#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.
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Toombs number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 13 - 1 month ago
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American Center Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Marne, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Verdirrojo (#3, 8-4) 70-65. Marne maintains the 10th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. Marne is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Toombs just... [read more]
American Center Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Marne, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 13. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Verdirrojo (#3, 8-4) 70-65. Marne maintains the 10th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. Marne is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Toombs just recently signed at Marne, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Troy University star has very solid stats this year. Toombs is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 13.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 54.8% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young Matias Nicoletti (193-F-94) of Miramar. Nicoletti had a very good evening with 36 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Miramar lost that game 92-100 to the lower-ranked Montevideo (#12, 2-10). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Miramar keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Nicoletti is one of the most experienced players at Miramar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Trevante Drye (200-F-93) of Stockolmo (#5). Drye scored 22 points and grabbed twenty five rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Stockolmo, leading his team to a 73-64 win against slightly lower-ranked Larranaga (#6, 7-5). Stockolmo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Drye has a great season in Uruguay. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 16.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 51.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Quinton Doggett (203-F-90) of Montevideo - 39 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Bohemios - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Martin Mayora) of Montevideo - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Tabare - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Diego Tortajada (201-C-93) of Bohemios - 22 points and 6 rebounds 9. Nick Waddell (200-C) of Miramar - 18 points and 12 rebounds 10. Juan Andres Galleto (181-PG-96) of Larranaga - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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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