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EuroView: Steindl lights out in Belgium
There is a different look in Europe in season 2016/17 for the Aussie men, with the next generation of stars making their mark alongside some familiar faces.
Clint Steindl has launched his European career with a bang, shooting the lights out for Leuven in their 84-80 win against Kangoeroes in Belgium. He came off the bench to connect on 5/7 triples on his way to a game-high 27 points (11/14 FG) and 6 assists. With Steindl posting 18.5 points per game, he has helped lead his new team to fourth place in the standings in early proceedings.
Another former NBL player enjoying a great start to the season is Ben Madgen with his new Lithuanian side Lietkabelis who are in third position in the Lithuanian league with a 6-2 record. In their last start 94-7 win against Dzukija, Madgen delivered a team-best 17 points (6/10 FG) including 3/5 from long-range. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in what is proving to be a great season so far.
Joining Madgen in great form in Lithuania is Brock Motum who has been a model of consistency for league-leading Zalgiris Kaunas (7-1). In a contest where Zalgiris gave their entire roster a run, Motum would gather 8 points and 2 rebounds in a foul plagued 15 minutes.
First year professional Venky Jois has enjoyed an encouraging start to his career, helping Tartu Rock to an unbeaten start (3-0) in the Estonian national league. In his last start, Jois came off the bench to add 6 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Serbian side FMP Belgrade are 2-4 start to open the Adriatic League. Jonah Bolden has been inserted into the starting lineup and is averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game in a promising start to his professional career.
Australian's are dotted all across the British Basketball League this year, with Daryl Corletto delivering 17 points and 4.8 assists per game for his 3-3 Plymouth Raiders. Rhys Carter has prospered playing alongside Corletto, adding 12.8 points and 6.7 dimes (2nd in league) per contest.
Josh Wilcher has been running the show for Cheshire and shining, with 15 points and 6.3 assists per game. He is just behind Carter in the assist rankings as his side sits in sixth position (2-4).