex Campbell
Marc Sese
Alejandro Perez

Forwards:
Marc Blanch
Jeff Coby
Marlon Johnson

Centers:
Martynas Andriuskevicius
Gerbert Marti
Emanuel Cate

Coach: Arturo Alvarez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Blake Vedder (ex ULB OH!TELS) is a newcomer at Palanga - by Eurobasket News

Naglis Palangos (NKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Blake Vedder (224-107kg-91, college: Kent State). He played most recently at OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto in Spanish EBA league. In 9 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season. Vedder helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He also played that season for Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda (also in EBA) where in 16 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg.
Vedder's college team won PSAC Tournament in 2013.
He graduated from Kent State in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Naglis Palangos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Augustas Suliauskas
Jonathan Walter

Forward:
Modestas Paulauskas

Centers:
Nerijus Barauskas
Blake Vedder
Bob Van_Zijverden

By Eurobasket Data Center

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RETAbet Bilbao Basket inks Unai Mendikote - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) signed 18-year old swingman Unai Mendikote (196-99). The last time (14-15) he played at the junior team of Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa.
Mendikote was named to U16 National Team in 2015.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Javier Salgado
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Agustin Sans
Aitor Zubizarreta
Lucio Redivo
Jon Betolaza
Joseba Estalayo

Forwards:
Alex Mumbru
Axel Hervelle
Pere Tomas
Dejan Todorovic
Vasilije Vucetic
Jameel McKay
Borja Mendia
Unai Mendikote

Center:
Tim Kempton

Coach: Carles Duran

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Real Madrid prevail against Burgos in test game - by Eurobasket News

Burgos - Real Madrid 73:86

Real Madrid celebrated another win in the preseason campaign. They defeated San Pablo Burgos on the road on Thursday. Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) scored 25 points to lead the winners.
Real jumped to a 24:13 lead after the opening frame. Burgos narrowed the deficit in the second term. They pulled within two points at halftime 36:38. Real Madrid gained some breathing room in the third term. The visitors ensured an 8-point lead at the final intermission. They kept Burgos at safe distance in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) tossed in 13 points, while Jaycee Carroll (188-SG-83) chipped in 12 points in the victory. Eduardo Martinez (202-F-90) and Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova) answered with 9 points each for Burgos.



Fuenlabrada top ALBA Berlin for Trofeo Fiestas - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - ALBA Berlin 66:62

Fuenlabrada captured the Trofeo Fiestas. They overcame ALBA Berlin behind 13 points from Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports).
ALBA snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. Fuenlabrada eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued in the second half. ALBA spurred ahead in the third term. The German team piled up a 45:40 lead at the final break. But Fuenlabrada picked up the tempo in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) and Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) tossed in 12 points each for the winning side. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 10 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 9 points in the defeat.



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2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia overwhelm DR Congo - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - DR Congo 80:61

Tunisia clinched the AfroBasket semifinal berth. They cruised past DR Congo in the quarterfinal battle today. Makram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Tunisia eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime advantage. However the hosts shifted the gear in the third term. They ignited a 27:12 rally to clear off. Tunisia held DR Congo to just 15 points in the fourth stanza to rally to a comfortable win. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 17 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 14 points in the victory. Evariste Shonganya (204-F/C-92, agency: Promotex) answered with 19 points and 9 boards for DR Congo. Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) and Rolly Fula (198-F-93) tossed in 11 points each in the loss.

Tunisia: Makram Ben Romdhane 22+14 boards, Mohamed Hadidane 17, Mourad El Mabrouk 14
DR Congo: Evariste Shonganya 19, Herve Kabasele 11, Rolly Fula 11



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Turk Telekom wins Ankara Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turk Telekom - TED Ankara 75-67

Turk Telekom wins Ankara Tournament as in the Final they overcame TED Ankara 75-67. Trailing 16-19 at the end of the first period, Turk Telekom posted a 27-17 rally to take a half-time advantage. They also scored 16 points in the third and then the last stanzas that was enough to win the game and triumph at the tournament.
Ankara DSI Era clinched third place beating Ormanspor 75-60. Keifer Sykes (183-PG-93, college: Green Bay) and Caner Ercan (205-PF-86) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Xavier Rey (210-C-87) netted 12. Atakan Denk (191-F-91) posted 20 in a loss and Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) ended up with 18.



Galatasaray fire past Cholet at Pro Stars Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 63:75

Galatasaray captured the first victory at the Pro Starts preseason tournament. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) nailed 18 points to lead the winning case.
Cholet recorded a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:36 halftime lead. Galatasaray narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Turkish team pulled within a single point at the final break. Galatasaray went on a 19:6 rally in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points, while Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 12 points for the Turkish side. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) provided 15 points for Cholet. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93, college: Texas Tech) dropped 14 points in the defeat.



Batuhan Dikmen agreed terms with TED Kolejliler - by Eurobasket News

Halk Enerji TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Batuhan Dikmen (191-97). He played most recently at Boluspor in the TB2L. In 14 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dikmen played at Meliksah. But in 14 TBL games he averaged just 1.4ppg.
He has played previously for Maliye Milli.

Halk Enerji TED Kolejliler Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Morris Curry
Mert Gizir

