AS Monaco Basket

Association Sportive de Monaco Basketball Club, commonly referred to as AS Monaco Basket, is a French-registered Monaco-based professional basketball club. They are a part of the Monaco-based multi-sports club AS 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
EuroCup
Founded1928; 92 years ago (1928)
ArenaSalle Gaston Médecin
Capacity3,700
LocationFontvieille, Monaco
Team colorsRed, White and Gold
              
PresidentSergey Dyadechko
General managerYann Boissons
Head coachZvezdan Mitrović
Championships3 Pro A Leaders Cups
1 NM1
Websiteasmbasket.org
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 Basketball Champions League. The team plays their home games at Salle Gaston Médecin.

HistoryEdit

About four years after the parent athletic club, AS Monaco, was itself founded, AS Monaco Basket was founded in 1928. They finished as runners-up in the French top-tier 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 for the 1973 season, with one of the greatest offenses on the European continent.

AS 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, losing in the group stage to other notable teams such as ASVEL Basket, Levski Sofia, and Brina AMG Sebastiani Basket. They entered the same tournament again for the 1982–83 season, but lost out 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, losing 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, AS 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 president of AS Monaco Basket.[6] In the 2015–16 season, Monaco won the French Pro A Leaders 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 the Basketball Champions League.[8] In 2017, the charity fund, DSF, founded by the club's owner, Dyadechko, became a sponsor of AS Monaco Basket.[9]

ArenaEdit

AS Monaco Basket plays its home games at the 3,700 seat[10] Salle Gaston Médecin, which is a part of the Stade Louis II sports complex.

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
PG 1     Bost, Dee 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 30 – (1989-10-12)12 October 1989
PF 15   Yeguete, Will 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 28 – (1991-10-16)16 October 1991
PG 19   Pantzar, Melwin 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 20 – (2000-04-10)10 April 2000
SF 22   O'Brien, J. J. 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 28 – (1992-04-08)8 April 1992
C 23   Buckner, Eric 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 30 – (1990-04-26)26 April 1990
PG   Demahis-Ballou, Rudy 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 18 – (2002-02-26)26 February 2002
PF   Willis, Darral 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1996-01-21)21 January 1996
PG   Knight, Marcos 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 30 – (1989-09-24)24 September 1989
F   Inglis, Damien 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 25 – (1995-05-20)20 May 1995
G/F   Saunders, Wesley 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1993-06-16)16 June 1993
G   Choupas, Yohan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (2000-03-11)11 March 2000
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: July 31, 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Eric Buckner Elmedin Kikanović Landing Sané
PF Kim Tillie Will Yeguete
SF J.J. O'Brien Paul Lacombe
SG Yakuba Ouattara Anthony Clemmons
PG Dee Bost Norris Cole Melwin Pantzar

Trophies and honorsEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

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

European competitionsEdit

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 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
2013–14 3 NM1 1st Round of 64
2014–15 2 Pro B 1st Round of 16
2015–16 1 Pro A 3rd Quarterfinals Champion
2016–17 1 Pro A 5th Quarterfinals Champion 3 Champions League 3rd 17–4
2017–18 1 Pro A 2nd Quarterfinals Champion 3 Champions League RU 17–4
2018–19 1 Pro A 2nd Quarterfinals 2 EuroCup Top-16, 3rd 9–7

Notable playersEdit

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

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ L'histoire du club (in French).
  2. ^ "Korac Cup 1982-83". LinguaSport.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Korac Cup 1974-75". LinguaSport.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ "HISTORIQUE". ASMonacoBasket.com. Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  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. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ Présentation - Quelques chiffres - Salle omnisports : 3.700 places (in French).
  11. ^ Informations générales asmonacobasket.com

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