The new 2016/2017 season is getting closer to the beginning so let's take a quick look at the lists of Top 100 prospects in various age groups.
Without any doubt the best young player born in 1996 (20-year old) in Australian phenom Benjamin Simmons (208-F-96, college: LSU). Simmons is officially a member of the 76ers after the team selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is an extremely unique talent, combining big man size and strength, with point guard vision and passing skills. He can play all five positions in both offense and defense. Many compares him to Lebron James.
No.2 in this generation is Croatian big man Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) from Cedevita Zagreb. The son of Croatian Basketball Legend, Franjo Arapovic is a very skilled big man with high basketball IQ. He plays with lots of energy on both ends of the flor. He already had a chance to play big minutes in Euroleague (18 points against Fenerbahce) and Adriatic League last season.
Third best in our ranking is Stefan Lazarevic (198-SG-96) from FMP Beograd. A member of Serbian U20 National Team was recently named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 in Helsinki 2nd Team.
Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96, college: Gonzaga) was placed at 4th position in our ranking. The son of the FIBA Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis doesn't look as if he's burdened by his fathers name. He was called to senior national team afor the Olympic Games in Rio where he averaged 6.4ppg. The product of Gonzaga University will play for the OKC Thunder in the NBA.
Akif Egemen Guven (209-C-96) of Pinar Karsiyaka completes our Top5 youngsters born in 1996.
The 19-year olds (born 1997) are lead by Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) of Panathinaikos. He just played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) and led Greek NT to bronze medal. He was named the MVP of the tournament averaging 16.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg. He is expected to become an excellent modern point-forward.
Furkan Korkmaz (200-SG-97) was selected as second best in his age. Shooting guard was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers with 26th pick, but will spend another year at Anadolu Efes. He already debuted in senior national team at FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila (Philippines) where in 3 games he had 3.3ppg.
French Luc Loubaki (191-G-97) with his body and amazing athleticism is a perfect model of modern combo guard. He spent last season at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) and played solid minutes in 33 games. No.3 in our ranking.
Fourth best is Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket). Slovenian has recently joined best serbian youth program at BC Mega Leks. He is a promising small forward with confident shot and good handles.
No.5 is Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97), a member of the University of Arizona. He is a big skilled stretch-4. He just played at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki and led the entire tournament in scoring, with averages of 24.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. He was voted to all-tournament team.
The 19-year olds (born 1998) lists opens Borisa Simanic (209-PF-98). He is an tremendous athlete who can fill every game with dunks, three-pointers and blocks. Great all-rounder who can play all positions. He was named the MVP at Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals in Berlin. During the summer he signed 4-year contract with Crvena Zvezda MTS (Serbia)
Omer Yurtseven (213-C-98) is a promising big man who committed to play for the NC State Wolfpack. He can play well on both sides of the court. He has an outstanding basketball IQ and court vision. Number 2 in our ranking.
On third place we have another Crvena Zvezda's player - Aleksandar Aranitovic (196-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket). A versatile player who can dominate the game on both ends of the floor. NBA Basketball without Borders Global Camp in Toronto (Canada) participant.
Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) of Cedevita Zagreb is our top prospect borin in 1999. The combination of his size, skills and basketball IQ makes him a great swingman who can play almost every position. He was the best scorer World Championships U17 in Zaragoza (Spain) with impressive stats line - 7 games: Score-1 (34.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.8%.
Spanish forward Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) landed on 3th spot. Young prospect shined at World Championships U17 where he averaged 19.9ppg, 12.0rpg and was voted to all-tournament team. Great offensive player who is expected to be a part of Barcelona Lassa first team very soon.
Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) is already most experienced in the generation. Tall point guard played 39 games in Liga Endesa and 11 games in Euroleague last season. Great court vision, passing skills and already leadership.
French Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) (Wesleyan Christian Academy in the USA) and Lithuanian Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) completes the Top5.
Last category - players born in 2000 bring us huge amount of talent. As top prospects of this generation we selected Sekou Omar Doumbouya (200-F/G-00) from France. He is an amazing athlete that can become a great defender. Despite he started his basketball journey quite late (at age of 13), but the future looks bright for him.
