#1. This week's number one is an international guard Jayson Granger (186-89, currently plays in Spain). Granger was the major contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-4) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He scored 16 points in 20 minutes on the court.
Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (5-4) is placed eighth in the ACB.
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: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 73.8% in the nine 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 the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (2-7) 76-66 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday.
Mazzarino scored 12 points.
Mapooro Cantu (6-2) is placed third in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
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: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 53.3%(16-30) 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 13th-ranked Turk Telekom (2-5) crushing them 96-57 in the Turkish TBL on Monday night.
He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 11 minutes.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (6-1) is placed second in the TBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Batista's first year with the team.
This season Batista's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 3.7rpg in the three games.
He has both Uruguayan and Spanish nationalities.
Batista is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana), who plays in Argentina could not help Obras (1-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Obras was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 90-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) in the group F of Liga Sudamericana.
Osimani scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Osimani is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 6.2apg.
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), who plays in the Norwegian BLNO could not help one of league's weakest teams Baerum Basket (5-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Baerum Basket was crushed 83-54 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Gimle BBK.
Holm was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes.
It's Holm's first season with the team.
Holm is currently first on the list of best passers with 3.9apg.
This year he also averages: 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3spg in the 11 games he played so far.
Holm has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.
Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds leading Atenas to beat Verdirrojo 104-92 for the Liga de Ascenso 4th round and Mauro Zubiaurre (187-G-94) added 22 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists. For Verdirrojo, without his foreign player, Kevin Nelson, Juan Modernell (PG-92) was its best scorer with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nacional defeated Capitol 88-78. For Nacional Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) scored 25... [read more]
Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds leading Atenas to beat Verdirrojo 104-92 for the Liga de Ascenso 4th round and Mauro Zubiaurre (187-G-94) added 22 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists. For Verdirrojo, without his foreign player, Kevin Nelson, Juan Modernell (PG-92) was its best scorer with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Nacional defeated Capitol 88-78. For Nacional Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) scored 25 points and added 19 rebounds. For Capitol, Nate Drayton (200-F, college: W.Texas A&M) finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. The three best teams from this League will be promotedf to the Uruguayan League. Standings: Stockolmo 3-0, Atenas, Larranaga and Verdirrojo 3-1, Bohemios, Marne, Miramar and Nacional 2-1, Tabare 2-2, Capitol, Montevideo and Olivol Mundial 0-4.
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)
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