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.
Benjamin Puckett (205-F/C-83, college: Clayton St.), playing for the first time with Nacional, the leader for the Liga de Ascenso, scored 20 points and added 14 rebounds and five assists, to beat Montevideo 96-81. Alson for Nacional, with a 16-4 record, Salvador Zanotta (183-PG-95) added 19 points and 12 rebounds. For Montevideo Quinton Doggett (203-F-90, college: Southern) netted 22 points and added 9 rebounds. Othe results: Bohemios 91 - Will Creekmore (205-C-89, college: Missouri St.)... [read more]
David Nesbitt (ex Al Mina) agreed terms with Goes - 1 day ago
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Goes Montevideo (LUB) inked 25-year old Bahamas international forward David Nesbitt (200-95kg-91, college: St.Thomas, FL). He has played for the last two years at Al Mina in Iraqi Superleague. Nesbitt helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com Iraqi League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. He has been also a member of Bahamas international program for some years. Nesbitt has regularly played for Bahamas... [read more]
Goes Montevideo (LUB) inked 25-year old Bahamas international forward David Nesbitt (200-95kg-91, college: St.Thomas, FL). He has played for the last two years at Al Mina in Iraqi Superleague. Nesbitt helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com Iraqi League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. He has been also a member of Bahamas international program for some years. Nesbitt has regularly played for Bahamas senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008. He represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) last year. Nesbitt's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.0ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 82.4%. Nesbitt has played also professionally in Kazakhstan (Kaspiy Aktau). He attended Saint Thomas University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Smith comes back to Aguada, ex Hapoel Holon - 2 days ago
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Atletico Aguada (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Jeremis Smith (203-107kg-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports). It is actually his comeback to Aguada as he has played here before. Smith played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 10 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6spg last season. The previous (14-15) season Smith played at Maccabi Rishon (also in Winner League) where i... [read more]
Atletico Aguada (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Jeremis Smith (203-107kg-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports). It is actually his comeback to Aguada as he has played here before. Smith played most recently at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 10 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6spg last season. The previous (14-15) season Smith played at Maccabi Rishon (also in Winner League) where in 39 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Among other achievements Smith won Uruguay LUB championship title in 2013. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Import Player of the Year award back in 2013. Smith is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Smith has played previously professionally in Argentina (Boca Juniors), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Fuerza Regia, Lobos UAD Mazatlan, Halcones UV Xalapa, Fuerza Guinda Nogales and Pioneros), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Venezuela (Gigantes) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega). He attended Georgia Tech until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Rugged, do-everything player with excellent athletic ability and strong scoring ability who brings an element of aggressiveness and hard-nosed play.
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