Press September 2011

24 septemberKhimki adds big man Daye

Less than a week before playing the do-or-die Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, one of last year's survivors, BC Khimki Moscow Region, added some size and scoring punch by signing Austin Daye to a two-month contract. Daye (2.11 meters, 23 years old) arrives from the Detroit Pistons of the NBA, where last season he averaged 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 72 games. Daye played college ball in Gonzaga from 2007 to 2009. Daye is expected to make his European debut with Khimki at next week's qualifying rounds. Khimki faces PGE Turow of Poland in the first game of an eight-team showdown in Charleroi, Belgium. The winner after three games in Charleroi will go to the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season starting the third week of October.

14 septemberUnics and Krasnie Krilya celebrate pre-season victories

Unics earned a comfortable pre-season victory over Sokhumi. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Russian team to a 101:81 success.

13 september2011-12 Qualifying Rounds Profile: CEZ Nymburk

For the second year in a row, CEZ Nymburk will try to put Czech basketball on the biggest stage possible by taking on the challenge of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds once again to start the 2011-12 season.

5 september2011-12 Qualifying Rounds Profile: BC Khimki Moscow Region

After taking the same route to the continent’s top competition a year ago, BC Khimki Moscow Region enters the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds as a favorite to reach the regular season again. Even though it did not make the Top 16, as it had in its Euroleague debut in 2009-10, Khimki was impressive and fun to watch last season.