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  ABA  



ABA Opening Night - Texas Relief - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it will dedicate opening night for the 2017-2018 season as ABA Opening Night - Texas Relief, a fund-raising program to help those in need from the devasting aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. According to Co-Chairman Leticia Luna (Austin Bats), "recovery from Harvey is not a one-night problem; it will take months, even years, to bring Southeast Texas back to normal. With 100+ ABA teams working together, we believe we can raise considerable funds to help improve the lives of so many in need."
"The approach we are taking is to use a variety of promotions to raise funds to buy gift certificates from companies and distribute the gift certificates through major Texas not-for-profit organizations," added Larry Leonard II, (Houston Red Storm). "We'll be buying gift certificates from stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart, CVS, Ace Hardware, Walgreens, Krogers, Amazon, etc."
For more information, email atx@austinbats.com or bishoplarry2@gmail.com or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Big reinforcement for Zrinjski - Marko Ramljak coming to town - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar have strengthened their ranks at the forward position. An established ABA League player Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93) is the newcomer in Mostar.

Marko Ramljak is a well-known player for the fans of the ABA League, as he played in the regional competition between 2010 and 2016 when he was a member of the KK Zadar.

Last season he moved from the Dalmatian side to the ranks of KK Cedevita Zagreb, for which he played in the domestic championship. His average was 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Now he will seek for the new challenges at the ABA League 2, within the ranks of HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar.



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  ARGENTINA  


Tyrone Lee (ex Univ. San Simon) joins Platense - by Eurobasket

Club Atletico Platense Florida (TNA) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Tyrone Lee (204-98kg-90, college: Grand Valley State). He played last summer at Univ. San Simon in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Lee played at CD Castro in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 39 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Australian SEABL championship title in 2015. Lee was also voted GLIAC All-Defensive Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Lee is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Lee tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Latvia (Jurmala), United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers), Australia (Mount Gambier Pioneers and NW Tasmania Thunder) and ABA (Motor City Firebirds).
Lee attended Grand Valley State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Club Atletico Platense Florida roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastian Mignani
Facundo Zarate
Genaro Lorio
Juan Bello
Tomas Betbeder

Forwards:
Ariel Eslava
Sebastian Morales
Tyrone Lee
Juan Lugrin
Luca Sampietro
Bautista Menna

Center:
Alejandro Pappalardi

Coach: Alejandro Vazquez

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Lenjo Kilo (ex Libertad) signs at Instituto - by Eurobasket

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba (LigaA) landed 24-year old American forward Lenjo Kilo (203-109kg-93, college: Savannah State). He played in the summer at Libertad in Paraguayan Metropolitan League. Kilo helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season he played at Telstar Hesperange (N2) in Luxembourg league where in 28 games he averaged impressive 24.5ppg and 2.2apg.
Kilo received All-ECC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Kilo graduated from Savannah State in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba roster for 2017-2018:

Sam Clancy
Cristian Amicucci
Miguel Gerlero
Facundo Pinero
Santiago Scala
Luciano Gonzalez
Dwayne Davis
Lenjo Kilo
Gaston Whelan
Enzo Rupcic
Lucas Reyes
Federico Pedano

Coach: Facundo Muller

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  


Chooks To Go Pilipinas awarded wild card for FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Chooks To Go Pilipinas have been awarded a wild card to take part in this year's FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Japan club SunRockers Shibuya were initially scheduled to participate but had to withdraw after extensive efforts to adjust the B.League schedule to fit the games in proved unsuccessful. Chooks To Go Pilipinas now completes the 10-team line-up for Asia's premier club competition that will take place in Chenzhou, China from 22-30 September.
They will join defending champions China Kashgar, Al Riyadi (LBN), Petrochimi (IRI), Sarreyet Ramallah (PLE), Dacin Tigers (TPE), BC Astana (KAZ), ONGC (IND), Al Shabab Al Ahli (UAE) and Mono Vampire BC (THA).
The official draw for the Asia's premier basketball club competition took place on August 25 and determined the groups in which the 10 teams will compete.
The groups are now as follows:
Group A: BC Astana, Mono Vampire, Petrochimi, Sarreyet Ramallah, Chooks To Go Pilipinas.
Group B: Al Shabab Al Ahli, ONGC, Al Riyadi, Dacin Tigers, China Kashgar
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball




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  AUSTRALIA  


Mike Nwelue (ex Southern T.) signs at Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News

BC Musel Pikes (Total League) landed 24-year old American forward Mike Nwelue (196-95kg-93, college: Drury). He played in the summer at Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Australian Premier League. In 20 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg and 2.0bpg. Nwelue helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season he was tested by Zornotza (LEB Silver) in Spanish league.
Among other achievements Nwelue's college team won GLVC Tournament in 2015. He received also All-RRAC 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Nwelue has played also professionally in Malta (Depiro).
He attended Drury University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Luxembourg



JP Tokoto agreed terms with Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Perth Wildcats (NBL) inked 24-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) forward JP Tokoto (198-91kg-93, college: N.Carolina). He played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 52 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season.
Two years ago Tokoto was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former University of North Carolina standoutis in his third season in pro basketball. Tokoto played in the final of D-League.
He received ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Tokoto has played previously professionally in NBA (New York Knicks and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).

Perth Wildcats roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bryce Cotton
Devondrick Walker

Forwards:
Derek Cooke_Jr.
JP Tokoto

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Aleksandar Marelja (ex Real Betis) signs at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Telenet Giants Antwerp (Euromillions League) landed 25-year old Serbian power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. Marelja managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played for BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica in Serbian league that season where in 10 ABA League games he had 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. Marelja also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.5ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team he played that season for was KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he got impressive 18.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. Marelja helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Belgian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Marelja received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 71.4%.
Marelja is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan, Borac, Sloga and Radnicki KG 06), Spain (UCAM Murcia), Belgium (Oostende) and FYR Macedonia (Strumica).

Telenet Giants Antwerp roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Jason Clark
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Aleksandar Marelja
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn
Yoeri Schoepen
Thibaut Vervoort
Moses Kingsley

Centers:
Ismael Bako
Roby Rogiers

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony GOETGELUCK
  Soba
  (182-PG-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Goetgeluck, Soba20.0 
 2. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.19.0 
 3. Spaens, Ieper18.0 
 4. Maesen, Houthalen18.0 
 5. Naudts, Waregem16.0 
 6. De Vreught, Gistel O.15.0 
 7. Demirtas, Spirou B14.0 
 8. Leemans, Ieper13.0 
 9. van-Kempen, Soba13.0 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wim DOBBELAERE
  Ieper
  (198-PF-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dobbelaere, Ieper12.0 
 2. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.12.0 
 3. Niayingwanda, Houth.10.0 
 4. Clemente, Houth.10.0 
 5. Goffin, Spirou B9.0 
 6. Snyers, Houthalen8.0 
 7. van-Kempen, Soba8.0 
 8. Demirtas, Spirou B7.0 
 9. Mestdagh, Ieper7.0 
 10. Schepens, Ieper7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sami DEMIRTAS
  Spirou B
  (190-SG-96)
  Avg: 6
 1. Demirtas, Spirou B6.0 
 2. Ronge, Soba5.0 
 3. Goetgeluck, Soba4.0 
 4. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.4.0 
 5. Montanari, Houth.3.0 
 6. Spaens, Ieper3.0 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.0 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.0 
 9. Clemente, Houth.2.0 
 10. Haerbos, Soba2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GOETGELUCK
  Soba
  (182-PG-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Goetgeluck, Soba6.0 
 2. Van-Vooren, Wareg.4.0 
 3. Morini, Spirou B3.0 
 4. Guillemyn, Waregem3.0 
 5. Goffin, Spirou B2.0 
 6. Leemans, Ieper2.0 
 7. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.2.0 
 8. Naudts, Waregem2.0 
 9. Fogang, Spirou B2.0 
 10. Ronge, Soba2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fusek, Spirou B3.0 
 2. Delplancq, Gistel O.1.0 
 3. Gorremans, Soba0.0 
 4. Goffin, Spirou B0.0 
 5. Goetgeluck, Soba0.0 
 6. Vanden-B., Soba0.0 
 7. Fundi, Gistel O.0.0 
 8. Van-Vooren, Wareg.0.0 
 9. Fogang, Spirou B0.0 
 10. Thielemans, Gistel O.0.0 


Top Division I Round 1: Houthalen loses to Soba - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Top Division I just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Houthalen (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Soba (1-0) 78-71. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soba forced 19 Houthalen turnovers. Strangely Houthalen outrebounded Soba 49-32 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Houthalen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Dutch center Kenneth van-Kempen (207-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) produced 18 points for lost side. Houthalen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba is looking forward to face Ninane at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Houthalen will play against Melsele (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Gent Hawks and Neufchateau where Gent Hawks (1-0) crushed Neufchateau (0-1) on the road with 23-point difference 87-64. Gent Hawks will play against Spirou B (#4) in the next round. Neufchateau will play against Royal Brussels (#9) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Waregem between Waregem and Ieper. Waregem (1-0) got a very close home victory over Ieper (0-1). Waregem managed to escape with a 2-point win 72-70 on Saturday evening. Stan Naudts stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners. At the losing side Robin Spaens responded with 18 points. Waregem will meet Gembo BBC (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ieper will play against Oxaco (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in , where Gistel Oostende (0-1) lost to Spirou B (1-0) in a road game 59-72. Sami Demirtas nailed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Spirou B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Gent Hawks on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.

In the last game of round 1 Melsele lost to Ninane in a road game 59-67.

Houthalen - Soba 71-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Houthalen (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Soba (1-0) 78-71. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soba forced 19 Houthalen turnovers. Strangely Houthalen outrebounded Soba 49-32 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Houthalen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Dutch center Kenneth van-Kempen (207-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Soba players scored in double figures. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) produced 18 points and center Kuta Niayingwanda (198-0) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Houthalen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba is looking forward to face Ninane at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Houthalen will play against Melsele (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Soba: A.Goetgeluck 20+6reb+4ast, K.van Kempen 13+8reb, S.Ronge 11+1reb+5ast, L.Anthonis 11+4reb, V.Vanden Berghe 7+6reb, J.Balanga 6+3reb
Houthalen: B.Maesen 18+4reb+3ast, K.Niayingwanda 12+10reb+1ast, L.Dedroog 9+4reb, D.Snyers 8+8reb+3ast, V.Jatulevicius 7+3reb, D.Clemente 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 568697


Neufchateau - Gent Hawks 64-87

Another exciting game was between Gent Hawks and Neufchateau where Gent Hawks (1-0) crushed Neufchateau (0-1) on the road with 23-point difference 87-64. Gent Hawks will play against Spirou B (#4) in the next round. Neufchateau will play against Royal Brussels (#9) to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 568698


Ninane - Melsele 67-59

Ninane used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Melsele 67-59. Ninane's next round opponent will be Soba (#3) in Antwerpen, which may be the game of the day. Melsele will play at home against Houthalen (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 568694


Waregem - Ieper 72-70

A very close game took place in Waregem between Waregem and Ieper. Waregem (1-0) got a very close home victory over Ieper (0-1). Waregem managed to escape with a 2-point win 72-70 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-70. Waregem forced 24 Ieper turnovers. Strangely Ieper outrebounded Waregem 44-20 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Stan Naudts (195-86) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and power forward Aaron Van-Vooren (200-94) chipped in 11 points and 4 steals. Four Waregem players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Robin Spaens (180-92) responded with 18 points and naturalized Swiss center Stan Leemans (205-92, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Waregem will meet Gembo BBC (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ieper will play against Oxaco (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waregem: S.Naudts 16+1reb, B.Guillemyn 12+2reb+2ast, A.Van Vooren 11+4reb+1ast, D.Daens 11+3reb, A.Steinbach 10+1reb, L.De Lepeleire 7+3reb+4ast
Ieper: R.Spaens 18+2reb+3ast, S.Leemans 13+7reb, R.Mestdagh 10+7reb+1ast, A.Schepens 9+7reb, K.Devacht 7+1reb, J.Debrock 7
gschID: 568696


Spirou B - Gistel Oostende 72-59

We should mention about the upset which took place in , where Gistel Oostende (0-1) lost to Spirou B (1-0) in a road game 59-72. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou B. Gistel Oostende was better in third quarter 23-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou B forced 19 Gistel Oostende turnovers. Sami Demirtas (190-96, agency: Promotex) nailed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Clement Goffin (199-97) accounted for 8 points and 9 rebounds. Four Spirou B players scored in double figures. Spirou B's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Thibault Vanderhaegen (201-98) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Sacha De Vreught (180-0) added 15 points respectively for Gistel Oostende in the defeat. Spirou B's next round opponent will be Gent Hawks on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Spirou B: S.Demirtas 14+7reb+6ast, R.Benzouien 12+3reb+2ast, S.Casero-Ortiz 10+2reb+1ast, R.Morini 10+4reb, M.Fusek 10+6reb, C.Goffin 8+9reb+2ast
Gistel Oostende: T.Vanderhaegen 19+12reb, S.De Vreught 15+3reb+1ast, J.Delplancq 12+1reb, S.Buysschaert 6+5reb+1ast, A.Verstraete 4+2reb+1ast, E.Fundi 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 568695





2017 EuroBasket: Turkey outlast Belgium to cheer up Istanbul fans - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Belgium 78:65

Turkey added some positive vibes for the fans in Istanbul after edging Belgium for 2-2 record in Group D. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) nailed 14 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey set the tone early in the game. They used a 23:14 run in the first ten minutes to ensure a 9-point lead. Belgium narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Lions got within 7 points at the big break 40:33. Belgium continued to chase their opponents throughout the third term. The visitors entered the final period down by just two points 53:55. But Turkey picked up the tempo when it mattered the most. The hosts went on a 23:12 rally in the final ten minutes to secure a crucial win. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) produced 12 points each for the hosts. Sam Van-Rossom (188-PG-86) replied with 13 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) had 10 points in the defeat.

Turkey: Furkan Korkmaz 14, Semih Erden 12, Melih Mahmutoglu 12
Belgium: Sam Van-Rossom 13, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 10



Aleksandar Marelja (ex Real Betis) signs at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Telenet Giants Antwerp (Euromillions League) landed 25-year old Serbian power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. Marelja managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played for BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica in Serbian league that season where in 10 ABA League games he had 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. Marelja also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.5ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team he played that season for was KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he got impressive 18.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. Marelja helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Belgian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Marelja received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 71.4%.
Marelja is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan, Borac, Sloga and Radnicki KG 06), Spain (UCAM Murcia), Belgium (Oostende) and FYR Macedonia (Strumica).

Telenet Giants Antwerp roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Jason Clark
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Aleksandar Marelja
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn
Yoeri Schoepen
Thibaut Vervoort
Moses Kingsley

Centers:
Ismael Bako
Roby Rogiers

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BOLIVIA  


Tyrone Lee (ex Univ. San Simon) joins Platense - by Eurobasket

Club Atletico Platense Florida (TNA) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Tyrone Lee (204-98kg-90, college: Grand Valley State). He played last summer at Univ. San Simon in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Lee played at CD Castro in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 39 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Australian SEABL championship title in 2015. Lee was also voted GLIAC All-Defensive Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Lee is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Lee tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Latvia (Jurmala), United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers), Australia (Mount Gambier Pioneers and NW Tasmania Thunder) and ABA (Motor City Firebirds).
Lee attended Grand Valley State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Club Atletico Platense Florida roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastian Mignani
Facundo Zarate
Genaro Lorio
Juan Bello
Tomas Betbeder

Forwards:
Ariel Eslava
Sebastian Morales
Tyrone Lee
Juan Lugrin
Luca Sampietro
Bautista Menna

Center:
Alejandro Pappalardi

Coach: Alejandro Vazquez

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  BOSNIA  


Big reinforcement for Zrinjski - Marko Ramljak coming to town - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar have strengthened their ranks at the forward position. An established ABA League player Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93) is the newcomer in Mostar.

Marko Ramljak is a well-known player for the fans of the ABA League, as he played in the regional competition between 2010 and 2016 when he was a member of the KK Zadar.

Last season he moved from the Dalmatian side to the ranks of KK Cedevita Zagreb, for which he played in the domestic championship. His average was 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Now he will seek for the new challenges at the ABA League 2, within the ranks of HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar.



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Artis, America22.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru19.2 
 3. Dos-Santos, Pauli.17.0 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba16.4 
 5. Cook, L.Sorocaba16.0 
 6. Uchendu, Bauru14.3 
 7. Demetrio, Franca13.8 
 8. Ferreira, Franca13.6 
 9. Ruivo, Pinheiros13.6 
 10. Coelho, Franca12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 11
 1. Uchendu, Bauru11.0 
 2. Galvanini, Bauru7.8 
 3. Rodrigues, L.Sor.7.5 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros6.6 
 5. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.6 
 6. Cipolini, Franca6.3 
 7. Demetrio, Franca6.0 
 8. Drudi, Osasco B.5.7 
 9. Viana, America5.3 
 10. Ansaloni, Pinheiros5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.1 
 2. Anthony, Bauru6.2 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.3 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.2 
 5. Lersch, Mogi5.1 
 6. Borges, Franca4.0 
 7. Artis, America3.8 
 8. Taylor, Mogi3.7 
 9. Coelho, Franca3.7 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rosa, America2.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru2.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros1.9 
 4. Ferreira, Franca1.8 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.8 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.7 
 7. Artis, America1.6 
 8. Lersch, Mogi1.6 
 9. Fernandes, Osasco B.1.5 
 10. Torres, America1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Uchendu, Bauru2.7 
 2. Sena, Mogi1.3 
 3. Demetrio, Franca1.2 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 5. Pereira, Pinheiros1.1 
 6. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros0.8 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.7 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.6 
 10. Carlos, Mogi0.6 


Leonardo Demetrio signs at Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old Brazilian international forward Leonardo Demetrio (208-94) from Forca Lleida. In 34 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 10.9ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
Demetrio ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) where in three games he had just 2.3ppg and 2.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Minas in Brazilian NBB. In 32 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 5.6rpg.
Demetrio has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Demetrio represented Brazil at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Johan Lofberg
Sergi Quintela

Forward:
Leonardo Demetrio

Centers:
Guillem Rubio
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brazilian Paulista round 5 best performance: Marcus Vinicius Toledo - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Spanish Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Pinheiros, receiving a Eurobasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (12 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat L.Sorocaba (#5, 3-3) 69-61. Pinheiros is placed at 2nd position in Brazilian Paulista. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Pinheiros will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Toledo had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marcus Vinicius Toledo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 6.6rpg) and averages impressive 54.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Pinheiros' star - young Felipe Ruivo (189-G-98). Ruivo had a very good evening with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Pinheiros to edge Osasco B. (#8, 0-7) 75-69. This victory allowed Pinheiros to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Ruivo is one of the most experienced players at Pinheiros and similarly like Marcus Vinicius Toledo has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.6ppg (#9). He also recorded 5.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Michael Uchendu (206-F/C-98) of Bauru (#6). Uchendu scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Uchendu's great performance Bauru lost 81-88 to slightly higher-ranked Paulistano (#4, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bauru ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Uchendu could help Bauru to bring them higher in the standings. Uchendu has a great season in Brazil. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 54.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danilo Marques (195-PF-99) of Paulistano - 24 points and 3 rebounds
5. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90) of Pinheiros - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Justin Knight (185-G) of America - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Victor Camilo (203-F/C-97) of Paulistano - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-SF-87) of Paulistano - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Beroe signs Adonte Parker, ex Gelisim - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) signed 28-year old American point guard Adonte Parker (186-89, college: Dayton). He played last season at Gelisim in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Parker played at Polfarmex (also in TBL) in where in 35 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Bayer Giants).
Parker attended University of Dayton until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A strong and quick guard, can be been dominant on the court and is and exemplary off the court. Despite being the focal point of opposing defenses, Parker maintains high shooting percentages in his first pro season.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Adonte Parker
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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JP Tokoto agreed terms with Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Perth Wildcats (NBL) inked 24-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) forward JP Tokoto (198-91kg-93, college: N.Carolina). He played most recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 52 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg (in top 4) last season.
Two years ago Tokoto was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former University of North Carolina standoutis in his third season in pro basketball. Tokoto played in the final of D-League.
He received ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Tokoto has played previously professionally in NBA (New York Knicks and Phi.76ers) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).

