American forward Darren Townes (201-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for B.Gais Neptune, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Killester (2-3) with 27-point margin 90-63. B.Gais Neptune is placed at 4th position in Irish Superleague. B.Gais Neptune is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Townes turned to be B.Gais Neptune's top player in his first season with the team. Former Hofstra University star has very solid stats this year. Townes is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.2ppg. Townes is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg,2.4spg and 60.8% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international center Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of league's second-best UL Eagles. Killeen had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course UL Eagles cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked UCD Marian (#5, 2-3). This victory allowed UL Eagles to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Killeen is well-known at UL Eagles and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was Australian forward Kenton Walker II (205-F-84) of league's top team UCC Demons. Walker II scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UCC Demons, leading his team to a 83-82 win against #3 ranked DCU Saints in a game of the week. UCC Demons started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Walker II turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. The season just started for Walker II as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of B.Gais Neptune - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists 5. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) of UCC Demons - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists 6. Robert Lynch (193-F-78) of UL Eagles - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. John Galvin (203-F-88) of UCD Marian - 11 points and 11 rebounds 9. Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82) of Killester - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Paul Stapleton (201-C-78) of B.Gais Neptune - 8 points and 8 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 - 14 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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