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  ABA LEAGUE  



ABA League SuperCup: Buducnost fire past Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Mornar Bar 82:65

Buducnost celebrated a comfortable win over Mornar Bar in the second ABA League SuperCup semifinal. Kyle Gibson (196-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Buducnost will now take on Cedevita for the trophy.
Buducnost surprised the hosts early on. The Podgorica team went on a 27:10 run in the first period. Buducnost maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 20-point halftime lead 46:26. Mornar Bar managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 16 points at the final intermission. However Buducnost sank 19 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Aleksa Ilic (204-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) and Filip Barovic (207-F/C-90, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) answered with 9 points for Mornar Bar. Bakic and Marko Mugosa (200-SG-93, agency: BeoExcell) tossed in 8 points apiece in the defeat.



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Mega Bemax 99:96

Cedevita ensured the ABA League SuperCup championship game birth. They beat Mega Bemax in the semifinal clash in Bar tonight. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 17 points to lead the Croatian team.
The teams were tied at 25 after ten minutes. Cedevita stepped on the gas in the second term. The Croatian team piled up a 59:45 halftime lead. Cedevita dropped 24 points in the third quarter to enter the final stanza up by 16 points. Mega Bemax drained 29 points in the final frame but could not save the game. Musa produced 16 points, while Kevin Murphy (197-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) added 15 points in the victory. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Mega Bemax. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points each in the loss.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP  


Kano Pillars eye perfect finish at Africa Champions Cup 2017 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria men league champion, Kano Pillars basketball club is aiming at doing the nation proud at the 2017 Africa Champions Cup competition slated for later in the year.

Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed is confident that the club will not lower the standard already attained with great runs of the Nigeria national teams at the 2017 AfroBasket for Women and Men.

Kano Pillars basketball club according to Coach Ahmed will be looking to break it's 30 years jinx of making it to the podium in Tunisia.

In a brief chat with our correspondent Coach Ahmed who was part of the club bronze medal winning effort in 1987 in Alexandria, Egypt as a players says the club is ready for the task ahead.

'We know a lot of African teams will pay more attention to any team coming from Nigeria as a result of the great performance of our women and men national teams at the AfroBasket but we are well equipped to add more to Nigeria silverwares.

'Our goal is to also do the nation proud in our own little way which we are already working on.

The Nigerian champion defeated Gombe Bulls basketball club by74-54 points on September 9th in Kano and went home with N20 million naira ($55,000) while the Bulls got N15 million naira ($41,000) with Hoops and Read basketball club owned by former Nigeria captain, Olumide Oyedeji finished third and was rewarded with N10 million naira ($27,000).

Pillars and Bulls will represent Nigeria in the Zone-3 qualifiers for men while First Bank and First Deepwater basketball clubs will fly the country flag in the women.




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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Instituto
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Davis, Instituto29.0 
 2. Moore, Comunica.29.0 
 3. Tucker, San Lorenzo26.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.25.0 
 5. Johnson, GECR I.23.0 
 6. Swann, Comunica.23.0 
 7. Giorgetti, GECR I.21.0 
 8. Kemp, Obras Basket20.0 
 9. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 10. Keenan, San M.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Glenn, Penarol14.0 
 2. Francis, Quimsa14.0 
 3. Fierro, Boca Jrs14.0 
 4. Famous, GECR I.13.0 
 5. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 6. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 7. Mendoza, Estudian.10.0 
 8. Bortolin, Argentino10.0 
 9. Wood, San M.10.0 
 10. Espinoza, Salta B.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Barral, Obras B.10.0 
 2. Figueroa, Comunica.9.0 
 3. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 4. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.0 
 5. Ferreyra, Quilm.6.0 
 6. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 7. Bruna, Salta Basket5.0 
 8. Scala, Instituto5.0 
 9. Barrera, GECR I.5.0 
 10. Whelan, Instituto5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isaiah SWANN
  Comunica.
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Swann, Comunica.4.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.4.0 
 3. Clancy, Instituto4.0 
 4. Flor, Quilmes MP3.0 
 5. Espinoza, Salta B.3.0 
 6. Goldenberg, Salta B.3.0 
 7. Garcia, Argentino2.0 
 8. Johnson, GECR I.2.0 
 9. Kemp, Obras Basket2.0 
 10. Alloatti, Penarol2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberto ACUNA
  Quimsa
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 2. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Kemp, Obras Basket2.0 
 4. Giorgetti, GECR I.2.0 
 5. Kent, Argentino2.0 
 6. Gianella, Penarol1.0 
 7. Mendoza, Estudian.1.0 
 8. Baxley, Ferrocarril1.0 
 9. Mensia, GECR I.1.0 
 10. Crawford, La Union1.0 


LigaA Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LigaA just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 1 in LigaA took place in Salta where host Salta Basket (1-0) beat Atenas (0-1) 76-66 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Salta Basket. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salta Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Atenas' players. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 20 points and 6 assists for lost side. Atenas' coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atenas will play next round against strong Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Salta Basket will try to continue on its current victory against Olimpico de La Banda at home.
Comunicaciones defeated Estudiantes C. in Mercedes 92-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman JJ Moore (198-91, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 rebounds. Isaiah Swann contributed with 23 points and 4 steals for the winners. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Estudiantes C.Estudiantes C.'s coach Lucas Victoriano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Estudiantes C. will play next round against strong San Martin Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. Comunicaciones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of La Union (0-1) on the court of San Martin Corrientes on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by San Martin Corrientes 85-74. Justin Keenan stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Alexis Elsener responded with 16 points. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home Estudiantes C. (#4) in the next round. La Union will play against Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss the game where Ferrocarril (1-0) against Boca Juniors (0-1) where Ferrocarril won on the road by seven points 83-76. Franco Balbi nailed 18 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras Basket.
And finally the game worth to mention about took place in Comodoro R. where Penarol (1-0) edged by one point GECR Indalo (0-1) 83-82 on Friday night. GECR Indalo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Ricardo Glenn fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Penarol's coach Marcelo Macias allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Penarol will face Argentino in Junin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GECR Indalo will play at home against Weber Bahia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group B winless Instituto lost to undefeated Quimsa in Santiado Estero 75-79.
In Group C San Lorenzo beat Obras Basket at home 81-79.
In Group D winless Quilmes MP lost to undefeated Argentino on the opponent's court 63-82.

Group A
Comunicaciones - Estudiantes C. 92-80

Comunicaciones defeated Estudiantes C. in Mercedes 92-80. Estudiantes C. was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 34-14 charge of Comunicaciones, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Estudiantes C. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman JJ Moore (198-91, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 23 points and 4 steals for the winners. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.Five Comunicaciones and four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. Estudiantes C.'s coach Lucas Victoriano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Estudiantes C. will play next round against strong San Martin Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. Comunicaciones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: J.Moore 29+5reb+1ast, I.Swann 23+2reb+3ast, F.Funes 12+1reb+2ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 10+4reb+9ast, A.Lucas 10+6reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 4+9reb+1ast
Estudiantes C.: R.Mendoza 20+10reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 13+2reb+2ast, D.Doblas 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 11+6reb+1ast, M.Bolivar 9+2ast, E.Dominguez 5+1ast
gschID: 572728


San Martin C. - La Union 85-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of La Union (0-1) on the court of San Martin Corrientes on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by San Martin Corrientes 85-74. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-74. San Martin Corrientes made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) responded with 16 points and naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) scored 12 points. Four La Union players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home Estudiantes C. (#4) in the next round. La Union will play against Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Keenan 20+7reb+2ast, M.Lescano 11+2reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 11+3reb+4ast, J.Wood 11+10reb+3ast, L.Mainoldi 9+4reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 8+8reb
La Union: A.Elsener 16+3reb+2ast, A.Marin 12+2reb, J.Maldonado 12+4reb+3ast, A.Konsztadt 11+3reb+4ast, C.Crawford 7+10reb, I.Clark 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 572724


Group B
Quimsa - Instituto 79-75

Quimsa used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Cordoba 79-75 on Thursday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-15. But Instituto won second period 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Quimsa made 7 blocks. Instituto was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) produced 29 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Quimsa will face Atenas (#4) in Cordoba in the next round. Instituto will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: S.Vega 20+9reb+3ast, N.Gadson 19+10reb+3ast, T.Francis 13+14reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 11+2reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 9+2reb+2ast, J.Brussino 5+1reb+3ast
Instituto: D.Davis 29+8reb+1ast, F.Pinero 14+3reb+2ast, S.Clancy 9+11reb, G.Whelan 7+3reb+5ast, C.Amicucci 6+3reb, L.Kilo 4+4reb
gschID: 572725


Salta Basket - Atenas 76-66

The biggest surprise of round 1 in LigaA took place in Salta where host Salta Basket (1-0) beat Atenas (0-1) 76-66 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Salta Basket. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salta Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Atenas' players. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 20 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Atenas' coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atenas will play next round against strong Quimsa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Salta Basket will try to continue on its current victory against Olimpico de La Banda at home.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: P.Espinoza 25+10reb+4ast, D.Gerbaudo 15+4reb+7ast, L.Goldenberg 11+2reb+2ast, Q.Brown 10+1reb+2ast, A.Zilli 8+5reb+2ast, R.Haag 3+3reb
Atenas: D.Sims 20+3reb+6ast, N.Romano 9+7reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 8+2reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 7+1reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 6+4reb, F.Baralle 5+1reb
gschID: 572721


Group C
San Lorenzo - Obras Basket 81-79

San Lorenzo used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Buenos Aires 81-79 on Friday night. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) fired 26 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 17 points. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) added 14 points and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obras Basket's coach Carlos Romano let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. San Lorenzo will face Hispano Am. (#3) in Rio Gallegos in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Ferrocarril.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: D.Tucker 26+2reb+3ast, J.Justiz 17+4reb, M.Mata 14+3reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 10+3reb+2ast, G.Deck 8+6reb+1ast, C.Matias Sandes 4+7reb+1ast
Obras Basket: M.Kemp 20+8reb+5ast, T.Zanzottera 15+2reb, P.Barral 14+3reb+10ast, J.Valdelicio 11+6reb+1ast, P.Martin 7+4reb, S.Spieth 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 572726


Boca Jrs - Ferrocarril 76-83

We should not miss the game where Ferrocarril (1-0) against Boca Juniors (0-1) where Ferrocarril won on the road by seven points 83-76. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 28-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) nailed 18 points and 8 assists for the winning side and international center Kevin Hernandez (204-91) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) came up with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Lucas Perez (185-87) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Boca Juniors in the defeat. Ferrocarril's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras Basket.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: F.Balbi 18+3reb+8ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 14+4reb, K.Hernandez 12+5reb+1ast, W.Baxley 9+2reb, A.Harper 8+1reb+4ast, D.Figueredo 8+1reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: M.Bryan-Amaning 16+9reb, L.Perez 16+5reb+5ast, E.Gamboa 13+3reb+2ast, M.Fierro 9+14reb+4ast, F.Lampropoulos 8+1reb+2ast, L.Gargallo 7+2ast
gschID: 572722


Group D
GECR Indalo - Penarol 82-83

And finally the game worth to mention about took place in Comodoro R. where Penarol (1-0) edged by one point GECR Indalo (0-1) 83-82 on Friday night. GECR Indalo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. GECR Indalo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Ricardo Glenn (202-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Macias allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Penarol will face Argentino in Junin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GECR Indalo will play at home against Weber Bahia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 17+6reb+3ast, R.Glenn 16+14reb, J.Slider 16+3reb+2ast, N.Gianella 15+7reb+2ast, K.Cochran 9+3reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 7+1reb
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 23+3reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 21+7reb, J.Manuel Riveiro 18+2reb+4ast, D.Romero 8+6reb, G.Barrera 8+3reb+5ast, J.Famous 4+13reb
gschID: 572727


Argentino - Quilmes MP 82-63

Argentino used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Mar del Plata 82-63 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Argentino dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 22. They outrebounded Quilmes MP 44-31 including a 39-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quilmes MP was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Malcolm Bernard (198-94, college: Xavier) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. International power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Eric Flor (186-93) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Argentino will face Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quilmes MP will play on the road against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: L.Massarelli 17+1reb+3ast, A.Kent 16+7reb, L.Cequeira 15+6reb+2ast, M.Bernard 13+10reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 7+5reb+3ast, M.Bortolin 6+10reb
Quilmes MP: I.Basualdo 14+7reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 11+2reb, E.Flor 11+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 7+4reb, E.Basabe 6+6reb+3ast, N.Ferreyra 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 572723





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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael SINGLETARY
  USA
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 38
 1. Singletary, Mono V.38.0 
 2. O''Brien, Seraeyett24.0 
 3. Abu-Shamala, Serae.24.0 
 4. Chang, Dacin Tigers22.0 
 5. Ravena, Pilipinas22.0 
 6. Weeden, Seraeyett20.0 
 7. Brickman, Mono V.19.0 
 8. Austin, Pilipinas17.0 
 9. El Diraoui, Seraeyett17.0 
 10. Wang, Dacin Tigers17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Austin, Pilipinas18.0 
 2. O''Brien, Seraeyett16.0 
 3. Singletary, Mono V.12.0 
 4. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers11.0 
 5. Kazemi, Petrochimi10.0 
 6. Anoop, ONGC9.0 
 7. Abu-Shamala, Serae.8.0 
 8. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.8.0 
 9. Brickman, Mono V.8.0 
 10. Zhigulin, Astana8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason BRICKMAN
  PHI
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Brickman, Mono V.11.0 
 2. Weeden, Seraeyett8.0 
 3. Adams, Xinjiang FT7.0 
 4. Sun, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 5. Muhtar, Xinjiang.6.0 
 6. Wang, Xinjiang FT5.0 
 7. Revilla, Pilipinas4.0 
 8. Uddin, ONGC4.0 
 9. Abu-Shamala, Serae.4.0 
 10. O''Brien, Seraeyett3.0 
Steals Per Game
 TongLin SUN
  (208-F/C-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sun, Xinjiang FT5.0 
 2. Muhtar, Xinjiang.4.0 
 3. Mohit, ONGC4.0 
 4. Yakhchali, Petrochimi3.0 
 5. Singletary, Mono V.3.0 
 6. Wu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 7. Brickman, Mono V.3.0 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT3.0 
 9. Salem, Ahli Shabab3.0 
 10. Mashayekhi, Petro.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Austin, Pilipinas6.0 
 2. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 3. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.2.0 
 4. Anoop, ONGC2.0 
 5. Carter, Astana1.5 
 6. Liu, Xinjiang FT1.0 
 7. Singletary, Mono V.1.0 
 8. Alshabebi, Ahli S.1.0 
 9. Torres, Pilipinas1.0 
 10. Kazemi, Petrochimi1.0 


Overview of Day 1 in Chenzhou - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Astana - Pilipinas 65-73
Pilipinas overcame Astana in the opening game in Chenzhou. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) posted 22 points to lead the winning side. Astana posted a 43:35 halftime lead. Pilipinas used a 22:12 run in the third term to secure a 2-point lead at the final break. Pilipinas held the Kazakh team to just 10 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) answered with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Astana.

Seraeyett - Mono Vampire 100-102 OT
Mono Vampire survived an overtime thriller versus Seraeyett to secure the first victory in Group A. Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) provided 38 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Mono Vampire recorded a 46:41 halftime lead. Seraeyett knocked down 34 points in the third term to surge ahead. But Mono Vampire bounced back with a 21:15 run in the fourth term to force overtime. Mono Vampire dropped 12 points in the extra period to snatch the victory. Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Todd O'Brien (211-C-89, college: UAB) and Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 24 points each for Seraeyett.

Group B
Ahli Shabab - Xinjiang FT 43-96
Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) scored 17 points and issued 7 assists to lead Xinjiang past Ahli Shabab in Group B. The Chinese team piled up a 46:23 halftime lead. They used a 50:20 run in the second half to cruise to the victory. Makan Kelanbaike (197-F-92) produced 16 points for the winners. Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) and Khalifa Salem (180-G-91) answered with 16 points each for Ahli Shabab.

Dacin Tigers - ONGC 94-62
Dacin Tigers knocked down ONGC at the start of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) tallied 22 points to lead the Taiwanese team. Dacin Tigers recorded a 50:22 halftime lead. Dacin Tigers stretched the lead at 37-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Wang Tzu-Kang (183-G-93) chipped in 17 points in the victory. Mohit Bhandari (186-SG-81) answered with 15 points for ONGC.




