Eurocup 2012-13, Group H analysis and quotes

Oct 09, 2012 by Print
Cajasol Seville
Cajasol SevilleCajasol Seville returns to the Eurocup just two years after reaching the title game. Head coach Aito Garcia Reneses leads a new project in which scoring ace Brian Asbury and playmaker Tomas Satoransky will be two of the most important players. John Holland, Milenko Tepic and Joan Sastre round the team's backcourt while Juanjo Triguero, Brad Buckman and Luka Bogdanovic will fight under the baskets. Young talents like Beqa Burjanadze and Kristaps Porzingis will get interesting playing time.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari
Banco di Sardegna SassariA Eurocup newcomer, Banco di Sardegna Sassari has put Sardinia into the European basketball map, but hopes to do much more than that. The Diener brothers, Drake and Travis, will be its leaders on the floor but Sassari has brought in experienced players like Bootsy Thornton and Michal Ignerski, used to compete against the very best in Europe. Rebounding ace Tony Easley will be its biggest reference in the paint. Its combination of talent, experience and enthusiasm can pay off right away.

Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade
Always proud, competitive and ready, Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade is back in the Eurocup ready to compete for big goals. Three-time Alphonso Ford trophy winner Igor Rakocevic is its new leader aboard but will get plenty of help from Morris Almond and DeMarcus Nelson at both wings. Zvezda also has a solid frontline featuring Rasko Katic, Boris Savovic, Elton Brown and Bojan Subotic. Experienced guards Vuk Radivojevic and Filip Covic round a very interesting roster.

Orleans Loiret Basket
Orleans Loiret BasketComig off a strong season in France, Orleans Loiret Basket is back in the Eurocup to fight from Day 1. Orleans relies on a solid, athletic frontcourt that features Ryan Ayers, Brian Greene Bambale Osby and Caleb Green to make the difference in the paint. Jahmar Young and Dwayne Broyles will be its main references at both wings while undersized playmaker Marc-Antoine Pellin will try to keep everyone happy with his passing skills. Orleans will try to enjoy a long Eurocup season.


Cajasol Seville general director Leo Chaves:
"We have comfortable, not short, trips and they are three rivals of our level. The group is really open and I think that any of the four teams can advance. We have a young team and we have to go step by step. The Eurocup can be good for our players to gain some experience. We will go step by step but we aspire to the maximum."

Orleans Loiret Basket general manager Gill Villain:
"We are a young team in our second time in the Eurocup. This is good for us because the team is talented and it is good for us to play against Cajasol, Sassari and Crvena Zvezda. We are going to go step by step in this competition. We have to learn how to play in Europe and we'll try to beat any opponents."