Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Slovakians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week’s number one is an international forward Vladimir Brodziansky (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). He led Joventut to a victory over the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (16-12) 90-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night’s game.
Brodziansky was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points in 22 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Brodziansky’s third season in pro basketball. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (14-11) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
Brodziansky has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(49-84), 3FGP: 55.4%(31-56) and FT: 78.4% in 25 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Spain). Kuric contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Zaragoza (9-18) 107-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday.
He scored 10 points.
FC Barcelona Lassa (21-3) is placed second in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team’s 12th consecutive victory in a row.
This season Kuric averages: 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 60.4%(32-53), 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 97.1%(34-35).
He is a naturalized American.
Kuric played for the Slovakian national team in 2018.
Strangely he has never played in Slovakia.
#3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Czech Republic). Sedmak was the major contributor in a Kralovsti sokoli‘s victory against the fifth-ranked Olomoucko (7-20) crushing them 90-67 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night.
He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in a mere 19 minutes.
Kralovsti sokoli Hradec Kralove (10-15) is placed second in Places 7-12 group.
There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
This year Sedmak has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(92-164), 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 81.5% in 24 games.
Former Chemosvit Svit starter played for the Slovakian national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Marek Dolezaj (208-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Syracuse‘s surprising victory against the San Diego State University (12-5) 78-62 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Friday night’s game.
He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line).
The Syracuse University has 10-8 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
It’s Dolezaj’s fourth year with the team.
Dolezaj’s overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the Slovakian U20 national team
back in 2017.
#5. International guard Andre Jones (191-90, college: Winthrop, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Bergamo‘s victory against the 13th-ranked Biella (8-16) 93-82 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Wednesday night.
Jones scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Withu Bergamois placed second in Group A.
Jones has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Jones plays currently for the Slovakian national team.
He used to play for BC Prievidza in Slovakian league.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Slovakian passport:
#1. Experienced Tomer Levinson (207-F-0, currently plays in Israel) could not help Maccabi Raanana (5-9) in their last game. Despite Levinson’s very good performance Maccabi Raanana lost 83-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) H.Galilee.
He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes.
It was Maccabi Raanana’s fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Levinson has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg and 8.3rpg in 13 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and Israeli.
Despite Levinson’s Slovakian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Slovakian team.
Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:
Tomas Pavelka (217-C-0) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa
Juraj Palenik (199-SF-0) plays for Opava in Czech Republic NBL
Jakub Petras (211-F-94) plays for Kolin in Czech Republic NBL
Mate Balogh (203-PF-1) plays for Kormend in Hungarian A Division
Marcel Batovsky (195-SG-0) plays for USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL
Lukas Varga (180-G-85) plays for Horsens IC in Danish BasketLigaen
Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) plays for Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Roman Marko (192-PG-86) plays for Svitavy in Czech Republic NBL
Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) plays for Kralovsti sokoli in Czech Republic NBL
Ivan Cirko (207-C-87) plays for Ribola in Croatian Prva Liga
Marton Domsitz (210-C-96) plays for ASEG KC in Hungarian B Division
Filip Sedlak plays for Vysocina in Czech Republic 1Liga
Notice: The list above includes only some of the Slovakian playing currently abroad. Go to Slovakian Abroad Page to see completed list.