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  ABA  



Matthew Muhammad returns as Windy City Groove Head Coach - by Gianni Pascucci

Official Release - The Windy City Groove ABA and Head Coach Matthew Muhammad have agreed to a contract extension which will keep Coach Muhammad in Chicago through the 2017-18 season. Muhammad has led the Windy City Groove ABA to back-to-back appearances in the American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals the past two years and has won the Tri-State Division and Midwest Regional Championship in 2016 and 2017.
'We are excited to welcome Coach Muhammad back,' said Windy City Groove ABA Co-Owner LaChelle Sanders . 'We knew that we had a good thing going into last season and he met our championship expectations. Matthew is a perfect fit with our organization and we look forward to seeing his continued success this upcoming season.'
Muhammad will begin the Windy City Groove ABA off season leading the team's open player tryout at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 on Saturday, September 30th. Windy City Groove ABA 2017-18 season tickets are now available. For more information about the Windy City Groove ABA, please visit www.WindyCityGroove.com or email us at: info@windycitygroove.com.



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  ABA LEAGUE  


ABA League SuperCup: Buducnost better Cibona to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Cibona 96:90

Buducnost reached the semifinal stage of the ABA League SuperCup. They topped Cibona in Bar tonight. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 19 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Buducnost erupted for 27 points in the first period and opened a 6-point lead. Cibona dropped 28 points in the second term to eke out a 49:47 halftime advantage. Cibona added 23 points in the third term to secure a 5-point lead at the final break. However Buducnost found the way to bounce back. They used a 29;18 run in the fourth stanza and secured the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-F/C-93, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 17 points, while Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) added 16 points for the winning side. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 20 points for Cibona. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) netted 18 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Nikola Ivanovic 19, Danilo Nikolic 17, Nemanja Gordic 16
Cibona: Ivan Novacic 20, Cleveland Melvin 18



ABA League SuperCup: Mega Bemax upset Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Mega Bemax 72:83

Mega Bemax advanced into the ABA League SuperCup semifinals. They knocked down Igokea in the quarterfinal clash in Bar today. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) scored 23 points to lead the effort.
Mega Bemax eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening frame. The Serbian team extended the lead at 4-point mark at the interval 37:41. Mega Bemax dropped 25 points in the third quarter to secure a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Igokea dropped 21 points in the fourth stanza but could not overcome the deficit and had to surrender. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points, while Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points each in the victory. Danilo Sibalic (201-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) and Desi Washington (188-G-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: GBA Sports) replied with 18 points apiece in the defeat.

Igokea: Danilo Sibalic 18, Desi Washington 18
Mega Bemax: Dylan Ennis 23, Stefan Fundic 15, Goga Bitadze 12, Aleksandar Lazic 12



ABA League SuperCup: Mornar Bar surprise Partizan to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Partizan 91:77

Mornar Bar entertained the home crowd with a strong victory over Partizan in the ABA League SuperCup quarterfinal. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) nailed 22 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Mornar Bar sank 26 points in the opening frame to eke out a 2-point lead. Partizan erased the deficit in the second frame to secure a 47:42 halftime advantage. But Mornar Bar lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 27:17 run in the third term to surge ahead. The hosts limited the Serbian powerhouse to just 13 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) added 17 points for the hosts. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Partizan. Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) notched 13 points in the defeat.



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita cruise past FMP - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - FMP 86:68

Cedevita clinched the win at the ABA League SuperCup tournament. They beat FMP in the quarterfinal stage. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
FMP jumped to a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Cedevita used a 21:11 run in the second period to ensure an 8-point halftime advantage. The Croatian powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by nine points. They added 29 points in the fourth stanza to ice the victory. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) delivered 15 points, while Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the win. Filip Covic (178-PG-89) answered with 21 points for FMP. Maverick Rowan (201-G/F-96, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Salta B.
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Espinoza, Salta B.25.0 
 2. Sims, Atenas20.0 
 3. Gerbaudo, Salta B.15.0 
 4. Goldenberg, Salta B.11.0 
 5. Brown, Salta B.10.0 
 6. Romano, Atenas9.0 
 7. Cantero, Atenas8.0 
 8. Zilli, Salta Basket8.0 
 9. Lo-Grippo, Atenas7.0 
 10. Fernandez, Atenas6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Salta B.
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Espinoza, Salta B.10.0 
 2. Romano, Atenas7.0 
 3. Zilli, Salta Basket5.0 
 4. Meyinsse, Atenas4.0 
 5. Gerbaudo, Salta B.4.0 
 6. Fernandez, Atenas4.0 
 7. Haag, Salta Basket3.0 
 8. Buckner, Salta B.3.0 
 9. Sims, Atenas3.0 
 10. Bruna, Salta Basket2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diego GERBAUDO
  Salta B.
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.0 
 2. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 3. Bruna, Salta Basket5.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.4.0 
 5. Brown, Salta B.2.0 
 6. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.0 
 7. Zilli, Salta Basket2.0 
 8. Romano, Atenas1.0 
 9. Cantero, Atenas1.0 
 10. Buckner, Salta B.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Salta B.
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Espinoza, Salta B.3.0 
 2. Goldenberg, Salta B.3.0 
 3. Fernandez, Atenas1.0 
 4. Romano, Atenas1.0 
 5. Bruna, Salta Basket1.0 
 6. Zilli, Salta Basket1.0 
 7. Baralle, Atenas1.0 
 8. Cantero, Atenas1.0 
 9. Gerbaudo, Salta B.1.0 
 10. Battistino, Atenas0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerome MEYINSSE
  Atenas
  (207-C-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Meyinsse, Atenas1.0 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.0.0 
 3. Fernandez, Atenas0.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.0.0 
 5. Sims, Atenas0.0 
 6. Cantero, Atenas0.0 
 7. Lo-Grippo, Atenas0.0 
 8. Buckner, Salta B.0.0 
 9. Johnson, Atenas0.0 
 10. Bruna, Salta Basket0.0 


Salta Basket adds Harris to their roster, ex Mugla Orman - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket (LigaA) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Ricky Harris (187-80kg-87, college: Massachusetts). He played last season at Mugla Orman in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.5apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Harris spent at Ankara D.S.I. (also in TBL) where in 12 games he averaged remarkable 18.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He also spent pre-season at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel that year.
Harris has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the German Bundesliga Semifinals in 2012. Harris was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008 at his college time.
Harris is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Harris tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Lithuania (Siauliai), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and Germany (Gladiators and s Oliver Baskets).
Harris attended University of Massachusetts until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Ricky Harris
O'Darien Bassett
Pablo Bruna
Rodrigo Haag

Forwards:
Pablo Espinoza
Quinnel Brown
Lucas Goldenberg
Reginald Buckner
Emilio Stucky
Joaquin Cansobre

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

Coach: Ricardo De Cecco

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Jordan Richard (ex Obras Basket) is a newcomer at Al-Muharraq - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Muharraq (Premier League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles). He played most recently at Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA. In 31 games he recorded 3.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5bpg last season.
Richard ended the previous (2016) season at Dosa (La Vega League) in Dominican Republic. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team. But the most of that year he spent at Soles (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league where in 21 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 3.5bpg in 2016 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Richard was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fifth round (92nd overall).
The former Cal State - Los Angeles (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Richard's college team won CCAA Tournament in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Richard's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Richard has played previously professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Matera), Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela) and Mongolia (Darkhan Garid).

Al-Muharraq roster for 2017-2018:

Aleksandar Maric
Mohamed Alderazi
Isa Aldurazi
Jordan Richard
Ali Rabeea
Ali Hassan Shukralla
Ahmed Salman
Ahmed Motawa
Mohamed Nasser
Jehad Ahmed
Hashim Habib
Bader Abdulla
Ahmed Aldurazi
Ali Abbas
Abdulla Muharram
Ali Nader

Coach: Ivan Jeremic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bahrain



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  BAHRAIN  


Jordan Richard (ex Obras Basket) is a newcomer at Al-Muharraq - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Muharraq (Premier League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles). He played most recently at Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA. In 31 games he recorded 3.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5bpg last season.
Richard ended the previous (2016) season at Dosa (La Vega League) in Dominican Republic. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team. But the most of that year he spent at Soles (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league where in 21 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 3.5bpg in 2016 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Richard was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fifth round (92nd overall).
The former Cal State - Los Angeles (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Richard's college team won CCAA Tournament in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Richard's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Richard has played previously professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Matera), Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela) and Mongolia (Darkhan Garid).

Al-Muharraq roster for 2017-2018:

Aleksandar Maric
Mohamed Alderazi
Isa Aldurazi
Jordan Richard
Ali Rabeea
Ali Hassan Shukralla
Ahmed Salman
Ahmed Motawa
Mohamed Nasser
Jehad Ahmed
Hashim Habib
Bader Abdulla
Ahmed Aldurazi
Ali Abbas
Abdulla Muharram
Ali Nader

Coach: Ivan Jeremic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bahrain



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Valmiera inks Eduards Hazners - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) signed 20-year old guard Eduards Hazners (192-97). He played last season at VEF Riga in the LBL. In 14 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Hazners helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Hazners also played 11 games in VTB United League where he recorded just 1.0ppg.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 30.2%.
Hazners has played previously for Riga/Pardaugava/Turiba.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Janis Kaufmanis
Eduards Hazners

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Qualifying Round 1 Best Performance: Egidijus Dimsa - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Egidijus Dimsa (205-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vytautas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Qualifying Round).
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Vytautas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Groningen 77-75. In the team's last game Dimsa had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vytautas' top player in his first season with the team. Dimsa has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Dimsa is in league's top in and averages solid 81.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Kalev/Cramo. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Subotic recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Kalev/Cramo cruised to a 87-79 relatively comfortable win over Karpos Sokoli. Subotic is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) of Dinamo Tbilisi. Tskitishvili scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Tskitishvili's great performance Dinamo Tbilisi lost 60-72 to Joventut.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Oliver (201-G/F-90) of Kapfenberg - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 14 points and 9 rebounds
6. Patrick Richard (196-G/F-90) of Joventut - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  BELGIUM  


Allemand's 30-point game gives him Top Division I Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Raphael Allemand (185-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ninane and receives a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Ninane in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Houthalen (#14, 0-3) with 25-point margin 95-70. Ninane is placed at 3rd position in Belgian Top Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Ninane will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Allemand had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Ninane and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Raphael Allemand averages just after two games 16.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) of Royal Brussels. He is naturalized Nigerian center in his first season at Royal Brussels. In the last game Enobakhare recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Royal Brussels lost that game 51-69 to Waregem (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Enobakhare is a newcomer at Royal Brussels and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of league's leader Soba. Gorremans showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Soba, leading his team to a 89-83 win against #4 ranked Spirou B in a game of the week. Soba started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Gorremans turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Gorremans has a great season in Belgium. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Melsele - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Arnaud Piette (206-C-86) of Neufchateau - 19 points and 14 rebounds
6. Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97) of Spirou B - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Simon Buysse (193-SF-97) of Gistel Oostende - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robin Mestdagh (195-G/F-88) of Ieper - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bryan Van Sande (G) of Oxaco - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  BOSNIA  


ABA League SuperCup: Mega Bemax upset Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Mega Bemax 72:83

Mega Bemax advanced into the ABA League SuperCup semifinals. They knocked down Igokea in the quarterfinal clash in Bar today. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) scored 23 points to lead the effort.
Mega Bemax eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening frame. The Serbian team extended the lead at 4-point mark at the interval 37:41. Mega Bemax dropped 25 points in the third quarter to secure a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Igokea dropped 21 points in the fourth stanza but could not overcome the deficit and had to surrender. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points, while Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points each in the victory. Danilo Sibalic (201-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) and Desi Washington (188-G-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: GBA Sports) replied with 18 points apiece in the defeat.

Igokea: Danilo Sibalic 18, Desi Washington 18
Mega Bemax: Dylan Ennis 23, Stefan Fundic 15, Goga Bitadze 12, Aleksandar Lazic 12



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Artis, America19.4 
 2. Cook, L.Sorocaba18.6 
 3. Anthony, Bauru18.0 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.6 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.5 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru12.5 
 8. Coelho, Franca12.4 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi12.4 
 10. Bernardi, Pinheiros12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Uchendu, Bauru9.4 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.7.1 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros6.8 
 4. Drudi, Osasco B.6.7 
 5. Sommer, Paulistano6.6 
 6. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.1 
 7. Cipolini, Franca6.0 
 8. Galvanini, Bauru5.9 
 9. Silveira, Mogi5.8 
 10. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.5.8 
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, Bauru5.3 
 5. Lersch, Mogi4.9 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.3 
 7. Coelho, Franca3.8 
 8. Artis, America3.8 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros3.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrade, America2.1 
 2. Knight, America2.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 4. Rosa, America1.9 
 5. Artis, America1.8 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 7. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 8. Lersch, Mogi1.4 
 9. Anthony, Bauru1.4 
 10. Coelho, Franca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru2.0 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.3 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 4. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 5. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 6. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 7. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 8. Demetrio, Franca0.9 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 
 10. Corazza, Paulistano0.8 



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  CANADA  


Plasencia lands Richard Peters - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Electro Mercantil Plasencia tabbed 24-year old Canadian-Trinidad and Tobago center Richard Peters (211-122kg-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated from CS Fullerton (NCAA). But in 23 games he averaged only 1.9ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Peters helped them to make it to the semifinals.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Peters' team was regular season runner-up in AEC in 2016.
He represented Canada at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. Peters' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg.
Peters has played previously for another Spanish team Brewster Academy.

Electro Mercantil Plasencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bayle
Adrian Fuentes
Miguel Martinez
Fernando Sierra

Forwards:
Mario Alvarez
Erik Kinney
Robert Valge

Centers:
Richard Peters
Aboubacar Hima
Brent Calhoun
Alejandro Galan

Coach: Carlos Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  CHINA  


Shenzhen outscore Pauian in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen - Pauian 86:74

Shenzhen Leopards secured the starting victory at the Super 8 tournament in Macau. They topped Pauian behind 22 points from Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas).
Leopards secured a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Chinese team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Shenzhen accumulated a 43:34 halftime advantage. Pauian reduced the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. But Shenzhen kept the pressure throughout the fourth stanza and marched to the win. Jared Sullinger (206-F-92, college: Ohio St.) tossed in 16 points, while Yang Linli had 13 points for Shenzhen. Lavorato replied with 18 points for Pauian. Edvinas Seskus (196-G/F-95, agency: Players Group) had 17 points in the loss.



Chiba Jets rally past Zhejiang in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Zhejiang 89:82

Chiba Jets opened win count at the Super 8 international tournament in Macau. They beat Zhejiang Lions in the opener. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) recorded 30 points to lead the Japanese team.
The Lions posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Chiba bounced back in the second period. The Japanese side used a strong rally to build a 48:42 halftime lead. Zhejiang regained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 2 points 65:63. But Chiba managed to shifted the gear once again and snatched the victory at the end. Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) notched 18 points in the victory. Jingiu Hu answered with 19 points for the Lions.



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ABA League SuperCup: Buducnost better Cibona to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Cibona 96:90

Buducnost reached the semifinal stage of the ABA League SuperCup. They topped Cibona in Bar tonight. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 19 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Buducnost erupted for 27 points in the first period and opened a 6-point lead. Cibona dropped 28 points in the second term to eke out a 49:47 halftime advantage. Cibona added 23 points in the third term to secure a 5-point lead at the final break. However Buducnost found the way to bounce back. They used a 29;18 run in the fourth stanza and secured the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-F/C-93, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 17 points, while Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) added 16 points for the winning side. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 20 points for Cibona. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) netted 18 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Nikola Ivanovic 19, Danilo Nikolic 17, Nemanja Gordic 16
Cibona: Ivan Novacic 20, Cleveland Melvin 18



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita cruise past FMP - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - FMP 86:68

Cedevita clinched the win at the ABA League SuperCup tournament. They beat FMP in the quarterfinal stage. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
FMP jumped to a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Cedevita used a 21:11 run in the second period to ensure an 8-point halftime advantage. The Croatian powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by nine points. They added 29 points in the fourth stanza to ice the victory. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) delivered 15 points, while Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the win. Filip Covic (178-PG-89) answered with 21 points for FMP. Maverick Rowan (201-G/F-96, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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Apoel announces American players - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

With Antonis Konstantinides on the bench and in an effort to make a strong comeback this year, Apoel announces 4 promising American players.

Harris Diamontre.
Harris was born in 1991, is 2.09 cm tall and plays the Center position.

Josh Fleming.
Josh plays the guard position and was born in 1993. He is 1.98 cm tall.

Ashton Moore.
Ashton was also born in 1993, is 1.83 cm tall and also plays the guard position.

Justin Baker.
Justin is 2.01 cm tall, was born in 1989 and plays the power forward and center position.

Along with Vasilis Kounas, Tolis Kaskiris, Grigoris Pantouris, Andreas Pilavas, Victor Ieronymides and Chris Karapatakis Apoel's team will definitely battle for the title.




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CEZ Nymburk and Jindrichov Hradec celebrate latest victories - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk edged Steauu Bukurest 100-84 in the tournament in Poland. Kendrick Ray (188-G-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: Pensack Sports) was unstoppable with 32 points, while Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed 19. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) poured in 13 and Barac followed them with 10. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 23 in a loss and Taylor scored 16.
Jindrichov Hradec overcame Iskra Svit 93:84. The team from Czech Republic posted a 20-15 lead in the start of the game and added a 22-19 rally in the second frame. Moreover they won the third stanza 21-19 as both teams nailed 31 points each in the last period for the final result. Marko Radonjic (191-PG-93) scored 23 points in the losing effort and Jackson posted 17.



Charles Mitchell (ex Den Bosch) agreed terms with Prostejov - by Eurobasket News

BK Olomoucko Prostejov (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Charles Mitchell (203-122kg, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 26 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 10.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg last season. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BK Olomoucko Prostejov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jan Mocnik
Filip Sepa
Jiri Dedek
Martin Nabelek
J.C. Fuller

Forwards:
Martin Novak
Charles Mitchell
Marek Sehnal
Adam Goga
Michal Kremen
Frantisek Vana

Center:
Michal Norwa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BK Pardubice signs Kent just out of college - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) signed American guard Jackson Kent (201-91kg, agency: Diamond Sports). He just graduated from James Madison University (NCAA). Kent has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he had 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

BK JIP Pardubice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Scott Martin
Trevin Parks
Viktor Pulpan
Daiquan Walker
Jackson Kent

Forwards:
Radek Necas
Dusan Pandula
Kamil Svrdlik
Ondrej Kohout
Dominez Burnett
Josef Potocek

Centers:
David Skranc
Karel Formanek

Coach: Levell Sanders

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ty SABIN
  Horsholm
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 26
 1. Sabin, Horsholm26.0 
 2. Stanionis, Wolfpac.21.0 
 3. Rajovic, Stevnsgade20.0 
 4. Meilby, Horsholm18.0 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken17.0 
 6. Beranek, Horsholm17.0 
 7. de Souza, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Wiggins, Bakken16.0 
 9. Vinson, Wo.16.0 
 10. Bonds, Horsholm16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Wo.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vinson, Wo.10.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 3. Berg, Bakken7.0 
 4. Beranek, Horsholm7.0 
 5. Bonds, Horsholm6.0 
 6. de Souza, Stevn.6.0 
 7. Meilby, Horsholm6.0 
 8. Diouf, Bakken5.0 
 9. Stroeh, Wo.5.0 
 10. Darboe, Bakken5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sylvester BERG
  Bakken
  (201-F-98)
  Avg: 5
 1. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 2. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm4.0 
 4. Meilby, Horsholm4.0 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken3.0 
 6. Nerlov, Horsholm3.0 
 7. Poulsen, Horsholm3.0 
 8. Dalsgaard, Horsh.2.0 
 9. Hansen, Wo.2.0 
 10. Moss, Wo.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Wolfpac.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stanionis, Wolfpac.3.0 
 2. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 3. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
 4. Hansen, Wo.1.0 
 5. Khan, Stevnsgade1.0 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.0 
 7. Bonds, Horsholm1.0 
 8. Rajovic, Stevnsgade1.0 
 9. Darboe, Bakken1.0 
 10. Sabin, Horsholm1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikolaj BOEJE
  Horsholm
  (208-F-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Boeje, Horsholm2.0 
 2. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 3. Kristensen, Bakken0.0 
 4. Jukic, Bakken0.0 
 5. Vinson, Wo.0.0 
 6. Jevric, Stevnsgade0.0 
 7. Thomann, Bakken0.0 
 8. Iversen, Bakken0.0 
 9. Stroeh, Wo.0.0 
 10. Ishoi, Wo.0.0 


1st Division Round 1: Aalborg takes a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1st Division just started.

