Eudora Kean was the 2016 fictional champs last year, because we don't have a V.I. tournament and their crown is up for grabs as the public schools have regrouped. Eudora Kean got off to great start winning the MLK Jr. Tourney and did the same last year, but that rocky start in Puerto Rico sunk them to number two. Complex's center Shakeem Alcindor already proved he is the best player in the league garnering double and triple teams. Alcindor still managed to average around twenty at the MLK. Central High has so much weapons, it may be hard to deny them the top spot. The Hawks have not shown what they could do and we wait patiently to see. The top six will be a tournament driven due to some schools not entering leagues and only playing in tournaments. The name of the game is maximum participation and I have added the Virgin Gorda team Bregado Flax.
1. Central High: Zion Jones (G, 6-0, Sr.), Rahkeem Swanston (G, 5-10, Jr.), Trejon Ali (G, 5-6, Sr.), Ashoy Simmonds (G, 5-7, Jr.), Jaden Cyril (F, 6-1, Jr.), Jahni Adolphe (G, 5-9, Sr.), Tyriq Evans (F, 6-4) Comment: With most teams struggling in search of veteran leadership, Central High is filled with upperclassmen. Jones and Swanston are capable of big nights and Simmonds is tough to stop from getting to the basket. Cyril and Evans will be tough on the boards.
2) Eudora Kean: Emari Howe (G/F, 6-1, Sr.), Jahwkani Williams (G, 5-10), Devon Freeman (G, 5-8, Soph.), Akil Greig (F, 5-10, Sr.), Jeremiah James (G, 5-11, Soph.) Comment: Started off the season with two losses in Puerto Rico then rebounded to win the 2017 preseason MLK tournament. Howe was his usual self, while Williams balled out.
3) Educational Complex: Shakeem Alcindor (F, 6-6, Sr.) ZahQuan Francis (), James Richardson (G, 6-1, Jr.), Vincent Joseph (), Joseph Narinesingh (), Daunte McFarlande Comment: The maturation of Shakeem Alcindor continues. The big man led his team to the finals of the MLK with his unbelievable play. Macfarlane's toughness and Narinesingh three point stroke offer offensive support to Alcindor.
4) Elmore Stoutt: Lesten Weltshire, Devante Brewley, Noel McKelley, Amari Maduro Comment: D'Moi Hodge, Michael Richardson and Franklyn Penn are all not here but the cupboard isn't completely bare. Lestin Wiltshite is now the show and was one of the better scoring options at the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament. His high mark was 30 points and Brewley jump shot looks like he is in mid-season form. Brewley had six three pointers in a loss to Eudora Kean.
5) Charlotte Amalie: Issa Tatem (F, 5-11, Sr.), Johnathan Eliasa (G, 5-10, Jr.), Dwayne Lynch (G, 5-6, Sr.) K'Shard Callender (F, 6-1, Soph.), Temoy Singletary, Terrell Lake (G, 5-9, Jr.), Naseem Huggins (F, 6-1), Clail Dieudonne (F, 6-3) Comment: Chicken Hawks looked terrible at the Martin Luther King, but as the coaching staff said, 'the tournament was to see what you have.' Now the season begins! Will the real Tatem please stand up? Lynch brings the style to the Chicken Hawks while big men Callender, Huggins and Dieudonne do the dirty work.
6) Antilles: Cam Newton (G, 5-6, Jr.), Joshua Farrell (F/G, 6-3, Jr.), Joseph Sibilly Jr. (G, 5-8, Soph.), De'Shamoi Greaves (G, 5-5, Soph.), Scott Richards (F, 6-2) Comment: Sibilly looks like the next big thing out of Hurricane land while Richards is going to be a handful for opposing big men. He has that reliable jumper. If Farrell puts it together this could be the start of the resurgence.
St. Joseph's: Charles Jacobs (F, 6-1, Soph.) Comment: Jacobs was hand selected by Coach Webster to rekindle the Saints fire but he needs a lot of help.
Good Hope-Country Day: Christian Rasmussen Comment: GHCD is combing with Free Will Baptist and could crack the top six sometime this season.
Gifft Hill: Ty Massaquoi, Landice Wallace, Nekhori Sprauve, Patrick Hendrickson Comment: Massaquoi is the Barracudas main offensive weapon. Hendrickson needs to get tough. Coach Clarence Stephenson has to coach 'em up.
Bregado Flax: Elian O'Neal Comment: O'Neal is a talented guard.
Ss. Peter and Paul: Comment: The Jaguars have forfeited their first game this season.
Montessori: Andrew Webb Comment: Webb is a pure shooter and the school's only weapn.