Forwards:
Batuhan Dikmen
Yesukan Onar

Centers:
Cem Coskun
David Weaver

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bahcesehir inks Jerome Randle - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 30-year old Ukrainian ex-international point guard Jerome Randle (175-77kg-87, college: California). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Randle played last season at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. In 14 games he had 10.1ppg, 1.0rpg and 4.0apg. He also played that season for Adelaide 36ers in Australian NBL where in 31 games he was third best scorer with impressive 21.3ppg and averaged 3.0rpg, 5.4apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. Randle helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Randle was voted All-Pac-10 Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Randle also represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Randle is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Randle has played previously professionally in Belgium, China, Israel, Lithuania (Zalgiris), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Turkey (Trabzonspor, Aliaga and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine (Azovmash) and NBA G League (Texas Legends, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers).
He attended University of California until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Randle could be described: A PG with great athletic skills, who can easily play at the upper level despite size. Has great court vision, can serve a teammate in a surprising way, simply because he's sometimes umpredictable. Can score and defend, doesn' t fear any opponent or situation. Great leadership and sparkling style of play seem to grant him a long career.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Bahcesehir inks Jerome Randle - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 30-year old Ukrainian ex-international point guard Jerome Randle (175-77kg-87, college: California). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Randle played last season at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. In 14 games he had 10.1ppg, 1.0rpg and 4.0apg. He also played that season for Adelaide 36ers in Australian NBL where in 31 games he was third best scorer with impressive 21.3ppg and averaged 3.0rpg, 5.4apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. Randle helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Randle was voted All-Pac-10 Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Randle also represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Randle is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Randle has played previously professionally in Belgium, China, Israel, Lithuania (Zalgiris), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Turkey (Trabzonspor, Aliaga and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine (Azovmash) and NBA G League (Texas Legends, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers).
He attended University of California until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Randle could be described: A PG with great athletic skills, who can easily play at the upper level despite size. Has great court vision, can serve a teammate in a surprising way, simply because he's sometimes umpredictable. Can score and defend, doesn' t fear any opponent or situation. Great leadership and sparkling style of play seem to grant him a long career.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Dnipro celebrate Govorunov and Taskitskiy Memorial title - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro celebrated Govorunov and Taskitskiy Memorial title beating Budyvelnik 91-65 in the Final game. The home side easily took a 25-12 lead in the start and never looked behind after. Dnipro also scored 25 points in the second frame for a 50-29 halftime advantage. Moreover Dnipro added two more victories in the second half for the final success. Pavel Revzin (194-F/G-83) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) notched 15. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place Bipa Odessa needed an 85-76 overtime win over Mykolaiv to take a higher position. Bipa Odessa closed the game with a 13-4 run to seal the victory.



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Callum joins Leopards - by Dave Ryan

Essex Leopards Coach Thomas Baker has added to his roster with the signing of guard Korey Callum.
The ??-year-old joins from Brunel University having previously played for BBL side Surrey Scorchers, and is expected to make his debut in Sunday's home game against Nottingham Hoods.
The newest Leopard is excited about joining the Big Cats: "I am excited and honoured to be signing for Leopards this season" said Callum.
"I've been working hard individually over the summer, putting in work day and night. So that I was ready to play when an opportunity came. I can't wait to play under Coach Baker and Coach Malpass! And I'm looking forward to playing with my new teammates."
Baker is delighted with his latest signing: "With Korry we are adding another player with past BBL experience" said.
"He is a strong defender with the ability to shoot the three, strengthening the way we want to play this year. Korry is fully bought in to what we're about and I feel he is a great addition to the team."



Patrons Cup preview - by Dave Ryan

Half of the 12 NBL Division Two side will be in action as the Patrons Cup starts this weekend.

The 12 sides are divided into four groups of three, with teams playing each other once and the group winners progressing to the semi-finals.

With the London derby between Westside and Greenhouse Pioneers having been postponed (Westminster Warriors completing the group), the only action on Saturday takes place in the north west. Having avoided relegation by a single win last season, Liverpool will look to open the season with a victory when they host newly promoted Team Birmingham Elite.

Liverpool have added former Lancashire Spinners pair Dave Ulph and Jack Hudson, Daniel Pilkington from Manchester Giants II, Trevor Samuels from Manchester Giants and Daniel Walsh from Sefton, while Joe Irving returns after a two-year hiatus from basketball.
Seventeen wins from 20 games were enough to give Elite the Division Three North title last season and seal their return to the NBL's second tier. Derbyshire Arrows complete the group, with Pete Kelley's side hosting Liverpool and travelling to Birmingham.

The following day sees two of the divisions favourites for promotion in action, with the first game seeing Thames Valley Cavaliers travelling to Middlesex LTBC.

Cavaliers missed out on promotion to the top flight last season, finishing third despite losing only four of their 22 games. They ran Division One side Worthing close in a pre-season friendly last week, with the teams tied at 68 going into the final four minutes before the home side pulled away to win 82-72. Former Surrey Heat guard Martelle McLemore (197-G/F-88, college: W.Michigan) led the Cavaliers with 30 points in that game, and the 29-year-old is expected to be a key part of their promotion push.

Middlesex are a side consisting of London-based Lithuanians, and won promotion last season as they finished top of Division Three South with a 15-3 record to reach the second tier for the first time. Surrey Bears are the other side in the group, Gary Smith's side will host Middlesex and travel to Cannons.

Another side making their Division Two debut is Essex Leopards who saw their 13-year stay in Division One end when they were relegated last season, and they will host Nottingham Hoods at the Brentwood Centre.
More here: https://daveballblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/patrons-cup-preview/



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Double-Double for Trevante Drye - by Hector Lopez

Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) scored 26 points and added 19 rebolunds leading Stockolmol to beat Colon 79-71, after an overtime (64-64) and his team won 2-1 the playoff to play the Metro League 2018. Octavio Medina (195-F-96) added 22 points for the winner. For Colon, Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) finished with 15 points and 24 rebounds, while Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) added 15 points. Capitol also classified to play the Metro 2018 after beating Aurfiblanco 92-74. Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) netted 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Juan Andres Galleto (181-G-96) finished with 16 points. For Auriblanco, Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.


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Marcus Hall (ex Bucaneros) signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old American guard Marcus Hall (185-86kg-85, college: Colorado, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in March'17. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Three years ago (six years after he left the college) Hall was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (61st overall).
The former University of Colorado standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hall's team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2011 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Hall is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC Levski 2014 Sofia), Cyprus (Apoel), Germany, Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey (Darussafaka, Kepez Bld, Yesilgiresun Bld and Afyon Bld) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves).
Hall's game is described as: A very athletic guard who outstood in track & field at level. Can change direction and pace very easily. Has great maturity about his game and displays a great level of confidence. Marcus can really run a team and he shoots the ball well. De doesn't over-handle the ball. He just runs the team.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hall
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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VBA Round 2: Can Tho CF keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in VBA.