Aalborg edged BMI Bloodhounds at home 64-62. BMI Bloodhounds will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Aalborg will try to continue on its current victory against EBAA in Aarhus.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hvidovre (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Vaerlose (1-0) 108-64. Vaerlose will play against SBBC 2015 (#5) in Svendborg in the next round. Hvidovre will play on the road against Amager BK in Kastrup to get more than just one victory in their record.

Aalborg - BMI Bloodhounds 64-62

Aalborg edged BMI Bloodhounds at home 64-62. BMI Bloodhounds will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Aalborg will try to continue on its current victory against EBAA in Aarhus.
gschID: 563000


Hvidovre - Vaerlose 64-108

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hvidovre (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Vaerlose (1-0) 108-64. Vaerlose will play against SBBC 2015 (#5) in Svendborg in the next round. Hvidovre will play on the road against Amager BK in Kastrup to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 562999





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Club Santa Ana earn San Francisco de Macoris title; Kennedy Jones MVP - by Eurobasket News

Club Santa Ana captured Torneo Superior de San Francisco de Macoris title. They held off Club Maximo Gomez 86-79 in the fifth game of the championship series and celebrated the trophy. This was the third championship for the Club Santa Ana. The best player for the winners was American guard Kennedy Jones (188-G-89, college: Arlington Baptist) who scored 37 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 13-of-26 shooting from the field, include 12-5 from three and 9-6 from FT). Jones was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Finals. Braily Lantigua added 21 points, include 9-5 from three. The American Lavell Payne (203-F-85, college: Cent.Florida) finished with 19 points and 4 boards. The former player Richard Ortega got his first championship as a coach in San Francisco de Macoris and obtained it in his first year in the position. The American Solomon Bamiro led Club Maximo Gomez with 25 points, followed by the veteran Luis Nelson Ferreiras (191-F-76) with 21 points and 19 rebounds. The American Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) added 11 points and 8 boards. Roman Perez finished with 9 points in the loss.



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National League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Iccan and Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Iccan - Leones 83-66

Iccan recorded the second consecutive victory over Leones in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) scored 26 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Eduard Caicedo (196-90) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Venezuelan center Javinger Vargas (202-90) responded with 18 points and American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) scored 15 points. Five Iccan and four Leones players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Iccan: J.Herrera 26+1reb, E.Caicedo 16+9reb, J.Centeno 10+1reb, C.Silva 10+3reb+4ast, C.Carcelen 10+5reb+1ast, M.Moncayo 7
Leones: J.Vargas 18+4reb, C.Jackson 15+3reb, A.Conchambay 14+1ast, A.Morillo 13+2reb+1ast, W.Daniel Guayaquil 4, R.Luis 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 572329


Barcelona - Piratas 84-72

Barcelona jumped to a 2-0 lead in the series following a comfortable home win. Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: M.Cairo 21+9reb+1ast, S.Prescott 19+1reb+2ast, E.Bernal 10+4reb+2ast, K.Bowman 10+7reb+6ast, R.Cardenas 9+5reb+5ast, D.Henry 8+6reb
Piratas: R.Perez 15+5reb+5ast, A.Torres 13+2reb+3ast, C.Delgado 11+6reb+1ast, W.Clayton 11+10reb, P.Cano 9+1reb, E.Tenorio Parales 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 572328





National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Iccan and Barcelona record victories - by Eurobasket News

Iccan - Leones 79-64

Iccan toppled Leones to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Iccan. Leones managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Leones' 30 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) chipped in 17 points. Four Iccan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) responded with 14 points and international guard William-Daniel Guayaquil (183-93) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Iccan: C.Carcelen 25+2reb, J.Centeno 17+1reb+1ast, C.Silva 15+2ast, J.Herrera 10+4reb+1ast, E.Caicedo 5+1reb, J.Porozo 5+3reb
Leones: C.Jackson 14+2reb, W.Daniel Guayaquil 11+1ast, A.Conchambay 10+2reb, J.Vargas 9+3reb, M.Gordon 8, C.Cortez 6+1ast
gschID: 572327


Barcelona - Piratas 93-70

Barcelona overcame Piratas in the opener. It looked good early as Piratas took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Barcelona had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Piratas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-93. Barcelona made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Piratas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Raul Cardenas (190-82, college: Faulkner) nailed 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) added 15 points respectively for Piratas in the defeat. Four Piratas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: R.Cardenas 27+6reb+3ast, S.Prescott 24+5reb+3ast, M.Cairo 15+11reb+2ast, K.Bowman 9+4reb+2ast, D.Henry 7+2reb, E.Bernal 6+4reb
Piratas: R.Perez 18+9reb+1ast, C.Delgado 15+2reb+1ast, W.Clayton 11+6reb+1ast, P.Cano 11+4reb+2ast, C.Malatay 7+2reb+1ast, A.Torres 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 572326





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

Forward Joe Reid (200-F) had a great game in the last round for Arcense and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 50 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Santiagueno (#13, 2-16) with 22-point margin 129-107. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Arcense maintains the 10th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Reid had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Arcense's top player in his first season with the team. Shaw University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Reid is in league's top in points (9th best: 27.5ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of league's second-best Halcones. He is Puerto Rican guard in his first season at Halcones. In the last game Ruiz recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Halcones cruised to a 101-94 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Isidro Metapan (#6, 11-7). Halcones' second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Ruiz is a newcomer at Halcones and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 6.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Arcense's star - forward Jovany Austin (201-F-92). Austin showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Arcense, helping his team with a 129-107 easy win against the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#13, 2-16). Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 27 points and 19 rebounds
5. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of El Rapido - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Santiagueno - 42 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tahj Wells (208-C-89) of Halcones - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 36 points, 8 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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Innova Chef tabs Corey Raley-Ross, ex TTU - by Eurobasket News

CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (EBA) inked 26-year old American swingman Corey Raley-Ross (193-88kg-91, college: Buffalo). He played most recently at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn in Estonian Alexela KML. In 28 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 2015-16 season. Raley-Ross helped them to make it to the Estonian Cup Semifinals. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg.
Raley-Ross' team won TRBL Western Conference Regular Season in 2015.
He has played also professionally in TRBL (Charlotte E.).
Raley-Ross attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef roster for 2017-2018:

Corey Raley-Ross
Jonatan Bosa
Pedro de la Calle
Pablo Martinez
Alioune Senghor
Emmanuel Johnson
Victor Frades
Jose Quintero

Coach: Marcos Santos

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PowertoWinSport)

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Dusan Ivkovic to be honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ), as he ends a remarkable career that has seen him walk the sidelines in five different decades, will be honored tonight Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Greece as the first head coach to be chosen for the distinction of Euroleague Basketball Legend.
Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ), 73, is stepping down from an unprecedented 48-year career on the bench by coaching one last game in which an all-star team of his former players will face Olympiacos Piraeus, the club that he led to two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague titles. He joins players Dimitris Diamantidis (196-PG-80), Sarunas Jasikevicius , Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: Octagon Europe), Ramunas Siskauskas (198-G-78) and Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) as recipients of the award.
"It gives us great pleasure to know that Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is the first coach to become a Euroleague Basketball Legend," said Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, Jordi Bertomeu, who will present the award to Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) on Wednesday in Piraeus. "It's impossible to overstate Dusan's status in the world of coaching, both as a mentor to an endless list of great players and as a shining example to others in his profession. His contributions to Euroleague Basketball - which go beyond his being the only coach to win the title in both of our competitions - are immense."
Among the players who Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) helped make famous who will play for him in his last game on the bench are point guards Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Markovic, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Nikolaos Zisis (197-PG-83, agency: Octagon Europe); shooting guards Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90); small forwards Cedi Osman, Nikola Kalinic and Furkan Korkmaz; power forwards Pero Antic, Dario Saric and Viktor Khryapa; and centers Kyle Hines and Boban Marjanovic.
Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) owns an unprecedented list of accomplishments. At the club level, he is the only head coach to have won every major trophy in Europe over the years: EuroLeague (1997, 2012), EuroCup (2006), Korac Cup (1979) and Saporta Cup (2000). With his national teams, he lifted FIBA World Cup (1990) and EuroBasket (1989, 1991, 1995) titles, while also taking a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games. In domestic competitions, he won an additional 15 league and cup titles in the four countries where he has coached. Not surprisingly, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) was named by EuroLeague Basketball in 2008 as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in the first half-century of continental club competitions.
After finishing a short playing career in his native Belgrade, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) learned coaching as an assistant to his older brother, Slobodan, who led the pro club in their home neighborhood of Radnicki. He made the jump to head coach at Partizan Belgrade in 1978 and two years later made his first move abroad, to Greece, with Aris Thessaloniki. He returned to the former Yugoslavia to coach Radnicki, Sibenka and Vojvodina until 1990. At that time, he also took over the bench of the Yugoslav national team for a period that lasted from 1987 to 1995 and guided some of the greatest European teams of all time.
He returned to Greece in 1991 and within a decade led three different teams - PAOK, Olympiacos and AEK - to EuroLeague semifinals, ultimately taking Olympiacos to his and its first continental title in 1997. He broadened his influence to a new country, Russia, in 2002, bringing CSKA Moscow to three consecutive Final Fours and then leading Dynamo Moscow to the EuroCup title in 2006.
Having returned to the national team bench of Serbia in 2008, he also rejoined Olympiacos in 2010 for two seasons culminating in one of the greatest triumphs in basketball history, a 19-point comeback in 11 minutes to win the EuroLeague title of 2012 against his former team, CSKA. Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) would finish his illustrious career spending two seasons in a fourth country, Turkey, while coaching Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the EuroLeague.
All along Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) kept up keen interests outside of basketball. He is also a longtime champion of racing pigeons in Serbia and at the European level. And he is a proud descendant of the famed Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla.
As he retires, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is sure to go down in basketball history as one of the greatest ever to coach the game, a generation-bridging dean of the profession at a time when the sport gained immense popularity and he reached its greatest heights. In short, a true Euroleague Basketball Legend.

Courtesy of Euroleague.com





Ivan Martinez agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Ivan Martinez (192-90). The last season Martinez played at CB Granada (LEB Silver). In 15 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013 and 2015.
Martinez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Martinez has played previously for five other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto, Promobys Tijola and Clinicas Rincon.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Jayson Granger
Rodrigue Beaubois
Matt Janning
Luca Vildoza
Vanja Marinkovic
Lucas Zibecchi

Forwards:
Tornike Shengelia
Ivan Martinez
Janis Timma
Vincent Poirier
Patricio Garino
Jordan McRae

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Euroleague Basketball presents a basketball calendar proposal to FIBA and other stakeholders - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball presented a basketball calendar proposal to its stakeholders - clubs, domestic leagues, coaches, players, officials - and to FIBA on September 21, 2017, with the aim of finding a solution to the current 'FIBA 2017 calendar' and the interference of the so-called 'FIBA windows' with the club competitions, both domestic and international, in Europe and beyond. The proposal takes into account the reality of basketball globally, and aims to find a broad understanding on a harmonized calendar for the whole basketball family, making all players available to be present at all official national team events while allowing more of those events to be held on home soil. The participation of the best players is crucial for fans, media and rights holders to fully embrace the project, as well as for national teams and national federations to maintain their traditional status as premium basketball competitions and to be able to have the fairest competition on the court amongst all participants. The calendar proposal principles have previously been presented to the clubs and has been also shared with all Turkish Airlines EuroLeague participating players through those present at the latest EuroLeague Team Captains Meeting, as well as with all coaches and referees of the competition. Euroleague Basketball is convinced that the opinion of key stakeholders is of utmost importance and needs to be taken into consideration for any definitive calendar that is discussed. The proposal reflects the long-standing position of Euroleague Basketball and its clubs that national teams are one of the cornerstones for the promotion and growth of basketball. Euroleague Basketball's calendar proposal emphasizes the importance of having the best players participating with their national teams in the FIBA Qualifiers, FIBA EuroBasket, FIBA Basketball World Cup and Summer Olympic Games whilst respecting the traditional clubs competitions calendar, and opens the door for Euroleague Basketball's clubs competition calendar to be adjusted in its start dates, end dates and preparation periods to better accommodate national teams' games and to reach a consensus between all different bodies. ECA had already sent a similar counter-proposals to FIBA on 23rd April 2012 with the aim of reaching a common agreement; unfortunately, no response has been received to date.
The proposal is based on the following principles:
1. National Federations need their National Team to have the best players available for all official games
2. National Federations need their National Team to play official qualification games on home soil
3. National Team calendar should occupy four weeks per season, in addition to a two week preparation period
4. Club calendar should occupy thirty eight weeks per season
5. Professional basketball players need at least four weeks of complete rest from official activity per season.

Euroleague Basketball and its clubs are open and willing to have a profound debate amongst all basketball stakeholders with the objective of reaching a long-term agreement that is beneficial to all parties and to the growth of the sport of basketball at all levels.
Courtesy of: euroleaguebasketball.net



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tre DEMPS
  Mons-Hai.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Demps, Mons-Hai.27.0 
 2. Perry, Szolnok26.0 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB25.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.23.0 
 5. Eldridge, Trabzons.23.0 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.23.0 
 7. Dziuba, Dnipro22.0 
 8. Jenkins, KR22.0 
 9. Vojvoda, Szolnok21.0 
 10. Taylor, Rilski21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jenkins, KR16.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut13.0 
 3. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 4. Brooks, Balkan10.0 
 5. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 6. Kesar, Balkan8.0 
 7. Taylor, Rilski8.0 
 8. Dziuba, Dnipro7.0 
 9. Trotter, Oradea7.0 
 10. Wright, Demir IBB7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Balkan
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Brooks, Balkan9.0 
 2. Perry, Szolnok9.0 
 3. Walker, Demir IBB7.0 
 4. Mishula, Dnipro7.0 
 5. Wright, Rilski7.0 
 6. Milosevic, Szolnok5.0 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.5.0 
 8. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 9. Wright, Demir IBB5.0 
 10. Stefansson, KR5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis TAYLOR
  Rilski
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Taylor, Rilski3.0 
 2. Simpson, Demir IBB3.0 
 3. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 4. Phillip, Szolnok2.0 
 5. Washington, Balkan2.0 
 6. Fortenberry, Balkan2.0 
 7. Wright, Rilski2.0 
 8. Brooks, Balkan2.0 
 9. Lemaire, Mons-Hai.2.0 
 10. Tymofeyenko, Dni.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Trabzonspor
  (203-PF-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Green, Trabzonspor4.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut3.0 
 3. Tibirna, Oradea3.0 
 4. Moldoveanu, Demir I.3.0 
 5. Volkus, Nevezis2.0 
 6. Maldunas, Nevezis1.0 
 7. Stumbris, Nevezis1.0 
 8. Tamulis, Nevezis1.0 
 9. Kairys, Demir IBB1.0 
 10. Taylor, Rilski1.0 



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  FRANCE  


Charleville signs Stefan Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) signed 30-year old Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (193-85kg-87). He played last season at GS Larissas in Greek D league. In 23 games he had 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Nikolic played at Pefkohori (A2) in Greek league where in 26 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.1apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
He won Greek A2 championship title in 2014.
Nikolic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Nikolic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Germany (RheinStars), Latvia (Ventspils), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Slovan), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Lavovi and Konstantin) and FYR Macedonia (Karpos Sokoli).

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Nikolic
Steven Ricard
Alexandre Moisy
Lucas Dussoulier
Corentin Carne
William Mensah

Forwards:
Wesley Wilkinson
Darius Tarvydas
Dom Morris
Seraphin Saumont

Coach: Alex Casimiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galatasaray edge Cholet in preseason game - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 65:78

Galatasaray overcame Cholet in the test game in Mouilleron-le-Captif. Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 19 points to lead the Turkish side.
Galatasaray opened the game on a 20:9 run. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors ensured a 44:27 halftime advantage. Galatasaray arrived at the final break up by as many as 20 points 64:44. Cholet managed to narrow the distance in the final period. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse) netted 16 points, while Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) added 15 points for Galatasaray. Jonathan Rousselle answered with 14 points for Cholet. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



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  GERMANY  


Lewis' 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-PG-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hagen-Haspe and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Hagen-Haspe in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Duesseldorf (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 81-79. Hagen-Haspe is placed at 3rd position in their group in German league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Hagen-Haspe 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 Lewis had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hagen-Haspe's top player in his first season with the team. University of St.Thomas, TX graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lewis is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.0ppg. Lewis is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0spg,53.8% FGP and 80.0% from behind 3-point line. Worth to mention Lewis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Albert Del Hoyo (192-F-92) of Ibbenbueren. He is Spanish forward in his first season at Ibbenbueren. In the last game Del Hoyo recorded impressive 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Ibbenbueren cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over Dorsten (0-1). His 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. Del Hoyo is a newcomer at Ibbenbueren and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rolf Gees (197-F-85) of Salzkotten (#13). Gees scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Gees' great performance Salzkotten lost 89-97 to Grevenbroich (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Gees as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-F-87) of Hagen BG - 33 points
5. David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Hagen BG - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gerrell Martin (190-G-93) of Grevenbroich - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Felix Wenningkamp (195-F/G-88) of Salzkotten - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marko Boksic (201-F-93) of Grevenbroich - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sebastian Kehr (201-F/C-91) of Duesseldorf - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Milen Zahariev (190-G-92) of Hagen BG - 15 points and 6 rebounds

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



Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (RheinStars) A Personal Goal This Season Will Be Breaking The 40 Percent Mark From Outside - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (201-F-94, college: Texas St.) is a 201cm forward from Houston, Texas that is starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the RheinStars Cologne. He played at Texas St. (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 128 games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 15.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 65.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Did you do anything out of the ordinary this summer?

I am currently in my home town Houston Texas. My summer has been good. I just been training all summer getting ready for the next level.


When you look back at your life, have there been more benefits to having the name Kavin than not? At least you have a unique name and it isn't written Kevin which is a household name.

