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NCAA Division 1 College Basketball: European recruits

September 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

After several years where the number of European quality players that selected the US College way decreased, this season will feature some highly talented guys that will play on the Collegiate level. I tried to put together a list of all the players that have committed to a Division 1 College for next season and have played in Europe last season.

The list below can not be considered as complete as I may have missed one player or another. The Grades that are mentioned are those from ESPN.com and are just given as an indication as they are very off the mark for some of the players in the list (Sekelja, Tishman). Players without a grade are not mentioned in the ESPN Recruiting list.

I will portrait several of these players in the next weeks to give additional information on them.

  • Christian Standhardinger (German – 2m01 – Forward – 1989) – Nebraska Huskers -Grade 89 – Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany)
  • Tolga Cerrah (Turkish – 2m04- Forward – 1991) – Radford – Grade 80 – Optimum TED Ankara (Turkey)
  • Nikola Stojiljkovic (French – 2m03 – Forward – 1991) – USF – Grade 79 – CFBB (France)
  • Tomas Bruha (Czech – 2m13 – Center – 1988) – USF – Grade  78 – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
  • Marc-Antoine Bourgault (French – 1m95 – Guard – 1990) – Montana State – Grade 40- Cholet Basket (France)
  • Danny Thompson (English – 1m93 – Guard – 1989) – Fordham – Grade 40 – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
  • Dragan Sekelja (Croat – 2m13 – Center – 1991) – Baylor – Grade 40 – KK Rudes Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Nimrod Tishman (Israeli – 1m95 – Guard – 1991) – Florida – Grade 40 – Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Max Rockmann (German – 1m95 – Guard – 1988) – UMKC – Grade 40 – ALBA Berlin
  • Elias Harris (German – 1m99 – Forward – 1989) – Gonzaga – Speyer (Germany)
  • Carmel Bouchman (Israeli – 2m05 – Forward – 1991) – Temple – Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Nikola Cerina (Serbian – 2m02 – Forward – 1990) – Texas Christian University – Kikinda (Serbia)
  • Jason Beharie (English – 2m04 – Forward – 1988) – Morehead State – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
  • Menelik Watson (English – 2m00 – Forward – 1988) – Marist College – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
  • Fahro Alihodzic (English – 2m07 – Center – 1989) – Fordham – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
  • Ben Daniels (English – 2m00 – Forward – 1989) – Houston Baptist University – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fite // Sep 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I would be curious to have you rank them as far as impact on the NCAA level. In other words, who are the best prospects of this group?

  • 2 Christophe // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    @Fite
    good point
    but the problem is that I even don’t know all of the players. Those that I have seen play already will be featured in a longer article. For the others, it will be more difficult but I try my best to get as much info as possible

  • 3 Fite // Sep 15, 2009 at 4:16 am

    that would be great- look forward to reading your comments.

  • 4 Twitted by ChristopheEPcom // Sep 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

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  • 5 mslacat // Oct 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Marc-Antoine Bourgault did not make it through the NCAA clearing house. He has left Montana State and is looking at signing on with a prep school or JC.

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