Best players of Irish SuperLeague round 16 - Feb 7, 2012
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Experienced naturalized American Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best 11890 Killester and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed UCD Marian (#3, 6-10) with 39-point margin 93-54. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. 11890 Killester maintains the 2nd position in American SuperLeague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. 11890 Killester will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at 11890 Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Dowling College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Turner. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.4ppg), assists (8th best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 3.6bpg,3.6spg and 65.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of second-ranked B.Gais Neptune. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course B.Gais Neptune cruised to a 62-53 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Moycullen (#4, 4-13). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. B.Gais Neptune consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 9-6 record is not bad at all. Thompson is a newcomer at B.Gais Neptune and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 14.4rpg and 3.8apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Joshua Johnson (199-F-85) of Belfast Star (#4). Johnson scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Belfast Star lost 63-82 to #1 ranked DCU Saints. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Belfast Star can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Ireland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Michael Trimmer (204-C-67) of DCU Saints - 20 points and 11 rebounds 5. Keith Anderson (188-G-89) of DCU Saints - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Jody O'Neill) of 11890 Killester - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82) of 11890 Killester - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Kieran O'Brien (203-F/C-82) of 11890 Killester - 8 points and 10 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he avera... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 13 days ago
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30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. A... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Overlooked somewhat at college but has blossomed in Europe. Strong going to the basket and has good athletic ability. Working on being more consistent outside the 3pt line but provides a real mis match for teams.
A very good athlete he is able to play several positions effectively because of a great mix of size and quickness. Rebounds like a center but runs like a guard. Very effective mid range jumper causes a lot of problems cause he is able to just shoot over top of most defenders. Can handle the ball and has no problem handling pressure and being a release valve for any backcourt. Aggressive offensive mind set makes him lead by example. At college played in a system to showcase NBA Draft choice Patrick Mills, but his performance in Europe will be very different as he will be allowed to show his complete game. Has very long arms and consistently tips and blocks shots from the backside and weak side. A very complete player is capable of playing at very high levels as he continues to develop. Shoots the deep ball quite well and is extending his range which for a player his size will make him deadly.
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