I haven't had any benefits for having the name. But I definitely been told it was unique and different.


Congrats on signing with Pro A team RheinStars Cologne. How did you experience your first summer testing the transfer market. Did you notice just how competitive it is when there are so many players trying to land a job somewhere in the world?

It has been a new experience for me. I've been learning the process on how things go and what It takes to play at the next level. It's all about working hard and waiting for an opportunity to present itself and also have the right people in your corner. That's what I did to get to this point. It's definitely been a competitive summer. Every work out or training session I've been to all the guys were competing making each other better which is the biggest goal.


What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Do you have any friends balling overseas?

I don't really know much about German basketball. I've been told there is some competition there and if I work hard I would have a chance to show my talents.


How key was it in your decision to join to have that added bonus of getting your contract extended if the club moves up?

That was very important. At the end of the day it's a job and to have that insurance to play somewhere my second season is big.


What impressed you most about the RheinStars organization. They are high on your length which will open up many more options for them on offense.

I don't really know much about the team or the organization but my goal is to win. I am willing to do whatever the coaches ask me to do whether it be score the ball or doing the little things to help my team win.

You stated in 2016 that after your career at Texas State, you want to start a new chapter. What would be the title of your chapter after a season in Germany?

That's a good question. I haven't really thought of a title for next season.


Talk a little about your game. You are a versatile player that can light up the scoreboard, and are athletic. What other strengths do you possess that you will showcase as a rookie?

I feel like I am very versatile. I can play 2-4, guarding multiple positions. I can shoot at a high clip, rebound at a high level and I believe I have a good IQ for the game. A great decision maker. I feel I can do a little bit of everything. I don't want to limit my game.


A big strength in your game is your leadership. You wore the #1 on your jersey at Texas State. You told yourself that you wanted to be a key player for the program. You chose that number just to have that self motivation for when you played each game. Do you feel you can step it up as a leader right away as a professional rookie and will you get the #1 with the RheinStars?

Yes playing college ball for 4 years I seen a lot of basketball. Once I learned the ins and outs of Germany basketball, I believe I can become a great leader for them. Yes I will be wearing #1 for the RheinStars.


Your big inspiration and favorite player is Lebron James. Comparing yourself might be a bit much, but if you had to compare your game to an NBA player which players fits your game most?

I'm not really sure to be honest. I try to study different guards in the NBA like Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and even Kawhi Leonard. That's ultimately where I want to get to.


You have improved your three point shooting a tad more each season at Texas State. Could you imagine breaking the 40% mark as rookie?

Yes that will be a personal goal for me.


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

I feel I just have a thing on reading players whether I'd be cutting for a back door layup or stealing a pass.


You played at Texas State from 2013-2017 for head coach Danny Kasper. How did he groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

I would say he made me into a good defender. I feel confident I can guard 2-4.


After your professional career, you want to get into coaching. If you could choose one coaching ability of Danny Kasper that you would like to inherit when you coach what would it be?

I would choose his ability to coach defense. He knew what he was talking about and we won a lot of games because we played defense.


How important was Joel Wright for you in your freshman year. Wright was a senior and would go on to play in the D-League, NBA Summer League and this season will play for Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Euromillions League). How did you profit from his game when you were a young buck at Texas State?

I used to love competing with him in practice. He was much bigger and stronger than me but I knew at the end of the day it was getting me better. He just showed me how tough you have to be to play this game. I hope nothing but the best for him.

You were able to improve a bit each season especially in your scoring average. How do you feel has your game grown at Texas State and what part of your game do you see continuing to mature as a professional?

I feel my game has grown a lot over the years. Even since this past season till now I feel I have gotten much better. I've been working on my shooting and ball handling all summer trying to become the best player I can be. I feel my potential is still high going into my professional career.


One of your biggest personal achievements was winning MVP in Hawaii. Talk a little about that time. What do you look back most fondly about this time concerning what you did on the court?

The Hawaii trip was very important for me. First it was the start of my senior season and I wanted to make sure I started off strong and confident. Second my mom and family were born and raised in Hawaii so I had an opportunity to play in front of family which was a blessing. Winning MVP was just the icing on the cake

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA2 that made it to the NBA?

I played against RJ Hunter my sophomore year from Georgia State. He was on Boston for a little I believe. I had a pretty good game and defended him well.


How does your summer workout plan look like on and off the court in 2017?

My summer workout plan consists of 2 basketball workouts a day. A lot of cardio and weights twice a week. Off the court the plan is just making sure I'm eating the proper food and relaxing on my down time.

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

All time Magic, bird, MJ, Lebron.


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

I think MJ is still the goat but I'll put Lebron second. Looking past the number of rings and looking at Accolades.


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

I feel he has to do those things in order for his team to win. I would fault the coach before Russell.


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

Did not really watch the draft. I was rooting for D Fox. I believe he was the best guard in the draft.


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

I feel that got better picking up Chris Paul. I feel they will compete in the west for many 2-3 playoff spot. They are still missing a piece to beat the Warriors.


What was the last movie that you saw ?

The last movie I saw was called vantage point on Netflix. If you like action movies, I recommend it.


Thanks Kavin for the chat.



The Kirchheim Knights Add Corban Collins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Kirchheim Knights didn't waste anytime reacting to the injury to point guard Cardell Macfarland and have reeled in rookie Corban Collins (190-G-94). Collins is a 23 year old 190 cm guard from North Carolina that brings vast college experience to Germany having played with three schools LSU, Morehead State and Alabama playing a total of 118 NCAA games.. He started his basketball career at Woodstock, VA / Massanutten Military Academy and in 2012-2013 ventured to LSU (NCAA) playing 27 games as a freshman averaging 2.6ppg, 1.0rpg. In the 2013-2014 he moved to Morehead St and sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. He began his career in 2014-2015 at Morehead St. (NCAA) playing 29 games averaging 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 78.5% In his junior season at Morehead St. (NCAA) he played 30 games averaging 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 36.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 72.0%. He moved to Alabama (NCAA) in 2016 and as a senior played 32 games averaging 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 65.0%.

Some of his best games in the NCAA included a 28 point outburst against E Illinois, 24 point game against ex school LSU, and 22 point games against Ohio State and N Kentuckey. "I am looking forward to Kirchheim and the fans. It is my first season outside the States, but I feel I picked the right choice with Kirchheim. Now I just want to play and win games", stressed Corban Collins. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been OVC Tournament Semifinals -15, 16, OVC East Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -16
All-OVC 2nd Team -16, CBI Championship Finalist -16, and SEC Tournament Semifinals -17.

Source:Kirchheim Knights






Adam Touray Joins The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets have completed their roster for the upcoming season bringing in Adam Touray (208-C-94). Touray is a 23 year old 208cm center that started his basketball career with UBC Muenster 2 (2.Regionalliga). He played the last two seasons with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Regionalliga) and Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (ProA). Last season with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Regionalliga) he played 19 games averaging 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg, Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.3%, FT: 54.5%, He also played with the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (ProA) playing 2 games averaging 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0bpg. "He is young, talented and hungry. He fits perfect to us. It also makes it better for us that he is a center. He has a lot of talent that we want to help develop", stressed head coach Igor Krizanovic.

In his first season with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Regionalliga) he played 26 games avergaing 8.2ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 58.3%,. He also played 4 BBL games with te Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL). He played some years with UBC Muenster as well as with the Quakenbrueck Young Dragons (NBBL). "I think I can help the team with my size and athleticism", stressed Adam Touray. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) Runner-Up -12, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -17.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets






Recap of Regionalliga Round 1 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Regionalliga just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Salzkotten (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Grevenbroich (1-0) 97-89. They made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Salzkotten only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Salzkotten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian forward Marko Boksic (201-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Swingman Felix Wenningkamp (195-88) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists for Salzkotten. Salzkotten's coach Stefan Schettke rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Grevenbroich is looking forward to face Hagen-Haspe (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Salzkotten will play against Hagen BG (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Hertener Loewen (1-0) which played on the court of Bonn II (0-1). Hertener Loewen crushed hosts 81-54. American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Artem Shelukha chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward KJ Sherrill (203-91, college: Augusta) responded with 11 points and 6 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. Hertener Loewen will play against Kamp-Lintfort (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Bonn II will play against Herford (#12) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Hagen between Hagen-Haspe and Duesseldorf. Hagen-Haspe (1-0) got a very close home victory over Duesseldorf (0-1). Hagen-Haspe managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Saturday evening. Jeremy Lewis nailed 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winning side. Sebastian Kehr came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Duesseldorf in the defeat. Duesseldorf's coach Jonas Joenke tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hagen-Haspe will meet at home Grevenbroich in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Duesseldorf will play against Dorsten (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Dorsten (0-1) against Ibbenbueren (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Dorsten was defeated by Ibbenbueren in Dorsten 83-73. Albert Del-Hoyo fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ibbenbueren's next round opponent will be Recklinghausen (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Dorsten will play against Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Kamp-Lintfort (0-1) and Muenster (1-0) in Kamp-Lintfort on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Muenster outscored Kamp-Lintfort 79-52. It was a very good performance for Stefan Wess who helped to win the game recording 20 points. 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. Muenster will face Dorsten (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kamp-Lintfort will play against Hertener Loewen and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Herford lost to undefeated Hagen BG on the road 81-94.

West
Salzkotten - Grevenbroich 89-97

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Salzkotten (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Grevenbroich (1-0) 97-89. They made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Salzkotten only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Salzkotten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian forward Marko Boksic (201-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Grevenbroich players scored in double figures. Swingman Felix Wenningkamp (195-88) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and forward Rolf Gees (197-85) added 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Salzkotten. Salzkotten's coach Stefan Schettke rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Grevenbroich is looking forward to face Hagen-Haspe (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Salzkotten will play against Hagen BG (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: G.Martin 25+6reb+2ast, M.Boksic 22+4reb+3ast, L.Joerdell 11+9reb+1ast, M.Delpeche 11+2reb+1ast, F.Sadek 11+4reb+5ast, M.Delpeche 10+5reb+2ast
Salzkotten: F.Wenningkamp 33+3reb+4ast, R.Gees 18+14reb+1ast, M.Finke 17+2reb+4ast, H.Kretschmann 8, J.Duebbelde 6+6reb+2ast, D.Tusek 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 573993


Kamp-Lintfort - Muenster 52-79

The game between Kamp-Lintfort (0-1) and Muenster (1-0) in Kamp-Lintfort on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Muenster outscored Kamp-Lintfort 79-52. It was a very good performance for Stefan Wess (204-94) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Forward Andrej Koenig (195-87) contributed with 16 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five Muenster players scored in double figures. Center Lennart Boner (206) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and forward Till Achtermeier (197-88) added 19 points in the effort for Kamp-Lintfort. 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. Muenster will face Dorsten (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kamp-Lintfort will play against Hertener Loewen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Muenster: S.Wess 20+3reb, A.Koenig 16+3reb+1ast, J.Koenig 13+4reb, L.Padberg 11+4reb+1ast, B.McGill 10+5reb+2ast, D.Woltering 4+3reb+1ast
Kamp-Lintfort: T.Achtermeier 19, L.Boner 14+12reb+1ast, O.Mellmann 7+1reb+2ast, M.Schmak 5+2reb+3ast, T.Achtermeier 5+2reb+3ast, G.Schwich 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 573989


Hagen BG - Herford 94-81

Hagen BG used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Herford 94-81 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Hagen BG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Quite impressive performance for Lithuanian forward Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American David Golembiowski (203-89, college: SUNY Poly) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian-British forward Kris Douse (198-86, college: Point Park) answered with 17 points and point guard Bastian Landgraf (194-95) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Herford. Herford's coach William Massenburg let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hagen BG will face Salzkotten (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Herford will play against Bonn II (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hagen BG: V.Nedzinskas 33+1reb+1ast, D.Golembiowski 25+6reb+3ast, M.Zahariev 15+6reb+1ast, M.Krume 9+8reb+1ast, T.Ioannidis 6+3reb, L.Carpenter 2+5reb+6ast
Herford: A.Boger 18+3reb, K.Douse 17+4reb+1ast, J.Brinkmann 10+3reb+1ast, R.Richter 9+1ast, C.Ervin II 9+2reb+2ast, B.Landgraf 8+7reb+7ast
gschID: 573990


Hagen-Haspe - Duesseldorf 81-79

A very close game took place in Hagen between Hagen-Haspe and Duesseldorf. Hagen-Haspe (1-0) got a very close home victory over Duesseldorf (0-1). Hagen-Haspe managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Saturday evening. American point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-86, college: St.Thomas, TX) nailed 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winning side and Georgian-Spanish center Temur Kiknadze (205-92) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Lewis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Sebastian Kehr (201-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Reggie Cameron (201, college: Georgetown) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Duesseldorf in the defeat. Duesseldorf's coach Jonas Joenke tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hagen-Haspe will meet at home Grevenbroich in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Duesseldorf will play against Dorsten (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hagen-Haspe: J.Lewis 35+6reb+4ast, T.Kiknadze 12+7reb, T.Paulsen 11+4reb+1ast, M.Braun 7+3reb+2ast, M.Toptan 7+4reb+2ast, P.Maximilian Fouhy 7+2reb
Duesseldorf: S.Kehr 17+10reb, R.Cameron 12+7reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 11+4reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 8+7reb, L.Paskov 7+1reb+1ast, S.Rathjen 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 573992


Bonn II - Hertener Loewen 54-81

Another interesting game for Hertener Loewen (1-0) which played on the court of Bonn II (0-1). Hertener Loewen crushed hosts 81-54. Hertener Loewen outrebounded Bonn II 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ukrainian forward Artem Shelukha (198-87) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward KJ Sherrill (203-91, college: Augusta) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Philipp Gruber (193-96) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hertener Loewen will play against Kamp-Lintfort (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Bonn II will play against Herford (#12) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hertener Loewen: D.Smith 20+8reb, J.Whelan 17+3reb, M.Porcher Jimenez 13+2reb+2ast, A.Shelukha 12+8reb+1ast, F.Neumann 11+6reb+1ast, A.Penev 5+2reb
Bonn II: K.Sherrill 11+6reb+1ast, P.Gruber 10+1reb+1ast, C.Molitor 9+3reb, I.Uzelac 6+4reb, K.Dia 5+4reb, J.Spychalski 4+2reb
gschID: 573994


Dorsten - Ibbenbueren 73-83

Very important is a home loss of Dorsten (0-1) against Ibbenbueren (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Dorsten was defeated by Ibbenbueren in Dorsten 83-73. Spanish forward Albert Del-Hoyo (192-92) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ibbenbueren players scored in double figures. American point guard Antoine Hosley (183-92, college: Mont.St.-Billings) produced 29 points and 6 rebounds and center Gerrit Budde (203-89) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ibbenbueren's next round opponent will be Recklinghausen (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Dorsten will play against Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ibbenbueren: A.Del Hoyo 26+9reb+4ast, B.Fumey 16+8reb+3ast, M.Harvey 15+4reb+2ast, D.Wiegard 10+1reb+1ast, M.Post 8+4reb+1ast, F.Avermann 5+3reb+1ast
Dorsten: A.Hosley 29+6reb+2ast, R.Penders 12+1reb+2ast, J.Kasa 10+5reb, G.Budde 7+12reb, T.Gorontzi 6+6reb+2ast, W.Koehler 6+8reb
gschID: 573991





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  GHANA  


Bentil to begin European adventure against Dijon - by Yaw Mintah

Ghana and former Providence College Forward Ben Bentil is set to make his debut in the French Pro League A on Friday September 20 when Champagne Charlons-Reims takes on Dijon in the both team opening game in the 2017-2018 season .

Bentil signed for the French club who placed 16th in the immediate past campaign recently after playing on the fringes of San Antonio Spurs Summer League team and is expected to lead the team from the bottom half of the standings. Reims has signed Pro B Coach of the Year Cedric Heitz.

Ahead of the opening game, Reims has been in involved in preseason games with losing results including a 58-74 loss to Belfius Mons-Hainaut where the Sekondi-born player top scored with 19 points.

He scored 13 points prior to the game in a 67-81 losing effort this time to Gravelins-Dunkerque; with his CV boasting a Big East Conference Top Scoring Award and Most Improved Player Award, Bentil is poised to be the team's first scoring option and a breakout year could land him an NBA spot.

Bentil was drafted 51st overall by Boston Celtics in 2016 and has gone to play in China and Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA's Gatorade League; he is the first Ghana born player to play in the NBA after featuring for Dallas Mavericks against Atlanta Hawks.



Top Division II trio claim win sin Week 4 - by Yaw Mintah

The top three teams in the early stages of the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II, Ghana Police, CYO and Reformers of Prisons, have won respective games in the campaign. Police beat hitherto unbeaten side Junior Rangers 79-69 in the opening game at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu with Panthers topping Tudu Galaxy 67-63 in the final game on the night.

CYO continued in the same stead as Police did a day earlier by beating Novas Academy in the opening game 64-53 in a tie that would go on to be the sole fixture honored on the night since the follow up game between Dunks Knight and Navy Warriors was rained off.

With six minutes remaining in the final quarter, Dunks held a 37-28 lead but the game was abandoned due to showers that made the court slippery and dangerous to play on forcing officials to call off the game.

The final group of games were rounded up with two ties honored and Reformers of Prisons recording a 51-35 win over Spartans and Junior Reformers registered a 92-80 win over DC Dynamics Aspirants.

The results mean all Police, CYO and Reformers have won all four games played this season and occupy the top spots in respective order. However, the impact of those results mean Dunks and Aspirants remain winless in the league and firmly rooted in the lower half of the 13 team standings.




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Doukas ink Ioannis Tozios - by Chris Mammides

Ase Doukas Athens (A2) agreed terms with 27-year old center Ioannis Tozios (209-90). He played last season at GS Larissas in the D, but left the team in Apr.'17. In 26 games he had 4.2ppg and 2.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Tozios played at Filippos Veroias where in 21 A2 games he recorded 8.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
He was a member of Greek U18 National Team back in 2008.
Tozios has played previously for four other teams: MENT Vassilakis, OF Irakleio, Anatolia and Mantoulidis.

Ase Doukas Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Themis Koupidis
Thodoris Tsiotras
Spyridon Panagiotaras
Venos Mastoros
Viktoras Karakatsanis
Charis Psaras

Forward:
Stelios Ioannou

Centers:
Ioannis Tozios
Manolis Koukoulas
Kostas Difantis

Coach: Fotis Takianos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dimitrios Marmarinos joins G.S. Ermis Shimatariou - by Chris Mammides

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou (C) agreed terms with experienced 41-year old center Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-112kg-76, college: Nevada). The last time (14-15) he played at Psychiko in Greek A2 league. Since then he played mostly in the D' league.
Marmarinos has played also in Italy (Virtus Roma, Juvecaserta, Napoli Megaride and BancaTercas), Russia (Lokomotiv) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, Panionios, Iraklis, Trikalla and Periko/Arhelaos).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at G.S. Ermis Shimatariou.
Marmarinos attended University of Nevada until 1999 and it will be his 19th (!!!) season as a professional player.