Perth Wildcats roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bryce Cotton
Devondrick Walker

Forwards:
Derek Cooke_Jr.
JP Tokoto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andrew Nicholson joins Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international power forward Andrew Nicholson (206-113kg-89, college: St.Bonaventure). He played last season at Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. In 10 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Nicholson also played that season for the Wizards in NBA where in 28 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.2rpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in first round (19th overall). The former St.Bonaventure University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012. Nicholson was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. Nicholson's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 57.1%.
Nicholson is a very experienced player.
On Nicholson: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A versatile power forward with a high basketball IQ … While he only has decent size for his position, his tremendous length allows him to play much bigger. Gets bodied and coerced into off balance shots … Good, but not a great athlete … His motor is a bit of a question mark, he has a tendency to take plays off on both ends of the floor and especially down the stretch of games
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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London Lightning keeps Friesen for another season - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) re-signed 27-year old international guard Joel Friesen (193-90, college: Alberta). He played there last season. In 49 NBL Canada games he averaged 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Friesen spent at Halifax Hurricanes where in 52 NBL Canada games he had 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the NBL Atlantic Division title (twice). Friesen also spent pre-season at River Lions that year.
Among other achievements he received All-Canada West 1st Team award in 2012 and 2015 at his college time. Friesen was called to Canadian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for Cascades.
Friesen attended University of Alberta until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

London Lightning roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ryan Anderson
Joel Friesen

Forwards:
Kirk Williams
Royce White

Coach: Keith Vassell

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Michael Ernst agreed terms with Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News

CEB Puerto Montt (Liga Nacional) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old guard Michael Ernst (187-82) from CD Tinguiririca San Fernando. In 40 Liga Nacional games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ernst played at Las Animas where in 24 Liga Nacional games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg.
His team made it to the Liga Nacional Semifinals in 2013.
Ernst has spent his entire career in Chile playing for six other teams: Universidad de Concepcion, Osorno, Dep.Ancud, CD Lautaro, Universidad de Los Lagos and Aleman.
Ernst is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Puerto Montt.

CEB Puerto Montt roster for 2017-2018:

Alexander Galindo
Michael Ernst
Diego Osses
Benito Santiago
Carlos Aranda
Charles Rosemberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aranda is back at Puerto Montt - by Eurobasket News

CEB Puerto Montt (Liga Nacional) signed 25-year old international center Carlos Aranda (200-98kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Puerto Montt as he has played here before. Aranda played most recently at Las Animas (Liga Nacional). In 20 games he had 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Aranda played at CEB Puerto Montt where in 21 Liga Nacional games he recorded 8.5ppg and 4.3rpg.
Aranda has been also a member of Chilean international program for some years. He has regularly played for Chilean senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Aranda represented Chile at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Aranda has played previously for three other teams: Universidad de Concepcion, AB Ancud and I.P. Virginio.

CEB Puerto Montt roster for 2017-2018:

Alexander Galindo
Diego Osses
Benito Santiago
Carlos Aranda
Charles Rosemberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Andrew Nicholson joins Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian international power forward Andrew Nicholson (206-113kg-89, college: St.Bonaventure). He played last season at Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. In 10 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Nicholson also played that season for the Wizards in NBA where in 28 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.2rpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in first round (19th overall). The former St.Bonaventure University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012. Nicholson was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
He represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. Nicholson's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 57.1%.
Nicholson is a very experienced player.
On Nicholson: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A versatile power forward with a high basketball IQ … While he only has decent size for his position, his tremendous length allows him to play much bigger. Gets bodied and coerced into off balance shots … Good, but not a great athlete … His motor is a bit of a question mark, he has a tendency to take plays off on both ends of the floor and especially down the stretch of games
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Zagreb inks Matej Buovac - by Zeljko Zule

Zagreb continued building a roster for the upcoming season by signing Matej Buovac (201-F-93) on a one-year contract.
Buovac arrives from United Stated, where he spent last six years. In the latest one, Buovac averaged 8.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.5 steals in 26 NCAA games with Sacred Heart. Buovac grew up with Maksimir and in 2010 joined Dubrava, where he made his debut in the Croatian A1 League. In 2011 he moved to America to play at La Porte/La Lamuier Academy and New Mexico State before joining Sacred Heart in 2014.
Buovac was a member of all youth Croatian national teams at the Europenan Championships from 2009 through 2013.



2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Croatia 79:73

Spain secured the fourth consecutive win in Cluj Napoca. They beat Croatia to remain undefeated in Group C. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) delivered 13 points for the winners.
Spain eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Croatia to just 12 points in the second quarter to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Croatia erased the deficit in the third term though. They pulled ahead for a narrow 54:53 lead at the final intermission. But Spain lived up to the challenge. They knocked down 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 12 points each for the winners. Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) sank 15 points in the defeat.

Spain: Ricky Rubio 13, Sergio Rodriguez 12, Fernando San Emeterio 12
Croatia: Dario Saric 18+13 boards, Bojan Bogdanovic 15



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro beat Czech Republic for second win in Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Czech Republic 88:75

Montenegro claimed the second victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They topped Czech Republic to gain 2-2 record. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
Montenegro accounted for a 24:17 lead at the first break. Montenegro boosted the gap in the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 49:34 halftime lead. Montenegro stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They connected for 29 points to pile up a comfortable 23-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) netted 17 points, while Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) had 13 points in the victory. Patrik Auda (206-PF-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 14 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 17+14 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 17, Nikola Pavlicevic 13
Czech Republic: Patrik Auda 14, Tomas Satoransky 13+11 assists



Injury Bug Hits Pardubice: Trevin Parks Out, David Skranc Injured and Will Miss Several Months - by Surujh Roopnarine

BK JIP Pardubice has been hit hard by injuries during the start of preparations for the upcoming season. The club announced yesterday that point guard Trevin Parks (180-PG-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) has had his contract terminated due to injury which has stopped his training and will not allow him to be ready for the season. Parks was signed this off-season to be the club's starting point guard, but they will now have to tun in a new direction. Parks spent last season in Kazakhstan where he had a phenomenal campaign for BC Barsy Atyrau in three competitions; Domestic, Baltic League and FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
In addition, Pardubice announced that 21-year old big man David Skranc (205-C/F-96, agency: Octagon Europe) will be sidelined for several months due to an injured knee suffered during preparations for the upcoming season.



Daiquan Walker (ex Nevezis) signs at BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) landed 23-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-94, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL league. Walker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 12 LKL games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had just 1.0ppg and 1.7rpg. The other team Walker played that season for was Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BK JIP Pardubice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Scott Martin
Trevin Parks
Daiquan Walker

Forward:
Dominez Burnett

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nymburk and Opava seal victories - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk and Opava sealed victories in their friendly campaign. Nymburk overcame Kolin 75-66 with a strong first period and then again third one with a 21-10 run. Michal Vocetka (199-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kendrick Ray (188-G-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with 16 points each, while Adam Ciz (192-PG-91) and Petr Benda (203-C-82) netted 13 each. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) followed them with 12 points.
BK Opava edged NH Ostrava 100:74. Radim Klecka (189-G-90) and Vaclav Bujnoch (200-C-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) top-scored for the winners with 21 points each. Lukas Bukovjan (185-G-98) added 12, whilst Jiri Stepanek (201-C-98) nailed 10. Martin Gniadek (203-C-90) ended up with 8 points in the winning effort.



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Residence lands Austin Freeman, ex Caneros LR - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) landed 28-year old American guard Austin Freeman (194-102kg-89, college: Georgetown). He played in the summer at Caneros de La Romana in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 24 games he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention. Freeman also played for Plaza (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic that season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Freeman's team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Freeman has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus Roma, Betaland Cdo and Met.Extra Viola Basket Reggio Calabria) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves and Long Island Nets).
He attended Georgetown University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Freeman is described as: A powerful, solid guard, who has a good outside shooting range, but who can also create his own shot out of the dribble.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rwanda to Face DRC in Final Warm-Up Game - by Eurobasket News

Rwanda will face neighbours, Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday afternoon in the third and final warm-up game ahead of the FIBA Afrobasket Championships for Men in Tunisia. Moise Mutokambali's team have already lost two warm-up games against Central African Republic and Mali on Thursday and Sunday respectively. This year's African Basketball Championships is scheduled for September 6-16 in Senegal and Tunisia. Rwanda lost 48-73 to Central African Republic before suffering a narrow 67-68 defeat at the hands of Mali on Sunday evening in Sousse, Tunisia.
On Sunday, Rwanda led by 66-64 going into the last 9 seconds of the game, but they failed to manage late pressure from the West Africans. IPRC-Kigali's Steven Havugintwari was Rwanda's top scorer with 18 points; Kami Kabange contributed 16 points, while Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) added another 14 points. "Generally, we played well. It's unfortunate that we failed to manage the final 9 seconds. The defeat is a big lesson of what we should work on before the Afrobasket starts," Mutokambali said in a post-game interview. He added that, "We are now shifting focus on the DRC match on Tuesday, a team that has the same style of play as Cameroon. It's going to be a good test and a good platform for our foreign-based players, who just joined us here." Rwanda has been drawn in Group C alongside Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the hosts Tunisia.
In the meantime, all the four foreign-based players finally arrived in Tunisia and all featured in Sunday's game against Mali. Those include; Patrice Twagirayezu, Kenneth Wilson Gasana, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rwabigwi. Rwanda will start her quest for Afrobasket glory facing Guinea on September 8; play the second game against Tunisia on Sept. 9 before rounding off the group stages against Cameroon the next day. Group A and C matches as well all knock-out stages will be hosted by Tunisia while Senegal will be home to Group B and D matches. The 29th edition of Afrobasket finals is the last edition that the competition is held biennially. The next edition will be held in 2021, making it a once in four years' event. Rwanda has made it to the finals of Africa's biggest and most prestigious basketball competition on five occasions in the last six editions since making her debut appearance in 2007, in Angola.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Jean Pierre claims Ecuadorian National League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Venezuelan Jean Pierre (205-F/C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Triple E-Uda and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 35 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Juvenil (#6, 7-6) 64-73. Triple E-Uda maintains the 8th position in Ecuadorian National League. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Triple E-Uda have already lost 13 games and recorded no victories. In the team's last game Pierre had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Triple E-Uda's top player in his first season with the team. Pierre has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 56.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Sam Prescott (190-G-90, agency: SDJ Sports) of Barcelona. Prescott impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Barcelona cruised to a 82-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Importadora (#4, 7-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Barcelona consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 8-5 record is not bad at all. Prescott is a newcomer at Barcelona and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Venezuelan Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) of Juvenil (#6). Diaz got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . He was a key player of Juvenil, leading his team to a 73-64 win against Triple E-Uda (#8, 0-13). Juvenil needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Diaz has a great season in Ecuador. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (7th best). He also has FGP: 56.7% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corbin Jackson (203-F-92) of Leones - 22 points and 5 rebounds
5. Tavares Sledge (203-F-92) of Importadora - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adriano Barredas (92) of Portoviejo - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marvin Cairo (201-G/F-91) of Barcelona - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jhon Romero (199-F-85) of Importadora - 13 points and 11 rebounds
9. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82) of Barcelona - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jerel Blocker (193-G/F-88) of Importadora - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 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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Robert Valge joins Plasencia - by Eurobasket News

Electro Mercantil Plasencia (LEB Silver) added to their roster 20-year old Estonian small forward Robert Valge (192-82kg-97). He played last season at Quesos Cerrato de Palencia in the LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in 10 games he had just 0.7ppg. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Valge played at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In 33 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention. Valge also played 14 games in Baltic League where he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Valge represented Estonia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Oberwart (Austria) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 61.9%.

Electro Mercantil Plasencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bayle
Adrian Fuentes
Miguel Martinez
Fernando Sierra

Forwards:
Mario Alvarez
Erik Kinney
Robert Valge

Centers:
Seydou Aboubacar
Brent Calhoun
Alejandro Galan

Coach: Carlos Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietkabelis sign Gary Talton, ex Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) signed 27-year old American point guard Gary Talton (185-74kg-90, college: Ill.-Chicago). He moved there from Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A where he played this season. The last season Talton played at Cretan Kings in Greek A1. In 31 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.4apg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (67th overall).
Talton attended University of Illinois-Chicago and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Talton played in the final of D-League in 2015. He was also voted All-Horizon League 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Talton has played also professionally in NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Delaware 87ers and Grand Rapids Drive).

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius
Gary Talton

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Dragic, SLO25.0 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.0 
 3. Markkanen, FIN22.5 
 4. Shved, RUS21.3 
 5. Porzingis, LAT21.0 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB21.0 
 7. Shengelia, GEO20.5 
 8. Bogdanovic, CRO20.5 
 9. Pustovyi, UKR20.0 
 10. Vojvoda, HUN18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel OLASENI
  ENG
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Olaseni, ENG12.0 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU10.3 
 3. Hernangomez, ESP9.0 
 4. Gasol, ESP8.7 
 5. Pachulia, GEO8.5 
 6. Ponitka, POL8.0 
 7. Shengelia, GEO8.0 
 8. Casspi, ISR7.8 
 9. Vucevic, MNT7.8 
 10. Theis, GER7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Koponen, FIN7.5 
 2. Jovic, SRB7.3 
 3. Strelnieks, LAT7.0 
 4. Kalnietis, LTU6.8 
 5. Satoransky, CZE6.5 
 6. Rodriguez, ESP6.0 
 7. Dixon, GEO5.8 
 8. Okereafor, ENG5.5 
 9. Bertans, LAT5.3 
 10. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Jovic, SRB2.8 
 3. Osman, TUR2.5 
 4. Mandache, ROM2.3 
 5. Sastre-Morro, ESP2.3 
 6. De-Colo, FRA2.3 
 7. Dragic, SLO2.3 
 8. Rubio, ESP2.3 
 9. Belinelli, ITA2.3 
 10. Baeringsson, ISL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marc GASOL
  ESP
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gasol, ESP2.0 
 2. Randolph, SLO1.8 
 3. Porzingis, LAT1.8 
 4. Pustovyi, UKR1.5 
 5. Poirier, FRA1.5 
 6. Vucevic, MNT1.3 
 7. Hernangomez, ESP1.3 
 8. Antetokounmp., GRE1.3 
 9. Saric, CRO1.3 
 10. Gasol, ESP1.3 


2017 EuroBasket: Turkey outlast Belgium to cheer up Istanbul fans - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Belgium 78:65

Turkey added some positive vibes for the fans in Istanbul after edging Belgium for 2-2 record in Group D. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) nailed 14 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey set the tone early in the game. They used a 23:14 run in the first ten minutes to ensure a 9-point lead. Belgium narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Lions got within 7 points at the big break 40:33. Belgium continued to chase their opponents throughout the third term. The visitors entered the final period down by just two points 53:55. But Turkey picked up the tempo when it mattered the most. The hosts went on a 23:12 rally in the final ten minutes to secure a crucial win. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) produced 12 points each for the hosts. Sam Van-Rossom (188-PG-86) replied with 13 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) had 10 points in the defeat.

Turkey: Furkan Korkmaz 14, Semih Erden 12, Melih Mahmutoglu 12
Belgium: Sam Van-Rossom 13, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 10



2017 EuroBasket: Finland on a roll, shock Greece - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Greece 89:77

Finland recorded the third victory in Helsinki. They fired past Greece to climb at 3-1 record in Group A. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) produced 24 points to lead the winners.
Finland got to a confident start. The hosts built a 23:14 lead at the first intermission. Finland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home side registered a 45:33 halftime advantage. Finland kept the Hellenes at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 15-point advantage at the final break. Greece cut the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the final period. But Finland withheld the challenge and boosting the gap back to double figures shortly after. They hung on to the lead in the dying minutes and raced to the victory. Lauri Markkanen (216-PF-97, college: Arizona) tossed in 17 points, while Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) provided 14 points for the hosts. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-SF-92) had 17 points in the loss. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) chipped in 12 points for Greece as they slipped at 1-3 record.

Finland: Petteri Koponen 24, Lauri Markkanen 17, Teemu Rannikko 14
Greece: Thanasis Antetokounmpo 17, Konstantinos Sloukas 12



2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania cruise past Ukraine, seal next round appearance - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Ukraine 94:62

Lithuania experienced little troubles en route to the third victory in Group B. They trounced Ukraine to seal their EuroBasket next round berth. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
Lithuania shocked their opponents in the first period. They fuelled a 27:10 run to clear off. Ukraine came back to life in the second term to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania were back in full control after the long break. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and cruised to a comfortable victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 17 points, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) had 5 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 22+14 boards, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 17, Martynas Gecevicius 11
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 29, Maksym Pustozvonov 5



2017 EuroBasket: Georgia snap skid, outlast Israel in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Georgia 91:104 (OT)

Georgia accounted for the second victory in Group B action. They upset hosting Israel in overtime to stay in the race for the Final Phase birth. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) was back to high-scoring mode as he tallied 25 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Israel stayed in front throughout three quarters. The hosts snatched a narrow 70:67 lead before the fourth term. But Georgia dropped 22 points in the next quarter to force overtime. The visitors then went on a furious 15:2 run in the extra period and secured a key win. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) tallied 19 points, while Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) added 18 points for Georgia. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) netted 23 points for Israel. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 19 points in the losing case.

Israel: Gal Mekel 23, Richard Howell 19
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 25+19 boards, Zaza Pachulia 19, Michael Dixon 18



2017 EuroBasket: Hungary gain second straight victory, upset Romania - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Hungary 71:80

Hungary claimed the second consecutive victory in EuroBasket Group C. They upset hosting Romania for 2-2 record. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) nailed 26 points to lead the effort.
Hungary accounted for a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the margin in the second quarter. Hungary accumulated a 38:32 halftime advantage. They did not loosen the grip throughout the third term. Hungary posted a 60:52 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They added 20 points in the final frame and secured much needed win. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had 25 points, while Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points in the victory. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) replied with 12 points for Romania. Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) netted 11 points in the loss.

