TalkBasket.net http://www.talkbasket.net Home of Basketball Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:30:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Valencia adds depth in its frontcourthttp://www.talkbasket.net/16603-valencia-adds-depth-in-its-frontcourt.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16603-valencia-adds-depth-in-its-frontcourt.html#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:30:10 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16603

Three-time Eurocup champion Valencia Basket bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Justin Hamilton and power forward John Shurna to respective one-year deals on Monday.

Hamilton (2.13 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Minnesota of the NBA, where he averaged 9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17 games last season. He started the 2014-15 season with Miami of the NBA, averaging 2.8 points in 24 games before joining Minnesota.

Hamilton started his professional career with Cibona Zagreb and played in the 2012-13 Eurocup, averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 5 games. He has also played for VEF Riga of Latvia.

Shurna (2.04 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, where he averaged 9.5 points on 48% three-point shooting and 3.4 rebounds in 28 Turkish League games last season. He has also played for FIATC Joventut Badalona of Spain and Strasbourg of France, to which he helped reach the French Cup and the French League finals in 2013.

Shurna, an accomplished three-point shooter with a very unique shot release, helped the USA U19 national team win get a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships.

Source: Eurocup

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Brent Petway leaving Olympiacos for Dinamo Sassari?http://www.talkbasket.net/16596-brent-petway-leaving-olympiacos-for-dinamo-sassari.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16596-brent-petway-leaving-olympiacos-for-dinamo-sassari.html#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:48:12 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16596 Dinamo Sassari look to be making some big off-season signings this summer as it has been reported that Brent Petway is on his way to the Sardinia-based club.

Petway, 30, has spent the last two seasons at Olympiacos, averaging 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds a game in the Euroleague.

The player will complete Sassari’s frontcourt with Christian Eyenga and Jarvis Varnado.

Source: Sportando.

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Dinamo Sassari re-signs David Loganhttp://www.talkbasket.net/16593-dinamo-sassari-re-signs-david-logan.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16593-dinamo-sassari-re-signs-david-logan.html#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:18:28 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16593 Freshly crowned Italian champion Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari made sure to keep one of its most-experienced players around for another season by re-signing David Logan.

The veteran guard was instrumental in Sassari’s impressive Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign and its run to a first Italian crown. Logan (1.84 meters, 33 years old) was the Euroleague’s regular season leader in steals (2.3 spg.) and tied for fifth with 24 three-pointers made. He ranked second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg.) and third in assists (2.8 apg.). Logan was worth 16.8 points on 41.2% three-point shooting and 2.9 assists in the Italian League regular season and played a big role in the playoffs too.

Logan is a veteran of six Euroleague seasons with five different clubs. He started his pro career in Italy with Edimes Pavia during the 2005-06 season and has since suited up for Ramat Hasharon and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in Israel, Forth Worth Flyers in the United States, SKS Starogard, PGE Turow Zgorzelec and Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland, Caja Laboral Vitoria in Spain, Panathinaikos Athens in Greece and ALBA Berlin in Germany. Among his career highlight are winning the national cup in Greece, Israel, Germany and Italy over the past four years plus a pair of national championships in Poland and the recent Italian league crown.

Source: Euroleague

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Luka Zoric heading to Cedevita Zagreb?http://www.talkbasket.net/16581-luka-zoric-heading-to-cedevita-zagreb.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16581-luka-zoric-heading-to-cedevita-zagreb.html#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:38:39 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16581

Croatian big man Luka Zoric looks to be heading home and signing a contract to play for Cedevita Zagreb.

Zoric has played for Turkish giants Fenerbahce for the last two seasons.

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Plymouth Raiders sign Mike Vigorhttp://www.talkbasket.net/16578-plymouth-raiders-sign-mike-vigor.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16578-plymouth-raiders-sign-mike-vigor.html#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:38:01 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16578 The Plymouth University Raiders have signed their final professional player ahead of the 2015/16 season. Mike Vigor, a 6’9″ centre who has both Australian and Scottish nationality will join up with his new teammates at the end of August.

25 year old Vigor is currently playing for Bendigo Braves in the Australian SEABL alongside Raiders’ point guard Josh Wilcher, where he is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game. This is the second consecutive season that WIlcher and Vigor have played together for Bendigo. Before that, Vigor was on the roster with Perth Wildcats in the Australian NBL league.

“I think that right now seems to be a very exciting time for the Plymouth Raiders and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Vigor. “The BBL looks to be a very strong league and I can’t wait to get amongst it. Our team will have a great culture and chemistry with the mix of local talent, imports and Australians. I can’t wait to get in the thick of everyday life in Plymouth and contribute to a successful program. Talking with Coach Jay Marriott and Josh Wilcher, there is a real passion for this club and its fan base. I’m hoping to do everything I can to help this team perform and ultimately win.”

With his Scottish ancestry and passport, he will surely be the subject of interest from the Scottish men’s international squad this year.

