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  ABA LEAGUE  



Jakov Vladovic out at least three months - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar's head coach Aramis Naglic told that veteran Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) required ankle surgery and will be out of action for at least three months. Vladovic suffered the injury in the preseason game against the Slovenian team Petrol Olimpija two weeks ago.
Vladovic suffered a torn right ankle ligament, which he also injured last season. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 25 Croatian A1 League games last season and 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals (ranked fourth) in 22 Adriatic League games.



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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  ANGOLA  


Libolo inks Teotonio Do - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Division I) agreed terms with 23-year old forward Teotonio Do (208-98kg-94, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) from Petroleos. He helped them to make it to the final.
Do was a member of Angolan U18 National Team back in 2012.
He graduated from Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Raul Duarte returns to Libolo - by Eurobasket News

The Angolan coach Raul Duarte is back in charge of Recreativo do Libolo's senior men's basketball team, after being champion with the same club in 2012 before being fired. Speaking to Angop, the coach confirmed the new contractual relationship with Libolo, for two seasons, emphasizing that the objective is to win titles. "We want to win all the titles, including the Africa Champions League", he said, adding that the new signings were used to fill in some weaknesses identified by the club's managing board, specifically the basketball department. Regarding the position he holds at the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), as technical director, he explained that in his opinion there is no incompatibility because it is a position that does not interfere directly in the competition and does not take individual decisions. However, he added that if the FAB decides that there is no compatibility, the position will be available. Libolo are the title holders of the national senior men's basketball championship.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Instituto
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Davis, Instituto29.0 
 2. Espinoza, Salta B.25.0 
 3. Sims, Atenas20.0 
 4. Keenan, San M.20.0 
 5. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 6. Gadson, Quimsa19.0 
 7. Balbi, Ferrocarril18.0 
 8. Massarelli, Argentino17.0 
 9. Elsener, La Union16.0 
 10. Perez, Boca Jrs16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariano FIERRO
  Boca Jrs
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Fierro, Boca Jrs14.0 
 2. Francis, Quimsa14.0 
 3. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.10.0 
 5. Wood, San M.10.0 
 6. Bortolin, Argentino10.0 
 7. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 8. Gadson, Quimsa10.0 
 9. Bernard, Argentino10.0 
 10. Bryan-A., Boca Jrs9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.0 
 3. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 4. Ferreyra, Quilm.6.0 
 5. Garcia, San M.5.0 
 6. Whelan, Instituto5.0 
 7. Bruna, Salta Basket5.0 
 8. Scala, Instituto5.0 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs5.0 
 10. Konsztadt, La Union4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Instituto
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clancy, Instituto4.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.4.0 
 3. Flor, Quilmes MP3.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.3.0 
 5. Goldenberg, Salta B.3.0 
 6. Garcia, Argentino2.0 
 7. Massarelli, Argentino2.0 
 8. Scala, Instituto2.0 
 9. Clark, La Union2.0 
 10. Treise, San M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberto ACUNA
  Quimsa
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 2. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Kent, Argentino2.0 
 4. Gadson, Quimsa1.0 
 5. Lescano, San M.1.0 
 6. Canton, Quilmes MP1.0 
 7. Meyinsse, Atenas1.0 
 8. Baxley, Ferrocarril1.0 
 9. Crawford, La Union1.0 
 10. Keenan, San M.1.0 


Alejo Cardoso agreed terms with Echague - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old guard Alejo Cardoso (188-96). He has played for the last four years at the junior team of Sionista in the TFB. But in four games he recorded just 0.5ppg in 2015-16 season.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lisandro Ruiz_Moreno
Mateo Gaynor
Jeremias Sandrini
Alejo Cardoso
Carlos Buemo
Eugenio Zustovich

Forwards:
Sebastian Cabello
Mariano Garcia
Jerome Hill
Juan_Cruz Scacchi
Ignacio Varisco

Centers:
Franco Barroso
Ramiro Rattero

Coach: Ignacio Barsanti

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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



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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chia-Jung CHANG
  (194-F-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Chang, Dacin Tigers22.0 
 2. Wang, Dacin Tigers17.0 
 3. Mohit, ONGC15.0 
 4. Huang, Dacin Tigers14.0 
 5. Uddin, ONGC13.0 
 6. Anoop, ONGC13.0 
 7. Wu, Dacin Tigers13.0 
 8. Singh, ONGC10.0 
 9. Chang, Dacin Tigers8.0 
 10. Ravindran, ONGC6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mukkanniyil ANOOP
  (198-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Anoop, ONGC9.0 
 2. Singh, ONGC6.0 
 3. Huang, Dacin Tigers6.0 
 4. Ravindran, ONGC4.0 
 5. Uddin, ONGC4.0 
 6. Singh, ONGC4.0 
 7. Chang, Dacin Tigers4.0 
 8. Wen, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 9. Mohit, ONGC3.0 
 10. Wu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Riyaz UDDIN
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Uddin, ONGC4.0 
 2. Weng, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 3. Wu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 4. Lo, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 5. Mohit, ONGC3.0 
 6. Anoop, ONGC2.0 
 7. Huang, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 8. Yueh, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 9. Abhishek, ONGC1.0 
 10. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mohit BHANDARI
  (186-SG-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mohit, ONGC4.0 
 2. Wu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 3. Huang, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 4. Chang, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 5. Lo, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 6. Singh, ONGC1.0 
 7. Anoop, ONGC1.0 
 8. Singh, ONGC1.0 
 9. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.0 
 10. Uddin, ONGC1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mukkanniyil ANOOP
  (198-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Anoop, ONGC2.0 
 2. Rawat, ONGC0.0 
 3. Ravindran, ONGC0.0 
 4. Mohit, ONGC0.0 
 5. Weng, Dacin Tigers0.0 
 6. Lo, Dacin Tigers0.0 
 7. Wang, Dacin Tigers0.0 
 8. Huang, Dacin Tigers0.0 
 9. Singh, ONGC0.0 
 10. Chang, Dacin Tigers0.0 



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  AUSTRALIA  


BC Mess land Richard Ross, ex Joondalup Wolves - by Eurobasket News

BC Mess (N2) tabbed 25-year old American forward Richard Ross (198-107kg-92, college: ODU). He played in the summer at Joondalup Wolves in Australian SBL. In 7 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Ross helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
He has played previously professionally in Norway (Gimle BBK Bergen) and Bolivia (Penarol).
Ross attended Old Dominion University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Luxembourg



NBA Teams Line Up to Sign Aussie Bogut - by Eurobasket

The race to snap up Australian big man Andrew Bogut (213-C-84, college: Utah) is hotting up as the seven-footer nears a return to action following his lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 32-year old's time with the Cleveland Cavaliers will go down in history, ending after less than a minute into Bogut's debut when the Aussie suffered a season-ending leg break. While the Cavs waived the 2015 NBA champion at the end of the year, they are now one of a number of franchises that are reportedly in the race to sign the fit-again Bogut. One of the best players in Australian history, interest is high Down Under as to where the centre will be playing next season.

Having been traded to Philadelphia from the Dallas Mavericks, Bogut was bought out by the 76ers before signing for the Cavaliers. But after fracturing his tibia less than a minute into his debut, the Australian spent the rest of the year watching on as his team-mates went all the way to the NBA Finals, losing to Golden State. While his 2016 wasn't great for a number of reasons, his stats remained consistent, averaging 2.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game. He might be in the twilight of his career, but the veteran still apparently has plenty to offer if the number of top teams looking to sign him is any evidence.

There are few big men as effective on the boards as Bogut, providing a big body on the paint and an experienced head for those pressurised moments. He's averaged ten points and 8.9 rebounds during a stellar 12-year career that started when he was the number-one overall pick in the 2005 Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. And when it comes to the free agency, there aren't many seven-footers who boast the experience and big game know-how as Bogut, and it's no surprise to see so many teams being tipped by the latest betting advice to be in the running for the finals next season now looking to add him to their rosters ahead of the new campaign.

One of those teams interested in Bogut is the Boston Celtics, who are in need of an experienced rebounder, and also have fellow Aussie Aron Baynes on their roster. It's a similar story for the San Antonio Spurs, who will be hoping Patty Mills will help swing a deal to bring the veteran to the franchise. Both teams wouldn't be able to offer him a starting role, but the two championship contenders will have big roles available for Bogut should he be interested.

Also in the race to sign the big Aussie are the Utah Jazz, home to Aussie duo Joe Ingles and Dante Exum - which could certainly play a factor in Bogut's decision. And then there is the nostalgic option, with the veteran's first ever NBA team, the Bucks, also very much interested in re-signing a player who enjoyed a very successful seven seasons in Milwaukee after drafting him in 2005. These two teams might not be expected to be in the running for the finals, but both could offer the 32-year old the chance to play for teams that would give him plenty of court time.



Blokotehna lands Dwayne Benjamin, ex Geraldton B. - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Blokotehna Gevgelija (Prva Liga) landed 24-year old American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon). He played in the summer at Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian SBL. Benjamin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 SBL games he averaged impressive 26.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.8spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. The last season Benjamin played for Bakken in Danish Ligaen where in 5 games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
Benjamin's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

KK Blokotehna Gevgelija roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marjan Mladenovic
Goran Glavchev
Andrej Cvetkovski
Todor Bozinov
Dimitar Lazarevski

Forwards:
Anton Kazarnovski
Danilo Mijatovic
Ilia Kolev
Dragan Kamberov
Dwayne Benjamin

Centers:
Zlatko Gocevski
Sinisa Avramovski

Coach: Marjan Ilievski

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in FYR Macedonia



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  AUSTRIA  


Milovan Draskovic is a newcomer at Wels - by Eurobasket News

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (A Bundesliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) from Arkadia. In 34 A Bundesliga games in Austria he recorded 11.5ppg, 8.4rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2bpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Draskovic's team made it to the Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team award back in 2013.
Draskovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 48.7%, FT: 62.2%.
Draskovic has played previously professionally in Spain (Barca II) and Montenegro (KK Podgorica).

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Csebits
Jasmin Marevac
Oscar Schmit
Siyani Chambers
Elijah Wilson
Timo Axmann

Forwards:
Davor Lamesic
Carlos Novas_Mateo
Erwin Zulic
Petar Nemcec

Center:
Milovan Draskovic

Coach: Sebastian Waser

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @IP_sport)

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  BAHRAIN  


Premier League Round 3: Al-Muharraq keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Al-Muharraq defeated Al-Bahrain in Al Muharraq 84-68. Al-Muharraq shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Al-Bahrain only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Al-Bahrain 42-22 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Ali-Hassan Shukralla who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. The former international swingman Mohamed Alderazi (194-80) contributed with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Al-Bahrain. Al-Bahrain's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Al-Bahrain will play next round against Sitra trying to get back on the winning streak. Al-Muharraq will try to continue on its current victory against Samaheej in Manama.
Al-Hala (2-1) recorded a loss in Muharraq. Hosts were defeated by Al-Nweidrat (2-1) 83-76. It was a great evening for Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jawad Abdulla helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was American-Lebanese center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. Al-Hala's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Nweidrat will play against Al-Najma (#3) in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al-Hala will play at home against Al-Ittihad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Manama supposed to be also quite interesting. Sitra (1-1) played at the court of Al-Ahli (2-1). Al-Ahli smashed Sitra 91-65 on Thursday. It was an exceptional evening for Hussain Shaker who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Al-Ahli's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Augustine Okosun came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks for Sitra in the defeat. Al-Ahli will meet Isa Town (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sitra will play against Al-Bahrain and hope to win that game.
The game between Al-Manama (2-0) and Samaheej (0-3) in Manama ended with biggest points difference. Al-Manama outscored guests from Manama 96-48. The best player for the winners was Wayne Chism who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 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. Al-Manama's next round opponent will be Al-Riffa (#9) and are hoping to win another game. Samaheej will play against Al-Muharraq (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 Al-Ittihad beat Al-Riffa on the road 55-46. Winless Hidd lost to Isa Town on its own court 72-76.

Al-Hala - Al-Nweidrat 76-83

Al-Hala (2-1) recorded a loss in Muharraq. Hosts were defeated by Al-Nweidrat (2-1) 83-76. Al-Hala was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jawad Abdulla helped adding 21 points. Four Al-Nweidrat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Lebanese center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds and Hasan Gerashi scored 15 points. Al-Hala's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Nweidrat will play against Al-Najma (#3) in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al-Hala will play at home against Al-Ittihad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al-Hala: L.Woods 26+18reb+2ast, H.Gerashi 15+3reb+3ast, A.Jamal 14+4reb+1ast, A.Jaffar 8+3reb+1ast, H.Salman 6+2reb+4ast, M.Omran 4+2reb+1ast
Al-Nweidrat: H.Hasan 22+4reb, J.Abdulla 21+4reb+3ast, M.Ilic 13+19reb+2ast, A.Hassan 13+6reb+4ast, H.Madan 8+6reb+6ast, E.Albasri 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 570316


Al-Ahli - Sitra 91-65

The game in Manama supposed to be also quite interesting. Sitra (1-1) played at the court of Al-Ahli (2-1). Al-Ahli smashed Sitra 91-65 on Thursday. Al-Ahli forced 19 Sitra turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Hussain Shaker who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Kadhem Majed accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Four Al-Ahli players scored in double figures. Al-Ahli's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks and Qatari center Mohammad Abdullah (205-82) added 15 points respectively for Sitra in the defeat. Al-Ahli will meet Isa Town (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sitra will play against Al-Bahrain and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sitra: A.Okosun 26+25reb+2ast, M.Abdullah 15+4reb+2ast, A.Abdulla 10+3reb+2ast, M.Abdulameer 8+1reb+1ast, A.Eid 4+2ast, I.Abdulameer 2+4reb+1ast
Al-Ahli: H.Shaker 22+3reb+5ast, K.Majed 21+1reb+3ast, H.Sarhan 10+5reb+4ast, H.Alarabi 10+3reb+1ast, Q.Doggett 10+11reb+1ast, S.Hussain 8+11reb
gschID: 570315


Al-Muharraq - Al-Bahrain 84-68

Al-Muharraq defeated Al-Bahrain in Al Muharraq 84-68. Al-Muharraq shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Al-Bahrain only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Al-Bahrain 42-22 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Ali-Hassan Shukralla who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. The former international swingman Mohamed Alderazi (194-80) contributed with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Al-Muharraq players scored in double figures. Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Khalid Ali added 13 points in the effort for Al-Bahrain. Al-Bahrain's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Al-Bahrain will play next round against Sitra trying to get back on the winning streak. Al-Muharraq will try to continue on its current victory against Samaheej in Manama.
Top scorers:
Al-Bahrain: S.Sall 23+10reb+6ast, K.Ali 13+2reb+1ast, M.Abdulnabi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Ashoor 6+2reb+2ast, S.Shams 5+1reb+2ast, M.Khalili 4+2reb+6ast
Al-Muharraq: M.Alderazi 20+9reb+4ast, B.Abdulla 18+3reb+1ast, A.Hassan Shukralla 16+19reb+1ast, A.Abbas 13+3reb+4ast, J.Ahmed 6+3reb, A.Salman 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 570314


Al-Riffa - Al-Ittihad 46-55

Al-Riffa was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Manama 55-46. The best player for the winners was American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) who scored 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Sayed-Mohd Hameed chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Mohamed Nabeel who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ali Asghar added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Al-Ittihad's next round opponent will be Al-Hala (#7) in Muharraq. Al-Riffa will play on the road against Al-Manama in Manama and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Al-Riffa: M.Nabeel 12+13reb+2ast, A.Asghar 11+11reb+1ast, M.Salem 9+4reb, H.Almoosawi 7+4reb+2ast, A.Ghali 5+3reb+1ast, S.Mahdi 2+4reb
Al-Ittihad: S.Hameed 15+6reb+1ast, A.Helal 15+4reb, A.Ghadeer 10+7reb+1ast, A.Wilkerson 9+17reb+4ast, H.Helal 6+4reb+5ast, S.Ghuloom 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 570313


Al-Manama - Samaheej 96-48

The game between Al-Manama (2-0) and Samaheej (0-3) in Manama ended with biggest points difference. Al-Manama outscored guests from Manama 96-48. Al-Manama dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Samaheej's 22. Al-Manama forced 25 Samaheej turnovers and outrebounded them 58-36 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The former international Yunes Kawaid (-88) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Sydney Coleman (204-93, college: Xavier, LA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and Mohammed Busafwan added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Manama's next round opponent will be Al-Riffa (#9) and are hoping to win another game. Samaheej will play against Al-Muharraq (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Samaheej: S.Coleman 17+17reb, M.Busafwan 10+3reb+1ast, H.Busafwan 8+3reb+2ast, J.Mohamed 3+4reb+1ast, S.Ali Mahmood 3+3reb+1ast, M.Ismaeel 3+2reb
Al-Manama: Y.Kawaid 18+3ast, M.Jameel 15+3reb+2ast, W.Chism 14+14reb, M.Qurban 9+4reb+3ast, H.Nawrooz 8+6reb+1ast, H.Mohammed 7
gschID: 570311


Hidd - Isa Town 72-76

Hidd was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Issa Town 76-72. The best player for the winners was Hassan Ramadhan who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Mansoor Jaber chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Hussain Lulu who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Nooraldeen Mohamed added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Isa Town's next round opponent will be Al-Ahli (#6) in Manama and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hidd: H.Lulu 20+7reb+6ast, N.Mohamed 16+11reb+2ast, Y.Abdulla 10+1reb+1ast, H.Saqer 8+3reb, A.Moaweya 6+1reb+2ast, S.Mohamed 6+12reb+3ast
Isa Town: M.Jaber 17+3reb+3ast, H.Ramadhan 14+11reb+5ast, M.Habib 11+2reb, F.Abbas 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Hashem 8+5reb+3ast, M.Aziz 8+11reb+2ast
gschID: 570312





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Review of Return Leg of Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Antwerp - BC Lulea 83-74

Antwerp beat BC Lulea at home to sweep the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But BC Lulea won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Lulea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) scored 23 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) responded with 24 points and 6 assists and Canadian forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-87, college: Houghton) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BC Lulea: B.Rozzell 24+2reb+6ast, Q.Upshur 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Anzuluni 12+10reb+1ast, T.Liden 7+4reb+1ast, D.Andersson 6+7reb+1ast, A.Ronnqvist 5+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: J.Clark 23+4reb+5ast, D.Dudzinski 16+7reb+2ast, A.Marelja 11+2reb+3ast, T.Kalinoski 7+2reb, D.Donkor 7+2reb, P.Lee 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 550276


Benfica - Kapfenberg 67-62

Benfica overcame visiting Kapfenberg to complete the sweep of the series. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 34-26 second half run of Benfica. They also forced 19 Kapfenberg Bulls turnovers. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Forward Joao Soares (202-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Benfica's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Brian Oliver (201-90, college: Seton Hall) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Oliver 18+5reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 17+6reb+4ast, J.Rados 8+9reb, K.Jamar 7+6reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 7+5reb, M.Coffin 3+3reb
Benfica: A.Robinson 16+4reb+2ast, J.Soares 9+5reb+1ast, R.Barber 8+3reb, J.Silva 8+3reb+1ast, N.Oliveira 7+2reb+5ast, T.Barroso 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 550275


Joventut - Dinamo Tbilisi 86-66

Joventut cruised past Dinamo Tbilisi en route to the next round of action. Dinamo Tbilisi was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 53-30 second half run of Joventut. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Swingman Sergi Vidal (199-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 6 assists. Swedish power forward Simon Birgander (211-97, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) added 17 points in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Londaridze 17+2reb+2ast, N.Gacesa 14+9reb+1ast, K.Turpin 10+5reb, M.Berishvili 9+8reb+1ast, L.Boyd 5+5ast, M.Story 3+5reb
Joventut: P.Richard 13+2reb+5ast, S.Vidal 12+4reb+6ast, J.Jordan 11+4reb+2ast, S.Birgander 10+11reb+1ast, N.Dimitrijevic 10+2reb+2ast, X.Lopez-Arostegui 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 550269


