#1. This week's number one is an international guard Jayson Granger (186-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Granger could not help Asefa Estudiantes (4-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 68-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza.
Granger was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 assists in 30 minutes on the court.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Granger's seventh year with the team.
Granger has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 73.3% in the seven 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 is currently a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). He led Cantu to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (2-5) 79-67 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday.
Mazzarino scored 12 points and added 4 passes.
Mapooro Cantu (5-2) is placed third in the SerieA.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Mazzarino is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Cantu's roster.
This season he averages: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 46.2%(12-26) and FT: 87.5%.
Mazzarino is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian.
He played for the Uruguayan national team in 2008.
#3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Turkey). Batista managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a victory against the 14th-ranked Antalya (1-4) 74-65 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night.
He recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. It was his first game for Anadolu Efes this season.
His team is placed fifth in the TBL.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Batista's first year with the team.
Batista has both Uruguayan and Spanish nationalities.
He is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Obras (4-10) in their game against GECR Indalo (8-7) in the Argentinian LigaA. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Osimani scored 12 points.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Osimani is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg.
Osimani is also Uruguayan national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Uruguayan passport:
#1.Phillip Holm (175-G-80, currently plays in Norway) led Baerum Basket to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Ammerud Bskt (2-8) 84-70 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday.
He recorded 14 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes.
Baerum Basket (4-5) is placed fifth in the BLNO.
It's Holm's first season with the team.
Holm is the league's best passer with 4.1apg.
This year he also averages: 13.0ppg and 2.4rpg in the nine games he played so far.
Holm has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.
Johnson comes back to Sonic Boom KT, ex Defensor - 2 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 - 1 day 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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