#1. This week's number one is former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post). He led Cheshire Jets to a victory over the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks (14-14) 80-64 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game.
O'Reilly was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes on the court.
Cheshire Jets (11-17) is placed seventh in the BBL.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 74.6% in the 25 games he played so far.
O'Reilly played for the Irish senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side). He was the main contributor in a 1-point Inter Bratislava's victory against the seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (10-30) 61-60 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday.
Pesic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pesic also added 3 blocks.
BK Inter Bratislava (10-30) is placed sixth in A2 group.
It's Pesic's first season with the team.
Pesic is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 2FGP: 48.2% and FT: 62.7%.
Pesic has a dual citizenship: Irish and Serbian.
Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pesic played also for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Blusens Monbus (10-19) to beat Cajasol (16-13).
Kendall scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Blusens Monbus was badly defeated 79-59 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#7) Cajasol.
This year Kendall's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 66.7% in the 29 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.
Despite Kendall played previously for the Canadian national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.
#4. Guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) contributed to an overtime Tezenis Verona's victory against the closely-ranked Assi Ostuni (10-15) 71-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
McGrath scored 9 points.
Tezenis Verona (12-13) is placed ninth in the Lega2.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
McGrath's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 1.4rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Despite McGrath played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Irish national team roster.
Strangely McGrath has never played in Ireland.
#5. Former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) managed to help Chalons-Reims in a victory against the eighth-ranked Lille Metropole (16-14) 82-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
He scored only 4 points and added 7 passes in 23 minutes.
Chalons-Reims (21-9) is placed third in the ProB.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Mullins belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 5.7apg.
This year he also averages: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9spg in the 30 games.
Mullins is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the Irish national team
three years ago.
Apparently Mullins has never played in Ireland.
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 - 8 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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