Romania: Catalin Baciu 12, Octavian Calota 11
Hungary: David Vojvoda 26, Adam Hanga 25, Rosco Allen 10



2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro beat Czech Republic for second win in Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Czech Republic 88:75

Montenegro claimed the second victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They topped Czech Republic to gain 2-2 record. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
Montenegro accounted for a 24:17 lead at the first break. Montenegro boosted the gap in the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 49:34 halftime lead. Montenegro stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They connected for 29 points to pile up a comfortable 23-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) netted 17 points, while Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) had 13 points in the victory. Patrik Auda (206-PF-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 14 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 17+14 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 17, Nikola Pavlicevic 13
Czech Republic: Patrik Auda 14, Tomas Satoransky 13+11 assists



2017 EuroBasket: Latvia silence Russia in the second half, post third win in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Russia 84:69

Latvia improved at 3-1 record in Group D following a tough victory over previously undefeated Russia. Janis Timma (201-F-92) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
Russia posted a 15:12 lead after the opening frame. They increased the tempo in the second period. Russia unloaded 29 points to build a 44:34 halftime lead. Moreover Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) piled up four personal fouls in the first half. But Ainars Bagatskis started Kristaps Porzingis entering the second half and it paid off. Latvia ignited an 18:8 run in the third term to level things up at 52 heading into the fourth quarter. Latvia unloaded then 32 points in the final quarter and secured the winning outcome. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) and Kristaps Porzingis netted 11 points each for the Baltic team. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 21 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia: Janis Timma 22, Rolands Smits 11, Kristaps Porzingis 11
Russia: Alexey Shved 21, Timofey Mozgov 16



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Slovenia 75:102

Slovenia keep on winning in Group A. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) scored 21 points as Slovenia marched past Iceland for the fourth straight win.
Iceland once again at this tournament got to a quick start. They dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But Iceland quickly ran out of steam. Slovenia adjusted and responded with a 37:18 run to ensure a 60:43 halftime lead. Slovenia held their opponents to just 32 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Jaka Blazic (196-SG-90) notched 15 points, while Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) added 14 points in the win. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 18 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) and Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Iceland: Martin Hermannsson 18, Hlynur Baeringsson 14, Haukur Palsson 14
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 21, Jaka Blazic 15, Klemen Prepelic 14



2017 EuroBasket: Serbia sends Great Britain packing - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Serbia 68-82

Serbia improved to a 3-1 record in Group D of EuroBasket 2017. They overcame Great Britain 82-68 as the latter were eliminated from tournament.
Serbia took control of the game from the first minutes and ensured a 25-14 lead. The Serbia side slowed down a bit in the second period and allowed the opponents to reduce to 47-38 at the halftime. Great Britain tried hard in the second half as well, but narrowly lost both periods.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) notched 11 each. Teddy Okereafor (193-G-92, college: Rider) led the scoring with 17 points and Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) added 13 points.

Great Britain: Teddy Okereafor, Kyle Johnson 13
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vladimir Stimac 11, Stefan Jovic 11



2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Italy, gain 3-1 record in Group - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Italy 61:55

Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) scored 17 points as Germany toppled Italy for 3-1 record in Group B. Italy fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Italy enjoyed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany erased the deficit and levelled things up at 29 heading into the second half. Germany slowed the Azzurri down in the third term. They held Italy to just 9 points in the quarter to open a 5-point lead at the final break. Germany boosted the margin to double digits in the fourth quarter and held on to win the battle. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) had 12 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) had 12 points in the loss.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 17, Johannes Voigtmann 12, Daniel Theis 11
Italy: Ariel Filloy 15, Marco Belinelli 12



2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Croatia 79:73

Spain secured the fourth consecutive win in Cluj Napoca. They beat Croatia to remain undefeated in Group C. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) delivered 13 points for the winners.
Spain eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Croatia to just 12 points in the second quarter to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Croatia erased the deficit in the third term though. They pulled ahead for a narrow 54:53 lead at the final intermission. But Spain lived up to the challenge. They knocked down 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 12 points each for the winners. Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) sank 15 points in the defeat.

Spain: Ricky Rubio 13, Sergio Rodriguez 12, Fernando San Emeterio 12
Croatia: Dario Saric 18+13 boards, Bojan Bogdanovic 15



2017 EuroBasket: France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland - by Eurobasket News

France - Poland 78-75

France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland. The French side took a 3-1 record in Group A with a narrow 78-75 win. Poland dropped at 1-3 record and will play in their must-win game against Greece.
Poland looked better in the first half and posted two victories in the first two quarters. They started the game with a massive 20-13 run and added a 14-13 rally before the halftime. France however took control of the game in the second half. They replied with a 25-18 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 27-23 rally.
Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 23 points and Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) poured in 13. Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) followed them with 8 points each. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) answered with 15 points in the losing effort, Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) notched 14, whilst Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) had 12.

France: Thomas Heurtel 23, Boris Diaw 13, Kevin Seraphin 8, Nando De Colo 8
Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, Aaron Cel 14, Mateusz Ponitka 12



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Beroe signs Adonte Parker, ex Gelisim - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) signed 28-year old American point guard Adonte Parker (186-89, college: Dayton). He played last season at Gelisim in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Parker played at Polfarmex (also in TBL) in where in 35 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Bayer Giants).
Parker attended University of Dayton until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A strong and quick guard, can be been dominant on the court and is and exemplary off the court. Despite being the focal point of opposing defenses, Parker maintains high shooting percentages in his first pro season.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Adonte Parker
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daiquan Walker (ex Nevezis) signs at BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) landed 23-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-94, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL league. Walker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 12 LKL games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had just 1.0ppg and 1.7rpg. The other team Walker played that season for was Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BK JIP Pardubice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Scott Martin
Trevin Parks
Daiquan Walker

Forward:
Dominez Burnett

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Pyrinto lands Devonne Giles - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) tabbed experienced 34-year old American forward Devonne Giles (203-109kg-83, college: Texas Tech) from Karhu Kauhajoki. Giles managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 19 Korisliiga games in Finland he averaged 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Giles also played that season for BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL where in 6 games he had 6.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg.
Giles played in the final of Finnish League in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Giles experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Giles has played previously professionally also in China, France (Nantes and SPO Rouen), Holland (Leeuwarden), Hungary (Atomeromu) and Japan (Orange Vikings).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Giles' outlook: Devonne is a long and lean power forward with great athleticism. A top shot blocker in the Big 12 Conference (3rd in '06), Giles has a nearly a 7'0 foot wingspan. Also very effective offensively, especially in transition and with his back to the basket. A great finisher, Devonne shoots at a high percentage and is a strong dunker.

Pyrinto Tampere roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Osku Heinonen
Kenny Manigault
Juan'Ya Green
Lassi Kilpinen

Forwards:
Devonne Giles
Brian Asbury

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2017 EuroBasket: Finland on a roll, shock Greece - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Greece 89:77

Finland recorded the third victory in Helsinki. They fired past Greece to climb at 3-1 record in Group A. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) produced 24 points to lead the winners.
Finland got to a confident start. The hosts built a 23:14 lead at the first intermission. Finland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home side registered a 45:33 halftime advantage. Finland kept the Hellenes at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 15-point advantage at the final break. Greece cut the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the final period. But Finland withheld the challenge and boosting the gap back to double figures shortly after. They hung on to the lead in the dying minutes and raced to the victory. Lauri Markkanen (216-PF-97, college: Arizona) tossed in 17 points, while Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) provided 14 points for the hosts. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-SF-92) had 17 points in the loss. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) chipped in 12 points for Greece as they slipped at 1-3 record.

Finland: Petteri Koponen 24, Lauri Markkanen 17, Teemu Rannikko 14
Greece: Thanasis Antetokounmpo 17, Konstantinos Sloukas 12



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Nancy topple Gries in test game - by Eurobasket News

Nancy - Gries 69:49

Nancy rallied past Gries in the preseason clash. Enzo Goudou-Sinha (184-PG-98) and Narace Williams (201-F-97) posted 14 points each for the winners.
Nancy grabbed a 21:15 lead at the first break. Cries pulled within 4 points at the big break 32:28. Nancy stretched the lead in the third quarter. They established an 8-point advantage at the final intermission. Nancy held their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the victory. Philippe Braud (194-SG-85) netted 13 points in the win. Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) delivered 14 points for Gries. Romain Hillotte (195-G-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Nancy: Enzo Goudou-Sinha 14, Narace Williams 14, Philippe Braud 13
Gries: Asier Zengotitabengoa 14, Romain Hillotte 11



Dewayne Russell joins Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProB) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Dewayne Russell (180-155kg-94). He just graduated from Grand Canyon (NCAA). Russell has played there for the last three years. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg last season. Russell helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Western Athletic Conference. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-WAC 1st Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
DaShaun Wood
Philippe Braud
Gaetan Clerc
Dewayne Russell
Brynton Lemar
Enzo Goudou-Sinha

Forwards:
Mickael Var
Ivan Aska
Narace Williams
Valentin Chery

Center:
Garry Florimont

Coach: Gregor Beugnot

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GET Vosges add Fields to their roster, ex Koeln Rh.Stars - by Eurobasket News

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amric Fields (206-100kg-91, college: TCU). He played most recently at Koeln Rh.Stars in German ProA.
The previous (15-16) season Fields played at Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) in Slovenia where in 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
He was selected All-MWC Sixth Man of the Year in 2012.
Fields graduated from Texas Christian University in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pierre-Baptiste Kieger
Malcolm Gountas
Thomas Vincent

Forwards:
Masse Doumbe
Loic Gigant
Amric Fields
Malik Sidibe
Greg Sequele
Cyril Scherrens

Centers:
Mourad Benkloua
Alexis Thomas

Coach: Laurent Mathis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland - by Eurobasket News

France - Poland 78-75

France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland. The French side took a 3-1 record in Group A with a narrow 78-75 win. Poland dropped at 1-3 record and will play in their must-win game against Greece.
Poland looked better in the first half and posted two victories in the first two quarters. They started the game with a massive 20-13 run and added a 14-13 rally before the halftime. France however took control of the game in the second half. They replied with a 25-18 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 27-23 rally.
Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 23 points and Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) poured in 13. Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) followed them with 8 points each. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) answered with 15 points in the losing effort, Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) notched 14, whilst Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) had 12.

France: Thomas Heurtel 23, Boris Diaw 13, Kevin Seraphin 8, Nando De Colo 8
Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, Aaron Cel 14, Mateusz Ponitka 12



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Strumica tabs rookie Jervon Johnson - by Dragan Ristov

KK Strumica (Prva Liga) landed American shooting guard Jervon Johnson (193-93kg). He just graduated from Lee (NCAA2). Johnson has played there for the last four years. In 23 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He is the third American player in Strumica.
Johnson won NCCAA Mid-East Region championship title in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stefan Sinovec inks with Mega Bemax (ex MZT Skopje) - by Natasha Kostovska

Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) is a new player for the serbian team BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica after he played for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in 7 games (Prva- Liga) and 6 games in the Eurocup.He played for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom many times: 2013- 2014 ,2015 in December he moved from Szolnoki Olajbanyasz KK (Hungary) and 2016-2017 in Octomber 16th he moved from BC Partizan NiS Beograd. The 29 -year old serbian player just signed with BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica where he will play with Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86, agency: BeoBasket) . He started the 2016- 2017 season in BC Partizan NiS Beograd where he played 15 games in the Adriatic League while averaging 8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.4 bpg. He achieved the Macedonian League Regular Season Champion for three years -14, 15, 17.He started with basketball at KK Vizura Beograd ,2005/6.

For him this is first time to play in BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica.



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Nikola Gacesa (ex Tabriz) joins Dinamo Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-104kg-87, college: TCU). He played last season at Shahrdary Tabriz in Iranian Superleague. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Gacesa played at Energy Invest where in 27 Superleague games he was second best scorer with remarkable 19.7ppg and averaged 10.2rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
Gacesa is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gunners Oberwart), Bosnia (Igokea), France (Rueil), Romania (BC Timisoara) and Slovenia (Helios).
Gacesa attended Texas Christian University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Gacesa: Nikola Gacesa is a tough power forward with good set of offensive skills. Likes to play in contact, can play facing the basket and in low post. Reliable jump shooter will open up opportunities for him to attack more off the dribble and make him more of a pick-and-pop threat, adding another dimension to his game on the offensive end. He also does a good job using spin moves to change directions and get to the rim. Needs more consistency when playing with his back to the basket. Due to his strenght can be used on center position. He is good defensive player and solid rebounder.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Georgia snap skid, outlast Israel in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Georgia 91:104 (OT)

Georgia accounted for the second victory in Group B action. They upset hosting Israel in overtime to stay in the race for the Final Phase birth. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) was back to high-scoring mode as he tallied 25 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Israel stayed in front throughout three quarters. The hosts snatched a narrow 70:67 lead before the fourth term. But Georgia dropped 22 points in the next quarter to force overtime. The visitors then went on a furious 15:2 run in the extra period and secured a key win. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) tallied 19 points, while Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) added 18 points for Georgia. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) netted 23 points for Israel. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 19 points in the losing case.

Israel: Gal Mekel 23, Richard Howell 19
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 25+19 boards, Zaza Pachulia 19, Michael Dixon 18



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Jahenns Manigat Returns Back To Giessen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jahenns Manigat (186-G-91, college: Creighton, agency: KMG Sports Management) will continue his professional basketball career in Germany with the Giessen 46ers with whom he played with last season. Jahenns Manigat is a 26 year old 186cm guard from Ottawa, Canada that brings international experience in Romania and Cyprus and returns back to Giessen helping out with their injury woes and signed a 3 month short term contract. Last season with the Giessen 46ers he played 33 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg. "With many injuries we could now fill a void. We were looking for someone that could replace Max Landis until he is fit again. He is full motivated and wants to show he can play. He also doesn't need any adjustment time which makes the working process easier", stressed head coach Ingo Freyer. Last season the Canadian scored in double figures five times including a 16 point game against Bremerhaven in a 88-84 Giessen win.

Mahigat started his basketball career at St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School and also played at Immaculata High School.and at the Regional Elite Development Academy in Hamilton, Ontario before moving to Creighton in 2010 where he played until 2014 playing a total of 144 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games avergaing 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 90.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014-2015 with BC Timisoara (Romania-Liga Nationala playing 21 games: averaging 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 71.7%. In the 2015-2016 season he laced up his sneakers with Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 20 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 75.9%. "I am very happy to be back in Giessen. I feel a bit unfinished and and am looking forward to how I will be able to help the team this season. I can hardly wait to play in a known surrounding and feel coming back is the best for me", stressed Jahenns Manigat.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Basketball Without Borders Americas -09, Canadian U19 National Team -09, Adidas World Junior Tournament in Douai (France) -09, MVC Tournament Semifinals -11, MVC All-Freshman Team -11, MVC All-Bench Team -11, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -12, MVC Tournament Winner -12, 13, MVC Regular Season Champion -13, Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -14, Big East Tournament Finalist -14, and Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -16.

Source:Giessen 46ers





2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Italy, gain 3-1 record in Group - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Italy 61:55

Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) scored 17 points as Germany toppled Italy for 3-1 record in Group B. Italy fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Italy enjoyed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany erased the deficit and levelled things up at 29 heading into the second half. Germany slowed the Azzurri down in the third term. They held Italy to just 9 points in the quarter to open a 5-point lead at the final break. Germany boosted the margin to double digits in the fourth quarter and held on to win the battle. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) had 12 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) had 12 points in the loss.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 17, Johannes Voigtmann 12, Daniel Theis 11
Italy: Ariel Filloy 15, Marco Belinelli 12



GET Vosges add Fields to their roster, ex Koeln Rh.Stars - by Eurobasket News

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amric Fields (206-100kg-91, college: TCU). He played most recently at Koeln Rh.Stars in German ProA.
The previous (15-16) season Fields played at Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) in Slovenia where in 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
He was selected All-MWC Sixth Man of the Year in 2012.
Fields graduated from Texas Christian University in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pierre-Baptiste Kieger
Malcolm Gountas
Thomas Vincent

Forwards:
Masse Doumbe
Loic Gigant
Amric Fields
Malik Sidibe
Greg Sequele
Cyril Scherrens

Centers:
Mourad Benkloua
Alexis Thomas

Coach: Laurent Mathis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Armani Cotton (UNI Baskets) I Have A Name That You Have To Live Up To - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Armani Cotton (201-G, college: Yale) is a 201cm forward from New York that will be going into his second professional season and first in Germany with the Uni Baskets Paderborn. Last season he played his rookie season with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 35 games averaging 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg. He started his basketball career at Yale (NCAA) in 2011 playinga atotal of 104 games in a four year span. AS a senior he played 32 games averaging 6.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to Eurobasket earlier this summer about basketball.

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

I am in my hometown of New York City for the summer and it's been great to be back. There's no place like New Jack City.


Before we talk about your game let me ask you about your striking name. You were introduced as Armani Cotton by your new team Uni Baskets and your eurobasket profile lists you like that also, but you also have Hunter. Is Hunter a name you use when you get sick of Armani?

Haha, no. My father's name is Hunter and my mom gave me the middle name Armani so I wouldn't become Hunter Cotton IV. I've been called Armani since I was born. I honestly didn't register that 'Hunter' was my legal first name until I got a passport at around 10 years old. That being said, switching it up from time to time is a nice option to have. I might start doing that.


How often do you get asked about your name Armani and what has been something that has stuck with you when somebody meets you for the first time and asks something about your flashy name?

Yea man, people are always surprised - in a good way though. It's one of those names that you have to live up to so I'm glad I play a dope sport and am from NYC. It allows me to fit into the name better. A nice personality can go a long way too. Armani Cotton suits me.


Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Uni Baskets Paderborn. After playing your rookie season in Belgium how was this second off season transfer period for you? Did you have ample offers and what did you learn about this business?

Thank you. I'm excited for this new opportunity with Uni Baskets Paderborn in Germany. I was fortunate enough to have several clubs in the mix this offseason but the strong talent and opportunity in Germany, particularly with this club, was a fitting and necessary step in my pro career. Thanks to my agent, Kirk Crecco, my offseason wasn't stressful. My job is to improve as a basketball player, mentally and physically. His job is to understand our immediate and long term goals and he does a great job of executing that. To sum up my understanding of the business, the game of basketball is pure but the business often complicates that. It's my responsibility as a player to outperform everyone on the court so politics and business don't interfere.


You didn't play right away after Yale. Did you have second thoughts about going the professional route as a player as New York had much to offer in the business world like being a constituent liaison for Hilary Clinton.

Wow, you did your research man haha. Growing up in NYC and graduating from Yale definitely afforded me many unique opportunities outside of basketball but from the day I watched Space Jam in 1996, I knew I was going to be a professional basketball player.


What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? How vital was the advice for ex Paderborn player Reggie Willhite for you coming to Germany?

I didn't know much about Germany so speaking with Reggie helped a lot. Coach Uli actually encouraged me to reach out to him. He said only great things about the club and his experience with the club that all fell in line with my goals for this season and beyond.


Especially American players like the character of head coach Uli Naechster. How were your talks with him and how did he convince you to sign with Paderborn?

Uli was a straight forward guy. He was passionate and clear about what he was looking for from me and the goals he had for this club. This season, I was looking for a place to showcase my game in ways that I wasn't asked to in Belgium so it was a mutual understanding on how beneficial this signing would be for both myself and Paderborn.


Let's talk a bit about your game. You're a 201cm forward that will play the positions 3-4 for Paderborn. The club is high on your rebounding. Is that your biggest strength as a player?

I think my rebounding is a product of my most elite skill-set, LENGTH and QUICK hands. I'm 6'7 with a 7' wingspan that allows me to finish over others, get easy deflections and disrupt otherwise easy passes. It's something I hang my hat on because it's a constant throughout the entire game.


Paderborn also like how you can guard many positions. If you had to pick an NBA player that most resembles your game who would you chose?

Trevor Ariza when he was on the '08 championship Lakers. He was long, athletic, guarded multiple positions (bigger guys when they went small ball with Lamar Odom) knocked down open threes created for himself on mismatches. Just impactful and confident on every possession.


You're a guy that can fill stat sheet, but if you review your whole game what do you feel is a part of your game that to this day still gets overlooked and can be classified as a hidden strength?

My shooting by far. I have a quick release off the catch, I understand proper spacing and create that extra space necessary to get my shot off 1 and 2 dribble pull-ups. It's something I really look forward to showcasing this upcoming season.


