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Dungannon

Coach: Carlos Frade 
- Earned his coaching stripes in Spain
- Assistant coach, Leicester Riders 1999-2000
- Previously coached in Japan and Spanish Division 3

Players in: 
   Jermaine Turner
   Height: 6’5”    Age: 26 Position: Fwd/Centre
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: Dowling College

   Charles Amerson
   Height: 6’8”     Age: 25  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   Bunker Hill College, Boston

Kieran Goodacre
 Height: 6’5” Age: 21      Position: Small Forward
 Played last season:   Leicester Riders

Jose Luis Supervia
Height: 6’3” Age: 24    Position: Point-Guard
Nationality: Spanish
   Played last season: El Olivar (Spain)

Players out:  Gary Connolly (Star of the Sea)

Last Season: 14th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Frankie O’Loane has stepped down from the helme at Dungannon and Carlos Frade takes up the challenge this season.  Frade arrived from Spain with point-guard Supervia in tow, and also brought Kieran Goodacre from Leicester Riders.  The guts of last season’s team remain, including star guard Trevor Smullen.   If their new American signings live up to their pre-season reputation, Dungannon could prove to be one of the dark horses of this season.
 
 

Tolka Rovers

Coach: Owen McKeown 
- Back for his second year at Tolka Rovers
- Former St. Vincent’s National League star and captain.
- Former Irish International and Senior Men’s Captain

Players in:
  Javier Bravjo Jimenee
   Height: 6’6”    Age: 24 Position: Forward
   Nationality: Spanish
   Played last season: Qualat (Spanish 1st Division)

   Jay “Fuzzy” Fazandes
   Height: 6’4”     Age: 24    Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   Did not play
   Jerome played ESB SuperLeague with MSB during the 1998/1999 season.  “Fuzzy” is a team player with a killer three-point shot.

Neal McCotter
   Height: 6’     Age: 22    Position:  Guard
   Played last season:   Star of the Sea
Neal played with Tolka during the ‘98/’99 season, but returned to Star of the Sea last season.  He is back working in Dublin this year and back with Tolka.

Players out:  None

Last Season: 9th ESB SuperLeague,    Semi-Final Sprite Cup

Prediction:  Randal Mounts returns for his third season with Tolka Rovers.  The club had a good season last year, finishing 9th, having finished bottom of the table in 1998/1999. Irish stars Paddy Boylan and the Quill brothers impressed last season and Tolka hope to build on last season’s form.  Tolka stars Jay Fazandes returns to National League action after a year out, but bad news for Tolka with Joey Hasstrup missing the start of the season with injury.  Will be aiming for a better position than last season and should finish around mid-table.
 

Burger King Limerick

Coach: Tommy Hehir 

Players in: 
  Tliotis Brown
   Height: 6’5”    Age: 26 Position: Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: University of Illinois

   Joe Kilroy
   Height: 6’5”     Age: 25  Position:  Guard/Forward
   Nationality: American
   University: Cumberland University
   Played last season:   Kentucky S.R.

Matthew Hall
  Height: 5’10”   Age: 25      Position: Guard
  Played last season:   Taunton Tigers
   Profile:  League Championship medal with Cardiff 1996
   Championship Playoffs with Taunton 1998
   Won two NBL Division 1 Player of the Month awards .

Neill Campbell
Height: 6’4” Age: 17    Position: Guard
Played last season: Burger King Limerick U19

Thomas Walsh
Height: 6’3 Age: 23 Position: Guard
   Played last season: Stonehill College M.A.

Greg Duffy
Height: 6’4”    Position: Guard
Played last season: BurgerKing Limerick U19

Stephen Kelly
Height: 6’3”    Position: Guard
Played last season: BurgerKing Limerick U19

Players out:  Mike Norris – transferred to Waterford Crystal

Last Season: 13th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Burger King Limerick’s position in the league table last season doesn’t reflect how the team performed.  A couple of close defeats saw them drop down the table, but Limerick were very competitive last season.  This year, they need to ensure they are on the right side of any close results and a position within the top 8 is what they will be aiming for.
Limerick have traditionally had good American signings, it remains to be seen if Tommy Hehir has hit the jackpot again.  Should make the top 10, if not the top 8 this season.
 
 

O’Hagan Saints (formerly St. Vincent’s)

Coach: Joey Boylan 

Players in:
   Pierre Shuptlesworth
   Height: 6’7”   Age: 23 Position: Fwd/Centre
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: Chicago

   Maurice Carter
   Height: 6’5”   Age: 25 Position: Fwd/Centre
   Nationality: Canadian
   Played last season:     Canadian BBL

Players out:  None

Last Season: 3rd ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Saints have one of the strongest Irish panels in the League and if they can find the right American combination this season, they will definitely be league contenders.  ESB Player of the Year Stephen McGuirk had probably his best season to date last year.  If he can retain that form, and both the Donnelly brothers stay fit, Saints will be tough to beat. Notorious for having a bad start to the season, Saints will be hoping that the move to new gym DCU can see them get in a winning groove from the first game.  Real title contenders.
 