Seventh Day Adventist (St. Croix): Nothing much is known annually about the small parochial school. Preseason Player of the Year: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex First Team F Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex F Lestin, Wiltshite, Elmore Stoutt G Emari Howe, Eudora Kean G Zion Jones, Central High G Rahkeem Swanston, Central High
Second Team F Issa Tatem, Charlotte Amalie F Scott Richards Jr, Antilles G Devante Brewley, Elmore Stoutt G Dwayne Lynch, Charlotte Amalie G Ashoy Simmons, Central High Third Team F Daunte McFarlane, Educational Complex F Clail Dieudone, Charlotte Amalie G Devon Freeman, Eudora Kean G Elian O'Neal, Bregado Flax G Joseph Narinesingh, Educational Complex
2017 Tournament Calendar Central High School Invitational March 3-5 Elmore Stoutt Varsity Tournament: March 17-19
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 7 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked JDA Dijon in the French ProA in Saturday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) 74-73 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game.
Hodge was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes on the court.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProA.
It's Hodge's first season with the team.
Hodge has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(82-147), 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 79.5% in 28 games he played so far.
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.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lavrio (11-15) 82-65 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday.
Aska recorded 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1.
This season Aska has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 71.4%.
He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.
Aska is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.
#3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Enisey to a victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (7-16) 97-92 in the VTB United League on Sunday night.
Elegar had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes.
Enisey Krasnoyarsk (13-10) is placed sixth in group A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Elegar has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 67.2%(88-131) and FT: 72.3% in 20 games.
He has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese nationalities.
Elegar is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.
#4. Center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Japan) could not help Orange Vikings (27-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Orange Vikings (27-27) were edged 75-73 on the road by the second-ranked Dragonflies in the West group.
Williams was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Williams' stats this season are: 13.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has U.S. Virgin Islands passport:
#1.Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Orlando Magic in a victory against the Detroit Pistons (36-45) 113-109 in the NBA last Wednesday.
Georges-Hunt scored only 4 points in 10 minutes.
The Orlando Magic has 29-53 record this season.
The Regular Season already ended in the NBA.
This year Georges-Hunt averages: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in five games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.
Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:
SEATTLE - Game matchups for the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam were announced Tuesday by tournament directors. Eight men's and eight women's Division-I college basketball teams will compete in the 18th annual Paradise Jam held Nov. 17-25, 2017 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The men's tournament, held Friday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, features Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Mercer, Quinnipiac, and Wake Forest. Te... [read more]
SEATTLE - Game matchups for the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam were announced Tuesday by tournament directors. Eight men's and eight women's Division-I college basketball teams will compete in the 18th annual Paradise Jam held Nov. 17-25, 2017 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The men's tournament, held Friday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, features Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Mercer, Quinnipiac, and Wake Forest. Teams will compete in a bracket-style tournament over the four-day event.
Mercer will tip off against Liberty in the opening game of the 2017 men's Paradise Jam. Drexel and Houston face each other in the second game of the afternoon session, before Quinnipiac and Colorado compete in the first game of the evening session. Drake and Wake Forest will conclude opening-day action in the final matchup of the day.
Losing teams will compete in their second game the following day, Saturday, Nov. 18. Winning teams will have a one-day respite, before facing off in the semifinals, Sunday, Nov. 19. All teams will return to the UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Monday for the championship round. The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition, followed by the fourth-place game, third-place game, and championship game to crown the 2017 men's Paradise Jam champion.
The women's tournaments will take place Thursday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. The tournament fields includes Butler, Drexel, George Washington, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The women's tournaments feature two four-team divisions competing in round-robin play for separate tournament championships.
Butler, West Virginia, Drexel, and Virginia Tech will compete in the Paradise Jam Island Division. Vanderbilt, George Washington, Wisconsin, and Syracuse will compete in the Paradise Jam Reef Division.
The opening day of the Island Division will feature Butler vs. West Virginia and Drexel vs. Virginia Tech. Second-round matchups include West Virginia vs. Drexel and Virginia Tech vs. Butler on Nov. 24. In the final day of the Island Division on Nov. 25, the Bulldogs will face the Drexel Dragons and West Virginia will face the VT Hokies.
Vanderbilt and George Washington will tip off the women's Reef Division, Nov. 23, followed by Wisconsin vs. Syracuse. In second-day action George Washington will face the UW Badgers and Syracuse will face Vanderbilt. The 2017 Paradise Jam will conclude Nov. 25 with Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin and George Washington vs. Syracuse.
Game times and viewing options will be announced at a later date.