You never averaged more than 8,7ppg and only 4,3ppg as a rookie in Belgium with Leuvin. Do you feel like you have the game to become an impact scorer in the pro A?

Absolutely. That's why I've joined this club. My defensive versatility has always been a desirable quality for clubs/teams but Uli is putting me in a position to be all those things while also an aggressive force on offense. What I showcased last year is that when I'm given 20+ mins on the court I average a production of 10pg 5rbs even with the limited role I was asked to play offensively. I will be an impact scorer in Pro A.

Last season as a rookie you played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 35 games averaging 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg. How content were you with your first season as a professional. Do stats lie in your case? Did you have a special role for head coach Stefan Sappenberghs?

I wasn't content with my individual season. I'd also never be content with a season unless we won the championship. My minutes were sporadic and my performances in practice and game weren't rewarded into the next game so it made for a very challenging. Coach Stef was only with us for a couple of months before being released so it's hard to say that there was a consistent identity/role throughout the length of the season.


What was the most positive thing that you got out of your rookie season where you know will help you in your second professional season?

Mental strength and confidence. By the end of the season, regardless of how the coaches used me during game, I knew the player that I was and would ultimately be. This showed when I was given the time to produce on the court. At this point in my career my confidence is unwavering and that coupled with a high basketball IQ makes me very confident for this upcoming season.


How important was a guy like rookie Treg Setty last season. You both were rookies and were fighting for minutes. How much did the battle sin practice benefit both?

Treg Setty is a great guy and we had countless talks and battles pushing each other physically and mentally on court and off. I know we'll both have successful basketball careers just off the strength of how resilient we were to the negativity that often consumes a pro's rookie campaign.


What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe in Belgium where you knew that you were very far away from home?

The moment for me was was right after starting the season 3-1. We were coming off a big win against the defending champions Oostende where I had a big game of 13pts 5 ribs and 3 steals in 20 minutes. Everyone had big expectations for us after those wins and we ended up losing our next 5 games in a row. I was shopping at our local supermarket and some lady and her husband started criticizing our team and our performances as a group and individuals. At that time it was funny, but when I got home I realized that I wasn't in NYC anymore because nobody would say that to me back in my neighborhood. I was really like man, this a pro player's life.


You had a stellar career at Yale, but were Ivy League runner up twice. Was losing to Harvard by one point in the 2015 Ivy league final one of your toughest loses in school considering you had easily beat them a few weeks earlier?

Yea, that was definitely a tough loss. It's something I don't think about too often because the journey from absolute obscurity in the college basketball world to making Yale University known as a force - with signature wins against UConn etc.- was the most rewarding part of my career. Even though I missed out on the NCAA tournament, clinching an Ivy League Championship ring at Harvard from our regular season helps me sleep at night.

How key was Reggie Willhite for you when you were a freshman at Yale? He was a senior when you started. Was he a type of mentor for you?

Reggie was a freak athlete. He definitely made me a physically tougher player because I had to get through him to get minutes on the court. He had grit and played through injuries all the time. I have a lot of respect for him and his defensive intensity too. Picked up a lot of his qualities going into my sophomore year when I became the starter.


You battled three years in practice against Justin Sears who had a great rookie season with Giessen and made the next jump to playoff team Ludwigsburg. Do you feel like he profited from your competitive edge and vice versa?

He was actually at my house when I officially signed with Uni Paderborn so we've definitely benefited from our friendship enough to keep hanging out post our college careers. For me, I've always been very intense about the game. Downright obsessive to be honest. I love the game so for me every moment concerning basketball was almost a matter of life and death. He's passionate about the game too but had a much more lighthearted approach that I've really grown to appreciate. It's an admirable quality that's rubbed off on me this off-season and I think it makes for a great balance for him to have a guy who's thinking and talking about basketball 24/7 too.

You had some nice memories at Yale on the court like beating UConn 45-44 or scoring 15 points twice against Pennsylvania. Was one of these games your best memory on the court or did you have another one?

It was beating Harvard at Harvard to get the Ivy League Title my senior year. That and sweeping Penn and Princeton at home my Junior year too. I had a double double in both games and we had a lot of Alumni show up so it was cool to have them see how far our program has gone. That used to be an impossible feat for Yale back in the day.


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

I've been doing a lot of core and strength training to prepare for the long haul of the season. Continuing to develop my shot so it's automatic from the corners to spread the floor. Off the court I've been doing a lot of mental strength training with yoga and watching a lot of game film. More game film than I have watched during any part of my career. Really just becoming a student of the game, not just a fan. I've probably watched about 5 full games from Paderborn's season last year already.


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

Probably Bradley Beal my freshman year when we played Florida.


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

These are just my personal favorites, note necessarily my opinion for who the best to ever do it were so... Jordan, Kobe, A.I., Tracy McGrady (T-Mac), Hakeem Olajuwan


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

Jordan is Jordan. His career was story book. His entire basketball narrative coupled with his dominance on the court just puts him in a class of his own. Two different era's, two different lanes. Lebron is the greatest of his generation, but Jordan is the Greatest OF All Time.


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

I actually worked with Russell Westbrook off the court when I was a sophomore at Yale during the summer he launched his clothing brand with Barney's so I'm a little biased. He was cool to me so my man is just trying to win anyway he can. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


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

Had a chance to workout with Jonathan Issac when I was doing pre-draft training at IMG in 2015. He's been training like a pro for a while so I think he'll end up being special.


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

It'll be fun to watch but I'm not putting money on them to get to the Western Conference Finals.


What was the last movie that you saw?

He Got Game. As a basketball player, you've got to watch that movie at least once month.


Thanks Armani for the chat.



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2017 EuroBasket: Finland on a roll, shock Greece - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Greece 89:77

Finland recorded the third victory in Helsinki. They fired past Greece to climb at 3-1 record in Group A. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) produced 24 points to lead the winners.
Finland got to a confident start. The hosts built a 23:14 lead at the first intermission. Finland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home side registered a 45:33 halftime advantage. Finland kept the Hellenes at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 15-point advantage at the final break. Greece cut the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the final period. But Finland withheld the challenge and boosting the gap back to double figures shortly after. They hung on to the lead in the dying minutes and raced to the victory. Lauri Markkanen (216-PF-97, college: Arizona) tossed in 17 points, while Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) provided 14 points for the hosts. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-SF-92) had 17 points in the loss. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) chipped in 12 points for Greece as they slipped at 1-3 record.

Finland: Petteri Koponen 24, Lauri Markkanen 17, Teemu Rannikko 14
Greece: Thanasis Antetokounmpo 17, Konstantinos Sloukas 12



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Gonzalez's double-double lands him Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-G/F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for USAC and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Tencored (#8, 0-3) with 19-point margin 66-47. USAC is placed at 3rd position in Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but USAC already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Gonzalez turned to be USAC's top player in his first season with the team. Gonzalez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.7ppg), assists (7th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 61.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bernie Diaz (200-C-81) of league's second-best ELOHIM. He is a center in his first season at ELOHIM. In the last game Diaz recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led ELOHIM to another comfortable win outscoring You Bet (0-3) 118-63. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Diaz is a newcomer at ELOHIM and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#3). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another ELOHIM's star - forward Oscar Salguero (198-F/C-87). Salguero scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of ELOHIM, helping his team with a 118-63 easy win against You Bet (#10, 0-3). ELOHIM started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Salguero turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Salguero has a great season in Guatemala. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.7ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) of Villa Nueva - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alexis Hengstenberg (98) of Club Force - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sergio Guillen (89) of Millonarios - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84) of ELOHIM - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Sergio Barillas (178-G-83) of Bantrab - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcelo Arriola (168-PG-98) of ELOHIM - 15 points and 3 assists
10. Vinicio Furlon) of Bantrab - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Liga Metropolitana Round 3: Villa Nueva defeats leader Bantrab - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bantrab (2-1) in Guatemala on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Villa Nueva (3-0) 65-59. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-6. But Bantrab won third quarter 20-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Nueva dominated on the defensive end, holding Bantrab to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a good game for the former international forward Enrique Samayoa (193-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Vinicio Furlon answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Bantrab. Villa Nueva is looking forward to face ELOHIM in Chimaltenango in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bantrab will play at home against Amatitlan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Guatemala supposed to be also worth to mention about. ELOHIM (3-0) played at the court of You Bet (0-3). ELOHIM smashed You Bet 118-63. It was a great evening for center Bernie Diaz (200-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Oscar Salguero helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. ELOHIM's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Hector Vandeveire (180-78) with 18 points. ELOHIM will play against Villa Nueva (#4) on the road in the next round. You Bet will play against Millonarios (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in was also quite interesting. Club Force (3-0) played at the court of Millonarios (0-3). Club Force managed to secure a 8-point victory 51-43 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Alexis Hengstenberg who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sergio Guillen came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Millonarios in the defeat. Millonarios' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Club Force will meet at home USAC (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Millonarios will play against You Bet (#10) in Guatemala and look forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Tencored lost to undefeated USAC on the road 47-66. Winless URL lost to Amatitlan on its own court 50-57.

You Bet - ELOHIM 63-118

The game in Guatemala supposed to be also worth to mention about. ELOHIM (3-0) played at the court of You Bet (0-3). ELOHIM smashed You Bet 118-63. The game without a history. ELOHIM led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to You Bet's 32. They outrebounded You Bet 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for ELOHIM especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by You Bet's players. It was a great evening for center Bernie Diaz (200-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Oscar Salguero (198-87) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. ELOHIM's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Hector Vandeveire (180-78) with 18 points and guard Dennis Quinonez (182-77) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five ELOHIM and four You Bet players scored in double figures. ELOHIM will play against Villa Nueva (#4) on the road in the next round. You Bet will play against Millonarios (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
You Bet: H.Vandeveire 18+2ast, D.Quinonez 11+6reb+1ast, O.Contreras 10+3reb+2ast, J.Chavez 10+2reb, J.Galvez 5+6reb, E.Sinnott 5+7reb
ELOHIM: O.Salguero 24+6reb+3ast, B.Diaz 23+10reb, M.Arriola 15+1reb+3ast, R.Amaya 12+4reb+7ast, D.Monterroso 11+5reb+2ast, P.Cano 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 564557


Bantrab - Villa Nueva 59-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bantrab (2-1) in Guatemala on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Villa Nueva (3-0) 65-59. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-6. But Bantrab won third quarter 20-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Nueva dominated on the defensive end, holding Bantrab to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a good game for the former international forward Enrique Samayoa (193-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Vinicio Furlon answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Javier Morgon added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bantrab. Villa Nueva is looking forward to face ELOHIM in Chimaltenango in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bantrab will play at home against Amatitlan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bantrab: V.Furlon 18+5reb+2ast, J.Morgon 12+7reb+3ast, S.Barillas 11+3reb+4ast, G.Veliz 8+7reb, C.Del Cid 5+1ast, A.Marroquin 3+7reb
Villa Nueva: D.Goddard 18+5reb+1ast, E.Samayoa 14+11reb+2ast, W.Gasparico 10+1reb+1ast, D.Vaughn 9+6reb, V.Enriquez 7+2ast, A.Carrillo 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 564558


USAC - Tencored 66-47

No shocking result in a game when USAC (3-0) crushed Tencored (0-3) in Guatemala 66-47 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by USAC. Tencored managed to win third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USAC had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Anthony Guerra (178-97) accounted for 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Erick Palma came up with 6 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jorge Castaneda (189-82) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Tencored in the defeat. USAC will meet Club Force in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tencored will play against URL (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tencored: E.Sopalda 15+4reb, J.Castaneda 10+8reb+1ast, R.Reinoso 6+2reb, E.Palma 6+12reb+2ast, A.Carrillo 6+5reb+1ast, R.Quintero 3+2reb+2ast
USAC: M.Gonzalez 20+14reb+3ast, A.Guerra 13+12reb+4ast, O.Centeno 6+1reb, W.Corado 6+7reb+2ast, L.Menendez 6+2reb+2ast, L.Dominguez 6+1reb
gschID: 564556


Millonarios - Club Force 43-51

The game in was also quite interesting. Club Force (3-0) played at the court of Millonarios (0-3). Club Force managed to secure a 8-point victory 51-43 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-6. But Millonarios won second period 17-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Club Force dominated on the defensive end, holding Millonarios to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Millonarios 47-36 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for Alexis Hengstenberg (-98) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kevin Garcia (-96) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Sergio Guillen (-89) came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Mynor Maldonado (-95) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Millonarios in the defeat. Millonarios' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Club Force will meet at home USAC (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Millonarios will play against You Bet (#10) in Guatemala and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Millonarios: S.Guillen 12+6reb+5ast, M.Maldonado 11+7reb+1ast, J.Palacios 8+6reb, G.Zarco 6+1ast, O.Rodriguez 4+1reb, P.Cruz 2+3reb
Club Force: A.Hengstenberg 18+9reb+3ast, K.Garcia 12+9reb, B.Rivera 10+8reb, C.Sandoval 5+3reb+3ast, J.Sandoval 4+10reb+3ast, J.Juracan 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 564555


URL - Amatitlan 50-57

But URL was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Amatitlan 57-50 on Sunday night. URL trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 50-57 at the end of the game. Amatitlan dominated on the defensive end, holding URL to just 4 points in second quarter. Amatitlan had a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Jorge Franco who led the winners and scored 13 points. Angel Estrada accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Amatitlan's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Rudy Morales came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Luis Perez (191-97) added 5 points and 10 rebounds respectively for URL in the defeat. Amatitlan will meet Bantrab (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. URL will play against Tencored and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
URL: R.Morales 17+5reb+3ast, E.Mejia 11+4reb, I.Calderon 8+3reb+1ast, L.Perez 5+10reb+1ast, E.Garcia 4+2reb, S.Hurtarte 3+7reb+1ast
Amatitlan: J.Franco 13+4reb+3ast, M.Reyes 13+4reb, A.Estrada 8+7reb+2ast, J.Valenzuela 6+4reb+5ast, N.Arriola 5+1reb+1ast, W.Ramirez 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 564554





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  HOLLAND  


Zwolle clinch David Cup 2017 title - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle celebrated pre-season David Cup title. They prevailed against Apollo Amsterdam 84:48 for the trophy. Sherron Dorsey stepped up with 39 points to lead the winners. Zwolle recorded a 39:29 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 15-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory at the end. Frank House netted 14 points, while Jordan Gregory contributed 12 points for the winners. Rens van Ravensteijn notched 13 points for Amsterdam. Asante Landbrug had 12 points in the loss.


Weijs is back at Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

BC Apollo Amsterdam (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 29-year old center Berend Weijs (207-93kg-88, college: Maryland). It is actually his comeback to Amsterdam as he has played here before. Weijs played last season at Lions in the Prom.Divisie. He helped them to win the Promotie Divisie title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Weijs was voted Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player.
Weijs graduated from University of Maryland in 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

BC Apollo Amsterdam roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Dimeo Van_Der_Horst

Forwards:
Max Van_Schaik
Akeel Eduardo

Centers:
Berend Weijs
Jesse Markusse

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Hungary gain second straight victory, upset Romania - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Hungary 71:80

Hungary claimed the second consecutive victory in EuroBasket Group C. They upset hosting Romania for 2-2 record. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) nailed 26 points to lead the effort.
Hungary accounted for a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the margin in the second quarter. Hungary accumulated a 38:32 halftime advantage. They did not loosen the grip throughout the third term. Hungary posted a 60:52 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They added 20 points in the final frame and secured much needed win. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had 25 points, while Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points in the victory. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) replied with 12 points for Romania. Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) netted 11 points in the loss.

Romania: Catalin Baciu 12, Octavian Calota 11
Hungary: David Vojvoda 26, Adam Hanga 25, Rosco Allen 10



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  ICELAND  


2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Slovenia 75:102

Slovenia keep on winning in Group A. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) scored 21 points as Slovenia marched past Iceland for the fourth straight win.
Iceland once again at this tournament got to a quick start. They dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But Iceland quickly ran out of steam. Slovenia adjusted and responded with a 37:18 run to ensure a 60:43 halftime lead. Slovenia held their opponents to just 32 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Jaka Blazic (196-SG-90) notched 15 points, while Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) added 14 points in the win. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 18 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) and Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Iceland: Martin Hermannsson 18, Hlynur Baeringsson 14, Haukur Palsson 14
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 21, Jaka Blazic 15, Klemen Prepelic 14



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  ISRAEL  


2017 EuroBasket: Georgia snap skid, outlast Israel in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Georgia 91:104 (OT)

Georgia accounted for the second victory in Group B action. They upset hosting Israel in overtime to stay in the race for the Final Phase birth. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) was back to high-scoring mode as he tallied 25 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Israel stayed in front throughout three quarters. The hosts snatched a narrow 70:67 lead before the fourth term. But Georgia dropped 22 points in the next quarter to force overtime. The visitors then went on a furious 15:2 run in the extra period and secured a key win. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) tallied 19 points, while Michael Dixon (186-G-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) added 18 points for Georgia. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) netted 23 points for Israel. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 19 points in the losing case.

Israel: Gal Mekel 23, Richard Howell 19
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 25+19 boards, Zaza Pachulia 19, Michael Dixon 18



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  ITALY  


2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Italy, gain 3-1 record in Group - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Italy 61:55

Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) scored 17 points as Germany toppled Italy for 3-1 record in Group B. Italy fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Italy enjoyed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany erased the deficit and levelled things up at 29 heading into the second half. Germany slowed the Azzurri down in the third term. They held Italy to just 9 points in the quarter to open a 5-point lead at the final break. Germany boosted the margin to double digits in the fourth quarter and held on to win the battle. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) had 12 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) had 12 points in the loss.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 17, Johannes Voigtmann 12, Daniel Theis 11
Italy: Ariel Filloy 15, Marco Belinelli 12



Roma Vis Nova inks Francesco Ingrilli - by Eurobasket News

Vis Nova Simply Francesco Argenti Roma (Serie C Gold) agreed terms with 21-year old point guard Francesco Ingrilli (180-96). He played last season at Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo in Serie B. However his team was relegated to Serie C Gold. In 29 Serie B games he had 6.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Serie C Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo signs Engin Atsur - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) signed 33-year old Turk ex-international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, college: North Carolina State, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Turkish passport. Atsur played last season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 36 games he had 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Atsur also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Besiktas in Turkish BSL. In 30 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. Atsur also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Turkish League in 2014. Atsur was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team in 2010 and 2015.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Atsur played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2004 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2003.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships in Poland eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg.
Atsur has played previously professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Bakirkoy).
He attended North Carolina State until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Atsur could be described: A fast and intelligent open court player,play maker of the team and the leader as well. Very scorer guard when he finds the rythm.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
Turkcan, Besok, Kutluay, Turkoglu, Okur. The Turk basketball exported many big talents in the last years and introduced a very good NT, but in all those years Turkey missed a high level PG, and Kerem Tunceri - a very nice player but not in the same level as the others, will have to forgive me on this one. Here is the future hope of Turkey in the PG.
Engin Atsor can play both guard positions, but most of the time he spends in the Point, and it seems he's making the best of his potential there. Next season he will most likely go to North Carolina State. The Atsor parents want the kid to get some education. The Turkish basketball hopes he will continue to develop there.
He has great penetration, and can very easily pull up a jumper if he can't make it all the way to the basket, or dish a pass that will lead to an easy bucket. His hand from 3 can be deadly, but not stable enough. He's a very good rebounder for a PG (4.4 rbs per game), and carried his team almost all the way to the Semi Finals
.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Engin Atsur
Mirza Alibegovic
Justin Edwards
Vojislav Stojanovic
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana
Giorgio Galipo

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jakub Wojciechowski
Mario Delas
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

Coach: Gennaro Di Carlo

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Ryan Smith leaves MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

22-year old American center Ryan Smith (211-113kg-95, college: Tulane) left MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A).
Smith just graduated from Tulane University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
He played at the AAC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

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
Federico Vai

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

Coach: Kiril Bolshakov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietkabelis sign Gary Talton, ex Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) signed 27-year old American point guard Gary Talton (185-74kg-90, college: Ill.-Chicago). He moved there from Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A where he played this season. The last season Talton played at Cretan Kings in Greek A1. In 31 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.4apg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (67th overall).
Talton attended University of Illinois-Chicago and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Talton played in the final of D-League in 2015. He was also voted All-Horizon League 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Talton has played also professionally in NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Delaware 87ers and Grand Rapids Drive).

