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.
Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona) scored 12 points grabbed 14 rebounts and added 5 assists leading Defensor Sporting to beat Aguada 95-79, to win their first game for the Uruguayan League semifinal games. Aguada is leading 2-1 the semifinal games for the best of five. For the winner, Federico Haller (198-F-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Pro Sports)i finished with 16 points and 9 assists. Arnett Moultrie (208-F/C-90, c... [read more]
Jayson Granger selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89). Granger contributed to Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Granger contributed to a 2-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-11) 73-71 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 26 minutes on the court.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (17-13) is placed sixth in the Euroleague.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Granger averages: 9.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.4% in 32 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 former international point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Regatas Corrientes to win against the sixth-ranked Quimsa (24-27) 81-73 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday.
Vidal scored only 3 points and added 7 assists.
Regatas Corrientes (30-19) is placed third in Norte group.
Vidal's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(36-64), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 76.9%.
He played for the Uruguayan national team in 2015.
#3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U21 international forward Martin Volf (198-80, currently plays in Czech Republic). He led BK Loko Plzen to a victory over the fourth-ranked SKB Zlin (5-5) 77-66 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Friday night's game.
Volf was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws).
BK Lokomotiva Plzen (7-3) is placed second in Places 7-12 group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Volf has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 96.0%(24-25).
He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Czech Republic.
Volf played for the Uruguayan U21 national team seventeen years ago.
#4. Forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid II's victory against the seventh-ranked Villarrobledo (15-13) 79-71 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes.
Real Madrid II (22-6) is placed first in Group B.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Sole's first season with the team.
This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 28 games.
He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.
Sole used to play for the Uruguayan national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former U17 international forward Facundo Alonso (195, currently plays in Luxembourg) helped BC Mess edge the third-ranked Arantia (8-22) 69-68 in the Luxembourg Total League in Friday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 37 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Playdowns 2. BC Mess (12-7) is placed second.
There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Alonso has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in three games.
He used to play for the Uruguayan U17 national team
six years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Uruguayan passport but never been selected to any of Uruguayan national teams:
#1.Facundo Medina (190-G-94, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Rocamora in their last game. Despite Medina's very good performance his team was edged 68-65 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Atenas in the Center South group.
He was the top scorer with 18 points. Medina also added 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 35 minutes.
Medina has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in 38 games he played so far.
#2. Experienced Brad Kanis (218-C-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quart (17-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Quart (17-7) was defeated 90-82 at home by the lower-ranked Muro Basquet (#9) in the Group C-B.
Kanis was the top scorer with 18 points.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Kanis has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg and 5.3rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kanis used to play for Atletico Welcome in Uruguayan league.
Hebraica Macabi defeated Malvin 88-80 to take a 2-0 lead for the Uruguayan League semifinal games for the best of five. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) scored 29 points, including seven three points shots, and added 5 assists for the winner, while Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 17 points and Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) scored 11 points and grebbed 15 rebounds. For Malvin the best scorer was Allen Durham (198-F/C-8... [read more]
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