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Cholet Basket is a professional basketball club that is based in Cholet, France. The club plays in the French League. Their home arena is La Meilleraie. Established in 1975, Cholet won its first French championship in the 2009–10 season. In 1998 and 1999, Cholet won the French Cup.

Cholet
Cholet logo
LeaguesPro A
Founded1975; 44 years ago (1975)
HistoryCholet Basket
(1975–present)
ArenaLa Meilleraie
Capacity5,191
LocationCholet, France
Team colorsRed and white
         
PresidentPatrick Chiron
Vice-president(s)Alain Lafat
Head coachErman Kunter
Championships1 French Championship
2 French Cups
1 La Semaine des As Cup
Retired numbers2 (4, 10)
Websitecholet-basket.com
Uniforms

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HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

The team debuted in the 1st division in the 1987–88 season and after managing to get to the premier league in only 12 years. The team were able to sustain themselves in the league, and were consistently in the top 10 teams having a highly successful youth system. This youth system has allowed the club to produce professional players season after season. After winning the National Cup in 1999, Cholet got automatically qualified for its first participation to the Euroleague (3 victories – 13 defeats). During the 2004–05 season 10 of the 12 players in the first team derived from the youth system. Some of the most illustrious players who had their debut in the team are Antoine Rigaudeau, Jim Bilba and Mickaël Gelabale.

During the 2008–2009 season, Cholet was defeated by Virtus Bologna in the EuroChallenge's Final (75–77).

In 2010, Cholet finished 1st of the 2009–2010 Pro A League regular season and won the championship after defeating Le Mans in the Play-Offs Final (81–65). Thanks to its national champion title, Cholet is automatically qualified for the 2010–2011 Euroleague season. Cholet was eliminated during the first round (4 victories – 6 defeats) of the 2010–2011 Euroleague after defeating prestigious (and at the time unbeaten) Fenerbahçe Ülker (82–78).

In 2011, Cholet, defending its title finished 1st again of the 2011-12 Pro A League regular season and was only defeated during the finals by SLUC Nancy (74-76).

LogosEdit

Evolution of the Logo
–2012 2012–2019 2019–present
     

Youth academyEdit

Cholet Basket is intensively focusing on its Youth Academy to provide players to its professional squad. During the 2004–05 season, 10 of the 12 players of the Pro squad have progressed through the club Youth Academy. It is also one of the only six European clubs to have provided two players to the same NBA draft in 2009, with Rodrigues Beaubois and Nando De Colo beside Real Madrid (2005), Joventut Badalona (2009), Fenerbahçe Ülker (2008), KK Partizan (2002) and Pau-Ortez (2003).

Notable Players that have progressed through the Cholet Youth Academy (Espoirs)

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Cholet Basket retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
4   Antoine Rigaudeau PG 1987–1995
10   Jim Bilba PF 1988–1992, 2002–2007

Current rosterEdit

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

Cholet Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SF 9   Ruel, Quentin 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 20 – (1999-07-26)26 July 1999
G 11   N'Doye, Abdoulaye 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 21 – (1998-03-09)9 March 1998
F/C 13   Govindy, Melvyn 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 21 – (1997-11-06)6 November 1997
PF 14   Poladkhanli, Endar 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (1998-10-12)12 October 1998
SG 31   Goods, Anthony 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 32 – (1987-06-21)21 June 1987
PG 35   Dimanche, Karlton 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 19 – (2000-03-05)5 March 2000
G/F   Jok, Peter 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1994-03-30)30 March 1994
G/F   Stockton, Michael 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 30 – (1989-05-07)7 May 1989
G   Riley, Jalen 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 – (1993-03-06)6 March 1993
SF   Fofana, Vafessa 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – (1992-06-12)12 June 1992
F/C   Horton, Chris 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1994-06-29)29 June 1994
PF   Etou, Junior 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1994-06-04)4 June 1994
PF   Arledge, Jonathan 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1991-09-21)21 September 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 13 August 2019

FIBA Hall of FamersEdit

Cholet Basket Hall of Famers
Players
No. Nat. Name Position Tenure Inducted
4   Antoine Rigaudeau G 1987–95 2015[1]

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. French Cup Leaders Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Pro A 7th Champion
2007–08 1 Pro A 8th Runner-up Champion 3 FIBA EuroCup GS
2008–09 1 Pro A 9th Round of 16 3 EuroChallenge RU
2009–10 1 Pro A 1st Round of 32 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2010–11 1 Pro A 2nd Round of 16 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2011–12 1 Pro A 4th Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague QR1
2 Eurocup RS
2012–13 1 Pro A 10th Round of 16 2 Eurocup RS
2013–14 1 Pro A 13th Round of 16 3 EuroChallenge L16
2014–15 1 Pro A 14th Round of 16
2015–16 1 Pro A 13th Round of 32
2016–17 1 Pro A 11th Round of 16

AchievementsEdit

Notable playersEdit

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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