Ludwigsburg - Bosna-Royal 102-59

Ludwigsburg demolished visiting Bosna-Royal to post the second straight win in the series. The game without a history. EnBW Ludwigsburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna-Royal's 24. EnBW Ludwigsburg forced 19 Bosna-Royal turnovers and outrebounded them 38-18 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by Bosna-Royal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Elgin Cook (198-93, college: Oregon, agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Serbian-Bosnian swingman Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 16 points and Montenegrin center Milija Mikovic (205-94) added 12 points in the effort for Bosna-Royal. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: G.Ikonic 16+1reb, M.Mikovic 12+1reb+1ast, E.Residovic 8+1reb, D.Walker 6+1reb, D.Knezevic 5+2reb+4ast, C.Bradford 3+2reb+2ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Sears 16+9reb+2ast, E.Cook 14+3reb, A.Peter-McNeilly 13+2reb+1ast, T.Walkup 12+4reb, D.Evans 11+3reb, F.Koch 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550271


Tsmoki-Minsk - Sigal Prishtina 89-74

Tsmoki-Minsk advanced into the Second Qualifying Round after a comfortable home win over Sigal Prishtina. The game was mostly controlled by Tsmoki-Minsk. Sigal Prishtina was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Mikita Meshcharakou (201-88, college: Wake Forest) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Kosovan Dardan Berisha (191-88) replied with 27 points and center Lis Shoshi (211-94, college: Howard Col., TX) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sigal Prishtina. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: D.Berisha 27+3reb+1ast, L.Shoshi 15+7reb+1ast, P.Cole 10+2reb+2ast, F.Rugova 9+4reb+5ast, W.Martin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Lawrence 3+2reb+3ast
Tsmoki-Minsk: M.Meshcharakou 21+7reb+1ast, C.Czerapowicz 13+4reb+3ast, D.Kravish 10+10reb+1ast, D.Saddler 9+1reb+4ast, F.Adamovic 9+2reb+4ast, D.Paliashchuk 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 550274


Vytautas - Groningen 61-84

Groningen stormed past Vytautas to secure the next round appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Vytautas was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Groningen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vytautas' 30. Groningen forced 20 Vytautas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) notched 20 points, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and center Thomas Koenis (211-89, agency: Court Side) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Groningen players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-92) did not help to save the game for Vytautas. American guard Bradley Tinsley (190-89, college: Vanderbilt) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: B.Tinsley 14+5reb, E.Zukauskas 12+6reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 11+4reb+1ast, J.Sinica 8+4reb, E.Dimsa 6+5reb+2ast, T.Dimsa 4+1reb+2ast
Groningen: B.Curry 20+4reb+8ast, D.Pasalic 14+3reb+3ast, J.Dourisseau 13+3reb+1ast, T.Koenis 13+9reb, E.Bruinsma 10+5reb, S.Cunningham 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 550273


Kalev/Cramo - Karpos Sokoli 78-81

Karpos Sokoli managed to upset Kalev/Cramo away from home but the Estonian team made it into the next round on aggregate. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Kalev/Cramo outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 39-19 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 16 points. The other American import point guard Jaylon Brown (183, college: Evansville) chipped in 19 points. Four Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82) produced 17 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Kalev/Cramo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 17+1reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 12+8reb, B.Subotic 10+3reb, M.Mazeika 8+2reb+1ast, K.Kangur 8+4reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+8reb+3ast
Karpos Sokoli: J.Brown 19+2ast, D.Sokolov 16+1reb+3ast, T.McFadden 16+3reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 16+3reb+1ast, N.Delic 8+4reb, D.Labovic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550272


Avtodor - Keravnos 63-67

Keravnos clinched a narrow win in Saratov but it was not enough to overcome the deficit from the opening leg. It looked good early as Avtodor took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Keravnos had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Avtodor was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-67. They outrebounded Avtodor 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch., agency: SportsVision-Service) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Somalian forward Mohamed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures. American guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Avtodor. Avtodor's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: B.Frazier 17+6reb+5ast, C.Clarke 12+8reb+2ast, E.Morris 8+1reb, I.Hummer 7+2reb+1ast, M.Downs 6+5reb+3ast, A.Klimenko 4+3reb
Keravnos: T.Bussey 13+3reb+1ast, M.Abukar 12+8reb+1ast, K.Barker 11+13reb+5ast, C.Davis 11+2reb+2ast, S.Michail 8+1reb+3ast, A.King 6+4reb
gschID: 550270





Monaco inks Abdel Kader Sylla - by Eurobasket News

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

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Georgi Joseph
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou
Christopher Evans

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Abdel_Kader Sylla
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spars Sarajevo inks Kenan Kamenjas - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) agreed terms with forward Kenan Kamenjas (196).
Kamenjas represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0apg.

OKK Spars Sarajevo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dejan Djokic
Pavle Reljic
Sandi Grubelic

Forwards:
Igor Josipovic
Fahrudin Manjgafic
Aleksa Stepanovic
Ibrahim Durmo
Srdjan Kocic
Tarik Biberovic
Kenan Kamenjas

Centers:
Alija Piric
Refik Basic

Coach: Marko Trbic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Promitheas add Milosevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) added to their roster 32-year old Bosnian international forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell). He has played for the last three seasons at AEK Athens in the A1. In 23 games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. Milosevic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Milosevic also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.2ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Milosevic's team made it to the Montenegrin Cup final in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
Milosevic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 38.5%.
Milosevic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal, Sloboda Tuzla and KK HEO Bileca), FYR Macedonia (Rabotnicki), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Slovenia (Zlatorog).

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oleksandr Lypovyy
Giannis Dimakos
Bubu Palo
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas
Theodoris Kyrillis
Konastantinos Adamopoulos
Dimitris Fragiskatos
Panagiotis Gatzios

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Milan Milosevic
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Dimitris Gravas
Petros Geromichalos
Panagiotis Vyrlas
Vassilis Maltezos
Aristotelis Sotiriou

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton COOK
  L.Sorocaba
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Cook, L.Sorocaba18.6 
 2. Artis, America18.1 
 3. Anthony, Bauru18.0 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.6 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.5 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi13.3 
 8. Uchendu, Bauru12.5 
 9. Coelho, Franca12.4 
 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. Viana, America6.3 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.1 
 8. Cipolini, Franca6.0 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru5.9 
 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, Mogi5.1 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.3 
 7. Coelho, Franca3.8 
 8. Bennett, Pinheiros3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi3.5 
 10. Borges, Franca3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Andrade, America2.8 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 3. Rosa, America1.8 
 4. Knight, America1.7 
 5. Artis, America1.7 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 7. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 8. Anthony, Bauru1.4 
 9. Taylor, Mogi1.4 
 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. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 6. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 7. Demetrio, Franca0.9 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 
 10. Corazza, Paulistano0.8 



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Morges-Saint-Prex adds Tomcho Sokolov - by Greg

LNB newcomer Morges-Saint-Prex BBC added to their roster 33-year old FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian power forward Tomcho Sokolov (205-105kg-84). He played most recently at KK Strumica in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 13 games he recorded 10.0ppg and 4.8rpg in 2015-16 season. Sokolov also played that season for Kozuv (also in Prva Liga) where in 11 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 6 games in Balkan League where he had just 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
Sokolov is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America) in ten different countries. Sokolov has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Celik), Croatia, Portugal, Russia (Magnitka-University Magnitogorsk), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica and Nova Ves), Slovenia (Maribor), Tunisia (JS Kairouan), Turkey (Pi Koleji) and Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Tomcho is an excellent post player who can play both inside positions. He has nice physical strength for his size and position. He can play with his back-to-the basket in offense and has a good well-rounded skillset. Has a good feeling for the basket. Tomcho is an excellent shooter as well who can hit from all ranges including having great % from behind the 3-point line. He also has a nice jump which makes him very effective on offense. He rebounds very well and plays strong and aggressively towards the basket. He also has a nice hook shot from both sides that he utilizes well. On defense Tomcho likes to be aggressive and to use his body to gain advantages. He is a tall player who can also effectively defend smaller players. He is a strong defender who does not shy away from physical contact. Also off the court he is a great guy with a very positive attitude and easy to coach.

Morges-Saint-Prex BBC roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Julien Rahier

Forwards:
Dramane Diarra
Tomcho Sokolov

Center:
Evrard Atcho

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Academic Bultex 99 win Pleven Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Academic Bultex 99 won Pleven Tournament in Bulgaria. The team overcame Cherno More Ticha 86-79 in the Final game. Trailing 23-24 at the start of the game, Academic needed s strong second half to ensure the victory. They posted a 20-18 rally in the third period and closed the game with a 28-22 rally. Manuel Johnson (203-PF-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) stepped up with 19 points and Vasil Bachev (195-SG-92, college: Cuesta JC) poured in 15. Shakir Smith (185-G-92, college: Adams St.) and Vasil Mihaylov (202-SF-94) followed them with 11 points each. Simeon Iliev replied with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) netted 18.
In the game for the third place Levski edged Spartak Pleven 105-79.



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Culleredo signs Searles just out of college - by Eurobasket News

CB Culleredo (EBA) signed American guard Dallas Searles (190). He just graduated from Quest. A very impressive season as he was named to All-PacWest 1st Team.
Searles' team was regular season runner-up in PacWest in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Zhejiang top Samsung Thunders for opening win in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Samsung Thunders - Zhejiang 81:89

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions opened win count in Macau. They beat Korean Samsung Thunders for 1-1 record at the Super 8 international tournament. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88, college: Arkansas, agency: 3Eye) scored 20 points to lead the Chinese team.
The Lions unloaded 28 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Zhejiang accumulated a 47:40 halftime advantage. The margin grew wider in the third term. The Lions used a strong run to record a 76:56 advantage at the final intermission. The Thunders narrowed the gap in the fourth period but could not save the game. I Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) delivered 14 points, while Zhao Yanhao (195-F-97) contributed 16 points for Zhejiang. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) answered with 34 points for Samsung Thunders. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) added 25 points in the loss.



NLEX-SCTEX struggles to sustain strong start against Shanghai Sharks, falls to 0-2 - by Eurobasket News

Coming off a 20 point-beating at the hands of Korean powerhouse Jeonju KCC Egis, the NLEX-SCTEX Road Warriors had a strong start against defending Merlion Cup champions Shanghai Sharks in hopes of a bounce back victory. However, the Philippine-side could not sustain, being overwhelmed in the final frame in a 79-65 loss, Thursday evening at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. NLEX-SCTEX fell to a 0-2 record in Group A and have been virtually eliminated to advance to the next round. Jason Perkins (193-F) had another solid outing with 17 points and 15 rebounds but it was Oping Sumalinog who stood out for the Road Warriors, finishing with a game-high 21 markers in 26 minutes of action. Sumalinog was the catalyst in NLEX-SCTEX's strong start that saw the Road Warriors lead by as much as 14 points, 29-15, early in the second frame. The Sharks quintet of Luo Hanchen (188-PG-94), Zhi Luo (190-G-86), Hanlin Dong (208-C/F-91), Wei Lu (194-G-85), and Cai Lang though displayed poise and great familiarity, leading Shanghai's 15-5 rally to close out the first half strong. The Jojo Lastimosa-mentored squad was able to keep pace with Shanghai all throughout the third frame and into the early moments of the final quarter. However, turnovers doomed the Road Warriors in the end game. With the game knotted at 63-all, Shanghai took advantage of multiple errors by NLEX-SCTEX, zooming past them with a game-breaking 16-0 run that gave the Sharks a 79-63 lead in the waning moments of the game. Overall, the Road Warriors' 15 turnovers led to 22 Sharks points. JP Belencion added eight markers for NLEX-SCTEX while import Maurice Shaw hauled down 15 rebounds to go along with six points. However, Pamboy Raymundo continued to struggle, going just 2-for-16 from the field. Luo Hanchen led Shanghai with 20 points and nine rebounds while Hanlin Dong went 7-for-10 from the field for 17 points. The Road Warriors look to finally rack one up on Friday, September 22 against Indonesian club team Satria Muda Pertamina. The game will have a 6:30 tip-off time.
Courtesy of: tiebreakertimes.com




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  COLOMBIA  


Kordall Steelers welcome back Bivins, ex Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Kordall Steelers (N2) inked 25-year old American forward Antonio Bivins (198-88kg-92, college: Mass.-Lowell). It is actually his comeback to Rodange as he has played here before. Bivins played in the summer at Aguilas in Colombian LPB league. In 18 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.7spg (leader !!!). The last season Bivins played at Kordall Steelers (Total League) where in 13 games he was third best scorer with impressive 27.1ppg and recorded 10.2rpg, 3.0apg and 3.8spg (leader !!!).
Among other achievements Bivins played in the final of Northeast-10 Tournament in 2012. He received also All-AEC Sixth Player of the Year award and All-AEC 3rd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bivins graduated from University of Massachusetts - Lowell in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Araberri tabs Leo Cizmic - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) landed 19-year old Croatian forward Leo Cizmic (206-98) on loan from Real Betis (Liga Endesa). LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season Cizmic spent at Moron (LEB Silver) where in 33 games he recorded 7.7ppg and 3.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cizmic also played earlier that season for Baloncesto Sevilla 2nd team (LEB Silver). In only one game he had very impressive stats: 20 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal.
He played in the final of Croatian U17 Championships in 2013.
Cizmic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 72.2%.
Cizmic has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Split).

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Forwards:
Kedar Edwards
Leo Cizmic

Center:
Martin Buesa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bayern upset hosts at Zadar tournament - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Bayern 68:78

Bayern Munich clinched the opening victory at the Zadar international tournament. They rallied past the hosts in Game 1. Nihad Djedovic (196-SF-90, agency: BeoBasket) came off the bench to score 20 points for the German powerhouse.
Bayern set the tone early in the game. They used a 24:10 run in the first period to secure a 14-point lead. Zadar narrowed the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within 11 points at the big break 43:32. Bayern kept Zadar at distance throughout the second half and rallied to a well-deserved with at the end. Jared Cunningham (193-G-91, college: Oregon St., agency: BeoBasket) and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13 points each for the winners. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) tossed in 14 points for Zadar.



Jakov Vladovic out at least three months - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar's head coach Aramis Naglic told that veteran Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) required ankle surgery and will be out of action for at least three months. Vladovic suffered the injury in the preseason game against the Slovenian team Petrol Olimpija two weeks ago.
Vladovic suffered a torn right ankle ligament, which he also injured last season. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 25 Croatian A1 League games last season and 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals (ranked fourth) in 22 Adriatic League games.



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Richaud Pack (ex Etha) signs at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza landed 25-year old American guard Richaud Pack (191-83kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 21 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season. Pack helped them to make it to the Cypriot Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. Pack also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 11.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Pack's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015.
He graduated from University of Maryland in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

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. Franklin, Naestved25.0 
 3. Stanionis, Wolfpac.20.5 
 4. Rajovic, Stevnsgade20.0 
 5. Meilby, Horsholm18.0 
 6. Beranek, Horsholm17.0 
 7. Akoon-P., Bakken17.0 
 8. Wiggins, Bakken16.0 
 9. Bonds, Horsholm16.0 
 10. de Souza, Stevn.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-F-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 2. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 3. Abif, Naestved8.0 
 4. Berg, Bakken7.0 
 5. Beranek, Horsholm7.0 
 6. Meilby, Horsholm6.0 
 7. Bonds, Horsholm6.0 
 8. de Souza, Stevn.6.0 
 9. Diouf, Bakken5.0 
 10. Boeje, Horsholm5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sylvester BERG
  Bakken
  (201-F-98)
  Avg: 5
 1. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 2. Franklin, Naestved5.0 
 3. Meilby, Horsholm4.0 
 4. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.0 
 6. Nerlov, Horsholm3.0 
 7. Poulsen, Horsholm3.0 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken3.0 
 9. Stroeh, Wo.2.5 
 10. Dalsgaard, Horsh.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Wolfpac.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stanionis, Wolfpac.2.5 
 2. Franklin, Naestved2.0 
 3. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 5. Hansen, Wo.1.5 
 6. Daly, Naestved1.0 
 7. Hjorth, Horsholm1.0 
 8. Khan, Stevnsgade1.0 
 9. Akoon-P., Bakken1.0 
 10. Nielsen, Horsholm1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikolaj BOEJE
  Horsholm
  (208-F-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Boeje, Horsholm2.0 
 2. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 3. Daly, Naestved1.0 
 4. Christensen, Naest.1.0 
 5. Moss, Wo.0.5 
 6. Vinson, Wo.0.5 
 7. Iversen, Bakken0.0 
 8. Hjorth, Horsholm0.0 
 9. Stroeh, Wo.0.0 
 10. Hertz, Naestved0.0 


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





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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. Kent, BK Pardubice25.0 
 5. Gaines, Parma23.0 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.23.0 
 7. Green, Mons-Hai.23.0 
 8. Eldridge, Trabzons.23.0 
 9. Jenkins, KR22.0 
 10. Dziuba, Dnipro22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jenkins, KR16.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut13.0 
 3. Smith, Boras12.0 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu11.0 
 5. Brooks, Balkan10.0 
 6. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 8. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 9. Tuoyo, Kormend9.0 
 10. Loncar, Wuerzburg9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Szolnok
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Perry, Szolnok9.0 
 2. Miller-M., Parma9.0 
 3. Brooks, Balkan9.0 
 4. Walker, Demir IBB7.0 
 5. Wright, Rilski7.0 
 6. Hammonds, Wuerz.7.0 
 7. Mishula, Dnipro7.0 
 8. Person, Boras6.0 
 9. Wright, Kormend6.0 
 10. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diamon SIMPSON
  Demir IBB
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Simpson, Demir IBB3.0 
 2. Bisping, Boras3.0 
 3. Taylor, Rilski3.0 
 4. Csorvasi, Kormend3.0 
 5. Ukhov, Parma3.0 
 6. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 7. Hammonds, Wuerz.3.0 
 8. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 9. Laser, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 10. Pratt, CSU Sibiu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Trabzonspor
  (203-PF-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Green, Trabzonspor4.0 
 2. Tibirna, Oradea3.0 
 3. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut3.0 
 4. Moldoveanu, Demir I.3.0 
 5. Mornar, Boras3.0 
 6. Loncar, Wuerzburg2.0 
 7. Riley, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 8. Volkus, Nevezis2.0 
 9. Kratzer, Wuerzburg1.0 
 10. Person, Boras1.0 


Recap of Opening Leg of Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

CSU Sibiu - BK Pardubice 78-79

Pardubice eked out a narrow road win over CSU Sibiu in the opening leg of the Qualification round. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jackson Kent (201, college: JMU, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). BK Pardubice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center DeAngelo Riley (206-88, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) scored 21 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Capers 21+1reb, R.Paliciuc 14+4reb+2ast, D.Riley 13+11reb+1ast, L.Kinnard 10+5reb+1ast, M.Pratt 8+9reb+2ast, T.Laser 7+3reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: J.Kent 25+5reb+1ast, D.Burnett 18+6reb+5ast, S.Martin 12+6reb+1ast, D.Walker 6+1reb+4ast, V.Pulpan 6+5reb+2ast, D.Pandula 4+2reb
gschID: 558339


Boras - Kormend 61-78

Kormend made a big step towards the next round following a comfortable road win over Boras. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Boras Basket was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Eric Fanning (196-92, college: Boston U.) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Justin Tuoyo (208-94, college: Chattanooga) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Forward Brett Bisping (203, college: Siena, agency: Duran International) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Boras Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Boras: A.Person 15+2reb, B.Bisping 14+9reb, J.Smith 6+12reb+2ast, J.Person 6+4reb+6ast, F.Andersson 5+3reb, E.Lundstedt 5+3reb
Kormend: E.Fanning 21+6reb, J.Tuoyo 16+9reb+1ast, M.Wright 15+3reb+6ast, A.Hollins 11+3reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 8+7reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558338


Wuerzburg - Istanbul BBSK 62-75

Istanbul BBSK upset Wuerzburg in Germany in the opener. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-62. Lithuanian Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St.) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian Jaka Klobucar (198-87) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian-German forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and Lithuanian Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: O.Olisevicius 16+5reb+2ast, K.Loncar 16+9reb, M.Stuckey 15+1reb+2ast, A.Gaddy 6+2reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 5+5reb, C.Hammonds 4+3reb+7ast
Istanbul BBSK: D.Dulkys 19+6reb+2ast, M.Thompson 14+2reb+3ast, J.Klobucar 12+6reb+5ast, S.Bircevic 9+6reb+1ast, I.Buva 8+7reb+1ast, E.Buckner 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558344


