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Roundup: The Euroleague Kicks Off
by: Luis FernŠndez - Director of International Scouting
October 30, 2006
Here at DraftExpress.com we worked on a quite detailed preview on the most interesting draft prospects playing this seasonís Euroleague. 13 guys were selected to write extensively on them. Besides, we mention other 13 youngsters that werenít expected to enjoy much action. 26 players and we didnít cover who arguably ended up being the best performer in the first round of gamesÖ Dimitriy Khvostov.

Thereís an explanation, for sure. On one hand, we didnít realize Khvostov could make the final roster. Yes, heís a nice prospect (indeed heís listed in our very selective 1989 international ranking), but certainly not a very glamorous one (at this point) and still very young for Euroleague competition. On the other hand, we neither realized the window of opportunity he might have between the departure of Mire Chatman and the arrival of his replacement Eddie Gill. Khvostov certainly took advantage of this circumstance, and also of the average game played by his PG teammate Bojan Popovic, to stay 13 minutes on the court and have 11 points and 3 steals, while being fouled 8 times in the process and help his team to win over RheinEnergie.

Our Greek scout Dimitris Ritsonis watched the game. According to him, Khvostov surprised everyone by his clutch performance, making the crucial free throws at the end of the game. But there was more. The excellent use of his body and remarkable penetration skills helped him to hold his own against bigger and older opponents, while he drew more fouls than any other player in the game thanks to his nice ball handling skills.

Now it remains to be seen if this performance will provide him some future playing time, especially once Gill hits the court. For the moment, he hasnít made Dynamoís roster for the last Russian SuperLeague game.

Besides Khvostov, our attention goes to a couple of well-known shooting guards. The Euroleague veteran Marco Belinelli stuck to what he does best: scoring. He had 17 points, although shooting only 1/6 from the three-point land (he had already been struggling from the arc in the Italian competition), and 2 rebounds for Climamio Bologna in the loss against Le Mans. Rookie Rudy FernŠndez had 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in the opener against Panathinaikos, but after an excellent first half, DKV Joventut couldnít contain the Greek comeback in the second to end up with a painful three-point loss.

The losing trend for Joventut continued in the ACB League, falling against Pamesa Valencia, again in comeback fashion. However, Rudy shined with 20 points and 3 assists.

Only Real Madrid and Tau Vitoria remain undefeated in the ACB League now that the third team, Akasvayu Girona, lost its first game this weekend against Winterthur FC Barcelona. Marc Gasol was really motivated playing against his former team, and finished the game with 10 points, 5 rebound and 2 blocks.

In the LEB League (Spanish second division), it seems that Gustavo Barrera is recovering some of his playing level in Leche Rio Breogan. He had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, although it wasnít enough against his former team Ciudad de Huelva. More useful was Vitor Faveraniís outing for Cai Zaragoza against Fahro Gijůn Baloncesto. The promising Brazilian had 8 points and 10 rebounds in only 12 minutes before fouling out.

Emir Preldzic erupted in the Adriatic League for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Itís his first big performance in senior competition, and certainly wonít be the last one, but still wasnít enough for Geoplin Slovan to beat Bosna ASA (Slovan ranks last in the league with a sole victory). Equally spectacular (and useless for Crvena Zvezda) was Tadija Dragicevicís effort with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. At 6-9, heís a sort of a combo forward, but NBA-wise looks a bit of a tweener at the power forward position and not greatly athletic to play on the wing.

Nenad Mijatovic had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals leading Buducnost to the victory against Zagreb. In the Euroleague duel between Cibona Zagreb and Union Olimpija, the Croatians prevailed despite Manuchar Markoishviliís 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals.

However, the most interesting game was the Belgrade duel between FMP and Partizan. With home court advantage, FMP secured the victory. In his first start this season, Dragan Labovic had 11 points and 6 rebounds for FMP. With this victory, FMP conquers the leadership in the Adriatic League. Itís staggering to see how this team remains competitive season after season regardless of the many important deflections they have every summer (the last one, the likes of Marinovic, Jorovic, Vasic or Ilic) without enjoying the financial wealth to buy replacements in the market. And thatís because weíre talking about arguably the best talent producing team in the Balkans right now.

Only Mickael Mokongo deserves to be mentioned in the Italian League this week. He was the floor general for Upea Capo díOrlando in the victory against TDShop.it Livorno with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. The young French playmaker has really taken over the point guard position (and very quickly, since this is his first season in Italy). Heís actually the second player in minutes played, and whatís even more important, the team enjoys a terrific 4-1 record.

