Cameroon - Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa stays with Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-SG-77) has extended the deal with Aix-Maurienne. The Cameroonian guard has signed a new two-year deal with the team. Last season Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa posted 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ProB. Previously the guard had stints with Paris-Levallois, Chalon, Nanterre, Mulhouse, Rodez and Nantes. He was named All-French ProB Newcomer of the Year back in 2003. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa was trumped ProB Domestic Player of the Year in 2007. The guard has been the member of the Cameroonian National Team since 2003. He participated at the 2009 African Championship in Libya. His stats read 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game at the event. The guard earned All-African Championship Honourable Mention. China - USA won their 2nd Game - by Robert Wang
The USA All-Stars team played by far their best game of the China tour, topping host China 88-82 in a well-played game. The USA lead the entire game running out to a ten-point lead after the first quarter and was up 63-51 after the third quarter. China cam back in the fourth quarter led by Lin Chang and Tonglin Sun who each scored 16 points. China out-rebounded the Americans 32-22 but the USA pulled down several key rebounds in the fourth quarter. Robert Crawford provided scoring off the bench with eight first half points, including two three-pointers. USA point guard Derek Needham finally got untracked scoring 24 points on 5-of-6 from long distance. Needham added five rebounds and three steals. Devin Sweetney led the USA with 25 points, his fourth 20+ point effort of the tour. This was a high level game at times. The USA played with confidence and it showed on both sides of the ball. Guys were competitive and executed well. They made plays individually and as a group. The USA answered each of Chinas runs in the 2nd half, fueled by defense and rebounding. Canada topped Latvia 106-84 earlier. The Canadians shots over 50% for the game including 50% on three-pointers. Euroleague - Pappas heralded his departure from Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens today won AGOR 71-61 in Crete, made the 3-1 in the series and took the third place of the championship after the completion of the Greek play offs. His first scorer Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) stated in a website (panionianea.gr) about his future: "It is very difficult to stay in the team. If Panionios ON Telecoms Athens was playing in Euroleague, the things would be different. I could stay forever in the club". His sayings come to a moment when the rumors support that he and Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, agency: FCM) the next year will be again teammates but by wearing the shirt of the team which won the Greek Championship and Cup, Panathinaikos Athens
Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) who led the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in scoring last season is set to continue his career in Sweden. The 25-year-old power forward has agreed to terms with LF Basket, the Swedish Basketliga club announced on its website. Stutz notched 20.1 points per contest for ETB Essen during the 2012-13 season and grabbed 8.1 rebounds a game. He had a personal season-high 44 points against Leipzig in early December and was named to the 2012-13 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team.
Italy - Ferentino extend Francesco Guarino - by Eurobasket News
Ferentino have agreed on terms of contract extension with Francesco Guarino (182-PG-79). The new deal is meant for two seasons. Francesco Guarino joined Ferentino in 2011. He posted 13.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 rebounds per game in LegaDue last season. The guard earned All-Italian Nazionale A Honourable Mention in 2012. Latvia - Jekabpils land Martins Kravcenko - by Eurobasket News
Jekabpils bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85). The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for MBC Mykolaiv. Martins Kravcenko posted 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Superleague. Previously Martins Kravcenko had stints with Liepajas Lauvas, Barons/LMT Riga. He earned All-Baltic League Honourable Mention in 2012. The guard also received All-Latvian League Honourable Mention. Martins Kravcenko was named All-Latvian League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2005. He was the member of U20 Latvian National Team. In 2009 the guard played for the Latvian University National Team. Puerto Rico - Latest BSN transactions: - by Luis Modestti
- Mets de Guaynabo release forward J.P. Prince Prince averaged 2,25 points and 2 rebounds in four games for Mets. They are considering some options for the playoffs. - Indios de Mayaguez sign Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) Thomas was announced by Indios but it is now known who he replaces. He played for FC Bayern Muenchen in Germany and averaged 9,3 points and 2,8 rebounds. - Will McDonald made his debut yesterday for Cangrejeros de Santurce McDonald enters for Frank Elegar who scored 9,71 points and grabbed 6,7 rebounds in seven games. Russia - DeJuan Collins and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways - by Eurobasket News
DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways as the American player will not be back to the team next season. In 6 PBL games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.2rpg. He also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg. Collins also played 7 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. He also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi (Division A) in Lebanese league earlier that year. The 2011 season Collins played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LKL games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Collins also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Collins played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He won EuroChallenge championship title and the cup. Sweden - Logan Stutz pens deal with LF Basket - by Eurobasket News
Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) pens deal with LF Basket for the next season. The American player will move from Germany. In 2012/2013 season he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen in Germany. In 28 ProA games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.1ppg and averaged 8.1rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.2apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team. The most of last season Stutz spent at Raiffeisen Wels (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league. In 16 games he had 4.2ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Stutz also spent pre-season at Leitershofen (ProA) in German league earlier that year. In 11 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2spg. He played in the final of MIAA Tournament in 2010.Stutz graduated from Washburn University in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player. Turkey - Tofas Bursa let Joshua Heytvelt and Austin Nichols go - by Eurobasket News
Tofas Bursa opted not to exercise contract extension option on Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) and Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.). Both players will leave the Turkish team. Joshua Heytvelt joined Tofas at the start of the season. He notched 6.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In TBL the forward tallied 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per appearance. Previously Joshua Heytvelt had stints in Croatia, Italy and Turkey. He was named All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Austin Nichols played for Tofas Bursa since 2010. Last season the forward delivered 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per EuroChallenge game. In TBL he posted 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Ukraine - Dmitri Lipovtsev set to join Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla is close to landing one of the top performers of the Ukrainian Higher League. Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-C-86) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Hoverla. The centre averaged impressive 16.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in the Higher League last season. Dmitri Lipovtsev was named All-Ukrainian Higher League Centre of the Year for two seasons in a row 2012 and 2013. Ukraine - Ferro-ZNTU tab Mykola Vilkhovetskyi - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU deepened their roster. They added Mykola Vilkhovetskyi (191-G-88). The guard started the previous season in Dnipro. He notched 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague. Mykola Vilkhovetskyi left the team in November. The guard moved to Kazakhstan to join Kaspiy. Mykola Vilkhovetskyi is the produced of Dnipropetrovsk basketball school. He was the member of U18, U20 and U21 Ukrainian National Teams. Mykola Vylkhovetskyi played for the National Team in 2009. He was the Cup winner with Dnipro in 2011. Ukraine - BC Kyiv tab Stanislav Dikiy - by Eurobasket News
Stanislav Dikiy (201-F-88) will continue his career in the Ukrainian capital. He signed the deal with BC Kyiv. The forward spent the last season with Ferro-ZNTU. Dikiy notched 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Stanislav Dikiy played for Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk, DniproAzot and Avtodor Saratov. Ukraine - Denys Lukashov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash added another newcomer. They agreed on terms of contract with Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). The point guard spent the last season with BC Donetsk. Denys Lukashov notched 2.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague Lukashov accounted for 4.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. Denys Lukashov chipped in 3.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in EuroCup. Previously Denys Lukashov had stints with BC Kyiv and Budivelnyk. He was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2009. He made it into Superleague All-Domestic Players Team in 2009 and 2010. The guard has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2009. United Kingdom - Brown Back At The Box - by Paul Nilsen
The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown (186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena. The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy. Now a British passport holder, Brown took hold of the team making the winning basket in the Lions last regular season game to qualify for the Playoffs. Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say, Im just so excited, we have a great opportunity at the Queen Elizabeth Park and with these great challenges we need capable men, Rod was a great addition to us last season and hes just as excited as I am about the move, his veteran leadership was key and will be required this season as we try to compete at the top of the League table, we had a job on our hands to retain his services as he was in great demand hear and overseas but the potential here is the best in British basketball and I think Rod saw that. A native of Texas, Brown graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 before coming over to the UK to play. Following spells in Greece, Spain and Italy, Brown played in Switzerland in 2011 where he won the Championship and Playoffs. Last season Brown averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Lions, however it was the calmness under pressure that he brought to his team mates, Macaulay added, In building this years team Rod was our first name down and all at the club are delighted to have been able to bring him back but this is only the start of assembling an exciting team for London. Player sponsorship is now available for Rod Brown on a first come first served basis. The Lions are about to announce Season ticket offers for the Copper Box as well as a first opportunity to go to the Copper Box and pick your seats in Seat Selection Sunday, if youre interested in any of these please just email email@example.com
Jun 14, 2013
Brazil - Marquinhos Vieira and Vitor Benite renew contracts with Flamengo - by Eurobasket News
Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) have renewed the contract with Flamengo. The forward inked a new two-year deal with the NBB champions. Marquinhos Vieira joined Flamengo at the start of the previous season. He posted 20.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 block per game in NBB. The forward delivered 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. Marquinhos Vieira also notched 24.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game in Liga Americas. He earned All-Liga Americas Honourable Mention. Previously Vieira had stints with Pinheiros/Sky, Montegranaro, New Orleans Hornets and San Carlos. He has been the member of Brazilian National Team since 2005. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) will also enter his second consecutive season with Flamengo. His stats read 13.2 points, 2.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in NBB. The guard also notched 14.6 points, 2.9 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Liga Sudamericana. In Liga Americas Benite posted 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. He made it into All-Liga Sudamericana 2nd Team. Vitor Benite has been the member of the Brazilian National Team since 2009. VTB United League - Jerry Johnson remains in Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News
Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) remains in Kazakhstan with his BC Astana. The American player will enter his third season with the team next season. In 14 VTB United League games he had 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Johnson played also at BC Astana in Kazakhstan league. In 16 VTB United League games he recorded 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg. He won Kazakhstan League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013) and the cup for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). The 2010/2011 season he played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 5 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg that season. Johnson also played 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.3apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team in 2012. He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played also professionally in Belgium, Cyprus (Apoel), France (Stade Clermont), Greece (Panellinios), Poland (Polpharma) and Turkey (Galatasaray and Mersin). Argentina - Penarol tab Axel Weigand - by Eurobasket News
Penarol Mar del Plata bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Axel Weigand (200-F-85). The player signed a one-year deal with the team. Last season Axel Weigand spent with Atletico Argentino Junin. He notched 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in LigaA. Previously Axel Weigand had stints with Quilmes, Alicante, Monte Hermoso and Boca Juniors. Axel Weigand used to play for U16, U18 and U21 Argentinean National Teams. He debuted for the National Team in 2009. Axel Weigand was Spanish LEB Gold Playoff winner in 2009. He also celebrated LigaA champions title in 2004. Belgium - Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
No more Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) next season at Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The young Belgian guard is headed to another Ethias League team Verviers-Pepinster. Alex played 5 years as a pro for Mons-Hainaut from 2007 till now. These past years he also gained some experience in European competitions such as Eurocup and Eurochallenge. Libert was also a member of various Belgian National teams among other the U18 and U20 teams. In 2009 he played for the U20 team during the European Championship and averaged 10.3ppg and 3.5 rpg in 6 games. This past season he played 24 games for Befius with averages of 2.8ppg and 1.1apg in 10.9 mpg. Another relative newcomer to Pepinster is former Pepinster and National team player Christian Lemaire who returns to the team this time as team manager.
Denmark - Durell Vinson extends with Falcon - by Eurobasket News
Falcon have secured the services of Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) for the next season. The forward will enter the second straight season with the team. Durell Vinson was instrumental in Falcon winning of 1st Division championship. Durell Vinson previously played for the Svendborg Rabbits, Kouvot Kouvola, Forssan Koripojat, KTP Basket Kotka. He was Danish Cup winner and League finalist in 2012. Durell Vinson earned All-Danish Ligaen Honourable Mention in 2012. The forward participated at the Ligaen All-Star Game in 2012. Denmark - Naestved land Morgan Sabia - by Eurobasket News
Naestved announced the name of their second import player for the next season. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Morgan Sabia (203-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Hartford). The forward started his pro career in Australia last season. Morgan Sabia joined the Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian State League. The forward averaged 19.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Later Morgan Sabia moved to Europe. He joined KB RTV 21 in Kosovan Superleague. Morgan Sabia graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011. He notched 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in his senior season. The forward made it into All-AEC 3rd Team in 2011. Euroleague - Maccabi Tel-Aviv extend Shawn James - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv have secured the services of Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) for the next season. Shawn James renewed his deal with the Tel-Aviv team for four more seasons. The centre joined Maccabi in 2011. Last season his stats read 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assist, 3.0 blocks per game in Winner League. The centre helped Maccabi win Israeli Cup title. He also posted 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks per game in EuroLeague. Shawn James was named All-EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year. The centre previously played for Bnei Hasharon. He was trumped All-Israeli League Centre of the Year in 2010. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The centre participated at the Israeli League All-Star Game in 2011. Euroleague - Unicaja will not keep Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News