Parma - Rabotnicki 88-63

Parma cruised past Rabotnicki to build a comfortable cushion before the return leg. The game without a history. Parma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Rabotnicki's 22. Parma forced 22 Rabotnicki turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-94, college: Wake Forest) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Bulgarian Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: HMS) added 14 points in the effort for Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: C.Kostov 22+6reb+2ast, M.Ginyard 14+3reb+2ast, K.Lucious 9+4reb+4ast, B.Krstevski 7+5reb+1ast, D.Cohadarevic 5+2reb, G.Chekovski 4+4reb+2ast
Parma: F.Gaines 23+3reb+2ast, A.Yakovenko 16+4reb+1ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 16+9reb+9ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 8+1reb+1ast, S.Chernov 6+2reb+4ast, I.Ukhov 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 558343


Nevezis - Rilski 76-81

Rilski outscored Nevezis in Lithuania. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-76. Rilski dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 42. American forward Travis Taylor (203-90, college: Xavier) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Russian forward Valery Likhodey (205-86, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: V.Likhodey 18+5reb, V.Koreniuk 13+6reb, M.Grant 11+3reb+4ast, J.Tamulis 8+2reb+2ast, R.Stumbris 7+4reb+1ast, G.Maldunas 6+6reb+2ast
Rilski: T.Taylor 21+8reb+3ast, D.Wright 15+5reb+7ast, D.Marincheshki 8+6reb, M.Marinov 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 8+1reb+1ast, S.Jeter 8+2reb
gschID: 558342


Balkan - Oradea 82-66

Balkan ensured a confident start to their FIBA EuropeCup campaign after they stormed past Oradea. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-66. Balkan forced 19 Oradea turnovers. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Serbian center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Zeno 15+5reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 15+10reb, G.Gajovic 10+1reb+2ast, A.Mandache 10+3reb+3ast, O.Trotter 7+7reb+3ast, B.Tibirna 5+6reb+4ast
Balkan: I.Kesar 20+8reb, D.Brooks 16+10reb+9ast, P.Ivanov 12+3reb+3ast, V.Petkov 11+4reb+1ast, B.Fortenberry 11+1reb+2ast, D.Washington 6+3reb
gschID: 558335


Demir IBB - Dnipro 88-89

Dnipro eked out a narrow road victory over Demir IBB. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Dnipro made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Anton Dziuba (204-95) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Olexandr Mishula (192-92) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: B.Wright 25+7reb+5ast, D.Simpson 19+6reb+2ast, E.Walker 18+3reb+7ast, E.Kairys 8+3reb, B.Can Yildizli 6+1reb, V.Moldoveanu 6+2reb+1ast
Dnipro: A.Dziuba 22+7reb+2ast, O.Mishula 18+3reb+7ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 10+2reb+3ast, S.Tymofeyenko 9+4reb+4ast, P.Revzin 9+1reb, A.Shundel 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 558337


Szolnok - Trabzonspor 108-98

Szolnok knocked down Trabzonspor for the first win in the series. Trabzonspor was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 29-14 charge of Szolnok, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Trabzonspor's 32. They outrebounded Trabzonspor 35-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Trabzonspor was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) stepped up and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Serbian forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American swingman Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Players Group) scored 23 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Szolnok and five Trabzonspor players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: O.Eldridge 23+5reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 23+1reb+5ast, C.Green 14+7reb+3ast, B.Heslip 14+1reb+4ast, S.Browning 13+2reb+3ast, T.Zubcic 6+3reb+1ast
Szolnok: K.Perry 26+5reb+9ast, D.Vojvoda 21+5reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 18+6reb+5ast, L.Andric 17+6reb+1ast, T.Phillip 11+3reb+1ast, Q.Ford 9+7reb
gschID: 558336


KR - Mons-Hainaut 67-88

Mons-Hainaut eased past KR in Iceland to step closer to the next round. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. American swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Jalen Jenkins (201, college: George Mason) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Jenkins 22+16reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 15+5reb+5ast, B.Bjornsson 11+1reb, P.Ermolinskij 10+9reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 5+4reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 4+2reb+3ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 27+6reb, G.Green 23+7reb+4ast, M.Tiby 13+13reb+5ast, J.Reddic 12+3reb, I.Lasisi 9+2reb+5ast, B.Lemaire 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558340





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Monaco inks Abdel Kader Sylla - by Eurobasket News

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

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Georgi Joseph
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou
Christopher Evans

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Abdel_Kader Sylla
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Blokotehna lands Dwayne Benjamin, ex Geraldton B. - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Blokotehna Gevgelija (Prva Liga) landed 24-year old American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon). He played in the summer at Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian SBL. Benjamin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 SBL games he averaged impressive 26.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.8spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. The last season Benjamin played for Bakken in Danish Ligaen where in 5 games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
Benjamin's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

KK Blokotehna Gevgelija roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marjan Mladenovic
Goran Glavchev
Andrej Cvetkovski
Todor Bozinov
Dimitar Lazarevski

Forwards:
Anton Kazarnovski
Danilo Mijatovic
Ilia Kolev
Dragan Kamberov
Dwayne Benjamin

Centers:
Zlatko Gocevski
Sinisa Avramovski

Coach: Marjan Ilievski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cornella lands Davit Ioseliani, ex Mgzavrebi - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) tabbed 26-year old Georgian forward Davit Ioseliani (207-91). He played most recently at Mgzavrebi in Georgian Superleague, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 9 games he averaged 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg in 2015-16 season.
Among other achievements Ioseliani received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Ioseliani has played also professionally for other Georgian teams like Dinamo Tbilisi, Maccabi Tbilisi and Maccabi-2 Tbilisi.

CB Cornella roster for 2017-2018:

Nestor Zamora
Alexandre Sanmartin
Oscar Raya
Davit Ioseliani
Alberto Farfan
Fernando Villalon
Joan Pilan
Roger Lliteras
Aleix Recasens
Adria Hernandez
Alfons Pilan
Bartu Martinez

Coach: Xavier Pardina

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki nip Brose Baskets in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Brose Baskets 77:75 (OT)

Khimki victoriously opened their Zadar international tournament campaign. They nipped Brose Baskets for the opening win. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) provided 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the Russian side.
Brose Baskets snatched an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Khimki surged ahead for a 37:35 halftime advantage. Bamberg went on a strong 23:15 rally in the third term to spur ahead. But Khimki limited the German champions to just 10 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Russian side sank 9 points in the extra period to ensure the victory. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) had 15 points, while Tyler Honeycutt and Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Brose Baskets. Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket) connected for 13 points in the losing effort.



Bayern upset hosts at Zadar tournament - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Bayern 68:78

Bayern Munich clinched the opening victory at the Zadar international tournament. They rallied past the hosts in Game 1. Nihad Djedovic (196-SF-90, agency: BeoBasket) came off the bench to score 20 points for the German powerhouse.
Bayern set the tone early in the game. They used a 24:10 run in the first period to secure a 14-point lead. Zadar narrowed the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within 11 points at the big break 43:32. Bayern kept Zadar at distance throughout the second half and rallied to a well-deserved with at the end. Jared Cunningham (193-G-91, college: Oregon St., agency: BeoBasket) and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13 points each for the winners. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) tossed in 14 points for Zadar.



Justin Alston Brings Way More Than Just Refreshing Basketball Skills To Trier But A Very Keen Mind - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes the beauty of where a basketball player is able to call his athletic and intellectual home for four years doesn't change even when he moves on to the professional level. Not all players have that luxury of being able to go from class to class, from meal to meal and from practice to practice and have that combination of that urban feeling combined with that touch of nature that is lurking whenever one wants to forget about all the studying and exam stress coupled with the aches and pains of practice and just be able to get immersed with the bit of green that is present in Boston. Players that had to endure a 4 year stay at places like in the Bronx, New York where one can't exactly feel comfortable with the nonending smell of filth or in other big cities like in Los Angeles with USC or Philadelphia with Temple didn't have the grandeur of a Justin Alston (203-F-94, college: Boston U.) who not only was able to taste the combination of city and nature for an extra year in that he had a university education for five years, but the beauty of his surroundings will continue as he embarks on his professional journey in Germany tonight. Alston played 5 years at Boston University from 2012-2017 and could be driving down Commonwealth avenue and witness the bustling student life on both sides of the street while always getting closer to the Prudential building which hovered on the horizon, but at the same time be a few minutes away from the pretty Charles river off Storrow Drive which is like a snake that weaves itself around the Boston area. Along the Charles river, the American could find a comfy spot and open a book while having a picturesque view of the Boston skyline while getting that last studying in for that next exam or just get lost for a few minutes with the next opponent Lehigh and try to figure out a way how to contain a Tim Kempton Jr well again. One could say his beauty of nature that he had in Boston will continue in his rookie season when he will be playing for the Romerstrom Gladiators in Trier. Alston will call a city home that like Boston is enriched with unending traditional history and is even older than Boston as it was founded by the Celts in the last 4th century BC and belongs to the oldest cities in Germany. It doesn't match the population of Boston as only 104,000 people reside there, but the beauty of the Mosel river on which the small city lies on will bring back memories of the Charles river. When driving down Paulin street for the first time and passes the historic and breathtaking Porta Negra, he will remember some of the old landmarks in Boston and feel right at home.

Alston is a 23 year old 203cm forward that hails from Washington DC and just finished his basketball career at Boston University. He will play his rookie season in the German Pro A which is the second division, but a very respected and growing league that has produced some very good talent over the years and helped guys make the next step. Alston will play for a very traditional team with the Romerstrom Gladiators that have once played in the top division in the German EasyCredit BBL then known as TBB trier and won two titles with the 1998 and 2001 cups. The American didn't know much about German basketball other than it is highly respected and well known globally and got some positive feedback from ex UMass standout Ricyk Harris who has had a stellar career in Europe and played in Trier in the past. Alston also didn't make the mistake of many young and fresh Americans waiting too long over the summer and signing, but rather not wasting any time and just going for that first opportunity, but also weighing on some deciding factors. 'My family and agent were both very influential in my decision. Also by signing early in the summer it gives me a chance to be stress free about where I will be playing. It was an awesome experience, my agent really helped me understand what kind of things I should be looking for going into my first season, and the Gladiators were my first and only offer but their presentation and offer was very appealing.', stressed Justin Alston.

Alston comes to Germany with the typical big man repertoire and is a player that can score and rebound on a regular basis, but do so much more. 'I would describe my game as being an energy guy who will always be going to give you all I have every night and a guy who isn't finished developing his game. I still have a lot more things that I need to improve in but that's the beauty of my game I feel like I am an unfinished project willing to learn and work. And a guy right now in the league who I can compare myself too is Amir Johnson.', stressed Justin Alston. German basketball fans will also see some other appetizers in his game that he felt had been overlooked in the NCAA. 'I believe my touch and ability to knock down open jump shots sometimes gets unnoticed as well as my ability to pass the ball from out of the post', warned Justin Alston. He possessed a great instinct to be able to position himself well around the basket to get the rebound which is an underappreciated asset at the college level. The American knows what part of his game will aid him most in Germany at the Pro A level. 'The part of my game which I see helping me at the next level will probably be my energy and willingness to go after every ball', stressed Justin Alston. He lists Minnesota Timberwolf Karl Anthony Towns as his toughest opponent at the NCAA level and trained hard the last few months to continue to shape his game for the professional waters. However before the Washington DC native was able to sign on the dotted line and have that professional contract in his possession, he had to earn it and did that Boston University. He brings way more than just refreshing basketball skills to Trier, but a very keen mind.

Alston didn't go the traditional route that most guys take going the normal 4 years, but an injury helped him stay an extra year as he got a medical redshirt and fifth year of eligibility which in turn also allowed him to not only get a bachelor's degree in hospitality, but also a masters in project management something that is very rare for a player. On the court in 5 years, he was able to play a total of 114 NCAA games and thanks to a stellar fifth year was named to the All Patriot second team after averaging 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 74.7%. He scored in double figures 19 times including two double doubles. He was able to improve his scoring stats each season and it was no surprise that he won the team's most improved award three times. There are many memories that he will have especially from his senior year, but having that chance as a junior to battle top school Kentucky playing against future NBA players like the Harrison brothers, Devin Booker, Karl Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis, Tyler Lyes and Willy Cauley-Stein is something he can tell his grand children even if he lost 89-65. He remembers exactly which one of these guys was the toughest for Boston University to stop. 'Devin Booker for sure because going into halftime we were down three points and then in the second half he probably made every three point shot he took', added Justin Alston. In his senior season he will also remember his last game against Lehigh losing 91-88 in double OT and dueling Tim Kempton twice having his number once, but relinquishing 31 points in that fateful last game. 'Years down the line I think I will just still remember how disappointed I was not to reach the NCAA tournament, but I will be thankful for the blessings and opportunities that BU has provided for my life. Just as a competitor I want to win the matchups and win the game, but my motivation isn't based of another person. I want to be the best that I can be and that's what motivates me every day', expressed Justin Alston.

To be extra successful on the court as a player, you need to have that special character which Alston has which in turn makes it easier to have those relationships work with your teammates as well as classmates. On the court as well as in the classroom, he had a very tight bond with Eric Fanning who like Alston also had that five year experience in school after being a freshman at Wagner (NCAA) and being in the masters program. Like Alston, Fanning will embark on a professional career this fall with Egis Kormend (Hungary-A Division). A Fanning was much more than just a friend for Alston. 'Eric Fanning is my brother and we fought a lot, we argued a lot but when we both put our heads to one goal we really work well together on and off the court. I always remember his personality and you will not meet to many people like Eric he is one of a kind for sure', stressed Justin Alston. So often one hears of how players move from school to school as rapidly as new Lebron haters surface after his newest NBA finals loss as more often than not it is the head coach that is the reason, but at Boston University the basketball team is like a family where love is a standard word when the name Joe Jones is mentioned. 'Coach Jones is awesome. He is a great guy first before he is a coach to me. He has done so much for me over the years to help in my development as a player and person, I really appreciate him and his family for all their love and support over the years', warned Justin Alston.

Alston who never lost a one on one in practice against Nick Havener, but stated that his unorthodox game wasn't easy to defend brings those refreshing basketball skills to Trier, but also that keen mind. So many players find it very difficult to make the transition from professional basketball player to the real world. Often NBA players don't have to go that way, but then again some do after losing their millions and all of a sudden stand in no man's land and can't get a job. For the normal professional playing overseas, they will have to enter the real world and Alston will be ready for that because Boston University will have prepared him in the best way. 'Being able to receive my grad year, was one of the best experiences of my life. I had two goals which were to become the best player I could by staying in the gym every day and receiving my masters degree in a year. I was able to complete both of my goals with the help of my friends, coaches, and loving family', said Justin Alston. Alston already has had experience in the work place during his studies at Boston University working at a Time Share company as well as doing marketing at school and after his professional basketball career would like to venture into consulting in construction or government. He is more than thankful that he could go the player and student route with Boston University. 'Boston University has given me the blueprint on how to be successful in life in any field I choose to pursue. BU has provided me with a world class education with a Bachelors in hospitality and business management and a Masters degree in project management.', warned Justin Alston. Before Alston who lists Lebron as second best of all-time after MJ and Tim Duncan as the best power forward ever could embark on his new adventure to Germany, he already had his brush with the NBA having a work out with the Boston Celtics in the spring time. Connections usually do the job in getting a gig like that, but contact or not, not every player can boast having played in front of an NBA team. 'My workout with the Celtics was confirmation that God is always working on your behalf and prayer and hard work pays off. That is an experience which was unreal and something that I will be able to hold with me for the rest of my life. After the workout they told me I really held my own and I should continue working on developing my shot more and being able to handle the ball and I should have a bright future', stressed Justin Alston. One thing is for sure when Alston is driving down Herzogenbuscher street in Trier and takes a right into the Trier arena for practice or a game, it won't matter if he is chauffeuring head coach Marco Van Den Berg or veteran German guard Simon Schmitz, they will arrive content having heard his relevant NBA stories or simply his visions of how he will make a difference in the corporate world in the future.



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)



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Gary Forbes (ex Cocodrilos) is a newcomer at G.Larissa-Faros - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Gymnastikos Larissa-Faros BC (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Panamanian ex-international swingman Gary Forbes (201-100kg-85, college: Virginia). He played last season at Cocodrilos in Venezuelan LPB league. Forbes managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 9 LPB games he recorded 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA where in 12 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg. The other team Forbes played that season for was another team Long Island Nets in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 19 games he had 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
Forbes attended University of Virginia and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2009. Forbes was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention back in 2011. He was a member of Panamanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009.
Forbes is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Forbes has played previously professionally in China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very good scorer, with a lightning-quick first pace, who is a great offfensive weapon. Should improve his outside shooting, while his rebounding skills are yet OK. Defensively, he needs to adapt to pro level, now he seems too much foul-prone.

Gymnastikos Larissa-Faros BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emmanouil Papamakarios
Gary Forbes
Nontas Papantoniou
Perry Petty
Kevin Ware
Daniel Dingle
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Paris Liadis

Forwards:
Roeland Schaftenaar
Giannis Vavatsikos
Paris Maragkos
Kenny Hall
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Vasileios Mouratos
Willie Conner
Raheem Watts
Panos Chatzoglou

Center:
Georgios Diamantakos

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

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Promitheas add Milosevic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) added to their roster 32-year old Bosnian international forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell). He has played for the last three seasons at AEK Athens in the A1. In 23 games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. Milosevic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Milosevic also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 7.2ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Milosevic's team made it to the Montenegrin Cup final in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
Milosevic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 38.5%.
Milosevic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal, Sloboda Tuzla and KK HEO Bileca), FYR Macedonia (Rabotnicki), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Slovenia (Zlatorog).

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oleksandr Lypovyy
Giannis Dimakos
Bubu Palo
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas
Theodoris Kyrillis
Konastantinos Adamopoulos
Dimitris Fragiskatos
Panagiotis Gatzios

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Milan Milosevic
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Dimitris Gravas
Petros Geromichalos
Panagiotis Vyrlas
Vassilis Maltezos
Aristotelis Sotiriou

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Jerusalem tabs Stratos Perperoglou, ex Panathinaikos - by Nir Luna

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 33-year old Greek international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-104kg-84). He was about to sign at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. The last season Perperoglou played at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 29 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 22 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Perperoglou's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award in 2015.
Perperoglou has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
Perperoglou represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.5ppg.
Perperoglou has played also professionally in Italy and Turkey (Anadolu Efes).
His game is described as: Very talented forward with great confidence in his game. Clutch player. Will take the big shot Very good shooter who can put the ball on the floor with ease Very good court vision.

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Yogev Ohayon
Curtis Jerrells
Jerome Dyson
Bar Timor
Igor Mayor

Forwards:
Stratos Perperoglou
Lior Eliyahu
Austin Daye
Michael Moshkovitz
Tarence Kinsey

Centers:
Ram Elias-Pour
Alen Omic
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

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  


Prom.Divisie Round 1: CobraNova loses to Grasshoppers - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prom.Divisie just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of CobraNova (0-1) in Leidschendam on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Grasshoppers (1-0) 91-80. Grasshoppers is looking forward to face Red Giants (#13) in Meppel in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CobraNova will play against Harlemlakers (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Meppel between Lokomotief and Red Giants where Lokomotief (1-0) beat Red Giants (0-1) on the road with 17-point difference 82-65. Lokomotief will play against Akrides (#7) in Ijmuiden in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Red Giants will play on the road against Grasshoppers (#1) in Katwijk to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Utrecht between UBALL and Harlemlakers. UBALL (1-0) got a very close home victory over Harlemlakers (0-1). UBALL managed to escape with a 3-point win 69-66 on Sunday evening. UBALL will meet De Groene (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Harlemlakers will play against CobraNova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Leiden. Local Leiden 2 (1-0) outscored Lions (0-1) 87-63. Leiden 2 will have a break next round. Lions will play at home against Groningen (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 Punch lost to Groningen in a road game 74-78.

