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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 24, 2013

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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Virgin Islanders who are currently playing abroad.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Poland. He could not help Stelmet ZG (1-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Hodge's good performance the third-placed Stelmet ZG was badly defeated 89-69 at home by the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in the group K of Eurocup. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Hodge also added 6 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Hodge is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.2apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 54.3%(19-35). He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Jelgava (0-2) crushing them 105-65 in the Baltic League on Wednesday night. Elegar had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 27 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (2-0) is placed second in group F. There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.3%(35-58) and FT: 55.0% in the seven games he played so far. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2010.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark). Washington was the major contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm (8-7) 85-77 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Washington also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (18-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Washington's first year with the team. Washington is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Washington averages: 15.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2.7bpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(129-207), 3FGP: 24.3% and FT: 58.8%. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #4. Forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium) led Leuven Bears to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (6-7) 78-77 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday. Aska was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Aska's third season in pro basketball. Stella Artois Leuven Bears (4-9) is placed second from the bottom (#7) in the Ethias League. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Aska is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.5rpg. This year he also averages: 14.5ppg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in the 13 games. Aska is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #5. Former international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (4-12) 77-68 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Victor recorded 6 points. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (11-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Victor's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg. Victor used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (17-25) 90-85 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 34-11 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.8apg and 2.7bpg in the 42 games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Howard University (1-6) crushing them 71-36 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. The N.Carolina Central has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. This year Galaya's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and French.

   #3. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently studies in the States) managed to help Syracuse University to win against the University of Cincinnati (3-3) 57-55 in the NCAA last Monday. Christmas scored only 2 points. The Syracuse University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all six games in the conference. Christmas' overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg.

Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA
Julius Hodge (201-G-83) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87) plays for Tampa Bay Rain in the ABA
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) plays for Nacional in Uruguayan LUB
Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82) plays for Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL  

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