#1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (16-13) in their last game. Despite Deng's very good performance the Chicago Bulls lost 81-91 on the road to the Charlotte Bobcats.
He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Deng also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes on the court.
It's Deng's ninth season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Deng averages: 17.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 81.6% in the 29 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese.
Deng is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Luol Deng in the NBA last game.
Gordon led Charlotte Bobcats to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (16-13) 91-81.
He recorded 15 points and added 3 assists.
This season Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 86.3%.
Gordon is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the British senior national team. Strangely Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-13) in their game against the Houston Rockets (17-14) in the NBA.
Cunningham scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 37 minutes.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 87-84 in Houston by the Rockets.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Cunningham's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 7.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 48.9% and FT: 65.4% in the 27 games.
Cunningham is a naturalized American.
He played for the British national team five years ago.
Apparently Cunningham 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 Marist College (1-1) 85-75 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
He scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
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.
Lawrence's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 5.1rpg.
He is also British national team player.
#5. Former U20 international forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the UALR (2-2) in their last game. Despite Neighbour's very good performance the UALR (#3) lost 70-79 in Lafayette, LA to the University Louisiana at Lafayette.
He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 30 minutes.
This year Neighbour's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 5.1rpg in the 27 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Boateng's very good performance New Yorker Phantoms was badly defeated 83-67 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds.
It's Boateng's first season with the team.
Boateng is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders.
His total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 6.7rpg.
Boateng is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-9) crushing them 91-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (8-7) is placed seventh in the ACB.
Clark has been at the team for four years.
This season Clark's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.6rpg in the 11 games.
He is also British national team player.
#8. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers (16-14) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-16) in the NBA.
Freeland recorded 6 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers were badly defeated 104-87 in Los Angeles by the Lakers.
Freeland has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. Former international point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, agency: Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help BC Kyiv (5-19) in their last game. Despite Robinson's very good performance the bottom-ranked BC Kyiv was edged 74-73 in Donetsk by the much higher-ranked (#7) BC Donetsk.
He was the top scorer with 17 points. Robinson also added 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was BC Kyiv's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Robinson has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg in the 24 games.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#10. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (6-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Toney's very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 113-105 in Boulogne by the higher-ranked SO Maritime (#6).
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Toney also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Toney has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Toney is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the British senior national team.
He used to play for Newcastle Eagles in British league.
#11. Former international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Morgan State University 79-62 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
Hamilton scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
He averaged so far 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg.
Hamilton used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#12. Former international forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a FCM Ferentino's surprising victory against the third-ranked Givova Scafati 89-75 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes.
Ekperigin is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.8rpg.
He also averaged so far 15.5ppg and 1.8spg in the 12 games.
Ekperigin is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the British national team
back in 2011. Interesting that Ekperigin has never played in United Kingdom.
#13. Former U20 international guard Ben Mockford (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Francis, NY edge the New Jersey Institute of Technology 89-87 in the NCAA last Sunday.
He scored 15 points.
This season Mockford has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 1.8spg.
Mockford used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
#14. Former international power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Asseco Prokom Gdynia in a victory against the tenth-ranked Kotwica crushing them 85-61 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
This year Richards averages just 1.1ppg in the seven games.
He used to play for the British national team
back in 2011.
#15. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the league outsider VL Pesaro 93-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Johnson recorded 6 points.
He has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg.
Johnson is also in the roster of 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.Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NC-Wilmington in their last game. Despite Rendleman's very good performance the NC-Wilmington lost 60-72 on the road to the Campbell University.
He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Rendleman plays fourth season for the team.
Rendleman is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far.
#2.Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61 in the Australian NBL in Monday night's game.
He scored only 2 points in 21 minutes.
New Zealand Breakers (11-3) are placed first in the NBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Corletto has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 14 games.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.
#3.Tommy Pereira (188-PG, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Rider (1-1) in their game against the University of Delaware in the NCAA.
Pereira scored 7 points.
The Rider was defeated 73-66 in Newark, DE by the University of Delaware.
Pereira has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg.
#4.Mikey Manghum (188-G, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the ORU in their game against the University of Memphis in the NCAA.
He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes.
The ORU was defeated 72-57 in Memphis, TN by the University of Memphis.
Manghum plays fourth season for the team.
Manghum has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg.
#5.Sydney Donaldson (190-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NAIA couldn't help the College of Idaho in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was crushed 72-38 in Salt Lake City, UT by the University of Utah.
Donaldson scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 37 minutes.
Donaldson has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 14 games.
