#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 (35-28) in their last game. Despite Deng's very good performance the Chicago Bulls were badly defeated 101-83 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs.
He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Deng also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 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: 16.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 82.6% in the 58 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), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (14-50) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gordon's very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 116-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder.
He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Gordon also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
It's Gordon's first season with the team.
This year he has very high stats. Gordon averages: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 40.1% and FT: 84.3%.
He is a naturalized American.
Gordon is in the roster of the British senior national team. Strangely he 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). Cunningham led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory against the Washington Wizards (20-42) 87-82 in the NBA on Wednesday night.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have 22-39 record this season.
Cunningham has relatively good stats this year: 8.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 58.8% in the 60 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. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the San Antonio Spurs (49-16) crushing them 136-106 in the NBA on Friday night.
Freeland recorded 6 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers have 29-34 record this season.
Freeland's overall stats this year are: 2.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
He is also British national team player.
#5. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to secure a victory for Etha (16-5) in their last game. Despite Adegboye's very good performance Etha lost 82-93 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) AEK.
He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Adegboye's second season in pro basketball. Adegboye is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.4apg.
He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3spg in the 21 games.
Adegboye plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Charleston (14-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Charleston (#2) was badly defeated 74-55 in Davidson, NC by the Davidson College.
Lawrence recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 38 minutes.
They ended the series of six consecutive victories.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster.
He has very impressive stats this season: 19.1ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 40 games.
Lawrence is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. Former international power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Austria) led BC Vienna to a victory over the closely-ranked Gmunden Swans (16-9) 84-76 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Richards scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line).
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Zepter Vienna (19-6) is placed first in the A Bundesliga.
This season Richards has very high stats. He averages: 20.4ppg and 7.0rpg.
Richards used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#8. Guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro (7-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sutor Montegranaro was badly defeated 100-83 in Reggio Emilia by the much higher-ranked (#7) Trenkwalder RE.
Johnson recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes.
This year Johnson's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the 22 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. Former international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Loyola Mary's victory against the University of Portland (5-11) 65-54 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Hamilton scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
The Loyola Marymount University has rather weak 1-15 conference record this season.
It was Loyola Mary's third consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
Hamilton has been at the team for five years.
His total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg.
Hamilton used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#10. Center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the UAB (7-9) in their game against the University of Central Florida (9-7) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Alihodzic's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This season Alihodzic has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg.
He is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the British national team.
#11. Former international point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, agency: Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Sweden) helped Uppsala Basket win their game against the sixth-ranked Solna Vikings 80-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game.
He scored 11 points.
Robinson's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.0apg and 2.3spg.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#12. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, also represented by Interperformances, college: Washington, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Radnicki KG in their game against KK Zadar in the Adriatic League.
He scored 6 points in 16 minutes.
His team lost 68-75.
This year Bryan-Amaning's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 3.8rpg in the 20 games.
He is also in the roster of the British national team.
#13. 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 third-ranked Iwate Big Bulls crushing them 99-67 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game.
He scored 10 points.
Larkai has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 5.0rpg.
He used to play for the British national team
five years ago.
#14. U20 international swingman Joe Hart (194-93, currently plays in Canada) helped Lakehead University win their game against the Capers 74-61 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday.
Hart recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes.
He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the 27 games.
Hart plays currently for the British U20 national team.
#15. Former U20 international forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UALR in their game against the Florida International University in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
His team was defeated 69-54.
Neighbour has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-14) 79-74 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game.
Corletto was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points.
New Zealand Breakers (23-3) are placed first in the NBL.
It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Corletto's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 1.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.
Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.
#2.Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a 3-point Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the eighth-ranked 08 Stockholm (16-17) 85-82 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday.
Ayuba scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) is placed first in the Basketligan.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 31 games he played so far.
Ayuba is a naturalized American.
Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.
#3. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Union Progresista (10-32) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Union Progresista was defeated 83-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Sionista (#11).
Phillip was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds.
The Second Stage already ended.
Phillip is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Phillip averages: 19.1ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.
#4.Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (14-50) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-17) in the NBA.
He recorded 5 points in 17 minutes.
The Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 116-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder.
It was Bobcats' tenth consecutive loss in a row.
Mullens has very impressive stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 45 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Mullens has never played in United Kingdom.
#5.Alex Murphy (185-PG-88, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for Naestved (13-14) in their last game. Despite Murphy's very good performance Naestved was edged 77-75 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Horsens IC.
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Murphy also added 6 passes (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes.
Murphy is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.8apg.
This year his other stats are: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 29 games.
Murphy is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.
#6.Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Science City Jena's surprising victory against the second-ranked SC Rasta Vechta 94-83 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday.
Jeka recorded 18 points in 27 minutes.
He has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg in the 24 games.
Jeka has both British and Australian nationalities.
#7.Michael Ochereobia (203-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped W.Illinois edge the University of South Dakota 54-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 6 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
Ochereobia has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg.
#8.Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-22) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Hanke's good performance the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was crushed 116-59 in Muenchen by the second-ranked Bayern.
He was the top scorer with 13 points. Hanke also added 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line).
He has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg.
Hanke is a naturalized American.
He used to play for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.
#9.Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a 2-point BG Goettingen's victory against the closely-ranked BG Karlsruhe 76-74 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night.
Guede was the best player in that game. He recorded 12 points in 22 minutes.
Guede has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 25 games.
#10.Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Tochigi Brex in their game against Aishin Sea Horses in the Japanese JBL.
Oyedeji recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
His team was defeated 82-73.
He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.2apg.
Oyedeji also holds two passports: Nigerian and British.
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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