30-year old point guard Travis Diener (184-PG-82) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Banco di Sard. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He got a double-double of 17 points and 14 assists, while his team crushed Umana VE (#7, 10-9) with 24-point margin 108-84. Banco di Sard. maintains the 2nd position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Banco di Sard. will need more victories to improve their 15-4 record. In the team's last game Diener had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Banco di Sard., through which he has constantly improved. Marquette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Diener. Diener is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of top-ranked Cimberio VA. He is American forward in his first season at Cimberio VA. In the last game Dunston recorded impressive 20 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead Cimberio VA to another comfortable win 78-61 over the lower-ranked SAIE3 BO (#11, 7-12) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Cimberio VA still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Dunston is a newcomer at Cimberio VA and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#9). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to center Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of JuveCaserta (#10). Akindele scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Akindele's great performance JuveCaserta lost 76-97 to the lower-ranked Sutor MGR (#13, 6-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Akindele could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Akindele has a great season in Italy. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Greg Brunner (201-PF-83) of Trenkwalder RE - 26 points and 8 rebounds 6. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR - 24 points and 9 rebounds 8. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Angelico BI - 24 points and 5 rebounds 9. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 24 points and 8 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen 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)