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius
Gary Talton

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Uppsala tabs Stanford Brown, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) inked 27-year old American forward Stanford Brown (204-108kg-90, college: Lamar). He played most recently at Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 22 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 6.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA where in 29 games he had 6.3ppg and 4.0rpg.
His college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2012.
Brown has played previously professionally in Mexico (Abejas) and Slovakia (Nova Ves).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Lamar University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Uppsala Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rhys Carter
Rickard Eriksson
Mannos Nakos
Anes Zekovic
Lukas Friberg

Forwards:
Axel Nordstrom
Stanford Brown
Alan Zekovic

Coach: Kevin Gaines

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Josh Davis agreed terms with Toshiba Thunders - by Eurobasket News

Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Josh Davis (203-98kg-91, college: San Diego State). He has played for the last two years at Shimane Susanoo Magic in B League D2. Davis helped his team get promotion to B League. In 60 B League D2 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 11.3rpg (#5 in the league), 1.8apg, 1.2spg and 1.3bpg last season. Davis contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D2 Honorable Mention.
He received All-MWC Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Davis has played also professionally in Philippines (Meralco Bolts), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended San Diego State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An aggressive offensive rebounder.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Astana upset Zalgiris in pre-season game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Astana 69:73

Astana defeated hosting Zalgiris in the preseason clash at the Zalgiris Arena. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-SF-90) nailed 17 points to pace the winners.
Zalgiris dominated throughout the first period. The hosts built an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. But Astana unloaded 25 points in the second term to take a 33:28 halftime advantage. The Kazakh powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by 3 points 54:51. Astana withheld Zalgiris efforts in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough win at the end. Ike Joseph Udonah and Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) delivered 15 points each for Astana. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) replied with 20 points for Zalgiris. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) and Aaron White (206-PF-92, college: Iowa) netted 8 points each in the loss.



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2017 EuroBasket: Latvia silence Russia in the second half, post third win in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Russia 84:69

Latvia improved at 3-1 record in Group D following a tough victory over previously undefeated Russia. Janis Timma (201-F-92) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
Russia posted a 15:12 lead after the opening frame. They increased the tempo in the second period. Russia unloaded 29 points to build a 44:34 halftime lead. Moreover Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) piled up four personal fouls in the first half. But Ainars Bagatskis started Kristaps Porzingis entering the second half and it paid off. Latvia ignited an 18:8 run in the third term to level things up at 52 heading into the fourth quarter. Latvia unloaded then 32 points in the final quarter and secured the winning outcome. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) and Kristaps Porzingis netted 11 points each for the Baltic team. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 21 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia: Janis Timma 22, Rolands Smits 11, Kristaps Porzingis 11
Russia: Alexey Shved 21, Timofey Mozgov 16



Enisey cruise past Liepajas/Lauvas in test game - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Liepajas/Lauvas 105:74

Enisey took on Latvian Liepajas/Lauvas in the pre-season clash. The Russian team secured a comfortable victory. Artem Komissarov (199-G-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 22 points to lead the effort.
Liepajas posted a 23:19 lead after the opening frame. But Enisey picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They dropped 35 points to take a 10-point halftime lead. Enisey followed with a 26:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F/G-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 16 points, while Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) added 12 points for the winning side. Toms Leimanis (188-SG-94) replied with 16 points for Liepajas/Lauvas. Roberts Krastins (195-G-94) tossed in 14 points in the defeat.

Enisey: Artem Komissarov 22, Gleb Goldyrev 16, Vitali Liutych 12
Liepajas/Lauvas: Toms Leimanis 16, Roberts Krastins 14



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  LEBANON  


Goyang Orions tab Dewarick Spencer, ex Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Goyang Orions (KBL) inked experienced 35-year old American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 31 games he averaged impressive 21.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg last season. Spencer helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. He also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi (also in Pepsi LBL) that year. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Spencer's team made it to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup final in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Spencer played at the WABA Club Championships five years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Spencer has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Spencer has played previously professionally in China (Golden Bulls and Jilin Tigers), France (Le Mans), Greece, Iran (Petrochimi), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), Venezuela (Guaros) and South Korea (SK Knights).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Goyang Orions.
Spencer attended Arkansas State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Dewarick Spencer is a tremedous three point shooter one of the best in NCAA D-1 during his college career. Spencer is a good defender and fairly athletic with the ability to play both the 1 and 2 positions equally as well. Showed great skills in French league, winning every single individual accolade one can imagine. Puts a great intensity on defense and has the ability to play above the rim to go along with his good shooting mark.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Daiquan Walker (ex Nevezis) signs at BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice (NBL) landed 23-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-94, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Nevezis in Lithuanian LKL league. Walker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 12 LKL games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had just 1.0ppg and 1.7rpg. The other team Walker played that season for was Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

BK JIP Pardubice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Scott Martin
Trevin Parks
Daiquan Walker

Forward:
Dominez Burnett

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nevezis wins Kedainiai CUP 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Nevezis beats Neptunas 81-72 to win Kedainiai CUP 2017. The team finished with a 2-1 record for the success. Neptunas looked better in the start of the game and took a 14-point lead at the halftime. Nevezis however was too far to give up and produced 25-11 surge in the third period and then 25-16 run in the last. Malcolm Grant (185-G-88, college: Miami, FL) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Roberts Stumbris (199-SF-93) netted 14. Valerijus Likhodejus and Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC) followed them with 10 points. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) replied wit 14 points in a loss.
Dnipro overcame Prienai 65-60 and finished third. Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Anatoliy Shundel (191-SG-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 11.



2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania cruise past Ukraine, seal next round appearance - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Ukraine 94:62

Lithuania experienced little troubles en route to the third victory in Group B. They trounced Ukraine to seal their EuroBasket next round berth. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
Lithuania shocked their opponents in the first period. They fuelled a 27:10 run to clear off. Ukraine came back to life in the second term to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania were back in full control after the long break. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and cruised to a comfortable victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 17 points, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) had 5 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 22+14 boards, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 17, Martynas Gecevicius 11
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 29, Maksym Pustozvonov 5



Astana upset Zalgiris in pre-season game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Astana 69:73

Astana defeated hosting Zalgiris in the preseason clash at the Zalgiris Arena. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-SF-90) nailed 17 points to pace the winners.
Zalgiris dominated throughout the first period. The hosts built an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. But Astana unloaded 25 points in the second term to take a 33:28 halftime advantage. The Kazakh powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by 3 points 54:51. Astana withheld Zalgiris efforts in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough win at the end. Ike Joseph Udonah and Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) delivered 15 points each for Astana. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) replied with 20 points for Zalgiris. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) and Aaron White (206-PF-92, college: Iowa) netted 8 points each in the loss.



Lietkabelis sign Gary Talton, ex Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) signed 27-year old American point guard Gary Talton (185-74kg-90, college: Ill.-Chicago). He moved there from Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A where he played this season. The last season Talton played at Cretan Kings in Greek A1. In 31 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.4apg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (67th overall).
Talton attended University of Illinois-Chicago and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Talton played in the final of D-League in 2015. He was also voted All-Horizon League 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Talton has played also professionally in NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Delaware 87ers and Grand Rapids Drive).

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius
Gary Talton

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

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Prienai and Neptunas post wins in Day 2 in Kedainiai - by Eurobasket News

Prienai and Neptunas posted victories in Day 2 of the Kedainiai CUP 2017. Neptunas beat Ukrainian Dnipro 76-65 mostly due to the third quarter spurt. Neptunas needed a 22-9 surge to seal the victory. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) netted 10. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) ended up with 16 points for Dnipro and Pavel Revzin (194-F/G-83) netted 12.
Prienai meanwhile edged Nevezis 98-93. Prienai dominated the first half that was enough to seal the victory.



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Mike Nwelue (ex Southern T.) signs at Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News

BC Musel Pikes (Total League) landed 24-year old American forward Mike Nwelue (196-95kg-93, college: Drury). He played in the summer at Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Australian Premier League. In 20 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg and 2.0bpg. Nwelue helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season he was tested by Zornotza (LEB Silver) in Spanish league.
Among other achievements Nwelue's college team won GLVC Tournament in 2015. He received also All-RRAC 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Nwelue has played also professionally in Malta (Depiro).
He attended Drury University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

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T71 Dudelange welcomes back Lombardelli - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange (Total League) landed 20-year old center Luca Lombardelli (192-97). It is actually his comeback to Dudelange as he has played here before. Lombardelli played most recently at Bascharage in Total League. However his team was relegated to N2. But in 21 Total League games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lombardelli played at T71 Dudelange where in 10 Total League games he had only 0.6ppg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
Lombardelli represented Luxembourg at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 3.1rpg.

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Heffingen adds Martin to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Total League) added to their roster American forward Drew Martin (203-88kg). He just graduated from Concordia University, OR (NCAA2). Martin has played there for the last three years. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-GNAC 2nd Team. Martin played 22 games where he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to All-GNAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Martin is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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Basket Esch lands Clancy Rugg - by Eurobasket News

Basket Esch (Total League) tabbed 26-year old American power forward Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) from Musel Pikes. Rugg has played there for the last three years. In 31 Total League games in Luxembourg he averaged impressive 22.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Rugg helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements his team won AEC Regular Season in 2011 and 2014.
Rugg has played also professionally in .
He attended University of Vermont until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Residence adds Bailey to their roster, ex FUS Rabat - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Vincent Bailey (201-109kg-91, college: Lincoln Memorial). He played last season at FUS Rabat in Moroccan D1 league.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Bailey spent at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 15 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg. He also played that season for Aix Maurienne in French NM1. In 10 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bailey's college team won SAC Tournament in 2011 and 2014. He was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-Southeast Region Player of the Year back in 2014.
Bailey has played also professionally in Germany (SC Rasta Vechta).
He attended Lincoln Memorial University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Residence lands Austin Freeman, ex Caneros LR - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) landed 28-year old American guard Austin Freeman (194-102kg-89, college: Georgetown). He played in the summer at Caneros de La Romana in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 24 games he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention. Freeman also played for Plaza (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic that season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Freeman's team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Freeman has played previously professionally in Italy (Virtus Roma, Betaland Cdo and Met.Extra Viola Basket Reggio Calabria) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves and Long Island Nets).
He attended Georgetown University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Freeman is described as: A powerful, solid guard, who has a good outside shooting range, but who can also create his own shot out of the dribble.

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Mindanao Aguilas to play in Malaysia Pro League - by Eurobasket News

The much-anticipated Malaysia Pro League gained a shot in the arm with the inclusion of a team from the Philippines. The Mindanao Aguilas, a team that play in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) Developmental League (D-League), will be an invited team in the inaugural league that starts next month. The other teams that have signed on for the initial one-month trial version of the league are Westports Malaysia Dragons, Perak Farmcochem, a team from Kelantan and Penang and the Verve basketball club. League co-ordinator Ken Yap however added that they are still waiting on the confirmation from two more teams. 'The closing date is Sept 10 and we're hoping to finalise the participation of NS Matrix and a Johor team,' said Ken. 'Unfortunately we do not have any Sarawak or Sabah teams because they have their East Malaysia Basketball League (EBL) running at the same time. 'But the teams there have shown interest and maybe in the future we could have an East and West conference just like the NBA.' Ken added that the goal of the league was to develop and enhance the local pool and not to have team owners spend huge amount for foreign players. 'The idea is to give team owners a feel of how we want to run things. The budget will be limited and the entertainment value may not be as high,' said Ken. 'There will still be imports for this trial version. It will be one Asean and one world import.' Malaysia are in dire need of a regular league following their dismal fifth placed finish at the SEA Games. Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia have all established a pro league and have rapidly closed the gap on the region's powerhouse - the Philippines.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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Sloga inks Dragan Bjeletic, ex Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic

KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (KLS) agreed terms with 25-year old Montenegrin power forward Dragan Bjeletic (204-92). He played last season at Ulcinj in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 23 games he had 5.1ppg and 5.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Bjeletic played at Libertas Altamura (Serie C Silver) in Italian league. But in only one game he recorded just point and 12 rebounds. He also played for Studentski Centar Podgorica (also in Erste Liga) that season where in only one game he averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds. The other team Bjeletic played shortly was KK Priboj (1MRL). In only one game he got only point and 12 rebounds.
His team was Runner-Up of Montenegrin Prva B League 2015.
Bjeletic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Montenegro for Lovcen Kotor Strsljen.

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2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro beat Czech Republic for second win in Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Czech Republic 88:75

Montenegro claimed the second victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They topped Czech Republic to gain 2-2 record. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
Montenegro accounted for a 24:17 lead at the first break. Montenegro boosted the gap in the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 49:34 halftime lead. Montenegro stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They connected for 29 points to pile up a comfortable 23-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) netted 17 points, while Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) had 13 points in the victory. Patrik Auda (206-PF-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 14 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 17+14 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 17, Nikola Pavlicevic 13
Czech Republic: Patrik Auda 14, Tomas Satoransky 13+11 assists



Mornar remain perfect, post 5th straight preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Mornar celebrated the 5th straight victory in the preseason beating Sigal Prishtina by 84:76. The Montenegrin team grabbed a 20-13 lead and added two more wins in the second half.
Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) and Derek Needham (180-PG-90, college: Fairfield) who scored 15 points each. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) netted 13 and Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 10. Lis Shoshi (211-C-94, college: Howard Col., TX) replied with 25 points in the losing effort.
FMP meanwhile lost to Bremerhaven 73-74. Geoffrey Groselle (212-C-93, college: Creighton) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Michael Kessens (206-F-91, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) had 12. Mladen Jeremic (198-G-88, agency: 011 Sports) scored 15 points for FMP, while Filip Covic (178-PG-89) and Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: Florida St.) made 12 points each.



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Residence adds Bailey to their roster, ex FUS Rabat - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Vincent Bailey (201-109kg-91, college: Lincoln Memorial). He played last season at FUS Rabat in Moroccan D1 league.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Bailey spent at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 15 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg. He also played that season for Aix Maurienne in French NM1. In 10 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bailey's college team won SAC Tournament in 2011 and 2014. He was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-Southeast Region Player of the Year back in 2014.
Bailey has played also professionally in Germany (SC Rasta Vechta).
He attended Lincoln Memorial University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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The Warriors ink Michael Gbinije - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) agreed terms with 25-year old American international forward Michael Gbinije (201-91kg-92, college: Syracuse). He played last season at Detroit Pistons. In 9 games he had just 0.4ppg. Gbinije also played that season for another team Drive. In 16 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg in G-League.
Last year he was drafted by the Pistons in second round (49th overall). The former Syracuse University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2012 and 2014. Gbinije was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2016 at his college time.
Gbinije represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 42.9%.

Golden State Warriors roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Young
Stephen Curry
Antonius Cleveland

Forwards:
David West
Omri Casspi
Michael Gbinije
Jacorey Williams
Georges Niang
Jordan Bell

Centers:
Javale McGee
Chris Boucher

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Miami Heat welcomes back Drew II, ex Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat tabbed 27-year old American international point guard Larry Drew II (188-82kg-90, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to the Heat as he has played here before. Drew II played in the summer at Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in June. In 6 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.2apg.
The previous (13-14) season Drew II played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.7apg and 1.6spg. Drew II helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Drew II won D-League championship title in 2016. He received also All-Pac12 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Drew II was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in France (Monaco), Lithuania (Neptunas) and NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Phi.76ers).
Drew II attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Miami Heat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Drew_II
Dion Waiters
Derrick Walton
Matt Williams

Forwards:
Udonis Haslem
James Johnson
Kelly Olynyk
Sebastian Saiz
Jordan Mickey
Bam Adebayo

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Martell Webster Attempting NBA Comeback - by Eurobasket News

Martell Webster (6'7''-G-86), who last played in the NBA in 2015 for the Wizards, is attempting a comeback. Webster has had multiple back surgeries, and hip surgery led to him being waived by Washington. If healthy, Webster could be a long-range shooter and veteran presence off the bench. Webster, drafted sixth overall by the Trail Blazers in 2005, is a 38.2 percent 3-point shooter in his career.
Courtesy of: basketballinsiders.com




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London Lightning keeps Friesen for another season - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) re-signed 27-year old international guard Joel Friesen (193-90, college: Alberta). He played there last season. In 49 NBL Canada games he averaged 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Friesen spent at Halifax Hurricanes where in 52 NBL Canada games he had 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the NBL Atlantic Division title (twice). Friesen also spent pre-season at River Lions that year.
Among other achievements he received All-Canada West 1st Team award in 2012 and 2015 at his college time. Friesen was called to Canadian Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for Cascades.
Friesen attended University of Alberta until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

London Lightning roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ryan Anderson
Joel Friesen

Forwards:
Kirk Williams
Royce White

Coach: Keith Vassell

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LNB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Bufalos enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bufalos - Costa Caribe 103-93

Bufalos held off Costa Caribe in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Bufalos made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Costa Caribe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Noel Mackenzie (188-78) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals. Cuban forward Jordany Jaca (196-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dayton Cacho who recorded 19 points and point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively. Five Bufalos and four Costa Caribe players scored in double figures. Costa Caribe's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: D.James 30+2reb+2ast, N.Mackenzie 19+8reb+14ast, J.Jaca 15+17reb+3ast, C.Gonzalez 13+5reb+6ast, R.Brown 11+3reb, M.Mackenzie 7+1reb
Costa Caribe: D.Cacho 19+4reb+3ast, M.Diakite 13+7reb, S.Hodgson 11+3reb+7ast, F.Omier 10+6reb+3ast, F.Cox 9+3reb+2ast, D.Cacho 8+2reb+2ast
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NOC set to settle rift in Nigeria basketball to avoid FIBA Sanction - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), will soon begin the process of dispute resolution between the Tijjani Umar and Musa Kida led boards after basketball world governing body, FIBA, mandated it to ensure peace return to the administration of basketball in Nigeria before November 30. FIBA through its General Secretary, Patrick Baumann, in a letter addressed to both parties said failure for an amicable resolution between Umar who was elected in Kano on June 12 and Kida in Abuja on June 13 will see it resort to wielding the big stick including sanctions.

Engineer Habu Gumel, the president of the NOC, which is the only body recognised by the international body to resolve the matter broke silence in Abuja recently stating that the process for the resolution of the dispute will soon commence even as the NOC was aware of the threat by FIBA. He expressed hope that the NOC will not fold its arm and allow the world basketball body ban Nigeria.

Gumel who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and not new to the dynamics of international statutes said he was aware of the sensitive task given to the NOC to resolve the matter. "The NOC is mindful of the task given to it by the world basketball governing body, FIBA to wade into the internal wrangling in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, (NBBF). We will do everything possible to amicably resolve the impasse before the November 30, 2017 deadline."