“Michael’s a really great addition to the squad,” said Raiders Head Coach Jay Marriott. “He really ticked every box of what we were looking for – great size, a talent that I think will really develop, a great guy and again, a player who is familiar with nearly everyone on the roster. What really sets Mike apart, is his ability to step outside and hit the three pointer (where he is averaging 39% this season), but then on the next offense, give us a big rebounding and presence inside. He has had experience in the NBL, so he’s certainly no novice or rookie, and he will be ready to contribute for us right away. I look forward to welcoming him and the rest of the squad for pre season!”

Source: Plymouth Raiders

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Olympiacos wins race for Milutinovhttp://www.talkbasket.net/16572-olympiacos-wins-race-for-milutinov.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16572-olympiacos-wins-race-for-milutinov.html#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:13:07 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16572 Nikola Milutinov will resume his career in Greece, joining Olympiacos for two years with the option of a third.

The 20-year-old talent from Serbia made his professional debut for Hemofarm in 2011, but next year he moved to Partizan Belgrade. After two seasons where his playtime had decreased, he seized the opportunity and last year he had a solid season with the Serbian side, managing to draw much attention.

In the 28 games he averaged 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, even achieving a double-double against Levski Sofia with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The 2.13m. center decided to try his luck in the NBA, and he succeeded to become the 26th overall pick from the San Antonio Spurs.

It was a hot summer for him since several European teams had their eyes on him but Olympiacos was his final decision.

“Olympiacos BC agreed terms with the basketball player Nikola Milutinov for the next three years”, is the official announcement of the team.

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Greece announced their roster for Eurobasket 2015http://www.talkbasket.net/16568-greece-announced-their-roster-for-eurobasket-2015.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16568-greece-announced-their-roster-for-eurobasket-2015.html#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:34:57 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16568 Yesterday (24/7) Fotis Katsikaris officially presented the 15 players that will take part at the team’s preparation for the upcoming Eurobasket.

The team appears to be stronger than ever, with all the available star players ready to do their best to help their National Team return to the top, while all three NBAers will be present:

Guards

Nikos Zisis

Vassilis Spanoulis

Nick Calathes

Kostas Sloukas

Vaggelis Mantzaris

Vladimiros Jankovic

Forwards

Giorgos Printezis

Kostas Kaimakoglou

Kostas Papanikolaou

Stratos Perperoglou

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Centers

Giannis Bourousis

Kostas Koufos

Zisis Sarikopoulos

Dimitris Agravanis

During the presentation of the team, coach Katsikaris pointed out the importance of good team chemistry, made clear that all 15 players have equal chances of playing in Croatia and concluded that he has a good feeling about this roster.

The Greeks will face Croatia, Netherlands, FYROM, Georgia and Slovenia during the Group stage in Zagreb and the Greek coach avoided to make any predictions. Biggest absence was Loukas Mavrokefalides who had a great season with Panathinaikos but Katsikaris stated that it was very tough to choose only 15 players out of all the talents that are out there.

The first friendly for the Greek team will be against Belgium at August 8th, while at 14 and 15th of the month they will participate in a tournament taking place in Istanbul against Turkey and Bosnia.

Everyone in the Greek side is very ambitious and is waiting for the first games to see the team in action.

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Omer Asik will not play for Turkey at EuroBaskethttp://www.talkbasket.net/16565-omer-asik-will-not-play-for-turkey-at-eurobasket.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16565-omer-asik-will-not-play-for-turkey-at-eurobasket.html#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:51:02 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16565

There is a strong possibility that New Orleans Pelicans’ Omer Asik will not compete at this summer’s Eurobasket with Turkey.

Asik is still suffering from back spasms and after a consultation with doctors , Asik had no choice but to leave training camp.

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Brian Randle signs for Lokomotiv Kubanhttp://www.talkbasket.net/16562-brian-randle-signs-for-lokomotiv-kuban.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16562-brian-randle-signs-for-lokomotiv-kuban.html#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:35:33 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16562

Lokomotiv Kuban have signed power forward Brian Randle from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, the club announced today.

Randle averaged 12 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks in 25 Euroleague games last season for Maccabi, helping them claim the Israeli State Cup and the Euroleague quarter-finals.

The 30-year-old veteran has spent the majority of his time in Israel, including two seasons with Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa Bazan. He has also had a spell in Germany for ALBA Berlin.

“I am honoured to be a part of the Lokomotiv Kuban club and family,” Randle said. “My family and I are so appreciative and humbled by this opportunity, and we look forward to representing the club.

“Every year is different, whether there are new players or whether the team stays the same, so it’s hard to say what will happen this year.

“Lokomotiv Kuban is a club that has seen success and victory in every level of competition it has competed in, and I look forward to helping continue this level of play and hopefully find success along the way. Thank you to Lokomotiv Kuban management and coach for giving me this opportunity.”

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Zalgiris looking at DJ Kennedy to replace James Andersonhttp://www.talkbasket.net/16559-zalgiris-looking-at-dj-kennedy-to-replace-james-anderson.html http://www.talkbasket.net/16559-zalgiris-looking-at-dj-kennedy-to-replace-james-anderson.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:40:21 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16559 Zalgiris are looking to replace James Anderson and are reportedly interested in DJ Kennedy.

Kennedy spent last season at Ludwigsburg, averaging 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in Beko BBL.

Source: BasketDream

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