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Al Ahli lands Renaldo Balkman, ex Arecibo - Oct 7, 2016


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Renaldo
Balkman
Al Ahli (Premier League) tabbed 32-year old Puerto Rican international forward Renaldo Balkman (203-102kg-84, college: S.Carolina). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Balkman played in the summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 47 BSN games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg (in top 4) and 1.2bpg. Balkman helped them to win the league title (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Balkman also played 3 games in Liga Americas where he had 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Balkman was tested by Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In four games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2006 Balkman was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (20th overall). The former University of South Carolina staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Player of the Year award and Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014.
Balkman also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%.
Balkman is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Balkman has played previously professionally in Philippines (SM Beermen), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Denver Nuggets), Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and D-League (Texas Legends).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Excellent rebounder who hits the glass hard ... His bread and butter will be defensively. Good feet, extremely long arms, quick hands. Effective thief, and has good timing for blocked shots off the ball and on smaller perimeter players Has the versatility to guard on the perimeter and in the post: His great foot speed gives him the quickness to defend quick forwards and guards, and his wiry strength and long arms give him the ability to defend inside ...
Lacks any real range on his shot ... Very sloppy
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By Eurobasket of Eurobasket.com (via @610Sportsusa)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bahrain   




Janarius
Middleton
Samaheej signs Middleton just out of college !! - 12 days ago
Samaheej (Premier League) signed American forward Janarius Middleton (203-101kg). He just graduated from Jackson State University (NCAA). Middleton has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had 7.0ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Middleton played at the SWAC Tournament Finalist in 2016. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Bahrain   [read more]

Haminn
Quaintance
Al-Najma welcomes back Quaintance, ex Saigon H. !! - 12 days ago
Al-Najma (Premier League) landed 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Quaintance played most recently at Saigon Heat in Vietnamese VBA league. In three ASEAN League games he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season. In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall). He atte...   [read more]

Loren Woods
Woods re-signs at Al-Hala !! - 12 days ago
Al-Hala (Premier League) confirmed in their roster experienced 39-year old Lebanese ex-international center Loren Woods (218-116kg-78, college: Arizona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Woods played there last season. In 2001 he was drafted by Minnesota Timbervolves (NBA) in second round (46th overall). Woods attended University of Arizona and it will be his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Bahrain League Semifinals. The list of the past ach...   [read more]


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