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Thomas
Giannis Griniaris
_Giorgos Flotsios
Alexis Pantazis
Apostolis Zimbras

Forwards:
Nikos Manolas
Antreas Psarianos

Centers:
Dimitrios Marmarinos
Giorgos Gyftonikolos

Coach: Giannis Tsaousis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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HANTH signs Christos Nalbantis - by Chris Mammides

HANTH (C) signed 33-year old guard Christos Nalbantis (184-84). The last time (7-8) he played at the junior team of Anatolia in Greek B league. Nalbantis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Nalbantis is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dusan Ivkovic to be honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ), as he ends a remarkable career that has seen him walk the sidelines in five different decades, will be honored tonight Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Greece as the first head coach to be chosen for the distinction of Euroleague Basketball Legend.
Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ), 73, is stepping down from an unprecedented 48-year career on the bench by coaching one last game in which an all-star team of his former players will face Olympiacos Piraeus, the club that he led to two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague titles. He joins players Dimitris Diamantidis (196-PG-80), Sarunas Jasikevicius , Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: Octagon Europe), Ramunas Siskauskas (198-G-78) and Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) as recipients of the award.
"It gives us great pleasure to know that Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is the first coach to become a Euroleague Basketball Legend," said Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, Jordi Bertomeu, who will present the award to Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) on Wednesday in Piraeus. "It's impossible to overstate Dusan's status in the world of coaching, both as a mentor to an endless list of great players and as a shining example to others in his profession. His contributions to Euroleague Basketball - which go beyond his being the only coach to win the title in both of our competitions - are immense."
Among the players who Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) helped make famous who will play for him in his last game on the bench are point guards Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Markovic, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Nikolaos Zisis (197-PG-83, agency: Octagon Europe); shooting guards Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90); small forwards Cedi Osman, Nikola Kalinic and Furkan Korkmaz; power forwards Pero Antic, Dario Saric and Viktor Khryapa; and centers Kyle Hines and Boban Marjanovic.
Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) owns an unprecedented list of accomplishments. At the club level, he is the only head coach to have won every major trophy in Europe over the years: EuroLeague (1997, 2012), EuroCup (2006), Korac Cup (1979) and Saporta Cup (2000). With his national teams, he lifted FIBA World Cup (1990) and EuroBasket (1989, 1991, 1995) titles, while also taking a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games. In domestic competitions, he won an additional 15 league and cup titles in the four countries where he has coached. Not surprisingly, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) was named by EuroLeague Basketball in 2008 as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in the first half-century of continental club competitions.
After finishing a short playing career in his native Belgrade, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) learned coaching as an assistant to his older brother, Slobodan, who led the pro club in their home neighborhood of Radnicki. He made the jump to head coach at Partizan Belgrade in 1978 and two years later made his first move abroad, to Greece, with Aris Thessaloniki. He returned to the former Yugoslavia to coach Radnicki, Sibenka and Vojvodina until 1990. At that time, he also took over the bench of the Yugoslav national team for a period that lasted from 1987 to 1995 and guided some of the greatest European teams of all time.
He returned to Greece in 1991 and within a decade led three different teams - PAOK, Olympiacos and AEK - to EuroLeague semifinals, ultimately taking Olympiacos to his and its first continental title in 1997. He broadened his influence to a new country, Russia, in 2002, bringing CSKA Moscow to three consecutive Final Fours and then leading Dynamo Moscow to the EuroCup title in 2006.
Having returned to the national team bench of Serbia in 2008, he also rejoined Olympiacos in 2010 for two seasons culminating in one of the greatest triumphs in basketball history, a 19-point comeback in 11 minutes to win the EuroLeague title of 2012 against his former team, CSKA. Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) would finish his illustrious career spending two seasons in a fourth country, Turkey, while coaching Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the EuroLeague.
All along Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) kept up keen interests outside of basketball. He is also a longtime champion of racing pigeons in Serbia and at the European level. And he is a proud descendant of the famed Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla.
As he retires, Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is sure to go down in basketball history as one of the greatest ever to coach the game, a generation-bridging dean of the profession at a time when the sport gained immense popularity and he reached its greatest heights. In short, a true Euroleague Basketball Legend.

Courtesy of Euroleague.com





EA Patron lands Angelos Karaiskakis - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer EA Patron tabbed 22-year old swingman Angelos Karaiskakis (192-95). He played most recently at Evropi in the B. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Karaiskakis spent at EAK Fes/nikis Kalamarias (also in B). He also played that season for BG Hagen (Regionalliga) in German league.
Karaiskakis has played previously for Iraklis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Palama welcomes back Kousiantzas - by Chris Mammides

B newcomer GS Titanes Palama landed 22-year old power forward/center Konstantinos Kousiantzas (207-95). It is actually his comeback to Palama as he has played here before. Kousiantzas played most recently at Agriniou in the B.
Part of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Anagennises in Cypriot Division A where in 5 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Kousiantzas also played that season for GS Larissas (C). In 5 games he had 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg.
Kousiantzas was a member of Greek U16 National Team in 2011.
He has played previously for Mantoulidis.

GS Titanes Palama roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Charis Foros
Giannis Mandalakis
Kosta Georgantzas
Christos Milionis
Giorgos Tsoumas
Sotriis Faliakis

Forwards:
Dimitris Makris
Antonis Moumoglou
Michalis Antoniou
Konstantinos Kousiantzas
Vassilis Arhontoulis
Biziotis
Katsadouros

Center:
Nikos Apostolakis

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Kostas Difantis agreed terms with Doukas - by Chris Mammides

Ase Doukas Athens (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old center Kostas Difantis (202-82). He was about to sign at AS Diagoras Dryopideon in B. Difantis helped his team get promotion to B. He has played there for the last four years. Difantis won Greek C Division (Group 2) championship title.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for two other teams: Filathlitikos and Panerythraikos.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Doukas.

Ase Doukas Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Themis Koupidis
Thodoris Tsiotras
Spyridon Panagiotaras
Venos Mastoros
Viktoras Karakatsanis
Charis Psaras

Forward:
Stelios Ioannou

Centers:
Manolis Koukoulas
Kostas Difantis

Coach: Fotis Takianos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doukas add Koukoulas to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Ase Doukas Athens (A2) added to their roster 26-year old center Manolis Koukoulas (209-91). He played last season at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league. In 5 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Koukoulas also spent pre-season at Doxa Lefkadas (also in A1) that year.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 45.5%.
Koukoulas has played previously professionally in Greece (Panionios, Ilysiakos, Kolossos H Hotels, KAO Dramas and Aiolos Trikallon) and Spain (Leyma Basquet).

Ase Doukas Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Themis Koupidis
Thodoris Tsiotras
Spyridon Panagiotaras
Venos Mastoros
Viktoras Karakatsanis
Charis Psaras

Forward:
Stelios Ioannou

Center:
Manolis Koukoulas

Coach: Fotis Takianos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA edge Lavrio in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Lavrio - CSKA 71-93

CSKA edged Lavrio in preseason clash in Greece. The Russian powerhouse grabbed a 26-13 lead and never looked behind after. They added a 22-18 run in the second period for a 48-31 halftime advantage. Moreover CSKA posted a 28-19 rally in the third period and did not mind a 17-21 loss in the last stanza. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 15 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) netted 12. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) posted 11 apiece, whilst Othello Hunter (203-C/F-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) and Alan Makiev (210-C-91) added 10 each.



Callistus Eziukwu (ex Trikalla) signs at Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Nacional (LUB) landed 32-year old American center Callistus Eziukwu (208-100kg-85, college: Grand Valley State). He played most recently at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 15 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eziukwu also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel where in 7 games he had 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team won Estonian Cup in 2011.
Eziukwu is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Eziukwu has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Italy (Virtus Roma), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo), Poland (AZS Koszalin and Czarni), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Kryvbas) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Eziukwu's outlook: A true 6-10 inside player who is very athletic and has long arms. Set new records in rebounding and shot-blockin in college, also he's a great kid who can play for his team. Can score inside, thanks to a good jump hook.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GUYANA  


Araberri inks Kedar Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) signed 24-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Kedar Edwards (196-84kg-93). He just graduated from Tenn-Martin (NCAA). In 31 games he had 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg last season. Edwards helped them to win the regular season and make it to the OVC Tournament final.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Edwards won NJCAA D1 Region XVI championship title in 2014.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Forward:
Kedar Edwards

Center:
Martin Buesa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Charles Mitchell (ex Den Bosch) agreed terms with Prostejov - by Eurobasket News

BK Olomoucko Prostejov (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Charles Mitchell (203-122kg, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Dutch Eredivisie. In 26 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 10.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg last season. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BK Olomoucko Prostejov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jan Mocnik
Filip Sepa
Jiri Dedek
Martin Nabelek
J.C. Fuller

Forwards:
Martin Novak
Charles Mitchell
Marek Sehnal
Adam Goga
Michal Kremen
Frantisek Vana

Center:
Michal Norwa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


FIBA Europe Cup: Szolnok roll past Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Trabzonspor 108:98

Szolnok claimed the 10-point home win over Trabzonspor in the first leg of the FIBA Europe Qualifying Round. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92, college: Youngstown St.) scored 26 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners.
Szolnok clinched a 27:22 lead at the first intermission. Trabzonspor cut the deficit in the second term. The Turkish team pulled within 3 points 41:44 at the big break. Trabzonspor unloaded 33 points in the third frame to post a 5-point lead at the final break. But Szolnok turned the tables in the final period. The Hungarian side went on a 29:14 surge to snatch an important victory. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) posted 21 points, while Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) added 18 points in the win. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-PG-89, agency: Players Group) and Osiris Eldridge (191-G/F-88, college: Illinois St.) replied with 23 points apiece in the defeat.

Szolnok: Kendrick Perry 26, David Vojvoda 21, Strahinja Milosevic 18
Trabzonspor: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 23, Osiris Eldridge 23



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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Colin O''REILLY
  UCC D.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. O''Reilly, UCC D.31.0 
 2. Williams, Killester31.0 
 3. Bogdanovic, Tralee20.0 
 4. Rockall, Maree19.0 
 5. Loughnane, Moycu.18.0 
 6. McGuire, Moycullen18.0 
 7. Baltimore, Swords T.17.0 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee16.0 
 9. Pemberton, Tralee15.0 
 10. Burke, Maree14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth HANSBERRY
  Maree
  (--)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hansberry, Maree13.0 
 2. O''Reilly, UCC D.13.0 
 3. Tummon, Moycullen12.0 
 4. Baltimore, Swords T.12.0 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee11.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.0 
 7. McGuire, Moycullen10.0 
 8. Bogdanovic, Tralee10.0 
 9. Goldsborough, Swords T.9.0 
 10. Cuff, UCC Demons9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.11.0 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.10.0 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee8.0 
 4. Lyons, Moycullen6.0 
 5. McCarthy, Tralee5.0 
 6. Loughnane, Moycu.5.0 
 7. Cuff, UCC Demons5.0 
 8. Rockall, Maree4.0 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 10. Roe, Killester4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 3. Quigley, Tralee3.0 
 4. Burke, Maree3.0 
 5. Dolenko, Swords T.2.0 
 6. Lacey, Swords T.2.0 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.0 
 8. Cuff, UCC Demons2.0 
 9. Williams, Killester2.0 
 10. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Tummon, Moycullen3.0 
 3. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 4. Cunningham, Moycullen2.0 
 5. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.0 
 6. Kiernan, Killester1.0 
 7. Lacey, Swords T.1.0 
 8. Burke, Maree1.0 
 9. O''Brien, Killester1.0 
 10. Cunningham, Moycullen1.0 


Super League Round 1: Killester lose to Swords Thunder - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Super League just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Killester (0-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Swords Thunder (1-0) 90-72. Swords Thunder made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Conroy Baltimore (198, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
Another exciting game was played in Galway between Moycullen and Maree where Moycullen (1-0) crushed Maree (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 88-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. James Loughnane contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Maree. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Moycullen will play against DCU Saints (#8) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play on the road against Belfast Star to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Dublin where Templeogue crushed host DCU Saints with 20-point difference 96-76 on Saturday evening. Templeogue will meet at home Killester (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DCU Saints will play against Moycullen in Galway and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Belfast Star (1-0) against KUBS (0-1) where guest Belfast Star crushed their opponents by 40 points 89-49. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be Maree (#11) in Galway and are hoping to win another game. KUBS will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
An exciting game was played in Cork. UCC Demons faced Tralee. Host UCC Demons (1-0) edged guests from Tralee (0-1) 79-77. Colin O'Reilly fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tralee will play at home against KUBS (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Killester - Swords Thunder 72-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Killester (0-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Swords Thunder (1-0) 90-72. Swords Thunder made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Conroy Baltimore (198, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Swords Thunder players scored in double figures. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds and Portuguese Rodrigo Garcia added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
Top scorers:
Swords Thunder: C.Baltimore 17+12reb, I.Westbrooks 12+5reb+11ast, C.Coombes 12+1reb, O.Dolenko 12+1reb, T.Black 12+1reb+3ast, J.Goldsborough 10+9reb
Killester: R.Williams 31+6reb+2ast, A.McGeever 12+1reb, K.O'Brien 7+4reb, R.Garcia 6+7reb+1ast, C.Roe 5+2reb+4ast, A.Casey 4+3reb
gschID: 571877


UCC Demons - Tralee 79-77

An exciting game was played in Cork. UCC Demons faced Tralee. Host UCC Demons (1-0) edged guests from Tralee (0-1) 79-77. Strangely Tralee outrebounded UCC Demons 53-39 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for UCC Demons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Kyle Hosford (175-89) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Croatian-Serbian center Dusan Bogdanovic (211-93) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Goran Pantovic (208-91, college: Drexel) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tralee will play at home against KUBS (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: C.O'Reilly 31+13reb+3ast, D.Bucan 12+5reb+3ast, A.O'Sullivan 11+1reb+4ast, C.Cuff 9+9reb+5ast, K.Hosford 8+5reb+10ast, J.O'Mahony 8+6reb+3ast
Tralee: D.Bogdanovic 20+10reb+1ast, G.Pantovic 16+11reb+3ast, T.Pemberton 15+8reb+2ast, K.Donaghy 9+11reb+8ast, P.McCarthy 9+7reb+5ast, E.Quigley 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 571879


Maree - Moycullen 63-88

Another exciting game was played in Galway between Moycullen and Maree where Moycullen (1-0) crushed Maree (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 88-63. Moycullen outrebounded Maree 50-38 including a 43-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard James Loughnane (175-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international Kenneth Hansberry added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Maree. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Moycullen will play against DCU Saints (#8) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play on the road against Belfast Star to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: B.McGuire 18+10reb+3ast, J.Loughnane 18+1reb+5ast, P.Lyons 12+3reb+6ast, K.Cunningham 11+2reb, C.Nihill 9+7reb+1ast, J.Tummon 7+12reb+1ast
Maree: E.Rockall 19+8reb+4ast, P.Burke 14+2reb+2ast, C.Finn 11+4reb+1ast, K.Hansberry 8+13reb+2ast, S.Commins 6+1reb, C.Crowley 3+4reb
gschID: 571875


DCU Saints - Templeogue 76-96

An interesting game was played in Dublin where Templeogue crushed host DCU Saints with 20-point difference 96-76 on Saturday evening. Templeogue will meet at home Killester (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DCU Saints will play against Moycullen in Galway and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571876


KUBS - Belfast Star 49-89

We should not miss the game where Belfast Star (1-0) against KUBS (0-1) where guest Belfast Star crushed their opponents by 40 points 89-49. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be Maree (#11) in Galway and are hoping to win another game. KUBS will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571878





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  ISRAEL  


Hapoel Jerusalem top Zaragoza to clinch Trofeo Ibercaja - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza - Hapoel Jerusalem 70:81

Hapoel Jerusalem celebrated Trofeo Ibercaja-Ciudad de Zaragoza. They upset hosting Zaragoza for the title. Six players scored in double digits for the Israeli champions. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) led the effort with 14 points.
Hapoel Jerusalem jumped to a 23:15 lead after the opening frame. They boosted the lead at 14-point mark at the big break 51:37. Hapoel stayed in charge throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 72:57. Zaragoza narrowed the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 13 points, while Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points for the winners. Sergi Garcia (193-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Zaragoza. Jarvis Varnado (206-C-88, college: Mississippi St.) had 14 points in the defeat.



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  ITALY  


Stefano Borsato is a newcomer at Dinamica Mantova - by Eurobasket News

Dinamica Mantova (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old guard Stefano Borsato (193-85kg-86, agency: Two Points) from UCC Piacenza. In 28 Serie A2 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Borsato played at Soundreef Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A) where in 35 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg.
He was a member of Italian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004.
Borsato has played previously for six other teams: Benetton Treviso, Unieuro Forli, Kleb Ferrara, Aurira Jesi, Roseto Sharks and Riva del Garda.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled combo guard, with great offensive instincts and shooting. Needs to improve his decision making and court vision to play stably at the point.

Dinamica Mantova roster for 2017-2018:

Lorenzo Gergati
Stefano Borsato
Robert Jones
Riccardo Moraschini
Francesco Candussi
Valerio Cucci
Luca Vencato
Marco Timperi
Jared Brownridge
Matteo Ferrara
Daniele Constanzelli

Coach: Davide Lamma

By Eurobasket Data Center

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VL Pesaro win Memorial Alphonso Ford - by Eurobasket News

VL Pesaro won 13th Memorial Alphonso Ford beating GrissinBon RE 74-63. Dallas Moore (185-G-94, college: N.Florida, agency: 3Eye) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95, college: Colorado St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) delivered 19. Eric Mika (208-F, college: BYU) posted 12, whilst Pablo Bertone (193-SG-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Interperformances) added 9. Cervi and Nevels replied with 13 points each in the losing effort.
Umana Reyer rolled over Inter Bratislava 101-69. The Italian side dominated from the start of the game and never looked behind after. Umana Reyer won the first period 26-16 and enjoyed a 55-29 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Orelik, Johnson and Watt netted 14 each. Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 16 points each in the losing case.



Grissin Bon RE keeps Wright for another season - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) re-signed 30-year old American power forward Julian Wright (203-102kg-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport). He played there last season. In three Serie A games he recorded 10.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.7apg. Wright also played that season for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL where in 23 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg (#3 in the league), 3.0apg and 1.5spg.
In 2007 he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in first round (13th overall). Wright attended University of Kansas and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Drew League in 2014. Wright received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Wright's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), NBA (Toronto Raptors), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Bnei Hasharon) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high flyer who causes matchup problems because of his versatility
(by James Burbridg for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Can take bigger guys off the dribble and post up smaller players. Able to play the finesse game as well as be a bull in the post. Very tough minded, which is a misconception based upon his slight frame. A very hard worker, evidenced by his statistical climb from freshman to sophomore year and the noticeable improvement on his jumpshot. Capable of making eye popping plays either as a distributor, a finisher and also on the defensive end of the floor.
First and foremost, his jumpshot. While it is undoubtedly improved, there is still much work to be done. With a reliable jumpshot that defenders would have to respect, the damage Julian could do to opposing defenses would jump tenfold
.

