Turkish Airlines Euroleague
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Team Focus 2012-13: Elan Chalon-sur-Saone
INTERVIEW S. TCHICAMBOUD
INTERVIEW G. BEUGNOT
JEAN BAPTISTE ADOLPHE, M.
Semanine des As:
French Cup trophy:
2007-08: 6-6, Last 32, ULEB Cup
2004-05: 5-5, RS, ULEB Cup
2002-03: 4-6, RS, ULEB Cup
Elan Chalon-sur-Saone's roster is built on the core of the squad that captured the French triple crown last season, but with the excitement of playing its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, the club made a pair of marquee additions in big man Shelden Williams and sharpshooter Marcus Denmon. Though both are newcomers to Europe, their respective skills on both ends of the floor should mesh well with Coach Beugnot’s returning charges.
Point guard Steed Tchicamboud runs the show for Chalon and he will be paired in the backcourt with Denmon, whose great range, quick release and sneaky defense will make them an even more dangerous transition team. Swingman Nicolas Lang will try to continue playing with the great confidence he showed in the latter stages of last season, while promising teenage playmaker Ulysse Adjagba is expected to see limited action.
Williams figures to be the central piece of this unit. With great strength and a warrior’s mentality, he promises to be a dominant figure in the paint. Forward Ilian Evtimov is the team’s most dangerous shooter and works well with small forward Blake Schlib - the team’s established go-to-guy. Schlib is an all-round player who knows how to use his size, speed and all-around skills to his and his team’s advantage. Young center Joffrey Lauvergne looks poised for a breakout season, while Michel Jean Baptiste Adolphe, the club’s elder statesman, provides cover. Youngster Jordan Aboudou could also play his way into the rotation.
Chalon may be inexperienced, but the team is determined not to be overwhelmed. Everyone on the roster has won titles in their careers, something Coach Beugnot will use to his advantage. Moreover, with only three players on the roster shorter than two meters, Chalon will use its size, speed and athleticism to make its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut a memorable one.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Steed Tchicamboud
The experienced point guard stirred this team to historic heights in France last season. He contributes to Chalon’s success with his defense and pass-first style on offense, but this season his leadership must come to light. On such a young team, Tchicamboud is the sole player with previous Euroleague experience, and Chalon will need his guidance when it hits bumpy patches throughout the season.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
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