Aris Leeuwarden

Aris Leeuwarden is a Dutch professional basketball club based in Leeuwarden. It has competed in the Dutch Basketball League since 2004. Aris plays its home games at the Kalverdijkje.

Aris Leeuwarden
Aris Leeuwarden logo
LeaguesDutch Basketball League
Founded2004; 16 years ago (2004)
History
ArenaKalverdijkje
Capacity1,700
LocationLeeuwarden, Netherlands
Main sponsorUnivé
PresidentG.J. Meelker
Team managerGert Schurer
Head coachFerreid Naciri
2018–19 positionDBL, 7th of 9
Websitearisleeuwarden.nl

HistoryEdit

The parent club was actually founded in 1992, when the clubs Sporty and Ymir merged into BV Aris. In 2004 the professional team was founded, when the team promoted from the Promotiedivisie – the Dutch second tier league – to the Eredivisie. The team, coached by Tom Simpson, was named Woon!Aris for sponsorship reasons and reached the Playoffs in its first season. After then, the team failed to reach the postseason for four seasons. In 2009–10, Aris, then named De Friesland Aris, reached the playoff semi-finals for the first time.

In the 2012–13 season, Aris was in financial trouble after it lost their main sponsor Lasaulec.[1] Despite these circumstances Aris' squad – which included All-Stars Holcomb-Faye and Givens – reached the DBL Finals. Rival #1 seed Den Bosch was knocked out of the tournament 3–1 in the semi-finals. In the Finals Aris played ZZ Leiden and lost 0–4 to the #2 seed of the regular season.[2]

Before the start of the 2013–14 Aris got a new main sponsor in Univé, which guaranteed the existence of the team.[3] The capacity of Kalverdijkje was also increased from 800 to 1,700 to further increase the stability for the club's future.[4]

In the 2019–20 season, Aris reached the final of the Dutch Basketball Cup for the first time in history.[5]

Season by seasonEdit

Champions Runners-up Playoff berth
Season Tier League Finish Wins Losses Win% Playoffs NBB Cup Head coach
Aris Leeuwarden
2004–05 1 DBL 7th Lost quarterfinals (Den Bosch), 0–2 Tom Simpson
2005–06 1 DBL 10th 5 21 .192 Tom Simpson
2006–07 1 DBL 9th 14 26 .350 Andre Roorda
2007–08 1 DBL 10th 8 32 .200 Tony van den Bosch
2008–09 1 DBL 10th 12 28 .300 Pete Miller
2009–10 1 DBL 6th 19 17 .528 Won quarterfinals (Den Bosch), 2–0
Lost semifinals (West-Brabant Giants), 1–3
Fourth round Pete Miller
2010–11 1 DBL 5th 17 19 .472 Lost quarterfinals (Magixx), 1–2 Quarterfinalist Pete Miller
2011–12 1 DBL 6th 10 18 .370 Lost group stage quarterfinals Fourth round Erik Braal
2012–13 1 DBL 4th 20 16 .556 Won quarterfinals (Landstede), 3–0
Won semifinals (Den Bosch), 3–1
Lost finals (ZZ Leiden), 0–4
Semifinalist Erik Braal
2013–14 1 DBL 6th 13 23 .361 Lost quarterfinals (SPM Shoeters), 0–2 Semifinalist Ed Molthoff
2014–15 1 DBL 6th 8 20 .286 Lost quarterfinals (Donar), 0–2 Quarterfinalist Tom Simpson
2015–16 1 DBL 7th 9 19 .321 Semifinals Michael Schuurs
Klaas Stoppels (a.i.)
2016–17 1 DBL 7th 8 20 .286 Quarterfinals Klaas Stoppels
2017–18 1 DBL 6th 10 22 .313 Lost quarterfinals (ZZ Leiden), 1–2 Quarterfinals Tony van den Bosch
2018–19 1 DBL 7th 9 25 .265 Lost quarterfinals (Landstede), 0–2 Fourth round Tony van den Bosch
Anne van Dijk (a.i.)
2019–20 1 DBL 8th 7 17 .292 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic TBA Ferried Naciri

PlayersEdit

 
The teampicture of the Aris roster of the 2011–12 season

Current rosterEdit

Aris Leeuwarden roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 5   Dedecker, Cedric
F 9   Tönjann, Torben
C 13   Osaikhwuwuomwan, Craig 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 29 – (1990-10-12)12 October 1990
C 15   Brandsma, Reinder
PG   Frazier, Chad 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 27 – (1992-08-22)22 August 1992
C   Smallwood, Thomas 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 25 – (1995-03-30)30 March 1995
SF   Mukama, Jean-Victor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1994-08-24)24 August 1994
Head coach
Physician(s)
  •   Piet Bouius
  •   Jan Watse Jousma
Team manager
  •   Oege Hessel Faber

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 27 July 2020

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

Notable playersEdit

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

Individual awardsEdit

Top scorers by seasonsEdit

Season Name PPG
2011–12   Lance Jeter 16.8
2012–13   Samme Givens 16.4
2013–14   Darius Theus 16.5
2014–15   Tjoe de Paula 17.0
 
Season Name PPG
2015–16   Javier Duren 17.7
2016–17   Jordan Gregory 18.6
2017–18   Emile Blackman 16.4
2018–19   Nick Masterson 16.6

List of head coachesEdit

The following list shows all head coaches of Aris Leeuwarden since its inception in 2004:

Name From To Ref.
  Tom Simpson 2004 2006
  Andre Roorda 2007 2008
  Tony van den Bosch 2008 2009
  Pete Miller 2009 2011
  Erik Braal 2011 2013
  Ed Molthoff 2013 February 2014
  Tom Simpson February 2014 2015
  Michael Schuurs 2015 2016
  Klaas Stoppels 2016 2017
  Tony van den Bosch 2017 April 2019 [6]
  Anne van Dijk (interim) April 2019 May 2019
  Ferried Naciri September 2019 present [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Huis aan Huis Leeuwarden maakt gebruik van cookies". Aris in nood na vertrek hoofdsponsor Lasaulec; hoop gevestigd op gemeente (in Dutch). 1 June 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ Fryslân, Redaksje Omrop (24 May 2013). "Aris geen basketbalkampioen". Omrop Fryslân (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Sportcomplex Kalverdijkje, Leeuwarden". Jorritsma bouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Basketballers Aris foar it earst yn de kluphistoarje nei bekerfinale". Omrop Fryslân. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Tony van den Bosch nieuwe headcoach Aris Leeuwarden". Aris Leeuwarden (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Aris in zee met Belgische coach Ferried Naciri". De Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 5 June 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

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