#1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked AGOR (5-3) 91-85 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game.
McGrath was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 5 passes in 39 minutes on the court.
PAOK Thessaloniki (6-2) is placed fourth in the A1.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's McGrath's first year with the team.
McGrath has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(28-44), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 76.2% in the eight games he played so far.
McGrath is a naturalized American.
He played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.
Strangely McGrath has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to win against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (7-7) crushing them 87-65 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game.
O'Reilly recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (8-3) is placed fourth in the BBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season O'Reilly has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(53-85), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 87.5%.
O'Reilly played 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, currently plays in France). He contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the 13th-ranked Lille Metropole (5-7) 67-55 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
Mullins scored only 3 points, had 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 27 minutes.
Chalons-Reims (8-4) is placed fourth in the ProB.
This year Mullins' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.9% in the 12 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Mullins played for the Irish national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NJIT to beat the Seton Hall University (0-0). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
McCarthy scored only 1 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The NJIT lost 59-68 on the road to the Seton Hall University.
This year McCarthy's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the six games.
He used to play for the Irish U16 national team
back in 2009.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Oviedo CB's victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona (2-5) 57-51 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Hanley also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (4-3) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver.
It's Hanley's first year with the team.
Hanley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 17.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.6spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#2.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (5-5) to beat Asefa Estudiantes (6-4).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Blusens Monbus was crushed 89-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Asefa Estudiantes.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Kendall is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 14.4ppg.
This year his other stats are: 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games he played so far.
Kendall has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#3.Owen McNally (203-F-87, college: Spring Hill, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks to win against one of league's weakest teams Manchester Giants (3-9) 83-77 in the British BBL on Friday night.
McNally recorded 5 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Glasgow Rocks (6-4) is placed sixth in the BBL.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
McNally's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 4.3rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
#4.Yaniv Strauss (190-F-92, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Kazrin (3-5) in their game against Hod Hasharon (6-2) in the Israeli National League (second division).
Strauss scored 7 points in only 14 minutes.
Hapoel Kazrin was crushed 82-56 in Hod Hasharon by the higher-ranked (#5) Hod Hasharon.
It was Hapoel Kazrin's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Strauss' first season with the team.
This year he averages only 2.9ppg in the eight games.
#5.Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for AEL (1-5) in their game against Etha (4-2) in the Cypriot Division A.
Pesic scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
AEL was defeated 85-72 at home by the higher-ranked Etha (#3).
It was AEL's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
It's Pesic's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 8.5ppg and 7.0rpg.
Pesic is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Serbian.
#6. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Starwings (1-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Starwings lost in an overtime 79-89 on their home court in Basel to the higher-ranked (#5) Lugano Tigers.
McCrory scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.
He has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the nine games.
McCrory has both Canadian and Irish nationalities.
#7.Orel Lev (195-SG-93, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's surprising victory against the second-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata 80-73 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Lev's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.
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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