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Baker comes back to Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.7ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the QBL title (twice).
Baker was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Baker's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoki), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Baker attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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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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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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





Shaker's 22 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Hussain Shaker put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Al-Ahli and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Al-Ahli in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sitra (#8, 1-1) with 26-point margin 91-65. Al-Ahli is placed at 6th position in Bahrain league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Al-Ahli will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. It's Shaker's second year at Al-Ahli and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Shaker has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al-Hala. He is American-Lebanese center in his 2nd season at Al-Hala. In the last game Woods recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Al-Hala lost that game 76-83 to Al-Nweidrat (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Woods is well-known at Al-Hala and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.7ppg (#5). He also registered 15.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Sitra (#8). Okosun scored 26 points and grabbed twenty five rebounds (!!!). Despite Okosun's great performance Sitra lost 65-91 to Al-Ahli (#6, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sitra needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Okosun has a great season in Bahrain. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 25.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Hassan Shukralla (F) of Al-Muharraq - 16 points and 19 rebounds
5. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of Al-Nweidrat - 13 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Hussain Lulu) of Hidd - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of Al-Manama - 14 points and 14 rebounds
8. Sydney Coleman (204-C/F-93) of Samaheej - 17 points and 17 rebounds
9. Mohamed Alderazi (194-F/G-80) of Al-Muharraq - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Sidy Sall (206-F) of Al-Bahrain - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Qualifying Round 1 Return Leg best performance: Jason Clark - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Jason Clark (188-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Antwerp, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Qualifying Round).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, four rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Lulea 83-74. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Georgetown University star has very solid stats this year. Clark is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 3.5rpg), assists (2nd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Brandyn Curry (187-G-91) of Groningen. Curry had a very good evening with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led Groningen to another comfortable win outscoring Vytautas 84-61. Curry is a newcomer at Groningen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Branden Frazier (190-G-92) of Avtodor. Frazier showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Frazier's great performance Avtodor lost 63-67 to Keravnos. Frazier has a great season in Basketball Champions League. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Sears (203-F-94) of Ludwigsburg - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mikita Meshcharakou (201-F-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Lis Shoshi (211-C-94) of Sigal Prishtina - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88) of Sigal Prishtina - 27 points and 3 rebounds
10. Thomas Koenis (211-C-89) of Groningen - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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



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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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes24.0 
 2. Zabas, Leuven17.0 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes16.0 
 4. Sapp, Kangoeroes15.0 
 5. Lumpkin, Leuven14.0 
 6. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.13.0 
 7. van Zegeren, Leuven12.0 
 8. Lambot, Leuven11.0 
 9. Gaudoux, Leuven10.0 
 10. Camphor, Leuven8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kwan CHEATHAM JR.
  Kango.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.10.0 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. van Zegeren, Leuven6.0 
 4. Lambot, Leuven6.0 
 5. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.4.0 
 6. Sapp, Kangoeroes4.0 
 7. Lumpkin, Leuven3.0 
 8. Alihodzic, Leuven3.0 
 9. Gaudoux, Leuven3.0 
 10. Oveneke, Kangoeroes3.0 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. SAPP
  Kangoeroes
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sapp, Kangoeroes4.0 
 2. McNeaill, Kangoeroes4.0 
 3. Camphor, Leuven4.0 
 4. Lumpkin, Leuven3.0 
 5. Lambot, Leuven3.0 
 6. Oveneke, Kangoeroes3.0 
 7. van Zegeren, Leuven2.0 
 8. Zabas, Leuven2.0 
 9. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
 10. Gaudoux, Leuven2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 2. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
 3. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 4. Sapp, Kangoeroes1.0 
 5. Lambot, Leuven1.0 
 6. Gaudoux, Leuven1.0 
 7. Zabas, Leuven1.0 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes1.0 
 9. Lumpkin, Leuven1.0 
 10. Camphor, Leuven1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pape BADJI
  Kangoeroes
  (208-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Badji, Kangoeroes1.0 
 2. Robinson, Leuven1.0 
 3. Lambot, Leuven0.0 
 4. Gaudoux, Leuven0.0 
 5. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.0.0 
 6. Stevens, Leuven0.0 
 7. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.0.0 
 8. Oveneke, Kangoeroes0.0 
 9. Camphor, Leuven0.0 
 10. McNeaill, Kangoeroes0.0 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sigfredo CASERO-ORTIZ
  Spirou B.
  (185-PG-97)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.20.5 
 2. Maesen, Houthalen19.8 
 3. Gorremans, Soba18.3 
 4. Goetgeluck, Soba18.3 
 5. Perez, Melsele17.0 
 6. Collette, Ninane16.3 
 7. Allemand, Ninane16.3 
 8. Fassotte, Ninane16.0 
 9. Celis, Oxaco16.0 
 10. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.13.0 
 2. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.10.5 
 3. Dobbelaere, Ieper10.0 
 4. Tuluka-M., Royal B.7.5 
 5. Leten, Melsele7.5 
 6. Piette, Neufchateau7.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele7.5 
 8. Leemans, Ieper7.3 
 9. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 10. Mestdagh, Ieper7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Celis, Oxaco5.7 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.5.0 
 3. Moray, Ninane4.5 
 4. Goetgeluck, Soba4.0 
 5. Maio, Ninane3.7 
 6. Verspeeten, Gent H.3.5 
 7. Benzouien, Spirou B3.3 
 8. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.3 
 9. van-Kempen, Soba3.3 
 10. Haerbos, Soba3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lamot, Melsele4.5 
 2. Perez, Melsele3.5 
 3. Van-d., Melsele3.5 
 4. Moray, Ninane3.5 
 5. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 6. De Vreught, Gistel O.3.0 
 7. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.0 
 8. Goetgeluck, Soba3.0 
 9. Collette, Ninane2.7 
 10. De Valck, Gembo B.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fusek, Spirou B2.3 
 2. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.1.0 
 3. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 4. Bouckaert, Gembo B.1.0 
 5. Delplancq, Gistel O.1.0 
 6. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 7. Tuluka-M., Royal B.1.0 
 8. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 9. Nau, Oxaco0.7 
 10. Fogang, Spirou B0.7 



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  BOSNIA  


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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Girona Basquet adds Kobic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Basquet Girona added to their roster 19-year old Bosnian forward Dino Kobic (200-98). He played last season at the junior team of Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Kobic's team made it to the Alpe Adria Final Four.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Kobic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Kengur).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia lands Mirza Bulic - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia landed 25-year old Bosnian small forward Mirza Bulic (207-92) from Levitec Huesca. In 22 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bulic played at Araberri (LEB Silver) where in 36 games he had 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the LEB Silver Play-Off title.
Among other achievements Bulic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Newcomers Team award back in 2010.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 81.5%.
Bulic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Sloboda Tuzla and Spars Sarajevo.

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alberto Ruiz_de_Galarreta
Ander Garcia
Joe De_Ciman
Gaizka Maiza

Forwards:
Mirza Bulic
Ibon Guridi
Marcos Portalez
Andrija Simovic
Kenny Kaminski

Center:
Victor Serrano

Coach: Lorenzo Encinas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

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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  BULGARIA  


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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  CANADA  


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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Anthony Bennett (ex Fenerbahce) joins Phoenix Suns - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) agreed terms with 24-year old Canadian international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). He played last season at Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL league. Bennett managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 7 BSL games he had 9.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg. The other team Bennett played that season for were the Nets. In 23 NBA games he averaged 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. Another team he played shortly was another team Long Island Nets. In two games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2013 Bennett was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers as #1 pick overall. He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Bennett won Euroleauge championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 1st Team in 2015.
Bennett has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2015 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2010.
Bennett represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 64.7%.
Bennett has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves) and NBA G League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).

Phoenix Suns roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elijah Millsap
Brandon Knight
Eric Bledsoe
Mike James
Josh Jackson
Davon Reed
Peter Jok
Devin Booker
Tyler Ulis

Forwards:
Jared Dudley
Anthony Bennett
Dragan Bender
T.J. Warren
Alec Peters
Derrick Jones
Marquese Chriss

Centers:
Tyson Chandler
Alan Williams

Coach: Earl Watson

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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JUCO transfer adds to Marauders back court depth - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach Patrick Tatham continues to mould the McMaster Marauders toward the manner he wants them to play as he welcomes another likely-impact transfer in 5'11' Tyrick Thompson (180-G), originally out of St. Mary's Catholic High School in Kitchener, Ontario, a program that was ranked #1 in the National Pre-Season in 2014-2015 finished with being ranked #10 in the province (his final season of high school). Thompson, who also starred in the Waterloo Wolverines club system, spent the past two seasons at Dawson C. College an NJCAA Division 1 school in Glendive, Montana where he averaged 2.5 ppg this past season as a sophomore. The diminutive guard with quick feet should allow Tatham to play an up-tempo, pressure game along with incumbent point guard 6'1 David McCulloch (185-G) and transfer 6'2 Miles Seward (190-G). While Mac's back court gets deeper and more talented - other key returnees include reserves 6'3 Andre Toic (190-G) and 6'0 Marko Grahovac (183-PG), the front court will likely have to rely heavily on returning 6'8 Matthew Quiring (203-F) and JUCO transfer 6'6 Sasha Simic, who projects as more of a face-up, perimeter-oriented shooter albeit with range beyond the three point line. Expect Tatham to try to protect his bigs and when fatigue and/or foul trouble appear, to go to a smaller lineup. Nonetheless, this season's version of the Marauders shapes up to be much different in personnel and likely playing style than usual.
Courtesy of: canhoopsca.wordpress.com



Rocca re-signs at River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster guard Joe Rocca (193-87kg, college: Carleton). He played there last season. In 7 NBL Canada games he had 5.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg.
Rocca just graduated from Carleton University and it will be his first season as a pro. His team won CIS Tournament.
Rocca was voted All-OUA West Division 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Rocca previously for three other teams: Marauders, Loyola H. and BSN.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrew Rautins (ex Tofas) is a newcomer at the Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 31-year old Canadian ex-international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86kg-86, college: Syracuse). He moved there from Tofas in Turkish BSL league where he played this season. The last season Rautins played at Gaziantep (also in BSL). In 30 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 Rautins was drafted by New York Knicks in second round (38th overall). He attended Syracuse University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rautins' team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention in 2016.
Rautins was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
Rautins also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.
Rautins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He is always active without the ball, constantly running through and around screens to free himself open More than just a 3 point specialist, it's his play making abilities that make him a well rounded player He has an excellent basketball IQ, along with tremendous court vision, his passing skills can sometimes go overlooked When he does have an open lane to penetrate, Andy has the ability to take it, and set up his teammates for easy baskets.
He lacks athleticism, size and strength, which hurt him on both ends when comparing him to other shooting guards at the next level He does not have the quickest first step, which really makes him nothing more than catch and shoot threat when it comes to scoring
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Toronto Raptors roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Lowry
C.J. Miles
Andrew Rautins
Lorenzo Brown
Norman Powell
K.J. McDaniels
Malcolm Miller
Delon Wright
Fred VanVleet

Forwards:
DeMar DeRozan
Kyle Wiltjer
Alfonzo McKinnie
Jakob Poeltl
Kennedy Meeks
Bruno Caboclo
Pascal Siakam
O.G. Anunoby

Centers:
Serge Ibaka
Jonas Valanciunas
Lucas Nogueira

Coach: Dwayne Casey

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Sharks add Akognon to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Sharks (CBA) added to their roster 31-year old Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-84kg-86, college: CS Fullerton). He played last summer at Henan Shedianlaojiu in the NBL. Akognon managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 26 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 38.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.8apg and 2.5spg. The last season he played at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 5 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. Akognon also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 5.4ppg and 1.6rpg. The other team he played shortly was Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 5 games he got 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. Akognon also played 4 games in Euroleague where he got 4.8ppg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akognon's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention in 2015.
Akognon represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Akognon is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Akognon tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Estonia, Italy (Banco di Srd), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Flying Leopards, Jilin Tigers, Long Lions and Eagles) and NBA G League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
Akognon attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
On Akognon: A tiny, but solid bodied guard with personality and great scoring skills. Thanks to his explosiveness and quickness, has a good offensive presence. Can spend time in both 1 and 2 positions, gives his best in open court situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  CROATIA  


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.



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Mega Bemax 99:96

Cedevita ensured the ABA League SuperCup championship game birth. They beat Mega Bemax in the semifinal clash in Bar tonight. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 17 points to lead the Croatian team.
The teams were tied at 25 after ten minutes. Cedevita stepped on the gas in the second term. The Croatian team piled up a 59:45 halftime lead. Cedevita dropped 24 points in the third quarter to enter the final stanza up by 16 points. Mega Bemax drained 29 points in the final frame but could not save the game. Musa produced 16 points, while Kevin Murphy (197-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) added 15 points in the victory. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Mega Bemax. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points each in the loss.



CSKA coast past hosts in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - CSKA 68:97

CSKA stormed past hosting Zadar at the international friendly tournament in Croatia. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) sank 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 5 assists to lead the effort.
Zadar and CSKA stayed toe to toe throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. CSKA then used a 20:13 run in the second period to surge ahead. The Moscow team unleashed 59 points in the second half to leave Zadar behind and marched to a well-deserved win. Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) chipped in 13 points, while Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91) added 12 points for CSKA. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 17 points for Zadar. Toni Jelenkovic (180-PG-97) notched 11 points in the loss.



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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  CYPRUS  


AEK and Rethymno celebrate victories in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens and Rethymno got to the winning start of their Cyprus international tournament campaign.
AEK fired past AEK Larnaca 109:71 in the opener. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points for the Greek side. AEK Athens posted a 57:49 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 21-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Edin Atic (201-G/F-97) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89, college: Dayton) answered with 16 points for AEK Larnaca.
Rethymno overcame APOEL 83:79 in another game. Stefan Moody (179-PG-93, college: Mississippi) nailed 28 points to lead the effort. Rethymno opened a 41:33 halftime lead and managed to protect it throughout the second half. Justin Baker (203-F/C-89, college: Utah Valley) nailed 21 points for APOEL.



Baker comes back to Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.7ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the QBL title (twice).
Baker was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Baker's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoki), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Baker attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel signs Baker just out of college - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed American forward Justin Baker (201). He just graduated from Chatham (NCAA3). But in 16 games he had only 0.4ppg last season.
As mentioned above Baker is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Justin Baker
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Evrik Gary (ex Heffingen) agreed terms with Apoel - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Evrik Gary (191-83kg-91, college: Francis Marion). He played most recently at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen in Luxembourg N2 league. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season. Gary also played that season for another team Wolves in U.S. NBA-G-League where in three games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Gary was drafted by Raptors 905 (D-League) in fifth round (88th overall).
He attended Francis Marion University (NCAA Div.II) until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gary's team made it to the Balkan League Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Gary has played previously professionally in NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Bulgaria (Beroe).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Evrik Gary
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides
Petar Zdravic

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Dimitris Karagiannis
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Damontre Harris
Ilija Lukovic

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ilija Lukovic is a newcomer at Apoel - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old naturalized Serbian center Ilija Lukovic (206-99). He was about to sign at Enosis (Division A). The last season Lukovic was tested by Enosis.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides
Petar Zdravic

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Damontre Harris
Ilija Lukovic

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel adds Zdravic to their roster - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster 20-year old point guard Petar Zdravic (192-97). He played most recently at Anagennises in Cypriot Division A. In 10 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg in 2015-16 season. Zdravic also spent pre-season at Apollon that year.
The scouts decsribe him following way: By Chris Mammides / Jan. 2016
One of the best performers at his age in the Cyprus league, the Cyprus born and raised, Serbian left handed point guard, begun his career in the academies of Apollon Limassol and moved to the Anagennisi Germasogias in December 2015 on a lend in order to get some real time in the men's division and gets some experiences in the court against tougher opponents. Petar is completely skilled basketball wise and he can pass the ball but also he can score a lot. He defends very well and is very athletic. Despite his not so muscular body he can defend against stronger opponents and he can really give them some hard time. Having in mind that is among the few players in the island that at the age of 17 he is participating in a men's roster and has 25-30 minutes averaging 7.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.8 assists, Petar has all the future in front of him. The fact that he is a left hand but can use both his hands with the same ease and the fact that he is using more his brains than his body are some major characteristics on his advantages. Petar is of a good quality and calibre player and with some more personal job to gain some physical strength he will be following the successful path at his professional career in basketball. The Cyprus Basketball federation hopefully will call him to participate in the National Team's work-outs and he will become a member of the Cyprus NT soon enough
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Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides
Petar Zdravic

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel signs Ashton Moore, ex ETB Wohnbau - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 24-year old American point guard Ashton Moore (183-80kg-93, college: Citadel). He played last season at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA. In 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Moore played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 30 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. Moore also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged 12.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Moore was voted All-SoCon 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Moore graduated from Citadel in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zurab KERESELIDZE
  Zlin
  (192-G-97)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kereselidze, Zlin19.0 
 2. Nehoda, Zlin17.0 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice13.0 
 4. Cejka, Pardubice13.0 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin12.0 
 6. Petric, Pardubice12.0 
 7. Prasil, Zlin11.0 
 8. Susak, Zlin10.0 
 9. Jedovnicky, Zlin10.0 
 10. Brozek, Pardubice7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomas VOSLAJER
  Zlin
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Voslajer, Zlin10.0 
 2. Jedovnicky, Zlin8.0 
 3. Cejka, Pardubice7.0 
 4. Susak, Zlin6.0 
 5. Jan, Pardubice4.0 
 6. Vycha, Pardubice4.0 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin3.0 
 8. Nalevanko, Pardu.2.0 
 9. Brozek, Pardubice2.0 
 10. Kratochvil, Pardubice2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas VOSLAJER
  Zlin
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Voslajer, Zlin6.0 
 2. Nalevanko, Pardu.5.0 
 3. Vecera, Pardubice3.0 
 4. Brozek, Pardubice3.0 
 5. Petric, Pardubice3.0 
 6. Jedovnicky, Zlin3.0 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 8. Kereselidze, Zlin2.0 
 9. Prasil, Zlin2.0 
 10. Cejka, Pardubice1.0 
Steals Per Game
 David NEHODA
  Zlin
  (193-SF-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nehoda, Zlin4.0 
 2. Petric, Pardubice3.0 
 3. Nalevanko, Pardu.2.0 
 4. Vycha, Pardubice2.0 
 5. Jan, Pardubice2.0 
 6. Jedovnicky, Zlin2.0 
 7. Potocek, Pardubice1.0 
 8. Brozek, Pardubice1.0 
 9. Kereselidze, Zlin1.0 
 10. Voslajer, Zlin1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Frantisek NEMEC
  Pardubice
  (189-G-)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nemec, Pardubice1.0 
 2. Nalevanko, Pardu.0.0 
 3. Kratochvil, Pardubice0.0 
 4. Voslajer, Zlin0.0 
 5. Kereselidze, Zlin0.0 
 6. Susak, Zlin0.0 
 7. Jedovnicky, Zlin0.0 
 8. Prasil, Zlin0.0 
 9. Jan, Pardubice0.0 
 10. Picka, Pardubice0.0 



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  DENMARK  

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
 Zygimantas RIAUKA
  Naestved
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Riauka, Naestved10.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 3. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 4. Abif, Naestved8.0 
 5. Berg, Bakken7.0 
 6. Beranek, Horsholm7.0 
 7. Meilby, Horsholm6.0 
 8. Bonds, Horsholm6.0 
 9. de Souza, Stevn.6.0 
 10. Diouf, Bakken5.0 
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. Darboe, Bakken1.0 
 7. Khan, Stevnsgade1.0 
 8. Abif, Naestved1.0 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.0 
 10. Berg, Bakken1.0 
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. Hjorth, Horsholm0.0 
 10. Stanionis, Wolfpac.0.0 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Emmanuel Andujar (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Capitanes - by Eurobasket News

LNBP newcomer Capitanes Ciudad de Mexico strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American (has also Dominican passport) forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93kg-93, college: Manhattan). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 39 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.9apg. Andujar helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Chocalates Trapa Palencia in Spanish LEB Gold. But in four games he averaged just 0.5ppg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Andujar's college team won MAAC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Lleida_Basquet) and Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico).
Andujar attended Manhattan College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MogulSportsInc)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Mexico



Gregorio Adon (ex Titanes Licey) joins Quintanar - by Eurobasket News

Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (EBA) agreed terms with 26-year old Dominican forward Gregorio Adon (198-91). He played last summer at Titanes Licey in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left. In two games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg. The last season Adon played at Marin Ence PeixeGalego (LEB Gold) where in 30 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2016. Adon was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish EBA All-Imports Team back in 2013.
On Adon: Adon also stressed by a large capacity rebounds, in addition to being a good stopper, thanks to good timing jump, and impose his talents and athletic capacity to finish above the rim.