Gumel who opened up after a reception held for the victorious Nigerian women basketball team, D'Tigress for winning the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket assured Nigerians that NOC will not disappoint Nigerians who are looking up to it to do the right thing. "The NOC will not disappoint Nigerians but will do everything within its powers for an amicable resolution of the matter within the NBBF so as to avert FIBA sanctions."

The former Volleyball federation president however admitted that the leadership of NOC and the Sports Ministry was yet to meet with any of the parties in the dispute.

'We are working on it. We have up till November to resolve all the issues and we are on it. The fact that we have not met with any of the parties in the dispute doesn't mean that we are not mindful of FIBA's order. We will resolve everything before the November 30th deadline,' Gumel assured.



The Warriors ink Michael Gbinije - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) agreed terms with 25-year old American international forward Michael Gbinije (201-91kg-92, college: Syracuse). He played last season at Detroit Pistons. In 9 games he had just 0.4ppg. Gbinije also played that season for another team Drive. In 16 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg in G-League.
Last year he was drafted by the Pistons in second round (49th overall). The former Syracuse University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2012 and 2014. Gbinije was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2016 at his college time.
Gbinije represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 42.9%.

Golden State Warriors roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nick Young
Stephen Curry
Antonius Cleveland

Forwards:
David West
Omri Casspi
Michael Gbinije
Jacorey Williams
Georges Niang
Jordan Bell

Centers:
Javale McGee
Chris Boucher

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KPL Final-8: Teams take a break, visit Childrens' Home - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Kwese Premier League Final 8 takes a break on Wednesday which has been declared a Rest Day for the teams as the League Management Board is organizing a Community Outreach programme to enable players and officials reach out to the less privileged in the society.

According to the tournament co-ordinator, Ajibarede Bello, the basketball delegation to be led by the Vice President of the Tijjani Umar led Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Olumide Oyedeji is expected to visit the Nassarawa Childrens Home in Kano to interact with the children.

'The Community Outreach programme is part of our way of reaching out to the less privileged in the society, present some gifts to them and have talks with them to make them have a sense of belonging,' he said.

Meanwhile action resumes on Thursday with semi finals and classification games at the Sani Abacha Indoor Hall in Kano




KPL Final-8: Pillars, Falcon loses - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Day 2 of the ongoing 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball Final 8 have recorded two major upsets as defending champions and Atlantic Conference 6 play-offs champions, Kano Pillars and Kwara Falcons of Ilorin both lost their second games.

Kwara Falcons fell to Hoops and Read 84-79 points while Gombe Bulls shocked arch rivals Kano Pillars 83-80 in matches decided at the Indoor Hall Gym of the Sani Abacha stadium Kano.
Gombe Bulls and Kano Pillars have met six times this season and both teams have recorded three wins apiece.

Kano Pillars led Gombe in two quarters but was unable to sustain the tempo. In the first quarter, Pillars won 21-13, second quarter 43-35, third quarter 56-56 and lost the fourth quarter 80-83.
Despite Pillars' Abubakar Usman's 33 points score, it could not help his team beat their foes. Gombe's Kator Gar scored 21 points and was assisted by Chibuzor Njoku's 17 points and Timothy Kwaor's 13 points to silence Pillars in front of their home crowd.

Pillars' coach Sani Ahmed blamed his boys for the defeat claiming that they did not play to instructions. "It is a painful defeat in front of our fans but the boys did not play to instruction. We led in the first two quarters and instead of them to maintain the intensity and play as a team according to instructions they were busy playing individual game. We did not play as a team."

He also said the absence of Azouma Dike and Abdul Yahaya affected the team. "No doubt we missed Azouma Dike and Abdul Yahaya but principally the team failed to operate as a unit."

Other Results

Niger Potter 71 - 67 Plateau Peaks
Kwara Falcons 79 - 84 Hoops & Read



Gipuzkoa inks Michael Fakuade - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) forward Michael Fakuade (201-107kg-89, college: Ill.-Springfield). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Breogan in the LEB Gold. In 32 games he had 10.1ppg, 6.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.5apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Fakuade played at Palencia_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold). In 30 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold title.
Fakuade was voted All-GLVC 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Fakuade has played previously professionally also in Germany (ETB Wohnbau and Hannover Tigers).
He attended University of Illinois at Springfield until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Van_Lacke
Daniel Perez
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Daniel Clark
Michael Fakuade
Jordan Swing
Danny Agbelese
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enuoma Ebinum agreed terms with Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Aquimisa Carbajosa inked Nigerian forward Enuoma Ebinum (206-100kg). He just graduated from Bowie State University (NCAA2). Ebinum has played there for the last three years. In 27 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7bpg last season. Ebinum helped them to win CIAA Tournament.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Aquimisa Carbajosa roster for 2017-2018:

Ruben Gutierrez
Enuoma Ebinum
Damon Jones
Alberto Cano
Gabriel Roman
LJ Booth
Alonso Ruiz
Doudou Dieye

Coach: Victor Rico

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Metropolitan League Round 8: Dep.Capiata loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 8 in Metropolitan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Luque where host Luqueno (4-4) beat league's leader Dep.Capiata (0-5) 81-65 on Monday evening. Luqueno have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 4-4 record. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by San Jose who have the same record.
The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Sol de America as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Sol de America defeated second-ranked San Jose in Asuncion 100-91. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of San Jose. As mentioned above they took over a top position. San Jose at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Olimpia.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#3) and Felix Perez (#7). Olimpia (6-1) smashed visiting Felix Perez (1-5) by 59 points 104-45. Olimpia have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion used an opportunity after San Jose lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Felix Perez lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost.
Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-29 loss to sixth ranked Libertad (4-2) in Asuncion. Libertad moved-up to fourth place. Ciudad Nueva at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost.

Libertad - Ciudad Nueva 100-29

Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-29 loss to sixth ranked Libertad (4-2) in Asuncion. Libertad moved-up to fourth place. Ciudad Nueva at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost.
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Olimpia - Felix Perez 104-45

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#3) and Felix Perez (#7). Olimpia (6-1) smashed visiting Felix Perez (1-5) by 59 points 104-45. Olimpia have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion used an opportunity after San Jose lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Felix Perez lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost.
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San Jose - Sol de America 91-100

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Sol de America as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Sol de America defeated second-ranked San Jose in Asuncion 100-91. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of San Jose. As mentioned above they took over a top position. San Jose at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Olimpia.
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Luqueno - Dep.Capiata 81-65

Round 8 in Metropolitan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Luque where host Luqueno (4-4) beat league's leader Dep.Capiata (0-5) 81-65 on Monday evening. Luqueno have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 4-4 record. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by San Jose who have the same record.
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Lenjo Kilo (ex Libertad) signs at Instituto - by Eurobasket

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba (LigaA) landed 24-year old American forward Lenjo Kilo (203-109kg-93, college: Savannah State). He played in the summer at Libertad in Paraguayan Metropolitan League. Kilo helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season he played at Telstar Hesperange (N2) in Luxembourg league where in 28 games he averaged impressive 24.5ppg and 2.2apg.
Kilo received All-ECC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Kilo graduated from Savannah State in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba roster for 2017-2018:

Sam Clancy
Cristian Amicucci
Miguel Gerlero
Facundo Pinero
Santiago Scala
Luciano Gonzalez
Dwayne Davis
Lenjo Kilo
Gaston Whelan
Enzo Rupcic
Lucas Reyes
Federico Pedano

Coach: Facundo Muller

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


Chooks To Go Pilipinas awarded wild card for FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Chooks To Go Pilipinas have been awarded a wild card to take part in this year's FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Japan club SunRockers Shibuya were initially scheduled to participate but had to withdraw after extensive efforts to adjust the B.League schedule to fit the games in proved unsuccessful. Chooks To Go Pilipinas now completes the 10-team line-up for Asia's premier club competition that will take place in Chenzhou, China from 22-30 September.
They will join defending champions China Kashgar, Al Riyadi (LBN), Petrochimi (IRI), Sarreyet Ramallah (PLE), Dacin Tigers (TPE), BC Astana (KAZ), ONGC (IND), Al Shabab Al Ahli (UAE) and Mono Vampire BC (THA).
The official draw for the Asia's premier basketball club competition took place on August 25 and determined the groups in which the 10 teams will compete.
The groups are now as follows:
Group A: BC Astana, Mono Vampire, Petrochimi, Sarreyet Ramallah, Chooks To Go Pilipinas.
Group B: Al Shabab Al Ahli, ONGC, Al Riyadi, Dacin Tigers, China Kashgar
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball




Mindanao Aguilas to play in Malaysia Pro League - by Eurobasket News

The much-anticipated Malaysia Pro League gained a shot in the arm with the inclusion of a team from the Philippines. The Mindanao Aguilas, a team that play in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) Developmental League (D-League), will be an invited team in the inaugural league that starts next month. The other teams that have signed on for the initial one-month trial version of the league are Westports Malaysia Dragons, Perak Farmcochem, a team from Kelantan and Penang and the Verve basketball club. League co-ordinator Ken Yap however added that they are still waiting on the confirmation from two more teams. 'The closing date is Sept 10 and we're hoping to finalise the participation of NS Matrix and a Johor team,' said Ken. 'Unfortunately we do not have any Sarawak or Sabah teams because they have their East Malaysia Basketball League (EBL) running at the same time. 'But the teams there have shown interest and maybe in the future we could have an East and West conference just like the NBA.' Ken added that the goal of the league was to develop and enhance the local pool and not to have team owners spend huge amount for foreign players. 'The idea is to give team owners a feel of how we want to run things. The budget will be limited and the entertainment value may not be as high,' said Ken. 'There will still be imports for this trial version. It will be one Asean and one world import.' Malaysia are in dire need of a regular league following their dismal fifth placed finish at the SEA Games. Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia have all established a pro league and have rapidly closed the gap on the region's powerhouse - the Philippines.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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

28-year old forward Aaron Fuller (198-F-89, agency: Haylett Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked NLEX RW and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#9, 2-4) 109-99. NLEX RW is placed at 2nd position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. NLEX RW will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Fuller had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be NLEX RW's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fuller leads league in rebounds with 18.9rpg. Fuller is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg and 55.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Globalport. He is American forward in his first season at Globalport. In the last game Holloway recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Globalport lost that game 99-109 to the higher-ranked NLEX RW (#2, 6-2). Globalport is still in a red zone at 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Holloway is a newcomer at Globalport and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 18.6rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of TNT Ka Tropa (#6). Rice Jr. got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of TNT Ka Tropa, leading his team to a 117-96 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Blackwater (#7, 4-4). TNT Ka Tropa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Rice Jr. has a very solid season. In 4 games in Philippines he scored 31.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 36 points and 15 rebounds
5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of Blackwater - 33 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 24 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brandon Brown (201-PF-85) of Phoenix - 26 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra - 19 points and 13 rebounds
10. John Paul Erram (203-F/C-89) of Blackwater - 16 points and 14 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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  POLAND  


2017 EuroBasket: France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland - by Eurobasket News

France - Poland 78-75

France books the ticket to Istanbul with the win over Poland. The French side took a 3-1 record in Group A with a narrow 78-75 win. Poland dropped at 1-3 record and will play in their must-win game against Greece.
Poland looked better in the first half and posted two victories in the first two quarters. They started the game with a massive 20-13 run and added a 14-13 rally before the halftime. France however took control of the game in the second half. They replied with a 25-18 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 27-23 rally.
Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 23 points and Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) poured in 13. Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) followed them with 8 points each. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) answered with 15 points in the losing effort, Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) notched 14, whilst Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) had 12.

France: Thomas Heurtel 23, Boris Diaw 13, Kevin Seraphin 8, Nando De Colo 8
Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, Aaron Cel 14, Mateusz Ponitka 12



Start Lublin win friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza - by Eurobasket News

Start Lublin celebrated victory at the international friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Start beat hosting MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 78:74 to capture the trophy. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Start jumped to a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza raced to a 36:30 halftime lead. Start Lublin unloaded 26 points in the third term to regain the lead. They added 22 points in the fourth period to ensure the victory. Bartosz Ciechocinski (203-F-91) tossed in 15 points, while James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 14 points for the winners. Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85, agency: Players Group) replied with 15 points for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90, college: Seattle) netted 14 points in the loss.


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  PUERTO RICO  


Miami Heat welcomes back Drew II, ex Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat tabbed 27-year old American international point guard Larry Drew II (188-82kg-90, college: UCLA). It is actually his comeback to the Heat as he has played here before. Drew II played in the summer at Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in June. In 6 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.2apg.
The previous (13-14) season Drew II played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 46 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.7apg and 1.6spg. Drew II helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Drew II won D-League championship title in 2016. He received also All-Pac12 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Drew II was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played also professionally in France (Monaco), Lithuania (Neptunas) and NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Phi.76ers).
Drew II attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Miami Heat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Larry Drew_II
Dion Waiters
Derrick Walton
Matt Williams

Forwards:
Udonis Haslem
James Johnson
Kelly Olynyk
Sebastian Saiz
Jordan Mickey
Bam Adebayo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


2017 EuroBasket: Hungary gain second straight victory, upset Romania - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Hungary 71:80

Hungary claimed the second consecutive victory in EuroBasket Group C. They upset hosting Romania for 2-2 record. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) nailed 26 points to lead the effort.
Hungary accounted for a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the margin in the second quarter. Hungary accumulated a 38:32 halftime advantage. They did not loosen the grip throughout the third term. Hungary posted a 60:52 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They added 20 points in the final frame and secured much needed win. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had 25 points, while Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points in the victory. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) replied with 12 points for Romania. Octavian Calota (189-PG-84) netted 11 points in the loss.

Romania: Catalin Baciu 12, Octavian Calota 11
Hungary: David Vojvoda 26, Adam Hanga 25, Rosco Allen 10



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  RUSSIA  


Yesilgiresun lands Kenny Boynton, ex N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) tabbed 26-year old American point guard Kenny Boynton (188-86kg-91, college: Florida). He played most recently at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.9apg last season. Boynton also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Denizli Basket (TBL). In 38 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 22.7ppg and recorded 3.5rpg and 3.8apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
Boynton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in France (SO Maritime Boulogne) and Israel (Galil Gilboa and GreenTops Netanya).
Boynton attended University of Florida until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: One of the most explosive players in the country who thrives on competition with the talent to score from anywhere on the floor. A grinder on defense who excels in a fast-tempo style of play.

Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erkan Yilmaz
Kenny Boynton
Ra'shad James

Forwards:
Ivan Marinkovic
Tomislav Gabric
Efe Besok

Center:
Dusan Cantekin

Coach: Mihailo Uvalin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor roll past Udine in Caorle - by Eurobasket News

Udine - Avtodor 81:97

Avtodor ensured a comfortable victory over Udine in the test game in Caorle. Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Udine jumped to a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. They extended the margin at 4-point mark at the interval. Avtodor improved defensively in the third term. The Russian team spurred ahead for a 57:55 lead at the third break. Avtodor outgunned Udine in the fourth period and then the teams played an extra period as Avtodor outscored Udine 21:11 to seal a comfortable win. Ian Hummer (201-F-90, college: Princeton) provided 14 points, while Branden Frazier (190-G-92, college: Fordham) added 12 points for the Russian side.



2017 EuroBasket: Latvia silence Russia in the second half, post third win in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Russia 84:69

Latvia improved at 3-1 record in Group D following a tough victory over previously undefeated Russia. Janis Timma (201-F-92) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
Russia posted a 15:12 lead after the opening frame. They increased the tempo in the second period. Russia unloaded 29 points to build a 44:34 halftime lead. Moreover Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) piled up four personal fouls in the first half. But Ainars Bagatskis started Kristaps Porzingis entering the second half and it paid off. Latvia ignited an 18:8 run in the third term to level things up at 52 heading into the fourth quarter. Latvia unloaded then 32 points in the final quarter and secured the winning outcome. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) and Kristaps Porzingis netted 11 points each for the Baltic team. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 21 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia: Janis Timma 22, Rolands Smits 11, Kristaps Porzingis 11
Russia: Alexey Shved 21, Timofey Mozgov 16



Anadolu Efes crush Nizhny Novgorod in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Nizhny Novgorod 98:73

Anadolu Efes continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They took on Nizhny Novgorod during their training camp in Slovenia. The Turkish team dominated from start to finish to post a well-deserved win at the end. Derrick Brown (203-PF-87, college: Xavier) accounted for 19 points for the Turkish team.
Anadolu Efes used a 26:16 run in the second period to open a 12-point halftime lead. They added 26 points in the third quarter to record a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Anadolu Efes sank 27 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88, college: Goshen) provided 18 points, while Birkan Batuk (196-F/G-90) had 15 points in the win.



Enisey cruise past Liepajas/Lauvas in test game - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Liepajas/Lauvas 105:74

Enisey took on Latvian Liepajas/Lauvas in the pre-season clash. The Russian team secured a comfortable victory. Artem Komissarov (199-G-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 22 points to lead the effort.
Liepajas posted a 23:19 lead after the opening frame. But Enisey picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They dropped 35 points to take a 10-point halftime lead. Enisey followed with a 26:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F/G-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 16 points, while Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) added 12 points for the winning side. Toms Leimanis (188-SG-94) replied with 16 points for Liepajas/Lauvas. Roberts Krastins (195-G-94) tossed in 14 points in the defeat.

