The top 5 of the Balkan League Regular season
A total of 42 games were played during the Regular season of the Balkan League. Without doubt we witnessed some good contest and some really great individual performances. As always of course, there are player who stand above the other and that′s the case with the following five. Below we are presenting you the Top 5 of the season in the BIBL, just days before the SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League Final Four:
CJ Wilson (KS Teuta)
The team from Durres wouldn′t be in the Final Four if it wasn′t for two players and the American point guard was one of them. CJ Wilson was the engine behind Teuta′s offense and played all 12 games during the season. He averaged efficiency rating of 21.0 after 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Wilson was a constant performer throughout and his good play made the defenses look bad a lot of times. Without doubt the American′s best game was on January 11th against BC Barsy Atyrau. In it he finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for an efficiency of 38 and that game really paved to way for Teuta to qualify for the F4.
Conner Frankamp (BC Beroe)
Beroe is really well rounded team with a lot of contributors, but the one name that needs to be mentioned separately is that of Conner Frankamp. The former U17 World champion is instrumental to his team′s game and head coach Lubomir Minchev really can′t do it without him. Due to injury Frankamp missed two games and in the other ten averaged 22.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for an efficiency rating of 23.3. Less than a month ago, the American had his best game of the season hitting 8 three-pointers against Kozuv on his way to 38 points. It was a match that came just after Beroe had suffered its first and only defeat and the team needed to react. There′s no doubt that if necessary, Frankamp will be able to step up and carry his team in the Final 4 and will be one of the players to watch in Tirana.
Daishon Knight (BC Academic Bultex 99)
Although Knight left the Plovdiv team in February, he was really important in his team′s journey to the Final Four. The American took part in 9 games and had averages of 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds for efficiency rating of 20.9. Knight and his teammate Vasil Bachev were a constant threat to any team′s defense and led their squad to the good results. The American′s best game came already in the first round againts Teuta but it wasn′t enough for the win. However he carried his team on that night finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. His presence in the team is without doubt missed and hopefully for Academic the replacement Troy Franklin will repeat those performances during the SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League Final Four.
Danilo Mijatovic (KK Blokotehna-NB)
One of the best teams in the Regular season had the best player of the campaign so far. Danilo Mijatovic had some great performances and finished above everyone else in the category for highest efficiency. His rating of 26.6 gives his the first positon as it came after averaging 25.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Mijatovic had one game with over 40 points, three with over 30 and nine with over 20 points. The Serbian′s best performance came in his team′s defeat to Academic Bultex 99 on January 3rd. Despite the loss he was unstoppable and finished with 41 points and 9 rebounds. After all those stats it′s really a big disappointment not only for Blokotehna but also for all the fans of the game that Mijatovic will not be able to play in the Final Four. Few days ago he suffered an injury which takes him out probably until the end of the season. Nevertheless, the Serbian deserves the praise for having a tremendous campaign for his team.
Endrit Hysenagolli (KS Teuta)
Just like CJ Wilson, Hysenagolli is the other reason behind Teuta′s success in reaching the Final Four. The experienced Albanian center was one of the best players in the competition in general having an efficiency rating of 24.1 which was enough for the second place in that category. He averaged 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds being a constant threat to the other teams. Without doubt Teuta′s most impressive win came in the team′s last game of the Regular season against Beroe. That was also Hysenagolli′s best performance as he finished with a monster double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds for an efficiency rating of 41. He will hope to repeat that on April 6th when the opponent in the semifinal will be the same. This is the Albanian′s fourth season in the competition and the first in which he averaged a double-double. He improved his performance each time and now will hope to also go as high as possible in the Finals.
Jordan Capps (KB Bashkimi)
The American finished as a top scorer in the competition averaging 27.5 points. He had two games in which he scored 40 points and other three in which he had 31, 35 and 37 respectively. Without doubt he deserved to be in contention for the Top 5 in the Balkan League but his team′s record of 3 wins and 9 defeats was worse than what the other squads achieved during the season. Nevertheless, Capps can look back and remember with pride his first ever experience outside of USA.