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Haws
Federico Mussini
Garrett Nevels
Leonardo Candi
Federico Bonacini
Alessandro Cipolla
Carlo Porfilio
Jacopo Soviero

Forwards:
Manuchar Markoishvili
Siim-Sander Vene
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds
Nicolo Dellosto

Centers:
Julian Wright
Landing Sane
Alessandro Vigori
Russel Tchewa_Tchamadeu

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

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Lenny Bogunovich joins Alfa Omega Roma - by Eurobasket News

Alfa Omega Roma (Serie C Gold) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old forward Lenny Bogunovich (200-81). The last time he played at Eurobasket Roma in Italian Serie A2.
Bogunovich was named to Military National Team in 2009.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Alfa Omega Roma.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olimpia Milano rally past Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona - Olimpia Milano 80:84

Olimpia Milano narrowly defeated Vanoli Cremona in the preseason clash. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90, college: Baylor) delivered 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Olimpia Milano set the tone in the second period. They used a 12:0 run to take an advantage. Cremona pulled within 8 points at the big break 39:47. Cremona pulled as close as one point at the final break. But Olimpia maintained the lead throughout the final stanza and rolled to the victory. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) accounted for 18 points, while Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) added 12 points for the winning side. Henry Sims (208-C-90, college: Georgetown) and Elijah Johnson (192-G-90, college: Kansas) provided 15 points each for Cremona.



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  JAMAICA  


Jason Calliste (ex KW Titans) signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Chocalates Trapa Palencia (LEB Gold) landed 27-year old Canadian-Jamaican guard Jason Calliste (188-78kg-90, college: Oregon). He played most recently at KW Titans in Canadian NBL. In 25 NBL Canada games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Calliste played at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL where in 29 games he had 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game. Calliste also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
Calliste has played also professionally in NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Oregon until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Chocalates Trapa Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordi Grimau
Enric Garrido
Jason Calliste
Bryce Pressley
Sani Campara

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Carlos Toledo
Nikola Cvetinovic

Centers:
Dartaye Ruffin
Marc Bauza

Coach: Joaquin Prado

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  


Chiba Jets rally past Zhejiang in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Zhejiang 89:82

Chiba Jets opened win count at the Super 8 international tournament in Macau. They beat Zhejiang Lions in the opener. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) recorded 30 points to lead the Japanese team.
The Lions posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Chiba bounced back in the second period. The Japanese side used a strong rally to build a 48:42 halftime lead. Zhejiang regained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 2 points 65:63. But Chiba managed to shifted the gear once again and snatched the victory at the end. Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) notched 18 points in the victory. Jingiu Hu answered with 19 points for the Lions.



Ryukyu Golden Kings pip Goyang Orion Orions in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Ryukyu Golden Kings - Goyang Orion Orions 84-83

Ryukyu Golden Kings pip Goyang Orion Orions 84-83 in overtime in Macau at the start of The Super 8 tournament. The latter posted a 23-17 lead in the start, while the Japanese team grabbed a 43-33 halftime advantage. They led 57-54 in the start of the fourth period, but Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) tied it all at 72:72 at the end of the fourth quarter. In overtime Ira Brown (193-F-82, college: Gonzaga) made a jumper to bring a narrow win for his side.
Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Hassan Martin (201-F-95, college: Rhode Island) added 14. Ira Brown and Shota Tsuyama (178-PG-96) followed them with 13 points apiece. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Vernon Macklin had 19.



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Obi Agu signs to Western Wyoming College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey forward Obinna Agu (6'6''-F-97) has signed to Western Wyoming College for the 2017-18 season. The 6'5 Agu has completed 3 years at BA after joining from Newham Youngbloods, in particular taking a leadership role during the 2016-17 season whilst helping BA to an undefeated season in the EABL and the National League Division 2 league and playoff title. 'I'm delighted for Obi, that he's able to continue his basketball career moving onto the US,' BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented. 'There hasn't been many players that have maximised their ability coming through our programme the way Obi has. He's been one of the hardest workers that we've had in his three years with us.' Agu becomes the third BA player who will be on the Mustangs' roster for this season, joining Amin Adamu and alumnus Calvin Nevill-Kintu. 'I think that moving onto a place like Western Wyoming, where he'll be able to continue alongside two other Barking Abbey students is truly deserved for a player like Obi,' added Gardner. 'On the floor he's a very versatile athlete and I think he'll be able to help Western Wyoming, not just with his skill set and offensive and defensive ability,but through his leadership. 'He was a major factor in our success last year in both the EABL and National League season because of the leadership he was able to provide within games and in practice, he was a role model to some of the other players within our programme.' Agu averaged 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the EABL last season and represented the Great Britain Under-20s at the Division B European Championships this summer - his first call up to a National Team - where he helped them to Division A promotion.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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Valmiera inks Eduards Hazners - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) signed 20-year old guard Eduards Hazners (192-97). He played last season at VEF Riga in the LBL. In 14 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Hazners helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Hazners also played 11 games in VTB United League where he recorded just 1.0ppg.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 30.2%.
Hazners has played previously for Riga/Pardaugava/Turiba.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Janis Kaufmanis
Eduards Hazners

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fundacion 5+11 adds Gluditis to their roster - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 added to their roster 22-year old Latvian international guard Kristaps Gluditis (191-80kg-95). He played last season at CBA Gran Canaria B in the EBA. In 28 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Gluditis played at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL where in 19 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Gluditis played that season for was BK Jelgava/BJSS (LBL) in Latvian league. In 15 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 16.9ppg and got 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Czech Republic U19 Championships in 2014. Gluditis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Gluditis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team in 2013.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 10.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Gluditis has played previously professionally in Czech Republic (GBA Sparta) and Latvia (LMT Basketbola Akademija and VEF skola).

Fundacion 5+11 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kristaps Gluditis
Miguel Gonzalez

Forwards:
Rinalds Malmanis
Sander Raieste

Center:
Jurij Macura

Coach: Jon Txakartegi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Robert CARTER
  Lietuvos.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Carter, Lietuvos.25.0 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.19.0 
 3. Echodas, Lietuvos.17.0 
 4. Tarolis, Lietkabelis16.0 
 5. Valinskas, Zalgiris16.0 
 6. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.16.0 
 7. Siksnius, Juventus16.0 
 8. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.15.0 
 9. Ireland, Juventus15.0 
 10. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donatas TAROLIS
  Lietkabelis
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tarolis, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 3. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 4. Kupsas, Juventus7.0 
 5. Peterson, Lietuvos.7.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.7.0 
 7. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes6.0 
 8. Carter, Lietuvos.6.0 
 9. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.5.0 
 10. Selakovs, Dzukija5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Lietkabelis
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Ireland, Juventus7.0 
 3. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 4. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.0 
 5. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.5.0 
 6. Normantas, Lietuvos.5.0 
 7. Samenas, Juventus5.0 
 8. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes4.0 
 9. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.4.0 
 10. Baron, Lietuvos.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan HARROW
  P.Zvaigz.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 2. Ireland, Juventus3.0 
 3. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.2.0 
 4. Lekunas, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 5. Zalalis, Dzukija2.0 
 6. Jomantas, Lietuvos.2.0 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 8. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 9. Kavaliauskas, Zalgi.1.0 
 10. Milaknis, Zalgiris1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gytis MASIULIS
  Zalgiris
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Masiulis, Zalgiris2.0 
 2. Normantas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 3. Peterson, Lietuvos.1.0 
 4. Carter, Lietuvos.1.0 
 5. Selakovs, Dzukija1.0 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Susinskas, Dzukija1.0 
 8. Milaknis, Zalgiris1.0 
 9. Toupane, Zalgiris1.0 
 10. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.0 


Vytis ink Brian Wanamaker - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) agreed terms with 28-year old American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-95kg-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) from Silute. In 44 NKL games in Lithuania he had 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Wanamaker played at BC Erfurt (Regionalliga) in German league where in 17 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 20.8ppg, 7.6rpg and 4.0apg.
In 2011 Wanamaker was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in seventh round (10th overall).
The former Texas Wesleyan University (NAIA) standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Wanamaker was voted All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Wanamaker has played previously for two other German teams: TSV Troester and s Oliver Baskets.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paulius Beliavicius
Karolis Babkauskas
Sarunas Vingelis
Brian Wanamaker
Elliott Cole

Forwards:
Marijus Uzupis
Gytis Radzevicius

Centers:
Edvinas Jezukevicius
Aurelijus Pukelis

Coach: Aurimas Jasilionis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Safa lands Shane Heyward, ex Guaymas - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Al Safa of Safwa (SBL) tabbed 25-year old American forward Shane Heyward (200-97kg-92, college: Columbus State). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 25 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg. Heyward helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Huracan in Argentinian TNA where in 15 games he had 13.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5bpg.
Heyward has played also professionally in Finland (Forssan_Koripojat).
He attended Columbus State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ABA League SuperCup: Buducnost better Cibona to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Cibona 96:90

Buducnost reached the semifinal stage of the ABA League SuperCup. They topped Cibona in Bar tonight. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 19 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Buducnost erupted for 27 points in the first period and opened a 6-point lead. Cibona dropped 28 points in the second term to eke out a 49:47 halftime advantage. Cibona added 23 points in the third term to secure a 5-point lead at the final break. However Buducnost found the way to bounce back. They used a 29;18 run in the fourth stanza and secured the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-F/C-93, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 17 points, while Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) added 16 points for the winning side. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 20 points for Cibona. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) netted 18 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Nikola Ivanovic 19, Danilo Nikolic 17, Nemanja Gordic 16
Cibona: Ivan Novacic 20, Cleveland Melvin 18



ABA League SuperCup: Mornar Bar surprise Partizan to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Partizan 91:77

Mornar Bar entertained the home crowd with a strong victory over Partizan in the ABA League SuperCup quarterfinal. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) nailed 22 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Mornar Bar sank 26 points in the opening frame to eke out a 2-point lead. Partizan erased the deficit in the second frame to secure a 47:42 halftime advantage. But Mornar Bar lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 27:17 run in the third term to surge ahead. The hosts limited the Serbian powerhouse to just 13 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) added 17 points for the hosts. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Partizan. Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) notched 13 points in the defeat.



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Source: Markieff Morris to be sidelined one month after sports hernia surgery - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Washington Post earlier reported the injury, adding that surgery will take place Friday. Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery's delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as well as other family obligations. Morris, 28, averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season for a Wizards team that fell one game shy of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
Courtesy of: espn.com



76ers To Again Explore Trade Market For Jahlil Okafor - by Eurobasket News

Brett Brown admitted the Philadelphia 76ers will explore the trade market for Jahlil Okafor (6'11''-C-95, college: Duke). While the 76ers traded away Nerlens Noel last season, Okafor remains behind Joel Embiid and possibly Richaun Holmes on their depth chart at center. The 76ers have found the trade market for Okafor to be soft during their previous attempts to deal him. Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Magic promote Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill, hire Randy Wittman - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have promoted Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill to assistant coach, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. In addition, Randy Wittman has been added to the staff as a coaching consultant.
Hernandez enters his fourth season with the Orlando Magic and first as assistant coach. He originally joined the Magic as assistant coach/player development prior to the 2014-15 campaign, where he was responsible for on-court skill development, as well as game scouts. Hernandez established and collaborated with various departments to implement a return from injury protocol that incorporates analytics with an on-court simulation. He has also been responsible for organizing and running on court pre-draft workouts for the last three seasons. Hernandez played one season at the University of New Hampshire (1996-97) and three seasons at Hofstra University (1998-2001). He helped Hofstra to a berth in the NIT in 1999, then back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001 as team captain. Hernandez went on to play professionally in Puerto Rico for three seasons. Hernandez has a dual MBA in both marketing and management from Hofstra. He and his wife, Allison, have three children, McKayla (20), Michael (14) and Morgan (12). McKayla currently plays basketball at Molloy College.
Hill begins his sixth season with the Orlando Magic and first as an assistant coach. He began his career in 2012, joining the Magic as a video analyst/opposition. Hill was later promoted in 2015 to manager of advanced scouting/player development. Hill starred at Southeast High School in Lincoln, Neb., where he was named Nebraska's 'Mr. Basketball' and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska as a senior in 2006. He left as the school's all-time leader in career points (1,242), rebounds (755) and blocked shots (244). Hill then played at the University of Texas from 2006-11, where he was teammates with several current NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and current Magic guard D.J. Augustin. During his senior campaign (2010-11), he served as team captain and appeared in all 36 games (two starts). A native of Lincoln, Neb., Hill has a bachelor's degree in corporate communications from the University of Texas. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
A 25-year NBA coaching veteran, Randy Wittman was named consultant for the Orlando Magic in September 2017. Wittman has served as head coach with Cleveland (1999-01), Minnesota (2006-09) and Washington (2011-16), compiling a record of 278-406 (.406). While at Washington, he guided the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals twice (2013-14 and 2014-15). This marks Wittman's second stop in Orlando. He served as an assistant coach under Brian Hill during the 2005-06 season. Wittman has also been an assistant coach with Indiana (1992-93), Dallas (1993-94), Minnesota (1994-99, 2001-05) and Washington (2009-11). Originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) by Washington in the 1983 NBA Draft, Wittman played nine seasons in the NBA. He appeared in 543 career regular season games with Atlanta, Sacramento and Indiana, averaging 7.4 ppg., 2.2 apg. and 1.4 rpg. in 21.4 minpg., while shooting .501 from the field. Wittman was a two-time academic All-American while at Indiana University. He helped the Hoosiers capture the 1981 NCAA Championship and was named co-Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior in 1983. Wittman was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1995 and was named to Indiana's Silver Anniversary Basketball Team in March of 1996.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Cedarville University welcomes two to basketball staff - by Eurobasket News

Cedarville University men's basketball Head Coach Pat Estepp has added Matt Matoh and Terry Futrell to his staff as assistant coaches. Matoh joins the Yellow Jackets after having spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division I Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Futrell returns to Cedarville after serving as the head coach at nearby Wilberforce University. 'I am excited with the coaching staff that we've had come together,' Estepp said. 'Matt's experience under Rick Byrd, who is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country, will be invaluable. 'And, it's good to have Terry back with us. He brings with him even more experience after doing such a great job as head coach at Wilberforce.' Matoh will be involved in all facets of the program especially recruiting, player development, and video. The Cleveland, Ohio native gained valuable experience at Belmont under longtime head coach Rick Byrd. He was a team manager for the Bruins from 2011 through 2015. Matoh was a video coordinator and assistant trainer under Drew Hanlen with Pure Sweat Basketball. He was also a coach and director of boys programming with Upward Stars Basketball in Nashville. Matoh is a 2015 Belmont graduate with a degree in journalism and earned his master's in sport administration from the University in 2017.
Futrell is a familiar name with Yellow Jacket fans, who previously was an assistant coach on Estepp's staff during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns. Along with his duties helping with the varsity program, he will coach the JV team. For the past six years, the product of Ottawa Lake, Michigan served as the head coach at Wilberforce. Futrell took a program that won just five games the winter before his arrival and posted three years of double digit victories. His 2016-17 squad finished 13-12 - the first winning season the NAIA school had experienced in 19 years. Futrell assembled a decorated playing career at Defiance (Ohio) College. He earned three letters in four years of basketball and was an All-Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference performer. Futrell was voted Team MVP of the 1980 club that won the NAIA District 22 championship game, ironically at Cedarville, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. He was inducted into the Defiance College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Terry and his wife, Anita, have four children.
Courtesy of: hoopdirt.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 34.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix34.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.32.4 
 3. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 5. Durham, Meralco .27.7 
 6. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 7. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 8. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 9. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.24.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.8 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.8 
 3. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 4. Brown, Phoenix17.7 
 5. Walker, Blackwater17.3 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 8. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gin.6.6 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen6.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.6 
 5. Newsome, Meralco .5.4 
 6. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 7. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Walker, Blackwater5.0 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.9 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.9 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.8 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 9. Bullock, Rain o.1.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.4 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 7. Santos, SM Beermen1.9 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.1.9 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.7 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.7 


Despite Jason Perkins' stellar showing, NLEX-SCTEX receives 20-point rout in Merlion Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

The NLEX-SCTEX Road Warriors looked disjointed in the opener of the 2017 Merlion Cup, falling to Korean club team Jeonju KCC Egis, 99-79, Wednesday evening at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Jason Perkins (193-F), a pivotal member of two-time PBA D-League champions Cignal HD Hawkeyes, was the sole bright spot for the Road Warriors, finishing with 25 points on an excellent 9-for-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. But despite his showing, the Road Warriors were overmatched at all fronts as Jeonju KCC out-rebounded the Philippine-based club team, 48-34. Moreover, the Korean club team knocked down 16 triples in the contest. The Road Warriors only led earlier in the game, 2-0, before the KCC surge that saw them led by as much as 29 points, 94-65, midway through the final frame. Jeckster Apinan (191-F-87) added 13 markers while Andreas Cahilig (191-F-91) and Alfred Ryan Batino (193-F) chipped in nine points. Maurice Shaw bombed, finishing with just eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action. In addition, skipper Pamboy Raymundo struggled in the game, going just 1-for-10 from the field. Five players from the KCC-side finished in double-figures with import Andre Emmett (196-F-82, college: Texas Tech) tallying 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Chang Young Song knocked down four triples in the contest to finish with 14 points while Jihoo Kim added 13 points, spiked by four threes as well. Former NBA player He-Seung Jin had 13 points and nine rebounds The road gets tougher for NLEX-SCTEX as it takes on defending champions Shanghai Sharks on Thursday, September 21 at 8:30pm.
Courtesy of: tiebreakertimes.com



Glen Rice Jr. gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

American Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TNT Ka Tropa and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 43 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Star Hotshots (#7, 5-4) 104-99. TNT Ka Tropa is placed at 3rd position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TNT Ka Tropa will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Rice Jr. had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be TNT Ka Tropa's top player in his first season with the team. Glen Rice Jr. averages this season 32.4ppg, 11.6rpg and 5.6apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen. Fajardo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for SM Beermen to edge KIA Picanto (#12, 0-10) by 6 points 118-112. This victory allowed SM Beermen to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fajardo is one of the most experienced players at SM Beermen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of second-ranked Meralco Bolts. Durham showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Alaska Aces (#9, 3-7). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.7ppg (5th best), rebounds with 19.8rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 6.7apg (best passer). Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Brown (201-PF-85) of Phoenix - 33 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Globalport - 28 points and 23 rebounds
6. Malcolm Hill (198-G-95) of Star Hotshots - 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Aaron Fuller (198-F-89) of NLEX RW - 28 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of Blackwater - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raymond Almazan (206-C-89) of Rain or Shine - 25 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  RUSSIA  


CSKA edge Lavrio in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Lavrio - CSKA 71-93

CSKA edged Lavrio in preseason clash in Greece. The Russian powerhouse grabbed a 26-13 lead and never looked behind after. They added a 22-18 run in the second period for a 48-31 halftime advantage. Moreover CSKA posted a 28-19 rally in the third period and did not mind a 17-21 loss in the last stanza. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 15 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) netted 12. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) posted 11 apiece, whilst Othello Hunter (203-C/F-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) and Alan Makiev (210-C-91) added 10 each.



Samara SGEU signs Aleksey Golyahov - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Samara-SGEU (Superleague 1) signed 33-year old point guard Aleksey Golyahov (190-86kg-84, agency: AproK Sports Group). He has played for the last two seasons at Sakhalin in Superleague. However his team withdrew from the league. In 25 Superleague 1 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg last season. Golyahov helped them to make it to the cup final.
He won Russian Superleague 1 championship title in 2016.
Golyahov was a member of Russian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally also in Ukraine (BC Odessa, Poltava and DniproAzot) and Russia (Avtodor, Khimki, Sojuz Zaretchny, Ryazan and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok).

