#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.
Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Malvin to beat Trouville 65-51 for the Uruguayan Super Liga. Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75) added 16 points and 6 assists, while Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) netted 13 points. For Trouville, the main scorer were Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Pro Sports) and J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85, college: N.Mexico, agency: Basket Management Solutions), both with just 8 poin... [read more]
Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) scored 15 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-couble leading Hebraica Macabi to beat Bigua 86-80, for the Uruguayan Super Liga. Also for Hebraica, Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 19 points and 5 assists, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) scored 18 points. For Bigua, Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) netted 30 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, Ricardo Glenn (202-C-9... [read more]
Urunday Universitario (LUB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-131kg-82, college: Georgetown). He played there last season. In 14 LUB games he had 10.9ppg, 12.7rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2003 Sweetney was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (9th overall). He attended Georgetown Universit... [read more]
Urunday Universitario (LUB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-131kg-82, college: Georgetown). He played there last season. In 14 LUB games he had 10.9ppg, 12.7rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2003 Sweetney was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (9th overall). He attended Georgetown University and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sweetney's team made it to the Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team back in 2010. Sweetney is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Sweetney has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou), Dominican Rep., Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Brujos and Cangrejeros), Uruguay (Atenas and Bigua), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks). He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at U Universitario. Sweetney could be described:
Can rebound and has great shooting touch. Mike catches the ball in traffic. He also has good scoring instincts in the post.
True size and athleticism are a bit of concern; great hands and knows how to score; an animal in the paint.
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