Basket Globalcaja Quintanar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daquan Brickhouse
Jamie Washington
Iker Barbero

Forwards:
Gregorio Adon
Skyler Burgess

Coach: Cruz David Fernandez

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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National League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Leones and Piratas stay alive - by Eurobasket News

Leones - Iccan 90-81

Leones defeated visiting Iccan to force the fourth game in the semifinal series. Iccan was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of Leones, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 65.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a great evening for Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) with 22 points and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leones: A.Morillo 22+2reb+5ast, A.Conchambay 19+1reb+1ast, J.Vargas 18+5reb+1ast, C.Jackson 15+8reb+3ast, R.Luis 8, J.Ante 6+1reb
Iccan: C.Silva 22+3reb, J.Centeno 18+1reb+1ast, C.Carcelen 16+2reb, J.Herrera 13+6reb, J.Pablo Alvarez 6+1reb, J.Porozo 4+1reb
gschID: 572330


Piratas - Barcelona 69-62

Piratas stayed alive in the series following a tough home win over Barcelona. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-14 Barcelona's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-62 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Barcelona 49-37 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Barcelona in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Piratas: W.Clayton 18+17reb+1ast, C.Malatay 13+6reb+3ast, R.Perez 13+6reb+6ast, C.Delgado 11+11reb+1ast, P.Cano 7+5reb+4ast, A.Torres 3+2reb+3ast
Barcelona: M.Cairo 18+9reb, D.Henry 14+8reb, S.Prescott 12+6reb+6ast, R.Cardenas 9+3reb+5ast, K.Bowman 7+10reb+8ast, E.Bernal 2+1reb
gschID: 572331





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  EUROLEAGUE  


The "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. I started this offseason thinking the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.

I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.

His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other

The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.

One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague

Defense

This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.

A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment

Jim Katsionis




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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


Chooks-to-Go rallies to notch opening win - by Aris Ignacio

Kiefer Ravena (181-G/F-93) and naturalized player prospect Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) led the fight back of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas to edge BC Astana, 73-65, in their opening games in the current FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Chenzhou Sports Center in China last September 22 (Manila time).

Ravena paced the nationals with 22 points, 11 of which were scored in the pivotal third quarter, three rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals.

Austin provided an all-around debut to the squad finishing with 17 points, 18 rebounds and six block shots.

Kazakhstan started strong and led 43-35 at the half, highlighted with eight triples but lost touch in the final half.

Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) paced the team with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Scores:

Chooks-to-Go (73) - Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeric Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jeron Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.

BC Astana (65) - Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Degtyarev, Yergali 6, Marchuk 2, Kolesnikov 2, Chsherbak 0.

Quarterscores: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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  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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  FRANCE  


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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ALS Basket adds Mitchell to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket (NM1) added to their roster 30-year old American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-110kg-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) from Union Basket Chartres Metropole. In 37 NM1 games in France he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.5apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention.
Mitchell ended the previous (2015-16) season at Rueil (ProB) where in 10 games he averaged remarkable 19.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at IR Reykjavik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 13 games he was fourth best scorer with high stats: 25.9ppg and had 11.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.0bpg.
Three years ago (three years after he left the college) Mitchell was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in fourth round (63rd overall).
The former Rutgers, The State University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Mitchell is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Hungary (Falco-Vulcano), Israel (GreenTops Netanya and Ironi Ashkelon), Spain (Tarragona) and Iceland (Fjolnir).

Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yassine Bassine
Brandon Clark
Loic Piotrowski
Bastien Tardy

Forwards:
Jonathan Mitchell
Stephane Neri
Kamel Ammour
Momar Ndoye
Nemanja Kovanusic
Kevin Freycenet

Center:
Valentin Mukuna

Coach: Romain Tillon

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Larry Hall (ex Kozuv) agreed terms with Al Kahraba - by Eurobasket News

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 20 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.2apg last season. Hall also played 11 games in Balkan League where he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Hall spent at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Superleague. In 17 games he had 6.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team Hall played that season for was Halychyna in Superleague. In 16 games he got 14.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 7.5apg and 1.8spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Hall won Belarusian League championship title in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Hall has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Cherno More), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Espoo Honka and Tapiolan Honka), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets), Hungary, Lithuania (Anyksciu), Romania (Timba Timosoara), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica), Slovenia, Switzerland (Swiss Central) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).
He attended Western Oregon University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A Point/Off guard with good leadership skills, size, strength, and body control for his position. Very versatile on offense, can either run a team or be the go to scorer, scoring in many different ways. More of a jump shooter but can also get to the basket where he can finish in traffic or drive and kick to his teammates. A good shooter with range and quick release. Can catch and shoot as well as create his own shot. Also good in transition, can lead the break or can be the finisher. Great off the pick and role with the ability to create for his teammates. Able to handle pressure with his ball handling and court vision. A great defender with lateral quickness to pressure the ball, as well as a good rebounder at the guard position.

Al Kahraba Electricity roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Hall
Hassan Abdullah

Forward:
Mohammed Mahdi

Center:
Malik Nahi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  


Phi.76ers sign Jacob Pullen - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers signed 28-year old Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (184-85kg-89, college: Kansas State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Pullen played last season at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 17 Eurocup games he had 10.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Pullen also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Pullen played at Cedevita in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 A1 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.8apg. Pullen contributed to his team winning the league title. Pullen also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 13.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Pullen also played 27 games in ABA League where he got 14.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg.
Pullen has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team and All-Big 12 1st Team back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Pullen also represented Georgia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 31.8%.
Pullen is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Pullen has played previously professionally in China (Flying Leopards), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (New Basket Brindisi, Eurotrend Biella and Virtus Bologna) and Spain (FC Barcelona and Real Betis).
He attended Kansas State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Pullen could be described: An undersized guard with an immense offensive talent and personality. Size is an important limit at NBA level, but he could become soon an Euroleague top level player.

Philadelphia 76ers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
J.J. Redick
Jerryd Bayless
Jacob Pullen
Nik Stauskas
Justin Anderson
T.J. McConnell
Furkan Korkmaz
James Blackmon
Markelle Fultz

Forwards:
Amir Johnson
Dario Saric
James_Michael McAdoo
Robert Covington
Benjamin Simmons
Richaun Holmes
Timothee Luwawu-Cabarrot

Centers:
Jahlil Okafor
Joel Embiid

Coach: Brett Brown

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giorgi Tsintsadze (ex Kutaisi) signs at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga Nationala) landed 31-year old Georgian international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-90kg-86). He played most recently at Kutaisi Kutaisi in Georgian Superleague. In 32 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and recorded 5.1rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.1spg (in top 3) last season. Tsintsadze helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Domestic Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Tsintsadze spent at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 17 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. Tsintsadze also played for Gravelines Dunkerque (ProA) in France that season. In 14 games he had 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg.
Among other achievements Tsintsadze received Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Tsintsadze has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Georgia at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg.
Tsintsadze is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Tsintsadze has played previously professionally also in Greece (Trikalla), Italy, Lebanon (Champville), Poland (Trefl), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and BC Donetsk), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
His game is described as: Great point guard and solid all-around player, who not only dishes assists for the teammates, but who can also score in double digits every night. He can drive and penetrate and he's never losing his confidence. Good decision-maker who can run any team in the top level thanks to his court vision and ball handling.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Giorgi Tsintsadze
Jermale Jones
Reggie Keely
Matei Nuna
Michail Liapis
Dejan Bjelic
Sinisa Cvetanovic
Mike Balogun
Daniel Popescu
Sebastian Buiciuc

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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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Kyle DRANGINIS
  Trier
  (195-SG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Dranginis, Trier25.0 
 2. Freese, Vechta16.0 
 3. Gonzalvez, Vechta14.0 
 4. Alston, Trier13.0 
 5. Schmitz, Trier11.0 
 6. Christen, Vechta10.0 
 7. Dunbar, Vechta10.0 
 8. Razis, Vechta10.0 
 9. Joos, Trier8.0 
 10. Ilzhoefer, Trier8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew SMITH
  Vechta
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Smith, Vechta8.0 
 2. Hinrichs, Vechta8.0 
 3. Alston, Trier8.0 
 4. Dranginis, Trier5.0 
 5. Joos, Trier4.0 
 6. Gonzalvez, Vechta4.0 
 7. Freese, Vechta4.0 
 8. Smit, Trier3.0 
 9. Carter, Vechta3.0 
 10. Gruen, Trier2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jannik FREESE
  Vechta
  (211-C/F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Freese, Vechta4.0 
 2. Smit, Trier4.0 
 3. Hinrichs, Vechta3.0 
 4. Schmitz, Trier3.0 
 5. Gonzalvez, Vechta3.0 
 6. Dranginis, Trier3.0 
 7. Hennen, Trier3.0 
 8. Razis, Vechta2.0 
 9. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 10. Christen, Vechta1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher RAZIS
  Vechta
  (194-PG-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Razis, Vechta4.0 
 2. Christen, Vechta2.0 
 3. Gruen, Trier2.0 
 4. Alston, Trier2.0 
 5. Carter, Vechta2.0 
 6. Bucknor, Trier1.0 
 7. Smit, Trier1.0 
 8. Herkenhoff, Vechta1.0 
 9. Gonzalvez, Vechta1.0 
 10. Dranginis, Trier0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew SMITH
  Vechta
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 2. Herkenhoff, Vechta1.0 
 3. Alston, Trier1.0 
 4. Gonzalvez, Vechta0.0 
 5. Dunbar, Vechta0.0 
 6. Dranginis, Trier0.0 
 7. Razis, Vechta0.0 
 8. Christen, Vechta0.0 
 9. Ilzhoefer, Trier0.0 
 10. Carter, Vechta0.0 


Brose Baskets nip Fenerbahce in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Fenerbahce 90:89 (2OT)

Brose Baskets posted the first victory at the Zadar international tournament. They narrowly defeated Fenerbahce for 1-1 record. Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket) posted 16 points to lead the German side.
Fenerbahce enjoyed a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Brose Baskets slowed their opponents in the second frame. They held the Turkish powerhouse to just 10 points to pull within 2 points at the big break 32:30. Fenerbahce extended the lead at 4-point mark at the third break. But Bamberg used a 20:16 run in the final period to force overtime. The teams had to play the second extra period to decide on the winner. Elias Harris (203-SF-89, college: Gonzaga) and Leon Radosevic (207-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) finally sank two free throws to seal the victory for the German champions. Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) delivered 15 points, while Ricky Hickman provided 11 points in the victory. Jason Thompson (211-F/C-86, college: Rider) responded with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 17 points each in the loss.



Apoel signs Ashton Moore, ex ETB Wohnbau - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 24-year old American point guard Ashton Moore (183-80kg-93, college: Citadel). He played last season at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA. In 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Moore played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 30 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. Moore also played 16 games in Balkan League where he averaged 12.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Moore was voted All-SoCon 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Moore graduated from Citadel in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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.



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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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The "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. I started this offseason thinking the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.

I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.

His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other

The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.

One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague

Defense

This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.

A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment

Jim Katsionis




The "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. I started this offseason thinking the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.

I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.

His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other

The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.

One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague

Defense

This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.

A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment

Jim Katsionis




The "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius in Panathinaikos playing style.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. I started this offseason thinking the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.

I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.

His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other

The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.

One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague

Defense

This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.

A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment

Jim Katsionis




The - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. I started this offseason thinking the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.

I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.

His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other

The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.

One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague

Defense

This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.

A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment

Jim Katsionis




The "Hoosier" Lucas Lekavicuis in Panathinaikos' playing style.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

Panathinaikos found their own elf to add to their backcourt deep in the Baltic forest, expecting to bring some of the Lithuanian school magic at OAKA. Let's talk about the "Hoosier" Lucas Lecavicius..

Silale, Lithuania..

Xavi Pascual seems to be close to us in terms of thinking and philosophy. Hoopfellas started this offseason with the names of Janis Strelnieks and Daniel Theis, envisioning a new, more 'European' Panathinaikos. The German big man signed with the Celtics, and the 'packaging' of the choice of Lecavicius shows that the Greens could have chosen the Latvian guard, who ended up at Olympiacos. Both Strelnieks and Lecavicius come from teams with great offensive environment, as Brose and Zalgiris run the two most fundamental offenses in last season's Euroleague, and helped their players improve on their not so fancy individual assets, by working in depth on fundamental elements such as screening, movement away from the ball, good ball movement, communication between the strong and the weak side, and win significantly on timing (thus matching the not so good level of athleticism of their players) against defenses. After all, the ball travels much faster than a pair of legs Both teams used offenses with great spacing that produced (as this was the ideal context) situations for everyone on the floor. So, this is important to keep in mind when evaluating the two guards from northern Europe within the season. Numbers don't always tell the truth, which lies in deep knowledge of the skills of a player and their interpretation in a possibly different environment.





I told you before that the new wave of coaches in European basketball tends to like Lithuanian players, as they are considered disciplined and well-trained. This belief is widespread in European benches and is close to reality After all, we are talking about one of the greatest schools of European basketball, and a country where basketball is almost a primary element of their lives. Lithuanians commits themselves easily to a situation, they have learned how to live with basketball, being taught the sport in its proper basis, and new generations in particular are very coachable.

Hoosier

Lecavicius is the typical soft speaking-hard working player the coaches like. This helped him a lot in the Zalgiris environment, as did his collaboration with coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who reached into the player's inner world and drew strengths, and at the same time taught him that fear equals being off the floor. The only way for Lecavicius to be on the floor was to stay aggressive in every action, matching his disadvantages with the pressure his aggressiveness put on his opponents' defense. This gradually led to the 'belief' the player built within the Zalgiris environment. It's the point where a young player can truly show what he can do. After all, if you remember last season, most of Saras' outbreaks on the young guard were when he hesitated. His improvement on the decision area is more than obvious. This shows that he responded to the requirements and the competitive character. I have seen many players 'choking' under the pressure of proving themselves, and be unable (even if they wanted to) to reach the point where they return to their coach the trust he had shown them.



His life so far says it all. Born in Silale (a town of less than 6,000 people) he learned basketball by his older brother, but refused to follow his path to American school sports. Every summer he is back in the green forests of his hometown, and starts running early in the morning, a habit that helped him become one of the fastest players today. He lived and he still lives for the game. When he grew up and before he moved to Kaunas at the age of 15, while his friends did something else on Friday nights, he would stay in the court until the lights would turn off. 'I used to spend 5 to 8 hours each day in a court that was 2 hours away from my home' he mentioned. The sense of self-punishment shows his work ethics. After a missed free throw, a missed open shot or a bad night, he would stay on the court to 'correct' himself. Workhorse What came next, came naturally, with Lucas going all the way to the Lithuanian national team. It's important for such a young player at the age of 23 to have this kind of chance. An actual dream job. For those who don't know it, teams like Real Madrid or Panathinaikos are especially popular among Lithuanian players

Scoring PG on one hand, the need to change his offensive philosophy on the other


The strongest point in Lecavicius' identity is the pressure he puts on his opponents' defense with his aggressive character. The left-handed Lithuanian is a PnR PG, meaning that he is most productive within that context, with an important note that he primarily is a scorer. Just think that the 1-4 Low Stack was the one Zalgiris used most year in the closing seconds of a period with him on the floor as one of their safe plays. Also 2-3 High Set. Jasikevicius wanted the Lithuanian PG in the middle lane, as he had several big men (Jankunas, Javtokas) who could screen with their bodies after the pick, opening up ways for his left drive. The running floater is Lecavicius' main weapon. He is great in working it by measuring the posture of his opponent's big man and dribble into the lane. The teams that will use slow big men (defending against Panathinaikos' screener) in PnR will have a great problem with the Lithuanian guard in the upcoming season He has good body control and can execute off balance shots successfully.



One of the assets I think he should work at OAKA with the Greens' staff is his behaviour when he steps in the paint and when playing along the baseline. The expression that characterises him is 'early'. The decisions he makes early after two speed dribbles when he steps in the paint are mostly successful. He slides towards the basket in an excellent manner, reading the big man's lack of balance or his inability to lower his body, and finishes; he is the type of guard that is not afraid to execute on contact (part of the charm of the underground-old school nature of his game). In the 1-3-1 of Zalgiris he passed the ball very successfully to the '4' (usually Motum) in the corner (again, early) in order for the Lithuanians to take advantage of the Australian's ability to execute short-3s from the corner. Trouble starts when he does not find space immediately and goes in the second line (a 'forest' of hands). His size, footing and his short wingspan do not allow him to put the ball exactly where he wants, and this is where most of his turnovers came from. For these reasons exactly, he is lacking the ability to cut the defense in two with skip passes (which can be executed by guards with size, such as Micic-Westerman), an asset that could have given a great boost to a Dribble Drive Motion offense.