Can Tho CF defeated Danang Dragons at home 76-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Danang Dragons will play next round against strong Thang Long W. trying to get back on the winning streak. Can Tho CF will try to continue on its current victory against Saigon Heat on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hochiminh CW (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Thang Long W. (2-1) 79-71. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Quang To contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 27 rebounds for Hochiminh CW. Thang Long W. will play against Danang Dragons (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hochiminh CW will play against Hanoi B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Can Tho CF - Danang Dragons 76-68

Can Tho CF defeated Danang Dragons at home 76-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Danang Dragons will play next round against strong Thang Long W. trying to get back on the winning streak. Can Tho CF will try to continue on its current victory against Saigon Heat on the road.
gschID: 559684


Hochiminh CW - Thang Long W. 71-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hochiminh CW (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Thang Long W. (2-1) 79-71. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-24 Hochiminh CW's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-71 at the end of the game. Thang Long W. forced 23 Hochiminh CW turnovers. Strangely Hochiminh CW outrebounded Thang Long W. 50-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Quang To (180-84) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 27 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hochiminh CW. Four Hochiminh CW players scored in double figures. Thang Long W. will play against Danang Dragons (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hochiminh CW will play against Hanoi B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 27+27reb, H.Nguyen 14+2reb+5ast, H.Minh Trieu 11+6reb+2ast, T.Le Cong 10+5reb+1ast, M.Luong Chi 9+4reb+1ast, D.Nguyen Lam Anh 0
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 25+8reb+2ast, Q.To 24+1reb+4ast, J.Young 16+6reb+2ast, H.Nguyen Van 5+8reb+1ast, R.Le 4+3reb, Q.Nguyen Xuan 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 559683





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Tsmoki-Minsk lands Devon Saddler, ex JP-Auto JKSE - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American guard Devon Saddler (183-95kg-91, college: Delaware). He played most recently at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.9apg last season. Saddler also played that season for Egis Kormend (also in A Division) where in 10 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Saddler's college team won CAA Tournament in 2014. He received also NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014.
Saddler has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Apollon Patras) and Italy (Omegna).
He attended University of Delaware until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Viachaslau Korzh
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Siarhei Tatur
Siarhei Vabischevich
Devon Saddler
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Dmitri Paliashchuk
Mikita Meshcharakou
Andrei Navoichyk
Aliaksandr Semianiuk
Anton Vashkevich
Viktor Ovsepyan
David Kravish
Yauheni Beliankou

Center:
Maksim Salash

Coach: Aleksander Krutikov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Robyn Parks (ex Inter-Clube) is a newcomer at KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Robyn Parks (183-92, college: VCU). She was about to sign at Inter-Clube in Angolan D1 league. The last season Parks played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 26 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. She won Angolan League championship title.
Parks was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2014 at her college time.
Parks has played previously professionally in Hungary (PEAC Pecs) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2014 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara
Robyn Parks

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PINKK-Pecsi welcomes back Cheslek, ex SW Metro P. - by Nagy Szilveszter

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) landed 25-year old American center Shelby Cheslek (196-92, college: Gonzaga). It is actually her comeback to PINKK Pecsi as she has played here before. Cheslek played in the summer at South West Metro Pirates in Australian QBL. In 16 games she averaged 14.4ppg, 13.6rpg (#4 in the league), 1.6apg, 1.1spg and 2.3bpg. Cheslek's team made it to the Greek League Semifinals. She received Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team award in 2017.
Cheslek has played previously professionally in WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and Greece (Dafni Agioy).
She attended Gonzaga University until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

PINKK-Pecsi 424 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nora Rujak
Olena Samburska
Tijana Cukic
Petra Santa
Vivien Raus

Forwards:
Tina Jakovina
Ivey Slaughter
Sara Benke
Nikolett Gemes-Sarok

Centers:
Emese Kovalcsik
Lilla Zsilinszky
Shelby Cheslek
Nikolett Sera

Coach: Jens Tillman

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chevannah Paalvast is a newcomer at Canberra - by Eurobasket News

Canberra Capitals (WNBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old New Zealander international swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth). She played in the summer at Mackay Meteorettes (QBL). In 16 games she recorded 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. Paalvast helped them to make it to the final. The last season she played at Townsville Fire where in 16 games she averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
Among other achievements Paalvast won Australian WNBL championship title in 2016. She received also All-MAAC 3rd Team award back in 2014.
Paalvast has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. She has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Paalvast represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Paalvast has played previously professionally in Australia (Flames and Sharks) and New Zealand (NZ Academy, Waitakere West Auckland Rangers and Waitakere Lady Rangers).
She attended Monmouth University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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James' pro career starts at Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

BK Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) landed 22-year old American center Kai James (196-95). She just graduated from Florida State University (NCAA). James has played there for the last four years. In 22 games she averaged 3.4ppg and 2.6rpg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.
This summer James was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in third round (34th overall).
She just graduated from Florida State University and it is her first season in pro basketball.
James played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2015.
She represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Amsterdam (Holland) five years ago. James' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.5rpg.

BK Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rachel Theriot
Karina Boldyreva

Forward:
Yauhenija Styapanava

Center:
Kai James

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Theriot re-signs at Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

BK Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) confirmed in their roster 23-year old American guard Rachel Theriot (183-94, college: Nebraska). She played there last season. Theriot managed to play in three leagues last year. In 24 Premier League games she had 11.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.1spg. She helped them to win the League title and the cup. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Theriot also played 11 games in Baltic League where she recorded 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg. And finally she contributed to 7 games in EEWBL where she averaged 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.7apg (top 4) and 1.7spg (in top 5).
Theriot graduated from University of Nebraska in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Masko re-signs at Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

SBK Olimpia Grodno (Premier League) confirmed in their roster 18-year old swingman Arina Masko (175-99). She played there last season. In 22 Premier League games she had 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. Masko helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 11 games in Baltic League where she recorded 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 2nd Team in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Masko played at Victoria. In 19 games she was fourth best scorer with 15.0ppg and averaged 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.1spg.
Masko represented Belarus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Ireland this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 89.5%.