BC Samara-SGEU roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksey Golyahov
Linas Lekavicius
Dmitriy Golovin
Artem Chevarenkov

Forwards:
Aleksei Zozulin
Alexander Savenkov
Evgeny Fidiy
Maksim Chislov
Aleksey Chilikin
Daniil Sinegubov

Centers:
Nikita Ivanov
Ievgen Minchenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tre' McLean signs at Parma - by Alex Rovenskyi

Newly promoted Parma Basket Perm (VTB) landed 24-year old American forward Tre' McLean (196-93kg-93). He just graduated from Chattanooga (NCAA). McLean has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-SoCon 3rd Team.
As mentioned above McLean is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His college team won SoCon Tournament in 2016.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Sergey Chernov
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Ivan Maltcev
Ivan Ukhov
Aleksandr Platunov

Forwards:
Artem Yakovenko
Maxim Dybovskiy
Konstantin Bulanov
Nikolay Zhmako
Tre' McLean

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

Coach: Nikolajs Mazurs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rasskazov comes back to Uralmash - by Eurobasket News

Uralmash Ekaterinburg (Superleague 2) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Sergey Rasskazov (193-92). It is actually his comeback to Ekaterinburg as he has played here before. Rasskazov was about to sign at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season Rasskazov spent at Stroitiel Engels where in 27 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.0apg. Rasskazov also played earlier that season for Uralmash (Superleague). In 6 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 2.5rpg.
Rasskazov helped his team to make it to the Superleague 2 Semifinals in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team, Samara 2 and Samara SGEU.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrey Chernysh signs at Burevestnik - by Eurobasket News

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav (Superleague 2) landed 27-year old power forward Andrey Chernysh (212-97kg-90). He played most recently at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. In 22 games he averaged 4.7ppg and 3.0rpg last season. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Chernysh helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague) where in 21 games he had 12.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
Chernysh was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2009.
He has played previously for six other teams: Avtodor, Spartak Vidnoye, Dynamo Moscow, Ryazan, Avtodor Saratov 2nd team and Tolyatti.

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ilia Aleksandrov
Alexander Korchagin

Forwards:
Vladimir Belov
Konstantin Novikov

Center:
Andrey Chernysh

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Safa lands Shane Heyward, ex Guaymas - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Al Safa of Safwa (SBL) tabbed 25-year old American forward Shane Heyward (200-97kg-92, college: Columbus State). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 25 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg. Heyward helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Huracan in Argentinian TNA where in 15 games he had 13.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5bpg.
Heyward has played also professionally in Finland (Forssan_Koripojat).
He attended Columbus State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


ABA League SuperCup: Mega Bemax upset Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Mega Bemax 72:83

Mega Bemax advanced into the ABA League SuperCup semifinals. They knocked down Igokea in the quarterfinal clash in Bar today. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) scored 23 points to lead the effort.
Mega Bemax eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening frame. The Serbian team extended the lead at 4-point mark at the interval 37:41. Mega Bemax dropped 25 points in the third quarter to secure a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Igokea dropped 21 points in the fourth stanza but could not overcome the deficit and had to surrender. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points, while Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points each in the victory. Danilo Sibalic (201-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) and Desi Washington (188-G-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: GBA Sports) replied with 18 points apiece in the defeat.

Igokea: Danilo Sibalic 18, Desi Washington 18
Mega Bemax: Dylan Ennis 23, Stefan Fundic 15, Goga Bitadze 12, Aleksandar Lazic 12



Charleville signs Stefan Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) signed 30-year old Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (193-85kg-87). He played last season at GS Larissas in Greek D league. In 23 games he had 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Nikolic played at Pefkohori (A2) in Greek league where in 26 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.1apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
He won Greek A2 championship title in 2014.
Nikolic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Nikolic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Germany (RheinStars), Latvia (Ventspils), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Slovan), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Lavovi and Konstantin) and FYR Macedonia (Karpos Sokoli).

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Nikolic
Steven Ricard
Alexandre Moisy
Lucas Dussoulier
Corentin Carne
William Mensah

Forwards:
Wesley Wilkinson
Darius Tarvydas
Dom Morris
Seraphin Saumont

Coach: Alex Casimiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ABA League SuperCup: Mornar Bar surprise Partizan to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Partizan 91:77

Mornar Bar entertained the home crowd with a strong victory over Partizan in the ABA League SuperCup quarterfinal. Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) nailed 22 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Mornar Bar sank 26 points in the opening frame to eke out a 2-point lead. Partizan erased the deficit in the second frame to secure a 47:42 halftime advantage. But Mornar Bar lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 27:17 run in the third term to surge ahead. The hosts limited the Serbian powerhouse to just 13 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) added 17 points for the hosts. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Partizan. Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) notched 13 points in the defeat.



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita cruise past FMP - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - FMP 86:68

Cedevita clinched the win at the ABA League SuperCup tournament. They beat FMP in the quarterfinal stage. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
FMP jumped to a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Cedevita used a 21:11 run in the second period to ensure an 8-point halftime advantage. The Croatian powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by nine points. They added 29 points in the fourth stanza to ice the victory. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) delivered 15 points, while Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the win. Filip Covic (178-PG-89) answered with 21 points for FMP. Maverick Rowan (201-G/F-96, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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Slingers cruise to opening Merlion Cup win - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore Slingers used a balanced offence and scrappy defence to cruise to a straightforward 89-69 over Taiwan's Yulon Luxgen Dinos in their Merlion Cup 2017 game on Wednesday (Sep 20) at the OCBC Arena. Five Slingers scored in double figures, led by debutant centre Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) with 23 points. Fellow import Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) just missed out on a triple-double with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The trio of Russel Low (195-C-93), Leon Kwek and Delvin Goh, fresh off a SEA Games campaign for Team Singapore, contributed 14, 12 and 11 points respectively. The Slingers pushed the pace from the first quarter, opening up a 21-14 lead. The Dinos had no answer for the Slingers' pressing on defence and run-and-gun offence, with the largest lead of the night at 24 for the Slingers. Said coach Neo Beng Siang: "What I liked about today was that we pushed the ball, ran the floor. But we can still improve on the structure of our team defence." The Dinos were led by American import Bryan Davis (206-F/C-86, college: Texas A&M) with 15 points.
In the first game of the day, defending champions Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association came from behind to beat Indonesia's Satria Muda Pertamina 81-69. Trailing 30-39 at the half, the Sharks turned on the style in the second half, led by guard Luo Hanchen (188-PG-94) and forward Hanlin Dong (208-C/F-91), who ended with 27 and 17 points respectively. Coming out with an urgency they had lacked in the first half, the Sharks levelled the score after just 2 minutes and 18 seconds into the third quarter of the Group A tie. Luo added six rebounds and three assists in an impressive all-around performance. Satria Muda, meanwhile, saw most of their offence come through their trio of foreign imports, who accounted for 62 of the team's points. Centre Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, college: Memphis) was their top scorer with 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting and also had 14 rebounds. This year's Merlion Cup, which runs from Sept 20-24, sees the participation of seven teams, one more than last year. The competition returned after a 20-year hiatus last year. In the other Group A game of the day, South Korea's Jeonju KCC Egis defeated the Philippines' NLEX-SCTEX 99-79, led by Andre Emmett Jr's 18 points. The Slingers are in Group B, with Australia's Adelaide 36ers and Yulon Luxgen Dinos of Taiwan.
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



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Inter Bratislava and Iskra Svit continue friendly campaigns - by Eurobasket News

Inter Bratislava and Iskra Svit continue friendly campaigns, however suffered the latest defeats. Umana Reyer rolled over Inter Bratislava 101-69. The Italian side dominated from the start of the game and never looked behind after. Umana Reyer won the first period 26-16 and enjoyed a 55-29 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Orelik, Johnson and Watt netted 14 each. Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 16 points each in the losing case.
Jindrichov Hradec overcame Iskra Svit 93:84. The team from Czech Republic posted a 20-15 lead in the start of the game and added a 22-19 rally in the second frame. Moreover they won the third stanza 21-19 as both teams nailed 31 points each in the last period for the final result. Marko Radonjic (191-PG-93) scored 23 points in the losing effort and Jackson posted 17.



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Despite Jason Perkins' stellar showing, NLEX-SCTEX receives 20-point rout in Merlion Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

The NLEX-SCTEX Road Warriors looked disjointed in the opener of the 2017 Merlion Cup, falling to Korean club team Jeonju KCC Egis, 99-79, Wednesday evening at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Jason Perkins (193-F), a pivotal member of two-time PBA D-League champions Cignal HD Hawkeyes, was the sole bright spot for the Road Warriors, finishing with 25 points on an excellent 9-for-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. But despite his showing, the Road Warriors were overmatched at all fronts as Jeonju KCC out-rebounded the Philippine-based club team, 48-34. Moreover, the Korean club team knocked down 16 triples in the contest. The Road Warriors only led earlier in the game, 2-0, before the KCC surge that saw them led by as much as 29 points, 94-65, midway through the final frame. Jeckster Apinan (191-F-87) added 13 markers while Andreas Cahilig (191-F-91) and Alfred Ryan Batino (193-F) chipped in nine points. Maurice Shaw bombed, finishing with just eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action. In addition, skipper Pamboy Raymundo struggled in the game, going just 1-for-10 from the field. Five players from the KCC-side finished in double-figures with import Andre Emmett (196-F-82, college: Texas Tech) tallying 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Chang Young Song knocked down four triples in the contest to finish with 14 points while Jihoo Kim added 13 points, spiked by four threes as well. Former NBA player He-Seung Jin had 13 points and nine rebounds The road gets tougher for NLEX-SCTEX as it takes on defending champions Shanghai Sharks on Thursday, September 21 at 8:30pm.
Courtesy of: tiebreakertimes.com



The Thunders edge Fubon Braves at the start of Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Seoul Samsung Thunders - Fubon Braves 93-79

The Thunders edge Fubon Braves at the start of The Super 8 tournament. The South Korean team won 93-79 dominating the whole game at the Studio City Macau. Seoul Samsung Thunders nailed 32 points in the opening period, but had difficulties to score in the middle of the second. The Braves reduced to 39-31 after Joseph Lin's shot. Donguk Kim however scored 5 points in a row for his side to give the Thunders a 48-39 lead at the halftime. The latter did not slow down in the rest of the game and grabbed the first win. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) was unstoppable with 37 points and Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 19. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 21 in a loss and John Bohannon (210-F-91, college: UTEP) notched 19.



Ryukyu Golden Kings pip Goyang Orion Orions in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Ryukyu Golden Kings - Goyang Orion Orions 84-83

Ryukyu Golden Kings pip Goyang Orion Orions 84-83 in overtime in Macau at the start of The Super 8 tournament. The latter posted a 23-17 lead in the start, while the Japanese team grabbed a 43-33 halftime advantage. They led 57-54 in the start of the fourth period, but Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) tied it all at 72:72 at the end of the fourth quarter. In overtime Ira Brown (193-F-82, college: Gonzaga) made a jumper to bring a narrow win for his side.
Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Hassan Martin (201-F-95, college: Rhode Island) added 14. Ira Brown and Shota Tsuyama (178-PG-96) followed them with 13 points apiece. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Vernon Macklin had 19.



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Iglesias re-signs at Club Ourense Baloncesto - by Eurobasket News

Club Ourense Baloncesto (EBA) confirmed in their roster 23-year old forward Cristian Iglesias (198-94). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 25 EBA games he recorded 10.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg last season. Iglesias also spent pre-season at Ourense that year. The other team he played that season for was Ourense where in 25 EBA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 3.2apg.
Iglesias won LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015.

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Araberri inks Kedar Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) signed 24-year old American (has also Guyanese passport) forward Kedar Edwards (196-84kg-93). He just graduated from Tenn-Martin (NCAA). In 31 games he had 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg last season. Edwards helped them to win the regular season and make it to the OVC Tournament final.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Edwards won NJCAA D1 Region XVI championship title in 2014.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Forward:
Kedar Edwards

Center:
Martin Buesa

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Plasencia lands Richard Peters - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Electro Mercantil Plasencia tabbed 24-year old Canadian-Trinidad and Tobago center Richard Peters (211-122kg-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated from CS Fullerton (NCAA). But in 23 games he averaged only 1.9ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Peters helped them to make it to the semifinals.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Peters' team was regular season runner-up in AEC in 2016.
He represented Canada at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. Peters' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg.
Peters has played previously for another Spanish team Brewster Academy.

Electro Mercantil Plasencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bayle
Adrian Fuentes
Miguel Martinez
Fernando Sierra

Forwards:
Mario Alvarez
Erik Kinney
Robert Valge

Centers:
Richard Peters
Aboubacar Hima
Brent Calhoun
Alejandro Galan

Coach: Carlos Diaz

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Jason Calliste (ex KW Titans) signs at Palencia - by Eurobasket News

Chocalates Trapa Palencia (LEB Gold) landed 27-year old Canadian-Jamaican guard Jason Calliste (188-78kg-90, college: Oregon). He played most recently at KW Titans in Canadian NBL. In 25 NBL Canada games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Calliste played at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL where in 29 games he had 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game. Calliste also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
Calliste has played also professionally in NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Oregon until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Chocalates Trapa Palencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordi Grimau
Enric Garrido
Jason Calliste
Bryce Pressley
Sani Campara

Forwards:
Lamont Barnes
Urko Otegui
Sergi Pino
Carlos Toledo
Nikola Cvetinovic

Centers:
Dartaye Ruffin
Marc Bauza

Coach: Joaquin Prado

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Fundacion 5+11 adds Gluditis to their roster - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 added to their roster 22-year old Latvian international guard Kristaps Gluditis (191-80kg-95). He played last season at CBA Gran Canaria B in the EBA. In 28 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Gluditis played at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL where in 19 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg. The other team Gluditis played that season for was BK Jelgava/BJSS (LBL) in Latvian league. In 15 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 16.9ppg and got 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Czech Republic U19 Championships in 2014. Gluditis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Gluditis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team in 2013.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 10.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Gluditis has played previously professionally in Czech Republic (GBA Sparta) and Latvia (LMT Basketbola Akademija and VEF skola).

Fundacion 5+11 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kristaps Gluditis
Miguel Gonzalez

Forwards:
Rinalds Malmanis
Sander Raieste

Center:
Jurij Macura

Coach: Jon Txakartegi

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Utrera inks Zoran Vilotijevic - by Juan Dominguez

Alba Ibis CB Utrera (Liga EBA) agreed terms with 27 yeard-old montenegrin center Zoran Vilotijevic (206-F/C-90), who played last season for OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto. He has played two seasons for KK Danilovgrad in the Erster League and he moved to La Linea in december. He is a strong center who can shoot from medium distances and having great rebound statistics.

Last 2 years statistics:

KK Danilovgrad: 7.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.8%, FT: 69.2%,

OH!TELS Union Linense de Baloncesto: 9.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%



Innova Chef tabs Corey Raley-Ross, ex TTU - by Eurobasket News

CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (EBA) inked 26-year old American swingman Corey Raley-Ross (193-88kg-91, college: Buffalo). He played most recently at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn in Estonian Alexela KML. In 28 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 2015-16 season. Raley-Ross helped them to make it to the Estonian Cup Semifinals. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg.
Raley-Ross' team won TRBL Western Conference Regular Season in 2015.
He has played also professionally in TRBL (Charlotte E.).
Raley-Ross attended University of Buffalo until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef roster for 2017-2018:

Corey Raley-Ross
Jonatan Bosa
Pedro de la Calle
Pablo Martinez
Alioune Senghor
Emmanuel Johnson
Victor Frades
Jose Quintero

Coach: Marcos Santos

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Leyma Coruna edge Real Betis for Trofeo Teresa Herrera - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Coruna - Real Betis 76:69

Leyma Coruna clinched the Teresa Herrera Trophy. They beat Real Betis Energia Plus for the title. Trevor Cooney (193-G-92, college: Syracuse) delivered 25 points to lead the winners.
Coruna jumped to a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Coruna posted a 36:29 halftime lead. Real Betis though bounced back with a 24:12 run in the third quarter. Coruna managed to recover in the final stanza. They ignited a 28:16 run to snatch the victory. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91, college: Arizona St.) provided 11 points, while Michael Torres (188-G-94) added 10 points for the winning side. Ryan Kelly (211-PF-91, college: Duke) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Real Betis. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport) had 13 points and 16 rebounds in the defeat.



Hapoel Jerusalem top Zaragoza to clinch Trofeo Ibercaja - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza - Hapoel Jerusalem 70:81

Hapoel Jerusalem celebrated Trofeo Ibercaja-Ciudad de Zaragoza. They upset hosting Zaragoza for the title. Six players scored in double digits for the Israeli champions. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) led the effort with 14 points.
Hapoel Jerusalem jumped to a 23:15 lead after the opening frame. They boosted the lead at 14-point mark at the big break 51:37. Hapoel stayed in charge throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 72:57. Zaragoza narrowed the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 13 points, while Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points for the winners. Sergi Garcia (193-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Zaragoza. Jarvis Varnado (206-C-88, college: Mississippi St.) had 14 points in the defeat.



Ivan Martinez agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Ivan Martinez (192-90). The last season Martinez played at CB Granada (LEB Silver). In 15 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013 and 2015.
Martinez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Martinez has played previously for five other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto, Promobys Tijola and Clinicas Rincon.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Jayson Granger
Rodrigue Beaubois
Matt Janning
Luca Vildoza
Vanja Marinkovic
Lucas Zibecchi

Forwards:
Tornike Shengelia
Ivan Martinez
Janis Timma
Vincent Poirier
Patricio Garino
Jordan McRae

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

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Lugano Tigers sign Haines just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers (LNA) signed 23-year old American forward Dylan Haines (213-104kg-94). He just graduated from Boston University (NCAA). Haines has played there for the last four years. But in 19 games he had only 1.4ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Haines helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Patriot League. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Haines' team won Patriot League Regular Season in 2014.

Lugano Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Westher Molteni
Derek Stockalper
Florian Steinmann
James Padgett
Dominique Rambo
Tristan Carey
Fernando Mussongo
Dusko Lukic
Dylan Haines
Isaiah Williams
Christian Bianchi
Brian Piantini

Coach: Thibaut Petit

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DeJuan Marrero joins Lausanne - by Eurobasket News

Lausanne bolstered their frontcourt with addition of DeJuan Marrero (198-F-93, college: Morehead St., agency: Mansfield and Associates). The forward graduated from the Morehead State University this year. He started he pro career in Puerto Rico. Marrero played for Guayama in Puerto Rico. The forward tallied 1.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in BSN.


