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Ermal Kuqo selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 17, 2012


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Albanian players, who play currently abroad.

Ermal Kuqo
Ermal Kuqo
#1. This week's number one is an international center Ermal Kuqo (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Anadolu Efes (7-2) to beat TED Kolejliler (5-5). Kuqo scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Anadolu Efes was edged 86-85 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) TED Kolejliler. It was Anadolu Efes' first loss after five consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Kuqo averages: 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 77.8% in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Turkish. Kuqo played for the Albanian senior national team one years ago.

Ersid Luca
Ersid Luca
#2. Second place goes to an international center Ersid Luca (212-81, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A. He was not able to help Hoops Club (2-5) in their last game. Despite Luca's good performance Hoops Club was crushed 123-85 in a derby game by the second-ranked Al Riyadi. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Luca also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was Hoops Club's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Luca's first season with the team. Luca is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 11.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.3ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 43.5% in the six games. Luca is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Albanian. Ex-Sport Klub Tirana player is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Enel Brindisi to win against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (5-6) 82-74 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ndoja scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Enel Brindisi (6-5) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Ndoja's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 68.4%. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities. Ndoja is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
#4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Givova Scafati's victory against the eighth-ranked Tezenis VE (6-5) 65-63 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (8-3) is placed second in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bushati's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4spg in the 11 games. He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati is also Albanian national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Albanian passport:

#1. Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (6-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Dorsten was defeated 103-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (#7) in the Group North. Pelaj was the second best scorer with 23 points. It's Pelaj's ninth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg. Pelaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-F/G-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Telemach League
Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) plays for Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A
Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Milan Dabovic plays for Smederevo Vizura in Serbian A League
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA
Elyan Bumbli (190-G-87) plays for Riva del Garda in Italian Nazionale B
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Psyhiko in Greek B
Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) plays for Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague
Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Albanian playing currently abroad. Go to Albanian Abroad Page to see completed list.   




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