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) tabbed British center Chris Tawiah (208-F). He just graduated from Wiley (NAIA). He recorded 7.3ppg, 9.3rpg, with FGP: 42.7% on 16 games. He had also impressive FT percentage at 80.0%. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-RRAC Honorable Mention. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Czech Republic [read more]
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) tabbed British center Chris Tawiah (208-F). He just graduated from Wiley (NAIA). He recorded 7.3ppg, 9.3rpg, with FGP: 42.7% on 16 games. He had also impressive FT percentage at 80.0%. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-RRAC Honorable Mention. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Colin O'Reilly (ex UCC Demons) takes over Cheshire Phoenix - 2 days ago
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Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Unit... [read more]
Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year.
Ex-Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love has landed a great opportunity in Luxembourg for the coming season having been appointed Head Coach at AB Contern. Love who coached The Raiders for three seasons in The BBL after nine years as a player is looking forward to the challenge. 'Last year I was coaching in Munich as Head Coach of the new DBA academy. It was a new project that I was helping to get off the ground and I was over there a number of times to recruit and run the camps.' 'It... [read more]
Ex-Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love has landed a great opportunity in Luxembourg for the coming season having been appointed Head Coach at AB Contern. Love who coached The Raiders for three seasons in The BBL after nine years as a player is looking forward to the challenge.
'Last year I was coaching in Munich as Head Coach of the new DBA academy. It was a new project that I was helping to get off the ground and I was over there a number of times to recruit and run the camps.'
'It was a great place and the people were good to me but unfortunately the project had been delayed so I had to look for opportunities elsewhere. My agent contacted me and I spoke with the GM of Contern who was very professional and we had the deal completed quickly.'
Contern's Vice President, Francis Rollinger talked about what Love can bring to his Club and what they are hoping to achieve.
'We called Gavin Love to come to Luxembourg to follow our goals and to built a young strong team for the future, furthermore Gavin is responsible for the Espoir (U21) and Cadets (U18) teams to bring up as much players as possible into the men team and to make our players better every day.'
'AB Contern is one of the biggest basketball and sports club in Luxembourg, the men team won 4 championships and 3 cups, and the team is playing since 20 years in the first division, the Total League.'
'AB Contern is known for good youth players, and we looking forward to rebuilt another good team for the future. Our goals are to include young players from the club helping the men team to be again one of the best clubs in Luxembourg.'
'Contern is a small village with 1500 habitants, 450 of which who are involved in the club, coming from 15 different communes and 40 villages. Contern has the nicest gym in the country, is a very popular and traditional club, who is investing in the men and women team as well, followed by a big youth department.'
Clearly Love is going in to a situation where a lot is expected of him and the goals are high. But that will not faze a coach who's willing to take risks and has already had a successful and experience coaching in Europe with Denmark's Copenhagen Wolfpack.
' knew some players that had played in the Total League before and had good things to say about the level of the league, Contern and the country itself.'
'I will be arriving in Luxembourg early August for a six week pre-season, I have seen the facilities and they are very impressive, I believe Contern have the biggest arena in the league which holds around 2500 spectators. Contern has great support from the local community and sponsors together with having an outstanding reputation.'
Love himself has a pretty good reputation and is highly thought of as a coach. His previous GM at Copenhagen Tommy Nielsen had this to say about him.
'Gavin Love is a Players Coach, his mindset is set on winning by every means and that sets a impacts on players being poised for every game. His playing style is offensive minded and very spectator friendly.'
'He is well in communicating and appearance and goes well with sponsors and media. He fits an organization who is settle to win Championships . His flair for recruitment, quality network and roster arrangement can be used with success.'
Nice words and a good assessment of what Love hopes to bring to AB Contern and he advises that recruitment has already begun.
'A majority of the team has returned from last year which will give us a good level of continuity. We have signed Dylan Talley (196-G-89, college: Nebraska, agency: Octagon Europe) who has played in both the German BBL and Pro A. Dylan is a versatile guard who will to be a good addition to the team.'
'We also have a number of young players in the squad who will be looking to take that step to the next level. We are looking for a forward who will be the final import player to complete the roster.'
One of the obvious things that Love will do is look at the differences between The Total league and The BBL back in the UK although it's not something that he's in a position to judge just yet.
'I wouldn't be able to make any comparison to any league until the season begins. The first obvious thing that stands out is there are less import players and Bosmans than the BBL. The second is the genuine passion for developing the young talent which can only be a good thing for Luxembourg basketball.'
'My goals for the season is to enhance the team in all areas whilst maximising the potential of every player on the roster together with reaching the top six and the play-offs.'
It's going to be an interesting year for AB Contern and Gavin Love but one which should be an exciting one and an educational one for both parties. Certainly for Love it's another step forward and addition to an ever growing career CV.
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