Thorn Killester

Coach: Mark Ingle
- First season with Killester
- Former coach of Tolka Rovers
- Led Tolka Rovers to semi-final of Sprite cup in 1999
- Coached ESB Regional League side Mercy College

Players in:
  John Quigley
   Height: 6’5   Age:  28 Position: Small Forward
   Played last season:   Queens Graduates
   Previous Clubs:     Tolka Rovers, Ballina, Sligo, Killester
Profile:  John, a former Junior International, has played with a number of clubs.  Killester were his first National League club.

   Adrian Fulton
   Height: 5’10”   Age: 29 Position: Guard
   Played last season:     Star of the Sea
Profile:  Adrian has 49 caps for Ireland at Senior level and was also a Junior and Schools International.  He joins Killester after a long and successful association with Star of the Sea where he won 2 league medals and 3 national championships medals.  He was the Player of the Year in 1997.

   Eric J. Jackson
   Height: 6’4”   Age: 22 Position: Power Forward
   Nationality:  American
   Played last season:     Florida Institute of Technology

   John Leahy
   Height: 6’7”   Age: 29 Position: Forward
   Nationality:  American
   Played last season:     Star of the Sea
Profile:  John is a National League pro having played four seasons with Star of the Sea winning two league medals and three National Championship medals.  He was the ESB Foreign Player of the Year in 1998 and a winner of the ESB Player of the Month award.

Damian Sealy
   Height:6’4”   Age: 29 Position: Forward
   Played last season:     Denny Notre Dame
Profile:  A former International player, Sealy is originally from Waterford and his younger brother Darren plays with Waterford Crystal.  Played previously with Killester before transferring to Denny with whom he won 4 Sprite Cup medals.

Players out:  None

Last Season: 7th  ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Killester are without underage stars Conor Tolan and Simon Behan this year  - both are in Junior College in the US.  The signing of Irish International Adrian Fulton and the return of Damian Sealy and John Quigley to the squad gives their already strong side an added boost.  It remains to be seen how the new players and regular squad gel as a team this season under new coach Mark Ingle.   Veteran Jerome Westbrooks will miss the start of the season due to an achilles heel injury.  If the mix works – they will be top four contenders.
 
 

Hibernian UCD Marian

Coach: Kieran Dunne 

Players in: 
  Chris Akers
   Height: 6’7”    Age: 25 Position: Power/Centre
   Nationality: American
   University: Amherst College, MA
   Played last season: Gotham City Knights, NY

   Kevin Ward
   Height: 6’8”     Age: 27 Position:  Centre/Forward
   Nationality: American
   University: George Mason, Virginia
   Played last season: DNP

Barry Glover
Height: 6’5” Age: 18      Position: Small Forward
   Played last season:   Marian U19 squad
 Profile:  ESB International Player of the Year in 2000 and Junior Schoolboy of the Year in 1998.  At just 18, Barry Glover is already one of the most experienced players around.  Stepping up to the National League panel for the first time, he will only play home games this season as he is currently repeating his leaving certificate.

Players out:  None

Last Season: 8th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  If pre-season reports are anything to go by, Marian look strong this season. U19 stars Kevin Meany and Mark Hargadon are now playing full time with the squad, with Barry Glover joining for home games.  The two American players appear to fit in well with the squad and Marian look like a cohesive unit ahead of the season tip-off.  Lost seven games by 1 point two seasons ago, and were similarly unlucky last season.  If they can beat this jinx, they should be up their challenging for a top 4 spot.
 
 

Esat Telecom Demons

Coach: Dommie Mullins 
- Coached Kerry Spring Killarney last season.
- Former Assistant Coach to the Irish Junior Men
- Previously coached Donoughmore ladies team.

Players in: 
   Tobe Carberry
   Height: 6’2”    Age: 22 Position: Guard/Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: University of Vermont
Profile:  The word in Cork is that this guy is going to be THE hottest player in the ESB League this season.  He reached the NCAA Final Four with Vermont last season.

   Juan Wiley
   Height: 6’6”     Age: 23   Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   University of South Carolina
Profile: Was Player of the Year in his conference in 1999 and was All American D2 Player of the Year in 1999.

Michael Carlos
Height: 6’ Age: 18      Position: Guard
   Played last season:   Iona
Profile:  Michael is a former Junior International.  He competed in the European Championships in 1999 and the FCIT in 2000.
       Contd.