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Olimpia tabs Nadzeya Nadzezhka - by Eurobasket News

SBK Olimpia Grodno (Premier League) inked 30-year old forward Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-87). She has played for the last six years at Gorizont in the Premier League. Nadzezhka managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 25 Premier League games she averaged 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 2nd Team. Nadzezhka also played 7 games in Baltic League where she had 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. And finally she contributed to 11 games in EEWBL where she recorded 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements Nadzezhka won Belarusian League championship title in 2012 and 2016.
She was a member of Belarusian U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Nadzezhka has played previously for Tsmoki-Minsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anete STEINBERGA
  Castors .
  (190-C-90)
  Avg: 29
 1. Steinberga, Castors .29.0 
 2. Van Driel, B.Willeb.28.0 
 3. Nared, Waregem28.0 
 4. Trahan-Davis, Castors .22.0 
 5. Radic, Spirou M.22.0 
 6. Celus, Waregem22.0 
 7. Williams, Belfius .20.0 
 8. Crelot, Verviers.18.0 
 9. Aizsila, Waregem17.0 
 10. Bourlioux, Liege17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa MAES
  Liege
  (188-C-92)
  Avg: 17
 1. Maes, Liege17.0 
 2. Nared, Waregem14.0 
 3. Van Driel, B.Willeb.11.0 
 4. Steinberga, Castors .10.0 
 5. Trahan-Davis, Castors .10.0 
 6. Henket, Liege10.0 
 7. Boel, B.Willebroek10.0 
 8. Massey, Sint K.10.0 
 9. Gaspar, Waregem9.0 
 10. Starling, Kango.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Castors .
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Carpreaux, Castors .11.0 
 2. Devliegher, Wareg.9.0 
 3. Nared, Waregem6.0 
 4. Goyvaerts, Kango.6.0 
 5. Devliegher, Wareg.6.0 
 6. Van Driel, B.Willeb.5.0 
 7. Ramette, Sint K.5.0 
 8. Aizsila, Waregem4.0 
 9. Ortiz, Belfius Namur4.0 
 10. Celus, Waregem4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.6.0 
 2. Hambursin, Liege5.0 
 3. Celus, Waregem5.0 
 4. Aizsila, Waregem5.0 
 5. Delaere, Castors .4.0 
 6. Roekens, B.Willebroek4.0 
 7. Ramette, Sint K.3.0 
 8. Massey, Sint K.3.0 
 9. Bestagno, Belfius .3.0 
 10. Meylemans, Kango.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronni WILLIAMS
  Belfius .
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Williams, Belfius .2.0 
 2. Hendrickx, Belfius .2.0 
 3. Maes, Liege2.0 
 4. Jones, Castors .2.0 
 5. Colson, Verviers.1.0 
 6. Mpoyi, Sint Katelijne1.0 
 7. Bastin, Spirou M.1.0 
 8. Nared, Waregem1.0 
 9. Bogaert, Waregem1.0 
 10. Vanrenterghe., Laa.1.0 


Top Division Women Round 1: B.Willebroek edge Liege - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Top Division Women just started.

B.Willebroek defeated Liege at home 75-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Liege won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B.Willebroek forced 19 Liege turnovers. The former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ann Lydia Boel (182-88) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Center Laura Henket (183-98, agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Liege will play next round against strong Sint Kateline Waver trying to get back on the winning streak. B.Willebroek will try to continue on its current victory against Castors Braine at home.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Laarne (0-1) on the court of Castors Braine. Visitors were rolled over by Castors Braine 122-51. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Celeste Trahan-Davis contributed with 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Tine Putman (170-82) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds for Laarne. Castors Braine will play against B.Willebroek on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Laarne will play against Tulikivi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sint Katelijne, where Belfius Namur (0-1) lost to Sint Kateline Waver (1-0) in a road game 67-80 on Sunday. Becky Massey stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Ronni Williams responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sint Kateline Waver will meet Liege (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Namur will play against Declercq Stortbeton and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 1 winless Verviers-Pep. lost to undefeated Waregem in a road game 56-111. Winless Spirou Monceau lost to undefeated Kangoeroes at home 65-72.

Castors Braine - Laarne 122-51

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Laarne (0-1) on the court of Castors Braine. Visitors were rolled over by Castors Braine 122-51. It looked good early as Laarne took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Castors Braine had a 29-5 second period charge getting the lead and Laarne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-122. Castors Braine dominated on the defensive end, holding Laarne to just 5 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Laarne's 22 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Laarne 50-28 including a 39-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Castors Braine players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Laarne's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. American center Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Castors Braine players scored in double figures. Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Tine Putman (170-82) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Bieke Vanrenterghem (175-86) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Laarne. Castors Braine will play against B.Willebroek on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Laarne will play against Tulikivi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laarne: V.Vine 11+1reb+2ast, T.Putman 9+6reb+2ast, B.Vanrenterghem 9+5reb, Y.Baeyens 6+2reb, K.Beeckmans 6+4reb, F.Kimpe 4+2reb
Castors Braine: A.Steinberga 29+10reb+2ast, C.Trahan-Davis 22+10reb, A.Delaere 17+3reb+1ast, O.Malashenko 16+5reb+4ast, M.Grzesinski 13+3reb+3ast, M.Anderson 13+1reb+1ast
gschID: 549140


Sint Katelijne - Belfius Namur 80-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sint Katelijne, where Belfius Namur (0-1) lost to Sint Kateline Waver (1-0) in a road game 67-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sint Kateline Waver. Belfius Namur managed to win second period 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sint Kateline Waver made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Belfius Namur only scored eleven points from the stripe. Sint Kateline Waver forced 19 Belfius Namur turnovers. Center Becky Massey (186-0) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and power forward Laure Resimont (185-98) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Sint Kateline Waver players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Spanish point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sint Kateline Waver will meet Liege (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Namur will play against Declercq Stortbeton and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Belfius Namur: R.Williams 20+7reb, M.Ortiz 15+4reb+4ast, B.Day 10+4reb, N.O'Sullivan 8+3reb, H.Mestdagh 5+3reb, E.Bestagno 4+3reb+1ast
Sint Katelijne: L.Resimont 15+6reb+1ast, E.Ramette 14+1reb+5ast, F.Bastiaenssen 13+5reb+1ast, B.Massey 13+10reb, B.Massey 11+6reb+2ast, S.Ouahabi 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 549143


B.Willebroek - Liege 75-69

B.Willebroek defeated Liege at home 75-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Liege won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B.Willebroek forced 19 Liege turnovers. The former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ann Lydia Boel (182-88) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Center Laura Henket (183-98, agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Jaleesa Maes (188-92, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 17 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Liege players scored in double figures. Liege will play next round against strong Sint Kateline Waver trying to get back on the winning streak. B.Willebroek will try to continue on its current victory against Castors Braine at home.
Top scorers:
Liege: C.Bourlioux 17+2reb, L.Henket 16+10reb+4ast, J.Maes 12+17reb, E.Hambursin 11+5reb+2ast, M.Descamps 5+2reb, N.Doppee 4+2reb+2ast
B.Willebroek: V.Van Driel 28+11reb+5ast, I.Beaurang 10+4reb, A.Lydia Boel 8+10reb+2ast, A.Roekens 8+4reb+1ast, P.Vanhoven 7+3reb, S.Debie 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 549144