Last year, even before the Pascual days, i focused on the nature of the Greens' offense which contradicted the work of the Catalan coach in Barcelona. Their offense had a tendency towards one on one that often made them predictable, which became obvious during the playoffs against Fener. Hoopfellas justified Pascual's choice as a 'practical' one, meaning that he found a certain group of players, and therefore, there would have been objective difficulties for each of them to reach their maximum productivity while trying to work on something new in the middle of the season. This is what their skills were 'screaming'. I think that this year Panathinaikos will try to look towards a different direction. With Lecavicius as the backup '1', the Greens must invest for the '2'position in a player with proven quality (you have to pay good money for this), who, apart from developed scoring instincts, will also have be a good shooter from behind the arc and will be able to play at the '1' position, if needed. This is why, in my humble opinion, the choice of the 'best scorer and one on one player in Europe recently', Keith Langford, is probably not ideal. Yes, between the well-known names in the market, Goudelock would be the better choice (as an executive shooter), however, the Greens will ideally need a player who can also play at the'1' position. Above all, however, they must build an offense mostly based on ball movement. If they expect that Lecavicius will be efficient in a pure one on one offense, I can see us be making lists in the middle of the winter

Creation and shot

As you understand, Lecavicius is not a great creator nor has is his playmaking developed enough to make the difference in half court. This is an aspect he will need to improve in a team with more individual quality than Zalgiris and more 'weapons' in its offense. In contrast to his last team, which relied heavily on his instant scoring and tendency to attack the basket, Panathinaikos will require Lecavicius to be more passive. His good AST/TO rate (3.5/1.7) and the player's willingness to pass the ball (willing passer, he proved so whenever needed) is a good foundation. Anyway, he's far from being considered technically complete and his passing technique is not of the highest level. When he was on the court for Zalgiris he showed a tendency towards PnR offense. In this situation, he was still No4 in points per possession in the Euroleague, 0.997 behind CSKA's duo (that launched a Heavy Pock & Roll offense and, therefore, invested heavily in these situations) De Colo-Teodosic and Llull. Of course, the image is the 'key'. Lecavicius isn't the guard who will often aim for the big man's dive. He cooperated in harmony with Jankunas (Saras often put them in the strong side together in 2-2 situations) in the main lane working patiently (frequent rescreens) aiming at reaching the desirable result, mainly counting on the veteran's pop out. He uses bounce passes a lot coming out from the screen with the ball and often looking for the supporting big man of the weak side down low. To cut a long story short, he is after the simple passes, because that's what he can do. So, Panthinaikos has obtained the services of a fairly efficient Pick & Roll guard, but not a great playmaker which was what they needed behind Calathes since the beginning of last season.

Let's move on to outside execution Lecavicius is a reliable shooter and this was one of the reasons why Xavi Pascual chose him to come behind Nick Calathes at the '1' position. His execution after dribble in conjunction with the efficiency of his running floater is almost the entire truth for his productivity in PnR situations. Guards that are able to execute midrange after dribble are harder to read in modern basketball and they capitalise on this skill in spaces, as defenses have to adjust. The big man that will stay Flat and in a poor defensive balance against the Lithuanian will be in trouble. His mechanics are not perfect, as he releases one click earlier in the process that begins when his feet leave the ground, but this happens with many small guards who don't have good footing, and it's the only way for them to avoid the long arms of the taller defender. In Lecavicius' case, it's not pretty, but it's efficient.

For example, coach Trinkieri decided to defend UNDER against him on the PnR in Bamberg, which led him to have a career night (29 points). Coaches in the Lithuanian league, who assessed differently his scoring instincts (a much more important parameter than cold numbers in outside execution) did not follow this type of defense against him, but we should take into consideration that their general philosophy and their 'tools' did not allow them to have a more aggressive approach (for example 'switch', as Jankunas is unmatched in the low post). His trademark is a small jump before he executes, which helps him find balance when he gets in execution time. A very efficient free throw shooter, even though his physical package does not help him visit the charity line often. Last year he only shot 54 free throws in 30 games in the Euroleague



Defense



This is the point everyone will need to study. I think that in the 'Clover' they will need to take into account the impact an addition with Lecavicius' package will have in their roster, and cover any gaps this will create on the defensive end. In a defensive minded team that last year focused on aggressive defense in the half court (especially in the second half of the season) the Lithuanian player's limited physical package is going to be targeted by opponent, as miss matches will be created. Apart from his height disadvantage, Lecavicius does not have long arms and, mainly James' footwork to follow the execution of guards (let alone big men). His effort may be more than reliable (it could not be otherwise, as he is a guard without significant athletic assets and this physical package) and his fighting spirit (he is not afraid to get involved in screens or to dive for a contested ball and sacrifice his body) is significant, but in general, his behaviour in relation to the defensive direction of a team that is considered among the European elite, is considered limited. Coach Jasikevicius often used him to defend against off guards, who shot in ball screen offenses in the half court, but he quickly understood that after being stuck in a screen, it was almost impossible for him to follow the execution, due to his small size and elite athleticism (where gradually Zalgiris used a taller player). His footwork also needs work. He often lost his position against a change in direction of the opponent ballhandler, and in the back line he was a non factor, despite his will to be consistent in Box outs. He was average on the ball, as he is not a ball hawk, and his weakest point is his side steps against a close out offense.

The Greens already have two big guards (Calathes, Pappas) and they should take into account the defensive instincts of any transfer targets in the wing positions, since Lecavicius will be getting the 15 minutes of the back up PG in the rotation. Last year Zalgiris relied on the size of its frontcourt in order to cover the presence of guards, such as Lecavicius and Pangos, but it was obvious that at a higher level, their lack of athleticism (deriving from the disadvantage of the bodies of its main PGs) cost them. This is what they tried to change this year in the offseason with O'Neale-White-Davies and, of course, Bost at the '1' position.



A choice in the right direction, hoping it will be the right choice.

Panathinaikos made a choice in the right direction with Lecavicius, which includes many of the ingredients that Hoopfellas has named as the 'compass' in the market. He is a young, ambitious player, with the right mindset, motive and eager to prove himself, and, mainly, a player who has committed himself to basketball, and has worked tirelessly to improve himself. As we've said before, such players may find it difficult in their transition to a different environment, but they can give their team a boost, usually in the second half of the season, once they start developing their characteristics within the new context their coach sets. Lecavicius has many things to improve at OAKA, and, yes, maybe the Greens needed a more ready player in their backcourt, who will be able to help immediately. However, this is where the game begins Panathinaikos must prove that they can help young players, such as the 23-year-old Lithuanian, improve and develop. This requires the existence of know-how, a specific plan for the player, and faith and patience in the entire organisation. So, the efficiency of this transfer is in the hands of the Greens. Their point of view (and their vision for the new kind of basketball style of the team) will determine the improvement rates in terms of individual players as well. Is Panathinaikos still able to create a new Jaka Lakovic or a new Mike Batist? You know, the existence of such knowledge in several cases equals titles, in the sense that when you do have it, you can reach a point where you can turn anything you touch into gold Then, taking into account the size of the brand name, the return to the top will only be a matter of time. This is the greatest challenge for Xavi Pascual at the moment














Jim Katsionis






Dimitrios Siologkas joins Agriniou - by Chris Mammides

A.O. Agriniou (B) added to their roster 23-year old forward Dimitrios Siologkas (199-94). He was about to sign at Ethnikos in the A2. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Siologkas played at Filippos Veroias.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg.
Siologkas has played previously for four other teams: Iraklis, Kolossos H Hotels, Aiolos Trikallon and Mantoulidis.

A.O. Agriniou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Babis Mouratidis
Grekas
Giorgos Bereris
Petros Argyros
Christos Stamoulis
Theodoros Kyrilis
Georgios Kokkios
Dimitris Stankovic

Forwards:
Christos Tassopoulos
Dimitris Mitsou
Dimitrios Siologkas
Kostas Stavrou
Fotis Tassos
Vassilis Retntzios

Center:
Tasos Kasabalis

Coach: Christos Myriounis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK and Rethymno celebrate victories in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens and Rethymno got to the winning start of their Cyprus international tournament campaign.
AEK fired past AEK Larnaca 109:71 in the opener. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points for the Greek side. AEK Athens posted a 57:49 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 21-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Edin Atic (201-G/F-97) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89, college: Dayton) answered with 16 points for AEK Larnaca.
Rethymno overcame APOEL 83:79 in another game. Stefan Moody (179-PG-93, college: Mississippi) nailed 28 points to lead the effort. Rethymno opened a 41:33 halftime lead and managed to protect it throughout the second half. Justin Baker (203-F/C-89, college: Utah Valley) nailed 21 points for APOEL.



Olympiacos outgun Crvena Zvezda in Crete - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Crvena Zvezda 70:56

Olympiacos advanced into the title game at the international friendly tournament in Crete. They outlasted Crvena Zvezda in the semifinal clash. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Olympiacos recorded a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin in the second period. The Piraeus team posted a 39:22 halftime advantage. Olympiacos did not slow down in the second half. They maintained the pressure and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) delivered 10 points for the winners. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points for Crvena Zvezda.



Sokratis Naoumis agreed terms with AE Larissas - by Chris Mammides

AE Larissas 1964 (A2) inked 20-year old point guard Sokratis Naoumis (189-97) from Apollon Patras. The last season Naoumis played at Arkadikos (A1) where in 28 games he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.0rpg.
He has played previously for two other teams: AE Ikaros Kallitheas and Agriniou.
Naoumis' game is described as: talented offensive player with great future, can shoot from long distance and penetrate - very explosive.

AE Larissas 1964 roster for 2017-2018:

Christos Gogidis
Giannis Papachristos
Giorgios Vlahoulis
Kostas Saribalidis
Nikolaos Kamaras
Sokratis Naoumis
Dimitris Kondylopoulos
Athanasios Tsiaves
Panagiotis Filippopoulos
Alekos Haneli
Christos Lalakis
Dimitrios Karatasios

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tommy Spagnolo signed with OSE Lions - by Tamas Deri

The management of OSE Lions agreed with american forward Thomas Spagnolo (201-F-91, college: Appalachian St.) for the rest of the season. The 201 cm tall, 26 years old forward graduated on Appalachian State University in 2015 and averaged 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg as a senior. He played his first professional season with ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen in the German Pro B and helped his team with 12.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg in 25 games. The last season he spent with Energy Invest Rustavi in Georgia and was a key player of his team puting up 12.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.4apg while shooting with 53,3% from the field, 31,7% behind the 3pt's and 72,7% the free throw line.


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  IRAQ  


Larry Hall (ex Kozuv) agreed terms with Al Kahraba - by Eurobasket News

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon). He played most recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 20 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.2apg last season. Hall also played 11 games in Balkan League where he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Hall spent at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Superleague. In 17 games he had 6.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team Hall played that season for was Halychyna in Superleague. In 16 games he got 14.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 7.5apg and 1.8spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Hall won Belarusian League championship title in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Hall has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Cherno More), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Espoo Honka and Tapiolan Honka), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets), Hungary, Lithuania (Anyksciu), Romania (Timba Timosoara), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica), Slovenia, Switzerland (Swiss Central) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).
He attended Western Oregon University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A Point/Off guard with good leadership skills, size, strength, and body control for his position. Very versatile on offense, can either run a team or be the go to scorer, scoring in many different ways. More of a jump shooter but can also get to the basket where he can finish in traffic or drive and kick to his teammates. A good shooter with range and quick release. Can catch and shoot as well as create his own shot. Also good in transition, can lead the break or can be the finisher. Great off the pick and role with the ability to create for his teammates. Able to handle pressure with his ball handling and court vision. A great defender with lateral quickness to pressure the ball, as well as a good rebounder at the guard position.

Al Kahraba Electricity roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Hall
Hassan Abdullah

Forward:
Mohammed Mahdi

Center:
Malik Nahi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Kahraba signs Willie Green, ex FAR Rabat - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) signed 26-year old American forward Willie Green (198-91kg-91, college: Stetson). He played last season at FAR Rabat in Moroccan D1 league.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Green was drafted by Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) in first round (9th overall).
The former Stetson University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Green played in the final of A-Sun Tournament in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Cordoba and Cambados) and Bolivia (Pichincha).

Al Kahraba Electricity roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Hall
Hassan Abdullah

Forwards:
Mohammed Mahdi
Willie Green

Center:
Malik Nahi

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Iraq



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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 


B.I. Weekend Preview / new 3 year deal with TG4 - by Patrick Maher


PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games :


Black Amber Templeogue will be hoping to continue their winning start to the season this weekend, but they know they will have it all to do when they face Pyrobel Killester at Oblate Hall on Saturday night.
Mark Keenan's side overcame DCU Saints in the opening Dublin derby last weekend, but the head coach said they are not underestimating a Killester side who always poses a challenge for them.
'It was great to get off to a good start against DCU Saints last weekend, we were delighted to win,' he said. 'We know that this weekend's game against Killester will be tough though. They had a tough game against Thunder last week, so will be aiming to get a win under their belts this weekend and they have some very good players this year, with some new players in too.
'We will be concentrating on our own game though. We want to build on last week and get off to a good start with our first home game. I'm really happy with how our team has come together in this short space of time,' he continued.
'The expectation on us after last year's success is not a burden - it's going to drive us. We all want to repeat the success of last season and being crowned League champions, so it's definitely not a burden, but something that will push us on and inspire us to do well.'
Elsewhere in the Men's Super League, all eyes will also be on UCD on Saturday evening as another big clash gets underway when UCD Marian welcome UCC Demons. For Marian, it is their first game of the season, and Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis looked ahead to the challenge.
'We're really looking forward to our first game,' he stated. 'We know that it's going to be really difficult because Demons had a huge win against Tralee last weekend, so they have the momentum, they have the right mentality after that.
'We have three new additions to the squad and I think the chemistry is there. It's up to us now to win the games. All the pieces are there and it's up to us to put them together. Overall, we want to play good basketball, be healthy and we want to be better than last year.'
Meanwhile, Maree will travel up to Belfast Star this Saturday evening, Garvey's Tralee Warriors will go head-to-head with KUBS in their first home game of the season, while Moycullen welcome Joey Boylan's DCU Saints to the Kingfisher at NUIG and Griffith Swords Thunder meanwhile will welcome Eanna to the ALSAA on Sunday.
In the Men's Division One meanwhile, it's a double-header weekend for Ulster University Elks as they prepare to get their season underway. They travel to LYIT Donegal on Saturday for their first test of the season, before welcoming Dublin Lions to UUJ on Sunday. The Dubliners will be looking for a big turnaround from last weekend as they suffered a one-point defeat at the hands of newcomers St Paul's Killarney. Speaking of the Kerry club, they will travel to LIT Celtics this weekend where they will be hoping to curb the tide of Matt St Amour's shooting prowess - after he bagged 57 points for his team against Sligo last weekend.
Meanwhile, it will be a repeat of the Hula Hoops President's Cup final in Cork this weekend when BFG Neptune welcome Ej Sligo All Stars, while their Cork neighbours, Ballincollig travel to Titans on Sunday and Fr Mathews will face off to Keane's SuperValu Killorglin. Elsewhere, near neighbours Portlaoise Panthers and IT Carlow Basketball will go head-to-head on Sunday evening in the last game of the weekend.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: September 23-24th
Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Belfast Star v Maree, Methodist College, 19:00;
UCD Marian v UCC Demons, UCD, 19:00;
Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUIG Galway, 19:00;
Garvey's Tralee Warriors v KUBS BC, Tralee, 20:00;
Black Amber Templeogue v Pyrobel Killester, Oblate Hall, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
LYIT Donegal v Ulster University Elks, LYIT, 16:00;
LIT Celtics v St Paul's Killarney, SportsHub Limerick IT, 18:00;
BFG Neptune v EJ Sligo All-Stars, BFG Neptune, 19:00;
Keane's Supervalu Killorglin v Fr Mathews, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;

Sunday, 24th September 2017
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Griffith Swords Thunder v Eanna, ALSAA-Dublin, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
Ulster University Elks v Dublin Lions, UUJ, 15:00;
Titans v Ballincollig, The Jes, 15:30;
Portlaoise Panthers v IT Carlow Basketball, St Mary's Sports Hall, 18:00

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Basketball Ireland signs new three-year broadcast deal with TG4


Basketball Ireland signs new three-year broadcast deal with TG4
Basketball Ireland has today announced a new three-year broadcasting deal with TG4, which will see basketball broadcast both on television and online through the channel's website and Facebook live platform.
The coverage includes highlights shows and the live broadcast of Basketball Ireland's marquee weekend, the Hula Hoops Men's and Women's National Cup finals, which fall on the last weekend of January every year.
'TG4 has been a fantastic partner for us for the past three years and we are really excited to be working with them for another three years,' stated Media and Communications Manager at Basketball Ireland, Mary McGuire.
'They have given basketball a fantastic platform and we have no doubt that their continued support, along with their promotion of the sport through their social channels and Facebook live platform, will serve to boost the coverage of basketball in Ireland as we head into what will hopefully be yet another hugely successful season at both club and international level.'
Also speaking about the news, Head of Sport at TG4 Ronan Coisdealbha stated: 'We're looking forward to another partnership with Basketball Ireland over the coming three years. We are delighted to be promoting basketball in Ireland once more and bringing it to as wide an audience as possible.'

