|Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad
- by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Jamaican players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Miami Heat (66-16) 91-77 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court.
The Indiana Pacers have a solid 49-32 record this season.
It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team.
He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4 with 2.5bpg.
Hibbert also averaged so far 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 76.1% in the 98 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. He could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) in their last game on Monday. Despite Samuels' very good performance the fifth-placed Hapoel Jerusalem was defeated 78-72 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A in the Places 1-6 group.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Samuels has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.7%(54-97) and FT: 62.2%.
He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.
#3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He led Indios to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-14) crushing them 100-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Saturday night's game.
Efejuku was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Indios de Mayaguez (17-12) is placed fourth in the BSN.
Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 82.1%.
Efejuku has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican.
He is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.
#4. An experienced forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Tijuana Zonkeys (15-17) in their game against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) in the Mexican CIBACOPA.
Thomas scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Tijuana Zonkeys was defeated 86-77 in Nogales by the lower-ranked Fuerza Guinda (#5).
Thomas' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Jamaican national team
back in 2006.
The list of other players, who all have Jamaican passport but never been selected to any of Jamaican national teams:
#1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Caciques (13-15) in their last game. Despite Uter's very good performance Caciques lost 93-99 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Indios.
He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Uter also added 5 assists in 33 minutes.
Uter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.5apg in the two games he played so far.
Uter is a naturalized American.
#2. Experienced Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their game against Cantu (17-13) in the Italian SerieA.
Bailey scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Lottomatica Roma lost 73-81 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#7) Cantu.
This year Bailey's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 15 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Other top Jamaican players, who play abroad:
Ryan Reid (203-C/F-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) plays for Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala
Andre Smith (188-G-80) plays for ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I
Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) plays for CSM Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) plays for TBB Trier in German BBL
Kevin Young (206-C-84) plays for Brujos in Puerto Rican BSN
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83) plays for New Yorker Phantoms in German BBL
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) plays for Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB
Notice: The list above includes only some of the Jamaican playing currently abroad. Go to Jamaican Abroad Page to see completed list.