The Birth of the Intercontinental Basketball Federation

By Luca Fekete:

The Federation consists of 15 different Basketball League form all over the world. Leagues are located in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. There are 217 teams all filled with players who love playing basketball but some have the hope of playing in the WBA. Out of the 15 leagues there are 3 elite leagues Bundesliga (BBL)(Germany), Liga ACB (ACB)(Spain), Ligue Nationale de Basket (PROA)(France) is where most of the talent plays.

BBL

The BBL is an 18 team league the plays around 35 games per season. This year regular season team with the best record was Ludwigsburg 23-11 they were the top scoring team in the league. The rest of the top 4 is #2 Trier 22-12, #3 Bremerhaven 22-12, and Frankfurt 21-13. Some of the league’s top scoring players are:

1 Duke Norman, Brose Baskets, 17.3 pts
2 Tristan Perrier, Brose Baskets, 15.8 pts
3 Klemen Peschat, Bremerhaven, 15.6 pts
4 Markus Vanttaja, Bayamón, 15.2 pts

My surprise pick for the playoffs is Brose Basket will win the championship this year.

ACB

The ACB is an 18 team league the plays around 35 games per season. This year regular season team with the best record was FC Barcelona 26-8 they were the 2nd ranked scoring team in the league. The rest of the top 4 is #2 FIATC Mutua 25-9, #3 UCAM Murcia 25-9, and #4 CB Canarias 24-10. Some of the league’s top scoring players are:

1 Martim Franca, Sakalai, 27.9
2 Cândido Batata, UCAM Murcia, 27.6
3 Primo Bugeja, Blu:sens Monbús, 23.0
4 Heinrich Rarich, Lagun Aro GBC, 22.9
5 Almantas Talacka, Lietkabelis, 20.8

My surprise pick is not really a surprise pick. This year playoff champ will be FC Barcelona.

PROA

The PROA is an 18 team league the plays around 30 games per season. This year regular season team with the best record was Strasbourg 21-9 they were the 3rd ranked scoring team in the league. The rest of the top 4 is #2 BCM 20-10, #3 ASVEL 20-10, and #4 Limoges CSP. Some of the league’s top scoring players are:

1 Dimitrije Erkocevic, Wollongong, 22.0
2 Silvino Eufrázio, Škofja Loka, 21.7
3 Sebastijonas Warnagiris, Nizhny Novgorod, 20.0
4 Martin Desbouvries, ASVEL, 19.0
5 Eric Ferret, Strasbourg, 19.0

My pick in this league is BCM.

Here are some players who have turn their card in to become a part of the WBA. These will be entered into the Draft but have not made their final decision on whether or not they will come this season.
Players Entering WBA Draft
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Almantas Talacka (SG, 21, 6-5, 202), Lietkabelis, ACB, 24.5 Pts, 5.5 Reb, 2.8 Ast, 1.2 Stl, 48% Fg, 76% Ft, 40% 3pt. He is projected #1 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has a 65% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

Matias Gutierrez (SG,20, 6-6, 205), Vila Velha, LNB, 18.8 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 2.1 Ast, 1.0 Stl, 46% Fg, 82% Ft, 35% 3pt. He is projected #2 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has a 55% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

Duke Norman (PF, 19, 7-0, 245), Brose Baskets, BBL, 17.3 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 0.8 Stl, 49% Fg, 84% Ft, 8% 3pt. He is projected #7 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has a 65% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

Erdmann Schuepf (SF, 20, 6-6, 205), FIATC Mutua Joventut, ACB, 15.0 Pts, 8.3 Reb, 3.1 Ast, 0.9 Stl, 45% Fg, 75% Ft, 29% 3pt. He is projected #10 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has a 25% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

Tristan Perrier (PG, 20, 6-2, 185), Brose Baskets, BBL, 15.8 Pts, 5.2 Reb, 4.4 Ast, 1.2 Stl, 49% Fg, 73% Ft, 45% 3pt. He is projected #13 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has a 70% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

Djoka Andjelic (C, 24, 7-0, 238), Sloga, KLS, 14.7 Pts, 9.6 Reb, 1.9 Ast, 0.9 Stl, 1.2 Blk, 58% Fg, 49% Ft. He is projected #23 in the draft and after consulting with the WBA Scouting team he has an 85% chance he will sign the card and enter the league this coming season.

After doing some interviews the likelihood is that Perrier and Andjelic will sign and play in the league next season. Now it is time for the WBA GM’s to really take a close look at the rest of the players to see if they are worth the risk of taking these players with the unsure of them signing.

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