CobraNova - Grasshoppers 80-91

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of CobraNova (0-1) in Leidschendam on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Grasshoppers (1-0) 91-80. Grasshoppers is looking forward to face Red Giants (#13) in Meppel in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CobraNova will play against Harlemlakers (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 575126


Groningen - Punch 78-74

Groningen used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Delft 78-74. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Groningen's next round opponent will be Lions (#11) in Landsmeer and are hoping to win another game. Punch will play against Racing Beverwijk and hope to win that game.
gschID: 575125


UBALL - Harlemlakers 69-66

A very close game took place in Utrecht between UBALL and Harlemlakers. UBALL (1-0) got a very close home victory over Harlemlakers (0-1). UBALL managed to escape with a 3-point win 69-66 on Sunday evening. UBALL will meet De Groene (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Harlemlakers will play against CobraNova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 571644


Leiden 2 - Lions 87-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Leiden. Local Leiden 2 (1-0) outscored Lions (0-1) 87-63. Leiden 2 will have a break next round. Lions will play at home against Groningen (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571643


Red Giants - Lokomotief 65-82

Another exciting game was played in Meppel between Lokomotief and Red Giants where Lokomotief (1-0) beat Red Giants (0-1) on the road with 17-point difference 82-65. Lokomotief will play against Akrides (#7) in Ijmuiden in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Red Giants will play on the road against Grasshoppers (#1) in Katwijk to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 571642





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  IRAQ  


Sulaf tabs Tofek Saleh, ex Al Jaish - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Sulaf (Superleague) inked 27-year old Syrian ex-international power forward Tofek Saleh (207-90). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Palestinian passport. The last time (12-14) he played at Al Jaish in Syrian Division I. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Saleh's team was regular season runner-up in Syrian League North Group in 2014.
He was also a member of Syrian international program for some years. Saleh played for Syrian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
He played at the WABA Clubs Championships three years ago.
Saleh has played also professionally in Syria for Al Wathba.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Karkh signs DeAndre Rice - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Karkh (Superleague) signed 32-year old American guard DeAndre Rice (189-85, college: Florida Atlantic) from Al Shurtah.
Rice ended the previous (2015-16) season at Al Nizwa (D1) in Omani league. after his season got done in Iraq with Al Shurtah.
In 2007 Rice was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fourth round (46th overall).
He attended Florida Atlantic University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice won Iraqi League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Rice is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Rice has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli Jeddah), Syria (Al Jalaa), Tunisia (U.S. Monastir) and Libya (Al Ittihad).

Al Karkh roster for 2017-2018:

DeAndre Rice
Saffa Al-Saedi
Khalid Al-Elayawi
Noor Al-Turfi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Proby, DCU Saints28.0 
 4. Andrews, KUBS27.0 
 5. Randolph, Templ.23.0 
 6. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 7. Bogdanovic, Tralee20.0 
 8. Bonaparte, Templ.20.0 
 9. Rockall, Maree19.0 
 10. Kulinicz, Belfast .19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Proby, DCU Saints16.0 
 2. Cairns, Belfast .15.0 
 3. O''Reilly, UCC D.13.0 
 4. Hansberry, Maree13.0 
 5. Baltimore, Swords T.12.0 
 6. Killeen, Templeogue12.0 
 7. Tummon, Moycullen12.0 
 8. Kulinicz, Belfast .11.0 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee11.0 
 10. Pantovic, Tralee11.0 
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. Clems, Belfast .5.0 
 7. Loughnane, Moycu.5.0 
 8. Cuff, UCC Demons5.0 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 10. Roe, Killester4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Neil RANDOLPH
  Templ.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 2. James, Templeogue4.0 
 3. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 4. Quigley, Tralee3.0 
 5. Burke, Maree3.0 
 6. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 7. Ingle, KUBS2.0 
 8. Lynn, Belfast Star2.0 
 9. Clems, Belfast .2.0 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Tummon, Moycullen3.0 
 3. Randolph, Templ.3.0 
 4. Killeen, Templeogue3.0 
 5. Cunningham, Moycullen2.0 
 6. McCann, KU.2.0 
 7. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 8. Cairns, Belfast .2.0 
 9. Cunningham, Moycullen1.0 
 10. Lacey, Swords T.1.0 


Best players of Irish Super League round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Forward Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for UCC Demons and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 33-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Tralee (#12, 0-1) 79-77. Thanks to this victory UCC Demons moved-up to the 5th position in Irish Super League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and UCC Demons 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 O'Reilly had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at UCC Demons, through which he has constantly improved. Post University graduate has very impressive stats this year. O'Reilly is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.0ppg. O'Reilly is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American center Dee Proby (208-C-88) of DCU Saints. Proby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as DCU Saints lost that game 76-96 to Templeogue (1-0). 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. Proby is a newcomer at DCU Saints and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.0ppg (#3). He also registered 16.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Neil Randolph (196-F) of Templeogue (#4). Randolph scored 23 points. He was a key player of Templeogue, leading his team to a 96-76 easy win against DCU Saints (#8, 0-1). Templeogue 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. Randolph also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Randolph as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Conroy Baltimore (198-F) of Swords Thunder - 17 points and 12 rebounds
5. Clement Kulinicz) of Belfast Star - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Goran Pantovic (208-F-91) of Tralee - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Royce Williams (196-G) of Killester - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eoin Rockall (185-PG-98) of Maree - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dusan Bogdanovic (211-C-93) of Tralee - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 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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Hapoel Jerusalem tabs Stratos Perperoglou, ex Panathinaikos - by Nir Luna

Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) inked 33-year old Greek international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-104kg-84). He was about to sign at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. The last season Perperoglou played at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 29 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 22 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Perperoglou's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team award in 2015.
Perperoglou has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
Perperoglou represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.5ppg.
Perperoglou has played also professionally in Italy and Turkey (Anadolu Efes).
His game is described as: Very talented forward with great confidence in his game. Clutch player. Will take the big shot Very good shooter who can put the ball on the floor with ease Very good court vision.

Hapoel Jerusalem roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yotam Halperin
Yogev Ohayon
Curtis Jerrells
Jerome Dyson
Bar Timor
Igor Mayor

Forwards:
Stratos Perperoglou
Lior Eliyahu
Austin Daye
Michael Moshkovitz
Tarence Kinsey

Centers:
Ram Elias-Pour
Alen Omic
Richard Howell

Coach: Fotis Katsikaris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Jerusalem celebrate victory in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket - Hapoel Jerusalem 88:96

Hapoel Jerusalem clinched the preseason victory in Bilbao. They upset the hosts behind 15 points from Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.).
The Israeli champions got to a quick start. They recorded a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 44:35 halftime advantage. Hapoel boosted the margin in the third period. They entered the final term up by 14 points 67:53. Bilbao Basket drained 35 points in the fourth quarter but could not avert the defeat. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) produced 14 points, while Alen Omic (216-C-92) added 13 points in the victory. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) responded with game-high 24 points for Bilbao Basket. Dejan Todorovic (197-F-94) finished with 13 points in the loss.



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  ITALY  


Carnovali is back at Remer Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) agreed terms with 24-year old power forward Tommaso Carnovali (197-77kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Treviglio as he has played here before. Carnovali has played for the last two seasons at FCM Ferentino in the Serie A2. In 30 games he had 6.9ppg and 1.9rpg last season.
Carnovali was a member of Italian U20 National Team in 2013.
He has played previously for Co.Mark Bergamo.
On Carnovali: A left handed forward who can spend time in 2, 3 and 4 positions. Has a long range and a good shooting selection.

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tommaso Marino
Alan Voskuil
Luca Cesana
Mattia Palumbo

Forwards:
Tommaso Carnovali
Bryce Douvier
Andrea Pecchia
Andrea Mezzanotte
Ursulo D'Almeida

Centers:
Emanuele Rossi
Jacopo Borra

Coach: Adriano Vertemati

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polski Cukier lands Glenn Cosey, ex Bertram Tortona - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) tabbed 25-year old American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-83kg-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: 3Eye). He played most recently at Bertram Tortona in Italian Serie A2. In 39 games he averaged impressive 18.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.0apg last season. Cosey helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Bakirkoy Basket in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he had very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.6apg. But the most of that year Cosey spent at KK_Zadar in Croatian league. In 26 ABA League games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Cosey played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016. He received also NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Cosey has played also professionally in France (ALM Evreux).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Cosey's outlook: Glenn is the poster child for the basketball term "THE ULTIMATE FLOOR GENERAL" He plays with poise, good pace & strong leadership skills at all times, and never gets rattled know matter how big the stage is!!!!! Cosey has a rock solid body and is always in tip top condition. He is a perfectionist and works on his basketball skills all year around. Glenn is a deadly shooter with unlimited range on his jump-shot and can never be left alone on the court at any time, because of his great scoring
skills. His dribble drive and assists game are very efficient. Cosey is very aggressive on defense and has the strength to lock up with taller guards. He is a second coach on the floor and has a high basketball IQ and very good character
.

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lukasz Wisniewski
Karol Gruszecki
Tomasz Snieg
Glenn Cosey
Pawel Krefft

Forwards:
Aaron Cel
Bartosz Diduszko
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

Coach: Dejan Mihevc

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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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  KOSOVO  


All signing requests at Kosovan Superleague 2017/18 - by Dren Shporta

The summer transfer windows has ended in Kosovan Superleague 2017/18 and Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) has got more than 20 requests from the clubs for the registration of players.

Golden Eagle Ylli had 7 request, to be the team with most transfer requests for the new season and after them came the reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina with 6.

SIGAL PRISHTINA: Eric Johnson, Wayne Martin, John Stuart, Alban Veseli (202-F-90), Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88) and Lis Shoshi (211-C-94, college: Howard Col., TX).

BASHKIMI: Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95), Urim Zenelaj (213-C-91, agency: Interperformances), Ljubo Samadan (207-C-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency), Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) and Jamir Hanner.

YLLI: Artin Gashi (203-F-93), Taylor Bassick, Michael Harmon II, Arian Tahiri (190-PG-93), Besnik Azemi (200-F/C-89), Egzon Kuqi (196-SG-97) & Arif Mehmetaj (201-F-94, college: Daemen).

RAHOVECI: Kreshnik Avdija (191-G/F-99), Jounious Powell JR, Kyle Sovine (206-F/C-94, college: St.Francis, IN, agency: Aspire Sports) & Xavier Newson (193-G/F-95, college: Goshen).

KERASAN PRISHTINA: Kujtim Ujkani & Arbnor Haliti.



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  LEBANON  


Homenetmen adds Young to their roster, ex Ahli Shabab !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Homenetmen Beirut (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American swingman Sam Young (198-100kg-85, college: Pittsburgh). He played last season at Ahli Shabab in UAE D1 league.
The previous (2016) summer Young was tested by Guizhou in Chinese NBL where in three games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 2016 season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (36th overall). Young attended University of Pittsburgh and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won UAE Federation Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Young was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Champions Cup 1st Team in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Young's pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Young has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings), Italy (Juvecaserta), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Turkey (Usak Sportlif), NBA (Phi.76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and San Sebastian).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Sam Young is a talented, gritty scorer and rebounder who displays outstanding competitiveness. Young has a good understanding of the game and fits perfectly into any team system. Young has showed his athleticism with spectacular dunks, thundering rebounds and surprising blocks. A power forward, Young can score inside or outside, is super athletic, plays good defense and gets up on the glass.

Homenetmen Beirut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elie Chamoun
Karim Zeinoun

Forwards:
Makram Ben_Romdhane
Sam Young
Sam Thompson

Center:
Michael Fraser

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Demarius Bolds (ex Targu Mures) signs at Moutahed - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) landed 33-year old American guard Demarius Bolds (193-88kg-84, college: Missouri Western). He was about to sign at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. The last season Bolds played at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 where in 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
Bolds is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Bolds has played previously professionally in Iraq (Nift Al-Janoub), Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Turkey (Final Genclik), United Kingdom (London Lions), Greece (Apollon Patras), Czech Republic (BK Kolin) and Kosovo (Bashkimi).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Bolds attended Missouri Western State College until 2006 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very athletic combo guard who does everything.
He is a great slasher to the basket and finishes above the rim with either hand.
Defensively he is a star who plays with a lot of intensity.
He is a big time talent and a great all around player who can do it all
.

Al Moutahed Tripoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramel Curry
Jad Khalil
Demarius Bolds
Travis Releford
Omar El_Ayoubi

Forwards:
Bachir Ammoury
Nikola Kuga
Lorrenzo Wade
Bilal Tabbara

Center:
Shevon Thompson

Coach: Alen Abaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Robert CARTER
  Lietuvos.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Carter, Lietuvos.25.0 
 2. Zeisloft, Siauliai20.0 
 3. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.19.0 
 4. Echodas, Lietuvos.17.0 
 5. Seibutis, Neptunas17.0 
 6. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.16.0 
 7. Valinskas, Zalgiris16.0 
 8. Tarolis, Lietkabelis16.0 
 9. Siksnius, Juventus16.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan PALACIOS
  Neptunas
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Palacios, Neptunas8.0 
 2. Peterson, Lietuvos.7.0 
 3. Tarolis, Lietkabelis7.0 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 5. Birutis, Siauliai7.0 
 6. Kupsas, Juventus7.0 
 7. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.7.0 
 9. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes6.0 
 10. Carter, Lietuvos.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Lietkabelis
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Girdziunas, Neptu.7.0 
 3. Ireland, Juventus7.0 
 4. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 5. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.0 
 6. Samenas, Juventus5.0 
 7. Normantas, Lietuvos.5.0 
 8. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.5.0 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.4.0 
 10. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldas SEIBUTIS
  Neptunas
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Seibutis, Neptunas3.0 
 2. Butkevicius, Neptu.3.0 
 3. Ireland, Juventus3.0 
 4. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 5. Jomantas, Lietuvos.2.0 
 6. Sabeckis, Siauliai2.0 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 8. Zalalis, Dzukija2.0 
 9. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 10. Zelionis, Neptunas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gytis MASIULIS
  Zalgiris
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Masiulis, Zalgiris2.0 
 2. Milaknis, Zalgiris1.0 
 3. Normantas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 4. Beniusis, Siauliai1.0 
 5. Peterson, Lietuvos.1.0 
 6. Carter, Lietuvos.1.0 
 7. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.0 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 9. Selakovs, Dzukija1.0 
 10. Kupsas, Juventus1.0 


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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Bascharage lands Marko Latinovic - by Eurobasket News

BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs (N2) tabbed 30-year old Serbian swingman Marko Latinovic (203-96kg-87, college: Erskine). He has played for the last three years at Basket Esch in the Total League. In 18 games he averaged 12.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. N2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Latinovic won Luxembourg Nationale 2 championship title in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Latinovic experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Latinovic has played previously professionally in Iceland (Thor Thorl), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), Sweden (White Eagles) and Tunisia (Club Africain).
He attended Erskine University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Latinovic's outlook: Marko is a very fast, quick and athletic wing player, with long arms. Has ability to post up if necessary, but would rather drive it to the basket and finish it strong at the rim with great dunking skills or pull up the jump shot. He is a very good 3 point shooter (42.8%). According to Mark Peeler, his coach in past 2 years, Marko is the best defender that he has had in a long period of time. Reads the offence, and understands the game of basketball very well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kordall Steelers welcome back Bivins, ex Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Kordall Steelers (N2) inked 25-year old American forward Antonio Bivins (198-88kg-92, college: Mass.-Lowell). It is actually his comeback to Rodange as he has played here before. Bivins played in the summer at Aguilas in Colombian LPB league. In 18 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.7spg (leader !!!). The last season Bivins played at Kordall Steelers (Total League) where in 13 games he was third best scorer with impressive 27.1ppg and recorded 10.2rpg, 3.0apg and 3.8spg (leader !!!).
Among other achievements Bivins played in the final of Northeast-10 Tournament in 2012. He received also All-AEC Sixth Player of the Year award and All-AEC 3rd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bivins graduated from University of Massachusetts - Lowell in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BC Mess land Richard Ross, ex Joondalup Wolves - by Eurobasket News

BC Mess (N2) tabbed 25-year old American forward Richard Ross (198-107kg-92, college: ODU). He played in the summer at Joondalup Wolves in Australian SBL. In 7 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Ross helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
He has played previously professionally in Norway (Gimle BBK Bergen) and Bolivia (Penarol).
Ross attended Old Dominion University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Morris inks at BC Mess at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

BC Mess (N2) added to their roster American swingman Brett Morris (193-94kg). Morris just graduated from Glenville State College (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg and 2.7bpg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to All-MEC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Morris is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His college team won MEC Tournament in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Black Frogs land Stefan Stefanovic, ex Konstantin - by Eurobasket News

Schieren Black Frogs tabbed 27-year old Serbian guard Stefan Stefanovic (193-90). He played most recently at Konstantin in Serbian KLS league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Stefanovic played at KK Velika Plana (2MLS) in Serbian league where in 25 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Honorable Mention.
He has played previously professionally also in Bulgaria (Dunav 2016 Ruse and Academik Plovdiv) and Serbia (Vrsac, Grocka and Mladost Cacak).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ognjen Beocanin is a newcomer at Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian Ognjen Beocanin (95) from BC Mess. In 9 N2 games in Luxembourg he recorded 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Beocanin played at Luxemburg Academy.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Sloga and Polet Ratina.

Black Star Mersch roster for 2017-2018:

David Torres
Bryant Irwin
Duane Johnson
Ognjen Beocanin
Elisio Delgado

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Johnson re-signs at Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American swingman Duane Johnson (201-86kg-91, college: E.Stroudsburg). He was a team leader there last season. In 16 N2 games he had very impressive stats: 26.1ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at DCU Saints (Premier League) in Ireland where in 12 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 26.2ppg and averaged 18.7rpg (leader !!!), 3.9apg, 2.6spg (in top 5) and 3.1bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team.
He played in the final of Australian Big V in 2014.
Johnson has played also professionally in Australia (Stingrays).
He attended East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Black Star Mersch roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Duane Johnson

Forwards:
David Torres
Bryant Irwin

Center:
Elisio Delgado

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bryant Irwin agreed terms with Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Bryant Irwin (201-100kg-90, college: Furman, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at Twin City Jazz (ABA) in the U.S.
The previous (14-15) season Irwin played at BC Mess.
He has played also professionally in Colombia (Piratas and Patriotas).
Irwin attended Furman University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ky Howard agreed terms with Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

AS Soleuvre (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Ky Howard (193-84kg, college: NJIT). He has only college experience so far playing last time for New Jersey Institute of Technology (NCAA). Howard has played there for the last four years. In 34 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.5apg in 2015-16 season. Howard helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Sun Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Last year he was drafted by Greensboro Swarm (D-League) in second round (35th overall).
Howard just graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grengewald signs rookie Jeylyn Sharpe in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald Hostert (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Jeylyn Sharpe (193-93kg). Sharpe just graduated from Rogers State University (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. Great season indeed as he was awarded All-Heartland Conference Player of the Year and voted to All-Heartland Conference 1st Team. Sharpe played 23 games where he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded All-Heartland Conference Player of the Year and voted to All-Heartland Conference 1st Team and voted to NABC NCAA D2 All-South Central District 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Sharpe is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team won Heartland Conference Regular Season in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  


Milovan Draskovic is a newcomer at Wels - by Eurobasket News

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (A Bundesliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) from Arkadia. In 34 A Bundesliga games in Austria he recorded 11.5ppg, 8.4rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2bpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Draskovic's team made it to the Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team award back in 2013.
Draskovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 Division B in Szekesfehervar (Hungary) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 48.7%, FT: 62.2%.
Draskovic has played previously professionally in Spain (Barca II) and Montenegro (KK Podgorica).

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Csebits
Jasmin Marevac
Oscar Schmit
Siyani Chambers
Elijah Wilson
Timo Axmann

Forwards:
Davor Lamesic
Carlos Novas_Mateo
Erwin Zulic
Petar Nemcec

Center:
Milovan Draskovic

Coach: Sebastian Waser

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @IP_sport)

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Real Betis sign Vladimir Golubovic - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) signed 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Vladimir Golubovic (212-113kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Golubovic played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 18 BSL games he had 7.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A where in 18 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. Golubovic helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.3ppg and 4.8rpg. The other team Golubovic played that season for was Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 14 games he got 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 11.5ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Golubovic won Spanish ACB championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year back in 2014.
Golubovic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 37.5%.
Golubovic is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Golubovic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Ukraine (Azovmash), Spain (Baskonia, Unicaja Malaga and Zaragoza), Turkey (TED Kolejliler, Antalyaspor and Banvit), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas) and United Arab Emirates (Ahli Shabab).
He could be described: A tall player with long arms, he moves very well inside and outside the paint and can spend time effectively not only in 5 position, but even in 4 position if needed.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Ryan Kelly
O.D. Anosike
Leo Cizmic
Tomas Balciunas

Centers:
Vladimir Golubovic
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

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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.



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  NBA  


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



NBA Teams Line Up to Sign Aussie Bogut - by Eurobasket

The race to snap up Australian big man Andrew Bogut (213-C-84, college: Utah) is hotting up as the seven-footer nears a return to action following his lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 32-year old's time with the Cleveland Cavaliers will go down in history, ending after less than a minute into Bogut's debut when the Aussie suffered a season-ending leg break. While the Cavs waived the 2015 NBA champion at the end of the year, they are now one of a number of franchises that are reportedly in the race to sign the fit-again Bogut. One of the best players in Australian history, interest is high Down Under as to where the centre will be playing next season.

