AS Monaco Basket

Association Sportive de Monaco Basketball Club, commonly referred to as A.S. Monaco Basket, is a French-registered Monaco-based professional basketball club. They are a part of the Monaco-based multi-sports club of A.S. Monaco, which was founded in 1924.

AS Monaco Basket
AS Monaco Basket logo
NicknameLa Roca Team
Les Rouges et Blancs
(The Red and Whites)
LeaguesLNB Pro A
EuroLeague
Founded1928; 93 years ago (1928)
ArenaSalle Gaston Médecin
Capacity4,090
LocationFontvieille, Monaco
Team colorsRed, White and Gold
     
PresidentSergey Dyadechko
General managerOleksiy Yefimov
Head coachZvezdan Mitrović
Championships1 EuroCup
3 French A League Cup
2 French 2nd Division
1 French 3rd Division
Websiteasmonaco.basketball
Departments of AS Monaco
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Football Basketball

The club's basketball section was founded in 1928,[1] and it currently competes in the French top-tier level LNB Pro A and the EuroLeague. The team plays their home games at Salle Gaston Médecin.

HistoryEdit

About four years after the parent athletic club, A.S. Monaco, was itself founded, A.S. Monaco Basket was founded in 1928. They finished as runners-up in the French top-tier level Nationale 1 (current LNB Pro A) following the 1950 season, which is regarded as one of their greatest successes in their history. Monaco also won the LNB Pro B (French 2nd Division) championship in the 1973 season, with one of the greatest offenses on the European continent.

A.S. Monaco Basket joined the Nationale 1 for the 1973–74 season, where they finished in ninth place. They made their first appearance in the European 3rd-tier level FIBA Korać Cup in the 1974–75 season, where they lost in the group stage to other notable teams, such as the French League club ASVEL Basket, the Bulgarian League club Levski Sofia, and the Italian League club AMG Sebastiani Basket. They entered the same tournament again in the 1982–83 season, but lost to Dynamo Moscow in the semifinals qualification battle, in the Top 16 group stage, despite a far better finish in the tournament overall.[2][3]

Entering the 1980s, Monaco was in the process of securing their title as one of the most dangerous teams in French basketball. They reached the finals game of the French Federation Cup, where they lost to Limoges CSP, by a score of 96–81. The Red and Whites also became a threat in the LNB Pro A (French 1st Division), what the league had been renamed to, after former NBA player, Robert Smith, joined the team in 1985. Smith was named the 1987 French League All-Star Game MVP.[4]

After Smith left the team, Monaco found themselves descending in the league. They were relegated to the second division LNB Pro B, later in the decade, and eventually ended up in the Nationale 1 Division. They would not return to the LNB Pro A, the highest division of basketball in France, for many years to come. In 2014, A.S. Monaco Basket was crowned the champions of the French third-tier league, the Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1), and they returned to the LNB Pro B (French 2nd Division).[5]

In the 2014–15 season, Monaco became the French 2nd-tier LNB Pro B champions, and they were finally promoted back to the top-tier league in France, the LNB Pro A. In 2015, the Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist, Sergey Dyadechko, became the President of A.S. Monaco Basket.[6] In the 2015–16 season, Monaco won the 2016 edition of the French Pro A League Cup, after beating Élan Chalon in the finals, by a score of 99–74.[7] Monaco player, Jamal Shuler, was named the French Pro A Leaders Cup MVP.

In the 2016–17 season, Monaco returned to European-wide competitions, when it qualified for one of the pan-European secondary level competitions, the FIBA Basketball Champions League.[8] They finished the season in third place. In 2017, the charity fund, DSF, founded by the club's owner, Dyadechko, became a sponsor of A.S. Monaco Basket. The club also played in the FIBA Champions League, during the 2017–18 season, in which they finished in second place, after they lost to the Greek League club AEK Athens in the final, by a score of 100–94. The club won the 2017 French Pro A League Cup and the 2018 French Pro A League Cup titles. They also finished in second place in the French Pro A League, in the 2017–18 season.

In European-wide competitions, Monaco spent the next three seasons (2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21) playing in the other pan-European secondary level competition, the EuroCup, subsequently winning it in 2020–21.[9] In the 2021–22 season, Monaco will make its debut in the EuroLeague.

ArenaEdit

A.S. Monaco Basket plays its home games at the 3,000 seat[10][11][12] Salle Gaston Médecin, which is a part of the Stade Louis II sports complex.