28-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut) is leaving Unicaja Malaga (ACB). In 29 games he had 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg this season. Williams also played 24 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. The most of last season he spent at Jiangsu Dragons (CBA) in Chinese league. In 25 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Williams also spent pre-season at Unics Kazan (PBL) in Russian league that year. The previous (10-11) season he played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 6.8apg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Williams also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg. In 2009-10 season he played at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 61 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg. In 202009 summer Williams played at Quebradillas (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 34 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 9.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina eight years ago. Williams has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies. On Williams:
(by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ... By Eurobasket Data Center
Finland - KORISLIIGA: Alex Vaenerberg back to Tampere - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish NT G (U16, U18, U20) Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92) has left Salo and returned back to Tampere. After playing the last two seasons on Vilpas roster (7,1 ppg - 2,1 rpg, 2,7 apg in 24:29 mpg and 35 contests) Vaenerberg and Pyrinto have agreed and signed a 2-year-contract. Pyrinto new Head Coach Pieti Poikola is pleased to have young and talented Vaenerberg back in Tampere. All 12 Korisliiga (Top League) teams have been accepted to start season 2013-14 in September-October. A year ago Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) was not allowed to participate because of financial problems. Two years ago it was Honka (Espoo), which team was kicked out of Korisliiga for the same reasons as ToPo. France - Poitiers tab Karim Souchu - by Eurobasket News
Poitiers strengthen their frontcourt. They landed Karim Souchu (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Furman). The forward agreed on terms of two-year contract with the team. Last season Karim Souchu spent with Cholet Basket. He averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. His stats read also 4.8 points, 1.6 boards and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. Previously Karim Souchu had stints in France, Cyprus and Belgium. He made it into All-Cypriot League 2nd Team in 2008. One year earlier the forward made it into Belgian League All-Bosmans Team. Karim Souchu was the member of French National Team in 2003. Next year he was called up for the French B National Team. France - Saint Vallier add Jared Newson - by Eurobasket News
Saint Vallier reinforced their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin). The guard spent the last season in Hyeres-Toulon. He notched 14.7 points, 6.0 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Jared Newson spent two seasons with Kataja in Finland. His stats read 18.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per appearance in Korisliiga in 2011/12. He was named All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2011. The guard made it into All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team in 2012. Jared Newson also had stints in D-League, Germany and Poland. He participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2007. The player won Slam Dunk Contest. France - Aaron Cel joins Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Greg
According to our sources Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL) has just agreed the terms of contract with 26-year old naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87). Cel spent last season at PGE Turow (TBL). In 43 games he had 10.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Cel also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.2ppg and 6.7rpg. Cel has played also professionally for other French teams like Le Mans, Nantes, Etendard de Brest and Boulazac Basket. By Eurobasket Data Center
France - Aix-Maurienne tab Jeb Ivey - by Eurobasket News
Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) will strengthen Aix-Maurienne roster next season. The guard comes out of an impressive season in Finland. Jeb Ivey played for Nilas Bisons Loimaa. He averaged 15.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists per game in Korisliiga. The guard led the team to the Korisliiga title. Jeb Ivey was named All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2013. It was the third straight season in Finland for the guard. He was Korisliiga champion in 2012 as well. Ivey made it into All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team in 2012. Previously Jeb Ivey had stints in Iceland, Germany. He was trumped All-Icelandic League Guard of the Year in 2006. Jeb Ivey participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2008. France - Romain Duport re-upped with Strasbourg IG - by Eurobasket News
Romain Duport (215-C-86) re-upped with Strasbourg IG for another 2 seasons. The French side locked the player until year 2015. In 30 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.7rpg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Duport also spent pre-season at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league earlier that year. His team won French Supercup in 2011. Duport was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2006. Romain Duport has played also professionally for other French teams like STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49. In 2010-2011 he played for Cholet Basket (ProA, starting five) and averaged 3.3ppg, 2.5rpg. In 2011-2012 continued with Cholet Basket (ProA) and in EuroCup had 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg. In French League his stats read 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 62.0%, FT: 66.7%. France - ALM Evreux Basket brings in Kingsley Pinda - by Eurobasket News