Having been traded to Philadelphia from the Dallas Mavericks, Bogut was bought out by the 76ers before signing for the Cavaliers. But after fracturing his tibia less than a minute into his debut, the Australian spent the rest of the year watching on as his team-mates went all the way to the NBA Finals, losing to Golden State. While his 2016 wasn't great for a number of reasons, his stats remained consistent, averaging 2.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game. He might be in the twilight of his career, but the veteran still apparently has plenty to offer if the number of top teams looking to sign him is any evidence.

There are few big men as effective on the boards as Bogut, providing a big body on the paint and an experienced head for those pressurised moments. He's averaged ten points and 8.9 rebounds during a stellar 12-year career that started when he was the number-one overall pick in the 2005 Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. And when it comes to the free agency, there aren't many seven-footers who boast the experience and big game know-how as Bogut, and it's no surprise to see so many teams being tipped by the latest betting advice to be in the running for the finals next season now looking to add him to their rosters ahead of the new campaign.

One of those teams interested in Bogut is the Boston Celtics, who are in need of an experienced rebounder, and also have fellow Aussie Aron Baynes on their roster. It's a similar story for the San Antonio Spurs, who will be hoping Patty Mills will help swing a deal to bring the veteran to the franchise. Both teams wouldn't be able to offer him a starting role, but the two championship contenders will have big roles available for Bogut should he be interested.

Also in the race to sign the big Aussie are the Utah Jazz, home to Aussie duo Joe Ingles and Dante Exum - which could certainly play a factor in Bogut's decision. And then there is the nostalgic option, with the veteran's first ever NBA team, the Bucks, also very much interested in re-signing a player who enjoyed a very successful seven seasons in Milwaukee after drafting him in 2005. These two teams might not be expected to be in the running for the finals, but both could offer the 32-year old the chance to play for teams that would give him plenty of court time.



The Bucks welcome back Marshall - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks inked 26-year old international point guard Kendall Marshall (195-88kg-91, college: N.Carolina). It is actually his comeback to the Bucks as he has played here before. Marshall played most recently at Reno Bighorns. In 21 NBA G League games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 9.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Marshall also spent pre-season at the Jazz that year. He was also tried-out by the 76ers.
In 2012 Marshall was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (13th overall). The former University of North Carolina staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Marshall's team won ACC Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and ACC All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Marshall was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for four other teams: LA Lakers, Washington Wizards, Northern Arizona Suns and Delaware 87ers.
Marshall's game is described as: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A brilliant, "natural" floor general ... Understands how to control the flow of the game ... Makes his teammates better ... Has the height and offensive awareness to see the entire court at all times ... Always dribbles with his head up. Scoring ability is practically non-existent ... Is the type of player that could average more assists than points ... Doesn't nearly have the same kind of confidence creating for himself that he has creating for others
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Milwaukee Bucks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Terry
Brandon Rush
Matthew Dellavedova
Kendall Marshall
Malcolm Brogdon
Gary Payton_II
Sterling Brown
Bronson Koenig
JeQuan Lewis
Rashad Vaughn

Forwards:
Mirza Teletovic
John Henson
Khris Middleton
Jabari Parker
Thon Maker
D.J. Wilson
Tony Snell
Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Young

Center:
Greg Monroe

Coach: Jason Kidd

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The Hawks add Mathews to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks added to their roster 23-year old guard Jordan Mathews (193-93kg-94). He just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). In 39 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. Mathews helped them to win WCC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-WCC Honorable Mention.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Mathews is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

Coach: Mike Budenholzer

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The Bucks cut Koenig - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks cut 23-year old guard Bronson Koenig (193-82kg-94, college: Wisconsin).
Koenig has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Wisconsin and it is his first season in pro basketball. Koenig played in the final of Big Ten Tournament.

Milwaukee Bucks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Terry
Brandon Rush
Matthew Dellavedova
Kendall Marshall
Malcolm Brogdon
Gary Payton_II
Sterling Brown
JeQuan Lewis
Rashad Vaughn

Forwards:
Mirza Teletovic
John Henson
Khris Middleton
Jabari Parker
Thon Maker
D.J. Wilson
Tony Snell
Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Young

Center:
Greg Monroe

Coach: Jason Kidd

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The Warriors add Hamilton to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) added to their roster 24-year old guard Alex Hamilton (193-86kg-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Santa Cruz Warriors. In 46 NBA G League games he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. Hamilton also spent pre-season at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (TBL) in Polish league that year.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2016 Oklahoma City Blue selected him in first round (3rd overall) in the D-League draft.
Hamilton attended Louisiana Tech University and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won C-USA Regular Season in 2015. Hamilton was also voted All-C-USA Player of the Year and NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.

Golden State Warriors roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shaun Livingston
Nick Young
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Alex Hamilton
Antonius Cleveland
Patrick McCaw

Forwards:
David West
Andre Iguodala
Omri Casspi
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Michael Gbinije
Georges Niang
Jordan Bell
Kevon Looney

Centers:
Zaza Pachulia
Javale McGee
Chris Boucher
Damian Jones

Coach: Steve Kerr

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Chris Johnson agreed terms with the Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) will strengthen their roster with addition of 27-year old small forward Chris Johnson (198-91kg-90, college: Dayton). He played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 40 NBA G League games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at the Jazz where in 69 NBA games he averaged just 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers selected him in first round (7th overall) in the D-League draft.
Johnson attended University of Dayton and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
He was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Johnson has played previously for seven other teams: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Phi.76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

Houston Rockets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Brown
Chris Paul
Luc Mbah_a_Moute
James Harden
Eric Gordon
Deandre Liggins
Tim Quarterman
Demetrius Jackson
Isaiah Taylor

Forwards:
P.J. Tucker
Trevor Ariza
Ryan Anderson
Chris Johnson
Clint Capela
Tarik Black
Jarrod Uthoff
Shawn Long
Troy Williams
Cameron Oliver

Centers:
Nene Hilario
Qi Zhou
Chinanu Onuaku

Coach: Mike D'Antoni

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Jarrod Uthoff to join the Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers agreed terms with 24-year old forward Jarrod Uthoff (203-90kg-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports).
Part of last season Uthoff spent at the Mavericks. In 9 NBA games he had 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg. He also played earlier that season for another team Texas Legends. In two games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Uthoff has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was voted CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-American of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Uthoff has played previously for three other NBA teams: Toronto Raptors, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Raptors 905 Missisauga.
He attended University of Iowa until 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.
On Uthoff: A natural scorer who can hit the basket very easily even from behind the 3pts arch. Also, has very good offensive moves inside and beats well his opponent in 1-vs-1 situations. Defensively, he's very effective despite being lanky and has a good timing to block the opponents' shots. Understands the game very well, but he's not a big passer, neither a great athlete.

Indiana Pacers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Damien Wilkins
Darren Collison
Cory Joseph
Lance Stephenson
Trey McKinney-Jones
Victor Oladipo
Joseph Young
Edmond Sumner

Forwards:
Thaddeus Young
Al Jefferson
Bojan Bogdanovic
DeQuan Jones
Jarrod Uthoff
Domantas Sabonis
Alex Poythress
Glenn Robinson_III
Ben Moore
TJ Leaf
Ike Anigbogu

Center:
Myles Turner

Coach: Nate McMillan

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The Timberwolves land Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) tabbed 32-year old point guard Aaron Brooks (183-73kg-85, college: Oregon). He played most recently at Indiana Pacers. In 66 NBA games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brooks played at the Bulls where in 69 NBA games he had 7.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Houston Rockets in first round (26th overall). The former University of Oregon standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team award back in 2012.
Brooks has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings) and China (Guandong Tigers).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Brooks is an above average athlete with great quickness. Shifty ball handler capable of getting separation with fakes and stutter steps. Perimeter shooting has improved greatly this year in consistency and confidence Is a capable three point shooter, off the dribble or with his feet set.
Despite being a point guard, Brooks lacks the qualities that most NBA teams look for in that position. Still doesnt control the tempo very well and possesses just average court vision
.

Minnesota Timberwolves roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jamal Crawford
Aaron Brooks
Jeff Teague
Jimmy Butler
Andrew Wiggins
Tyus Jones
Melo Trimble

Forwards:
Nemanja Bjelica
Taj Gibson
Karl-Anthony Towns
Shabazz Muhammad
Amile Jefferson
Marcus Georges-Hunt

Centers:
Cole Aldrich
Gorgui Dieng
Justin Patton

Coach: Tom Thibodeau

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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Perkins comes back to the Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 33-year old center Kendrick Perkins (208-122kg-84). It is actually his comeback to the Cavaliers as he has played here before. Perkins played most recently at New Orleans Pelicans. In 37 NBA games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Perkins played at the Cavaliers where in 25 NBA games he averaged only 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg. Perkins also spent pre-season at the Jazz that year. The other team he played that season for were the Thunder. In 51 NBA games he had 4.0ppg and 5.5rpg.
In 2003 Perkins was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies in first round (27th overall). He has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Perkins has spent his entire career in NBA playing for two other teams: Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Powerful low post player who needs better conditioning; runs floor well; not a great shot blocker.

Cleveland Cavaliers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jose_Manuel Calderon
J.R. Smith
Derrick Rose
Iman Shumpert
Isaiah Thomas
Kay Felder

Forwards:
Kyle Korver
Richard Jefferson
Channing Frye
LeBron James
Jeff Green
Kevin Love
Tristan Thompson
Jae Crowder
Cedi Osman
Ante Zizic

Centers:
Kendrick Perkins
Edy Tavares

Coach: Tyronn Lue

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Suns C Alex Len plans to sign qualifying offer before training camp - by Eurobasket News

Barring an unforeseen change of events, Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (7'1''-C-93, college: Maryland) is planning to sign the team's $4.2 million qualifying offer before training camp, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, league sources told ESPN. The Suns open camp on Tuesday at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Len, 24, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, has spent the summer as a restricted free agent. Len, a skilled 7-footer, investigated offer sheets and sign-and-trade proposals, but none made sense with the possibility of free agency next summer. The Suns are preserving salary-cap space in 2018 without signing him to an extension now, but do risk losing Len for no compensation. With Len signing a $4.2 million qualifying offer, Phoenix would enter the season with $14.3 million in salary-cap space. Len will have veto power over a trade. If traded, he would lose his Bird rights in contract negotiations. Phoenix wants to study's Len's progress in the 2017-18 season before committing to a long-term, lucrative contract extension to him. Len has started 80 games over the past two seasons, including 34 in 2016-17 when he averaged eight points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Joel Taylor Promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coach at TAMIU - by Eurobasket News

Texas A&M International University men's basketball coach Bryan Weakley announced on Thursday that current assistant Joel Taylor has been promoted to Associate Head Coach beginning immediately. Taylor has been instrumental in building the Dustdevils into one of the top programs in the Heartland Conference working with the post players. 'Joel has earned this title because of his loyalty and value he has added to our program,' said Weakley. 'He is a great friend but in addition he possesses the qualities needed to be a successful coach of knowledge, love and passion for the game and love for his players. I am truly excited to promote him to Associate Head Coach.' The 2016-17 season saw the Dustdevils claim the program's third Heartland Conference Regular Season Championship and appear in their second-straight conference tournament appearance as they finished the campaign with an overall record of 20-10 and 13-5 in Heartland play. 'I am very honored to be named Associate Head Coach for the TAMIU men's basketball team,' added Taylor. 'I am very grateful to both head coach Bryan Weakley and athletic director Griz Zimmerman for the confidence they have demonstrated by allowing me to advance my career here in Laredo. I have thoroughly enjoyed my last three seasons as part of the Dustdevil family and I look forward to continuing to grow our team into a national contender.' Taylor enters his fourth year at TAMIU having served as Weakley's assistant since 2014 and has been instrumental in building TAMIU into one of the top programs in the Heartland Conference compiling an overall record of 51-37 while helping Bunja Yaboe and Vadal Faniel earn all-conference honors. Prior to being hired at TAMIU, Taylor served as the assistant coach at Eastern Wyoming College for four years leading the Lancers to a pair of NJCAA Region IX Championships and also two appearances in the NJCAA Tournament twice. He also served as an assistant at Grand Canyon University where he earned a Master's Degree in Business Leadership. Taylor began his coaching career at his alma mater Northwest Missouri State. While at NWSU, he helped the team to there first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in school history. During his two-year playing career for the Bearcats, Taylor led the team the Sweet Sixteen as a senor captain in a season they started a then school record 13-0. The Dustdevils open the 2017-18 season hosting the Chadron State and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Nov. 10 and 11 as part of the Conference Challenge.
Courtesy of: godustdevils.com



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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  NIGERIA  


Chantada lands Jeffrey Solarin - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Chantada Galicia Vento tabbed 25-year old Nigerian forward Jeffrey Solarin (193-95kg-92, college: Idaho State). He played most recently at Aquimisa Laboratorios Zamorano in the LEB Silver. In 28 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. 1Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Solarin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group A-B in 2016.
He graduated from Idaho State in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @elevationba)

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  NORWAY  


Karamo Jawara (ex Doxa Pefkon) is a newcomer at Cambados - by Eurobasket News

Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Norwegian forward Karamo Jawara (203-107kg-91, college: N.C.Central). He played last season at Doxa Pefkon in Greek A2 league. In 32 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Jawara played at Apollon Patras (A1) in Greek league where in 17 games he averaged 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won MEAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Jawara was also voted All-MEAC 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Jawara represented Norway at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally in Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca) and Norway (Froya Basket).
Jawara attended N.Carolina Central until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Martin Orellano
Otar Pkhakadze
Samuel Barros

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

Centers:
Vladzimir Krysevich
Carlos Poyatos

Coach: Chiqui Barros

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PANAMA  


Gary Forbes (ex Cocodrilos) is a newcomer at G.Larissa-Faros - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Gymnastikos Larissa-Faros BC (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Panamanian ex-international swingman Gary Forbes (201-100kg-85, college: Virginia). He played last season at Cocodrilos in Venezuelan LPB league. Forbes managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 9 LPB games he recorded 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA where in 12 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg. The other team Forbes played that season for was another team Long Island Nets in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 19 games he had 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) as #4 pick overall.
Forbes attended University of Virginia and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2009. Forbes was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention back in 2011. He was a member of Panamanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009.
Forbes is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Forbes has played previously professionally in China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very good scorer, with a lightning-quick first pace, who is a great offfensive weapon. Should improve his outside shooting, while his rebounding skills are yet OK. Defensively, he needs to adapt to pro level, now he seems too much foul-prone.

Gymnastikos Larissa-Faros BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Emmanouil Papamakarios
Gary Forbes
Nontas Papantoniou
Perry Petty
Kevin Ware
Daniel Dingle
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Paris Liadis

Forwards:
Roeland Schaftenaar
Giannis Vavatsikos
Paris Maragkos
Kenny Hall
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Vasileios Mouratos
Willie Conner
Raheem Watts
Panos Chatzoglou

Center:
Georgios Diamantakos

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


NLEX-SCTEX struggles to sustain strong start against Shanghai Sharks, falls to 0-2 - by Eurobasket News

Coming off a 20 point-beating at the hands of Korean powerhouse Jeonju KCC Egis, the NLEX-SCTEX Road Warriors had a strong start against defending Merlion Cup champions Shanghai Sharks in hopes of a bounce back victory. However, the Philippine-side could not sustain, being overwhelmed in the final frame in a 79-65 loss, Thursday evening at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. NLEX-SCTEX fell to a 0-2 record in Group A and have been virtually eliminated to advance to the next round. Jason Perkins (193-F) had another solid outing with 17 points and 15 rebounds but it was Oping Sumalinog who stood out for the Road Warriors, finishing with a game-high 21 markers in 26 minutes of action. Sumalinog was the catalyst in NLEX-SCTEX's strong start that saw the Road Warriors lead by as much as 14 points, 29-15, early in the second frame. The Sharks quintet of Luo Hanchen (188-PG-94), Zhi Luo (190-G-86), Hanlin Dong (208-C/F-91), Wei Lu (194-G-85), and Cai Lang though displayed poise and great familiarity, leading Shanghai's 15-5 rally to close out the first half strong. The Jojo Lastimosa-mentored squad was able to keep pace with Shanghai all throughout the third frame and into the early moments of the final quarter. However, turnovers doomed the Road Warriors in the end game. With the game knotted at 63-all, Shanghai took advantage of multiple errors by NLEX-SCTEX, zooming past them with a game-breaking 16-0 run that gave the Sharks a 79-63 lead in the waning moments of the game. Overall, the Road Warriors' 15 turnovers led to 22 Sharks points. JP Belencion added eight markers for NLEX-SCTEX while import Maurice Shaw hauled down 15 rebounds to go along with six points. However, Pamboy Raymundo continued to struggle, going just 2-for-16 from the field. Luo Hanchen led Shanghai with 20 points and nine rebounds while Hanlin Dong went 7-for-10 from the field for 17 points. The Road Warriors look to finally rack one up on Friday, September 22 against Indonesian club team Satria Muda Pertamina. The game will have a 6:30 tip-off time.
Courtesy of: tiebreakertimes.com




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



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  POLAND  


Polski Cukier lands Glenn Cosey, ex Bertram Tortona - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) tabbed 25-year old American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-83kg-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: 3Eye). He played most recently at Bertram Tortona in Italian Serie A2. In 39 games he averaged impressive 18.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.0apg last season. Cosey helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Honorable Mention.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Bakirkoy Basket in Turkish BSL where in 9 games he had very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.6apg. But the most of that year Cosey spent at KK_Zadar in Croatian league. In 26 ABA League games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Cosey played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2016. He received also NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Cosey has played also professionally in France (ALM Evreux).
He attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Cosey's outlook: Glenn is the poster child for the basketball term "THE ULTIMATE FLOOR GENERAL" He plays with poise, good pace & strong leadership skills at all times, and never gets rattled know matter how big the stage is!!!!! Cosey has a rock solid body and is always in tip top condition. He is a perfectionist and works on his basketball skills all year around. Glenn is a deadly shooter with unlimited range on his jump-shot and can never be left alone on the court at any time, because of his great scoring
skills. His dribble drive and assists game are very efficient. Cosey is very aggressive on defense and has the strength to lock up with taller guards. He is a second coach on the floor and has a high basketball IQ and very good character
.

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lukasz Wisniewski
Karol Gruszecki
Tomasz Snieg
Glenn Cosey
Pawel Krefft

Forwards:
Aaron Cel
Bartosz Diduszko
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

Coach: Dejan Mihevc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Demarius Bolds (ex Targu Mures) signs at Moutahed - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) landed 33-year old American guard Demarius Bolds (193-88kg-84, college: Missouri Western). He was about to sign at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. The last season Bolds played at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 where in 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
Bolds is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Bolds has played previously professionally in Iraq (Nift Al-Janoub), Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Turkey (Final Genclik), United Kingdom (London Lions), Greece (Apollon Patras), Czech Republic (BK Kolin) and Kosovo (Bashkimi).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Bolds attended Missouri Western State College until 2006 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very athletic combo guard who does everything.
He is a great slasher to the basket and finishes above the rim with either hand.
Defensively he is a star who plays with a lot of intensity.
He is a big time talent and a great all around player who can do it all
.

Al Moutahed Tripoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramel Curry
Jad Khalil
Demarius Bolds
Travis Releford
Omar El_Ayoubi

Forwards:
Bachir Ammoury
Nikola Kuga
Lorrenzo Wade
Bilal Tabbara

Center:
Shevon Thompson

Coach: Alen Abaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Anton Pushkov sidelined for nine months - by Eurobasket News

Zenit suffered roster setback going into the season. Anton Pushkov (208-C-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) got sidelined with a serious injury. The centre suffered ruptured ACL and is expected to miss around 9 months of action. Anton Psuhkov joined Zenit back in 2015. He tallied 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in VTB League last season. Pushkov also notched 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per appearance in EuroCup.


Eskisehir Basket and Besiktas roll past Russian representatives in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket and Besiktas overcame Russian teams in Antalya. Eskisehir Basket overcame Lokomotiv-Kuban 72-71 due to a massive second half. They trailed 17 points at the halftime, but managed to seal a narrow win. Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 17 points in a loss and Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) poured in 11.
Besiktas meanwhile posted an 84-79 win over Zenit. The third period was decisive in the game as the Turkish side needed a 30-21 surge to seal the win. Earl Clark (208-PF-88, college: Louisville) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Erkan Veyseloglu (200-SF-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 18. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) notched 11, whilst Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) had 9.



