#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 (24-13) 108-101 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
Deng was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 42 minutes on the court.
The Chicago Bulls have 21-15 record this season.
It's Deng's ninth year with the team.
Deng has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 81.0% in the 36 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 an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gordon could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (9-29) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were defeated 112-102 on the road by the Utah Jazz.
Gordon was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 passes.
It's Gordon's first season with the team.
This year Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 83.8%.
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), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-19) in their last game. Despite Cunningham's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 92-104 in New Orleans to the Hornets.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 39 minutes.
It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Cunningham has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.1% and FT: 62.9% in the 35 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Cunningham played for the British national team five years ago.
Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.
#4. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (9-8) crushing them 88-66 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
Clark scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-8) is placed seventh in the ACB.
Clark has been at the team for four years.
His overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
Clark is also British national team player.
#5. International point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Charleston's victory against the The Citadel (0-5) 73-69 in the NCAA last Monday.
He scored 21 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 37 minutes.
The College of Charleston has 4-1 conference record this season.
Lawrence plays fourth season for the team.
This year Lawrence's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the 13 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Weissenhorn Youngstars' victory against the 12th-ranked TSV Troester (2-12) 77-68 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night.
Hesson was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Weissenhorn Youngstars (9-5) is placed second in Group South.
This season Hesson has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg.
Hesson is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international guard Ben Mockford (188-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Francis, NY's victory against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD (2-12) 70-56 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Mockford recorded 19 points.
The St.Francis College (NY) has 3-1 conference record this season.
This year Mockford has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg.
Mockford used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
#8. Forward Will Neighbour (208-90, is currently at the American university) helped UALR win their game against the Florida International University (3-4) 88-76 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a solid 5-3 conference record this season.
Neighbour has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg in the 14 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2010.
#9. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (6-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Toney's very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 85-79 on the opponent's court by the leading Pau-Lacq-Orthez.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Toney also added 6 rebounds.
This season Toney has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Toney used to play for the British national team
four years ago.
He played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.
#10. Point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, also represented by Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help one of league's weakest teams BC Kyiv (6-20) in their last game. Despite Robinson's very good performance the bottom-ranked BC Kyiv lost 68-74 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) BC Odessa.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Robinson also added 4 assists in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended.
Robinson has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.1apg in the 26 games.
He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the British senior national team.
#11. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Freeland scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court.
His team lost 97-103 in the NBA.
This year Freeland's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg in the 24 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#12. Former U20 international power forward Alhaji Fullah (201-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Charleston So. win their game against the Longwood College 75-62 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Fullah scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
He has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg.
Fullah used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2009.
#13. Former international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Loyola Mary win their game against the Santa Clara University 84-80 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes.
Hamilton has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg in the 24 games.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#14. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Etha win their game against the sixth-ranked AEL 86-71 in the Cypriot Division A in Wednesday night's game.
Adegboye scored 9 points, had 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls.
He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg.
Adegboye plays currently for the British national team.
#15. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) helped Okinawa GK win their game against the seventh-ranked Takamatsu FA crushing them 77-50 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night.
Larkai recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
He has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
Larkai used to play for the British national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Michael Ochereobia (203-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) led W.Illinois to an easy victory against the Greenville College (2-12) crushing them 95-48 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 18 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
The Western Illinois University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season.
So far W.Illinois won all six games in the conference.
Ochereobia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg in the 14 games he played so far.
#2.Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (16-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ayuba's good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 83-77 on the road by the much lower-ranked LF Basket (#8).
He scored 11 points.
Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster.
Ayuba averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Ayuba has never played in United Kingdom.
#3.Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the NC-Wilmington (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the NC-Wilmington was crushed 78-50 in Harrisonburg, VA by the James Madison University.
Rendleman scored 17 points and blocked 2 shots in 36 minutes.
Rendleman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in NC-Wilmington's roster.
He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the 11 games.
#4. Experienced Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) crushing them 69-47 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes.
BG Goettingen (14-3) is placed first in the ProA.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
Phillips' stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 4.1apg in the 17 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Bermudas and British.
#5.Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips and both played together in the last German ProA game.
Guede contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) crushing them 69-47.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Guede has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 17 games.
#6.Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles 82-78 in the Australian NBL on Friday night.
He scored 8 points.
Corletto has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 1.1rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.
Despite Corletto's British nationality, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.
#7.Michael Creppy (190-G-86, college: Cal-Riverside, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Ilysiakos Athens to win against the closely-ranked KAOD 83-80 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
Creppy scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Creppy has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Creppy used to play for Worcester Wolves in British league.
#8.Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba, currently plays in France) led La Rochelle to a victory against the 12th-ranked CFBB 74-64 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Thomson's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.
#9.Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Science City Jena in their game against BG Karlsruhe in the German ProA (second division).
He scored 9 points and added 4 assists.
His team was defeated 89-76.
Jeka averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg.
He has both British and Australian nationalities.
#10.Prince Ibeh (208-C-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Texas in their game against the West Virginia University in the NCAA.
