#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side). Pesic led Inter Bratislava to a 1-point victory over the seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (10-30) 61-60 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday.
He was MVP of the game. Pesic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He 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: 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 62.8%.
Pesic has a dual citizenship: Irish and Serbian.
Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pesic is currently a member of the Irish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post). He led Cheshire Jets to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield One Health Sharks (13-17) crushing them 98-77 in the British BBL on Sunday night.
O'Reilly had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 10 assists in 38 minutes.
Cheshire Jets (13-17) is placed sixth in the BBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 74.6% in the 27 games he played so far.
Despite O'Reilly played previously for the Serbian national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Mullins could not help Chalons-Reims (21-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was edged 76-75 at home by the much lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#11).
Mullins recorded 10 points and added 5 assists.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Mullins belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 68.8%.
Mullins is a naturalized American.
Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullins played also for the Irish national team in 2009.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) was not able to help Tezenis Verona (12-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (8-18) in the Italian Lega2 (second division).
McGrath recorded 5 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes.
Tezenis Verona lost 81-91 on the road to the league outsider (#15) MarcoPoloShop.it.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year McGrath's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in the six games.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath used to play for the Irish national team
back in 2008. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Irish passport:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the closely-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (12-19) crushing them 65-45 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (11-20) is placed 16th in the ACB.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Kendall averages: 9.2ppg and 5.9rpg in the 31 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
Despite Kendall's Irish passport, he currently plays for the Canadian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.
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 - 11 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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