From : www.basketballireland.ie
http://www.tg4.ie/ga/sports/

On a more local Cork County Basketball Board front this evening at The Gurranabraher Parochial Hall Cork Celts (https://www.facebook.com/corkcelts09/ : https://twitter.com/corkcelts?lang=en-ie) will contest 2 Pre Season quarter Final games where at 6.15 the Division 2 team play Ballinhassig and at 8.15 the Division 1 team play new to the competition Mitchelstown.The Cork Celts have made significant roster changes this new season (Div 1)and will compete in The Intermediate Level National Cup.JD Scaffolding have also come on board this season as Sponsors of The Celts (https://www.facebook.com/JD-Scaffolding-1438859826404208/ (Tel 0214367755))
Cork County Basketball Board website : http://www.corkbasketball.com/home/
Eoin Rockall (185-PG-98)



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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  ISRAEL  


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.



Michael Qualls (ex Galil Gilboa) could sign at MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) is about to tab 23-year old American guard Michael Qualls (197-95kg-94, college: Arkansas) who played last time at Hapoel Galil Gilboa in Israel. In 33 Winner League games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Qualls was tested by the Thunder in NBA.
Among other achievements he played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2015. Qualls received also NABC All-District 21 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Qualls graduated from University of Arkansas in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
David Cournooh
Randy Culpepper
Maurizio Tassone
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Christian Burns
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin
Cleanthony Early
Federico Vai

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

Coach: Kiril Bolshakov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  ITALY  


Olginate inks Fadilou Seck - by Eurobasket News

Gordon Olginate (Serie B) signed 20-year old Senegalese center Fadilou Seck (205-95kg-97, agency: Players Group). He has played for the last four seasons at Orasi Ravenna in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he had just 0.6ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Seck helped his team to make it to the Serie A2 Semifinals in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Michael Qualls (ex Galil Gilboa) could sign at MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) is about to tab 23-year old American guard Michael Qualls (197-95kg-94, college: Arkansas) who played last time at Hapoel Galil Gilboa in Israel. In 33 Winner League games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Qualls was tested by the Thunder in NBA.
Among other achievements he played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2015. Qualls received also NABC All-District 21 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Qualls graduated from University of Arkansas in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
David Cournooh
Randy Culpepper
Maurizio Tassone
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Christian Burns
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin
Cleanthony Early
Federico Vai

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

Coach: Kiril Bolshakov

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in 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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  JAPAN  


Chiba Jets clinch top position in Group B of Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Samsung Thunders 82:75

Chiba Jets recorded the third straight win at the Super 8 international tournament in Macau. They overcame Samsung Thunders to clinch the top position in Group B. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) recorded 19 points to lead the Japanese team.
Chiba recorded a 25:19 lead after the opening frame. But the Korean team erased the deficit in the second term. Samsung Thunders eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Chiba snatched a 62:60 lead at the final intermission. They extended the margin and rolled to the victory at the end. Michael Parker (202-F-81, college: Evergreen St.) and Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 13 points each in the win. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) replied with 29 points for Samsung Thunders. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) had 19 points in the defeat.



Shimane Magic adds Stutz to their roster, ex Joventut - by Eurobasket News

Shimane Susanoo Magic (B League) added to their roster 27-year old American center Garrett Stutz (214-115kg-90, college: Wichita State). He played last season at Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he had 7.0ppg and 4.9rpg.
Stutz ended the previous (2015-16) season at Al Wasl (D1) in UAE league. But the most of that year he spent at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league where in 7 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. Stutz also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 7.0rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Stutz won Czech Republic League championship title in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Stutz's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Stutz tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Korea (Anyang KGC), Poland (Czarni), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Stutz attended Wichita State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Shimane Susanoo Magic roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Kazuya Hatano
Josh Scott

Centers:
Brendan Lane
Garrett Stutz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MarkDeeksNBA)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Japan



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  JUCO  


JUCO transfer adds to Marauders back court depth - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach Patrick Tatham continues to mould the McMaster Marauders toward the manner he wants them to play as he welcomes another likely-impact transfer in 5'11' Tyrick Thompson (180-G), originally out of St. Mary's Catholic High School in Kitchener, Ontario, a program that was ranked #1 in the National Pre-Season in 2014-2015 finished with being ranked #10 in the province (his final season of high school). Thompson, who also starred in the Waterloo Wolverines club system, spent the past two seasons at Dawson C. College an NJCAA Division 1 school in Glendive, Montana where he averaged 2.5 ppg this past season as a sophomore. The diminutive guard with quick feet should allow Tatham to play an up-tempo, pressure game along with incumbent point guard 6'1 David McCulloch (185-G) and transfer 6'2 Miles Seward (190-G). While Mac's back court gets deeper and more talented - other key returnees include reserves 6'3 Andre Toic (190-G) and 6'0 Marko Grahovac (183-PG), the front court will likely have to rely heavily on returning 6'8 Matthew Quiring (203-F) and JUCO transfer 6'6 Sasha Simic, who projects as more of a face-up, perimeter-oriented shooter albeit with range beyond the three point line. Expect Tatham to try to protect his bigs and when fatigue and/or foul trouble appear, to go to a smaller lineup. Nonetheless, this season's version of the Marauders shapes up to be much different in personnel and likely playing style than usual.
Courtesy of: canhoopsca.wordpress.com



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Robert CARTER
  Lietuvos.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Carter, Lietuvos.25.0 
 2. 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 


Neptunas land Malcolm Armstead, ex Yesilgiresun - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-87kg-89, college: Wichita State). He played most recently at Yesilgiresun in Turkish BSL league. In 29 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Armstead played at Istanbul BBSK (also in BSL) where in 14 games he had 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He also played that season for AEK Athens in Greek A1. In three games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Armstead played shortly was Avtodor in Russian league. In four Eurocup games he got 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 7 games in VTB United League where he got 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.4apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Armstead won Panhandle Conference championship title in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Armstead has played also professionally in Slovenia (Krka).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Neptunas Klaipeda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tomas Delininkaitis
Renaldas Seibutis
Malcolm Armstead
Mindaugas Girdziunas
Aidas Einikis
Laurynas Beliauskas

Forwards:
Laimonas Kisielius
Juan Palacios
Simas Galdikas
Edgaras Zelionis
Arnas Butkevicius
Mindaugas Kacinas
Arunas Mikalauskas

Center:
Matas Jucikas

Coach: Kazys Maksvytis

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Marius Vaskys (ex Sadolin) signs at Almansa - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Afanion CB Almansa landed 30-year old Lithuanian center Marius Vaskys (206-87, college: N.C.Central). He played most recently at Sadolin in Lithuanian SKL-A.
Vaskys won Lithuanian SKL B Lyga in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania for Neptunas.
Vaskys attended N.Carolina Central until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

Afanion CB Almansa roster for 2017-2018:

Miguel Raez
Marius Vaskys
Jose Santonja
Kevin Navarro
Sergio Hervas
David Rosique
Alejandro Jorda
Carlos Cerdan
Jose Angel Naranjo
Pablo Rosique

Coach: Ruben Perello

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Cole left Vytis - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Elliott Cole (180, college: Charleston) left Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) from
Cole just graduated from University of Charleston, WV and it is his first season as a pro.
He was named to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paulius Beliavicius
Karolis Babkauskas
Sarunas Vingelis
Brian Wanamaker

Forwards:
Marijus Uzupis
Gytis Radzevicius

Centers:
Edvinas Jezukevicius
Aurelijus Pukelis

Coach: Aurimas Jasilionis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cup of Luxembourg 1/16 finals matches drawn!! - by Paul Missavage


On Friday, September 22nd, the 1/16-finals of the Cup of Luxembourg were drawn.
The top six teams of last season's Total League do not have to play in this first round.

Esch - Kordall Steelers (+10)
Telstar - Mamer (+10)
Zolwer - Bascharage
Arantia - Kayl (+10)
Hiefenech - Walfer
Woltz (+10) - Miersch
East Side Pirates (+10) - Mondorf
Preizerdaul (+10) - Schieren
BC Mess (+10) - Racing
Gorengewald drew a bye in the first round.



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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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Leicester Riders land Phillip Leonard, ex Bascharage - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Phillip Leonard (188-91kg-93, college: Mercer). He played most recently at Bascharage in Luxembourg Total League. In 17 games he averaged impressive 23.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Leonard also spent pre-season at BKM Lucenec in Slovakian SBL that year where in two games he had 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
His team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
Leonard graduated from Mercer University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Bernardini
Joshua Ward-Hibbert
Eric Robertson
Phillip Leonard
Kiefer Douse
Mike Rodriguez

Forwards:
Andrew Thomson
Pierre Hampton
Shane Walker
Rema Lascelles
J.R. Holder

Center:
Harrison Gamble

Coach: Rob Paternostro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Evrik Gary (ex Heffingen) agreed terms with Apoel - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Evrik Gary (191-83kg-91, college: Francis Marion). He played most recently at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen in Luxembourg N2 league. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season. Gary also played that season for another team Wolves in U.S. NBA-G-League where in three games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Gary was drafted by Raptors 905 (D-League) in fifth round (88th overall).
He attended Francis Marion University (NCAA Div.II) until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Gary's team made it to the Balkan League Semifinals in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
Gary has played previously professionally in NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Bulgaria (Beroe).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Evrik Gary
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides
Petar Zdravic

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Dimitris Karagiannis
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Damontre Harris
Ilija Lukovic

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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Emmanuel Andujar (ex Aguada) agreed terms with Capitanes - by Eurobasket News

LNBP newcomer Capitanes Ciudad de Mexico strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American (has also Dominican passport) forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93kg-93, college: Manhattan). He played in the summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 39 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.9apg. Andujar helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Chocalates Trapa Palencia in Spanish LEB Gold. But in four games he averaged just 0.5ppg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Andujar's college team won MAAC Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Lleida_Basquet) and Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico).
Andujar attended Manhattan College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MogulSportsInc)

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ABA League SuperCup: Buducnost fire past Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Mornar Bar 82:65

Buducnost celebrated a comfortable win over Mornar Bar in the second ABA League SuperCup semifinal. Kyle Gibson (196-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Buducnost will now take on Cedevita for the trophy.
Buducnost surprised the hosts early on. The Podgorica team went on a 27:10 run in the first period. Buducnost maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 20-point halftime lead 46:26. Mornar Bar managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 16 points at the final intermission. However Buducnost sank 19 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Aleksa Ilic (204-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) and Filip Barovic (207-F/C-90, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) answered with 9 points for Mornar Bar. Bakic and Marko Mugosa (200-SG-93, agency: BeoExcell) tossed in 8 points apiece in the defeat.



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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Al Kahraba signs Willie Green, ex FAR Rabat - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Kahraba Electricity (Superleague) signed 26-year old American forward Willie Green (198-91kg-91, college: Stetson). He played last season at FAR Rabat in Moroccan D1 league.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Green was drafted by Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) in first round (9th overall).
The former Stetson University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Green played in the final of A-Sun Tournament in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Cordoba and Cambados) and Bolivia (Pichincha).

Al Kahraba Electricity roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Hall
Hassan Abdullah

Forwards:
Mohammed Mahdi
Willie Green

Center:
Malik Nahi

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Phi.76ers to sign Kris Humphries - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers is signing 32-year old forward Kris Humphries (206-107kg-85, college: Minnesota) from Atlanta Hawks. In 57 NBA games he had 4.5ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
Humphries ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Suns where in four NBA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.8apg. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards. In 28 NBA games he averaged 6.4ppg and 4.1rpg.
In 2004 Humphries was drafted by Utah Jazz in first round (14th overall). He attended University of Minnesota and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Humphries has played previously for four other teams: Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.

Philadelphia 76ers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
J.J. Redick
Jerryd Bayless
Jacob Pullen
Nik Stauskas
Justin Anderson
T.J. McConnell
Furkan Korkmaz
James Blackmon
Markelle Fultz

Forwards:
Kris Humphries
Amir Johnson
Dario Saric
James_Michael McAdoo
Robert Covington
Benjamin Simmons
Richaun Holmes
Timothee Luwawu-Cabarrot

Centers:
Jahlil Okafor
Joel Embiid

Coach: Brett Brown

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stephen Curry salary almost cut in half by California taxes - by Eurobasket

Golden State's Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) can drain a three-pointer and California can drain his wallet.
The star point guard, at the beginning of the NBA offseason, signed a five-year, $201 million contract. He will pull in a record $34 million in the 2017-18 season.
But because he plays and lives in California, ESPN reported he will take home just about 44 percent of the salary.
Several factors play into how much Curry is going to actually be making, including the tax burden the state of California places on professional athletes.
Curry will also have to pay nearly $1 million to his agent Jeff Austin of Octagon and nearly $20,000 to his 401K. Overall, ESPN reported Curry will come away with $15 million.
"That sunshine is expensive #blessed," he tweeted.
Not all is lost on Curry's end. He will recoup most of the money he loses from his playing salary in endorsement deals. Forbes estimated that he made roughly $35 million last year.
Curry signed the contract just as the NBA season opened up in July.
But his figure was eclipsed when the Houston Rockets and James Harden agreed to a $160 million extension, which will give him a total deal of six years, $228 million. Curry is still set to make more money in a single season than any other NBA player that steps out onto the court this year.

Courtesy of Fox News



The Bucks ink Gerald Green - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks agreed terms with 31-year old swingman Gerald Green (203-88kg-86) from Boston Celtics. In 60 NBA games he had 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the Atlantic Division title.
The previous (15-16) season Green played at the Heat where in 81 NBA games he recorded 8.1ppg and 2.2rpg. Green contributed to his team winning the Southeast Division title.
In 2005 he was drafted by the Celtics in first round (18th overall). Green has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Green was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Green's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Green tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Long Lions), Russia (Krasnie Krilya and Lokomotiv), other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns) and NBA G League (South Bay Lakers).
On Green: Excellent athlete... Very good elevation... Great dunker... Good ballhandling skills... Not consistent and strong enough... Great potential.

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
Gerald Green
Tony Snell
Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Young

Center:
Greg Monroe

Coach: Jason Kidd

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The Bucks waived Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks waived 22-year old point guard JeQuan Lewis (185-82kg-95, college: VCU).
Lewis has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and it is his first season in pro basketball. Lewis played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Milwaukee Bucks roster for 2017-2018:

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grizzlies trade Troy Daniels to Suns for second-round pick - by Eurobasket News

With a few teams already holding media day and training camp just around the corner, this isn't exactly trade season. If not for the Carmelo Anthony situation, trades wouldn't even be on people's minds at all. So of course, early Friday evening, the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns made a trade out of nowhere. The Grizzlies sent journeyman guard Troy Daniels and a 2018 second-round pick to the Suns in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick. So, yeah, basically the Grizzlies just sent Daniels to the Suns. Via NBA.com/Grizzlies:
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies have acquired a 2018 second round draft pick from the Phoenix Suns for guard Troy Daniels and one of the Grizzlies' three 2018 second round draft picks. Daniels, who has played for four different teams in the last four seasons, is coming off his most productive season, averaging 8.2 points and shooting 38.9 percent from downtown over 67 games. The 6-4 Daniels is a strong 3-point shooter, boasting a career percentage of 39.9 percent. With the Grizzlies' acquisition of Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore during the offseason, it's unlikely that Daniels would have found much playing time this season. In Phoenix, however, Daniels should have a real chance to break into the backcourt rotation behind Devin Booker.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Report: Knicks reach out to mystery team about Carmelo Anthony trade, say it's not Trail Blazers - by Eurobasket News

With New York Knicks training camp set to begin in just a few days, the Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) trade saga has started to ramp up once again, as ESPN reported Friday night that Anthony has given the Knicks an expanded list of teams he'd waive his no-trade clause for. Up until this point, the only team Anthony was willing to go to was the Houston Rockets, but now, the All-Star forward is apparently open to other deals, including a move to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With this news, one team that immediately comes to mind as a possibility is the Portland Trail Blazers, as their talented backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been openly recruiting Anthony throughout the offseason. However, a new report throws some cold water on the Melo to Portland possibility. According to Stefan Bondy, the Knicks have reached out to a mystery team they believe Anthony would be open to playing for, and it is not the Trail Blazers. Via the New York Daily News: According to a source, the Knicks also reached out recently to a third team they think Anthony would waive his no-trade clause to join. That team, according to a source, is not the Blazers, whose backcourt stars - Damian Lillian and CJ McCollum - have openly recruited Anthony this offseason.
While this doesn't completely rule out Portland as an Anthony destination, it does make it less likely. We now know of three teams -- the Rockets, Cavaliers, and this new mystery team -- that the Knicks have been in contact with recently, and none of them are the Trail Blazers. With time seemingly running out for the Knicks to get a deal done to move Anthony out of town before he becomes too much of a distraction, and his preferred destinations still Houston and Cleveland, chances seem slim at the moment for Portland.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Andrew Rautins (ex Tofas) is a newcomer at the Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 31-year old Canadian ex-international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86kg-86, college: Syracuse). He moved there from Tofas in Turkish BSL league where he played this season. The last season Rautins played at Gaziantep (also in BSL). In 30 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 Rautins was drafted by New York Knicks in second round (38th overall). He attended Syracuse University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rautins' team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention in 2016.
Rautins was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
Rautins also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.
Rautins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He is always active without the ball, constantly running through and around screens to free himself open More than just a 3 point specialist, it's his play making abilities that make him a well rounded player He has an excellent basketball IQ, along with tremendous court vision, his passing skills can sometimes go overlooked When he does have an open lane to penetrate, Andy has the ability to take it, and set up his teammates for easy baskets.
He lacks athleticism, size and strength, which hurt him on both ends when comparing him to other shooting guards at the next level He does not have the quickest first step, which really makes him nothing more than catch and shoot threat when it comes to scoring
.