Second most promising player born in 2000 is Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-00), the son of Rowan Barret, well known overseas player. A great perimetral player with immense upside, he can play either SG and SF, has handles, scores in a variety of ways, runs the team and gets to the rim with quick slashes and sweet athletic maneuvers. Repertoire includes a smooth mid-range game which extends well beyond the three point line. He recently represented Canada at World Championships U17 in Zaragoza (Spain) with 18.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3ppg. He was selected to Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 2nd Team. He also attended Jordan Brand Classic earlier this year.
Balsa Koprivica (211-C-00) is our no3. A native of Serbia plays basketball at the University High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA). His size and an impressive skill set draw a bright future for him.
Coastal Carolina cruises to 91-81 win over Wyoming in Game 1 of CBI Championship - 15 hours ago
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Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win.... [read more]
Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win. Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) didn't have his best shooting night at 6-of-15 but helped the team by filling up the stat sheet. He ended the game with 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and only one turnover. Jason McManamen (6'5''-G-94) had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming before fouling out. Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94) also played a big role, especially on the defensive end with five blocks. His work in the post was key in helping the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half. However, 15 turnovers and a 46-34 rebounding deficit helped contribute to the loss. On the plus side, the next two contests will be at Wyoming as the squad tries to bring home a CBI title. Coastal Carolina took full advantage of the home court in the early going, taking a 18-6 lead in the first six minutes and continuing to build distance going into halftime. This late three for Wyoming helped prevent the score from being double digits after the first half. As it was, the Chanticleers were still up 44-35 through 20 minutes of game time. The second half was more of the same with the home team consistently making shots to stay ahead. Although Wyoming was able to cut the lead down to six a few times, a 9-2 run helped the Chanticleers pull away. They weren't flawless down the stretch, but they made enough free throws to hold on for the 10-point victory. The teams will face off again in Game 2 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Wyoming. If necessary, a third game will be played as a tiebreaker Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. In order for there to be a third game, however, the Cowboys will have to play much better defense next time out. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com
Akron's Keith Dambrot taking Duquesne coaching job - 16 hours ago
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Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-... [read more]
Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons at Duquesne. Dambrot coached LeBron James during his first two seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Cavaliers star got the news that his former coach was leaving Akron. "I support everything that Coach D do. He's paid more dues than any other coach in Akron history," James said. "He got a seven-year deal? He probably got a pay raise, too. He's going to have to take me to lunch when I get back." Dambrot spent 13 seasons at Akron, compiling a 305-139 record. He has turned down other coaching jobs in the past to stay at Akron. Akron said it will immediately launch a national search for a new coach. Courtesy of: espn.com
Quinnipiac to name Baker Dunleavy new men's basketball coach - 1 day ago
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Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the ea... [read more]
Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the early 2000s alongside stars such as Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Jason Fraser, helping the team to the Sweet 16 as a junior. After graduating from Villanova in 2006, Dunleavy worked for Merrill Lynch before joining the Villanova staff as director of basketball operations. He was later elevated to assistant coach, then associate head coach. In the latter role, Dunleavy's responsibilities included on-court teaching, player development and recruiting. Dunleavy, who interviewed for the position on March 19, gets the job over a group of candidates that included former Quinnipiac star guard Jared Grasso, who's now associate head coach at Iona and Hamden native, former Quinnipiac assistant and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell. Others believed to be targeted by Quinnipiac included Vermont head coach John Becker, Xavier associate head coach Travis Steele, Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole and Albany head man Will Brown. A press conference is expected to officially introduce Dunleavy on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Dunleavy brings national championship pedigree and experience under one of the more respected head coaches in the game, not to mention a name that carries plenty of weight in the basketball world. He has no head coaching experience, of course. And while he inherits a strong, young roster that is slated to bring back its top three scorers from a year ago (including MAAC rookie of the year Mikey Dixon), Dunleavy may have to work hard to keep those players with the program. Grasso, a talented recruiter who has already secured a commitment from Hamden's own C.J. Seaforth for next season, was an assistant at the school for one season and is in its athletics Hall of Fame. He would have jumped at the opportunity to land what would have been a dream job. Same with Burrell, whose interview was this past Thursday, March 23. Burrell may have been hurt by his ties to Moore, for whom he was an assistant for eight years, but he has established himself as the head coach at SCSU, taking the Owls to the NCAA Division II tournament the past two seasons. Courtesy of: nhregister.com
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