Nov
0

Economic reality hits Netherlands; national team defunct through 2014

On the evening before a meeting of domestic league officials, the Netherlands’ basketball federation announced that the country would not be fielding a men’s national team or a U20 squad in international competition for next summer and in 2014.

The reason? What else but money?

The NBB reported that a debt of €400,000 (over $510,000) has been run up by the club over the past two years; the austerity measures were further blamed on the lack of Netherlands’ clubs’ prestige internationally and the fact that no club could afford to play in pan-European competitions in 2012-13.

All women’s programs, men’s youth basketball and wheelchair teams will continue unimpeded.

Team Netherlands has not qualified for the men’s Eurobasket tournament since 1989.

Thanks to Gideon van der Hijden of Netherlands-based Basketball Plus for the tip!

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Aug
0

Streetball finals, dunk contest in the Netherlands this weekend? Redunkulous!

In case you happen to be in The Hague this weekend, you’ll want to take note of the Streetball Masters national finals and the second edition of the Dutch’s international dunk contest “Redunkulousity.”

Vincent van Sliedregt, 2011 Redunkulousity champion

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Jan
0

BF Belgrade, VEF Riga take Rinus de Jong Invitational titles

Congratulations go out from BallinEurope to VEF Riga and the Belgrade select team for taking their respective U18 and U21 brackets in the Rinus de Jong Invitational tournament recently held in the Netherlands. The squad known as “BF Belgrade” ultimately went 4-0 over three days of play, outlasting Canarias Basketball Academy in an 81-80 victory for the gold medal.

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Dec
0

Rinus de Jong Invitational: Dusan Bogdanovic and Belgrade select squad aboard

A select squad of U21 players from Belgrade will complete the field in this bracket of the Den Bosch-hosted Rinus de Jong Invitational playing out December 27-30.

Serbian team Mega Vizura took the inaugural competition in the U20 bracket of the Dutch invitational tourney last year. This year, Belgrade Select brings twin towers from the Partizan organization in 6’10½ (210cm) Dusan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Miskovic; Bogdanovic was pursued by Real Madrid earlier this year and is said to be undergoing scouting from the NBA.

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Dec
0

Rinus de Jong Invitational: Khimki Moscow out, Wingate SI Netanya in U18s

The Wingate Sports Institute of Netanya has joined the impressive-looking U18 bracket of the Rinus de Jong Invitational to be played in Den Bosch in late December. The Israeli side entered the tournament after the withdrawal of the Khimki Moscow Region team “without mentioning a valid reason,” according to organizers.

The U18 portion of the annual tournament is now comprised of Atletas Kaunas, VEF Riga and Canarias Basketball Academy. On the U21 side, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, Canarias and Wilbraham & Monson Academy from the US and an as-yet unnamed fourth team will compete.

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Dec
0

Canarias Basketball Academy sending U18s, U20s to Rinus de Jong

The Canarias Basketball Academy will again be present with two teams in the Rinus de Jong Invitational, the men’s youth basketball tournament to be held in Den Bosch, the Netherlands from December 27 to December 30. In the first edition of the invitational, Canarias won the competition in the under-18 category and finished second behind Mega Vizura Belgrade in the U20s.

The participation of both Canarias Academy teams offers the home crowd the opportunity to see a great number of their better national talents in action. Those gifted Dutch players are now trying to improve their skills at the famous basketball school of Rob Orellana, the American owner/trainer. At least eight Dutchmen will wear the CBA jersey in the Rinus de Jong: Quincy Treffers, Matthias Runs and Joel Brandt will join Canarias’ U21 squad while Shane Hammink, Jito Kok, Floris Versteeg, Stefan Topalovic and Mekbib Anthonisse will represent their academy in the U18 competition.

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Nov
2

Rinus de Jong Invitational announces three U18, U21 entries

‘Tis the season, BallinEurope supposes. Organization and publicity for Christmas season invitational tournaments has begun in force; one such entry in the young basketball scene this December is the Rinus de Jong Invitational scheduled for December 28 and 30 in Den Bosch, Netherlands, with four-team competitions for the U18 and U21 age groups.

Three teams have thus far confirmed their participation in the tournament, with BC Khimki Moscow Region confirming its spot in the U18 division. Fans of youth ball will want to note the promised appearances of Team Russia’s Stanislav Ilnitskiy and Vasily Martynov on this team.

Hometown club/reigning Netherlands U20 champions Eiffel Towers den Bosch will be represented in the U21 category; in last year’s inaugural edition of the Rinus de Jong, the Dutch side finished third behind Mega Vizura Belgrade and Canarias Basketball Academy.

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Aug
6

Eurojam 2011 tournament confirms Dan Gadzuric, Francisco Elson; no news on Bar Refaeli

Gadzuric to (Euro)jam for HollandSome news from organizers of the upcoming interesting Holland-based EuroJam 2011 tournament, which pits NCAA men’s and women’s sides against European national teams.

Confirmed for the tournament are NBA Dutchmen Francisco Elson of the Utah Jazz and Dan Gadzuric of the New Jersey Nets – BallinEurope can’t help but speculate as to whether the latter will be using his off-time during the tournament to field offers from European clubs, what with the mass exodus of Nets to the Continent. (NetsDaily hints that Gadzuric’s appearance in the tournament may depend on insurance issues.)

The Sacramento Kings’ Omri Casspi is slated to play for Team Israel in the tourney as well; more on this below.

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Jul
8

A real jam goin’ down: Welcome to the EuroJam

The most interesting basketball tournament happening in Europe before Eurobasket? Check out an event called EuroJam 2011 going down August 12-14 in Almere, Holland.

As what is slated to be the first in a series of Europe-based international tournaments, EuroJam will feature six men’s teams and two women’s teams to play over the three days of the event, which also promises an entire “Sport Experience” for fans and professionals.

Competing on the men’s side of the bracket will be national teams from Georgia, Israel and the Netherlands; this quartet will be joined by the Villanova University squad. The women’s “tournament” actually consists of two games pitting the Netherlands’ team against the Boston College Eagles.

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Apr
1

Rob Meurs, NBA scout who touted Ginobili and Parker, dies at 54

Condolences to the loved ones of Rob Meurs today, who died after a road accident near Trier on Sunday night after attending the Albert Schweitzer youth tournament in Mannheim this weekend.

A Hollander, Meurs was an NBA scout for 20 years with the Golden State Warriors and most recently the New Jersey Nets, but it was with the San Antonio Spurs that he was really able to leave his scouting imprint: In 1999, he endorsed Manu Ginobili at no. 57 overall in the NBA draft and Tony Parker at no. 28 in 2001.

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