BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Aleksandra Khomenchuk is moving from Belarus to Turkey, where she will don a Kayseri Kaski spor singlet|
There was plenty of movement in the player and coach markets in Turkey over the weekend after Kayseri Kaski Spor, Istanbul Universitesi and Adana Botas all made significant acquisitions.
KAYSERI SIGN KHOMENCHUK AND KALTSIDOU
Kayseri Kaski spor have made a double swoop after inking Ukrainian national team center Aleksandra Khomenchuk and Greek national team veteran Stella Kaltsidou.
The Turkish side are continuing to shape their roster for the 2014-15 season, having already snapped up Spanish star Laura Nicholls and Slovak Republic guard, Ivana Jalcova.
Kaltsidou has spent the last five campaigns playing in France with Tango Bourges, although she missed a considerable chunk of playing time after sustaining some serious injuries.
She made an impressive return to action earlier this year, but missed out on a place at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight in Ekaterinburg having been a replacement for the injured Johannah Leedham, who regained full fitness for the event.
Kayseri have had a recent tradition of signing Greek national team stars, with former EuroBasket Women MVP Evanthia Maltsi and forward Zoi Dimitrakou both playing at the club in recent years.
Khomenchuk represented Ukraine at EuroBasket Women 2013 and has been playing her club basketball in Belarus with Horizont.
One of the tallest players in European basketball, the center played in Minsk for four campaigns and averaged an impressive 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in EuroCup Women last season.
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI SIGN UP PARIS
Center Courtney Paris will be playing in an Istanbul Universitesi vest next season after making the switch from Mersin Buyuksehir.
A powerful force in the paint, Paris averaged an excellent season double-double of 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game in EuroCup Women last year and also excelled domestically with a resounding 14.6 points and 12.1 boards per game in the TKBL.
|Turkey head coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu will return to Adana Botas nxt season |
ADANA BOTAS TURN BACK TO YILDIZOGLU
Adana Botas are being reunited with Ceyhun Yildizoglu after the Turkish national team head coach agreed to return to his former club.
The play-caller made a name for himself in Adana during the first part of his career, where he delivered success prior to moving to Mersin Buyuksehir where he spent a couple of campaigns.
He then also spent two seasons calling the plays at Galatasaray in EuroLeague Women, before heading back to Mersin.
Yildizoglu has not coached at club level this season, preferring to focus on preparations for the forthcoming FIBA World Championship for Women in September, which Turkey are hosting.
He has enjoyed unprecedented success in his role with the national team, taking his nation into unchartered waters by way of a historic silver medal at EuroBasket Women 2011 and a first-ever Olympic appearance a year later.
Yildizoglu also got Turkey back on the EuroBasket Women podium with a bronze last summer in France.
SERBIAN RISING STAR LANDS IN SOPRON
|Rising Serbian star Aleksandra Crvendakic has signed with Sopron|
One of the most sought after teenagers in Europe, Aleksandra Crvendakic has been snapped up by UE Sopron for the next three years.
The 18-year-old will join compatriots Sara Krnjic, head coach Igor Polenek and also Dragana Stankovic who she won bronze with at the U18 European Championship for Women, with both being included in the All-Tournament Team.
Crvendakic played for Crvena Zvezda, last season and averaged 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds in the Serbian League.
Sopron have also inked Kayla McBride, a rising star on the other side of the Atlantic, having stood out with Notre Dame where she produced some terrific numbers. That led to her being drafted by the San Antonio Stars.
VILLNEUVE TIE UP AMANT AND SACKO
Villeneuve d'Ascq have continued making plans for the 2014-15 campaign after striking deals with two new arrivals in the shape of Fatimatou Sacko who will arrive from Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration and center Marielle Amant who will join from Nantes Reze.