American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Halc.Xalapa, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 29. The 30-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Gigantes (#16, 2-27) with 22-point margin 101-79. It allowed Halc.Xalapa to consolidate first place in the Mexican LNBP. Halc.Xalapa have a solid 25-4 record. Hickerson turned to be Halc.Xalapa's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of the Cumberlands star has very solid stats this year. Hickerson is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.7ppg) and averages impressive 62.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos. Shorter had a very good evening with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gansos lost that game 91-117 to the higher-ranked Panteras (#5, 21-8). Gansos is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Gansos managed to get this year. Shorter is a newcomer at Gansos, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.9rpg and 3.9apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was Trinidad and Tobago guard Ian Young (191-PG-81) of Lechugueros (#12). Young got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for eleven assists. Despite Young's great performance Lechugueros lost 88-106 to the higher-ranked Fuerza Regia (#8, 16-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lechugueros not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Young could try to bring Lechugueros' a little bit higher in the standings. Young has a very solid season. In 10 games in Mexico he scored 21.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Barreteros - 30 points and 9 rebounds 6. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas - 28 points and 9 rebounds 7. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) of Halc.Rojos - 26 points and 9 rebounds 8. Lance Allred (211-C-81) of Fuerza Regia - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Fuerza Regia - 27 points and 4 assists 10. Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85) of Gigantes - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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 - 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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