Ibeh scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 15 minutes.
His team lost in an overtime 53-57.
Ibeh's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.3apg in the 16 games.
Four of the top six all secured victories on an action-packed Sunday in the BBL. Leicester Riders bounced back from their first loss in 17 on Friday with a 93-84 victory against Glasgow Rocks with Brandon Clark netting 23 points. The Rocks dropped to fourth as DBL Sharks Sheffield mounted a fourth-quarter charge to beat Surrey Scorchers 78-86 and move up a place. Meanwhile, Worcester Wolves continued their winning run as they defeated Cheshire Phoenix 91-103 in overtime with Maurice Wa... [read more]
Four of the top six all secured victories on an action-packed Sunday in the BBL.
Leicester Riders bounced back from their first loss in 17 on Friday with a 93-84 victory against Glasgow Rocks with Brandon Clark netting 23 points.
The Rocks dropped to fourth as DBL Sharks Sheffield mounted a fourth-quarter charge to beat Surrey Scorchers 78-86 and move up a place.
Meanwhile, Worcester Wolves continued their winning run as they defeated Cheshire Phoenix 91-103 in overtime with Maurice Walker scoring 22 points in the win.
London Lions were another team to split a weekend double-header as they recorded an 88-96 win away at Manchester Giants with Zaire Taylor (193-G-86, college: Missouri) and Rashad Hassan combining for 43 points. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 93 (23,45,75) (Clark 23, Hampton 22, King 16) Glasgow Rocks 84 (17,44,57) (Watson 24, Achara 23, Lescault 17)
Leicester Riders returned to winning ways with a 93-84 victory over Glasgow Rocks at Leicester Arena, on Sunday.
The Riders paraded their recent BBL Trophy title pre-game and have their sights firmly set on further adding to their trophy cabinet after restoring a four-point lead at the top of the table.
Brandon Clark made his first six shots from the field on his way to 23 points with Pierre Hampton and Taylor King adding 22 and 16 points respectively.
The home side set the tone with an 11-2 start, but the Rocks settled and closed the first with back-to-back triples. Glasgow took their first lead in the second as Neil Watson scored five straight points against his former side.
Drew Sullivan's three-point play edged the Riders back ahead at the half and they produced a dominant third period, outscoring their opponents 30-13 including a 14-0 run.
Glasgow started the fourth on an 8-0 run to close within 10, but the Riders held firm and closed out their 22nd league win of the season.
Watson had 24 points with Kieron Achara adding 23 points and 12 rebounds with the Rocks now dropping into fourth spot.
Worcester Wolves dominated the extra period to claim a 91-103 overtime success against Cheshire Phoenix in a battle between two of the most in-form teams in the league.
The game was tied at 88 at the end of regulation, but the visitors stepped up with six points from Trevor Setty to help his side record their eighth consecutive win.
Maurice Walker netted 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting, while Setty and Jermel Kennedy added 16 points apiece with seven players in total reaching double figures.
Both sides made strong starts, but it was a 10-0 run that saw Cheshire pull away in the opening period. The home side carried that into the second and went into half-time with a double-digit lead at 53-42.
Worcester tightened things up on the defensive end in the third as they held their opponents to 14 points and moved ahead off the back of a 13-3 spell before Cheshire edged back in front.
The lead changed hands throughout the fourth and Mike DiNunno had the chance of a second game-winner of the weekend but his 3-point attempt was swatted into the first row by Kennedy as overtime ensued.
Wolves made their move and a 15-1 run secured the victory as they close on the top four with their 15-12 record.
Earl Brown scored a game-high 25 points in vain for Phoenix as their win streak ends with the Play-Offs beginning to look out of reach.
BBL Championship Manchester Giants 88 (18,36,67) (Trobo 18, Toluwase/Jones 17) London Lions 96 (28,52,70) (Taylor 22, Hassan 21, Wells 12)
London Lions bounced back from Friday's agonising loss with an 88-96 win on the road away at Manchester Giants.
Zaire Taylor and Rashad Hassan combined for 43 points in the win as the Lions consolidated their place in the top eight with a 14-12 record.
The Lions also had three other players in double figures in a balanced attack with GB's Zak Wells going 6-of-7 from the field for 12 bench points.
The visitors set the tone with a 13-4 start to take early control and they led by 10 at the end of the first period. Yorick Williams fouled out in the second and saw his team go on to trail by 16 heading into half-time.
However, the Giants came out firing in the third and made six triples in the period including a trio from Harold Trobo as they closed the gap to a single point at 67-68.
Taylor scored the final points of the third and the Lions used an 11-2 run to restore their double-digit advantage and managed to keep Manchester at bay to secure the win.
Trobo had 18 for the Giants as their valiant fightback came up short and they now have a 4-24 record.
