American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Soles, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 22. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Fuerza Regia (#9, 11-10) 101-96. Soles maintains the 2nd position in Mexican LNBP. They are still close to the very top. Soles would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. Gransberry turned to be Soles' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Florida star has very solid stats this year. Gransberry is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 60.8% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guerreros. Alamo had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Guerreros cruised to a 103-91 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gigantes (#16, 2-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Guerreros keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Alamo is a newcomer at Guerreros, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#8). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Guerreros' star - American forward Travis Gabbidon (201-F). Gabbidon showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Guerreros, helping his team with a 103-91 win against the lower-ranked Gigantes (#16, 2-20). The chances of Guerreros not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gabbidon could try to bring Guerreros' a little bit higher in the standings. Gabbidon has individually a great season in Mexico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (7th best). Gabbidon attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Pioneros - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Fuerza Regia - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 43 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 8. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 38 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Corr.Victoria - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Al'Lonzo Coleman (ex Agua Prieta) signs at Salon Vilpas - 8 hours ago
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Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-104kg-89, college: Presbyterian). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Agua Prieta in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 16 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. The last season Coleman played at Stjarnan (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 27 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.7ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 4.4apg and 1.7spg. Coleman helped them to end the regular season as... [read more]
Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-104kg-89, college: Presbyterian). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Agua Prieta in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 16 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. The last season Coleman played at Stjarnan (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 27 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.7ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 4.4apg and 1.7spg. Coleman helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Supercup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Among other achievements Coleman played in the final of UBA in 2012. He received also NCAA Division 1 Independent Conference Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Coleman has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Coleman has played previously professionally in Argentina (MH Basket, Union de Sunchales and Banda Norte), Canada (London Lightning) and UBA (Atlanta Legends). He attended Presbyterian College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Coleman's game is described as:
Can play both power forward and center position ... Plays great post defense ... Very Physical ... Can score on block with either hand ... Has tremendous potential with great size ... Great rebounder, both offensively and defensively ... Needs to improve intensity ... Has great work ethic.
Strengths: 'smart post player, great footwork'.
Nacional adds Puckett to their roster, ex Culiacan - 1 day ago
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Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (Ascenso) added to their roster 33-year old American power forward Benjamin Puckett (205-108kg-83, college: Clayton & State). He played this summer at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team. The last season Puckett played at Bigua (LUB) where in 17 games he averaged rem... [read more]
Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (Ascenso) added to their roster 33-year old American power forward Benjamin Puckett (205-108kg-83, college: Clayton & State). He played this summer at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team. The last season Puckett played at Bigua (LUB) where in 17 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.2apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Puckett's team was regular season runner-up in Chilean Liga Nacional in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Import Player of the Year back in 2011. Puckett is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Puckett tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Union de Sunchales), Finland, Japan (Kagawa Five Arrows and Shimane Magic), Portugal, Uruguay (Aguada and Trouville), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito), IBA (Gwinett Majic), Chile (Boston College), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and NEBA (Atlanta Live). Puckett attended Clayton & State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player. On Puckett:
BJ is a complete basketball player who is able score both in the post and knock down the 3-point shot. He is a good passer, solid rebounder and a defender who uses his length to block shots. BJ is a player who wants the ball in his hands to make plays and is not afraid to take and make the clutch shot as he did many times for Clayton St.
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Awards 2016 - 11 days ago
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Finals MVP: Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of Mazatlan; Player of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Guard of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Forward of the Year: Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of Mazatlan; Center of the Year: Paul Butorac (208-C/F-83) of Hermosillo; Domestic Player of the Year: Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo; Import Player of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Defensive Player of the Year: Jeff [read more]
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team 2016
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