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.
Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 - 2 hours ago
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Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute lef... [read more]
Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute left in the game. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and then Corbin Kaufusi (6'10''-C) had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach. Gonzaga ended a string of 15 consecutive games where it didn't trail in the second half. "They haven't had anyone have a lead on them in the second half for quite a while," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I thought that would be a really big emotional thing for us, and an emotional thing for them to have to respond. "You beat the No. 1 team on the road the last weekend of the season, it's good for a lot of reasons," Rose added. The Cougars rallied from an early 16-point deficit, and Mika said the team never wavered in its belief it could win. "I think all of us did and that was a big thing," Mika said. "I don't think a lot of teams, especially in our conference, believe 100 percent that they're going to come in and do that." The Cougars scored 44 points in the second half and made nine 3-pointers to just three for Gonzaga. Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. "Obviously, it didn't go as we hoped," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We missed a lot of free throws and turned the ball over too much to be able to win a close game like that." Gonzaga missed 13 of its 29 free throws and had 16 turnovers but still led most of the game. "The season isn't over," Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews (6'4''-G-94) said. "It is a great season. We'd love to be 30-0, but we are 29-1." T.J. Haws added 17 points and Elijah Bryant 14 for BYU (21-10, 12-6). The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. Gonzaga came out fired up and jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first five minutes, making 7 of 10 shots. The Zags cooled off, and three consecutive 3-pointers by BYU's Haws cut Gonzaga's lead to 26-22. Mika's basket cut Gonzaga's lead to one point before the Bulldogs closed with a 10-5 run to take a 41-35 lead at halftime. Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97)' putback gave Gonzaga a 58-46 lead midway through the second. A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53 and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of 3-pointers by Nick Emery (6'2''-G) cut Gonzaga's lead to one, and Mika's basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60. The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four as... [read more]
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Lyle added 17 points, including all 10 from the charity stripe, while also tacking on four helpers for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten). Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) led all scorers with 27 for the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten). After a Koenig 3-pointer gave Wisconsin a 6-4 lead just over two minutes into the game, the Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage with 14:40 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes then got hot from the field, turning it into a 44-31 halftime lead. For the half, Ohio State shot 51.6 percent while connecting on five shots from behind the arc. Tate turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in 17 first-half minutes while Jackson added nine points and three assists. Koenig kept the Badgers in it with 14 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. The Badgers had the Buckeyes lead trimmed to nine at 56-47 with 11:00 remaining but back-to-back 3-pointers by Lyle and Jackson pushed the Ohio State advantage up to 15 at 62-47 with 9:19 left to play. Wisconsin was unable to get within 13 until the final minute of play as the Buckeyes hit on 5 of 6 3-pointers after the half. Courtesy of: mariononline.com
San Diego, CA - Jenny Craig Pavilion had never hosted the No. 1 team in the country before Gonzaga showed up on Thursday night. The top ranked Bulldogs (29-0) came in and systematically dismantled the University of San Diego (12-17) 96-38, recording the largest margin of victory ever for a No. 1 team on the road. Gonzaga jumped out to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first nine shots and pushed that lead to 28 at halftime despite nine turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the foul line. [read more]
San Diego, CA - Jenny Craig Pavilion had never hosted the No. 1 team in the country before Gonzaga showed up on Thursday night. The top ranked Bulldogs (29-0) came in and systematically dismantled the University of San Diego (12-17) 96-38, recording the largest margin of victory ever for a No. 1 team on the road.
Gonzaga jumped out to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first nine shots and pushed that lead to 28 at halftime despite nine turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the foul line. The Zags came out even more focused in the second half and shot an astounding 74 percent from the field including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. Gonzaga hit 13 3's on the night while USD managed just 14 made buckets, a recipe for disaster. The Zags imposed their will defensively challenging every shot and staying solid. Combine that effort with smart play and you get that type of performance as they only committed 12 fouls in the game.
Every night it can be one of several players leading the way for the Zags and on this night the first standout was Johnathan Williams III (6'9''-F-95). The 6-9 junior transfer from Missouri made his presence known early on both ends of the floor. USD was determined to quickly double Przemek Karnowski on every touch and he was more than willing to pass out of the traps. Williams found himself on the receiving end of passes out of the rotations resulting in 10 first half points despite missing 4-of-6 free throws. He was more dominant on the defensive end grabbing 13 first half rebounds while USD only grabbed eight as a team. Williams was aggressive and used his size and athleticism to attack everything coming off the rim. His performance allowed the guards to leak out in transition and push the pace offensively leading to several of those open 3-point looks. Williams finished the night with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 19 rebounds. He is now shooting 61 percent from the floor on the year.
The Tritons came out determined not to let the 7-1 Karnowski beat them and he was held to just three field goal attempts notching just five points and three rebounds. But he became a facilitator in successfully passing out of the post and initiating the offensive attack. It has been the calling card all year long of the unselfish Bulldogs who made it look easy all night long in shooting 66 percent for the game.
Leading scorer 6-5 junior Nigel Williams-Goss had a typical game for him with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. The player of the year candidate is averaging 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is always in control, is a vocal leader on the floor and plays extremely hard on the defensive end. He had the ability to get to the rim whenever he wanted yet he displayed patience by working the offense and finding even easier shots for his teammates. Many of those open looks went to Josh Perkins and Zach Collins. Perkins (6-3 soph.) knocked down 5-of-8 from 3-point range and seemed to be unguarded all night long. He also chipped in five rebounds and led the team with six assists, which shows he was not forcing shots up.
The Bulldogs also have the luxury of bringing a 7-foot McDonald's All-American off the bench in freshman Collins. Collins is third on the team in scoring at 10.7 per game despite only playing 17 minutes per game. He has the look of a future lottery pick written all over him. He has a great combination of size and athleticism to go along with polished post moves and a soft touch. He can score on either block with either hand. He made one play where he caught the ball at the high post in a high-low set, saw the pass was not there then took one hard dribble to his left and finished it left handed like a guard. He is also a good defender and has 3-point range (43.8%).
There were not many bright spots for USD on a night where they shot just 24 percent, which was not their worst performance of the year on their home court (19 percent vs. St. Mary's). Sophomore 6-2 guard Olin Carter was the only player in double figures for the Tritons finishing with 15 on 6-of-16 shooting. He worked hard offensively trying to find cracks in the Bulldog defense but mostly had to settle for contested jump shots. When given good looks he can knock down shots consistently, but those opportunities were rare on this night. Brett Bailey leads the team averaging 15.6 points but he was held in check tonight. The 6-6 forward out of Spokane could not find his stroke going just 3-of-11 for seven points. He created a few scoring opportunities using his ability to put the ball on the floor against the bigger defenders but was unable to finish around the rim.
The Bulldogs proved once again that they are in the national title hunt with this dominating performance. According to Synergy Stats they are No. 2 in offensive points per possession and No. 1 in defensive points per possession. They are big, athletic, deep, unselfish and play with poise and purpose on both ends of the floor. They are going to be a tough out in March. Gonzaga will host BYU on Saturday and try and finish the regular season undefeated. San Diego will host Portland, also on Saturday.
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