Scorchers take sixth league win in seven outings in front of a sell-out crowd in Bristol BBL Championship Bristol Flyers 74 (13,29,48) (Ali 20, Cosby 17, Edozie 12) Surrey Scorchers 85 (24,48,64) (Ogedengbe 26, Taylor 19, McCray 17) A blistering start by Surrey Scorchers paved the way for a successful south-west raid as they outpaced Bristol Flyers 74-85 in front of a full house at the WISE Arena. Having lost 24 hours earlier in the derby match-up at Plymouth Raiders on BBC Sport, Flye... [read more]
Scorchers take sixth league win in seven outings in front of a sell-out crowd in Bristol
A blistering start by Surrey Scorchers paved the way for a successful south-west raid as they outpaced Bristol Flyers 74-85 in front of a full house at the WISE Arena.
Having lost 24 hours earlier in the derby match-up at Plymouth Raiders on BBC Sport, Flyers were looking to bounce back, but were left stalling on the starting line as they failed to get in gear.
In stark contrast, Scorchers caught fire from the tip and posted the first 11 points of the game. Even when Flyers eventually came alive and threatened a renaissance, 14 points in 16 first-half minutes from Tayo Ogedengbe (198-F-87) kept the hosts at bay, as Surrey built a commanding 48-29 advantage at the interval.
Bristol tried to recover the situation when the action resumed, but it looked like the damage had already been done as Scorchers kept them at arms' length.
It was a different story during the last period, as Flyers set up a tense finale when they clicked offensively and a drive and score from Daniel Edozie briefly cut the gap to 76-72.
But, Scorchers were able to close out the win to continue their super form of late as Ogedengbe eventually finished with 26 points, while the defeat wrapped up a miserable weekend for the home side.
The history keeps on happening in the WBBL and it proved to be a landmark and dramatic Saturday as Caledonia Pride came back from a double-digit deficit to stun Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 79-78 and take a first ever home floor victory. Natalie Bastian sunk the crucial free-throws at the death and also top-scored, but it was a pair of go-ahead triples from Scottish guard Hannah Robb heading into crunch time which made the difference. There was then drama at the unveiling of the... [read more]
The history keeps on happening in the WBBL and it proved to be a landmark and dramatic Saturday as Caledonia Pride came back from a double-digit deficit to stun Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 79-78 and take a first ever home floor victory.
Natalie Bastian sunk the crucial free-throws at the death and also top-scored, but it was a pair of go-ahead triples from Scottish guard Hannah Robb heading into crunch time which made the difference.
There was then drama at the unveiling of the brand-new Archers Arena as Cardiff Met completed a memorable first outing with an absorbing 58-55 success against Team Northumbria as Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Interperformances) hit a last-gasp triple.
Finally, there was great heart and resilience shown by Manchester Mystics in the third game of the day which was also exhilarating. Great Britain guard Georgia Jones registered 24 points and 12 rebounds as the visitors took a magnificent 82-80 double overtime win at Barking Abbey Crusaders.
Caledonia Pride collected a historic first ever home success in the WBBL after coming from behind to take a famous 79-78 triumph against Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Doubling their league win tally for the season, it was a huge scalp for the Scottish side, as rather fittingly, the game's top scorer Natalie Bastian calmly iced a pair of free-throws to complete a fantastic comeback.
Having trailed by 12 points with less than five minutes remaining on the game clock, it looked as if the Pride's elusive search for a first home win would continue a bit longer.
But, off the back of some very nice defence and a flurry of three-pointers, including a pair from Scottish star Hannah Robb, it put them back in contention.
As Hatters cracked down the stretch despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from the powerful Brittany Winborne, the locals celebrated a hugely exciting victory on home soil for the first time.
The first game at the impressive new Archers Arena will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate to attend after Judit Fritz nailed a dramatic late triple to hand the hosts a gripping 58-55 win against Team Northumbria.
With an eye-catching crowd on site for its first WBBL match-up, the supporters inside the Arena were rewarded for their attendance after a nail-biting but exhilarating conclusion - although it had looked like Northumbria might spoil the party.
They went into the locker rooms at the half holding a 32-24 advantage and having thrown a defensive blanket over Archers.
But after making some half-time adjustments, Cardiff got themselves back into the contest, with Sarah Wagstaff instrumental as she supported the game-winning effort of Fritz with 16-points in a dramatic final quarter.
Claudia Baraut posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
A brilliant team performance underpinned by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Great Britain guard Georgia Jones facilitated a wonderful 82-80 double overtime triumph for Manchester Mystics at a crestfallen Barking Abbey Crusaders.
The home side had been on the front foot for almost all of the game and looked like a lock to take victory, but Mystics would not go away and a late rescue mission saw them come back from 10 points behind with less than five minutes of regulation remaining.
Some great play from Rheanne Bailey including a big three-pointer put them on the path to recovery and as Amy Browne sunk two free-throws, the first period of overtime arrived at 65-65.
It again looked like Barking would finish the job but Jones had other ideas as she made an off-balance three-pointer to save her team again and force another five minutes of action.
Manchester then finally got the edge and were able to finish the job - despite the home team benefitting from double-doubles from Savannah Wilkinson and Abigail Johnson.
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