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.
Johnson comes back to Sonic Boom KT, ex Defensor - 18 hours ago
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Sonic Boom KT (KBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American forward Jasper Johnson (203-116kg-83, college: Delta State, agency: HMS). It is actually his comeback to Busan as he has played here before. Johnson played most recently at Defensor in Uruguayan LUB league. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Johnson also played that season for Soni... [read more]
Sonic Boom KT (KBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American forward Jasper Johnson (203-116kg-83, college: Delta State, agency: HMS). It is actually his comeback to Busan as he has played here before. Johnson played most recently at Defensor in Uruguayan LUB league. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Johnson also played that season for Sonic Boom where in 8 KBL games he averaged remarkable 21.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg. The other team Johnson played that season for was Goyang Orions. In 18 KBL games he had 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. Johnson also spent pre-season at Iwate Big Bulls (BJ League) in Japan that year. In 2008 (two years after he left the college) Johnson was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in first round (13th overall). He attended Delta State (NCAA Div.II) until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Johnson received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2014. He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Johnson's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Johnson has played previously professionally in Argentina (Libertad Sunchales and La Union), Brazil (Minas), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Korea (Samsung Thunders and SK Knights) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) scored a double double, with 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading Aguada to beat Trouville 76-59, for the Uruguayan League- Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi), playing for the first time, added 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) netted 16 points. For Trouville Johwen Villegas (193-F-85, college: FIU) finished with 20 points, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri, agency: Pro Sports) add... [read more]
Smith number one in Uruguay for round 4 - 2 days ago
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American Forward Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, agency: Pro Sports) had a great game in the last round for Aguada, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Defensor (2-2) 89-75. Thanks to this victory Aguada moved-up to the 8th position in Uruguayan LUB. Aguada is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more vi... [read more]
American Forward Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, agency: Pro Sports) had a great game in the last round for Aguada, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Defensor (2-2) 89-75. Thanks to this victory Aguada moved-up to the 8th position in Uruguayan LUB. Aguada 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 2-2 record. Smith turned to be Aguada's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgia Tech star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 66.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 40-year old Panamanian Michael Hicks (196-F-76) of Hebraica. Hicks had a very good evening with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Hebraica to another comfortable win 75-61 over the higher-ranked Welcome (#6, 3-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Hebraica to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hicks is a newcomer at Hebraica, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) of Bigua (#5). Osimani showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bigua, leading his team to a 91-83 win against the lower-ranked Hebraica (#9, 2-2). Bigua needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Osimani has a great season in Uruguay. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.0apg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Anthony Young (200-F-89) of Larre Borges - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Malcolm White (205-C/F-88) of Goes - 24 points and 6 rebounds 6. Rian Pearson (193-F-90) of Malvin - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Hatila Passos (211-C-85) of Malvin - 13 points and 13 rebounds 8. Albert Jackson (211-C-88) of Larre Borges - 13 points and 13 rebounds 9. Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Trouville - 14 points and 11 rebounds 10. Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86) of Bigua - 17 points, 12 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)
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