Joel Almeida (basketball)

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Joel Almeida
No. 10Kutaisi
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 35)
São Vicente, Cape Verde
NationalityCape Verdean / Portuguese
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight84 kg (185 lb)
Career information
College Mohawk Valley CC (2006–2008)
Brockport State (2008-2009)
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2009Seven Stars
2009–2010 Vagos Norbain Lusavouga
2010Seven Stars
2010–2011 Sampaense Basket
2011–2012 Atlético Sport Aviation Luanda
2013 Vitória de Guimarães
2013–2014 Sampaense Basket
2014 ForexTime Apollon Limassol
2015–2016 Xuvem Cambados
2016–2017 Covirán Granada
2017–2018 Lusitânia
2018–2019 Titebi
2019–2020 Psychiko
2020– Kutaisi

Joel Freitas Almeida (born October 11, 1985) is a Cape Verdean-Portuguese basketball player who is currently playing for Kutaisi in the Georgian Superliga.


University career

Joel Almeida went to the northeastern United States, where he attended Mohawk Valley Community College between 2006 and 2008 in Utica, New York and played for the NJCAA's Division III, in 2008, he played with Brockport State for one season, a college located west of Rochester which took part in the NCAA's Division III.

In his first season, he played with the Mountain Valley Conference and was the second best all-regional team. He was MVP for the team and the Athlete of the Week in February 2007. In his second season, he was elected the All-American 2007 in the preseason of the best team in the Mountain Valley Conference for the second time. He was the Athlete of the Week for the second time in December 2007 with 50 major games played in NJCAA's Division III.

With Brockport State Golden Eagles, he played 14 games and scored an average of 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. The team was champion of the SUNYAC Conference with the Golden Eagles.

Professional career

He came back to his native country in 2009 and played for two seasons with Seven Stars who went to the National Basketball Championships, there he was the Best Player of the Year. In-between, he played for Vagos Norbain Lusavouga for the Portuguese Basketball League where he played 23 games and his points average was 8.2 and rebound average was 3.4, his average playing time was 20.8. He was the Best National Players of Week 19 of the LPB (11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists in 22 minutes).

He returned to Portugal to play with Sampaense Basket for a season in 2010, he played 18 games, scored an average of 8.9 points (36.7% triple-pointer) and 1.9 rebounds and 16.5 minutes of playing. He was the Top 5 player of the most number of triple pointers. He was the Best Player of Week 13 (33 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 steal in 35 minutes). His third return to play in his native country was om 2012 with ADESBA and the club was finalist in the national division.

Almeida later played for Atlético Sport Aviation in Luanda for the Angolan Division I Championships and was one of the first Cape Verdeans to play. Almeida scored 373 points (of which 38.4% were triple-pointers). For his fourth time, he played in his native country and second time with ADESBA.

In March 2013, he played for a Portuguese team again and with Vitória S.C./M.Couto Guimarães late in the season, he made the team won the Portuguese Basketball Cup. He played 10 games with the Guimarães's team with an average of 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.

Almeida made his second appearance in Sampaense Basket for the 2013-14 season. He played 22 matches with the Coimbra's team with an average of 16.9 points (52% doubles and 34.8% triples), 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 28.5 minutes of play time. In the number of games played for Sampaense, he was the top ten players of the season.

Almeida played in Cyprus in September 14 and the team ForexTime Apollon Limassol in the country's First Division, a month later, he left. During his career in Cyprus, the team was the finalist in the Cypriot Super Cup.

On January 16, 2015, Almeida moved to play with Xuven Cambados in LEB Plata's Third Division in Spain. He played 15 games with the Galician club and had an average of 11 points (49.2% double points, 34.2% triple pointers), 2.6 rebounds, a steal and 21 minutes of play time. In August 2015, his contract was renewed for another season, he was the best player of the week for the team in weeks 1, 3, 14 and 16.


Vitória S.C./M.Couto Guimarães
BC Titebi
BC Kutaisi 2010

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