Due to minimum requirements, Monaco was supposed to play its 2021–22 EuroLeague games in the Azur Arena in Antibes. The decision was later overturned, thus the team could play in its usual home arena.[13]

LogosEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

AS Monaco roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 3   Demahis-Ballou, Rudy 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 19 – (2002-02-26)26 February 2002
PG 5   Lee, Paris 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 26 – (1995-04-20)20 April 1995
SF 8   Bacon, Dwayne 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 26 – (1995-08-30)30 August 1995
PG 9   Westermann, Léo 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 29 – (1992-07-24)24 July 1992
PF 10     Thomas, Will 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 35 – (1986-07-01)1 July 1986
SF 11   Diallo, Alpha 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 24 – (1997-06-29)29 June 1997
PF 12   Motum, Brock 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1990-10-16)16 October 1990
C 16   Boutsiele, Jerry 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 29 – (1992-04-20)20 April 1992
C 20   Motiejūnas, Donatas 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 31 – (1990-09-20)20 September 1990
G/F 24   Ouattara, Yakuba 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1992-01-24)24 January 1992
PF 28   Fall Faye, Ibrahima 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1997-01-10)10 January 1997
SG 32   Gray, Rob 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 27 – (1994-03-04)4 March 1994
SF 33   Anđušić, Danilo 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 30 – (1991-04-22)22 April 1991
SF 35   Traoré, Armel 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (2003-01-23)23 January 2003
C 45   Hall, Donta 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1997-08-07)7 August 1997
G 55   James, Mike 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 31 – (1990-08-18)18 August 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: September 17, 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Donta Hall Donatas Motiejūnas Jerry Boutsiele
PF Will Thomas Brock Motum Ibrahima Fall Faye
SF Dwayne Bacon Alpha Diallo Armel Traoré
SG Danilo Anđušić Rob Gray Yakuba Ouattara Rudy Demahis-Ballou
PG Mike James Léo Westermann Paris Lee

Trophies and honorsEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

Runners-up (3): 1950, 2017–18, 2018–19
Runners-up (1): 1982–83
Winners (3): 2016, 2017, 2018
Champions (2): 1972–73, 2014–15
Champions (1): 2013–14

European competitionsEdit

Champions (1): 2020–21
Runners-up (1): 2017–18
Third place (1): 2016–17

Other competitionsEdit

  • Berlin, Germany Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2019

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. French Federation Cup Pro A Leaders Cup European competitions
2008–09 4 NM2 9th
2009–10 4 NM2 7th
2010–11 4 NM2 1st
2011–12 4 NM2 1st Round of 44
2012–13 3 NM1 1st Round of 40
2013–14 3 NM1 1st Round of 44
2014–15 2 Pro B 1st Round of 16
2015–16 1 Pro A 3rd Quarterfinals Winner
2016–17 1 Pro A 5th Quarterfinals Winner 3 Champions League 3rd 17–4
2017–18 1 Pro A 2nd Quarterfinals Winner 3 Champions League RU 17–4
2018–19 1 Pro A 2nd Quarterfinals 2 EuroCup T16 9–7
2019–20 1 Pro A 1st Quarterfinals Semifinals 2 EuroCup QF 10–6
2020–21 1 Pro A 4th Quarterfinals 2 EuroCup C 17–6

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Head coachesEdit

Head Coach Years
  Bill Sweek
1985–1990
  Jean-Pierre Baldwin
1999–2000
  Philippe Beorchia
2000–2003
  Claude Palanca
2003–2004
  Stéphane Dao
2004–2007
  Georgy Adams
2007–2010
  Jean-Michel Sénégal
2010–2013
  Savo Vučević
2013–2015
  Philippe Beorchia
2015
  Zvezdan Mitrović
2015–2018
  Sašo Filipovski
2018–2019
  Saša Obradović
2019–2020
  Zvezdan Mitrović
2020–present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ L’Histoire de la Roca Team (in French).
  2. ^ "Korac Cup 1974-75". LinguaSport.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Korac Cup 1982-83". LinguaSport.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ "HISTORIQUE". ASMonacoBasket.com. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  5. ^ Bosi, Kévin. "Monaco, champion de NM1". FFBB.com. Fédération Française de Basket-Ball. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. ^ http://asmbasket.org/club/authority/index.php?ID=227
  7. ^ "Monaco, première !". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  8. ^ Basketball Champions League meets Monaco's high standards.
  9. ^ "Monaco sweeps UNICS to lift first-ever EuroCup trophy". Eurohoops. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  10. ^ MONACO: LA SALLE GASTON-MÉDECIN TROP PETITE (in French).
  11. ^ Euroligue (H) – Monaco : La salle Gaston-Médecin pose problème (in French).
  12. ^ Salle omnisports Gaston-Médecin Capacité : 3000 places (in French).
  13. ^ "AS Monaco to play the EuroLeague home games at the Salle Gaston Medecin". Sportando. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  14. ^ Informations générales asmonacobasket.com

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