#1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the New York Knicks (20-8) 110-106 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Deng was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 13 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court.
The Chicago Bulls have 15-12 record this season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Deng's ninth year with the team.
Deng has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 83.1% in the 27 games he played so far.
Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese.
He is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Cunningham could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 94-91 on the road by the New York Knicks.
Cunningham had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Cunningham's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 48.9% and FT: 68.2% in the 25 games.
Cunningham is a naturalized American.
He played for the British national team in 2008.
Strangely Cunningham has never played in United Kingdom.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-20) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (11-17) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Gordon scored 15 points.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
It's Gordon's first season with the team.
This year he has very high stats. Gordon averages: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 86.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Gordon is also a member of the British senior national team. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.
#4. Point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Charleston's victory against the Old Dominion University (0-1) 76-65 in the NCAA last Tuesday.
Lawrence recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 35 minutes.
The College of Charleston has 1-0 conference record this season.
Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 23 games.
Lawrence is also British national team player.
#5. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (13-13) in their game against the Sacramento Kings (9-18) in the NBA.
He scored 6 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers were defeated 108-96 in Sacramento by the Kings.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Freeland's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the UALR (2-1) in their game against the University of South Alabama (3-0) in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Saturday night.
Neighbour scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
But the UALR lost 62-77 in Mobile, AL to the University of South Alabama.
This year Neighbour's overall stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg in the 14 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team two years ago.
#7. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-7) in their game against FIATC Joventut (7-7) in the Spanish ACB.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes.
Asefa Estudiantes was crushed 96-75 in Badalona by the higher-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut.
Clark has been at the team for four years.
This season Clark's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg in the 10 games.
He is also British national team player.
#8. Center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a 2-point New Yorker Phantoms' victory against the league outsider EnBW Ludwigsburg (4-10) 77-75 in the German BBL on Saturday night.
Boateng scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (6-8) is placed 11th in the BBL.
Boateng has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro (3-9) in their game against Cantu (8-4) in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game.
Johnson was the second best scorer with 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes.
But Sutor Montegranaro was crushed 100-79 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#4) Cantu.
Johnson has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 3.5rpg in the 12 games.
He is also in the roster of the British national team.
#10. Point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, agency: Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help BC Kyiv (5-17) in their game against Budivelnyk (17-5) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance last Friday Robinson was the second best scorer with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Robinson has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg.
He is international player as one years ago he still played for the British senior national team.
#11. International power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an Asseco Prokom Gdynia's victory against the league leader PGE Turow 86-80 in the Polish TBL on Wednesday night.
Richards recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes.
Richards has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.2rpg in the six games.
He used to play for the British national team
#12. Former U20 international center Abodurin Olaseni (208-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Coppin State College crushing them 80-50 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Olaseni scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 18 games.
Olaseni used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2010.
#13. International guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against Leche Rio Breogan in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 15 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line).
Van Oostrum averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg.
He is also British national team player.
#14. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Okinawa GK's victory against the fourth-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix 82-75 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game.
Larkai recorded 8 points in 23 minutes.
He has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 6.4rpg in the 19 games.
Larkai used to play for the British national team
back in 2008.
#15. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the The University of Mississippi in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night.
Hamilton scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes.
But his team was edged 73-70.
His stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.0apg in the 15 games.
Hamilton used to play for the British national team
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mullens' very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 110-88 on the road by the Denver Nuggets.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Mullens also added 4 assists and 2 blocks.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Mullens has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5apg.
Mullens is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.
#2. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Union Progresista (9-17) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Union Progresista was defeated 79-67 in Corrientes by the leading Regatas.
Phillip recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Phillip is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
This season he has very high stats. Phillip averages: 19.2ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.
#3.Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led NC-Wilmington to a victory against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (1-0) 87-73 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington has conference record this season.
Rendleman has been at the team for four years.
Rendleman has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games he played so far.
#4.Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights (5-10) 89-74 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Guede was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Guede's second season in pro basketball. BG Goettingen (12-3) is placed first in the ProA.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Guede's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg.
#5.Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (9-8) 90-82 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game.
Ayuba scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Norrkoping Dolphins (13-1) is placed first in the Basketligan.
Ayuba plays fourth season for the team.
He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Ayuba is a naturalized American.
Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.
#6.Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Paul Guede and both played together in the last German ProA game.
Phillips helped BG Goettingen win their game against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights 89-74.
He scored 11 points and added 4 assists.
Phillips averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.0apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Bermudas and British.
#7.Shane Walker (208-F-87, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apollon in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Apollon this season.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 94-78.
#8.Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 102-68 in the Swiss LNA last Friday.
Polyblank recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 18 minutes.
He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 13 games.
Polyblank is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand.
#9.Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Science City Jena in their game against MLP Academics Heidelberg in the German ProA (second division).
He scored 7 points and added 3 assists.
His team was defeated 98-83.
Jeka averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg.
He has both British and Australian nationalities.
#10.Michael Ochereobia (203-C, currently studies in the States) managed to help Western Illinois University to win against the University of Illinois-Chicago 70-54 in the NCAA on Tuesday night.
Ochereobia recorded only 3 points.
He averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg.
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg. Manchester Giants roster for 2016-2017: Yorick Williams Ingus Bankevics Us... [read more]
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg.
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Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (a... [read more]
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (also in BBL) where in 27 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Hall played in the final of British EBL Division One in 2011. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg. Hall has played also professionally for other British teams like Sheffield Sharks, Reading Rockets and London Greenhouse Pioneers.
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila roster for 2016-2017:
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening. Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening.
Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching double figures, while Jack Isenbarger netted 28 points to inspire Leeds Force to a 79-58 success over DBL Sharks Sheffield.
Also, Glasgow Rocks claimed their first win after recording a convincing 56-90 success away at Manchester Giants as Neil Watson led five scorers in double figures with 21 points on debut.
BBL Championship Leeds Force 79 (21,38,57) (Isenbarger 28, Marsden 12, Sanders/Matthew 8) DBL Sharks Sheffield 58 (19,33,47) (Poole 14, S Davis 13, Wroblicky 8)
Leeds Force opened their account for the new season with a 79-58 win over DBL Sharks Sheffield, thanks in large to an impressive shooting display from Jack Isenbarger.
The American went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc including a perfect 7/7 in the second half on his way to a 28-point haul.
It was Rob Marsden (200-PF-88, college: Findlay, OH) who made a strong start with eight of his 12 points in the first period as he edged the home side into a narrow advantage.
Two triples from Eddie Matthew pushed Leeds up by nine, but the Sharks levelled at 38-38 early in the second half.
However, Isenbarger began to heat up with a trio of 3-pointers in quick succession to help Leeds establish a 10-point cushion ahead of the final quarter. Two more followed to cap an 8-0 run to put the game beyond doubt.
Isenbarger netted his eighth in the final minute to complete a fine performance on his BBL debut as Leeds start 1-0 in the league.
The defeat sees the Sharks fall to 0-2 in a disappointing start to the campaign. BBL Championship Plymouth Raiders 87 (24,47,66) (Grady 18, Nicholas/Dixon 16) Surrey Scorchers 63 (10,26,43) (Neighbour 25, Ogedengbe 12, Margai/Rollins 6)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their opening loss with a comfortable 87-63 victory at home to Surrey Scorchers.
Anton Grady contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cory Dixon and Donte Nicholas added 16 points apiece with all five starters reaching double figures in the 24-point win.
The Raiders raced out of the blocks and used a 12-0 run to set the tone early in the first and they never looked back. Rhys Carter started the second with a three as the lead continued to be stretched.
Plymouth were up by 21 at the half with three players already in double figures. The visitors kept battling in the second half despite being in foul trouble and kept their opponents from completely running away with the game.
The gap hit 31 points late in the fourth, but the Scorchers closed with an 8-1 run and they now drop to 0-2 despite a game-high of 25 points from Will Neighbour. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 77 (23,39,55) (Clark 20, Bernardini 11, Thomson/Hampton 9) Worcester Wolves 66 (16,42,58) (Kennedy/Huffor 18, Setty 11)
Leicester Riders completed a perfect weekend after seeing off the challenge of Worcester Wolves with a 77-66 success.
Rob Paternostro's side trailed heading into the final quarter, but seized control and held off their opponents with a 10-0 close to the game.
Brandon Clark top scored with 20 points and also handed out seven assists as Riders' depth was evident once again.
A 10-0 run established early control as the Riders were up by 10 on a three from Eric Robertson, but the visitors hit back strongly in the second with a 23-3 run as Wolves made a 9-of-15 start from downtown to lead 32-42.
Danny Huffor moved to 16 points, but the Riders finished the half with the final seven points with Marek Klaasen picking up his fourth foul in the meantime.
Wolves managed to maintain their narrow advantage after an even third period before the defending champions opened the fourth with a 7-0 run.
A three from Trevor Setty cut the gap to one at 67-66 before five points from Pierre Hampton was followed by a big triple from Tyler Bernardini to make the game safe in the final minute.
Riders improve to 2-0, while the Wolves are now 1-1 having won their opener in overtime on Friday night. BBL Championship Manchester Giants 56 (9,31,43) (Y Williams 14, Webster 11, Goffen 9) Glasgow Rocks 90 (24,45,63) (Watson 21, Elechi 16, Lescault 12)
Glasgow Rocks made an impressive start to their league campaign after completing a 56-90 win away at Manchester Giants.
Neil Watson led five different scorers in double figures with 21 points on his Rocks debut, while Anthony Elechi added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rocks established their authority with a 15-2 close to the opening quarter as they opened up a commanding 9-24 cushion. Manchester began to settle and edged the second quarter 22-21 to narrowly close the gap heading into half-time.
However, the visitors maintained their control and a late three in the third from Jordan Clarke gave his side a 20-point advantage to take and the lead continued to grow in the final period.
A 15-4 run from the Rocks took the gap past 30 points as Sterling Davis' side secured a convincing victory with GB internationals Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray back amongst the squad.
Player-coach Yorick Williams led his side with 14 points as the Giants drop their home opener. BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 85 (18,35,59) (Brown 27, Anderson 21, Wilcher 12) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 99 (20,42,72) (Martin 28, Defoe 16, Parks 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle pulled away from Cheshire Phoenix to record an 85-99 road victory, on Sunday evening.
Scott Martin led the way with a 28-point haul to help his team get off to a winning start as all nine players got onto the scoresheet.
After a tightly contested first period, the Eagles began to edge away, putting together a 16-2 run across quarters to lead by 12 at 22-34. Cheshire scored seven straight either side of half-time to close within three, but would not get closer.
Defoe scored six points in a 13-2 run as Newcastle re-gained a double-digit advantage and a further 10-1 burst in the fourth would make sure of the result with the visitors ahead by as many as 21 with three minutes to go.
Josh Fox scored consecutive baskets to end the game, but Cheshire drop to 0-2 despite 27 points from Earl Brown and a further 21 points from Jamell Anderson on 8-of-9 shooting.
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