#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.
Stockolmo joined the leadership for the Liga de Ascenso after beating Olivol Mundial 76-62, with 10 points and 14 rebounds by Trevante Drye (200-F-93, college: Tulane). Stockolmo and Verdirrojo have now a 3-0 record, leading the tournament. For Olivol Mundial, Anthony Joseph (202-F/C-82, college: Emporia St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other results: Larranaga 90 -Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 27 points 11 rebounds, and Ju... [read more]
Trevante Drye gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - May 23, 2016
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American Trevante Drye (200-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Stockolmo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 3. The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Montevideo (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-78. Stockolmo is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in th... [read more]
American Trevante Drye (200-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Stockolmo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 3. The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Montevideo (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-78. Stockolmo is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Stockolmo won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Drye had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Stockolmo and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Drye is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.5ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 72.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Nacional. Adeleke impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Nacional was edged by Bohemios (2-1) 65-63. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Adeleke is one of the most experienced players at Nacional and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#1). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Diego Silva (183) of 25 de Agosto (#10). Silva got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of 25 de Agosto, leading his team to a 93-88 win against Capitol (#11, 0-3). The chances of 25 de Agosto not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Silva could try to bring 25 de Agosto's a little bit higher in the standings. Silva has individually a great season in Uruguay. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Cooper (203-F) of Tabare - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Antonhy Danridge) of Larranaga - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86) of 25 de Agosto - 21 points and 16 rebounds 7. Camilo Colman (191-G-90) of Larranaga - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) of Tabare - 14 points and 12 rebounds 9. Nate Drayton (200-F) of Capitol - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Atenas - 22 points, 7 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)
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) scored 29 points, leading Verdirrojo to take the lead for the Liga de Ascenso, with a 3-0 record after beating Tabare 79-76. Also for Verdirrojo Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) adedd 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Tabare, Paul Cooper (203-F, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 17 points and added 17 rebounds, while Terence Shellman (198-F-78, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. 25 de Agosto defetade Capitol 93-88. For 25 de Agosto, Die... [read more]
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) scored 29 points, leading Verdirrojo to take the lead for the Liga de Ascenso, with a 3-0 record after beating Tabare 79-76. Also for Verdirrojo Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) adedd 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Tabare, Paul Cooper (203-F, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 17 points and added 17 rebounds, while Terence Shellman (198-F-78, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. 25 de Agosto defetade Capitol 93-88. For 25 de Agosto, Diego Silva netted 35 points, and Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86, college: Boise St.) added 21 points and 16 rebounds. For Capitol Nate Drayton (200-F, college: W.Texas A&M) netted 27 points and Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) added 19. Standings after the third round: 3-0 Verdirrojo, 2-0 Stockolmo, 2-1: Atenas, Bohemios, Larranaga, Miramar and Tabare, 1-1 Marne and Nacional, 1-2 25 de Agosto, 0-3 Capitol, Montevideo and Olivol Mundial.
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