Cholet Basket

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Cholet Basket
Cholet Basket logo
Leagues Pro A
Founded 1975; 43 years ago (1975)
History Cholet Basket
(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 Régis Boissié
Championships 1 French Championship
2 French Cups
1 La Semaine des As Cup
Retired numbers 2 (4, 10)
Website cholet-basket.com
Uniforms

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.

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).

Logo of the club until 2012

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, 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)

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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

Current roster[edit]

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. Wt.
G 3 France Hayes, Killian 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 17 – (2001-07-27)27 July 2001
C 11 France N'Doye, Abloulaye 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 20 – (1998-08-23)23 August 1998
F 13 Democratic Republic of the Congo Edzata, Rigo 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (1997-02-23)23 February 1997
F 14 Guyana Morose, Youri 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (1997-11-27)27 November 1997
C 23 France Woghiren, Warren 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 19 – (1998-10-23)23 October 1998
PG United States McKee, Tywain 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 32 – (1986-03-07)7 March 1986
SF France Sy, Pape 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 30 – (1988-04-05)5 April 1988
SF Belgium Troisfontaines, Olivier 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 28 – (1989-10-26)26 October 1989
PF United States Robinson, Antywane 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 34 – (1984-07-12)12 July 1984
PF United States Young, Michael 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 24 – (1994-09-05)5 September 1994
C The Bahamas Fairell-Augustin, Jonathan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1993-06-22)22 June 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2016-07-12

Season by season[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

Notable players[edit]

France France
 United States
Other countries

Head coaches[edit]

  • 1970s: Romania Dragoş Nosievici
  • 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
  • 2012–14: France Jean-Manuel Sousa
  • 2014–Present: France Laurent Buffard

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