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

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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.

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Khimki nip Brose Baskets in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Brose Baskets 77:75 (OT)

Khimki victoriously opened their Zadar international tournament campaign. They nipped Brose Baskets for the opening win. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) provided 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the Russian side.
Brose Baskets snatched an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Khimki surged ahead for a 37:35 halftime advantage. Bamberg went on a strong 23:15 rally in the third term to spur ahead. But Khimki limited the German champions to just 10 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Russian side sank 9 points in the extra period to ensure the victory. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) had 15 points, while Tyler Honeycutt and Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Brose Baskets. Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket) connected for 13 points in the losing effort.



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Ognjen Beocanin is a newcomer at Black Star - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian Ognjen Beocanin (95) from BC Mess. In 9 N2 games in Luxembourg he recorded 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Beocanin played at Luxemburg Academy.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Sloga and Polet Ratina.

Black Star Mersch roster for 2017-2018:

David Torres
Bryant Irwin
Duane Johnson
Ognjen Beocanin
Elisio Delgado

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Black Frogs land Stefan Stefanovic, ex Konstantin - by Eurobasket News

Schieren Black Frogs tabbed 27-year old Serbian guard Stefan Stefanovic (193-90). He played most recently at Konstantin in Serbian KLS league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Stefanovic played at KK Velika Plana (2MLS) in Serbian league where in 25 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Honorable Mention.
He has played previously professionally also in Bulgaria (Dunav 2016 Ruse and Academik Plovdiv) and Serbia (Vrsac, Grocka and Mladost Cacak).

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Bascharage lands Marko Latinovic - by Eurobasket News

BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs (N2) tabbed 30-year old Serbian swingman Marko Latinovic (203-96kg-87, college: Erskine). He has played for the last three years at Basket Esch in the Total League. In 18 games he averaged 12.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. N2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Latinovic won Luxembourg Nationale 2 championship title in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Latinovic experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Latinovic has played previously professionally in Iceland (Thor Thorl), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), Sweden (White Eagles) and Tunisia (Club Africain).
He attended Erskine University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Latinovic's outlook: Marko is a very fast, quick and athletic wing player, with long arms. Has ability to post up if necessary, but would rather drive it to the basket and finish it strong at the rim with great dunking skills or pull up the jump shot. He is a very good 3 point shooter (42.8%). According to Mark Peeler, his coach in past 2 years, Marko is the best defender that he has had in a long period of time. Reads the offence, and understands the game of basketball very well.

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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.



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

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Monaco inks Abdel Kader Sylla - by Eurobasket News

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

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Georgi Joseph
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou
Christopher Evans

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Abdel_Kader Sylla
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

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  SINGAPORE  


Slingers Win First Merlion Cup Game in Rout over Dinos, 89-69 - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore Slingers hadn't played in a long while, but were ready for their first game in the Merlion Cup 2017 against the Yulon Luxgen Dinos from Chinese-Taipei. It didn't look like the usual Singapore Slingers that fans had gotten used to see play in the OCBC Arena over the past two seasons. The regular faces like Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene), Wong Wei Long, and Ng Hanbin (193-G/F-89) were there but it just felt a little off without having Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) anchoring the play inside. The Slingers struggled at the beginning against the Yulon Luxgen Dinos, looking a bit rusty and in search of reconfiguring their style of play. Botched passes and turnovers from miscommunication got the Slingers into a 14-8 hole, traillng to the visiting Dinos. Maybe all the Slingers needed was some time to get things going the right direction. A three-point shot by Wong Wei Long at the 2 minute mark sparked a furious 13-0 run by the home team. The Slingers ended the quarter in the lead 21-14 with a leaning fadeaway Leon Kwek jumper with the clock running down. The Slingers continued to pile on in the second quarter and pushed the lead to as much as 18 points. During their second quarter run, new import Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) finally got into the groove of the game and lit the OCBC crowd with a putback jam. 'I knew I was going to be a little sloppy at first,' Wright said after the game which he had 23 points and 10 rebounds. 'I was a little bit nervous but I knew that my team mates were going to play hard and if I played hard as well I was confident that we were going to have a good result.' It was a hot shooting quarter for the Slingers and the Dinos struggled to get their own offense going as well. The home team missed only 4 of their 15 attempts in the second interval and by the time the halftime buzzer sounded, the Slingers had already built up a 43-28 lead going into the locker room. The Slingers cooled down in the second half, but maintained the lead the rest of the way and even had chances to rest Alexander and Wright as well. Another new face to the team, Mikee Reyes, blended in well with the team for his first game. His numbers might not pop out, but he distributed the offense well and was a willing passer for most of the part. As new additions, Reyes and Wright were able to add another dimension as to how the Slingers played. 'I like that we pushed the ball and ran the floor,' Coach Neo Beng Siang said. 'We can improve on team defense because the structure is still not there.' The game progressed on until the final buzzer with the Singapore Slingers winning 89-69 in their Merlion Cup debut. Xavier Alexander hadn't missed a beat from last season and flirted with a triple-double of 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. The Slingers had five players scoring in double digits, with Leon Kwek, Russel Low (195-C-93), and Delvin Goh in addition to the two World Imports. 'It was a good game,' Low said. 'It was the first game of the preseason. I think we did well but definitely there are a few things we can fix up.' The Slingers will have a one day break before playing the Adelaide 36ers on Friday at 6:30 PM.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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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Dejan Cigoja (ex Wels) agreed terms with Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88). He played most recently at BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 39 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Cigoja helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Furstenfeld Panthers (also in A Bundesliga) where in 39 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Cigoja received Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team award back in 2010.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 92.9%.
Cigoja has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Slovan, Zlatorog, Rogla, Portoroz and Geoplin Slovan II.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Johan Lofberg
Danilo Fuzaro
Sergi Quintela
Jose_Antonio Lopez

Forwards:
Dejan Cigoja
Federico Ucles
Leonardo Demetrio

Centers:
Guillem Rubio
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Zhejiang top Samsung Thunders for opening win in Macau - by Eurobasket News

Samsung Thunders - Zhejiang 81:89

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions opened win count in Macau. They beat Korean Samsung Thunders for 1-1 record at the Super 8 international tournament. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88, college: Arkansas, agency: 3Eye) scored 20 points to lead the Chinese team.
The Lions unloaded 28 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Zhejiang accumulated a 47:40 halftime advantage. The margin grew wider in the third term. The Lions used a strong run to record a 76:56 advantage at the final intermission. The Thunders narrowed the gap in the fourth period but could not save the game. I Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) delivered 14 points, while Zhao Yanhao (195-F-97) contributed 16 points for Zhejiang. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) answered with 34 points for Samsung Thunders. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) added 25 points in the loss.



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



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  SPAIN  


Karamo Jawara (ex Doxa Pefkon) is a newcomer at Cambados - by Eurobasket News

Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Norwegian forward Karamo Jawara (203-107kg-91, college: N.C.Central). He played last season at Doxa Pefkon in Greek A2 league. In 32 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Jawara played at Apollon Patras (A1) in Greek league where in 17 games he averaged 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won MEAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Jawara was also voted All-MEAC 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Jawara represented Norway at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally in Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca) and Norway (Froya Basket).
Jawara attended N.Carolina Central until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Martin Orellano
Otar Pkhakadze
Samuel Barros

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

Centers:
Vladzimir Krysevich
Carlos Poyatos

Coach: Chiqui Barros

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Richaud Pack (ex Etha) signs at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza landed 25-year old American guard Richaud Pack (191-83kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 21 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season. Pack helped them to make it to the Cypriot Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. Pack also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 11.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Pack's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015.
He graduated from University of Maryland in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Real Betis sign Vladimir Golubovic - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) signed 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Vladimir Golubovic (212-113kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Golubovic played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 18 BSL games he had 7.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A where in 18 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. Golubovic helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.3ppg and 4.8rpg. The other team Golubovic played that season for was Strasbourg IG in French ProA. In 14 games he got 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 11.5ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Golubovic won Spanish ACB championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year back in 2014.
Golubovic represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 37.5%.
Golubovic is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Golubovic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Ukraine (Azovmash), Spain (Baskonia, Unicaja Malaga and Zaragoza), Turkey (TED Kolejliler, Antalyaspor and Banvit), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas) and United Arab Emirates (Ahli Shabab).
He could be described: A tall player with long arms, he moves very well inside and outside the paint and can spend time effectively not only in 5 position, but even in 4 position if needed.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Ryan Kelly
O.D. Anosike
Leo Cizmic
Tomas Balciunas

Centers:
Vladimir Golubovic
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

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Dejan Cigoja (ex Wels) agreed terms with Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88). He played most recently at BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 39 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Cigoja helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Furstenfeld Panthers (also in A Bundesliga) where in 39 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Cigoja received Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team award back in 2010.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 92.9%.
Cigoja has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Slovan, Zlatorog, Rogla, Portoroz and Geoplin Slovan II.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Johan Lofberg
Danilo Fuzaro
Sergi Quintela
Jose_Antonio Lopez

Forwards:
Dejan Cigoja
Federico Ucles
Leonardo Demetrio

Centers:
Guillem Rubio
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

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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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Estudiantes outgun Guaros de Lara in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes - Guaros 108:90

Estudiantes clashed with Venezuelan Guaros in the exhibition game in Madrid. The hosts managed to secure a comfortable win at the end. Goran Suton (208-G-85, college: Michigan St.) produced 21 points to lead the winners.
Estudiantes dropped 23 points in the opening frame to take a 2-point lead. They boosted the margin at 3-point mark at the big break 48:45. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. Estudiantes entered the final period up by three points. They unleashed 38 points in the fourth stanza and got away with an easy win. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) added 19 points, while Dagoberto Pena (198-F/G-88, college: Marshall) chipped in 13 points for Estudiantes. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 22 points for Guaros. Nate Robinson (175-PG-84, college: Washington) accounted for 17 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Goran Suton 21, Sylven Landesberg 19, Dagoberto Pena 13
Guaros: Gregory Echenique 22, Nate Robinson 17



Hapoel Jerusalem celebrate victory in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket - Hapoel Jerusalem 88:96

Hapoel Jerusalem clinched the preseason victory in Bilbao. They upset the hosts behind 15 points from Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.).
The Israeli champions got to a quick start. They recorded a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Hapoel maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 44:35 halftime advantage. Hapoel boosted the margin in the third period. They entered the final term up by 14 points 67:53. Bilbao Basket drained 35 points in the fourth quarter but could not avert the defeat. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) produced 14 points, while Alen Omic (216-C-92) added 13 points in the victory. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) responded with game-high 24 points for Bilbao Basket. Dejan Todorovic (197-F-94) finished with 13 points in the loss.



Chantada lands Jeffrey Solarin - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Chantada Galicia Vento tabbed 25-year old Nigerian forward Jeffrey Solarin (193-95kg-92, college: Idaho State). He played most recently at Aquimisa Laboratorios Zamorano in the LEB Silver. In 28 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. 1Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Solarin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group A-B in 2016.
He graduated from Idaho State in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

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Tyler Flack inks at Fundacion 5+11 at the beginning of his pro career - by Greg

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 added to their roster American forward Tyler Flack (201-93kg, agency: Duran International). Flack just graduated from S.Dakota (NCAA). He has played there for the last five years. In 24 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.7bpg last season. Flack helped them to win the regular season and make it to the Summit League Tournament. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Summit League 1st Team.

Fundacion 5+11 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kristaps Gluditis
Miguel Gonzalez

Forwards:
Rinalds Malmanis
Tyler Flack
Sander Raieste

Center:
Jurij Macura

Coach: Jon Txakartegi

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Francisco Pomares signs at Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Aquimisa Carbajosa landed 23-year old guard Francisco Pomares (192-94) from Nautico KIA Tenerife. Pomares has played there for the last six years. In 26 EBA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg last season.
He won EBA Group B Regular Season in 2014.

Aquimisa Carbajosa roster for 2017-2018:

Jalen Pendleton
Ruben Gutierrez
Enuoma Ebinum
Francisco Pomares
Damon Jones
Alberto Cano
Gabriel Roman
Alonso Ruiz
Doudou Dieye

Coach: Victor Rico

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Cornella lands Davit Ioseliani, ex Mgzavrebi - by Eurobasket News

CB Cornella (EBA) tabbed 26-year old Georgian forward Davit Ioseliani (207-91). He played most recently at Mgzavrebi in Georgian Superleague, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 9 games he averaged 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg in 2015-16 season.
Among other achievements Ioseliani received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Ioseliani has played also professionally for other Georgian teams like Dinamo Tbilisi, Maccabi Tbilisi and Maccabi-2 Tbilisi.

CB Cornella roster for 2017-2018:

Nestor Zamora
Alexandre Sanmartin
Oscar Raya
Davit Ioseliani
Alberto Farfan
Fernando Villalon
Joan Pilan
Roger Lliteras
Aleix Recasens
Adria Hernandez
Alfons Pilan
Bartu Martinez

Coach: Xavier Pardina

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Culleredo signs Searles just out of college - by Eurobasket News

CB Culleredo (EBA) signed American guard Dallas Searles (190). He just graduated from Quest. A very impressive season as he was named to All-PacWest 1st Team.
Searles' team was regular season runner-up in PacWest in 2016.

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Araberri tabs Leo Cizmic - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) landed 19-year old Croatian forward Leo Cizmic (206-98) on loan from Real Betis (Liga Endesa). LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season Cizmic spent at Moron (LEB Silver) where in 33 games he recorded 7.7ppg and 3.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Cizmic also played earlier that season for Baloncesto Sevilla 2nd team (LEB Silver). In only one game he had very impressive stats: 20 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal.
He played in the final of Croatian U17 Championships in 2013.
Cizmic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 72.2%.
Cizmic has played previously professionally also in Croatia (Split).

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Forwards:
Kedar Edwards
Leo Cizmic

Center:
Martin Buesa

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Morges-Saint-Prex adds Tomcho Sokolov - by Greg

LNB newcomer Morges-Saint-Prex BBC added to their roster 33-year old FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian power forward Tomcho Sokolov (205-105kg-84). He played most recently at KK Strumica in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 13 games he recorded 10.0ppg and 4.8rpg in 2015-16 season. Sokolov also played that season for Kozuv (also in Prva Liga) where in 11 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 6 games in Balkan League where he had just 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
Sokolov is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America) in ten different countries. Sokolov has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Celik), Croatia, Portugal, Russia (Magnitka-University Magnitogorsk), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica and Nova Ves), Slovenia (Maribor), Tunisia (JS Kairouan), Turkey (Pi Koleji) and Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Tomcho is an excellent post player who can play both inside positions. He has nice physical strength for his size and position. He can play with his back-to-the basket in offense and has a good well-rounded skillset. Has a good feeling for the basket. Tomcho is an excellent shooter as well who can hit from all ranges including having great % from behind the 3-point line. He also has a nice jump which makes him very effective on offense. He rebounds very well and plays strong and aggressively towards the basket. He also has a nice hook shot from both sides that he utilizes well. On defense Tomcho likes to be aggressive and to use his body to gain advantages. He is a tall player who can also effectively defend smaller players. He is a strong defender who does not shy away from physical contact. Also off the court he is a great guy with a very positive attitude and easy to coach.

Morges-Saint-Prex BBC roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Julien Rahier

Forwards:
Dramane Diarra
Tomcho Sokolov

Center:
Evrard Atcho

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Pre-season game: september 21 - by Luca Maffioli

Union Neuchatel Basket - BC Boncourt Red Team 65:76
Neuchatel: Mafuta 3, Taylor 9, Spencer Parker 16, Savoy 4, Monteiro 2, Colon 2, Olaniyi 1, David Ramseier 13, Andre Williamson 15.
Boncourt: Kozic 13, Brandon Brown 32, Kessler 5, Seylan 2, Raimundas Danys 14, Savon 2, Tew 8.

BBC Agaune - Martigny Basket 63:75
Agaune: Bertela, Paciotti 12, Galletti 1, Issa Chesaux 24, Lugon 8, Gillieron 5, Barman 3, Morisod, Merz, Salamolard 2, Studer 8, Bressard.
Martigny: Xavier Michellod 8, Kuba 10, De Oliveira 8, Pointet 4, Zayadiaku 2, Thomas Fritschi 11, Cretton 7, Cedric Gomez 25, Brunell.



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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Pre-season game: september 20 - by Luca Maffioli

Openjobmetis Varese - Lugano Tigers 84:74
Varese: Avramovic 9, Pelle 9, Bergamaschi ne, Natali 2, Parravicini ne, Stan Okoye 11, Tambone 8, Tyler Cain 10, Bryan ne, Ivanaj ne, Ferrero 6, Cameron Wells 13, Waller 7, Hollis 9. Coach: Caja.
Lugano: Tristan Carey 27, Williams 10, Molteni ne, Stockalper 3, Kovac, Rambo 5, Florian Steinmann 20, Padget 8, Mussongo 1, Lukic. Coach: Petit.

Swiss Central Basket Luzern - Starwings Basket Regio Basel 87:81
Swiss Central: Morandi 7, Thompson 6, Birboutsakis 3, Zoccoletti 3, Austin Chatman 27, Tomic 12, Martynas Kairavicius 16, Pluess 11, Mandic 2, Zeka,
Basel: Guillaume Gredy 12, Kostic 9, Babic 8, Verga 4, A.J. Hess 25, Nemanja Calasan 16, Streich, Herrmann 2, Schoo 7.



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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Sulaf tabs Tofek Saleh, ex Al Jaish - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Sulaf (Superleague) inked 27-year old Syrian ex-international power forward Tofek Saleh (207-90). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Palestinian passport. The last time (12-14) he played at Al Jaish in Syrian Division I. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Saleh's team was regular season runner-up in Syrian League North Group in 2014.
He was also a member of Syrian international program for some years. Saleh played for Syrian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
He played at the WABA Clubs Championships three years ago.
Saleh has played also professionally in Syria for Al Wathba.

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Slingers Win First Merlion Cup Game in Rout over Dinos, 89-69 - by Eurobasket News

The Singapore Slingers hadn't played in a long while, but were ready for their first game in the Merlion Cup 2017 against the Yulon Luxgen Dinos from Chinese-Taipei. It didn't look like the usual Singapore Slingers that fans had gotten used to see play in the OCBC Arena over the past two seasons. The regular faces like Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene), Wong Wei Long, and Ng Hanbin (193-G/F-89) were there but it just felt a little off without having Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) anchoring the play inside. The Slingers struggled at the beginning against the Yulon Luxgen Dinos, looking a bit rusty and in search of reconfiguring their style of play. Botched passes and turnovers from miscommunication got the Slingers into a 14-8 hole, traillng to the visiting Dinos. Maybe all the Slingers needed was some time to get things going the right direction. A three-point shot by Wong Wei Long at the 2 minute mark sparked a furious 13-0 run by the home team. The Slingers ended the quarter in the lead 21-14 with a leaning fadeaway Leon Kwek jumper with the clock running down. The Slingers continued to pile on in the second quarter and pushed the lead to as much as 18 points. During their second quarter run, new import Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) finally got into the groove of the game and lit the OCBC crowd with a putback jam. 'I knew I was going to be a little sloppy at first,' Wright said after the game which he had 23 points and 10 rebounds. 'I was a little bit nervous but I knew that my team mates were going to play hard and if I played hard as well I was confident that we were going to have a good result.' It was a hot shooting quarter for the Slingers and the Dinos struggled to get their own offense going as well. The home team missed only 4 of their 15 attempts in the second interval and by the time the halftime buzzer sounded, the Slingers had already built up a 43-28 lead going into the locker room. The Slingers cooled down in the second half, but maintained the lead the rest of the way and even had chances to rest Alexander and Wright as well. Another new face to the team, Mikee Reyes, blended in well with the team for his first game. His numbers might not pop out, but he distributed the offense well and was a willing passer for most of the part. As new additions, Reyes and Wright were able to add another dimension as to how the Slingers played. 'I like that we pushed the ball and ran the floor,' Coach Neo Beng Siang said. 'We can improve on team defense because the structure is still not there.' The game progressed on until the final buzzer with the Singapore Slingers winning 89-69 in their Merlion Cup debut. Xavier Alexander hadn't missed a beat from last season and flirted with a triple-double of 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. The Slingers had five players scoring in double digits, with Leon Kwek, Russel Low (195-C-93), and Delvin Goh in addition to the two World Imports. 'It was a good game,' Low said. 'It was the first game of the preseason. I think we did well but definitely there are a few things we can fix up.' The Slingers will have a one day break before playing the Adelaide 36ers on Friday at 6:30 PM.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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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Eskisehir Basket and Besiktas roll past Russian representatives in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket and Besiktas overcame Russian teams in Antalya. Eskisehir Basket overcame Lokomotiv-Kuban 72-71 due to a massive second half. They trailed 17 points at the halftime, but managed to seal a narrow win. Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 17 points in a loss and Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) poured in 11.
Besiktas meanwhile posted an 84-79 win over Zenit. The third period was decisive in the game as the Turkish side needed a 30-21 surge to seal the win. Earl Clark (208-PF-88, college: Louisville) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Erkan Veyseloglu (200-SF-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 18. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) notched 11, whilst Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) had 9.



