24-year old forward John Galvin (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had a double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds, while his team crushed Killester (#8, 2-6) with 23-point margin 84-61. UCD Marian is placed at 5th position in Irish league. UCD Marian is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. Galvin turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Galvin. Galvin is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.9ppg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 64.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Kenton Walker (203-F) of top-ranked UCC Demons. He is American forward in his first season at UCC Demons. In the last game Walker recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead UCC Demons to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Moycullen (#7, 2-5) 96-66. Of course UCC Demons still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and UCC Demons managed to win all 8 games keeping perfect record. Walker is a newcomer at UCC Demons and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Robert Taylor (188-G-83) of league's second-best UL Eagles. Taylor showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of UL Eagles, leading his team to a 72-56 easy win against #4 ranked DCU Saints in a game of the week. UL Eagles is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Taylor has a great season in Ireland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.7apg (3rd best). He also has 3.1spg, FGP: 58.9% and 3PT: 44.4%. Taylor attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Patrick Sullivan (201-F) of Moycullen - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Aurimas Statkus (201-F/C-81) of Ballon Inter - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Mindaugas Tamusauskas (203-F-83) of Ballon Inter - 13 points and 17 rebounds 7. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of B.Gais Neptune - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) of UCC Demons - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 9 points and 14 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 - 10 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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