The summer months of June has just begun and it seems that teams in the DBL has already started making changes for the upcoming season. Congrats to Z&Z Leiden for winning the DBL title under head coach Toon van Helfteren as he continues to bring out the best of players and win championships whether Landskampioen or Beker Cup. Congrats also to
Samuel Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood) becoming the head coach of the EiffelTowers of Den Bosch. Sam has been apart of the organization since his arrival as a player in Holland. His experience will help both Dutch and import players become champions in the near future. Lately players have been making team moves as well perhaps to learn the game in a new coaches perspective as well as needing a new challenge as well as change. The DBL overall was filled with great excitement and shockers in the playoffs with the coming of Coach Erik Braal and Leeuwarden making it to the DBL finals by defeating highly favored (and former big brother) EiffelTowers. New players both abroad and domestic had the chance to show and prove what they can do for a team playing on top level in Holland and have the chance to further their playing careers elsewhere. Rotterdam and Amsterdam are teams in the works as they try to stay with young Dutch talent with the hopes of future players getting the chance to play with and against high level players that will help them in the future. I think these two teams can move from the bottom to the mid of the pack if they are able to get the funding needed to get back to those days of success (Amsterdam) and two have good talent and not just any player just because of 'who you know' as it can backfire if not wise. Amsterdam did show great upside with the assistance of veteran players (
Pat Faijdherbe (187-G) ) and the love of Amsterdam basketball fans there at every game to support whether it was a win or loss. In his first season at the helm, Coach Tyrone Marioneaux showed that he can make winners out of players that are finally getting the opportunity to show their talents that was once pushed to the side or down graded to Promotiedivisie or Eerste Divisie with little or no recognition. 2013 was a year of changes and I hope that 2014 will show that great players come in all sizes if you just give them the fair opportunity to display what they can bring. Change is always good just make sure that with change comes opportunity. Have a great summer....
Charlon Kloof selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Dutch players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA.
We bring you last week's top performances from Dutch players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). Kloof could not help MZT Skopje (8-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed MZT Skopje (8-1) lost 70-78 in a derby game to the second-ranked Rabotnicki in the Places 1-6 group.
Kloof was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kloof's third season in pro basketball. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Kloof's first year with the team.
Kloof has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 55.0% in nine games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch.
Kloof is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Chalons-Reims (9-20) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite de Jong's very good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 76-71 at home by the higher-ranked Cholet Basket (#11).
He was the second best scorer with 16 points. de Jong also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
This season de Jong has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.9%(139-221), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 68.7%.
He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.
#3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-4) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday.
He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (10-0) are placed first in the NBL.
So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season.
Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 60.2%(59-98), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 86.7% in 10 games.
Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.
Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.
#4. Power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory over the leader Nishinomiya Storks (40-16) 79-68 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night.
He was MVP of the game. van der List recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 5 assists.
Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (14-42) is placed sixth in Central group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
van der List has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6bpg.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) 78-66 in the German BBL last Sunday.
Williams scored 9 points and added 5 passes.
BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
It's Williams' first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg.
Williams used to play for the Dutch national team
two years ago.
#6. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) helped SO Maritime Boulogne win their game against the third-ranked Lille Metropole (17-13) 76-64 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes.
SO Maritime Boulogne (11-18) is placed 16th in the ProB.
This year de Jong's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in 29 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.
#7. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AGOR (13-13) in their game against Kolossos HH (13-13) in the Greek A1.
Schaftenaar scored 5 points.
AGOR was defeated 78-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Kolossos HH (#7).
Schaftenaar's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg.
He is also Dutch national team player.
#8. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) managed to help AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in a victory against the league leader Tartu Ulikool (29-3) 70-60 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Friday.
Kok recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML.
This year Kok's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 14 games.
He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team
back in 2014.
#9. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Navarra (15-15) in their game against Moron (16-14) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division).
Bleeker scored 7 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Navarra was edged 81-79 in Morón de la Frontera by the higher-ranked Moron (#8).
