Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) is one of the most important players in the LUB. He has been a key player in the last five victories of Atletico Aguada with 24.6 points and 9 rebounds on average in those games. The player arrived in Atletico Aguada earlier this season .. and now wants to stay to be a champion...
Where were you born? Tell something about your family and city. I've lived in Elizabethtown, KY all my life and its a wonderful place. Its a small town that is easy to raise a family and get accustomed to the all away environment. My family is a close knit family who are all strong and very passionate in everything they do. I have 2 brothers one is older and the another one is younger. I'm really close to my mom without i wouldn't know what to do with myself.. she is the puzzle piece that keeps everyone together and i love her for that.
How and when you started playing basketball? I was around 13 when i started playing organized basketball. I've always played ball outside with my best friends in front of my house on my basketball goal and i believe that is what i got me prepared for organize play.
You always played as a forward? Yes I've always played as a forward.
Who were the players you looked when you were young? I was always a Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett fan cause i loved the heart and passion they put in the game of basketball
Talk about your time with at Elizabethtown HS ... My time at Elizabethtown High school was one of my best experiences. The enjoyment of being around the fans, friends, and more importantly the career I had as a basketball player there.
Was it difficult to access Western Kentucky? Not at all. I was very familiar with the coaches and a lot of the people that went there so it was very easy to gain a lot of access
You play four years at WKU, the last three in starting five. What was the best year of the team and yours? Most definitely my freshman year and being part of a team that went to the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament
You played american football too. What did you learn to apply in basketball? Football helped me be very aggressive and have that never back down mentality
You are among the 20 highest scorers in the history of your university. Did you always like score points? It is not a matter of liking or not to score. I score points to help my team win. I want to win first of all.
You was pre-selected by the Memphis ... Is it a dream play at NBA? Playing in the NBA is a goal and big dream of mine. I'm always determined to work hard and achieve those goals.
And think about Europe Do you know something of European basketball? Would you like to play at some particular country? My agent Stefano Lips explained to me that playing in Uruguay will be better than in a minor European League. I want to play in Europe but in an important basketball country to further my career.
How did the opportunity to play in Uruguay? My agent Stefano Lips suggested I would play for coach Marcelo Capalbo because he knew him personally and thought his coaching would be beneficial for my player improvement and career. Capalbo was a very good player in Europe also. I like him a lot.
Did you know some about of Uruguay or did you search in google? A girl that played tennis at Western Kentucky University was from here and gave me a lot of input and knowledge about Uruguay
Is difficult to leave the U.S. for play at an far country? Not at all. It is my job and you get to know new cultures and people
In Montevideo. Where are you living now? I currently reside in Buceo. Its a nice and quite part of town
How was your adaptation to Uruguay talking about food, language and customs? It was very tough getting use to but like i said before this is my job and i will do everything in my power to adapt to everything and enjoy it the best i can
What do you think about Atletico Aguada as a team? My heart now is green and red. I am Aguatero. I want to move this team as far as possible in the play-offs. Love the fans, my teammates, and the coach
Do you feel the support of the fans? Of course. I play for my fans. They come to see us win and support us great. So we have to go out there and win for them and the club.
In Uruguay, change a foreign player is common. Did they ever thought you could be cut or always trusted you could finish the LUB? I read on the press there were rumors about releasing me. But i dont care about the press. I felt coach and club and fans had confidence in me. Here we are, all together to fight for the Championship.
About the coach. Have you ever heard talk about Marcelo Capalbo as a player? How is your relationship? Yes, as i said before my agent told me who Capalbo was. he is a good coach and he knows the game. He helped me a lot
On the court you are a man who likes to have the ball. Does it bother you when you do not participate in the offensive? I like to have the ball to help. It does not bother me at all as long as we Win.
What do you think you should improve your game? I want to improve in every aspect of my game and try and do so in every practice, game, and time to myself.
It had a great season ... What are your goals here at the end? win it all.
Do you think you can win the title? What is needed to be champions? If i would not think I can win the title, I would stay home and play cards
For the next season. Is it possible to come back? I want to focus on this season first. Next season is far from now.
Finally. Atletico Aguada is serving 90 years. A message for the fans ... I WANT ALL THE FANS TO PACK OUR GYM. ALL SOLD OUT AND SUPPORT US AS LOUD AS THEY CAN. WE CAN WIN EVERYTHING AND NEED THEIR HELP. LOVE YOU FANS.
Stockolmo joined the leadership for the Liga de Ascenso after beating Olivol Mundial 76-62, with 10 points and 14 rebounds by Trevante Drye (200-F-93, college: Tulane). Stockolmo and Verdirrojo have now a 3-0 record, leading the tournament. For Olivol Mundial, Anthony Joseph (202-F/C-82, college: Emporia St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other results: Larranaga 90 -Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 27 points 11 rebounds, and Ju... [read more]
Trevante Drye gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - May 23, 2016
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American Trevante Drye (200-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Stockolmo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 3. The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Montevideo (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-78. Stockolmo is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in th... [read more]
American Trevante Drye (200-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Stockolmo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 3. The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Montevideo (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-78. Stockolmo is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Stockolmo won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Drye had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Stockolmo and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Drye is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.5ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 72.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Nacional. Adeleke impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Nacional was edged by Bohemios (2-1) 65-63. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Adeleke is one of the most experienced players at Nacional and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#1). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Diego Silva (183) of 25 de Agosto (#10). Silva got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of 25 de Agosto, leading his team to a 93-88 win against Capitol (#11, 0-3). The chances of 25 de Agosto not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Silva could try to bring 25 de Agosto's a little bit higher in the standings. Silva has individually a great season in Uruguay. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Cooper (203-F) of Tabare - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Antonhy Danridge) of Larranaga - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86) of 25 de Agosto - 21 points and 16 rebounds 7. Camilo Colman (191-G-90) of Larranaga - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) of Tabare - 14 points and 12 rebounds 9. Nate Drayton (200-F) of Capitol - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Atenas - 22 points, 7 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)
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) scored 29 points, leading Verdirrojo to take the lead for the Liga de Ascenso, with a 3-0 record after beating Tabare 79-76. Also for Verdirrojo Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) adedd 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Tabare, Paul Cooper (203-F, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 17 points and added 17 rebounds, while Terence Shellman (198-F-78, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. 25 de Agosto defetade Capitol 93-88. For 25 de Agosto, Die... [read more]
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) scored 29 points, leading Verdirrojo to take the lead for the Liga de Ascenso, with a 3-0 record after beating Tabare 79-76. Also for Verdirrojo Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) adedd 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Tabare, Paul Cooper (203-F, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 17 points and added 17 rebounds, while Terence Shellman (198-F-78, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. 25 de Agosto defetade Capitol 93-88. For 25 de Agosto, Diego Silva netted 35 points, and Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86, college: Boise St.) added 21 points and 16 rebounds. For Capitol Nate Drayton (200-F, college: W.Texas A&M) netted 27 points and Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) added 19. Standings after the third round: 3-0 Verdirrojo, 2-0 Stockolmo, 2-1: Atenas, Bohemios, Larranaga, Miramar and Tabare, 1-1 Marne and Nacional, 1-2 25 de Agosto, 0-3 Capitol, Montevideo and Olivol Mundial.
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