Enisey: Artem Komissarov 22, Gleb Goldyrev 16, Vitali Liutych 12
Liepajas/Lauvas: Toms Leimanis 16, Roberts Krastins 14



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  RWANDA  


Rwanda to Face DRC in Final Warm-Up Game - by Eurobasket News

Rwanda will face neighbours, Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday afternoon in the third and final warm-up game ahead of the FIBA Afrobasket Championships for Men in Tunisia. Moise Mutokambali's team have already lost two warm-up games against Central African Republic and Mali on Thursday and Sunday respectively. This year's African Basketball Championships is scheduled for September 6-16 in Senegal and Tunisia. Rwanda lost 48-73 to Central African Republic before suffering a narrow 67-68 defeat at the hands of Mali on Sunday evening in Sousse, Tunisia.
On Sunday, Rwanda led by 66-64 going into the last 9 seconds of the game, but they failed to manage late pressure from the West Africans. IPRC-Kigali's Steven Havugintwari was Rwanda's top scorer with 18 points; Kami Kabange contributed 16 points, while Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) added another 14 points. "Generally, we played well. It's unfortunate that we failed to manage the final 9 seconds. The defeat is a big lesson of what we should work on before the Afrobasket starts," Mutokambali said in a post-game interview. He added that, "We are now shifting focus on the DRC match on Tuesday, a team that has the same style of play as Cameroon. It's going to be a good test and a good platform for our foreign-based players, who just joined us here." Rwanda has been drawn in Group C alongside Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the hosts Tunisia.
In the meantime, all the four foreign-based players finally arrived in Tunisia and all featured in Sunday's game against Mali. Those include; Patrice Twagirayezu, Kenneth Wilson Gasana, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rwabigwi. Rwanda will start her quest for Afrobasket glory facing Guinea on September 8; play the second game against Tunisia on Sept. 9 before rounding off the group stages against Cameroon the next day. Group A and C matches as well all knock-out stages will be hosted by Tunisia while Senegal will be home to Group B and D matches. The 29th edition of Afrobasket finals is the last edition that the competition is held biennially. The next edition will be held in 2021, making it a once in four years' event. Rwanda has made it to the finals of Africa's biggest and most prestigious basketball competition on five occasions in the last six editions since making her debut appearance in 2007, in Angola.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SCOTLAND  


Capital basketball clubs will want to forget opening weekend - by Eurobasket News

Of the four Edinburgh clubs in the top division of the Scottish Men's Basketball League, only 2016 champions Boroughmuir Blaze came away with a win on the opening weekend of the new season. Blaze sent out a clear message that they want their title back by blitzing newly-promoted Pleasance Basketball Club 93-53 in the season curtain-raiser at The Crags Centre. Captain Eoghann Dover (185-G/F-89) top-scored with 24 points and Sam Stott (180-F-97) added 19, while coach Simon Turner was equally pleased to see 16-year-old Jordan Burke make an assured senior debut. Another gifted teenager, Kyle Jimenez (187-G-98), was very much to the fore as City of Edinburgh Kings slipped to a shock 76-66 defeat to Dunfermline Reign at Portobello High School. Despite a game-high 24 points from Jimenez, Kings trailed 44-26 at half-time and were unable to recover the deficit in the closing ten minutes. Tonight's friendly with a USA Select now takes on added importance as Kings seek to rebuild their battered confidence. There was further bad news for them on Friday evening when Jordan Scott of the Kings B team was taken to hospital after injuring his ankle during the 92-85 Division Two loss at Perth Phoenix. Scans revealed ligament damage, and although he went home on crutches, he should be back playing soon. Edinburgh University looked certain to start the season with a win when they led Stirling Knights 35-21 at half-time at St Leonard's on Sunday afternoon. Cory McCabe's side then turned the game on its head, outscoring the students by 26 points in the third quarter and holding their advantage through to the buzzer for an 80-68 victory. Reigning champions Falkirk Fury showed that they remain the team to beat after thrashing Glasgow University 83-34.
Courtesy of: edinburghnews.scotsman.com



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Sloga inks Dragan Bjeletic, ex Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic

KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (KLS) agreed terms with 25-year old Montenegrin power forward Dragan Bjeletic (204-92). He played last season at Ulcinj in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 23 games he had 5.1ppg and 5.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Bjeletic played at Libertas Altamura (Serie C Silver) in Italian league. But in only one game he recorded just point and 12 rebounds. He also played for Studentski Centar Podgorica (also in Erste Liga) that season where in only one game he averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds. The other team Bjeletic played shortly was KK Priboj (1MRL). In only one game he got only point and 12 rebounds.
His team was Runner-Up of Montenegrin Prva B League 2015.
Bjeletic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Montenegro for Lovcen Kotor Strsljen.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Serbia sends Great Britain packing - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Serbia 68-82

Serbia improved to a 3-1 record in Group D of EuroBasket 2017. They overcame Great Britain 82-68 as the latter were eliminated from tournament.
Serbia took control of the game from the first minutes and ensured a 25-14 lead. The Serbia side slowed down a bit in the second period and allowed the opponents to reduce to 47-38 at the halftime. Great Britain tried hard in the second half as well, but narrowly lost both periods.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) notched 11 each. Teddy Okereafor (193-G-92, college: Rider) led the scoring with 17 points and Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) added 13 points.

Great Britain: Teddy Okereafor, Kyle Johnson 13
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vladimir Stimac 11, Stefan Jovic 11



Nikola Gacesa (ex Tabriz) joins Dinamo Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-104kg-87, college: TCU). He played last season at Shahrdary Tabriz in Iranian Superleague. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Gacesa played at Energy Invest where in 27 Superleague games he was second best scorer with remarkable 19.7ppg and averaged 10.2rpg (#5 in the league) and 2.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
Gacesa is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gunners Oberwart), Bosnia (Igokea), France (Rueil), Romania (BC Timisoara) and Slovenia (Helios).
Gacesa attended Texas Christian University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Gacesa: Nikola Gacesa is a tough power forward with good set of offensive skills. Likes to play in contact, can play facing the basket and in low post. Reliable jump shooter will open up opportunities for him to attack more off the dribble and make him more of a pick-and-pop threat, adding another dimension to his game on the offensive end. He also does a good job using spin moves to change directions and get to the rim. Needs more consistency when playing with his back to the basket. Due to his strenght can be used on center position. He is good defensive player and solid rebounder.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aleksandar Marelja (ex Real Betis) signs at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Telenet Giants Antwerp (Euromillions League) landed 25-year old Serbian power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. Marelja managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played for BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica in Serbian league that season where in 10 ABA League games he had 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. Marelja also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.5ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team he played that season for was KK Vrsac Swisslion in Serbian KLS. In 11 games he got impressive 18.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. Marelja helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Belgian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Marelja received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 71.4%.
Marelja is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan, Borac, Sloga and Radnicki KG 06), Spain (UCAM Murcia), Belgium (Oostende) and FYR Macedonia (Strumica).

Telenet Giants Antwerp roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Jason Clark
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Aleksandar Marelja
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn
Yoeri Schoepen
Thibaut Vervoort
Moses Kingsley

Centers:
Ismael Bako
Roby Rogiers

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Primorska lands Shawn King (ex-Stal Ostrow) - by Zeljko Zule

Primorska added size to their roster by signing veteran Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) for the upcoming season.
King started last season in French with BCM Graveline Dunkerque and in November moved to Stal Ostrow Wlkp., where he averaged 11.6 points, league-leading 10.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 35 Polish TBL League games. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year.
King has already played in Slovenia from 2008 through 2010 with Hopsi Polzela, averaging 20.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals in 2.4 blocks in 23 games of the 2009-10 season.
King played college basketbal at Carl Albert and ORU from 2004 to 2008. He has already played pro basketball for BK Minsk 2006 in Belarus, BC Odessa in Ukraine, Sluc Nancy and STB Le Havre in Italy, Granarolo Boilogna in Italy, Sporting Al Riyadi Beyrut in Lebanon, Bucaneros de La Guaira in Venezuela, BC Kalec/Cramo Tallin in Estonia.



Sencur GGD lands Ramo Rizvic (ex-Zlatorog) - by Zeljko Zule

Sencur GGD announced the signing of Bosnian Ramo Rizvic for the coming season.
Rizvic arrives from fellow Slovenian side Zlatorog Lasko, where he averaged 12.9 pointa, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 36 Slovenian League games last season.
Rizvic grew up with Celik Zenica and has already played for Kakanj, Celik, Bosna, Sloboda Tuzla and Student Mostar in his native Bosnia plus Maribor in Slovenia



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Slovenia 75:102

Slovenia keep on winning in Group A. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) scored 21 points as Slovenia marched past Iceland for the fourth straight win.
Iceland once again at this tournament got to a quick start. They dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But Iceland quickly ran out of steam. Slovenia adjusted and responded with a 37:18 run to ensure a 60:43 halftime lead. Slovenia held their opponents to just 32 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Jaka Blazic (196-SG-90) notched 15 points, while Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) added 14 points in the win. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 18 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) and Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Iceland: Martin Hermannsson 18, Hlynur Baeringsson 14, Haukur Palsson 14
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 21, Jaka Blazic 15, Klemen Prepelic 14



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Goyang Orions tab Dewarick Spencer, ex Moutahed - by Eurobasket News

Goyang Orions (KBL) inked experienced 35-year old American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas State, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Moutahed in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 31 games he averaged impressive 21.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg last season. Spencer helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. He also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi (also in Pepsi LBL) that year. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Spencer's team made it to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup final in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Spencer played at the WABA Club Championships five years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Spencer has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Spencer has played previously professionally in China (Golden Bulls and Jilin Tigers), France (Le Mans), Greece, Iran (Petrochimi), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), Venezuela (Guaros) and South Korea (SK Knights).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Goyang Orions.
Spencer attended Arkansas State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Dewarick Spencer is a tremedous three point shooter one of the best in NCAA D-1 during his college career. Spencer is a good defender and fairly athletic with the ability to play both the 1 and 2 positions equally as well. Showed great skills in French league, winning every single individual accolade one can imagine. Puts a great intensity on defense and has the ability to play above the rim to go along with his good shooting mark.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Robert Valge joins Plasencia - by Eurobasket News

Electro Mercantil Plasencia (LEB Silver) added to their roster 20-year old Estonian small forward Robert Valge (192-82kg-97). He played last season at Quesos Cerrato de Palencia in the LEB Gold. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in 10 games he had just 0.7ppg. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Valge played at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In 33 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention. Valge also played 14 games in Baltic League where he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Valge represented Estonia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Oberwart (Austria) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 61.9%.

Electro Mercantil Plasencia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bayle
Adrian Fuentes
Miguel Martinez
Fernando Sierra

Forwards:
Mario Alvarez
Erik Kinney
Robert Valge

Centers:
Seydou Aboubacar
Brent Calhoun
Alejandro Galan

Coach: Carlos Diaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leonardo Demetrio signs at Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old Brazilian international forward Leonardo Demetrio (208-94) from Forca Lleida. In 34 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 10.9ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
Demetrio ended the previous (2015-16) season at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) where in three games he had just 2.3ppg and 2.7rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Minas in Brazilian NBB. In 32 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 5.6rpg.
Demetrio has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Demetrio represented Brazil at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Johan Lofberg
Sergi Quintela

Forward:
Leonardo Demetrio

Centers:
Guillem Rubio
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carbajosa tabs Jalen Pendleton - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Aquimisa Carbajosa inked 24-year old American guard Jalen Pendleton (188-91kg-93). He has only college experience while playing for Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2). In 29 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 5.3apg in 2015-16 season. Pendleton helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-NSIC Newcomer of the Year and selected to All-NSIC 1st Team.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Salukis in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 30 games he had 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.0apg.
So his pro career will start in Spain.

Aquimisa Carbajosa roster for 2017-2018:

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

Coach: Victor Rico

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rodrigo is back at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

NCS Alcobendas (EBA) signed 31-year old center Pablo Rodrigo (204-86). It is actually his comeback to Alcobendas as he has played here before. Rodrigo played last season at Real Canoe in EBA. He helped his team get promotion to LEB Silver. In 33 games he had 9.2ppg, 8.4rpg and 2.4apg. Rodrigo contributed to his team winning the EBA Final Stage 3 title.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid where in 22 EBA games he recorded 6.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rodrigo was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally also in United Kingdom (Essex Pirates) and Spain (CB Guadalajara, Bansander and Navalcarnero).

NCS Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Pablo Rodrigo
Roberto Malpede
Alejandro Fortes
Guillermo Ruiz
Nicolas Bermudez
Daniel Trachsel
Gabriel Gomez
Jorge Parra

Coach: Jose Antonio Ramirez

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Pena re-signs at Estela - by Eurobasket News

Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (EBA) confirmed in their roster 20-year old point guard Jon Pena (183-97). He played there last season. In 29 EBA games he had 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. Pena helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zornotza (LEB Silver). But in 12 games he recorded just 1.0ppg.
Pena has played previously for Canarias Basketball Academy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Croatia 79:73

Spain secured the fourth consecutive win in Cluj Napoca. They beat Croatia to remain undefeated in Group C. Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) delivered 13 points for the winners.
Spain eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Croatia to just 12 points in the second quarter to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Croatia erased the deficit in the third term though. They pulled ahead for a narrow 54:53 lead at the final intermission. But Spain lived up to the challenge. They knocked down 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) and Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 12 points each for the winners. Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) sank 15 points in the defeat.

Spain: Ricky Rubio 13, Sergio Rodriguez 12, Fernando San Emeterio 12
Croatia: Dario Saric 18+13 boards, Bojan Bogdanovic 15



Gipuzkoa inks Michael Fakuade - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) forward Michael Fakuade (201-107kg-89, college: Ill.-Springfield). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Breogan in the LEB Gold. In 32 games he had 10.1ppg, 6.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.5apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Fakuade played at Palencia_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold). In 30 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold title.
Fakuade was voted All-GLVC 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Fakuade has played previously professionally also in Germany (ETB Wohnbau and Hannover Tigers).
He attended University of Illinois at Springfield until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Van_Lacke
Daniel Perez
Kenny Chery
Xavi Oroz

Forwards:
Daniel Clark
Michael Fakuade
Jordan Swing
Danny Agbelese
Mike Carlson
Joan Pardina

Centers:
Henk Norel
Miquel Salvo_Llambrich

Coach: Porfirio Fisac

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enuoma Ebinum agreed terms with Carbajosa - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Aquimisa Carbajosa inked Nigerian forward Enuoma Ebinum (206-100kg). He just graduated from Bowie State University (NCAA2). Ebinum has played there for the last three years. In 27 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7bpg last season. Ebinum helped them to win CIAA Tournament.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Aquimisa Carbajosa roster for 2017-2018:

Ruben Gutierrez
Enuoma Ebinum
Damon Jones
Alberto Cano
Gabriel Roman
LJ Booth
Alonso Ruiz
Doudou Dieye

Coach: Victor Rico

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Garcia re-signs at Cantbasket - by Eurobasket News

La Gallofa Cantbasket 04 (EBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old swingman Jaime Garcia (194-87). He played there last season. In 24 EBA games he recorded 13.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg. Garcia helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
He has played previously for four other teams: Pielagos, Estela, CBT Gimnastica and Burriana.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Uppsala tabs Stanford Brown, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) inked 27-year old American forward Stanford Brown (204-108kg-90, college: Lamar). He played most recently at Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 22 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 6.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA where in 29 games he had 6.3ppg and 4.0rpg.
His college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2012.
Brown has played previously professionally in Mexico (Abejas) and Slovakia (Nova Ves).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Lamar University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Uppsala Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rhys Carter
Rickard Eriksson
Mannos Nakos
Anes Zekovic
Lukas Friberg

Forwards:
Axel Nordstrom
Stanford Brown
Alan Zekovic

Coach: Kevin Gaines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lions de Geneve edge Union Neuchatel in pre-season game - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve defeated Union Neuchatel Basket in the pre-season clash. Roberto Kovac (189-SG-90) had 19 points to lead the winners.

Union Neuchatel Basket - Lions de Geneve 63:81 (33-35)
Neuchatel: Monteiro 6, Jovanovic, Savoy 14, Ramseier 8, Maruotto 11, Taylor 12, Parker 2, Williamson 10, Osmonaj.
Geneve: Pythoud 6, Kuba, Gravet 7, Medford 6, Cotture 4, Moke, Kubler 3, Kovac 19, M. Mladjan 4, Gruninger 2, Elliott 3, Addison 17.



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Anadolu Efes crush Nizhny Novgorod in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Nizhny Novgorod 98:73

Anadolu Efes continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They took on Nizhny Novgorod during their training camp in Slovenia. The Turkish team dominated from start to finish to post a well-deserved win at the end. Derrick Brown (203-PF-87, college: Xavier) accounted for 19 points for the Turkish team.
Anadolu Efes used a 26:16 run in the second period to open a 12-point halftime lead. They added 26 points in the third quarter to record a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Anadolu Efes sank 27 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88, college: Goshen) provided 18 points, while Birkan Batuk (196-F/G-90) had 15 points in the win.



Beroe signs Adonte Parker, ex Gelisim - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) signed 28-year old American point guard Adonte Parker (186-89, college: Dayton). He played last season at Gelisim in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Parker played at Polfarmex (also in TBL) in where in 35 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC and Bayer Giants).
Parker attended University of Dayton until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A strong and quick guard, can be been dominant on the court and is and exemplary off the court. Despite being the focal point of opposing defenses, Parker maintains high shooting percentages in his first pro season.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tihomir Zhelev
Adonte Parker
Mike DiNunno
Terry Whisnant
Nikolay Titkov
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Nikolay Nikolov
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

Center:
Todor Todorov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo signs Engin Atsur - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) signed 33-year old Turk ex-international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, college: North Carolina State, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Turkish passport. Atsur played last season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 36 games he had 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Atsur also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Besiktas in Turkish BSL. In 30 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. Atsur also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Turkish League in 2014. Atsur was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team in 2010 and 2015.
He was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Atsur played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2004 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2003.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships in Poland eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg.
Atsur has played previously professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Bakirkoy).
He attended North Carolina State until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Atsur could be described: A fast and intelligent open court player,play maker of the team and the leader as well. Very scorer guard when he finds the rythm.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
Turkcan, Besok, Kutluay, Turkoglu, Okur. The Turk basketball exported many big talents in the last years and introduced a very good NT, but in all those years Turkey missed a high level PG, and Kerem Tunceri - a very nice player but not in the same level as the others, will have to forgive me on this one. Here is the future hope of Turkey in the PG.
Engin Atsor can play both guard positions, but most of the time he spends in the Point, and it seems he's making the best of his potential there. Next season he will most likely go to North Carolina State. The Atsor parents want the kid to get some education. The Turkish basketball hopes he will continue to develop there.
He has great penetration, and can very easily pull up a jumper if he can't make it all the way to the basket, or dish a pass that will lead to an easy bucket. His hand from 3 can be deadly, but not stable enough. He's a very good rebounder for a PG (4.4 rbs per game), and carried his team almost all the way to the Semi Finals
.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Engin Atsur
Mirza Alibegovic
Justin Edwards
Vojislav Stojanovic
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana
Giorgio Galipo

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jakub Wojciechowski
Mario Delas
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

Coach: Gennaro Di Carlo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Turkey outlast Belgium to cheer up Istanbul fans - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Belgium 78:65

Turkey added some positive vibes for the fans in Istanbul after edging Belgium for 2-2 record in Group D. Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) nailed 14 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey set the tone early in the game. They used a 23:14 run in the first ten minutes to ensure a 9-point lead. Belgium narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Lions got within 7 points at the big break 40:33. Belgium continued to chase their opponents throughout the third term. The visitors entered the final period down by just two points 53:55. But Turkey picked up the tempo when it mattered the most. The hosts went on a 23:12 rally in the final ten minutes to secure a crucial win. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) produced 12 points each for the hosts. Sam Van-Rossom (188-PG-86) replied with 13 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) had 10 points in the defeat.

Turkey: Furkan Korkmaz 14, Semih Erden 12, Melih Mahmutoglu 12
Belgium: Sam Van-Rossom 13, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 10



Yesilgiresun lands Kenny Boynton, ex N.Novgorod - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) tabbed 26-year old American point guard Kenny Boynton (188-86kg-91, college: Florida). He played most recently at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league. In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.9apg last season. Boynton also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Denizli Basket (TBL). In 38 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 22.7ppg and recorded 3.5rpg and 3.8apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
Boynton has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in France (SO Maritime Boulogne) and Israel (Galil Gilboa and GreenTops Netanya).
Boynton attended University of Florida until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: One of the most explosive players in the country who thrives on competition with the talent to score from anywhere on the floor. A grinder on defense who excels in a fast-tempo style of play.

Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erkan Yilmaz
Kenny Boynton
Ra'shad James

Forwards:
Ivan Marinkovic
Tomislav Gabric
Efe Besok

Center:
Dusan Cantekin

Coach: Mihailo Uvalin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA Americas President Richards thrilled with opportunities presented by international basketball's new era - by David Edole

CORDOBA (FIBA AmeriCup 2017) - Following USA's 81-76 win over Argentina in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Final, FIBA Americas President Usie Richards stepped into the court to hand the continental champions their new hardware.

Minutes before, he took time to speak to FIBA.basketball to reflect on the continental championship, look ahead to Americas Qualifiers to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the overall state of the game in the Americas.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 just ended, what were your highlights of the continental competition?
It was a pleasure to be able to live and be present for two of the preliminary groups, in Medellin, Colombia and Montevideo, Uruguay. I think the environment and atmosphere for the fans was great, along with the support that has been provided by the federations for all the participating national teams. It has been very encouraging looking forward to the Americas Qualifiers to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 that are just around the corner. The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 was an important first step towards involving all of our national federations in being active participants and stakeholders in the promotion and development of our sport. Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay did an excellent job and served as an example of what can be achieved if we work together for the good of basketball.

