#1. This week's number one is former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden). Grace was the major contributor in a LF Basket's victory against the closely-ranked 08 Stockholm (13-16) 70-61 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was his first game for LF Basket this season.
His team is placed eighth in the Basketligan.
Former DCU St.Vincents Dublin starter played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly contributed to a 2-point Plymouth Raiders' victory against the closely-ranked Surrey Heat (14-7) 91-89 in the British BBL on Saturday night.
He scored 6 points.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (15-8) is placed fourth in the BBL.
It's O'Reilly's first season with the team.
O'Reilly has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(78-134), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 78.9%.
He played for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). McCarthy managed to help New Jersey Institute of Technology to win against the Utah Valley University (2-4) 63-55 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 4 points.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a very good 5-1 conference record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season McCarthy has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 74.4%.
He played for the Irish U16 national team four years ago.
#4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Durham Wildcats (8-16) to beat Glasgow Rocks (16-8). Reynolds cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
Durham Wildcats was crushed 99-73 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Glasgow Rocks.
This year Reynolds averages: 1.0ppg in the 21 games he played so far.
He used to play for the Irish national team
back in 2007.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Caja Laboral (17-4) 84-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-11) is placed tenth in the ACB.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#2.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Castello (5-10) 81-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
Hanley recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hanley's third season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (11-4) is placed first in the LEB Silver.
Hanley belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 18.3ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.5spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany could not help the league outsider Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-7) to beat Zalgiris (3-4).
He recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court.
The eighth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was edged in an overtime 88-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Zalgiris in the group E of Euroleague.
So far Brose Baskets Bamberg lost all seven games in the Top 16.
This year Ogilvy averages: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the nine games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish.
#4.Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help AEL (6-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pesic's very good performance AEL was defeated 73-66 in Nicosia by the second-ranked Etha.
He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Pesic also added 8 rebounds.
The Regular Season already ended.
Pesic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
This season he has very high stats. Pesic averages: 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg.
He has both Irish and Serbian nationalities.
#5. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Starwings' victory against the league leader Fribourg (16-3) 93-83 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
McCrory recorded 6 points in 33 minutes.
Starwings Basket Regio Basel (6-13) is placed sixth in the LNA.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Starwings' roster.
This season McCrory has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in the 18 games.
He also holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.
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.
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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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