There is some familiarity in Group B of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season. Unicaja Malaga and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica met in their regular season group last season, as did both Maccabi Rishon LeZion and ratiopharm Ulm. Germani Brescia and Ulm were drawn to the same regular-season group the season before. One of Buducnost's prime signings so far this summer was Melvin Ejim from Unicaja, while the only two Israeli-born players in the competition aside from its own, Gal Mekel of Unicaja Malaga and Tomer Ginat of Boulogne Metropolitans 92, will both pay visits to Rishon.
Sandro Santoro, General Manager of Germani Brescia
"Living a new EuroCup experience is a source of great pride for our club regardless of the teams that make up our group. The level of competition to which the EuroCup has accustomed us has prepared us at a level of absolute importance for technical, tactical, physical and athletic aspects. The group in which we were drawn is a further incentive to improve our experience as a club and as a team with respect to the objectives we want to set ourselves. Every team that participates in this competition does so because it has full conviction and requirements to participate. Nothing is easy, but nothing is impossible and dealing with the best clubs in Europe, some of them historic, is something that we experience a bit like magic from which to take the energy we need to fight against the strongest."
Vincenzo Esposito, Head Coach of Germani Brescia
"The draw put us in a difficult group to fully define because some teams are still playing, while others have not yet gone to the market. At first glance, however, it is a balanced group: Malaga seems to be a team above the others, but to give a complete judgment on all of them you have to wait for the leagues to end and observe how the clubs will operate in the market. After all, we too are still incomplete. In any case, we will certainly play on very hard courts beyond just the quality of our opponents' rosters."
Marko Segerec, Deputy CEO of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"After last year's failure to advance to the Top 16, which was a surprise to the general public, this season we have an obligation to show ourselves in a much better light and try to go as far as possible in the EuroCup. If space opens up for us to qualify for the next EuroLeague season through the EuroCup, we will know how to recognize and use it. The roster of the team will certainly be at the level of last year and in the coming days, we plan to sign at least one more player in a pivotal position. As for our opponents, Unicaja is a very well-known opponent from the previous seasons of the EuroCup. Maccabi Rishon, Brescia, Ulm and Metropolitans are teams that have played a significant role in their domestic leagues and therefore deserve full respect."
Petar Mijovic, Head Coach, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"Surely we can be satisfied with the group, be optimistic and believe that the moment we finish assembling the team, we can be competitive in fulfilling the basic goal -- passing to the next phase, which is imposed as an imperative after last year's weak performance. Unicaja is the main favorite, and I would say. Five teams that are quite even will look for a chance to advance to the second round. For any more concrete analysis, it is necessary for all participants to complete the teams, and only then can we analyze all the teams in the group in a more concrete way. There are no bad teams in the EuroCup. Each of these teams showed in the season past that they are serious teams and organizations. Brescia was better placed than Milan in the Italian championship and for many years he has been a reliable participant in the Top 16 phase of the EuroCup. Ulm played in the semifinals of the German League and they certainly guarantee a serious fight."
Yitzhak Perry, President of Maccabi Rishon LeZion
"Maccabi Rishon LeZion was drawn into a very interesting group with strong teams. We are excited and looking forward to the start of the competition and we will do our best to advance from the regular season to the Top 16 with the hope that by the start of the games, it will be possible for teams to travel freely throughout Europe and fans will be able to attend games. In any event, Maccabi Rishon LeZion will make every effort to represent Israel in this competition which is second in Europe only to the EuroLeague."
Manuel Rubio, General Manager, Unicaja Malaga
"Finally, we know who our rivals are in our EuroCup group. Buducnost, for example, is a team we already know. It has players with many strengths and a tough court, not to mention a coach that has done well in the latter part of their domestic season. Maccabi Rishon has an impressive coach in Guy Goodes. Brescia has Tyler Kalinoski and Christian Burns and their base of veterans in Luca Vitali, Brian Sacchetti and David Moss, and a good coach in Vincenzo Esposito. Not an easy team, either. Ulm, of course, has a coach I value a lot in Jaka Lakovic, who knows well the Spanish League. That'll be a good team. Metropolitans will be a typical French team, very physical, and coach Jure Zdovc will have them playing tough defense. Our objective, of course, is to be the top four of the group. We have to be there for sure in the highest position we can get."
Luis Casimiro, Head Coach, Unicaja Malaga
"Upon seeing our EuroCup group, first off I feel excited to start again with the games, home and away. The group will have difficult trips, for instance to Montenegro and Israel. The others in France, Italy and Germany can be a little easier. Above all, we'll wait to see how the teams complete their rosters, and from there have a stronger evaluation of their potential. Every season the EuroCup has us accustomed to very challenging groups. You have to be prepared always and start strong. The regular season is always complicated and you have to go game by game to overcome it, but as I said, the main feeling is excitement for the new season."