Waregem - Verviers-Pep. 111-56

Declercq Stortbeton used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Verviers 111-56 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Declercq Stortbeton led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Verviers-Pep.'s 28. Declercq Stortbeton forced 24 Verviers-Pep. turnovers and outrebounded them 41-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Verviers-Pep.'s players. American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners and the former international forward Miete Celus (173-91) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Nina Crelot (169-87) responded with 18 points and Noemie Bonvoisin (186-95) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Verviers-Pep.'s coach Antoine Braibant gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Declercq Stortbeton will meet Belfius Namur (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Verviers-Pep. will play against Kangoeroes (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: N.Crelot 18+1reb+3ast, N.Bonvoisin 12+6reb, J.Bungaite 9+5reb+1ast, C.Martin 4+1reb, G.Dethier 4+2reb, N.Kacperska 3+3reb+3ast
Waregem: J.Nared 28+14reb+6ast, M.Celus 22+5reb+4ast, A.Aizsila 17+3reb+4ast, L.Gaspar 15+9reb+2ast, S.Devliegher 12+4reb+9ast, S.Bogaert 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 549139


Spirou Monceau - Kangoeroes 65-72

R.Spirou Monceau was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Boom 72-65 on Saturday night. R.Spirou Monceau trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 19-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 65-72 at the end of the game. Heleen Adams (172-94) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and the former international Jana Raman (185-91) chipped in 15 points. Four Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Andjelina Radic (187-94) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Seraphine Bastin (170-0) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Kangoeroes will meet Verviers-Pep. (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Jeugd Gentson (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou Monceau: A.Radic 22+6reb, S.Bastin 13+5reb+3ast, C.Pappalardo 12+4reb, S.Deneil 7+2reb, M.Hamaide 4+4reb+2ast, K.Ballau 4+1reb+3ast
Kangoeroes: H.Adams 16+4reb+3ast, J.Raman 15+4reb+2ast, I.Meylemans 13+3reb+1ast, B.Starling 11+9reb, E.Correal 8+4reb, A.Nauwelaers 5+6reb
gschID: 549141





Vreny Van Driel claims Belgian Top Division Women weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Guard Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader B.Willebroek and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 28 points and eleven rebounds, while her team beat Liege (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 75-69. It allowed B.Willebroek to jump to the first place in the Belgian Top Division Women. But it's just the very beginning of the season and B.Willebroek won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Van Driel had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's her second year at B.Willebroek and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Van Driel has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg), assists (6th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Jackie Nared (183-G-90, agency: LBM Management) of Waregem. Nared impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she led Waregem to another comfortable win outscoring Verviers-Pep. (0-1) 111-56. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Nared is a newcomer at Waregem and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.0ppg (#3). Her other stats are also decent: 14.0rpg and 6.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management) of second-ranked Castors Braine. Steinberga scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Castors Braine, leading her team to a 122-51 easy win against Laarne (#9, 0-1). Castors Braine has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Steinberga also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Steinberga as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miete Celus (173-F-91) of Waregem - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-C-85) of Castors Braine - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. Laura Henket (183-C-98) of Liege - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Andjelina Radic (187-F-94) of Spirou Monceau - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Brittany Starling (183-C-94) of Kangoeroes - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ronni Williams (183-F) of Belfius Namur - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Lara Gaspar (190-C-90) of Waregem - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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HyPo lands Candice Warthen, ex Lulea Basket - by Eurobasket News

Hyvinkaan Ponteva (SM-sarja) tabbed 25-year old American guard Candice Warthen (165-92, college: Arizona). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 20 games she averaged 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg last season. Warthen helped them to win the Damligan title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). She also played for Associacio Esportiva Sedis Basquet in Spanish LFB that season. But in 10 games she had just 1.6ppg and 1.4rpg.
Warthen has played previously for another Finnish team Forssan Alku.
She attended University of Arizona until 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.

Hyvinkaan Ponteva roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saara Wahlgren
Anni Jamsa
Candice Warthen
Veera Puustinen
Meri Damoiseaux

Forwards:
Henna Salomaa
Camilla Gronberg

Center:
Taru Tuukkanen

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre lands Akyah Taylor - by Nagy Szilveszter

Al Aplemont Le Havre (NF1) landed 24-year old American forward Akyah Taylor (180-93). She has only college experience while playing for Michigan State University (NCAA). In 34 games she averaged 4.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg in 2015-16 season. Taylor helped them to make it to the final.
So her pro career will start in France.

Al Aplemont Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katarina Ristic
Baleta Mukoko

Forwards:
Akyah Taylor
Manon Coquelin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre lands Katarina Ristic - by Nagy Szilveszter

Al Aplemont Le Havre (NF1) landed 33-year old Slovenian ex-international guard Katarina Ristic (170-84, agency: Two Points). She played most recently at PINKK-Pecsi in Hungarian A Division. In 13 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg last season. Ristic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.0spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season she spent at Costa Masnaga in Italian Serie A2. In 15 games she recorded 14.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. The other team Ristic played shortly was BC Alte Kanti Aarau in Swiss LNA. In three games she got 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2011.
Ristic was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Ristic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece (Asteras), Israel (Hap.Petah Tikva), Poland (Energa Torun), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok), Sweden (AIK Basket), Turkey (Botas), France (Villeneuve D'Ascq) and Italy (Parma and Livorno).
Let's have closer look into Ristic's outlook: A scoring point guard who's played in top European leagues (Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey). In her two seasons in Hungary she meade her presence really felt (1st in assists, 11.5 points/game-shooting 41% from behind the arc and 85.3% from the Free Throw line) and Greece (4.6 assists/game, 14.3 points/game- shooting 3s with 36.9% and Free Throws with 81.5%). She has been a member of the national team of her country. Katarina is a player with a competitive spirit and a winning mentality.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre tabs rookie Manon Coquelin - by Nagy Szilveszter

Al Aplemont Le Havre (NF1) landed 19-year old French forward Manon Coquelin (178-98). She just graduated from Universite de Quebec a Montreal. In 14 games she averaged only 2.4ppg and 1.0rpg last season.
Coquelin played at the RSEQ Tournament Semifinals in 2017.
So her pro career will start in France.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Le Havre keeps Mukoko for another season - by Nagy Szilveszter

