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Ukraine: El-Amin Heads Honours List

04 December 2005

EuroCup powerhouse Azovmash and their high-scoring guard Khalid El-Amin have been recognised for their excellence in the month of November by the Sport-Express newspaper in Ukraine Azovmash, who have qualified for Round II of the EuroCup, are the Team Of

The Month while point guard El-Amin is November's MVP. Renato Pasquali of BC Kyiv received the best coach award.

"The fact of getting the MVP title means not only that I played well, but Azovmash did a good job in Superliga as well as EuroCup," the 26-year-old El-Amin said.

Khalid El-Amin (SC Azovmash Mariupol)
Khalid El-Amin
The 1.78m point guard has averaged 19 points and 3.7 assists in the EuroCup and 19.4 points and five assists in the Superliga.

El-Amin has been an outstanding player in his career.

The Minneapolis-born player was a standout at the University of Connecticut, with his performances for Jim Calhoun making the Huskies one of the most feared teams in the Big East and the NCAA.

After a brief stint in the NBA, El-Amin came to Europe and has been one of the best players on the continent.

El-Amin has blended well with big man Art Long in Mariupol.

"I knew that Long was the key player for Azovmash last season," El-Amin said.

"Right now, he scores less but he is still extremely valuable.

"Particularly, Art can concentrate on defence and grabbing more rebounds."

El-Amin has been excellent in the Ukrainian Superliga, too, averaging 19.4 points and five assists.

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