Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Nigerian National Team member and 4 time European champion, Aloysius Anagonye. He was able to share his insights on his 10+ years as a pro in top FIBA countries, insights on todays players, and his outlook for the future, not just on European basketball, but also the game in both United States and also in Nigeria.
EU: Big Al, It is more than a pleasure to sit with you today. How has this offseason found you, and what are your next moves? AA: Thank you for inviting me. This offseason, I can name it as the redefining and recreating season. I had the opportunity to stay in Paris, France where I worked out with Professional trainer, Thierry Zig. He helped me to recreate my game from the way my body looks to the way I think and my offense skill level. In todays game everyone has to be able to create their own shot from putting the ball down the floor to making jump shots. The days of post player just scoring from the back to the basket are over. We worked out daily on face up moves, counter and counter to counter. Every post must be able to face-up to make score or pass. My jump shot skill has greatly improved. Most of all, my confident is high. A lot of people are questioning if I can score. After this offseason, I have put that question to rest. We worked on the idea that scoring is not just a skill level but confidence and mind set as well. This offseason has given me the chance to develop the scoring mind set and confidence. I am much leaner without losing my strength and I am in great shape. Being leaner allows me to be quicker as well more explosive.
EU: We hear that you are still residing in Barcelona. Have you any business interests there? AA: At moment, I am in Detroit but I go back and forth to Barcelona to see my family, as well as to continue building on my business. As for business interests I have many. Some of the business that I am interested in doing are tourism business in Barcelona and renewable energy (solar and wind) business in Africa. Im currently looking for investors and if anyone is interested on investing, please feel free to contact me at my Facebook.
EU: Tell us of your experiences in Spain, Italy and France, and how do you see todays players? What type of differences do you see now as opposed to your early years in Europe? AA: First of all, I love and enjoy European International Basketball. It has grown so much over the years. My experience is very positive and it has helped me to develop culturally and as an individual with international outlook and international family. On the difference between now and my early years, there are more US players now.
EU: How did playing on the Nigerian National Team help your career and your skill set? AA: Playing in the Nigerian National Team is an honor because I was representing my country of origin. It helped me to connect with the Nigerian and Nigeria-American players and coaches in the team. I bonded with all them and learned different skill sets from them. This helped me to compete against the best players from other countries, exposing me internationally.
EU: What advice would you give the aspiring player? AA: I will advice aspiring player to understand that it is not easy to be a professional basketball player. There are lot of disappointments and pressure, but they should have good work ethics, determination to succeed, and always have hope.
EU: What ideas or plans do you have to impact basketball in not just the USA but also in Nigeria, since you have been a large part of their National Program? AA: Right now, I am planning to set up camps in Detroit, Nigeria and other places in the world. The education of the future generation is important to me. My goal in Nigeria is to build a Sports Academy with steady and reliable electricity from solar and wind energy sources. This will bring communities together. I will also like to setup a youth basketball development program with Nigerian National Basketball management. If anyone is interested in hearing more about it, please feel free to contact me via Facebook.
EU: What would you like to say to your fans? AA: I thank my many fans for the support and encouragement during this trying time. Many fans had been communicating via Facebook and other social media. I truly appreciate them and wish them well too.
EU: Any closing thoughts/ideas? AA: I am focusing on getting a team as soon as possible. My efforts, focus and mindset in all my games have been to win. My team always has positive gains in the minutes I am in the court. This win via defense mentality has yielded several championships in USA and Europe to my teams. My present approach is to enhance and complement my defense skills with my newly acquired offense skills including mindset and confidence to contribute significantly to the success of my next teams.
Eurobasket would like to take this time to thank Aloysius for sitting with us, and to wish him all the very best in this season, wherever it takes him. We look forward to hearing great things from him in the United States and also in Nigeria, as he effects change One Child at Time!!! Best Wishes Al!!!
Athlete Celje got the job done in Game 2 of Slovenian League Finals, taking down Triglav 60-50 on road. This give Celje a 2-0 lead in the best of the five series. Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) scored a game-high 19 points and grabed 17 rebounds, Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) and Iva Slonjsak (183-SG-97) both added 14 points. Game 3 will be held in Celje on Wednesday. The game featured seven lead changes in the first halftime. After trailing 23-29, Celje went on a 12-0 run sp... [read more]
Athlete Celje got the job done in Game 2 of Slovenian League Finals, taking down Triglav 60-50 on road. This give Celje a 2-0 lead in the best of the five series. Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) scored a game-high 19 points and grabed 17 rebounds, Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) and Iva Slonjsak (183-SG-97) both added 14 points. Game 3 will be held in Celje on Wednesday. The game featured seven lead changes in the first halftime. After trailing 23-29, Celje went on a 12-0 run spanning halftime for a 35-29 lead early in the second half and never looked back. Triglav cut the deficit to two points, but the visitors responded with an 11-2 run to extend their advantage to 46-35. At that point, the home team scored eight consecutive points to reduce the margin to just three early in the fourth quarter. Celje then went on a decisive 12-0 run for a 58-43 lead with four minutes remaining, the largest lead of the game. Celje shot just 29-percent (18-of-62) from the field to Triglav's 39-percent, but outrebounded the home team 47-34, picking up 20 offensive boards. Triglav was led by Nina Jesensek (172-SG-98), who came off the bench for 18 points, and Ziva Zdolsek (178-F/G-89) added 13 points.
