#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.
Avila lands William Hall, ex Glasgow Rocks - 2 hours ago
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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.
The opening weekend of the new season continued on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers and London Lions began their campaigns with victories. Bristol edged a back-and-forth encounter with rivals, Plymouth Raiders, before a late surge helped secure an 85-80 triumph with Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) finishing with 22 points on his league debut. Meanwhile, London pulled away in the second half to claim a 58-69 win away at Surrey Scorchers as Kai Williams and Alex Owumi both ne... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season continued on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers and London Lions began their campaigns with victories.
Bristol edged a back-and-forth encounter with rivals, Plymouth Raiders, before a late surge helped secure an 85-80 triumph with Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) finishing with 22 points on his league debut.
Meanwhile, London pulled away in the second half to claim a 58-69 win away at Surrey Scorchers as Kai Williams and Alex Owumi both netted 18 points apiece. BBL Championship Surrey Scorchers 58 (21,38,49) (Neighbour 18, Ochereobia 13, Ogedengbe 8) London Lions 69 (13,41,57) (K Williams/Owumi 18, Hassan 15)
London Lions opened their campaign with victory after defeating Surrey Scorchers 58-69 on the road.
Nigel Lloyd's side were down 10 in the opening period, but recovered and went on to record an 11-point victory with 18 points apiece for Kai Williams and Alex Owumi.
Will Neighbour (208-PF-90, college: UALR) top scored for Surrey with 18 points of his own as their efforts fell short.
The home side made a strong start and used a 13-2 run in the first to open up a double-digit lead at 20-10. However, the Lions responded in the second to turn things around with a 22-4 spell to lead by nine points at 29-38.
Surrey scored six points in the final minute of the first half to cut the gap to just three points and would remain within striking distance for much of the third period.
London edged clear to lead by eight and withheld a rally from Surrey in the fourth with a triple from Kai Williams making it a 10-point game with less than five minutes to go and the visitors were able to hold on to secure the win.
Surrey have the chance to bounce back from their opening loss as they head to Plymouth Raiders, tomorrow. BBL Championship Bristol Flyers 85 (25,43,65) (Ali 22, Smith 18, Boggs/Vigor 14) Plymouth Raiders 80 (17,39,63) (Nicholas 18, Corletto 17, Dixon 16)
Bristol Flyers produced a strong finish to claim an 85-80 victory over Plymouth Raiders in their opening league fixture.
The Flyers have now won eight of the nine BBL meetings between the South-West rivals after impressive displays from Hameed Ali and Leslee Smith - who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Ali made a bright start with seven of his 22 points early on before Lovell Cook took over with 10 of his own to help the Flyers lead by as many as nine points in the opening period.
Raiders hit back in the second and gradually moved ahead through four quick points from Cory Dixon, but Ali ensured the home side would go into half-time with the lead as he moved to 12 points.
A close encounter continued in the third until the Flyers went on an 8-0 run to threaten to pull clear, but Rhys Carter netted a late three to make it a two-point game at the end of the third.
The visitors scored six straight to edge ahead, but the game was tied at 69 with 4:30 left on the clock. Plymouth went up by five only to see the home side respond with an 8-0 run to lead 77-74.
Ali held his nerve at the line in the closing stages to wrap up victory for Bristol.
Donte Nicholas had 18 points for the Raiders as all five starters reached double figures and the team returns to action tomorrow when they host Surrey Scorchers.
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