Al Aplemont Le Havre (NF1) re-signed 25-year old guard Baleta Mukoko (165-92). She has played there for the last two seasons.
The previous (14-15) season Mukoko played at Roche (LF2) where in 26 games she recorded 9.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Mukoko represented France at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Republic seven years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard - by Eurobasket News

Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard at the international tournament with 4 participating teams.
Romanian Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe overcame PINKK-Pecsi 424 84-65. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) stepped up with 27 points and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) delivered 14. Marina Kress (196-C-80) poured in 13, whilst Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Georgia Tech) ended up with 8. Olena Samburska (175-G-89) replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Nora Rujak (174-G-90) scored 10 and Ivey Slaughter (186-F-94, college: Florida St.) had 9.
Atomeromu Szekszard edged ZKK Celje 89-63. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) stepped up with 15 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) delivered 14. Andjela Delic (184-G-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



PINKK-Pecsi welcomes back Cheslek, ex SW Metro P. - by Nagy Szilveszter

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) landed 25-year old American center Shelby Cheslek (196-92, college: Gonzaga). It is actually her comeback to PINKK Pecsi as she has played here before. Cheslek played in the summer at South West Metro Pirates in Australian QBL. In 16 games she averaged 14.4ppg, 13.6rpg (#4 in the league), 1.6apg, 1.1spg and 2.3bpg. Cheslek's team made it to the Greek League Semifinals. She received Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team award in 2017.
Cheslek has played previously professionally in WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and Greece (Dafni Agioy).
She attended Gonzaga University until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

PINKK-Pecsi 424 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nora Rujak
Olena Samburska
Tijana Cukic
Petra Santa
Vivien Raus

Forwards:
Tina Jakovina
Ivey Slaughter
Sara Benke
Nikolett Gemes-Sarok

Centers:
Emese Kovalcsik
Lilla Zsilinszky
Shelby Cheslek
Nikolett Sera

Coach: Jens Tillman

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Atomeromu inks Erica McCall - by Nagy Szilveszter

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard (A Division) agreed terms with 22-year old American forward Erica McCall (190-77kg-95, college: Stanford, agency: ProDep Management). She played last summer at Indiana Fever (WNBA). In 30 games she had 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
Her team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2015 and 2017. McCall was voted CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team in 2016 and 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season McCall played at another team Cardinal in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 34 games she recorded 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.9bpg. McCall helped them to make it to the NCAA Elite Eight. Quite impressive season as she was named to NCAA Lexington Regional All-Tournament Team and All-Defensive Team.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (17th overall).
The former Stanford University staris in her first season in pro basketball.
McCall represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 15.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-4 (1.8bpg), FGP: 60.7%, FT: 63.0%.

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maja Erkic
Teja Oblak
Zsuzsanna Studer
Alexandra Theodorean
Agnes Studer

Forwards:
Reka Balint
Anna Mansare
Erica McCall
Livia Gereben
Csenge Antoni
Nikolett Vincze

Centers:
Sara Krnjic
Virag Kiss

Coach: Zeljko Djokic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chevannah Paalvast is a newcomer at Canberra - by Eurobasket News

Canberra Capitals (WNBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old New Zealander international swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth). She played in the summer at Mackay Meteorettes (QBL). In 16 games she recorded 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. Paalvast helped them to make it to the final. The last season she played at Townsville Fire where in 16 games she averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
Among other achievements Paalvast won Australian WNBL championship title in 2016. She received also All-MAAC 3rd Team award back in 2014.
Paalvast has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. She has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Paalvast represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Paalvast has played previously professionally in Australia (Flames and Sharks) and New Zealand (NZ Academy, Waitakere West Auckland Rangers and Waitakere Lady Rangers).
She attended Monmouth University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robyn Parks (ex Inter-Clube) is a newcomer at KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Robyn Parks (183-92, college: VCU). She was about to sign at Inter-Clube in Angolan D1 league. The last season Parks played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 26 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. She won Angolan League championship title.
Parks was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2014 at her college time.
Parks has played previously professionally in Hungary (PEAC Pecs) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2014 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara
Robyn Parks

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Shayra BROWN
  Isabela
  (175-G/F-92)
  Avg: 23
 1. Brown, Isabela23.0 
 2. Martucci, Isabela18.0 
 3. Wampler, Aguada14.0 
 4. Velazquez, Aguada13.0 
 5. Salaman, Aguada13.0 
 6. Ramos, Isabela9.0 
 7. Placido, Aguada9.0 
 8. Melendez, Aguada6.0 
 9. Quinones-Noa, Agu.6.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Aguada6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tabytha WAMPLER
  Aguada
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Wampler, Aguada9.0 
 2. Placido, Aguada8.0 
 3. Bough, Isabela8.0 
 4. Martucci, Isabela8.0 
 5. Brown, Isabela8.0 
 6. Melendez, Aguada6.0 
 7. Velazquez, Aguada5.0 
 8. Rosa, Isabela5.0 
 9. Salaman, Aguada4.0 
 10. Ramos, Isabela4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dayshalee SALAMAN
  Aguada
  (163-PG-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Salaman, Aguada10.0 
 2. Placido, Aguada4.0 
 3. Bough, Isabela4.0 
 4. Munoz, Aguada3.0 
 5. Rosa, Isabela3.0 
 6. Quinones-Noa, Agu.3.0 
 7. Brown, Isabela3.0 
 8. Melendez, Aguada2.0 
 9. Wampler, Aguada2.0 
 10. Velazquez, Aguada2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tayra MELENDEZ
  Aguada
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Melendez, Aguada4.0 
 2. Brown, Isabela3.0 
 3. Martucci, Isabela2.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Aguada2.0 
 5. Munoz, Aguada1.0 
 6. Placido, Aguada1.0 
 7. Quinones-Noa, Agu.1.0 
 8. Bough, Isabela0.0 
 9. Salaman, Aguada0.0 
 10. Velazquez, Aguada0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tayra MELENDEZ
  Aguada
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Melendez, Aguada4.0 
 2. Martucci, Isabela2.0 
 3. Irizarry, Isabela1.0 
 4. Placido, Aguada0.0 
 5. Gonzalez, Aguada0.0 
 6. Brown, Isabela0.0 
 7. Rodriguez, Aguada0.0 
 8. Bough, Isabela0.0 
 9. Quinones-Noa, Agu.0.0 
 10. Velazquez, Aguada0.0 