In the Semi-Finals of this 2017 edition, all of the Americas' sub-zones and sub sub-zones were represented (USA - North America, Mexico - COCABA, Virgin Islands - CBC and Argentina - CONSUBASQUET), what does this say about the current competitive level and parity basketball has in the region?
It shows what a great opportunity we have for growth. It is a mission of FIBA to strengthen our national federations and this tournament provided success stories for everybody to see the possibilities moving forward. I expect a whole lot to come out of the three sub-zones, what is known as North America, South America, and Central America and the Caribbean. And it's good to see a team from COCABA, which is the Central American regional team from the Caribbean Basketball Confederation, the CBC, that are here representing CONCENCABA, something that is very healthy for our competition.

You have been FIBA Americas President for three years now. How do you view the development that national federations have undergone in the region?
I believe there's been some positive growth. Particularly, when we look at the opportunities that have been given to support our sub-sub zones of the Central America and the Caribbean. We know that we have a good structural organization in all of the Americas and we continue to work with all of our national federations to assist them in the new era of international basketball that will have them in the spotlight of the sports landscape in each of their countries. Our job is to have them be ready to take advantage of all the opportunities coming their way in November. Their national team is coming home, playing in front of their fans and this is huge to maximize and accelerate their development. This AmeriCup did it for the South American Basketball Confederation (CONSUBASQUET). They were able to host the entire competition, galvanize their fans toward the national team, generate momentum, and saw great things come out of this opportunity. It was an important example that can be replicated throughout our region.

The 12 countries that played FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will then compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, along with Bahamas, Chile, Cuba and Paraguay. What are your expectations looking forward to FIBA's new competition system and calendar?
We are excited and confident in the work we have done to have this new era for international basketball in the Americas be a success. Our national federations are into it and ready to serve the overall mission of FIBA to promote the sport. November represents a historic moment for all of us that have been international basketball lifers and will see the dream of having national teams playing in front of their fans on a regular basis become a reality. The Americas basketball family is ready to take this next step.



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  UGANDA  


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

27-year old forward Brian Namake (F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked UCU Canons and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Nkumba M. (#12, 2-11) 63-58. UCU Canons maintains the 2nd position in Ugandan league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. UCU Canons will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Namake has many years of experience at UCU Canons, through which he has constantly improved. Namake has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 2.9apg).

Second best performed player last round was Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) of Power. He is Kenyan in his 3rd season at Power. In the last game Makiadi recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Power was edged by the lower-ranked Ndejje (#6, 7-4) 69-65. This loss caused Power to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Makiadi is one of the most experienced players at Power and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#2). He also registered 13.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Buzangu (F-82) of league's leader Pemba Warriors. Buzangu got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He was a key player of Pemba Warriors, leading his team to a 88-76 win against the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#8, 4-10). Many experts and fans count Pemba Warriors as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Buzangu has a great season in Uganda. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 55.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Malek Lino (F-91) of Sharing Youth - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Amisi Saidi (F-87) of Pemba Warriors - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Afidra Isaac (F-85) of Power - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Baraka Mopele) of Sharing Youth - 21 points and 3 assists
8. Gauthier Baderha) of Ndejje - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Philip Amenyi (C-89) of Pemba Warriors - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fadhili Chuma (F-95) of UCU Canons - 8 points and 12 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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  UKRAINE  


Cherkasy Monkeys lands Stanimir Marinov - by Andy Dziuba

SK Cherkasy Monkeys signed Bulgarian international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91, agency: Interperformances) for upcomig season.

25 years old Marinov played most recently in Bulgarian NBL for Balkan Botevgrad. He averaged 15.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg and 1.8 spg in 23 games. He was voted Eurobasket.com Player of the week for round 24.

Also Marinov was a member of Bulgarian National Team during World Cup-2019 pre-qualifiers. He recorded 6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 5.0 apg in 4 games.

Previously Marinov played for BC Levski 2014 Sofia, Cherno More Ticha and Sigal Prishtina. Among his main achievements are Balkan League Champion, Kosovo League Champion, Bulgarian Cup Winner and Kosovo Cup Winner titles.



Stanislav Zavadsky (ex Budivelnyk) is back at Khimik - by Andy Dziuba

BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny signed experienced Ukrainian center Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87) for upcoming season.

30 years old Zavadsky played most recently for Budivelnyk Kyiv. He averaged 6.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 25 games and became Ukrainian Superleague Champion.

Zavadsky spent at BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny first 8 years of his professional career. There he reached FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals and EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. Also Zavadsky played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys.

He was a member of Ukrainian University National Team.



Dnipro posts win, finishes third in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro posts win, finishes third in Lithuania at the Kedainiai CUP 2017. The Ukrainian team lost first two games, but came up with a victory in day 3.
At first Nevezis overcame Dnipro 90-61. Roberts Stumbris (199-SF-93) stepped up with 15 points for the Lithuanian team and Malcolm Grant (185-G-88, college: Miami, FL) added 14. Volodymyr Shevchenko (196-SF-94) replied with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Neptunas beat Ukrainian Dnipro 76-65 mostly due to the third quarter spurt. Neptunas needed a 22-9 surge to seal the victory. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mindaugas Girdziunas netted 10. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) ended up with 16 points for Dnipro and Pavel Revzin (194-F/G-83) netted 12.
Last night Dnipro overcame Prienai 65-60 and finished third. Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Anatoliy Shundel (191-SG-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 11.



2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania cruise past Ukraine, seal next round appearance - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Ukraine 94:62

Lithuania experienced little troubles en route to the third victory in Group B. They trounced Ukraine to seal their EuroBasket next round berth. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
Lithuania shocked their opponents in the first period. They fuelled a 27:10 run to clear off. Ukraine came back to life in the second term to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania were back in full control after the long break. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and cruised to a comfortable victory at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 17 points, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with game-high 29 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) had 5 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 22+14 boards, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 17, Martynas Gecevicius 11
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 29, Maksym Pustozvonov 5



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


2017 EuroBasket: Serbia sends Great Britain packing - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Serbia 68-82

Serbia improved to a 3-1 record in Group D of EuroBasket 2017. They overcame Great Britain 82-68 as the latter were eliminated from tournament.
Serbia took control of the game from the first minutes and ensured a 25-14 lead. The Serbia side slowed down a bit in the second period and allowed the opponents to reduce to 47-38 at the halftime. Great Britain tried hard in the second half as well, but narrowly lost both periods.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) notched 11 each. Teddy Okereafor (193-G-92, college: Rider) led the scoring with 17 points and Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) added 13 points.

Great Britain: Teddy Okereafor, Kyle Johnson 13
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vladimir Stimac 11, Stefan Jovic 11



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  URUGUAY  


Four teams will play for the promotion to the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Sayago, Cordon, Verdirrrojo and Tabare classified to the playoff games for two promotions to the Uruguayan League 2018, according to the Metro leaguie results for the 25th round. Who will face each team for the best of five playoff will be known on Wednesday when the Metro will the playing the last round for the regular season. The last results were as follows:
Sayago 63 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 20 points 11 rebounds
25 de Agosto 60 - Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 18 points 6 rebounds
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Verdirrojo 86 -Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 24 points 6 rebounds
Stockolmo 80 -Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) 18 points 19 rebounds
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Tabare 67 -Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) 15 points 6 rebounds
Auriblanco 64 - Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) 16 points 8 rebounds
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Miramar 95 - Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) 20 points 11 rebounds
Atenas 15 -. Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) 15 points
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Capitol 75 - Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 16 points 12 rebounds
Cordon 67 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 12 points 6 rebounds
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Union Atletica 90 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 20 points 10 rebounds
Marne 71 - Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 10 points 4 rebounds




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Women News


Mladi Krajisnik signs Amna Kahric - by Eurobasket News

Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka (Division I) signed 18-year old point guard Amna Kahric (170-99) from Celik. She helped them to make it to the final.
Kahric has played also professionally in Bosnia (Bosnia and Herzegovina Women U18 Nat.T.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Neuss land Yanina Todorova, ex Cherno More - by Eurobasket News

TG Neuss Tigers (2.Bundesliga) tabbed 18-year old Bulgarian forward Yanina Todorova (173-99). She has played for the last six years at the junior team of Cherno More in Bulgarian U22 League. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2017.
Todorova played in the final of Bulgarian U16 Championships in 2012.
Todorova represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 Division B in Ireland this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-5 (2.9spg), FGP-2 (68.6%), 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 65.4%.

TG Neuss Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Franziska Worthmann
Briana Williams
Sarah Stock
Seraphina Asuamah-Kofoh
Ronja Spiessbach

Forwards:
Jana Heinrich
Inga Krings
Yanina Todorova
Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov

Centers:
Julia Duggan
Carlotta Ellenrieder

Coach: Janina Pils

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec inks Stephany Skrba - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) agreed terms with 30-year old Canadian ex-international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan). She is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Skrba played last season at Proteas in Greek A1 league. In 21 games she had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin in French LFB where in 26 games she recorded 6.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0spg.
Skrba won French LFB championship title in 2013.
She was a member of Canadian international program for some years. Skrba was called to Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
She is quite experienced player. Skrba has played also professionally in Italy (San Martino), Spain (Sarria), Poland (LKS Lodz), France (Bourges and Lattes Montpellier) and Greece (AS Aris Thessalonikis).
She attended University of Michigan until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  CROATIA  


Ana-Marija Begic moves from Logrono to Umea Udominate - by Zeljko Zule

Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) will continue her career in Sweden. She signed a one-year contract with Umea Udominate Basket.
Begic arrives from Spanish side Campus Promete Logrono, where she spent last two season. In the latest one, Begic averaged just 3.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.1 blocks over 11 minutes in 26 Liga Femenina games. She grew up with Medvescak and played there before moving to Spain in 2015.
Begic was a member of Croatian National team that won at the U18 European Championship Division B in Hungary in 2011 and a pair of silver medals at the U16 European Championship in Estonia in 2009 (Division B) and in Greece 2010.



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  EUROCUP  


Traore is back at Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Senegalese international power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Argon Uni Girona as she has played here before. Traore played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. She managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 KBSL games she had 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Traore helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg. The other team Traore played that season for was IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco. In 9 games she averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. She was also voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team in 2013 and 2017.
Traore won Spain LF2 Group B championship title in 2009.
Traore represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro seventeen years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT-1 (96.7%).
Traore is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Traore tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), France (Hainaut, Flammes and Chateauroux), Spain (AE Sedis, Rivas Promete and Joventud Mariana) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Girona.
On Traore: An experienced inside player who executes well the pick-and-roll, shoots with great accuracy and dominates both ends of the court.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Nuria Martinez
Astou Traore
Nadia Colhado
Kristina Alminaite
Nicole Romeo
Roso Buch
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig
Helena Oma

Coach: Eric Suris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  


Fenerbahce adds Powers to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Aerial Powers (183-94, college: Michigan State). She played last summer at Dallas Wings (WNBA). In 12 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Powers was tested by KEB Hanabank in South Korean league.
Last year she was drafted by Dallas Wings (WNBA) as #5 pick overall.
Powers attended Michigan State until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
She represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Powers' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: Score-2 (18.0ppg), 7.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2.2spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 86.7%.

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Birsel Vardarli
Ozge Yavas
Ayse Cora

Forward:
Aerial Powers

Center:
Tilbe Senyurek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Aros Patatas sign Sophie Weckstrom - by Eurobasket News

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon (LF2) signed 24-year old Finn guard Sophie Weckstrom (173-93). She has only college experience so far playing last time for Maine (NCAA). Weckstrom has played there for the last four years. In 12 games she had 5.4ppg and 1.5apg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to make it to the final.
Weckstrom was also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She played for Finnish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U16 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Weckstrom also represented Finland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) six years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.7ppg, 1.4rpg.
Weckstrom has played previously for another Spanish team Torpan Pojat.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Sophie Weckstrom
Natalia Lopez
Marta Canella
Itsaso Conde
Iria Varela Campo
Andrea Alcantara
Emma Florez
Marina Fernandez-Pacheco

Coach: Isabel Fernandez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Neuss land Yanina Todorova, ex Cherno More - by Eurobasket News

TG Neuss Tigers (2.Bundesliga) tabbed 18-year old Bulgarian forward Yanina Todorova (173-99). She has played for the last six years at the junior team of Cherno More in Bulgarian U22 League. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2017.
Todorova played in the final of Bulgarian U16 Championships in 2012.
Todorova represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 Division B in Ireland this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-5 (2.9spg), FGP-2 (68.6%), 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 65.4%.

TG Neuss Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Franziska Worthmann
Briana Williams
Sarah Stock
Seraphina Asuamah-Kofoh
Ronja Spiessbach

Forwards:
Jana Heinrich
Inga Krings
Yanina Todorova
Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov

Centers:
Julia Duggan
Carlotta Ellenrieder

Coach: Janina Pils

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Dafni Agioy signs Richelle Van Der Keijl - by Eurobasket News

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou (A1) signed 24-year old Dutch international center Richelle Van Der Keijl (199-93). She just graduated from N.Mexico (NCAA). In 27 games she had 14.1ppg, 10.3rpg and 2.0bpg last season. A very impressive year as she was voted All-MWC Newcomer of the Year and named to All-MWC 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Van Der Keijl played at another team Raiders in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 35 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.3bpg. Van Der Keijl helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Horizon League All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season as a pro.
Van Der Keijl played in the final of Horizon League Tournament in 2015.
She has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Van Der Keijl has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 12.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP-2 (55.6%), FT: 43.8%.
Van Der Keijl has played previously for Den Helder, Wereldtickets.nl and CTO Amsterdam.

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roula Mouli
Aspasia Kalampakou

Forwards:
Ria Pateraki
Sherise Williams

Center:
Richelle Van_Der_Keijl

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  HOLLAND  


Dafni Agioy signs Richelle Van Der Keijl - by Eurobasket News

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou (A1) signed 24-year old Dutch international center Richelle Van Der Keijl (199-93). She just graduated from N.Mexico (NCAA). In 27 games she had 14.1ppg, 10.3rpg and 2.0bpg last season. A very impressive year as she was voted All-MWC Newcomer of the Year and named to All-MWC 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Van Der Keijl played at another team Raiders in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 35 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.3bpg. Van Der Keijl helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Horizon League All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season as a pro.
Van Der Keijl played in the final of Horizon League Tournament in 2015.
She has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Van Der Keijl has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 12.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP-2 (55.6%), FT: 43.8%.
Van Der Keijl has played previously for Den Helder, Wereldtickets.nl and CTO Amsterdam.

AO Dafni Agioy Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roula Mouli
Aspasia Kalampakou

Forwards:
Ria Pateraki
Sherise Williams

Center:
Richelle Van_Der_Keijl

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  POLAND  


KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec inks Stephany Skrba - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) agreed terms with 30-year old Canadian ex-international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan). She is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Skrba played last season at Proteas in Greek A1 league. In 21 games she had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin in French LFB where in 26 games she recorded 6.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0spg.
Skrba won French LFB championship title in 2013.
She was a member of Canadian international program for some years. Skrba was called to Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
She is quite experienced player. Skrba has played also professionally in Italy (San Martino), Spain (Sarria), Poland (LKS Lodz), France (Bourges and Lattes Montpellier) and Greece (AS Aris Thessalonikis).
She attended University of Michigan until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  SENEGAL  


Traore is back at Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Senegalese international power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Argon Uni Girona as she has played here before. Traore played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. She managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 KBSL games she had 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Traore helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg. The other team Traore played that season for was IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco. In 9 games she averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. She was also voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team in 2013 and 2017.
Traore won Spain LF2 Group B championship title in 2009.
Traore represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro seventeen years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT-1 (96.7%).
Traore is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Traore tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), France (Hainaut, Flammes and Chateauroux), Spain (AE Sedis, Rivas Promete and Joventud Mariana) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Girona.
On Traore: An experienced inside player who executes well the pick-and-roll, shoots with great accuracy and dominates both ends of the court.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Nuria Martinez
Astou Traore
Nadia Colhado
Kristina Alminaite
Nicole Romeo
Roso Buch
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig
Helena Oma

Coach: Eric Suris

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  SPAIN  


Aros Patatas sign Sophie Weckstrom - by Eurobasket News

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon (LF2) signed 24-year old Finn guard Sophie Weckstrom (173-93). She has only college experience so far playing last time for Maine (NCAA). Weckstrom has played there for the last four years. In 12 games she had 5.4ppg and 1.5apg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to make it to the final.
Weckstrom was also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She played for Finnish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U16 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Weckstrom also represented Finland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) six years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.7ppg, 1.4rpg.
Weckstrom has played previously for another Spanish team Torpan Pojat.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Sophie Weckstrom
Natalia Lopez
Marta Canella
Itsaso Conde
Iria Varela Campo
Andrea Alcantara
Emma Florez
Marina Fernandez-Pacheco

Coach: Isabel Fernandez

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Iria Varela Campo is a newcomer at Aros Patatas - by Eurobasket News

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old guard Iria Varela Campo (168-96) from RC Celta. Varela Campo has played there for the last four years. In 26 LF2 games she recorded just 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg in 2015-16 season.

Aros Patatas Hijolusa Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Natalia Lopez
Marta Canella
Itsaso Conde
Iria Varela Campo
Andrea Alcantara
Emma Florez
Marina Fernandez-Pacheco

Coach: Isabel Fernandez

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Traore is back at Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old Senegalese international power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Argon Uni Girona as she has played here before. Traore played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. She managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 KBSL games she had 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Traore helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg. The other team Traore played that season for was IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco. In 9 games she averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. She was also voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team in 2013 and 2017.
Traore won Spain LF2 Group B championship title in 2009.
Traore represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro seventeen years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT-1 (96.7%).
Traore is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Traore tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), France (Hainaut, Flammes and Chateauroux), Spain (AE Sedis, Rivas Promete and Joventud Mariana) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Girona.
On Traore: An experienced inside player who executes well the pick-and-roll, shoots with great accuracy and dominates both ends of the court.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Nuria Martinez
Astou Traore
Nadia Colhado
Kristina Alminaite
Nicole Romeo
Roso Buch
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig
Helena Oma

Coach: Eric Suris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Fenerbahce adds Powers to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Aerial Powers (183-94, college: Michigan State). She played last summer at Dallas Wings (WNBA). In 12 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg. The last season Powers was tested by KEB Hanabank in South Korean league.
Last year she was drafted by Dallas Wings (WNBA) as #5 pick overall.
Powers attended Michigan State until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
She represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Powers' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: Score-2 (18.0ppg), 7.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2.2spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 86.7%.

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Birsel Vardarli
Ozge Yavas
Ayse Cora

Forward:
Aerial Powers

Center:
Tilbe Senyurek

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Bornova signs Ozge Karatas - by Eurobasket News

Bornova Becker (KBSL) signed 21-year old Ozge Karatas (96). She played last season at Mersin Universitesi in the TKBL. In 38 games she had 3.7ppg and 3.3rpg.
Karatas ended the previous (2015-16) season at Hatay. But in 5 games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. But the most of that year she spent at Elazig where in 19 KBSL games she recorded 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
Despite young age Karatas had impressive career. She was named to Eurobasket.com All- TKBL Honorable Mention in 2016.
She has played previously for two other teams: Dortyol and Sirince.

Bornova Becker roster for 2017-2018:

Iva Perovanovic
Michelle Snow
Adrijana Knezevic
Saziye Ivegin
Duygu Firat
Emel Turkyilmaz
Asena Yalcin
Yeliz Dogan
Kubra Erat
Ozge Karatas

Coach: Ceyhun Yildizoglu

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