ALM Evreux Basket brings in Kingsley Pinda (195-SG-92) for 2013/2014 season. The French Shooting Guard will move from Nancy. ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) inked 21-year old shooting guard Kingsley Pinda. He played at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in n ProA. In 5 games he averaged just 0.6ppg this season. Pinda also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he had only 1.7ppg. The last season he played also at Sluc Nancy (ProA). In 37 games he had only 0.1ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Pinda also played 1 game in Euroleague but he did not score anything. His team won French Supercup in 2011. Pinda represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg. Germany - Stefan Schmidt Joins TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After four years in Bavaria playing for BBC Bayreuth, Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) has found a new challenge with TBB Trier getting atwo year deal. Schmidt is a 23 year old 206cm center that was born in Schwandorf adn started his basketball career in 2006 with the Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). Last season for BBC Bayreuth, he played 32 games: 2,2ppg, 2,1rpg. He averaged only 9,5 minutes per game and it isnt really a surprise that he will play in Trier. TBB Trier and head coach Henrik Rodl have been known for giving young German players the chance to get minutes and develop further as the best examples have been Philipp Zwiener and Maik Zirbes. He played a total of 71 games for BBC Bayreuth. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -07, European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) -07: 8 games: 3.1ppg, 2.5rpg, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 4 games: 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10, German University National Team -11and German 2nd National Team -13 Germany - Mark Gebhardt Moves Up To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is always nice to see a youth player make the next step within an organization as Mark Gebhardt (193-SF-94) did. Gebhardt is a 18 year old 193cm forward that last season played for ETB SW Essen (Regionalliga), played also at Metropol Baskets Ruhr U19 team. In the NBBL he averaged 12,7ppg and 8,0rpg. The young Germany is pleased about making the next step. "Moving up to the Pro A teams poses a big challenge for me. I like this chance very much and will work hard for minutes and develop further", stressed Mark Gebhardt. His head coach Razvan Munteanu also is happy about a youth player moving up the ranks. "He is a real fighter, hustler and player that has already been consistent in his young years. His biggest strength is his athletcism and drive to the basket", added Razvan Munteanu. Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets
Germany - Jacob Doerksen Stays With SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After two seasons in Germany, Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) will be able to get a chance to play in the Beko BBL this season. New Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vechta announced that they will retain the servces of Jacob Doerksen. Doerksen is a 25 year old 200cm forward from Canada and last season played 34 games: 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 62.7%. The Canadian was a very important factor for the team coming to the Beko BBL and head coach Pat Elzie is thankful for him staying. "He was an important part in our team last season. For me he was the most important player. Our team didnt always look good when he was injured. He is one of the best post up players that I have experienced in my long career. He is also a great guy. Now he will have to prove that he can play his game against physical stronger players. I believe that he has the potential to do that", expressed Sc Rasta Vechta head coach Pat Elzie. Before coming to Vechta, the Canadian played for Trinity Western University (CIS,) and as a rookie for Hannover. "Even if I had other good offers, my wife and I felt that Vechta was the best. I had an unbelievable season. The team, city, fans and all else brought me much happiness. I am excited to see how Vechta will play in the BBL. This has been one of my goals since I started to play basketball in Germany. I will work togetehr very hard with the team", stressed Jacob Doerksen.
SC Itzehoe Eagles locked up a real gem today bringing in Mr Regionaliga Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina). Richardson is a 27 year old 191cm guard from Brooklyn, New York and is about as pure a scorer one will ever see. He averaged 38ppg the last two seasons in the regionaliga. He played the last three years for the Bodfeld Baskets Oberharz (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season played 22 games: 33.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 5.0apg, 3.7spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3Pts: 30.4%, FT: 63.5%. "He is exactly what we need a go to guy. He has a lot of talent and it hurt us that we didn't have a leader last season", added Itzehoe head coach Paul Larysz. Richardson started his basketball career with Co.Carolina (NCAA) and in his senior year played 17 games: 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 59.1%. He was a roohie in 2009 and played for Elbingerode Baskets (Germany-Landesliga): 18 games: 48.8ppg, FT: 69.7%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Landesliga All-Star Game -10, German Landesliga Champion -10, German Oberliga Champion -11, German 2.Regionalliga (North-West Group) Champion -12, Eurobasket.com "Best basketball scorer of the World" -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North Player of the Year -13, and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North 1st Team -13
2. Bundesliga Pro B side BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen has completed the signing of Michael Hoffmann (203-F/C-89), according to ausgsburger-allgemeine.de The 23-year-old post player transfers from Regionalliga outfit Deisenhofen to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. Hoffmann averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for Deisenhofen last season and helped his team to capture the runner-up spot in the RLSO. From 2008 to 2010 he already had a total of 41 Pro B appearances for Landshut and Nuernberg.
