CHRIS KARPMAN Frontcourt size is something Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils could use more of in the year ahead and they've set their sights on a top candidate. One day after Arizona State returned home from the Pac-12 Tournament, it rolled out the red carpet for a 2017 official visitor. The Sun Devils hosted Iowa Western Community College 6-foot-10 center De'Quon Lake over the weekend. They'd love it if Lake decided to make Tempe his home for the next two years. "The coaches are saying they need size and you can see that from this season," Lake said. "That's where they need guys the most and they're telling me I'm their top target. They were saying they really want me because I have good footwork, I'm a scorer around the basket, a rebounder, physical." The official visit was Lake's first, and also the biggest metro area he's been to. A native of Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lake moved with his mother and two older brothers to Virginia when he was in eighth grade. "It was really good, I had a great time at ASU," he said. "It's one of my top choices. We went out to eat, had some good food, visited more with the coaching. Just building up a good relationship with them. "It's big. I've never seen a city that big before. I'm from a small island and where I lived in Virginia isn't that big. I liked it." ASU has been recruiting Lake since last summer and was among his first scholarship offers. He averaged 13.5 point and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore for 25-7 Iowa Western, which is located in Council Bluffs, a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. The Sun Devils are doing well in the recruitment and now will try to close Lake down before the start of the spring signing period next month. "Well I am only looking at three schools right now," Lake said. "I just finished [cutting the list]. It's Arizona State, Kansas State and Rutgers. I'm trying to set up visits to [Kansas State and Rutgers] after my spring break." A former baseball player who grew from 6-feet in eighth grade to 6-foot-6 in 10th grade when he already towered over his brothers and father, Lake continued on to his current height. He's a fan of Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis in the NBA, and believes his best basketball is ahead of him. "This past year I worked on my game with my coach and stayed with him for the summer," Lake said. "That put me in a good place with the (Jerry Mullen) Top-100 camp and I played well there and things got really going after that. "It's a big difference coming from the Virgin Islands and even Virginia and now getting these offers in junior college. It's boosted my confidence a lot. It's really helped me and I have come a long way and worked hard for what I do." Lake said he'll select a college based on academic strength and support and how much he believes the school's coaches will work to development and push him to maximize his talent.
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 16 hours ago
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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. 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 league outsider Sluc Nancy in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game.
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.
#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 victory over the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-22) 85-77 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game.
Hodge was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes on the court.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-14) is placed ninth in the ProA.
Hodge has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(88-157), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 79.5% in 29 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 contributed 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: 10.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 64.7%.
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 could not help Enisey (13-11) to beat Khimki (19-5).
Elegar scored 7 points in 18 minutes.
The sixth-placed Enisey (13-11) was crushed 104-64 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Khimki in the group A of VTB United League.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Elegar's first season with the team.
He has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 66.4%(91-137) and FT: 72.5% in 21 games.
Elegar has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese nationalities.
He 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) was not able to help Orange Vikings (27-29) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Williams' good performance Orange Vikings (#4) were badly defeated 77-61 on the road by the leading Shimane Magic in the West group.
He scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Williams' stats this season are: 13.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.
#5. Former international forward Aaron Brown (196-92, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) in their game against Hapoel Afula (12-14) in the Israeli National League (second division).
Brown recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court.
Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) was crushed 114-89 in Afula by the leading Hapoel in the Play-Downs group.
Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games.
Brown used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team
three years ago.
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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