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Jamaican Basketball (Men)

Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 24, 2013

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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Jamaican players, who play currently abroad.

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory against the Houston Rockets (22-22) 105-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Hibbert recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 26-17 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 41.6% and FT: 68.0% in the 43 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico). He was the major contributor in Pioneros' victory against the 11th-ranked Correcaminos (16-24) 93-87 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Wednesday night. Scott scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. It's Scott's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 73.8% in the 38 games. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-84, college: Georgetown, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Blancos de Rueda (7-11) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (10-8). Ewing Jr. scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Blancos de Rueda lost 82-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Regal FC Barcelona. This year Ewing Jr. averages: 3.5ppg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Ewing Jr. is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #4. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (7-9) in their game against Chalon/Saor (10-6) in the French ProA. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne was defeated 65-53 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#4). Reid's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2011.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #5. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Benetton Fribourg Olympic in a victory against the eighth-ranked BBC Nyon (3-12) crushing them 99-74 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Yates scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (13-2) is placed first in the LNA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Yates has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Yates used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Jamaican passport but never been selected to any of Jamaican national teams:

   #1. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Bejjeh (4-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Bejjeh was crushed 107-85 on the road by the higher-ranked Champville (#3). Williams was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Williams belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Williams averages: 23.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 5.3apg and 2.8spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Abejas' victory against the closely-ranked Huracanes (22-18) 75-57 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Friday night's game. Mattis recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. Abejas de Guanajuato (19-21) is placed ninth in the LNBP. Mattis belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Mattis averages: 17.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6bpg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory against the ninth-ranked Rovinari (9-9) 94-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Gallimore scored 12 points and added 4 passes in 31 minutes. BC Timisoara (13-5) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Gallimore averages: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #4. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Rishon (6-8) in their game against Maccabi T-A (13-1) in the Israeli Winner League. Uter scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maccabi Rishon was crushed 72-49 at home by the leading Maccabi T-A. Uter is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4bpg and 1.1spg. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #5. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83, currently plays in Sweden) led Brahe Basket to a victory over the tenth-ranked Hogsbo (5-9) 68-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Robinson scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 21 minutes. Brahe Basket Husqvarna (10-4) is placed second in South group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Robinson is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 13.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games.

   #6. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palencia Baloncesto to win against the eighth-ranked Leyma Basquet 69-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. McDermott scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. McDermott is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. McDermott is a naturalized American.

   #7. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Cleveland St. (2-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Cleveland St. lost 57-69 in Milwaukee, WI to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Douglas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. Douglas is a naturalized American.

   #8. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against the ninth-ranked Fos Ouest 73-67 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 6 points. Gay belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Neveij Walters (198-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Idaho St. in their game against the Northern Arizona University in the NCAA. He recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 60-55. Walters has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.4apg.

   #10. Alwayne Bigby (196-G/F-90, is currently at the American university) helped Rhode Island edge in an overtime the Saint Louis University 82-80 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Bigby has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.   

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Phil Henry
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