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Slingers cruise to opening Merlion Cup win - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore Slingers used a balanced offence and scrappy defence to cruise to a straightforward 89-69 over Taiwan's Yulon Luxgen Dinos in their Merlion Cup 2017 game on Wednesday (Sep 20) at the OCBC Arena. Five Slingers scored in double figures, led by debutant centre Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) with 23 points. Fellow import Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) just missed out on a triple-double with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The trio of Russel Low (195-C-93), Leon Kwek and Delvin Goh, fresh off a SEA Games campaign for Team Singapore, contributed 14, 12 and 11 points respectively. The Slingers pushed the pace from the first quarter, opening up a 21-14 lead. The Dinos had no answer for the Slingers' pressing on defence and run-and-gun offence, with the largest lead of the night at 24 for the Slingers. Said coach Neo Beng Siang: "What I liked about today was that we pushed the ball, ran the floor. But we can still improve on the structure of our team defence." The Dinos were led by American import Bryan Davis (206-F/C-86, college: Texas A&M) with 15 points.
In the first game of the day, defending champions Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association came from behind to beat Indonesia's Satria Muda Pertamina 81-69. Trailing 30-39 at the half, the Sharks turned on the style in the second half, led by guard Luo Hanchen (188-PG-94) and forward Hanlin Dong (208-C/F-91), who ended with 27 and 17 points respectively. Coming out with an urgency they had lacked in the first half, the Sharks levelled the score after just 2 minutes and 18 seconds into the third quarter of the Group A tie. Luo added six rebounds and three assists in an impressive all-around performance. Satria Muda, meanwhile, saw most of their offence come through their trio of foreign imports, who accounted for 62 of the team's points. Centre Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, college: Memphis) was their top scorer with 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting and also had 14 rebounds. This year's Merlion Cup, which runs from Sept 20-24, sees the participation of seven teams, one more than last year. The competition returned after a 20-year hiatus last year. In the other Group A game of the day, South Korea's Jeonju KCC Egis defeated the Philippines' NLEX-SCTEX 99-79, led by Andre Emmett Jr's 18 points. The Slingers are in Group B, with Australia's Adelaide 36ers and Yulon Luxgen Dinos of Taiwan.
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



The Thunders edge Fubon Braves at the start of Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Seoul Samsung Thunders - Fubon Braves 93-79

The Thunders edge Fubon Braves at the start of The Super 8 tournament. The South Korean team won 93-79 dominating the whole game at the Studio City Macau. Seoul Samsung Thunders nailed 32 points in the opening period, but had difficulties to score in the middle of the second. The Braves reduced to 39-31 after Joseph Lin's shot. Donguk Kim however scored 5 points in a row for his side to give the Thunders a 48-39 lead at the halftime. The latter did not slow down in the rest of the game and grabbed the first win. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) was unstoppable with 37 points and Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 19. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 21 in a loss and John Bohannon (210-F-91, college: UTEP) notched 19.



Shenzhen outscore Pauian in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen - Pauian 86:74

Shenzhen Leopards secured the starting victory at the Super 8 tournament in Macau. They topped Pauian behind 22 points from Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas).
Leopards secured a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Chinese team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Shenzhen accumulated a 43:34 halftime advantage. Pauian reduced the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. But Shenzhen kept the pressure throughout the fourth stanza and marched to the win. Jared Sullinger (206-F-92, college: Ohio St.) tossed in 16 points, while Yang Linli had 13 points for Shenzhen. Lavorato replied with 18 points for Pauian. Edvinas Seskus (196-G/F-95, agency: Players Group) had 17 points in the loss.



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FIBA Europe Cup: Szolnok roll past Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Trabzonspor 108:98

Szolnok claimed the 10-point home win over Trabzonspor in the first leg of the FIBA Europe Qualifying Round. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92, college: Youngstown St.) scored 26 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners.
Szolnok clinched a 27:22 lead at the first intermission. Trabzonspor cut the deficit in the second term. The Turkish team pulled within 3 points 41:44 at the big break. Trabzonspor unloaded 33 points in the third frame to post a 5-point lead at the final break. But Szolnok turned the tables in the final period. The Hungarian side went on a 29:14 surge to snatch an important victory. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) posted 21 points, while Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) added 18 points in the win. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-PG-89, agency: Players Group) and Osiris Eldridge (191-G/F-88, college: Illinois St.) replied with 23 points apiece in the defeat.

Szolnok: Kendrick Perry 26, David Vojvoda 21, Strahinja Milosevic 18
Trabzonspor: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 23, Osiris Eldridge 23



Cherkasy signs Marvin Jefferson, ex Mugla Orman - by Eurobasket News

SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague) signed 31-year old American center Marvin Jefferson (206-107kg-86, college: Idaho). He played last season at Mugla Orman in Turkish TBL league. In 25 games he had 14.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg. Jefferson also played that season for BM Slam Stal (also in TBL) where in 5 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 4.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year back in 2013.
Jefferson is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally also in France (JA Vichy, Quimper UJAP and Boulazac Basket), Uruguay (Bigua) and Cyprus (Apollon).
He attended University of Idaho until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

SK Cherkasy Monkeys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oleksandr Kolchenko
Stanimir Marinov
Igor Boyarkin

Forwards:
Marko Popovic
Dmitri Lipovtsev
Volodymyr Koniev

Centers:
Franko Kastropil
Marvin Jefferson

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Salta Basket adds Harris to their roster, ex Mugla Orman - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket (LigaA) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Ricky Harris (187-80kg-87, college: Massachusetts). He played last season at Mugla Orman in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.5apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Harris spent at Ankara D.S.I. (also in TBL) where in 12 games he averaged remarkable 18.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He also spent pre-season at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel that year.
Harris has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the German Bundesliga Semifinals in 2012. Harris was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008 at his college time.
Harris is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Harris tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Lithuania (Siauliai), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and Germany (Gladiators and s Oliver Baskets).
Harris attended University of Massachusetts until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Ricky Harris
O'Darien Bassett
Pablo Bruna
Rodrigo Haag

Forwards:
Pablo Espinoza
Quinnel Brown
Lucas Goldenberg
Reginald Buckner
Emilio Stucky
Joaquin Cansobre

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

Coach: Ricardo De Cecco

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galatasaray edge Cholet in preseason game - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 65:78

Galatasaray overcame Cholet in the test game in Mouilleron-le-Captif. Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 19 points to lead the Turkish side.
Galatasaray opened the game on a 20:9 run. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors ensured a 44:27 halftime advantage. Galatasaray arrived at the final break up by as many as 20 points 64:44. Cholet managed to narrow the distance in the final period. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse) netted 16 points, while Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) added 15 points for Galatasaray. Jonathan Rousselle answered with 14 points for Cholet. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



TBL Federation Cup 2017 Results - by Baha Kurtulus

Group A
Day 1
Akhisar Belediye - Samsun BSB. Anakent : 76-75
Bakrkoy Basket - Karesi Basketbol : 75-84
Ankara DSI - HE TED Kolejliler : 78-68

Day 2
Samsun BSB. Anakent - Bakirkoy Basket : 80-95
Karesi Basketbol - Ankara DSI : 62-80
HE TED Kolejliler - Akhisar Belediye : 88-94

Group B
Day 1
Turk Telekom - Duzce Belediye : 52-75
PETKIM Spor - Selcuklu Belediye : 64-74
Bahcesehir Koleji - Bandirma Kirmizi: 73-55

Day 2
Duzce Belediye - PETKIM Spor :77-81
Selcuklu Belediye - Bahcesehir Koleji: 65-87
Bandrma Kimizi - Turk Telekom : 49-78

Group C
Day 1
Antalyaspor - OGM Orman Spor :62-56
Yalova Group Belediye - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu : 59-94
Bursaspor Durmazlar - Afyon Belediyesi : 75-79

Day2
OGM Orman Spor - Yalova Group Belediye :71-77
Istanbulspor Beylikduzu - Bursaspor Durmazlar : 61-73
Afyon Belediyesi - Antalyaspor : 59-76




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  UGANDA  


Odama's 22 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Ferdinand Odama (158-F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for JKL Dolphins and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds for JKL Dolphins in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Nkumba M. (#12, 2-13) with 44-point margin 91-47. JKL Dolphins is placed at 7th position in Ugandan league. JKL Dolphins is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Odama had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ferdinand Odama averages this season 11.9ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Sharing Youth. In the last game Gatwech recorded impressive 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Sharing Youth was edged by the higher-ranked Ndejje (#5, 9-5) 67-63. This loss caused Sharing Youth to drop to 8th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Sharing Youth managed to get this year. Gatwech is one of the most experienced players at Sharing Youth and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.7ppg (#8). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Innocent Ochera (G-97) of Ndejje (#5). Ochera scored 21 points. He was a key player of Ndejje, leading his team to a 67-63 win against the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#8, 5-12). Ndejje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Ochera has a very solid season. In 16 games in Uganda he scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micheal Otieno (193-G-93) of Ndejje - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Stephan Otoa (C-91) of Sharing Youth - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Enabu (186-PG-85) of JKL Dolphins - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Norman Blick (199-F/G-83) of JKL Dolphins - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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  UKRAINE  


Cherkasy signs Marvin Jefferson, ex Mugla Orman - by Eurobasket News

SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague) signed 31-year old American center Marvin Jefferson (206-107kg-86, college: Idaho). He played last season at Mugla Orman in Turkish TBL league. In 25 games he had 14.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg. Jefferson also played that season for BM Slam Stal (also in TBL) where in 5 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 4.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Power Forward of the Year back in 2013.
Jefferson is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally also in France (JA Vichy, Quimper UJAP and Boulazac Basket), Uruguay (Bigua) and Cyprus (Apollon).
He attended University of Idaho until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

SK Cherkasy Monkeys roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oleksandr Kolchenko
Stanimir Marinov
Igor Boyarkin

Forwards:
Marko Popovic
Dmitri Lipovtsev
Volodymyr Koniev

Centers:
Franko Kastropil
Marvin Jefferson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


European action at the Copper Box - by Dave Ryan

International basketball returns to London's Copper Box on Friday night when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas face off against last year's Polish League runners up, Torun Twarde Pierniki.

The capital venue has regularly staged Great Britain games as well as London Lions' home BBL games, and was the venue for Olympic handball tournament ,but this will be the first time that two foreign club sides have faced off in Stratford.
The 2017 Titan's Trophy will at stake, with the event expected to be staged on an annual basis.
Tip-off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday is 7pm, and although a big crowd is expected, tickets are still available athttp://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2017/09/basketball-titans-trophy or

http://tiesa.com/tickets/buy/kauno-zalgirio-rungtynes-londone.html?spektaklio_id=84
The combined rosters field talent from the recent Eurobasket 2017 tournament including members from French, Serbian and, of course, Lithuanian and Polish squads.

Coaching the Lithuanian outfit is legend Sarnas Jasikeviius, whilst Dejan Mihevc , whose impressive career includes coaching the nearby Essex Leopards to a Division One treble in 2012, leads the Polish side.
An exciting night is guaranteed with plenty of top quality hoops action together with supporting entertainment from the Zalgiris Cheerleaders and some youthful exuberance from the Baltic Stars Academy.

International basketball returns to London's Copper Box on Friday night when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas face off against last year's Polish League runners up, Torun Twarde Pierniki.

The capital venue has regularly staged Great Britain games as well as London Lions' home BBL games, and was the venue for Olympic handball tournament ,but this will be the first time that two foreign club sides have faced off in Stratford.
The 2017 Titan's Trophy will at stake, with the event expected to be staged on an annual basis.
Tip-off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday is 7pm, and although a big crowd is expected, tickets are still available athttp://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2017/09/basketball-titans-trophy or

http://tiesa.com/tickets/buy/kauno-zalgirio-rungtynes-londone.html?spektaklio_id=84
The combined rosters field talent from the recent Eurobasket 2017 tournament including members from French, Serbian and, of course, Lithuanian and Polish squads.

Coaching the Lithuanian outfit is legend Sarnas Jasikeviius, whilst Dejan Mihevc , whose impressive career includes coaching the nearby Essex Leopards to a Division One treble in 2012, leads the Polish side.
An exciting night is guaranteed with plenty of top quality hoops action together with supporting entertainment from the Zalgiris Cheerleaders and some youthful exuberance from the Baltic Stars Academy.
International basketball returns to London's Copper Box on Friday night when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas face off against last year's Polish League runners up, Torun Twarde Pierniki.

The capital venue has regularly staged Great Britain games as well as London Lions' home BBL games, and was the venue for Olympic handball tournament ,but this will be the first time that two foreign club sides have faced off in Stratford.
The 2017 Titan's Trophy will at stake, with the event expected to be staged on an annual basis.
Tip-off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday is 7pm, and although a big crowd is expected, tickets are still available athttp://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2017/09/basketball-titans-trophy or

http://tiesa.com/tickets/buy/kauno-zalgirio-rungtynes-londone.html?spektaklio_id=84
The combined rosters field talent from the recent Eurobasket 2017 tournament including members from French, Serbian and, of course, Lithuanian and Polish squads.

Coaching the Lithuanian outfit is legend Sarnas Jasikeviius, whilst Dejan Mihevc , whose impressive career includes coaching the nearby Essex Leopards to a Division One treble in 2012, leads the Polish side.
An exciting night is guaranteed with plenty of top quality hoops action together with supporting entertainment from the Zalgiris Cheerleaders and some youthful exuberance from the Baltic Stars Academy.

International basketball returns to London's Copper Box on Friday night when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas face off against last year's Polish League runners up, Torun Twarde Pierniki.

The capital venue has regularly staged Great Britain games as well as London Lions' home BBL games, and was the venue for Olympic handball tournament ,but this will be the first time that two foreign club sides have faced off in Stratford.
The 2017 Titan's Trophy will at stake, with the event expected to be staged on an annual basis.
Tip-off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday is 7pm, and although a big crowd is expected, tickets are still available athttp://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2017/09/basketball-titans-trophy or

http://tiesa.com/tickets/buy/kauno-zalgirio-rungtynes-londone.html?spektaklio_id=84
The combined rosters field talent from the recent Eurobasket 2017 tournament including members from French, Serbian and, of course, Lithuanian and Polish squads.

Coaching the Lithuanian outfit is legend Sarnas Jasikeviius, whilst Dejan Mihevc , whose impressive career includes coaching the nearby Essex Leopards to a Division One treble in 2012, leads the Polish side.
An exciting night is guaranteed with plenty of top quality hoops action together with supporting entertainment from the Zalgiris Cheerleaders and some youthful exuberance from the Baltic Stars Academy.

International basketball returns to London's Copper Box on Friday night when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas face off against last year's Polish League runners up, Torun Twarde Pierniki.

The capital venue has regularly staged Great Britain games as well as London Lions' home BBL games, and was the venue for Olympic handball tournament ,but this will be the first time that two foreign club sides have faced off in Stratford.
The 2017 Titan's Trophy will at stake, with the event expected to be staged on an annual basis.
Tip-off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday is 7pm, and although a big crowd is expected, tickets are still available athttp://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2017/09/basketball-titans-trophy or

http://tiesa.com/tickets/buy/kauno-zalgirio-rungtynes-londone.html?spektaklio_id=84
The combined rosters field talent from the recent Eurobasket 2017 tournament including members from French, Serbian and, of course, Lithuanian and Polish squads.

Coaching the Lithuanian outfit is legend Sarnas Jasikeviius, whilst Dejan Mihevc , whose impressive career includes coaching the nearby Essex Leopards to a Division One treble in 2012, leads the Polish side.
An exciting night is guaranteed with plenty of top quality hoops action together with supporting entertainment from the Zalgiris Cheerleaders and some youthful exuberance from the Baltic Stars Academy.



Obi Agu signs to Western Wyoming College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey forward Obinna Agu (6'6''-F-97) has signed to Western Wyoming College for the 2017-18 season. The 6'5 Agu has completed 3 years at BA after joining from Newham Youngbloods, in particular taking a leadership role during the 2016-17 season whilst helping BA to an undefeated season in the EABL and the National League Division 2 league and playoff title. 'I'm delighted for Obi, that he's able to continue his basketball career moving onto the US,' BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented. 'There hasn't been many players that have maximised their ability coming through our programme the way Obi has. He's been one of the hardest workers that we've had in his three years with us.' Agu becomes the third BA player who will be on the Mustangs' roster for this season, joining Amin Adamu and alumnus Calvin Nevill-Kintu. 'I think that moving onto a place like Western Wyoming, where he'll be able to continue alongside two other Barking Abbey students is truly deserved for a player like Obi,' added Gardner. 'On the floor he's a very versatile athlete and I think he'll be able to help Western Wyoming, not just with his skill set and offensive and defensive ability,but through his leadership. 'He was a major factor in our success last year in both the EABL and National League season because of the leadership he was able to provide within games and in practice, he was a role model to some of the other players within our programme.' Agu averaged 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the EABL last season and represented the Great Britain Under-20s at the Division B European Championships this summer - his first call up to a National Team - where he helped them to Division A promotion.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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  URUGUAY  


Sayago won the promotion to the LUB - by Hector Lopez

Sayago won 3-2 the promotion to the Uruguaya League 2018 after beating Tabare 77-66. Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added 5 assists, while Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds, for Cordon and Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Santiago de Gouveia (187-G) scored 21 points, foe Tabare. Verdirrrojo defeatd Cordon 85-82 to tie 2-2 the other playoff. For Verdirrrojo, Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 21 points and added 8 rebounds, while Federico Cholaquides (193-F-93) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. For Cordon, Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds,


Callistus Eziukwu (ex Trikalla) signs at Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Nacional (LUB) landed 32-year old American center Callistus Eziukwu (208-100kg-85, college: Grand Valley State). He played most recently at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 15 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eziukwu also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel where in 7 games he had 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team won Estonian Cup in 2011.
Eziukwu is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Eziukwu has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Italy (Virtus Roma), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo), Poland (AZS Koszalin and Czarni), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Kryvbas) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Eziukwu's outlook: A true 6-10 inside player who is very athletic and has long arms. Set new records in rebounding and shot-blockin in college, also he's a great kid who can play for his team. Can score inside, thanks to a good jump hook.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Uruguay




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Women News


Maes' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Jaleesa Maes (188-C-92, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Liege and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while her team lost the game against the league's best team Sint Katelijne (#2, 2-0) 70-75. Liege moved-up to the 11th position in Belgian Top Division Women. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 2 games and recorded no victories. Maes turned to be Liege's top player in her first season with the team. Maes has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.0ppg) and assists (7th best: 4.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Laure Resimont (185-F/C-98) of league's second-best Sint Katelijne. She is a forward in her 4th season at Sint Katelijne. In the last game Resimont recorded impressive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Sint Katelijne to edge Liege (0-2) by 5 points 75-70. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Resimont is one of the most experienced players at Sint Katelijne and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#5). She also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) of Belfius Namur (#6). Hendrickx scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Belfius Namur, leading her team to a 70-65 win against Waregem (1-1). Belfius Namur needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Hendrickx has a very solid season. In 2 games in Belgium she scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nina Crelot (169-SG-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Becky Massey (186-C) of Sint Katelijne - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lisa Mukeba (184-F/C-96) of Deerlijk - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F/C-90) of Jeugd Gentson - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Billie Massey (184-PF) of Sint Katelijne - 15 points and 13 rebounds
9. Silke Storme (172-F-92) of Deerlijk - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bieke Vanrenterghem (175-G/F-86) of Laarne - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BRAZIL  


Flammes ink Clarissa Dos Santos - by Eurobasket News

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) signed 29-year old Brazilian international center Clarissa Dos Santos (184-89kg-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). Dos Santos' team won French Cup. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Center of the Year in 2017.
Dos Santos has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
Dos Santos also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1 (12.4rpg), 2.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.6%.
Dos Santos is quite experienced player. She has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Dos Santos has played previously professionally in Portugal, Turkey (Orduspor), France (Bourges), Hungary (Sopron Basket), WNBA (Chicago Sky) and Brazil (Corinthians/Americana and Mangueira/Petrobras).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


