#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.
Hebraica Macabi, the defending champions, won its third game in a row after beating Cordon 101-58 for the Uruguayan League 5th round. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) scored 20 points , while Diaz Jorge Bryan, playing for the first time with Hebraica added 16 points and 6 rebounds and Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 14 points. For Cordon, Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 21 points and added 7 rebounds and T... [read more]
Newly promoted Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (LigaA) added to their roster 32-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts). He played last season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Freeman helped them to win the league title (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team. He also played that season... [read more]
Newly promoted Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (LigaA) added to their roster 32-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts). He played last season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB league. In 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Freeman helped them to win the league title (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team. He also played that season for Boca Juniors where in 17 LigaA games he averaged remarkable 16.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. In 2007 Freeman was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall). The former University of Massachusetts standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year back in 2008. Freeman is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Freeman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), China (Heilongjiang), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Israel (GreenTops Netanya and B.C. Habikaa), Puerto Rico (Brujos), France (JSF Nanterre), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA (Schenectady L.). On Freeman:
"Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".
Johwen Villegas (193-F-85, college: FIU) scored 12/15 three points shots to improve the Uruguayan League record after 11 years and Trouville defeated Malvin 89-72. Villegas finished with 40 points 2 rebounds and 5 asssists. For the winner, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Pro Sports) added 21 points and Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri, agency: Pro Sports) 10 points and 9 rebounds. Arnold Louis (201-F-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) netted 28 points and... [read more]
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