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

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TBL Federation Cup 2017 Day 3 - by Baha Kurtulus

Results and standings :

Group A
Day 3
Ankara DSI - Bakirkoy Basket : 76-78
Samsun BSB. Anakent - HE TED Kolejliler : 74-70
Akhisar Belediye - Karesi Basketbol : 70-53

1 Akhisar Belediye 3 3
2 Bakirkoy Basket 3 2
3 Ankara DSI 3 2
4 Samsun BSB. Anakent 3 1
5 Karesi Basketbol 3 1
6 HE TED Kolejliler 3 0

Group B
Day 3
Bahcesehir Koleji - PETKIM Spor : 83-66
Duzce Belediye - Bandrma Krmz : 67-63
Turk Telekom - Selcuklu Belediye : 72-62

1 Bahcesehir Koleji 3 3
2 Duzce Belediye 3 2
3 Turk Telekom 3 2
4 Selcuklu Belediye 3 1
5 PETKIM Spor 3 1
6 Bandrma Krmz 3 0

Group C
Day 3
Bursaspor Durmazlar - Yalova Group Belediye : 67-83
OGM Orman Spor - Afyon Belediyesi : 67-77
Antalyaspor - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu : 78-70

1 Antalyaspor 3 3
2 Afyon Belediyesi 3 2
3 Yalova Group Belediye 3 2
4 Bursaspor Durmazlar 3 1
5 Istanbulspor Beylikduzu 3 1
6 OGM Orman Spor 3 0



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Suns C Alex Len plans to sign qualifying offer before training camp - by Eurobasket News

Barring an unforeseen change of events, Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (7'1''-C-93, college: Maryland) is planning to sign the team's $4.2 million qualifying offer before training camp, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, league sources told ESPN. The Suns open camp on Tuesday at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Len, 24, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, has spent the summer as a restricted free agent. Len, a skilled 7-footer, investigated offer sheets and sign-and-trade proposals, but none made sense with the possibility of free agency next summer. The Suns are preserving salary-cap space in 2018 without signing him to an extension now, but do risk losing Len for no compensation. With Len signing a $4.2 million qualifying offer, Phoenix would enter the season with $14.3 million in salary-cap space. Len will have veto power over a trade. If traded, he would lose his Bird rights in contract negotiations. Phoenix wants to study's Len's progress in the 2017-18 season before committing to a long-term, lucrative contract extension to him. Len has started 80 games over the past two seasons, including 34 in 2016-17 when he averaged eight points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Homenetmen adds Young to their roster, ex Ahli Shabab !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Homenetmen Beirut (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American swingman Sam Young (198-100kg-85, college: Pittsburgh). He played last season at Ahli Shabab in UAE D1 league.
The previous (2016) summer Young was tested by Guizhou in Chinese NBL where in three games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 2016 season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (36th overall). Young attended University of Pittsburgh and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won UAE Federation Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Young was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Champions Cup 1st Team in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Young's pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Young has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings), Italy (Juvecaserta), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Turkey (Usak Sportlif), NBA (Phi.76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and San Sebastian).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Sam Young is a talented, gritty scorer and rebounder who displays outstanding competitiveness. Young has a good understanding of the game and fits perfectly into any team system. Young has showed his athleticism with spectacular dunks, thundering rebounds and surprising blocks. A power forward, Young can score inside or outside, is super athletic, plays good defense and gets up on the glass.

Homenetmen Beirut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elie Chamoun
Karim Zeinoun

Forwards:
Makram Ben_Romdhane
Sam Young
Sam Thompson

Center:
Michael Fraser

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Chris Taylor joins Bristol Acadamy Flyers - by Eurobasket News

Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL) agreed terms with 27-year old swingman Chris Taylor (196-90). He has played for the last two seasons at Derby Trailblazers in the NBL D1. In 20 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.4apg and 2.4spg (in top 3) last season.
Taylor's team was regular season runner-up in British NBL Division One in 2016.

Bristol Academy Flyers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Panagiotis Mayindombe
Roy Owen
Brandon Boggs
Adam Weary
Jordan Davis
Jordan Nicholls
Rohndell Goodwin

Forwards:
Leslee Smith
Daniel Edozie
Chris Taylor

Center:
Michael Vigor

Coach: Andreas Kapoulas

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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Patrons Cup preview - week 2 - by Dave Ryan

wo sides will look to book their place in the Patrons Cup semi-final on Saturday, while Levett Essex Leopards will aim to retain an interest in the competition.
Thames Valley Cavaliers and Team Birmingham both won the road last week and can now seal a final four spot with a home win.
Cavaliers - who won 103-71 at Middlesex LTBC - will host newly promoted Sussex Bears in what will the visitors first game in the second tier. The Bears finished second in Division Three with a 13-5 record behind LTBC last season as well as winning the National Shield and reaching the Division Three play-off semi-finals. Coached by former Worthing Thunder playcaller Gary Smith, the Bears have plenty of former Thunder players in their team as they look for a third straight promotion.
Elite's tight victory at Liverpool has put them in the Group One driving seat, and they'll look to wrap things up when they host Derbyshire Arrows.
Pete Kelly's Arrows' side sneaked into the play-offs in eighth spot last season, winning the head-to-head over London Greenhouse pioneers after both sides finished with 8-14 records. Predictably, Arrows went out of the play-offs at the first stage against champions Kent Crusaders, and also departed from the Patrons Cup at the group stage.
Thomas Baker is looking for his Leopards side to show considerable improvement when they travel to Ipswich on Saturday.
The Big Cats need a big win when they travel to Copplestone High School if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the Patrons Cup semi-final, and they will certainly need to win by more than the six-point margin they lost at home against Nottingham Hoods last week.
"Last weeks result did disappoint, we have had discussions as a team about where we need to improve still and we have been working long and hard this week to get better" said Baker.
"Throughout the game against Hoods there were glimpses of us playing the way we want to this year, we just have to do it now for longer.
" This weekend against Ipswich is just another game on our journey where we are aiming to get closer to the team we want to be for when the league season starts. The guys are upbeat about our chances and I am too, looking forward to getting back out there with the guys and this time getting the victory for everyone involved in the club."
It will be Ipswich's first game in the competition this season, so they'll be looking to get off to a winning start, and a win would set up a winner-takes-all showdown in Nottingham next Saturday.
It also the first meeting between the clubs after the Suffolk side conceded last season's National Cup third round tie.
Ipswich finished fourth in Division Two last season with a 12-10 record although they were six wins behind third placed Thames Valley Cavaliers. They exited the Patron's Cup at the first stage following a loss against Kent Crusaders, and also lost to the same side in the play-off semi-finals.
The weekend is completed at City Sports where London Greenhouse Pioneers host Westminster Warriors at Group Two finally tips off. Pioneers complete their pre-season programme at Hemel Storm on Saturday night as they step up to help fill the gap left by the collapse of London Lituanica and will be looking to build on a ninth place finish in their debut Division Two season.
Meanwhile Jon Johnson's Warriors side will aim to bonce back after finishing bottom of Division One last year. Johnson has strengthened his side with the addition of former Leopards Tosin Oyelese (196-F-91) and Justin Hitchman (193-F).



Betway All Stars tournament draw announced - by Dave Ryan

The draw for the inaugural Betway All Stars tournament has taken place, with eight sides facing off at the O2, on Sunday.



The tournament at the venue for the 2012 Olympic gold medal games sees short games of 12 minutes with a running clock..



Among the feature are a five point arc and a power play period where points count double.



The invited teams were the top eight in last season's final BBL table, and there's a 25,000 prize for the winners.



The quarter-final match-ups are as follows



  1. Leicester Riders v Surrey Scorchers

  2. Newcastle Eagles v Bristol Flyers

  3. Glasgow Rocks v London Lions

  4. Sheffield Sharks v Worcester Wolves



    The winner of games 2 and 3 will meet for a place in the semi-final (this is match 5) and the winners of game 1 and 4 will do likewise in match 6..

    The losers of games 2 and 3, plus the losers of games 1 and 4 will meet in an elimination round. The losers of the game are eliminated.

    In what is effectively a second set of quarter-finals, the winner of 2 v 3 elimination game then faces the loser of match 5 with the winner progressing to the semi-final. Similarly the winner of the 1 .v 4 elimination game will face the loser of game6.

    Effectively if a team wins their first round game, they need to win one of their next two games to reach the semi-final, the losers of the first round have to win their next two games to progress to the final four.

    The semi-finals and final are straightforward knockout games.

    The action starts at 1pm.
    Tickets are available from www.allstarsbasketball.co.uk/




All roads lead to London - by Dave Ryan

All the action at the top level of British basketball takes place in East London this weekend.
Within a few miles of each other London Lions and Glasgow Rocks face each other at East London University while Lithuanian champions Zalgiris and Polish runners-up Torun Twarde Piemki face each other in the 2017 Titans Trophy at the Copper Box.
The Friday night friendly between Lions and Rocks will see both clubs being coached by new men. Pole Mariusz Karol takes charge of Lions in a "home" game for the first time while Tony Garbelotto's decision to link up with the Rocks - and take charge of the Scottish Commonwealth Games team - was probably the biggest story of the BBL summer. While the teams will meet in the first round of the Betway All Stars tournament on Sunday, Friday's game is likely to be a key part of both team's pre-season preparations.
Meanwhile, the Copper Box, for Piemki coach Dejan Mihevc it's a return home having spent a season coaching just around the corner at Essex Leopards and Barking Abbey Academy, leading the Big Cats to a Division One League, play-off and National Cup treble in 2012.
The Slovenian play-caller is looking forward to tonight's game: "Zalgiris is one of the best teams in Europe, so for us this will be very good experience. Even though we will miss our two american players, I believe in the guys and i am sure we will do our best to have good game and i hope that everybody that will come to the game will enjoy it!"
Today's later the top eight in last season's BBL table take to the floor at the O2 for the first Betway All Stars tournament. With a 25,000 first prize on offer and a total of 100,000 available on the day it's likely that all the coaches will take the competition seriously, even if at least two are likely to question the effort that has gone into a day which will see them play just 24 minutes of basketball.



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  VENEZUELA  


Estudiantes outgun Guaros de Lara in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes - Guaros 108:90

Estudiantes clashed with Venezuelan Guaros in the exhibition game in Madrid. The hosts managed to secure a comfortable win at the end. Goran Suton (208-G-85, college: Michigan St.) produced 21 points to lead the winners.
Estudiantes dropped 23 points in the opening frame to take a 2-point lead. They boosted the margin at 3-point mark at the big break 48:45. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. Estudiantes entered the final period up by three points. They unleashed 38 points in the fourth stanza and got away with an easy win. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) added 19 points, while Dagoberto Pena (198-F/G-88, college: Marshall) chipped in 13 points for Estudiantes. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 22 points for Guaros. Nate Robinson (175-PG-84, college: Washington) accounted for 17 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Goran Suton 21, Sylven Landesberg 19, Dagoberto Pena 13
Guaros: Gregory Echenique 22, Nate Robinson 17



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  VIETNAM  


Lewis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old center Darius Lewis (211-C-94) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Saigon H. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Hochiminh CW (#5, 1-3) 67-59. Saigon H. maintains the 2nd position in Vietnamese league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Saigon H. already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Lewis turned to be Saigon H.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Duquesne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lewis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 2.7bpg,3.7spg and 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bilal Richardson (203-F) of Hochiminh CW. He is American forward in his first season at Hochiminh CW. In the last game Richardson recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Hochiminh CW lost that game 59-67 to league's leader Saigon H. (#2, 3-0). Hochiminh CW managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Hochiminh CW managed to get this year. Richardson is a newcomer at Hochiminh CW and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#1). He also registered 17.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jaywuan Hill (203-F/C-89) of league's leader Thang Long W.. Hill scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Thang Long W., leading his team to a 71-66 win against #4 ranked Hanoi B. in a game of the week. Thang Long W. confirms their top position in the standings. Hill has a great season in Vietnam. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.6ppg (4th best), rebounds with 9.4rpg (6th best) and assists with 3.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Collins (208-PF-82) of Hanoi B. - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Henry Nguyen (G) of Hochiminh CW - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. David Arnold (188-SG) of Saigon H. - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) of Hanoi B. - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ngoc Tu Le (179-PG-90) of Saigon H. - 12 points and 6 rebounds
9. Justin Young (201-F/C) of Thang Long W. - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Huynh Hai Nguyen (174-PG-87) of Saigon H. - 15 points and 4 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)



VBA Round 4: Thang Long W. defeat Hanoi B. in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Thang Long W. (4-1) which played road game in Hanoi against 3rd ranked Hanoi B. (2-2). Second ranked Thang Long W. managed to get a 5-point victory 71-66. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Thang Long W. outrebounded Hanoi B. 38-25 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Quang To (180-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Hanoi B.Thang Long W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Can Tho CF. Thang Long W. are looking forward to face Hochiminh CW (#5) at home in the next round. Hanoi B. will play against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hochiminh was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Saigon Heat (3-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (1-3). Saigon Heat managed to secure a 8-point victory 67-59. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and David Arnold who added 14 points and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. Saigon Heat have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-0 record behind leader Thang Long W. Hochiminh CW lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with three games lost. Saigon Heat will play against Hanoi B. (#4) at home in the next round. Hochiminh CW will play against the league's leader Thang Long W. to get more than just one victory in their record.

Hanoi B. - Thang Long W. 66-71

An interesting game for Thang Long W. (4-1) which played road game in Hanoi against 3rd ranked Hanoi B. (2-2). Second ranked Thang Long W. managed to get a 5-point victory 71-66. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Thang Long W. outrebounded Hanoi B. 38-25 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Quang To (180-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) added 15 points in the effort for Hanoi B.Thang Long W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Can Tho CF. Thang Long W. are looking forward to face Hochiminh CW (#5) at home in the next round. Hanoi B. will play against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hanoi B.: J.Collins 18+8reb+1ast, V.Nguyen 15+4reb+2ast, C.Dinh Tien 7+5reb+1ast, D.Nguyen 6+1reb+1ast, H.Nguyen Phu 5+1reb, H.Dang Thai 5+3reb+1ast
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 23+12reb+1ast, Q.To 19+1ast, J.Young 10+5reb+2ast, Q.Nguyen Xuan 8+2reb+1ast, L.Phan Minh 3+1reb, N.Djo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 571229


Hochiminh CW - Saigon H. 59-67

The game in Hochiminh was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Saigon Heat (3-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (1-3). Saigon Heat managed to secure a 8-point victory 67-59. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hochiminh CW won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saigon Heat forced 24 Hochiminh CW turnovers. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and David Arnold (188, college: Mont.St.-Billings) who added 14 points and 6 steals during the contest. Four Saigon Heat players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) scored 19 points and 4 steals. Saigon Heat have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-0 record behind leader Thang Long W. Hochiminh CW lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with three games lost. Saigon Heat will play against Hanoi B. (#4) at home in the next round. Hochiminh CW will play against the league's leader Thang Long W. to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 24+17reb+2ast, H.Nguyen 19+4reb, H.Minh Trieu 6+6reb+1ast, T.Nguyen Quoc 4+2reb, T.Nguyen 4+1reb, H.Le-Tran 2
Saigon H.: H.Hai Nguyen 15+4reb, D.Lewis 15+20reb+1ast, D.Arnold 14+4reb+2ast, N.Tu Le 12+6reb+1ast, G.Lan Hong 9+1reb+2ast, H.Vo Huy 2
gschID: 571228





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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Anton Pushkov sidelined for nine months - by Eurobasket News

Zenit suffered roster setback going into the season. Anton Pushkov (208-C-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) got sidelined with a serious injury. The centre suffered ruptured ACL and is expected to miss around 9 months of action. Anton Psuhkov joined Zenit back in 2015. He tallied 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in VTB League last season. Pushkov also notched 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per appearance in EuroCup.


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  WORLD CUP  


FIBA statement: The worldwide calendar will not change for 2 Euroleague game-days - by Eurobasket News

FIBA takes note of a so-called "calendar proposal" by Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA), which was sent to FIBA yesterday, accompanied immediately by a public press statement. We can only assume the proposal is a heavy-handed diversionary tactic at a time when the decision of ECA to create a calendar conflict has been submitted for investigation to the European Commission. A proposal coming two months before the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers - which squeezes even more than today's qualification tournaments and main competitions for national teams in the space of 4 weeks in July (compared to 38 weeks of club competitions), intends on moving FIBA's flagship event from September to July 2019 and even tries to change the dates of the Olympic Games - is simply not serious and therefore unacceptable. In addition, FIBA would like to highlight that if there is a problem today, it is because of the unreasonable and disproportionate actions of ECA:
- The consultation process on the 2017-2021 calendar ended in 2014, before the FIBA World Congress. The 213 national member federations that make up FIBA adopted a calendar which is the product of lengthy consultations with all stakeholders worldwide.
- In 2015, FIBA publicly notified the exact dates of all the competitions so that all leagues could adjust accordingly.
- In autumn 2016, after its own unilateral calendar expansion, ECA confirmed both verbally and in writing to the European Commission and FIBA (see letter at the bottom of the statement) that its rules "do not prevent or limit in any way the release of players to national teams competitions".
- In spring 2017, the domestic leagues in Europe, which need to be reinforced and protected from ECA's aggressive and continuous expansion, also announced, through ULEB, they would adjust their calendars, which they have already done, for the benefit of the national teams' calendar.
- However, a few weeks ago, in July 2017, ECA changed its position and proposed to its shareholder clubs a Euroleague calendar that artificially and intentionally clashes with the World Cup Qualifiers.
ECA fails to point to the most telling aspect of this matter: it can reschedule just 2 game-days of the regular season in order to solve a problem it created itself. This is not difficult at all. ECA decided last year to go from 0 to 5 double-headers in the same season in order to play more games. This season it could perfectly start one week earlier, like many domestic leagues, and add just one double-header. Other alternatives are certainly possible too. The reality is that ECA considers the national teams an unnecessary and disturbing part of the basketball family and has therefore proposed to reduce their presence in the calendar even further, marginalizing them into a small corner of the summer, which is clearly not the ideal moment for indoor sports and unnecessarily increases the players' workload after a heavy club season.
After a memorable FIBA EuroBasket 2017, it is time to turn our attention to a great club season in Europe - both domestically and internationally with the Euroleague, Basketball Champions League, Eurocup and FIBA Europe Cup - that will count on the added value of national team games, sparking the interest for basketball in Europe and around the world every 3 months. ECA holds the key to eliminate the calendar clash and thus to free its clubs and players from this unfair situation. It is not time for further confrontation and FIBA has no interest in continuing a public exchange which damages the image of our sport. As the world governing body for basketball, FIBA as always is ready to study and take into consideration proposals that respect national teams and domestic leagues for the period after 2021 from any basketball stakeholder, as it has done in the past. For now, it is time to focus all our efforts on preparing for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, tipping off on November 23 with 80 national teams across 5 continents and on helping our member national federations to grow basketball in each of their countries.
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball




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Women News


Tabatha Richardson-Smith (ex Gladstone PCP) agreed terms with Hoops - by Ahmad Madwar

Hoops Club (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall). She played in the summer at Gladstone Port City Power in Australian QBL. In 17 games she was the best scorer with impressive 31.6ppg and had 10.0rpg, 5.2apg and 3.0spg. Richardson-Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at Espoo Utd in Finnish SM-sarja where in 21 games she recorded 12.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg. Richardson-Smith contributed to her team making it to the final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention.
She received All-Big East 1st Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Richardson-Smith graduated from Seton Hall University in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Charles is back at Xinjiang - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Tianshan Deers (WCBA) agreed terms with 29-year old American international center Tina Charles (193-90kg-88, college: Connecticut). It is actually her comeback to Urumqi as she has played here before. Charles played last summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 35 games she had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.5apg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to WNBA All-Star Game. The last season Charles played at Whale where in 12 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 35.3ppg, 18.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.3bpg.
In 2010 Charles was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) as #1 pick overall.
She attended University of Connecticut and it will be her eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Charles won NCAA championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year back in 2014.
Charles has been also a member of USA international program for some years. She has regularly played for USA senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
Charles represented USA at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 84.6%.
Charles' career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Charles has played previously professionally in Poland (Wisla Krakow), Russia (Dynamo Moscow) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Zadar brings back Ana Vrsaljko (ex-Sibenik) - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar added experience and size to its roster by signing their former member Ana Vrsaljko (188-F/C-84) on a one-year contract.
Vrsaljko arrives from Sibenik, where she averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 9 Croatian A1 League games last season. Vrsaljko grew up with Zadar, where she played until 2008 and during the 2015-16 season. In her last campaign there, Vrsaljko averaged league-leading 20.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals.
She has already played for Gospic and Pleter/Kvarner in Croatia plus Promete in Spain and Slovanka MB Tabor in Czech



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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)

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Villeneuve lands Pauline Akonga Nsimbo - by Nagy Szilveszter

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) landed experienced 35-year old Congolese international power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-82, agency: LBM Management) from Hainaut. In 14 LFB games in France she averaged 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg last season. Akonga Nsimbo also played that season for Inter-Clube in Angolan league where in 14 games she had 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Among other achievements her team won African Champions Cup in 2016. Akonga Nsimbo received also Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award in 2016. She was called to Congolese Senior National Team this year.
Akonga Nsimbo is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Akonga Nsimbo has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), Portugal (Olivais), WNBA (Houston C.) and Mozambique (Ferroviaro Maputo).
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Villeneuve.