SBS Ostrava tabs rookie Malena Washington in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

SBS Ostrava (ZBL) inked American guard Malena Washington (168). Washington just graduated from Arizona (NCAA). She has played there for the last three years. In 30 games she averaged 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg last season.
As mentioned above Washington is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

SBS Ostrava roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Taylor Ross
Adela Smutna
Malena Washington
Natalie Raskova
Anna Pavlicova

Forwards:
Emily Spector
Sara Muntagova
Anezka Kopecka
Natalie Miklikova

Centers:
Klara Vojtikova
Bridget O'Donnell
Anna Kubickova
Daniela Milotova

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Czech Republic



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  EUROCUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Laura GARCIA
  Hainaut
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Garcia, Hainaut16.0 
 2. Tetemondova, Haina.15.0 
 3. Sulciute, Hainaut15.0 
 4. Bruner, Hainaut13.0 
 5. Broering, Angels12.0 
 6. Fouasseau, Hainaut12.0 
 7. Westerik, Angels9.0 
 8. Bernsen, Angels8.0 
 9. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut8.0 
 10. Klein, Angels5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katarina TETEMONDOVA
  Haina.
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Tetemondova, Haina.14.0 
 2. Bruner, Hainaut12.0 
 3. Peek, Angels7.0 
 4. Jongeling, Angels7.0 
 5. Sulciute, Hainaut7.0 
 6. Fouasseau, Hainaut5.0 
 7. Bernsen, Angels4.0 
 8. Hordijk, Angels3.0 
 9. Hof, Angels2.0 
 10. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bintou DIEME-MARIZY
  Hainaut
  (164-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut5.0 
 2. Tetemondova, Haina.4.0 
 3. Sulciute, Hainaut3.0 
 4. Broering, Angels3.0 
 5. Deprez, Hainaut2.0 
 6. Fouasseau, Hainaut2.0 
 7. Jongeling, Angels2.0 
 8. Hordijk, Angels1.0 
 9. Klein, Angels1.0 
 10. Bruner, Hainaut1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Katarina TETEMONDOVA
  Haina.
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tetemondova, Haina.2.0 
 2. Bernsen, Angels2.0 
 3. Sulciute, Hainaut2.0 
 4. Fouasseau, Hainaut2.0 
 5. Westerik, Angels1.0 
 6. Taal, Angels1.0 
 7. Garcia, Hainaut1.0 
 8. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut1.0 
 9. van Veen, Angels1.0 
 10. Bruner, Hainaut1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina TETEMONDOVA
  Haina.
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tetemondova, Haina.2.0 
 2. Klein, Angels1.0 
 3. Sulciute, Hainaut1.0 
 4. Broering, Angels1.0 
 5. Garcia, Hainaut1.0 
 6. Hof, Angels0.0 
 7. Deprez, Hainaut0.0 
 8. Ngo, Hainaut0.0 
 9. Bruner, Hainaut0.0 
 10. Marie, Hainaut0.0 



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  FRANCE  


EuroCup: Union Hainaut crush Amsterdam Angels in opener - by Eurobasket News

Union Hainaut - Amsterdam Angels 84:48

Union Hainaut made a huge step towards EuroCup regular season. They trounced visiting Amsterdam Angels in the first leg of the Qualifying Round. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) came up with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the French team.
Union Hainaut captured a 33:15 lead after the opening frame. They held the Angels to just 9 points in the second period and raced to a 46:24 halftime advantage. Union Hainaut used a 21:7 run in the third term to clear off for good. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 16 points, while Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) added 15 points for the hosts. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) answered with 12 points for Amsterdam.



Flammes ink Clarissa Dos Santos - by Eurobasket News

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) signed 29-year old Brazilian international center Clarissa Dos Santos (184-89kg-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). Dos Santos' team won French Cup. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Center of the Year in 2017.
Dos Santos has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
Dos Santos also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1 (12.4rpg), 2.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.6%.
Dos Santos is quite experienced player. She has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Dos Santos has played previously professionally in Portugal, Turkey (Orduspor), France (Bourges), Hungary (Sopron Basket), WNBA (Chicago Sky) and Brazil (Corinthians/Americana and Mangueira/Petrobras).

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Clarke's double-double lands her LF2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Avenir and receives a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Montbrison (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 80-71. Avenir is placed at 2nd position in French league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Avenir won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Clarke's second year at Avenir and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Vanderbilt University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clarke is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Clarke is in league's top in and averages solid 80.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chandra Harris (185-F/C-89) of COB Calais. She is American forward in her first season at COB Calais. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she led COB Calais to another comfortable win 67-54 over CFBB (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Harris is a newcomer at COB Calais and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#3). She also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Asia Logan (184-F-92) of Bretagne Basket (#3). Logan scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Bretagne Basket, leading her team to a 79-64 easy win against SIG (#11, 0-1). Bretagne Basket 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. Logan also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Logan as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) of Avenir - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-G-86) of Toulouse - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Laetitia Guapo (180-SF-95) of Reims - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Astan Dabo (203-C-92) of Arras - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Melanie Devaux (170-PG-92) of Charnay - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) of Reze - 24 points and 2 rebounds
10. Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91) of Montbrison - 18 points, 4 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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EuroCup: Union Hainaut crush Amsterdam Angels in opener - by Eurobasket News

Union Hainaut - Amsterdam Angels 84:48

Union Hainaut made a huge step towards EuroCup regular season. They trounced visiting Amsterdam Angels in the first leg of the Qualifying Round. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) came up with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the French team.
Union Hainaut captured a 33:15 lead after the opening frame. They held the Angels to just 9 points in the second period and raced to a 46:24 halftime advantage. Union Hainaut used a 21:7 run in the third term to clear off for good. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 16 points, while Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) added 15 points for the hosts. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) answered with 12 points for Amsterdam.



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Schio top San Martino in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino - Famila Wuber Schio 63:67

Schio narrowly defeated Fila San Martino in the preseason action. Marzia Tagliamento (182-F-96) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
Schio recorded a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. Schio accumulated a 39:24 halftime advantage. They entered the final period up by 11 points 56:45. San Martino narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but Schio held on to secure the victory. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) netted 12 points, while Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) provided 11 points for the winners. Jasmine Bailey (176-G/F-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) responded with 18 points for San Martino. Sabina Oroszova (190-PF-93, college: E.Illinois) had 11 points in the defeat.



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Metropolitan League Round 4: Felix Perez hands first defeat to San Jose - by Eurobasket News

San Jose (2-1) recorded its first loss in Asuncion on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 79-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Jose. Felix Perez maintains fourth position with 2-2 record. San Jose at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sol de Amer.. Felix Perez are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (#6) in the next round. San Jose will play against the league's leader Libertad (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Libertad delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 59-51. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Libertad will play against league's second-placed San Jose in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia A. will play against Sol de Amer. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 146-12 loss to third ranked Sol de Amer. (2-1) in on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place, which they share with San Jose. Newly promoted Ciudad Nueva still closes the standings with four games lost. Sol de Amer. will meet Olimpia A. (#5) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Felix Perez and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Sol de Amer. - Ciudad Nueva 146-12

Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 146-12 loss to third ranked Sol de Amer. (2-1) in on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place, which they share with San Jose. Newly promoted Ciudad Nueva still closes the standings with four games lost. Sol de Amer. will meet Olimpia A. (#5) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Felix Perez and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Felix Perez - San Jose 79-60

San Jose (2-1) recorded its first loss in Asuncion on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 79-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Jose. Felix Perez maintains fourth position with 2-2 record. San Jose at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sol de Amer.. Felix Perez are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (#6) in the next round. San Jose will play against the league's leader Libertad (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Libertad - Olimpia A. 59-51

Leader Libertad delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 59-51. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Libertad will play against league's second-placed San Jose in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia A. will play against Sol de Amer. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Lombos Quinta adds Lopes to their roster - by Joao Santos

Quinta dos Lombos (Liga Feminina) added to their roster Nazare Lopes. She played last season at Clube Desportivo Torres Novas in 1Div. However her team was relegated to 2Div. In 20 Liga Feminina games she had just 2.9ppg and 3.2rpg.

Quinta dos Lombos roster for 2017-2018:

Carolina Escorcio
Helga Goncalves
Josephine Filipe
Taylor Anderson
Beatriz Jordao
Chanaya Pinto
Nazare Lopes
Ana Rodrigues

Coach: Jose Leite

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Lombos Quinta signs rookie Taylor Anderson - by Joao Santos

Quinta dos Lombos (Liga Feminina) inked 24-year old American guard Taylor Anderson (183-93). just graduated from Loyola Mary (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. Anderson missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above Anderson is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

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Benfica inks Mariana Silva - by Joao Santos

Sport Lisboa Benfica (Liga Feminina) agreed terms with 18-year old forward Mariana Silva (184-99) from Olivais. In 26 Liga Feminina games she had 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Supercup final.
The previous (15-16) season Silva played at CD Torres where in 22 Liga Feminina games she recorded 10.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Portuguese Liga Feminina All-Star Game.
She represented Portugal at the European Championships U18 Division B in Ireland this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 35.7%.

Sport Lisboa Benfica roster for 2017-2018:

Dora Duarte
Telma Fernandes
Catarina Neves
Filipa Bernardeco
Mafalda Borges
Dejza James
Ines Cruz
Mariana Silva
Joana Ramos
Ladondra Johnson
Cynthia Dias
Jessica Garcia

Coach: Andre Cardoso

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Ladondra Johnson agreed terms with Benfica - by Joao Santos

Sport Lisboa Benfica (Liga Feminina) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Ladondra Johnson (178, college: Young Harris) from Olivais. In 23 Liga Feminina games in Portugal she recorded 12.9ppg, 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.0apg and 2.1spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at GDESSA/Barreiro where in 19 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and had 8.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.2spg. She contributed to her team winning the Cup.
Johnson received All-Peach Belt Conference 1st Team award back in 2014 at her college time.
Johnson graduated from Young Harris College in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

Sport Lisboa Benfica roster for 2017-2018:

Dora Duarte
Telma Fernandes
Catarina Neves
Filipa Bernardeco
Mafalda Borges
Dejza James
Ines Cruz
Joana Ramos
Ladondra Johnson
Cynthia Dias
Jessica Garcia

Coach: Andre Cardoso

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James' pro career starts at Benfica - by Joao Santos

Sport Lisboa Benfica (Liga Feminina) landed American forward Dejza James (185). She just graduated from Arizona (NCAA). James has played there for the last four years. In 29 games she averaged 5.4ppg and 4.4rpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

Sport Lisboa Benfica roster for 2017-2018:

Dora Duarte
Catarina Neves
Filipa Bernardeco
Mafalda Borges
Dejza James
Ines Cruz
Joana Ramos
Cynthia Dias
Jessica Garcia

Coach: Andre Cardoso

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Nyingifa's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last week for Manati and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 2.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Isabela (#6, 0-3) with 20-point margin 82-62. Manati is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. Manati is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Nyingifa turned to be Manati's top player in her first season with the team. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nyingifa is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 4.5spg.

Second best performed player last week was Shalonda Winton (180-PF-91) of Carolina. She is American forward in her first season at Carolina. In the last game Winton recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Carolina lost that game 63-76 to Yauco (3-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next week. Winton is a newcomer at Carolina and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#3). She also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Manati's star - forward Monique Reid (185-PF-90, agency: Gamble Sports Management). Reid scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Manati, helping her team with a 82-62 easy win against Isabela (#6, 0-3). Manati needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Reid has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) of Yauco - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kourtni Perry) of Aguada - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Tayra Melendez (180-G-93) of Aguada - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Maria Blazejewski (185-F-91) of Morovis - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Ashley Prim (170-G-91) of Manati - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Krystal Luciano (165-G-96) of Yauco - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) of Morovis - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Sirius Targu Mures ink Sherise Williams - by Eurobasket News

Sirius Targu Mures (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 24-year old American power forward Sherise Williams (191-93, college: Mississippi State).
Williams played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2016.
She graduated from Mississippi State in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.
Williams could be described: Sherise Williams (191cm/6'3'') is an athletic forward/post that runs the floor well, has good post moves and a nice outside shoot from the high post. She can rebound well, is a good defender and is a real hardworker.

Sirius Targu Mures roster for 2017-2018:

Zorica Mitov
Kata Meszaros
Andjela Radovic
Emese Gal
Andreea Beldian
Sherise Williams
Alina Pop
Sune Swart
Alyssa Lawrence
Antonia Radu
Dorottya Imreh

Coach: Zakarias Steff

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Olaf Lange takes over Russian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Olaf Lange has been appointed the new head coach of the Russian National Team. The German specialist will replace Alexander Vasin at helm. Olaf Lange is not new to Russia. He has been working with UMMC since 2012. Lange guided the team to two Euroleague and five Russian PBL titles. He was named All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2013. Olaf Lange also worked as assistant coach with the Australian National Team.


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Diaz re-signs at Distrito Olimpico - by Eurobasket News

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid (LF2) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Elena Diaz (188-92). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 26 LF2 games she had 8.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season.
Diaz won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2015.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Diaz's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Diaz has played previously for ASEFA Estudiantes.

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sara Gutierrez
Esther Molinero
Blanca Ruiz_de_Asin
Maria Villar

Forwards:
Ana Peredo
Maria_Jose Bolonio

Centers:
Elena Diaz
Daira Varas

Coach: Juan Manuel Ruiz

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Oviedo keeps Urdiales for another season - by Eurobasket News

Universidad de Oviedo (LF2) re-signed 28-year old power forward Silvia Urdiales (185-89). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 4.8ppg and 3.6rpg in 2015-16 season.
Urdiales is a very experienced player.

Universidad de Oviedo roster for 2017-2018:

Carolina Hernando
Anne Pedersen
Andrea Pujol
Tamara Labra Garcia
Silvia Urdiales
Andrea Sierra
Ana Fernandez
Maria Gonzalez
Carolina Ramos
Carmen Ortiz

Coach: Enrique Urrutia

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Durham Palatinates take Tarnachowicz - by Paul Nilsen

With two high-profile signings already on board, Durham Palatinates continue to build an impressive roster ahead of their maiden WBBL campaign after confirming they have signed Polish forward, Paula Tarnachowicz (188-F-91, college: Massachusetts).

And theMassachusetts NCAA graduate, who has also played in the Portuguese League with Lousada prior to a spell in French basketball at Elan Bearnais, can't wait go get started.

"I chose Durham Palatinates because it's a great opportunity for me to continue playing basketball and to study at the same time," said Tarnachowicz.

"I am thankful for the opportunity Durham is giving to me and after speaking to Coach Davie, I decided that it will be a great place for me to be.

"I don't know what to expect because it will be my first year playing in WBBL , but I definitely expect us to win games, work hard and play good as a team. I believe I can bring passion, dedication and energy to the team. I am willing to work hard and get better as a player, but also be a good and helpful team mate. After playing 4 years in college and two years professional in Portugal and France, I believe that I can bring some experience to this team.

"My team mates are great on and off the court. They are all hard working and supportive, so I am happy to be a part of this group. I feel like our chemistry is great so far, so if we stick together and motivate each other to get better, I am sure we will have a good year."

She continued: "I am extremely happy that I have a chance to be a part of a Durham programme where I can combine study and playing basketball. I definitely enjoyed being a student athlete when I was in America, so I am sure it will be a great experience for me. I definitely planned on getting my masters degree, so studying and playing professional basketball at the same time will be a great challenge."

Coach Davie is also delighted with his new recruit and declared: "We are really excited to welcome Paula to both Durham University and Durham Palatinates. Bringing both American Collegiate and European experience to our programme, Paula has impressed me since arriving with her work ethic and desire to improve - something which will lead to some impressive performances in her time with us.

"Paula is extremely mobile, giving us a physical presence in transition. She has a good back to the basket post game when matched up against smaller players, and the ability to face up to take the taller players off the dribble.

"Defensively, she brings a lot of energy and passion to go a long with a physical presence inside. Paula's mobility and size will definitely allow her to be a disruptive force inside," concluded the play-caller.



Palatinates snap up Ottewill-Soulsby - by Paul Nilsen

WBBL newbies Durham Palatinates continue to go to work in preparation for their first WBBL season by landing Great Britain international, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (190-F-95).

Having now graduated from Lafayette in the NCAA after four years Stateside and having also played for GB at EuroBasket Women 2015 Final Round during that time, the centre is ready to make her WBBL debut.

Her presence will help Durham compete under the hoop and Head Coach, Lee Davie is looking forward to coaching his new arrival.

He said: "It's great to welcome Harriet to both Durham University and the Durham Palatinates. We hope Harriet leads the way for many more British players over the years looking to continue their studies, while playing professional basketball here in Durham.

"Being involved in the National Teams programmes over the last ten years, I have followed the development of our nation teams players closely. Working with Harriet over this past month has shown me first hand how bright the future is for British Basketball.

"We are working very hard in preparation for both the start of the season & also Harriet's continued development ahead of the both GB Senior Women's programme and England Commonwealth Team.

"Harriet has developed physically and mentally since we last worked together," added Coach Davie.

"In her time at Lafayette, she has matured into confident out going young woman, who cares very much for her teammates both on and off the court. Her mobility and ability to change ends of the floor quickly will allows use her in a variety of situations. I've been really impressed with Harriet's work ethic and determination since arriving into training camp. Building upon the hard works she's put in over the summer, we've continued to add to her offensive game, which I'm sure will catch people off guard."

The player herself commented: "I first met Coach Davie in London during 2012. We had both been put forward by GB Basketball to be part of the Olympic Ambition programme in 2012 and found ourselves sharing an exciting experience. I didn't forget our conversations then, about having both athletic and academic ambitions, for example, and he remembered them too.

"The way Lee coaches, I know that he cares about the success of the team, but also that he wants me as an individual to develop into the best player I can possibly be. This feels like a wonderful opportunity at a great place of learning.

"To be in at the birth of something new is always exciting and I'm looking forward to getting started as part of Durham's first WBBL team! Clearly, it's going to be a process of learning and developing for us all. I hope a lot of people will be watching and wondering so that, despite our lack of experience in the league, we can show them that we are here to compete.

"First of all, I'm a very determined person and I want my team to know they can always rely on me to get out and do my best. I captained my college team and one thing I think this has taught me is to be a teammate who helps everyone work together. I also hope they'll enjoy my company and find the same things funny that I do," continued Ottewill-Soulsby.

"One great thing about basketball is that it brings people from all over the world to work together. My team mates are going to be important to me. They bring different experiences to the court, both as players and people, and it is good to see that we are already working out how that is going to gel as a team. We are challenging each other, but also looking out for each other, and that's a very healthy environment.

"My studies are important to me and I think that combining International Relations and basketball is a great fit. Obviously, that's going to be a challenge because I want to do proper justice to both. Universities are great places, though, for support and encouragement and I think that, once I've got my support network in place, I'll be able to make it work.

"Who wouldn't be excited about being back in Britain, playing under the eye of GB Basketball in the run up to the Commonwealth Games? I'm working hard with Lee to fight for my spot!"