The 2017 Paradise Jam features nine alumni teams, including four past Paradise Jam champions on the women's side. Five men's teams, including Drake, Drexel, Mercer, Quinnipiac, and Wake Forest, have previously competed at the Paradise Jam. Four women's teams, including Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, have each previously competed and won the Paradise Jam.
The 19th Annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic kicks off Saturday, April 15, 2017. There will be a Celebrity Basketball game beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Ronald Charles Gym at St. Croix Central High School. There will be a Women's High School All Star game at 6:30 p.m. and a Men's High School All Star game beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Celebrity Game will be highlighted by Brandon Royal of this year's NBC The Voice, Paebak along with other Virgin Islands artists and media personalities. T... [read more]
The 19th Annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic kicks off Saturday, April 15, 2017. There will be a Celebrity Basketball game beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Ronald Charles Gym at St. Croix Central High School. There will be a Women's High School All Star game at 6:30 p.m. and a Men's High School All Star game beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Celebrity Game will be highlighted by Brandon Royal of this year's NBC The Voice, Paebak along with other Virgin Islands artists and media personalities. The Special Guest of the evening will be the return of 2005 Pro Bowl Selection and Crucian Hanik Milligan. This tournament has been successfully used to showcase the best high school basketball players in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands since it's inception. This year Sun Stroke has solicited the services of Max Ivan of D1Nations from Arizona to provide professional evaluations of the players that could lead to scholarship opportunities. In addition to Saturday night's activities there will be an Open Run at noon in the presence of Mr. Max Ivany for talented underclassmen that were not selected to the All Star game and players just out of high school at noon. This emphasizes the purpose of the event which is to provide talented basketball players an opportunity for athletic scholarships. The event is also loads of fun so in that vein the Miami Heat Mascot Burnie will be performing and there will be giveaways from the tournament's primary sponsor Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. This event has also highlighted the biggest names in VI music as well as the best basketball players in the territory. Two of the best young bands on St. Croix in Hypa Aktiv and In-Stylez will work together to entertain the crowd in the post game Jam Session that ends at midnight. The band that gets the crowd most involved gets a bonus. Admission for this event is $10. EVERYTHING is covered by the event organizers at no cost to the players and coaches. The event is sponsored in part by Tim Duncan, adidas, The Department of Education, Banco Popular, Bates Trucking, United Sporting Goods and Sun Stroke Promotions. This year's High School All Star selections include:
St. Croix Women's Selections Jendeyi Williams, St. Croix Central High Rashanika Williams, St. Croix Central High Jahnyra Donovan, St. Croix Central High Ah'Zyah Lake, St. Croix Central High Sydney Fleming, Good Hope Country Day Parissa Terrell, St. Croix Educational Complex Sedeja Fieulleteau, St. Croix Central High Shanyce Horsford, Educational Complex Breyanna Roberts, Educational Complex Shania Barnes, Central High Coached by: Head Coach Donald Bough, Central High
St. Thomas Women's Selections Jahnia Simmonds, Ivanna Eudora Kean High Nailea Nicolas, Ivanna Eudora Kean High Delma Baron, Ivanna Eudora Kean High Shauliqua Fahie, Elmore Stoutt High (Tortola) De'Jah Vigilant, Charlotte Amalie High Tecoya Martin, Ivanna Eudora Kean High Rhea Benjamin, Charlotte Amalie High Taylor Robinson, Antilles Replaced by Da'Jah Vigilante, Charlotte Amalie Taria Southwell, Charlotte Amalie High Laresha Martin, Eudora Kean
Coach Derek Heyliger, Eudora Kean St. CROIX Male Selections Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex Zion Jones, Central High Kahdeem Horsford, Educational Complex Ashoy Simmonds, Central High Christian Rassmussen, Good Hope Country Day Jakeem Auguste, Central High Diante Brooks, Good Hope Country Day Trejon Ali, Central High James Richardson, Educational Complex Darian Dowling, Home School Replaced by Kimani McIntosh, Central High
Coach Earl Baker, Good Hope Country Day St. THOMAS Male Selections Devon Freeman, Eudora Kean Akil Greig, Eudora Kean Dwayne Lynch, Charlotte Amalie Emari Howe, Eudora Kean Replaced by Terrell Lake, Charlotte Amalie Cam Newton, Antilles Clail Dieudonne, Charlotte Amalie Issa Tatem, Charlotte Amalie Lestin Wiltshire, Elmore Stoutt Ty Massaquoi, Gifft Hill Joshua Farell, Antilles Head Coach Boyd Todman, Charlotte Amalie
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