Toronto Raptors roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Lowry
C.J. Miles
Andrew Rautins
Lorenzo Brown
Norman Powell
K.J. McDaniels
Malcolm Miller
Delon Wright
Fred VanVleet

Forwards:
DeMar DeRozan
Kyle Wiltjer
Alfonzo McKinnie
Jakob Poeltl
Kennedy Meeks
Bruno Caboclo
Pascal Siakam
O.G. Anunoby

Centers:
Serge Ibaka
Jonas Valanciunas
Lucas Nogueira

Coach: Dwayne Casey

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Phi.76ers sign Jacob Pullen - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers signed 28-year old Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (184-85kg-89, college: Kansas State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Pullen played last season at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 17 Eurocup games he had 10.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Pullen also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Pullen played at Cedevita in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 A1 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.8apg. Pullen contributed to his team winning the league title. Pullen also played 24 games in Euroleague where he got 13.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Pullen also played 27 games in ABA League where he got 14.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg.
Pullen has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team and All-Big 12 1st Team back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Pullen also represented Georgia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 31.8%.
Pullen is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Pullen has played previously professionally in China (Flying Leopards), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (New Basket Brindisi, Eurotrend Biella and Virtus Bologna) and Spain (FC Barcelona and Real Betis).
He attended Kansas State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Pullen could be described: An undersized guard with an immense offensive talent and personality. Size is an important limit at NBA level, but he could become soon an Euroleague top level player.

Philadelphia 76ers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
J.J. Redick
Jerryd Bayless
Jacob Pullen
Nik Stauskas
Justin Anderson
T.J. McConnell
Furkan Korkmaz
James Blackmon
Markelle Fultz

Forwards:
Amir Johnson
Dario Saric
James_Michael McAdoo
Robert Covington
Benjamin Simmons
Richaun Holmes
Timothee Luwawu-Cabarrot

Centers:
Jahlil Okafor
Joel Embiid

Coach: Brett Brown

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Anthony Bennett (ex Fenerbahce) joins Phoenix Suns - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) agreed terms with 24-year old Canadian international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). He played last season at Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL league. Bennett managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 7 BSL games he had 9.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg. The other team Bennett played that season for were the Nets. In 23 NBA games he averaged 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. Another team he played shortly was another team Long Island Nets. In two games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2013 Bennett was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers as #1 pick overall. He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Bennett won Euroleauge championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 1st Team in 2015.
Bennett has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2015 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2010.
Bennett represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 64.7%.
Bennett has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves) and NBA G League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).

Phoenix Suns roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elijah Millsap
Brandon Knight
Eric Bledsoe
Mike James
Josh Jackson
Davon Reed
Peter Jok
Devin Booker
Tyler Ulis

Forwards:
Jared Dudley
Anthony Bennett
Dragan Bender
T.J. Warren
Alec Peters
Derrick Jones
Marquese Chriss

Centers:
Tyson Chandler
Alan Williams

Coach: Earl Watson

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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Jarell Eddie joins the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls agreed terms with 26-year old guard Jarell Eddie (201-100kg-91, college: Virginia Tech). He played last season at Phoenix Suns. In 5 NBA games he had 4.8ppg and 1.4rpg. Eddie also played that season for another team Windy City Bulls where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Eddie won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He has played previously for five other NBA teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Austin Spurs.
Eddie attended Virginia Tech until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Eddie: Though undersized, he played a lot at power forward and held his own against much bigger and stronger players. Long, athletic player who can score from the wing. Excellent jump shooter with outstanding range. Has good size and can play inside and outside.

Chicago Bulls roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Quincy Pondexter
Lauri Markkanen
Bobby Portis
Jaylen Johnson
Paul Zipser

Centers:
Robin Lopez
Cristiano Felicio
Diamond Stone

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

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Chicago Bulls tab rookie Jaylen Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls landed 21-year old forward Jaylen Johnson (206-102kg-96). He just graduated from Louisville (NCAA). Johnson has played there for the last four years.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Johnson is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. His team was regular season runner-up in ACC.

Chicago Bulls roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Quincy Pondexter
Lauri Markkanen
Bobby Portis
Jaylen Johnson
Paul Zipser

Centers:
Robin Lopez
Cristiano Felicio
Diamond Stone

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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London Lightning inks Olaniyi Akingkube - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) agreed terms with American (has also Nigerian passport) center Olaniyi Akingkube (208-102kg, college: N.Carolina A&T). He played last summer at Denver-FAS San Salvador in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura Honorable Mention.
Akingkube won El Salvador Liga Superior Clausura championship title in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in TRBL (Greensboro Cobras).
Akingkube graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

London Lightning roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ryan Anderson
Joel Friesen

Forwards:
Kirk Williams
Royce White
Yohanny Dalembert

Center:
Olaniyi Akingkube

Coach: Keith Vassell

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rocca re-signs at River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster guard Joe Rocca (193-87kg, college: Carleton). He played there last season. In 7 NBL Canada games he had 5.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg.
Rocca just graduated from Carleton University and it will be his first season as a pro. His team won CIS Tournament.
Rocca was voted All-OUA West Division 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Rocca previously for three other teams: Marauders, Loyola H. and BSN.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mency re-signs at Riptide - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 28-year old American guard Darin Mency (188-93kg-89, college: Merrimack, agency: DTMones). He played there last season. In 38 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. Mency helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Atlantic Division.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda in Spanish EBA where in 13 games he averaged impressive 18.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
In 2012 Mency was drafted by Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) in second round (12th overall).
He attended Merrimack College (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mency was voted USBasket.com All-PBL Sixth Man of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Mency's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Mency has played previously professionally in PBL (Rochester RazorSharks), NBA G League (Delaware 87ers) and Mongolia (Dundgovi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  NIGERIA  


Kano Pillars eye perfect finish at Africa Champions Cup 2017 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria men league champion, Kano Pillars basketball club is aiming at doing the nation proud at the 2017 Africa Champions Cup competition slated for later in the year.

Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed is confident that the club will not lower the standard already attained with great runs of the Nigeria national teams at the 2017 AfroBasket for Women and Men.

Kano Pillars basketball club according to Coach Ahmed will be looking to break it's 30 years jinx of making it to the podium in Tunisia.

In a brief chat with our correspondent Coach Ahmed who was part of the club bronze medal winning effort in 1987 in Alexandria, Egypt as a players says the club is ready for the task ahead.

'We know a lot of African teams will pay more attention to any team coming from Nigeria as a result of the great performance of our women and men national teams at the AfroBasket but we are well equipped to add more to Nigeria silverwares.

'Our goal is to also do the nation proud in our own little way which we are already working on.

The Nigerian champion defeated Gombe Bulls basketball club by74-54 points on September 9th in Kano and went home with N20 million naira ($55,000) while the Bulls got N15 million naira ($41,000) with Hoops and Read basketball club owned by former Nigeria captain, Olumide Oyedeji finished third and was rewarded with N10 million naira ($27,000).

Pillars and Bulls will represent Nigeria in the Zone-3 qualifiers for men while First Bank and First Deepwater basketball clubs will fly the country flag in the women.




London Lightning inks Olaniyi Akingkube - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) agreed terms with American (has also Nigerian passport) center Olaniyi Akingkube (208-102kg, college: N.Carolina A&T). He played last summer at Denver-FAS San Salvador in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura Honorable Mention.
Akingkube won El Salvador Liga Superior Clausura championship title in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in TRBL (Greensboro Cobras).
Akingkube graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

London Lightning roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ryan Anderson
Joel Friesen

Forwards:
Kirk Williams
Royce White
Yohanny Dalembert

Center:
Olaniyi Akingkube

Coach: Keith Vassell

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sharks add Akognon to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Sharks (CBA) added to their roster 31-year old Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-84kg-86, college: CS Fullerton). He played last summer at Henan Shedianlaojiu in the NBL. Akognon managed to play in five leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 26 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 38.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.8apg and 2.5spg. The last season he played at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 5 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. Akognon also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 5.4ppg and 1.6rpg. The other team he played shortly was Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 5 games he got 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. Akognon also played 4 games in Euroleague where he got 4.8ppg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akognon's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention in 2015.
Akognon represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Akognon is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Akognon tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Estonia, Italy (Banco di Srd), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Flying Leopards, Jilin Tigers, Long Lions and Eagles) and NBA G League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
Akognon attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
On Akognon: A tiny, but solid bodied guard with personality and great scoring skills. Thanks to his explosiveness and quickness, has a good offensive presence. Can spend time in both 1 and 2 positions, gives his best in open court situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 26
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens26.0 
 2. Ferrales, Kongsberg25.0 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.22.0 
 4. Oestbye, Kongsberg20.0 
 5. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.18.0 
 6. Midtvedt, Centrum18.0 
 7. Thomas, Kongsberg15.0 
 8. Haugen, Baerum B.14.0 
 9. Haddad, Centrum14.0 
 10. Larsson, Centrum13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torgrim SOMMERFELDT
  Asker A.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.12.0 
 2. Thomas, Kongsberg9.0 
 3. Hart, Asker Aliens9.0 
 4. Bolinz, Asker Aliens9.0 
 5. Ferrales, Kongsberg8.0 
 6. Midtvedt, Centrum7.0 
 7. Heggelund, Baerum B.6.0 
 8. Larsson, Centrum6.0 
 9. Rotegard, Kongsberg5.0 
 10. Aslesen, Centrum5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.0 
 2. Cox, Baerum Basket6.0 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens5.0 
 4. Bolinz, Asker Aliens5.0 
 5. Bohn, Baerum B.4.0 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.3.0 
 7. Aslesen, Centrum3.0 
 8. Yele, Asker Aliens3.0 
 9. Haddad, Centrum3.0 
 10. Gjerde, Kongsberg3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stian BERG
  Asker Aliens
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Berg, Asker Aliens3.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 3. Oestbye, Kongsberg2.0 
 4. Hart, Asker Aliens2.0 
 5. Stranger-J., Baerum B.2.0 
 6. Midtvedt, Centrum2.0 
 7. Haugen, Baerum B.2.0 
 8. Bolinz, Asker Aliens2.0 
 9. Flaa, Centrum1.0 
 10. Save, Kongsberg1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Peder FRANTZVAAG
  Baerum B.
  (204-F-98)
  Avg: 3
 1. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.3.0 
 2. Solem, Baerum B.1.0 
 3. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.1.0 
 4. Strand, Baerum B.1.0 
 5. Eglitis, Asker Aliens1.0 
 6. Thomas, Kongsberg1.0 
 7. Larsson, Centrum1.0 
 8. Yele, Asker Aliens1.0 
 9. Cox, Baerum Basket1.0 
 10. Bolinz, Asker Aliens1.0 



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 34.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix34.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.32.4 
 3. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 5. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 6. Durham, Meralco .27.1 
 7. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 8. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 9. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.24.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Durham, Meralco .20.0 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.8 
 3. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 4. Brown, Phoenix17.7 
 5. Walker, Blackwater17.3 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Durham, Meralco .7.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gin.6.6 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen6.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.6 
 5. Newsome, Meralco .5.4 
 6. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 7. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Walker, Blackwater5.0 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.9 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.9 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.8 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.4 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 6. Fajardo, SM Be.1.9 
 7. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 8. Santos, SM Beermen1.9 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.7 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.7 


Chooks-to-Go rallies to notch opening win - by Aris Ignacio

Kiefer Ravena (181-G/F-93) and naturalized player prospect Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) led the fight back of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas to edge BC Astana, 73-65, in their opening games in the current FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Chenzhou Sports Center in China last September 22 (Manila time).

Ravena paced the nationals with 22 points, 11 of which were scored in the pivotal third quarter, three rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals.

Austin provided an all-around debut to the squad finishing with 17 points, 18 rebounds and six block shots.

Kazakhstan started strong and led 43-35 at the half, highlighted with eight triples but lost touch in the final half.

Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) paced the team with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Scores:

Chooks-to-Go (73) - Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeric Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jeron Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.

BC Astana (65) - Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Degtyarev, Yergali 6, Marchuk 2, Kolesnikov 2, Chsherbak 0.

Quarterscores: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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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Giorgi Tsintsadze (ex Kutaisi) signs at Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga Nationala) landed 31-year old Georgian international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-90kg-86). He played most recently at Kutaisi Kutaisi in Georgian Superleague. In 32 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and recorded 5.1rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.1spg (in top 3) last season. Tsintsadze helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Domestic Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Tsintsadze spent at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 17 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. Tsintsadze also played for Gravelines Dunkerque (ProA) in France that season. In 14 games he had 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg.
Among other achievements Tsintsadze received Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Tsintsadze has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Georgia at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg.
Tsintsadze is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Tsintsadze has played previously professionally also in Greece (Trikalla), Italy, Lebanon (Champville), Poland (Trefl), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and BC Donetsk), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
His game is described as: Great point guard and solid all-around player, who not only dishes assists for the teammates, but who can also score in double digits every night. He can drive and penetrate and he's never losing his confidence. Good decision-maker who can run any team in the top level thanks to his court vision and ball handling.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Giorgi Tsintsadze
Jermale Jones
Reggie Keely
Matei Nuna
Michail Liapis
Dejan Bjelic
Sinisa Cvetanovic
Mike Balogun
Daniel Popescu
Sebastian Buiciuc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA coast past hosts in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - CSKA 68:97

CSKA stormed past hosting Zadar at the international friendly tournament in Croatia. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) sank 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 5 assists to lead the effort.
Zadar and CSKA stayed toe to toe throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. CSKA then used a 20:13 run in the second period to surge ahead. The Moscow team unleashed 59 points in the second half to leave Zadar behind and marched to a well-deserved win. Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) chipped in 13 points, while Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91) added 12 points for CSKA. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 17 points for Zadar. Toni Jelenkovic (180-PG-97) notched 11 points in the loss.



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.



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.



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Olginate inks Fadilou Seck - by Eurobasket News

Gordon Olginate (Serie B) signed 20-year old Senegalese center Fadilou Seck (205-95kg-97, agency: Players Group). He has played for the last four seasons at Orasi Ravenna in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he had just 0.6ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Seck helped his team to make it to the Serie A2 Semifinals in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Bojan Nesic (ex Mega Bemax U19) signs at Fundacion 5+11 - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 landed 19-year old Serbian point guard Bojan Nesic (189-98). The last time (16) he played at BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica U19 team in Serbian JLS league.
Nesic represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT: 62.5%.
Nesic has played previously professionally also in Spain (Zaragoza and Olivar) and Serbia (Pancevo).

Fundacion 5+11 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kristaps Gluditis
Bojan Nesic
Miguel Gonzalez

Forwards:
Rinalds Malmanis
Tyler Flack
Sander Raieste

Center:
Jurij Macura

Coach: Jon Txakartegi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ilija Lukovic is a newcomer at Apoel - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old naturalized Serbian center Ilija Lukovic (206-99). He was about to sign at Enosis (Division A). The last season Lukovic was tested by Enosis.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ashton Moore
Victor Ieronymides
Petar Zdravic

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Justin Baker
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Damontre Harris
Ilija Lukovic

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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

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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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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Olympiacos outgun Crvena Zvezda in Crete - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Crvena Zvezda 70:56

Olympiacos advanced into the title game at the international friendly tournament in Crete. They outlasted Crvena Zvezda in the semifinal clash. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Olympiacos recorded a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin in the second period. The Piraeus team posted a 39:22 halftime advantage. Olympiacos did not slow down in the second half. They maintained the pressure and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) delivered 10 points for the winners. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points for Crvena Zvezda.



ABA League SuperCup: Cedevita enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Mega Bemax 99:96

Cedevita ensured the ABA League SuperCup championship game birth. They beat Mega Bemax in the semifinal clash in Bar tonight. Demetris Nichols (202-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 17 points to lead the Croatian team.
The teams were tied at 25 after ten minutes. Cedevita stepped on the gas in the second term. The Croatian team piled up a 59:45 halftime lead. Cedevita dropped 24 points in the third quarter to enter the final stanza up by 16 points. Mega Bemax drained 29 points in the final frame but could not save the game. Musa produced 16 points, while Kevin Murphy (197-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) added 15 points in the victory. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Mega Bemax. Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) and Aleksandar Lazic (203-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points each in the loss.



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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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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



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Chiba Jets clinch top position in Group B of Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Samsung Thunders 82:75

Chiba Jets recorded the third straight win at the Super 8 international tournament in Macau. They overcame Samsung Thunders to clinch the top position in Group B. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) recorded 19 points to lead the Japanese team.
Chiba recorded a 25:19 lead after the opening frame. But the Korean team erased the deficit in the second term. Samsung Thunders eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Chiba snatched a 62:60 lead at the final intermission. They extended the margin and rolled to the victory at the end. Michael Parker (202-F-81, college: Evergreen St.) and Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 13 points each in the win. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) replied with 29 points for Samsung Thunders. Markeith Cummings (198-SF-88, college: Kennesaw St.) had 19 points in the defeat.



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  SPAIN  


Bojan Nesic (ex Mega Bemax U19) signs at Fundacion 5+11 - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Fundacion 5+11 landed 19-year old Serbian point guard Bojan Nesic (189-98). The last time (16) he played at BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica U19 team in Serbian JLS league.
Nesic represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT: 62.5%.
Nesic has played previously professionally also in Spain (Zaragoza and Olivar) and Serbia (Pancevo).

Fundacion 5+11 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kristaps Gluditis
Bojan Nesic
Miguel Gonzalez

Forwards:
Rinalds Malmanis
Tyler Flack
Sander Raieste

Center:
Jurij Macura

Coach: Jon Txakartegi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Girona Basquet adds Kobic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Basquet Girona added to their roster 19-year old Bosnian forward Dino Kobic (200-98). He played last season at the junior team of Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Kobic's team made it to the Alpe Adria Final Four.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Kobic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Kengur).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia lands Mirza Bulic - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia landed 25-year old Bosnian small forward Mirza Bulic (207-92) from Levitec Huesca. In 22 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bulic played at Araberri (LEB Silver) where in 36 games he had 11.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the LEB Silver Play-Off title.
Among other achievements Bulic received Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Newcomers Team award back in 2010.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 81.5%.
Bulic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Sloboda Tuzla and Spars Sarajevo.

Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alberto Ruiz_de_Galarreta
Ander Garcia
Joe De_Ciman
Gaizka Maiza

Forwards:
Mirza Bulic
Ibon Guridi
Marcos Portalez
Andrija Simovic
Kenny Kaminski

Center:
Victor Serrano

Coach: Lorenzo Encinas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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

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

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Valencia roll past Unicaja to reach SuperCopa Endesa Final - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Unicaja 83:78

Valencia is the first finalists of the 2017 SuperCopa Endesa. They beat Unicaja in the semifinal clash at the Gran Canaria Arena. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) poured in 18 points to lead the winners.
Valencia unloaded 31 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. The Spanish team boosted the gap at 14-point mark at the interval 50:36. Unicaja managed to come back into the game in the third term. The Malaga team pulled within three points at the final intermission. But Valencia held Unicaja to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the win. Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89) had 13 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 11 points in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 23 points for Unicaja. Jeffrey Brooks (203-PF-89, college: Penn St.) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.



Shimane Magic adds Stutz to their roster, ex Joventut - by Eurobasket News

Shimane Susanoo Magic (B League) added to their roster 27-year old American center Garrett Stutz (214-115kg-90, college: Wichita State). He played last season at Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he had 7.0ppg and 4.9rpg.
Stutz ended the previous (2015-16) season at Al Wasl (D1) in UAE league. But the most of that year he spent at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league where in 7 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. Stutz also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 7.0rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Stutz won Czech Republic League championship title in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Stutz's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Stutz tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Korea (Anyang KGC), Poland (Czarni), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
Stutz attended Wichita State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Shimane Susanoo Magic roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Kazuya Hatano
Josh Scott

Centers:
Brendan Lane
Garrett Stutz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MarkDeeksNBA)

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Gran Canaria top Real to enter SuperCopa Endesa Final - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - Real Madrid 73:64

Gran Canaria advanced into the 2017 SuperCopa Endesa Final. They will now clash with Valencia for the trophy. Anzejs Pasecniks (218-C-95, college: VEF skola) and Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) delivered 11 points each to pace the hosts.
Gran Canaria ensured a confident start to the game. They built a 24:17 advantage ten minutes into the game. Gran Canaria held Real to only 11 points in the second period to record a 9-point halftime advantage 37:28. Gran Canaria extended the gap in the third quarter. The hosts entered the final period up by 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Lucas Fischer (211-C-94, college: Marquette, agency: 3Eye) tossed in 10 points for the winners. Gustavo Ayon (207-C-85, college: San Jose St.) responded with 17 points for Real Madrid. Jaycee Carroll (188-SG-83) had 14 points in the loss.



Marius Vaskys (ex Sadolin) signs at Almansa - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Afanion CB Almansa landed 30-year old Lithuanian center Marius Vaskys (206-87, college: N.C.Central). He played most recently at Sadolin in Lithuanian SKL-A.
Vaskys won Lithuanian SKL B Lyga in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania for Neptunas.
Vaskys attended N.Carolina Central until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

Afanion CB Almansa roster for 2017-2018:

Miguel Raez
Marius Vaskys
Jose Santonja
Kevin Navarro
Sergio Hervas
David Rosique
Alejandro Jorda
Carlos Cerdan
Jose Angel Naranjo
Pablo Rosique

Coach: Ruben Perello

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Gregorio Adon (ex Titanes Licey) joins Quintanar - by Eurobasket News

Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (EBA) agreed terms with 26-year old Dominican forward Gregorio Adon (198-91). He played last summer at Titanes Licey in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left. In two games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg. The last season Adon played at Marin Ence PeixeGalego (LEB Gold) where in 30 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2016. Adon was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish EBA All-Imports Team back in 2013.
On Adon: Adon also stressed by a large capacity rebounds, in addition to being a good stopper, thanks to good timing jump, and impose his talents and athletic capacity to finish above the rim.

Basket Globalcaja Quintanar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daquan Brickhouse
Jamie Washington
Iker Barbero

Forwards:
Gregorio Adon
Skyler Burgess

Coach: Cruz David Fernandez

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Fernandez re-signs at Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada - by Eurobasket News

Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada (EBA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old forward Jorge Fernandez (196-88). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 26 EBA games he had 4.2ppg and 3.9rpg last season.
Fernandez is a very experienced player.

Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada roster for 2017-2018:

Jorge Fernandez
Gullit Mukendi
David Valcarce
Serigne Barro
Javier Garcia
Alberto Rodriguez

Coach: Juan Norat

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Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada keeps Garcia for another season - by Eurobasket News

Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada (EBA) re-signed 25-year old swingman Javier Garcia (195-92). He played there last season. In 25 EBA games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg.

Residencia Las Encinas CDP Ponferrada roster for 2017-2018:

Gullit Mukendi
David Valcarce
Serigne Barro
Javier Garcia
Alberto Rodriguez

Coach: Juan Norat

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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.



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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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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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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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



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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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.



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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



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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.



Brose Baskets nip Fenerbahce in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Fenerbahce 90:89 (2OT)

Brose Baskets posted the first victory at the Zadar international tournament. They narrowly defeated Fenerbahce for 1-1 record. Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket) posted 16 points to lead the German side.
Fenerbahce enjoyed a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Brose Baskets slowed their opponents in the second frame. They held the Turkish powerhouse to just 10 points to pull within 2 points at the big break 32:30. Fenerbahce extended the lead at 4-point mark at the third break. But Bamberg used a 20:16 run in the final period to force overtime. The teams had to play the second extra period to decide on the winner. Elias Harris (203-SF-89, college: Gonzaga) and Leon Radosevic (207-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) finally sank two free throws to seal the victory for the German champions. Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) delivered 15 points, while Ricky Hickman provided 11 points in the victory. Jason Thompson (211-F/C-86, college: Rider) responded with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 17 points each in the loss.



Neptunas land Malcolm Armstead, ex Yesilgiresun - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) tabbed 28-year old American point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-87kg-89, college: Wichita State). He played most recently at Yesilgiresun in Turkish BSL league. In 29 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Armstead played at Istanbul BBSK (also in BSL) where in 14 games he had 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He also played that season for AEK Athens in Greek A1. In three games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Armstead played shortly was Avtodor in Russian league. In four Eurocup games he got 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 7 games in VTB United League where he got 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.4apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Armstead won Panhandle Conference championship title in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Armstead has played also professionally in Slovenia (Krka).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Neptunas Klaipeda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tomas Delininkaitis
Renaldas Seibutis
Malcolm Armstead
Mindaugas Girdziunas
Aidas Einikis
Laurynas Beliauskas

Forwards:
Laimonas Kisielius
Juan Palacios
Simas Galdikas
Edgaras Zelionis
Arnas Butkevicius
Mindaugas Kacinas
Arunas Mikalauskas

Center:
Matas Jucikas

Coach: Kazys Maksvytis

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NBL Round 28: #1 Pemba Warriors are defeated by KIU Titans - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Pemba Warriors (12-2) in Kampala on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked KIU Titans (10-3) 80-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pemba Warriors. The game was mostly controlled by KIU Titans. Pemba Warriors managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pemba Warriors 44-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Samuel Agutu (193-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Micheal Bwanga who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Philip Amenyi (-89) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Pemba Warriors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KIU Titans maintains fourth position with 10-3 record. Pemba Warriors at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. KIU Titans are looking forward to face Ndejje (#5) in the next round. Pemba Warriors will play against Our Saviour (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked City Oilers (8-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Sharing Youth (5-13). City Oilers smashed Sharing Youth 73-52. The winners were led by the former international forward James Okello (193-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and Ndikumana Landry supported him with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. City Oilers' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Tong Gatwech (-92) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. City Oilers have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 8-3 record. Sharing Youth lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. City Oilers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sharing Youth will play again against City Oilers (#6) in Kampala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

KIU Titans - Pemba Warriors 80-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Pemba Warriors (12-2) in Kampala on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked KIU Titans (10-3) 80-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pemba Warriors. The game was mostly controlled by KIU Titans. Pemba Warriors managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pemba Warriors 44-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Samuel Agutu (193-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Micheal Bwanga who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four KIU Titans players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Philip Amenyi (-89) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Amisi Saidi (-87) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Pemba Warriors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KIU Titans maintains fourth position with 10-3 record. Pemba Warriors at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. KIU Titans are looking forward to face Ndejje (#5) in the next round. Pemba Warriors will play against Our Saviour (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pemba Warriors: P.Amenyi 20+9reb+1ast, A.Saidi 14+8reb+1ast, M.Buzangu 9+2reb+2ast, S.Mugerwa 9+2reb, M.Opiyo 6+5reb+4ast, I.Kamya 6+2reb+1ast
KIU Titans: M.Bwanga 19+6reb+3ast, S.Agutu 14+12reb+3ast, E.Kazungu 14+6reb+2ast, C.Omanye 13+3reb+5ast, O.Muge 7+6reb, S.Ulanga 5+2reb+1ast
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Sharing Youth - City Oilers 52-73

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked City Oilers (8-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Sharing Youth (5-13). City Oilers smashed Sharing Youth 73-52. They outrebounded Sharing Youth 60-24 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. City Oilers players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward James Okello (193-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and forward Ndikumana Landry (-93) supported him with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. City Oilers' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Tong Gatwech (-92) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Forward Malek Lino (-91) added 9 points for lost side. City Oilers have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 8-3 record. Sharing Youth lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. City Oilers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sharing Youth will play again against City Oilers (#6) in Kampala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 16+5reb+3ast, N.Jakisa 9+1reb+1ast, M.Lino 9+2reb+1ast, B.Mopele 8+3reb, E.Bakara 5+4reb, T.Okello 4+1reb+6ast
City Oilers: J.Enabu 16+1reb+3ast, N.Landry 15+11reb+4ast, J.Okello 13+17reb+2ast, S.Omony 7+7reb+3ast, T.Drileba 6+3reb+1ast, J.Otim 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 570419





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  UKRAINE  


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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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.



Worldwide TV audience for O2 tournament - by Dave Ryan

The Betway British Basketball All-Stars Championship will put BBL teams on a global stage with live coverage on networks spanning over 100 countries when it tips off at The O2, London this Sunday, September 24.

The inaugural Championship will be broadcast live throughout on Sky Sports Arena in the UK and Ireland, with coverage in America on Eleven Sports Network.

Betway British Basketball All-Stars Championship Live TV Broadcasters

Sky Sports (UK)
Kwese Sports (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Viasat (Scandinavia and Baltic States)
Eleven Sports Network (USA)
DAZN (Germany, Austria)
DAZN (Canada)
Fox Sports (Australia)
Sky (New Zealand)
Fox Sports (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta)
OSN (Middle East and North Africa)

The tournament commences at 1pm (UK time) with a double elimination group stage comprising a total of ten matches, with the subsequent six fixtures determined by the outcome of the first four. Two straight wins will qualify a team for the semi-finals while two straight defeats will spell elimination. The nal set of matches in the group will feature teams with one win and one defeat competing to stay in the competition. Fixtures for the semi-finals will be drawn shortly after the conclusion of the group stage.



Zalgiris storm to victory - by Dave Ryan

Zalgiris won the inaugural Titans Trophy with a 87-61 victory against Twarde Pierniki Torun at the Copper Box on Friday evening.
A big attendance at the London venue saw the Lithuanian champions roared on by the majority of the crowd as they dominated the final three period against a short-handed Torun team.
The Polish side finished runners-up in their domestic league last season but were without three key players, and despite a good first period Dejan Mihevc's team were unable to match their opponents.
French international Axel Toupane (197-G/F-92, agency: BeoBasket) led the way for Zalgiris with 17 points in 25 minutes, with Arturas Milaknis finishing with 14 points in under 17 minutes and Paulius Jankunas had an efficient 11 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
Aaron Cel (19) and Krzysztof Sulima (17) led Twarde, each finishing with five boards, wiith Lukasz Wisniewski (186-SG-84, college: Barton Co. CC) the only other player in double figures with ten points, but a 32-22 advantage for the Lithuanians on the boards played a key part.
Sulima won the tip and hit the first two baskets of the game to put the Poles 4-0 ahead and in a scrappy opening five minutes Gruszecki put them 9-6 with a score from downtown.
Zalgiris took their first lead of the game with 2:17 when Kavaliauskas grabbed the rebound after his initial shot was blocked and scored before completing a three point play.
But a Sulima free-throw and a Cel basket sent the Poles into the first break with an 18-17 lead.
That proved to be as good as it got for a side who must have felt like the road team in front of 5000 Lithuanians, and Masiulis' dunk gave Zalgiris a lead they would never lose with 8:15 on the clock and Milaknis capped a 15-5 run to close the half and leave his team with a 42-28 lead going into the locker room.iulis
Sulima cut the lead to eight with a little under three second half minutes gone, but that proved to be as close at Twarde came during the rest of the game and Masiulis' jumper sent the Lithuanians into the final break with a 64-47 lead.
Wisniewski opened the scoring for Twarde in the fourth period but the lead never dipped below 15 as a party atmosphere saw Zalgiris comfortably close out the win.




Babalola left Leeds Force - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 36-year old forward Olu Babalola (198-118kg-81, college: Clemson, agency: Interperformances) left Leeds Force (BBL).
The last season Babalola was tested by Sheffield Sharks where in 5 BBL games he recorded 3.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the BBL Semifinals in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Babalola was a member of British University National Team back in 2005.
He is quite experienced player. Babalola has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Italy (Fabriano and Roseto Sharks), Sweden (KFUM Jamtland), United Kingdom (London Lions, Manchester Giants, Cheshire Phoenix, Newcastle Eagles and Basketball) and WBA (Anderson H.).
He attended Clemson University until 2005 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Babalola: Has the versatility to play virtually anywhere on the court. Has incredible quickness for a player his size. He possesses the athletic ability to be the defensive stopper we have been looking for the last couple of seasons. He he has an uncanny offensive ability to handle the ball for a large man, and make other people look good with timely passes. At this point he is versatile enough to play two or three different positions. That can only become a plus as his career develops.

Leeds Force roster for 2017-2018:

Ingus Bankevics
Samuel Toluwase
Alhaji Fullah
George Brownell
Andrew Hambleton
Aidan Appleyard
Eric Childress
Tavarion Nix
Dean Wanliss
Jordan Cook
Issac Mourier
Antonio Deogratias
Liam Hickson

Coach: Mika Turunen

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in United Kingdom



Leicester Riders land Phillip Leonard, ex Bascharage - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Phillip Leonard (188-91kg-93, college: Mercer). He played most recently at Bascharage in Luxembourg Total League. In 17 games he averaged impressive 23.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Leonard also spent pre-season at BKM Lucenec in Slovakian SBL that year where in two games he had 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
His team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
Leonard graduated from Mercer University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Bernardini
Joshua Ward-Hibbert
Eric Robertson
Phillip Leonard
Kiefer Douse
Mike Rodriguez

Forwards:
Andrew Thomson
Pierre Hampton
Shane Walker
Rema Lascelles
J.R. Holder

Center:
Harrison Gamble

Coach: Rob Paternostro

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in United Kingdom



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  URUGUAY  


Cordon won the promotion to the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Facundo Medina (190-G-94) netted a two points shot with 39 second to play and Cordon defeated Verdirrojo 76-74 winning 3-2 the playoffs for a promotion to the Uruguayan League 2017/18. For the winner, Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) finished with a double-double with 14 points 18 rebounds and 4 assists, while Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) added 20 points and 8 rebounds and Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. For Verdirrrojo, Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 33 points and added 6 rebopunds, while Martin Mayora (181-G-95) netted 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.


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Venezuela's LNB 2017 starts tonight with 6 teams clashing for the national title - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The 22nd edition of Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) will start on Friday, September 22nd, with six teams clashing for the national title in a single group, 20-game per team regular season through 10 weeks, and then a Semifinals round of 4 teams in two best-of five (2-2-1) series to determine the finalists, which will represent Venezuela in the 2018 edition of Liga Sudamericana (LSB).

Since the defending champions, Broncos de Caracas, opted not to play this season, the participating teams will be Guaros de Lara 2 (2016's runner-up and the champions back in 2014 as Columbus 99 and in 2015), Cangrejeros de Monagas (2016 Semifinalists), Aduaneros de Carabobo, Atleticos de Caracas, Comuna El Cementerio (LNB II Champions in 2016) and a new franchise, Metropolitanos BBC.

Cangrejeros will host Aduaneros at Gilberto Roque Morales Arena in Maturin, while Atleticos will host Comuna at La Cachucha Arena in Caracas, in a couple of two-game series. The series between Guaros and Metropolitanos in Barquisimeto has been postponed due to the participation of Guaros in the 2017 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, to be played on Sunday, September 24th, in Tenerife Spain. Guaros will face Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias.

LNB 2017 ROSTERS

GUAROS DE LARA 2
Head coach: Guillermo Vecchio
Assistant coaches: Yonaicker Ecker, Cruz Salcedo , Ricardo Moreno , Diego Vasquez
Players: Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86), Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville, agency: Pro Sports), Luis Bethelmy (200-F-86), Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82, agency: Pro Sports), Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports), Jose Martinez (196-F-82), Yohanner Sifontes (192-G-92), Amos Acosta (180-G-96), Yoeser Valera (186-SG-96), Jose Ascanio (203-SF-96), Ricardo Medina (C-95), Heldrin Guillent
Foreign players: To be determined between Nate Robinson, Zach Graham, Mario Little and Robert Upshaw

* Elvis Baez is part of the structure but is playing overseas

CANGREJEROS DE MONAGAS
Head coach: Carl Herrera
Assistant coaches: Luis Jimenez , Luis Sosa
Players: Axiers Sucre (199-F-78), Anthony Perez (206-F-93, college: Mississippi), Carlos Cedeno (193-PG-85, college: Frank Phillips JC), Heberth Bayona (210-C-78, college: St.Francis, NY), Morris Sierralta (190-G/F-87), Jose Rodriguez (197-PF-94), Peter Kvietek (205-C-77), Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86), Abrouse Acosta (180-PG-92), Jean Vargas (180-G-95), Jose Bracho (SG), Edgar Martinez (190-SF-97), Juan Mejias (184-G-96), Jose Sojo (194-F-96), Johnathan Herrera
Foreign Player: Shelton Boykin (198-G, college: Angelo St.)