Oliver number one in Slovenia for round 8 - 19 hours ago
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American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Un.Olimpija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage). The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helios (#6, 0-8), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 77-63. Un.Olimpija is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is rather a weak team placed in lower... [read more]
American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Un.Olimpija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage). The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helios (#6, 0-8), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 77-63. Un.Olimpija is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Oliver had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Un.Olimpija's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Dayton star has very solid stats this year. Oliver is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 64.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young Domen Janc (187-PG-96) of Terme Olimia. Janc had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Terme Olimia to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Portoroz (#12, 1-17) 102-44. Terme Olimia's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-9 record is not bad at all. Janc is a newcomer at Terme Olimia and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Zlatorog (#3). Rizvic scored 24 points. Despite Rizvic's great performance Zlatorog lost 76-90 to #1 ranked Krka. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Zlatorog needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Rizvic has a very solid season. In 31 games in Slovenia he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 54.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Sencur Gor. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91) of Tajfun - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Dee Davis (183-PG-93) of Rogaska - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Nejc Buda (211-C-91) of Terme Olimia - 17 points and 8 rebounds 8. Dominique Elliott (203-F-91) of Krka - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) of Hopsi Polzela - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) of Krka - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Union Olimpija snapped their four-game losing streak by beating winless reigning champion Helios Suns 77-63 in Champioship Stage Round 8 to keep their play-off hopes alive. Helios blew their chance to make the playoffs. Rogaska-Hopsi 76-70: Rogaska used a 9-0 run for a 24-15 lead early in the second quarter, their largest lead of the night. Hopsi cut the deficit to 24-26 and then went on a 15-2 run to close out the first half with a 39-30. The visitors had their largest lead of the game... [read more]
Union Olimpija snapped their four-game losing streak by beating winless reigning champion Helios Suns 77-63 in Champioship Stage Round 8 to keep their play-off hopes alive. Helios blew their chance to make the playoffs.
Rogaska-Hopsi 76-70: Rogaska used a 9-0 run for a 24-15 lead early in the second quarter, their largest lead of the night. Hopsi cut the deficit to 24-26 and then went on a 15-2 run to close out the first half with a 39-30. The visitors had their largest lead of the game at 53-41 midway through the third quarter. At that point, Rogaska scored 10 consecutive points to ignite a 15-2 run and retake the lead, 56-55. After trailing by one early in the fourth quarter, Rogaska once again scored 10 straight points to go ahead 71-62 with less than three minutes remaining. Hopsi reduced the score to 70-71 with minute and a half to go. Rogaska's Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) was fouled on a 3-point attempt and he connected all three free throws for a 74-70 advantage. Hopsi then lost the ball and Leon Santelj (204-F-95) made a pair of free throws to bring the final score to 76-70. Dee Davis had 19 points and 8 assists for Rogaska, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) and Miha Fon (194-G-84) both scored 15 points and Leon Santelj 13. Hopsi was led by Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) with 18 points, Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) scored 17 and Uros Godler (205-C-85) 13.
Krka-Zlatorog 90-76: Krka spotted Zlatorog only an opening 3-pointer by Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87), then ran off 10 consecutive points to decide the issue early. The visitors cut the deficit to 8-12, but Krka took their first double digit lead at 24-13 late in the second quarter and extended their advantage to 40-22. Dominique Elliott (203-F-91, college: Md-E Shore) finished with 18 points, Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) added 15, both off the bench, Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) had 14 points and 6 assists and Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) scored 12 points. Zlatorog outrebounded Krka 37-31, picking up 17 offensive boards, but shot just 40-percent (23-of-57) from the field to Krka's 56-percent. Ramo Rizvic scored 24 points, Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) 18, Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) 13 and Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84) 10.
Helios Suns-Union Olimpija 63-77: Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) made a 3-pointer to put Olimpija up 12-11 and never looked back for the rest of the game. The visitors opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 28-16. Helios cut the deficit to two, but Olimpija responed with an 18-1 run spanning halftime for a 49-30 lead. Devin Oliver scored 11 points in that span and finished with 23 points, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored 15 and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) 12. Helios was led by Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) with 15 points, Urban Oman (98) netted 13 points, Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) 11, Aljaz Bratec (192-PG-98) and Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) both posted 10 points.
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