#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-5) 91-86 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game.
Stoll was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court.
Maccabi Bazan Haifa (6-2) is placed second in the Winner League.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Stoll's first season with the team.
Stoll has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.6apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 81.8% in the eight games he played so far.
Stoll is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Utah Jazz (10-10) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4). Watson did not impress in that game on Friday.
He recorded only 2 points and added 8 assists.
The Utah Jazz was defeated 106-94 on the road by the Thunder.
It was Utah Jazz's third consecutive loss in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Watson's overall stats this year are: 1.9ppg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%.
He is a naturalized American.
Watson played for the Mexican national team in 2007.
Strangely he has never played in Mexico.
#3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in NBA). Ayon managed to help Orlando Magic in a victory against the Golden State Warriors (11-7) 102-94 in the NBA on Monday night.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes.
The Orlando Magic has 7-11 record this season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Ayon's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 42.9% in the 16 games.
He is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.
#4. Swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Paul Stoll in the Israeli Winner League last game.
Beck was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (2-5) in their game against Maccabi Haifa (6-2).
He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Bnei Hasharon was defeated 91-86 in Haifa by the second-ranked Maccabi.
It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Beck is currently second on the league's list of top scorers.
This season he has very high stats. Beck averages: 18.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Beck is also Mexican national team player.
He used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.
#5. University international guard Raul Delgado (188-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the BYU in their game against the Iowa State University (0-0) in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Delgado scored only 2 points in 10 minutes.
The BYU was crushed 83-62 in Ames, IA by the Iowa State University.
This year Delgado averages just 1.3ppg in the 12 games.
He used to play for the Mexican university national team
The list of other players, who all have Mexican passport but never been selected to any of Mexican national teams:
#1.Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Aguada's victory against the third-ranked Bigua (18-6) 101-96 in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game.
Gonzalez scored 10 points and added 8 passes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Capital. Atletico Aguadais placed first.
Gonzalez's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg.
He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.
#2.Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St., currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in an overtime Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the closely-ranked Gussing Knights (5-4) 87-76 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday.
Sanchez recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 41 minutes.
ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (6-3) is placed second in the A Bundesliga.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Sanchez has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Sanchez used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.
#3.Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FCB Regal II (5-4) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Serna scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
CB Clavijo (5-4) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This year Serna's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the eight games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Spanish.
#4.Juan Alvarez (200-F-92, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Atletico Bigua to win against the 11th-ranked Olimpia (10-13) 94-84 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Saturday.
Alvarez scored only 2 points.
Atletico Bigua (18-6) is placed third in Capital group.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Alvarez averages just 1.3ppg.
Al'Lonzo Coleman (ex Agua Prieta) signs at Salon Vilpas - 1 day 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 - 2 days 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 - 12 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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