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European capital of Culture 2024: Tartu pumps it up

University of Tartu Maks&Moorits is preparing for its second campaign in the European North Basketball league.

Estonian club basketball is booming – nine teams will compete in the upcoming Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league season.

More and more teams are eyeing international competitions.

A new Estonian champion – Parnu Sadam – will head to Belgrade to start the Basketball Champions league qualifiers campaign against Austrian finalist Swans Gmunden on September 21.

Perennial contender Kalev/Cramo will face Cedevita Junior Zagreb in the first round of FIBA Europe Cup qualifiers on September 27.

ENBL is also feeling “the Estonian effect”, with TalTech Optibet joining the ride.

University of Tartu flew Estonian colors in style and played in the first ENBL Final Four at Wloclawek.

You should never underestimate the students of Tartu.

Last year they landed a surprise win at the 2021 Estonia Cup, played in the Estonian championship finals and the playoffs in the Estonian-Latvian league.

Tartu also posted the best attendance numbers in the Meistriliiga and played the Estonian finals in front of a sell-out crowd of over 2000 spectators.

With Nikolajs Mazurs at helm, Tartu is a tough opponent for everyone.

With its cheerleaders, gametime events and loud fans every game in the University of Tartu sports hall is an experience.

Tartu has renewed contracts with Robin Kivi, Oliver Suurorg and Patrik Saal.

Forward Hendrik Eelmäe is also staying in the student capital of Estonia.

The team added a 22 year old Ukrainian wing Andrii Voinalovych and signed an American point guard Jalan McCloud.

A former Texas Southern and East Tennessee State guard has improved his offensive prowess, while playing in the United Kingdom, Germany and Portugal.

Emmanuel Wembi after a successful season in Tartu moved to the Pro B league team Saint Quentin.

Meanwhile, Tartu frontcourt got a new piece in Slovakia international Tomaš Pavelka.

He developed his skills at the Get Better Academy Prague and recently played in the Spanish second division.

Tartu will celebrate the 100th birthday of Ilmar Kullam, by hosting a three team international tournament on August 12-14.

Estonia, Belgium and Bosnia will compete the next weekend.


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