American forward Scott Thomas (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cuxhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23. The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Vechta (#1, 17-6) 98-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cuxhaven is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cuxhaven will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cuxhaven's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Chemnitz. Lawson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Chemnitz to another comfortable win 88-69 over the lower-ranked Leipzig (#16, 3-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Chemnitz to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawson is one of the most experienced players at Chemnitz and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim (#13). Smallwood scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kirchheim, leading his team to a 70-59 win against slightly higher-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#12, 10-13). The chances of Kirchheim not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smallwood could try to bring Kirchheim's a little bit higher in the standings. Smallwood has individually a great season in Germany. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.2%. Smallwood attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86) of Gotha - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of NBC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Akeem Vargas (191-G-90) of Goettingen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Josten Crow (193-F-87) of Crailsheim - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Vincent Kittmann (201-F-88) of Finke Baskets - 13 points and 11 rebounds 10. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 19 points and 6 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency) continues to serve up top Pro A stats since years and one has to wonder when the American would get rewarded with a contract by a Beko BBL team. In an interview with eurobasket recently, Matthews had this to say about his chances reaching the BBL and the future. ". I have watched a lot of BBL this season I'm sure I can play there and help a team for sure if it happens or not I don't really worry myself with, I just want... [read more]
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency) continues to serve up top Pro A stats since years and one has to wonder when the American would get rewarded with a contract by a Beko BBL team. In an interview with eurobasket recently, Matthews had this to say about his chances reaching the BBL and the future. ". I have watched a lot of BBL this season I'm sure I can play there and help a team for sure if it happens or not I don't really worry myself with, I just want to go to a team who believes in what I can do.I don't know if Germany will remain my address but I'm definitely comfortable here but as you get older you value different things so I will just wait and see what comes. Preferably just playing for solid money on a high level if I could choose", stressed Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency). In the end, the American stayed with his heart which once again felt that BV Chemnitz was the right place to stay at. His stats in the last two years have been spectacular and a huge increase from his Ehingen days. In his first season with Chemnitz, he played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-2 (6.1apg), Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 71.4%. Last season he played 33 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-2 (7.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 75.2%. "I am glad that Virgil will come back. In my mind he was the best point guard in the Pro A last season. He will be an important leader and identity figure next season", stressed BV Chmenitz head coach Rodrigo Pastore.Last season he scored in double figures in 23 of 33 games and his best scoring games were against Vechta with 23 points and 20 points against the RheinStars and Heidelberg. He also had a triple double against Leverkusen with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists.