Cholet Basket

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Cholet Basket
Cholet Basket logo
Leagues French League
EuroChallenge
Founded 1975
History 1975–present
Arena La Meilleraie
(capacity: 5,191)
Location Cholet, France
Team colors Red and white
         
President Patrick Chiron
Vice-president(s) Alain Lafat
Head coach France Jean-Manuel Sousa
Championships 1 French Championship
2010
2 French Cups
1998, 1999
1 La Semaine des As Cup
2008
Website cholet-basket.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

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.

Logo of the club until 2012

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

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).

Youth Academy[edit]

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, 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)

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Cholet Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 6 France Jomby, Rudy 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 26 – (1988-05-21)May 21, 1988
PF 7 France Vebobe, Luc-Arthur (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 34 – (1980-04-03)April 3, 1980
SG 8 United States Slaughter, A. J. 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 26 – (1987-08-03)August 3, 1987
PG 11 United States Everett, Terrell 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 30 – (1984-06-30)June 30, 1984
SG 14 France Faroux, Clement 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 21 – (1993-07-08)July 8, 1993
PG 16 France Ona Embo, Carl 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 24 – (1989-08-06)August 6, 1989
PF 17 United States Goree, Marcus 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 36 – (1977-10-11)October 11, 1977
C 18 United States Bryant, Travon 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1983-02-05)February 5, 1983
SF 19 France Souchu, Karim 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 35 – (1979-03-30)March 30, 1979
Head coach
  • France Jean-Manuel Sousa
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2012-11-05

Note: Jerseys #4 and #10, respectively worn by Antoine Rigaudeau and Jim Bilba when in Cholet, are both withdrawn.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason French Cup Leaders Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Pro A 7 Quarterfinalist Champion
2007–08 1 Pro A 8 Quarterfinalist Runner-up Champion 3 FIBA EuroCup Group Stage
2008–09 1 Pro A 9 Round of 16 3 EuroChallenge runner-up
2009–10 1 Pro A 1 Champion Round of 32 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup Regular Season
2010–11 1 Pro A 2 Runner-up Round of 16 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague Regular Season
2011–12 1 Pro A 4 Semifinalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup Regular Season
2012–13 1 Pro A 10 Round of 16 2 Eurocup Regular Season
2013–14 1 Pro A 13 Round of 16 3 EuroChallenge Last 16

Achievements[edit]

Notable players[edit]

France France
 United States
Other countries

Head coaches[edit]

  • 1987–89: France Jean Galle
  • 1989–91: France Jean-Paul Rebatet
  • 1991–95: France Laurent Buffard
  • 1995–96: France Alain Thinet (7 games) then France Eric Girard (1 game) then France Jean Galle
  • 1996–2001: France Eric Girard
  • 2001–02: Montenegro France Savo Vucević
  • 2002–03: France Jean-François Martin
  • 2003–04: Turkey Erman Kunter
  • 2004–06: France Ruddy Nelhomme
  • 2006–10: Turkey Erman Kunter
  • 2010–12: Turkey France Erman Kunter
  • 2012–present: France Jean-Manuel Sousa

External links[edit]