23-year old guard Ken Brown (185-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jurmala and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. He had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Jurmala in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja (#9, 3-6) 97-86. Jurmala is placed at 3rd position in Latvian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jurmala will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Brown turned to be Jurmala's top player in his first season with the team. Philander Smith College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.9ppg), assists (5th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils. He is American center in his first season at Jekabpils. In the last game O'Brien recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Jekabpils to edge slightly higher-ranked Jelgava (#7, 4-5) by 1 point 104-103. Jekabpils' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. O'Brien is a newcomer at Jekabpils and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#6). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Salvis Metra (195-G/F-84) of Barons kvartals (#6). Metra scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Barons kvartals, leading his team to a 75-68 win against the higher-ranked Valmiera (#2, 6-3). The chances of Barons kvartals ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Metra could help Barons kvartals to bring them higher in the standings. Metra has a great season in Latvia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (8th best) and assists with 3.6apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Sandis Silavs (195-G-88) of Jelgava - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Janis Timma (201-F-92) of Ventspils - 19 points and 5 rebounds 6. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Jelgava - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Kristaps Dargais (198-G-90) of LU - 18 points and 9 rebounds 8. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) of VEF Riga - 19 points and 8 rebounds 9. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Michal Hlebowicki (204-C-76) of Jekabpils - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
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)
Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Lateef McMullan (180-77kg-90, college: Portland State). McMullan missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. He will still stay in as he played last season at Cimarrones in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McMullan's team made it to the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted Big West All-Freshman Team b... [read more]
Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 26-year old American point guard Lateef McMullan (180-77kg-90, college: Portland State). McMullan missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. He will still stay in as he played last season at Cimarrones in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McMullan's team made it to the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted Big West All-Freshman Team back in 2010 at his college time. He attended Portland State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) signed 28-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-106kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). Freimanis managed to play in three leagues last year. He played last season at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. In 27 games he had 14.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Freimanis also played 6 games... [read more]
Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) signed 28-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-106kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). Freimanis managed to play in three leagues last year. He played last season at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. In 27 games he had 14.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Freimanis also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg. The previous (14-15) season Freimanis played at Unics Kazan in Russian league. In 7 Eurocup games he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.4rpg in 2014-15 season. He also played 15 games in VTB United League where he recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.4rpg in 2014-15 season. Freimanis also spent pre-season at Laboral Kutxa (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year. In 13-14 season he played at Khimik (SL Favorit Sport) in Ukrainian league. In 35 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Freimanis also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 2013-14 season. In 12-13 season he played at Sutor Montegranaro (Serie C) in Italian league. In 28 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 2.9rpg in 2012-13 season. In 11-12 season Freimanis played at Girona FC (1 Div.) in Spanish league. In 34 games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg in 2011-12 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2010. Freimanis has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Freimanis also represented Latvia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 57.1%. Freimanis has played previously professionally in Spain (Lobe Huesca, Gipuzkoa and Baloncesto Sevilla 2nd team) and Latvia (ASK/Juniors, ASK Riga and VEF Riga). He could be described: Rolands is an efficient scorer on the offensive end with a developing insideout game. Loves to run the floor and has good footwork. His ability to shoot, ballhandle, pass, run the court, rebound makes him very intriguing big man. Fundamentally sound, Rolands is learning to play on perimeter and improving his 3pt percentage. His outside shot has both range and consistency (200910 season shot 58.5% 2PT and 37% 3PT). He is fairly comfortable facing up and taking defenders off the dribble. Can get to the basket off the dribble and finish in traffic. Excellent in pick and roll, both as rolling to the basket or poping out. Working out of the high post, he is a difficult matchup because of his ability to shoot and because he can put the ball on the floor. Rolands also shows the toughness to play inside with contact. His athleticism, length and versatility make him a perfect faceup power forward for European basketball.
Solid rebounder and defender. Rolands is playing mainly PF, but can also spend some time at SF and C. A late bloomer, who still has a lot of potential and upside left.
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