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New Faces/New places

New Faces/New places

[dropcap font=”” size=”1″ background=”” color=”” circle=”0″ transparent=”0″]T[/dropcap]he first games in the DBL, the Dutch Basketball League, have been played; games have been won, teams have lost, and most of all players and the fans are getting used to the new teams. Like in every league, there were a lot of off-season moves with the players in the DBL.

But who are the new faces (or old faces in new places) in every team? We have selected two players per club, who joined a new team.

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Den Bosch

Kevin Bleeker

Photo: New Heroes Den Bosch

Bleeker played in the Spanish competition last season with the club Basket Navarra Club. Before that he played at college level for Canisius College. This will be the first time in six years that Bleeker will play in the Netherlands.

Mike Miklusak

Photo: New Heroes Den Bosch

Miklusak was the first foreign player to sign with Den Bosch this year. The American played for the Western Illinois University the last few years. He is known as a great shooter, and averaged 42% on his three point attempts in his last year in college.

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Landstede

Ralf de Pagter

Photo: Landstede

De Pagter joined Landstede this summer, after playing for Den Bosch the last few years.

Franko House

Photo: Landstede

House was the last addition on the roster for the 2017/2018 season. He is a 22-year-old, who played for Ball State in college. In his last year, he was voted the defensive player of the year.

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Aris

Deividas Kumelis

Kumelis joined the team after Aris parted ways with Earl Brown Jr. Aris had too many options on the forward position, and too little options on the guard position. Kumelis was a good replacement, as he is a talented Lithuanian point guard.

Stefan Mladenovic

Photo: Aris Leeuwarden

Mladenovic played for Groningen last year, and made the step to join Aris in the off-season. In the previous years he played for Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Den Helder and Groningen.

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Leiden

Sergio de Randamie

Photo: ZZ Leiden

De Randamie is a 33-year-old forward/center. He has played for several DBL teams, among which are Groningen, Landstede, Apollo and Rotterdam.

Worthy de Jong

Photo: ZZ Leiden

De Jong rejoins Leiden after a one-year absence, where he played for Stade Olympique Maritime Boulonnais. He decided to go back to the Netherlands to be closer to his family.

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Rotterdam

Jeroen de Baat

Photo: Carla Vos

The best way to introduce this player, is the way Rotterdam did it themselves: “De Baat is back in town”. He transferred to the Rochester College Warriors from Rotterdam Basketball back in 2012, and he decided to return to Rotterdam for this season.

Ordane Kanda Kanyinda

Rotterdam also signed a promising Belgian player called Ordane Kanda Kanyinda, who in 20-years-old. He is still under contract with the Telenet Giants Antwerp, but they lent him to Rotterdam for this season. This way, the young point guard will get some experience ‘abroad’.

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Groningen

Thomas Koenis

Photo: Donar Groningen

Koenis signed a three year contract with Groningen this summer. This will be his second time for the team in the North, as he already played for Groningen from 2011 to 2015.

Aron Royé

Photo: Donar Groningen

Royé also rejoins Groningen after an absence of 6 years. He previously played in Groningen from 2008 until 2011. In his absence, he played for Apollo and Den Helder.

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Basketball Academie Limburg

Jeroen van der List

Photo: SV The Titans

Van der List was a very late addition to the team, as he was only added to the team about two weeks ago. Last season, he played for the Shinsu Brave Warriors in Japan.

Nino Gorissen

Photo: Landslake Lions

Gorissen made his debut this year, as he had not played in the DBL before. Last season, he became champion with his team, Landslake Lions in the promotion division, which is one level below the DBL. This was the right time for him to make the step up.

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Apollo

Michael Madanly

Madanly is a Syrian basketball player, who made the step up from the Landslake Lions, as well as BAL’s Nino Gorissen. In 2007, he was the leading scores in the FIBA Asia Championship, averaging 33.1 points per game.

Benjamin Janssens

Janssens is a  17-year-old, Belgian, guard that joined Apollo over the summer. Last season he played for Okapi Aalstar in Belgium.

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Den Helder

The entire Den Helder Suns team can be seen as a new face, as the team rejoins the DBL after an absence of a couple of years.

Neill Lugtenburg

Photo: Den Helder Suns

Lugtenburg is a 17-year-old, Den Helder native, and joins the Suns’ team as one of the talents.

Boyd van der Vuurst de Vries

Photo: Den Helder Suns

Though the entire Suns team is new, van der Vuurst de Vries will made his debut in the DBL at age 18 in the DBL, after playing for all the youth team in Rijswijk.

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