Didn’t you follow the daily news of French and international basketball this week? Do not panic, the drafting of Basketball Europe summarizes the essentials of what you should not miss from June 11 to 17.
Betclic Elite Final: ASVEL returned the slap to Monaco
It is a final of the 2022 French championship which suggests great promise. After Monaco’s inaugural health walk on opposing soil, ASVEL equalized at 1-1 on Friday evening thanks to their victory of 37 points over Roca Team, the biggest gap in history in a championship final. France, all formulas combined. A collective performance that revives the series, before the matches on Monday and Wednesday evenings (8:30 p.m.) on the Rock. It should be noted at the institutional level that the president of the LNB Alain Béral should leave his place at the end of his mandate in 2023 and that the president of the FFBB Jean-Pierre Siutat questioned the status quo as regards the passage from 18 to 16 elite clubs.
Valencia and Partizan Belgrade invited to the Euroleague, Bourg and Paris win a ticket for the Eurocup
That’s it: the Euroleague set is full. ECA announced this week the 18 teams for the 2022-2023 season, which does not include the Russian teams, excluded following the Ukrainian invasion. The two remaining wildcards thus go to Valencia and Partizan Belgrade. The surprise came from the Eurocup, which also announced its plateau of 20 teams and confirmed the participation of Bourg (11th) but also of Paris Basketball (15th), to the detriment in particular of Boulogne-Levallois or even of Cholet. In addition, the Parisian club continues its development with the announcement of a meeting next October… at Roland-Garros! Note that Elan Béarnais is awaiting the sentence from the DNCCG to find out if the club will be able to stay in the Elite despite its financial setbacks.
Betclic Elite/Pro B transfers: will Victor Wembanyama leave ASVEL for Paris Basketball?
A flurry of deals have been signed this week, which you can find in our daily updated Betclic Elite and Pro B transfer recaps. Among the main moves are the departure of David Michineau from the Metropolitans to Naples, the arrival of Tres Tinkle at Le Mans or even the extensions of Jacques Alingue and Robin Ducoté at the JDA Dijon, which should also formalize the arrival of Jonathan Rousselle in the next days. The big rumor of the week concerns the phenomenon Victor Wembanyama, who has until June 26 to activate his exit clause, and who would not be insensitive to the interest of Paris Basketball. Note that ASVEL should bring back Amine Noua and is interested in Kyle Allman when Monaco should see his interior Jerry Boutsiele take the direction of Turkey.
Women: Valériane Vukosavljevic and Endy Miyem forfeited for the World Cup, Gabby Williams and Sandrine Gruda formalized at ASVEL
This week, two packages for the World Cup in Australia next September have been formalized: Valériane Ayayi-Vukosavljevic and Endy Miyem. Otherwise, the transfer market continues to stir in the Women’s League. ASVEL has announced the arrivals of internationals Sandrine Gruda and Gabby Williams, but also those of Spain’s Laura Quevedo and American Blake Dietrick. His rival, Bourges, for his part formalized the arrivals of the Serbian international Yvonne Anderson, but also of Kayla Alexander, Ornella Bankole and Anete Steinberga. Two movements to note on the side of Lattes-Montpellier: the signings of Marième Badiane and the Belgian international Kyara Linskens.
Europe: Fenerbahçe and Nando De Colo champions of Turkey, Moustapha Fall and Livio Jean-Charles crowned in Greece
Small surprise in the Turkish championship: it is Fenerbahçe who wins the title after a galley season, and this by knocking down the Euroleague champion, Anadolu Efes, in the final. Despite this coronation, coach Sasa Djordjevic left the club, soon to be replaced by Dimitris Itoudis. In Greece, and after six years without the title of national champion, Olympiakos swept Panathinaikos in the final, propelling Moustapha Fall and Livio Jean-Charles to the top of the Olympus. In Spain, Real Madrid regained control of the series and now leads 2-1 against Barça. In Italy, Olimpia Milan are just one win away from the title as they lead 3-2 against Virtus Bologna in the final. Finally, in Germany, ALBA Berlin only leads 2-1 but retains the home advantage over Bayern Munich.
Discover our portraits of the 10 European prospects likely to be drafted during the 2022 vintage, next Thursday!
As the long-awaited date – Thursday June 23 – by prospects around the world approaches, around 20 international players have retired their names this week. Among them, five French: Hugo Benitez, Malcolm Cazalon, Tom Digbeu, Matthew Strazel and Nicolas Vanel. Conversely, four Frenchmen, Ousmane Dieng (NZ Breakers), Hugo Besson (NZ Breakers), and Ismaël Kamagate (Paris), Moussa Diabaté (Michigan), maintained their possibility of being drafted before age. The first city will be invited to the Green Room, with a high probability of being drafted in the Top 15.
> Our Top 10 European prospects before the 2022 NBA Draft: Hugo Besson (France) / Jeremy Sochan (Poland) / Ousmane Dieng (France) / Nikola Jovic (Serbia) / Paolo Banchero (Italy) / to follow every day until June 23
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Photo: Victor Wembanyama (Thomas Savoja)