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.
Al Ahli (Premier League) added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Malcolm White (205-102kg-88, college: LSU). He already started the season at Goes in Uruguayan LUB league. In 6 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season White played at Qatar Sports Club in Qatari D1 where in 18 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 14.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.9bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.co... [read more]
Al Ahli (Premier League) added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Malcolm White (205-102kg-88, college: LSU). He already started the season at Goes in Uruguayan LUB league. In 6 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season White played at Qatar Sports Club in Qatari D1 where in 18 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 14.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.9bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. White will replace Renaldo Balkman who got released last month. He is quite experienced player. White's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. White tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax Rainmen), Japan (Toyama Grouses) and Qatar (Al Shamal). White attended Louisiana State University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Andrew Feeley gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan LUB - 6 days ago
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Experienced American Andrew Feeley (206-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for U Universitario and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 33-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Sayago (#10, 5-6) with 20-point margin 93-73. U Universitario is placed at 7th position in Uruguayan LUB. U Universitario is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit l... [read more]
Experienced American Andrew Feeley (206-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for U Universitario and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 33-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Sayago (#10, 5-6) with 20-point margin 93-73. U Universitario is placed at 7th position in Uruguayan LUB. U Universitario is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. In the team's last game Feeley had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be U Universitario's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland -Baltimore County graduate has very impressive stats this year. Feeley is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 53.5% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Ricardo Glenn (202-C-90, agency: HMS) of Bigua. Glenn impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Bigua to edge slightly higher-ranked Larre Borges (#3, 8-4) by 5 points 83-78. This victory allowed Bigua to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Glenn is a newcomer at Bigua and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Calvin Warner (201-F-80) of Goes (#8). Warner got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Warner's great performance Goes lost 71-85 to the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Goes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Warner has a great season in Uruguay. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Olimpia - 23 points and 15 rebounds 5. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Sayago - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of Trouville - 33 points and 8 rebounds 7. Hatila Passos (211-C-85) of Malvin - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Ivan Johnson (203-F/C-84) of Welcome - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Trevante Drye (200-F-93) of Sayago - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Michael Hicks (196-F-76) of Hebraica - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 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)
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