Germany - Alex Rueck Moves To KIT SC GEQUOS - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
German regionaliga team KIT SC Gequos have reeled in experienced Alexander Rueck (186-G-84) for the upcoming season. Rueck is a 29 year old 186cm guard that will be starting his 13 season as a professional basketball player. He played the last six seasons with BG Karlsruhe playing 152 Pro A games. Last season he played 18 games for BG Karlsruhe. "He brings a big package to the team. He brings quickness, rebounding, athletcism, defense, a good shot from outside and experience", stressed head coach Uli Himstedt. The German started his basketball career with the TSV Crailshiem Merlins in 2001. He also played one season each with KGJ Schwenningen (Regionalliga) and Union Shops Rastatt. "I chose GEQUOS because the complete package fits. I could have played in a higher league, but the organization and their perspective fits. I have worked together with coach Uli Himstedt and athletic coach Roman Thauern and I respect them. I want to play for moving up to the next league", stressed Alexander Rueck. Source: KIT SC GEQUOS
The Mitteldeutscher BC is wasting no time this summer getting their new roster ready for the upcoming season and today have announced the arrival of Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89, college: USF) giving him a one year deal. Caloiaro is a 23 year old 203cm forward from San Jose, California that also has the italian citzenship. He will be starting his second professional season and first in Germany and played as a rookie with Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria-NBL): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.8%; Balkan League 7 games: 9.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 68.8%. Head coach Silvano Poropat is convinced of the abilities of the young player. He plays the position four, but when needed can play the position three. After his good season in Bulgaria is the Beko BBL a further cut in his career. He was very motivated in our talks and I think that he still has a lot of potential to get better and we will have much fun with him", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.
Caloiaro started his basketball career in 2008 with USF (NCAA). In hiss enior year, he played 33 games: 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.5%. He played a total of 127 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring average each season. In Bulgaria, he was a very consistent scorer and scored in double figures 16 times. "I thank MBC for this chance. I am looking forward to Germany and can hardly wait to meet the team and coach and to attack in the Beko BBL", stressed Angelo Caloiaro.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been WCC Tournament Semifinals -11, 12, All-WCC 1st Team -12, Bulgarian Cup Semifinals -13, Balkan League Semifinals -13, Bulgarian League Semifinals -13, and Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention -13. MBC also officialy announced the departure of American Devin Uskoski. He had a very solid season with MBC playing 34 games and averaging 10,6ppg and 4,8rpg and was a big fan favorite. "We thank Devin for many nice moments and his fighting mentality and effort. We wish him all the best for his future and one oftens ees each other a second time", stressed MBC manager Martin Geisler.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have hauled in Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: IBS, college: Dayton). Searcy is a 23 year old 208cm power forward that will be playing his third professional season. Last season he played for the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA); EuroCup: 9 games: 5.4ppg, released in Oct.'12, in Nov.'12 signed at Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 11 games: 3.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 72.2%, left in Apr.'13. New head coach Calvin Oldham did his homework on the American and is convinced that he will help the team this season. "Devin can play the positions four and five. He wants to develop further with Bremerhaven and brings the needed motivation and attitude. He fits perfectly into our system with his rebounding and defense, but can still improve on offense. . I am convinced that he will represent the Eisbaeren well", added Bremerhaven ehad coach Calvin Oldham. He started his basketball career at Dayton in 2007 and played there until 2010. In this time he also played together with Mr Pro B Josh Parker who will lace up his sneakers this season with the Mitteldeutscher BC. In his senior year for Dayton, Searcy played 36 games: 3.7ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 47.9%, FT: 87.5%. As a rookie, he played for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 45 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-5 (10.8rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 62.2% and 2012 July: AirTran Orlando Summer League (Philadelphia 76ers): 3 games: 5.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NIT Elite Eight -08, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -09, NIT Champion -10, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -11, and Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention -12
Chris Heinrich (208-C-77, college: St.Louis) will strengthen the Crailsheim Merlins in the 2013-14 season, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team announced today. The German-American post player will add lots of experience to the Merlins' squad. Heinrich is a professional basketball player since 2001 and over the years has played in several European countries including Austria, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the 2004-2005 season the Quakertown, Pa., native appeared in 30 BBL games for Wuerzburg. He spent the past two seasons playing for BAWE Oldenburg, averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 boards a contest last season, while receiving Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team honors.