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johanne Gomis-Halilovic
Virginie Bremont
Nevena Jovanovic
Aminata Konate

Forwards:
Laetitia Kamba
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
Johannah Leedham
Rejane Verin

Centers:
Marielle Amant
Pauline Akonga_Nsimbo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



Johannah Leedham joins Villeneuve - by Nagy Szilveszter

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) added to their roster 30-year old British international small forward Johannah Leedham (178-87, college: Franklin Pierce). She has played for the last four seasons at Tango Bourges Basket in the LFB. In 17 games she had 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg last season. Leedham helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She also played 5 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 Leedham was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
The former Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div.II) staris in her eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Leedham was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Forward of the Year in 2016.
She has been also a member of British international program for some years. Leedham has regularly played for British senior team since 2008 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
She also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 17.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 4.6apg, Steals-2 (3.4spg), FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 87.1%.
Leedham has played previously professionally in Australia (Boomers) and Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski).
On Leedham: She can score, plays rugged defense and is a leader. Showed dramatic improvements all last season long, now she's one of the most positive forwards on the continent.

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johanne Gomis-Halilovic
Virginie Bremont
Nevena Jovanovic
Aminata Konate

Forwards:
Laetitia Kamba
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
Johannah Leedham
Rejane Verin

Center:
Marielle Amant

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marie-Eve Paget agreed terms with Flammes - by Nagy Szilveszter

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) inked 23-year old guard Marie-Eve Paget (170-94) from Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49. In 28 LFB games she recorded 4.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.6apg last season.
Among other achievements Paget won French LF2 championship title in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team award in 2015.
Paget represented France at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg.
Paget has played previously professionally in Germany (BC Pharmaserv Marburg).

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Amel Bouderra
Sara Chevaugeon
Marie-Eve Paget

Forward:
Kadidia Minte

Centers:
Valeriya Berezhynska
Ana-Maria Filip
Clarissa Dos_Santos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tarbes sign Tima Pouye - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) signed 18-year old swingman Tima Pouye (176-99). She has played for the last three seasons at Centre Federal BB in the LF2. In 25 games she had 13.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg last season. A very impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention.
Pouye represented France at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 66.7%.

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre roster for 2017-2018:

Lizanne Murphy
Adja Konteh
Angie Bjorklund
Christelle Diallo
Michelle Plouffe
Tima Pouye
Shauna Beaubrun

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Landes land Kadiatou Sissoko - by Nagy Szilveszter

Basket Landes (LFB) tabbed 18-year old forward Kadiatou Sissoko (180-99). She has played for the last three years at Centre Federal BB in the LF2. In 24 games she averaged 10.0ppg and 5.3rpg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention. Sissoko received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award in 2017.
She represented France at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Sissoko's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.5%.

Basket Landes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Celine Dumerc
Alexia Plagnard
Queralt Casas
Hortense Limouzin

Forwards:
Miranda Ayim
Maja Skoric
Kadiatou Sissoko

Centers:
Cierra Bravard
Marie-Michelle Milapie

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Villeneuve lands Pauline Akonga Nsimbo - by Nagy Szilveszter

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) landed experienced 35-year old Congolese international power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-82, agency: LBM Management) from Hainaut. In 14 LFB games in France she averaged 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg last season. Akonga Nsimbo also played that season for Inter-Clube in Angolan league where in 14 games she had 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Among other achievements her team won African Champions Cup in 2016. Akonga Nsimbo received also Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award in 2016. She was called to Congolese Senior National Team this year.
Akonga Nsimbo is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Akonga Nsimbo has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), Portugal (Olivais), WNBA (Houston C.) and Mozambique (Ferroviaro Maputo).
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Villeneuve.

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johanne Gomis-Halilovic
Virginie Bremont
Nevena Jovanovic
Aminata Konate

Forwards:
Laetitia Kamba
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
Johannah Leedham
Rejane Verin

Centers:
Marielle Amant
Pauline Akonga_Nsimbo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Herner signs rookie Alecia Cooley in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Herner TC (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American center Alecia Cooley (190-95). Cooley just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). In 32 games she recorded 6.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Alecia is a 191cm Post player that has a great ability for rebounding, can score with multiple ways around the basket and is a great passer. She is a very good defender and has good decisions on the court. She is a big hard worker and a very coachable player.

Herner TC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karin Kuijt
Katie Bussey
Beatrice Attura

Forwards:
Emina Karic
Loyce Bettonvil
Jill Bettonvil

Center:
Alecia Cooley

Coach: Marek Piotrowski

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Osnabruecker signs N'Dea Bryant - by Eurobasket News

Osnabruecker TB (2.Bundesliga) signed 23-year old American guard N'Dea Bryant (183-94, college: N.Carolina) from GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC. In 25 2.Bundesliga games in Germany she had 11.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.3spg and 1.3bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the group semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Bryant played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2013.
She graduated from University of North Carolina in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Osnabruecker TB roster for 2017-2018:

Katrin Sokoll-Potratz
Clara Schwartz
Birte Seyer
N'Dea Bryant
Julia Dzeko
Esther Borchers
Kira Doelle
Laura Hechler
Tianna Smith

Coach: Tobias Landwehr

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  HOLLAND  


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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  ITALY  


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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  LEBANON  


Tabatha Richardson-Smith (ex Gladstone PCP) agreed terms with Hoops - by Ahmad Madwar

Hoops Club (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall). She played in the summer at Gladstone Port City Power in Australian QBL. In 17 games she was the best scorer with impressive 31.6ppg and had 10.0rpg, 5.2apg and 3.0spg. Richardson-Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at Espoo Utd in Finnish SM-sarja where in 21 games she recorded 12.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg. Richardson-Smith contributed to her team making it to the final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention.
She received All-Big East 1st Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Richardson-Smith graduated from Seton Hall University in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Feyonda FITZGERALD
  AZS U.
  (170-G-95)
  Avg: 23
 1. Fitzgerald, AZS U.23.0 
 2. Babkina, CCC P.16.0 
 3. Spanou, CCC P.13.0 
 4. Butulija, AZS U.12.0 
 5. Cebulska, AZS U.12.0 
 6. Plaisance, CCC P.11.0 
 7. Gala, CCC P.9.0 
 8. Sandric, CCC P.9.0 
 9. Stankiewicz, CCC P.8.0 
 10. Ugoka, AZS U.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uju UGOKA
  AZS U.
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ugoka, AZS U.7.0 
 2. Butulija, AZS U.7.0 
 3. Spanou, CCC P.7.0 
 4. Fitzgerald, AZS U.7.0 
 5. Dorogobuzova, AZS U.6.0 
 6. Plaisance, CCC P.6.0 
 7. Dobrowolska, AZS U.5.0 
 8. Witkowska, AZS U.4.0 
 9. Sandric, CCC P.4.0 
 10. Mistygacz, AZS U.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elina DIKEOULAKOU
  CCC P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Babkina, CCC P.7.0 
 2. Fitzgerald, AZS U.6.0 
 3. Spanou, CCC P.5.0 
 4. Gajda, CCC P.4.0 
 5. Stankiewicz, CCC P.3.0 
 6. Witkowska, AZS U.2.0 
 7. Cebulska, AZS U.2.0 
 8. Sandric, CCC P.2.0 
 9. Mistygacz, AZS U.2.0 
 10. Butulija, AZS U.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina DOROGOBUZOVA
  AZS U.
  (190-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dorogobuzova, AZS U.4.0 
 2. Gajda, CCC P.3.0 
 3. Stankiewicz, CCC P.2.0 
 4. Babkina, CCC P.2.0 
 5. Plaisance, CCC P.1.0 
 6. Cebulska, AZS U.1.0 
 7. Gala, CCC P.1.0 
 8. Witkowska, AZS U.1.0 
 9. Fitzgerald, AZS U.1.0 
 10. Sandric, CCC P.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Theresa PLAISANCE
  CCC P.
  (196-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Plaisance, CCC P.3.0 
 2. Sandric, CCC P.2.0 
 3. Gajda, CCC P.1.0 
 4. Dobrowolska, AZS U.1.0 
 5. Gala, CCC P.1.0 
 6. Dorogobuzova, AZS U.0.0 
 7. Babkina, CCC P.0.0 
 8. Spanou, CCC P.0.0 
 9. Idziorek, CCC P.0.0 
 10. Stankiewicz, CCC P.0.0 


Suknarowska comes back to Energa Torun - by Eurobasket News

Energa Torun (BLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old point guard Katarzyna Suknarowska (169-87). It is actually her comeback to Torun as she has played here before. Suknarowska played most recently at Artego Bydgoszcz in the BLK. In 35 games she recorded 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Suknarowska played at Basket Gdynia where in 22 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg. She also played 9 games in EEWBL where she had 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. Suknarowska contributed to her team making it to the final. She also spent pre-season at MKK Siedlce that year.
Suknarowska represented Poland at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0spg.
Suknarowska has played previously professionally also in Latvia (Vega 1) and Poland (Wisla Krakow and Rybnik).

Energa Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katarzyna Suknarowska
Agnieszka Skobel
Lauren Mansfield
Dalia Belickaite
Zuzana Urban

Forwards:
Emilia Tlumak
Rita Rasheed
Monika Grigalauskyte
Katarzyna Maliszewska
Roksana Plonka
Marta Wieczynska

Centers:
Kelley Cain
Miriam Uro-Nile

Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


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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  SERBIA  


Alcobendas keep Djokovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) re-signed 30-year old Serbian power forward Nina Djokovic (184-87, college: Bethel, TN, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 30 LF2 games she averaged 7.3ppg and 4.5rpg. Djokovic helped them to make it to the final.
The most of previous (2015-16) season she spent at IF Air Europa where in 14 LF2 games she had 10.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. Djokovic also played that season for CB Andratx. In 12 LF2 games she recorded 12.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 3rd Team award in 2015.
Djokovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2007.
She is a very experienced player. Djokovic has played also professionally in Germany (TH Wohnbau Angels), Romania (Olimpia Brasov) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Vozdovac).
She attended Bethel University, TN until 2010 and it will be her eighth season in pro basketball.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Paula Palomares
Sheila Mangada
Aitana Cuevas
Nina Djokovic
Irene Ona
Alejandra De La Fuente
Lucia Togores
Imani Tate
Paloma Dorda
Maria Malpartida

Coach: Alex Pajares

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVAKIA  


Vicki Baugh (ex Good Angels) agreed terms with Cankaya - by Eurobasket News

Cankaya Universitesi Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Vicki Baugh (193-89, college: Tennessee). She played most recently at Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga. Baugh managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Extraliga games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the Extraliga title and they also made it to the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Baugh also played 12 games in Eurocup where she averaged 10.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg. And finally she contributed to 8 games in EEWBL where she had 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Baugh contributed to her team winning the EEWBL championship despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The previous (2016) summer she played at another team Silver Stars in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA. In 11 games she got 4.0ppg and 3.7rpg in 2016 season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Korean WKBL All-Star Game.
In 2012 Baugh was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in third round (25th overall).
The former University of Tennessee staris in her sixth season in pro basketball.
Thanks to Baugh's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Baugh has played previously professionally in Korea (KB Stars and Winnus), Russia (Vologda Chevakata) and WNBA (Dallas Wings).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Alcobendas keep Djokovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) re-signed 30-year old Serbian power forward Nina Djokovic (184-87, college: Bethel, TN, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 30 LF2 games she averaged 7.3ppg and 4.5rpg. Djokovic helped them to make it to the final.
The most of previous (2015-16) season she spent at IF Air Europa where in 14 LF2 games she had 10.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. Djokovic also played that season for CB Andratx. In 12 LF2 games she recorded 12.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 3rd Team award in 2015.
Djokovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2007.
She is a very experienced player. Djokovic has played also professionally in Germany (TH Wohnbau Angels), Romania (Olimpia Brasov) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Vozdovac).
She attended Bethel University, TN until 2010 and it will be her eighth season in pro basketball.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Paula Palomares
Sheila Mangada
Aitana Cuevas
Nina Djokovic
Irene Ona
Alejandra De La Fuente
Lucia Togores
Imani Tate
Paloma Dorda
Maria Malpartida

Coach: Alex Pajares

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bembibre edge Quesos El Pastor at the Copa Castilla - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre - Quesos El Pastor 61-55

Bembibre edge Quesos El Pastor 61-55 at the Copa Castilla. They took a 23-11 lead at the start of the game and never looked behind after. Moreover they grabbed a 13-point advantage at the halftime and added a defensive 12-7 run in the third quarter. Quesos El Pastor replied with a 21-9 surge in the last stanza, but could not win the game. Zayn Dornstauder (193-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94, agency: ProDep Management) posted 13. Kristina Rakovic (186-F/C-94, agency: ProDep Management) followed them with 12 in the winning effort. Alisia Jenkins (186-F-94, college: S.Florida) posted 20 in a loss, whilst Lina Pikciute (192-F/C-90, agency: BeoBasket) and Marina Lizarazu (173-G-95, college: Iona) had 11 each.



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  TURKEY  


Vicki Baugh (ex Good Angels) agreed terms with Cankaya - by Eurobasket News

Cankaya Universitesi Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Vicki Baugh (193-89, college: Tennessee). She played most recently at Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga. Baugh managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Extraliga games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the Extraliga title and they also made it to the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Baugh also played 12 games in Eurocup where she averaged 10.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg. And finally she contributed to 8 games in EEWBL where she had 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Baugh contributed to her team winning the EEWBL championship despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The previous (2016) summer she played at another team Silver Stars in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA. In 11 games she got 4.0ppg and 3.7rpg in 2016 season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Korean WKBL All-Star Game.
In 2012 Baugh was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in third round (25th overall).
The former University of Tennessee staris in her sixth season in pro basketball.
Thanks to Baugh's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Baugh has played previously professionally in Korea (KB Stars and Winnus), Russia (Vologda Chevakata) and WNBA (Dallas Wings).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


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.



Johannah Leedham joins Villeneuve - by Nagy Szilveszter

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) added to their roster 30-year old British international small forward Johannah Leedham (178-87, college: Franklin Pierce). She has played for the last four seasons at Tango Bourges Basket in the LFB. In 17 games she had 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg last season. Leedham helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She also played 5 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 Leedham was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
The former Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div.II) staris in her eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Leedham was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Forward of the Year in 2016.
She has been also a member of British international program for some years. Leedham has regularly played for British senior team since 2008 and previously for University National Team back in 2009.
She also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 17.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 4.6apg, Steals-2 (3.4spg), FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 87.1%.
Leedham has played previously professionally in Australia (Boomers) and Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski).
On Leedham: She can score, plays rugged defense and is a leader. Showed dramatic improvements all last season long, now she's one of the most positive forwards on the continent.

Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johanne Gomis-Halilovic
Virginie Bremont
Nevena Jovanovic
Aminata Konate

Forwards:
Laetitia Kamba
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop
Johannah Leedham
Rejane Verin

Center:
Marielle Amant

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BA London Lions return five core players for WBBL season - by Paul Nilsen

BA London Lions have confirmed the return of five players from last season's WBBL core to open their signings for the 2017-18 season.

Guards and academy players Charlotte Ellmore - who had an impressive campaign with the GB Under-18 Women this summer, Teresa Da Silva and Zoe Willis will help lead the squad from the backcourt, whilst bigs Megan Sheret and Christina Gaskin (185-F-93, college: Fordham) will load up the front court.

'Ellmore and Da Silva are the best two guards of their generations and I'm confident that they will demonstrate this in the WBBL this year,' play-caller Mark Clark commented.

'With Zoe Willis returning for her third season, I am excited to see what she will bring with the extra experience. She was hampered by injury last season, but has the ability to make a good contribution in the WBBL this year.'

Sheret, also an academy player, returns for her third year at BA, but it will be her first full season with the WBBL squad.

'I am really excited to play in the WBBL this season,' Sheret said.

'I've had a taste of the league in my first 2 years at Barking and after a lot of hard work I am now looking forward to get a full season under my belt.'

Clark added: 'Her addition this year underlines the development she has made in the last two years at BA."

Finally, Gaskin, a BA alumnus who graduated in 2011 before having a four year career at Fordham, returns for another year with the WBBL side and Clark expects her to take on a leadership role.

'Christina has underlined her level by her call up to the GB senior women, ' he declared.

'I am expecting her to be a leader in the WBBL Campaign. At the offensive ends Christina still brings that explosiveness and ability to get to the basket and at the defensive end still has the ability to rebound and block shots as well as anyone the league.'



Durham call upon Croatian veteran Tomljenovic - by Paul Nilsen

Durham Palatinates have made what could be one of the signings of the summer ahead of their debut WBBL campaign after sealing the services of Monika Tomljenovic (180-G-85, college: FIU), who has both EuroLeague Women and EuroBasket Women minutes on her resume.

The 31-year-old Croatian veteran will assume her new role with the north-east side and could be one of the names to watch out for in 2017-18 after adding her skills to the rookie WBBL club. She played for her country at EuroBasket Women 2013, has appeared for the likes of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb in Europe and was with KK Zvarner most recently, adding 14 points and 6 rebounds in 2015-16.

"It is a new country, a new team and new challenge for me. but after speaking with Coach [Lee] Davie about the team and the programme, I decided that Durham would be a perfect place for me to get back in professional basketball," saidTomljenovic.

"Since I have never been to UK, it will be an even bigger challenge, which I look forward to. I have also I got the opportunity to coach kids basketball, which I love just as much as playing.

"I really don't know what to expect because this is my first season in WBBL league and team is new to the league as well, so we will just give our best and try to win as many games as possible.

"I played college basketball in the States, spent a few years as a pro in Croatia and in other countries. Then my passion and love for basketball, which combined with team skills, will hopefully help us to win more games.

"We have good chemistry on and off the court. We work hard and that way we push each other to work even harder in practice to get better. Most of us come from different countries and it is always nice to get to know new people and to share one part of your life with them."

Coach Davie is delighted to have landed his latest recruit and commented: "Monika is a huge signing for us because after 4 years at Florida International followed by a successful career in Europe, she brings a wealth of experience to help establish our club in its rookie year.

"A consummate professional, she is already having a massive impact on our programme. Leading by example, she is fantastic role model in terms of her work ethic on the court, but just as important, but often over looked, is the lifestyle off the court.

"Our younger players have gone out of their way to make reference to how well she takes care of her body in reference to her nutrition, physical preparation and recovery.

"Monika's presence on the court will be felt by all as she has an engine that never seems to tire. Defensively she will chase, harass and disrupt you every step of the way, which I can see frustrating a lot of people.

A proven a scorer, she has the ability to hurt teams where ever she is on the floor.Monika's speed and quickness will make her very hard to guard, but her ability to stretch the floor with her shooting will be where her impact will be felt the most.

"That perimeter threat alone, will positively impact her teammates, creating more space for them to go to work. And, if you help off her, she will make you pay," added the play-caller.