Post-draw analysis, comments: Group F

Oct 05, 2013 by Print
Post-draw analysis, comments: Group F
Buducnost Voli Podgorica
KK Buducnost VOLI After making it to the Eurocup Quarter Finals last season, the perennial Montenegrin champion is motivated for another big run. Playmaker Aleksandar Capin was brought for his experience, and help guiding youngster Nikola Ivanovic. Returnee Cedomir Vitkovac and a powerful newcomer William Coleman headline a revamped frontcourt, also bolstered with the addition of Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele.

Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod is ready to face its first Eurocup after returning solid players like experienced big man Primoz Brezec and guards Evgeny Baburin and Vadim Panin. They signed an Olympic bronze medallist with Dimitry Khvostov to run the team, sharpshooting forward Luke Babbitt from Portland and scoring ace Paul Brandon from illinois where he averaged 16.6 points per game last season.

Akyon Ted Ankara Kolejliler
Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler A solid and experienced roster was put together in Ankara to face the first Eurocup participation in team history. Veteran big man Jovo Stanojevic, power forward Vanja Plisnic and forward Nedim Yucel find new teammates in big rebounder Vladimir Golubovic, sure scorer Clay Tucker and three-point shooter Kristaps Valters.  Muhammed Baygul, a 21-year-old shooting guard, arrives from Hacettepe University to become a potential rising star in the competition.

PAOK Thessaloniki
PAOK Thessaloniki Traditional Eurocup force PAOK Thessaloniki returns to the Eurocup with a daunting roster filled with accomplished players and promising youngsters. Former All-Eurocup selection Kostas Charalampidis, playmaker Apollona Tsochlas and three-point marksman Georgios Dedas will lend the leadership needed to help rookie playmaker D.J. Cooper, forward Kenny Payne and former Euroleague champ Giorgos Bogris – and accordingly the entire team – thrive.

Khimik Yuzhne
Khimik Yuzhne Eurocup debutant Khimik Yuzhne has lined up a few tough competitors to carry the club this season. Scorer Paul Delaney, athletic power forward Romeo Travis and shooting guard Matt Gatens are best known outside Ukrainian borders, while center Stanislav Zavadskyi, power forward Vitaliy Kovalenko and combo guard Sergiy Popov are the top returning contributors.

Alba Fehervar
Alba Fehervar The Hungarian champs of Alba Fehervar added to their roster an outstanding scorer, forward Maurice Kemp, who led East Carolina University in his senior season, scoring 18.9 points per game. They also boostedtheir front court with Norbert Toth, a great threat in the paint and excellent rebounder on the offensive side, while Australian swingman Anthony Olah will provide his scoring skills and versatility on the perimeter.


Khimik Yuzhne general manager and sports director Oleksandr Mayorov:

"I think we didn't get the worst option and we have to be happy about the draw results. I really believe we can compete against every team in this group. I think we will be able to qualify to the Last 32 and will work hard to reach that goal. It would be excellent for us, as Euroleague teams will play in the Last 32 and that would give us the chance to play against some of the best teams in Europe in our gym."

Alba Fehervar sports director Gabor Matus:

"I think that every group is going to be difficult and ours will not be an exception. We are a new team in the Eurocup but want good results and to give our fans everything we can in our first season in the competition. I hope that we will do very well but don't want to set any goals. It is difficult to know how many games we will win but if we play the way we want to play, good results will come."