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Bleeker has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.1rpg.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
three years ago.
#10. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-23) 79-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
van Wijk scored 11 points in 20 minutes.
Melilla Baloncesto (19-14) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
van Wijk has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 33 games.
He is a former U16 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.
The list of other players, who all have Dutch passport but never been selected to any of Dutch national teams:
#1.Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA.
Tillie scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes.
This year Tillie averages: 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.
#2.Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the third-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 67-58 in the Basketball Champions League last Friday.
Doornekamp recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first in group D.
Doornekamp has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.3apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.
#3.Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the 12th-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (5-19) 81-72 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Broekhoff scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 5.0rpg in 24 games.
He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.
#4.Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) crushing them 114-89 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Friday.
Slutsky recorded 8 points and added 4 passes.
Hapoel Afula (12-14) is placed first in Play-Downs group.
Slutsky has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.2rpg.
He also holds two passports: Dutch and Israeli.
Despite Slutsky's Dutch nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.
Eredivisie Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Zwolle and Groningen post victories - 2 days ago
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Leiden - Zwolle 81-92 Zwolle outgunned Leiden to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Leiden managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Zwolle looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Cour... [read more]
Zwolle outgunned Leiden to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Leiden managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Zwolle looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who scored 24 points. The other American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and 5 assists and international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Leiden: J.Voorn 19+1reb+5ast, R.Jansen 18+3reb+3ast, D.Draper 16+7reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 12+10reb+2ast, J.Lee 10+2reb+3ast, L.Enobakhare 3+3reb Zwolle: C.Vette 24+4reb+1ast, J.Yoho 18+3reb+2ast, O.Schaftenaar 18+4reb, J.Tiller 15+6reb+7ast, N.Oudendag 10+10reb+2ast, M.Schilder 4+1reb+4ast
Groningen fired past Den Bosch on the road to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.2 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Groningen had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Den Bosch's players. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) contributed with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for Den Bosch. Top scorers: Den Bosch: J.Watts 18+2reb+1ast, C.Mitchell 13+7reb+1ast, M.Aarts 8+3reb, D.Balentine 8+3reb, R.Pagter Ralf 7+4reb, S.Wessels 4+3reb+1ast Groningen: L.Jeter 19+3reb+6ast, S.Cunningham 14+2reb+4ast, B.Veenstra 11+4reb+1ast, C.Fieler 11+9reb+6ast, A.Smith 10+1reb, J.Dourisseau 10+5reb+2ast
Eredivisie Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Leiden and Groningen - 5 days ago
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Zwolle - Leiden 82-88 Leiden upset Zwolle in the semifinal series opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-17. But Zwolle won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zwolle helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Co... [read more]
Leiden upset Zwolle in the semifinal series opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-17. But Zwolle won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zwolle helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. The former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) added 19 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Five Leiden and four Zwolle players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Leiden: T.Koenis 23+20reb+3ast, J.Voorn 19+3ast, R.Jansen 17+2reb+4ast, D.Draper 11+5reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 10+4reb, F.Versteegh 5+4reb+1ast Zwolle: C.Vette 21+11reb, J.Tiller 19+4reb+4ast, J.Yoho 16+2reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 12+12reb, K.Hyland 5+1reb, O.Schaftenaar 3+3reb
Groningen toppled Den Bosch to grab the lead in the series. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Den Bosch outrebounded Groningen 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks. Naturalized American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Den Bosch. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Groningen: J.Dourisseau 18+7reb+2ast, C.Fieler 13+7reb+8ast, D.Pasalic 12+4reb+2ast, A.Slagter 12+3reb+2ast, L.Jeter 9+4reb+7ast, A.Smith 6+3reb+1ast Den Bosch: C.Mitchell 15+10reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 12+5reb, J.Watts 12+7reb+2ast, S.McWhorter 10+3reb+2ast, R.Pagter Ralf 10+7reb+2ast, S.Wessels 7+1ast
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