Greece - Kostas Tsartsaris finished his career on a high note - by Eurobasket News
Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) finished his career on a high note. The player grabbed the title with his Panathinaikos Athens and announced retirement. In 31 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Tsartsaris also played 28 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Tsartsaris played also at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 28 games he averaged 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Tsartsaris also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He represented Greece at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%. Tsartsaris has played previously professionally in Iceland and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Near East). Italy - EA7 Emporio Armani Milano considering Luca Banchi - by Eurobasket News
This is not actually official announcement of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, bur rather speculation and some rumours. The team from Milano is considering Luca Banchi to be a Head Coach of the team. The Italian specialist will leave Montepaschi Siena at the end of the season. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano could 48-year old coach Luca Banchi who currently coaches Montepaschi Siena. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. Right now he is in the Play-off Finals as well. A very impressive season as he was named to Head Coach: Italian SerieA All-Star Game. In 2011-12 season Banchi coached also at Montepaschi Siena. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Banchi was coaching Italian U20 National Team back in 2001. He has coached previously another Italian team Acegas Aps Trieste. He may replace Sergio Scariolo at Milano. Luca Banchi is considered to sign a two-year deal at the end of the Finals.
Kosovo - Brian Hamilton is a newcomer at KB RTV 21 Prishtina - by Eurobasket News
KB RTV 21 Prishtina (SuperLeague) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Brian Hamilton (198-95kg-82, college: La-Lafayette). He supposed to play at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in the U.S. in 12-13, but was not signed. The last summer Hamilton played at Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 36 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention. The most of 11-12 season Hamilton spent at D-Fenders in D-League. In 21 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. He was called during the season by the Detroit Pistons. The previous (10-11) season Hamilton was tested by Utah Flash in D-League. In 2009-10 season he was tested by Brooklyn Nets (previous name New Jersey Nets) in NBA. Hamilton has played also professionally in Philippines (San Mig Coffee), USBL (Pennsylvania V) and D-League (Utah F.). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center
Kosovo - KB RTV 21 tabs Marius Kasiulevicius, ex Silute - by Eurobasket News
KB RTV 21 (SuperLeague) inked 31-year old Lithuanian swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-100kg-82, college: Trinity Valley JC). He played recently at Silute in Lithuanian NKL league. In 30 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Kasiulevicius also played at Naglis Palangos (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that season. In three games he had 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. Among other achievements Kasiulevicius' team made it to the Danish League Semifinals in 2011. He was selected to Danish League All-Star Game in 2011. Kasiulevicius has played also professionally in Poland (ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola), Denmark (Naestved) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis, Neptunas and Rudupis). He attended Trinity Valley JC until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center
NCAA1 - UT, basketball coach Kowalczyk agree to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The University of Toledo and its basketball coach, Tod Kowalczyk , have agreed to a two-year contract extension. This is the second offseason in a row Kowalczyk signed on for an additional two years. The re-worked deal will extend his employment through the 2018-19 season. All other ares of the contract, including pay and incentives, are unchanged. Kowalczyk is due to make $370,000 next year before bonuses. Im extremely grateful to President Lloyd Jacobs and Mike OBrien for the support and confidence they are displaying in me with this contract extension, Kowalczyk said in a statement. We have made a great deal of progress with our program in three short years, and Im very excited in the direction were heading both on the court and in the classroom. Kowalczyk, who inherited a difficult situation three years ago, led the Rockets to a tie last season for the best record in the Mid-American Conference West division. The Rockets also have displayed significant academic improvement under Kowalczyk. The teams most recent Academic Progress Rate figure was 959 with an expected mark of 981 for the 2012-13 season. The Rockets also posted a 2.982 team grade-point average in the 2013 spring semester. The job Tod has done turning around our basketball program in such a short time has been remarkable, OBrien said. Tod and his staff have transformed the culture within the program both on and off the court." Courtesy of: toledoblade.com Philippines - Aguilar now a King - by Aris Ignacio
