American Patrick Sullivan (201-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for Moycullen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The -year old forward had a double-double of 40 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat DCU Saints (#4, 3-4) 88-79. Moycullen is placed at 5th position in Irish Superleague. Moycullen is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. In the team's last game Sullivan had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Moycullen's top player in his first season with the team. Hamilton College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sullivan is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.4ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 50.6% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Robert Taylor (188-G-83) of second-ranked UL Eagles. Taylor impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead UL Eagles to another comfortable win 89-71 over the lower-ranked Killester (#6, 2-5) being unquestionably team leader. UL Eagles' second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Taylor is well-known by UL Eagles fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game. Rider University alumni Taylor played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
The third best performed player last round was American John Galvin (203-F-88) of UCD Marian (#7). Galvin scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Galvin's great performance UCD Marian lost 55-64 to the higher-ranked B.Gais Neptune (#3, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. UCD Marian can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Galvin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Galvin 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 21.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 17.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 62.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mindaugas Tamusauskas (203-F-83) of Ballon Inter - 28 points and 10 rebounds 5. Aurimas Statkus (201-F/C-81) of Ballon Inter - 23 points and 13 rebounds 6. Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-G-90) of UCC Demons - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Michael McGinn (183-G-82) of B.Gais Neptune - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 23 points and 4 rebounds 9. Scott Kinevane (175-G-87) of UL Eagles - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Eoin Quill (198-G-81) of DCU Saints - 16 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 - 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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