* Other players like Rafael Perez, Juan Herrera, Luis Almanza and Michael Flores could join the team once they finish playing overseas

METROPOLITANOS BBC
Head coach: Jose Mejias
Players: Cesar Garcia (193-G/F-90, agency: Pro Sports), Angel Blanco (179-PG-97), Luis Julio (201-F/C-80), Alejandro Barrios (204-C-79), Rafael Guevara (193-F/G-79), Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92), Yochuar Palacios (183-PG-88), Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90), Lenin Lopez (198-F-91), Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92), Miguel Rivas (186-G-90), Christopher Guerrero, Gilbert Villarroel, Jhonny Tovar

* Jhornan Zamora could join the team once he finishes playing overseas

ADUANEROS DE CARABOBO
Head coach: Alfredo Madrid
Players: Miguel Marriaga (205-C-84, agency: Pro Sports), Rene Farias (188-G-86, college: Snow CC), Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), Pedro Chourio (186-PG-90), Yorbis Umbria (203-F-84), Osman Alvarez (174-PG-93), Angel Lugo (181-PG-99), Edyn Calatayud (182-G/F-93), Gabriel Rodriguez, Tarcisio Perdomo (174-G-82), Luis Madera (184-G-94), Juan Caraballo, Xavier Manzanilla, Eudes Angulo (196-SF)

* Alexander Morillo, Elder Gimenez and Luis Carrillo are part of the structure but are playing overseas

ATLETICOS DE CARACAS

Head coach: Freddy Rizzo
Players: Jean Almeida (186-G-94), Keinder Albarran, Christian Marquez, Jefferson Larriva, Gabriel Pino (194-F/G-99), Enderson Ramos (185-G-95), Miguel Blanco, Grendy Correa, Angelo Mendoza, Leunan Diaz, Elizman Perez, Juan Mendoza

COMUNA EL CEMENTERIO
Head coach: Israel Plaza
Players: Jose Manaure (193-F-87), Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81), Jorge Leon (188-PG-79), Leonardo Palacios (186-PG-94), Derson Santos (197-F-84), Anderson Morales (180-PG-92), Alan Balza, Carlos Olmedo, Miguel Bolivar (205-C-92), Alfredo Lianza, Donyi Pino, Victor Calderon (195-G/F), Jose Ali Uriepero (190-G), Alejandro Omana (188-G-86), Luis Alvarez, Raymond Rada, Jesus Perez, Yorvis Granado



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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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)



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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


Stephanie Talbot signs at Mondeville - by Nagy Szilveszter

USO Mondeville (LFB) landed 23-year old Australian international guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94). She played in the summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 38 games she averaged 4.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Talbot played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Polish BLK where in 26 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.5ppg and recorded 6.9rpg, 4.0apg and 2.6spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Talbot was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Talbot has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
And here thanks to pro basketball Talbot experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Talbot has played previously professionally in Adelaide Lightning, Canberra Capitals, Nationals, Flames and BA Centre of Excellence.
She is described as: Yet a quick scoring machine, needs to develop some more defensive game and court vision, but has huge upside.

USO Mondeville roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Stephanie Talbot

Forwards:
Romana Hejdova
Tamara Tatham
Heleen Nauwelaers

Center:
Myriam Djekoundade

Coach: Romain Lhermitte

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon



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Tresnjevka 2009 lands Lungile Mtsweni - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian runner-up Tresnjevka 2009 bolstered its roster for the coming season by inking South African National team member Lungile Mtsweni (176-F/G-85) for the coming season.
Mtsweni was a member of the South African National team from 2007 through 2015. She averaged 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 assists in seven African Championship in Cameroon in 2015. It will be her first season in Europe.



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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  CYPRUS  


Niki Avery (ex Panathinaikos) signs at Keravnos - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) landed 31-year old Greek international guard Niki Avery (168-86, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances). She has a double citizenship as she also holds American passport. Avery played most recently at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 25 games she averaged 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year, selected to 3rd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Avery played at PEAC Pecs in Hungarian A Division where in 9 games she had 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg.
Avery played in the final of Greek League in 2015. She was called to Greek Senior National Team this year.
Avery has played previously professionally also in Sweden (AIK Basket).
She attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2008 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Konstantina Koniali
Antria Pitsilidou
Niki Avery
Andria Nikolaou
Andriana Kasapi

Forwards:
Stephanie Nicolas
Margarita Koursari
Chrystalla Merkouri
Chara Roussaki

Center:
Sophia Theologou

Coach: Christos Stylianidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Cyprus



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Dana KUSLITOVA
  Karlovy .
  (182-F-90)
  Avg: 34
 1. Kuslitova, Karlovy .34.0 
 2. Tarasava, Nymburk28.0 
 3. Vaughn, Nymburk24.0 
 4. Linskens, Nymburk20.0 
 5. Maleckova, Karlovy .16.0 
 6. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.13.0 
 7. Zuzakova, Karlovy .10.0 
 8. Pohunkova, Karlovy .8.0 
 9. Rokosova, Karlovy .6.0 
 10. Drahokoupilo., Karlovy .4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  Nymburk
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 16
 1. Linskens, Nymburk16.0 
 2. Kuslitova, Karlovy .11.0 
 3. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.7.0 
 4. Tarasava, Nymburk6.0 
 5. Zuzakova, Karlovy .6.0 
 6. Rokosova, Karlovy .5.0 
 7. Vaughn, Nymburk4.0 
 8. Maleckova, Karlovy .4.0 
 9. Drahokoupilo., Karlovy .4.0 
 10. Bakajsova, Nymburk3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Karolina MALECKOVA
  Karlovy .
  (159-PG-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Maleckova, Karlovy .9.0 
 2. Tarasava, Nymburk8.0 
 3. Vaughn, Nymburk5.0 
 4. Kuslitova, Karlovy .4.0 
 5. Hunkova, Nymburk4.0 
 6. Pohunkova, Karlovy .4.0 
 7. Skokankova, Karlovy .2.0 
 8. Drahokoupilo., Karlovy .2.0 
 9. Zuzakova, Karlovy .2.0 
 10. Jindrova, Karlovy .2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Karolina MALECKOVA
  Karlovy .
  (159-PG-97)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maleckova, Karlovy .3.0 
 2. Zuzakova, Karlovy .3.0 
 3. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.2.0 
 4. Kuslitova, Karlovy .1.0 
 5. Rosecka, Karlovy .1.0 
 6. Hunkova, Nymburk0.0 
 7. Drahokoupilo., Karlovy .0.0 
 8. Rokosova, Karlovy .0.0 
 9. Bakajsova, Nymburk0.0 
 10. Mocova, Nymburk0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandra KHOMENCHUK
  Nymbu.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.4.0 
 2. Linskens, Nymburk2.0 
 3. Kuslitova, Karlovy .1.0 
 4. Jindrova, Karlovy .1.0 
 5. Rokosova, Karlovy .1.0 
 6. Hunkova, Nymburk0.0 
 7. Drahokoupilo., Karlovy .0.0 
 8. Skokankova, Karlovy .0.0 
 9. Bakajsova, Nymburk0.0 
 10. Pohunkova, Karlovy .0.0 



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  DR CONGO  


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

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  FRANCE  


Stephanie Talbot signs at Mondeville - by Nagy Szilveszter

USO Mondeville (LFB) landed 23-year old Australian international guard Stephanie Talbot (188-94). She played in the summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In 38 games she averaged 4.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Talbot played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Polish BLK where in 26 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.5ppg and recorded 6.9rpg, 4.0apg and 2.6spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Talbot was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Talbot has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.
And here thanks to pro basketball Talbot experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Talbot has played previously professionally in Adelaide Lightning, Canberra Capitals, Nationals, Flames and BA Centre of Excellence.
She is described as: Yet a quick scoring machine, needs to develop some more defensive game and court vision, but has huge upside.

USO Mondeville roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Stephanie Talbot

Forwards:
Romana Hejdova
Tamara Tatham
Heleen Nauwelaers

Center:
Myriam Djekoundade

Coach: Romain Lhermitte

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Nice signs Antiesha Brown, ex Umbertide - by Nagy Szilveszter

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) signed 25-year old American guard Antiesha Brown (178-92, college: N.Mexico). She spent her 2-year professional career in Italy. She played last season at A.S.D. Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide in Italian Serie A1. In 22 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.6ppg and averaged 4.5rpg and 2.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Sesto (also in Serie A1) where in 24 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 3.2spg (in top 4).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of MWC Tournament in 2015. Brown was also voted MWC All-Tournament 1st Team in 2015 at her college time.
Brown graduated from University of New Mexico in 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joyce Cousseins-Smith
Isabelle Strunc
Svenja Brunckhorst
Mamignan Toure
Antiesha Brown
Alix Duchet

Forwards:
Geraldine Robert
Kendall Cooper

Centers:
Naignouma Coulibaly
Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova

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Naignouma Coulibaly (ex Girona) signs at Nice - by Nagy Szilveszter

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) landed 28-year old Mali international center Naignouma Coulibaly (191-89). She played most recently at Spar Citylift Girona in Spanish LFB league. Coulibaly managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 16 LFB games she averaged 8.4ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Coulibaly also played that season for Canik Belediye in Turkish KBSL where in 8 games she had 10.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. She also played 7 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.4ppg and 5.9rpg. Coulibaly received Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team award in 2017.
She has been also a member of Mali international program for some years. Coulibaly has regularly played for Mali senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
She represented Mali at the African Championships in Yaounde (Cameroon) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.9ppg, Reb-4 (9.1rpg), 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP-1 (58.9%), FT: 54.2%.
Coulibaly is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, African and of course North American leagues. Coulibaly has played previously professionally in Hungary (Miskolc), Poland (MUKS Poznan), France (Mondeville, Toulouse, Arras, Basket Landes and Pleyber Christ) and Mali (Djoliba Athletic Club Bamako).

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joyce Cousseins-Smith
Isabelle Strunc
Svenja Brunckhorst
Mamignan Toure
Alix Duchet

Forwards:
Geraldine Robert
Kendall Cooper

Centers:
Naignouma Coulibaly
Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova

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Joyce Cousseins-Smith agreed terms with Nice - by Nagy Szilveszter

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old point guard Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-88) from Hainaut. In 26 LFB games she recorded 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Cousseins-Smith's team won French LFB Cup in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
Cousseins-Smith was a member of French U16 National Team in 2004.
She has played previously for six other teams: Tarbes, Pays d'Aix, COB Calais, Challes les Eaux, Arras and Nantes Reze.

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joyce Cousseins-Smith
Isabelle Strunc
Svenja Brunckhorst
Mamignan Toure
Alix Duchet

Forwards:
Geraldine Robert
Kendall Cooper

Center:
Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova

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Peters is back at Lyon - by Nagy Szilveszter

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Haley Peters (190-92, college: Duke, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Lyon as she has played here before. Peters played last summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). But in two games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Peters also played for another team Silver Stars in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA that season where in two games she recorded 4.5ppg and 1.0rpg. Her team made it to the both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Peters has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Universitario de Ferrol, Argon Uni Girona and Conquero.
She attended Duke University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.
Peters could be described: One of the hardest working players ... very versatile and tough on the court ... can play the two, three and four positions ... a fierce competitor.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paoline Salagnac
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand
Evita Herminjard
Coline Franchelin

Forwards:
Marieme Badiane
Haley Peters
Prescillia Lezin

Center:
Djene Diawara

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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

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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

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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

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Bourges sign Kristen Sharp - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tango Bourges Basket (LFB) signed experienced 36-year old French ex-international point guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) from USO Mondeville. She has played there for the last seven years. In 27 LFB games she had 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sharp's team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2012. She was also voted Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Sharp was a member of French Senior National Team in 2013.
She is quite experienced player. Sharp has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnot Hertzeliya), WNBA (Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky), France (Nice, Pays d'Aix and Challes les Eaux) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Bourges.
Sharp attended University of Cincinnati until 2003 and it will be her 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.
She could be described: A quick pass-first point guard, good defender, prefers the penetration over the jumper.

Tango Bourges Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sarah Michel
Kristen Sharp
Cristina Ouvina
Marine Johannes
Oceane Monpierre

Forwards:
Diandra Tchatchouang
Katherine Plouffe
Valerianne Ayayi
Alexia Chartereau

Center:
Elodie Godin

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Godin comes back to Bourges - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tango Bourges Basket (LFB) added to their roster 32-year old ex-international center Elodie Godin (191-85). It is actually her comeback to Bourges as she has played here before. Godin has played for the last three seasons at Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in the LFB. In 31 games she recorded 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg last season. She helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. Godin also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Godin won French LFB championship title in 2006, 2007 and 2016.
She was also a member of French international program for some years. Godin played for French Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
She represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. Godin's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.
Godin has played also professionally in Italy (Familia Schio and Taranto) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).

Tango Bourges Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sarah Michel
Cristina Ouvina
Marine Johannes
Oceane Monpierre

Forwards:
Diandra Tchatchouang
Katherine Plouffe
Valerianne Ayayi
Alexia Chartereau

Center:
Elodie Godin

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Valerianne Ayayi agreed terms with Bourges - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tango Bourges Basket (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old international forward Valerianne Ayayi (184-94). She played most recently at Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in the LFB. Ayayi managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 29 LFB games she recorded 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to win the LFB title (twice). Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention. Ayayi also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg. And finally she contributed to 2 games in Eurocup where she had 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Ayayi played at Lattes Montpellier. In 30 games she got 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg. She contributed to her team winning the regular season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Ayayi has been also a member of French international program for some years. She has regularly played for French senior team since 2013 and previously for U19 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Ayayi represented France at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.2rpg.
Ayayi has played previously for two other teams: Centre Federal BB and Basket Landes.
The scouts decsribe her following way: A promising forward with quick legs and good scoring skills.

Tango Bourges Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sarah Michel
Cristina Ouvina
Marine Johannes
Oceane Monpierre

Forwards:
Diandra Tchatchouang
Katherine Plouffe
Valerianne Ayayi

Center:
Alexia Chartereau

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Bourges add Michel to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tango Bourges Basket (LFB) added to their roster 28-year old international shooting guard Sarah Michel (180-89). She has played for the last two seasons at Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in the LFB. Michel managed to play in three leagues last year. In 32 LFB games she recorded 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Michel also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg and 2.7spg. And finally she contributed to 2 games in Eurocup where she had 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 4.5spg (leader !!!).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Michel won French LFB championship title in 2005 and 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Michel has been also a member of French international program for some years. She has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Michel also represented France at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg.
Michel has played previously for four other teams: Valenciennes USVO, Arras, Nantes Reze and US Valenciennes Olympic II.

Tango Bourges Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sarah Michel
Cristina Ouvina
Marine Johannes
Oceane Monpierre

Forwards:
Diandra Tchatchouang
Katherine Plouffe

Center:
Alexia Chartereau

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Tarbes sign Aby Gaye - by Nagy Szilveszter

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) signed 22-year old international center Aby Gaye (195-95). She has played for the last two seasons at Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in the LFB. Gaye managed to play in three leagues last year. In 28 LFB games she had 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. She helped them to win the LFB title (twice). Gaye also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.0ppg and 3.9rpg. And finally she contributed to 2 games in Eurocup where she averaged just 2.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gaye was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2015.
She has been also a member of French international program for some years. Gaye has regularly played for French senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
She represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Gaye has played previously for two other teams: Centre Federal BB and Toulouse.

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre roster for 2017-2018:

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

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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

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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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Niki Avery (ex Panathinaikos) signs at Keravnos - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) landed 31-year old Greek international guard Niki Avery (168-86, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances). She has a double citizenship as she also holds American passport. Avery played most recently at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 25 games she averaged 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year, selected to 3rd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Avery played at PEAC Pecs in Hungarian A Division where in 9 games she had 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg.
Avery played in the final of Greek League in 2015. She was called to Greek Senior National Team this year.
Avery has played previously professionally also in Sweden (AIK Basket).
She attended Eastern Kentucky University until 2008 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Konstantina Koniali
Antria Pitsilidou
Niki Avery
Andria Nikolaou
Andriana Kasapi

Forwards:
Stephanie Nicolas
Margarita Koursari
Chrystalla Merkouri
Chara Roussaki

Center:
Sophia Theologou

Coach: Christos Stylianidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elisa Pinzan joins Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) agreed terms with 18-year old point guard Elisa Pinzan (171-99). She has played for the last two seasons at Sistema Rosa Pallacanestro Pordenone in the Serie A2. In 16 games she had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg last season.
Despite young age Pinzan had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team in 2016.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%.
Pinzan has played previously for Venezia.

Treofan Battipaglia roster for 2017-2018:

Jori Davis
ShaQuanda Wiggins
Marida Orazzo
Elisa Policari
Stefania Trimboli
Elisa Pinzan
Lea Miletic
Elena Vella
Olbis Futo Andre
Clara Chicchisiola
Elena Sasso
Montiani
Patane

Coach: Alfredo Lamberti

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Nice signs Antiesha Brown, ex Umbertide - by Nagy Szilveszter

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) signed 25-year old American guard Antiesha Brown (178-92, college: N.Mexico). She spent her 2-year professional career in Italy. She played last season at A.S.D. Pall