It was a tough week for Le Havre in the French League. Only the young couple Ali Traore and Aldo Curti managed to score in double digits. The strong power forward had 16 points and 8 rebounds, and the small playmaker settled for 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. As a result, only 52 points scored by the whole team and a home loss against Clermont. In Greece, Renaldas Seibutis had 15 points and 4 rebounds for Maroussi in the loss against AEK.

We pay our regular visit to the Chinese CBA League and Yi Jianlian, who tears up the box score game after game. His team Guangdong lost its perfect record losing against Jiangsu, but they still had time to add a couple of victories. Yi had 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 assists against Shandong, 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 assists against Jiangsu and 38 points and 14 rebounds against Shanxi Yujun. In this last victory, actually a very comfortable one, Chen Jianghua added 17 points, 3 assists and 4 steals for Guangdong.

Back to Yi, heís certainly improving, maturing, but still not sorting out some of his basic problems. He basically relies on his mid-range shot, quickness to beat his rivals and eventually delivers some semi-hook shots. Still, his low post game looks rather limited and he relies too much on his shot-blocking ability and general athleticism on defense. He should not allow his rivals to get under the rim so easily, because that wonít make the cut against superior competition. Physically, he keeps growing into his body, showing a terrific combination of size, athleticism and even frame. Heís NBA material for sure.

In the Australian NBL, Joe Ingles continues impressing with his potential. Even if heís struggling a little bit with his perimeter shooting lately, heís successfully splitting defenses with his very nice quickness and first step, finding the rim to score or his open teammates. Less impressive are his teamís results. The South Dragons collected their first victory this week against the Cairns Taipans. Ingles had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. In the loss against the Adelaide 36ers he added for 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. His coach, former NBA allstar point guard Mark Price was controversially replaced by Australian legend Shane Heal, so weíll see how he deals with the change.

Also mixed feelings for Brad Newley and his Townsville Crocodiles. His 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists were a key factor in the victory against New Zealand Breakers, but the Melbourne Tigers, leaders of the competition, were too much even for his 30 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to luisfernandez@draftexpress.com .

 

Dimitriy Khvostov
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 08/21/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Dynamo Moscow , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
5.5 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 3.7 Asts


Eddie Gill
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Birthday: 08/16/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Overland
Previous Team: Weber State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
0.0 Pts, 0.3 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Bojan Popovic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 02/13/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: FMP Belgrade , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
7.0 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 3.5 Asts


Marco Belinelli
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 03/25/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Fortitudo Bologna , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2007 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
11.4 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Rudy Fernandez
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birthday: 04/05/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Real Madrid , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2007 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 4.3 Rebs, 3.3 Asts


Marc Gasol
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 265 lbs.
Birthday: 01/29/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Girona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2007 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
14.6 Pts, 7.2 Rebs, 3.7 Asts


Gustavo Barrera
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 04/07/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Melilla , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
3.2 Pts, 1.6 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Vitor Faverani
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 233 lbs.
Birthday: 05/05/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Valencia , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
7.3 Pts, 4.4 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Emir Preldzic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 09/06/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Fenerbahce , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #27 in 2009 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
7.6 Pts, 3.9 Rebs, 4.6 Asts


Tadija Dragicevic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 01/28/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Red Star , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #23 in 2008 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
4.4 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Nenad Mijatovic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birthday: 01/22/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Buducnost , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
0.0 Pts, 0.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Manuchar Markoishvili
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 11/18/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Kyiv , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.1 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Dragan Labovic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 231 lbs.
Birthday: 04/20/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: FMP Belgrade , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
15.7 Pts, 6.7 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Mickael Mokongo
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 07/11/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Banvit , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
20.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Ali Traore
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birthday: 02/28/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Kuban , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
3.7 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Renaldas Seibutis
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 07/23/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Maroussi , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #20 in 2007 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
10.9 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Yi Jianlian
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 246 lbs.
Birthday: 10/28/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Guangdong , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2007 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
23.5 Pts, 12.8 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Chen Jianghua
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birthday: 03/12/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Guangdong , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.3 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Joe Ingles
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 10/02/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
5.6 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


Mark Price
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthday: 02/15/1964
50 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Enid
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #1 in 1986 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
9.5 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 4.7 Asts


Shane Heal
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 09/06/1971
42 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Upper Yarra Tech
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
16.7 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 3.5 Asts


Brad Newley
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 02/18/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Townsville , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #24 in 2007 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
11.3 Pts, 3.1 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


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