Hugo Iturralde
Height: 6’8” Age: 28    Position: Forward/Centre
Nationality: Spanish
University: University of Leon
   Played last season: Lugo (Spanish Division 1)
Profile:  Hugo impressed in Neptune’s pre-season tournament.  An excellent rebounder, he won the Leading Rebounder Award in the Spanish D1 in 1994 and was the 2nd Best Championships all-rounder in 1993.

Andreas Larson
Height: 6’7” Age: 25    Position: Forward
Nationality: Swedish
   Played last season:   Angered Basketball (Swedish Division 1)

Players out: 
Mark Cambridge - to Intermediate team
Timmy Halloran - to Intermediate team 

Last Season: 2nd  ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  On paper, Esat Telecom Demons certainly look like the team to beat.  For the third season in a row they have a Spanish player on their side.  At 6’8” Hugo Iturralde is a huge presence inside for Demons and looks set to become one of the leading rebounders in the league.  Tobe Carberry did not play in the pre-season tournament, but is rumoured to be “hot”  They retain the guts of their Irish panel from last season and have added Michael Carlos, a talented guard who shone for the Irish Junior Men’s team this year.
The title may be on it’s way back to Cork, but this year, Demons think it’s heading their way. Will be tough to beat.
 

Abbey Foods Sligo

Coach: Tom Hickey
- Former Sligo All Stars player – first year coaching National League.
- Has coached at Schools level in Sligo for years
- Former Irish International
- Played with Crystal Palace in the UK League

Players in: 
  Victor Ebong
   Height: 6’8”    Age: 22 Position: Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: North Carolina Wilmington

   Chad Holmes
   Height: 6’9”     Age: 23  Position:  Centre
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   Davidson College, North Carolina
 

Players out:  None

Last Season: 10th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Sligo’s two new Americans are reputed to be very strong.  Holmes is just out of Davidson where he played alongside Sligo’s own Michael Bree.  After a poor start last season, they jumped from bottom of the table to 10th in the last week of the league last year.  They will be aiming to ensure they stay above the bottom half of the table this season and get closer to the top 8.
 
 

Neptune

Coach: Gerry Fitzpatrick 

Players in: 
  Bryan Finley
   Height: 6’4”    Age: 22 Position: Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:  Central Connecticut State University

   Charron Watson
   Height: 6’7”     Age: 23  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:  Central Connecticut State University

Nick Chatzinikolis
Height: 6’8” Age: 25      Position: Forward/Centre
Nationality:  Greek Canadian
University: York University
   Played last season:   Plymouth
   Profile:  Nick played with Neptune during the 1998/1999 season.

Vince Daly
Height: 6’4” Age: 27    Position: Forward
   Played last season: Kerry Spring Killarney

Players out:  N/A

Last Season: ESB SuperLeague champions.

Prediction:  Neptune face into a tough defence of their title.  Without the dynamic duo of Rasuel and Ricardo, much will depend on the Americans they recruit this season.  The addition of Vince Daly from Killarney will greatly strengthen their bench as will the return of Nick Chatzinikolis.  Fresh from his summer competing in the European Championships with the Irish Senior Men, team captain Stephen McCarthy - looking lean and fit pre-season - could be the difference in whether or not the title returns to Neptune.  Will find it tougher than last season to take the league title.
 
 

Star of the Sea

Coach: Darren O’Neill 

Players in:
   Kenny McFarland
   Height: 6’6”    Age: 26 Position: Fwd/Centre
   Nationality: American
   University:  St. Bonaventure and American International College, MA

   Gary Connolly
   Height: 6’3”     Age: 27  Position:  Forward
   Played last season:   Dungannon

Gabe Jackson
 Height: 6’5” Age: 28      Position:  Forward
 Nationality: American
 University: Robert Morris College
   Played last season:   Star of the Sea

Players out:  Adrian Fulton (Killester)
   Neal McCotter (Tolka Rovers)

Last Season: 4th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Star of the Sea start this season without both John Leahy and Adrian Fulton – but then they started last season without them too!  Both players are now with Killester.  Gabe Jackson returns for a second consecutive season – but his fourth overall with the club.  Star may find it difficult to relocate the form that saw them take two consecutive league titles – but one to watch is emerging star Ciaran Burns who steps up from the U19 team this season. 
 
 

Big Al’s Notre Dame

Coach: Anthony Jenkins

Players in: 
  Brandon Hughes
   Height: 6’    Age: 22 Position: Point Guard
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: Newberry College, SC
   Profile: Voted “Player of the Year” in his NCAA conference in 1999
   Selected to the second team All American in 1999.

   Feliciano Dilson Bernardo Camacho
   Height: 6’4”     Age: 19  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: Portuguese
   Played last season:   Benefcia U19 (Portuguese League)
   Profile:  Member of the Portuguese Junior Men’s team

Nuno Alexandre Pereira Da Silveira
Height: 6’9” Age: 29      Position: Forward/Centre
Nationality: Portuguese
   Played last season:   Estrecias Da Avenida (C.R.E.A. league)

Players out: 
   Ciaran Dempsey -    Year out
   James O’Dwyer -  to Wheatfield Dublin Division 1
   Damian Sealy -    Transferred to Thorn Killester
   Brian Benjamin - move 
   Eamonn Gallagher

Last Season: 5th ESB SuperLeague, Sprite Cup champions, ESB National Champions

Prediction:  Big Al’s Notre Dame are without five of the players from last seasons double winning side.  New American point guard Brandon Hughes is promising, but they will miss the talented Junior Player of the Year Ciaran Dempsey.  A number of U19 stars from last season have stepped up this year.   Having stamped their authority on the cup, they now want their name on the league trophy. 
 
 

St. Paul’s Killarney

Coach: Carl Fleming
- Carl previously was Head coach in 1998/1999

Players in:  Doreen “Stretch” Robinson
   Height: 6’7”    Age: 23 Position: Fwd/Centre
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: 
Profile:  Stretch hails from New York and is a cousin of Spurs NBA star David Robinson.

   Douglas Hines
   Height: 6’7”     Age: 25  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: 

Players out: 
Vince Daly -    Transferred to Neptune
John Teahan -    Transferred to Frosties Tigers

Last Season:  6th  ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  St. Paul’s Killarney have lost two key players in Vince Daly and John Teahan and have promoted a number of their underage players to National League this season.  Carl Fleming is back in charge after a year out.   May struggle while their younger players find their feet in the National Leagues.
 
 

Waterford Crystal

Coach: Michael Evans

Players in: 
  Eric Blair
   Height: 6’6”    Age: 33 Position: Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: Denny Notre Dame
Profile:  Eric has played with no less than six National League teams during his time here in Ireland.  Played with Waterford Crystal during the 1998/1999 season and claimed the ESB Foreign Player of the Year award.  Won a Sprite Cup and ESB National Championship medal with Denny Notre Dame last season.

   Stacey Massiah
   Height: 6’8”     Age: 22  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   Keane State College NH
Profile: Averaged 27pts, 20rbds, 9 assts, 12 blocks in his last year at college.

Mike Norris
Height: 6’3” Age: 25      Position: Guard 
Nationality: Irish American
   Played last season:   BurgerKing Limerick

Joe Malone
Height: 6’10” Age: 22    Position: Forward
   Played last season: Piltown B.C., Kilkenny

Last Season: 11th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Waterford Crystal had a dream season in their debut year in the ESB League as Eric Blair led them to r-up spot in the league.  Crystal are hoping that Blair can weave his magic again this season and help them seal a place in the top 6 of the league.
 
 

Clare Jets

Coach: TBC

Players in: 
  Lester Hunt
   Height: 6’8”    Age: Position: Forward/Centre
   Nationality: American
   Played last season: Clare Jets
Profile:  This is Lesters second season with Clare Jets and he previously played National League with BurgerKing Limerick.
 

   Donald Edge
   Height: 6’8”     Age: 22  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
  Played last season: 
 

Players out:  N/A

Last Season: 12th ESB SuperLeague 

Prediction:  Clare Jets have still to confirm their full line up for the season, but unless they can strengthen their panel from last season, they are likely to struggle to improve their league position.
 

Tralee Tigers

Coach: Dave Falvey

Players in: 
   Robbie Turner
   Height:  6’2”    Age:  26 Position:  Guard 
   Nationality: American
   Played last season:   Kerry Spring Killarney
Profile:  Turner is now in his fourth season in Irish Basketball – all of which he has spent in Kerry.  Before moving to Tralee, he has played with Castleisland and Killarney. 

   Roscoe Patterson
   Height: 6’6”    Age:  Position:  Forward
   Nationality: American
Played last season:  Waterford Crystal

John Teahan
   Height: 6’0’’  Age: 29 Position: 2 Guard 
   Nationality: American
Played last season: Kerry Spring Killarney
Profile: This is John’s tenth season playing the ESB Mens League.  Previously played with Tralee and transferred to Killarney when Tralee dropped to Division 1.

Players out:  N/A

Last Season: 9th position ESB Men’s First Division

Prediction: There is a new team on the block this season.  After two years in Division 1, the 1996 League Champions Tralee Tigers return as Frosties Tigers.  They’ve signed Ricardo Leonard, the man who led them to success in ’96.  Leonard is joined by experienced league regulars Roscoe Patterson and Robbie Turner.  With this strong American trio, the talent of underage star Michael Quirke and the return of former Irish International John Teahan, Frosties Tigers look intent on making a mark in their first season back in the big time. 


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