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Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard - by Eurobasket News

Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard at the international tournament with 4 participating teams.
Romanian Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe overcame PINKK-Pecsi 424 84-65. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) stepped up with 27 points and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) delivered 14. Marina Kress (196-C-80) poured in 13, whilst Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Georgia Tech) ended up with 8. Olena Samburska (175-G-89) replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Nora Rujak (174-G-90) scored 10 and Ivey Slaughter (186-F-94, college: Florida St.) had 9.
Atomeromu Szekszard edged ZKK Celje 89-63. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) stepped up with 15 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) delivered 14. Andjela Delic (184-G-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



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Vladinka Erak is a newcomer at Vrbas Medela - by Eurobasket News

ZKK Vrbas Medela (1 ZLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old center Vladinka Erak (192-84) from Radivoj Korac. In 7 1 ZLS games she recorded 7.7ppg and 4.9rpg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. The other team Erak played shortly was Abadan in Iranian league where in 7 games she averaged 7.6ppg and 4.9rpg. Another team she played that season for was Limoges ABC en Limousin in French LF2. In 11 games she had just 2.6ppg and 4.9rpg.
Among other achievements Erak received Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL 2nd Team award in 2016.
She is a very experienced player. Thanks to Erak's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Erak has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Celik), Bulgaria (Neftochimic) and Romania (Sp.Studentesc, Timisoara and Olimpia Brasov) and Serbia (Vojvodina, Spartak, Stara Pazova and Vozdovac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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Le Havre lands Katarina Ristic - by Nagy Szilveszter

Al Aplemont Le Havre (NF1) landed 33-year old Slovenian ex-international guard Katarina Ristic (170-84, agency: Two Points). She played most recently at PINKK-Pecsi in Hungarian A Division. In 13 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg last season. Ristic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.0spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season she spent at Costa Masnaga in Italian Serie A2. In 15 games she recorded 14.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. The other team Ristic played shortly was BC Alte Kanti Aarau in Swiss LNA. In three games she got 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2011.
Ristic was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Ristic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece (Asteras), Israel (Hap.Petah Tikva), Poland (Energa Torun), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok), Sweden (AIK Basket), Turkey (Botas), France (Villeneuve D'Ascq) and Italy (Parma and Livorno).
Let's have closer look into Ristic's outlook: A scoring point guard who's played in top European leagues (Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey). In her two seasons in Hungary she meade her presence really felt (1st in assists, 11.5 points/game-shooting 41% from behind the arc and 85.3% from the Free Throw line) and Greece (4.6 assists/game, 14.3 points/game- shooting 3s with 36.9% and Free Throws with 81.5%). She has been a member of the national team of her country. Katarina is a player with a competitive spirit and a winning mentality.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bembibre edge Uni Ferrol at home court - by Eurobasket News

Bembibre - Uni Ferrol 73-60

Bembibre edge Uni Ferrol 73-60 at the home court last night. They took a 22-16 lead at the start of the game and added a narrow 15-13 rally in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts needed a 25-11 surge to seal the victory. Kristina Rakovic (186-F/C-94, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Quinn Dornstauder netted 14. Elin Gustavsson (190-F-93, college: Colorado St.) had 12 and Jovana Pasic (180-F-92) delivered 11. Jamie Scott replied with 19 points in the losing effort. Rachael Vanderwal (175-G-83, college: Boston U.) notched 9 and Patricia Cabrera (174-PG-91, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 8.



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Jalen O'Bannon agreed terms with KFUM Uppsala - by Eurobasket News

Damligan newcomer KFUM Uppsala inked 23-year old American forward Jalen O'Bannon (185-94). She just graduated from E.Kentucky (NCAA). O'Bannon has played there for the last three years. In 31 games she recorded 14.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-OVC 1st Team and OVC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above O'Bannon is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Her team won Sun Belt Regular Season in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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HyPo lands Candice Warthen, ex Lulea Basket - by Eurobasket News

Hyvinkaan Ponteva (SM-sarja) tabbed 25-year old American guard Candice Warthen (165-92, college: Arizona). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 20 games she averaged 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg last season. Warthen helped them to win the Damligan title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). She also played for Associacio Esportiva Sedis Basquet in Spanish LFB that season. But in 10 games she had just 1.6ppg and 1.4rpg.
Warthen has played previously for another Finnish team Forssan Alku.
She attended University of Arizona until 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.

Hyvinkaan Ponteva roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saara Wahlgren
Anni Jamsa
Candice Warthen
Veera Puustinen
Meri Damoiseaux

Forwards:
Henna Salomaa
Camilla Gronberg

Center:
Taru Tuukkanen

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ferland arrives as Archers re-sign trio - by Paul Nilsen

Cardiff Met Archers have confirmed that more of their core players from last season will be returning in 2017-18, along with new signing Justine Ferland who is making the switch from Cardiff City.

Holly Merchant, Solene Lemoigne, and Levi Warren are all confirmed as returners, with the latter one of the longest-serving players on the rosters.

'Being a student-athlete at Cardiff Met for the last 3 years as an undergraduate has given me so many opportunities both academically and in basketball, playing for the BUCS and WBBL team,' stated Warren.

'It has been the perfect environment to develop myself as a basketball player alongside gaining myself a degree. The support from both my lecturers and coaches have been the reason I have been able to succeed on and off the court.

'The facilities at Cardiff Met have been a real bonus to my experience, with access to the strength and conditioning gym as well as the opening of the brand new Archer's Arena earlier on this year.'

She continued: 'After having such positive experience at Cardiff Met I decided to carry on my studies here in Cardiff and do a masters in Sports Coaching where I will have the chance to coach in the Archers Academy.

'The family feel of the club and the Archers family has made my time here much more enjoyable and the main reason I want to continue playing and studying in Cardiff.'

Archers' Player Coach, Stef Collins is thrilled to have added four more players to her roster and added: 'It's very important for us that we have continuity and it's exciting to have Holly, Solene and Levi back with us.

'We're also confident that Justine will give us further strength. She grew up in America playing basketball and in college. We know that she's looking forward to stepping up to the challenge of the WBBL in this first season with us.'



Bunten Ovner the moon with new recruit - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria are sensing the Swede smell of success after landing yet another top class Scandinavian baller.

Evelyn Ovner (178-F-93) arrives on Tyneside on the back of four seasons with US Division Two college Bridgeport.

