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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 9, 2017


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We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory over the fourth-ranked Aris (8-6) 81-67 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Hodge was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) is placed second in group C. It's Hodge's first season with the team. Hodge has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.4apg, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 77.4% in 16 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.

Victor Cuthbert
Victor Cuthbert
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Cuthbert (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea). He was the main contributor in an ET Land Elephants' victory against the league outsider Sonic Boom KT (16-33) 87-73 in the South Korean KBL last Sunday. Cuthbert was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Cuthbert also added 3 blocks and 3 steals. Inchon ET Land Elephants (24-24) are placed fifth in the KBL. This season Cuthbert has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(213-376) and FT: 60.5%. He is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea) is a teammate of previously mentioned Victor Cuthbert. But that was another game of his team in South Korean KBL which we would like to mention. Aska. He could not help one of league's weakest teams ET Land Elephants (24-24) in their last game. Despite Aska's very good performance ET Land Elephants were edged 65-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Mobis Phoebus. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 17 rebounds in 28 minutes. Aska has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 53.1% in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Aska is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #4. Center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the major contributor in Enisey's victory against the sixth-ranked Oostende 84-72 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Enisey Krasnoyarskis placed third in group P. Elegar has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6bpg and 1.1spg. Elegar has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese nationalities. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #5. International forward Jordan Murphy (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Minnesota's surprising victory against the University of Nebraska (3-13) 88-73 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Murphy recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The University of Minnesota has 6-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Murphy's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Murphy plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Craig Williams
Craig Williams
   #6. Center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Orange Vikings' victory against the third-ranked Earthfriends Tokyo Z (17-26) 65-55 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Williams had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 22 minutes. Ehime Orange Vikings (22-20) are placed fourth in West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Williams averaged so far 12.1ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg in 39 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #7. International forward Justin Gray (198-95, currently studies in the States) helped Texas Tech win their game against the The University of Texas (15-3) 67-57 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Gray recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Texas Tech University has 5-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Gray is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Texas Tech's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Gray is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Javier Martinez
Javier Martinez
   #8. Forward Javier Martinez (201-93, agency: DTMones, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Tenn-Martin (10-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Tenn-Martin was defeated 66-55 in Jacksonville by the State University. Martinez recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Martinez has been at the team for four years. Martinez averaged so far 12.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Khallid Hart
Khallid Hart
   #9. International guard Khallid Hart (188-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Marist (5-12) in their game against the Canisius College (8-12) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Hart scored 16 points and blocked 2 shots in 35 minutes. But the Marist lost 73-77 at home to the Canisius College. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Hart plays fifth season for the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 18.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. Hart is also in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Laron Smith
Laron Smith
   #10. Forward Laron Smith (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Auburn University in a victory against the University of Missouri (11-5) 89-78 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 14 minutes. The Auburn University has 5-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Smith's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 23 games. He holds both American and U.S. Virgin Islands passports. Smith is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

   #11. Former U17 international guard Stephaun Adams (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the Murray State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Adams recorded only one point and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team was edged 85-84. This year Adams' total stats are: 3.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg in 31 games. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 national team four 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. John Collins (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Wake Forest to a victory against the University of Louisville (12-4) 88-81 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Collins had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. The Wake Forest University has 7-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.6bpg in 32 games he played so far.

   #2. Deon Edwin (190-G-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Kent St.'s surprising victory against the Central Michigan University (11-3) 116-106 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 41 minutes. The Kent State University has 5-7 conference record this season. Edwin's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Edwin averaged so far 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in 30 games.

   #3. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Indiana Pacers (33-31) to beat the Charlotte Hornets (29-35). Christmas cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Indiana Pacers (33-31) were defeated 100-88 on the road by the Hornets. Christmas' overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #4. Tony Aska (202-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Southern Arkansas (11-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Southern Arkansas lost 68-72 in Russellville to the Arkansas Tech. Aska recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Aska's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg in 24 games.

   #5. Jahmiah Simmons (193-G, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Arkansas St. (8-4) in their game against the Troy University (10-5) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Arkansas St. was defeated 81-72 at home by the University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #6. Kyle Clarke (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. in their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Clarke scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 74-62. Clarke's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg.

   #7. Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Seton Hall win their game against the Butler University 70-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Rodriguez recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. This season Rodriguez has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg.   




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