A father's wish came true. Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), the highly-touted forward was traded by the Global Port Batang Pier to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in a multi-player deal fulfilling his father's wish, former pro and Ginebra forward Peter Aguilar. Under the terms of the deal, the Kings will be sending rookie big man Yousef Taha (201-C-88) and its first-round 2013 pick to Global Port. The Port Masters will also be acquiring the sevices of Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) from the Petron Blaze Boosters in exchange for rookie Jason Deutchman (196-G/F-86, college: San Diego St.) and second-round picks in 2016 and 2017. In a separate transactions, Ginebra traded forward Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85) to the Barako Bull Energy for a first-round pick in 2013 which the latter acquired from a previous deal from the Talk N Text Tropang Texters. The deal sealed months of speculation about Aguilar, who will be playing in his second team in less than six months having been traded by the Tropang Texters to Global Port last January. Aguilar returned to the Philippines after a pursuing an NBA dream in the United States. In other news, Talk 'N Text sent injured forward-guard Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) to the Energy Colas in exchange for Sean Anthony (193-F-86). Barako Bull then traded Dillinger along with center Don Allado (198-F-77) to the Meralco Bolts for gunner Ronjay Buenafe (188-G-83) and forward Gilbert Bulawan (188-G-86). Ukraine - Andriy Lebedintsev joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk added depth to their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91). The deal is meant for three seasons. Last two seasons Andriy Lebedintsev spent with Ferro-ZNTU. He averaged 1.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in Superleague last season. He earned Superleague Cup title with Ferro-ZNTU. Previously the guard had spells for Union Olimpija, BC Odessa, BC Kyiv. He participated at the Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2011. Andriy Lebedintsev was the member of U16, U18 and U21 Ukrainian National Teams. He posted solid 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds per game at the 2011 European Championship U20 in Bilbao.
CSKA announced the signing of Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport). The guard inked a 2+1 deal with the VTB League champions. Vitaliy Fridzon has just left Khimky. He played for the team since 2004. Last season Vitaliy Fridzon notched 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroLeague last season. His stats read also 15.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in PBL. Vitaliy Fridzon also tallied 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in VTB League. Vitaliy Fridzon has been the member of Russian National Team since 2005. The guard participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. Vitaliy Fridzon posted 11.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in the Bronze effort for Russia in London. Adriatic League - Cibona name Neven Spahija head coach - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb will have a new head coach. The A1 League champions have agreed on terms of contract with Neven Spahija . The specialist will sign a four-year deal with the team. Neven Spahija will replace Daniel Lutz at the bridge. Neven Spahija worked with Fenerbahce in 2010/12 seasons. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year in 2011. Spahija led Fenerbahce to the Cup and League titles that season. Previously Neven Spahija worked with Valencia, Tau Ceramica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Lietuvos Rytas, Roseto, Avtodor, Krka. Spahija is also not new to Cibona. He guided the team back in 2000/2002 seasons. Neven Spahija was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2010. He also received All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year award in 2006. Spahija worked with the Croatian National Team in 2003/2005 seasons. Brazil - Macae add Marcio Dornelles - by Eurobasket News
The NBB newcomers Macae announced the name of their first signing. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcio Dornelles (194-SF-75). The forward spent the last season with Pinheiros/Sky. He notched 10.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in NBB. The forward posted 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. Marcio Dornelles also notched 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal per appearance in Liga Americas. Marcio Dornelles became Liga Americas champion. The forward also posted 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Paulista League. Marcio Dornelles earnd All-Paulista League Honourable Mention in 2012. Marcio Dornelles used to play for the Brazilian National Team back in 2000-2001 seasons. France - Limoges and Panagiotis Giannakis part ways - by Eurobasket News
Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) cut 54-year old Greek coach Panagiotis Giannakis (agency: FCM). He helped them to win the supercup. Giannakis was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2008. He was coaching Greek Senior National Team between 1996 and 2008. Giannakis has coached also professionally in Greece (Panionios). By Eurobasket Data Center
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