And the powerful forward will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Swede Abi Asoro - a big hit at Sport Central before she headed for Europe earlier this year.

"Evelyn captained her college and is a strong presence in the paint," said TN playcaller Chris Bunten.

"She hit seven from seven from the floor in our friendly against Edinburgh and top scored.

"I really like the look of her all-round game. She's a solid forward who's mobile and can cause a lot of problems in the WBBL."

Ovner suffered a cruciate ligament injury during her second year at Bridgeport.

But TN's new recruit took the decision to turn down surgery and now plays her basketball in a leg brace after making a full recovery.

Ovner is studying for an MSc in Digital Marketing at Northumbria University and will also play a key role in Northumbria's BUCS team.

"We've managed to strike a good balance throughout the team but there are still a couple of spots to finalise," added Bunten.

"I'm hoping to be in a position to announce another major signing very soon."



Mystics welcome back their WBBL Cup Final MVP - by Paul Nilsen

Great Britain frontcourt star and 2017 WBBL Cup Final MVP Dominique Allen (192-F/C-89, college: ORU) will be wearing the colours of Manchester Mystics again in 2017-18.

She joins fellow Brits Rheanne Bailey, Georgia Jones and Lauren Thomas-Johnson who have also been confirmed as returnees during recent days.

Allen had a brilliant first campaign in the WBBL and almost turned in a double-double season - one that was typified by being crowned MVP in Birmingham at the showpiece WBBL Final against Nottingham Wildcats.

'It is safe to say Dom had a break out year in her first season in the WBBL with some tremendous performances, but more importantly, she really seemed to enjoy her basketball and that was infectious on the others,' smiled Mystics Coach, Jeff Jones.

'She obviously had to carry the main load for us last year as far as our inside presence which she did extremely well. Our priority is getting her some help in that department which we are close to doing so.

'From our perspective, we will need Dom to continue to grow as a player and assume much more of a leadership role within the team structure. I am looking forward to continuing to develop her as a player.'

Meanwhile after confirming the backbone of his side are now signed up, Jones is ready to reveal further arrivals in coming weeks to keep Mystics competitive in what promises to be the best WBBL season yet.

He added: 'Managing to keep the core of the team together from last year has been important and we need to have some players step up.

'After last year, they have demonstrated the desire to do that and I am looking forward to their development.

'We will be adding 3 to 4 new players to the roster over the next few weeks and we have 2 players that will be coming in in October due to other playing commitments, so they will have to hit the ground running.

'I think some teams have really stepped up their playing talent and the league will be extremely competitive, but we are looking forward to the challenge,' concluded Jones.



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Sparks turn back Mercury to take 2-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

You'll have to forgive the Sparks if they don't sense things are beginning to feel very familiar. And familiar, in this case, is a WNBA title. The Sparks ran their way to an 86-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx have taken the same lead in the other semifinal, leaving both teams one victory away from a rematch of last year's championship series that was won by the Sparks in five games. 'Everyone remembers us winning the world championship last year, but it was a struggle,' said Sparks center Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee). 'We stumbled into the play-offs.' Parker helped lead the way Thursday, scoring 19 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. To that she added a game-high 13 rebounds and six assists. And for much of the game she also defended Phoenix star Brittney Griner. Not that, once again, she did not have plenty of help. Point guard Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) added 21 points and forward Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) had 18 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks led almost the entire game. They were up 43-35 at the half and then, paced by a solid defense, pushed their lead to 15 points late in the third quarter. Then came a stumble, the Mercury putting together a last-hurrah 13-2 run to close to within four points before the Sparks regained their focus, clamped down the defense and ran their way to a fairly easy victory. The series moves to Phoenix on Sunday, a victory giving the Sparks a sweep and possible rematch with the Lynx. Overall, the Sparks have won their last nine games. The Sparks are playing their best basketball at exactly the right moment. 'I think tonight we did resemble a little bit more of the way we finished the regular season,' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. 'Offensively we were more aggressive, moved the ball better. 'I do think we keep getting better. I envision that. And we're going to need to keep improving.' Unlike in the opener Tuesday, the Sparks were able to utilize their fastbreak. And despite the presence of the 6-foot-9 Griner, they dominated inside. They outscored the Mercury 50-36 on points in the paint and 20-6 on second-chance points. 'They're just too fast,' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. 'Obviously their guard play in the second half really hurt us. Taking care of the ball is obviously something we can control. I thought we were a little impatient at times and we allowed them to get out and run on us.' Griner finished with 14 points but never really got her game going. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) overcame a sluggish opener to lead the Mercury with 21 points. 'Brittney is a phenomenal player,' Parker said. 'For her and Diana, you just try to make them uncomfortable. Sometimes they're going to hit an uncomfortable shot and we can live with that.'
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Fowles, Moore lift Lynx over Mystics, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News

In the precious few minutes newly crowned MVP Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) sat on the bench during Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, she allowed herself to soak up the raucous atmosphere of the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena and marvel at just how loud 9,000 fans can get. "You know why it's loud, Syl?" said teammate Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota), a former Golden Gophers All-American. "Because it's 'The Barn.'" Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Lynx to a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics on Thursday night, putting Minnesota up 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Fowles made 12 of 16 shots and the Lynx shot 51 percent from the floor to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) had 22 points and five assists, and Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in a back-and-forth game at the old college arena affectionately nicknamed "The Barn," where the Lynx are playing while Target Center undergoes renovations. "When you sit on the bench, you definitely hear all the noise bouncing off the walls and the ceiling," she said. The fans had reason to cheer in Game 2. Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) each scored 25 points for the Mystics. Washington led by two with five minutes to go, but were outscored 20-8 the rest of the way by a Lynx team that has had the same core during their five trips to the WNBA Finals over the last six years. "You can tell the difference between Minnesota and us," Toliver said. "They're a well-oiled machine." Fowles was given the MVP trophy about two hours before tipoff, accepting it in a tearful press conference as she reflected on 10 years in the league. While some of her teammates had trouble finding the mark in the first half, Fowles powered her way to the basket over and over again to keep the Lynx in the game. She was never more impressive than on two straight possessions in the fourth after the Lynx fell behind 72-71. Fowles rose up to snatch two offensive rebounds in traffic, then scored through contact to put Minnesota back in front. Her second one jumpstarted a 9-0 run that put the Lynx up 82-75, and they never looked back. "That's why she's the MVP," Delle Donne said.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com