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.
Larre Borges defeated Olimpia 67-60 to classified 3-2 for the Uruguayan league quarter finals series to be played againsta Aguada for the best of five. For the winner, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances)cored 21 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. For Olimpia, who lost Rodney Alexander(201-F-87, college: Illinois) because he had to return to the Uinted Stat... [read more]
Larre Borges defeated Olimpia 67-60 to classified 3-2 for the Uruguayan league quarter finals series to be played againsta Aguada for the best of five. For the winner, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances)cored 21 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. For Olimpia, who lost Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) because he had to return to the Uinted States, Robert Hornsby (195-F-82, college: Troy, agency: Pro Sports) scored 20 points and added 5 rebounds, while Nicolas Delgado (198-F-87) finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds leading Larre Borges to beat Olimpia 85-56 and they teams are now tied 2-2 for the best of five to play the Uruguayan League quarter final games. The last game will be played next Friday 24. Also for Larre Borges, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds, and Andres Dotti (185-G-93) netted 20 points. For Olimpia, Rodney Alexander (201-F... [read more]
Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds leading Larre Borges to beat Olimpia 85-56 and they teams are now tied 2-2 for the best of five to play the Uruguayan League quarter final games. The last game will be played next Friday 24. Also for Larre Borges, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds, and Andres Dotti (185-G-93) netted 20 points. For Olimpia, Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) scored 20 points and added 5 rebounds, and Robert Hornsby (195-F-82, college: Troy, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds. The winner for this playoff games will be playing quarter final games against Aguada.
Jayson Granger selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Uruguayan players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89). Granger led Anadolu Efes to a victory over the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Uruguayan players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Granger led his Turkish team Anadolu Efes to a victory over the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (9-17) 92-87 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Granger scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (14-12) is placed eighth in the Euroleague.
There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Granger averages: 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 76.1% in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger played for the Uruguayan senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (9-24) crushing them 88-64 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday.
Calfani scored 12 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots.
San Lorenzo de Almagra (27-12) is placed first in Sur group.
It's Calfani's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.0%(102-162), 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 64.8%.
Calfani is in the roster of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Galatasaray's surprising victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos (18-8) 80-71 in the Euroleague on Friday night.
Fitipaldo scored 6 points in only 7 minutes.
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (9-17) is placed 13th in the Euroleague.
There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Fitipaldo's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 44.1% in 12 games.
He is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#4. Point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Regatas Corrientes to win against the sixth-ranked Argentino (19-21) 87-84 in the Argentinian LigaA in Saturday night's game.
Vidal scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Regatas Corrientes (24-14) is placed third in Norte group.
Vidal's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg.
He used to play for the Uruguayan national team
back in 2015.
#5. An experienced former U21 international forward Martin Volf (198-80, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in a BK Loko Plzen's victory against the fifth-ranked Olomouc Bbal (3-5) 76-67 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) on Friday night.
He was the best player in that game. Volf recorded 22 points.
BK Lokomotiva Plzen (5-3) is placed second in Places 7-12 group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important.
Volf has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg and 2.9rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Czech Republic.
Volf used to play for the Uruguayan U21 national team
seventeen years ago.
#6. Forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the eighth-ranked CBA Gran Canaria B (14-10) 70-51 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes.
Real Madrid II (18-6) is placed third in Group B.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 24 games.
He is a former international player as he played for the Uruguayan senior team two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Uruguayan passport but never been selected to any of Uruguayan national teams:
#1. Experienced Brad Kanis (218-C-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Quart's victory against the seventh-ranked Sant Adria (10-11) crushing them 88-66 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
Kanis scored 16 points and blocked 3 blocks in a mere 18 minutes.
CB Quart-Germans Cruz (15-5) is placed third in Group C-B.
Kanis has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg and 5.3rpg in 17 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Kanis used to play for Atletico Welcome in Uruguayan league.
#2.Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler to win against the fourth-ranked ULB OH!TELS (6-6) crushing them 71-50 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
Holm scored 5 points.
Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (8-4) is placed second in Group D Clasif.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Holm's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.
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